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Best Free VPN 1 year 3 weeks ago gizmo.richards VPNGate is an experimental free VPN network created by the University of Tsukuba in Japan. It is an interesting project that utilises a large worldwide network of servers provided by volunteers. As a result network speed is incredibly variable. Apparently speeds in Asia are usable but when I tested it it ran even slower than Tor. I'm also not entirely happy about sending my traffic through servers hosted by volunteers. view
Best Free VPN 1 year 3 weeks ago gizmo.richards As a generalisation most VPNs do encrypt all network traffic from the PC on which the VPN client is installed. Traffic from other PC's on the network will normally be unencrypted. At a more detailed level the issue is more complex as there are a number of areas of potential leakage on the host PC as well as some options for encrypting all network traffic such as using a router based VPN. What this means is you should not take your security and anonymity for granted just by simply installing a VPN, particularly a free VPN from an unknown developer. view
Best Free Desktop Search Utility 1 year 3 weeks ago kendall.a

For those of you who might have upgraded to Windows 10, here is a good article about making Windows 10 search more efficient and faster:

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/09/01/how-to-make-windows-10s-search-lightnin...

Enjoy.

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The Fascinating Finances Behind A Top-Selling Game 1 year 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Excellent comment Bern. Many people are led to believe that game development is an easy get rich quick opportunity. The public hears about the game that made the developer a small fortune but no one talks about the other 95% of games that provided no profit to anyone.

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The Fascinating Finances Behind A Top-Selling Game 1 year 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Rob is correct that this type of information is rarely shared (and for obvious reasons). The blog is well presented but who the heck is this Dan Gray person? i generally tend to dismiss statistical data of this sort unless it has been verified by independent auditors. In any event the blog does indicate that there is much more involved in game development than most people would assume.

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How to Stop Windows 7/8.1 from Nagging You to Upgrade to Windows 10 1 year 3 weeks ago Faziri

It bothers me that he never actually explains exactly how his gwx stopper does what it does... Does gwx listen to certain registry values that gwx stopper sets? Does gwx stopper just repeatedly kill the process? Does it just hide the icon and popup from the ui using window display settings? "It stops gwx" is not an explanation of how it works.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Since you think Peter is the most credible I'd suggest you reread the last paragraph of his article.

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The Fascinating Finances Behind A Top-Selling Game 1 year 4 weeks ago bernardz

I have some acquaintance with someone who does have quite a significant mobile games business so I have a decent idea of these types of revenue breakdowns. Honestly, to me, considering the effort and money that goes into some of these games. I am not sure the return is there.

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Best Free Word Processor 1 year 4 weeks ago marni

Your choice depends on your needs. If you just want an easy to use word processor whose margins are easily settable [amazing how many apps are so awful at this basic task], allows justified right margins, font and background color tweaking, and text-only clean screens, well, NONE of the apps on this page cut it.
In fact, the only app i've ever found that does is Crypt Edit Lite. Know of any others? Please post the info!

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 year 4 weeks ago marni

Nomacs is a dull average, unless you love its unique features, which are obviously, to use the nicest possible language, specialized.
In sheer use-ability Irfanview is far superior, and i speak as a lazy i-never-read-the-manual [-cause-it's-junk-anyway] user.
It's a pity Irfanview maker resolutely refuses to add selection tools and fix its crummy video, but even with these drawbacks it just blows away the competition. In a way i hate irfanview because otherwise i could switch to Linux [joyously!].

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 4 weeks ago grimbles

Sure, I can fully understand and appreciate users' concerns but that just re-enforces the need for tech blogs to accurately report ALL the facts.

If you Google "Updates for Windows 7 and 8 add spying", you'll see dozens of links to stories all saying the exact same thing. These tech blogs are not researching or investigating, merely replicating. Why? Because it's a good story. Nobody would care if these updates were being reported as harmless, that does not constitute a headline. On the other hand, reporting that they are somehow sinister is almost certain to elicit clicks and comments. And that, my friend, is spreading FUD.

Peter Bright's Ars Technica article is one of very few which actually puts a balanced and level-headed spin on this - I quote again:

"most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent."

