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12 of the Best Places on the Internet to Get Free Help with Computer Problems 3 months 1 week ago teganrandall66

Hey I am Tegan and I have joined this community recently.I would like to share a webpage on Computer services Miami.
https://www.sibergen.com/design-services/

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Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC 3 months 1 week ago i8spombots

Geert beat me to it..........install Everything (after the initial setup literally finds whatever as fast as you can type) and have your music paired to a non restrictive player (Foobar for example). I'm sorry Rob but this software should never have been suggested............."one track at a time" Good god, what a shill.

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Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC 3 months 1 week ago Geert

>> This makes it really easy to play any song. Just type a few letters from its title into the search box,
>> wait for it to be found, and then hit the Play button.
That's exactly what you can do in the excellent search program "Everything". (cf. http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-fast-file-search.htm)
You type in a (part of the) title and artist and once found you double-click it and it is played in the program you linked .mp3 files to.

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Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC 3 months 1 week ago zep321

Hey alan:

Thanks for the heads-up re MusicBee. Love it.
Song Director also very good, just that MusicBee has more "bells & whistles".

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 1 week ago Panzer "... Komorebi is an awesome background manager for all Linux platforms. It provides fully customizeable backgrounds that can be tweaked at any time! Wallpapers included by default range from animated ones, still, and gradients ...": https://github.com/iabem97/komorebi view
A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 1 week ago Quetzalcoatl

Actually, I work in a datawarehouse environment in a very big company where sometimes we need to check text files of that size or even bigger before we load them to their corresponding tables, and believe it or not, yes, I have done that with emeditor with an old machine with only 2 GB RAM, that's why I discovered emeditor.

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Access Your PC Remotely Via Any Web Browser 3 months 1 week ago greenfrog

Does the remote computer need a static IP address for unattended access?

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Tech Support Guy 3 months 1 week ago Anupam

Please register and post in the forum, for which link is given in the article. Or, write to Asus support.

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Tech Support Guy 3 months 1 week ago crecre352

My Asus x540s is not working the screen keep going back to the Asus screen and saying preparing fix

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Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager 3 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

LogMeOnce.com is getting rave reviews!
At one time, RoboForm was the only software to do this. Then LastPass and Dashlane and KeePass came on the scene. And now there's a brand new one: LogMeOnce.com. PCMag picked it, along with LastPass, as their Editor's Choice for Free Password Managers 2017: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2475964,00.asp.
Here is the in depth review of LogMeOnce: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2494447,00.asp.

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Best Free File-Based Backup Program 3 months 1 week ago gnf00x

just tried this out. it's a keeper. very nice tool.

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Another Of My Go-To Tools Gets An Update 3 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

Robert,
Thank you VERY much!

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WPS Office Free 3 months 2 weeks ago reikipete

Up to recently I loved WPS Word processor and Spreadsheet. Then they upgraded their systems, added something that cost $$, and I may have hit the wrong button in accepting what I thought was the continuation of the freebies. I saw ( and ignored for a month ) a blurb for something they were selling. Then, the the other day I had major problems with both Firefox and comodo Ice dragon on both of the dell systems. I tried a lot of things, but as soon as I killed the WPS spreadsheet, both Dell's became alive again. This could be the Dells, me or WPS, and by the time I find the time to fully test my theory that WPS ain't free or at least ain't cheap, some genius will jump in with a GOOD answer. I hope she/he hurries up. Pete

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Another Of My Go-To Tools Gets An Update 3 months 2 weeks ago booleanboy

That's a useful recommendation Robert now that, since the latest version, SoftPerfect's excellent Network Scanner is no longer freeware.

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Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC 3 months 2 weeks ago alan2duggan

MusicBee is simply the best music player I've ever used and I've tried most of them. It is totally customisable and works brilliantly as a music organiser and player.

