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Best Free Firewall Protection 4 years 7 months ago snakyjake

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

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Best Free Registry Editor 6 years 3 weeks ago snakyjake

Here's my top choices:

1) Reg (By David K. Gasaway)
http://sourceforge.net/projects/reg

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

2) O&O RegEditor
http://www.oo-software.com/en/products/ooregeditor

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

3) Regscanner
www.nirsoft.net/utils/regscanner.html

+ Search
+ Portable
- Goto Path

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

What makes Mediacoder bettern than Freemake?

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Encryption is Not Enough 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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Encryption is Not Enough 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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Encryption is Not Enough 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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Best Free Hash Utility 6 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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

Thanks. Jake.

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A Brilliant File Verification tool: A Second Opinion For Your Data’s Integrity 5 years 4 months ago snakyjake

Alternatives:
FileVerifier++
wxChecksums

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

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 5 years 9 months ago snakyjake

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

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Increase Your Browsing Speed And Privacy With Ghostery 6 years 1 month ago snakyjake

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

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

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Protect Your Online Privacy and Speed up Browsing with Privacy Badger 5 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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

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Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 1 month ago snakyjake

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

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This Privacy-Oriented Browser Blocks Ads Too 5 years 3 weeks ago snakyjake

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

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 4 years 12 months ago snakyjake

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

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New Chromium-Based Browser Includes Add-Ins As Standard 4 years 11 months ago snakyjake

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

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 9 months ago snakyjake

I can't seem to not get a fingerprint.

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 9 months ago snakyjake

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

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How Much Privacy Is Your Browser Providing? 4 years 9 months ago snakyjake

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

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Be Brave. Try This Great New Browser. 3 years 6 months ago snakyjake

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

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Bitwarden - All the password management you need! 1 year 9 months ago snakyjake

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

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

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

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

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

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Use Two-Factor Authentication To Enhance Your Account Security 10 months 1 week ago snakyjake

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

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 6 months ago snert

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

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 6 months ago snert

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

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Amazing Site Gets You Up To Speed On Any Subject 7 years 6 months ago snert

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

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 7 years 4 weeks ago snldr1

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

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

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

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Pale Moon. This New Web Browser Is Far From New! 2 years 8 months ago snldr1

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

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 5 years 6 months ago snowbound999

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

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Best Free iPad Apps 5 years 5 months ago snowbound999

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

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 11 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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How to Keep Google from Putting Your Name and Picture in Their Ads 6 years 11 months ago snowbound999

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

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Get A Free Home-Use Version Of This Enterprise Firewall Appliance 6 years 5 months ago snowbound999

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

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Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner 5 years 10 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Inbox for Gmail Makes Your Inbox Cleaner 5 years 10 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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

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Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 5 years 3 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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Watch The World Get DDoSed In Real Time 5 years 3 months ago snowbound999

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

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Get A New Version Of Google Chrome (Almost) Every Day 5 years 1 week ago snowbound999

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

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Our Exclusive Giveaway Worth $90. [Expired] 4 years 11 months ago snowbound999

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

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Capture And Annotate Screen Shots In Your Browser 4 years 10 months ago snowbound999

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

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The Faster Way To Copy Files 4 years 10 months ago snowbound999

I usually use Fastcopy which you can download from MajorGeeks http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/fastcopy.html

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Free Online Screen Sharing For Easy Support 4 years 9 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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Avast Free Antivirus 2016 Edition 4 years 8 months ago snowbound999

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

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

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

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Try This Brilliant Free Photo Editor 4 years 6 months ago snowbound999

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

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 4 years 1 month ago snowbound999

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

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

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

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Access Any Web Site's Search System Direct From Your Chrome Browser 4 years 1 month ago snowbound999

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

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

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The Easy Way To Disable Windows 10 Telemetry 4 years 1 month ago snowbound999

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

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

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Get This Top-Rated Backup & Recovery Program Free Through November 4 years 3 weeks ago snowbound999

One give away per Paragon account.

