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Best Free Web Browser 10 months 1 week ago crombierob

I have a question, which perhaps should be on everyone's lips (everyone using XP)
Which browser is so much based on IE, that web pages designed to only run on IE, will run on that browser ?
The reason that question should be on many lips is, the cessation of XP security updates, means hackers are targeting IE.
For users out there that need the ability to open web pages designed for IE, which browser will allow that SAFELY ?

Rob

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Best Free Web Browser 10 months 1 week ago George.J It runs on Webkit and IE engines, but the interface looks like that of Opera to me :D view
My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago OhZone

I like the video download helper addon to firefox! ;)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago marcdarkin My article has been updated to include Nomacs in the top list (kudos, Nomacs!!). Apart from that, product thumbnails are larger now and show their latest versions (some of them customized by my preferences). view
Best Free Web Browser 10 months 1 week ago Zeaxan

Has anyone heard any good reviews for 360 Browser from the makers of 360safe antivirus? I know the antivirus is one of the best free available with great detection rates, but I'm curious about their web browser. Its suppose to be similar to IE only safer.

Link: http://www.360safe.com/browser.html

In case anyone wants to check it out. Thanks!

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Wonderful Browser Addon Lets You Search Text Of All Visited Pages 10 months 1 week ago danielson

You almost make me want to set up Google Chrome!
But wait! No, i can't, Firefox is still the best (even with Australis).

Would give 5 stars if they had similar addon for Firefox.
The only "All Seeing Eye" addon i could find for Firefox was a Persona theme.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago tertuliano

I still stick to Freemake Video Coverter, recommended some time ago:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/finally-free-flexible-youtube-do...

For almost all I needed, it has worked flawlessly.

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Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This. 10 months 1 week ago trainman261 Thanks for posting this here, it's very good to know. view
AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 10 months 1 week ago verlando

I've had my own experiences with OC and I think much depends on where you download it from. I've downloaded AxCrypt from sourceforge.net and not had a problem with it wanting to install other crap. I've used it for quite a while and like it very much and my scanners haven't picked up any issues with it (one of which is Malwarebytes as mentioned). That said, I suspect if a person downloaded it from cnet, through yahoo, etc - they'd probably pick up the crap mentioned by others here during the install.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago AJNorth

It turns out that Microsoft are continuing to support a version of XP used in Enterprise (commercially), and there is a procedure by which consumer users of XP can continue to receive most, if not all, updates for nearly five more years: "How to get security updates for Windows XP until April 2019" - http://www.ghacks.net/2014/05/24/get-security-updates-windows-xp-april-2... (there is always the chance that MS may shut this option down, but to date they have not).

In addition, with respect to EMET, in a few cases I have encountered (usually, but not exclusively, with XP), the default (recommended) settings prevent Internet Explorer from loading properly (which, even if one does not use IE as their default browser, is still required to run Windows Updates manually). Should this be experienced, the solution is to open EMET (Start --> All Programs --> Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit --> EMET GUI), click on Apps in the Configuration box at the top, then deselect (un-check) the box under SimExecFlow for iexplore.exe, click OK, then close EMET. If IE still does not load, restart Windows.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Elementary OS is now at the top of my recommended list, above Zorin, for Windows migrants. Needs a little bit of tweaking but as simple as following this guide: http://www.elementarynow.com/what-is-elementary-3/customize/ Also, disable Plank and replace with AWN to gain applets and 3D dancing icons if this is what does it for you. :) http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/1180735-guide-to-make-elementary-os-lo... MC - Site Manager. view
Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

5. Unplug from the internet. Use XP for the rest of your or your PC's lives, whichever comes first. Good alternative for stand-alone machines; let's face it, you're not getting any more updates.

6. Run XP in a virtual machine with a safe OS such as Linux as host. Bonus: start using more and more cross-platform apps, and soon you will not need XP. If you install Zorin, Mint, LinuxLite, or ElementaryOS, you will soon wonder why you loved XP so much.

7. Use another PC to log into the XP machine over a secure net, using a remote desktop app like Remmina or Teamviewer.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 10 months 1 week ago DanielRuf

When I tried it the last time (22nd of July) I still had these 3 problems.

