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1 year 40 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject Wizard of Odd

Robert Heinlein's Stranger In A Strange Land

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1 year 40 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject zeroseven

Its really quite easy Ray if you just remember to localise your search by (most important) date to avoid irrelevant pages submitted long ago (most of the web) and to remember to use '+' '-' quote marks etc. Its all very logical. I often use the images section straight off....drag an image into the search box and be amazed. The recommended site, whatever its called(?) when asked "best widescreen tv 2013" earlier, the top article offered was written in 2007! By using the google tools provided at the top of the search page, I can home in on blogs, news, reviews, discussions, best prices, restrict dates, all within a fraction of a second. It fine tunes rather than spins off at tangents.

I'm not a google fan boy, far from it. but its hard to see how the featured site could cause anything but misinformation and frustration. You only get from the web a proportional response to the information you submit

IMHO

:)

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1 year 40 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject Ray Jenne

Your response is what I've been told by more literate friends and I'll go through the help menu on Google and try some more. I use Parenthesis and Quotes quit a bit but often forget the + sign. I remember trying to find the "date 90 from today". I worked & worked ending up with counting on a calendar. I told a friend and they type in about half the words I used and had an immediate answer. Friend suggested I was over stating my question. Thanks for the tip, I'll try some more. Ray

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1 year 40 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject rob.schifreen

Sorry, olad. I guess, like any search system, it's not infallible and it depends how you use it. And for what it's worth, my wife's Nigerian by birth. I should have checked with her!

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1 year 40 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject Quetzalcoatl

Useless at this moment, and don't even dare to use a foreign word no matter how simple it is, I tried "chango" (monkey in Spanish) and it brought me all kind of nonsense except anything related to the animal. I better use the regular Google in the meantime.

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1 year 39 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject eikelein

Wow, yo must be about my age bracket (70-75)!
I remember the expression and use it in my own thinking but never out loud; people just wouldn't grok it...

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1 year 39 weeks ago Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject snert

eikelein, wow, indeed, I'll be 61 next month. I read Stranger In A Strange Land way back when I was in college on G.I. benefits.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Geekomatic

I'll give this a go today!

I tried one during it's beta & it may have been the one you were speaking of: fontifier? I think?

Can you tell me if the letters need to be centred in each square for even the symbols? I recall that when I did the one from before, the quotes mark was too low & comma too high-- if you know what I mean? Can you elaborate?

Cheers!

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

If it's like other font-generation programs, position them as if the test baseline ran across the block about a third of the way up - lower-case letters ought sit on that line and go up to about one-third down from the top, which leaves room for ascenders and descenders; comma and period should sit at the point where the baseline would be, quote and apostrophe should be about one-third from the top of the box.

I'll go download a template and come back and amplify this a bit.

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Okay; i looked at the templates, and they have tick marks for baseline, ascender and descender height and so on.

Looks simple.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting KiltedMuskrat

Sorry - It doesn't work. The web-site locks up at the first step!

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Frank D

I tried it but the results were horrendous. It didn't recognize over half of my input. Unusable.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting BearPup

For me, this site is more good idea than definitely doable, and for the reason that some have mentioned - if you don't have a steady hand and eye, getting each character to line up, look connected to adjoining letters, and be smoothly drawn is downright difficult. My results were also on the horrendous / unusable side of the results scale.

@Fairportfan: It may be simple, at least in theory, but easy to accomplish / get good results, its nowhere near being simple.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

I've uploaded a sample of my handwriting font, created with a very similar program (quite possibly the same software they're using) a year ago, to my webhosting at http://electronictiger.net/handrot.jpg

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Don't try to produce true cursive with connected letters.

If you have problems getting the letters to line up on the grid, write all the characters separately on paper, scan it, and then copy/paste appropriately-resized images of each one into the image of the template.

(I did that once to produce a "ransom note" font using letters cut from newspapers and magazines.)

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

Okay. I tried it. Just a quick'n'dirty; i only generated the numbers 0 to 9 and the letters to write a short sentence.

I tried it twice - once using a black ballpoint and one using a fine-point Sharpie. I wasn't particularly careful about my penmanship, either.

Not counting the trip to the store to buy a marker and pen (thirty minutes), and arguing with my DTP software as to whether they were fonts it wanted to admit existed (other programs had no problems; i guess Serif PagePlus is snooty), total time involved in making this limited character set was about twenty minutes, counting making the scans.

