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Free Ransomware Decryption Utilities 4 hours 30 min ago bernardz

What many of us would really appreciate is a step by step page on what to do to stop a ransomware attack.

Then another page on what to do if you get a ransomware attack.

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 1 day 17 hours ago papavonschoen

If you worry about everything in your Event Log that's all you do. Most of them are insignificant and won't hurt a thing. If you find problems with your computer take a look. Nirsoft is very good like chisli said!

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 day 18 hours ago movrshakr

Uninstalled. As evening approaches, it switches back and forth between day/night mode, causing the screen to flash from night mode to day mode to night mode. I like the differences in day vs.night, but I can't take that flashing back and forth.
EDIT: Correction to above---IT'S NOT F.LUX. I installed Sunset Screen, and it is exhibiting the same thing. So it is something in the computer video? not in the program. Unfortunate, as I like what it does.

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Best Free Office Suite 2 days 3 hours ago MidnightCowboy The "site.editor" tag also denotes this review currently has no permanent editor. The content therefore will not be updated until someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Office Suite 2 days 3 hours ago Joe A.TT

I am sorry you did not find what you want. However, this site is maintained by volunteers. Nobody gets paid for the reviews and articles which are made available to you for free. Don't you think you are being a bit harsh?

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Best Free Office Suite 2 days 7 hours ago swoprofessor

I found this sight yesterday because I was looking for a 64 bit replacement for Open Office which is only 32 bit, and intend to keep it so. I just got a new PC with WIN10PRO and thought I would be as 64 bit as possible.

SO wow I thought I found gold when I found this list of "the Best Free Windows 64-bit Software"

But alas it was only Fools Gold...

Ok so I guess its really unfair to judge the list (and the webpage) on one experience, but then it is equally unfair to HIGHLY rate CRIPPLEWARE that is NOT 64 BIT SOFTWARE like the list says. I mean we are not talking some ho hum "yea its ok" review, but "EDITORS CHOICE"...

So I DL WPS, only to find out from task manager that is is not 64 bit at all, but a 32 bit program.
And then when I come here to express my disappointment, I find out that printing is disabled. I know you say it prints, but any program that watermarks a feature is making that feature useless -- would you print your resume on that, ya know that BIG JOB you were aiming at. Really? Would you ? Turn in a resume with a huge KINGSOFT across it. Go right ahead but don't be supprised when they DONT CALL YOU! :-D

So my first experience here has been HORRID at best - I didn't get a 64 bit office suite, I didn't get freeware, and the whole review is so much hoowee. But then it seems such doesn't exist -it anyone finds one please inform.

But that doesn't mean the rest are all bad ... I will keep an open mind. BUT I really really hope you learn that FREEWARE and CRIPPLEWARE are not the same - VLC is freeware - WPS is not.

You could have something really big here going forward as 32 bit dies and everything goes 64 bit. You could be the definitive sourse for 64 bit Freeware. BUT ONLY IF YOU DRAW THE LINE AND HOLD FAST TO IT -
No crippleware and no 32 bit software belong on this list.

If you do that it will be golden, if you don't it will be 'the fool'.

nuff said
Jim

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ToolWiz Care 2 days 7 hours ago LemMotlow

I've been using this app for 3 or 4 years with Windows 7 and have nothing but superlatives to say about it. Although it's no longer updated or on the developer's site, it is fast, thorough, safe and without bugs. The package also contains ten other apps, including a "sandbox" [called Time Freeze] Photo editor and password manager.

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Best Free PC Games 2 days 9 hours ago Panzer

"... Consume all life as a serpentine demi-god in Ophidia! A decree has been made: all worlds must be purged so life may begin anew. Play as the legendary Norse Ouroboros, sent down from the heavens to cleanse Yggdrasil - the world tree - of all beings ...":
https://montster27.itch.io/ophidia

 

She:

https://grouflon.itch.io/she

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A Complete Publishing Program Online For Free 2 days 23 hours ago tacenator

Nice program, however I would need to pay a subscription to get any use out of it. To print or download as a PDF, you are constrained to 72 DPI which does not create a very nice document for any kind of publishing.

