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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 8 months 6 days ago Gil Mensch

I'll take a look at Unchecky. However, I'm always alert for sneakware. The installer for 5KPlayer didn't offer a "custom" install and didn't give me an option to opt in or opt out of any part of the installation (other than accepting the EULA of course).

From Wikipedia: "Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records." So, Bonjour is part of 5KPlayer's feature set. My problem with Bonjour is that it wants to run all the time as a service, whether I'm using the app that needs it or not. My experience with Bonjour is that it, like the Adobe updater task, keeps trying to reactivate itself even though I want to deny it permission to run.

If I'd known ahead of time that 5KPlayer uses Bonjour, I wouldn't have installed it.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 8 months 6 days ago Gil Mensch

I was mainly interested in this program for the YouTube downloading capability. When I discovered that it doesn't download in my preferred format (AVI), I uninstalled it. That's when I discovered another negative surprise: 5KPlayer grabbed all the media file associations for itself, again without asking. After I uninstalled, I discovered my mp3, ogg, flac, mp4, avi, flv, et cetera, files are now unassociated with anything. Yes, of course I can reassociate them how I want, but that should not have been necessary. I'm quite happy with MediaMonkey as my music player and VLC as my video player. New apps should not automatically grab file extensions for themselves.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 8 months 5 days ago budchekov

WinPatrol is your friend ;)

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 8 months 5 days ago Gil Mensch

Agreed. I use it.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 month 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

Nice recommendations. Thanks. Go is really lots of fun and challenging, especially for players of chess used to its "ad hominem" -based strategizing.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee
You're welcome jmjsquared. Indeed, knowing the master behind the game is one of the top strategies.
 
The grandmasters ("neural networks") behind the supercomputer AlphaGo seem very strong despite "having a problem with unexpected moves" pointed out by LeeSedol in his Match 4.
 
AlphaGo's record now is 9-1 after defeating European Go champion (5-0) last year and now LeeSedol (4-1).
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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 1 month 1 week ago jmjsquared

I suspect that, inevitably, any rules-based contest between a wo/man and a sufficiently-fast, programmable calculating machine will result in a win for the machine. Only for a little while longer will humans' "unexpected moves" (a function of our limited memories, imperfect recall and limited processing power, not to mention our imagination, 'soul/spirit' , insanity) pose real problems for our machines that play games with us.

Anyway, thanks for the further info.

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 1 year 11 months ago 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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A Handy Cheat-Sheet For Google Power-Searching 2 years 11 months ago jmjsquared

Very useful & handy. Thanks.

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A Handy Report For All Web Site Operators 10 months 2 weeks ago arieshifman

Nice. Very nice.

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago 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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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago 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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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago 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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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago 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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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago khf314

Charlie - thanks for sharing this!

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 1 year 6 months ago eikelein

I SECOND THAT MOTION - most emphatically!

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago Prof. Jewell

1) Thanks Rob for all of these tips about available, but little known, free programs.

2) If one checks around the web and talks to music hounds--as I have been doing for the past 12 months, foobar 2000 has a reputation for being very complicated to set up correctly and is rather high maintenance. Furthermore, many times it requires searching out and installing a special plugin in order for it to play a certain format. On the plus side it is often one of only two or three programs that can play (usually with a special plugin) certain more obscure formats such as DSD types.

Just a heads-up so others will know.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

All of us old timers fondly remember Winamp. It was one of the first programs to offer an alternative to WMP and at one time held the same status as Audacity does today.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
You are right, I am missing Winamp!
No doubt, I am testing Foobar 2000 right now.

Peter

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago Realist

WinAMP is better by far. I am using an old version on Win 7 without any problem.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 3 weeks ago Niefer

1By1 forever - http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html
Portable, plugin support, playlists, radio, etc. But my favorite feature is the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES, no need for playlists.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago RMG1999

Why not just use VLC media player ?

Plays audio and video (and does many other things besides), well supported, compact, can do platlists, etc etc

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Faziri

Because VLC can't do any of this: http://vgy.me/lTahpa.png

Vlc is a player. Foobar is a player + manager + tag editor + advanced tools like taking tags from filename patterns, not to mention the UI and other functions like auto-filename that can be customized to a level I can barely explain if you're not a programmer (it boils down to patterns and format strings).

