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Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 1 month 5 days ago astral_cyborg

Agreed.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 1 month 6 days ago AJNorth

Have you any thoughts on VeraCrypt (a fork of, and a successor to, TrueCrypt) that is under active development (last updated 2016.10.17) - https://veracrypt.codeplex.com/ ?

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 6 days ago MidnightCowboy

The relevant article is here. Sometimes it is necessary to include a URL when searching. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/220-million-hacked-accounts-your...

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 6 days ago fred64

Since Yahoo provides free services, its essentially freeware. I don't see that much creep.

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 6 days ago howiem

I recommend looking at https://haveibeenpwned.com/ and signing up for alerts when sites you are signed up for are compromised. I was notified long ago about the initial Yahoo compromise. I searched for mention of haveIbeenpwned on this site but got no results.

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Organise Your Brain With This Online Tool 1 month 6 days ago Tony_Farutine

Good idea, but I prefer to use www.goalton.com - for me it has much more functionality.

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Wunderlist - To-Do List & Tasks 1 month 6 days ago Tony_Farutine

I like wunderlist, but http://www.goalton.com much more convenient for me

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 6 days ago MidnightCowboy If you read the content of our About section it states: "Our primary function is to help you select the best freeware product for your particular needs". Notice the use of the word "primary" as opposed to say "sole". In addition to that we have also introduced a small amount of commercial content and material covering other topics all of which have been requested by our members. We always appreciate it when someone takes the trouble to create a brand new identity to post negative comments but what would be more helpful is if you could volunteer to help us create more freeware reviews and articles as this appears to be your primary concern and we do need additional editors. MC - Site Manager. view
Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 6 days ago Gray haired Unix

Still looking for the freeware in the last couple of posts about Yahoo! in this "Community Site for Reviewing and Rating the Best Free Software". Don't let mission creep ruin your site.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 1 month 1 week ago ffsedd

I have tried many PDF printers. The best image quality and small PDF size offers Foxit PDF, you can choose JPEG2000 image format in options!

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 1 month 1 week ago bjruiter3

CM Security sucks ?
I installed CM Security on my Android device. I never had any security probs but installed it just in case.
Now I am harassed with regular adds. Really annoying. AND IT IS COMING FROM CM SECURITY ITSELF ! !

What is this for crazy program. Suggesting to protect you and then harassing you themselves! Like the police starting to steal from you !
Perhaps the program needs some reevaluating and the readers of your great site warned for the double standards of this company ! !

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Ever Used Yahoo? Time To Change Some Passwords. 1 month 1 week ago Packard40

Should also recommend setting up two step verification, in every account that offers it, including Yahoo.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 1 week ago baja463

Another vote for Simple YouTube to MP3/MP4 Converter and Downloader -- fast, lots of options, and secure

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 1 week ago Kumar_Shah

Two alternatives I've used and loved.

Simple YouTube Converter is a great extension that works with Firefox. Adds a "Download" button to every YouTube page. Clicking on it takes you to another page, and another click downloads the audio in MP3.

Peggo (http://peggo.tv/) is similar; you paste in the URL of the video you want to download as audio. Very fast too.

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VirtualDub 1 month 1 week ago alexxx46

Win7: 64bit download only.

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 1 week ago willrun4fun

YouTube-dl is the only way to go. Runs on everything and reliable.
https://rg3.github.io/youtube-dl/

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Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 1 month 1 week ago emphyrio

I also like the similar service Keepvid.com. It allows you to download the video as well as the audio. Whichever format and quality you prefer.

