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How to Get a Free Installation Disk for Windows 8.1 6 years 2 weeks ago Skrell1

Where is it implied?

Best Free Download Manager 7 years 1 month ago skross

Free Download Manager(FDM) was top rated and i was looking to increase my download speed, so I installed it.
In chrome, the Win7 iso download (3.1gb) was varying from 250 -400k/sec download speed, with an estimated time of 4 hours.

FDM was moving at a snails pace of 70kb/sec with an estimated time of 14 hours.

I installed UGet and its running super fast at 1.9M/sec with a total time of 29 minutes.!

Perhaps there's some tweaking that can be done within FDM to improve its performance, but straight out of the box, in my situation, UGet is vastly superior.

Fyi I have Cable Internet 30Mbps service.

Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 6 years 9 months ago skross

Any thoughts on Iobit's SmartDefrag? It has been around for years and has boot defrag options. Please consider for review.

Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 5 years 8 months ago skross

StartMenuX free is excellent, i have my jumplist apps on the left, then 3 columns of additional apps. You can resize the height and width to your exact liking, any number of columns. This is the only Start app that i have seen that is customizable like this.
The only thing it lacks is a backup/restore of settings, but you can copy the registry entry in HKCU_Software to backup/restore.

Two New Tricks to Quickly Close and Restart File Explorer in Windows 8 and 8.1 5 years 9 months ago skross

A very easy way to do this is to run Process Hacker and Rt-Click the explorer.exe process and select "Restart".

The Best Tool To Edit Or Explore The Windows Registry 5 years 2 months ago skross

Resplendence Registrar is a top RegEditor. I have evaluated numerous ones, and except for the Monitoring feature, OORegEditor is also excellent, with lower resource usage, and i believe merits a look.

Wallpaper of the Week: Sun Breaking Over Field of Sunflowers 2 years 10 months ago skullbones

Love Gizmo freeware, keep up the Outstanding work, also like the pic of Sunflowers is great, but incorrect, Sunflowers always Face the Sun, not like the pic shows.

Thank You for Donating 6 years 10 months ago skullbones

Outstanding people at Gizmo's, please donate, keep her fly'n...;0)

Best Free Intrusion Prevention and Detection Utility for Home Use (HIPS) 6 years 4 months ago SkuterB

This may be old news to some here, but it was news to me today.
WinPatrol has apparently been sold to Ruiware.
According to the WinPatrol site, nothing will change and the new owner says he plans to continue as before.

I was aware Mr. Pytlovany has had some personal issues, I thank him for everything and wish him the best....


Best Free Digital Image Editor 7 years 2 months ago SkuterB

I have used this site for a couple years and have been very pleased with it.

Finally registered today with an FYI and a question.

I have used Photoscape for awhile for a couple of its features.
Today it prompted me to download a new version 3.6.5 which I did.
After downloading I scanned the file with my anti-virus and Malwarebytes.
Malwarebytes gave a warning that it contains OpenCandy.

I re-scanned the last version I had downloaded v3.6.2 and it does not contain it, so it appears it has been added recently.
I know there are different views on OpenCandy and I understand that.
(My opinion is I don't look for trouble.)

My question is has anyone installed the newer version and does it give an option to opt-out?

AxCrypt. It's Good And Bad News. 6 years 5 months ago SkuterB

I'll second that mouse53, with 1 clarification, I do understand that freeware creators need, want or hope to make money on their software and I will help them when I can.

It always seemed simple to me, IF an adware or toolbar developer is truly proud of their software, all they have to do is add a little blurb during the freeware installation telling you it is available and what it does and then have an UNchecked box where I can opt-in if I am interested.
Having a hidden or difficult to find box that is already checked and I HAVE to opt-out to avoid is underhanded no matter how you look at it.
IMHO That includes Adobe w/McAfee.

I also appreciate Gizmos giving me a heads-up when a program is infected with un-necessary and probably unwanted add-ons.

