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Best Free Screen Session Recorder 5 years 1 month ago wozie

I have tried Jing and it forces you to signup for an account with them before you can use the software, what a load of rubbish, they dont even give you the option to trial the software without signing up.

I quit and uninstalled straight away.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 5 years 1 month ago wozie

I have just tried Jing, bit disappointed because after the install I had to "log in" to the program to be able to use it which meant signing up for ANOTHER account on another website, more usernames and passwords to remember, there isnt even an option to try the program without "logging in". Needless to say I have quit the application without signing up and logging in and have uninstalled the program, a bit of a waste of time so wanted to let everyone else know its not very good.

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Best Free iPhone Apps 6 years 7 months ago Wpgesser

In search of my holy grail:

An App that meshes contacts and agenda (like I had in my nokia)

What I'm looking for: When I receive a call, to be able to automaticaly setup an appointment (with contact data from the caller) and have that appointment linked to the contact..... Is it something so dificult????

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How to Help Freeware Authors and Get Some Free Goodies at the Same Time 4 years 6 months ago wraith808

Actually, you can donate to any member of the site using DonationCredits. It's to facilitate the spread of freeware/donationware and anyone that is a member can host their software and promote it on the site.

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Thank You for Donating 1 year 3 months ago wraith808

Done! I'll gladly give a donation or join a membership site, but don't turn off my adblocker for anyone. Too much bad stuff out there that comes through Ad networks.

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Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility 3 years 4 months ago wreckage

I'm very surprised you have said that Ditto is so good. I have just installed it and it's terrible! Firstly, the Help file says to highlight a stored entry and hit Enter to paste. That doesn't work. Secondly, It opens behind the System Tray window (My taskbar is on the right side (vertical) on my screen) so I can't get to the clipboard items. It can't be dragged higher by its border. Yes. I know I can fix that by moving its icon onto the Taskbar.
Thirdly, it doesn't remember formatting! What good is that? It pastes only text.
I'm sticking with CLCL for the time being, although 1Clipboard (by the same people who brought you PicPick) looks promising. All it's missing is 'instant paste' when the stored item is clicked.

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Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 5 years 2 months ago wreckage

Has anybody used ADWCleaner? I'd love to see some efficacy tests on that package.
https://toolslib.net/downloads/viewdownload/1-adwcleaner/

Some good things have been said about it.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/download/adwcleaner/

Cheers.

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How to Create a Bootable Rescue CD 1 year 3 weeks ago wreckage

I would love to see an update of this article to encompass Windows 10 and UEFI boot, etc.

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 5 years 3 weeks ago wreckage

Wow! For a moment there I thought I'd found a replacement for PicPick, but no.
ShareX... I can't print from the 'annotate' (edit) window. What are you thinking??
How the heck do I print an image after I've edited it without saving it then printing from another program? Hoo, boy. Add a 'print' feature and you've got a winner.

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The Best Free Screenshot Tool I Have Used 5 years 3 weeks ago wreckage

Hello, Jaex.

Great work! Adding the 'print' button is a great help. Now, who needs PicPick? ;-)

I have downloaded the latest version but your print button is not present. Can you please advise when this version will be available?
Thanks.

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Nimbus Note 4 years 8 months ago wreckage

If Nimbus sync'ed with Google Tasks which I can see in Thunderbird on my PC, it would be perfect. At the moment I'm using GTasks which does, but I believe it is Android-only.

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Best Free Memory Optimizer 5 years 10 months ago wsalew

Does anyone tried this clean memory app?
http://www.koshyjohn.com
Using it for about a year and im satisfied with it, so i would be glad for some "professional opinion" about this software.

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Best Free Program Launcher 2 years 1 month ago wsalew

I really cant understand why Executor is not on this list.

http://executor.dk

Even if the last update was on 9 nov. 2013, IMHO it is the best launcher so far. I cant imagine my PC without Executor. I had it from windows 7 up to now (win 10) without any problems - running smoothly like a charm. It is enough just to look at the web site, to see that sky is a limit for this peace of software.

I tried out the Find and run robot, Launchy and SlickRun (all on win7) but Executor was the fastest, and with much more options than all of them. It is good for newbies but also for the experienced users. And it is completely free!

If you try it, you wouldnt be disappointed.

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Best Free Telnet-SSH Terminal Emulator 4 years 1 month ago wsmwk

> Unfortunately this project [Poderosa] seems to have gone the way of the Dodo with no updates since 2006

Someone picked up the project earlier this year. Two new versions of Poderosa have been issued in the month at http://sourceforge.net/projects/poderosa/files/releases/

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A Quick Way to Change or Check your DNS Setting 6 years 3 months ago wtarkan

We are the developers of the Dns Jumper , Dns jumper is not relevant to Dns changer, and unfortunately Dns Helper's developer (he has stolen the dns Jumper's first version's code , please compare The Dns jumper's first version's release date and Dns helper's first version's release dates) spreading childish lies for example ; Dns Jumper caused him to stopping using the internet , or bluescreen ... (nonsense) Dns Jumper downloaded more than 1.500.000 times and it is the world's first portable virus - free Dns changing App , and v1.0.5 ist the worl's firs Portable IPv6 virus-free dns changing App , till now Nobody Complained like that except dns Helper's developer he try to calumniate our freeware , probably because of the lack of ability to develop better Application
Please use Dns Jumper's latest version (v1.0.5)
Best Regards
Sordum.org TEAM

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 6 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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Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 6 years 5 months ago wwcanoer

Installed imgburn using download mirror from the authors site, then soon had snap.do hijack my chrome home page. I don't know for sure if imgburn was the reason but feels suspicious. New install of Win7 x64 with McAfee Enterprise 8.8, Zemana anti-logger, anti-malware bytes, and AnVir task Mgr free. I could not get AnVir task mgr window to open (even though windows task mgr showed it as a running process), so I uninstalled, re-downloaded and then re-installed it, during re-installation it gave the two message warnings of new startup items videosaver and snap.do. I opened the browser to look-up their names and found it redirected to snap.do. Maybe the AnVir download was corrupted with malware. I don't know for sure. I am reverting to a backup image from this morning before installing imgburn...

