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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam mpsmom

Just a note on gishpuppy... I've found that some addresses do not come through, for some reason and there is absolutely no tech support or even anyone who answers questions. Their tech e-dresses are gishpuppy e-dresses and it looks like they disabled them.

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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam v.laurie

Thanks for the information.

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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam RogerC

I agree about the tech support. After I added the "Gish-it" bookmark and tried it, I got an "Internal Server Error" message, which directed me to get help by sending a message about it to postmaster.123@gishpuppy.com. (I didn't bother.)

I wonder whether Gishpuppy is still supported--given that it seems to have been created more than a decade ago.

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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam v.laurie

In view of the comments here and a check elsewhere, I am removing Gishpuppy. I apologize for putting up a bum recommendation. Thanks to the commenters for the heads-up.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Scores of Free MP3 Downloads Aninnymous

Thought I would report on my review of the mp3 files. After listening to part or all of the downloadable files, I have kept 4 files for my permanent collection and trashed the rest.

[I like a fairly wide variety of music but too many of these tracks were awful, a solid number were ok and provided unobjectionable listening but only the 4 were good enough to listen to again, imo]

YMMV

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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam neast

If you manage your own domain and email system you can use email aliases. I use these for everything, especially if I am unsure if an entering an email address in a web site will generate future spam. I forward the aliases to my real email address, but never give the real address out to anyone. Any offending aliases can then be shut off easily without affecting my primary email account.

I select one alias to use as my primary "reply to" address for any emails I send out so I can change that alias if necessary. The other nice thing about this is I can have my email client automatically sort the emails based on the alias email address. For example, I can sort emails sent to "bills@mydomain.com" into the Monthly Bills folder in my email client.

Sometimes it can get a little confusing for people like my wife when trying to set up email clients, but not getting the spam or being able to easily get rid of it is worth a few minutes of setup aggravation.

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1 year 29 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips e-alias

Wow. An amazing find, Rob: thanks for turning us on to it ...

In addition to the wealth of info they provide, I also appreciate their inclusion of a "How to Cite" Page (http://www.sizes.com/cite.htm).

Thanks again -

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1 year 29 weeks ago How Long Would Your Password Take To Crack? draco africanas

12 duodecillion years! i win...

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1 year 29 weeks ago Online PDF editor. MidnightCowboy

Please contact pdfescape support or try posting your query in our forum because it will get very little exposure here. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 29 weeks ago How to Install Comodo Firewall lolcat

You can find a backup of that page (or any page) using the WayBack Machine, 16/10/2012 is Ver 5.10:

http://archive.org/web/web.php

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1 year 29 weeks ago Online PDF editor. dickdham

Thank you - will do.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software ThePeanutButter500

for some reason i installed lmms and it wont show up on my descktop or when i search it

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming Panzer

Code School is an online learning platform that teaches a variety of programming and web design skills. Courses range from beginner to advanced levels and you get to earn rewards and badges as you learn:
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P2PU - School of Webcraft:
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1 year 29 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips terrawarra

Nice find rob... thanks.

Bookmarked this beauty for future reference.

cheers

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Personal Finance Software Poobah

There's a mistake in the article. It says MoneyManagerEx does not support password encryption. I know it does because I currently use this feature in it, and I have done so for years.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Finds of the Week (Which Windows Apps To Uninstall, Free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides, Use Tech to Get Organized, Free Programming Classes, Get Mobile Websites on a PC) Sgluber

Thank you very much, rhiannon! :-)

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader George.J

Foxit Reader no longer provides the .msi version which previously didn't have any toolbar bundled along with the software.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool Corvo

Neox Screen is ShareX ripoff:
https://code.google.com/p/sharex

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software komanderkin

hi there!

all freeware software can be used commercially, unless otherwise stated in the license agreement. as far as i know, all of the software listed on this page can be used in commercial projects.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Music Creation Software komanderkin

can you access the program otherwise, or is it completely missing from your computer?

