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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago ambcanuck

Thanks for the guidance. Always found your tips useful and they helped to generate much discussion. You will be missed. Enjoy your life after Gizmo's, but don't be afraid to drop by & comment.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago clas

yes vic, its been a pleasure over the years. i am right behind you and understand the need to move on. thanks for all your insights and well-written posts. you made it easier for us plebs to understand and enjoy.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Militia brings the thrill of victory to the single-player experience. It features a single-player ladder system built around tightly designed and strategic turn-based gameplay ...":

http://gamejolt.com/games/militia/92458

 

"... Annex: Conquer the World is an anime themed real time strategy game that brings fast paced combat with a diverse arsenal ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/annex-conquer-the-world

 

"... 'In Closure' is a whimsical and eerie adventure of Sera, playing through the stages of grief. This point and click adventure is simple in mechanics but heavy in the story. Interact with objects, learn about what is going on and complete interesting puzzles. Discover if you can fix things, change the course of time and save yourself ...":

http://gamejolt.com/games/in-closure/107942

 

"... Evidyon – No man’s Land is a free to play and opensource 3D MMORPG ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/evidyon-no-mans-land-free-mmorpg

 

Dungeon Nightmares:
http://www.desura.com/games/dungeon-nightmares

 

"... Hacknet is a modern, super immersive, terminal-driven hacking game ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/hacknet

 

"... Renegade X is a free Tactical Shooter that aims to brings the Command and Conquer FPS experience to the Unreal Engine 3 ...":

http://renegade-x.com/

 

"... Revenge Of The Cats: Ethernet is a free experimental online multiplayer FPS with unique gameplay: Alternate between the pure energy "ether form" and the physical manifestation called "CAT" ...":

http://www.desura.com/games/revenge-of-the-cats-ethernet

 

Tanks of freedom - classic turn-based strategy game:

http://w84death.itch.io/tanks-of-freedom

 

"... Wyrmsun is an open-source RTS game which features elements of mythology, history and fiction ...":

http://www.indiedb.com/games/wyrmsun

 

Ryzom - science fantasy MMORPG:

http://ryzom.com/

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Powermanga Linux is an arcade 2D shoot-em-up game with 41 levels and more than 200 sprites : 60 different enemies, 40 meteors, numerous weapons, many end of level baddies, spaceship power-ups and lots of other surprises ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/powermanga/

 

"... Pushover ... is a puzzle game where you have to manipulate dominos that they all fall in a chain reaction according to vertain rules ...":

http://sourceforge.net/projects/pushover/

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago THouston

thanks for all of your tips and best of luck to you my unmet friend.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Brian Boru

Aww. There are some people you hope will go on forever--you're one of those, Vic. Thanks a lot, and go have lots of fun.

A dashing young blade named Vic Laurie,
Is leaving us--we're all sad and sorry.
Vic, thanks for the tips,
The guidance and quips,
You saved so many wear, tear and worry.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago budchekov

Happy trails Vic, you've always been a guiding light, here and at your sites, may you have a wonderful Holiday season, stop by once in a while, you will be greatly missed.

Bud :)

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago JGoines

Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I've been keeping an eye on your site to keep up to date, solve problems, etc off and on for several years. I hate to see you go, but Lord knows I hope I'm retired when I'm 80!
Best wishes- stay well.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Donnyboy1

Fairwell Vic Laurie...a real loss to the entire Computer Community Companions!

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Would just like to add my vote to these. Not only a fantastic public contribution helping to make sense out of Windows but a massive one behind the scenes too. If ever a rest was truly deserved, yours is it :) All the best for Christmas, the New Year and many more to come. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Remote Access Software 2 months 3 weeks ago JakeTech

I use dualmon.com to provide support. They have both attended and unattended options, with the attended method being super easy to deploy to people. Their free version is limited to 2 computers, but the pro version is only $1/month per PC, if you need to support large numbers of people at one time.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago drkarasheed

No Sir,
You are just 80 years 'Young' and not 'Old'
I was following you eversince I met you.
Best wishes for a long healthy future.

