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Best Free Program Launcher 2 months 1 week ago Geert

Quick Access Popup is a folder switching app in the first place. That can also launch apps.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago toktok

That's interesting. Thanks for the info. I'm in Europe and don't have similar problems. It did come with a question once about my whereabouts but didn't insist on the answer.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

Okay - i tried it again; if i use the US-based proxy, all goes well. If i try to use any of the others, all attempts to browse to any URL at all get "Authentication credentials required."

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

AFter i read about the Opera VPN, i first installed it on my phone, and it worked quite well.

However, after following up and installing it on my PC, any attempt to connect to anything (well, except Opera.com, oddly) resulted in it demanding some sort of authentication credentials. A quick search showed me a lot of other people complaining about the same thing - the same error message.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago toktok

You can also use
Startpage.com
which fetches results from the Google search engine. This is done without saving the users' IP addresses or giving any personal user information to Google's servers.
By the way, Opera has recently released a free VPN service integrated into the browser, very easily "installed" (when you have installed Opera - in its settings).
Edit: Ixquick uses several engines, whereas Startpage (also from Ixquick) only uses Google searches, but in both cases they hide the personal user info and IP addresses from Google and other servers.

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Best Free Program Launcher 2 months 1 week ago BobT55

Recently I've been using a launcher app I found... Quick Access Popup. http://www.quickaccesspopup.com/ which uses the Start-W combination to pop up a menu you build. It's pretty feature rich and freeware. It does pop up a "support freeware" reminder on occasion with many options to show your support. Surprisingly it's written an "AHK" - Any Hot Key scripting language! I recommend it.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago jlk103144

Ok, I agree with you Gizz, but Duck Duck is Soo primitive compared to Google. Why can't they get their defecation together and put out a decent search engine? Its just totally "bass ackwards" from the way my brain works. And I'll bet you I am not along in this.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago exbioman

Since popular search engines only canvass 5% of the internet, this week I decided to install Tor browser. And Startpage, Ixquick, etc. as search engines to browse the deep web. Comments there say Tor has been hacked by the NSA, U.S. gov't. Also using Tor will put you under gov't's scrutiny. And since the web was developed by the gov't, is there any anonymity? After using Bing search for about a year, I received some rewards. 3- $5 Amazon gift cards recently. Happy surfing, everyone.

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Best Free PIM 2 months 1 week ago ErikJon

WHAT technical support are you referring to? EPIM merely offers a forum, as many companies do these days, as their way of saying, "We could not care less about our customers and their complaints, but perhaps someone on our forum does, so feel free to post here..."

In fact, after a few weeks or months after posting, a guy named Max usually responds with "Your observations have been noted," but, months later, when the new (minor) release comes out, the same bug persists, so you know that your observation was relatively insignificant to them.

It is as if all of their customers were merely testing a beta version of their program, all expected to report in their errors, little by little, so that the programmers could come up with a stable release someday.

In fact, even if you do make a positive observation, to the point that they make an improvement to the program, when your one-year license expires, you are not allowed to download the improved version, if it was in the premium version. Consequently, there are no rewards for your positive contributions.

[References to commercial features removed as per site rules]

The Contacts List has no means for search-and-replace, or for inserting text into multiple contact fields at once. Consequently, if the area code changes for a certain city, and I want to modify 125 contacts accordingingly, I must do so manually. If I just want to insert a "001" dialing code to the beginning of each cell-phone number, I must do it manually--no "find/replace/insert".

Instead of posting to the EPIM forum, where all the flaws are out of the public view, I will start posting here, so that others can know what they are getting.

My first exposure to EPIM was her on this forum, so I am happy to report my negative findings here, to prevent other people from making the same mistakes.

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NoRoot Firewall - Control your Apps Internet Access 2 months 1 week ago antipsychiatry

I have Android and on play.google they dont allow to download anything!!!!!!!!!
I updated the android version and...same!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am in Israel now and mossad want kill me. They follow me day/night, spy my phone.
And: they ATACK ME WITH CHEMICALS !!!!!!!!!!! In the night, especially!!!!!!!!!! My face skin pain now!

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago eikelein

I remember very clearly that way back when I started to use DuckDuckGo in Firefox 31.* the description said DDG uses Google search results. I always have told my customers so. Just now I read in Wikipedia that they seem to have their "own" search engine.

