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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 2 months 3 weeks ago Panzer

"... JSRobot - learn to code in JavaScript by playing a game ...":

https://github.com/reaalkhalil/JSRobot

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Freemake Video Converter 2 months 3 weeks ago Cedders_B

The Freemake software (audio converter, video converter, video downloader etc) has been sold to new owners, who clearly have commercial ambitions. As a consequence, the free version of Freemake Video Converter is no longer viable.
Previously, the converter used to add a brief and discreet logo at the end of the video, which could easily be removed using another editor (the converter's internal editor added the same logo). Now, the free version puts a big message ('branding') in the centre of the screen for the entire length of the clip and also brief messages at the beginning and end; furthermore, you are pestered in numerous places to pay USD20 a year or USD40 for a lifetime licence to remove the branding.
In my opinion, the video converter should no longer be in a list of free software because its output is unusable except for test purposes. This is a great shame because it was and still is an excellent programme.
My preference is not to trade with aggressive vendors such as Digital Wave, so I am now looking for a new free video converter. YMMV.

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Transmission 2 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee

Thanks for your kind feedback innn. This software review has now been updated with the latest info, links and a new screenshot. The software title on this page is now changed to "Transmission" to better reflect it being a cross-platform product.

To help keep our reviews more up-to-date, please check out this page: https://www.techsupportalert.com/we-need-you.htm

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Free Service Protects You From Malware 2 months 3 weeks ago zepe

If one uses 9.9.9.9 as ones DNS Server, what should one use as the Alternate DNS Server?

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Speed Up Your Hearing 2 months 3 weeks ago virginiajim

Thanks. I'm a bit slow, but did just add the feed for the Health Report.  Thanks for the info.  Jim

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Speed Up Your Hearing 2 months 3 weeks ago virginiajim

Added 9 more podcast sources. 

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Revo Uninstaller 2 months 3 weeks ago cmling

It does! Downloaded it yesterday, works fine with Win 10.

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WPS Office Free 2 months 3 weeks ago not recognized

The default template doesn't change until you close and reopen the application, and only for new documents, and styles seems to revert to unwanted configurations for reasons unknown to me. Style changes or default template changes don't stick at all, ever, in existing documents. I've grappled at length with this, wondering whether there's been something I was doing wrong.

Apropos of that, I submitted the following comment to the wps forum appended to a thread that reports a bug whose existence Kingsoft has been aware of since 2013. It had to do with fonts pasting in wrongly, and afaik the problem is connected to the non-changeability of the default template.
The comment evidently was not approved and did not appear where I posted it:

http://wps-community.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=281
"I found this post via a search for a solution to the weird font pasting problem.

This is a complete joke. They have known about this bug since 2013, and have been frantically busy ever since then developing highly useful code for serving the user popup ads at every turn.

More than once they have been approached for a solution via support requests, the most recent something like a week ago*. Their only response so far; what OS am I running? I take that as a tentatively positive sign... though since that question the silence has been deafening.

But wait- there's more! The pasted text could be any weird font, OR simply Simsun as the OP. And the default font for the Normal style cannot be changed. Yes, I want to add it to the template. NO, it never IS added to the template.

I've changed every style to get rid if that damned Simsun, but if ever I paste text from another source (and have to deal with the weird pasted font, then teeediously have to select it and manually change its font/style to retain other formatting), if I happen to select a style, whether Normal, or Main paragraph, or any of the heading styles, it's always Simsun next time I try to use the style. It's a very ugly font. Even pedestrian old Arial is beautiful by comparison.

They have built WPS Office to default to Simsun no matter what the user does, just as it defaults to justified rather than left aligned (I understand East Asian text is justified rather than left or right aligned), .docx rather than .doc on save and other annoyances. A bit like the governments of certain countries- intrusive and controlling.

Why are we asked to 'use asian text' when we're trying to adjust the Latin font on a style template?The software has discrimination built into it. Give Latin default font/style template its own menus, its own configuration!

My empathy to the user who has bailed out to Libre Office. Looks like a plan, since the people at Kingsoft very evidently have little respect for the latin text-preferring user."

*the initial support request was a few years ago if memory serves, another possibly between 6 months and a year ago. Each time, so-called support staff have responded saying that they don't know what the problem could be and have suggested I upgrade to the latest version. Latest version: Ad City.

No help whatsoever with a very irritating problem, and a 'support' instruction that when followed actually detracted very much more from the 'user experience', have ignited my rage.

