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Create Great-Looking Collages From Your Photos 1 month 2 weeks ago Brian Boru

This is nice, worked fine here on Win7 x64.

It's old-fashioned install and use, but as Rob says it's easy to use and has a nice set of default layouts to choose from.

My quick play with it indicates that the photos in the folder you select for the collage may end up placed in the layout according to the dates of the photo files--although that might also be coincidence. But there is a "random" tick box, which suggests that if that's left unticked, then there is an order in which the individual pics are placed.

That could be useful if you wanted a particular pic to be the center piece, or top-left or wherever--change the file date(s) to get what you want.

I kept getting an error message box "no images match the design", but it didn't affect program operation. ETA it's explained in the FAQ, saying it didn't find enough portrait or landscape photos to use in the layout design. I guess it cropped some photos to make them fit.
[including FAQ link triggered spam block here]

There are a lot of extras which I didn't look at. Good find, Rob.

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Finds of the Week: Brilliant Time Zone Site, 520,000+ Awesome Free High Quality Images, Using Metered Connections in Windows 8, View Movie Trailers, Restore Windows to Factory Settings 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I like TimeandDate.com too, it does have many useful features. I like everytimezone.com because you can tell at a glance what the times zones are. Since the crew here at Gizmo's is truly global in nature (the crew is scattered all over the planet) it's very useful.

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Finds of the Week: Brilliant Time Zone Site, 520,000+ Awesome Free High Quality Images, Using Metered Connections in Windows 8, View Movie Trailers, Restore Windows to Factory Settings 1 month 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

TimeandDate.com is my preferred choice for time zone info because it offers many other useful features. Any website that can offer computer tips will likely find it's way into my bookmarks though and I'll probably add Pixabay too.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 1 month 2 weeks ago weltall

After a short test between Ultracopier and Teracopy, I have to admit that Ultracopier is faster. Even though if it is faster, I still hate the delay it has when it starts to copy something.

Be it a lot of small files or large files, when I compared the two, Ultracopier was much faster, with both of them have activated the checksum test. Actually, Ultracopier does not seem to get much if any at all slower when the checksum test is activated. It does make me feel a bit uneasy that is passes it so fast, but then again, I doubt they would add such an option without it being working right.

Even though Ultracopier in speed is better, I still abhor how when I try to copy/move any kind of files, even if it is a shortcut or a textfile less than a kb, I have to wait for a couple of seconds before Ultracopier will decide to work. If I rush it and start moving a lot of small files around at the same time, the app goes in a "not responding" state, and I have to wait a bit more.

Most of my everyday move/copy actions are of smaller files and I definitely prefer to wait longer when I transfer really large files, rather than have to wait for the copy program to every time start the copy.

If anything I prefer to have teracopy to replace my windows default copier and use another copier for special cases of really huge transfers. The reason I post this is because Ultracopier gets 5 stars and absolutely no negatives.

As a sidenote, I am using an SSD, so it is not my HDD taking it's time.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago BipG2015

Redirected to local Amazon site and tried to download but it is not free here.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago Brian Boru

Thanks for all you do Rob, but this one is probably a dud.

Annabel Jacobs books:
A Short Guide to a Happy Marriage: Know the Secret to a Fulfilling Relationship, Secrets to Have a Long Lasting Marriage.
Embrace the New Healthy You with Paleo Diet.
Windows 10: Great Guide To Windows 10.
So I guess she's not an experienced or respected tech writer!

I looked thru the 'look inside' feature on Amazon, looking specifically to see if two topics were covered:
1. The security changes one should make in settings, immediately after installation;
2. The problems with unsolicited driver updates and program uninstalls.
Neither topic is mentioned in the detailed ToC afaics.

My guess is this is another of the many "authors" who "write a book" on a popular topic and hope to make a few bucks for nothing. I wouldn't get it as a present for a beginner, because who knows what else is missing from the subject matter.