Well, change is the name of the game. Isn't it?

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago roys

It maybe all very well not being traced, however, when I search Google my website it is fifth or sixth. Duck is nowhere near that; repeatedly showing competitors several times way before me.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago Moonwink

I've been using DuckDuckGo for years and love it. I hate being tracked. I hate being offered a product based on the places I've visited on the web. DuckDuckGo is the only way to go.

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago papavonschoen

http://www.google.com/advanced_search
will yield a whole lot more results in Google. This has always been my home page, even with Microsoft Edge. You mean DuckDuckGo uses Google?

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The Search Engine That Doesn't Track You 2 months 1 week ago astral_cyborg

DuckDuckGo ftw. The only negative thing relating to google is that occasionaly the search results are not the desired ones. Even then, by searching using "!g" before the search, we get a pure Google search through DuckDuckGo.

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Are You Impressed with Google Assistant in Allo? 2 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee Thanks for the link Panzer. Allo has an option for incognito chats which may be a good choice, like the way you do in Chrome with incognito browsing. view
Are You Impressed with Google Assistant in Allo? 2 months 1 week ago Panzer

Edward Snowden Warns, Whatever You Do, Don't Use Google Allo:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-09-25/edward-snowden-warns-whatever-y...

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 2 weeks ago astral_cyborg

Also, check out Windows Firewall Control from Binisoft (different software from Windows "10" Firewall Control).

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Best Free Wallpaper Changer 2 months 2 weeks ago iwuzic

The major dimension of where the changers source their wall papers from, has been much too lightly addressed. What will be shown is as important as how. I came to this review looking for an alternative to installing the entire
Bing desktop merely for it's excellent, extensive and automated online image collection.

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Are You Impressed with Google Assistant in Allo? 2 months 2 weeks ago theunsfvo

Beats WhatsApp hands down, much more feature rich and handy to use in everyday live and while conversing with others WITHOUT leaving you chat screen...

Now it is just a matter of getting all you contacts to start using Allo so you can ditch the old school apps out there.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Serviio is a free media server. It allows you to stream your media files (music, video or images) to renderer devices (e.g. a TV set, Bluray player, games console or mobile phone) on your connected home network ...":
http://serviio.org/

 

"... Pharo is a pure object-oriented programming language and a powerful environment, focused on simplicity and immediate feedback (think IDE and OS rolled into one) ...":
http://pharo.org/

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Speed Up Your Hearing 2 months 2 weeks ago virginiajim

Added 19 more podcast sources. 

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Free PowerPoint Add-In Helps You Create Timelines 2 months 2 weeks ago kswan53

Lugh,

Got your email that you left a question but I don't see it here? Anyway, you asked about "Gantt Charts"? Is that a another add-in or application? Not familiar with a product called that though I am very familiar with Gantt charts in general since I am a long time MS Project user and a professional PM.

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Best Free Game Sites 2 months 2 weeks ago caroline1982

my favourite site is http://www.acceptgames.com i reckon this site has the largest selection of free games online im totally addicted to it

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Free PowerPoint Add-In Helps You Create Timelines 2 months 2 weeks ago Lugh

kswan53, did you ever try Gantt charts? Just curious which you [or anyone who has used both] prefer.

Thanks Rob.

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Finds of the Week: Stop Videos from Playing Automatically, 75 Free Classic Audio Books, Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Puzzle Prime 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Thanks Anupam. :) Things that move on my monitor bother me unless I initiate it......that, and having limited bandwidth and a low bandwidth cap have provided me ongoing motivation to find ways to reduce the amount of bandwidth that web pages are able to use without my permission and knowledge. Facebook also has a setting that allows you set videos and animated GIF's to click to play. view
Finds of the Week: Stop Videos from Playing Automatically, 75 Free Classic Audio Books, Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Puzzle Prime 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

My pleasure. :)

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Best VPN Services for 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah

I found a useful list of free VPN trials. I had no problems with the site and VirusTotal found no problem although it has no WOT rating

https://vpn-services.bestreviews.net/free-trials/

I tried NordVPN: support is responsive, software easy to use and thoughtfully designed, so far no problems with bandwidth.

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Finds of the Week: Stop Videos from Playing Automatically, 75 Free Classic Audio Books, Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Puzzle Prime 2 months 2 weeks ago bili_39

Nice finds rhiannon, as usual. Thanks!