Peter also does not have a problem with the data collection per se and does not see it as spying:

"Collecting information about application errors and the way the operating system is used is reasonable. Having an accurate picture of how people use the operating system is likely to produce a better platform in the future; knowing which applications crash, and why, is obviously invaluable if those apps are to be fixed."

That is what I would call responsible reporting. Did you even read his article?

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago Jorpho

I spent a minute Googling and came up with "icalcs".
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/2009.07.geekofalltrades.aspx

You may also want AccessChk from Sysinternals.
https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb664922

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago lowndesw

Dr. Leonhard is a GENIUS!!

I'm giddy as a schoolgirl; just completed this. ANYONE that can untie the Gordian knot of MS Win is a certifiable GENIUS.

One thing these type exercises do for me, is to make me pay attention and follow directions, something the wife says I can't do very well at all.

My system may be a little different, Win 8.1, with Shell, and a SSD. I got a little tangled up on #3 and #7, but believe it is complete and done.

THANK YOU, Vic, for bringing this to our attention. AND all the other stuff, too!!

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How to Stop Windows 7/8.1 from Nagging You to Upgrade to Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago johnvk

@crosseyedlemon LOL. Literally.

Once again Vic: nice find!

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago johnvk

@crosseyedlemon Windows 7 EOL is 2020. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/lifecycle?p1=14481
5 years left. I will use every last drop.
And that is assuming that Windows 10 actually is successful, which may not happen. A lot of people are unhappy with the privacy invasions and forced updates. That might kill it, which might extend Windows 7's life. As XP's life was extended by Vista's failure.

And Vic thanks for the great tip...again!

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 4 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Users have a right to be concerned. Microsoft isn't being completely transparent and upfront about what the updates do. Do you deny that? Why do you think Martin Brinkman and Peter Bright wrote these articles? Just to spread FUD? You say you have 40 years of experience and you seem to imply that that qualifies you to describe this as FUD and paranoia. Good for you. You should try to understand as well that not everyone has the benefit of "40 years of experience", and not everyone is as "smart" as you to be able to figure out what these updates are about. Nobody would be concerned if everything was clear in the first place, is that so difficult to understand?

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 year 4 weeks ago rohan_nuhuna

I've recently finished an application whose main aim is to make this task easy for people who aren't computer experts. If you're an expert, there are a lot of tools available, but it doesn't look like there are solid free tools that make it easy if you don't know what a codec is.

It's called DeepNut and available from DeepNut.com

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago Oldfox

ZenMate for Google Chrome & Firefox...also free...https://zenmate.com/

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How to Get Your Previous System Back After You Have Upgraded to Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago bulla51

I upgraded from windows 7 to window 10 but immediately rolled back as I had to some urgent work and becoming familiar with win 10 would have taken some time due to which I rolled back to win 7.The major set back on roll back was that all the start menu folders/subfolders of installed programs changed to short cut or empty though software and programs list showed all the installed programs. The reason was found to be that UAC security/permissions changed for all users including Admin account. Unfortunately, Microsoft support ,as usual,could not be of any help.It is tedious task to restore security/permissions one by one for each folder/subfolder,installed programs and looking for some command prompt or program which can restore all the installed programs security permissions about which MS support obviously pleads ingnorance.

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Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 1 year 4 weeks ago LeeW777

I would also suggest that you add 'Web of Trust' to that list of security measures. It has saved my bacon several times.

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago cressean

Do installed VPN's encryption cover all network traffic, and would that matter?

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago cressean

I have an answer to my 2nd question. The problem with a browser addon VPN is the tunnel only applies to the browser initiated ports. Flash sends info on unencrypted port or ports outside the browser's control, and the receiver of that data sees the router IP and returns it to the Flash plug-in.
This raises a question. Do installed VPN's encryption cover all network traffic, and would that matter? I think this is important and will raise it as a separate question.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago LeeW777

I have already installed Linux Ubuntu on two of my machines because Micro$oft no longer supports XP. My laptop came with 7 on it, so we'll see how far that gets me.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago HenWin

The upgrade offer runs through JULY 28th, 2016. 1 year from July 29th, 2015, the day Win10 was first made available to the general public.

