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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago flashcraft

I agree with David Roper that Gmail makes every option so tricky to find so I really appreciate this tip. Thanks!

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Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration 1 year 2 months ago Sonakshi

Great list of sites for reading books online for free.

You can also try http://lenro.co where you can find and meet book readers in your neighborhood. You can Borrow/Lend/Discuss books with book lovers in your area.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 1 year 2 months ago weltall

I am not sure if the mods read these comments, but I feel IZArc should be removed from the list. Not only it is as bad as it can, but it comes bundled with opencandy too. My problem was not the opencandy per se, as much the fact that even if I denied the installation of the advertisement programs, my antimalware program caught IZArc running the opencandy installer as soon as I declined them. I have wrote here http://alternativeto.net/software/izarc/reviews/ there reasons that this program should be avoided at all costs.

As of now Peazip seems to be the best all around program to have. It's interface seems nice, as always has been and the only problem I have is that I can't drag and drop items from within an archive on another, without having to first unzip the one I want to take the items from. Also I can't drag and drop items on the desktop. But these are minor things. I do not want to make a huge pose here on how I feel, but I will just say that Peazip does it all. I have wrote a large post about why it is worth having over the others here http://alternativeto.net/software/peazip/reviews/ for anyone that cares to read it. I explain why I like it and even compare it to 7zip/winrar/freearc.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago mchldpy

Might be nice if the article stated this was available for Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera instead of just Chrome.

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 1 year 2 months ago weltall

Zip tools are not usually if at all to blame. The best though program I had to open archives was indeed 7zip. When it says the path is too long it can mean a handful of things, which one of them is really being the path name being too long. Remember the limit of the filepath name is 250-260 characters and when you use the zip programs they count the whole length, including the folder name.

So if you have backed up things and they are in a folder called "Omg this is a really large name that have 150 character" and the file name is another 150 characters, normally windows will not have a problem to read them, but when you try to copy or unzip them, it tries to read the full length of it and it goes over the 250 character limit.

If you do not get it, just try to copy things from your zip, directly on your c: drive, rather than in a folder. That will help Windows to be able to read it.

Paying will not really help, if that is your problem.

There is no bullet proof program from file corruption. Sure you can add a % of security, which will help a bit from file corruption, but if a file gets damaged for whatever reason, nothing can really fully save it. Your problem does not seem corruption though, so again I doubt paying for it will help.

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 1 year 2 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks leilabd for your kind feedback. Now updated in the product database. view
Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago mchldpy

are you viewing the mail in "Basic View" (no block button, just hit "report as spam") or "standard view"? (has block button)

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago mchldpy

@ jmjsquared,
When viewing the item you marked as spam you can always mark it as "not spam" and it will return to your inbox or archive folder "all mail" what ever the location was when you marked it as spam.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago macko1944

I have no "block..."in my gmail-so this advice will not work for me!!!

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 1 year 2 months ago leilabd

There is a portable version of Audacity. It's available at portableapps.com:
http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago jmjsquared

Nice Tip. In moving the message to the Spam folder, does this actually report the message as spam? If so, while this may be easy and convenient for the Recipient, it may not be fair to the Sender, if they had prior permission to send it.

BTW, I learned yesterday that Google will attempt automatically to unsubscribe you from senders when you mark a message in the Inbox as spam. I twice tried unsuccessfully to unsubscribe from one newsletter but, when I marked it as spam and Google stepped in, I immediately (I mean in three minutes!) got a human-generated email from the sender confirming that I had been unsubscribed.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Which Paid VPN Service Would You Like us to Review Next? 1 year 2 months ago Geert

- PureVPN
- ProXPN

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

This is just another attempt by Microsoft to bypass the individuals right to privacy. If they really wanted to include a useful feature it would have been named Find Someone To Do My Laundry.

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 1 year 2 months ago Realist

although you'll need to be prepared for a download that could reach up to 3 GB.

