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5 weeks 5 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool lunchbeast

Thanks - I'll give a look.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool Anupam

http://www.ducklink.com/p/free-screen-capture-tool/

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5 weeks 5 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool lunchbeast

Link?

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Sorry but the smart money is on Softmaker FreeOffice 2014. By far the best compatibilty with MS Office docs. Similar small footprint and broad functionality to Kingsoft and has regular updates.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. nextexit

I should have read Rob's article more closely and clicked on his hot link. It takes you to Dowse, but the BIG green download button at the top of the article does not. It takes you to the problematic site.

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5 weeks 5 days ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. nextexit

When I went to the download, WOT rated it as blacklisted by a third-party lister. The 3rd party indicated that it also downloads potentially unwanted program that are hard to uninstall.

The download site, if you read the fine print, tells you that you must download their installer and that the installer will concurrently download other programs that you may not want but, it says you can easily uninstall those you do not want from the add/remove programs in Windows.

Why would they make you jump through those hoops?

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5 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Sticky Notes Utility Chess Writer

The stickies reviewed by the writer of this article seems to have reviewed Stickies v 7.

Stickies v 8 is now out and you can very much add images to text notes. In addition, the new Stacked stickies feature absolutely blows all other sticky notes softwares out of the water.

If PNote gets 4 stars, Stickies v 8.0 and above should get atleast 7

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5 weeks 5 days ago Controversial Advertising Program Now Being Embedded in More Software Steven Avery

On Open Candy

One bottom line is that some systems of the grandmothers, or anyone less tech-savvy, gets trashed.

Look, they wanted to foist a Uniblue registry product on you, a registry cleaner that has trashed systems for years.

The small benefit you might get (product A instead of B) is at the expense of the freeware community as a whole.

Caveat emptor!

Steven

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite GraveDigger

While the free version of Kingsoft Office (2013) is a great choice, I would be reluctant to advise people to stay with it since it's already been replaced with WPS Office 2014 and will probably not be that well supported going forward. The subscription only version will continue to be supported and Kingsoft will probably make it harder to get the older version.

I would recommend going with LibreOffice as it's well supported, continues to be a FREE alternative to Microsoft Office and has been a good choice for a number of years now...

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5 weeks 6 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool Chaturanger

I prefer DuckCapture...much better and easier...can capture scrolling webpages on Explorer, Firefox and Chrome...

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5 weeks 6 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool mchldpy

Ctrl+S to save a scrolling webpage ... (screenshot) file format = .html
ha.

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5 weeks 6 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool twinkler

I use Greenshot, but for capturing scrolling screens in Firefox I use Screengrab (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/screengrab-fix-version).

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Textadept - a fast, minimalist, and remarkably extensible cross-platform text editor ...":
http://foicica.com/textadept/

DavMail is a POP/IMAP/SMTP/Caldav/Carddav/LDAP gateway allowing users to use any mail client with Exchange, even from the internet through Outlook Web Access on any platform:
http://davmail.sourceforge.net/

"... ArgyllCMS is an ICC compatible color management system, available as Open Source. It supports accurate ICC profile creation for scanners, cameras and film recorders, and calibration and profiling of displays and RGB&CMYK printers ...:"
http://argyllcms.com/

dispcalGUI is a graphical user interface developed for the display calibration and profiling tools of Argyll CMS:
http://dispcalgui.hoech.net/

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Double Action is a free stylish multiplayer game about diving, flipping, and sliding your way into action movie mayhem:
http://store.steampowered.com/app/317360/

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free File Manager for Android SwanKnight

"File Commander" is an excellent file manager with a beautiful interface, but lacks some advanced features.

"FX File Explorer" remains my favorite though, it's well designed and it has root support which is a must for me.

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5 weeks 6 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux Anupam

Same here. I use Desktop Lighter:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Tweak/Video-Tweak/Desktop-Lighter.shtml

It can change the brightness very easily using a slider, and can autorun with Windows. Although it's not being developed and an old software, it still works with Windows 8.1.

