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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 2 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

I agree
Very simple useful result screen
Very fast

Rob

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Use this Free Program to Create Great Flowcharts and Diagrams 2 months 2 weeks ago scott2011

Another free flowchart program that has more features than yEd is Lucidchart (https://www.lucidchart.com/). Like yEd, Lucidchart is full-featured and simple to use, but it also offers collaborative features and an extensive shape library, and it doesn't require a download.

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Improve Your Security: Check Your Router Hasn't Been Hijacked 2 months 2 weeks ago johnvk

@godel i use command prompt in windows with the nslookup command:

nslookup google.com

Then i save them so that i can compare when i think i might be under attack.

Entering the IP address directly in the browser address bar does bypass DNS, however i've tried it and found it not practical. For example, many sites i tried, when they detect they've been accessed via ip, immediately redirect to their name. And often links on that site--even to the same site--go thru the name.

However google works. nslookup google.com is giving me right now 173.194.123.1 among other IP addresses, and that works fine via just IP. I often try this when things aren't working right to help diagnose the problem.

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Improve Your Security: Check Your Router Hasn't Been Hijacked 2 months 2 weeks ago johnvk

I tried the f-secure site, and i'm confused. I have my dns set, in order, both on my PC and on my router, to:

208.67.222.222 ; OpenDNS
8.8.8.8 ; Google DNS
75.75.75.75 ; Comcast Xfinity

But the f-secure site reports all comcast servers, eg 69.252.250.28

That site does have a note:

Note: The DNS server IP address(es) listed may not be the IP address set for your device; it is the IP address your DNS server is using for recursively resolving different DNS queries.

I wonder what's going on here?

I notice that for IPv6 I only have comcast xfinity servers. So maybe that's what f-secure is seeing.

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Encrypted, Free, Private Chat. Probably. 2 months 2 weeks ago godel

BTW anyone using the Surespot app, the Feds have probably compromised it.

"Patrick G. Eddington writes in a Christian Science Monitor op-ed about indications that the government may be snooping on users of Surespot, a free and open source encrypted messaging app for Android and iOS."

http://news.slashdot.org/story/15/06/17/1941220/is-surespot-the-latest-crypto-war-victim?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Slashdot%2Fslashdot+%28Slashdot%29

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 2 months 2 weeks ago BJEvS

Have a concern about Media Monkey. There eSupport seems lacking, and no call-in help. I wrote them this ticket:

I am so tired of trying to stop WMP from using it's low-level media info metadata database. I like independence for album art, times (they differ on same titles of say "Bare Trees - Japan and Warner issues as well s many others where you duplicate songs. For The Beatles, I have all Mono and Stereo from 2009 UK masters, and 2014 combo set, and US Capital Albums. It's a repetitive nightmare to stop WMP from doing what its metadata link is for updates. I know (I think) all the tricks to try and stop this, but if you ever select "Update album info" by accident - lookout - it's a poop-storm!

Also the consistent info between the Windows System Music folder and what WMP shows is another "pain in the 'arse' ")

So what I want is a reliable metadata database, kept current with various CD's (like the Beatles example above), and a way to stop global updating of my music data files and the media player.

Also the digital info needs to be reliable as I want it displayed in some stand-alone media player like the Sony HAPZ1ES 1TB Hi-Res Music Player System (i have not done any price vs performance analysis of a digital system yet - any suggestions (links) would be appreciated. At 62, and 40 years of collecting, I am done with vinyl analog vs digital game (and "whose ears" is the real bottom-line ).

I am willing to pay for a competent, easy-to-use media player (just for music if possible) support. MS Windows support SUCKS!!!

Is there a call-in to assist me with your product (in the US?) and my needs above?

Thank you as a first time respondent.

Jim

***END of ticket***

The response I got was basically DL the free version. But even that is better than MS WMP 12 support.

Given what I stated in my message to Media Monkey, can someone please give a short compare to MM and Musicbee (or any other listed). I am technical so depth of setup is not important. Though I would prefer not to have any coding interface work. If I could change the media metadata database WMP uses, and stop the its attempt to constantly update, I'd probably keep it.

I basically started to use WMP because it was part of Windows, & was the original method I used to backup all my CD's in loseless format (.WAV) in the system Music Data file folders. But then sorta got use to streaming, so why not a player/burner

So, a media player to; 1) keep the artwork I select, 2) update only when I ask for each WMP music file, 3) A decent eSupport (or phone too), 4) be able to migrate & operate the same under Windows 10 as it does on 7. Operating stats are good as well. WMP uses ~ 7.4MB - MM twice that, so I hope MM is coded more everyday user-friendly - especially being a cost product.

I don't really care about pictures or video media for now.

Thanks to all who help

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Manage Your iPad Files From Windows Without iTunes 2 months 2 weeks ago johnvk

DigiDNA, the makers of DiskAid, have changed their URL to https://imazing.com/diskaid to hawk their new commercial product. And i can't find any other URL for the free DiskAid itself except an entry on their download page: https://imazing.com/download;

They do have a support/FAQ for the free DiskAid here: http://support.digidna.net/hc/en-us/categories/200191703-DiskAid

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago Kumar_Shah

Agree, Macrium Reflect all the way. Saved my bacon when my hard drive crashed and prompted me to pay to get the premium version as my way of saying thanks.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

I apologize because I was wrong about the selection tools in the free version of Zoner. The lasso, marquee and magic wand are only available in the paid version. So your best choice to have custom selections made is WildBit Viewer, which is a very good program. Sorry about the mistake.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago JPB4

I concur, this appears to be an imaging program through a different set of glasses. I will stick with Macrium Reflect for imaging (which has a free version and drive mounting), Windows 8.1 System Restore and File History. I also use FreeFileSync portable between computers (as yet another backup). Might I add, Macrium Reflect has been solid and reliable on Win XP, 7 and 8.1; and I have no doubt will run fine on 10.

