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45 weeks 3 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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1 year 48 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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1 year 48 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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1 year 47 weeks 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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1 year 47 weeks 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 27 weeks ago A Grammar and Spell Checker amanees

Thanks

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46 weeks 1 hour 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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46 weeks 7 min 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 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 14 weeks ago A Great Anti-Keylogger for Free ghiathmatar

Ok, thanks, will do.

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1 year 13 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 13 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 13 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 3 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 38 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 38 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 38 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images johndhap

Thanks so much for the quick response.

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1 year 31 weeks ago A Great Collection of Windows Wallpaper Images Rajam

Really cool site. Thanks for sharing!

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1 year 22 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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29 weeks 1 day 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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29 weeks 18 hours 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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29 weeks 3 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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29 weeks 1 hour 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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29 weeks 1 hour 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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28 weeks 6 days 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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27 weeks 5 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 28 weeks ago A Handy Cheat-Sheet For Google Power-Searching jmjsquared

Very useful & handy. Thanks.

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7 weeks 5 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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7 weeks 5 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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7 weeks 5 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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7 weeks 5 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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7 weeks 5 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information khf314

Charlie - thanks for sharing this!

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7 weeks 5 days ago A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information eikelein

I SECOND THAT MOTION - most emphatically!

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1 year 28 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 28 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 28 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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1 year 47 weeks 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 45 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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1 year 49 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Jojoyee

It's a creative idea Vic.

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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 weeks ago A Key Step to Being Safer Online That is Frequently Overlooked Anupam

KeePass has that too.

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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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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1 year 49 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 24 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 22 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 27 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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 17 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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1 year 16 weeks ago A New Genre Of Planning/Productivity Software? texastechy

Completely Agree Tboneman2. I am an experienced software user and even I get fooled sometimes by the way they add the sneaky toolbars or other unwanted spamware into downloads, tiny print, misleading agree buttons. CNET and Download.com are horrible for this and why I try to avoid them. Still love Gizmos though, they do a great job of educating and giving us heads up.

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12 weeks 6 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

RJ TextEd has integrated FTP as well. I moved to this editor years ago when it surpassed PSPad in terms of features (tho' I don't know how it compares today.) Powerful, customizable, frequent updates for bug fixes (few, if any, these days) & enhancements, no bundling of unwanted junk.

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12 weeks 6 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor atomMan

PSPad has a major shortcoming in that it does not have a true column edit mode - this is a limitation of the edit control that is used

although i like PSPad for it simplicity and UI layout, it has not been the most stable editor in my experience, nor has RJ TextEd

for me, i'll stick with Notepad++ which uses the very capable and stable Scintilla edit control

also, most any capable code editor has an FTP client, whether it be native or through an extension

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12 weeks 5 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor ExFiler

During the install using the RAR file, this app tried to install Conduit.

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12 weeks 5 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor MidnightCowboy

We indicate the bundled installer plainly in the article text. MC - Site Manager.

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12 weeks 3 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor rob.schifreen

Unfortunately, RJ TextEd triggers the VirusTotal scanners so I am not able to recommend it.

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12 weeks 3 days ago A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor zdub

Sorry, my other comment was not added as a reply. But please let me know what you scanned that flagged RJ as problematic & I'll notify the author.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

This article should point out that one needs to install one of the Office programs it recommends BEFORE installing Oracle PDF Import Extension. Otherwise, Oracle will not install. Likewise, for clarity, it would be helpful to list the hyperlinks at the end in the order in which they need to be installed, not the reverse.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Be warned, when I downloaded OpenOffice, all the WordPad documents I had saved on my hard drive were automatically converted to OpenOffice. Not exactly what I had in mind! I'm sure there's some default setting I can change to fix this, but I was not presented with this option in the process of downloading OpenOffice.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Also, as an aside, "losing" was misspelled as "loosing" in the article.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

A good comment Altinkerer. I've edited the article and hopefully it's now clearer.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I'm not so sure that if I were reading the article for the first time, I would gather from the new sentence, "[w]ith the Oracle PDF Import Extension installed on top of LibreOffice or OpenOffice, it produces a hybrid PDF / ODF file" that a user must have one of these Office programs installed before installing Oracle. I think that that point would seem obscure to me partly because this sentence is focused on trying to make another point--namely, what kind of file is produced; and partly because the term "installed on top of" sounds vague to me, probably simply since I'm not a techie. I guess it just depends on how broad an audience you're trying to reach! I do thank you for being so quickly responsive, though, and marking the Office program links as "Requirements" at the end does help (though I think listing these first would be even clearer). Oh my, I fear that too much editorial blood is coming out in me here...sorry!

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Agree with you Altinkerer. I've added another paragraph to emphasize what needs to be done with some other minor copy-editing. Hope this improves clarity.

BTW, please click here if you're interested in joining us. We welcome all with some editorial blood. :)

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I just opened up a copy of my Adobe Acrobat-created resume through Oracle PDF Import Extension added onto Apache Open Office, and the formatting came out severely messed up. How disappointing! Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

Or, if I were to fix up the resume's formatting in Oracle, and then edit it, is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader? I'm trying to be able to edit my resume at home as needed and send it to prospective employers in a form that they'd be able to view perfectly formatted, without my having to buy Adobe Acrobat or MS Word. I only have WordPerfect at home, and usually, that's all I need. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word.

Is there some better solution?

Also, is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents, which automatically converted into OpenOffice Rich Text documents when I downloaded OpenOffice, back into WordPad form again?

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Q. Is there something else I can do to actually obtain the 100% layout accuracy touted here?

A. To create a pdf file that you can edit without losing the layout accuracy, you will need to use OpenOffice or LibreOffice to export the file as PDF as described in this article. A pdf file created by Adobe Acrobat is not a hybrid file.

