Bittorrent has not one but two Achilles' heels: torrent indexing services and a lack of anonymity. While it is possible to overcome the latter through the use of virtual private networks or proxies, there is no viable alternative available yet for indexing services. Tribler, which I reviewed back in September 2014, attempts to change that. […]

directx windows

Microsoft announced back in October 2014 that its upcoming operating system Windows 10 will ship with DirectX 12. Windows 10 is expected to be released in Fall 2015, three years after the release of Microsoft's current state of the art operating system Windows 8. DirectX is widely used, not only on Windows but also on […]


Ports are used for communication in computing. It would go too far to describe the technical details involved but you can think of ports as doors that allow interaction with a device. Common ports are TCP port 21 ftp, port 23 for Telnet or port 80 for the hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). While it makes […]

windows installation media

Most Windows PCs ship without installation disc or any other form of physical product that you can use to re-install the system. While you do get options to create recovery discs, it is not the same thing. The same is true when you purchase upgrades online from Microsoft. You don't get a disc anymore unless […]

firefox android tracking protection

Mozilla added the new tracking protection feature to Firefox Nightly for Windows, Linux and Mac systems in November 2014. The feature uses block lists of domains and sites that are known to track users. When enabled, communication is blocked to those servers on the Internet to improve user privacy. It works similar to extensions that […]

briss crop pdf documents

The pdf format is highly popular and there are so many third-party tools and programs available that manipulate pdf documents in one way or the other that it is difficult to keep an overview of them all. If you need to crop documents, you may want to take a look at the open source program […]