January 2016

LanTorrent prevents torrent corruption

LanTorrent is a free program for the Windows operating system that prevents torrent file corruption by backing up the configuration and ensuring that all resources are available before launching the torrent client.

If you download and seed torrents regularly, you may have come upon a situation where you had to move files to another directory or even a network location.

Maybe you do so regularly once torrent files are complete on the local system, maybe you do it occasionally to free up disk space.

Customize Windows icons and branding with CustomizerGod

CustomizerGod is a free portable program for Windows that provides you with options to customize icons and the branding of the operating system.

Windows offers only limited icon customization options. While you can change some icons, either directly or by changing settings in the Windows Registry, the operation is not comfortable and error prone at the same time.

Mozilla experiments with a combined Firefox address and search field

Mozilla runs an experiment currently in which some of the participating Firefox users see a unified address bar and search bar in the browser.

Of all the major browsers available for the Windows operating system, Mozilla Firefox is the only one that is offering an address bar and a search bar to its users by default.

Firefox users can customize the browser directly and through the use of add-ons to remove the search bar and use the address bar exclusively for searches and direct access to Internet resources.

E-Mail History Browser for Windows

E-Mail History Browser is a third-party standalone program for the Windows operating system that enables you to browse email archives independent of installed clients on the machine.

The program has not been designed to read emails but to display a thorough account of the email communication history of one or multiple archives on the computer.

Wave Goodbye to the Java Plugin (if you have not already)

Oracle announced on January 27 that it will deprecate the Java browser plugin in JDK 9.

Browser plugins, at least those based on the ancient NPAPI standard, will become a thing of the past in 2016 when all major browsers will stop supporting them.

Years ago, browser plugins were used to power a variety of services including media streaming, DRM enforcement, gaming, or web applications.

cPro is a third-party mobile client for Craigslist

The app cPro is a third-party client for the popular online service Craigslist. Craigslist itself makes available a mobile version of its site but no official application for Android that users can turn to.

What sets cPro apart from other applications of its kind is its immense set of features. It enables you for instance to include multiple cities and districts in searches, or browse a photo wall of results only.

TripAdvisor app to be preloaded on Windows 10 devices

Microsoft is giving away Windows 10 for free until mid 2016 to customers running Windows 7 or Windows 8 machines. The move, designed to get as many users as possible on the platform, raised questions in regards to how Microsoft will make money with the operating system if it hands it out for free.

Some suggested that Windows 10 would be turned into a subscription service after the first year period or shortly thereafter, but there is no indication that this is going to happen.

Report: Microsoft Edge leaks private browsing data locally

A not-so recent report indicates that Microsoft's Edge web browser may be leaking web browsing data of the browser's private browsing mode locally.

The researcher's investigation of locally stored data by Microsoft's Edge browser came to the conclusion that the browser is storing private browsing data in a local database even after the session is ended.

According to the report, Edge reveals websites visited in private mode in the browser's WebCache file.

Why I Am Losing My Faith in Freeware

Imagine, for a moment, that you publish a site about freeware and free software, and that you’ve been doing it for 10 years. Now imagine telling people about it, acquaintances that you’ve just met at a party. Guess what the first question that they ask you is going to be? The answer, overwhelmingly, is "how do you make money out of that?".

HTMTied: create browser-independent links quickly

HTMTied is a free portable program for the Windows operating system that allows you to create browser-independent links.

If you want to have links to websites available on the desktop or another location on a device you own or even in the cloud, then you have a couple of options to do that.

You can drag and drop a site url directly to the location to store it there. The process works in most modern browsers, but a caveat is that the link may not be universal in nature.

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