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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained brunetu

Yes. So the lower case stands for kilo (1kb = 1000 bits), while the kibi is a capital K (1KiB = 1024 bytes which is 2^10). I used bits in one case and bytes in the other to also draw attention to casing / capitalization for those abbreviations, as that's a common source of confusion as well (the article already explains those). EDIT: But even if you don't put an "i" in the middle of the abbreviation, like Microsoft does(n't), it should still be a capital letter, as this is the binary prefix and not the decimal one.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained brunetu

But the capitalization difference between the decimal and the binary prefix only applies to kilo!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained mr6n8

OK. I think I have it.

I knew the capital/non-capital only applied to kilo or kibi.

The small k for 1000 and the large K for 1024 (with Ki). So even Kb = 1024bits, while kb = 1000 bits and same for kilobytes.

I will work it in. I am in the middle of another project here, but will get to it.

Thanks again

Steve

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained brunetu

I'm glad to help "clear up some confusion" :)
We should see this more often on the world wide web!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained mr6n8

Well hopefully people are not more confused after reading this.

I have put up something on this. I would appreciate any input you have on it.

Thanks again for this

Steve

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained mchldpy

thank you,
i'm glad you printed this, hopefully time warner will see this and teach their phone reps/techs (so called) the proper way to enunciate bits and bytes and when each was called for in a sentence and maybe teach them how to divide a number by 8 or vice versa. one thing has been nagging at me though...
the m/s search dog from xp, does he eat kiBiBles & byts or is it Kibi... wait, what ¿

michael clyde

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Fix a Malware Infected Computer Grayhorse

This is an excellent article and very detailed
I am not a Tech and get nervous with some of your suggestions and tread carefully when I do.
Malware infected my computer with a paid Anti-virus and decided to take another avenue and thanks to you I have.
My system is Protected, Imaged Rescue Disced and will be Sandboxing when I decide which one to use.
Thank You all for your Knowledge and sharing such.

Totally enjoy your site
all your articles are not for everyone but definetly for some so they are absolutely usefull
Congrats on a great site
Grayhorse

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2 years 4 weeks ago This Painting App Also Lets You Create Frame-By-Frame Animations Joe A.TT

Thank goodness for Gizmo's Freeware and you Rob.

I came across mention of Chasys Draw IES too on another site and was wondering about it. Actually, the download is a zipped file that is 16.5MB (i.e. current version 4.02.01 as at 10th January 2013). You then have to click the .exe file to go through the installation. There is also an "easy" .bat installation file, but I didn't try that because I like to have some control of things. In the end, all the files in the programs folder comes up to 39.5MB.

First impression of it is very good based on my very limited knowledge and experience with this type of software.

A quick glance at the help/tutorial files is also impressive. Good use of the English language and very professional (not like some of the poor English we see nowadays).

[Update]
For those who may be interested, I've posted a short appraisal on Gizmo's forum. You can see it here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/multimedia/11507-chasys-d...

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Fix a Malware Infected Computer Chiron

Thank you very much. I really appreciate your feedback. Also, be sure to ask if you have any questions about anything.

However, I was wondering if you wouldn't mind elaborating a little about why you believe my articles are not for everyone. I know that I may not be catering to the people who just want a security program they can just install and forget about, but as none of those offer what I believe to be adequate protection I will not be advising them.

Is this what you were referring to or is there some other aspect of my advice I'm missing. I'd really like to know as your feedback may help me to improve these articles.

Thanks.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Editor Joe A.TT

You may want to read this article by rob.schifreen: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/painting-app-also-lets-you-creat...

Although not a full review, you may feel a bit comforted that rob has checked it with Virus Total and Avast!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained BearPup

One other question, though it may be beyond the purview of what you're talking about. When I start a download I get a burst of high speed say 350 kB/s, which then drops quickly to around 100, which may then drop down further to the 80's, bounce back up to the 90's, and will eventually settle somewhere between 85 & 105 kB/s. The question: what is going on with the speed, and why does it bounce around the way it does?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained mr6n8

Yes that is not what this is about.

As to the 350, that may be due to your ISP having something similar to the "PowerBoost" feature of my Comcast connection. This give a big burst in up and down speed for the first 10MB of data. This also allows the ISP to advertise faster speeds (as "up to").

