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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 4 hours 8 min ago joaom

Just stumbled upon this link with several other options:
https://www.techradar.com/news/the-best-free-ebook-reader-for-windows

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WhatsApp Messenger 17 hours 48 min ago David R

100% useless

It does NOT work on my PC ! I even followed their directions and scanned it on my phone. There is no way to SCAN it with my PC. The entire point in getting this was to connect. With OR without a phone.

From their web page :
" WhatsApp can only be installed on your computer if your operating system is Windows 8 (or newer) or Mac OSX 10.9 (or newer). Since WhatsApp desktop app runs natively on your desktop, you'll have support for native desktop notifications, better keyboard shortcuts and more. "

Windows 10 Pro operating system.

" To use WhatsApp Web on your desktop browser
Open https://web.whatsapp.com in your desktop Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari or Edge browser and scan the WhatsApp QR code inside the WhatsApp application on your phone. "

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Find Great Public Domain Content All In One Place 20 hours 36 min ago rhiannon You're more than welcome, I'm glad you like it. I loved wandering around there. view
Find Great Public Domain Content All In One Place 20 hours 40 min ago classicggma65

What a great site rhiannon...signed up for newsletter and will explore further this weekend when have more time. Just love sites like this, Thanx.

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Find Great Public Domain Content All In One Place 21 hours 36 min ago rhiannon

Oh my goodness....that is such a nice thing to say. Thank you. :)

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A Fond Farewell From Me 21 hours 52 min ago acz

Well, I guess everyone has to retire sometime. Your contributions to the vast community of users has have been invaluable. Thank you so much. I understand that I may still look forward to the occasional post. May you live long and continue to prosper.

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 day 2 hours ago Panzer

"... Mark Text is a Markdown editor for Mac, Windows, and Linux. It is a concise text editor, dedicated to improving your editing efficiency ...":

https://marktext.github.io/website/

https://github.com/marktext/marktext

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Find Great Public Domain Content All In One Place 1 day 4 hours ago eikelein

@rhiannon:
KUDOS for finding that site and for telling us about it!
Your work for Gizmo's is indispensable.

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Gmail Is Getting A New Web Design 1 day 6 hours ago crombierob

I have just changed ISPs, and my 18 year email address is removed from this universe.
The new ISP does not offer email.
I looked like having to use gmail which I hate (they let young programmers design things, instead of using Analysts).
I can get the main list tolerable, by going to Compact view, but the email reader/editor is ghastly.
Just signed up for a free account at fastmail.com
So far, it leaves gmail for dead (on it's web interface)
Rob
PS I briefly entertained the thought of using Thunderbird as the interface for gmail, but the possibility of syncing(etc) issues scared the ..... out of me.

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Freemake Video Converter 1 day 11 hours ago jinxkatze

I was sorry to read about the watermark, center screen of an entire video.

Older versions where the installer links to the website were no help because they just updated to the newest (ugh) version. However research and diligence paid off. Not much older versions with the full (20mb or so) installer are available and work just the way I remember.

For safety, I closed the internet connection while doing the install. Life is good again.

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Best Free Office Suite 2 days 1 hour ago raymond4500332

I currently have Kingsoft WPS Office 2016 Free (version 10.2.0.6020). I needed to replace MS Word 2003 when I had to upgrade my Windows 10 from version 1607 to version 1709. MS Word 2003 no longer works with the newer version of Windows 10. There is no watermark in any printout.

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Easily Upload Videos And Photos To Youtube, Facebook, FTP And More. 3 days 7 hours ago MidnightCowboy There are relevant articles for this in the Movavi Knowledge Base. MC - Site Manager. view
Easily Upload Videos And Photos To Youtube, Facebook, FTP And More. 3 days 11 hours ago Realist

The error details were as below:

Problem signature:
Problem Event Name: APPCRASH
Application Name: ShareOnline.exe
Application Version: 1.5.0.0
Application Timestamp: 57b2cb19
Fault Module Name: Qt5Core.dll
Fault Module Version: 5.5.1.0
Fault Module Timestamp: 566e79f6
Exception Code: c0000005
Exception Offset: 00160360
OS Version: 6.1.7601.2.1.0.256.1
Locale ID: 1033
Additional Information 1: 0a9e
Additional Information 2: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789
Additional Information 3: 0a9e
Additional Information 4: 0a9e372d3b4ad19135b953a78882e789