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Transmission 2 months 3 weeks ago innn

So many things already old in this review. Transmission-qt is found on the official page. RAM and -CPUwise is better than the other more popular. Diskwise is 26M, qbt is same and Tixati surpasses 50M easily, Last one is true though: I do not need the bells and whistles.A breeze to use and a beauty to behold.

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Best Free BitTorrent Client 2 months 3 weeks ago innn

The best user interface of all listed here has Transmissionbt. You check in the menu not to show Tools, Fiters and you are left with the simplest window only titlebar and your torrents. I like that very much. You can find it offered to download on the very official page. Qbittorrent in its portableapps incarnation is a piece of turd. Better going with the official installer as the PA one is not in the slightest portable. But as said it does not have the simplicity of Tb and Tixati is ugly and intricated interfacewise. Most of these programs bring powers that I do not want to understand. Only care about ablity to fetch and send data on a given protocol.

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Fabulous Free Addon If You Watch YouTube 2 months 3 weeks ago Alan Wade

Agree with snowbound999 but then again it hasnt been updated for more than a year.....

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Convert Audio Files To Text! 2 months 3 weeks ago howiem

Just tried it on a very small (534KB) .mp3 file, but the resulting .txt file was not very accurate

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Convert Audio Files To Text! 2 months 3 weeks ago tonytones

I wonder if it can extract lyrics out of songs??

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Convert Audio Files To Text! 2 months 3 weeks ago ChronicChaos

Maximum file upload can not exceed 3M.
So apparently no converting an audio book...too bad.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Thanks willbelr for your kind response. I've now reported the error to GitHub. view
Fabulous Free Addon If You Watch YouTube 2 months 3 weeks ago snowbound999

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

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Best Free Digital Image Viewer 2 months 4 weeks ago innn

what quirky zoom has nomacs?
for me it's like that of xnview: push the Up and Down arrows. What is wonderful is that you can skip to next/previous even after zooming. This is something I always wished for in a viewer. Most have you return to original size before browsing further.

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago willbelr

Hi there, I am the developper of qtPad. Please report any error on github! If it is really a bug I will fix it, else I will help you to find the problem. Thanks!

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago UmpRef1

Is this what you want? https://novabench.com/view/1367556

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago Bluebirds

CPUIntel Core i5-7400 (3.28Ghz) [551]
GPU: Intel HD Graphics 630 [195]
RAM: 16GB [261]
Hard disk [36]
Total Score: [1043]
https://novabench.com/view/1367527

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago Mighty

Was having issues with my 3-yr-old motherboard six months ago. So, I upgraded my motherboard, CPU, GPU and RAM. Just ran Novabench and got 2558 https://novabench.com/view/1367357

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago cray4

When I click on the link to compare it says "Could not reach Novabench.com. Pleas check your network connection and try again." but if I check for an update it says no update available, which makes me think it is communicating. :(

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Jojo Yee Tried the script but it had an error. @Panzer, does it work for you? view
Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago George.J

The results will be displayed as link too which you can post here :)

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago George.J

Link to the score?

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago George.J

You can post the link after the test is finished so that I can update the Top10 :D

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago George.J

Link to the score output?

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Free Service Protects You From Malware 2 months 4 weeks ago beergas

On Spectrum (TWC RR since get go) and have tried all these over years. Finally just left at default ISP. Maybe get bit of spam in Outlook but pretty safe along with the site blockers. Will give 9 a look due to support names.
Hey, I should add that unlike most of other DNS this one uses JUST 1 set of 9.9.9.9 in the field, NOT both. See the site for into. If you do put a second set, the system won't take it a second time. Leave alternate DNS server BLANK.
Seems about same speed. Site looks nice & tech namey. Thanks for pointing into.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 2 months 4 weeks ago hncamp

My Score was only 719 - I hope you will post articles on how to increase our scores:
https://novabench.com/view/1367084

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Free Service Protects You From Malware 2 months 4 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Thanks, Rob. How do these services compare to the OpenDNS?

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Best Free Software for Linux 2 months 4 weeks ago Panzer "... qtpad ... modern and highly customizable sticky note application ...": https://github.com/willbelr/qtpad view
Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 10 hours ago UmpRef1

itsofficial 1665

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 17 hours ago cray4

Well I scored a 1434 but it wouldn't let me post compare my results! :( Home built from ground up several years ago. Intel I7 and still going fairly strong!

