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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 11 months 1 week ago camguy

just downloaded and installed CM Security ver 1.5.0.1586 this morning. It is using 9MB with one process and one service in normal standby mode.When scanning peaked at 42mb, but dropped back to 9MB when scan finished.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag... view
Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 11 months 1 week ago bernardz I dispute that most people have a requirement for only small files. Many would have movies and pictures too. My advise would be use an old copy of Truecrypt which are available on the net. Make sure though you get a verified copy using a hash from a few sites. view
Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 11 months 1 week ago Remah Rob, I try to keep my systems simple and rarely install much software although I do read all your finds. I got this one immediately so thanks for notifying us. Keep up the good work. :-) This solves a common problem and avoids the clutter of a KVM module and cables. It also has several useful option settings that give me flexibility in how I use it. The ability to edit a physical monitor layout is particularly useful. view
Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. 11 months 1 week ago David Roper

The trouble with Crypto programs are/is what happens to its development when the author dies in a wreck, retires, or goes out of biz?

Or what happens when Windows puts "poodle-poop" (made up DLL) in the OS and your non-open source crypto program cannot deal with "poodle-poop"? Oops. Broken.

OpenSource is the only way to go. It can never die that way. My 2 cents.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 11 months 1 week ago musicollector

I used to have two desktops, two laptops, four mice and four keyboards! For the past two years, I have had two desktops, two laptops, one mouse and one keyboard! How awesome is that? No more reaching for the wrong KB/mouse only to find that nothing was showing up on the screen. haha. This is probably one of the handful of revolutionary software that has changed the way I do computing. I will NEVER be without it! Thank you, Bill & The Boys!

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 11 months 1 week ago RetdNavy

Thank you for the RAPID reply! Anyone reading this, please note it took only 27 minutes to get a response! If you look up "customer service" in the dictionary you'll see "Gizmo's" for the answer.

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Free Western Fiction eBooks Online 11 months 1 week ago roger wilson

The free books at barn's & noble the site wants A credit card number or A micro soft account for billing they say taxes sounds funny to me if you download,how does the taxes come into place?

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 11 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for the suggestion RetdNavy. Currently the site is in the process of being converted to a later version of Drupal to include a mobile responsive theme. This is quite an undertaking however and will take a little while yet to complete. MC - Site Manager. view
Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? 11 months 1 week ago ChronicChaos

I want to give this article 5 stars, but have to stop at 4 due to no clear way on how to correct update issues. Not the fault of Rob as he is only trying to help others to help themselves. And so far, I've never come across a comprehensive site that is actually simple and straight forward in the area of correcting Windows Update errors. Other than using Google to seek out other's fixes to similar problems though, a good place to start is at Micro$oft's own fix-it site. Covers Windows Vista and newer. I'm sure there's also a Windows XP and older version out there too though.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/troubleshoot-problems-install...

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 11 months 1 week ago RetdNavy

I appreciate your site very much. Thanks for all your work.

I do have a suggestion. Many people these days, like me, spend much more time using a cellphone or tablet than a computer. That being said, why not create an app for cellphones and tablets for your site? One that allows the page to conform to the window size of the unit being used, etc.

Just a thought. Thanks for your consideration. (Oh. It would be 'free,' right?) :)

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Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook 11 months 1 week ago Juxxize Ok loving DifferenceBetween.net I've been sharing articles from it all over the web , great website . view
Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android 11 months 1 week ago Juxxize yes please , this is how I/ we discover new, good apps . view
Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook 11 months 1 week ago rhiannon I lose a lot of time there myself. :) Glad you like it. view
Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook 11 months 1 week ago dynamite00401 Differencebetween.net is a really great site. I have learned a lot when surfing it. Lots of fun and interesting topics. I recomend it. view
Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute 11 months 1 week ago Arche

Agree with previous comments overall.

The sweeping eye movement patterns of speed reading (as described by previous commenters) are indeed highly useful in identifying the structure and logical underpinnings of an essay quickly to give writers targeted verbal feedback on a draft. Important to identify the whole and how all the parts fit together...

The Squirt approach, providing one word at a time, could be useful on the tiny screen of a mobile phone. It seems (from my brief trial) to invoke some of the cognitive processing measures of audio reception, in which the listener does not know for sure what the speaker will say next, but unlike listening to another person (in person, over Skype, by phone, etc.) Squirt concomitantly ties up the visual element as the reader tries to make sure no word image is missed. Thus, Squirt is a perceptual processing experience rather than an analytical, thought-evaluating experience--and can interfere with one's forming a sense of the whole line of argument as one juggles incoming perceptions and the concepts expressed by the words. When I listen to a video on YouTube or a lecture, for example, my eyes are taking in body language and other cues to augment what I hear, whereas with Squirt, I am focused intensely on--tied down to--images of typography, the written/inscribed component of verbal communication, which do not provide additional significant useful information. I note the random appearance of each colored letter, but unlike a survivalist using wide-angle vision in the woods, I am not receiving a perception of my environment of which I can make any practical use...even though credit should be given to Squirt's creators for recognizing that varied perceptual stimuli help keep the user alert. And of course, one can go back to the original webpage to analyze conceptually dense content.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago sicknero

If I can find the time to really check out the program properly (at least on a variety of machines) then yes I'd give some thought to updating the article here. I've actually not used the program in a few months, it was only Gary's post here that prompted me to check Quizo's site where I found that he seems to have been quite busy lately :-)

It has indeed not been a problem-free program but the last few versions have been much improved I think. I've been running it since yesterday here and it appears to be quite solid although the media preview tooltip still seems to be a bit erratic ... a few times I've had to reload the Explorer window to make it work but that might just be me/my system. I've tried a few different codec packs and K-Lite seems to work best so far, also there might be a few more tweaks in Options that could help.

