Forecastfox: Great Weather Browser Extension (for Firefox and Chrome)

Highly recommend this browser extension that will allow you to quickly bring up the current weather, the forecast, and radar directly from your browser’s toolbar.

Forecastfox Weather is a free extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome that adds weather icons to your browser’s toolbar, letting you easily track the weather anywhere in the world. Mousing over the weather icons reveals detailed weather information for each forecasted day in an easily readable format. Forecastfox Weather aims to be unobtrusive and easy to use.

Source: Forecastfox: Weather for your browser!

Here is “How To Stop Desktop Notifications In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera” | Gizmo’s Freeware

Desktop notifications can be a pain in the butt… Here is how to stop them outright (in Firefox, Chrome and Opera).

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Desktop notifications from websites in your browser can be useful, or an annoyance. If you never want to see that permission box, here’s how to turn off desktop notifications on Firefox, Chrome, and Opera.

Source: How To Stop Desktop Notifications In Firefox, Chrome, and Opera | Gizmo’s Freeware

Engadget reporting that Firefox has a new side-by-side tab feature for multitaskers

Firefox is (has always been) a great web browser. This new side-by-side view feature is a great feature for power users…

Firefox is jazzing things up with a couple of new test features that should embolden multitaskers and those who like to tinker with aesthetics. Side View lets you view a pair of tabs side-by-side without needing to open a new browser window.

Source: Firefox has a new side-by-side tab feature for multitaskers

Browse on your Android devices like no one is watching…

Here is an Android app, called Firefox Focus, that I highly recommend for your Android-based smartphone, tablet, and Chromebook. Firefox Focus, built by the same maker (Mozilla) as the Firefox browser, has been engineered for our Android mobile devices with privacy, safety, and security in mind. When you browse with Firefox Focus it automatically will block a wide range of online trackers; AND, will automatically erase your history, passwords, and cookies (which, by the way, is the method used to bombard you with unwanted ads). I use this browser a lot, to supplement my regular browser when I am shopping on the internet to prevent the cookies from haunting me with ads. The install on this is small (less than 3 MB) and works great on all Android devices, including the Chromebooks that support Android app installations.


SOURCE: Google Play Store – Firefox Focus: The Privacy Browser

NEW Firefox Focus For Android

Firefox Focus takes web browsing to another level in the protection of your security and privacy. Firefox Focus can be used as a standalone browser or as a content blocker for Safari on supported iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices; and NOW, it is available for the Android platform.

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AUTOMATIC PRIVACY

Blocks a wide range of common Web trackers without any settings to set

Easily erases your history — no passwords, no cookies, no trackers

BROWSE FASTER

By removing trackers and ads, Web pages may require less data and load faster

MADE BY MOZILLA

We believe everyone should have control over their lives online. That’s what we’ve been fighting for since 1998.

SOURCE: Google Play – Firefox Focus

Today’s Geek Squeaks – September 2, 2013

A summary of Today’s Geek Squeaks:

Squeak #1: A good zip utility to look at, that can be used as a portable app, is PeaZip. It is completely FREE, has the ability to extract over 150 different archive type, and it is just downright good (see below);

Squeak #2: Is Windows 8 finally taking off and Windows XP plummeting; OR, is it the way the statistics are being manipulated? Check out the article from ZDNet to get the scoop on this (see below);

Squeak #3: I am big on apps that run efficiently on a flash drive. My choice browser app, that is the best in my opinion, for a portable browser is Pale Moon. Pale Moon is an optimized version of Firefox and is available as a full install or portable app (see below);

Squeak #4: A gaming PC is built to achieve performance for actual gameplay, enthusiast PCs are built to maximize performance, using games as a benchmark. If you need need accessories for your gaming computer then check it out below…

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FREE Zip Files Utility, FREE Rar Files Extractor

PeaZip

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PeaZip is a free cross-platform file archiver that provides an unified portable GUI for many Open Source technologies like 7-Zip, FreeArc, PAQ, UPX… Open and extract over 150 archive types… GET IT HERE


New stats show Windows 8 usage up sharply
as XP usage plummets

@ ZDNet

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What happened? Did 40 million people suddenly wake up to the fact that support for Windows XP is ending in a matter of months and rush out to replace their outmoded machines with shiny new Windows 8 devices?… READ MORE


A Custom-Built And Optimized Firefox Based Browser
For Windows

Pale Moon

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Pale Moon offers you a browsing experience in a browser completely built from source with carefully selected features and optimizations to maximize the browser’s speed*, stability and user experience, while maintaining compatibility with the thousands of Firefox extensions you have come to love and rely on… GET IT HERE


Get The Top PC Gaming Devices

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Using Firefox to Access System Commands And Other Programs In Your Computer

Recently I posted an article about Pale Moon, which is a spin-off of Firefox. Since Pale Moon is technically Firefox in disguise, that has been optimized to run faster, I have been playing around with some of the Firefox add-ons and extensions, that run just as well with Pale Moon. I especially like the portable version of Pale Moon and encourage you to give it a try. I really love it and can attest it is the best browser out there that has been optimized to run from a flash drive.  I also have the portable version of Pale Moon installed on my computer and I find myself using it more and more.

A Firefox (or Pale Moon) add-on that especially caught my attention, that recently was released by Mozilla Online, is called Easy Access. This add-on is special in that it gives you the ability to access and launch the system commands and other programs in your computer from the status bar that is located at the bottom of the browser window.

For example, using the screenshot below, you will see a grouping of icons (programs) that I added using Easy Access, which allows me to launch these programs from my browser window.

Easy Access

By default, Easy Access installs with a some commonly used programs (such as Notepad, Paint, Calculator, and My Computer). It is very easy to add additional programs to this listing by by clicking on the Easy Access icon and clicking on Manage Your Own Easy Access.

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Canon N Answers the Cell Phone Threat

Adobe Flash Player 11.8 Offline Installers
Direct Download Links

Selling second hand items online


A Budget Tablet
That Looks Pretty Darn Good

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The Coby 7-Inch Android 4.0 8 GB Internet Tablet 16:9 Capacitive Multi-Touch Widescreen with Built-in Camera is a great tablet option (see customer reviews); especially, when you do not have hundreds of dollars to spend.

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A Self Contained Web Browser For Your Flash Drive

When I am on the internet on a public computer, it worries me that I may leave traces (or a digital footprint) behind that could potentially compromise my privacy and the access to my online accounts. To remedy this problem I resort to running my own web browser from my flash drive in the form of a portable app. I have tried numerous variations of these portable browser types and have found that there is still a potential for data leakage on the host machine and have found that these browsers have a tendency to slow down after a period of time.

Recently I came across another portable browser variation that is based on the Firefox platform, called Pale Moon, that is currently on my plate for testing.

Pale Moon

The portable version of  Pale Moon is supposed to be completely self contained where nothing is stored on the host computer (such as your bookmarks, passwords, downloads, etc). Pale Moon portable has been specifically designed to run on removable media (such as a flash drive) where high wear and slow read/write access is the nature of the beast. With Pale Moon portable there appears to be no active disk caching going on to keep this wear and tear to a minimum. This may slow actual web page loads, but I found it to be actually quite responsive.

The really good part about Pale Moon is that the Pale Moon project is really a custom-built and optimized Firefox-based browser for Windows. It has been optimized to make sure to get the most speed and efficiency out of your browser!  So, if you use Firefox, you will surely like Pale Moon.