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 days 3 hours ago chisli

Not suitable for home use.
I also prefer nirsoft event viewer: Fast, easy and mainly no istallation.

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A Complete Publishing Program Online For Free 3 days 4 hours ago Fairportfan

If you want to do all your work on your own machine, with more flexibility than this seems to offer, Serif offers a free version of their incredibly powerful (and inexpensive) DTP program PagePlus.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 3 days 7 hours ago atamagno

Hi there, I think you would like the app I just released a few days ago. It's called Weezzler and it lets you play your phone's music on any browser over wifi. Super easy to use and useful when you want to listen to your music on speakers. You don't need any extra hardware or a user.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weezzler.android

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 days 7 hours ago boristhemoggy

Sometimes it's worth giving up all your data for something, and sometimes it's not. This one forces you into giving a large amount of data and also signing up for their emails.
I favour this event viewer which is also completely free but you don't need to give all your private info out to get it. Plus, it's portable.

http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/my_event_viewer.html

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What's Hiding In Your Windows Logs? 3 days 9 hours ago SoftwareDepotCO

Great article.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 days 17 hours ago Tingla

FreeFileSync suits my needs. I find it easy enough to use and it has a pretty simple and intuitive GUi. I've used it on and off for years and always keep coming back to it. I like it so much I donated $20 to the developer.

Unfortunately that payment does not include upgrades. If I do upgrade to any future versions it reverts to the bundleware version, so I'm sticking with version 8.3 indefinitely.

It's a pity they don't just provide a "Pro" version that includes all future upgrades.

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 4 days 8 hours ago Joline

You seriously neglect to mention that the site only returns a small thumbnail of the original. Clearer – but essentially useless.
Really bad reporting.

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Foxit Reader 4 days 13 hours ago Fairportfan

I used to love Foxit. I hadn't updated in a while ... and when i did, i discovered that there was no longer a way to set it to a usable UI - as opposed to that crappy "ribbon" trash.

Bye Bye Foxit.

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 4 days 19 hours ago crosseyedlemon

After 20 years, IRFANVIEW is still king among image editors as far as I'm concerned.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcano Erupting at Night 4 days 23 hours ago rhiannon

I looked but didn't see a description at the site....

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 5 days 1 hour ago pvilan

As soon as I received Rob´s comment on lime relight, I tried it.
I uploaded a blurred photo of a person and used "Sharp" option.
After may be 20 seconds the result that appeared was excellent compared with the original.
That resulting image was downloaded with a different name. Something like: limerelight1471570253663.jpeg
Both dimensions were reduced about 30%, but the good result compensates that.
Peter.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcano Erupting at Night 5 days 4 hours ago Fairportfan

Pretty

Anyone know what volcano it is?

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Best Freeware Download Sites 5 days 5 hours ago alexanoid

I was wondering if raritysoft.com is worth adding to the list.

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 5 days 7 hours ago zootsocket

Definitely a work in progress. Sharp doesn't work and the rapid version saves a thumbnail - didn't try the others. I can't see the point of this.
There are any number of free image editors for any OS you happen to use that will do this sort of job in an instant.

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Tails. For The Ultimate In Online Privacy. 5 days 18 hours ago exbioman

This download day, the 5th, Tails updated their OS software to version 5? from the 4? I downloaded. Most likely causing a verification problem. Since verizon dsl is so slow downloading, and I haven't been able to add the Tails extension to Firefox browser in Mint, I haven't pursued this. My intention was to have a secure OS to use on public wifi. Back to live distros.

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 5 days 23 hours ago bobchale

I like the idea of this application.

I can see the difference between the upper-original picture and the processed one on the bottom. Then what? The button “SAVE” creates a long-lasting hourglass but nothing else seems to happen. Does the software overwrite (or attempt to do so) on my computer? If so there needs to be a way to name it as something different from the original filename.

Does anyone know how to save and make use of the modified picture?

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 5 days 23 hours ago etim

Same here, though I'm using Linux/FFox. I tried to download (save) using both Uget and FFox's default dl'er. Uget gave me the error msg:
Message: Unsupported scheme (protocol).

