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Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago Mada

I loved WPS Office, but with the new changes for the worse, I'm quite disappointed.

I downgraded down to Kingsoft Suite instead. It seems to have everything that I need.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago Sea Mac

Try the SeaMonkey Suite instead! http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

The search box built into the browser's button bar has 4 default search engines (And you can add many many more): DuckDuckGo / Google / Yahoo! / and WikiPedia. I used the Google engine all the time: but I'm switching to DuckDuckGo for my default search engine now.

(Click) Switching default search engines just took me 3 seconds - I now use DuckDuckGo! Select the default engine from the search box itself. Oh, Yeah: those extensions that Firefox is killing off .... SeaMonkey STILL Supports them!!! https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/seamonkey/

 

(I’m SURE Mozilla is embarrassed by the fact the SeaMonkey Suite still looks and acts like the original Netscape Communicator Suite but uses modern Firefox code/themes/Plug-Ins/and extensions under the hood. There are no links to SeaMonkey anywhere on Mozilla's site! It's Mozilla's rebellious unwanted stepchild with better features than [even] Chrome! )

Check out the built in Data Manager. EVERY browser should have ALL of the data in one spot - like this - rather than having to crawl all over a bunch of tabs, in the options, to find all these settings. The best browser no one knows about.

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Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago Joe A.TT

While I cannot confirm that there will be no loss, I have opened a few docx and saved them as doc and I couldn't tell the difference after. FreeOffice does have a few annoyances (e.g. no tabbed documents view and the inability to permanently hide the sidebar), however, it is more light weight than, say LibreOffice, and it should be more than sufficient for the most users.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 2 months 1 week ago lunchbeast

Never worked for me. There isn't a 'Key Content' setting in the 'Security Settings' section on my (WIN 7) machine. Closest I could find is 'Security Key' in that section, and it just says 'present'.

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Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago crombierob

I see mumbling (in reply to your post) that FreeOffice can open docx but cannot save as docx.
"It is an ill wind that blows nobody no good"
I have no love for docx.
Can it open docx and save as doc without any loss ?
If someone answers yes, I will be downloading this immediately

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Fun Online Effects With Your Webcam 2 months 1 week ago rHaf6J1vC5aH

Is that your personal photo? (Photo of yourself?)
if so, then pleased to meet you..

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Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago HellcatM

I see that. That sucks. :(

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon In this instance, ads aren't being presented as a problem - many people are interested in what kinds of things Google is doing whether they use Google products or not, or use ad blockers or not. I rarely use Google Search and have ads blocked there when I do, but the fact that they are re-arranging how ads appear is interesting. I'd also like to thank all of our site visitors who white list or unblock Gizmo's Freeware so that ads are visible here. Other than small donations, our only source of income is the ads you see here. The Gizmo's crew are all volunteers so none of us are being paid, but there are server and other costs associated with keeping the site running, and as much traffic as we get, those costs are not inexpensive. So again, a big thank you! view
Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago Joe A.TT

FreeOffice can open and read docx but cannot save in it.

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An Addictive Browser-Based Strategy Game 2 months 1 week ago cisreal

Browser game won't work on a phone, useless.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 1 week ago Panzer "... pdfgrep - a commandline utility to search text in PDF files ...": https://pdfgrep.org/ "... Leo is a PIM, IDE and outliner that accelerates the work flow of programmers, authors and web designers ...": http://leoeditor.com/ view
Best Free File-Based Backup Program 2 months 1 week ago AJNorth

AOMEI is currently at version 3.2 (updated on 2015.09.16).

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 months 1 week ago AJNorth

AOMEI is currently at version 3.2 (updated on 2015.09.16).

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Best Free File Copy Utility 2 months 1 week ago crombierob

Regarding Unstoppable
I am not sure if it Verifies the result, as I cannot see a setting or checkbox for that.
And there is something I find irritating - If I have a folder C:\Temp and I place that (C:\Temp or C:\Temp\) in the From box
The copy does not copy Temp, it just copies the contents of Temp.
I expect computers do do exactly what I ask, and that ain't doing what I asked.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 months 1 week ago Remah

As far as I know, you can't transfer Picasa's facial recognition data to other programs.

