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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

Your "download" button for Comodo is actually the link to Avira.
Also, there's a separate page for Linux antivirus. https://www.comodo.com/home/internet-security/antivirus-for-linux.php
I'm not so sure there's really any point because Linux is so virus-resistant anyhow. But it's good to see Tux getting some love.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 3 years 2 months ago vandamme

I still think OcenAudio beats Audacity, most of the time. Better set of tools, and smaller download. I just installed the latest version on LinuxMint, piece of cake.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 2 years 8 months ago vandamme

I just did this with a cassette tape of our choir. I connected my cassette player into the line in of my pc, and recorded it to one file (didn't need to babysit it, just let it run). I opened the file and by zooming in I can see where songs begin and end. I highlight what looks to be one song with the mouse and copy and paste that one song (and a little extra) to a new file. I trim it to just the right length, apply any filters etc. then save as a mp3 and wav file (for CD).

I used OcenAudio on LinuxMint, but Audacity should work the same way.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 2 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

Rescatux is another good one. It's a much smaller download, but fewer utilities. I use it to diagnose hard drives and memory, and erase Windows passwords, but mainly to get back my grub. Search for supergrubdisk

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Best Free Specialised Web Browser 2 years 5 months ago vandamme

Kidzui looks like a plugin for Firefox; at least that's what it tells me (I'm running FF on LinuxMint).

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

i-nex gives an impressive amount of hardware information displayed in an easy to read format.
I couldn't install the stable version on Mint 17.1 because of dependencies, but the daily version installed and ran well.

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

My point just went woosh over your head. I can install Mint quickly and a user can have a complete operating system with all the apps they're apt to need, and won't have to fool with. They can use the stock wallpaper forever. They don't have to customize anything.

Why would they do that, when XP will run forever? Well, I have a ten year old car, and it does what I need it to do, but doesn't have antilock brakes, a backup camera, tire pressure monitoring, LED running lights, GPS, or mp3 player input. At some point it will be uneconomical, impractical and/or unsafe to drive long distances, so I'm shopping for a new(er) one. I'll probably get one off the lot that has the best mix of features I want, although I could order exactly the features I want and wait for delivery.

XP is fine if you never want new features and never go on the internet, and never buy new hardware. Same with Windows 2000, or 98, or 95. If they serve your needs, fine. I've moved on, and I surf the web (with no antivirus).

If you want a new operating system or PC, you will have to learn it and set it up. If you buy Microsoft, you are stuck with whatever they want you to have. If you are overjoyed with Windows 8 or 10, good for you. But if you try Linux, you have a choice of many different distros, with different desktop "looks" and different purposes. You may want a multimedia server, an educational suite, some odd language, or just something that runs on an old machine. You might like Gnome's icons, KDE's menus, or a tiled window manager. Whatever, just download it, install and go. If you don't want to change the wallpaper, fine. If you want to add more desktops or apps, change themes or colors, have wobbly windows, etc. just do it.

The big difference between Windows and FOSS is important to some people. It's not just "free, as in free beer", it's "free, as in freedom". What's the big deal if the NSA has a back door into your operating system? Well, I have nothing to hide and probably you don't either, but there's a principle involved. Also, I don't like the idea of a proprietary "standard".

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

Try Hylafax: http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page

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Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely 2 years 4 weeks ago vandamme

Does anybody know a similar program for Linux?

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The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

I like digiKam and showFoto, which does about the same thing. They came with my openSUSE but there are versions for those who haven't converted to Linux yet.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 2 years 2 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 3 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 weeks ago vandamme

A good video on switching to Linux: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gVZxQWlLOk
Jupiter Broadcasting is going to continue this show this year, so subscribe and learn. Their regular weekly "Linux Action Show" can get a bit...involved.

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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 2 years 1 month 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 Software for Linux 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

LIOS (Linux Intelligent OCR Solution) is a one-stop OCR solution. It interfaces with a scanner, camera, PDF or image file, runs an OCR using the Tesseract or Cuneiform OCR engines, and saves the text in multiple formats, including reading it aloud in a robot voice. It sounded good, and there's a .deb package (there's also rpm packages), so I installed easily it in my Mint 17.1 by clicking on the downloaded package.

The OCR engine worked fine on whatever I threw at it with few errors, except for a 30 year old dot matrix print. Unfortunately, the program itself tends to be a "work in progress"; I haven't been able to export to PDF or text, except by highlighting text and cut-and-paste. Some of the other buttons will simply crash it.

The version I tried, 1.9.2, was released December 8, 2014, and version 2 will be releaased "soon", so this bears watching because it shows promise.

https://code.google.com/p/linux-intelligent-ocr-solution/

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 3 years 4 months ago vandamme

This is why I use DuckDuckGo for search.

