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A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 1 year 12 months ago GraveDigger

I still think that Microsoft's refusal to restore the start menu to the desktop will be a major hindrance in the acceptance of Windows 8 for most businesses and many home users. Sure, there are numerous free and paid-for replacements for the start menu (I use Stardock's Start8 utility) but their reluctance to listen to the number of people who are complaining about missing the start menu shows that Microsoft really doesn't understand that they made a terrible mistake. The Modern start screen and the UI are acceptable for mobile devices with touch screens like tablets and phones, but many of us are keyboard and mice users who have been accustomed to the traditional start screen and most of us have no intention of buying new machines that are touch based just because Microsoft released a new operating system.

I've installed Windows 8 on a two-year old laptop and with the addition of several utilities I get along quite well. But I'm not installing the program on my desktop (which is running Windows 7) for the high price that Microsoft is charging for the upgrade (over $100) when Linux is free and Apple is charging $30 for their users to upgrade to their latest OS.

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A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 1 year 12 months ago NetPotion

Microsoft (again), completely missed the point - and dropped the ball.

I shouldn't have to downgrade, or pay for a third party app to restore the start menu, yet I *am* paying for a third party app to do just that. Compatibility issues have been an ongoing problem as well.

Obviously Microsoft felt that people were getting waaaaayyyy to comfy with using their computers & wanted to throw a wrench into the works.

8.1 is worthless from what I could glean via the review. It's just an overhaul of the crap a lot of us could care less about.

Thanks for restoring the start button though Micro$oft. Not that it makes it any easier to use your computer, but hey...it looks familiar. What more could a consumer want? Usability is overrated anyway.

FAIL

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A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 1 year 12 months ago Anupam Official "first look" at Windows 8.1 on Microsoft blog: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/30/co... view
A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images 2 years 4 months ago gkramer

It's a slow process using this site, and some of the images are cropped automatically to incorrect settings

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A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images 2 years 3 months ago ctrinity

I use ewallpapers.eu and hdwallpapers.in.
Both websites are clean and offer the wallpapers on different resolutions, including dual monitor.

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Jojoyee It's a creative idea Vic. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Anupam Good one Vic. I have been using this technique since a long time. Also, even if you provide right answer, you could screw up the spelling a bit, so as not to make it a straight forward answer. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago SkiddMarx

LastPass password manager has a note field you can use to type in the security question and your nonsensical answer - very handy for keeping track of such things.

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Anupam KeePass has that too. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Peter A Bell

How would the hacker go about confirming the email address in order to gain access to the password reset facility?

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Pivnic

Vic, I feel as though I've been hacked...how did you know that Elizabeth Taylor was my favorite color. Back to the drawing board. ;)

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago blackgammon

I too am interested in a response to Peter A Bell's question "How would the hacker go about confirming the email address in order to gain access to the password reset facility?".

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie It was her violet eyes that gave ms the clue. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie You have asked a good question. The procedure to reset a password may vary from one email provider to the next but often you will have provided an alternate email address. For many people it is easy to find or guess their second address. At Yahoo, for example,they give a hint about the second address that makes the guessing easier. I suppose to be even safer you should try to keep your alternate address as obscure as possible. If your alternate is "yourname@aol.com" it won't be hard to guess. For some types of site all you need to do is answer the challenge question. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago Peter A Bell

In the case of email providers with the kind of lax security you describe, rather than take elaborate precautions to compensate for their deficiencies I think it might be advisable to avoid them altogether.

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago v.laurie I agree that email providers should have stringent security. However,many sites and services other than email providers use challenge questions as a security measure. Even if additional security tests are in place, it doesn't hurt to safeguard the answers to security challenge questions. view
A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago mousepad

I've always thought that questions like mother's maiden name or city of birth and the like made for odd security questions. It's almost as if some non-forward thinker came up with a standard set of security questions that everyone else picked up and just started using without a second thought, such as...

Could the answer be found in the public domain?

Usually there are a few, more clever alternates so it may just be a matter of carefully choosing which question to use.

Good reminder about paying attention to the little details.

