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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 25 min 6 sec ago hpearce

My SSD C drive says GOOD with 99% underneath it .... but I can find nothing in help to explain what this means.

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MagicDisc 1 hour 4 min ago veneta.nesheva

look for DVD emulator

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Best Free Partition Management Software 1 hour 33 min ago Plantman

Remah, believe it or not, i've used & still got all the s/w's you mentioned since 1997 starting with PartitionMagic 3.5, then V-Com System Commander 2000, 7, 9 (Vista-supported), and the last one, Avanquest Partition Commander 11 but only Windows 7-supported.
I now have Windows 8.1 & i now need a new partioning s/w (and a free one if possible) because, as you said, the old s/w's do not support the lastest o/s's
The best was System Commander - it was fool-proof and so user-friendly but V-Com shut down & Avanquest took over. Pity.

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Everything You Need To Know About Your Browser. Or Someone Else's. 2 hours 22 min ago Roderunner

A great site for users of Mozilla Firefox providing you don't use addon 'NoScript' if you do tough.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 2 hours 24 min ago Plantman

Joe, there are millions of articles about boot managers & installing additional o/s's - also called "dual booting" if only 2 o/s's are installed.
Google "installing more than 1 operating system" - Youtube as well.
Mind you, as you've never done this before, it can be a steep learning curve: it depends on how user-friendly the software is. Backup before doing it.
As for recommended s/w, i cant at the moment because i havent yet tried all the free ones yet. As for paid s/w, see my reply to Remah.

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Best Free Search Engine 5 hours 23 min ago Panzer

"... KidRex is a fun and safe search for kids, by kids ...":
http://www.kidrex.org/


"... Safe Search for Kids is the child friendly search engine where safe search is always ‘on’ ...":
http://www.safesearchkids.com/

 

"... KidsClick! is a web search site designed for kids by librarians - with kid-friendly results ...":
http://www.kidsclick.org/

 

GoGooligans:

http://www.gogooligans.com/

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Best Free Outlook Add-ins 5 hours 56 min ago Hannah L

Hi, I found this post useful and interesting, but noticed that you haven't mentioned "FewClix", a new Add-In for Microsoft Outlook. FewClix is a productivity Add-In that saves Outlook users close to 120 hours a year with their email, by helping them:
- Find ANY email, attachment, calendar entry or contact in their mailbox in seconds
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You can find out more about FewClix here: fewclix-at-gbs-dot-com. If you are interested in writing an article about FewClix or updating this post with details about FewClix, please reply here or email me at hannah.lauvanya-at-gbs-dot-com and let me know. I will be happy to extend my cooperation in any way that can help. I hope to hear from you soon.

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Best Free Software for Linux 6 hours 24 min ago Panzer

Hyperterm:

https://github.com/zeit/hyperterm

https://github.com/zeit/hyperterm/releases

https://hyperterm.org/

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 6 hours 46 min ago Panzer

"...
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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 6 hours 53 min ago Redback

Windows 10: works fine for me, so far from useless. I used the x64 portable version. Thanks Rob, nice one

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 7 hours 22 min ago Panzer

HyperTerm:

https://hyperterm.org/

https://github.com/zeit/hyperterm

 

Black Screen:

https://github.com/shockone/black-screen

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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 9 hours 17 min ago harrym

Windows 10 : No disk found. Useless.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 12 hours 14 min ago tamxir

No problems ixan.   The point is this is arguably the best voice note-taking app available right now. If nobody reports issues, nothing gets improved. It's totally up to you what you decide to do. If it was me, I'd be wondering why it's working great for everyone else, but not me. What's different in my setup? That doesn't make the app a write-off.  We can only try :)

 

Regards

tamxir

 

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 12 hours 45 min ago ixan

My three devices are Kitkat, Lollipop and Marshmallow. I don't mean to be rude, but I don't see it as a shame to give up a potentially useful app as there are so many very similar ones on Google Play. Who takes time to write to developers with all that info when an app doesn't work or not as well as expected? People just find another one that does more or less the same thing. Thank you for your reply.

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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 13 hours 9 min ago Phylis Sophical

Nice n simple to understand. I like that it gives a temperature reading as well. Used portable version

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 13 hours 26 min ago tamxir

Hello bernardz

Yes, it is versatile.  I posted a list of voice commands in another reply here.

