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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Android Apps michaeldemsey3

Free Apps worth $100 on Amazon Appstore

http://dmzilla.com/2014/06/27/free-100-worth-of-android-apps-amazon-apps...

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3 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. crosseyedlemon

The staff at Gizmo's attempts to be thorough when providing product reviews so let's applaud the effort and not complain when they mention items such as Open Candy. I use a program called "Unchecky" http://unchecky.com/ which runs in the background to deal with this type of garbage.

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3 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Geert

>> For this reason alone, I can't recommend that you use the standard, installable version of AxCrypt.
Thanks for at least sharing this great working freeware with us!
I hope the fact that a freeware program includes OpenCandy will NEVER be a reason not to even mention it here!
For me, OpenCandy is no issue given it is dead simple to workaround/opt out.
Just use your brains and read the text of the different installation windows carefully when you install ANYTHING.

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3 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. David Roper

It would be interesting to see how successful a website would be if they offered only CANDYWARE programs. Just Sayin' YMMV

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3 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. SwanKnight

You make it sound like OpenCandy is some sort of malware, it is not. It's adware, and last time I checked it's completely optional.

It's not unreasonable for developers to try earn some money by including something like OpenCandy which is as far as I can tell is completely harmless. If you don't like the included application(s), then choose not to install them, it's as simple as that.

I'm really getting tired of people whining about OpenCandy.

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3 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Web Browser for Android johnblogs

I also like LoginBox which will automatically login to those password protected websites. It's a very nice app.

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3 weeks 5 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. WillSee

I followed the link from drh2020 (http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html). The author is very clear about what he is doing and why, he's not trying to sneak anything past the user.

He also provides a clear explanation of how to install the program without the additional "features" (by explaining a command line install, or for those who don't know what that means he explains what to do to decline them)

There's even the option to download an "uncontaminated" version, but that does require a free registration -- with a working email address

I'd say on balance this is acceptable. He is open and clear on how gets some income to make a free program I want to use, and allows me to opt out if I wish.

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3 weeks 6 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall Barrneywillson

Firefox tech support @1800-935-0537

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3 weeks 6 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? MidnightCowboy

I use Linux for 95% or my work although all my machines are dual or triple booted to include Windows 7. Occasionally, Linux updates can be just a problematic as Windows resulting in loss of connectivity, blank screens and/or other minor issues. :D I usually hold off major updates until I can see what is being reported in the corresponding forums. The good thing is any faults are quickly rectified and fixes posted for anyone who might have been affected. MC - Site Manager.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? godzonekid

Epic... I really must wean myself off Winduhz...

One of the great things about Linux is updates very rarely ever fail.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

I agree with almost all you say except.

I am sure it is easier to crack it if you have the source, as you know, exactly what it is doing.

And I also agree that it is only a small risk of a terabyte of such movies in countries like Australia and the US, but it's not zero. For example, I remember a case in the US where a woman's hard drive was seized and used in evidence against her in court.

Now what about people that travel say to the Gulf States? Do they want to take a risk?

What if you did encrypt a file? In many systems, it is fair obvious what the items are? What are you going to do in court if a policeman states to the judge well we cannot read it, but it is clear it is ..... Also what does happen in some countries where readers here live is that the courts/police/customs/tax demand you unencrypt it? There there are criminals too.

That why I like the hidden and special password I spoke about, it is hard to find, and if they do find it, well you can say it is an old work related data file.

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3 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. Jojo Yee

For those who're interested in getting a full setup with no OpenCandy, open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file and run it with a /nocandy switch, e.g.

AxCrypt-1.7.3156.0-Setup.exe /nocandy

It works like a charm for me. To open the Windows Command Prompt from the folder containing the setup file, see this tip.

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3 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. drh2020

I am pretty sure you can do a custom install and omit open candy.

References:

"For those of you who want to remove OpenCandy: Extract the Axcrypt Installer with OpenCandy Offer using 7-Zip. Open the folder and delete $PLUGINSDIR. This should remove the OpenCandy junk from the installer."
- found on: http://sourceforge.net/projects/axcrypt/reviews

Also, check this out:
http://www.axantum.com/axcrypt/freeware.html

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3 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. EldonW

I have just downloaded the free VSEncryptor from LOKIBIT. The file is 2.24 MB (2.7 MB for Windows 64-bit) and it's clean according to avast! AntiVirus and Malwarebytes Anti-Malware. It can encrypt text and files and supports 21(!) encryption algorithms. It's worth a try.
http://lokibit.com/products.htm#vsencryptor

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3 weeks 6 days ago AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. David Roper

Alas, someone made a good program and crapped on it with OpenCandy.