You can see the result at http://electronictiger.net/fonts.png

(When i was actually making the fonts, i noticed that they offer the templates as PNG images; as i said before, if you download those, you can copy/paste individual images into the blocks if you are having trouble writing in them on the template itself.)

Remember to print the templates in colour - actually, i don't know if it will make a difference, but the faint images in each block are red to make them less likely to reproduce.

Do NOT scan in B&W mode - greyscale is preferable, but they say you can get away with colour.

I scanned at 300 DPI.

Hope this helps.

(I'm working on a very large set, with numerous special characters; when i finish it, i'll post the results online and link 'em here.)

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

What did you use to fill in the template?

Black is pretty much mandatory, a fine-point or extra-fine-point Sharpie is best of all.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

What browser?

Worked fine for me in Opera, and in Firefox and (though i use it only reluctantly, and generally only to check websites) in IE.

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Try clicking the "Create Template" button. If that works, it's not locked up, just strangely designed.

While you're at the first page, try typing characters that aren't already shown in the block, and they should go into the list to be on the template, even there's no cursor there.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

A further look reveals that the lightly-printed guide characters on the template show where you need to place the character in the block.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Frank D

I used a black, fine point, BiC Mark-it pen. The 5 or so letters that did come out well were beautiful and well formed. But the rest of the letters that did not (they showed up as blank rectangles) made me quit my efforts.

I can't understand why only some letters appeared and not others, when this is a *hand* writing font, and theoretically anything that's in the box, regardless of shape, should show up.

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47 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting KiltedMuskrat

Yup, I tried a different browser and got it going. I forgot to come back and say that. Must have been one of those wonderful computer enhancements seemingly built into every program - - - I call them "Glitches."

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47 weeks 4 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

Try again with a Sharpie.

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47 weeks 4 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

Okay, folk, finally finished a full font worth.

Due to the fact that i used a paint program to size the characters accurately to paste them into the PNG of the template, some of them vary a bit in stroke weight. Otherwise, came out pretty good: http://electronictiger.net/fullfont.jpg

I should have used quadrille paper or something with guidelines, rather than a blank sheet when i printed the initial characters.

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47 weeks 2 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Geert

Hi electronictiger,
That link of you led me to one of the most funny, creative and yet informative 404 pages I've ever seen.
It put a big smile on my face.

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47 weeks 1 day ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting Fairportfan

I fixed the link. Arrrgh.

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45 weeks 5 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting GoofyRat

I checked it out and love it. Everyone can tell you're a sports nut because your handwriting is doing the wave!
I'm going to try it and hope mine turns out that unique.
I was thinking about using it for emails or applications for government forms BUT; if the receiver doesn't have that font on their computer, it gets replaced by Calabini or Times Roman or ...
BUT THEN AGAIN... could save it as an html document in Word and send it in email.

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44 weeks 4 days ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting brunetu

You probably worked harder when you used the software before. The result is really nice. I struggled with a font editing software years ago too but the results weren't really worth the trouble.

I'm glad this service is up so I can give it another go. I had different reasons to want my personal font back then, but now it would be great to use on my personal blog as a custom web font. Thank you Rob for sharing it with us!

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19 weeks 1 day ago Amazing! Create A Windows Font From Your Own Handwriting simplen

A very simple process. Outcome was junk.

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1 year 17 weeks ago Amazing! A Programming Environment In Your Browser Quigrim

>The best-known programming IDE is Microsoft's Visual Studio, which retails for many hundreds of dollars.
Hi there. While this find is pretty nice, I just want to point out that there are Express versions of Visual Studio that are completely free, even for commercial use, and they are very powerful, lacking only higher end professional tools.
http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/eng/products/visual-studio-express...

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1 year 17 weeks ago Amazing! A Programming Environment In Your Browser vitor sequeira

Hi,
this one is very good:

http://www.icsharpcode.net/OpenSource/SD/Default.aspx

Regards

[Moderator's note: Replaced CNET link with link to the software home page. CNET is not recommended because of its download wrapper.]