The bouncing around depends on how you are downloading. If you are downloading from a central server at a site, the number of other users downloading will affect the flow to you. If it is a torrent download, then that is very common as you are getting download from a number of users and they may come and go and their client is constantly adjusting their distribution to you. At the better download sites and on healthier torrents, you should not see much bouncing around.

If you think there may be an issue, then it would be best to post in our forums. These comments do not work well with multiple posts as they keep getting thinner and thinner.

Steve

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained BearPup

Thank you for the explanation. It suffices...I was 'just curious', my ISP has been 'operating' this way since the beginning decades ago.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help Scott_Y

It's also important to state what version of the software you are having the trouble with. Sometimes a fix has been made available in a more recent version.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client hiddensanctum

I fully agree with Anupam on this matter. Since there have been no updates from Digsby themselves regarding to what exactly is going on with development, it is hard to recommend the product. Without any news of its future, it is hard to tell what exactly Tagged plans to do with the program. It is good news that the WOT rating is now green instead of yellow. But for now I am taking a "wait and see" approach.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Anacreon - A galaxy in ruins. A civilization torn asunder. And here and there, the powerful, the cunning, the ruthless, rise up to build an empire out of the ashes of a nuclear holocaust:
http://www.neurohack.com/anacreon/Anacreon2.0Released.html

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Get Free Online Help with Your Computer Problems snert

Bleeping Computer is one I recommend. Like most of them, it's free but you have to register to post, but if you're just reading the any of the forums you don't have to register.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free File Manager Panzer

"... BetterExplorer is the only file manager with a Ribbon and tabs for Windows 7 and Windows 8 ...":
http://better-explorer.com/

"... Proto is a fast, next-gen, freeware file manager. Unlike all the Norton Commander clones, this project introduces interesting and new approach to handling files. Incorporates some of the Jef Raskin's ideas regarding “Humane Interface” ...":
http://miechu.pl/proto/Default.aspx
http://miechu.pl/proto/protoCinema.aspx
http://www.softpedia.com/get/File-managers/Proto.shtml

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Instant Messaging Client Anupam

Glad you agree :).

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free File Manager Panzer

"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vifm/

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Vifm is a ncurses based file manager with vi like keybindings. If you use vi, vifm gives you complete keyboard control over your files without having to learn a new set of commands ...":
http://vifm.sourceforge.net/
http://sourceforge.net/projects/vifm/

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites supanut

Using Dropbox for over a year, and I can say it's awesome, as well as Google Drive and Sky Drive. Even though I didn't keep a local backup of these folders, the files automatically syncs back to my desktop after the fresh install of Windows 7 X64! Amazing, elliminated about 374.4MB of backup!
My recommendation: Try using multiple services, they can be very helpful!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Ways to Learn Programming AbdulRazak

thank you, very interesting

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2 years 9 weeks ago Is There A Free Online Metronome? Of Course! mchldpy

hey rob,
thanks - btw, the music related items you speak of posting about, would they be stuff other than music players, organizers etc...
and more along the lines of transposers, notation s/ware or metronomes for playing, creating or just dealing with "musical" stuff. if so, could i bother you for the links. i searched but didn't use the correct "expression" or search terms, i don't think

thanks,
michael clyde

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PDF Writer Software texastechy

Just had to comment on this and maybe I'm missing something. but Bullzip doesn't seem nearly as good as PDF24. I recently needed a bit more features than what TinyPDF was giving me and PDF24 did the job, it let me add pages, delete them, change page order and more with a simple drag and drop interface that was very easy to use unlike slightly clunkier tools like PDFill Tools. I know we're talking pdf writer here only but PDF24 cuts my print to pdf creation time down with the added features.
I'm splitting hairs but to me Bullzip doesn't deserve 9 stars. Just saying.

Thanks to jspirited for maintaining this section. appreciate your time and Gizmos is often my first stop when I need software ideas.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Play The Classic Lemmings Game Online In Your Browser robbie weston

how do u download liming can u please tell me how

[Moderator's note : email address removed on account of safety concerns.]

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PDF Writer Software jspirited

Thank you texastechy for your comments. I think you have a very good point here. Both bullzip and pdf24 are very good that's why they both have 9 stars. I think it does involve a subjective element here and comes down to individual user to decide which one suits his/her needs the best. If I could, I would tag both as 'best' as they are both very solid and feature rich in providing the 'pdf writer' capabilities. I will check with others and see if some adjustment in rating should be made here.
Thanks again.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Play The Classic Lemmings Game Online In Your Browser Anupam

It is for playing in the browser itself, not downloadable.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free PC Cleaner mr6n8

I tried out Bleachbit (portable) and had an issue with it on my 64bit Windows 7.

