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PC Crashed Recently? This Free Program Will Tell You Why 10 months 3 days ago BillK

LastActivityView from Nirsoft also tells you what was going on before the crash.
http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/computer_activity_view.html

LastActivityView is a tool for Windows operating system that collects information from various sources on a running system, and displays a log of actions made by the user and events occurred on this computer.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 10 months 3 days ago Panzer

"... Project Spark is a powerful, yet simple way to build and play your own worlds, stories and games ... (now free):

http://www.projectspark.com

http://forums.projectspark.com/yaf_postsm251041_Project-Spark-Transition...

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PC Crashed Recently? This Free Program Will Tell You Why 10 months 3 days ago hpearce

It keeps asking me to scroll down the information window ..... but there is none as far as I can see :|
Maybe only available IF there REALLY was a crash ? :|

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Free Online Test Checks Your Eyes' Colour Vision 10 months 4 days ago alchemyiam

ran well for me with no problems. Interesting to see the detailed interpretations. - love it. 24 for me

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Free Online Test Checks Your Eyes' Colour Vision 10 months 4 days ago crosseyedlemon

Unfortunately the reliability of the test results is dependent on your computer monitor being able to display the color hues as the designers of the test intended. A link to test the accuracy of your monitors "eyesight" is needed here as well. My score was 60 for whatever that's worth.

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Free Online Test Checks Your Eyes' Colour Vision 10 months 4 days ago torres-no-tan-m...

Unfortunately, I get a # 2032 error when I attempt to do the test. :-(

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 4 days ago Panzer

"... Mbox introduces a novel sandbox usage model; when executing a program in the sandbox, Mbox prevents programs from modifying the host filesystem while giving them the impression that they are in fact making those modifications ...":

https://pdos.csail.mit.edu/archive/mbox/

 

"... LiteStore - a lightweight, self-contained, RESTful, multi-format NoSQL document store server ...":
https://h3rald.com/litestore/

 

"... saldl - a multi-platform command-line downloader optimized for speed and early preview ...":

https://github.com/saldl/saldl

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Best Free Online Books For Kindle 10 months 4 days ago jimsgotweb

http://NewFreeKindleBooks.com has a listing of free and discounted eBooks available on Amazon updated daily.
Thanks,
Jim

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A New Way to Read and Take Notes on the iPad 10 months 4 days ago BruceLeeRoy

Besides not being available for Android or Windows tablets, the inability to take handwritten notes goes against all the research that indicates that learning is better enabled than with typing notes. But, cool none the less. Thanks.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 10 months 4 days ago MrDiBs

As far as 64bit Note Organizer Microsoft OneNote is by far the best for that task its free and available in 32bit and 64bit versions.
https://www.onenote.com/Download

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 4 days ago philip

Thanks again Sea Mac,

To quote Winnie-the-Poo, "Oh, bother." I've been plagued by the Quite problem for a long time. Trouble is, both quite and quiet are in the dictionary. And they look the same beside that big RSS. So... I looked carefully for a spell checker in this editor, and what do you know? There is one. ;)

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Cameyo - Application virtualization for Windows 10 months 4 days ago Atreus

I've been using Cameyo for a long, long time, but some time ago i found something better - the Winflector
http://winflectorexpert.com/

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 4 days ago Sea Mac


Not that much out there for Macintosh Users ... and besides: Macintosh COMES with Java (It is integrated into the OS as a development layer.).

PS check for Typos again ... I see "QuiteqRSS" and 2 "QuietRSS" leftover in your review ... (Proofreading is NOT my day job: Dyslexia is a part of my Autism Spectrum disorder ... and I easily get QuietRSS and QuiteRSS scrambled up.)

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 4 days ago Sea Mac

Thank you: for donating the time to help keep this place running!

And I found a little poll here: http://quiterss.org/en/quiterss-for-other-os quite informal - asking what other RSS readers you might have used. I noted that RSSOwl is in the lead, with Feed Demon a few points behind. (As a Macintosh OS X user - RSSOwl is the one I use ... and RSSOwl is listed as the Best RSS Reader For Macintosh systems in the Free Mac Software List.)

One of the readers comments below noted that with RSSOwl "you can use the middle mouse button to open the news in an external browser" ....

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 4 days ago philip

I would have rated RSSOwl higher in this category if it did not require Java. But it's a nice reader.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 10 months 4 days ago dlong

Thank you for maintaining this list, it extremely helpful in reporting new virus/trojan/etc.

