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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 year 2 weeks ago KrankyMax

I just tried editing a PDF file made by Chrome, and it turned up a blank page. So this won't work for me.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 year 2 weeks ago mehman

PDF Xchange Viewer has a native 64 bit version. so the line "32 bit but 64 bit compatible" is not correct.

I am personally using the 64 bit version on my laptop since the last few years.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago Anupam

Did not get what you meant to say. You mean to say that mostly people with knowledge of computers visit here, or that mostly people with little knowledge?

We have found that many people visit the site who have little knowledge about computers. I personally was one of them. Even in my circle of family and friends, I have found them running browsers without an adblock extension, or without WOT. Result... they get infected by malware, by downloading stuff from a bad site.

For them, an adblock extension and WOT reduce the risk by a lot... a real lot. If they don't see ads, they won't click on it. Similarly, WOT is a great service... only tell them to visit green sites, and avoid the red and orange ones.

Apart from reviewing software, purpose of Gizmo's is also to educate people and make them more aware of their safety on the internet, or while downloading/installing software. WOT serves that purpose well.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago bernardz

I think we can agree that many sites are wrongly rated red for reasons that have nothing to do security.

I dispute that the restriction flow of information whether it be for such reasons as ideological, religious or political viewpoints is of no concern here. I would like to believe all of us here strongly believe in free expression and flow of information, I certainly do. WOT will not help you save your bank account.

As far as phishing sites are concerned they are affected by WOT, they come and go so fast that WOT does not pick them up. I know as I was testing them a short time ago for a client.  A website is stolen, a phish is setup and a few days later is destroyed or stopped.

The other problem is that WOT is so slow in changing their ratings that a site has long since fixed the problem and its ancient history, but it still rates RED in WOT. Sites that are dangerous but have a previous good score takes a long time before a warning comes up.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago bernardz

Much of this I have answered already Anupam but let me say few users that come here know little about computers.

 

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Best Free Media Player 1 year 2 weeks ago Anupam

PotPlayer seem to be releasing updates quite frequently now. The latest version is 5.6.55123 released yesterday, just after a week of last release. The new version has a slick look.

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 1 year 2 weeks ago Geert

No, I've never experienced that kind op CPU spikes with Ditto.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Searching the web you will find "complaints" about everything from ObamaCare to whether Greece should remain in the Euro but as Anupam states below we are not concerned with ideological or political viewpoints. The WOT ratings of some religious websites are also targeted but we are not concerned with this either.

The fact remains I have never known anyone who had their bank account emptied or their identity stolen from entering a green rated site, but there is plenty of evidence of this happening with red rated sites. This is maybe an oversimplified example as there are always exceptions such as the 90 year old guy who smoked all his life and never went to a doctor but for the purposes of this site WOT remains one of the best tools users can employ for internet safety and we will continue with our policy of publishing green rated links only.

We may possibly make an exception for an orange rated link as per the terms of rule #17. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/announcements/3617-forum-...

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago Anupam

There might be quite a few cases of WOT abuse like the example you shared above. But, Gizmo's Freeware is about software, and our concern is how to keep users safe on the internet. For software based, or similar websites, or to just know if a website is harmful or not, in terms of spam, or malware... WOT comes as a really good service, and that's what matters for us. WOT is a really good indicator for this purpose.

For general users who know little about computers, WOT is a really good extension, to tell them in simple terms, to avoid the red and orange sites... so that they avoid the malware. Just search for a tool to remove some malware, and you will see red WOT sites turn up in the result... would people know about that without WOT? Without WOT, there would be no indication of sites at all. WOT is atleast an indicator.

This site is not concerned with political based websites, or the likes, and therefore, we are not concerned with WOT abuse in that matter. For the purpose of this site, WOT works well to keep the users safe, and that's what matters, and therefore, we will continue to recommend WOT to the users of this site.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago bernardz

budchekov: As I stated I had it and got rid of it ages ago. I admit I have had my problems both with WOT and without it.  I have had no more problems with it then without it.

When I examined some of their ratings, I found many of the people were posting a lot of false information based on their ideological position rather than the stuff you are talking about. Here is a sample of the sort of stuff that gets posted.

https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/www.debbieschlussel.com

If you check there is nothing wrong with the site, it's  just people do not like her politics. Overall, I find their ratings are very unreliable, often outright malicious.