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1 year 17 weeks ago Amazing! A Programming Environment In Your Browser vitor sequeira

Sorry :(

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1 year 17 weeks ago Amazing! A Programming Environment In Your Browser glofp

@vitor sequeira
I don't see how to compare those two programs youre talking about. As I see it, can the one you mentiones only edit c# among the files that Corun can, so it is not really a choice, especially not if you are a PHP/HTML developper .
But, then again there are a lot of good apps. to do the job. My favorite wil at any time be Notepad++ and Microsoft Expression when it comes to "make up".

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox bartprg

These cloud storage alternatives are all fine and dandy, but none compel me to leave dropbox, which 1) works great, 2) is reasonably priced, and 3) has more space than I've ever been able to fill.

Why change? Especially after sharing folders with dozens of people. I'd hate to go through all of that after a couple of years on DB. ... just my 2cents.

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox boristhemoggy

All I'm wondering is why it takes 61mb of files to essentially complete teh task of an FTP program.
Does anyone understand this? 61mb, that's outrageous!

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Rick Grunwald

I just installed it and it is bringing all the stuff from Amazon to my hard drive. If anyone wants to use this service, you can backup things that are not in the cloud folder by using hard links. I have the DOCUMENTS folder and a lot more without actually putting it in the synch folder
Check here to solve that issue
http://schinagl.priv.at/nt/hardlinkshellext/hardlinkshellext.html#faq

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Roberteh

Drop box is an okay product but Wuala stands above them all. I have tried every service and currently waiting for my 100G from Zoolz....still 60,000 users a head of me. My beef with all cloud storage is that, one has to assign a specific folder on the computer to store and sync the items wanted saved to the cloud service, meaning I have my items already in one place on a hard drive and then have to have them again stored in another location on my computer, as so to be stored on these cloud services. What I really want is to only have the files at/on the original location on my hard drive and then on the cloud....not in now two places on my computer and then on my cloud account. The reason I move items to cloud storage is correctly for safety/backup/sharing but not to add or use up more storage space on my system. It is a redundancy of impracticality. Drop box adds more confusion to their operations when one shares. The other persons account works against the maximum storage capacity of your account. If the other user has 4G stored on his/her Box, once you link/share to theirs, your 2G account is maxed out. It is mind boggling how they can even possibly charge for such a service. Maybe if I was paying for 50G I might not notice the toll of the others shared/connected but I don't need 50G and my free account has been maxed out several times due to other shared accounts impacting my capacity. So what do I do...I no longer share and this works directly against the platform of what is the hoped use of cloud storage and that is SHARE. More sharing means more clients and means more revenue...etc. Box nearly makes it impossible to share, as I want to have my space available when I need it and not lose it to sharing/others. My 3 cents.

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox tide

Amazon also has a mac version of the app available for download.

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1 year 37 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox vandamme

Doesn't work on Linux. PFFFFFT.

I just installed copy.com, which is cross-platform and works like Dropbox. Has 5 GB, but they had a promotion that extended it 5 GB for every invite you sent out. Looks like that only lasted a couple days, but I managed to scarf up 25 MB. Now to fill it....

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox glofp

Where do you see this, getting more Space by inviting friends?
I can't see anything that just looks like on the main site for my cloud!

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Anupam

vandamme, we do not allow posting of referral links. Please do not post them anymore.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox dscape

Like you, I searched and sampled many cloud storage offerings. I want a product that fits my file system and does not force me to move and copy files in order to fit their system. The best service I have found is SugarSync (several reviews on Gizmo's site).
- YOU set the folders you want to sync to the cloud
- Select any or all of the cloud folders to sync to any or all of your devices
- Compatible with PC, Mac, iPhone, Android
- Select folder(s) to share and sync with other SugarSync users
- Can share a file and/or folder with non-SugarSync users
- Multiple file versions are saved in the cloud
- Free app, free 5GB storage
- Very easy to set-up and use in the background without changing your current filing system.

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Gary_M.

Rick, the Link Shell Extension looks very interesting as a solution to the duplicate file storage problem. Does installing it (and configuring it to work with Amazon Cloud Drive) mean that you can avoid installing the 61 MB Amazon desktop app?

Also, since it looks like you've already figured out how to successfully install and configure Link Shell Extension to work with Amazon Cloud Drive, it would be great if you could provide a step-by-step guide on how to do this, to those of us who are not super-sophisticated in doing such things. (I'm using Win XP Pro, btw).