No, Thanks.

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie Off the top of my head, I don't know a quick way. Maybe someone else has a suggestion. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie Ping is a standard old command used for testing networks. It has several uses and can tell you more than the icon you refer to. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 1 year 2 months ago v.laurie Using Task Manager is certainly one of the standard ways of dealing with hung programs. Personally, I don't find it any quicker but I do use Task Manager sometimes. One advantage of the command line is that a batch file can be created, reducing the procedure to one step of clicking the file. In Windows, there are often multiple ways to do the same thing. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 1 year 2 months ago toktok

Thanks for the tip!
The usual way would be to press Ctrl-Alt-Del (Win7), enter the Task List, and stop the Task that is not responding. Simpler...(?)

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The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 1 year 2 months ago toktok

Thanks for the tip! Just tried it.
The icon in your task bar (lower right corner, Win7) that looks like a computer screen - usually shows if there is internet access. Usually that's all you need - or...?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 1 year 2 months ago Joao Brito

How do you use it to take notes?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 1 year 2 months ago Joao Brito

OneNote is the best, the only problem is poor tag management.
The good: multiplatform, OCR and powerful cross-reference between notes. The latter is very useful to annotate anything. For instance, you're reading an article and onenote allows you to create notes that are linked to each paragraph.
The bad: unusual page layout; highlights hover the document and are easily moved, tags are prebuilt (although you can edit, add, delete tags) and don't sync with mobile devices.

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 2 months ago Panzer

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game:

http://www.boswars.org/

 

Commander Stalin is a Soviet real time strategy game based on Boswars:

http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/

 

Browsmos is a game the web browser, made entirely using HTML5, and inspired heavily by the gameplay of Osmos:

https://github.com/BHSPitMonkey/Browsmos

 

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer 3D tank battle game:

http://bzflag.org/

 

Crossfire is a multi-player graphical arcade and adventure game:

http://crossfire.real-time.com/intro/index.html

 

Cube Trains is a free puzzle game where you build elevated railways in a city:

http://ddr0.github.io/cube%20trains/index.html

 

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago Mighty

I went toner about ten years ago. I print so rarely that every time I needed to print something I had to take a trip to Fry's to get a new ink cartridge. Since the switch, I think I'm on my third set of toner cartridges. Certainly a lot less money than all the dried up ink cartridges I threw away.

I've had people point out that I could have printed a page or two every week, to keep the ink from drying up. But, that still results in a much higher price per page for the documents I actually cared about. I'm reasonably sure that doing that would have resulted in over 3/4 of my output to being "head clearing" pages. Some years, much more.

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The Best App to Get Ringtones and Wallpapers 1 year 2 months ago RickeeBoy

Not relevant here - but please pass on to adjudicator of Android Apps or best advice for weekly. I've just got rid of 2 huge apps - Yahoo and Facebook Apps both 1.3Gb - they slowed my phone and crashed other apps. The old Browser access is faster - looks great and works just as well. I also have loads of space for other Apps - (I don't use Messenger though) (My phone has plenty of space but is a 8gb with Octacore 1.7s so should be OK) :)

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 1 year 2 months ago cisreal

Is there a way to list your custom hotkeys that you have created?

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Ten Windows Tips Worth Remembering 1 year 2 months ago Bob Schwartz

One of the best print screen programs I have found is HARD COPY. It is free with a nag screen every 5 usages or a contribution of your choosing will eliminate the nag screens.

The program allows the user to select from a group of pre-determined hot keys that can be assigned to select:
1. which printer, if you have more than one
2. screen or window
3. orientation: portrait or longitudinal
4. color, B & W, or gray scale, depending on the printer
plus some other features
Try it and see for yourself
Bob

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

If your using Microsoft Office or an open source equivalent you already have more fonts than you would ever need so this in really nothing but an invitation to add bloatware to your computer.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Geekomatic

You don't build "market share" when you don't advertise & aren't attempting to become a monolithic-monopoly, I suppose? Never mind that Linux underpins quite a lot more than most people realize. I've personally installed it to probably hundreds of XP computers so far, for our local seniors, & they've been quite happy.

