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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

> Why visitors to our site should regard your opinion about information security as being valid?
I have been working in IT since 1978 and InfoSec exclusively since 2005. I hold CISSP, CISM and other security certifications - all current. I am a frequent presenter at regional information security conferences. If I liked traveling more I would present at a geographically wider selection of them :)

> Why we should assess the safety of the links we publish based on the hosting provider instead of the site itself?
Certainly you should do this when the hosting shows evidence of such blatant misconfiguration as in the OP. And spot-check it from time to time anyway, at random.

> Why the ratings provided by other site checks should be dismissed as wrong?
You have to read a rating to see what it's based on. The ones I saw were substantially based on, not having heard anything bad about it. But how long has it existed? I can't get WHOIS to respond for it just now. The .online TLD only became available in March '15 according to ICANN.

> Why having quoted a particular verification source we should continue to view this site as bad despite this same source ranking it neutral?
Lack of information is not evidence one way or another. A rating site will post "neutral" when it doesn't know, which is totally fair, but it's also not anything you can base a decision on.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The tone of your original post was that the site link posted in the above article is somehow dangerous to visit and you quoted one source for this despite every other I know of saying it's fine. This type of information we welcome however because sometimes mistakes are made (by us) or links we posted as being good some time ago have, for various reasons, changed to untrustworthy over time. It is reasonable however that we try to quantify the information given and so far you have not answered any of the questions posed such as: Why visitors to our site should regard your opinion about information security as being valid? Why we should assess the safety of the links we publish based on the hosting provider instead of the site itself? Why the ratings provided by other site checks should be dismissed as wrong? Why having quoted a particular verification source we should continue to view this site as bad despite this same source ranking it neutral? MC - Site Manager. view
Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

Because I needed you to do that for me, and thus confirm the efficacy of this "discussion."

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Wonder why you didn't post this one? MC - Site Manager.
http://www.borderware.com/lookup.php?ip=66.96.149.16&Submit.x=18&Submit....

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

And here's a comparison that will make one go, Hmmm.

http://www.borderware.com/domain_lookup.php?ip=cloudfront.net&q=all (where Hemant's blog is hosted)

http://www.borderware.com/domain_lookup.php?ip=dreamhost.com&q=all (where my blog is hosted)

http://www.borderware.com/domain_lookup.php?ip=bizland.com&q=all (where hearingtest.online is hosted)

Festive!

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

Neither Hemant's nor my own blog site is so mis-configured as to create an urgency about checking beihnd the curtain.

This one, on the other hand seems to have a case of managerial logorrhea. SO there's that.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy That both these providers host exactly the same type of site you say is a reason not to go there and yet you choose to do so (except of course in the case of our published link) and also host your own site on one of them. Maybe like me, other folks who are not experts like yourself, will find this a bit hard to understand. MC - Site Manager. view
Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

So the point you make by linking to my blog and a 3.5yo comment on Hemant's blog... is...?

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

But this doesn't answer my question about dodgy sites hosted by the same providers as many other sites featured here. But by the tone of your post we have to assume you would not visit any site hosted by such a provider, although we could be wrong. :) MC - Site Manager.
http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/04/22/are-orthodox-jew...
https://www.kahomono.com/

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

Since you asked so nice :)

The sites you use to test are not useless but the way you interpret the results might just be. You appear to take the approach that unless one or more of these testing sites waves red flags at you, the target site is A-OK. I, on the other hand, am paid to be a little paranoid.

The common theme in all those reports, to the extent they are transparent about it, is they have little to no real information. So they assume that the site itself is safe. I prefer to think, no information means NO INFORMATION.

When the https:// link led to the certificate error citing bizland.com, I checked THAT site's reputation and it came up very, VERY red.

So now why would I give the benefit of the doubt to something hosted there? That red rating for the host shifted the burden of proof, in my mind.

