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3 weeks 1 day ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems BearPup

Their site is DoTech.Org .

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3 weeks 1 day ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems BearPup

I have used many of these sites over the years - both receiving and giving help. One of the truths that all of these sites have in common, is that there are a hardcore group of people, usually with the highest number of "Thanks" or "Kudos"; find these people and seek out their advice. It'll save you a lot of time and frustration.

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3 weeks 1 day ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 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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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free PDF Writer Software Old Mike

Does anyone have a recommendation for bulk jpg to individual pdfs? I use PEF creator and its great but have to open one file at a time. With more than 300 files at hand, that is not an option. Plus, I am looking for 1:1 conversion instead of many to 1 pdf file. Any suggestion?
Thanks in advance.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility pomian

Puran Utilities to the Rescue.
We had a 2 Tb RAID 1 drive (One of them), used alone, being copied from on a MAC, when sudden power disconnect occurred.
Drive became unreadable under any system. (Mac, Linux, Win.) EASUS Partition Master saw it as 'Unknown', for example. Tried Easus, MiniTool, (Kickass undelete did not download.) Those two programs saw the files, but too big for their demo size.
PURAN found the files, found old partitions, old files, and all the files that were on the disc. We recovered them to an external hard drive. No Problems. But indeed, a very long process due to sector by sector searching. ~4 hour stages; 21 hours total is about right for 2 Tb.
(The neat thing is we found out that the so called 'new drive' my friend bought, had been used quite a lot before!)
Can't find a link to pay Puran some support, as they did a good job, and all for free.
Tad
PS(I am definitely not connected to any software company, and especially not Puran - but want to give credit, and help to those who follow....)

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3 weeks 1 day ago Finding A Simple Free FTP Program Jojo Yee

Wish you a Happy New Year, Robert. I use FileZilla when running in Linux and CoreFTP LE is my choice too for Windows.

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3 weeks 1 day ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems fullbug

Another good site is www.computerhope.com , that site has helped me solve issues many times, great staff as well....

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3 weeks 1 day ago Finding A Simple Free FTP Program Neil Parks

The best freeware FTP client is FireFTP. It is not a standalone program but instead is an extension for the Firefox web browser.

It essentially replaces the browser's interface with an ftp client 2-column interface. It is simple to set up, and it stores password information in the same way the browser does.

Here is a screenshot (Click on it to enlarge):

http://fireftp.net/features.html

(Note: if you are using Pale Moon as your browser, you will need to go to the Firefox add-ons site ("AMO") and look for older version 2.0.19.)

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Neil Parks

I'll take a look at that. Thanks.

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3 weeks 2 days ago How To Detect Drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows rhiannon

You're more than welcome!

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3 weeks 2 days ago TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use mj47

Had a problem with this program. I installed on Windows 7 pro 64-bit machine and after installation, computer would not wake up after sleep. Had to restart with power switch. Back to normal after uninstall - pity, I would have liked this to work.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Start the New Year with More Controls on Smartphones Av_Crazy

The same can be achieved now in lollipop with priority mode , atleast the first part

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Anupam

Please look at this review:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-mp3-tag-editor.htm

I find TagScanner to be quite good.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Godot is an advanced, feature packed, multi-platform 2D and 3D game engine. It provides a huge set of common tools, so you can just focus on making your game without reinventing the wheel ...":
http://www.godotengine.org/wp/
http://www.godotengine.org/wp/features/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Only if - It is a short surreal adventure puzzle game. The game's mechanics are experimental and are driven to defy the logic of "What you see is what you get". Such as jumping to your death will actually save you, or the environment changing when you're not looking, repeating the same mistakes will actually progress you forward and a few more concepts to play about ...":
http://gamejolt.com/games/puzzle/only-if/19230/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

gPodder downloads and manages free audio and video content ("podcasts") for you:
http://gpodder.org/