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 1 year 5 months ago WykydWytch

Another good one is [mobile app] available free from the Google app store for free.

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Best VPN Services for 2019 4 years 1 month ago WykydWytch

Another satisfied customer of AirVPN here. I've been with them for over a year and I believe that they do meet all of your requirements.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 2 months ago WZehntner

I suggest an additional link to submit false-positive samples for McAfee-GW-Edition:

virus_research_gateway@avertlabs.com

The correct procedure to submit is explained here:
https://kc.mcafee.com/corporate/index?page=content&id=KB62662&actp=null&...

Background-story: in the past 4 weeks I submitted 3 times the same sample file to virus_research@mcafee.com and each time I got the reply:
"Automated analysis was not able to determine that this file is malware. This file is
being sent for further processing and the DAT files will potentially be updated if
detection of this sample is warranted"

Finally I registered with the McAfee-community and explained my case.
Today I submitted my sample again to the new submission adress.
Hopefully they will now handle this case.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 2 months ago WZehntner

My false positive sample was detected when I uploaded it to virustotal.
I then submitted it 3 times to virus_research@mcafee.com (leaving at least 7 days interval). My file was never whitelisted there.
The new email adress virus_research_gateway@avertlabs.com works better for samples that are flagged as McAfee-GW-Edition.
If you are interested I can provide the report-links from virustotal.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 2 months ago WZehntner

Just to clarify: both email adresses are valid.
Only if a false positiv is marked as "McAfee-GW-Edition" I would recommend the new adress. For other McAfee-findings I would still use the old adress.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 5 years 2 months ago WZehntner

Yes, correct, thanks.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 4 years 10 months ago WZehntner

Online subission for MicroWorld-eScan here:

http://support.mwti.net/support/index.php?/Tickets/Submit

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 4 years 10 months ago WZehntner

Forget my above comment.
I was not aware that "MicroWorld-escan" is already listed under "eScan"

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 3 years 10 months ago WZehntner

Thank you for providing a link for Qihoo.
Thanks to your link I recently submitted a false positiv to them.
2 days later the false positiv was taken care of.

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How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors 2 years 17 hours ago WZehntner

eGambit (from TEHTRIS) is not listed. Submission-link for false-positiv and false-negativ is:
https://tehtris.com/egambit_fp.php

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 7 months ago X-Sarge

I just got done wasting over 2 hours on the AOMEI Backupper. I am doing a simple task, taking my bootable C drive and migrating it to a bigger hard drive. In essence, according to the "Free" utility software, I was doing a system clone. Fair enough. But this is NOT a free feature of the software. It is lock out. I call that cripple-ware. If you want to have that feature, then you have to jump through a hoop. Post the text they provided you on a social media site. Again, I read the reviews and thought to myself, it's worth it, press on and just do it. Two hours later, that feature never did unlocked no matter what url social media site I choose. As you can imagine I do not have faith in cripple-ware software that doesn't un-cripple. I did submit an email to their support, but, I really think a simple task like this needs NOT to be crippled so a person can finish it in a day.

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How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist 4 years 8 months ago x4rgon

Stopped using ADBLOCK (plus or non plus) a while ago - uBLOCK - way to go !

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Best Free Music Creation Software 2 years 6 months ago Xar

out of the three should I download as they are presented, or is there another way to go, or are they some what the same salfware pick one type deal

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Win A Copy Of This Superb Information Manager [Updated] 3 years 7 months ago Xavier Torres

Thanks for contest. The program is very interesting. I would like to test the full version.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 6 years 2 months ago xcal

Does not work on IE 10. on Win 8 in Canada. When I installed it for IE, all my signed-in google sites get messed up and show 404. Works ok in Chrome though.

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Website Not Available In Your Country? No Problem! 6 years 2 months ago xcal

I think it was the cookies that don't translate when you access your sites while Hola is on.

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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game) 5 years 6 months ago xcal

Favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game??? Pokémon started out as a card game then a video game. Cartoons were created later to further sell the game.

I thought an actual non-game cartoon had been turned into a game. This is just a re-boot of the Gameboy version.

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Freeware Game of the Week (When your favorite Cartoon turned into a Free Game) 5 years 6 months ago xcal

I guess a more appropriate title would have been "When your favorite Gameboy game turned into a Free Game". I know I'm being picky... Good job on digging this up though.

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On-Screen Hard Disk Activity Indicator 3 years 8 months ago xcal

Contrary to documentation on site, doesn't work on Win 10 Pro.

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 2 years 7 months ago xcal

When it will not work without a valid registration, It is not considered "Free".

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Best Free Undeletable File Remover 3 years 8 months ago XjFV845Z

I just used it. Worked well. No negatives.

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Best Free Online TV Viewer 4 years 8 months ago XmanORE

Just d/l'ed and installed JLC's Internet TV. At startup, the program offers to update channel list but fails to contact the update server repeatedly. Went to their page to see if I could do a manual download, clicked on their Forums page, got a phpBB : Critical Error Could not connect to the database. Guessing that means I'm SOL on this one.