HxD 4 years 2 months ago SkuterB

I'm confused.
I have been using the installed English version of HxD since 2010 v1.7.7.0
It's the same version that is available now.
I have compared what I downloaded then and what is available now and they are identical.

All the file features still work fine, including the compare feature.
I see no mention of a trial or Pro version on the site.

Also (from the review), I have never had any problem over-writing a file.
After I complete any changes it asks if I want to save them.
If I say no, original file is unchanged.
But I always backup prior to changes just in case.

I tried the portable version today and it works the same.

I have never needed the Disk Editor or RAM Editor, so I cannot comment on them.

This is a great little program. I don't use it a lot,
but when you need something fast & easy, nothing else will do.
Just use VERY carefully.

Create An Instant Temporary Email Address In 1 Click 4 years 10 months ago Skwerl

Unfortunately, more and more sites protect themselves against disposable mail adresses,
The check the domain name of the email adress agianst a list of known disposabel email sites.

That said, these sites are sitll very usefull for the remaining sites

The Free Text Editor That's Still Ahead Of The Others 4 years 8 months ago Skwerl

My go-to text editor for years for website editing, script editing, quick and dirty reminders... actually: anything .txt related.
it is fast, simple enough to use it, feature richt enough to keep using it. And portable, if you wish.

Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 5 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

AndyR, Thank you for the KB #s, I will check...
I started my Win 7 PC this AM to an icon on the clock task bar to reserve my Win 10 free upgrade. I tried to quickly dismiss it but there is no ready option. So I clicked it and watched the screenplay.
There is nothing that appeals to me at all. I don't like Win8 or 8.1 and I am quite happy with Win 7.
I purchased my PC because it had Win 7.
Part of my updating routine is to always update my software. Now, I can't even trust that.
Is there a way to tell right off, if MS is infecting my PC with updates for Win 10?

Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 5 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

v.laurie, First, Thank you for this article!

I use my Win7 WMP extensively. I purposly converted my entire CD collection to electronic and sold my CD player and gave away all my CDs.
I have WMC for my X-Box 360. The thought of having to use WinAmp is not appealing to me. I want my WMC.
Since it seems the trend is pushing toward cloud computing I figure Microsoft's solution will be to sell an app for your WMC online. This is speculation on my part but I see something like that happening. It seems like everything is moving to mobile computing. I'm not interested in paying more money to enjoy something I already paid for.
As for the replacement of WMC, I believe MS will have it all sent to a cloud. The player app will access the cloud for the play files and you will get slanted advertisements. You will see ads based on your photos, videos and music selections.
Microsoft couldn't pay me to upgrade to Win 10

Windows 10 Editions and Upgrades Announced 5 years 6 months ago skwirlinator

Hi Gizmo Gang,
Gizmo has been my favorite source for information and freeware for a very long time. Kudos!

Might I suggest an article that tells how to Prevent a Win 10 upgrade and how to remove the KB files that Windows Update presets on your system.
I've learned my lesson with the common piggyback ware from freeware installations but I used to trust MS to only update the OS. The days of blindly clicking update are gone. I have already set Windows update to 'ask me before installing' but do I have to research every single update now? There must be a better way?

Best Free File Encryption Utility 7 years 5 months ago skydynasty

For those of you who want to remove OpenCandy from Axcrypt:

Extract the Axcrypt Installer with OpenCandy Offer using 7-Zip.
Open the extracted folder and delete $PLUGINSDIR.

This should remove the OpenCandy junk from the installer.

Edit PDF Files Online, For Free. No Download Required. 2 years 10 months ago skyhawk3py

Works real nice. I like it. Easy to upload pages,edit append and save. Thanks for a nice product.

Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 7 years 3 weeks ago Slim G provides freely downloadable eBooks, documents courses and lecture notes found all over the internet.

Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 5 years 7 months ago slooksterpsv

The malware included product is Free make video conversion. I found the other software but its misleading I will partially take that back. It says Review to see the others what??? It should say other products or something other than making the user think its a review of that software. It makes itsound like you are downloading or reviewing what is listed like WOT or Kasperaky TDS Killer.