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How to Stop Windows 7/8.1 from Nagging You to Upgrade to Windows 10 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Microsoft seems to have created a whole new industry of people writing about and designing ways to undo their work. It's almost comical now. Maybe the real goal of Microsoft is to be hated more than the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler.....and yes I'm a Bears fan.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

All the major tech players make market projections for stockholders Joe so this is no big deal. When stock analysts later point out that the target goal is unlikely to be met the company always has an explanation ready for why they will miss along with an adjusted target goal. I remember when Blackberry was in a freefall back in 2008 and they were resetting their projected sales goal almost weekly. It was rather humorous but I guess less so if you actually owned shares in the the company.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Thank you for clearing that up Vic. Your doing a fantastic job here at Gizmos keeping us informed on important tech developments.

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Best Free Search Engine 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

Yobi3D - free 3D model search engine:

https://www.yobi3d.com/

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... DNSCrypt is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver. It prevents DNS spoofing. It uses cryptographic signatures to verify that responses originate from the chosen DNS resolver and haven't been tampered with ...":
http://dnscrypt.org/

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

"Pop, Pop, Win!" is an implementation of Minesweeper in Dart:

http://dart-lang.github.io/sample-pop_pop_win/

 

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How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird 1 year 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks Shadoefax. The link is now updated. view
How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird 1 year 4 weeks ago Shadoefax

The link to FEBE is outdated. The current one is http://softwarebychuck.com/febe/febe.html

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 4 weeks ago grimbles

I submitted my comment mainly because I'm sick and tired off all the FUD, conspiracy theories and general paranoia associated with all this, not to mention the sensationalist headlines. I have the utmost respect for Martin Brinkmann over at Ghacks but, on this occasion, his article is also misleading and includes poor advice.

I could expand on my 40 years background in the industry but not much point really, it's easy to claim but difficult to prove. I also omitted much of the background purely for the sake of brevity.

An extract from the exact same Ars Technica article that you quoted from says this: "most or all of the traffic appears to be contingent on participating in the CEIP in the first place. If the CEIP is disabled, it appears that little or no traffic gets sent".

Can't be much clearer than that, yet, apparently, you chose not to include that vital piece of information.

As for "CEIP" being a vague term; well you included the exact same term (in the quote from the Ars Technica article) and did not see fit to expand on it. I was merely following suit.

Going on the attack does not necessarily make you right Vic.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago Joe A.TT

You have to understand one thing and one thing alone - Microsoft has announce a goal of 1 billion devices in 2-3 years. IMHO, that was a very stupid thing to do. Microsoft cannot take it back because it has been widely reported, so you should understand they are pretty desperate. They will force users to upgrade rather than be humiliated.

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What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago v.laurie The upgrade is certainly optional. As the title says, this article applies only to those who reserved a copy of Windows 10 back in earlier days. If you reserved a copy, Microsoft assumes you want it. If you didn't specifically reserve a copy, you may be nagged to upgrade but nothing will be downloaded unless you agree to it. view
What to do if you Reserved a Windows 10 Upgrade but Changed Your Mind 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This article has me confused. My understanding was that the free upgrade to Windows 10 was optional and that the offer was going to expire next May. This article seems to be saying that we are all going to be force fed Windows 10 at a time of Microsoft's choosing whether we want it or not. If that was their intention all along then you have to wonder why they created the free upgrade offer in the first place. I have accepted that Windows 7 will not be supported for much longer but I believe I have the right to decided when it's time to upgrade. I wonder how many will move to a Linux setup or Apple if Microsoft continues to act in this manner.

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago minimaxi

Is there any free VPN,which we can use on DD-WRT routers?

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Personally I'd like to see everyone boycott the websites that enforce geo-restrictions. Good point by cressan regarding anonymity. Just because your told your invisible doesn't necessarily make it so.

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago bluefin21

Have you looked at VPN Gate? http://www.vpngate.net/en/

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago cressean

The proliferation of VPNs is natural, given the paranoia generated by the press about privacy. Unfortunately, there is no way of verifying any VPN's authenticity, free or otherwise. And what about MS diagnostics, which has the potential to make encryption a moot point anyway.