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Best Free Streaming Music Sites 4 years 3 months ago Xojo

This is neither an article nor a review, it is a brief, naked list. As a stub it is a good start, but needs to be fleshed out. Grooveshark (http://grooveshark.com/) is gone as of 2015 April 30.

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Site Suggestions and Feedback 2 years 9 months ago Xojo

Re: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/clip-layer.htm -- Jojo's page has no contact, so, here.

My Samsung Galaxy S III (S3) uses long-press on the home key to bring up the running-apps list.

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Easy Way to Customize the System Folders “Computer” in Windows 7 and 8 and “This PC” in Windows 8.1 5 years 2 months ago xpclient

Yeah I second this utility. All Winaero tools are fantastic and very safe to use. The developer is a genius.

Any detections at VirusTotal are false positives, I can assure you.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 4 years 2 months ago XPer

Hi, Everyone, and here is my latest discovery- 7star browser.
Yes, it is chinese product, which some won't use (being afraid of spying-for one of reasons), but..
I'm working with it for a few days now and found it to be fast ( it's base- Chrome ), reliable (it gives me foreign radiotranslations and videos, which some browsers refuse to do, and plenty of functions; also, it has another engine- Internet Explorer ( which isn't all that exciting these days ) and auto or manual switching - depending of which site you want to open.
Try it, boys and girls, I'm quite sure You'll be glad You did. ARaa.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago XPer

Hi,Everyone,
just discovered qualities of 2 browsers, which didn't want try before- AOL Shield and Secure Browser, and was pleasantly surprised :
easily installed ( Acer , Win 7 ), imported all bookmarks from my default ( Slimjet ) and started working without a hitch. Try'em, You just might enjoy.
ARaa.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago XPer

Hi, Anupam,
info on AOL Shield can be found thru Google Search , link for Secure Browser can be found on Softpedia.
ARaa.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago XPer

Right. However, both browsers work just fine for me, so far, and if they make money - let'em . ARaa.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago XPer

Every Co praises its product, good example- Nano Browser does it in minute details, even repeating some statements .
BUT REALLY IMPORTANT INFO comes from consumers, and THIS IS WHY DIGGING THRU SEARCH IS IMPORTANT.
Such is the reality. ARaa.
Nano Browser...It installs with "CCCP (that's USSR/Soviet Union for those in need of deciphering) setting" ,doesn't import bookmarks, doesn't have settings, its search doesn't work...nothing; that big bunch of boys & girls, pictured on Co home page, produced... what?! No wander not one download site is offering it.
Perhaps, this one "ll be to Your liking, bhai Anupam.
Ciao.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 years 1 month ago XPer

Fair point. But only to the point. Example: Panzer pointed to Nano Browser - obvious recommendation; Nano's home page gives info/descriptions and is full of praises; tested it...look in 127870. Search, by-the-way, showed no info aside from Nano's. However, Search is one very helpful tool in many cases, and gives much broader view- not recommendation, mind You, but INFO from various sources. Quite sure, general users aren't limiting themselves to reading just info on , say, browsers creators home pages, or material on GIZMO (which is one of my fav sources; others- Bleepingcomputer. Filehippo, Softpedia); and the reason is- variety of opinions, helping me to decide- to try or not this or that item . Regards. ARaa.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 4 years 5 months ago XPer

Hello there, Gizmoguys, and, before tech staff,- congratulations with so nicely redesigned format;
now: recently I"ve discovered Polarity browser and B.O.B Rapid browser, both are extremely small- 1 mb and 826 kb accordingly , both downloading in .exe form, to be open on the screen all that is required is to click on the icon and click 'run"; both are very fast and do everything that their big brothers do, Youtube works fine, every page I called on the screen, including foreign, opened fast, there is no freezing, nor crushing. So, I"m quite content. Perhaps, someone else will be too, when tried. Thank You. 'till we meet again. A.Raa.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 4 years 5 months ago XPer

Hi,everyone,
here is my latest find in group of supersmall browsers- '32 bit web Browser', just 1 mb, can be downloaded as .exe and not necessarily 'saved', but just 'run'. And, just like in case with 'B.O.B. Rapid browser', little bit of manual work and tweaking required to create 'bookmarks'.
Sites are opening fast , no glitches, domestic and foreign.
Detail regarding 'B.O.B.Rapid Browser' ( sorry, I didn't mention this in my prior comment ): it doesn't open some sites on its own and resorts to opening those thru Your default browser. But the size ! The speed ! And no glitches. I've tried these two and Polarity, and am keeping them, even if just for fun
( and fun is in variety ). A.Raa.

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Best Free Lightweight Web Browser 4 years 4 months ago XPer

Hello again ,
just have to add to my prior comments: there's one more browser- Maxthon Nitro ( from FlashPeak ), and it is fast; it isn't yet stable, also, it doesn't import Favorites ( You have to create them from scratch), BUT it is fast, no glitches, no crashes. Try. I'm quite sure, You'll like it. A.Raa.

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CDCheck 1 year 2 months ago XsiliconX

Here is the correct, original developer's website with downloads: http://kvipu.com/CDCheck/download.php

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Best Free Firewall Protection 6 years 1 hour ago xsteveuk

Hi,

I have noticed that Online Armour
looks like they NO longer offer their firewall as freeware!

They have updated their page.
That says it no longer free..

Always enjoy this site - Keep up the good work

Steve

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 10 and 11] 5 years 10 months ago xtreme

hi.. how to edit Launch Application... I want to remove applications...Linux Mint 16...

