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1 hour 17 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening beergas

Thanks but no go for me. Win 8.1 Pro x64. Nvidia GeForce GTX 660. f-lux works for years now. This SS just flashes like on/off steadily when run. Rebooted tried some dif settings, no go. Giving Redshift a look tho f-lux prob remain choice (boy is the default white light at night a killer w/o it).

1 hour 20 min ago Best Free Registry Cleaner Papoy

"Do registry cleaners give me any performance advantage??? The answer is NO... you read correctly, NO. Unless you got infected with a virus and it wasn't cleaned-up correctly or a program wasn't uninstalled correctly where the registry cleaner can be useful there isn't any benefit in cleaning the registry."

"I personally have used registry cleaners when I need to remove failed uninstalls or have been infected and had a "not so clean" virus removal but that's about it."


So you used registry cleaners to remove failed uninstalls or not-so-clean virus removal registry entries. If those entries didn't cause you any performance disadvantages, then why did you remove them? You could just let them pile up in your registry, right?

3 hours 7 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening MidnightCowboy

See here:

Second entry requires webcam. MC - Site Manager.

3 hours 35 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening JM

is there a linux version? made the switch permantely now few weeks back....but still still struggling a little on a few things.....

4 hours 9 min ago My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool MidnightCowboy

Thank you for pointing out the typo which has now been corrected. MC - Site Manager.

4 hours 59 min ago Best Free Program Uninstaller Remah

One issue is probably that you are now running 64-bit Windows 8 and installing 64-bit applications which Revo Uninstaller Free cannot see because it is 32-bit. The paid Pro version does provide 64-bit compatibility but at a price.

The Best Free Program Uninstaller article tells you this but the comment is under GeekUninstaller which sounds like it would be your best option to try:
Although Revo will work on a 64bit system the free version doesn't fully support 64bit, whereas GeekUninstaller supports and works on both 32 and 64bit and when running on 64bit Windows system GeekUninstaller runs as a native 64bit application. One last point to mention GeekUninstaller doesn't automatically create a system restore point before uninstalling a program so it may be ideal for the user to remember to do that themselves when they intend to uninstall a program.

5 hours 27 min ago Best Free Partition Management Software johnvk

FYI: i have been using MiniTool Partition Wizard v7.7 for a long time and it's worked like a charm. Very happy with it.

It's been alerting me that there's a new version, so i downloaded it. It is version 9.0 dated January 14, 2015. They hosted it at cnet (, so i was worried. But i looked it up at and none of the AV's reported PUP.

I installed it and it did not appear to do anything untoward (or "unwanted"). It DID open a browser window to

I used it to shrink a parition on a new external USB 3.0 2TB drive and create a 1GB partition in front of it. And it worked fine. Seemed to preserve the existing data. (All i did to check was just browse the folders and files tho.)

Here's the install file details:

Filename : pwfree9.exe
MD5 : 6dfdd5c65bf5ec8b9c4ffcdff90f8539
SHA1 : 8d344e46d2317184afdacc90d8f10618ba1df511
CRC32 : eac4d29c
SHA-256 : 442d8cb85753b58dcc8e0bd1735059fa09068b9fe1638038d0d90682c23602b5
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File Version : 9.0

[this output is from HashMyFiles which i found here! :D]

5 hours 44 min ago My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool TheIntersect

Is it a Netwok analyzer (used to evaluate Chinese foods cooked in a wok) or is it a Network analyzer? ;)

Either way, it sounds quite useful and I'm downloading the Network analyzer in spite of how useful a Netwok analyzer might also be.

10 hours 9 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening rob.schifreen

I actually have another PC and monitor which I use at work, purely to watch the system that monitors all of the servers I look after. I didn't want it to be overly bright or distracting. By fiddling with the brightness, colour and contrast, I did manage to get the picture to be sufficiently non-bright.

But something like F.lux or Sunset Screen is clearly simpler.

10 hours 24 min ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover fred here

USE THE OLDER SPYBOT FREE VERSION WITH TEA TIMER. must have tea timer to have REAL-TIME protection. it downloads up to date definitions in the main spybot window as well as immunizes and scans and fixes (deletes) any found ads. also use adwcleaner. it found a lot that no other software found. thanks for that gizmo. i hadn't heard of it (or just havent used in years and forgot). tea timer is the real deal. i use scotty winpatrol but it is spotty performance. tea timer works every time.

11 hours 33 min ago Best Free Program Uninstaller screeMsweeper

Hi MidnightCowboy or anyone that might like to respond.

