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48 weeks 7 hours ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small mrmontgom

I just tried this out. Seemed pretty slick until I realized it's not playing back a graphical representation of my session. It is actually retracing my mouse movement and clicks. This could be risky if you close windows or move things around before replaying. It could delete content or have some other negative impact. Use with caution.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small zep321

Love this little app. Simple, uncomplicated. Even a simpleton like me mastered it immediately.
Took note of mrmontgom comment above and will make sure I play back before closing windows or moving anything around although I do not understand his warning and would appreciate some elucidation on it.
Thanks rob.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

I think the point that is being made is this isn't recording a video of your actions, it is recording the actual actions. As such, when you play it back, any mouse clicks, keyboard presses happen again on your machine. So if things like applications, files, etc aren't in the same place/state that they were when the recording was made, the playback will likely be different as well and could lead to unintended consequences. I feel the write-up on this is poor in that it does not mention any of this.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small hometownnerd

It seems this is a bit more than a "screen" recorder, it seems to be a automation of the mouse to me. That is what mrmontgom is saying as well. It is easiest to duplicate this by starting to record then selecting different application windows then playing it back. On playback a screen recorder would just show a vision of what you were doing, but this app actually does what you recorded. So if you made a simple recording for someone that showed them how to delete something in like word, and they did not have word open in the same location etc it could actually delete something in the same location on screen, seems very dangerous to me. Not knocking the app at all, just think people should be aware of its power.

Larry

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small zep321

Ah, the light comes on above my head! Yes, I do now understand what you guys are saying. I'll be very careful in using this app but I still love it. Thanks guys

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small vandamme

Simple Screen Recorder works pretty well. http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
You can record the whole screen, a window, or an openGL object, plus audio.
It's in most Linux distro repositories, so it's clean.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

Good to know. But as this article is about a Windows based application, it should be noted that Simple Screen Recorder is not an alternative given there doesn't appear to be a Windows version of that available - Linux only.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 1942Geezer

So perhaps this should be described as a "macro" recorder rather than a "screen" recorder? Ahhhhhh, semantics!

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small Jorpho

As far as actual screen recording in Windows goes, I found BB Flashback Express a while ago. I'm not sure how well it works for fancy Direct3D applications, but for standard Windows apps it gets the job done nicely.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small tp

I had been using CamStudio (http://camstudio.org/) but this one looks interesting, especially the ability to personalize your recordings by embedding input from a camera in the recording. I'll have to check it out.

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47 weeks 6 days ago A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small rowboat9

This is definitely a useful app. But, agree with others here: it is NOT a screen recorder... it is a MACRO recorder. Recordings produced by this app can only be "played back" on the computer that they were created-on, even when saved as an executable. Thus, this app is not useful for (and never was intended to be) a tutorial creation tool in the same vein as tools that capture screen activity and save it as a flash or video file. You can't send a screen recording executable file created by TinyTask to a friend and expect him to see a replay of your screen activity on his computer..the executable will not even launch on his computer.

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15 weeks 1 day ago A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives evans627

What if you have followed all of these instructions and your USB still shows a boot error? Or rather, the USB is already set to "Active" but still doesn't boot?

And I understand there are other variables, however, what should I try after all else fails?

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15 weeks 1 day ago A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives MidnightCowboy

We are unable to provide individual support here in the comments. Please post details about your issue here in our forum. MC - Site manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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1 day 3 hours ago A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives jmaloney

Thanks! I tried UNetbootin using a downloaded iso file for a Linux boot CD to create a bootable USB flash drive. It worked perfectly on the first try. During bootup I simply pressed F12 to get the boot options screen, selected to boot from the flash drive, and it booted right up. I didn't need to change the BIOS or make the flash drive active. My system is a Dell running Windows 7 Professional.

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1 year 23 weeks ago A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows Soundfx4

"If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want."

While this is better, it certainly is not the solution I'm looking for. When I right click a file > send to, Ideally a Gmail compose window would open up with the file attached and uploading. That's what I'd really like :\ does anyone know of a solution that can do it this way?

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1 year 42 weeks ago A Fully Featured Audio Workstation For Free Jero

Rob, this is awesome for free software, Thank You! I don't know how or where you find all this cool stuff, but I'm grateful for your sharing!

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it rover3500

Thanks alot,looks good

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it TheHubster

I tried this and it seemed to indicate that two out of the three exe files had a Trojan. Scanned the files with three different AV scanners all which showed no trojans present. Not too sure about this.

