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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 4 years 6 months ago nowayman

This is actually an interesting solution. But I'm not sure that it's actually THAT private.

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 4 years 6 months ago bernardz

A free account has only 10 meg of storage, which may be an issue and the free accounts has adverts. I wonder if what is said in these chat rooms is used for their adverts?

Which gets you to the issue of privacy, which is also questionable. They do not allow secret accounts, how well they police that I am not sure, but they do keep a full history of everything, and they do not even demand a court order to release this information. If you follow the links below even civil matters like copyright infringements, they are likely to police. Put it this way, if I was a solicitor or someone who needs privacy, I am looking for something else. https://campfirenow.com/privacy

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A Free E-Book From Microsoft For Every Day Of The Year. Almost. Anonymous (not verified) view
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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

Please always clarify what is the privacy policy regarding these websites which ask you to upload photos
Specifically can your photos be used in the development of facial recognition technology software

I trust you do understand the implications of peoples photos being used in this way

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

This is just one extract from their Privacy Policy.

“None of this information is “personal data” – that is, data we could use to identify a specific person. Some of this information could, however, become personal data because we provide automatically collected anonymous data to third party advertisers to supplement the tracking information described below, and those third parties might be able to combine our anonymous data with other data they have to enable them to identify people.”

Basically this absolves them from everything and anything even when you understand that how privacy rules are implemented varies between countries.

In reality anything you post online is likely to be used by individuals or companies should they attach value to it for their own ends and the only way to prevent this is not to post it. It doesn’t matter how many rules are broken when the servers in question are based in the Ukraine or Vietnam. :)

MC - Site Manager.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

The great thing about Techsupportalert is that when discussing computer software, reviewers always mention that software has been scanned and it doesn’t contain malware. In other words it probably functions as you expect without uploading data back to developers or coinstalls bad code

Unfortunately when it comes to online sites that upload your personal data (and photos are very personal data) there is no similar warning about how our photos potentially are being used. Online sites in my opinion pose an equal risk as installed software and malware

We have already learned that many sites are harvesting peoples facial photos and selling them to companies that are creating facial recognition software for government, policing and commercial uses.

It’s time we stop uploading our photos to anonymous websites. We have become so permissive to this practice
Even Facebook and Instagram are probably harvesting people’s photos for this reason

In 2019 you would be crazy to be giving strangers your most personal data. Yet everyone does it and we encourage people to do so

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago ehorwitz1

And don't forget that, unless you've deleted it, photographs often include GPS data along with time and date stamps. For the average person that probably doesn't mean much, but for those with massive data harvesting and analysis capabilities (Google, etc.) it means being able to know your exact location at a specific time and date. And beyond that, to extrapolate your travels if enough information is available.

No, I'm not really that paranoid. But the data is there along with the capability to analyze it, should someone want to.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

What information is stored in a smartphone photo’s metadata?

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Please see here for some general inforamtion. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/what-can-you-tell-from-photo-exi...

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

Photo privacy - what no one actually tells you

https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/what-can-you-tell-from-photo-exif-data/

Thanks. Proves my point that we are way to permissive with the sharing of our photos. Metadata can track the address the photo was taken !
Techsupportalert was based on providing people with software info that is screened to be safe

Can we not be recommending any more website uploading services that request photos or documents, without making clear the associated risks

So if you recommend a photo upload site, please recommend that personal photos be first stripped of their metadata
This is basic information in 2019

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Gizmo’s Freeware always tries to safeguard the interests of members and visitors including download advisory notices for some software but there is a limit to adopting a nanny type of presentation.

Pretty much everything you do in life has security and privacy risks especially using Windows and yet here we are as predominantly a Windows resource site. Also, for years we have published a series of security related articles including the one linked below yet the readership numbers for these are insignificant compared with Best Free Live Wallpapers which pretty much sums up user preferences.

https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm

The same applies to Windows security software where 95% of all users never bother to read the vendor’s documentation and thus end up with an incorrectly configured system churning out results they can't understand and most likely ignore.

In all honesty therefore it is the responsibility of computer and web users to educate themselves about best safe practices because there’s a limit to how much sites like ours can help. MC - Site Manager.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

Yes. The majority of computer readers these are blasé about security risks. They don’t read security articles. Attention spans have reduced, and all that matters is that you have a good selfie

To inform people, you just need one sentence at the end of reviews:

For software, we need to state that the program has been screened for malware

For photo upload sites, we need to remind people that the Privacy policy may allow developers to onsell your photos, so strip your photo metadata first (and provide the link how to do this)

As I’ve said to Rhiannon, it’s better to find utilities to perform tasks, rather than uploading your data to anonymous websites. Instead we normalise this behaviour

Tech support should always keep people informed, otherwise it becomes part of the problem

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago arieshifman

thanks

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago jlgg

Nice, easy to use, ads not too instrusive on Android, not sure how much I will retain, but that's my problem!

