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14 Mar/12

Why We Are Moving All WindowsXnews.com Domains to Everything-Microsoft.com

Why We Are Moving All WindowsXnews.com Domains to Everything-Microsoft.com

If you are a regular reader here on Ghacks you may know that I operate a few other sites besides my baby. Back when Windows 7 was just a rumor, I started a blog with Everton from Connected Internet which we named Windows 7 News. It was not clear if Microsoft would stick with the name for the operating system, or another name. Luckily for us, they kept it. And since we could not write about future operating systems on the blog, we decided to register Windows 8 and Windows 9 domains as well....

3 Ott/10

Add brushes to The GIMP

Add brushes to The GIMP

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The GIMP has a ton of tools for the user to take advantage of. From editing tools to drawing tools to filters to script fu to a whole host of other possibilities. One tool that many don’t take advantage of is bushes. Brushes in The GIMP allow the user to extend The GIMP’s flexibility by creating different ways to draw with effect or style. Brushes can be any number of styles from either standard drawing tool brushes...

30 Lug/10

Less Spam Please, Integrates Disposable Email Services In Firefox

Less Spam Please, Integrates Disposable Email Services In Firefox

(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Disposable email address services provide access to temporary email addresses, that often require no registration. Those instant email addresses are used to register accounts at websites without revealing personal or work related email addresses. Lets exemplify the signup process. The registration process remains the same, the only difference is the email address that is entered into the registration form. Yopmail for instance...




25 Lug/10

gHacks editor to appear on BBC2′s “Newsnight”, Mon 26th July

gHacks editor to appear on BBC2′s “Newsnight”, Mon 26th July

gHacks editor Mike Halsey will be appearing on BBC2′s premier political programme Newsnight on BBC2 tomorrow night, Monday 26th July 2010.  The programme will be shown in the UK. This is a special programme from Sheffield, Mike’s adopted home city, and he has been selected to form part of a select panel because of his experience as a teacher of English, Maths and ICT. It will be hosted by Kirsty Wark and see the panel putting questions to top politicians from the Conservative...

9 Lug/10

Java 6 Update 21 Download Available

Java 6 Update 21 Download Available

Oracle has released an update to the Java SDK and Java Runtime Environment raising the version of both to 6 Update 21. The official download site over at the Java website lists Java 6 Update 20 as the latest version even though update 21 has been released, this is likely going to change in the near future to reflect the changes and provide download access to all visitors directly from the official download page. But Ghacks readers know more, downloads for the Java Runtime Environment and...

7 Lug/10

Installing and using Xfce 4

Installing and using Xfce 4

I don’t spend much time, or give much love to the other Linux desktops here on Ghacks. Well that’s going to change. In the next few weeks I am going to focus on some of the “other” window managers…not just “introductory” articles, but usability articles and more. I am going to start by showing how to install and start using Xfce 4. I have already introduced this lightweight window manager way back in my article “Get to know Linux: Xfce 4“....

2 Lug/10

PDF Reader Rendering Quality Comparison, Which Is The Best?

PDF Reader Rendering Quality Comparison, Which Is The Best?

A question came up in the comments of the Foxit 4.0 release post here at Ghacks: How is the rendering quality of that pdf reader compared to that of Adobe Reader? I honestly could not tell at that time because I did not work much with pdf readers, and when I had to read a pdf I was not that much concerned about text rendering but the contents. Still, it is a valid question. Do pdf readers render pdf documents differently, and if that’s the case, which one is the best of the pack? Some...

1 Lug/10

Windows XP Help attacks on the rise

Windows XP Help attacks on the rise

An unpatched bug in the Windows XP Help and Support system is being increasingly attacked by  virus and malware writers, as reported by the BBC. Microsoft has reported it’s seen more than 10,000 PCs hit by the attack so far and it’s still not been able to find a fix for the problem. The effect of the vulnerability can give hackers complete control over a PC.  It initially came about when a Google Engineer discovered it was possible to exploit Windows XP’s ability...

1 Lug/10

Epiphany: An efficient, but different, web browser

Epiphany: An efficient, but different, web browser

After I set up RGBA support in Ubuntu (see my article “Enable RGBA support in Ubuntu“), I sat about to find applications that could replace non-GTK+ applications currently in use. Replacing the web browser proved to be a challenge. And although it’s not able to stand alone as a full blown replacement for my favorite, Chrome, the Epiphany web browser is a nice, serviceable replacement that supports RGBA. There are a few things Epiphany handles differently than most...

22 Giu/10

Get Windows and Office Super-Cheap

Get Windows and Office Super-Cheap

I’ve long been a subscriber to Microsoft’s Action Pack which is for small businesses.  You get 10 licences for Windows and Office plus a Windows Server licence or two for £220 a year.  Plus the software never expires. Many people say that subscription software is the way we’re all going but I’ve been making significant savings for years now by subscribing to Microsoft software, and there’s an ever better way to save money, as Paul Thurrott has written...

