25 August, 2013 (updated)
Is Windows 8 driving you nuts? Then the first thing you should do is install
Classic Shell, to get back your Windows Start Button. It is free, open-source,
If you miss Microsoft Office Starter Edition (which was free with Windows 7),
there are several good free alternatives. Two of the best are LibreOffice and
Kingsoft Office. The best version of Kingsoft Office Free Edition for U.S.
users is currently version 184.108.40.20675, or perhaps the new version 220.127.116.1146
(also available here). Or, for simple word processing, try WordPad.
Other good, free tools can be found at the indispensible ninite.com site.
31 January, 2013
To check your home network's router for the UPnP security flaw, use the
"Scan My Router" button on the Rapid7 Router Security Check web page.
Bob Rankin has more info here.
Steve Gibson's "Unplug-N-Pray" tool is handy for disabling UPnP on your
Windows computer, though it won't solve router vulnerabilities.