To each, their own. Some prefer to follow the pack & that's fine, too.

:)

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 months ago Panzer

"... QComicBook is a viewer for comic book archives (.cbr, .cbz and alike) containing jpeg/png/xpm/gif/bmp images, which aims at speed, convenience and ease of use ...":

http://qcomicbook.org/

 

"... Novacut is a collaborative video editor that aims to bring the agile, distributed workflow pioneered by free software to professional movie and TV production ...":

https://launchpad.net/novacut

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Realist

Linux has matured immensely
An OS with 2% market share is surely mature.

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This Mind Mapping Tool is Small, Portable and Free 1 year 2 months ago crombierob

I was excited, then I copped this warning when attempting to download the exe from Google Drive -
Sorry, this file is infected with a virus
Only the owner is allowed to download infected files.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 1 year 2 months ago alejobd

After testing all of this utilities to try to recover deleted files, I believe that Recuva, while not being perfect, has one crucial feature: it notes the "Condition" of the recoverable file (Excellent / poor / very poor / unrecoverable), and you can even see how many clusters are overwritten in the "Info". This is a must to decide if you want to recover the file and what to expect from it.
The rest of the recommended utilities lack this essential feature. In another comment Puran is recommended. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST PURAN: it has indeed the "Condition" column, but IT IS WRONG: it shows Excellent where Recuva shows Poor, and the file is indeed useless after recovery (in my tests, recovery condition as noted by Recuva is accurate).

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The Program That Finally Made Me Love Mind Maps. And It's Free. 1 year 2 months ago crombierob

You had trouble working out why v 3.5.1 is called XMind 6
Well this should clear things up - v3.6.0 is called XMind 7

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Best Free CD Ripper 1 year 2 months ago Anupam

First of all, why aren't you using an ad-blocker? If you use an ad-blocker, you won't be seeing any of those confusing advertising download buttons.

Secondly, there are links for download on the same page. There are two links, one in German and one in English, saying "Download from download-partner Netzwelt" with US-British flag icon besides it. That will lead you to a site for EAC download. But yes, it's bit consfusing downloading from there.

Below those links, is another link saying "If you encounter any problems on downloading, please click here." Clicking that link will take you to a page where you can download EAC from its own server. So, maybe you should try this one, since it's pretty straightforward, unlike the other link.

Also, you could have downloaded EAC from any of the good download sites like Softpedia.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-CD-Rippers-Encoders/...

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/exactaudio.html

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

Yes, CASD, here you go:
For no money at all (donation ware) Classic Shell will give you a fully functional Windows 7 menu and a Start button that even can have this name. Download it from here: http://www.classicshell.net/
I use it myself, have it running on dozens and dozens of customer computers (win 7, 8.1 and 10!) and never had any problems.

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 1 year 2 months ago CASD

I have a problem with Win10 it doesn't show all my apps/programs in the menu or tiles... I have to find them and then pin them to the start if I was ease of finding them again.. Not all of course just some..
Any programs that will list all my apps/programs I can download ?

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Best Free Desktop Search Utility 1 year 2 months ago sarwongy

Windows search has always been fine when looking up a program name or windows setting/feature, but it's really bad at finding docs when I don't remember exactly how they were named, or finding content without knowing exactly what to look for. However, I've been using a new search lately called AIKIN HyperSearch that uses artificial intelligence and fuzzy pattern recognition and it's REALLY good at finding both names of items as well as content without having to know exactly how something was written. It's super fast as well. I also really like how the search returns results by relevancy. The item name searches almost always show the most similar items at the top, and the content searches will show you what content it found sorted by most similar AND found closest together.

bestdesktopsearch.com

I give it a very solid recommendation to try out.