Tried 3 scans - just selecting for Firefox and it froze halfway through cleaning each time.

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2 years 9 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) ehorwitz1

I installed and played with Should I Remove It? for about a week. I hate to say it, but I really find no good use for this app. I don't mind it keeping an inventory of what I have installed, but its "advice" on uninstalling is just a rating of what percentage of people have uninstalled a given software. There is no reasoning or explanation as to why the products were uninstalled.

An example is Duplicate Cleaner Free from Digital Volcano. This has been a great tool for me (found it here on Gizmo's, of course!) and the only reason I would uninstall it would be to reinstall or upgrade to the paid version. So, why have 46% uninstalled it? Perhaps they needed it for a specific job and removed it when done. Who knows?

There is a star rating so that users can rate the software. The site was using Disqus for comments last week; that disappeared and there was no way to leave comments until today. Looks like they've instituted their own comments tool.

Should I Remove It? mistakenly shows the install date for a lot of my software as the date I installed Should I Remove It? Kind of odd. No harm, but odd.

There is a lot of somewhat interesting information about individual software, such as where (what countries) install it the most, where it's ranked (based on number of installs detected) and links to the software's publisher. But one can only glean so much from the kinds of statistics that the program collects.

Uninstalling the software leaves 666 registry entries, according to Revo Uninstaller. Interesting number; glad I'm not superstitious. Again, kind of sloppy, but not harmful.

I'm guessing this is a fairly new tool. Perhaps with some maturity and a lot of user comments it will be more useful. For now, it's gone from my desktop.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained gzmhanu

I always thought Bits and Bytes was a magazine. Go figure...

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

Hey, thanks for the comment.
I agree, using multiply sites is a good way of backing up you files off site.

I have not tried Google Drive yet. Does it work the like Skydrive?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

From my testing Google Docs for this site I have determined Google Docs is not a online back-up system. Several of my MS Office files were uploaded to Google Docs they were changed from Office format to Google Docs format.

kyengineer
Best Free Online Backup Sites Editor

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

I have just subscribed to Wuala to test the service.

One positive thing I noticed was pre-upload encryption. Your password remains on you computer and no one can read you files without you password.

One drawback I notice is it is not folder independent. The files that are backed up have to be filed in the "Wuala" folder.

It has 5 GB of storage which is the norm.

kyengineer
Best Free Online Backup Sites Editor

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites kyengineer

I need some help.

So far. I have counted approximately 30 free online backup service on the internet. If you are using a site not listed here post a comment. Also, if you add a review of the site would be helpful. If I receive a site review I will make sure it is added to the list.

Finally, I am looking for comments on on the strategies people use to backup with the free services.

kyengineer
Best Free Online Backup Sites Editor

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites Jojoyee

The upload settings allow you to uncheck "Convert Uploaded files to Google Docs format" to keep the original format but then you can't edit it on Google Drive without the conversion.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

Avira have released an updated installation package of their free A-V (v13.0.0.3185, a cumulative roll-up) and added an on-line installer option (2 MB; the full executable weighs-in at 104 MB). They, along with the updated User Manual, may be downloaded at https://www.avira.com/en/download/product/avira-free-antivirus .

Though a technical violation of the EULA, suppression of the update nag screen that many find annoying can be accomplished without too much difficulty; one such set of instructions may be found at http://www.ehow.com/how_7284896_remove-avira-nag-screen.html .

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites Anupam

Google Docs does not seem to be a backup site, it's just for collaboration and sharing of documents.

However, I think Google Docs is a part of Google Drive? Not very clear to me when I visited the Google Docs site.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Create A Countdown Timer Instantly Sgluber

Very good!

Tks to rob and tks to crescentbeach! :-)

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software JonathanT

Thanks for the heads up!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software AJNorth

You're very welcome, JT!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites Jojoyee

Google Docs is a part of Google Drive, which can be used for backup.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Finds of the Week (Cloud Computing Explained, Microsoft Rootkit Report, Free Windows 8 ebook, Space Simulators, Repurpose Extra PCs) Danielkcc

For the Windows 8 themes, yes it's true that the Themepacks that work for Windows 8 and Windows 7 end in the .themepack file extension. However, you may also note that for all the new themes created in the Windows 8 desktop environment generates a new .deskthemepack file extension that only works in Windows 8. Here at this How to Download and Install Page you may read more on how to install those windows 8 themes in your Win 7 PC. Hope this helps!