Regards

tamxir

 

 

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 13 hours 30 min ago tamxir

You're Welcome Yankiwi

Regards

tamxir

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 13 hours 46 min ago tamxir

That's not good ixan. But don't give up on it yet. The app works on Android

4.3 and up. Now, this is where it gets a bit confusing with the version numbers and names. Android Jelly Bean is versions4.1 – 4.3.1 so it's possible that the app will only work on the latest versions of Jelly Bean and above.

 

Unfortunately, I'm not in a position to troubleshoot your issue. The best course of action is to email the app developer. His contact email is at the bottom of the Speechnotes app page. If you hit the send button on the error you got, then he'll already knows about it.

 

Here are what you should include in your email. Maybe put 'Gizmo's' in the message subject. I do know this developer responds quickly because I had quite a few questions about the app while writing this review.

 

    1. Make and Model of Android device

    2. Version number of Android (found in device settings in the 'About' section

    3. Is the device standard or has been modified (custom ROM or root access)

    4. Describe in as much detail as possible what happens

    5. Anything related that may be relevant such as what other major apps.

 

 

As well as the above, why not paste in the same text you wrote in your comments to save a little time. As long as the Dev has the info he needs, that's the main thing.

 

I'm sure the developer can resolve this for you. It would be a shame to quickly discard a potentially useful app because of some fixable hiccup. I'd appreciate if you can inform me of the outcome please ixan.

 

Regards

tamxir

 

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Best Free Partition Management Software 14 hours 35 min ago Remah

There are good reasons why those products are not recommended or even mentioned in the review:

  1. They were all commercial products with trial/demo/shareware versions. Technically they are not free software.
  2. They are all discontinued products so I wouldn't recommend using them for the important task of managing your partitions and drives.
  3. They do not support the latest operating systems and features.

Partition Commander. AFAIK, Version 11 introduced the new feature of a boot manager

System Commander is the name of several products including the following. AFAIK, Avanquest System Commander ended at Version 9, discontinued 2008.  V-Com System Commander was another product in the mid-2000s which may have become the Avanquest product.

PowerQuest/Symantec Partition Magic, last version 2004, discontinued 2009.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 14 hours 45 min ago tamxir

Great to hear! Hopefully the Developer can make the improvements in a coming version.

Regards

tamxir

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Best Free Partition Management Software 15 hours 22 min ago Joe A.TT

Thank you for the info Plantman. I learned something new today. Install OSs? I really have to look into this. Can you provide me with any links? Point me in the direction to do some reading? Thanks.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 16 hours 13 min ago Plantman

Joe, i'm sorry to say that you ARE wrong. PartitionMagic, Partition Commander, System Commander all create boot managers & install o/s's.

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Use This Powerful System Tool to Check Windows Hardware 19 hours 17 min ago fred64

I have used the portable versions of HWinfo for years. Folks should note that only the 32 bit version includes the benchmark function. It benchmarks your hardware and allows you to compare results to other models to see where your devices fit. For some reason that capability is not available in the 64 bit versions.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 28 min ago ixan

DIdn't work and as soon as I tap the mic it caused my phone to freeze. Rebooted same thing. Tried it on another phone and a phablet. Same thing. I followed the advice on the speechnotes.co page but never got the camera icon. All other apps (notetaking, Chrome, Whatsapp, Skype etc) are not having a problem with the mic. If I don't tap the mic I can type the punctuation, but otherwise, it's freeze, get the message 'wait or report' . I use speech-to-text a lot on the phones and was looking for something better. This is obviously not it!

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Is Your Hard Disk Failing? Find Out Instantly. 1 day 1 hour ago Blackbird

My computer does NOT have a "Return" KEY on the Keyboard.
For anyone who ALSO cannot find the "Return" KEY on their Keyboard,
just use the "Enter" KEY. Since my Keyboard (And many others.) does not
have a "Return" KEY. I had to research the "Return" KEY to know what to hit.
So, the "Enter" KEY has the same function as the "Return" KEY ... Just hit
"Enter".
(I hope that this helps someone else that might also not know.)

P.S. GIZMO'S is the BEST!

