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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Bob F.

I also repair computers in Montreal part time and my customers are also seniors ( like me) who will say they are not good with computers . I think the problem is we expect too much from av programs all they can do and all they claim to do is remove viruses, if the client ever runs a scan . I' ve had clients update for two years with out ever actually running a scan even once. Clients who poorly install free software , never bother to learn to update and only pay for service when its almost too late We can't expect an av program to work miracles. It only does its job I have had horror stories uninstalling avast but blame that on the customer not the product . Security begins behind two ears . Most avs do their job which is all we can reasonably ask of them

Bob part time tech Montreal

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago carbotec

I have been using Sophos for some time it has little impact on performance. Since using the program I haven't had any problems and no infections of any kind. The one thing that stands out for me is the only way you can change anything about the operation of the program is if you log in online. This means no infection can interfere with the programs operation on your computer so you are always protected.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago BillK

Sophos system requirements state Win7 and upwards.
So if you want to protect old WinXP installations you need Avast or similar.
(And extra protection software as well for WinXP). :)

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Dr.Gerry

Being used by big companies doesn't make something good. At my work we have a Sophos Email Appliance to scan all incoming and outgoing email, a Sophos Web Appliance to scan all incoming and outgoing web traffic, and Sophos Endpoint Protection on all PCs......despite this fearsome arsenal of Sophos products, we just got hit last week with Cryptolocker......it got through the email filter, then it got through the web filter when a user clicked a bad link, then got through the Endpoint protection on the desktop, where it made it's way to our servers (also protected with Sophos software).......and as if that wasn't bad enough, that was the SECOND time our Sophos defences have been easily evaded by a Cryptolocker variant

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago Bob F.

Hi Bob again ,

shouldn't you have been able to use system restore to bring your computer back in minutes. As this is now happening find and old hard drive buy a sata ide to usb cable about $15.00 and run this harddrive like an external, and make a system backup . Then make a windows pe disc . The above souldn't happen if your prepared.. Look at gismo's free backup software its soo easy to use.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago grimbles

Seeing how ransomware is consistently infecting numerous corporate and hospital systems, all of whom I'd imagine would be utilizing strong commercial security solutions, it appears Sophos isn't exactly Robinson Caruso in this department.

Security software cannot always protect people/users from themselves. Perhaps your company needs to review and strengthen its staff training program.

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Top Commercial Antivirus Product Free For Home Use 4 years 2 months ago MidnightCowboy This is a good point in this case because you can hardly blame the installed antivirus for not preventing socially engineered exploits because the payload and method of distribution for these is constantly changing. Until users become educated not to click on un-checked attachments, this type of exploit will continue to flourish. MC - Site Manager. view
Top Technical Training Online. Get 3 Months For Free. 4 years 6 months ago Anderton

Not sure if I'm being stupid, but what has the link to Microsoft's visual studio website to do with the pluralsight website? As for the free trial, it seems to come with various usage limitations; there are 1 month and 3 month and 6 month "free trials", but to be on the safe side I've only looked at the 1 month one. It does seem a very odd way for an outfit to behave, offering three different types of "trial", and all of them. . . free???? Why? What's the catch? Why offer a 1 month free trial if actually, you're prepared to offer a 3 month free trial? Odd.

EDIT: I wonder if I'm dreaming. The sign-up page at pluralsight seems to have changed. What now appears is simply a "Free Trial" for ONE month only comprising a maximum of 200 minutes. This doesn't seem anything like the offer this article appears to be highlighting???

SECOND EDIT: If "sign up" is used then the website WILL ask you for your credit card details. However. . . if you go to the very small print 'Free Trial' at the bottom of the home screen, then the offer is of a free 200 minutes (no mention of monthly duration, so it;s obviously not relevant) and no financial details are requested at all. Once you've viewed 200 minutesworth of material, that's it.

FINAL FINAL EDIT: credit card details are required, after all. You cannot get even the 200 minutes usage unless you register your cc with pluralsight first. Apologies to Rob if I've misunderstood what's been said here. Reckon I'll pass.

