Recent Comments Posted

This is a list of the most recently posted comments on the site sorted so that the most recent comments appear first. 

You can however sort the list on any of the columns shown by clicking on the column heading. For example you can sort by editor by clicking on the editor column. The first click will sort in ascending alphabetical order and the second click will sort in descending order.

 

Time postedsort icon Article title Poster Comment Link
10 weeks 16 hours ago Train Your Brain While Playing Games rickybobby

Totally agree. Mobile apps have become an increasingly important part of everyday life and this section used to provide us with good recommendations, but not anymore. Having read every listed app here, the some of the most recent additions are worthless, dull, downright dumb or need an 'always on' data connection. Not cool.
Besides, why is it called 'app of the week' if only 1 or 2 app are reviewed per month? This should be called 'mobile app of the month' from now on.
Come on Gizmo's! You can do better than this.
P.D. ==> Please don't get mad at me ;-).

view
10 weeks 1 day ago A Worthy Competitor To Dropbox? shawnz

"Copy something to your Dropbox folder on your PC, and it instantly gets synced to the cloud, and also copied to any other computers which are linked to your account and on which you've installed the Dropbox client app."

Will it preserve a directory tree?

I am doing some study and find it very frustrating that professors pass files to students via "Blackboard". Some build directory trees with multiple files in "Blackboard". I am pretty sure that they have to build them piecewise and can not copy from their local drive. Then, the files have to be downloaded one-by-one, and the directory tree is not preserved. These are not tech professors, but they get little to no technical help from other departments or the uni in general (go figure). If someone at the uni (many unis) would make a procedural instruction sheet for a good service, it might save instructors and students all kinds of time and frustration (misplaced files). I'll try this where I am; though, I think it would ultimately require some IT help staff to back it up with some live instruction from time to time.

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Disk De-fragmenter Phylis Sophical

A concern over Auslogics which I've been using for years. Just installed on a reformatted laptop. I watch closely for toolbar check marks. Not sure if they've gotten sneaker about their location but I sure didn't see one.

It installed a redirect home page to bitable. I tried everything possible to change it back to Google. The only thing that worked to remove it was HiJackThis.

Here's how they did it:
If you Right click on browser's shortcut and choose 'Properties', the section for 'Target' says: "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefoxexe"
To the end of that line, Auslogics adds "bitable.com", so now that whole line reads like this:
"C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefoxexe" "bitable.com"

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Internet Security Suite MidnightCowboy

In my experience, many, if not most, security software can be tricky to install on top of other products that have not been removed completely, or into a system that has not been properly maintained. Other security products can also be a pain to uninstall if the Windows process or a third party uninstaller is used instead of the vendor's own tool. I have found Comodo to be no more difficult than other products so long as the correct procedure is followed. Since this should not be an every day event, I really don't think it is a valid consideration for choice over the security provided. MC - Site Manager.

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Internet Security Suite freestuffrocks

I've been very pleased with Comodo Internet Security Premium since I've been using it for the last 2 months or so, having previously just used Comodo firewall along with the increasingly problematic Avast free anti virus. I don't find it too complex and I'm by no means a techie, just an average Joe who's picked up a few things along the way.

The biggest problem I've found is the difficulty in uninstalling (in my experience a clean install really is necessary for new versions of Comodo security products to avoid problems) and, despite Chiron's excellent guide, this long and laborious process is, quite understandably, enough to put many people off bothering with Comodo.

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Manage Your Time Better, With A Tomato MidnightCowboy

Here, Symantec says it's safe. Laughable. In fact there is only one false positive which is a typical generic detection from an obscure vendor. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/55d58340621495329ae47d214a71ed51a61ed...

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Manage Your Time Better, With A Tomato keithc

Flagged as untrustworthy by Symantec, and I noticed on the related Google forum people have noted that Norton also flags it bad

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Media Player Panzer

Apprentice Video:

Features:

- in/out point looping
- alpha channel preview
- flat hierarchical searchable playlist
- automatic playlist bookmarks
- audio tempo scaling via a custom implementation of WSOLA algorithm
- de-interlacing via ffmpeg YADIF filter
- custom algorithm for automatic letterbox crop margin detection
- no-thrills rendering of embedded plain-text and bitmap subtitles
- rich rendering of embedded ASS/SSA subtitles
- chapters support
- OSX builds support Apple Remote:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/apprenticevideo/