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 18 hours ago jmaloney

Novabench Score: 1235

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Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 months 20 hours ago Mighty

Ditto. I won't download from CNet, anymore. They've blown their credibility

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 22 hours ago howiem

Unable to install the program. Got a message - not supported by processor type -

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 1 day ago jcoates23

https://novabench.com/view/1365794

Verified Novabench Score: 1499
Tested on Nov 19, 2017 at 20:11
CPU Vendor Intel Core i7-4770 running at 3.7GHz
GPU Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 645
OS Logo Microsoft Windows 10 Pro
CPU Score
869

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RAM Score - 24GB
270

RAM Speed: 19672 MB/s

GPU Score
323

Direct3D 11: 31 FPS
OpenCL: 681 GFLOPS
Disk Score
37

Write Speed: 177 MB/s
Read Speed: 120 MB/s

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 1 day ago tarstarkas27

PC Pitstop runs excellent tests and does comparisons all online and requires no installation. Runs best in Internet Explorer.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 1 day ago The Entity

Novabench Score: 2040
Tested on Nov 19, 2017

Intel Core i5-7600K Kaby Lake
Asrock Z270 Gaming K6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
SB Audigy 5 FX version
2 Syba 4-port SATA cards
1 x Asus DVDRW
Microsoft Windows 10 Professional Creator's Update

CPU Score 672
Clocked 4371

RAM Score 307 (16GB DDR4 3200)

GPU Score 1225

Disk Score 68
Write Speed: 526 MB/s
Read Speed: 469 MB/s
This must be an average; the scores for the M2 in benchmark (before adding the other 10 drives) at build time were about 4x this for write and about double for read

Home built
1200W EVGA PSU
I ran this as in normal use with several browsers open, Music DVD playing,
2 x 27" monitors 1080P and 1 at 4K
boot drive PCIE M2 NVM +3 SSD + 7 spinner HD.
Will try later with minimal or maybe safe mode if it runs under that and compare.
The board & CPU are brand new (replaced Z170/I5-6600 Skylake that died last week).
The rest were from older builds swapped in previously to the Z170 build .
There are a few bugs to swat yet; this build is only 3 days old.
Haven't plugged in the Oculous yet, I'm having some USB issues still;
my reaction on the Z170 build was "meh..." VR needs work yet, esp. more games, but it worked OK

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 1 day ago arieshifman

Thanks.

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Free Service Protects You From Malware 3 months 1 day ago Bruce_Fraser

Thanks, Rob.
You forgot to include the URL for Quad9. It's at www.quad9.net.
Curiously, a Google search for "Quad9" doesn't come up with that, at least for the first two pages. I presume that's a measure of just how new this service is.

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Automate Your Typing With Phrase Express 3 months 1 day ago ldmpub

Very useful program and free for personal use ... I recommend it even if you use only (like I do) the "clipboard history" feature!
It's already a big big time-saver.

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Free Service Protects You From Malware 3 months 1 day ago pvilan

Thanks Rob.
I've using Google DNS server for years but this alternative is welcomed.
Regards
Peter

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Free ePub Books Online For Nook, iPad, Kobo, iBook Sony eReader etc 3 months 2 days ago AndrewK

Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) is an excellent site, but their files are only free in PDF and plain text formats. You have to pay for mobile device formats including epub.

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Find Out What's Hogging Your Hard Disk Space 3 months 3 days ago allaniamtheking

I use Directory Report.
Can save many reports in many formats

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WPS Office Free 3 months 3 days ago J1mB0b

I have no trouble printing ... nor with system freeze-ups (Win-10 Pro).
I leave WPS Writer open, so I don't have to wait 5 sec to remove the ad pop-up.

I have one problem: the input cell width is fixed to 72 bytes, so importing a wider fixed format 'CSV' file is not possible.
I use LibreOffice to import these files, then WPS for everything else.
Modifying the default template is tedious ... are there any obsessives out there who have made a list or script to ensure that such changes are ALL covered when a new or default template is set up ?
[email address removed as per site rules]

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Best Free Software for Linux 3 months 3 days ago barry london

Hello, I think JCppEdit is a very good IDE for Linux. If you are looking for a platform where you can code from C, C++, Java to HTML, CSS, JS, XML and even text file, JCppEdit is the best go. Specially if you are learning programming language.
JCppEdit v3.8

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Best Free System Information Utility 3 months 3 days ago chronitopos

Best Softwares
Restaurant Management System
http://www.chronitopos.com/restaurant-management-system

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Best Free Bible Study Software 3 months 4 days ago netbible

take a look at our free bible study tool https://lumina.bible.org/
it has orginial language, search, several commentaries along side the text. and if you login in you can take your notes and it savews them for you..
ITS ALL FREE along with over 16,000 articles at http://bible.org

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Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 months 4 days ago Anupam

On the page, for which the link is provided in the article, towards the end, you will find links/buttons to download the free version, mentioned clearly.

