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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 5 years 3 months ago caktus

Well, that answers my concern about weather Windows 10 will try to shove the Bing thing down my throat as did 8 and 8.1. In fact, the more I learn about MS's new Windows 10 game of cut throat, the more I plan to stay clear of it. So I guess I'll be using 8.1 for some time to come.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 6 months ago vandamme

"One Weird trick" to solve all Windows problems: don't use it!

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 6 months ago footpatrol

A major concern are reports that the Windows 10 will "deactivate/remove" certain apps/programs so that they will no longer work. Things are working fine on my computer now so I might best skip this upgrade.

Is there a way to check for this and the impact before any install?
Should a virtual player be used to test WIN 10 out first and how can this be done?

Thanks.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 6 months ago Moonwink

About 6 Free Tools to Stop Windows 10 Spying - When I went to download "Windows 10 Privacy Fixer," there was no download link - only a link to "W10 Privacy" which is only available in German. None of the other 4 sounded like a good alternate.

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy The download link is visible and working for me. Make sure you don't have a browser extension or security software interfering with this function. MC - Site Manager. view
Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 6 months ago Geekomatic

I'm wondering if there's a way to know what IP addresses Win 10 is accessing? Could you block those on your router to prevent the connection/spying?

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Understanding and Dealing with the Windows 10 Privacy Issue 4 years 5 months ago r0h1t

The Network tab on Process Hacker (http://processhacker.sourceforge.net/) will show remote IP addresses, so you can block whatever you're not comfortable with. Of course the standard caveat applies, i.e. be careful in case you end up disabling some important Windows services.

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Understanding Codecs 7 years 3 months ago johnvk

Thanks for this informative article, which is the rule on techsupportalert.com

A couple of comments: VideoInspector.exe when run on my system reached out to the internet early on and was blocked by my ESET. VideoInspector_lite.exe did not, however i canceled out at the screen that claimed to install a small program for its partners. The .zip file downloaded from their website was able to be extracted and run without installation.

BUT VideoInspector only reads certain file types (from their website: AVI, Matroska, MPEG I, MPEG II, (ie .mpg .mpeg files) QuickTime (ie .mov files)). It did not read .mp4 files, eg. That's of limited usefulness.

GSpot is currently (7/31/2013) available only as a .zip file. So users will have to extract it somewhere manually (which can be a challenge for non-technical users). It has not been updated since 2007.

Also note that you are literally downloading from a site that sells headbands. This threw me at first.

MediaInfo (mentioned elsewhere, eg "Free Tool Deciphers Video and Audio Encoding Methods" at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-tool-deciphers-video-and-au...) comes with Open Candy which many consider spyware. Gizmo explains it all on this site.

Meaning...none of these choices is a slam dunk. I prefer GSpot until it doesnt recognize some new format. I have not tried, WebM, eg.

It appears it can be easier to install an alternative player, like VLC, which comes with the codes built-in, rather than identify and install missing codecs. The article "Best Free Media Player" at www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-windows-media-player-replacement.htm discusses this.

Edit: typos.

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Understanding Codecs 6 years 11 months ago PBJ

It seems that they are illegal to use, even more so under W/8. See http://www.neowin.net/news/watching-dvds-on-linux-is-mostly-illegal

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Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces 7 years 6 months ago Tomato

The article is logical and detailed enough, thank you for the good review! It can be suraly of great help for the Windows 8 users.

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Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces 6 years 2 months ago Geekomatic

Good article on a terrible interface...

MS's idea of innovation = "change for the sake of it".

Seriously. How difficult would it have been to simply gather a cross-sample of about thirty regular users, sit them down at the desk, and give them a list of ten things to do that most people know how to accomplish? See what happened. See the total confusion. Go back to drawing board.

MS instead decided to release it anyway, against the feedback given by a majority of its (desktop) test user base-- because that's how a monopoly works. You get, "tough- figure it out". The fact that there are soooooo many walk-throughs, articles, & videos out there to explain even the simplest of things proves it. I'm still gob-smacked at how difficult MS has made it to boot into safe mode?