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Best Free Text Editors 2 months 2 weeks ago kunkel321

Don't forget good old TED Notepad http://jsimlo.sk/notepad/
Not a lot of frills... Doesn't even have a toolbar. Super fast though. And good text manipulation capabilities.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago software_user

does anyone really expect rob to actually try these programs vs just reading the supplied information to keep some from bricking their computer?
surely not.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago tonyl42

After using a previous Giveaway version, my laptop would not boot. I contacted Horizon, but got no reply. Be warned!

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago GreenWyvern

It's not clear exactly what these snapshots consist of, and how large they are.

I use RegBak to automatically back up my registry every morning. 95% percent of the time when something 'weird' happens, restoring the registry will fix it. For the other 5%, I've got disk images, and daily backups of important files I'm working on.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 2 weeks ago bernardz

It could have been a hardware error. As a rule, never run chkdsk before doing a reboot. Sometimes what happens is a controller has a faulty moment, the chkdsk if allowed to run can then cause this error.

Having sad this, I tried installing this program, and it failed. When I asked them why? They brushed me off saying they do not know and did not seem to care. If that is their attitude, I do not want their program.

 

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 2 weeks ago toonpig

I was foolish enough to sign up for this site. I should of checked the comments first. I too hope this is not going to become the norm with Gizmo recommendation's.

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Improve Your Security: Check Your Router Hasn't Been Hijacked 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

You would think that security suites would be configured by default to detect DNS hijacks and provide an alert but apparently that is not the case. I normally use http://www.whatsmyip.org/ if I have questions about my server but the F-Secure Router Checker is a quick and useful tool worth adding to my bookmarks.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 2 weeks ago marcdarkin

Well, perhaps the most IrfanView-like is a program called Imagine. Fast and simple, though not as feature-rich as Irfan, but the feel is quite similar in my experience. It has no selection tools either, as far as I can remember.

Many of the apps in my review have at least a marquee tool to make a rectangular selection and apply changes to it, but if you need something similar to Photoshop, the choice is clearly Zoner Photo Studio. It sports a marquee tool, a lasso tool and a magic wand. WildBit Viewer has a couple of these as well.

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 3 weeks ago marni

I have my beefs with Irfanview [maker has blind spots re selection tools and video support] but it's best of all i've tried].
But i've not tried as many as you [you have a high pain threshold sir!].
My question: what would you say is the most Irfanview-like of all those you've tried???

QUESTION #2: When i tweak d/l'ed pix i often see staircasing from the makers edits [or other previous users?]. This suggests to my powerful mind that i'm not the only one who is frustrated by the inability of photo editors to do freeform selections [short of PhotoShops magic wand].
WHAT FREEWARE IMAGE EDITOR INCLUDES THIS VITAL TOOL? [or least includes an EASILY USABLE rotate tool?]

Thanks for your time,

What did the sadist do to the masochist? Nothing.

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How to Use Disposable Email Addresses and Avoid Spam 2 months 3 weeks ago Bulc Club

BulcBurners are free, disposable, single-use email addresses. They're automatically-generated, authenticated through the forwarding address, last for a week (or after first use), and protect your anonymity: https://www.bulc.club/burner

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Keep An Always Updated Address Book 2 months 3 weeks ago Frank D

Checked just now (1:12pm on June 15th) and there is no such app in Google Play or Amazon App store.

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Best Free CAD Computer Aided Design Programs 2 months 3 weeks ago franazzo

As a cad beginner, witch above program is best for for wood working, like w-carving and 2D work?
Thanks

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago ed1906

This _seriously_ needs an update. Archivers like IZArc/B1 are filled with garbage like OpenCandy and bundled software (not to mention, they have a ridiculous memory footprint), and it's criminal that Bandizip/FreeArc aren't mentioned.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Eternum is a platform videogame with the look and feel of the '80s arcade cabinet games:

https://indiegamestand.com/free-games/1776/eternum/

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... OpenRA is a Libre/Free Real Time Strategy project that recreates the classic Command & Conquer titles. We include recreations of C&C (Tiberian Dawn), C&C: Red Alert, and Dune 2000. These are not intended to be perfect copies, but instead combine the classic gameplay of the originals with modern improvements such as unit veterancy and the fog of war ...":

http://www.openra.net/

 

Terminology for OS X Dictionary:

http://agiletortoise.com/terminology/mac/

 

Disconnect free:

https://disconnect.me/

 

"... Toggl Desktop is a small desktop application that will help you track time more conveniently. It sits quietly in your system tray and when you need it (to start/stop/edit your work), it’s quickly accessible. It does what it’s designed to do best – tracks time ...":
http://support.toggl.com/toggl-on-my-desktop/

 

Fluid lets you create a Real Mac App out of any website or web application, effectively turning your favorite web apps into OS X desktop apps:

http://fluidapp.com/

 