"... Newsbeuter is an open-source RSS/Atom feed reader for text terminals. It runs on Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X and other Unix-like operating systems. Newsbeuter's great configurability and vast number of features make it a perfect choice for people that need a slick and fast feed reader that can be completely controlled via keyboard ...":
http://www.newsbeuter.org/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... w3m is a pager and/or text-based browser. It can handle table, cookies, authentication, and almost everything except JavaScript ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/w3m/

"... Wyrd is a text-based front-end to Remind (https://www.roaringpenguin.com/products/remind), a sophisticated calendar and alarm program. Remind's power lies in its programmability, and Wyrd does not hide this capability behind flashy GUI dialogs. Rather, Wyrd is designed to make you more efficient at editing your reminder files directly. It also offers a scrollable timetable suitable for visualizing your schedule at a glance ...":
http://pessimization.com/software/wyrd/

Extcalc is a scientfic graphic calculator:
http://extcalc-linux.sourceforge.net/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

chkrootkit is a tool to locally check for signs of a rootkit:
http://www.chkrootkit.org/

Rootkit Hunter - security monitoring and analyzing tool for POSIX compliant systems:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rkhunter/

"... hostsblock:

Features:

- System-wide blocking (all non-proxied connections use the HOSTS file)
- Zip- and 7zip-capable (can download and process zip- and 7zip-compressed files)
- Non-interactive (can be run as a periodic cronjob without needing user interaction)
- Extensive configurability (allows for custom black and white listing, redirection, post-processing scripting, target HOSTS file, etc.)
- Bandwith-efficient (only downloads blocklists that have been changed, uses compression when available)
- Resource-efficient (only processes blocklists when changes are registered, uses minimal pipes)
- High performance blocking (when using dns caching and pseudo-server daemons)
- Extensive choice of blocklists included (allows user to customize how much or how little is blocked)
- Redirection capability (combats DNS cache poisoning) ...":

https://github.com/gaenserich/hostsblock
http://gaenserich.github.io/hostsblock/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Finding A Simple Free FTP Program Geekomatic

I've always used Filezilla-- or depending on what it is I'm working on, Kompozer.

Cheers & HNY!

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3 weeks 3 days ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems The Entity

For those with some tech knowledge you can't beat StackOverflow. You have to register to post or comment but there's help on nearly any aspect of coding, often too much. It's easy to get overwhelmed with info unless you really narrow down your search.

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3 weeks 3 days ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems David Roper

I am looking for DotTech by Ashraf. Loving that help.

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3 weeks 3 days ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems v.laurie

A number of the sites given in the article's list have threads for Linux and Macs. Just as one example, Tom's Hardware has a forum, "Linux/Free BSD", with over 33 thousand posts.

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3 weeks 3 days ago 12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems vandamme

All the sites listed above are for Windows, so are mostly useless for me.

I first go to the forum maintained by the Linux distro I'm using, or its derivative (e.g., Mint, Ubuntu). If I have a problem, a thousand others have had it too and a hundred have figured out the answer.

If I can't, there's a lot of small Linux forums but I find the best way of finding the topic is searching for it, making sure I use "linux" as one of the search terms.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Neil Parks

I'm not looking for a media player per se, because I play my mp3's and other audio files on the same player I use for video: K-Lite Mega Codec Pack with Media Player Classic Home Cinema.

What I want is an mp3 organizer that will let me create and edit ID3 tags for my mp3's. This is important to me because my Sansa ClipPlus chokes on mp3's that don't have a valid ID3.

Mp3tag is better than nothing, and I do make use of it.

A much better program would be "MP3 Organizer Pro" (freeware despite having "PRO" in the name). Unfortunately it seems to have been discontinued in 2010 and it does not work well on my 64-bit Win 7 computer.

Is there any modern program that could replace it?

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Site Ripper dalchina

It looks like FDM Downloader could, for example. See the Scheduler tab.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Site Ripper dalchina

Hi, I used to use WinHTTrack, and beyond basic usage, it's options lend themselves to expert use. For a long time and again now I also found its GUI wasn't updating as it did originally whilst downloading.