Maybe that's the problem: the people creating and releasing cannot understand that the majority of it's users are not geeks. They cannot remember a time when they, themselves, didn't understand it all. Empathy required, not found? You can Google the term for humans who do not possess empathy. Then, think of all of the times MS has been hauled into court because of it's practices...it'll make sense now.

I'm speaking for the hundreds of regular users I've serviced thus far. They were able to use 7. Now, they still can, thanks to 3rd party "shells" which put things back in a logical order. 8 is still a train-wreck.

Imho :)

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Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces 6 years 2 months ago Remah I largely agree with you. Microsoft could have eased the transition and ameliorated almost every issue that has been raised by users. Yes, the phrase "tough- figure it out" sums up the lack of useful assistance for new and upgrading users. That was a real bad stance to take. But I don't see any of these issues as directly related to monopoly. If they were then Microsoft would force obsolescence like Apple does. It doesn't do that. Instead, Microsoft lets XP support continue for over a decade and works hard to ensure that my old applications run under Windows 8, which they do. Unfortunately, all this means that it just gets harder when you do have to upgrade. Nor can I see any relationship to past court action for monopolistic behavior. The Windows 8 interface issues are much more like a lot of the changes made in Linux applications and distributions. Bad strategic and development decisions don't make it monopolistic. For me, the change to Windows 8 has been beneficial because it motivated me to use the keyboard for the start menu instead of wasting time mousing around. I also learnt more keyboard shortcuts which also help tremendously. Even without that there is no way I'd want to go back to Windows 7. I use both 7 and 8 everyday running the same desktop applications so I see the benefits of Windows 8 all the time. view
Understanding the Windows 8 user interfaces 6 years 2 months ago Geekomatic

Their monopoly allows any behaviour on their part. Their dismissive attitude comes with that. The XP extension was due to backlash- as the new systems would have crippled businesses. Businesses have $$$ clout- MS curtsied to it. It's always about $$$, nothing more. The non-business end-users reaped benefits that never-ever would have happened had it not been for the businesses/gov't's pressure. Kind of like non-union members reaping the benefits of a pay rise due to strike.

Apple never had the influence MS has. Personally, I believe that the MS monopoly has actually stymied our computer evolution, not helped it. I'm not the only one to think so.

RE: Linux OS:

1) Linux doesn't charge you anything at all to use the majority of their systems- and provide good, friendly support features for free.

2) The Linux systems I've tried are more XP/7-like in their appearance & use than is 8.

RE: keyboard shortcuts.

That's what you used before the modern GUI, circa 1995. A step back in time & only useful IF you know the name/term of what it is you seek. Where are my program folders? How do I do a system restore? How do I boot to safe mode if my system won't start? Too bad for you if you don't know the new MS term?

I think MS is a big behemoth that simply does what it wants & cajoles the buying public with sound-bytes & lack of options. They could make it different & user-friendly & choose not to. End of.

MS 8 Proponents almost sound like Stockholm-Syndrome sufferers.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 7 months ago Funks

I've been looking for something like this. Appreciate the tip.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 7 months ago joebeckmann

Dreadful app. It wouldn't recognize cities in Massachusetts beyond those beginning with "C," and, unless I wanted to drive in Tajekistan, it's a miserable distraction from google.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 7 months ago kentishman1952

I have used this app for over a year. It has taken me round UK, France and Sardinia without a problem. It does take a while to get used to the search function. It isn't as flash as paid for Sat Nav apps, but does what it says on the tin. You can upgrade for £20 to TomTom Maps that show road signs, but at times these can be so large as to obscure the maps. The OSM maps upgrade for free frequently.

If you look at the free sat nav apps on Play Store you will see one called Navfree. This is a smarter looking option and links in to Google Street, so you can 'see' where you will end up. On my Nexus 4, however,it overheats which is not good. It also uses OSM Maps, but they don't update as frequently as Map Factor.

I keep trying both, but always end up using Map Factor. Is really good for a free sat nav up

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 7 months ago keithr386

Anyone else having trouble downloading the Canada map? I can download Washington state (where I travel a lot) but not Canada (where I live). It is a large download, so I left it running over night, but even after several hours, it still is sitting at "initializing download" with 0 MB of data transferred. I also tried it on different WIFI to see if that would make a difference, but no such luck.