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago jmjsquared

On January 7th, I posted a comment on this article, which comment has since been removed by the Moderators.

To those who may have seen my comment, which included my attempt at tongue-in-cheek humor, please be advised that I was JOKING.

Specifically:
1. I did NOT co-invent the Interent with former Vice President Al Gore fifteen years ago.
2. I have NOT trademarked the use of "Elizabeth Taylor" as an answer to any security question asking, "What is your favorite color?"
3. I have no reason to believe that "Vic Laurie" is not Vic Laurie's real name.
4. To the best of my knowledge, Apple and I do NOT retain the services of the same law firm(s.)
5. I have NOT made any application for a patent on the word, “Mxplxqwb”.

Pardon me if those outrageous assertions caused any confusion or alarm.

Yours truly,

--- JMJsquared

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago West Swan

My favorite color is red wine :-)

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A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked 2 years 4 months ago ianjrichards (not verified) Hey JMsquared, most people understood your humor, indeed I thought it was very funny. Unfortunately there are a lot of literal minded folks who got confused by your post which is why our mods had to delete it. Sad but true. view
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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago gruff

Not a comment, but a question re MS Word. I'm an old DOS user of Word Perfect 5.1 and it had some commands I sorely miss in MS. But I'm interested in finding out if there is some quick way of opening a document and having it take me to the last page of that document upon opening? Do you know of such a trick? Thanks.

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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie @gruff I never bothered much with VBA but maybe you could create a macro for that. Maybe somebody who knows VBA will know if it is possible. view
A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago gruff

I know nothing of visual basic, but you gave me an idea. At least I won't have to use the scroll bar or press Page Down a dozen or more times.

I just press Ctrl-G and the Go To window pops up. Then I just type in any page number that is more than the number of pages in the document, and press Go To. It takes me to the top of the last page.

Not as quick or easy as WP's Ctrl-Ctrl-Home, but it's faster than what I was using. My mind must have been asleep at the switch. Thanks.

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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie There you go. A pretty simple solution. I should have thought of that. view
A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago gruff

You've already provided a cornucopia of information. You're allowed to forget one or two. Besides, you gave me the idea and I've refreshed your memory. I'm sure a lot of writers would love this little trick.

Hmmm. How could MS forget to put an 'end of document' option in Go To?

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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Of course, once the document is open, you can also use Ctrl+End. view
A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 10 months ago jimbo433

Nice tip! Is there a similar command line switch for Excel?

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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 10 months ago MS_IT_Trainer

Wow, sounds a little complicated.

I would pin the program by clicking on the Start menu, open the Microsoft Office program folder and right clicking on Word and select Pin to Taskbar and also Pin to Start Menu. You'll find when you open a document it will appear on an arrow next to the program icon on your Start menu, which when you click will show you a list of all your recent documents. If you hover over one that you use frequently, you can click on the grey pin to turn it blue and keep it pinned to the top of the list.

If you right click on a program icon you've pinned to the Task bar a similar list of recent documents appears.

I should add this works for most programs, not just Word.

I would also use Ctrl + End to go to the end of a document.

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A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie Making a shortcut is very simple. view
A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie I'm not an Excel expert but I am not aware of an Excel version. view
A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time 1 year 10 months ago brunetu

The article may have complicated the instructions by being overly verbose which should make it easier for the uninitiated in theory, but in practice it makes it seem a daunting task.

When I say uninitiated, I mean people like my mother and most of my (especially female, don't ask me why) friends who aren't interested enough or haven't spent enough time trying to understand even the file system (for instance that a user's personal folder - "My Documents" in Windows - is actually stored at a different location), nevermind shortcuts.

To them, the way MS_IT_Trainer described would probably appeal more. But the tip is interesting and the article is more likely targeted more at the more-enthusiast user anyway.

By the way, I know this is more of a tech-website, but it would be nice to see (somewhere where people would notice it all the time preferably) a link to resources for the newcomers to the PC world, which would help them approach the basics of an operating system. Many of my friends would be interested in something like that. Of course, even better if it is in their native language.