Maybe one day authors will stop all this sneaky stuff and produce good stuff like PCFile and PC Write. If it's good, people will register...eventually.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook godel

I'll give another vote for the knot-tying site. And their downloadable program looks cheap enough too.

And as someone with an expensive, pre-paid wireless internet connection, I HATE it when a web site uses a huge PNG file when a little JPG would have done as well. For example, yesterday I read a news item that led with a 1.06MB PNG of the Google headquarters.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software formaldahyde

There is freeware cloning software called "HDClone" from a german company called miray-software.
Does anyone have experience with this freeware HDClone V4.3?

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3 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

I don't think that encryption is harder to crack if you have the source. The whole point of *good* encryption is that everyone knows how it works, but everyone also knows that we don't have enough computational power to crack it.

You also need to give some though to what you encrypt. A terabyte of movies isn't worth encrypting, frankly. It would take ages, and the risk from not keeping them encrypted is pretty small. As you say, though, the CRM data is another matter entirely. Although it's interesting that you say you'd be in trouble if you lost the laptop. The whole point of encryption is that it gives you the peace of mind to not care whether or not you lose the laptop. If your chosen encryption product doesn't give you that, then you're using the wrong one.

Sadly, there are very few reliable free encryption systems for Windows (unless you're a fan of Microsoft's EFS or BitLocker, which I'm not. And BitLocker isn't in the home versions of Windows anyway). In the past I've used a paid-for product called BestCrypt, from Jetico, and I note that they're currently offering a discount for former TrueCrypt users. But it's still around $30 a copy.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft mchldpy

has anybody tried or heard of "Input Director"? I've found it hard to find a bad review of it... got to be some.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software to Split, Trim or Join Video Files neo76

The video was copied nicely but there is no audio. Even though VLC shows the audio codec.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

I hope someone does full review on these programs with recommendations as I think we need it urgently. I am not the one to do it as I have only used them rarely.

Some points in no order I think are important. There are advantages to open and closed source. Open source is good because we can see if there is a backdoor, I suspect, however, it is simpler to crack if you have the source.

DiskCryptor encrypted data with AES-256 while AxCrypt only 128-bit key. Currently, that is not a problem but based on current trends AES-128 will be broken by 2031. There is a 50/50 chance that it will be cracked before that.

Some programs like Cryptainer here would not be suitable for many as they have big files, for example, a terabyte hard-drive full of torrent movies or SMB accounting data which are now Gigabyte files. If I lost my laptop with our company's CRM data, I would be in big trouble.

Lastly, two functions, I really liked on one such program it put the encrypted files on a special drive which is hidden so someone who was not that good in computers examining the disk would not see them.

The other one was if someone put a gun in your head and demanded the password, it had a special password and all they would see was a large data file. You could then say it was a damaged CRM data file from work that I tried to fix.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

You're quite right about crypto needing to be open source, but for the wrong reason! The best encryption algorithms are those which, despite their precise details being known, still can't be cracked. Only open source can provide this.

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3 weeks 6 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rob.schifreen

Yes, I wrote about it here a while ago, in a comparison with TrueCrypt. Guess I need to update that!

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4 weeks 3 hours ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. rhiannon

AxCrypt has been around for quite a while and gets good reviews.

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4 weeks 5 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility crombierob

Thanks for 'heads up'
The folder structure got my attention, as getting recovered files without the folder structure is 'wrist slashing'

I have downloaded the three versions.
Can any of those be run from a bootable CD ?

Rob

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4 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

To modify and add new categories in EagleGet just follow the images below
http://i.imgur.com/CF7X00x.png
http://i.imgur.com/yrJyV70.png

You can create unlimited categories and add file types corresponding to those categories.

Yes the interface and buttons are quite huge, although EagleGet v2.0 alpha has rectified it, with smaller buttons and a more pleasing interface for a download manager. The project is still in alpha stage and there may be bugs...

Although portable versions are nice, one of the downfalls is that you might not see a "Download" button for videos you stream if you are into downloading videos. What makes EagleGet impressive is that it's able to capture nearly every video on various sites across different browsers. I haven't used the portable version yet, so you could check and report me, if you are getting a Download button for videos. Moreover the portable versions lags behind the installer versions in terms of bug-fixes.

For better integration and usability, I'd recommend the installer versions for any download manager, and also not to run 2 download managers at once, just as in the case of antivirus softwares.

Free Download Manager is still great option with it's wide feature set that'll appeal all users...

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4 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

I will be considering this AV for my next re-write.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 6 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Thanks for providing this very helpful information. During my next re-write I will very likely be adding this AV to the article. It'll be interesting to see how it compares in tests.

