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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 1 month ago Scoop

Bob,

Just to let you know, you can't boot a Windows PC from a USB HDD that is attached via USB (even though it's attached with a USB/SATA Enclosure or Adapter Cable). The Windows boot HDD has to be connected via your internal SATA PC port to boot into Windows.

I've cloned from a 500Gb HDD to a 1 Tb HDD in the past with successful results so your cloned HDD should be a complete bootable HDD when you connect it into your SATA port on your PC.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 1 month ago Scoop

You're welcome :). I have a couple of SATA hot-swap racks in my Desktop PC so it's easy for me to test cloned HDD's occasionally.

My Toshiba Laptop is a 2011 model so it's the older (thicker) style Laptop which has an easy HDD access bay.

Hope your cloning test goes without issue. I've had good luck with cloning's over the past 3 years with Macrium and to a lesser extent, Clonezilla.

With about 85 cloning's on 3 PC's over 3 years, I've only had 1 failure with an MBR corruption problem.

Since my failure rate is about 1%, I only test (boot up on a newly-cloned HDD) every 4-5 cloning's.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 7 months ago Scoop

Hi. if you do a full-HDD System Image, that will backup everything on the HDD. It's essentially the same thing as Cloning the HDD. The end results are the same; the 2 processes just do it in different ways.

Cloning requires a 2nd HDD as the "target" HDD and Imaging doesn't require the 2nd HDD (unless you're Imaging to restore the PC from a failed HDD or some malware variants).

If you're using Macrium for example, just select the entire "source" (ie 'C' Drive in almost all PC's) drive for the contents that you want to Image to the target (sometimes referred to as the "destination") HDD.

I use both Imaging and Cloning for my routine HDD backups since I have a couple of spare HDD's that I rotate every 2 weeks for full-HDD backups. I Image occasionally for HDD backup redundancy.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 4 years 7 months ago Scoop

Good idea. That's been done by the Win 10 forum users as well. I haven't upgraded to W10 yet but if I do, I'll do the same, just with Cloning. I have 2 SATA Hot-swap Trays in my Desktop tower for quick HDD access which makes Cloning (& Image testing) convenient.

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get A Professional Video Editor For Free If You're Quick! 3 years 9 months ago scoop46

I just registered with Gizmo and am looking for where I can go on the Video-editor-Pro website to request the license key. Thanks.

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Free Software To Stitch A Set Of Images Into A Timelapse Video 7 years 1 month ago scopper

Just downloaded this program but none of the Zip/unzip programs, that I have downloaded from Gizmo Freeware are able to open it. What do I do next?

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 7 years 7 months ago Scorpiorajkumar

Hi Mate,

You should really try out PaleMoon Browser, Qupzilla, Opera 12.15 and Seamonkey.All are excellent browsers.

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Best Free Media Player 7 years 6 months ago Scorpiorajkumar

Hi

Can anyone please provide opinion about Light Alloy Player.

The interface seems to be good.Has anyone tried this player out

[Links to non English websites are not permitted. Please read the site rules before posting]

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/announcements/3617-forum-...

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Get A Fascinating Analytics Overview Of Your Gmail Mailbox 3 years 2 months ago scottcomptia

Is this site seriously promoting giving a third party full access to our entire gmail emails?? Well that just doesn't seem prudent....

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 13 to 16 - MATE Edition] 7 years 6 months ago scottghall

One of the problems with the Cinnamon printer management screen, is (System Settings --> Printers) is that it insists on discovering network printers, or you can't add them. You can enter an address and click on "Search by Address" all day long, and you still won't get there. I have an HP Jetdirect connected to a LaserJet-6L for which the standard foomatic driver works fine. What this screen needs is the older Gnome screen where you enter the address, then the make, then the model, then the driver. The printer add screen won't do it.

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Best Free Game Sites 2 months 4 days ago scottheflin589

I hope you never stop! This is one of the best blogs I've ever read. You've got some mad skill here, man. I just hope that you don't lose your style because you're definitely one of the coolest bloggers out there. Please keep it up because the internet needs someone like you spreading the word.

Scott - Stump Grinding Greenville SC

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Get A $30 PDF Compression Utility For Free If You Act Quickly 4 years 1 month ago ScottyG

Compress Quality is "Recommanded" ??
Hopefully this is not indicative of the quality of the rest of the program.

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Best Free Media Player 7 years 8 months ago Scott_Y

After I installed PotPlayer, another program which depends on wmp.dll wouldn't work any more (for that matter, Windows Media Player wouldn't work either). Uninstalling PotPlayer didn't fix it so I had to revert to an earlier drive image. Not nice. And I'm not happy with PotPlayer.

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Best Free Media Player 7 years 8 months ago Scott_Y

Thanks for your response, George. Good point about PotPlayer's independence, so perhaps it's a coincidence that WMP ran fine before but failed after installing PotPlayer -- and I made no other changes related to playing media in at least the two weeks before that. But I don't have a detailed log of of events other than installations and updates, so there could be something I have missed.

My OS is Win7 x64, and WMP 12 (installed with Win7). I didn't associate any file types with PotPlayer, and I haven't installed any codec packs.

The program requiring wmp.dll is Listen N Write (transcription software from Elefant Software). The error message when I try to launch Listen N Write says
"Lib OCX -> Reg ERROR! Failed to load control 'WindowsMediaPlayer' from wmp.dll. Your version of wmp.dll may be outdated. Make sure you are using the version of the control that was provided with your application."

Listen N Write was installed after PotPlayer was installed and after WMP stopped working, so I can't say if it would have run before that. In fact it wasn't until I got the above error message that I went back to my installation log and saw that two WMP-related programs have failed to run since installing PotPlayer (WMP itself and Listen N Write). So that's what makes me suspicious. But I remind myself that WMP is Microsoft, and MS programs sometimes just fail on their own so PotPlayer may be just an innocent bystander.

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Best Free Media Player 7 years 7 months ago Scott_Y

FIXED!!! As you indicated in your initial reply, George, the problem was NOT due to PotPlayer after all. It turned out that several features of WMP had gotten corrupted, and reinstalling WMP didn't overcome that.