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Best Free PC Games 1 month 1 week ago Panzer Samurai Lantern: https://adventurebit.itch.io/samurailantern Meow: https://tak.itch.io/meow Pllug: https://carpetbones.itch.io/pllug Skelemania: https://benal.itch.io/skelemania Try harder: https://noodlecake.itch.io/try-harder view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 1 week ago Panzer Remarkable - markdown editor: https://remarkableapp.github.io/ view
Copy Files Between Your PC And Your iPhone or iPad 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

I really dislike it when "free give-aways" force you to install by a certain date. If it's free, don't make it "strings-attached". Imho.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

DannyJr,
Thanks for the excellent review. That's exactly the kind of information which is useful.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago DannyJr

Since I've tried most of the video editors listed therein, I can say it's a standard NLE. It doesn't have the color capabilities of Da Vinci Recode. It is easy to use compared to most NLE but not as easy or as powerful as Hitfilm 4.

It's a middle-of-the-road editor. If you don't need a professional-grade editor like the two programs I said above, then it's no worse than any of the rest.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago DannyJr

The editor looks decent enough. Simple controls, RibbonUI, straightforward NLE design. It uses only 100MB of harddrive space so that is a major plus. It launches very slowly though. It seems to load a lot of stuff during launch. It also starts with a splash screen nagging to upgrade to the pro version.

When exporting, it will again nag you to purchase the pro version because "hardware acceleration" is a pro feature. You can click continue to disregard the nag screen, or just go to options > acceleration options > uncheck use hardware acceleration for encoding video to remove the export nag screen. It does "feel" a tad slow to encode.

VSDC likes to crash when you change the video resize mode to supersampling or lanczos interpolation from linear interpolation, especially when you've already encoded a video from the latter.

When you install this editor, it also comes with a video capture app and a screen recorder app.

Overall, it seems okay for moderate editing and touch-ups, but it is not as "professional" looking or as powerful as say Hitfilm4 or Da Vinci Recode. But it is definitely a capable nonlinear video editor.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago DrBongo

DaVinci Resolve is the Editor's Choice with 5 stats. This one only got 4.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago Mark S.

I usually use Avidemux, which is free and open source. It's easier to use than many video editors, but it also has many powerful features, and handles all normal video formats.

If you just want to cut and paste, or link a few clips together with simple transitions, or convert from one format or size to another, or use filters to sharpen or brighten a clip, or get the sound in sync, etc., it's quick and simple to do.

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This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 1 month 1 week ago Danny54

Dharma Ransomware is a new variant of CrySiS Ransomware. Any files that are encrypted with Dharma will have an .[].dharma, .[].wallet or ..zzzzz extension appended to the end of the encrypted data filename. The .zzzzz variant is a spoof of Locky Ransomware but the original filename is not renamed like the real Locky...see here.

Unfortunately, there is no known way at this time to decrypt files encrypted by .Dharma variants without paying the ransom. Our crypto malware experts who analyze these infections suspect another cyber criminal forked the code and generated their own keys which were not part of the leaked master decryption keys for the original CrySiS variants. [url]https://removevirusfromwindows.com/[url]

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

Sometimes, even if "some" devices can connect, it's still the router at fault. Reset it via pinhole (if you have one) using this guide:

https://www.lifewire.com/hard-reset-rule-for-routers-3971318

I find that one more power-cycle (unplug power & let power back on) is required at the end of this.

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 1 month 1 week ago pstein

Audacity is very bad. It lacks some important features e.g.
- No volume change by % (only in db)
- No 'Fit-to-selection'
- vertical and horizontal sliders not auto-hideable
- No support for AC3
- No zoom in to original level after a some zoom outs
- 'Save changes before closing' at exit cannot be (optional) suppressed (=auto-answered by NO)
... many more

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 1 month 1 week ago vwq47

I've been having the same problem on a Windows 7 machine (Wired) (as well as on a Windows 10 laptop, wireless). MOST infuriating since it means I cannot actually use a machine to access the internet and chase down possible solutions.
On the WIn 7 desktop machine I can occasionally and intermittently get on but after a minute or two lose connection and get a DNS message. Router seems AOK as I can use wireless internet connection through my router with Android devices.
Grrrrrr.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 1 month 1 week ago Paxmilitaris

You are right, i will ask in the forum.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/16565-windows-7-performance-monitor-error.html#post119729
I do have Small icons in control panel, so that's why.

" Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
Click System in the right pane
Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start."
I get the same error.
I watched the video and i checked both folder paths and they are all there.

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Norton Family 1 month 1 week ago tommyzulu

If there was a free version there doesn't seem to be now!

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 1 month 1 week ago Fairportfan

I've been using Windows since Windows 2.

I have NEVER had any of the horrible problems MS patches and updates seem to cause others.

I must be the Anti-Murphy or something.

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 1 month 1 week ago Remah

You should ask in the forum because this could require many comments to sort it out.

I don't remember any functional difference between the Control Panels in the various Windows 7 editions that might affect the instructions in this article. Maybe you cannot follow steps 2 and 3 because the defaults have been changed so the "System" icon (step 3) will be visible at step 2:

  • You have changed the Control Panel sort from the default of "Category" to either "Large Icons" or "Small Icons".
  • You have enabled the Ultimate Control Panel or God Mode as it is also called.

If it is neither of these reasons then what exactly does your control panel display? Again, you should respond by creating a topic in the forum.

Edit: I've just realised that you might mean the second set of numbered instructions. If you try to run the perfmon.exe program and it produces an error report saying "An error occured while attempting to generate this report" then either:

  • the file path for storing the log files is missing
  • the file path for storing the log files cannot be accessed

You can fix the first problem by creating the correct folders for the file path. On my Windows 10 system the correct path is "%systemdrive%\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" which is "C:\PerfLogs\System\Diagnostics" if "C:" is the system drive.

The following video shows a different path and how to fix it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7UqAo3uCU4

Another option is to run "perfmon.msc" instead of "perfmon /report":

  • Open a Run window (Windows Logo key+R)
  • Type "perfmon" and press Enter.
  • Click Data Collector Sets in the left pane
  • Click System in the right pane
  • Right-click System Diagnostics in the right pane and select Start.
  • When the diagnostic has finished, click on Reports in the left pane
  • Click on System in the right pane
  • Click on System Diagnostics in the left pane
  • Click on the name of your computer and the data will be collected.
  • Scroll down in the main pane and expand the Hardware Configuration drop down
  • Expand Desktop Rating drop down
  • Expand the + sign below Query
  • Finally expand the + sign below Returned Objects to display your WEI score.

If anyone is interested then this Microsoft support topic has more information e.g. for Windows 8. 

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How to Get a Report of the Health of Your Windows 7 PC 1 month 1 week ago Paxmilitaris

The first 2 and 3 are not the same for me on Windows 7 Ultimate and i can't get a report because i get an error saying "The system cannot find the path specified."
I've looked for a solution, but i can't find one, so if anyone has a solution, please tell me.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago RobF228

Thank you so much! It would take me a long time to find this information on my own.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago seahound88

For over a decade, the Calvinist in me saw the use of free word processing software. They all drove me nuts, every single one falling over - frequently, across an array of top-end laptops. I moved excitedly from one different brand of word processing software to another to another.

In the finish I gave my money to Microsoft for their Office Suite. What heaven. Rock solid Word and XL. Worth every cent. And the amount of Google help for Word and XL is vast; plus a million macros. Heaven.

I have been a devoted supporter of Gizmo Richards since the days I excitedly looked forward to his monthly newsletter. He has kept me at the leading edge of software for at least a decade. The biggest of thanks and a Merry Xmas Gizmo.

And to Gizmo's helpers like Rob Schifreen, also the biggest thanks. Your guidance is invaluable.

Seahound, Melbourne, Australia

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Remah

Libre Office has macros for Calc and Writer but they are not fully compatible with Microsoft Office. Apparently, LO macros are more likely to translate to MSO than the other way around:

https://help.libreoffice.org/Common/Recording_a_Macro

SoftMaker Office and KingSoft WPS Office have macros but their free versions FreeOffice and WPS Office Free do not.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago RobF228

I would like to use an open source office suite, but I have been unable to find one that has macro compatibility with MS Office. That is usually not mentioned. Does LO or Softmaker Office support macros? I would be willing to recode my old macros.

