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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Thanks Michael, I hope that works. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago bolero8888

I like the Netvibes. Especially after adding the Google search e services app. It includes Google news, Images, maps, docs, calendar.

The bookmarks stay with my Safari browser don't they?? I hope.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Your bookmarks should stay with your browser unless you delete them. If you have a lot of bookmarks you might want to back them up, just in case. Or store them online so you can access them anytime. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago ArchieGoodwin

Very useful post, thank you.
I've been trying both igHome and uStart. Here's a bit of feedback.

igHome gives me more or less what I had with igoogle.
Pros : it seems to load faster. It looks very similar to igoogle. I customized it real fast.
Cons : Mostly, Gmail use.
- You can't read (or delete) a mail in the reader. Clicking on a mail entry opens your Gmail page.
- The Gmail module is not as easy to read as it was on Igoogle. I.e. both titles and mail sender names are in the same bold black font. Whereas on igoogle, senders names were in bold and mail titles in normal (not bold), which helped you spot important messages in a much faster, more intuitive way.

Other minor cons :
- All modules have the same length & width. Which is a bit silly when all you want is a search bar.
For instance, I've installed Wikipedia and IMDB search bars, and they float in large empty white blocks.
- The main weather module is from Accuweather. Their forecast isn't worse than the competition. But their art is. It looks like what I could draw, and I can't draw. In short, it's not nice to look at. Which I resent, as it's on my homepage. Other weather widgets are availble. But from what I can tell, none provide an at-a-glance 5-day forecast with simple and pleasant pictograms, in either French or English, in C°.

uStart :
Pros : The look&feel is much more attractive.
RSS feeds come with thumbnail pics. Major headlines appear over a pale blue background, creating a hierarchy that I find more intuitive.
All widgets and RSS feeds are in my home country language. (Namely French.)
As opposed to igHome, length & width of blocks adapt to content.
There is a quick & easy function that imports your content from iGoogle and Netvibes.
It's a tiny gadget, but I like that my background image changes between day & night (clear sky / starry black sky). And that is based on my home country clock.

Cons :
- The help page is very basic. No FAQ, no user forum. The uStart Facebook page seems to be down. So, if I really want help, I'm in for long hours searching web forums.
- There is no RSS / widget search tool, or I can't find it. igHome, on the other hand, has a good one.
- All RSS feeds that I can find are from my home country. This doesn't work for me. I want news from international titles (e.g. The Guardian in the UK, Google News US, etc). Can't find them.
- To log into my Facebook account, uStart wants to access basically everything. Not just my account and friends list, which is already a lot, but events, pictures, etc. Much worse : when I read the list of what it wanted to access, I clicked "cancel"... and it displayed a page saying that I enabled uStart's access to my FB account. I checked my FB apps and apparently, no access was granted. But that is really unpleasant user experience.

Other minor cons :
- The analog clock design is very poor-looking. Difficult to read, small and clunky. I won't use it.
- There seems to be a lot less widgets than on igHome (or iGoogle). This may be because only French-language widgets seem to be available to me.

Overall :
Although I like the look&feel of uStart, I'll probably stick with igHome because it gives me access to many more feeds & widgets that I use on an everyday basis. I also feel more comfident in using a page that has a proper widget search tool and a good help section.

Hope this helps.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago Pippy

Going back to My Yahoo. Thanks Yahoo.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Thanks for posting your observations, input is always welcome. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago macodray

I read your article with great interest. Thank you.
As one comment mentioned that uStart was "way too British" I was keen to look at it as I find most things on offer on the net "way too American" and was delighted to think that something might be British!
I entered the web site and felt that it looked a bit 'odd' - perhaps the colours? Then I read the intro - the English used was apalling - reminded me of the language used in a phishing e-mail. I then searched for 'uStart reviews' on the net and was staggered by the number of reviews and warnings regarding spyware. I have reproduced one below. I, for one, will not risk using uStart -perhaps others would like to be aware of possible problems.

