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Free Windows 10 for Mac and Linux Users? 1 year 10 months ago vandamme

When I compare free Windows to free Linux....Linux wins. (Mint is my current favorite.)

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 7 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

I've used Hugin and it's got a lot of tweaks and adjustments (corrects for lens distortion, color balance, vignetting, HDR mismatch). It's the only open source free-standing stitching app, and is cross-platform (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, Windows).

I also used the Pandora plugin for Gimp. But it doesn't do vertical stitching, so for a vertical pan of a cathedral in France I turned the pictures 90 degrees then stitched them. I've had to do some manual matching as it's tough to see where lines match up on ornate architecture.

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Edit Your MP3 Files On Your PC 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

I like OcenAudio, which is easy to use yet has a lot of toys and tools. I use it on Linux Mint.

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

What happens when you upgrade to Windows 10? Will it wipe out your whole hard drive, or the Windows 7 or 8 partition with all your data, or just upgrade the operating system?

I have several PCs, all of which dual (or triple) boot Linux, along with (usually seldom used) Windows 7 . Would the upgrade wipe out my Linux partitions, along with my data? If that happened, it would take me an hour or two to reinstall Linux and my data, and get it back to the way I like it. And it sounds like the best action would be to keep 7 until it dies in 2020 (or the PC dies).

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

Thanks. I'll probably just reach for my SuperGrubDisk if the time comes to restore grub; it's pulled my dupa out of the fire a few times already.

No DVD playback on Win 10? Yet another reason to run Linux.

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Easily Send Files From Your Dropbox Via Gmail 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

You need to run Chrome also.

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Free Program To Create Bootable USB Pen Drive 1 year 9 months ago vandamme

"...or whatever"?? You can use this to download Linux! This might be a better alternative to UNetbootin.

Have a look at the bottom of their page for the ISOs it works on.

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How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview 2 years 6 months ago vandamme

Why be an unpaid beta tester for Microsoft? I'm open source now.

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Try This Alternative File Manager And Explorer For Windows. It's Free. 2 years 7 months ago vandamme

Multiple panes is a feature that, after you get to use it, you wonder how you got along without it. I used XYPlorer in my Windows days and it's great. (Now I use Nemo on Linux Mint, or Dolphin on openSuSE.)

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Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! 2 years 6 months ago vandamme

No caps lock, so you can't get the : to work. That's OK, I've seen enough! (shudder)

Your first advice is good though: "Forget Windows Ten"! I'm on Linux and I'm not looking back.

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Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Program 1 year 9 months ago vandamme

How about FreeCAD? http://www.freecadweb.org/

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Security Software That Will Wow You. I Guarantee. 3 years 10 months ago vandamme

"Nobody is listening to your phone conversations" says President Hopey-Changey. True, but they have computers that can recognize your words and sort them into key phrases for further analysis.

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What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 1 year 5 days ago vandamme

The best solution is an operating system that maintains a repository of clean software, and is itself malware resistant. Microsoft Windows is not it.

Try Ubuntu MATE. You get an "app store" with descriptions and ratings, one click install, and regular updating (when and how you want it). Not to say the other 200 Linux distributions are not good, but Ubuntu MATE is probably the best place to start for a new user, right now.

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Fancy A New Windows Start Menu For Free? 1 year 1 month ago vandamme

I'm currently running the KDE desktop, and kinda like it. It's also available on Windows.

Some other Linux desktops also have versions for Windows, I'm told.

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187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish 1 year 3 months ago vandamme

OK, you go to "visualize the public collection" (http://publicdomain.nypl.org/pd-visualization/) and it should load (finally) a huge thumbnail of all the thousands of scans. You can sort by genre, collection, or color. Pick one and you get a bigger thumbnail, all the info on it, and several resolution download selections. The "all download options" might have 6 different sizes. "Larger" is 2560 pixels, plenty big for me even after zooming in, and it's 6 or 8 megabytes.