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Free Ransomware Decryption Utilities 2 months 2 weeks ago DigitalTemerity

The webpage that Trend Micro sends you to for a consumer no longer exists.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 2 months 2 weeks ago cavehomme

I've tried Sophos Home recently and I am not yet convinced of using it beyond my tests. Detection can be very good but on AV Comparatives it's overall real world detection is similar to Windows Defender, sometimes worse! For resources, on my PC it has 6-8 various components which when idle total around 300mB of RAM, that's a lot and although I have 8GB RAM the PC feels a bit sluggish especially when browsing. It's also a pain having to go into the online control panel to add exceptions and other tasks rather than doing it immediately and smoothly in the client software.

Also re-tried Avira recently. I found it's heuristics to be really excellent, unlike the review above, especially on identifying macro viruses and trojan downloaders which then download Locky and other ransomewhere. In my tests Avira detected all zero day stuff that had just arrived in my mailbox and this was confirmed as brand new on Virustotal and with Avra being in the first bunch of 7-10 detectors out of 55 that quickly, even immediately detected these things. On the downside, once detected, cleanup is very slow which would not be a problem but it leaves lots of remnant files and folders which is confusing and makes the user think that the malware is still there. Also the interface is not only very old but also quite confusing. The seperate program / process of Luke Filewalker is just plain ridiculous in my view, it should be integrated fully and seamless.

Tried most others but currently still on Windows Defender because it has the least impact and the best cleanup but detection although much improved this year needs to be a lot higher.

The latest beta of free Bitdefender looks promising but whilst it remains a beta I won't be trying it.

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Finds of the Week: Stop Videos from Playing Automatically, 75 Free Classic Audio Books, Windows 10 Keyboard Shortcuts, Puzzle Prime 2 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Thanks rhiannon. The tip on how to stop playing videos automatically, is really useful. Was wondering about that.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 2 months 2 weeks ago George.J

DaVinci Resolve looks great. Thanks for bringing this into attention. 

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 2 weeks ago PAPIoke

Thanks rob and Rhiannon

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah

MC, well said.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago da33vid

Thanks for the additional comments and insight... good info for me.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

If you offered to purchase Norton for me (at no cost to me), I would not install it.

And I am Scottish,
Rob

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Free PowerPoint Add-In Helps You Create Timelines 2 months 2 weeks ago kswan53

Been using the free version since I discovered it back in 2010. Each year they release a new free version but sometimes the features available for that year are not as good as the year before. Right now I have the 2013 version installed. Will check out the latest version.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

I have a not very good opinion about the types of security software that claim to "protect" users from everything and then adopt this kind of tactic. What this means as far as Norton is concerned is that any product and any website that has not been subject to their crawler bots is flagged as potentially malicious. This therefore applies to thousands of products and thousands of websites the majority of which will contain no harmful elements. IMO this level of false flagging to cover the vendor's claims renders the product practically useless as, like yourself, every time you encounter an issue like this you are left to use other services/products to confirm the result. Windows firewall plus safe surfing tactics and one of the leading free AV's is all that is necessary to stay safe. Further information at the links below you may find of interest. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago da33vid

Thanks for the insight, MidnightCowboy. My up-to-date Norton AV flagged each file as containing the threat WS.Reputation.1, saying "There are many indications that this file is untrustworthy and therefore not safe." When I unquarantined the file and submitted it to VirusTotal, it scanned as clean. I don't know why the results should differ, and I would not have taken that extra step without your comment.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Here are a couple of portable software sites that may interest you:
http://portableapps.com/apps
http://www.portablefreeware.com/all.php

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Best Free Calculator 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Windows Reverse Polish Notation (WRPN) is a public domain calculator for Microsoft Windows that is modeled after the Hewlett-Packard HP-16c ...":

http://www.wrpn.emmet-gray.com/

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy In order for any security program to be useful it is important users understand how it works. If you read the article text you will see this application scans clear with 55 security vendors including Symantec. Please read the user guide that is available for your chosen AV in order to understand why it blocked the download. MC - Site Manager. view
Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago da33vid

Norton AV blocked the .exe. file and the .msi file in the new v,5.0 release when I tried to extract them from the .zip file.and automatically removed them from my computer.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago Kumar_Shah