16 Giu/10

Opera 10.60 Beta Released, Fastest Browser Gets Even Faster

Opera 10.60 Beta Released, Fastest Browser Gets Even Faster

Someone must have flipped a switch over at the Opera headquarters in Norway. The developers of the popular Opera browser have accelerated development of the browser over the last months. The release of the highly acclaimed Opera 10.50 did not seem to have slowed down the developers who have now made available the first beta of the upcoming Opera 10.60. Opera 10.60 snapshot users can update the browser to the beta release by clicking on the menu button at the top, then Help and Check for...

15 Giu/10

“Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” Coming Oct ‘10 from Microsoft Press by gHacks Editor

“Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out” Coming Oct ‘10 from Microsoft Press by gHacks Editor

You know what it’s like when you’re sitting on really great news for several months but you can’t tell anyone?   This is even worse writing for gHacks every day knowing I’m sitting on a great nugget  :} Well after a long period of frustration I can now officially announce that I’ve been signed by Microsoft Press to write “Troubleshooting Windows 7 Inside Out”.  The new book will be out in October this year. This book will...

1 Mag/10

Leafpad: Yet another Linux text editor

Leafpad: Yet another Linux text editor

In my most recent series of articles I have been highlighting different Linux text editors. Why? Because a lot of users hate using text based editors. Although a big fan of the text-based editor (I like the simplicity and the speed), I can see where a solid GUI tool would be far more appealing to many users than the text-based editor. So far I have covered Gedit (see “Gedit: No more text-based editor for you“) and Kate (see “Hello Kate, goodbye vi“). Both are solid...

11 Apr/10

CDN Activated

CDN Activated

Google recently announced that site speed has been added to the signals that they use in their ranking algorithms. Site speed is currently only factored in on google.com if the search is performed in the English language. The new signal has been added to the algorithm a few weeks ago (some webmasters say as early as mid January) and is affecting about 1 in 100 search results pages. The general consensus is to not panic if the rankings did not take a dive in the last couple weeks. Google,...

31 Mar/10

Recent Increase In Trackback Spam

Recent Increase In Trackback Spam

Jojo just mailed me an interesting article about a blog that discovered that its trackbacks, the links pointing to their articles from other blogs, increased practically overnight to three or four times the standard amount. We to have seen an increase in trackbacks coming from totally unrelated Internet sites which is one of the main reasons we have disabled the display for now. Trackbacks are usually a good thing. A webmaster who reads an interesting blog post decides to write about it...

11 Mar/10

What is it with the “dist-upgrade” option of apt-get?

What is it with the “dist-upgrade” option of apt-get?

There has always been a bit of confusion when people learn they can do a full upgrade of their distribution from the command line. Most people don’t brave such a feat. Some because they don’t use the command line, and others because they are afraid an attempt to upgrade from the command line will wind up fubaring their system.  And new users aren’t quite sure what the difference between apt-get upgrade and apt-get dist-upgrade is. In this Ghacks Linux entry, I am going...

18 Feb/10

Adobe Still Offering Insecure Adobe Reader Version

Adobe Still Offering Insecure Adobe Reader Version

If you are a Ghacks regular you have without doubt noticed that Adobe has published an update for Adobe Reader and Adobe Acrobat yesterday that fixes two security vulnerabilities that affect Adobe Reader and Acrobat 9.3 and earlier. The update that has been provided updates both products to version 9.3.1. One would think that this should have been the end of the story but it apparently is not. The rather strange thing is that Adobe is still offering Adobe Reader 9.3.0 on their official...

20 Dic/09

Hard Drive Space Analyzer Disktective

Hard Drive Space Analyzer Disktective

Hard drive space analysis helps in assessing files, folders and programs based on their storage space requirements. This can be helpful in finding out where all that valuable free storage space went that was there a few weeks ago. Most computer users use these software programs to find the biggest files and folders on a computer system to delete some or all of them to free up disk space. We have reviewed quite a few programs that offer this functionality, among them the disk space analyzer...

12 Nov/09

WordPress 2.8.6 Security Update

WordPress 2.8.6 Security Update

The WordPress developers have just released a security update for their blogging platform WordPress which raises the version of the software to 2.8.6. It is always recommended to update to a new version of WordPress as soon as possible and especially so for a security release. This release fixes two vulnerabilities that are only relevant for multi-author blogs as they can only be exploited by registered, logged in users with posting rights. This security vulnerability is therefor not affecting...

24 Ago/09

Holidays Until September

Holidays Until September

It is not often that I go on holidays. This can be mainly attributed to the fact that my work and spare time balance was leaning towards lots of work and not so much spare time. This is going to change and it is starting tomorrow with a seven day trip to Jerusalem. I just want to let everyone know that I prepared some articles in advance and will probably find the time to update the website with a few articles each day as the hotel where I’m staying is providing free broadband Internet...