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 1 hour ago Meridah

When I click on Save nothing happens, so I cannot save the deblurred picture to my laptop. Can anybody solve my problem?
Windows 7,

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 2 hours ago Marnes

It's called "unsharp mask" in image editors...

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 3 hours ago Gridbald

If you wish to retain "rights" to your photos, Rick never post them ANYWHERE on the Web.

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 3 hours ago Gridbald

My uploaded 1.5 Mpixel photo was saved as something a bit larger than a thumbnail!

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 5 hours ago RickMild

Is the uploaded photo stored on the web? Who has access? What rights do I retain to my photo?

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 16 hours ago pvilan

Thanks again Rob.
Excellent advise!
I tried with a blurred photo of a person, using "sharp" and the result was astonishing!
Regards
Peter

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Got A Blurred Photo? Here's How To Sharpen It Up. 6 days 17 hours ago David Roper

Rob, i enjoy each and every one of your tips. I am sorry that i do not show it often enough in the ratings above.
David

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 hours ago Sputnik

F.lux vs SunsetScreen

Here are the main differences between these two softwares.

F.lux has the capability to self-adjust to the sunrise and sunset times while you have to enter manually these values in SunsetScreen. All you have to do in F.lux is to indicate your location and F.lux will do the rest.

As I already said in another comment, you will find the exact values of sunrise and sunset times for the place where you are located on this website : http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

SunsetScreen, on its side, has a capability that F.lux doesn't have : it may adjust not just the tone of color of your monitor for the day and for the night, but also the brightness of your monitor by increments of 1%. That capability is a very handy one because you may define a different brightness for the day and for the night, also, you may change the brightness at any time you want.

Make your choice : do you feel lazy and wants the software to adjust by itself the sunrise and sunset times or do you want more control on the brightness of your monitor ?

I know that every monitor offers means to adjust its brightness, but it is usually a little bit more laborious to do this with these means than to use the simple capability of SunsetScreen.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 9 hours ago Panzer

Eme - Elegant Markdown Editor:

https://github.com/egoist/eme

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Best Free Video Cutter and Joiner 1 week 13 hours ago Grace784

Video Grabber is very easy to use and doesn't require re-encoding. Maybe the editor can consider adding the free online service to the list.

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20 Over Places To Look For Free And Beautiful Wallpapers 1 week 15 hours ago Jojo Yee Good suggestions Rhiannon. The two are now added to the list. I've removed a few outdated links and added a few more places recommended by site visitors. view
Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 21 hours ago Sputnik

Hi, HisSon.

Here is what I meant by "But the changes are also immediately dropped down when you close the software." :

When you press the "X" button in the upper right of SunsetScreen's window, the program doesn't really shut down. It is just minimized in the Notification Area in the taskbar, just beside the clock.

What I mean by "closing" the program is to right click on the SunsetScreen's icon of the Notification Area and chosing "Close Program" in the contextual menu. At this moment your monitor will return to its normal settings.

The thing is the same for the installed version and for the portable one.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 23 hours ago crosseyedlemon

The website offers some interesting research explaining the blue light effect. It got me to thinking that video gaming terminals in casinos must exhibit the same eye strain effect after sunset and therefore players who encounter betting losses should have legal grounds against those casinos.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago HisSon

Hi Sputnik.

If this software is installed and then uninstalled, will the monitor settings return to the way they were before installing the program. After reading your response and thinking about writing this reply I should have known that the answer has got to be yes.

Not sure though what you mean by closing the software unless it's loading the portable version on a Smart Drive and removing the Drive cancels out the effect of the Program.

Whew! Sometime I can make the obvious complicated.

Thanks for your assistance.

All the best to you.

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20 Over Places To Look For Free And Beautiful Wallpapers 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Great list Jojo, here are two I like:
http://www.iorise.com/
It aggregates the wallpapers from bing's sites (China, France, Canada, Brasil, Germany and Worldwide). They usually post three images, two with the bing logo (one on English, one in the language the wallpaper was taken from, and one with no logo) and lately have been posting an addition size of 1080x 1920, good for mobile phones.

