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Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? 5 years 4 months ago tweetiepooh

OK so I use UNIX at work so using Linux is less of an issue to me but we use it nearly exclusively at home and neither my wife nor children have had any problems at all barring some minor issues getting Google Earth working.

The main PC runs OpenSuse using KDE as a desktop. We have a couple of refurbished laptops running Mint Cinnamon. Both have a "start" menu accessed at bottom left that brings up a menu that for the most part is usable pretty much the same as Windows. Applications most used are Firefox and Thunderbird also same (pretty much) as Window. The children like to use Scratch and they are getting used to OpenOffice and Scribus.

Advantages to giving them Linux include security and safety. They can install stuff like Windows, it's less vulnerable to malware. It also just works. On the main PC Windows complains about hard disk drivers and won't install whereas Linux just sees the disks and off it goes. We are using refurbished, slightly older laptops and you can pick a distro best suited to both the hardware you are using and/or the purpose you want. So you can pick a "light" distro to run on really old equipment or something newer tuned to a purpose like music production.

There may be issues with how Linux filing works. There is no concept of C or D drives, everything gets mapped to one directory structure but since users mostly work in "My Documents" and that visually looks like Windows that can be a non-issue.

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Gizmo's Independence is Under Threat: Please Help 4 years 7 months ago tweetiepooh

I have no problem with including paid software on this site if it provides a fair comparison to the free alternatives and if it provides a "best of breed" but the main aim would be to recommend the free stuff that can be used instead of forking out for the commercial offerings.

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Ever Wondered Just How Good Your Password Is? 4 years 1 week ago tweetiepooh

The problem comes when you need to enter one of those super complex passwords and you don't have cut/paste from your password store working. Can you remember how to type it? To be fair I do use a password store for many of my passwords but it can be interesting to enter something long and complex say to link your TV or smart box to a pay TV platform. Try entering 60 random characters using a TV remote!

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Keep All Your Passwords Safe With KeePass 3 years 3 months ago tweetiepooh

What we did was create LastPass accounts for each family member. I can then share passwords with them and even not allow them to see the password so it can fill in login screens for them but not disclose the actual value. I can also then revoke that share if needed.

LastPass can be a pain sometimes filling in values where not needed, trying to be helpful.

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Download 1,792 printable paper templates for free 1 year 7 months ago tweetiepooh

Good selection of papers, many but not all are in A4, some don't matter.

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Do You Want to Continue Receiving Information from Gizmo's Freeware? 2 years 1 day ago tweedy

Best site on the net i will always want to receive emails from gizmos

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How To Stop Google Calendar Spam 8 months 3 weeks ago TVLBROTHER

This must be an old article because there is no "gear icon" any longer and I couldn't find any of the items in "Settings"???

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How To Stop Google Calendar Spam 8 months 3 weeks ago TVLBROTHER

I'm sorry, I was clicking the 3 dots in the upper hand corner???
Stupid me, I was accessing Chrome not Google Calendar???
But, I finally figured it out after I put my foot in my mouth and posted the comment.

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Download "Coding All-in-One for Dummies" ($17 Value) e-Book Free for a Limited Time 1 year 1 month ago TV

if you do not have a work email,it (the site) will not allow you to download and thr linked in didn't connect

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Free Computer & Internet eBooks Online 1 week 4 days ago tutlane

Good list of resources to learn. Even the following tutorials site also very helpful to learn programming online.

https://www.tutlane.com

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 10 months ago tuna

Gotta share my love for Waterfox. I like the customization aspect of Pale Moon, and it is faster than FF, but Waterfox opens and renders noticeably faster than Pale Moon for me. I use both regularly with separate, but identical, profiles. Am searching hi & low for new alts not dependent on the MozGoog agenda. The Old 5 are all untrustworthy, IMO. Getting ready to try Kmeleon, I am stuck on the simplicity of Live Bookmarks but fed up with all the over-engineering to influence/report/rig my "experience". I never considered I would live to see a fox jump a shark...

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Best Free Browser Scrubber 6 years 10 months ago tuna

Would someone please explain to me why it is after running latest CCleaner w/ FlashPlayer selected and after Control Panel>Flash Player has been "Delete All"ed that a 3yo, unmaintained flashcookiescleaner still finds and deletes multiple flash cookies? I'm a big fan of Pririform software, but this smacks of misleading advertising(go figure)... or am I missing something?

Is there a way to make CCleaner truly remove ALL flash cookies as advertised or must it be run in conjunction w/ a Flash cleaner?

***My browser is locked down and clears history w/ all selected when I close. I personally use NoScript and get NO cookies, but most people can't grok it so they disable it or call/text/email me frequently until I disable it for them.