How to Ask Android to Skip My Media Folders 6 years 2 months ago smanda77


Thanks for the article, great insight. However, I just need to understand something here, I recently downloaded an Android email app called MyMail that comes with in-app ringtones, where do I find the file in which these ringtone files are saved in on my internal memory? I'm using the Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phone.


This Amazing PDF Reader Is Portable And Tiny 7 years 4 months ago SmAppsFan

I am with you on incomplete uninstall routines. They annoy me too, and I will search the Registry and file system in order to manually wipe out the vestiges of old installations. Call me compulsive. There is a portable version of Sumatra, downloadable from, already referenced above by another reader, which gets around that. Obviously it will not help with the differential rendering quality you experience.

My default viewer for well over a year has been PDF-XChange Viewer, link, also previously mentioned and which also has a portable install available. It does not open as quickly as Sumatra, but in my experience it is quicker than Acrobat or Foxit Reader.

A Complete Operating System Optimized For Anonymous Surfing 6 years 7 months ago SmAppsFan

Hi MidnightCowboy. Not to be a dunce, but how does one initiate a PM to you? Posting a reply message on this board (which this is) which would not provide the private forum required if you did not want to publicize this donation-required Linux distro?

Some Notes On Trying Out Metapad 6 years 3 months ago SmAppsFan

I have been using Metapad for over a decade, as a Notepad replacement rather than as a serious editor. Have never felt the least desire to change editors, in that limited context.

For most editing of larger files you will want code highlighting and the ability to configure keyboard shortcuts.

For pure load-and-search operations on large files I usually use WinVi ( WinVi also has a Hexadecimal mode.

Will take a look at the most recent incarnation of EmEditor, which I used to use at version 1.xx, because it could hot link http://... text before that was routine, and Glogg.

Get A Top Quality HTML/CSS/PHP Editor For Free 5 years 1 month ago SmAppsFan

One thing would-be users should be aware of: Code Lobster is a nice editor, but last time I installed it, during the installation it grabbed the file associations for every text-based file type under the sun, including .txt files themselves, without giving me a choice or even a warning. I consider this exceedingly poor behavior on the part of any installation. I undid those associations and then wrote the company and told them as much.

Do not know if anything has changed since then -- version 5.5.

Best Free Online Applications 7 years 9 months ago smartnelo

cool site

Using Windows Defender? Update It Now. Right Now. 3 years 6 months ago smcapps47

So, doesn't Windows Defender update itself with every "Full" scan? And why would you have Defender and NOT schedule a Full scan every night?

How to Move Windows 7 Personal Folders Like My Documents to Another Drive 6 years 6 months ago smd

I tried this several times but after clicking OK and then Yes to the popup question "Do you want to move all of the files frpm the old location to the new location?" I consistently receive the error "Unexpected Error from PerformRedirection - The filename or extension is too long"

Help and thank you!

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 5 years 8 months ago smeyer52

Where can I download the 64 bit version?

Best Free Drive Cloning Software 2 years 7 months ago smeyer52

Happy Macrium free user for a long time.
Purchased O&O DiskImage Pro at a great price this week. Installed. Computer freezes after about 3 minutes. Repeated hard reboots and keeps freezing. Had to hurry to uninstall O&O before it froze during uninstall process. Completed uninstall, rebooted, no more freezes. Hours later reinstalled O&O. Repeated freezing after 3 minutes. Uninstalled again, will not reinstall. Computer is working fine again.
Macrium works fine.

Best Free Windows 8 Start Menu Replacement 4 years 11 months ago smeyer52

ClassicShell is now installed on my six computers, and I love it. Works fine in Windows 10 and far superior to the Microsoft menu, same for Windows 8.

Thank You for Donating 2 years 4 months ago smeyer52

I just contributed, happy to do so. Gizmo's TechSupportAlert is valuable to me.

Thank You for Donating 1 month 5 days ago smeyer52

Definitely worthy of a donation. Done.

