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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago jonny5tails

Try this:
http://imgur.com/FBUGJMw
You should see this:
http://imgur.com/3uV3Vfk
I opened an account at Imgur to post these & if you can't see them I did something wrong.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago i8spombots

I realise this may sound a bit lazy but very busy on the weekend with PC work & cannot afford a glitch if Vivaldi doesn't "play fair" on my PC.

So, can anyone advise if Vivaldi cures my number one peeve with a Chrome based browser, that you have to wait forever for it to open if you retain a stack of tabs's (15 odd) from the previous session? Firefox only opens held tab's when you (re)access that tab but chrome insists on accessing all tab's on the open which kills it for minutes for me. Could never find a fix just lots with the same problem.
Thanks in advance

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago davy

Update,got the bookmarks working,it seems you need to double click on bookmarks to open them unless you tick a certain box.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

It's not as slow as Chrome is, but there is some lag with a lot of tabs. It would also depend on what page is in the tab. I have about 9 that open and it doesn't make more than few seconds difference, but none of the tabs are video heavy (one of the things that tend to slow it down the most). I also have an ad blocker which helps a lot. The only way to know for sure is to try it with your specific set of tabs as there are just too many variables.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

Tried that and there is nothing about a pop-up blocker there. I did find out how to get to it though. You need to go to chrome://settings/content, not vivaldi://settings/content. But from all indications from the Vivaldi Forums it doesn't work worth a darn. Since it shows as already enabled on all of my systems and I get constant pop-ups I'm inclined to agree with their assessment. I;ll continue to use Vivaldi for some sites where pop-ups aren;t an issue, but I'm sticking with Firefox for my main browser primarily for it's vastly superior pop-up blocker.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago Rev_Don

There is ezLinkPreview http://www.simpledifference.com/ezanker/ezanker.aspx

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago budchekov

You know what this browser has which sets it apart from all I've used ?
TAB STACKING/Grouping ! Something that if Mozilla were smart they'd incorporate in Firefox.
Another + is that from day one the devs have communicated with and responded to users suggestions at their Forum/Blog....nice 'community' there.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago Phylis Sophical

Thanks Rev. I've now installed Vivaldi and the ezLinkPreview extension. Exactly what I needed. Wake up Firefox!
Besides hovering over link, It puts a button (top right). When clicked, it splits the window into two panels. On the left is the website, the Right side panel shows the contents of the links you hover over in the Left panel.
Awesome! I'm sold.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago i8spombots

Thanks rev_Don for an informative reply.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 10 months ago i8spombots

FWIW

Was using a Chrome clone previously (SRWare Iron) so cannot compare it to Chrome directly, only to SRWare Iron.

That said, way faster to open (though it appears to do a lot of its work in the background as it is slow to actually appear though Task Manager shows it as running, still, as I said, "way faster" overall).

Memory management infinitely better, Iron had a memory leak, this doesn't....or if it does is very slow. With Iron I needed to reboot every 5 days to reclaim full memory - I'd get a windows has run out of memory warning.

Cons - need to learn/do a new settup & configure routine.

On initial use, though I asked for settings to be preserved on restart, my opened tabs were all gone in close and reopen of Vivaldi (used CTL H to access history and open them again as needed). So maybe install a Session Manager type extension when setting Vivaldi up if you're a tab freak. After that initial reboot it has rebooted flawlessly.

In short, thanks for the headsup on this one. It appears to be a keeper.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago CASD

They do...Add-on "Tab groups"

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago budchekov

Which the author has given up on..

http://fasezero.com/lastnotice.html

Won't be the last come Fx 57,

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago CASD

Anyone know how to keep one theme/color instead of changing colors for each web site.....Sometimes Vivaldi is too pretty and distracting :)

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago budchekov

Tools/ Settings/Themes + - buttons..you can create a new theme, color it any way you want and save it.
Not as fully skinned as a Firefox 'Full Theme' but a pretty neat fun feature.