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Firejail is a SUID security sandbox program that reduces the risk of security breaches by restricting the running environment of untrusted applications using Linux namespaces. It allows a process and all its descendants to have their own private view of the globally shared kernel resources, such as the network stack, process table, mount table:
http://l3net.wordpress.com/projects/firejail/

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Logstalgia is a website traffic visualization that replays or streams web-server access logs as a pong-like battle between the web server and an never ending torrent of requests:
https://code.google.com/p/logstalgia/

view
10 weeks 1 day ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors EldonW

Great utility and an even greater website. I counted 56 freeware utilities from Winaero. Also, the last stable release of Winamp and 500+ skins are available. The one flag out of 55 scan can certainly be ignored.
Thanks.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors v.laurie

Malwarebytes on my system says the program is clean. Winaero is a well-known site. VirusTotal does raise one flag out of 54 scans but these false positives happen. Naturally, if you are uneasy about the program, you should skip it.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Get a New Look on the Windows Desktop with More Interesting and Colorful Cursors sketch

Malwaerebytes says site is a NO GO!

view
10 weeks 2 days ago A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free khf314

What about Sketchup?

Also, Wikipedia has a Comparison of vector graphics editors at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_vector_graphics_editors

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Unlimited Web Site Monitoring For Free ferry andy

thanks for you attention

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files zabi

amazing

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software MidnightCowboy

Qihoo is also in the top group of the VB RAP tests. MC - Site Manager.

https://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/rap-index.xml

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Outliner jet005303199369...

Cherry Tree has some options for how to save the database, if you choose SQLITE, then you can access the database like any other SQL database. If you're not familiar with SQL, its a very common way to store data.

I've accessed the CherryTree SQLITE database with a simple tool called SQLite Database Browser (http://portableapps.com/apps/development/sqlite_database_browser_portable). In my mind, the saved data is as accessible as it would be with a folder of saved text files (which both CherryTree and TreeDBNotes can export to I believe.)

No mystery, it just has an option to save in a very commonly used database format that is accessible via other programs if needed.

JT

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Real World Protection Tests at AV-Comparitives...

Panda scores 100% at the expense of too many false positives (34). Good results for Qihoo, AVG(IS) and Avira(Pro).

view
10 weeks 2 days ago A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free mincevv

Without saving / exporting to any vector format I don't find it useful. Free version limitation: Free account can export image (PNG, JPEG) with watermark only. It looks like good way to sell access to wast amount of eye-catching templates.

+1 for Inkscape

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Outliner crombierob

Thanks for replying
I loved TreeDBNotes, however today I am getting message "there is no disk in the drive" and it takes a stick to kill it.
I googled but could not find others with same problem. I have attempted to turn off all the auto backups, but even those checkboxes insist on staying ticked.
Thus I will check out your CherryTree, BUT
I am nervous about being able to access the data by other means.
Could you share how you do that ?

Thanks,
Rob

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again Mighty

I think I may have started with Turbo Pascal v2.0 in the mid-'80s. I kept with it through v6.0, which introduced me to a lot of OOP concepts. Around that time, I started learning C and Windows for my job. When I then moved on to project that used C++ and Microsoft Foundation Class (MFC), the OOP grounding I got from Turbo Pascal v6.0 really helped me compartmentalize which bits were generic OOP, which were C++, which were Windows and which were MFC.

I had a colleague who was learning C++, Windows programming and MFC all at the same time, and he had a very difficult time teasing out one from another. He did eventually learn to recognize the seams between them.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Firewall Protection MidnightCowboy

Unfortunately, there is nothing new I am able to add to the above.

Unlike signature based systems, HIPS employ a range of methods to detect malware activity and in theory these should still hold good irrespective of the attack method. Malware writers however are always engineering new methods with the potential to bypass outdated prevention techniques. In this case, a product in active development such as Comodo would be a safer option. MC - Site Manager.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Firewall Protection newbie65

MC, any recent news or developments with Private Firewall? Also, assuming nothing new in the past year, does this lack of development lessen in any way the firewall's HIPS capability?