Sorry in advance if this is getting redundant, but I landed here looking for an alternative to the (free) Revo because I'm so fed up with it after a few years of being fine with it (seems like the latest free Revo has remained the worst). Ever since my forced upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, my Vaio is way too slow, & Revo can't seem to 'see' half the stuff Windows uninstaller can 'see' & vice versa.

I was gonna try IObit - only because it was used in a YouTube video I used to successfully fix Firefox on an old Acer (running XP) that Revo very recently basically destroyed (I was trying to update it for a friend/make some room).
SO my main question is re: the Revo review & comment after UNHAPPY FACE: "Can remove other unrelated files with disastrous consequences..."

Since it's #1-ish - is there another free one you would recommend that's Revo-ish without the "...disastrous consequences..." for someone that doesn't know which files to save or put back & more 64-bit friendly? THANK YOU!

11 hours 35 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening SwanKnight

All of these applications share a fatal flaw as far as I'm concerned. None of them could automatically detect full-screen applications (games, movies..etc), so they interfere with their colors. And manually disabling and enabling as a solution is just absurd.

12 hours 50 min ago Get Your Free Upgrade To Autoruns 13.2 caktus

I think I may know why it was only given 3.2 stars out of five. The Help file seems to be virtually non-existent. I can open the UI but that's all I get. No Help files, just the UI. So unless I happen to already know how to use the App, it's somewhat useless other than it's basic operation.

16 hours 54 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening Helpjuice

Had this programme working automatically on my old laptop and forgot all about it then bought a new PC with a big monitor 6 months ago and have been struggling with eye strain - even considered replacing the brand new monitor which, no matter how much I played with the brightness, didn't get rid of the problem. Feeling the immediate benefit again (I use it during the day too). Thanks for the email!

17 hours 40 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening maynak00

another free alternatives

18 hours 37 min ago A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform magnogreato

I'm sorry, but any personal data that's supposed to be kept from unwanted sources that has to go to a external website then back to my desktop thru 1000 encryptions, 264bit or greater, etc., etc. is still subject to any and all hacking, virus' and malware.

Just give me a stand alone program that stays on my desktop, PERIOD!

That way if I have problems, then, well, it'll have to come from my system and I don't have to worry about someone or some thing external that I can't control to worry about.

20 hours 27 min ago Check the Health of Your Hard Drives and Storage Devices with this Free Disk Scanner sicknero

Nice program, very simple and straightforward.

Interestingly, when it tries to access C:\Windows\System32\mda_ntdrv.sys, Qihoo 360 TS pops up with a trojan alert (Win32/Trojan.Adware.37e) but this is the only flag shown in Virus Total (1/57).

22 hours 35 min ago Automatically Dim Your PC Screen In The Evening dalchina

Hi, thanks- this has a very user friendly GUI.

I use RedshiftGUI, which allows colour control better than f.lux, and uses half the memory of Sunset Screen.

(Noted Sunset Screen requires .NET 3.5 or higher - I don't think RedshiftGUI does).

RedshiftGUI is also sensitive to geographic location, which you can look up by IP address, which means (hopefully!) the times adjust accordingly.

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Extundelete is a utility to undelete files from an ext3 or ext4 partition:

GitLab Community Edition:

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these cursors are simple and easy to see and understand. you know when something is working. i have tried many others and always come back to this one. i use it in conjunction with wizmouse...a great combination.

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I downloaded this software today, v5.4 March 15, and the malware is all gone. No ads, no banners, no toolbars, nothing sneaky or nasty. So far, so good!

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3 days 6 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

@ Mr Wednesday,
I was expecting the results you experienced when I went to sign up but, it turned out to be easier than expected. I clicked on "Download and Install" and it said I had to be a member of the the free version (NC, No Charge) forum so I:

1) clicked on the link, filled out the registration

2) went to (and followed) the verification link sent to my email

3) then I went back to the link in Rob's article and followed it, then clicked on the "Download and Install" link again

4) made sure I was still logged into the NC forum before clicking the "Next" button

5) chose my version, hit the "Next" button and d/loaded the small installer

6) when running the d/l'ed installer I had to tell it (by clicking on the 'pop-up' about not detecting which "Maya" version I had previously installed, to "show all" versions of Maya and let me choose my version) to install only the RenderMan Pro version (the top choice) with no Maya support.

The online installer (surprisingly) only took a few seconds for me. The directory where I installed the program was only 20MB's or so, the bulk of the d/l'ed 499MB's was in an .exe file along with a .conf/.ini type file in a non program file location,

The only thing is, a better title might read
"... now offers a Free Version" because the "Full" program cost $499 and up. There is no "Official Support" with the Free version, only other users help in the NC, No Charge support forum, which may be adequate along with the tutorials and other documentation.