Dr. Abdul Rasheed, Anesthesiologist,
Kerala, India

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Mike C

A sincere thank you from all of us.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Remah

Vic, it is a shock to hear that you are "retiring".  surprise You seem as timeless as the Internet.

Anyway, it is good to hear that you only retiring "from public computing" so I hope that your other endeavours will be enhanced by your decision. yes

Thank you for being an impressive contributor. Thank you for the regularity of your quality posts, comments, and articles. You leave a big hole because you did such a good job of updating us on what is happening with Windows. Thank you too for giving us an opportunity to express our gratitude: God bless you. heart

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago LeFonque

Best wishes for a long healthy future. Thanks for the help over the years.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago deya

Sorry you've decided to call it a day here Vic, your contributions will be missed. You've written some very good articles over the years so thanks for those.

All the best to you for the future.

Sincerely

deya

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago gizmo.richards Having read the many kind comments about Vic's contribution to this website over the years I'd like to chip in with some observations of my own. Anyone who has read Vic's articles will recognise they are the work of a man with a fine discerning intellect. Having worked directly with Vic I can go further; Vic is one of the sharpest guys I've ever worked with. Furthermore he is fine human being, a true "old school" scholar and a gentleman. The world would be a better place if there were but a few more like him. I wish Vic all the best for his retirement and thank him heartily for his contribution to Gizmo's Freeware and the internet community. Gizmo view
Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago lesam

G'day Vic, best wishes for the future and many thanks for your contribution to the Free Net, in the tradition of Karen Kenworthy and many others who have stayed true to the concept.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago tonyl42

Thank you for your help over many years. Good luck for the future!

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago EddieAnthony

Dear Mr. Gizmo,
You are Truly an Inspiration for Me, a Baby Boomer! I am in Awe of your Intellect and Wisdom.
Every Single Morning, YOU are the VERY First Email that I look for. Having been a Member for almost 3 years, I have Learned AND Appreciated your Very Discerning Thoughts AND Free Web Sites to Help us 60+ People Navigate and Understand This Internet.
Thank You Sir, for ALL of Your Extremely Valuable Wisdom and Insight!
May You and All of Your Loved Ones Enjoy Your Company And Sage Advice!
Thank You Again, and May God Bless You and Your Loved Ones, Now and Forever. Amen.
Happy Thanksgiving, and A Very Merry and Holy Christmas, and A Very Happy and Joyous New Year!!!
EddieAnthony

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago benedict1

You will be missed. Your contributions have helped us all.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago carlsond

Vic... Before you "go", I hope you'll side with me and encourage Ian Richards to be more aggressive with an advertising program that will bring in much needed revenue, and provide quality service to TSA readers and advertisers. I am 78 years old and have had a very successful career in Sales/Marketing/Promotion of high tech instrumentation and control systems to the process industries. I had a discussion with Gizmo some years ago and he agreed with my thoughts and suggestions, and indeed he implemented a plan to get more advertisers, but it wasn't aggressive enough. I would be glad to reopen the subject -- it could be a game changer....

And, many thanks to you for your great articles....

David Carlson
Fresno CA

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

Hello David. I would advise you to edit and remove your email address from your post. Though it may be an innocent gesture, posting your email address on a public forum is asking to be spammed. I'm sure that is not what you want.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago kkanalz

Many thanks, Vic, for your insight, computer wisdom and multitude of useful tips! I wish you the best in whatever endeavor(s) you undertake!

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago glennbaugh

Thank you for your contributions over the years. You and many others at TechSupportAlert have helped so many of us who don't have the same level of technical expertise, and it's because of all of you your web site continues to be valuable to so many. Good luck in what your next ventures are, and a genuine "Thank You" one last time. Hope you get the big end of the wishbone.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago jmaloney

Thank you for all your work these last several years, Vic. I wish you the best for whatever lies ahead.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago dixie_chick44

OH Giz, I was hoping this was some sort of joke when I saw the subject line in my inbox.You know sort of like " There now see how gullible you are?? Have I taught you nothing over the years?? Never blindly follow anyone on the net!! :-) You are such an inspiration and help to me in my online businesses by not only providing free software that we can all use but offering sage advice too! I am 70 myself and it just goes to show those younger, its never to late too learn, create and to love what you do. We are only as old as our wi-fi connections. Have a wonderful time and now I am left to wonder what will I do without you each day?