This means that this browser, however extremely close to Firefox in the way it works, does not have all the functions that Firefox has. A few, carefully selected, features have been disabled that are not in high demand, and that do not interfere with the way web pages are displayed or function; all to maximize speed and efficiency of the browser. Please see the page with technical details to learn exactly what the browser supports, and what it doesn’t support. In short, if you need accessibility features or parental controls, then please visit the firefox homepage and get the official, non-optimized build.

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Free Instant Messaging App For Windows 8: Ribbit Chat

Release The Kraken!

The Gold Karat Authenticator – the electronic gold and platinum tester

NotePal X2 – Creates Optimal Comfort For Laptop Users

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FREE Software To Customize Windows 8 Start Screen Background

You are very limited when it comes to changing the background on the Windows 8 Start Screen; however, today I want to show you a third party utility, called Windows 8 Start Customizer, that will give you the ability to jazz up that background screen and use the images that you want.

Windows 8 Start Customizer

A couple of things to point out here is that the Windows 8 Start Customizer is in beta and can be downloaded with an installer or as a portable app. Even though this is in beta, I found it to work flawlessly on my desktop PC. If you download the portable (zipped version), you will have to rename the executable file in order for it to run (not as difficult as it sounds). Also, Windows 8 Start Customizer runs on startup and does not appear to change any registry settings that could cripple the actual Windows 8 Start Screen. Super job from the developer on this!

What you can do with this utility is this:

You can set your desktop wallpaper as background picture (not support for multimonitor, it just uses the main monitor’s desktop wallpaper)

You can select your pictures from any folder and set it as a sequence of background pictures.

There is a blur effect available, it is slow and slower on bigger resolutions, but it might work for you.

Tiles opacity can now be changed (not perfect though)

You can revert to default background

You can choose a picture and select the area to be shown as background picture.

You can set the Start Screen transparency

You can set the rows of you tiles (limited by your screen resolution)

You can run it on startup hidden, so you can see your custom background as soon as this tool starts

Save configuration to ini file.

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Hack Firefox For Maximum Internet Speed

Tech Thoughts Daily Net News – November 27, 2012

Best Selling Products – Updated Every Hour

Top 4 Must-Have iPhone games

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A Web Browser Optimized For The 10 Inch Tablet PC

Making a decision on what web browser to use on your tablet PC can be a tough decision. I personally have tried, and tested, the browser that ships with the Android OS, and others such as Opera, Dolphin and Firefox. What I have found, is that due to the various compatibility issues browsers face with tablets, tablet sizes and the Android OS, each have there own little quirks. Time will tell which browser will surface at the leader when the tablet browsing war slows down.

Another browser that crossed my plate that I am now testing is called Maxthon Tablet.

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Maxthon Tablet is specifically optimized for the 10 inch tablet.  Note:  Actually the specs on the Google Play site indicate that Maxthon Tablet is optimized run on an Android based tablet 7.7 inches or greater tablet (7.7, 8.9, 10.1).

What I am finding is that Maxthon has done really a super job on this browser.  I find browsing with Maxthon Tablet, on my Toshiba Thrive tablet, gives me the same experience I have with the browser on my desktop computer. As a matter of fact, this browser has impressed me so much that it has become the only browser on my tablet.  At this point, Maxton runs rings around the other browsers.

Fastest and smartest tablet browser. Make no mistake, with over 500 million downloads of its PC web browser Maxthon knows how to make your web sizzle. Maxthon Mobile is packed with cool features like:

Sync to the Cloud – Your bookmarks/favorites travel with you from desktop to mobile.
Theme/Skin – Ever-growing collection of skins that can customize your browser the way you like it.
WWW/WAP switch – Switch between www and WAP versions of the web at your fingertip
RSS reader widget – Find, manage and read your favorite content quickly and easily
Speed Dial – Quick access of the best sites on the web.
Download Manager – Makes it easy to sort, schedule and grab the downloads you need: wherever, whenever.
Super Gesture – Use touch screen commands to surf with your fingertips.
Tab browsing – Powerful tab management that puts your
mobile screen to maximum use.
Amazing speed – Get websites super
fast.
Powerful personalization – Avatars and more.

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Technology News, Software, Apps, Wallpapers, Tech Products and MORE… FEATURING Logitech’s M525 Wireless Mouse

Scan a QR code – Expose yourself to mobile malware

Connectify: Turning Your Windows 7 Laptop into a Wi-Fi Hotspot

IPAD 2 Leather Case With Stand for Apple IPAD 2

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Read Your Browser’s History File With These NirSoft Utilities

imageDid you know that when you visit a site on the internet, your web browser archives the site address? This archival process is commonly referred to as the browser history. The main purpose of the history is that if you forget the site address of a site you may have visited, you can go into the history to find the site. I really do not know many home-based computer users who actually do this; but, it is important to know that it does exist. This is especially helpful to know, if you have children or teenagers accessing the internet.

The browser history can tell a story about a person’s browsing habits and patterns, to include the time and date when a site was visited.  If you are at work and your workplace is strict on what you are accessing on the internet (and when), just remember your tracks can be easily traced. It is not uncommon for an employer, on the server side, to capture what sites a person has visited (and when) on the internet; even if you dump the browser’s history file.

On the basic level of things, like at home, and you have a need to know and you need a quick way of grabbing the browsing history on a Windows based computer, I highly recommend the utilities by NirSoft that specifically specialize in reading the history file of the most popular browsers out there. Simply download any of these, unzip, run and watch the magic.

Internet History View

Mozilla Firefox History View

Google Chrome History View

Safari History View

With each of these utilities, you can easily export the history data to text/HTML/Xml file.

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Today’s Technology News, Software, Apps, Wallpapers, Tech Products and MORE…

New Microsoft SkyDrive build adds new status windows
and all-new logo

What is the Difference Between a System Image a System Repair Disc and a System Recovery Disc?

HP 32 GB Flash Drive

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Remember To Use The F3 Key When Browsing

While making my rounds on the tech blogs, I was reading an article at Guiding Tech and in that article was a side tip informing people about using the F3 key in Google Chrome.

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To expand on that tip, the F3 key is typically used to invoke a search (for text) in your web browser; whether it be Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer. I am pretty certain the F3 key is a standard key used in just about any browser to invoke a text search on a web page. For example, let’s say you pull up a news site and you are looking for an article (or text) related to a specific topic. Simply hit the F3 key and you will be presented with a search box to type in what you are looking for. Once you enter the text and hit “Enter” on the keyboard, every instance of the text on the web page will be highlighted.  Usually there are up and down arrows to navigate through each instance of the text on the page. I found that Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome do the best job in highlighting the text; whereas, Internet Explorer you can lose track of where the highlighted text is located.

Using the F3 key is especially helpful when viewing a list or very long web page and will definitely save you time. When I saw that tip on Guiding Tech, I thought I need to get that tip out there.  This is one key that I definitely recommend remembering…

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FREE Today Only – BubbleMech (Android App)

Today’s Best Sellers In Netbook Computers

* Featured Tech Site – DozTech *

Bookmark This (#39) – iPrint

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Aurora Firefox 7 Promises Speed

Guest Article By:

Christoph Laumann,
President and Managing Partner,
TuneUp

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Mozilla recently pre-released Firefox 7, also known as Aurora, which promises massive performance enhancements for Javascript and significantly lower memory usage. Over the past few years, Mozilla had gained a reputation as a somewhat slow browser, but that’s about to change with Aurora. This version sits right between the stable beta release of Firefox 6.0 and the highly experimental nightly builds currently running at version 8.0.