I was led to Microsoft's Fix WMP tool at
http://support.microsoft.com/mats/windows_media_player_diagnostic

(HT to Elise King-Lynch's comment at http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_7-pictures/wind... )

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Best Free Program Uninstaller 5 years 11 months ago screeMsweeper

Hi MidnightCowboy or anyone that might like to respond.

Sorry in advance if this is getting redundant, but I landed here looking for an alternative to the (free) Revo because I'm so fed up with it after a few years of being fine with it (seems like the latest free Revo has remained the worst). Ever since my forced upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1, my Vaio is way too slow, & Revo can't seem to 'see' half the stuff Windows uninstaller can 'see' & vice versa.

I was gonna try IObit - only because it was used in a YouTube video I used to successfully fix Firefox on an old Acer (running XP) that Revo very recently basically destroyed (I was trying to update it for a friend/make some room).
SO my main question is re: the Revo review & comment after UNHAPPY FACE: "Can remove other unrelated files with disastrous consequences..."

Since it's #1-ish - is there another free one you would recommend that's Revo-ish without the "...disastrous consequences..." for someone that doesn't know which files to save or put back & more 64-bit friendly? THANK YOU!

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Google Removes 'View Image' Button from Google Image Search (and what you can do about it) 3 years 1 week ago scribbler

Thanks for this..just installed the addon in Firefox..didn't work. So I installed the Greasemonkey script..that doesn't work either..even after restarting FF..still only just getting "Vist" and "Share" to the right of each image I view after a search on Google.

I don't see how it's something on my end, as both the script and the addon installed without issue and both confirmed as being installed..maybe Google has done something..I don't know. Is anyone else having this issue..or does anyone one know how to sort this out for me?

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Download Music From Soundcloud for Free 1 year 7 months ago scribbler

SoundCloud DOES have a download feature, that can be "turned on" by the artist when they upload their tracks. Basically, from what I've read here, this program is meant to bypass that feature..meaning it's encouraging people to "Steal" the very tracks which an artist doesn't want to be downloaded..and that's their right..it's their work after all.

Basically, if a person turns on "Download" on their track, then that's cool..but "ripping" other peoples work without their permission, when they only intended that work to be listened to and not downloaded, isn't really supportive of the artist in question and more than a little selfish on the pat of the person doing the ripping. We're basically talking about theft here.

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Back Up Gmail to Your PC for Free 1 year 6 months ago scribbler

Thanks for this..a very handy tool to have. One thing though..it says here up to 5 GB on the free plan, but on their site, it says you only get 3 GB..thought it worth mentioning.

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Five Useful Tips and Tweaks to Make Windows 10 Run Better 5 years 4 months ago scrockett

Thanks for the tip!

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 5 years 3 months ago scrockett

I have been using a site called "Pin IT". I will try Lightshot and let you know how it works for me.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 6 years 1 month ago scrppr

I picked Backerupper because of ratings. I was given a newer tower with win 7 and 500gb HD from a local business if I built the new tower and moved the software over. I picked AOMEI because I had never cloned before. I could not get the system clone to work fast so I picked the disk clone. It wouldn't boot. Nether would the partition clone. Did a backup of the system and fixed it. Now the new drive is 3tb. I can only get 2 to work. I could format the drive to GPT but can I clone onto GPT from NTFS? I have been looking for how to change from EFI to UEFI and the 3TB drive won't boot now and won't fix with win 7 install disk. I have been studying to take my comptia+ but it isn't helping me much with this.

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Best Free Wi-Fi Network Finder Utility 3 years 1 month ago Scruffy

Has anyone tried Acrylic Wi-Fi for Home? It's free to use:

https://www.acrylicwifi.com/en/downloads/download-wifi-scanner-windows/

Or how about LizardSystem Wi-Fi Scanner?

https://lizardsystems.com/wi-fi-scanner/

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 6 years 1 month ago scuri

AUDACITY is a 32-bit application! (it will run under 64-bit Windows, but the application is not native 64-bit!). Please correct this. Thx.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 6 years 1 day ago scuri

Thx for your advice! Freeware, multiplatform and at first glance powerful and userfriendly.

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Best Free Windows 64-bit Software 5 years 6 months ago scuri

Sorry, but Audacity has no 64-bit version yet, but for linux. So, would you be so kind to add a download link for a WINDOWS 64-bit version?

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Best Free PDF Tools - General 7 years 22 hours ago scuttle613

I regularly merge a lot of PDFs into various files and have found PDF Redirect to be the easiest to use, mainly because of the thumbnail views of the files being merged.

http://www.exp-systems.com/

Also, it keeps the list of files after merging. If you need to change one of the files, or add or delete files, it's easy to regenerate the merge.

This program apparently hasn't been updated for a while (I could suggest features) but it's surely worth an honorable mention.

Irfanview with the plugins and with Ghostscript installed can also merge PDFs.

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Stream and Listen to the Music You Love 5 years 7 months ago scuttle613

It seems that right now Deezer not yet available to these United States of America. It's taking "invitations" rather actual registrations.

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Play Hundreds Of Retro Console Games For Free 6 years 3 months ago sdbenjamin

Just note though that some of the games are definitely not for children- check first mums and dads- the second one I looked at was labeled in the description as pornographic?!

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An Introduction and a Quick Guide to Sandboxie 6 years 11 months ago sdebo

Different users will need different features. In my case I found the article very useful and will try sandboxie as it matches what I was looking for. Thank you.

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Best Free File Comparison Utility 6 years 11 months ago sdion

Hi

I'm looking for a software that compares text files and considered the following 2 files as equals:

File "A":
bla bla

File "B":
bla
bla

It needs to highlights any others differences.

I still didn't find, yet, any software (free or paid) that has this feature!

I'm willing to use *nix alternative if there is no windows solution.

Thanks in advance

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Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic eBooks Online 5 years 1 week ago Sdreiling

Unfortunately ereaderperkshas been taken down.

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See What Flux Does, Then Get The Update 3 years 4 months ago sdsester

Good article and probably helpful if reading or writing text, viewing spreadsheet data, etc. However the standard for viewing and evaluating color either onscreen or in physical form is 6500K (further gamma tweaked if your monitor allows). For physical reflected pieces you also need a full spectrum light source with a color rendering index (CRI) of 90-100 to be accurate.