Thank you.

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4 weeks 9 hours ago Organize Information Alone Or With Others sicknero

That's really quite good : )

I don't know if it's something I'd use much but I love the idea.

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4 weeks 10 hours ago Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration Sherryxoxo3

so far, from what i've seen from this site, it is very good, alot of things for everyone, i love it that you have a childrens Bible in here, and so many childrens book. I'd like to see more childrens books on here that is narrated :)

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4 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Screen Capture Tool sicknero

I found that the other day while randomly browsing Snapfiles or some such site.

It's absolutely brilliant! Easy to set up, very fast and light, supports more sharing and storage sites than I've ever even heard of and on top of all that, supports basic file upload to Dropbox and Google Drive etc.

For ages I've wanted some way of interacting with Dropbox/Google Drive from my desktop without having to install the whole lot (and the syncing folders) and ShareX does it excellently. It even has options for Send To and Context Menu entries so you don't need to have it running all the time. Great stuff, one of my favourite finds in quite some time.

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4 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Download Manager sicknero

I must agree : )

I stuck with FDM as it's been my favourite for a long time, but it does have problems integrating reliably with portable browsers. A couple of weeks ago I discovered that Eagleget has a portable version to I decided to try it and haven't looked back. Browser integration is excellent - for portable Firefox it's a simple matter of finding the xpi file in Eagleget's directory and dropping it into FF and it even works very well with less mainstream browsers like Maxthon and Avant.

I have to say I've been very impressed with it so far. My only complaint really is the ridiculously huge (to me at least) buttons on the Metro-style GUI ... if there was an option for small buttons (or even better, a choice of basic Win32 GUI) it would be perfect.

I'd also like more user-control over categories but that's not a deal breaker as I don't really use them anyway.

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4 weeks 17 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Emulation Software Crusty_Curmudgeon

So, you're reason for ranking Gizmo-Drive best Virtual CD/DVD utility is, uhmmm, what, specifically? Is it that you also needed a toolbar in addition to the Virtual drive or that you really, really like the bundle of unnecessary of crap-ware that is foisted on the user at installation? The Software category here is CD/DVD Emulation, AKA virtual CD/DVD. WHY do I need a toolbar, a script editor, and a "Gizmo Manager" in addition to the virtual drive?? Considering that it won't support audio discs, your reasoning can't be format compatibility (unless you've abandoned ISO in favor of the proprietary gdrive format it supports). This ranking makes no sense at all. I can't imagine a logical argument that would justify it, aside from "They gave me stuff to rank them higher." I get that there are many different reviewers with varying perspectives, but this is yet another example of a shallow analysis resulting in an unclear and IMO, unjustified ranking.

Gizmos reviews desperately need is some form of standardized measure by which ratings occur. Over the past 24 months or so, Gizmo's reviews have become disturbingly supportive of bloat-and-malware-ridden apps. I understand that some app developers are faced with difficult decisions in order to market their software and/or derive an income from "free" products. Taking the "open candy" or the bloatware/adware route is a sellout that will eventually end badly. I hope that TechSupportAlert also realizes that reputation is, ultimately, all they have. Ruin that, and you just become another malware distributor website.

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4 weeks 18 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility Anupam

Thanks for sharing your experience. Always nice to know about good software.

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4 weeks 18 hours ago Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook redstick

Good Finds! I'm especially impressed with the knot-tying site. The ability to control the animations is a very nice feature. Thanks!

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4 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility sicknero

I appreciate there's no editor for this thread right now but for anyone reading I just wanted to mention Puran File Recovery (http://www.puransoftware.com/File-Recovery-Download.html) which is part of the Puran Utilities suite but can be downloaded as a separate portable program.

I used it over the weekend to recover almost 2 terabytes of accidentally deleted videos (don't ask...) and I was very impressed.

Firstly, it scanned the 2TB USB drive in about a minute (on standard as opposed to deep scan... deep scan is a lengthy process) and then it presents the results with each file being given a likelihood of how recoverable it is. What immediately made Puran stand out for me was that the scan results can be displayed in Explorer "tree view", i.e. with their original directory structure as opposed to the list of single files that other recovery programs offer. This made it very easy to sort through the results and select what data I wanted to recover.

Recovery speed seemed pretty good - one 25GB folder took about half an hour while the entire 2TB drive took around 28 hours in total. Resource usage on my low-end laptop was excellent I thought - CPU usage fluctuated between 10% and less than 1%, with RAM fairly steady at about 25meg. Good news because it meant my laptop wasn't tied up for the weekend with that one task.