Best Free Screen Capture Tool 5 years 5 months ago smfranzen

FastStone Capture is the best if you want a lightweight, very functional, easy to use screen capture and editor. I don't think a lot of people actually take the time to really test these programs before they review them. Believe me, it's the best because I've tried them all extensively. It's also available in a portable version. It's the only program that works consistently with scrolling windows from every application I've tried. Check out the [edited] in the editor. That is so valuable. Even the [edited] is pretty decent for doing a quick demo. [Commercial reference and features removed as per site rules]

Free Business-Grade Antivirus For Your PC 2 years 7 months ago smoaky

I have been using Panda Free AV on several computers including friends and family PC's I have worked on for a few years now.
Very effective, feature rich and light on resources. I receive NO pop-ups or advertisements to upgrade. You just have to go to settings
and turn off "show Panda news"
Switched from Avast and have never looked back.
I am in no way affiliated with Panda, I just think it is a great alternative to Windows "security"

How Long Would Your Password Take To Crack? 7 years 9 months ago smsvvarez

141 quadrillion nonagintillion years or with one more charachter ... Infinty! I win...

Grab this Text Editor with a Grammar Checker and More 6 years 3 months ago smugbill

this editor looks terrific. is there anything like it for my email account?

Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long 5 years 7 months ago smweb2.0

Good read, only issue is the title. "Windows File Name Restrictions – Why a File Name Can be too Long" - the title should read "can't".

Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 6 years 3 months ago snakyjake

A feature that I require are nested folders. Most of the readers I've tried only allow one folder.

RSSOwl allows for nested subfolders.

I'll try some others...

Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 6 years 3 months ago snakyjake

+Open source.
-No SOCKS proxy support. This kills it for me.

+Like the idea of mail+RSS feeds in one place.
-Managing subscriptions is not well thought out. For example: Can't create a new folder in "Managing Subscriptions". There's also some funk stuff it does when moving folders. There's a lot of steps involved to do other tasks.

+Excellent feed and folder management.
+Discontinued feeds are displayed with an X.
+No problems with Java.
+Open source.

Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 6 years 3 months ago snakyjake

QuiteRSS has SOCKS proxy support in v0.16.2 (18.08.2014)Revision 3378, which is in beta right now.

QuiteRSS is very fast and light weight.

I'm running a portable version.

QuiteRSS has some RSS formatting issues that I'm trying to work out. Right now it strips out the formatting while other RSS readers will show me the RSS feed's posting with full format. There is an option to see the feed post as a complete webpage, but that's the entire full framed webpage. Other readers do a better job. But this may be an option I can't find, a bug, or a future enhancement.

Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 6 years 3 months ago snakyjake

RSSOwl does require the Java runtime. But it does appear RSSOwl runs binaries, hence the .EXE as I see in my folder.

What I meant by "no Java problems" is that I haven't noticed any Java performance issues. I know nothing regarding potential Java security issues.

The advantage is the OS portability. I can run RSSOwl on my Windows machine as well as my Linux machine. There's also OSX, or running with Eclipse. There's also a non-installed/portable version if you want to run without installing.

I critically depend on RSS feed readers, and RSSOwl is my top choice (SOCKS, open source, features). Though QuiteRSS might replace it if it can properly format a feed. I like my RSS feeds with my Thunderbird email, but the RSS management is miserable. Additionally, it might be better to keep the email/rss separate so I can have the freedom to choose which ever application is best at what it does.

Best Free Antivirus Software 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

What privacy concerns might there be with free antivirus software? What are these companies getting from me by offering their "free" services?

Best Free File-Based Backup Program 7 years 7 months ago snakyjake

I like Cobian. Very simply backup. Easy to restore a file too. Sometimes I just want to restore a version of file, not an entire backup set.

Best Free Parental Filter 4 years 5 months ago snakyjake

I've been using OpenDNS and like its features....EXCEPT:

1) I can't bypass the site by typing a password.