It can not be caused by me.

email address couldn't be found or is invalid: email address does not exist on the server of the receiver, this is an Exchange error. I do not use any Outlook, I use a completely different email client and I send all mails with SMTP. No Exchange server between me and any receiver if the receiver does not use one.

Over quota: postbox of receiver is full (errorcode 522 5.2.2 http://www.inmotionhosting.com/support/email/bounceback-errors/email-err... / 552 5.2.2 Over quota (in reply to end of DATA command) )

550 error: http://dkim.org/specs/draft-allman-dkim-base-01.html problem with PGP key (my email was not signed at all, so this was very weird)

My email headers just have at least a x-enigmail-version field with the Enigmail version, but are not signed. This just tells the receiver which Enigmail version I use, if the email is signed or encrypted but it was not.

All other email providers and receivers ignored the field and did not misinterpret, that the email is not signed (even if it is) and accepted the email without any problems. So their MTA has a bug or does/did something wrong.

And if it would be signed, it would work because my key is valid.

Which failures exactly did you get?

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Best Free CD Recovery Utility 10 months 1 week ago bobthomson

CD Recovery Toolbox is now compatible with Windows 7 and 8.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago SkiddMarx

I think an overlooked suggestion would be to not to log in to XP as an Administrator.

Create and use a 'User' account, and only use Administrator when required to install a program or run certain programs.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago bepin

A really useful alert.
I need to keep XP for some now unsupported music SW (life of gear is much longer than SW ...) and this is definitely good stuff.

Thank you!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 1 week ago Chiron Thanks for pointing this out. I will look into Kingsoft for the next update. view
How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 10 months 1 week ago Chiron I just tested the mailing list yesterday. I received two failures, but neither was for Norman. I do know that sometimes the vendors have problems, which are often fixed quickly. The issue is that with so many in the list it is difficult to tell which are temporary issues and which are permanent. Also, some vendors have issues with larger file sizes. How large was the one you tried to submit? Are you still experiencing the same issues, or is everything working correctly for you now as well? Thank you. view
How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 10 months 1 week ago Chiron I just tested the mailing list yesterday. I received two failures, but neither was for bluepoint security. I do know that sometimes the vendors have problems, which are often fixed quickly. The issue is that with so many in the list it is difficult to tell which are temporary issues and which are permanent. Also, some vendors have issues with larger file sizes. How large was the one you tried to submit? Are you still experiencing the same issues, or is everything working correctly for you now as well? Thank you. view
Four Ways to Speedier and Better Google Searches 10 months 1 week ago disha

That was nice information regarding to filter irrelevant stuff and get the best site regarding to the related topic which we are searching for.

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Best Free Search Engine 10 months 1 week ago Panzer "... YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index ...": http://yacy.net/en/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer "... YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet. When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. It is fully decentralized, all users of the search engine network are equal, the network does not store user search requests and it is not possible for anyone to censor the content of the shared index ...": http://yacy.net/en/ view
My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I simply don't want to use a download application like this that expects blind trust. No about page or documentation of any kind. That is a red flag as far as I'm concerned.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I would never have guessed it had been around that long. Most 8 year old programs appear further along in development but I guess the donation requests are being ignored.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 10 months 1 week ago Panzer Miam-Player (beta): Features: - Easy to use - Fully customizable: themes, icons, fonts, colors, size of items, etc - Read and Edit tags inside the player (including cover). Do it by batch or by single file - "Jump to" bar to navigate quickly in your library - Support drag & drop from your filesystem to the player. Also, drag from one playlist to another - Nice built-in file explorer in case your files are not tagged properly - Plugin system to extend possibilites of the player: on Windows 7 and 8, support thumbnails buttons to control the player, progress bar, overlay icon - Cross-platform: Windows, Linux, OS X - And fast! - Developers: it's free, open-source, based on Qt, with few depencies, and easy to build & run!: http://sourceforge.net/projects/miammusicplayer/ view
Best Free PC Games 10 months 1 week ago Panzer Briblo - a screensaver/Flash game that is a Tetris style game using Lego blocks: http://9031.com/goodies/#briblo view
Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This. 10 months 1 week ago Australia