Suddenly I thought of FDM (Free download manager).
As well as handling normal downloads and torrents, it also features site ripping (HTML spider).

http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/

That it does this is not obvious. Look at the Downloads tab- to the right is a double angle arrow. Click on this and you see more tabs, including

HTML Spider.

Much simpler than WinHTTrack.

Finding the options is tricky.

Rt click on the URL of the page you are to download when added to FDM and look for "Web page downloading settings"

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

PyCharm community edition - Python IDE:
https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/
https://www.jetbrains.com/pycharm/download/

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Anjuta DevStudio is a versatile software development studio featuring a number of advanced programming facilities including project management, application wizard, interactive debugger, source editor, version control, GUI designer, profiler and many more tools. It focuses on providing simple and usable user interface, yet powerful for efficient development ...":
http://anjuta.org/

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Panzer

"... MUSICAN is an Audio-Player and organizer for Windows operating systems supporting most common audio formats ...":
http://www.musican.net/
http://www.musican.net/en/screenshots

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Panzer

"... A Thousand Words is a screen capture wizard with an editor. It's intended use is to allow less tech-savvy users to point out exactly what's wrong to helpers on forums and the like ...":
http://www.boredomsoft.org/a-thousand-words.bs

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3 weeks 4 days ago How To Detect Drivers for Unknown Devices in Windows RabitEars

Excellent! I have never known how to find the info; and so easy! Thanks Rhiannon.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover tinydancingcat

Just an update here on the SPYBOT listing. SPYBOT no longer provides real-time protection!

You have to buy SPYBOT to get that perk. Spybot will allow malware and spyware to access your computer in the free-ware version. It will only be removed if you scan your system and find it.

Bummer! SPYBOT use to be top of the line. But now they won't protect unless you pay.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Best Free eBook Reader for iOS KrinkleKrunk

That "Marvinapp" mentioned by Walter Eagle does look very interesting. Wish someone would review that here on Gizmo's. Hmmmmm.... perhaps I should do it....

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3 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback conceptualclarity

I was invited to the beta testing for a new website design. The deadline was Dec.31. In the US it's now early in the evening of New Year's Eve, but the beta comment forum is locked.

The beta pages are leaving out the Top Rated Articles box, the New Articles box, the Updated Articles box, and the Contribute box. I hope you will not go through with those changes.

The overall beta design is OK, but I like the current design better.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Super Smash Bros. Crusade:
http://gamejolt.com/games/platformer/super-smash-bros-crusade/6755/

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Telegram is a messaging app with a focus on speed and security, it’s superfast, simple and free. You can use Telegram on all your devices at the same time — your messages sync seamlessly across any of your phones, tablets or computers.

With Telegram, you can send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. You can also create groups for up to 200 people or send broadcasts to up to 100 contacts. As a result, Telegram is like SMS and email combined — and can take care of all your personal or business messaging needs ...":
https://telegram.org/

LinSSID - graphical wireless scanning for Linux:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/linssid/

Fingerprint GUI - use fingerprint devices with Linux:
http://www.ullrich-online.cc/fingerprint/index.php

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

hledger is a computer program for easily tracking money, time, or other commodities:
http://hledger.org/

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software Remah

Yes, there will be updates and further applications and categories added. Unfortunately, I am not available to work on this at present. I am a volunteer and have had to devote my time to other work so I am only answering questions at the moment. When my other project work is finished then I will be updating this article.

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3 weeks 5 days ago 32-bit and 64-bit explained Remah

Yes, it is hard to find an article that shows you how to find out without an operating system loaded.

If you know the name of the processor (CPU) in your computer then you can find out if it is 64-bit by searching online. Most new CPUs are at least 64-bit.

Here is an example using an 8 year-old "Intel Core 2 Duo T7500". I've provided links to the relevant Wikipedia articles:
Intel is the manufacturer and the article has links to each generation and brand of CPUs.
Core 2 is the brand of processor. The article says "Core 2 is a brand encompassing a range of Intel's consumer 64-bit x86-64 single-, dual-, and quad-core microprocessors based on the Core microarchitecture."
Duo means the CPU has two or dual cores.
T7500 is the model or processor number. Intel has its own ARK search tool which provides this T7500 specification sheet where is says the "Instruction set" is 64-bit.