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A Must-Have App for your Android Device 1 year 11 months ago Angels_thoughts

I think it's fantastic, but ONLY if the store/poster/item has the barcode updated correctly - lol my husband's pack of cigarettes rang up as a pack of men's underwear one time... oops!

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 2 months 3 hours ago David Roper

At 100MB LARGER than the "Fatso" AVG, I will let others use it. Excellent Article, Vic.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 2 months 51 min ago drh2020

A new and unknown "security" program based out of China? No thanks.
"Founded in November, 1998, Tencent, Inc. has grown into China's largest and most used Internet service portal..."
http://www.tencent.com/en-us/at/abouttencent.shtml

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago jonshim

My current malware programs says the site is dangerous. Either it is true or they are jealous

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago Remah It's hard to know how good the antivirus is without trying it. But Tencent Holdings is in the top ten Internet companies and might still be bigger (by market capitalization) than FaceBook. They have many products and own some big software and sites like the largest online game, League of Legends. On the one hand, they've had a lot of success copying products and services that already exist. Yet they seem to have some positive features like a link on their website for reporting illegal behavior by their corporations. The Qihoo 360IS antivirus, based on the BitDefender engine, was also "a new and unknown "security" program based out of China". It has turned out to be a success and a good product. In China, the Chinese version has helped Qihoo to gain market share from Baidu and other large Chinese sites so those competitors are also producing anti-virus products. I'm not sure if that is why Tencent now have an English-language antivirus but they're likely to make a better job of it than the mediocre Baidu antivirus which also uses the Avira engine. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago v.laurie Thanks for the information, Remah. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago Remah I had a look at the AV-Comparatives reports including the 2014 summary and Tencent performs well but I'd be wary of any antivirus that doesn't participate in the malware removal test. Neither Tencent, Qihoo or Baidu did but they ranked Qihoo ***, Tencent and Bauidu get * or ** in the real-world tests, which gives some idea of their relative performance. For they year past, 2014, AV-Comparatives considered BitDefender the winner (Kaspersky performed as well if not better but AV-Comparative share it around). This reflects well on Qihoo 360is which uses the same engine. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 4 weeks ago George.J Hopefully the readers just don't take these tests as their bible because certain test results differs from system to system. If they are having an average system with around 1GB RAM, then going with the top 2 choices (BitDefender, Kaspersky) for Performance, they will be surprised to see that they are the heaviest. They are nowhere in the league of ESET. Moreover BitDefender is known for False positives/bugs both from my own testing and the folks at Malwaretips. Not saying that AV-C is wrong, it depends on the virus samples that you test a product with, or do we have something fishy going on. Time will tell. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I tried to download it but I got a warning as well: http://i.imgur.com/nnBwb4z.png

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Browsing aids often give false positives. Instead, it is better to check sites with a range of specialist tools. MC - Site Manager. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/a910da80c256124abc573c952dccfc77b61c03... http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pcmgr-global.com/ http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/b5eadcfc5965b7dda117b5a184f45436... view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

Yeah, I thought so but I figured I'd report it here and confirm rather than ignore it.

I'll give a try later on my VM, thanks.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago snakyjake

How much can "security" suites from China be trusted?

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago pecarroll

Sorry, anything computer-wise, especially in the area of safety, that's made in China or Russia is off limits. Don't care if every single techie group says its okay, I don't trust those countries and their abilities to "backdoor".

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago KetchupKid

Amen to that!

And if my own USA government is secretly behind any other similar software, I wouldn't trust that any more than the Chinese and Ruskies. But we don't really know, do we? Nope. :/

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago papavonschoen

Thank you sir! These appear to be very useful sites.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

Kroger's iWireless prepaid mobile phone service sells Coolpad phones, made in China - which have been proven to have a backdoor that reports to command & cotrol servers in China.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

If you're THAT paranoid, then what are you doing on the internet? I mean, then you might as well unplug your PC and throw away your cell phone. (no sarcasm intended)

There's nothing to guarantee that security software made by other countries is any better/safer and if you can't trust "every single techie group", then who can you trust to provide you with relevant information about the products you're interested in?