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 2 hours ago Rick Grunwald

Very nice app Thanks. The next thing is to have some note management. i.e delete old notes
I made a note and while not perfect, it worked and went to evernote successfully

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Best Free Partition Management Software 1 day 3 hours ago Joe A.TT

I may be wrong, but partition tools do not "create boot managers" - that's the job of the installer of operating system you are installing.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 7 hours ago Yankiwi

@tamxir,

Thanks for the prompt and helpful answer. As long as I can use Speechnotes privately offline, I'll give it a try. Thanks again for letting us know about this app and your review of it.

Cheers,
Yankiwi

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Best Free Partition Management Software 1 day 8 hours ago Plantman

How do i know if any of these partitioning programs can create boot managers & thus install additional o/s's?
Do the reviewers say so or is it up to us to download & install each program to find out?

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 1 day 9 hours ago newbie65

Is Sandboxie compatible with the latest release of HitmanPro Alert? I mean without having to use the template? Thank you

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Is Your Hard Disk Failing? Find Out Instantly. 1 day 11 hours ago SayLor77

You may see a longer load/start time or you may hear the disk re-seeking. That is an indication that you need to buy a replacement drive NOW. Hopefully ,you have a "Bare Metal Backup" and a recent Incremental or Differential backup to go with your last Full backup. If not you face reinstallation of all the software - then slave your failing drive and recover as much as you can before it quits entirely.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 13 hours ago tamxir

@Yankiwi

 

Speechnotes doesn't have notes management features such as deleting no longer needed notes. I understand that the app Developer is well aware of this and plans to address it as soon as he can. At present, your only way to delete old notes is to use a File Manager app of some description. I expect that because text files are so small, that it's not going to become a storage headache. Let's see what the Dev has in-store in the next version.

 

Yes, you can certainly use Speechnotes offline. As I mentioned in the review, language packs can be downloaded from Google. How this is done depends on which version of Android you have. This means you don't need internet access for your notes to be converted to text. Quite a few folks just tap the Wi-Fi off button  or simply disconnect from mobile data to ensure their peace of  mind while using any 'Smart' device to deal with their private data. It also stops ads dead in their tracks if if the app you're using doesn't directly need the internet :)

 

I won't comment on privacy matters as each person has differing views on the subject.

 

 Regards

tamxir

 

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 14 hours ago Yankiwi

Thanks for the review of this potentially useful app. However, I have two questions/concerns:

A) When I clicked on the link given to the full review page, the Pros and Cons section lists the following Con: "No way to delete notes in-app." If that's the case, how are unwanted or old notes deleted, or do they just accumulate forever?

B) The bigger concern I have is that this app apparently "uses Google's Speech recognition technology." Since Google has a well-deserved reputation for violating users' privacy by acquiring, storing, and using the personal information of its users when they use Google apps, is it possible for a user to use this app (perhaps in offline mode?) without Google recording and storing every spoken/written word? For those of us who still remember and value the concept of privacy, this is a make or break issue.

It would be very helpful if someone can shed light on this.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 14 hours ago tamxir

@LukeSBE

 

I wasn't able to test that. It's my understanding that Speechnotes supports multiple languages.  The app uses Google's speech to text services, so technically, it should support any language that Google does. That's a lot :) So, Speechnotes will use whatever language you have set as default on your phone. Perhaps we'll get some feedback on that by users who are using other languages.

 

It appears to be so, according to the Developers other website.  The drop down list of  languages in the editor box is substantial, so I guess that answers your question.

 

https://speechlogger.appspot.com/en/

 

Have a look at that site which mainly refers to the desktop  version. It will give you more comprehensive details about what Speechnotes can do, and much useful general information.

 

Regards

tamxir

 

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 1 day 15 hours ago tamxir

@bernardz

 

Yes, the spoken commands are so handy. You may need to practice using these to get the hang of it. Here's a full list from the Developers website for everyone's reference.

 

Regards

tamxir

 

Say

Insert

Period

.

Comma

,

Question mark

?

Colon

:

Semi Colon

;

Exclamation mark, Exclamation point

!

Dash, Hyphen

-

New line

New paragraph

↵↵

Open parentheses

(

Close parentheses

)

Smiley, Smiley face

 

Sad face

 

 

 

 

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Best Freeware Download Sites 1 day 19 hours ago Moonwink

Freewarehome.com is still my favorite site. They've done a great job weeding out the chaff for years and years. Some of the sites mentioned lost their way a while back forcing the use of their downloader/installer on us. I won't use them and haven't been back since. I end up with enough PUPs the way it is. Thank goodness for Malware Bytes.