Of course, my approach doesn't drive clicks so WTF do I know.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy It's always nice when experts take the trouble to post here and point our mistakes. No doubt you can now provide us with verifiable information as to why the sites we use to check URL's are all totally useless? Suffice to say if we banned links from all hosting services that also host undesirable sites, our site would be pretty empty. MC - Site Manager. view
Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

Given that bizland.com is hosting this site alongside a bunch of malware-infested spam machines, I could never recommend it. Reliance on these kinds of things that give a quick glance and if nothing obvious shows, pronounce it "SAFE!!1!" inspires no confidence.

I guess people who actually know something about Information Security sometimes lack patience with people who think they do. For my lack of patience, I apologize.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

All of which has absolutely nothing to do with the URL published in our article. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/9bb562eff49f4f84b87c4ccd71f6dc441fdd70...
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/694d0f059288b2f8bdfceec766cde2a2...
https://sitecheck.sucuri.net/results/hearingtest.online/
http://www.isithacked.com/check/https%3A%2F%2Fhearingtest.online%2F
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/hearingtest.online?utm_source=addon&u...

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 2 weeks ago Kahomono

http://www.borderware.com/domain_lookup.php?ip=bizland.com&Submit.x=0&Submit.y=0&Submit=Search

I wouldn't visit this site

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New Google blog "The Keyword" is a central source for Google news and stories 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you. :)

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New Google blog "The Keyword" is a central source for Google news and stories 1 month 2 weeks ago carlsond

Good rundown on what is available from Google

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago lunchbeast

How old is this article and why is suddenly showing up as new??? The utility mentioned was at v1.71, some four or five versions ago...

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago dwainwood

Great Article! Now how can one do the same thing on IOS on an iPhone or iPad?

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A Smart App to Remove Junk and Clean Up Your Android Device 1 month 2 weeks ago HisSon

I have been using this app for longer than I can remember. I am always cautious that just because you see something happening is it really accomplishing anything. I can't really tell how much good it is doing but it's never done any harm. I guess I would have to not use it for a while to see if my phone slows down or exhibits any other negative things happening. It has lots of positive reviews, has been around for a long time and I haven't had one issue with it.

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A Smart App to Remove Junk and Clean Up Your Android Device 1 month 2 weeks ago Av_Crazy

Noooooooooooo.. please dont recommend clean master. There are various articles , threads on why CM is crap and has privacy issues . SD maid is better .

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Cappsule is a new kind of hypervisor ... Its goal is to virtualize any software on the fly (e.g. web browser, office suite, media player) into lightweight VMs called cappsules ... Applications don’t need to be repackaged, and their usage remain the same for the end user: it’s completely transparent. Moreover, the OS doesn’t need to be reinstalled nor modified ..." (still in beta):
https://cappsule.github.io/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

Wunderlistux - an electron wrapper for Wunderlist:

https://github.com/edipox/wunderlistux

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Best Free File Manager 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

FreeCommander XE is currently at version 2016.715 (a new beta version has also been released).

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

Showterm:

https://showterm.herokuapp.com/

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 1 month 2 weeks ago EldonW

As per the website...
"Microsoft Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit with the latest service pack.
Microsoft Windows 8 Desktop 32-bit and 64-bit with the latest service pack."
I presume the latter means Windows 8.1.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 1 month 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Come on, dude. Why should Rob mention OS's that themselves are no longer supported? XP is 2 1/2 years beyond its expiration date. You can still use XP if you want, but don't expect a software review today to devote any space to it. If you're still using XP, you're on your own.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 1 month 2 weeks ago Geekomatic

Is there a limit on the number of docs, per tab?

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 1 month 2 weeks ago Geekomatic

You can also just go into network & sharing center (win7) -> from left-hand panel, choose "change adapter settings" -> right-click your wifi connection -> wireless properties -> security tab -> tick the "show password" box.

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This Digital Binder Is A Real Challenger For Microsoft OneNote 1 month 2 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

you forgot to mention system requirements; it would have been nice to know that XP is not supported.

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Google Chrome 1 month 2 weeks ago Sea Mac

Chrome NO LONGER has a large selection of extensions! It has made that whole paragraph about how great the extensions are into fiction.