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Undeletable File Remover crombierob

I am using Win XP Pro SP3
I am trying to completely delete some folders (not via Recycle Bin).
The inbuilt Foler/File delete has these annoying habits.
- inane pauses with msgboxes -
- - Are you sure
- - Do you wish to delete EXE's
- - Etc

And the most annoying -
It refuses to delete folders that have _files on the end
I know that such folders are an accompanying folder when you save a web page (which I hate - so for years I always save as .mht instead)
For whatever reason there are some left over folders with _files on the end, and XP's File delete refuses to delete them.
I am then forced to drill down to find each one, and change the name of that folder.

Which alternate Folder delete program could I use that I could point to a folder, and tell it delete everything in there, with no inane questions (msgboxes)

Thanks,
Rob

view
10 weeks 2 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block George.J

It's not against any policies. Antivirus OEM partners with BitDefender can use Antimalware, Antispam and other SDK's into their product, for endpoint, cloud and network protection. They have licensed it and not copied it. The same goes for Avira.

http://www.bitdefender.com/oem/sdk-integration.html

Here's a list (from 2013) of other products that uses BitDefender.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility Kristopher Hesson

Has anyone tried Hamster?

7-zip has always been my go to but I'm starting to become disillusioned.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block Bruce_Fraser

Qihoo uses, as an option, the BitDefender and Avira engines!? I'm astonished that those two companies aren't suing them right this moment.

view
10 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Outliner Chigwells

Yes I saw that too and thought it looked very promisong. However when I double click on the software in my W7 x64 limited user account, it doesn't respond.

Unless I'm making the wrong assumption (I downloaded cherrytree_0.34.1_win32_portable.7z) that's not 'portable enough' for me :)

view
10 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Notes Organizer Chigwells

I've been using Evernote for about three years and I never heard of it being bundled with OpenCandy.

I run a W7 Sony Vaio, where it comes pre-installed. Before that I was using it with XP pro. I've got it on my Android tablet, and when I recently installed it on my HTC Android phone they gave me a years worth of premium account.

So no, I don't believe that info is correct, at least I've never heard of any mention of it.

Anyhow, thanks for the continuing great website. I use Evernote for all manner of general note-keeping, web clipping, I use it to write my ideas and thoughts down. As it's cloud based with not too much (enough) emphasis on security,I treat it like an open postcard. I've read about people keeping all manner of personal and professional info on it, not sure that is a good idea.

Right now I'm looking for a lightweight portable notes organiser, still working through your excellent selection, TYVM!

view
10 weeks 3 days ago A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use knyri

Same here; I love WinMerge. I used to use ExamDiff but it got a bit buggy and started to crash on me when comparing a large number of files; which I do quite often. Especially with the Ignore Whitespaces option on.

view
10 weeks 3 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block Remah

It is always good to state the facts because many people will not make connections that seem obvious to others. In this case, it is a very significant change if you enable multiple engines.

@George.J, thanks for the info.

view
10 weeks 3 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block wildweaselkeeper

I second that; my question exactly.

view
10 weeks 3 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block Zenegog

Good day,

Shouldn't the 'Best Free Antivirus' review be updated, accommodating these discussed programs?

Regards,

view
10 weeks 3 days ago Unlimited Web Site Monitoring For Free GiorgosK

Take also a look at Change Detection:
https://www.changedetection.com/.

(Not to be confused with (the trial-limited free based) Change Detect).

view
10 weeks 3 days ago This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block Av_Crazy

How is this a con - RAM usage is high on enabling Bitdefender and Avira engines , that should be obvious if you are enabling 2 engines

view
10 weeks 3 days ago A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free Remah

Yes, Inkscape is worth looking at. It is the Best Free Vector Graphics Editor at this site.

Just don't give Rob a hard time for not mentioning it. After all this is a "hot find" article rather than a roundup of alternatives. In fact, there are so few good alternatives to paid vector-graphic products that they we're always excited to see a new one.

A bigger issue is that most users never bother to move beyond their favorite bitmap/photo image editor, of which there at least five times as many alternatives.

view
10 weeks 3 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again Pattern-chaser

I started with a Visual Basic game on a Commodore Pet, but (very) soon graduated to a PC, Turbo Pascal, and .Exe magazine. I've never looked back since! :-)

view
10 weeks 3 days ago A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free mmaker1234

And what's wrong with the totally free for Windows, Linux, and MacOS vector drawing s/w Inkscape? On their site http://inkscape.org/ is published a portable version near the installer - it's a matter of taste to install or not to install.

view
10 weeks 3 days ago Unlimited Web Site Monitoring For Free bernardz

Thanks, I use a free service https://uptimerobot.com/, which looking at this one quickly is probably not as good. So I will try this one out.