3 days 7 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

wish there was a way to download the files myself. I've never run across an online installer that used very much of available bandwidth.

I almost forgot ... thanks Rob.

Update -
The "Online Installer" actually was much faster than I anticipated, giving credence to the adage "Never Say Never", more or less.

3 days 7 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

I did notice on a prior visit to the site that, as for currently supported compatible programs-
under - "Supported Programs",

under - support is "Underway",

under - support as there is "Potential" for
3DS Max

"Nuke" is supported via "AOV's, LPE's and Deep Textures

(I paraphrased the following from the site)

"Using RenderMan by Itself"

You can use RenderMan by itself with the command-line, and render 3D data in RenderMan's native "RIB" file format. These RIB files are the backbone of any RenderMan pipeline and are highly customizable, offer Python bindings, and allow many types of data to be converted to RIB and rendered with RenderMan.

3 days 8 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. MrWednesday7

needlessy endless registration process

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I have used the free version of Online Armor for several years and have been completely satisfied though I agree it is not for complete beginners. My point is that while I appreciate the difficulties of keeping things up to date your review is badly out of date; in particular it is wrong in saying that OA does not have automatic updates. The current version 6.0 does have them and they are entirely reliable. Your picture is of version 3 or 4 and even that had automatic updates though they were not always reliable.

3 days 10 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. Sea Mac



RenderMan® version 19 is supported on the following:

64-bit Mac OS X® Intel

Compatible with 10.9, 10.8 & 10.7

64-bit Linux®

Compatible with gcc 4.4.5 and glibc 2.12 or higher

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Compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 7

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Ayam ( ) is a free open source cross platform modeling program - but I do not know if it, or Blender are supported ...

3 days 11 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 johnvk

Remah, i think i get what you're saying and i think i agree.

When i say "in a folder" i really only mean as far as what windows file explorer reports as the disk space used for that folder. I get that windows file explorer abstracts away the notion that files are not actually "in" folders, and presents a simplified picture to the user that they are.

I still think the basic problem of having a file with 2 or more hard links from 2 or more folders will be reported by windows file explorer as taking up space "in" both folders, even tho there is only 1 file on disk taking up space once, remains.

Hmm, i wonder. If you had a 1 TB drive, and you created a folder FTOP and two folders underneath it, FA, and FB, and you created a 1TB file in FA, and then a *hard link* to the same file in FB, i wonder what it would report? Has anyone done this?

I bet file -> properties on the disk would read 1TB used (not 2TB) cuz it is looking at actual files on disk, not files listed in folders.

I bet file -> properties on FA and FB would report size used as 1TB each, implying that there are 2TB used on this disk, when really they're just reporting the *same* 1TB each.

File -> properties on FTOP? Would it say 2TB used? I wonder.

EDIT: Well i was curious, and i just tried it. Not with a 1TB file but with a 81KB file and FTOP did report 162KB used, and even 162KB "used on disk" (cuz that's just a block size rounding thing). I used mklink /h to make the hardlink. Not sure if that matters.

That was fun.

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pulseaudio-equalizer is a multiband audio frequency equalizer; a super tone control. It needs to be on your multimedia page because it took me 2 hours to find it. You can install it in Debian variants (I have Mint 17.1) by cuttin' and pastin' this into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

The whole sad story of why it's missing from distros is here:

3 days 14 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. vandamme

The Linux version is free, too.

3 days 14 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

For your first image after a clean install it is better to do it this way in my opinion also, and then again after you have the 200+ Windows updates installed... after that I just set a schedule and let the system backup run twice a week making use of a batch file I made to clean up previous images whilst still retaining the initial one with all the updates and also the previous one just in case.

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Yes I am waiting for the next laptop to get handed to me for repair so I can test that new feature and therefore update the review.

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Personally, I despise MediaCoder, that nag screen makes it impossible to batch-encode anything. And the only way to get rid of it, is to "donate" $35 or more (that or buy the premium version obviously).

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Handbrake used to be my favorite encoder up until 0.9.8 but it went downhill from there.

That being said, VidCoder is basically HandBrake (GUI) done right, its far more stable and supports all of its necessary functions while providing a simple and friendly interface, so thanks a lot for that suggestion.

I think you should highlight VidCoder more, I almost missed it while reading the article.

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Umm. I use Macrium Reflect Free - downloaded directly from the Macrium website - on a Windows 7 64-bit machine just fine.

That being said - I always do the following for each PC:

1. Download and install Macrium Reflect Free - including the PE data - and reboot.

2. Make a Windows PE bootable USB on the PC I am going to image. This is important because you will need to pick the right PE version for your machine. Additionally, you will need to check whether or not you need to enable UEFI support, etc.