The Name Tags should transfer fine but only because they are simply text tags stored with the EXIF metadata. The EXIF tags have no link to Picasa's facial recognition data. You turned them on by going to Tools > Options > Name Tags where you checked "Enable face detection" and "Store name tags in photo". Picasa has at least one bug which means that your Name Tags might not match the actual facial recognition data Picasa stores in its own .ini files.

This link has a couple of suggestions for software to replace Picasa that can recognize faces:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/google-shutting-down-picasa-may-1-2016.htm#comment-125523

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Best Free Office Suite 2 months 1 week ago HellcatM

I use to like WPS office until I tried to save a file on docx and it said I needed to have the pay version. I'm downloading Freeoffice. After hearing LibreOffice still uses Java I still refuse to use it.

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Check Your Windows Installation For Unsigned Files 2 months 1 week ago AJNorth

Sigcheck is now at version 2.5 (2016.02.02).

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 months 1 week ago rbinkerd

Does anyone know if there are alternatives to Picasa that will preserver/import the facial recognition items? I store mine in the pictures itself.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 months 1 week ago rbinkerd

VisiPics will help remove duplicate images with a Side by side image display. http://www.visipics.info/index.php?title=Main_Page

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago budhop

why does not using adblock solve the problem?

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon Ah, I see. In some browsers, like Firefox, you can change the startup page.......I usually set mine to open with a blank page. I haven't used Safari for some years since it's no longer being developed for Windows, I don't recall if you change that setting or not. view
Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago classicggma65

Had no toolbar, just the Google Search box in the center of the start page in Safari browser. Couldn't change the top three which was preloaded as search engines. Could only pick one of those, Google, Bing, Yahoo. Have since uninstalled Safari.

Agree that DuckDuckGo is the best for me...have it installed and default on each browser. Thanx Rhiannon.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon

What exactly are you referring to when you say Google Search, and what browser is it on? All I'm aware of is the Google Toolbar, and I think it's only on Internet Explorer. Directions for uninstalling it are here:
https://support.google.com/toolbar/answer/9231?hl=en

DuckDuckGo is my favorite anonymous search engine by far - it aggregates results from Google and Bing and is a secure, anonymous search engine (albeit with an odd name):
https://duckduckgo.com

StartPage is another anonynous search engine that's highly regarded, though I don't care for the interface and like the results from Duckduckgo better:
https://www.startpage.com/

 

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago classicggma65

Have Google Search on one of my browsers but can't get rid of it...anyone know how?? Agree that Google, Bing, Yahoo search ads are only good for those corps, not for the users. Will have to check out proxy sites...never tried them as didn't know whether really needed or not...do a lot of searches some days.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon I've enjoyed the Google Doodles over the years. view
Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago lunchbeast

Just an FYI - starpage.com is a proxy search site that passes your criteria to google and returns google's results...without all the ads and without google's privacy issues. I'm not sure where I first heard of startpage - I think it might have been here - but I've been using it not-quite-exclusively for a few years. I like it, and it's probably worth looking at if you're concerned about what google's doing with all your private info or you're fed up with the ads.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago rhiannon I haven't a clue about that, it's way above my pay grade. :) I rarely use Google Search. I much prefer duckduckgo.com as a search engine. The one Google product I do use on a regular basis is Gmail. It doesn't seem as likely to disappear as other Google services that have come and gone. ;-) view
A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 2 months 1 week ago Phylis Sophical

Have been trying to Rotate with VLC media player. 18 steps and still couldn't get it to take.
Installed Movie Rotator, Open > Rotate > Save. Boom! Done!
Don't know what I'd do without this website. Thanks.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago RecklessMaverick

Please explain how changing the location of the ads will make my search results more relevant.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 2 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

I'm sure there are many people who would be more than happy to tell Google where they can stick their ads. I've always liked the creative approach they've used with their logo though.

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Best Free File Rename Utility 2 months 1 week ago JonJ

The latest release of Advanced Renamer largely addresses the reservations given in the Discussion section above:

- It now incorporates ExifTool, allowing access to all (afaik) EXIF data.
- There is now a folder panel that makes selecting files very easy.
- Files can now be deselected, without being removed from the list.