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago CASD

THanks... But it still changes color for each web site..I want it to stay the same 24/7

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A New Browser To Rival The Best Of Them 2 years 9 months ago budchekov

Hmm, WFM, all sites display the same with a nice dark skin, maybe ask at the Vivaldi Forum, https://forum.vivaldi.net/
You should get an answer from the helpful folks there.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago Av_Crazy

This screenshot is 4-5 years old !! It's from froyo-gingerbread era !!

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago Jojo Yee Good point Av_Crazy, I have now replaced it with a new one :) view
A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago vandamme

Proprietary, and Facebook. Two strikes.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago Fairportfan

Instant messaging app?

No thanks.

I disable the stock IM apps on my devices immediately i get them.

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A must-have instant messaging app to everyone for its popularity and ease of use 3 years 5 months ago MiriG

I only use whatsApp because some of my adult children live half way around the world, I refuse to use Messenger which was the one prior to that that they preferred to use- phew!
However from the time I knew FB acquired WA Ive been using it less and less and wanting something totally unconnected with Google, FB et al.
The trouble isnt finding one so much as trying to get family who are quite happy with the convenience and so-called encription of WhatsApp that they show little to no interest in movinng on:/
People just get lazy about actively pursuing 'safer' ( hopefully!), alternatives even though they often complain about the obvious intrusiveness etc of most of the stock IM apps.
I myself admit it becomes tedious sometimes when you finally find something that delivers on the requirements you're looking for but sooner or later gets picked up by the big multi billion $ companies and becomes just another like the rest of your blacklisted ones.
My want of my legal rights to privacy is still more important to me so I soldier on no matter what.
I just wish my family/friends werent mostly the 'bury the head in the sand' types who say that 'it's too late now anyway'. They do have a point however that doesn't take into account other very serious privacy invasion issues that we will be dealing with in the very near future!
I seriously don't see how WhatsApp can be seriously offered on techsupportalert as an alternative IM in this day and age, but that's just my opinion!

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A Must-Have App for your Android Device 6 years 6 months ago Angels_thoughts

I think it's fantastic, but ONLY if the store/poster/item has the barcode updated correctly - lol my husband's pack of cigarettes rang up as a pack of men's underwear one time... oops!

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A Must-Have Add-In For Any Web Techie 1 year 7 months ago indeema

Thank you very much!!!)
Regards, https://indeema.com/services/webdevelopment .

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago Prof. Jewell

1) Thanks Rob for all of these tips about available, but little known, free programs.

2) If one checks around the web and talks to music hounds--as I have been doing for the past 12 months, foobar 2000 has a reputation for being very complicated to set up correctly and is rather high maintenance. Furthermore, many times it requires searching out and installing a special plugin in order for it to play a certain format. On the plus side it is often one of only two or three programs that can play (usually with a special plugin) certain more obscure formats such as DSD types.

Just a heads-up so others will know.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

All of us old timers fondly remember Winamp. It was one of the first programs to offer an alternative to WMP and at one time held the same status as Audacity does today.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
You are right, I am missing Winamp!
No doubt, I am testing Foobar 2000 right now.

Peter

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago Realist

WinAMP is better by far. I am using an old version on Win 7 without any problem.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago Niefer

1By1 forever - http://mpesch3.de1.cc/1by1.html
Portable, plugin support, playlists, radio, etc. But my favorite feature is the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES, no need for playlists.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago RMG1999

Why not just use VLC media player ?

Plays audio and video (and does many other things besides), well supported, compact, can do platlists, etc etc

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago Sope

+1 for 1by1

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 1 month ago Remah

Including "the ability to PLAY file DIRECTORIES"

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 4 weeks ago Fairportfan

VLC. Not bloated. Does all sorts of good stuff.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 4 weeks ago Kahomono

Uhh... guys... not for nothing, but:
http://winampenthusiasts.com/whats-happening-with-winamp/

For Windows and Android and maybe more.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 4 weeks ago howiem

I've shifted to Light Alloy. It plays just about everything audio and video http://www.light-alloy.ru/ - portable 28MB or with installer 63MB. Irfan View, also free, plays many formats as well.