Changing your monitor temperature can greatly alter the color of images you are viewing.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

Ahem sad  .... link missing for QuiteRSS? I find no external URL.

And ... the system requirements for QuiteRSS (the system requirements are usually posted to the right of the 'gear' icon) are also AWOL ....  crying

Half a dozen places in the Description, and in the Text at the bottom in the list: it is referred to as "QuietRSS". So, is it "QuietRSS" or "QuiteRSS"?

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

Thank you: for donating the time to help keep this place running!

And I found a little poll here: http://quiterss.org/en/quiterss-for-other-os quite informal - asking what other RSS readers you might have used. I noted that RSSOwl is in the lead, with Feed Demon a few points behind. (As a Macintosh OS X user - RSSOwl is the one I use ... and RSSOwl is listed as the Best RSS Reader For Macintosh systems in the Free Mac Software List.)

One of the readers comments below noted that with RSSOwl "you can use the middle mouse button to open the news in an external browser" ....

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac


Not that much out there for Macintosh Users ... and besides: Macintosh COMES with Java (It is integrated into the OS as a development layer.).

PS check for Typos again ... I see "QuiteqRSS" and 2 "QuietRSS" leftover in your review ... (Proofreading is NOT my day job: Dyslexia is a part of my Autism Spectrum disorder ... and I easily get QuietRSS and QuiteRSS scrambled up.)

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Best Free Rootkit Scanner and Remover 5 years 3 months ago Sea Mac

Kaspersky TDSSKiller has moved (Your links go to: 404)

http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/5350

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Best Free Computer Chess 5 years 2 months ago Sea Mac

You are Correct: Sigma Chess is no more.

But SCIDvsMac https://sourceforge.net/projects/scidvspc

and DreamChess http://dreamchess.org/downloads.html

are 2 of the many remaining Chess games for Mac OS X still working ...

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Best Free PC Games 5 years 1 month ago Sea Mac I edited out the 2 dead links on "Abe Lincoln Must Die" in the "Best Free Interactive Fiction Game - Graphic Adventure / Point 'n Click" category. I replaced them both with working links. view
Best Free PC Games 3 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac

Java Fabled Lands is a Java Based computer adaption of the first 6 Fabled Lands books. Belongs in Best Free Interactive Fiction Game - Text Based / Narrative category.

http://flapp.sourceforge.net/

These 7 "Print" books - the first 6 of which make up this java adaptation / interactive game - are like the "Fighting Fantasy" or "Choose Your Own Adventure" BOOKS - Your real time choices actually change the game itself: and influence the Outcome! I've been stuck in there for 7 years now: and it doesn't look like I'll escape any year soon.

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Best Free PC Games 3 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac

The game "Blue Lacuna" is GONE ... redirects someplace else

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Best Free PC Games 3 months 2 weeks ago Sea Mac

TAGAP3 (The Apocalyptic Game About Penguins #3) is a Windows 2-D platformer shoot-em-up sequel to TAGAP/TAGAP2

https://www.tagap.net/tagap3.htm

TAGAP3 Continues the Story Arc of TAGAP / TAGAP2 ...




2006 –IAU ridicules Pluto by revoking its planetary status
2015 –NASA's New Horizons probe tries to spy on Pluto
20XX –Planet Pluto responds


And that response is a declaration of war. The only thing standing in between the approaching space penguin army and the unsuspecting Earth is one cyber-penguin, Pablo. Of course, thanks to their Prophet, the Pluto Conclave knows this – and Pablo is thrown into a prison cell before he has any idea of what's going on.

Now, stranded in a prison cell on an alien world, Pablo has to escape, save the world and somehow get back home.

Oh, and in TAGAP 3 You are Pablo. Good luck!

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Best Free PC Games 3 months 1 week ago Sea Mac

Streets of rage Remake .... appears to be gone. There is just a graphic left. sad

LittleFighter2 - not Supported past Windows 7 ....

Lugaru - Costs $10 - Only a Free DEMO Game ...

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac

Golden Axe myth is gone ...

so is Blue Lacuna.

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Best Free PC Games 2 months 2 weeks ago Sea Mac

No Trace of Duel Toys 2, The Black heart, or Super Cosplay War Ultra can be found ...

And the correct download link for Golden Axe Myth should be:

https://archive.org/download/Golden_Axe_Myth/Golden_Axe_Myth.7z

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Best Free iPad Apps 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

For the category of  Best Free Calculator for iPad I would recommend this one

Calculator Free for iPad

As it has 60 digits of precision available - as well as multiple free skins to download!

itms://itunes.apple.com/us/app/calculator-free-for-ipad/id430271248?mt=8
 
Calculator Free for iPad by MobArts
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Best Free iPad Apps 5 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

Oh, I hate to see "Candy Crush Saga", or ANY Game by "King" for that matter, listed as a "Free Game" when they are cleverly designed to Make you PAY for virtual Items - power ups like "Gummy Fish" for instance - without which you can't advance very quickly, if at all! I refuse to even start on games that require you to buy intangibles in order to compete with the long time players who already have them! I have better things to spend cash on, like, say: a Gizmos T-Shirt or Cap (hint, hint.)

I'll tell you about a GOOD Free "Swap to make 3-in-a-row" game that runs a lot longer than "King" Branded games & doesn't have any required in game purchases: it's called "Moon Jewels". 

Moon Jewels - Match 3 Puzzle Game by MIKHAIL BORBOT

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/moon-jewels-match-3-puzzle/id928856320?mt=8

 
270 Levels and absolutely NO in App Purchases available At ALL! Isn't that refreshing?
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Best Free iPad Apps 5 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

For the category of Best Free Image Editor for iPad" I recommend Lidow photo editor.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lidow-photo-editor/id894532288?mt=8

Description:
layout/grid /collage、Square/no crop for instagram、blur、color splash、mirror、Filter、light leak、lens flare、texture,share photo for instagram、Facebook、whatsapp、snapchat etc.The magical app of Photo Editor to create beautiful and amazing photo,It's Lidow:let you become different,make you unique!
No In-App purchases!