Other processors can also be found on Wikipedia or at the manufacturer's website:
AMD processors at amd.com
VIA processors at via.com

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3 weeks 5 days ago Speed Up Your Hearing RickeeBoy

Hi All, (and especially lovers of Audiobooks) (and lets say these are 40hrs+)

Thanks for the Podcast info - I shall take a look soon.

Now there is another process also available which I run on Audiobooks - (and this can also be taken for Podcasts) Read on ..

Different Narrators talk in different ways - some are just down right painful to listen to (taking a long time and ruining a good book (or topic) - Some Narrators are brilliant bringing feeling, energy, life and are better than actually reading it yourself plus they can read quickly but these are usually expensive as they have had training.)

The cheap narrators are useless ..... but can be improved.

Speaking a passage is actually made up of both the spoken words and the gaps. Some narrators leave huge gaps.

ALSO - WE ALL LISTEN DIFFERENTLY - Some happily zoom through very fast spoken words but need gaps and some others like more normal words but happily shrink the gaps.

AUDACITY Provides the facility to ensure you get the fastest, most exciting, best MP3 to keep you interested and tailored just for you.

To reduce gaps to not waste time then Audacity handles this and its called :_
- TRUNCATE SILENCE (available under EFFECT) this reduces gaps (Db silence / time / to what you feel works for you.
- Also TEMPO is available to shorten the overall time for the passage without raising the Narrators Pitch.
- So it's best to create a few different Chains for different Narrators and save these - After a few books you get to know just the right Speedup to apply.
( I have about 4 different Chains for varying Truncate Silences + another 6 different chains for varying Tempo and another 5 chains which have a mixture of both - All will shorten the Audiobook but at some point it will become TOO SHORT and no longer enjoyable. The objective is to get it just right.

SEE here under Audacity Forum Search for - AUDIOBOOK MP3 SPEEDUP

http://forum.audacityteam.org/viewtopic.php?f=28&t=78880&p=245377&hilit=...

at Audacity Forum (Thanks Steve)and you too can get
1. More enjoyable Audio
2. Much faster Audio.
3. Get through books or learning quicker.
Any probs get in touch .:) ........ (Oh I've tested the MP3 Speedup available on MP3 Players but they are Total Rubbish )

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3 weeks 5 days ago Wallpaper of the Week: Happy New Year! rhiannon

Same wishes back at you. :)

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3 weeks 5 days ago Wallpaper of the Week: Happy New Year! rhiannon

Thank you very much for your kind words. :)
Really though, it's all of you who make the site as good as it is.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Disable Internet Explorer garth

Hi, sorry but we can't advise on such issues on the main site. If you would like to post re your problem in the forum someone may be able to advise on a solution.

all the best,
garth.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Another Program To Check For Software That Needs Updating Kyle_Katarn

Hi,

SUMo has been updated. Any new comment ?

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Disable Internet Explorer ferryden0

my HP laptop keyboard is showing double symbols when I press the keys k, ax dx
is there anybody who can help

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Photo Slideshow Software StahlSS

Hi spaarks,

You did not indicate if you wanted a free program to do your conversion or if you needed a movie like output for your time-lapse images.

In any, case you could use a program such as Adobe Premiere Elements for a movie type result or just eliminate the transitions in the slideshow program you are using. Almost all the slideshow programs I have tried will allow you to remove the transitions entirely or reduce the transition time to zero for the same effect. You may have to adjust the image sizes and/or positions for a smoother effect in the overall sequence.

And, No I have not given up editing this category, but I am amazed at the reduction of interest in the little work involved to produce a better end product (such as you want) by a lot of people these days (as evident by the reduction in computer classes in Senior Centers in many cities !),

If you need additional details, let me know.

