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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago br1anstorm

Fair comment, MC. I do recall seeing that review by dedoimedo (whose views, advice and tutorials I greatly respect). In a way he's right: PCLinuxOS is not "cutting edge", if it ever was. I can't argue with his criticism of the partition/installation process, although as a novice I didn't find it at all problematic. But I don't think it's fair to suggest PCLinuxOS is on a downward spiral. To pick up on my earlier car analogy, it may not have the leather seats, glitzy paintwork or flashing dashboard lights of the latest model from the Ubuntu showroom (check out the "Unity" desktop....!). But under the hood and on the road, it works just fine.

There is one other point which I think would-be Linux users need to weigh up: the community support. Because Linux distros are developed and championed mostly by groups of enthusiasts, the support comes mostly from the associated community of developers/users. This can make a real difference to the newbie's experience. It's dangerous to generalise, but in my experience there are three broad categories of community and support:

1) the massive and diverse community associated with the main Ubuntu-based distros. This embraces a range from total novices to uber-geeks. There is a multitude of sites and forums - almost too much. This can be daunting or frustrating. Finding meaningful answers to the questions a new user inevitably has, is like navigating through a jungle and often trying to decipher techie language that experts take for granted.

2) at the other extreme there are specialised Linux distros which have been developed by people looking for particular OS characteristics. These tend to have small, if dedicated, groups of supporters. Some distros(PuppyLinux?) are devised for small, old systems with minimal capacity. Some (ArchLinux?) seem to be better for geeks who have no fear and great expertise. Some Linux OSs seem to be aimed at those who like gaming or need heavyweight graphics capacity. And there are doubtless other distros which for whatever reason have a tiny fanbase and a minimal support community. Some emerge, flourish for a while, then fade. So...

3) I therefore found myself gravitating to those Linux distros which had a reasonably long track record (thus proven), with a community big enough to be helpful, ready to communicate in plain language rather than cryptic acronyms, and not so huge and diverse as to be difficult to engage with. On all those counts I discovered that PCLinuxOS, and Linux Mint, were among the most accessible communities as well as among the most user-friendly distros. But that has just been my experience. In the classic acronym, YMMV!

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago br1anstorm

Just a brief response on my attitude towards Windows 8. I shouldn't perhaps criticise what I haven't tried and tested, but I am no expert - just an ordinary consumer. My misgivings about Win8 are as follows:

1) interface: as a traditional laptop/desktop user, I find Win8's normal configuration and interface unappealing. It is clearly designed more for the tablet-user. I know it can be tweaked (with or without 3rd party apps) to look like Win7. But I figure - why add another layer of complexity to make it look like something it ain't?

2) RAM/CPU demands: I haven't done any testing or research. But I have simply assumed that - as with every iteration of Windows - the latest OS needs more processor power/speed and more RAM than its predecessors. Great if you have just bought or built new powerful hardware. But if you are using computers that are a few years old, might they struggle a bit with Win8?

3) cost: well, surely most people prefer free or low-cost/voluntary donation to expensive payment towards mega-corporation's mega-profits. I also admire the commitment and effort of those who create open-source software, and like in some small way to encourage this. For me, that's as good a reason as any to look to Linux and leave Windows behind: which was in a way the theme of MC's original post...

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago MidnightCowboy Worth mentioning too I think re: br1anstorm's comment that I generalized somewhat in the article in an attempt to keep it simple. This reflects my point of view regarding rolling distros although for the already knowledgeable, PCLinux is a very different animal to say Manjaro and as such users are far less likely to have problems with it. That said, there's another aspect to PCLinux that might put some others off. http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/pclinuxos-2012-08.html Admitedly the above review is on the old side now but the underlying trend remains the same. On the other hand, another group of users may love it for this alone because it is pretty much tested to death before it hits the streets. MC - Site Manager. view
Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago eikelein

Hey vandamme,

you write "... modern Linux distros that are more like XP or 7 ...".

WHICH ONES? Why don't you name names?

PLEASE!

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago eikelein

@Zebedeeboss:

I read your comment with interest and , I admit, some glee. Thank you.