HOW CAN I GET INFECTED WITH uStart.org REDIRECT VIRUS?
The browser hijacker, which is responsible for redirections to uStart.org, can get inside the system in a bundle with freeware and shareware. Besides, various websites may also be involver to the distribution of this virus without any permission asked, so be aware about that. In order to avoid getting infected with this browser hijacker, you should always pay attention to the license agreement of the software and avoid commercial pop-up ads that typically appear when visiting different websites. As soon as this browser hijacker gets inside, it initiates various system's changes: it modifies the start page, default search engine, downloads toolbar and may initiate other unwanted activities. Please, do NOT ignore them and remove uStart.org redirect virus from the system.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon I understand your alarm. When I started looking in to this page I ran across the same information. Further investigation brought clarity. uStart has a green rating from WOT, one of the services we use to check anything published here. If it didn't have a safe rating from WOT I would never have mentioned or recommended it. WOT isn't perfect, but if there were reports of a virus at the site they would quickly change the rating. The sites mentioning the virus are themselves rated red or yellow by WOT - my take on it was those sites were likely to pass on malware of some sort. I've safely used the site for some time, as have others here. I visit using a browser with no ad blocking add-ons so I can see what's there. I never encountered the behavior described above. My browser hasn't been hijacked, there have been no pop ups, license agreements or other odd behavior. My security software has been quiet. WinPatrol in particular is very good at catching any attempts to change browser settings. uStart is based in France - if you visit their FAQ and other places on the site and visit their Facebook page, most everything is in French with (usually) an English translation. In other words, the people who run the site do not have English as their first language. I normally don't consider English usage as an issue - there are many, many people who speak English as a second or third language on the internet - enough that I don't consider it a usable criteria. I'm not sure what you're referring to about the colors - most of the start pages I've visited aren't all that slick or polished, tending more towards usability. Every time I visit uStart there's an image of a hot balloon on blue sky background. With all due respect, until I have different, valid information that uStart is a hazard I'll be leaving it in the article. I very much appreciate you bringing it up, I'm sure others will benefit from your post. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago macodray

Thank you for getting back on this and for the clarification. Having been 'infected' by spyware/malware on previous occasions, I guess I am extra cautious and it isn't easy for an amateur to know what is, and isn't, trustworthy out there, so your comments were very helpful.
I'll maybe have another look at uStart in view of your comments - at the moment I'm looking at igHome (I like it but find it somewhat unwieldy), Symbaloo and PortalPanel. The latter two give helpful information which I haven't yet found on igHome (but that could well be my own fault!).
Still feel very miffed by Google's decision - after all, out of all the iGoogle users out there, I've not heard of one who has written to say they are pleased that iGoogle is being discontinued, and I imagine that most, if not all, are as angry and upset as me. I think Google may well have shot themselves in the foot with their arrogant decision. Why should frustrated iGoogle users remain loyal to Google if Google completely ignores their wishes? After all, loyalty is a two way street.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Being extra cautious is a really good thing to be on the internet. :) I haven't found a substitute that works me yet - I've set up a page on all the sites I've listed, and I check them regularly. Google shutting down iGoogle and Google Reader has upset so many people.....it's a topic I see often and the frustration and anger is loud and clear, as is the confusion over the decision to shut these two services down. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago Oscarito

Bad news...

I've decided to use Protopage as my new startpage after some test and evaluation on the existent alternatives but since tomorrow there is a blank box named "Adds" at the top of all loaded pages. Moreover, they ask $2.49/mo to remove it. I felt myself blackmailed! Another "migration" is now on course.
Back to square one...

Sad!

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Do you have an ad blocker on your browser? That could be part of the blank boxes with Adds. If you don't have an ad blocker, you can get one for your browser (as long as it isn't Internet Explorer/IE) and block those ad boxes, that way you won't see them. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago Oscarito

Yes, I have add blocker but this works for the browser only, this does not applies to the startpage. My add blocker eliminates adds from my GMail but has no effect on the homepage...