So I use a password manager (LastPass) for login security. They have their own encryption, as do my financial institutions. If you use a VPN you are effectively double tunnelled.

The best use for a VPN is securing your portable when using public connections. This raises two questions on checking VPN effectiveness.

I use the Zenmate Firefox and Chrome addon on Laptops I set up. I use it because It is easy for the inexperienced to use, doesn't have ads or caps, and doesn't require an install (works with Linux).

I test by using OpenDNS with a filter set. OpenDNS without Zenmate should flag the filtered site. OpenDNS with Zenmate should not.
My 1st question, is that the best way to check for man in the middle vulnerability?

I also test for Flash leakage (many sites still use Flash) with Cloakfish.com, which will reveal a Flash leaked IP. My router is where my OpenDNS address resides, so the laptop IP is issued by the router (192.168.1.xx). The OpenDNS WAN issued IP is for the router, not the laptop.

My 2nd question is, with Flash turned on, Cloakfish.com reveals the Flash leaked IP as the router IP. How does the Flash plug-in know what the router IP is? (The Ipconfig command shows the laptop to router LAN IP as192.168.1.xx.)

Thanks

Andy

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Wallpaper of the Week: Rounded Soft Colored Stones 1 year 4 weeks ago Sgluber

*thumbs up*
:-)

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

A free Explorer-like to display and convert between thousands different formats (3D, images, musics, vieos, texts, archives...): Konvertor
http://www.logipole.com

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Best Free VPN 1 year 4 weeks ago vin chand

Very useful for these days but why TOR software is not listed..?

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Best VPN Services for 2016 1 year 4 weeks ago WykydWytch

Another satisfied customer of AirVPN here. I've been with them for over a year and I believe that they do meet all of your requirements.

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

Galaxy Forces 2 - a 2D multiplayer space shooter game:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/galaxyv2/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 4 weeks ago Panzer

Spriter free:

http://www.brashmonkey.com/spriter.htm

 

JOSM is an extensible editor for ​OpenStreetMap:
https://josm.openstreetmap.de/

 

easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/easystroke/

 

"... Corebird is a modern, easy and fun Twitter client ...":

http://corebird.baedert.org/

 

Galaxy Forces 2 - a 2D multiplayer space shooter game:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/galaxyv2/

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

FontForge is a free and open source font editor:

http://fontforge.github.io/en-US/

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One Touch to Unblock Websites 1 year 1 month ago rfbass

The download for Windows is from Cnet, so it is probably loaded with crapware from them (Cnet)

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago Bnice4me

Snowden gave you the proof Micrsoft has put back doors in windows for the NSA. Look it up in Snowdens PDF's.

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One Touch to Unblock Websites 1 year 1 month ago Euler

Virus Total don't like the download for Windows nor does Malwarebytes!

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One Touch to Unblock Websites 1 year 1 month ago ldmpub

Does anyone managed to make this addon work in Firefox running on a PC?

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago sinks

I'm running vista.any ideas whyim getting diverted to Microsoft windows 10 from my search bar on Firefox.have not long updated 20 updates for Microsoft.theyre a pain in the ass .Linux looks like the way for me

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago MoisheP

Yet another reason to move to a Linux distro. BTW, MS ICE (Image Composite Editor) is an excellent panorama tool, but it, too, "phones home" to MS (to share photo at their site, to get ads). Again, thanks for listing these security issues.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago v.laurie What is the source of your "understanding"? Do you work for Microsoft? Could you please document the exact purpose of the updates? Can you tell us what the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP) actually does? How does the "experience' of a customer get "improved"? Wouldn't monitoring what the customer does be necessary in order to "improve" their experience? Labeling concerns as FUD without explanation is not helpful. Instead you could do the PC community a service by making it clear for average users what these updates are for. And no - vague terms like CEIP are not an explanation. view
Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago grimbles

This is a load of FUD. It's my understanding that these updates simply enhance the CEIP component and don't even come into play unless that feature is enabled (it's disabled by default).

