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Archive for March, 2009
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As I was researching for an alternative web browser that has strong privacy browsing capabilities which enables not to leave any tracks–cookies, cache, and browsing history among other things(although I know that Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 now has it and IE has it too), I have discovered a browser that is capable of doing the functions I primarily had been looking for. But more than that, it embodies the look and feel of Apple Safari and Google Chrome. It’s no wonder why I’ve tried this browser.
What I’m talking about is QtWeb, an open source web browser having some unique UI and privacy features, is compact and secure. Having built based on Qt framework and Apple’s WebKit rendering engine (which is being used in Apple and Google Chrome), it’s not surprising why this browser has embodied some of the features of Apple Safari and Google Chrome browers.
It has highly customizable user interface features that allow users to change application styles, navigate easily within frames, and customize web search engines with ease and a whole lot more.
As what I’ve been looking for, this internet browsing tool is capable of private browsing which has a full reset feature clearing all caches and restores all local settings after installation, and is SSL supported to enable access to secure sites. What also makes this internet browser functional is its portability. You can store it on a USB, CD or DVD, and use it wherever you go, no ddls or configuration files are required. QtWeb is space saving having as little as 5MB with only one file needed–QtWeb.exe.
QtWeb Internet browser is a powerful and uniquely designed browser that gives so much functionality despite being small. Its friendly user interface makes it adaptable, its security and privacy features are a plus, portability and speed makes it a one-of-a-kind web browser. A definitely “must-have” software on anybody’s list.
For more information regarding this software, you may visit www.qtweb.net.
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While many internet browsers continue to battle between who’s the fastest and the most efficient of them all, Firefox has just recently released Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 which is the fifth development milestone and third beta release of Firefox 3.1, the next version of the Firefox web browser. Even though such released version is considered stable, developers and members of the testing community are still expected to provide feedbacks from its evaluation.
Firefox advises users of the latest released version not to expect that all of their add-ons will work properly with this beta. That is why Software Critics come in, after some research, to come up with these helpful tips on what you need to know in advance before you decide to upgrade to Firefox 3.1 Beta 3.
First tip: Back up you information. It is necessary that you do so in case something went wrong after the upgrade and you wish to go back to the version you previously use. Visit backing up files in Firefox for more information.
Second tip: Remember that some extension, and plugins may not work properly unless they had been updated to run on the new Firefox 3.1 Beta 3. Bookmarks are expected to remain intact. If you are using some extensions at the moment, better think twice before doing the upgrade.
Third tip: Themes are extremely likely not to work on the Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 version. Unless, you are willing to give up those themes just to try the new Beta 3.
Fourth tip: If you ever decided to downgrade, passwords will “go out of sync.” Why? Because the format changed and is only imported the “first” time you upgrade to Beta 3 unless you trigger it manually. So, if you downgrade Beta 3, you will not see passwords added after you upgraded (because they’re only in the file in the new format) and if you then upgrade a second time, you won’t see passwords you added while you were downgraded (because those were added to the old file, which isn’t imported a second time).
Fifth and last tip: If you’re unsure, don’t upgrade. Subscribe to us and wait for Firefox 3.5 Final as Software Critics delivers this information straight to your RSS feed readers.
Firefox 3.1 Beta 3 Release Notes state that release is considered to be stable. It has been QAd though but issues are still expected to come out.
Insider tech buzz:
Firefox 3.5 is coming soon. Firefox 3.5 is a branch off the trunk that will lead to a release, the trunk is for hardcore development. Firefox 3.1 Beta3 is what is out now. There has been a re-versioning which means the next release will be called 3.5 Beta 4, then there will be 3.5 RC1, then maybe more release candidates, then a final Firefox 3.5 release.
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It’s a brand new day with something great to look forward to. That’s how I see it because today marks the launching of my very own customized and fully functional toolbar better known as Software Critics Community Toolbar.
