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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Remah

I agree that it is very useful. Most competing products don't provide the better features.

The problem is that it is a flawed product that needs a major overhaul to fix it. Google initially bought it rather than developed it and I suspect that set much of its future trajectory:

  • it is single user so there is no proper multi-user option to share work on a network or work from different computers. Web albums can be colloborative but this was a recent feature (v3.6).
  • it stores photo info in separate picasa.ini files so if you lose them you can lose a lot of work;
  • etc.
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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Remah

FotoBounce is free with facial recognition as a key feature for organizing photos. I haven't used it but it runs on Windows and Mac OS/X.

If you try it, let us know how it goes.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Remah +1 rhiannon, exactly what I was going to say. I actually moved to Google Photos and paid for a subscription. I soon dumped it because it defaults to working with files according to the date a photo is taken. I prefer to work with on-disk organization in folders because I have many photos that are scanned so they don't have the correct date. Picasa works either way so it allowed me to organize my photos by putting them into file folders named by date. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon I agree, so many programs are organizers or editors, and I'm not seeing yet a program that has the balance of the two that Picasa desktop does. Zoner probably comes closest, but in the newer versions, you have to be online to use it......deal breaker for me, I've already got enough stuff chewing up my limited bandwidth. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Frank D

Thank you! My hopes are not high for an equivalent. Picasa was unique. Everything you could want was there. A nice balance of simplicity and complexity. I'll hold onto it and use it as long as it remains operational. For them to abandon something that was so useful is very sad. "Progress" wins out over utility and user satisfaction.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon I"ve been looking since last night and a good part of today, haven't found anything so far but if I do I'll share it. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon I agree, Google Notes was good. When they shut that down is when I stopped using Google products for the most part......I still used Google Reader but then they dropped it. Likely Google Search and Gmail will stick around..........the rest, who knows? I read that they have a program called Google Keep that's supposed to be a notes program, but I haven't looked it at given the longevity of other Google products. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon I'm thinking Feedburner will be biting the dust, I've been reading reports how it's not being developed and rumors it will stop being supported. Who knows what's next though.............. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon Good question. Google continues to shut down programs (for example, the demise of the much loved Google Reader and now Picasa) that seem popular. I don't use many Google products anymore because they disappear, I'd rather use something I know will be around for a while, and if it goes away, there's going to be a reason I understand for it. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon Flickr is owned by Yahoo. They are cutting well over 1,000 jobs. I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to scale back and retire products and take another direction. It will be interesting to see if they continue to support Flickr. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Frank D

I took a quick look at Flickr and was unimpressed.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago jandbrare

Why? Why? I use Picasa every time I download pictures to my PC. I use it for cataloging, editing, collages, Geo viewing, uploading to Picasa Albums and more.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago habogee

I use the face recognition feature quite often. Does any other freeware offer this feature?

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago danielson

Diffractor is a nice program and from what i can understand it is a freeware/donationware program.
http://www.diffractor.com/

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Altnetcoza

I guess it was only a matter of time… Presumably the next (and last?) to go will be the desktop version of Google Earth, and after that there’s not much left for the vandals at Google to kill.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago hramat

Indeed. I am still missing proper alternative for both web picasa and pc software. Have to also agree with RSS, still no solid replacement! Pity that they do not release it as open source.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago Chris Caven

Picasa Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
https://alternativeto.net/software/picasa/

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago danielson

Another Google blunder.

Google Notes was excellent, Google RSS Reader was superb!
What gives Google?

At least if Picasa could be released as Open Source...

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 1 year 3 months ago emphyrio

I'm a little sad about the demise of Picasa. I found it easy to use and polished, with useful features but not too many. Too bad that all good things come to an end.

Are there any recommendations for a desktop alternative to Picasa?