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago vandamme

You forgot the NSA back doors. I'm an American, and have nothing to hide. But I still run an open source operating system, not Windows or Apple. Bonus: it's better.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago greyman

I am in total agreement with that. If I find it to be true that updates marked as critical are indeed "phoning home", without full disclosure on the part of MS, I would think that organizing a boycott of Microsoft Windows 10 would be in order.
I have never organized a global boycott before, but I learned from the best, and I think it might work. Depends whether anyone comes up with proof that MS is spying in this rather creepy way.

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Download Thousands Of Free Sounds 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

I have been a member of the Freesound site for a few years now and it has some excellent music loops. Some other good alternatives would be Flashkit, Looperman and Neosounds.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago MikeR

Microsoft under its new much-lauded Chief Executive seems determined to get itself black-listed by every computer owner who values their privacy as a right, not a luxury. The Redmond outfit is still attempting to paper over the deceit of pushing out "critical updates" that existed only to assist Microsoft in placing stuff on your computer to promote Windows 10. Friends in the US tell me that Redmond has so far only escaped sanction because it was punting something-for-free, not paid-for -- but that it still isn't out of the woods where that deception was concerned. If it is the case that the company is now seeking to amass data to which it is not reasonably and legitimately entitled, then Microsoft's stockholders need to be ridding themselves of the new man at the top -- and a darn sight quicker than Balmer was de-throned. Ultimately, it's Microsoft's stock price which will suffer as many another follows David Roper's example and decides that if Microsoft is guilty of spying on its customers, then it doesn't deserve any customers, any more.

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Best Free Outliner 1 year 1 month ago crombierob

I gave KeyNote a try, and loved it.
However, when storing images into it, it gets too large.
I used a copy of their sample file and added a couple of Tabs.
Pasted about 3 images into it, and it is up to 100MB already
The author advises against having large files, and I think that is already bigger than he likes.
He apparently is not storing the images in a suitable (small size) format.
Anyone know of a similar program that is economic when storing images ?

I am searching for NeoMem to give it a try (the link above don't work)

Rob
PS one of the images was a scrolled capture of the Author's Features web page.
It is 12MB as a jpg, yet added approx 70MB to the file size
(I managed to work out how to get PicPick to do a web page scroll capture, if anyone is interested)

PPS I tried TreeDBNotes some time ago and loved it.
Then it's complex (internally complex) auto backing up, went haywire up, and the program was unusable thereafter.
I wish people (and developers) would use 'KISS'

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Need To Identify A Song? Just Sing It To This Site! 1 year 1 month ago Groovy Guy

Now that's when Music was REALLY MUSIC !
And don't forget: Doo Wah Diddy Diddy Dum Diddy Do ! Another real classic

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Best Free File Comparison Utility 1 year 1 month ago fishnz

WinMerge now has a portable version

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Best Free File Copy Utility 1 year 1 month ago AJNorth

FastCopy has been updated to version 3.03 (full changelog at http://ipmsg.org/tools/fastcopy.html.en#history).

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There are few sites which promote that they are bundle free of any toolbars and other offers. One of tham is http://www.download.hr/

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago Gil Mensch

Agreed. I use it.

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Need To Identify A Song? Just Sing It To This Site! 1 year 1 month ago zep321

Try the "Witch Doctor Song"

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Free VLC Windows Store Media Player App for Windows 8.1/10 1 year 1 month ago dwainwood

I agree. Daum Player is very good with lots of customization.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago budchekov

WinPatrol is your friend ;)

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago Gil Mensch

I was mainly interested in this program for the YouTube downloading capability. When I discovered that it doesn't download in my preferred format (AVI), I uninstalled it. That's when I discovered another negative surprise: 5KPlayer grabbed all the media file associations for itself, again without asking. After I uninstalled, I discovered my mp3, ogg, flac, mp4, avi, flv, et cetera, files are now unassociated with anything. Yes, of course I can reassociate them how I want, but that should not have been necessary. I'm quite happy with MediaMonkey as my music player and VLC as my video player. New apps should not automatically grab file extensions for themselves.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago MidnightCowboy You make a very good point johnvk, in fact several of the people I still service use MSE and none of them are getting infected. This is because they realize an antivirus solution is only part of the strategy for staying infection free. The rest depends on the user and how they operate their system when connected to the internet. If this usage is such they think they can surf blindly into any site and install software from any source, no matter which antivirus they have, infection is a matter of when not if. Common sense together with browser add-ons such as WOT and uBlock Origin plus Sandboxie, WinPatrol Free and in my case Toolwiz Time Freeze for software testing will be perfectly adequate when used with MSE. MC - Site Manager. view
Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago vandamme

