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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago arieshifman

Thanks for all your good work

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago KrankyMax

Thank you for the time you contributed to Gizmo and the articles you wrote on the Free Software. I enjoyed reading about the software, but didn't see a lot of use for me to down load most of them. The ones I did get I still use and glad someone else had input on how helpful they would be for me. My son is also a programmer, but his programs are for the space and defense departments for the US government.
Enjoy your retirement and stay busy with fun things in life.

Maxine

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago WTNeil

Thank you for all your work. It was greatly appreciated by myself and others that I pointed towards your articles. You will be missed by many.
Enjoy your well earned retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago ronj25

I haven't registered before but I thought it was important to do so to express my deep gratitude for all the helpful suggestions and all the hours of effort that made them possible. Many, many thanks.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Yankiwi

Many thanks, Rob, for all your excellent service and advice over the years. Your hard work in finding, testing, and writing about your Hot Finds has made my computing life much easier and better, for which I'm truly grateful, as (manifestly) are the others commenting here.

I wish you a long, peaceful, and healthy retirement, with perhaps - dare we hope? - the occasional Gizmo contribution when you come across some excellent piece of free software and just can't help yourself!

Vá com Deus!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago tonytones

I have been a subscriber for years and always looked forward to great articles from Rob.

You will be missed mate, wishing you all the best in your retirement...

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago pauloz

You have helped take this senior citizen from computer illiterate to well, someone who has a handle on most computer issues. Thank you Rob and all the best in your retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago sea siren

Thank you for all you do (have done). Many blessings to you and for your future. I will miss you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago not recognized

All the best Rob. Hoping a rock won't fall into your swimming pool and an old colleague come to coerce you back etc. Maybe you'll be tempted to make the odd contribution still. Thanks for all your good work.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago fred64

Many years of excellent advice and discussions, your act is going to be a tough one to follow. I have been retired no for about ten years. The first one was the hardest, trying to unwind into a less driven lifestyle. Wishing you well on yours.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago ladyrobina

I'm a longtime fan of this site. Your reviews have always been spot on and helped me a lot when searching for new programs. Many thanks for your work and enjoy your retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago knookie

Thank you Robert - have been enjoying these daily emails for years

[replaced offensive word with thank you - moderator]

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rob.schifreen The Portuguese people are generally so nice, and way too understanding about my lack of language skills. Not only do many of them speak enough English to get by, they frequently apologise for not speaking it better. Which makes me feel even worse. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago MidnightCowboy I used to get very frustrated during our first couple of years here because of my inability to master the language but now I accept it just ain't gonna happen. :D Unlike Portugal and many other parts of Europe, English is not widely spoken here at all and it's virtually impossible to engage with any official function without having a translator. Same applies to banks and doctors/hospitals although there is more English spoken in the main tourist areas. 99% of Brazilians who do speak English assume I'm American and immediately launch into political debates about stuff I care little about until I'm able to reveal my true heritage. MC view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months 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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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months 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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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months 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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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 6 months ago Chigwells

Yep, I'd like to also add a fond farewell to you Robert. I have been using this website for some years, and it's greatest benefit is to point me towards useful, well-functioning freeware. As you point out, a lot of software can be poorly constructed; additionally I would like to add that another procedure with software is to have to download it to check whether it does exactly what I need. Your pages take away most of that tiresome stuff, here I am able to refine my software palette. Another benefit, is I end up with LESS software on board, because I have been able to choose my software more accurately.
I am a self-taught semi-geek, and I help friends and family keep their electronica under control, and I am always promoting this site as the go-to for safe, quality software. Cheers!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 5 months ago paol

Thanx Rob..!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 5 months ago ih8bills

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the freeware cause !
I have been using this site for about 15 years now... and I would not like to be without it.
Which is why I donated the other day -- and will continue to.
This site is of great value -- and we appreciate it.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 1 week ago walterbeckman

Thanks for your hard work and service to all your readers. Don't let the typing fingers rest too long. Again many thanks.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 8 months 2 weeks ago nahabze

As with the others that wish you well, I'd like to add my meager but heartfelt thanks for the superlative contribution you've made to the world of computing. For a generation that preceded PCs, your site provided guidance that allowed us to comprehend the vast array of software that was out there, what it meant, and how to use it. From the earliest days, your contributions have been a guiding light for the uninitiated, and your creation has allowed many of us to acquire skills that we would never have earned without the overview you presented, and the software we could learn how to compute with. Thank you, and may your life be blessed with happiness and love.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 6 months 2 weeks ago kunkel321

