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A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! 5 years 6 months ago AtomicProductions

Actually working on a filter system to also give you the ability to exclude certain users from showing up in the Twittalert notification feed.

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A Superb Time-Saver For Twitter Addicts! 5 years 6 months ago rob.schifreen Point taken, and I don't condemn your scepticism at all. But in this case, I've actually been in correspondence with the author of the programn (I requested a new feature and he promised to think about it), so I'm confident that this is something that can be trusted. As for it being version 0.0.6 and having an empty forum, this is a tricky one. A lot of good products fail to hit a v1.0 release because no one ever gets to hear about them and the developer loses interest. In this case, I thought the product was useful enough to warrant being brought to the attention of Gizmo's readers, so I chose to do so. view
A Swiss Army Knife In Times of Need 6 years 8 months ago J_L For more tools, I prefer Tool Box (Free): https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=maxcom.toolbox.free Strangely, the best free alternative I can find on iOS is this: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/army-knife-basic-3-in-1/id304387290 view
A Swiss Army Knife In Times of Need 6 years 7 months ago Juxxize great stuff a great handy little app, I had this on my phone and when my dear dad saw the 1st thing he said ' I want that ', also swiss army knifes are pretty illegal in the Uk these days so this is the next best thing :) view
A Task Manager That Learns About Your Faults 4 years 1 month ago bernardz Looks good on specs, and it certainly does fill in a hole of a decent Task Manager. The biggest minus to me would be no android app and no link into evernotes. view
A Task Manager That Learns About Your Faults 4 years 1 month ago FerranWintrop

Hello BernardZ - you seem to be quite knowledgeable about task managers - I am looking for a desktop app / task manager as I have an aversion to cloud / online apps. Can you recommend one similar to the one in this discussion?
Thanks - FW

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A Task Manager That Learns About Your Faults 4 years 1 month ago bernardz See Evernotes in local mode view
A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 4 years 4 months ago wales

Be careful, when I installed it on android it also brought unwanted spam and virus. Had to use malware and then uninstalled.

Further comment would be helpful.

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A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 4 years 4 months ago Jojo Yee Unfortunately wales you may get unwanted software if you respond to the ads appearing in probably any apps from the Store. Try to press the close button on an ad window or your device's back button to escape those ads. Hope this helps. view
A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 4 years 4 months ago canadadaniel

I'm using Windows 7 so I got to the web site and got this To use this game, upgrade to Windows 10. So I guess I won't be able to use it.

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A Terrific Challenge and a Great Time Killer 4 years 4 months ago wales

Jojo Yee thank you for resonding.

I did not respond to any adds. I installed the app then as soon as the App was started my malware program came up with an instant message, "Progarm infected' Also there were unwanted pictures already installed. I am not saying that any of this was Jojo Yee's fault it could have been hacked into in some way.

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A Top-Class Vector Illustration Package For Windows 2 years 5 months ago tabletguy

For some Windows 10 users, the first time starting up will take several minutes. It does NOT show any program window until after it has processed all of the fonts, although it is running in the task view window. (I started several instances when I thought it wasn't running.) Apparently, it's loading and processing all of the system fonts. One forum testor mentioned that the nightly development build didn't have that problem anymore. Hopefully that will be the case for everyone.

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A Top-Class Vector Illustration Package For Windows 2 years 4 months ago Ray Trygstad

Not mentioned is the fact that Inkscape makes use of the Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg) file format, a World Wide Web Consortium open format for vector graphics. This is the vector format used wherever possible on Wikipedia and throughout Wikimedia, yielding thousands of high-quality, freely usable vector graphics.

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A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free 5 years 9 months ago mmaker1234

And what's wrong with the totally free for Windows, Linux, and MacOS vector drawing s/w Inkscape? On their site http://inkscape.org/ is published a portable version near the installer - it's a matter of taste to install or not to install.

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A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free 5 years 9 months ago Remah Yes, Inkscape is worth looking at. It is the Best Free Vector Graphics Editor at this site. Just don't give Rob a hard time for not mentioning it. After all this is a "hot find" article rather than a roundup of alternatives. In fact, there are so few good alternatives to paid vector-graphic products that they we're always excited to see a new one. A bigger issue is that most users never bother to move beyond their favorite bitmap/photo image editor, of which there at least five times as many alternatives. view
A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free 5 years 9 months ago mincevv

Without saving / exporting to any vector format I don't find it useful. Free version limitation: Free account can export image (PNG, JPEG) with watermark only. It looks like good way to sell access to wast amount of eye-catching templates.