WORSE: Chrome ONCE Again has problems viewing web sites that other browsers have no problem with. Specifically, any sites with Silverlight, or Unity, or Java, or any of the OTHER Common web standards supported by NPAPI Plugins, are no longer viewable in Chrome.  And they are ALL recommending, right on their front pages, that you switch to IE11 Or Safari At ONCE.

I removed Chrome from my system: without NPAPI Plugins or JAVA it is useless and crippled. Time to re-rate this now failed and ONCE Useful Application ... isn't it?

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

Version 18 only offers "Rotate to match EXIF" in the "PRO" mode. Much as i need this capability, as a purely amateur photographer, i cannot justify paying $99 for the program to get only this function.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 1 month 2 weeks ago Mesh

Well it is ussually like this for most programs. The more you use it increases in its overall space, especially if you use it with third parties and plug ins in some cases.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 1 month 2 weeks ago Mesh

Thank you, i will put it into consideration. Hopefully i wiil be done with new updates soon.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 1 month 2 weeks ago DannyJr

It is sad that MS isn't doing anything with WMM and will probably abandon it on January 2017. Very easy to use when you just need to edit out scenes and add titles and music.

I've tried Shotcut. The installer is like 191MB but like H4E, it expanded to about 1GB upon installation! I would say that is it is somewhat easy to use once you've used another NLE. I am thankful for learning to use NLE with the hardest program in that category, LightWorks. Compared to LW, everything else is easy! Unlike Openshot, Shotcut is more stable in my Windows 10 machine. Encoding 1080p is slow, much slower than LW. I think it's worth more of a look but I had to uninstall it. I don't keep any programs that are more than 500MB.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 1 month 2 weeks ago ichabod

Regarding the Windows Movie Maker program that is part of Windows Essentials 2012, Microsoft says, "Windows Essentials 2012 suite will reach end of support on January 10, 2017" and that it "will be available for download until it reaches its end of support date." (Source: "Windows Essentials 2012 Release Notes") That same page also says, "Movie Maker will soon be available from Windows Store for Windows 10 users"; however it doesn't say if that new version will be free or even if it will continue to be a standard desktop program. So, I'm now looking to replace Movie Maker.

Mesh, for your next reviews, I'd very much like to see your opinions of VSDC Free Video Editor, and Shotcut.

From a couple of other people's comments here, I think it would be helpful for a review to mention when QuickTime is used by a Windows program, and for the Introduction section to explain the significance of that issue.

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Best Free Microsoft Downloads 1 month 2 weeks ago ichabod

Some of the links in this article are outdated, including the 2 that I just tried (Photo Gallery and Movie Maker). I found the current "Download Windows Essentials" page, but your spam filter blocked me from posting it.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago crombierob

When I upgraded to W10 Pro, I was prepared to give Windows Defender a try.
My PC is not powerful, and when I noticed it getting sluggish sometimes, I checked and Win Defender was busily scanning my drive (even inside zip files) when no scan had been scheduled or requested.
I like to control what is happening, and when, so Windows Defender is gone.

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 2 weeks ago DrDoug

I don't see how this is an update. YTS has been gone for ages. KAT fell to law enforcement. Torrentz is gone. Updates should be done by someone who at least is familiar with torrents.

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

I just tried the KATProxy link, and it sent me to what LOOKED like the old KAT - but when i clicked on one of the filter tabs it threw me to a scareware/tech support scam page.

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Malwarebytes blocks a lot of stuff that they shouldn't. Shut it off and proceed with caution and pay attention to the offers for toolbars

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

It has been down but I just tried the link here and the KAT search came up
Go figure :))

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 1 month 2 weeks ago greenmanharper

All of the KAT sites and also Torrentz are dead. Especially in the light of the KAT being shut down by the legal authorities there should not be any links provided!
Thank you.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago crombierob