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A Lean And Free Windows Music Player 4 years 3 weeks ago zootsocket

I've used Foobar2000 for years and it would take a major earthquake to get me to change. It does need some setting up and it's a bit quirky in the way it does it, but some spectacular results can be achieved. Once set up, it's definitely not high maintenance.
A few points that may be of interest:
1) As is the case with some other software packages, you may need to tell it where your copy of LAME is installed to play or rip mp3s. Ditto other codecs, such as FLAC.
2) It includes a very effective and fast ripper for any format whose codec you have installed.
3) It does play by directory, as well as by album/artist/genre/year, provided the necessary data is present in tags.
4) There is a huge range of plugins and extensions available from Hydrogenaudio. Some, like lyrics display are very simple to install and use; others are more esoteric.
5) There are a number of good android control apps available (notably FoobarCon). Once foobar is running you can control playlists etc. via your phone or tablet.
6) Windows only, sadly. I'd love a native Linux version.
7) Actively developed and supported - I think I first used it on XP and it's still going strong. Latest version 2 Nov 2015.

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago jepalmer

As long as your recognize that proceedings and conferences are not peer reviewed and should not carry the same weight as an article in a peer reviewed publication.

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago NICKM

One thing I did learn from grad school when I got my MA: In many cases peer-review means that you must agree with the philosophy of the editorial board, or you won't get published. In many many cases this means that top-notch scholarly research with valid conclusions goes wanting. Peer-review can be indeed helpful, but you'd better understand the bias of those who sit on the editorial board. Many make the error in presuming that peer-review equals objective evaluation. Often, it is anything but.

My own impression of your post is that you do not discount presentations that are not peer-reviewed, but you feel that we should be suspicious of such publications. I would disagree - Take the presentation or paper on it's own merits and investigate on your own. Just because it's peer-reviewed, in many cases, means little. I have no ax to grind because I have never been published or turned down by various peer-review pubs. I have not tried nor do I care to be published in my field (counseling).

That's my 2 cents worth. Don't want to start a major debate or argument, just expressing my opinion...

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago VirtualCharlie

Here's a handout on Internet Research. The first part discusses many search engine tips.
http://oak.ucc.nau.edu/cvb23/handout/OnlineResearch.asp

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago etim

Yes, I agree-- the limitations of the peer review process are all too prevalent in so-called 'prestigious'and objective medical journals where the editorial boards are heavily influenced and populated by employees of pharmaceutical companies. Any new or contradictory information that's not in the financial interests of Pharmaco is usually ignored, refuted or actively attacked.

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago khf314

Charlie - thanks for sharing this!

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A Handy Tip To Help Find Useful Online Information 5 years 1 month ago eikelein

I SECOND THAT MOTION - most emphatically!

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A Handy Report For All Web Site Operators 4 years 5 months ago arieshifman

Nice. Very nice.

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A Handy Cheat-Sheet For Google Power-Searching 6 years 6 months ago jmjsquared

Very useful & handy. Thanks.

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 2 years 1 month ago iun

Hi Rob, or anyone else,
There seems only to be reference to a Chrome add-on in that link above and none for Firefox. When I click on "Add to Chrome" it asks for an email address. A search for Add-ons in Firefox does not seem to find anything relevant called Toby, only something about winning an iPod.
Am I doing something wrong?
Regards,
Ian

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 2 years 2 months ago zepe

Personally I like and use Tree Style Tabs extension in Firefox. Te version oin Chrome sucks.

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A Great Way Of Organising Your Firefox Tabs 2 years 1 month ago Mighty

I agree with zepe. Tree style tabs is The Correct Way to present this information.

There's a newer Tab Tree add-on for Firefox. It's unclear if it will continue to work after the changeover. I haven't installed it, yet, to see how it compares. The author states that it's more efficient.

I also agree that the Chrome extension is cumbersome and awkward to use. Apparently, tree style tabs used to be built into Chrome, and they took it out. And, the hooks needed to do it right in an add-on aren't there. Disappointing.