Thanks for all you've done Rob -- You will be missed!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 6 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

He's definitely missed. :)

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A Fond Farewell From Me 4 months 3 weeks ago barracuda

Gizmo....Thanks for scaring the crap out of me. I've have been following Tech Alert for 30 some years (not a typo) just don't want people to figure out how old I am. From the bottom of my heart I THANK YOU for all the excellent advice you've given over the years. I always told my clients "if they didn't do anything else sign-up to Gizmo's Tech Alert" so many did and I was always told how useful they found your website. The thing is that 98% of my clients were single parents with God's Special kids or otherwise known physically or mentally challenged. I myself have been disabled for years so I really counted on donated hardware and software so when I had the parts I would build and give them a system totally free. I don't think I could have done it without the freeware or articles on your website. So truly I'm glad your site will still be around but those of us that's been around for a while need to slow down too. Thanks for all you've done to help me over the years...miss you is an under statement. God Bless and Keep You. Michael

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A Fond Farewell From Me 4 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for your kind words. Gizmo and the crew are still here, the farewell post was from one of our editors, Robert Schifreen. We miss him. :)

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A Final Entry In Our Pick Of The Free Mind Mappers 1 year 11 months ago stretcharm

I've not noticed any mention of Freeplane. I've been using this excellent mindmapper for many years. It's open source and still being updated with new features. It's similar to freemind but with lots more features.

https://www.freeplane.org

Wikipeadia has a decent comparison list of mind mappers.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_concept-_and_mind-mapping_software

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago David Roper

Excellent find. I also like KDiff3 for comparing text source code. Now I have two.

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago harrym

My own favorite is the excellent and totally free WinMerge.

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago randyg

How about the perennially excellent [edited]? It costs money, but if you get the trial, it has this little quirk that seems to allow you to use it almost indefinitely. It does everything that these tools do, and a LOT more. Check it out and see what you think. It's been my favorite for years.

[Moderator's note: Mention and links to commercial not permitted. Edited out.]

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago Rick Grunwald

Good one! Thanks

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago crombierob

My first reaction was - I have not had a need for such programs for 15 years.
However you mentioned config files (Settings.ini ?), and I have had a slight need a few times in recent years.
The excellent XYPlorerFree (which everyone should use) has released a newer version than the one I had been using for a few months.
I am setting up a PC to give to a neighbor, and am including what I consider essential programs. I downloaded the latest XYPlorerfree, and gave it a wee test run (It is portable, so I did not clobber my earlier version).
The latest has an annoying habit of changing the column widths, depending on which folder you set focus on. The earlier version is not annoying.
Had a quick look at the configuration file, and ran screaming from it, and decided to give the neighbor the earlier version.
I wonder whether your recommended program will help me here ?
Also do others know of another comparison program that would make that easier ?
Rob
PS If the lines layout is quite different, wouldn't that drive the program, (or me reading the results) crazy ?

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago Sgluber

I have been using ExamDiff for years and have the same opinion: this is a very good and very useful program.

Great suggestion, rob! :-)

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 2 months ago knyri

Same here; I love WinMerge. I used to use ExamDiff but it got a bit buggy and started to crash on me when comparing a large number of files; which I do quite often. Especially with the Ignore Whitespaces option on.

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A Few Hundred More Retro Games To Enjoy For Free 4 years 7 months ago J_L I'm guessing this is an offline app compatible with Chromebooks? view
A Fast Growing Social Media App Gains Millions of Users and Followers Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fascinating New Take on The PIM And Mind-Map Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fascinating Article About Passwords Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 3 years 2 months ago Burn-IT

Er yes!!
I can't get my network working I need help.
Just go to this web page!

Is there an OFFLINE version??

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 3 years 2 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Nice find... but where do you see "Free"?
It's a subscription service, with the lowest price being $9/month.
Or perhaps you meant the 30 day free trial? If so, you should say so. That's not the same as "free."

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 3 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy

The subscription plans relate to the monitoring service. The tools are free to access from your browser and use. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/o5H2uYe.png

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 3 years 2 months ago Geert

I tested a site of mine for the HeartBleed bug and according to site24x7 it was affected.
I contacted my hosting provider but he responded that the HeartBleed bug was already tackled long ago.
He passed this check site https://filippo.io/Heartbleed/ and there my site is OK.
So, apparently the HeartBleed check of site24x7 is not reliable.