Midnight Cowboy:: Search on Mywot fraud you will find heaps of complaints.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago budchekov

YOU decided it was a scam did you?
Next time your browser gets hijacked, do a search for the offending baddie without WOT, good luck randomly clicking on the 'removal' links, the majority of them are honey traps with bogus removal 'tools' which will infect your PC further.
If WOT gives a red warning it's prudent to at least check out the site before clicking.
@Typically the ones accusing WOT of being a scam are the scammers, who go ape when their site's busted.

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Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer 1 year 2 weeks ago sayeed

it was good to read

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 1 year 2 weeks ago cmonster

I've been using Ditto for a long time too. I actually use it with Input Director to copy and paste between multiple systems on my desk via the network. The problem is that Ditto spikes and uses 50% of my CPU until I restart it. Have you ever experienced this?

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How to Download Almost 500 Free Microsoft Books and Publications 1 year 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I have used the Microsoft guides and they provide a good reference source. If your looking for a wider scope of reference guides that go beyond computers try Manuals Library http://www.manualslib.com/

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This article demonstrates why Gizmo's is the best freeware website out there. The staff here do more than just provide software links....they also provide essential information to computer users to keep them out of harms way.
I have found that WOT has some false positives but your still better off using the addon than running blindly into the unknown.

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 year 2 weeks ago nowayman

Awesome! Have previously tried something similar, but this one is better.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

WOT is far from being a scam. In fact if more people used it as a guide, the internet would be a lot safer for everyone. The fact remains that any service using multiple rating techniques is itself likely to be abused and attacked. The attackers too need to look at themselves in more detail as per the totally inaccurate statements made in the Facebook link above. This one is a bit more reliable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WOT_Services
We also discussed WOT here.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-internet-safety-check-page-...
MC - Site Manager.

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How to Check an Internet Link without Actually Clicking It 1 year 2 weeks ago bernardz

I used WOT on your recommendation but after awhile I decided its a scam.

https://www.facebook.com/Anti.W0T?fref=ts

http://www.scam.com/showthread.php?153066-Is-WOT-a-scam

 

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 1 year 2 weeks ago chelsie1245

I love music

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Edit PDF Files For Free In Your Browser 1 year 2 weeks ago audit2

Similar to http://www.pdfescape.com/pdf/what/

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 1 year 3 weeks ago MikeR

Pretty much says all there is to say -- and know -- about Open Candy from just one glance at your screenshot: UNIBLUE REGISTRY BOOSTER. Recommended for YOU. But of course, it isn't really 'recommended' at all. It's junk software -- Uniblue's awful reputation is well deserved in my experience -- which can't find a wide, knowledgeable paying audience so hooks up with Open Candy to be punted out to those without enough tech savvy to realize that (a) they've just been targeted and (b) they're now being manipulated.

Open Candy is proprietary software that has no more right to step into my computer without specific invitation than I or anyone else has the right to step into Open Candy's CEO's office without specific invitation. I could, of course, just slip past the security, the way Open Candy delights in doing wherever it can. And when caught, I could just say ah, I'm scanning your office to see what else you might like to have -- hey, how about a nice new Naugahyde chair? Another couple of crystal flower vases? Oh, and those pictures on your wall, how about me selling you a deal on canvas prints of pictures you took yourself?

Naturally in making these helpful recommendations, I couldn't care less what the Open Candy CEO has in his office or on his walls. What I care about is getting my rake-off from the sale of the chair, the vases, and the DIY canvas prints -- in exactly the same way Mr Open Candy CEO cares not one jot about the 'recommendations' made to me, and wishes only to stuff me with Uniblue products for as long as Uniblue is chucking money into his pocket.

I'm tired of an increasingly anemic world where so many allow the indefensible to pass unquestioned. It's almost as if there's a breed of folks out there who so prize themselves on their reasonableness and civility that they'll stay passive and quiescent no matter what. Open Candy is a pernicious money-grabbing invader of other people's property and should be treated as such. No ifs, no buts, and absolutely, no justifying its purpose or its behavior.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago swfan1963

Using the regex below I did a comparison of AstroGrep and Agent Ransack against the same folder tree / number of files, and Agent Ransack is dramatically faster. AstroGrep's results presentation is much nicer, and it saves unprintable characters when saving all result lines to a file. I do lots of FIX log searching, and that's a nice feature. However, for complex searches AstroGrep is so slow it's essentially not usable. Sigh. On that note, jko, have you figured out how to get Agent Ransack to use boolean operators? I've never been able to get it to work (short of using a regex similar to below).