The following email address generated a bounced message and was not delivered:

submit@trojanhunter.com (general bounce)

virus@esafe.com (general bounce)

pomoc@mks.com.pl (general bounce)

sample@preventon.com (mailbox full)

labs@fsb-antivirus.com (mailbox full)

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 10 months 5 days ago danmar

I solved this type of problem by returning to Bitdefender.Internet Security after using Norton and Windows Defender for a few years. I was lucky enough to get it for $15 for 3 computers a couple of years ago! But renewals are reasonably priced for such a good tool - and they get cheaper the longer you wait to renew. :-) well worth it. Very nice people at customer support. Yes, I know, this is a free software site! But sometimes paying has it advantages. ;-)

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Optimizing Deluge For Speed 10 months 5 days ago zibiza

Thank you so much! I have no idea at all what these instructions mean, but I copied everything word for word in your section "Input results into Deluge" and my Deluge app started downloading instantly. after performing really erratically. I can't even remember the last time my Deluge app had the same number in the "Downloading" and the "Active" boxes. This instruction page solves everything that was not working with Deluge.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 5 days ago philip

Thanks for catching those flaws and errors Sea Mac. I think I have fixed them. BTW, it's QuiteRSS. An important update in the Discussion block for QuiteRSS is also coming soon.

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What is RSS all about? 10 months 5 days ago greyman

I gett many notifications from google, but I have never used a reader. i appreciate the suggestions for readers, and am going to start using them.
Also, CrosseyedLemon, thank you for your suggestion for deleting all after the first= in the address. I will probably benefit from that, as will others, no doubt.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 17 to 17.2 - Cinnamon Edition] 10 months 5 days ago vandamme

That's too many versions to upgrade. Better off saving all your data (you do that anyhow, right?) and nuke it. I just keep a list of apps and install new versions after upgrading. Download the latest Mint, install in the partition that had the old Mint. If you have a separate /home partition you won't even have to reload your data. This avoids a lot of problems, in fact Mint used to insist on reloading for every new version, but now you can upgrade one level at a time.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 10 months 6 days ago Sea Mac

Excellent! The only problem I see is with the title of the PDF ... And the apostrophe in it ...

Gizmo's Freeware - The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] - 2015-09-23

which shows up as ' I would suggest you leave the apostrophe out of PDF titles ...

I saved this article to my iBooks library: Thank you!

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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 6 days ago naren

Avoid Avast ads/popups/craps, etc...

Latest Stable Avast Free
Win 10 64

Win FW - Go to Advanced Settings - Top left side click "Outbound Rules" - Top right side click "New Rule" - Check that "Program" is selected - Click next - Check that "This program path" is selected & paste "C:\Program Files\AVAST Software\Avast\AvastUI.exe" without quotes - Click next - Check "Block the connection" is selected - Click next - Check all the "3" options are selected - Click next - Paste "AvastUI" without quotes in the option "Name" - Click finish.

Comodo FW - Set CFW to "Custom" - There will be couple popups - Check the popups description - There will be a popup for "AvastUI" - Select 'Remember This" & click "Block" on the popup for "AvastUI".

Win FW - I am running Win FW. And have blocked "AvastUI" as mentioned above.
Everything seems fine i.e Realtime/WebShield alerts, databases/streaming updates, hardened mode alerts, etc...

Comodo FW - I had blocked "AvastUI" as mentioned above. And ads/popups were not there. Forgot to check Avast functioning as mentioned above for Win FW. I think Avast should work fine.

Note - Only thing I noticed that Avast help links from the GUI mention "You are offline". So online content is not available & only offline content is available.

UPDATE -
It seems blocking of AvastUI.exe as mentioned above takes care of all the Avast craps i.e no ads/popups, no upgrade button on the main GUI, no ads on the main GUI, no Chrome/Toolbar offers options during install/upgrade, etc...

I uninstalled Avast Free. But didn't remove the block rule for AvastUI.exe from Win FW.
I had a previous installer so installed Avast Free. No Chrome/Toolbar offers options during install. I then upgraded to the latest version & no Chrome/Toolbar offers options during upgrade.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 6 days ago Sea Mac

Ahem sad  .... link missing for QuiteRSS? I find no external URL.

And ... the system requirements for QuiteRSS (the system requirements are usually posted to the right of the 'gear' icon) are also AWOL ....  crying

Half a dozen places in the Description, and in the Text at the bottom in the list: it is referred to as "QuietRSS". So, is it "QuietRSS" or "QuiteRSS"?

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 6 days ago Anupam

The Old Reader is great. Since Google Reader was dead, I had been looking for an alternate feed reader, and I found The Old Reader, and it's excellent. InoReader is also very good, but I have been using The Old Reader, and it just seems simple and works well.

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What is RSS all about? 10 months 6 days ago Jojo Yee Inoreader is my current preference too Philip. view
Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 6 days ago philip

Thanks, I had forgotten about The Old Reader runbei. I've added it to the list.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 10 months 6 days ago runbei

I use The Old Reader. Works great, a seamless transition from the defunct Google Reader. Why would I change?