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/71357032/launch.png

tks !!!

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 4 years 8 months ago Y6F0

Try a free program called Insomnia, which keeps the computer awake when it would otherwise sleep.

I'd include a link, but the site flags it as spam. Search on insomnia lifehacker.

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How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 4 years 8 months ago Y6F0

Actually, insomnia lifehacker doesn't work (sorry). Try insomnia lifehacker download.

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I Still Rate This Excellent Free Youtube Downloader 6 years 4 months ago yadon

I'm using EagleGet as my Youtube Downloader. It works perfectly on my Chrome and Firefox.

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

On the PDF-Xchange Editor page (Go to tracker-software.com, click on Products, then on PDF-Xchange Editor) it clearly says: "The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor may be used without limitation for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses, provided it is not: incorporated or distributed for profit/commercial gain with other software or media distribution of any type - without first gaining permission."

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

You're right that it would be clearer if they specifically stated "free version," but to give them their due, they do say that ""The FREE [emphasis in the original] download of the PDF-XChange Editor ***may be used without limitation*** for Private, Commercial, Government and all uses," etc. "May be used without limitation" says to me that the software is free to download and use, but I agree wholeheartedly that it would probably be clearer and better for them to state outright that they have a "free version" available. I would even go further and add that it would be better still for their statement about the "free version" to be more prominent than the "free download" statement I originally quoted, which was rather tucked away on their site.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

This listing of Android apps is superb, as always, but I'd like to add a small note of caution about Ringdroid. It's a great program and works well, but when I repeatedly found icons for gambling and other unwanted applications on my home screen, I finally tracked down Ringdroid as the source. As a result, I uninstalled it, as I don't need to create ringtones regularly, and I can always reinstall it briefly if I want to create a ringtone, then uninstall it again.

If anyone has reliable information that this problem is no longer happening with Ringdroid, that would be good to know, but until that is known for sure, users should be aware that Ringdroid may install all kinds of junk apps on their phones.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, Jojoyee,

Thanks for the info. I've never downloaded any app from any source other than the Google Play Store, so I'm sure it was that version of Ringdroid. I scanned with AirPush Detector, which found that Ringdroid contained AirPush, because I'd noticed occasional app icons on my home pages ("Slotto" and others). The unwanted app icons would only appear occasionally while I had Ringdroid installed, but they have never appeared since I uninstalled Ringdroid.

As I said, I really liked Ringdroid; it's a great program, does what it says it will do, and does it well, but until I'm sure that it's not going to load junk onto my phone, I'll only install it long enough to create a ringtone (which I rarely do), then immediately uninstall it. However, if others have better or newer information to the contrary, I'll be glad to hear it.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, mjuice7,

Thanks for the suggestion, but I just went to Google Play and checked out both Ringdroid apps. After reading them both, I'm quite certain that I had the one from the Ringdroid Team, and for three reasons:

1) Because of the obvious difference in the two icons (I'd never before seen the blue and white emblem in the "Social Edition" icon);
2) Because I've never heard of "song ginglin," but seem to remember reading something about the "Ringdroid Team" before; and finally (and most important),
3) Because I am cheerfully "anti-social" and heartily detest Facebook, Twitter, and all other annoying forms of "social media" or anything that even remotely smacks of that, so I would never download the "social edition" of anything!

Ringdroid is indeed a great app, but for now I'll play it safe and leave it off my phone unless I have a reason to load it in order to create a specific ringtone. I hope others enjoy it and find it "AirPush-free."

Thanks again for your post.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, mr6n8,

Thanks for your post, but I understood that difference. I was simply trying to use that difference to explain to the previous poster that one of the reasons that I knew that I had downloaded the original Ringdroid app and had NOT installed the "social edition" version from the alternate developer was that I had NOT seen that additional blue and white emblem before. Just to be sure I'm being clear, the Ringdroid I downloaded was the original Ringdroid with the icon that had only the reddish note and yellow scissors you described and did NOT have the additional blue and white emblem.

I hope this clears up any misunderstanding.

Cheers

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2019 6 years 6 months ago Yankiwi

I agree (as noted in my posts 106877 and 106897).

Thanks for your post.

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How To Write Down Your Passwords Yet Remain Secure 6 years 5 months ago Yankiwi

Like many of the others who've posted here, I prefer LastPass (or Keepass) to keep my passwords safe, but if I need to write some down for any reason, I can do so with no security concerns. When I create passwords, remembering strings of random characters is way beyond the capacity of my aging brain, so I find it easier to just create little blocks of characters that I can easily remember and give them code names that will mean nothing to anyone but me.

For example, let's say that your sister's initials are PDG, born on the 27th of April, and your brother's initials are MJD, born on the 6th of May, and that you all grew up at 673 Clarkson St. Your password could then be pdG30673mjD06. Your written-down code for that could be "SisClarksonBro" (without the quotes), or even SClarksonB, if that's all you need to remember what it stands for.

Using this procedure (though you can easily invent your own - and should!), you could add blocks for Dad and Mom or anyone else you choose. However, if you want to get extra uses out of fewer blocks, especially for lower importance sites where a security breach wouldn't be life-destroying, you could, using this system, keep the "Sis" and "Bro" blocks, but vary the middle one (or the first or last, as you choose). For example, if your best friend Mike lives on Dogbreath Drive, your password could be pdG30DogbreathmjD06 and your written code for that could be SisMikeStBro or SMikeStB. If you do a series of these and can remember the constant bits, all you have to write down is your middle block (or whichever block you vary), so your written-down password list would look like:

Site 1: Clarkson
Site 2: MikeSt
(Etc.)