One of the first major improvements of note is a massive reduction in overall memory consumption. According to the company’s developer blog, memory fragmentation of Javascript objects has been a serious problem. For example, after closing a Javascript applet the memory it previously occupied would not be entirely regained and eventually the browser’s memory usage would grow exponentially, leading to massive slowdowns. This issue has been fixed in Aurora. Additionally, the “garbage collector” runs more frequently to clear up memory occupied by Firefox. Users can also now see how much memory is occupied by individual components of the browser with the new and improved “about : memory” page.

This enhanced memory is good news for serious multi-tab users, who often experience a delay in page loads. Firefox 5 users especially may have found multi-tab loading particularly cumbersome. TuneUp recently conducted a performance intense memory usage benchmark to test how the new browser measured up. With 27 tabs, Firefox 5 claims an astonishing 659 MB of RAM for itself after all tabs have finished loading. Compared to Firefox 7.0a2, loading 27 websites dropped from current memory usage of 670 MB to 496 MB. Firefox.exe peaked at only 658 MB.

To put these results into perspective, Internet Explorer 9 needed a total of 814 MB with a peak at almost 1.3 GB to display the 27 websites which is an incredibly large amount. Google Chrome’s latest beta release consumed 693 MB and peaked at 1.1 GB. It was surprising to see Firefox 7 as the most resource-friendly browser.

This new version of Firefox is optimized for web developers as well. Since optimizing the browser is only one part of the equation, Mozilla also integrated performance monitoring tools to help developers gauge how fast their websites’ navigation works. Firefox logs websites’ responsiveness so that developers can optimize their own websites accordingly.

Overall, Mozilla has done some incredible work improving their performance. Other browsers need to follow suit as users’ move to low-powered devices such as netbooks and tablets, which increases the demand for lean browsers. It will be interesting to see the additional improvements Mozilla has made to the final version and what’s in store for Firefox 8.

For more Windows tips and tricks visit the TuneUp Blog about Windows at http://blog.tune-up.com.

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Firefox Portable, True or False, Android and iPhone PC Monitor, Banking Scam, and Newest Model iPod Touch

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Mozilla Firefox®, Portable Edition 6.0
The popular Mozilla Firefox web browser bundled with a PortableApps.com Launcher as a portable app, so you can take your bookmarks, extensions and saved passwords with you.

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TuneUp Blog about Windows
True or False: Firefox 7 = Better Performance,
Less Memory Consumption

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TTC Shelbyville
Monitor your computer with your Android or iPhone

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Latest Online Banking Scam – Fraud Tricks You To Transfer Money

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Apple iPod touch 8 GB
Apple iPod touch 8 GB (4th Generation) NEWEST MODEL

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Here is a Very Nice and Useful Firefox Add-On and Chrome Extension That Will Save You Paper

Here is a nice Firefox add-on and Chrome extension, called iWeb2X,  that is engineered to convert a web page to a printer friendly PDF, image snapshot, or high resolution wallpaper.

iWeb2x

What sets this iWeb2X apart from the other PDF utilities out there is that no sign-up account is required and you get the following features:

1. Web Page to PDF

  • Convert web page to an elegant printer friendly PDF to print or read offline
  • Control page size (Letter, Legal, A0-A9, B0-B10, +more)
  • Control page orientation (Landscape, Portrait)
  • Control PDF render mode (Color, Gray)
  • Exclude web page images or background color to optimize printing

2. Web Page to Image

  • Convert web page to an image snapshot or high resolution wallpaper
  • Support several image formats (PNG, GIF, JPG, TIF, BMP, PPM, PGM)
  • Support standard wallpaper sizes (1024×768, 1280×600, 1920×1200, +more)
  • Set image size to “Screen” to save entire web page rather than its visible area
  • Set image format to “PNG” to get high resolution image. Size may be huge!
  • Set image format to “JPG” to get small size image
You can get the  Firefox Add-On [HERE]
You can get the Chrome Extension [HERE]

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[GEEK SQUEAKS’] – Nitro PDF Reader, Manage Startup Programs, Firefox Upgrade Nag, and Speed Up Your Boot Time

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Nitro PDF Reader (and Creator)
Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly onto the page, and more.

Tech4idiots
Manage Startup Programs on your PC

Tech-for Everyone
Firefox 3, or 4 (or 5)? + Turn Off the “Upgrade” Nag

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Soluto Latest Release –
Fixes Crashes And Speeds Up Your Boot Time

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A FREE Google Chrome and Firefox Browser Weather Extension

Weather Watcher Live, a very popular weather software program, is available as a browser extension for Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. The good about this is that it is free and offers similar features that is available in the software version (that you pay for). I have been following Weather Watcher Live from its’ early development days (when it was free) and I can tell you the developer (Mike Singer) has put his heart and soul into the development cycle of this weather program.

Just like its’ software counterpart, the Weather Watcher Live browser extension can be configured to provide real-time weather conditions, for your area, from the NWS weather stations, real-time WeatherBug weather stations and weather stations in the WeatherBug backyard network.

Weather Watcher Live

As you can see in the screenshot above, you can click on tabs to get the current weather (Now), hourly forecast, daily forecast, maps and alerts. The map tab will redirect you to the WeatherBug website where a wide array of maps can be viewed.

Another feature that is worth noting is that you can view the current temperature and conditions from the browser toolbar (see below) by simply positioning your mouse pointer on the temperature icon.

Weather Watcher Live

If you are a Google Chrome browser user and you want a nice browser extension to keep track of the weather, then give Weather Watcher Live a try [ CLICK HERE ] .

For you Firefox users, you can get the Weather Watcher Live browser extension [ HERE ].

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#77)

If you have a yearning to learn about information technology and computers, then be sure to check out the weekly roundup of Geek Squeaks’. The article links you see below are articles and information provided by the sites (and blogs) that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.

Geek Squeaks'

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway Drawing: SPAMFighter Pro

Laptops Review Central
The many features of Toshiba Folio 100

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Wanted: Cyber Warriors

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Finally, Smooth HD Playback on Slower PCs and Netbooks

Lifehacker
Remains of the Day: How Good Software Makes Us “Stupid

Rarst.net
How to find high quality images of stuff

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites September 13

Mister Reiner
Firefox vulnerabilities give me the creeps!

Gadgetsholic
WebOS 2.0 Screenshot Pictures Leaked

Bookmarks4Techs
Kindle Wireless Reading Device

Canadian Tech Blogger
How To: Adding Liquid Cooling To A PC

thePC Security
Free Software Update Software – Secunia PSI 2 BETA

Right On Technology
Google Instant Search
Introduced, Real-Time Results While You Type

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
WOT (Web of Trust) – Is It The Most Important Browser Security Add-on You Need To Install?

EvilFantasy’s Blog
Flash Cookie Cleaners

Plato On-Line
73% of Americans Hit By CyberCrime

Faster PC! Clean! Clean!
How to Remover RegistryClever

RGdot
Simple Freeware: Screenshoter And Easy Image Modifier

AKSGEEK Live
Samsung Galaxy Apollo Coming Soon to Telus

Malware Removal Instructions
Remove dating.clicksearch.in (Uninstall Guide)

Chicago Mac/PC Support
Google’s New Scary Security Warning (via Meredith L. Eaton)

I Love Free Software
Create DVD Cover Create CD Cover with UnderCoverXP

Netbook Freeware
The Big Bad Launcher: Simple and Easy to Use
Launcher For Your Netbook

Worthy Tips
Canon PowerShot SD4500IS
available Shooting Modes and Photo Effects

404 Tech Support
Google Maps Instant, YouTube Instant, and YouTube Time Machine

I Want Ice Water
Tokyo in Time Lapse (via Metousiosis)

TTC Shelbyville
Free Sessions for Girl Scout Leaders and Girl Scouts

Snakebytez
Burn Blu-Ray and HD-DVDs with CDBurnerXP

Awesome Wallpapers
Windows Se7en Wallpaper Set 31 (Nature)

Laptop Computer Reviews
What Needs to Stop

What’s On My PC
Is magicJack’s VoIP For You

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#61)

If you are someone who is scratching your head when it comes to information technology and computers, then you need to bookmark the sites listed below. These sites are members of the What’s On My PC blogroll community and are excellent computer learning resources. These bloggers work very hard to bring up-to-date and accurate content to the tech community.