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5 weeks 6 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux Jojo Yee

Both Flux and Redshift are too reddish to me especially when the color temperature is 5,000 K and below.

Personally I prefer to adjust the backlight instead. The Fn key increases/decreases the brightness of the screen by about 5% on each press on my machine, but there're software tools to make the task easier such as Friendeye for Windows or Light for Linux which can be added to auto start when the system starts up.

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5 weeks 6 days ago How to Report Malware or False Positives to Multiple Antivirus Vendors Poochy

I don't think virus@hacksoft.com.pe works anymore.

"Reporting-MTA: dns; omr-m04.mx.aol.com
X-Outbound-Mail-Relay-Queue-ID: 6A70870000093
X-Outbound-Mail-Relay-Sender: rfc822; [my email].com
Arrival-Date: Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:48:58 -0500 (EST)
Final-Recipient: rfc822; virus@hacksoft.com.pe
Original-Recipient: rfc822;virus@hacksoft.com.pe
Action: failed
Status: 5.7.0
Remote-MTA: dns; ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Diagnostic-Code: smtp; 552-5.7.0 This message was blocked because its content
presents a potential 552-5.7.0 security issue. Please visit 552-5.7.0
http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=6590 to review our 552
5.7.0 message content and attachment content guidelines. 68si9195930qgg.9 -
gsmtp"

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5 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Tune-up Program For Computer BobC

I also had problems with Toolwiz - deleted it a couple of years ago.

Last fall, I ran the latest version of Glary and it ran amok. It deleted stuff it should not have deleted - using its standard default options. I had used it prior for a few years without problems.

I just deleted Advanced System Care (IOBIT) a couple of months ago after updating the latest release. It ended up installing crapola that I did not want and created some minor problems. I still use its Smart Defrag, but nothing else.

I also stopped CNET a few years back as soon as they started installing crapware and hi-jacking my browser, etc. As I recall, when they initially switched to their new "ad mode"/hi-jack business model, I dropped it. I also used to like Softpedia, but then they started the same thing as CNET and I no longer use them. I should note that it depends on what you are downloading - some of the truly free S/W still comes without the crapware/hi-jackers. Yes, I know, in many cases you might get an "option box" during install to "not accept", but a lot of times you have to select the "Customize" option at the start of the install (if the option is made available).

I have found Majorgeeks to be a reliable site and have yet to get any crapware/hi-jackware from their site. SourceForge has also been a good site (although I have heard some rumblings they will be changing their "business model" too).

As far as tools, I use CCleaner, Wise Care 365 and Puran (the Puran Disk Defrag seems to work quite well).

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6 weeks 2 hours ago How to Disable the New User Profile Menu in the Chrome Browser SimpleMikey

Thanks, Vic! This was very helpful. Now if someone can figure out how disable the stupid 'ghost URL' thingies that continually popup in the lower left corner of the screen, my life would be MUCh easier!

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6 weeks 6 hours ago Scan and Send Documents in PDF with Your Mobile Device for Free ianmac

It is nice to see the developer is working on a solution and I hope they get the issue fixed for you.

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6 weeks 6 hours ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux zdub

If you are a late night computer user and have trouble falling asleep, you should definitely give this a try.

Check out this study (which also mentions f.lux): http://www.brighamandwomens.org/about_bwh/publicaffairs/news/pressreleas...

(BTW, my kids use f.lux but I personally don't care for it.)

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6 weeks 7 hours ago Scan and Send Documents in PDF with Your Mobile Device for Free rickybobby

The app looked promising, but it failed to run on my android jellybean xperia phone too. The developer said is working on a solution for this issue, so it seems to be a common problem.

Good app suggestion, though. I hope all bugs get fixed soon.

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6 weeks 7 hours ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux SanDiegoJack

Is there a utility which will override web dictates to blacken text? Much is too pale to read quickly.

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6 weeks 9 hours ago Best Free Online Books For Kindle johnsss

Hi

www.ireaderreview.com is back.

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6 weeks 10 hours ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux MidnightCowboy

"If you use Windows, just get Linux".