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Get $149 Of Photoshop/Lightroom Add-ins Free 1 year 4 weeks ago vandamme

Photoshop and Nik are way overkill for us weekend shutterbugs. Plus, Adobe refuses to port Photoshop to Linux.
Digikam is the free alternative. You can also do a lot of stuff in Gimp.

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Full-Featured Desktop Publishing. Free And Open-Source. 1 year 5 months ago vandamme

Scribus runs great on Linux, and is included in some distros and just about all distro repositories.

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Make 2016 The Year You Start Doing Cloud Backups 1 year 3 months ago vandamme

Copy is another Dropbox clone. I have almost a terabyte there, free due to referrals. Both have Linux file manager integration, very nice.

My big problem is uploading speed on my cable internet. Keeping backups on an internal HDD is a lot easier and faster.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 year 2 weeks ago vandamme

On Ubuntu, it's in the System Settings --> Connectivity.
On Linux Mint, System Settings --> Networking.

No extra software required.

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Best-Known Network Diagnostic Tool Gets Major Version Update 1 year 4 months ago vandamme

The GUI version for Linux is called zenmap. Real nerds will of course want the command line version (nmap), but that leaves me out because I'm a grandpa. And I run Linux, because I don't have time to maintain Windows.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 1 year 5 months ago vandamme

I wish they had put these fonts all in one folder instead of each one in its individual folder. But hey, free.

Fonts are one of my weaknesses, and after getting these 30 free ones I went through and uninstalled a few ....dozen....that I'll never use again. They take up time and HDD space.

And it also bears mentioning that of course these fonts also work in Linux.

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 years 2 weeks ago vandamme

XnView is a great photo editor. Fast, easy, yet powerful.

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Best Free Software for Linux 5 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

Unfortunately FileZilla Secure is "under development" for Linux. The question I have is, is the original FileZilla in Linux susceptible to hacking?

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Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh 2 years 2 months ago vandamme

TeamViewer is cross-platform and works on Linux. I've also used Remmina. It doesn't have as many features but it's open source.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 2 years 2 months ago vandamme

Sorry, I'm not AirTime tech support. Also, I was just curious and don't need it.

Reading the "automated" instructions, it looks pretty complicated and lengthy but doable. It requires setting up a webserver and feeding your stream into it, so good luck. The forum tells of successful installs in Ubuntu 14.04, a long term release (probably a good idea, since you won't want to fool with it after you get it going).

And yes, I can install my favorite distro, Mint, from a USB stick under fifteen minutes or so, but that doesn't include downloading updates to freshen it up. Nor the weeks of playing with the settings to please my eye; that is never finished.

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Compose Music Directly On Your PC. No Paper Required 3 years 1 week ago vandamme

MuseScore is a blast. I used Finale for many years, but I finally converted to Linux.

In other news, LMMS has finally reached version 1.0.0. So I can write scores, and render them.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

Variety wallpaper changer has been updated to 0.5.0 beta (works pretty good though). It has a ton of features, but the new version features collaboration between users at https://vrty.org/ . I haven't figured out how that's supposed to work, though. There doesn't seem to be a lot of "variety" among the wallpapers so far. I guess I'm a different kind of geek.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

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

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

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

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

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

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 years 8 months ago vandamme

Variety is a newer wallpaper changer that I like better than Wally, Wallch and others. It also can show quotes, clock, and is highly configurable and tweakable. It wasn't in the Mint repository (the non-functioning Wallch was, though); you have to search for it, add the ppa, then install. Three lines in the terminal, but worth it. Runs on all Linuxes. Written by Peter Levi, so find his page.

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Still Got An XP Machine? Turn It On Now. 2 years 12 months ago vandamme

"Buy Windows 7 or buy a new PC" is what Microsoft wants you to do. Well, I took off their handcuffs a couple years ago and haven't looked back. Zorin, Linux Lite, or Mint will look most familiar to XP users and are easy to install.

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The Return Of Simple Instant Messenger 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

It works on Linux; there's deb and rpm packages. And of course Pidgin does also.

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 years 2 months ago vandamme

Video editors: PiTiVi is improving quickly and deserves a look. KDenLive has always been reliable for me. OpenShot is easy and quick, kind of like Windows Movie Maker (except it works).