There are 2 Kindle buying options. One is the usual Amazon buy. The other is for "Kindle Unlimited", which is a Netflix for Kindle, ie monthly sub gets you all the Kindle books you want. If anyone still wants this product, the former option is what you want, since the buy price is currently $0.00.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago swede

It did occur to me that I had to actually place an order by clicking 1-click to get the book for free. I was looking at the link under the button that says "Kindle". That link says "subscribers read for free". When I go there I see the sign up requirement. Anyhow, at your suggestion, I went to 1-click and now the book is on my cloud for free. I'm not sure what I'm going to do from here (probably give up), since I really want the book on my iPad and haven't figured out how to get the entire book on it; all I have at the moment is a free sample. I can download the book, but have to pay for it.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago swede

I don't see where you can get this book free. The only place I found the book is on the Amazon site and they require one to register for $9.99/month to get books, some of which are free to download. I don't consider having to pay a monthly fee to get a 'free' book as getting a free book.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago SanDiegoJack

Found it. You click on buy 1-click and credit card is charged$0.00.
It appears it is "free" only if you pay Amazon $10/month?? Am I missing a secret hidden button somewhere?

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Learn How to Use the Windows Registry Editor (Regedit) in One Easy Lesson 1 month 2 weeks ago SureshYuvaraj

How to create a windows login screen using regedit in windows 8

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 2 weeks ago Bert Byfield

This book is NOT free. *KindleUnlimited* costs $9.99 per month.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 1 month 2 weeks ago satrow

Dates for the current Bitdefender Free filters/drivers:
avchv.sys System Driver BitDefender AntiVirus Active Virus Control Hypervisor driver BitDefender AVC 02/11/2012 13:17:46
avc3.sys System Driver Active Virus Control filter driver BitDefender AVC 17/04/2013 14:59:56
avckf.sys System Driver Active Virus Control Kernel Filtering driver BitDefender AVC 17/04/2013 14:59:58
gzflt.sys System Driver BitDefender Gonzales FileSystem Driver BitDefender Gonzales 22/04/2013 13:21:00
trufos.sys Dynamic Link Library Trufos Kernel Module BitDefender Antivirus 28/05/2013 12:12:19

I'd be very surprised if the Bitdefender paid versions used drivers as old as those.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Maybe I'm suppose to know who Annabel Jacobs is but I don't. The guide would be worth looking at provided she wasn't employed by Microsoft.

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Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7 1 month 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

Resurrecting an old post, I know, but my method has always been:

Open the new location (in most cases, either a second partition or second drive) & create a folder called "Users", open that & create the actual user file (by name), then go into that one & recreate, by name, those which you plan to move. Generally, I move: documents, downloads, music, pictures, video.

Now, when you go to the location tab in your C: drive folders, you browse to the matching folder name on D or E & choose that. Say yes to move it all. The folders will continue to be viewable within the original user folder as accessed from the desktop icon.

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Get A 288-Page Book About Windows 10 For Free 1 month 3 weeks ago audit2

Why show this as it interests people with Kindles only while others are charge $9.00?
From bad to worse!

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Best Free Personal Finance Software 1 month 3 weeks ago MyMoneyPicture

It has been shown time and again that to stay on top of your finances you should track everything you spend. MyMoneyPicture was created to help track your expenses, monitor account balances, and compare actual spending to your budget. You can do this at home on your computer or while waiting at the checkout on your phone.

With users in 26 countries MyMoneyPicture is free and doesn’t need access to your bank accounts or passwords. Spending is entered manually to increase your financial awareness. Check it out: www.mymoneypicture.com

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Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program 1 month 3 weeks ago Realist

Rainlendar is pathetic. Use it if you like "skins" else it's a lousy piece of software.

It does not show future events in the Events list, it only shows the "Today's" Events and ToDo in the respective list. Why the event list is even there.
It shows events and todo in a pop up which - obviously - disappears after some time.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

The usual cause is the previous use of a so called registry cleaner or tweak tool containing a registry cleaning component. MC - Site Manager.
http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_8-update/error-...

