Software Every Computer Should Have

1. Browsers and extensions

  • Firefox – Currently The Best Browser Out There
  • Chrome – A close second
  • Adblock Plus – Blocks Ads
  • ProxTube – Circumvent Blocked Youtube videos.
  • Speed Dial – Allows fast access to your most visited websites.
  • NoScript – Add-on (for Firefox) which allows JavaScript, Java, Flash and other plugins to be executed only by trusted sites.
  • TinEye browser plugin – Reverse search an image.

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The Kitchen Sink

This post will contain some of our latest finds that don’t merit a full article. Some of these links and articles are wonderful resources.

Nightmare in Montreal

Two of us here at WebsiteForensics spent 32 days on a road-trip down to the East Coast of Canada. It was bliss: the people, the places, the food. This is Canada’s best kept secret.

Unfortunately, on our way through Montreal, we thought it would be a great idea to stop by the Atwater Marché for some produce. That’s when it happened: a smash and grab. In just a few minutes, our laptop, cameras, backpacks were stolen. All our pictures had been downloaded to the computer, so there we were with bags of apples and carrots but no pictures from our trip save the 200 or so still on the camera they didn’t manage to steal. What a nightmare.

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Unformatting text

Update : CleanText.org – The goal is to take formatted text and render it in a way so that when it’s rendered with a nice variable-width font, it will to look very clean and properly formatted.

Often times, when copying text from an editor like Word or a Webpage, to Dreamweaver, you also copy a lot of formatting. This can often times be a nuisance, so it becomes necessary to “unformat” the text.

If it’s only a few words, a sentence, copy the content and paste to the URL bar to unformat, select anew and paste to Dreamweaver.

If you’re dealing with a lot more content, paste the text to your favorite email client and changer the format of the message to “text” or un-select “HTML”. Select anew, the content has now lost all formatting.

Error Level Analysis

A great image analyser : check out ErrorLevelAnalysis – errorlevelanalysis.com

Error level analysis allows you see to see the difference in quality level, represented by brightness. Things which are very bright have been edited most recently, whilst duller parts have been resaved multiple times. This allows you to see not just which parts of the image have been changed, but in what order the changes occurred.

Reliable and solid remote access software

Remote access software is the holy grail of network applications. Unfortunately, too many built-in applications are difficult to configure, lack reliability and offer only a small number of options and limited security.

The field of remote access software has provided clients with a large number of packages, but few offer high-level encryption: 256-bit encryption – the highest in its class. Proxy Network’s Proxy Pro 6 offers peer-to-peer remote access, remote management tools that come in several flavors, from Workstation Edition to the Gateway Edition.

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FireFox Extensions

Firefox Extensions

  • No Script – Winner of the “2006 PC World World Class Award”, this tool provides extra protection to your Firefox.
    It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice.
  • IE Tab – This is a great tool for web developers, since you can easily see how your webpage displayed in IE with just one click and then switch back to Firefox.
  • PDF Download – Allows to choose if you want to view a PDF file inside the browser (as PDF or HTML), if you want to view it outside Firefox with your default or custom PDF reader, or if you want to download it!
  • Web Developer – Adds a menu and a toolbar with various web developer tools.
  • User Agent Switcher – The User Agent Switcher extension adds a menu and a toolbar button to switch the user agent of the browser. It is designed for Firefox, Flock, Mozilla and Seamonkey, and will run on any platform that these browsers support including Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Continue reading

Flash to be available on iPhone

Adobe has revealed that Apple and Adobe are collaborating on making Flash available on the iPhone. The technical hurdles are still quite steep, and although this will not be the full version of Flash, it will certainly not be the Flash Lite. Sources: News Google

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Our Dreamweaver Wish List

One of the functions that Adobe Dreamweaver is seriously lacking is a batch file re-naming tool that also fixes broken links. We have had several projects where hundreds of files with .html or .htm extensions had to be converted to .php, .asp, .shtml. Continue reading