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Best Free Online Genealogy or Family Tree Applications 1 year 3 months ago okrick They really do provide guest accounts. The linked pages were moved and I updated the links accordingly to http://help.ancestry.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/577/kw/guest%20registra.... All of the sites that provide feature limited freeware nag to some extent. Ancestry is no different in that respect. Thanks, Rick view
TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 1 year 3 months ago Ratzo Yes Truecrypt is still safe to use the following article is worth reading https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm view
Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 1 year 3 months ago Tappy

Hello Gizmodians, I have been using the suggestions on this site for many years. I need some help with this one. I would like to put multiple animated gif files in a folder, then view the files in a grid format with dimensions I specify(to cover entire monitor space) while remaining animated. Does anyone know of a program capable of this? If not what would the code be to create a webpage that would meet those requirements? Thank you fro your consideration and keep up the good work, Sincerely, Tappy

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Best Free Online Genealogy or Family Tree Applications 1 year 3 months ago Moonwink

Both links provided for Ancestory.com end up at the same page "Support Home" Ancestry is all about subscriptions and they are costly to maintain. Once your subscription runs out, so does your access to the information you've posted. They keep sending "new clues/matches" as they come in but you can't see them. They're just teases to get you to re-subscribe.

You can read about "Guest" accounts at:

Register for a free limited "Guest" account at:

(If you're sending out updates to this section please verify the links take you to the pages you're referencing.)

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon FYI, Russian internet search engine Yandex purchased Agnitum Outpost: http://www.agnitum.com/news/2016-01-14-yandex-acquired-agnitum-technolog... view
Free Online Index Card App Helps You Organise Your Info 1 year 3 months ago subtext

Really?

The Company does not warrant that (i) the service will meet your specific requirements, (ii) the service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free, (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the service will be accurate or reliable, (iv) the quality of any products, services, information, or other material purchased or obtained by you through the service will meet your expectations, and (v) any errors in the Service will be corrected.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago greyman

Thank you for posting this, Rob. for small businesses with servers to back up, this is a great option. I do not have a business such as that, and I currently use Macrium Reflect.
One thing which I think puts Veeam and its product in a position to help the average PC user better than Macrium is the amount of information available on video explaining everything it does, and how to do it. When you download the product, they send you scads of support info and vids via email, very succinct and detailed.
Macrium is great, but not for the person who has never used it. They have very little info for the user on their site, if any. I had to look arount the web for instructions, (not from Macrium) as to how to use it to image my drives before doing a windows 10 upgrade. ( Didn't upgrade yet, too dodgy, still)

Anyone out there ever use DriveClone? They have a free and paid versions. Just having a bit of a problem trusting the company, which is Chinese. I would love to know if their free product is not some kind of trap with the product clones your drive, but you have to purchase their software if you wish to restore. It would be great if someone here at Gizmo's could check it out.
Thanks again, for all of your great suggestions.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 months ago Panzer "... Zed is a fully offline-capable, open source, keyboard-focused, text and code editor for power users ...": http://zedapp.org/ view
Best Free Text Editor 1 year 3 months ago Panzer "... Zed is a fully offline-capable, open source, keyboard-focused, text and code editor for power users ...": http://zedapp.org/ view
Best Free Programming Editor 1 year 3 months ago Panzer "... Zed is a fully offline-capable, open source, keyboard-focused, text and code editor for power users ...": http://zedapp.org/ view
Finds of the Week: Print to PDF in Windows 10, Must-See Sky Events for 2016, Gmail Adds Two Safety Features, Free Boot Failure Troubleshooting Chart 1 year 3 months ago jbhq

WOW ! excellent find.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago famewolf

I currently use macrium as well..the free version only allows full backups while this includes 2 other options including file level. Additionally it appears to allow volume resizing on restore according to the user guide which would allow you to restore to a smaller ssd for example.

[Direct file link removed as per site rules]

I have not used it yet..just downloading and plan to test it against macrium for a few months.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago Marnes

The landing page being a bunch of buzzwords and little true info - which is sadly pretty typical for companies lately - is a big turn off tbh... I'm gonna check it out but I doubt it's gonna knock aomei backupper off its throne. I see incremental backups being mentioned but that better be included as a free feature or it's an automatic loss imho.

