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16 weeks 22 hours ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

There are some people who might feel EMET is a sufficient defense but the general answer to your question is that it does not replace antivirus programs.

15 weeks 6 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

Thanks for noting that. You are right that Microsoft does not include XP in the list of supported systems. However,EMET 4.1 is still available for download.

15 weeks 3 days ago Free Microsoft Windows Security Tool EMET is Upgraded to Version 5.0 v.laurie

The article referred to is about an earlier preview version of EMET 5 that was released months ago, not the latest version.

15 weeks 2 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Rick, it is true that the Winkey+I opens a somewhat different Charms bar depending on whether you are on the Desktop or Start screen. However, the procedure described in Tips 1 and 2 works from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Tips 4 and 5 give explicit directions about where to begin. You mention RT. These tips were not tried on Windows RT.

15 weeks 2 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Did you click "Change PC settings" at the bottom of the Charms bar?

15 weeks 2 days ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

I appreciate that you want to be helpful and I don't want to drag this out but your reference to RT is puzzles me. Also. I have no problem starting from either the Desktop or the Start screen. Maybe you could send me an email?

15 weeks 1 day ago Five Windows 8.1 Tips You Need to Know v.laurie

Yes, that is correct. That is why the first step in Tip 4 says explicitly, "Go to the Start screen".

14 weeks 3 days ago Give Your Gmail Messages a New Look with this HTML Formatting Tip v.laurie

My face is red. I goofed big time and left out a crucial point. You can't enter HTML into a Gmail message directly but have to copy and paste from a browser or HTML editor. I will correct the tip. Thanks, Mike, for waking me up. Firefox should work then.

14 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer v.laurie

Misty27, thanks for the information. This category has no editor at the moment and I am just a caretaker. However, I will change the statement about no portable version.

14 weeks 18 hours ago How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help v.laurie

Welcome back. Unfortunately we do not provide individual support in the comments. Please post your question in our forum. There is a lot of help there.

14 weeks 11 hours ago Severe Problems with Windows August Updates v.laurie

There are several ways to get to the settings. Here is one:
Control Panel--System and Security--Windows Update--Change Settings

Also see

13 weeks 6 days ago Severe Problems with Windows August Updates v.laurie

The only place I know of that routinely and systematically reports on the updates to avoid is in the paid version of a well-known newsletter. Maybe some of our members know of a free one.

However, there are numerous forums and blogs where problems with updates are often reported. This is not done in a systematic way but here are some suggestions:

There are many others and readers may have other suggestions.

13 weeks 5 days ago Ten Top Windows Tips v.laurie

Many thanks, Sgluber.

11 weeks 6 days ago Ten Top Windows Tips v.laurie

The list was not specifically directed at Windows 7. It is based on popularity as measured by number of reads. Windows 7 is considerably more popular than Windows 8. If you are interested in Windows 8 tips, you can find plenty of them by looking at past Tech Tips or doing a site search.

11 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an editor.

11 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager v.laurie

Thanks for the information. This category is currently without an active editor.

11 weeks 2 days ago Use this Free Utility to Help Make Your Windows Files Easier to Organize and Find v.laurie

File Meta enables a capability for certain metatags already built into Windows. You cannot create new ones with it. However, there are several useful editable fields that will be added to context menu. One is called "Comments" and gives you plenty of flexibility. Other useful ones are "Tags", "Subject", "Categories".

Hope that answered your question.

10 weeks 20 hours ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Is it only when you move the mouse that the PC wakes up? I am not sure why that would be a problem unless the PC wakes up when you are not there. Did you check the settings in the Logitech software? Otherwise, I don't have an answer to your problem but maybe another member can help.

8 weeks 1 day ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at, there will be knowledgeable people to help you.

8 weeks 21 hours ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

I am certainly sorry to hear that you are having problems. From what you say I don't know what went wrong with your system. Removing it should be in Contriol Panel. Did you back up before installing EMET? Try posting your problem at the Microsoft EMET forum at You can also try our forum

I am not familiar with this tool but you can take a look at it.