What I miss are names. Example:
You write "There are now some truly lovely Distros out there ...".

I'd like to learn from your experience, so WHICH ONES are "truly lovely in your experience?

Greetings from snowy Wisconsin.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago eikelein

Dear br1anstorm,

My personal thanks for this well written comment. I very much agree with most of what you said and will give PCLinux another try (my first try years ago was not satisfactory).

In the second paragraph you say "... but cannot ever imagine moving to Windows 8 ...". This puts your other thoughts sort of in question.

I routinely set up Windows 8 and 8.1 systems so that they work 99% exactly like Windows 7, desktop and all.

If you have reasons to reject the added security of UEFI then okay, no Win 8.

But I suggest that you try free Classic Shell (http://www.classicshell.net/). Disclaimer: I am in absolutely no way affiliated with Classic Shell.

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago Anupam I think it is quite self-explanatory on this page, under the stand alone basis: http://www.morguefile.com/license/morguefile Also read the FAQ here: http://www.morguefile.com/about view
Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago greyman

Can anyone tell me what this means?
You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner. Read the license summary.

I know what read the license summary means. I just cannot really figure out what they mean by "stand alone" manner.
Great find, BTW, but don't wish to have a problem posting these images, down the road...
(I was thinking of using them for the occasional accompanying graphic on Google+)

Thanks in advance, to anyone who has an answer.

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago Sgluber

*thumbs up*

Thank you, rob! :-)

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 days ago Panzer lighthouse - a scriptable popup dialog: https://github.com/emgram769/lighthouse view
Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago anandcoral

WOW ! what a find !!
Great, thanks a lot.

Anand

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Google Earth Pro Now Free (Was $399) 1 year 3 days ago mchldpy

It appears that the log in screen, even though being used for the Pro version, is the same screen used for the non pro version because after clicking on the enhanced trial version it took me to the google earth pro page, where I had just downloaded pro from. While this might not be the "you were right" scenario I thought it was, I still think you are right because of my never ending belief that google is always up to something.

michael clyde

UPDATE -
Now you don't have to sign up to get Google Earth Pro. After downloading the app you simply enter your email address as your username and enter the key "GEPFREE"
for the needed key and your good to google.

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Nimbus Note 1 year 3 days ago wreckage

If Nimbus sync'ed with Google Tasks which I can see in Thunderbird on my PC, it would be perfect. At the moment I'm using GTasks which does, but I believe it is Android-only.

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Google Earth Pro Now Free (Was $399) 1 year 3 days ago mchldpy

Hey Vic,
You were right. I'm in the middle of the log in screen after installing and there are two items of interest, "want to try a free trial of google earth enhanced" and "ready to buy google earth enhanced". I guess I'll see what it's all about.

michael clyde

Oh, thanks for the tip.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 3 days ago vandamme

Sorry, I'm not AirTime tech support. Also, I was just curious and don't need it.

Reading the "automated" instructions, it looks pretty complicated and lengthy but doable. It requires setting up a webserver and feeding your stream into it, so good luck. The forum tells of successful installs in Ubuntu 14.04, a long term release (probably a good idea, since you won't want to fool with it after you get it going).

And yes, I can install my favorite distro, Mint, from a USB stick under fifteen minutes or so, but that doesn't include downloading updates to freshen it up. Nor the weeks of playing with the settings to please my eye; that is never finished.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 days ago movrshakr

While I really like the Comodo apps, I do think its write up should note its "extra" things installed if you do not catch the tiny text (a not obvious, easily detectable way to do that) leading to a separate screen to exclude them. Such is noted for some of the other products.

A Geekbuddy component is one of the extras installed if you do not notice the small text under a BIG button to proceed, and there is another extra I do not remember.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 3 days ago budchekov

Why don't you answer my question, if one has the latest LTS 14.04 installed, will Airtime, last updated in 2013 and compatible with 12.04, install without errors and work.?
Searching reveals it IS a problem and without farting about for hours with the terminal it's unclear if it can be EASILY installed.
@FWIW other than lightweight distros like Puppy Flavors and Porteus, even with the ISO downloaded, no major Linux OS can be fully installed and updated in 15 minutes.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago br1anstorm

A useful article which has prompted some thoughtful discussion.

