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Getting Bunches Of Privacy Policy Updates? Happy GDPR Day 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I've gotten emails from companies I haven't heard from in years, about 50 total as of a little while ago.

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Getting Bunches Of Privacy Policy Updates? Happy GDPR Day 7 months 4 weeks ago J_L

21 emails, and probably still counting. I mean, I haven't received Amazon's or Microsoft's yet...

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I heard back from the developer, if this doesn't answer all the questions let me know - they are very open to answering anything else. And of course you can contact them as well. Here's their response:
 

"Firstly, I personally use HTTPS Everywhere, find it very useful and necessary; Trace works well with it and although the two may conflict in some rare instances, it's never caused any problems whilst browsing the web for me.
 
 
As for the rest:
 - NoScript should also work fine with Trace although I haven't tested it, the main difference with NoScript and Trace is that NoScript can stop all JS running on a page whereas Trace aims to disable certain functions that can be used for tracking.
 - Privacy badger and Trace are very similar, personally I'd use Trace, but I suppose I am a bit biased.
 - Regarding better privacy, I know nothing about it due to the fact it was removed by its author.
 - Any VPN should work fine with Trace as the two will never interfere.
 
Concerning uBlock, you *can* use Trace and uBlock together, however if you do decide to do that, you should disable the WebRequest Controller in Trace so that they don't interfere. That would mean that uBlock handles all the domain blocking whilst Trace handles other things such as defending against Canvas & Audio Fingerprinting, Google tracking headers etc."
 
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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago AJNorth

Thank you, rhiannon; I look forward to learning their response.

Cheers,

AJN

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

It can be enabled and disabled in the browser add-ons/ extensions settings.

If you want Trace turned off for a particulare site, click on icon in the toolbar and whitelist the site.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago bkaras2

Can I choose to use Trace when I want/need to use it?

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

No problem. I'll update when I hear back. They've been very responsive.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago AJNorth

You're welcome, liandro — and thank you for your kind comment.

Cheers,

AJN

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for adding that information. :)

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

I use them both together with no problems. I haven't tested them separately.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago rhiannon

It's working fine with uBlock Origin, Disconnect, & Privacy Badger on Firefox, Waterfox, Vivaldi, Opera, and Chrome.

I'll pass your question on to the developer, they've been very responsive and you'll get an accurate answer from them.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago liandro

Thanks for articulating the question better than i did, AJN.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago AJNorth

Thank you for your review of Trace, rhiannon!

Question: here are the security / privacy add-ons currently being used on Firefox (ESR 52.8):

— NoScript

— uBlock Origin

— HTTPS Everywhere

— Privacy Badger

— Better Privacy

— Hoxx VPN Proxy

Which, if any, of the above might Trace supersede (and / or would work well in conjunction with)?

Again, thank you!

Cheers,

AJN

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4D Compass - More Than Finding North 7 months 4 weeks ago bernardz

Not there anymore in google play.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago liandro

I've been using UBlock. Can I continue with UBlock AND Trace? Is Trace better than UBlock?

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 7 months 4 weeks ago beergas

Thanks, appreciated. Didn't try the Premium$ part though would be nice to add in development. Maybe next time.
Fast install from store. Right away results shown. It also has some anti-bitcoin ability. Been running 2 sep apps that
do that and surprised me with what they do report blocking. No major sites I believe since those rarely if ever triggered
but less used or known ones do pop up now & then. This extra layer should help. Even on a slow cable w/ Win x64 Pro
and high end PC there's no noticeable draw down on webbing & I have a lot of open web connected apps too. Test more.
Trace has been protecting you since 2018-05-25
Trace is currently blocking 2,781 records from the uncached Regular blocklist.

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Download 92 Actual Size Printable Rulers For Free 8 months 56 min ago rhiannon

Oh what a great idea - much easier to read than most rules.

They are pretty accurate on my inkjet printer, more so on a laser printer. I printed out a few to test using a Shaedler Precision Rule (accurate to 1/5000th of an inch and photographically printed) and lines were exact to 1/4", were just a hair off on smaller increments. I would guess the printer has a part in that. An old inkjet never printed the same thing the same way twice - there was always 1/16" to 1/8" difference.

