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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 8 months ago magnogreato

I'm sorry, but any personal data that's supposed to be kept from unwanted sources that has to go to a external website then back to my desktop thru 1000 encryptions, 264bit or greater, etc., etc. is still subject to any and all hacking, virus' and malware.

Just give me a stand alone program that stays on my desktop, PERIOD!

That way if I have problems, then, well, it'll have to come from my system and I don't have to worry about someone or some thing external that I can't control to worry about.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 4 months ago greyman

Last Pass has been wonderful to use, since I figured it out. The information that you enter does not come from the cloud, it is generated on your computer. One could tweak how many hashes the passwords used, some time ago, but I don't know if that is still the case.

LastPass is great. it is Free, and, for free, it is a super good deal!

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 1 week ago howiem

I would like to see a review here of Dashlane https://www.dashlane.com/passwordmanager which looks on the surface like it might be a pretty good free PW manager and web form filler.

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 4 years 1 week ago Remah

I agree. Dashlane presents really well - the website looks great and the product is very good. But if you want a review then it would be best to make your request as a comment in the article Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager.

The main problem with the free version of Dashlane is that it is limited to one device. That makes it practically useless for many users who want access from their PC and phone, for example. I wouldn't even look at it for this reason but if you only use one computer device then it is a good option.

See the free versus premium comparison at https://www.dashlane.com/premium

 

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A Free Password Manager that's Just as Good as Roboform 3 years 5 days ago AJNorth

FWIW, LastPass Free is also Neil Rubenking's top pick at PC Magazine amongst free password managers (2016.07.07; review at http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475964,00.asp ). LastPass is now at version 4.1.33 (released 2016.11.18).

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A Free Online OCR Service 2 years 1 month ago vandamme

http://free-online-ocr.com/ is one I like better because it can convert to rtf. I'm still looking for one that converts to an open format, like odf, instead of Microsoft proprietary DOCX.

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A Free Online OCR Service 2 years 1 month ago Quantum_Dragon

If you register (Still free), you get:

Adobe PDF
Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (xls)
Microsoft Excel (xlsx)
Microsoft Word 97-2003 (doc)
Microsoft Word (docx)
RTF document (rtf)
Text Plain (txt)

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
Fantastic!
This huge collection of images from 1500 to 1922, shows the magnitude of the information in the cloud, at our disposal.
In this case made possible by the free 1 TB in Flickr.

Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago downunder57

As these images are copyright free, can they also be used with
modifications of the image. Or can we only use "As Is"
I would like to modify for commercial purposes. I.E. Kindle,
blogs and other.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago aronbergvlad

I don't see any way to search. 12 million photos at random will require more than one sandwich.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago df1995

I can't find any search device. Not useful without.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago ichabod

For me, Flickr's search box seemed to work properly. This was my first visit to Flickr, so I'll be interested to learn more about how to use it, and whether a log-in would provide more features.

After clicking on Rob's link, I clicked on the first image that appeared, which was a Thanksgiving platter of roast turkey, copied from The Saturday Evening Post, according to the meta-data revealed by scrolling down on the photo's own page. Next, I backed-up to the main "Internet Archive Book Images" page (where Rob's link had led me) and typed the word turkey in the search box in the top-right corner; this gave me the drop-down option (which I chose) to limit my search to the current Internet Archive Book Images photos. The search-results page included the option to filter the results by type of license. After choosing "commercial use allowed," I re-opened that filter, chose "modifications allowed," and then saw that both of those filters were active. Subsequent searches from that screen retained the filter settings.

Yes, certainly, there were countless images in the search results. However, this "problem of plenty" doesn't seem all that different from what we have with a Web search of an unfathomably large number of websites. On Flickr, perhaps we don't have the benefit of algorithms designed to push popular results to the top of the search list, and the environment may be less familiar, and we probably have fewer refinement options available. Still, a similar image search through a standard Web search engine gave me a similarly overwhelming number of images.

