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Best Free Office Suite 7 years 7 months ago stefan555

Yes sorry, I noticed I was too fast to copy and paste, so I got the wrong link. Good you got it anyway.
I havnt seen the Ksosoft site before either.
I noticed one issue Kingsoft got fixed. I use a Swedish keyboard and I couldn't use the Alt Gr + another key before in Kingsoft Office, so for example @ and \ was impossible to type. I know some other European keyboards had the same issue. Its fixed in this new version.

Best Free Office Suite 7 years 7 months ago stefan555

In Kingsoft Office 2012 Free there is a box in the bottom left corner and a text "Create blank Document when startup". A tick in the box will do the trick. You have to do it in all 3 programs (Writer, Spreadsheet and Presentation). I am not sure about Kingsoft Office 2013 Free, I upgraded to 2013 from 2012, so my settings are the same as I had in 2012, and I dont see a box there in 2013 Free.

Best Free Office Suite 7 years 7 months ago stefan555

Hmm, you haven't got the box in the bottom left corner? I don't see the box either in 2013 Free and i dont get the browser link, but I upgraded from 2012 Free. I remember the box disappeared in 2012 Free after I made a tick in the box.
What you can do is to install Kingsoft Office 2012 Free (maybe you have to un-install 2013 Free first), tick the box in all 3 programs and then install 2013 Free on top of 2012 Free.
It seems like I just kept the settings in 2013 Free after I installed it on top of 2012 Free.

Best Free Office Suite 7 years 7 months ago stefan555

Great, I am happy I could help you.

Free DVD Copier Offer Exclusive For Gizmo's Readers 7 years 2 days ago stefan555

You have to make sure you use download link right below activation code. The download link is written in small letters. If you don't use the link just below the license code, you will get a message saying that the activation code is invalid.
When its activated you will be told it is a Xmas licensed key, what ever it means..... You can check the key by clicking on the "person" on top right in the program.

Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 5 months ago stella7

A sensible decision Gizmo. I love your newsletter and by including some paid software it makes sense. I always pay for internet security. Maybe the free options are safe and perhaps I'm too cautious in assuming that the paid options are more reliable.

32-bit and 64-bit explained 5 years 8 months ago stephandurney

Earlier i replaced the hard drive on my Windows 7, 64-bit HP. The tech department at work installed a 32-bit version of windows 7 professional. When the upgrade to windows 10 occurs, and since it is apparently occurring through windows update, will it automatically install the 32-bit version or will I have an option to install the 64-bit version? I wasn't able to find this answer in my brief search. Thank you in advance!

Windows 7 Startup 6 years 5 months ago Stephen A Meigs

Excellent article, but the text explaining UserInit, which prefixes table 13, is a repeat of the text that explains LSM--an incorrect copy and paste, I guess.

What Else Have You Just Downloaded? 4 years 9 months ago Stephen Jackson

Thanks for an excellent article.

You're absolutely right about CNET. Despite its official-sounding acronym: well-known yes, reliable, no. There is a really horrible site called DVD Videosoft, which must have put more malware onto the world's computers than almost anything else: a whole handful of nasties which many people's anti-virus software won't pick up (although if you have Malware Bytes, you might). Repeatedly I have notified CNET and still this muck they promote. Clearly, as the vernacular would have it, they couldn't give a flying fork. Or even, a spoon.

Yet I've also downloaded toxic software from File Hippo, Softonic and elsewhere. Can they all be part of some global conspiracy? It makes more sense to suggest - you can see what an altruist I am - that it's impossible for these companies to check out every item submitted to them as thoroughly as they should. The naive downloader picks up the pieces: or rather, you fail to notice; and carry on in ignorant bliss with your contaminated machine.

The bigger problem has to do with legitimate, honest freeware which pops up in corrupted forms. VLC ("Videolan"), Paint.Net, Audacity and more...all these you will find in nobbled versions; some on third-party sites, others on sites which resemble the developer's own and can be so easily confused with it. That's the intention, of course. Never download or upgrade or update ANYTHING except from the manufacturer's own site - even if you have to scroll down two Google pages to find it. If the software itself invites you to update, following the link it provides usually seems pretty safe. Famous last words....