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1 year 29 weeks ago Libre Office. Not Quite the New Suite On the Block AJNorth

LibreOffice 4.0.0 has been released.

Among many other changes, the main installer has been trimmed to 183 MB. An overview of the new version (published before it became final) by ghacks.net may be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/libreoffice-4-0-changes/?_m=3n.0038.787....

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Office Suite AJNorth

LibreOffice 4.0.0 has been released.

Among many other changes, the main installer has been trimmed to 183 MB. An overview of the new version by ghacks.net (published before it became final) may be found at http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/libreoffice-4-0-changes/?_m=3n.0038.787....

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Office Suite m22rdy

Thanks AJ, updated.

I'll get an updated copy downloaded and get an 4.0.0 review online asap.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Office Suite AJNorth

You're most welcome!

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Word Processor DrBongo

Not having a grammar checker is listed as a :( for Jarte. In my opinion, it's a :) not having one.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Finds of the Week (Which Windows Apps To Uninstall, Free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides, Use Tech to Get Organized, Free Programming Classes, Get Mobile Websites on a PC) rhiannon

@Sgluber,
You're quite welcome, I'm delighted you like it.

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1 year 29 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips budchekov

Excellent, very useful, thanks for sharing Rob!

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android Dcreed

Thanks for the reviews! 2 questions
1. How do you test for detection rates, what is your methodology and tools? I'd love to be able to help test.
2. How do these free apps make money for the developers? I'm a firm believer in there is no such thing as a free lunch. My concern being if I'm not paying out right for the app what are they getting out of it? My personal data, ads, selling behavioral info to some marketeer?

Thanks for taking the time to write up the review.
Dcreed

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Neil J. Rubenking, Lead Analyst for Security at PC Magazine, has posted a new article (2013.02.07) on Microsoft Security Essentials that some may find worthwhile -- http://securitywatch.pcmag.com/none/307816-microsoft-security-essentials....

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1 year 29 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips rob.schifreen

To be fair, I didn't find it. It was recommended to me by reader "imvm". Thanks to him/her, and everyone else who continues to send in suggestions. They're much appreciated, and all of them get read.

Future suggestions via http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/submit-product-review.htm please

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1 year 29 weeks ago Installing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) Without Toolbar and Ads Anupam

Good article. With utorrent now being laden with all these extras and advertisements, it's good to let people be aware of how to avoid all these things. Because of all this, I moved away from it long ago, and I am glad I discovered Tixati :D.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

A new review is up as of February 8, 2013.

It was a very close call, but Tixati slightly beat out qBittorrent for Top Pick.

All of the clients listed here performed excellently on the test torrents and magnets. The top 5 have all the features the average user would want. The last two are missing a couple.

If you find any errors, please post to let me know. The update process gets my eyes a bit blurry.

I did upload my notes on the testing and the link to these is in the review.

I also updated all of the guides to optimize the speed for these clients. So all the guides are compatible with the latest versions.

Look forward to your comments, whether you agree with me or not. The input of users did have an affect on the top pick.

Steve

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client Anupam

Good update Steve :). Great to see Tixati as top pick, it fully deserves it... great simple interface, efficient, simple to use with great features, and a clean install devoid of extras, with a great team that responds and listens to users. Couldn't have been a better pick.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Skype - The Forgotten Free Desktop Sharing App gulfstream

I keep skype version 5.5 and still have desktop sharing for free.
System keeps asking me to update for great new version 6.1 were I have to pay for it. No thanks!

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

I thought you might like that pick :)

Tixati has been close to top pick before. This time, it was a virtual tie with qBittorrent, but your and others opinions pushed it to the top.

Steve

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client Anupam

Good to know I had a part in it :D.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Skype - The Forgotten Free Desktop Sharing App Anupam

Skype still remains free. You do not have to pay for it, even with the latest version 6. You can just download Skype from its site, and install it on your system, and keep using it like before.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Skype - The Forgotten Free Desktop Sharing App gulfstream

Point is that desktop shearing is not free anymore on skype 6. If you want that you have to upgrade to premium and pay. I had skype 6 installed and reverted quickly back to skype 5.5 when I realised that.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Skype - The Forgotten Free Desktop Sharing App Anupam

Oh OK, I haven't noticed that.

