Browse Even Quicker (and Safer) with FireFox

Bet you think I’m talking about FireFox, hey? Well, only loosely. I’m going to quickly mention a few things FOR FireFox, but not FF directly. There should be a button on the right of this post, ’bout half way through, my Spread FireFox button, because I love it, and if you don’t already use it, you’re doing yourself a injustice as well as the rest of the world. Because Mozilla want to make the web a better place.

OK, now that you have FireFox, you need to start customizing it. IE, give it a new skin, a new persona (the little fox-head in the bottom right left corner), make it yours! And after all that, get FlashBlock. This blocks any flash based media on any webpage. Like when you visit a new webpage, and you then get to see some lovely adverts eating away at your data, flashing, playing noises and the like.
Easier to just get rid of them. FlashBlock blocks these, and replaces them with a little silver icon and frame to let you know something DOES go there, in case it was something you actually wanted.

Very useful, and easy. Once its installed, it needs no more instructions. Just right click the icon for more options, like to never block again, etc. I’ll keep listing my favourite add-ons in coming months


Going Ape for a Songbird

Songbird is beautiful.
MediaMonkey is technical.

I mean these words. But I must explain from the bottom. This is a story (read = guide) of my music woes, from playback to organization. Here are two applications that truly make life that much more musical. And pleasant.
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Update Me, Seymour!

    “There is an update available. Would you like to update now?”

    These messages are irritating. In fact, they are down right repulsive and as a result, any new piece of software I install gets dragged through the mud until I can find a setting to tell it to NOT tell me that there is a new version. However, I do like old software to be refreshed, and made useful again.
    Now, I’m not going to be searching the internet for updates to software that may, or may not be available. But I sure as hell am not going to be enabling any Auto-Updates. So, off I went to search for more software! (which also wants to auto-update)

    Now this software, Update Checker, is far from perfect. However, it is TINY in the way that only tiny can be. There is even a portable version (No install). This makes Matthew happy. Matthew likes freeware, prefers Open Source, but I did say its not perfect. All right, to the review!!
    FHUpChck, my personal shorthand (rhymes with Phupchuck), is a tiny freeware by It quickly scans software installed on the PC and returns a webpage with links to the updated installs of those programs. It does have a custom location scan, as it does not scan every single folder on the drive, which would be very slow.
    The webpage it returns shows the programs with updates, what version you have, and what is the latest. All the updates are hosted on their servers. I would have liked a link to a changelog, but that’s too bad. I’m still going to use it.
    I checked (Awesome site for, well, alternatives to software you currently use) and FHUpChck gets 45 likes versus 14 from Update Notifier. Seems others also like it. So go get it.
    Here’s the links Update Checker – Installer (112kb) Update Checker – Portable