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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Sgluber

The comment was succinct and personal. To preserve and keep the focus on the most important thing here: the post from rob.schifreen.

My opinion and your opinion here are secondary. And probably many users were not confused or mistaken after reading what I wrote, like you were.

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5 weeks 4 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk Anupam

Sorry, but we are unable to provide support here. Please post your query in the forum.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Remah

The comment was fuzzy. I'd rather attempt to clarify it than allow other users to be confused or mislead.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. CantonMan

Here is an additional link with a little technical information about the "better" HDMI cable hoax:

http://www.howtogeek.com/112636/htg-explains-do-you-really-need-expensiv...

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Sgluber

Remah,

thanks for your post. But I think you didn't understand my point of view and what I meant.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner George.J

When it comes to Google, it has a history of shackling new services to an invitation-only scheme, and this seems to work well for the company. Back in 2004, when Gmail was an infant email service, for instance, invitations were in such high demand, they became status symbols. After all, the company kept a selective pool of users for three years.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Remah

Generally, if you spend more money it will buy you a better quality cable but in most applications (such as hooking up devices in a room at your home) the additional spending on better quality will not make any difference to the HDMI signal getting through.

1. You seem to be confusing two different issues: signal transfer and cable quality.
The electrical characteristics of the cable just need to be good enough to ensure the HDMI signal transfers. Once the signal reaches the transfer threshold then it does not make any difference whether the cable is capable of transferring it in more demanding circumstances such as over longer distances or in environments with more electrical interference.

2. While the HDMI cable supports the truism that more expensive is not necessarily better, it does not support extension to the truism that new is not necessarily better than old.

3. It is wrong to generalize the example of HDMI cable quality and cost and apply it to other areas of technology such as "software and OSs". The underlying characteristics are too different.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Kumar_Shah

Come on, guys, you're supposed to be technically savvy. Stop falling for the hucksters and their hype.

Garth, lamp wire is made of copper. What higher grade materials are you talking about? Silver? That is the only metal with lower resistance than copper, about 5% lower.

Fred64, yes, of course, you need heavier gauge cables over long distances. Say miles or kilometers; not for the kinds of homes most of us live in.

For the audiophile, here is what is recommended for 8 ohm impedance speakers: 18 AWG for distance up to 10 feet; 16 AWG for distance up to 20 feet; 14 AWG for distance up to 35 feet. Halve these distances if you have 4 ohm speakers. These are for finicky audiophiles; for mere mortals, you can double these distances and never tell/hear the difference.

18 AWG is the cheapest lamp cord you can buy.

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5 weeks 4 days ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk gadgetman1

hello i have windows xp installed on my daughters computer, she had a sleep over last week and a couple of her freinds played on her computer now its stuck in a boot loop, i have tried everything, i dont have a startup disc , can you please please please help me fix her computer

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5 weeks 4 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. fred64

Sorry, when it comes to analog cables, quality can make a difference, especially speaker cables. Unless you have powered speakers, the resistance in the cable will affect the current and voltage increasingly over distance. Even when delivering analog to powered devices cable resistance and quality can make differences.

Digital of course is another matter, although even there, too many drops or too much distance can cause signal loss (translates to retry and pixilating). Even your digital cable service can suffer from attenuation issues.

For short runs, 2-3 meters I agree the cheaper cables work just fine for analog or digital.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner Wjratz

Why even review a freeware app that is not freely available to all users. ???

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5 weeks 4 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner DrBongo

It's kind of bull sh** that they let you download and install the app and then tell you you can't use it till you get invited. WTF Google? Are you trying to out weird Microsoft? I installed it. Anyway, I don't trust Google to bundle it correctly. They messed up often when they sorted by category. I don't expect them to get this right either.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner snowbound999

It also displays all graphics in email messages and there is no option to disable that. By default I have that option disabled in Gmail on desktop since some of the marketing email I get I have have no desire to see graphics. If I do I simply click on the link that the normal Gmail provides. Although Gmail does do good spam filtering some email does get through and spammers can use web bugs to alert them when graphics are loaded from their server.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

To Batch Download in EagleGet, simply right-click on the webpage and click on Download all links. A window will pop-up choosing which files you want to save.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android trainman261

I understand what you're looking for, although I've never seen it implemented in any of the apps I've tried, including the ones not listed here (or at least I don't remember ever seeing it implemented). It could be that there are some apps specifically made for your situation, but I don't know of any.
What you could do is put the tracks in a folder, and then use ES File Explorer to play them. ES File explorer has a built-in media player, and you could set that as the default app. That way, when you click on a track, that track plays, and then it stops. When you want to play the next track, you can then hit the back button and click the next track. It's not as simple as pressing play every time, but it would work.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Download Manager BrollyLSSJ

I must say I like EagleGet a lot. It's missing proper Batch Download though (or I did not find it), like FDM and FlashGet (adding links with (*) and tell it to replace it with numbers or letters, like 01 to 99). And it is missing a Linux version. But other than that it works as it should and is low on resources.