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2 years 8 weeks ago Bits and Bytes Explained brunetu

Yes, the way you put it should leave less room for further confusion... as long as readers remember that, as the article says, while the binary prefixes "should be kibi (KiB), mebi (MiB)", etc. to be more easily differentiated from the decimal counterparts, many - if not most - software developers have not adopted this standard yet (they still use KB/MB/GB etc instead of the new binary prefixes), so KB/MB/GB etc. (and other capitalizations) don't mean the same thing in every context right now - I've even seen a recent file manager (Space Sniffer) displaying kb instead of KiB (which the numbers actually represent)! And an online hardware store (cel.ro) displaying graphics cards' bandwidth as Gb, but the numbers represent GiB... Capitalization wouldn't be as much of an issue if we were talking kilograms (kg). Just wanted to repeat this to make it clearer.

Just as is the case with shoe sizes, in many cases one can't be sure which measurement unit it is until they ask the store for the size in inches / centimeters or, in our case, look for the total number of bits/bytes instead...

The most common discrepancy is probably the one between the advertised capacities for the usual 80-minute CD-R as "700 MB", which is actually 700 MiB (most software leaves out the "i") or approximately 734,000,000 (700x1024x1024) bytes, respectively the DVD as "4.7 GB", which is actually approximately 4,700,000,000 bytes or 4.37 GiB. Of course, these numbers are all rounded for the sake of simplicity. So don't wonder why 700 MiB can fit on a CD, but 4.7 GiB cannot fit on a DVD (it is actually 4.7 billion- or giga- bytes and not the power-of-two equivalent used by most software). CDs and Windows were created before the binary prefix convention.

OK, now I think it couldn't be any clearer than that.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free File-Based Backup Program Wolfram

I would like to invite you to take a look at another free backup client - called "Duplicati".

http://www.duplicati.com/

I quote its developers:

"Duplicati is a free backup client that securely stores encrypted, incremental, compressed backups on cloud storage services and remote file servers. It works with Amazon S3, Windows Live SkyDrive, Google Drive (Google Docs), Rackspace Cloud Files or WebDAV, SSH, FTP (and many more).

Duplicati has built-in AES-256 encryption and backups can be signed using GNU Privacy Guard. A built-in scheduler makes sure that backups are always up-to-date. Last but not least, Duplicati provides various options and tweaks like filters, deletion rules, transfer and bandwidth options to run backups for specific purposes."

Perhaps the responsible of this rubric will test Duplicati, in the near future; and then will share his impressions about it.-

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2 years 9 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances flashcraft

Thanks v.laurie. I hate those little shortcut arrows! I've tried to remove them with 'Power Toys for Windows XP' and that never worked. I'll give this a try.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software me1900

You may wanna rethink the review you have for Avast! It is having more glitches varying on system. Take a look here: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=115074.msg895558#msg895558
Plus many more bugs in other areas. You should never have overlooked this fact.
It is apparent that these developers are in to much of a hurry to do thorough bug checking before they release anything to the public. This is bad for public relations.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

Just because of a single issue, you can't blame everything on the developers, or start to say that Avast is bad. I have been using Avast since long time now, before on XP, and now on Windows 8, and I haven't come across a major problem yet, in fact no problem that made me think about Avast as a bad program.

Rather than post such messages, you should work with the developers to provide them with proper information regarding the issue. Avast team is quite responsive, and fixes the problems fast. Yes, a few of the recent releases have had some problems at first, and so, I first observe the forum for any ongoing issues before updating to the latest version. Usually, the problems are fixed quickly, and the updated versions face no problems.

With so many machines out there with different configuration, different OS, different co-installed programs, you can expect a few issues. If you face an issue, post about it in their forum, give them information, and work with them.

Avast is a great product, and I don't think the editor is going to make any changes in the review about it, just because of the single issue you pointed out.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software me1900

Look at all those bugs reported and increasing by the day on their forums for crying out loud!!!

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software mr6n8

I do not use Avast, but did look at their forums after seeing your post. I did not find a great number of issues and bugs reported.

Avast has over 150 million registered users. When a small number of users report issues, that does not indicate a major problem with the software.