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Best Free HTML Editor 1 month 3 weeks ago JEB1966

For my money (that's a joke, son, I say that's a joke), the best freeware HTML editor out there is ToniArts Easy HTML. While I would like the program even more if it included syntax highlighting and/or HTML validation, I feel this lack is greatly outweighed by the inclusion of a preview of the document that can be refreshed without saving the document, a feature I have been unable to find in another freeware HTML editor.

Available at: http://personal.inet.fi/business/toniarts/ehtmle.htm

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago miniliq

What am I doing wrong? Downloaded it ok, got the license code, but it won't install. Error message: "ShellExecuteEx failed, code 21. The device is not ready."

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Create Smart, Beautiful Maps for Free 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're quite welcome, and thank you for the additional information. :)

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago InquiringMind

I'm sorry I missed that. I stopped reading just a line or two short of the end, after finishing the directions.

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Party Lights, Or Just Fun On Your PC 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Something tells me Rob still owns a lava lamp and tie-dyed T-shirts.

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Manage Your Time Better, With A Tomato 1 month 3 weeks ago unclnis

Thanks for the tip!
I remember I've used it in the past and totally forgot about it. Just what I needed

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Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program 1 month 3 weeks ago Realist

Desktop iCalendar Lite is also a good option.
Rainlendar shows events in a pop-up, if you click on a future date it doesn't show the events of that date in the Events List.

In Desktop iCalendar Lite you can select a future date and it will show the events and to-dos of that date.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy As stated in the offer text above - no. MC - Site Manager. view
Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago InquiringMind

Is it possible, at any later date, to upgrade the version being offered for download?

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago jmaloney

Thank you! This is a good one. Everything was smooth — subscribed, got subscription verification email, got email with download link & license code, downloaded, installed program, registered.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Correct. :) Currently enjoying 30 degrees and sunshine on the run up to Christmas instead of what I was used to back in the UK. MC - Site Manager. view
Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

Nice!

Thank you, MC!
(the english brazilian guy, right? X-D)

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Create Smart, Beautiful Maps for Free 1 month 3 weeks ago abrandt

Thank you for this article. This looks very promising. I contacted Philipe via their IM... and learned that Mapme also has ROUTE OPTIMIZATION features... however their not documented yet. Appreciate notice of Mapme! ~ Alan

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Best Free Website Forum Software 1 month 3 weeks ago DavidT

Great article, thanks.
I wish I had read it before purchasing vbulleti!
New users might well be best to use free software.
I was going to give MyBB a try but instead opted to try vbulletin.
The trial version looked good and offered everything i needeed so why not?
The problem is that I have been unable to instal the software.
My domain host support are unable to make it work and vbulletin support are unable to make it work.
The software is certainly not for me if problems can occur that specialist support staff cant sort out.
No refund though. Having bought a product that I cant use, vbulletin are unwilling to refund.
Having made enquiries I realise that this is a common complaint.
Those starting out should think seriously about free forum software they use and check out the refund policy if they are buying.
My experience is not unusual, there is no way of telling from use of thevbulletin trial version, whether you will even be able to instal the full version and once you have downloaded it, vbulleting will not refund and take no resonsibility for it working.
This is not an industry norm. You can get easier to manage software with support that takes responsibility for your forum working.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Pond Sunset Reflections 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

This is my picture(guess) of things -
- Installer does not offer to create ISO
- Installed Pro has a button top right for bootable CD
- It takes you to the link I mentioned above
- That page has a download for the ISO for the free bootable 9.1
- The differences between the free version, should not matter for the average user.
- The features that are lacking in the free bootable CD, are features that I have never needed
Here is a link to the comparison table -
http://www.partitionwizard.com/comparison.html

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago webguy

I agree and also normally only do such operations from a bootable CD. I assume the installer gives you a program to do operations on other than the system disk as well as an option to create a bootable CD? I was going to temporarily install it only long enough to create the CD. Is that linked .ISO download the exact same version CD as the one created by the installed app? If so, why install it?

