Tips ‘n Tricks »
Here you will find tips, tricks, and guides on various different topics, but mainly focused on computers.
Last month Locutus wrote an article on Mousepath, an entertaining Java-based application that tracks and records your mouse strokes. Since that time, Mousepath has gained quite a bit of attention – much of which, I have no doubt, is thanks to dotTech considering how popular the Mousepath article has become [...]Read More »
There are many ways to block traditional ads on Firefox (and Chrome, Internet Explorer, Opera). However all those methods mentioned previously don’t block ads on videos on streaming websites like Hulu. That is where AdBlock Video comes in.
AdBlock Video is an addon for Firefox (sorry only Firefox supported at [...]Read More »
Tabbed browsers are a hit. Why not ‘tabbed’ desktops? “Tabbed desktops’, otherwise known as virtual desktops, are a way to help people organize better as they work (or maybe even play). Basically a ‘tabbed’ desktop allows you to have multiple desktop workspaces just like if you were using multiple monitors; [...]Read More »
Are you constantly hitting Caps Lock while typing? Have you ever hit the Windows key while playing a game and end up paying the ultimate price because of it? Do you want to play a cruel joke on someone? Sounds like SharpKeys may be a program you want to look [...]Read More »
[Multiple Browsers] Six add-ons for creating and using temporary/disposable e-mail addresses on-the-fly (10minutemail, Mailinator, GishPuppy, YOPmail, etc.)
Spam bites. dotTech bites back. Spam comes back for more. dotTech punches spam in the face. With the following six browser add-ons you can do some punching of your own by creating and using temporary/disposable e-mail addresses on-the-fly.
Bloody Vikings! [Firefox]
Bloody Vikings is a Firefox add-on that allows users [...]Read More »
One of the worst parts of bundled software is that the vast majority of people don’t actually read installers as they go by, they simply click NEXT NEXT NEXT NEXT. This means downloader’s computers get filled to the brim with stuff they don’t want and stuff they’ll never use. Luckily, [...]Read More »
You are at work (or school) and someone informs you tomorrow is your boss’s (or teacher’s) birthday and there will be party – you must bring presents. Now if you are like me the party and presents is not a big deal; remember about the party and presents is. So [...]Read More »
WinFontsView is a program that allows you to view the installed fonts on your computer. Now there are tons of font viewer programs out there. In comparison to some, WinFontsView is very simple and featureless. So what makes WinFontsView “special” enough to post about? The fact that it is so [...]Read More »
Now that you’ve gotten either Windows or Ubuntu – or both – installed in VirtualBox it’s time to go further. This article – the second in the series on virtual machines – will teach you how to restoring virtual machines, integrate your mouse (and other guest additions), and even how [...]Read More »
USB/flash drives often times contain very important information which if lost and/or corrupted could devastate the owner of the drive. Bar the physical drive getting stolen, we all know the best way to cushion the blow of a technology catastrophe is to make sure you have backups of your data. [...]Read More »
Some of you may have heard that HP is spinning off its consumer computers business and shutting down their phone/tablet department. This development has resulted in HP drastically slashing the price on their Touchpads. Starting August 20, 2011 (tomorrow) at 07:00 EST, HP Touchpad 16 GB will be on sale [...]Read More »
AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter officially becomes freeware, gets renamed to Wondershare PDF to Word Converter Free
AnyBizSoft PDF to Word Converter has been a popular software on dotTech: It has been reviewed, v2.5.3 has been made freeware, and v3.0.0 has been a giveaway for an extended period of time. Now Wondershare – who owns AnyBizSoft Studio – has decided to officially make AnyBizSoft PDF to Word [...]Read More »
BitDefender QuickScan: Lightning fast cloud-based malware scanner for quick, on-the-fly security checks
Ever try to use traditional, clunky online malware scanners to try to get a second opinion as to if your computer is clean or infected with malware? I have, and I can attest to the fact that it isn’t pretty. While in theory online malware scanners can be useful, in [...]Read More »
We have all had those oh **** moments where we fill out a form (a registration form, a comment on a website, a post on a forum, writing an e-mail, etc.) and when we go to submit it, there is a technical error that prevents the form from being submitted [...]Read More »
URL Snooper is a pretty popular software for allowing you to download streaming videos/audio off the internet. However lately I have been having a problem with URL Snooper and YouTube videos. So I went looking for other tools and I came across two more masterpieces by Nirsoft.
You see [...]Read More »
Ever try to play a video/audio file in Windows Media Player and get an error message telling you the file type is not supported? The reason this happens is there are many different types of video/audio files out there; these different file types require different codecs in order to be [...]Read More »
Case Study: How even the most experienced users can install third party crapware (like toolbars) and how to protect yourself from such offerings
While I may not have as many years under my belt as other people, I consider myself to be a moderately experienced and knowledgeable techie. Yes, some people can disagree about my level of knowledge/experience, but I think we can all agree I know enough to be able to dodge [...]Read More »
SiteLauncher is a magnificent add-on for Firefox which not only gives you ease of use and marvelous simplicity, but also delivers free milk and cookies whenever its sensors detect that you’re getting hungry. Hey, one can always hope, right?