Works like a charm. Was easy to download and install after confirming the email address.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago gpc111

Thank you for sharing your experience. I will definitely pass on this one. I am more interested in portable software anyway.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago papavonschoen

I've downloaded this and installed it. This is not a wimpy computer I have by no means. I had to give my private passwords and information to get it. I am using Windows 10 version 14926. My computer seemed to run forever, the hard drive accessing what I don't know. To report a bug it asked for a user name and password. It can't find anything to put in. Finally I was locked out, now waiting for an email to unlock. Just getting started the program is giving me fits.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 2 months 2 weeks ago Eray

Readers, GIZMO : Softpedia, in "another web browsers" section, have 'UR browser'. Tried and found it to be very responsive, light, fast , visually pleasant and very much on par with leading browsers. E.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 2 weeks ago boristhemoggy

Hmmm...it doesn't have a Windows 10 panel on?

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Best Free Parental Filter 2 months 2 weeks ago familoop

Just went through few minutes of google search and this one looks legit to me https://www.familoop.com

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Best Free Digital Image Editor 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

PencilSheep - free professional image editor:
http://pencilsheep.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

PencilSheep - free professional image editor:
http://pencilsheep.com/

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Best Free Text Editor 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Notepad3 is a fast and light-weight Scintilla-based text editor with syntax highlighting ...":

https://www.rizonesoft.com/download/notepad3/

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 2 months 2 weeks ago LoB

Found a new submission form for false positives at Fortinet/FortiGuard: http://fortiguard.com/avdispute

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Returnil System Safe Free 2 months 3 weeks ago bernardz

Something seems wrong with the website

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago beergas

Thanks, good Windows 10 x64 Pro. Maybe have to create shortcut but works on D drive. Check Advanced tab before starting first effort since default is to save at 90% of original. Saving 10% may matter but if not doing too many files why not keep full size especially if shot at PC size to begin with. Maybe if camera was using huge size setting, 90% on many files could keep down HD bloat but that's fairly rare these days.
Drop & drag for batching. Overall a nice tool free & clear of so much of the 'extras' piled on by many 'frees'.

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago Burn-IT

Shame that as it removes the support tool nature of it.

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

Maybe one of G'Mic's eight sharpening filters can do this job. It has 300 filters and I haven't tried them all. Maybe you could do a review if you can find a category to put it in. There's a plugin for Gimp, a standalone program, and an online version.

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

I've been cycling pictures through an application that manipulates them as vector images and then saves as JPG or PNG; i'll look at this one.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 2 months 3 weeks ago Mesh

Thanks, soon we will  be updating this category, as you noticed some of the softwares are no longer as popular as new softwares have taken over. I am currently compiling a new list and will post it as soon as i am done with my research

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Make It Easier To Configure And Tune Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

Their home site now is offering(giving) ver 5 free -

http://blog.techygeekshome.info/2016/09/ultimate-settings-panel-version-5-0-released/
We are pleased to announce the release of Ultimate Settings Panel version 5.0.
We have given it a complete overhaul and are now using a new user interface and redesigned options menu. There are also a number of bug fixes, code optimisation and suggested features included. Alongside this new release we have also added a support forum to allow bug reporting, suggestions and support.
Ultimate Settings Panel is now completely free with no trial periods or Pro versions. Version 5.0 replaces both the previous Lite and Pro versions.
Due to the enhanced nature of the program, there is no longer a standalone version available, but we are providing EXE and MSI installers.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Earth from Space (Close Up) 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I doubt that is actually an image of Earth, as you can tell that half the image is mirrored off an axis that runs about 45 degrees through the sphere. Still useful as a wallpaper if none of that matters to you though.

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Best Free Video Editing Program 2 months 3 weeks ago Mesh

Its a good one, but it probably needs an update that account for this

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Best Free File Manager 2 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

EF Commander older FREE version is still available from Softpedia.
http://www.softpedia.com/get/File-managers/EF-Commander-Free.shtml
All of my previous frustrations with file sharing between win XP and more recent Win OS's, have been solved by that (zippy light reliable) program.
For those having problems with file sharing between Win OS's you may care to read my post here -
http://www.tenforums.com/network-sharing/14473-cannot-access-shared-network-drive-6.html#post815079

Rob
PS I have the latest version of your top rated program, and just tried it to do the same router thumb drive trick, and it stuttered, stalled, nearly froze my old XP Pro PC. (mind you that was on the router test, which practically all File Managers have failed to handle on my PC)

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Use These Tricks to Recover Lost Files In Windows 7 2 months 3 weeks ago cd1zzle

I made an account just to post this. Seriously.... this article may be old but option #2 listed here just saved me from getting murdered by my wife. 10/10 would read again.

