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How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 5 hours 33 min ago MidnightCowboy Many thanks for pointing this out. The link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager view
How to Know If Your Computer Is Infected 5 hours 43 min ago rolandflorida

The link in the article for Comodo Cleaning Essentials leads to an old version from 2012. I am not sure if this is due to the article not being maintained or if that version is the preferred one.

The latest version is available from here (there is also some helpful information there)
https://help.comodo.com/topic-119-1-328-3523-Downloading-Comodo-Cleaning-Essentials.html

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 16 hours 45 min ago rhiannon

Wizmouse runs fine on my Windows 10 installation. It was an upgrade, not a clean install, so Wizmouse was already installed and continues to work.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 16 hours 47 min ago rhiannon

That or Astrogrep are good. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 23 hours 11 min ago kastaldi

you could use GrepWin for searching text inside files, it's very powerful

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 46 min ago HisSon

I forgot about WizMouse. I used to use that for a long time in the past but it's no longer on this computer. Went to their website and it doesn't show WizMouse for Win 10. :-(

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 53 min ago gizmofan1248

This WiseCleaner 'suite' looks interesting. Has it (or some of the programs in it) been reviewed here at Gizmo's?

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 2 hours ago rhiannon

Not every piece of software works for every single person. What works for one, doesn't always fit with the way another person works, or someone might use more than one piece of software that does the same thing. From where I sit, the goal is to offer alternatives that people might find useful or that they like better than what they are using now. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

As to it not being FOSS, that's not a concern with software from this developer for me. I've been using their software for many, many years. Not all developers want to open their code, for various valid reasons.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 3 hours ago pecarroll

I also use Everything and am amazed at how all-encompassing it is. If I type the word "ass" in the search box it'll come up with 2,000 instances of those 3 letters, either at the beginning, middle, or end of it's results.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 3 hours ago rhiannon

Everything by voidtools is what I've been using for years. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 3 hours ago rhiannon

I'm glad you liked it. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 3 hours ago Gibbs.Slap

Thanks for the great review...

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 3 hours ago Jerry Rhino

Wise JetSearch is my fav for many reasons including it is portable and works on FAT hard drives. Check it out: https://www.wisecleaner.com/wise-jetsearch.html. This company has quite a few freeware programs which I regularly use on my own and the dozens of computers I repair.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 4 hours ago jonbourne

Why would one use this over Everything, which is an FOSS? You don't know what they are doing with the contents they index behind the scenes.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 5 hours ago gizmofan1248

Thanks!
I use Everything and find it excellent - it is not slow in loading if you in the Options set it up to run at Windows start. (Well, it may be slow, but at the time you want to use it, it is ready and very quick).

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 6 hours ago rhiannon

Good overview, thanks.
I did notice that WizFile is more resource intensive, but I don't typically use it for long so that's not an issue on my system. Everything by voidtools is my everyday go to program. I haven't used Swift Search, I'll check it out. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 6 hours ago rhiannon

It searches network shares, it doesn't search for words in files. I've used all the programs you mention, all are good ones. :)

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 14 hours ago Australia

I have used all the mentioned file search free utilities
They all do the essentially the same thing - list all the files by name, that reside on your computers drives

- Everything
- Hddb
- Swiftsearch
- Wizfile
- Ultrasearch

Wizfile is very fast, and searches your entire computer. The problem is that it is resource intensive. Check task manager or a related utility after you have run Wizfile. On my computer, Wizfiles has a 350MB footprint, when I tested it today

Swiftsearch is the utility that I recommend.
I like that you can just search in one drive, for example an external drive you have connected to your computer
Another advantage, is that it has half the memory requirement as Wizfile, 153MB footprint, when I tested it today
Google:
https sourceforge.net projects swiftsearch

'Everything' is fine and has been around for years,
The advantage Everything has it is it not as resource intensive s the other two. It used 38MB memory when I ran it today, which is a great advantage !
However, Everything is very slow to load when you first open it, as it scans your computer
I prefer a utility to be ready without delay, as soon as it is started, and both SwiftSearch and Wizfiles are fast to start up

I do find over time that some of these file search utlities stop working on your own computer setup/configuation, so if this is the case see if the latest version available works for you
Hddb for example was excellent, but it stopped working on my computer

Unless I am mistaken, none of these programs can search for certain text within a file
When someone finds the utility that can do fast file searchs (like Wizfile, SwiftSearch), AND can also search for files which contain specific text, then that will be an awesome find !

