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99 Practical Tech and Life Hacks and Tips 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for the tip. :)

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 3 years 11 months ago bem

Go. Read. Be amazed.

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

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

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 3 years 11 months ago crosseyedlemon

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

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 3 years 11 months ago ixan

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

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942 Pages Of Reverse Engineering Goodness 3 years 11 months ago dabney

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 5 years 8 months ago Kipster

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 5 years 8 months ago Jojo Yee Many thanks for pointing out, Kipster. It's now been replaced with a new choice and updated in this article. view
9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago BillK

Re: CM Security Antivirus App Lock
CM Security also offer CM Security Lite - Antivirus which uses less power, less memory and has fewer ads.
It seems to work quite satisfactorily.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cmsecurity.lite

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago jonbourne

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago arturo52

KeePassDroid is OK - But Keepass2Android is far superior!

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago Fairportfan

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago jonbourne

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 6 months ago Fairportfan

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

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9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on your Android Device (Based on ICS, Jelly Bean and KitKat) 2 years 3 months ago lowndesw

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

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

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

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

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

Any chance of an updated list?

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy As Gizmo's own list, this is independent of and not influenced by our existing review content. The AV-Test results are only relevant to those who use their computer (of which I know none) in exactly the same way as described in the tests. These things also need to be taken in context. http://blogs.technet.com/b/mmpc/archive/2013/01/16/lessons-learned-from-... MSE is widely used in my own circle, including for business use, and no one is getting infected. The same goes for the AV Comparatives so called Real World Protection Tests. If you read the full description, you come across this: "Tested on Winxp SP3. Initially we planned to test this year with a fully updated/patched system, but we had to switch back using older/vulnerable/unpatched OS and software versions due to lack of enough exploits in-the-field to test against”. So, they used an out of date system + programs that were neither updated nor patched, and folks using the current Microsoft system, and the last, are using these stats to choose their antivirus??? :) How on earth can they call this a “real world” test? MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

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

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy How did this manage to bypass UAC? MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

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

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy To be exposed to "various trojans" suggests high risk browsing. No antivirus will protect users in this category, whereas far more simple measures will reduce the risk considerably (including not disabling UAC). I've tried to cover this in a bit more detail here. http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/safe-computing-under-hour.htm There are of course different combinations that users may prefer and since I wrote the above article I've been using ZoneAlarm Free Antivirus and Firewall over an extended period with no problems and no infections. I have this paired with WOT, Norton DNS and the free version of WinPatrol. I test Windows software extensively, often in response to visitor comments, and I always check what each program is trying to do to my system with ToolWiz Time Freeze before committing to a full install. MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago freestuffrocks

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

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9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 8 months ago MidnightCowboy I'm pleased you found the other article useful. True PC security will always be about risk management (as opposed to hunting for stuff after it has arrived) and in this respect a combination of tools will always be preferable to relying on a single program to do everything. Unfortunately, due mainly to the marketing of various programs, many users are lulled into a false sense of security when they see security programs labelled for example as "total" or "360". The setup you describe now is absolutely ideal for someone who is knowledgeable enough to maintain it. This refers mainly to Comodo but as you discovered already, Chiron's guide makes this a lot easier. MC - Site Manager. view
9 Great Freeware Programs that Should be on Every PC 6 years 5 months ago eXERGURL

Thanks. Can't wait to check these out.

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9 Free, Really Useful Screensavers 6 years 4 months ago dynamite00401 I absolutly love these. view
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88 Places For Free History eBooks Online 6 years 8 months ago mr6n8 March 7, 2013, new sites added. All links checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve view
88 Places For Free History eBooks Online 6 years 7 months ago mr6n8 April 7, 2013,6 new sites added and 2 dead sites removed. All links here checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve view
88 Places For Free History eBooks Online 6 years 4 months ago mr6n8 July 14, 2013, 27 new sites added and 2 dead sites removed. All links here checked and working. I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve view
8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 3 years 3 months ago crosseyedlemon

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

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8 Free Computer Forensics Training Resources for IT Pros (and anyone else) 3 years 3 months ago rhiannon

It fascinates me as well. :)

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago Geert

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

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago bwhite2323

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

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago suruha

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

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago Fairportfan

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

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago Anupam

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

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

It's quite a good site.