It also has many extremely useful features, such as the option to append sequential numbers to file names when "collisions" (ie. duplicate names) are generated.

I was able to configure a renaming routine using EXIF data that I was unable to configure in any other renamer.

Advanced Renamer is now the best free renaming utility for my needs.

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Free Music Streaming. More Than 250 Orchestral Pieces. 2 months 2 weeks ago toonpig

Thanks for this find. Great to be able to just click on & relax to some wonderful music.

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Download 14 Free NASA/JPL "Visions of the Future" Posters 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Some nice posters in the collection with that Jupiter one being my favorite.

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224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 2 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

Ambling Books will close as of 2-25-16 and you can download till then. Most of their free books are the classics such as Sherlock Holmes and H G Wells classics. There's something for everyone. Haven' had a chance to check out the sale books, but will so that this weekend. Site is safe according to WOT...I'll miss them.

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Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic eBooks Online 2 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

Both Barnes & Noble and amazon.com have free eraders for PC. You can download any book, whether free or not, to your PC and read from there. No need to buy an ereader. Think Kobo may have their ereader for PC free also. There are many good sites, safe according to WOT, that have free daily/weekly newsletters listing the daily free and on sale ebooks. Off the top of my head is Bookbub...Sign up is free.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 2 weeks ago camile

just a disapointment:
when I click on the link "Security Wizard" in the introduction, I'm given a message: OUPS§ NOT FOUND
In spite of the fact that the article is recent
hat's happen? Could you help?
Thanks

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Wallpaper of the Week: Half Moon Floating in Space 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Based on information that Alexa analytics provides it appears that only site visitors in India would have a first language other than English and they only represent about 12% of the those that visit this site.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Half Moon Floating in Space 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Gibbous is a lovely word. I agree, scientifically inclined people likely would use the term gibbous. :-) Personally, since Gizmo's Freeware has a substantive worldwide audience whose first language probably isn't English, I use the clearest and most common terminology to depict the substance of the post so it can be readily understood by as many of our readers as possible. view
A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 2 months 2 weeks ago wales

Jojo Yee thank you for resonding.

I did not respond to any adds. I installed the app then as soon as the App was started my malware program came up with an instant message, "Progarm infected' Also there were unwanted pictures already installed. I am not saying that any of this was Jojo Yee's fault it could have been hacked into in some way.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Half Moon Floating in Space 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Celestial themed images always seem to work well as wallpapers. I think the scientifically inclined would probably use the term 'gibbous' rather than half moon however.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... maybe - see what a program does before deciding whether you really want it to happen ...": https://github.com/p-e-w/maybe Abricotine is an open-source markdown editor built for desktop: http://abricotine.brrd.fr/ view
A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 2 months 2 weeks ago canadadaniel

I'm using Windows 7 so I got to the web site and got this To use this game, upgrade to Windows 10. So I guess I won't be able to use it.

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Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic eBooks Online 2 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The site link has now been removed. MC - Site Manager. view
Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic eBooks Online 2 months 2 weeks ago Sdreiling

Unfortunately ereaderperkshas been taken down.

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A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 2 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Unfortunately wales you may get unwanted software if you respond to the ads appearing in probably any apps from the Store. Try to press the close button on an ad window or your device's back button to escape those ads. Hope this helps. view
A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 2 months 2 weeks ago wales

Be careful, when I installed it on android it also brought unwanted spam and virus. Had to use malware and then uninstalled.

Further comment would be helpful.

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Best Free Operating System For Kids 2 months 2 weeks ago nanyangacademics

We think that the best free operating system for kids are the various versions of Windows. It will help your child to spread uo their imaginations virtually. And the most important part of Windows are that they are very userfirendly to everyone.
Visit: http://www.nanyangacademics.com/

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Best Free Music Creation Software 2 months 2 weeks ago janl

I would definitely add this under the "Useful resources for music makers" section: http://equipboard .com/posts/how-to-make-electronic-music

Very up-to-date info, and generally an extremely noob-friendly guide to 1) how to understand electronic music production, and 2) get started. Great section on the essential gear as well. Hope it helps someone else as much as it helped me.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 2 months 2 weeks ago johnkelin

Really awesome man. I have not used it till but after reading your explanation, i will try it in near future. Movies are the best source of entertainment which is used many people especially at weekends just like me. I used letsmewatchthis.net or join4movies.info online sources of movies for watching movies online. Online sources has many advantages like time and money saving which is most necessary in the current world situation. Anyways, thanks for making the nice efforts.