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Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required. 2 years 11 months ago vandamme

Clever (works in Linux too, of course). But I'm addicted to Tomboy Notes.

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 4 years 4 weeks ago vandamme

Their "Sign Up" button has no link...?

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 3 years 11 months ago vandamme

Zoolz must have gotten their million free users, because now they're pay-only, and aimed at business users. And no mention of Linux client. Maybe they're still "working on it 24/7".

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Best Free HTML Editor 4 years 2 months ago vandamme

All the Mozilla family apps appear similar. I've been trying SeaMonkey because it's still under development, unlike the deceased NVu and the stalled KompoZer. Seems like I had to clean up the code a bit in a text editor afterwards, though. It's also heavyweight because it includes other apps. I also used Blue Griffon for a while; its best features are extra-cost plugins (they're not that expensive).

So I guess the only other WYSIWYG choice is Amaya.

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Best Free HTML Editor 2 years 4 months ago vandamme

I tried Quanta Plus; I'm sure it's very powerful but it sure isn't user friendly.

So I've gone back to SeaMonkey. It doesn't look like it's changed in ten years. Whether that's good or bad you decide. It makes better code than LibreOffice.

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Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 11 months ago vandamme

Moral of the story: don't run Windows.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 year 7 months ago vandamme

That's too many versions to upgrade. Better off saving all your data (you do that anyhow, right?) and nuke it. I just keep a list of apps and install new versions after upgrading. Download the latest Mint, install in the partition that had the old Mint. If you have a separate /home partition you won't even have to reload your data. This avoids a lot of problems, in fact Mint used to insist on reloading for every new version, but now you can upgrade one level at a time.

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The Simplest, Easiest PC Linux Ever 3 months 1 week ago vandamme

I'm a retired vacuum tube engineer, been using Linux for about 6 years now.. There's over a hundred distros of Linux, so finding the best one for you could take a while. Just start with an easy one. Mint, Ubuntu MATE, ZorinOS, Elementary, Solus are my top recommendations. If you have an older PC (ten years), Lubuntu. Go to distrowatch.com and hit the search button up top, and put "beginners" or "old computers" in the search box. See what you like.

As for Pixel, well, that's OK for a Raspberry Pi. And maybe for a machine you use to program the Pi. But you can't install it on a hard disk? I'd rather use Puppy, which gives you that option.

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Get This $30 Music Making Suite For Free 4 weeks 1 day ago vandamme

It would be great to see this on your DAW page, and compare them. /best-free-music-software.htm
I got a bad taste of Magix software (nag/crippleware) from my Windows days so I prefer truly free stuff. But it does look interesting.

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Fully Playable Demo Of An Amazing Flight Simulator 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

And it works on Linux!

Flight Gear is the open source alternative.

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Remember Reading Something On The Web? Now You Can Find It! 2 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

I just go to the "show all bookmarks" and then hit search. Results come up instantaneously. Maybe this Brain thing is an improvement; it takes a few keywords to get what I'm looking for. But not having Google watching over my shoulder is a big plus.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 2 years 10 months ago vandamme

What's the latest Linux equivalent? x2x was first developed in 1996. I wonder what happened to it.

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An Amazingly Addictive Browser-Based Game 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

Doesn't work for me. I get a black screen; the music works and I can click on stuff on the screen but can't see anything. Same with the card game.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

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

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

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

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 1 year 7 months ago vandamme

".... there are lots more that are actually useful." And that's why SETI is a waste of time. However, if it gets people interested in science, gets them to install BOINC, then that's good.

Most people have no idea how lonely and empty the universe is. They've seen too many star trek/star wars movies. What have we done to broadcast ourselves? We've only spent 100 years transmitting at higher power levels and now we're starting to tone it down and transmit information to where it needs to go. That is a very small part of the history of the universe; we may have missed other civilizations by a million years or a billion. Another problem is that unless we figure out "warp drive", there's no way to get there or even converse unless they're very close.