2) When OpenDNS blocks a site, I'm giving the domain, but I'm not given the full URL. This is a problem because when I'm doing a search, I open a bunch of tabs, then I look through the tabs to read. But when OpenDNS blocks a site, it doesn't give me the full URL. So when I do bypass the site, I have go back to my search and fetch the results again. This is the main reason why I'm looking for an alternative.

3) The whitelist has a limit that is too small for me.

Best Free BitTorrent Client 6 years 4 months ago snakyjake

This feature of qBittorrent interest me: "Tracker Exchange"

However, the anti-leech system concerns me. I'm not sure if qBittorrent offers an intuitive method to inform me that my uploads/seeds are throttling my downloads.

Best Free BitTorrent Client 4 years 9 months ago snakyjake

I'd report the issue to the qBittorrent forum. There might be something with queuing or it might be something how libtorrent works.

Best Free Hard Drive Eraser 6 years 11 months ago snakyjake

Is there a simple program that uses just the Recycle Bin's context menu?

Best Free Firewall Protection 4 years 9 months ago snakyjake

I'm surprised after reading the pros/cons for Comodo that it didn't get more stars. Sure it installs the AV files, but I can live with that if everything else is 5 stars. As for potential uninstall leaving remnants...most software does that anyways.

Best Free Registry Editor 6 years 2 months ago snakyjake

Here's my top choices:

1) Reg (By David K. Gasaway)

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Open Source
- There isn't a portable version, but it will still run.

2) O&O RegEditor

+ Goto Path
+ Search
+ Portable
- Didn't like the Search function as much as Reg.

3) Regscanner

+ Search
+ Portable
- Goto Path

Best Free Audio-Video Format Conversion Program 6 years 8 months ago snakyjake

What makes Mediacoder bettern than Freemake?

Encryption is Not Enough 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

My main concern is on a Windows machine where other people have sys admin rights to read the user directory, malware, etc. All the tools I've seen have you decrypt the volume, which means the information is now vulnerable. For example, I have my USB drive encrypted, but I decrypt it so I can use my portable email client or RSS reader. But this also makes the entire volume vulnerable since it is decrypted. Ideally I want realtime encryption/decryption where the storage remains encrypted, but opened decyrpted at the time needed, and not decrypted for any other user or unauthroized use. The workaround is multiple encrypted containers: some decrypted full time, other decrypted only when needed. Another workaround I'm looking into is a virtual machine where I have more control.

Encryption is Not Enough 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

Yes, you understand correctly. I'm trying to evaluate some folder locking/hiding utilities to see if those kind of apps can keep other people from accessing my data. When I attach my USB drive (using VeraCrypt or similar), I don't want to automatically expose all my data to everyone that has access to the machine. I also don't want search indexing the drive/folder. I want my data to be only my data.

Encryption is Not Enough 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

I've done some more product evaluations. Volume/container encryption makes data 100% vulnerable when the volume is mounted. It simply looks like an unencrypted drive when mounted. I'm still trying to find a solution that won't leave my data vulnerable when I'm using my data.

Best Free Hash Utility 7 years 1 month ago snakyjake

I'm looking for a utility to validate the integrity of my archived photos and detect bit rot. I'd like the program to store the checksum in the file properties, unless that would invalidate the checksum. If it does invalidate the checksum, then simply saving to a new file. The next feature is to run validation tests on a schedule, detecting bit rot and alerting me. The ideal solution will also have parity information so the photo can be recovered.

Photo bit rot of archived photos is a big concern of mine.

Thanks. Jake.

A Brilliant File Verification tool: A Second Opinion For Your Data’s Integrity 5 years 6 months ago snakyjake


I'm looking for something that uses better algorithms; MD5 is real slow.

Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 5 years 11 months ago snakyjake

Most of the suggestions require some sort of dependency on someone else. I prefer CryptSync to avoid dependencies.

Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 3 months ago snakyjake

"some sites won't show content until some elements are turned off"

I'm giving Adguard a try because the problem mentioned above. Not sure if AdBlocker is working better or solving the problem...but it sounds like it.
"Adguard can handle Anti-AdBlock scripts. You won't have to turn off the AdBlocker anymore to be able to visit the websites that are using such scripts. Just send a complaint to our tech support and we'll handle it."

Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 6 years 3 weeks ago snakyjake

I read the privacy statement on Google Chrome Store. I've become paranoid of what capabilities extensions are allowed to do. I feel like I'm inviting the trojan horse.

1) Read and change all your data on the websites you visit.
2) Change your privacy-related settings.

Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 3 months ago snakyjake

I always wonder if or how much better a paid product is by comparison. I wouldn't mind paying a small amount for a much needed feature that doesn't exist in the free/open products. This change is welcomed.

This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too 5 years 2 months ago snakyjake

The forum owner isn't very active, and a lot of user posts are ignored.
The browser isn't portable or self contained (typical of Windows apps).
The browser has a lot of potential, but want to see it better supported.

New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

My major concern is privacy. It may not be sending info back to Google, but is it sending info to someone else?
Like there's a portable and contained version.

New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

I've been noticing changes to the toolbar that have included Amazon and Ebay. I didn't add them.
The probability of Slimjet (or anybody) doing something completely for free (zero money involved) is not likely. Slimjet is motivated by something.

How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

I can't seem to not get a fingerprint.

How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

I wonder how much those extensions/addons are tracking us.

How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

Is there a reason why EFF's own Privacy Badger fails to protect me from their own test site? Doesn't give me much confidence in Privacy Badger.

Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 7 months ago snakyjake

I'm leaning towards Opera or Epic for the VPN. But I assume the VPN is tracking me for advertising purposes, but better than my non-anonymous ISP, with my identity, tracking me.

Bitwarden - All the password management you need! 1 year 10 months ago snakyjake

I don't want to create a Bitwarden account, it turns me off.
I don't want anything that can possibly be between me, my data/info, and the site I visit.

Malwarebytes Launches Browser Guard for Chrome and Firefox 1 year 2 months ago snakyjake

Is it better to have Malwarebytes collect my browsing habits, or these sites with unwanted content?

Malwarebytes Launches Browser Guard for Chrome and Firefox 1 year 2 months ago snakyjake

I don't like this idea from Malwarebytes:
"Communicate with cooperating websites".

Use Two-Factor Authentication To Enhance Your Account Security 1 year 5 hours ago snakyjake

What about Yubikey?
What about key files?
What about USB keys formatted to be some sort of hardware key?

Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 8 months ago snert

Thanks Rob! I'm gonna play with this and see if it's as interesting as it sounds. I think I'll start with 'alternate guitar tunings'.

Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 8 months ago snert

WOW! That was fantastic!!! More info than I expected.
Who among you knows where the word "Grok" came from?

Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 8 months ago snert

eikelein, wow, indeed, I'll be 61 next month. I read Stranger In A Strange Land way back when I was in college on G.I. benefits.

Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 7 years 2 months ago snldr1

I echo the request for a section on arts and crafts.

Finds of the Week: What Google Knows About You, Take Screenshots in Office and Insert into Documents, 5 Great Uses for USB Drives, Stop Facebook Videos from Playing Automatically 4 years 6 months ago snldr1

USBs are not dead but great tools to have at hand. Glad to see an article that refutes that!

Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 9 months ago snldr1

. Ever since Mozilla decided not to support the forks, I've been using Pale Moon and Waterfox.

Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 5 years 7 months ago snowbound999

I ditched Foxit Reader off all my computers here. Their darn software update shoves their Foxit Cloud service on the computers here. I uninstalled it and it shows up after each update to their PDF reader. There is no way of bypassing the installation of FoxIt Cloud either.

Best Free iPad Apps 5 years 7 months ago snowbound999

Regarding Wi-Fi Finder. It was developed by a company who changed their name back in June 2014 and is strictly a marketing company. The app has not been updated for almost 2 years. It has some wifi hotspots but is missing several national chains here. Also there are some errors in the current database and no way of correcting the locations of the incorrect HotSpots

How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 7 years 1 month ago snowbound999

"It is definitely opt-out for Google+ accounts." Now I am puzzled. The shared endorsements is only for Google+ accounts is it not? Since the endorsements only result once you +1 something and that can occur only if you have set up Google+ account.