Having said all that, though, we are not limited to using Flickr's search engine to search Flickr's images. From my image search on Google, for the words Thanksgiving platter roast turkey The Saturday Evening Post, I didn't immediately find that same photo that I'd seen first on Flickr. But, by adding site:Flickr.com to my search string, that image was the first of only 9 images in my search results!

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago pvilan

Thanks ichabod!
For your detailed and useful comment.
Peter

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago gem

One solution is to use Google search.
Just type the topic that you are interested in, followed by this: site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages.
Example: type (without the quotes) in Google search: "indians site:flickr.com/photos/internetarchivebookimages" to view images taken from books regarding indians.
The other solution is this:
Underneath every image you can see the metadata. On the right you can see some tags which include bookid bookyear bookdecate booksubject etc.
If you click on any of these tags you will be searching for this specific tag.
But you can also use these tags to find other subjects.
Example: In flickr search space, type booksubjectindians to see images of books regarding...well...indians.
Same applies for other tags e.g. if you type bookyear1842 you will find images from books from 1842.

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A Free Library Of 12 Million Photos For You To Use 5 years 3 months ago ichabod

Thanks, gem, for those gems of helpful info!

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago arieshifman

thanks

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago jlgg

Nice, easy to use, ads not too instrusive on Android, not sure how much I will retain, but that's my problem!

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 2 years 1 month ago Imanonov

I'm a bit weary of a language-learning program that spells both its French as its Hebrew version wrongly.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

Please always clarify what is the privacy policy regarding these websites which ask you to upload photos
Specifically can your photos be used in the development of facial recognition technology software

I trust you do understand the implications of peoples photos being used in this way

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

This is just one extract from their Privacy Policy.

“None of this information is “personal data” – that is, data we could use to identify a specific person. Some of this information could, however, become personal data because we provide automatically collected anonymous data to third party advertisers to supplement the tracking information described below, and those third parties might be able to combine our anonymous data with other data they have to enable them to identify people.”

Basically this absolves them from everything and anything even when you understand that how privacy rules are implemented varies between countries.

In reality anything you post online is likely to be used by individuals or companies should they attach value to it for their own ends and the only way to prevent this is not to post it. It doesn’t matter how many rules are broken when the servers in question are based in the Ukraine or Vietnam. :)

MC - Site Manager.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

The great thing about Techsupportalert is that when discussing computer software, reviewers always mention that software has been scanned and it doesn’t contain malware. In other words it probably functions as you expect without uploading data back to developers or coinstalls bad code

Unfortunately when it comes to online sites that upload your personal data (and photos are very personal data) there is no similar warning about how our photos potentially are being used. Online sites in my opinion pose an equal risk as installed software and malware

We have already learned that many sites are harvesting peoples facial photos and selling them to companies that are creating facial recognition software for government, policing and commercial uses.

It’s time we stop uploading our photos to anonymous websites. We have become so permissive to this practice
Even Facebook and Instagram are probably harvesting people’s photos for this reason

In 2019 you would be crazy to be giving strangers your most personal data. Yet everyone does it and we encourage people to do so

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago ehorwitz1

And don't forget that, unless you've deleted it, photographs often include GPS data along with time and date stamps. For the average person that probably doesn't mean much, but for those with massive data harvesting and analysis capabilities (Google, etc.) it means being able to know your exact location at a specific time and date. And beyond that, to extrapolate your travels if enough information is available.

No, I'm not really that paranoid. But the data is there along with the capability to analyze it, should someone want to.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

What information is stored in a smartphone photo’s metadata?

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Please see here for some general inforamtion. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/what-can-you-tell-from-photo-exi...

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

Photo privacy - what no one actually tells you

https://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/what-can-you-tell-from-photo-exif-data/

Thanks. Proves my point that we are way to permissive with the sharing of our photos. Metadata can track the address the photo was taken !
Techsupportalert was based on providing people with software info that is screened to be safe

Can we not be recommending any more website uploading services that request photos or documents, without making clear the associated risks

So if you recommend a photo upload site, please recommend that personal photos be first stripped of their metadata
This is basic information in 2019

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Gizmo’s Freeware always tries to safeguard the interests of members and visitors including download advisory notices for some software but there is a limit to adopting a nanny type of presentation.