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Best Free DVD Ripper 8 months 2 hours ago cooloneman

Another happy user of Handbrake. Intuitive to use and pretty quick. But it cannot rip audio, hence I use WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro to make it. Double equals win. And @Altnetcoza, you can also use these two to extract a separate file.

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Download 92 Actual Size Printable Rulers For Free 8 months 2 hours ago crosseyedlemon

Came across this site a while ago but forgot to bookmark it so I'm glad you listed it here. These rulers are perfect for indicating the size of objects you might want to sell online. Sometimes a photo can be misleading but all the guesswork is eliminated when you include one of these rulers along side the object.

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Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 1 day ago gpc111

I have tried two different email address. No keys in either inbox or spam folders.

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 8 months 2 days ago Panzer "... Nighthawk - a stealthy, simple, unobtrusive music player that stays out of your way in your Menubar/Taskbar...": https://github.com/quantumkv/nighthawk/blob/master/README.md view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 2 days ago Panzer "... Nighthawk - a stealthy, simple, unobtrusive music player that stays out of your way in your Menubar/Taskbar...": https://github.com/quantumkv/nighthawk/blob/master/README.md view
Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 8 months 2 days ago Panzer You are welcome. view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 2 days ago Panzer "... Porg is a program to aid management of software packages installed from source code. After the installation of such packages, one is usually left with having no idea of what it was installed and where it all went, making it difficult to uninstall the package in the future. Porg was written to solve this problem in a quite simple fashion...": http://porg.sourceforge.net view
Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 2 days ago jmjsquared

Jeffrey, that was my poor attempt at humor but, thanks, anyway. You're a gentleman & scholar.

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Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 2 days ago JeffGreene

You might try Poe or JustWrite, two distraction-free writing apps.

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 8 months 2 days ago philip

Thanks, Panzer. I've included Winds under Web-based/Web-app RSS readers.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse 8 months 2 days ago gkramer

Following the instructions for the desktop app in the article takes one to a Microsoft Forum. Clicking on the "submit a request" takes one to a feedback form asking for an e-mail address and a text box for feedback. After the form is submitted, nothing happened.

EDIT. Licence key arrived as an e-mail. Product activated with no problems.

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Microsoft Hyperlapse 8 months 2 days ago tarzanxx

It worked for me. I put my email address in the form and in the "feedback" field I asked about removing the watermark. I got an instant auto-reply email from Microsoft "thanking me for my request". Then about three hours later I got an email with the license key from Microsoft..

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Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 2 days ago MidnightCowboy Thanks Jeff for your interaction. Registration details confirmed as being legit from Microsoft and not the Albanian Mafia. :) MC - Site Manager. view
Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 2 days ago jmjsquared

Yup! Not only is Jojo's tip a good one, but the offer and Jeff @ Microsoft are, indeed, legit... and quick: Made my request at 1:38 P.M. and a nice email containing the key was received precisely 22 minutes later.

The software ain't not too bad, neither.

@Jeff - any MS writing/grammar apps available?

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Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 2 days ago JeffGreene

Greetings,

I am the Community Manager for the Microsoft Hyperlapse Pro Team. Yes, this is legit.
I am happy to provide a free product key as discussed above, but I can only do so if you specifically request it. Some folks are sending one-word messages like "Great", or "Cool". Since I manage several software apps, this can be confusing and will result in several emails before you get your key. Please be specific (and maybe say "please", that's always nice) so I can save us both a lot of time.

Thank you!

-Jeff Greene

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Get A Pro License For Free And Say Goodbye To Long Videos 8 months 3 days ago exbioman

Your article lead to the request for a key as stated. And brought Hyperblast to my attention. Which I installed on my Windoz and Android phone. Thank you.

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Avast Free Antivirus 8 months 3 days ago ILoveGizmo

The free version of Avast does NOT include a firewall, but is blocking Windows Firewall from working because it is telling Windows that it is taking care of that.. I see no way to work around this so will uninstall Avast. This is a very nasty tactic to try to force you into buying the version with firewall. I also have a paid version with all bells and whistles on another more critical computer and will not be renewing my license because of this sneakiness.