So, yes, it still isn't perfect but I think I'll keep it for a while and see how it goes. Like I say it does add some functions to Explorer which I've really not found anywhere else and so far it seems to be more reliable than not.

I notice that the article you link to covers Paul Accisano's fork of the program. This was developed quite along time ago when it seemed as if Quizo had abandoned the project but he is now actively developing it again and the fork in turn has not been updated in a long time - that one is still 1.5beta and the last word from the dev was in May last year.

I'll keep it here anyway for now and see how I get on with it, certainly for me almost everything in it does work well and I think it does deserve an up-to-date write up.

Cheers Marc.

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Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute 11 months 1 week ago beergas

Tried this before & no go. Prevents deeper understanding regarding serious issues. Learned in HS how to speed read on minor things. This just messed with me by forcing adjustment between major/minor.
Worth a fast try, just saying.

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How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago sinks

also looked at avast website.i see what you mean about the app and the updates.thanks guys for your help

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50 GB Of Free Online Storage 11 months 1 week ago misamkhan

thanks

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago marcdarkin Thanks sicknero and gazzawazza. Curiously enough, I had already seen QTTabBar as the top pick in one of the articles on our own site while searching for the specific pop-up preview function: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-explorer-addons.htm I thought it might as well have this feature included among the many mentioned in the article, but it wasn't really clear and I didn't try it. Apart from that, the review concludes "nothing works consistently" under W7 and there are several other problems with it. I just didn't realize the article is quite old and in need of an editor. Perhaps one of you guys can take over and update it, at least the QTTabBar part, since you seem to be knowledgeable about the matter ;) view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago sicknero

Hi Gary, I'm glad to hear that you like it : )

You're right it isn't initially obvious how to use it but you'll soon get the hang of it.

Hide/show tabs, toolbars etc can be accessed by right-clicking the Explorer toolbar, as can the options/preferences dialog. There are variations of how and when windows are "captured" by QTTB so if people prefer, it can be run with Explorer windows opening normally instead of automatically tabbed.

I've used QTTB for a few years now, I always come back to it as there's really nothing else quite like it that I'm aware of. I know my way around it quite well now so if you need any help with it we can open a thread in the forum.

Thanks.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago gazzawazza

Hi SickNero & Marc

Genius!

Have just installed QTtabbar.

WOOP!

Seems to fully address my immediate requirement. I've configured it to produce pop-up thumbnails upto 800x800.

Think it resamples rather than resizes too (can't find anything regarding this though in the options, so maybe not).

I was a little unsure of how it functioned initially - no system tray presence, etc.

Noob instructions:

- Basically, you activate the main toolbar from within an explorer window.
- ALT should pop up menubar, then "view", "toolbar", "QTTabBar".
- you should now get an additional toolbar appear, which contains your tabbed explorer window experience.
- note this effectively consolidates all new explorer windows into one (i.e. tidies your taskbar). You will almost certainly have to close any existing explorer windows, in order to pick up this new functionality.
- note that once QTTB is active, ALT no longer seems to trigger menubar (in explorer - seems to still work in separate apps e.g. firefox).

Now I just need to see how it co-habits with my other win 7 'enhancements', which I'll list, just to help anyone else trying to patch win 7 shortcomings:

- "listary" - great instant search substitute for windows search, which is shockingly bad (although I did deliberately turn off WS indexing, except for outlook, knowingly embracing a 'slow search', but which also proved literally just to miss stuff, particularly over a network).

- "7+ taskbar tweaker" - basically the only free program I could find for a win 7 64bit platform, which allows you to re-order/DragDrop open taskbar items. Less necessary now, given my million open explorer folder windows are consolidated down to one window! Nice app though. Had to replace the lovely "taskbar shuffle", which although supports 32/64bit, DOESN'T support win 7.

- "folder size" (source forge) - NOT mindgems or "folder-size.com" one. This is a real-time, pop-up explorer window that calculates folder sizes for you (given that win 7 rubbishly doesn't do this for you). Slightly clunky, since it produces an additional folder window but does work and also has 64bit version.

Finally, not explorer/shell related but "freebar" - lovely free substitute for later versions of windows office, which do away with the office shortcut toolbar launcher thingy.

*** Thank you so very much for the heads-up regarding QTTabBar. ***

All the best,

Gary

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How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago greyman

I'm thinking that the reason they do not want it permanently installed is that something like this would need almost constant OTA updates to be effective?

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago gazzawazza

Hi Marc

Great to hear from you. Please see my response to SickNero to address your comments.

Thanks,

Gary

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago sicknero

Gazzawazza and Marcdarkin -

"I agree with you that it would be nice to have a pop-up preview just by hovering the mouse over file names in the Explorer. You can find examples of this behavior on many websites, since it's pretty easy to implement it with Javascript. I'm sure some kind of addon for Windows Explorer must exist that may have this capability along with other features, but I don't know about it yet. Not a free one, at least."