Anyways, I use TeamViewer for desktop sharing, and it works well. Easy to use too, even for general users.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

He's comparing commercial "internet security suites" (that has firewall etc) against a basic freeware antivirus.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Finds of the Week (Which Windows Apps To Uninstall, Free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides, Use Tech to Get Organized, Free Programming Classes, Get Mobile Websites on a PC) ..jim..

I was reading the user agreement for 'should I remove it' and I understand them needing to collect certain details about your computer, including your files, paths, etc. I guess the part I don't really care for is the advertising and pop ups that will be sent to your machine.
This just makes me think it's another form of adware, even though the utility itself seems quite useful.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

While literally correct in this particular article, Rubenking does include a link (in the next-to-the-last paragraph) to an earlier review of MSE compared to other A-V freeware.

This piece merely discusses MSE's standing in various labs' tests, which has become something of a recent issue -- especially with Redmond. (As far as firewalls are concerned, one of MSE's features is its integration with the built-in Windows Firewall.)

Having said that, it would obviously have been more useful to many for Dennis Labs to have included other freeware in their evaluation of, and comparison to, MSE. Perhaps they will at some point in the future...

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software PeterRezende

The features in Legacy are about average for what you'd expect of a family tree program but there're many more user friendly programs on the market. I use Legacg, FTM, FTB, PAF and CGR depending on what I want to do and which reports I want to run.

But would you trust your family tree data, data that has been collected after years of painstaking research, to a program that does not correctly export to a Gedcom?

Legacy is more concerned with developing new features rather than fixing the bugs in their current version. Below is correspondence with their "support" department when I discovered a bug in the system..a bug they claim to have known about and fixed in Oct 2012 but the fix has not been released as at 6 Feb 2013..

[edited out]

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Excellent review Steve. Your testing notes show how much work was involved. For me also Tixati and qBittorrent are ahead of the rest. It's just a shame more private trackers don't allow them. All I need now is the Holy Grail of a good, free, torrent friendly VPN with decent usage allowance (unfortunately none of Gizmo's suggestions fit the bill) - I live in hope!

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1 year 29 weeks ago Finds of the Week (Which Windows Apps To Uninstall, Free Office 2013 Quick Start Guides, Use Tech to Get Organized, Free Programming Classes, Get Mobile Websites on a PC) rhiannon

@..jim..
We're starting to see that more and more with freeware - programs being bundled with various sorts of toolbars and other not so pleasant things.
Usually you can opt out of them somewhere during the install, often by un-checking a box next to the program or toolbar if it's listed. Sometimes it isn't displayed and it shows up after the install. :(

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android IO.Hazard

I see you liked the article. Thanks!

As for your first question, I am currently using a test-drive phone (rooted, unlocked bootloader) to perform the antivirus tests. I'm also using CWM as my backup and restore tool to switch between different Android versions (2.3 and 4.0) easily. I know it may sound crazy to play around with actual malware, but it's the only way to test a security app (and have some fun in the process). As for the malware samples themselves, I just look for them "in the wild" after reading the reports posted by different anti-malware software companies.

About your second question, well, I think you should read this: http://www.arachnoid.com/freeware/index.html.
It will help you to understand the real essence of true freeware and its difference with the rest of the software.

I understand your concern about your privacy. Some developers and companies will try to trick you into installing their "free" app to get money through ads (or "sponsored links" as they like to call them), or by trying to sell you a "better" (paid) app. That's why reading any app's permissions before installing it is a must for any user. Reading the app's EULA is a good idea too, as it will allow you to see exactly what you are getting and what you are giving in return. If you don't like what you're seeing, you can always switch to another app.

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

Thanks for that.