It's not possible to rely solely on your own judgement, no matter how skilled you are. This is true for anything, not just software.

I realize this off-topic and I'm probably adding fuel to the fire, but it's a good read in my opinion.

https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1

I know that your paranoia is probably not entirely unjustified but I think in the end, it does you more harm than good.

Just my two cents.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Just to remind potential posters here that this article is about "A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite", and any comments not related to exactly that will be deleted, as will anything remotely racist. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

What do you define as RACIST? If we find out that a particular nation offers bad code that will destroy your PC, is that considered RACIST? Just curious as to what your idea of RACISM is.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

I was always taught, IF IN DOUBT, DON'T. I think that holds particularly true FOR ALL SOFTWARE. Yes, you can go out and check the false-positive, but as a Software Engineer myself, A GOOD ENGINEER will test for those false/positives before offering it to the public. Just saying. So, I finally decided that whenever I get a false-positive, I UNINSTALL IT IMMEDIATELY AND MOVE ON. The software industry is saturated with GREAT FREEWARE that does NOT offer false/positives. And. another rule I have is to NEVER download ANY foreign software.

Just sayin'..........

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

As an SE for most of my adult life, GOOD SOFTWARE does not lie. BAD SOFTWARE does.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

Why are you all wasting your precious time with foreign software when you can get great American software FREE for the asking? I don't understand how anyone can trust foreign software, especially in the political climate we are living in with almost all foreign countries hating America. Unbelievable and gullible Americans.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago alexxx46

Racism is bad, but corruption and hypocrisy are bad as well.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago maynak00

anyone compare with Qihoo 360 Total Security ?
http://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/features/360-total-security/
which is better?

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago BAITMAN

FIREFOX SAID TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE FAST ...
I THOUGHT GIZMO CHECKED THIS STUFF THOROUGHLY BEFORE SUGGESTING THEM TO US???
VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! :-(

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago maynak00

WOT result: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pcmgr-global.com

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I'm curious about this as well. I've had a lot of false positives with 360TS as of late, it's been getting annoying.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago LuckyBoy

Regarding FireFox warning to stay away from the 10Cent site, one should know I also get this warning when I access:
My Credit Union
My Bank Login
The United States Post Office (USPS.GOV) and other sites. But whenI tried "known" PUPs site, Firefox did not warn nor complain.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Try reading the other comments first, in particular #121677, before commenting yourself. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 2 weeks 6 days ago MrBrian

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

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A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago tony

Great-this will help me with my planning on my book. Shall look forward to see if its better than Freemind

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A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago tboneman2

I think it's time computer software reviewers add one more standard feature to each review. It should be evident to anyone who has downloaded so called 'free' software in the past 6 months, that free doesn't really mean 'free'.

Virtually every software developer has gone to some sort of 'installer' package. Some are still pushing the meaningless "free download" (even the most expensive programs offer "free downloads", like it's a big deal. It isn't).

The Installer tool supposedly enables faster, safer downloads. In fact, what they do is load the customer with sneaky toolbars leading to even sneakier ads, and carefully worded and displayed ads that result in you downloading a program you didn't want, in addition to the one you did want.

It's gotten so bad no that software developers of PC Mag Editors Choice programs like Zone Alarm Free Firewall 2013 present a screen during the install that has two check boxes. Checking the 2 boxes, the company says, enables it to sell (and stick you with) advertising, which helps to offset it's future development costs.

Unless you place checkmarks in those 2 boxes, the program stops the installation. Period. This is 'free'?

IMO, reviewers need to point out (and not gloss over) these little downers. They are, in fact, a cost item. A lot of folks, including me, have decided we don't need the program bad enough to put up with this sleazy, 'put one over on ya', load you up with ads and other junk you don't want, marketing approach.

Websites like CNet and Downloads among many others are among the worst for this sort of misdirection sleaziness.

Marketing. Right. Marketing.

C'mon Gizmo. Set a new precedent by pointing out the hidden costs of free software.