Drake Christensen

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 3 years 6 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
I agree.
I have been using smallpdf since last year and I am convinced is the best tool kit available for pdfs.

Peter

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 3 years 6 months ago Geekomatic

I've been happy with pdfescape.com. I use it to basically fill out forms-- since my chicken-scratch writing is so deplorable- lol.

I'll have a peek at smallpdf soon.

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 3 years 5 months ago howiem

I don't see a way to annotate a PDF, like with https://www.cutepdf-editor.com/edit.asp, or http://www.pdfonlinereader.com/WebPdf2/, or pdfescape, but very useful otherwise.

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A Great Set Of Free Online PDF Tools 3 years 5 months ago vvsvin

Adobe Reader now provides to Fill&Sign, Annotate for free, no other tool required.
For free merge i found a free tool called PDFsam. This can be downloaded as a zip file and the free features can be used. No internet required. No need to uoload sensitive PDFs.

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago VirtualCharlie

Pivot tables are another great database like in Excel. PowerPivot is a free add-on from Microsoft that takes PivotTables to the next level. I think PowerPivot can combine tables but I've not tried as VLOOKUP and the occasional custom function have always worked for me.
PowerPivot at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=102

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago NotSoSure

I assume ExMerg must have access to your data for the commands to work. Doesn't this present some risk to the safety of your data, whether personal or business related?

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago gdemaderios

I have to say that I'm a little surprised a website like this is being touted on Gizmo's. There is no privacy policy to speak of and yes, your data is being uploaded to a complete strangers website based out of Slovakia. They also state, "We carefully use sample data from our users to test algorithm improvements." Tread very carefully with this site..

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Your assumption regarding the commands is correct - let me explain. To provide functionalities like data merging, data are being processed on the server. Personally, I would also preffer client-side processing, but we're not yet there - web applications still have its limits. This is of course improving over time, and I really hope that future version of ExMerg will not require workbook upload.

Meanwhile, let me assure you that security is and will be top priority at ExMerg. We have no intention of threatinng the reputation of this service (which we love to develop) by any means - and as a Java developer with background from banking and corporate environments, I personally take care of the security related code.

If you would have any questions regarding the security or any other topic, feel free to contact us via our website.

Thank you for your feedback and best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago endriju

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Thank you for your feedback.

The development of ExMerg is being done in Slovakia, however the service is hosted at Amazon AWS cloud. Anyway, I think that this fact should not matter from the data-safety perspective - services are being developed and hosted all round the globe, and it's really not about the location, but rather about the people behind the service.

Regarding the sample data - these are being irreversibly obfuscated before any usage in our development environment.

Best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago Niefer

To rob.schifreen

I will not discuss ExMerg, but I want to say this:

1. Do you really think that VLOOKUP is so "notoriously complicated"? Strange opinion for the person who writes articles about Excel.

2. Few minutes ago, I read your another article - http://techsupportalert.com/content/best-photo-viewer-ive-seen-years-and...
Really and truly, is Diffractor the best viewer you've seen? In years. Then maybe it's the only viewer you've seen.

You have any idea what you're talking about? Sorry for my English, but I think it's much better than your knowledge of Excel and image viewers.

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A Great Reporting Tool For Excel Power-Users 5 years 6 months ago sharphawk

@Neifer: I am not sure that getting aggressive or pointing at so called "lack of knowledge/experience" lead to any positive thinking. Of course we agree that we can disagree i.e differences of opinion should be encouraged, this is not my point. Moreover, I am not moderator in here and I do not want to be.
Anyhow, this being said, allow me to suggest friendly that statements like "You have any idea what you're talking about?" and others on alike tone, do not bring anything positive. In addition your English is good enough to understand the fact that questioning competence of anyone can not be considered quality arguments.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 3 years 8 months ago jmjsquared

Nice recommendations. Thanks. Go is really lots of fun and challenging, especially for players of chess used to its "ad hominem" -based strategizing.