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 6 days ago Joe A.TT

Registry Commander. Tiny (700 KB), portable, supports bookmarks and does what I want.

http://aezay.dk/aezay/regcmd/index.html

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Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 10 months 6 days ago jmjsquared

All of the hand wringing, second guessing, and some downright offensive attacks on the site owners and contributors is absurdly ridiculous and disingenuous. NO software, like any other human-made commodity, is FREE: someone, somewhere SPENT time, thought, energy AND lucre/money to produce it. I never understood the mindset and thinking [sic] of those who believe that software should be given away by its developer(s) for nothing more than the psychic income derived from their being generous. I wonder, how many of those folks, especially those who caterwaul the loudest, donate, not all, but even a portion of THEIR time and money and any intellect to the commonweal?

Techsupportalert is ALWAYS among the first three stops I make when looking for expert, reliable advice and information about software. I have wished, for a long time, that I could learn their writers' opinions about THE BEST software for a particular task, such as data recovery, be it free or paid. In trying to recover the data from those two Seagate 750 GB hard drives I'm neglecting to vent here, I want to know what The Experts think offers me the best chances for success. I DO NOT want them to decide for me what my data is worth. Kinda like when I go to my doctor. I want her BEST advice, not her most economical.

So, what IF Techsupportalert begins making money doing what they always have done, though simply reviewing commercial software does not mean they will? Whom does that hurt? How wrong-minded one has to be to delude him/herself that, after all these years of generously and honorably serving the online community, the folks here woke up last Tuesday and decided to become greedy trolls for sale. Are those who posit such absurd ideas simply projecting their own demons?

Ghacks is struggling and Raymond is a mere shadow of its former self; both due, in large part, to Google's "not being evil". Dottech (SharewareOnSale, HungryforApps) has found a way to survive with a bit of trial-and-error in finding that balance between needing to eat and to pay contributors, hosting services, electric bills, etc., while remaining "free" to its visitors.

Software, blogs, tech-support websites and lunches are not free. Get over it.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 6 days ago arieshifman

What about Windows 10?

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What is RSS all about? 10 months 1 week ago philip

Thanks for the reminder about Google Reader Mighty, and yes, Feedly is an excellent replacement.  I used it happily for a few months, but I now prefer Inoreader.

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What is RSS all about? 10 months 1 week ago Mighty

Obviously, this entry needs to be updated to remove the defunct Google Reader.

Like many former Google Reader users, I migrated to Feedly. I'm happy with it. While normally I'd prefer a native Windows application for this sort of thing, I do check my feeds when I'm away from home, often. So, using a web reader is more convenient, for me. And, with today's computers and browsers, it's plenty responsive. Among the new features I like in Feedly that weren't in Google Reader, it provides built-in links to save to destinations like Evernote and Pocket. I use those links regularly.

When I describe the value of RSS feeds to people, I point out that feed readers are really good for two extremes of sites: Those that have many updates each day, like news sites. And, those sites the update only rarely, like an author's blog.

With the news site, the many articles are consolidated into a compact list of headlines. It is far quicker and more convenient to skim this for the few articles you're actually interested in, versus scanning a cluttered webpage. I notice that some news sites are actually doing something like this themselves, lately. The current CNN front page has one big article dominating the page, and then a simple list of headlines on the left. Think of that, except all your news sites are gathered together, instead of having to go to each one individually.

Where RSS feeds shine on low-volume sites is that you don't have to remember to go check it occasionally, if it only updates once a week, or once a month, or even less often. The site will light up in your list, telling you that there's something new to see. If you put it in your Read Daily, or Before Coffee, or Must Read folders (whatever name you choose) then it will simply appear in the list, along with the other sites you're most interested in. They become a delightful surprise.

In Feedly, I tag my feeds two ways. First, I put them into a category that describes what kind of site it is. For example, Tech, Comics, News, etc. And then I have a Daily folder, which includes the sites I want to check every day. Additionally, I have a Frequent folder, for when I've finished my Daily sites, and just want to kill a few minutes. I usually put really high volume sites into this one. Stuff that would so clutter my Daily list that it would become unwieldy.

As mentioned briefly in the main article, there's also Googles News Search. With a Google account, you can set up a news search that is published as an RSS feed. I have searches on my name, names of family members, and a few of my friends. 99.9% of the hits are not the correct people. Occasionally, I'll go in an add an exclusion to the search, to weed out hits that I know are bogus, to cut down on the clutter. Usually in the form of "-somesite.com" when I know a particular site posts many articles about someone with the same name.

Feedly is a big part of how I consume the 'Net, these days.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Remah

Microsoft SysInternals has had registry monitoring and logging features for many years. Originally using Registry Monitor (RegMon) and more lately using Process Monitor (ProcMon).