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 17 hours ago kendall.a

Does WizFile search for words within files?  Personally, that's the type of program that I like to use.  Also, does it search network shares?  In other words, can it search across a network environment?  This is a very useful feature in a work environment.  For those purposes, I still like Everthing, Agent Ransack, and Locate32; even though they may be older programs.

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 1 day 19 hours ago rhiannon

WizFile is strictly a search tool...it doesn't have the other functions of WizTree like finding large files and visualizing disk space. WizTree is closer to a disk space analyzer like WinDirStat. WizTree also doesn't support search operators or filters. Similar, but not the same functionality in both. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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This Windows Search Tool Is Super Fast and Easy To Use 2 days 2 hours ago hpearce

Wiztree is already an application by the same company with slightly different interface and version numbers.

This is confusing

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 days 13 hours ago Panzer "... Plotinus - a searchable command palette in every modern GTK+ application...": https://github.com/p-e-w/plotinus/blob/master/README.md "... Znx... Linux distribution deployer and updater. Atomic and differential updates...": https://github.com/Nitrux/znx view
LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 3 days 6 hours ago rhiannon

Thanks for those suggestions. That might be a good fix for some people, a corrupt profile can cause problems.
In that time frame uninstalled and did a clean reinstall of Firefox (not restoring the profile - I wiped everything then added bookmarks, add-ons and search plug-ins one at a time) and still had the problem.

I was having the same issue with two out of three up-to-date Chrome based browsers so I was tending towards it being a Last Pass issue. The issue got sorted with updated releases of Last Pass in the Chrome based browsers but not with Firefox.
 

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 3 days 8 hours ago Nodrog

Hi Rhiannon

I have an update on LastPass issues which may be relevant to this thread. A week or so ago LP stopped remembering my sign-in email and preferences but this turned out to be a corrupted Firefox profile and not in fact a LP problem. There were threads on the LP forum on this particular issue but none were recent and when I checked on my spare laptop - which is rarely used but updated and set up to be as near identical to the main one as possible - LP was working normally.

I had also occasionally had problems with being signed out of the Ghostery extension and with Firefox restoring an older session instead of the last one when restarted which led me to the corrupt profile conclusion so I removed all traces of Firefox using Revo's advanced setting then re-installed it. I signed into my FF account - which incidentally now offers 2-factor authentication - to set everything up again and now after a week all is still working normally. LastPass is now version 4.13.1.10 on my device.

I realise some users may blanch at the idea of deleting their profile and setting up again from scratch but if you sync with a Firefox account, export settings files in advance from add-ons which allow that, like Ghostery and Imagus in my case, ready to import to the new installation it doesn't really take that long and in my view the refresh is worth it.

Hope this helps.

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 3 days 14 hours ago rhiannon

I agree. I haven't updated it just yet because so many people are still reporting issues at the Last Pass site and the add-on site at Mozilla.
I haven't tried Dashlane or 1Pass.
 

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 3 days 15 hours ago Rolast

Just read this, and although a bit old, it's good advice. I have Win 7.Updated from 4.2 to 4.71 and turned off updates.

If you look at LP's forum, you'll see that this program has become very buggy, and the new owners, LogMeIn, aren't keeping up with the fixes.
https://forums.lastpass.com/viewforum.php?f=12&sid=f6c6bcdd34218ba2d65f9a582d4478d4&start=25

Every time I update, as little as possible BTW, I'm aware I can be trading old bugs for new. I run LP and Dashlane at the same time, because they're both buggy. Until I find a PW manager that's not.