I do question the capacity of cloud services to provide ongoing and consistent service
Much like this example, there are no safeguards we can use to prevent cloud companies from changing their policies at any time
The limited size of the allowed cloud space also makes cloud storage less advantageous than external or server backups IMHO

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What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) 10 months 1 week ago vivek14

Thanks.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 1 week ago George.J Sure i'll put up a review in the near future. And please don't stop working on your project cauz I've read somewhere that you were going to. If you want to get a wider user base, you could promote your project, at Wilders, MalwareTips and other websites that allows you to, as naren mentioned. I'll post a hot find on the same here, as very few know about XDM even though it's been there so long. And with more than 10,000 strong user base here, XDM might get the popularity it needs. view
Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 10 months 1 week ago AWB

I have used MyHeritage Family Tree Builder for years. I HATE the nag "Feature" that I can't seem to turn off. I NEVER want to publish to the web.

I'm looking to replace FTB because now I can no longer create a book report. Not unless I buy a third party software package. What part of FREE doesn't MyHeritage understand. FREE MEANS I DON'T HAVE TO PAY TO USE!!!!!

Looks like I will have to try Legacy Standard. I hope I can export/import my data.

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Best Free Time Correction Utility 10 months 1 week ago CrashDC

As of (at least) July, 2014, this program has been updated to run on Windows 7 (and, probably W8). This is version 5.3 I had been using 5.0-something and it didn't work. I was also under the impression that this software was no longer going to be updated, and I'm very glad to see that it has been.

Free, accurate, customizable... what's not to like? :)

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago v.laurie In the short format used for Tech Tips, it isn't possible to go into all the details. That is why the link to the tutorial is given. If you read that, you can get the kind of information you are asking about. Here again is the tutorial http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-emet-v4.html. Added: There is also a forum at http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/security/en-US/home?forum=emet view
Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 10 months 1 week ago Skrell

Ok, so i have never heard of EMET until this article, my question is are there any downsides to using it? For instance, does it slow down programs? Hog memory? I would think with a tool like this any application that you assign to EMET would have these extra security checks running in the background and hence would take a performance hit. Ideas/thoughts/suggestions?

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 week ago Sanpo

Because you compare old PDF-Viewer and new Foxit, yes? If you try Pdf-XChange Editor,you can see that the quality is much better in favour of Editor.

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Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 10 months 1 week ago v.laurie Will the person who gave this article a rating of "1" please tell us why such a poor rating? If a utility that is described is not good or the article is incorrect, it would be a courtesy to us all to have the details. Exchanging information is very important. view
Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 10 months 1 week ago xpclient

Yeah I second this utility. All Winaero tools are fantastic and very safe to use. The developer is a genius.

Any detections at VirusTotal are false positives, I can assure you.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

Many thanks for doing that Marc, I was just beginning to compose a message to them when a notification of your post popped up.

I did try manually creating the plugins folder inside the Nomacs directory and also putting the plugins in the root directory but the program wouldn't recognise them there. Good to hear that the devs are on the case, I'll keep an eye out for an update as I do like this program.

Thanks again.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 1 week ago Chiron I'm sorry to hear about this. It sounds to me like there may be an issue with your computer. Perhaps another program is actively interfering, there is some sort of corruption, or remnants from a previously removed software are interfering in some way. If you make a topic for this in the forum, and send me a link to it, I can try to help. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 1 week ago Chiron Thank you for pointing this out to me. I have now added a warning to the article. view
My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago Grim107

Keepvid is alright. I've been using it for a number of years along with Freemake Video Downloader. However, I would strongly recommend that no one use the audio-only option. I tried it recently for the first time, and the quality was horrendous. I'm far from being an audiophile, but that didn't stop me from noticing major distortion. Do yourself a favor, and get your audio another way. I ended up downloading the video and opening it's audio stream in Audacity, before exporting it at 320kbps mp3. Much better quality.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago Phylis Sophical

Awesome! Just tried 'dirpy'. Nothing to install. Just downloaded right off the bat. Use 'download' in lower right.