Hasta la Vista, Microsoft! Gizmo has the answer right here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choice-you.htm

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Best Free Office Suite 1 year 1 month ago AJNorth

A major upgrade, LibreOffice 5 was released a few weeks ago. The latest version, 5.0.1.2, was released on 2015.08.27 (release notes are at https://www.libreoffice.org/download/release-notes/).

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 year 1 month ago johnvk

Not sure about listing MSE Microsoft Security Essentials as unsuitable or subpar.
It is true that they rank low on the test scores.
But there's an assertion that MSE focuses on the most popular exploits.
So we might have a "real-world" vs "academic" controversy here.
Ie in an academic settings (AV tests), with contrived threats, ie, including some rare ones, MSE doesnt perform well.
But in the real-world with threats that are commonly seen, it performs just as well as the others.
Ie you have no greater chance of becoming infected with MSE than with any other AV.
MSE is also free and fast, so I would not demote it.

My personal opinion, is if you take the AV Tests, and give them a good shake (ie replace the threats tested with an different but equivalent set), then everybody's going to score differently.
So my opinion pick a fast, unobtrusive one. That's MSE or BitDefender today, but every year brings a new mix.
Actually, before coming here today i would have put Panda on that list, but people here report popups.
And supplement with Malware Bytes anti-malware and Super Anti Spyware once a week.
And use Sandboxie or VMware player or VirtualBox for risky stuff.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 1 year 1 month ago Anupam

Thank you for the suggestion. Please try to include a link for a new software that you suggest, so that other users and moderators don't have to hunt for it. Here is the link for Personal Backup:

http://personal-backup.rathlev-home.de/index-e.html

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Personal Backup by Dr. J Rathlev needs to be looked at. Simple wizard for beginners. Lots of options for advanced users. Copy, full backup, differential and incremental, all for free. Amazing speed. What Ease US TODO backup took more than three hours to backup one of my drives, Personal backup completed it in just 44 mins.(without compression) even verified!! Fantastic. I looked at several backup apps and liked and am I now using Ascomp Backup Maker and Personal Backup. Both German!

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago Gil Mensch

I'll take a look at Unchecky. However, I'm always alert for sneakware. The installer for 5KPlayer didn't offer a "custom" install and didn't give me an option to opt in or opt out of any part of the installation (other than accepting the EULA of course).

From Wikipedia: "Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records." So, Bonjour is part of 5KPlayer's feature set. My problem with Bonjour is that it wants to run all the time as a service, whether I'm using the app that needs it or not. My experience with Bonjour is that it, like the Adobe updater task, keeps trying to reactivate itself even though I want to deny it permission to run.

If I'd known ahead of time that 5KPlayer uses Bonjour, I wouldn't have installed it.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago boristhemoggy

Light Alloy media player, anything else is superfluous.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

I would suggest a free program called Unchecky for the problem Gil encountered. Many downloads today try to sneak unwanted toolbars or extras past you so a program like Unchecky that prevents that is very useful.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 1 year 1 month ago philip

Wuala has announced they're shutting down. They are recommending that users switch to Tresorit, as they think Tresorit can take good care of their data. Tresorit has a tool to get your data out of Wuala and into Tresorit.

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Once again Vic is doing some great research for us. Personally I think spying is only going to become more pervasive in the future. The real issue isn't the spying itself but the lack of transparency of those engaged in it. Companies like Microsoft that refuse to be up front about their data collecting are only going to succeed in driving away potential customers as David Roper has indicated.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 1 year 1 month ago Gil Mensch

5KPlayer installed Apple's Bonjour service without asking if it was OK to do so. When i ran the program, I got an alert from Windows firewall, asking what types of networks it could connect through. Not happy about either of those surprises.