Pretty much everything you do in life has security and privacy risks especially using Windows and yet here we are as predominantly a Windows resource site. Also, for years we have published a series of security related articles including the one linked below yet the readership numbers for these are insignificant compared with Best Free Live Wallpapers which pretty much sums up user preferences.

https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/how-stay-safe-while-online.htm

The same applies to Windows security software where 95% of all users never bother to read the vendor’s documentation and thus end up with an incorrectly configured system churning out results they can't understand and most likely ignore.

In all honesty therefore it is the responsibility of computer and web users to educate themselves about best safe practices because there’s a limit to how much sites like ours can help. MC - Site Manager.

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A Free Image Hosting Service and A Great Resource of Funny GIFs for Everyone 1 month 1 week ago Australia

Yes. The majority of computer readers these are blasé about security risks. They don’t read security articles. Attention spans have reduced, and all that matters is that you have a good selfie

To inform people, you just need one sentence at the end of reviews:

For software, we need to state that the program has been screened for malware

For photo upload sites, we need to remind people that the Privacy policy may allow developers to onsell your photos, so strip your photo metadata first (and provide the link how to do this)

As I’ve said to Rhiannon, it’s better to find utilities to perform tasks, rather than uploading your data to anonymous websites. Instead we normalise this behaviour

Tech support should always keep people informed, otherwise it becomes part of the problem

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A Free Full-Text Search Program for Windows Anonymous (not verified) view
A Free E-Book From Microsoft For Every Day Of The Year. Almost. Anonymous (not verified) view
A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 4 years 6 months ago nowayman

This is actually an interesting solution. But I'm not sure that it's actually THAT private.

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A Free Confidential Chat System For Family Or Colleagues 4 years 6 months ago bernardz

A free account has only 10 meg of storage, which may be an issue and the free accounts has adverts. I wonder if what is said in these chat rooms is used for their adverts?

Which gets you to the issue of privacy, which is also questionable. They do not allow secret accounts, how well they police that I am not sure, but they do keep a full history of everything, and they do not even demand a court order to release this information. If you follow the links below even civil matters like copyright infringements, they are likely to police. Put it this way, if I was a solicitor or someone who needs privacy, I am looking for something else. https://campfirenow.com/privacy

DISCLOSURE

  • We may disclose personally identifiable information under special circumstances, such as to comply with subpoenas or when your actions violate the Terms of Service.
  • It may be necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding suspected or actual illegal activities, including without limitation, fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, or as otherwise permitted or required by law.


 

 

 

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A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 6 years 2 weeks ago Jero

This is a great find, Vic. Thank you for sharing it!

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A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 6 years 2 weeks ago Rick Grunwald

I love Jv16 Powertools and that feature is awesome but you rightfully tell us to BE CAREFULL with it. It will do EXACTLY what you tell it to do

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A Free App to Make Your New PC Cleaner and Faster 6 years 2 weeks ago syadkikar

Thanks

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A Free Animation Utility That can be Used by the Non-Artistic 2 years 9 months ago Lightbar

I know this is a 5-year-old article, but just a quick FYI in case anyone cares... The link to the J-Walk Blog posted at the end of this article is dead. It leads to the J-Walk home page, but the blog that it was originally a link to must have been removed from the site.

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A Free Animation Utility That can be Used by the Non-Artistic 2 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you. The link has now been removed. MC - Site Manager. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago MidnightCowboy What is there possible to say for such a great contribution Rob except many thanks and all the best with your future endeavors. MC - Site Manager. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago danielson

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Pogosplace

Thank you!

Fair winds and Following Seas

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago toonpig

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago BamBam

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago kunkel321

You will be missed!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rhiannon

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago VelvetElvis

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Geekomatic

Dear Rob,

Thank you for all of your hard work & dedication.

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

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

~G

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago pulsar02

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago George

Dear Rob,

what will we do without you?

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

Thank you so much!