"... Hocus Focus automatically hides application windows that have been inactive for a certain period of time, leaving only the applications you’re using visible. It’s a great way to keep your screens clutter free and your mind focused on the task at hand ...":

http://hocusfoc.us/

 

Desperate Gods is a free online board game that was designed to be played just like a board game in real-life: no rules are enforced by the computer, and all moves are performed in a shared physical space. The game itself is a cross between Monopoly and Diablo, a dark fantasy dungeon crawl for up to four players:

http://www.wolfire.com/desperate-gods

 

StepMania is a free dance and rhythm game:

http://www.stepmania.com/

 

Pac the Man X:

http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Games/Pac-the-Man-X.shtml

 

Vega Strike is an Open Source 3D Action-Space-Sim that lets you trade, fight, and explore in a vast universe:

http://vegastrike.sourceforge.net/

 

VidMasta - a search application to watch and download movies and TV shows:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vidmasta/

 

Enpass takes care of all your life important credentials & online accounts in safe and best way:

http://www.enpass.io/apps/macosx/

 

Slife makes it impossibly easy to keep track of time and stay productive:

http://www.slifeweb.com/

 

Burn:

http://burn-osx.sourceforge.net/Pages/English/home.html

 

Deeper is a personalization utility for OS X which you can use to enable and disable the hidden functions of the Finder, Dock, Safari, iTunes, login window, and many of Apple’s applications, and more:

http://www.titanium.free.fr/

 

Monolingual is a program for removing unnecessary language resources from OS X, in order to reclaim several hundred megabytes of disk space:

https://ingmarstein.github.io/Monolingual/

 

Colloquy is an advanced IRC, SILC & ICB client:

http://colloquy.info/

 

Skype for Mac:

http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-computer/

 

IPSecuritas is a free IPSec client:

http://www.lobotomo.com/products/IPSecuritas/

 

With Tiger Envelopes you can stop snoops from reading your email:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/tigerenvelopes/

 

Paparazzi! is a small utility for Mac OS X that makes screenshots of webpages:

https://derailer.org/paparazzi/

 

Juice:

http://juicereceiver.sourceforge.net/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

zer0prompt:

https://github.com/zer0ed/zer0prompt/

 

Epsxe - a Playstation emulator:
http://epsxe.com/

 

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game (RTS). In a RTS game, the player has to combat his enemies while developing his war economy:

http://www.boswars.org/index.shtml

 

Enpass takes care of all your life important credentials & online accounts in safe and best way:

http://www.enpass.io/apps/linux/

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Best Free Download Manager 2 months 3 weeks ago BrollyLSSJ

Seems to be download ninja's website has changed. It redirects to https://vpnscout.org/ninja-download-manager . Maybe the links for download ninja can be updated.

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Best Free Download Manager 2 months 3 weeks ago BrollyLSSJ

Thank you for the answer. Did not see it (your answer). Will test it later when I am back to Windows. Or do you by any chance know if it works for galleries? Or will it only download the thumbnails instead of the whole pictures (that's the reason for me for using batch download.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 3 weeks ago jnewmarch

I have had a most unfortunate experience with this product. There was not enough space on the drive for a snapshot and the drive was corrupted. CHKDSK was triggered and tried valiantly to recover. On reboot after recovery I got the blue screen of death. Fortunately I had a recent image back up. I would recommend caution using this product if your don't have some such backup.

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago Jerry Rhino

The tech was correct. Unplug after shutdown, then hold the power switch on for 5 seconds or so. This will drain the capacitors and give you a clean system to start again.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 3 weeks ago kendall.a

For those of you using SSD's as your main c drive, I would think twice before using this product.

For details and an explanation of why, please see:

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/is-rollback-rx-safe-on-ssd.376826/

http://www.wilderssecurity.com/threads/rollback-rx-v10-x-home-profession...

 

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Keep An Always Updated Address Book 2 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee In my test bernardz, sending invites is optional. You can deselect all then choose the ones that you want to send to and request for connection. view
One Of My Favourite Youtube Videos Ever 2 months 3 weeks ago jorgeem1717

That was very intresting. Thanks for the info...

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Keep An Always Updated Address Book 2 months 3 weeks ago bernardz

If will send an email to everyone on your contact list and they have to enroll, Many could be considered spam.

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

The main problem with performance tools is that the developer always assumes the user has the knowledge of a computer technician. There is rarely an explanation (in simple layman terms) for what all the data represents. Graphs no matter how attractive are really of little value unless there are benchmarks to use as a point of reference.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

 

Aquamacs is a user-friendly build of the powerful Emacs text editor:

http://aquamacs.org/

 

XMind free:

http://www.xmind.net/

 

".. Anxiety is a super-lightweight To-do list application for Mac OS X Leopard that synchronizes with iCal and Mail. Its aim is to provide a streamlined, easily accessible interface to add and check off your tasks, while remaining poised to melt into the background at a moments notice ...":

http://www.anxietyapp.com/

 

"... Adapter - the ultimate converter ...":

https://www.macroplant.com/adapter/

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Best Free Sandbox Game 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an Open Source two-dimensional platform game with a design similar to classic computer games:

http://www.secretmaryo.org/

 

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

OpenClonk is a free multiplayer action game in which you control clonks, small but witty and nimble humanoid beings. The game is mainly about mining, settling and fast-paced melees:

http://www.openclonk.org/

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them ...":

http://www.darktable.org/

 

"... Koala is a GUI application for Less, Sass, Compass and CoffeeScript compilation, to help web developers to use them more efficiently ...":

http://koala-app.com/

 