I started looking at Linux options when WinXP (which I have used and liked for years) reached the end of the road. I have a laptop with Windows 7.... but cannot ever imagine moving to Windows 8. Hence the exploration of Linux.

I was a little surprised to see that rolling-release distros were so swiftly dismissed. Apart from - obviously - security - I wanted two things from a Linux OS: reliability/stability (or ease of use with no crashes or tantrums), and longevity (no obligation to keep changing or reinstalling every time a new variant came out).

The fact is that because all Linux distros are so tune-able, the developers are constantly revising them. Fine, if you are one of those who trades in your car/computer/OS every year or less for the latest showroom model. I prefer to drive something that does the job well, looks good, and doesn't break down or need constant servicing, and that I can run for years without worry.

Many popular Linux distros are just custom coachbuilds on the same basic underlying chassis (often Ubuntu). Nothing wrong with that, except that all these other distros have to adjust when the underlying chassis gets redesigned.

Rolling releases seem to me much more evolutionary, changing very gradually rather than producing a new model/version every few months.

I have been trying out PCLinuxOS, which is a rolling release. I don't find it unstable. It is well-proven, and competent without being flashy. Its developers are also quite rigorous about testing whatever updates are provided, and tend to discourage unorthodox tweaking and tuning (customising) because that's often the way to induce instability and crashes. For anyone looking at Linux options I'd suggest PCLinuxOS (which does offer various desktop environments from lightweight MATE to the all-in KDE) is worth a try.

Not that I discount others. Of the various other Linux OSs I have tried out, I'd rate Mint as the slickest and most user friendly, Zorin as the most familiar to Windows XP or 7 users, and - for those wanting to keep alive old, slow computers with limited processor and memory capacity, LXLE.

My advice to those thinking of making the change to Linux: try out a selection of distros. It costs nothing, you will undoubtedly find an OS which suits you, and you will come to like it.

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago KetchupKid

Outstanding find, good sir! Super hi-res pix. Thanks!

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 3 days ago Jorpho

But of course. The comments thread for an article titled "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?" is clearly no place to debate Linux vs Windows.

(Just sayin'.)

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 3 days ago Anupam Good find Robert! :) view
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Why not try
www.freerav.com

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 3 days ago nadahkhi

One of the best site to review software. I always feel one thing missing in comments area, as I want to see comments about something related with topic, like this antivirus. There must be a search area to find comments about the thing in your mind, related with topic.

Hope to see something like that to find.

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 4 days ago BearPup

An excellent site with a ton of free pics. Thanks very much for this - already downloaded several pics to add to my wallpaper collection. Thanks for this one.

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Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download 1 year 4 days ago Geert

Very nice find Rob!

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Best Free App Launcher for Android 1 year 4 days ago Farrukh

I've found Nova is among best ones. Go Launcher is become too much Ady...

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 1 year 4 days ago Farrukh

Yes this is not stable and safe...
Same happened with my Windows 8.1 x64. I simply tried to launch MSDN 2013 iso, and the moment it assigned a drive letter, Windows crashed with a blue screen, collecting log and then restarted.

I was using ImDisk Toolkit and Magic Disk and both are good alternatives.

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Nimbus Note 1 year 4 days ago bernardz xbmcnut asked about google keep. I used to use it, now compared to Nimbus or the others that people are talking about here; Google Keep is easy to use but has extremely limited features. This would be fine for people who require only a few simple notes. For those that need extra features, you will need to look at something else. view
Try Creating Your Own Word Cloud 1 year 4 days ago bernardz It produces nice looking ones quickly, this one, http://www.wordle.net/create has more options view
Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 4 days ago mchldpy

Thanks guys for the answers. Something I learned, MOST of these for Windows/Linux need the back end of a database system.

thanks again,
michael clyde

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Nimbus Note 1 year 4 days ago plkoz

I am using free "Todoist" which is cross platform. It works well on Win 8.1 and android devices.
I'll have a look at Nimbus Note. Todoist is a bit bare and limited.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 4 days ago dpn