Read our privacy statement online:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=104288&clcid=0x0409

If the online privacy statement is not available, please read our privacy statement offline:
C:\Windows\system32\en-US\erofflps.txt

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 4 days 14 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks for your tip for "Blokada" Jojo....
will certainly give this one a trial.
cheers

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 4 days 15 hours ago terrawarra

G'day talkback10,
Here's a nice selection of ten apps that should suit your needs.
https://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/12/featured-top-10-best-call-blocker-apps-android.html
.....or you can continue using your Moto E4 built in blocker simply by disabling your voicemail.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 5 days 7 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo....
..... in the meantime I'll do some cherry picking from your latest list of android apps.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 5 days 13 hours ago Jojo Yee

A good suggestion terrawarra and it's a good category to add to this list.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 5 days 13 hours ago terrawarra

Thanks Jojo.... some good stuff there although I didn't see much in the way of ad-blockers.
I just hate adds and pop ups. They're an invasion of my privacy and an insult to my intelligence.

This is my main stopper: "AdGuard AdBlocker" available on the play store

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 6 days 1 hour ago rhiannon

I'll try them out, thanks. :)

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Finally a Free, Flexible Youtube Download That Works 6 days 6 hours ago rajivsharma9868

As indicated by a few reports, it is the lawful weight which constrained the administrators to close down their tasks (123movies.in.net) . Be that as it may, no official remark has been gotten from the group yet. 123Movies Movie

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 6 days 7 hours ago AJNorth

Thank you for your reply, rhiannon (haven't check this email account for a few days...).

Over the years, OpenDNS provided an overall quite decent speed in just about all of the places I found myself at, being on the road a great deal here in the U.S. (I had been one of their beta testers before they went public); I began to look at other options recently, not being that enamored of their acquisition by Cisco. What led me to ultimately choose Quad9 was that they are the product of an industry consortium (that includes IBM), have good security, very appealing documentation and as far as speed is concerned, DNS Benchmark (recently updated to version 1.3.6668.0) consistently places them at, or just below, the top (needless to say, everyone's mileage will be different).

Cheers,

AJN

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 11 hours ago rhiannon Exactly. If you look into Facebook's data collection, AI's and algorithims, you would be surprised by the sophistication of the current level of activity, and it's increasing exponentially. It's not only Facebook. Google and other free platforms all collect large amounts of personal data. view
Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 11 hours ago rhiannon

I believe safety is relative. I'm much more worried about Equifax collecting every piece of data on my life without my knowledge and permission and then neglecting to protect that information inadequately enough that the data was stolen.

Selling user data is and has been Facebook's business model. The agreement is that people use the service for free, and in exchange allow personal data to be collected and used. Facebook collects a minimum of 98 data points on every user, and collects shadow data on people who aren't on Facebook. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
All of the Creepy Things Facebook Knows About You

If people are aware of that and decide to use the service anyway, that's their perogative. Many of the people I know who use Facebook aren't that troubled by what's happened.
 

 

 

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 12 hours ago rhiannon

That's some extensive testing. :) I'm glad Google DNS is working well for you.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 19 hours ago jmaloney

I've completed my little project testing DNS services. I ran 17 tests over three days using DNS Benchmark, ranked the services in each test by speed, and then averaged the ranks to see which services were the fastest. Here are the fastest five for me where I am in South Carolina. (Numbers in parentheses are the average ranks.)

64.94.1.1 Internap Network Services (4.7)
8.8.8.8 Google (4.9)
8.8.4.4 Google (5.6)
129.250.35.251 NTT America (6.2)
165.166.142.42 Spirit Communications (7.1)

Others:
Cloudflare (14.1 & 14.6)
Quad9 (14.9 & 16.8)
AT&T's servers in my router (17.8 & 20.6)
OpenDNS (22 and higher)

I've switched to the Google services. So far so good!

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 20 hours ago classicggma65

This all just proves I was right when I told friends and family that FB wasn't safe. Do you really think FB didn't know what was going on? Wonder how much He got paid to allow that "hack?" Soooo happy I never signed up. Thanx...

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 21 hours ago mmmike

Good comments and a greater username - from the boring username: mmmike....lol.