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Best Free CD Ripper 1 year 2 months ago inlinefour

I just clicked the 'down' arrow to take me to EAC's website: ,http://www.exactaudiocopy.de/en/index.php/resources/download/, but once there, nothing on the site would let me download the EAC program. There were two "Download!" buttons in the center of the screen, but they were advertisers downloading other products, not the EAC program. Among all the stuff on the left-hand side of the screen that appeared to be EAC, nothing acted like it was clickable, except a "Donate" button. Ok, I thought this was supposed to be a "free" download, but EAC guilt-trips you into paying something thru a 'donation'? So I used my Paypal account to make a donation, thinking THEN the word "DOWNLOAD" on EAC's page linked from this site would become clickable... but NO... Now I've made a 'donation' to EAC (who, at the bottom of the EAC-linked screen appears to be some dude in Germany...), but STILL nothing on the EAC webpage linked from this site lets me download the frippin' EAC program. If anyone follows this site's link to EAC, and nothing 'EAC' seems to be clickable except the "Donate" button...Do Not Donate! Don't get ripped off like I just did!

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago Silver Dragon

In communication with the Lightshot developers, I learned that they also have a desktop version you can download irrespective of what browser you're using--separate downloads for Windows and Mac (see URL at end of comment). Might help if you have issues trying to use it from a particular browser. Even if you go with one of the browser add-on versions, the desktop web page is worth a look for the FAQs and some short video tutorials.
https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago scrockett

I have been using a site called "Pin IT". I will try Lightshot and let you know how it works for me.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago snowbound999

I just use the built in screen capture of the Diigo extension, my online bookmarking app, to do the same thing.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 1 year 2 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

If you don't want to wait for the email link to be sent to you, you can simply click on the download link that opens in a new tab after submitting your email addy. Many thanks for the info, Rob.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago eikelein

WOW!
Thank you Rob.
That will save me a lot of fiddling with screen shots in Paint.net.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 year 2 months ago Maksym Kozub

You say Defraggler is unrestricted freeware. In fact, while Defraggler Free is unrestricted in terms of its features, it is licensed for non-commercial use only. It is something that e.g. SOHO users like me need to know. In fact, I, too, missed that point at first, and installed it (long before reading your article) on a netbook I use for my professional activities. After some time, I realized I was violating the license, and removed it.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 1 year 2 months ago Bucknall

How do i get rid of those folders created by ios update, SELFIE FOLDER AND SCREENSHOT FOLDER without losing my pictures i am 50+ years old i do not deal with selfies, this is just taking up my pace.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago mchldpy

I just click on the "Report Spam" button next to the "Select All/Select None" buttons. One step less than clicking on the drop down list but the same end result.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 1 year 2 months ago David Roper

Excellent and Quick. I had been setting up filters. I wonder why Gmail makes every option so tricky to find. Not user friendly at all.

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Best Free Remote Access Software 1 year 2 months ago avtar

Any opinion on Aeroadmin? http://www.aeroadmin.com/en/downloads.html

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago dwainwood

The best idea to save ink is go "paperless" and quit printing. Only print something that has to have wet blue ink signature. For those who have to print, this is a good idea and could be combined with the fast draft setting on the printer.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago greyman

Another good suggestion. I picked up Speccy, from a recent Gizmo's article, and it gave me a wonderful way to copy and paste what I was using for purposes I will not go into. I will try this.
Thank you!
I see the Linux enthusiasts are having a go at Gizmos, but cannot find the forum. FFS, folks, surely you can make your way to the Linux forum? It's great, I read it often, and it sounds like you all could really make a statement there. Give it a go, right?