SimpLESS is your easy-to-use LESS CSS compiler:

http://wearekiss.com/simpless

 

MacClean:

http://www.imobie.com/macclean/

 

"... Infinit is the easiest app for sending any kind and size of files to your friends ...":

https://infinit.io/

 

"... SiteSucker is a Macintosh application that automatically downloads Web sites from the Internet. It does this by asynchronously copying the site's Web pages, images, backgrounds, movies, and other files to your local hard drive, duplicating the site's directory structure. Just enter a URL (Uniform Resource Locator), press return, and SiteSucker can download an entire Web site ...":

http://www.sitesucker.us/mac/mac.html

 

"... Enigma is a puzzle game inspired by Oxyd on the Atari ST and Rock'n'Roll on the Amiga. The object of the game is to find uncover pairs of identically colored Oxyd stones. Simple? Yes. Easy? Certainly not! Hidden traps, vast mazes, laser beams, and, most of all, countless hairy puzzles usually block your direct way to the Oxyd stones ...":
http://www.nongnu.org/enigma/

 

Numpty Physics is a drawing puzzle game:

http://numptyphysics.garage.maemo.org/

 

"... Sweet Home 3D is a free interior design applicationthat helps you draw the plan of your house, arrange furniture on it and visit the results in 3D ...":

http://www.sweethome3d.com/

 

Luminance HDR:

http://qtpfsgui.sourceforge.net/

 

Pinta is a free, open source drawing/editing program:

http://pinta-project.com/

 

Dwarf fortress:

http://www.bay12games.com/dwarves/index.html

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an Open Source two-dimensional platform game with a design similar to classic computer games:

http://www.secretmaryo.org/

 

Potrace is a tool for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable image:

http://potrace.sourceforge.net/

 

"... Koala is a GUI application for Less, Sass, Compass and CoffeeScript compilation, to help web developers to use them more efficiently ...":

http://koala-app.com/

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... BetterTouchTool is a great, feature packed FREE app that allows you to configure many gestures for your Magic Mouse, Macbook Trackpad and Magic Trackpad. It also allows you to configure actions for keyboard shortcuts, normal mice and the Apple Remote ...":

http://www.bettertouchtool.net/

 

"... X Lossless Decoder(XLD) is a tool for Mac OS X that is able to decode/convert/play various 'lossless' audio files. The supported audio files can be split into some tracks with cue sheet when decoding ...":

http://tmkk.undo.jp/xld/index_e.html

 

"... ImageOptim is a free app that makes images take up less disk space and load faster, without sacrificing quality ...":

https://imageoptim.com/

 

Sip:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sip/id507257563?mt=12

 

"... LineIn is a simple application for OS X to enable the soft playthru of audio from input devices. In simpler terms, you can use LineIn to play sound coming in through a microphone or any other device plugged in to your Sound In port, just as was once available with OS 9's "Play input through output device" option ...":

https://www.rogueamoeba.com/freebies/

 

AppPolice is a minimalistic application for Mac OS X that lets you quickly limit the CPU usage of any of the running processes:

http://definemac.com/

 

Recordit:

http://recordit.co/

 

"... iTerm2 is a replacement for Terminal and the successor to iTerm ... iTerm2 brings the terminal into the modern age with features you never knew you always wanted ...":

https://www.iterm2.com/

 

Slate is a window management application:

https://github.com/jigish/slate

 

XtraFinder add Tabs and features to Mac Finder:

https://www.trankynam.com/xtrafinder/

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

xhyve - a port of bhyve to OS X:

https://github.com/mist64/xhyve

 

"... MacID is a fast, secure way to unlock your Mac without the inconvenience of typing your password over and over ...":

http://macid.co/

 

VimR - refined Vim Experience for OS X:

http://vimr.org/

 

Tiny for Mac:

http://www.delightfuldev.com/tiny/

 

"... Skynet takes the things you share the most and makes them easier, faster, and more fun. And with support for group conversations, you can send to as many people you'd like ...":

http://joinskynet.com/

 

Secret Maryo Chronicles is an Open Source two-dimensional platform game with a design similar to classic computer games:

http://www.secretmaryo.org/

 

Spectacle - "... Window control with simple, customizable keyboard shortcuts ...":

http://spectacleapp.com/

 

Touchgrind:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/touchgrind/id453696042?mt=12

 

CSR Racing:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/csr-racing/id561080741?mt=12

 

Pocket planes:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pocket-planes-free-airline/id491994942?mt=8

 

Gas Mask is simple hosts file manager for Mac OS X. It allows editing of host files and switching between them:

https://github.com/2ndalpha/gasmask

 

MenuMeters is a set of CPU, memory, disk, and network monitoring tools:

http://www.ragingmenace.com/software/menumeters/

 

Hex Fiend - hex editor:

http://ridiculousfish.com/hexfiend/

 

Potrace is a tool for tracing a bitmap, which means, transforming a bitmap into a smooth, scalable image:

http://potrace.sourceforge.net/

 

Integrity - "... Easily find your website's broken links ...":

http://peacockmedia.software/mac/integrity/free.html

 

Asepsis prevents creation of .DS_Store files. It redirects their creation into a special folder:

http://asepsis.binaryage.com/

 

KeepingYouAwake is a small menu bar utility can be activated to prevent your Mac from going into sleep:

https://github.com/newmarcel/KeepingYouAwake

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 2 months 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

How large are these "snapshots"? Keeping seven backups would have to be quite a lot of space if it's essentially an image? Does it slow down even higher-end PC's?

