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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 year 3 weeks ago EldonW

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

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 year 3 weeks ago rhiannon

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

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A Complete Guide to Windows Device Drivers 1 year 3 weeks ago rhiannon

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago mchldpy

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

Thank You Near Enough,

michael clyde

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago sgodlovitch

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago Bruce_Fraser

Nice find, thank-you.

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago MikeR

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago vandamme

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago rjl

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

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

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

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A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago Anupam rjl, when you are logged in on the site, then, at the end of the page of any article, you should see a heading "Post new comment", with your name, and a comment box. There you can write your comment and post it, and it will start a new comment. view
A Complete Music Scoring And Notation App For Free 5 years 11 months ago vandamme

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

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Australia

Thanks for the great Hot Find !

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Geekomatic

I haven't tried it yet, but:

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

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

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

Ta!

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Geekomatic

One more thing:

tunlr.net

Cheers

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy The Tunlr service is no longer available. Wasn't sure if this was the meaning of your post? MC - Site Manager. http://tunlr.net/ view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy There is also a Linux distribution that allows Windows XP or 7 to be run in a virtual environment within itself or the same way inside one of a number of supported existing Linux installations. Their business model however currently requires a "donation" for the VM installers although I understand this might change. If it does I'll post the details to our Linux forum. MC - Site Manager. view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Geekomatic

Lol,

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

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

Cheers for the head's-up,

Me

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago redbudo

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

Useful for those Starbucks moments.

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

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

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

Cheers

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Sgluber

Good suggestion rob, thank you! :-)

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago JB213

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

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

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

Is Tails the same thing as using Ubuntu ??

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

Would using Tails correct that problem ??

Thanks for any input on this.

Jenn

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago ant

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Aninnymous

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

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

1) general cleaning: CCleaner

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

3)[Link to commercial services edited out]

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Aninnymous

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

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago JB213

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

Thank you for taking the time to reply ~!!

Have a Gr8 Weekend and Keep Smiling. :-)

Jenn

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago JB213

Excellent information to check out.

Thank You.

Jenn :-)

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago crombierob

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

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy No, there is a dedicated Linux distro that has been purposely designed to run Windows in a virtual environment (XP or 7). Additionally, you can use their purpose built VM installers in a range of other supported distros that you might already have installed. The problem currently is that a "donation" is required so we will not be promoting it here. I've been in contact with the developer however and it is possible this might change. He also states that some users have been provided with this for free but until this is listed as "free" on his website we won't be posting links to it. If you're interested though, please send me a PM and I'll provide the details. MC - Site Manager. view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Aninnymous

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago SmAppsFan

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Just click my username to reveal the contact field or from the forum click my username to send a PM (private message) or email contact. MC view
A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago JM

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

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

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A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago Aninnymous

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A Complete Publishing Program Online For Free 4 years 3 months ago tacenator

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

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A completely free, secure and open source video conferencing application for your desktop and mobile 4 weeks 10 hours ago GeneralHavok

I use Jitsi weekly, and I love it. I recommend it.

One correction: it's most decidedly NOT secure. When you create a room, all you do is create a URL. The same URL works over and over, as the room isn't created until someone visits that URL. Anyone with that URL will automatically join your room. The only way to be "secure" is in the sense that you have a unique URL that someone else will never visit. It's not a problem, but it's not "secure" as one would use the word when talking about software.

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A completely free, secure and open source video conferencing application for your desktop and mobile 4 weeks 5 hours ago Jojo Yee A good comment GeneralHavok. To secure a meeting room, you will need to add a password. view
A Critical Update For Java That You Must Install Anonymous (not verified) view
A Desktop Client for Youtube Anonymous (not verified) view
A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 2 years 9 months ago Anupam

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

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

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

Users should read the FAQ too:

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

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

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 2 years 9 months ago Remah

Rob, another excellent find. Thanks.