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it v.laurie

I am afraid I am not sure exactly what you are describing. Do you mean that you scanned three different exe files from other programs with this utility and it indicated they were trojans? Or do you mean you sent the files to VirusTotal using PeStudio and got a trojan report? PeStudio itself does not report trojans per se.

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it Fairportfan

He sneaked in some updates while you weren't looking - V 8.05 now.

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it v.laurie

Thanks for the update. I have corrected the version.

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it eikelein

Vic, thank you for this post.

I am sorry to be nitpicking but this forum is read by some people that are not geeks; they mostly have limited or no knowledge of technical intricacies but are here to search for advice and information. I believe we need to be very careful to express ourselves correctly.

You write "The file being analyzed is never opened"; that is impossible. It most certainly must be opened to be read and to analyze it's content.

You certainly meant "is never executed" or in layman's terms "never run".

Thanks for your patient indulgence of my rambling.

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51 weeks 5 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it v.laurie

OK, "never run" is perhaps better if you consider reading the contents of an executable file to be opening it.

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51 weeks 4 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it TheHubster

Hi. When the files scanned with PeStudio, the Virus Totals showed trojans, AdWare.Win32.Popupguide!O and PAK_Generic.001. There is no help file with this, so I took it to be that it reports a trojan/virus if it finds one. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.

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51 weeks 4 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it v.laurie

As indicated in the article, PeStudio has an option to send files to VirusTotal that can be turned on or off. If a file is flagged by VirusTotal, you have to look further to see if it is a false indication by a few of the many programs that VirusTotal uses or a real indication. See this article for more information: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm

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51 weeks 4 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it Jonrock

Does this program have an instructional manual or other site to understand how to best use this?
I have checked the installation setup executable of a known good program SuperAntispyware Free yet it leaves some question (probably false) that this program may be suspicious.

Among the results in the main page are:
For File Description,SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition Setup
{MD5,827378ED339546918FB893C41A72FF01}

Under "Indicators" 16/28 are "redflagged.
The image contains 86 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 5 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 108 Blacklisted Functions (API)
The image Imports 4 Anonymous Symbol(s)

The ACTUAL program application executable 'red flags' the below among others:
MD5,6C12BD722FFC94584348DD34F4059FC5
The image contains 189 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 11 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 175 Blacklisted Functions (API)

Also, under "Imported Libraries 11/20" which were blacklisted:
When a red highlighted (blacklisted) [*.dll] file was automatically sent to VirusTotal nothing could be found. I did not think that VirusTotal would scan a *.dll file; this should be sent to another site for analysis; program needs to be fixed in this regard.

There needs to be better guidance on how to use and interpret this program. Any references?

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51 weeks 4 days ago A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it v.laurie

You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm

You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php

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2 years 2 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker ianmatthews

bernardz, I don't want to be picky, but did you use ginger on your first sentence? Surely the "then" should be a "than".

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2 years 2 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker bernardz

Well let's not be picky, but in answer to your question, I did use ginger.

The problem is that there are many ways to make mistakes and I doubt that now that any computer program can find them all. That is why many people use several different grammar programs to check their writings.

As far as I know the only grammar checker that is good, easy to use in practice and *free* is ginger.

If you have anything better, please let us know.

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2 years 1 week ago A Grammar and Spell Checker Epsilon

Does this work with any MS-Word alternatives like Libre Office or OpenOffice?

I recall using a DOS word proccesor program that included both a grammar and a spelling checker. It was good at finding glaring mistakes. However I could not agree with it always wanting to create very short sentences. Sometimes it suggested making sentences so short it was like reading a kindergarten book. Another feature was a word frequency count. It would suggest alternative words if you used a word too often.

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2 years 1 week ago A Grammar and Spell Checker bernardz

It does not support openoffice, I do not know about Libre Office if you check it please let me know. It does have a basic mode that allows you to cut text into it and it will check it. The problem here I found is that it does not allow the user to paste the results out. So you need to put the edits into your text manually. It works it is just long winded and messy.

Since I am always running outlook, it is not a problem with non supported software, I cut my text into outlook, check it with ginger and then paste the result back into my non supported program.

It does not try to get you to create very short sentences and it does not have a word frequency count.

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1 year 33 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker amanees

Thanks

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52 weeks 21 hours ago A Grammar and Spell Checker crombierob

Is it an exe that we download and install.
I ask for two reasons -
1) I could not see the download on their web page (free or otherwise)
2) Your comment on 4th Dec 2012 about online offline confuses me

Thanks,
Rob

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52 weeks 19 hours ago A Grammar and Spell Checker bernardz

1) The screens been changed since I last looked at it, but you will find the download on the page on the button "Get it now."