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

Nearly every time I get a call about a MS computer suddenly not connecting, I find a pile of devices listed under "network adapters". I uninstall ALL adapters (leave their software) & then restart the PC. Works most of the time.

FYI

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Rob often doesn't get the time to respond to comments on his huge stack of articles so on his behalf, Psyphilo, I thank you and send reciprocal wishes for Christmas and the New Year. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago DannyJr

I agree with Joe A.TT. If you collaborate with users of MSO or have thousands of legacy MSO formatted files, Softmaker is better than LO/OOo. I've been using Softmaker Office since their 2006 version. Even though I could settle for Softmaker's free office suite,I have bought licenses from them because I support their efforts and hope that they can add features in future versions (such as support for .ODS).

LO is a fine office suite but it just doesn't work for my use-case.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

Well, LO Draw can actually interact with Publisher-- that's pretty amazing. It's missing in FO, or I don't see it in my Linux install.

I'd like to know if FO word processor can open a MSO Word document with wrap-around text (around an image) better than LO.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Psyphilo

Rob,
Since years, I follow your proposals and sometimes download your recommendations.
I just want to congratulate you for your work and also for your patience answering all.
From France, let me wish you my "Best wishes" for the new year, hoping that I should continue to read you during years...
Best regards

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Tiesenhausen

What would be useful is a careful comparison of LibreOffice, Open Office (which I use, when WordPerfect is not applicable) and now, it seems, FreeOffice.

Why do we need three free emulators of Microsoft Word?

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Joe A.TT

I agree with MidnightCowboy. Something is wrong with your system. The language selection option is the first phase of the installer but it should continue from there. FreeOffice works fine for me.

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Having Internet Problems On Windows 8/10? Read This. 1 month 1 week ago cadprofessor3

I am having the same problem with windows 7 pro. Internet stopping for a few seconds. Dns errors. I have tried some of the things listed and nothing as seemed to help.

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago tedwest

I tried this some months ago. My main recollection is that if couldn't get it to be "frame accurate" and it was unnecessarily complicated, though I admit that my memory of it is vague. To me, the best free editor is Avidemux (preferred), or Freemake (fewer features but far simpler).

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Softmaker FreeOffice is fully compatible with Windows 10 and works fine on my wife's desktop. Either you have a corrupted download or a local issue with your machine possibly related but not restricted to security software interference or the previous use of tools such as so called registry cleaners. In any case it is unfair to label the software as "useless" when so many folks use it without issue. MC - Site Manager. view
Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago raymond4500332

I tried downloading and installing Softmaker Freeoffice just on a whim like you sugested. Downloading from the website required registering to get an activation number. When I tried to install the software, all it would do on my Windows 10 PC would display a language selection option and then, disappear. Checking the Task Manager, I saw no indication of any activity from the Softmaker software. Three times I tried to install Freeoffice without any success. I erased the useless software.

You want to use Softmaker Freeoffice, Joe A.TT? Go right ahead. I'm sticking with my legal copy of M$ Word 2003. I know it works.

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Scan Your Network For Free 1 month 1 week ago dscape

While not for PC, check out an app named Fing for Android and iOS. This app is free and fast and has been very useful for me over the past several months.

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Scan Your Network For Free 1 month 1 week ago Joebaba

Gizmo - this product isn't really "completely free" as you say. The free version has a limit of 10 devices. These days, with TV boxs and tablets and smartphones all having IP addresses, a limit of 10 addresses makes the "free" version almost useless.

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Scan Your Network For Free 1 month 1 week ago snowbound999

I used this application a lot but then discovered that it has succumbed to going commercial after 10 devices. Sorry to say but going to look elsewhere for an option or will stick with an older version of the app which does not have this restriction. Just do not update it.

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Best Free Registry Cleaner 1 month 1 week ago zeshirockx

Nice work! You have shared amazing information about these windows registry optimization tools!
I like to use WinASO Registry Optimizer 5.2. You can get it here @ http://softwarespatch.com

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VirtualDub 1 month 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

I think you mean "interface" instead of "interphase". Perhaps you wrote this using voice recognition software?