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Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 days ago Panzer

"... Spice-up is a modern and intuitive desktop presentation app ...":

https://github.com/Philip-Scott/Spice-up

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Best Free RSS Reader-Aggregator 8 months 3 days ago Panzer "... Winds is a modern, open source RSS and Podcast app built using React/Redux/Node ...": https://github.com/getstream/winds/ view
Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 3 days ago Panzer "... Winds is a modern, open source RSS and Podcast app built using React/Redux/Node ...": https://github.com/getstream/winds/ view
This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 3 days ago rhiannon

The developer has fixed the issue of games not working on Facebook, so Trace should be fine with Facebook games now. :)

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Best Free Antivirus App for Android 8 months 3 days ago Philo Vance

Malwarebytes is now like the its Windows brother in that the free version is on-demand scanning only. If you want realtime protection you have to upgrade to the paid Premium.

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 8 months 4 days ago areejfatima

This is a wonderful post.thanks for sharing game

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Browse Life Magazine Archive Online For Free 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

I wondered the same thing, since LIFE was being published later than that. I didn't find an answer to that during my research putting the article together.

OTOH, I apparently didn't thoroughly read the Wikipedia entry, because that's when they stopped publishing weekly issues:
"Industry figures showed that some 96 percent of Life circulation went to mail subscribers, with only 4 percent coming from the more profitable newsstand sales. Gary Valk was publisher when the magazine laid off hundreds of staff. The weekly Life magazine published its last issue on December 29, 1972."

Life (magazine) - Wikipedia

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Browse Life Magazine Archive Online For Free 8 months 4 days ago crosseyedlemon

Definitely a collection worth exploring as Life magazine provided so many images that have become iconic over time. Wonder why they decided on 1972 as the cutoff date.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

You're quite welcome. :)

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago HisSon

Thank you rhiannon. This will be good for my wife's computer also.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

I contacted the developer about this issue (games being blocked on Facebook). They got back to me quickly, and the issue is being looked into.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

The default settings work well for me. They look like they are designed to have little to no impact on site function from what I can see. If you run into any issues, whitelist the site. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago HisSon

I do have several apps which will block things I don't want intruding on my computer and this sounds like something else that would be very worthwhile. However, my expertise is not as great as I wish it were. Can you just download and Install Trace and let it do its thing? We all need as much protection as we can get because our privacy is being stolen from us by all kinds of unlawful means and I definitely think I need this application.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago David R

Correct ! Blocked my farcebook game. White-listed it, reloaded, game still won't completely load.
Uninstalled, game loads completely again.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 4 days ago Third Eye

This article is outdated. 360 Total Security is the worst Antivirus.
I wrote a long comment discussing the same which was removed by the editor. I think they are paid by Qihoo.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

I'm assuming you added the site to the whitelist and it's still blocking Scrabble? That's odd. I'd guess the developer would want to hear about that, if you feel like reporting it.

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 4 days ago rhiannon

Nope I meant decrease - thanks for catching that. :)

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 4 days ago Third Eye

https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security

360 TOTAL SECURITY IS THE WORST ANTIVIRUS

1,} https://www.av-test.org/en/antivirus/home-windows/windows-10/october-2017/qihoo-360-total-security-default-engine-9.2-174068/
2.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jc2asYcMSQ
3.) https://www.digitalcitizen.life/review-360-total-security
4.) https://www.techradar.com/reviews/360-total-security
5.) https://antivirusprotection.reviews/review/360-total-security/

Qihoo must have poured millions of dollars in developing this product but it is quite BAD.
1.) Poor Realtime Protection
2.) Poor phishing Detection
3.) Performance Impact
4.) Too much advertisements and Privacy issues
5.) Extra tools are overemphasized and underpowered
6.) Intrusive and interface layout stressing non-essentials.
7.) Too many false positives by 360 Cloud Engine
8.) Poor Documentation

I know that its protection can be improves by enabling those 3rd party Bitdefender and Avira engines, but tests shoes in spite of that protection is not remarkable and performance impact goes very high.

Lots of negatives, like those Extra tools when seen from view point of a PC professional are bloatware and not absolutely essential.