As to the VPN, I was going to put together a review of the best free VPNs for torrents, but ran into the issue of IPv6 leaks and gave it up.

If you use Vuze, you can disable IPv6 and set Vuze to only be active when there is a VPN connection.

One of the VPNs I tried impressed me - DirectVPN. No issue running torrents. I usually cap out at about 2MBps without VPN and got 1MBps quite often running DirectVPN. There was conflicting info on bandwidth use, one page said unlimited and another talked about 30GB per month. Either one is very generous.

They claim that they do not keep records, other than your bandwidth usage. There is also a paid version, so I think they will stick around. Installation and use was easy.

The only negative was that you only have access to the USA server. But that did not matter to me. Look for the Lite version here if you want to check it out:
http://www.vpndirect.com/index.php

Steve

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1 year 29 weeks ago Site Suggestions and Feedback ZMeister

I'd like to see a mouse pad offered in your merchandise section. I go through those things like crazy.

Oh, and coffee mugs too! :)

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1 year 29 weeks ago Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover AJNorth

Bitdefender Labs have released a free rootkit remover tool -- http://labs.bitdefender.com/projects/rootkit-remover/rootkit-remover/.

Martin Brinkmann has a brief review article at Ghacks.net -- http://www.ghacks.net/2013/02/07/bitdefender-releases-rootkit-remover-to....

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1 year 29 weeks ago Scores of Free MP3 Downloads NotSoSure

I downloaded two songs from this site, and both were ZIP files. However, neither WinZip nor 7-Zip could open those files, leaving me with no listening pleasure. Note, however, that my downloads were not from the 2012 list, but that shouldn't make any difference.

So, I went back and tried to download an "MP3 file" from the 2012 list. It, too, was a ZIP file that couldn't be opened.

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I've been playing it since it went into open beta and I'm loving it!

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1 year 28 weeks ago 100 Tools To Search The Deep Web cstadler

Also consider as well vertical search engines for deep web like http://www.findthatfile.com, which searches not webpages, but documents, etc and also whats inside the files, metadata, extracts from multiple resources and types.

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1 year 28 weeks ago 100 Tools To Search The Deep Web rhiannon

@cstadler,
That looks like a useful site, thanks for the suggestion. =)

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1 year 28 weeks ago Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed lucasho2312

I am trying to find a proper port. All port numbers I checked with the test page resulted in "Error: I could not see your service on port (45694).Reason: Connection refused" though I chose port number in the specific range and avoided those from the log.txt. I already turned of firewall.

I was once successful with finding an unblocked port. After I change my ISP, I noticed a drop in speed of utorrent so I rechecked and found the port was blocked. Plz help cuz I cant find any reason why all were blocked.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Everpad - Evernote client well integrated with linux desktop:

Client has:

* unity lens
* indicator applet
* unity launcher

Client support:

* notes
* tags
* notebooks
* resources
* places
* en-* tags

https://github.com/nvbn/everpad#readme

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1 year 28 weeks ago Get A Free Book On Windows 8 From Microsoft Press Tony600

great stuff to read, Thanks

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Thanks a lot for the info. DirectVPN looks very promising. I'm always concerned about what data VPNs log and what they do with it. Sounds pretty good but, as always, and as you say, we only have their word on this.

As for compatible clients, I'm reluctant to use Vuze due to its various installs/hijacks. Can qBittorrent or Tixati be configured in a similar way to guard against leaks/disconnects, or is Vuze the best in these respects?

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1 year 28 weeks ago Optimizing µTorrent (or BitTorrent) For Speed mr6n8

Connection refused usually means a firewall issue.

I know you turned off your software firewall. (better to set exception)
Do you have a router? If yes, what is the make and model?

Who is the ISP?
Did they give you any hardware? If so what is make and model of hardware?

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

qBittorrent does have an option to bind to an interface, though I could not figure out which was the VPN. The option is in Options>Advanced and is called "Network Interface". The drop down menu should show all connections.
I do not know of a way to disable IPv6 in qBittorrent.

I am unaware of any such features in Tixati.