(?=.*sfe)(?=.*mapper)

Finds lines that contain both "sfe" and "mapper"

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago David Roper

I tried ASTRO GREP and I can say, I finally found the Boolean part to use, so it DOES have Logic for the words. I still like putting key words into the filenames and using "Everything" for searching. YMMV. I'm off to find and try your "Bare Grep". Thanks.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago texaganian

This and everything do completely different things. Everything can find files _by file name_ and using regexes if you wish. It is blazingly fast and yet doesn't have to build or maintain indexes because it uses the one maintained by NTFS itself. Brilliant concept, extraordinarily well done and massively useful.

Astro Grep, on the other hand, like any grep variant or descendant, searches flexibly for CONTENT in files. I haven't looked at this package yet but if it doesn't support booleans that would make it much less flexible than it should be and a deal killer for me.

But there are LOTS of Windows greps out there. I use Bare Grep extensively, though not for the exact same use case as the OP does.

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Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software 1 year 3 weeks ago Realist

gVirtual Drive is also a good option:

http://www.gburner.com/online-help/virtual-drive.htm

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago Frank D

Its utility for me is reduced to zero by the fact that it doesn't do Boolean searches (e.g., this AND that, this OR that, etc.), so it's limited to either single word searches or you must type in exactly what you're looking for. Adding or omitting a comma, for example, will totally negate the search. I use DocFetcher for searches like this.

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This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 1 year 3 weeks ago bernardz

Thanks for this tip, I have been using ICE for years and never knew this. A video should be much easier to make then taking a heap of photos.


Update: I tested it out, and the video is much easier to use. A tip take a few videos as some do not work. Moreover, check out Photosynth, if you use stitch this option looks better.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Great find... but what's the problem with search tools which index the hard drive contents? You mention "saves on hard disk space usage" -- surely in the age of TB hard drives, that's not an issue. The benefit of indexed contents is that searches are instant. Really: the answer is there before I even finish typing the search!

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Fifth is a Linux-exclusive browser that carries the best features from Opera, as well as a few unique features that are likely to please Linux power users ...":

http://freshcode.club/projects/fifth

http://sourceforge.net/projects/fifth-browser/

 

"Scribes .... a minimalist text editor that combines simplicity with power ...":

http://scribes.sourceforge.net/

 

hbro - a minimal web-browser written and configured in Haskell:

https://github.com/k0ral/hbro

 

"... tabble is a small alternative X shell which presents your programs in tabs for easy launch. It is not meant to replace a window manager, just complement it ...":

http://www.rillion.net/tabble/index.html

 

howm - a lightweight, X11 tiling window manager that behaves like vim:
 
Vault secures, stores, and tightly controls access to tokens, passwords, certificates, API keys, and other secrets in modern computing:
 
The traditional vi - the traditional vi editor, ported to modern Unix systems:
 

Edbrowse is a combination editor, browser, and mail client that is 100% text based:

http://edbrowse.org/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

Ptop:

https://github.com/black-perl/ptop

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Fotoxx is a free open source Linux program for photo and image editing and collection management.The goal is to meet the needs of serious photographers while remaining fast and easy to use ...":

http://www.kornelix.com/fotoxx.html

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 1 year 3 weeks ago dwainwood

I didn't see much about downloading HTML5 video format. I found this site that seems to do a good job and is ad supported. 4K Video Downloader.
https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader

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Keep This Bootable CD Handy For Troubleshooting 1 year 3 weeks ago crombierob

I gleaned from the members posts that 4.61 is up to date (does not need the patch) ?
I downloaded the 4.61 from the Mega Co nz (their old site)
Was pretty quick 700 KB/s
It presumably was downloading to some temp folder, which I could not see readily.
At the end, it then offered the save dialog,which I accepted into my C:\DOWNLOADS folder
It is now in there and is called -
FalconFour's Ultimate Boot CD v4.61.7z
The size is 671,230 kb
7-zip and WinZip cannot open it

Life was not meant to be easy,
Rob
PS I will now try from their new site (AND choosing to use my browser rather than megasync)
WARNING
If any of you are tempted to try their megasync, then image your hard drive first.
The new site's download (via our normal browser download) fails at 14%
So I fired up a spare PC, which already has a recent image (thank goodness)
They insist you create an account, and then you choose which folder on your PC will be synced to your 50GB free cloud (This they insist on).
After confirming my account via my provided email address, the megasync program completes it's installation, and proffers/suggests your folder that will be downloaded to. No choice here, except you can choose to make it a more visible folder, than the one they suggest (down that flippin Documents and Settings mineshaft). I used c:\MegaSync
Then that dialog (change the folder location) started 'machine gunning' in and out of the Task Bar.
It took a stick to kill it. I even disabled Avast (which was spinning like a mad woman), to no avail.
I finally managed to get their downloader/uploader running (it's doing both).
PPS Once it is running you can click the icon in the Sys Tray to see the uploading/downloading.
If you are brave enough to let it complete, then get your family to tie your hands to the chair, as you won't like what you are seeing.
The final download is 687,614 KB, and it opens in Winzip and 7-zip
I will spare you the extra details of the mess that process was, and caused.
Any of you prepared to go through what I just went through, will need nerves of steel, and patience of Job

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 3 weeks ago Realist

For most average users Windows 7 Snipping Tool is sufficient.
Just use AutoHotKey to launch it. e.g.:

#1::run SnippingTool.exe

This will launch Snipping Tool when Win+1 is pressed simultaneously.