Don Stahl

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free iPad Apps artsiii

I don't understand why there are no free antivirus programs for ipad. Is there a built in antivirus or what. With the millions of ipad's being used there must be many viruses trying to get in.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader Jason2014

Foxit apparently installed a McAfee Security Scan tool onto my PC without asking for permission, as it popped up asking to update a short while after I downloaded Foxit and I hadn't made any other changes to my PC. It was easy enough to uninstall, but still, makes me wonder what else they are willing to do.

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3 weeks 6 days ago TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use Anupam

You are welcome :).

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3 weeks 6 days ago TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use Sgluber

Nice tip, Anupam... thank you! :-)

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3 weeks 6 days ago TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use KrinkleKrunk

Thanks for the "heads-up" alexxx46.

After reading the reviews on cnet I think I will give this software a pass. Although this may be a newer version I've got better things to do than risk a borked install and subsequent repair.

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3 weeks 6 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. Jacal

It is on Gizmo's list of best image viewers. Al programs there are fine.

To be fair, I have tried Diffractor again, but I am still missing too many features and settings. I didn't find an option to turn colour management on, for instance. And still don't like the jumpy interface. On the other hand, it seems stable and searching is fast and efficient.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... NetworkManager is a set of co-operative tools that make networking simple and straightforward. Whether Wi-Fi, wired, bond, bridge, 3G, or Bluetooth, NetworkManager allows you to quickly move from one network to another: once a network has been configured and joined, it can be detected and re-joined automatically the next time its available ...":
https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/NetworkManager

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Meson Player is a very convenient music player if you don't need any flashy GUI to control playback or manage playlists. You just run it and then forget about it. The player is running in background. Switching tracks, volume control, loading and saving playlists, all of this performed by using hotkeys. Therefore, you can control the player while working in any application ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mesonplayer/

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Panzer

"... Meson Player is a very convenient music player if you don't need any flashy GUI to control playback or manage playlists. You just run it and then forget about it. The player is running in background. Switching tracks, volume control, loading and saving playlists, all of this performed by using hotkeys. Therefore, you can control the player while working in any application ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mesonplayer/

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

ArchAge:
http://www.trionworlds.com/archeage/en/

"... Dwarfs F2P - This is the Free-2-Play version of Dwarfs!? You can download the game and play the core game in Arcade mode, plus all the Tutorials and the Challenge modes completely free, forever. No charges, no subscriptions - just free ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/213650/

Puzzle Bobble:
http://www.y8.com/games/puzzle_bobble

"... Aether is an "Art Game" about personal childhood feelings and experiences ...":
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/459147

"... Spewer is a puzzle platformer that uses liquid physics though regurgitation as its core mechanic. Taking the role of a mysterious test subject, code named Spewer, you must vomit your way through over 60 levels of stomach turning puzzles, learning new abilities, changing forms and piecing together your purpose in life ...":
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/494129

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Photo Slideshow Software spaarks

Hope you don't give up editing this category.
am looking for a slideshow which can blend timelapse images so that they appear continuous, not just fadeout/fadein.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... pfstools package is a set of command line programs for reading, writing and manipulating high-dynamic range (HDR) images and video frames. It includes also Qt and OpenGL HDR image viewers. pfstools can be integrated with GNU Octave or matlab, so that it can serve as a toolbox for reading and writing HDR images ...":
http://pfstools.sourceforge.net/

The Unidentified Flying Raw (UFRaw) is a utility to read and manipulate raw images from digital cameras. It can be used on its own or as a Gimp plug-in:
http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

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3 weeks 6 days ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. crombierob

"I gots to know"

what is your -
"my long time default image viewer"

Dirty Harry

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3 weeks 6 days ago Speed Up Your Hearing Patrick.PB

Thanks for the tip on using Audacity.

There is another way that is even easier because it is automatic. I've been using the Android app BeyondPod for a few years and love several features. One of them is the ability to set the playback speed to the faster desired level for any podcast subscription.

http://www.beyondpod.mobi/android/index.htm

Another is the feature that allows the playback of new episodes to be prioritized.