Attempted keepvid but even turning Java off, couldn't get it to work.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee +1 from me. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago marcdarkin Hi, sicknero. I reported your experience to Markus Diem (head dev). Here is his answer: "I have just checked our settings, and it is possible to pipe all settings to a file. so we will move the settings for the portable version to an *.ini file. the plugins should be placed in a 'plugin' folder in the nomacs.exe path for the portable version - so this is a bug." view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago marcdarkin Thanks, Panzer. I already knew about this update. Actually I tried the beta version and I had already decided to promote Nomacs and include it along with the top products in the article, which I'll probably do next weekend. This is another case of good responsiveness on the devs' side, since they've taken into account several of my suggestions and are working on others that couldn't be implemented at this time. I'm happy to include an open source program at the top finally! view
My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago Blackbird

Has anyone tried "Dirpy (Beta.) ? http://www.dirpy.com/
It works really well, it is FAST, very simple and intuitive to use.
It may be a Beta,... but you would never know it by using it!

(NO Java used!)

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy KeepVid has been in operation for over 8 years and I have used it extensively without any issues during that period. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago Panzer Ask the devs ... view
My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I'm more concerned with the lack of documentation related to this program than an "unclean" Java feeling. At first glance it looks like just another of the many fly-by-night offerings out there. I've been using Free Download Manager in tandem with EagleGet and usually one or the other will work for most video sites.
http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/
http://www.eagleget.com/

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago metallic_ninja

there is an option to use keepvid without Java, just change Java: On to 'Off' by clicking on the 'On'
used to work for most videos although sometimes it may be required, especially today unfortunately, but could always try your luck if you're one of the many that won't install Java.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 1 week ago subhra74

@Reviewer: Thanks for Testing XDM.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago pvilan

Thanks Rob for your advise on this matter.
It is not easy nowadays to download a video from YouTube.

I´m trying this application right now.

Regards

Peter

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 10 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

I've used KeepVid, too, and it's excellent, just as you say.

The interface is a bit confusing, though: those items in the list which say "Video only" suggest that one will obtain a silent movie. So I guess one should pick either:
>>Download MP4<<-(Max 480p), or
>>Download WEBM<<-360p

I don't understand why one would have such a wide range of choices for silent movies, though; and only one choice for the regular movie.

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Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This. 10 months 1 week ago mchldpy

I sent Livedrive Sales an email yesterday stating, "the internet is reporting that unlimited... " curious what kind of "explanation" they could possibly offer. While part of their statement could be true, I do not believe they have not done what Rob's article states. Especially after the closing of accounts in 2011.

NOTE - In their response below, they say that their website says "unlimited backups BUT, total capacity is 1TB."
That (in an underhanded hooey kind of way) sounds like you can backup 11 gazillion TB's worth of stuff but you can only store 1TB of it.

Smells like a tuna by-product.

Thanks Rob for possibly saving some peoples stuff that can't be replaced.

michael clyde

Livedrive's Response

"Thank you for contacting Livedrive Sales.

Livedrive is not closing business in anyway.

Livedrive has recently been bought by an american company j2 Global therefore currently Livedrive services are under review, our website does state unlimited back up however this could change with the reviews taking place. Currently the storage is limited to 1 TB.

There are plans for a fair usage policy to be introduced which may affect this.

However we have Business accounts starting from 10 TB which may be more of a use to you if you have lot's of data to store or back up, we would consider you reviewing these.

Kind Regards

Please respond to this email if you have any further questions.

Regards

Livedrive Support"

[Moderator's note: Business plan link deleted.]

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 10 months 1 week ago rickz

I simply do not want to be offered anything unless it is I who is asking to be offered. Installing something I want does not equate to permission for a Remora-type software (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remora), to also be installed. I am typically working on a specific task that I am installing a piece of software for and the last thing I want or need is another crapware distraction. So, to put it bluntly, leave me alone unless I am specifically asking for it. Installing or even viewing one thing is not the equivalent to asking for another. If I even smell OpenCandy or anything like it in something, I will move on to something else. Thank you for keeping us informed Gizmo.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 10 months 1 week ago Peter Pan

When comparing different PDF viewers it is very important to compare the visibility (quality) of the PDF on the screen, not only the functions and speed. This is NOT being done in the review, nor in the comments.

