View Websites in Dark Mode With This Browser Add-on

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This browser add-on changes the color of websites from bright to dark mode.

Dark Reader enables night/dark mode by creating dark themes for websites on the fly in Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. Dark modes for sites can make viewing websites much easier on the eyes and more readable at night.

Once installed, the extension adds an icon to the browser toolbar which you can use to customize how sites appear. Clicking on the toolbar icon generates a pop up box to change the add-on options:

- switch from Dark to Light mode
- adjust Brightness
- adjust Contrast
- adjust Sepia
- adjust Grayscale
- change per site settings
- change font
- change text stroke
- add sites to ignore list
- apply settings the current site only
- change the theme engine (Filter, Filter+, Static and Dynamic)

Dark Reader can be set to activate after sunset and deactivate after sunrise, based on your location or your system preferences. Dark Reader generates themes on the fly, seeing a site flash of white when the site loads before dark mode appears is normal.
If you have any similar add-ons/extensions, disable them before using Dark Reader to avoid issues.

Dark Reader has over 2,000,000 active users, doesn't show ads and doesn't send user's data anywhere. It is fully open-source, the code is on GitHub . Dark Reader is available for free from the Firefox Add-on page and Chrome web store. Safari users are charged $4.99 USD to download it from the Mac App Store.

Dark Reader worked well on the sites I tested it on. Search engines, social media, and a wide variety of popular and niche sites. It doesn’t work on certain protected sites like the Firefox add-on page or the Chrome web store. It worked well in other Chromium based browsers (Brave, Chromium Edge, Iridium) and Firefox based browsers (Waterfox Current and Waterfox Classic) on my system.

There is a similar add-on for most browsers called Night Eye . It has a limitation - the free version of the extension allows you to see five sites in dark mode. If you want to see dark mode on all websites there’s a paid plan. If you install the extension, you get a 3 month free trial, where the extension works at most sites. After the trial the plan ends, dark mode is limited to five sites of your choosing. Night Eye works by converting colors, which may improve the appearance for some (I noticed minor differences, others may see more) but also takes processing power which can cause websites to load slowly.

If you’re on the computer at night, your eyes need a rest or you prefer dark mode, give Dark Reader a try. Links to install extensions for Firefox, Safari and Chrome are on the Dark Reader home page. Read More

Google’s Earth View Gallery Adds 1,000 Stunning Images

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Google has added 1,000 more stunning and high resolution images to its Earth View Gallery.

Earth View is a collection of the planet’s most spectacular landscapes from space found on Google Earth. The newest group of images are optimized for high resolution screens (up to 4K) and make striking wallpapers. The latest addition brings the amount of eye-catching images to 2,500.

Browsing the gallery has the usual options. Use the forward and back arrows to change images and the download icon to download the current image.
New to the gallery is a color map to help you find Earth View images by color or location around the globe:
Earth View Map

A Chrome extension displays a new Earth View image every time a new tab is opened and can be download from the Chrome Web store:
Earth View from Google Earth

The Google blog post has more details about the process and people:
1,000 of the most stunning landscapes in Google Earth

See all the new image added to the Earth View Gallery here: Read More

This Small Portable Screenshot Tool Includes Annotation Tools

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Sniptool is an easy to use screenshot tool that packs a lot of features into a small portable package.

It’s easy to use the Windows built in PrintScreen or Snipping Tool to grab a quick screenshot, but if you need more than the basics give Sniptool a look.

Sniptool is a small, portable lightweight program that has most of the features that larger screen capture programs have. It has a modern, minimal and compact interface, the tools are easy to access and it’s unobtrusive. It has the usual screen capture and annotation tools so you can add text, arrows, numbers, shapes, blur or pixelate parts of an image, and combine more than one screen capture at a time.

Here’s some of the tools included in the program:
Screen capture:
• Region
• Window
• Freehand
(No scrolling capture feature)

Image tools:
• Add text
• Add blur (blurs selected area)
• Add pixel control (pixelates selected area)
• Resize
• Crop
• Rotate
• Flip vertical
• Flip horizontal
• Add shadow
• Add glow and four other filters

Drawing tools:
Marker, pen, rectangle, transparent rectangle, filled rectangle,
arrow, double arrow, ellipse, number buttons and filled number buttons.

The option to display a background of grid or vertical lines is helpful for layout, there's a beta option to start the tool with Windows, you can change the theme, and images can be saved in JPG and PNG formats.