One of the reasons I stopped the article is that I really do not understand much of the IPv6 leak issue. I am not certain if it even matters in bittorrent.

From all I saw Vuze appeared to be the best. The installs etc are a pain, no question about it. I also try to avoid programs with such things. If you want to try it I would suggest using the "Classic" interface (avoid the ads). My new install guide has the info.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install eikelein

Robert, I truly love your tireless work for the TechSupportAlert community, thank you.

But here I have to comment:

If you send people to www.java.com you should tell them too that the version they will get there DOES contain an unwanted add-on installer like McAfee Security Scan or the like.

90% of my customers at least will NOT catch that and will not deselect the check mark that triggers the installation of this gunk software.

I rather download Java and other "staples" like Adobe Reader from Filehippo.com. I never got a "gunked up" software from them.

As usual, it's user beware.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Robert Rex

Robert, Why not send the readers to Oracle's website so they can see how Java really works and who all has it. Plus there is more downloads on security there. Using JRE is okay, but the JDK version has JRE and auto updates yours security protocols. I have been involved with Java since I first encountered the service in Windows 3.0 Back the SunMicroSystems had it. I also encountered it while I was in the USAF working on planes and ground support equipment. Long History made short.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free eBooks Online mr6n8

February 9, 2013, 29 new sites added, 6 dead sites removed, 1 site with bad WOT rating removed for net of 22 sites.

All links are checked with LinkChecker as I can no longer visit each site to check. If you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here or contact me through the site. (Press mr6n8 above)

If you know of a site to be added to this listing, then please post here or contact me through the site.

If you have your own site to be added, it is best to contact me through the site.

Thanks

Steve

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Rideon10

I just (Feb 8) recieved an update from Oracle but there was no mention security issues. Does anyone know if this latest download included the fixes?

Oh, and you are correct eikelein, I had to uncheck the box to avoid getting the Ask toolbar and having my default browser changed to Ask.

Keep up the GREAT work.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Thanks again. I'll go ahead with Vuze and try and avoid the installation pitfalls.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

My install guide
http://www.techsupportalert.com/installing-vuze-without-toolbar

A couple links on the VPN and Vuze
http://wiki.vuze.com/w/Proxies_And_VPNs#VPN_Configuration
http://wiki.hidemyass.com/Tutorials:Force_Vuze_to_only_load_Torrents_thr...

The IPv6 settings are at the bottom of the Advanced Network Settings options page. All should be disabled.

Good luck

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install AJNorth

An alternative to using Oracle's automatic browser installer (and risk also receiving some unwanted crapware) is to manually download & install the appropriate full off-line Java Runtime Environment (JRE) executable(s), which are clean; the current version (released 2013.02.01) is Java SE 7u13.

Java SE Downloads may be found at http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html; under "Java Platform, Standard Edition," choose the DOWNLOAD tab under 'JRE,' accept the license agreement and save the appropriate installer(s) to the HDD.

PLEASE NOTE: some systems may still have legacy versions of the Java RTE that will not be automatically replaced by installing a new version, and it is crucial that ANY previous versions still extant be manually removed. A very convenient way to both remove previous versions of the Java RTE and install the current version is to employ the free utility JavaRa from SingularLabs (recently updated to v2.1) -- http://singularlabs.com/software/javara/ (Windows 7 & 8 users must run the program as Administrator to be able to uninstall previous versions). (For a review of JavaRa, please see the Softpedia entry at http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/System-Miscellaneous/JavaRa.shtml .)

For the full Oracle Security Advisories, please see Critical Patch Updates and Security Alerts -- http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html.

Finally, many will find Brian Krebs' excellent security blog entry on this update most worthwhile -- https://krebsonsecurity.com/2013/02/critical-java-update-fixes-50-securi....

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Again, I really appreciate your excellent advice, but I don't like Vuze for so many reasons. Comodo firewall was going crazy with alerts I lost count of them, and amongst other things I had to compromise security by reinstalling Java. It just isn't worth all the problems. I'll try my luck with Tixati or qbit. If any light can be shed on how they can be configured to guard against VPN disconnects and ipv6 leaks I'd be really grateful.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover F.M.

