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1 hour 13 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

From what they say that you have to activate the license code before November 6th, I guess you won't be able to reinstall it after that date.

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1 hour 15 min ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility LittleSkink

FreeFileSync has been my "goto" for ages, use it daily to keep my pen drives current. Updated to 6.10 today and Avast reported suspicious adware files and blocked some .exe file writes. Now FFS is broken - running Win 7 Pro and Firefox, anyone else had issues? To be clear, afaik I unticked all the unwanted install boxes at every stage

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1 hour 16 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick pdmagnet

Just a question: down the road if I have to reinstall the program will I be able to do it?
Or the possibility is gone after nov 6?

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2 hours 36 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick howiem

Thanks, I had clicked the "download free" link

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2 hours 47 min ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! MidnightCowboy

Rolling releases can have their own querks and users considering such a distro would be advised to browse the appropriate forums before deciding on this route. LTS releases on the other hand tend to be a better option especially once the initial release phase is a few months old. Even the previous 12.04 based systems are supported until 2017 and the latest 14.04 base, including Mint 17, is supported until April, 2019. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php

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2 hours 58 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

No you don't. The product on the extreme left, marked Free is the free giveaway. As mentioned in the article, it's a zip file which contains the program setup, as well as the license code.

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2 hours 59 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick torres-no-tan-m...

Thanks Rob, downloaded and installed - no problem. ;-)

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3 hours 5 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick howiem

It looks like you have to buy it to get a license code

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3 hours 26 min ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! br1anstorm

I'm exploring the world of Linux now that WinXP support is ending, and I have already seen some of Dedoimedo's separate online articles (all very helpful).

There are so many different Linux distros that it is indeed confusing. The scope to select or tailor them to your individual taste is so vast it can be initimidating to a newbie.

Two particular criteria seem important to me: i) that the user interface should not be too radically different from that to which one is accustomed; and ii) that the updating/upgrading process should be a straightforward as possible.

The first criterion drew me towards Zorin - which I have installed and which I like very much.

But a lot of Linux distros failed the latter test. Zorin, being based on Ubuntu, is among them. The fact that so many of the more popular ones - including Ubuntu and Linux Mint - seemed to deliver a separate, new release every few months (some more "stable" or long-term than others) put me off. Constant fiddling about, or reinstallation of the OS, does not appeal.

This led me to those Linux distros which are "rolling releases", and in particular to PCLinuxOS. Not the snappiest of brand-names, perhaps, and it may not have all the bells, whistles and fancy effects of other distros, but it does seem to me the most robust, user-friendly and stable of all the Linux OSs.

To each his own, I guess. But to those who are still searching, or thinking of taking the plunge, I'd say give PCLinuxOS a try as well as those recommended by Dedoimedo

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5 hours 43 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

Yes, it's already mentioned. Most of the giveaways are like that.

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5 hours 45 min ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick willrun4fun

Giveaway Version doesn't support update.

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8 hours 17 min ago Best Free Text Editors Panzer

Write!:
http://wri.tt/

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19 hours 59 min ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats grimbles

When it comes to online conversions, Zamzar.com is hard to beat. Massive number of different file formats supported, quick and easy.

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1 day 8 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug rogdias

Bruce:

There are two tests recommended in the site I cited.
The first one is the same given in this article. It syas I am vulnerable.
The other one says I am not.
That's why I got confused.

Thanks for caring.

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1 day 10 hours ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know Fairportfan

In Opera, viewing page source is simpler yet - right-click and select "view source"

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1 day 11 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools mehman

PDFill PDF Tools has a 64-bit version available on its download page. So in the quick selection guide for PDFill PDF Tools, 32 bit but 64 bit compatible should be changed.

Do let me know if I missed something.

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1 day 12 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools Jojo Yee

Update: added AbleWord.