I know it's still early in the year, but coolest comment of 2015 (so far) :)
MC - Site Manager.

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6 weeks 10 hours ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux HisSon

I also used this or a similar program in the past and found it dimming the picture too much.

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6 weeks 10 hours ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux vandamme

If you use Linux, use Redshift. I use it to color-correct my monitor, which is too blue for me. Redshift is in the Mint repository. Two clicks, done.

If you use Windows, just get Linux.

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6 weeks 14 hours ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

5 Common Myths about your Antivirus

A really interesting video from a website that I visit daily.

Myth 1: Detection Rate is Everything - False
Myth 2: If an antivirus detects a threat as being malicious, the file is definitely malware - False
Myth 3: Paid is always better than Free - False (for home)
Myth 4: You cannot use 2 antivirus at the same time - Usually True (but completely misinterpreted)
Myth 5: More "Security" the better - False

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6 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Bangarang Player:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Audio/Bangarang-52125.shtml

Trojitá - a Qt IMAP e-mail client:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/trojita/

Curlew is an open source graphical application built around the well known FFmpeg/avconv and Mencoder command-line video/audio conversion utilities to provide users with an easy-to-use video conversion tool:
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Curlew-95832.shtml

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6 weeks 15 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

OmegaT is a free and open source multiplatform Computer Assisted Translation tool with fuzzy matching, translation memory, keyword search, glossaries, and translation leveraging into updated projects:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/omegat/

2... Skrooge allows you to manage your personal finances, powered by KDE 4.x. Thanks to its many features, it is one of the most powerful way to enter, follow, and analyze your expenses... :"
http://skrooge.org/

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6 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Baka MPlayer is a free and open source, cross-platform, libmpv based multimedia player. Its simple design reflects the idea for an uncluttered, simple, and enjoyable environment for watching tv shows ...:"
http://bakamplayer.u8sand.net/

Quanta Plus:
http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php?content=10135

DockbarX:
https://launchpad.net/dockbar

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6 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free Media Player Panzer

Baka Mplayer 2.0.1 is out:
http://bakamplayer.u8sand.net/index.php
http://www.softpedia.com/get/Multimedia/Video/Video-Players/Baka-MPlayer...

MPlayer SVN-r37356(20150113) is also out:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/mplayer-ww/files/MPlayer_Release/

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6 weeks 16 hours ago Best Free PDF Tools Anupam

PdfXchange Viewer is still being developed. If you look at the site's download page, you will find latest versions of both editor and viewer... 5.5.311, released on the same date.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free PDF Tools bawldiggle

PDF-XChange Editor (free) replaced PDF-XChange Viewer.
IMHO (free) Editor is vastly better than Viewer
- Viewer is no longer developed

The thought of shelling out for commercial [PDF-XChange Editor] is a hard decision I have not taken yet. But then PDF-XChange forum is very active for all -- free users and paid.

Cons: Settings from Viewer to Editor are not transferable.
Cons: Unfortunately Viewer and Editor only print from MS-Internet Explorer.

I have given up on PDF24PDF as printer (from web pages) so often the result is a blank page.
Firefox/Palemoon addon [Print pages to PDF] does a reasonable job including capturing bookmarks, but it does split images and tables between pages.

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6 weeks 1 day ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux bawldiggle

It works well! The reduced glare late at night does make a difference when I finally get to bed.
Never thought of the affects of blue light at night.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool bawldiggle

A shame it only captures scrolling web-page in IE only.
- IE is only used when Palemoon or Firefox fail

The system tray menu is huge, and so is the context menu.
My web connected PC does not have MS Office.

I find the Windows built in "Snipping Tool" (with my custom shortcut Ctrl+Alt+P) to be adequate for 90% of my needs.
Scrolled web pages, I save as PDF, then bookmark locations of the PDF

When I finally setup a virtual machine I will trial Greenshot.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More sicknero

Thanks for posting, it's good to have an online resource for this as it's not something I'd use often enough to make it worth installing software on my system.