Are any of you procrastinating on downloading the free Aomei (and also the PE builder) ?
(I was)
Now might be a good time to 'snap out of it' (the procrastinating)
(I did)
The biggest give away site is trying to give away the Pro version today, and is having a horrible time getting the license keys to the members.
At least one member has posted advice to all the other members, pointing out what we know - the free version meets all of our (and their) needs.
If I were Aomei, I would be telling my developers to be crippling the free version a bit more
And perhaps remove the access to the free PE builder.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 2 weeks ago Patrik Lee

Hi all I am using KrojamSoft PhotoViewerPro program,
\Its just amazing./
\Best software to view and edit images.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago AndyR

Hi Rob, Yes I agree imaging a system when the actual OS is running is a risk... My current knowlage of Win10 is vcery minimal at the moment I will admit, however I plan to buy a new laptop soon and that will have Win10 no doubt... so yes your point is very vaild in that respect and thank you for the heads up on it !

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Best Free DVD Ripper 1 month 2 weeks ago Tony b

I have found two DVD to Avi rippers that I'd like to suggest
The first being Icepine I find it fast in comparison and the only issue is that it doesn't rip all DVDs but does deal with most encrypted DVDs
The second is clone DVD studio I find it quite slow and lack the ability to review your DVD copy before ripping but it seems to be able to handle 50% of the DVDs that icepine has been unable to convert

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 month 2 weeks ago crombierob

Subject: W10 running when imaging
Some will remember in my comments, how I like WIndows closed when imaging, most of you don't mind Windows running.
If I were you (the Windows is running people), I would be somewhat wary of W10's nasty habit of "updating whenever it feels like it"

Just sayin',
Rob

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FileZilla 1 month 3 weeks ago HastaAyer

FileZilla automatically downloads program updates to users. They don't ask. I had my settings to never check automatically for updates, but every time I opened FileZilla, there was a message that A) There's an update, and B) It's in your download folder. Impolite and untrustworthy. And this is in addition to the issue of whether or not FileZilla comes bundled with malware. I'd rather not take the chance.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 1 month 3 weeks ago Moltke

I use UC Browser as my primary web browser and I must say that I'm really happy with it. It is base on chrome. It's download manager it's the best I've tried so far, and I've tried most of them. It also includes some handy features like an add-on to download videos or audio from most video sites like youtube, vimeo or the likes. Adblocker is included by default and it has some nice themes and wallpapers so you can customize it to your taste. In case you want to try it, here's the link to their site: http://pc.ucweb.com/

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 month 3 weeks ago CSA_ore

I second this. Been trying this myself and looks pretty good.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 3 weeks ago HA

So just go to the address at the top of the page when you get the error, and delete the "s" from the "https".

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Moltke

I used ReactOS some time ago, and to be honest while it wasn't that bad, I could never get the network to work. Not sure if it's been improved since then, but that was a deal breaker for me. I must also admit that I just tried it on a VM, so I'm not entirely sure whether that was the problem or not, however, it is very easy to use, and certainly it won't  hurt if you just try it for fun inside a VM. 

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Autumn Forest 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Looks great Jojo!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Autumn Forest 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're very welcome MC. :)

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

...and, as i said, the majority of my work CANNOT be done on Linux.

Once i get a good emulator or Serif releases a Linux version ...

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

What you can or cannot do with Linux as opposed to Windows is relative to individual needs but in general terms for most users Linux has major advantages. All of my daily work, including what I do for this site, is done using Linux. The only time I boot into Windows proper or a VM installed Windows is to check out queries posted about Windows apps. MC - Site Manager.
Some views both ways.
http://www.cio.com/article/2917372/linux/7-things-linux-users-still-cant...
https://sites.google.com/site/ilugjammu/home/things-i-can-do-in-linux-th...
https://olimex.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/16-things-i-like-in-linux-which-...

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago trainman261

I definitely think it's worth promoting, though - and the fact that it wouldn't necessarily be a good daily driver now is slightly beside the point.

Here's the thing: with Windows 95, 98, NT, etc. etc., some versions may have been buggy, while others were fairly stable (in that good-bad-good-bad cycle). But you usually just skipped the bad one - or if you had to use it, it was still decent.