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How to Create Your Own Custom Windows 8 Start Menu 6 years 10 months ago tuna

Ever since the advent of 'pinning' to the taskbar I unpin all & reload quick launch b/c I don't care for 'pinned' apps that can barely be distinguished between closed, minimized or multi instances. So I just add new toolbar pointed to the QL folder that never went away.

Same is true in 8 with the start menu, the folders are still there(and populate when new S/W loaded), it's just the links that were taken from us, the customers. So, new toolbar pointed to start menu gives me all the 'Programs'. Of course, I move the user items to the All Users folder for simplicity rather than link to both.

This does not give options for MY Comp, My Docs, Control Panel, etc in 1st Start Menu window, but shortcuts can be added to it...or to the QL toolbar.

User Start Menu
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

All Users Start Menu
C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs

If anyone is interested, User Quick Launch folder:
C:\Users\***your user name***\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Quick Launch

For extra shortcut goodness, you can right-click>Properties on your shortcuts and map custom CTRL+ALT+(any key) mappings for your fav apps. Soon you won't need Metro OR the Start Menu(but links need to be in SM folder or on Desktop for CTRL+ALT+(any key) functionality.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 7 years 2 months ago tuananh1988

The best music app for android here:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vnapps.vmusic

The easiest way to access the largest music and video library from anywhere. Rather than selling you MP3s and music vidoes, vMusic lets you stream unlimited songs from a huge library with more than 15 Milion Songs and Videos.
Features:
- Search and play songs and videos
- Bookmark your farovite music videos
- Billboard music charts
- Save music to SD Card
- Song quality: 128 kbps and 320 kbps
- Share your favorite songs on Facebook and Twitter.
- Lyrics and Artist info

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 5 years 2 months ago TtownDick

Wow. Very helpful, but I am SO confused.
I just got several pages of geneology from a cousin and want to put them in a program.
HOWEVER, I want to keep from doing a lot of unnecessary typing - oops I don't like THAT program, THIS one is better, starting from scratch.
So I thought I would put data in an EXCEL worksheet and import into a program. Then if I decide to change programs, be able to do the same thing.
So I'm looking for a program with import/export capability.
HOWEVER, since many of the comments here look like Greek, I may be way over my head.
SO, can anyone tell me best program to use with data import feature?
and please remember, I am techno-challenged.

Thanks!

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Best Free Genealogy or Family Tree Software 5 years 2 months ago TtownDick

Thanks for yours & Vandamme's prompt replies. I hope he sees this as well.
Looking around, I started putting information into a free account at FamilySearch.org. I ASSUME since they have access to LDS data, that would be most helpful, and I have found several ancestors already listed.
I did NOT check on their export options, but I think this is most helpful for my needs.
My question had to do with Excel, that I have most experience in, would be best way to enter data and give me most flexibility in whatever program(s) I might discover later. And being tech dangerous, I don't know anything about GEDCOM at all.
I think I am going to continue with FamilySearch. If you or anyone has comments on going that direction, I would welcome input.
As to my original question, after your comments, I did a quick search and http://orba-design.com/ged.php offers a method to import excel to GEDCOM format.
I did NOT explore at this time, and only put it here in case someone is looking for ways to follow my approach using Excel.
Thanks again for you help.

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How to Really Speed up File Copying in Windows 6 years 12 months ago tsuyoshiyasuda88

Hey guyz!!!
The fastest way to speed up your copy is by using ExtremeCopy. Download Here!http://www.easersoft.com/ Free and easy to use! I've been using it for 5 years now!!!

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Best Free Email Software 7 years 2 months ago tsndnm

Thunderbird Users who would like to connect to MS Exchange based accounts may want to try the ExQuilla extension. I (personally) think this extension reduced the gap between Thunderbird & M$ Outlook by miles!

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Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. 5 years 4 months ago trupayne

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/playto-for-chromecast/jngkenao...

ad-on will stream almost any video to your tv using chromecast...

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 2 years 5 months ago Troyster

Anyone who has watched the movie Snowden has come to the realization that Big Brother is already watching!

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You Can Get This $24 Music Notation Software For Free If You're Quick 3 years 9 months ago tromaster

I agree with the above. Musescore is free for all platforms. Why bother with a limited-time-offer that _needs_ your e-mail (what for? To spam you, re-sell it to other spammers?).

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Best Free Spell-Checker 4 years 6 months ago TRL88

Used this software for years. Now that I have upgraded to WIN10 it acts quirky. It will not load at startup and sometimes it just stops for no good reason.

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Best Freeware Download Sites 7 years 2 months ago triumphantjohnson

i love this website, and i think am rich now.