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 21 hours ago MidnightCowboy Because of Zuckerberg's refusal to commit to any sort of meaningful regulation during his testimony to Congress, Facebook shares rose more than 4% thus increasing his personal net worth by around $3 billion. This is how valuable the markets view Facebook data and how cost effective it is for third parties to also make use of it. MC - Site Manager. view
Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 23 hours ago MidnightCowboy Data analysis software is far more sophisticated than you are giving it credit for. Even for this amount of data it would be relatively easy to apply recognized qualitative analysis tools and/or drill down to an individual level. If this wasn't the case the Russians and Chinese, to name but two, would not be investing time, people and money doing it. MC - Site Manager. view
Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 1 day ago Bob F.

If they got the data of 87 million people it is useless its way to much to process to change the outcome of an election . Its the over collection of data that keeps us private as meaningful processing becomes impossible . Remember on 911 ,
that very day America was possessing over 5000 threats . So relax break in to my face book account and listen to my music completely for free. Bob Forrest Montreal Canada

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

True. ;)

Nothing is certain and all is subject to change on this topic in this timeframe. It's probable the message would change due to the unfolding situation and locale...especially different countries. :)

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Thank you! I'm delighted you like the site. :)

Many of us aren't really active on social media but I think it's good to keep on top of what's going on right now.

With Facebook, I think that since the data is already out of Facebook's hands and has been for quite some that there's not a lot to be done at this point - the genie is out of the bottle.  Checking privacy settings in Facebook and making any changes you think are needed is probably the best thing one can do at the moment. If third party apps are used have a look at the agreement. 

Other than that, if Facebook is important to you and you enjoy it, continue using it if it works for you. There isn't a viable alternative to Facebook right now. Deleting accounts isn't having much (if any) impact on Facebook's bottom line in this timeframe. For many people it's their primary source of news, for some it's their only internet access, and for many it's how they keep up with family and friends near and far. 

 

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 1 day ago lethal1

Followed navigation and responses are very non-descript, nor do they match the text above. There's never a yes or no is there? hehe

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Find Out If Your Facebook Data Was Compromised By Cambridge Analytica 1 week 1 day ago mmmike

I've been around since pre-Windows 95 and when I started we accessed the Internet using a dial-up modem. I can still hear that annoying connection sound attributable to that ancient Internet tool.

Having said that I have not been all that interested in Social Media in general.....I have a facebook account but am not extremely active as most are. With the news of the compromise by Cambridge I have decided to "deactivate" my facebook account and will likely delete it if I don't see some concrete steps taken to protect our privacy.

Keep up the great work, rhiannon! We love this site!

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago howiem

Tested Cloud Flare vs Open DNS2 at my location using (free) DNSJumper2.1. Had to manually enter IPs for CF. https://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v2-1/. OpenDNS2 was the fastest of all listed DNS.
Open DNS2 Primary and CF Primary tested about the same (25-28ms) , but the Open DNS2 secondary IP tested faster 28ms to CF's 53 ms on average

P.S. Cloud Flare can be easily added to DNSJumper 2.1 by clicking Options | Update in the main interface.

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Amazon Shutting Down Music Storage Subscription Service April 30, 2018 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Amazon's allowance of uploaded songs was 250, quite different from Google. From what I can gather, this was done to weed out inactive accounts where the MP3's were taking up space. Might have been a lot of accounts, given how much server space amazon has and sells. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

Thanks for your comment.

I did look into the  Cloudflare/APNIC Labs connection (see my comment below - their connection is part of their announcement of the service) before posting this, and was satisfied that it wasn't any more or less of an issue than most DNS servers provide. I could be wrong of course, but from what I could find, it's on the up and up. Few of the DNS servers provide total anonymity - you run into the same issue with VPN's (Virtual Private Network).

I'm also familiar with both the articles you cite, and read both of them before writing up this article. Good articles, both. :)

I'm glad to hear that you're having good luck with Quad9.

I think everyone's experience with DNS servers is going to vary due to location and other variables. For example, I've tried OpenDNS several times since they came online - and I've had abysmal speeds using them, consistently, over several years. Others get great results. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago AJNorth

Cloudflare was an intriguing alternative to OpenDNS (which I'd been using since 2005; they were purchased by Cisco in 2015) until reading "Cloudflare touts privacy-friendly 1.1.1.1 public DNS service. Hmm, let's take a closer look at that" in The Register: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/04/03/cloudflare_dns_privacy/ .