Q. Is it possible that the formatting would at least stay the same when the resume is opened again in Adobe Reader?

A. Yes, so long as you edit the source document in OpenOffice and export it as PDF, including the option for creating a hybrid file.

Q. I've tried translating the resume all sorts of ways and into various forms, but every time, the formatting seems to get messed up--even from Word Web App to Word. Is there some better solution?

A. Unfortunately converting a file from one format to another is always subject to a loss in some features including layouts. This possibly includes saving a file using the same program but in a different version. Keeping only basic formatting in a file helps minimize issues in file compatibility.

Q. Is there a quick way I can get all my WordPad documents... back into WordPad form again?

A. In fact nothing have been changed except for the file association if I'm not mistaken. When you install OpenOffice, it probably changes your Rich Text documents (RTF) to be associated with it. You can change back the files to be opened with WordPad by default in a few steps below:

1. Right-click an RTF document in Windows Explorer and select "Properties" from the context menu.
2. Click the "Change" button next to "Opens with".
3. Select WordPad from the recommended programs and click OK.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

Jojo, thanks for the edits. Things are much clearer now. Part of the problem, I think, is that you are explaining something that is inherently quite complicated and confusing. Thanks for your patience! I don't think I have the courage to officially do that kind of editing right now! ;)

Thanks, too, for the timely tips. I would've given up by now without you! I see that I got confused into thinking that "100% layout accuracy" was being promised for any PDF files that one imports into, as well as exports out, of Oracle/Office, rather than only for documents that someone makes from scratch in the latter and then exports. It sounds like another reader or two may also have fallen into that trap; it might not be bad to emphasize this distinction in the article. Unfortunately, "keeping only basic formatting in a file" is something that I just can't afford to do with a resume, in which looks count for so much. Otherwise, I would just make an RTF version and call it a day!

Anyway, I started following the steps listed for creating a hybrid file, but the "Create Hybrid File" did not come up in the PDF Options window. I know that Oracle PDF Extension is installed on my system, because it is listed in the Extensions Manager of OpenOffice. Could you please tell me how can I get this tick box to show up?

Also, this is confusing to me: "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, if the file is exported out of the location, it winds up right back in there? I guess what you're saying is the PDF version goes out and the ODF version comes in. Is that right?

It seems hard to believe that documents imported from Adobe into Writer/Oracle can become mangled in their formatting, but not the reverse. Anyway, I will try and see for myself, if I can get through the "Create Hybrid File" problem. Thanks!

P.S. Too bad that some of the formatting features I would want the most in OpenOffice are grayed out--I guess because I'm using the freebie version. It's easier for Oracle to promise "100% layout accuracy" when there are minimal layout features available in the program it supports! However, note to the wise: I was able to get horizontal lines for my resume in OpenOffice by copying them from my Adobe Reader version and then doing a lot of hand tweaking.

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1 year 8 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

While LibreOffice still keeps this line "Create hybrid file", I note that OpenOffice has now changed it to "Embed this document inside the PDF". They still work the same. Give that option a try.

"If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer." In other words, LibreOffice or OpenOffice opens up a hybrid file like it does the normal odt file for editing. When this file is exported as pdf, the odt file is embeded into a pdf file.

Hope this helps.

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1 year 7 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

By gum, I think I got it! I created a file with this extension/suite using a bunch of varied formatting including lines, bolding, different font sizes, and bulletted items, saved it in the way you described, and was able to open it unchanged in Adobe Reader. The one thing I realized (which I guess should have been obvious to me from the start) is that one must export it this way each time directly prior to its being opened in another PDF reader. That is, it's not enough to go through these steps once and then just save from on, expecting the program to continue saving all the new material you create in hybrid form.

I think my main confusion with the concept "If the PDF file is exported from LibreOffice/OpenOffice Writer, it opens directly in Writer" is that to me, the term "export" means that something is sent out, whereas in this case, the "exported" file is just being converted into a different form and then reappears in exactly the same place that it came from originally. But I guess that's the software's terminology problem, not yours. Or maybe I'm being too much of a narrow-minded literalist!

Anyway, having achieved victory, I can overlook the weird sideline confusions. On to creating some targeted resumes...and the next step: employment!

Thanks,

Altinkerer

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1 year 7 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Jojo Yee

Good to hear that it now works for you Altinkerer.

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1 year 6 weeks ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Himagain

Equally as valuable as the great reviews we get here is the personal support of the Editors themselves in clarifying any misunderstood points.
All of which is topped off by the intelligent friendly commenters to found here as well.

I've just downloaded Foxit and PDFX from the great reviews - will play with both(do like the idea of ocr conversion, I must say!)

THEN found this review!
Like most intelligent, good looking people, I am trying to escape Windoze and have dicovered Libre OpenOffice recently AND its amazing built-in PDF capabilties, all for the same price - FREE!

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1 year 1 week ago A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy Altinkerer

I finally followed through your instructions for changing my WordPad docs that became associated with OpenOffice, back into WordPad-associated files. I was just curious why you suggested opening one of these RTF documents in Windows Explorer. Instead, I simply right-clicked on one of the documents (not "in Explorer"--I don't even know what this means or how one would do it) and then followed the rest of the procedures you mentioned, after which all my RTF docs changed back into WordPad.

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1 year 43 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 mikmik

That WinAero is a decent downloads site.

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1 year 43 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 v.laurie

Yes, they have some interesting stuff.

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1 year 42 weeks ago A Quick and Easy Way to Run a Program Without Getting the UAC Prompt in Windows 7 and 8 rangergord

Terrific tip and great site. Thanx

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