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Microsoft Image Composite Editor 4 days 8 hours ago nbl

I use ICE for a long time now and use it mainly to improve view angle of my pictures. Creates great panoramas. Has great auto completion.

The pictures made with a smartphone are not that great by themselves, but taking a few in a one place and stitching them together afterwards creates images with so much better quality. The auto complete works insanely good, easily fills in gaps like trees, clouds, water or even parts of buildings (sic).

IMHO creates panoramas better than google photos.

The downsides are that you need to think about it when taking the photos because it requires multiple pictures from the exact same location. Also occasional artifacts in the result picture, when parts are taken from multiple images.

Highly recommend. Free tool with excellent possibilities.

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15 Ways To Backup Gmail 6 days 2 hours ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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15 Ways To Backup Gmail 6 days 3 hours ago Frank D

A very useful article. Thank you.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 6 days 4 hours ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 6 days 4 hours ago rhiannon

I only do a clean install when there's a significant or security update.
I usually copy my profile over to a new installation. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 6 days 8 hours ago Anupam

That's what I do too :D.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 6 days 9 hours ago Yankiwi

Wow! I certainly understand the value of a fresh installation, but given Firefox's breakneck pace of updates, you must be reinstalling FF about once every week or so! Do you likewise reinstall all your add-ons? If so, I probably wouldn't get all of my add-ons reinstalled before the next FF update came along and I'd have to start all over again. :)

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 6 days 18 hours ago godel

Excellent find.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 week 6 hours ago rhiannon

The other thing I do that keeps Firefox zippy is a clean install when there's a version upgrade. :)

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 week 7 hours ago rhiannon

Two I've had consistent issues with over the years that are still in the Firefox add-on site are Ghostery and WOT. Most people don't have any issues with either of them so I'm not sure how useful a list would be because much depends on what add-ons you have installed and browser configuration. I normally make changes to the Firefox "about:config" settings too. They are both good add-ons and both work fine in in Chrome based browsers for me.

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 1 week 10 hours ago timfisher

I have used Bitwar Data Recovery,30 days free trial with no spyware,malware,completely virus free.
Worth a shot.

https://www.bitwar.net/data-recovery-software/ 

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 1 week 10 hours ago i8spombots

DO NOT INSTALL FREEMAKE, it has become a honeytrap.

"Freemake Video Converter has been my go to converter for quite a while but unfortunately it now watermarks the entire converted video as well as adding splash screens before and after." So says pipso-facto's post and it is spot on.

I'd had purposely avoided updating Freemake for ages - rarely do conversions. When I opened it today I was presented with what looked like a "must update" message note I DID NOT VERIFY I HAD TO so I updated. Immediately Malwatebytes and Comodo complained (Open Candy for one thing). Anyway dodged around a bit and it installed anyway.

So now I had nag prompts and a threat to watermark so "you're gone now ASAP" is the only possible reply.

REVO uninstall on full on setting has hopefully killed every bit of it...the Freemaker builtin uninstall of course left a lot of nasty looking stuff behind that REVO located. Used Everything to search for anything branded Freemake...there were still a few objects. They are now gone as well.

It is a shame as it was a handy tool.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 week 11 hours ago Yankiwi

Hi, Rhiannon,

You said that "There are some add-ons I don't use in Firefox because they interfere with performance, and have consistently done so over a period of years." For those of us who find the function of Firefox to be degenerating and problematic at times, it would be great if you could provide the names of the FF add-ons on your "blacklist," as such a list might help us to troubleshoot our own FF issues. Perhaps an idea for another post? ;-)

Cheers

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Make Your Google Drive Or FTP Site Work Like Any Windows Drive 1 week 11 hours ago patels

There is a free alternative http://rei.to/carotdav_en.html#download, which is safe according to virustotal.
You can mount these drives assigning a drive letter too.

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Best Troubleshooting Sites 1 week 11 hours ago arkid

If you've got a Bluetooth problem I found www.bluetoothdoctor.com useful for sharing tips and getting help from others.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 1 week 20 hours ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)
 

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EssentialPIM 1 week 21 hours ago Longhand

Constant access violations, must be constantly prodded to do its job. Not worth the effort . . .