Results also seem very good. Obviously I've not yet watched the entire 2TB of recovered videos, but some fairly extensive random testing indicates that Puran did a good job ... everything I've tried so far plays perfectly.

Lastly, Puran ran for the entire 28+ hours without a glitch or hang.

Granted, this was a fairly ideal scenario (i.e. accidental deletion and drive not used since) and neither have I tried the alternatives for such a large job but I just wanted to mention this program as being well worth a try-out.

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4 weeks 21 hours ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software sicknero

Can I just add that it's easy to use ImgBurn (which also has a bundled installer) as a portable program using the method detailed here - http://www.portablefreeware.com/?id=583

This will avoid the installation process entirely and thus any unwanted bundles that might run with the installer.

BurnAware itself has a (old but still helpful) portable development thread over at the Portableapps.com website - http://portableapps.com/node/23318

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4 weeks 1 day ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie bo.elam

Hi Martyn, is your XP, 32 or 64 bits? XP 64 bits is not supported by Sandboxie.

If it is 32 bits, Can you run another browser sandboxed? If you haven't tried, try,

Are you getting any Sandboxie messages? If yes, what are the numbers?

Does Firefox opens up when you click on the Sandboxed Web Browser icon or nothing happens?

What antivirus, other security software are you using?

Bo

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Online Books For Kindle editya02031

if you need some literatures about informations technology you can go to it-books.info

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder editya02031

you can using window+r then type cmd then enter for call windows command prompt
this can use in win xp, 7, and 8. but in win 7 and 8 have different cause of privilege setting from the windows. you must run as administrator if find error in modification software configurations.

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4 weeks 1 day ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft defianted

I have XP on both machines and while the program runs, i can switched/moved the mouse back n forth to both screens, I can drag a folder or file but won't transfer to the other machine, i can only see a mouse pointer and nothing to drop...:)

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software markboy

In terms of security and to prevent malware and viruses I would go with Reboot Restore RX.

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4 weeks 1 day ago How to Clean An Infected Computer markboy

I still use a Windows XP and I have been looking for a good software to protect and preserve my PC and I came across a software called Rollback XP which is a freeware for Windows XP machines. I use to use Deep Freeze but it got too pricy and I found an alternative that lets me do a little more for free!

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4 weeks 1 day ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software slapmatt

DO NOT USE IMGBURN IT CONTAINS MALWARE.

The quality of recommendations on this site is excellent and I often encourage friends and family to check for software on here rather than Googling, however I think in order to maintain the integrity of your recommendations ImgBurn should be removed from this list.

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4 weeks 1 day ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Martyn39

Apparently I am a Dummy - I can't get over the first hurdle. When I double click the Sandboxed Web Browser icon , Firefox and a couple of other items appear in the Control window but the Firefox item does not show the Firefox icon (just an empty window like the others) and does not show its name within ##, Firefox also does not show in the list of running programs. If I then try to start Firefox sandboxed from the quick launch area I get another entry called called plugin-container. To get a running Firefox I can only do it outside the the sandbox.

What am I missing?

I am running Windows XP

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

I'd be using it, if my internet was faster. To update 3 engines takes thrice as much time.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software rfithen

360 Total Security Rocks!

It's like McDonald's "I'm lovin it!"

Yes I realize it is new. I've been on the net since all the others were new also. I too like to live dangerously.

* Patch windows with Windows Updates.
* Built-In System Cleaner.
* Built-In Start Remover.
* Built-In Sandbox. (similar to Avast)

One of the best guis I have seen in a while since others mucked theirs up. You ever try changing the detailed settings in newer versions of Avast?

It might just be me but it seems my machines run faster with 360 Total Security on. Probably because of the patches applied. It seems to find patches that Windows Update did not find.

* I have not run it on a purposely infected machine.
* It did remove startup items I did not want removed. (They were easily restored)

I would recommend only for an Advanced user for now. We don't know yet if their system cleaner is going to destroy something important.