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740,000 Free Images That You Can Search And Download 3 years 2 months ago rhiannon I'm not up on that kind of copyright or trademark law, and in any case, it varies wildly from country to country. It's probably not enforceable on a global basis, unless you have a lot of money to pursue the issue around the globe in each case an image is used. If someone could find you legally liable for taking a photo or creating an image that contains something that's copyrighted, there's a lot of people in trouble - for example, what about an image someone posts on a site such as Facebook, where a person holding a copyrighted/trademarked object like Kermit the Frog? Or, more likely, a can of trademarked beer? Photographs are protected under their own copyright laws I think, as are books, manuscripts and other written content. I'm not sure where trademark infringement would apply to photos. view
74 Free Photo Libraries Online 4 years 6 months ago bernardz Thanks, I am a blogger and forever I need to grab some photos, so I will certainly give these shot. What I tend to do is google search for images -> then click search tools -> Usage rights ->labeled for reuse. Generally, I can get my photo there. If that fails, I go to the wiki but I will try these too now. One point is the legal status of most of the photos on the web is unclear, I have been assured that many photos on the net are not protected by copyright despite all the labels put on them. I suppose it depends how much you are willing to take a chance. view
74 Free Photo Libraries Online 4 years 6 months ago BobW

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

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74 Free Photo Libraries Online 4 years 6 months ago bernardz

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

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

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

 

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7-PDF Maker 2 years 7 months ago foodbear

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

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago crosseyedlemon

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago Geekomatic

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago Bluesmanuk

An excellent site that seems to work wonderfully.

Thanks for sharing.

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago eikelein

@crosseyedlemon:

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

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

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago kpoff

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago kpoff

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago RecklessMaverick

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

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600 Free Online Streaming Music Channels 3 years 8 months ago JTAlsman

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

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 5 years 2 months ago pvilan

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

Many thanks for the excellent two links you shared today.

Peter

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 5 years 2 months ago Former Physicist

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

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600 Free e-Books, Including A Physics Classic 5 years 1 month ago AJNorth

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

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

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago lowndesw

THANK YOU, Rhiannon!! WELL DONE. I have been looking, waiting, wondering about what to do about November 1. Why did Google decide to ditch igoogle?? I thought maybe they were going to come out with a bigger and better version, or a slimmed down likeness, not just drop it and walk away. Not very good PR I'd think. I have been using it from the very beginning, enjoyed the artwork on special days, found it very convenient. It had to be a very big billboard for the Google name and business.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon lowndesw; Why thank you, that made my day. :) I don't think anyone other than Google knows why they are shutting down iGoogle and Google Reader. It makes no sense to those of us who enjoy using those services. I haven't come across any official explanation from them. I've seen quite a bit of speculation on various sites so we aren't the only ones wondering. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago joe.bennett

I've been playing with uStart.org. It's also a nice alternative... highly customizable, relatively easy to configure, and easy to use.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago aripper

Good stuff Rhiannon. But what I missed most in your "best 6" detail was, can the Google bookmarks and passwords be imported into them (?) or if indeed they can save passwords or will "Password Box" (or other?)work with them.

That qualifies as pretty important to me and probably many other readers.

Hope you can find the time to report back... Regards

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago Michael 2007

Hi Rhiannon,

Thanks very much for those. I had a quick look at a few iGoogle replacements back when its closure was first announced, but couldn't find anything I liked so put it on a backburner.

I wasn't aware of igHome, however, and having just easily set up and customised it, I have to say that for my purposes it seems just perfect. I particularly like the way you can customise the news gadgets to show only headlines or also description and images, adjust the font size, and the height of the gadgets by pixels. Thanks so much.

On a related note, Feedly is still looking like a terrific Google Reader replacement, and is getting even better. They're responding to their new users by swiftly adding many of the options requested.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago cab98

MANY thanks Joe..
I have tried many of the available options, without being very satisfied... until I read your comment on uStart.org.

All I can say is I LOVE IT! uStart is the simplest of all to use, easy on the eye and plenty of options. In fact (Gasp!) I far prefer it to iGoogle :)

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago joe.bennett

Glad to help out. :)

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon Michael 2007; igHome was suggested by one of our users. Most of the news aggregators are have been gearing up, trying to deal with the incoming users. I'm interested to see how it all shakes out. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago Michael 2007

It was a great suggestion, Rhiannon.