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A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago MidnightCowboy In our full reviews we always indicate wrapped installers and bundled software in the product details when such incidences are known. This situation is quite fluid however so short of retesting hundreds of programs every week, which is impossible, we also have to rely on user feedback to inform us of any changes. We have also published specific articles about this issue. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install... http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra... http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download... view
A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago flashcraft

tboneman2, you, my friend, are a god. I couldn't have expressed my frustration with carefully "hidden" malware, myself. Gizmo's is a great site and I open their emails but I agree that it would be helpful to know in advance what kind of sneaky malware these malware sites like CNet are trying to infect your PC with. Thanks tboneman2.

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A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

I have about a dozen software review websites bookmarked and Gizmo gets full marks for it's diligence in warning users about potential problems with software downloads. Let's remember that the site relies on volunteers as well as input from community members before we complain too loudly.

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A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? 1 year 9 months ago texastechy

Completely Agree Tboneman2. I am an experienced software user and even I get fooled sometimes by the way they add the sneaky toolbars or other unwanted spamware into downloads, tiny print, misleading agree buttons. CNET and Download.com are horrible for this and why I try to avoid them. Still love Gizmos though, they do a great job of educating and giving us heads up.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago zdub

RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago atomMan

PSPad has a major shortcoming in that it does not have a true column edit mode - this is a limitation of the edit control that is used

although i like PSPad for it simplicity and UI layout, it has not been the most stable editor in my experience, nor has RJ TextEd

for me, i'll stick with Notepad++ which uses the very capable and stable Scintilla edit control

also, most any capable code editor has an FTP client, whether it be native or through an extension

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago ExFiler

During the install using the RAR file, this app tried to install Conduit.

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy We indicate the bundled installer plainly in the article text. MC - Site Manager. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago rob.schifreen Unfortunately, RJ TextEd triggers the VirusTotal scanners so I am not able to recommend it. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 8 months 1 week ago zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

This article should point out that one needs to install one of the Office programs it recommends BEFORE installing Oracle PDF Import Extension. Otherwise, Oracle will not install. Likewise, for clarity, it would be helpful to list the hyperlinks at the end in the order in which they need to be installed, not the reverse.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

Be warned, when I downloaded OpenOffice, all the WordPad documents I had saved on my hard drive were automatically converted to OpenOffice. Not exactly what I had in mind! I'm sure there's some default setting I can change to fix this, but I was not presented with this option in the process of downloading OpenOffice.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

Also, as an aside, "losing" was misspelled as "loosing" in the article.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee A good comment Altinkerer. I've edited the article and hopefully it's now clearer. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

I'm not so sure that if I were reading the article for the first time, I would gather from the new sentence, "[w]ith the Oracle PDF Import Extension installed on top of LibreOffice or OpenOffice, it produces a hybrid PDF / ODF file" that a user must have one of these Office programs installed before installing Oracle. I think that that point would seem obscure to me partly because this sentence is focused on trying to make another point--namely, what kind of file is produced; and partly because the term "installed on top of" sounds vague to me, probably simply since I'm not a techie. I guess it just depends on how broad an audience you're trying to reach! I do thank you for being so quickly responsive, though, and marking the Office program links as "Requirements" at the end does help (though I think listing these first would be even clearer). Oh my, I fear that too much editorial blood is coming out in me here...sorry!

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee Agree with you Altinkerer. I've added another paragraph to emphasize what needs to be done with some other minor copy-editing. Hope this improves clarity. BTW, please click here if you're interested in joining us. We welcome all with some editorial blood. :) view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

I just opened up a copy of my Adobe Acrobat-created resume through Oracle PDF Import Extension added onto Apache Open Office, and the formatting came out severely messed up. How disappointing! Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

Or, if I were to fix up the resume's formatting in Oracle, and then edit it, is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? I'm trying to be able to edit my resume at home as needed and send it to prospective employers in a form that they'd be able to view perfectly formatted, without my having to buy Adobe Acrobat or MS Word. I only have WordPerfect at home, and usually, that's all I need. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word.

Is there some better solution?

Also, is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents, which automatically converted into OpenOffice Rich Text documents when I downloaded OpenOffice, back into WordPad form again?