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon So, your ad-blocker doesn't work on any other site except gmail? view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago Oscarito

When I said "Add Blocker" I refer to an extension for Mozilla Firefox. Yes, it works nice on GMail but as I've stated before this addon does not prevent Protopage to include adds on my startpage. Guess you're talking about some specific Add Blocker softwares... No, I don't have anyone so that I would be glad if you suggest something in this sense.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Got it, thanks. You might take a look here: Best Free Firefox Add-ons It's updated regularly and has a section on ad blockers plus other categories. There are some extensions that let you block certain things on a page. You might want to ask there, I'm sure someone could make suggestions. You might want to read the comments as well - we are very lucky to have so many knowledgeable members/visitors who contribute valuable information. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 7 years 1 month ago rhiannon Forgot to add this article, it's a great resource. How to Block Ads or Unwanted Content Missed by Filters view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago OptometristPrime

So, I love Jolicloud. It's amazing, connects to most important social apps, as well as is a place for accessing all of your drops/cloud storage, and has an "App store" type thing which rules. I use it as my new tab page & my home page! It's fantastic for discovery & accessing awesomeness. It has a "my feed" area which is where you go as default, which if connected, shows you items from feedly, facebook, tumblr, and a bunch of other services. I can't remember quite if it does RSS, but I imagine you can accomplish that using Feedly anyways. It may not have widgets, or be a LOT like iGoogle, but I sure love it & use it.

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 6 years 2 months ago pvilan

Rob:
Nice to know you are feeling much better and, to proof it, you are back to work!

Many thanks for the excellent two links you shared today.

Peter

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 6 years 2 months ago Former Physicist

The newly released material are not the seven Cornell lectures of 1964, but a two-year series that Feynman delivered over (about) 1963 through 1965 to freshmen and sophomores at CalTech. (For the final year, I was a teaching assistant for the course. We graduate students learned much more than the undergraduates.)

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 6 years 2 months ago AJNorth

For many, the Feynman, Leighton and Sands set (with their bright red covers) is a treasured part of their library.

Some may recall a saying from the 1960s (the halcyon days of science education in the U.S.), "At Caltech, we treat our undergraduates as graduate students, and our graduate students as faculty." One brief shining moment...

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago crosseyedlemon

AccuRadio is one of about a dozen music streaming sites I have bookmarked. My only real complaint regarding it is that you can't prevent notifications from arriving in your e-mail account. Pandora, Spotify and Deezer are the most popular alternatives although my personal favorite is still Tune-in Radio.

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago Geekomatic

I love somafm.com. The site is set by genre. I pretty much listen to trance or jazz and there's no commercials (listener supported). Try Lush and see what you think?

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago Bluesmanuk

An excellent site that seems to work wonderfully.

Thanks for sharing.

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago eikelein

@crosseyedlemon:

You write "you can't prevent notifications...".

Every email service, program, provider web site or the like I have seen so far had some option to block sending addresses. Even clunky Yahoo Mail and thus AT&T email has it.

You know if the web site does not allow me to turn off their annoying email junk then I send the emails directly to the virtual garbage bin and they loose the chance to ever again talk to me from that email address. Ever heard an ad for Constant Contact? I despise that just as much as you do.

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago kpoff

Unfortunately, they don't have Southern Gospel (not regular Gospel, but Southern). Anyone know of a site that does?

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago kpoff

To clarify - Pandora says it has Southern Gospel, but it is really Christian Country. Southern Gospel would be artists like Gold City, Greater Vision, The Hoppers, The Crabb Family, The Cathedrals, Promised Land Quartet, etc.

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago RecklessMaverick

I like several genres, decades and artists all of which are on separate channel. Does any streaming service support selecting multiple channels and get random play from all of them?

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 4 years 9 months ago JTAlsman

One of the best features of Accuradio imo is that it it doesn't have a skip limit. You could skip 100 songs in 5 minutes if you wanted, and it just keeps spitting out new tunes.

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 1 week ago Anupam

Thanks rhiannon.. nice sites. I love the jigsaw puzzles.

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You're very welcome. I love jigsaw puzzles too, digital or printed.