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 3 weeks ago snowbound999

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

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

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Gizmo's Exclusive: Get This $29.95 Sync Tool Free If You're Quick! 4 years 3 weeks ago snowbound999

I regularly use other Sync tools before to sync files between USB flash drives and computers. There are some utilities that will allow you to set up parameters to deal with conflicts. You can overwrite the older file with the newer file or just pop up a notification bar asking the end user what to do. Most of those syncing is done manually when I want to do it.

This tool is probably good choice for people who want a general set it and forget it sync tool though.

Question is will the installation key still work say you either reinstall Windows or get a new computer and want to transfer your apps over to the new computer?

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Run A Deep Scan For Malicious Software 3 years 12 months ago snowbound999

I did a extensive scan on a Windows7 computer here yesterday. After running for 10.5 hours and with the progress bar only 1/6 way across the screen I cancelled the scan. This was after it purportedly found 16 infected files. I say purportedly because cancelling it brought up a screen showing it found none of the infections that the utility scans for.

I then did a quick scan and it again found infected files and this time it completed and again showed the same result screen showing 0 infections found.

The page for MFT indicates:
"If malicious software has modified (infected) files on your computer, the tool prompts you to remove the malicious software from those files. If the malicious software modified your browser settings, your homepage may be changed automatically to a page that gives you directions on how to restore these settings."

The app itself also says "the tool will provide you with a report of the malicious that was detected and removed"

"After the tool runs, there are four main results that the removal tool can report to the user:

No infection was found.
At least one infection was found and was removed.
An infection was found but was not removed. This result will be displayed if suspicious files were found on the computer. To help remove these files, you should use an up-to-date antivirus product.
An infection was found and was partially removed. To complete this removal, you should use an up-to-date antivirus product. "

In neither of the scans did I see any sort of report other than it saying 0 infections. I regularly scan this computer with MBAM.

If this application is indeed deleting files without actually telling the enduser what it is deleting it can lead to issues. I regularly use utils from SysInternals and Nirsoft which some scanners flag .

Why is it that the progress bar is totally useless in this app? A progress should indicate how much more is left to do for the process at hand. It should not go all the way over to the right hand side of the bar and start all over again and repeat this animation over and over again!

I found the MRT.LOG file on my Windows 7 box in C:\Windows\debug and lo and behold it shows 0 infections in all of its scans over the last 24 hours a terminated long scan followed by a quick scan even though both of them indicated during the scanning process that there were 16 infected files or so. Today I ran a quick scan and it said 0 infections found.

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Scan Your Network For Free 3 years 9 months ago snowbound999

I used this application a lot but then discovered that it has succumbed to going commercial after 10 devices. Sorry to say but going to look elsewhere for an option or will stick with an older version of the app which does not have this restriction. Just do not update it.

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A Clean, Simple And Yet Powerful Content Reader for News Feeds and Web Articles 3 years 5 months ago snowbound999

I gave up on using Inoreader on Windows 10 Mobile. Sticking with Feedlab at least that shows the articles that I have already setup under my Google account . Inoreader allowed me to login apparently but it showed not one article from my Google account RRS feeds that Feedlab has no issues with.

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Create Lovely Diagrams, Infographics, Ads, Charts Etc For Free 3 years 5 months ago snowbound999

Went to this site in Google Chrome and was told to enable Adobe Flash. Chrome by default disables Adobe Flash which means having to go through http://www.online-tech-tips.com/google-softwaretips/enable-flash-chrome-specific-websites/

Update despite according to the documentation Google Chrome will not prompt you to allow you to run Flash on certain sites. I spent 30 minutes trying to figure out what setting was incorrect in Chrome. There was nothing wrong with the settings. It appears that Google has another bug in their code. As mentioned on the linked page:

"The icon will either be a lock icon if the connection is using HTTPS or it’ll be an information icon if the connection is non-secure. When you click on this icon, you’ll see a bunch of settings you can configure for that particular site. Towards the bottom will be Flash. By default, it should be set to Use global default (Ask), which means the browser should ask you if you want to enable Flash for a site that has Flash content.

