Editor “Remah” writes “This article is written for Windows users who want to know what is happening during Windows startup. My goal is to make Windows startup more easily understood by the average user.” And I think he has succeeded admirably. This excellent article is strongly recommended.
Process Explorer, from the clever people at SysInternals, has long since been a go-to troubleshooting tool for Windows experts. It helps you find out which programs and services are running in the background on your PC, along with how much processor time and memory they’re taking up. The tool is a great way to find out just how much stuff your PC is doing in the background, along with running the programs and applications you actually choose.
The latest version of Process Explorer, released in the last couple of months, also includes a handy new feature. You can now right-click on the name of a program or service, and it’ll automatically be submitted to VirusTotal for instant checking. Within just a few seconds you’ll have a display of whether any malware was found in the file, right alongside all the other details about it So now you can check not only what’s running on your PC, but also get a simple indication as to whether a file whose name you don’t recognise might be hiding a nasty surprise.
Recently I wrote about All Seeing Eye, a free extension for Chrome which lets you search the full text of every web page you’ve visited. There’s actually another similar extension which does the same thing, albeit in a slightly different way.
Deeper History again stores the full text of all the pages you visit, so you can find that page again if you remember a couple of words that appeared on it. Unlike All Seeing Eye, Deeper History doesn’t replace the built-in History system, but instead you access it by typing dh followed by the Tab key in the address bar.
One drawback with Deeper History, over All Seeing Eye, is that it doesn’t store a thumbnail image of the pages you visit. It does, though, have the added capability to highlight the search term in the retrieved page when you view it. In addition, if you search for a special page called .db it will show you some stats about your database of stored text, and even dump the entire contents of that database on screen. Which is very handy if you want to collect information from a large set of pages (or, of course, if you want to see what someone else has been browsing on your computer).
Microsoft Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit (EMET) has been frequently mentioned here and version 5.0 has just been released. This is a powerful tool for protecting PCs. The Microsoft announcement says:
EMET is a free security mitigation tool designed to help IT Professionals and developers protect against emerging threats targeting vulnerabilities that are either unknown or for which a security update has not yet been applied. It is compatible with the most commonly used third-party applications at home and in the enterprise. EMET effectively works by enabling security mitigations to be applied to applications without the need for recompilation.
According to Microsoft, EMET 5.0 includes a number of new mitigations, expanded compatibility, user friendly UI, and additional reporting capabilities.
If you are an educator or someone who frequently explains technology to others, here is a resource that is a real find.
Our Website of the Week is Atlas Obscura, a place where you can find off the beaten path treasures from around the world.
This description from the site sums it up nicely:
“In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.”
Cloud, enterprise and security Linux distributions all get updates …read more
It’s often useful to be able to download a Youtube video in order to view it offline. While the web is full of programs and sites claiming to offer such a facility, they are sometimes expensive. And those that are free tend to disappear without warning, so the system you used last week no longer works today.
A couple of days ago I needed to download a large (800 MB) video from Youtube, and a little searching took me to Keepvid as a system to try. And it worked perfectly. Just go to the site, paste in the address of the Youtube video you want, and within a couple of seconds you’re presented with a whole host of download links as shown below. You can download the complete video in a number of different sizes and formats. If you only want the audio, or just the video, that’s catered for too. Grabbing just the audio means you end up with a track that you can copy to your iPod, smartphone or other music player.
App Aims: Share your visual story through digital media.
Pixotale is a mobile app that lets you bring your stories, photos and memories to life in minutes. This social networking app for iOS devices allows you to visually tell your stories by creating a digital photo album, where you insert your own photos, text and map locations. Pixotale makes … …read more