Lenovo R60 Windows Vista 32-Bit
Acer Aspire 5532 Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit

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4 weeks 2 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft johnvk

Mouse without Borders comes with "Keyboard without Borders" included free ;)

quote from the download page http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/details.aspx?id=35460 :

"
Mouse without Borders is a product that makes you the captain of your computer fleet by allowing you to control up to four computers from a single mouse and ***keyboard***. This means that with Mouse without Borders you can copy text or drag and drop files across computers.
"

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? bhermance

AH! I did the same thing. I noticed that some of the failed ones ended being retried later and worked.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 BAR01474

Shift + Restart is easier and quicker.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? olamoree

Win 7. I have WinUpdates set to download and notify me... so I can see what they think I want/need. Several times I have noticed that in View Update History, there are several marked Failed. I have found that checking for Updates again, after possible Restart, it will show the ones reported as Failed and then proceed to Download (again) the Failed Updates and install them. So, as not to think eveything has Failed, check the KBnumber to see where it Failed and then above that you will probably discover the same KBnumber that was Successful. Apparently some Updates need to be installed before others and the ones ahead of the line Fail and then when a key KBnumber is retried, it seems to work. Have never had to dig up the Why and reinstall as a chore. Your experience may vary.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Ms_O

Thanks for posting about this--sounds awesome! But had I not clicked the Gizmo link to Microsoft anyway after reading the discouraging news here that I needed Windows Vista or newer to use this program, I would never have known that it was also written to work with XP service pack 3. From Microsoft's download page:

.....................................
Supported Operating System

Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Vista, Windows XP Service Pack 3

.Net 2.0/4.0 and Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 or Windows XP SP3 (32/64 bit).
....................................

Since XP 3 is the version of Windows on both my computers, I've downloaded. Will install and see what happens...

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? vandamme

My operating system updates itself PLUS all my installed apps, does it on my schedule, asks politely, and tells me what each one does (if I really want to know). And that's why I switched from Windows to Linux.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? eikelein

Another time proven way, working even for all my customers that call themselves "computer illiterate" is:

Based on a clean computer have them do a manual Check for updates once every week.

During the last 11 or 12 years and with thousands of customers (like above mentioned) there have been only five serious cases of updates going permanently wrong. Four of these case could be fixed with "classic" Windows update repair tools from MS or third parties. Only in one case I had to revert to re-installing the OS from scratch.

My advice is keep Windows up to date and don't let malware or viruses get on the machine in the first place.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 ChronicChaos

Thank you for this!!!

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? Altnetcoza

You said: “How can you be sure that the updates really are being downloaded and installed?” Could this not be taken care of by running Belarc Advisor every now and then? The “Missing Security Updates” would then highlight any failed updates.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? w7hd

Actually, you will need to look at View Update History - not Installed Updates to see the status, at least under Windows 7. Installed updates will only show those that were successfully installed.
Otherwise, great article!

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4 weeks 2 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft MTV

http://synergy-foss.org/

I don't use this but a co worker was saying just last week that he likes this one, Plus it works with Macs.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft swfan1963

Very nice find. Thanks for letting us know. This utility is spectacular.

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4 weeks 2 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? aangekoekt

I find this tool to be excellent for failed updates:

http://www.tweaking.com/content/page/windows_repair_all_in_one.html

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

The Last Door:
https://thelastdoor.com/index.php/menu

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft jmjsquared

I agree completely. Although I purchased ShareMouse Pro version for the feature set I've found nowhere else and its more active development than MWB, I limited my comment to its free version in order to comply with Gizmo's commenting policies.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Other Browsers sw

I am really sorry to say that i found this article really poor, there's not any observation about the use of resources for each of these browsers, nor about the actual performance of each in comparison with others, all was in an anecdotal level and then there's not much anecdote either. I was happy when I found this article but got quite disappointed with the actual content.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Remah

It looks like a better program but the restrictions on free use are a lot more limiting. For example, I can't use it for free personal use at home because I have a home server.

http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com/freeware.htm says
"ShareMouse assumes use in a Power User environment in any of the following cases:
Use with more than two monitors.
Use with a Server OS or domain controller in the local network.
Use of any feature reserved for the Standard or Professional Edition"

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4 weeks 3 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. UserError

IMO, DiskCryptor the is the best free open-source option so far. In fact, it is an enhanced fork of TrueCrypt. Hopefully, it won't face the same problems and conspiracy theories its bigger brother had. It's a great piece of free software and a good alternative to former TC users.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Spy

Nice one ;)
Thanks for this article (",)

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft vandamme

What's the latest Linux equivalent? x2x was first developed in 1996. I wonder what happened to it.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft jmjsquared

Nice revisit to a great free product but, as long as ONLY TWO computers / monitors are involved (for the free version), I find this cross-platform solution superior as you can fine-tune monitor layouts without gaps and it works with Mac as well:
http://www.keyboard-and-mouse-sharing.com/mouse-without-borders-alternat...