However, in my experience, the browser never actually asks me to enable Flash content even when there is clearly Flash content on the website. So, I have to basically select the Always allow on this site option in order for Flash to work."

Once I enabled the "Always allow on this site option" the site loaded properly.

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Fabulous Free Addon If You Watch YouTube 2 years 10 months ago snowbound999

Would not work with Firefox 57. I use Dark Theme already on YouTube and as soon as I installed this extension it wanted me to install even more extensions.

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This Is The Text Editor That I Use Every Day. 2 years 7 months ago snowbound999

What makes this editor better than say Notepad+++ and regularly updated as well and free too?

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Download 'Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your PC All-in-One For Dummies' Ebook Free For A Limited Time 2 years 2 months ago snowbound999

I agree. I registered a long time ago and made up stuff for the registration and used an email address I use for sign up offers. I am not nagged to death either and have gotten several useful books all of which are still accessible via their online library.

One bone I have to pick with is particular book is that none of the table of contents entry appear to be linked to the actual page in the book. Means that one has to use the search function in the PDF file to fine the particular page.

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Your PayPal Account Could Be Costing You Money. Check It Now. 3 years 8 months ago Snowedinagain

Excellent advice and a very welcome heads up! Thankfully I was able to see the folly in pre-athorized, automatic payments long ago and avoid them. But the reminder is much appreciated. Of course, these types of payments can be convenient, but at what cost and who really benefits the most from this convenience! I am quite sure that my paypal account does not include any automatic payments but I'm going to check anyway. Thanks again. Great stuff!

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Remove Your Personal Information from the Internet for Free 5 months 1 week ago snowy99

SWIFTHACKGENIUS@gmail.COm and his firm stood beside me 150% and I felt in good hands throughout the whole process. Before consulting with Steve. I chose to call him based on the reviews I read; now I understand why there are nothing but 5-star reviews for his firm and I am glad to be a contributor to that statistic... it is the least I could do for what Chris and his firm did for me. (713) 352 8891, You can contact them and they will assist You. they are such a great team to work with.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 7 months ago soad1789

I am quite surprised to see no mention of Windows Firewall Notifier (https://wfn.codeplex.com) is present here! I had come back to techsupportalert after a fresh install of Windows just to see if anything had changed since I had last installed a firewall. Nothing had changed unfortunately, so I snooped on MajorGeeks and found Windows Firewall Notifier. This, like TinyWall and Windows 7 Firewall Control, utilitzed the built-in windows firewall, but unlike the others, just seemed to work for me. No issues, no excessive popups, great performance and memory + CPU utilization, and to top it all off it's open source. This really should be the #1 recommendation for a basic firewall IMO. It allows the basic firewall to act as a two-way firewall, which is exactly what I needed. Once installed, it blocks all outbound requests by default and a simple popup is displayed above the system tray allowing you to Allow/Block as expected. I highly recommend giving it a shot.

Also worth a mention is Binisoft's "Windows Firewall Control" (http://www.binisoft.org/wfc.php) (I know, painfully similar to Sphinx Software's Windows 7/8 Firewall Control which IS already mentioned here). It looks like it performs similarly and from the screenshosts seems well-designed. I am just too happy with Windows Firewall Notifier at the moment but if I didn't like it I would definitely give this a shot.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 7 months ago soad1789

I also want to briefly mention my gripes with TinyWall and Windows 7/8 Firewall Control here just for the record.

TinyWall sounded like the best frickin' idea ever when I read the description here. I loved how light it was, the premise was so promising. However, it continually seemed to deny access for all applications unless I turned it on the mode that allows all traffic. Even configuring specific rules never seemed to alleviate the "no internet access" problem, so eventually, after continually turning off the firewall, I gave up and moved to Windows 7 Firewall Control.