Your article by the way scores 93% for style, 79% for vocabulary and appears to be completely original :-)

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6 weeks 1 day ago How to Fix a Malware Infected Computer beejabee

Venting! I upgraded from Win XP Pro to Win 7 Ultimate in Aug. 2014, primarily to receive windows security updates. I've been hit by 4 Trojans since the upgrade. What a mess. My computer appears to still be infected - slow boot and startup, programs timing out including Firefox browser. I've spent almost $300 dollars for removal applications and online support - some are effective, some are rip-offs. I recently considered purchasing another laptop, but not yet since there'll be issues with existing purchased software and since the Microsoft push is now for Win 8.1. - I'm not looking for another OS version. Currently, I appreciate the concise details provided by this site for addressing a windows infection - I'm not sure why I didn't discover this site within a google search. Could've saved me time and money - I haven't tried any of the suggestions yet, but my fingers are crossed. I would've liked to have seen an initial overview of suggested steps. I'll figure it out as I printed the documents and re-read what I need to do. I'll put venting on the back burner for now - time to get to work. Thanks for listening...

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6 weeks 1 day ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. Frank D

Nice program! Thanks for the tip.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

If you try and clone a NTFS based image onto GPT that is going to cause problems even you did manage to get it to take initially... When you say the 3TB drive wont boot could you please specify what the error is ? also are you using the latest Intel drivers as without them there is not many systems that will detect the drive correctly.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool Joe A.TT

I see. I thanks for that.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool pctyson

Jojo... you are right. What is really strange is that if you hit Ctrl+Shift+PrtScn while in a Firefox window, Greenshot will change focus to the Internet Explorer window and capture that window. If an Internet Explorer window is not open, it will not do anything. A little odd but this program is still a keeper for me. I will just have to use Internet Explorer when I want to capture a scrolling screen.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool boristhemoggy

Yeah I can't find anyway to make it capture a scrolling screen

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool Jojo Yee

Joe, it seems to work in IE only, by selecting "Capture Internet Explorer" or shortcut Ctrl+Shift+PrtScn.

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6 weeks 1 day ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool boristhemoggy

I use [commercial software edited] and that is also supposed to do scrolling screen shot saves, however they are always broken up at the beginning so almost useless.
I mayy try this one and see if it works for me.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool Joe A.TT

Are you sure Green shot can capture scrolling webpages? I use the portable version and can't find that feature.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service okrick

"TaxACT Free Edition and Deluxe include a maximum refund pledge for accepted Federal IRS E-file returns" per https://www.taxact.com/taxes-online/.

I doubt that the IRS would sanction a tax preparer which offers variable tax calculations (i.e. refunds) depending on the fee paid. I suspect doing so violates Federal law.

If it works a pdf import saves no more than 15 minutes of entries. I wouldn't have commented but I had the delusion that the folks at TaxAct might read my comments and do something about it:) I'll remove the comments.

Rick

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service KetchupKid

TaxAct is not really free. By this I mean that it even states before you get started that you can only get the max refund by using the paid Deluxe version.

Also, its import of a previous year's tax PDF file does not work.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

This is the URL in the original post:
http://www.paperrater.com/

If you use that and run a test, you get no plagiarism results.
If check there, you are referred to the full (paid) version.

The original article as posted needs to be revised to make it accurate.

[Snide comment removed]

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6 weeks 2 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More Anupam

The free Plagiarism Checker is here on the site:

http://www.paperrater.com/plagiarism_checker

It says on the title of the page too.. Free Plagiarism Checker, and it says so in a small strip at the top of the page too.. that you are using a basic version of plagiarism checker. So, it's free.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. SwanKnight

It looks simple, but I prefer "Greenshot" still. It's easy to use and offers a lot of useful features.

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6 weeks 2 days ago The Simplest Way To Preview All Your Installed Fonts LeahGrrl

When I clicked on the link above, I received a Norton alert, which read "Web Attack: Fake Scan Webpage 7" and "An intrusion attempt by javadownloadupdating.com was blocked." Don't know whether this is a coincidence or not.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager Anupam

I guess you are correct.