+1 for Inkscape

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A Top-Quality Vector Drawing App Online For Free 5 years 9 months ago khf314

What about Sketchup?

Also, Wikipedia has a Comparison of vector graphics editors at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_vector_graphics_editors

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A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 5 months ago Jabbok

Please post walls for dual screen systems. I use 3840x1080 but I can resize others.

Thanks.

Tim

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A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 5 months ago jmjsquared

Beautiful. I especially like the soft focus and warm colors. The contrast makes the flower seem to have been edged with a pencil. Nice.

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A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 5 months ago rhiannon I'm happy you like it. :) view
A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 5 months ago rhiannon Hi Tim, I don't post desktop wallpapers for any given size, instead I do my best to find wallpapers that have a lot of resolutions, including dual monitor, Android, iPhone, etc. There are some good dual monitor websites out there (mandolux comes to mind), and some sites with good dual monitor sections. The Windows Personalization site has jumped on the bandwagon with some panoramic (dual monitor) wallpapers. I have dual monitors myself and am usually on the lookout for good wallpapers. :) view
A Touch of Yellow - Yellow Crocus Flowers (Wallpaper of the Week) 6 years 3 months ago AdamJackson

Amazing and vibrant – that’s what I would like to call it. The brilliant combination of bright yellow crocus with green background looks as a perfect reflection of the approaching summer. The wallpaper is so vivid with a blissful colour blend that I now have it as wallpaper on my desktop and tablet. Even my friends liked the wallpaper and I couldn’t resist telling them how to download these. I just love the natural art this wallpaper has and I hope to see more of such brilliant works in seasons to come. Thanks!

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A Travel App Worth Traveling With 5 years 9 months ago Maalaoshy

Pity. Doesn't seem to be available on my Android phone-tablet combo.

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A Travel App Worth Traveling With 5 years 9 months ago kennym

Installed on Android via Google Playstore. Visiting Fort William soon and like the look of the place already! Thanks!

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A Travel App Worth Traveling With 5 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee This app works on Android version 4.0 and up. If your Android version is older, it probably won't show up, Maalaoshy. view
A Travel App Worth Traveling With 5 years 9 months ago Jojo Yee You're welcome kennym and it's great that you find it useful. view
A Useful Key on the Windows Keyboard That You May Have Overlooked Anonymous (not verified) view
A Very Clever Online Puzzle Game Anonymous (not verified) view
A Very Handy List of CPU Rankings Anonymous (not verified) view
A Video Studio In Your Browser. For Free. 4 years 1 month ago crosseyedlemon

Aside from a rapid fire You-tube video that was all fluff Showbox didn't actually show me anything. If they can't even bother to offer a FAQ on the home page I'm really not too interested in registering. They don't even tell you what file limits exist or what formats are supported. I'm pretty sure there are better options out there for those looking to create videos.

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A Video Studio In Your Browser. For Free. 4 years 1 month ago Papakid

I wish there was more info on the home page, too, but scrolling to the bottom of it there is a support link that takes you to some FAQs and one of the basic ones shows a basic tutorial. It could be a lot better--a lot of stuff is gone over way to quickly for me so I have to rewind quite often, but it is solid info, not fluff and you don't have to register to see it.

After watching the tutorial a couple of things strike me. Once you finish a video the only options are to publish it somewhere online--no way is mentioned to save it to your computer. Which kind of makes sense with my other thought--the app is well named because it is really just for producing shows, not any other simpler kinds of video. If anything, production values are overdone.

Thanks for posting--I'll keep it in mind, but don't feel a need to register for it right now.

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A Video Studio In Your Browser. For Free. 4 years 1 month ago vandamme

It will take me an hour just to read the Terms and Conditions, and translate from Lawyerese to English.

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A Virtual Wall Of Sticky Notes For Planning Just About Anything 2 years 6 months ago bushidojoe

Could not get it to download, clicked on the free option said my cart was empty... :-) tried numerous time.

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A Virtual Wall Of Sticky Notes For Planning Just About Anything 2 years 6 months ago runbei

Download worked fine for me. Did you disable script blockers?