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 1 week ago classicggma65

Where's thejigsawpuzzles.com? Love this site, no downloading of anything, just play on site. Have been using this site for years now and was concerned about the phaseout of Adobe Flash, but they said they are ready for the change over. You can choose how many pieces you want to do in any of the hundreds of puzzles there. Also choose the type of puzzle pieces you want to work with...classic, etc.. You can Full Screen, if needed, any puzzle to work on it. My 92-yr-old Mom had been doing a puzzle every day for yrs before she passed. Cannot say about doing any on a mobile phone though.

Can say the people there are great...any problem just email and they get back to you within 24 hours, if not sooner. BTW, you do not have to sign in or even have an account to do any puzzle, though the site will keep track of all the puzzles you do if you sign in...unlike Jigzone and a few others where you have to try to remember which ones you've done in the past.

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 1 week ago jtshea

For years, I have been using TheJigsawPuzzles.com. It has a database of thousands of puzzles, sorted by category. You can choose from 20 to 500 pieces and there are several different cut styles.

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 5 days ago rhiannon

That's a great site, thanks for mentioning it. :)

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7 Great Free Online Jigsaw Puzzles 5 months 5 days ago rhiannon

It's a good site, I hadn't seen it until now. Thanks for the heads up.

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7-PDF Maker 3 years 8 months ago foodbear

I have able to get 7-PDF maker to create a PDF file from an Open Office produced paper that contains many superscript footnotes with corresponding endnotes. The OpenOffice text file works great by itself: footnote and endnote are linked in Both directions. But creating a PDF using 7-PDF Maker only creates the link in one direction: from the footnote to the endnote and NOT back to the footnote. So then you have to manually scroll back to the beginning of the paper to find where footnote is located.

Question: Am I not doing something correct or will 7-PDF Maker only keep the link in one direction and not two.
Please help if you can.
Thank you

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 5 years 7 months ago bernardz Thanks, I am a blogger and forever I need to grab some photos, so I will certainly give these shot. What I tend to do is google search for images -> then click search tools -> Usage rights ->labeled for reuse. Generally, I can get my photo there. If that fails, I go to the wiki but I will try these too now. One point is the legal status of most of the photos on the web is unclear, I have been assured that many photos on the net are not protected by copyright despite all the labels put on them. I suppose it depends how much you are willing to take a chance. view
74 Free Photo Libraries Online 5 years 7 months ago BobW

I'm sorry @bernardz but I think you've been poorly advised. My understanding is that, in the UK and USA at least, all photos posted to the net (or used anywhere else) have full copyright status unless explicitly revoked - this can be done by a statement on the web page or (better) embedded in the photo's EXIF/IPTC metadata. Just because some photos on the net have no EXIF or IPTC metadata, this does NOT mean that the photographer's or owner's copyright does not apply.
Having said that, most photographers will not mind one of their pictures being used in a blog article in a fair way. What really upsets photographers is when a commercial company takes a photograph off the net and uses it in advertising material without properly licensing it.

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 5 years 7 months ago bernardz

Like everything Bob, it's not so clear nothing ever is. Say in your example, I had a picture of my wife on a beach, how do I show its likely that I was the photographer if its disputed?  Could she not argue her friend took it not me? As I am a non professional photographer, I cannot argue I have suffered any loss.

Here is a chart that I use that I think would be beneficial to the readers here. how accurate it is, if it came to court I do not know.

http://thevisualcommunicationguy.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Infograp...

 

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago Geert

Was already mentioned in rhiannon's "Finds of the week" of 2015, Dec 15th (http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/finds-week-brilliant-time-zone-site-520000-awesome-free-high-quality-images-using-metered)

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago bwhite2323

You will occasionally find images on Pixabay that are watermarked, apparently to protect them from free distribution. Nevertheless, Pixabay is an outstanding source for images that may legally be used.

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago suruha

Pixabay is the go to photo stock place for me! The images are high quality and free to use! I find different photographers I like and follow them. That way, I get photo updates each time these photographers post any new images. Many of my peers in design are on to Pixabay, too! I think it is an awesome site!
Su

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

When i looked just now, i saw two photographic images featuring plush toy versions of trademarked characters (Kermit and the pink Panther), which i am pretty sure it would be better to not use on your website.