Please note that with different software, there are different conditions, and therefore, sometimes it can be hard for an editor to choose a category for such software.

Like, LastPass can be called as unrestricted freeware, since by comparison of free and commercial version, I found that the free version is not restricted, and the commercial version has extra features, which might not be required by general users.

Similarly, Access Manager can be called as feature limited freeware, since the free version has less features than commercial ones.

Therefore, these can be interpreted differently by different editors. Gizmo's provides a guide or just a review of the software. Editors try to provide as much information as possible, but it is also on the users to check the sites of the software, and decide on their own.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer for Android George.J

RocketPlayer is good, but even simple things like finding Album Art requires you to pay for the software. This put me off. MusixMatch seems to be good for now.

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Rendera is an open-source painting package. It is useful for useful for photo-retouching, seamless tile production, and other painting tasks ...":
http://sourceforge.net/projects/rendera/

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6 weeks 2 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Jersey Kart is a kart-style racing video game featuring many different exciting races, impressive speeds, amazing tricks and power-ups to use against opponents. It also has the multiplayer option and lots of other options to customize the game according to your preferences including various skins for the user interface ...:"
http://www.jersey-kart.com/

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Desktop Search Utility jet005303199369...

You may want to check out Docfetcher again. Version 1.1.12 seems to include MP3's, and at least jpeg/jpg among images. It has no issues on windows 7 for me (e.g. no 64-bit java problems). Because it is portable and I'm mostly interested in searching my pdf library, it has become my new indexer. I had been looking for a capable portable desktop indexer one for quite some time and had been previously disappointing. Docfetcher looks to be getting 3 updates per year the last couple years so it's being supported currently as well.

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6 weeks 3 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux Phylis Sophical

Flux is a 'must have' for me too. btw, there is an adjustment for movies as well as other fine tuning features.

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6 weeks 3 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux SwanKnight

I tried this a long time ago and I distinctly remember that I hated it at the time. The idea sounds great in theory, but in reality it kept dimming the screen too much, it was never comfortable.

Perhaps it improved over time, I'll give it another shot.

Edit: No, it's still too uncomfortable for eyes, also there's no option to detect games/movies so it can be disabled automatically as far as I could tell.

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6 weeks 3 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux boristhemoggy

I work online and do 2 night shifts a week and this is invaluable. Most of my colleagues have it now and it only takes a slight adjustment for it to make a massive difference. I don't get itchy eyes anymore. If you spend a lot of time at a monitor, especially in less than great lighting, you need this.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

Moderator: Could we please have an official statement as to whether this is currently "free" including the Plagiarism component.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Jojo Yee

Thanks Panzer. ISO Master has now been added to the list. Trimage is good for optimizing images in bulk but I find the RIOT plugin for GIMP works better for individual images with more options.

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6 weeks 3 days ago A Reminder: If You Use Windows, Just Get Flux pmcmahon

It works on OS X as well. There's a version for linux: https://justgetflux.com/linux.html but I ended up using redshift http://jonls.dk/redshift/

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Office Suite jimwg

What sells FreeOffice on me is its ability to both read and write .odt files, which makes it almost singularly universal as a replacement for Open/LibreOffice and Word. If WPS only included just this one ability they'd a officeful of customers here for life.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

PyGTK lets you to easily create programs with a graphical user interface using the Python programming language:
http://www.pygtk.org/

nvpy is a simplenote-syncing note-taking tool:
https://github.com/cpbotha/nvpy

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Sky Dawgz - an aerial dawgfighting game with WW2 Planes:
http://gamejolt.com/games/arcade/sky-dawgz/39006/

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Antivirus Software George.J

Qihoo Internet Security 5.0 released. They don't update the IS version webpage though, it still shows at 4.9

The Total Security is at version 5.2 Stable and 6.0 Beta, but it's good to see the lightweight Internet Security version is still getting developed.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager ichabod

Thanks, Anupam. Now, I see that I might have made some incorrect assumptions about how your distinction works among such categories as unrestricted freeware, restricted freeware, and premium or commercial products. (If there's a page on your website or forum that explains this, I'd appreciate a link to it.)