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A Virtual Wall Of Sticky Notes For Planning Just About Anything 2 years 6 months ago dwainwood

I could download and install but not run. Got this error:
Could not find the main class:ih.soft.app.gdmat.GdMatApp. Program will exit.

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A Virtual Wall Of Sticky Notes For Planning Just About Anything 2 years 6 months ago Krunk

This program has interesting possibilities, though I found it a bit quirky.
But the day after creating a couple of interesting story boards, the application would not load them--kept receiving a Java error. Tried uninstalling/reinstalling both the program and Java, but no luck. Based on the website, this seems to be a work in progress, so maybe I'll give it try when a newer version is available.

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A Virtual Wall Of Sticky Notes For Planning Just About Anything 2 years 6 months ago Quantum_Dragon

Tried again today and was able to download free version without errors.

Had the same problems as others before.

The company seems to have corrected the site's problem

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A Web Browser As A Windows Desktop Gadget Anonymous (not verified) view
A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago antdude

But Notepad++ is free!

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago bash550

Great program. What's the file size limit for the free version?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago crombierob

I am guessing this is not for XP users ?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago VelvetElvis

"Supported OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/Server 2012/Server 2008."

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago Rydeck

If I want to install it 'Zeman Antimalware' complains that this is a suspicious packet and removes it. Now what?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago Anupam

Definitely a false positive.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago Quetzalcoatl

Yes, Notepad++ is free and it has a lot of plugins, however, if you dare it to open a very large file, say a 1.5 GB file, it will absolutely refuse to do that, something you can do perfectly with EmEditor with no problems.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago antdude

Have you reported this issue to its support?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago eikelein

@Rydeck:
You write "...Zeman Antimalware' complains...".
Excuse me, but what and who is Zeman Antimalware?
Have you checked the Em web site/-page in Mywot.com?
Did you download the Installer or the portable version?
Have you checked the downloaded file with VirusTotal.com?
These are all things you might have done before posting the likely false negative from your, pardon me, exotic Antimalware program.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy It should have said "Zemana". Noted to be riddled with false positives and about as much use therefore as a paper bag in a thunderstorm. :D MC - Site Manager. view
A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago eikelein

:-)) :-))

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago eikelein

Why should he do that?
Maybe that is a "feature" if you run the OS with only 2GB of RAM. ;-)
Just use the better program that can do that without choking.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 3 weeks ago souzarm

Thanks Rob Schifreen!

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 years 2 weeks ago Quetzalcoatl

Actually, I work in a datawarehouse environment in a very big company where sometimes we need to check text files of that size or even bigger before we load them to their corresponding tables, and believe it or not, yes, I have done that with emeditor with an old machine with only 2 GB RAM, that's why I discovered emeditor.

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A Whole New Genre of File Manager? Anonymous (not verified) view
A Wild Hit Game Lets You Take A Walk In The Real World Anonymous (not verified) view
A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Joe A.TT

Yes, I'd endorse the portable version too. At first I had the installed version, but it was buggy. Hovering over its system tray icon was like molasses sometimes. Ever since I switched to the portable version it's been fine.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago J_L I really like Ditto, but it loses focus too many times which interrupts my workflow. view
A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago David Roper

I have been using Ditto for many months before now. I do not understand the problems others are having. I use Win 7 home version and it works fine and I now could not bear to be without it now. I mark a URL link, Control C and it's there for when I need it 30 minutes later.

I cannot tell it's loaded until I want something and it's there for me. Get it.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago pvilan

Thanks rob!

In the past, using windows 95/98 I used a clipboard manager.
Very useful but it was not updated for newer OS.

I am going to dowload portable version because I'am trying to limit my installed applicatios.

Peter

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago bernardz Does not seem to handle metafiles. view
A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Nodrog

The perhaps unfortunately named Arsclip is well worth a look in this category of app.

http://www.joejoesoft.com/vcms/97/

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Geert

Ditto is the top pick here at Gizmo's freeware. (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-clipboard-replacement-utility.htm) So, what's new?