One problem in this type of monitoring services is that they give you the results based on where they are at, not where you are. This can be quite different to where you, and your targeted targets are.

view
10 weeks 4 days ago Train Your Brain While Playing Games pratomorone

While I think Lumosity is quite interesting, you must have an internet connection (for some reason or another) to play the game. Trying to occupy your time on an airplane with this game is a lesson in frustration.

view
10 weeks 4 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Anupam

To get rid of notifications, you should have edited your past comments on this page, and then turned off the option to receive notifications for replies to your comments.

Anyways, have done this for you, so you shouldn't receive anymore notifications now. If you do, please send a PM, or post in the forum please:

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

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC bawldiggle

Help! I cannot turn off notifications from this "blog".
The email link to "You can cancel these notifications from your Gizmo's Freeware account settings at http://www.techsupportalert.com/user/xxxxx/edit"
... takes me to my log in window but I am damned if I can find a list of my notifications.

So the only way to kill off notifications is to post a useless comment (like this) and DISABLE "Notify me when new comments are posted"

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Media Center Software transitman

Hi people, I am a bit of a noddy on software but would really like to find a free alternative to Windows media center.
my chief reason for wanting it is to copy tv programmes to the computer
I have tried xbmc but got lost in the process and could not understand the answers in other posts. As i said, a noddy!

hope someone can help

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again fabrulana

Started of on Turbo Pascal 3.0 back in the day, in 1990 I think. Continued on to Delphi until the market fell in my country. So moved over to .NET. Still love Delphi though. Lazarus continued the old Delphi 7 interface but the new Embarcadero moved over to RadStudio (currently in XE 7 version - recently released) which is very similar to Visual Studio. Note that there is now a free version of RadStudio called AppMethod (current version 1.15) - it unfortunately only support Delphi (or Object Pascal) for 30 days. The Objective C++ for Android and Windows 32/64 is free though. Looking at that to try and get my first Android app out there...

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! vandamme

No caps lock, so you can't get the : to work. That's OK, I've seen enough! (shudder)

Your first advice is good though: "Forget Windows Ten"! I'm on Linux and I'm not looking back.

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Zebedeeboss

Agreed 100% - Winpatrol has saved me grief untold times

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again tjkeefe

Yes, it is like Turbo Pascal 3. See this page for more details, and limitations: http://www.teamten.com/lawrence/projects/turbo_pascal_compiler/

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again GreenWyvern

I loved Turbo Pascal and Turbo C++. Back in the day they were the best on the market.

The modern, open-source successor to Turbo Pascal - and Delphi - is Free Pascal along with the Lazarus IDE. Really good for cross-platform development, and just seems to keep getting better.

See
http://lazarus.freepascal.org/

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Turbo Pascal Rides Again PhilR_SoT

The version shown looks like Turbo Pascal 3 : the much-improved version 5.5 can be downloaded here :- http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/20803

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility gzwul62a

For me, one thing is also important: a clipboard manager should not have a limit as far as the number of clips in concerned, i.e. it should also be a kind of 'history database'.

Once in a while it does happen that I need an old clipboard item that I know I have.

For example: Arsclip has a limit of (if my memory serves me well) 9999 clips. This number is reached quickly.

=

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC MidnightCowboy

As stated by blueboxer, the ability to block unauthorized startup entries and browser hijacks is priceless and will save users untold heartache trying to remove toolbars etc. These are just a couple of WinPatrol's features. Thank goodness the technology world does not rely on PCWorld for best advice. MC - Site Manager.

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer MidnightCowboy

Did you read the product information notes?

"Zoner installer offers two types of activation: paid or trial versions. To get the free one, initiate the trial and then go to the 'Log in' menu > select 'Free' and then 'Activate'".

Alternatively, you can download from Softpedia instead. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Graphic/Graphic-Viewers/Zoner-Ph...