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 7 years 1 month ago Sea Mac Thank you for the suggestions. I'll add them to this category in the next few edits. view
Best Free Software for Mac OS 6 years 2 months ago Sea Mac Thank You. I will remove it. view
Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 11 months ago Sea Mac I think so ... but I do not use an iPad or Apple "Mail", myself. Here is how I would theoretically proceed: 1. Get them all in a group. Arrange their sorting order so as to get as many spam messages in a contiguous block as is possible - hopefully they are all marked as junk and you can sort by junk status. You can arrange to sort them by clicking on the tops of the various columns (sender email address/junk status/date/subject/ ... and so on) - which will regroup them by sender or subject ... or whatever. 2. Bulk delete shortcuts On my Mac Desktop I can "Select" a large contiguous block of files in the finder - or messages in my email client (or in quite a few other Mac programs) in one of two ways: Drag Select ... where you hold the left mouse button down while drawing a rectangle that encloses JUST the items you want ... OR Select the first message of the block you want deleted - then HOLD DOWN the Shift Key and click on the last message of the block you want deleted: that selects all messages between the first and last ones. Then click Delete. Go get the iPad Manual: https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1595/en_US/ipad_user_guide... and check page 55 Please. "Delete, move, or mark multiple messages. While viewing a list of messages, tap Edit. Select some messages, then choose an action. If you make a mistake, shake iPad immediately to undo." view
Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 10 months ago Sea Mac Yes, the latest version from the Apple App store DOES cost money .... HOWEVER ... the last free version of Xee - 2.2 - is still freely available, and DOES seem to still work on Mac OS X 10.9.5 ... at least it launched when I tested it, and all of the pieces appeared to be there ... I'm putting it BACK ... it is still of use. "The Last Free Version" is still good enough. view
Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 10 months ago Sea Mac Hey, Hey! Only a Year Late ... Thank you for the GREAT Suggestion! view
Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

Apparently this is a 'Yes, BUT ....' program with hidden catches to it ... I'll list it here: BUT with a few caveats.

First thing upon launch: "Phocus wants to access my contacts.". Well. I cannot think of a legitimate purpose that a big camera company (that only has very wealthy clients) would want the name/address/number/department/ETC of everyone I know (presumably all of their wealthy clients never think twice and freely share this information?) - but I can think of several purposes they might use this information for that I might be unhappy about at a later time.

So, NO: they do not get permission from the system to access my contacts - denied! 

Then this sneaky program tries to "call home" anyway: behind your back! Thank goodness for "Little Snitch" (I have purchased) warning me about bad activities tried over my internet connection!

Now, there are legitimate reasons a program might want to call home: to check for a newer version of itself is the common usage. But a good developer always warns you, with a prompt or two ... something to the effect of "AnyAPP would like to check for updates. (You must be connected to the internet to continue.)" {CANCEL} { OK } before it snatches at your internet connection, and sometimes the part in parenthesis is in a separate notifier box with {CONTINUE} instead of { OK }.

Having already tried to grab up all my contacts personal information: NOW Phocus will try to transmit information through my internet connection without me noticing it - until it is too late. What say you 'Little Snitch'? DENIED!!!!! Do NOT let Phocus call home, I said.

Now Phocus insists I register it - with my Hasselblad camera serial number, and a whole long user profile - 'for support purposes' (marketing support ... I'll bet): good thing there is a {LATER} Button: or I'd have quit checking this software out and given a failing grade to it right then. It will nag you regularly to register it, you bet!

Finally I get to the Welcome dialog. I checked the program out. It is "Adobe Photoshop" complicated in there: just the way I like it. Seems like well written code - just that it acts snoopy without permission. IF you trust Hasselblad will not snoop through your computer for data: go ahead and install this "Free Download" program.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

Thank you for all the useful suggestions .... but a few of your suggestions are old programs that no longer even launch on Mac OS 10.7 or later, or won't work properly on any recent Mac OS.

Take "Juice", from 2005, for example: it won't even launch!

Or your suggestion for "Burn" - which quits in the middle of a Burn - and is no longer supported by the developer: I removed that from this list 2 weeks ago! (and commented on its removal - so no one would suggest it again - in the editor's forum: in a thread with the words Mac and Gory in the title ... please read it?)

And thank you for all the suggested games. But I don't happen to have a spare year handy in which to check to see if they are still working on Mac OS 10.9 ... nor to even post the 100 games in the "Merry Christmas" list I made (in the "Recent Finds" section in the editors forum) - that I know still work because I pre-tested them out FOR Christmas! This is my first time online this week ... my real life has become way too busy to allow me any time online to post new things ANYWHERE.

Pile 'em On!!! But I will not be posting new stuff until I've checked the whole existing list and removed all the posted things that don't work any longer (like Burn). And that's not going to be soon if I only get 3 hours online a week - only by getting up super early at 4 AM some day ....

After I check the existing things on the list to see if they still work, and weed out the remaining non-functional items, then - and only then - will I start weeding out any non-functioning suggestions and adding them to the list. I seem to be the only editor here with a Macintosh - and half of my friends own Macs too - so it falls on me to see if they still work before they are posted. It is a big responsibility ... and weeks of continuous non-stop working just to test the remaining ones ... and I have less time for the internet now than ever before (I'm not liking the fact I can't be here as much as I wish to be ... ).

My hour is up .... see you next week.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

No, it is my bad for failing to list Burn BY NAME in my editing list ... I'm just getting done spanking myself over it in the editors forum. Mea Culpa!!!

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

Yes, those suggestions ... and then I have Another List to dig through (leave that one to me, Please)!

After I get done posting those 100 Games I stored away for later in "Recent Finds", that is ....

And I'll be posting new things for a long time to come .... 

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

("Wait here. I'll Be Back." - Arnold S.)

I'll be back ...

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 8 months ago Sea Mac

No. This entry is a bad joke.

There IS NO Macintosh Binary for this APP! You expect my typical reader to Download the Source package/Check the Hashes to see it hasn't been tampered with/Compile this to MAKE a binary copy/Start the compiled App in the Terminal - all for a Command Line program with NO GUI?

