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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago pretapen

Thanks. Can I upgrade to 18.3 without 'starting from scratch' with that huge download ?

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Your version of system should then be Linux Mint 18.0, before the release of 18.1, 18.2 and 18.3

https://www.linuxmint.com/download_all.php

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago pretapen

I did Go to "Menu", select "Preferences", then click "System Info
( both before and after your suggestion ) and what it shows is
“Linux Mint 18 Cinnamon 64-bit”.

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Free eBooks And Audiobooks To Read Online Or Download 1 month 2 weeks ago edarabia

Helpful article. You can also check a list here http://www.openculture.com/freeaudiobooks

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Best Free Microsoft Downloads 1 month 2 weeks ago js0331

I noticed that your link to Windows Movie Maker is no longer valid as support has been discontinued by Microsoft. I know of a mirror site at https://www.winmoviemaker.com - I thought I would let you know in case this is helpful to you and your readers.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

Every day our computers most likely have vulnerabilities, with patches only available after the vulnerability is finally recognised

The media continue not to deal with the elephant in the room:
**No patch, and no antivirus software, will protect you when hackers find the next vulnerability before the good guys do**

--So.. what everyday computer habits do we need to change once and for all, given that there will be vulnerabilities today we just don’t know about.--
Is the Microsoft Windows operating system doing enough to protect the average computer user from themselves ?

1)Does Microsoft need to implement standard keystroke scrambling software on all Windows versions, so keystrokes cant be analysed easily by malware ?

2)Do we need to stop saving our passwords (bank, work, email) with cookies that are saved on our computer. Cookies may save our time and help avoid typing the same thing, but maybe we need to type out bank passwords each and every time

3)What information does computer memory need to store, and are there ways to quarantine security sensitive information from RAM ?

4)Can Microsoft finally create a separate Windows Security Module, that can be regularly updated, without updates jeopardising the rest of the OS, its hardware and software configurations ?

5)How safe are our Windows logon passwords / screen lock passwords (they are stored on the computer). Can malware ever harvest these, and lock down our computers ransomware style ?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago RogerCurrier

Good article Rob - lots of common sense.

The world's press is having a ball with this as they always do when some bug or insecurity is found. I have seen articles where they say the fix will reduce your computer's speed by 30% and others by 1.5%.

I have looked at the problem, it would require some extremely clever code to get at and make use of the design fault, probably take much longer to create an effective virus than to produce the fix.

Just keep updating your anti-virus and operating system. If you are worried stay off 'dirty' sites.

Roger

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Rev_Don

The tests I've seen so far go back as far as 1st gen Core i series. I don't know very many Serious Gamers using anything older than 2nd gen Core i series. The C2Ds and C2Qs I've tested are on the edge of margin of error as well. Anyone using anything older than that aren't going to be doing anything that cpu intensive to notice the difference.

And a lot of the people who claim to have noticed the so called 30% performance hit on a home system are using flawed techniques. A lot are doing a single run instead of averaging multiple runs. They are also making the post patch run immediately after rebooting instead of verifying that all of the patches have finished installing. A lot of systems are getting a Net Framework Security Update and/or AV Update upon reboot after applying the patch. Users who run the tests right after the Patch Update are testing DURING these updates which skews the results.

Now I do agree that there is a lot we don't know yet, but all of this Doom and Gloom that the bug patches will render our processors nearly unusable is just a bunch of FUD. The initial patches might have a SLIGHT noticeable impact on SOME applications on a home computer, but the overwhelming majority of that will be mitigated with further testing, updates, and microcode and bios updates.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago howiem

According to some tech sources, the flaws were discovered by a hacker hacking his own machine, which implies that direct access is needed, and I have read on a tech site (don't remember which one) that to get infected, a user needs to already have malware running. If those are the cases i (and I have not been able to confirm it yet) then using best security practices should be an effective way to mitigate these vulnerabilities. Another point is that I found no indication that these are Zero-Day vulnerabilities, i.e.,no one has exploited them prior to patches being available.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

Yes, humanity also includes processor manufacturers who have been selling a defective product over 10 years,
and not offering a replacement product that works

And humanity includes phone manufacturers being caught with their updates deliberately slowing older Iphones
- this occurred without the permission of owners
- the public were only informed by Apple when they were caught, the policy was instituted more than one year ago
- the updates were documented to slow older model Iphones by up to 50%, often rendering them unusable
- Apple only informed its customers after it was caught
- the manufacturing policy whereby a phone should be disposed of once the battery wears out has been the accepted status quo,
with unestimable impact on the environment
- Apple, only in the last month, provided official phone batteries that were affordable, so finally the environment has been respected