Instead, I've chosen to use Quad9: 9.9.9.9 & 149.112.112.112 (IPv4)

Here are some additional DNS resources (recently updated):

LIFEWIRE (Tim Fisher): Free and Public DNS Servers

https://www.lifewire.com/free-and-public-dns-servers-2626062

How-To Geek: How to Choose the Best (and Fastest) Alternative DNS Server

https://www.howtogeek.com/342330/how-to-choose-the-best-and-fastest-alternative-dns-server/

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Amazon Shutting Down Music Storage Subscription Service April 30, 2018 1 week 1 day ago Kipster

I bought additional dot's to play tunes throughout the house. Subsequently this was announced.
Very disappointed in Amazon. Fortunately, Google Music let's you upload thousands of your songs for free.
I uploaded over 10,000 and made a lot of playlists. I now have 3 Google Home devices for playback.
By the way, the Google devices are rapidly catching up to Alexa's compatibility to control other devices.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago ElRicou

Thanks!
:-(

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Best Free Bookmark Synchronizer 1 week 1 day ago Michael Boyd

As LastPass is now closing the doors on XMarks, it might be time to check out and report on alternatives. Gonna try EverSync first

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago ElRicou

I was so happy to read these news, unfortunately 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 are on the slow side of GRC's benchmark (ranks #33 & 34).
Maybe because I am connected in Europe?

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

:)

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon Possibly. I don't know what kind of infrastructure Cloudflare has in Europe, but distance from the nearest DNS server is most often the cause of slower speeds. view
How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

I would think that the fluctuation in numbers wouldn't be unusual - I don't think I've ever gotten the same numbers from a benchmark test twice in a row. In my ISP in particular, my connection is significantly slower during typical US heavy internet usage.
ISP's do place ads instead of error messages.

From your numbers I would guess that the nearest Cloudflare DNS server is farthere from you than the nearest Google DNS server.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 2 days ago jmaloney

Thanks. Good article. Coincidentally, I have been using GRC's DNS Benchmark for the last couple of days at different times of day before I saw this article. Here's where Cloudflare's 1.1.1.1 ranked in seven of my tests: 11, 11, 10, 5, 7, 13, 6. In the same tests Google's 8.8.8.8 ranked: 2, 12, 2, 2, 10, 3, 2. Both Cloudflare and Google lost queries in at least one of the seven tests. My default DNS replaces bad queries with advertising pages rather than with error messages. Neither Cloudflare nor Google do that according to DNS Benchmark.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 2 days ago StarkmanAlive

Good reply. Thanks.

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FireFTP 1 week 2 days ago Sesquipod

I used to love FireFTP but sadly it is not compatible with Firefox Quantum and there doesn't seem to be an alternative. :(

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome. :)

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 week 2 days ago imscottb

My host file does not have the "redir.metaservices.microsoft.com" with either group of numbers next to it. I use Windows 7. My WMP does have problems finding album information.
Thanks for the tips.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 week 3 days ago OptometristPrime

So much this. Would seriously like to see this happen. We need to take the internet back. Nobody is going to give it back.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 1 week 3 days ago OptometristPrime

While I really like the firewall Comodo offers, I cannot use & will not recommend anyone else use, as you cannot fully disable the. anti-virus aspects of their software, even if you explicitly try to, or attempt to only install the firewall. i told it during installationthat I only wanted the firewall, but it gave me everything anyway, and while I had been running it before, even though I disabled the anti virus, it decided it would constantly block my attempts to run things and NEVER notify me about it, so I thought I was having computer problems. It took me forever to figure out Comodo was the damn culprit! Now it has earned itself a spot in my most loathed software, especially because of their greedy underhanded tactics to install crap you explicitly say you don't want, and then trying to ram their other products down your throat.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 week 4 days ago ahmadali

I needed to thank you for this incredible read!! I certainly getting a charge out of each and every piece of it I have you bookmarked to look at new stuff you post. Movierulz

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 week 4 days ago OllieJones

Rob, your career of top-shelf reviews of software has had an amazing effect on solidifying and strengthening my trade--the trade of software development I love. Thanks.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 week 4 days ago classicggma65

MS is no longer supporting Media Player...it's not in Win 8 or Win10. If you have Win7 or Win 8.1 you should have it. Go to your Start and do a Search and that should find it. Check on the MS Windows site for info, esp before it's deleted by MS. Hope this helps.