I compared both Foxit Reader and PDF X-change Viewer and they are quite different. I compared text, as text shows best how the rendering qualities of the products are::
- at 800% the text in both viewers is presented on the screen at about the same quality.
- at about 100% there is a visible better representation of Foxit over PDF X-change - in PDF Foxit the text is much sharper as in PDF X-change!

As reading text is the hard part for our eyes I would happily recommend Foxit over PDF X-change!

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

Ooops. One of these days I'll figure out how to find stuff here.

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 1 week ago George.J Thank you for contacting us Subhra. It seems that after uninstallation, it automatically reverts the network settings back to normal. I'll add the product in the To Be Reviewed section. Good to see this change. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

Nomacs seems pretty good, it has no problem with non-English characters in filenames which is a bonus and it seems quite fast and light too.

On the downside, the portable version isn't very. It writes a great many entries to the registry and plug ins only seem to work if they're located in a Nomacs folder in AppData which is a shame. I've been looking to see if there's any way around that but no luck so far.

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Keep Track Of Stuff With A Free Cloud-Based Database 10 months 1 week ago rob.schifreen I totally agree with you. This move to a cloud-based world is going to cause a lot of people a lot of problems. Except the intelligence services, of course, whose job suddenly becomes much easier. I think cloud storage services are great, AS LONG AS you understand how to use them properly. I pay for Dropbox, and I sync all my stuff (around 200 GB) to it. But anything sensitive is encrypted first, before it leaves my premises. And Dropbox (and Facebook, and Flickr, and the installation CDs in my filing cabinet, and my iPad, and my smartphone, etc etc) are all classed as expendable copies. The definitive version is a particular computer in my office, and it contains everything. So I know that I can safely lose or delete any of the other copies with safety. It's all about managing things properly. I have around a quarter of a million files in my definitive collection. A library with that many books would have 6 full-time staff looking after them. With the move to digital we lose the will to look after assets properly. We trust the technology, and the people who sell it, where we really shouldn't. I had a problem with one of my computers the other day. As it happened, I managed to fix it and everything was OK. But I was aware that, if the PC proved to be unrepairable, it really wouldn't matter. And such peace of mind is worth a lot to me. view
Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago Riffstation

Hi guys.

This is some great discussion here. I'm glad the response is positive. We're guitar geeks ourselves and we're trying to build algorithms with the intelligence to listen to music. As you can see, sometimes it gets it wrong (score for humans) but we will be opening up lots of features as we go allowing users to make edits and contribute to the community. Our goal here is simplicity - to make finding and seeing the chords as easy as using YouTube. And the syncing the chords with the audio - we think can be really useful for beginners and even intermediates looking for a quick overview.

About the detection - our algorithm doesn't get to know just what the guitar is playing - it hears the whole song as if it were one giant harmony (with drums :-)). As some of you guys suggested, the bass lines and vocal lines will all have an effect on what the algorithm "hears". A good example of an ambiguous case is a Maj7 chord which contains a major and minor triad simultaneously. Depending on the inversion, that can be interpreted by the algorithm in many different ways. But needless to say we are working on making this thing better all the time and we really appreciate your support!

Cheers

Dan

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Best Free Download Manager 10 months 1 week ago subhra74

Requesting you to please check the updated version 4.5.2 build 474.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago Panzer Nomacs 2.0 is out: New features: - nomacs now supports plugins (windows only for now) - Recent Files/Folders on start-up - Threaded file loading/saving - UPnP support that allows for detecting nomacs in WLAN networks - Remote control via WLAN/LAN - Fading for fullscreen/slideshow - Option for syncing all actions - Auto file updating (without locks) - Full exif support on linux (fixes issue #192) - White list to automatically connect with your computers - Gamma correction on down sampling (fixes #322) - New (improved) cacher - Improvements in the Thumbnail Preview: http://www.nomacs.org/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer already posted by me on 23. September 2013 (page 2) - thanx anyway ... view
Keep Track Of Stuff With A Free Cloud-Based Database 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy I agree with Aninnymous. To be truthful I get fed up with the constant stream of folks in my real life moaning about how they lost this that or the other to some cloud service. Most prominent now are those complaining about the demise of Ubuntu One. Cloud storage is OK for non sensitive stuff you might want to share, or don't mind losing, but IMO important stuff should always be kept as a hard backup. MC - Site Manager. view
Keep Track Of Stuff With A Free Cloud-Based Database 10 months 1 week ago Aninnymous

Anyone who relies solely on cloud storage deserves what they get...