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Review: the Cheapest Inkjet Cartridges Sites 1 year 1 month ago Brycep31

If you are concerned about cartridge quality but you do not want to pay the premium price for OEM or original ink cartridges. Look for vendors that sell remanufactured cartridges that contain the ISO14001 certification and STMC quality certifications. The ISO certification is granted towards companies that follow lean manufacturing practices. The STMC quality certification is an industry specific quality certification granted only to quality manufacturers.

This vendor has extremely low cost OEM and remanufactured toner cartridges that are supported with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Each new customer is provided with a personal shopping consultant or dedicated account manager.

http://www.CanyonOS.com

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Are Recent Patches to Windows 7/8 Letting Microsoft Spy on You? 1 year 1 month ago David Roper

Updates to Win 7 and 8 - if they add spying - are going to be a MAJOR reason that I move to a distro of Linux. I am on Win 7 now and already my HDD light stays on 99% of the time for some reason. I have deleted Apple's Bonjour but that didn't do it.

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Need To Identify A Song? Just Sing It To This Site! 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Wish I had a mike connected to my computer so I could try this....

Ooo eee,ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla, bing bang
Ooo eee ooo ah ah ting tang
Walla walla bing bang...

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 year 1 month ago marcdarkin

Thanks, Panzer. Sorry for the delay. I reviewed ImageGlass a while back (late 2012) and I found out it wasn't good enough for me. My impressions at that moment are shown below. I don't know whether it has fixed the issues I saw then, but the improvements would have to be many for me to include this program in my article. As for InViewer, I'll take a look.
 

This is my review of ImageGlass (IG), one of the programs suggested below in this section (thanks to Debro5, comment #90791).

I tested ImageGlass on two different machines, one running Windows XP SP3 (4GB RAM) and the other, Windows 7 64bit (6GB RAM).

There could be some exceptions, but a built-in folder tree is something essential to me for convenience when browsing, without having to click the 'open' icon or use a keyboard shortcut. IG has no such thing and relies on Windows Explorer itself. It doesn't support any RAW formats either, which makes it very limited for my needs, although the majority of users will view JPG files only. With very few exceptions, the best image viewers (the ones that we account for in this article) provide support for RAW in its various formats or  let you view their embedded picture at least.

It's also important to provide a thumbnail window or a strip so you can eventually jump from one image to another in the folder without having to go through all the files in the middle (if you don't want to click 'open' again). IG has that strip at the bottom of the screen, but it can't handle the images properly, with no apparent reason. Many thumbnails just aren't displayed in the strip and a message "image is too large" appears instead, even with pics that aren't bigger than 3 megapixels and less than 1MB. High-megapixel JPGs seem too much for the app to cope with and just a few of them have their thumbnails displayed. All of these behaviours occur both on XP and W7. There's no scroll bar or left/right mouse sliding for the thumbnail strip, so when it is filled with thumbnails (or with "image is too large" messages) you must click on the first/last tumbnail and press the left/right arrow keys to access the next set.

The 'rotate' feature acts temporarily without affecting the file on disk, which might be a nice thing if it wasn't for the fact that it stays 'on' after your first use and rotates every other pic until you click again to rotate the opposite way.

And now the worst part. I'm sorry to say IG's zoom system is a complete mess. I don't know if I can really express all the odd things that happen at this stage. Mouse wheel zooming is allowed, though it doesn't zoom into the pointer position but just into the top left section of the photo. You can then drag the image around to see a certain area, but once you touch the wheel (or the zoom icons) in either direction you are taken to the top left area again! This is really annoying and very inconvenient, especially at high magnifications. If you keep zooming out, you're suddenly left with a tiny bit of an image: just a small spot on the monitor and lots of white space all around, but then the pic isn't kept at the center of the screen when you reach its outer borders -it just depends on where your mouse pointer was when you zoomed out. Curiously enough, you can locate the pointer over any area on the right hand side of the blank space and it will let you zoom in very slowly until some part of the image appears, then you're taken to the top left again. And it's different if you place the cursor on the left side. I'm having problems to find the right words now; you have to see to believe! Apart from this, dragging the image around to inspect different areas isn't smooth at all.