Ah, humanity

With this international precedent, of manufacturer firmware drastically slowing hardware usability, it is no wonder a lot of computer users are a little cynical
- what should really be offered is a replacement fault free computer processor (CPU), when they are finally available, but dont hold your breath

Im not willing to sacrifice my computer to potential unusability, until I have heard the feedback from Windows users who have used the patch
I also wont install a patch, unless I am certain of the method of uninstalling the patch - although I bet uninstallation is difficult with firmware updates

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

Your reassurance is not reassuring Rev_Don.
Intels list of affected processors is long, and a lot of older computers may well take a performance hit

I predict its is too early to be offering reassurances
There is a wide range of computer processors that are affected, and many computer users have older computers with older processors

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

Thank you.
Do you have the same advice for my old Iphone, that is, just accept Apple updates?
Apple admitted its update slowed older Iphones (by up to 50%, leading many to have to buy a new phone)

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

There is discussion that these patches may actually lead to processor slowing and a slowed computer.
It will be interesting to hear just what is the impact these patches have on computer speed, particularly for those who are still using older computers, such as 3-5 years old
For some people, a slowed computer is practically much worse, than a potential vulnerability

Most computers over the last 10 years with Intel and other processors are apparently affected
There should be international class actions against these manufacturers, until they offer recalls and replacement of these processors
These faulty processors were sold not fit for purpose
Obviously industry cant just shut down their computer networks, but they should be offered refunds or replacement fault-free processors, when these are eventually manufactured

Since when did we accept 'software patches' as being a suitable compromise to full replacement of faulty hardware ?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Australia

We have allowed both the internet and smartphones to compromise our data security, without protest
I was late to the smartphone era, and use TechSupportAlert to guide my choice of software

I was staggered at just how many phone apps need to invade your privacy
- many apps demand access to your contact list, some apps need to push advertising to you
- many apps demand to be able to send data back to the software company

I will never put mine nor my family's personal photos on social media, including Facebook, as Im sure their policies insist that they have lifelong permission to upload and save and to use this precious personal data

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago jivadas

I'm an 80yo
yeah, I agree
this beautiful thing the Internet
what are they doing with it?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Rev_Don

Home users, including Gamers and serious gaming machines won't see any appreciable performance hit. 99.9% of games will see no more than a 1 or 2% hit, if that much. Some games actually slightly perform better with the patch. It's server type workloads that see the big hits. That's been proven by a number of different trusted sources. Most testers say the difference is within the margin of error.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Try this if it works for you: Go to "Menu", select "Preferences", then click "System Info". The detail of Operating System should then be indicated on the first line in the "System Info" window. view
A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Fairportfan

According to security experts who have studied the problem, at least one of the vulnerabilities can be triggered by a maliciously-coded page.

Also, the "up to 30%" performance hit varies depending on workload.

I would expect serious gaming machines to take a pretty good hit, if that's true.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Rev_Don

It isn't just Intel. AMD, Qualcomm, and ARM are also vulnerable to at least one of the three bugs. And that Intel processor would be vulnerable to at least one of the 3 as well, and probably 2 of them.

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AOMEI Backupper 1 month 2 weeks ago speedlever

I grabbed the free copy and took a look at it. Seems pretty straightforward with the exception that if you want to make a bootable clone, you have to buy the Pro version.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Rev_Don

Apple and Linux have also released updates.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago not recognized

Of course you must be oh so right. What might be even more interesting is what's behind the words, which we have no way of knowing, but concerning which making assumptions, we make asses ... you know the idiom I'm sure.

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for your kind words. :) Happy New Year!

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Oh thanks for the link! :)

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago mmmike

Great article......thank you!

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago eikelein

Good article, thanks Gizmo. For me at least the most interesting reading here are the comments.

There is everything represented that I find generally in dealing with humanity.

From the doomsday prophet that sees his world completely out of any order,
via the complainer (oh see how bad it's gotten - but I am going to lean back and do nothing, better don't update),
via the adequately reacting realist
to the frightened mouse who still is on XP and stays there because this world is oh so dangerous and anything new is oh so frightening.

Truly a panopticon of the world around me. What did I expect?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago swreynolds

Boy is that picture of a CPU old! Intel, the processor with the problem hasn't used PGA chips for a decade.