Really, rob, you should add a large and prominent cautionary about ALWAYS controlling your own data on your own hardware (with backups too). Especially if you also use cloud storage.

See Livedrive link above for an example of how wonderful cloud storage isn't.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 10 months 1 week ago OptometristPrime

So, I love Jolicloud. It's amazing, connects to most important social apps, as well as is a place for accessing all of your drops/cloud storage, and has an "App store" type thing which rules. I use it as my new tab page & my home page! It's fantastic for discovery & accessing awesomeness. It has a "my feed" area which is where you go as default, which if connected, shows you items from feedly, facebook, tumblr, and a bunch of other services. I can't remember quite if it does RSS, but I imagine you can accomplish that using Feedly anyways. It may not have widgets, or be a LOT like iGoogle, but I sure love it & use it.

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Cuffy

I'm looking forward to seeing that chart. Transposing a page size to a chart size also sounds appealing. Chart board is 3x3 or so and maybe with a big picture I can wrap my head around how the registry works.
You're doing the whole world a service! I know there will be many people appreciative of your efforts when they see something they can understand. I've been in a fog about the registry since Win3.1. Never got Win3.0 to run and the only help I got with that was "don't mess with the registry"
Maybe there's an end in sight?
Thanks again!

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Remah I'm in the middle of drafting a new table and a new diagram that indicate more clearly the relationships between the files, hives and keys. Hopefully it will make it easier to picture those hives that are not stored to disk. But the table will be complex because it merges information which is normally displayed in at least three or four separate tables. Yes, HKCU and HKCC are symbolic links and HKCR is a virtualized or merged view of subkeys in other hives, HKCU and HKLM. HKCR and HKCC hives are only assembled while Windows is running, ie runtime, and are not stored to disk, ie volatile. view
Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago wadco

Just got off their free website. Very impressive, so downloaded Riffstation's beta software. Been playing the guitar all my life, so it's more of an algorithmic tour de force for me, but I have a 16-year old who picked up the guitar a couple of years ago, and is singing with it. This program opens vast new worlds for her. I'm pretty much mesmerized by it myself. Thanks, Gizmo.

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Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 10 months 1 week ago Rick Grunwald

Winaero stuff is officially awesome. He has some really great tweaking tools

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago jonsulli

Just found that by clicking on the "Guitar" button a few times you can get to the keyboard where it shows that same Bmin. And also, way back at 0:29 the Bass player isn't so it must be picking up were one of the vocals slides down using 5th above harmony.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago jonsulli

Interesting: In the Eagles song "Seven Bridges Road" they detect a B minor at 0:29 (and other places) between changing from G back to D on the word "road" that I didn't hear when I made a cheat-sheet for our band. Bmin doesn't sound good on keyboard there but then, those are supposed to be guitar chords (:>). Any comments on what it might be picking up? Like the Bass player walking down from the G's 5th (D) to D's 5th (A).

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago johnvk

Remah, I agree with Cuffy, i think an article on the boot sequence would be really useful! You're right, they're two distinct ideas (registry, and boot sequence), altho they overlap in several places. And it would help debug such problems.

And thanks for the work on hive interactions. Yeah, it's not trivial, and confusing for newbies. Your diagram will speed their introduction. For example, in RegScanner (from the Rev. Nirsoft) i only select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and HKEY_USERS under "Scan the following base keys" because i believe all the others are aliases (HKEY_CURRENT_USER, HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT, HKEY_CURRENT_CONFIFG, am i right?)

I treat registry editing like i treat my circular saw: useful but one false move and i could destroy something i need.

Thanks again.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

Haroopad, an interesting HTML editor. It was reviewed favorably on last Sunday's Linux Action Show from Jupiter Broadcasting. I haven't tried because I usually use a WYSIWYG editor, but it looks useful.