Edit: having to make an account (and thus adding yet another attack point for hacking/database leaks/etc) just to download something is big turn-off too.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago famewolf

This is great news! I'm trying to migrate to a ssd and was hunting alternatives since I didn't think macrium would fit the bill. Is it still fully backwards compatible with older backups if I want to do the resizing on the destination?

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago Remah

If you have one or two systems and no VMs  or servers then, apart from the integration with server-level products, the benefits of Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE are more limited compared to Macrium Reflect Free Edition. In this case, the biggest difference is likely to be incremental imaging. deduplication and exclusion of the recycle bin and other unneeded files. In other words, after the first full backup Endpoint Backup defaults to incremental backups - only changes since the last backup - to save storage space. If you keep copies of many files -  I duplicate my local cloud storage folders (One Drive, Dropbox, etc) - then the storage saving can be massive.

IMO, there is no significant benefit in file-level backups which are not available with Reflect. I avoid them because it is too easy to miss out key files and you only find out when you need to restore them. Partition/volume-level backups catch everything more easily.

[Edited] Veeam has two free backup products and I got them confused: Veeam Endpoint Backup FREE and Veeam Backup Free Edition for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. The latter is primarily a solution for different issues than most personal users have. Veeam clearly designs and markets the free Veeam products to integrate with enterprise-level products - read that as server products: Products for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V (page down a couple of times to see the Free Tools list at the end). So if you want management and automation of backups for servers with multiple systems and VMs (virtual machines) then you also have a very good option with other free software to help.

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Best Free Undeletable File Remover 1 year 3 months ago XjFV845Z

I just used it. Worked well. No negatives.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago Remah

Our Best Free Drive Cloning Software article is not up-to-date on Macrium Reflect Free Edition v6. Reflect allows more than just full (entire system) backup:

  • volume-level backup which is any partition
  • differential backup which is everything since the last full system or volume-level backup

Reflect also allows "volume resizing" - on the feature list it is "Reorder & resize partitions".

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Finds of the Week: Print to PDF in Windows 10, Must-See Sky Events for 2016, Gmail Adds Two Safety Features, Free Boot Failure Troubleshooting Chart 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon I'm not sure what you mean about a teaser. The link is to a PDF file that you download and save to to your system. In the upper left corner the author mentions the book that chart comes from, where the book is available from, along with a notation that the author has done his best to make sure the information is as accurate and up to date as possible but cannot guarantee the information is correct and that it may not fit your situation.........looks like a standard disclaimer to me. The other books the author has written are listed in the upper right corner of the flow chart. There are two images of books that the person has written in the lower left and lower right corners of the file. The information isn't obscured, you don't have to click on anything, visit any particular website, or sign up for anything to see the chart - click on the link and the PDF downloads directly to your system with the whole chart clearly visible. As far as I'm concerned, none of that negates the value of the information in the chart. view
Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago beergas

Agree to Macrium. Full backup is fastest I've found. Others way slower and Macrium continually keeps support.
Works quick to a D drive attached. Restore is fine tho tad longer than creating backup. Never bother with the other two usual options since full is so fast and better chance of getting away from whatever causing need for it like a bug
or virus attack or new change. Run every 5 days and hardly do the built in Windows Recovery anymore. Shame but all these commercial or pro$ ones don't cut it.

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Finds of the Week: Print to PDF in Windows 10, Must-See Sky Events for 2016, Gmail Adds Two Safety Features, Free Boot Failure Troubleshooting Chart 1 year 3 months ago Sea Mac

The complete and interactive web version of the troubleshooting hardware flowcharts - including the one you linked to - are here: http://www.fonerbooks.com/pcrepair.htm

A very useful resource for ALL computer repair technicians!

Many Thanks!

