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2 weeks 5 days ago Yet Another Set Of Free World Newspaper Front Pages pauloz

Rob, in my home state (South Australia), if you are a member of any public library in the State, the card number you are given has access to the library.pressdisplay.com website, which claims to have access to 3,000 newspapers worldwide. It's not just the front page, it's the complete newspaper you can access. I've been using it for a few years now and it works well.
According to their Help menu: "Library.PressDisplay.com is the most convenient and complete way to read all your favorite newspapers and magazines on one site. With Library PressDisplay users gain access to publications from within the library, from home and around the world on the day they are published. Library.PressDisplay.com enhances your reading experience with a simple user interface and easy-to-use navigation tools."
Trust this helps.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together.

On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this.

Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible.

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2 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger ShorePatrol

Can or should this be used in conjunction with the other addons
ie. ABP, Ghostery,Grease Monkey, No script etc.
I also use Aviator occasionally which has many of the addons by default
would it be of value here as well?

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2 weeks 5 days ago Read The Front Pages Of 2000 World Newspapers ciocarlie

http://www.thepaperboy.com/

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2 weeks 5 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. garth

Kumar you are comparing apples with oranges. A high end hi-fi cable is constructed from higher grade materials than lampwire. This translates to less resistance and better insulation, which then results in a stronger, better isolated current being relayed from amplifier to speaker. You know about physics right?

Anyhoo,HDMI cables:D
pound shop every time for me.
the only difference I can see between expensive HDMI cables and the ones I pay one English pound for is build quality re durability.

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2 weeks 5 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour v85michele

I did find a way to keep the colors, have no image at all as desktop background, pretty soon we'll go back to dos, sure pc would be faster.
Thanks Microsoft..

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines garth

Same for me on both sites, 502 gateway error.

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2 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines breznakm

I tried going to the coda.fm and take.fm websites and I keep getting a gateway error message. Is there something wrong with the sites?

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2 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour GP23

@ rob.schifreen
What's your monitor brightness set at? Most default settings are way too bright.

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2 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour Remah

This issue might take a bit of work to resolve so it is better posted in our support forum. I suggest starting a new thread stating your problem in the System forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/

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2 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour v85michele

I Changed the color as indicated on both
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors.
But every time I hibernate the PC (Win 8.1) the windows go back to white background, only the log-off log-on actually works.
I tried changing the color even in all the HKEY_USERS but nothing changed.
Any idea?

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3 weeks 3 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Refunktion is a first-person stealth platformer with exploration and speedrun elements. This is a very challenging game dedicated to the hardcore players. The first episode of Refunktion was released for free:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/refunktion/downloads/refunktion-12
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=331251842

"... 3030 Deathwar is an Open World 2D Space RPG - Similar to games like Escape Velocity Nova and Elite/Privateer, the game features Open World exploration, boarding stations and derelicts, many diverse NPCs, tons of missions and an exciting plot! The new version adds higher resolution, massive balance and gameplay changes, a smoother tutorial and many other improvements ...":
http://crunchyleafgames.itch.io/3030-deathwar

One Minute To Midnight is an RTS game in which you must assert your sociopolitical influence over opposing movements by occupying buildings:
http://georgeing.co.uk/OneMinuteToMidnight/

Such Inheritance. Much Saga: "... It’s a game about sneaking by or fighting pirates and avoiding their traps ...":
http://abebly.com/2014/01/such-inheritance-much-saga/

"... Super Sagan RPG is a quadratic mathematic bizarro blend of strategy, scientists and giant mechs. The Sagan Research and Processing Group is dedicated to exploring the weird and wonderful of the known universe. Of course this is done by cloning famous scientists, grafting their heads onto mech suits designed around natural science disciplines, and pitting them against each other in a fight to the death in space. Newton battles Einstein, Tesla fights with Edison: research and observation have never been so dangerous ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/super-sagan-rpg

I Wanna Be The Fangame - "... A fangame based on the ever-masochistic "I Wanna Be The Guy" by Kayin, I wanna be the Fangame delivers a slew of new and interesting puzzles, challenges and bosses for players to test their skill and patience against ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/i-wanna-be-the-fangame

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3 weeks 4 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - "... As Captain Kayto Shields, embark on a galactic voyage of heroism and survival. With his home world destroyed and his nation conquered, the inexperienced Captain Shields, and his newly minted vessel, the Sunrider, are left as the only hope against a galactic evil intent on subjugating all sentient life. Together with his loyal First Officer, he undertakes to find allies across the stars to retake his home planet and restore peace to the galaxy ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/313730/