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A Powerful, Free Video Editor 1 month 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Thanks for the tip.
How does this software compare with the highly recommended ones in the "Best Free Video Editing" list? See http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-video-editing-program.htm.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Joe A.TT

No, FreeOffice is not exactly the same as MS Office. And yes, I do occasionally have to collaborate with others who use MS Office, so compatibility is really important to me. I suppose in your case, since compatibility isn't important then it shouldn't matter. What I have a problem with is LibreOffice, or more precisely, The Document Foundation's half lie about compatibility with MS formats then telling me I should use their file formats to fix compatibility issues. Mind you, FreeOffice might not be 100% compatible either but I am definitely not experiencing the same issues.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Holiday Wallpaper Roundup 1 month 1 week ago rhiannon

Yep, that's why I mentioned that I came across a wallpaper that contained an expletive in the description of Wallpaper Abyss. I didn't run into any NSFW (not safe for work) scenes but I viewed the first 20+ pages or so of images and saw the one with the expletive (which seems to part of waaaaay too many people's sentences these days for my preferences) in it, thus the warning. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Holiday Wallpaper Roundup 1 month 1 week ago Catsup22

Nice collection. Wallpaper Abyss has superior quality above the other sites. HOWEVER, be advised it includes several inappropriate scenes, including the "F" word in at least one of them!

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Find Out Where Shortened URLs Lead To Without Clicking 1 month 1 week ago rhiannon

Thanks, that's good to know. :)

 

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago phoneguy

Been using LibreOffice since 2010. In 2010 the main developers of Open Office broke away after it was taken over by Oracle. They adopted the name LibreOffice so as to distance themselves from the Oracle controlled Open Office. There is more to this story but I will leave that to your own research. In any event, I like LibreOffice because of the ability to work with MS Office files as well as others. I can even open old Lotus 123 files with it. And you can also work with PDF documents...open, edit, save. Someone stated that support was a joke. I really don't know what you expect from a "FREE" office suite. For the average home user, LibreOffice is awesome!

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

I guess it all depends on how much compatibility you require? You might do more back & forth with things -- where a lot of others, (me included) only handle basic docs, etc. I don't collaborate in other words. I've only had one time it was an issue & it turned out to be the fonts needed weren't installed in my distro.

So, you're saying that FreeOffice is exactly the same as MS Office? What's missing from that vs. standard, that someone of minimal-normal usage might miss?

Cheers

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Phylis Sophical

Been using LO for years and couldn't be happier. Love the 'Save as pdf' option. Great for sending to people with unknown office suites.
Don't forget to also download the 'LibreOffice Built in help in English (US)' file as well. Otherwise you go online for help.

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Create An Animated Video Or Christmas Card For Free 1 month 1 week ago Hobo

Looks like this don't qualify as FREE.
http://www.videoscribe.co/buy

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Need To Make A PDF File Smaller? Look No Further 1 month 1 week ago MarshalBlake

There is nothing easier than that now. You can find a number of pdf converters that can also make the file smaller. I know that Adobe reader can do almost everything with pdf right now. It can split it in to parts, add some pages to it, edit it, convert pdf into word or wise versa. If you don't have adobe soft, you will find many free stuff online but features are limited.
At http://essaydune.com/write-my-paper/ service we use Adobe, last version and it's more than enough.

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Joe A.TT

I struggled with messed up formatting for 5 months until I realized that LibreOffice was the culprit. Support is a joke. Their solution was to use LibreOffice format. Say what?? Why advertise that an office suite is compatible with MS formats when it is such a headache to use?

I went back to SoftMaker FreeOffice and all my problems disappeared. I wish I could get those 5 months back.

LibreOffice? Run! Run as far away as possible. You have been warned!