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Yankiwi

Vic, I am selfishly sad that you are leaving, as I've come to rely on your incredible store of computer wisdom, but I am profoundly happy for you that at last you will have some time to rest. You are leaving behind a wonderful legacy, both of helpful tips and many thousands of computer users who have been helped by them. You have every reason to be justly proud of what you have done and I wish you all the best in what I hope will be a long, happy, and healthy retirement.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago toonpig

You have helped me many times with your tips You will be sadly missed. Have a happy retirement All the best for the future. & thanks again

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago courtenayguy

I've been a regular reader for many years, and always read your contributions, Vic. All the BEST to you, we will miss you!

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago David Roper

I am 72 and I have looked forward to your writing. I wish you well. May your BSOD never come.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish! view
Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago sicknero

Wishing you all the best Vic, I for one have benefited greatly from your input to this site.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

I don't envy the person who will have to try to fill your shoes here Vic because it's never easy to follow a legend. Best of luck in all your future endeavors.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 2 months 3 weeks ago jamies

What I was looking for in a cloud encryption facility is that anything uploaded to a specified drive/partition that is cloud storage gets encrypted on upload and automatically decrypted on download so the local user is not aware of the encryption, and anything put into that encrypted store is accessed as if it was not encrypted, with storage locations including NAS as well as cloud.

However - from my experience of the faults with File History, If working with that load of ... is a criteria then I'll look elsewhere for advice.
(Doesn't save files with names over 200 chars, just stops saving files, needs manual restart, and anyone can get at and modify the file History folder on the storage partition.)

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 2 months 3 weeks ago snakyjake

Filewall might be something for you to look at.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 2 months 3 weeks ago jamies

Thanks very much for that - I'm building up a list of facilities to look at I'm more detail.
http://www.vormetric.com/products/encryption/cloud-encryption looks good, but haven't spoken to them, not even about the price yet.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Thanks for all your work Vic. We will surely miss those wonderful tips of yours which have helped many of us. May God bless you.

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago CyberWolf64

Wow. Time sure flies. Well, it is time to move on and please do all that fills you with joy to enjoy life from here on out.
You will be sorely missed.

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago Sgluber

+1

Thank you, guys! :-)

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Time to Say Goodbye 2 months 3 weeks ago Joe A.TT

It's sad to hear you are moving on Vic. I will miss your tips and that special gift you have of writing and explaining things.

Sayonara, and may the good Lord smile on you wherever your journey takes you.

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How to Work With Audio CD .CDA Files 2 months 3 weeks ago sharon1953

Hi, is there any way when using windows media to create music CDs (with WAV files) I can actually add track names that show when the CD is used? At present all you can see on say a car CD player, is Track 01 Track 02. I am using a CD with the WAV files on as the original master then making duplicate copies, all of which just say the same.?

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Best Free File Copy Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

They were selling version 3 half price on a giveaway site (Bits....our).
The author was answering questions from members who had v2.3 and were debating whether to purchase v3
He and members were also discussing that v3 will not work in XP
The Bits.....our site is now selling it for full price.
But I must confess the TerraCopy site is very vague about version numbers, even when I added it to the shopping cart (briefly)

Rob
PS maybe the author is using the Bits....our 'offer' as a means to get people using the alpha (Naughty)
PPS I just studied the Bits....our page, and it too is vague about the version. It may be they are flogging v2.3
Life is confusing enough for the elderly and the feeble minded, without both of those sites adding to the confusion.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

You should have specified that version 3.0 is in alpha.. nowhere near final stage.