ZaraRadio Free Edition works in WINDOWS
http://www.zarastudio.es/en/descargas.php

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 4 days ago webguy

Thanks AndyR. Please see my answer to previous reply. (I was using bootable CD to run it :-)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 4 days ago webguy

I ALWAYS run imaging from a bootable CD (typically Acronis for my PCs at home). In this case I downloaded the PING ISO file, burned it to disk, then booted from the disk. Maybe it was just a one in a thousand glitch. I might try testing it again after first imaging with Acronis. Does anyone know if PING writes to the SOURCE at any point IF you run from the bootable disk like I did? Thanks.

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 5 days ago vandamme

Yes: first take 15 minutes to install ZorinOS, Mint, Deepin, or Ubuntu; then install Airtime. Be free of Microsoft.

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Actually, insomnia lifehacker doesn't work (sorry). Try insomnia lifehacker download.

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Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago Bruce_Fraser

I use Wunderlist to sync my notes, todo list, and lots of other things. It's free, and cross-platform: Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone/iPdad, Windows Phone, Chromebook.
www.wunderlist.com.

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 1 year 5 days ago Y6F0

Try a free program called Insomnia, which keeps the computer awake when it would otherwise sleep.

I'd include a link, but the site flags it as spam. Search on insomnia lifehacker.

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https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 5 days ago mchldpy

Search geeked on me. Anybody recommend similar for se7en x64.

thanks,
michael clyde

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Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago zzc

In my case, Nimbus Note has been working very well on Win 7, an Android phone and an Android tablet since Nov 2014. Besides normal formatting features (bold, italics, super/subscripts, fonts: size and colors, etc) it also supports inserting graphics and tables into notes. One can also organize notes into folders and sub-folders and use tags. Syncing among devices works flawlessly so far.

One of my gripes is that it always uses its own default setting for window position and size (which I do not like) and does not remember my preferences. It seems to forget some other user-settable settings when it is restarted.

It has both a free and paid version. I am a satisfied user of the free version.

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Not Yet Upgraded To Windows 8.1? Beware! 1 year 5 days ago Anupam Problem is specific to your system. Many many people have performed the upgrade without any issues. I am personally running Windows 8.1 since a long time. view
Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 5 days ago MidnightCowboy I have experienced the odd update breakage with Linux but so long as users stay away from rolling releases, such incidences will be fairly isolated. Windows too is not immune from these issues. http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/540791/unbootable-after-windows... Third party security updates have also been the cause of major issues. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-21352762 https://blog.avast.com/2009/12/04/apologies-for-bad-definition-update/ Regarding speed, my experience with an i5 desktop running Windows 7 and Chalet OS as a dual boot is that opening software, file transfers, surfing and the other daily functions I perform are faster with the Linux system. The key here though is that an i5 is not an average machine. Many, especially notebooks, have far less power than that provided by an i5 setup and this is where Linux scores because many are ideally suited to lower powered systems. In general though, yes, Windows mostly does just work as hardware support is excellent but from my perspective I was prepared to sacrifice a little time to sort out compatibility issues because of the other benefits of changing. This of course might not be reason enough for someone else. MC - Site Manager. view
Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 5 days ago Zebedeeboss

I have to agree with Jorpho on this one. I have distro hopped for the last 2-3 years trying to find the right "Linux" that just worked.

Quote "Speed. In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows."

This is the single statment that got me to write a reply. In my findings this is so NOT true. Yes Linux works, and now days it works generally well. Day to day use it is no quicker than a typical windows 7 setup on an average i5 machine.

Now this is just a view point - I have no proof of timings or fabulous screen shots of "Top" etc showing use of resources etc. Why? Because I dont care. I am not one of those who tweaks and fixes and tunes to get my machine to run using just 384k or some other arbituary low figure. i5 with 6gm Ram... what do I care if my machine uses 5.7Gb as long as it works and works well. If it starts to "lag" I usually say - ok what don't I realy need running and start to close things down and this happens more often with Linux than it does Windows. In my experience.