2) Like many of these online products if many people use it at together on the Internet or it is just congested somewhere, they will slow down. It can be very frustrating to a user having to wait a long time before anything happens

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Hello,

I came here to look for free anti-keylogger software and the only program that is recommended is Spyshelter, which is free only for 32bit systems and judging from the comments, it has given many people problems like freezing or BSOD. So my question is: right now -nearing the end of 2013, with very few new computers running 32bit- this is still the only program to recommend? I mean do I have to resign myself to forking out 25 Euros to get this layer of protection for my windows7 64 bit laptop?

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free rob.schifreen

I think you can get away without running a specific anti-keylogger on your computer, unless you are particularly concerned about this threat more than any other. Any respectable anti-virus program should also detect other malware such as keyloggers.

Security programs which work by intercepting all your actions, in order to check that they're legitimate, can cause problems when they interact with other software. They can also cause performance issues. You're best not to run more than you need to (and in practice, this generally means 1). So pick a decent security product, enable the features you need, and you should be fine.

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Thanks for the reply, Rob.

Based on what I read on this site I chose and installed Avast on this new laptop I got last December, which I am pleased to say seems a better choice over avg, though I must note that my previous, not entirely satisfactory avg experience was on a vista machine. Other than Avast I scan with updated Malwarebytes everyday or every other day. That is about the extent of my security programs but of course I am pretty careful with my actions online and with emails, etc.

The problem is that sometimes I slip up and do stupid things that I later kind of regret, and end up running around trying to guard against consequences. For example I recently absent-mindedly allowed a person I don't know well (and see only rarely) to recharge his android smartphone through my laptop's usb port. Later, I thought about it and began to imagine all sorts of horror scenarios (from data mining to the planting of spyware on my machine). Since I was not sure of the consequences of that mistake, I got busy doing scans ( Malwarebytes, TM Housecall; no threats found) and changing important passwords, but of course if there was somehow something on my machine recording my keystrokes or capturing my screen activity and sending this info back to whoever, it would make all my password changes pretty useless, hence my urge to find anti keylogger and anti screen capture programs.

I say this because one of the banks I have to deal with unfortunately continues to rely on just one layer of security in the form of just one password -through a https website of course- which I feel is not robust enough, making me constantly worried about my password getting nicked. I agree with you that too many security programs working simultaneously and intercepting things could cause conflict and problems, as well as slow down the system. However I am prepared to to sacrifice a bit of speed and put up with some hopefully minor hiccups for the sake of peace of mind but only if it is necessary; no point in doing it if having the extra program doesn't really make any difference security-wise!

So to wrap up, if you reckon that Avast as a resident av and scans by malwarebytes for spyware are enough then I'm quite happy to go with that. Cheers.

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Oh, and in addition to my previous reply/request for confirmation below I forgot to mention that I also have MS firewall running and am wondering if I should install Sandboxie?
Thanks!

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free Anupam

It would be better if you post your query in the forum, here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/security/

because this discussion can have many comments, and it will be better to follow this as one thread in the forum :). The forum is a better place for such discussions.

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1 year 20 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Ok, thanks, will do.

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1 year 19 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free rob.schifreen

One of the easiest and best ways to protect yourself from accidents is to ensure that you never log into your computer as an administrator unless you need to. And if you're allowing other people to use your PC, it's doubly important that they don't get admin access.

Not being an administrator means that, if you make a mistake and inadvertently give some malware the go-ahead to install itself, Windows won't allow the operation to proceed because the account under which the malware installer is running (ie, yours) doesn't have permission to install new software or tinker with the OS configuration.

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1 year 19 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Thanks, Rob. Yes, I have already started another user account and am slowly migrating there just to get into the habit of using it all the time. Though this protects against installation of malware in the future (and I have already done several scans and found no threats) I am still not sure as to the issue of files having been copied directly off my machine. Of course never again will I make the mistake of allowing anyone to plug anything into my machine, period, but it still does not help me stop wondering what, if anything, was mined from my machine while the other person's mobile phone was connected to my laptop, and the replies I got to my forum thread about the incident were not assuring :(

But to get back to the topic of anti-keylogger programs, I think I will hold off for a while and just keep watching my computer-use habits and behavior. Cheers.

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1 year 19 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free rob.schifreen

Windows maintains a "last accessed" date for each file, as well as a "last modified" one. So you may be able to find out about files having been "mined" by checking those dates. You'll need to find a specific program that does it for you, or add the column to your Windows Explorer view somehow.