Any insights?

Keith

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 6 months ago IamMoniker

Hi - I initially had a problem downloading, my wifi connection to my router kept disconnecting.

I took the cell phone and placed it very close to the wireless router, put it on charge, put it onto airplane mode (my data allotment is low - 250MB), activated wifi and downloaded canada and new york state maps. It then went through surprisingly quickly.

I don't know if there is another way to do it on the cell phone other than through the Navigator program itself.

I read from the program that maps could be downloaded from the www.mapfactor.com website but I couldn't find them. Also I wasn't sure once downloaded, how I would copy them properly to the cell phone.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 6 months ago keithr386

I contacted their support. They said they woud look into it, and it downloaded shortly after. Not sure what they did, but I got now.

Keith

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 3 months ago ctsurveyor113

I have been using MapFactor Navigator on a Samsung SM-T310 (8" Android tablet) for about 10 months. When I first installed it, the version current at that time had stability problems; it was prone to freezing, and the only way to get it running again was to force-kill it via the Apps Settings menu or Task Manager. A couple of months ago, it auto-updated to version 1.2.50, which seems to have (mostly) solved the stability problems.

What I like about Navigator:
1. It uses off-line maps, so it runs well on devices that have WiFi only, and the maps are free (if you opt for Open Street Maps).
2. Relatively simple user interface, it isn't too difficult to figure out how to use and configure the app, assuming you have some familiarity with GPS in general.
3. Downloading maps is very easy. The user interface for downloading maps and map updates is the easiest to use of all of the GPS Apps that I've tried. Best of all, you can batch download as many maps as you want: just select them from the menu, start the download, and you can walk away and let the download run unattended. Other GPS Apps that I've tried don't have this Batch capability: you have to d/l maps one state, province, or region at a time. Open Street Maps are totally free, and available for almost every country on Earth where there are roads and motor vehicles to drive on them, whereas if you buy a Garmin Nuvi, it probably only has maps for the country where you purchased it; if you are taking a vacation to somewhere else, you will have to pay Garmin a hefty sum to get maps for that country.
4. The route you are following is clearly delineated on the map with a very thick green line that can't be mistaken for anything else on the map.
5. There are Voice prompts to warn you of upcoming turns; this can be disabled by turning the volume down to zero.
6. There are also speed limit warnings, both visible and audio, if the OSM map you are currently using has speed limit data embedded in it.

What I don't like about Navigator:
7. If you are playing music on your device, there doesn't appear to be any way to disable Navigator's Voice Prompts while still allowing the music to play.
8. The Voice Prompts and turn directions are sometimes flat out wrong: for example, "Left Turn in 500 yards" when your route is to take a Right turn. I don't know if this is a bug in the OSM Map or in the Navigator App. Bottom line is you can't blindly follow this (or any) GPS - you have to review the route it is proposing to take you on and make sure that it's taking you where you actually want to go, on using the routing you want.
9. There are three routing algorithms: Fastest, Shortest Distance, and Cheapest. Again, YOU have to use your own judgement and review the proposed route. This is probably the weakest and most error prone part of the Open Street Map system. A given route may or may not be either the Fastest or Shortest possible, especially if the destination is in a remote area involving long distances on secondary or tertiary road networks.
10. If you are used to using a Garmin GPS, like a Nuvi or Street Pilot, or a TomTom, or Magellan GPS, the user interface of MapFactor Navigator is completely different from those other GPS's, and the learning curve is pretty steep.

Is Map Factor Navigator a fully capable replacement for a dedicated Auto-Routing GPS like a Garmin Nuvi or TomTom? Probably not, but if you already own a 7"~10" Android Tablet, or even a Smartphone, the software and the maps are totally free, so even if Navigator isn't "perfect" and you decide to un-install it, at least it's no money lost for you. There is also a Windows version that you could run on a Laptop with a GPS dongle, like in an RV.