Sniptool is a 600kb download, is portable, runs on Windows 7, 8, and 10, and requires .NET Framework 4.0. It’s free of malware according to VirusTotal and is a small but powerful addition to your screen grab toolbox. Read More

Explore the World from Four Basic Elements in this Thought Provoking Game (Android, iOS, Windows)

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The ancient Greeks believed that everything in the world was made up of four classical elements, i.e, earth, water, air and fire, which somehow align respectively with the four states of matter in physics, namely solid, liquid, gas and plasma.

These four basic elements are exactly what this logic puzzle game Alchemy Classic is about to provoke you into thinking: What new elements can I create by combining the elements that are available?

Look at these examples of creation: you can combine water and earth for swamp, water and air for fog, and earth and fire to make stones. Isn't it fun and fascinating? Altogether, there are more than 500 puzzles to solve starting from the basic elements in the game.

This brain-teaser game provides incredible leanings on interest and curiosity. Good to play if you are eager to explore the world that is formed from the classical elements. It is free to play on Android and iOS platforms, but the Windows version is a paid-for premium app for the time being. Read More

Download 150,000+ Botanical and Natural History Illustrations for Free

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Download over 150,000 high resolution illustrations for free from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library makes millions of pages and thousands of high resolution natural history illustrations free to download and use.

The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is an open access digital library that operates as a worldwide consortium of over 80 partners from natural history, botanical, research, and national libraries working together to digitize the natural history literature held in their collections and make material freely available as part of a global “biodiversity community.”

The collection includes millions of pages of literature from the 15th-21st centuries, thousands of articles from premier scientific publications and 150,000+ animal sketches, historical diagrams, botanical studies, and various scientific research collected from hundreds of thousands of journals and libraries around the globe. There are categories for reptiles and amphibians, shells, algae and fungi and more.

It’s a lot of content. If you don’t need to search the site for something specific, the BHL Flickr and Instagram accounts and the BHL’s site at the Internet Archive are great places to start looking. The Flickr and Instagram accounts are all images and the Internet Archive provides visually organized access to the collection. Read More

This Free Mobile App Helps the Visually Impaired Do Everyday Things (iOS, Android)

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Be My Eyes connects blind and low-vision individuals to sighted volunteers all over the world via a live video call.

Be My Eyes connects volunteers that assist blind and low-vision users through a live video connection to handle a wide range of tasks. Some of the tasks are reading labels (product, prescription etc.), finding lost or dropped items or items in a room, assistance shopping in supermarkets, help identifying and matching clothing, checking product ingredients, expiration dates, public transportation schedules, and much more.

The Specialized Help section assists users that need free technical support for their various electronic devices.
Be My Eyes has their own technical support and has partnered with the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk whose staff is trained to work with the blind and vision impaired. The Be My Eyes technical support is available during specific hours, while the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk is available 24/7. Microsoft’s Disability Answer Desk is a free consumer service for Microsoft’s customers with disabilities and My Eyes customers through the app.

Most calls last a few minutes. When someone needs assistance, a notification goes out to several volunteers, and whoever answers the call first assists the caller. Calls are connected based on daytime time zone and language. Average wait time is about 15 seconds and calls usually last a few minutes. Volunteers are anonymous during calls and don’t appear on the video.

This is a wonderful app that assists anyone who is visually impaired and allows sighted people to help on their schedule without a large time commitment.

Be My Eyes is accessible in more than 150 countries worldwide and in over 180 languages. The app is free and available for both iOS and Android.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Lava Flowing Into the Ocean

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This weeks wallpaper shows thin streams of orange lava flowing into the ocean. The image captures the intense orange lava flowing off the dark ledges of solidified lava into the ocean waves, captured at what seems to be a slow shutter speed to make them appear almost smooth. Rising steam rises appears wind-blown. Icons show up well on this background. Read More

Where to Download ISO Images for All Windows 10 Releases

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Download any release of Windows 10 from the Microsoft servers using this site.

TechBench makes it easy to download all versions of Windows 10 (Final and Insider), Windows 8.1 with Update 3 (build 9600) and Windows 7 SP1 (build 7601) as well as Office applications, language packs, and virtual machines directly from Microsoft servers.

If you’re updating an older computer with a previous version of Windows to Windows 10 it’s useful to have earlier versions of Windows 10 available. Earlier versions of Windows 10 often support older computers and hardware that gets left behind in more recent releases.