QTTabBar does exactly that, also with audio and video files as well as pictures, although full multi-media preview does require a fairly decent codec pack. For just pictures though it will work "straight out of the box".

A possible drawback might be that it's an ambitious program that aims to enhance a great many functions in Windows Explorer (tabbed Explorer windows, toolbar buttons for instance) but it's a very small and light installation and could easily be used just for its picture tooltip previews. Preview size is unlimited as far as I know, I've had tooltips at full screen just to try it and it also has a full screen hotkey for the preview.

A nice aspect of it is that it adds tooltip submenus to Explorer folders and the preview tooltip works in those submenus too, so you could in fact browse and preview a whole picture directory full of sub-directories, without ever opening another folder.

There's an old Gizmo's article about it here - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/more-about-qttabbar.htm

It's actually on version 514 now which was released just this week and if you look at post number 4 in this thread here - http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/i-want-freeware-program-t... - I posted some screenies there a while ago of the tooltip previewer.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 11 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee Try to reset the panel to its default value Patryk1212 by entering the following command in the Terminal: mate-panel --reset As an alternative, select the item "Notification Area" from the list of "Add to Panel". Hope this helps. view
Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago rhiannon You're welcome. I'm not crazy about reading EULA's, TOS or other documents but I like having the data so I can make informed decisions. :) view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie I have added to the article to clarify what to do when the mobile device can't be used to access Google Play. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie I have seen a clarification of what Avast was referring to as remote log in and will add it to the article. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago marcdarkin Wow! That's what I call a demanding user! You've found solutions for nearly everything you needed but you want to go a step beyond. :) Thanks for your comments. I'm sorry if I can't help as much as I'd like to. I remember I used FastPreview a while ago and I quit using it exactly because the maximum thumbnail size was too small for me. I now use another free shell extension called SageThumbs, which is based on XnView's image libraries, so a lot of formats are supported. Although that's not as large as one would like previews to be sometimes (is it fair to call them tumbnails when they're big?), you can resize them up to 512px, which is a very noticeable improvement. You don't need to move into sub-context menus if you make sure to have that option unchecked in the program settings. The "downside" is that, unlike FastPreview, SageThumbs doesn't have its own built-in viewer, but this shouldn't be a real issue since a click launches your default one. Official site: https://code.google.com/p/sagethumbs Review: http://www.askvg.com/sagethumbs-free-windows-explorer-extension-to-show-... I agree with you that it would be nice to have a pop-up preview just by hovering the mouse over file names in the Explorer. You can find examples of this behavior on many websites, since it's pretty easy to implement it with Javascript. I'm sure some kind of addon for Windows Explorer must exist that may have this capability along with other features, but I don't know about it yet. Not a free one, at least. I found a commercial (30-day trial) program that can do exactly what you're looking for. I wouldn't say this in a normal case as this site is all about freeware, but since no free apps can be proposed as replacements for it yet (AFAIK), perhaps our site mods won't get too upset if I mention its name (just like they don't if I mention Photoshop or ACDSee or MS Office, for instance - Anupam, MC, please forgive me). I won't provide a link but you can google it: Instant ThumbView. I haven't used it and, needless to say, I have no connection with it in any way. Just a little problem in your case: it doesn't seem to have a W7 version, but it might run ok in compatibility mode. Thanks again. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago greyman

I went to the link to see what was up, as suggested. There is a short Video there describing how to install the ransomware through a third party porn site (Don't go there, it may be real). It only shows how to infect your phone. It does not show avast! Ransomware Removal, removing it.

(probably because they haven't yet figured out how to go to the Google play store while the phone is not working. If they had the app on the phone before the infection, it seems it would not work. Simplocker, once installed, will lock your phone, making it unusable for you. Unfortunate choice of words or Catch 22? (Thank you, Mr. Heller).

This type of malware does not show itself, sometimes, until a credit card or a banking transaction takes place. Because of this, I suggest running the
avast! Ransomware Removal tool and then uninstall it. What have you got to lose, besides a nasty encounter with the most vile malware to date? Scans your Apps and files, then it pitches Avast! (a small price to pay, and if you are not protected, why not give it a go?)

Avast has been around a ling time, and has allowed millions of users to surf more securely, who could not have afforded protection otherwise.
I have used Avast! in the past, and, though it worked well, it was resource-hungry back then. It may not be, today. I applaud their development of this anti Cryptolocker-type software to be offered as freeware. I wish more of the security community, including Governments, would put more resources toward it's development.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 1 week ago rob.schifreen This means that you don't have G+. So you don't need to worry. view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 11 months 1 week ago gazzawazza

hi all

Firstly, thanks for another set of reviews Marc. I use your website quite a lot to get a roundup of software on a given theme. Really nice. I also like the community who contribute and enhance your reviews with their own experiences.

I personally use Xnview - my photo requirements are modest and generally just use stuff like resizing, scaling, sharpening, etc.

To view items I stick with the default windows viewer.

My platform is win 7 home premium 64bit.

However, recently, I've been looking for a better way to preview / thumbnail photos, so I hope you or others can help?

I find it awkward and cumbersome to view via the windows app then have to 'search' for the file, in case I want to email it to someone or am simply shortlisting the best of a set of photos.

Therefore, I was looking for some way to very quickly get BIG thumbnails in a photo folder.