The "shared endorsements" page that is linked above says " If you are not already a Google+ user, you will be asked to upgrade your account." If you click on the link that sends you to you are asked to upgrade your Google account to a Google+ one. In other words these changes to the ToS apply to people who already have Google+ accounts or those who create Google+ account. No Google+ account then there can not be shared endorsements, at least for now that is.

How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 7 years 1 month ago snowbound999

Yes I agree go back and check on or after Nov 11th just to make sure that this setting has not mysteriously changed its state.

Get A Free Home-Use Version Of This Enterprise Firewall Appliance 6 years 7 months ago snowbound999

This software UTM was formally known as Astaro Gateway before Sophos bought Astaro several years ago.

Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner 6 years 3 weeks ago snowbound999

I had submitted my request to Google 2 weeks ago and was still waiting for my invite when on Nov 5th Google has a 1 hour period during which you could submit a request for Inbox and Google filled all those requests.

I just spent 3.5 hours setting up Inbox by Gmail on the web interface. I do a vast majority of my work in Gmail via my desktop computer. I figured I would give Inbox a try. All the items discussed here are referring to the web version of Inbox by Gmail.

Well the version has some shortcomings. Some of then may be a result of adapting what primarily is a mobile GUI to the web/desktop version. As soon as I configured my account I noticed one glaring problem.

Inbox decided to categorize emails from several senders as either Updates or Promos. In Gmail these emails were being assigned a label by a filter. Removing an email from a particular sender from a bundle requires you to perform at least 4 different mouse clicks and does initially appear to trickle down to the emails that remain in the bundle. In order to have the change take effect on all the emails in that bundle one has to close and reopen the bundle.

If you are not diligent in performing actions on messages it is easy to not see unread emails especially if these emails are in bundles. That is because bundles are shown in a collapsed state normally and unread emails are shown as having their from address bolded in the bundle's header. There is no unread message count shown in the bundle's header only the total number of messages read and unread in the bundle. If you are not diligent and fall behind performing actions on these emails that count can not be relied on as an indicator that there unread emails.

If you happen to look at an email its unread status (bolded subject) becomes read (unbolded) and there does not appear to be any way of changing the read status back to unread.

There is a fair amount of whitespace main view in It is caused in part by the GUI using icons at the left hand side of each message header as well as whitespace between each message header. On my 23" monitor was able to display 18 email message headers vs the 33 email headers in Gmail's compact view.

I am not a proponent of Inbox 0. I find that its a game that one plays to see if one can rein supreme by clearing out your inbox for a small amount of time. That is a never ending battle that makes one a bit of a slave to your email.

I will be sticking to the normal Gmail interface on the web and the regular Gmail app on iOS and Android.

Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner 6 years 2 weeks ago snowbound999

It also displays all graphics in email messages and there is no option to disable that. By default I have that option disabled in Gmail on desktop since some of the marketing email I get I have have no desire to see graphics. If I do I simply click on the link that the normal Gmail provides. Although Gmail does do good spam filtering some email does get through and spammers can use web bugs to alert them when graphics are loaded from their server.

Get A $20 DVD Ripper For Free If You're Quick 5 years 7 months ago snowbound999

From the License Code.txt file in the download "Please note the license code should be activated before April.30, 2015. It doesn't support upgrade.". Guess that means the software will also no longer work if you format and reinstall Windows.

Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 5 years 5 months ago snowbound999

Can not use that website in FF 38.0.5 on Windows7 here. I get the folowing error:

Unfortunately, an error occurred while loading geographic data. You might need to upgrade your browser.

Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 5 years 5 months ago snowbound999

It was HTTPS Everywhere plugin in FF that I had to disable Google API in for the page to load properly. This is another good site

Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 5 years 2 months ago snowbound999

Before switching back to Firefox I used Chrome Canary bu tound that since it is pre beta it was not worth the hassle dealing with extensions thar did not work properly or website issues. You can have Chrome Canary and the stable release of Chrome installed at the same time. The last time I use Canary there was no way of making it the default browser in Windows7 but there was a script to do so. Unlike Firefox where one can have stable, beta and nightly builds of the browser installed, with Chrome you can only have stable or beta plus Canary installed.

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I tried to register the product only to have the website tell me my email address was already in their emal list. Well of course it is I used the same email for other giveaways and freebies. Gave up since deadline is today.

Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 5 years 1 week ago snowbound999

I just use the built in screen capture of the Diigo extension, my online bookmarking app, to do the same thing.

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I usually use Fastcopy which you can download from MajorGeeks

Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 4 years 11 months ago snowbound999

Teamviewer is not made by Logmein company which some people have had bad experience with regarding their antics with Logmein free years ago which was cancelled along with constant price hikes of Logmein paid and poor support.

Teamviwer has a lot of capability and their one time session app does not leave anything installed on the remote computer once the session is over with. Teamviewer allows one to transfer files to or from the remote computer and allows one to see what is being displayed on any of the monitors physcially attached to the remote computer.

Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 10 months ago snowbound999

Personally I removed Avast free from a friend's machine it was causing issues with their back up software even after adding these to Avast whitelist.

I have also lost count on how many untech end users have been fooled by its constant pop up asking you to buy it. They purchase the software while they could of been served just fine with the free version.

I also dont like the kitchen sink approach that the software has taken into adding tweaking software etc to the app. Stick with being an anti-virus software!

Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 4 years 8 months ago snowbound999

So you have disabled Chrome's built in Flash applet and this app still works?

Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 4 years 3 months ago snowbound999

Google Chrome by default will add a website to its "Orher Search Engline" list automatically when you go to a website and use it's Search box to search for anything. For example go to [a well known computer help website] search for anything using the website search box on their web page. Then look under Chrome's Search Engine page udner "Other Search Engines". You will see a Bleeping Computer" entry in Chrome.

I discovered that Chrome here had over 100 such entries added automatically. Some of these entries even had the search terms that I was looking for on that particular website! People have complained to Chrome Devs that this behaviour is a privacy issue and that there should be a way of disabling this option. There is no way of disabling this behaviour on Chrome

If I seen this type of behaviour on some one's computer I would normally think a malware infection like a browser hijacking. This type of behaviour by Chrome made me go back to using Firefox on all my computers.

Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 4 years 3 months ago snowbound999

Sorry but have to use incognito mode for all sites is not an opt out option. Its a work around. That option hinders my browsing on all websites since Chrome would have to be always using incognito mode. I have got fed up with Google's attitude over the years of either doing it their way or take the high road. I decided the later and ditch Chrome as my browser.

I can search these same websites just fine in Firefox which does not have to save all of this search engines in my browser. I use UBlock Origin on my browsers to block annoying ads as well as malware that in the past have been served up intentionally and unintentionally on websites. I only unblock a select few websites.

The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 4 years 3 months ago snowbound999

Downloaded the portable edition on Windows7 here ran the exe to apparently uncompress the files and then discovered that exe at the root of the directory causes errors and that one should run another EXE file in App/SpyBotAntiBeacon/SDAntiBeacon.exe. Seems that they had let this app lapse development wise and rolled its features over to Spybot app itself and only recently updated it so it ran in Anniversary Update.

Mixed feelings about the app. Would be nice to have a portable app that worked right to begin with. Its not an app that needs to be run frequently so using an installable version shouldn't be necessary.

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One give away per Paragon account.

Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 2 months ago snowbound999

I tried using this software and it took me a while to figure out how to setup multiple Sync Jobs. You actually have to run your first sync you create to get to the behind the scene interface. Doesn't appear to be a way of having the sync job only on demand rather than real time or scheduled.

If a modified file exists in the left and right hand directories of a 2 way sync, you will wind up with 2 files each with a number appended to the file the left and right hand directories.