7 weeks 1 day ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC v.laurie

I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems.

6 weeks 4 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it.

6 weeks 16 hours ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

CursorFX is not compatible with Windows 8 according to the Stardock site.

5 weeks 3 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

Doesn't work in Windows 7 and does not boot directly to Safe Mode in 8.1 but opens a screen where you can choose some troubleshooting options.

5 weeks 3 days ago Easy Way to Open Safe Mode in Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 v.laurie

It's a useful trick and worth knowing about.

2 weeks 6 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

Cerainly sorry to hear you are having problems. Did you do a system backup before making changes? I don't use Outlook so I don't know the tool in this reference ( but you might look into it.

2 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

It works for me.

2 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus.

2 weeks 4 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Preparing a repair disk is described here:

2 weeks 1 day ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together.

On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this.

Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible.

1 week 6 days ago How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Thanks, Anupam.

2 days 21 hours ago Best Free Technical Support Sites v.laurie

We are unable to respond to individual support requests here. Please post details of your query in our forum:

1 year 27 weeks ago Microsoft Flight Simulator. It's Back And It's Free. Uto

Windows 7 is not required, only recommended. (
Download size is 1,804.00 MB.

1 year 34 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

I've already signed up for this offer and received my sign up email and currently uploading my data using Zoolz. I have to admit it is much better than i have expected.

They are sending patches every couple of hours for a number of people in the queue that is why the difference in the numbers @ nojmit mentioned.

1 year 33 weeks ago Want 100GB Of Free Cloud-Based Storage? UtkuB

No, you have signed up for "Zoolz Business" register for the zoolz free and wait for the email to get your 100 GB.

21 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

19 weeks 3 days ago Use This Keyboard App When Sliding Is Faster Than Typing UserError

YEAH! The Android L keyboard works perfectly. Couple it with the 'material' skin and it's a winner. The swipe input method works great and there are lots of customization options.

A much better option than AOSP Keyboard or Google Keyboard. And it's free! FY!

4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software UserError

If I may put my two cents in, Bitdefender free edition is not a good choice.

You have to download an installer -an offline intaller simply does no exist- and the installation needs several consecutive downloads even after the installation. The first definitions update takes a while and sometimes goes wrong, so the program forces you to start the updating process again. I know this because I tried installing bitdefender on different PCs from friends and relatives, so I can say the process isn't as smooth as you'd want.

The installer does not include an uninstaller, you have to download a third party one if you ever get bored (or annoyed) by Bitdefender. Also, you have 30 days to test the product, after that period you are forced you to create a free BitDefender account or login with facebook or G+ within the app to continue using the product.

IMHO, not the best of approaches.

1 year 12 weeks ago How to Repair Corrupt or Damaged Windows System Files with System File Checker uros

I have a problem whent a started an pc it shoved to press start windows normaly, safemode,safe mode with command prompt,last known good configuration and when i pressed evry one of them it showed up .Windows failed to start. A recent hardware or software change,might be the cause and this

Windows failed to load because a critical syset driver is missing or corupt and a bunch of other things and some status:oxcoooooof and after i press enter
choose an operating system to start.,or press
TAB to to select a tool then there is windows 7 to press and to press tab for windows memory Diagnostic and when i press enter again on wondows 7 it is back on the first page please help

1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software UPflyer

Audacity, would be my recomendation. I am using Windows 7 64 bit, and an older version of Audacity (1.3)-No problems.
Simply import a copy of your MP3 file, Audacity will prompt you to do this or it will convert your original file. Click Export as WAV(to wherever you want to store it ). The process takes a few seconds.

1 year 12 weeks ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour undine

Thank's for the good tip.I have been doing this in the past with XXX. This is much easier to do. Would you happen to know where the registry key would be to change the background color of Windows File Explorer? Keep up the good work. Grady.