Any software with a user base of 150 million is going to have some users encounter bugs and issues. Developers can not anticipate every combination of hardware, operating system and softwares.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances jhvance

Took care of the shortcut arrows on my Win7 Pro x64 machine in an instant -- outstanding! Kudos to the author, who might just get a donation from me for this one -- and big, sloppy raspberries to Microsoft for refusing to provide users with the option and resisting numerous requests for that capability.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances AJNorth

Two more desktop-organizing apps that some may find useful are "DesktopOK" (Windows all) -- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancem... and "Fences" (XP through Win 8)-- http://www.softpedia.com/get/Desktop-Enhancements/Other-Desktop-Enhancem... .

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2 years 9 weeks ago 56 Free Motion Comics Series Online mr6n8

February 14, 2013, new sites added and 1 dead link removed. I added the number of series to the title as I did not realize how big this section had gotten.

All links should be working. If you find a site is not working, or is not as it should be, then please post here.

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

Thanks

Steve

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

I agree with Anupam and mr6n8. In any case these things tend to go in cycles and I remember serious issues with AVG, Comodo and certainly some of the paid products over time. The one thing you can be sure of though is Avast! will rectify their issues as quickly as is humanly possible.

One of the worst things any user can do to their system is keep swapping security software for one reason or another. I certainly don't see the current situation as cause to replace Avast! MC - Site Manager.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances BearPup

A number of tweaks, including removing the arrow and the word "Shortcut" from shortcut links are available in The Windows Club free app, Ultimate Windows Tweak (UWT)[thewindowsclub.com; then go to the TWC Free App tab].I use it to fix a multitude of annoyances that are Microsoft's "answer" to ignoring customer needs for customization.

The Windows Club has several free tweaking apps under their free apps tab. Definitely worth checking them out. [Full disclosure: I have no financial or other interest in The Windows Club or their site. I just like a lot of their free apps and advice; another good place to check for answers to problems.]

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Video Accelerator binibirocha

The new version of vac is forcing you to check both make speedbit search default and speedbit homepage, which I think is malaware, spyware, or adware type of program. Unistalling the vac also does not remove both the search and homepage, so I think vac is full of crap.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Media Player viperh2000

I apologize if i missed it, but i did not see where you listed any mention of blu-ray compatibility, just curious if you tested any of these players for blu-ray playback, and if so which seemed to best suited?

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2 years 9 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances eikelein

Thanks to v.laurie for (yet another) cool article.

But still I just don't get it, sorry. I can accept personal tastes and likes and dislikes and such.

But hey, the arrow is an easy way to distinguish between a shortcut and the real thing that the shortcut represents.

What annoys me is MS's IMHO dumb habit of placing the arrow in the shortcut AND adding the text "- Shortcut". Is this a double whammy for dummies?

I'll definitely try above mentioned utilities from the Windows Club.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Online Backup Sites supanut

Yes, Google Drive behaves like Dropbox and Sky Drive, where you put all files you want to back up in the Google Drive folder, and it gives you 5GB for free. I don't use it that much though, mainly used it as a mirror backup copy of my Dropbox.

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2 years 9 weeks ago Best Free Video Accelerator MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the advisory. I have now added this to the product information details. MC - Site Manager.

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2 years 9 weeks ago How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help EvaM

Another: Don't include a lot of blather on how you are just soooo dumb!1!lol, particularly by referring to your hair colour or your gender, in order to distract from the fact that you were too lazy to do basic troubleshooting and research. I really can't wrap my mind around people who do this and expect positive responses. As a woman, it annoys me particularly when other women pretend that their gender somehow makes them unable to use their brains and/or internet resources, because they imply that we're all like that.

If you're not familiar with something or have little experience doing more advanced technical things, by all means say so, as it helps people to help you better. But don't portray yourself as a toddler who needs a big strong computer expert to carry them every step of the way.

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2 years 8 weeks ago How to Ask a Question When You Want Technical Help Joe A.TT

I understand and agree with most of what you say, although I must add that I’ve never gotten the impression that it’s an issue that is more prevalent with one gender or the other ;-).

The blatter part could be quite distracting especially when what they should really be focusing on is laying out their issue and all the facts in a clear manner.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable mchldpy

watcheelaay,
the download link on the first page is just a small down-loader for the full package. you have to click on the "more" button and to the right of where you end up are 3 links.
the first one is another small down-loader for the full program.
the second link is the full install program...
about 31 megabytes.
the third link is the portable version...
about 26 megabytes

thanks rob for something new to piddle with. i didn't seem to notice much in the way of your praise or discontent for that matter... don't be shy, nationally "Enquiring Minds" want to know.

thanks again,
michael clyde

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable pepitito

Thanks Rob!