Also, please remember that you're not limited to only three blocks in a password (longer is always better), nor do you have to only vary one block. It's important to make up your own system [this is not the one I use, which is of course Top Secret, but just an example I made up for this post], with the key point being to use character blocks you can easily remember because they have meaning to you, and for which you can have a simple code that will jog your memory, but no one else's.

There you have it, a written-down list of password codes that are meaningful only to you and will be utterly useless to anyone who might find your list.

Hope that helps.

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 6 years 3 months ago Yankiwi

StartPage is great and I use its Advanced Search page as my home page. However, I also use DuckDuckGo for a lot of my searches. Despite its funny name, DDG likewise searches without tracking, so I have it as my default search engine in the Search field at the upper right of my Firefox screen.

Google may have the big name, but my privacy is not negotiable, so StartPage and DDG keep me blissfully Google-free.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 5 years 3 months ago Yankiwi

I have used AxCrypt for some time now and have nothing but good things to report about it. It is excellent software, is dead simple to use, and does what it says it will do. When I had a question about something, I emailed the developer and got a prompt and informative answer.

As to OpenCandy (OC), it is of course appropriate for Gizmo's to note in any review that OC will appear during the installation process and to inform potentially unaware readers as to what OC is and how to avoid installing something they may not want. However, the AxCrypt developer is very open and honest about why he includes OC and provides clear and easy instructions for installing AxCrypt without OC.

By way of comparison, look at how Adobe tries to trick the unaware into installing McAfee Security Scan Plus during Adobe Flash Player updates. Is the Adobe update process "McAfee-infected?"

Instead of calling any program "OpenCandy-infected," it might be better if Gizmo's were to have a standard advisory note which could be inserted into the review of any software which contains OC. That brief note could then refer those readers who are unfamiliar with OC to a Gizmo's reference page which explains OC in more detail and explains how to avoid installing OC software if you don't want it.

I really appreciate all the hard work that Rob and the other Gizmo's reviewers put into researching and presenting free software choices, and I highly value the reviews in Gizmo's, but I have to say that using the term "OpenCandy-infected" for AxCrypt is unfair and unjustly maligns an elegantly simple and useful program which is well-designed, safe to install, and works well. Based on my personal experience, I recommend AxCrypt highly.

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AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 5 years 3 months ago Yankiwi

Just FYI, when I hover my mouse over the link for http://unchecky.com, I get a yellow WOT warning. Caveat emptor.

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Great Collection of Articles and Aids for Understanding and Explaining Technology 5 years 2 months ago Yankiwi

Even "stunning" doesn't begin to do this justice. Thanks so much for sharing this profoundly useful site!

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Our Exclusive Giveaway Worth $90. [Expired] 3 years 11 months ago Yankiwi

I wouldn't worry about a single warning on Virus Total, especially if it's from Blueliv. First of all, 1 warning vs. 64 "all clear" is typically the sign of a false positive by one antimalware program out of 65, which means that that single program is incorrectly evaluating the software while the other 64 programs show it as safe.

Second, I've downloaded and installed more software than I can possibly remember, always doing a fresh scan with Virus Total before each one, and I frequently find that Blueliv is throwing up a warning when the other 64 programs are giving the software a clean bill of health. I no longer pay the slightest attention to any evaluation from Blueliv and I've never had a single problem with any software I've downloaded where Blueliv has been the only warning on Virus Total. IMHO, Blueliv is useless rubbish and should be removed from Virus Total, as it can scare users away from perfectly good software needlessly.

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Our Exclusive Giveaway Worth $90. [Expired] 3 years 11 months ago Yankiwi

Just FYI, I've installed the software and it comes up as Version 9.5.

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Our Exclusive Giveaway Worth $90. [Expired] 3 years 11 months ago Yankiwi

I'm not currently on a computer which has the program installed, but from memory it was some blue (?) text, in the upper right quadrant of the initial screen when the program starts, which said something about purchasing or upgrading the program. I seem to recall that I clicked on that and a window popped up which asked for the registration key and provided a place in which to paste it.

Hope that helps.

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Our Exclusive Giveaway Worth $90. [Expired] 3 years 11 months ago Yankiwi

I wish I could explain it, but I can only say that I downloaded and installed the software on a total of three machines owned by various family members and each time it installed perfectly. One thought: When you copied the registration code from the original email, did you by any chance happen to include a space at either end of the code? If there was anything other than the exact characters in the code, even an extra space at either end, that could be the source of the problem. Computers are anal-retentive little beasts and demand that things be exactly as they want them; otherwise, if they don't get exactly the input they want, they get surly, dig in their heels, and refuse to cooperate. Not sure if that's the cause, but it might be worth a quick check.

Good luck. Hope that helps.

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Use This Free Spybot Utility to Block Microsoft Monitoring in Windows 3 years 11 months ago Yankiwi

Thanks, Vic, for this excellent find. Those of us with more than a little grey hair actually remember a time when personal privacy was both valued and respected, so any reliable program or tip which helps us to maintain what few shreds are left of that privacy is hugely appreciated.

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Coming Soon To Windows 10: Find My Device 3 years 10 months ago Yankiwi

Well, my friend, if you're happy with W10, I sincerely wish you the best of luck with it. However, I have a question with regard to "The privacy issues are a non-starter as far as I am concerned. Who cares?" If "privacy issues are a non-starter" for you and you don't care about them, then are we to take it that you have no objection to posting your home address, phone numbers, date of birth, medical reports, love letters, Social Security Number (if in the U.S.), pay slips, and your list of passwords to your banking and other financial accounts? I'm not asking this to be contentious, but merely to suggest that it is quite likely that privacy issues are indeed a "starter" for you, as they are for many of us.