I've tried IrfanView thumbnails, which actually works very well - you can 'blow' the images up to a decent viewing size but you can literally drag and drop the source photo by dragging the thumbnail. However, it's a slight annoyance that you have to run the application (oh the burden) :)

Also, it doesn't have a favourites folder and despite having an option for "view most recently used folders", this doesn't appear to work (at least with my version, which came with IrfanView 4.37).

EDIT: I had a wheeze and amended default folder settings in the main Irfan View application and that affects the thumbnails app too... so I can pretty much recommend this to anyone else who's interested in what I'm trying to achieve.

HOWEVER, ideally, I was really searching for some kind of mouseover previewer, which would just pop up a good sized image while browsing photos... almost like the win 7 taskbar item previewer, except for items in a folder. I also don't really want to run aero, although it is very pretty - if nothing else, I've found that despite having an i5 haswell chip, aero slows my system down a bit!

I've just tried FastPreview, which isn't bad at all - it's very simple, neat and you don't need to move into sub-context menus, like, for example, xnshell. Unfortunately, the thumbnail that appears in the windows context menu is limited to 300x300 (as far as I can see) - I can't get it to retain higher resolution settings.

Any ideas?

Thanks,

Gary

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How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie Depending on the nature of the infection, you may or may not be able to access the play store. For more information, try going to this Avast site where you can leave comments: https://blog.avast.com/2014/06/17/avast-kills-android-ransomware-with-ne... view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago sinks

How do you access the play store if your phone is encrypted

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How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago v.laurie As the article says, this is for one-time use to clean an infected system. If it finds ransomware, it removes it and decrypts any encrypted files. If it finds nothing wrong, then it gives a message to uninstall it. As the article says it isn't for preventing infection but for removing an infection and there is another app for prevention. Why you can't just leave it installed, I don't know. view
How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware 11 months 1 week ago sinks

Once you've installed this app and run it.it asks you to uninstall.why?if your android is infected and encrypted how will you be able to access this app

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Best Free Parental Filter 11 months 1 week ago Remah This category looks at web filtering and doesn't attempt to describe how to child-proof a computer. That is why most of your points are not discussed here. But those issues are covered in many other articles on this site. Regarding OpenDNS, the article mentions that such products/services are easy to bypass: "1. Gateway or proxy servers only need simple configuration changes on your PC or router. They don't manage usage nor a wider range of desktop activities. They also have a major weakness which makes the controls easy to sidestep: the DNS configuration can be changed just as simply as it was setup." view
Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago tiorbinist

A) Windows 9? Not to be completely disdainful, but Windows 9 is not likely to be better, based on Microsoft's trends. Windows 8, after all, was designed to be hard to use for folk like us, but to target the grannies and Joes. If they were on the button, 8.1 and 8.1 update 1 wouldn't have put so much desktop functionality back (or it would have put a darn sight more!)
B) Which linux distro? I doubt you'll ever be free of windows. I will never be free of it, heck, I'm in a business where windows CE 6.0 still has a major footprint.
C) Your clients don't need to worry, as far as I can tell: the problem is yours: you recommend software that works on windows and hardware that supports it. If Microsoft messes things up enough that your clients lose money, _their_ lawyers (and even if they don't have them, they'll get them fast enough) are potentially customers for a class action against you. According to Microsoft's new agreement, though, you and other integraters/resellers/OEMs can't refocus that class action on Microsoft, which is hardly fair if Microsoft causes the problem. They are looking to you to read and analyze uSoft's EULAs and Agreements for them, and you will bear the responsibility.
D) I class you as one of the bravest of the brave. I have had my turn at trying to support mom & pop small businesses who are adopting computerized records. Wow, it was a lot harder than tuning pianos! You have my respect. Just be sure that you don't have Microsoft's respect, and do be sure you have talked to your lawyer. This agreement seems to have the purpose of forcing litigation down the food chain to your level, certainly in uSoft mistakes that would lead to a class action.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

tiorbinist,

Thanks for your elaborate reply.

I don't need to ask my lawyer (yes, I have one).

I can decide for myself if any M$ product or service is okay for me or not. This here is written on my production machine that still is and will remain Windows 7 until Windows 9 remedies the quirks of 8 or I have to switch to a Linux distro; which one?

I was thinking more of my typical client, grandma or Joe-Next-Door with his small business who trusts M$ or any other cloud service. They all neither have the gumption nor the money to read and analyze M$'s Term Of Service.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] 11 months 1 week ago Patryk1212

Hi , I've got a problem which I want to be solved.
By accident I removed the applets which indicate the audio volume, the internet connection and the power.
Any idea how I get them back on the panel ?
(I couldn't find them when I wanted to add them back.)

I use LM 15 MATE , if you want to know :-)

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How to Remove Google Text Ads 11 months 1 week ago murch

This is a great workaround. I just tried also adding a line for Google's new search homepage ad (d.startpagea.com). Now all I get is the "Unable to connect" message which is visibly obvious but after two or three views is not distracting.

Thanks.

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Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute 11 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

This is an old gimmick. It kinda works.

But it's not all that good an idea.

Real "speed reading" (which some people - like myself) do naturally is rather the opposite - handling several words (or even whole lines) at once.

(Of course, there is a tradeoff: Since you are recognising, not reading, the words, it makes you a lousy proofreader.)