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'Find Album Info' Not Working In Windows Media Player? Try This 1 week 4 days ago classicggma65

Sorry it took so long to answer...have just started looking at other software. Don't know anything about other options, so am open to suggestions...

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 5 days ago Panzer "... Typesense is an open source, typo tolerant search engine that delivers fast and relevant results out-of-the-box...": https://typesense.org/ view
How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 5 days ago rhiannon

I noticed the same - small but noticeable increase in speed.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 5 days ago tedwest

Since I'm addicted to finding any incremental increase in speed, this is most welcome. All the best to you!

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 5 days ago kastaldi

Most Avast popups in the free version can be disabled by uninstalling the components you don't use (vpn, safeprice, password, pc cleanup...).

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 5 days ago exbioman

Thanks for your post, smoaky. After switching and trying different A/V protection for years, it's good to hear someone reviewing Panda. I'd used Panda for 3 years and when they switched to free cloud protection about 6 months before moving on. Avast is wearing my likeability thin with their ads and popups.

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Best Free Font Viewer 1 week 5 days ago wolfkin

Hands down Font Base (https://fontba.se) is my viewer of choice. It's a good looking system that's pretty flexible.

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 1 week 5 days ago rhiannon

Good catch. :)
I noticed the same thing on some of the issues, but the wording is from the site itself, and so I went with that.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 1 week 6 days ago Fairportfan

"Pulp magazines (also called Pulp Fiction) were published from 1896 through the 1950's. "

It appears that the issue of "Worlds of IF" at the top of the page was published in 1965...

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 6 days ago Rev_Don

Based on your comments then a substantial portion of the articles would need to be pulled or description altered as this is far from the first trial software they have posted and failed to mention that in. I agree with you tho, but it will never happen as the writers here either don't know or don't care about the validity of their articles.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 week 6 days ago Mark.Australia

Thank you kindly Rod, for all the hot finds emails, and gems, you have forwarded to us over the years. Sorry to see you go. Certainly it is one of the few email I always looked forward to opening and discovering what new gems you had discovered. Cheers to you..

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 1 week 6 days ago tedwest

It's faster. I have used DNS Jumper to find the fastest DNS service, and when I plugged in 1111, there was a small but noticeable improvement

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 6 days ago Rev_Don

The average user isn't going to know what to do about this and would rightly expect their anti-malware product to take care of it ON IT'S OWN. You can try to justify it all you want, but it is MALWARE plain and simple. Just because you don't understand why change anything. I've been doing this since the mid 70's and know what Malware is and isn't, and this qualifies no matter how you try to state otherwise and everyone here knows it is.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 6 days ago johnl77

I submitted a very positive comment which was pulled. Presumably, it was assumed that I was either associated with Sophos or had some financial interest? Neither of these assumptions are correct. I'm just a satisfied user who appreciates software that 'sits quietly in the background doing its job'. I bought an annual subscription for 360 Security but deleted it after one month. I just couldn't 'shut it up'. Sophos was such a refreshing change. I've got access to all the features now because I participated in their beta program. I'll gladly pay the subscription when it's due.

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

I'm really glad you like it. :)

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

That's wonderful to hear. :)

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 6 days ago TomSJr

You just haven't seen it YET on your PC OR you haven't dealt with it personally, as I have. IT IS A HACKER'S DREAM.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 1 week 6 days ago TomSJr

IT IS A FORM OF MALWARE. It is a nasty Trojan virus that can easily compromise any Windows based computer system. It is a malignant threat which is created by the cyber crooks with an aim to earn illicit revenue. After entering in the system, JS:Miner-C[Trj] opens a backdoor in the PC and allows its creators for unauthorized access of your personal data. This threat can install itself as JS:Miner-C[Trj] file in the %SystemRoot% directory. Even more, it can also inject other harmful files in the C directory to make the PC compromised. Its worst impact can result extremely dangerous for the users identity because it may connect the system with the remote location servers to share the private data of the users. You should not allow JS:Miner-C[Trj] to stay for long time in your system.

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 2 weeks 28 min ago Frank D

Bingo! This article is a gold mine for me.