So why try? Perhaps some people think that finding extraterrestrial life will prove the Judaeo-Christian bible is erroneous somehow. It wouldn't, but would invalidate some fundamentalist interpretations.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 7 months ago vandamme

You forgot the NSA back doors. I'm an American, and have nothing to hide. But I still run an open source operating system, not Windows or Apple. Bonus: it's better.

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You Can Get This $24 Music Notation Software For Free If You're Quick 7 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

MuseScore. Runs on Linux.

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Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

If you need to file a state tax e.g., New York, TaxAct's "free" suddenly jumps to $18 because you need the "Ultimate" bundle, fees, addons, yadda yadda.

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 4 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

Copy.com is a new Dropbox-like cloud that gives away 5 GB. You can also get an additional 5 GB per friend who signs up. Or enemy, doesn't matter; they get the 5 GB too.

I'm up to 25 GB. Here's my link, so you can get your extra 5 GB:
[edited out. referral links not allowed]

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 3 years 2 months ago vandamme

I like Rescatux because it's a small download, yet contains a complete operating system. I use it to restore bootloaders and erase windows passwords.

http://www.supergrubdisk.org/rescatux/

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

Try Linux on your "old" PC. You might not want to get a new one.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 10 months 1 week ago vandamme

Proprietary, and Facebook. Two strikes.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

Your geek buddies are all in cyberspace. The place to start is http://www.techsupportalert.com/linux where you'll find "How to Replace XP with Linux" which is kind of dated but still good tips, and "Using Windows 7 and Linux on the same computer" which tells about dual booting. Plus one that helps you decide which distro to try first. The best Linux intro article is "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?"
(http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm)
which is really hard to find!

There's a lot of tutorials on YouTube which show you how to install different distros.

Places like linuxquestions.org and the forums for the distro you've installed are good for resolving problems. ubuntuforums.org is also the mother lode for other Debian based distros like Elementary, Zorin, and Mint. Forums are good if you need to converse back and forth with the neckbeards. Just about every problem I've had has been addressed and solved before, so you just need to search for the right thing. I see people asking questions on Quora or Yahoo answers but you can't get a conversation going that way.

Don't buy books. They are obsolete, take up space, and cost money. I'm 68, and my tired brain has figured out some things, but mostly I look on the net.

Just try it (run off a flash drive until you get the feel of it) and you'll see that the learning curve is not like when you first started using a computer. You already know how to do that.

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Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 8 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

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

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

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Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? 2 years 10 months ago vandamme

My operating system updates itself PLUS all my installed apps, does it on my schedule, asks politely, and tells me what each one does (if I really want to know). And that's why I switched from Windows to Linux.

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Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? 3 years 11 months ago vandamme

I went to Zoolz and tried to sign up, and these are the lies Zoolz told me:

"Linux Soon

Oops! We've noticed that you are on a Mac, we are working 24/7 to release it. It will be out April 30, 2013"

...along with a frowning "Mac" icon. I question if they are truly working 24/7.

Well, I went to a SugarSync features request forum where crowds of Linux users gather to complain fruitlessly about no support, and posted my referral link to Copy.com (where I get 5 GB for each referral). So, I'm up to 125 GB on Copy.com. I uploaded two hours of home movies and due to the slow upload speeds of our cable, it took all night. But at least it works great on Linux, like UbuntuOne and Dropbox.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 2 years 4 months ago vandamme

Gramps is up to version 4.1.1. I found some bugs in ver.3 and I see they've been fixed.It's in the repositories of openSUSE and Ubuntu so install is quick & EZ in Linux.

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Best Free Media Center Software 1 year 5 months ago vandamme

I don't see any discussion of Universal Media Server.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

Every genealogy propgram will import and export to a GEDCOM file. I imported my dad's Roots Magic GEDCOM file into Gramps and it worked great.

You will run into trouble if you start saving data that isn't included in the GEDCOM scheme. Proprietary formats could include sources, images, recordings. Those are fine as long as the company stays in business and you want to pay what they ask, but if you share the data with someone else they probably won't have the same program. If you use Excel (or the open source LibreOffice Calc) you will have your own format to sort out.