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago papavonschoen

Iowa was one of 11 States to get $75 million out of Microsoft over MSDOS. They are saying you can't have a lawyer or sue them. It isn't legal forcing you to arbitrate. The government can do that but not Corporations.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago tiorbinist

Nope. Sounds like time to confer with your lawyer (as a consultant, you should have legal assistance on retainer, right?) and find out just how bad this is. After all, if microsoft screws up, and deserves a class action response, the new clause is going to be the lynch pin of their defense.

Your lawyer should have a better position on it than I do. I'm just an irritated test engineer, who has been irritated since the first Microsoft box with a shrinkwrap-agreement on it. That one died an appropriate death the first time it was challenged. But your Lawyer will know if your clients need to be dealt with any differently because of it, and if you need to change the way you support them in light of it, or if, indeed, it is indefensible, and can be ignored safely.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

tiorbinist,

I could live with Ubuntu or Zorin or anything similar.
My "problem" is that literally ALL of my customers could not, definitely not.

That is actually my BIG gripe with the Linux camp: They never banded together, never pooled resources to crate a consumer level viable alternative to Windows.

Would you know one?

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago tiorbinist

Microsoft has been using this kind of ploy for years in their EULA. How many remember the shrink-wrap license? The license was inside the box, and said, if you broke the shrink-wrap, you agreed to the terms. Didn't stand up in court.

Likewise, a one-sided agreement like this won't stand up to the first serious effort to try it in court. That'll cost someone some money, which is what they're hoping for: as long as no one establishes a precedent for a "you must agree not to sue us with a[n instrument of some type that is legal] or you can't use our software] (like a RICO action against Microsoft), the courts will simply say "well, it's right there in black and white. They even warned you of it in bold letters at the top." and uphold it.

If this wording makes you uncomfortable, get legal advice. If your legal advice says you can't afford to defend yourself against it, don't use it. Get Ubuntu, and forget Microsoft exists, which may be a good idea anyway.

If you like being treated like this, over and over, well, that's what Microsoft makes their money off.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

Rhiannon,
Thanks a BIG bunch!

WOW, finally we have it black on white: Micro$oft does not even guarantee that I get my (cloud-)data back if or when I need it.

Disclosure: I don't have anything of importance "in the cloud" anyway. Although I use it on small scale to store stuff redundantly so I can access it from any customer's computer as long as their Internet connection works.

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Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago bnjohanson

Well, I rely on you to sum it up...

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New Microsoft Online Tool to Help Keep Track of Security Bulletins for Your Software 11 months 1 week ago eikelein

Good try, Vic, thank you.

But sorry, useless for me. If it
1. did NOT require a MS account maybe...
2. would tell me on every system update installed or not
3. allow usage on different systems
and so on, and so on.

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Best Free Parental Filter 11 months 1 week ago hamedg

Let me add more to it.

OpenDNS is good but how difficult is it to bypass it ???? it takes less than 20 seconds to bypass it. your kid does not need to access the router . samge goes with any toolbar addons. if you want it secure you need to have multiple security layesrs. like:
1. OS: accounts with limited access so user can not make changes to network settings
2. Software: Good/Decent security products (like avast/etc...)
3. Network: if you are really concern decent/clever router which can do more clever things.

I can go on about this for days but the point is as some people mention here it will be really hard to control kids as they are getting more clever. if they want it they will find away around it. I am an I.T speciallist and have 2 boys and my god they are making it very challenging for me :)

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Best Free Keyboard and Mouse Control Software 11 months 1 week ago crombierob

I have one large monitor, and use a vga switcher to display either of my running PCs.
Is it possible to use one of those reviewed programs, to have just one mouse/keyboard yet be able to still only have a single monitor running.
I tried ShareMouse, with little (no) success.
It can sense that I moved the mouse off screen, but then the mouse pointer returns a few seconds later.
If I switch the vga source to the other PC, it does not respond to the mouse/keyboard.
If Sharemouse had a more firm method of controlling which PC has the mouse (EG Ctrl + Win + 2 forced the control over to PC2) then I reckon it could work.
Their support appears to have never thought anyone would want to use a single large monitor.

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Best Free Software for Linux 11 months 1 week ago Panzer "... PowerTOP is a Linux tool to diagnose issues with power consumption and power management. In addition to being a diagnostic tool, PowerTOP also has an interactive mode where the user can experiment various power management settings for cases where the Linux distribution has not enabled these settings ...": https://01.org/powertop/overview view
Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement 11 months 1 week ago ChronicChaos

Quick access....
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-services-agreement

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Best Free Windows Store Apps 11 months 1 week ago argel143

Thanks for this valuable information. I will check it out

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 1 week ago zemogf

The whole social networking is ruining this society. I joined, ignorantly, I later found out, that this is just another awful spike in f2f human contact. I followed these directions and it asks me if I want to upgrade, not downgrade. I don't do fb, follow me, titters or any of that awful damnation of society and anonymity. Pls. give decent and proper steps to remove this abomination from my google account. Tnank you.

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Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute 11 months 1 week ago Aretas

Interesting. Certainly works. I dislike reading on my desktop and frequently send the text of a page to my Kindle. This is quicker and we will see in a week whether I prefer it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 1 week ago cavehomme

I would not install Sky Shiled on my PCs. Why?

- New company / site since Feb 2014 according to Netcraft.

- Zero information on their website about who the company is and where they are located.

- zero reviews other than those placed by the company or its supporters.

Enough said, period.