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago webguy

Thanks for checking!

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago webguy

QUESTION: The FAQ has this item "How to uninstall AVG Security Toolbar?". Does this Pro version install the toolbar or any other undesirables? I am waiting to find out before I install it.
BTW: I had no trouble getting the email with code and download link. Just had to wait about 5 minutes. THANKS!

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 1 month 3 weeks ago bernardz

I would not recommend Windows Defender either, but then again despite what some the AV comparsions are saying, I would not recommend AVAST either. At the moment, the virus are winning.

Probably the best one I think now is Bitdefender but its not free.

 

At work what I am doing now when a machine comes to be cleaned, is loading a trial version of Bitdefender and cleaning it with that. 

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Correct. I was just waiting for a response direct from MiniTool before posting here.
As Joe A.TT states, there is nothing else included with the download. We have an information page about how to avoid unwanted content here. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-else-have-you-just-download...

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

I too only do such operations from a bootable CD
Does the Pro version allow creation of a bootable CD ?

I noticed that I have the ver 9.0 of the Pro version.
It has an icon top right saying 'Bootable CD'
When I click that, it opens this web page -
http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html
And it says 'free download'
If God visited me (again) and said he is re-creating the Earth, and do I have any wishes.
I would ask him to ban the expression 'free download', as I am never sure what that means.

PS Could someone let me know if this generous giveaway of Pro 9.1, is crippled in any way (missing some features) ?
I am sure anyone here that has 9.0 Pro installed would wonder whether to upgrade to 9.1, and perhaps lose features

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

No. I installed it and there was no AVG Security Toolbar or other unwanted extras. Nevertheless, you shouldn't get caught out if you scrutinize everything whenever you install software.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago godel

Ideally you shouldn't be doing partition operations on the same disk as the partition software is installed on.

If you go to http://www.partitionwizard.com/partition-wizard-bootable-cd.html you can download the always free bootable version which is an iso of about 140MB (ouch).

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Best Free Media Player 1 month 3 weeks ago kapha

Nice review list. but it needs some edition. Elmedia player should be added to this list, because it supports a wide range of common and not so common audio & video formats, including FLV, SWF, WMV, AVI, MOV, MP4, MP3, DAT, FLAC, M4V, MPG, MKV and more.
Visit this

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago marcdarkin

It won't disappear :)

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago heya556

Hey, I just started 30 day trial, and finally got that editor tab. I'll see if it disappears after 30 days. :D

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 1 month 3 weeks ago wg1995

Is it portable? Can I install it on a flash drive for use when I need it?

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago marcdarkin

"(I don't have the editor tab)"

Strange. I can't think of a cause. The latest v.18 of Zoner has three main tabs to select (manager, develop, editor) and I don't think they can be detached or left off the layout.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago gpc111

I made a second attempt and had the same result. No email in either Yahoo or Hotmail. I'm going to give up on this, Thank you anyway.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy There you go then, Christmas bonus! :) Don`t thank me though, thank the guys at MiniTool. MC - Site Manager. view
Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Pond Sunset Reflections 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

This is a Christmas gift, without a doubt!

Peace, serenity, harmony, introspection... feelings that this picture brings to me.

Simply WONDERFUL, rhiannon! Your choice reflects a lot of what the Christmas time should be for most of people.

Thank you so much! :-)

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

I can confirm they are giving away the item before the listed start date of the 15th.
I received the links in the 2nd email about an hour or so after the first email.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago britinfrance

Thank you so much for this!!!!!!! It works like a dream

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

Just got the subscription email verification. It said the next email will have the links, didn't say when. It will surprise me if it comes before the 15th.

thanks MC

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

SwanKnight didn't actually say he got a response from them he just said he was able to input his email address/register. We were both able to get it to accept our email address. I noticed it said the last email from them would have the reg # and the d/l link.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

MC,

Thank you!
Merry Christmas from unseasonably warm Wisconsin.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago gpc111

I have not received anything in either Hotmail or Yahoo. Neither inbox or spam folders. Oh Well I already have 9.0.