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago Anupam

If I remember correctly, earlier, Pixabay didn't have any sorting by category. It was just a long neverending list of scrolling photos, which made it difficult to navigate, in case you decided to stop looking, and wanted to see the images again some other time.

Now, they have made categories of photos, and have also introduced image navigation by pages, which makes it easier to navigate through the photos. And you can continue looking from where you left the last time by bookmarking the page.

It's quite a good site.

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 4 years 2 months ago rhiannon I'm not up on that kind of copyright or trademark law, and in any case, it varies wildly from country to country. It's probably not enforceable on a global basis, unless you have a lot of money to pursue the issue around the globe in each case an image is used. If someone could find you legally liable for taking a photo or creating an image that contains something that's copyrighted, there's a lot of people in trouble - for example, what about an image someone posts on a site such as Facebook, where a person holding a copyrighted/trademarked object like Kermit the Frog? Or, more likely, a can of trademarked beer? Photographs are protected under their own copyright laws I think, as are books, manuscripts and other written content. I'm not sure where trademark infringement would apply to photos. view
8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 4 years 4 months ago crosseyedlemon

An excellent find. The fascinating field of computer forensics is certain to grow and provide well paid employment for investigators in the future. Wish this science had been around 45 years ago when I came out of high school.

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8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 4 years 4 months ago rhiannon

It fascinates me as well. :)

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88 Places For Free History eBooks Online 7 years 8 months ago mr6n8 March 7, 2013, new sites added. All links checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve view
88 Places For Free History eBooks Online 7 years 8 months ago mr6n8 April 7, 2013,6 new sites added and 2 dead sites removed. All links here checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve view
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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

Just to point out to people before they download the document that it is dated January 2011, and some of the programs have not performed well subsequently, notably Microsoft Security Essentials, which has now failed AV-TEST certification twice in a row, and has received generally very poor reviews from a number of different sources in recent times.

Auslogics, whilst being my personal favourite defragmenter, was completely missing from Gizmo's recommended list for nearly a year until it crept back in a couple of months ago.

Any chance of an updated list?

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy As Gizmo's own list, this is independent of and not influenced by our existing review content. The AV-Test results are only relevant to those who use their computer (of which I know none) in exactly the same way as described in the tests. These things also need to be taken in context. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/01/16/lessons-learned-from-... MSE is widely used in my own circle, including for business use, and no one is getting infected. The same goes for the AV Comparatives so called Real World Protection Tests. If you read the full description, you come across this: "Tested on Winxp SP3. Initially we planned to test this year with a fully updated/patched system, but we had to switch back using older/vulnerable/unpatched OS and software versions due to lack of enough exploits in-the-field to test against”. So, they used an out of date system + programs that were neither updated nor patched, and folks using the current Microsoft system, and the last, are using these stats to choose their antivirus??? :) How on earth can they call this a “real world” test? MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

I have to say my own experiences with MSE were rather different. Things were fine for about a year and then it let through the Clean This ransomware variant, masquerading as MSE. Instead of killing the process I clicked on the close button and the resulting carnage was a nightmare to clear up. I've been using Avast for over 18 months now and I've had no problems at all.

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy How did this manage to bypass UAC? MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

Unwisely I had it disabled at the time. So, yes, there were contributory factors, but I would still have expected MSE to deal with it. Now I think of it, there were a number of other problems. MSE fairly regularly failed to block various trojans over the period I was using it which only became apparent when I scanned with MBAM.