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Pimero 1 week 21 hours ago Longhand

Free to use for thirty days, but at the end of that time you must purchase a license or uninstall. Too bad, it sounded like a great opportunity!

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 1 week 1 day ago classicggma65

Thanx for this one...I am still learning Win7 and not in the mood to switch to Win10 until MS gets its stuff together. Am considering a partition and putting Linux on there...or just using a USB for it. So much to learn about it all, but MS and it's forcing Win7 users to its baby Win10 is too much to accept.

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 1 week 1 day ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)
Microsoft states the blocking is due to performance issues with certain processors. My laptop runs faster with Windows 10 than it did with Windows 8.1, which is the version it shipped with.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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How To Stop "Unsupported Hardware" Message In Windows 7 and 8.1 1 week 2 days ago J_L

Thanks @rhiannon. While I am using Windows 10 on older hardware, I appreciate that Wufuc now makes the opposite possible. Viva la true compatibility, not that artificial blocking crap.

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Best VPN Services for 2018 1 week 2 days ago rolandflorida

There was an article at TorrentFreak on Private Internet Access and their no logging policy. They were called to produce records in a hacking case in the USA and stated that the only records they keep are the email addresses users use to sign up. They did not produce any records for the case (as they had none).

So it looks like they stand by their no logging claim.
https://torrentfreak.com/private-internet-access-no-logging-claims-proven-true-again-in-court-180606/

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcanic Lava Close Up 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for the clarification. :)
 

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 1 week 2 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)
That's one of the things I like about this program...the interface is easy to use.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 1 week 2 days ago 4sure5

I've just started reviewing my favourite music and this was easy to set up and use(I'm not an expert tech). The results are just what I was hoping for to fill in the odd piece I was missing. Thanks!

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Wallpaper of the Week: Volcanic Lava Close Up 1 week 3 days ago SimpleMikey

Both are beautiful images, and I appreciate you pointing them out to us, as always.
Correction: Lava doesn't dry. It only solidifies as it cools.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 1 week 3 days ago gizmoBerniecc

The best online service I know for this purpose is http://convert2mp3.net/en/
You may convert & download youtube files to multiple audio/ video formats.

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Best Free Instant Messaging Client 1 week 3 days ago Hobit

Public IM clients like Miranda - is a good solution, but it's not secured. Your messages and files are saved in the cloud, on a foreign server, but you can’t control it. This is a very bad practice for enterprise instant messaging and collaboration.

I would like to read about messengers, which works within enterprise network, without the Internet connection. Of cause, you can use Jabber servers, but it’s very difficult to configure of Openfire and etc. The best way is to get a ready-made solution, without excessive "manual" work, like MyChat - https://nsoft-s.com/en/index.html

Also, it's free for using up to 20 online users :)

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 week 4 days ago Panzer

"... Skrifa - a simple word processor built with web technologies ...": https://skrifa.xyz/ https://github.com/Skrifa/Skrifa

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Best Free PC Games 1 week 5 days ago kevinchandra8080

poker88 https://poker88.site

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 5 days ago J_L

All major OS other than Android, iOS, and Chrome OS... Duly noted.

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Free Firefox Add-in Let's you Know Who's Tracking You 1 week 5 days ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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How to Harden Your Browser Against Malware and Privacy Concerns 1 week 5 days ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 1 week 5 days ago Freeloader

Ghostery has now become a tracker! In their new "Privacy Policy", they will be using data collected to serve up ads.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

Thanks for the heads up - when I checked the portable version at several sites yesterday it hadn't been updated to the latest version so I didn't link to it in the article. Good to see it's been updated. :)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago abrandt

Much appreciate the heads-up!