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5 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android jazzhorn

Hi. I'm new here and wish to enquire regarding the best free music player with regards to playing a list of songs, stopping after each song instead of playing continueously one after the other. The reason being, I perform live with backing tracks and want a break between songs to get ready for the next song. Hope this is clear enough?

Thanks

Jazzhorn

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5 weeks 5 days ago What are Thumbs.db Files and Can I Delete Them? (Windows) IanL

I am runing windows 8.1 and you did not offer any options for this only for XP and windows 7. Why?
FYI, I see them every now and again. I always delete them. (not sure if this is wise) please prvide suggestions for windows 8.1
I am not a techie :)

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5 weeks 5 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner Jojo Yee

Good comments snowbound999.

Same as you, I don't see that it has an option to mark a message as unread in the new design.

Likely this is intended as now you can pin an important message that you want to read again for it to appear always at the top, or snooze it until it automatically returns to the inbox later.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner snowbound999

I had submitted my request to Google 2 weeks ago and was still waiting for my invite when on Nov 5th Google has a 1 hour period during which you could submit a request for Inbox and Google filled all those requests.

I just spent 3.5 hours setting up Inbox by Gmail on the web interface. I do a vast majority of my work in Gmail via my desktop computer. I figured I would give Inbox a try. All the items discussed here are referring to the web version of Inbox by Gmail.

Well the inbox.google.com version has some shortcomings. Some of then may be a result of adapting what primarily is a mobile GUI to the web/desktop version. As soon as I configured my account I noticed one glaring problem.

Inbox decided to categorize emails from several senders as either Updates or Promos. In Gmail these emails were being assigned a label by a filter. Removing an email from a particular sender from a bundle requires you to perform at least 4 different mouse clicks and does initially appear to trickle down to the emails that remain in the bundle. In order to have the change take effect on all the emails in that bundle one has to close and reopen the bundle.

If you are not diligent in performing actions on messages it is easy to not see unread emails especially if these emails are in bundles. That is because bundles are shown in a collapsed state normally and unread emails are shown as having their from address bolded in the bundle's header. There is no unread message count shown in the bundle's header only the total number of messages read and unread in the bundle. If you are not diligent and fall behind performing actions on these emails that count can not be relied on as an indicator that there unread emails.

If you happen to look at an email its unread status (bolded subject) becomes read (unbolded) and there does not appear to be any way of changing the read status back to unread.

There is a fair amount of whitespace main view in inbox.google.com. It is caused in part by the GUI using icons at the left hand side of each message header as well as whitespace between each message header. On my 23" monitor inbox.google.com was able to display 18 email message headers vs the 33 email headers in Gmail's compact view.

I am not a proponent of Inbox 0. I find that its a game that one plays to see if one can rein supreme by clearing out your inbox for a small amount of time. That is a never ending battle that makes one a bit of a slave to your email.

I will be sticking to the normal Gmail interface on the web and the regular Gmail app on iOS and Android.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Yet Another Set Of Free World Newspaper Front Pages pauloz

Rob, in my home state (South Australia), if you are a member of any public library in the State, the card number you are given has access to the library.pressdisplay.com website, which claims to have access to 3,000 newspapers worldwide. It's not just the front page, it's the complete newspaper you can access. I've been using it for a few years now and it works well.
According to their Help menu: "Library.PressDisplay.com is the most convenient and complete way to read all your favorite newspapers and magazines on one site. With Library PressDisplay users gain access to publications from within the library, from home and around the world on the day they are published. Library.PressDisplay.com enhances your reading experience with a simple user interface and easy-to-use navigation tools."
Trust this helps.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Offhand, I don't know of conflicts with other add-ons but it is always possible. I have tried it on FF with Ghostery, ABP, and No Script all running without noticing any conflicts. On Chrome, I have it and ABP running together.

On another subject, there are comments at Mozilla that say Privacy Badger breaks Reddit. I haven't personally looked into this.