Am I correct, then, with the following statements?

1. LastPass and RoboForm are restricted freeware because the free and premium versions are the same download with the premium features available after payment.

2. The other products are unrestricted freeware because premium features are provided through purchase of separate products.

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6 weeks 3 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I MrBrian

I fixed the link. Thank you for reporting :).

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6 weeks 4 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

I went to the website this morning, tested it was advised that feature was included only in the "Premium" (paid version). I did do my due diligence. Actually, only a court can rule on plagiarism. I stand by my comments.

I actually tested it on several Wikipedia articles for the other "features" (grammar and spelling) and no credentialed academic would use it seriously for the purpose for which it is being promoted.

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6 weeks 4 days ago How to Install Comodo Firewall mandhi

Chiron, should I activate the "Viruscope" using its configuration? thank you

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer jkkortz

Ok I have a new HP laptop and downloaded MusicBee for my collection. I just went in to a grouping of my music and hit 'select all', then I right clicked on the selected songs and pasted them into a new Notepad document. Came out perfect. That is the only way I could do it in this program, hope it helps. Have a nice day.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MikeR

Mr Dui: sorry, but your submission's score has been compromised by inadequate research. Mr Schifreen was entirely correct in asserting that Paper Rater checks for evidence of plagiarism, and does so at no cost to the user. Accordingly, it's only possible to award you an overall mark of 50%, because no matter how eloquently you proceeded to argue your case, the fundamental premise was manifestly flawed.

Mr Schifreen therefore collects a further 1,392% on the basis that his submission was wrongfully disputed.

As to Mr Sicknero, an additional award of 100% is hereby given in recognition of both originality of content and of thought.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Office Suite hanzfanz

I agree with gravedigger. I foolishly installed this latest version without anticipating that the unsubscribed version would put watermarks on print outs and restrict saving functions. Uninstalling. Wondering if the previous version can be installed? Is LibreOffice the next viable option?

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6 weeks 4 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More MelvilDui

The free version does not check for plagiarism. One could do that easily by copy and pasting text into a browser search box. We all know the pitfalls of grammar and spell checker. I really see nothing in this that is not readily available in any common word processing program.

As for plagiarism, it can only suggest similarities in passages and the instruction determine what has not be properly paraphrased or cited and whether the material is or is not in the public domain.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More KiltedMuskrat

Thanks sicnero for the above post - I need some humor this morning. I ditto your statement.

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

Qtractor is an Audio/MIDI multi-track sequencer application written in C++ around the Qt4 toolkit:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/qtractor/

EiskaltDC++ is a cross-platform program that uses the Direct Connect and ADC protocols:
https://code.google.com/p/eiskaltdc/

"... bpython is a fancy interface to the Python interpreter ...":
http://www.bpython-interpreter.org/

"... TuxGuitar is a multitrack guitar tablature editor and player written in Java-SWT, It can open GuitarPro, PowerTab and TablEdit files ...:"
http://sourceforge.net/projects/tuxguitar/

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6 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Media Player George.J

Official English Forum link updated: https://potplayer.daum.net/forum/

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6 weeks 4 days ago Got A Chromecast? Cast Your Browser And Videos Easily. Mighty

I was at a friend's, today, and he has a Chromecast. We were discussing a YouTube video, and I brought it up on my phone. He switched the TV over, and two taps later, the video was playing on his TV.

Here at home, I don't have a Chromecast, but my Tivos work the same way. I can easily send a YouTube video to either of them.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Scan and Send Documents in PDF with Your Mobile Device for Free GavinRB99

I loaded this on my Nexus 5. It crashed continuously. Every time I did anything it would do what I wanted then it would crash. Annoying. Re-loaded, no joy. I tried. It's gone in favour of CamScanner (free, https://www.camscanner.com/), which jumped through all the hoops without crashing once.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free BitTorrent Client SwanKnight

None taken, by the same logic your statement "attractive interface" is equally meaningless?