SiteLauncher allows you to easily visit your favorite websites in Firefox [...]Read More »
Does your phone still sound like this? Make your phone more interesting, more yours with a customized ringtone. Making a ringtone with Audacity is surprisingly easy and allows for a lot of control.
Image Credit: Wikipedia
Setting up Audacity for ringtone making
To start making your own ringtones, install Audacity. [...]Read More »
We have all experienced the frustration when someone is unable to follow our directions clearly and unable find that one link/text on a web page. We have all also had disagreements with others about certain facts and have tried to provide proof that we in fact are correct in our [...]Read More »
In my article on FBackup I just ranted about how I am obsessed with Titan Backup. Well let me tell you my affair with Titan Backup is over; we are done – I broke up. I found myself a new love which comes in the name of GFI Backup Home [...]Read More »
Typically, it can take anywhere from 30 seconds to 3 minutes for someone’s computer to cold start. Have you ever been in a hurry and wished your computer would boot up more quickly, say in like 10 seconds? Well you know what they say – be careful what you wish [...]Read More »
gImageReader: Open source, Google-powered OCR (optical character recognition) program that actually works
Optical character recognition is one of a few types of technology meant to make our lives easier. The only problem is, to take advantage of this convenience, one typically has to shell out a lot of cash: Good OCR programs are bloody expensive. Luckily, Google is in the business of [...]Read More »
To S or not to S, that is the question; the S in HTTP vs HTTPS, that is. HTTP stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol. It is the English of the Internet (or Internets, depending on who you are talking to). HTTPS stands for Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure; it takes HTTP [...]Read More »
We all know about Wikipedia.com. It is the single largest source of information on the internet. Period. However did you know you can surf Wikipedia even when you have no internet access? I am not kidding. WikiTaxi is a portable no-installation-needed application that allows you to download and store the [...]Read More »
Hi all, this is my first post here at dotTech. There have been many common question when one decides to dive into “world of programming”. These questions includes but not limited to “which language should I learn?” or for those who want a lot of fun, will ask “which language [...]Read More »
Anyone that has ever tried to mod their Android phone has come across users telling other users to run various different ADB and/or Fastboot commands. The only problem is the average Joe has no idea what ADB and Fastboot are because, well, they aren’t your run-of-the-mill applications. I was completely [...]Read More »
Are you finding yourself using the mouse more often than your keyboard? Does your keyboard feel a little bit neglected? Using AutoHotkey you can better integrate the keyboard into your regular routine, infinitely enhancing your computer experience.
Image credit: Locutus
What is AutoHotkey?
AutoHotkey is an extremely powerful scripting language. [...]Read More »
Anyone that has used a laptop knows how hot they can get. Many commercial products like cooling pads are very popular because they claim to be able to cool down your laptop. Well for one most of them actually don’t work (only a few do). For two, undervolting is a [...]Read More »
Out of curiosity, how many times have you copy + pasted the contents of a webpage into Word (or any other text editor) because you did not want to waste ink/paper printing all the “junk” on the website? I know I have… many times. Wouldn’t it be more convenient if [...]Read More »
Get CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 for free (when it is released) by participating in the CyberLink PhotoDirector 2011 Beta program
Looking for a professional-grade photo manipulation software? This may be your chance to get one, without having to pay a cent. Recently CyberLink released the Beta version of their PhotoDirector software: PhotoDirector 2011 Beta. As a way to encourage people to participate in the Beta program (so bugs can be [...]Read More »
Do you use CleanMem? (If not, you really should.) Yes? Well, then, you will be glad to hear CleanMem has been updated to v1.6.0 and now comes with an extra goodie – CleanMem Mini Monitor.
CleanMem Mini Monitor is a very simple addon to CleanMem; it allows users to
My oh my. Dropbox has been in the news recently for privacy/security concerns. It appears I may have stumbled upon another security flaw.
All Dropbox accounts have a Photos and Public folder. Files in the Photos and Public folder can be shared with others. According to Dropbox, no files outside [...]Read More »
USA Only: Do you often send international SMS/text messages? Switch to Simple Mobile to get free unlimited international text-messaging (and potentially save money on your voice/data plans too).
$0.20-$0.25 per text message. 20-25 bloody cents per bloody text message. I realize it costs carriers more to deliver a text message internationally than it does domestically, but not enough to charge 20-25 cents per message. 20-25 cents per message is simply opportunistic. On top of that, the big 4 [...]Read More »
Having trouble keeping track of the zillion things going on in your life, but can’t seem to find an easy-to-use, down-to-earth task management tool to help you out? Wunderlist may be what you are looking for.
Wunderlist is an easy-to-use task management tool by 6wunderkinder, a small start-up based out [...]Read More »