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Is Your Hard Disk Failing? Find Out Instantly. 1 day 23 hours ago Cheekyob

Try Hard Disk Sentinel, works really well. It's saved me from losing a couple of hard drives contents.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 2 days 4 hours ago LukeSBE

How well does it do with non-English languages, I wonder?

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Best Free Video Cutter and Joiner 2 days 8 hours ago Grace784

SolveigMM AVI Trimmer + MKV, Machete Video Editor Lite, these tools don't require re-encoding, so you may use them to cut or join videos. As far as I know, without using command line, there are some other tools that allow us to cut videos. Basically, you just need to click corresponding buttons to finish your task.

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 2 days 8 hours ago Yeruzalem

I propose a little corrigendum: Najdi.si is Slovenian search machine. I know that people, also well-known sometimes exchange Slovenia for Slovakia. It happens. I thank you for your good
list of search engines and for adding even Najdi.

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Best Free Hard Drive Health Monitoring and Diagnostic Programs 2 days 9 hours ago crombierob

Do thumb drives have sensors for temperature ?
Do any of the above programs display the temperature ?
The reason I ask is the SanDisk Ultra Fit range (also their OTGs) can get hot enough to burn flesh.
I don't care about the burns, but I am concerned that stored data could be lost (also write/transfer speed suffers when they get very hot)

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 2 days 10 hours ago bernardz

I gave it a test and its extremely good.

You can use commands like "new line", "comma" or "new paragraph"

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 2 days 19 hours ago bart2201

I've been waiting for over 25 minutes for it verify my Win7 product key. Is this no longer valid?

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 days 19 hours ago AnthonyR

Have to knock points off Zoner Photo Studio. REQUIRES registration at their site. I thought this was just at the installation but no, if I close the sign-up screen and re-click the icon it won't allow the program to start without registration. Sorry, I'm not registering at your site until I get a chance to take it for a test drive. Too bad. It looks like a good program.

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Best Free Duplicate File Remover 2 days 21 hours ago Abigail Madison

Duplicate Files Deleter is a simple, but effective tool to locate duplicate files in one or more selected search paths. It scans the files and compares them based on Byte for Byte Comparison, which ensures 100% accuracy. You can then choose to delete the selected duplicate or original files. The program is multi-threaded and performs scans quickly.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 days 23 hours ago Anupam

Don't take my word for it though, as I am just a layman in terms of image editing and the likes. Just stated my personal opinion of the program.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 days 42 min ago marcdarkin

Thanks for your opinion after having tried the program. I'll try it myself but you've put it quite clear...

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8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 3 days 1 hour ago rhiannon

It fascinates me as well. :)

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Is Your Hard Disk Failing? Find Out Instantly. 3 days 2 hours ago crosseyedlemon

Aside from using this, what are some of the more common symptoms to look for, that indicate a hard disk may not be performing at maximum efficiency?

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8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 3 days 2 hours ago crosseyedlemon

An excellent find. The fascinating field of computer forensics is certain to grow and provide well paid employment for investigators in the future. Wish this science had been around 45 years ago when I came out of high school.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 days 5 hours ago Anupam

I tried it. Did not like the interface at all. Plus, didn't like the image browser either. Tried to open an image in a folder, and it just won't open. The edit feature doesn't look good too. Uninstalled it.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 days 6 hours ago mkurios

I've been playing around with 'Veeam Endpoint Backup free 1.5', which you might want to test for inclusion on the list. Seems user friendly and easy to use.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 3 days 10 hours ago Paxmilitaris

When i try downloading MiniTool, i get an alert about a Badware site, so does anyone have a better download link?

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Best Free Online Applications and Services 3 days 11 hours ago dlwatib

I'd like to see DuckDuckGo listed under "Best Free Online Web Search". For those of us who value our privacy and don't want our search terms archived, DuckDuckGo is definitely better than Google. Also, DuckDuckGo gives everybody the same answer to a search query so you are guaranteed a neutral viewpoint.

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Best Free Portable Applications 3 days 11 hours ago garyval68

There was this one time I used racing rivals classified, which offered a modded APK for my phone. I guess there was spyware binded to this APK, which I wasn't aware of. ( Neither was RR after contacting them about it )

Needless to say, I can say that Clam Sentinel did the trick for me and might have saved my phone from having to be restored.