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1 day 17 hours ago Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage aznemesis

Since comments are still being added here, I will note that Wuala (which was my favorite of all the client-side encryption storage options because it integrates with the file system on Windows) is ending its free offering. Beginning at the end of the year, all users must either pay up or have their data deleted. That's why I'm searching for a new option. Tresorit looks okay, but it doesn't integrate with Windows Explorer the way Wuala does. Damn. I'm going to miss using that service.

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1 day 22 hours ago Best Free Web Browser spaarks

Good work.
Browsers seem to be getting increasingly problematical - firefox with flash and and nagging to synchronise, chrome with it's continual nagging to use chrome feature. Only IE supports active-x.

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2 days 5 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats eikelein

Thank you!

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2 days 5 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats eikelein

Great tip Rob, Thank you.

I don't particularly like the interface of online-convert.com that got recommended below but I will have to use it because:

Convertfile.com SEEMS to be afflicted by cooperation with advertisement site(s). It does not load in Firefox with Adblock Plus and Ghostery (all fully up-to-date on Win 7).

And if there is an alternative I don't give up FF for anything.

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2 days 6 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats Sgluber

Cool! Thank you, GreenWyvern! :-)

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2 days 6 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats Sgluber

Great tip, rob... thank you! :-)

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2 days 6 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats GreenWyvern

I think online-convert.com has more formats. I've used it often with no problems.

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2 days 7 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

SparkleShare is open-source client software that provides cloud storage and file synchronization services:
http://sparkleshare.org/

Memo is a command line, Unix-style note-taking software:
http://www.ideabyte.net/memo/

Gqrx is a software defined radio receiver:
http://gqrx.dk/

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2 days 8 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

mps-youtube:

Features:

- Search and play audio/video from YouTube
- Search tracks of albums by album title
- Search and import YouTube playlists
- Create and save local playlists
- Download audio/video
- View video comments
- Works with Python 2.7+ and 3.x
- Works with Windows, Linux and Mac OS X
- Requires mplayer or mpv:

https://github.com/np1/mps-youtube

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2 days 12 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software limmy25

I have to agree, the new Avast! looks great and all but it just became the new AVG but its resource usage is better than AVG

The process that was causing that usage was probably the new Avast! NG. You can read about it here, http://malwaretips.com/threads/avast-ng-what-is-it-avast-2015.35640/

Its sounds good but it takes up to 2GB of my HDD space, I'm also currently trying Panda

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2 days 20 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug tlcmd

Is Linux and Firefox on Linux susceptible to the poodle bug?

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2 days 23 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software need3

I tried the latest version of Avast! (Avast 2015), and didn't like it: it is heavy and cluttered with useless stuff, it's an antivirus that tries to be cool and fashionable with social features, badges, prizes, karma and Facebook, which is not what I need from an antivirus.
At some point my computer was almost stuck: one of the Avast files was using 200+ MB of RAM and growing, and it was using at least 20% of the CPU resoruces, not sure for what reason, because couldn't tell from the user interface and it was unclear how to stop whatever it was doing. It's the kind of situation that makes me remove a software right away, because I don't like when a software does not show clearly what it is doing and ruins the performance of a computer.
Currently I removed Avast and I'm trying Panda (v. 15.0.3).

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3 days 42 min ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug bobthomson

You have to clear your browser cache between tests or they will not be reliable. Probably using Ctrl-F5 will work as well.

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3 days 45 min ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug bobthomson

You have to clear your browser cache between tests or they will not be reliable. Probably using Ctrl-F5 will work as well.

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3 days 1 hour ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug Old Gobbo

Thanks for this, very clear and useful.

1. I think some people are confused because you can check both your browser(s) and your ISP/Server: as I understand it, if you can get your browser straight, it doesn't matter about the server – open to correction on this point.