Altitude - "... Blast your way across the cartoon skies in this fast-paced game of aerial combat ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/41300/

"... Floating Point is a free, peaceful game about using a grappling hook to swing yourself gracefully through randomly generated spaces. In the air, you're fighting gravity. When you splash down beneath the water, you're fighting your own buoyancy to swing yourself further into the depths ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/302380/

Chronotron - "... This one will really mess with your head. You'll need to go back in time to create copies of yourself to perform tasks on each level ...":
http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-chronotron/

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3 weeks 6 hours ago Play Hundreds Of Retro Console Games For Free sdbenjamin

Just note though that some of the games are definitely not for children- check first mums and dads- the second one I looked at was labeled in the description as pornographic?!

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3 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Online Backup Sites djago

Hi!

Thanks for the article and for updating it! (BTW, you should remove Wuala as it's not free anymore).
I just want to *warn* all users about free clouds! Remember, clouds are volatile!
I started using these cloud programs years ago (march 2011 with SugarSync and a bit earlier with DropBox). It was awesome as a new tool. Very handy when you need to sync several PCs (or devices), need to have your data available all the time, and so on. I’ve recommended tens of people (friends and clients) to them spreading the word. Some of my referrals even went commercial.
But humans tend to be greedy. And humans tend to be unethical. I’m not generalizing, it’s a nature fact! I was naïve and thought that any company that offer you something free will maintain the free product. Wrong! Chances are that if you pick a small company, they will stab you in the back in the worst manner and the worst time. SugarSync did that and removed free accounts and instead they moved you to a 90 days trial. They even hid that in the small letters so you mistakenly thought “it’s free”. So I ran away and looked for an alternative: Wuala. I thought "Hey, this is a LaCie company! They’re based on Switzerland! They must be trustworthy”. Wrong again! First they removed the possibility to create NEW free accounts and maintained the existing free ones. So I thought “I was right, this is a good company you can put your files on”. And then, again, removed the EXISTING free accounts, so I have to move again before Dec 31.
Come on guys! Again? Please! Be serious! Don’t offer for free something if you plan to change it! That’s macabre! Let me say two more things from these guys: SugarSync told me in a mail “Making this change is something we’ve planned for a while. It will allow us to serve you better and add services and features that will help SugarSync users get more from the service”. What??? “[…]something we’ve planned for a while”? When? When you started offering “free”? I think that the word isn’t “free” but “demo”, or “test”, or something that denote a time lapse! Another bit: “[…] serve you better […]” you say? I’m a free user and not a client. You won’t “serve” me because I’m not going to stay here! And “Thanks again for your interest and support. We look forward to serving you even better as we take the next step”. They should change that to “Thanks again for making us big. Now GO AWAY you filthy rat! Don’t come any closer to my servers! Go grab some free bytes somewhere else!”
Wuala told me “From the time we created Wuala in 2007, the number of free cloud storage providers has continued to grow. As a result of this evolution and increasing costs, we are today announcing that Wuala will focus on paid accounts and enterprise level storage services to be able to keep our service running”. You are THAT bad at doing math? You didn’t calculate the cost for the free users? Come on! Don’t lie to us! And “Thank you for your understanding and for using Wuala”. I can’t figure this “understanding” word. Is it a mistake? Is it “forgiveness”?
Now, let’s cool down and think two or three seconds, no more, no less. Don’t cheat. I’m going to ask you a question and leave you without answer, so fill the dots.
“How responsible (I will take care of your data in order not to lose it), ethical (I will not change the contract between us in a way it will harm you charging you 10 bucks today and 100 tomorrow when you depend on us) and trustworthy (I will not share your data) is a company that axe the free accounts in this manner?”
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Okay, maybe these are lots of dots and you don’t need that many!
Now the real question. Let’s leave sarcasm and anger here.
What can I do? Big names (Google, MS and if you are gentle, Dropbox) won’t let you sync a folder outside theirs (sure, you can trick them, but maybe next version won’t allow you, like MS did; or maybe you can move all your files to their beloved folder… well, no, maybe that’s not the way things *should* be). Mega… Kim Dotcom you say? Some small company and pray? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
PS: imagine what could happen if Google (or MS, or Yahoo) suddenly ban all free users!
PS2: is there any place to put a complaint?