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago Gravwell

Running Win 7, 32 bit. Installed software. Created boot disk. System would not boot from CD media. This means that any backup created would be useless in the event of a system failure. The program itself does not provide an option to create another boot disk. [Commercial reference removed as per site rules]

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago clas

hi rob, thanks for the post. was wondering what makes this entry different than, say, Macrium Reflect.
I have been using backup software for decades and it is a must-have and must-do for me. Macrium has always been perfect and never a problem. So what does Endpoint bring to the table that is different or better or it it just another name that does the same?

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Finds of the Week: Print to PDF in Windows 10, Must-See Sky Events for 2016, Gmail Adds Two Safety Features, Free Boot Failure Troubleshooting Chart 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

The troubleshooting flowchart appears to be just a teaser to get you to purchase one of the complete PDF guides. Think I'll take a pass on this one.

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

Having a computer crash and having no reliable backup application is a nightmare and can cost you financially if you need to call in experts to do a repair. Will definitely take a look at Endpoint.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 1 year 3 months ago Joe A.TT

Hello and welcome RodWilliams :-). Please post in the Linux forum where we would be able to provide better support: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/

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Get An Enterprise-Grade Backup Program For Free 1 year 3 months ago mjt328

Thanks, Rob. This appears to be worth checking out for sure.

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What ISO Files Are - How to Open and Use Them 1 year 3 months ago ch120508

I have a directory which contains both Windows & Linux, is there a S/W available to create an iso image that works on both Linux & Windows system?
Thank you!

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 year 3 months ago LeeW777

I've been using Private Firewall for several months now with good success. I find the popups quite handy as (being paranoid) I want to know exactly what programs and software are attempting to access the internet. I'd also give it a 5-star.

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How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free 1 year 3 months ago RodWilliams

I am doing, or trying to, do what the article is about. I have successfully created a stick and booted an XP machine. I want to enable the XP machine to boot on linux and have achieved this. However with onme hard drive (albeit multiple partitions I can see my way to adual boot. However, I want linuxmint17.3 to replace XP, not supplement it. All my data is now on a new Win 10 device so how do I get rid of XPSP3.

RW

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 1 year 3 months ago snakyjake

I'd report the issue to the qBittorrent forum. There might be something with queuing or it might be something how libtorrent works.

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The Simplest Way To Share Text, Images, Sketches Etc 1 year 3 months ago rltidd27

Actually you do not need to download the evernote program. Available right on the web. With this you have one thing to remember, instead of a url. Just one man's opinion.

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The Simplest Way To Share Text, Images, Sketches Etc 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

With Evernote you still have to download the application and remember a password (which is no easier than memorizing a url.) Klip doesn't offer the same level of functionality but for those who prefer simple stand alone tools it appears to have some value.

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Microsoft Releases More Free Books 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

Experience has shown that providing original thoughts to people with their head buried in the sand is usually pointless.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 year 3 months ago shnbwmn

I've tried a lot of these types of apps and the one I've stuck to persistently is IObit Uninstaller. It does a damn good job and has a lot of other options too, like removing Win 10 Apps that can't be uninstalled, such as the free Onenote app and XBox. If you don't want any adware and such, then use the portable version available at PortableApps.com. I wouldn't install an uninstaller program in the first place anyway. It's a pity that they've apparently been spamming this site because their product is excellent - definitely deserves at least second place.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 1 year 3 months ago crombierob

Did you activate the 'Verify' option ?

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 1 year 3 months ago cmonster

I want to like qBittorrent, I really do... I've tried it of several separate occasion but I can never get it to work consistently. If I can get it to start working, it's great. Its clean interface, speed, light resources and such is great. Unfortunately I inevitably end up with the dreaded "STALLED" torrent which I cannot get going again. It just sites there.

So I end up using Tixati, it's good, stable and predictable but it can seem like overkill at times. Perhaps someday I will find stability in qBittorrent, but not today.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 1 year 3 months ago lunchbeast

This thread might be a little old for this question, but has anybody had trouble with FastCopy dropping files? I tried several times to copy a directory from one drive to a backup drive across my network. File counts match in the log match the source directory, but when I check the destination, a handful of files are missing. No errors in the log file, and the files were not in use when FastCopy was running. Tried several times, with option Copy Overwrite selected each time, but the same files seem to come up missing. FastCopy says it copied all 277, but in reality it only got 269.