I personally wouldn't bother with an anti-keylogger program. As I said, most decent security products that detect viruses and malware will also detect keyloggers.

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1 year 9 weeks ago A Great Auto-Shutdown Tool That's Simple To Use Louie G

If you don't like messing with batch files, then another great little program is called Switch Off that I've been using for years. I commented about it under the article here at Gizmo's called How to Schedule Programs to Run Automatically.

Frank Tracy

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1 year 44 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images johndhap

This is a great site for wallpapers, but I can't figure out how to download the pictures.
I'm a little new to this so any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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1 year 44 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images Anupam

Browse the list of categories, and when you come across a picture you like, move mouse over it, and click on the pic name, and it will take you to its page. There, below the image, it will show in various rectangular blocks, the different resolutions which you can download. Click on the desired resolution, and it will load the image for that. Right-click on it, and save the image.

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1 year 44 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images johndhap

Thanks so much for the quick response.

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1 year 37 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images Rajam

Really cool site. Thanks for sharing!

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Great Improvement On The Windows File Dialog Geert

FYI: Listary has now become even better! Version 4 has been rewritten from scratch. (Current Version: 4.01.1191)
Very handy new features: "Find as you type" and "Fuzzy navigation". A real gem.

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35 weeks 2 days ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users VirtualCharlie

Pivot tables are another great database like in Excel. PowerPivot is a free add-on from Microsoft that takes PivotTables to the next level. I think PowerPivot can combine tables but I've not tried as VLOOKUP and the occasional custom function have always worked for me.
PowerPivot at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=102

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35 weeks 1 day ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users NotSoSure

I assume ExMerg must have access to your data for the commands to work. Doesn't this present some risk to the safety of your data, whether personal or business related?

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35 weeks 23 hours ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users gdemaderios

I have to say that I'm a little surprised a website like this is being touted on Gizmo's. There is no privacy policy to speak of and yes, your data is being uploaded to a complete strangers website based out of Slovakia. They also state, "We carefully use sample data from our users to test algorithm improvements." Tread very carefully with this site..

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35 weeks 21 hours ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Your assumption regarding the commands is correct - let me explain. To provide functionalities like data merging, data are being processed on the server. Personally, I would also preffer client-side processing, but we're not yet there - web applications still have its limits. This is of course improving over time, and I really hope that future version of ExMerg will not require workbook upload.

Meanwhile, let me assure you that security is and will be top priority at ExMerg. We have no intention of threatinng the reputation of this service (which we love to develop) by any means - and as a Java developer with background from banking and corporate environments, I personally take care of the security related code.

If you would have any questions regarding the security or any other topic, feel free to contact us via our website.

Thank you for your feedback and best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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35 weeks 20 hours ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Thank you for your feedback.

The development of ExMerg is being done in Slovakia, however the service is hosted at Amazon AWS cloud. Anyway, I think that this fact should not matter from the data-safety perspective - services are being developed and hosted all round the globe, and it's really not about the location, but rather about the people behind the service.

Regarding the sample data - these are being irreversibly obfuscated before any usage in our development environment.

Best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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35 weeks 11 hours ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users Niefer

To rob.schifreen

I will not discuss ExMerg, but I want to say this:

1. Do you really think that VLOOKUP is so "notoriously complicated"? Strange opinion for the person who writes articles about Excel.

2. Few minutes ago, I read your another article - http://techsupportalert.com/content/best-photo-viewer-ive-seen-years-and...
Really and truly, is Diffractor the best viewer you've seen? In years. Then maybe it's the only viewer you've seen.

You have any idea what you're talking about? Sorry for my English, but I think it's much better than your knowledge of Excel and image viewers.

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33 weeks 6 days ago A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users sharphawk

@Neifer: I am not sure that getting aggressive or pointing at so called "lack of knowledge/experience" lead to any positive thinking. Of course we agree that we can disagree i.e differences of opinion should be encouraged, this is not my point. Moreover, I am not moderator in here and I do not want to be.
Anyhow, this being said, allow me to suggest friendly that statements like "You have any idea what you're talking about?" and others on alike tone, do not bring anything positive. In addition your English is good enough to understand the fact that questioning competence of anyone can not be considered quality arguments.

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Handy Cheat-Sheet For Google Power-Searching jmjsquared

Very useful & handy. Thanks.

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information jepalmer

As long as your recognize that proceedings and conferences are not peer reviewed and should not carry the same weight as an article in a peer reviewed publication.