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

Yes: first take 15 minutes to install ZorinOS, Mint, Deepin, or Ubuntu; then install Airtime. Be free of Microsoft.

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Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? 2 years 8 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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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 2 years 2 weeks 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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Create Reminders On Your Desktop. No Software Required. 2 years 9 months ago vandamme

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

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 11 months ago vandamme

pulseaudio-equalizer is a multiband audio frequency equalizer; a super tone control. It needs to be on your multimedia page because it took me 2 hours to find it. You can install it in Debian variants (I have Mint 17.1) by cuttin' and pastin' this into a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

The whole sad story of why it's missing from distros is here:
http://www.webupd8.org/2013/03/install-pulseaudio-with-built-in-system.html

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Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating 2 years 8 months ago vandamme

Thanks for reminding me why I use Linux. It updates all my apps safely and easily.

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A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

If you use Linux, use Redshift. I use it to color-correct my monitor, which is too blue for me. Redshift is in the Mint repository. Two clicks, done.

If you use Windows, just get Linux.

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

We all know people who haven't changed the wallpaper on their XP system because they're afraid to "blow it up". In fact, for some of these people, that is a valid concern.

I pull out my Mint USB stick and tell them that in 15 minutes they can have a new operating system, complete with apps like an office suite, video/audio players, and image editors.
With another 30 seconds, we can find a nice wallpaper, I can show how the menu works and where the files go, and we're good to go.

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Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft 2 years 8 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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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 2 years 3 weeks ago vandamme

OpenSUSE was the easiest install I've seen, Zorin was pretty good too. Deepin is reported to be simple too (looks pretty also). I always dual boot, even though I'll probably never use Windows again.

On many distros there are beginner forums that you can ask really basic questions and get a kind (if slightly condescending perhaps) answer. We were all noobs once.

You need to be specific, though, about your problem, what the result was, what you tried, and what hardware you are using. If you have a 32 bit system with a weird video card, 512MB memory, and a non-supported wifi card, you will be frustrated trying to install Ubuntu 64 bit.

On an old machine, you might find that Lubuntu 32 bit will run off the CD, but it won't install because the nice pretty installer won't run on low memory. But you can use the "altenate installer" (old one) for that.

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Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 3 years 1 month ago vandamme

You have the original Linux OS on a CD, DVD or flash drive, right? Slap that sucker in, hit "Install on the entire disk", and you'll format the whole disk to (probably) Ext4 format and install Linux. Your data, your malware, your Windows, and your worries will be toast.

If you don't have experience loading Linux or don't have the original disks, download Ubuntu, Mint, or Zorin and follow the instructions for burning to a disk.

Then, load your backups and get back to work. But scan files before you email or transfer anything to a Windows PC, because it might have malware on it, even though it won't run on Linux.

If you install Windows after Linux, your Linux OS won't work anymore, because Windows is too stupid to recognize it.

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Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 3 years 1 month ago vandamme

Most of the big antivirus companies have an online scan that Linux users can use to scan a file before we send it to a windows user (one we haven't converted yet). I guess it would be improbable unless you copied a whole directory or one file you got off an email from a Nigerian prince or Russian p0rn site.

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Security Software That Will Wow You. I Guarantee. 3 years 8 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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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 year 4 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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Your PC May Have Been Uploading Windows 10 to Others without You Knowing It 1 year 6 months ago vandamme

That's funny. Microsoft already got you as a beta tester for 10, now they have you as a distributor. I only think it's funny because I don't use it.
I torrent Linux distros, but I have to opt in, of course. It's the least I can do to help spread Linux. The problem is that I have cable internet, and the upload is a tenth the speed of the download.

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How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview 2 years 4 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 5 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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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 10 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

"I tried to use Gramps but this can only show the parents for every individual, that is definitely not what I want."

Not sure what you're trying to do here, but if you go into the View-->Configure menu, you can set up Gramps to show all kinds of weird stuff, like vertical up/down (like Ancestry.com) or a descendent fan chart (which can show hundreds of people in a small area). It just has tons of capability.

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Four Ways to Make Windows XP Systems More Secure 2 years 7 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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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 10 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

Interestingly, Gramps uses Graphviz to show charts. Scribus also has a plug in. Haven't tried.

Gimp works on images, not vectors or databases.

Graphviz isn't in my Mint repository, so haven't tried that either. Getting late anyhow....zzzzz

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Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! 2 years 4 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 Genealogy or Family Tree Software 10 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

You can change the chart to vertical, different direction, fan chart, etc. by going to View-->Configure. The fan chart is pretty cool, you can see hundreds of people at once.