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy To be exposed to "various trojans" suggests high risk browsing. No antivirus will protect users in this category, whereas far more simple measures will reduce the risk considerably (including not disabling UAC). I've tried to cover this in a bit more detail here. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm There are of course different combinations that users may prefer and since I wrote the above article I've been using ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus and Firewall over an extended period with no problems and no infections. I have this paired with WOT, Norton DNS and the free version of WinPatrol. I test Windows software extensively, often in response to visitor comments, and I always check what each program is trying to do to my system with ToolWiz Time Freeze before committing to a full install. MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

Thanks for the info. Very useful article too which I hadn't seen before. I wouldn't say my browsing is high risk but after the 'Clean This' incident I enabled UAC, ditched MSE, disabled Windows (Vista) firewall, stopped using IE and replaced them with the following: Avast free AV and Comodo firewall with D+ enabled (Chiron's guide made installation and setup simple). Like you I also use WOT, Norton ConnectSafe and WinPatrol free. I mainly use Chromium based Comodo Dragon browser with many of the extensions you recommend in your article, and this setup has served me very well for some time now. MBAM and Hitman Pro haven't found a single nasty.

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy I'm pleased you found the other article useful. True PC security will always be about risk management (as opposed to hunting for stuff after it has arrived) and in this respect a combination of tools will always be preferable to relying on a single program to do everything. Unfortunately, due mainly to the marketing of various programs, many users are lulled into a false sense of security when they see security programs labelled for example as "total" or "360". The setup you describe now is absolutely ideal for someone who is knowledgeable enough to maintain it. This refers mainly to Comodo but as you discovered already, Chiron's guide makes this a lot easier. MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 7 years 5 months ago eXERGURL

Thanks. Can't wait to check these out.

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 6 years 9 months ago Kipster

Why is avast! Mobile Security the recommended anti-malware program here, when the Best Free Antivirus App for Android list shows 3 other programs all scored 5 stars while avast! is only 4 stars?

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 6 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee Many thanks for pointing out, Kipster. It's now been replaced with a new choice and updated in this article. view
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Re: CM Security Antivirus App Lock
CM Security also offer CM Security Lite - Antivirus which uses less power, less memory and has fewer ads.
It seems to work quite satisfactorily.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmsecurity.lite

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 6 months ago jonbourne

As long as you aren't rooting, no one needs an antivirus on your phone.

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 6 months ago arturo52

KeePassDroid is OK - But Keepass2Android is far superior!

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 6 months ago Fairportfan

Don't bet on that. There are exploits that can attack unrooted Android devices.

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 6 months ago jonbourne

An antivirus is not going to stop it. Manufacturers putting out timely security updates will.

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 6 months ago Fairportfan

...and until they do, there's anti-malware software.

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 3 years 4 months ago lowndesw

Waze (owned by Google now) is rapidly becoming a "must have" for anyone that drives a car, truck, bicycle, stroller, skateboard.......

and, IF you live in the city, or the country, or in between.

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 4 years 12 months ago bem

Go. Read. Be amazed.

I personally have never had access to any text that so completely breaks down the concepts involved in programming. The indices alone are more complete and detailed than most college and tech school textboooks.

Good find! Downloading..............

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 4 years 12 months ago crosseyedlemon

Reverse Engineering is a lot like trying to understand why women are obsessed with shoe sales or if your a women, why men are willing to spend hours tinkering with a carburetor. It's pretty interesting stuff even when there are no clear answers to these questions.

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 4 years 12 months ago ixan

Or why women are silly, empty-headed and obsessed with looks and getting something pretty cheap, but men are willing to put hours of intellectual effort and skill into something. I think your sexism has no place anywhere, certainly not on a techie blog where a lot of people are women. I was a consumer electronics designer and find your remark very insulting indeed.

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 4 years 12 months ago dabney

Change "women" to "some people" and "men" to "some people" . (Unless you are doing sales surveys for product advertisers, perhaps)

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 5 months ago crosseyedlemon

The problem with keyboard shortcuts is that you have to remember which ones are associated with what apps and unless you are using them on a daily basis you soon forget them. Some of the tips listed are pretty good although I had to laugh at #15.... carrying a debit card that allows access to an ATM makes more sense.

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 5 months ago rhiannon

One or two caught my eye as not being something I would do without a little more poking around for information, like this one: "Laptop batteries can last longer if you charge them up to only 80% instead of the full 100%" I haven't done checked that one out, but I would before started that as a habit. And #30,  buying a product on Amazon, and getting a refund if there's is a price drop within 7 days - I think amazon is in the process of discontining that.