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Best Free Software for Linux 11 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... SnapRAID is an application able to make a partial backup of your disk array. If some of the disks of your array fail, even if they are completely broken, you will be able to recover their content. It's only a partial backup, because it doesn't allow to recover from a failure of the whole array, but only if the number of failed disks are under a predefined limit ...": http://snapraid.sourceforge.net/faq.html Magpie - Git-backed Evernote replacement: https://magpie-notes.readthedocs.org/en/latest/ view
New Microsoft Online Tool to Help Keep Track of Security Bulletins for Your Software 11 months 2 weeks ago somedude

I too use Belarc. It is so difficult to find a username that MS acct likes that I gave up bothering long ago. MS is only one of many sites that present this problem. Sometimes I wish sites would generate them automatically because it can be a big PITA and waste of my time.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 11 months 2 weeks ago trainman261 As to WMA files, unless the developer added his own codecs, it's device dependant - so, assuming the app doesn't have any extra codecs, if your device supports WMA files, the app will work with WMA files, and if your device doesn't support WMA files, the app won't work with WMA files. Otherwise, Pretty much all apps offer playlists, and both Rocket Music Player and MixZing have folder-based browsing. view
Best Free Partition Management Software 11 months 2 weeks ago gurudev

when it comes to free partition managers there are few options to choose from and MiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition is undoubtedly the best of them all because it provides the most features for free and also provides a boot disc for separate download.
when it comes to actual usability , i think EASEUS Partition Master is slightly better than MiniTool Partition Wizard but both of them are pretty good and give the user more options than Windows’ built-in Disk Management utility and as such both are highly recommended .

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New Microsoft Online Tool to Help Keep Track of Security Bulletins for Your Software 11 months 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

I use Belarc Advisor to audit my specific systems automatically. This seems a sight better than having to manually create profiles, collect related Bulletins and then ferret through all that information.
http://www.belarc.com/free_download.html

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Best Free Software for Linux 11 months 2 weeks ago JDCNS

FreeFileSync I used to love, but the last couple of available versions had some pretty weird bugs. It seems that they are not actively updating the 32 bit version any longer, so I ended up rolling my own.

Dropbox has changed their TOS, and it is now evident that the only thing that keeps their employees from viewing your data are their rules. I no longer trust them, and I moved financial data to Wuala, which is also free for up to 5GB.

Shotwell is a good replacement for Picasa, BTW. I use it all the time b/c Picasa pictures don't count against your disk quota.

In the "I'm surprised this isn't even mentioned" department, NixNote (used to be NeverNote) is an excellent (IMO) front end for Evernote. Since there are clients available for iOS and Windows (and I assume Android as well), this makes it a nice cross-platform solution with the addition of NixNote.

Otherwise, interesting list. There are some on here I've never heard of in spite of looking for alternatives in the past.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago spradlig

Thanks for comment #2. I don't care much about commenting on YouTube videos, but I want to be able to maintain playlists.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago spradlig

Thanks for the article. I dislike Google+ and having to see Google's ads for it every time I use one of their services.

Unfortunately, Google+ is necessary if one wants to comment on a YouTube video. I don't care much about that, but I want to be able to "Like" videos and maintain a channel and playlists. I'm not sure if I need Google+ to do so. Google wants to promote Google+, so they don't make it easy to determine this.

So I second (third?) the call for a list of Google services and functionality that require Google+. Since this is bound to change, a date should be provided in the body of the article, with a friendly reminder to the reader that nothing is permanent on the Web.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 11 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you marxgyver for the information. Having just checked the program myself I confirm the presence of OpenCandy. I will make the necessary adjustments to our review. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 11 months 2 weeks ago marxgyver

BurnAware Free 7.1 is now bundled with OpenCandy. In their site's published EULA for BurnAware Free there's no mention of any OpenCandy license but in the installer's EULA OpenCandy's License is now included. Also, Malwarebytes did detect the presence of OpenCandy.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago Pattern-chaser

I'm confused. I followed the link to http://plus.google.com/downgrade, but ended up here https://plus.google.com/up/accounts/upgrade/?continue=https://plus.googl..., with no apparent links to do what you describe. :-( Oh well. Thanks anyway.

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Best Free CD Ripper 11 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for the suggestion robbo1802.:) This review category is currently without an editor. Maybe you fancy taking it over? If so, please contact me by clicking my username. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free CD Ripper 11 months 2 weeks ago robbo1802

I would recommend CueRipper. It is an open source alternate to EAC. For most people it will do everything that EAC does but with a much simpler interface. It supports MusicBrainz and freeDB metadata databases, AccurateRip and CTDB.

For those who do not know, AccurateRip and CTDB are online databases that check the integrity of the rips against rips performed by other users. As well, CTDB keeps a recovery record for many ripped disks, this provides a further level of error correction (Reed-Solomon)that allows corrections of small error bursts using a downloaded recovery record - you must use Cuetools to fix the rip - prerequisites apply.

CueRipper is included in the Cuetools download. Cuetools is a powerful little toolbox with IMO a rather confused UI. I used cuetools to convert my 1Tb collection of Apes to Flac while verifying the rips (and correcting some), tagging, integrating Cuesheets, integrating logs, etc - all unattended (okay, I did have to write a batch file to do some work >>;->> ).