43 weeks 2 days ago Grinning Geckos (Wallpaper of the Week) Unc_Tarheel_4Ever

Thanks for sharing this wallpaper, got it on my desktop now & it's so cool. Also have to give you a shout out cuz that was the 1st time I'd visited that specific wallpaper site. It boogled my mind at the huge variety & quantity of HD wallpapers contained on that site where the geckos were. I added it to my customized browser start-up page instantly & am heading back there now to start exploring the site. Great Article & Post!!!

51 weeks 5 days ago Best Freeware Download Sites Unbravewintermute

I was wondering if and are worth adding to the list. Filehorse is very similar to filehippo and dowloadcrew is similar to without the proprietary downloader .

45 weeks 5 days ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software Unbravewintermute

I think it's worth noting that a fork DVD Flick has been made by new developer and includes many fixes and updates. The original developer seems to have abandoned it. Info: and here

1 year 3 weeks ago Save On Expensive Ink And Paper With A Free Browser Add-On Unanimous Cowherd

Very nice extension, though the ads would put me off.
Evernote has a great extension for Firefox and Chrome called "Clearly", which can be used for printing, though it is designed to aid long-form reading:

1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Dictionary and Thesaurus Utility UltraCraig64

I would like to warn others about a little caveat with Wordweb, as a former user. The program itself is excellent, and from what I could tell, is completely worthy of its Gizmo's Freeware award. But there is a condition if one wishes to use the free version after 30 days. Let me share with you an excerpt from the Wordweb developers' site:

"WordWeb free version may be used indefinitely only by people who take at most two commercial flights (not more than one return flight) in any 12 month period. People who fly more than this need to purchase the Pro version if they wish to continue to use it after a 30-day trial period."

I had not previously read this, and answered truthfully that I had in fact taken more than two one-way flights in the past year. Now I can supposedly never use the free version again, because of my alleged contribution to global warming. A real shame. And for a strong political stance on an issue that I largely call into question, but that is neither here nor there. The point is that it is conditional freeware, so I just wanted others to keep this in mind. Well, at least I didn't tell any "fibs" come the trial's end. No moral dilemmas here! I would still highly recommend the product, although I plan to check out the other programs featured here for my own personal use. Wordweb's free version is sadly no longer an option for me. Maybe in future updates, the author of this review can include a disclaimer.

1 year 23 weeks ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer UltraCraig64

I've been having a great experience with Toolwiz Care for about a month now. I feel it actually trumps Iobit's product (I was a big fan in the past before I learned about the company from this site), and it's not from a shady company. I look forward to seeing what Toolwiz comes up with next.

43 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Online Backup Sites UltraCraig64

This article seems heavily outdated, so I wanted to bring light to some other free online backup services.

First, there is Mega. As in the Megaupload guys. Mega allows for a whopping 50gb of cloud storage space. There is end-to-end encryption, and if you lose your password, it's lost forever. Very secure. See what you guys think.

There is also Mediafire, which has been around for quite a few years now. You can get 10gb, and there is also a desktop app which makes the whole process more convenient. They also have mobile apps, so you can connect with multiple devices.

Then there is Surdoc, which offers 100gb of cloud storage space. Wow. They also have mobile apps, and encrypt the files, although I'm not sure of the specifics with that. offers 100gb as well, and also claims to provide some type of security with your files.

And lastly, offers 15gb of cloud storage space. They offer shareable storage space between different users and everything is syncable. They use Barracuda's cloud storage servers, which may provide extra security.

I hope this helps with updating the article. I would be very curious to know if the ones who offer more would come out ahead, or if the ones who offer less can compenstate for a lack of space with a competent user experience.

11 weeks 3 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk uberdoku

Hi, perused through most of the comments and haven't seen this yet, hoping you can help:

I already had Windows 7 on my laptop but HD crashed. Swapped it with a new one and when I started it back up it asked for a bootdisk. Downloaded a bootdisk to a USB, inserted it, and the laptop asked for a boot manager. I downloaded a boot manager iso, Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 (32 Bit), but it's not working when I boot up--still getting the same error "BOOTMGR is missing..."