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Security Attack Called Logjam makes Browsers Vulnerable 1 year 3 weeks ago johnvk

well, my 40some windows and 300some tabs (excessive. i know.) prompted me to install the beta 64bit windows firefox, which is v40.0.
In this version of firefox:

Qualys SSL Client Test <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/viewMyClient.html>
reports :
"Logjam Vulnerability (Experimental)
Your user agent is not vulnerable."
good :)

however when i click on their "test manualy" (for logjam) <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com:10445/>
i get :
Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to www dot ssllabs dot com:10445. SSL received a weak ephemeral Diffie-Hellman key in Server Key Exchange handshake message. (Error code: ssl_error_weak_server_ephemeral_dh_key)

This report is from FIREFOX Not ssllabs.com !

This is with
security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_128_sha TRUE
and
security.ssl3.dhe_rsa_aes_256_sha TRUE

When i switch both to false
1. i can get into the other website that also gave me the ssl_error_weak
2. however ssllabs test manually <hxxps://www.ssllabs.com:10445/>
gives another error:

Secure Connection Failed

An error occurred during a connection to www.ssllabs.com:10445. Cannot communicate securely with peer: no common encryption algorithm(s). (Error code: ssl_error_no_cypher_overlap)

I think that error might mean success? meaning, safe. perhaps?

(BTW These are all the same ssllabs links that they were in May)

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 3 weeks ago v.laurie Windows 10 will bring back some features of AeroGlass built in. view
This Gem Of A Freebie From Microsoft Creates Panoramas From Video Or Stills 1 year 3 weeks ago v.laurie

There was an article about this program a few months ago: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/microsoft-image-composite-editor.html

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 3 weeks ago Outspoken1

Does Classic Shell 'restore (if that is the correct term)' AeroGlas' (translucent effect that allowed you to 'peek' at open documents/programs instead of opening the program - great if you just needed to transcribe a bit of genealogy data instead on constantly opening and closing program)?

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Best Free Web Site Ripper 1 year 3 weeks ago ErikJon

There may be some confusion about the purpose of these programs. Downloading an entire website is one thing, but downloading entire individual pages alone from that website may possibly be considered something else.

I have been using HTTrack for about two years. If you want to download a mirror image of a website, it works well. If you want to pick and choose what to download beyond that, such as only one page of links within that site, it creates a mess.

Usually I start with only one page of a given website, and try to download everything on that one page, having no use for the other pages. I input the specific URL but HTTrack insists on downloading the entire root as well.

Moreover, if I want to exclude certain file types, I must input them one by one, but if I want to include those file types, I can choose them all with just a few clicks. Consequently, if I want to download only the text files, or html, or PDFs from a site, it is a longer process, as I have to manually exclude every other file type known to man.

There is also some confusion about how deeply to go for downloading links on the page in question: Does it download only linked files or does it download the files referenced on those linked files as well? You can choose how deep to go, but you won't know whether you selected the right option until the downloads are finished, half an hour later.

Today I have finally given up, as I think it would be faster to download manually the 100 text files on the web page in question, then to entrust HTTrack to do it automatically.

In all fairness I must say that I may have simply overlooked all the features that I needed or else missed them in the manual.

All in all, the programmer has been very generous to donate his work to the world, even though it may not be useful to me in particular, so for that he must be commended.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 weeks ago Bhat59

First I had AVG free when I had slow internet connection. Then Avast which consumed lot of Internet data. Then I switched to Qihoo 360 Internet Security. Recently I switched again to Baidu 'Free for ever' Antivirus. I liked this AV. Lots of features. I am interested to know why it is not included in this list here.

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 1 year 3 weeks ago Hamdanngilay

Can't wait... :)

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Equip Your Android System with a Recycle Bin 1 year 3 weeks ago nowayman

How come nobody has previously thought about such a concept!? This might be pretty much useful! Thanks!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 3 weeks ago eikelein

The link at the end of paragraph 7 to "most important advice of all" is wrong/broken.