I updated with latest version:

Google Chrome PORTABLE Offline Installer v. 67.0.3396.79 64-bit
OS 64-bit: Windows 10/8.1/8/7
https://www.chrome-portable.com/index.php/google-chrome-offline-installer

THX. ~ Alan

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

You're welcome. :)

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

A new vulnerability was found for Flash yesterday, they are recommending everyone update ASAP.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago Goomer

Thanks for the heads up, that was absolutely painless.

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Using Google Chrome Browser? Update Now 1 week 6 days ago George.J

One of the 3 things I allow to auto-update on my system. 1. Google Chrome, 2. Adobe Flash Player, 3. Windows 10 (includes drivers)

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 1 week 6 days ago rhiannon

Thanks, I'm glad you like it. I ran in to the same issue with several programs, slow downloads.

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How to Make a Folder File List from the Windows Right-Click Context Menu 1 week 6 days ago i8spombots

Yes it is a reply to a 2015 post, I do realise!

Thanks to drbb01 for the headsup, the idea of "no text file option" had worried me so hadn't "wasted" all the paper etc but you have said no it don't do a text file in the clear.

So for the handful of people that may be looking for that feature and find this page...note

****** this was a VERY quick look and is not researched or the be all and end all in any way ****

I ****wanted an entry in the right click context menu**** mentioned in the program description so the PC process was dead easy, I use WIN 7 so only looked at that as reference point (not to say that win 10 or whatever won't fit these...you may need to use an emulation tweak (older Windows) step?)

Found "DirLister" (NOT "DirList") no homepage that I could find, available from several points...appears simpler than the next option NOTE for personal reasons explained below went straight to the second program, this is NOT to say in any way that DirLister will not do the job and be best for you, just to say DirLister is completely untested by me. It MAY contain unwanted extras for example( eg Open Candy etc etc) I HAVE NO IDEA EITHER WAY

The other option

Way back (in PC years) in 1993 Karen Kenworthy began to compile a host of differing PC helper progs that, esp in those simple days, made up for the many missing functions in Windows, collectively called Karen's Power Tools. She also published a very "human" newsletter that was a pleasure to read (90000 subscribers at peak). Sadly Karen had medical issues and passed away in 2011.

I've always had a soft spot for her work (I still use her calculator today). Her tools were straightforward, didn't include crapware (as was usual in those simpler times) and they did the job.

So when I saw she'd done Directory Printer that was it

http://www.karenware.com/powertools/ptdirprn

Side note - Karen's pages have recently been updated by a rellie who says will carry on her work and ethos. The link above is nested in a series of pages on her site that will lead to other progs of hers and to the story of Karen herself.

Damn!! Requires a reboot after install. That will have to wait.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 1 week 6 days ago NeilF784

Many thanks for this article Rhiannon. My original program (quite good) disappeared from Internet, si I switched to Free YouTube to MP3 converter.
Took approx. 15 minutes for 1 song and I kept getting "sign up for Premium very fast".messages.

Human Media is far faster .
Great work
'
Neil

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 5 hours ago rhiannon

Thanks, I'll check it out. :)

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 7 hours ago zootsocket

Agreed. 4K Video Downloader does it all. I use it in both Windows and Linux.

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Best VPN Services for 2018 2 weeks 7 hours ago Journ

I see PureVPN is on the list too. Came across their 2-year deal discount at $2.49/month, this review will definitely help anyone planning to avail that deal!

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 9 hours ago zep321

4k Video Downloader (Freeware) does the job for me. Batch downloads, convert to mp3, mp4, include subtitles,etc.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 weeks 22 hours ago Panzer

"... Symphytum is a personal database software for everyone who desires to manage and organize data in an easy and intuitive way, without having to study complex database languages and software user interfaces ...":

https://giowck.github.io/symphytum/

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago rhiannon

I ran across their apps when I was looking for an audio converter that could handle batch converting.
For some reason Windows Media Player randomly converts my MP3's to .wma files. No rhyme or reason  doesn't matter where they came from and I never know when it will happen. It even converts write protected tracks. It seems to be an issue for others, but I haven't found a reason or a fix as yet.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago vandamme

I use a FireFox plugin called ... drum roll.... YouTube mp3 Downloader, which shows up as a button on the Youtube page below the movie. Hit it, and you get a choice of 5 speed/quality/sizes. I use the 192K but probably smaller ones would work in the car or for low quality audio.