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I, personally, prefer this method as it means the drive I am making an image of is not in use at the time.

3 days 16 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. Mike Hall

Thank you for the FREE version.

3 days 16 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. J_L

Indeed. That's why I'm hoping to get KATANA for free by request or the Maya 3-year student license.

3 days 18 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

I followed your link and read all the post and Thank You but what a pain in the aspirin bottle to run it using cmd prompt. It took the "G" right out of GUI. If one were to run the trial version of Maya and RM in Returnil or Sandboxie to evaluate the program(s) repeatedly you could, make believe your Bill Murray and photo-realistically render a groundhog, better yet render Andie MacDowell over and over and ...
after all it was a Pixar film.

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After using Freemake for quite some time,and being pleased with the results, I finally consented to an update that they had been nag screening about for months. Big Mistake. Along with the update came a vicious piece of malware/adware
called "Express Find". It caused a black rectangle to appear at the bottom center of my (FF) browser screen which protruded about 2" from bottom and about 4"wide. There was an "X" in upper right hand corner but it did not close the rectangle. When clicked it redirected my browser to some very shabby websites. (per WOT) . Got rid of it by running avast scan which picked it up and deleted it. Beware


Just ran an MBAM scan. It found and quarantined 15 items classified as "PUP's" all connected to "Express Find" although previous to this scan browser appeared to be running cleanly.

3 days 23 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. J_L

They say you can use the command-line version, but I've had black screens:

4 days 5 hours ago Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. mchldpy

from the RenderMan site,

RenderMan itself is not animation software and requires scene data from compatible CG modeling and animation authoring software or other external sources to generate photorealistic images. RenderMan is most commonly used with such well known software solutions as Autodesk's Maya, Maxon's Cinema4D, Side Effects Houdini, and The Foundry's KATANA.

This info did not seem to fully surface until the 500MB initial install was complete. So, here's the dollar 2.98 question, Is Cinema4D, Houdini or KATANA free?

Hey Rob,
Which option did you choose to be able to utilize RenderMan, surely not the "TRIAL" version of MAYA.

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The link no longer works and I can't find this version on Google or Bing. I did find Microsoft Mathematics ver 4.0 provides a graphing calculator that plots in 2D and 3D, step-by-step equation solving, and useful tools to help students with math and science. But I don't like it as well as what I had before.

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"and so will advise people to be careful during installation."
Agreed. That's part of what I like about Gizmo's Freeware and MajorGeeks. Not everyone is an experienced PC user. Unfortunately, more and more freeware are becoming bundleware. I will continue to use programs like PDFCreator and IZArc, but even I no longer go click-click!

You should give PDFCreator a try and experience the features as per my last post. And, advise users to disconnect from the internet prior to installing a program.

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I went to the Orba Design site and opened up their template with LibreOffice Calc, and it worked fine. But I didn't try their converter.

I found out that GEDCOM was started by the LDS and just kind of grew from there, with some companies making extensions to it for various things.GEDCOM is text based, but others like Excel and LO spreadsheets and Gramps's are XML. There's no standard, or official sanctioning entity to evaluate new formats or features and make them standard. Us engineers have the IEEE, which is why your wireless card works with your router.

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Yes, dism.exe is in Windows 7 but they added new switches in Windows 8.1. These commands are not available in Windows 7.

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I won't reply any further. Just want to point out that Win 7 has a dism.exe but it does not have the necessary parsing parameters. I tried Disk Cleanup in both regular and admin modes, but it doesn't even touch the winsxs files and folders. Oh well, I've still 70% of my C: drive free so I'll just live with the 11 gigs of files in my winsxs folder. Thanks anyway.

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I understood you to be trying the Dism method. Sorry, if I misunderstood. The method for Windows 7 uses Disk Cleanup and if that is not working for you, more information about what is happening might help. Please post your problem in the forum where help with individual problems can be given.

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I understand this article is for Win 8 which is why I used the link therein to go to the article for Win 7, but as I noted, it still doesn't work. I get error message 87. I didn't post my query in that article because it was a couple of years old.

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This article (as it says) is for Windows 8.1. If you want something for Windows 7, the article points to

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It doesn't work. I'm running Win 7 Pro on a 64 bit machine. My C:/Windows/winsxs folder contains 11.3 GB in 14,330 directories. I'd like to reclaim what I can of the space these folders are using.

I tried your solution for disk cleanup (cleanmgr) for Win 7 but even with every box checked, it only listed 7.85 Mb and none were in the winsxs folder.