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Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
Firefox Add-on NoScript

Plato Press
Class-Action Lawsuit Against Google

Laptop Reviews Central
HP Compaq Airlife 100 Smartbook
reviewed at last after long overdue release

TTC Shelbyville
Reclaim Your Privacy on FaceBook

404 Tech Support
Make Your Firefox Search Engine use Google’s
SSL (https) Search for Security Reasons

I Love Free Software
Download Microsoft Fix it Center – Fix PC Problems

Netbook Freeware
Quick Config: Easily Change Netbook Settings Instantly

Worthy Tips
Gmail under phishing attack – Alert: Finalization

Paul’s Home Computing Blog
Recovering from Viruses, Worms, and Trojan Horses

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Who will win the Freeview HD PVR race?

TuneUp Blog about Windows
Who are you going to call? Mythbusters!

Canadian Tech Blogger
Google Reveals Google TV

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites May 25

AskBillFirst
Legal experts: LimeWire likely doomed
| Media Maverick – CNET News

Tech-for Everyone
Software License Giveaway: NOD32 Antivirus 4

Sugarloaf Tech
Does your Mac have an excessively loud fan noise?

Rarst.net
How to categorize RSS feeds for best experience

Lifehacker
Fix the Web’s Biggest Annoyances with Google Chrome

Crazy World of G
Go Away

thePC Security
iPhone 4G Scam on Twitter

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Antispyware Center

Evilfantasy’s Blog
ReclaimPrivacy.org – Facebook Privacy Scanner

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
License Giveaway –
SYNCING.NET Business Edition, 12 Free Licenses

Right On Technology
Google Facial Recognition Technology Too Nosy?

What’s On My PC
An Easy Way To Remote Into Another PC

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#53)

It is that time again…  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly rundown of links to articles posted from the blogs that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you have a desire to keep up with information technology and computers, then I suggest you make these sites part of your daily routine.

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TTC Shelbyville
2000 mw USB Wireless – 2 Watts of Power

Carputer’s News and Computer Tips
100 Free and Useful Portable Apps

I Love Free Software
Penzu – Free Online Personal Diary and Journal

Worthy Tips
BasicTwitter – A desktop client
to manage multiple twitter accounts

Internet Security Blog
Block, Avoid, Identify Paypal, EBay,
Bank Phishing Emails with Iconix

Canadian Tech Blogger
What free email service should I use?

Computer Maintenance
Uninstall Unwanted Programs

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites March 23

AskBillFirst
Do You Really Know Where That Link Is Taking You?

Tech-for Everyone
URGENTLY!!!

Sugarloaf Tech
Uninstall Trend Micro without a password

Rarst.net
TeamViewer – functional remote access tool

Lifehacker
Which Browser Should I Use: Firefox or Chrome?

Crazy World of G
Export This Part 5

thePC Security
Comodo Dragon Review | The Secured Browser on Chromium

AKS-Feel The Change
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Carol’s Vault
My word!!! Please, don’t be rude!

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Security Guard

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free ThreatFire – Advanced Security Against Malware

Right On Technology
AT&T adding Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus soon

Freeware Pharmacy
Subsonic

Plato Press
Biggest Threat to Endangered Species: the Internet

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live, Stats and Nostalgia

TuneUp Blog About Windows
Building the Perfect Media Center (Part Two)

WP Xpert
Custom Header Workaround For The New WP.com Theme Titan

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Test Your Internet Connection Speed

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#52)

This is a one year celebration of Geek Squeaks’. If you have a burning desire to learn about information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Each week What’s On My PC features articles (from the past week) that have been composed by bloggers that are associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll.  I encourage you to visit these blogs and better yet, click on the “Geek Squeaks” category at the side of the blog to get a rundown of articles for the past year.

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Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Download Shadow Defender – Virtualized Intrusion Prevention

Right On Technology
Windows Phone 7 Series
at MIX10 reveals Dev Tools, Marketplace, Netflix, and more

Evilfantasy’s Blog
It’s Time to Rock Your Firefox!

Plato Press
What Your Phone Tells Marketers About You

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Antivirus 7

AKS-Feel The Change
FileSecrets- Protect Your Confidential Files and Folders

Free PC Security
Comodo V4

AskBillFirst
Are you still texting while you drive?

Tech-for Everyone
Playing With A Fox

Rarst.net
Give yourself a backup drill

Lifehacker
Send to Google Docs Uploads Files
and Web Screenshots to GDocs

Crazy World of G
AxCrypt

thePC Security
BIOS Password – Reset, Remove, Break
or Recover with PC CMOS Cleaner

Internet Security Blog
Hotmail Allows Secure SSL Encrypted Login

Canadian Tech Blogger
How To Install A Hard Drive

TuneUp Blog for Windows
“200 Programs” Revisited: Performance and Stability Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Writer Wave 4, some more screen grabs

Computer Maintenance
Best Antivirus | Software Download

Worthy Tips
Uberstaller – Perfect software uninstaller with better user interface

I Love Free Software
ReadFresh: Keep Track of Updates to Websites in Real Time

TTC Shelbyville
End of Support for Some Microsoft Products

Snakebytez
Copy files and folders on and off your iPhone with iPhone Explorer

Scoroncocolo
The Scoroncocolo Photo Gallery

What’s On My PC
Burn Baby Burn…

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Open Multiple Links In A Batch with Firefox

Wouldn’t it be handy and a real timesaver to open “at the same time” more than one link on a web page?  Well, you can with (2)-two ingredients; Firefox and the Firefox extension called Multi-Links (brought to you by Grizzly Ape)

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With Multi Links installed (only 23.8 KB) you simply use your mouse to draw a box over the group of links that you desire to open. For example, using the illustration below, by holding down the “right mouse button”, I drew a box around a batch of links I desired to open.  Once I made my selection, I released the hold on the “right mouse button” and each one of those links opened in separate tabs.

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If you want to open a group of links but not all of them you can use the Ctrl, Shift or Alt key to draw multiple selection boxes around the links you desire. Alternatively, you can select all the links and then deselect links by holding down the Ctrl or Shift key and drawing boxes around the links that you do not want selected.

This is another great example of a Firefox extension, that takes multi-tasking to another level and can save you a considerable amount of time. I currently use this extension when researching information for posting on the blog. You can get full instructions on How To Use Multi Links [ HERE ] .

Multi Links is fully customizable and offers many options.

General Tab Options

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Actions Tab Options

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Appearance Tab Options

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#47)

Due to the blizzard conditions here in Maryland, my intro for Geek Squeaks’ is a short one…  I encourage you to take advantage of Geek Squeaks’ and bookmark the sites reflected below that are maintained by some of the best bloggers on the internet.

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Snakebytez
Tweak Windows 7 with TweakNow PowerPack

TTC Shelbyville
Windows 7 Classic View

I Love Free Software
USB Safeguard: Secure Documents on Flash Drive

Worthy Tips
Shout down and wake up your PC
using Windows Mobile with WakeAndShake

Mrintech
Have you created your Google Profile Yet?

