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Windows 8 - Start Menu Set To Return Soon?

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The internet is currently rife with stories regarding the imminent return of the traditional Start Menu. Although much of the information being relayed is predicated on rumor, most of it is emanating from very reliable sources. At its Build conference back in early April, Microsoft announced a new Start Menu that looks like a hybrid Read more

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Aliases, or alternative email addresses, are an easy and useful way to isolate/separate specific emails and help keep your main Outlook.com email address off the radar. Aliases were first introduced into Hotmail sometime ago and have been carried over to the Outlook.com webmail service. Outlook.com users can create up to ten aliases and it’s a Read more

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If you’re one who enjoys reliving the past you definitely need to check out British Pathé’s massive collection of historical newsreel videos. From the Hindenburg disaster in 1937 to “Arnie” winning Mr. Universe in 1969. All in all there are more than 85000 videos categorized under playlists with headings such as; A Day That Shook Read more

How To: Play YouTube Videos in VLC

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For those who may be unaware, VLC is a popular free and open source cross-platform media player developed by the VideoLan Organization. VLC’s widespread popularity stems largely from its excellent codec (video format) support and powerful range of features, you can check it out here: VLC media player VLC is an extremely useful application for Read more

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Edward Snowden’s revelations regarding the NSA’s covert spying activities not only served to heighten the issue of online privacy, they also created a general atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust. One software which came under the microscope in particular was the popular and widely used TrueCrypt. More than 30 million users worldwide have utilized the free Read more

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Easter is fast approaching and the associated giveaways are starting to roll in. As is our usual policy here at DCT, we’ll only be reporting those giveaways which involve reputable products plus a simple and direct method for obtaining the software for free. BlazeVideo’s Easter promotion includes a giveaway of its very good BlazeVideo DVD Read more

heartbleed

It is being universally described as “catastrophic” and “the biggest security threat the internet has ever seen”… it is called Heartbleed. Heartbleed – What is it? “Heartbleed” is the name given to a bug recently discovered in a component of the widely utilized OpenSSL open source toolkit. The vulnerability can be exploited to overcome encryption Read more

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Glossary of Terms: PUPs: Potentially Unwanted Programs – such as toolbars. PUMs: Potentially Unwanted Modifications – changes to home page, search engine, etc. MBAM: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware It’s been almost a year since Malwarebytes’ decision to stop supporting the identification and removal of PUPs created a backlash of protests (see: Malwarebytes Anti-Malware: Can it still be Read more

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Zorin OS is a Linux (Ubuntu-based) operating system specifically designed to help traditional Windows users migrate as easily as possible to an alternative operating system. My first encounter with Zorin OS occurred almost 18 months ago. At that time, I checked out Zorin OS via the live DVD and published an article here: Zorin OS Read more

market-share

As the first quarter of 2014 has now drawn to a close, and considering XP’s end of support is nigh, I thought it might be timely to check out current market share figures and see how much things have changed over the past 12 months. As usual, the source for these statistics is the well Read more