Also, many software developers have stopped supporting XP now, so why not TeraCopy too? XP support has ended, and slowly it will phase out... although many people still use it.

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out bili_39. The product details have now been updated to include a warning for the bundled components. MC - Site Manager. view
224 Places For Free Audio Books Online 2 months 3 weeks ago resonanceaudiodistro

You should add: https://resonanceaudiodistro.wordpress.com/

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Best Free MP3 Tag Editor 2 months 3 weeks ago adreenegara

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http://mp3nusantara.wapka.mobi

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

I wish they had put these fonts all in one folder instead of each one in its individual folder. But hey, free.

Fonts are one of my weaknesses, and after getting these 30 free ones I went through and uninstalled a few ....dozen....that I'll never use again. They take up time and HDD space.

And it also bears mentioning that of course these fonts also work in Linux.

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Best Free Skype Plugins (Stub only) 2 months 3 weeks ago DavidFB

This isn't about a plugin but rather a Skype recorder but I don't see any category for that.
Just wanted to suggest the free for personal use MP3 Skype Recorder
http://voipcallrecording.com/MP3_Skype_Recorder

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Best Free File Copy Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago Remah

I was surprised to see that Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility is not included in the related articles list for file copying. The main difference with a synchronizer is that it checks what is in the destination and compares it with the source files before copying. Maybe that is an option for you.

I use FreeFileSync for both synchronizing and copying files. It is free for commercial uses and runs on Windows (XP upwards), Mac OS/X and Linux. Reliability has been excellent although I've never checked to see if there is a verify option. One caveat is that it come with an OpenCandy installer which is less than ideal.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago crombierob

TerraCopy has released V3
They have decided to NOT make it work in XP, and their site gives scant warning about this (TCH! TCH!)
Their arrogant attitude in a recent giveaway site is -
95% of users, use more recent OS (Vista, W7 etc), so the 5% should get rid of their XP

Rob
PS whilst rummaging around looking for confirmation that XP users should all 'snap out of it', I also came across mutterings from some users about reliability.
If any program took thrice as long as others BUT was guaranteed to not falter, that would be the program I would use.

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago bili_39

B1 free archiver is marked as Ad supported on Softpedia. It is like that for some time now.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer "...Right to Rule is a multiplayer turn based strategy game, where players take on the role of either the Fairy Tales or Legends factions, in a neverending battle for the Right to Rule ...:" http://righttorulegame.com view
Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer "...Batis is a way to distribute and install desktop applications on Linux. Users can get up to date software directly from the authors, whichever Linux distribution they use ...": http://batis-installer.github.io view
Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago esenterre

Just like you, but I use DaFont.com. Looks like a sister site of 1001freefonts , IDK.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago macko1944

Thank you for taking the time to respond.I am using "Standard"view(no block).but I can live with the lack of this one step,and go to the "spam'etc.Thanks again for your response!

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36 Places For Free Science Fiction & Fantasy Audiobooks Online 2 months 3 weeks ago lindacbugg

Great list--thanks for all the links. I would add this series of speculative fiction which is mostly classic science fiction by early greats in the genre. Can be listened to again & again. You can find it over at the internet archive. It's called "Mind Webs" a radio series out of WHA radio in Madison WI.

https://archive.org/details/MindWebs_201410

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago Anupam

Thank you. Great sites. Bookmarked :D

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago Krunk

I prefer to add individual fonts as the need arises. There are lots of good free font sites where you can search by category..
1001freefonts.com and dafont.com are a couple I like.

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Best Free File Archiver-Zip Utility 2 months 3 weeks ago bili_39

7-Zip for Windows has been updated to 15.12 (2015-11-19).