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago mchldpy

So, even though the giveaway doesn't start until 0001hrs on the 15th we can subscribe early? I am waiting for the first email from them. I wasn't sure if it would work.
thanks

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago SwanKnight

I'm getting an error even though I'm using a real email address (not an disposable one) and only tried once.

"Too many subscribe attempts for this email address. Please try again in about 5 minutes. (#8587)"

Edit: nvm, managed to register after a while.

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 1 month 3 weeks ago heytisha

Hi usadoug, thank you for the comment! You make a good point. I am the same way! rarely will I spend time actually reading comments. YouTube also allows the uploader to disable/remove comments. However I think sometimes comments can border on abusive and/or irrelevant to the video completely. And if something can be done to filter comments more, it should be done. Wouldn't you say? 

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Thanks!!

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Using Windows Defender? An Easy Way To Get A Second Opinion. 1 month 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

If Microsoft consciously decided to try to beat the major players at their own game it would be an embarrassment of epic proportions. Windows defender is something I would only use as a temporary fallback if my anti-virus and spyware software stopped working.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago heya556

I couldn't agree more. I just wanted to give my 2 cents. Devil's in the details.
As for Zoner, later I found how I could batch process images. Now only the crop is missing (I don't have the editor tab).
I guess paint.net will do in those situations. :)

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Time to Say Goodbye 1 month 3 weeks ago WZehntner

And I thought I was old at 61 ...

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Get The Professional Version of MiniTool Partition Wizard for Free! [Expired] 1 month 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Nice one MC.... it's so good to get a freebie like this one with no strings attached !

Merry Christmas

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 1 month 3 weeks ago WZehntner

Thank you for providing a link for Qihoo.
Thanks to your link I recently submitted a false positiv to them.
2 days later the false positiv was taken care of.

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 1 month 3 weeks ago usadoug

One doesn't have to use Google+ to use you tube, why not setup G+? When using YouTube I given the choice to use my long time anonymous YouTube user name of my G+ name. In the event the ability to comment is so important to anyone they should decide to stop viewing YouTube content after telling the google/YouTube and the content providers of that decision, and carry through with that decision. Clearly YouTube's hope was to clean up comments by having comments associated with what are thought to be real names civility would ensue. Did take sever exchanges with someone at YouTube to discover how I could still use my long time YouTube user name at YouTube, not my G= associated name. Sometimes getting what you think is right takes effort, and patience. Yes policy can change tomorrow. I'm ready to be allowed to watch the videos without commenting, or walk away from YouTube, I doubt few others are ready to do so as well. Anyway not in enough numbers to influance policy.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago marcdarkin

This kind of debate and all the latest comments prove my opinion that no application is for everybody and when you've grown to appreciate one of them, it's very hard to move to another one. That's just a reason why testing all these apps feels tricky, and recommending one over the others is just a matter of personal considerations, just as with almost anything meant to be used in one's life. Quite a lot of them are so good that it's those little details what tips the balance in favor of this or that. And it's also why (fortunately) there are so many of them to choose from in the first place. I don't use just one since it's virtually impossible to have everything exactly as I like in just one single program.

Zoner studio is full of features but is a bit lacking in areas like those you have mentioned and it even has a few other inconveniences that I consider much worse. They might be important but I still think it's a very powerful application. And by the way, the crop tool is found in the editor window, although it should be present in the viewer too. Moreover, not nearly as with FastStone, but Zoner offers some batch processing possibilities for a few functions such as quickfix, resize, convert and rename: select any number of pictures in the manager window, click on the icon corresponding to the function you want, adjust the settings you wish and click on the 'Apply to all' button.