P.S. SoftMaker FreeOffice is available for Linux too. That is what I am using in Linux Mint.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 month 1 week ago Panzer

Small player:

http://www.igorware.com/small-player

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Find Out Where Shortened URLs Lead To Without Clicking 1 month 1 week ago ichabod

I just pasted a bit ly link into Google Keep and found that it then displayed the true expanded URL.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy From the product website: - "Operating system: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows 10". Some free solutions such as Avast do still work on XP although protection will be limited at best considering XP is now obsolete and system vulnerabilities are no longer patched. MC - Site Manager. view
Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 1 month 1 week ago Geekomatic

I concur.

Being a Linux user, I see nothing even close to Libre Office. I install it for people who don't want the hassle of MS nor the costs & BLOAT of MS Office.

I then go in & make the change of "save" format permanent to MS Office, so that the things they create in LO will open for their less, savvy friends still under the MSO yoke- lol.

You do this under tools>options>load/save>general. Choose text/spreadsheet/presentation & one after the other, choose "MS Office 2003" for the format (careful NOT to choose "template"). You don't have to say ok or close between choices- they'll stick.

Also, you can open Publisher documents & save as Publisher using LO Draw! All you have to do is place .pub at the end of the save name!

Cool beans!

Edit: meant to say that there are occasional glitches moving between suites. For instance, a Word doc created with "word-wrap" (text surrounding an image) will be borked when opened with LO. I'm sure there are other glitches, but overall I'm still a dedicated LO fan!

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Create An Animated Video Or Christmas Card For Free 1 month 1 week ago BobW

Looks like you only get a 7-day trial for free?

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 1 week ago crombierob

I am trying to install BitDefender Free
Their 2016 version won't install in XP (or Vista)
I have nearly gone insane attempting to get their FREE XP version (it is the 2015 version)
I managed to get a link (to the 2015 version) from the 2016 failed install.
But I cannot work out whether if that is their free version.
Can anyone point me to the free XP version ?

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Create An Animated Video Or Christmas Card For Free 1 month 1 week ago Fairportfan

"Have you ever visited a web site and been impressed by the video on the home page?"

Yeah, mostly i'm impressed how hard it is to stop/prevent that stupid video from running.

I make note of sites that auto-play videos and try to never go back to them.

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 1 month 1 week ago sicknero

Nice software but ultimately beaten by Wavosaur imho, not least because the latter supports realtime VST processing.

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago King Tobbe

The biggest problem I have with Audacity is the UI, functionalitywise it often outperforms ie. Audition.
Luckily many things are addressed here while also explaining how to further customize the UI to your liking: http://www.darkaudacity.com

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Best Free Digital Image Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you bobbyh. The product website is no longer active but thanks to Jojo for pointing out the last free version is still available from some third party download sites. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Digital Image Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago bobbyh

It looks like Lightbox has been abandoned. The wesite is now for sale.

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A Fun And Educational Way to Solve Word Puzzles 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

Personally, i prefer cryptic crosswords for the same sort of thing, but more difficult yet.

I've been working my way through the Android version of "Cryptic Crosswords" by Mike Kroger.

Advice: If you've never encountered cryptics before, find a description of how the clues are constructed and how to solve them.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 month 2 weeks ago mhardye

Sadly the link to Lightbox editor takes you somewhere else and the program is not free anymore, it is inexpensive just the same.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 1 month 2 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Forgive me for saying so, but I believe you are being overly anticipatory and cautious. Why don't you go ahead and boot UBCD from a USB drive and proceed from there? No harm would come from it. If you encounter any problems then we will deal with it from there.

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 1 month 2 weeks ago Remah

It has been more than ten years since USB memory sticks first became bootable. So in the unlikely event that your computer is so old or simple that it doesn't have BIOS support for booting from a USB memory stick then there are free programs to help provided you have a bootable removable drive like an optical drive (CD/DVD/BD) or floppy disk.