I then tried dism.exe and found it to be active in Win 7, but the parsed parameters gave me an error message. Can you help me? Thanks.

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Good Idea Remah.
I just logged into my router and confirmed each device connected to it and renamed them for easy reference in the future.

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You can also do this through disk cleanup in the GUI now easily.

Just open "disk cleanup" by typing it in the search bar.
click to clean-up system files, cleanup will relaunch in admin mode
check "Windows Update Cleanup" and whatever options you want.

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Thanks for yours & Vandamme's prompt replies. I hope he sees this as well.
Looking around, I started putting information into a free account at I ASSUME since they have access to LDS data, that would be most helpful, and I have found several ancestors already listed.
I did NOT check on their export options, but I think this is most helpful for my needs.
My question had to do with Excel, that I have most experience in, would be best way to enter data and give me most flexibility in whatever program(s) I might discover later. And being tech dangerous, I don't know anything about GEDCOM at all.
I think I am going to continue with FamilySearch. If you or anyone has comments on going that direction, I would welcome input.
As to my original question, after your comments, I did a quick search and offers a method to import excel to GEDCOM format.
I did NOT explore at this time, and only put it here in case someone is looking for ways to follow my approach using Excel.
Thanks again for you help.

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The system will then shut down within the minutes or at the time specified. To cancel a scheduled time, enter sudo shutdown -c in the Terminal.


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You were not connected to the internet while installing and that's why you did not get the screen where they offer extra software. Still, that thing is there, and therefore, PdfCreator remains bundleware, and so will advise people to be careful during installation.

I did not say it was bundled with OpenCandy, but something similar.. which shows software recommendation during install.

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I installed PDFCreator on 8 December 2014, and don't remember everything about the install. But, no OpenCandy installed. I always use "Expert Settings". That allows you to not install the extra language files, Image2PDF and PDF Architect. The later is not included in the setup file. I am NOT connected to the internet when installing programs, therefor it didn't install. Image2PDF is less than 1 MB. It allows you to create a PDF of multiple images. The complete install is 30 MB.

What I like about PDFCreator is the "merge documents" feature. You can open a document in Word, a spreadsheet in Excel, a presentation in PowerPoint, etc. and save the lot as a PDF.

Also, it allows you to send the 'print job' to a second printer, or to your email client as an attachment, or both. In a nutshell, you can set PDFCreator to auto-save the document in a pre-selected location without opening it in a PDF reader, print it with your actual printer, and open it as an attachment in your email client. It doesn't get much better than that.

TIP. Do not install a program while connected to the internet. Read everything in every window. Choose advanced/custom install. That's how I avoid the junk.

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There are a few such services available, you do not really need them. Here are some details.

I am wondering what is the legal status of using these youtubes. Is there anyway of searching youtube for royalty free videos?

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I sent in a minor bug report to Gramps and they came right back replying that they fixed that bug in the latest version. So they are moving quick and actively developing and polishing.

And it runs natively on Linux for when you outgrow Windows... ;-)

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Vandamme is absolutely correct.

Excel is not supported by any genealogy program import. GEDCOM is supported by all of them.

I suggest you start using one of the programs. If you aren't happy then export the date you've entered to a GEDCOM file and import that to the new program.

I do suggest you start with the program with the most capability. I can speak from experience that it is very difficult to go back and add details to records you already entered. I originally started my research with a program that is still commercially available but I became frustrated with its limitations. Even with a GEDCOM import, I essentially had to review hundreds of records when I upgraded to a far superior program.

Gramps would be an excellent choice for a program one is unlikely to outgrow.

5 days 11 hours ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software vandamme

Every genealogy propgram will import and export to a GEDCOM file. I imported my dad's Roots Magic GEDCOM file into Gramps and it worked great.

You will run into trouble if you start saving data that isn't included in the GEDCOM scheme. Proprietary formats could include sources, images, recordings. Those are fine as long as the company stays in business and you want to pay what they ask, but if you share the data with someone else they probably won't have the same program. If you use Excel (or the open source LibreOffice Calc) you will have your own format to sort out.

Gramps seems to be the only real open source genealogy program. It is better than the old PAF from the Mormons, and has a ton of capabilities. I back it up in their format, but also back up occasionally in GEDCOM.

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Wow. Very helpful, but I am SO confused.
I just got several pages of geneology from a cousin and want to put them in a program.
HOWEVER, I want to keep from doing a lot of unnecessary typing - oops I don't like THAT program, THIS one is better, starting from scratch.
So I thought I would put data in an EXCEL worksheet and import into a program. Then if I decide to change programs, be able to do the same thing.
So I'm looking for a program with import/export capability.
HOWEVER, since many of the comments here look like Greek, I may be way over my head.
SO, can anyone tell me best program to use with data import feature?
and please remember, I am techno-challenged.