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3 weeks 12 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. godel

In Australia, Aldi sells cheap HDMI cables a few times a year, something like AUD $6.00 for a 2 meter cable.

I always keep a spare even if I don't currently need one.

Edit: You may need a high speed HDMI 1.4 version if you have a 3D TV or a 4K TV. I notice my $6.00 cheapie has gold plating, braided cover and high speed spec. :)

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3 weeks 12 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Kumar_Shah

Same goes for those heavy audio cables some dolts buy to connect their receivers/amplifiers to their speakers. Just ask yourself what must be the diameter of the connector inside the receiver leading up to the audio out jack, and then ask how a thicker cable beyond that would help.

Kind of like connecting a two inch garden hose to a faucet on a half inch pipe. You can't get any more water that way.

Just use decent lamp wire.

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3 weeks 13 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. abrandt

Rob - I've been asking myself this question for several years. Thanks for a definitive and substantive report!

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3 weeks 14 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. LOTL

Monoprice is my one stop shop for everything cable related. Buy and extra to make the shipping worth it.

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3 weeks 14 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. pauloz

Thanks Rob for answering a question I've been wondering about for a long time.

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3 weeks 17 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. OhZone

5$ at Five Below in NJ. Works perfectly! OHYEAH!

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3 weeks 17 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. toonpig

Wish I read this before spending £14.95 on 1m cable. Saw same size cable for £2 but for some unknown reason got the £14.95 thinking it must be better. But wont fall for it again so thanks for tip

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3 weeks 21 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk vicky shahi

Microsoft itself does not provide Windows 7 downloads

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3 weeks 21 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. bernardz

Nice one please do a few more on this topic.

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3 weeks 21 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Sgluber

Once again, we see that more money may not be guarantee of better quality.

That is very common and we can point many other examples. By extension, we can also say that newer things may not be better than older things. Softwares and OSs included here.

Very good, rob... thank you! :-)

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3 weeks 1 day ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. torres-no-tan-m...

Everything about HDMI and its version history: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/High+Definition+Multimedia+Int...

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Atom - a hackable text editor for the 21st Century:
https://atom.io/

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

I2P is an anonymous network, exposing a simple layer that applications can use to anonymously and securely send messages to each other:
https://geti2p.net/en/about/intro

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3 weeks 1 day ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. BrokenRSA

This is also a pretty good article on the whole HDMI cable debacle:

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1292371/expensive-hdmi...

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3 weeks 1 day ago qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine Anupam

Hard disk fried means it was burnt. But, looks like you mean something else, since you are still working with it? If it's a hardware failure, it has certainly nothing to do with installation of a program.

And if it's not hardware related, unless you find the cause, again, it's not certain that it can be done merely by installing Python, which is a legitimate program. So, find out the exact cause first.

If you aren't blaming anyone, then why post here? :).

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3 weeks 1 day ago Site Suggestions and Feedback Anupam

The site uses ads from Google, so as such there is no control on what ads will be shown.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Site Suggestions and Feedback need3

I consider this as the #1 resource on freeware, I also disabled AdBlockPlus on this domain to give more support by clicking ads. However, I noticed that often these ads lead to questionable websites involved in the distribution of potentially unwanted programs disguised as freeware, which is nothing illegal, but maybe it isn't the best choice since this website is about helping the users to find quality freeware.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade librus

Are these compatible with joysticks?

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3 weeks 1 day ago qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine Scallionboy

Beware!
I followed the instructions carefully. When I installed Python, qbittorrent told me it was an outdated version, and referred me to the Python website where I downloaded the newest version.

It worked like a charm. Except that the next morning the hard drive was fried. Kaput. Can't get into safe mode. Two IT guys at work have been fiddling with it for hours, but they're about to bail.

I don't blame anyone, but there's obviously a problem out there.

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3 weeks 1 day ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade vandamme

My wife just found a Simon game in the cellar, and now the grandkids want to play with it! You get to move your hands instead of just your thumbs. And the colors on the top look like the new Microsoft logo, isn't that a throwback?

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Preparing a repair disk is described here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-prepare-boot-or-system-probl...

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3 weeks 1 day ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk woodsey492

Just need a windows 7 repair disk or Install disk, where can I find one to download?