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 3 weeks ago anne-ology

hopefully, thanks to this very nice article I now know how to make these new fonts operational - I didn't realize it was a 2-step process,

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How to Tell If A Website Is Dangerous 2 months 3 weeks ago macsband

Google will provide a Safe Browsing Site Status report at https://www.google.com/transparencyreport/safebrowsing/diagnostic/?hl=en

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A Brilliant New Way to Create and Share Your Presentations, Fast and Easy 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

Anything having to do with Microsoft will most certainly not deserve to be called brilliant....lol. I tolerate Windows but for any other application you can be sure there are better open source or independent alternatives to what Mr. Softie can offer.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago Peejayh

What if you do this in error, or later decide you want to receive emails from that address? How do you reverse it?

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago jmjsquared

Thanks. I know but that's not my point. To "Mark As SPAM" causes the sender to be "reported" as a spammer, moves the offending email to the Trash Folder AND blocks future emails from appearing in the inbox... hopefully. However, to only "Block" emails from a particular sender keeps them out of my Inbox without also "reporting" them as spammers.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago flashcraft

I agree with David Roper that Gmail makes every option so tricky to find so I really appreciate this tip. Thanks!

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Best Sites To Read Books Online Without Download or Registration 2 months 3 weeks ago Sonakshi

Great list of sites for reading books online for free.

You can also try http://lenro.co where you can find and meet book readers in your neighborhood. You can Borrow/Lend/Discuss books with book lovers in your area.

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

I am not sure if the mods read these comments, but I feel IZArc should be removed from the list. Not only it is as bad as it can, but it comes bundled with opencandy too. My problem was not the opencandy per se, as much the fact that even if I denied the installation of the advertisement programs, my antimalware program caught IZArc running the opencandy installer as soon as I declined them. I have wrote here http://alternativeto.net/software/izarc/reviews/ there reasons that this program should be avoided at all costs.

As of now Peazip seems to be the best all around program to have. It's interface seems nice, as always has been and the only problem I have is that I can't drag and drop items from within an archive on another, without having to first unzip the one I want to take the items from. Also I can't drag and drop items on the desktop. But these are minor things. I do not want to make a huge pose here on how I feel, but I will just say that Peazip does it all. I have wrote a large post about why it is worth having over the others here http://alternativeto.net/software/peazip/reviews/ for anyone that cares to read it. I explain why I like it and even compare it to 7zip/winrar/freearc.

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 2 months 3 weeks ago mchldpy

Might be nice if the article stated this was available for Chrome, Firefox, IE and Opera instead of just Chrome.

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

Zip tools are not usually if at all to blame. The best though program I had to open archives was indeed 7zip. When it says the path is too long it can mean a handful of things, which one of them is really being the path name being too long. Remember the limit of the filepath name is 250-260 characters and when you use the zip programs they count the whole length, including the folder name.

So if you have backed up things and they are in a folder called "Omg this is a really large name that have 150 character" and the file name is another 150 characters, normally windows will not have a problem to read them, but when you try to copy or unzip them, it tries to read the full length of it and it goes over the 250 character limit.

If you do not get it, just try to copy things from your zip, directly on your c: drive, rather than in a folder. That will help Windows to be able to read it.

Paying will not really help, if that is your problem.

There is no bullet proof program from file corruption. Sure you can add a % of security, which will help a bit from file corruption, but if a file gets damaged for whatever reason, nothing can really fully save it. Your problem does not seem corruption though, so again I doubt paying for it will help.

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 2 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks leilabd for your kind feedback. Now updated in the product database. view
Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago mchldpy

are you viewing the mail in "Basic View" (no block button, just hit "report as spam") or "standard view"? (has block button)

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago mchldpy

@ jmjsquared,
When viewing the item you marked as spam you can always mark it as "not spam" and it will return to your inbox or archive folder "all mail" what ever the location was when you marked it as spam.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago macko1944

I have no "block..."in my gmail-so this advice will not work for me!!!

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Best Free Streaming Media Recorder 2 months 3 weeks ago leilabd

There is a portable version of Audacity. It's available at portableapps.com:
http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/audacity_portable

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago jmjsquared

Nice Tip. In moving the message to the Spam folder, does this actually report the message as spam? If so, while this may be easy and convenient for the Recipient, it may not be fair to the Sender, if they had prior permission to send it.