2. Should we not make similar amendments to stop downgrades from TLS1.2 to TLS1.1 and 1.0, as Adam Langley suggests they are also risky, and my version of Firefox shows both as switched on ? (https://www.imperialviolet.org/2014/10/14/poodle.html)

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3 days 2 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug abrandt

Rob: Appreciate your many vital PC and software articles. :)

Thank you much!
Alan

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3 days 2 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug Bruce_Fraser

Roger,

What do you mean, "On the other, that it is safe"? Of the three websites you listed, only one of them can test your browser: https://www.poodletest.com/. That one says your Chrome browser is unsafe; it IS unsafe.

The first URL you list, https://wiki.apache.org/tomcat/Security/POODLE, is an information page, much like this one. It doesn't test browsers.
The third URL you list, https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest checks websites. It doesn't check browsers either.

So it sounds like you DO need to fix your Chrome browser to make it safe. Go to the website in the article above to learn how to fix Chrome (https://scotthelme.co.uk/sslv3-goes-to-the-dogs-poodle-kills-off-protocol). Just page down until you find the information.

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3 days 3 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC gz848484

Winpatrol: I only saw positive reviews from PC World.

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3 days 3 hours ago About the Security Wizard MidnightCowboy

Hi Foetica14. The first and most important thing is to make sure your current security software is properly removed. There can be issues with McAfee and some other security programs if this is not done correctly. See the following links for more information and access to the removal tool.

https://community.mcafee.com/thread/54495?tstart=0
http://service.mcafee.com/FAQDocument.aspx?id=TS101331
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/mcafee_consumer_product_removal_...

You don't need to be using your laptop to complete the wizard. We have tried to make this as user friendly as possible, but even so a relative novice may find the recommendations a little confusing.

My own recommendation would be to install Panda Cloud as featured in our review here, and use the Windows built in firewall in preference to a third party program.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm

Otherwise, how safe you stay depends a lot on how you use the internet and these articles will give some guidance on the most common risk areas.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 4 hours ago About the Security Wizard Foetica14

I'm writing this on my old PC, but I'm looking urgently for a free AV solution for my Asus K55V laptop.
This was given to me 3 mths ago with a McAfee total security package which expired yesterday.
To perform the Wizard, Q'nnaire, do I need to be working on my laptop? I'm trying to avoid it until the new security product is installed.

As I've never had any IT instruction whatsoever, am totally technically useless - as well as almost 64 and teach-proof, I am easily scared by the idea of online threats & risks!!
Almost my only www use these days consists of e-mail, Facebook, Guardian online reading, other journals & googling.

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3 days 4 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug ixan

I went to sslabs - browser vulnerable.
Followed directions or disabling SSL v#.
Relaunched browser. Still vulnerable.

Went to Poodle Test. Not vulnerable.

Removed the disabling command on Chrome.
Went back to Poodle Test. Not vulnerable.

So which is correct?

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3 days 5 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug rogdias

I am confused.

In https://wiki.apache.org/tomcat/Security/POODLE we see:
"On-line testing tools
Test your browser here:
https://www.poodletest.com/
Test your server here:
https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/"

In the second I receive the info that my browser (Chrome) is unsafe.

On the other, that it is safe.

Cheers from Rio,
Roger

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3 days 9 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Anupam

We are open to suggestions regarding this :). You yourself can contribute useful suggestions how to handle this. One way is by posting Hot Finds items, which is done on a daily basis.

We have a Firefox add-on category too, where you can contribute this suggestion of yours.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-firefox-add-ons.htm

Which other materials are there, which this site has failed to list? Please open a thread here on this issue:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/comments-suggestions-and-...

where you can offer suggestions, criticisms, or open up issues for discussion. Let's do this in a constructive way.

And I didn't say your suggestion wasn't useful, didn't say that at all. I am sure many will find such a suggestion useful, who want to capture webpages without the use of a software that they have to fire up. I just said that it's not in the right place. Suggestions are always welcome. You can post about such suggestions in forum too, in appropriate category, like this suggestion of yours could be posted here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net...