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Top Technical Training Online. Get 3 Months For Free. 4 years 6 months ago miniliq

I didn't hit any of the roadblocks anderton reported -- signed up with Visual Studio, then "activated" the Pluralsight offer -- and it gave me 6 months free, no upgrade or payment nags -- everything seems ok. Try going through the process again.

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Top Technical Training Online. Get 3 Months For Free. 4 years 6 months ago papavonschoen

Had the same problem and am already a member of Visual Studio.

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Top Technical Training Online. Get 3 Months For Free. 4 years 6 months ago Anderton

As I suspected, my own stupidity helped in no way with this, so apologies, again, to Rob. As for the offer, unfortunately it doesn't work for me. I've joined Visual Studio as a member (hey, it looks good!) and so have gone to the 'benefits' section and clicked on 'Activate' for the Pluralsight offer, which on my screen at least says is for six months. The screen then says 'activated' and I'm taken to pluralsight's "Microsoft Offer Redemption" where the first field to fill in asks for "Voucher Code". But I've not been given one, neither on screen nor in any Visual Studio email (all of which have come through to me, so it's not a question of an errant spam filter.) Filling in the redemption form with my name and email address and clicking on the "I agree, activate benefit" achieves nothing - -- or, well, it achieves nothing for me. So I guess I'll have to pass. Big thanks, anyway, to Rob for all his efforts.

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Top Ten Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac OS and Linux 4 years 6 months ago crosseyedlemon

I've never been a fan of Chrome and there are better alternatives to almost everything that's listed there. Potplayer for video, Audacity for music and Irfanview for photo editing just for starters. Until AM is interesting but I prefer both Soundation and Audio Sauna.

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Top Ten Chrome Apps for Windows, Mac OS and Linux 4 years 6 months ago andrews

If you own a chromecast then Videostream is a very interesting app/plugin combo that lets you stream anything on your media server or computer via the chromecast and use your phone as remote.

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 6 months ago KrinkleKrunk

Thanks for the "heads-up" alexxx46.

After reading the reviews on cnet I think I will give this software a pass. Although this may be a newer version I've got better things to do than risk a borked install and subsequent repair.

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 6 months ago Sgluber

Nice tip, Anupam... thank you! :-)

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 6 months ago Anupam You are welcome :). view
TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 6 months ago mj47

Had a problem with this program. I installed on Windows 7 pro 64-bit machine and after installation, computer would not wake up after sleep. Had to restart with power switch. Back to normal after uninstall - pity, I would have liked this to work.

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 5 months ago Farrukh

Yes this is not stable and safe...
Same happened with my Windows 8.1 x64. I simply tried to launch MSDN 2013 iso, and the moment it assigned a drive letter, Windows crashed with a blue screen, collecting log and then restarted.

I was using ImDisk Toolkit and Magic Disk and both are good alternatives.

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TotalMounter - a Free Virtual CD/DVD Burner That's Easy to Use 5 years 5 months ago Anupam Good alternatives if you want to mount ISO images, etc... but both these programs cannot act as virtual burners. view
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Track When A PC Was Being Used 3 years 4 months ago pecarroll

I have LastActivity. It's free, quick and more than effective. Just now started it up (2/28/17 @ 8:00am) and it shows activity dating back to 6/21/14 when I installed it. Columns shown are: Date/time, Description, File name, Full path.

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 3 years 4 months ago jack_e_alexander

I am seriously interested about sites like this says it used VirusTotal and WOT to test software and that they both say it is clean. I have searched everywhere and haven't found a WOT scanner for software.

Can the author explain how this is done?

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 3 years 4 months ago MidnightCowboy

VirusTotal analyzes the product and the hosting site. WOT provides data based on several criteria including user feedback. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/file/54dd1101420fcc36f08e602e73399d26d20a2...
https://www.virustotal.com/en/url/ddc2270961d3d01b775537f8aa79c8b0aa5d6b...
https://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/nirsoft.net?utm_source=addon&utm_cont...

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 3 years 4 months ago jack_e_alexander

I know how to use VirusTotal and use it on a regular basis.