The Reports menu has lots of different things that are produced with a Graphwiz plugin. It should be installed, so you just hit a button and it makes a chart in SVG format that you can manipulate using a vector graphics program.

You can install plugins pretty easily, and there's a bunch of them at https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=4.2_Addons . Maybe some of them will do what you want. Like this? https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=File:RelationshipChartDescendants.png

The wiki has support for new users. https://gramps-project.org/wiki/index.php?title=Main_page Probably the place to go for help.

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Free Program To Create Bootable USB Pen Drive 1 year 6 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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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 1 year 8 months ago vandamme

That's a subset of the "Linux includes a whole lot of applications that you don't have to install or update separately" reason to install Linux, at http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net/.

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How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 2 years 3 months ago vandamme

The way I partition my machines is by using one partition just for my data. I keep each operating system and its programs (and its potential troubles) in its own partition. when upgrade time comes along (or I just want to try something new), I put the new OS in its own partition. 60-80 GB is plenty, leaving me 300 or more for data. I have 4 OS's on my laptop and choose between them at bootup, and access my data from any. (Well, except windows, which I rarely use; the data is formatted ext4 which Windows can't read, but I could have formatted it so it could.) If I have a problem or want to upgrade, I just write over that OS with a new live disk. Almost all Linux OS disks are free to download, so there's no reason not to burn one and try it out. Zorin, Mint, or Ubuntu are great for beginners.

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Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 1 year 8 months ago vandamme

Try again. I had no problem on FF 38.0.5, Windows7

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Deeper into the Windows Registry 2 years 7 months ago vandamme

That would really be painful.

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

You have to watch where you get software when you run Windows. Get it right from the Gramps Project, not a "freeware site". And antivirus programs have a lot of false positives.
I run Linux, and usually get apps right from the distro repositories so I know they're clean.

Gramps is probably the only open source genealogy program, so deserves support. It runs great in openSUSE (KDE based) and Mint (Debian/Ubuntu/Gnome3 based). No fooling around with Wine or VM.

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 years 4 months ago vandamme

Flowblade video editor deserves a look. An updated version came out recently. It looks slicker than OpenShot but easier than AviDemux.

http://code.google.com/p/flowblade/

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Best-Known Network Diagnostic Tool Gets Major Version Update 1 year 2 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 3 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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Ubuntu 16.04 Released 9 months 4 weeks ago vandamme

I have no problems with Ubuntu Unity, but trying Ubuntu MATE, it looks like it's more noob friendly. I think I could recommend it to any Windows user and they'd get to know it easily. Kubuntu is a nice alternative if you like that look.

But wait a month or two. Cosmetic stuff I don't even notice, but some bugs need to be sorted out. Kind of like buying a car the first month they come out. Of course I don't mind helping out by getting the new version and torturing it. But I can always boot into Mint 17.3 when all else fails. The new Mint won't be out until June, after Ubuntu gets cleaned up for them.

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Free Driver Lets You Print From Any Program to a PDF File 9 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

You can open, edit, and print PDF files in LibreOffice. Then export back to PDF if need be.

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187,000 Free Hi-Res Images To Use As You Wish 1 year 1 month 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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A Video Studio In Your Browser. For Free. 9 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

It will take me an hour just to read the Terms and Conditions, and translate from Lawyerese to English.

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Create Amazing Effects By Removing Colours From Your Images 7 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

Photo B&C is 30 day shareware.

I'm thinking there must be a way of doing the same thing in Gimp. The G'Mic filter set has a selective desaturation that I think does it.

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Full-Featured Desktop Publishing. Free And Open-Source. 1 year 3 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 1 month 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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An Amazingly Addictive Browser-Based Game 1 year 4 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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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 1 year 5 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 5 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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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 1 year 4 months ago vandamme

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

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 6 months 1 week ago vandamme

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

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You Can Get This $24 Music Notation Software For Free If You're Quick 5 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

MuseScore. Runs on Linux.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 1 year 4 months ago vandamme

Wifi dongles are a big sticking point for Linux. Most just plug in and work (check mfrs. website for compatibility). The driver is part of the Linux kernel.
The others, sometimes you can install Windows XP drivers using a package called ndiswrapper. Best to search forums at your Linux distro or your dongle maker.

All my PCs were Windows machines and now dual boot. Over the years I've reduced the Windows partitions to the bare minimum... just in case I need it or sell it. Hey, I paid for it. Mostly I run Mint because it looks like a clean version of XP.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 10 months 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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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 1 year 4 months ago vandamme

There's a new version of Lite out, and the long review at Distrowatch is required reading:
http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20151019#lite
Lite is underappreciated, probably because it uses an older version of Ubuntu as a base (because it Just Works). And the help system is great.