Besides this: 99% of my many thousands of customers are not able (or willing) to even do the least bit of configuration. They ALL have (so far) been served well by the Windows default FW.

I am afraid that we hang on way too tenaciously to old paradigms. Yes, under Vista and earlier MS operating systems a third party firewall made sometimes sense - if the user could configure it. But nowadays?

If you can and want to tinker, be my guest. For the average Joe/June I have them stick with what is in Windows.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago jko

How does this compare to Agent Ransack? I've been using that for a good while and it does what I need, though I only use a fraction of its functionality. Would this be better for simple text searches in groups of files?

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 3 weeks ago krb2709

Quick Selection Guide - Basic Firewalls seems details are not updated for Windows 7 Firewall Control....
it is now called windows 10 Firewall,
version is 7.2.105.116,
It is now Designed for Windows 10/8/7/Vista/2008/2012/XP/2003,
size is 4212 KB,

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 1 year 3 weeks ago danielson

360 Security for Android now with:
►Anti-theft
An all-in-one anti-theft solution, should you lose your beloved phone. A suite of features including, Erase, Locate, Alarm and Lock can assist you with retrieving a lost device and protecting personal data.You can trigger remote features via our web interface at http://findphone.360safe.com
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.security&referrer=qihoo_id%3D104988

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 1 year 3 weeks ago David Roper

Excellent article. Looks like it's more useful than EVERTHING by Void Tools which is/was my favorite until now.
Of course searching inside articles (Grepping) is WAYYY better than searching only Filenames. I have been using the MS ability to use 255 chrs for a filename to put key words in it, but now I can look up Paprika and brown sugar and get the BBQ recipe at once. Time? I got plenty of time to wait for it to search and not me. Thanks, Rob.

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Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7 1 year 3 weeks ago Beef

Great refresher. I would like to add that if people are having trouble with the command they need to enclose both paths in quotes if there are any spaces or parenthesis in the path. (such as: Program Files (x86) )

mklink /d "C:\Program Files (x86)\My Program" "D:\SymLinks\My Program"

Also.. Please dont use freeware to do this. It is almost too easy to do yourself. If your unsure just copy and paste the path from windows explorer.

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Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 3 weeks ago michaelbeijer

Oh, wait, I see what the problem is. This trick only allows you to merge one doc into another, not insert multiple documents into one. That is what I am trying to do: merge multiple Word documents, in one operation. I often need to merge, say, 25 .docx files, but this solution would force me to use this command 25 times.

Does anyone here know of a tool that can actually do this? Preferable free. It's absurd that Word can't merge multiple documents.

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Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 3 weeks ago michaelbeijer

But where is the right place to place my cursor?

I create a new, empty Word document, then do Insert > Object > Text from file, and select, e.g., 5 .docx files, and press Insert. The content from the 5 documents is pasted on top of each other exactly where I placed the cursor. What I expected would happen is the content of each doc would be pasted in the file, one after the other. Not all on top of each other.

I'm using Word 2010, if this makes any difference.

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Best Free Calendar, Reminder and To-Do Program 1 year 3 weeks ago Realist

Thanks for Kana Reminder.
All I was looking for was a simple reminder tool which can show a pop-up window with specific intervals.
Kana Reminder is good.

I used ReminderFox but something was wrong with it. First my browser started freezing, it never does that.
While I was checking reminder ReminderFox just stuck and hanged the browser too. I uninstalled it when everything was normal again.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 year 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Pleased you got it sorted Martha. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Free ePub Books Online For Nook, iPad, Kobo, iBook Sony eReader etc 1 year 3 weeks ago tranman

Great list of free ebook sites. http://topshelfbook.org/ is another free ebook site you should consider adding.

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Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 3 weeks ago v.laurie The only thing I can think of is that your cursor has been placed in the wrong place. view
Fast and Easy Way to Combine Multiple Microsoft Word Documents 1 year 3 weeks ago michaelbeijer

For some reason, when I do this, all the documents are thrown on top of each other (for lack of a better description). Is there any way to ensure they simply get pasted in consecutively?

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 year 3 weeks ago mabagwell

I have solved the problem. It is an add-on I use because I have vision problems. I will just continue to use Chrome for this site.

Martha

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How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser 1 year 3 weeks ago v.laurie

This link has a variety of GMail tips.