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5 Best Free Video Streaming Sites 1 month 3 weeks ago usadoug

IMO it's unfair to list as a con what "spam" comments that nor YouTube or content providers have no reasonable control over. Spam was first used to refer to unsolicited email. By posting comments for public consumption or post original comments to the content one is in essence soliciting responses. Googles/youtubes attempt to encourage/force the use of real names on YouTube had the potential to move abuse from inside the web into the world where people actually live. A crank angered by a John Doe on the web is likely to harass every John Doe they can find a phone number for. Actually comment on YouTube are some of the most useful on the web, particularly since YouTube got rid of the character limit and allowed inserting of all URL'. Yea you have to ignore the stupid crap, but that's a small price to pay for free. tmy gmail account associated with YouTube isn't my primary email account. The only time a make point to visit my gmail account is when I'm expect something from the google help staff or from the google/YouTube forums. Generally I scroll through the mail and based on the subject mark expect email to be moved to a folder for reading, the remainder is block deleted. I rarely engage in YouTube comment peeing contests

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How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon I'm glad you like it. I use Opera most days, and it's so useful to have my gotta have 'em add-ons. :) view
How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Pond Sunset Reflections 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Awesome! I'm glad you like it. :)

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How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera 1 month 3 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Nice article - thank you

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How to Install Chrome Extensions in Opera 1 month 3 weeks ago ChronicChaos

Very cool Rhiannon. Thank you for this.

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Best Freeware Download Sites 1 month 3 weeks ago Anupam

Agreed, it's a pretty good site. I have subscribed to their RSS feeds since a few years. But lately, the feeds are coming quite less even when the software updated daily on their site is more. Anyways, apart from this issue, the site is good.

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Best Freeware Download Sites 1 month 3 weeks ago shnbwmn

Shout-out to Freeware Files. Have trusted it for years and it hasn't let me down. Large selection, easily navigable and a good community of users and admins.

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Best Free Outliner 1 month 3 weeks ago Frank M

I miss the old Buttonware's PC-Outline. It was a real classic and its visible shifting hierarchy was unique.
I used in the DOS form for quite sometime as it helped my thinking and progress in working on problems.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Winter Pond Sunset Reflections 1 month 3 weeks ago budchekov

I was looking for something seasonal and you found it !
Happy Holidays @ Merry Christmas rhiannon .. :)

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Best Free File Copy Utility 1 month 3 weeks ago weltall

As a past used for Ultracopier I can tell you that it can actually verify checksums if you want it to, like Fastcopy and Teracopy. The only one I can't talk about is unstoppable copier. Used it only once to test it and never again in the past. All three of the programs though need the user to actually go by himself/herself and activate that option.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 1 month 3 weeks ago heya556

I've been using FastStone Image Viewer for almost a decade. I'm so used to its interface and enormous possibilities. Alas, in the last couple of years, startup times have gotten really long. Funny thing it happens only on newer PCs (with a windows 8.1 or 10 on SSD), no matter if it's a new system or used for a year. On a PC with Windwos 10 on a HDD, everything works flawlessly.
With that in mind, I wanted to try something new.
I always like the Zoner Photo's UI but never got around to testing it. So, I installed it today to test it.
It's an understatement to say that it feels really poor compared to FastStone Viewer. Crop and batch processing are nowhere to be found. I don't use them very often, but I do use them when backing up photos from dSLR to OneDrive. I'm guessing these 2 are only included in the paid account.
I'll test it a little bit more, but the honeymoon phase was really short with this one. :(

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Best Free PDF Tools 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks for pointing out ichabod. The download link has now been fixed. view
Best Free PDF Tools 1 month 3 weeks ago ichabod

Today, I found that your download link for PDFill PDF Tools goes to a page for downloading the entire PDFill package, "including the evaluation copy of PDFill PDF Editor (the free evaluation version will watermark edited PDF files), the FREE PDF Tools and the FREE PDF and Image Writer." From that page, it takes one more click to reach the link for downloading only PDFill PDF Tools; the latter page is at the URL that you give for the developer's home page.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 1 month 3 weeks ago cmonster

Tixati has web seeding capabilities now.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Get It Now. For Free. 1 month 4 weeks ago okidoki

Contrary to what poster mchldpy says, 'Visual Studio Express 2015 for Windows Desktop' runs on Windows 7 (see: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/downloads/visual-studio-2015-system-requirements-vs.aspx#5). The 'Community' version runs on Windows 8 and higher, as mentioned.