Years ago I wrote Nir Sofer about all of the false positives he was getting in the anti-malware and virus programs. He wondered why as do I.

Wot is no longer available for Firefox as they were caught selling user information. Now, freeware sites (and others) want me to accept that Green Ring that Wot produces. It's obvious to me that they are getting paid to show that green ring.

Nir and I both know that some of this programs (wonderful programs, that is) are tagged even today as PUPs and out right malware still by the anti-malware community.

Recently, MalwareBytes anti-malware tagged all of the files in Auslogics Free Defragmenter. I sent them my report. At the time I was also in contact with Auslogics who say they have been having a problem with MalwareBytes. MalwayBytes responded that they were not going to un-mark the files as malware. This is a program that is listed on several software sites as having passed VT and that WOT said they were O.K.

How are we, the unsuspecting public, supposed to believe software sites such as this page? I've been reading techsuppostaler/Gizmo Richards for many years as well. (I'm an older man who is interested in test software as a hobby and recently just had to do a reinstall because on of these approved programs was doing things I didn't like to my machine.(It was a pro anti-malware program.) I uninstalled and ended up with a locked disk.) Fortunately I was able to unlock the Hard Drive and reinstall.

I am just worried about those who don't know that this is going on right under their noses.

Note: Do not install Nirsoft's package with 'Zipinstaller and then run a scan with Malwarebytes, Super-Anti Spyware or Emsisoft products. And some if not several anti-virus programs will tag several of his programs a PUPs or worse.

regards....jack

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Track When A PC Was Being Used 3 years 4 months ago alexxx46

Nirsoft's FullEventLogView is also a handy utility.

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Train Your Brain While Playing Games 5 years 9 months ago pratomorone

While I think Lumosity is quite interesting, you must have an internet connection (for some reason or another) to play the game. Trying to occupy your time on an airplane with this game is a lesson in frustration.

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Train Your Brain While Playing Games 5 years 9 months ago rickybobby

Totally agree. Mobile apps have become an increasingly important part of everyday life and this section used to provide us with good recommendations, but not anymore. Having read every listed app here, the some of the most recent additions are worthless, dull, downright dumb or need an 'always on' data connection. Not cool.
Besides, why is it called 'app of the week' if only 1 or 2 app are reviewed per month? This should be called 'mobile app of the month' from now on.
Come on Gizmo's! You can do better than this.
P.D. ==> Please don't get mad at me ;-).

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Train Your Brain While Playing Games 5 years 9 months ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for your feedback rickybobby. We try to cover as big a variety of apps as possible so naturally not all of them will appeal to everyone. Regarding the frequency we do endeavor to maintain this but as a site driven by volunteers we are dependent totally on the time our editors have available to create content. Maybe you would like to help us out? If so, please see the details here. MC - Site Manager. http://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm view
Train Your Brain While Playing Games 5 years 9 months ago rickybobby

I appreciate the offer Midnightcowboy, but I'm just an average android user and my contributions would be close to none as I'm a newbie in the android world. That's why I relied on lists like this one to find good free stuff because most of the sites I checked enjoy listing paid and fremium apps. Finding 100 % free, good apps nowadays is hard, and your weekly lists filled that gap. My 'rant' was based on the lower quality of some of the latest recommended apps as their real-world utility was close to non-existant. My guess is your previous lists spoiled us a bit :P.

I've seen some interesting apps posted in the forum too, and that could be a good option to find or write about new apps because the way I see it, a lot of people prefer the articles over the forum posts, at least that's what I can infer from the number of reads.

Gizmo's is still great and the volunteers have a tough job, so kudos for them. Just don't lower the bar you've previously set!

Warm regards

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 4 years 5 months ago Jorpho

I'm intrigued if this actually works as well as advertised. Previously I'd resorted to using smallftpd or copssh rather than trying to persuade Windows network shares to cooperate (without opening gaping security holes).

I realized not so long ago that Bluetooth file transfers in Windows are also remarkably expedient, and appropriate USB Bluetooth dongles can be very cheap – but this seems less kludgy.