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee Q. Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here? A. To create a pdf file that you can edit without losing the layout accuracy, you will need to use OpenOffice or LibreOffice to export the file as PDF as described in this article. A pdf file created by Adobe Acrobat is not a hybrid file. Q. Is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? A. Yes, so long as you edit the source document in OpenOffice and export it as PDF, including the option for creating a hybrid file. Q. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word. Is there some better solution? A. Unfortunately converting a file from one format to another is always subject to a loss in some features including layouts. This possibly includes saving a file using the same program but in a different version. Keeping only basic formatting in a file helps minimize issues in file compatibility. Q. Is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents... back into WordPad form again? A. In fact nothing have been changed except for the file association if I'm not mistaken. When you install OpenOffice, it probably changes your Rich Text documents (RTF) to be associated with it. You can change back the files to be opened with WordPad by default in a few steps below: 1. Right-click an RTF document in Windows Explorer and select "Properties" from the context menu. 2. Click the "Change" button next to "Opens with". 3. Select WordPad from the recommended programs and click OK. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

Jojo, thanks for the edits. Things are much clearer now. Part of the problem, I think, is that you are explaining something that is inherently quite complicated and confusing. Thanks for your patience! I don't think I have the courage to officially do that kind of editing right now! ;)

Thanks, too, for the timely tips. I would've given up by now without you! I see that I got confused into thinking that "100% layout accuracy" was being promised for any PDF files that one imports into, as well as exports out, of Oracle/Office, rather than only for documents that someone makes from scratch in the latter and then exports. It sounds like another reader or two may also have fallen into that trap; it might not be bad to emphasize this distinction in the article. Unfortunately, "keeping only basic formatting in a file" is something that I just can't afford to do with a resume, in which looks count for so much. Otherwise, I would just make an RTF version and call it a day!

Anyway, I started following the steps listed for creating a hybrid file, but the "Create Hybrid File" did not come up in the PDF Options window. I know that Oracle PDF Extension is installed on my system, because it is listed in the Extensions Manager of OpenOffice. Could you please tell me how can I get this tick box to show up?

Also, this is confusing to me: "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, if the file is exported out of the location, it winds up right back in there? I guess what you're saying is the PDF version goes out and the ODF version comes in. Is that right?

It seems hard to believe that documents imported from Adobe into Writer/Oracle can become mangled in their formatting, but not the reverse. Anyway, I will try and see for myself, if I can get through the "Create Hybrid File" problem. Thanks!

P.S. Too bad that some of the formatting features I would want the most in OpenOffice are grayed out--I guess because I'm using the freebie version. It's easier for Oracle to promise "100% layout accuracy" when there are minimal layout features available in the program it supports! However, note to the wise: I was able to get horizontal lines for my resume in OpenOffice by copying them from my Adobe Reader version and then doing a lot of hand tweaking.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Jojo Yee While LibreOffice still keeps this line "Create hybrid file", I note that OpenOffice has now changed it to "Embed this document inside the PDF". They still work the same. Give that option a try. "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, LibreOffice or OpenOffice opens up a hybrid file like it does the normal odt file for editing. When this file is exported as pdf, the odt file is embeded into a pdf file. Hope this helps. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 1 year 7 months ago Altinkerer

By gum, I think I got it! I created a file with this extension/suite using a bunch of varied formatting including lines, bolding, different font sizes, and bulletted items, saved it in the way you described, and was able to open it unchanged in Adobe Reader. The one thing I realized (which I guess should have been obvious to me from the start) is that one must export it this way each time directly prior to its being opened in another PDF reader. That is, it's not enough to go through these steps once and then just save from on, expecting the program to continue saving all the new material you create in hybrid form.

I think my main confusion with the concept "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer" is that to me, the term "export" means that something is sent out, whereas in this case, the "exported" file is just being converted into a different form and then reappears in exactly the same place that it came from originally. But I guess that's the software's terminology problem, not yours. Or maybe I'm being too much of a narrow-minded literalist!

Anyway, having achieved victory, I can overlook the weird sideline confusions. On to creating some targeted resumes...and the next step: employment!

Thanks,

Altinkerer

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