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility gzwul62a

As for Clipboard Help+Spell note there have been a few updates, since the review

v2.24.01 - Jul 14, 2014
v2.23.01 - Nov 22, 2013
v2.20.01 - Aug 31, 2013

http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=1514.0

=

view
10 weeks 5 days ago How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview blittled

Be careful! I signed up and then followed the steps to get the update through the Windows update page thinking it was the process to get the ISO. Windows requested a reboot then after the reboot went into the Windows Update page and downloaded a file that was nearly 3GB then starts installing. This upgrades the computer to Windows 10.

I caught it in time but it does leave the Windows 10 update as an important update. You need to go Programs and Features and uninstall kb2990214 then restart and do a Windows update to clean your system.

You should type iso in the search field on the Windows Insider page and find the page to download the iso image instead.

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Digital Photo Organizer alexo

Zoner 17 does not seem to have a free version, only a 30 days trial
The "Free download" is fraudulent advertisement.

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! pvilan

I have the same problem described by discipline.
What is the solution?

Peter

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Chaturanger

WinPatrol : As stated in PCWorld, this software is useless and ineffective!

view
10 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Text Editors lil_king420

@Anupam True. I did see that it was listed in the prog editor section and agree. It can be and is a well rounded programming editor. However, out of curiosity,and in the interest of sharing for the greater good :) I was doin a web search for a recommended alternative to the MS Notepad for some friends, and obviously Notepad++ was a forerunner in that list. Certainly you'd have to agree Notepad++ IS a GREAT simple text editor that few people are aware of, with features that I would think most typical users would appreciate and use over the stock editor. Like tabs for one instance. Anyways... I simply thought it prudent to mention ++ in this section in hopes that it helps someone seeking a sound Windows Notepad replacement. Nothing wrong with a little redundancy no? Thanks for your reply too.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC blueboxer

I recognize all but a few mentioned in the article and comments, and of course have and use most. Which leaves me amazed no one has mentioned WinPatrol, which I have found one of my most useful and used utilities (it even saved me from a couple of ransomware attacks that got straight through my big-name antivirus and antimalware programs at the time). In fact it is such good value that I have since subscribed to the paid edition, like Irfanview inn its support and delivery. Great stuff!

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! PhilR_SoT

What a great pity that Digital Research decided to drop its graphical operating system GEM - this was far better than Windows was at the time.

If DR had continued their support, we would all be using GEM now and Windows would have been dropped like the pile of rubbish which it is.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Text Editors Anupam

This category is about simple text editors. Notepad++ is more of a programming editor, and is covered here in a different review:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-programming-editor.htm

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Text Editors lil_king420

As with a couple of other posters I like Notepad++. Why it is not listed as a replacement for the standard windows Notepad is beyond me. Here's the jist of Notepad++ forthose who are unfamiliar.

Notepad++ - http://notepad-plus-plus.org

Syntax Highlighting and Syntax Folding
User Defined Syntax Highlighting and Folding
PCRE (Perl Compatible Regular Expression) Search/Replace
GUI entirely customizable: minimalist, tab with close button, multi-line tab, vertical tab and vertical document list
Document Mapping
Auto-completion including Word completion, programming function completion and Programming function parameter hinting
Multi-Document (Tabbed interface)
Multi-View
WYSIWYG (Printing)
Zoom control
Multi-Language programming environments supported
Bookmarking
Macro recording and playback
Launch Notepad++ with different arguments

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC v.laurie

I have had no problems installing and using Belarc on several Windows 8.1 systems.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview vandamme

Why be an unpaid beta tester for Microsoft? I'm open source now.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! discipline

How do you lock the shift key? I can't get a : to enter.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie clas

i just went thru this article again for a refresher on sandboxie. you are spot on. sandboxie is a must-use for me and as i download a lot, the ability to take stuff out of the sandbox and into my files is very important. since i have been using sandboxie i have had zero problems with any nasties that the jerks of this digital world constantly throw at honest people. thanks again.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago How to Join the Microsoft Insider Program and Get a Trial Copy of Windows 10 Preview olad

I simply installed the Preview in a VM (VMware Player), and it has worked flawlessly since. 3Gb memory, 2 processors alloted. Using Dell XPS 15 (L502x). Not much difference from my point of view, but I haven't used it heavily. Only 3 days ;-)