Gramps seems to be the only real open source genealogy program. It is better than the old PAF from the Mormons, and has a ton of capabilities. I back it up in their format, but also back up occasionally in GEDCOM.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

I sent in a minor bug report to Gramps and they came right back replying that they fixed that bug in the latest version. So they are moving quick and actively developing and polishing.

And it runs natively on Linux for when you outgrow Windows... ;-)

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 2 years 4 months ago vandamme

You forgot the Linux versions!

KDirStat is the program that WinDirStat was cloned from. And, naturally, you don't have to worry about trojans in that.

Baobab is a Gnome app that comes with some distros, like Mint. It's also called "Disk Usage Analyzer". After searching around Gismo's in vain, I discovered I already had it.

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

I went to the Orba Design site and opened up their template with LibreOffice Calc, and it worked fine. But I didn't try their converter.

I found out that GEDCOM was started by the LDS and just kind of grew from there, with some companies making extensions to it for various things.GEDCOM is text based, but others like Excel and LO spreadsheets and Gramps's are XML. There's no standard, or official sanctioning entity to evaluate new formats or features and make them standard. Us engineers have the IEEE, which is why your wireless card works with your router.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 year 7 months ago vandamme

No. While every other machine in our house is running Linux, including the TV and the router, my wife persists in using Windows because she has one program that still uses it. So I need something to sync & backup both Linux and Windows. I'm going to try grsync and/or luckybackup, both highly rated by Linux Mint users in the repository. I don't like the idea of FreeFileSync's adware.

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Turn Your PC Into A Music Studio, Complete With Instruments 11 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

You can thank Linux for this software. LMMS started as Linux MultiMedia Studio.

Don't be amazed that it's open source, powerful, free, and malware-free; Linux software is like that.

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Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 3 years 4 months ago vandamme

If you get hit with the CryptoLocker trojan, all your attached storage (network, extra HDD or flash drive) will be locked. But you can backup to an ext4 formatted drive which Windows can't see, and so it will be safe. Any Linux OS can read or write it it.

So why not just use Linux instead of Windows? You don't have to do any of the things in the list above, except backup your data. You keep your OS backup on the disk you loaded it from, and you can reinstall it in 15 minutes with no keys or licenses needed.

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 3 years 6 months ago vandamme

This is why I use DuckDuckGo for search.

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Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade 2 years 5 months ago vandamme

My wife just found a Simon game in the cellar, and now the grandkids want to play with it! You get to move your hands instead of just your thumbs. And the colors on the top look like the new Microsoft logo, isn't that a throwback?

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 2 months ago vandamme

I'm a retired vacuum tube engineer, and I've used PCs since the 8086 days. I like the menu systems in Cinnamon, MATE and KDE, where the first menu is categories (sound & video, graphics, preferences, office) and the next level is applications (GIMP, Image Viewer, Scan). If I can remember what the name is, I just type it in the search (GIMP) and there it is; otherwise I run through the menus.

When you install a Windows app, it gets put where the autor wants it, plus a bunch of other cruft. So you get menu items for "Funkysoft --> FunkySoft on the Web Link, Uninstall FunkySoft, FunkySoft" etc. So, after trying to sort them into logical submenus, you just give up and put a shortcut to FunkySoft on your desktop. When the desktop gets full, you buy another monitor.

ZorinOS is specifically designed to not shock Windows users when they see the desktop, and there's a "look changer" that goes from Windows 2000 to XP to 7. Mint Cinnamon looks like Win7 to me. There are distros for Mac switchers, too: they have nice docks on the bottom, where they "should" be. Elementary is another gateway distro. Of course you can change a lot of things to suit your fancy, but it's better to start with something close to what you like.

So, go to distrowatch.com. Go to the Search at the top and click on "beginners" in the search box. There's links on each distro page to reviews and screenshots. Download a couple and give them a spin as a live disk, to see how your hardware works and how you like it.