Privacy Badger is labeled "beta" so problems are always possible.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger ShorePatrol

Can or should this be used in conjunction with the other addons
ie. ABP, Ghostery,Grease Monkey, No script etc.
I also use Aviator occasionally which has many of the addons by default
would it be of value here as well?

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5 weeks 5 days ago Read The Front Pages Of 2000 World Newspapers ciocarlie

http://www.thepaperboy.com/

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5 weeks 5 days ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. garth

Kumar you are comparing apples with oranges. A high end hi-fi cable is constructed from higher grade materials than lampwire. This translates to less resistance and better insulation, which then results in a stronger, better isolated current being relayed from amplifier to speaker. You know about physics right?

Anyhoo,HDMI cables:D
pound shop every time for me.
the only difference I can see between expensive HDMI cables and the ones I pay one English pound for is build quality re durability.

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5 weeks 5 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour v85michele

I did find a way to keep the colors, have no image at all as desktop background, pretty soon we'll go back to dos, sure pc would be faster.
Thanks Microsoft..

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines garth

Same for me on both sites, 502 gateway error.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Torrent Search Engines breznakm

I tried going to the coda.fm and take.fm websites and I keep getting a gateway error message. Is there something wrong with the sites?

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5 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour GP23

@ rob.schifreen
What's your monitor brightness set at? Most default settings are way too bright.

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5 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour Remah

This issue might take a bit of work to resolve so it is better posted in our support forum. I suggest starting a new thread stating your problem in the System forum http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/

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5 weeks 6 days ago How To Change The Windows 8 Background Colour v85michele

I Changed the color as indicated on both
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Colors
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Control Panel\Desktop\Colors.
But every time I hibernate the PC (Win 8.1) the windows go back to white background, only the log-off log-on actually works.
I tried changing the color even in all the HKEY_USERS but nothing changed.
Any idea?

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6 weeks 1 hour ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Refunktion is a first-person stealth platformer with exploration and speedrun elements. This is a very challenging game dedicated to the hardcore players. The first episode of Refunktion was released for free:
http://www.indiedb.com/games/refunktion/downloads/refunktion-12
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=331251842

"... 3030 Deathwar is an Open World 2D Space RPG - Similar to games like Escape Velocity Nova and Elite/Privateer, the game features Open World exploration, boarding stations and derelicts, many diverse NPCs, tons of missions and an exciting plot! The new version adds higher resolution, massive balance and gameplay changes, a smoother tutorial and many other improvements ...":
http://crunchyleafgames.itch.io/3030-deathwar

One Minute To Midnight is an RTS game in which you must assert your sociopolitical influence over opposing movements by occupying buildings:
http://georgeing.co.uk/OneMinuteToMidnight/

Such Inheritance. Much Saga: "... It’s a game about sneaking by or fighting pirates and avoiding their traps ...":
http://abebly.com/2014/01/such-inheritance-much-saga/

"... Super Sagan RPG is a quadratic mathematic bizarro blend of strategy, scientists and giant mechs. The Sagan Research and Processing Group is dedicated to exploring the weird and wonderful of the known universe. Of course this is done by cloning famous scientists, grafting their heads onto mech suits designed around natural science disciplines, and pitting them against each other in a fight to the death in space. Newton battles Einstein, Tesla fights with Edison: research and observation have never been so dangerous ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/super-sagan-rpg

I Wanna Be The Fangame - "... A fangame based on the ever-masochistic "I Wanna Be The Guy" by Kayin, I wanna be the Fangame delivers a slew of new and interesting puzzles, challenges and bosses for players to test their skill and patience against ...":
http://www.indiedb.com/games/i-wanna-be-the-fangame

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6 weeks 2 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Sunrider: Mask of Arcadius - "... As Captain Kayto Shields, embark on a galactic voyage of heroism and survival. With his home world destroyed and his nation conquered, the inexperienced Captain Shields, and his newly minted vessel, the Sunrider, are left as the only hope against a galactic evil intent on subjugating all sentient life. Together with his loyal First Officer, he undertakes to find allies across the stars to retake his home planet and restore peace to the galaxy ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/313730/

Altitude - "... Blast your way across the cartoon skies in this fast-paced game of aerial combat ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/41300/

"... Floating Point is a free, peaceful game about using a grappling hook to swing yourself gracefully through randomly generated spaces. In the air, you're fighting gravity. When you splash down beneath the water, you're fighting your own buoyancy to swing yourself further into the depths ...":
http://store.steampowered.com/app/302380/

Chronotron - "... This one will really mess with your head. You'll need to go back in time to create copies of yourself to perform tasks on each level ...":
http://www.coolmath-games.com/0-chronotron/

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6 weeks 5 hours ago Play Hundreds Of Retro Console Games For Free sdbenjamin

Just note though that some of the games are definitely not for children- check first mums and dads- the second one I looked at was labeled in the description as pornographic?!