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How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser 1 year 3 weeks ago reikipete

I note your fix on the CHROME menu and hope you have a comparable fix I haven't seen on GMAIL. Their profile demand is, to me, obscene !, yes, I'm a nut, but that's MY privacy they want to invade.
I also have some weird gmail questions, , Please aim me to a link where I can inquire of some one that has used and (hopefully) abused gmail. Thanks

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Geekbench 3 is Primate Labs' cross-platform processor benchmark, with a new scoring system that separates single-core and multi-core performance, and new workloads that simulate real-world scenarios. Geekbench 3 makes it easier than ever to find out if your computer is up to speed ...":

http://www.primatelabs.com/geekbench/

wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are open source (LGPLv3) command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine:
http://wkhtmltopdf.org/


NxFilter is a freeware web-filter:
http://www.nxfilter.org/p2/

 

"... K2pdfopt optimizes PDF/DJVU files for mobile e-readers (e.g. the Kindle) and smartphones. It works well on multi-column PDF/DJVU files and can re-flow text even on scanned PDF files. It can also be used as a general PDF copying/cropping/re-sizing/OCR-ing manipulation tool ...":

http://www.willus.com/k2pdfopt/

 

Lurch is a simple math word processor with a general-purpose math checker built in:
http://lurchmath.org/

 

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Best Free Outliner 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

Software ideas modeler (standard edition is free) is a lightweight and powerful CASE tool. It helps you to describe and design your software and processes using UML 2.4, BPMN 2.0, SysML 1.3, ERD, flowcharts and other diagrams:
https://www.softwareideas.net/

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Best Free Screen Session Recorder 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Open Broadcaster Software is a free tool for recording your desktop activities - program windows, games, video capture, more - and optionally broadcasting them live via Twitch TV, DailyMotion, YouTube, hitbox.tv and more ...":
https://obsproject.com/

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 year 3 weeks ago Anupam

I use Firefox, and I have no problem viewing the site at all.

As MC says, it's a local issue, because of some add-on or something. Please post in the forum with details, or contact MC.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 year 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy A large proportion of our visitors and contributors use Firefox without any problems so it looks like you have a local issue affecting this. If you send me a contact by clicking my username, and include your system details, I'll try to assist further. MC - Site Manager. view
Site Suggestions and Feedback 1 year 3 weeks ago mabagwell

Any ideas why I have to use Chrome to view your side? Firefox is my default browser, but all I get is a blank page for your site is Firefox!

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Ten Top Windows Tips 1 year 3 weeks ago movrshakr

Very nice, but needs to have Windows 8/8.1 added,

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 3 weeks ago zepe

I like Stardock's Start10 and it's only a few bucks.

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 3 weeks ago nowayman

Or a better alternative - update to Windows 10 in a month.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 3 weeks ago crombierob

Two complaints (just mumbles) -
1) Cannot find much info about it on the web (nor on their home page)
2) Compatible with Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, and 10

Still using XP,
Rob

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 3 weeks ago Panzer

Opaque browser:
http://opaquebrowser.com/

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago Sgluber

You are quite right, crosseyedlemon.

That's one of the reasons I became a convinced critic of M$.

By the way, I already installed Classic Shell in so many computers to help people that I can't count anymore.

Thank you for remember us about Classic Shell, Vic! :-)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 4 weeks ago Dirge

Panda Cloud Antivirus changed to Panda Free Antivirus a while back.

My system:
Windows XP (SP3)
Athlon XP 3000+ CPU (w/SSE but not SSE2 or above support)

I switched to Panda Free Antivirus 15.1.0 soon after Avira Free Antivirus ended official support for Windows XP on 08 APR 2015. So far, so good ...

Panda has so little impact on my system's performance that it's almost like having no antivirus program installed at all: my computer starts quickly, programs launch/open quickly, and files open/load quickly. How well Panda is protecting my system, I haven't a clue, but it tests very well in the various antivirus tests I've seen on the Web.

I do get one ScRegSetValueExW-related 7006 error on my Event Log each session because of Panda. Panda says that the error is normal (and not a problem) because of Panda's self-protection feature: "[Panda] has a self-protection feature included and this event appears because somebody or some program is trying to modify any of our registry keys, thus we are denying the modification." It causes no slowdown or problem that I can tell, so I tend to believe them. Avira (and Avast and AVG and Comodo) cause many, many Event log errors and warnings, so I'm happy to be down to just one.