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 5 months ago tarzanxx

You have an interesting idea of an “emergency” if you always have access to an ATM anytime and anywhere :).

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 5 months ago baja463

Quote re Dropbox hack:
"Carousel is no longer supported

On March 31, we shut down Carousel and returned to a single Dropbox photo experience. Your photos are still safely backed up and accessible in the Dropbox desktop application, mobile app, and online at photos.dropbox.com."

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 5 months ago rhiannon Thanks for mentioning that, I've updated the article. view
99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 4 months ago crosseyedlemon

Maybe you know several places that accept paper money but not debit and are some distance from an ATM but I can't think of one in the city where I live.

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 4 months ago crosseyedlemon

I think the laptop battery tip only applies to the first usage. Your probably not going to be able to prevent your laptop from bringing the battery to full charge on sub sequence instances anyway.

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 4 months ago tarzanxx

Ok, I’ll bite. Not many, but some - but that’s not really the point. If you were aware of these places, then it wouldn’t be an emergency. You’d know ahead of time that you’d need cash. By definition, an emergency is something you aren’t expecting. I agree- in a big city this is less likely to be an issue than traveling for example, or in an unfamiliar area. But even around home or in a big city, this is a good tip for some people. If you really can’t think of any situations when having emergency cash would be useful - and don’t have access to ATM/Debit, here are some.

Heaven forbid your wallet gets lost or stolen. It would be handy to have some cash hiding in your phone case, until you can get that sorted out.

Standing in a checkout with a bunch of groceries and your card is declined for no apparent reason. Maybe a bank error. Glitches happen – cards have issues swiping or scanning sometimes. Surely you’ve been in line behind someone whose card just won’t swipe - the cashier breathes on it, licks it and wipes it on their pants, sticks it on their forehead, rubs it in their armpit, then wraps it paper - trying to get a good swipe. Sometimes cards or scanners just fail. Maybe that’s the guy in front of you, maybe that’s you :). Sure – you can leave all your groceries on the counter and go to an ATM and get some cash, or go to your bank and sort it out – assuming your bank is open – but that’s a bit inconvenient either way. Or you can pull out your emergency cash and be on your way..

Go out for a night with friends and forgot your wallet at home. You can borrow some money from your friends, or pay your own way with your secret “phone cash”.

Maybe you’ve spent more money than you realize and have none left in your account – or you have a shared account and didn’t realize your spouse/partner had made a big purchase and drained the account. Glitch with your payroll deposit…

Even in a big city – while traveling, your bank locks down your account due to “suspicious activity”. That’s happened to many people, myself included. Sure you can call them and get that sorted out- but when do you usually find out for the first time? – When you’re standing in front of a cashier trying to pay for something.

Maybe you didn’t notice that your card had expired. No problem – leave some collateral for the store/restaurant/gas station you’re at, go home and find the new card - then go back and pay for your items. Maybe not an emergency, but inconvenient. Would be nice if you just had $50 hiding in your phone case :).

Pull into a gas station running on fumes and see a sign on the door – “Network is down - sorry cash only”. Drive to another gas station? To an ATM and back? Not sure you’ll have enough gas to make it... Take a chance, or walk to the nearest ATM. Broad daylight in a nice area? No problem. Late at night in a scary neighborhood? Pouring rain? Even $10 cash would be really handy to get you on your way.

Those are just some examples that could happen in a big city scenario- never mind traveling or more rural areas or long stretches of highway with fewer ATMs and credit/debit access. Many people don’t live in big cities and having paper money available “just in case” could be a good idea. If you don’t this is useful - that’s cool :). I didn’t think it was such a ridiculous tip :).

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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 4 years 4 months ago rhiannon

I ran into one of these scenarios the other day. I was getting my oil changed at the small, family owned business I use in the town that's nearest to me. The service that allows them to process electronic transactions using debit and credit cards wasn't working and the phone company that provides the service said they wouldn't have it back up and running for a few days because they had to send someone from another state to fix it, even though the largest city in the state is half an hour away.

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