Chrome extensions & apps I use and recommend

Essential Chrome Extensions & Apps

Adblock – being bombarded by ad’s then this is the perfect extension, website
Awesome Screenshot: Screen capture, Annotate – the tool I use for screen capture in my browser, website
Boomerang for Gmail – Boomerang allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned at a later date. Write a message now, send it whenever, even if you’re not online. Track messages to make sure you hear back, and schedule reminders right inside Gmail™
LastPass – the best password manager I’ve tested, love it, website
Grammarly Spell Checker & Grammar Checker – better writing made easy, works across any page you are browsing. Gives a weekly rundown of your usage,  website
Gliffy Diagrams – need to draw a flowchart, website

Muzli – Design Breakfast – design inspiration each time you open a new tab, website
Emmet Livestyle – works in conjunction with Sublime Text ($70), website
Emmet Re:View – allows you to see breakpoints in preview window, website
Evernote Web Clipper – allows clipping of web pages to your Evernote account , website

Other interesting useful Chrome Extentions and apps – , website

Gravit – , website

Forensic email recovery tools

Outlook 2000 and 2002 ANSI size limit of 2GB. Unicode format size limit of 20GB for Outlook 2003 & 2007 and at least 50GB for Outlook 2007 and newer.

Internet Evidence Finder (IEF)

Trial available with access to full product functionality for 30 days.

They also have a range of free tools

Kernel Outlook PST Viewer

A free tool to open, .PST files without needing to install MS Office Outlook. Limited trial versions available.

Kernel Data Recovery have a large selection of tools for managing Microsoft Office and Exchange. Interesting data recovery tools.

Offers all kinds of information on MS Exchange, including info on email Forensics in a Corporate Exchange Environment.

5 things I consider before buying a smartphone

Are you looking to get yourself a new smartphone? Here are the top 5 things I consider before buying a smartphone.

With the incredible range of smartphones available these days, It is getting more difficult to find what suits your needs. There are more and more of models that might be deceptively appealing without actually suiting your needs.

1. Feel, Size & Form

If the phone doesn’t fit my rather small hands, it makes using it a 2 handed affair and I’m way more likely to fumble and drop it.

This for me is very much a hands-on affair, I get my mitts on any phone I can to see what I like. Strangely I’ve held some high-end phones I find uncomfortable and difficult to use.

This also defines for me what screen size makes sense. I just don’t have large enough hands to handle a 5.5″ screen.

2. Memory – what’s enough?

At least 1GB of base RAM and at least 8GB extended if I can expand that with a microSD. No microSD then at least 16GB.

If you are big into gaming, photo’s, music or video then more is better.

3. Upgradeable OS

Contrary to what most people think, I’m not too worried about which operating system I use. I’m techno-literate and OS agnostic. What I want is for my OS to update, as there is no surer way to make your phone obsolete than to have it stuck on an old OS.

Apple iOS is king in this regard, you device will still have a shiny new OS when you come to sell it which will mean it will fetch a better price too.

Android is updated for varying periods on different devices, a general rule is that the more expensive and popular the device, the longer the support will be. Samsung S4 Galaxy phones will get Lollipop but not Marshmallow unless you root the device.

This is where Google Nexus devices are great, you get roughly 3 years of updates and the updates happen faster than any other manufacturer.

4. Staying power – battery

Larger batteries mean longer battery life all things being equal. I’m not interested in charging my phone every 12 hours if I can avoid it. Longer battery life means I’m less likely to get caught out with a dead battery and a loss of connectivity.

OS plays a role here as newer versions of the common OS’s generally have better battery life than old versions.

5. Dual SIM

A nice option for African conditions where Cellphone companies rip users off when it comes to data bundles.

6. Megapixels?

Most smartphone cameras feature 16MP sensors. Anything above 8MP however should be more than adequate. The other thing that you must look out for is a larger aperture. The larger the aperture, the easier it is to shoot in dim light and this is perfect for those who are photography enthusiasts. Generally, cameras with an f/2.0 or less boast wider apertures.


Bonus: What’s the price?