"... Haroopad is a markdown enabled document processor for creating
web-friendly documents. You can author professional-looking documents of various formats: blog posts,
slides, presentations, reports, email and more ...":

http://pad.haroopress.com/user.html

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 10 months 1 week ago Chilli

Can't tell you how much I appreciate this info. I never really needed to know about such functionality until just now, where I ended up with two computers in my office.

What a cool, handy, simple to install and simple to use program. Runs perfectly and the drag and drop file transfer is very useful. Now I have 3 monitors in my office. Two on one machine and one on another. I could easily have a secondary to the second machine, but 4 monitors... hmmm. Hard to justify the need. Not sure what I would put on that screen that would be useful.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

Oh, so does mine.

Thanks, I'd not noticed that.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago tweetiepooh

My account says it's free until 1 September

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

I discovered that too last night, e.g. - http://play.riffstation.com./?v=VaWdHa8eh10 and http://play.riffstation.com./?v=I-h4A7bF8wQ

I'd debate whether that makes it useless though (for instance it could provide a useful foundation from which to work out the correct chords of a song) and also for basic guitar/bass accompaniment perhaps.

I second your sentiment however, I'd love see to this one developed further although advances in tab software possibly make it a bit redundant. As it stands though (i.e. youtube vid + scrolling chords) I'm thinking it's probably a great instrument (no pun intended sorry :p) for budding learners.

(Registration is required to process more than one song per 24 hours by the way, but it's free)

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago bellhop2

It's a nice idea and a great interface, but it seems to be limited to three note chords. There are no 7ths, 9ths, augmented, diminished, etc. which makes it useless for any song that's moderately interesting. Extracting the pitches from random audio tracks is difficult in the extreme, but if the pitches are actually known, then determining the chord is easy.

To the developers: Keep at it! It's really encouraging!

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Best Free Web Browser 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

Hi Victor, I just wanted to mention that Maxthon have been offering a portable version of their browser for quite a long time now.

v 4.4.1.2000 here - http://forum.maxthon.com/thread-11649-1-1.html

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Best Free Digital Image Editor 10 months 1 week ago Joe A.TT

In addition to PhotoFiltre the same developer also has PhotoFiltre 7 which is available at:

http://www.photofiltre-studio.com/pf7-en.htm

The latter supports layers whereas the former does not.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer nmh (new MH) is a powerful electronic mail handling system. It consists of a collection of fairly simple single-purpose programs to send, receive, save, retrieve, and manipulate e-mail messages: http://www.nongnu.org/nmh/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer "... Panini is a visual tool for creating perspective views from panoramic and wide angle photographs. More than a pano viewer, more than a view camera, with features of both ...": http://sourceforge.net/projects/pvqt/ view
Best Free PC Games 10 months 1 week ago Panzer zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game: http://zsilencer.com/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer zSILENCER - a team based capture-the-flag style game: http://zsilencer.com/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer nbwmon - ncurses bandwidth monitor: https://github.com/defer-/nbwmon view
Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Cuffy

I think you're on to something!
Over 20 years ago, when Win3.1 and AOL were cutting edge I was using a dial-up modem that came with some software that included a list of audio files of the numbers. I played with that list trying, using DOS, to associate the numbers with the boot sequence. I envisioned myself sitting coolly with a cup of coffee while the boot counted down on that old 286.
Not being very smart the idea fizzled but I still think it's a good idea. If not in audio your diagrams could easily serve the same purpose.
If you knew, for instance, that your boot was hanging at Step #18, troubleshooting the hang might be a little easier???
Go for it... great idea!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 1 week ago gem

It has been a long time since someone suggested Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 to be taken into consideration as possible antivirus solution. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10061-kingsoft-a...) and (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-anti-virus-software.htm?page=17)

Few months after that there was a quite interesting discussion about the possibility to run Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 alongside other AV without conflicts. This discussion did not end very well meaning there was no clear conclusion to the matter. (see: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/10752-could-i-ru...)