MY SUGGESTIONS:

1.) Have a crystal clear privacy policy
2.) Just use Bitdefender Engine by default and ditch 360 cloud engine forever.
3.) Non-intrusive and quality advertisements
4.) Improve real-time protection, program should immediately react to the presence of malware without executing them.
5.) Improve Phishing protection.
6.) Remove nonessential tools and do not emphasize them, like frequent cache cleaning and aggressive startup management.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 4 days ago Third Eye

DO NOT USE 360 TOTAL SECURITY

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 5 days ago zep321

rhiannon,
You said :
"I've noticed an increase in page load times since I installed Trace, which is more than welcome on this slow internet connection."
I don't understand why an increase in page load times would be welcome. Did you mean a decrease?

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 5 days ago meandyou

It works well, except that it blocked Scrabble on Facebook - doesn't matter what I did - so I had to uninstall it :(

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 5 days ago AndyR

Thanks... It has been quite a long time since I last looked at Clonezilla I will have to give the latest version a look at on one of my test systems when I get chance. Something else lacking in some of the imaging software these days is the option to re-build / replace / not replace the MBR I know that is not relevant on a GPT drive but I bet a lot of people are still using MBR drives.

The thing is with Windows 10 though you don't have much control over it when it comes to multi boot (or anything else for that matter) and the ability to create up to 128 primary partitions on one GPT drive would have been useful many years ago but I don't see a whole lot of point in the need to have dreamed up that technology these days, couple that with the fact a BIOS is not just a BIOS anymore it's very over protective of what you wish to plug into "it's" main board and if you try and force it to accept something it really does not like then that is comparable to poking a bear with a stick !

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Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 5 days ago rhiannon

Ah good point. I'll add it to the article when I'm at my computer. 
Thanks for the info on programs closing.
I've had trouble with Mailwasher Pro closing from time to time but that was with an older version of Close All.
I'm happy to hear you like the program. It's one of those useful little utilities that's been lurking in my "must install" toolbox for years. :)

 

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 5 days ago rhiannon

Glad you like it! I'm with you, it's always good to add to the arsenal

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This Chrome/Firefox Add-on Lets You Leave Almost No Trace Browsing Online 8 months 5 days ago terrawarra

Nice one rhiannon !

you can never have too many weapons in the arsenal to fend off these creeps.

Thank you !

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Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 5 days ago i8spombots

I could say that your reply is pretty much what should have been in the article ie saying "beware, some progs are closed with prompts but it's up to the user to work out what is and is not being closed gracefully".

However, for me, the program is extremely useful. I have a buggy PC (hardware issue) and have to reboot every few days. This closes the 20 odd progs I have running at a click. I appear to get notices from all progs that prompt (an old Office 2001 Excel among them), although I do do some precautionary saving before I start...like you, "not sure" LOL.

It may be my buggy PC but HD sentinel seems to resist closing.

Big thanks for this one. Been years since the last time I was introduced to a "tinkering" program that was so helpful.

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Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 8 months 5 days ago Dupes

use ammyy admin, u can login to your remote computer even behind your NAT using standard windows RDP protocol

http://www.ammyy.com/en/buy.html

or go with https://vpnstaticip.com to get a static IP with open ports on ur router and use port forwarding to ur PC

VPN any time is a better option, but both work perfectly.

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Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 8 months 5 days ago Dupes

use ammyy admin, u can login to your remote computer even behind your NAT using standard windows RDP protocol

http://www.ammyy.com/en/buy.html

or go with https://vpnstaticip.com to get a static IP with open ports on ur router and use port forwarding to ur PC

VPN any time is a better option, but both work perfectly.

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Best Free Software for Linux 8 months 5 days ago Panzer "... Kakoune is a code editor that implements Vi’s "keystrokes as a text editing language" model. As it’s also a modal editor, it is somewhat similar to the Vim editor...": https://github.com/mawww/kakoune http://kakoune.org view
Best Free Digital Image Viewer 8 months 6 days ago Panzer Veneta viewer: https://sourceforge.net/projects/veneta-viewer/ view
Wallpaper of the Week: Crimson Night 8 months 6 days ago rhiannon

I'm glad you like it. :)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

Good points. The other thing I like about Clonezilla is the documentation. It's almost impossible to go wrong if you browse it first and then follow their step-by-step examples. The one possible issue for some users is the drive destination for the restore needs to be the same size or bigger than the source drive. MC - Site Manager.
https://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 1 week ago AndyR

I recall quite a number of years back using a mixture of Windows and Linux flavors in a multi boot environment I used Grub to boot the Windows boot loaders, so I would have a Grub menu with the Linux systems and an option to boot Windows that would load another menu to boot into the various Windows systems quite complex to set up a first but all worked fine unless Windows in it's wisdom decided to change something and that was always a nightmare to fix...

