Despite being a commercial failure upon its initial release, Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is still growing strong. Although ostensibly causing developer Troika Games to go under several months later and containing a notorious amount of bugs, the game was well liked by critics and continues to have a faithful cult following. One of the things Bloodlines is best known for is its writing. With such a large cast of highly memorable characters, it’s easy to see the reason. Which NPCs really drew you in or repelled you? Read on for a tentative top ten of Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines Characters.
Owning an antivirus is an absolute must on any computer’s checklist. But since it’s a growing industry, it can be quite difficult to narrow all of the antiviruses down to one option. Because we understand the struggle, we’d like to present our personal picks for the top ten antivirus choices of 2016.
You will want a number of things from your antivirus, the most important aspects being a secure protection against malware and a low-profile so that it won’t affect your computer’s performance. Viruses keep getting smarter every day and in order to shield your devices against them, you will need antivirus software that’s able to constantly evolve alongside the viruses. The following top ten antivirus choices offer just that and more.
NOTE: The list is in no particular order, mostly because it varies from one person to another what you’re looking for in an antivirus.
If all you’re doing all day is switch tabs between the YouTube homepage and your social media of choices, chances are you won’t need to overly complicate yourself with a specialized antivirus. Avast is among the top ten antivirus choices in terms of popularity, affordability, and practicality. It’s affordable because it’s free and it’s practical because it really doesn’t affect performance.
McAfee is a really long lasting name in the antivirus industry. Since its 2015 update, it introduced a new layout and mechanism which fitted right in with the novelty of Windows 8 and everything beyond. The software specialized in web-based malware and, although its scans are slowly, it compensates by not requiring you to take further action.
#3 Norton Antivirus
Many consider Norton to be one of the definitive top ten antivirus choices for anyone. The software continues to evolve and develop with its biggest advantage being the user-friendly interface. Norton is a fantastic choice for home users with multiple devices thanks to its property to connect across all of them.
What we recommend more specifically is Bitdefender Antivirus Plus 2016, one of its latest versions. Bitdefender is a beloved program among independent testers, who appreciate it for its reliable engine. What makes Bitdefender stand out is the special attention it pays to protection of sensitive browser data such as transactions and password input.
One may argue that the developers behind Avira didn’t pay special attention to the design and user accessibility of this software. And, you know, it’s partly true. The interface looks mostly dated and complex, but that’s not what matters. What matters is Avira is one of the most secure and reliable programs around. And it’s free too! Because of this, we have to name Avira as one of your best top ten antivirus choices.
Kaspersky is a renowned competitor alongside Bitdefender. The 2016 version is fully compatible with Windows 10 and it provides a set of numerous features, all of which have been greatly improved. The scans are quick, interventions are minimal, and the smart engine prevents you from downloading malware or accessing websites that could steal banking information.
It’s not the most complex software out there, but it does its basic job fairly well. It’s a good place to start for anyone who hasn’t had experience in setting up antivirus before. AVG is going to give you the basic protection you need against the most common types of viruses, though it does come with some disadvantages. One of them is that it doesn’t come with real time scanning features, which might make it easy for new viruses to infiltrate and cause damage. But if you generally steer away from dubious websites and only need basic free protection, it’s got you covered.
It may not be as famous as other entries on this list, but it’s definitely worth a place among our top ten antivirus recommendations. VIPRE does all the basic things you expect of a malware-protection program. However, it manages to set itself apart through a function known as Social Watch. It keeps a close eye on your social media, particularly Facebook, and monitors the nature of the links on your feed. This way, you can avoid clicking on links that could potentially infect your computer.
There are people and people, which is why, for some, an antivirus packed with tens upon tens of features might not be their cup of tea. If all you want is protection against malware, this is your go-to software. F-Secure lacks all the extra features that typically collect dust while weighing down on your computer’s performance. Instead, you get straight-to-the-point protection nicely wrapped in a lightweight and easily accessible user interface. It’s also the cheapest product on this list!