Canadian Tech Blogger
Facebook is 6 Years Old, 400 Million Active Users

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Blogging with windows live writer 6

TuneUp Blog
How to Install Windows 7 from a USB Thumb Drive

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites February 10

Tech-for Everyone
Warning! The Worst Virus Ever! (Verified by Snopes!)

Rarst.net
Test and choose DNS server that performs best for you

Lifehacker
Easy Poster Printer
Slices and Dices Your Posters for Standard Printers

thePC Security
http://192.168.1.1 Router: Password, Admin List and Details

AKS-Feel the Change
How to Mute System Sound with a Hotkey

Carol’s Vault
SpeedyFox Freeware – improve Firefox startup times

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove SecurePcAv

Plato On-Line
The Whiteout at the White House

Evilfantasy’s Blog
Windows Pirates Encouraged to Install Security Patches

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Free Windows 7 in a Box – Access Win 7’s Features, Settings, Programs, and Tools Instantly

What’s On My PC
Tips to making that call to Tech Support…

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#44)

Welcome to the 44th round of Geek Squeaks’.  If you have a passion for information technology and computers, then you are at the right place.  Geek Squeaks’ is a weekly roundup of links to articles produced by bloggers (and site owners) associated with the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  I encourage you to pay a special visit to each of these sites to support their incredible work…

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Tech-for Everyone
What is Mobsync?

thePC Security
HDD Password Removal –
Crack, Clear, Unlock, Reset a Locked Hard Disk

Lifehacker
Seems Like Everyone’s Getting Faster Internet but the U.S.

Rarst.net
Colorjive.com – online image editor to paint walls

AskBillFirst
Microsoft urges Windows XP users to ditch old Flash version

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites January 19

Snakebytez
Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Maker

TTC Shelbyville
Online Network Tools

I Love Free Software
RegKey Backup – Free Software to Registry Backup

Worthy Tips
Download ‘Your Guide to Windows 7′ EBook

Mrintech
Help Haiti People: Donate Online or via Text

Canadian Tech Blogger
Firefox 3.6 RC2 Out

AKS-Feel The Change
What’s My Computer Doing?

Carol’s Vault
PDF Password Remover – remove your PDF’s restrictions

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Win Security 360

Plato On-Line
World Netizen’s Day

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Safe, Secure Browsing, with Free WOT Browser Add-on

Big Geek Daddy
How to Control Startup Programs

Computer Maintenance
How To Set Windows Automatic Update

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Windows Live Mail Wave4, it’s all looking good!

TuneUp Blog
Get More Privacy! How to Remove Personal Information from Files

Internet Security Blog
Auto Lock Computer Screen With USB – Free Download

Geeked Up
6 Important Steps on How to Maximize Firefox Screen Space

Technize
Find Your Files Faster with Windows 7

Whats On My PC
The Ultimate Clock for your Windows Desktop

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Make Gmail your Default Email Client in Firefox

A great option in Firefox that I recently traversed is the option to make your Gmail account your default email account when using Firefox.  Of course, to benefit from this, you must be using the Mozilla Firefox browser (which I highly recommend) and you must have a Google Gmail account.  Why this became an interest to me is that I recently decided to make Gmail my primary email provider. The downside to this is when I clicked on an email address in Firefox, Gmail would not automatically load; instead the default email client assigned by the computer (e.g. Microsoft Outlook) would load. Knowing from my past experience, “if you can think of it, someone has done it”…  I went on the hunt to find a solution to this problem and discovered that Firefox version 3 and greater has an option built into the browser where you can make Gmail your default email client.  To make this happen:

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click on “Tools” on the top menu, then click on “Options”
  3. Click on the “Applications Tab”
  4. Under “Content Type” look for “mailto”
  5. Once you locate the “mailto” entry, click on “mailto” to highlight it.
  6. You should see on the right side of “mailto” (under the “Action” column) a small “down arrow”.
  7. Click on the “down arrow” and then click on “Use Gmail” (see screenshot below)
  8. After making your selection, click on “OK”
  9. You are done!

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Note:  You can also follow this same process to make Yahoo! Mail your default email client.

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Take Google Chrome Portable for a Spin

From day one Google Chrome has piqued my interest.  As a matter of fact, Google Chrome and Firefox sit side-by-side on my machine as my web browsers of choice. I enjoy the speed and clean appearance that Chrome offers and the dependability, security, and extensions that Firefox offers. I find myself alternating between the two, quite frequently.

If you are someone that has not tried Google Chrome and would like to (without installing it) there is a very good portable option available at portableapps.com. Simply download Google Chrome portable [HERE] and install/run it from a folder on your PC or install/run it from your flashdrive (as it was designed for). Due to Google Chrome Portable being classified as a portable app, it will not write to the registry or leave any files behind. If you find that it is not your cup of tea, simply delete the folder where you initially installed the files.

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To learn more about Google Chrome, click [ HERE ]

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Learn to gesture with your mouse in Firefox…

Have you ever gestured with your mouse? If you are a Firefox browser fan then you need to install the extension to the Firefox browser called FireGestures.

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Learning to gesture with your mouse may seem awkward and takes a little practice; but once you master some of the basic gesture techniques, you will wonder how you managed without it.

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How this works is like this… When you are using the Firefox browser, with FireGestures installed, you learn to use your mouse to perform navigation commands such as going back and forth from one web page to another, closing a page, reloading a page, minimizing/maximizing a window, etc… The commands are typically performed by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the mouse in predefined directions. As you drag the mouse, with FireGestures, you will see a line being drawn to provide a visual of the action  you are performing.

FireGestures is loaded with numerous commands and options; however, I typically only use (3)-three of the basic commands the most with the default options. Those commands being back, forward and close. For example, let’s say I visit the What’s On My PC blog and click on a link to another site that takes me to another web page; then, let’s say I want to return back to the What’s On My PC blog. Instead of clicking the “back” button in my browser, I simply hold down the right mouse button and quickly drag the mouse to the left (or backward); as a result, I quickly return to the What’s On My PC blog.  Vice versa, I can hold down the right mouse button and drag to the right (or forward) to go to the site I had originally visited.  To close a tab, I hold down the right mouse button and draw an “L”.

As I continue to master mouse gesturing, I plan to learn many of the other commands that are available in FireGestures. This all may seem a little techie to most people, but if you are a Firefox browser user and spend a great deal of time on the internet; installing the FireGestures extension and learning to gesture with your mouse is like using your mouse as a magic wand. It will make your browsing experience all that more fast and efficient; plus, your friends will be impressed with the magic.

How good is FireGestures?  It has been downloaded over 4 million times…

FireGestures is a Firefox extension which enables you to execute various commands with five types of gestures:

  • Mouse Gestures (Move mouse with holding right-button)
  • Wheel Gestures (Scroll wheel with holding right-button)
  • Rocker Gestures (Left-click with holding right-button and vice versa)
  • Keypress Gestures (Mouse gesture with holding Ctrl / Shift key)
  • Tab Wheel Gestures (Scrolling wheel on the tab bar)

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#38)

Another great roundup of articles from the What’s On My PC blogroll community.  If you are a person that is looking to get an edge on the latest in information technology and computers, I highly recommend that you visit these sites on a daily basis.

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Tech-for Everyone
Media Center Recordings Filled Disk

Scoroncocolo Tech Pages
How to Use Google Wave

Snakebytez
FreeCommander : An Advanced File Manager

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Internet Explorer 8 and Compatibility View

TTC Shelbyville
How To: Setting Up Active Directory Group Policies –
Network Computing

The Abbey Rose
Universe Firefox

I Love Free Software
Eraser: Permanently Delete Files from Hard Disk

Technize
Download Yahoo Messenger 10 Final

Worthy Tips
Handy Backup –
A Cost Effective Life Insurance For Your System

Mrintech
Best Collection of Aero Wallpapers for your Desktop!