In any case, I was referring to the interface design. The use of "Buttons" for almost everything, the large bland icons, the colorfully vague logo design. It all reminds me of applications that was made with VB5/6 for Windows 9X back in the day.

I tried it and from what I could tell, you can't really change anything about the interface design. Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but you can change colors and fonts, but the icons and ultimately the overall design remains the same.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free PDF Tools Peder

I wonder, if when you have really tested these softwares, and giving some details / features, but you have not given any information "how good or effective the applications are in use". I'm not intrested just on trivia, but the effectiveness of each application.

So is it possible, that you publish some ratio(s) between a 20 - 2 000 kB's Excel or Word file and a created pdf-file for all introduced pdf-converter(s), for example.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager Anupam

Password Safe has a disk on key version, but that is a different thing. It does not restrict Password Safe, which is free, in anyway, and therefore, the software will be called as unrestricted freeware only.

Same thing will apply to Access Manager. It has a premium version, yes, but the free version is not restricted in any way. The premium version has extra features. Therefore, this will be unrestricted freeware too. If there are some features in the free version, which are restricted, and those are available in the commercial version, then only it won't be called unrestricted freeware.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Duplicate File Remover rrman

The program searchmyfiles failed when I ran the duplicates screening on pictures. It picked up 2 pics and called them duplicates when there was only 1 pic on the hard drive.

I think the problem occurred because I have 2 different pic viewers -- one is the Windows Multimedia and the other is Olympus Viewer 3.

Any thoughts ?

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager George.J

The category is undergoing a major update, and since writing the review, Download Ninja has been updated to include IE and Opera support. It will be corrected during the major revision.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Click. Capture Screenshot. Upload. Share. Geekomatic

Sounds a lot like Shutter- which I've used for quite some time in Linux Mint.

Nice that the Windows folks have another 3rd party doing for them what MS never bothered to do (as with 99% of useful programs).

Cheers

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6 weeks 5 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I ako

No problems here. But generally you are right. Most people probably just click, and there may be next time when I use these services more efficient efforts to put something on my system.
But the work for changing all links is huge. Perhaps we should add some warning first....

Thank you for your comments.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Easy Way to List the Details of All the Drivers on Your PC MikeR

Big thanks, as ever, to Vic -- and also, kudos to Nir Sofer, the largely unsung hero of NirSoft, because it's folks like him who show the Internet at its very best. Glad to see Vic highlighting Nir's work on here.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Download Manager SwanKnight

You stated that "Ninja Download" doesn't support IE, but according to the download page, it supports IE out of the box.

In any case, I tried briefly but it was disappointing. It has several flaws, some of which you mentioned already, but there are two particular flaws that were a deal breaker for me.

1) The automatic categorization for downloads seems to be broken, more often than not it would give me the category of "None" regardless of the extension of the file I'm downloading.

2) The integration does not work unless "Ninja Download" is running in the background. If you close it, then the integration either doesn't work or gives you an error. I shouldn't have to keep it open 24/7 in the background, I certainly don't need to do that with FDM.

In any case, it looked promising, but FDM remains my favorite still.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Security Wizard Recommendations Anupam

How is installing MS security patches infecting the computer? In fact, it is securing the computer against various security vulnerabilities, some of which may be of critical nature.

While the experienced users may install updates after proper inspection, or selectively install updates, but for general users, who are not knowledgeable, Windows updates should be set to automatic.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Security Wizard Recommendations flashcraft

You said: "You set up Windows Update to automatically download and install any future patches from Microsoft."

Are you simple? Why on Earth would you infect your computer with MS patches automatically?
Do Backups. Check.
Run Firewall. Check.
Run Anti-virus. Check.
Run Anti-malware. Check.
Trust Microsoft. NO.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Windows 64-bit Software scuri

AUDACITY is a 32-bit application! (it will run under 64-bit Windows, but the application is not native 64-bit!). Please correct this. Thx.