As for paying for imaging software go's many of them don't offer much extra as far as usefulness go's in the paid for versions such as the ability to reinstate / migrate an image onto a different brand of computer for example something the average user would probably only use once or twice if ever, I have always had mixed results with that and should only be used in an emergency to gain access to your data on a different computer since I found the migrated system usually starts acting abnormally after a few weeks if not sooner...

The only imaging software I have ever paid for was one of the very early versions of Norton Ghost that I used to create factory install disks with since at the time it was the most advanced and reliable in my opinion, however these days like all Norton products it's bloated beyond belief and essentially "hijacks" your system.

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Wallpaper of the Week: Crimson Night 8 months 1 week ago budchekov

Hey rhiannon, great minds think alike!

I've had that ^ as a desktop for some time, needless to say I found it browsing one of your excellent links.

Love it. :)

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy I have a desktop PC that is triple-booted with three Linux installations (Zorin 12 Lite, MX-16 (KDE Added version) and Ubuntu MATE 18.04). The last install gave errors and I had to use Rescatux to restore Grub and then update Grub within the problem system to get all three back in sync. I then used Clonezilla to image the drive and restore the contents to another PC. The whole operation went without a hitch and all three systems boot on the other PC. I have absolutely no idea why people pay for imaging software. MC - Site Manager. view
Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 1 week ago rhiannon

That's a very good point. I didn't include that information in the article because I don't know how it behaves with all or most programs that have save changes before closing prompts, and that information isn't listed on their site.
It prompts me to save changes in Microsoft Word, Notepad, and a couple of HTML editors and various other programs that I don't recall right now (I've been using Close All for some years) using the program's 'Close All' button.
The 'Terminate All' button doesn't prompt to save changes before closing open programs.
I would think that it would work in Microsoft Office programs, but since I don't use Excel often I couldn't say one way or the other, and I don't know if it works in all versions of Microsoft Office.

In other words, if I included that information in the article, and Close All closed a program without a prompt to save changes, and that program normally prompts to save changes before closing, I would be providing inaccurate information and someone could lose whatever data or project they were working on. That's not something I would want to happen.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 1 week ago i8spombots

Could be very handy but the article needs to state whether you are prompted to save unsaved date/tabs or whatever on close, eg for Excel, text editors etc etc.

Without those prompts being available I would not use this....and I do see you can close programs individually but sorting through a list sorta defeats the purpose of the program IMHO

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Best Free Tray Clock Replacement 8 months 1 week ago raymond4500332

In Windows 10 version 1709.16299, every time I use the Control Panel to change the clock display to show day of the week, month, day, and year (i.e. Wed 05-16-18), Windows resets it so it only shows the hour and minutes! I have done this twice and Windows insists on resetting it back to the dull default setting. Therefore, I installed the 64-bit version of DSClock on my 64-bit system, formatted it to display a two-line hour, minute, second, AM or PM on the top line and day of the week, month, day, and year on the bottom line. I set the font in white, the background in black and move in to be in front of the standard clock in the taskbar. Once locked in position, my clock display is now the way I want it, not Windows' pitifully ugly clock display.

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Best Free Video Downloader [Stub] 8 months 1 week ago bernardz

http://www.savevid.com/ no longer works

 

http://savevideo.me/ does not support youtube anymore

 

FVD Video Downloader link does not work

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The Easiest Way Yet to Download YouTube Videos 8 months 1 week ago bernardz

I do not think it works anymore as is

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Download YouTube Videos As MP3 Files 8 months 1 week ago stonewolf777

There is one with music charts on top of features: audioconverters dot com. And has no pop-ups, no hidden backlinks or whatever. Fast enough (less than 6 minutes to convert a 2 hours video file to mp3). Also, a firefox and chrome plugin, clean.