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Best Free Audio Books Online For Children 1 month 2 weeks ago dlz628

Here are 100 aubiobooks for kids that you can download for free with an Audible trial. You keep the books even if you decide to cancel the trial, which is cool. The list can be sorted by age, grade, duration, etc.
https://www.smart-toys.info/100-best-audiobooks-kids/

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago panamapatrick

"WHAT THE PANIC IS ALL ABOUT"? YOU CAN BE SERIOUS. DID YOU EVEN READ THE ARTICLE? IT AFFECTS ALL INTEL COMPUTERS IN THE WORLD, THAT MEANS THAT NATIONAL SECURITY IS AFFECTED AND ALSO YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION STORED IN ALL YOUR ACCOUNTS IN THE WORLD. HOW ABOUT YOUR BANK INFO, INVESTMENT INFO, HEALTH INFORMATION, ALL INFORMATION ABOUT YOU. ARE YOU OK WITH THAT?

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Thanks for the explanation. A good supplement here:
https://krebsonsecurity.com/2018/01/scary-chip-flaws-raise-spectre-of-meltdown/
where you can find a link to a list of AV programs etc that are ready to receive the Windows Update with the patch.

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago Frank D

Thank you! This is a very useful article. I appreciate what you do.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago clas

As an older computer user, I am finding that i just dont trust anyone anymore. one day coffee is good for you, the next its a killer. give to this charity, its a scam. give to this go fund me...liars, all of them...use this ap, its a hoax. use this one and it steals from you. So now most of the time its a wait and see for me. trust no one, run sandboxed, make backups, shut off all updates until enough time has gone by to really find out if they actually do what they claim. a sad thing but the internet and scammers have eroded all trust in humanity for me. good luck to all.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 1 month 2 weeks ago pretapen

My problem is finding the EXACT version of Mint I am using.
Yes there are lots of ways for me to confirm that I am using Linux Mint 18 ( Sarah ).
But nothing I can find will tell me whether this is 18.1 OR 18.2.
I want to know especially when I upgrade to 18,3.

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago harrym

For a malicious software to use these bugs, it first needs to be installed on the computer.
I would like to believe that my computer is not infected, so would have preferred not to install these updates. Alas, this is impossible.
I would much prefer having a potential bug rather than having the spectre of a slow-down hovering over my computer, or the meltdown of its performance rating,

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 2 weeks ago Anupam

Good post Remah :)

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 2 weeks ago Remah

The Backblaze site is a useful resource but the data in this table is of very limited use without a lot more information. The annualized failure rate does not provide a fair comparison because it doesn't tell us anything about what really happened. I'd be looking at other issues.

Also, it's not correct to say that "one particular manufacturer's drives seem pretty unreliable, with a 31% failure rate." It was only one particular model of drive and not the entire range.

Lifetime failure rates. Drives tend to fail in large proportions at the same time in the life of the drive - usually early on or late in the lifetime. Many of the drives with low annualized failure rates will have higher failure rates at the end of their useful life. These Seagate drives are old so we would expect higher failure rates. As Backblaze themselves say "in Q1 the 4 TB Seagate drive model: ST4000DX000, has a high failure rate of 35.88%, while the lifetime annualized failure rate for this model is much lower, 7.50%."

They also say, "In this case, we only have a 170 drives of this particular drive model, so the failure rate is not statistically significant, ..."

Technology. The expensive Seagate drives are often pushing the technology with features that other drives don't have. The model in question is apparently unusual with an extra platter.

Usage. The drives might have been used quite differently than most of the other drives. Drives that are mainly read last a lot longer than drives that have heavy write loads. That is a more likely scenario because the Seagate model was an expensive Pro drive. Backblaze might have been using the advanced technology for activities that stressed these drives more.

I can't imagine that they would be worth buying for any retail consumer. They didn't even get to any retail outlet in my country.

Sourcing: Are all the drives failing from the same manufacturing batch? Given the small number (less than 200) Backblaze were using then they might have bought them as one small lot. So Backblaze might have picked up most of the bad drives in that model.

Cost: It is price-performance that is usually important. It is not as simple as saying "Ultimately, with hard disks it's all about the reliability." and more so when the reliability figure you're quoting is so likely to be misleading.