Panda is easy to install and setup and allows the user a reasonable amount of control over the settings. Big items include customizable scans, a scheduler for scans, and exclusion lists. The Update feature is automatic, and I don't believe that it can be turned off(?); there's also an on-demand "Update now" button. I'm guessing that "updates" include both virus definitions and program updates. Major features -- Real-time protection, Process Monitor, and USB Vaccine -- can be turned on and off individually, as can many smaller sub-features. The Windows 8-ish control panel GUI seems more designed for fat-fingered users of devices with touch screens than for handsome, erudite users of "classic" desktop PCs, but it's straightforward if not very elegant. Power users will no doubt want more control, but Joe Average users with slight geekish tendencies will likely be happy enough. Also, I haven't noticed any pop-up ads or anything of that sort ... only some notes/links on the control panel encouraging me to upgrade to Panda Antivirus Pro (which adds a firewall and Wi-Fi protection).

I signed up for a Panda account, but I'm not quite sure if that's required or not -- the program seemed to work fine before I signed up. Signing up requires an e-ddress and password but nothing else, though Panda does politely ask for your name, address, phone number, etc. (which I did not provide). I haven't received any junk mail from them yet.

I've tried out most of the well-regarded free antivirus programs -- AVG, Avast, BitDefender, Comodo, Panda, and one or two others -- and Panda is clearly the least performance robbing of the bunch on my ancient machine. BitDefender is quite good while it works, but it's a bit touchy and quits auto scanning after a week or so on my machine -- though it works without a hitch (and has for over a year) on my dad's newer Windows 7 machine with up-to-date (SSE2+) CPU. Avast, AVG, and Comodo slow my computer quite dramatically, with even the simplest things (opening the Start menu or Windows Explorer or Notepad) being annoyingly delayed. I suspect that my ancient CPU's lack of support for SSE2 and above may be the problem in some of these cases, as a lot of newer software works better with, or even requires, a CPU with SSE2+ support, so users with a newer CPU may not encounter these problems.

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How to Get a Windows 7 Start Menu in Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I'm still using the Windows 7 OS and would certainly make use of the Classic Shell Menu if I make the upgrade to Windows 10. It's nice to know there are developers out there who actually listen to concerns of computer users because Microsoft clearly has developed a sense of entitlement over the years thinking they know what's best for all of us.

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Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 1 year 4 weeks ago Probe

Why isnt Comodo Suite Pro mentioned? It's of course free too.....

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

Knot DNS is a high-performance authoritative-only DNS server:

https://www.knot-dns.cz/

 

Vim colors:

http://vimcolors.com/

 

CmapTools software empowers users to construct, navigate, share and criticize knowledge models represented as concept maps:
http://cmap.ihmc.us/cmaptools/

 

Pingendo:

http://pingendo.com/

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer Drakensang online: http://www.drakensang.com/ view
Best Free Voicemail Service 1 year 4 weeks ago Techdude49

Youmail is a great. Lots of cool features and works with my AT&T voicemail. I think it works with most carriers. youmail.com

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago budchekov

I have no idea what your interpretation of "questionable sites" is.. @Hint, the key word is 'force' ;)

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago HenWin

The question is: where are these folks going??? I've never had a problem with it, but OTOH, I don't go to questionable sites. Of course, everyone's MMV. It works for me and the people I know. Without knowing the sites those other folks are going to, I don't see how you can make your statement.

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Best Free iPad Apps 1 year 4 weeks ago vivigold

I think you are missing another great productivity and mind mapping app: iMindQ Lite

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago nowayman

I mean that if you often have to check the sites safely, visiting another isn't as comfortable as having a browser extension that would check this automatically.

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago Peejayh

What does this mean?

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago nowayman

Any extension would work better.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

Packer is a tool for creating machine and container images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration:
https://www.packer.io/

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 4 weeks ago t i m

Thanks for the comment. Agree looks like Online Armor has ceased support and development, so while it's still available for download elsewhere I will probably move it to the unsupported section. Likewise for AVS firewall.

PrivateFirewall I believe the developer has not completely stopped development of the firewall; however, as far as I know they haven't been actively developing it either.

The list has been getting a bit outdated lately, over the next while I'll aim to refresh and update the list with some more current software. Stay tuned!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 4 weeks ago t i m

Thanks MrBrian, Outpost links have been updated. Seems like Online Armor has now been discontinued though. I'll probably move those to a different discountinued section..might leave the reviews up though, since they're already there as like an 'FYI' for all the ones who want to explore

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 4 weeks ago budchekov

Yes it does Force HTTPS, and judging from users often showing up at Mozillazine for help because they can't access sites, it's a major PITA ;) Not recommended. Uninstall.

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 1 year 1 month ago Deb-IT

I am an IT Manager and have no intention of moving my staff to Windows 10 for lots of different reasons. One is that Windows 7 is working just fine.
However, I have Windows 8.1 at home and believe that I will be giving Windows 10 a try there. Great article!