Freeware Elite
Check whether a blog is down with “IS MY BLOG WORKING?”

Free PC Security
Malicious Sites November 24

AskBillFirst
Online Holiday Shopping Tips

Rarst.net
Run web app in dedicated window of Firefox or Chrome

Lifehacker
Hands-On Look at What’s New in Office 2010 [Screenshot Tour]

Crazy World of G
Gov K. Says No LNG Investigation

Computer Too Slow
How to control a desktop remotely

thePC Security
12 Tips to Avoid Phising –
Protection From Phishing Emails and Sites

AKS-Feel The Change
Resize Images Automatically with Dropresize

Carol’s Vault
Online storage services still around

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Enterprise Suite

Plato On-Line
Fake Facebook Uncovered

Evilfantasy’s Blog
GoogleGoogleGoogleGoolge

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
5 Free Microsoft Programs – Really!

Technogran’s Tittle Tattle
Live Photo Gallery v Google Picasa.round 4.

Canadian Tech News Blog
CNET: Top 5 Tech Turkeys

TuneUp Blog
PDC09 – L.A. Day 1 Coverage

Freeware Pharmacy
Essential Apps For…

What’s On My PC…
Microsoft Office Templates

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Geek Squeaks’ of the Week (#37)

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of information technology and computers, I encourage you to take a moment and visit each of the blogs listed below. The articles and information that these sites provide are phenomenal. It is an absolute honor to have them on the What’s On My PC… blogroll.

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The PC Security
9 Tips for Safe and Secure Online Shopping on Internet Sites

Computer Too Slow
Windows 7 complaints from Netbook Users

Crazy World of G
Scan To PDF

Lifehacker
MyPorts Gives You Detailed Information on Open Ports

Rarst.net
Google Wave Preview – first look

Tech-for Everyone
Open .ppt Slideshows With Free Viewer*

AskBillFirst
The “Noteable” Mousepad

Free PC Security
Revo Uninstaller – Free

Right On Technology
Pirate Bay Tracker Shuts Down

Blogging Fool
WordPress Posts Yet Another Security Update in Advance of 2.9

Bill Mullins’ Weblog – Tech Thoughts
Internet Security Tips for Seniors

Evilfantasy’s Blog
What things to do when bored on the Internet?

Plato On-Line
Black Friday Deals Leaked to CNN

The Spyware Biz Blog
A great way to remember secure passwords

Teck~Line Lounge
Amazing Knife Throw- Modern Warfare 2

411-Spyware.com
How to Remove Personal Protector

Carol’s Vault
Design your room online with Armstrong

AKS-Feel The Change
Flash Drive Reminder-Unplug USB Flash Drive From PC

Tune Up Blog
32-bit vs. 64-bit: More Bit, More Performance?

Canadian Tech News Blog
5 Ways In Which Firefox Is Better Than Internet Explorer

Freeware Elite
Backup your Facebook account with ArchiveFB

Mrintech
View Previously Featured Bing Wallpapers & Download Them!

Worthy Tips
Switch Off Your Monitor Using Single Mouse Click in Windows 7

Technize
Handy Backup – Automatic Data Backup, Recovery and Synchronization

I Love Free Software
Kompozer: Free Alternative to Adobe Dreamweaver and FrontPage

TTC Shelbyville
Visio – Nope, It is Gliffy!

Carputers News and Computer Tips
Free WiFi for the Holidays

Snakebytez
View lyrics for songs in your iTunes Library with LyricToy

Computer Maintenance
Basic Computer Maintenance Tips/Checklist

Freeware Pharmacy
Songr

What’s On My PC
Break the Email Chain – Stop the Lies!

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A Simple Solution to Backing Up Your Browser Settings

The everyday computer user primarily uses the computer to browse the internet. As a result, the web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, etc.) becomes one of the most important pieces of software on the computer. Over a period of time, based on the user’s surfing habits, the browser cumulatively collects bookmarks, cookies, history, toolbar settings, extensions, add ons, etc. that the user ultimately becomes dependent on. The problem occurs is when the computer crashes or the user moves to a new computer AND all of those cumulative browser gatherings by the user are lost. I have actually witnessed users that were more upset that they lost their browser bookmark settings, when their computer crashed, than personal documents they may have had.

To prevent this mishap from occurring there is a backup solution, called FavBackup, that will backup your bookmarks and any other settings that are browser specific (e.g. history, cookies, user preferences, extensions and other elements).

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FavBackup is a portable app that requires no installation and has the capability of backing up the browser settings for various versions of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari and Flock.  One point to make is that you will be see two different type of backup and restore options:

(1) – Backup or Restore – allows you to select what you desire to backup or restore

(2) – Full Backup or Full Restore – will perform a backup or restore of all settings in one fell swoop.

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FavBackup is very easy to use, fast and efficient; AND is must-have software for any computer user who is tied to their browser. If anything, make FavBackup part of your normal backup routine and use it to at least backup your bookmarks.

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Go Incognito with Firefox…

Mozilla Firefox

Did you know that Firefox, the choice browser of the tech community has a Private Browsing Mode built into it?

If you are a Firefox user and you are using Firefox version 3.5 or higher you can easily switch from normal browsing mode to private browsing mode. Many of the other popular browsers also have a private (incognito) browsing mode that you can explore.

When you are normally browsing the internet, Firefox remembers the web sites you have visited, your user names and passwords, your browsing history and more. In other words these browsing morsels become a profile of your browsing habits and of you. When you switch to the  Private Browsing Mode in Firefox, these browsing morsels are not collected and stored on the host computer.

Using Private Browsing Mode, to protect your privacy, is handy when browsing the internet from a friend’s computer or at work. In reverse, you can switch the browser into Private Browsing Mode when someone else is using your computer to prevent extraction of or review of your personal morsels (such as user names, passwords, history, cookies, etc…).

To get into Private Browsing Mode, go to the menu bar (at the top of the browser), click on “Tools”, then “Private Browsing Mode” [ see video ]. You can also perform the hotkey combo of  Ctrl + Shift + P on your keyboard to turn Private Browsing Mode “on or off” .

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Personally, I prefer using the hotkey combination to quickly go in and out of Private Browsing Mode. When you enter the Private Browsing Mode, Firefox will graciously remember any pages or tabs that you have open, so that when you exit from Private Browsing Mode, you are right back where you started.

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You can also depart from Private Browsing Mode by going to the menu bar, click on “Tools”, then “Stop Private Browsing”.  You can also leave Private Browsing Mode by simply closing Firefox, as well.

In a Private Browsing session, Firefox won’t keep any browser history, search history, download history, web form history, cookies, or temporary internet files.  However, files you download and bookmarks you make will be kept. [ click here to see details ]

You can tell when you are in Private Browsing Mode by looking at the Title Bar at the top of the browser window.  It will reflect “Private Browsing – Mozilla Firefox”. Downloading files or saving bookmarks is not affected by Private Browsing Mode.

If you are at another PC, I strongly encourage that you use Firefox and the Firefox Private Browsing Mode to protect your privacy.  If Firefox is not available on the host PC you can use Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition and run it from your flash drive.

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Preview Tab Contents In Firefox

If you are a Firefox user, which by the way, is the choice browser of computer techs; I encourage you take a look at the Firefox extension called TabScope. If you are not familiar with browser extensions (sometimes called plug-ins or add-ons) then you do not know what you are missing.