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Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 1 week ago rhiannon

You're welcome. It's very handy. It's one of those things I've used for years and then one day it occurs to me that it would be a good idea to tell others about it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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Close All Open Programs With One Click 8 months 1 week ago Goomer

I think I'm going to like this. Downloaded and installed without a hitch. Pinned it to the task bar, give it a right click and there is a pre-checked list of all the open programs. By the end of the day, this list gets pretty long. Should make shutting down a breeze, once again thank you Gizmo.

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 1 week ago AndyR

Thank you for the update... I did actually try Veeam but was not significantly impressed enough to write a review the ability to create an image from their bootable media is negotiable mainly because how many people actually do that these days ? I know I do not anymore...

AOMIE has added a few extra features in their free download but I feel they like most imaging software are starting to loose focus by adding in more and more utilities that are yes somewhat related however it just confuses the novice user and makes the software overly complex from a programing perspective... I am a firm believer in one tool for one job the Swiss Army knife approach is all well and good in theory when your in a tight spot but for serious backup and recovery the tool / software in this case has to be specific to the task... that is just my thoughts...

In addition I noticed AOMIE has teamed up with Lenovo (also another company I forget the name off hand) to deal with factory restore / recovery of their end users computers using the OneKey recovery software... however with the Lenovo system I had in for repair the OneKey software did not carry out it's task correctly I was expecting a factory restore all it did was recover system files and bloatware and not actually remove the issues present all user data was left intact where technically it should have been wiped ! my solution, download the drivers for the system, low level format the entire HDD, reinstall Windows from an official disk and then the specific Lenovo drivers... problem solved !

Personally I have been using Macrium Reflect as of late on all my systems without problems it is far less complex now than it used to be in one respect that does concern me but it seems intelligent enough to get the recovery image re-instated correctly... though I admit I have not tried recent versions on a dual boot system that could be another matter entirely, I do not know as yet.

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Best Free Digital Photo Organizer 8 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Tiat is a simple and powerful image organizer, build for designers, photographers and magpies. Tiat can handle millions of images with high performance and smooth user experence ...":
http://www.chthollystudio.com/tiat/

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Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection 8 months 1 week ago Panzer

"... Tiat is a simple and powerful image organizer, build for designers, photographers and magpies. Tiat can handle millions of images with high performance and smooth user experence ..."
http://www.chthollystudio.com/tiat/

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Best Free Drive Cloning Software 8 months 1 week ago vnavna

As stated in the first comment about Veeam Endpoint Backup the bootable disk only allows you to recover. There is no backup from bootable option available yet. I have requested that feature for a while now but as of today, there is still no backup from bootable device option.
On a side note, I have never received any SPAM messages from Veeam since signing up to download the installer.

Another note that the name has changed from Veeam Endpoint Backup to Veeam Agent for Microsoft Windows FREE 2.1.

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Best Free Software Update Monitor 8 months 1 week ago bili_39

Think you should ad PatchMyPC to the list.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 1 week ago Third Eye

Try to add thunderbird to exclusion list.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 1 week ago kipngetich91

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P64PQBT7W3Z

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Best Free Windows Apps 8 months 1 week ago kipngetich91

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P64PQBT7W3Z

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Best Free Windows Apps 8 months 1 week ago kipngetich91

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P64PQBT7W3Z

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Best Free Windows Apps 8 months 1 week ago kipngetich91

one of the best apps is here
Sarahah
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P64PQBT7W3Z

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Best Free Antivirus Software 8 months 1 week ago kipngetich91

https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9P64PQBT7W3Z

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'll take a look at Cliqz, looks interesting.
Since Waterfox forked off Firefox when Mozilla started using WebExtensions API for it's add-ons, Waterfox and Firefox quit using the same profile folder. CCleaner doesn't "see" Waterfox.
Click&Clean is a good add-on for Waterfox, it let's you selectively clear out browser history, cookies, cache, etc or clear everything all at once.

Completely agree, so much software, so little time........... :)

 

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Best Free Software Update Monitor 8 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Thank you for informing us. It has now been removed from the review. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Software Update Monitor 8 months 2 weeks ago acz

Just to update this article, Secunia was acquired weveral years ago by a company called Flexera. They decided to focus on business customers and not individual users, so they have discontinued the Secunia Personal Software Inspector (PSI) in April of 2018. Since it is no longer updated or maintained, they suggest that everyone simpy remove it completely.