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago mmmike

Easy install to Win 7 Premium directly to "fonts" folder. I figure - what the heck - if I can save a few bucks, I'm all for it.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago zootsocket

I've used Foobar2000 for years and it would take a major earthquake to get me to change. It does need some setting up and it's a bit quirky in the way it does it, but some spectacular results can be achieved. Once set up, it's definitely not high maintenance.
A few points that may be of interest:
1) As is the case with some other software packages, you may need to tell it where your copy of LAME is installed to play or rip mp3s. Ditto other codecs, such as FLAC.
2) It includes a very effective and fast ripper for any format whose codec you have installed.
3) It does play by directory, as well as by album/artist/genre/year, provided the necessary data is present in tags.
4) There is a huge range of plugins and extensions available from Hydrogenaudio. Some, like lyrics display are very simple to install and use; others are more esoteric.
5) There are a number of good android control apps available (notably FoobarCon). Once foobar is running you can control playlists etc. via your phone or tablet.
6) Windows only, sadly. I'd love a native Linux version.
7) Actively developed and supported - I think I first used it on XP and it's still going strong. Latest version 2 Nov 2015.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago Nodrog

This looks very similar to Nimbus, another excellent screenshot add-on for Firefox and Chrome.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Anupam

Discussion isn't the issue at all. However, if it takes the focus away from the main topic, then it's an issue. As I said earlier, for proper discussion, we have a forum in place... all are welcome there. But again, it has to be done properly, in the proper section.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

Lightshot is also available for Firefox:

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/lightshot/

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Geekomatic

Injecting other thoughts into a discussion shouldn't be an issue. In fact, letting Windows or Mac users know that there are alternatives ought to be encouraged. If they don't have the curiosity to read the Linux sections, they won't ever know that it's evolved to this usable level.

Btw, HWInfo is a good Windows freeware in the same vein as Everest/AIDA & I appreciate a small program which does the job well. How's that? :)

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Remah

Delete all the Linux comments because they are unrelated to the article.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago howiem

I've shifted to Light Alloy. It plays just about everything audio and video http://www.light-alloy.ru/ - portable 28MB or with installer 63MB. Irfan View, also free, plays many formats as well.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago sicknero

For Firefox, my favourite so far is "Screenshoter" (sic).

The reason I use this rather than an extra screenshotter such as FSCapture, is that it allows me to capture whole webpages as well as just a selection or visible area.

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/screenshoter-fixed/?src=search

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago stroback

Microsoft Edge has these functions natively. Works well.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Kahomono

Uhh... guys... not for nothing, but:
http://winampenthusiasts.com/whats-happening-with-winamp/

For Windows and Android and maybe more.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Fairportfan

VLC. Not bloated. Does all sorts of good stuff.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Remah

Great donationware product that was originally a paid product for a decade. Kudos to the developer for releasing it for free in 2008.

FYI, hwinfo.com is cross-linked with systemexplorer.net, another useful system information program.

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Best Free Vector Graphics Editor 1 year 2 months ago Remah

Sorry about that. The correct link has been restored.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 1 year 2 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
I am presently using a similar Chrome add-in called Awesome Screenshot.
Lightshot sounds atractive, I am going right now to try it.
Reards, Peter

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Best Free Vector Graphics Editor 1 year 2 months ago CASD

Microsoft Expression Design links take me to Norton site

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Anupam

Good discussion about Linux guys, but, if you notice, you are taking all attention away from the software in the article, which should be the focus of attention in the comments, or about similar software.

This is getting to be some kind of a regular theme now.

I will request the Linux enthusiasts to please refrain from posting about Linux on Windows articles. Yes, I get it, Linux is great, and I would like Linux to be more widely used, and you want to tell about Linux to everyone, but please do so in the proper manner.

If you would like the staff here to post articles about Linux too, please post such a suggestion in the forum.

If you want to discuss about Linux, again, please do so in the forum in the appropriate area. We welcome discussion, in the right place.