I really like the customisation options I mentioned before, and also the bold font option. I've also customised the Black Bar Links by taking out a few I don't often use, and adding a few of my favourite websites, (including this one, of course), so now I'm all set.

iGoogle replacement problem solved. Thanks again.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon aripper; To the best of my knowledge, igHome and Symbaloo will import bookmarks from Google bookmarks or Google Chrome. igHome and Symbaloo list that in their descriptions. Protopage has a bookmark feature but as far as I can tell it doesn't import anything, you add frequently visited sites into the bookmark widget one at a time. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon aripper; I didn't see passwords mentioned in any of the sites, I'm thinking the security to store passwords isn't really workable for news aggregators though I could be wrong on that.I'm not clear on which passwords you want to import - if you're wanting to import websites and passwords I can suggest lastpass.com. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon Michael 2007; I'm glad to hear you're all set. =) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago sicknero

Great collection Rhiannon, I've been looking around for an iGoogle replacement so thank you for all the suggestions. Protopage and Ig are my favourites I think though I've bookmarked them all for a proper look later.

For something simple and ready-to-go I'd just like to mention the Maxthon homepage which I only discovered fairly recently while casting around for an alternative browser. It isn't very configurable but it's pretty handy as a basic homepage.

Thanks also for the uStart suggestion, although LastPass flags it as an insecure log in.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 7 months ago rhiannon sicknero; Thanks for the tip about the Maxthon home page. The other thing I've noted in my wandering is how many ISP's and other services have their own home pages. I haven't checked into many of them - I ran across ones for Wildblue and Earthlink. I'm sure there are more. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 5 months ago KDdid

YES, thank you! I've been wondering what I was going to do come November since I use iGoogle all day, every day. After testing out several of the options mentioned here & in the comments, I settled on igHome. The only drawback is that I can't get Google Tasks to work on it, but other than that, it's a pretty seamless transition from iGoogle. Thanks again!

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

Hi. If you're a Firefox user then you can have Tasks in the sidebar -

http://lifehacker.com/5145357/add-gmail-tasks-to-your-firefox-sidebar

I expect you can do something similar in other browsers but I never tried it.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 5 months ago KDdid

Hmmm. I tried that but it doesn't format properly due to having multiple task lists under one account. Perhaps that's also why the Google Tasks gadget for igHome isn't working for me.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 5 months ago sicknero

I'm not sure what you mean about not formatting properly. I don't use Tasks a lot myself but I added an extra list just now and it seems fine, there's a button at the bottom right to switch between lists and they seem to be displaying properly...

I did a couple of screenshots, I can't seem to upload them here but you can see them in dropbox -

https://www.dropbox.com/s/a3q93d39obpwm76/tasks%20sidepanel%2001.png

https://www.dropbox.com/s/xzau9zy316qb35x/tasks%20sidepanel%2002.png

Hope you manage to find a satisfactory solution anyway, and apologies Rhiannon for taking your thread a bit off-topic.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 5 months ago KDdid

Got it! I was using Canvas view for tasks, so that was the problem. Thanks so much. Now my igHome page is perfect. Thanks again to you & Rhiannon!

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago billl

Very timely and useful list, Rhiannon. Thanks! I have been using Protopage for about a year and it is nice, though a bit clunky. There is a feature where you can scrape a webpage and specify X and Y coordinates so you can see just the part of the webpage you want. I did this to see the weather radar for my area. Great, right? Well, the radar map moved every so often and I had to fuss with the settings. In the last few months, it has been broken and I haven't got around to deleting it.

After I read your article, I tried out some of the suggestions. Symbaloo looked really nice and I started in building my page. Unfortunately, it looks like you cannot tell if you have unread articles from the tile. I tried to go to support to suggest the change. I was surprised to find their suggestion system would not accept entries and there was no other way to contact support. This is a non-starter for me. On to the next one.

I was less than wowed by the others but I will try uStart. Thanks to those who suggested it above.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago jeffrito

uStart.org is way too much British for me. I was looking for something US based.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago kasmol

I used Netvibes for years and was frustrated off and on by random breakage of an app or feed. A few months back, multiple apps just stopped working and several of my rss were suddenly erased. I could have rebuilt things, but decided the lack of stability was too great. I now alternate between Protopage and igHome. Both have their advantages.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago rhiannon I've been using a speed dial type of interface in my browsers, and bookmarks in folders on the bookmarks bar that open all when clicked. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago rhiannon I haven't found one that I've settled on using all the time. I think I'm still looking for that one alternative that really works for me. :) view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago sicknero

I'm finding this too!

I've spent a while playing with igHome, I quite like it... everything on it can be be pretty much added or deleted as you please which is good, and it has a very pleasing absence of in-your-face integration with social media, although it seems that this is there for those who want it.
It has quite a handy Google-style toolbar at the top, a definite plus there being that you can configure the buttons for whatever shortcuts you want by just entering a URL in preferences.