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC bawldiggle

My essential freebies
Metapad3.6 (text editor) -- portable
- with optional active URL links (brilliant for research)
- optional always on top
- dual font panes (I have one fixed-width - the other variable width fonts)
- customizable font-size, back color
- (precursor to Notepad++ but a lot simpler)
- tiny footprint
- downside (Windows only)
- change selected text to:- lower-case, UPPER-CASE, Title-Case, iNVERT-cASE
ClipX
- very basic Clipboard extender (text only)
- stickies with an addon
- customize hot-keys
ShiftOff
- stops accidental UPpper CAse if capslock is on
- customizable (INI file, database, comes with non English characters which shows an error msg on first use, but simply fixed thru setup)
KeyboardLEDS
- transparent notifier of capslock, insert ... keys state
- fully customizable (fan boys delight)
LockHunter
- release stubborn files folders, external drives (best of the bunch)
FileTypeMan (by NirSoft)
- file associations (MS dropped this feature after XP)
FreeVK.exe (portable)
- free virtual keyboard
AutoRuns.exe (portable)
- manage startup (use with care)
... and ...
Everything, SuperAntiSpyware, PDF-XChange Editor, MyDefrag,

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! pvilan

Thanks Rob.
An emotive trip to our past!

Peter

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Chaturanger

I forgot NetMeter

You can view the exact amount of data transferred by day / week / month / total or since a given time. This includes upload and download, their peak speed, as well as average speed. All reports can be exported in CSV format for later use.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Chaturanger

Very Nice list : Some additions :

I like Firefox, ClipX, Audacity, xyPlorer, virtualclonedrive, SumatraPDF, Daum PotPlayer, MozBackup, Erunt, uTorrent, NexusFonts, Don'tSleep, Unlocker, EfficientPIM, Sumo, PhotoFiltre, MailStoreHome, VirtualDub, AgentRansack, FairStars CD Ripper, Bullzip, Advanced PDF Utilities, MP3Gain, Switch Sound File Converter, LastPass, Comodo Internet Security, Speccy, PeerBlock, VLC Player, NoScript, Disconnect 3.14, WOT, Heartbleed-Ext, DownloadHelper, hmpalert, SUPERAntiSpyware, Malwarebytes, VirtualTotalScanner.

Enough?

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC crombierob

When you say "Search Everything" do you mean "Everything" the program that searches file names (not contents) ?

Rob

PS This was meant to be a reply to MikeR's post

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC somedude

Belarc was a great little utility until it ran into Windows 8. For some reason the report and the pages code always opens in Notepad which is about as useless as a rusty bent nail. Perhaps it does work in 8.1, but I'll never use 8.1 again as it too seemed more trouble than I cared to bother with.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Forget Windows 10. Try Out Windows 1.01 Instead! wednesday-mac

I still remember my friend's shriek of horror followed by a torrent of swearing after she typed:

FORMAT C:

Bless Bill Gates for saving us from our own inability to remember and use simple MS-DOS and PC-DOS commands. Not to mention all of those pesky shortcuts in programs running on same.

Windows. Our protector. Pfft.

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC danielson

Thanks for the crash course my friend!

Thing is, as a Firefox (or Palemoon) advocate, I've often found myself to do some of the basic stuff to help people find out that there is something much more useful than IE (or Chrome) because, if its too complicated, they take the easy way out.

Surprisingly, a lot don't even know what a browser is...

view
10 weeks 6 days ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC rfbass

In several cases the "is incompatible with PM" is only
due to the different version numbers of FF versus PM.

FF is 30+ while PM is 24.7.2

You can take the FF addon sample-fx.xpi and rename it to
sample-fx.xpi.zip and extract the "install.rdf" xml file
and search near the end of the file for:

29.0
32.*

and edit it with a text, xml or hex editor so that
the minVersion is 24.0 instead of 29.0 (for example)
Then save the modified "install.rdf" and put it back
into the "sample-fx.xpi.zip" file. Then rename it to
"sample-pm.xpi" and it will install into PM right away.

I have done this with the FEBE8.0.5.xpi add-on and it
works fine.

Of course it would be nice if the add-on authors would
do this since so many users have dumped FF in favor of PM.

Regards

view
11 weeks 1 hour ago How to Replace Windows XP with Linux for Free Webdoc

This is all super great information. I learned a lot from this thread.

Would you guys please give me your opinion?

I am looking for a distro that:

1. Will run well on a P4 with 512MB of Ram
2. Is "Mom ready," meaning, your mom or grandma could sit down and just start doing her thing without getting lost.
3. Is a stable choice, meaning it will be around for a while and I won't have to babysit it very much.