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 2 months 3 weeks ago johann07

ilove this

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 2 months 3 weeks ago zabi

amazing

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 2 months 3 weeks ago Liane

how can i start ?

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 2 months 3 weeks ago Joni Lisbon-Jane

Cant wait!!

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 2 months 3 weeks ago Thevault

although all of these are nice, do any of these have side by side comparison reporting? for example, TreeSize Professional will let you save data to XML, then come the next time you run it, scan again then save that report then have a "Compare" option to show how the sizes have changed since last report. If there are any free program that have that feature, you have my thanks 10fold.

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago Schmum

I was told by a tech that if you are going to do the shut down and restart, after you shut your computer down, unplug it and hit the power switch a few times to discharge it. Then you can plug it back in and do the restart.

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie A typical PC user is unfamiliar with things like services and will find rebooting to be easier. view
Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago sb1023

"2. You get a message that your copy of Windows is not genuine"

This is typically caused by the Software Protection service not starting as it should. Usually just going into services and starting the service is enough. No need to reboot.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Homebrew Cask extends Homebrew and brings its elegance, simplicity, and speed to OS X applications and large binaries alike ...":

http://caskroom.io/

 

"... The Battle for Wesnoth is a Free, turn-based tactical strategy game with a high fantasy theme, featuring both single-player, and online/hotseat multiplayer combat ...":

http://www.wesnoth.org/

 

"... Comical is a portable CBR and CBZ viewer written in C++ using wxWidgets. It supports multiple image formats and uses high-quality image scaling algorithms to fit pages onscreen ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/comical/

 

YACReader:

http://www.yacreader.com/

 

"... Karabiner -  apowerful and stable keyboard customizer ...":

https://pqrs.org/osx/karabiner/

 

"... Dragand - a quick and simple application to download subtitles of your favorite series ...":

http://dragand.watch/

 

Encrypto:

http://macpaw.com/encrypto

 

Fotor:

http://www.fotor.com/mac/index.html

 

"... Cobook is the unified address book that brings together contact info from your computer, social networks and other sources ...":

https://cobook.co/

 

"... Vienna is an RSS/Atom reader for Mac OS X, packed with powerful features that help you make sense of the flood of information that is distributed via these formats today ...":

http://www.vienna-rss.org/

 

"... GeekTool is an application for Mac OS 10.6+. It lets you display various kinds of information on your desktop via 3 default plug-ins ...":

http://projects.tynsoe.org/en/geektool/

 

"... Nerdtool allows you to display many things directly on top of your desktop; weather reports, headline news, and system vitals are just a few uses ...":

http://mutablecode.com/apps/nerdtool.html

 

Retinizer:

http://retinizer.mikelpr.com/

 

Amnesty singles - a drag-and-drop utility that converts Dashboard widgets into standalone applications:

http://mesadynamics.com/

 

PS3 Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:
http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

 

"... teleport is a simple utility to let you use one single mouse and keyboard to control several of your Macs ...":

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/14042/teleport

 

"... nvALT is a fork of the original Notational Velocity by Brett Terpstra and ElasticThreads (David Halter) with some additional features (MultiMarkdown preview and source views, public note sharing, customizable colors…) and some interface modifications (bookmarks HUD, fullscreen view and more) ...":

http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/36277/nvalt

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Compose is a tool for defining and running complex applications with Docker. With Compose, you define a multi-container application in a single file, then spin your application up in a single command which does everything that needs to be done to get it running ...":

https://docs.docker.com/compose/

 

"... Solaar is a Linux device manager for Logitech’s  Unifying Receiver peripherals. It is able to pair/unpair devices to the receiver, and for most devices read battery status ...":

https://github.com/pwr/Solaar

 

PS3 Media Server is a DLNA-compliant UPnP Media Server:
http://www.ps3mediaserver.org/

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie

Yes, Microsoft added a low-power state to the shut down options in Windows 8.1. See this discussion: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/12944-method-of-sh...

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Star Trek: Alien Domain - free online strategy game:

http://startrek.gamesamba.com/

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Six Quick and Simple Tricks for Fixing Windows Problems 2 months 3 weeks ago GeorgeIV

re The universal solution for a host of problems

In Windows 8.1 turning it off and on again may not work as Shut Down doesn't completely shut things down if "fast startup" is enabled. Better to Restart just to be sure.

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 2 months 3 weeks ago naren

Comodo Mobile Security free version 3 released.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.comodo.cisme.antivirus&hl=en

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 3 weeks ago bawldiggle

PDF-XChange Viewer, now always free (because it has been superceded by PDF-XChange Editor.

Viewer is not available as virtual printer (PDF writer) in ... Internet Explorer, nor Palemoon nor Firefox

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 3 weeks ago bawldiggle

@ garydavid711
Bullzip virtual/prints most of the time, granted ... but I have tested (free) CutePDF twice and it was a disaster.
- (free) cutePDF print/write performance was identical to (free) Bullzip

Unless "Acro Software" have changed their policy in the last 4 months this has been my experience with cutePDF ...