(edited to correct mispelling and bad grammar)

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Best VPN Services for 2017 1 month 2 weeks ago Amanda

Very nice article about of VPN the VPN provides the best security for the encryption of data and privacy protection here am using a cyber ghost VPN it provides a free of one week after that only I purchased the VPN the chance of connection dropped is very less while comparing with other VPN so this is so good for surfing the VPN in full protection. There are some of the articles gives a description of VPN's in best VPN

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Thx for the simple explanation. Was wondering what the panic was all about.

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago budchekov

FWIW I've installed dozens of Linux flavors using this..It's never failed,excellent bit of gear,easy as ABC..used it to install Mint yesterday :)
http://www.pendrivelinux.com/universal-usb-installer-easy-as-1-2-3/

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Zoner Photo Studio Free 1 month 2 weeks ago carolc

There is no longer a box for downloading older versions, I looked at the sitemap and found a ZPS 18 download, which went to - dare I insert the site? nah... in pieces: https:// www.zoner dot com/en /download/installation-file-zps18.aspx

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago rhiannon

You're welcome. Happy New Year. :)

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A Word About Spectre And Meltdown 1 month 2 weeks ago bili_39

No need to worry too much about speed. Home users are hardly affected. Some large data centers with a lot of (small chunks of data) writing to fast media (SSD) will be hit the worst.

Just apply the patch (patches) MS has posted.

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Finds of the Week: 13 Free Printable Calendars / Print and PDF Any Web Page / Use Android Without Google / Linux Mint Installation Guide 1 month 2 weeks ago bili_39

Thanks rhiannon. Another interesting reading :)

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Best Free Software for Linux 1 month 2 weeks ago Panzer

flameshot - powerful yet simple to use screenshot software:

https://github.com/lupoDharkael/flameshot

 

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago lanshark

The Backblaze data comes from the biggest drives available, so it's not relevant to those of us to whom a 1T or 2T drive will be a step up.

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago seeker108

Thank you! Your comment is very informative.

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago Goomer

Never ever buy a "factory refurbished" hard drive no matter what the brand. Worst money I've ever saved.

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Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago crombierob

Thanks for the heads up.
Can you tell me where the download link is for the free version ?
Is it the X Mind Zen Beta ?
I do 97% of my computing on XP Pro so that will rule me out
Rob
PS I notice they have a cloud version (not sure if it is free yet), which might solve my need for having a single Document that I can access from all of my PCs. I am hoping to have a single To Do List, accessible from any of my PCs. And it can double as a means of my copying/pasting text between my PCs. Can anyone suggest an alternative (to XMind cloud) that i could use for that single To Do list ?

EDIT UPDATE
Thanks for the feedback guys.
I have settled on a great Note Tree program. I won't mention the name even though they do have a free version.
I have created a couple of files for it (EG VB6 Software etc)
In addition i have created a file called ToDo, and I store that one in a folder that is shared to the network.
The Note Tree program is installed in all of the PCs, and they all can open that single shared ToDo File.
It has Tabs but I will only have two Tabs in the ToDo file - ToDo and CLIPBOARD
The end result is I now have a single ToDo list accessible by all my PCs, and I also have a Clipboard, I can pass text between the PCs

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Glad to hear of other happy Seagate users. Here are my current stats for all my local drives:
D: Seagate ST4000VN000 (internal) power on time (pot) 859 days, 100% health (per Hard Disk Sentinal), heavy use;
Q: Seagate ST4000LM016 (external) pot 715 days, 100% health, light use;
K: Seagate ST8000AS0002 (external), pot 467 days, 100% health (but runs hot), daily backups;
G: Seagate ST5000DM000 (external), pot 471 days, 100% health, light use;
W: WDC WD4001FAEX (internal), pot 1269 days, 100% health (but runs noisy and has always made clicking noises which made me nervous), now light use, was heavy the first year or two
C: Samsung SSD 840 EVO (internal), pot reports as 1768 days which is incorrect - I haven't owned it that long, 91% health, heavy use (boot drive)

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Same for me. I have a Seagate Expansion Drive that gets all kinds of stick including moving daily between other PC's and the TV. Three years now and never a glitch. MC - Site Manager. view
Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago Anupam

Same here. I have had good experience with Seagate drives. I have a Seagate drive in desktop, and an external hard drive... both working fine so far, even after several years.

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Thanks for this article. I know Seagate always gets a bad rap. This is anecdotal, but I have always had a good experience with Seagate drives. We have 5 in use right now and have owned 5 or 6 others over the past 10-15 years. My bad experiences have been with the two WDC drives I bought. Go figure!