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 days 12 hours ago terrawarra

all good now MidniteCowboy.....I just opened the link in IE which is a browser that I never use, and it's working fine.

Now I gotta figure out why it don't work in my default browser, SRWare Iron ?

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 days 12 hours ago kc4cop

I find this dynamic map fascinating. It makes me wonder if similar displays in the "control rooms" of other antivirus vendors show similar patterns?

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 3 days 15 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks MC.... I'll have another go at it.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 3 days 15 hours ago Paxmilitaris

That's not Portable, it's Bootable. Not the same thing.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 days 17 hours ago weltall

Software always will give problems. That does not make them bad. Definitely Comodo always had and probably still have issues with BSODs and you can see so in their main site too. Obviously a lot of them happen because of conflicts though, rather than just the product. Of course updates do not happen without reason too.

I had a black screen problem with Private Firewall and not only once, but I remember it happened always when I did something specific. But either way, I have been using Comodo Internet Security for many years now and I do not get problems from it. It runs along MalwareBytes Antimalware with no problems and it is fine.

But I agree. Definitely not for someone that wants to start it up and forget it.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 3 days 17 hours ago weltall

Although it has been a long time since I installed Comodo, I was sure there is an option to choose what to install, which for me always did not include the annoying GeekBuddy.

I honestly was on with PrivateFirewall, until in messed up a handful of my computers. The computer would start and it would give me a black screen. I looked it up and tried to fix it, but I never found a solution. Had to format my PC for that. Keep in mind I do not say something like "OMG THEIR PROGRAM DESTROYED MY PC! DEFINITELY A VIRUS! DO NOT INSTALL!". I usually laugh at people that exaggerate like that. But it did it 5 times, 3 being on my main PC.

I returned to Comodo mostly cause I am used to it and I know where to go and what to adjust to make it work. Just to check it out I just downloaded the installer of Comodo Internet Security. Seems the option is still there when you install it.

When the installer starts, on the bottom left there is a customize option. You click that and you can enable and disable what you want. I used to disabled only GeekBuddy in the past, but now I disable Chromodo too, since I use Comodo Dragon instead. But the option is still there to disable what you want.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 days 20 hours ago marcdarkin

Thanks as well, Anupam. It's in my list now :)

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Best Free Media Player for Android 3 days 21 hours ago jbhq

I've tried a lot of apps and for me Dice Player's user interface is #1. I liked the scrollable brightness and sound. But in particular it scores best for the impressive accuracy of its finger "jump to" ... 10/10.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 days 23 hours ago Panzer

CSlide image viewer: http://indeepsoft.blogspot.si/p/cslide.html

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 3 days 23 hours ago Anupam

Photo Browser: http://www.programming.de/index.php/photo-browser

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 4 days 7 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Is working fine for me. Needs Javascript enabled. Possibly browser extensions or security software will interfere with this. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/erCSxZP.png

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Cybercrime. Watch It Happen In Real Time. 4 days 7 hours ago terrawarra

All I get is a black screen with nothing happening.
Am I doing something wrong ?

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorful Crystal Skyscrapers on Black 5 days 3 hours ago rhiannon

Thanks for the comment, I'm very glad to hear the wallpaper works for you. :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 5 days 15 hours ago marcdarkin

Thanks. Will have a look.

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Nice Post, very informative, Thanks for uploading.

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Best Free PC Games 6 days 13 min ago George.J

With 5 episodes for the same story, I dont' think it still classifies as free. But still it is a great game that I loved. 

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Best Free PC Games 6 days 14 min ago George.J

It requires you to own Portal 2

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 6 days 2 hours ago Panzer

Mcool Music Player:
http://mcool.appinn.me/index_en.html

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Wallpaper of the Week: Colorful Crystal Skyscrapers on Black 6 days 2 hours ago Deb-IT

I have macular degeneration and have so many problems seeing certain thing on the computer screen. Anything with a black background really helps. It's nice to get a wallpaper with the black background that is also beautiful. I simply keep the icons away from the colored section. Thanks.

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Best Free PC Games 6 days 2 hours ago Panzer

Life Is Strange Episode 1 now free:
http://www.lifeisstrange.com/free

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Best Free Software for Linux 6 days 3 hours ago Panzer

"... Wmail - the missing desktop client for Gmail & Google Inbox ...":
https://github.com/Thomas101/Wmail

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Freemake Video Converter 6 days 19 hours ago Joe A.TT

You can also try Handbrake and Video to Video Converter.

https://handbrake.fr

http://www.videotovideo.org

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VirtualDub 6 days 19 hours ago Joe A.TT

Yes, you can merge the individual AVIs into a single one with VirtualDub. If you have any further questions, please ask in the forum.