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Scan And Quickly Find Any Music Track On Your PC 3 months 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch

I want to put in a pitch for the free version of MediaMonkey, available at http://www.mediamonkey.com/download/ . I used the free version of Media Monkey for a few years and then upgraded to the paid-for "Gold" version, but the free version is very capable. It will handle a virtually unlimited number of media files, and has a very robust search function. Unlike free Song Director, you can queue up as many songs as you like with free MediaMonkey. You can also create and save named playlists, export to mobile players, update tags, rate your songs, rip and burn CDs, convert among formats, and run a server to play your media on other household devices. I have over 300,000 music files on my PC. MediaMonkey handles them easily. There is a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of MediaMonkey, but the basics are on par with other mainstream players. MediaMonkey is a mature app and has been in the marketplace at least since 2003. (Their active forum has posts from 2001.)

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer

"... Rspamd - fast, free and open-source spam filtering system ...":

https://rspamd.com/

 

Tagsistant is a tag-based filesystem for Linux that turns directories into tags and search your files for you:

http://www.tagsistant.net/

 

Lilite - a Linux autoinstaller:

https://www.lilite.co/


Persepolis is a download manager and a GUI for Aria2:
https://persepolisdm.github.io/

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Thonny ... Python IDE for beginners ... Thonny comes with Python 3.6 built in so that you need to run only single simple installer and you're ready to learn programming ...": http://thonny.org/ view
Download A Youtube Video As An Audio MP3 File 3 months 2 weeks ago tribalmixes

check out great savetube review here : http://savetube.org/2017/06/savetube-com-review-savetube/

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This Web Site Has 100 Bugs. Can You Hack Them All? 3 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

Ha, ha. Good one!

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Duplicate Cleaner Free 3 months 2 weeks ago taras

You should definitely try the DuplicateFilesDeleter program. I highly recommend to anyone

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This Web Site Has 100 Bugs. Can You Hack Them All? 3 months 2 weeks ago BillK

Isn't this a sure-fire way to get your name on a CIA list of people of interest?

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rajaram menon

They stopped free email accounts and I didn't want to be a paid user. They simply deleted my accounts when I couldn't back up the data during the given period. Net facility and computers were rare then, at least in the country I stay in.

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks bunches!

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago budchekov

Here you go..

https://userstyles.org/styles/141594/tutanota-dark

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for the userstyles tip, I'll check it out. :)

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for pointing that out, I've corrected it. Sometimes no matter how carefully you check something or how many times you proof read something, things still slide right by. :)

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago budchekov

Thanks rhiannon,

So far.....I've NEVER had that with Proton mail and I've had a couple of accounts since day one.
Created an account at Tutanota.. nice find.
@There's a dark theme for it at userstyles.

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago toktok

You write:
No ISP does not have access to your email
Do you mean:
No ISP has any access to your email
?

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How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder 3 months 2 weeks ago minicooper452

Thank you both. I finally found a tech-GEEK-extraordinaire who was able to guide me, in tech-for-dummies language to actually using PowerShell to get what I need. Something about using simply a different string to make PowerShell give me my list. dir -n > dirlist.txt Sorry, due to my inability to express exactly what I need, y'all probably knew this as well, but it's not what I asked here.
Again! Thank YOU!

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How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder 3 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Here's a step-by-step guide, but it involves editing the registry, which is not meant for all average users.

https://www.windowscentral.com/how-add-open-command-prompt-window-here-b...

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Best Free Video Cutter and Joiner 3 months 2 weeks ago West Swan

Hello,

Does anyone know if VOB Merge re encodes the Vob files?

I successfully merged 4 of them into a single file then used another program DVD2MPG to make an mpg file.

At this point (I believe) I haven't done anything that could lose data.

Regards,

Paul

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How to Open the Windows Command Prompt from any Folder 3 months 2 weeks ago minicooper452

Okay, I sincerely hope that someone is still here to help me. I am at my wits end! I've used the above technique to get to the command prompt for particular folders for several years. NOW, with the latest update to Windows 10, when I shift+right click on the folder, "open command window" doesn't appear anymore. I get something called powershell? But I no idea what to do with that.
I have loads of music folders that have been updated in various ways and I need to know where I'm at!
Please help!