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/16822/boot-from-a-usb-drive-even-if-your-bios-wont-let-you/

 

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Auslogics Duplicate File Finder 1 month 2 weeks ago liona1982

According to me Duplicate Files Deleter is the best because it is user friendly and you can do anything with it & I would definitely recommend it to you (5 out of 5 stars)

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 1 month 2 weeks ago Prof. Jewell

Thank you. One should also be aware of this note from their website though:

"Note that booting a USB memory stick requires BIOS support and is only available on newer machines. You can also expect to encounter more compatibility issues compared to booting from a CD, and *some tools may not work properly when run from a USB memory disk*."
(emphasis mine)

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Web of Trust (WOT) 1 month 2 weeks ago Prof. Jewell

Issues, or not, with WOT need to be carefully discussed in the review before the recommended label is reapplied.

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Best Free Calculator 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer Simplexety: http://www.simplexety.com/ view
Best Free PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer "... DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game ...": https://drl.chaosforge.org/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer "... DRL (D**m, the Roguelike) is a fast and furious coffee-break Roguelike game ...": https://drl.chaosforge.org/ view
Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Ultimate Boot CD also supports creating a bootable UBCD memory stick Prof. Jewell. Check out "Making UBCD memory stick" on this page: http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/customize.html

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Audacity - Still The Best Free Audio Editor 1 month 2 weeks ago David R

For Windows, Mac and Linux too !
Also available as a Portable App : http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

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Time To Update Your Ultimate Boot CD 1 month 2 weeks ago Prof. Jewell

Is it appropriate to ask here which one of these sorts of programs is the best one that will go on a USB stick. I'm running into a lot of computers today that do not have optical drives.

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Best Modern PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago dashby

Because many games only play on 1 monitor, please mention which of these games play well on 3 monitors?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer Advanced Chrome: http://browser.taokaizen.com/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Manuskript ... open-source tool for writers ...": http://www.theologeek.ch/manuskript/

 

"... Heron Animation is a free stop motion animation program that lets you take pictures from a webcam and assembles them into an animation ...":

https://www.heronanimation.brick-a-brack.com/

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Best Modern PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago George.J

Actually they aren't. This was meant to be an entertainment article. For freeware games you can check my other articles at Best Free PC Games

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

FreeFileSync 8.7 has been released (2016.12.06); the full changelog may be found at http://www.softpedia.com/progChangelog/FreeFileSync-Changelog-111247.html .

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Best Modern PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago West Swan

Hi George,

Are all these games freeware?

I assume they are but just thought I would check.

Regards,

Paul

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago AJNorth

The application Unchecky is quite useful in helping to deal with PUPs (such as OpenCandy) that may be included with an application one would like to install. During the installation process, it helps steer one along the path to the options (if they have been provided) to deselect the PUPs that may have been bundled with the app. It also writes exclusions to the HOSTS file, preventing the PUPs from phoning home (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/OS-Enhancements/Unchecky.shtml). The app automatically updates itself.

Also extremely useful (in many ways) is the venerable WinPatrol, as another commenter has mentioned (http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Popup-Ad-Spyware-Blockers/WinPatrol.shtml).

Both are highly recommended (if not essential) for every Windows box, IMHO.

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Finds of the Week: Backup and migrate browser bookmarks / 41 essential Windows skills / View Windows 10 update history / Download free weather posters 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you, that's so kind of you to say. We're all glad to help. :)

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Finds of the Week: Backup and migrate browser bookmarks / 41 essential Windows skills / View Windows 10 update history / Download free weather posters 1 month 2 weeks ago toonpig

As always so much useful information & tip's for people like me not totally comfortable with computer. Whenever I encounter a problem look here & find the answer to the problem. Thank's so much.

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Best Modern PC Games 1 month 2 weeks ago beergas

Nice summary & layout. Agrees with many other review sources. Played some and spot on selections.

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How to Convert CSV to TSV files by Batch 1 month 2 weeks ago sbalbhadre

Hi Jojo Yee,

What if there are double quote characters in the field that are not enclosed within " " character. This field is free text so we can not control the formatting.

please suggest.

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