Windows 7 Firewall Control, unlike TinyWall, actually works as expected. It performs amicably, however there is one thing that sucks about it and it really just drove me crazy. Sometimes, for example when viewing flash content on a web page, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control would trigger a pop-up asking to allow/block the "System" app that is flash. This "System" dialog would also pop-up with Windows services intermittently as well. That's all fine and dandy, that's what it's intended to do, right? However, Windows 7/8 Firewall Control will inform you on trying to "Allow" that you need to upgrade to the Premium version to actually allow handling of "System" apps. Seems like an arbitrary destinction to nag you to pay. I get it, the developer made a good program and wants to get paid, but IMO this app didn't perform well enough to justify paying to stop this nagging.

The biggest thing I like about Windows Firewall Notifier is that on top of performing how I want, it's open source. No nagging!

Good luck in your searches all.

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Best Free Firewall Protection 5 years 7 months ago soad1789

Finally I should mention I tried Private Firewall. It worked decently enough, but was more than I needed (I really wanted just a better way to utilize the Windows Firewall). It didn't seem to hurt performance but I suspected it was a bigger impact than the other programs I mentioned which all utilized the built-in firewall. It also just looks like it was designed in the '80s, heh, and unfortunately that matters to me. More importantly, for my needs, I don't want to have to become familiar with a slew of crazy firewall options that I'll likely never need that might only result in unexpected behavior. The KISS mentality. I'd order the average users' options like this:

1. Windows Firewall Notifier
2. Private Firewall
3. Windows 7/8 Firewall Control
4. Tinywall

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The Friendliest Network Traffic Monitor Ever 6 years 7 months ago Soapymac

It would be nice to download the program...except, after filling in all the required info to get it...and then click "download,"...I get an error asking me for my state. The problem? THERE'S NO BLOCK TO ENTER THAT!

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Best Free Online Genealogy or Family Tree Applications 4 years 8 months ago socks

This article was apparently written before FamilySearch Family Tree (FamilySearch.org) was opened in 2012.

FamilySearch Family Tree is a unified tree, intended to include everyone in one tree, freely editable and modified by any FamilySearch registered user, like Wikipedia. The goal is to have one profile per ancestral person that represents the best scholarship available.

Pros
- Anyone can edit any record. You can benefit from work done by relatives and other genealogists.
- Automatically searches records when you enter people. Record hints are visible on the Personal Details page, pedigree view, and descendants view.
- New records added every day. FamilySearch has the largest collection of genealogical and historical records in the world.
- Unlimited entry of name, relationships, birth, marriage, death, burial, and other events together with their associated dates, locations, and source citations.
- Relationships are not limited, i.e. multiple spouses (consecutive or polygamous) and parents (adopted, foster, or other possibilities).
- Multimedia attachments. Media can be tagged to show up on multiple individuals.
- Excludes information about living individuals from being publicly available.
- Easy to add people from sources.
- Duplicate finder and merge capability.
- Unlike the free accounts on Ancestry and MyHeritage, it is not feature limited. No nagging to get a paid account, since there are no paid accounts. The only limitation is that some source records are on other websites (like Fold3 or GenealogyBank), and you can't view the image without an account on those websites, or a visit to FamilySearch Family History Center.
- Tablet/phone app available.
- Printable fan charts, pedigree charts, family group sheets.
- Has it's own App Gallery of programs/websites that work with the database, such as chart creation, tree analysis, and interactive maps. Many of them are free.
- Ability to send messages to other users working on the same individuals.
- If you visit a FamilySearch Family History Center, you have free access to records from Ancestry, findmypast, and MyHeritage.

Cons
- Anyone can edit any record. "Your" tree can be messed up by a careless researcher, although changes can generally be undone. Some of the existing records have errors that may be difficult to straighten out.
- No way to share living people. You can enter living people, but no one else can see them.
- May not recognize a duplicate until you add more facts, requiring a merge.
- Cannot directly upload or download a GEDCOM. You have to load the GEDCOM into one of the free programs that syncs with FamilySearch (Ancestral Quest, Legacy Family Tree and RootsMagic), then sync to upload. As you sync, you will be asked to resolve any duplicates. This may take a long time, but it prevents duplicates, and you may find some additional information about your ancestors. The programs have easy procedures for downloading and saving information as a GEDCOM.
- Does not support same sex relationships.