BTW, I learned yesterday that Google will attempt automatically to unsubscribe you from senders when you mark a message in the Inbox as spam. I twice tried unsuccessfully to unsubscribe from one newsletter but, when I marked it as spam and Google stepped in, I immediately (I mean in three minutes!) got a human-generated email from the sender confirming that I had been unsubscribed.

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Quickly Block All Future Emails From Selected Senders In Gmail 2 months 3 weeks ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Which Paid VPN Service Would You Like us to Review Next? 2 months 3 weeks ago Geert

- PureVPN
- ProXPN

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 2 months 3 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

This is just another attempt by Microsoft to bypass the individuals right to privacy. If they really wanted to include a useful feature it would have been named Find Someone To Do My Laundry.

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 2 months 3 weeks ago Realist

although you'll need to be prepared for a download that could reach up to 3 GB.

No, Thanks.

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 2 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie Off the top of my head, I don't know a quick way. Maybe someone else has a suggestion. view
The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 2 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie Ping is a standard old command used for testing networks. It has several uses and can tell you more than the icon you refer to. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 2 months 3 weeks ago v.laurie Using Task Manager is certainly one of the standard ways of dealing with hung programs. Personally, I don't find it any quicker but I do use Task Manager sometimes. One advantage of the command line is that a batch file can be created, reducing the procedure to one step of clicking the file. In Windows, there are often multiple ways to do the same thing. view
How to Quickly Shut Down a Hung or Unresponsive Application 2 months 3 weeks ago toktok

Thanks for the tip!
The usual way would be to press Ctrl-Alt-Del (Win7), enter the Task List, and stop the Task that is not responding. Simpler...(?)

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The Easy Way to Check If Your Computer Is Connected to the Internet 2 months 3 weeks ago toktok

Thanks for the tip! Just tried it.
The icon in your task bar (lower right corner, Win7) that looks like a computer screen - usually shows if there is internet access. Usually that's all you need - or...?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 2 months 3 weeks ago Joao Brito

How do you use it to take notes?

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Best Free Notes Organizer 2 months 3 weeks ago Joao Brito

OneNote is the best, the only problem is poor tag management.
The good: multiplatform, OCR and powerful cross-reference between notes. The latter is very useful to annotate anything. For instance, you're reading an article and onenote allows you to create notes that are linked to each paragraph.
The bad: unusual page layout; highlights hover the document and are easily moved, tags are prebuilt (although you can edit, add, delete tags) and don't sync with mobile devices.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

Bos Wars is a futuristic real time strategy game:

http://www.boswars.org/

 

Commander Stalin is a Soviet real time strategy game based on Boswars:

http://commanderstalin.sourceforge.net/

 

Browsmos is a game the web browser, made entirely using HTML5, and inspired heavily by the gameplay of Osmos:

https://github.com/BHSPitMonkey/Browsmos

 

BZFlag is a free online multiplayer 3D tank battle game:

http://bzflag.org/

 

Crossfire is a multi-player graphical arcade and adventure game:

http://crossfire.real-time.com/intro/index.html

 

Cube Trains is a free puzzle game where you build elevated railways in a city:

http://ddr0.github.io/cube%20trains/index.html

 

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Free Font Saves You Money On Ink 2 months 3 weeks ago Mighty

I went toner about ten years ago. I print so rarely that every time I needed to print something I had to take a trip to Fry's to get a new ink cartridge. Since the switch, I think I'm on my third set of toner cartridges. Certainly a lot less money than all the dried up ink cartridges I threw away.

I've had people point out that I could have printed a page or two every week, to keep the ink from drying up. But, that still results in a much higher price per page for the documents I actually cared about. I'm reasonably sure that doing that would have resulted in over 3/4 of my output to being "head clearing" pages. Some years, much more.