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Bhat59

Few have commented on 360 Internet security and have told to wait until it is mature. I din't understand what it meant. I have already switched to 360 Internet security on my Windows 7(and also on my Android phone). Earlier I had Avast, AVG, Panda Cloud and Bitdefender. I liked 360 IS because it updates quickly. Also it doesn't install unwanted software during installation. I am also interested to know why it is not included in FREE AV list.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Audio Editing Software vandamme

I just did this with a cassette tape of our choir. I connected my cassette player into the line in of my pc, and recorded it to one file (didn't need to babysit it, just let it run). I opened the file and by zooming in I can see where songs begin and end. I highlight what looks to be one song with the mouse and copy and paste that one song (and a little extra) to a new file. I trim it to just the right length, apply any filters etc. then save as a mp3 and wav file (for CD).

I used OcenAudio on LinuxMint, but Audacity should work the same way.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Audio Editing Software operarobert

I have an iMac 10.9.3 and have used Audacity on several occasions. I have used Peak LE for many years, but it is no longer in business and freezes very frequently. Peak was perfect for my use since mostly I am recording a voice concert on a digital recorder and then editing and adding tracks to make a CD. When I now use Audacity, tracks is another matter since it is set up to do multiple tracks. Is there an easy and quick way to separate songs for CD tracks when editing?

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4 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus App for Android camguy

just downloaded and installed CM Security ver 1.5.0.1586 this morning. It is using 9MB with one process and one service in normal standby mode.When scanning peaked at 42mb, but dropped back to 9MB when scan finished.

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4 weeks 3 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft v.laurie

This app was also the subject of this tip: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/use-single-mouse-copy-paste-drag...

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4 weeks 3 days ago Check Instantly Whether Your PC Is Infected By GameOverZeus Milebb

I think so too. As far as the antivirus program, I use Avg, and I am satisfied, all problems solved without problems, and most importantly, easy to use. http://milebblog80.blogspot.com/

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4 weeks 3 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. bernardz

I dispute that most people have a requirement for only small files. Many would have movies and pictures too. My advise would be use an old copy of Truecrypt which are available on the net. Make sure though you get a verified copy using a hash from a few sites.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft Remah

Rob, I try to keep my systems simple and rarely install much software although I do read all your finds. I got this one immediately so thanks for notifying us. Keep up the good work. :-)

This solves a common problem and avoids the clutter of a KVM module and cables. It also has several useful option settings that give me flexibility in how I use it. The ability to edit a physical monitor layout is particularly useful.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Concerned About The Demise Of Truecrypt? Try This Freebie Instead. David Roper

The trouble with Crypto programs are/is what happens to its development when the author dies in a wreck, retires, or goes out of biz?

Or what happens when Windows puts "poodle-poop" (made up DLL) in the OS and your non-open source crypto program cannot deal with "poodle-poop"? Oops. Broken.

OpenSource is the only way to go. It can never die that way. My 2 cents.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Control Two PCs From One Mouse With This Freebie From Microsoft musicollector

I used to have two desktops, two laptops, four mice and four keyboards! For the past two years, I have had two desktops, two laptops, one mouse and one keyboard! How awesome is that? No more reaching for the wrong KB/mouse only to find that nothing was showing up on the screen. haha. This is probably one of the handful of revolutionary software that has changed the way I do computing. I will NEVER be without it! Thank you, Bill & The Boys!

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4 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback RetdNavy

Thank you for the RAPID reply! Anyone reading this, please note it took only 27 minutes to get a response! If you look up "customer service" in the dictionary you'll see "Gizmo's" for the answer.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Free Western Fiction eBooks Online roger wilson

The free books at barn's & noble the site wants A credit card number or A micro soft account for billing they say taxes sounds funny to me if you download,how does the taxes come into place?

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4 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback MidnightCowboy

Thank you for the suggestion RetdNavy.

Currently the site is in the process of being converted to a later version of Drupal to include a mobile responsive theme. This is quite an undertaking however and will take a little while yet to complete. MC - Site Manager.

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4 weeks 4 days ago Is Your PC Updating Correctly? Are You Sure? ChronicChaos

I want to give this article 5 stars, but have to stop at 4 due to no clear way on how to correct update issues. Not the fault of Rob as he is only trying to help others to help themselves. And so far, I've never come across a comprehensive site that is actually simple and straight forward in the area of correcting Windows Update errors. Other than using Google to seek out other's fixes to similar problems though, a good place to start is at Micro$oft's own fix-it site. Covers Windows Vista and newer. I'm sure there's also a Windows XP and older version out there too though.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/troubleshoot-problems-install...

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4 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback RetdNavy

I appreciate your site very much. Thanks for all your work.

I do have a suggestion. Many people these days, like me, spend much more time using a cellphone or tablet than a computer. That being said, why not create an app for cellphones and tablets for your site? One that allows the page to conform to the window size of the unit being used, etc.