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information NICKM

One thing I did learn from grad school when I got my MA: In many cases peer-review means that you must agree with the philosophy of the editorial board, or you won't get published. In many many cases this means that top-notch scholarly research with valid conclusions goes wanting. Peer-review can be indeed helpful, but you'd better understand the bias of those who sit on the editorial board. Many make the error in presuming that peer-review equals objective evaluation. Often, it is anything but.

My own impression of your post is that you do not discount presentations that are not peer-reviewed, but you feel that we should be suspicious of such publications. I would disagree - Take the presentation or paper on it's own merits and investigate on your own. Just because it's peer-reviewed, in many cases, means little. I have no ax to grind because I have never been published or turned down by various peer-review pubs. I have not tried nor do I care to be published in my field (counseling).

That's my 2 cents worth. Don't want to start a major debate or argument, just expressing my opinion...

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information VirtualCharlie

Here's a handout on Internet Research. The first part discusses many search engine tips.
http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/cvb23/handout/OnlineResearch.asp

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information etim

Yes, I agree-- the limitations of the peer review process are all too prevalent in so-called 'prestigious'and objective medical journals where the editorial boards are heavily influenced and populated by employees of pharmaceutical companies. Any new or contradictory information that's not in the financial interests of Pharmaco is usually ignored, refuted or actively attacked.

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information khf314

Charlie - thanks for sharing this!

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13 weeks 6 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information eikelein

I SECOND THAT MOTION - most emphatically!

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 GraveDigger

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

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

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 NetPotion

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

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

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

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

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

FAIL

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Heads-Up on Windows 8.1 Anupam

Official "first look" at Windows 8.1 on Microsoft blog:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/05/30/co...

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2 years 1 week ago A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images gkramer

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

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1 year 51 weeks ago A Huge Collection Of Free Desktop Wallpaper Images ctrinity

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Jojoyee

It's a creative idea Vic.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Anupam

Good one Vic. I have been using this technique since a long time. Also, even if you provide right answer, you could screw up the spelling a bit, so as not to make it a straight forward answer.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked SkiddMarx

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Anupam

KeePass has that too.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Peter A Bell

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Pivnic

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked blackgammon

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

It was her violet eyes that gave ms the clue.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

You have asked a good question. The procedure to reset a password may vary from one email provider to the next but often you will have provided an alternate email address. For many people it is easy to find or guess their second address. At Yahoo, for example,they give a hint about the second address that makes the guessing easier. I suppose to be even safer you should try to keep your alternate address as obscure as possible. If your alternate is "yourname@aol.com" it won't be hard to guess.

For some types of site all you need to do is answer the challenge question.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Peter A Bell

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

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked v.laurie

I agree that email providers should have stringent security. However,many sites and services other than email providers use challenge questions as a security measure. Even if additional security tests are in place, it doesn't hurt to safeguard the answers to security challenge questions.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked mousepad

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

Could the answer be found in the public domain?

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

Good reminder about paying attention to the little details.

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked jmjsquared

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

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

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

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

Yours truly,

--- JMJsquared

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked West Swan

My favorite color is red wine :-)

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2 years 3 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked ianjrichards (not verified)

Hey JMsquared, most people understood your humor, indeed I thought it was very funny. Unfortunately there are a lot of literal minded folks who got confused by your post which is why our mods had to delete it. Sad but true.

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

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

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

@gruff
I never bothered much with VBA but maybe you could create a macro for that. Maybe somebody who knows VBA will know if it is possible.

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

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

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

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

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

There you go. A pretty simple solution. I should have thought of that.

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time gruff

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

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

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

Of course, once the document is open, you can also use Ctrl+End.

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time jimbo433

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

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1 year 30 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time MS_IT_Trainer

Wow, sounds a little complicated.

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

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

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

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

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1 year 29 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

Making a shortcut is very simple.

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1 year 29 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time v.laurie

I'm not an Excel expert but I am not aware of an Excel version.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Microsoft Word Tip for a Shortcut to Save Time brunetu

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

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

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

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

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1 year 34 weeks ago A Must-Have App for your Android Device Angels_thoughts

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

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1 year 23 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tony

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

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1 year 23 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? tboneman2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marketing. Right. Marketing.

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

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1 year 23 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? MidnightCowboy

In our full reviews we always indicate wrapped installers and bundled software in the product details when such incidences are known. This situation is quite fluid however so short of retesting hundreds of programs every week, which is impossible, we also have to rely on user feedback to inform us of any changes. We have also published specific articles about this issue.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/cnet-downloadcom-wrapped-install...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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1 year 23 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? flashcraft

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

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1 year 23 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? crosseyedlemon

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

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