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Best Free Torrent Search Engines 5 years 6 months ago SoftwareBabe

FOR PROTECTION, you may want to add PeerBlock 1.2 (free - lists updated WEEKLY) to your list of security software.

"PeerBlock lets you control who your computer "talks to" on the Internet. By selecting appropriate lists of "known bad" computers, you can block communication with advertising or spyware oriented servers (such as TORRENTS), computers monitoring your p2p activities, computers which have been "hacked", even entire countries! They can´t get in to your computer, and your computer won´t try to send them anything either."

http://www.peerblock.com/

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YouCam 5 for Free: CyberLink in association with Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 6 months ago SoftwareBabe

Wow. Great giveaway, BUT, it does add a keylogger and Norton 360 stopped it dead in its tracks. 360 Total Security also stopped it, so I guess this one is a NO GO. I already have CyberLink apps on my W7 PRO quad-core PC, so I know they are good products. But, this one seems to want to do more than I will allow it to do.

Sorry.

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Are Your Hacked Details Circulating On The Internet? 4 years 4 months ago SoftwareBabe

The site told me that I was a ROBOT, but I think it is because I am behind a VPN and it sees the DNS of the VPN server. THERE IS NO WAY I WILL GIVE MY REAL IP SO EVERYONE CAN TRACK ME. No thanks. The moment you allow them access to your real IP, you are done for.

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Time Machine For Your PC Protects From Mishaps And Malware 5 years 3 months ago software_user

does anyone really expect rob to actually try these programs vs just reading the supplied information to keep some from bricking their computer?
surely not.

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How to Clean An Infected Computer 7 years 7 months ago solotexas

I ran the CCE smart scan...found 1 threat "Modified Hosts" "repair" "small yellow bar". I clicked to repair. Computer rebooted... and the same thing popped up but instead of a "small yellow bar" it shows "a long bar, yellow to red" ending with the word "failed". What should I do?

Ignore and continue my way towards "kill switch"?

CCE has no way of showing me where the file is located?

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Best Free File Archiver Or Zip Utility 7 years 6 months ago soltaran

Just tried to install IZArc 4.1.7 - it now INSISTS on installing a new search toolbar (Babylon) .. it's not possible to continue without installing it .. even with the /NOCANDY command line option.

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How To Choose A Strong Password 7 years 4 months ago Soluna668

The method I employ and recommend to my customers uses keyboard sequences, instead of the typical tired suggestion. By using keys which appear together, you can have ridiculously long passwords that are seemingly random, yet are easy to recall, don't spell or use words and can even be extended to give you ample choices in terms of how long it needs to be, passwords for certain sites do need to be as long or complex as your banking password.

for instance, you could have qweLKJ234 for a social networking site
and qweLKJ234234000 for your banking.

and easy to remember!

Good Luck!

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Best Free Data Recovery and File Un-delete Utility 7 years 7 months ago Som Success in recovery depends on several things; to mention few of them, the most important thing is to react as soon as possible - the chances of recovery are great if software was installed *before* deletion happens. Restarting computer with option "Delete Pagefile" enabled will almost for sure overwrite "free space" where deleted files still existed before reset. Running programs that produce huge temporary files are next on list of "destroyers". The amount of free space on partition is important too - less free space leads to sooner overwriting of free space. Safety rule is - have recocery programs installed *now* (or use portable versions from USB) and use it immediatelly. view
Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software 4 years 8 months ago Some Random Moniker

Just tried installing ImgBurn, used the 'advanced' install option. Had a bunch of really junky-looking crap to uncheck, not liking the looks of all that but continued as I've used this software in the past and it's been very decent. Looks like it highjacked my browser's homepage with a yahoo clone & installed a handful of malware threats inside the OS. Not gonna ever try ImgBurn again!