I, myself, have never compiled a package to MAKE a Program: and I do NOT expect my readers to do things I cannot. And I do not use command line programs: you must remember a whole bunch of complicated command line sequences and be a good touch typist as well. Frankly, that stuff went out with DOS 5.0: And I do not care to revisit those days. Programs I will use have Menus and can be controlled with a pointing device: like a mouse, or trackpad, or trackball. And my readers expect the same.

Please, in the future do not post any program as a suggestion for this list for which you must compile your own binary! And, I would highly dissuade you from suggesting anymore command line programs: Because I do not intend to post them unless they really fulfill a critical function that no other program (With a GUI) can match. I want the 10 minutes of my life, that it took me to check this useless entry, Back!

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 5 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

Happy Holidays to you ALL. I've updated the games page with a LOT of new stuff.  (And almost all of those new games will play on Windows or Linux systems also!)

Numpty Physics may need an alternate download link For MAC Users. Here it is: Numpty Physics.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 year 11 months ago Sea Mac

Color Picker has been replaced by a different Mac App Store app called "Color Note" and a NEW Color Picker called "Just Color Picker" has been added. "Just Color Picker" works for Mac OS X, Or Windows Systems.

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Workspace - Tips and Tricks for Mac OS 6 years 11 months ago Sea Mac Yeah ... let me at it .... 15 years of Mac OS secrets rotting in my attic of a head. Best to air 'em all out ... see which ones are still workable ... view
Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 5 years 11 months ago Sea Mac The Best FREE Video Downloader for Mac OS X (And I believe for Windows and Linux Too) is the 4K Video Downloader ( https://www.4kdownload.com/products/product-videodownloader ) ... the Free Version is totally useable: you may use it to download a video file from ANY Site. (The Only feature the Pro version has, that the free version does not, is the ability to download a whole playlist - with a single click - IF the playlist has more than 24 movies in it. If a Playlist has 24 or less movies you CAN download them ALL - in one click - with either version ... ) view
Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 7 years 1 month ago Sea Mac You may already know of this site: The University of Virgina has a VERY OLD, and now abandoned in place, library of selected Hypertexts ... a few of which are good reads. The link is old, and very obscure: I saw some DUST fall off when I first clicked on it! http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/main.html (Darn I hate to see a project RUSTING in cyberspace like this .... :( ) When WAS that page last updated, anyway? I suspect it originated about the era of Windows 3.1 ~~~~~ 'cause that URL is very 'DOS like' .... view
Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 7 years 1 month ago Sea Mac Ooooopps! Found its Great-grandchildren: VIRGO: http://search.lib.virginia.edu/catalog Virgo Classic: http://virgo.lib.virginia.edu/cgi-local/opac.pl?element=60/1315/X&level=... view
The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

Very useful article, Jojo! I recently got an iPad Mini 3 as a gift from my brother and it all still checks out on iOS 8.4.1.

wink Now: could you please provide a PDF version of these tips - that we could save into the iBooks App for offline  reference? 

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

I don't see it.  The links I see are:   

 

 

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 5 years 5 months ago Sea Mac

Excellent! The only problem I see is with the title of the PDF ... And the apostrophe in it ...

Gizmo's Freeware - The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] - 2015-09-23

which shows up as ' I would suggest you leave the apostrophe out of PDF titles ...

I saved this article to my iBooks library: Thank you!

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The Best iPad Tips and Tricks [Updated for iOS 7 to 9] 5 years 4 months ago Sea Mac

I had to troubleshoot an unresponsive iPad Mini 3 yesterday and was stumped. It was still under 90 days warranty so I called Apple on it.

I'd TRIED to "Reboot your iPad" as per your article ... but the "Slide to Power Off" slider itself was unresponsive! Apple refers to this procedure as "Restarting your iPad" in the manual. I was unable to restart my friend's iPad: and was STUMPED!

The Apple technician instructed me how to "Reset the iPad": and it brought an otherwise "Dead" iPad Mini 3 back to full use! I thought I knew enough to fix up all of my friends iPhones and iPads already ... with just 2 months of using one under my belt ... but this 'lifesaving' tip was unknown to me!

You try to "Reset" your iOS device JUST Before you take it in for repairs ... we were resigned to taking his dead iPad into the Apple Store for repairs the next day. (it was unable to slide anything to unlock, or power down: but Siri was still alive - and the Screen Shot of the unresponsive Lock Screen worked.)

AFTER I'd learned of it, from the Apple Tech, over the phone: I hunted for it in the Manual - and I found it on Page 455!

I Copy/Paste the page - new tips - you need to add to this article!!!

Restart or Reset iPad
If something isn’t working right, try restarting iPad, forcing an app to quit, or resetting iPad.

Restart iPad. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the slider appears. Slide your finger across the slider to turn off iPad. To turn iPad back on, hold down the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.

Force an app to quit. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPad for a few seconds until a red slider appears, then hold down the Home button until the app closes.

If you can’t turn off iPad or if the problem continues, you may need to reset iPad. Do this only if you’re unable to restart iPad.

Reset iPad. Hold down the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

You can reset the word dictionary, network settings, home screen layout, and location warnings. You can also erase all of your content and settings.”

Excerpt From: Apple Inc. “iPad User Guide For iOS 9.” Page 455 - iBooks. https://itun.es/us/U4OT9.l

NOW I feel I'm up to fixing any problem my friends may have with their iOS devices!! So, Please add "Forcing an App to Quit." and "Resetting your iPad." to your tips and Please rename your "Rebooting your iPad." section to "Restarting your iPad." ...

I Hope this Helps!!!