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How I Set Up a Home File Server For Free - A Review of FreeNAS 1 month 4 weeks ago Remah

joe.bennett can respond with his own specific system details but there are some well documented details about FreeNAS which you might not be aware of.

FreeNAS as it now is is a redevelopment rather than a fork of the original FreeNAS. iX Systems who bought the name FreeNAS, and redeveloped it moved FreeNAS to a different plug-in architecture using nanoBSD, OpenZFS, Django CMS, nginx web server, etc. In many respects it has vastly extended the capabilities of a server far beyond what a pure NAS needs to be but with those capabilities comes a hunger for hardware that you may not need to satisfy.

If you have issues about meeting the system requirements then you need to understand two things:

1. You can run FreeNAS with less than the minimum but you should probably be looking at other options if you do. A major component of the system requirements is the ability to run ZFS with all its features. In this case, the more RAM the better. But if you don't need some of those features then you can get by with less than the minimum. For example, ZFS deduplication has traditionally been a substantial part of ZFS requirements which many people don't want/need.

One of the key system requirements for FreeNAS that you probably shouldn't avoid is ECC RAM which basically means server-class systems.

2. Other options exist if your hardware doesn't meet the minimum hardware requirements:

a) The latest version of FreeNAS is 64-bit only so you would have to use an older version if you have 32-bit hardware. In which case you only need 4GB RAM and, again, can run with less. The problem is that it is no longer being developed and I'd suggest you'd be better off looking at the next option.

b) NAS4Free which continues the code of the original FreeNAS project (2005-2010/11): m0n0BSD, m0n0wall, PHP-based. It also has ARM versions so it is clearly happy on less powerful hardware. It prefers to be installed as an embedded system based on its m0n0 roots. The best part is that still probably requires only 512MB RAM to run and it runs on a lot older hardware. In comparison to FreeNAS, it is more limited. See what it is not.

Until 2013 I ran and enjoyed both and wouldn't make a blanket recommendation of one over the other because it all depends upon what you are trying to do. They are both excellent free products that introduce you to many of the benefits of FreeBSD  which is the basis of many non-Linux *NIX systems such as the caching servers used by NetFlix.
 

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Get It Now. For Free. 1 month 4 weeks ago mchldpy

ANY Visual Studio 2015 Product MUST be installed on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 or higher with update 2919355 to install successfully. (per M$)

unless a workaround is found.

However, Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition (like above, the free edition of Visual Studio 2013) installs on Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and the corresponding Server editions.

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How I Set Up a Home File Server For Free - A Review of FreeNAS 1 month 4 weeks ago Tesla6c

The latest (v9.3.1) "FreeNAS requires 8GB of RAM to run properly" - could you state which version you used and the hardware you installed it on? This information will be useful for those trying to use their old hardware.

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Best Free Partition Management Software 1 month 4 weeks ago Miller L Huw

Thanks for the detail introduction. I used Minitool pw long time, which is a wonderful disk-manage tool. It has more free function than other tools. This is what i like best!!!

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Best Free Android Apps -Updated 2016 1 month 4 weeks ago RobertJames

Like with any mobile app store, Google Play has a ton of free Android apps available. Sorting through the good ones http://70-410dumps.blogspot.com

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Get It Now. For Free. 1 month 4 weeks ago mchldpy

Thanks Geekomatic,
Having to use somebody's downloader/installer always feels slow to me no matter how fast my connection is.