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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 3 years 8 months ago Jojo Yee
You're welcome jmjsquared. Indeed, knowing the master behind the game is one of the top strategies.
 
The grandmasters ("neural networks") behind the supercomputer AlphaGo seem very strong despite "having a problem with unexpected moves" pointed out by LeeSedol in his Match 4.
 
AlphaGo's record now is 9-1 after defeating European Go champion (5-0) last year and now LeeSedol (4-1).
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A Great Mind Game You Can Pick Up Quickly but Challenges You Forever 3 years 8 months ago jmjsquared

I suspect that, inevitably, any rules-based contest between a wo/man and a sufficiently-fast, programmable calculating machine will result in a win for the machine. Only for a little while longer will humans' "unexpected moves" (a function of our limited memories, imperfect recall and limited processing power, not to mention our imagination, 'soul/spirit' , insanity) pose real problems for our machines that play games with us.

Anyway, thanks for the further info.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago Gil Mensch

5KPlayer installed Apple's Bonjour service without asking if it was OK to do so. When i ran the program, I got an alert from Windows firewall, asking what types of networks it could connect through. Not happy about either of those surprises.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

I would suggest a free program called Unchecky for the problem Gil encountered. Many downloads today try to sneak unwanted toolbars or extras past you so a program like Unchecky that prevents that is very useful.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago Gil Mensch

I'll take a look at Unchecky. However, I'm always alert for sneakware. The installer for 5KPlayer didn't offer a "custom" install and didn't give me an option to opt in or opt out of any part of the installation (other than accepting the EULA of course).

From Wikipedia: "Bonjour locates devices such as printers, other computers, and the services that those devices offer on a local network using multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) service records." So, Bonjour is part of 5KPlayer's feature set. My problem with Bonjour is that it wants to run all the time as a service, whether I'm using the app that needs it or not. My experience with Bonjour is that it, like the Adobe updater task, keeps trying to reactivate itself even though I want to deny it permission to run.

If I'd known ahead of time that 5KPlayer uses Bonjour, I wouldn't have installed it.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago Gil Mensch

I was mainly interested in this program for the YouTube downloading capability. When I discovered that it doesn't download in my preferred format (AVI), I uninstalled it. That's when I discovered another negative surprise: 5KPlayer grabbed all the media file associations for itself, again without asking. After I uninstalled, I discovered my mp3, ogg, flac, mp4, avi, flv, et cetera, files are now unassociated with anything. Yes, of course I can reassociate them how I want, but that should not have been necessary. I'm quite happy with MediaMonkey as my music player and VLC as my video player. New apps should not automatically grab file extensions for themselves.

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago budchekov

WinPatrol is your friend ;)

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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago Gil Mensch

Agreed. I use it.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago rover3500

Thanks alot,looks good

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago TheHubster

I tried this and it seemed to indicate that two out of the three exe files had a Trojan. Scanned the files with three different AV scanners all which showed no trojans present. Not too sure about this.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie I am afraid I am not sure exactly what you are describing. Do you mean that you scanned three different exe files from other programs with this utility and it indicated they were trojans? Or do you mean you sent the files to VirusTotal using PeStudio and got a trojan report? PeStudio itself does not report trojans per se. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago Fairportfan

He sneaked in some updates while you weren't looking - V 8.05 now.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie Thanks for the update. I have corrected the version. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago eikelein

Vic, thank you for this post.

I am sorry to be nitpicking but this forum is read by some people that are not geeks; they mostly have limited or no knowledge of technical intricacies but are here to search for advice and information. I believe we need to be very careful to express ourselves correctly.

You write "The file being analyzed is never opened"; that is impossible. It most certainly must be opened to be read and to analyze it's content.

You certainly meant "is never executed" or in layman's terms "never run".

Thanks for your patient indulgence of my rambling.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie OK, "never run" is perhaps better if you consider reading the contents of an executable file to be opening it. view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago TheHubster

Hi. When the files scanned with PeStudio, the Virus Totals showed trojans, AdWare.Win32.Popupguide!O and PAK_Generic.001. There is no help file with this, so I took it to be that it reports a trojan/virus if it finds one. If I'm wrong I stand corrected.