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3 days 9 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

So, how will the site be handling things that don't fall into those neat categories? Or will this spell the end of this site, as it fails to list materials that are useful, but exist across those categories. Must admit, I'm using the site less and less for that reason.

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3 days 9 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Anupam

I am not the editor, but am a moderator, and also editor of other articles. So, as a team member, I know how this site works.

You will understand that if we start bundling apps, extensions, and everything into one category, it will be increasingly difficult to handle the reviews, specially when there are so many programs in one category, such as this one. You can already see the long list.

It's because of these reasons that we have separate categories for Android, Linux, Mac, and even Firefox add-ons. Keeping them separate makes it easier for editors, as well as for users, as things are organized.

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3 days 9 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

Are you the editor? If not, I think such editorial comments should be left to a proper editor. The difference between "addons / extensions", apps, and programs is becoming increasingly blurred, and artificial, given cross-platform / cross-OS tools, esp. like Nimbus; especially where such cross-platform tools can be converted by users to run on different OSes and change from one "form" to another, through something like Chrome APK packager -- are such Windows 8 "apps" apps, or programs? Precisely where such material "should" be included remains to be decided imho.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Anupam

You are putting your individual preference forward here. While you may find PicPick as the best and go-to program for screen capture, others may not. Others may prefer some other program like DuckCapture, or Screenshot Captor over PicPick, and ask other programs to be compared to them.

Different people like different software, and therefore, there are so many software out there. You can't just ask others to compare every suggestion they make to PicPick, or other software. That's unfair, and I might add, a bit ridiculous.

For comparison, we have the reviews, which people can read, and form their own opinion, and choose their own software.

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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Anupam

Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't think browser add-ons will be considered for this review, as the review is for stand alone software only. Maybe when an editor takes over the category, and decides to include add-ons as a side note or something, then it can be added, but otherwise not.

It can be a good suggestion for hot item though, as a separate article. You can suggest it to rob.schifreen, our hot items editor, and see what he thinks of this.

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3 days 13 hours ago The Endless, Free, Online Newspaper ichabod

Very cool; thanks, Rob. On my PC web browser, I can scroll PressReader by about one screenful horizontally with Page-Dn and Page-Up, much as with any vertical-scrolling page. Also, I can scroll by one column by pressing the right- and left-arrow keys.

A surprise advantage on PressReader.com is the text-to-speech feature, which I found available in 3 places: from an icon that looks like a small box with a curved arrow projecting from it (which appears near the window's upper-right corner, and also just above the first paragraph of each article's text); and from a speaker icon that appears just below the "add comment" box at the end of each article's full-text view.

In comparison to Drudge Report, Google News, and RSS feeds (on "My Yahoo"), I find a tradeoff. The latter three give me quicker access to many sources, with some helpful text snippets--especially in Google News and RSS feeds. However, those three--like most portals or search results--link me to the host newspapers' websites and all of the ads on those sites. PressReader gives me something different: articles are displayed directly on PressReader.com, so all I see is the news; this is a refreshing change.

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3 days 13 hours ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter johanlinden

I don't know if the author of this article don't think that shadow copies are important but most of the above don't take care of those. I think Auslogics is the only one, but I saw that O&O got better points on other sites so that is the one I use nowadays.

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3 days 15 hours ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know ichabod

Yes. All of those stated in the article to work "in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer" will also work in Opera.

And: In the Chrome browser, if you cannot hold down the "s" key and right-click the image, just right-click the image and then click "Search Google for this image".

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3 days 16 hours ago Some Things are Changing at Gizmo's Freeware ichabod

Looks like a good time for a couple of suggestions.

Allow login to persist across sessions--if not by default, then by opt-in.

Have "Bookmark this" and "Printer-friendly version" links in an easier-to-find spot such as at top of page. As with "Login" you could still keep these links also between the article and the comments.