Best regards,
George

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Anupam

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

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

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rob.schifreen Thanks for those lovely comments. Much appreciated. The whole IT landscape is changing, and there are definitely some interesting times to come. Despite all the freeware mentioned on this site, I reckon the free program that most of us use most frequently is a web browser. It's certainly true in my case. And when I'm not using a PC and a web browser, I'm using my phone, which uses an operating system called Android. That's also free. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago TexasVet

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago budchekov

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago suruha

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago boristhemoggy

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rob.schifreen Remember that the site will carry on. There are scores of people who bring it to you, and who will continue to do so. I am/was just one of them. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Pelican

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rob.schifreen Thanks George. I might still contribute an occasional entry if I happen to come across something that I find useful. Until a couple of years ago I actually had 3 "jobs". I worked at a university in the UK, I started an IT security business, and I was writing Hot Finds in my "spare" time! I now want to concentrate on the IT security business with fewer distractions, while also enjoying and exploring Portugal. My wife and I moved here a few months ago from the UK and there's lots to see. And a very difficult language to learn too! view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago MidnightCowboy Well good luck with the language. I guess we all have different learning abilities but I moved to Brazil 14 years ago and I can still only string together a few sentences in Portuguese. If it wasn't for my Brazilian wife of 12 years I'd have been consigned to the ex pat dunce's pile years ago. We did in fact almost move back to Europe last year (Portugal - Silves) but too many uncertainties with Brexit, the economic and migrant situation made us decide to stay here. MC - Site Manager. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago bili_39

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago J Tyler

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

John

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Grumpy Grandad

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago papawdalton

You will be missed. God be with you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Gibbs.Slap

Robert,

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

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

Ken

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago beergas

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago kpoff

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago tomgee8853

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago HisSon

All the best Rob. You will be missed.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago classicggma65

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago gizmofan1248

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 4 months ago AJNorth

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

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago 4sure5

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

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago arieshifman

Thanks for all your good work

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago KrankyMax

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

Maxine

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago WTNeil

Thank you for all your work. It was greatly appreciated by myself and others that I pointed towards your articles. You will be missed by many.
Enjoy your well earned retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago ronj25

I haven't registered before but I thought it was important to do so to express my deep gratitude for all the helpful suggestions and all the hours of effort that made them possible. Many, many thanks.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Yankiwi

Many thanks, Rob, for all your excellent service and advice over the years. Your hard work in finding, testing, and writing about your Hot Finds has made my computing life much easier and better, for which I'm truly grateful, as (manifestly) are the others commenting here.

I wish you a long, peaceful, and healthy retirement, with perhaps - dare we hope? - the occasional Gizmo contribution when you come across some excellent piece of free software and just can't help yourself!

Vá com Deus!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago tonytones

I have been a subscriber for years and always looked forward to great articles from Rob.

You will be missed mate, wishing you all the best in your retirement...

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago pauloz

You have helped take this senior citizen from computer illiterate to well, someone who has a handle on most computer issues. Thank you Rob and all the best in your retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago sea siren

Thank you for all you do (have done). Many blessings to you and for your future. I will miss you.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago not recognized

All the best Rob. Hoping a rock won't fall into your swimming pool and an old colleague come to coerce you back etc. Maybe you'll be tempted to make the odd contribution still. Thanks for all your good work.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago fred64

Many years of excellent advice and discussions, your act is going to be a tough one to follow. I have been retired no for about ten years. The first one was the hardest, trying to unwind into a less driven lifestyle. Wishing you well on yours.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago ladyrobina

I'm a longtime fan of this site. Your reviews have always been spot on and helped me a lot when searching for new programs. Many thanks for your work and enjoy your retirement.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago knookie

Thank you Robert - have been enjoying these daily emails for years

[replaced offensive word with thank you - moderator]