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Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 months 4 days ago Eldy

I would love to try EssentialPIM, BUT, I have yet to find a Download page that does not have at least three download buttons, NONE of which clearly spells out WHAT I will be downloading. Sorry, but if they cannot be up front and honest about offering their product, I'm not interested.

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Automate Your Typing With Phrase Express 3 months 5 days ago br1anstorm

I used this for a couple of years when I was doing stuff that required the creation of documents with a lot of standard "boilerplate" text. I found it very useful, user-friendly and certainly a real time-saver. A pretty good program.

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Find Out What's Hogging Your Hard Disk Space 3 months 5 days ago binaryman

I prefer to use: Directory Report
It is fast and can create many reports

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Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 months 5 days ago Povie

Thanks to your recommendation, I have been using EPIM for many years, and I love it! In fact, I love it so much that I bought the lilfetime version quite a few years ago, and it has been worth every penny. Thank you for the recommendation!

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Essential PIM Gets An Update 3 months 6 days ago Thetan207

The only way I found to download the free version was via Cnet, whom I don't trust.

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This Program And Web Site Mockup Tool For Windows Is Totally Free 3 months 6 days ago crombierob

I blame MS for starting the trend of stealing our work space, when they introduced the Ribbon, denying use of a fair chunk of the screen.
This developer doesn't have a Ribbon but he has denied us even more of the screen area.
He could slim things down a lot at the top of the screen, and the Toolbox and Properties dialog should be 'hideable'
I have developed applications for decades, and that unnecessary hogging of screen area is inexplicable.

Sorry to look a gift horse in the mouth,
Rob
PS It annoyed me so much, that I have sent a similar comment to the author

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Get A Second Pair of Eyes to Proofread Your Writing For Free 3 months 1 week ago jmjsquared

Grammarly is only "pretty good" at proof-reading general writing and "pretty bad" with more specialized, arcane content. For example, I found it repeatedly failed to correct my intentional "trial-errors", like: "Not one of the dozen checks I mailed WERE deposited at my bank last quarter." It should have suggested changing "WERE" to "WAS". It doesn't.

Besides, the "free" version is so crippled as to be totally useless, except perhaps to a person writing in a non-native language. And, the least-costly subscription is much too expensive for casual use, IMO.

I find that reading my work in reverse (from the last paragraph to the first) helps me catch my own gaffes. Always. Well, mostly. Okay, once-in a- while. :-(

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Get A Second Pair of Eyes to Proofread Your Writing For Free 3 months 1 week ago Fairportfan

Tried it.

It's overly pedantic.

Also, you didn't mention that (at least in the Windows version, which i am currently uninstalling) it requires a cloud account where it stores your documents.

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Get A Second Pair of Eyes to Proofread Your Writing For Free 3 months 1 week ago Bruce_Fraser

Thank, JoJo, for your recommendation. I've seen the Grammarly ads--who hasn't?!--but ignored them. I wasn't aware they offered a plug-in for Microsoft Word. That's really helpful.

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Grammarly 3 months 1 week ago emgil3

I've been using Grammarly for about six months and, other reservations regarding Grammarly's access to your text aside, am sold on it. I especially like the checks it performs in addition to spelling. I find that after using the program I then run another spell check (Using WPS Writer) and usually find a couple of things Grammarly's spell checker missed. The two together work better than any other combination of free programs I have tried.

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Grammarly 3 months 1 week ago MidnightCowboy

It's always a good idea to read the privacy policy instead of second guessing what any particular vendor might be doing with customer data. In this case, the data usage is pretty standard and the receipt of advertising related emails can be disabled if required. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.grammarly.com/privacy-policy

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Grammarly 3 months 1 week ago BillK

The Firefox add-on installed OK, but was missing features unless you set up a free account and give them your email address.
They also have access to everything you type. Passwords? May also be tracking and placing ads.
Uninstalled.

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Get the iPhone X's New Ringtone on Your Android or Older iPhone 3 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Thanks for the tip. :)

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Get the iPhone X's New Ringtone on Your Android or Older iPhone 3 months 1 week ago rhiannon

Excellent, thanks Jojo!

