Advice

Reduce apps & services on startup to speed up your PC with ‘Autoruns’

Autoruns is a tiny portable app by SysInternals for all versions of Windows. It is an essential free tool that lists everything that happens during a fresh boot of Windows. And it allows you to enable/disable items with the tick of a box. Download Autoruns here. Thorough optimization of the boot process is delicate, but …

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Extract subtitles from .MKV files to .SRT – The FREE & EASY way

Many video players don’t support embedded subtitles in MKV files. Few people know it’s quite easy to extract one or many subtitles as .SRT files. The search for this solution gave me quite a headache, so I’m happy to share it with you. The right combination of MKV TOOLNIX + gMKVExtractGUI, both free tools, works …

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Blokada improves security, privacy, battery life, speed, saves mobile data AND blocks almost every ad on your Android device

Blokada is a free standalone APK which can easily alter the hostfile and DNS of your Android phones or tablets. It is -in my humble opinion- an absolute must-have on every android phone or tablet. You can download it here and simply install the Blokada.APK file. By changing your DNS to e.g. Cloudflare’s 1.1.1.1 and …

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Play your iTunes (smart) playlists on Android and/or DLNA network devices

All my ratings and (smart) playlists are configured to perfection in its library and the files are all stored on my Synology NAS. I like iTunes, but it hasn’t been easy combining it with Android and streaming the library all around the house via UPnP DLNA devices (like LG WebOS, a Telenet Digicorder, and the …

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Extract all images and videos from Word, PowerPoint and/or Excel files with this simple trick

As a designer I sometimes receive Word or PowerPoint files filled with photos, or PowerPoints filled with video files. It can be tedious to extract them all. But few people know these files are actually zip-files in disguise. You can easily extract all media files by changing the file extension from file.docx, file.xlsx or file.pptx …

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Browse safer and bypass local web-blockades by changing your DNS

Whenever you enter an URL in your browser, your internet provider will translate it to its specific IP-address. Then you’ll receive the requested content. This translation is handled on their DNS (Domain Name Server). This usually works just fine, but certain countries or geopolitical zones have a tendency to block or redirect specific websites, and …

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