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The Best App to Get Ringtones and Wallpapers 2 months 3 weeks ago RickeeBoy

Not relevant here - but please pass on to adjudicator of Android Apps or best advice for weekly. I've just got rid of 2 huge apps - Yahoo and Facebook Apps both 1.3Gb - they slowed my phone and crashed other apps. The old Browser access is faster - looks great and works just as well. I also have loads of space for other Apps - (I don't use Messenger though) (My phone has plenty of space but is a 8gb with Octacore 1.7s so should be OK) :)

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How to Create a Custom Hotkey for Your Favorite Application or Folder 2 months 4 weeks ago cisreal

Is there a way to list your custom hotkeys that you have created?

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Ten Windows Tips Worth Remembering 2 months 4 weeks ago Bob Schwartz

One of the best print screen programs I have found is HARD COPY. It is free with a nag screen every 5 usages or a contribution of your choosing will eliminate the nag screens.

The program allows the user to select from a group of pre-determined hot keys that can be assigned to select:
1. which printer, if you have more than one
2. screen or window
3. orientation: portrait or longitudinal
4. color, B & W, or gray scale, depending on the printer
plus some other features
Try it and see for yourself
Bob

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 2 months 4 weeks ago crosseyedlemon

If your using Microsoft Office or an open source equivalent you already have more fonts than you would ever need so this in really nothing but an invitation to add bloatware to your computer.

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 2 months 4 weeks ago Geekomatic

You don't build "market share" when you don't advertise & aren't attempting to become a monolithic-monopoly, I suppose? Never mind that Linux underpins quite a lot more than most people realize. I've personally installed it to probably hundreds of XP computers so far, for our local seniors, & they've been quite happy.

To each, their own. Some prefer to follow the pack & that's fine, too.

:)

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

"... QComicBook is a viewer for comic book archives (.cbr, .cbz and alike) containing jpeg/png/xpm/gif/bmp images, which aims at speed, convenience and ease of use ...":

http://qcomicbook.org/

 

"... Novacut is a collaborative video editor that aims to bring the agile, distributed workflow pioneered by free software to professional movie and TV production ...":

https://launchpad.net/novacut

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The Most Comprehensive System Audit Tool I've Ever Seen 2 months 4 weeks ago Realist

Linux has matured immensely
An OS with 2% market share is surely mature.

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This Mind Mapping Tool is Small, Portable and Free 2 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

I was excited, then I copped this warning when attempting to download the exe from Google Drive -
Sorry, this file is infected with a virus
Only the owner is allowed to download infected files.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 2 months 4 weeks ago alejobd

After testing all of this utilities to try to recover deleted files, I believe that Recuva, while not being perfect, has one crucial feature: it notes the "Condition" of the recoverable file (Excellent / poor / very poor / unrecoverable), and you can even see how many clusters are overwritten in the "Info". This is a must to decide if you want to recover the file and what to expect from it.
The rest of the recommended utilities lack this essential feature. In another comment Puran is recommended. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND AGAINST PURAN: it has indeed the "Condition" column, but IT IS WRONG: it shows Excellent where Recuva shows Poor, and the file is indeed useless after recovery (in my tests, recovery condition as noted by Recuva is accurate).

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The Program That Finally Made Me Love Mind Maps. And It's Free. 2 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

You had trouble working out why v 3.5.1 is called XMind 6
Well this should clear things up - v3.6.0 is called XMind 7

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Best Free CD Ripper 2 months 4 weeks ago Anupam

First of all, why aren't you using an ad-blocker? If you use an ad-blocker, you won't be seeing any of those confusing advertising download buttons.

Secondly, there are links for download on the same page. There are two links, one in German and one in English, saying "Download from download-partner Netzwelt" with US-British flag icon besides it. That will lead you to a site for EAC download. But yes, it's bit consfusing downloading from there.

Below those links, is another link saying "If you encounter any problems on downloading, please click here." Clicking that link will take you to a page where you can download EAC from its own server. So, maybe you should try this one, since it's pretty straightforward, unlike the other link.

Also, you could have downloaded EAC from any of the good download sites like Softpedia.

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Audio-CD-Rippers-Encoders/...

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/exactaudio.html

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