As to your "unshaven operatives in that seedy basement with .... earphones," that's a cute image, but a little out-of-date. Think high speed servers in a shiny new office building with software that can trawl through your personal data at lightning speed to look for whatever information MS decides it wants to take from your computer without your permission. Perhaps you're comfortable with that; many of us are not.

Why do people sign in "to let everybody know how much they're not buying in?" For the same reason that W10 enthusiasts sign in to "boast" about their latest installs: We all have our individual opinions and Gizmo's kindly offers us a place to express them. It's just that not everybody worships at the MS shrine and many of us - in my case after a 30+ year "marriage" to MS software - have finally gotten tired of the abuse and, now, the unconscionable invasion of personal privacy, so we're speaking out, and in some cases, filing for a divorce. Personally, I've already started dating Linux Mint and have found that I get treated much better and my privacy is respected, which is what I want - and deserve - from an operating system. I wish you well with yours.

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Windows 10’s Fall Update Removes User Installed Applications Without Asking 3 years 10 months ago Yankiwi

Agreed. After 30 years of owning PCs, from the days of DOS through to Windows 7, I've finally accepted that Microsoft cannot be trusted and that Windows will no longer be my OS in the future. Like you, I looked into Linux distros and chose Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon (Rafaela) 64-bit. In the little time that I've had to play with it so far, it appears very polished, functional, and complete, right out of the box. I have some Windows-specific professional software I'll continue to need, so I can run W7 within VirtualBox or on a separate machine, perhaps isolated from the Internet so that Microsoft cannot mess with it.

I will not be bullied by Microsoft into accepting W10 or letting them control which OS or updates I install, nor will I let any OS "phone home" with data from my computer without my express permission on each occasion. My privacy is not for sale.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 3 years 2 months ago Yankiwi

Thanks for the review of this potentially useful app. However, I have two questions/concerns:

A) When I clicked on the link given to the full review page, the Pros and Cons section lists the following Con: "No way to delete notes in-app." If that's the case, how are unwanted or old notes deleted, or do they just accumulate forever?

B) The bigger concern I have is that this app apparently "uses Google's Speech recognition technology." Since Google has a well-deserved reputation for violating users' privacy by acquiring, storing, and using the personal information of its users when they use Google apps, is it possible for a user to use this app (perhaps in offline mode?) without Google recording and storing every spoken/written word? For those of us who still remember and value the concept of privacy, this is a make or break issue.

It would be very helpful if someone can shed light on this.

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Speechnotes - Note Taking with Style and Ease 3 years 2 months ago Yankiwi

@tamxir,

Thanks for the prompt and helpful answer. As long as I can use Speechnotes privately offline, I'll give it a try. Thanks again for letting us know about this app and your review of it.

Cheers,
Yankiwi

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 3 years 2 months ago Yankiwi

@olamoree

As a recommendation: I NEVER download ANY software without first scanning it on VirusTotal. I use Firefox with the VTzilla add-on and ALWAYS run a fresh scan on any software file before accepting or opening the download. Even if the pop-up says that the file was just scanned on VirusTotal only an hour or two before, I always run my own fresh scan. My computer's health is way too important to me and I have neither the time nor the patience to rebuild my digital life after accidentally downloading something malicious. Some people get in a hurry and think it's unnecessary and takes too long, but it normally takes only a few seconds. As the saying goes, there's never time enough to do something right, but there's always time enough to do it over. Or, put another way, better safe than sorry.

Regarding those times when VirusTotal shows 1 or 2 of its many scanning programs reporting an issue, just go by the weight of the evidence. If, for example, the ratio is 67/1, meaning 67 programs show the software is clean and 1 says it isn't, it's highly unlikely that 67 programs are wrong and only one is right, so the 1 is almost certainly a false positive.

Hope that helps.

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Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition 2 years 4 months ago Yankiwi

I've used CamScanner for years and it seems to work beautifully. Unlike Adobe Scan, it isn't tied to the Adobe Cloud, but although it shows you the result of your OCR scan, the ability to share the OCR results is a Premium (paid) feature.

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Free Dictation Software Online Recognises 40 Languages. 2 years 3 weeks ago Yankiwi

Thanks for the find, Rob. It sounds like a great system, just as long as users don't care about the privacy of what they're speaking/writing. On the "About" page of the Speechtexter site, it says:

"SpeechTexter is based on Google's high-end speech-recognition engines. All your speech is sent to Google, there it gets interpreted using powerful parallel servers and algorithms, and gets sent back to SpeechTexter as a stream of possible transcription results."

Anything sent to Google is kept and stored on Google's servers, so as long as users don't mind Google keeping a permanent record of their spoken and written thoughts for Google to use as it sees fit, SpeechTexter should be very helpful. Those of us with enough grey hair to remember the concept of personal privacy and value it will keep in mind that "what happens through Google stays with Google" and continue to avoid Google-related products whenever possible. As always, it's a personal choice; mine is for privacy above convenience. YMMV.

If there's a free speech-to-text program that does NOT involve sending personal thoughts to Google or Micro$oft, I'd appreciate learning about it.

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 1 year 11 months ago Yankiwi

Thanks, Rob, for the info on this interesting new distro. While all the many technical advantages of Linux mentioned in the comments are convincing, my overriding reason for planning my escape to Linux can be summed up in one word: Privacy. I'm one of those with enough grey hair to remember and value the concept of personal privacy, so I refuse to surrender to Microsoft's intrusive snooping and their taking control of our computers and updating them whenever they see fit with whatever software they choose. Linux not only offers me the option of personal privacy, it allows me to configure my OS as I choose, not as some tech giant thinks best for its corporate purposes.