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Best Free Email Software 2 months 2 weeks ago philhaskell

For what it's worth - recently spent a day moving my partner's emails from Mac to new PC - chose Thunderbird, running on W10, as we have about 10 POP accounts. Made sure all mailboxes were empty at servers pre transfer. All fine initially but after a couple of days - practically impossible to get mails. Quick search online shows that recent updates to TB seem to have messed up POP3 access big time and have left many frustrated and annoyed users? Fortunately we are still running in parallel on the Mac so not lost anything and had set TB to "Leave messages on server" before unleashing it!

Not sure whether to try Opera or accept the inevitable and go to Gmail (as we need to be able to get and respond to mail under the original accounts)

So - for POP3, no Thunderbird - IMHO

Thanks for other advice on this site.

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

Cottage,
I have just the thing for you (and anyone else who wants a simple reminder)
UK's Kalendar
It runs quietly in the Sys Tray (aka Notification area) with just a tiny icon showing the date (EG 17).
You click on it and you get a fullscreen calendar (42 squares). There are other views you can use, but I have always had it like a wall calendar.
To set a reminder you can right click any day's square, and choose New to set a reminder. The reminders have various settings, and should meet most/any needs.
You can use the page up/down keyboard keys to view other months.

I was an Analyst in large IT companies for 20 years (with a few years programming as well), and I worship 'KISS'.
I could not develop a better program if I tried.

I have had ver 2.3 for a few years, and it has never failed when I needed reminders.
I just Googled and here are some links to ver 2.4.4 -
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Office-tools/Diary-Organizers-Calendar/UK-Kalender.shtml
http://www.ukrebs-software.de/

If you look at Softpedia's screenshots the view I use is screenshot 4 (of the 17).

I accept PayPal donations,
Rob

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Snapshot Your Registry To Analyze Program Behaviour 2 months 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch

I see that RegShot was last updated in 2015. CRegistry Comparsion was last updated in 2013. I'm not otherwise familiar with either app, but my tendency would be to go with the more-recently updated one. Nice find though, Rob.

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Snapshot Your Registry To Analyze Program Behaviour 2 months 2 weeks ago Realist

RegShot is similar
Thanks.

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Snapshot Your Registry To Analyze Program Behaviour 2 months 2 weeks ago pvilan

Thanks again Rob.
Seems to be an important tool.
Dowloaded and ready to be installed.
Peter.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 2 months 2 weeks ago Bob F.

What you said above will probably work, however for the cost of a Dollar buy some labels and write the password on the bottom of your router. I've been in repair for seniors for years and always used this method . To me not having a router physically labeled is totally ridiculous.

Bob the part time tech

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 2 months 2 weeks ago panamapatrick

Doesn't work, nothing showed up in the box.

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Forgot Your WiFi Password? How to Find It in Windows 2 months 2 weeks ago Frank D

Good one! Thanks!

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

I'll take a look.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 2 months 2 weeks ago snakyjake

I'm surprised after reading the pros/cons for Comodo that it didn't get more stars. Sure it installs the AV files, but I can live with that if everything else is 5 stars. As for potential uninstall leaving remnants...most software does that anyways.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 2 months 2 weeks ago bill99201

ANY NEWS ON A 4K VIDEO CONVERTER

THANKS BILL

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Best Free Website Forum Software 2 months 2 weeks ago akhlak

this is the nice post and website really i like most , here is the best IT site just click http://www.ritsbd.com/

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

Here's a good starting point:-

https://prism-break.org/en/all/

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

Best move towards Open Source and privacy consciousness:-

https://prism-break.org/en/all/#world-maps

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

How about:-

digiKam
Photo Management Program | Manage your photographs as a professional with the power of Open Source
https://www.digikam.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DigiKam

Open source and file placement / backup fully in your control.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago MarkIt8Dude

I am currently in the process of de-googling my life and this shut down fits right into that. A sincere thank you to Google.

