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Wonderful Browser Addon Lets You Search Text Of All Visited Pages - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
The built-in history feature built into all web browsers can be very useful. If you need to revisit a page that you looked at yesterday, or a month ago, just search through the history listing and you'll probably find the correct URL listed there. However, the browser history would be much more useful if it stored not just the URL of the pages you visit, but also the text that was on the page too. And if it let you search that text, to find precisely the item you remembered reading without having to know the site that it was on. If such a feature sounds like something you'd appreciate, and if you use the Chrome browser, then your luck is in. A free extension called All Seeing Eye gives you precisely that functionality. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Microsoft may have stopped providing security updates for Windows XP but a large number of PC users are sticking with the venerable old workhorse. Because safety is very dependent on individual habits and skills, I won’t comment on the controversial issue of whether continuing to use XP is safe. However, a lot of Gizmo’s readers are still using Windows XP so I thought it worth passing along some tips on how to make XP systems more secure. If you are determined to continue using XP, here are four ways to help keep your system safer. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Empower Your Songs With Lyrics - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
“La La La…” What’s that song? To answer it, or whenever you like to enjoy music with lyrics, give this online service MusiXmatch a good spin. It is one of the best solutions as it has a huge catalog of over 7 million songs in multiple languages for you to search, either by entering a song title, artist's name or a few song words. Getting even more handy, this huge catalog has come into your pocket. With a mobile device, you can download this popular app MusiXmatch Music Lyrics Player for free. It's not only a good lyrics finder, but a beautiful music player with synced lyrics indeed. Available for iPhone, iPad, Windows Phone, Android and Windows 8.1. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you, or someone you know, has signed up with the Livedrive cloud storage network then there's something you need to know. Livedrive has started closing people's accounts without warning. Not everyone's account, of course. Just a few. And when those people contact the company to ask why, they're told that they were breaching the terms of their "umlimited storage" package by, er, storing too much stuff. If this happens to you, and you make a fuss, Livedrive will restore your access in order that you can retrieve any important data. However, in the experience of a couple of friends of mine, this access has its bandwidth throttled to such a degree that it is virtually impossible to download anything. So your files are pretty much lost. So if you're a user of Livedrive and you've backed up some important data to the service recently, make sure that the remote backup isn't your only copy. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Easy Way to Customize the System Folder “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
The system folder that was once called My Computer became simply Computer in Windows 7/8 and has now morphed into This PC in Windows 8.1. Whatever you call it, it is convenient to be able to modify its contents to suit your own way of doing things. Computer and This PC are not regular folders so you can’t just add or delete a shortcut or file there the usual way. However, there is a free portable utility that makes it easy to edit the contents to suit yourself. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Here's one of the neatest ideas I've seen for ages, courtesy of a new web site. Search for the name of a song or band, and the site will bring up the relevant video from Youtube. It'll also automatically analyse the track, work out which chords are being played, and show you them in guitar, ukulele or piano notation. So you can play along. Brilliant! http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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New Top Pick: Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
So a new product has risen to the top of our recommendations. If you an Android dude you had better check this out. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
The key to good gaming on a PC is a decent frame rate. The faster your PC, and its graphics card, can update the screen, the smoother the gameplay. And while it's possible to find plenty of PC benchmarking programs around that will tell you the maximum frame rate your machine can manage, such results aren't always useful in real life. Which is where Fraps comes in. Fraps displays the current frame rate on your screen, updated every second, so you can see just how well your computer is performing. It works with just about any program that updates the screen regularly (even a video on a web site), but is most useful when gaming. It lets you easily compare your screen refresh speed with, say, a friend's computer or with the previous graphics card you just upgraded from. Fraps is free (you need to register and pay to get some of its other features, but the basic frame rate display is free). It's a 2.2 MB download and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. It works on...