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70 (free version) named "Editors Choice" for free removal-only antivirus by PCMag.com. See:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2415255,00.asp

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

Ouch.

This article may help with the VPN down issue using outside software.
http://torrentfreak.com/how-to-make-vpns-even-more-secure-120419/

On the IPv6, Direct is an open VPN that is not supposed to have the Ipv6 leak. However, there was one site that could see my IPv6 address with any of the VPNs and even when I disabled IPv6 on my connections. Not sure how, but the rest of the sites (and Check my Torrent IP) did not see my IPv6 address.

So I am not sure the advice there on the IPv6 will work completely.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Thanks a lot. I'll check it out. I've just raised these points on the Tixati and qBit forums so maybe they can shed some more light on things. If I hear anything of interest I'll post here (if this is the right place).

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

Here or the forum.

Just start a new comment here- we are getting thin.

Thanks

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Fairportfan

Looks as if Oracle doesn't want you accessing the installers directly - i get a 404 - Page Not Found error from that link.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install AJNorth

You are quite right!

Apparently, the semicolon became part of the URL (the first time THAT has happened...); the correct URL, therefore, is http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/index.html . Thank you for bringing that to my attention!

I was also remiss in not mentioning that a much less complicated (and more direct) way to acquire a clean installer of the JRE for Windows is through Softpedia -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Programming/SDK-DDK/Sun-Java-JRE.shtml .

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Fairportfan

I just got it at Filehippo, actually.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install jhvance

I uninstalled Java completely from all of my home and office computers over a year ago, and really haven't missed it. There are very few websites I regularly use which won't function as a result, and the only one I miss is the current orbital location function provided on some of the NASA mission webpages.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install freedog96150

I also recommend ninite.com for installer files. All the good stuff and none of the junk is installed - plus you can use the installer file as an updater as well.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly pepitito

Thanks Rob!

A very useful app in the cloud!

Peter

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1 year 28 weeks ago Site Suggestions and Feedback olfrt

I recently was gifted with Windows 8 home edition, and installed it in a dual core 1.8 gig laptop with only one gig of memory. The system hangs frequently which I have ascribed to lack of memory. Being retired on a limited income I have searched for a free program to free up the memory to no avail.

I am a member of the free newsletter and tonight it occurred to me that a listing of W8 compatible utilities would be beneficial to Windows 8 users such as myself. I am forwarding this suggestion in hopes that Windows 8 users as a group would benefit.

Thank You.

Will Atwood

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1 year 28 weeks ago Site Suggestions and Feedback MidnightCowboy

Hi Will,

We already have some Windows 8 apps listed here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-apps.htm

Also, if you use the site search at the top right you will find links to other articles relating to Windows 8. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install nanosani

There are so many people having problems finding the offline installers for Java 7 Update 13 which is the latest one. Here are the direct download links for Java 7 Update 13 which includes more than 50 fixes.

[Edited out. Direct download links not permitted.]

Source:
http://www.technize.net/java-7-update-13/

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install jporter

I'm with you concerning a complete uninstall of Java. However, I want to ask you several questions? I am not a computer geek so tell me what Java does and why would I need it. When you uninstalled did you use an appcleaner to get rid of it? If I uninstall Java, will I turn on my Mac only to see a blank screen that does nothing? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Jimmy

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client freestuffrocks

Hi mr6n8

Regarding DirectVPN, I was unable to find where they claim only to keep records of bandwidth usage. Was it in their Privacy Policy (http://www.vpndirect.com/privacy.php)? They also appear to use IP addresses for marketing purposes. They will also disclose personal information if subpoenaed, a standard clause for most VPNs. Obviously if this includes IP addresses then, say, with regard to copyright infringement, it would seem they provide little more privacy than a typical ISP, if I've understood things correctly (or maybe I'm being paranoid).