A browser extension is a computer program that extends the functionality of a web browser in some way. Depending on the browser, the term may be distinct from similar terms such as plug-in or add-on. [ Wikipedia ]

TabScope is one of those extensions that I have installed to enhance the functionality of my browser session. With TabScope installed you can hover your mouse over a browser tab to get a “real-time” thumbnail preview of what is open behind the tab. The “cool factor” with TabScope is that you can resize the thumbnail size and you can actually interact with the thumbnail.  In other words, when the thumbnail is open it is like having a mini browser window open that you can click on the links/buttons and can navigate back in forth. This is very useful if you are working with and toggling between numerous browser tabs.

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I do have to say, when I installed TabScope the thumbnails were a little small for my eyes; therefore, I went into the settings and doubled the size of the thumbnail previews.

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If you are person who multi-tasks in their browser, like I do, with numerous tabs open; then, TabScope is a good browser extension to install. You can download and get the TabScope extension [ HERE ]. Again, as a reminder, this is a Firefox browser extension that works with the Firefox browser only.

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Speed Dial your way in Firefox

Many internet users have specific web sites they visit on a daily basis and often do not venture out beyond that.  If you are a advocate of the browser, Mozilla Firefox, then you know there are browser extensions (add-ons) that you can download to customize and make your browsing experience a more efficient experience.

One of my favorite extensions that I have installed in Firefox is called Speed Dial.  Speed Dial is actually an idea that has been borrowed from another browser called Opera that gives you fast access to your most used web sites.  Speed Dial loads in a tab, and will show thumbnail views of websites you have assigned to Speed Dial. The thumbnails are automatically refreshed in the background when the site changes. Once you have your Speed Dial customized to your liking, you simply click on the Speed Dial button on the browser toolbar to load your thumbnail collection of your most frequently visited sites.  Click on any of the thumbnails to visit the selected site. You can get the Speed Dial extension [ HERE ] .

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Features as described by publisher:

Speed Dial will open in a tab, showing the currently assigned websites as thumbnails.

The Speed Dial tab can be loaded automatically in new tabs and windows.

The assigned websites can be loaded automatically by pressing the Control key and it’s assigned number.

Drag & drop reordering.

Add dialog when clicking an unassigned entry.

Automatic refresh of thumbnails by using a background browser (with configurable interval per thumbnail).

Toolbar buttons to access Speed Dial’s functionality (including a drop down of the assigned websites).

Multiple addresses can be assigned to a single dial, similar to the way the home page is handled (separating them with the “|” character).

Weather status, which can locate your position automatically based on your IP (courtesy of GeoBytes). Clicking on that dial will provide the full weather forecast.

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Internet Explorer – Losing ground to Firefox

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Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides


By Mark Long
www.newsfactor.com


July 6, 2009 1:16PM


Other Browsers Advance as Internet Explorer Slides

Microsoft’s Internet Explorer continued to lose ground against other browsers in June, according to StatCounter. The market share for Mozilla’s Firefox 3.5 rose rapidly since its launch last week. Opera’s share in Europe has jumped since July 2008 and Apple, Inc.’s Safari has lost global market share, but Safari 4 downloads have been heavy.

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Browser Speed Comparison Test

We all want faster, safer, and reliable… Checkout the browser speed comparison test at PCGames Hardware. The tests they ran focused on pure speed. You can even run the same tests at Sunspider, Futuremark Peacekeeper, and Acid.

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Internet browser tested
with Peacekeeper, Sunspider and Acid

Big browser comparison test: Internet Explorer vs. Firefox, Opera, Safari and Chrome

June 19, 2009 – by Link, Riemann

PC Games Hardware tested the speed of the internet browsers Internet Explorer 6, 7 and 8, Mozilla Firefox 2.0, 3.0.11 and 3.5b99, Opera 9.6 and 10, Safari 3.1.1 and 4.0, Chrome 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 with the benchmarks Peacekeeper and Sunspider and checked them with the Acid tests as well.

PCGames Test

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Web Browsers run faster in Windows 7(?)

Have any of the readers of this blog experienced this sort of revelation with Windows 7 RC? Please feel free to comment below.

Chrome, Firefox, IE8 accelerate 12% or more in Windows 7 over Vista

By Scott M. Fulton, III | Published May 28, 2009, 3:59 PM

If you’ve been testing the final Windows 7 Release Candidate on your own physical platforms, and you wonder what’s giving you that feeling that it’s just a bit peppier, a tad zippier, it’s not an illusion. Betanews tests all this week, concluding today, comparing all the major stable release and development Windows-based Web browsers, running on exactly the same physical computer with fresh Windows Vista SP2 and Windows 7 RC partitions, confirmed what our eyes and gut feelings were telling us: On average, most browsers ran 11.9% faster in Windows 7 than on the same machine running Vista SP2, with most speed gains falling right around that mark..


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Transmute – The Ultimate Bookmark Converter

If you are like me, you may be using more than one web browser OR you may be in the process of changing to another browser. The problem most users experience in these cases is moving their bookmarks (or web site favorites) from one browser platform to another; OR trying to keep their bookmarks synced between the different browser platforms. It has been my experience through assisting other users that there is a “high value” placed on their bookmarks (or favorites). I often hear the statements, “please try and save my favorites or don’t lose my favorites”. Most techie types know the various processes to convert and transfer bookmark formats from one browser format to another; however, it can be a daunting task for the everyday computer user.

There is an easy solution to all of this called “Transmute”. Transmute is software that will easily do all of the work for you when you desire to transfer your bookmarks from one browser platform to another.

Transmute

“Transmute will convert, synchronize, sort, organize and remove duplicates from your bookmarks and more”.

I currently use Transmute to synchronize my bookmarks between Internet Explorer, Opera USB, Chrome, and Firefox. I also look at Transmute as a backup strategy for my bookmarks, as well. There is a “FREE” version of Transmute and a “PAID” version. The “FREE” version supports the major browser platforms and is all most users will need. The “PAID” version takes it one step further and provides support to work with two of the leading “online” bookmarking services (Delicious and Google Bookmarks).

Transmute is available as a full install program or as a portable app that can be run from your flash drive. (NOTE: This is another good tool for the techie toolbox).

Transmute

Publisher’s Description

Extensive Browser Support

Transmute supports all of the major web browsers including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, Apple Safari, Chromium, Flock and Konqueror!

Easy to Use

A streamlined interface makes Transmute very accessible.

Automatic Backups

By default Transmute will timestamp and back up your bookmark collections before changes are made, providing extra safety.

Cross-Platform

Transmute supports Windows using the Microsoft .NET Framework. However, Transmute will also run on Windows, Linux and Mac via use of the Mono Framework!

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TheWorld Browser – A different kind of web browser…

For those who may not know what a web browser is, it is simply a software application, such as Internet Explorer, that is specifically crafted for retrieving, presenting and traversing information resources on the internet. Many computer users do not realize that there are other browser options out there, other than Internet Explorer; the most popular being Firefox, Google Chrome and Opera (to name a few).

Recently I have been on the hunt for a good portable version of a browser to run from my flash drive. I have tried and used extensively the portable versions of the most popular browsers such as Firefox, Opera, and Chrome; however, I found that after long periods of usage (from the flashdrive), the browsers would start to bog down and/or errors would start to develop.