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How to Get Free Online Help with Your Computer Problems 4 years 3 months ago trincan

Looking for a method to disinfect and sanitize a program installer file for MS windows 8 so that the file still will remain useable to run the application and install the program on my PC. A couple of free online virus scanners have detected possible viruses and malware within the program installer zip file and the file is therefore deemed suspicious .

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Best Free eBooks Online 4 months 4 weeks ago trigidentity

What a really awesome post this is. Truly, one of the best posts I've ever witnessed to see in my whole life. Wow, just keep it up.
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Future Learn: Learning For Life (Website of the Week) 6 years 1 month ago Triggers Broom

Hey . . . .

When you bring stuff to the table, you can criticise. Otherwise keep a lid on

Thanks again Rhiannon; well worth investigating

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27 Great Sites To Waste Your Time On 1 year 1 month ago Tridip

Nice Post..This is the Great Sites To Waste Your Time On.You can also visit: https://www.blogtechonline.com/amazing-websites/

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CryptoLocker: Beware This Major Threat To Your PC 6 years 6 months ago trcres

I don't know how often they get involved in issuing malware alerts, but even the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT), part of the Department of Homeland Security, has issued an alert about Cryptolocker.
https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA13-309A

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Use this Free Program to Create Great Flowcharts and Diagrams 5 years 3 months ago trcmf

I haven't tried this software yet because there is a feature that is needed before I waste anymore time experimenting with software. I have spent days looking for the right software with all the features.

Does this software have the ability to export a flowchart as a webpage?

Thanks in advance.

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Best Free Disk Space Analyzer 7 years 3 months ago tratak

This is, in my opinion, the best disk space analyzer:
SequoiaView

http://w3.win.tue.nl/nl/onderzoek/onderzoek_informatica/visualization/se...

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Best Free Media Center Software 5 years 8 months ago transitman

Hi people, I am a bit of a noddy on software but would really like to find a free alternative to Windows media center.
my chief reason for wanting it is to copy tv programmes to the computer
I have tried xbmc but got lost in the process and could not understand the answers in other posts. As i said, a noddy!

hope someone can help

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Best Free Media Player for Android 5 years 11 months ago trainman261 Well, I'd have to know a little more about your setup to know exactly what you need, because there are several different possibilities when it comes to accessing devices or files across the network. I have not (yet) tried Samba Player, so I'm not too familiar with it, but it seems to be using the SMB, or Samba system. Assuming that's the case, DicePlayer, an app I have not reviewed here yet, is able to do that. However, I have not gotten it to work yet (although I haven't tried too hard at this point either). But you can go ahead and try it, it could well work for you. However, if you want a surefire way to make it work (no guarantees, though) - and want the hardware acceleration MX Player offers, you can use ES File Explorer, and when you open a video, it will ask you which app you want to open it with. There, you can choose MX Player, and set it as default, if you want - or you can choose whatever other video player is listed there, if you prefer a different one. Of course, the app has to be installed if you want to be able to choose it when you open the video file. view
Best Free Media Player for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 OK, well I guess I'm not the only person having issues with it. view
Best Free Media Player for Android 4 years 1 month ago trainman261 Good point. Since there are only certain options available for that field, I can't directly put in something like you suggested, but I will see if we can find a solution. view
Best Free Media Player for Android 4 years 1 month ago trainman261 Aha, I see I've haven't checked VLC in a little too long, it seems to have come a long way since then. I'll check it out when I get time. view
Best Free Media Player for Android 2 years 8 months ago trainman261