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3 days 17 hours ago Best Free Media Player for Android ichabod

Possibly outdated comment in MoboPlayer review says "This app is similar to MX Video Player in many ways, starting with that it only plays videos." However, MX Video Player review says "A small checkbox in the settings menu also lets it play music files." Also, the product name for MX Video Player now seems to have been shortened to MX Player.

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3 days 19 hours ago Best Free Notes Organizer athylacine7

Would you please include Microsoft OneNote in the next update, seeing that it is now "available for free across all your devices" [office.microsoft.com/en-001/onenote].

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4 days 3 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thank you for pointing this out to me. The link should now be fixed.

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4 days 4 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

I had a very specific need -- I've been a "devout" follower / user of Ff for man years, sad to see its numbers dropping off to Chrome -- but I wanted to share the look of the page, and wasn't sure if the other person had Ff so just posting him a graphic image was the easiest. The Nimbus devs say to be avid -- they've also developed a number of Android apps all scoring 4+ -- compatible across a number of OSes.

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4 days 4 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool crombierob

I must confess I never have a use for scrolling captures.
If I need to save a web page (and I have saved about 1 million), I save it into a single .mht file (no b...s... accompanying _files folder)
IE always had that ability.
In FF I use the maff extension, which can be 'set' to save web pages as .mht
.mht files are half the size of a saved scrolled jpg of a web page.

There are quite a few people out there that have never experienced the benefit of .mht files.

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4 days 5 hours ago Best PC Support Resource Sites MidnightCowboy

We are unable to provide individual support in the comments sections. Please post details of your issue here in our forum. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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4 days 6 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

thanks, the original link I had wasn't clear about the cost -- didn't distinguish home and commercial use. But, really, it's "horses for courses" maybe -- the Nimbus extension enabled me to easily get a snapshot of a lengthy webpage, just by pressing a couple of buttons, whereas PP seems to want "scrolling" -- doesn't seem as easy on first impressions.

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4 days 6 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool crombierob

Yes definitely free (for non commercial use)
I would get it from portable apps or Softpedia -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Capture/PicPick....

It has a lot of updates, so you get prompts to upgrade it.
I have had a couple of warnings, when accepting the upgrade download link, so I would use Softpedia myself.
(make sure you don't get fooled into clicking the download AVG link)
(Even Softpedia can fool the elderly and the feeble minded, so I have to be doubly careful)

Rob

PS I went to PicPick Home page from their about box
http://www.picpick.org/en/download
That page mentions that it is free
And I used their download without warnings.
The EXE is identical in size to the Softpedia EXE and Avast scanned it OK
My free Malwarebytes was a bit out of date, and scanned it OK
I am updating it, and will yell out if the next scan has problems.

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4 days 6 hours ago Best PC Support Resource Sites Drizzy D

I successfully made a
bootable USB ,The OS on my
system (Win Vista) got
corrupt and my DVD drive is
also not working.
I changed the boot settings
and was successfully able
to boot it from the USB
drive. The Windows
installation started but when
it asked for the target drive
it is not showing my hard
disk partition(which was
1..it was disk 0 local disk c). Although I
can see the hard drive in the
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want to install but I'm not seeing my harddisk listed please help me

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4 days 7 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

Actually, if you re-read my post you won't see me saying it's better than anything, just that it's new, has had good reviews .... In fact, I've "just installed" (in last hour) a couple of different ones, "for a look", and discovered an email from Everhelper.me in my inbox -- bit disturbing, I hadn't as far as I know done anything with anything -- so, as with any freeware, be careful. To be honest, I hadn't heard of (or couldn't remember) PicPick, thanks for the pointer -- actually, what are you doing even mentioning PicPick here -- just checked, it doesn't seem "free"

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4 days 8 hours ago This Free File Converter Even Handles Multiple Zip Formats Geekomatic

What I'd like to see is a free Publisher viewer!

Can't quite believe that with over $86 BILLION, Gates can't give it away like the other converters...