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility LittleSkink

thanks Anupam, yes 6.11 (doh!)

still not sure how all this rubbish got on my machine, Malwarebytes is still running and has listed 9 suspicious items including OpenCandy too so I clearly messed up somewhere. Given I have Win 7 Pro OS my next step will be to see what sync stuff it can do

Yes I have uninstalled but wary of reinstall, really busy today and don't need the hassle of fixing stuff like this

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3 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Anupam

I think you meant 6.11, since that's the latest version which became available for download today.

I installed FreeFileSync 6.11 on my computer today, and it installed without problems. I was successfully able to avoid the bundled extra that was shown during installation. No extras or unwanted program were installed on my computer.

And I just synced a pen drive containing my software collection with the one on the computer, and again, I had no problems.

So, seems that the problem is local to you. Have you tried uninstalling the software completely, and reinstalling?

While installation, were you careful to avoid the extra software that is offered? It's easy to opt out of.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility LittleSkink

FFS WatchOut!
an update FreeFileSync is now OFF my machine for good - installed FFS 4.11 today (from SourceForge source) hoping it would fix 4.10. Again being careful to uncheck any boxes as I installed. This time it installed without error but the program fails to sync with any folders or do the job I need it too. It has also hijacked my browsers with some rubbish called Lasaoren and installed some other rubbish called PC Optimser. FFS and Optismer Programs easy to remove, Lasaoren is proving harder

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3 weeks 2 days ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade Sgluber

"Do you remember the 70s and 80s..."

Oh, Vic! I remember like it was yesterday... with joy and proud! :-)

Thank you very much! And let me use your post to indicate to everyone the great MAME project: http://mamedev.org/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Media Browser:
http://mediabrowser.tv/

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3 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: Human Anatomy, Glacier Works, Chess Academy, Interviewly rhiannon

I lost hours there. :)

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3 weeks 2 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace faust

Or you can just use the Windows port of the unix/linux "strings" command by Russinovich (part of his Sysinternals suite).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897439.aspx

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3 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: Human Anatomy, Glacier Works, Chess Academy, Interviewly budchekov

Hi Rhiannon, that Everest site is just awesome, many thaks for yet another great link !
:)

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Website of the Week: The Story of the Web rhiannon

The site takes a little while to load.

Here's the URL:
Story of the Web

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger Grant Bansen

I use Adblock Plus and Adblock Super. Can this replace these ad blockers?

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3 weeks 2 days ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! br1anstorm

Thanks again MC - just shows what a range of choice there is!

You make a good point about the PCLinuxOS user base being small compared to, for example, Mint. I share your perception that PCLinuxOS quality-control is pretty good.

Part of Linux's appeal is that it offers so many flavours and so many tweaks. In fact it's precisely because of the amazing range of possibilities that as a newbie I find it reassuring that the PCLinuxOS team checks and selects their ungrade/update "packages" so closely. When there are so many ways of skinning the Linux cat, I like the idea that people more expert than me have pre-tested what goes into PCLinuxOS.

Some of the evolution and modification of other distros seems to be like a free-for-all suck-it-and-see: great for enthusiasts and experimenters, but too uncertain for those like me who value reliability and stability above almost all else. But no doubt I will in time become knowledgeable enough to venture into some of the more esoteric areas of the Linux world - and I guess that's part of the fun!

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

It works for me.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger sinks

firefox is stopping the download.dropdown box appearing to allow.is this because its still in beta

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger snakyjake

I read the privacy statement on Google Chrome Store. I've become paranoid of what capabilities extensions are allowed to do. I feel like I'm inviting the trojan horse.

1) Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
2) Change your privacy-related settings.

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3 weeks 2 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace sturgel

You can use regex expressions in NotePad++.

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3 weeks 2 days ago Website of the Week: The Story of the Web ribotto

I got to the site but couldn't find any link to open it?

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger Frank D

Thanks for this useful add-on!

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger lowndesw

It "seems to work quite well" with Chrome Canary, too. Under the Extensions, it has an extra approval box to "Allow access to file URLs". Could it be doing the very thing it is supposed to be blocking??