Any suggestions?

Thanks much,

34 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program txtechie

I have tried many versions of Freemake and they all crash while loading MPEG2(ripped DVD using DVD Shrink) files (4-5 files around 4GB total). I've tried it on two different Windows 7 machines. Both crash. Five stars? Have not tried any of the older versions to see if that solves the issue.
My personal preference is MediaCoder. You must know a little about video formats and should invest some time on the website's Tips and Guides blog.

1 year 31 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Interesting. However Virus Total did find 2 problems:
- Jiangmin found: TrojanDownloader.Generic.reb
- TrendMicro-HouseCall found: TROJ_GEN.F47V0120

Question: is the "60 second scanner" safe to use ?

1 year 31 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Thanks MC.
Nevertheless, does anybody have evidence that these alerts are indeed "false positive" produced by Virus Total ?

1 year 31 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng

Thank you mr6n8.
It looks now as a real mystery.

The software that I downloaded from BitDefender site is labeled "60Second.exe".
Here are results of my scan with VT - 2 hits.

However, I did find the software that you used "60Second_x86.exe" on a third party site. It came out clear on VT test.

Does anybody know what is going here?

1 year 31 weeks ago Complementary Virus Scanner Adds Another Layer Of Security txeng


Thank you both mr6n8 and MC for responding to my questions. In fact my own problem is solved, and I can try "60Second_x86.exe".

However, my long experience with Quality Management prevents me from stopping here, and I need to add the following comments, which are mainly addressed to MC - Site Manager.

While my problem was solved, other folks might fall in the same trap. We therefore need to take a Corrective Action [Quality Management term, but you'll see that it agrees with common sense].

One of several Corrective Actions can be taken:
[a] The original article might be amended with a link for downloading the full installer, as opposed to a "loader".
[b] An appropriate comment might be added to the original article.
[c] Any other action for accomplishing the same.

However, this is not the end yet. There is also a need for a Preventative Action [again, terminology]. Here we have to look across the board and see where else might we have the same or similar problem. In this respect, the Site Manager might be able to get the action going.

Not having expertise in software, I can only suggest that whenever one downloads a "loader" one has a great chance of negative results from scanning with VT. If this is right, the Site might, for instance, adopt a policy of only furnishing links to "installers" as opposed to "loaders". Naturally, there might be other ways to carry out the Preventative Action which are beyond my expertise.

Well, this is a long comment, but acting as indicated will clearly improve the reliability and quality of the Site, and its service to us, its users.

Regards, texeng

5 weeks 3 days ago Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To txeng

Great idea to publish this article. I'm sure that many folks like myself forgot all these permissions. Now we realize what's going.
Thanks, DM

1 year 36 weeks ago Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online twn

Security Engineering — The Book

It's beautiful. This is the best book on the topic there is’ - Bruce Schneier

1 year 32 weeks ago Best Free Android Apps twinkler

Thanks for this great list!

aContacts hasn't been updated in over three years and its Play listing says "Not fully compatible with Android 2.0"

39 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Thanks for your excellent survey of image viewers. I've been trying to decide between XnView and FastStone, but now I have another half-dozen to consider!

I thought I'd offer that Pictomio displays an ad banner along the bottom and hasn't been updated since 2012.

38 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer twinkler

Even though the website says kuView's portable, I couldn't find a portable version. When I installed the only version I found, I had to very carefully click the dim "Decline" button repeatedly to avoid getting other software installed along with it.

33 weeks 2 days ago Free Time-Saving Hints For Your Office Programs twinkler

MC, I've been a donating supporter of this site for many years. I'm deeply grateful to everyone who makes it happen, including you, and I understand the need to eliminate unnecessary work for the volunteers who kindly donate their time. As a user and promoter of freeware and open source software, I'm glad that this site focuses on noncommercial software.