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Read 11,000 Pulp Magazines Online for Free 2 weeks 2 hours ago olad

A truly great find.... thank you all.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 2 hours ago rhiannon

My pleasure. :)

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 2 hours ago rhiannon

That's wonderful. :)

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 2 hours ago LemMotlow

The increase in speed after switching from Open DNS to Cloudflare [PC- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit- SP1-8GB- Intel i350 -Wildblue] was so obvious that I haven't bothered to measure it.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 5 hours ago clas

i have been using this 1.1.1.1 for a couple days. plenty fast enough. ran GRC dns bench and it came out 2nd fastest for me. thanks for the info. i always appreciate any security stuff. clas

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 6 hours ago MidnightCowboy So first you were talking about a global hardware issue then this became phones which are not relevant here and lastly we arrived at notebooks, specifically old notebooks. So in fact the potential for any damage relates to only a tiny percentage of user hardware. Even so, and just as you would with your car, once you observed it running hot you would naturally want to find out why and get it fixed. All the leading antivirus and independent security forums contain threads about crypto-currency miners including how to remove them and prevent future installation so there is ample opportunity for users of even obsolete hardware to resolve the issue before any permanent damage is done. Granted that for some novice users, actually identifying the problem could be an issue but resources such as Tom's Hardware and others would quickly identify the source. MC – Site Manager. view
Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 8 hours ago johnl77

Sophos Home is the best AV I have used - by a big margin. I've tried most and none compare with Sophos in my view. I've always used Hitman Pro with other AVs. Not necessary with Sophos - it's included. Sophos is the best.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 11 hours ago i8spombots

This is NOT a criticism of the editor who I thank for their work.

Going strictly from comments I feel this article should be pulled or at the very least the description altered to note that many features are really 30 day trial.

For this novice the description had me at "interesting, might install this" but after reading the comments, "no way this is freeware, more like trialware, no interest whatsoever".

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 17 hours ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 17 hours ago windyctyprog

Thank you very much...Going to try this.

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 18 hours ago huff

I always check my DNS often, Using DNS Jumper, Cloudfare is right up near the top with choices of fastest DNS. Try DNS Jumper just click and fastest dns is found, click again it is now your DNS . DNS jumper is from a company called sordum. https://www.sordum.org/7952/dns-jumper-v2-1/

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 18 hours ago rhiannon

You don't have to change the DNS server in a router, you can easily change it (and as easily reverse it) on any device you have (desktop, laptop, mobile). On a PC it's done through the network settings. It only takes a few minutes and is easily reversed if you run into a problem. In Windows, reversing it is a matter of checking a box that says Obtain an IP address automatically and your system will use the default DNS servers for your ISP.

To the best of my knowledge, an ISP can see where you route your traffic.
I don't know if they can block you if you use a different DNS server. Someone else here might have that answer.

That said, it would be unusual for a large ISP in the US to block anyone that's using a different DNS, it's a pretty common practice. Most people use Google DNS or OpenDNS since they are well known and have been around quite a while.

I've been doing it for years, across a range of ISP's (small and large) and never had a problem.

As for buying a new modem, I don't see why that would be needed unless your current one isn't working. Changing DNS settings doesn't involve hardware changes, it just re-routes your internet traffic.
Personally I change the router settings because there are other users here, and I don't want to change the settings on every device. It's easier for me to do it on the router. It can be undone easily on the router, but, if you're not comfortable accessing and changing your router settings then I would change it on a device by device basis.

A good bite size, not very technical article on what DNS is and does can be found here: What is DNS - Domain Name System for Computer Networks

 

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 21 hours ago windyctyprog

Rhiannon,

General ISP question as it relates to this...

Comcast is my ISP, use their modem, an Xfinity branded Arris for internet, voice, cable, wi-fi.

Would any such move to another DNS provider be blocked by Comcast in some way?

Is it better to buy an approved Comcast modem in advance of such a move?

Thanks.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 21 hours ago Rev_Don

It doesn't matter. They are still malware. And while a desktop shouldn't have any problem with them, notebooks are a different story. A lot of the older ones don't have robust enough cooling solutions to deal with the amount of heat generated by the miners and more than a few have been damaged to the point where their gpus have stopped working and/or their cpus needed to be replaced. That is real damage to most right minded people.