And this one:
https://www.bing.com/gallery/
Showcases images featured on the bing US home page for the last five years.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 week 1 day ago antonalfredo

I read that Avira has the best privacy policy.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago MidnightCowboy

You might also find the information here useful. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago olamoree

Thanks Yankiwi, that's the kind of sane practical advice I look for on Forums like this. I don't know how to scan it BEFORE downloading a proggy but my scanner works during the DL and that is what I go by. If one of the engines picks up something, now I can rescan the DLed proggy with Virus Total. Thanks again.

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Best Free Calculator 1 week 1 day ago Panzer

"... VB Gadgets is excited to bring you a graphing calculator that looks better, runs faster, and can do much more than its predecessor - ParaGraph ...":
http://vbgadgets.weebly.com/photon.html

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 1 day ago Panzer

Sonic Pi - the live coding music synth for everyone:
http://sonic-pi.net/

 

"... fmedia is a fast asynchronous media player/recorder/converter ...":
http://fmedia.firmdev.com/

 

"... myLG is software utility which combines the functions of the different network probes in one network diagnostic tool ...":

https://github.com/mehrdadrad/mylg

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Best Free PC Games 1 week 1 day ago Panzer

"... GoldenEye: Source is an online multiplayer arena first-person shooter that aims to provide a faithful recreation of the classic N64 title GoldenEye 007’s multiplayer with refined gameplay, high definition graphics and sound ...":
https://www.geshl2.com/

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago Yankiwi

@olamoree

As a recommendation: I NEVER download ANY software without first scanning it on VirusTotal. I use Firefox with the VTzilla add-on and ALWAYS run a fresh scan on any software file before accepting or opening the download. Even if the pop-up says that the file was just scanned on VirusTotal only an hour or two before, I always run my own fresh scan. My computer's health is way too important to me and I have neither the time nor the patience to rebuild my digital life after accidentally downloading something malicious. Some people get in a hurry and think it's unnecessary and takes too long, but it normally takes only a few seconds. As the saying goes, there's never time enough to do something right, but there's always time enough to do it over. Or, put another way, better safe than sorry.

Regarding those times when VirusTotal shows 1 or 2 of its many scanning programs reporting an issue, just go by the weight of the evidence. If, for example, the ratio is 67/1, meaning 67 programs show the software is clean and 1 says it isn't, it's highly unlikely that 67 programs are wrong and only one is right, so the 1 is almost certainly a false positive.

Hope that helps.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago howiem

I have dry eye, which can get pretty painful. Since I started using Flux, I don't get dry eye any more from using the computer.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago Sputnik

Hi HisSon.

Maybe that I misunderstood the meaning of your question.

If your question was to know if the changes brought by this software to your monitor are reversible if you uninstall the software, the answer is "yes". But the changes are also immediately dropped down when you close the software.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago Sputnik

Those who will use this kind of software should adjust correctly the sunrise and sunset times.

You will find these exact values for the place where you are located on this website :
http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 1 day ago Sputnik

Hi HisSon.

You will find a portable version of SunsetScreen at this address :
http://www.softpedia.com/get/PORTABLE-SOFTWARE/System/System-Enhancements/Portable-SunsetScreen.shtml

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago HisSon

A long time ago, I tried using a similar app, whose name I cannot remember, which didn't give me satisfactory results. That being said, I would very much interested in trying again with either this app or the one suggested by Sputnik. If it turned out that I just didn't care to continue using it, can this be removed by uninstalling it?

Thank you.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 1 week 2 days ago Jorpho

By almost all accounts, the Anniversary Update is a trainwreck best delayed as long as possible.

A newsworthy story will be a report that it is finally ready for primetime.