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VirtualDub 1 week 43 min ago syspklc53

I'm new to the video editing world. I'm downloading the software because I have six .AVI files that I would like to merge into one file.
Am I in the the right place?

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Get Free Ebooks During The Annual Free Microsoft Book Giveaway Extravaganza 1 week 2 hours ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome Rob, I'm glad you found them useful.

 

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Get Free Ebooks During The Annual Free Microsoft Book Giveaway Extravaganza 1 week 14 hours ago crombierob

Hi rhiannon,
Thanks for the links, I will check them out.
I did a quick perusal of your 'Remote Desktop Connection' link.
He provides related articles, and one of them informed me that there is also 'Windows Remote Assistance'
He goes on to explain (to me) the difference between the two.
Probably most of the people I help, would prefer to see what I am doing, on their screen (which 'Remote Desktop Connection' does not). So I reckon my friends would opt for 'Windows Remote Assistance' .
I did not know that was possible (with W7, etc), which was why I mentioned "Quick Assist" on Page 111 in my first post about that W10 PDF.
It would appear that W10 "Quick Assist", and 'Windows Remote Assistance' are the same (or similar), so I will definitely be looking into those.

Thanks again for taking the time to provide those links,
Rob

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 week 15 hours ago eikelein

In direct response to talkback:

I don't have much Linux experience but Linux Lite looks really good out of the box.
https://www.linuxliteos.com/

It comes with everything you'd need for the activities you mentioned and you can try it from the live distro before you commit to install.

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 1 week 19 hours ago Harry Harddrive

As an alternative (when using Tails in those nasty surroundings) I would just remove the harddrive entirely, and only use the USB or DVD boot.
This way - any writes can be prevented.

:o)

Whoooops - wasn't there some talk, that BIOS is Swiss cheese too - an easy victim to intelligence agencies to exploit?

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Freemake Video Converter 1 week 23 hours ago txtechie

When converting from DVD format to MP4, I get A/V sync issues every time. Does not matter if acceleration is turned off, or if sourcing the DVD files directly from the DVD or after they have been copied to my hard drive. Will try Format Factor.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 week 1 day ago MidnightCowboy A lot of distros are designed specifically to run on legacy hardware but that doesn't mean others won't. With AMD, it's really a question of try and see before you make a full install, but this isn't any real problem because most provide a live DVD or USB system you can try out first, just to make sure everything works. You can either download a few blind or Google your system specs + " best Linux" as a query but then you'll likely get a hundred different recommendations. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

You're welcome, I'm glad you like it. :)

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Good site, nice layout, thanks. :)

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 week 1 day ago talkback10

I have an old E Machine T6532 desktop that currently has the original Windows XP. It has been in a closet for years but works fine. It has an 2.2GHz Athlon 64 3500+ processor. I prefer to keep the machine just for nostalgia purposes as it was the first PC I bought.Would any of the Linux distros work well on this desktop? My activities would be limited to net browsing, YouTube, email and word processing.Thank you

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Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 1 week 1 day ago jms319

Hi,

Thanks for the update of TreeSize. I have used TreeSize in the past but switched to WizTree for the previous years and also tried out some other programs to achieve the same. I found that for me, the two next programs are most valuable. So, I have two other recommendations that are about similar (view where you can gain most space by finding the largest files). I like these two gems because they clearly show where your space has gone.

WizTree 2.01, which is a portable gem, small in size but very fast in finding the biggest files on your PC. It has been reviewed here in 2013 but has recently updated (June 2016, from version 1.07 to version 2.01). It is freeware (as expected on this site) and can be downloaded from: http://antibody-software.com. If I need to know where my disk space has gone, I use this portable gem to find the top 1000 largest sized files.