A portable and light browser is an idea I like.

I'm going to try it.

Peter

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2 years 8 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances West Swan

I totally agree.

The arrow immediately shows me that it is a shortcut and not the actual executable or folder.

He he - in fact if I see any non-shortcuts on my partners desktop eg folders full of photos then I move them to "My Pictures" and create a shortcut to them on the desktop.

She thinks I'm anal but I say it is best practice :-)

Toodle,

Paul

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2 years 8 weeks ago How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows reggie2013 (not verified)

Nirsoft has nice freebie for this with no flash screen. ( ProduKey v1.54 )
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

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2 years 8 weeks ago Three Handy Windows Utilities to Fix Small Annoyances Roger99

You missed FixWin from The Windows Club. It fixes most Windows problems and annoyances.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable MidnightCowboy

Although the thread was started some time ago, you may find the forum posts about Maxthon interesting. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/internet-web-apps-and-net...

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2 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer Panzer

"... Picture Information Extractor is an unique picture browser and viewer with exquisite photo metadata and file renaming features ... Use the mouse wheel to zoom into or toggle between pictures, cursor keys or mouse for panning, function keys to display or hide information. One single key or click starts the slideshow or switches to the browser window. No other tool lets you fly through your pictures so pleasingly. Besides, the viewer supports RAW files from almost any digital camera ...":
http://www.picmeta.com/products/picture-information-extractor.htm

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"... War Thunder is an MMO combat game dedicated to World War II military aviation, armored vehicles, and fleets. You will take part in all of the major combat battles, fighting with real players all over the world ...":

Features include:

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http://warthunder.ru/en/game/

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable woody19021

Maxthon is not a brand new browser -- I have been using it for number of years now and I think it is great. Anything is better than IE

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable EduardTsoy

Maxthon is just a wrap for IE. Not faster. Not much better.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable deya

Might be worth pointing out that the link is to the Maxthon Cloud Browser - Maxthon 4, which is not as yet a final version of the browser. The latest version is 4.0.3.300 RC, so still a release candidate. That's not to say it's not stable, from my experience of regular use it's very stable and runs well.

Maxthon is a dual engine browser, it uses Trident and WebKit and you can easily switch between the two, so it's more than just an IE wrap. The browser also has some quite interesting features built into it - reader mode, night mode, screen capture, Skynote etc. At present the browser doesn't support skins, so you're stuck with the default skin, which isn't too bad anyway, but the GUI is very customisable and you can easily change things to your liking.

Also worth noting, if you do decide to try it, is to just be careful during the install. When the install screen appears make sure you click on the 'Advanced' options, which is at bottom left of the install screen, and un-check the options you don't want - especially the 'set as default browser' option, otherwise it will change your default browser.

You may find the forum thread that MC has posted the link to interesting, although because the browser is still not a final release it doesn't cover a lot of ground regarding Maxthon 4 Cloud Browser, yet.

Cheers

deya

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere MrWednesday7

No Windows 7 app, then.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere AJNorth

Pity that this won't run on earlier versions of Windows...

Those who enjoy Internet radio will find PublicRadioFan.com a worthwhile site: http://www.publicradiofan.com/ (non-commercial world-wide broadcasters).

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere jkauffman03

I went to Tune In's website and you can stream on pc straight from there, no app required. I have XP, but I assume this works for Windows7 as well.

http://tunein.com/

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere lmac

RamarRadio.com has stations from all over the planet. You can even record what is playing. The info about each station is extensive.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere Dubjohnny

For Windows 7 you can always go to tunein.com and add it as a new tab. I am listening as I type, lots of stations even for us Classicial Music fans!

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Thanks for comments.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere Dubjohnny

http://www.raimersoft.com/rarmaradio.aspx this is right link :)

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere keithr386

TuneIn has replace my alarm clock. It has a great alarm clock function, as well as a sleep function so I set my station to play for the duration I choose. A great app, highly recommended.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer egadgetguy

RE: FastStone Image Viewer

This program is blacklisted by sophos.

I have used and really preferred FSViewer for a couple of years. The interface and usability are impressive. About two weeks ago it stopped working on my computer at work. Though the error message was vague, it turned out Sophos was blocking it from running.