Suddenly, now, we have Windows 10, which some would simply call spyware among other things - and that's really the key here. Microsoft does not seem interested in backtracking - they're doing the opposite, if anything - and they aren't bringing out another version of Windows after this version. Many people don't want to use it because of these privacy concerns.

But let's be honest, as praiseworthy as Linux is, it isn't what some fans claim it to be. Yes, as an OS in and of itself, it's great, and very capable. If you want to use Linux with programs written for Linux, perfect, no problem. But if you want to use it as a Windows replacement, well, it gets complicated. Yes, you have Wine. But it's not seamless, far from it - and not all programs work with it. Every time you want to install a Windows program, you have to start messing around with settings and what not. And yes, I know emulation is a possibility, as well, but that also uses up more power - fine on a desktop, not so fine if you're on a portable device.

Since ReactOS is built to resemble Windows as closely as possible, it's also better suited as a platform for running Windows apps in the long term, and that is really the promise. No twenty-five hacks to get all your Windows programs running, just install ReactOS and your programs, and you're good to go - at least that's the goal. Sure, it isn't as far as Windows itself, but let's be honest, it took a good while for Linux to turn into what it is today. And given what I mentioned about Windows 10, I'm expecting ReactOS to get a good shot in the arm when it comes to development and use, so that while it may not be a viable Windows replacement now, it just may be once Microsoft drops Windows 7 support.

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 3 weeks ago Madwarf71

link fail ;( Your connection is not secure

The owner of hearingtest.online has configured their website improperly. To protect your information from being stolen, Firefox has not connected to this website.

Learn more…

Report errors like this to help Mozilla identify and block malicious sites

hearingtest.online uses an invalid security certificate.

The certificate is only valid for the following names:
*.bizland.com, bizland.com

Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN

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Wallpaper of the Week: Red Autumn Forest 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Looks very well:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/chitchat/514-what-does-your-desktop-look-like.html#post119205

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Test Your Hearing With Just A PC And Headphones 1 month 3 weeks ago satrow

The HTTPS version of the page shows a certificate problem:

"hearingtest.online uses an invalid security certificate. The certificate is only valid for the following names: *.bizland.com, bizland.com (Error code: ssl_error_bad_cert_domain)"

HTTP works fine.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

In the system development lifecycle, one primary difference between alpha and beta software is its release to actual end-users. There is a reason why we don't usually recommend such products and running ReactOS will almost certainly drive most users into a wall.

ReactOS is very interesting but there are far better products for us to recommend. It was exciting at the dawn of the new millennium but most people would be better off just installing an old version of Windows to get the compatibility they need.

As to catching up with Windows The original project aimed for Windows 95/98. Then the target shifted to Windows NT/2000. It made sense to do so but they still haven't hit that target properly. The longer it takes then the larger the gap between modern devices and this museum technology.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

The real deal-breaker is Serif PagePlus.

I've tried the recommended open-source alternatives (mainly Scribus) and there is no comparison.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Which apps are these? MC - Site Manager. view
Wallpaper of the Week: Red Autumn Forest 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Love it! Thanks Rhiannon. :) MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/1l4t82I.jpg

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

Uhhh ... nope.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

Haven't checked the Winelist lately, but the last i checked, the two apps i really need weren't supported.

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 3 weeks ago George.J

Rigs of Rods doesn't havea malware. It's just OpenCandy. Here's info about it: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/controversial-advertising-progra...

I have updated it's link to Softpedia's site

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

The actual list is here. MC - Site Manager.
https://appdb.winehq.org/

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago phoneguy

@crombierob
You shouldn't really say that Linux is incompatible with "all the windows applications". If you run Linux with Wine you can run many Windows applications.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago famewolf

I'd be more prone to use https://sites.google.com/site/chaletoslinux/home.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago oldbilbobaggins

I'm no script kiddie, nor yet a Compleat Coder, but my many-decades interest in Difference Engines shows me that those stalwarts at Gizmo's Freeware are worth encouraging, salted with the occasional pinch of praise. So they have my appreciation.