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 4 years 5 months ago gwbm

Sorry - can't get it to work at all (Moto G Android and Windows 10 PC)

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 4 years 5 months ago lastsaves

Hi, it definitely works, at least between Win7 and Android.
However, I am trying to resolve one problem. From Android 4.4. Kitkat, apps are not able to access external SD card in general, only the folder they themselves created (and it has to be located in Android/Data/ folder). While Dukto does not create any such folder, it is possible to create it manually. but it has to have specific name. Does anyone know how to name this folder to get it work with external SD card? I tried to contact the developer, but he said he has no idea :(

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Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 4 years 4 months ago Ratzo Couldnt get it to work between win 7 and linux view
Transfer Files Between Devices With No Hassle 1 year 11 months ago not recognized

yeah...nah...
Really need one of those apps that mines the phone for all the user data so you don't have to search for it all through system folders. Would really like to select between images/vids/contact/mssgs/bookmarks etc. All userdata.
There is yet another shifty dishonest programme that you don't see is severely limited in its capabilities in the 'trial version' called something like {commercial app edited out by moderator}. That would have done the trick. haven't so far been able to locate anything free that does the job. Can anyone else?
this is just a connection to pc.

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago stevemiller54

Wow! Excellent post, Rhiannon! I plan to use these sites. It's great to have options like these for transferring big files and not have to deal with the absurdly low email attachment limits imposed by email service providers like Google, MSN and Yahoo. Rhiannon, I generally enjoy your posts, but I think this one is definitely one of your best. Thanks!!

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago gizmofan1248

Thanks! Very useful.

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

Thank you, I'm delighted you like it. :)
 

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago Krunk

Also, If you have an Outlook/Hotmail account and try to attach a too-large file, you are directed to upload the file to One Drive. The recipient is sent a link very much like an attachment, but it directs them to a page where the file can be downloaded.

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago Remah

Well said! This is a really useful post for many people I know who don't have use cloud storage which usually comes with a means to privately or publicly share files for the same purpose.

 

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

Thanks for mentioning that. I don't have an Outlook/Hotmail account so that's useful to know.

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Transfer Large Files For Free With These 4 Sites 1 year 4 months ago rhiannon

That's one of the reasons I looked for sites other than the well known services like Google Drive and One Drive, Dropbox, etc. :)

Anyone can use these four with no account. All you need is a file you want to send, a 'send to' email address, and a 'send from' email address.

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Transmission 3 years 6 months ago bernardz

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The requested URL /apps/wordpress/trqtw/ was not found on this server.

 

Possibly what you want is https://sourceforge.net/projects/trqtw/

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Transmission 3 years 6 months ago MidnightCowboy Thanks - the link has now been updated. MC - Site Manager. view
Transmission 2 years 7 months ago innn

So many things already old in this review. Transmission-qt is found on the official page. RAM and -CPUwise is better than the other more popular. Diskwise is 26M, qbt is same and Tixati surpasses 50M easily, Last one is true though: I do not need the bells and whistles.A breeze to use and a beauty to behold.

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Transmission 2 years 7 months ago Jojo Yee

Thanks for your kind feedback innn. This software review has now been updated with the latest info, links and a new screenshot. The software title on this page is now changed to "Transmission" to better reflect it being a cross-platform product.

To help keep our reviews more up-to-date, please check out this page: https://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm

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Troubleshooting Tool Monitors File Changes In Real Time 3 years 10 months ago trainman261

Another useful utility from NirSoft which does precisely what it does without getting too complicated, awesome. Been looking for something like this.

Thanks :)

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago crosseyedlemon

Good article Rob. An encryption utility is one worth having even if you don't feel your personal data is as valuable as some of 007s secrets. TrueCrypt shut down shortly after an audit was conducted on it so as you stated there are various rumors about what was really going on there. Fortunately VeraCrypt provides a good alternative.

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago oblivion Another nice feature is that VeraCrypt can open and work with containers created with TrueCrypt (6 or 7) or migrate TrueCrypt containers to VeraCrypt. I did exactly that a few months ago and have been using VeraCrypt successfully ever since. It's an excellent product. view
TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago MoisheP

The audit turned up no backdoor in TrueCrypt, but I have yet to see an independent audit of VeraCrypt. Until then, I'd be a bit wary at trusting VeraCrypt.