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Smarten Up Your Documents With 100 Brilliant Free Fonts - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
I often come across collections of free Windows fonts for download, but many of them are of poor quality so I tend not to write about them on this site. But as a welcome change, here's one that's really good. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
If you like to synch a Gmail account with one of the common email clients, you may have started having problems. Today (15 July, 2014) Google has increased its security measures to make access to Google accounts harder. If you use one of the email clients listed below (and maybe others), you may not be able to synch them with Gmail without changing a setting: - Email app on iPhone or iPad with iOS6 or below - 3rd party email apps on Android devices - Microsoft Outlook - Mozilla Thunderbird http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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14 Mozilla Articles to Help Make You a Better and Safer User of the Firefox Browser - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Do you use Firefox as your Internet browser? It turns out that even regular users are often unfamiliar with the rich resources available at Mozilla. There are many articles there that can help make you a better user of Firefox. Areas covered include installation, configuration, security, privacy, maintenance, and other areas of Firefox use. Here are 14 of my favorite links from the Mozilla collection. Read these and you can become a Firefox ace. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
It always surprises me how little people know about what’s on their PC. If you want to know things such as how much RAM you have, what hardware and software are installed, and many other interesting details, there are a number of system information utilities available. One that is quite comprehensive and easy to use is a free program from Piriform called Speccy. Piriform is the developer of CCleaner and other widely used free utilities so Speccy is well supported. It has a clean interface with a large variety of details about what is on your computer. The program is said to work in Windows XP on through Windows 8.1 and has both 32-and 64-bit versions. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across that are fun, interesting, or useful, tech related or not. I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon - NASA Television - World Fact Book - 1,000 Lifehacks - Should I Block It? http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Deeper into the Windows Registry - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
The Windows registry is doubly obscure as it is both unknown to most of us and hard to understand. This is as it should be. The registry is a fundamental part of the Windows Kernel and its operations are relatively complex. If Windows is working properly then we, as users, should never see the Registry or any of its components. This article is not written for registry beginners, nor those simply wanting to edit the registry. Instead it provides a deeper understanding of the organization and management of the registry. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Correction: Live Salmon-Fishing Bear Cam! - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Yesterday I gave the incorrect link to this bizarre yet fascinating live webcam. Here's the correct one: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Weekend Diversions: Live Salmon-Fishing Bear Cam! - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Here's something a little different, which should be good for most of July. It's a live webcam of brown bears at Brooks Falls in Katmai National Park, Alaska. It's currently the salmon fishing season so, during daylight hours, you should be able to see a few very patient bears waiting for a fish. Believe it or not, it is actually addictive viewing! http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Monitor Your PC's Activity With This Classic Free Utility - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Last week I mentioned a free program called Activity Indicator, which lets you see in real time the names of the files that Windows is accessing. A few readers contacted me to say that Process Monitor, an old favourite of many, can also do the same thing. Which reminded me that I haven't yet mentioned this excellent freeware program. Time to make amends. Process Monitor (not to be confused with Process Explorer, from the same people) is a free utility from SysInternals, a small software outfit that Microsoft bought a few years ago. Process Monitor gives you a readout of all your computer's activity. However, it doesn't just limit itself to file access. It also shows registry access too, which is fascinating if you want to see just how many times during the average minute your computer accesses the registry. Thousands, by the way.It runs on Windows XP and above, is a tiny 1 MB download, is portable, and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust. Simply brilliant....
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Large Collection of Free eBooks from Microsoft - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
From time to time Microsoft provides free ebooks with tips and help for using their products. They have just released another big batch. Topics covered include Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Office 2013, Office 365, Office 2010, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, Lync 2013, System Center, Azure, Cloud, SQL Server, and more. The description and download links are at this MSDN page. Formats are PDF, EPUB, and MOBI for many but some are DOC or DOCX. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Website of the Week: Easily Delete Your Online Accounts With Account Killer - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Account Killer provides instructions to remove your account or public profile on most popular websites, including Skype, Facebook, Windows Live, Hotmail / Live, Twitter, MSN / Messenger, Google and many more. Deleting any of your online accounts seems like it should be easy. For the most part, it isn't. I've found deleting online accounts to be time consuming and frustrating. Account Killer collects direct links and deleting instructions to make account termination easier. Some online accounts are difficult or impossible to delete - Account Killer has a color ranking system that tells at a glance how easy or difficult any given account is to delete, along with links that go directly to the account deletion page. There are categories for popular sites, blacklisted sites, white-listed sites, and all sites. There's a useful search box that brings up results - typing in a few letters brings up a drop down menu listing site matches. This site is definitely worth a visit whether you want to...
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Use This Free Android Keyboard App to Really Speed Up Your Typing - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
One of the great things about the Android system is that it allows you to install a third-party keyboard app so that you can choose the one you like than the default keyboard. Among the third-party apps, Swiftkey Keyboard stands out to become one of the most popular and excellent keyboards enjoyed by many users. What's more, SwiftKey used to charge $3.99 in the Google Play store, but it has come out with a freemium model that you can now use it for free, with some in-app purchases to get the extras if you ever need. SwiftKey has many amazing features, especially the SwiftKey Flow. It allows you to input a word by sliding your finger across the keys—just press your finger on the key that starts your word and drag from letter to letter, let go and it magically inputs your word. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Find Out What's In Thousands Of Household Products - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Have you ever wondered what precisely is in your favourite brand of printer ink, shampoo, paint, or toilet cleaner? Or maybe you want to be able to find a brand of shampoo that doesn't contain a particular ingredient to which you're sensitive. Or perhaps you want to know all about Acetophenone. If you're in the US, you probably know that there's a web site which contains all of this information. Presumably (forgive me here, but I'm not based in the US) because it's a legal requirement for manufacturers of household products to submit their data to this official government site. If you're not in the US, and you've always wondered what goes into paint or antiperspirant or dog shampoo, now's your chance to find out by browsing this fascinating site. Obviously this website is USA oriented, so be aware that some formulations of products for the US market may not be precisely the same worldwide. But it's still an interesting and educational resource....