Just a thought. Thanks for your consideration. (Oh. It would be 'free,' right?) :)

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4 weeks 4 days ago Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook Juxxize

Ok loving DifferenceBetween.net I've been sharing articles from it all over the web , great website .

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4 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Reminder and To-do List for Android Juxxize

yes please , this is how I/ we discover new, good apps .

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4 weeks 5 days ago Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook rhiannon

I lose a lot of time there myself. :) Glad you like it.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Finds of the Week: JPG vs. PNG?, Discover the Difference Between Similar Terms & Objects, Learn to Tie Knots Easily, Everything eBook dynamite00401

Differencebetween.net is a really great site. I have learned a lot when surfing it. Lots of fun and interesting topics. I recomend it.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute Arche

Agree with previous comments overall.

The sweeping eye movement patterns of speed reading (as described by previous commenters) are indeed highly useful in identifying the structure and logical underpinnings of an essay quickly to give writers targeted verbal feedback on a draft. Important to identify the whole and how all the parts fit together...

The Squirt approach, providing one word at a time, could be useful on the tiny screen of a mobile phone. It seems (from my brief trial) to invoke some of the cognitive processing measures of audio reception, in which the listener does not know for sure what the speaker will say next, but unlike listening to another person (in person, over Skype, by phone, etc.) Squirt concomitantly ties up the visual element as the reader tries to make sure no word image is missed. Thus, Squirt is a perceptual processing experience rather than an analytical, thought-evaluating experience--and can interfere with one's forming a sense of the whole line of argument as one juggles incoming perceptions and the concepts expressed by the words. When I listen to a video on YouTube or a lecture, for example, my eyes are taking in body language and other cues to augment what I hear, whereas with Squirt, I am focused intensely on--tied down to--images of typography, the written/inscribed component of verbal communication, which do not provide additional significant useful information. I note the random appearance of each colored letter, but unlike a survivalist using wide-angle vision in the woods, I am not receiving a perception of my environment of which I can make any practical use...even though credit should be given to Squirt's creators for recognizing that varied perceptual stimuli help keep the user alert. And of course, one can go back to the original webpage to analyze conceptually dense content.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer sicknero

If I can find the time to really check out the program properly (at least on a variety of machines) then yes I'd give some thought to updating the article here. I've actually not used the program in a few months, it was only Gary's post here that prompted me to check Quizo's site where I found that he seems to have been quite busy lately :-)

It has indeed not been a problem-free program but the last few versions have been much improved I think. I've been running it since yesterday here and it appears to be quite solid although the media preview tooltip still seems to be a bit erratic ... a few times I've had to reload the Explorer window to make it work but that might just be me/my system. I've tried a few different codec packs and K-Lite seems to work best so far, also there might be a few more tweaks in Options that could help.

So, yes, it still isn't perfect but I think I'll keep it for a while and see how it goes. Like I say it does add some functions to Explorer which I've really not found anywhere else and so far it seems to be more reliable than not.

I notice that the article you link to covers Paul Accisano's fork of the program. This was developed quite along time ago when it seemed as if Quizo had abandoned the project but he is now actively developing it again and the fork in turn has not been updated in a long time - that one is still 1.5beta and the last word from the dev was in May last year.

I'll keep it here anyway for now and see how I get on with it, certainly for me almost everything in it does work well and I think it does deserve an up-to-date write up.

Cheers Marc.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Speed-Read Web Pages At 650 Words Per Minute beergas

Tried this before & no go. Prevents deeper understanding regarding serious issues. Learned in HS how to speed read on minor things. This just messed with me by forcing adjustment between major/minor.
Worth a fast try, just saying.

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4 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware sinks

also looked at avast website.i see what you mean about the app and the updates.thanks guys for your help

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4 weeks 5 days ago 50 GB Of Free Online Storage misamkhan

thanks

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer marcdarkin

Thanks sicknero and gazzawazza. Curiously enough, I had already seen QTTabBar as the top pick in one of the articles on our own site while searching for the specific pop-up preview function:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-explorer-addons.htm

I thought it might as well have this feature included among the many mentioned in the article, but it wasn't really clear and I didn't try it. Apart from that, the review concludes "nothing works consistently" under W7 and there are several other problems with it. I just didn't realize the article is quite old and in need of an editor. Perhaps one of you guys can take over and update it, at least the QTTabBar part, since you seem to be knowledgeable about the matter ;)

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer sicknero

Hi Gary, I'm glad to hear that you like it : )

You're right it isn't initially obvious how to use it but you'll soon get the hang of it.