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Rick Grunwald

Well, I have done it with Dropbox, but cannot with Amazon cloud (yet) as it immediately starts downloading EVERYTHING. I emailed customer service and they are fixing it as quickly as possible. After they stop THAT behavior, then the shell extension should work well.

If you go out and look at that link, it will give you step by step. You have to install the extension and 2 java routines (easy) THen you go to a folder and right click it and there is a new option to select the link source
Go then to the folder and paste as a hard link. The folders can be on another drive but will be recognized as being in the Dropbox / cloud folder. If you enter the resulting link and edit, it is operating on the original file
Try it! It works and has created no problems in Windows 8 x64

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1 year 36 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Century22

Those morons at Amazon keep wanting to install on the C drive!
I don't allow storage on MY operating system drive.
They don't have enough sense to let the user decide WHERE to install the program!

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1 year 35 weeks ago Amazon Launches Sneaky Rival To Dropbox Roberteh

Sadly for SS it would be best for them to be SIGNIFICANTLY clearer as to the utilizing of ones system. SS creates an additional drive without indicating or AUTHORIZATION!! SS does not allow the user to assign placement of the sync folder/drive and by default is placed in my OS drive. BAD BAD BAD!!!! SS fails me with the added/assumed/take-over, drive designation. How dare they. Now & forever removed. Adding, the SS uninstall requires a reboot...if I had 10 thumbs, they would all be pointing down.

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1 year 15 weeks ago American Southwest: Bisti Badlands (Wallpaper of the Week) gzmhanu

Original: http://interfacelift.com/wallpaper/details/2355/bisti_badlands.html
Max resolution: 2560x1600

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1 year 15 weeks ago American Southwest: Bisti Badlands (Wallpaper of the Week) rhiannon

Thanks! I've updated the post. :)

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1 year 27 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory Happy.O.A.P.

Thank you for all the marvellous articles.
Please, can you tell me how to access "clipboard" in Windows7 (Home Premium)in order to make use of this interesting program.
Thank you in advance. Best regards

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1 year 27 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory mcallen474

Just tried to access this download and McAfee Site Advisor warned me not to go there, that the site had shown dangerous proclivities. Any advice?

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1 year 27 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory mrinmoyjk

Whenever you copy something (like text or link to a website), it's automatically stored in the clipboard. Next time when you use paste, the text or link from the clipboard is pasted.

This means you don't need to access the clipboard. Just copy-paste.

But if you want to retain the clipboard history, or want to paste something you copied yesterday, check this: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-clipboard-replacement-utility.htm

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1 year 27 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory Kennywee

I am a long, long time reader and sometimes user of this site. I have from time to time found some interesting topics/subjects here of which am very grateful. Thanks to all the posters.

I saw the "hot find" post on this program, it caught my attention and straight away went to the website to check it out and download. After checking it out in more details I realise that there is a browser which actually does exactly the same thing and even more.

AVANT Browser is what I use. For me it's an alternative to Firefox, Chrome and all the others which takes up so much of your system's resources, your system runs slower, (unfortunately, they won't tell you that).

In my opinion, AVANT browser does exactly the same thing as this program and even more. It probably may not look identical or similar but the principle is the same. If you wish, you can take a look at it and conclude for yourself. I could be wrong.

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1 year 27 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory alexxx46

I downloaded the portable version of Avant Browser and tried to download video from Youtube with Avant Downloader. The result was always 0 bytes files.

And yes, it has a small memory footprint and seems rather agile.

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1 year 26 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory MidnightCowboy

McAfee is notorious for false positives. I would consider switching to something else. See here:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/what-false-positive-antivirus-de...

As you can see from the following reports, the site is perfectly safe. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/6a858a5797dfbf64e818f69d36104a100401f3...
http://www.urlvoid.com/scan/aignes.com/
http://www.webutation.net/go/review/aignes.com?req=chrome
http://zulu.zscaler.com/submission/show/30725890e2bb136788f90d15865b148b...

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1 year 26 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory cheffo

Next release of Opera 15 web browser has something very similar built into it. It is called Stash and once web page is saved in this area of the browser does not use any resources of your pc. Link http://my.opera.com/desktopteam/blog/opera-next-15-0-released

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory JohnnyG

Having to copy paste and run the program and then (I imagine) having to run the program to see saved web pages is just sooooooooooo much more complicated then the FireFox add-on Scrapbook, which has its own menu within FF, and you can view the saved pages within FF. On the other hand, the program reviewed here can be used with any browser but I can't see any reason why a FireFox user would want to use it.