Your TorrentFreak article link was also very informative. VPNetMon would appear to take care of any disconnects (but not sure if it works with open VPN), and the command prompt netsh etc will hopefully guard against IPv6 leaks. You said, strangely for open vpn, that, in some situations, your IPv6 address could be seen, but not by Check My Torrent IP, so presumably it would not be visible to any swarms, which would be my main concern.

Also, IPv6 can be disabled in Tixati by selecting IPv4 only in connections.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free BitTorrent Client mr6n8

Thanks for the info on Tixati. I can not believe I missed that. It is a part of my speed guide to select IPv4 preferred.

I would suggest "IPv4 only" to be safe on any VPN. I did hear back from Direct on the IPv6 and they were honest that it was an issue. They are looking to cure it in the next release.

This is the one site that consistently showed my true IPv6 (the VPN IPv4 tho) on all of the VPNs I tested, even with IPv6 disabled on my computer connection.
http://www.test-ipv6.com/

I am not sure where I got the info on no records. I looked at the site, but did not see it. It might have been an email as I did ask the sites. You could always ask through their support page.

They will have your IP, but it is unlikely they track where and what you do. Then it is a question of do they keep records of when you signed on, for how long etc.

When writing the providers, I basically asked the two questions here:
http://torrentfreak.com/which-vpn-providers-really-take-anonymity-seriou...

I could be wrong on Direct and records, so you might want to ask them.

Thanks again for the Tixati info.

Steve

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software Anupam

Have edited out the long conversation posted, which was quite long for the comments section. Please post it in the freeware forum, with a link to the thread here in the comments section.

Also, please make sure not to post the emails, as this is a public forum, and it's not safe posting emails publicly.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly flashcraft

Maybe I'm doing something wrong but the timer on that page isn't editable. Thanks anyway but have you tried this one?: http://www.timer-tab.com/

Actually I may have gotten it from gizmo's, I don't remember.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly deegee

Me too. I cannot find a way to edit the numbers? How do you do it?

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly richtea

Simple, works well. Just a couple of quibbles:

The pop-up alert can only be placed in corners, not splash in the middle of the screen; there seems to be no beep option.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly Anupam

Open just the home site : http://alrt.io/

and you will see how to edit the time :). The link posted in the article is to the experiment that Robert did.

The timer can be started via the URL.. by posting the time required after the home URL, like :

alrt.io/1h3s : for one hour 3 seconds

or,

alrt.io/2 hours 3 minutes .. the long version works too.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly dlsimo

I'm not getting a popup alert afterwards despite allowing popups on the web site. The timer tab that someone else offered works well though and has a bell.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly crescentbeach

Nice.

I also use http://www.online-stopwatch.com/, which offers a variety timers, stopwatches and clocks. Plus audible notifications.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly Bobmark

e.ggtimer.com works just as well Almost the same thing and I've found no bugs or problems with it.

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1 year 28 weeks ago A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install jhvance

I can't tell you anything about how it works with Macs, as I'm strictly a Windows user. In my case, I did not require the use of an appcleaner for the most part, although in one of my office machines there was some leftover stuff from an older version of Java which showed up in a deep Secunia scan that I ended up having to remove with Revo Uninstaller.

Now, as to what it does and why you might need it, that will depend in part on what sort of things you do with your computer (whether a Mac, or something running Windows or Linux). If you're strictly a casual user and Websurfer, removal might not produce too much in the way of dysfunctionality -- you may discover websites which present a message to the effect that "Java is required" for it to function, and normally there will be a forwarding link to Oracle's website. If you don't experience that too much on any of the sites you regularly use after uninstalling it, and certainly not for any sites of critical importance to you (e.g., banking, etc.), then judge for yourself whether it's really something you must have or can get by without.

In my case, the only site with a specific function based on Java that was worth having IMHO was the orbital plotting for specific NASA missions, but I can live without it and the peace of mind from removing a potentially major security risk because of Oracle's slow patch response more than made up for the loss.