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Faziri

It's nice that foobar gets some attention, but the article doesn't really do it justice... Foobar is way more than just a basic player, like what vlc and such would be. Its UI alone warrants an entire article. It's very much a thing for experts and one of the last few examples of good software in today's age of crapware. Of course, I don't blame the reviewer, I'm just putting it out there there's much more to be said for foobar than this.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Sope

+1 for 1by1

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Remah

Including "the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES"

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

VLC. Not bloated. Does all sorts of good stuff.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago Kahomono

Uhh... guys... not for nothing, but:
http://winampenthusiasts.com/whats-happening-with-winamp/

For Windows and Android and maybe more.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago howiem

I've shifted to Light Alloy. It plays just about everything audio and video http://www.light-alloy.ru/ - portable 28MB or with installer 63MB. Irfan View, also free, plays many formats as well.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 5 months 2 weeks ago zootsocket

I've used Foobar2000 for years and it would take a major earthquake to get me to change. It does need some setting up and it's a bit quirky in the way it does it, but some spectacular results can be achieved. Once set up, it's definitely not high maintenance.
A few points that may be of interest:
1) As is the case with some other software packages, you may need to tell it where your copy of LAME is installed to play or rip mp3s. Ditto other codecs, such as FLAC.
2) It includes a very effective and fast ripper for any format whose codec you have installed.
3) It does play by directory, as well as by album/artist/genre/year, provided the necessary data is present in tags.
4) There is a huge range of plugins and extensions available from Hydrogenaudio. Some, like lyrics display are very simple to install and use; others are more esoteric.
5) There are a number of good android control apps available (notably FoobarCon). Once foobar is running you can control playlists etc. via your phone or tablet.
6) Windows only, sadly. I'd love a native Linux version.
7) Actively developed and supported - I think I first used it on XP and it's still going strong. Latest version 2 Nov 2015.

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A Must-Have App for your Android Device 2 years 11 months ago 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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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago David Roper

At 100MB LARGER than the "Fatso" AVG, I will let others use it. Excellent Article, Vic.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago drh2020

A new and unknown "security" program based out of China? No thanks.
"Founded in November, 1998, Tencent, Inc. has grown into China's largest and most used Internet service portal..."
http://www.tencent.com/en-us/at/abouttencent.shtml

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago jonshim

My current malware programs says the site is dangerous. Either it is true or they are jealous

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie VirusTotal and WOT both give the site a clean grade. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago Remah It's hard to know how good the antivirus is without trying it. But Tencent Holdings is in the top ten Internet companies and might still be bigger (by market capitalization) than FaceBook. They have many products and own some big software and sites like the largest online game, League of Legends. On the one hand, they've had a lot of success copying products and services that already exist. Yet they seem to have some positive features like a link on their website for reporting illegal behavior by their corporations. The Qihoo 360IS antivirus, based on the BitDefender engine, was also "a new and unknown "security" program based out of China". It has turned out to be a success and a good product. In China, the Chinese version has helped Qihoo to gain market share from Baidu and other large Chinese sites so those competitors are also producing anti-virus products. I'm not sure if that is why Tencent now have an English-language antivirus but they're likely to make a better job of it than the mediocre Baidu antivirus which also uses the Avira engine. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie Thanks for the information, Remah. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago Remah I had a look at the AV-Comparatives reports including the 2014 summary and Tencent performs well but I'd be wary of any antivirus that doesn't participate in the malware removal test. Neither Tencent, Qihoo or Baidu did but they ranked Qihoo ***, Tencent and Bauidu get * or ** in the real-world tests, which gives some idea of their relative performance. For they year past, 2014, AV-Comparatives considered BitDefender the winner (Kaspersky performed as well if not better but AV-Comparative share it around). This reflects well on Qihoo 360is which uses the same engine. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago George.J Hopefully the readers just don't take these tests as their bible because certain test results differs from system to system. If they are having an average system with around 1GB RAM, then going with the top 2 choices (BitDefender, Kaspersky) for Performance, they will be surprised to see that they are the heaviest. They are nowhere in the league of ESET. Moreover BitDefender is known for False positives/bugs both from my own testing and the folks at Malwaretips. Not saying that AV-C is wrong, it depends on the virus samples that you test a product with, or do we have something fishy going on. Time will tell. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago SwanKnight

I tried to download it but I got a warning as well: http://i.imgur.com/nnBwb4z.png

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago MidnightCowboy Browsing aids often give false positives. Instead, it is better to check sites with a range of specialist tools. MC - Site Manager. https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/a910da80c256124abc573c952dccfc77b61c03... http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/pcmgr-global.com/ http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/b5eadcfc5965b7dda117b5a184f45436... view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 1 month ago SwanKnight

Yeah, I thought so but I figured I'd report it here and confirm rather than ignore it.

I'll give a try later on my VM, thanks.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 4 weeks ago snakyjake

How much can "security" suites from China be trusted?