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago souzarm

Thanks Rob Schifreen!

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Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I'm not clear on what you're saying. Are you saying that both services turned your free accounts in to paid account and gave you a few days notice, and that you lost emails as a result?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

Why should he do that?
Maybe that is a "feature" if you run the OS with only 2GB of RAM. ;-)
Just use the better program that can do that without choking.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

:-)) :-))

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy It should have said "Zemana". Noted to be riddled with false positives and about as much use therefore as a paper bag in a thunderstorm. :D MC - Site Manager. view
A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago eikelein

@Rydeck:
You write "...Zeman Antimalware' complains...".
Excuse me, but what and who is Zeman Antimalware?
Have you checked the Em web site/-page in Mywot.com?
Did you download the Installer or the portable version?
Have you checked the downloaded file with VirusTotal.com?
These are all things you might have done before posting the likely false negative from your, pardon me, exotic Antimalware program.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago antdude

Have you reported this issue to its support?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago Quetzalcoatl

Yes, Notepad++ is free and it has a lot of plugins, however, if you dare it to open a very large file, say a 1.5 GB file, it will absolutely refuse to do that, something you can do perfectly with EmEditor with no problems.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago Anupam

Definitely a false positive.

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago Rydeck

If I want to install it 'Zeman Antimalware' complains that this is a suspicious packet and removes it. Now what?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago VelvetElvis

"Supported OS: Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/Server 2012/Server 2008."

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Upterm is an IDE in the world of terminals: https://github.com/railsware/upterm view
Two Free Encrypted Email Services You Might Want to Use 3 months 2 weeks ago rajaram menon

These two appear to be half-hearted largess. I lost 2 email id's of xxxxxxxxxx and xxxxxxxx when they made them paid services, after giving a few days' notices.

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Gravit - the most complete design platform.." : https://gravit.io view
progeCAD Smart! 3 months 2 weeks ago Sunnyariz252

does this work on windows 10. I live in a 55 and older cond. We have a clubhouse that is too small. I would like to figure a way of maybe making it a bit larger. I am 82 yrs old and have exposure to cad.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Ur browser: https://www.ur-browser.com/ http://www.softpedia.com/get/Internet/Browsers/UR-Browser.shtml view
DaVinci Resolve 3 months 2 weeks ago gkramer

Downloaded the product and installed it. No problem. Opened it and tried to import a video file - nothing!

Reading further I find it will not process many file types, including *.WMV, which I often use for PowerPoint presentations.

Any suggestions?

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Best Free Bookmark Cleaner 3 months 2 weeks ago jen7669

Seriously, why on earth would you recommend something that is first no longer being developed and second DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE BECAUSE BROWSERS DO NOT ALLOW YOU TO DELETE BOOKMARKS NOW UNLESS YOU ARE WITHIN THE BROWSER?!?!?! Horrible reporting sir!

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Your PC Can Read Any Web Page To You 3 months 2 weeks ago dpn

did NOT work well in SLIMJET tho it has a much better voice program is no longer updated chrome speak worked well

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer "... Snaptile - versatile window tiling for X11 with powerful keyboard controls..." : https://github.com/jakebian/snaptile/ view
Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 weeks ago duxunhe

I find useful SpdPdf reader (http://www.spdpdf.com/reader/index) : it is also a good epub and mobi reader.
It has also two assets that I like: eye-protection mode (visual comfort as background) and a full screen mode.

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Best Free Program Launcher 3 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Runit - portable Windows launcher for apps, files, directories and stored web sites: https://github.com/gspansky/runit view
A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

I am guessing this is not for XP users ?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago bash550

Great program. What's the file size limit for the free version?

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A Welcome Update To My Favourite Text Editor 3 months 2 weeks ago antdude

But Notepad++ is free!

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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago classicggma65

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

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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago dwainwood

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

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Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition 3 months 3 weeks ago Yankiwi

I've used CamScanner for years and it seems to work beautifully. Unlike Adobe Scan, it isn't tied to the Adobe Cloud, but although it shows you the result of your OCR scan, the ability to share the OCR results is a Premium (paid) feature.