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3 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger gostah

How does this compare to Comodo Dragon? They say it is a "Fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium, with highest level of security"

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3 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux mdalacu

The Best! :-)

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Falcon's Eye has been abandoned. From Vulture's official page:
"... Vulture is an isometric graphical user interface for NetHack, SLASH'EM, and UnNetHack. The Vulture project continues the abandoned Falcon's Eye project ...":
http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Vulture

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play third person online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230410/

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... NoMachine is the fastest remote desktop you have ever tried. In just a few clicks you can reach any computer in the world and start working on it as if it was right in front of you ...":
https://www.nomachine.com/

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3 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace Gil Mensch

Rob, thanks for the tip. I downloaded and downgraded the program to the free version. A couple of things I found out:

First, EmEditor inserts itself into the StartUp folder without asking. If you do a Custom Install, I think you can prevent that from happening if you unselect that part of the install. I couldn't find a setting from within the program after installing it, to not have it start up automatically. I disabled the auto-start feature from within WinPatrol.

Second, the program took over the .txt file type association without asking. WinPatrol alerted me to this, so I was able to deny the change. Every 5 minutes, however, the message kept popping up. EmEditor won't take "no" for an answer. Unacceptable. I can't find a setting within the program to make it stop doing this, so I will be uninstalling EmEditor. I use a different text editor which I want to continue to be my default editor for .txt files.

Too bad. I wanted to have the regex character-replacement feature available. But free or not, I won't use a program that won't behave.

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3 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace MidnightCowboy

As sated in the article referenced.

EmEditor is available as a Pro and a Lite version. The Pro version costs $39. If you only want the Lite one, which is free, download the main installer and run the editor. Then, once the editor is running, press Ctrl-Q to bring up the list of commands and search for "downgrade". This will downgrade your 14-day trial copy of the paid-for version to the free-forever version. Which is still just as fast, and has pretty much all the features you'll probably ever need.

MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace David Roper

So this editor is an annual subscription model?

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3 weeks 3 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick dickinsm

woops.. me bad.

Somehow I did not look in ALL the subdirectories created when I unpacked the zip file.
I found the text file.
It took 2 tries though for me to get it right.

The software installed after I figured out what I was doing wrong.
Just to make sure, I duplicated the process on 2 more pcs and they all took the install.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick dickinsm

I am not able to install the free version of
WinX DVD Copy Pro.
I went to their webste and downloaded and unpacked it.
There is no text file after it is unpacked as the author states.

during install it wants you to buy the program or you get a unregistered copy.
No telling if it is a "trial period" program.

If this is really a FREE copy, more instructions are needed.
:(

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

Cerainly sorry to hear you are having problems. Did you do a system backup before making changes? I don't use Outlook so I don't know the tool in this reference (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/fix-your-broken-outlook-...) but you might look into it.

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3 weeks 3 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive abcheer

I have follow your method moved My Document folder (complete all) from C: drive to secondary drive E: named mimic as E:/users/owner/My documents from C...... the drive C: do reported reduce in size. But now I cant access my Ms Outlook with error...." Cannot open your default e-mail folders. File access is denied. You do no have the permission required to access the file C:\Users\Lenovo\Documents\Outlook Files\ xxxxx.pst" ( "xxx stands my email address). I try to reverse back to C: but access denied. I work with admin status, now denied. URGENT HELP PLEASE, how to restore, at least my outlook to work else my email communication is all stopped.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software Figmo

Gramps: Kaspersky flagged as containing PDM:Trojan.Win32Bazona.a on download.

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3 weeks 3 days ago Best Free CD Ripper Epsilon

Have just been using CUERipper after I discovered my $90 LG micro hi-fi system was scratching my CD's. Luckily I detected the problem after only two CD's were damaged.

CUERipper appears to be salvaging the tracks. No failure errors so far after one CD has been ripped.

I find CUERipper has an intuitive interface with enough easy to select option to suit me.

I had the same issue with the Hi-Fi previously. LG fixed it then but that was a few years ago and now it's well past the warranty expiry date. In any case I can't trust that it wouldn't malfunction again.

Sounds like I'll be putting a new Hi-Fi on my Christmas wish list, even if I do have to pay for it myself.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Five Places to Find New Uses for Old Smartphones and Tablets rbt55

I work for a county 911 center. A good place to retire your old cell phone is a woman's abuse center. Because phones are capable of dialing 911 even without service, these phones are given to these women for their safety. I saw one suggestion was to give them to children to run game apps for education. For the reason I recommend giving them to women's shelter, is the reason I don't recommend given them to small children to use.

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3 weeks 4 days ago Five Places to Find New Uses for Old Smartphones and Tablets bwoods

Great tips! Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Radelen

The real performance of your system often doesn't depend only from some numbers which you can see in Task Manager. That's a general deception...