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Get A Disposable, Secure Email Address On Demand. For Free. 6 years 10 months ago Sea Mac I use the FireFox Add-on called "DoNotTrackMe" which does the same thing as MaskMe. I can keep getting emails from the senders as long as I wish to, or choose to block any further forwards from them at any time. view
Jovial Notepad Gets An Update 6 years 4 months ago Sea Mac Here are a few suggestions: Notepad X Notepad X is an alternative open source text editor for Microsoft Windows http://notepad-x.sourceforge.net/ ____________________________________________________________________________ Notepad++ is also a good one: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm ____________________________________________________________________________ AkelPad - is an open source editor for plain text. It is designed to be a small and fast. http://akelpad.sourceforge.net/en/index.php ____________________________________________________________________________ PSPad is a well-known freeware editor among Microsoft Windows users: http://www.fosshub.com/PSPad.html ____________________________________________________________________________ EditPad Lite is a general-purpose text editor, too! http://www.editpadlite.com/ ____________________________________________________________________________ ATPad is a simple Notepad replacement written in pure C and Windows API http://atpad.sourceforge.net/ I hope this helps!!! PS .NET 4 framework is required for Jovial ... since you asked. view
How to Get Rid of the Ads on the Firefox New Tab Page 5 years 11 months ago Sea Mac I'm a "Me, too". I had to stop using Firefox at Firefox #29: and I KNOW they have shot themselves in the foot ... ADs Added are just further proof that they are struggling NOW. On their way to Full-On AdWare ... a little step at a time. I, too, eagerly await the day Firefox is no More! view
Pixar Renderman. Was $1300. Now Free. 5 years 11 months ago Sea Mac Quote: Compatibility RenderMan® version 19 is supported on the following: 64-bit Mac OS X® Intel Compatible with 10.9, 10.8 & 10.7 ___________________________________________________________ 64-bit Linux® Compatible with gcc 4.4.5 and glibc 2.12 or higher ___________________________________________________________ 64-bit Windows® Compatible with Windows 8 and Windows 7 ___________________________________________________________ More Details: http://renderman.pixar.com/view/non-commercial-renderman Ayam ( http://ayam.sourceforge.net/download.html ) is a free open source cross platform modeling program - but I do not know if it, or Blender are supported ... view
My New Favourite Network-Fiddling Tool 5 years 11 months ago Sea Mac They are actually twins ... you might want to get the twin that is right for you ... There is the SoftPerfect Network Protocol Analyzer - A Free network sniffer for Windows Over Here: https://www.softperfect.com/products/networksniffer/ And, bunking in the next room is the SoftPerfect Network Scanner: "SoftPerfect Network Scanner is a free multi-threaded IPv4/IPv6 scanner with a modern interface and many advanced features. It is intended for both system administrators and general users interested in computer security. The program pings computers, scans for listening TCP/UDP ports and discovers shared folders, including system and hidden ones. In addition, it can can retrieve practically any information about network computers via WMI, SNMP, HTTP, NetBios and a bunch of other features. It can also resolve host names and auto-detect the local and external IP address range. To assist with network administration, it supports remote shutdown and Wake-On-LAN. " https://www.softperfect.com/products/networkscanner/ Why: they're like Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee! view
DVD Authoring Software That's Open Source And Free 5 years 9 months ago Sea Mac

Try this link for the FREE Original version ...

https://sourceforge.net/projects/dvdflick/files/dvdflick/DVD%20Flick%201...

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Planetarium. Explore The Sky From Your Desk. 5 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

Both Celesta and Stellarium work on Linux, Windows, or Mac OS X platforms!

Best Free Planetarium Software for Mac OS   Check them both out.

Stellarium is actually used in Planetariums and can be used to make an excellent home built one.

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Google Is Changing Where Ads Appear In Google Search 5 years 2 days ago Sea Mac

Try the SeaMonkey Suite instead! http://www.seamonkey-project.org/

The search box built into the browser's button bar has 4 default search engines (And you can add many many more): DuckDuckGo / Google / Yahoo! / and WikiPedia. I used the Google engine all the time: but I'm switching to DuckDuckGo for my default search engine now.

(Click) Switching default search engines just took me 3 seconds - I now use DuckDuckGo! Select the default engine from the search box itself. Oh, Yeah: those extensions that Firefox is killing off .... SeaMonkey STILL Supports them!!! https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/seamonkey/

 

(I’m SURE Mozilla is embarrassed by the fact the SeaMonkey Suite still looks and acts like the original Netscape Communicator Suite but uses modern Firefox code/themes/Plug-Ins/and extensions under the hood. There are no links to SeaMonkey anywhere on Mozilla's site! It's Mozilla's rebellious unwanted stepchild with better features than [even] Chrome! )

Check out the built in Data Manager. EVERY browser should have ALL of the data in one spot - like this - rather than having to crawl all over a bunch of tabs, in the options, to find all these settings. The best browser no one knows about.

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Microsoft's Clip Layer Lets You Copy Text From Any Screen On Android 4 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

Yes, I have been using ArsClip Mini for months now. I like its 'favorites' features. Remember to enable the ArsClip Mini Service in Settings ---> Accessability.

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An End-of-year Thank-you from Gizmo 4 years 1 month ago Sea Mac

You all are like Family to me: And so I wish you and yours a blessed and Prosperous 2017.

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Keep All Your Passwords Safe With KeePass 4 years 3 days ago Sea Mac

I used to use KeePass Safe, but now I use Password Gorilla ( http://www.zdia.de/downloads/gorilla/ ). It is cross-platform for Linux/Windows/and Mac OS X - Source Code available.

I find it to be more useful. You can organize passwords into groups (For Instance: "Web Sites" / "Mobile devices Logins" / "Network Logins" / "MySQL Database passwords" / "Desktop APPs") - and sort on the groups, generate passwords with several options, edit, and add comments to passwords. You can even merge two databases together, which function I use to quickly update older databases, with the latest passwords in the newest database. The Database Merge function also has a comprehensive Conflict Resolving scheme.

The built in help is very detailed. Please, do check it out! I hope you find it as useful as I have found it.   C. Mc.

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Keep All Your Passwords Safe With KeePass 4 years 3 days ago Sea Mac

Yeah, my bad. I removed "Android" from the list of platforms supported after I saw this: https://github.com/zdia/gorilla/wiki/Gorilla-for-Android

https://github.com/zdia/gorilla/wiki/Gorilla-for-Android-(GUI) (It is still a work in progress.)

It is one of the better 'free password safe' offerings for Mac OS X users, though. (If not the Best.)

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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

Sounds like Mac Users could use either "PlayOnMac" https://www.playonmac.com/en/ or "Winebottler" http://winebottler.kronenberg.org/downloads to try to run this "Windows ONLY" Application.