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6 weeks 8 hours ago Best Free Online Backup Sites djago

Hi!

Thanks for the article and for updating it! (BTW, you should remove Wuala as it's not free anymore).
I just want to *warn* all users about free clouds! Remember, clouds are volatile!
I started using these cloud programs years ago (march 2011 with SugarSync and a bit earlier with DropBox). It was awesome as a new tool. Very handy when you need to sync several PCs (or devices), need to have your data available all the time, and so on. I’ve recommended tens of people (friends and clients) to them spreading the word. Some of my referrals even went commercial.
But humans tend to be greedy. And humans tend to be unethical. I’m not generalizing, it’s a nature fact! I was naïve and thought that any company that offer you something free will maintain the free product. Wrong! Chances are that if you pick a small company, they will stab you in the back in the worst manner and the worst time. SugarSync did that and removed free accounts and instead they moved you to a 90 days trial. They even hid that in the small letters so you mistakenly thought “it’s free”. So I ran away and looked for an alternative: Wuala. I thought "Hey, this is a LaCie company! They’re based on Switzerland! They must be trustworthy”. Wrong again! First they removed the possibility to create NEW free accounts and maintained the existing free ones. So I thought “I was right, this is a good company you can put your files on”. And then, again, removed the EXISTING free accounts, so I have to move again before Dec 31.
Come on guys! Again? Please! Be serious! Don’t offer for free something if you plan to change it! That’s macabre! Let me say two more things from these guys: SugarSync told me in a mail “Making this change is something we’ve planned for a while. It will allow us to serve you better and add services and features that will help SugarSync users get more from the service”. What??? “[…]something we’ve planned for a while”? When? When you started offering “free”? I think that the word isn’t “free” but “demo”, or “test”, or something that denote a time lapse! Another bit: “[…] serve you better […]” you say? I’m a free user and not a client. You won’t “serve” me because I’m not going to stay here! And “Thanks again for your interest and support. We look forward to serving you even better as we take the next step”. They should change that to “Thanks again for making us big. Now GO AWAY you filthy rat! Don’t come any closer to my servers! Go grab some free bytes somewhere else!”
Wuala told me “From the time we created Wuala in 2007, the number of free cloud storage providers has continued to grow. As a result of this evolution and increasing costs, we are today announcing that Wuala will focus on paid accounts and enterprise level storage services to be able to keep our service running”. You are THAT bad at doing math? You didn’t calculate the cost for the free users? Come on! Don’t lie to us! And “Thank you for your understanding and for using Wuala”. I can’t figure this “understanding” word. Is it a mistake? Is it “forgiveness”?
Now, let’s cool down and think two or three seconds, no more, no less. Don’t cheat. I’m going to ask you a question and leave you without answer, so fill the dots.
“How responsible (I will take care of your data in order not to lose it), ethical (I will not change the contract between us in a way it will harm you charging you 10 bucks today and 100 tomorrow when you depend on us) and trustworthy (I will not share your data) is a company that axe the free accounts in this manner?”
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
Okay, maybe these are lots of dots and you don’t need that many!
Now the real question. Let’s leave sarcasm and anger here.
What can I do? Big names (Google, MS and if you are gentle, Dropbox) won’t let you sync a folder outside theirs (sure, you can trick them, but maybe next version won’t allow you, like MS did; or maybe you can move all your files to their beloved folder… well, no, maybe that’s not the way things *should* be). Mega… Kim Dotcom you say? Some small company and pray? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
PS: imagine what could happen if Google (or MS, or Yahoo) suddenly ban all free users!
PS2: is there any place to put a complaint?

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6 weeks 11 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. godel

In Australia, Aldi sells cheap HDMI cables a few times a year, something like AUD $6.00 for a 2 meter cable.

I always keep a spare even if I don't currently need one.

Edit: You may need a high speed HDMI 1.4 version if you have a 3D TV or a 4K TV. I notice my $6.00 cheapie has gold plating, braided cover and high speed spec. :)

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6 weeks 11 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Kumar_Shah

Same goes for those heavy audio cables some dolts buy to connect their receivers/amplifiers to their speakers. Just ask yourself what must be the diameter of the connector inside the receiver leading up to the audio out jack, and then ask how a thicker cable beyond that would help.