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A Duplicate File Finder That's Simple To Use And Unbelievably Fast Anonymous (not verified) view
A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 3 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

I've been using EditPad Lite {https://www.editpadlite.com/} for years. Does everything i want, clean interface. 9.1 meg download. Updated regularly.

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A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 3 years 2 months ago Jojo Yee Thanks Robert. A good app to add to my folder of portable apps. It even has a spell-checker which is a must in a text editor for me. Will use it alongside Notepad++, which has two shortcuts to run in multi instances: one opens in a small window on top of other windows to write notes and another in a full window to edit html files. view
A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 3 years 2 months ago beergas

EditPad Lite looks a small bit like Notepad++ which is a good thing. Like it mentions has a search & replace.
There are a few other tools at the EP L site, think mainly for regedit work. Haven't checked WriteMonkey.

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 1 year 9 months ago Anupam

Rob, this is an excellent find. However, I am also a bit disappointed, when I read about the Windows download. There is only a 64-bit version of the program, and I run a 32-bit Windows. Also, from this page on their site about the Windows installer:

https://www.darktable.org/2017/08/darktable-for-windows/

It seems that the Windows version is pre-alpha development, so there might be bugs, and it might not be stable.

Users should read the FAQ too:

https://www.darktable.org/about/faq/

Definitely an excellent find for users of other platforms, like Linux.

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 1 year 9 months ago Remah

Rob, another excellent find. Thanks.

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 1 year 9 months ago MidnightCowboy

An interesting comparison from a LightRoom user who switched to DarkTable. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/59324818

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 1 year 9 months ago ManUFanatic

Seems there is a MAC version too. I haven't tried it yet though ....

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A Desktop Client for Youtube Anonymous (not verified) view
A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Anonymous (not verified) view
A Complete Publishing Program Online For Free 3 years 3 months ago tacenator

Nice program, however I would need to pay a subscription to get any use out of it. To print or download as a PDF, you are constrained to 72 DPI which does not create a very nice document for any kind of publishing.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Australia

Thanks for the great Hot Find !

Interesting concept
Im new to anonymous surfing and Tor (which I have heard about for years, but never touched)
So be gentle
Do Tails allow your IP number not to be broadcast to the internet at all ?
What other advantages are there to anonymous surfing with Tails in plain English ?

---Is there a simpler (portable if possible) Windows freeware application with Tor protection ?------------
---ie avoiding having to do a separate Linux bootup ?------------

Booting into Linux means that you have to devote your entire computer to internet browsing
This is difficult if you also have work to do with other Windows programs at the same time
The way the DVD loads Linux almost demands that you use a separate computer to do your anonymous browsing

Im betting the majority of us want as little to do with Linux as possible, apart from this anonymous browsing function, so dont suggest Linux word processing programs, image editors etc. Have you tried printing with legacy hardware with Windows drivers, on a Linux system ?

Im dreaming, but it would be much better if this DVD could log into Linux on a virtual drive, flawlessly connecting to the internet via this virtual drive, and running concurrently with Windows programs
Then we have perfection !

But still a great find for those who want some anonymous surfing before/after doing other work on their computers !

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Geekomatic

I haven't tried it yet, but:

I'd imagine that you could install Virtualbox & then point it to this DVD, as an ISO on your "real" computer?

Then, you'd be able to boot to Windows (if you must ;) & launch the ISO when you required a safe internet connection.

I'd appreciate if those more knowledgeable than I could please comment?

Ta!

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Geekomatic

One more thing:

tunlr.net

Cheers

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy The Tunlr service is no longer available. Wasn't sure if this was the meaning of your post? MC - Site Manager. http://tunlr.net/ view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy There is also a Linux distribution that allows Windows XP or 7 to be run in a virtual environment within itself or the same way inside one of a number of supported existing Linux installations. Their business model however currently requires a "donation" for the VM installers although I understand this might change. If it does I'll post the details to our Linux forum. MC - Site Manager. view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Geekomatic

Lol,

Shows my everyday use of IP-hiding? I'm so legal, it's crazy... ;)

I used tunlr a while ago (not that long?)...How odd they couldn't find a way to go commercial & simply killed it?

Cheers for the head's-up,

Me

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago redbudo

I've used TAILS for several years with no difficulty at all. Also have used LPS from the Air Force SPI program. Also good.

Useful for those Starbucks moments.

