How to Backup and Restore Chrome Bookmarks Manually

Google Chrome

Every six months I follow the ritual of re-installing or refreshing the Windows operating system on my computer in order to keep it clean and running smoothly. But before I do so, I backup everything useful specially the settings of Mozilla Thunderbird, Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome. Performing a backup and restore of the Mozilla products’ settings is very easy using the free MozBackup tool, but when it comes to backup of Chrome browser, there is no decent tool available. Sure, Continue reading

HDD Raw Copy : Backup and Restore All Type of Disks

HDD Raw Copy

Notebooks these days are not coming with optical disk drives anymore as they are considered older technology. And the operating system companies like Microsoft and Ubuntu have adapted to this change by starting to provide the operating system on bootable USB pen drives. But these pen drives  do not last as long as the older CD/DVD storage used to. In order to safe guard your data on the USB pen drives containing costly software against accidental data corruption, you should create a Continue reading

How to Update Firmware of WD External Storage Drives

WD Firmware Updater

I have been using Western Digital hard disks for many many years as they are both cost effective and reliable when it comes to your data storage needs. Even though I have two 750 GB internal hard disks in my two desktop computers, my notebook computer came with only a 250 GB hard disk (Toshiba). So I ended up buying a new WD My Passport external storage drive with a capacity of 2 TB. It worked flawlessly in Windows and Mac computers, Continue reading

How to Completely Remove Firefox Marketplace Apps

Remove Firefox Marketplace Apps

Mozilla has started yet another feature called Firefox Marketplace that offers you thousands of apps of various kinds. These apps do not need depend on the Firefox web browser and run directly using the operating system API just like any other application. This can confuse many people as they think the apps would appear in Firefox web browser after being installed, but they do not show anywhere in the Firefox browser. Instead a shortcut to these apps is created on the Windows desktop through which you Continue reading

LeechBlock Blocks Addicting Sites So You Can Concentrate on Work

LeechBlock

I am not an engineer or scientist, nor do I have special interest in nuclear physics, yet I spent six hours straight reading about nuclear physics on Wikipedia yesterday. The content about those sub-atomic particles was so addictive and fascinating, that I lost the count of time and let many hours slip easily from my regular workday. It was only when I received a phone call from my friend Tina, I cam to know about the time I had wasted reading about something that does not Continue reading

Fixing Firefox Errors When Opening Secure Sites

Disable HTTPS Scanning in avast! Antivirus

Sometimes when you try to open a website over the secure connection using the HTTPS protocol (for example, https://www.google.com/), Mozilla Firefox gives up and shows warnings about invalid certificates, missing certificates, untrusted connection, mismatched domains and so on. All these errors are related to the SSL certificates of websites which are necessary to establish a secure encrypted connection between your computer and those websites. While you may encounter one or two websites, once in a while, that actually has missing, wrongly configured or Continue reading

Testing USB-to-TTL Adapter Using Putty

USB-to-TTL Adapter Loopback Test

A USB-to-TTL adapter (also called USB-to-UART adapter or USB-to-UART bridge) is a simple USB device that lets you connect a device with TTL/UART port to your PC through the regular USB port. It can be used to update firmware on routers, modems, mobile phones, hard disks and so on. If you have bought a new USB-to-TTL adapter from some online store, then first thing you should do is check if it is working properly. We have already covered a detailed Continue reading

HotFolder Automatically Converts Documents to PDF

HotFolder

There are dozens of programs available for free that are able to convert your documents to the PDF format easily through a virtual PDF printer installed on your Windows PC. You can use these to print just about any type of document into a PDF files. But this requires that you hop from one document to another in order to convert them to the PDF files one by one. This approach is good enough when you have to convert only a couple Continue reading

Use WhatsApp on PC with Official WhatsApp Web App

WhatsApp Official Web App

WhatsApp has become a must-to-have app on everyone’s smartphone no matter what type of phone they are using – Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows or Nokia S60. According to an estimate released by WhatsApp, they have over 900 million active users all over the world. Until now, you had to have a smartphone to use the WhatsApp through its app. But now they have released an official web app that you can use to access your WhatsApp account from the Chrome web browser on your PC. While Continue reading

Fixing Untrusted Connection Problem Resulting from avast! Antivirus

Disable HTTPS Scanning in avast! Antivirus

As soon as I installed the new version of the avast! antivirus on my Windows 8.1 PC, I started to have a strange problem. I could no longer access any of the websites over the HTTPS protocol. Trying to access even the known secure sites like Google and Yahoo showed me expired or invalid certificate errors. Assuming it to be some malware attack, I scanned all of my hard disk with avast! antivirus, and then with Malwarebytes’ Antimalware but could not find anything. After thirty Continue reading