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4 days 8 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool crombierob

When others suggest other programs (or in this case extensions), I am tempted to ask -
"Why is that better than PicPick ?"
I was an Analyst in IT for 20 years, and I cannot fault it.
It is easy to capture anything.
It has TABS (brilliant feature)
You can annotate.
And I just tested it on a web page, and it scrolled to capture the whole web page.

I reckon that PicPick should be the benchmark for which we compare other contenders, and the proposer might elaborate on why their contender is better ?

My 2 cents,
Rob
PS I was not happy when they 'fan boy' followed MS with a flippin Ribbon. But that can be toggled via the little down arrow head.

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4 days 8 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool AussieExpat

there seems to be a relatively new browser extension, with heaps of favourable reviews, seems compatible with Firefox, Chrome, and Android browsers called Nimbus https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/nimbus-screenshot/?src=api

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4 days 10 hours ago Best Free File Manager crombierob

XYPlorerFree used to have it.
It is high on his list of things to do -
http://www.xyplorer.com/xyfc/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=6139

In that thread eil says this
the only workaround is to switch your devices in "usb-mode"

Or perhaps find an earlier version of XYPlorerFree

Rob

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4 days 11 hours ago Best Free File Manager SwanKnight

Anyone aware of a file manager that supports reading from and writing to MTP devices?

I can't use "Windows Explorer" it fails to copy the data and gets stuck at "calculating time".

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4 days 13 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software SwanKnight

The download link for "Panda Cloud Antivirus" is outdated, it's not working. I got it through the official website.

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4 days 16 hours ago ...And Relax vandamme

I need uplifting, not calming. Our local radio station (wcny.org) is presently playing Mozart's Coronation Mass ....

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4 days 23 hours ago How To Protect Yourself From The POODLE Bug Aninnymous

Thanks Rob! Useful info.

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5 days 4 hours ago Think Of It As Your Own Personal Twitter Or Facebook Clone ixan

Does this have chat as well? I hate to have to use skype as well and with all the organisation systems I've found so far, you do have to.

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5 days 14 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software hl2guide

BurnAware Free 7.5 vs CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5143 Review:

My focuses:
* Stable, reliable burns
* High-speed burns

I recently tried out the latest 2 versions of these free burning softwares and wanted to share my results.

I'd been using BurnAware Free 7.5, reliably burning data discs at 10x for a while and loved using the quick-verify feature it has to data-check after compilation burn completion. However the latest version has an issue with it.

I checked out CDBurnerXP 4.5.4.5143 to see if it could do faster burns. After my testing I can burn reliably much faster at 16x. I also like that it has a direct folder tree available and you don't need to have a separate Windows Explorer window open like for BurnAware Free.

Outcome:
I recommend people try out the latest version of CDBurnerXP as I've had great results. :D

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5 days 22 hours ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information eikelein

I SECOND THAT MOTION - most emphatically!

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5 days 23 hours ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information khf314

Charlie - thanks for sharing this!

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6 days 1 hour ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information etim

Yes, I agree-- the limitations of the peer review process are all too prevalent in so-called 'prestigious'and objective medical journals where the editorial boards are heavily influenced and populated by employees of pharmaceutical companies. Any new or contradictory information that's not in the financial interests of Pharmaco is usually ignored, refuted or actively attacked.

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6 days 3 hours ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information VirtualCharlie

Here's a handout on Internet Research. The first part discusses many search engine tips.
http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/cvb23/handout/OnlineResearch.asp

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6 days 3 hours ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information NICKM

One thing I did learn from grad school when I got my MA: In many cases peer-review means that you must agree with the philosophy of the editorial board, or you won't get published. In many many cases this means that top-notch scholarly research with valid conclusions goes wanting. Peer-review can be indeed helpful, but you'd better understand the bias of those who sit on the editorial board. Many make the error in presuming that peer-review equals objective evaluation. Often, it is anything but.