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

There are in fact just two "detections" since two of the four are both from McAfee and AVware also uses the VIPRE engine.

The keylogging flag from McAfee will be because the program contains a key log component. The second is not a confirmed detection but a generic one and can cover such a wide range of items, many of which are not malware at all. See this post from Lavasoft support.
http://www.lavasoftsupport.com/index.php?/topic/33585-guidance-on-removi...
Generic detections are flagged because a particular file component exhibits behaviour that is "similar" to that employed by some types of malware. In this case, it will again be because of the nature of the program and what it is designed to do.

IMO since none of the top flight scanners find anything wrong with this file, it is perfectly safe to download and use. MC - Site Manager.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago Jonrock

Does this tool monitor changes to the registry with a LOG?
If there is a program that does this too it would be great to have. I have no idea when my registry is being changed and by what programs; special concern when it is modified when online.

MultiMonLite, a similar FREE tool from the same company is NOT clean per VirusTotal. Raises questions about the company and other download.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago skross

Resplendence Registrar is a top RegEditor. I have evaluated numerous ones, and except for the Monitoring feature, OORegEditor is also excellent, with lower resource usage, and i believe merits a look.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago beergas

Thanks, looks useful, and for mentioning Ok on Windows 10. Got couple of their freeware crash diag tools.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago marcycn

I don't see where it works with Windows 10?

Registrar Registry Manager 7.75
Advanced Registry Manager for administrators and power users
for Windows 8.1/8/7/Vista/XP/2012/2008/2003/2000 (x86 and x64)

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago boristhemoggy

Been using this for years, best registry programme ever.

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The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago danmar

I love this product. Been using it for years to clean up after Revo Pro - yes even Pro leaves stuff behind! ;-( I also use Search Everything to remove leftover files. Once in a while I'll fire up RR and have a field day cleaning up the registry. :-) Yes, it's not free but it's many features are well worth it. Sometimes paying for something is the best solution! Why do I use Revo at all? Because it's awesome.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 10 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee @Sea Mac, this has now been fixed by Gizmo and the link to the PDF version should appear. Please check if it works for you. view
The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 10 months 1 week ago hpearce

I'd like to upgrade for the full version but they are fairly expensive even for that for a tool I don't use that often ! I suppose I might install 2 version but that doesn't always work.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

FrostWire - YouTube downloader, BitTorrent client and media player:

http://www.frostwire.com/

 

SAWS - a Supercharged AWS CLI:
https://github.com/donnemartin/saws

 

oVirt is a production-ready virtual machine manager for the datacenter that also provides an awesome KVM management interface for multi-node virtualization:

http://www.ovirt.org/

 

The Irrlicht Engine is a cross-platform high performance realtime 3D engine written in C++:

http://irrlicht.sourceforge.net/

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Be More Efficient and Productive with All the Windows Keyboard Shortcuts You Ever Wanted to Know 10 months 1 week ago Sgluber

I am a big fan and user of keyboard shortcuts since... always!

This list is amazing, surely I will learn more than I already know... many tks, Vic! :-)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 10 months 1 week ago clas

of course the internet is now abuzz with the announcement from avg that it now collects and sells your info. so another product that i am done with. added to these:
Samsung spyware on tvs plus pups on phones
Lg spyware
Lenovo spyware and not safe chinese computers
Comodo adware
SOHO Routers
Seagate harddrives...come with rootkits

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What is RSS all about? 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

RSS feeds are a great way to collect information from a wide variety of sources and I have used FeedDemon for a few years now with no complaints. On occasion you may want to save a feed in a separate folder but be discouraged by the length of the address. By accident I discovered you can delete everything after the first = sign in the address bar and get a much shorter string which can be saved.

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 10 months 1 week ago freestuffrocks

Unfortunately for me all Toolwiz did was more than double my memory usage and stop Adblock+ working, and without any help facility it's not apparent what caused it.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

RPGboss:

http://rpgboss.com/

 

Stencyl starter is a game creation platform:

http://www.stencyl.com/

 

Twine is an open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories:

http://twinery.org/

 

"... SwiperProxy - a lightning-fast, open source web proxy that is easy for you to run and customize ...:"

https://swiperproxy.github.io/

 

Mattermost is an open source, on-prem Slack-alternative:

http://www.mattermost.org/

 

"... ScyllaDB - world's fastest NoSQL column store database ...:"

http://www.scylladb.com/

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Firefox Extension Makes Youtube Better 10 months 1 week ago Lazyboyz

Not bad but I prefer and have been using this for a couple of years is Magic Actions - http://www.chromeactions.com/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago marcdarkin

I reviewed JPEGView in late 2010 and my opinions at that time are posted below. Anyway, the program must have been improved during these five years and I guess I'll have to give it another try if I want to be fair. These were my comments in November 2010:
 

JPEGView [...] is a good program in several ways: small build, light footprint, fast with average files, excellent image quality, useful basic editing tools and support for multiple CPU cores to speed up processing.