Those three conditions are key, and should narrow down the choices quite a bit.

Bonus Points: It will fit on a CDROM.
Double Bonus Points: It will look pretty, for the office ladies.

I am engaged in a volunteer project where I need to update a bunch of old XP desktops and laptops for a local non-profit office. Some of the machines don't have a DVD drive, and can't be set in the BIOS to boot from USB.

I don't mind tweaking a setup a little bit. I always have to make changes to the way any Windows.

I am old enough to have experienced getting work done on a 286, so I just can't stand the idea of junking all these nice P4 computers (That I would have killed to own at one point in history)

Thanks!

view
11 weeks 3 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC davisbacon

I'd also add Greenshot, FastStone image viewer and Virtual Clone drive.

view
11 weeks 4 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC GVracer

I to use Locate32 for searching file names and also Launchy.

view
11 weeks 5 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Hondoe1950

I would be lost without xplorer2 which I use every day for copying files from one folder to another, searching for files, etc.

And Donation Coder's Clipboard Help & Spell is priceless. It enables me to copy-and-paste series of entries easily, as well as have an easily accessed set of often reused entries.

If you need versioning, as I do, AutoVer is free and great and must be on every PC I use. Otherwise, I can't go back to a previous version of an article I wrote, to see the changes, or recover a file if the most recent version got trashed somehow.

Actual Windows Manager is now a must, given my 29" screen that allows me to easily see three different program windows side by side.

The article also left out the search utility Everything, which is incredibly fast and lauded by many reviewers.

view
11 weeks 5 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC howiem

I use many of those on Vic's list, but many others as well
- For searching inside files, the free Agent Ransack from mythicsoft.com is hard to beat.
- Everything is another program to search for files www.voidtools.com.
- Sysinternals has many free useful utilities, like Current Ports and Process Explorer.
- I have come to prefer Daum Pot Player daumpotplayer.com to VLC Media Player, as it rarely needs updating, and I only listen and watch.ACE Media Player is another good one, but I use Daum most of the time.
- I also recommend the free version of Super-Antispyware along with Malwarebytes
- System Scheduler from splinterware.com also goes on my new computers asap,
- HostsMan, the Hosts File Manager from abelhadigital.com
- sUMo Update Manager is another program that I consider essential.
- I also consider Weatherclock from Respectsoft.com essential

view
11 weeks 5 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC dlibertine

I have used Locate32 daily for years.

view
11 weeks 8 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC MikeR

An astonishing display of psychic ability by Vic, this to add to all his other manifest talents. I won't bore him or anyone else to tears with an itemisation of the 90% similarity between his list and mine, so instead will offer up two freeware suggestions which to me are absolutely indispensable:

FileMinimizer Pictures from Balesio: I've lost track of the number of times I use it to minimize -- without quality loss -- the size of images I'm attaching to an email. I've lost track, too, of the amount of hassle I've saved myself by gently asking friends *not* to email out-of-camera holiday snaps at over 4MB per image a time but to use FileMinimizer Pictures instead and send me that same jpeg in 85% stripped-down form yet without any visible deterioration twixt original and minimized;

and:

Search Everything, the (to me) absolute must-have replacement for the appalling Windows Search indexing which would otherwise interrupt my work when it chose and slow things to a crawl as and when. Search Everything is light, non-intrusive and ye Gods, it seems to move at 10 times the speed of Microsoft's clunker.

So there ya go: two free apps that might not come immediately to everyone's mind but, when you've used 'em, you wonder how you ever managed without them. . .

view
11 weeks 8 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC beergas

Decent list. Along w/ the mentioned Revo, free Macrium Reflect for Image backup, a MUST. Fast, clean, updates.
Chrome, Malwarebyte Anti-Malware. Yes, LastPass a MUST.
Several little ones like Hotkeyboard but too many to mention like Q-Dir, Free Alarm, photo editors/correctors.

view
11 weeks 9 hours ago This "Linguistic Portal" Is An Incredibly Useful Resource jorgeem1717

Hi friends...