I hope you will appreciate, and thanks for your time, and consideration.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago runbei

I used Linux Mint (almost) exclusively for 2 1/2 years. I love Linux, especially Mint. However, my work requires me to use MS Word, and the equivalents in Linux just don't cut it - e.g., Track Changes, indispensable for me and my clients, is horribly broken in LibreOffice Writer. I also must use Adobe products - Photoshop and Lightroom with the wonderful Perfectly Clear plugin; and I can't live without Photo Ninja. I've often thought that a breakout word processor for Linux would make the platform more attractive. I mean a REAL WORD PROCESSOR, not a secretary's dumbed-down document formatter like Word or LibreOffice Writer. But then, anything really good in Linux often gets immediately ported to Windows; who can blame the devs for looking to serve a much larger market. So I do agree, Linux and Mint are terrific - for those who can afford to use them.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arctic Sunset 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

I didn't crop the wallpaper. I usually download a smaller image to use for the articles. The one I used is what you see. I think it was 800 x 600 or similar. I didn't notice that the Gilligan, Skipper and the rest of crew had journeyed to the Arctic and that part of their vessel had been cut off. My bad. :)

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago ArizonaDiego

Well said.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago sheumais

I tried Linux (Ubuntu, I think) a couple of years ago and it disconnected Windows from the internet by disabling the modem. It did this repeatedly and, as I need Windows to run particular software, I dumped Linux, with no intention to try it again. I'm not sure I'm very enthusiastic about Windows 10, but I do need to run Windows something, so it'll have to do.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Arctic Sunset 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think I know why you cropped the original wallpaper. It seems to show a group (Gilligan, Skipper & Co?) taking a three hour tour in the bottom right foreground.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Geekomatic

You must be living about 20 or so years in the past?

Linux has matured immensely. Being open-source (free) doesn't denote inferiority, it says that it is an open project.

Obviously, a free product doesn't pay to advertise, it relies on it's user-base to do that. Some OEM's offer Linux OS, but I feel they don't do enough to support their own versions.

I'm not exactly a long-term PC person- my 1st PC was a Dell in 2000-- yet I found Linux in that same time frame & eventually gravitated towards it. Today, I run Mint exclusively (I'm typing via this right now) & since 2009. It's really quite amazing & I especially enjoy the lack of virus issues, the smaller program sizes, Steam games run faster than in Windows, the Wine emulator program let's me run Windows-only programs. It's truly remarkable.

RE: the terminal (command line in Windows)- I used to feel as you, "why not use a GUI"? Until I found that there were a few things that, even though they had a GUI to implement, sometimes a very short terminal command did the same trick faster (because it's not invoking more to do the same job). This is NOT a drawback, but a very cool feature, indeed. You CAN use an icon, BUT you don't HAVE TO.

My favorite thing about open-source is being able to donate directly to the programs I test & keep. That helps to keep it updated & active.

In closing, I'd say give a few of the top distros a shot before issuing patently untrue, blanket-statements. You may find yourself someday a convert.

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

I second Anupam's suggestion (below) for ublock origin which I use with Chrome. I would also suggest taking a look at Rainlendar Lite. It is very versatile with tons of custom options. There are 127 pages of additional skins on WinCustomize alone.

http://wincustomize.com/explore/rainlendar

This is a screenshot from my Linux installation showing Rainlendar. MC - Site Manager.

http://i.imgur.com/D6bsqdJ.jpg

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 1 year 2 months ago Anupam

If you are looking for an alternative to ABP, then "ublock origin" is an excellent adblocker that is getting very popular these days. I myself have been using it. If Firefox is crashing, then most probably it is because of an add-on. If you have narrowed it down to finding ABP is responsible for it, then it's time for a change.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 2 months ago tesla33

Please note that Freemake doesn't seem to be available at LiberKey

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Jazz up Your Windows Desktop with this Excellent Free Program 1 year 2 months ago Wendra

Awesome! Thanks for this recommendation. I'm excited to try it.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Remah

Including "the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES"

