Entering Safe Mode in a program is a method of starting the application fresh, without custom modifications that have made since it was first installed. The purpose of such a launch is to help identify what may be causing a crash, hang, or general instability. Lots of programs have their own built-in mechanism for launching in Safe Mode. We’re going to look at some popular programs and what their triggers are for opening in Safe Mode.
Why would anyone want their computer to be restored to a specific state everytime it reboots? Well, if children are constantly using your computer, or it’s in a public location, the last thing you need is for it to malfunction because of a faulty program install or some other carelessness. Reboot Restore Rx is a program that can be installed to always restore a computer back to a previous state on every single reboot. The program doesn’t work like when restoring a Windows install with the built-in capabilities. Reboot Restore Rx actually restores every single file back to its original state. Installation is extremely easy and doesn’t take much time at all, but be sure to read through this post to the end so you’re aware of an issue you may face.
VLC Media Player is capable of playing multiple media file formats. It is one of the most widely used media players because of it’s versatility. If you’re using VLC player to play music or video on a remote computer in your network, it’s easy to use your iOS or Android device to control the playback. Sybu Remote Control for VLC is an app that pairs with a VLC player installation to remotely control playback. For example, you can load up a file either from the PC or directly from the iOS or Android device, then control the volume from the app. Stop the video or music at any time or skip to another media file with just a tap. Setup first requires changing some basic VLC player settings before pairing Sybu with VLC player. Here's how its done.
Wish you could listen to the same music and playlists across all your computers? Stop manually copying your music files between your devices, and instead keep them synced in the background. With a click of just a few buttons, your entire iTunes folder can stay up-to-date with changes you make on any of your computers. Because there are no file size limits, nor any restrictions on the number of files you can transfer, BitTorrent Sync is a great method for copying all your media files. We’ll take a look at what it takes to sync two iTunes folders, but remember the process can be repeated to apply to any number of computers.
TunnelBear for iOS provides a mobile solution to accessing the Internet over a virtual private network (VPN). If you need to block web trackers that are tracking your every move while online, it’s fortunate TunnelBear is extremely easy to implement. Download the app, follow the on-screen instructions, and within minutes you’ll have installed a set of settings called a profile. Your iOS device will use these files to configure a location-specific VPN tunnel that all your data is filtered through. There is a free option available with TunnelBear in addition to two account types that cost a monthly fee. Read on to find out how to easy it is to setup a VPN on your iPhone or iPad. We’ll also look at how to get a free gigabyte of data every month to make your free version last that much longer.
Bookmarklets are small scripts that run on a webpage to execute useful functions against either the content on the page or on the entire domain name itself. Backtick is a Chrome extension that holds these scripts together in once place, making it super simple to run them at any time on any page. After installing Backtick, you can create your own commands or search through the predefined ones via a pop up search box. Add any command another user creates by simply entering the ID into the Backtick settings page. There are many bookmarklets already present in Backtick, but as the community grows there are surely more to be added. We’ve listed 10 of our favorites below, so let's take a look at how Backtick works and how to use these custom commands.
Google’s policies and principles allow for what’s called shared endorsements. This is a way for recommendations to be shared with friends. When you +1 or comment on something, your friends may very well see that you’ve done when they visit that particular product or page. For example, if you comment on something in the Google Play store, shared endorsements allows your friends to easily see your comment or activity with that particular product. In addition to this, Google may use your profile name and image in advertisements. If you are not particularly comfortable with your name and face being used in Google Ads, the option can be modified to only remove your info from ads, but not withdraw yourself from the entire shared endorsement feature. Read on to know how to set this up.
We recently looked at how to share files on a local network using the built-in Windows feature called HomeGroup. For an easier interface for sharing folders, and support for operating systems outside of just Windows 7 and 8, a program called File Acceleration Protocol, or FAP, may be used. FAP allows folders to be shared with other local network users that are running the program. After a folder is prepped for sharing, a web interface can be accessed for downloading the files instead of the standard Explorer environment. Let’s take a look at how FAP shares files between networked machines.
Lightbeam is a Firefox add-on released by Mozilla that can be used to view not only the sites you’ve been visiting (the sites you knowingly give your info to), but also 3rd party pages that are using some of your information for ads or other purposes (the sites you unknowingly give your info to). Sometimes websites use your information to deliver advertisements – these are normally accepted with a partial smile by most of us because the ads are relevant and sometimes serve us well. However, sometimes this use of our browsing history or other personal data is frowned upon and seen as misuse or theft. See what websites are tracking you to by running the Lightbeam add-on and viewing the 3rd party sites in a visual array of website icons. There are a few toggles and info windows that will be of use, so read on to find out how to use these features.
Don’t want Windows to automatically put an arrow on shortcut icons? There’s a very simple way to remove it and you don’t even need to install anything. We previously looked at editing the shortcut arrows with a registry tweak. This may not be the approach you want to take if you’re hesitant to dive into the registry, which is completely understandable. This is why Windows Shortcut Arrow Editor has been created. The program doesn’t require an install and works from Vista to Windows 8. Read on to find out how this program works.
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