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory EduardTsoy

I just copy and paste a webpage URL and contents to my webmail, then send it to myself.

Same functionality and benefits as Local Web Archive, isn't it?
Archiving, searching, categorizing, etc.

The only difference is that LWA is local, while webmail 'archive' is web-based, which for me is an advantage.

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory James Cuthbert

Or you could use the old favorite HTTrack the open source offline browser
that has been around longer than I care to remember
http://www.httrack.com/

regards
Jim

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory vandamme

Aa web-based archive? Seems useless to me. Just get a new copy. OTOH the FireFox scrapbook looks interesting, especially next week when I'm in the Sauerland mountains with my tablet and want to show off a website.

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory crombierob

I have been saving thousands of web pages for a decade.
I have my C drive (directory) organized into Folders(Categories)
I prefix the Folder names with a letter such as D for data (not for D directory). Thus say -
C:\D_Finance
C:\D_Health
C:\D_PCs
etc.
I use a prefix (such as D_), just to ensure they are all adjacent to each other.
I have sub folders within those folders.
I then save all sorts of files into there, including web pages.
When saving a web page, one should NOT save them as 'Web Page complete', as that creates a companion folder to store all the stuff needed to render the page offline.
You should save your web page as .mht (or use the FF extension to store as .maff). That will give you a single file, which you can store amongst the other saved files (text files, programs, PDF's etc).

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1 year 25 weeks ago An Amazing App That Gives Your Browser A Photographic Memory SpiderJon

@vandamme

"A web-based archive? Seems useless to me. Just get a new copy."

And when the page disappears from the web (as lots of pages do over time), where do you get the new copy from then?

(That's why, eg, web.archive.org is a popular resource.)

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1 year 44 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips e-alias

Wow. An amazing find, Rob: thanks for turning us on to it ...

In addition to the wealth of info they provide, I also appreciate their inclusion of a "How to Cite" Page (http://www.sizes.com/cite.htm).

Thanks again -

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1 year 44 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips terrawarra

Nice find rob... thanks.

Bookmarked this beauty for future reference.

cheers

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1 year 44 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips budchekov

Excellent, very useful, thanks for sharing Rob!

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1 year 44 weeks ago An Amazing Array Of Sizes And Figures At Your Fingertips rob.schifreen

To be fair, I didn't find it. It was recommended to me by reader "imvm". Thanks to him/her, and everyone else who continues to send in suggestions. They're much appreciated, and all of them get read.

Future suggestions via http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/submit-product-review.htm please

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22 weeks 2 days ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC Jerry Rhino

Software? Not.

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22 weeks 2 days ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC Kumar_Shah

Been using Speccy for years. Love it. Great for monitoring temperatures of CPUs and hard drives and lot of other info about all hardware and software on your PC. Includes SMART analysis of your hard drives.

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22 weeks 2 days ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC sicknero

Definitely, Speccy is always my first choice for a quick rundown of hardware or if I need to monitor temperatures for any reason.

Jerry I guess software means O/S here.

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22 weeks 16 hours ago An Easy and Convenient Way to Find Out What Software and Hardware is on a PC astral_cyborg

Speccy is a good application from a trustworthy developer.
However, it shows only the installed and identified devices of your system.

In cases where you have unknown hardware and no drivers installed yet and you may want to determine the unknown devices, Speccy doesn't help. For these cases, I suggest HWiNFO in general or HWMonitor, CPU-Z and GPU-Z for specific ones.

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1 year 19 weeks ago An Excellent To-Do Manager That Allows Collaboration Too swessels

Please note that this is a web-based... can't download it to your desktop.

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1 year 19 weeks ago An Excellent To-Do Manager That Allows Collaboration Too vitor sequeira

Hi,

did you forget Trello?

Best regards

Vitor

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1 year 19 weeks ago An Excellent To-Do Manager That Allows Collaboration Too emgil3

Thanks for the article. My pet peeve has long been the paucity of print options in these programs. Really like them in kanbanflow.

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1 year 19 weeks ago An Excellent To-Do Manager That Allows Collaboration Too texastechy

Good Todo manager. Thanks for sharing. especially like the one click toggle on showing details and subtasks. I like the UI better than Trello any many others. Right up there with ToDoist on easy of use.

