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How to – Screenshots with mouse’s cursor!

Posted in Computer, How to, Software Tools, Windows with tags , , , on March 10, 2016 by Sirusdark

Hello dear readers!

Here’s a very, very, very useful tip on how to take screenshots of your screen(s) AND include the mouse cursor!

Usually, it cannot be done natively in Windows, but if you have IrfanView installed,you’re good to go! Oh? What’s that? IrfanView is just the best free Image viewer out there. Nothing less.

BTW, if IrfanView is NOT your default image viewing application… my sincere condolences.

Okay! Open IrfanView, press C, choose the options you want and make sure to select the “Include mouse cursor” checkbox. That’s it! Dead simple.

irfan_capture_001Here, my preferred settings highlighted in green.

Publish!

Enjoy!

Sirus

P.s.: I’m actually thinking of starting a series just on IrfanView; it does so many things!

References
-http://www.irfanview.com/

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Windows 8.1 Installation Media is Free!

Posted in Computer, Free, How to, Software Tools, Windows 8 with tags , , , , , , on March 17, 2015 by Sirusdark

Did you know?

If you’ve lost, can’t find or don’t even have your Windows 8.1 installation disk (any version btw), there’s now no need to buy a new one; you can create one for FREE! I was recently asked again where to get a new installation media (aka install disk) and thought it was worth a post to reiterate this very useful info.

Create installation media for Windows 8.1

All you gotta do is download Microsoft’s application (less than 2 Mb), run the tool, select the Windows 8.1 version you need.

Probably the best part is it lets you choose between a USB installer and an ISO file. Once you’ve picked your preferred method of destruction installing, let it work. It’s that simple!

You don’t even have to install anything on your precious computer since it’s a standalone app; which makes it portable too!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

This nifty tool can create installation media for all the following Windows 8.1 versions (32bit/64 bit):

Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 N
Windows 8.1 Pro
Windows 8.1 Pro N

Enjoy!

Sirus
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Truecrypt – Still safe and NOT DEAD

Posted in Computer, Free, Privacy, Security, Software Tools, Windows with tags on June 3, 2014 by Sirusdark

Truecrypt LogoSome of you may have read some alarming news that Truecrypt, a free encryption software, was now “unsafe”.

NO

No, Truecrypt is not completely dead, though the initial authors apparently cancelled further development.

No, Truecrypt is still safe to use. How safe depends on how you use it and in which context.

No, Truecrypt is still a valid encryption solution.

 

According to Gibson Research Corporation (GRC), Truecrypt is still safe to use. GRC’s website also offers many useful tools, check it it out!

YES

Yes, Truecrypt won’t be supported anymore.

Yes, Truecrypt is still not 100% open source (for now).

Yes, the security audit is still ongoing and soon will be completed. This will allow the community to focus on solving the issues that will be uncovered.

The new project

For the very first time in its history, the source code will most likely be maintained by the community and contributors won’t be anonymous anymore. This means Truecrypt will continue to evolve, improve and become a better encryption solution.

For legal purposes, yes, Truecrypt’s name may change in the near future, but the features shouldn’t.

So keep using Truecrypt for now, and stay tuned for upcoming news! Also, check out the references for more good reads.

Enjoy!

Sirus
sirusdark.ca

References
-http://www.truecrypt.ch/
-http://opencryptoaudit.org/
-https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm
-http://truecrypt.org // -http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net
-http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2347200/truecrypt-encryption-is-no-longer-secure-due-to-windows-xp-end-of-life
-http://istruecryptauditedyet.com/