Sure, some of their 'finds' are more earth-shattering than others.... but, in the interests of 'stripping off the overburden to uncover the occasional gleaming nugget', I'm quite content to hear of a Windows clone which still has one or two 'glitches'.... just like all earlier and later Windows versions.

I'll likely feel quite at home1

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

The only reason I could see for ReactOS is if you have an old piece of gear that will only run Windows. A medical or scientific gadget perhaps. I had a milling machine that ran on a 386 for years and the driver only worked on Windows 3. (it's long gone.)

Before I'd go through the hassle of ReactOS, I'd see if my PC or gadget will run with Linux. Mint Cinnamon has been my favorite for years because I'm just used to the old XP menus, but Mint's is much cleaner. For old PCs, I like Puppy, Bodhi, or Lubuntu 32 bit. I'm talking 12 years old or more.

Linux has drivers for many of the gear that isn't supported in Windows 7 or newer. A lot of old programs will run on Linux using the Wine program.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Appreciating that it's all too easy to generalize but mostly the type of user requiring only a browser and word processor is unlikely to have the ability to extricate themselves from system issues. ReactOS is alpha software, is full of bugs and crashes frequently. Support is patchy and often technically challenging. 99% of Linux distros come with both a browser and word processor preinstalled and even the buggiest will be more stable than ReactOS. MC - Site Manager. view
A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

@Remah:
"... not ready for end users ..."
Who claimed that and where?

"... hard to see ReactOS every catching up ..."
Well, I admit, I haven't even been on their web site yet, but who claimed that and where?

And, for the love of it, why shouldn't Rob mention something potentially exiting? I happen to know from experience with many thousands of typical home users that something sort of stable that can run a web browser and additionally eventually a word processor is enough for eight out of ten people.

AND: Old computers die 95% of the time because the disk drive dies and/or the OS gets so messed up that there is no hope to fix it. So something like ReactOS may be even better than Linux Lite if you put an SSD drive in the old box.

YMMV indeed.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

I think dedoimedo sums it up pretty fairly. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/reactos-0-4.html

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

I thought that this site doesn't promote alpha software because, among other deficiencies, alpha means that it is not ready for end users.

Twenty years since it started with Windows 95/98 and it hardly looks like delivering a stable platform anytime soon. In the meantime Windows has moved on another decade or so. Windows technology has changed so much that it is hard to see ReactOS every catching up.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

I admire the dedication of this lot but it's been in alpha for like 8 years! Also the list of what works is not good for doing very much.
https://www.reactos.org/wiki/Tests_for_0.4.0#Stuff_not_on_the_Downloader...
IMO if there is a reason you cannot or don't want to use Windows 7 or 10, using ReactOS in preference to one of the many great Linux distros available doesn't make a lot of sense. MC - Site Manager.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago trainman261

The idea behind ReactOS is that it should be able to run standard Windows programs - but since it is in alpha, not everything will work. If you want to know if it works for the programs you would need, the best idea would be to run it in an emulator as suggested, and try loading the program to see if it works or not.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

I reckon the main reason I avoid Linux, is the incompatibility with all the 'windows' applications.
Shirley, ReactOS must have some similar limitations ?

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

You are correct.
I tried Macrium Reflect, and ran away 'daunted'

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 1 month 3 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Requirements: 96MB of RAM, 256MB recommended. Too Funny!
This does sound like a great idea for those old laptops I have sitting around. Keep us posted everyone.

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

I use Macrium Reflect too but it can be daunting for newbies and basic users. Paragon's product is much simpler to use and I'd recommend it for that reason. But it definitely doesn't suit me because the simplicity comes at the expense of all the additional detail that Reflect provides and I rely upon.

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago Remah

It is to be expected that Internet Explorer 10 is the new minimum requirement for most products. It is the minimum version for supported versions of Windows.

Older versions than IE 10 are only supported on specific operating systems. At the moment that is only IE 9 on Vista and Windows Server 2008. Mainstream support for those versions of Windows has already ended - respectively in 2012 and 2015 - so developers are accordingly dropping support for IE 9. Extended support for Vista ends in April 2017 so at that time support for end-users (that's us) of IE 9 effectively ends.