I notice even though Seagate gets the lowest marks, Backblaze just installed another 1200 of them.

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Don't Buy A Hard Drive Until You've Read This. 1 month 3 weeks ago Phylis Sophical

Very interesting. Good Article.

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Get Your Mind Organized In 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee

And it's here: https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-version-worlds-best-known-...

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Get Your Mind Organized In 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The article for the PC version is yet to come. MC - Site Manager. view
Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago Quantum_Dragon

crombierob,

Just scroll to the very bottom to the black band area and click on "pricing and buy",
on the next page you will find the free version there on the left.

The Zen version is the new engine (it is in free public beta at the moment)

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Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago EldonW

Edraw Mind Map Freeware is worth a look.
https://www.edrawsoft.com/freemind.php

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Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I've also used Notepin:
https://notepin.co/

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Get Your Mind Organized In 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago Gildawie

"I'm.... writing about two freebies ..... - one online and one that runs on your PC under Windows"
Where's the "one that runs on your PC under Windows"?

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Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm not how many features you need, but I use Pastebin. Pretty basic and accessible.

https://pastebin.com/

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Best Free Disk De-fragmenter 1 month 3 weeks ago dbnnet

Since migrating to Windows 10, I've spent a fair amount of time analyzing this topic, and finally have uninstalled
all my 3rd party De-fragmenter software and reverted back to using the default Microsoft one.
Simply put - In my opinion Its no longer worth the effort as the built-in Microsoft utility is doing a pretty decent
job these days. (Even for a faster boot up).
Gone are the days when this issue required a 3rd party solution....that's my 2 cents!

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GnuCash 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Both accounting equations are equally true. The British system usually adopts the format of "Assets = Liabilities + Equity" while the American system commonly uses "Equity = Assets - Liabilities".

Ref: https://accountingexplained.com/financial/introduction/equation

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Find Out Your Current Screen Resolution With One Click 1 month 3 weeks ago Andy N.

Another better choice is http://myscreenchecker.com, not only check for screen display resolution, but also for checking your screen color, screen health with 15 basic color, including: black, white, red, green, blue, ...

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Free Version Of The World's Best Known Mindmap Program 1 month 3 weeks ago tabletguy

Also, the source code is hosted on Github. Click the "Developers" link at page bottom to see their licensing options.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago not recognized

For the average user internet services have to be convenient and user-friendly. Given that those of us who remember and value the internet as it has been before greed and power lust got such traction, there's a lot of responsibility now carried on the shoulders of that even smaller group of us not aging out of existence and who have the skills to develop net services that will win back users. And if there's any way to reverse destructive legislation, it has to be found immediately.
As many have known for years, this is a matter now of social activism for public safety.
It's ironic that in the internet age various groups have not apparently found ways to coalesce and gather force to bring about change.
It's ignorance that is the biggest problem, and this is nurtured by the convenience hawkers who offer the Faustian bargain. We have to beat them at their own game by offering at least equal usability and attractiveness.
I've noticed articles about pirate sites using users' machines to mine crypto-lucre. Since the general populace are so complacent, can that ignorance be leveraged to thwart the privacy invaders?
Skilled developers, it's on you now. Could every machine be made active in thwarting control? What can be offered the typical ignorant user with payload of obfuscation for the greater good? Duckduckgo and others are doing good in that area. But notice how Google, for example, expands and then consolidates. They have the search engine, then they get YouTube, maps, social... The user is in a convenience corral. How to offer comprehensive consolidated services that oppose control?

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago not recognized

For Chrome, uMatrix. Block everything possible while still permitting basic page functionality as per needs.
For Firefox, Noscript.
Just the start. Of course that's coal to Newcastle. What's needed are attractive products with built-in, seamless protection to grab market share.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago not recognized

Security updates for Win 7 will be ending. Maybe a coalition of developers could take this on? I've missed the Win 10 transition deadline out of a vague dread of loss of agency. Now that that die is cast, as it is for many, how can work with this situation?

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GnuCash 1 month 3 weeks ago mfcarpino

Yes, GnuCash is a nice piece of software, however, the information in the second sentence of the "Our Review" section is incorrect. It should read "It will ease you into the "Equity = Assets - Liabilities" accounting equation and..."

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Best Free Software for Mac OS 1 month 3 weeks ago Kyle Lee

this is very good article for macbook user. thanks.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Bob F.