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Quickly Compare Two Windows Folders And Their Contents 3 months 3 weeks ago Jero

Remah, the comparison data is brilliant. I learned of features I wouldn't have imagined. Than you for the resource, and the education!

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 3 weeks ago Malcul

Polo is potentially one of the best file managers yet, but it still has problems, from a 3 minute look at it there were two glaring bugs. First try to change font size and it dies immediately, secondly if you make it full screen, how to get it back to normal. I eagerly await the next version.

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Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition 3 months 3 weeks ago jkauffman03

Is it a memory hog like all of adobes desktop applications? I've been using Genius Scan for at least a year and it works great.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Sandcat is a lightweight multi-tabbed web browser packed with features for developers and pen-testers ...":

http://www.syhunt.com/sandcat/

http://www.syhunt.com/sandcat/index.php?n=About.Sandcat

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... Shallot is a file manager with the maximum degree of flexibility and customizability ...":
https://pseudopolis.eu/wiki/pino/projs/shallot/

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 months 3 weeks ago Australia

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My main need is that a back up program absolutely mirrors the FOLDER and FILE timestamps
After all, isnt that the point of a folder and file backup program ??
Such a simple need, but I have not found one free backup program that does this
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I have to rely on a commercial backup program to faithfully mirror the timestamps of the original files
Let me know if you find a freeware back up program that can perform this very basic process

You need to check back up programs, such as Free File Sync, are doing a complete job, and not missing files, by using a separate folder/file comparison utility

Also some synchronisation freeware works well enough, but are very slow.
Its often not evident you are using a slow program, until you have found a faster one !
I used to use SyncBack SE, a freeware sync program, and thought it was pretty fast
Then I realised it was very slow, when I found a better and faster alternative
When you are backing up large amounts of data, from locations containing more than 1.5 TB of data, slowness of syncing can be a major problem

FreeFileSync (FFS) seems a reasonable program
I havent checked the results yet with a folder/file comparison program to make sure files arent being missed
However, in my experience, this software does not retain the original timestamps of the source folders
I just installed FFS and did a sync - the backup folders have todays date and time, not the timestamp of the original folders !

Another interesting find is DSynchronize, which has a portable version, so you dont have to muck up your registry.
However, unless I am mistaken, this software also doesnt retain the original timestamps of the source folders

Fast Copy is my go to program for file copying, it is very fast, and retains the timestamps of the original folders AND files
However, the user interface of this freeware isnt very friendly
Fast Copy also doesnt provide a summary before the copy to know what is already on the destination folder, as all good sync programs do

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Best Free PDF Tools 3 months 3 weeks ago edi.weissmann

A great PDF Tools round-up, thank you.

I'd like to suggest another tool that seems to be missing from your list: Sejda PDF https://www.sejda.com

Sejda currently provides over 30 different PDF "tasks" (more being added every month). It provides some of the most common tasks you would expect by this kind of service, like compress, split, merge, jpg conversion, crop and rotate but it also comes with a set of unique tasks you hardly find in competing services like a PDF editor, split by size, split by bookmarks, alternate mix, bates numbering.

Most of the tasks have a very rich set of options. For example, when merging one can generate a table of contents and bookmarks. When compressing one can choose image quality, do grayscale, etc. All the tasks come with sensible defaults for casual users plus rich options for power users. Easy and powerful.

Adding to that there's an PDF editor where you edit existing text or add new one, add a signature, images, fill forms, annotate (and the list keeps growing every week).

There are both cloud and desktop versions available. Sejda Desktop has all the features of the cloud version, but works offline, installed as a desktop application.

Sejda has a generous free tier for occasional users and a “Free for Teachers” program to support education.

Hope you'll have a chance to review it and maybe add it to your great list of PDF tools.
Thank you!