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4 weeks 3 hours ago Wallpaper of the Week: Happy New Year! budchekov

Happy New Year rhiannon, your contributions here are much appreciated ! :)

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4 weeks 4 hours ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software rll7548

Are there going to be any new 64bit applications or is this page no longer worked?

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4 weeks 12 hours ago Wallpaper of the Week: Happy New Year! Sgluber

Thank you, rhiannon!

HEALTH and PEACE for you! :-)

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4 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android Naveen D

360 Security version 3.x has anti-theft capabilities

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4 weeks 1 day ago The Best Photo Viewer I've Seen In Years. And It's Free. bem

Ah, the egoistic tantrums of flamers expands to the better lighted corners of the web. Never bothering to read, understand or care and yet so quick to let others know how stupid, uninformed and foolish they are.

For all the millions of individuals already on or entering into the web there are differing ways of learning, of thinking, varying degrees of aptitude, needs and wants. Not everyone can write code, not everyone can utilize what they wrote. That is why libraries have extensive research areas as well as children's books and how-to manuals.

Sites such as Gizmo's seek to educate the unknowing, elucidate the inobvious and encourage continued learning. They offer access to the most basic tutorials, simple tools, latest software, the best software and the help to know which is most suited for the individual who is seeking; and all this for free.

I will probably never understand the need to feel superior by belittling others, nor yet the desire to claim the throne as being all knowing. I do understand the need to help those who are wanting, and the desire to share such as you know and have that may help them to learn and understand more than they knew when they asked. I only hope that someday there will be more candles than darkness...

Please excuse me while I explore this new program I have never heard of before to see what it may have to offer me or those I know.

Thank you, Gizmo.

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4 weeks 1 day ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo Aretas

Thank you, Gizmo. Your site is a delight.
Quality information uncluttered by Graphic Designers on speed.

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4 weeks 1 day ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo jorgeem1717

Thanks for the KUDOS to all of us "commentators" here at Gizmo's Freeware...

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android Naveen D

Please update this post

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4 weeks 1 day ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo DigitalTemerity

I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the Gizmo's community.

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Install Comodo Firewall MidnightCowboy

IMO stealthing ports is not as good an option as many believe. :). MC - Site manager.
http://www.hansenonline.net/Networking/stealth.html

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Gorilla

This is a quote from CIS Help webpage:

"[…] Stealthing a port effectively makes it invisible to a port scan. This differs from simply ‘closing’ a port as NO response is given to any connection attempts (‘closed’ ports respond with a ‘closed’ reply- revealing to the hacker that there is actually a PC in existence.) This provides an extremely high level of security to your PC. […]"

I am rather a newbie so I want to ask you if is it really necessary to use “Stealth Ports” option when the computer is used only at home and it is placed behind NAT router that passes the ShieldsUP! test? I read that enabling this option may cause problems with some network activity like P2P. Or maybe this doesn’t matter and you recommend to stealth ports anyway?

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free DVD Authoring Software Isis4

DVDStyler is excellent. Unfortunately once I switched to Windows 7 Home 64-bit it no longer produces NTSC discs. Even when all the settings say NTSC, all I get is PAL. So now I use DVDStyler only for the occasional DVD I make for friends in Europe.

I had the same problem with DVDFlick, where everything was out of sync. I fixed it by dialing the burn speed way, way down. I also stopped burning directly to disc, but now manually start IMGBurn to burn the files after I check if they're in sync. Again, I had to set the burn speed very low in IMGBurn too, or everything went out of sync.

This week I was unable to open DVDFlick at all. I got an error message 429, saying I don't have the "appropriate license to use this functionality". When I looked it up it appeared that the latest Windows update made some changes that are interfering with the program. I had rolled back to version 1.3.0.6, because of a similar problem, if I remember correctly. I downloaded the latest version 1.3.0.7 and now it works again. Weird. Some people seem to have managed to work around this issue by opening DVDFlick as an administrator.