Also note that MapFactor Navigator is ONLY good for routing on established paved roads that are in the OSM Maps. If you are planning a hike or backpacking trip, there are other Android GPS apps better suited for those activities, but good off-pavement trail maps that work with them are much harder to come by. When I am hiking, I use a Garmin 60CX or Oregon 600. I have not yet found an Android GPS mapping app that has good enough USA/Canada trail maps for wilderness hiking.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 3 months ago ctsurveyor113

Sometimes downloading maps in Navigator is quick and trouble-free, other times it's slow, or doesn't work at all. If the download won't even start, try re-booting your device, restarting Navigator, and restarting the download. If it's still buggy after a full re-boot, the problem lies with the OSM Servers and there's nothing you can do about it except try again later or the next day.

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Unleash Your GPS With This Great Offline Navigation App 6 years 3 months ago ctsurveyor113

I also tried NavFree USA. In the end I decided to go with Map Factor. NavFree made me download maps one State at a time, whereas MapFactor lets me batch download all of the USA Western States and Canada maps at a single go. NavFree seemed to have fewer stability problems than MapFactor, but that wasn't enough incentive to offset the laborious one-map-at-a-time downloading.

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Unlimited Web Site Monitoring For Free 6 years 1 month ago GiorgosK

Take also a look at Change Detection:
https://www.changedetection.com/.

(Not to be confused with (the trial-limited free based) Change Detect).

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Unlocker 3 years 6 months ago IanRH

This site is blocked (9th May 2017) by both Chrome and Firefox.

Is it still safe?

Please check and update if necessary.

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Unlocker 3 years 6 months ago darwinbot

The link in the review no longer points to majorgeeks, but instead to a site that is deemed 'unsafe' by FF--emptyloop...

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Unlocker 3 years 6 months ago Anupam

Thank you. Now corrected.

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link here leads to homepage for the maker. Download page opens OK but clicking on 'Download' links leads to 404.

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Unlocker 1 year 3 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for pointing this out. The original site still has redirects to unsafe locations so we have changed ours to Softpedia. MC - Site Manager. view
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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 3 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

This is another topic where I'm happy to be educated, for my ignorance about the world outside my little shell...

This seems to be a case of "Just because it's possible, doesn't mean it's worth doing." I'm having trouble imagining a situation where I would want to zip or unzip files over the internet. Converting PDF files to Word or Excel? Definitely a need for doing that online; the only software which does that well is very expensive to own. But Zip software tools are free to download, and are powerful. Why go elsewhere?

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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 3 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Personally, I needed to unzip a file and I had no access to a device that had or could download and install an unzipping program. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 2 months 3 weeks ago Sturgeon General

I am trying to picture a scenario where one has a file needing unzipped, but without any sort of device access. I'm fairly certain even that seven-zip program has a free portable version. sounds like a good story. However, I had never even considered the possibility of an online unzip utility, so thanks much for these. Can always count on you to provide good free workarounds.

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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

You need internet access and a device, and, some devices have no unzipping capability (for various reasons), and some devices are restricted, you can't install software on them. Libraries are an example - the local library doesn't allow installation of software and the software that's available for use is limited, so an online alternative is needed for some activities.

I usually Bandzip because it will unzip the file and open the folder in Windows Explorer where the unzipped file is.

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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 2 months 3 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

Ah, now I get it. Thanks, Rhiannon.

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Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 2 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Glad I could make it less murky. :)

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago etim

Nothing for Linux. Again. Typical for Logitech.

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago 4sure5

Thank you for this information! I have a Dell mouse, and couldn't find an update on their website (lots of others in the series, but not mine), so called them. I was told that since my laptop is an Acer, I have to contact Acer to update my Dell mouse. This seems very strange to me.

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

It's discouraging. :(

One solution I've seen is to install the update by inserting the dongle in a Widnows computer and run the update from there.

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

Hmmmm. I'm no expert but it seems to me that since it's the Logitech Unifying Receiver that's getting the firmware update, it wouldn't impact which Logitech mouse or keyboard was being used. I would think Dell, Microsoft, HP and Lenovo would be responsible for fixing the issue.¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

You're particular mouse may not have been vulnerable, you can find a list of affected devices here: https://www.bastille.net/research/vulnerabilities/mousejack/affected-dev...