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

Have Win7 and find myself using the Avast Secure browser for any financial stuff and do like it. Also save no passwords or form fillers on that browser...have LastPass (got from Gizmo's) Also have been trying out Cliqz and that seems good for privacy. Waterfox (also from Gizmo's) has been working for any game downloads, but do have to remember to clear history since CCleaner hasn't yet included it. Haven't heard about Blackbird though...so much software and so little time...

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Microsoft has gathered data via telemetry for many years. If you want to block it, Blackbird works for Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista, and O&O ShutUp10 works in Windows 10.

I don't use IE or Edge either - limited tab functions, few add-ons/extensions. Meh.

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

Thanx rhiannon for the info...Will check out Disconnect and keep it in mind in case I start having problems with Ghostery. Another one to watch is Microsoft gathering info, even if you check all the Do Not Track boxes. The big corporations are just sneakier in their tracking and info gathering. For example, I never use Internet Explorer anymore, yet when I clean my machine each day IE shows a full cache. Seems MS has other ways to track us. Google is everywhere and Amazon is trying to surpass the big G.

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

The shadow profiles that Facebook maintains on people who don't have a Facebook account are troubling.
Ghostery is good - I use Disconnect because I have a years long history with Ghostery of pages not loading or functioning properly when it's installed. Most people don't have any issues with it.
I haven't had any issues with pages using Disconnect over period of few years and across all browsers so I stick with it.

I'm aware that both Google and Amazon collect a lot of user data. Google in particular amasses a large amount of data on users. To date I haven't seen either of them handle user data the same way that Facebook does (Cambridge Analytica, for example). Whether it's because they handle their data differently, or they don't and it hasn't come to light so far, I don't know.

 

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

Sadly, those of us who do not have FB account are also tracked and the only way to see what FB has collected on us is to Sign Up for FB. They get you coming and going. Have no social site accounts and am doing very well without them. Also have Ghostery and love it. You can pick and choose who tracks you for the most part, including FB Connect, which I have found is really not an Essential as sites say it is. Do not forget that Amazon and Google also have their hooks into us...

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

No need for any apologies. :)
Alternatives are a good thing. What works for one person doesn't work for another.

AI. Oy. :)

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago danielson

I understand your gist and i apologize if many of Corbett's videos simply state that he does not use Facebook.
Do however appreciate (among other things) his suggesting alternatives to FB.
It's just unreal on how much of who and what we are is being increasingly fed to AI.

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Best Windows Freeware/Shareware Download Sites 8 months 2 weeks ago Australia

I have been downloading freeware since 2000
The best freeware sites that have stood the test of time, in my humble opinion, in 2018, are:

1)Softpedia
2)Majorgeeks
3)Snapfiles
4)Portableapps.com
5)Sourceforge (depending on the freeware)
6)Filehippo

Some of the other sites mentioned in this article, have had issues. One wellknown freeware site was bundling freeware with added spyware (ridiculous)

In summary, avoid these freeware download sites:
1)Freeware websites that deliberately make it hard to find the actual download link, and force you to click on junkware links
2)Freeware sites that dont make it clear which freeware is actually demoware (that you have to pay for)
3)Freeware sites that have freeware, but also a lot of demoware, and it is hard to just find the freeware without having to sort through demoware
4)Freeware websites that have downloads bundled with additional nonessential software
5)Freeware websites that include a lot of free software that is actually spyware and fails testing on virustotal.com - these sites are basically malware webpages

Over time, some previously reliable freeware sites can fail the above 5 rules, and then you avoid them forever. Once unreliable, always unreliable

Virustotal.com is your friend. Become well acquainted with it - it will tell you if a certain file is clean or very dangerous

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Facebook: What It Knows About You and How It Tracks You 8 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I hadn't seen the Corbett Report before, thanks for the link.

I'm not sure what you mean by a FB icon on my profile - we have buttons on the site for RSS, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

I do have a Facebook account, it was created because I'm the person who adds content to our Gizmo's Freeware Facebook page. That FB account doesn't contain accurate personal data about me, and I don't post on that timeline.
Strictly personal preference. I'm not active on social media - not because I approve or disapprove of it, more because I have nothing to say.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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