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Remove Images From Web Pages, For Speed And Cheaper Printing 3 months 3 weeks ago classicggma65

Use PrintFriendly...I can delete any photos I don't want...whether logged in or not. Do craft work so want to keep some photos of finished items and/or steps that show how-tos.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 3 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

I have a bunch of old PZM mics, and they pick up everything. Their main claim is they don't pick up reflections from nearby floors or table tops, so there is no strange comb-filtering effect that puts nulls in your frequency response. (That Media College blurb misstates this effect as "reverberation", which is way different.)

What you want to reduce extraneous sound is a directional mic. Cardioid is usually the best you can get in a cheap mic, but unidirectional ones have tighter patterns. A paraboloid reflector is better yet, for faraway sounds (think bird calls). But usually you will get the best sound by putting your mic as close to the source as possible. Use a clip-on mic or headset-mounted.

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Tips and Tricks for Linux Mint after Installation [Mint 18 - Cinnamon Edition] 3 months 3 weeks ago danielson

How about sudo apt-get autoremove to remove old Linux kernels installed automatically in system upgrade?

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Remove Images From Web Pages, For Speed And Cheaper Printing 3 months 3 weeks ago BillK

FireFox has the ImageBlock extension that seems to do the same.

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Quick and Easy Way to List All the Windows Updates Installed on Your System 3 months 3 weeks ago flyboydale54

I typed cmd in the Search field, right clicked on the cmd command, chose run as administrator, entered this copied and pasted command: wmic qfe list brief /format:htable > "%USERPROFILE%\hotfix.html and presto, looked in my user folder and there is was, a nice HTML formatted list in chronological order of KB number from top to bottom, which made my task of finding if a few KB updates I was looking for had been installed, which they were not listed, thank god. Makes it easy to find when they are listed by number order from top to bottom. Thank you for your tip and easy use of a nice useful command line prompt. :-))) I did try the text version listed in your article first, but was not to my liking and not as useful as the HTML one. Sure made it easy to look for those 12 KBxxxxxxxxx updates to see if they were installed. Reason for wanting to look, was because I printed out an article "How to stop Windows 10 install and get my Windows 7 updates" and they said to remove 12 Windows Updates if they were installed. Too easy to make an error looking in Windows Installed Updates and they are not in numerical order there like they are in this HTML command. I am very happy with your post on this matter.

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Best Free Audio Editing Software 3 months 3 weeks ago LeeW777

Sorry for the late post, but I just came to this page. The sounds you pick up while recording will be almost entirely based upon the microphone you choose. PZMs, for example, are very directional: http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/microphones/pzm.html.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Okay.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

My ex. gf.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

I started using Anti Beacon about a week after it was released and the only time I ran into an incident where immunizations have been turned off by a restart was just before a new version was released.. That only happened a couple of times that I ever noticed, and normally right after a major feature update like the Anniversary Update, I don't check every system every day (normally once a week or so) as I have it running on at least 30 computers that I regularly work with or administer. I do check my main system daily though and check for an updated version at least once a week. But I'm not that concerned if some of it gets turned back on for a few days. The telemetry isn't nearly as bad as some people try to make it out to be and no worse than Google, IOS, Android, or any number of other sites, services, and programs have that you have absolutely no way to turn off..

I run it on Windows 7 and 8.1 as well as on 10.

You did remember to install using the Run As Administrator option didn't you? I've noticed that not doing that can cause erratic operation.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Gabs?

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Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition 3 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee It is true Burn-IT. How it is applied to an app effectively is of interest though. view
Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

It's not just the spying. It's the principle. And I'm pissed at what they did to Gabs. I have lost all trust in MS. I plan to get linux eventually. In fact, if this one blows up, I may just put it here. I have my essential data backed up in a couple of places, including a fire safe, and my brother's house. I can always reinstall Win7 here too.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

@Rev_Don:
Your words "the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure" tell me that you have not used Spybot Anti-Beacon for any reasonable amount of time.

I have seen many times that immunizations got turned off and NOT turned on by a restart.

And for those who don't know SAB: An immunization turned off means that the corresponding beacon (communication to Microsoft) is turned ON.