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1 year 18 weeks ago An Excellent To-Do Manager That Allows Collaboration Too crombierob

Thanks for mentioning that (web based)
Saved me the trouble of finding out myself.

Not a web based fan,
Rob

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1 year 8 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 BBean

Is there a reason not to burn this file I'm deleting to a DVD or save it to a thumb drive first?

Can is it intact? That is, can it be used from the flash drive?

And what if 8.1 does not work correctly? I have no smart devices so I already know that I do not know if win8 is working correctly--I'm just trying to manipulate it to a place where a non-using relative can use it and finding it not so easy. But then, I don't have anything with a touch screen and the entire concept makes no sense to me since I have great keyboard skill.

Even then, I don't even understand partitioning enough to know if this might be a good application for creating a partition and stowing a useless file away in a place never again to see the light of day unless disaster strikes.

I just hate getting old--or maybe it's just getting expensive.

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1 year 8 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 v.laurie

There are several points to make.

First, before any upgrade, you should always make a backup of the whole system. So I would hope you already have a backup. However, if you have plenty of disk space, there is no particular need to delete the file. People with an SSD or a small C: partition are the ones most likely to need the space.

As to copying the file to another location, it is a hidden system file and copying such files and then reading them, if necessary, can be tricky. I have not tried doing that. If anybody has experience with that, let us know.

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1 year 8 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 sirpaul2

I'll probably stick with 'RD /S /Q %SystemDrive%\windows.old' in an elevated Command Prompt (presuming it's still allowed by 8.1). No waiting for disk scans.
Backup first, of course.

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1 year 8 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Have you actually tried to do that? The file is a protected system file.

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1 year 7 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 SkiddMarx

My experience was that only the PCs I updated from Windows 8.1 Preview to the final version of Windows 8.1 generated the "Previous Windows Installation(s)" files for cleanup. The PCs updated from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 did not generate any files for cleanup.

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1 year 7 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Well, that is not what happened on my system.

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1 year 7 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 Jojo Yee

On a tablet, I've upgraded from Windows 8 to 8.1 (Single Language version). It does have a Windows.old folder created. The properties of this folder show that it's not hidden, but ready-only. It contains more than 3,800 files inside the folder and sub-folders at a total size of 532 MB.

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1 year 7 weeks ago An Important Disk Cleanup Job after Upgrading to Windows 8.1 v.laurie

Thanks for the information about a tablet, Jojo. I added a note to the tip.

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1 year 42 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Joe A.TT

Excellent article Anupam!

Just 4 observations from me:

1. The free version (which we are concerned with at Gizmo's) only allows users to open one sandbox at a time. So plan with this in mind.

2. After installing Sandboxie for 30 days, the user will get a pop-up dialog box that imposes a 5-second delay.

3. As great a program as Sandboxie is, it is not fool-proof, and users must still be alert and practice safe computer habits.

4. The yellow box surrounding the browser, or whatever program is sandboxed, only appears when the mouse is pointed at the top of the window (at least on my installation of Sandboxie it is so).

1 and 2 above may appear restrictive, but is a small price to pay for such a great program.

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1 year 42 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Thanks a lot Joe :)

And really good suggestions! I will include them all in the article. Good observation on the 4th point, will make corrections.

Many thanks! :)

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1 year 42 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

I have now made the changes in the article and included all suggestions. Thanks again :).

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1 year 42 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Joe A.TT

I'm just happy that I can make a worthwhile input :)

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie bo.elam

On #4, that's how Appearance works with default settings. If you like the yellow border to remain at all times, Go to:

Sandbox Settings>Appearance and untick "Display the border only when the mouse cursor is in the Window title".

You can also change the color of the border if you like. Personally, I don't like those color and prefer the traditional Sandboxie # marks in the Window title. If you like to try it, untick all settings under appearance and click apply.

Bo

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie pottster

I've been using Sandboxie successfully for years. Having recommended the program to a number of other people this will be an excellent article to point them to for getting started. Even with experienced users it's good to cover the basics again. Many thanks.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

My pleasure :), and I sincerely hope people will be helped by this article.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie redstick

I've used Sandboxie for a while, and feel uncomfortable without it; it's like learning to use a seat belt. A couple of things to note: you have to exit Sandboxie to perform changes to profiles -- bookmarks, for example, because your profiles reside in your system (your browser will tell you that the bookmark is saved, but it ain't so). Key loggers can reside in the Sandboxie window and do their dirty, so be paranoid enough to empty the sandbox before going to any sensitive sites (bank, etc.). It should also be a reflex to delete any sandboxed files before closing down.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Thanks redstick for your comment :). I agree, once you start using Sandboxie, you get used to it, but that's a good habit to have.