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago Imanonov

I'm a bit weary of a language-learning program that spells both its French as its Hebrew version wrongly.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
Fantastic!
This huge collection of images from 1500 to 1922, shows the magnitude of the information in the cloud, at our disposal.
In this case made possible by the free 1 TB in Flickr.

Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago downunder57

As these images are copyright free, can they also be used with
modifications of the image. Or can we only use "As Is"
I would like to modify for commercial purposes. I.E. Kindle,
blogs and other.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago aronbergvlad

I don't see any way to search. 12 million photos at random will require more than one sandwich.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago df1995

I can't find any search device. Not useful without.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago ichabod

For me, Flickr's search box seemed to work properly. This was my first visit to Flickr, so I'll be interested to learn more about how to use it, and whether a log-in would provide more features.

After clicking on Rob's link, I clicked on the first image that appeared, which was a Thanksgiving platter of roast turkey, copied from The Saturday Evening Post, according to the meta-data revealed by scrolling down on the photo's own page. Next, I backed-up to the main "Internet Archive Book Images" page (where Rob's link had led me) and typed the word turkey in the search box in the top-right corner; this gave me the drop-down option (which I chose) to limit my search to the current Internet Archive Book Images photos. The search-results page included the option to filter the results by type of license. After choosing "commercial use allowed," I re-opened that filter, chose "modifications allowed," and then saw that both of those filters were active. Subsequent searches from that screen retained the filter settings.

Yes, certainly, there were countless images in the search results. However, this "problem of plenty" doesn't seem all that different from what we have with a Web search of an unfathomably large number of websites. On Flickr, perhaps we don't have the benefit of algorithms designed to push popular results to the top of the search list, and the environment may be less familiar, and we probably have fewer refinement options available. Still, a similar image search through a standard Web search engine gave me a similarly overwhelming number of images.

Having said all that, though, we are not limited to using Flickr's search engine to search Flickr's images. From my image search on Google, for the words Thanksgiving platter roast turkey The Saturday Evening Post, I didn't immediately find that same photo that I'd seen first on Flickr. But, by adding site:Flickr.com to my search string, that image was the first of only 9 images in my search results!

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks ichabod!
For your detailed and useful comment.
Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago gem

One solution is to use Google search.
Just type the topic that you are interested in, followed by this: site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages.
Example: type (without the quotes) in Google search: "indians site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages" to view images taken from books regarding indians.
The other solution is this:
Underneath every image you can see the metadata. On the right you can see some tags which include bookid bookyear bookdecate booksubject etc.
If you click on any of these tags you will be searching for this specific tag.
But you can also use these tags to find other subjects.
Example: In flickr search space, type booksubjectindians to see images of books regarding...well...indians.
Same applies for other tags e.g. if you type bookyear1842 you will find images from books from 1842.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago ichabod

Thanks, gem, for those gems of helpful info!

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A Free Online OCR Service 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

http://free-online-ocr.com/ is one I like better because it can convert to rtf. I'm still looking for one that converts to an open format, like odf, instead of Microsoft proprietary DOCX.

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A Free Online OCR Service 2 years 1 month ago Quantum_Dragon

If you register (Still free), you get:

Adobe PDF
Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (xls)
Microsoft Excel (xlsx)
Microsoft Word 97-2003 (doc)
Microsoft Word (docx)
RTF document (rtf)
Text Plain (txt)

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 5 years 4 months ago Misty27

For those inclined more towards open source software, when it comes to entrusting passwords, and also not storing in the cloud (the cloud :D), then 2 or the best are:
Password Safe http://pwsafe.org/
Keepass Password Manager http://keepass.info/

Keepass is perhaps slightly more secure, but definitely has more options, configurability for auto-typing login data. But that can make it more complicated for those that don't need a lot of options. But either will handle just entering user name / PW.

PW Safe is a bit simpler, doesn't have the level of extra entropy that Keepass has.
I use PW Safe for forum PWs, etc., & Keepass for banks. In PW Safe, You must click to auto type (or drag / drop). OMG! Click a mouse?!? How lazy are we getting?

Keepass can find the DB entry that matches current web page "title" or other identifiers - so don't have to "search" in the current DB. It also offers "Two-Channel Auto-Type Obfuscation," (see help file or online help file), which attempts to defeat most keyloggers.

Both of these are 1st class programs, are actively maintained, have excellent help forums & bug trackers / feature request reporting. Much better than a lot of commercial software I've used.