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AOMEI released version 2.5 of their software and it now supports restoring on different hardware (like Acronis universal restore):

5 days 16 hours ago Best Free PDF Writer Software Anupam

Did you install the software yet?

I downloaded and installed the software in Sandboxie. Like other software which are installed with OpenCandy, PdfCreator too, during the installation showed a screen for installing extra software. Checkboxes are available by unchecking which the extra software can be avoided.

Also, during the first installation screen, there is the checkbox for "Expert settings", which is the same as custom installation. You have to check that box, to avoid the extra bundled software, otherwise I don't think there will be any screen shown to avoid the extra software.

Also during the installation, I noticed checkboxes for Image2Pdf and PdfArchitect (costing space around 65MB), which are not necessary for the function of the software from what I guess.

All in all, I will continue to avoid PdfCreator, and keep using Bullzip Pdf Printer.

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Freemake is so invasive, I barely have any bandwidth left. I had to install a linux system to remove it entirely, even after taking ownership of ALL of Freemake's files. Now that I'm rid of it, I'm back shopping for a new contender.

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that just is one of the many false positives that Avast is so well known for, at least among my critically minded friends.

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You can do that with PDFCreator. I just did a test - saved a document as a PDF and printed the document. Have a look at Profile Settings > Actions.

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I agree with Jojo. When I tried F.lux some time back I couldn't stand the reddish hue. Also, I prefer portable software whenever I can get it but F.lux doesn't have a portable version. The people over at were trying to make it portable but it looks like that project has stalled.

Recently, I discovered a similar app called SunsetScreen ( ). It was first released on 2015.03.15 so it's pretty new. It also offers a certain amount of flexibility not present in F.lux. And... there's a portable version too.

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"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users. It's based on a custom Webkit port to FLTK and comes licensed under the GPLv3 ...":

NetRider Browser - WebKit based with FLTK GUI:

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Anupam, I just scanned PDFCreator with Malwarebytes Anti-Malware and Avast Antivirus (I have Avast set to maximum, including PUPs) and both found nothing. The latest version is and the file size is the same at 26.5 MB. That means nothing extra has been bundled.

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I'm a "Me, too".

I had to stop using Firefox at Firefox #29: and I KNOW they have shot themselves in the foot ... ADs Added are just further proof that they are struggling NOW. On their way to Full-On AdWare ... a little step at a time.

I, too, eagerly await the day Firefox is no More!

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I used to use PdfCreator long ago, because it was open source from Sourceforge. But, in the later years, it started to be bundled with adware, and that too weird one, which used to contact home, and the program took sometime to respond. So I moved on to Bullzip, which I like.

Does PdfCreator still comes with bundled adware?

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An update on PDFCreator.
The latest is version 2.0 which does support Windows 8.
It no longer supports Windows 98/2000.
The download is 26.5 MB (it includes Ghostscript).
It only supports 'saving' to PDF/JPEG/PNG/TIFF. Previously it save to 13 different formats - including PS/EPS.

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That's a great method, Rob, I'll make a note of it for when I need it on a USB stick. Soon probably.

A portable browser that uses its own DNS IPs seems useful in some circumstances.


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That failure would likely be MS fault, NOT Comodo
MS decided to be the 'Nanny' in W7, and limit our powers in many locations.
Create a Folder C:\PGMS
And create a sub folder called IceDragon
Tick the checkbox and browse to that location.
I would bet my left family jewel that it will 'Install' there.
Don't run it at the completion of the 'Install'
Go to the folder, and drill down the sub folders that have appeared, and copy the files etc from the lowest level to the top level, and delete the left over empty sub folders.
Then run it.

Let me know if I will have to sing in a higher key,

1 week 5 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 Remah

Don't get confused - I had to edit this to improve clarity and correct my own errors - file names and hard links are not the same whether in Windows or Linux.

The file name is a real object that points to the location of data. It is fundamental to the file system whereas links are not. See the paragraph below on file systems to make more sense of this point.

A link is a virtual object that points to the same physical location as a file name but is not the actual file name. There are many names for links (aliases, hard links, soft links, symbolic links, etc) which usually indicate their purpose or limitations. In Windows, the shortcut is the most visible link for users but it is not a file system link. Instead it is a shell (user interface) link - that works the same on different file systems, i.e. FAT or NTFS. The name "shortcut" indicates that this it is intended to speed user access to the file but it is actually a shortcut to the file name. FYI, there can be links that work not just across disks but across different file systems and over networks.