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The Simplest Way To Share Text, Images, Sketches Etc 1 year 3 months ago rltidd27

Seems to me that using Keep, OneNote or our favorite Evernote would make much more sense. By signing up ahead of time all are available on the web. Would not need to memorize a url. Just sign into your account and make a note.

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The Simplest Way To Share Text, Images, Sketches Etc 1 year 3 months ago KRT

Nice find, but before one gets too excited, the size limit on a single image is 5Mb, quite low by present-day standards.

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The Simplest Way To Share Text, Images, Sketches Etc 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

Or maybe your secret decoder ring and shoe phone have malfunctioned and you need to contact headquarters to let them know KAOS agents are stalking you. The write up was amusing and Klip does appear to be a very friendly tool worth trying.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 year 3 months ago Prof. Jewell

Please look down the list of comments. You will find quite a discussion of pros *and* cons for IObit.

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 1 year 3 months ago melen001

Excellent reviews but I'm wondering why haven't you included IObit's excellent uninstaller??? I have use Revo, Geek and IObit and all are very good but consider IObit to as good or better.......

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Free Online Index Card App Helps You Organise Your Info 1 year 3 months ago Schyther2001

Is there any app that is better than the "old" ECCOPROX???

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Free Online Index Card App Helps You Organise Your Info 1 year 3 months ago dwainwood

You may want to look into an old program called ECCO. It has been enhanced over the years by an individual that goes by the name Slang.
Great for outline indexing, calendar and phone book. The left column can contain various folders to segregate your notes.
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/ecco_pro/files/**Ecco%20Pro%20v.%204.01**/
Has a dedicated group of followers.

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 1 year 3 months ago lastsaves

Hi, it definitely works, at least between Win7 and Android.
However, I am trying to resolve one problem. From Android 4.4. Kitkat, apps are not able to access external SD card in general, only the folder they themselves created (and it has to be located in Android/Data/ folder). While Dukto does not create any such folder, it is possible to create it manually. but it has to have specific name. Does anyone know how to name this folder to get it work with external SD card? I tried to contact the developer, but he said he has no idea :(

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Free Online Index Card App Helps You Organise Your Info 1 year 3 months ago Rick Grunwald

I use Essential PIM and it works great
http://essentialpim.com/
They have a free edition but I bought it.

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Best Free Window Manager/Resizer/Arranger List 1 year 3 months ago shnbwmn

Lots of options. Too bad most of these haven't been developed in years.

I for one use a combo of AltDrag, Gridy and WindowPadX*, and it works like a charm. Gridmove is also very intriguing, with its huge number of grids available. If you have a certain window layout that you like then it's ideal.

There's also a lot of power in the default Windows hotkeys, like Win+Tab, Alt + Tab, Alt+Esc, Win + T, Win + D, and Win + arrow keys, especially in Windows 10. Power utilities like the glorious Autohotkey should also be in everyone's setup. For instance, I've scripted Win+Q to send Alt+F4, so that windows can be closed quickly; Win + F makes a program fullscreen; Win + [ minimizes all windows, while Win + ] restores all windows; Win + M minimizes only the active window ... etc.

On top of all that, one can also cut down time searching for file/folders/apps by using good launcher programs, like FindAndRunRobot and QuickAccessPopup. With the latter, a simple middle mouse click or Ctrl+Space gives me access to all my important folders or any files that I need to work on. FARR can be configured with aliases to do pretty much anything you want. Alt+Space, type in one keyword, and I can do internet searches, kill processes, open a predefined set of folders, etc.

This kind of thing works even better if you have a portable app setup. All the programs I mentioned are portable, so I have all that power even when working across different computers. I can start them up and shut them down quickly with two little .cmd files I created in the root directory of my drive. It's really amazing what can be achieved with a little thought and configuration.