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Sope

+1 for 1by1

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 1 year 2 months ago Angelpie

I had to switch from FF to Chrome because FF just kept hanging and crashing and there didn't seem to be any fix for it except to run it without ABP, which I refuse to do. I really relied on Reminder Fox and one other add-on which have no comparable extensions in Chrome, so I'm having to go to a software solution. I don't really like Google Calendar. I wish there was just something simple with the capabilities of ReminderFox that I could run on my desktop. All the desktop applications seem to be so complicated, or have very limited capabilities.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago MidnightCowboy I guess ignorance must be bliss because I use Linux for business (as do most of the business community) and pleasure, including games, and have very little need to use a terminal and when I do it's usually a matter of copy/paste using something already documented in one of the forums. Over the past several years I've installed countless different Linux distros for "novice" users fed up with Windows, its malware, time consuming updates and restrictive practices and the majority are more than happy with this solution. Just as an example, and by no way my preferred system, but any novice can wipe Windows and install Linux Mint taking 20 minutes of their time and then have a fully operational, and safe, system complete with most of the apps they will ever need fully installed and ready to use. It is the power of marketing that keeps the "other" operating systems to the forefront and the same reason why we all use deodorant and insist on ordering latte to impress our "friends" instead of that boring old regular coffee. Even so, I'm more than happy for Windows to retain its dominance in the market place so the better system I use and enjoy does not become more of a target for the malware coders and commercial marketeers. MC - Site Manager. view
A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Faziri

Because VLC can't do any of this: http://vgy.me/lTahpa.png

Vlc is a player. Foobar is a player + manager + tag editor + advanced tools like taking tags from filename patterns, not to mention the UI and other functions like auto-filename that can be customized to a level I can barely explain if you're not a programmer (it boils down to patterns and format strings).

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Faziri

It's nice that foobar gets some attention, but the article doesn't really do it justice... Foobar is way more than just a basic player, like what vlc and such would be. Its UI alone warrants an entire article. It's very much a thing for experts and one of the last few examples of good software in today's age of crapware. Of course, I don't blame the reviewer, I'm just putting it out there there's much more to be said for foobar than this.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Realist

Because Linux is not for the novice or general public.
Even after so many years Linux can't get past MacOS, forget about Windows.
People want an Operating system so that they can play games or make a living or do business.People are ready to pay for Mac but Linux is free and nobody is interested in it.
Linux is for Geeks, for people who are comfortable typing commands on Terminal. Unless Linux community start thinking like novice users they can't become popular.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago RMG1999

Why not just use VLC media player ?

Plays audio and video (and does many other things besides), well supported, compact, can do platlists, etc etc

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago Geekomatic

Why no love for Linux?

M$ is becoming ever more intrusive & demanding. The forcing of the 10 update, the subscription of Office, the accumulation of your data unless you know where to turn it all off...

I want to know why more people aren't running Linux Mint?

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 1 year 2 months ago crosseyedlemon

Much of the information is certain to be beyond my comprehension since I am not tech savvy but the screenshot presentations are so professionally done that I just can't resist this tool.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 1 year 2 months ago Niefer

1By1 forever - http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html
Portable, plugin support, playlists, radio, etc. But my favorite feature is the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES, no need for playlists.

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago Geekomatic

I hear complaints all of the time about inkjet & cannot understand why more people don't know about "draft" or fast mode printing? I use mine for my work (invoices, etc) plus have two kids in high school/uni printing to ours & I only replace the ink, at most, 3 times a year. Hardly budget-busting?

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2017 1 year 2 months ago Australia

I have found "Clean Music Player" (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.myskyspark.music)
It thankfully has no advertisements whatsoever, nor adware

I have been a member here for over 3 years, and have no affiliations to any developers.
I am concerned there is not enough disclosure on TechSupportAlert of whether recommended smartphone apps request permission to download full screen advertisements to the phone. Free apps are increasingly becoming this intrusive, as well as potentially leading to freezing of smartphones. My phone has recently become almost unusable due to full screen ads, including when I was videoing at someones wedding !