If they download JUST the Games themselves (As .SWF Files) ... I play all of my SWF games, on my Mac, with "iSwiff" https://echoone.com/iswiff/ ... which you will want to go get and install, NOW, before Adobe pulls the plug on the format. (Get all 103 GB of games and see which ones "launch" ... I'll bet you'll be busy for a while.)

Linux Users COULD Try out "PlayOnLinux" https://www.playonlinux.com/en to see if Flashpoint works under it. (You probably need the MONO Framework, also.)

I hope this Helps!!! C. Mc.

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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

For years you've helped Me out, and saved my bacon, with your good suggestions. So, I'm honored that I dragged something in that was useful to YOU,  just this once.

But now I'm curious ... what OS are you running? And which of those suggestions was the winner, as far as you were concerned? (I'm on OS X 10.12.6 and "iSwiff" is one of those sweet little 'hidden gems' that I like so much - gotta share that one with my buddies!)

In the future, when you are posting "Windows Only" programs, feel free to add mentions of "Winebottler", and those two "PlayOn ..." Applications: so those of us that are "Windows challenged" might have a shot at using them anyway. This Mac Freeware Category has 3 such choices: https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/best-free-software-mac-os.htm?p...

Mind you, none of those 3 are "perfect" emulators on the Mac (Nor are "Wine" and "PlayOnLinux" perfect emulators on Linux) ... there are going to be SOME programs that just won't work under them. But it sure gives us "Think Different" types a SHOT at getting the program to work for US!

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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

I tried to get Flashpoint 6 running with "PlayOnMac". I got as far as the "Read Me" and gave up.

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Notices
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Flashpoint runs a web and proxy server on your computer, changing your computer's proxy settings in order to send web games through our server for the purpose of defeating sitelocks, loading files and playing games. This will redirect web traffic that is not related to Flashpoint through our server while Flashpoint is running. While we do not gather, track or use web data passed through our server, other traffic may be negatively affected or stopped while it runs through our server. If you do not consent to this, do not use Flashpoint. If you use a system proxy on your computer already, we suggest backing up your proxy settings before using Flashpoint. We include the source code to our Redirector program in the Flashpoint FPSoftware/Redirector folder, and the web server is unmodified Apache, PHP and SQLite with a few custom scripts, and you are welcome to browse through them to ensure we aren't using your data for nefarious purposes.

No, I really didn't want all of my web traffic going through their servers ... I would choose something else instead. (I'll Tell.)

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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

I would just download all 3,000+ SWF files in one massive folder and use

Swiff Player

https://www.globfx.com/products/swfplayer/

to play them ... and HOPE that it keeps on using the LAST version Flash Plugin ... forever ...

just as I hope that iSwiff on the Mac does the Same.

(Or I'm gonna miss these games. My Flash Experiences go as far back as "Radiskull and Devil Doll" - from 20 Years Ago ... back when Amazon was still learning to sell books online. Those were Heady days.)
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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

Couldn't get it running on "Sierra" using "PlayOnMac" ...

I DID get the Flashpoint 6 Folder INTO the PlayOnMac "C:/" Drive, though. I MIGHT have gotten it to run but I read the "Read Me" first: and decided not to graft another head onto my shoulders ... (we might argue).

Just get the .swf Game Files themselves from the Flashpoint web site and use "iSwiff" https://echoone.com/iswiff/

 ... on Mac Systems
 
or "Swiff Player" https://www.globfx.com/products/swfplayer/ , for Windows Boxes, to play 'Em.

 

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Download Flash Games to Play on Your Desktop Before Flash Disappears in 2020 1 year 9 months ago Sea Mac

Yeah, the thrill of getting carpet bombed with the latest version of AOL Online (2.7) on an 800 KB Dual Sided "Floppy" disk (The first of their kind that weren't ACTUALLY Floppy) ... so that you could move up from a 600 Baud BBS to a "Real" online provider at 14.4K Baud (Dialup, of Course.) ... these Whippersnappers will never know it ... .

(I still vividly remember the Fax-Like buzzing it made as it was "Handshaking" the connection [Think 'R2D2 Cursing' ... ] - It's probably just PTSD from it.)

We've both been online since Jesus was a little boy, Huh?

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An Amazing Act of Generosity 3 months 1 week ago Sea Mac

Glad to chip in a few more bucks! What Ronnie said goes for me also.

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Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 years 1 month ago Sea Mac I donated $ a small bit ... I'm a senior on a fixed income. Instead: I'm donating hours per week as an editor - that's the only way I can truly support this fine site. I pay my own hosting costs too: and actually dread any of my sites going viral ... I have fixed bandwidth per month and I'd be off the net early each month for the rest of the month! So I know how important paying the servers on time IS ... And Best Wishes to this site and all who work and visit here ... Namaste, Sea Mac view
Thank You for Donating 4 months 2 days ago Sea Mac

I wish I could have donated ten times as much - and made it an automatic monthly donation, also. I value this site As Much as I value archive.org !

{I confess: I have been spending more time at archive.org lately than I have been spending here (where's that embarrassed emoji ☺️ ?) - but while that place feels like a vast library of [millions of] wonders ... it is THIS site that feels like a Cozy HOME to me. And though prodigal I may be ... it is to here that my heart (and eventually, my sorry azz) always returns - and I always feel as welcomed again, as the proverbial prodigal one, when I do return.}

Please keep up the good work, everyone!!!!

PS I recommend Ad Nauseum extension - it clicks on every ad on every page (in the background) so that the click counts - causing an "Impression" that means the Ad gets paid to the Site. This also 'Munges the HECK' out of your 'ad trail' ... and adds EVERY Subject - to your "liked Ads" profile ... ruining by 'flooding' ... their carefully built profile of 'your liked ads' - what advertising you have clicked upon.

https://adnauseam.io/

Open Source - and if your site has ads on any page: AdNauseam WILL Click on them for you. The "Anti" Ad Blocker ... it eats EVERY One for breakfast (I swear one site had rotating ads ... and it eventually clicked on several hundred for THEM).

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Thank You for Donating 4 months 2 days ago Sea Mac

Thank you Jojo! Stupid beginners mistake (Or Typo) from someone who has been here 12 years.