My own impression of your post is that you do not discount presentations that are not peer-reviewed, but you feel that we should be suspicious of such publications. I would disagree - Take the presentation or paper on it's own merits and investigate on your own. Just because it's peer-reviewed, in many cases, means little. I have no ax to grind because I have never been published or turned down by various peer-review pubs. I have not tried nor do I care to be published in my field (counseling).

That's my 2 cents worth. Don't want to start a major debate or argument, just expressing my opinion...

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6 days 3 hours ago Site Suggestions and Feedback CrazyCatLady

Love this site!
I notice when I try to "pin" an article to Pinterest it seldom grabs a photo unless there is a screen shot. I see a graphic that has the name of the article but it doesn't actually pin, it comes up saying "You need to upload an image or provide the 'image_url' parameter"
Since I'm sure others also don't know how to do this, I wonder if you could add a larger graphic to your heading that can be used to pin some of your wonderfully helpful and informative articles.
Thanks so much! CCL

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6 days 4 hours ago Lightweight Web Browsers godofwar161

You guys are the best. Thanks to this article and the user comments below I have just revived my old laptop I was about to throw in the garbage. My 9 years old laptop (1.6 Ghz CPU, 512mb RAM) was struggling with literally everything while browsing on the internet using Chrome or Firefox. Firstly I tried Comodo Dragon, and it did the job fairly good (except YouTube playback, it was laggy). Now with Slimboat it is unbelievable how good it performs with heavy pages and a few open tabs. All this under TinyXP of course, for as much available RAM as possible. Seems like I'll be using this machine for a little longer!

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6 days 5 hours ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information jepalmer

As long as your recognize that proceedings and conferences are not peer reviewed and should not carry the same weight as an article in a peer reviewed publication.

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6 days 15 hours ago NASA Image of the Day (Website of the Week) yewome

Interesting post. You might be familiar with this site, Nasa satallite tracking. Pick a satallite from list of 100's of them and watch the earth from the balcony seats.....hope you enjoy it, and thanks for the Image of the Day!

http://science.nasa.gov/iSat/iSAT-text-only/?failure=Webgl

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1 week 10 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Snapper - The ultimate snapshot tool for Linux ...":
http://snapper.io/

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1 week 11 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools DavidFB

Just trying 7-PDF Maker 1.4.2
No Open Candy but it did take over all zip-related file formats without asking.

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1 week 15 hours ago Best Free Screen Session Recorder TinSoldier

Also oCam auto checks for new versions on start-up ( often called "calling home" ),

If a new version is available it also downloads and installs it... all without your control to stop it. and no option to disable update checking or installation.

PS Anyone using skype may have noticed it also auto checks for new versions ( which i call updates) even thought i have update checking in options `unchecked`. This doesn't surprise me coming from MS, to ignore user options.

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1 week 16 hours ago Website of the Week: The Story of the Web kkanalz

Did y'all notice that absolutely NO MENTION of Al Gore's involvement in "creating" the Internet? Hmmmm...

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1 week 21 hours ago Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To subscriptionsformpb

WordPress either free or hosted is pretty good at showing you what has permission from elsewhere.

LinkedIn app is one of the worst. It doesn't need permission once installed on your phone or tablet to start telling you to connect to your long-dead grandmother.

http://community.linkedin.com/questions/15556/how-did-linkedin-get-my-ad...

Any suggestions for sneaky connections?

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1 week 22 hours ago Best Free Sticky Notes Utility MrWednesday7

Addition using the execrable win 8.1

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1 week 22 hours ago Best Free Sticky Notes Utility MrWednesday7

I need a sticky notes program that will work on the taskbar and does not have adverts.

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1 week 1 day ago Some Things are Changing at Gizmo's Freeware alexi

I hope you don't do it. I have seen several websites across the world with the exact reason you mentioned that "over 20% of our users now view the site on mobile devices, a figure predicted to increase to over 50% within 3 years" and made the website responsive. I should also noted that they are very pro websites with huge budget but the results are awful. enormous number of comments showed how bad the new website is. those websites faced sudden decrease in visitors.