My concerns about the internet are not the same as yours although your points are valid . I am most saddened by the fact young girls can be bullied into suicide by unkind comments or children can be lured on line. A normally intelligent adult, can self brainwash himself in committing acts that defy any sense of logic or humanity and he can even learn how on line. As a former repair hobbyist this use of computers today has really taken the edge of my respect for technology as anything more then another money maker for the few . And I say this as a person politically on the left ( surprise surprise) because your most fundamental right, is the right to say alive and the internet is not making this happen anymore.

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MagicDisc 1 month 3 weeks ago Anupam

Thanks for your comment.

Actually, the link was to MagicIso main site, where finding MagicDisc is not easy. The download page was in the Get It link.

I have now changed both the Get It and Site link to the MagicDisc freeware page.

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Appreciated your kind feedback HiTechHiTouch. Both links are now removed from the list. view
MagicDisc 1 month 3 weeks ago Bruce_Fraser

The MagicISO website has a "Buy Now" button. Since MagicISO is the only thing they have, it appears this is not free.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Whether or not you approve of Edward Snowden, I think he summed up what Gizmo says about privacy in one quote:
""Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say,"

A big thanks and shout out my fellow Gizmo's crew members.......thanks for all you do and for being the awesome people you are. It's an honor and a pleasure to be here.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago terrawarra

Thanks Ian..... a good read !
Like the vast majority of comments here, you and the Tech Support Alert mob are truly respected.
I liken "techsupportalert" to Robin Hood and his Merry Men... and Women of course.
Taking from the rich and giving to the poor.....in the form of free technical advice, free and unbiased opinions on software and best of all, the best freeware !
Most of my computer skills and tech savviness (is that a word) ?... can be attributed to this site. Not only from Robin Hood & Co. but the many readers, regulars and contributors that add to the mix.
So.... to you Gizmo and your team as well as your readers, I say Happy New Year to all.
Cheers from Bundanoon, Australia.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago vandamme

I agree, but instead of "Use windows 7 as long as possible" I say Use Windows 7 as long as necessary" ... which is up until about 3 years ago for me, when I noticed I hadn't needed Windows for ANYthing, having used only cross-platform apps and dual-booting for years. .

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago HiTechHiTouch

The last two links in Best Free Program Launcher for Android are dead (playstore can't find the app). The first one doesn't point to the base package, but to a customization update.

What's happening to launchers in general? Many are disappearing!

PS: Still looking for a light weight "just icons and widgets on a home screen" launcher.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago papawdalton

I've been subscribed for almost 10 years and followed you (Gizmo) since the '90s. People like you are becoming few and far between. I'd like to recommend to your subscribers to start using Tor browser if you haven't already. It will provide you with a degree of anonymity. And I'd like to encourage your readers to start supporting people like Gizmo, the Tor network, and others of like mind, like never before to help gain and maintain as much of what the Internet was meant to be as possible. Knowledge is a powerful thing, especially when it is directed toward a common goal.

Live long and prosper Giz

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Get Your Mind Organized In 2018 1 month 3 weeks ago zepe

I saw the online version, Mindmeister, so where's the Word version?

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago budchekov

Happy New Year Gizmo, rhiannon and all the good folks who continue to make this place one of the remaining bastions of sanity in the cesspool once known as the web,
A daily visit here is a reminder of all the good a rockin' community of real human beings can do.

Thanks all ! :)

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago aenaeas

First things first: thank you. I've been learning from and following you for years.
Thanks Gizmo for your work, for the analysis in the article I totally agree with.
And I can still remember a world where you had to be withing reach of the phone cord. I think that we all have a right not to be connected 24/7. George Orwell's 1984 was wrong only in that it portrayed a gloomy, dull and grey Big Brother, what actually happened is that it came with colorful, joyful, and entertaining looks, thus tricking more people into blindly accepting everything else: after all, something so useful and lively couldn't be all that bad, or could it?
My deepest concerns are about new generations. One generation span is sufficient to change their perception. We have examples from the recent past.