I too leave my machine on 24/7 so not fussed about start up times. I just want to be able to work/play - do multiple things at the same time and not spend hours on a forum trying to find a fix for something that gets broken when an update occurs.

For me... Windows 7 just simply works. It does everything I want. That said - I am a glutton for punishment and I love "playing" with Linux to see if I can conquer it. and conquer is the apt word (sorry couldn't resist that one). I have to fight - tweak - configure - groan - start again - until I get Linux the way I like it.... then BANG!!!! it all goes pear shaped after an update... Sigh!!!

If you simply want a machine to go on the internet and surf Facebook etc - do e-mails and a few documents then Linux can work for you. There are now some truly lovely Distros out there.

But when I need to do something and and do it NOW... I reboot to windows. OK rant over. Its a good informative article (if a little biased). A good example of why I always refer people To Gizmo's site. With the comments section you get to hear for and against, presented in a professional manner to allow you to make your own mind up. Keep up the Great work.
ps scuse typo's and gramatically incorrect punctuations etc :)

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how to get a free tower friends.................

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Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? 1 year 5 days ago budchekov

Interesting, thanks, have a Dell Xubuntu box gathering dust.

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Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago xbmcnut

I now use Google Keep. Syncs seamlessly with Windows and Android App and can access using Safari on IOS. Has location and time based reminders, can store audio and pictures and even allows you to search text on photos. Have not looked back. https://keep.google.com/

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Hi all,
I use pushbullet: https://www.pushbullet.com/

Just thought id throw in my own thoughts.

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Thank you so much for posting this! I'm not very tech savvy when it comes to working in Windows command line environment. Please pardon me if i am missing something obvious but I'm having trouble following your instructions. Here's where things are going wrong for me:

1. I opened Notepad as an administrator, and navigated to Windows/System32/drivers but there was no "etc" folder or file listed. I use Windows Explorer to go to the drivers folder and did find an etc folder there, with a "hosts" file inside it. For some reason the Notepad file-open command does not find the etc folder and the hosts file so...

2. I opened the hosts file in the etc folder directly from Windows Explorer using the Open With command in the context menu to open it in Notepad. I was able to modify the hosts file with the code you provided in your post. However when I tried to save the modified file it said I did not have permission to save a file to that folder, and asked if I want to save it to My Documents instead.

3. I opened the cmd.exe application and entered ProgramName /NOCANDY as directed. But I got the error saying "'ProgramName' is not recognized as an internal or external operable program or batch file." Including the quote marks around the phrase go an error "system cannot find the path specified."

So I can neither modify the hosts file nor can I run the command. What am I doing wrong?

I am running Windows 8.1 on a 64-bit machine. Anyone's help is appreciated!

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Not Yet Upgraded To Windows 8.1? Beware! 1 year 5 days ago jlhunt

DONT DO IT. Had 2 computers now that totally got screwed up. Printers stopped working, Network was screwed up, Restore points were gone. Missing applications. Operating system totally screwed up. Had to do reinstalls on both computers could not get them back to Widows 8. Very frustrating.

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Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site 1 year 5 days ago movrshakr

If they know where the attacks are coming from, why can't the computer owners be notified to clean their machine?

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Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago bernardz If you prefer Evernote checkout OneNote. view
Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago bernardz Have you tried to take it up with their support, I run it on Android and it works fine. view
Nimbus Note 1 year 5 days ago LPLPACA

I use the free version of Evernote (https://evernote.com/), on windows and android, it has worked on every platform I have tried it on, and if you find you cannot get an app working, or there isn't one available for your platform you can still access all your notes via a web page (providing you are connected to the internet)

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Severe Problems with Windows August Updates 1 year 6 days ago v.laurie Unfortunately, we can't provide individual support in the comments. Try describing your problem in our forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/. view
Nimbus Note 1 year 6 days ago kkanalz

The Android app version doesn't work because when it asks for my email address and password, it returns an error message of "Registration failed", even though my email and password are the same as I use on my various PCs and laptops (and other Android apps).

This app may work well on a stand-alone basis, but it surely won't "sync across platforms and devices" if I can't get it registered on my Android.

Uninstalling it now.