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago FlyingHawk

Too bad VeraCrypt does not yet support system encryption with UEFI boot. Apparently there's no experts on UEFI willing to contribute to this open source project. Support for UEFI has been on VeraCrypt developers' to do list for over a year now, but not much progress.

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago grego

The rumor I heard about truecrypt was they shut down rather than cave to federal pressure to provide a backdoor to their software. One of their selling points was that not even the USA Feds could crack their vaults. Now you seem to be saying something different. While I'm wondering if the veracrypt is a truecrypt compromise and provides the backdoor the Feds insisted upon? See, where I got that rumor was here on the to gonzo web site. Now you seem to be saying that truecrypt did have a backdoor and veracrypt does not. Confuses me. I still have an truecrypt.exe and I'm thinking I'm safer with it - not because I have something to hide from the Feds but if they have the backdoor key, what stops some other hacker
outfit from getting it?

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 5 months ago howiem

"No one quite knows why, but rumours persist that the developers were formally discouraged from maintaining something that could allow law enforcement agencies to intercept information. "
Don't you mean that the developers were formally discouraged from maintaining something that could effectively block law enforcement agencies from accessing the information?

In any event Truecrypt 7.1a may still be safe to use - see http://www.howtogeek.com/203708/3-alternatives-to-the-now-defunct-truecrypt-for-your-encryption-needs/ it has more info on Veracrypt as well which users should be aware of before using the program.

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TrueCrypt Is Dead. Long Live VeraCrypt! 4 years 4 months ago Ratzo Yes Truecrypt is still safe to use the following article is worth reading https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm view
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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 years 1 month ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
Excellent link!
I did not know that Sketchup was sold by Google.
I have it installed in one of my pcs, because I was an active user years ago.
Regards
Peter

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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 years 1 month ago dwainwood

You may want to point out that it is "Free" for personal use only. No commercial use.
T & C states: Access to the Service. The Service is intended to help users design, store, and share three-dimensional digital images and models (“Models”). Customer may access and use the Service during the term of this Agreement, but only (a) for its own benefit in a non-production environment for non-commercial purposes,

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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 years 1 month ago classicggma65

I do my own quilt and cross-stitch designs...for family and friends, celebrations and gifts This looks like it might be fun to play around with, maybe give me something unique in my designs. Thanx for sharing.

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Try A Prototype Drawing Tool From Adobe And MIT 5 years 5 months ago Papakid

Looks like fun, but only designed for Google Chrome browser, which I don't use. The interface is not the same in either Firefox or IE so doesn't have the appearance or functionality that you see in the tutorial. Disappointed; this is one reason I'm not fond of web-based apps anyway.

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Try A Prototype Drawing Tool From Adobe And MIT 5 years 5 months ago Robert Rex

I will never use Google as a a BROWSER or even Google Draw. Think of it like this. You are working on an idea and then you find out your idea was used by another group or person. Would you ever trust them again.
I have gmail and Google+, but only because of those I associate with have accounts there.
If it was up to me then NSA and Facebook along with Google could just keep sleeping with each other, but leave me out.
Good idea for this program, but who else is copying your work.

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Try Creating Your Own Word Cloud 5 years 5 months ago bernardz It produces nice looking ones quickly, this one, http://www.wordle.net/create has more options view
Try Google's Reverse Image Search Feature 5 years 4 months ago bernardz There are a few addons in firefox and I presume in chrome too that check both Tin Eye and google together in practice they work well. I use fast "fast image research" view
Try Google's Reverse Image Search Feature 5 years 4 months ago howiem

I have used the Google reverse image search https://images.google.com for some time, but after upgrading to Firefox 36.0.1 today, the camera icon is now missing. I tried the Firefox Clone, Pale Moon 25.2.1 and I can see the the camera icon. I'm going to try some Firefox extensions based on bernardz 's comment below

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