Regards,
Bob

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Best Free Web Browser 11 months 2 weeks ago Panzer 360 Browser: What's new in the latest version? 1. Ad Filter: hide unwanted advertisements. 2. Dual Engine: powered by both Webkit and IE web engines. 3. Secure Browsing: filter phishing and malicious URLs. 4. Video Pop-out: place video in an always-on-top window. 5. Themes: personalize 360 Browser with beautifully designed themes. http://360safe.com/browser.html view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago Aninnymous

Thanks for the tip, Vic.

As usual when using the command prompt, you can use 'switches' for the MS-DOS program being run. To see the list for any particular command add the switch " /?" to the end of the command like:
"DIR /?" [no quotes when typed]
Often one or another of the possible switches provide useful info or formatting.

You can also pipe the output into a file with " > filename.txt" or to your printer with the " > PRN"

So the full command line with pipe would look like:
dir %WINDIR%\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v* > C:\Net_Versions.txt

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago wednesday-mac

I can confirm that you must have a Google+ account to:

1. Comment on a YouTube video.
2. Add a YouTube video to your favorites list.

Also...I was out of Google+ for awhile and then got back in. I still can't comment on a YouTube video, I think because I have Java turned off unless I approve it, instance by instance or by approving the site.

It would be a great idea to provide readers with a list of what functionality will stop working if we get out of Google+.

I have every setting for privacy and circles locked down because I do not and will never use Google+ as a social service.

As for ads, there are numerous add-ons (at least in Firefox) that make it possible for me to never see a Google ad in my email. Yay. At the moment I'm using AdBlocker for Gmail and AdBlockPlus. The latter slaps down all ads on web pages.

And while it'd be nice to be able to comment in YouTube, I can live without it.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

Boy! do I appreciate this post. Having (carelessly) never read the "fine print" detailing what was/was not involved in deleting my Google Profile, I mistakenly ASSumed it would also delete my Google Account.

Thanks, Rob, for making me read!

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago habogee

It's too bad it isn't catching on.
G+ is like Facebook for adults.

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How To Remove Google+ From Your Gmail Account 11 months 2 weeks ago mvozzo

Hey Rob, thanks for posting this.

I read somewhere that if you want to comment on a YouTube video, you need Google+, can anyone confirm this?
Is there a list of Google services/functionality that requires Google+ ?

Rob, do you think it would be a good idea to provide readers with a list of what functionality will stop working for the people if they downgrade? Otherwise, once they downgrade, they'll soon realise things don't work anymore. Sorry I don't have the answer, but maybe someone else does?

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Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago JamesCA

Re 116767 Thanks for advice

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Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie The listing in Add/Remove Programs is often incomplete. view
Best Free Email Software 11 months 2 weeks ago Crapton

I am surprised NOT to find Windows Mail 8.1 (I use version 17.5...). It uses the Metro interface which actually is nice and clean. You can add IMAP, Exchange and GMail accounts, setup is very simple.

The amount of customisation is limited but really not much is needed. You can look at all your mail accounts one-by-one, not combined which actually suits me better, separating business and private mail. The mail list and preview pane are very clear and because of the Metro interface it uses the full screen surface.

And it is included in Windows 8.1, no additional cost.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago Chiron Agreed, it is very frustrating. However, in order to try to introduce more impartiality to the review I stuck to using these reviews, which have stated methodology, and use only the results for the Free versions. Thus, I am not judging them with respect to each test, but over all three labs for the previous three times the Free version was tested. I also take into account AV architecture, meaning default-deny and default-allow, and use that in my recommendations. I use default-deny being higher, but less user-friendly. That is why Comodo AV is rated number one (as my main criteria is protection) but Avast is rated just after because of higher user-friendliness and detection rates. If you believe there is a better way to go about this please do let me know. I went through a lot of ideas before I came up with this one, but I also realize that there are issues with it. Thank you. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago Chiron Please do create a bug report for this vulnerability in this area: https://forums.comodo.com/bug-reports-cis-b132.0/ of the Comodo forums. I can then better evaluate this there and, if it does turn out to be a vulnerability, forward it to the Comodo devs for consideration. I believe that the architecture of any software intended to protect a computer is of utmost importance. Sadly, most free products which refer to themselves as Antiviruses do not utilize a default-deny architecture. If there are any others I am not aware of please do let me know. However, realize that this article ties my hands when it comes to products other than those which refer to themselves in the name as Antiviruses. As for cleaning, I considered including that in the comparison. However, the truth is that if a product has already allowed the system to be infected I would recommend using multiple products for cleaning. No one product can be trusted to entirely clean a computer. Therefore, I do not include cleaning because my main focus is on prevention of infection, not in cleaning an infection which is already there. Perhaps I should update the article to make this more clear. Thank you. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago ozmike

May I suggest an even better way to do it!
If you are using Revo Uninstaller which is free it wiil display icons for your installed programs - just hover your cursor over the icon and it will display the details for you.
I have been using this program for a number of years and it has been most useful as it is an excellent uninstaller that will also scan for left over entries after the program has been uninstalled.

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Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago Bork

Seems far simpler just to check the .NET folder in the Windows directory or to check the currently installed programs (Add/Remove Programs). Installed versions are all listed there.

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Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 11 months 2 weeks ago ggiaggia

Malwarebytes removed an unwanted page Redirect when other similar, top products did not.

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Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago v.laurie Various different .NET Framework versions are used by many applications. Usage varies widely from system to system. Unless you have a specific problem with a particular version, it is probably best to just leave things alone. view
Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago BearPup

This is a wonderful tip. Solves the problem of making sure a program's system requirements are met. Thanks very much.