The error says:
"Windows cannot access the specified device, path, or file. You may not have appropriate permissions to access this item."

As I said, vague!

I am admin on my PCs, but I don't have control over sophos' settings so I cannot use it at work. I do still use it at home and all of my research shows the file [downloaded from faststone.org] is safe and that this is likely a false positive.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable mchldpy

thanks mc,
mc

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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere mchldpy

@ mrwednesday,
one of the earlier posters claimed you could set it up to run in another tab, (i ASS-U-ME
streaming) if so, one of my recording apps or kmplayer can capture and record/play it without my browser being open. i'll see.

michael clyde

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable hubjf

Hi !
Yes Maxthon is not new. And it makes it more reliable.
Yes, it's a IE based browser.

I have chosen Waterfox as a standalone web browser : I've got all my extensions I like on Firefox.

Thanks for the work and the share,

Best,

Jeff

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable skbryan

Waterfox is the BEST!

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@Danielkcc,

Thanks! I'll update the article. =)

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Has anyone used Toucan on a desktop. I used it to sync files with a memory stick. I would like to use it to backup files from a PC to an external hard drive. It's a program I am familiar with and would like to keep using it.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer harish zxc

Yes your mentioned viewer FastStone works really nice for me.it has really a nice shortcut(the D- shortcut).Also i convert all the image to pdf through PDF-TOOL and open it via pdf x-change.With pdf x-change i can draw shapes with pencil but i cannot highlight .But with fastStone i can highlight pencil and draw lines(shapes) through pencil and through rectangular highlighter i also highlight a paragraph with sentence visible(the section under highlight) or i can make it blur.

You haven't made it really clear if what you have is an ebook that includes 450 images or if those images are the book itself and each one corresponds to a page.(as per your replay)

now i want it make it clear-actually i have 450 image file and each image is a page of book itself.
thanks marcdarkin for your helpful replay.

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I just downloaded RarmaRadio, and it is very good, however , it lacks A LOT of radio stations compared against the ones in TuneIn Radio Pro.

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2 years 8 weeks ago Try A New Web Browser That's Fast, Free And Portable mchldpy

i also use waterfox as my default browser, i just don't like the limited plugin support. no vlc, no google earth, etc... too bad the "add on compatibility reporter" doesn't work for plugins like it does for extensions. maybe maxthon will do a 64bit version after it finals. i read that even though it's designed around the dual engine concept, it can only utilize 1 (as in one less than two) processor core, period. (i could very well be wrong about the core, period)

michael clyde

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So share - send up to terabyte of data for free:
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2 years 8 weeks ago Tune In to Anything from Everywhere hosinsky

I understand that TuneIn can run as an program (App) under Windows 7. I get redirected to an app store for Windows, but I cannot find this app in the store. How do I download the program?
Goran

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Rocketdock is great, but after I reformatted my PC, I felt too lazy to install it, Windows 7's superbar is great with jumplists similar to OSX's dock (although less customizable). For me the Windows 7 taskbar is more than enough, the higher your screen resolution is, the more that can fit on the taskbar.

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If you don't want the customisation facilities that things like RocketDock provide, and your workflow doesn't need anything above and beyond the facilities offered by Windows itself, then of course you're not going to find a third-party launcher useful.

RocketDock is a nice compromise between eye candy, customisability and functionality and we will continue to recommend it for people who need what it offers!

Your point, though, is well made: none of these things are more than a shortcut to things Windows can already do without their help.

(But if it's okay with you, I LIKE being able to customise my systems in this way, and I usually feel slightly hamstrung if I have to work with a system without the enhancements I routinely use -- which is one of the reasons I tend to prefer the portable options here!)

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2 years 8 weeks ago Best Free Online Books For Kindle mr6n8

February 16, 2013, 9 new sites added and all links checked and working.

I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments.

If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments.

If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8).

Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting.

Thanks

Steve

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Good thinking to consolidate them at a single place :). Keep up the excellent work! :)

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I have to agree with those points. Rocketdock is indeed the greatest, as I've seen it featured in almost all Windows - Mac transformation packs/tutorials.
Also one unique feature is that I can pin specific files to Rocketdock while the Windows 7 taskbar can't!
Although, I may decide to install Rocketdock later, if I feel that I want something cool for my desktop.
One question, are any of these still in development? Rocketdock I think has no updates for several years and it kinds of becoming outdated.

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