I have already mentioned the point about saving settings outside of Sandboxie for them to stick, and have also covered the point about bookmarks, under Settings section about web browsers... by allowing direct access to bookmarks, they will be saved without the need to save them out of Sandboxie.

It's a good point about emptying Sandboxie before doing any banking work. I will try to include it in the article somewhere. Thanks :)

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie redstick

Whoops! My bad -- apologies for stating the already stated. Speed-read strikes again.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie harold seattle

I've been using Panda Safe. Sounds about the same. Panda Safe puts you in a virtual box and when you exit everything disappears. Thus no malware. Well to a point. Neither are bullet proof, but for most of us should be more then adequate.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Jaxon

This is to clear up my comment because a name of my 'commercial' backup program and mentioning the names of my other security programs got deleted and it sort of makes my whole comment sound a bit retarded. My backup program has a feature that resembles Sandboxie, it's sort of a 'try and decide' thing where you can install stuff and if you like it you keep it and if not, turn the feature off and it disappears.
And as for this Sandboxie thing, if you always use it while online, why would you have use for any other security? I did read the caution that you still need your anti-virus, etc. but if you always, 100% of the time you are online are running on this 'virtual' machine (OK,sort of), why would you need anything else? Since you are operating out of a computer that disappears when you're done, why would you still need protection? It'd take some planning and work, I know, but being able to get away from other security software seems like the whole point of using something like Sandboxie. Otherwise, why use it? I'm a careful browser and have never gotten attacked by anything that my anti-virus, firewall, etc. didn't take care of, but why even use it if everything is just temporary? Any answers to the above questions will be appreciated & thanks in advance. Any downloads or bookmarks, notes or other stuff you could have sent to a memory stick or an external drive that you unplug before closing the browser, so it'd be out of Sandboxies reach, right? Probably not, but I can't figure out why.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Jaxon

I know you, the comment writer can't answer this but I'm curious why your mention of a Panda product got through while my mention of a couple of programs got 'edited' to take the names out. Maybe someone up in the Gizmo office might help me clear the incident up. Not trying to make a fuss, it's just that I don't usually comment here and am trying to figure out the rules. Thanks to anyone that may help me out here.....

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Panda Safe is a free product, and therefore, it can be mentioned here. Our site is a freeware based site, and therefore, we discuss only freeware. We remove any mentions of commercial software, because it attracts more commercial software based comments, and also more commercial spam, which we do not want. Hope this clears the issue :).

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Thanks for the comment. I was not aware of Panda Safe Browser. Did some reading, and I think to use it, you should have VirtualBox installed on the computer, which is a bit "heavy" software. Whereas Sandboxie is quite lightweight. Anyways, there are alternatives, yes, and its on the user with which he feels more comfortable.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Hi Jaxon, sorry for the edit. This being a freeware site, we allow discussion/mention of only freeware, and edit out commercial stuff, otherwise it just attracts more commercial related stuff and spam. I hope you understand.

As for what you say about needing any other security software... those are still needed, because although Sandboxie provides an isolated environment, still, it does not scan the stuff for malware activity, etc, nor does it stop a program from sending out information to the internet, even when running under Sandboxie. Therefore, it's not a replacement for security software like antivirus, or firewall. Sandboxie just provides an isolated environment so that any malware detected cannot escape out to the system.

An antivirus is still needed to make sure that the downloaded files, etc are not malicious. Because, if you need to take the files out of Sandboxie, you need to be sure it's not malicious. An antivirus, or an antispyware takes care of that.

Atleast general, inexperienced users will still need security software. But yes, if you are experienced enough, and have enough confident on Sandboxie, then you can do without these security software. Some of our site members who are experienced enough are doing that. But still, they do follow safe practices, and also take enough precaution to scan the downloaded files with an on-demand antivirus/antispyware. So, you still have to be careful.