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software need3

There are some AV light on resources; I'm using Panda free Antivirus and I'm impressed by its very low usage of RAM and CPU. In this moment this is the RAM used by Panda on my PC:
PSUAmain.exe: < 1Mb
PSUAservice.exe: < 1Mb
PSANHost.exe: 11 Mb
AgentSvc.exe: 9 Mb

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3 weeks 5 days ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! MidnightCowboy

With a rolling release, you will always have the latest software and there is no need to do an upgrade. Sounds good until you research the amount of things that can break with an update v the same thing happening after an LTS update. Manjaro is a good example. With an LTS release however you can sit out non critical security updates for a while and monitor the forums for issues before committing your own machine.

Specific to PCLinuxOS, the user base compared to Mint is tiny. Feedback regarding compatibility issues therefore will be much less. Supposedly their QC is amongst the best, but if stability is your goal then a distro based on Debian stable would be the way to go.

These things of course are only relevant to how you work with your hardware and what it is used for. I keep all of my stuff on an external drive (or duplicated there) so in the event of a failure I can reinstall Linux and have it fully customized to how it was before in less than an hour. Try doing that with Windows. :)

What I like of course may well be seen as garbage by someone else, which is the beauty of having so much choice with Linux. Here though are my own recommendations that in any case will only cost you a few minutes with a DVD live session to evaluate for yourself.

KDE - SuperX and Netrunner 14 (both LTS)

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributi...
http://www.netrunner-os.com/netrunner-14-released/

Gnome - Cylon (LTS) Runs with Compiz/Emerald and my current system of choice.

http://cylonlinux.weebly.com/

Cinnamon - Liunux Mint 17 (LTS)

http://linuxmint.com/rel_qiana_cinnamon_whatsnew.php

Unity - Oz Unity BlackOpal

Hybrid - Xfce/KDE - Centrych (LTS)

http://www.centrych.org/

Xfce - Voyager (LTS) Amazing distro (French site with English translation on page).

http://voyagerlive.org/

MATE - Point Linux. Will run with Compiz and associated goodies.

http://pointlinux.org/

Free software only - has to be Trisquel 7.

http://trisquel.info/

Something different - Deepin. Superb effort that is not quite there yet, including lack of support for mobile broadband, but IMO this will be the one to beat in the future.

http://www.linuxdeepin.com/index.en.html

MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

The value of HIPS as a standalone program has degraded over time. At one point there were many to choose from including what was IMO the best, EQSecure. Online Armor started life as a HIPS before a firewall was added and the Privatefirewall HIPS component, DSA, (Dynamic Security Agent) was also available as a separate program. Now most HIPS are integrated into a firewall and highly automated in an attempt to prevent users from making a wrong decision and crippling their system.

ZoneAlarm Free firewall is a good example of a lightweight integrated HIPS that does "enough" but without being too intrusive.

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firew...

Many antivirus programs now also include similar components to protect against unauthorized registry changes for instance.

The HIPS component in Privatefirewall was always highly regarded.

Users should however take some time to research the benefits of these components properly and not be swayed by "test" sites such as Matousec that claim one product offers more "protection" than another. To get a true value of firewall protection performance, this is a much better and far more accurate resource.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/firewall-test-march-2014/

Note how highly the built in Microsoft firewall performs. :)

In terms of new standalone HIPS, I've not seen anything else to warrant inclusion here.

In general terms my advice would be to use Windows firewall together with an antivirus with strong web filtering capabilities such as Panda or Forticlient.

http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/FortiClient.shtml

WinPatrol free will add an extra layer against the type of system altering code associated with toolbars and browser hijacks without users needing to resort to a full blown HIPS.

http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

Otherwise, following safe surfing practices will reduce your exposure risk to a minimum anyway. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) talkback10

Any other standalone HIPS that can be recommended since the original date this article was printed? Also, how is the HIPS feature rated in Private firewall?

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Personally, although a small subset of users may not feel that an antivirus is suitable for them, I do believe that an antivirus still has a significant role to play in terms of protecting a computer. For a more in-depth explanation of what I believe, and why, please see this section:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0...
of my article about How to Stay Safe Online.