4-Mar-2014
- required a third party program "PS2PDF" to work
23-Feb-2015
- bundled with ASK toolbar + 2 others (according to VirusTotal)
( install offered 2 opt outs but when I declined installed anyway
+ installation was clean fortunately except ...
- no custom install, installer dumps installation where "it" choses
- requires 3rd party "GhostScript" to work.
( most recent GhostScript was 9.14, CutePDF installed ancient 8.15
- uninstall instructions at < link disallowed > were wrong.
- there is no uninstaller, AcroSoftware only provide uninstaller with PRO version
( confirmed by developer AcroSoftware
GhostScript was auto installed without ANY notification AFTER cutePDF install was completed

Had to manually uninstall with (free) Revouninstaller, (free) CCleaner failed to find any registry entries
- I found 29 entries (searched for "cutePDF" and "cutepdfw", and "Acro Software"
( manual cleaning of the registry is not for the feint hearted NOR should it be done with registry cleaners
- (free) Everything.exe found 3 driver-files in C:\Windows\System32\spool\drivers\w32x86\
CONCLUSION:
- for (writing) virtual printing to PDF I use a number of free PDF programs, they all have their quirks ... a case of suck-it-and see with each virtual print job.
- use a virtual drive or a sandbox to test any program and if there are problems, its easy to dump the crap.

** This Gizmo article is about PDF writer/virtual-printers only (it is not about PDF viewers)

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 2 months 3 weeks ago garydavid711

You missed it on this one-CutePdf Writer by far best
You can do it all--there are times Bullzip just won't write.

[moderator's note: commercial software mention removed. Please post about freeware only]

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago rseiler

This one might be worth a look:
http://www.ghacks.net/2015/06/10/clipboard-master-4-0-review

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Best Free Sticky Notes Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago Realist

Has anybody tried Memento?
It's a small program, simple, lightweight(just 345 kB). However it's does support Rich Text Formatting

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Caddy - the HTTP/2 web server:
http://caddyserver.com/

 

Mutate is a simple launcher inspired by Alfred (OS X app) for Linux. Be more productive with hotkeys, keywords and file actions at your fingertips:

https://github.com/qdore/Mutate

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Caddy - the HTTP/2 web server:
http://caddyserver.com/

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One Of My Favourite Youtube Videos Ever 2 months 3 weeks ago cmling

Thank you very much! I learned a lot.

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All About the Windows 10 Upgrade App Including How to Get Rid of it 2 months 3 weeks ago scericson

MS has apparently disabled the 'Uninstall' button for the Win10 update.

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Best Free Reminder and To-Do Program 2 months 3 weeks ago clas

the Kana Reminder is very basic but also very simple to use. it has worked well for me for a long time. the only thing it does not have which i would want is the ability to save past reminders. it gives you the alert then when you ok it, it stops beeping and closes, losing the reason for the alert. easy enough to work around. some others just get too complicated, which is not bad, just different.

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Encrypted, Free, Private Chat. Probably. 2 months 3 weeks ago bernardz

Tox isn't complete yet but what is there looks very good on spec. I really like the video. Does it work?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tox_%28software%29

Cryocat looks good too although it does not have video.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cryptocat

If you are going to do something like this, I suggest over an encrypted VPN based in some European countries.

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Encrypted, Free, Private Chat. Probably. 2 months 3 weeks ago Havokdan

I like tox protocol:

https://tox.im/en-US

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago godwinq8

now a days Gizmo has changed their way they look out for software mostly I delete the mail its not interesting better than that, are sites which offer for free paid software. .

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 2 months 3 weeks ago arieshifman

Good morning you all.
I was using utorrent for quite a few years.
Very good. No complaints.
Evetually, the font size became too small for my eyesight.
So I switched to the top rated, Tixati, which has the option of changing font size.
Just for your information, all you good people.

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One Of My Favourite Youtube Videos Ever 2 months 3 weeks ago ektorbarajas

Indeed a great and very good video, now I finally understand the differential =)

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago johnvk

I got an error shortly after i clicked on start of "System Diagnostics":

[quote]When attempting to start the Data Collector Set the following system error occurred:

The Data Collector Set or one of its dependencies is already in use.[/quote]

Anybody know how to solve this? I know this is not the forums, so if im the only one...

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago philip

Hi Himagain,

I rarely encrypt individual files, but I use 7-zip when I do. Tresorit (Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage) is the encryption tool I usually use (does not encrypt the original files in your local storage though). Tresorit now offers encrypted links for sharing/accessing individual files from the cloud. I also still use TrueCrypt for encrypted volumes (it seems to me to still present a resonable risk of compromise).

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago ixan

I had another look at the site. Everything except the demonstration costs money. I do hope that this isn't the way that Gizmo's excellent site is headed - only the try out is free and even for that you have to give them your details (which they will sell). Bit disappointed in this. But it is rare I am disappointed by anything on this site, so np.

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago stevenamills

I couldn't agree more. Sadly, when these sites keep hiding behind a wall like this, it's frequently because they spent way too much time trying to monetize and way too little time on useability. I have nothing against making a buck, but authors / site owners need to get priorities straight. I won't be giving it a try either.

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago cyberqueen

Thanks for your response. I'm happy to know that the instructions are the same for Windows 7, but in that case it would have been easy and helpful to make that clear in the article, rather than mentioning only Windows 8.

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago ixan

So I signed up with a temp. email. 4th step is 'search for your favorite fruit'. All the ones I searched for cost $1. There wasn't a free one. Then eventually I finished the design and got the same error as you, Bernardz. I tried again, searched for palm tree (no free ones), searched for mango (no free ones) etc etc. Then get to the end and its "Whoops!" I am sure the site worked great with lots of freebies for Gizmo, but sadly not for me.