Last but not least, we end this list with possibly the most minimalist antivirus you could find around. Panda comes with everything you’d expect from a free software product: double checking so your homepage and search bars won’t be changed and constant pop-up messages. Beneath all of this, however, is an effective and surprisingly highly-rated antivirus program. We recommend it as the best alternative for people with lower-performance computers and not enough money to spend on some of the professional alternatives on this list.
This was our top ten antivirus recommendations! If you’re not using either of those, you should definitely switch to whichever software benefits you most. Visit the websites of either of these programs to read their full disclosure and list of features and then shield your computer against all malevolence on the Internet.
The ’80s are apparently back in style with a lot of nostalgia-capitalizing ventures are bringing them back with a glamorous vengeance. With that said, it’s about time we do a different kind of excursion into the 80s. Many associate that decade only with a few major rock bands and legendary singers or neon colors and ridiculous hair-styles. However, the ’80s were also a time when major technological progress was achieved and few software pioneers laid the foundation for the hyper digital world we live in today. Let’s take a look at ten of them, presented in no particular order. Since all of them are so great, making a top out of their contributions would be not only difficult but also kind of inappropriate.
1. Peter Norton
This guy is best known for the ground-breaking anti-virus, named after him. After a while, he sold it to Symantec, but all of us pre-millennial people have definitely heard of them back in the day. Current computer security systems still owe this guy a lot.
2. Chuck Geshke and John Warnok
We live in the world of Adobe reader and Photoshop (which is sometimes done hilariously wrong), but few of us know that these two guys founded Adobe Systems in 1982. They released the now ubiquitous Photoshop in 1989. This photo is taken in 1988, a year before.
3. Mitch Kapor
He founded Lotus Software together with Jonathan Sachs in 1982, but it was Kapor who designed the Lotus 1-2-3, the spreadsheet program that made Lotus a software leader.
4. Scott Cook and Tom Proulx
These two guys are to thank for how quickly the financial world moves today. Their company, Intuit, founded in California in 1983, rose to fame following the release of the Quicken program for personal finance. Later, the company also released its accounting software, QuickBooks, which further revolutionized the digital finances.
5. Michael Cowpland
He launched Cowpland Research Laboratory, which would later be shortened to Corel, in 1985. Four years later, he introduced the still famous CorelDraw that trained generation of digital editing professionals.
6. John McAfee
Probably not how you would imagine a computer geek to look, John McAfee is known for his turbulent life-style and trouble with the law, but his name also stands behind McAfee and Associates, another anti-virus giant founded in the 80s.
7. John Walker (with early employees)
This guy founded the company Autodesk in 1982 and helped author its most well-known product, the AutoCAD software (CAD stands for computer-aided design). This software is still intensively used, especially within the engineering and architecture community, but not only.
8. Bill Warner
He founded Avid in 1987, and the company is still famous for its video production possibilities and its editing software. He’s an MIT graduate and he modestly credits his start in technology to a farmer, John Beall, who made him start using chips in his prototypes.
9. Ed Iacobucci
Iacobucci was a former IBM developer who co-founded Citrix in 1989. His untimely demise caused by cancer (in 2013) put an end to what was still a path of promising creativity and potential.
10. Ray Noorda
Another software pioneer that met an early death, which left the computer world poorer in potential, Ray Noorda was the co-founder of Novell, the developer of NetWare. He died in 2006 of some Alzheimer-related complications, but his contributions changed the face of today’s digital world.
What’s truly admirable about these software pioneers of the 80s isn’t just their creativity and innovation, but also the fact that being a computer geek was less of a desirable endeavor in those days than it is now. Somehow, this gives passionate people from back then even more of a passionate aura and extra credit points, in my book.
This cup set is for all the people out there who have to work long hours at the office. It’s also for all you computer geeks out there. You know who you are! 🙂 The ingenious set consists of 3 cups which look like over-sized versions of those Ctrl, Alt and Del tabs you should see positioned at the top and bottom of your computer keyboard, plus a tray designed to look like a circuit board. How very nerdy (yet cool).