Thanks.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Media Center Software George

Hi wjs
thanks for your input on this. It's true, the media center software out there has come a long way meanwhile. I recently saw a few great XBMC How To videos (in German tho, but if you're interested anyways, search for "xbmc workshop" on Youtube). One of the show how to store the XBMC settings on a NAS system using MySQL. You can then use tablets and other devices with the same settings.
Best regards
George

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

While you as an experienced user may not need an antivirus, general users still need one. Security is important for them.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Radelen

Personally I don't use any AV on all of my machines recently and I feel pretty comfortable! No single issue for a very long period of time. As I have said many times - the use of AV software is too much overrated nowadays, especially if you are an experienced user. Moreover (just like with the cars) - I'm a big fan of performance, not of the security. There's not such a thing like "AV light on resources" - they all have impact on your system, always!...

Cheers everybody! :-D

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Media Center Software wjs

MythTV has a Windows option that you can review. It has some of the same features as Plex including some of its drawbacks. The front end has a theme that is very close to the XBMC default theme as well.

As far as age goes.. I believe that MythTV is older then XBMC. After all it is the "Mythical" Home Theater PC software.

Also, there are several bootable distributions that would allow you to boot of a USB stick or CDRom and get the experience for brief reviews

I've been using LinHES for a whole now which does have a bootable option which would not modify your existing HD unless you asked it to.

XBMC has a free full Android implementation now that you could look into. There might be a plugin available for plex.

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3 weeks 5 days ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! br1anstorm

Thanks MC - I defer to your greater experience and wisdom.

I'm not a distro-hopper - but I am trying to weigh up PCLinuxOS (rolling) versus either Zorin or Linux Mint (both LTS). So I'd be quite interested to know (i) what are the "quirks", or downside, to rolling releases? What should I be looking out for? And (ii) why exactly are distros which rely on Long Term Support (LTS) releases "a better option" than rolling ones?

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free File Manager nico239

Thank you for the reply
When I discovered this discussion I've tested XY but perhaps am I wrong but I do not find the way to manage more than 2 panes....

And all my workspaces have 8/12 panes...
Do XY is able to display the same?

Look
http://www.servimg.com/view/10007441/3783

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick fandango

Thanks guys. Just what I was looking for.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

Supports converting to MPEG2. Have now corrected the content.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

Thanks for pointing out, now corrected.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Anupam

They are obviously trying to get you to buy the discount version. There is no need to do that. The program which you downloaded, installed and registered will work just fine, and will be free as long as you do not uninstall it, or upgrade it. Please disregard the link that you came across.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick crombierob

I like to save the vendor's web page(s) for later reading.
Is this the product -
http://www.winxdvd.com/dvd-copy-pro/
If so, it appears to create a 1:1 decrypted ISO copy (or to a DVD blank)
It does not appear to mention converting to smaller formats

Rob
PS I come here 'not to complain' as I never need to convert to smaller formats
So it is ideal for my purposes, thanks.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File Manager crombierob

Have you ever tried a Tabbed File Manager ?
If not see my comments about XYPlorerFree below

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File Manager nico239

I'm very surprised that the really best windows file manager is not in this list...

2 panels is a very very poor display ....

I (webmaster) use at least 80 different workspaces with each 8 panels

So try ACBrowser free edition that is really the best windows file manager in the world at this moment for me
http://www.konradp.com/products/acbplus/free_index.htm

But if you know a file manager able to manage more than 2 panels ... and 8 or 10 if you know... tell me because I'm very interested....

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Kenn aka Keeper

The link I posted was after I downloaded and installed and registered it......If you click on the circle with arrows at top left and click center bar of that window you get re-directed....

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick levachek

Maybe I'm missing something here. "The company's WinX DVD Copy Pro, which copies DVDs to all sorts of formats..." I only see DVD to MPEG 2.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick glennen2

gone, gone, gone, jumping like a catfish on a pole!

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick glennen2

Don't know about you, but here is the page I got redirected to http://www.winxdvd.com/giveaway/halloween.htm Just click the brown window with the "Free" green tag and download the program. The licence comes with it in a txt.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free eBook Reader for iOS BikeFast

How does the latest version of iBooks compare to the version you described in your comments? Does it still have the wooden bookshelf, page curl and the look of reading a real book?