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I have been having the same problem for maybe 8 or more months now. I am not able to do a windows update, I get the message that it is not turned on, and that I need to restart my computer. I also tried to get SP1 on my computer and I can not get that also. I have tried everything possible. I did everything that MS said to do and it still does not update. I even did a complete recovery but that did not fix it

Can anyone advise anything else?

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Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site 1 year 6 days ago zdub

Thanks a lot, Rob, now I am wasting time staring hypnotically at the screen.

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I wanted a small fast bare-bones email client so I can have a backup of my online emails. DreamMail looked good at 10meg, but when I started researching it I found it has a vulnerability.

dreamMail e-mail client v4.6.9.2 Stored XSS Vulnerability
DreamMail is prone to an HTML-injection vulnerability because it fails to sufficiently sanitize user-supplied data.

http://www.majorgeeks.com/news/story/dreammail_removed_from_majorgeeks_l...

It's recommended that you do not use it.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 6 days ago crombierob

Were you running Windows when creating the image ?
If you held a gun to my head, I still would never create images, unless I was using a bootable CD (Windows NOT running)

Rob
PS Ditto for Partitioning, etc.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 6 days ago webguy

FYI RE: Windows 7 enhanced Windows Backup and Restore application:

At home I have been using Acronis True Image for years. I decided to try the Windows 7 built in Backup. I backed up a Windows 7 installation with both programs. Acronis was set for Maximum Compression. The Acronis result took up 6GB. The Windows Backup result took up a whopping 16GB! I suspect Windows Backup does not compress or else only uses minimal compression.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 1 year 6 days ago webguy

First, thanks for your work on the reviews!

PING CAUTION: I was giving PING a first test by backing up a fresh Win 7 Pro install on a Dell Optiplex 330. I told PING to save both the System 100MB and C: (rest of 80GB drive) to a USB drive and to save NTFS details. It started, ran a few seconds, then shut down the PC. (Shutdown is the setting I used.) The PC THEN WOULD NOT BOOT. It said "Disk Read Error". I found it only wrote a few small files to the USB drive. I put the corrupt source drive in a USB adapter to look. I found it now has a 102MB raw partition, 74GB UNALLOCATED, and a 8GB raw healthy primary. I don't know if this was related to the hardware, the fact that I specified 2 partitions, that it was Win7, or something else. PING forums mentioned a few related items such as XP source corruption, that PING writes stuff to the source (maybe temp files?), and a mention of issues with certain Dell models. Does it really try to write to the source? Over the years, with other software, I have had a few bad images but never corrupted the source drive! (I am sure I selected the correct source and destination.)

Anyway, I think I should look for a safer free imaging solution for the non-profit I am supporting.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 1 year 6 days ago nearlycrazy

Hi.
Off and on the last 4 days I been following your how to fix.
It's just amazing the work that was put into this site to help people.

Thank you very much for being here and solving my issues.

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Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? 1 year 6 days ago Maniac

..that`s a little bit stupid.if a Registry get`s screwed up,this is may a user fault,may the cleaner used is crap.Howeveer i`ve tested half a dozen of this sort tool-See my comment about best Regcleaner-.For a pc user who try`s out a lot of programs that comes with all the PC mag`s,it is inevitable to use a good Regcleaner.The Registry bloaths up more and more,for example, my Win XP Registry has 120MB of size.Several times i was forced by xp via:
..ther is not enough space for storage further Reg. Entrys...
And also a improper running system,caused by some installations can be cured.In my Opinion, for near a Decade there was an overemphasis on Systemspeed performance.

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Best Free Registry Cleaner 1 year 6 days ago Maniac

since w9xx days i have used regcleaners like Microsofts Regclean,later toni arts Easycleaner:
http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ecleane.htm
and also ccleaner.Wise cleaner have i also tested
for a short time,but it was not that good.
But for all users who do not permanet install Programs,or new hardware drivers,Easycleaner&Ccleaner are sufficient.
It`s not bad to run them in Sequenz,this improves the number of
invalid Reg entry founds.

[Moderator's note: All content related to commercial software edited out. Not allowed.]

