February 2018

Tips and Tricks for KDE 5 Dolphin File Manager

Years ago when the KDE team decided to move from Konquerer to Dolphin in KDE4, it was controversial, with some people in support of the move, and others against it.

Now, it’s widely recognized that Dolphin is probably the most powerful file manager for GNU/Linux, with a number of features and enhancements to make workflow as simple, quick, and informative as possible.

With that said, I thought I would perhaps share just a few things that people may overlook in their Dolphin setup, that you might enjoy.


BleachBit 2.0 temporary file cleaner review

BleachBit 2.0 is a new version of the temporary cross-platform file cleaner that is often compared to Piriform's CCleaner application for Windows.

BleachBit 2.0 is a major release; the last stable version before version 2.0 was version 1.12 released in 2016.

BleachBit is configured to run checks for updates regularly. You can download the latest version of the program from the official website to upgrade the existing version, however, if you prefer that.

RegScanner 2.30 includes more Time-based Registry filters

RegScanner is a great portable Registry tool for Microsoft Windows devices by one of our favorite developers Nirsoft. We reviewed the program back in 2008 for the first time and fell in love with it right from the get-go.

It is a search tool for the Windows Registry that works oh-so-much better than the rudimentary find functionality that Microsoft built-into the native Registry Editor decades ago.

RegScanner is a portable program that you run without installing it. This makes it a welcome companion for troubleshooting tool collections on USB drives.

Firefox 60: Disable Firefox Sync integration

Mozilla added a new customization option to Firefox 60 that gives an option to users of the web browser to disable the browser's Firefox Sync integration.

Firefox Sync is a data synchronization service that is integrated into the Firefox browser. Users need to sign up for a Firefox Account to use it and may then sync some data with the cloud and other connected devices.

Sync evolved over the years; it started out as an add-on for the Firefox web browser but was built-in Firefox eventually to reach a larger audience by exposing the feature to all users of the browser.

What are the best Chrome video download extensions?

Google Chrome users have plenty of options when it comes to installing extensions to download videos from Internet sites.

A quick search for video downloader on Google Chrome's official Web Store reveals more than a hundred different extensions that you can install. Not all are multi-site extensions, and many don't work that well.

Report: Windows 7 PCs without antivirus solution can't receive new updates

A report on Myce suggests that Windows 7 PCs without installed antivirus solutions can't receive new updates via Windows Update anymore unless a change is made to the Windows Registry.

Microsoft identified a compatibility issue with "Windows security updates released in January [2018] and a small number of antivirus products".

MemPlus memory management software for Windows review

MemPlus is a free software program for Microsoft's Windows operating system to analyze memory use and optimize system memory manually or automatically.

You have plenty of options if your Windows PC is short on memory sometimes or all of the time. While you could consider adding more Gigabytes of memory to resolve the issue that way, you could also try and use a program like MemPlus to improve memory management on the system.

Make permanent changes to web pages with Chrome's Overrides Dev Tool

Local Overrides is a relatively new experimental feature of the Developer Tools of the Google Chrome web browser that you may use to make permanent changes to web pages similar to how you'd do so using userscripts or userstyles.

While most users may not want to modify style or other content on web pages they visit regularly; some users want to do so to remove annoyances, improve usability or make other modifications.

Apple drops Windows XP and Vista iTunes Store support

Apple announced recently that it would introduce security changes to the iTunes Store on May 25, 2018, which prevent PCs running Windows XP or Windows Vista from using the store.

Windows XP and Vista users may continue using older versions of iTunes installed on devices, but these versions will be feature limited. New purchases or downloads of already purchased items are no longer possible after the upgrade.

Harden Windows PCs with SysHardener

SysHardener is a free program for Microsoft's Windows operating system that system administrators may run to harden the Windows environment and reduce attack vectors.

Windows ships with a default configuration that concentrates on compatibility rather than security. While newer versions of Windows come with more and more security features and tools, it is fair to say that the default state of the operating system after installation is not as secure as it could be.

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