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 2 months 2 weeks ago Ratzo Couldnt get it to work between win 7 and linux view
Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7 2 months 2 weeks ago Itanaman

Exactly. These days too many people download free programs from a link, then fail to read each screen as they are just clicking away. Then after they are done they find crapware this and adware that also installed, and the first thing they do is blame the person(s) who gave them the link, instead of where the real fault lies which is their selves for not reading to begin with. Stop being so click happy, take time to read what on those little windows, and install responsibly. Save yourself and others much frustrations.

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Nifty Way to Safely Move Folders or Programs to Another Drive or Partition in Windows 7 2 months 2 weeks ago Itanaman

That is not what this post is about. However, yes those are folders that can be moved also, however, much easier than you have listed. All you have to do for those, is right click on them in Explorer, click properties, click location tab, click Move, navigate to drive you want your target/files, if necessary from there create folder structure, select final folder destination, click Select Folder, and Click OK. From there you can do that to all the other libraries you want moved, just selecting the folder your created in the first step. It will make the destination name for you, ie 'Documents to Documents, Music to music, etc. You can change those if you wish as well.

This post was about moving installed program folders, i.e. move CorelDraw from default C Drive to another Drive after it has already installed.

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Best Free MP3 Tag Editor 2 months 2 weeks ago Stamimail

Hi,
I guess that many of these softwares are good for a Normal tagging. But what about Private tagging?
For further discussion, see...
http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-players-and-organizers.htm#comment-125555

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

Hi,
I guess that many of these softwares are good for a Normal tagging. But what about Private tagging?
Let's assume for example that you want to add to your music files Private Tags according to where you love to listen to those files:
Songs for:
Home, Work, Car, Running etc.

There are several questions should be asked:
1. Which tag/field out of the file tags/fields should be used for Private Tags?
2. Which Tagger software is the best for adding such Private Tags? I guess this Tagger should be also a good Music Player, so that you can use this Tagger as the default Music Player, having the ability to add Private Tags at the same time you are listening to the file.
3. How to use this Private Tags? Which Tagger/Player/Search software is the best for Tag filtering/searching. For example: You want to filter/search your Music Library by the following criteria:: Rock, 5 Stars, Songs_for_Car [Genre, Rating, PrivateTag]

Notes:
4. We probably will want to save those filtering/search rules, for using later, like a playlist. It's actually Dynamic Playlist. We won't need to update the Playlist, since it will be based on filtering/searching the Music Library by tags.
5. This method is good not only for music, but for organizing photos too.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

Because the interface was annoying, and it did things its way, which was not my preferred way.

I didn't want to put my pictures in the cloud, nor to give Google access to them, and to deal with the pictures on my computer, it didn't fo what i wanted.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Frank D

Thank you for that interesting information. Luckily, I've never needed those data items.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah The picasa.ini files store metadata relating to facial recognition, tagging and features other than photo editing. Facial recognition metadata, for example, cannot be stored with the photo files themselves. Tags, on the other hand, can be copied to the photo metadata by setting an option. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer 2 months 2 weeks ago dsk

I am new to music management and can barely use iTunes
But I have a lot of music and need to organize it
I was hope for some input on the easiest programs to use

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Oooops, sorry! view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Good points. I remember when Google bought Picasa. I think you're right about the trajectory, subsequent development seems to have been lackluster. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon There does seem to be an underlying theme that people work with digital photos in just one way........ it seems to extend to some other Google products as well. Gmail in particular is frustrating, it's not intuitive for me at all. Even the plethora of keyboard shortcuts for Gmail don't offset the issue. Maybe it's me, but it's just too......linear. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

Hi rhiannon,

I was replying to Fairportfan, not your original article. I was asking why they "always wound up uninstalling it".