But I've come across a lot of other viewers that offer very similar features in terms of functionality; they are functional enough to satisfy users that just want a simple tool to open a folder and view its pictures in a linear flow. Of course it's a matter of personal taste and need, but I'm used to the more flexible approach that a built-in thumbnail view with a folder tree provides when inspecting multiple folders and selecting images. Batch processing options in this program are limited to rename/copy. The editor has no undo function. It supports just 5 file formats. Some degree of customization is possible via the .INI file, but this isn't very user-friendly.

As for speed, I was expecting a higher performance from the multiple-core support in the latest version and downloaded it for a test on a 6-core machine, 6GB RAM, 1GB graphics card, running Windows7 Ultimate 64bit. Yes, any changes to an image are processed almost instantaneously, which is excellent, and loading times are outstanding if you work with JPG or the usually small files contained in PNG or GIF (non-animated only). But most of the products reviewed above can handle TIF just as well, if not better, and even show no significant difference when dealing with the other formats under the same conditions.

So, I'm afraid I can't include JPEGView in my article. This doesn't mean I don't recommend using it. Judging by the opinions in the Source Forge site, many users find it excellent, but I'd have to endorse at least a dozen other similar apps that offer something quite as good. None of them play among the best, in my opinion.

Thanks for your suggestion.

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Best Free Media Player for Android 10 months 1 week ago Android

hi friends i have find new example of Play Video File - Android Example
http://androidexample.com/Play_Video_File_-_Android_Example/
index.php?view=article_discription&aid=124&aaid=144

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 10 months 1 week ago Bob F.

I'm a tech and tried alwayssync'ngo the portable always sync, it loaded on the wrong drive choose my data drive d instead of my external drive and thats where the trouble started It altered the names of my drive to sync c and sync d it changes the system ini file and core files . I finally loaded it to the external drive and didn't like it so big mistake I removed it External drive now dead I'm a light tech I have lots of recovery tools force defrag etc nothing worked I use acronis true image which seams to effect this program . I tried using another computer to fix the damaged external drive and corrupted that computer as well
So if you install sync'ngo to an external drive and don't want it just leave it there never remove it . Bob Forrest

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Firefox Extension Makes Youtube Better 10 months 1 week ago Sgluber

Nice tip, rob. I will try it... thank you! :-)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago sicknero

I tried it out a while back ... it's very good, but too lacking in features to tempt me away from FSViewer which has been my favourite viewer since I first tried it years ago.

It certainly seems quite small and light, but with any reasonably new hardware I think system resources are not much of an issue in this case.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 10 months 1 week ago P K Sengupta

What is your opinion about JPEGVIEW software? It is a sourceforge project and kept up to date. It is small and seems better than PICASA

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Best Free Game Sites 10 months 1 week ago DevilInk

Hey EvoGames Live is also a good online gaming website.
http://www.evogame.gq/

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Firefox Extension Makes Youtube Better 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I actually prefer the Stylish Firefox addon which when used in conjunction with Userstyles webpage allows for customization of not only You-tube but many of the other popular sites such as Google, Twitter, Wikipedia and others.

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Need A More Powerful File Manager? Look No Further. 10 months 1 week ago abrandt

amitthakkar22288: Appreciate the overview... sounds wonderful... however I have found the QUAD panes of Q-Dir have become INDISPENSABLE! Years ago I attempted to accomplish the same versatility with Win Explorer... but no such luck! Thank you, again! ~Alan

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Jaro Mail is an integrated suite of interoperable tools to manage e-mail communication in a private and efficient way, without relying too much on on-line services, in fact encouraging users to store their email locally ...":

https://www.dyne.org/software/jaro-mail/

 

"... Monkey X free is a next-generation games programming language that allows you to create apps on multiple platforms with the greatest of ease ...":

http://www.monkey-x.com/

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How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows 10 months 1 week ago mossgtx

thanks, i wrote an article about produkey here http://.newbiegate.com/tutorial/windows-product-key-finder.html

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Need A More Powerful File Manager? Look No Further. 10 months 1 week ago amitthakkar22288

The thing with clover is it uses the existing standard windows explorer and just 'adds' on a few basic things missing.
out of which the most notable ones are
1) Tabs!! - Just like chrome, and aren't we like so used to it.
2) Bookmarks - Again, like chrome - all with bookmark folder support.
3) As it's built onto the windows explorer it doesnt need to be run as a separate program. - win + e opens up the same explorer but just as another tab! - Neat.

it doesn't have any fancy features like multi pane windows and bunch of toolbars with crazy buttons, but gets the job done

So yea, if your need is to just quickly get to places(bookmarks) and also have access to them all at once(tabs) , all without compromising security of your files, and with the traditional look and feel of windows.
Clover is the best bet. So just Pin it to the taskbar instead of the explorer and voila.