A file system - examples are FAT/FAT32, NTFS, EXT2/EXT3 - stores the physical location of data so it can be accessed. The usual structure is that files have a file name which holds the information needed to locate and access the physical data in the file. These file names are organized in a logical structure so the file names can be found easily. Most file systems, including those already mentioned, use a hierarchy but some file systems have allowed arbitrary arrangements.

The word "file" is used as the electronic equivalent of physical files in an office - it won out over other terms but it was only introduced in the early 1960s.

This is one of those situations where the usual understanding of file names gets in the way of understanding links because most users assume that the file names that they see, which also include links, are all the same as the primary file name used in the file system. That's the situation when you say:
"So, yes, saying that the file is truly "in" one dir or another in the presence of multiple hard links might be a misnomer."

The answer is that the file name rather than the file is in the directory or folder. The physical organization of data on the disk is generally not tightly coupled to the organization of file names and links. Although many disk defragmenters would arrange files based on the file name directories and folders, it was not a requirement of the FAT or NTFS file systems. Taking the DOS FAT file system as an example, the actual FAT (file allocation table for files) and the Root Directory were separate structures on the disk with the data area following. The root directory was small (512 file names from memory) and all sub-directories below the root directory were stored as special files in the sub-directory that hold them.

1 week 7 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 johnvk

Yes, thanks for reminding me. As i understand it as well, in the absence of multiple hard-links, the single instance of a file is essentially a hard-link from its presence in the directory to its actual contents.

So, yes, saying that the file is truly "in" one dir or another in the presence of multiple hard links might be a misnomer.

My knowledge of this comes from linux, however.

But clearly in your screen grab of the cmd.exe window, it reports windows explorer reported size greater than actual size. I was assuming those were hard links that were "truly elsewhere" but given that we've just discredited that notion, i'm not sure what this report is telling us.

If you have 2 hard links that point to the same file, windows explorer will count its disk space twice. I think i believe that. But which one is the "real" one might be a fictional distinction.

Other insights among the vastly knowledgeable user base?

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Useful article Jojo Yee. Thanks!

Xubuntu (or other distros with Xfce) worked well for me for years until I read some good reviews about the Mint distro discussed here and decided to test it out. It's been going on a week now and I am lovin' it.

LM has come a long way from years ago when it was not much more than a polished version of Ubuntu, IMO.

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In my opinion, the best video conversion program for most tasks is VLC, it's free, robust, and not full of malware like many of the free programs out there. It does most every format.

1 week 16 hours ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Thanks for your interesting comments, johnvk.

I am a molecular spectroscopist, not a computer professional, so my computer science friends may need to correct me but here is my understanding of hard links. Hard links are just addresses in the underlying file structure system so mentioning which folder actually contains a file is probably not what I should have referred to. Both folders C:\Windows\system32 and WinSxS can have a reference to the same file. There may be only one collection on the disk of bits called the file but it will be listed by File Explorer as being present in both folders.

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I tried to install IceDragon as portable by checking the box, only for the interest value since you don't normally get that option. The info says it installs the user profile in the program folder, as against the usual place in user data probably.

The install failed (W7/32) so I went back and installed again without checking the portable option, and it was fine.

Tried SWiron version of Chrome a while back but it wouldn't install for me.

No doubt all these issues can be fixed but as far as I'm concerned - these days anyway - it needs to do what it says on the box or I move on. No time or energy to play, or fix bad coding, now...

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How about Bit Che from Convivea? Searches and gives download sites for your search.

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Me, too.
I am 67 yrs young.

Is there any means to automate this process of cleaning?

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My Lockbox update: The free version now hide&locks only ONE folder.

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Yes it is very good.
It is FF, but usually a couple of versions behind.
They have trimmed it slightly, and you can enable their extra security (ensure web site that you try to go to, are safe).
Also you can have (multiple) portable versions, by simply ticking a checkbox on the 'installer' screen.
I have many for different categories of browsing.
The one proviso is, I never have two of them running at the same time (just in case they interfere with each others settings)

PS For all those Chrome lovers out there, I wish I could find a cure for you.
If you have a weak/old PC, you can occasionally find your computer running so slow, you will think it has a virus. But you will find it is Google's updater running in the background.
For those that love Chrome, and wish to avoid Google's disregard for Windows conventions, you can Get Comodo Dragon (No 'Ice'), and 'Install' it as portable.
I have done that, and it runs fine (but I still hate Chrome).

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Thank you for pointing this out sonoffar. The obsolete entry has now been removed. In fact this category review is in need of an editor and maybe you would like to volunteer to take it over? If so please use the form at the link below. You can also contact me directly by clicking my username. MC - Site Manager.