Unlike the Windows section, there is no disclosure of which apps are the most intrusive, in terms of adware, monitoring of user activities, phoning home, and potential for access to contact lists etc when this is not relevant to the app. I am finding it almost impossible to find Android apps that dont want to track me, use adware, or access more of my phone than it necessary. Are there any apps anymore that DONT do these things ??

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Finds of the Week: Hide or Restore Windows Updates, 99 Tech Life Hacks, Morning Short (Daily Short Story), Google About Me 1 year 2 months ago rhiannon

You're welcome! :)

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Finds of the Week: Hide or Restore Windows Updates, 99 Tech Life Hacks, Morning Short (Daily Short Story), Google About Me 1 year 2 months ago 4sure5

Found several sites and tips on the hongkiat page that I will be using. Thanks!

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Finds of the Week: Hide or Restore Windows Updates, 99 Tech Life Hacks, Morning Short (Daily Short Story), Google About Me 1 year 2 months ago bem

I normally value and enjoy your comments, crosseyedlemon, but today I am perplexed.

In a world where presidents and pundits regularly use 'hopefully' without a verb in sight, I am unable to find a reason to dislike starting my day pleasurably.

Wishing all the same!

bem

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 2 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Lew Wadoo for your kind feedback. The product record has now been updated. view
Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago Seymour Cat

Has anyone actually tested the claims or do we just take the developer's word that it saves ink?

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 1 year 2 months ago Joe A.TT

Agreed. Inkjet printers are a huge hole in which you shovel money. I picked up a cheapo Pantum laser printer the other day. When the ink runs out on my Epson AIO it would be relegated to scanning only.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 2 months ago Panzer

Forays into Norrendrin is a traditional roguelike game, with a focus on a streamlined experience and tactical combat that requires difficult choices:

http://forays.github.io/

 

FireHOL is a language (and a program to run it) which builds secure, stateful firewalls from easy to understand, human-readable configurations:

http://firehol.org/

 

The Network Diagnostic Tool is a client/server program that provides network configuration and performance testing to a users desktop or laptop computer:

http://software.internet2.edu/ndt/

 

"... Web sites are made of lots of things — frameworks, libraries, assets, utilities, and rainbows. Bower manages all these things for you ...":
http://bower.io/

 

"... Coppermine is an easily set-up, fast, feature-rich photo gallery script with mySQL database, user management, private galleries, automatic thumbnail creation, ecard feature and a template system for easy customization to match the rest of a site ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/coppermine/

 

Pandora FMS free version - monitoring software:

http://pandorafms.com/Producto/Producto/en

http://pandorafms.com/Soporte/features/en

 

Childsplay is a collection of educational activities for young children:

http://www.schoolsplay.org/

 

Gmsh is a 3D finite element grid generator with a build-in CAD engine and post-processor:

http://geuz.org/gmsh/

 

Wings 3D is an advanced subdivision modeler:

http://www.wings3d.com/

 

xinco is a powerful Web-Service based Information and Document Management System for files, text, URLs and contacts, featuring ACLs, versioning, full text search, an FTP-like client (easy install, J2EE+MySQL/PostgreSQL):
http://sourceforge.net/projects/xinco/

 

"... OpenNMS is the world’s first enterprise grade network management application platform developed under the open source model ...":

http://www.opennms.org/

 

Scalix Community Edition:

http://www.scalix.com/products-communityedition

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Best Free Search and Replace Utility 1 year 2 months ago Lew Wadoo

The more correct license type of InfoRapid Seach & Replace is:
"InfoRapid Search & Replace is freeware and may be copied, distributed and used for private purposes without any limitations. Installing and using the freeware version on a commercially used computer is absolutely prohibited. In order to use the program commercially, you need one license (25 Euro) for every user."

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