Re the comments--I dual-boot on a laptop Win 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10. And each OS has VirtualBox. So, in Windows I can run virtualized Bodhi; and in Ubuntu I can run Windows.

I stay away from MS productivity apps, instead using multi-platform apps; OpenOffice, LibreOffice, AbiWord, Thunderbird, TrueCrypt, etc.

No trick whatever. If you need help refer to the tutorial in the Brit Linux magazines.

Cheers

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Sgluber

Good suggestion rob, thank you! :-)

Just leaving a humble opinion: better than burn a DVD is to use a pen drive and a boot creator software, like YUMI:
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/yumi-multiboot-usb-creator/

By the way, I have a 8 GB pen drive with a lot of amazing and different SOs/Linux distributions thanks to YUMI. Now I'm downloading Tails and it will be the novelty of my "collection".

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago JB213

Serious Newbie here when it comes to this stuff, please be kind.

My question, I was told a long time ago to never access my banking site using Windows (My laptop is Windows 7) ...

I was told to use the Ubuntu operating system via burned DVD and boot to that system to do my banking.

Is Tails the same thing as using Ubuntu ??

Cable guy told me my internal wireless card was bad, disabled it and installed a WLAN but since he did this I can not get Ubuntu to find my wireless access.

Would using Tails correct that problem ??

Thanks for any input on this.

Jenn

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago ant

MC are you referring to oracle VM virtual box? comes std with ubuntu flavours .dunno bout the other linux flavours. Im on mint and use it for a cadd package i cant get. with win7. Anyway its in the repos,no mention of donation.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

This setup does not appear to hide your IP prior to the browser nor prevent your ISP from reading your web traffic as a default. Furthermore, it would appear that the NSA has at least partially penetrated TOR as reported by Edward Snowden.

At any rate, it is NOT very hard to completely hide your PC activity in windows for free and encrypt your traffic from the first hop & hide your IP /packets even from your ISP:

1) general cleaning: CCleaner

2) RAM, disk cache & deeper cleaning: PrivaZer
http://privazer.com/

3)[Link to commercial services edited out]

Run the first two after a session, bring up 3 prior to your session; good PC management to clean out any virus, trojans & malware are always good practices.

In reality, if the NSA wants to see what you are doing, there is no defense other than to run totally web disconnected PCs and ensure high physical security of your location.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

IMO, you can either use reasonable precautions and take your chances with online banking or be safer by banking the old fashion way, in person, with written instruments (checks). Using PCs and debit/credit cards further expose you to fraud. In most respects, there is minimal difference between PC operating systems in this regard.

Ensure your deposits are largely protected from fraud by the bank or ensure that your homeowners / other insurance policy covers your banking liability.

Bankers are actually a likely source of fund loss and recourse to bank collapse depends on the FDIC in the US. Obviously you would likely lose all your bank money in a general currency collapse.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago JB213

LoLoL, well there you go .. NO totally safe way.

Thank you for taking the time to reply ~!!

Have a Gr8 Weekend and Keep Smiling. :-)

Jenn

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago JB213

Excellent information to check out.

Thank You.

Jenn :-)

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago crombierob

Forgive me if my old lazy brain has not grasped all the motives that readers may have
Could they be broken into two broad categories -
1) Stop anyone seeing what you are doing, as you do it
2) Don't leave any trace of what you were previously doing in an earlier session
(Forgive me for leaving out concerns about leaving a record of what you were doing, on servers/etc out there.)

Regarding '2' would using IceDragon (Comodo's FF) in portable mode allow one to delete all history from your hard drive, by deleting the folder it was running in ?
Or crushing a thumb drive, if that was where your folder was ?

Rob
PS I love the portable mode, and have many folders (on my hard drive) allowing me to have different browsing history, for say Software, Hardware, Programming(VB6), etc
Since I consistently allow Tabs to accumulate, having them broken up across different FF's is a boon.
PPS Anyone tempted to do the same, I never run two of the portables at the same time, as I suspect they may confuse each other. (One portable running at the same time as the traditional FF, works fine.)

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy No, there is a dedicated Linux distro that has been purposely designed to run Windows in a virtual environment (XP or 7). Additionally, you can use their purpose built VM installers in a range of other supported distros that you might already have installed. The problem currently is that a "donation" is required so we will not be promoting it here. I've been in contact with the developer however and it is possible this might change. He also states that some users have been provided with this for free but until this is listed as "free" on his website we won't be posting links to it. If you're interested though, please send me a PM and I'll provide the details. MC - Site Manager. view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

Also edited out was the generic item called VPN (virtual private network = virtual point-to-point connection employing virtual tunneling protocols, or traffic encryption.