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago rob.schifreen The Portuguese people are generally so nice, and way too understanding about my lack of language skills. Not only do many of them speak enough English to get by, they frequently apologise for not speaking it better. Which makes me feel even worse. view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago MidnightCowboy I used to get very frustrated during our first couple of years here because of my inability to master the language but now I accept it just ain't gonna happen. :D Unlike Portugal and many other parts of Europe, English is not widely spoken here at all and it's virtually impossible to engage with any official function without having a translator. Same applies to banks and doctors/hospitals although there is more English spoken in the main tourist areas. 99% of Brazilians who do speak English assume I'm American and immediately launch into political debates about stuff I care little about until I'm able to reveal my true heritage. MC view
A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago Mark.Australia

Thank you kindly Rod, for all the hot finds emails, and gems, you have forwarded to us over the years. Sorry to see you go. Certainly it is one of the few email I always looked forward to opening and discovering what new gems you had discovered. Cheers to you..

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 8 months ago OllieJones

Rob, your career of top-shelf reviews of software has had an amazing effect on solidifying and strengthening my trade--the trade of software development I love. Thanks.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 7 months ago acz

Well, I guess everyone has to retire sometime. Your contributions to the vast community of users has have been invaluable. Thank you so much. I understand that I may still look forward to the occasional post. May you live long and continue to prosper.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 6 months ago Chigwells

Yep, I'd like to also add a fond farewell to you Robert. I have been using this website for some years, and it's greatest benefit is to point me towards useful, well-functioning freeware. As you point out, a lot of software can be poorly constructed; additionally I would like to add that another procedure with software is to have to download it to check whether it does exactly what I need. Your pages take away most of that tiresome stuff, here I am able to refine my software palette. Another benefit, is I end up with LESS software on board, because I have been able to choose my software more accurately.
I am a self-taught semi-geek, and I help friends and family keep their electronica under control, and I am always promoting this site as the go-to for safe, quality software. Cheers!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 5 months ago paol

Thanx Rob..!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 5 months ago ih8bills

Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to the freeware cause !
I have been using this site for about 15 years now... and I would not like to be without it.
Which is why I donated the other day -- and will continue to.
This site is of great value -- and we appreciate it.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 1 year 3 days ago walterbeckman

Thanks for your hard work and service to all your readers. Don't let the typing fingers rest too long. Again many thanks.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 8 months 1 week ago nahabze

As with the others that wish you well, I'd like to add my meager but heartfelt thanks for the superlative contribution you've made to the world of computing. For a generation that preceded PCs, your site provided guidance that allowed us to comprehend the vast array of software that was out there, what it meant, and how to use it. From the earliest days, your contributions have been a guiding light for the uninitiated, and your creation has allowed many of us to acquire skills that we would never have earned without the overview you presented, and the software we could learn how to compute with. Thank you, and may your life be blessed with happiness and love.

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A Fond Farewell From Me 6 months 1 week ago kunkel321

Thanks for all you've done Rob -- You will be missed!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 6 months 1 week ago rhiannon

He's definitely missed. :)

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A Fond Farewell From Me 4 months 2 weeks ago barracuda

Gizmo....Thanks for scaring the crap out of me. I've have been following Tech Alert for 30 some years (not a typo) just don't want people to figure out how old I am. From the bottom of my heart I THANK YOU for all the excellent advice you've given over the years. I always told my clients "if they didn't do anything else sign-up to Gizmo's Tech Alert" so many did and I was always told how useful they found your website. The thing is that 98% of my clients were single parents with God's Special kids or otherwise known physically or mentally challenged. I myself have been disabled for years so I really counted on donated hardware and software so when I had the parts I would build and give them a system totally free. I don't think I could have done it without the freeware or articles on your website. So truly I'm glad your site will still be around but those of us that's been around for a while need to slow down too. Thanks for all you've done to help me over the years...miss you is an under statement. God Bless and Keep You. Michael

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A Fond Farewell From Me 4 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for your kind words. Gizmo and the crew are still here, the farewell post was from one of our editors, Robert Schifreen. We miss him. :)

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A Final Entry In Our Pick Of The Free Mind Mappers 1 year 10 months ago stretcharm

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

https://www.freeplane.org

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago David Roper

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

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago harrym

My own favorite is the excellent and totally free WinMerge.

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A File Comparison Tool That's Really Easy To Use 5 years 3 months ago randyg

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

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

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