Weekly Roundup June 18, 2010

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This week:

  • Access 500+ Free BBC Documentaries
  • 5 things you may not know you can do with attachments in Gmail
  • The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know
  • 5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids
  • Firefox Add-on: HTTPS Everywhere Encrypts Your Connection with Major Websites

- Access 500+ Free BBC Documentaries

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- 5 things you may not know you can do with attachments in Gmail
Five tips to make sending, receiving, viewing, and finding GMail attachments easier.

- The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know
Some fun, interesting and useful tricks for Windows.

- 5 Best Linux Software Packages for Kids - Make Tech Easier
"...we’ve gathered together some of the best Linux software applications for kids, from simple games for toddlers to programming puzzles for the older kids."

- HTTPS Everywhere Encrypts Your Connection with Major Websites
"...HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox add-on created by The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your web communication with several major websites that support — but may not default to secure — HTTPS connection."


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by mikecorbeil on 21. June 2010 - 19:43  (52640)

Why can't we set a page option for being notified when other posts are added to a page we wish to keep up with, or, and especially, for replies to our posts? The option exists at Tech Support Alert Forums, but I don't see the option when posting in the main part of this website?

by mikecorbeil on 21. June 2010 - 19:41  (52638)

Re. "HTTPS Everywhere Encrypts Your Connection with Major Websites"

Oddly, it's said to be a Firefox add-on, but doing a Google search for this extension at Mozilla turns up nothing. It's by the EFF, which can can surely be trusted, but the EFF needs to add the extension at addons.mozilla.org.

That would definitely help for getting feedback from people having tried out this extension. If it's not added at Mozilla, then can we expect the Firefox team to verify the extension and give it a passing, failing, mediocre, et cetera, grade anyway? I don't think they would. The EFF should follow the standard Firefox or Mozilla extensions process or procedure.

Getting a lot more feedback from people trying the extension would be surely of great value because the EFF may not be doing much testing of the extension beyond the version of Firefox that EFF initially developed the extension for; and might not test the extension with Firefox on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and 7, et cetera.

On the other hand, and based on what I understand from the article (now that this is coming to mind), the extension only changes "http://" to "https://"; andthe article says that we can do this ourselves, instead of using the add-on for this. But it'd of course be simpler to use this add-on. Anyway, if this is all this does, then I guess that the extension will work with pretty much any presently used versions (2.x to 3.6.3 for full releases), present betas, and future versions of Firefox. And I suppose that this might work on any Windows OS, possibly (?).

by Anonymous on 21. June 2010 - 19:04  (52631)

Re. "The Cleverest Geeky Windows Tricks Everyone Should Know"

If this is only for Windows 7, or for 7 and Vista, f.e., then this should be clearly stated at the start of the article, and it doesn't do this, while nevertheless seeming to only be about Windows 7; after I quickly looked over some of it. I think we all know that there still are plenty of people using Windows XP and Vista, and I know that some of us will be using XP for a long time because of not having the money to pay for upgrading to new versions of Windows; or some might have money, but have better things to do with it.

Each version of Windows is called Windows and this has been an incorrect appelation for a very long time when it comes to technical references to Microsoft Windows. Windows can mean 3.x, 95, 98, NT, 2000, 2003, XP, Vista, and so on. When referring to them technically, then they are correctly called Win(dows) 3.x, Win 9x, Win NT, Win 2k, and so on.

Doing that will help to waste people's time.

So I commented about this at lifehacker.com, though didn't see the post after reloading the page. Maybe that's because the site's administrator will be checking the comment before allowing actual posting of it, for I did click the Share button and performed the rest of the submittal process as required, so the comment should have been received and is just put in a moderation queue.

by rhiannon on 21. June 2010 - 21:38  (52659)

The article contains 14 tips, 2 of them Windows 7 only. The rest refer to Windows XP, Windows Vista and include Windows 7, or don't state a version.

by mikecorbeil on 21. June 2010 - 19:14  (52634)

The above was my post; hadn't logged in.

by Anonymous on 20. June 2010 - 18:11  (52547)

Many are the really great ideas and programs I have found through your site and I recommend it to lots of friends.

by rhiannon on 22. June 2010 - 1:06  (52678)

Thank you, that's always great to hear.

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