* Download the master zip from GitHub (https://github.com/hoppfrosch/WindowPadX), as well as AHK_L (https://autohotkey.com/download/1.1/). Place AutoHotKey.exe in the WindowPadX folder and rename to WindowPadX.exe. You can change hotkeys in the ini folder. Also be sure to check the help file (http://hoppfrosch.github.io/WindowPadX/files/WindowPadX-ahk.html) for more functions, like RollToggle, etc.

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Best Free Windows Apps 1 year 3 months ago deya

I've been using 123 Image Viewer for a while now. It's good but I find it a bit buggy, although I notice it's getting updated so I'll stick with it. I've also been using Penteract Picture Viewer which is also quite good but the same applies, it's a bit buggy and could do with an update. But out of those two I prefer Penteract for my needs.

My requirements for an image viewer on one Windows 10 device are simple. I just need to view images stored locally on my 2 in 1 laptop, preferably by using touch, pinch zoom etc. Nothing fancy as regards editing and so on. I can use the Windows Photo app for that.

So I've looked around the Store, read the reviews, tried a few. The one app that I've found, so far, that suits my needs best is Photo Moto. It's a simple image viewer for your locally stored images, no more. But it works the best with touch out of the three I've mentioned. It's very responsive, navigation, zoom etc.

I just needed an image viewer (free) that allows me to quickly load images and zoom in to see them in more detail - mainly for work. Photo Moto is proving to be excellent for that.

Just a bit of an update from my previous post ....... and thanks for the apps lists :-)

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Free Online Index Card App Helps You Organise Your Info 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think all of us have experienced the frustration that comes with having a mountain of information that is poorly organized. Any software that can manage information in a streamlined and efficient manner is always welcomed. Be sure to let us know when that novel gets published.

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Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Program 1 year 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you bitman, the product details have now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
How to Get Free Online Help with Your Computer Problems 1 year 3 months ago MidnightCowboy These could be false positives because of how the installer is packaged but without having full details about the program and where you downloaded it from it is impossible to say. MC - Site manager. view
Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Program 1 year 3 months ago bitman

Sketchup Make is now distributed by Trimble and no longer works with Windows XP or Vista. The OS specifications need to be updated to reflect that.

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How to Get Free Online Help with Your Computer Problems 1 year 3 months ago trincan

Looking for a method to disinfect and sanitize a program installer file for MS windows 8 so that the file still will remain useable to run the application and install the program on my PC. A couple of free online virus scanners have detected possible viruses and malware within the program installer zip file and the file is therefore deemed suspicious .

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 1 year 3 months ago Kumar_Shah

OpenDNS all the way, for the past dozen years and counting.

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Microsoft Releases More Free Books 1 year 3 months ago pctyson

Another MS is evil? Is it necessary here? Really? Have a thought of your own please!
Thanks for the info Rob

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Microsoft Releases More Free Books 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

Unless of course, the source has a well documented history of deceiving and attempting to manipulate the public.

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Microsoft Releases More Free Books 1 year 3 months ago robmets

It's always nice to be able to get info from the source.
Thanks for the update Rob.

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 1 year 3 months ago Partly geeky

You could also try a DNS testing changing tool such as is available here - http://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v2-0/

It is basically an automated multi entry pinger. I use this one and it works great for changing DNS servers.

If you wish, you can add additional DNS entries by altering the .ini file, setting up the new entries in the same format as the already included ones.

Note: If you have little children also using the computer (I don't), you may want to try the one setup for them
such as the one they have - http://www.sordum.org/8127/dns-angel-v1-4/ - to avoid them accessing unwanted content.