Another issue that some people might encounter is that DVDFlick will do one project, but if you edit the project and try to do it again, you'll get error 53 "file not found" at the authoring stage of the process. Apparently DVD Flick retains some records of the previous run, which interfere with subsequent ones. Those records need to be deleted from the following folder (this is the path on Windows 7 Home, and might be slightly different in other versions) C:\Users\[user name]\AppData\Roaming\DVD Flick

There'll be about four files in that folder. Delete them all (but don't delete the folder itself). It's a hidden folder, so you'll first have to make it visible (in Windows Explorer: Tools > Folder options... > View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives).

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program MidnightCowboy

This review currently has no editor so there will not be any substantial updates to it until someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program ShinzuiUindo

Shouldn't this list be updated? It's been more than a year and also SUPER seems to be the only software that can work with the vp9 codec, but installing it makes my antivirus go crazy.

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4 weeks 1 day ago µTorrent Help: Dealing With ISP Interference Anupam

Thanks a lot. Have updated the article to remove the dead link and content associated with it.

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4 weeks 1 day ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo Prof. Jewell

I would gladly echo many many of these kudos to Gizmo; still I would like to add that a lot of the value of this site comes from the useful, civil, and apposite content that is so often found in the comments section. (sometimes Gizmo's Freeware seem almost an oasis in today's WWW.)

So Shalom to all you folks who contribute in this way also!

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Word Processor Himagain

Just realised that if I do start up my rather slow to go Libre Open Office Write, once it is running, it is unobtrusive and not a hog and as part of an extensive suite has everything you need.

So, except for Jarte for quick notes Writer is it for me.

Only problem with it is it won't do an auto update - seems to require a full install.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Word Processor Himagain

RE: Jarte
I was a heavy user for a long time, but it mysteriously lost its setup more than once - and although recoverable, was scary.
Have since been told the next version is much better and stable.
SO - am going to give it a try.
I *WILL* report back after - as I find this Website very helpful and commenters above *usual* review standard.

Thanks to all contributors and Season's Best Wishes!

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4 weeks 2 days ago Free Arts & Crafts and Hobbies eBooks and Written Instructions gregorgr8

Hey Gizmo
on Dec27 you said you couldn't get out of so many emails:

"Fave Craft you have to provide an email address to see the site. After that a free registration will allow you to get all their craft books for free download in PDF. There is a very good collection of crafts books here. Caution: I receive several emails daily from them and I see no way to opt out."

How about calling that address "SPAM" and let your mail program take it out - at least out of things you look at.

Gregor

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4 weeks 2 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! rob.schifreen

Point taken, and I don't condemn your scepticism at all. But in this case, I've actually been in correspondence with the author of the programn (I requested a new feature and he promised to think about it), so I'm confident that this is something that can be trusted.

As for it being version 0.0.6 and having an empty forum, this is a tricky one. A lot of good products fail to hit a v1.0 release because no one ever gets to hear about them and the developer loses interest. In this case, I thought the product was useful enough to warrant being brought to the attention of Gizmo's readers, so I chose to do so.

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4 weeks 2 days ago How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content Gary_M.

Nice, thought-provoking article, but the author should have specified that his "Holy Trinity" strategy only works for Firefox users (because the extensions needed for it are Firefox-only, not counting ABP.)

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4 weeks 2 days ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting lunchbeast

I went back and tried it again. The download screamed for the first several seconds, hitting 2.5Mb/sec, at which point the download generated a fake "Out of memory" exception and requested installation of the Mega browser extension. When I clicked OK, contrary to your results, an extension was in fact installed in my browser. However, the worst part then was that the download process became extremely unstable, generating a constant stream of 'Temporary error, retrying' messages and never getting past 40% complete. Tried several times to download the file, but each effort was the same - started out fine, then fake-died with the request for the Mega extension, then constant errors. Finally abandoned the effort after several hours and yanked the Mega extension back out of my browser. Hope that's all it installed.