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Try 3D Design Right In Your Browser 3 months 3 weeks ago pvilan

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

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 months 3 weeks ago jonrichco

No idea why the time stamps would not carry across to your backup in FFS. Must be something with your system or settings. I can see no option to update backup file to today's date. I presume you are mirroring? My backup is identical to the nearest byte to my original, apart from files and folders that I filter out.
Jon (also in Australia)

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Remove Images From Web Pages, For Speed And Cheaper Printing 3 months 3 weeks ago antdude

But what about logged in sessions?

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Spybot Anti Beacon has the option to re-immunize every time you boot the computer right in the setup procedure. Just reboot your computer regularly,

As far as MS not needing to know what software you have running isn't totally accurate. That information can help them a great deal to determine who specific programs, or groups of programs affect how the OS runs. It also helps them to make sure that an update won't bork the system or a specific program. Considering how often that happens with all of the telemetry (and remembering how it was even worse in the old days before said telemetry) I'll take the telemetry every time.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Sorry, but that is about the dumbest thing a person can do. That is just as bad as running Windows XP. Update your system immediately and run something like Spybot Anti Beacon to mitigate the spying. The negative effects of the spyware is considerably less than the negative effects of an unpatched system. If you aren't willing to do that your only viable option is to run a Linux system. Sure you will be limited in what you can do on it compared to a Windows system, but at least no one but your ISP will be spying on you.

And to a large extent, a lot of the spying from MS isn't that bad as long as you use a local login. The e-mail based accounts allow them to do more and tie it to a specific individual, and that is mostly for targeting ads and maintenance.

Also, if you are so concerned with spying you need to make sure and not use ANY smart phones. They all do more spying on you than any desktop OS does. Stop using any e-mail services as well as ALL of them scan you e-mails. Don't use any social media at all as all of it is data mined. Only use Duck Duck Go as a search engine as it is the least data mined. Heck, your account on Gizmo is probably being data mined. And don't use any of the free Anti Virus programs as they data mine the crap out of you just as much as Windows 10 does. In fact, just disconnect from the internet altogether. That's the only really safe answer

All of the reports of spying is overblown to be quite honest. Win 10, along with Android and IOS go a little overboard, but quite a bit of it is actually essential. Not doing updates is essentially burying your head in the sand and hoping nothing happens when you see a Tornado coming right at you instead of taking shelter of some king. Taking shelter won't guarantee you will come out completely unscathed, but your chances are infinitely better than just standing there.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 months 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Australia, thanks for your comments. I am managing about 3 TB of data, so I certainly do appreciate speed.

In the checking I've done so far, SyncBackFree doesn't seem to be missing any files. My biggest folder has 250,000-plus files (including subfolders) and the numbers agree between my source and destination. But I will test more thoroughly, based on your cautionary words.

If you are running in interactive mode, SBF does give the user a report of exactly what files & folders will be copied, created, and deleted. You can review the report and abort the run before any changes are made. In fact, there is a Simulated Run mode that does just that. I think that is a fairly common feature.

To your other point, SBF does not retain the original creation date on the newly-created file or folder copy, although it does retain the original modification date. I agree it would be nice if that info was preserved, but it's not a particular requirement in my case. (SyncBackSE is one of the 2 paid versions of the same program. I didn't install or work with that version.)

Based on earlier user comments, I opted not to evaluate FFS. If SBF hadn't worked out for me, TrueSyncFree was next on my list, although I did see a comment or two that TSF had skipped files.

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Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility 3 months 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch

Following up from a couple of days ago, I am very pleased with SyncBackFree, which is in the "honorable mentions" category of this review. SBF won't appeal to everyone. It has a bit of a learning curve as there are a LOT of options. I like software that puts the user in charge, and SBF certainly does that.