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Best VPN Services for 2017 1 year 3 months ago sarahjones

That's pretty awesome list, but i have tried cyberghost by my self, it was horrible experience for me. i mean it works but connecting time is really slow and long. also its comes with limited bandwidth which will not work with torrenting or streaming. i have found private internet access VPN is really nice though. its not free with really cheap. i have check all the aspect on VPNInsights, and found expressvpn, expensive but worth it. here is the detailed Expressvpn Review http://www.mostsecurevpn.com/expressvpn-review/

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Microsoft Releases More Free Books 1 year 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob!
Very interesting link.
Peter

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 1 year 3 months ago Sanpo

Here I like to read news about features, and I want to add some about PDF-XChange Editor as my favourite and the most useful software. Now It has great Bookmark and GoogleDrive plug-ins. Also, it can convert PDF to MS PowerPoint format, open and work with Portfolio, and it can work with documents in SharePoint.

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 1 year 3 months ago Moonwink

I've been using OpenDNS for years and have been saved several times from going to nefarious. i use their "FamilyShield servers because I have no desire to visit porn sites

https://blog.opendns.com/2010/06/23/introducing-familyshield-parental-controls/.

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 1 year 3 months ago eikelein

@Crosseyedlemon

WHAT? Frankly and honestly, do you only fear, expect or conjure that up or do you have a real example? Then please names a.s.o.

I know for a fact that here in Wisconsin AT&T gave me a router that does not allow the DNS server addresses to be changed; I tried it. So I just set openDNS up in all my computers because that overrides the router setting, checked and confirmed.

OpenDNS for home is found at https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago pctyson

Is this why I have to flush the DNS cache sometimes? I have this same problem on several sites, not just this one. Thanks for the workaround.

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Windows 7 Startup Components 1 year 3 months ago FlyingHawk

Thank you for such a detailed (or simplified by your standard) article. Haven't read through everything yet. Bookmarked and will study more.

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 1 year 3 months ago randyh

Avast did work just fine for many years on this laptop, although it probably did slow things down just a bit.
I presume one of the recent updates is what caused the problem (maybe one within the last several months).

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago mauries

Thanks for the advice. Was having the same problem myself!

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago Krunk

Thank you (but now I really feel stupid).

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago gizmo.richards

The left hand column on our home page lists the latest articles. You can also click the "New" in our top menu which will give you a choice of "new", "updated", top rated" and more. This menu apopears at the top of every page on the site.

Gizmo

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 year 3 months ago FlyingHawk

Most people don't have a NAS.
CrypSync is the one I'm using. If you worry about local copies, just use TrueCrypt (now VeraCrypt may be more suitable) to encrypt your local hard drive/system.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 year 3 months ago philip Thanks FlyingHawk. Duly noted. Some free ways to increase storage to 5GB after you install Tresorit are still available though. view
Get Daily Deals on Free and Deeply Discounted eBooks 1 year 3 months ago rhiannon You're welcome! view
Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 year 3 months ago FlyingHawk

Just checked out Tresorit, and their free storage is down to 3GB, not 5GB anymore.

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago Krunk

I've had the same problem when using the link displayed on a gadget on Netvibes.com startpage. Can't use the solution you suggest there.
Is there a way to quickly find the latest article at the Gizmo home (http://www.techsupportalert.com/)?

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Get Daily Deals on Free and Deeply Discounted eBooks 1 year 3 months ago eikelein

WOW!
Thank you Rhiannon!

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Increased Privacy From This Free Public DNS Service 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

Depending on where you live and what internet service provider you have, changing to another DNS might invalidate the contract you have agreed to so users need to be aware of that.

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Links in our newsletter not working for you? Here's a simple fix 1 year 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

For links related to Feedburner I go to the address bar and delete everything after the first = sign and then refresh the page. That seems to always get me to the source article and if I need to insert a hyperlink into a document or e-mail the link is much shorter.

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 1 year 3 months ago gwbm

Sorry - can't get it to work at all (Moto G Android and Windows 10 PC)

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 1 year 3 months ago Panzer WbBrowse: http://wbbrowse.com/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 3 months ago Panzer WbBrowse - web browser: http://wbbrowse.com/ view
Two Ways to Transfer Files Without An External Network Connection 1 year 3 months ago MSwhip

Could you use this app to transfer large number of files (emails) between yahoo.com free account and lycos.com free account?

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