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago pecarroll

Sorry, anything computer-wise, especially in the area of safety, that's made in China or Russia is off limits. Don't care if every single techie group says its okay, I don't trust those countries and their abilities to "backdoor".

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago KetchupKid

Amen to that!

And if my own USA government is secretly behind any other similar software, I wouldn't trust that any more than the Chinese and Ruskies. But we don't really know, do we? Nope. :/

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago papavonschoen

Thank you sir! These appear to be very useful sites.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

Kroger's iWireless prepaid mobile phone service sells Coolpad phones, made in China - which have been proven to have a backdoor that reports to command & cotrol servers in China.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

If you're THAT paranoid, then what are you doing on the internet? I mean, then you might as well unplug your PC and throw away your cell phone. (no sarcasm intended)

There's nothing to guarantee that security software made by other countries is any better/safer and if you can't trust "every single techie group", then who can you trust to provide you with relevant information about the products you're interested in?

It's not possible to rely solely on your own judgement, no matter how skilled you are. This is true for anything, not just software.

I realize this off-topic and I'm probably adding fuel to the fire, but it's a good read in my opinion.

https://medium.com/message/everything-is-broken-81e5f33a24e1

I know that your paranoia is probably not entirely unjustified but I think in the end, it does you more harm than good.

Just my two cents.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Just to remind potential posters here that this article is about "A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite", and any comments not related to exactly that will be deleted, as will anything remotely racist. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

What do you define as RACIST? If we find out that a particular nation offers bad code that will destroy your PC, is that considered RACIST? Just curious as to what your idea of RACISM is.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

I was always taught, IF IN DOUBT, DON'T. I think that holds particularly true FOR ALL SOFTWARE. Yes, you can go out and check the false-positive, but as a Software Engineer myself, A GOOD ENGINEER will test for those false/positives before offering it to the public. Just saying. So, I finally decided that whenever I get a false-positive, I UNINSTALL IT IMMEDIATELY AND MOVE ON. The software industry is saturated with GREAT FREEWARE that does NOT offer false/positives. And. another rule I have is to NEVER download ANY foreign software.

Just sayin'..........

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

As an SE for most of my adult life, GOOD SOFTWARE does not lie. BAD SOFTWARE does.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SoftwareBabe

Why are you all wasting your precious time with foreign software when you can get great American software FREE for the asking? I don't understand how anyone can trust foreign software, especially in the political climate we are living in with almost all foreign countries hating America. Unbelievable and gullible Americans.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago alexxx46

Racism is bad, but corruption and hypocrisy are bad as well.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago maynak00

anyone compare with Qihoo 360 Total Security ?
http://www.360totalsecurity.com/en/features/360-total-security/
which is better?

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago BAITMAN

FIREFOX SAID TO GET THE HELL OUT OF THERE FAST ...
I THOUGHT GIZMO CHECKED THIS STUFF THOROUGHLY BEFORE SUGGESTING THEM TO US???
VERY DISAPPOINTED!!! :-(

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago maynak00

WOT result: https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/pcmgr-global.com

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I'm curious about this as well. I've had a lot of false positives with 360TS as of late, it's been getting annoying.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago LuckyBoy

Regarding FireFox warning to stay away from the 10Cent site, one should know I also get this warning when I access:
My Credit Union
My Bank Login
The United States Post Office (USPS.GOV) and other sites. But whenI tried "known" PUPs site, Firefox did not warn nor complain.

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A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 1 year 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Try reading the other comments first, in particular #121677, before commenting yourself. :) MC - Site Manager. view
A New Free Windows Anti-Malware Suite 12 months 32 min ago MrBrian

Tencent stripped of antivirus rankings for cheating on tests

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago 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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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago 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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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago ExFiler

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

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A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago MidnightCowboy We indicate the bundled installer plainly in the article text. MC - Site Manager. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago rob.schifreen Unfortunately, RJ TextEd triggers the VirusTotal scanners so I am not able to recommend it. view
A New Release Of My Favourite FTP-Enabled Editor 1 year 7 months ago 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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A New Way to Read and Take Notes on the iPad 7 months 6 days ago BruceLeeRoy

Besides not being available for Android or Windows tablets, the inability to take handwritten notes goes against all the research that indicates that learning is better enabled than with typing notes. But, cool none the less. Thanks.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago Altinkerer

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

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Altinkerer, the typo has now been fixed. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago Jojo Yee A good comment Altinkerer. I've edited the article and hopefully it's now clearer. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago Altinkerer

Awesome, Jojo! Thanks for being so responsive.

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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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. :) view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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. view
A PDF File Allows Editing in 100% Layout Accuracy 2 years 6 months ago 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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