August 2017

Google tests new perma-silence feature for sites in Chrome

Google tests a new feature in Chrome Canary currently that gives you options to silence websites in Chrome permanently so that they are blocked from playing audio.

Audio is an important part of the Internet, especially when it comes to multimedia content and entertainment in general.

Audio can be annoying as well, for instance when sites play video ads with audio, play videos with audio, or play audio to notify the user. Basically, any playback of audio that is not user initiated is problematic from a usability point of view.

Explore Space with NASA’s Eyes

NASA's Eyes is a free software program and mobile application to explore earth, the solar system, the universe and spacecraft exploring them.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology created the application. Note that the app requires an active Internet connection as it retrieves data from NASA servers when you run it.

Add your favorite websites to the Windows 10 Taskbar

If you want quick access to your favorite websites on Windows 10, you may add links to them to the Windows 10 taskbar to launch them with a tap or click on the icon.

While some browsers provide you with built-in tools to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar, others don't. Chrome and Microsoft Edge are in the first group of browsers, Firefox in the second.

This guide provides you with instructions on how to pin sites to the Windows 10 taskbar in Chrome, Edge, Firefox, and practically any other browser.

How to add a table of contents to a Word 2016 document

Adding a table of contents to a Microsoft Word 2016 document is not a complicated process. Still, if it is your first time doing so you may find it helpful if the process is laid out to you in clear words.

A table of contents lists chapters and other segments of a book or document. Most scientific books and many magazines display the table of contents on the first couple of pages of the document.

The table helps with the orientation but also highlights the logical structure of the document to the reader.

Lessmsi: view and extract Windows MSI files

Lessmsi is a free program for Microsoft Windows which you may use to view and extract the contents of Windows Installer MSI files.

While the program has been designed for Windows, it may also work using Wine.

It needs to be noted that lessmsi is not the only program that you may use to view and extract the content of msi files. Many programs used to create and extract archives, Bandizip for instance, can do this as well.

Screen Dragons: show frameless images on the Windows desktop

Screen Dragons is a free software program for Microsoft Windows devices that you may use to display frameless images on the Windows desktop.

You can make those images transparent, and move them around as you see fit.

One of the core ideas behind Screen Dragons is to add a logo or other image to a recording of the desktop. It may also be useful on kiosk PCs, and in situations where you'd like to see one or multiple images all the time on the desktop.

How to hide the Microsoft Edge button in Internet Explorer on Windows 10

Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system ships with two web browsers; the new Microsoft Edge web browser which is the default browser on Windows 10, and Internet Explorer 11.

While Microsoft wants users of Windows 10 to use Microsoft Edge, as it supports newer web technologies and is the browser that Microsoft puts the development focus on, it had to add Internet Explorer to Windows 10 for backwards compatibility purposes.

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