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 2 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy

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

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A Digital Darkroom. Like Lightroom. But Free. 2 years 8 months ago ManUFanatic

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

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A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 4 years 1 month ago Fairportfan

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

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A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 4 years 1 month ago Jojo Yee Thanks Robert. A good app to add to my folder of portable apps. It even has a spell-checker which is a must in a text editor for me. Will use it alongside Notepad++, which has two shortcuts to run in multi instances: one opens in a small window on top of other windows to write notes and another in a full window to edit html files. view
A Distraction-Free Text Editor For Uncluttered Writing 4 years 1 month ago beergas

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

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A Duplicate File Finder That's Simple To Use And Unbelievably Fast Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 4 years 1 month ago Burn-IT

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

Is there an OFFLINE version??

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 4 years 1 month ago Bruce_Fraser

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

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 4 years 1 month ago MidnightCowboy

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

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A Fantastic Set Of Free Network And Webmaster Tools 4 years 1 month ago Geert

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

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A Fascinating Article About Passwords Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fascinating New Take on The PIM And Mind-Map Anonymous (not verified) view
A Fast Growing Social Media App Gains Millions of Users and Followers Anonymous (not verified) view
A Few Hundred More Retro Games To Enjoy For Free 5 years 6 months ago J_L I'm guessing this is an offline app compatible with Chromebooks? view
A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago David Roper

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago harrym

My own favorite is the excellent and totally free WinMerge.

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago randyg

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

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago Rick Grunwald

Good one! Thanks

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago crombierob

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 2 months ago Sgluber

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

Great suggestion, rob! :-)

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 6 years 1 month ago knyri

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

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A Final Entry In Our Pick Of The Free Mind Mappers 2 years 10 months ago stretcharm

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

https://www.freeplane.org

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy What is there possible to say for such a great contribution Rob except many thanks and all the best with your future endeavors. MC - Site Manager. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago danielson

Things on the web have changed so much and yet, as highlighted, have remained the same in many ways.
Thank you for the insight and dedication to help out so many visitors Rob!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Pogosplace

Thank you!

Fair winds and Following Seas

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago toonpig

Your insight into the products you review has been so helpful to us who are not so tech-savvy. You will be missed by all of us i am sure. Good luck in the future

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago BamBam

Kinda hope this is an april fools joke....no...well then, THANK YOU so very much for all that you have done! It is truly amazing how well you have kept up this site. This is the first site I check every day. I have used the recommendations extensively and recommend Gizmo's as the first goto site to anybody looking for ANY type of software. You will be missed and THANK YOU for such dedication and hard work!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago kunkel321

You will be missed!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago rhiannon

It's been an honor Robert. Thank you for everything. I'll miss you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago VelvetElvis

Wow. Although we've never met, I feel like I'm losing a good friend.
All the best in your future endeavours, sir.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Geekomatic

Dear Rob,

Thank you for all of your hard work & dedication.

I sincerely appreciate your "finds" and fully understand what you've written about the evolution (or lack of) "free" software. All in all, I think there's a lot more good than bad-- even if the trade-off is a bit of a clean-up afterwards, as long as the program does as it claimed.

Best wishes to you in your new journey-- whatever that may be!

~G

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago pulsar02

Thanks Rob,One of my favorite goto sites of all time Thank you, Thank you Thank you. Best wishes for your future endeavours.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago George

Dear Rob,

what will we do without you?

You and your contributions have been an integral part of Gizmo's Freeware. Your articles were always on the spot, interesting and so valuable.
You have given the community so much. We hate to see you go.
Or may we have a little hope for more of you when we read "At least not that frequently"?
Anyway, we wish you all the best for whatever you do next.

Thank you so much!

Best regards,
George

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Anupam

Rob, we can't thank you enough for your immense contribution to this site with the Hot Finds. Your contribution will be missed a lot here by all of us.

I can't imagine how you came up with Hot Finds almost everyday... it's just mind boggling for me. How much effort must have gone in by you, to search for these stuff to post everyday for the users. I don't know how you managed to do this.