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Geert

Also mentioned in the list of Best Free Clipboard Replacement Utility (http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-clipboard-replacement-utility.htm) and definitely a good AND actively developed program (which can't be said from Ditto; but maybe Ditto is so good that it does need little improvement)

PS. I use Ditto on my work PC and ArsClip at home. And I'm happy with both of them

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Faziri I've been using Ditto for ages myself, but Arsclip is indeed quite good too. :) Ditto uses less RAM (14MB 42MB... Every MB counts if you want performance!), but Arsclip is much more user-friendly in config and usage (human-readable and well-structured config, easier image handling)... I'm gonna try Arsclip for a while now! Edit: after another investigation into Ditto, I'd say Ditto wins again. :) You just gotta figure out the names of the types (CF_DIB and such is not very informative) and disable/ignore the tons of features you don't use (network sharing and such). The killer feature that made me go back was search-as-you-type, which Arsclip doesn't have. view
A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago bwoods

Been using Ditto for years. Does the job and for free.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago oblivion I used to use ArsClip -- which IS excellent (and the name is from ArsTechnica) but for some reason I ran into issues with it and my workflow a few years back and started looking for alternatives. The one that won my personal battle and became my clipboard manager of choice is Clipboard Help and Spell (from DonationCoder, at http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/clipboardhelpandspell/index... ) It lets me sort various categories of stored clips into subsets and supports images too. view
A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago Hondoe1950

I agree with "oblivion" that Clipboard Help and Spell is the best! I explored a very large number of clipboard utilities and was amazed at the capabilities of Clipboard Help and Spell.

It's available at:

http://www.donationcoder.com/Software/Mouser/clipboardhelpandspell/index...

You can:

Configure the number of previous clips to see in the pop-up menu

See a much larger listing of all of the clips used recently

Capture both words and images for pasting

Delete any clip copied (great for passwords)

Set up a set of favorites for re-pasting

and much, much more.

It is by far the most powerful clipboard manager I've ever encountered, and surprisingly easy to use, too.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago DrBongo

It's especially great if you copy or cut some text and open a MS Office program to paste the text into. Microsoft arrogantly clears the clipboard upon opening. This utility allows you to get it back. One improvement might be to put the contents back into the clipboard upon opening the Office document.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago hubjf

Hi !

I've been using ClipX for years, and I've been very happy with it.
http://bluemars.org/clipx/

If I can remember, I tried Ditto and a few others, but for some reason I preferred ClipX.

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A Wonderfully Simple, Free, Powerful Clipboard Manager 6 years 8 months ago cmonster

Use to use Yankee Clipper because it did everything I needed with managing both text and images when clipped. Switched to Ditto because it does just about everything without the complexity. Simply install it and forget it.

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago OhZone

I must be blind because I don't see the VPN button. Where is it?

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago L.M

The free VPN is only available on Developer version 38 of Opera. It is not quite a VPN but a proxy that only protect your browsing not other apps.
I tried it out and discovered that after working initially, it left me out to dry while streaming online watching the Star Trek Enterprise series.
It reverted without warning to my IP addresses, and despite giving the green light (it is actually blue) on the browser bar.

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago RedSkywalker

I've been running it on a win7 machine for a couple of weeks now with no problems at all (in fact it's so good I am seriously considering making Opera my default browser). It was interesting that when I tried to access the Pirate Bay via Chrome it gave me a dns fault and Opera did exactly the same until I enabled the VPN when it loaded quite happily. It's amazing how many sites are blocked to UK users!

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago RedSkywalker

Extreme left of the address box - it's usually greyed out if it's not being used. Just click on the "VPN" letters and it will offer you a choice of 3, USA, Canada or Germany.

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago dwainwood

I didn't see any "VPN" letters to the extreme left of the address box.

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago ixan

I tried this and all except one ip address/location site correctly identified me and weren't fooled by the "VPN" for one moment. Also the browser has been designed for fat fingers on a mobile device with large fonts and a huge amount of white space. This is fine for a phone but it's hardly anything I would want to use on a pc at work.

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A Word About Opera's Upcoming Free VPN 4 years 2 months ago crip

You can get the surfeasy vpn as an extension on the regular Opera now, but it only gives 500MB a month, for free.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

There is discussion that these patches may actually lead to processor slowing and a slowed computer.
It will be interesting to hear just what is the impact these patches have on computer speed, particularly for those who are still using older computers, such as 3-5 years old
For some people, a slowed computer is practically much worse, than a potential vulnerability

Most computers over the last 10 years with Intel and other processors are apparently affected
There should be international class actions against these manufacturers, until they offer recalls and replacement of these processors
These faulty processors were sold not fit for purpose
Obviously industry cant just shut down their computer networks, but they should be offered refunds or replacement fault-free processors, when these are eventually manufactured

Since when did we accept 'software patches' as being a suitable compromise to full replacement of faulty hardware ?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago bili_39

No need to worry too much about speed. Home users are hardly affected. Some large data centers with a lot of (small chunks of data) writing to fast media (SSD) will be hit the worst.