The complete 42 minutes of the New World symphony is 59 MB at 192K . I downloaded it before so I wasn't curious enough to do it again but give it a try and tell us what you got. It downloads as fast as any remote file (a few minutes I suppose). Don't know how they do it.

Nice that Media Human has a Linux package, but I don't need a separate app. But I will check out their other apps.

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 1 day ago Jojo Yee You're welcome Yankiwi. Installing KDE Connect Indicator via a GUI is possible but it takes more steps. view
Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago rhiannon

You can use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) or proxy.
9 Best Free Anonymous Web Proxy Servers

Do a search for geo location test to see if the method you choose is working. :)

I don't have a free VPN I would recommend at this point, and both free and paid VPN's have been in the news for leaking  user data lately. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I haven't had time to track down the ones that keep no record of your activity while logged in, but in any case they would be paid services.

 

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

Is it still possible to circumvent geo location restrictions so we can access all songs on Youtube? I know there was an article on here some time ago addressing that issue but things have probably changed since then.

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 1 day ago Yankiwi

Hi, Jojo,

Thanks for your very prompt and informative response, and also for the linked page. I suspected that the "&&" was an operator of some sort, but couldn't recall a "&&" operator from my DOS days in the 80s. Linux has a lot to offer to refugees from Microsoft's ever more invasive and degraded Windows operating systems, but the one big off-putting thing for many would-be Linux users is that it really does require learning a whole new language, especially if someone is going to use the command line instead of a GUI. The more I get into Linux, the more I think I need to find some super-basic "Linux for Dummies" type of books, then gradually expand my horizons.

Many thanks for your patient help.

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 1 day ago Jojo Yee

Both are correct Yankiwi. The three commands can be executed one after another without "&&", or in one go with "&&".

"&&" is a logical "AND" operator, which allows the next command to execute after the preceding command runs successfully.

Ref: https://www.tecmint.com/chaining-operators-in-linux-with-practical-examp...

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 1 day ago Yankiwi

Many thanks for the suggestion, Jojo. Am I correct that "&&" separates three different commands which are to copied, pasted, and executed one at a time, or can the above string be copied and pasted wholesale, then executed together? That's probably a very newbie question on my part, but there may be lots of other Linux newbies who will wonder the same thing.

Cheers.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago rhiannon

The longest song I've downloaded was 9:52. The downloads are fast even on my slow internet connection.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 2 weeks 1 day ago rhiannon

I can see why you would need to switch browsers. Compatibility with older OS versions often isn't a priority.

I'm running Windows 8.1 on the desktop and Windows 10 on the laptop.

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Easily Convert YouTube Videos To MP3's For Free 2 weeks 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

I've experimented with several similar converters with various degrees of success. Some didn't provide a batch download feature and others would take forever to download something like Antonin Dvorak's 9th Symphony (which runs about 45 minutes depending on the orchestra performing).

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 2 weeks 1 day ago crosseyedlemon

I relied on Firefox for over a decade because of the excellent versatility that it's add-ons provided. Had to abandon that browser about 2 years ago because many started to hang on my system (Windows 7). If your running 17 without issues I assume you have a more recent OS. I currently limit myself to 4 on Chrome.