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Best Free Word Processor 1 year 6 days ago BabsHoxforth

I've found Ableword a reliable little program. www.ableword.net. Has lots of features and has been very reliable so far (been using it for a few months). It opens pdf files too.

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Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 1 year 1 week ago v.laurie Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious. view
Best Free Web Site Ripper 1 year 1 week ago chiappa

I tried a lot of these. Including Darcy Ripper, SiteSucker, Free download manager. But for me nothing seems to beat HTTrack. Although I've had some problems with it on command line with Linux.. but the HTTrack GUI for Windows has been more successful in some cases.

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Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility 1 year 1 week ago Duncan Clarke

I'm a little confused here!
I tried this, loved it, sent a donation.
But one thing gets me; it seems this is a TSR program.
When I "lost" it from the taskbar, I started the program from the original install exe and found that all my settings had disappeared.
Is there any way to store my settings within the install program? Or can I export them to a file? Is there any way of overcoming this?
Thanks for an otherwise great program.

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Free Antivirus - 2015 Version 1 year 1 week ago rob.schifreen Whatever operating system you run, it's a good idea to use some sort of AV software. For example, if someone gives you an infected Word document and you forward it to one of your customers, you'll never know until it's too late. view
Free Antivirus - 2015 Version 1 year 1 week ago rob.schifreen Indeed. And as I mentioned every time, all the software I ever write about here is checked with VirusTotal. view
Best Free PC Games 1 year 1 week ago Panzer Elevator Saga - the elevator programming game: http://play.elevatorsaga.com/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 1 week ago Panzer SWATd lets you configure 'sensors' that check your PC's external environment. When enough sensors 'fail', SWATd will run a script for you: https://github.com/defuse/swatd view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer 1 year 1 week ago Panzer "... ZPlayer is a music player written in Java, because of this it can be run on any operating system that has a Java Virtual Machine installed (version 1.6.0 or higher). Below, some of the features that this player supports: - Native support for MPEG files Layer I, II and III (MP2, MP3), PCM Wave (WAV), Vorbis Ogg, Flac, MOD files (S3M, MTM, IT, XM, UMX, MO3), Dolby AC3, MID (with SF2 SoundBank support) and CDA; - Support for Winamp2 plugins (only for Windows and Java of 32bits); - Support to extended audio format (24/32bit / 7.1ch / 192Khz), in Windows with JNI DirectSound implementation, and Linux with JNI ALSA implementation; - 16-bands equalizer; - Sound effects such as bass redirect and wide stereo; - Automatic matrix conversion between channels: Mono, Stereo, 4.0, 5.1 and 7.1; - Anti-aliasing and interpolation in resampling audio to provide the best possible quality; - Independent volume channels with redirect between them; - Support for multiple languages; - Support for developing plugins to support new audio formats; - And an innovative skin, where the speaker vibrates according to the intensity of the bass ...": https://sites.google.com/site/zankuroplayer/us view
Best Free File Manager 1 year 1 week ago crombierob

yes truly portable.
I have dozens of copies in their own folders, for different categories of use by me.
I am 'a bit of an old woman' so I avoid running more than one of them at a time
I am a VB6 programmer, and I avoid dependencies (things that need installing), like the plague.
I don't use the Registry (use Settings.ini instead)
His program is written with VB6, and has no dependencies (no need to install). And I note he too has a Settings.ini in the Data sub folder.
Most of my programs do not need installing, but I am awed by the fact that he has achieved the same goal, with such a feature rich program.

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Free Antivirus - 2015 Version 1 year 1 week ago jorgeem1717

You have Virus Total where you can submit files or URLs to be scanned. https://www.virustotal.com/

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Free Antivirus - 2015 Version 1 year 1 week ago audit2

Do any of you remember a website where you could upload a file and it would scan it with approximately 60 or s9 engines?

THANKS

Robin

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Best Free File Manager 1 year 1 week ago bawldiggle

Thanks crombierob for your suggestion "XYPlorerFree"
The features list at http://www.xyplorer.com/features.php ... is a little overwhelming with a lot of in-house jargon, but I found the screen shots promising.