And then I must say the program crashes very often, both on XP and W7. I had a few "Exception error" messages in different sessions while trying the zoom performance. They could be discarded when prompted and the program stayed open with no other problems except they kept appearing if I used the zoom feature, and only stopped when the program was restarted. Likewise, the app ceased to work completely at other times when using the zoom or random operations that I gave up investigating after a while.

Bottom line: ImageGlass is a buggy product with no really special features and I can't recommend it.

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Best Free Office Suite 1 year 1 month ago almich

Thanks for the tip RCHamilt it works Great ..

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Free Windows Desktop Software Security List 1 year 1 month ago J_L

Sorry for the inactivity guys, but we're back! Well at least I am trying to keep it up-to-date.

Feel free to add your comments, suggestions, and critiques!

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago EvaM

And of course, the people who are most affected by that problem are the ones who will use the same password for as many sites as possible - if one random forum site is hacked, that login information could potentially be tried on numerous websites and might work there too.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago howiem

I know what you mean, but only the Ashley Madison account requires registration, and the rationale for that sis discussed here: http://www.troyhunt.com/2015/07/heres-how-im-going-to-handle-ashley.html

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago howiem

Read their FAQ at https://haveibeenpwned.com/FAQs and then decide for yourself.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago howiem

Just tried it with a couple of email addresses that I never use. For one of them I got the following:

Oh no — pwned!
Not pwned on any breached sites, but found 1 paste. A "paste" is information that has been published to a publicly facing website designed to share content, usually anonymously. Often these are indicators of a data breach so review the paste and determine if your account has been compromised then take appropriate action such as changing passwords. Pastes are often removed shortly after having been posted. Read more on the pastes page.
The paste is dated last October.
I clicked the paste title which links to this page http://pastebin.com/ZwUh4tcG, where I was told that the paste had been removed.
I found myself pwnd at three sites I never use any more, so now I can do what I should have done a long time ago and delete the accounts.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago billdehaan2

Change your password.

As an aside, I had to dig out my Gizmo password to post this. Gizmo wouldn't let me log in, because there was no account with my name. So I tried to recreate the account, but I couldn't use my name, because it was already used.

And this is why people use throwaway emails.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago JimConsidine

Excellent information. And if you are lucky enough to be on this list what should one do to protect themselves from being hacked or exploited?
Thanks.

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago lowndesw

Just how safe is it to register at this site??

"Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get you."

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220 Million Hacked Accounts. Is Yours One Of Them? 1 year 1 month ago Faziri

And this is why I friggin hate it when websites demand you make an account to do even the most basic things like downloading forum post attachments for something you'll only ever need once and after that you never have to be on that site again. I once got fed up with it and asked a moderator to delete my account when I was done and he went "but why would I do that? Just forget you have it". That's like how startssl wants you to pay up before they'll revoke your ssl cert. All this sort of nonsense is getting really annoying.

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Free VLC Windows Store Media Player App for Windows 8.1/10 1 year 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Vic didn't say which video player he uses but I'm thinking it might be the Daum player which has about every feature and configuration option you could want.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 year 1 month ago Realist

I found out that the 2011 version of Image Glass is better than the current version.

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Best Free Sandbox Game 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

Freeminer is a Minecraft-inspired sandbox game:

http://freeminer.org/

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Best Free PC Games 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

Endless Sky - a space exploration and combat game similar to Escape Velocity:

http://endless-sky.github.io/

 

Freeminer is a Minecraft-inspired sandbox game:

http://freeminer.org/

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 year 1 month ago Panzer

Endless Sky - a space exploration and combat game similar to Escape Velocity:

http://endless-sky.github.io/

 

Viper is a binary management and analysis framework dedicated to malware and exploit researchers:

http://viper.li/

 

OpenVAS is a framework of several services and tools offering a comprehensive and powerful vulnerability scanning and vulnerability management solution:
http://www.openvas.org/index.html

 

Turbulenz is an HTML5 game engine and server-side APIs available in JavaScript and TypeScript for building and distributing 2D and 3D games that run on platforms that support HTML5 features such as modern browsers without the need for plugins:
https://github.com/turbulenz/turbulenz_engine

 

Freeminer is a Minecraft-inspired sandbox game:

https://github.com/freeminer/freeminer

 

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