Kind of like connecting a two inch garden hose to a faucet on a half inch pipe. You can't get any more water that way.

Just use decent lamp wire.

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6 weeks 11 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. abrandt

Rob - I've been asking myself this question for several years. Thanks for a definitive and substantive report!

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6 weeks 13 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. LOTL

Monoprice is my one stop shop for everything cable related. Buy and extra to make the shipping worth it.

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6 weeks 13 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. pauloz

Thanks Rob for answering a question I've been wondering about for a long time.

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6 weeks 15 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. OhZone

5$ at Five Below in NJ. Works perfectly! OHYEAH!

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6 weeks 16 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. toonpig

Wish I read this before spending £14.95 on 1m cable. Saw same size cable for £2 but for some unknown reason got the £14.95 thinking it must be better. But wont fall for it again so thanks for tip

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6 weeks 19 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk vicky shahi

Microsoft itself does not provide Windows 7 downloads

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6 weeks 20 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. bernardz

Nice one please do a few more on this topic.

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6 weeks 20 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. Sgluber

Once again, we see that more money may not be guarantee of better quality.

That is very common and we can point many other examples. By extension, we can also say that newer things may not be better than older things. Softwares and OSs included here.

Very good, rob... thank you! :-)

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6 weeks 23 hours ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. torres-no-tan-m...

Everything about HDMI and its version history: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/High+Definition+Multimedia+Int...

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Atom - a hackable text editor for the 21st Century:
https://atom.io/

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

I2P is an anonymous network, exposing a simple layer that applications can use to anonymously and securely send messages to each other:
https://geti2p.net/en/about/intro

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6 weeks 1 day ago Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. BrokenRSA

This is also a pretty good article on the whole HDMI cable debacle:

http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/home-entertainment/1292371/expensive-hdmi...

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6 weeks 1 day ago qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine Anupam

Hard disk fried means it was burnt. But, looks like you mean something else, since you are still working with it? If it's a hardware failure, it has certainly nothing to do with installation of a program.

And if it's not hardware related, unless you find the cause, again, it's not certain that it can be done merely by installing Python, which is a legitimate program. So, find out the exact cause first.

If you aren't blaming anyone, then why post here? :).

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6 weeks 1 day ago Site Suggestions and Feedback Anupam

The site uses ads from Google, so as such there is no control on what ads will be shown.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Site Suggestions and Feedback need3

I consider this as the #1 resource on freeware, I also disabled AdBlockPlus on this domain to give more support by clicking ads. However, I noticed that often these ads lead to questionable websites involved in the distribution of potentially unwanted programs disguised as freeware, which is nothing illegal, but maybe it isn't the best choice since this website is about helping the users to find quality freeware.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade librus

Are these compatible with joysticks?

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6 weeks 1 day ago qBittorrent Help: Using the qBittorrent Torrent Search Engine Scallionboy

Beware!
I followed the instructions carefully. When I installed Python, qbittorrent told me it was an outdated version, and referred me to the Python website where I downloaded the newest version.

It worked like a charm. Except that the next morning the hard drive was fried. Kaput. Can't get into safe mode. Two IT guys at work have been fiddling with it for hours, but they're about to bail.

I don't blame anyone, but there's obviously a problem out there.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade vandamme

My wife just found a Simon game in the cellar, and now the grandkids want to play with it! You get to move your hands instead of just your thumbs. And the colors on the top look like the new Microsoft logo, isn't that a throwback?

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6 weeks 1 day ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Preparing a repair disk is described here:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-prepare-boot-or-system-probl...

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6 weeks 1 day ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk woodsey492

Just need a windows 7 repair disk or Install disk, where can I find one to download?

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility LittleSkink

thanks Anupam, yes 6.11 (doh!)

still not sure how all this rubbish got on my machine, Malwarebytes is still running and has listed 9 suspicious items including OpenCandy too so I clearly messed up somewhere. Given I have Win 7 Pro OS my next step will be to see what sync stuff it can do

Yes I have uninstalled but wary of reinstall, really busy today and don't need the hassle of fixing stuff like this

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Anupam

I think you meant 6.11, since that's the latest version which became available for download today.

I installed FreeFileSync 6.11 on my computer today, and it installed without problems. I was successfully able to avoid the bundled extra that was shown during installation. No extras or unwanted program were installed on my computer.

And I just synced a pen drive containing my software collection with the one on the computer, and again, I had no problems.

