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Are You Using ClearCloud DNS? If So, You MUST Read This

Every computer on the internet has an IP address.  This includes web servers, as well as any other computer that you might wish to connect to.  In order to make things more friendly, the DNS system allows you to refer to a computer by name rather than number, and this name is then passed to a very large lookup table in order to find out the remote machine's IP address.

That's how your web browser allows you to type in rather than a string of numbers.

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Web Server for Windows Media Centre Reaches v1 Milestone

Like millions of people, I use a PC running Windows Media Centre instead of a traditional set-top box or PVR.  It means that I can watch and record TV programs, just like everyone else, but I can also use the machine for more conventional web surfing too. It's the ideal living-room companion.

But the one feature that Media Centre lacks, in my opinion, is a built-in web server to allow me to schedule recordings over the internet when I'm away from home.

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Browser Add-On Shows Exactly Who's Watching You Surf

I've not been a major user of Firefox for the past year or so, since I discovered the wonderful Google Chrome.  But over the past couple of days I've been an avid Firefoxer, solely because of an absolutely wonderful (and extremely concerning) add-in called Collusion.

You probably know about cookies. A cookie is a small text file that a web site is generally permitted to store on your computer, to help the site identify you in the future.  Generally it stores a unique random ID number, and a few bits and pieces about what you were doing on that particular web site.

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Clever Utility Lets You Share Your Scanner Across Your LAN

Do you have more than 1 computer in your home or office?  Does one of those computers have a scanner attached?  Would you like to be able to access the scanner from any machine on your network, simply via a web browser, in a way that lets you scan images and save them to PDF files?

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This Online To-Do List Has Android/iOS Client Apps Too

Using a computerised system to manage your to-do list often makes more sense than using paper-based organisers.  You can keep things much more neatly, rather than crossing out stuff when it's been done.  And you can back up the data for safety and security.  And if you have the right sort of portable device, such as an Android smartphone or an Apple iPod/iPad, you can access your information from anywhere.

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A Simple Online Speed Test For Your Browser

Once upon a time, a web browser simply displayed textual content, and also had the ability to change the layout of that content via HTML markup codes.

But today's modern browsers understand a lot more than HTML.  They're nothing short of a full software execution and development environment, thanks to technology such as JavaScript.  This is a scripting language that allows a web page to transform itself from a page of static text into a full in-browser app.

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Get A $60 Bootable Troubleshooting Tool Free.

I wrote last week about a $60 troubleshooting tool for Windows, which comes in the form of a bootable CD, and which you'd shortly be able to get for free.

Well, that time is here.  And my grateful thanks to the folks at Wondershare for the offer.  The product in question is LiveBoot 2012, and you can read all about it at (but ignore the download links on that page, as you won't find your free licence code that way).

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Get Ready For A Top Troubleshooting Tool

If you like to be able to fix your PC when things go wrong, or you get called upon to fix friends' and neighbours' machines, then a vital part of your tool kit should be a bootable recovery CD.  Such a tool means that you can repair or investigate problems, even if Windows is refusing to boot.

If you don't have such a tool, but you'd like one, check the Hot Finds section of Tech Support Alert next week.  On Monday, we'll have news of a superb bootable rescue disk, complete with more than 40 tools to help you diagnose and fix problems once you've managed to boot the computer.

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