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago clas

have been using macrium reflect free for years. have made and restored many images with nary a problem. have other comments but am gunshy with rhiannon and dont feel like getting crushed like a grape for making an observation.

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Can you tell us more about this issue? I would think that most of the people who downloaded and installed this program don't use Internet Explorer.

I don't use Internet Explorer and had no trouble downloading and installing it on a Windows 8.1 desktop.  

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 3 weeks ago Catsup22

Nice collection - good updates to many. Here are a couple you need to investigate:

Rigs of Rods - malware
Floating Islands Game - 404 Error File Not Found

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 1 month 3 weeks ago Realist

The program requires IE 10 or newer.

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A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 1 month 3 weeks ago beergas

EditPad Lite looks a small bit like Notepad++ which is a good thing. Like it mentions has a search & replace.
There are a few other tools at the EP L site, think mainly for regedit work. Haven't checked WriteMonkey.

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A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks Robert. A good app to add to my folder of portable apps. It even has a spell-checker which is a must in a text editor for me. Will use it alongside Notepad++, which has two shortcuts to run in multi instances: one opens in a small window on top of other windows to write notes and another in a full window to edit html files. view
A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 1 month 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

I've been using EditPad Lite {https://www.editpadlite.com/} for years. Does everything i want, clean interface. 9.1 meg download. Updated regularly.

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Greenify 1 month 3 weeks ago Frank D

This is a very confusing app to set up. There are so many ifs, ands, and buts, and precautions, I'm afraid to use it.

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Need A Personal Information Manager? Here's A Free One. 1 month 3 weeks ago PerennialStudent

I was able to download it thru Major geeks with no problems from uBlock Origin. I am on vacation now and brought my Chrome book with me, so haven't done much with it yet.

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 1 month 4 weeks ago rbaumann

I would like to create a shortcut that functions like an "open with": command. I have created a shortcut for vim on my Windows 7 PC. Then I use File Explorer to navigate to a file I want to edit in vim. I select the file (without opening it) and press the shortcut key for vim. What happens is that vim opens but without the selected file in it. It is as if I just launched vim by itself without specifying a file to open. Is there a way to define a shortcut such that it invokes the specified application but with the name of the highlighted file passed to it?

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How to Fix Problems Synching Gmail with Other Email Clients 1 month 4 weeks ago FirstSpear

Got this prob with Opera Mail. So - Is Opera Mail truly a "less secure app" or is Gmail simply badmouthing the opposition, and will using Opera Mail compromise my Gmail accounts in any way?

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... SunVox is a small, fast and powerful modular synthesizer with pattern-based sequencer (tracker). It is a tool for those people who like to compose music wherever they are, whenever they wish ...":
http://www.warmplace.ru/soft/sunvox/

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 month 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... Echosync is a portable, fast and simple software which is using data differential backup for file backup ...":
http://www.luminescence-software.org/en/echosync.html

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Need A Personal Information Manager? Here's A Free One. 1 month 4 weeks ago Over the hill

Obviously, I'm even futher over the hill than I thought I was!

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Best Free Program Launcher 1 month 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks for sharing Rydeck. Personally I've been using Portable Start Menu for some years and like it a lot. Adding shortcuts to the menu is simple with drag & drop. http://www.aignes.com/psmenu.htm view
Best Free Program Launcher 1 month 4 weeks ago Rydeck

I see what you mean but I compare it with Quick Cliq and for me it looks big. In this screenshot you can see the difference on my screen. Left is QC and at the right is the menu of QAP. https://gmkr.io/s/57ff1ce8f7bcdf6879f93904/0
Do you see what I mean?

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Boost Battery Saving By Putting Idle Apps into Hibernation 1 month 4 weeks ago Av_Crazy

Greenify works best if you are rooted. And with marshmallow and nougat , many people were reporting battery drains with greenify . So keep an eye out for battery drains after installing greenify . If you are rooted i would suggest naptime by franco .

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