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Best Free PC Games 2 weeks 2 days ago Panzer

Angry Birds:

http://www.epic99.com/angry-birds/

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 weeks 2 days ago Panzer

Tom's Editor Desktop:

http://tomseditor.com/blog/viewer

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Wallpaper of the Week: Creaky Candlelit Library 2 weeks 2 days ago rhiannon

Reverse image search has higher resolutions. This one is 2560x2048:

https://imgur.com/a/myE5piM

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Wallpaper of the Week: Creaky Candlelit Library 2 weeks 2 days ago Olan Umezaki

only free in certain resolutions. else $14.98.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 weeks 2 days ago Panzer "... MindForger is human mind inspired personal knowledge management tool ...": https://www.mindforger.com/ view
Wallpaper of the Week: Creaky Candlelit Library 2 weeks 3 days ago rhiannon

Me, too. And library cats. :)

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Wallpaper of the Week: Creaky Candlelit Library 2 weeks 3 days ago classicggma65

Thanx for this one rhiannon...I have always wanted to go to a library like this. Bring a sleeping bag, a cooler for food and drink and my MP3. Then I'd start at the top, working my way down each section. Can you imagine what treats we could find there? Guess I'd also have bring lots of tissues and allergy pills since I can also imagine the dust. Of course, a place like this would also have a cat or two...

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 3 days ago Jojo Yee

Many thanks for your kind words Yankiwi. Using "KDE Connect Indicator", which is a fork of KDE Connect for non KDE desktop environment, should be good. I tried it on Linux Mint Cinnamon 18.3 and it worked pretty well.

You can install the above KDE Connect Indicator by copying the following commands, then paste and run them in the Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect && sudo apt update && sudo apt install indicator-kdeconnect

After installation, run KDE Connect Indicator on your Linux computer to pair it with your Android mobile on the same WiFi network. The Indicator also adds "KDE Connect Send To" to the context menu when you right click a file with the default Nemo file manager in Linux Mint.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 2 weeks 3 days ago rhiannon

LOL define essential. :)
I do so much of my work in a browser that my list of "essential" Firefox add-ons is 17.
Less in other browsers because they don't have equivalent extensions with the same functionality.
There are some add-ons I don't use in Firefox because they interfere with performance, and have consistently done so over a period of years.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 2 weeks 3 days ago crosseyedlemon

I think it's absurd that this many document formats exist and although browser addons can be useful, they affect your browser effectiveness so you have to restrict yourself to just the most essential ones.

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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 2 weeks 3 days ago Yankiwi

Great find, Jojo. I currently use Dukto, which is a superb little app that works like a charm for transferring files and text between devices across a network. KDE Connect seems to have some interesting additional features, but appears to require some additional steps to go through for setup with non-KDE desktops. If anyone has any experience in setting up KDE Connect with Linux Mint (either Cinnamon or XFCE), I'd appreciate any feedback on how well it works, any issues to look out for, etc.

Thanks for all your hard work in finding these little gems and keeping us updated, Jojo. After 33 years of working with strictly MS-DOS and Windows, I now find myself a relative newbie in the Linux world as I learn and prepare to switch all our computers from W7 to Linux, so I really appreciate your insights.

Cheers.

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DVD slideshow GUI 2 weeks 4 days ago MidnightCowboy As of last month the percentage user share for Windows 10 has dropped and that for Windows 7 increased no doubt because more people are moving back to a system they regard as better than it's "upgrade". With Windows 10 having only 38% of the Windows user base, software still running on 7 and even XP still has a valid place here. MC - Site Manager. view
DVD slideshow GUI 2 weeks 4 days ago pbouthil

FYI...This program no longer works correctly when installed on Windows 10 64-bit version. It works on Windows 7 but not on Windows 10. I was able to get the preview function to work by installing an older version of DirectX but getting into the slide functions pan, zoom and rotation tool , you can manipulate the slide but the program will not keep the settings on the slide. I also had problems with the tsMuxeR program. It would open up the cmd/terminal window but it just hangs up and you are unable to close the window even in Task Manager. You have to reboot your PC to stop the program from running.

DVD Slideshow GUI was a great program back in the days of Windows 7 but because it is no longer being updated and not a fully functional software anymore it should be removed from the best DVD Slideshow reviews.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 2 weeks 4 days ago magicus

Hi everyone
There should be included the new category of 'timeline software'.
Notable new software beeing The Timeline Project on sourceforge.
This is good software but absolutely not finished, more on a project niveau.
Others are only extension to project-manager tools.
any other suggestions very welcome.

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