CCEnhancer 4.2 →

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CCEnhancer got its first design refresh in several years. It’s flatter, bigger and brighter than before; just like the newly released CCleaner 5.0.

  • Slightly flattened, more colorful user interface
  • Now using bigger and more legible fonts
  • Updated Brazilian Portuguese and German
  • Fixed issue preventing Custom Entries from being removable
  • Can now automatically trim the winapp2.ini file after downloading (beta)

Confession: I spent less than an hour on this update.

No comments. Posted November 27, 2014 in Projects. 0

Gust Ports Ghost’s Admin to WordPress

The Ghost blogging platform was originally going to be a fork of WordPress with a simplified user interface. After John O’Nolan decided to build an entirely new platform, plans to bring the hypothesized Markdown powered split screen post editor to WordPress were dropped.

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Gust is a free WordPress plugin that ports Ghost’s interface design to WordPress. Sure; WordPress’ admin gets the job done, but Ghost’s is a whole new level of gorgeous – especially for those who write long-form content.
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Post contains 176 words and has no comments. Posted November 23, 2014 in WordPress. 0

French court attempts to impose ‘Right to be forgotten‘ ruling worldwide →

A French court wants the European Union’s search engine censorship rules to apply globally. If you’re not familiar with the ruling, this Last Week Tonight with John Oliver segment best explains why it’s a terrible idea.

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Google’s French subsidiary has been ordered to pay daily fines of €1,000 unless links to a defamatory article are removed from the parent company’s entire global network.

The punitive judgment by the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance, based on the controversial right to be forgotten online established by the European Court of Justice, breaks new ground in making the subsidiary liable for the activities of its parent company – in this case Google Inc.

It’s absurd for a French court impose their own censorship over the billions of people outside EU jurisdiction. Similar logic would allow the Chinese to demand other nations censor the Tiananmen Square protests.

Almost 350,000 URLs have already been removed from French search engine indexes under the ruling.

No comments. Posted November 18, 2014 in Interesting. 0

System Ninja Startup Manager – Quick Tip

System Ninja can advise you on what startup items are safe to remove with the “Highlight Unnecessary” tool. The database of known unnecessary startup items contains roughly 500 entries and is growing with each System Ninja release.

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System Ninja Pro can remove unnecessary startup items with just a single click. That click will also clean up junks files and fix a bunch of other issues.

Post contains 64 words and has no comments. Posted November 16, 2014 in Projects. 0

Piriform now testing CCleaner v5

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The first beta for CCleaner v5 has been announced. The guys at Piriform have done a knockout job on the new user interface, despite a few complaints from the vocal minority on their support forums.

CCleaner v5.0 sees a change with a redesigned, modern interface. The current interface you know and love has remained largely the same since its first release almost 10 years ago, so we decided it was time to give it a fresh new look!

The completed version 5.0 should arrive at the end of the month.

Post contains 88 words and has no comments. Posted November 15, 2014 in Technology. 0

Talkspace; A Startup Fighting Mental Illness

It’s common for startups to claim their idea will make the world a better place, but very few live up to the mantra. Founders seem so enamored by messaging apps, mobile games and social networks; that ideas capable of positively impacting people’s lives are often ignored.

Talkspace is one of those rare startups that has built a sustainable business solely on the idea of helping people. The idea is beautifully simple: Talkspace lets you securely and confidentially message a licensed therapist for $25 a week.

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Mental health issues are especially prevalent among young people, who may be hesitant to confide in teachers, parents or school counselors. Professional counselors can cost hundreds of dollars per session, which many cannot afford. Talkspace’s approach makes seeking help less intimidating and more accessible. There’s no face-to-face interaction required and the app’s security features makes it challenging for others to eavesdrop.

An article on The Next Web discusses the benefits of text-based therapy:

Talkspace co-founder Oren Frank said in an interview that dozens of studies have shown text-based therapy to be at least as, if not more, helpful as traditional methods. He also noted that using chat creates a journaling effect by allowing patients to scroll back and reread conversations. Therapists can also refresh their memory about your case before responding.

The Talkspace mobile app is currently only available on iOS. With 2.5 million dollars of seed funding, I’m somewhat confident that apps for other platforms will be appearing soon.

Post contains 243 words and has no comments. Posted November 8, 2014 in Technology. 1