Just apply the patch (patches) MS has posted.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Phylis Sophical

Thx for the simple explanation. Was wondering what the panic was all about.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago harrym

For a malicious software to use these bugs, it first needs to be installed on the computer.
I would like to believe that my computer is not infected, so would have preferred not to install these updates. Alas, this is impossible.
I would much prefer having a potential bug rather than having the spectre of a slow-down hovering over my computer, or the meltdown of its performance rating,

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago clas

As an older computer user, I am finding that i just dont trust anyone anymore. one day coffee is good for you, the next its a killer. give to this charity, its a scam. give to this go fund me...liars, all of them...use this ap, its a hoax. use this one and it steals from you. So now most of the time its a wait and see for me. trust no one, run sandboxed, make backups, shut off all updates until enough time has gone by to really find out if they actually do what they claim. a sad thing but the internet and scammers have eroded all trust in humanity for me. good luck to all.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago gizmofan1248

Thanks for the explanation. A good supplement here:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/01/scary-chip-flaws-raise-spectre-of-meltdown/
where you can find a link to a list of AV programs etc that are ready to receive the Windows Update with the patch.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago swreynolds

Boy is that picture of a CPU old! Intel, the processor with the problem hasn't used PGA chips for a decade.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago eikelein

Good article, thanks Gizmo. For me at least the most interesting reading here are the comments.

There is everything represented that I find generally in dealing with humanity.

From the doomsday prophet that sees his world completely out of any order,
via the complainer (oh see how bad it's gotten - but I am going to lean back and do nothing, better don't update),
via the adequately reacting realist
to the frightened mouse who still is on XP and stays there because this world is oh so dangerous and anything new is oh so frightening.

Truly a panopticon of the world around me. What did I expect?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago mmmike

Great article......thank you!

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago not recognized

Of course you must be oh so right. What might be even more interesting is what's behind the words, which we have no way of knowing, but concerning which making assumptions, we make asses ... you know the idiom I'm sure.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Apple and Linux have also released updates.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago RogerCurrier

Good article Rob - lots of common sense.

The world's press is having a ball with this as they always do when some bug or insecurity is found. I have seen articles where they say the fix will reduce your computer's speed by 30% and others by 1.5%.

I have looked at the problem, it would require some extremely clever code to get at and make use of the design fault, probably take much longer to create an effective virus than to produce the fix.

Just keep updating your anti-virus and operating system. If you are worried stay off 'dirty' sites.

Roger

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

It isn't just Intel. AMD, Qualcomm, and ARM are also vulnerable to at least one of the three bugs. And that Intel processor would be vulnerable to at least one of the 3 as well, and probably 2 of them.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Fairportfan

According to security experts who have studied the problem, at least one of the vulnerabilities can be triggered by a maliciously-coded page.

Also, the "up to 30%" performance hit varies depending on workload.

I would expect serious gaming machines to take a pretty good hit, if that's true.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

Home users, including Gamers and serious gaming machines won't see any appreciable performance hit. 99.9% of games will see no more than a 1 or 2% hit, if that much. Some games actually slightly perform better with the patch. It's server type workloads that see the big hits. That's been proven by a number of different trusted sources. Most testers say the difference is within the margin of error.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago jivadas

I'm an 80yo
yeah, I agree
this beautiful thing the Internet
what are they doing with it?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

Yes, humanity also includes processor manufacturers who have been selling a defective product over 10 years,
and not offering a replacement product that works

And humanity includes phone manufacturers being caught with their updates deliberately slowing older Iphones
- this occurred without the permission of owners
- the public were only informed by Apple when they were caught, the policy was instituted more than one year ago
- the updates were documented to slow older model Iphones by up to 50%, often rendering them unusable
- Apple only informed its customers after it was caught
- the manufacturing policy whereby a phone should be disposed of once the battery wears out has been the accepted status quo,
with unestimable impact on the environment
- Apple, only in the last month, provided official phone batteries that were affordable, so finally the environment has been respected

