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Published: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:16:52 +1000

Last Build Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:18:48 +1000


Wallpaper of the Week: Huayna Picchu Seen Through Machu Picchu’s Access Gate

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 20:18:48 +1000


This weeks wallpaper is nicely framed view of the mountain Huayna Picchu through the stone doorway of Machu Picchu's beautiful stone gateway. The texture and shape of the stone access gate and walled path beyond contrast beautifully with the view of the mountain ahead. Earth tones and plenty of texture make this a great background for your device. Icons are visible but not high contrast with this wallpaper.  Read More

A Great Way of Organising Your Firefox (and Chrome) Tabs

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:56:04 +1000

The trouble with browser tabs is that it's way too easy to keep opening yet more of them. Before you know it, you have 50 open tabs and each of them is so small that there's no room in the top bar to show any of the title. So you don't know what each tab contains. So you have to keep clicking and alt-tabbing in order to get to the one you want.

Sound familiar?

If so, here's a neat extension for Firefox (there's also a Chrome version) that solves the problem. Turn your open tabs into rectangular notes on a page, which you can drag and rearrange as you wish. Stick with the web page title as the label for the note, or assign your own if you prefer. And when everything's the way you like it, save the session so you can return to it later with all the tabs right where you left them.

The extension is free and you download it straight from your browser (Firefox or Chrome).  Read More(image)

Examine The Source Code Of Almost Every Chrome Extension

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 20:33:06 +1000

Did you know that you can examine the source code of almost every Chrome browser extension? No, either did I until a few days ago when I was researching the subject.

Learning programming is always best when you study other people's examples and techniques. And in the case of Chrome extensions, it's easy. No special software is required either, because an extension (a .CRX file) is really just a zip file containing JavaScript and HTML files.

You don't even need to install the extension in order to examine it.

Here's how to do it.  Read More(image)

A Perfect Replacement for Notepad++ on Android

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 21:34:37 +1000

Notepad++, our Editor's Choice for Best Free Programming Editor, is a popular and widely used text and code editor. It is an ideal replacement for Notepad and complete with features to edit programming codes in Windows.

I use it frequently on PCs, even with two shortcuts added to the taskbar -- one for running in a small window to take some simple notes; another for launching in a full-screen window to edit HTML files.

It would have been better if Notepad++ could have a version to run on Android. But it doesn’t.

The good news is there are several alternative text editors built for Android, including JotterPad reviewed recently. It is a distraction-free text editor allowing you to focus on writing and editing lots of text, but sadly it is not a strong code editor.

If you are looking for a text and code editor for Android almost like what Notepad++ does in Windows, QuickEdit produced by Rhythm Software is one of the best choices for its sleek design, high performance and support for more than 50 programming languages.

Check this out if you’ve not tried it.  Read More(image)

Finds of the Week: 21 Sept, 2017

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 21:16:39 +1000

Finds of the Week is a list of websites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon

- How To Fix Stuck Windows 10 Updates
- 7 Specialty Web Browsers You've Probably Never Explored
- All the ways you can use Chrome offline
- Cassini: The Grand Finale: The Saturn System Through the Eyes of Cassini (eBook)


Create Your Own Digital Signage System For Free

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 21:13:28 +1000

Have you noticed how printed signs and posters are rapidly being replaced by computer screens? The timetable boards at your local train station perhaps. The informational posters in your city library. Health info at your local hospital. The menu boards in your local burger joint even.

The term for all those screens is "digital signage". Creating a digital signage system for your home, school or office generally requires specialist software which can be expensive. But a new system called Oozo has made it cheaper. Free, in some cases.

To create one or more digital signs, start by signing up with Oozo for a free account. Then download the software to install on any spare PC that you have lying around. It needs internet access, but doesn't have to be particularly powerful.

Once you've installed the software on one or more computers and linked it to your Oozo account, you can start creating content and pushing it out to the remote displays. Everything is done via a web interface, so there's no need to do anything else on the display machines once they're up and running with the Oozo software.

You can link your Oozo account to your web site, your social media accounts, or some image files. They'll then be displayed on the remote screens.

The free account at Oozo means that you'll get ads alongside your displayed content. But if you can live with that, it's a fun way to create your own TV channel in your house or office. If you're running a conference or meeting at work, for example, set up an Oozo screen that displays the Twitter account for the meeting. Then your participants can live-tweet their comments and have them instantly displayed for all to see.  Read More


IMPORTANT: If You're A CCleaner User You Need To Read This Now

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 20:27:00 +1000

If you use the free CCleaner tool from Piriform, which removes junk from your PC and registry, then you need to upgrade your software as soon as possible.

It's been reported that the installer file for CCleaner had been compromised back in August, by person or persons unknown. It had been altered to send details of the user's computer to a server in the USA. Piriform kept quiet about the discovery until police in the US had located and shut down that server. Now that they have done so, Piriform have released a new version of CCleaner and are urging everyone to upgrade.

If you use CCleaner or CCleaner cloud, you need to download and install the latest version. If you're not already a user of the software, and you want to try it, then you should also ensure that you download the very latest release.  Read More(image)

Download These Gorgeous High Resolution Audubon Bird Prints for Free

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 21:39:39 +1000

The Audubon Society's digital library has made all 435 plates from wildlife artist John J. Audubon's book "The Birds of America" available as free, high resolution downloads. These are outstanding illustrations created by Audubon from 1827 to 1838 while he was exploring the USA.

The birds are listed alphabetically but you can also sort birds by name, by chronology, or by state bird (keep in mind some states weren't in existence when these illustrations were created).

To download images, the sites ask you to supply a name, email address and zip code which signs you up for the Audubon monthly newsletter, Wingspan. I didn't find a way around that, so you'll have to unsubscribe from the newsletter when it comes if you prefer not to receive it. You can download as many images as you'd like after you've signed up until the browser cookies are deleted or expire.

Clicking on an entry for a bird brings Audubon's descriptive commentary and bird descriptions, a link to download the high resolution file, the option to view the full plate in a pop up window, and a link to the Bird Guide that has current information on bird species, habits, habitat, and audio of bird calls (where audio is available, not all the birds have audio, and some species are now extinct).

To get to the download link for each bird you need to scroll down the page a bit until the information appears.You can see the full image (plate) or download the high resolution file. Looking at the full plate loads a pop up window, where you can enlarge, reduce, or view the image full screen. You can get some nice, clear detail by using the enlarge function.

The page itself takes a while to load on a somewhat slow connection, and there are duplicate entries for some birds. All the duplicate entries I clicked on had the same plate numbers and looked the same to me.

The downloaded images are large and would make nice posters and other kinds of printable objects. They also make nice looking desktop wallpaper backgrounds. To give you an idea of the size of the downloaded files, the two illustrations I downloaded are 10974 x 6472 px (Louisiana Heron) and 11522 x 6795 px (Scarlet Ibis, shown above).  Read More(image)