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Need A More Powerful File Manager? Look No Further. 10 months 1 week ago mrpotts

Over the years I've used almost every file explorer I've been able to get my hands on. Q-Dir is what I have been using for a long awhile. For me, it is the perfect mix of features, simplicity, and portability. I even copy the executable onto every drive I have so I will always have a ready file explorer where ever I plug into.

I will try Clover now though. I have never used it.
It also seems like it is time to give Free Commander another look.

One thing not discussed here Rob is the security aspect. These files have access to our entire file structure. Who is going to watch network traffic all the time? Should we be concerned about any of these programs accessing ports and compromising our data?

Thanks,
Phil

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 10 months 1 week ago Remah

I can think of good reasons why users could happily "run their backup (imaging) programs from within Windows (whilst Windows is running)"?

In this post you don't give a reason why you don't like it but I presume that you were building on your earlier post below: "Why would anyone want to do images whilst Windows is running ? Sure it might work, but there are more things that could go wrong."

It is true that before Windows XP it was a lot riskier because Windows did not provide the necessary features to support copying active system files. But since Windows XP imaging Windows drives is far less fraught.

While there are more things that could go wrong, many users have had no problems imaging an active Windows system. That's also my experience. For about  a decade I've used a range of applications to backup and restore complete Windows systems. I used to do it a lot for testing. Often I would do it the way you recommend and boot using a removable disk. When I didn't do it that way, I don't remember ever having a problem that could be attributed to having Windows running while I imaged the drive. If the developers said they supported it then it has worked for me.

That's not to say that the problems you are concerned about won't ever occur but I've found that it is more common to strike the sort of problem that is unrelated to copying open files. I had lots of those including bugs in the imaging software, feature limitations (e.g. when restoring to different physical drives, when the free software only supports complete image restores, etc.), and most frustratingly, because it is too late to find out when you're doing a restore, bugs in the restore programs.

The final decision about how to image a drive mainly depends upon the purpose of creating the image and some depends upon the operating characteristics of the drive. So here's some reasons why it is reasonable to image a drive while Windows is running

  • The drive is not the Windows system drive.
  • The drive is not being accessed by any other process.
  • The drive is in use but because it is NTFS snapshots are supported.
  • The Volume Shadow Copy Service has all the providers and writers it needs for the running software.
  • The image is not primarily intended for a Windows system restore. Often it is easier to image an entire drive than specify the backup of specific files.
  • Windows has to keep running for some reason.

P.S. AndyR responded much better and more succinctly while I wrote my tome. :-)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 10 months 1 week ago AndyR

Well usually I use a Windows PE boot disk that has various tools on it for imaging and editing tasks, But I have found no difference in the reliability of the images if they are done from within Windows itself or from a boot disk the VSS (volume shaddow service) running from within Windows gets used by the imaging software (in most cases) and is just as effective... Even the built in Windows imaging software does not require you to boot into a different enviroment so if MS thinks that is ok it is their operating system so I would think that they should know?

I guess if your a system admin with a lot of computers and servers to look after then yes you could not afford to take the chance and would use a bootable disk, but for home purposes I don't see the need when all the software works fine whatever way you do it.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 10 months 1 week ago AndyR

No you only need to install the software on one hard drive, it is highly advised though to make either a bootable Windows PE disk or a bootable Linux one the software provides instruction on how to do that so in the event of a drive failure you can boot from the disk you created and restore your image to the new hard drive.

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How to Protect Your Online Privacy 10 months 1 week ago willieaames

Good Advice. I also give false information on websites that require too much personal information. As far as they are concerned, I was born in 1922. Sometimes I answer security questions from another persons point of view. Even if they can find out where I went to High School from my Facebook post, they can't get into my email account with a security question that I answer with my neighbors high school. I just have to remember who I used as a model. And i`m using purevpn for torrenting and web anonymity.
http://www.purevpnreview.com/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 10 months 1 week ago crombierob

There are people out there that merrily run their backup (imaging) programs from within Windows (whilst Windows is running) AGH!
I would not do that if you paid me.
What you should do (and all of those people I mentioned), is use a program that allows you to create a bootable CD.
(EG Seagate DiskWizard, IF you use Seagate drives - If your external drives are Seagate, that is all that is required, to get the program free)
So you install the Seagate program, and the first thing you do is tell that program to create a bootable CD for you.
When you wish to create an image, you turn off the PC, then start it up with the CD booting (INSTEAD of Windows).
Create an image into your external drive, and then immediately verify/validate that image.
You could then open up the computer, and throw your internal hard drive out of the window, and place a new drive into the PC.
When you start the PC, you boot into the CD, and use the CD to Restore your image.