However, I was surprised and uncomfortable to encounter the idea that we can't even MENTION the name of a commercial product during a discussion. This led me just now to review the forum & site rules ( Here's rule 18:

"References to commercial software : Members/visitors may refer to commercial products in either forum posts, or main site comments, but may not include links** to them. The content in such posts must be relevant to the topic being discussed, and not posted as an endorsement for promotional purposes, or discuss the features and abilities of a commercial product."

Please consider either revisiting your decision or updating the rules to reflect current practices. Many thanks!

12 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Search and Replace Utility twinkler

Thanks for these reviews. I see that the page for Replace Text says "Please note that Replace Text is no longer supported and has known problems with some Windows 7 installations."

1 year 7 weeks ago How to Restore the Google Chrome Browser New Tab Page to the Previous Appearance twigginsfl

Sweet! Thanks!

1 year 40 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install tweetiepooh

In the corporate world you may be stuck with older versions of JRE since that's what vendors certify there products with. And some are slower than others at moving forward. You get real fun when one has updated but others haven't. Then you can get conflicts if one vendor requires one version and another vendor specifies a different version.

1 year 1 week ago Five Really Simple Tricks and Tips that Solve a Lot of PC Problems tweetiepooh

Yup, a good old reboot oft works wonders. Sometimes just restarting the application can do the trick. Shame Windows needs this, remembering the 14 years up time on some of our non-MS servers. And when the technology to patch running kernels becomes more widespread, even less down time.

17 weeks 4 days ago Budding Muso? Get The Chords To Any Song On Youtube tweetiepooh

My account says it's free until 1 September

6 days 2 hours ago How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page tweetiepooh

I just checked and I see no ads, just lots of previously visited common pages. I pin some as I use them daily others are just added.

5 days 22 hours ago Microsoft Visual Studio Now Free For Non-Commercial Use! tweetiepooh

Must be a way to write this to USB as many folks already do that for Linux ISO images.

1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free Backgammon Software turgut good backgammon software. There is a free version with some restrictions.

1 year 19 weeks ago How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu tuna

Ever since the advent of 'pinning' to the taskbar I unpin all & reload quick launch b/c I don't care for 'pinned' apps that can barely be distinguished between closed, minimized or multi instances. So I just add new toolbar pointed to the QL folder that never went away.

Same is true in 8 with the start menu, the folders are still there(and populate when new S/W loaded), it's just the links that were taken from us, the customers. So, new toolbar pointed to start menu gives me all the 'Programs'. Of course, I move the user items to the All Users folder for simplicity rather than link to both.

This does not give options for MY Comp, My Docs, Control Panel, etc in 1st Start Menu window, but shortcuts can be added to it...or to the QL toolbar.

User Start Menu
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

All Users Start Menu
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

If anyone is interested, User Quick Launch folder:
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

For extra shortcut goodness, you can right-click>Properties on your shortcuts and map custom CTRL+ALT+(any key) mappings for your fav apps. Soon you won't need Metro OR the Start Menu(but links need to be in SM folder or on Desktop for CTRL+ALT+(any key) functionality.

1 year 17 weeks ago Best Free Web Browser tuna

Gotta share my love for Waterfox. I like the customization aspect of Pale Moon, and it is faster than FF, but Waterfox opens and renders noticeably faster than Pale Moon for me. I use both regularly with separate, but identical, profiles. Am searching hi & low for new alts not dependent on the MozGoog agenda. The Old 5 are all untrustworthy, IMO. Getting ready to try Kmeleon, I am stuck on the simplicity of Live Bookmarks but fed up with all the over-engineering to influence/report/rig my "experience". I never considered I would live to see a fox jump a shark...

1 year 16 weeks ago Best Free Browser Scrubber tuna

Would someone please explain to me why it is after running latest CCleaner w/ FlashPlayer selected and after Control Panel>Flash Player has been "Delete All"ed that a 3yo, unmaintained flashcookiescleaner still finds and deletes multiple flash cookies? I'm a big fan of Pririform software, but this smacks of misleading advertising(go figure)... or am I missing something?