As for Open Candy, and those other nasty bits of work. If everything is on the level, why not offer them explicitly as an option? Adobe offers Norton Anti Virus quite openly, and you can take it or leave it as you choose. That's honesty, rather than something smuggled in via the back door.

It's high time for me to end, but I have a reasonable collection of freeware that seems not to fight each other: AVG, Avast, Malware Bytes and Comodo. Maybe I too am living in a Fool's Paradise, but I seem to detect malware that other people miss. A final word about software which rests on old laurels. There's no reason still to trust it, or to value it. The original Gimp used to be a valid alternative to Photoshop. Whenever I have downloaded Gimpshop, from source, it has come down riddled with malware far worse than PUPs like Open Candy. My inquiries via "Contact Us" meet with silence...

In English we say, "There's no such thing as a free lunch." In Russia they put it better: "You only get free cheese in a rat-trap."

Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 4 years 6 months ago Stephen Jackson

I can't see a top recommendation here (or even a top three) - and my attempts to find one using "Quick Selection Guide" merely recycle this page. Also, the reason that most of us turn to Gizmo is to identify software which is free of viruses, bloatware, malware, PUP's, adware, ransomware and the rest of that swelling poison caboodle. It we want to spend a couple of hours having to scour our computer after every download, we can simply turn to CNET, Filehippo, Softonic and a dozen other sites.

What shame, then, to find software highlighted on this page, time and again, which is known to be riddled with hidden nasties. Please, fellow readers, carry out further checks before you choose any of these.

You Need To Uninstall Quicktime For Windows 4 years 9 months ago Stephen Jackson

Thanks again for - as everybody says - your vigilance. I work with videos in a good few codecs and you used to need Quicktime for various things on a PC (can't remember what they were) If that's no longer the case, I'll un-install for good? (P.S. (I only discovered Gizmo by accident: and I'm so glad I did!)

How To Make Windows 10 Look and Feel Like Windows 7 4 years 7 months ago Stephen Jackson

Another excellent article from Gizmo, although this says a little about us stick-in-the mud, Luddite PC users - and an awful lot more about Windows 10 and Microsoft's superior attitude to its customers' righteous gripes. Or is Microsoft simply overwhelmed? Page after page of teeth-gnashing rage on its feedback pages might suggest the latter. What I love is Microsoft using thousands of people as unpaid testers before announcing, "Right, folks. We've heard what we need from you lot, so after July you'll have to pay to install our operating system." Ah, the ring of the cash-register!

I've bitten the bullet with Windows 10 and learnt to use it...sort of. It's not bad, once you'be handled the dozens of needless and futile changes that never needed to be; and it should get better, as more third parties are persuaded to contribute to its "Apps". Yet borrowing terms from Google is an invidious move. It drives home how backward Microsoft Edge and Hotmail (are we still allowed to call it that?) are even now, compared to Google Chrome. And you realise that, on so many levels, Microsoft still doesn't bother to listen.

Three cheers for quietly dumping the best features of Windows 7, including the invaluable Media Center and Windows Movie Maker. (Movie Maker is still available amongst Microsoft Essentials, so we grab it whilst we can.) Three cheers for updating our most expensive versions of Windows 7 and 8 with Windows 10 in its bare bones. Three cheers more making us pay to use the latest versions of Word and Office on a yearly basis. Three cheers, MS, for simply being YOU. ;)

Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 6 months ago stephench


It is Stephen Cheng From FlashPeak Inc. Can you list our Slimjet Web Browser from here? Slimjet is based on the Chromium project and adds a lot of convenient and smart features on top of it. It is the best browser we've made so far. While it shares a similar set of features with SlimBrowser/SlimBoat, it beats the other two in terms of performance, stability, web site compatibility and support of the latest web technologies. It is currently built on top of Chromium m35. We will keep it synchronized to the Chrome releases as closely as possible.


Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 4 months ago stephench

One of the biggest reasons that we start the Slimjet project is we don't like the minimalist design of Chrome. Slimjet doesn't auto-update like Chrome. Slimjet includes a download control button which allow you to easily allow/disallow script on selected domains. That is similar to what NoScript offers. It has a fully customizable toolbar where you can add more buttons to gain quick access to various functions. Slimjet uses slightly more memory than SlimBrowser but is more stable and responsive. Give it a few days and you will like it.