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Listen To Music Online For Free At These 20 Websites 1 year 3 weeks ago vandamme

Yeah, I don't like da funk either.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 2 months ago vandamme

I run mainly Linux Mint Cinnamon on machines all older/slower than yours. I do genealogy with the Gramps program. Edit videos with KDenLive, AviDemux, or OpenShot, view with VLC, edit photos with DigiKam, Gimp; edit audio with OcenAudio or Audacity. Mint or Zorin are best for beginners.

You can install any of these apps that aren't included by going to the distro's "app store" and searching, reading the review, and click once to install. None of this going to dodgy shareware sites and getting adware included with your download. Or worse.

Speaking of which: if your Windows machine was hit with a Cryptolocker virus, all your files would be toast. If you keep backups in a Linux format (ext4, btrfs) there's no way they can get infected, even if the virus gets stored with your files. Just sayin'.

I'd stick with Debian based distros; if you want to install stuff, most apps are packaged for Debian first. You'll find a .deb extension on the downloads. Half the distros are Debian based. The biggies are Ubuntu, Zorin, Bodhi, Mint, Lite, Elementary, Deepin; and they're all good for beginners. Go to the distro web site for instructions and introductions, then the forums for more info & resolve problems. If you install Mint or Zorin, look at the Ubuntu info too.

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CCleaner Is Updated, Free And Portable 1 year 2 weeks ago vandamme

I've used CCleaner for years and never had a problem. Just remember that when you get rid of all your cookies and thumbnails that you'll slow your system down as it rebuilds all that stuff. It's like throwing out the contents of your refrigerator - sometimes it's so bad it all has to go, but then you have to replenish it.

I see that there's a Mac version. Same idea, but no registry to worry about. No Linux version, but Bleachbit works great for that. I just ran it, and deleted a GB on my Kubuntu system, of older system files, logs, language packs. It didn't run any faster, but without a registry to get mucked up, Linux and Mac don't bog down unless you fill up the hard drive.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

"Misery loves company."

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

And the #1 reason people stay with Windows: Laziness! They don't want to fool with their PC or learn something new. Still, they put up with upgrades, not realizing that there are modern Linux distros that are more like XP or 7 than Windows 8 is.

The last reason to switch to Linux: a lot of "old" hardware will run on it, like scanners and printers. And it's 2 clicks to install, no hunting for the driver disks like in Windows.

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Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

Does anybody know a similar program for Linux?

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 2 years 4 months ago vandamme

MuseScore is open source, runs native on Linux, and...well, I think it's better.

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How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page 2 years 5 months ago vandamme

If it helps Mozilla, I'll keep the ads. Might be something interesting, but most likely I won't notice them.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

I've put Lubuntu on 10-12 year old machines with less than that. It will run off the CD, but not install with the "new" installer. Use the alternate download with the old installer, and it loads fine. I've run SuperGrub (a Debian spin) on a PC with 256MB, then run Firefox on it (one tab at a time, and slowly). Puppy is another good OS choice, and runs well off a CD if you have no hard drive. Midori is a better browser if you have tired hardware.

At some point you just need to throw out your antique machine, if it's worth less than a month's internet service.

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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

Make Use Of is a great site with lots of articles on...everything, but heavy on the computer help. You have to search for the Linux stuff, but there's plenty of it.

http://www.makeuseof.com/

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Best Free Video Editing Program 3 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

The free version of DaVinci doesn't run on Linux.

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Free Ransomware Protection Utility 1 year 3 weeks ago vandamme

A close second is NOT running Windows.

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Best Free Project Manager 11 months 1 week ago vampeo

We have just published out fully 100% open-source project management & ticketing system in Kickstarter! Its called Zookeeper and its now on Kickstarter. I can't post a list but you can view the Kickstarter link for our website: Vampeo dot com
We believe it will make the top of your list!