But it's obvious that you just want to skirt the issue.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 21 hours ago MidnightCowboy This page relates to Windows PC's, not Android. I've yet to see a PC that has been permanently damaged due to the presence of crypto-currency mining scripts. MC - Site Manager. view
Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 21 hours ago Rev_Don

Again I say BullCrap. It's obvious you haven't been following this very closely as there are numerous LEGITIMATE cases of damaged hardware due to these miner infections. A client of mine had their smart phone get so hot it damaged the processor rendering it unusable. Now try to tell me these miners don't fit the definition of malwarr with a straight face.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 22 hours ago MidnightCowboy Like many other words, the term "malware" has been adopted to cover a broader range of definitions than was originally intended, this being: "Computer programs designed to infiltrate and damage computers without the users consent". (BullGuard) "Software that is specifically designed to gain access or damage a computer without the knowledge of the owner". (Norton) "Computer software that is designed to damage the way a computer works". (Cambridge English Dictionary) Notice the use of the term "damage" as opposed to a lesser state of "annoyance" such as restricting CPU performance that can easily be rectified with no lasting "damage". MC - Site Manager view
Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 22 hours ago Rev_Don

Bullcrap. It meets every definition of malware. It installs software on a persons computer and runs it without the users knowledge or permission. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it's a duck.

Switching to Linux isn't the answer for everyone due to software needs that aren't available in Linux or thru the use of WINE, etc. Don't get me wrong tho. Linux is a wonderful OS and works just fine for some people. But just like Tablets and Smart Phones aren't appropriate for all computing needs, neither is Linux.

The best option for dealing with crap like these miners is the use of anti-miner browser add-ons/extensions.

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 22 hours ago MidnightCowboy

Maybe because this is not malware. It is in fact a method by which user visits to websites can be monetized. Herein though lies the dilemma many Windows users will experience trying to identify antivirus flags as malicious or not. This situation of course is not new. There never has been and never will be any security software that can 'protect' Windows users so long as Windows remains the most used and therefore targeted operating system. The more correct definition is the security industry provides a range of software free and paid that 'assist' Windows users to stay malware free but with no guarantees, although reading the clever wording on vendor websites often suggests something more definite. This is why I switched to Linux years ago. MC - Site Manager.
https://blog.avast.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-prepare-your-cpu-web-browser...

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 23 hours ago kastaldi

The program not found by Windows Explorer was JS-Miner-C

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 1 day ago rhiannon

That's interesting. If I can find time I'll run a few more DNS test programs and have a look.

Cloudflare does mention their acquisition of 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1 in their announcement:

"We reached out to the team at APNIC. APNIC is a Regional Internet Registery (RIR) responsible for handing out IPs in the Asia Pacific region. It is one of five RIRs that manage IP allocation globally, the other four being: ARIN (North America), RIPE (Europe/Middle East), AFRINIC (Africa), and LACNIC (South America).

APNIC's research group held the IP addresses 1.1.1.1 and 1.0.0.1. While the addresses were valid, so many people had entered them into various random systems that they were continuously overwhelmed by a flood of garbage traffic. APNIC wanted to study this garbage traffic but any time they'd tried to announce the IPs, the flood would overwhelm any conventional network.

We talked to the APNIC team about how we wanted to create a privacy-first, extremely fast DNS system. They thought it was a laudable goal. We offered Cloudflare's network to receive and study the garbage traffic in exchange for being able to offer a DNS resolver on the memorable IPs. And, with that, 1.1.1.1 was born."

 

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 1 day ago smoaky

I have been using Panda Free AV on several computers including friends and family PC's I have worked on for a few years now.
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I am in no way affiliated with Panda, I just think it is a great alternative to Windows "security"

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 1 day ago godwinq8

I was just wondering if Sophos Business-Grade Antivirus for the home edition is actually business grade checked their website and found out this. In reality, it is not free but 30 day trial period after which
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5.Privacy Protection= Expires after a free 30-day trial of Sophos Home Premium.
6. Advanced Malware Removal=Expires after a free 30-day trial of Sophos Home Premium.
If all these expires than very little remains.
I wish if someone enlightens's me why should I use Sophos home edition.
Comparing to 360 Total Security which all the above free without conditions plus multiple antivirus engines built in with a very light footprint.

Totally free, light on resources, extremely fast scan times and pre-configuration protection modes

Smooth running installer with no adware, pleasing UI and comes with many themes

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How To Use Cloudflare's New DNS Service 2 weeks 1 day ago tom4455

Gibson shows 1.1.1.1 as Megapath Networks

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Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 weeks 1 day ago Rev_Don

The biggest problem with Sophos is it just deletes anything it THINKS is Malware and doesn't give you any options. I gave up on it a long time ago because of that as it flagged too many false positives and deleted legitimate files and programs.

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