The World's Best Collection Of Free Culture And Education Resources 5 years 6 months ago stephenvaile

Thanks for the dissemination of "intelligent, meaningful" content.

Tech Support Guy 3 years 6 months ago StephieL

Is there any way, other than third-party software, to break a Word password? I am not afraid to use regedit or any other suggestion you may have.

Thank you for any advice you can give. :)

Best Simple Linux Distro (Stub Only) 7 years 2 months ago steppinrazor Linux Mint is definitely on my list. I'm gonna go on a spree of burning install CDs today, and that's definitely a distro I'm going for. view
Best Simple Linux Distro (Stub Only) 7 years 2 months ago steppinrazor Heya! I'll be your new editor for this article. I'm new to editing for Gizmo's but have been using this site constantly ever since I found it! :) I'll look into any suggestions but remember its the Best SIMPLE Linux Distro not the BEST Linux Distro. For more in depth discussion on this topic I started this forum post: Otherwise continue to give me suggestions with little blurbs about the distro, and feedback (once I get something up), I love feedback! :) view
Best Free File Copy Utility 7 years 10 months ago Stereoeggs

Hi, all....

The revue of FastCopy mentions it can be used without being installed. Boy, do I feel dumb for asking, but could someone tell me how I go about doing that?

Also, I have an older rig running WinXP 32-bit Pro that seems to have caught a "virus" (that somehow got by my always-updated, real-time-scanning, McAfee anti-virus software) that won't let me connect to the internet, won't let McAfee run a virus scan, and won't let me copy any files (the "Copy" command is there, but the "Paste" command is absent after I highlight files and click on "Copy").

Given the situation above, can anyone suggest how I can copy the files on my C: hard drive to an external hard drive, in an effort to save them, before I (apparently have to) re-format my C: drive?

Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, guys.

A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 3 years 1 week ago Steve Austin

Perfectly put! After one of my tablets got completely hosed by the last win10 update, I said the hell with it and disabled automatic updates. Updates break more than they fix imo. I'll take my chances and be careful where I go.

A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 3 years 1 week ago Steve Austin

One word: Android. Customize it, hack it, root it to your heart's content at 1/3 the price. Apple is for rich kids.

This Message Will Self Destruct (Website of the Week) 6 years 9 months ago SteveH

zep321: Create a message (or not) and click 'SAVE THIS MESSAGE'. The next page will clarify.

Best Free Antivirus App for Android 6 years 8 months ago stevej

trustgo was able to detect 2 ad ware apps that CM Did not.

Terrific Program Lets You Automate Tasks On Your PC 6 years 3 months ago stevelindsey

There are 3 versions; commercial, personal & free

Best Free Website Ripper 2 years 1 month ago stevem109

thanks for that info. I was able to use the portable version that I already had on my HD. Problem free.

Best Free PDF Tools 7 years 9 months ago stevem109

"Some PDF to Word Converter" doesn't seem to be "Unrestricted Freeware"
any more. It converts up to 5 pages followed by a nag screen to Buy/Register.

Best Free PDF Tools 7 years 9 months ago stevem109

Found a copy of "Some PDF to Word Converter " 1.0, tried to install it after uninstalling 2.0. Not only does it try to install "Delta Toolbar",
it polls the website for an updated version & starts to download 2.0.

Sheet Music. Loads Of It. For Free Download. 3 years 10 months ago stevemiller54

Great find, Rob! Here is another free sheet music site your readers may be interested in:

Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 2 years 7 months ago stevemiller54

Tetra-dittos. I very much appreciate not only the email newsletters, but also the GF website. Many thanks from a grateful yank. :-)

Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 11 months ago stevemiller54

Wow! Excellent post, Rhiannon! I plan to use these sites. It's great to have options like these for transferring big files and not have to deal with the absurdly low email attachment limits imposed by email service providers like Google, MSN and Yahoo. Rhiannon, I generally enjoy your posts, but I think this one is definitely one of your best. Thanks!!