Hide/show tabs, toolbars etc can be accessed by right-clicking the Explorer toolbar, as can the options/preferences dialog. There are variations of how and when windows are "captured" by QTTB so if people prefer, it can be run with Explorer windows opening normally instead of automatically tabbed.

I've used QTTB for a few years now, I always come back to it as there's really nothing else quite like it that I'm aware of. I know my way around it quite well now so if you need any help with it we can open a thread in the forum.

Thanks.

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer gazzawazza

Hi SickNero & Marc

Genius!

Have just installed QTtabbar.

WOOP!

Seems to fully address my immediate requirement. I've configured it to produce pop-up thumbnails upto 800x800.

Think it resamples rather than resizes too (can't find anything regarding this though in the options, so maybe not).

I was a little unsure of how it functioned initially - no system tray presence, etc.

Noob instructions:

- Basically, you activate the main toolbar from within an explorer window.
- ALT should pop up menubar, then "view", "toolbar", "QTTabBar".
- you should now get an additional toolbar appear, which contains your tabbed explorer window experience.
- note this effectively consolidates all new explorer windows into one (i.e. tidies your taskbar). You will almost certainly have to close any existing explorer windows, in order to pick up this new functionality.
- note that once QTTB is active, ALT no longer seems to trigger menubar (in explorer - seems to still work in separate apps e.g. firefox).

Now I just need to see how it co-habits with my other win 7 'enhancements', which I'll list, just to help anyone else trying to patch win 7 shortcomings:

- "listary" - great instant search substitute for windows search, which is shockingly bad (although I did deliberately turn off WS indexing, except for outlook, knowingly embracing a 'slow search', but which also proved literally just to miss stuff, particularly over a network).

- "7+ taskbar tweaker" - basically the only free program I could find for a win 7 64bit platform, which allows you to re-order/DragDrop open taskbar items. Less necessary now, given my million open explorer folder windows are consolidated down to one window! Nice app though. Had to replace the lovely "taskbar shuffle", which although supports 32/64bit, DOESN'T support win 7.

- "folder size" (source forge) - NOT mindgems or "folder-size.com" one. This is a real-time, pop-up explorer window that calculates folder sizes for you (given that win 7 rubbishly doesn't do this for you). Slightly clunky, since it produces an additional folder window but does work and also has 64bit version.

Finally, not explorer/shell related but "freebar" - lovely free substitute for later versions of windows office, which do away with the office shortcut toolbar launcher thingy.

*** Thank you so very much for the heads-up regarding QTTabBar. ***

All the best,

Gary

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4 weeks 5 days ago How to Clean and Protect Your Android Device Against Ransomware greyman

I'm thinking that the reason they do not want it permanently installed is that something like this would need almost constant OTA updates to be effective?

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer gazzawazza

Hi Marc

Great to hear from you. Please see my response to SickNero to address your comments.

Thanks,

Gary

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4 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Image Viewer sicknero

Gazzawazza and Marcdarkin -

"I agree with you that it would be nice to have a pop-up preview just by hovering the mouse over file names in the Explorer. You can find examples of this behavior on many websites, since it's pretty easy to implement it with Javascript. I'm sure some kind of addon for Windows Explorer must exist that may have this capability along with other features, but I don't know about it yet. Not a free one, at least."

QTTabBar does exactly that, also with audio and video files as well as pictures, although full multi-media preview does require a fairly decent codec pack. For just pictures though it will work "straight out of the box".

A possible drawback might be that it's an ambitious program that aims to enhance a great many functions in Windows Explorer (tabbed Explorer windows, toolbar buttons for instance) but it's a very small and light installation and could easily be used just for its picture tooltip previews. Preview size is unlimited as far as I know, I've had tooltips at full screen just to try it and it also has a full screen hotkey for the preview.

A nice aspect of it is that it adds tooltip submenus to Explorer folders and the preview tooltip works in those submenus too, so you could in fact browse and preview a whole picture directory full of sub-directories, without ever opening another folder.

There's an old Gizmo's article about it here - http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/more-about-qttabbar.htm

It's actually on version 514 now which was released just this week and if you look at post number 4 in this thread here - http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/i-want-freeware-program-t... - I posted some screenies there a while ago of the tooltip previewer.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - Cinnamon Edition] Jojo Yee

Try to reset the panel to its default value Patryk1212 by entering the following command in the Terminal:

mate-panel --reset

As an alternative, select the item "Notification Area" from the list of "Add to Panel".

Hope this helps.

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4 weeks 6 days ago Microsoft is changing their Terms of Use and Privacy Statement rhiannon

You're welcome. I'm not crazy about reading EULA's, TOS or other documents but I like having the data so I can make informed decisions. :)

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