1 week 1 day ago How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 johnvk

Nice article vic.

This one is also good:

Also, i guess WinSxS does contain hard links. The results in your pic say as much. And I read that in the article at Ghacks also. But i also read there that much (all?) of the rest of the system files are actually hard links to this WinSxS. Which is sorta the opposite phenomena. Perhaps C:\Windows\system32 is really just a bunch of hard links.

I checked one file picked at random: C:\Windows\System32\amstream.dll

and it was.


I checked by using SysInternals (now part of Microsoft) tool FindLinks:

You can also use the built-in fsutil.exe but that requires admin privs. FindLinks does not.

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FREE CutePDF does not come with uninstall.exe

Took me about 2 hours to tidy up leftovers after uninstalling with Revouninstaller.
CCleaner did not find any Registry but I did by searching/trawling thru registry.

Found left over files with free "Everything.exe"

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Free PDF-XChange Editor (and Viewer)
- do not come with adware, in my recent 2013 and 2014 experience.

- I just tried to create a PDF from a DOC file, PDF24 could not find the app
- I only have MS-Word Reader installed, and use other 3rd party word-processors as default DOC reader/editor.

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PDF24 has delivered mixed results.
eMail most PDF results are blank pages.
WebPages: some results are incomplete

Bullzip looks promising.

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I got it from Snapfiles.

Click on the lighter blue "Download the 64 bit version" link.

DISCLAIMER: I have not checked it for malware or stowaware and anything else that might kill your computer.

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I have tried many PDF tools (whatever "Tools" actually means? is very subjective). As is "critical features" subjective.
IME the apps that promise *everything* for free come with a downside. Adware etc. PDF-XChange free EDITOR does have create-a-new-PDF-features and edit-existing-PDF-contents-features ... disabled.
VIEWER is totally free (but it is superseded by EDITOR) and has hangover disabled features.
I prefer VIEWER because the toolbar size is better suited to 40cm (15½") laptop.
- Tracker have added toolbar sizing to their wish list.
All I want to do is add comments and highlight text, in existing PDFs.
- such objects are overlaid on the PDF, so they can be edited/moved/deleted, without destroying the original PDF.
- EDITOR and VIEWER do that very well

To create a PDF I use a collection of apps/programs.
Open-source AbleWord (not Abiword) can create/save DOCs as PDF, convert PDF to DOC, add images (no other bells and whistles, but it works)
- unfortunately AbleWord does not recognise EDITOR/VIEWER layers of comments/hi-lites, but it does if the shapes are "Flattened" (more in Watermarks)
- I have found free online PDF creation very weak, fuzzy fonts and washed out images.
With both free EDITOR and free VIEWER installed I have never had a nag screen in 2 years of free VIEWER and 1 year of free EDITOR. (See "Free vs Trial versions")
** Watermarks (the very intrusive black circular image) in top-left + top-right of every page.
In a few instances in free EDITOR (and free VIEWER) watermarks are created.
- so far I have discovered ...

** Flattening (feature):- will create black watermarks
- "flattening" embeds ALL comments (stamps, text, hi-lites) into the PDF document.
- to remove the temptation, "Flatten" can be dragged from the "Edit(?)" menu in Customize mode.

** Selecting any comment/object with double click appears to create the "watermarks"
- I am not an expert on this one but there is a thread on the Tracker forum outlining how it works.
To edit text in a comment, click once inside the shape -- wait for the shape selection to register -- then click once over the text contents, don't be in a hurry to get-to-editing text, and don't double click words to select

** "Stamps" can be used to insert images. If custom "Stamps" are moved -- the black watermarks are created.
- I don't know about built-in stamps

Mouse handling appears to be the culprit, even the slightest movement of the mouse while double-clicking will trigger watermarks.
FREE vs TRIAL versions
I am currently using v5.5.308.2 (build 19-Jun-2014) installed 2-July-2014 ... ZIP download
- current version is 5.5.312.1 (build 16-Feb-2015)
IME safest down load is the ZIP version (32bit/64bit) at ... ... ZIP version
- (I wonder if MSI version is what you used ?) possibly auto installs as trial ?

To create PDF I use, open-source, AbleWord (not Abiword) FREE !
- save document as PDF or DOC,
- converting PDF to DOC all content is an image
- create new DOC and saveas DOC then SaveAs PDF when done
- use free PDF-XChange Editor > Document > OCR ... to help build a searchable PDF in AbleWord and Snipping Tool (in Win7) to copy paste images into the new DOC before converting DOC to PDF
- downside of AbleWord is no help, no forum ...

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