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Two more suggestions: Ambient Sleeping Pill and Amambient. BTW, is indeed an outstanding recommendation. I've been using it for several years now. Lots of great channels, such as Groove Salad, Secret Agent, Deep Space One, Space Station Soma, and Drone Zone to name but a few. Well worth exploring!

Best Free Onscreen Keyboard for Accessibility 6 years 3 months ago Steven Avery


Also when you are short of USBs.
e.g. A laptop with 3, one is busted, the 4-in-1 units don't work.

You need to use the 2nd USB for a backup unit, or anything.

Replace the keyboard with onscreen, and you can function pretty much normally.


Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software 5 years 12 months ago Steven Avery

On Open Candy

One bottom line is that some systems of the grandmothers, or anyone less tech-savvy, gets trashed.

Look, they wanted to foist a Uniblue registry product on you, a registry cleaner that has trashed systems for years.

The small benefit you might get (product A instead of B) is at the expense of the freeware community as a whole.

Caveat emptor!


Two New Ways to Boot into Safe Mode in Windows 8 7 years 5 months ago stevenamills

I've been working with MS stuff more years than I care to remember and they still don't get it - AT ALL. Most of the time you need Safe Mode it is because normal mode won't work, so method 1 is worthless and Method 2 will gradually fade away.

Probably coded by the same genius that removed the repair install.

Easily Create Posters, Business Cards, Collages Etc For Free 5 years 7 months ago stevenamills

I couldn't agree more. Sadly, when these sites keep hiding behind a wall like this, it's frequently because they spent way too much time trying to monetize and way too little time on useability. I have nothing against making a buck, but authors / site owners need to get priorities straight. I won't be giving it a try either.

Using Windows 7 And Linux On The Same Computer 1 year 9 months ago stevenfbtube

I would install Ubuntu using the 'something-else' option, specifying your partitions & ensuring you don't have the 'format' check-box ticked.
This will wipe system directories, install then restore any additional programs you have installed (if from Ubuntu repose only). If your 'breakage' is in $HOME (a user setting) then the breakage will likely remain as that file won't be touched. Of course backup first (we make mistakes, and the format-checkbox is kinda small). For more information Download YouTube Video

Best Free SMS App for Android 1 month 2 weeks ago steveorg

Did you look at the latest Messages app from Google? A separate app is needed for backup, but it supports the latest SMS standards and has a ton of other great features.

Thank You for Donating 6 years 12 months ago steveorg

You've been an important site for me for well over a decade.

I donated, and I appreciate your reluctance to become commercial. However, a few Google Adwords and/or an innocuous banner or 2 seems to be appropriate. It is more important that you live stress free than die by an impossible ideal.

Get A Second Opinion On Your PC's Security 4 years 5 months ago STEVERINO

I tried downloading the file listed and it comes up showing that the file is corrupt. So I had to delete it. What is wrong with the download?

Get Classic Windows 7 Games in Windows 8 and 10 for Free 4 years 8 months ago Stewbeforever

I don't know how you found these games, but would like to thank you.

Keep up the great work.

Free Travel eBooks Online 7 years 1 month ago Stig Albeck

Hi, I just want to let you know that the books are now being published at Paris, London and St. Petersburg are available now and the rest will be published during the coming months.

The New Look Gizmo's Freeware Website is now Online 5 years 8 months ago stilbon

The new look of Gizmo's Freeware Website is indeed eye-catching and quite pleasing. The enhancements would be worthwhile and important even if mobile devices were not a consideration. I rely on this site and it just took a leap forward. Good job, nice work!

Best Free Instant Messaging Client 7 years 9 months ago Stilez

Gizmno - you might want to consider Jisti ( as a very strong contender. Things I like:

Free/open source
Very actively developed (as at 2013) and dates back to 2006 ish so a decent history
Cross platform (including x32, x64 and msi on Windows, which suggests devs have care and forethought)
Very wide range of protocols
IM, file transfer, voice, video
Appears mature

And as extra bonus features, it's just streets ahead on core infrastructure:

IPv4/IPv6 automated
NAT traversal
About the only IM client to support open encryption standards built into the base code - OTR is often a plugin but here it's built-in, and Phil Zimmermann's STRP/ZRTP - about the only really secure standard for VoIP - is also built in.
Video/voice conferencing
A load more.