So, seems that the problem is local to you. Have you tried uninstalling the software completely, and reinstalling?

While installation, were you careful to avoid the extra software that is offered? It's easy to opt out of.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility LittleSkink

FFS WatchOut!
an update FreeFileSync is now OFF my machine for good - installed FFS 4.11 today (from SourceForge source) hoping it would fix 4.10. Again being careful to uncheck any boxes as I installed. This time it installed without error but the program fails to sync with any folders or do the job I need it too. It has also hijacked my browsers with some rubbish called Lasaoren and installed some other rubbish called PC Optimser. FFS and Optismer Programs easy to remove, Lasaoren is proving harder

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6 weeks 1 day ago Revisit all those Games of the Past at the Internet Arcade Sgluber

"Do you remember the 70s and 80s..."

Oh, Vic! I remember like it was yesterday... with joy and proud! :-)

Thank you very much! And let me use your post to indicate to everyone the great MAME project: http://mamedev.org/

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Media Browser:
http://mediabrowser.tv/

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6 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: Human Anatomy, Glacier Works, Chess Academy, Interviewly rhiannon

I lost hours there. :)

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6 weeks 2 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace faust

Or you can just use the Windows port of the unix/linux "strings" command by Russinovich (part of his Sysinternals suite).

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897439.aspx

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6 weeks 2 days ago Finds of the Week: Human Anatomy, Glacier Works, Chess Academy, Interviewly budchekov

Hi Rhiannon, that Everest site is just awesome, many thaks for yet another great link !
:)

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

Privacy Badger is different. Which of the various add-ons to use is a matter of personal choice. Personally, I still use Adblock Plus.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Website of the Week: The Story of the Web rhiannon

The site takes a little while to load.

Here's the URL:
Story of the Web

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger Grant Bansen

I use Adblock Plus and Adblock Super. Can this replace these ad blockers?

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6 weeks 2 days ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! br1anstorm

Thanks again MC - just shows what a range of choice there is!

You make a good point about the PCLinuxOS user base being small compared to, for example, Mint. I share your perception that PCLinuxOS quality-control is pretty good.

Part of Linux's appeal is that it offers so many flavours and so many tweaks. In fact it's precisely because of the amazing range of possibilities that as a newbie I find it reassuring that the PCLinuxOS team checks and selects their ungrade/update "packages" so closely. When there are so many ways of skinning the Linux cat, I like the idea that people more expert than me have pre-tested what goes into PCLinuxOS.

Some of the evolution and modification of other distros seems to be like a free-for-all suck-it-and-see: great for enthusiasts and experimenters, but too uncertain for those like me who value reliability and stability above almost all else. But no doubt I will in time become knowledgeable enough to venture into some of the more esoteric areas of the Linux world - and I guess that's part of the fun!

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger v.laurie

It works for me.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger sinks

firefox is stopping the download.dropdown box appearing to allow.is this because its still in beta

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger snakyjake

I read the privacy statement on Google Chrome Store. I've become paranoid of what capabilities extensions are allowed to do. I feel like I'm inviting the trojan horse.

1) Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
2) Change your privacy-related settings.

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6 weeks 2 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace sturgel

You can use regex expressions in NotePad++.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Website of the Week: The Story of the Web ribotto

I got to the site but couldn't find any link to open it?

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger Frank D

Thanks for this useful add-on!

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger lowndesw

It "seems to work quite well" with Chrome Canary, too. Under the Extensions, it has an extra approval box to "Allow access to file URLs". Could it be doing the very thing it is supposed to be blocking??

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6 weeks 2 days ago Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger gostah

How does this compare to Comodo Dragon? They say it is a "Fast and versatile Internet Browser based on Chromium, with highest level of security"

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux mdalacu

The Best! :-)

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Falcon's Eye has been abandoned. From Vulture's official page:
"... Vulture is an isometric graphical user interface for NetHack, SLASH'EM, and UnNetHack. The Vulture project continues the abandoned Falcon's Eye project ...":
http://nethackwiki.com/wiki/Vulture

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Warframe is a cooperative free-to-play third person online action game set in an evolving sci-fi world:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/230410/

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... NoMachine is the fastest remote desktop you have ever tried. In just a few clicks you can reach any computer in the world and start working on it as if it was right in front of you ...":
https://www.nomachine.com/

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6 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace Gil Mensch

Rob, thanks for the tip. I downloaded and downgraded the program to the free version. A couple of things I found out:

First, EmEditor inserts itself into the StartUp folder without asking. If you do a Custom Install, I think you can prevent that from happening if you unselect that part of the install. I couldn't find a setting from within the program after installing it, to not have it start up automatically. I disabled the auto-start feature from within WinPatrol.