Accordingly, though we still use W7 Pro 64 on our business computers for the time being, I've been experimenting with Linux, loading Mint 17.2 Cinnamon in Virtual Box on two of those computers, a desktop and a laptop, and it seems to work great. I've even taken an old (2006) Dell Inspiron XP laptop with 1GB RAM and replaced XP with Mint 17.1 XFCE, as it was recommended as a good, lightweight distro for older machines. The result? An old, hopelessly slow Windows XP machine now runs much faster with Linux Mint and is a pleasure to use, though of course it's still no match for our newer, current desktops.

Unless wiser Linux heads than mine advise otherwise, my plan is ultimately to convert our W7 computers to the then-current version of Mint, then load the contents of our W7 machines into VirtualBox on each machine, both to allow us to use some Windows-only software and to give us easy access to our Windows-based documents and records if we need them. As I understand it, we can isolate the W7 in VB from the Internet to reduce the risk of malware, letting all Internet interface take place through Linux.

All in all, Linux - in whatever flavour of distro works best for a given user - seems to me like an excellent and logical OS choice for the future. Now if only Linux-based smartphones would improve enough to allow me to similarly get rid of the snooping of Google/Android......

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 year 9 months ago Yankiwi

Thank you, Gizmo, for your eloquent posting, especially with regard to the ever-tightening noose around personal privacy. Even a cursory study of human history clearly shows that individual liberty, freedom of expression, and personal privacy are extremely rare and precious flowers that can only bloom where those values are deeply valued and jealously guarded. Sadly, that is not the trend in our current age.

You say that "there are other alternatives to these services. Not quite as powerful perhaps or as convenient but they do exist. Yet most of us choose not to use these options." That is a shame, but it reflects a civilization that is so entranced by the glamour and excitement of its new technological toys that it fails to see the grimly smiling face of totalitarian control which ever lurks in the technology behind them.

For myself, I do what I can to preserve such personal privacy and liberty as can still be found. Unwilling to allow Microsoft and Apple access to my data, I have blocked W10 and am in the process of slowly trading W7, not for iOS, but for Linux, once I am sufficiently schooled in it. Until the smartphones operating on Linux are developed further and have the basic apps I need, I try to do all I can to block the privacy-devouring Google behemoth in every way possible, using VPNs and encrypted messaging services on my Android phone.

I fervently hope that your dream of a privacy-respecting "Web 3" becomes a reality, but if we want it to be so, we must all work tirelessly to that end, constantly reminding those who have forgotten - or who have never realized - the crucial importance and fragile nature of personal privacy. Those of us with enough grey hair to remember what the concept of personal privacy means must also speak out and educate those who have grown up, and are now growing up, in the Internet Age and have never known a time when personal privacy wasn't regularly invaded in return for what you rightly called a Faustian bargain. We must help them to understand that privacy is a choice, a choice worth making, and that to passively accept invasion of their privacy is in fact to choose to surrender it.

We who still care about it must fight to keep the light of personal privacy from being extinguished, lest our civilization descend into the darkness of tyranny. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas:

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

I wish you and all the members of the Gizmo's community a very happy, healthy, peaceful - and private - 2018.

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This Smart System Turns Your Address Into Just Three Words 1 year 9 months ago Yankiwi

In case it's helpful:

The What3Words "About" page gives a good overview:
https://what3words.com/about/

Answers to most of the questions people normally ask can be found on the very informative What3Words General Questions page at:
https://support.what3words.com/hc/en-us/categories/200511181-General-Questions

Just click on the red link that says "See all 29 articles" and you'll find lots of info.

Seems like a profoundly useful idea, not only in rural/unmapped areas, but also in large convention centers, office complexes, apartment complexes, or theme parks. I'm not surprised that various corporations which require precise geolocation are using it.

It seems to me that the folks who dreamed up this system and created the W3W algorithm clearly had waaay too much time on their hands, but overall I think it's quite clever.

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Don't Change Your Browser. Change Your Search Engine. 1 year 8 months ago Yankiwi

As others have said, I've been using DDG for several years and like it, even making it my default search engine in the search window of the various browsers I use. However, I also like the privacy offered by Startpage.com and Ixquick.com, and their Advanced Search page is excellent for really refining my searches, so I've set the Startpage Advanced Search page as my Home Page in each of my browsers.

Although, as others have pointed out, there is no such thing as a guaranteed 100 percent solution to protecting our privacy on the Internet, I've found that the Epic Privacy Browser (www.epicbrowser.com/) comes closer than anything else I've found when I really want privacy (which is nearly always). Epic has its own search engine, or you can use DDG/Startpage/Ixquick from within the Epic browser.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 6 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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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 4 months ago Yankiwi

Hi, Rhiannon,

Thanks for the tip. It might be handy in an emergency if I'm using a VPN (e.g., in Opera), but if the extension is using Google Docs to open documents, I'm afraid I'll have to pass. Google has demonstrated an insatiable appetite for gathering every conceivable scrap of information from those who use any of its services and I value my privacy way too much. It's hard to avoid using absolutely everything Google, given the tentacles it has spread into the online world, but I'm sure as heck not going to surrender any info to Google knowingly if I have any alternative, and in the case of opening these documents, I do.

That issue aside, many thanks for all your hard work and the many finds you share on this site. I really appreciate everything that you and the other Gizmo contributors do to make this site so excellent.