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Wallpaper of the Week: Fireworks Over Sydney Harbor - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
This weeks wallpaper is an amazing shot of fireworks over the harbor in Sydney, Australia. The great colors and sharp focus make me wish I was there. :) Icons do quite well with this wallpaper except in the very brightest areas. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
XP user, I am talking to you. In April 2014, your favorite operating system stopped being officially supported by Microsoft. Now, there's no reason for panic, but this is a good opportunity to start considering alternatives. Without going into too many details, the free and exciting option is to try Linux. Indeed, today, we will demonstrate how to dual-boot an existing Windows XP installation with the latest edition of Linux Mint, a highly popular Linux distribution, while retaining all the important user data you have. Naturally, this is somewhat of an advanced topic, so you might need to invest a little time reading, but overall, the exercise should be worth the effort. In the end, you will have a fully functional dual-boot setup for all your needs, with XP on one end and a modern, stylish Linux Mint 17 Qiana on the other. Let's rock. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Find Out What Your PC's Been Doing, With This Event Log Explorer - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Modern versions of Windows (from XP onwards) maintain a series of so-called event log files which keep track of everything the operating system does. Whenever there's an error, this gets recorded as an entry in the event log. As does pretty much everything else you do, too. Therefore, if you're troubleshooting a computer, or you simply want to learn about all the things that go on in the background, a browse through the event logs can be very revealing. Trouble is, the event log viewing feature built into Windows isn't particularly helpful or pretty. Which is why it's useful to come across a nice alternative. Event Log Explorer is, as the name suggests, a program to let you browse and search your PC's event logs. It runs on Windows XP and above, and is malware-free according to Web of Trust and VirusTotal. It's a 3.4 MB download and, despite the name works perfectly under more recent operating systems. Including Windows 8.1 in my case. The program is quite expensive to buy, as it's...
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This Disk Activity Indicator Has An Incredible Additional Feature - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
I've written before on this site about programs that provide an on-screen hard disk indicator, which can be useful if you can't see the one on your computer itself. Maybe the box is under your desk, or in a cupboard, or perhaps it's a virtual server in a datacentre hundreds of miles away. "Activity Indicator" is actually a very good program. It's free, it's portable, it's free from malware according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust, and it provides a perfectly acceptable disk activity indicator on your system tray. But look a little more closely and it also has another incredibly useful facility. It logs every access to every file on your hard disk. It can tell you each time a file was created, deleted, or replaced. Not only is this a really useful troubleshooting tool, but it's also a great way to learn about what Windows gets up to when you're not at your keyboard. And if you suspect that someone else is misusing your PC, this is the tool that will help you track them down. If you...
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How to Search Tweets Without Being Signed Up toTwitter - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Whether or not you are signed up with Twitter (I’m not) you can’t ignore the fact that this is a major way that information is exchanged these days. So it is worthwhile to be aware that Twitter provides a search facility for all those tweets (around 500 million per day). The search facility is available whether you are signed up or not, so anyone can scour those short little bursts of information to see what is being said about the events of the day and any other topics that interest you. You may never intend to make a tweet yourself but you can take a selective look at what all those other people are going on about. Forget the trivial aspect, when it comes to breaking news there is no better information source on the planet. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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If You're Using Windows Remote Desktop You Need To Read This - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
One of the most useful features built into Windows (but not sadly in the home versions) is Remote Desktop. Not to be confused with Remote Assistance, Remote Desktop lets you log into your PC via the internet from wherever you happen to be. It also works on your local LAN, of course, which is useful if you need to access another PC in the house or office without physically sitting at it. It comes as no surprise to learn that hackers are now exploiting remote desktop connections. They have developed automated systems that scour the internet for remote desktop connections and then try to brute-force a login by trying thousands of common combinations of username and password. Once they gain access, they install a web server on the hacked machine in order to host malware and viruses. They then send out millions of spam messages in an attempt to trick people into visiting your compromised computer. So if you use Windows Remote Desktop there are some things you need to do now to protect your...
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Updated: Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
Yes it has been updated again! In fact twice this month. This remarkable article contains the web's most comprehensive list of free security-related programs or web applications for Windows XP and later Windows PC-based operating systems. Every time I browse this list I find something new to help me protect my PC and I'm sure you will too. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content...
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Updated: Best Free Download Manager - http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr...
Everyone downloads a lot of stuff from the internet. Be it softwares, videos, music, documents, images, you fill your hard drive with all of this. To track and manage all these downloads is a daunting task, and having a clean workspace to organize all these downloadable content is the need of the hour. This is where a download manager comes to the rescue, also accelerating your downloads all the way. http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-fr...
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