You’re probably aware that Amazon operates a digital music store that lets you download songs and albums in MP3 format to play on your PC or portable device. However, if you thought that all songs need to be paid for, you’d be wrong. There are loads of free downloads available. In fact, when I searched amazon.com for free MP3 downloads there was no less than 46,000 tracks available, covering all music genres.
It isn’t often that we get a brand-new addition to the famous suite of free system tools provided at Windows Sysinternals and when we do it’s worth noting. Mark Russinovich has just announced a tool called Sysmon.
System Monitor (Sysmon) is a Windows system service and device driver that, once installed on a system, remains resident across system reboots to monitor and log system activity to the Windows event log. It provides detailed information about process creations, network connections, and changes to file creation time. By collecting the events it generates using Windows Event Collection or SIEM agents and subsequently analyzing them, you can identify malicious or anomalous activity and understand how intruders and malware operate on your network.
Sysmon is a command-line tool for experienced Windows users and adds some interesting new system monitoring and logging capabilities. The download is a 465 KB zipped file containing an executable and a EULA.
Over the past few months, one of the most dangerous viruses affecting computers has been Cryptolocker. Once infected, the virus encrypts all of the document files on your PC, and then demands payment (usually by Bitcoin) in order to divulge the necessary decryption key. While it’s possible to remove the virus with standard antivirus software, and thus stop the infection spreading any further, the encrypted files remained encrypted.
It turns out that some of the key servers used by the Cryptolocker scammers had been intercepted by the authorities, and they managed to capture enough information to allow them to decrypt the documents of anyone whose computer had been affected.
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I’ve come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon
– You’re Getting Old
– Free Rhyming Dictionary
– What Is My Screen Resolution?
App Aims: Weave through traffic to take customers to their destination before time runs out.
Crazy Taxi: City Rush is an addictive, upbeat driving game reminiscent of its arcade machine and Dreamcast Classic forefathers. After choosing a character, a customizable car build and a location, it’s your job to maneuver through traffic to get customers … …read more
Windows 8.1 and 8.1 Update brought quite a few changes. Here are tips to help you configure five of the important changes to suit your own preferences.
Here’s a neat extension for users of the Chrome and Firefox web browsers. Rapportive automatically looks up information on the web about the person whose message you’re currently reading, and displays it on the right hand side of the page in a separate panel. The system can trawl social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, even if you’re not a member of those systems yourself. If there are pictures of the person available online, Rapportive can often track those down too, and display them for you.
Not only does Rapportive add useful social information to your overall Gmail experience, but it also displays its information in the panel that Gmail would normally use to display adverts. So you get 2 benefits for the price of, well, none, because Rapportive is free.
When you want to share a web address or a link to a webpage, it’s a good idea to shorten the link, making it easier to tweet, share or email to your friends and relatives, particularly so if the link is long. There are many url shortening services around but this one works particularly well with Android devices:
Samsung gets some love in the fourth major Linux kernel update of 2014 …read more