Is there a way to make CCleaner truly remove ALL flash cookies as advertised or must it be run in conjunction w/ a Flash cleaner?

***My browser is locked down and clears history w/ all selected when I close. I personally use NoScript and get NO cookies, but most people can't grok it so they disable it or call/text/email me frequently until I disable it for them.

1 year 36 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android tuananh1988

The best music app for android here:

The easiest way to access the largest music and video library from anywhere. Rather than selling you MP3s and music vidoes, vMusic lets you stream unlimited songs from a huge library with more than 15 Milion Songs and Videos.
- Search and play songs and videos
- Bookmark your farovite music videos
- Billboard music charts
- Save music to SD Card
- Song quality: 128 kbps and 320 kbps
- Share your favorite songs on Facebook and Twitter.
- Lyrics and Artist info

1 year 24 weeks ago How to Really Speed up File Copying in Windows tsuyoshiyasuda88

Hey guyz!!!
The fastest way to speed up your copy is by using ExtremeCopy. Download Here! Free and easy to use! I've been using it for 5 years now!!!

1 year 45 weeks ago Best Free Android Apps tsndnm

While loitering around Google Play I found this app called SURDOC. This is basically an online backup app. They are presently offering a ridiculous 100GB of storage for a year . So if anyone is looking for a temporary harddisk online you may want to give it a try. Though the survival of the service remains to be seen...

Note :
1. The 100 GB is available via the app store only.
2. Last date to get that much space seems to be 15-01-2013.
3. Only Almighty knows the catch behind?

1 year 41 weeks ago Best Free Web Browser tsndnm

Just came across an(other) open source browser (it is still in beta, and appears to be actively developed)

as per their homepage

xombrero is a minimalist web browser with sophisticated security features designed-in, rather than through an add-on after-the-fact. In particular, it provides both persistent and per-session controls for scripts and cookies, making it easy to thwart tracking and scripting attacks.

Hope it is worth your time...

1 year 33 weeks ago Best Free Email Software tsndnm

Thunderbird Users who would like to connect to MS Exchange based accounts may want to try the ExQuilla extension. I (personally) think this extension reduced the gap between Thunderbird & M$ Outlook by miles!

1 year 19 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

I am sorry to have to make the comments I feel obliged to make, and my goal is not to offend, but merely to defend correct use of the English language.
I really feel that when publishing a public article, the least one can do is make the effort to use a spell checker, and in this case Microsoft Word, so as to avoid as serious an error as the use of the word 'manor' for 'manner' - that is inexcusable in my book, as it demonstrates that the concept that the writer has for the meaning and use of the word is fundamentally flawed. In the case of someone writing in a foreign language such an error would be more understandable, but I do not believe this to be the case here.
Additionally, if you were to try and translate this concept (the use of the word 'manor' for 'manner') into Spanish for example, this could lead to considerable confusion, as you would in the cited example be saying 'en una mansión satisfactoria' instead of 'en una manera satisfactoria' - perhaps you might agree that when looked at in this light this is not like a mistype or other such error, it means that what you have written is the actual mental concept you have of the word 'manner', and at the risk of repeating myself, this is a serious matter, at least for anyone who cares about the correct use of their language. In my case it makes me question the seriousness of the article being discussed, when this type of error appears in the very first paragraph.
Thank you for reading this.