I used Roboform (free) some yrs ago. It certainly may've changed since then, but at the time had little if any on Keepass or Password Safe. Plus, some password mgrs are not open source, which for many security experts, is a *drawback* for security / encryption software, etc. I don't think storing PWs is any less important.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 8 months ago magnogreato

I'm sorry, but any personal data that's supposed to be kept from unwanted sources that has to go to a external website then back to my desktop thru 1000 encryptions, 264bit or greater, etc., etc. is still subject to any and all hacking, virus' and malware.

Just give me a stand alone program that stays on my desktop, PERIOD!

That way if I have problems, then, well, it'll have to come from my system and I don't have to worry about someone or some thing external that I can't control to worry about.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 4 months ago greyman

Last Pass has been wonderful to use, since I figured it out. The information that you enter does not come from the cloud, it is generated on your computer. One could tweak how many hashes the passwords used, some time ago, but I don't know if that is still the case.

LastPass is great. it is Free, and, for free, it is a super good deal!

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 1 week ago howiem

I would like to see a review here of Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/passwordmanager which looks on the surface like it might be a pretty good free PW manager and web form filler.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 1 week ago Remah

I agree. Dashlane presents really well - the website looks great and the product is very good. But if you want a review then it would be best to make your request as a comment in the article Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager.

The main problem with the free version of Dashlane is that it is limited to one device. That makes it practically useless for many users who want access from their PC and phone, for example. I wouldn't even look at it for this reason but if you only use one computer device then it is a good option.

See the free versus premium comparison at https://www.dashlane.com/premium

 

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 3 years 1 week ago AJNorth

FWIW, LastPass Free is also Neil Rubenking's top pick at PC Magazine amongst free password managers (2016.07.07; review at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475964,00.asp ). LastPass is now at version 4.1.33 (released 2016.11.18).

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago mrmontgom

I just tried this out. Seemed pretty slick until I realized it's not playing back a graphical representation of my session. It is actually retracing my mouse movement and clicks. This could be risky if you close windows or move things around before replaying. It could delete content or have some other negative impact. Use with caution.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago zep321

Love this little app. Simple, uncomplicated. Even a simpleton like me mastered it immediately.
Took note of mrmontgom comment above and will make sure I play back before closing windows or moving anything around although I do not understand his warning and would appreciate some elucidation on it.
Thanks rob.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago tp

I think the point that is being made is this isn't recording a video of your actions, it is recording the actual actions. As such, when you play it back, any mouse clicks, keyboard presses happen again on your machine. So if things like applications, files, etc aren't in the same place/state that they were when the recording was made, the playback will likely be different as well and could lead to unintended consequences. I feel the write-up on this is poor in that it does not mention any of this.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago hometownnerd

It seems this is a bit more than a "screen" recorder, it seems to be a automation of the mouse to me. That is what mrmontgom is saying as well. It is easiest to duplicate this by starting to record then selecting different application windows then playing it back. On playback a screen recorder would just show a vision of what you were doing, but this app actually does what you recorded. So if you made a simple recording for someone that showed them how to delete something in like word, and they did not have word open in the same location etc it could actually delete something in the same location on screen, seems very dangerous to me. Not knocking the app at all, just think people should be aware of its power.

Larry

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago zep321

Ah, the light comes on above my head! Yes, I do now understand what you guys are saying. I'll be very careful in using this app but I still love it. Thanks guys

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago vandamme

Simple Screen Recorder works pretty well. http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/
You can record the whole screen, a window, or an openGL object, plus audio.
It's in most Linux distro repositories, so it's clean.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago tp

Good to know. But as this article is about a Windows based application, it should be noted that Simple Screen Recorder is not an alternative given there doesn't appear to be a Windows version of that available - Linux only.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago 1942Geezer

So perhaps this should be described as a "macro" recorder rather than a "screen" recorder? Ahhhhhh, semantics!

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago Jorpho

As far as actual screen recording in Windows goes, I found BB Flashback Express a while ago. I'm not sure how well it works for fancy Direct3D applications, but for standard Windows apps it gets the job done nicely.
http://www.bbsoftware.co.uk/BBFlashBack_FreePlayer.aspx

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago tp

I had been using CamStudio (http://camstudio.org/) but this one looks interesting, especially the ability to personalize your recordings by embedding input from a camera in the recording. I'll have to check it out.

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 5 years 9 months ago rowboat9

This is definitely a useful app. But, agree with others here: it is NOT a screen recorder... it is a MACRO recorder. Recordings produced by this app can only be "played back" on the computer that they were created-on, even when saved as an executable. Thus, this app is not useful for (and never was intended to be) a tutorial creation tool in the same vein as tools that capture screen activity and save it as a flash or video file. You can't send a screen recording executable file created by TinyTask to a friend and expect him to see a replay of your screen activity on his computer..the executable will not even launch on his computer.

