As another week comes to an end, we’re back with our weekly list of PC apps and web-browser extensions. Keeping in mind the surge in security bleaches in the PC space, don’t be surprised to see information about security updates and patches in this article.
This week we continue our quest of finding a minimal and distraction free word processor, another application which will auto-correct us as we type on our system, and an app that will help in forcefully removing programs from the system. Without further ado, let’s jump onto it.
WriteMonkey (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 6 MB)
When we talk about word processors, the two most obvious ones that come to the mind are Microsoft Office and Notepad. While the former is suffice for doing about anything, and the latter is not really made for writing stories and articles, neither of them really provide that one thing that we people could really use today. A distraction free environment. This is exactly where apps like WriteMonkey come in handy.
To be brutally honest, the app doesn’t offer any jaw-dropping feature, all it can do is give you a giant resizable box where you could write without worrying about anything. You could click on the SCRATCH word at the bottom to fire-up some basic options like bookmarks and headers, on the right you have Wds, upon clicking which thou shall find stats such as how fast were you writing and the word count. The program doesn’t require any installation, have it on your USB stick and work from any computer you want.
GeekUninstaller (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 2 MB)
Last week I talked about IObit uninstaller, while it is really a powerful program uninstaller, there is one thing which it, and most third-party applications don’t do. That feature is forcing an uninstallation. Many times you will come across applications that will throw dozens of errors and won’t let you uninstall them. This application is developed for such cases only. The program is pretty light and possess a self-explanatory user interface.
PhaseExpress (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 12 MB)
Love how your smartphone predicts the word you are typing and autocorrects them for you? If you want similar features on your Windows running system, PhaseExpress is what you should be looking for.
Once installed you can add more words and phrases to its database, and it works with all the applications including web-browsers.
Firefox Aurora 28.0a2 (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 28 MB)
Last week we heard the news that Firefox optimized for metro interface won’t be coming out till a few months. If you can’t wait that long, you can always try Firefox Aurora 28.0.a2.
While you can’t expect this version to be very stable, but since it automatically syncs with the Nightly channel, it will keep catering you with new features.
PCI-Z (Type: Free, OS: Windows – all versions, Size: 0.5 MB)
If you want to get the information of all the components, including peripherals that are connected to your system, PCI-Z can save you a lot of time.
It is light, doesn’t require an installation, and is very accurate at finding useful information about your system.
Deep History (Chrome)
Deep History makes the built-in history functionality in browsers seem so trivial. Instead of searching for titles and links, it searches for the content inside those pages. Several times you won’t remember the link or title of the website, but you will obviously remember what was it about, and when that happens, you will need Deep History.
Once installed, just go the address bar and write “dh” (without quotes) following the whatever it was that you wanted to search. Keyword “dh” triggers the extension, and let the browser know that you want to search using the extension.
Remove all cookies (Firefox)
As the name suggests, the extension lets you clean all the cookies sitting in your browser, in just one click.
Cookies store your browsing session, web-page caches and many things which if removed will make your browser faster and solve many of your browsing problems.
Spotflux Lite (Chrome)
This popular smartphone app by the same name has finally arrived on Chrome browser. The extension, much like its smartphone counterpart hides your IP addresses and other web-tracking technologies from following you.
Now that it is available on your browser, it has become so much convenient for a user to hide its personal information.
Magic Number Predictor (Firefox)
If you are tired with the work, you can always use this fun tool to divert your mind. Guess any whole number between 0 and 1, and let this extension predict it by asking you a few questions.
VLC YouTube Shortcut (Firefox)
A lesser known fact about VLC media player is, that it lets you stream YouTube videos. Not only does it support streaming, but more often than not, it does a better job than YouTube itself. This extension will make an entry “Play video from link” to the context menu.
Stuff you should know
Microsoft has released the January 2014 Patch Tuesday update. Besides critical security fixes and improvements, the patch finally fixes the “SVCHOST” bug issue that had been there on Windows XP for years.
Tip of the week: Let Amazon convert your PDF files for your Kindle
Turns out that you don’t really need an online service or application to convert your PDF files for your Kindle. If you have enabled Personal Archiving in your account’s settings, and know your Kindle email address, that is suffice to get the file converted by none other than the juggernaut itself. Write an email to that Kindle address using the email you had registered on Kindle. Attach the PDF file, write convert in the subject line and hit send. In a couple of minutes, you will see the converted file on your Kindle.