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Retrieve Videos From Your Web Browser Cache 1 week 2 days ago Jorpho

I thought this ceased to be useful around the time that HTML5 rose to prominence? Certainly, videos don't typically seem to pre-load like they used to.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago olamoree

SAP 4.3.1 is an online Universal AV detector that poped up what was mentioned for Sunset and Flux as it was DLing, and after your and MC's assurances of a false positive, I applied one of it's great (for me) features, that allows me to disregard the warning and not just have it automatically deleted or quarantined as do most AV scanners... as I think it should be MY choice. It uses AHNLAB, AVG, Avira, BitDefender, ClamWin, EmiSoft, ESET, McAfee, MSE, QuickHeal, Sophos and TotalDefense as it scanning engines. The information that Sunset and Flux generated false positives and assurances that they are False Positives is a very worthwhile determination that I am not really capable of determining without a lot of research that you and MC have provided, and I am greatfull... one of the reasons I subscribe to Gizmo and DonationCoder. Thanks for your observations.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago eikelein

@olamoree
... and yes, I know, I'm going off topic here.

I am not inclined to even look at what your "SecureAPlus v.4.3.1" actually is and where it comes from.

It always amazes me to see, hear and read what truly exotic pieces of software some people entrust their computers to.

And all too often there seems to be not one thought about getting a second opinion from a proven on-demand standby as for example Malwarebytes Free.

Or to do the VirusTotal scans (BIG THANKS, MC!) yourself...

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Retrieve Videos From Your Web Browser Cache 1 week 2 days ago 4sure5

I have been using this for years with Firefox with no problems. It took a bit of poking around to understand all that this can do, but it's a great little program!

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Best Free Window Manager/Resizer/Arranger List 1 week 2 days ago p4ndepravity

i've been in IT/development for several years and i spend quite a bit of time looking for new productivity tools. shnbwmn's comment has changed my life forever

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago emarell

For Android, I looked for a version on Google Play Store. Similar titles... many, but I didn't find this.

A clone, though, is called 'Twilight,' by Urbandroid Team. Their description includes a big wink-wink towards an unnamable source-of-concept (which would be Flux). I've only just gotten Twilight of course, but it's user rated at 4.6 out of 5 - and to me the quality seems top notch so far.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago olamoree

Delighted to learn that they are FALSE positives. The information I received while downloading both Flux and Sunset was alerted by my SecureAPlus v.4.3.1 as "possible malware file". Glad to hear the good news that they are false positives and will give them a try. Thanks for your information.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago vandamme

I've used both f.lux and redshift on my Linux PCs and laptop to adjust the color temperature in the daytime, which I find too bluish usually.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago dhannotte

There's no differrence between this version and the one I downloaded over 2 years ago! Why did you say it had been updated recently??

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago trainman261

It applies to any monitor that is connected to your computer. I have it on my laptop/tablet, and it works on that screen, as well as any monitor or TV I've connected it to until now.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago tommyzulu

Does this only apply to PC Monitors? What about laptop screens?

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago MidnightCowboy

You don't quote the source for this which would have been helpful, but whatever it is, they are false positives. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/99f6a5fcf8c6789ff4d69a98b6cb1af9296a7...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/68129fe65564e327c7e24f4766c7595dec480...
http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=40435.5;wap2

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago olamoree

Unfortunately Flux has a Win/ADWare Agent-59030 loader and SunsetScreen shows a Thega/JOBKNaC

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago Phylis Sophical

Been using Flux for years. Plenty of settings for me.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 1 week 2 days ago Sputnik

Yes, it is a very good software and really very useful, but I really prefer SunsetScreen over it because this one has more options allowing a better fine tuning.

We may find SunsetScreen at this address : http://www.skytopia.com/software/sunsetscreen

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 1 week 2 days ago Remah

Google Chrome's incognito mode is Google's opt out option if you have concerns about the privacy of your local browsing history. We may not like their attitude and the option may not be adequate - it is probably still the case that Chrome doesn't delete all your temporary browsing data - but it is the option that they provide.

A work around is something like having to suspend tracking after you have logged into a google account while in incognito mode. See How secret is Google Chrome's 'incognito' mode? for more info on this issue.

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Retrieve Videos From Your Web Browser Cache 1 week 2 days ago Fairportfan

I note that the description at the page cites at least one condition under which it will not work with Chrome.