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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 4 months 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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View Almost Any Document In Your Browser 1 year 4 months 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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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 1 year 4 months 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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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 1 year 4 months 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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Share Files and Clipboard Across Your Android Mobile And Linux Computer 1 year 4 months 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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Thank You for Donating 3 years 12 months ago Yankiwi

Gizmo's has saved me countless hours in researching software online and countless dollars which would have been spent in buying and trying second-rate software, only to end up disappointed. Many thanks to Gizmo and to all the many volunteers who make TechSupportAlert possible. You all are superb!

P.S.- If you ever need financial help again to be able to keep Gizmo's free and independent, please ask. Gizmo's is the best bargain on the web!

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 11 months 1 week ago yardern

What about DirSyncPro? It seems great.

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [iOS 4 to 6] 6 years 5 months ago Yarnie1966

To delete photos on an iPad tap edit on the top right hand corner in your photo library then tap the pix you want to delete and it will put a tick on the ones you select then press delete on the top right hand side

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Best Free DVD Ripper 5 years 1 month ago yatz

My expeience with WinX DVD Ripper was a failure. I only got to test non-encrypted disks, and it had no problem doing the job - the files were produced and I viewed them - but the program just hanged at "99% completed", and there was no way of shutting it down. Had to reboot. This problem consisted the several times I tried it. Uninstalled it - and then the uninstaller (having completed uninstallation) just hanged... At least I managed to shut it down without having to reboot.
I'm going back to the the HandBrake & DVDFab Passkey combo that has served me very well on my previous system (all Win 7 64-bit).

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Create Your Own Music Mash-Up From MP3 Files 6 years 8 months ago yaya

how can i make mashup music?

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Inkjet Printer Cartridges: Review of Carrot Ink 6 years 6 months ago ychen33

I bought an Xerox Laser toner and it leaks. As a result, the printer is permanently damaged. I have bought other compatible toners elsewhere, and this is the first one that leaks and causes hundreds dollars of damage. I contacted them. They said sorry. But don't expect anything from them. I think they should be removed from ISO certification and wish they go out of business soon.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 4 years 7 months ago yemulss

I came across a requirement where-in my client wants to send print command to physical printer and they want a pdf file as well created. So instead of issuing print command twice, they want it done in single print command to send print command to two printers.

I am a developer but the software being used for this printing is developed by some other company and they are not responding this requirement. If it was through coding, I would have sent print command to two printers when print is clicked.

I just wanted to know if there is any facility or utility be used to create pdf as well as send print command to printer in a single print command. There is one its commercial. I am searching freeware or opensource.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 3 months ago YeOldOne

I have used Reflect Free for at least 4 years, lamented the loss of the verify upon creation. The latest version includes WinPE along with the Linux restore boot disk. However, the WinPE at first went to a large download but fails to complete the creation, both 3 and 4 versions. The Linux version creates OK, boots OK, runs OK until I select an image to restore. Then the screen goes blank except for “acpiphp_ibm_init: acpi_walk_namespace failed” and hangs. Several tries were made, including a Microsoft uninstall then download and install a fresh version. Note that the Macrium folder with a few sub-folders and files do not get removed and do not remove manually. Win7 x64 SP1 Device Manager is totally clean, in my home-built computer. However, to format any CD, the quick format now is grayed out, tbd as to why, how to fix. But this should not have any effect on the Recovery process.

At this time, Free owners cannot register into any forum, so we can only see past forum posts which only have a tiny amount of free content. Future posts will only be from paid owners. So, no help for any issues, such as inability to use the boot disk, which is 19.4 MB. Since this site is so excellent, perhaps it can fill in if/until Macrium allows Free owners to communicate at their Forums? With the problem I am experiencing, and if others (who should check their boot disks up to the point just short of the actual restore) do too, Macrium should no longer be recommended at all, at least for the Free version. I used to buy paid image apps, until I came across this website. Sometimes, though, it 'pays' to get a paid version for the support. I have spent many hours so far with the Reflect problem; how much is your time worth?

We all should have redundant partition backup, ie image creation tools. I also use the highly rated Paragon Free. It is not as smooth or clear, but gets the job done. One advantage is its recovery disk does both image creation and restore. For my SSD OS plus apps drive, the latest Paragon is only slightly slower than Macrium, making images slightly larger. To create the drive image, 48 G, takes less than 3 minutes when using the Windows app, longer of course when using the boot disk.

Due to the Reflect problem, I just obtained Clonezilla, thanks to your great reviews. Using the boot disk, it is surprisingly fast, taking about 5 1/2 minutes but another 7 1/2 minutes to verify. Thankfully, when selecting this option ahead of time, it goes to verify unattended. So, take a coffee break for 15 minutes, and find the entire image plus verify operation completed, except for a few more steps to end the program. Note that there is a confusing sentence at the Clonezilla-live.php website: It states “Though the image size is limited by the boot media's storage capacity...” The boot disk allows the image to be created onto any drive partition, even external USB3 HDDs (at least for my rig) such as my 2 Gig WD HDD in a Vantec HX case, which has a great, quiet fan. Also note: You can only go down one level of a sub-folder (second below root, ie D:\folder1\folder2\imagefile), and only if there are no spaces in the folder names, and the folder structure has to exist, cannot be created when running the app, unlike all the others I have used. So, plan ahead.

Image software has come a long way, such as my still-working Drive Image 5.01 (2 floppies, circa 2002) for a still-running NT4 SP6B laptop, especially with numerous free versions, both commercial and open source types.

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