I honestly have to say that I didn't find the ads too annoying. I mean yes, there are ads there, but it's not anything intrusive - I draw the line where an ad blocks me from doing something, and that has never happened to me (I use MX as my daily driver). On the other hand, just about everything else is just about perfect - something I can't really say about VLC - I had too many problems with it to recommend it. The comparison with VLC is that the same way one could say that VLC is the de-facto video player for many people on PC, I would recommend MX as the de-facto video player for Android - in my opinion, it's the most solid media player around. If you don't want any ads, this isn't the app for you, but otherwise, I definitely recommend it.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 11 months ago trainman261 That's something interesting you bring up - I've done some research, and figured out that the AVRCP 1.3 profile is not yet supported natively on android. What device do you have? Some device makers have added support, so your device probably has added support. To put it simply, not all devices with the latest version of android support that, which makes it hard for app developers to use that feature. Google has planned to add AVRCP 1.3 support in API level 18 (the next major version of android), which should be out within the next month or so. Then, depending on your device, it will probably take a while until you get that update. Long story short, if you wait until your device gets updated to Android 4.3 or 5.0 (at the moment no one is sure what will come out next), there will be more more apps supporting it - and they'll probably support it better. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 8 months ago trainman261 Moboplayer and MX Player are more like media players - they can play music files, but they can't really be used to organize anything. I've reviewed them here: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-mobile-media-player.htm As to the other app you mentioned, that's a paid app (the trial version is for 15 days only), and I'm only covering free apps. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 6 months ago trainman261 In case you still are subscribed to replies to your comment, Android 4.3 has support for AVRCP 1.3, and I am 95% sure that MixZing supports it. As I don't have access to a car with AVRCP 1.3 Bluetooth support, I can't test it like that, but when I connect my device to my computer (windows) via bluetooth to play music through it, music information pops up, and I am 95% sure that this is going through the AVRCP 1.3 protocol. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 2 months ago trainman261 Thanks for your feedback. To your first point: I'll check it out, it looks interesting, especially looking at its tablet interface (and seriously, there are way too few apps apps with decent tablet interfaces...) Second: Exactly what country the firm comes from is less relevant - which is why I said I didn't know exactly what language it was. The problem remains, which is that it doesn't work well in English. Third: I was sort of figuring that VLC was more of a media player - and if it isn't a music player in that sense, I won't post the review here, but maybe in the Best Free Media Player article ( http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-mobile-media-player.htm ). view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 2 months ago trainman261 Hi, and sorry for the delay. From the way I understood it, you plan on having your music files organized into folders, and you want to be able to play all music files in a folder in the proper order. I'm also going to assume you're using Windows. You'll just have to make sure you call the music files something like "01 intro", "02 second track", etc., so that the music player knows what order to play them in - if you're using Windows Media Player, you can have that done automatically in most cases. On your phones, transferring music is very simple - just plug your phone into the computer with the USB cable, and your phone should ask you to connect "USB Mass Storage", together with a picture of an android with one of its arms turned into a USB plug. If that doesn't come up, disconnect your phone, go into settings (on your phone), and into "Storage". Press your phone's menu button, and the choose "USB computer connection" (it could be slightly different - it just has to be something along those lines). You should have a window pop up which says "Connect as..." - and make sure "Mass Storage" or "USB mass storage" or something like that is checked (MTP or PTP should not be checked). Then reconnect your phone, and then the "USB Mass Storage" with the Android picture will come up. Click "USB Mass Storage", and then after a bit of time (not more than a minute), it will pop up on your computer just like a memory stick. After that, you can just copy over the files the way you would onto a memory stick (don't forget to safely remove the phone the way you would with a memory stick). As to the app itself, Mixzing has a folder browser. Another app I've heard of from other editors here is Folder Music Player ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nullapp.music.mp3 ). You can give that one a try if you want, as well - although I haven't tried it myself yet. If you're just looking to play the music by album, you can use pretty much any music player on the list, whereas Winamp is one of the simpler music players. Let me know if you run into any issues. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 1 month ago trainman261 That's odd, I have the same thing going on here. I'll have to look into it. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 3 weeks ago trainman261 Well WinAmp has a good chance of coming back, since they were taken over by another company, and that company seems to be wanting to continue development. As to songbird, official development seems to be dead for good (I could be wrong). However, it's open source, so anyone could "fork" it (basically create their own version), and continue to make their own songbird app. If you knew or learned how to fork repositories, code, and build apps yourself, than there would be nothing preventing you from creating your own songbird app. At this point, I'm not finding much on Google Play, and I have my doubts as to whether someone will properly take up development, since the app didn't have too much that was special. However, it is possible - a great example is Astrid - as soon as it was shut down, forks appeared everywhere on Google Play. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 6 years 3 weeks ago trainman261 Ah OK thanks, I'll edit that soon. The 40MB are how it used to be, now it's more like 20MB. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 11 months ago trainman261 As to WMA files, unless the developer added his own codecs, it's device dependant - so, assuming the app doesn't have any extra codecs, if your device supports WMA files, the app will work with WMA files, and if your device doesn't support WMA files, the app won't work with WMA files. Otherwise, Pretty much all apps offer playlists, and both Rocket Music Player and MixZing have folder-based browsing. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 That's a good setup - if you always have a good internet connection, which many don't. That's why this section is about music players and organizers - it's about finding apps that can play music and also organize parts of your library if need be. UPnPlay would belong to a different category of apps. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 I've just looked at the play store listing of JetAudio Basic, and while it might be worth a closer look, it's still missing some features, such as tag editing, an expanded notification bar, or multi-select. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 I'm not a fan of Apple either - that's why this article is discussing Android apps. Playlists are not some system that only Apple uses, it's used almost universally in different formats, and just about every music player supports playlists. Not everyone has time to organize their music into folders, and even if they do - then they only have their music sorted one way. Some people like it sorting their music in folders, others don't. If you don't like Apple, do what millions of others have done: switch to Android. Then you can take a look at some of the apps I've covered, many of which support folder-based playback. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 Some players do differentiate between "proper" music and podcasts. Rocket Music Player and Cloudskipper both do this. As to the album art, everyone has their preferences - although I don't think most people "[sit] there staring at the screen as it plays music". Instead, they use it as a visual cue. It is a lot easier to recognize an image, than to recognize text. That's one of the reasons why I like to have my albums with album art. However, if you really dislike album art, I haven't really found an app that ignores album art (and don't remember ever having used one) - that isn't just among the apps listed here, I've tried many others that I either have chosen not to review or haven't reviewed yet. If you're looking for excluding folders from being in your music apps, you should try StudioKUMA .nomedia Manager ( https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.studiokuma.nomedia ). You can mark folders to be excluded from Android's media scanner, which means the media they contain won't appear in most music players. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 I've just taken a look at the play store listing. It seems to have some interesting features, but it locks the folder-based browsing, tag editing and some other features are locked after 10 days of use unless you buy a key to unlock them. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 I did take a look at it recently, and I am considering including it in the review. The interface is beautifully designed, and it also has Shoutcast radio support. It also has an interesting online feature, which lets you listen and even put together playlists with online music. It doesn't have full tag editing support, though, and it doesn't have a way to properly automatically generate playlists based on what you want in the way Rocket does, for example. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 6 months ago trainman261 I understand what you're looking for, although I've never seen it implemented in any of the apps I've tried, including the ones not listed here (or at least I don't remember ever seeing it implemented). It could be that there are some apps specifically made for your situation, but I don't know of any. What you could do is put the tracks in a folder, and then use ES File Explorer to play them. ES File explorer has a built-in media player, and you could set that as the default app. That way, when you click on a track, that track plays, and then it stops. When you want to play the next track, you can then hit the back button and click the next track. It's not as simple as pressing play every time, but it would work. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 5 months ago trainman261 My apologies for the late reply. The problem is that in the world of organizing music, there are two ways of doing it. There is the one way, in which you did it - which is to sort everything into folders. Then, there is the more common way - by way of tags. Tags are small bits of information hooked onto your music files which indicate which album they belong to, what the artist is, and what the song's name is. To see what I'm talking about, stick the SD card into your computer and look at your music with Windows Explorer. Go to a track, right-click it, choose "Properties", and then go into the "Details" tab. Here you'll see different fields, such as Title, Rating, Comments, Album artist, Album, Year, etc. These are the song's tags. If the file isn't open in another program, you can also edit most of them. Google play music (and most other music players) organize music based on their tags. If an album is being split into two, look at one track of each of the two "new" albums, and you'll notice the album tag is different. It could be a small difference, or it could be a big difference. Whatever it is, the fact that it /is/ different means that Google Play Music will see it as two different albums. As to your songs ending up in different artist - this most likely comes from you having albums with multiple artists. In Google Play Music (I'll just abbreviate it GPM from now on), if you go into the artists section, different tracks from that album will be under different artists. However, if you go into the albums section, it should all go into the same album. So, basically, GPM uses the tags to sort your music, while Windows Explorer just looks at which folder they're in, and displays your music like that. If you want everything properly organized, you pretty much have two options. The first option is that you get a music player that supports folder-based playback. Rocket Player supports folder-based music playback, so if you like, you can check that out. Just make sure you go into the "Folders" tab, otherwise you'll have your music organized the same way it is on Google Play. If you want a quick solution, this is the way to go. If you want to keep using GPM but have everything organized, you can edit the tags. This can be time-consuming, depending on how much music you have and how many tracks need editing. On the other hand, it has several advantages. For one, you have more flexibility when it comes to sorting your music. You can instantly look at your music sorted in different ways. For example, you can play a mix of music from a certain artist, regardless of which album(s) the music comes from. Or, you can play a mix of music from a certain genre, regardless of artist or album. The other advantage is that you don't necessarily need to organize your music into folders any more - whenever you get new music, you can just dump it into one folder, if you don't mind the mess - it will all appear properly organized in GPM. If you want to edit the tags, you can either do it on your computer or on your device (although that could well not work if you're on Android 4.4). If you want to do it on your computer, you can do it as I explained earlier. If you want to do it on your device, you can do it with Rocket Player - that has the capability of editing tags. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 5 years 3 months ago trainman261 I have taken a look at doubletwist a while ago, and decided it wasn't worth adding to this article back then (I think that was about a half a year ago). I'd have to check it out again, but I think it was because the free version didn't really offer anything that stood out among all the different music players. view
Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 4 years 7 months ago trainman261