Considering that Chrome is the basis for a number of browsers that are not CALLED "Chrome", this could be interesting

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 1 week 3 days ago redstick

Interesting that folks will read, carefully follow the links, go to the trouble of logging on, then write a lengthy comment on why they would never use whatever is being described. Why bother? Just find the proper way to do things your way, and go for it. I've used 10 for about a year now (running under Classic Shell) and like it just fine. Any apps I don't like or can't use, I either delete, disable, or ignore. But that's just me.

The rob.schifreen's of the world have already earned their heavenly crowns for plugging ahead with the research and reportage, despite the slings and arrows of the rest of us. Carry On!

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 1 week 3 days ago snowbound999

Sorry but have to use incognito mode for all sites is not an opt out option. Its a work around. That option hinders my browsing on all websites since Chrome would have to be always using incognito mode. I have got fed up with Google's attitude over the years of either doing it their way or take the high road. I decided the later and ditch Chrome as my browser.

I can search these same websites just fine in Firefox which does not have to save all of this search engines in my browser. I use UBlock Origin on my browsers to block annoying ads as well as malware that in the past have been served up intentionally and unintentionally on websites. I only unblock a select few websites.

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Best Free Audio Cutter and Joiner 1 week 3 days ago rahul2016

Well there are some good free online mp3 cutter tools ans apps and available that can make your task much easier. Here is the complete list http://www.akshatblog.com/mp3-cutter/

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 week 3 days ago Hop Tzop

Qihoo 360 it's the worst antivirus. I've tried at at your recommendation and after 3 month of using it that's the conclusion. It was locking my computer from time to time, meaning I couldn't open windows explorer or any other app, but still can used those that were already opened. As soon as I would disable the antivirus all worked fine and I could open any app without hiccups.

I've use to listen to your recommendations but now I'm starting to wonder if I should from now on.

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 1 week 3 days ago crombierob

If I were sent to Mars, and was told it was a one way trip due to lack of fuel for the return flight, and was told that once launched, there is not the possibility of turning around mid flight, but was advised that I could change the direction slightly to say escape the solar system, etc.
And if I fired up the computer they gave me in (in mid flight), AND if I then discovered that I had to use the W10 Start Menu for the rest of my life, I would do the course change, to plummet into the Sun.

I don't like the computer making decisions when it wishes to do things (EG Updates). I wish to be able to prevent it doing them until I request it. I am Scottish, but I would even be prepared to pay for a Tool that allows me full control.
I would pay even more for a Tool that allows me full control over everything. I am a control freak, and W10 is the exact opposite.
I got rid of Windows Defender, as it was scanning in the background without my permission.
For those that discovered how to switch off ALL of the options during custom Install, the Anniversary Update turns them all back on again. You can once again turn them off, but you will be banned from using Cortana, unless you turn them on again.

Victoria (Australia) is known as the Nanny state, and now we have a Nanny operating system,
Rob Down Under
PS I know about Classic Shell, but unfortunately NASA did not.

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 1 week 3 days ago Remah

I'm not sure what the fuss is over and above everything else that Google does or does not do.

To clarify:

  • Google Chrome doesn't do this for every site search. It only does it where the website uses Google Custom Search. You can usually tell if Google Custom Search is being used because the search results will follow a selection of Google-supplied ads that say "Ads by Google related to: " your search term. In such a case, Google already have access to "private" information that you want to protect. I guess that Google will almost certainly have enough information to identify your computer and your user account as well.
  • Google does provide an opt out feature. If you don't want this sort of information on your computer then you should be using Incognito mode which disables both browsing history and other search engines.
  • Unless you use Incognito mode then the information will be in your browsing history anyway.

If I was a user of Google Chrome and Google already had that info then I would prefer the benefit of some automation of searches over not having that feature.

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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 1 week 3 days ago Remah

Finding the version of Windows is a basic feature of Windows so you shouldn't need to download another program.

The version of Windows is provided when you run the Command Prompt. You can find the menu item if you right click on the Start button. The default Command Prompt window has the current version be displayed before the first prompt. If it doesn't display then run Ver or SystemInfo - the examples below use FindStr to filter out the info that you don't need.

Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]
(c) 2015 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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Microsoft Windows [Version 10.0.10586]

C:\Users\Me>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS Name" /C:"OS Version"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS Version:                10.0.10586 N/A Build 10586

 

C:\Users\Me>systeminfo | findstr /B /C:"OS"
OS Name:                   Microsoft Windows 10 Home
OS Version:                10.0.10586 N/A Build 10586
OS Manufacturer:           Microsoft Corporation
OS Configuration:          Standalone Workstation
OS Build Type:             Multiprocessor Free

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What's New In Windows Anniversary Edition 1 week 3 days ago Fairportfan

I checked the page you linked; i saw two minor tweaks that might be useful to me - neither of which involve Edge or Cortana (which i WILL disable as soon as i find the right hacks).

The rest? Useless and not applicable at all.

As i first said about W8 - Windows 10 is ugly and its mama dresses it funny.

One can cure a lot of that (though not all) with Classic Shell forcing it to work in a rational manner.

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 3 days ago Aninnymous

At least with Slimjet when you alter settings to erase all clicked boxes on close browser, it actually does a good job of it (unlike Torch, Chrome, PaleMoon, & others) Most others leave a lot of files behind. It has a built in adblocker you can enable but otherwise is just another decent performing Chromium branch. Reasonably stable without CTODs.

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 1 week 4 days ago eikelein

@snowbound999:

Thanks for your elaborate comment; interesting, interesting - to say the least.

Right at the end of your comment you write "This type of behaviour by Chrome made me go back to using Firefox on all my computers".

My reply to this: CONGRATULATIONS! One more person who saw the light!

@all others:
What I just don't understand is that mad dash of "[Google] Chrome is the best browser" out there. Nobody ever defines what their interpretation of "best browser" actually means.

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A Better Hard Disk Health Diagnostic 1 week 4 days ago punkinema

Which version do I download? There are several different ones listed and your article doesn't mention this. Thanks!

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

By the way, Firefox recently released a 64 bit version for Windows. :)

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for the links. :) Alternative browsers are an interest of mine, I've installed, used and tested and uninstalled bunches over the years. I haven't tried SlimJet for few years, I'll have another look at it. At the moment I have Firefox, Waterfox, Opera, Vivaldi and UCBrowser installed. Vivaldi just released version 1.3.....it seems faster than the previous version. It's a work in progress though.

Thank you also for your kind words. <g>

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for the suggestion. :)

 

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Get 60+ Utilities For The Price Of None. 1 week 4 days ago zepe

Is there any app in sysinternals that will show the cvurrent version of windows 10 I have?

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 1 week 4 days ago vandamme

I like that none are Google, because they know too much about me already.

On my phone, I use Here maps because I can use it offline. I downloaded maps for Europe and used them without using expensive wireless data.

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 4 days ago Aninnymous

Welcome. I always appreciate your posts, btw. Thanks for sticking around. You might be interested in the world of browser alternatives. Too much to learn:

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2898509/10-obscure-highly-specialized-browsers-that-will-make-you-forget-about-chrome-firefox-and-ie.html

http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/alternative-windows-web-browsers/

I like SlimJet for speed & thorough cleanup after close (Chromium branch)

http://www.techworld.com/security/best-8-secure-browsers-2016-3246550/

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 4 days ago rhiannon

Quite interesting, thanks for the information and the link. :)

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 5 days ago Aninnymous

I think it is supposed to be difficult on purpose in some cases for privacy issues. In general I would think it was possible if the coders provide the proper hooks which is demonstrated at http://kluge.in-chemnitz.de/tools/browser.php More info is provided here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_agent

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 5 days ago rhiannon

What I'm curious about is if browser detection methods are able to differentiate between the "forks" or "dialects" of each browser code?
Can they differentiate between, for example, Firefox and Pale Moon, Waterfox or Cyberfox? Or between Google Chrome, UCBrowser, Vivaldi, or Comodo?