1 year 19 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

I do appreciate the articles provided, however without wanting to split hairs, this is not a simple spelling mistake, or I would not have mentioned it. The fact is that not only those whose mother tongue is English read these articles. For their sake I feel that it is imperative that editors make sure that correct terminology is used. I am sure that you must appreciate how it makes you feel when you try and wade through a very badly translated manual for example, when one ends up totally confused? It is in order to mitigate the spreading of this tendency that I feel compelled to not allow even what appears to be a small error go unnoticed.
What makes this particular incident worthy of such attention is the fact that it is introducing an app that assists with memorizing a foreign language - if what is being said makes no sense in English, then how does the editor expect someone using a translator such as Google to read the article to understand what is being said? I think that I have gone out of my way to demonstrate that this was not a simple mistype - if you fail to appreciate the importance of correct use of the language in such articles, then that is your opinion. I personally find it offensive. Thank you for taking the time and trouble to respond, let's agree to disagree, but perhaps you might gently mention the points I made to the writer of this article with a view to perhaps opening his eyes to something that he may not even have considered. It may actually be helpful rather than destructive.
Thank you.
PS, I now see that the word has been corrected, for which I am appreciative, and on behalf of anyone else who might have been confused by the original text, thank you. The article now makes perfect sense and can be taken more seriously. I applaud you for your humble attitude and goodwill - that is what might make this world a better place for all of us.

1 year 19 weeks ago Memrise a new Language truthseeker57

Hello Nick, thank you for taking the time to respond in person, I was starting to lose patience with the poster who had been defending you, and I am really glad that you show a greater understanding of the point I was trying to make than he, 'nuff said. In case anyone is about to raise their finger to accuse me of racism, I have the same attitude toward my own errors in whichever country I happen to be endeavouring to learn the language, whether it be France or Spain or anywhere else, I have done my level best to learn the language as best as I am able and learn from those willing to correct my mistakes out of respect for their language.
I am glad that you are able to acknowledge the error, and that you have shown yourself open to constructive criticism. That is one way to grow...
I'll probably never have a manor either, I suppose with things as they are we are lucky to have a roof over our heads. All the best.


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1 year 22 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's something interesting you bring up - I've done some research, and figured out that the AVRCP 1.3 profile is not yet supported natively on android. What device do you have? Some device makers have added support, so your device probably has added support. To put it simply, not all devices with the latest version of android support that, which makes it hard for app developers to use that feature. Google has planned to add AVRCP 1.3 support in API level 18 (the next major version of android), which should be out within the next month or so. Then, depending on your device, it will probably take a while until you get that update.
Long story short, if you wait until your device gets updated to Android 4.3 or 5.0 (at the moment no one is sure what will come out next), there will be more more apps supporting it - and they'll probably support it better.

1 year 10 weeks ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Moboplayer and MX Player are more like media players - they can play music files, but they can't really be used to organize anything. I've reviewed them here: As to the other app you mentioned, that's a paid app (the trial version is for 15 days only), and I'm only covering free apps.

1 year 1 week ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

In case you still are subscribed to replies to your comment, Android 4.3 has support for AVRCP 1.3, and I am 95% sure that MixZing supports it. As I don't have access to a car with AVRCP 1.3 Bluetooth support, I can't test it like that, but when I connect my device to my computer (windows) via bluetooth to play music through it, music information pops up, and I am 95% sure that this is going through the AVRCP 1.3 protocol.

36 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Thanks for your feedback.
To your first point: I'll check it out, it looks interesting, especially looking at its tablet interface (and seriously, there are way too few apps apps with decent tablet interfaces...)
Second: Exactly what country the firm comes from is less relevant - which is why I said I didn't know exactly what language it was. The problem remains, which is that it doesn't work well in English.
Third: I was sort of figuring that VLC was more of a media player - and if it isn't a music player in that sense, I won't post the review here, but maybe in the Best Free Media Player article ( ).