THANK YOU AGAIN

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Australia

Gizmo is truly an inspiration.
This website has to be the most useful website on the planet for computer users who value freeware
Techsupportalert is also almost entirely noncommercial - an absolute oasis in the desert, unlike 99% of websites of the same size and scale

But I think it is an error to overlook that the problem with privacy theft is only related to the internet
Our entire lives are now being invaded by privacy thieves

We are exposed to privacy theft from
1)The internet
2)Microsoft operating systems, particularly Windows 10, which has telemetry snooping of all your computer activity
(the majority of computers internationally still use Microsoft despite advice to the contrary)
3)Cloud based services for storage of our files (Apple icloud for example was hacked, with disastrous results for many people)
Be aware that 'cloud' just means someone elses computer server (ie it is just storage on a company's computer system)
4)Apple or Android phones
(permission to download an app often involves giving permission for the app to access your phones address book and other data)
5)Well known email services (there was a major breach of Yahoo emails in 2017, for example)
6)Computer/laptop webcams or potentially the camera on your phone (some spyware activates your webcam and can spy on you)
7)Internet of things / home applicances. Recently the Google home appliance was found to be taking audio recordings of peoples living rooms

My remedies:
: Learn to use computer and phone hardware and software to their limits, and avoid all the above threats as much as you can
: Avoid opening a social media account with your personal phone number
: Use Windows 7 as long as possible
: Use the cloud if you must, but also backup your most private files to external hard drives (keeping one drive off site)
: Keep emails for legitimate work related uses only, and assume that someone can read all of your emails
: Avoid internet of things - often it is a way of overcomplicating a basic appliance, such as a fridge, and increasing the need for technical services

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Thank you Gizmo for all you do. It is truly valuable.

Faustian bargain it is. We want the stuff & the services more than we value our personal information. In some cases we are tricked into giving it up (our personal info). In some cases we give it up knowingly, or at least semi-knowingly.

Gullible people have gotten fleeced throughout history. There have been dishonest people throughout history. What has changed is the technology that allows for much more thorough and much faster exploitation.

If only loss-of-privacy was the worst thing we should fear.

Happy New Year everyone.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago rhiannon For browsers, Ad blockers are good, in general, as well as the ones that block Facebook and other social media from tracking you across the internet. This article at Engadget is well worth a read and has some good information, though it's a little.......frightening. https://www.engadget.com/2017/11/24/big-stores-that-track-your-online-move/ Or you can just search for Session replay scripts. It appears that for now, most ad blockers block session replay scripts. view
Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago tom4455

As Bob Dylan's lyrics go: "And when will we ever learn"

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Yankiwi

Thank you, Gizmo, for your eloquent posting, especially with regard to the ever-tightening noose around personal privacy. Even a cursory study of human history clearly shows that individual liberty, freedom of expression, and personal privacy are extremely rare and precious flowers that can only bloom where those values are deeply valued and jealously guarded. Sadly, that is not the trend in our current age.

You say that "there are other alternatives to these services. Not quite as powerful perhaps or as convenient but they do exist. Yet most of us choose not to use these options." That is a shame, but it reflects a civilization that is so entranced by the glamour and excitement of its new technological toys that it fails to see the grimly smiling face of totalitarian control which ever lurks in the technology behind them.

For myself, I do what I can to preserve such personal privacy and liberty as can still be found. Unwilling to allow Microsoft and Apple access to my data, I have blocked W10 and am in the process of slowly trading W7, not for iOS, but for Linux, once I am sufficiently schooled in it. Until the smartphones operating on Linux are developed further and have the basic apps I need, I try to do all I can to block the privacy-devouring Google behemoth in every way possible, using VPNs and encrypted messaging services on my Android phone.

I fervently hope that your dream of a privacy-respecting "Web 3" becomes a reality, but if we want it to be so, we must all work tirelessly to that end, constantly reminding those who have forgotten - or who have never realized - the crucial importance and fragile nature of personal privacy. Those of us with enough grey hair to remember what the concept of personal privacy means must also speak out and educate those who have grown up, and are now growing up, in the Internet Age and have never known a time when personal privacy wasn't regularly invaded in return for what you rightly called a Faustian bargain. We must help them to understand that privacy is a choice, a choice worth making, and that to passively accept invasion of their privacy is in fact to choose to surrender it.

We who still care about it must fight to keep the light of personal privacy from being extinguished, lest our civilization descend into the darkness of tyranny. In the words of the poet Dylan Thomas:

"Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light."

I wish you and all the members of the Gizmo's community a very happy, healthy, peaceful - and private - 2018.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago eikelein

Many THANKS to Gizmo, the web site and those who keep it running!
Happy, healthy NEW YEAR y'all!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Sgluber

Many thanks to all of you, for one more year... long life to the Gizmo's community!