Well, I've just checked, and I still find it on Google Play. As mentioned in the article, you have to use the link I provided, since it won't appear in search results, but it is still free. I've mentioned a little more about the situation in the article.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 4 years 7 months ago trainman261

I just entered your link into my adress, and for me, it works. For all I know it could be a regional thing.

There has always been a free version and a paid version of this app. I've reviewed the free version, which I find pretty good. However, that's why you're finding sites where it isn't free.

For the future I would ask that you please not use caps like that, it comes accross as rude.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android 4 years 7 months ago trainman261

Ah hah, that's it. I just tried using the link in pivate browsing, and sure enough, it doesn't work there. So you're right - it's only visible to those who already have it linked to their account. I'll be updating the article shortly to reflect that.

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Livedrive Users, You Need To Read This. 5 years 10 months ago trainman261 Thanks for posting this here, it's very good to know. view
How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders 5 years 8 months ago trainman261 If you don't know where they are on your storage but found the sounds in your music library, you should be able to use your music player to find where those sounds are. Rocket Player ( http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-player-and-organ... ) can do this. If you're using Rocket Player, long-press the sound in your library, and click "Edit Tag". (You can read more about Rocket Player at http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-music-player-and-organ... .) That will open the Tag editor, and near the top of the tag editor, you will find the location of the sound. Then, you can go into the .nomedia manager, and mark the folder the sound is in. Once you've done that, the sound shouldn't be in your music library anymore after you restart your device. view
Google is Phasing Out Support for Adobe Flash in the Chrome Browser 4 years 1 week ago trainman261

What I really hope is that they don't make it so that it's impossible to use flash with Chrome. Mind you, I pretty much stopped using Chrome when they stopped supporting extensions that weren't from the Chrome web store, I stick with Firefox now, and I hope they don't start doing the same thing. If I want to run a certain piece of software, I shouldn't be told not to by some "authority" in Mountain View that I can't.

Side note: I honestly think it didn't really start with Apple not allowing flash to run on iOS (called iPhone OS back then), it started when Adobe released flash for Android and it was not very efficient at all, which made flash very unattractive for mobile platforms (interestingly enough Blackberry, back then RIM, showed us that it actually was possible to make flash work well on mobile with its implementation on the playbook). That was really the first hit, because Apple would have implemented flash if it were popular on mobile. Adobe is solely responsible for the catastrophe that flash turned into.

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Just Get Flux. Your Eyes Will Thank You. 3 years 9 months ago trainman261

It applies to any monitor that is connected to your computer. I have it on my laptop/tablet, and it works on that screen, as well as any monitor or TV I've connected it to until now.

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Troubleshooting Tool Monitors File Changes In Real Time 3 years 9 months ago trainman261

Another useful utility from NirSoft which does precisely what it does without getting too complicated, awesome. Been looking for something like this.

Thanks :)

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 7 months ago trainman261

The idea behind ReactOS is that it should be able to run standard Windows programs - but since it is in alpha, not everything will work. If you want to know if it works for the programs you would need, the best idea would be to run it in an emulator as suggested, and try loading the program to see if it works or not.

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A Clone Of Windows. Free And Open Source. Seriously. 3 years 7 months ago trainman261

I definitely think it's worth promoting, though - and the fact that it wouldn't necessarily be a good daily driver now is slightly beside the point.

Here's the thing: with Windows 95, 98, NT, etc. etc., some versions may have been buggy, while others were fairly stable (in that good-bad-good-bad cycle). But you usually just skipped the bad one - or if you had to use it, it was still decent.

Suddenly, now, we have Windows 10, which some would simply call spyware among other things - and that's really the key here. Microsoft does not seem interested in backtracking - they're doing the opposite, if anything - and they aren't bringing out another version of Windows after this version. Many people don't want to use it because of these privacy concerns.

But let's be honest, as praiseworthy as Linux is, it isn't what some fans claim it to be. Yes, as an OS in and of itself, it's great, and very capable. If you want to use Linux with programs written for Linux, perfect, no problem. But if you want to use it as a Windows replacement, well, it gets complicated. Yes, you have Wine. But it's not seamless, far from it - and not all programs work with it. Every time you want to install a Windows program, you have to start messing around with settings and what not. And yes, I know emulation is a possibility, as well, but that also uses up more power - fine on a desktop, not so fine if you're on a portable device.