LOL!  Someday I might get the hang of these newfangled electrical devices.

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Thank You for Donating 3 months 1 week ago Sea Mac

There is a companion extension to AdNauseum (AN), called TrackMeNot (TMN) - that does the same thing, basically, to Search Engine Tracking. They are made by the same developer - with the same purpose - to give you a way to fight back (Passive-Aggressive ... tweak their nose a bit ... ).

https://adnauseam.io   <---- according to this page they are PROUD that Chrome banned them! (Must have Tweaked their nose pretty hard: to get banned. LOL!!!) Darned 'Ankle Biters' drew Blood ... Ha-ha-ha!!!! It validates the AN extension's idea ... kinda proves it works ... and annoyed Google enough: that it tried to swat them the way We would swat a pesky Fly. (FAIL)

https://github.com/dhowe/AdNauseam/wiki/Install-AdNauseam-on-Chrome-With... <---- and clearly have a way to shove it into Google anyway ... Yeah: Google HATES it!!!!

https://trackmenot.io/index.html <---- I am surprised Chrome has not gotten around to banning this one also: Same Developer!!

https://trackmenot.io/faq.html

My 'search history', and the 'ads I've clicked on' list, are thoroughly poisoned beyond their repairing now ... I'd rather corrupt what they intend to collect - than try to stop them from collecting it in the first place (good luck with THAT).

(I'm so pleased to see that Google TRIED to keep the AN extension OUT Of Chrome. Thanks for pointing that out ... knowing about it makes my day. You are right ... it is a GOOD Omen - for Us. I'll bet that the TMN extension isn't in the Chrome extension store either.)

I use Firefox: with both the AN, AND The TMN extensions ... and the default Firefox "anti-Fingerprint" protections switched on ... I sleep well at night. ("I'm not the WO-man they think I am, at all, no no ... " [Rocket Man] )

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Thank You for Donating 3 months 1 week ago Sea Mac

Glad to chip in a few more bucks! We WOULD Like to know what your fundraising target is, though.

This site is worthy, and beloved. You'll get it: whatever you need. A 'march of dimes' heads your way.

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Google Chrome 4 years 4 months ago Sea Mac

Chrome NO LONGER has a large selection of extensions! It has made that whole paragraph about how great the extensions are into fiction.

WORSE: Chrome ONCE Again has problems viewing web sites that other browsers have no problem with. Specifically, any sites with Silverlight, or Unity, or Java, or any of the OTHER Common web standards supported by NPAPI Plugins, are no longer viewable in Chrome.  And they are ALL recommending, right on their front pages, that you switch to IE11 Or Safari At ONCE.

I removed Chrome from my system: without NPAPI Plugins or JAVA it is useless and crippled. Time to re-rate this now failed and ONCE Useful Application ... isn't it?

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Web of Trust (WOT) 4 years 1 day ago Sea Mac

They are no longer operating - their assets have been sold! Their Browser Plugin is no longer available and is no longer supported.

https://www.mywot.com/en/forum/70818-to-the-wot-community

http://www.pcworld.com/article/3139814/software/web-of-trust-browser-ext...

https://steveshank.com/cgi-bin/article.pl?aid=679

http://www.pcmag.com/news/349328/web-of-trust-browser-extension-cannot-b...

In light of this, is Gizmo's still using this as their #1 choice for filter against "Bad Web Sites"?  C. Mc.

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Tails 3.5 Released. The Ultimate Free OS For Privacy. 3 years 3 weeks ago sea siren

No expert here either, but anonymity is a choice. Those concerned with privacy know how to preserve it, especially torrent users. Education is key. With the way the future is looking, I would suggest to any and everyone, educate yourself about how to be or become anonymous on the Internet, how to get off the radar. I don't think their goal is to keep the program private, but to provide a way to BE private, for those who seek it.

And Rob, thank you for this post. I find it extremely valuable and appreciate it. I have learned much from this site over the years. This is the first time I have posted. It's also the first time I felt I knew enough about the topic to say anything.

Thanks for the opportunity, dlines!!

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A Fond Farewell From Me 2 years 10 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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The Endless, Free, Online Newspaper 6 years 4 months ago seaboyd

Don't like it either. It appears that what you see is what you get for news?? Don't like the sideways! If you want a GOOD FREE page of NEWS from around the globe, sports and whatever tiopic you want it is GOOGLE NEWS! https://news.google.com/ You can set up where you want new from, what subjects etc etc when you get to Google News there is a cogged wheel symbol in top left corner. CLick on that and set whatever your heart desires!

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Still My Favourite Free Office Software Suite 4 years 2 months ago seahound88

For over a decade, the Calvinist in me saw the use of free word processing software. They all drove me nuts, every single one falling over - frequently, across an array of top-end laptops. I moved excitedly from one different brand of word processing software to another to another.

In the finish I gave my money to Microsoft for their Office Suite. What heaven. Rock solid Word and XL. Worth every cent. And the amount of Google help for Word and XL is vast; plus a million macros. Heaven.

I have been a devoted supporter of Gizmo Richards since the days I excitedly looked forward to his monthly newsletter. He has kept me at the leading edge of software for at least a decade. The biggest of thanks and a Merry Xmas Gizmo.

And to Gizmo's helpers like Rob Schifreen, also the biggest thanks. Your guidance is invaluable.

Seahound, Melbourne, Australia

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How to Get Help with Windows 8.1 Upgrade Problems 7 years 3 months ago SeamusH

I had no dramas upgrading on my desktop but my netbook, an older MSI, didn't have sufficient screen resolution to open the App Store. While I accept that Windows 8 wasn't recommended for the netbook, I do find it a ludicrous situation whereby your screen resolution prevents you from downloading a file - why can they not provide an alternative link to access via the browser? Why must it only be done through the app? In the end, I got around it by connecting my desktop monitor and, while the download was very slow (6 hours or so), it ran okay thereafter.

BTW, app/screen-resolution issue aside, I can highly recommend running Windows 8/8.1 (with Classic Shell) on a netbook - boot-up times are way faster than XP, although, who knows, maybe it'll fry my CPU one of these days :)

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