The link to LifeHacker was NOT to a commercial service although the linked article itself linked commercial services. A bit of a stretch.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago SmAppsFan

Hi MidnightCowboy. Not to be a dunce, but how does one initiate a PM to you? Posting a reply message on this board (which this is) which would not provide the private forum required if you did not want to publicize this donation-required Linux distro?

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Just click my username to reveal the contact field or from the forum click my username to send a PM (private message) or email contact. MC view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago JM

actually, even running disconnected from the web...they still have access! your machine needs a power source....and they can connect via the electrical outlet.

ebuyer and other companies readily sell such devices so you can run a home network that way....been around for years- did surprise me....how you can have data and 240 volts mains power running through same wires at same time....but it works!

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 8 months ago Aninnymous

I suspect this is harder than you think without the presence of a device to decode and encode signals to be generated over the power line. However, why even bother with the power lines when they can supposedly employ lasers for direct line of sight hacking, peeking in windows, radio frequency demodulators to interpret keystrokes and cpu response, compromised E-Proms, Roms, & software, and so on.

But all of the above assumes that your physical security kung fu is weak.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 6 months ago Northwolfecnd

Yes, there is no escaping the NSA if they directly target you. Yet, the main usage I find for Tails/Tor is protecting one from criminals using your computer in free WiFi spaces (internet cafes/university/libraries...) to do their illegal work. Any criminal can do his activities using a random computer wile drinking a couple of bears outside an internet cafe, and they are untraceable...For all intents and purposes it was the ''targets'' computer doing the work.
Naturally, there is no protection without the usage of a good VPN service...currently there are many cheep options available (choose one that permits you to insert your own code).

Also, if you live in a small community, where everybody knows each other, you might not want the service provider, probably a friend or acquaintance, going around divulging all your activities, even if there is nothing illegal about them.
So the ideal package would be Tails/Tor/VPN...With Kali as your personal ''attacking'' software, just to be sure there are no major vulnerabilities. The idea is for you to regularly hack/crack/attack your Tails/Tor/VPN system using Kali, then gradually eliminate the vulnerabilities you discover.

There is no escaping Governments criminal activities, but there is a reason we all have doors in our houses and don't permit creeps looking into our homes, nor do we use glass walls in our bathrooms...
Total protection can only be achieved by going ''old School''...that means no WiFi on your mobo, even if allegedly disconnected, and no internet of any sort on your main server...''Let's get physical''...
Even if all your ''work'' systems are always offline, remember to physically destroy your mobo's WiFi connectors, since they can be remotely accessed, and no webcams (also must be physically destroyed).

Paranoia, Paranoia, Paranoia...''Tinfoil-hat people'' are always right, the Government is always out to get you...This should be your attitude in all things electronic/digital (phones/car/gps...)
Cheers.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 6 months ago Northwolfecnd

This assumes you are a direct target and your system was ''worked on'' physically. Tails/Tor/VPN aren't meant to offer total protection, much less if you are the target of a criminal Government...They are meant to give you privacy from your peers, keep your computer safe from cloning, and protect you from generic spy tools (use by governments and corporations).
If you are a direct target nothing can protect you. Most people are not direct targets, but targets of clumsy software attacks (mainly from corporations looking for ''pirated'' software/music/movies/TV shows...)
Remember, Tails/Tor/VPN service(that was omitted from the article)...VPN is probably the most important of the three.
Cheers.

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 5 years 6 months ago JM

Thanks, I know exactly what you saying...being TI for at least fifteen years myself.....gets lot worse than just the spying and messing with computer equipment.....you targetted yourself is what I'm really wondering?

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 1 week ago mchldpy

@ Rob,
I don't say thank you near enough so...

Thank You Near Enough,

michael clyde

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 1 week ago sgodlovitch

I'm not sure what changes are available between the free versions of Forte 5 and Forte 6 - at least, it wasn't obvious from their promotion of the product. The improved changes all seem to attach only to the commercial versions.
Both free Forte versions are very admirable editors but they have - for me at least - one serious limitation. Neither, as far as I can see, allows for layout adjustment, so you're stuck if you need fewer staff lines to the page (as, e.g., you'll want for many classical guitar scores).
If you're wanting a much more full-featured free notation editor, I'd recommend the latest version of MuseScore - version 2.0 beta 1 - which is, in my experience, even easier to use than Forte. MuseScore allows for layout changes not to mention a wealth of extras for score notation.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago Bruce_Fraser

Nice find, thank-you.