Folder Size 2.6 (from Sourceforge.net) is another option but it is integrated in Windows Explorer. In XP it worked much better than on 7+ since it showed an extra (optional) column in Explorer (like the columns for filename, time, file size, date, etc.), but with the sizes of the folders in the directory you're browsing. Great to be able sort the size of your folders! Folder Size is not portable. In Windows 7+, Folder Size is also added to Windows but now opens an extra window (on Windows 7+) that displays the size of the folders and files in the folder you explore. This is a good option to implement Folder Size after Windows XP! You can download this gem and try if it works for you from: http://foldersize.sourceforge.net

I'm sure these programs are well worth investigating if they work for you (I guess they certainly do!).

Best regards,

jms319

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Thousands Of Sounds, Downloadable For Free 1 week 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

I've been familiar with Freesounds for several years now and it's one of the better sites for locating music and sound loops. One of my favorites there is called imaginary number.

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

I completely agree that the "ask me three times" before you get to delete something is, um, shall we say, a little overdone. :)

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

You can bulk delete items..........as I mentioned in the article, go the the 3 dot menu in the upper right corner (not the one next to individual items) and click on that. You'll get a drop down menu that has options to delete items by date range, by topic, and by product. I used it to clean out my history.

You can also turn off (Google calls it pause) tracking for all the services like YouTube that are listed. I've tested it, and if you turn it off, items don't appear like if you watch a video.

I have a slow satellite internet connection, not as fast as the dial up broadband provided by the phone company of friends in the town closest to me. It's quite frustrating, especially since web pages require more and more bandwidth to load things. YouTube videos stop and stutter, so I rarely try and watch one.
I use an add-on on all my browsers called Disconnect, it does help with the amount of bandwidth sites use. I make sure to Whitelist sites I support. uBlock Origin is another good one.

Hope that helps.
 

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 1 week 1 day ago baja463

Those route planning suggestions are good -- thanks!

If I may ... Here's another helpful site that will do the math for you: www.travelmath.com

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Get Free Ebooks During The Annual Free Microsoft Book Giveaway Extravaganza 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Hi Rob,

I know several people who like to use Windows built-in Remote Desktop, here are a few sites you might find useful:

Article here on Gizmo's:
Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh | Gizmo's Freeware</a>
Best Free Remote Access Software | Gizmo's Freeware You might want to try Mikogo.

Off-site:
Microsoft Remote Desktop Clients:
Microsoft Remote Desktop Clients
This is a list of Windows Remote Desktop Clients for Android, iOS, Mac and Windows (7, 8, 8.1, and 10)

This tutorial should get you started:
How to use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a Windows device (Windows 7, 8.1 and 10)

One of my favorite sites, alternativeTo, lists some good remote desktop programs here:
http://alternativeto.net/software/remote-desktop-connection/

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 1 week 1 day ago zep321

Thanks, MC

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 1 week 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

The installation guide is on their website. MC - Site Manager.
https://tails.boum.org/install/index.en.html

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 1 week 1 day ago zep321

I want to give this a try. I'm a little confused about the process. Can I just burn this file directly to my flash drive without using a program such as "Rufus" to create a bootable drive? That seems to be the implication. Thanks in advance for any help

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Get Free Ebooks During The Annual Free Microsoft Book Giveaway Extravaganza 1 week 1 day ago crombierob

I came across one of these yesterday. Some web page was 'offering' this title -
Microsoft_Press_ebook_Windows_10_Support_Secrets_PDF.pdf
I downloaded it and gave it a quick scan.
I help family, neighbors friends with their PCs (no charge), and have to be careful not to use up the free quota that Teamviewer provides.
I had been hoping that some kind site would offer instructions on perhaps using Windows built in mstsc Remote Desktop (hint, hint)
When perusing the PDF mentioned above, I came across "Quick Assist" on Page 111
That may be something I could use when helping friends who have W10

For those who do not have W10, I would appreciate from anyone, a 'heads up' on how to set up 'Remote Desktop'

Rob
PS I really like your song video clips

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Control Google Tracking With This New Privacy Tool 1 week 1 day ago bawldiggle

By the way, there are absolutely no instructions.

Just various "three-vertical-dots" that eventually (dialup speed) open a drop-down, second option is delete (more waiting), then G. assumes we don't know what we are doing ... a v.quick message, including "Delete" ... (more waiting) ... message to opt-out of deleting (more waiting) ... and its gone. The single item you looked at during the Jurassic period.

If you have a hair trigger G. will ignore you and dump you back at the item you wanted to delete. Amazing how they can deliver junk ads in a nano second ... but try and clean up your "MyActivity" account. ?

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