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Use the Search Engine Called StartPage to Protect Your Privacy 6 years 4 months ago somedude

Anyone know how to add this "Start Page" link to the context menu in FF to replace the regular Google link?

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This 4-In-1 File Explorer Makes Moving And Copying Files Simple 6 years 10 months ago somedude

Glad you mentioned that. This Windows 8 is so alien to me that often I don't see what's right in front of me. Frankly, I can't understand why MS licensed OEM's to preinstall Windows 8 on PC's in the first place, unless it was just for the sake of money.

But I digress. I used to use the free Context Magic because I liked it's simplicity but it doesn't work with Windows 8 or at least it's 64-bit version.:-(

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Snapshot Your Files And Registry To Discover What Changed 6 years 6 months ago somedude

Thanks, bob. Probably even more interesting are the other free app's available on the page, assuming they due what they purport. Been looking for freebies like these awhile. I'll probably give them all a try.

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Free App To Make Your Windows 8 Start Screen More Useful 6 years 6 months ago somedude

ClassicShell works for me.

All I need is to pile more unnecessary cr@p on my machine. Especially when my objective is to stay rid of the Start Screen. This "Start Screen" should never even have been applied to PC's in the first place. In fact, I think originally it was not intended to be. Well, that's just my opinion.

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Three Ways to Easily Access Your Most Recent Documents and Files in Windows 8.x 5 years 11 months ago somedude

Classic Shell works for me. It fixes the greatest screwups MS's greed ever forced on Desktop user's.

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How To Tell If You're Running Windows 8.1 Update 6 years 4 months ago somedude

I occasionally get a blue field across the monitor saying that 8.1 is available, is free and do I want to install it, or wording to that effect. But when I click on the "Install" button I'm taken to the App store leaving no apparent clue as to just how to install it. When I try to get it through a third party or from MS.com the same thing happens. System info still indicates that I have the Windows 8, so I can only assume I don't have 8.1 or the Update. Got any idea what's going on here?

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New Microsoft Online Tool to Help Keep Track of Security Bulletins for Your Software 6 years 3 months ago somedude

I too use Belarc. It is so difficult to find a username that MS acct likes that I gave up bothering long ago. MS is only one of many sites that present this problem. Sometimes I wish sites would generate them automatically because it can be a big PITA and waste of my time.

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Dandy Dozen of Free Windows Programs that I Install on Every New PC 6 years 16 hours ago somedude

Belarc was a great little utility until it ran into Windows 8. For some reason the report and the pages code always opens in Notepad which is about as useless as a rusty bent nail. Perhaps it does work in 8.1, but I'll never use 8.1 again as it too seemed more trouble than I cared to bother with.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 3 years 2 months ago SometimesWorks

I have been using BoxCryptor Classic locally for several years. Rather than attach to cloud directly, I've put the base encrypted files folder into OneDrive's local structure & let OneDrive do the sync work. I have about 15GB of files synced like that and access via 3 similarly configured Win10 PC's and 2 android devices. It has run like clockwork for 3 three years so far.

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BoxCryptor 3 years 2 months ago SometimesWorks

I'm a happy BoxCryptor Classic (v1.7) user. It would help to clarify the versions as it uses the icon current for v2 in header yet describes a review based on a very old v1.3.2 - mentioned only in the footer.

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BoxCryptor 3 years 2 months ago SometimesWorks

Thanks Philip - I appreciate your efforts across Gizmo.
I consider Boxcryptor 1.x and 2.x different products. 1.x is industry standard & 2.x is not. They are incompatible.
For that reason, even though Boxcryptor 1 is unsupported, it is my preferred product. It continues to run well in Windows 10 & I've confirmed I can access the files via other EncFS products. (Windows EncFSMP is simple but works BTW)
As an aside, I note my installed version is 1.7.409.131 and the portable version is 1.6.402.92.