Second, the program took over the .txt file type association without asking. WinPatrol alerted me to this, so I was able to deny the change. Every 5 minutes, however, the message kept popping up. EmEditor won't take "no" for an answer. Unacceptable. I can't find a setting within the program to make it stop doing this, so I will be uninstalling EmEditor. I use a different text editor which I want to continue to be my default editor for .txt files.

Too bad. I wanted to have the regex character-replacement feature available. But free or not, I won't use a program that won't behave.

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6 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace MidnightCowboy

As sated in the article referenced.

EmEditor is available as a Pro and a Lite version. The Pro version costs $39. If you only want the Lite one, which is free, download the main installer and run the editor. Then, once the editor is running, press Ctrl-Q to bring up the list of commands and search for "downgrade". This will downgrade your 14-day trial copy of the paid-for version to the free-forever version. Which is still just as fast, and has pretty much all the features you'll probably ever need.

MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 3 days ago The Amazing Power Of Regex Search And Replace David Roper

So this editor is an annual subscription model?

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6 weeks 3 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick dickinsm

woops.. me bad.

Somehow I did not look in ALL the subdirectories created when I unpacked the zip file.
I found the text file.
It took 2 tries though for me to get it right.

The software installed after I figured out what I was doing wrong.
Just to make sure, I duplicated the process on 2 more pcs and they all took the install.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick dickinsm

I am not able to install the free version of
WinX DVD Copy Pro.
I went to their webste and downloaded and unpacked it.
There is no text file after it is unpacked as the author states.

during install it wants you to buy the program or you get a unregistered copy.
No telling if it is a "trial period" program.

If this is really a FREE copy, more instructions are needed.
:(

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6 weeks 3 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive v.laurie

Cerainly sorry to hear you are having problems. Did you do a system backup before making changes? I don't use Outlook so I don't know the tool in this reference (http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/microsoft-office/fix-your-broken-outlook-...) but you might look into it.

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6 weeks 3 days ago How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive abcheer

I have follow your method moved My Document folder (complete all) from C: drive to secondary drive E: named mimic as E:/users/owner/My documents from C...... the drive C: do reported reduce in size. But now I cant access my Ms Outlook with error...." Cannot open your default e-mail folders. File access is denied. You do no have the permission required to access the file C:\Users\Lenovo\Documents\Outlook Files\ xxxxx.pst" ( "xxx stands my email address). I try to reverse back to C: but access denied. I work with admin status, now denied. URGENT HELP PLEASE, how to restore, at least my outlook to work else my email communication is all stopped.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software Figmo

Gramps: Kaspersky flagged as containing PDM:Trojan.Win32Bazona.a on download.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free CD Ripper Epsilon

Have just been using CUERipper after I discovered my $90 LG micro hi-fi system was scratching my CD's. Luckily I detected the problem after only two CD's were damaged.

CUERipper appears to be salvaging the tracks. No failure errors so far after one CD has been ripped.

I find CUERipper has an intuitive interface with enough easy to select option to suit me.

I had the same issue with the Hi-Fi previously. LG fixed it then but that was a few years ago and now it's well past the warranty expiry date. In any case I can't trust that it wouldn't malfunction again.

Sounds like I'll be putting a new Hi-Fi on my Christmas wish list, even if I do have to pay for it myself.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Five Places to Find New Uses for Old Smartphones and Tablets rbt55

I work for a county 911 center. A good place to retire your old cell phone is a woman's abuse center. Because phones are capable of dialing 911 even without service, these phones are given to these women for their safety. I saw one suggestion was to give them to children to run game apps for education. For the reason I recommend giving them to women's shelter, is the reason I don't recommend given them to small children to use.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Five Places to Find New Uses for Old Smartphones and Tablets bwoods

Great tips! Thanks.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Radelen

The real performance of your system often doesn't depend only from some numbers which you can see in Task Manager. That's a general deception...

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software need3

There are some AV light on resources; I'm using Panda free Antivirus and I'm impressed by its very low usage of RAM and CPU. In this moment this is the RAM used by Panda on my PC:
PSUAmain.exe: < 1Mb
PSUAservice.exe: < 1Mb
PSANHost.exe: 11 Mb
AgentSvc.exe: 9 Mb

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6 weeks 5 days ago From newb to expert - best Linux distro for YOU! MidnightCowboy

With a rolling release, you will always have the latest software and there is no need to do an upgrade. Sounds good until you research the amount of things that can break with an update v the same thing happening after an LTS update. Manjaro is a good example. With an LTS release however you can sit out non critical security updates for a while and monitor the forums for issues before committing your own machine.