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago 4sure5

Thanks again! My mouse isn't in the list....phew!

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago 4sure5

That seems to be common sense to me, but these days common sense isn't always the way things are done. Sigh

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

That's good news. :)

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago crip

There was comment on one the ubuntu forums recently that address this with a way to do it.

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Update Your Logitech Wireless Dongle Right Now 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

Thanks. I'll look into it. :)

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Updated Tool For Network Tinkerers 4 years 10 months ago mchldpy

Rob said,
[QUOTE]
The IT industry's most widely used protocol is called Wireshark and, as luck ...
[END QUOTE]

I'm sure he meant "The IT Industry's most widely used protocol is Wireshark" since Wireshark is not a protocol.

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Updated Tool For Network Tinkerers 4 years 10 months ago gizmo.richards Now corrected. view
Updated Tool For Network Tinkerers 4 years 10 months ago mchldpy

Thank you Rob. You put in a great amount time and effort on articles here and what do you get, some tool like me pointing out what few minor blips end up in your content. I'm thankful for what you do, especially since no one else, (myself included) is stepping up.

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Updated Tool For Network Tinkerers 4 years 9 months ago rob.schifreen Thanks all. And now corrected again, to spell analyzer properly. :) view
Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 4 years 4 months ago eikelein

Thanks Rob.
I might have missed the update of this long time favorite of mine.

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Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 4 years 4 months ago reikipete7

My Ice Dragon (Mozilla clone) can't download this one due to an invalid security certificate
Error code: SSL_ERROR_BAD_CERT_DOMAIN
I guess I can override it, but do I want / need to do that ?

AHA ! .com is a problem, but .de is OK as: http://www.jam-software.de/treesize_free/ Thanks, reikipete7

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Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 4 years 4 months ago jonbourne

Weird. Their HTTPS is fine for me. Good cert too.

Sounds like MITM hijack to me.

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Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 4 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy

It's an error. MC - Site Manager.
http://i.imgur.com/4d4S18O.png

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Updates To My Favourite Disk Space Finder 4 years 4 months ago jms319

Hi,

Thanks for the update of TreeSize. I have used TreeSize in the past but switched to WizTree for the previous years and also tried out some other programs to achieve the same. I found that for me, the two next programs are most valuable. So, I have two other recommendations that are about similar (view where you can gain most space by finding the largest files). I like these two gems because they clearly show where your space has gone.

WizTree 2.01, which is a portable gem, small in size but very fast in finding the biggest files on your PC. It has been reviewed here in 2013 but has recently updated (June 2016, from version 1.07 to version 2.01). It is freeware (as expected on this site) and can be downloaded from: http://antibody-software.com. If I need to know where my disk space has gone, I use this portable gem to find the top 1000 largest sized files.

Folder Size 2.6 (from Sourceforge.net) is another option but it is integrated in Windows Explorer. In XP it worked much better than on 7+ since it showed an extra (optional) column in Explorer (like the columns for filename, time, file size, date, etc.), but with the sizes of the folders in the directory you're browsing. Great to be able sort the size of your folders! Folder Size is not portable. In Windows 7+, Folder Size is also added to Windows but now opens an extra window (on Windows 7+) that displays the size of the folders and files in the folder you explore. This is a good option to implement Folder Size after Windows XP! You can download this gem and try if it works for you from: http://foldersize.sourceforge.net

I'm sure these programs are well worth investigating if they work for you (I guess they certainly do!).

Best regards,

jms319

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago David Roper

Excellent article. Looks like it's more useful than EVERTHING by Void Tools which is/was my favorite until now.
Of course searching inside articles (Grepping) is WAYYY better than searching only Filenames. I have been using the MS ability to use 255 chrs for a filename to put key words in it, but now I can look up Paprika and brown sugar and get the BBQ recipe at once. Time? I got plenty of time to wait for it to search and not me. Thanks, Rob.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago jko

How does this compare to Agent Ransack? I've been using that for a good while and it does what I need, though I only use a fraction of its functionality. Would this be better for simple text searches in groups of files?