I have been using Quick Translator which is a FireFox add-on for a few yrs and it does a splendid job. I have tried a few translators and this one seems the most complete, easiest and very convenient for my personal use. It can translate between over 50 languages in the way you want, example: Spanish to French or English to Portuguese and many more. I frequently use English to Spanish, Portuguese to English or Spanish, and a few other combinations. I'll look at Reverso (bookmarked) and see how it works but i really doubt that i will change from Quick Translator. I just does an excellent job.

view
11 weeks 9 hours ago How to Report Spam Chiron

Thank you very much for pointing this out to me. Do you know of another way of forwarding email as an attachment with Yahoo I could instead advise?

Also, hopefully it is only a temporary issue, and it will start working again, but it's always nice to have alternatives.

Thanks again.

view
11 weeks 9 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC danielson

I too am still frustrated with Mozilla's decision to change UI which broke (as usual) a few addons along the way.

PM might be lightweight and fast but just Fx, it is far from being perfect.
Just after reading your post, two webpages I went to had legit popups that PM could not close.
A friend of mine, whom I had convinced to use as a result of Mozilla's political move (if you recall) was quite happy until he gets this regular annoyance when visiting Hotmail online which tells him to update his browser.
These examples are just a few of many more "minor annoyances" but still annoying.
What about new addons?
GPU accelerator addon is incompatible with PM:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/gpu-accelerated-flash-player
The Fox addon is incompatible with PM
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/the-fox-only-better/
These to name only a few.

Hopefully Palemoon 25 will be better.

view
11 weeks 9 hours ago How to Report Spam fragile

Sorry to say that forwarding mail as an attachment using the Shift-Alt-F method no longer works for yahoo mail. Yahoo broke it the other day somehow, they can never seem to leave things alone that work, eventually they always make it worse.

view
11 weeks 9 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC Goliath

Very similar list! I use Photofiltre for everyday editing which is simple but powerful or in a rush just use BeFunky in the web. Thanks for sharing!

view
11 weeks 10 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC astral_cyborg

Thanks for the information

view
11 weeks 10 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC astral_cyborg

Almost the same list :]

view
11 weeks 11 hours ago Best Free Download Manager Naveen D

EagleGet v2.0.1.8 Stable released.

view
11 weeks 11 hours ago 32-bit and 64-bit explained Naveen D

Nicely explained

view
11 weeks 14 hours ago Best Free Web-Based Image Editor Panzer

"... From advanced image filters to pro local adjustments, Polarr is the most versatile and powerful photo editing tool for Chrome ...":
https://www.polarr.co/
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/polarr-photo-editor/djonnbgfie...

view
11 weeks 20 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC bawldiggle

PDF-XChange Viewer has been replaced by free PDF-XChange Editor.
"Viewer" is still available but is no longer developed.
Free "PDF-XChange Editor" does a lot more than free Adobe Reader
Well supported forum for all PDF-XChange products.

view
11 weeks 20 hours ago Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC godel

I've swapped to Pale Moon from Firefox.

It can use the same add-ons, runs faster (I think), and most important, doesn't keep messing with the user interface at some designer's whim. The developer has stated that Pale Moon will NEVER use the Australis UI.

I even donated a few bucks to the developer.

view
11 weeks 23 hours ago Jovial Notepad Gets An Update Sea Mac

Here are a few suggestions: Notepad X

Notepad X is an alternative open source text editor for Microsoft Windows

http://notepad-x.sourceforge.net/

____________________________________________________________________________

Notepad++ is also a good one: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm
____________________________________________________________________________

AkelPad - is an open source editor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast.

http://akelpad.sourceforge.net/en/index.php

____________________________________________________________________________

PSPad is a well-known freeware editor among Microsoft Windows users:

http://www.fosshub.com/PSPad.html

____________________________________________________________________________

EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, too!
http://www.editpadlite.com/
____________________________________________________________________________
ATPad is a simple Notepad replacement written in pure C and Windows API
http://atpad.sourceforge.net/

I hope this helps!!!

PS .NET 4 framework is required for Jovial ... since you asked.

view
11 weeks 23 hours ago Jovial Notepad Gets An Update eikelein

Yes knyri,

I know and thanks for the confirmation.

That is exactly why I did that little test.
I had that same experience in an ancient past with some Windows software written by a Unix guy.

view
11 weeks 1 day ago Jovial Notepad Gets An Update knyri

This issue is because it saved the file with Unix line endings (a line feed character) and not Windows line endings (a carriage return character followed by a line feed character.)
Something it should, but doesn't, have a setting for.

view