If you like a bit more cutting edge and visually appealing, try Elementary.

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It Rhymes With Oink And Could Just Make You Famous 1 year 5 months ago vandamme

Runs on Linux, and it is in many distro repositories.

SETI is a waste of time, but there are lots more that are actually useful.

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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 6 months 1 week 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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Best Free Project Manager 9 months 3 days 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 1 week 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 9 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 9 months 1 week 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 3 years 10 months 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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Nifty Free Windows Application for Batch Conversion, Resizing, and Renaming of Image Files 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie The second line says "...here’s a powerful little free program called Tinuous". The word "Tinuous" has italics around it. view
Quick and Easy Way to Troubleshoot, Repair, or Restore Windows 8 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie Your keyboard layout could be the reason the shortcut doesn't work. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 10 months ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 9 months ago v.laurie Because its software is very widely used, Adobe is a particular target for hackers but any reader can have a security flaw. Alternate readers (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-non-adobe-pdf-reader.htm) are probably attacked less often but I would disable JavaScript on any reader unless I specifically needed it. As one commenter suggests, taking precautions before opening any PDF is always called for. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Whoops! I am becoming dyslexic in my old age. Thanks, Joe. view
How to Add Your Favorite Folder or Program to (My) Computer in Windows 7 and 8 3 years 10 months ago v.laurie I'm not quite sure what you did. Are you saying that there is no folder "\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Network Shortcuts". You say "Network was not there" but the folder you want is "Network Shortcuts". view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 8 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
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 9 months ago v.laurie Browser plug-ins and add-ons can have similar vulnerabilities. view
Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 3 years 9 months ago v.laurie Because of interest, I am now writing a tip on how to disable JavaScript in all the popular free PDF readers. view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie Joe, I tried the test in both Windows 7 64-bit and Windows 8.1 64-bit. Both said my FF 38.0.1 was unsafe. I also have add-ons and had to disable NoScript since the test uses JavaScript. view
How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie This and other mouse tricks are covered in this previous tip http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/secret-mouse-tricks-windows-8.htm view
How to Disable JavaScript in Popular Free PDF Readers 3 years 9 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the information. view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie This article (as it says) is for Windows 8.1. If you want something for Windows 7, the article points to http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-free-more-space-your-hard-dr.... view
What Your PC Will Need if You Want to Upgrade to Windows 10 1 year 8 months ago v.laurie You have to either enter the command with the full path for the file Coreinfo.exe or run it in a command window referenced to the same folder that contains Coreinfo.exe. See this article - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-open-windows-command-prompt-any-folder.htm. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie Take a look at http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-emulator.htm view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie I understood you to be trying the Dism method. Sorry, if I misunderstood. The method for Windows 7 uses Disk Cleanup and if that is not working for you, more information about what is happening might help. Please post your problem in the forum where help with individual problems can be given. view
Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 year 9 months ago v.laurie What happens if you run the test using FF in safe mode? view
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie Sometimes there are boot or other problems that require the use of an external medium. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie Quote from the referenced review: "In addition to mounting images to virtual drives, Gizmo Drive allows you to create ISO images from a disk or folder" view
How to Check the Size and Reclaim Disk Space from WinSxS in Windows 8.1 1 year 11 months ago v.laurie Yes, dism.exe is in Windows 7 but they added new switches in Windows 8.1. These commands are not available in Windows 7. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 9 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
How to Repair a Windows 7 System with an Installation Disc 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie As explained in a previous tip (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-iso-files-are-how-open-and-...), you cannot just copy an ISO file to the USB drive. If you want a bootable USB drive see http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbPage.Help_Win7_usbdvd... or http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-utility-creates-bootable-us... view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie Tech Tips are intended to be fairly short and not encyclopedic. However, it would be very interesting to have a full article of the type you suggest. We would be very happy to look at it if you would like to submit one. Go to this link http://www.techsupportalert.com/write-for-gizmos.htm and maybe you will become an author of articles for Gizmo's. view
What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 3 years 11 months ago v.laurie I do not personally know of one but I suppose you can always unpack an ISO, add the files, and then reform the ISO. Maybe someone else knows of a program. view
A Superb PC Troubleshooting Tool 2 years 4 days ago v.laurie Also see http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-find-out-which-windows-proce... and this previous article http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/powerful-free-windows-system-too.... view
What to Do with a Hung or Unresponsive Windows 7 Program 3 years 10 months ago v.laurie I assume you mean the email that goes out to Gizmo subscribers. I don't see the email but all the links pertinent to tips are in the body of the article. view
Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 1 year 9 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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