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Rob,
Great find... but what's the problem with search tools which index the hard drive contents? You mention "saves on hard disk space usage" -- surely in the age of TB hard drives, that's not an issue. The benefit of indexed contents is that searches are instant. Really: the answer is there before I even finish typing the search!

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago Frank D

Its utility for me is reduced to zero by the fact that it doesn't do Boolean searches (e.g., this AND that, this OR that, etc.), so it's limited to either single word searches or you must type in exactly what you're looking for. Adding or omitting a comma, for example, will totally negate the search. I use DocFetcher for searches like this.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago texaganian

This and everything do completely different things. Everything can find files _by file name_ and using regexes if you wish. It is blazingly fast and yet doesn't have to build or maintain indexes because it uses the one maintained by NTFS itself. Brilliant concept, extraordinarily well done and massively useful.

Astro Grep, on the other hand, like any grep variant or descendant, searches flexibly for CONTENT in files. I haven't looked at this package yet but if it doesn't support booleans that would make it much less flexible than it should be and a deal killer for me.

But there are LOTS of Windows greps out there. I use Bare Grep extensively, though not for the exact same use case as the OP does.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago David Roper

I tried ASTRO GREP and I can say, I finally found the Boolean part to use, so it DOES have Logic for the words. I still like putting key words into the filenames and using "Everything" for searching. YMMV. I'm off to find and try your "Bare Grep". Thanks.

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Updates To My Favourite Text Finder 5 years 4 months ago swfan1963

Using the regex below I did a comparison of AstroGrep and Agent Ransack against the same folder tree / number of files, and Agent Ransack is dramatically faster. AstroGrep's results presentation is much nicer, and it saves unprintable characters when saving all result lines to a file. I do lots of FIX log searching, and that's a nice feature. However, for complex searches AstroGrep is so slow it's essentially not usable. Sigh. On that note, jko, have you figured out how to get Agent Ransack to use boolean operators? I've never been able to get it to work (short of using a regex similar to below).

(?=.*sfe)(?=.*mapper)

Finds lines that contain both "sfe" and "mapper"

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Use a New Command in Windows 8.1 to Find out how Your Disk Space is Being Used 5 years 10 months ago lowndesw

It was almost instantaneous on my Sam 840EVO SSD. 64 bit.

THANK YOU, Sir!!

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Use the Command Line for a Quick Cleanup of Windows Temp Files 6 years 12 months ago maneriramesh

i have got some folders in temp cmd but some folders can't be deleted ,but how to delete that files

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Use the Command Line for a Quick Cleanup of Windows Temp Files 6 years 12 months ago v.laurie The files are probably in use or locked by some program. Unless they are taking up a lot of space, they can be probably be left alone. view
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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 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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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago Juxxize great stuff I'm going to start using start page for all my google searches from today :) view
Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago Sid in Extremis

StartPage is excellent. If you want to use other search engines anonymously they also offer Ixquick https://ixquick.com/

It is well worth reading the Settings section as you can enable or disable various filters. These can be saved via a URL without using cookies if you are particularly paranoid.

The slight problem with DuckDuckGo is that they use Amazon servers, it's up to you to decide whether to trust them.

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago RedSkywalker

Some of the search settings have drop down menus which are easy to change, however, many settings show two or three options but how you select them beats me! I have tried every way I can think of with no success. I finally gave up and emailed them asking how to do it but nothing heard; shame because if I could skin it the way I want I would have used it.

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago Schitti

+1 to DuckDuckGo - I'm used to search with it as my standard engine

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago johnarro

StartPage is brilliant - it's been set as the start page on Chrome, Firefox and Opera for yonks for me !

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 7 years 4 months ago Oxa

I started using StartPage a year or two ago because I had become exasperated with Google's constant tweaking of the interface and with features (autocomplete, Google Instant, Google Preview) that slowed the search results and weren't the least bit helpful. I use Startpage for about 90% of my searches. Even though it uses Google, the results aren't the same, so sometimes when I don't find what I'm looking for I resort to Google. StartPage is a good search engine. The fact that it's anonymous is a bonus.

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