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago ixan

Can't even browse the site with connecting it to your Facebook acct. ie. giving them all your personal details. That's not free, that's giving them access to a lot of data they will no doubt sell. The alternative is to create an account. The only way to delete an account is to write to them and request it. Ridiculous. Anyone signing up should do so with a temporary account. I hate sites like this that won't even let you look at them without signing up.

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Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 2 months 3 weeks ago bernardz

It comes up with this error "Whoops! We're still preparing this design for you. Try again in a few minutes."

Shame, I know I am interested in something like this, maybe the editor could do a review on this subject as there are many sites that offer this service..

 

 

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac

Apparently this is a 'Yes, BUT ....' program with hidden catches to it ... I'll list it here: BUT with a few caveats.

First thing upon launch: "Phocus wants to access my contacts.". Well. I cannot think of a legitimate purpose that a big camera company (that only has very wealthy clients) would want the name/address/number/department/ETC of everyone I know (presumably all of their wealthy clients never think twice and freely share this information?) - but I can think of several purposes they might use this information for that I might be unhappy about at a later time.

So, NO: they do not get permission from the system to access my contacts - denied! 

Then this sneaky program tries to "call home" anyway: behind your back! Thank goodness for "Little Snitch" (I have purchased) warning me about bad activities tried over my internet connection!

Now, there are legitimate reasons a program might want to call home: to check for a newer version of itself is the common usage. But a good developer always warns you, with a prompt or two ... something to the effect of "AnyAPP would like to check for updates. (You must be connected to the internet to continue.)" {CANCEL} { OK } before it snatches at your internet connection, and sometimes the part in parenthesis is in a separate notifier box with {CONTINUE} instead of { OK }.

Having already tried to grab up all my contacts personal information: NOW Phocus will try to transmit information through my internet connection without me noticing it - until it is too late. What say you 'Little Snitch'? DENIED!!!!! Do NOT let Phocus call home, I said.

Now Phocus insists I register it - with my Hasselblad camera serial number, and a whole long user profile - 'for support purposes' (marketing support ... I'll bet): good thing there is a {LATER} Button: or I'd have quit checking this software out and given a failing grade to it right then. It will nag you regularly to register it, you bet!

Finally I get to the Welcome dialog. I checked the program out. It is "Adobe Photoshop" complicated in there: just the way I like it. Seems like well written code - just that it acts snoopy without permission. IF you trust Hasselblad will not snoop through your computer for data: go ahead and install this "Free Download" program.

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Produce A System Health Report For Your PC 2 months 3 weeks ago pctyson

I just checked. It is exactly the same in Windows 7 so there is no need to provide a seperate link.. Go to start and type perfmon in the search bar. Click on perfmon to open the Performance Monitor program. Then follow the instructions as stated above.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Bonesaw: The Game:

http://kpulv.com/stuff/game/

 

Action fist:

http://www.pixelprospector.com/action-fist/

 

Wind and Water: Puzzle Battles:

http://www.wind-water.net/

 

"Marble Blast Ultra ... is a 3D puzzle/action game involving a marble. In Single Player mode, the player has the main goal of reaching the finish pad of the level as fast as possible. Obstacles will hinder the player's progress, but powerups are also provided to help the player finish the level. There are sixty single player levels that can be completed by the player ...":

http://marbleblastultra.tk/

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Foobnix - lightweight and functional music player for Linux:
http://foobnix.com/en/index.html

 

Antimony - free graph-based 3D CAD system:

http://www.mattkeeter.com/projects/antimony/3/

 

LibreCAD:

http://librecad.org/cms/home.html

 

Using ZeroTier One you can create a global provider-independent virtual private cloud network in minutes:

https://www.zerotier.com/

 

DD-WRT is a Linux based alternative OpenSource firmware suitable for a great variety of WLAN routers and embedded systems:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/site/index

 

nQuake:

http://www.nquake.com/

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Using OneNote? You Need This Free Add-In. 2 months 3 weeks ago nowayman

As far as I like Onenote, it's not an ideal platform for tables, even with this add-on. It's much better to use something native, like Excel or Google Sheets for better functionality.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Phocus - free image processing software:
http://www.hasselblad.com/software/phocus

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Best Free Digital Image Editor 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Phocus - free image processing software:
http://www.hasselblad.com/software/phocus

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Foobnix - lightweight and functional music player:
http://foobnix.com/en/index.html
Windows version can't be downloaded from official page, so use this link instead:
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-Players/Foobnix.shtml

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 2 months 4 weeks ago Himagain

Hi Philip,
Just got here looking for file/directory protection and found the good stuff up above here - BUT it is a bit long in the tooth!
What's your latest favorite? :-)

ALSO what about the dual capacity of some of the file compression utils?
I can't remember how safe they are comparatively...............

Thanks for all the good work here!

Himagain

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Best Free Online Books For Kindle 2 months 4 weeks ago dave1812

What a great resource - many thanks.

One I have used for ages is bookbub.com. Was suspicious at first but absolutely no adverts/ junk mail at all. Just select your favourite categories and get an email a day for several suppliers - Amazon, Nook, apple google and Kobo. Not all Kindle and some are special offers not freebies, but I have no problem getting more than enough books free or for 99p.

Ideal for me as I don't need to spend ages going through long lists, and have 'discovered' several new authors as well.