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Best Free Software for Linux 10 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Apache Pig is a platform for analyzing large data sets that consists of a high-level language for expressing data analysis programs, coupled with infrastructure for evaluating these programs ...":

http://pig.apache.org/

 

"... pigz, which stands for parallel implementation of gzip, is a fully functional replacement for gzip that exploits multiple processors and multiple cores to the hilt when compressing data ...":

http://www.zlib.net/pigz/

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago zdub

To view Chrome memory usage: chrome://memory-redirect/
Shift-Escape in the browser shows details on extensions, tabs, etc.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago zdub

If you actually DO open up 100 tabs (!) you'll have a hell of a time figuring out how much memory Chrome actually uses since each tab is a separate process. It does use more RAM than FF but releases it more quickly when closing a tab.

That being said, Firefox is no memory lightweight either and has long suffered from memory fragmentation. Here's an interesting site that has monitored FF memory usage over the years https://areweslimyet.com/

Remember, Free RAM is useless RAM!

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago Spy

Lol, I never said memory is not there to be used. But excessive use of memory by only one software is a bad thing. Did you think about the other software that are running? I just said Firefox uses less memory. ;) And considering what you said, my system is not underpowered, but if you do a google search, you will found so many people complaining about excessive RAM usage by chrome. One example, open about 100 tabs in firefox, and then open 100 tabs in chrome, and see the difference. :)

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago Sgluber

You are quite right, crosseyedlemon.

When I think about "maybe newer is not better", many examples come to my mind. First of all: Windows.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy Memory is there to be used and not sitting idle. If your system is that underpowered I`d consider either a hardware upgrade or switching to Linux which uses a lot less overall. MC - Site Manager. view
Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago Spy

Compared to firefox, chrome uses too much RAM :-/

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 10 months 1 week ago dwainwood

This is handy since most people (for some unknown reason) hold their phone vertically when shooting photos and videos instead of horizontal like most wide screen TVs and monitors are oriented.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 10 months 1 week ago herkato

When I use one of the mentioned backup programs to backup to an external harddrive does this program need tp be installed on both harddisks.
Just in case te internal harddrive crashes and I have to install in a new internall drive to restore the backup?
Thanks for any replay and sorry for my English.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago lowndesw

Rob - by the way, could you elucidate the difference(s) between Canary and "old Chrome", please??

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago lowndesw

Rob - Unlike Snowbound999, I have been using Canary Beta for maybe a year (??), since I first heard of it and downloaded it. NO PROBLEMS with it on my win 8.1 notebook. I do have both regular Chrome and Canary. Some programs and apps seem to prefer/default to reg Chrome to update or download, but both versions play nice with each other. I have no probs with 8.1 either, using Classic Shell and the touch screen turned off. Maybe I'm just not doing something right.

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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 10 months 1 week ago kchat

I'm just being a little surprised that nobody mentioned 'Ashampoo Burning Studio Free'! It's a really good choice I think! :)

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago mbozeglav

I put my finger on Crosseyedlemon comment: "not always newer is better". There's a lot of software that updates constantly, and mostly without reason.
But... well, everyone's free to choose what to use and how to use it...
Thanks anyway, Rob. I'm a follower of the site, and read almost every article daily.
Salud!

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 10 months 1 week ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,

another case of "just what i needed !"
My son emailed me six videos of a walk-around-virtual tour of the interior of his new house. They are about 12 hours drive from here so we won't be able to get there any time soon to see their house.
.... anyways, the videos that he took using hi phone or ipad were all upside down so I've been turning my computer monitor upside down on the desk to view them. LOL
Yeah, I know that it could have been fixed easily but I'm a tad over the hill (LOL again)

Your nice freebie did it so well !

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 10 months 1 week ago Realist

Nice one.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago danielson

If it won't kill your computer, why not?
People are constantly trying out Vivaldi which has yet to produce a stable version and they run it while keeping their default (Chrome or whatever).
Personally, if i follow Google Chrome's trend, they won't be producing much more than stability and bug fixes anyway.
Slimjet is the way to go if you want an innovative Chrome based browser.