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Here in Software Critics, we don’t only care about software but we make sure that your PC is highly optimized to perform your software’s full potential. And how are we going to do this? Simple.
Software Critics came up with these highly effective ways to optimize your PC speed that would not compromise your Windows registry. Again, we have always emphasized this,
“save money during this economic recession or just simply make the most of our money’s worth.”
So, these helpful tips will prevent you from spending just to upgrade your system in order to boost PC speed as these safe tweaks would not cause you any trouble and is guaranteed to make your computer run faster.
Speed up Windows Explorer
Go to Windows Explorer, click on the Tools menu, then click on Folder Options, click on the View tab, find Automatically search for network folders and printers check box and uncheck it
click Apply, then click OK and reboot your PC.
These steps eventually will make you Windows Explorer run faster as Windows will no longer automatically search for network files, shared folders, and devices in the network.
Optimize Appearance Settings
Go to Start then Settings and select Control Panel, in the Control Panel, click System and then Advanced tab. In the Performance Options window select Adjust for best performance and click OK to confirm and close the window.
If you’re running on Windows XP, setting it optimized for best performance will free up RAM thereby reducing the effects in the graphical user interface.
Uninstall No Longer Used Device Drivers
Be extra careful in unistalling these device drivers in your PC. Make sure that even though these may be unused for the meantime, it must be something that you will no longer be using not even in the significant future because you don’t want these drivers to malfunction in case you might thought of using it somehow.
Remove Unnecessary Software
One of the easiest approach to do this is by clicking on Start, then Settings, select Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs.
You can also use an unistaller software do to the job but make sure that this unistaller would not remove any registry component. After removing the software, activate your computer’s registry cleaner or registry repair software to make sure that no unwanted components are left. Don’t forget to back up your registry as well. When the computer asks you something about removing “related components”, just don’t remove it. It’s better left in there as it would not harm your computer.
Disable Indexing Services
This is not really necessary as it utilizes large space of RAM. To disable this, go to Control Panel, double-click Add/Remove Programs, click Add/Remove Windows Components, uncheck Indexing Service and click Next and then click Finish.
Defrag Windows frequently
Defragging the Windows registry removes gaps which can improve system performance where fragmented files are put together thus maximizes your system speed. For further information, read our post on “How to improve system performance by defragmentation”.
For optimum performance, you might want to consider using an internet speed optimizer software. What more could be as pleasing as having a fast internet access and a highly responsive system? Right?
Now, to make more impact, why not view these tips on video? Watch and learn. Remember, you don’t always have to spend in order to get the best out of your resources. You only need some tweaks and some helpful tips.
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If you haven’t got the email from Yahoo, then this information would have you informed that Yahoo! has announced that they will be undertaking an extensive maintenance this coming weekend beginning the evening of Friday, March 13 PDT to give way for their ongoing efforts to provide its users the best possible mailing service they can. So, expect that some account access issues will be experienced unless your account will be directly affected. But Yahoo assured that everything should be back to normal by midday on Saturday March 14th PDT.
Yahoo in its letter, apologized in advance for any inconvenience this moved may cause. In fairness to Yahoo!, they informed us of this action and didn’t caught us by surprise. After this, we would all be looking forward for a better Yahoo! mail experience.
Follow up: March 14, 2009
Today, I wasn’t able to access my account. Yahoo! Mail scheduled maintenance is on going. View the screen shot here.
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Software Critics has once posted an article regarding setting up
undisclosed recipients in Yahoo! Mail a couple of months back and it became so phenomenal. So, I decided to put it back in circulation but now in a more convenient way as I put it in video for a more appealing and more comprehensible approach as viewing makes it easier to understand.
Most people who uses free email services like Yahoo often find themselves in question if there’s a way that they can hide their recipients’ email addresses so neither of the recipients would know who else received the same message. But now, this is just a thing of the past and be in the know! Watch the video on How to set up undisclosed recipients in Yahoo! Mail.
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