We wish you good luck for your future, and with everything that you do. May God bless you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago rob.schifreen Thanks for those lovely comments. Much appreciated. The whole IT landscape is changing, and there are definitely some interesting times to come. Despite all the freeware mentioned on this site, I reckon the free program that most of us use most frequently is a web browser. It's certainly true in my case. And when I'm not using a PC and a web browser, I'm using my phone, which uses an operating system called Android. That's also free. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago TexasVet

Been a long run rob. Appreciate all the goodies you found for us. Peace, Prosperity and Health to you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago budchekov

Happy trails Rob, please don't be a stranger, your contributions have been massive and you will be missed muchly, thanks for your part in making this site a Beacon in the Night..
Happy Easter mate. :)

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago suruha

Well, gosh! I think I have commented two times, but, I read these all the time! I have received some great advice!
I'm sad. LOL
May you always be happy!
Su

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago boristhemoggy

Too much changes too quickly on the web, you've offered us stability for some considerable time. Many thanks for everything.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago rob.schifreen Remember that the site will carry on. There are scores of people who bring it to you, and who will continue to do so. I am/was just one of them. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Pelican

I wish you well and understand your desire for a queter life. Have been a fan of Gizmo since the sites' inception and have sent may of my readers here for help. Enjoy your well earned rest but know you will be missed.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago rob.schifreen Thanks George. I might still contribute an occasional entry if I happen to come across something that I find useful. Until a couple of years ago I actually had 3 "jobs". I worked at a university in the UK, I started an IT security business, and I was writing Hot Finds in my "spare" time! I now want to concentrate on the IT security business with fewer distractions, while also enjoying and exploring Portugal. My wife and I moved here a few months ago from the UK and there's lots to see. And a very difficult language to learn too! view
A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago MidnightCowboy Well good luck with the language. I guess we all have different learning abilities but I moved to Brazil 14 years ago and I can still only string together a few sentences in Portuguese. If it wasn't for my Brazilian wife of 12 years I'd have been consigned to the ex pat dunce's pile years ago. We did in fact almost move back to Europe last year (Portugal - Silves) but too many uncertainties with Brexit, the economic and migrant situation made us decide to stay here. MC - Site Manager. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago bili_39

Many thanks Rob. It was pleasure to read news from you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago J Tyler

Rob good luck in your new endeavor.I hope that the quality does continue, I really enjoyed receiving the daily info.

John

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Grumpy Grandad

Many thanks for all of the many useful articles and help you have given me over the years. Good luck in your retirement!
Many thanks also to the rest of the team.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago papawdalton

You will be missed. God be with you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago Gibbs.Slap

Robert,

I thank you for all of your years of dedication to finding shareware for all of us strangers all of these years.
You will be missed by all of your com poderes at Gizmo's and everyone have us save thousands of dollars through the decades of your finds.

I wish you a blessed retirement and only ask that you have a wonderful time living it. :)

Ken

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago beergas

Thanks for the great work for the site over the years. Truly enjoy Portugal. Went there late 1970s and loved Faro (flowers) on Med coast. Friendly, warm and many Brits then. Was right after the revolution so Ports were still all giddy and positive for the future. It's come long way. Enjoy.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago kpoff

Rob, thank you so much for all that you have done for us through the years! I remember the old days you talk about above and though I never progressed in my computer knowledge to the level that I could be an editor, I have been in the background benefiting from your work (and that of everyone else at Tech Support Alert). I've been around so long that I still have Issue #1 of PC Alert on my computer from 1998! In the government/non-profit world of operating on a shoestring budget, I don't know what I would have done if you all hadn't been there through my career. Many blessings for your WELL-DESERVED retirement!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago tomgee8853

Rob, thanks and you will be missed. May God continue to watch over you in your new ventures.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago HisSon

All the best Rob. You will be missed.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago classicggma65

Thank you for all of your contributions and for writing about things in such a way that this great-grandma understands. Much happiness and have a great retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago gizmofan1248

Many many thanks - to Rob and Gizmo and the whole team.
Good luck and best wishes, Rob!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 4 months ago AJNorth

With deepest thanks for your many years of dedication, and every best wish for the next phase of your journey!

May the rains be light, and the wind remain at your back.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago 4sure5

I'm happily adding my thanks to the others. Your insights and recommendations have added much to my enjoyment of the internet.
All the best!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago arieshifman

Thanks for all your good work

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 7 months ago KrankyMax

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

Maxine

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