Here are links to the relevant Wikipedia articles on the Java platform and programming language which might help identify in advance whether its removal might impact something of importance in how your system is used or configured. They aren't that geeky to read.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(software_platform)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_(programming_language)

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1 year 28 weeks ago Site Suggestions and Feedback wildweaselkeeper

Hi Will,

I certainly understand about limited income, been there, done that, still doing it. However, despite that it will benefit you to upgrade your on board memory as much as you can; it can make a significant and noticeable difference in overall system performance. If it were me I'd wipe my drive and reinstall whatever you had on there in the first place, but it's not me. I do not like Windows 8 in any way, fashion, shape, or form. To me Windows 8 is nothing more than an OS for mobile apps, with lots of problems thrown in, but that's my opinion.

But, no matter which OS you end up with you really need to upgrade your memory; you will never be sorry you did. Buying system memory is another article all in and of itself and so I will simply say make sure you know what you are doing and what you are buying before you do it. If this info is redundant to you then I most sincerely apologize.

I have been a member here way back to the days when it was called "SupportAlert" and it was a paid membership; it has always been my favorite Tech site, and one of my all time favorite sites overall. With that said, with tongue in cheek, there are other tech sites I frequent, depending on what it is I'm interested in. At the risk of getting my tonsils torn out (yes, I still have them) and committing heresy my second favorite tech site is "dotTech"; it is also free to join, and I'm betting that many of the members here are members there, as well. I mention dotTech because they've been doing a series on Windows 8 apps, games, and tips and tricks. I only know this because I get at least one article a day in my RSS feed which I promptly delete because I have no interest in Windows 8.

I hope this helps you and that others here will see your post and be able to help as well. One last thing about Windows 8; take note that in any discussion about Windows 8, other than games, any software is referred to as an "app" not as a program.

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1 year 28 weeks ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Thank you very much for your suggestions. I have changed the name to "Do Not Track Me". Also, I took a quick look at QuickJava and, although I did not test it out, it seems very similar to NoScript. Is there a reason to recommend QuickJava if users are already using NoScript?

Thank you.

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1 year 28 weeks ago How to Protect Your Online Privacy Chiron

I would recommend first ensuring that your computer is not infected with malware. To do that please follow the advice I give in my article about How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-know-if-your-computer-infect...

If that shows no problems then I would suggest you start a new topic in the forum. This type of issue is not one which can be solved in the comments section.

Thank you.

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1 year 28 weeks ago How to Report Spam Chiron

Do you mean that Yahoo is actually blocking you from forwarding spam to the services mentioned in this article?

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1 year 28 weeks ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Chiron

I'm sorry I did not reply to this sooner. Thank you very much for alerting me to this change of addresses for the forms. I have updated the article.

Thank you very much. I really appreciate your help.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client Super2cool

Digsby should be allowed back as... they are removing all those bundled software in their installer.

"We are removing all bundled offers shown during installation of Digsby. We hope this will make Digsby a better experience for you and your friends." - Digsby Blog

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1 year 28 weeks ago How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns Chiron

Thank you very much for finding this. I looked into the program and it allows users to use both EasyList and EasyPrivacy, just as with the other browsers. Also, it has good reviews wherever I searched.

Thus, I changed my advice for IE to using AdFender. However, I would not recommend it if your main browser is not IE, as it will always have to be open in the background, thus using some resources. However, for IE this is definitely the best program I have found.

Thank you very much for directing me to this program.

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1 year 28 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client Anupam

That blog post is from 2011. It also says Digsby has been acquired by Tagged.. the website of which has got yellow WOT rating, and has got that rating because of spamming. Since nearly 2 years, there has not been any new post on their blog, after this announcement, which makes the situation regarding development of Digsby quite doubtful. Unless we get something concrete on present situation, or future development of the program, I don't think it will be considered here. Atleast the Digsby site has now got green WOT rating. Still, the above facts do matter.

Let's see what the editor of this category thinks.

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