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February 2018

How to open Gigabyte-sized text files on Windows

When you try to load a Gigabyte-sized text file on Windows, you will find out quickly that the default programs that Windows ships with are not suited for this.

While most users may never encounter huge text files on any system, those who do need a program that opens these text documents reliably.

Neither Notepad nor Wordpad open very large text files, and even favorite third-party alternatives such as Notepad++ won't once file size reaches a certain threshold.

Check your passwords against the Pwned Passwords database

Is a password that you use actively to protect an account secure? The question is difficult to answer as it depends on your definition of secure.

Secure can mean, among other things, that it cannot be cracked in reasonable time, or that it is not already on a publicly accessible password list.

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Router Default Passwords for Windows

Router Default Passwords is a portable free software for Microsoft Windows devices that is a little helper application for discovering a router's IP address and listing default passwords.

Most Windows PCs are connected to routers or modems for Internet connectivity. While most users leave routers or modems alone most of the time, it may sometimes be necessary to access the admin dashboard of these devices.

Use Chrome's Task Manager to find out which site or extension slows it down

One of the unique features of Google Chrome is the integrated task manager that the web browser ships with.

While all modern operating systems feature a Task Manager, Chrome's task manager gives users a detailed view of all loaded websites, browser extensions and other components of the browser.

All of these show up as Chrome processes in the operating system's task manager making it difficult to impossible to associate open sites or loaded extensions with processes that use too much CPU or memory.

uTorrent Web First Look

uTorrent Web is a web-based client of the still-popular uTorrent BitTorrent application. The developers of uTorrent announced plans to release a web-based version of uTorrent in early 2017.

Note: uTorrent Web is blocked by Windows Defender and possibly also other security software as potentially unwanted software. You may need to exclude the program or move it out of quarantine to download and use it.

Dark Reader dark theme extension for Firefox

Dark Reader is a popular browser extension for Google Chrome which its developer, Alexander Shutov, released for Mozilla Firefox recently.

The basic idea of the extension is to turn any website design to a dark theme design for better readability especially at night when too bright sites become harder to look at.

Dark themes are quite popular and users who want to use them on sites have multiple options. Common options include installing extensions or userstyles for the purpose.

Back to basics Part 2 – Managing Users on a Debian base system

In part 1 of this little series we did some updating via CLI. Now, we will once again take a look at how to manage things via the terminal; like how to create and delete users, as well as set/change user passwords.

With that said, I'm focusing this article on users who are running a distribution that is based on Debian, such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint (Based on Ubuntu, but still applicable), etc. The reason for this, is that most users who are brand new to the GNU/Linux world will likely be running one of these systems.

XTR Toolbox review

XTR Toolbox is an open source program for Windows to tweak, clean and optimize the operating system. You can download and run the tool without installation but need to know that it requires the Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.2 or higher.

XTR Toolbox is compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of all supported versions of Windows. Those are, at the time of writing, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows 10.

Firefox 60 with new preference to disable FTP

Mozilla plans to release Firefox 60 with a new preference to disable support for the FTP protocol. The preference is disabled by default so that FTP sites can still be accessed in Firefox 60.

FTP, just like HTTP, is on its way out. Browser makers, site operators and hosting companies move to newer protocols that support encryption among other things to better protect user data against spying and manipulation.

Chrome 64 for Android cuts URLs automatically when you share them

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