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Best Free File Manager 2 months 3 weeks ago George.J

Thanks, I've replaced the link. 

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

That's one of the reasons I prefer to read Gmail in an email client. :)

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

If I can order emails by date, sender, read, unread etc. then that's what I consider sorting. I think we have different definitions. :)

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago Australia

Thanks Rob, this looks like a superb find
Image magnification is the key feature I value
There are a lot of existing applications that can sharpen and adjust contrast

The title of this article is misleading, it doesnt indicate the key function of the application - image magnification

The homepage describes Reshade as 100% free, with no expiry date nor restrictions:
"Reshade is 100% free for everyone to use for personal or commercial purposes, with no expiry date and no pixel size limitation – within available memory."
(http://reshade.com/faq/)

So...
I am hoping that contradicting message provided after installation, in the "About" section, is not relevant...

"This is an evaluation version of Reshade. To enjoy the full functionality you need to register
Please enter your licence information below:
Your name (optional): Licence code (16 characters)
Reshade 3.0 Evaluation
Release date: Sep 6 2012
This is an unregistered copy.
'Reshade Image Enlarger' is the property of Reshade Ltd and is copyrighted.

Once again, Reshade is a great freeware find, particularly if the software developer has allows an unrestricted freeware version as stated on the current homepage

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago othnijavier

The article is nice. But is really about searching and filtering. Is not about sorting. This feature is still missing from gmail.

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago toktok

Thank you for that.
I think it should be mentioned that many of the search operations can be done from the dropdown box "Show settings for search" (click arrow to the right of the search field in Gmail) - this is probably easier for the non-tech people.
It includes types of mails (dropdown list), fields for
From, To,
Subject,
Contains words:..., Does not contain words:....,
Has attachments,
Does not have chats,
Is greater (smaller) than ... (Mb, Kb, B),
Date: go back 1 day ... (various options up to 1 year), or From date (a calendar popup window is supplied).

You can input in several fields at once, and even create a filter using your criteria.

See also e.g.
https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6593?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago lifeartist

What none of this offers is sorting alphabetically which I still miss after many years of switching from Yahoo.

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome! I'm glad you like it. Check out the additional tip from toktok here in the comments - very useful. :)

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago Frank D

Thanks for that tip!

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This Digital Audio Workstation Software Is Free 2 months 3 weeks ago zdub

Better to go with Reaper. It's comparable to high priced DAWs like Pro Tools and you can use the full version for free. There is no cripple-ware version like Zynewave. When and if you decide you like it, it's $60 for a personal license. Large user base with a very active forum, tons of youtube tutorials, frequent updates. Folks do like Podium, but it seems like a one-man operation.

See also https://www.reddit.com/r/edmproduction/comments/373w54/podium_a_fairly_unknown_but_brilliant_daw/

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Best Freeware Download Sites 2 months 3 weeks ago Australia

I have used the following 3 free software website for the last 12 years, with no problems
Softpedia, Snapfiles, Fileforum
I started to avoid Download.com the day they started adding adware to any download - this is unacceptable

Filehippo.com is great for finding previous versions of software - when a software company has turned its latest program version into a dog product (not an uncommon event)

I have been aware of Freewarefiles for more than 8 years, but have usually avoided it. I visited today again, and realised why I avoided it

The homepage recommended GBurner, and when you click on the weblink, GBurner is described as freeware

However, when you install the software, you realise that GBurner is a shareware program, and needs registration

Check other freeware sites, and you confirm this program is in fact shareware/demo, not freeware

The major criteria for a good freeware page is accuracy and safety
1)Reliable sites dont require you to install adware to install a program
2)Reliable sites describe programs accurately, inlcuding if a program is adware/trial versions

People are wasting their time, and installing unwanted software, if they are made to believe a program is freeware when it isnt

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Best Free File Manager 2 months 3 weeks ago om2mo

Master Commander seems it is no longer being developed. Links are all down. Version available from other reputable download sites that I could find is version 1.1. If anyone is interested in the latest Master Commander version 1.2.787.1 feel free to contact me I have clean copy.
Personal note, if you search the web for "Master Commander 1.2.787.1" you will get a hit to many sites but the procedure to get the file might be a bit questionable most are Russian. I recommend caution, so be careful.
Disclaimer- Not all Russian sites bad or questionable.