About the pen drive/external drive... yes, if you unplug them before closing browser, or emptying Sandboxie, the stuff will remain saved inside it.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie MidnightCowboy

As Anupam states below the main reason for these edits is to deter spam which is currently running in excess of 50,000 attempts (yes that's fifty thousand) a day. Most of this is dealt with automatically but still leaves a significant amount for our volunteers to handle manually. The type of commercial software mentioned in your original post is also one of the most spammed categories here. Thank you for your understanding. MC - Site Manager.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Jaxon

Thanks so very much for the informative and inclusive reply. I've been hanging around Gizmos since I discovered the internet and since I live in a rain forest that just recently got other than dial up service it is still a lot newer to me than most. But I catch on quick and at least half of my software comes from recommendations from this site. I sort of figured out why the names that got 'edited' got the circular file but the Panda reference sort of unbalanced me cause I didn't know it was free. About the only thing you didn't clear up completely though is any difference between Sandboxie and the 'try and decide' feature on one of the biggest names in backup software. The few times I've used it, if I'm remembering correctly, it sounds a lot like the Sandbox, with maybe a couple of extra features and the only reason I don't use it more is because I have to open the program, go to that particular tool and wait a few seconds while it checks all my drives involved, because only my OS runs on my small SSD and everything else goes off to several other drives, both internal and external. I do very little random browsing so most of it involves sites I know well and trust completely to a point where my paid security stuff doesn't have much to do. Or at least I don't think it does, it's set on a sort of autopilot setting where I let it make all the decisions, because I've used it for years and it's got a sterling reputation and has never failed me. But it ain't cheap either and as of late I've been debating ways to not use such high end and totally inclusive software, that although my laptop runs with a QX9300 quad core with more RAM than my old OS can even use I'm trying to modernize without giving up the major stuff I'm comfortable with. I tend to start rambling and I'm doing it now so, thanks very much and I'll save my other list of questions for a later date. And since this is maybe the second time I've commented here in the 5 or 6 years I've been hanging around I'll take note of your suggestions and the rules about naming names. Thanks again and Pura vida, as we say round here.

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Jaxon

Without going off on my long winded style, thanks to you too, Cowboy and if you just go up a few comments to my reply to Anupam, consider it as addressed to you too. I may start spending a bit more time reading the articles and comments here, up till now Gizmo's just been a software grab bag (and a good one)for me. Since I'm only about half smart when it comes to the details maybe I can learn something useful if I hang around enough. Ahh, I see the 'Site Manager' note as I write this, so I'll slip an unrelated (well...everything's 'related' when we're talking computers, no?) question. Is there any section, forum, blog or whatever around here where I can ask questions...like for instance, how would I go about 'secure erasing' my first, and getting a bit old but still very much alive, SLC SSD that sits in a drawer only because I've updated to a newer and much much cheaper MLC SSD (from the same company, begins with an 'S'), but despite it's quality I've used it so much, and mistreated it almost as much, that it needs the erase and I've yet to find something that works. Everything I've tried (all variations of the same thing), I haven't been able to get to work. But I'm ranting on again, so if you're not angry yet maybe you could just point me in the right direction. Thanks and Pura vida to you too. Jaxon

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie MidnightCowboy

We do indeed have a forum where you can interact with our editors and other members in addition to requesting support on a wide range of topics. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/

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1 year 41 weeks ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie Anupam

Jaxon, I haven't used that software which you are talking about, so I can't say what are the differences between it and Sandboxie. All of the software I use are free ones, so I don't need to go for a commercial software, and therefore, I don't have any idea.

But, it sounds like a virtualization based software too, like Sandboxie, so if it works for you, then it's good, and you can keep using it. There are other software like Sandboxie, which work on the principle of virtualization and sandbox, like VirtualBox, ToolWiz Time Freeze, Bufferzone, etc. Sandboxie is lightweight, easy to setup, and easy to use, and that's why many people like Sandboxie. You can read the article, try Sandboxie, and see for yourself how it compares to the other software. Then, you can use the one which you like, and which is easy to use. With Sandboxie, you will not have to wait the extra time that you told about.

About antivirus, there are many free excellent antivirus present, and if you are looking for a change, you can try them out. I have been using free antivirus for years now, and haven't been infected, like many others on this site.

For longer discussion, please start a thread in the forum (link has been provided by MC in reply to your comment below), and we will have the discussion there. Glad you commented, and it would be good to have more discussion with you.

Pura Vida :)

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