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GNU/Linux for beginners: How Audio Works

One of the things that I found pretty confusing about GNU/Linux during my transition from using Windows as my primary OS to using GNU/Linux, was how audio worked.

In Windows, you don’t really have to think about anything, or know how to configure any specific utilities for the most part; audio just works. You might need to install a driver for a new headset or soundcard but that’s about as heavy as things get.

Ellp is like IFTTT but for the Windows desktop

Ellp is a free program for Microsoft Windows devices that works similar to the popular If This Then That application.

Basically, what it does is automate certain things for you. It works by selecting cards that you are interested in. A card consists of an event (the "if this" part) and an action (the "then that" part).

To give you some examples:  You can use ellp to display a notification when the battery is fully charged, to open your favorite applications when the PC starts, or to inform you when the International Space Station passes over the location you are at.

Find out which sites are slowing Firefox down

If you open multiple websites in the Firefox web browser -- and most Firefox users probably do -- you may run into situations where Firefox slows down at one point or the other.

Firefox handles semi-large numbers of tabs quite well, both when it comes to memory use and CPU utilization, but there is still the chance that a site, or a browser extension, may slow down the browser.

While that is sometimes easy to find out, for instance when you just opened a site and the browser starts to hang or slow down, it may not be as easy at other times.

How to create an index in Word 2016

An index can improve the accessibility of a book or document tremendously, as it lists important words and phrases, and the page numbers they are referenced on.

I'm writing my first book currently -- about Windows 10 Privacy -- and one of the things that I really wanted to add to it is an index of the most important words and phrases so that users could use the index as a reference to look up information quickly.

Microsoft Word 2016 comes with options to create an index; the process itself is not complicated at all, but it still may be confusing how to get started.

WinRAR 5.50 released with important changes

WinRAR 5.50 was released on August 14, 2017. The new version comes with important changes that users of the application need to be aware of.

Probably the two biggest changes of WinRAR 5.50 are that the program uses the RAR 5.0 archive format by default when it comes to the creation of archives, and the new master password option to protect saved password records by using encryption.

Opera Software discontinues Opera Max

Opera Software announced the decision to discontinue Opera Max, an application for Android designed to save bandwidth and improve privacy today.

The company launched Opera Max back in 2013; first in the US as a beta version, and then a couple months later in the European Union and other parts of the world.

Turn off smart multi-homed name resolution in Windows

Smart multi-homed name resolution is a DNS related feature that Microsoft introduced in Windows 8 and implemented in Windows 10 as well.

The feature is designed to speed up DNS resolution on a device running Windows 8 or newer by sending DNS requests across all available network adapters. Microsoft refined the feature in Windows 10 as it selects the information that is returned the fastest automatically.

While the feature makes sense from a performance point of view, it introduces an issue from a privacy one.

Dr.Web LiveDisk: free emergency system repair

Dr.Web LiveDisk is a free tool for system administrators and users alike to restore non-booting Windows computer systems.

The program has been designed specifically for situations where malware attacks, or the disinfection, cause Windows devices from booting properly.

The system repair software is offered an ISO image that you can burn to a blank CD or DVD, and as a version for USB Flash drives.

The latter needs to be run -- it is an executable file -- to start the process of installing the application on a connected USB Flash drive.

DMCA removes domain from popular adblocking list

Easylist is a popular adblocking list that is used by browser extensions to block advertisement on websites visited in the browser.

As the name suggests already, EasyList is just a list of domain names that websites are blocked from making connections to. So, instead of contacting an ad server to download an ad from it, the connection is blocked.

EasyList is hosted on GitHub, and as such all of the lists that are maintained by the project are accessible by anyone.

Twitch Desktop App Final released

Twitch announced on August 10, 2017 that the company has released the Twitch Desktop application final for Windows and Mac PCs.

The company released a beta version of the Twitch app in early 2017, and has been working on the final version of the desktop app ever since.

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