Downsides - the actual appearance, although not at all unpleasant, isn't very customisable - you can change the size of the gadgets in settings (though zooming the page achieves that globally) but the width appears to be something you're stuck with, and you have the same iGoogle style options of background colours or images, along with (as far as I could tell) pretty much all the same gadgets to choose from. Some of which don't work, which is as promised just like iGoogle :-D

On the other hand I've spent about an hour playing around with Protopage this evening, and I have to say I like it a lot more now than I did when I started. Again there's a very satisfying ability to clear all traces of twitter and fb etc from the page.

The appearance and layout is a lot more customisable than igHome ... I especially like that you can give each gadget its own colouring and to some extent resize them as well, for example I can have my google calendar gadget stretched out to cover quite a large area which makes it a lot more readable. This isn't perfect though - for instance the analogue clock which is quite nice can't be resized to look good. The smallest size of the gadget is still twice as big as the clock itself so the end result is a bit messy and unattractive. It seems that 1/3 of page width is the minimum for a gadget though I might have missed a setting somewhere. The collapse/expand button is handy.

Also a definite oversight to my mind is the lack of any option to change fonts, and it would nice to have a choice of rounded corners on the gadgets.

The option for public/private - which apparently you can apply separately to different components - is intriguing though I'm not sure I'd ever find a use for it, and I do like the default notepad gadget which appears to sync online as well. Very handy.

A very nice feature is the mouseover bubble on news stories (would be great to have that on the Google Calendar gadget too) and the inclusion of a mini-player for podcasts is very very nice, although I would like to be able to drag that around the window. The search bar is quite attractive with the ability to add/remove engines including custom ones.

Lastly for now, there seems to be a pretty decent selection of community-developed gadgets which I've not looked properly through yet.

Oops this started off as a quick reply, but it turned into a bit of an essay sorry :-) I'm undecided... igHome is easy on the eye but I'm very drawn to Protopage's configurabilty and podcast player and that apparently syncing notepad. I might just keep both, or maybe neither ... it's ages now since I used iGoogle and I can't say it's left a huge hole in my internet day.

Also to be fair, anything that I found to be absent or not working might well be down to my own oversight or security add ons in my browser.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago Iguanapaws

I find all of these full of stuff I don't need and overly cluttered. Used to use Symbaloo but got annoyed by some major changes and downtime foisted on users. My focus is on bookmarks, so I like start.io and, for a bit more eye-candy, mylinkcloud.com which is flashier but not quite as solid.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 4 months ago Garus

An alternative I've found practical is not using a start page at all, but replacing it with customized start tabs. There are a quite a few alternatives out there for various browsers.

E.g. StartHQ (http://starthq.com)- for people that use a lot of web apps and want power and control over them, or Start!(search for "start chrome extension)- for you want quick access to bookmarks and rss feeds.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 3 months ago RosieW

I have made Protopage my Start Page. But, I want to change my mind and use IG. How do I delete Protopage? Is it just a tab in Firefox? And IG would be another tab? However, I'd like to get rid of Protopage altogether.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 3 months ago rhiannon As far as I know all the start pages listed are web sites, there are no programs you can delete. You can go to any of the sites by clicking on their links in the above article. I'm not sure what you mean by 'made Protopage your start page'. Did you set it as your home page in your browser settings? This article tells you how to change your home page in most of the major browsers: How to change my browsers home page. You can use it to check if you've set Protopage as your home page. You can set any page to become a home page, leave it blank, or use a bookmark to go to a site you want to use as a home page. view
6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 3 months ago RosieW

NEVERMIND! I figured it out.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 3 months ago sicknero

I was just composing a post in reply to Rosie's but got thoroughly distracted by the details as always :-)

The thing is that just changing your Start Page/Home Page doesn't actually delete your Protopage, it's still out there on the internet which to me is a bit untidy and too much of a loose end ...

However, I had a good look around on my own Protopage and I can find nothing straightforward for deleting the whole page, or for closing the account, which sadly is the case with a lot of things like this.

If it were me I would remove everything from the Protopage first, and then use the "Contact Us" link at top-right to ask that the account be closed and the page deleted. I'd also go into my email account and revoke any access permissions that I'd granted for email widgets or calendar widgets or whatever.

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6 Great Alternatives to iGoogle 6 years 3 months ago perito

If Google does actually go ahead and remove iGoogle , a much loved product by many I, for one, will attempt to never again use any Google product.

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