Month: June 2010

A First Look at Web Browsing Securely

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Yesterday, we looked at several add-ons for Firefox that work to protect your privacy and security online. One of the great things about Firefox is the wide array of add-ons available. Newer browsers such as Google’s Chrome also allow plug-ins. Ghostery makes a limited version of their Firefox plug-in for Chrome. Flashblock also exists for Chrome, as does the Google Analytics Opt-out plug-in I mentioned yesterday. So even if Firefox isn’t your first choice for […]

Some Firefox Add-ons for Better Online Privacy

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For a number of years, there’s been a steady increase in the amount of personal information people have been sharing online. As more startup companies are created to profit from that freely shared data, people are starting to become aware that sharing all their personal information online isn’t always the best approach. Firefox more than any other web browser allows people to take steps to protect themselves. If you look through Add-ons for Firefox, there […]

Ripping CDs: How to get an accurate rip

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One aspect that often gets overlooked when importing the music on a CD into a computer is the ripping process. ITunes or other programs are happy to rip your CDs and convert them into some other audio format. The only problem with using iTunes, Windows Media Player, etc. for ripping CDs is that they don’t verify the incoming data. Whether the CD was misread because of CD drive error or because of surface scratches or […]

Converting Audio Files from Apple Lossless to FLAC

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There are many ways to store audio files from MP3 to AAC to WAV and a myriad of other formats. A key distinction between many formats are those that are “lossy” and those that are “lossless.” A lossy audio file such as an MP3 is a compressed version of an audio stream in which some of the information has been discarded. When you rip a CD in iTunes, for example, you can set the quality […]