Specific to PCLinuxOS, the user base compared to Mint is tiny. Feedback regarding compatibility issues therefore will be much less. Supposedly their QC is amongst the best, but if stability is your goal then a distro based on Debian stable would be the way to go.

These things of course are only relevant to how you work with your hardware and what it is used for. I keep all of my stuff on an external drive (or duplicated there) so in the event of a failure I can reinstall Linux and have it fully customized to how it was before in less than an hour. Try doing that with Windows. :)

What I like of course may well be seen as garbage by someone else, which is the beauty of having so much choice with Linux. Here though are my own recommendations that in any case will only cost you a few minutes with a DVD live session to evaluate for yourself.

KDE - SuperX and Netrunner 14 (both LTS)

http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributi...
http://www.netrunner-os.com/netrunner-14-released/

Gnome - Cylon (LTS) Runs with Compiz/Emerald and my current system of choice.

http://cylonlinux.weebly.com/

Cinnamon - Liunux Mint 17 (LTS)

http://linuxmint.com/rel_qiana_cinnamon_whatsnew.php

Unity - Oz Unity BlackOpal

Hybrid - Xfce/KDE - Centrych (LTS)

http://www.centrych.org/

Xfce - Voyager (LTS) Amazing distro (French site with English translation on page).

http://voyagerlive.org/

MATE - Point Linux. Will run with Compiz and associated goodies.

http://pointlinux.org/

Free software only - has to be Trisquel 7.

http://trisquel.info/

Something different - Deepin. Superb effort that is not quite there yet, including lack of support for mobile broadband, but IMO this will be the one to beat in the future.

http://www.linuxdeepin.com/index.en.html

MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) MidnightCowboy

The value of HIPS as a standalone program has degraded over time. At one point there were many to choose from including what was IMO the best, EQSecure. Online Armor started life as a HIPS before a firewall was added and the Privatefirewall HIPS component, DSA, (Dynamic Security Agent) was also available as a separate program. Now most HIPS are integrated into a firewall and highly automated in an attempt to prevent users from making a wrong decision and crippling their system.

ZoneAlarm Free firewall is a good example of a lightweight integrated HIPS that does "enough" but without being too intrusive.

http://www.zonealarm.com/security/en-us/zonealarm-pc-security-free-firew...

Many antivirus programs now also include similar components to protect against unauthorized registry changes for instance.

The HIPS component in Privatefirewall was always highly regarded.

Users should however take some time to research the benefits of these components properly and not be swayed by "test" sites such as Matousec that claim one product offers more "protection" than another. To get a true value of firewall protection performance, this is a much better and far more accurate resource.

http://www.av-comparatives.org/firewall-test-march-2014/

Note how highly the built in Microsoft firewall performs. :)

In terms of new standalone HIPS, I've not seen anything else to warrant inclusion here.

In general terms my advice would be to use Windows firewall together with an antivirus with strong web filtering capabilities such as Panda or Forticlient.

http://www.cloudantivirus.com/en/
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Security/Security-Related/FortiClient.shtml

WinPatrol free will add an extra layer against the type of system altering code associated with toolbars and browser hijacks without users needing to resort to a full blown HIPS.

http://www.winpatrol.com/download.html

Otherwise, following safe surfing practices will reduce your exposure risk to a minimum anyway. 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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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) talkback10

Any other standalone HIPS that can be recommended since the original date this article was printed? Also, how is the HIPS feature rated in Private firewall?

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Chiron

Personally, although a small subset of users may not feel that an antivirus is suitable for them, I do believe that an antivirus still has a significant role to play in terms of protecting a computer. For a more in-depth explanation of what I believe, and why, please see this section:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm-0...
of my article about How to Stay Safe Online.

Thanks.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Media Center Software George

Hi wjs
thanks for your input on this. It's true, the media center software out there has come a long way meanwhile. I recently saw a few great XBMC How To videos (in German tho, but if you're interested anyways, search for "xbmc workshop" on Youtube). One of the show how to store the XBMC settings on a NAS system using MySQL. You can then use tablets and other devices with the same settings.
Best regards
George

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software Anupam

While you as an experienced user may not need an antivirus, general users still need one. Security is important for them.

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