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Best Free Antivirus Software 6 years 6 months ago sonoffar

In hopes of hardening my older XP Pro lap top before the SHTF event in April, I loaded up Avast and was initially satisfied with how it did it's job. Then I reached a 30 day anniversary and the constant nags started. Now I have no working anti-virus and I am also unable to remove Avast or disable it's constant nag pop ups. As of this date I would rather be scalded than pay the Avast pirates a penny for their miserable product.
Anyone looking for free anti-virus I would advise stay well clear of this nasty, intrusive, offering.

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Best Free File Encryption Utility 7 years 5 months ago sonoffar

I have been reading about a program called "Rubberhose". It doesn't seem to be active but what I read sounded like it would be the perfect tool for safeguarding information on a computer. Anyone have any experience or information on this program?

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 5 years 6 months ago sonoffar

yBook2 has apparently not been updated since 2012. This particular TSA has not been updated for some time as well.

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 5 years 6 months ago sonoffar

"yReader2" hasn't been updated for a couple of years, "Reader Library" has been shut down for a year, and this site is falling further and further behind the curve. What did you do to your volunteer editors?

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 3 years 2 weeks ago sonoffar

Will 360TS work with Win XP?
I failed to find any mention of system requirements in either your evaluation and review or the 360 website.

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Best Free Screen Capture Tool 2 years 6 months ago Sonson

Hi. Nice collection of screen recorders. I often record my screen for tutorials using the Acethinker FRee Screen Recorder Online. It is a web-based application that I can use anytime. I dont need to download or install it. It is very simple and easy to use application. You may include it in your list next time.

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How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk 6 years 6 months ago Sont77

Hello I was wondering I had a copy of window 7 premium that I bought with my
Samsung laptop ...my hard drive crashed and I decided to buy a
intel nuc DN2820FYKH now I lost my copy of windows 7 but I found the box and have the product key will this copy of windows 7 premium work with my nuc and product key

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2020 5 years 8 months ago sonystrife

360 Clean Droid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.qihoo.cleandroid

-cache & junk cleaner (better than 1tap cleaner, BUT BE CAUTIOUS)
-startup manager
-memory booster
-privacy shredder
-nice & sleek ui layout ;)

i stopped using 1tap cleaner since it has quite many intrusive ads

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Moon+ Reader 4 years 4 weeks ago Sool

I don't know whether this is a recent development, but Moon+ Reader DOES read PDF files, and it makes an excellent job of this.

My work involves regularly consulting a hefty PDF file that consists of several pages of indexes followed by several hundred pages of guidelines.

Moon+ Reader allows me to touch an item within the index, which then takes me directly to the page I want. There is an non-intrusive back button, which I can use to get quickly back to the index if required. Moon+ Reader also enables me to easily bookmark pages that I frequently visit and it also provides a separate clickable index of the various sub-sections of my guidelines. I can therefore navigate my way around my unwieldy tome with astonishing ease.

The advertising is minimal and only appears during background tasks. It does not appear on pages that you are reading.

Having tried all of the other readers mentioned above I found that Moon+ Reader best suited to my particular needs. I would not wish other people to miss out on trying this excellent app in the belief that it doesn't handle PDF files.

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Are Ads Coming to the Windows 10 Start Menu? 4 years 11 months ago Sooty

I just wanted to add my thanks to vic for the article and to vandamme for the detailed linux post above.

Like crosseyedlemon I've been unsure which way to jump into linux but after reading the above I now feel I have the confidence to do so. Thanks.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 4 years 7 months ago Sope

As far as I can tell, it looks like Comodo's "free" 10GB online storage is only a 90 day trial.... or am I missing something?

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The Windows 10 Start Menu Explained- How to Customize and Use it 5 years 3 months ago Sope

+1
Good simple advice for those contemplating the free upgrade to Win10

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Something Interesting is Happening at Gizmo's Freeware 5 years 1 month ago Sope

+1 to lesam's comment.

Sounds a good and reasonable decision Gizmo!

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Firefox Extension Improves Web Page Readability 4 years 11 months ago Sope

If you don't want to use an add-on for this, you can just use the "Reader View" button now built in to the address bar in the latest version of Firefox.

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