Sometimes we get so locked into what is popular and forget that there are other options. It was at this point I starting looking outside that circle of “popular browsers” for something different. During that hunt, I tried and tested many (such as Avant, Maxthon, Browzar, QtWeb). I eventually came across a browser called “TheWorld Browser” that not only caught my eye, but has performed beautifully from my flash drive. As a matter of fact, the more I use it, the more I like it.

TheWorld Browser

TheWorld Browser is a “fast, safe and easy way to browse the web” that has features that many of the other browsers do not.  TheWorld Browser is dependent on the Internet Explorer engine, and is guaranteed to be 100% malware free.  This app is small in size (1.4 MB) and, in my opinion, is very fast to the draw…  If you are looking for an Internet Explorer replacement on your PC or a browser to carry with you on your flash drive, I say give this browser a try!

TheWorld Browser

Publisher’s Description

Multi-threaded frame.
TheWorld Browser version 2.0 is among the first multi-threaded frame browser in the world (the first is Internet Explorer 7.0), the multi-threaded window frame can prevent the web pages from freezing.

Intelligent Ad blocking + Blacklist filter.
TheWorld can block popup ad. and float ad. automatically.
TheWorld can block popups and float ads automatically. You can also use a blacklist to filter ads. The blacklist filter works from lower level of HTTP protocol, with regular expression so that you can filter out anything you want.

Web page mute.
TheWorld is the first browser that can disable a web page’s sound with one click.

Powerful Tools
Powerful Tools Built in tools like: Flash filter, unlock page script limited, zoom, Proxy quick switching, Auto complete, Quick media saver, Privacy guard, Mouse gestures, Custom hotkeys and Drag & drop support, make TheWorld one of the most powerful browsers around.

Safer.
TheWorld Browser has built-in safe guards that will protect you while surfing.

Built-in Download Manager.
Which consists of multi-thread download, resumable download, with intuitive download management.

Skins and plugins.
TheWorld Browser supports skins and plugins, we have hundreds of skins and plugins to customize the way you browse. TheWorld has native support for Internet Explorer’s plugins as well.

TheWorld Browser uses the Microsoft Internet Explorer engine and will run on Windows 98/me/2000/xp/Vista.

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Prism – Bringing Cloud Apps To Your Desktop

I recently posted an article which provided (3)-three options available, geared toward cloud apps, that will allow you to split web applications out of the browser. The article “Turn your cloud apps into desktop apps with SSB” explored the emerging technology of site specific browsers which allows you take an online site (or cloud app) and convert it into a desktop application. The advantage to this is that when the cloud app is launched, it will open into a full screen window minus all of the distractions of a typical browser and will run in its’ own separate process. One of the options that I presented was called “Prism” by Mozilla Labs (the Firefox people).

Prism

Work is now starting to progress with Prism, after what I saw was very little activity. First sign of activity was the Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop [click here] (which is Prism based); the second sign of activity is an actual Prism web site  [click here] ; and the third sign of activity is the beta release of Prism (V1.0 b1) [click here] .

There are numerous web based apps being developed daily, and what we are seeing is next generation computing.  I have been using Prism for approximately 3 months to launch my favorite cloud apps in their own separate processes or applications. Prism can be run either as a Firefox extension or you can download the Prism software. I preferred the actual Prism software download so that I could see how Prism performed at the PC level. If you are someone who is into cloud computing, you definitely need to give Prism a try.

How does Prism Work?

What you are seeing below is the “Prism” software application which is very easy to use. Enter the desired URL of your cloud app (or web site), give it a name, check “off” the location where you want Prism create the shortcut (e.g. Desktop, Start Menu, Quick Launch Bar), click “OK” and you are done…  Prism does all of the work for you and even extracts an icon from the cloud app site to identify the cloud app shortcut.  If you want to get rid of the cloud app that Prism installed, you simply delete the shortcut.

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The easy way to backup your Firefox profiles…

We recently discussed the importance of backing up anything that is of importance to us (“Backing up files you personally value…”).  When we use our web browsers (e.g. Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, etc…) we do not think about backing up our bookmark favorites and/or the profiles which we have painstakingly accumulated.

If you are an advocate of the Mozilla products, such as the Firefox Browser and the Thunderbird email client, I highly recommend that you download and try “MozBackup”MozBackup is a simple utility for creating backups of Mozilla Firefox, Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape profiles.

Your profiles, in a sense is the personality that you have given these applications, which includes your bookmarks, mail contacts, history, extensions, cache, etc…  You will definitely feel at a loss if you lose your Mozilla profile settings in the event of a system crash or malfunction. The utility is very easy to use and will walk you through the entire “short and quick” process (see screenshots below).  I currently use this utility to backup my Firefox profiles and settings.  Restoring from the backup is as easy as doing the backup itself.

This program is freeware and works on Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista. It’s developed in Czech republic.  There is a portable version, as well as an install version.  You can get MozBackup [ HERE ] .

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PortableApps Suite

If you own an USB flash drive, then you will want to grab the most recent version of “PortableApps Suite”.  The launcher and collection of apps will fit comfortably on a 512 MB drive.

PortableApps Suite

PortableApps Suite™ is a collection of portable apps including a web browser, email client, office suite, calendar/scheduler, instant messaging client, antivirus, sudoku game, backup utility and integrated menu, all preconfigured to work portably. Just drop it on your portable device and you´re ready to go.

All versions of the PortableApps Suite include the integrated PortableApps Menu and the PortableApps Backup utility along with a set of custom icons, an autoplay configuration, folders and a quick start shortcut.

Features:

  • Mozilla Firefox, Portable Edition (web browser)
  • Mozilla Thunderbird, Portable Edition (email)
  • Mozilla Sunbird, Portable Edition (calendar/tasks)
  • ClamWin Portable (antivirus)
  • Pidgin Portable (instant messaging)
  • Sumatra PDF Portable (PDF reader
  • KeePass Password Safe Portable (password manager)
  • Sudoku Portable (game)
  • Mines-Perfect Portable (game)
  • CoolPlayer+ Portable (audio player)
  • OpenOffice.org Portable* (office suite)

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Foxmarks is changing name to Xmarks…

XmarksFoxmarks, a Firefox bookmark manager add-on is evolving into Xmarks. If you do not know what I am referring to, please hang in there and I will try to explain.

First, what is Firefox?… I find that many, many people still do not know about Firefox or they think that they have to stay with the Internet Explorer browser. Firefox (by Mozilla) is a web browser (like Internet Explorer) but with many, many more features and add-ons. You will find many techs, geeks and computer guru’s using this browser due to the added security that Firefox offers. Firefox gains in popularity everyday and is a main competitor to Internet Explorer. If you are interested, you can visit the Mozilla Firefox web site [ here ] to learn more. I highly recommend this browser over Internet Explorer.

Getting back to Xmarks Xmarks is an add-on utility that you install that allows you to save and backup (synchronize) your internet favorites (or bookmarks) to an online Xmarks’ account that you subscribe to. Install Xmarks on each computer you use, and it seamlessly integrates with your web browser and keeps your bookmarks safely backed up and in sync.

The plus to all of this… After you have setup your account, you can also access your online account from any computer to get to your favorites. According to the website the Xmarks browser add-on is coming soon to Internet Explorer and Safari.

Key info from the Xmarks web site:

Xmarks is a superset of Foxmarks – it adds web discovery features to our world-class bookmark sync. Learn more here.

If you choose to upgrade to Xmarks, it will work seamlessly with your existing Foxmarks account and will sync with your other computers running Foxmarks. Install Xmarks here.

Foxmarks.com and our existing Foxmarks add-ons won’t change overnight. We expect to have upgrades to all three Foxmarks versions available by the end of March and we’ll provide you with more detailed info once we return from the DEMO conference.

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