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Check Out All Currency Exchange Rates At Your Fingertips
Whenever you need to exchange your local currency into a foreign currency for travelling or remitting monies overseas, you will need to ask for an exchange rate. Exchange rates quoted by banks and money changers can be quite different. The spread between the buy and sell price for a currency can b... Read More


The Best Places to View the August 2017 Solar Eclipse Online
If you can't view the upcoming eclipse because you don't live in its path or the weather that day won't cooperate, you can still view the solar eclipse online, no special glasses required. There are several sites live streaming the August 21, 2017 solar eclipse on the internet. Here's a roundup of... Read More


Looking for a password? Don't use any of these 306 million
Use this searchable database of over 300 million exposed passwords to check if a password has been compromised. The security researcher behind the popular website has created a searchable database of millions of passwords that were exposed in various data breaches. You can easily check if a passw... Read More


Problem Steps Recorder Is An Amazing Troubleshooting Tool
We've all been there. A friend calls up, saying that they're having a problem with their computer. Every time they open a particular document file, the computer hangs. As the troubleshooter on the other end of the phone, you probably start with the 2 basic questions. Firstly, "what precisely were ... Read More


Wallpaper of the Week: Full Moon Through Bare Trees
This weeks wallpaper is a shot of the full moon rising through the silhouette of bare black tree branches. The background is a velvety blue. The moon is centered in a circular opening in the tree branches. This is one of those wallpapers that looks much better on your screen than in the image here.... Read More


Got An iPad? Try This Instead Of iTunes On Your PC
If you use an iPad or an iPhone, you probably know all about iTunes for transferring files between your iDevice and your computer. Trouble is, iTunes on Windows isn't very good. It's huge, slow, and difficult to use. If you would like to try an alternative, have a look at WinX MediaTrans, from Dig... Read More


This Word Game Has Me Obsessed Right Now!
After my most recent postings here, which have been quite technical in nature, here's something a little less nerdy! If you're based in the UK, or you're a fan of the BBC television quiz called "Only Connect", you'll know all about word wall puzzles. Faced with a grid of 16 words, you have to split... Read More


Finds of the Week: 7 August, 2017
Finds of the Week is a list of web sites I've come across lately that are interesting, fun, or useful (or all three). I hope you enjoy them. -Rhiannon - Online security 101: Tips for protecting your privacy from hackers and spies - Docs Online Viewer - How to batch rename multiple files in Windo... Read More


Use An SSH Server To Access A Faulty Windows PC
Yesterday I told you about a terminal program for connecting to computers across the internet or your local network. One of the protocols it supports is SSH, which is a secure and encrypted way of remotely accessing a computer's command line. Linux systems, and lots of other servers, use SSH a lot... Read More


Technical? Looking For A Good Free Terminal Prog? This One's Great.
Connecting to one computer from another, across your home network or the internet, requires a program known as a terminal. Depending on whether you want full Windows graphical remote access to the other machine, or just a command line, you will need to choose what sort of terminal program you need.... Read More


Top Rated Article: A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager for Windows
Despite Windows being 30 years old, Microsoft still hasn't improved on the basic clipboard functionality that was introduced in the 1980s. You cut or copy something, and then you paste it somewhere else. Cut or copy again, and the single entry in the clipboard gets overwritten. Clip Angel changes ... Read More


The Gimp Isn't Just For Linux
One of the most fun things to do on your PC is to edit photos. At the very basic level, this means cropping an image or resizing it, or perhaps making it a little darker or lighter. If you're happy with such activity then Microsoft Paint, or the new Paint 3D that arrives with the Windows 10 Creator... Read More



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