But I agree with your conclusion: MuseScore is way better. MuseScore is highlighted on the "Best free Music Notation Software" page: http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-music-notation-software.htm.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago MikeR

Rob Schifreen's contributions: always music to the ears.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago vandamme

MuseScore is open source, runs native on Linux, and...well, I think it's better.

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago rjl

I couldn't find out how to make a comment of my own, only to comment on this comment by vandamme. I am a Linux user and so I will try MuseScore. I thought the tutorial for Forte was excellently done but in order to finish the install on WINE on Ubuntu you need to install Java. Well I already have Java installed ... so I should have been able to skip this step but it wouldn't let me and when I tried to reinstall using WINE internet explorer it wouldn't go to the JAVA web-site so I give up.

I am not impressed that the Setup program it didn't recognize that Java was already installed.

I may try to install Forte on my wife's Win7 laptop just to use it a little so that I can rate it. How do I start my own comment in here. I couldn't fine an empty box or a button that says leave a comment. Has anybody been successful in installing and running this on WINE?

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago Anupam rjl, when you are logged in on the site, then, at the end of the page of any article, you should see a heading "Post new comment", with your name, and a comment box. There you can write your comment and post it, and it will start a new comment. view
A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 6 days ago vandamme

The "New comment" box is at the bottom of all the comments.

You can go to the Wine app data base and give a (thumbs down) report on Forte. It might help out other folks. https://appdb.winehq.org/

Another thing thant helps Linux is to contact Forte and explain you'd love to be a customer but can't get their trial to run on Ubuntu.

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

Good resource - thanks

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Ms. rhiannon,
again one of your finds that make me elevate the pedestal I have you on anyway! ;-)
Thank you!

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm happy you like it. :)

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're more than welcome, I'm glad you like it.

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago jmjsquared

Rhiannon - My appreciative pedestal is taller and more elevatingerlyish than @eikelein's... AND has garlands and roses.

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago EldonW

Rhiannon, your finds are amazing.
This is definitely in the top 1%.
Thank you!

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you, I don't think I've ever had a pedestal before, much less a decorative one. :)

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thank you. I'm glad you find them useful and interesting. :)

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago Phylis Sophical

Requirements: 96MB of RAM, 256MB recommended. Too Funny!
This does sound like a great idea for those old laptops I have sitting around. Keep us posted everyone.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago crombierob

I reckon the main reason I avoid Linux, is the incompatibility with all the 'windows' applications.
Shirley, ReactOS must have some similar limitations ?

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago trainman261

The idea behind ReactOS is that it should be able to run standard Windows programs - but since it is in alpha, not everything will work. If you want to know if it works for the programs you would need, the best idea would be to run it in an emulator as suggested, and try loading the program to see if it works or not.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy

I admire the dedication of this lot but it's been in alpha for like 8 years! Also the list of what works is not good for doing very much.
https://www.reactos.org/wiki/Tests_for_0.4.0#Stuff_not_on_the_Downloader...
IMO if there is a reason you cannot or don't want to use Windows 7 or 10, using ReactOS in preference to one of the many great Linux distros available doesn't make a lot of sense. MC - Site Manager.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago Remah

I thought that this site doesn't promote alpha software because, among other deficiencies, alpha means that it is not ready for end users.

Twenty years since it started with Windows 95/98 and it hardly looks like delivering a stable platform anytime soon. In the meantime Windows has moved on another decade or so. Windows technology has changed so much that it is hard to see ReactOS every catching up.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy

I think dedoimedo sums it up pretty fairly. MC - Site Manager.
http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/reactos-0-4.html

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 1 month ago eikelein

@Remah:
"... not ready for end users ..."
Who claimed that and where?

"... hard to see ReactOS every catching up ..."
Well, I admit, I haven't even been on their web site yet, but who claimed that and where?

And, for the love of it, why shouldn't Rob mention something potentially exiting? I happen to know from experience with many thousands of typical home users that something sort of stable that can run a web browser and additionally eventually a word processor is enough for eight out of ten people.

AND: Old computers die 95% of the time because the disk drive dies and/or the OS gets so messed up that there is no hope to fix it. So something like ReactOS may be even better than Linux Lite if you put an SSD drive in the old box.

YMMV indeed.

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