In a nutshell, you create one or more "profiles" (i.e., tasks) for the back-up, synchronization, or mirror you want to perform. It will do pretty much any file operation you can think of, contingent on the status of the files & folders in the source & destination drives. It operates on demand or, via Windows Task Scheduler, on the schedule you set. You can set filters at the file and folder level, and you can either skip or include files or folders that are created after you set up the filter. You can set a warning so that you don't delete a bunch of your backup files inadvertently..

A particular strength of SBF is the comprehensive, context-aware help utility. On the flip side, the after-the-fact reporting could be more flexible and robust. By default, SBF provides a recap of the most recent run of each profile. I would prefer that it didn't overwrite the previous log, and instead offer to retain all logs for "x" number of runs or "y" number of days. The intrepid user can work around the issue, but native support would be better.

Some options (e.g., encryption and versioning) are reserved for one of the two paid-for versions. But the free version does a lot. I recommend it for those whose back-up needs might be a little more complex than average and/or for those who like a fine level of control over their critical apps.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

I have. That's why I bought a fresh WIN7 machine with NO updates a while back.. And I still haven't updated it.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago eikelein

Oh my, all those late comment about GWX and OSes spying om us; aren't these all old hats, old and stinky hays?
ALL operating systems for consumer electronics created after IOS spy at us. We, the consumers, don't want to pay fair prices, they'd be too high. So the software companies see to it that they can make revenue...

But back to the Windows world: Whether you are a Win 7 stalwart or use Win 8.1 or 10 and you don't want to be "spied at" just install Spybot Anti Beacon from
https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/

As usual it's NOT done with that, you have to run it after every update you receive or see being installed. Why? You'll see that MS turns eventually beacons back on via WU.

MS's communications about the "inner" workings of Windoze should be welcome since they help making it better. IMHO it's none of MS's business whether I use for example CCleaner and/or Libre Office
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Adobe Launched A Smart App To Scan Documents Into PDF with Text Recognition 3 months 3 weeks ago Burn-IT

OCR has been around for generations.

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Quickly Compare Two Windows Folders And Their Contents 3 months 3 weeks ago Australia

Thanks for this suggestion
I havent found a freeware program that is able to compare folders with a lot of data quickly
I tried WinMerge with my current hard drive (1.5TB drive), it just cannot compare the original drive and the backup drive in a reasonable time frame

I therefore still rely on commercial software to do this valuable task
I will be delighted when I find freeware that can compare large data folders in less than 2 minutes, the way some shareware programs can

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Australia

I think people have to recognise that Windows 10 was released in 2015.
The latest update, Creators Update, is actually a new operating system, unofficially called Windows 11.

I feel sorry for programmers, who try to keep legacy users happy (those that still use Windows 7, 8, 10), but realising that the operating system updates can completely disrupt existing installed hardware drivers and software

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Remove Images From Web Pages, For Speed And Cheaper Printing 3 months 3 weeks ago Geekomatic

I use http://www.printfriendly.com so I can decide if I want to keep certain bits.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

See. You're Golden.

One other thought though. Unless you run something like Spybot Anti Beacon you still have a lot of the Windows 10 Spyware on 7 and 8.1. Not all of it, but a LOT more than most people think. Do some research on that.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

Well, thanks. Yeah, it says GWX isn't there.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Microsoft stopped the automatic upgrades from 7 and 8.1 on July 29, 2016. They used GWX (Get Windows X (Roman numeral for 10)) to do that and it was easily blocked and nuetrilized. MS removed GWX from computers on July 30, 2016 so it won;t be present on you system now. You can download and run GWX Control Panel to check to see if it's still there (I can assure you with 99.99999999% certainty that it won't be) and disable it if it is (it won't be). http://ultimateoutsider.com/downloads/

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

My Ex got it about that time and she never agreed to it. I'll have to look into that. I really don't want MS to spy on me.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago Rev_Don

Why? That ended a year ago. It won't even try to upgrade to Win 10 automatically any longer. You would have to manually initiate that now.

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Using Windows 7? You MUST Ensure That Updates Are Enabled. 3 months 3 weeks ago OhZone

I turned off auto updates because I'm afraid of that horrific virus called Windows 10.

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