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Three Ways to Find out Which Versions of the .NET Framework are Installed on a PC 11 months 2 weeks ago JamesCA

Microsoft Windows [Version 6.1.7601]
Copyright (c) 2009 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Do I need all versions shown below??
If no what action is recommended
Thanks
James
C:\Windows\system32>dir %WINDIR%\Microsoft.Net\Framework\v*
Volume in drive C is ACER
Volume Serial Number is EA61-9092

Directory of C:\Windows\Microsoft.Net\Framework

17/05/2011 19:08 v1.0.3705
14/07/2009 04:37 v1.1.4322
09/06/2014 07:49 v2.0.50727
30/07/2011 19:29 v3.0
09/01/2013 21:42 v3.5
12/06/2014 08:42 v4.0.30319
0 File(s) 0 bytes
6 Dir(s) 39 182 704 640 bytes free

C:\Windows\system32>

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Best Free Firewall Protection 11 months 2 weeks ago George.J Is there any other firewall that gives you a widget like representation of traffic, like Comodo does? Is there any download link that let's you download just Comodo Firewall and not the full security suite? view
Best Free Email Software 11 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I too have used Thunderbird like for ever on Windows and Linux. I use mostly Linux and as I have emails coming in all the time the Firetray extension that let's me see the numerical count of new mails is a great bonus. Thunderbird collects from my Gmail, GMX and webmail accounts, all of which have some sort of tag system or message filter applied. There was one Windows version some time back that would suddenly stop collecting mails at the preset interval automatically, but apart from that I've never had a problem with either platform. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Email Software 11 months 2 weeks ago CyberWolf64

Again, see my post above. I have used Thunderbird from around v4 to current v24.6.
I have emails stored in there going back to about 2003.
The only reason I lost email PRIOR to 2003 was I was using MS Outlook 2000 and it decided one day to upchuck and die and POOF gone.
Never has it been too heavy on resources, maybe a little slow, but when you consider the profile with all that email archived is approaching something like 2/3 to 3/4 of a GIG, well, it explains it.
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As for Opera Mail..YUK!
Tried it and never went back. Did NOT appreciate that it organizes your mail how it sees fit (oh yeah you can "tag" and all that) but it does NOT store them in a distinct layout on the drive (aka FOLDERS).

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Best Free Email Software 11 months 2 weeks ago CyberWolf64

I personally have used Thunderbird since, oh about v4, so in other word..QUITE a while.
And NEVER have I seen email just "disappear" from the inbox.
This HAD to be user error.PERIOD.
Possibly a setting that is wrong or something. But it simply does NOT just vanish on its own.
As stated, from about v4 to current v24.6. NEVER EVER.
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Also by now it is also apparent that Thunderbird is a "community supported" project, and has NOT vanished either.
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I use the inboxes on 3 accounts no problem, I also archive and use local folders as well. Again, NO PROBLEMS.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I've always been concerned about reliance on test results when choosing an antivirus solution but at least with the reputable labs you have access to the methodology. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago George.J Sometimes I'm concerned about lab tests too. I mean AV-Comparitives doesn't test the free versions of AVG and Avira, and compares it against the free versions of Avast, Panda, Forticlient, Qihoo, which is an unfair comparison. Infact Avira came out first in the latest results, but they tested the IS version, not the free one. view
Best Free Screen Capture Tool 11 months 2 weeks ago Panzer XSnap is a lightweight application that enables you to take snapshots of your desktop, applications and games: http://2xdsoft.de.tl/XSnap.htm view
Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy These types of comments hold no authority at all because absolutely no details are provided. This is the very reason why Wilders forum now disallows posts about home made "tests" because they are meaningless. Please provide details of the code you are referring to, how the tests were conducted and on what system using our site PM facility to so that Chiron can pass this on the the Comodo developers. Once this has been done, we will be able to respond here correctly, but not until. MC - Site Manager. view
Other Web Browsers 11 months 2 weeks ago bearspencer

After downloading and installing Avant, I selected certain options unique amongst the other browsers I run on my laptop.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered AVANT had imported all my IE bookmarks without asking. I was further disconcerted when I opened IE and found it had been changed to match the start page, search engine and other defaults I had made in AVANT.

I am mystified this behavior was not included in the review, nor does it seem to be addressed in the forums.

Consider this when you download.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 11 months 2 weeks ago Kleepto

You have not given me any reason to think that you are not biased towards this product and only told me things i already knew about comodo and I even created one of my viruses to target programs that Comodo trusted, I was hoping it would still check these but didn't appear too, maybe there is a setting somewhere that I missed to make it check these programs if there is how do I turn it on ?

Also how can you not rate cleaning as important i don't want to have to install another program to do the clean up if i get infected, i put 20 viruses on my comp and Comodo wasn't able to clean them up for me where as even Norman got half them removed and it is well crap not worth the memory it takes up

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Problem With Internet Explorer? Maybe You Need Fewer Bits 11 months 2 weeks ago rseiler

Interesting, I never noticed that before, but this is the case on 8.1 at least.

And it makes sense upon reflection, since I believe MS used to have two shortcuts for IE in Start, but now I only see one, so there's no longer a reason to run the x86 one explicitly.

Also, ActiveX controls work fine, so if I had been using (only) the x64 version, I would have noticed it a long time ago.

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