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Hornil Photo Viewer (HPV) is a basic program that has a familiar interface. There's an icon bar at the top, a folder tree on the left, the main area in the center, and three smaller panels on the right: preview, histogram and info. These panels are detachable, resizable and dockable anywhere on the screen, which is a convenient feature in many cases. The histogram has a few modes and one of them can show a very nice (and useless) waveform rendering which is so appealing to the eye that I find it highly distracting most of the time :-)

The operation is easy and user-friendly, mainly because just a few basic functions are provided, all of them with quick access to icon buttons or right-click menu. There's also a feature that lets you upload pics to Facebook. And that's about it.

The shortcomings are important, though, with special concerns about speed.
It is rather slow generating thumbnails and it doesn't keep a database so if you close the program, you'll have to wait for them to be reloaded the next time you open it.
It's also quite slower than most competitors when opening bigger pics such as those produced by a Canon 5D Mk3 or a Sony A7, let alone 50 megapixel panoramas and the like.
The info panel takes some time to refresh and it doesn't update the info at all with certain files.
It's also very slow when changing from one folder to another, especially if they contain a lot of files.
There's a one-click zoom feature that could have been very nice, but unfortunately it can't be customized and it magnifies to around 300% or so I guess, which is way too much to be useful, instead of the more normal 100%.
The right click menu is inexplicably missing in the single photo view.
No RAW, PSD or animated GIF formats are supported.

I won't say this app is bad; it isn't. Many users will surely do just fine if they choose to view their pics in HPV. But a hundred other programs can do the same and no special features make it stand out, apart from that very nice waveform histogram, which is a picture on its own. That's not enough to include it in my article.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

After the controversy about kuView (kV) a few months ago, I downloaded v1.6 and it resulted in 1/54 when submitted for analysis at Virustotal. It was suggested to be safe for use, with only Symantec showing a "WS.Reputation.1" message, which I don't know what it means.

This product is another example of lots of misdirected work and effort, probably because the author is more of a keen developer than an everyday user trying to browse through a photo collection. This is already easy to guess from the default blue (!) background we are presented with when we open the app, but there are more facts supporting the opinion. These many years of reviewing and using lots of different programs don't seem enough to understand how to operate some of the functions that kuView offers or to even get a clue what they really do in a couple of cases. On the contrary, it lacks a few useful ones, like some kind of sorting options or basic customization for frequently used operations.

There's a folder tree that shows the individual files inside the tree itself, but I admit I can't live with no thumbnails, so this is one of the first aspects I always look into. At first I couldn't get KV's thumbnail panel to show any thumbs at all. As no evident options are provided for this, I spent a long while unsuccessfully trying to find a way to show them and then I thought it could be a bad setup, so I tried a reinstall to see if that fixed the problem, but no luck. Then I installed it on a laptop (I was going to do it anyway as a part of my normal reviewing process) and got the same result. Since the interface screenshots on KV's site show a very nice thumbstrip, I knew the issue had to be some kind of error on my side. Yes, it was: I was just assuming the thumbnails would be generated automatically. After a lot of frustration, I found out that you must drag and drop every single file onto the thumbnail panel for them to be displayed, something that may be great or awful, depending on how you look at it. In KV's way you can gather thumbs from different folders and show them all together, but having to do that manually with all the files in a folder seems quite unreasonable. The method might make more sense if your selections could be saved for later use, but there's no way to store the sets you've collected and you'll have to start it all over the next time you open the app.

There are some other aspects that prevent me from recommending KV. Zooming with the mouse wheel is quite sloppy, it also requires pressing the Ctrl key and it won't work if you're not careful enough to click on the picture one more time after you've selected the file from the folder tree. There's no info about zoom percentage and none of the options for the 100% level (icon, hotkey or context menu) work at all in the way they're meant to, a behavior that ruins any eventual good experience (though I might be doing something wrong again). And I haven't been able to use the "Zoom In/Out on mouse pointer, Zoom In directly by mouse select" feature that the program boasts to sport.

I could go on and on with other issues that I've found, such as image quality, interpolation, slideshow, function dialogs, config file creation, PSDs taking forever to load, etc., but I'll just leave it here.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

I've finally managed to review a couple of the programs suggested here a while ago. One is Hornil Photo Viewer and the other is the open source kuView. Thanks Anupam and Panzer for the suggestions. Unfortunately, I don't think they can be included in my article. My reasons are stated below in separate comments for each program.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick Kenn aka Keeper

Apparently this program is only free for 19 days. I have a countdown clock that says I have to buy for $19.95 to keep it after time is up. Am I missing something?
http://www.winxdvd.com/specialoffer/dvd-copy.htm?giveaway-new-dcp3.6.4

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