Dave

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 2 months 4 weeks ago AndyR

Windows imaging is quite good in Win7 actually.... however the time you need it most is when things go wrong and if you cannot log into the recovery console then you have zero chance of being able to restore that backup image making it essentially useless!

Many years ago I thought "ah yes just use the built in tools" rather than a 3rd party and found out the hard way it is not a good backup solution... for a long time I used to use Norton Ghost when it was just a DOS only program the things you could do with that were amazing and it worked correctly eveytime I used to build factory restore disks for people using a corporate licence.... however that was a long time ago and paid for software then and now... Now I use AOMEI personally "touch wood" it has never let me down although I would like to see some more advanced features such as control over if you wish to reinstate the MBR or not etc, but for daily use as a backup solution it's perfect... All the others I have reviewed here are good also at the end of the day it is down to personal choice and exactly what you need the imaging program to do for you, In a multi boot environment for example I think Macrium would be a better choice since upon restore you have more options...

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 2 months 4 weeks ago bernardz

A free account has only 10 meg of storage, which may be an issue and the free accounts has adverts. I wonder if what is said in these chat rooms is used for their adverts?

Which gets you to the issue of privacy, which is also questionable. They do not allow secret accounts, how well they police that I am not sure, but they do keep a full history of everything, and they do not even demand a court order to release this information. If you follow the links below even civil matters like copyright infringements, they are likely to police. Put it this way, if I was a solicitor or someone who needs privacy, I am looking for something else. https://campfirenow.com/privacy

DISCLOSURE

  • We may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.
  • It may be necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities, including without limitation, fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.


 

 

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... LeoCAD is a CAD program for creating virtual LEGO models. It has an easy to use interface and currently includes over 6000 different pieces created by the ​LDraw community ...":

http://www.leocad.org/trac

 

OpenSCAD is a software for creating solid 3D CAD objects:
http://www.openscad.org/

 

Brackets - text editor:

http://brackets.io/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

Archimedes is a free and open source CAD software:

http://archimedescad.github.io/Archimedes/

 

"... Kexi is an open source visual database applications creator, a long-awaited competitor for programs like MS Access
or Filemaker ..." (part of Calligra suite):

http://www.kexi-project.org/

 

EGroupware is a multi-user, web-based groupware suite:

http://www.egroupware.org/products-and-prices/egroupware-community-editi...

 

Onepoint project:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/opproject/

 

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

PhotoQt - image viewer:
http://photoqt.org/

 

Imperium - "... Open Source Web Based Business Management and Accounting Software -- Imperium provides a database of Contacts, Work Orders, Invoices and Accounts - the core functionality to manage your business finances. Integrates with email (SMTP, IMAP) and Google Services (contacts, tasks, calendar) ...":

https://github.com/edoceo/imperium

 

Frinika is a free complete music workstation software containing sequencer, midi support, soft synthesizers, audio recorder, piano roll/tracker/notation editing and more:

http://frinika.appspot.com/

 

"... BRL-CAD is a powerful cross-platform open source solid modeling system that includes interactive geometry editing, high-performance ray-tracing for rendering and geometric analysis, image and signal-processing tools, a system performance analysis benchmark suite, libraries for robust geometric representation, with more than 20 years of active development ...":

http://brlcad.org/

 

Bonita BPM:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/bonita/

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 2 months 4 weeks ago nowayman

This is actually an interesting solution. But I'm not sure that it's actually THAT private.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

Vokoscreen - recording screencasts with audio:

http://www.kohaupt-online.de/hp/

 

"... Sysdig is open source, system-level exploration: capture system state and activity from a running Linux instance, then save, filter and analyze. Sysdig is scriptable in Lua and includes a command line interface and a powerful interactive UI, csysdig, that runs in your terminal. Think of sysdig as strace + tcpdump + htop + iftop + lsof + awesome sauce. With state of the art container visibility on top ...":

http://www.sysdig.org/

 

Speed Dreams is a 3d cross-platform, open source motorsport simulation and racing game:

http://www.speed-dreams.org/

 

"... Destination Sol ... Pilot your ship in the seamless open world made of space, planets, and more. Find new ships and equipment, find allies and beat all the enemies ...:"

http://store.steampowered.com/app/342980/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

NINJA-IDE:
http://ninja-ide.org/

 

TeX Live is an easy way to get up and running with the TeX document production system:
https://www.tug.org/texlive/

 

X2Go enables you to access a graphical desktop of a computer over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection:

http://wiki.x2go.org/doku.php/doc:newtox2go

 

Compton is a lightweight, standalone composite manager, suitable for use with window managers that do not natively provide compositing functionality:

https://github.com/chjj/compton

 

easystroke is a gesture-recognition application:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/easystroke/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

MuPDF - a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer:

http://mupdf.com/

 

"... Unison is a file-synchronization tool for OSX, Unix, and Windows. It allows two replicas of a collection of files and directories to be stored on different hosts (or different disks on the same host), modified separately, and then brought up to date by propagating the changes in each replica to the other ...":

http://www.cis.upenn.edu/~bcpierce/unison/

 

"... Noise is a fast and beautiful GTK3 audio player with a focus on music and libraries ...":

https://launchpad.net/noise

 

Audience - a modern video player that brings the lessons learned from the web home to the desktop:

https://launchpad.net/audience

 

gummi - simple LaTeX editor:

https://github.com/alexandervdm/gummi

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