Tools & Utilities

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Google Handwriting Input revolutionizes Android mobile input methods

Want to text your friends in a fast way but your fingers are too fat? Want to use emojis in your text message but your keyboard does not support them or it is hard to switch back and forth? Hard to take meeting notes with your tablet because you don’t have an external keyboard? Google Handwriting Input app comes to the rescue. It is a new app recently released by Google that allows users to handwrite […]

Intel Wireless-N 7260 loses connection after Windows wakes up from sleep or hibernate mode

My HP Envy 15 laptop comes with an Intel Wireless-N 7260 wireless card and recently I noticed that it causes weird connection issue. Every time when my laptop wakes up from the sleep mode or the hibernate mode, it loses the WIFI connection. Although the WIFI connection icon on the taskbar shows it is connected, it does not allow me to access any site. When this happens I have to reboot my computer to get the connection […]

How to Remove Windows Active Guard

Windows Active Guard is a very cunning and nasty computer virus and spyware which displays various fake security alerts and warnings after fake system scan, for example reporting some malware/spyware found in your computer, to lure the user to purchase Windows Active Guard in order to remove the detected threats. However, purchasing Windows Active Guard not only has wasted your money, but also has given the virus an opportunity to steal your sensitive financial information […]

What is urDrive and V-Drive?

I bought a Kingston USB drive the other day and it is preloaded with some software called urDrive. I was curious about it because I never heard of it, so I did some research. After some digging, I found out that urDrive is preloaded software on select Kingston USB flash drives. It is bundled with computer scan by Norton PC Cleanup, web browser by Maxthon, kid’s games by Fooz Kids, and interestingly, a free cloud […]

Features I enjoy in SugarSync

I have been with SugarSync for almost a year now. I started with the 5 GB free plan and today I decided to upgrade my free plan to a paid plan. Why? Because I love SugarSync and I want to support it to stay strong in business so I can continue enjoying the service it provides. If you are looking for cloud storage with generous space, I suggest you to take a look at SugarSync. […]

SugarSync vs DropBox vs SpiderOak, which should I choose?

I wrote a post in April regarding the pros and cons of several cloud storage/backup service providers based on my experience, such as Windows Live Mesh, DropBox, Memopal, SpiderOak, and SugarSync, and I concluded that SugarSync is better than the others. Then you may ask what is the purpose of this post? Well, it seems that many people are not happy with SugarSync because it does not have a native Linux client, so those people, […]

TrueCrypt donation

[UPDATE] The development of TrueCrypt was stopped in 2014 and is no longer maintained. If you need something similar, you can check this post for alternatives: https://www.comparitech.com/blog/information-security/truecrypt-is-discoutinued-try-these-free-alternatives/ TrueCrypt is free open-source disk encryption software for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can use it to encrypt your files, disk partitions, and even a whole disk. It is very easy to use and the encryption and the decryption process is transparent to end user, for instance, once a […]

More free bonus from SugarSync cloud service

If you already use SugarSync, then you know that after you sign up an account (either Free or Paid account), if you finish five tasks under Getting Started tab in your account, then you will get 125 MB bonus storage. If you think 125 MB bonus is not good enough, then here is the good news. Started June 6th, SugarSync lets you earn 125 MB bonus for each task you finish, so the total bonus […]

Block unwanted web tracking via Ghostery

Do you know when you visit a web site, you behavior might be monitored and tracked? If I tell you that there are six sites will be monitoring you when you visit MSNBC web site (www.msnbc.com), will you believe it? Thanks to a nice browser plugin called Ghostery, you can find all those hidden sites that are tracking you. I highly recommend everyone to download and install it, and the plugin is available for Internet […]

Drop Dropbox and pick up SugarSync

IMPORTANT UPDATES I just found out that Windows Live Mesh does NOT encrypt user files stored on their server, here is the original blog post talking about how the original Live Mesh was designed and implemented three years ago: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/livemesh/archive/2008/05/29/behind-live-mesh-authorization-and-encryption.aspx, and to my disappointment, three years later, Windows Live Mesh still has not implemented data encryption to protect user files. Here is the question I asked and the answer I got from Widnows Live Help […]