I updated an old Dell laptop by installing Windows 7 and then installing Windows 10 (it was running Vista). The current (at the time) version of Windows 10 wouldn’t install, there were driver and compatibility issues. After a bit of searching I found that others had been able to install Windows 10 on the same laptop using an earlier Windows 10 release. I downloaded the earlier version and Windows 10 installed with only a driver update needed and it’s running faster on Windows 10 than it did on previous Windows versions. It updated to the release before the current version with no issues.

TechBench has the earliest release of Windows 10 (version 1507) up to the

current version available for download. Windows Insider builds are available from 14295 forward. Keep in mind that Microsoft doesn’t support older Windows 10 releases, they may have vulnerabilities that are unpatched.

Versions of Microsoft Office from 2010 to the current 365 can also be downloaded at TechBench, useful if an older version of Microsoft Office came preinstalled and needs to be reinstalled/repaired or you have the license but not the program file.

There are other useful downloads at the site, language packs, the TechNet Evaluation Center and Microsoft Virtual Machines.
Note: as of January 30, 2020 the Virtual Machine downloads are all generating XML errors.

The site is easy to use, pick the type of software you want to download, the version, the edition, the language and the file. After the selections are made a download button appears. Download links are time limited and have expiration dates.

If you ever wonder "Will Office 2007 run on my Windows 10 PC?" or "Does Office 2019 work with Windows 7?" this Microsoft Office Version and Windows Version Compatibility Chart has what you need to know – it lists what’s compatible with what from Microsoft Office 2000 to 365 and Windows XP to 10.

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Download Microsoft’s Free Windows 10 Quick Start Guide

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This free guide to Windows 10 is very useful if you’ve migrated from Windows 7 or are new to Windows 10. It covers the essentials to get users up and running in a relatively painless way.

Microsoft’s free downloadable Quick Start Guide takes you through most of the features of Windows 10. The 32 page PDF file has a basic overview of Windows 10, but combined with links to videos, virtual assistants, and how-to articles it extends useful resources beyond the PDF file.

The guide contains seven sections:

1. Understanding your desktop
The Start Menu, the Taskbar, the Action Center, laptops and touchscreen devices.

2. Setup and personalization
Microsoft account and sign in, personalization, password free sign in, multiple accounts.

3. Apps and Programs
Adding apps, built-in applications like Snip and Sketch, Calculator, web browsing (Microsoft Edge).

4. Tips and Tricks
Switch between apps, Snap assist, emoji panel, productivity features, keyboard shortcuts.

5. Security, privacy and scam protection
Managing security and privacy, security apps, virus the threat protection, firewall and network protections, device health, prevent tech support scams, troubleshooting, back up.

6. Accessibility
Accessibility options: magnifier, narrator, ease of access dictation, text and mouse pointer visibility.

7. Windows updates and upgrades
Understanding Windows updates, Windows 7 end of support (system requirements for Windows 10, moving to a Windows PC.

Additional resources include links to Microsoft support, community, feedback hub, and social media links. Read More

Wallpaper of the Week: The Valley Of The God, Baffin Island

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This weeks wallpaper is a photo of the Valley of The God in Auyuittuq National Park, Baffin Island, Canada. The rocky valley winds down the center of the image while shark tooth shaped mountains rise on either side of the valley floor. Mount Thor is visible in the distance. Light illuminates the clouds with touches of gold against a blue sky. Overall tones are browns and greys with some ochre and white snow on higher elevations. The photo was taken by Will Christiansen (SKYFOLK). More of his work can be seen in this Medium post or you can download the Baffin Island Expedition theme from the Microsoft Store. Read More

IDG neemt afscheid van Webwereld

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Wat je moet weten over FIDO-sleutels

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Windows 10-upgrade nog steeds gratis

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Chrome, Edge, Firefox: Welke browser is het snelst?

Er is veel veranderd op de markt voor pc-browsers. Ongeveer vijf jaar geleden was er nog meer concurrentie en geheel eigen ontwikkeling, nu zijn er nog maar twee engines over: die achter Chrome en die achter Firefox. Met de release van de Blink-gebaseerde Edge van Microsoft deze maand kijken we naar benachmarks en praktijktests.

Cooler Master herontwerpt koelpasta-tubes wegens drugsverdenkingen

Cooler Master heeft het uiterlijk van z’n koelpasta-spuiten aangepast omdat het bedrijf het naar eigen zeggen beu is om steeds te moeten uitleggen aan ouders dat de inhoud geen drugs is, maar koelpasta.


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