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 1 month ago HenWin

There's an even easier way if you use Firefox of Chrome (and maybe, Opera, too). Go to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (eff.org) and on the right side, look under "Projects". Download/install their HTTPS EVERYWHERE add-on (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere). It forces HTTPS to be used EVERYWHERE. Only trouble is, it doesn't work in MS IE 11.

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 1 month ago dadwhiskers

It occurs to me that if you have cause to doubt the security of the information you're entering, maybe you shouldn't be entering it? This site would help limit the risks for even slightly suspicious sites, but avoiding them works much better.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 year 1 month ago Sea Mac

No. This entry is a bad joke.

There IS NO Macintosh Binary for this APP! You expect my typical reader to Download the Source package/Check the Hashes to see it hasn't been tampered with/Compile this to MAKE a binary copy/Start the compiled App in the Terminal - all for a Command Line program with NO GUI?

I, myself, have never compiled a package to MAKE a Program: and I do NOT expect my readers to do things I cannot. And I do not use command line programs: you must remember a whole bunch of complicated command line sequences and be a good touch typist as well. Frankly, that stuff went out with DOS 5.0: And I do not care to revisit those days. Programs I will use have Menus and can be controlled with a pointing device: like a mouse, or trackpad, or trackball. And my readers expect the same.

Please, in the future do not post any program as a suggestion for this list for which you must compile your own binary! And, I would highly dissuade you from suggesting anymore command line programs: Because I do not intend to post them unless they really fulfill a critical function that no other program (With a GUI) can match. I want the 10 minutes of my life, that it took me to check this useless entry, Back!

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 1 month ago 2alex

Thanks this is great for a quick as a user but for the Pros (e.g. webmasters, power users) I can highly recommend this site https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/

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Check Any Web Site's Encryption Safety 1 year 1 month ago Peejayh

I entered the URL of one of the bank sites I use regularly and this site tells me "The certificate installation checker connected to the web server, but it could not read the web server's certificates." Should I be concerned? This is for the largest bank in Australia.

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Best Freeware Download Sites 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

Downloadcrew:

http://www.downloadcrew.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

Ring gives you a full control over your communications and an unmatched level of privacy:
http://ring.cx/

 

"... Smuxi - user-friendly IRC/Twitter/XMPP/Campfire/JabbR client ...":
https://smuxi.im/

 

web-vmstats - prettify vmstats in your browser:

https://github.com/joewalnes/web-vmstats

 

KVIrc:

http://www.kvirc.net/

 

FVWM-Crystal aims to create an easy to use, eye-candy but also powerful desktop environment for Linux:
http://fvwm-crystal.sourceforge.net/

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

"... WeeChat is a fast, light and extensible chat client ...":

https://weechat.org/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 1 month ago AndyR

I can honestly say I have never had this specific problem before, are you running a duel boot system by any chance with an older version of Linux or GRUB ? far as I recall the older versions used to use a filesystem that were very much the same as msftdata ones this is the only reason offhand I can think of as for why you're having problems and the partitions are getting incorrectly flagged...

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Best Free Windows Apps 1 year 1 month ago HisSon

Appreciate your hard work Jojo. Looking through these selections will keep me busy for awhile. I'll be checking for the Android versions for some of them to use on my phone and using the Windows version on my Desktop.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 1 month ago Faziri

I've been a fan of Aomei for quite a while, but the restoration process keeps disappointing me. Restored systems are never bootable (and yes, I know what I'm doing, it's not like I forgot to backup my bootloader partition or anything) and it even for some reason feels the need to change the flags on all my partitions after restoring. Before, there were several flags on several partitions, like ESP, boot and hidden, but after, all the partitions, even the ones it hadn't touched, were changed to "msftdata". No wonder stuff wouldn't boot anymore (though changing the flags alone didn't fix that).

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Best Free Font Manager 1 year 1 month ago Bruce_Fraser

A lot of research went into this page - thanks!
For me, one of the primary criteria for a font manager is that it automatically puts fonts in categories, as in: serif, sans-serif, fixed-width, script, decorative, other. This is immensely helpful when looking for a alternative font. None of the freebies do this. I'm still using PCMag.com's FontViewer 2, which they temporarily gave as a freebie way back in 2001, and it still works perfectly on Win 8.1.
So if any font manager programmers look here for ideas, there you go.

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Best Free Streaming Music Sites 1 year 1 month ago Seymour Cat

"Spotify - requires a download to your computer"

No longer true. Spotify also has a browser version here, https://play.spotify.com/browse

Using Chrome with AdBlockPlus allows unlimited access to all Spotify content with no audio adverts too!

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