 

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 5 days ago Aninnymous

Looks like the survey methodology confounds the various "dialects" of each browser. Chrome apparently is a super-name for all Chromium based browsers (like Chromium. SlimJet, Comodo Dragon, etc) and Firefox for the various forks of itself as you mention (like PaleMoon, WaterFox, Comodo Icedragon, etc).

As such, it is less informative than one might think.

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Search And Destroy Malware And Spyware 1 week 5 days ago grimbles

Wow, this is a blast from the past. Way back in the early XP years, Spybot S & D was pretty much the ubiquitous (and only) anti-malware. Not sure if the updated version is on par with the likes of Malwarebytes Anti-Malware though.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 week 5 days ago Remah

One of the worst moves Microsoft made for Windows 10 was to removed OneDrive placeholders:

http://www.computerworld.com/article/2848118/microsofts-defense-of-onedr...

There is a kind of workaround creating a network drive to access OneDrive without having any files downloaded/off-line:

http://www.windowscentral.com/fix-placeholder-limitation-onedrive-window...

And I have heard that the OneDrive Windows Store App has placeholders but I haven't checked this myself.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 week 5 days ago philip

Not that I know of boombass. Microsoft may re-enable "placeholders" (web shortcuts) for OneDrive some day. Using placehoulders, you'd upload the file, but retain just the placeholder on your device. You'd simply download it if you needed it later. it in the future. There maybe other cloud storage services that already do something similar.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 week 5 days ago boombass

I would like to be able to encrypt files before uploading them to a cloud service, without keeping a local copy. That is, I would like to be able to park files in an encrypted state on a web storage service of my choice, and not need to keep a copy on my hard drive. It would be amazing to be able to have an account with unlimited storage, like Amazon Drive, and just be able to upload files that I don't need to keep on my computer all the time, but may want to access again at some point. I'm envisioning a program that acts as a sort of middleman with one of these services - rather than having an encrypted folder on your hard drive and in the cloud storage, it would encrypt the file and upload it to the cloud storage. And also act as an interface to allow you to download the files again.

Is there any such program?

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 5 days ago rhiannon

I'm not sure why Linux wasn't included - perhaps data for it is hard to come by, or, as the subtitle of the article says "...on the four most widely used desktop and mobile operating systems". You can contact Ed Bott (he's been friendly and responsive when I've been in touch) and ask why he didn't include Linux............it might be as simple as there's no easy way to track the data, perhaps because there are so many versions of Linux that have differing code bases.

What do you mean when you say steadily worse? Are you running into performance issues or is it something to do with features, or lack thereof?
Firefox, like other browsers, is always changing - Martin over at ghacks keeps up with what's going on, and his recent Firefox road map is of interest.
I've found that if I do a clean install with new releases Firefox performs very well. If you use the FEBE add-on it's a relatively quick and easy task. I remove all traces of Firefox from the App Data and Programs folders after I uninstall.
If you have a 64 bit system you might try Waterfox. There's also Cyberfox and Pale Moon. They are leaner versions of Firefox and to me they seem faster, but they don't have some of the "bloat" that Firefox has.

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Finds of the Week: The Most Popular Browsers, Recover Data From Broken Mobile Phones, 17 Surprising Google Search Tips, Download Free NASA Mars Posters 1 week 6 days ago eikelein

@crosseyedlemon:

What exactly do you mean with "... It has however become steadily worse for me over the past year ..."?

I am certain that you could be helped, especially if you would create a thread about this in e.g. Windows Secrets Lounge http://windowssecrets.com/forums/forumdisplay.php/6-Windows

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 1 week 6 days ago eikelein

@snowboung999:

You say "Its not an app that needs to be run frequently...". I beg to differ substantially.

Microsoft has since November 2015 (since I observe Anti Beacon) repeatedly turned beacons back on that had been turned off. They do that via Automatic Update. I have seen it on Win7, 8.1 and 10 systems!

I recommend to my customers that they run it every time when they either downloaded and installed something from Windows Update or realize that upon startup the machine shows the "Windows is updating ... Don't turn off your computer." (or similar) messages.

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 1 week 6 days ago bvh

For the record, I did not intend to upset anyone. I've been following this site via rss for quite a while and I like what you guys do.

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