You might want to review and include it.

Best Free Instant Messaging Client 7 years 9 months ago Stilez

Also worth considering:

It won't matter to all users, but it's worth considering how much an IM client mitigates or exposes private data. An IM provider stores IM's and contact details they 'see', but a multi-client whose provider logs extra data exposes the user on all their IM systems, not just one.

In this area, Trillian keeps a copy of the user's contact list in plaintext. The contact list is used for sync purposes, so it's legit, but it's not encrypted on their servers as (say) logins are. So contact renames, groups, etc are vulnerable. They may change this in future, but at the moment it's worth an observation as strong security is a good thing.

( source: )

45,000 Free Kindle Books 1 year 9 months ago StillAddictedtoMyH

You're in luck - Dorothy L. Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey series is FREE here:

For current books, still within copyright and by authors who are still alive and need to eat, please consider buying an ebook once in a while (and then use Calibre to remove the darn DRM), or just check out what your library has to offer.

Microsoft Brings PowerToys to Windows 10 8 months 5 days ago StillAddictedtoMyH

Is there a way to add the PowerToys to a Win10 system other than going to Github?

I'd like to recommend it for my beloved ImageResizer to my in-laws who keep sending us 25+ MG images. But I can see them thinking that Github isn't a respectable source (sorry, but it's VERY geeky!).

Best Free Adware-Spyware-Scumware Remover 6 years 10 months ago stitch62

I just installed Malwarebytes only to discover that it is really only a free 14 day trial. Did I do something wrong? Is there really a totally free version?

Best Free File Copy Utility 7 years 7 months ago stkamman

Hi Raymond,
Do you know if Fast Copy will spans disks?
i.e. Copying multiple files or simply one gigantic file to a cd or dvd where the files or file will not "fit" on one disk.

An Easy Way to Send and Receive Files Across Multiple Devices 5 years 10 months ago stockholm

I have not been able to make this app work, though I have many times followed the instructions exactly, and etc. None of my three devices will recognize any other. Or, I should say, they did one time but only once. The Lenovo web site offers no support and makes posting a comment difficult. I have had to give up the app in frustration.

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I highly recommend YourPrivateVPN, which I have used for years. It is based in Germany. It has servers in Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, Canada and the USA. It has excellent anonymity. It logs no user IP addresses, and one can even pay anonymously, if one whishes. It has excellent speed and allows P2P and Torrents. The cost for the lowest level of service is 6 euros a month. Setup is via a simple program supplied by the service.

Encrypt Your Files Before They Reach The Cloud 1 year 2 days ago stoppedgrape

used it before and had some issues, their price is average also. recently switched to nordlocker after their big sale. checked it out on their website great solution for those who don't feel comfortable with cloud services.

How to Recover Files from Windows XP Backups (BKF Files) in a Windows 7 System 7 years 2 months ago Stphn-Stanl

I have tried to follow your suggestion but it just not worked & I have ended up with the error which says The Backup File Contains Unrecognized Data and Cannot Be Used....can you please help me in proceedings....

Best Free BitTorrent Client 6 years 9 months ago stranger195

According to Wikipedia, BitTorrent is a *re-branded* version of muTorrent (the letter that looks like a u is the Greek letter mu).

Still Got An XP Machine? Turn It On Now. 6 years 9 months ago stranger195

I recommend to upgrade to at least Windows 7 if your Windows XP computer can upgrade to it. If not, buy a new PC if your Windows XP computer is your main or primary computer.

Best Free Antivirus Software 3 years 10 months ago strangevarius

Qihoo 360 was removed from av-comparative, AV-TEST and Virus Bulletin because they were cheating. You can googled for the news. I'm going to share the link, but when trying to post my comment, it was blocked.

Five Things that Every Windows PC Owner Must Do 7 years 2 weeks ago stratos

Cloud services like Dropbox are not mentioned here, but they kinda provide you data backup (the capacity is limited of course). "Several external hard drives" is like... outdated.