Since ReactOS is built to resemble Windows as closely as possible, it's also better suited as a platform for running Windows apps in the long term, and that is really the promise. No twenty-five hacks to get all your Windows programs running, just install ReactOS and your programs, and you're good to go - at least that's the goal. Sure, it isn't as far as Windows itself, but let's be honest, it took a good while for Linux to turn into what it is today. And given what I mentioned about Windows 10, I'm expecting ReactOS to get a good shot in the arm when it comes to development and use, so that while it may not be a viable Windows replacement now, it just may be once Microsoft drops Windows 7 support.

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Best Free Email Backup Utility 1 year 10 months ago tracymiller5

Hola!! Got a amazing solution to backup my email Messages by using ZOOK Email Backup Software. I got this tool from Google search results which has been smoothly create a backup of all my emails into various email file formats.

I am so happy to get this solution by which I have successfully take backup of my all emails in a seconds. The tool offers me to take backup of emails from 40+ online email services.

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45,000 Free Kindle Books 1 year 1 month ago TracyM

Doesn't work for Australia - keeps transferring to Australian Amazon site - even though US site says ships online to international. Australian site does not have any free.

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Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 7 years 2 months ago tpg Dear "Tape Guy"; as the new moderator for this forum, let me welcome you. I've been re-writing this article only because I wanted to add a few new programs. While I do like FREEMAKE and find it a good fit for what you want to do, when it comes to creating the DVD, I find it lacking in two areas. First, the level of menu options is low, but more importantly, it won't actually burn your DVD ... it just makes an ISO ... and frankly, I don't want the hassle of sitting around waiting for the formatting to finish, and then starting the burn process. To me, they should all be integrated (and YES, I acknowledge that it's a personal preference). Thus, for DVD's I like DVD Styler http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/ I find it handles all the formats I've thrown at it, and it burns the DVD when done. I'll be including it in the new re-write that is in work now. cheers ... and thanks for using Gizmo. tpg view
Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 7 years 1 month ago tpg And "your welcome !!" I fell in love w/ gizmo many years ago and use it all the time. Just recently I needed an SSH client and again, gizmo came through. cheers tpg view
Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 10 months ago tpg You are correct ... thanks for bring it to my attention. I have reached out to the author to see if they will fix this issue. view
A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 6 years 3 months ago tp

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

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 6 years 3 months ago tp

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

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A Free Screen Recorder That's Unbelievably Small 6 years 3 months ago tp

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

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Best Free Antivirus Software 5 years 3 months ago townman

I had remove Comodo after reading the Privdog that come with it.

Although the Privdog version bundle is not the version that is vulnerable but I do not trust Comodo anymore, specially both Comodo and Privdog are same CEO, and I remember clearly that I had dis-select Geek Buddy, Privdog when install Comodo, yet I still find the Geek Buddy Icon on Desktop and Privdog secretly install.

Just google "Adware Privdog worse than Superfish"

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Best Free Color Picker 7 months 3 days ago towlerg

I'm a terrible judge of colours, I need something that will pick colours that "go" together.

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This Free Online Bookmark Organizer Uses Mind-Map Principles 1 year 7 months ago tostane

mindit bookmarking web site is down. there seems to be no information.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 6 years 10 months ago torres-no-tan-m... tom4455, This article no longer has an editor and therefore, the content has become outdated. Regarding Chrome, it is beyond the remit of this category - Best Free Web Browser - to investigate Google. HTH view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 7 years 1 month ago torres-no-tan-m... Thanks Stasou, MBAM has now been updated. view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 6 years 6 months ago torres-no-tan-m... EAM is not portable and therefore, will not run from a USB stick. However, Emsisoft Emergency Kit is portable: https://www.emsisoft.com/en/software/eek/ Please read the following article for more info: http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-fix-malware-infected-compute... HTH Torres view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 6 years 3 months ago torres-no-tan-m... MysticHaze, Thanks for posting; however, your post is far too long for the comments section and as Anupam has already stated you should post in the Freeware Forum: http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/ HTH view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 5 years 10 months ago torres-no-tan-m... Rybar, I can only concur with Midnight Cowboy's excellent and thorough explanation. view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 5 years 10 months ago torres-no-tan-m... The main difference between EEK and EAM is that the former is portable software, contains HijackFree, BlitzBank and a CommandLine scanner. HTH Torres view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 5 years 6 months ago torres-no-tan-m... biggerabalone, thanks for the feedback regarding Unthreat. As the title of my category is Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software I have concentrated on software that fulfill that purpose. My inclusion of Unthreat under the heading, Other Related Products was purely an editorial decision. I am not a greengrocer and therefore, will not be including any reviews of the utilities you mentioned as this would make my review far too unwieldly! All the best, Torres view
Best Free Trojan Horse Scanning And Removal Software 2 years 3 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

Thanks for the info regarding Rising PC Doctor: I have now removed the link and any reference to the product.