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie As indicated in the article, PeStudio has an option to send files to VirusTotal that can be turned on or off. If a file is flagged by VirusTotal, you have to look further to see if it is a false indication by a few of the many programs that VirusTotal uses or a real indication. See this article for more information: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm view
A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago Jonrock

Does this program have an instructional manual or other site to understand how to best use this?
I have checked the installation setup executable of a known good program SuperAntispyware Free yet it leaves some question (probably false) that this program may be suspicious.

Among the results in the main page are:
For File Description,SUPERAntiSpyware Free Edition Setup
{MD5,827378ED339546918FB893C41A72FF01}

Under "Indicators" 16/28 are "redflagged.
The image contains 86 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 5 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 108 Blacklisted Functions (API)
The image Imports 4 Anonymous Symbol(s)

The ACTUAL program application executable 'red flags' the below among others:
MD5,6C12BD722FFC94584348DD34F4059FC5
The image contains 189 Blacklisted Strings
The image imports 11 Library(s) detected as Blacklisted
The image imports 175 Blacklisted Functions (API)

Also, under "Imported Libraries 11/20" which were blacklisted:
When a red highlighted (blacklisted) [*.dll] file was automatically sent to VirusTotal nothing could be found. I did not think that VirusTotal would scan a *.dll file; this should be sent to another site for analysis; program needs to be fixed in this regard.

There needs to be better guidance on how to use and interpret this program. Any references?

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php view
A Fun And Educational Way to Solve Word Puzzles 3 years 3 days ago Fairportfan

Personally, i prefer cryptic crosswords for the same sort of thing, but more difficult yet.

I've been working my way through the Android version of "Cryptic Crosswords" by Mike Kroger.

Advice: If you've never encountered cryptics before, find a description of how the clues are constructed and how to solve them.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

I'm a hardcore minimalist when it comes to computer desktops and want nothing more than a recycling bin icon on display. Using the start menu and taskbar I can generally accommodate a couple of dozen programs I use frequently. I can see this having benefits for those who like to access accessory folder or system tools quickly though.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago eikelein

I understand crosseyelemon's comment #(126181) above. But my spine is curling.

Background: Way too often, especially when a customer called me and we want to begin a remote support session, I ask them to start a specific program. I say something like "Please start Teamviewer, that is double click on the Teamviewer icon on your desktop". BTW "Teamviewer" is used here only as fairly well known stand-in, it actually is something else!

As far is my request to click on a *named* icon on the desktop and the limits of phone calls are concerned I get back the equivalent of a blank stare.

IMHO way too many people DON'T EVER actually read the text under an icon, that is for me the name of the darned thing. They seem to intuitively go only by colors and shapes; okay, that is their unconscious choice not wanting to know the name of the program they will be starting or the thing they will be handling.

But even more of this IMHO "dumbing down" nonsense? I am glad that I will likely not be around any more when that one day has become the accepted norm - and yet that day may come way to soon for my liking. :-((

As usual, this only IMHO and YMMV.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago yogi22

Re: eikelein' comments, I sympathize entirely! My way around the problem of the "blank stare" is to say,
"Tap on the Windows Key - bottom left between Ctrl & Alt"
"Tap on the T Key - now the E Key - now the A Key, etc., etc." (until TeamViewer or the desired program is completely typed)
"Left-Click on TeamViewer in the displayed results" (or the desired program)
Then starts the fun of getting their username and password

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago vandamme

Looks like Gnome 3 desktop on Linux. Not too many people like it, but to each their own.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago eikelein

yogi22,

we should get together and commiserate jointly. ;-)

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago papavonschoen

A desktop is just, it's for working on stuff on your desk. It shouldn't be for launching programs.

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A Friendly Mac-Like Program Launcher For Windows 3 years 8 months ago wlinden

I tried this and could not figure out how to use it. So I tried to uninstall it.... and not only found no uninstall information, but was completely unable to find the program files. What now?

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