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4 weeks 3 days ago A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! AtomicProductions

Actually working on a filter system to also give you the ability to exclude certain users from showing up in the Twittalert notification feed.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free File Manager Esoteric

I'm looking for a file manager that could sort .torrents by their tracker addresses in the column section. Normally torrent clients have this feature, but they require adding .torrents which I don't want to. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo Phylis Sophical

We love you back, Gizmo and Co! I teach computing to friends n family and yours is the first site I recommend. Besides that, what everyone else has said above.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting eikelein

@lunchbeast
I applaud your caution - and thank you for your post.

It reminded me that I had forgotten to download and burn F4UBCD when I first posted in this thread. So I tried it in a SandBoxie environment.

All went well, the "mega" part did not install any extension or plugin. It looked like it is an in-browser mechanism to download more than one stream or thread concurrently. And I did not check their promises either, lazy.

A download of this size would "normally" take MUCH longer and it showed that I got the max speed possible on my connection.

Merry Christmas and happy lunches. ;)

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo Sgluber

Thank you very much, Gizmo! And keep up the amazing job, day after day! :-)

Repeating a message I left 2 days ago (http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/chitchat/14743-merry-chri...), a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a NEW YEAR FULL OF JOYS to each of you and to all the ones who are close to you!

HEALTH and PEACE!

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo dixie_chick44

You are my mainstay for quality apps and software for free that help me so much financially as well as just plain work-wise. Please stay around for us and the addition of more mobile help is warrented and will be welcomed as long as the desktop, cloud and other types remain in force for those of us who need them. I could just give you a big ol' thank you kiss on your forehead for all you do for us throughout the year! And your volunteers too~ Onward and upward...

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo terrawarra

Good onya Gizmo !

Seasons greetings to you and all the good guys & gals that make up your team.
Whenever I need an honest opinion on any software, I always head straight to Tech Support Alert. I couldn't imagine life without this site.

Best wishes from Bundanoon, Australia.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Portable Applications Ratzo

yes indeed I will check it out and see how it can be added . thanks

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo zep321

jorgeem1717 took the words right out of my mouth. Nothing I can add to improve on that.

Best Holiday wishes to all of you.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting lunchbeast

Story and recommendation might be a little outdated. Did the torrent download with no problems, but couldn't find the patch at the URL listed. Tried downloading the full ISO file (with patch already applied), but got disturbing prompts to install Mega software to allow download to continue. Didn't take the chance - aborted.

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo TexasVet

Many thanks and great successes in the new year to techsupportalert/ Gizmo/Midnight Cowboy and all the software reviewers that enable the rest of us to remain safe and secure on our various platforms. The free stuff is a very nice addition also. :-_))

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo bernardz

Great site, the information here is priceless.

I wish you, all of you here and your family and friends, all the best over the coming year.

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo Naveen D

Thanks Gizmo for this awesome Tech knowledge & Rock this coming new year just as how rocking you are.

Cheers to 2015....

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Thanks Dan for your feedback. The links have now been fixed.

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4 weeks 3 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo AJNorth

Post Script to earlier comment:

Gizmo's Freeware may focus on zero-cost solutions, and the site itself be free (not to mention free of advertising), but it does cost real money to maintain.

Gizmo and his extraordinary collaborators knock themselves out all through the year on our behalf; hopefully, other frequenters of the site will join me in making a contribution to help defray the costs and sustain their worthy, indeed essential, efforts.

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4 weeks 4 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo UserError

Many thanks, Gizmo. Really.
Your site provides top-notch content for free and the security guides and reviews are the best yet most simple to follow I found around.
I wish you and the site all the best for the year 2015.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client Ramjet

No offense, but calling Tixati's interface "hideous" makes about as much sense as calling your *user-selected* MS Windows theme hideous.

Contrary to most other clients, Tixati's interface is FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE - it allows you to select different themes, and even individually select colours and other aspects of each tiny bit of the interface.

Anyone finds it "hideous", they just have to pick another of the included themes or even build their own with the built-in options to their full satisfaction! :-)

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4 weeks 4 days ago An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo budchekov

Happy Holidays Gizmo,

This the gold standard for software research, I never install anything without seeing if it passes the sniff test here, for the past five years me and my computers thank you !

I'm sure the future here is bright,

Thanks again ,

Bud :)

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