How to Check for Hacker Activity in Your Microsoft Account 7 years 4 days ago stratos

It won't help you. Think about it: no one is going to find out your password by guessing, there are simpler ways (I'm talking about phishing, etc.). And changing password now and then ain't gonna help. So if someone really needs your account, you will not know it by checking "recent activity". You'll end up just being unable to log in.

The only reasonable part of this tip is the one about 2-step verification.

An Online Office Suite That's A Real Alternative To Microsoft Or Google 6 years 12 months ago stratos

Reminds me of how I didn't manage to try Microsoft Office 360. When I went through all the pain of registration and sumbitting and agreeing and what else, I couldn't start Word. And I couldn't start Excel, either. Both gave me server errors. When I contacted support, they told me that I hadn't turned something on. So I gave up.

Hope this one is easier to try.

Best Free Desktop Search Utility 7 years 4 months ago streeeeetch

"Everything" was recently updated (beta but stable) to skip the UAC problem and they now have 32 and 64 bit versions. Excellent now.

Download A Full Diagram Creation Program For Free 4 years 8 months ago stretcharm

Yed is an amazing free that's made a few appearances in the techsupportalert pages over the years.
It can do Business processes (BPMN), organisation charts, network diagrams, flow diagrams, UML, entity relationship and organisation trees etc etc etc. It's also is easy to use, supports custom icons and has superb export options.

I've been using it for over 5 years after trying to find something I can use to quickly create diagrams that allow me to change nodes around without losing the links or spending ages formatting.

So much quicker than Visio to create and prototype diagrams giving you the power to shape your brain dumps.

Added bonus is the layouts. Where it automatically makes your diagrams look good.
It's particularly good at BPMN with swim-lanes

I have Visio at work, but if I need to do a quick diagram that others don't need to edit I'll always go for Yed.

Underneath the diagramming is graph data so if you need you could import a large excel document to model thousands of interconnecting nodes. Each Node and edge can have properties that can be used to set the visual properties.

It's also free for commercial use.

Get Microsoft Visual Studio For Free 3 years 6 months ago stretcharm

Visual Studio Dev Essentials is a great resource. Especially the dev version of SQL server 2016 and PowerBI. Event though I use MS dev tools for my job I can play with some of these tools to keep my skills up to date and try things that can often take a long time to get off the ground at work.

MS have also an ebook giveaway

Problems With A Web Site? Try This Test From 14 Countries. 3 years 3 months ago stretcharm

Thanks. Nice and quick. It's similar to my fav web page tester .This tool provides screen shots of different browsers from many parts of the world and a nice waterfall of the load element times.

A Final Entry In Our Pick Of The Free Mind Mappers 3 years 2 days ago stretcharm

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

Wikipeadia has a decent comparison list of mind mappers.

This online Artificial Intelligence course is free for everyone 2 years 3 months ago stretcharm

Can I also recommend this excellent course on Machine learning by Andrew Ng.

It's got plenty of detail, but is still explained in a way that doesn't require a maths degree.
Great for coders and and data scientists.

It used to be free unless you wanted a certificate. Not sure if the full material is more limited now without paying.

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Microsoft Edge has these functions natively. Works well.

How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up 4 years 4 months ago strtrodder49

My computer kept waking up automatically once I put it to sleep. After researching this in great detail, I came across your website and notice the heading "Stop a network card from waking up the PC". So, I followed your instructions and voila! My computer is now working as it should and I can now put it to sleep (where it will stay asleep) until I am ready for it to wake-up. Thanks for everything.

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Mr Midnight Cowboy. I appreciate your feelings towards some people who 'Could Not be Bothered' Please understand though, there are also people like me who though fairly intelligent, somehow find it difficult to grasp a lot of 'Techy' stuff, and sort of lose track when trying it, mainly because they perhaps - like me - have missed out on simple basic stuff.Believe me, i wish i could, but some of it just 'passes me by'

Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 9 months ago stubbyd

Surely with the way the bug works that it actually makes sense to hold off changing until the affected sites confirm they've fixed the bug?

If you change now you run the risk of being caught out by the bug... It's a catch22 situation really.

Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 9 months ago stubbyd

Yes I saw that - but I think you missed my point entirely. Your article advocates updating passwords at infected sites - I'm saying that's a catch22 if they are affected by the bug because there's a chance you'd have your password stolen due to the bug. Not only would you then have to change it again when they do fix the bug you may also have lost your access.

Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 9 months ago stubbyd

I thought you wanted to end this thread and no doubt will delete this before it gets seen.

However - the issue was that you sidestepped what I said, then added to your original article with the comment rather than either agreeing with me or completely disagreeing (I'm a big boy, I can handle someone not agreeing).

I suspect it was a case of you rushing your answer rather than just (dis)/agreeing that this is the case and then pointing out the link, etc ...

Still - I guess this will get deleted as you have been rather heavy handed with moderation. And I thought gizmo's was all about discussion ... I'm sure Ian wouldn't have shut this conversation down....

Heartbleed Effect: Passwords You Need to Change Now 6 years 9 months ago stubbyd

Thank you. I'll accept your POV about the response but for my part I saw it as side-stepping or declining to answer the point asked.

As to unfair. I don't think so. I'll simply refer you to the opening sentence of your article. Let's face it, many folks simply scan articles and will rarely get past fully reading the first sentence - which is why they are always considered so important.

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I have tried Auslogics but I am not sure of it end of run interface seems limited. On the matter of speed or performance I run a number of "boxes' none of them the latest But I dont think it may matter much as file seaching by exact bits particuly large image or video files have to be by the very nature indepth and precise and this does take time over a large number of files Stuhindl

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You can use regex expressions in NotePad++.

Get Subtitles For Your Favorite Movies and TV Films 2 years 1 month ago Sturgeon General

To add to your list of places to get subtitles...

For Movies -

For TV shows -
- https: // www[DOT][DOT]html [Edit: Red-rated WOT site obfuscated]

Often times, the subtitles from these sites are not synced with the video you have. Many of the quality media players can correct for this. An alternative is the subtitle Tools website. There are many tools to edit your newly downloaded subtitle.


An End of Year Thank-you from Gizmo 2 years 2 weeks ago Sturgeon General

I want to donate so badly, but alas, the liberal policies prevent that. So as the left likes to chant, I'm going to resist... until common sense prevails. Kinda betting your prediction "In the end it may even result in the site shutting down." will come to pass first though. Just ask geekomatic.

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The textual info at the bottom is nice and the page is loaded with tons of charts and graphs filled with all the same info found on the Johns Hopkins dashboard. Otherwise, even with a basic popup blocker running, the site is riddled with ads. And rather than be convenient and tidy, the informational charts and graphs are spread out on a long scrolling, bright white page. The aesthetics alone are a huge turn off for me. But, the more options we have to find this information, the better in my opinion.

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Firefox Send is awesome. Here's the link...

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Thank you for this.
Working great on both Chrome and Brave browsers for me. I suspect where people are running into issue may be they are copy-pasting the entire...
‘Chrome://flags’ and/or ‘Context menu show full URLs’
...using the apostrophes ( ' ) still attached. They simply need to leave them out and they should be successful.

Download Over 8 Million Transparent PNG Images for Free 6 months 4 days ago Sturgeon General

Another similar site...

Unzip Files Online With These 5 Sites 4 months 2 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.

Take a Free Course on COVID-19 From MIT 4 months 1 week ago Sturgeon General

Lib propaganda, hard pass and no thanks!

This Lightweight Image Viewer for Windows is Fast and Versatile 2 months 1 week ago Sturgeon General

Thank you rhiannon, for this find. It looks awesome on the surface. Lots of decent simple and straight forward looking features is always a treat. I personally use FastStone Image Viewer. After doing a rough comparison, I can say Quick Picture Viewer opens in about 3/4 of a second on my desktop. Meanwhile FastStone Image Viewer opens in about 1.5 seconds. To myself, I find that impressive. I will be keeping this on my computer along with FastStone Image Viewer and will see in time which turns out to be the overall best for me with simple everyday use. My only immediate suggestion for Quick Picture Viewer would be the ability to also have text on the menu bar along with the small icons.

Listen to Forest Sounds Around the World With 3 weeks 1 day ago Sturgeon General

These recordings vary in length as you describe, but 'loop'. They are meant to be a soothing background (white) noise for relaxation rather than a full length movie. You may be more interested in an earlier posting also by Rhiannon from back in June...
Here you find quite possibly the best sound generator period. I had my doubt to begin with, but this is the one!! You will not need any others after this one.
Thank you Rhiannon!!!