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon from my post: "......Google appears to be dropping Picasa web albums in favor of Google Photos" Also, if you click on the link to the original article you'll get more details. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

digiKam
Photo Management Program | Manage your photographs as a professional with the power of Open Source
https://www.digikam.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DigiKam

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Chris Caven

You don't say why!

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Free Music Streaming. More Than 250 Orchestral Pieces. 2 months 2 weeks ago Harkn

Thank you so much for this wonderful find! I'm enjoying Beethoven as I type.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Frank D

I use Picasa as a standalone user. I always save all my changes to photos to disk, so those .ini files, which contain all the changes, are not needed. In the 10+ years that I used Picasa, I never had an issue with it.

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Free Music Streaming. More Than 250 Orchestral Pieces. 2 months 2 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This is a terrific find. They have Antonin Dvorak included but unfortunately the selection offered isn't Symphony No.9 which has always been my favorite classical piece.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 2 months 2 weeks ago Geert

Time for an update of this article:
Google will be shutting down Picasa Web Albums on May 1, 2016, and as of March 15, 2016, it will no longer support the Picasa Desktop application.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

I've tried Picassa several times; always wound up uninstalling it.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah

I agree that it is very useful. Most competing products don't provide the better features.

The problem is that it is a flawed product that needs a major overhaul to fix it. Google initially bought it rather than developed it and I suspect that set much of its future trajectory:

  • it is single user so there is no proper multi-user option to share work on a network or work from different computers. Web albums can be colloborative but this was a recent feature (v3.6).
  • it stores photo info in separate picasa.ini files so if you lose them you can lose a lot of work;
  • etc.
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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah

FotoBounce is free with facial recognition as a key feature for organizing photos. I haven't used it but it runs on Windows and Mac OS/X.

If you try it, let us know how it goes.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Remah +1 rhiannon, exactly what I was going to say. I actually moved to Google Photos and paid for a subscription. I soon dumped it because it defaults to working with files according to the date a photo is taken. I prefer to work with on-disk organization in folders because I have many photos that are scanned so they don't have the correct date. Picasa works either way so it allowed me to organize my photos by putting them into file folders named by date. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon I agree, so many programs are organizers or editors, and I'm not seeing yet a program that has the balance of the two that Picasa desktop does. Zoner probably comes closest, but in the newer versions, you have to be online to use it......deal breaker for me, I've already got enough stuff chewing up my limited bandwidth. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Frank D

Thank you! My hopes are not high for an equivalent. Picasa was unique. Everything you could want was there. A nice balance of simplicity and complexity. I'll hold onto it and use it as long as it remains operational. For them to abandon something that was so useful is very sad. "Progress" wins out over utility and user satisfaction.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon I"ve been looking since last night and a good part of today, haven't found anything so far but if I do I'll share it. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon I agree, Google Notes was good. When they shut that down is when I stopped using Google products for the most part......I still used Google Reader but then they dropped it. Likely Google Search and Gmail will stick around..........the rest, who knows? I read that they have a program called Google Keep that's supposed to be a notes program, but I haven't looked it at given the longevity of other Google products. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon I'm thinking Feedburner will be biting the dust, I've been reading reports how it's not being developed and rumors it will stop being supported. Who knows what's next though.............. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Good question. Google continues to shut down programs (for example, the demise of the much loved Google Reader and now Picasa) that seem popular. I don't use many Google products anymore because they disappear, I'd rather use something I know will be around for a while, and if it goes away, there's going to be a reason I understand for it. :) view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Flickr is owned by Yahoo. They are cutting well over 1,000 jobs. I wouldn't be surprised if they continue to scale back and retire products and take another direction. It will be interesting to see if they continue to support Flickr. view
Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago Frank D

I took a quick look at Flickr and was unimpressed.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago jandbrare

Why? Why? I use Picasa every time I download pictures to my PC. I use it for cataloging, editing, collages, Geo viewing, uploading to Picasa Albums and more.

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 2 weeks ago habogee

I use the face recognition feature quite often. Does any other freeware offer this feature?

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Google is Shutting Down Picasa on May 1, 2016 2 months 3 weeks ago danielson

Diffractor is a nice program and from what i can understand it is a freeware/donationware program.
http://www.diffractor.com/

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