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Best Free VPN 10 months 1 week ago mrin

Very informative article and comments. Can you try GetPivate VPN https://getprivate.net/. I know nothing about it, that's why I am asking you check it out.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago snowbound999

Before switching back to Firefox I used Chrome Canary bu tound that since it is pre beta it was not worth the hassle dealing with extensions thar did not work properly or website issues. You can have Chrome Canary and the stable release of Chrome installed at the same time. The last time I use Canary there was no way of making it the default browser in Windows7 but there was a script to do so. Unlike Firefox where one can have stable, beta and nightly builds of the browser installed, with Chrome you can only have stable or beta plus Canary installed.

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The Ideal Complement To Your Existing Security Software 10 months 1 week ago Prof. Jewell

Tried Voodoo Shield on your first pointing it out. As far as I can tell, it missed a lot of not well known programs *all ready on* my Win 7 64-bit and kept preventing them from running without giving me any warning of any sort. After I deleted it (quite throughly) all of these problems went away and everything was as it had been.

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 10 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I'm not sure why people automatically assume newer is better. I am not a Chrome user but my experience with Firefox the past year has convinced me that in many cases newer is actually worse. I am not a big fan of websites that upgrade their look constantly simply to appear progressive or software developers that want to upgrade every month rather than put in the time to get things best the first time. A daily upgrade is total overkill in my opinion unless it pertains to new definitions for an anti-virus program.

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How to Check and Edit the Privacy Settings for Accounts at Microsoft and Google 10 months 1 week ago Rick Grunwald

I don't think it is paranoia when they have a built in pipeline to ship your data out. Also disabling programs that might not be licensed and reporting music and movies to the RIAA for inspection. I have a friend that had a licensed copy of Paint Shop Pro and they disabled it. He had to reinstall
Is this really why we purchase an operating system ... to spy and block our activities? Linux Ubuntu with WIne is sounding very good these days

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 10 months 2 weeks ago AndyR

Thank you for your coment and feedback it is important for our readers to hear real life situations and not just take my word for it :-)

AOMEI being a Chinese company their English is very good much better than my Chiniese ! so I think the occosional grammer mistake can be over looked, since their software is good and free... All the software I mention is good and serves its pupose in different ways one is not better than the other all depending on your requirments.

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Best Free PC Games 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 is now free:
https://www.origin.com/en-ie/store/buy/c-c-the-ultimate-collection/pc-do...

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Best Free Media Player 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

FooPlayer:

http://www.apsolo.com/fooplayer.php

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 10 months 2 weeks ago Remah

You can install FreeFileSync without running OpenCandy.

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Best Free Media Center Software 10 months 2 weeks ago OldskoolOrion

Can't believe Emby isn't even mentioned :-) ( http://emby.media/ )
If beauty, lightweight,and great versatile creation of your library is your thing: give it a go :-) Together with for instance Sonarr, it transformed my TV Series collection (as well DVD sets as the normal season based series) in a beaut ! On all my devices,, separate templates for tablet, pc, tv, phone.. perfect image via web as well. Enough very powerful plugins which take care of subtitles etc. are all there as well.
IMO opinion : blows all the above away.. but that might be my personal taste.. i just love the fact that any device is a media player now :-)

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 10 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

No. While every other machine in our house is running Linux, including the TV and the router, my wife persists in using Windows because she has one program that still uses it. So I need something to sync & backup both Linux and Windows. I'm going to try grsync and/or luckybackup, both highly rated by Linux Mint users in the repository. I don't like the idea of FreeFileSync's adware.

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Best Free iPad Apps 10 months 2 weeks ago Batman

Why can i get to the Ebook to read.

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Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 10 months 2 weeks ago ElRicou

Well done Gizmo, this move does make sense!
Keep up the good work!

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Best Free Partition Management Software 10 months 2 weeks ago louis89

For my basic partitioning tasks (resize, merge, change drive letter), I'm using Window's built-in Disk Management tool and so far I've encountered no issue. I previously used Easeus and Aomei but felt they were too bloated for my needs... Just sayin', and I'm running Windows 10 on my Surface 3 by the way.

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How to Check and Edit the Privacy Settings for Accounts at Microsoft and Google 10 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Another good article by Vic. I think some people have become too paranoid about certain aspects of online privacy. We don't wear a bag over our head to hide our identity when shopping for groceries or when visiting Walmart so why should we get so concerned about companies like Microsoft or Google knowing which products we investigate online. As mentioned, these companies and others rely on ad revenue so it would be hypocritical to begrudge them that in a free market society while using their services. Personal data such as medical or financial records is an entirely different matter of course and all computer users should have privacy and security with regards to those.

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Best Free Media Player 10 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

Sigma Media Player free:
http://www.sigmamediaplayer.net/sigma-media-player-free

 

SockPlayer:

http://www.moosock.com/sockplayer.php

 

Jaksta Media Player:
http://www.jaksta.com/products/windows/jaksta-media-player

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