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Best Free Remote Access Software 3 years 2 months ago VAM

Like many on here I used teh free version of LogMeIn for many years and now find myself looking for another provider. Can anyone make a suitable recommendation please? My requirements are:

1 Simple remote access of my home pc, from my laptop and/or ipad when I'm away from home
2 Unattended access of my home pc
3 Just need simple access to my documents etc on my home pc. Don't need options to print to local printer, file share etc
4 Speed and smooth operation is important. I don't want to wait several seconds for a responce after clicking mouse
5 Free
6 Easy set up

There seems to be so much on the market and as I'm not the most IT literate, any help would be appreciated.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 11 months ago valcoff

Do they know what the W10 will cost after the year has come and gone?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 2 years 5 months ago v85michele

I Changed the color as indicated on both
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors.
But every time I hibernate the PC (Win 8.1) the windows go back to white background, only the log-off log-on actually works.
I tried changing the color even in all the HKEY_USERS but nothing changed.
Any idea?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 2 years 5 months ago v85michele

No, again every windows goes back to white after a screen lock or PC hibernate, only the logon gets the wanted color.
Any idea how to make the system reconsider the colors in the registry without having to close every program and logoff?

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How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour 2 years 5 months ago v85michele

I did find a way to keep the colors, have no image at all as desktop background, pretty soon we'll go back to dos, sure pc would be faster.
Thanks Microsoft..

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 11 months 2 weeks ago V12RR

Downloaded the Comodo software but the website is degenerate. You cannot create a User Account - just loops back to the Sign In Page... contacting Comodo is also difficult and when you do they just say there nothing we can do?

Does not deserve 5 stars!

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Optimizing Bittorrent Clients for Speed 4 years 1 week ago v.v

I changed internet service recently..Now I have 512 kbps connection.
My previous connection was 256 kbps. and in torrent it used to give down speed of 60 kbps.
However for new connection I am not even getting down speed of 60 kbps.. :(
Is it a problem of my connection or do I need to delete cookies or something. If that is the case does anyone know how to do that?
I always make sure that seeds to peer ratio is high..
on speedtest.net download speed is . 0.51 Mbps upload speed is 0.21 Mbps.

Can anyone help?

The last time upgraded my connection from 128kbps to 256kbps my torrent speed incresed from 30kbps to 60kbps.

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie This link(http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-windows_install/regarding-windows-8-sl-64-bit-os/6a7c460a-1031-43b9-b0b0-36417495b8e9) has some information about Windows 8 SL. You will need Windows 8.1 to upgrade to Windows 10. view
How to Make Your PC Safer by Uninstalling Flash Player 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie

If you need to use sites with Flash, then you might want to use a browser that has a plug-in or extension that lets you selectively enable and disable Flash. For example, NoScript for Firefox will let you block Flash except for the specific sites you want to use. There are also a number of general security suggestions in this article that are worth looking at. Also, be sure to update your Flash player every time Adobe releases another security patch.

Added later: Flashblock is another Firefox add-on. 

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie I haven't actually done it but I think you should be able to go back to Windows 7 with your system image. You probably have to do it with a bootable USB key or DVD since I suspect the image won't work directly from Windows 10 but I could be wrong. Be sure your PC will recognize whatever medium you are using. Another thing I don't know is how activation will work when you try to downgrade after the 30-day period. Your Windows 7 license is converted to a Windows 10 license when you upgrade. Microsoft licensing is always murky so it is conceivable that you might have to do a telephone activation. view
All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie

Nobody knows. Microsoft has not been clear. See this post

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie

Perfmon reports for Windows 7 systems were described in a previous TSA article.

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Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode? view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie It has been announced that there is no Windows Media Center for Windows 10. I don't know exactly how an existing system with Windows Media Center will be upgraded. Anyone else know? view
Who Should Upgrade to Windows 10? 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie

As I understand it, you don't have to install the upgrade as soon as it is downloaded to your system but can install later. Others are asking similar questions and some answers are at this Microsoft site

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Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie

OK, guys, I am going to have to ask that further discussion of the relative merits of Linux be done at our Linux forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/
As interesting as these discussions of Linux may be, this is not best done here where we need to keep the comments on the subject of Windows 10. Thanks.
Thanks Vic. These comments have now been moved to this thread where the discussion can continue: MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/15088-windows-or-l...

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