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Get It Now. For Free. 1 month 4 weeks ago Geekomatic

Here's the direct link:

https://www.visualstudio.com/downloads/download-visual-studio-vs

The ISO is 5.8GB, FYI

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago mchldpy

I followed your link, found a review by Matt "Authenticated Reviewer" on join.me and reviews on team viewer but nothing side by side. Then I found this review (partial exert below) and gave up. Sometimes (some) IT types doing reviews tend to be a little full of ... um, company um ah, spirit. Then that's my opinion and we all know what that's worth. Diddly.

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago KTURNER

https://www.trustradius.com/compare-products/joinme-vs-teamviewer
http://web-conferencing.softwareinsider.com/compare/7-66/TeamViewer-vs-join-me

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago keithr386

Another good one that is free and easy for such one-off situations is Zoho Assist.

https://www.zoho.com/assist/

Very simple to set up a session. I use this with my elderly parents-in-law whenever I need assist them.

Keith R

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago snowbound999

Teamviewer is not made by Logmein company which some people have had bad experience with regarding their antics with Logmein free years ago which was cancelled along with constant price hikes of Logmein paid and poor support.

Teamviwer has a lot of capability and their one time session app does not leave anything installed on the remote computer once the session is over with. Teamviewer allows one to transfer files to or from the remote computer and allows one to see what is being displayed on any of the monitors physcially attached to the remote computer.

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago Remah

I don't use TeamViewer but it seems like it is the standard that all others are compared to.

From a user perspective, TeamViewer and JoinMe use similar architectures which implies that their desings are considered close enough to optimal.

Security is unlikely to be a major issue because both organizations are aware of its importance. Both use the AES256-SHA suite. This is the same as https/SSL, which they also use for their websites, with 256-AES session encoding and 2048-bit RSA private/public key exchange.

Both use routing servers to ensure service continuity and connections are backed up so you don't lose a session if the connection to the primary server is broken. The location of the servers you are connected to probably has the biggest impact on performance. TeamViewer has a lot more servers in more locations than JoinMe so I would expect TeamViewer to have lower latency on average.

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago mchldpy

Your unanswered prayers about file transfer s/w (might) stand a better chance if you spread a little help, gotta sow to reap. I mean, if your family can't do you wrong what good are they? Some can teach themselves from a book but there still exist a dependency on others. You learned from your smart computer acquaintances not to help family and/or friends. ha. Let me climb down off of my soapbox before I slip and fall off and everybody starts laughing.

DISCLAIMER -
I'm just kidding, really.

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 1 month 4 weeks ago fred64

Join.me might be OK to connect for some quick/easy minor work, but it lacks many of the features I use on team viewer.

I use Team Viewer to support family and friends across the country, including my sister in Hawaii and some in laws in Europe. Response time is pretty good on old slow systems (many have older PCs) and its a free service for non commercial use. I use team viewers ability to copy files and folders, remote print, remote reboot (and come back to the team viewer session) and remote reboot to safe mode. Team viewers chat box is very effective for sharing instructions. They provide a thinner client that installs a portable app and always start the latest version. I mean how much easier can it be for fully functional remote access to their PC? I have not tried some of the other team viewer features like access a PC from my android phone or using one of my Linux boxes, but I do have it installed.

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Best Free Music Notation Software 1 month 4 weeks ago Cullipool

I'd like to endorse all the good things you say about MuseScore, and add that it opens the .bww files of Bagpipe Music Writer (BMW) too. I'm thinking of changing the writing of my band's music from BMW to Lilypond, so that I can have more flexibility for some of our more intricate requirements. MuseScore appears to offer an intermediate step between BMW's .bww files and the .ly files of Lilypond.

I'm having problems, though, exporting the .bww files to .ly ones with "Save As..." — MuseScore crashes without saving a properly completed version. It's a pity, because the the export to .ly is much easier than Lilypond's bwwtolily procedure which just won't run on my PC. There must be a work-around, and I'll report back when I find it.

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 2 months 14 min ago Sope

Sad but true!

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 2 months 1 hour ago Kumar_Shah

Crosseyedlemon: Very apt screen name.

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