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Eight PDF Files You Don’t Want to Open 7 years 1 week ago torres-no-tan-m... PDF-XChange Viewer: Edit> Preferences> JavaScript> untick Enable JavaScript Actions. HTH ;-) view
Get $49 Worth Of DVD Copying Program For Free If You're Quick 5 years 7 months ago torres-no-tan-m... Thanks Rob, downloaded and installed - no problem. ;-) view
Need A HDMI Cable? Tempted To Spend Heavily? Don't. 5 years 6 months ago torres-no-tan-m... Everything about HDMI and its version history: http://encyclopedia.thefreedictionary.com/High+Definition+Multimedia+Int... view
Wallpaper of the Week: Wild Winter: Snow and the Hawk Owl 5 years 6 months ago torres-no-tan-m... A wise choice Rhiannon! ;-) view
Free Browser Extension that Efficiently Blocks Ads Using Less Memory 5 years 3 months ago torres-no-tan-m... 'The headline mentions "less memory" but there's no mention of that in the article...' @Jorpho, the article states this: 'If you have a slower CPU or a minimal amount of RAM, the effect should be substantial.' view
Free Online Test Checks Your Eyes' Colour Vision 4 years 8 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

Unfortunately, I get a # 2032 error when I attempt to do the test. :-(

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Get 30 New Fonts For Your PC, Completely Free. 4 years 6 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

If you don't want to wait for the email link to be sent to you, you can simply click on the download link that opens in a new tab after submitting your email addy. Many thanks for the info, Rob.

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How to Use Firefox Add-ons 4 years 4 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

My 'can't browse without' FF add-ons are:

  • Ghostery
  • HTTPS-Everywhere
  • WOT
  • Lastpass
  • uBlock

Despite the numerous updates and less control over unverified add-ons FF is still my default browser!

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Using An IE Version Less Than 11? Delete It! 4 years 4 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

I use XP and IE is version 8 and I need IE to provide security updates for important software.

If you can't update to version 11, it's far better to disable IE and re-enable when required, rather than uninstalling and risking destabilizing your system.

For more info on how to acheive this:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/how_to_disable_internet_explorer.htm

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This Second-Opinion Malware Scanner Is Free Now 4 years 2 months ago torres-no-tan-m... crosseyedlemon, It has nothing to do with trust: your primary scanner will never be able to detect every threat that exists. A second-opinion malware scanner will simply reduce the risk and, as mentioned many times on this site, a layered approach to security is far superior than solely relying on one piece of software. view
Finds of the Week: 100+ Alternative Search Engines, Disable Animated GIFs in Chrome, Firefox and Opera, Windows 10 Rollback Utility, 5 Free Route Planning Sites 3 years 10 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

I'm currently downloading this handy tool and you don't need to even use a disposable email address: simply hit the download button! ;-)

PS Many thanks Rhiannon for the info.

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Possibly The Most Detailed PC Info Viewer I've Yet Seen 3 years 9 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

According to WMI InfoView, the battery on my MB was installed on 30/12/1899!

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A Really Nice, Powerful Clipboard Manager 3 years 2 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

boristhemoggy this article should get things sorted! https://www.howtogeek.com/208224/how-to-add-programs-files-and-folders-to-system-startup-in-windows-8.1/

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All Your Christmas And New Year Party Music Sorted. For Free. 2 years 5 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

I opted to use on my Andoid phone, but I cannot login to the app despite receiving a welcome email. I have submitted a support ticket... on Christmas Day! Not a good start. :-(

PS From a wave to a ripple!!

PPS It is now Boxing Day and I still can't login to the app. ;-(

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All Your Christmas And New Year Party Music Sorted. For Free. 2 years 4 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

Recently found an email from Tidal re my inability to kogin to their andropid app: the email told me to login! I then attempted to reply to the email, but was told my support ticket was no longer valid. :-(

The app has now been, unsurprislingly, uninstalled from my phone whilst I listen to Simon & Garfunkel's, The Sound Of Silence. ;-)

 

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 2 years 5 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

On that Internet bombshell...happy New Year to all my fellow editors, moderators and membership of this wonderful website. (I happen to believe that Gizmo's is one of those beacons of light out there in cyberspace.)

Torres, the ultimate optimist!

 

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LastPass Not Working in Firefox? It's Not Just You 2 years 2 months ago torres-no-tan-m...

Fortunately, my Lastpass is working fine: it was updated to 4.9.0 on 31st March. I'm running FF 59.0.2 (32-bit) on Linux MX-16.

Many thanks for the info, Rhiannon.

Torres

 

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