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 2 months 3 weeks ago innn

I had to answer this.
There is no need of third party defragger if you are using Windows 7, 8, 8.1, 10.
I use the 10 and would not mess with any of these third parties anymore. Lets move on. Rule of thumb when using a Windows system: Do not risk its stability by installing lots or some unnecessary third parties or messing with its internals too much. Just run it as vanilla as you can and it will thank you.

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The images are added by another person after the article is published. Depending on the time of publication and allowing for time zone differences there can be a delay of several hours before the image is added. MC - Site Manager. view
Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

I don't see your screenshot?

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks Rob (and Rhiannon).
Seems to be a good program for our tool box (most of it following your advises). I´ve downloaded it, but not installed yet.
Regards
Peter

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Improve Clarity And Focus Of Your Digital Photos 2 months 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Thanks rob and Rhiannon .....
another nice little toy to add to my collection !

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How To: Sorting and Finding Emails in Your Gmail Account 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

That's a outstanding tip, thanks for passing it along. :)

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 2 months 3 weeks ago wildweaselkeeper

I can see how this could and can be useful to some, maybe many, but that's not my beef with it. My problem with this software is how it cements itself into the start menu without any way to get it out. This is not something I expect from a Software Vendor like Paragon. Uninstalled.

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Get the Backspace Key Back in Google Chrome 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks, I hadn't heard any of the behind the scenes chatter. :)

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 2 months 3 weeks ago danisss

Hello,

Xvirus has a new website http://xvirus.net and the forum was deleted. It also has a new link and email to submit malware and false positives. http://xvirus.net/submit.html and samples@xvirus.net

Best regards!

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Get the Backspace Key Back in Google Chrome 2 months 3 weeks ago knyri

"For whatever unfathomable reason..."
The reason they claim is that people were complaining about losing work because they hit backspace while not in an input element.

The reason for the add-on is that there are a lot of people angry about it. Some of the threads I read reminded me of a tabs vs spaces war. I assume they didn't want to add an option to the options screen because, at the heart of it, using backspace for going back a page isn't it's intended use.

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

If you hover over the mouse over the arrows it tells which arrow does what. There's also bi-directional sync, which will sync the file if anything is added to either one.

You can set up an one way sync this way:
In the left panel, pick the files you want to sync - presumably on your computer. Those would be the first ones you choose. When that's done, choose the location for the right handpanel -that's where you want those files to go. Then, choose the left to right option.

If you're familiar with drag and drop from one place to another using Window File Explorer, it's similar to that.

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy I am not familiar with this type of tool but I found this in the help section for another program. "Sync left-to-right: When turned on, the synchronize panel gets its Source path from the left (or top) file display and its Destination path from the right (or bottom) file display, even if the actual source/destination status of the two file displays is reversed. Turn this on to prevent accidentally performing a synch in the wrong direction. When this is off, clicking within the right (or bottom) file display may cause the synchronization to be performed in the opposite direction to what you expect unless you remember to click again on the left (or top) file display first. Of course, the difference matters most when doing a one-way copy". MC - Site Manager. view
Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 2 months 3 weeks ago tgallag

Maybe a dumb question but if I want to modify so it syncs one way (local to cloud) which way do I have to set the arrow? The choices are "Sync from right to left" and "Sync from left to right." It is not clear to me which is which and the on-line help documentation was no help.

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Web of Trust (WOT) 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Please provide links to the erroneous small site ratings you refer to so viewers (and WOT staff) have some examples to relate to. MC - Site Manager. view
Web of Trust (WOT) 2 months 3 weeks ago Chakra

Could someone actually tell me what the My Wot privacy policy means? They say they don't collect personal information, but look what the classify as non personal information which they admit they do retain for whatever purposes.