I come back here today with Kingsoft Antivirus 2012 (Cheetah) SP5.7 (http://pcdoctor.kingsoft.com) because i have been testing it for a while alongside KIS2013 on a pc with Win XP and on a pc with Win 7 64. I can tell you that i am quite impressed. No conflicts or compatibility problems so far. It is a cloud based antivirus, very light, with useful features, ability to fix vulnerabilities, USB defense function and it claims to be "Perfectly Working with Other Antivirus, Provides Outstanding Protection to End Users.". Although the software itself doesn't update frequently, the virus libraries do.
An interesting fact is that the company that makes the software is Chinese and apparently is no other than the guys from Cheetah Mobile that make known apps like Clean Master, Battery Doctor and CM Security for Android.

I just thought maybe we should give this one, another chance.

[Moderator's note: Link to non-English site edited out. Not allowed as per site rules.]

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 10 months 1 week ago trainman261 I've just taken a look at the play store listing. It seems to have some interesting features, but it locks the folder-based browsing, tag editing and some other features are locked after 10 days of use unless you buy a key to unlock them. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 10 months 1 week ago trainman261 Some players do differentiate between "proper" music and podcasts. Rocket Music Player and Cloudskipper both do this. As to the album art, everyone has their preferences - although I don't think most people "[sit] there staring at the screen as it plays music". Instead, they use it as a visual cue. It is a lot easier to recognize an image, than to recognize text. That's one of the reasons why I like to have my albums with album art. However, if you really dislike album art, I haven't really found an app that ignores album art (and don't remember ever having used one) - that isn't just among the apps listed here, I've tried many others that I either have chosen not to review or haven't reviewed yet. If you're looking for excluding folders from being in your music apps, you should try StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studiokuma.nomedia ). You can mark folders to be excluded from Android's media scanner, which means the media they contain won't appear in most music players. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 10 months 1 week ago dredclift

Have you looked a n7player. Slightly oddball UI but seems to cover all bases.

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Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

Nice find Rob : )

I've tried a lot of similar software and never been hugely impressed but this actually seems pretty good.

I really like the scrolling display and chord diagrams, plus the option to switch between guitar and piano.

I've just tried it with a few songs that I already know and it seems to work well, I'll look forward to testing it with some more involved pieces later.

Cheers.

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Best Free Registry Editor 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

I just wanted to mention that Aezay now have a green light from WoT, though I can't actually recall a time when they didn't.

I really like Registry Commander ... the layout is unfamiliar at first (no tree view) and although it has an export function it lacks an option to restore the entire registry. These points aside though it's my favourite of the freebies. The search function I find fast enough (though speed isn't much of an issue for something that I don't use frequently) and the bookmarks are invaluable.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 10 months 1 week ago DanielRuf

any updates?

analysis@norman.no
The email address you specified couldn't be found or is invalid. It may be due to a bad entry in your Outlook or Outlook Web App recipient AutoComplete cache. Use the steps below to clear the entry from the cache:

: host zim-mbox-05.simnet.is[194.105.232.108] said:
552 5.2.2 Over quota (in reply to end of DATA command)

:
Remote host said: 550 signature_incorrect [BODY]

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Remah In case anyone is looking for it: the detailed table on the Windows boot sequence has been removed so it can be reworked for a separate article on Windows start-up. view
Deeper into the Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Remah johnvk, Thanks again for your input. I've been thinking about what you said and it has led to two decisions: 1. I've decided to create an article on Windows boot sequence that doesn't just focus on the registry. The main reason for doing this is to include information on diagnostics procedures and useful references. They both fall outside of the scope of this registry article. 2. This article needs to more clearly indicate how the various hives relate. To that end I need to change the tables and introduce some different diagrams. view
Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer mpv is a fork of mplayer2 and MPlayer (command line player, no official GUI): http://mpv.io/ https://github.com/mpv-player/mpv/releases view
Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate 10 months 1 week ago SwanKnight

Good to know, thanks.

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Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 10 months 1 week ago Rybar

@ MidnightCowboy & torres-no-tan-magnifico

I have been using their free version for many years ... but after last update
could not use it any more; had to download trial version (?)

edit - Emsisoft Anti-Malware (limited freeware mode) is still free; they just changed the way
it switches to freeware mode ..

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Free Program Displays Your Gaming Frame Rate 10 months 1 week ago erazerswe

It should work on just about any modern card. For instance i have a Gigabyte HD 6850.

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