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 5 years 1 month ago evans627

What if you have followed all of these instructions and your USB still shows a boot error? Or rather, the USB is already set to "Active" but still doesn't boot?

And I understand there are other variables, however, what should I try after all else fails?

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 5 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy We are unable to provide individual support here in the comments. Please post details about your issue here in our forum. MC - Site manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/ view
A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 4 years 10 months ago jmaloney

Thanks! I tried UNetbootin using a downloaded iso file for a Linux boot CD to create a bootable USB flash drive. It worked perfectly on the first try. During bootup I simply pressed F12 to get the boot options screen, selected to boot from the flash drive, and it booted right up. I didn't need to change the BIOS or make the flash drive active. My system is a Dell running Windows 7 Professional.

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 4 years 4 months ago mchldpy

Gizmo said
"can create bootable drives of all the major Linux distros and other operating systems including Windows as well."

Hi Ian,
Have you or anyone tried making a "live USB" version from a windows install disk
with UNetbootin? I could believe maybe it making the install possible from a USB flash drive. If it actually tricks Windows into not handing off USB control to the OS during the boot process ... where have I been¿

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 2 years 6 months ago Longhand

You can't build a windows install disk from an Ubuntu setup. What now?

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A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives 1 year 9 months ago Paulo

Thanks. I would add also Yumi-2.x.x. It tool is very easy in use but supports just for Windows.

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A Free Xbox Game, But Only If You're Quick 3 years 1 month ago phoneguy

Just to clarify, this is for Xbox One. Some of us still use a 360 and there may also be some Xbox users out there as well.

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A Freebie that Integrates Gmail, Yahoo Mail into Windows 6 years 3 months ago Soundfx4

"If you right click on any file and select "Send to mail recipient" then Affixa automatically creates an email in your webmail account drafts folder with the file attached. You can then open that mail and send it whoever you want."

While this is better, it certainly is not the solution I'm looking for. When I right click a file > send to, Ideally a Gmail compose window would open up with the file attached and uploading. That's what I'd really like :\ does anyone know of a solution that can do it this way?

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 4 years 2 months ago Realist

Nice one.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 4 years 2 months ago terrawarra

Thanks rob,

another case of "just what i needed !"
My son emailed me six videos of a walk-around-virtual tour of the interior of his new house. They are about 12 hours drive from here so we won't be able to get there any time soon to see their house.
.... anyways, the videos that he took using hi phone or ipad were all upside down so I've been turning my computer monitor upside down on the desk to view them. LOL
Yeah, I know that it could have been fixed easily but I'm a tad over the hill (LOL again)

Your nice freebie did it so well !

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 4 years 2 months ago dwainwood

This is handy since most people (for some unknown reason) hold their phone vertically when shooting photos and videos instead of horizontal like most wide screen TVs and monitors are oriented.

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A Freeware Tool For Rotating Movie Files 3 years 9 months ago Phylis Sophical

Have been trying to Rotate with VLC media player. 18 steps and still couldn't get it to take.
Installed Movie Rotator, Open > Rotate > Save. Boom! Done!
Don't know what I'd do without this website. Thanks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As usual, this only IMHO and YMMV.

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

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

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

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

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

yogi22,

we should get together and commiserate jointly. ;-)

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

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

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

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

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A Fun And Educational Way to Solve Word Puzzles 2 years 12 months ago Fairportfan

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

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

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

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

Thanks alot,looks good

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

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

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

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

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

Vic, thank you for this post.

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

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

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

Thanks for your patient indulgence of my rambling.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Gem of a Free Tool to Check Out a Program Before You Open or Install it 5 years 10 months ago v.laurie You have hit on one of the problems with any malware detection method. All detection schemes have grey areas. This software provides warnings but not decisions. There will always be times when additional information, judgment, and experience is required. This program is only one security tool and has to be used in conjunction with others. I wish there were a black and white procedure but security isn't that simple. Maybe this reference will help: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-tell-if-file-malicious.htm You could also go to one of the security forums like Wilder's and ask for help in interpreting the kind of warnings you got: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/index.php view
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A Great Free Media Player And Youtube Downloader In One 4 years 3 months ago Gil Mensch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

WinPatrol is your friend ;)

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

Agreed. I use it.

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

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

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

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

Anyway, thanks for the further info.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hello,

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

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

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

Thank you for your feedback and best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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

Hello,

ExMerg author here. Thank you for your feedback.

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

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

Best regards,
Ondrej Sevce

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

To rob.schifreen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peter

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

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

I'll have a peek at smallpdf soon.

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

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

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