35 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Hi, and sorry for the delay. From the way I understood it, you plan on having your music files organized into folders, and you want to be able to play all music files in a folder in the proper order. I'm also going to assume you're using Windows. You'll just have to make sure you call the music files something like "01 intro", "02 second track", etc., so that the music player knows what order to play them in - if you're using Windows Media Player, you can have that done automatically in most cases. On your phones, transferring music is very simple - just plug your phone into the computer with the USB cable, and your phone should ask you to connect "USB Mass Storage", together with a picture of an android with one of its arms turned into a USB plug. If that doesn't come up, disconnect your phone, go into settings (on your phone), and into "Storage". Press your phone's menu button, and the choose "USB computer connection" (it could be slightly different - it just has to be something along those lines). You should have a window pop up which says "Connect as..." - and make sure "Mass Storage" or "USB mass storage" or something like that is checked (MTP or PTP should not be checked). Then reconnect your phone, and then the "USB Mass Storage" with the Android picture will come up. Click "USB Mass Storage", and then after a bit of time (not more than a minute), it will pop up on your computer just like a memory stick. After that, you can just copy over the files the way you would onto a memory stick (don't forget to safely remove the phone the way you would with a memory stick). As to the app itself, Mixzing has a folder browser. Another app I've heard of from other editors here is Folder Music Player ( ). You can give that one a try if you want, as well - although I haven't tried it myself yet. If you're just looking to play the music by album, you can use pretty much any music player on the list, whereas Winamp is one of the simpler music players.
Let me know if you run into any issues.

31 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's odd, I have the same thing going on here. I'll have to look into it.

28 weeks 10 hours ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Well WinAmp has a good chance of coming back, since they were taken over by another company, and that company seems to be wanting to continue development. As to songbird, official development seems to be dead for good (I could be wrong). However, it's open source, so anyone could "fork" it (basically create their own version), and continue to make their own songbird app. If you knew or learned how to fork repositories, code, and build apps yourself, than there would be nothing preventing you from creating your own songbird app. At this point, I'm not finding much on Google Play, and I have my doubts as to whether someone will properly take up development, since the app didn't have too much that was special. However, it is possible - a great example is Astrid - as soon as it was shut down, forks appeared everywhere on Google Play.

27 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

Ah OK thanks, I'll edit that soon. The 40MB are how it used to be, now it's more like 20MB.

22 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

As to WMA files, unless the developer added his own codecs, it's device dependant - so, assuming the app doesn't have any extra codecs, if your device supports WMA files, the app will work with WMA files, and if your device doesn't support WMA files, the app won't work with WMA files. Otherwise, Pretty much all apps offer playlists, and both Rocket Music Player and MixZing have folder-based browsing.

20 weeks 17 hours ago Best Free Media Player for Android trainman261

Well, I'd have to know a little more about your setup to know exactly what you need, because there are several different possibilities when it comes to accessing devices or files across the network. I have not (yet) tried Samba Player, so I'm not too familiar with it, but it seems to be using the SMB, or Samba system. Assuming that's the case, DicePlayer, an app I have not reviewed here yet, is able to do that. However, I have not gotten it to work yet (although I haven't tried too hard at this point either). But you can go ahead and try it, it could well work for you.
However, if you want a surefire way to make it work (no guarantees, though) - and want the hardware acceleration MX Player offers, you can use ES File Explorer, and when you open a video, it will ask you which app you want to open it with. There, you can choose MX Player, and set it as default, if you want - or you can choose whatever other video player is listed there, if you prefer a different one. Of course, the app has to be installed if you want to be able to choose it when you open the video file.

18 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Media Player for Android trainman261

OK, well I guess I'm not the only person having issues with it.

17 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

That's a good setup - if you always have a good internet connection, which many don't. That's why this section is about music players and organizers - it's about finding apps that can play music and also organize parts of your library if need be. UPnPlay would belong to a different category of apps.

17 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I've just looked at the play store listing of JetAudio Basic, and while it might be worth a closer look, it's still missing some features, such as tag editing, an expanded notification bar, or multi-select.

17 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I'm not a fan of Apple either - that's why this article is discussing Android apps. Playlists are not some system that only Apple uses, it's used almost universally in different formats, and just about every music player supports playlists. Not everyone has time to organize their music into folders, and even if they do - then they only have their music sorted one way. Some people like it sorting their music in folders, others don't. If you don't like Apple, do what millions of others have done: switch to Android. Then you can take a look at some of the apps I've covered, many of which support folder-based playback.