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6 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Web Form Filler and Password Manager ichabod

Password management is a challenging category for Gizmo's freeware reviews, because there are so few good products that are completely free. E.g.:

* Password Safe is listed as Unrestricted freeware, but it has a premium feature.

* Dashlane's free version (mentioned by Bolt1955) is for only one device, which also leads to its offering no secure backup or online database access. Thus, people using the free version to generate strong passwords would need to manually create and maintain secure backups of their password vault.

* Access Manager is also listed as Unrestricted freeware but it, too, has a premium version.

I realize that my bullet-points might be newer than the information from the time of the original review of these programs, but that date is not shown. When an update is only for copy-editing (maybe for _any_ update that isn't comprehensive?) it would be desirable to see the original review date as well as the copy-edit date.

When a new review is written, I would like to see each review include a comment on the product's security. E.g., is PINS, which hasn't been updated since 2003, "not crackable" as its website claims because it uses 448-bit Blowfish? KeyWallet also uses Blowfish encryption, and is in version 1.0, which apparently might be from 2001. I see that Bruce Schneier, Blowfish's creator, switched from Blowfish to Twofish in 2006 as part of his changes "to provide better security" to his Password Safe product.

For that matter, perhaps it's time for Gizmo's reviews to list the current version's DATE along with its number. While a version number is meaningful mostly in comparison to the version offered by a download site or already installed on one's computer, a version date has additional meaning--such as in alerting us to the possibility that a vintage 2003 program might not be up to the challenges of 2015 technology.

I would also like to see more priority given to the free SW's quality and functionality. In other words, if the free version of a freemium brand deserves a top rating, so be it, but if the free version of a freemium brand such as RoboForm is so limited in functionality as to make create "a major reservation" about recommending it for most readers, than its free version should be listed appropriately lower in the article and rated with fewer stars, and its limitations should be mentioned more prominently than the glowing description of its advantages. Similarly, when a new reviewer comes to this page, it will be interesting to see how that person assesses KeePass (with its free mobile apps) against the free version of LastPass (with its advanced features for the desktop version).

[Moderator's note: Commercial content edited out.]

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6 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Very good post on Softmaker however you miss one important point - Kingsoft Office Free 2013 can save to docx/xlsx whilst Softmaker FreeOffice can't. So all depends on your individual requirements. As you say they are the best free options to MS Office and furthermore, both have a very small footprint compared with ALL other Office suites.

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6 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Not exactly. Both WPS Office 2014(subscription based) and Kingsoft Office 2013 (pro and free versions) can still be downloaded from the Kingsoft web site. Read WPS = new subscription based offer and Kingsoft = Free or Once-off purchase for Pro version

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6 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

Significant amount of functionality is now removed once trial is expired. Falls well short of Kingsoft Office Free 2013 (which you can still download and use totally free)

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6 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite amayzingone

You can still download Kingsoft Free Office 2013. Just search for it on Google.
Kingsoft Free Office 2013 is still the best choice, totally free and saves to MS Office 2007/2010 document formats. None of the others save/export to docx, xlsx.
Agree with your comments on WPS Office 2014 - Stay well away!
NB: Significant amount of functionality is removed once trial is expired.

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6 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Income Tax Filing Software and Service okrick

I did comment that state returns were not free. These programs are feature limited versions of commercial products and one of the features they charge for is state returns. This also the reason they all nag. The sole exception is the IRS site which lacks state returns.

A couple of the other programs do have free state returns if certain criteria are met.

An alternative if the state has a free filing website would be file the free federal return then use the federal numbers to complete the state return. This would work best if the state return is somewhat based on the Federal such as California which takes the Federal and adds or subtracts the exceptions. The state site should be able to handle most issues where the state and Federal returns differ.

For more complex situations I recommend an appointment with the Vita or AARP volunteer tax preparation services mentioned in the article.

Rick

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6 weeks 6 days ago Probably the Best Free Security List in the World - Part I ako

Just to convince you: I scanned the PC today with Hitman Pro, MBAM and AdwCleaner. No problems found.
I am now scanning with Antivir. If it sees anything, I will report it. But I don't expect to see anything exiting.

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