Ah, humanity

With this international precedent, of manufacturer firmware drastically slowing hardware usability, it is no wonder a lot of computer users are a little cynical
- what should really be offered is a replacement fault free computer processor (CPU), when they are finally available, but dont hold your breath

Im not willing to sacrifice my computer to potential unusability, until I have heard the feedback from Windows users who have used the patch
I also wont install a patch, unless I am certain of the method of uninstalling the patch - although I bet uninstallation is difficult with firmware updates

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

We have allowed both the internet and smartphones to compromise our data security, without protest
I was late to the smartphone era, and use TechSupportAlert to guide my choice of software

I was staggered at just how many phone apps need to invade your privacy
- many apps demand access to your contact list, some apps need to push advertising to you
- many apps demand to be able to send data back to the software company

I will never put mine nor my family's personal photos on social media, including Facebook, as Im sure their policies insist that they have lifelong permission to upload and save and to use this precious personal data

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

Thank you.
Do you have the same advice for my old Iphone, that is, just accept Apple updates?
Apple admitted its update slowed older Iphones (by up to 50%, leading many to have to buy a new phone)

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

Every day our computers most likely have vulnerabilities, with patches only available after the vulnerability is finally recognised

The media continue not to deal with the elephant in the room:
**No patch, and no antivirus software, will protect you when hackers find the next vulnerability before the good guys do**

--So.. what everyday computer habits do we need to change once and for all, given that there will be vulnerabilities today we just don’t know about.--
Is the Microsoft Windows operating system doing enough to protect the average computer user from themselves ?

1)Does Microsoft need to implement standard keystroke scrambling software on all Windows versions, so keystrokes cant be analysed easily by malware ?

2)Do we need to stop saving our passwords (bank, work, email) with cookies that are saved on our computer. Cookies may save our time and help avoid typing the same thing, but maybe we need to type out bank passwords each and every time

3)What information does computer memory need to store, and are there ways to quarantine security sensitive information from RAM ?

4)Can Microsoft finally create a separate Windows Security Module, that can be regularly updated, without updates jeopardising the rest of the OS, its hardware and software configurations ?

5)How safe are our Windows logon passwords / screen lock passwords (they are stored on the computer). Can malware ever harvest these, and lock down our computers ransomware style ?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Australia

Your reassurance is not reassuring Rev_Don.
Intels list of affected processors is long, and a lot of older computers may well take a performance hit

I predict its is too early to be offering reassurances
There is a wide range of computer processors that are affected, and many computer users have older computers with older processors

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago howiem

According to some tech sources, the flaws were discovered by a hacker hacking his own machine, which implies that direct access is needed, and I have read on a tech site (don't remember which one) that to get infected, a user needs to already have malware running. If those are the cases i (and I have not been able to confirm it yet) then using best security practices should be an effective way to mitigate these vulnerabilities. Another point is that I found no indication that these are Zero-Day vulnerabilities, i.e.,no one has exploited them prior to patches being available.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago Rev_Don

The tests I've seen so far go back as far as 1st gen Core i series. I don't know very many Serious Gamers using anything older than 2nd gen Core i series. The C2Ds and C2Qs I've tested are on the edge of margin of error as well. Anyone using anything older than that aren't going to be doing anything that cpu intensive to notice the difference.

And a lot of the people who claim to have noticed the so called 30% performance hit on a home system are using flawed techniques. A lot are doing a single run instead of averaging multiple runs. They are also making the post patch run immediately after rebooting instead of verifying that all of the patches have finished installing. A lot of systems are getting a Net Framework Security Update and/or AV Update upon reboot after applying the patch. Users who run the tests right after the Patch Update are testing DURING these updates which skews the results.

Now I do agree that there is a lot we don't know yet, but all of this Doom and Gloom that the bug patches will render our processors nearly unusable is just a bunch of FUD. The initial patches might have a SLIGHT noticeable impact on SOME applications on a home computer, but the overwhelming majority of that will be mitigated with further testing, updates, and microcode and bios updates.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 2 years 5 months ago lowndesw

I have to wonder if in view of the long history of this same "bug" being installed in the CPU's of so many manufacturers if this isn't a back-door or keyhole that was intentionally installed for security (as in NATIONAL) or counter-intelligence purposes. I'm not a "conspiracy theory" freak, in fact, if this is the case, I'd be very upset that this "bug" is outed and in such a way as to make the CPU makers look bad for doing something to help keep our nation safe.

Could this be a possibility??

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