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Best Free Download Manager 6 years 5 months ago subhra74

@Reviewer: Thanks for Testing XDM.

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I use Feeddemon to actually add and read feeds. However, the best thing about GoogleReader was the ability to share and/or comment on feeds (in FeedDemon) and share to subscribers via GoogleReader share. GoogleReader deleter the share feature for new users some time ago, but the oldsters still got to share.

So, what will replace sharing feeds with others? (via an RSS)? dumped my previous library and accounts when they became Connotea is no more.

6 Free Google Reader Alternatives 7 years 10 months ago subscriptionsformpb

Sharing to those specific sites means someone has to have an account to see the article shared. Will any provide an open feed to the shared content, like GReader used to? I would post the shared feed to my websites and folks could subscribe from there or in their own reader to my shared reads.

Feeddemon allows sharing by email which means a Wordpress or Tumblr could provide the library location (post by email) and those have feeds of tagged posts.

Sounds like a hassle...

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me, too.

How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders 6 years 4 months ago subscriptionsformpb

That might explain how I got rude pictures without even seeing them the first time. Actually, I have no idea where they were from, except a local scenery. They were uploaded automatically to G+. Fortunately, I have that set to private only.

Time To Review Who You've Granted Access To 6 years 2 months ago subscriptionsformpb

WordPress either free or hosted is pretty good at showing you what has permission from elsewhere.

LinkedIn app is one of the worst. It doesn't need permission once installed on your phone or tablet to start telling you to connect to your long-dead grandmother.

Any suggestions for sneaky connections?

Best Free Notes Organizer 7 years 4 months ago substorm

I have searched the entire internet to find a notes organizer with the following features:
- Search as you type (find all word instances just like in CintaNotes and ResophNotes)
- Rich Text support including images
- Flagging
- Alarms/Reminders like in Pnotes
- Re-arranging of notes in a list using shortcuts or dragging
- Category folders (could be in a folder tree)
- create notes from clipboard
- offline
- portable

The closest is Evernote but with their enforced cloud approach it won't work for me.

If ResophNotes could store images, I would be set. I find ResophNotes much better than CintaNotes since ResophNotes just works. For instance, try searching in CintaNotes for a repeating word in a large note. It displays the found instances in the preview but once you open the note, you only see the first found instance. A huge bug!

If you know anything that has similar features, please let me know.

This Antivirus is the Number-One contender on the block 6 years 3 months ago subtext

Agreeing with Zenegog, really need an update of top freeware and paid AV, preferably those truly clean and without added nonsense such as registry cleaners, etc.
To a good week,

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Gizmo's, the recommended app is buggy as hell from users comments, many reporting identical issues. WHY recommend if it's instability, and buggy nature is in detailed in "comments"? Great ideas only great if not harmful. Seriously.

It diminishes value of your guidance. I want to feel I can track down a Gismo's offering, without discovering it's problematic when I get there. Truly curious.

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I don't understand. Firefox updates regularly. Why are you suggesting I DOWNLOAD FF, to my PC? What is that? Benefit? Is it malware/virus free? Why a DL, rather than UPDATE as usual from Mozilla?
Thanks! (I think the editor can hear you well enough without the unnecessary use of capital letters. MC - Site Manager).

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Gizmo is fantastic. I'm happy to support with $5 to keep recommendations unbiased and honest. If I could, it would be more. Keep up the great work!

Screenshot Captor 2 years 8 months ago subtext

FastStone Capture is best, most comprehensive capture tool I've ever used. Frequent updates and easy as can be to use. Competes nicely with Snagit.

Optimizing µTorrent for Mac For Speed 7 years 8 months ago Subxero

Well written instructions that improved the performance dramatically. Particularly for large size files the improvement was spectacular! Job well done.

Best Free Media Player for Android 4 years 9 months ago sudeshkjain

MX player is best of all. However, I also use QuickPic for a casual playing of the video. It is good also.

Best VPN Services for 2019 1 year 10 months ago sudha

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