As a dinosaur from the last Ice age I find picture graphics very annoying (I am an AutoCad addin & Excel addin developer) -- I like simplicity (less bloat and more screen real estate).

I will give XYPlorerFree a trial and join the forum to clear up my critical needs that are only available in the PRO version ... regx searches, search for JPG file editable properties, content searches are crucial, and the big one "drives bar". The screen shots do not show a drives bar.
Hopefully my trial and XYP forum will clear up my concerns.

What I do LIKE is XYPs (promise of) portability ...
- I detest my registry being filled with "guff"
- if XYP is truly portable ... I am in ... makes image restoration so much easier.

When I have played with XYP for a while I will feed back here

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 1 week ago MidnightCowboy In terms of speed I can only relate to the daily tasks I perform on a dual booted machine running Windows 7 and an Xfce based version of Linux. The most noticeable difference between the two systems is browsing and as this takes up a lot of my time I prefer to use Linux rather than Windows. No doubt I could close the gap somewhat by disabling my Windows antivirus and other security software but this is not something I would be comfortable doing, or recommend to other users. Some others share the same experience. http://www.quora.com/Why-does-Linux-seems-much-faster-than-Windows http://www.techdrivein.com/2014/02/why-is-linux-faster-than-windows.html http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=74 If you wish to debate this further, please use the forum thread. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14871-windows-vs-l... view
Best Free Web Browser 1 year 1 week ago spiderpig168

There is another great alternative out there called Polarity Browser. It is light on resources and very fast.

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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 1 year 1 week ago Jorpho

Isn't this a bit one-sided? It reads less like "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?" and more like "Why Linux Is Better Than Windows and You Should Have Moved Already."

Here's a good reason for sticking with Windows: what if I don't want to spend hours on end exploring the infinite number of different ways that "everything in Linux can be changed to suit your personal preference" ? What if I don't need that kind of fine-grained customization? Especially if the obscure combination of features I decide to look at happens to trigger some bug that wasn't adequately tested for and for which the developers (or the "community") has no particular interest in developing a proper fix? And even if said combination of features works, what if the developers have no interest in keeping it that way?

Also, I'd like to see your benchmarks for the statement "In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows". (I hope you're not referring to boot times. I leave my computer on all the time and could not care less about boot times.)

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Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More 1 year 1 week ago Marshal Anderson

I ran a few papers through this, some with very low standards of written English, and it didn't do as well as Word in terms of spotting errors. Those it did spot, it explained better than Word does. It picked up no plagiarism; not clear exactly how it's testing for this.

I might suggest my students use this /after/ all their other proof-reading processes have been gone through just in case it picks something up, but it's certainly not something they should use on its own.

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Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 1 year 1 week ago AkramKhan

I just installed Windows 10 Technical preview and it's good. You can use it too, no bugs nothing else, also many new things are here like Cortana, I'm updating to the latest build, excited now. :)

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Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely 1 year 1 week ago rob.schifreen Have a look at XAMPP. view
Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely 1 year 1 week ago rob.schifreen I specifically said "develop" for a good reason. I do not recommend hosting web sites on your own PC, for all sorts of reasons. Bandwidth and security to name just 2. But having a local web server during the development phase can be very useful. Apologies for the confusion. view
Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 1 year 1 week ago Anupam Yes, Start Menu is not there, that's a problem.. but still, work gets done. You can opt to boot straight to desktop, and after that, it's just like normal windows. I don't use apps at all.. what's the need when you have regular software for Windows. What do you mean by modern UI? I agree Windows 10 is an improvement over Windows 8, and people will like it.. and I too am looking forward to it. But, I personally did not face much problem while using Windows 8. I did miss the start menu though. Windows 10 is not ready for regular use though, still a preview. Will be sometime before it is released for general use. view
Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 1 year 1 week ago AkramKhan

What's not in it? Modern ui, no Start menu, weird apps and slow charms bar. I'm beginner not advanced user, I think Windows 10 is for people like me. No charms bar, nice start menu with modern apps, no modern UI; simple and easy to use.

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Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 1 year 1 week ago Anupam What do you find annoying in Windows 8? view

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