Your Internet Protocol Address;
Your geographic location (e.g., France, Canada, etc.);
The type of device, operating system and browsers you use;
Date and time stamp;
Browsing usage, including visited web pages, clickstream data or web address accessed;
Browser identifier and user ID;

Now I understand, webfilters need information to create their list and all, but it seems that they collect your IP address and attach your browser history to it and say that they will give up the information if law enforcement ask for it. IP addresses and browser history is enough to convict people and My Wot knows everything b/c it is an addon that is always on. It is just unnecessary for them to collect that much information, heck if they stopped collecting ip addresses, and use the other stuff without the IP address collection, then it would be fine, and the product wouldn't suffer any bit at all. I don't trust it.

Privacy issues aside, I think the stuff written about the addon is mostly true, it works well enough for big to medium sites It also helps sometimes to prevent you to malicious imitation sites like bankofamerica123 or something odd that like. However small sites are often not classified correctly, I seen a lot of their top 100 reviewers put down ratings that have no connections to the website they are rating. For example, there could a be information website that does not sell anything at all implied or not implied, but one of the Top 100 reviewers will put in the description "scam, sell fake items," obvious cut and paste reviews for literally thousands of reviews per Top 100 reviewers.

There are a lot of "drive by reviews" like that for small sites, being small they either have to pony up thousands of dollars for the badge of trust or whatever they call it these days. With big and medium sites with reputations and PR muscle, there is enough pressure for Wot staff to override their member's careless ratings, but for everybody else...shrugs.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

S.S.E. File Encryptor:

http://paranoiaworks.mobi/ssefepc/

 

Paranoia Text Encryption:

http://paranoiaworks.mobi/ptepc/

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 2 months 3 weeks ago dscape

Having used MS ICE over the last 5+ years, I cannot see why anyone would ever need anything other than Microsoft ICE. There are multiple stitching methods available within the app so you can select the optimal output for your needs. Also, one of the latest improvements, ICE will automatically stitch not only horizontal series but also vertical series of photos. How can you argue with an automatic stitching of 15 pictures consisting of 5 across and 3 high? And to top it off, free! No need to look any further.

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Best Free Multiple Timezone World Clock 2 months 3 weeks ago dhry

How about DSClock? Free. I've been using it for years.
http://www.dualitysoft.com/dsclock/

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 2 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

I've used Hugin and it's got a lot of tweaks and adjustments (corrects for lens distortion, color balance, vignetting, HDR mismatch). It's the only open source free-standing stitching app, and is cross-platform (Linux, FreeBSD, Mac, Windows).

I also used the Pandora plugin for Gimp. But it doesn't do vertical stitching, so for a vertical pan of a cathedral in France I turned the pictures 90 degrees then stitched them. I've had to do some manual matching as it's tough to see where lines match up on ornate architecture.

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PDF Import for Apache OpenOffice 2 months 3 weeks ago SusanI

HI I have downloaded this extension for OpenOffice but I am damned if I can get it to do anything with a .pdf. I downloaded it an installed it, closed and opened Open Office again, then went to extension manager, and it seems it is indeed installed (although I didn't get a chance to "enable" it...but when I open Draw and try to "Open" my .pdf document (that I want to edit, in that I want to take text from it and put it into a WORD document), it gives me a a document with a number of pages in it that contain complete gobbledygook for the first few lines and then leave the rest of the page blank, and the document contains a number of pages like this. The original .pdf document is quite long. How can I correct this, is this plug-in not supposed to just open the .pdf document in "OpenOffice Draw"? What am I doing wrong?
Many thanks.

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 2 months 3 weeks ago Fairportfan

I've used PanoramaPlus, both free and (some years ago) paid.

It works good, but i have to agree that Microsoft Digital ICE is probably as good as the paid version ... and it's free.

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Photo Stitching Software Is Completely Free 2 months 3 weeks ago ljbartel

I've been using free Microsoft ICE for many years. The latest version has an optional feature I really like, it has the ability to fill in those black jagged areas at the edges of the stitched photo. That feature probably wouldn't do too well with the photo above but often the edges are sky or foliage and it does very well. It also has options to correct the perspective to get rid of the fish eye look. Try http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/um/redmond/projects/ice/

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Best Free Virtual Desktop Manager 2 months 4 weeks ago PaulK

The one you're forgetting is a company called Paperspace (https://www.paperspace.com) that offers a browser-based windows VM. It's not free but it's affordable enough for almost anyone. The issue with these free tools is they install adware on your computer and make their money off of ads and suggestions that they don't even back.

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