I really hope you put a second thought on your decision. I really enjoy techsupportalert :)

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1 week 1 day ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know gruff

I just wish someone would figure out how to get Windows 7 out of it's lackadaisical slooow mode. That would be a major tip and a boon to all 7 users. Most of the time I wish I'd stayed with XP.

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1 week 1 day ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know andrews

Don't forget CTRL-J for downloads!

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client NightRanger

Thank you for your recommendation. Currently there is no editor assigned to this page. Hopefully one will come along soon and be able to act on your recommendation.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Mars Commando:
http://gamejolt.com/games/strategy-sim/mars-commando/34971/

Mimicry Man:
http://vgperson.com/games/mimicryman.htm

Compact Conflict:
http://wasyl.eu/games/compact-conflict/play.html

KDice - online social strategy game inspired by Risk and Dicewars:
http://kdice.com/

Powerglove is a classic-era run 'n' gun (download at the bottom of the page):
http://rgcddev.itch.io/powerglove

Star Commander:
http://membranesoftware.com/

Space Goblin in a Land of Jello:
http://contest.rpgmakerweb.com/game/view/id/498#.VEeFdPmsX7L

Level 2: The Virus Master:
http://lazy-brain-games.itch.io/level-2-the-virus-master

S.W.A.P (Subterfuge Weapons Assessment Program) is an indirect first-person shooter:
http://www.chaostheorygames.com/games/swap

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1 week 1 day ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know bernardz

I would add one you mentioned earlier ghostery

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Long forgotten is the legend of Gaurodan, the bird of thunder, and his fight with Guayota, the fire beast. But now mankind has discovered the egg of Guayota within Mount Teide, and it is only a matter of time until Guarodan returns from the sky to fight the beast and punish us for awakening his ancient enemy. Fly around the Canary Islands as Gaurodan, and destroy cities, armies and colossal creatures in your path throught this frantic shmup, created for the lovers of classic games that require mastering ...":
http://www.locomalito.com/gaurodan.php
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/gaurodan/17619/

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

There appears to be some sort of agenda in play here. No doubt all will be revealed in time. Problem is the balance of opinion is still well in favor of IS over TS. MC - Site Manager.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Version 5.2 beta is now released. I don't understand why they are trying to make the UI similar to that of Baidu's.

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1 week 1 day ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 zdub

F8 F8 F8 F8, ah there we go, Windows boot options.

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1 week 1 day ago Best Free iPad Apps russco32

It's upsetting to see so many negative comments here.
This site is run by volunteers who do a great job.
Sure, no one knows everything, but they are doing their best.
The knockers are always the ones that do nothing to help.
How about making constructive suggestions instead of of knocking them.

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1 week 1 day ago Nine Shortcuts to Speed up Internet Browsing that You May Not Know kkanalz

Actually, most of these browser tips ALSO work with the OPERA browser!

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1 week 2 days ago Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x somedude

Classic Shell works for me. It fixes the greatest screwups MS's greed ever forced on Desktop user's.

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1 week 2 days ago See How Your PC Uses The Internet In Incredible Detail George.J

GlassWire started to use nearly 400MB of RAM in my system after using it for months. If anybody has the same problem just go to Settings->Clear History and your RAM usage will fall back to normal. (40MB for me now)

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1 week 2 days ago Best Free Technical Support Sites EldonW

Thank you Vic.
Another site to consider is PCWorld. I recently had to repair my corrupt Windows 7 installation. Not only did the article provide detailed instructions, with screenshots, it proivided detailed instructions on what to do prior to repairing Windows 7.
I also checked the site with VirusTotal and it's 100% clean.

Here's a link to the article:
http://www.pcworld.com/article/243190/how_to_repair_a_corrupt_windows_7_...

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