HEALTH and PEACE for each of you and for all those who are close to you! :-D

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago footpatrol

Very good but unfortunate assessment.
Any suggestions as what to do in this new climate to maintain privacy, limit personal data acquisition use by 3rd parties, etc. ?
Any alternatives to the above aforementioned mentioned sites frequently used that gather our info that we can use instead?
Is there a way we can limit this corporate "free-rein" belief in attaining our info?

I believe that we should be notified of any 3rd party etc. given use to our info as well as how the info is used. Unfortunately, many businesses, public agencies etc. feel "free" to "SELL" our info to get needed revenue. It does not seem to matter whether you pay for a service or not, unfortunately they'll still sell your info anyway.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago spooky2ooth

Hello, thanks for the sadly true article.

It's a melancholy feeling to know that the internet, like most everything else in the world, has been corrupted beyond redemption by corporations. Of course the writing was clearly on the wall when Google, one of the most powerful entities connected to the internet dropped the 'Don't Be Evil' from their motto and code of conduct. I'm pretty sure it wasn't because they wanted to be a teensy weensy ornery once in a while. Of course things will only get worse with the installation of Verizon mouthpiece and well known liar Ajit Pai as FCC chairman. The decision to end net neutrality was a foregone conclusion the moment he was appointed chairman regardless of what the vast majority of people wanted. The 'vast majority' ain't putting the big bucks into these guys coffers so it's hard to get them to listen. Then if one installs software to maintain some degree of privacy while online they will find many websites that will not work unless they disable their software and allow that site to have a look under the hood. When or if another iteration of the internet fires up it would be none to soon for me. Thanks for being one of the dwindling places I trust online.

Happy New Year!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago 4sure5

Many thanks to all who keep this website going. I trust what I read here more than most other sites I visit. Your time and expertise is greatly appreciated!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago classicggma65

Thank you for the very insightful and true article. Like others have said, Gizmo is one of the true beacons and I hope it's honesty will continue to burn bright. We often are quick to criticize when things aren't right, but slow to acknowledge when everything runs smoothly. Here's a big THANK YOU for all you have done to help us, especially those like myself who are a bit tech-challenged and need help understanding. This thank you goes to your wonderful members who are quick to respond when we have questions or do not understand how to do something.

Happy New Year to All of You and Kudos to Gizmo, may you lights continue to shine...

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago arieshifman

Happy New Year all you good guys.
Keep up the good work!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago booleanboy

Hi Gizmo,

First of all thank YOU for providing what I consider to be one of the most trustworthy and reliable sources of information out there.

Sadly I agree with the conclusions you draw about the current state of the 'Net. That early spirit of camaraderie and mutual support has been largely blown away to be replaced by 'monetizing opportunities' that rely on vapid, mawkish, sentimental dross to manipulate users. Add to this the increasingly insidious attempts by governments around the world to control both content and delivery mechanisms and the future looks bleak and dark.

Maybe it is time to unplug for a while while we build something better.

Charles Pearman/UK

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago hlsinker

Have a Happy New Year to you and all that help put together this website. This was a letter I will all ways remember, was beautifully done.
As you may notice the username I"ve picked indicates somewhat of the sentiments you've expressed of gullability in the world not looking deeper. Again I would like to echo the sentiments above: I thank you for being such a reliable, trustworthy information source. Thank you!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago deya

I don't trust much on the internet these days but if it's any consolation I do still trust (and value) the contents of this Website, and the opinions of those who contribute to it.

Happy New Year to all at Gizmo's :-)

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Troyster

Anyone who has watched the movie Snowden has come to the realization that Big Brother is already watching!

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago noworries

There will always be people who spend their whole lives glued to their phone screens and to whom Facebook, Twitter etc. are a prime part of their lives. Recently a company has been offering to perform DNA tests to tell you from whence you originated. What a good idea. Now your DNA can be sold to insurance companies who can then decide if you are a good risk for life insurance or for any other purpose that might occur to them. Should we worry about those people to whom Twitter is important. Possibly, if by fair means or foul they become president on the United States but otherwise one can ignore these people as being of no consequence. Keep doing what you do so well, the thinking part of the masses appreciate you.

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago Mr. Mars

Nobody bats a thousand, but we do appreciate the time and effort Gizmo's puts into helping make the web a better and more productive place for us all. Happy New Year !

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Is 2018 the Year the Internet Finally Died? 1 month 3 weeks ago vermin

True, like yourself I remember when the internet was free, I ran stuff for free myself and gave my own time without reward to help others, sadly the lunatics now run the asylum.

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