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 3 months 1 week ago LadyM

You can open PDF files directly in Microsoft word 2016, and it actually works.
You could also just use the "Click Right" and Paste Special "A" only.

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Get the iPhone X's New Ringtone on Your Android or Older iPhone 3 months 1 week ago Jojo Yee The Apple iPhone uses the .m4r extension as ringtones for MPEG-4 audio (.m4a) files. After downloading Reflection.m4r, I renamed the extension to .m4a then copied the file over to my Android device. It works and plays nicely without the need to do any conversion. view
Get the iPhone X's New Ringtone on Your Android or Older iPhone 3 months 1 week ago Quetzalcoatl

For some Android phones you might need to convert it to mp3 or ogg format, use VLC to do that. That's what I had to do in my Huawei phone.

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It's Another Exclusive Prize Draw Worth $67.95 [Updated] 3 months 1 week ago godel

General hint for anyone buying software online via download, do a search for something like "[product name] offer discount coupon" and see what turns up. While the WinX program is being offered on special for $47.95 you can also get it from another Digiarty web page for only US$19.95.

https://www.winxdvd.com/resource/winx-dvd-copy-pro-discount-coupon-code.htm

I've bought at least three different products from different companies at significant discounts since using this trick.

Just be sure that your credit card number is being sent to a legitimate commerce site. In the case above that's Avangate.

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Find Out What's Hogging Your Hard Disk Space 3 months 1 week ago dwainwood

Looks very similar to the old Windirstat.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 3 months 1 week ago footpatrol

Just tried using fullrip dot net to download/convert a video. It seems to be infected with malware per scan with xxx.unmaskparasites dot com/.

May need to find another video downloader. It redirects to other sites. Do not know what it does to system if FAKE-installer is run.

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Find Out What's Hogging Your Hard Disk Space 3 months 1 week ago anacapa

I like and use spacesniffer.....very easy to follow and gives grest visual interpretation of disk

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It's Another Exclusive Prize Draw Worth $67.95 [Updated] 3 months 1 week ago crosseyedlemon

The free giveaways is a great feature of this site. I don't bother with DVDs anymore but about a year ago I took advantage of the offer for the free video converter provided through Wonderfox. Thanks Rob, for scouting out these excellent deals.

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Best Free Technical Support Site 3 months 1 week ago lenovo contact ...

if you have any difficulties regarding your device then contact us. https://www.lenovosupport.org/

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Best Free Vector Graphics Editor 3 months 1 week ago kunkel321

Can anyone comment on DrawPlux X8 vs. Inkscape? I've used the DrawPlus line for years (with many paid upgrades), but it's abandonware now. I'd like to move to opensource. And sooner or later I'll have to stop using DPx8 because it's not supported anymore. But should I make the move now, or use DPx8 for a few more years first?

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks MC,  I was hoping you would chime in. :)

 

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy

Nothing is infallible and WOT is no different although overall it does provide a reliable guide to website safety. The means whereby good sites could have their reputations maliciously downgraded have been tightened up although sometimes orange rated sites might be perfectly safe. Suffice to say that anything red rated is best avoided unless you want to invite malware onto your PC or have your personal data hacked. The recent issue with WOT was caused when it was found they were passing on user details to third parties. This should not have come as a surprise as this practice is common throughout the industry but some people felt WOT's action went against the very nature of their product. You can read our own discussion about it here. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/comments-suggestions-and...
If you come across sites with a bad WOT reputation you don't agree with, you can always scan the site and it's content using one of the other security services.
https://www.virustotal.com/en/
http://www.urlvoid.com/
https://zulu.zscaler.com/
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/drweb-anti-virus-link-che/aleg...

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

There's been some discussion amongst the crew about it. I don't use it on Firefox because it has in the past caused issues in Firefox. I started using it on other browsers some time ago.

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago crip

Thank you. Has WOT changed from last year when everybody was telling us to removed it. It did seem to be a decent extension before the melt down.

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

I had a "Wait, what?" moment when I saw the WOT rating pop up over the links because I don't have it installed in the browser I use 95% of the time either. :)

 

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 2 weeks ago George.J

Looks great satrow. Updated top10 :)

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The WOT script has been introduced to provide a safety guide for our site links. Some of our pages contain dozens of links which were all 'green' at the time the article was published but have maybe changed to a bad rating over time. The WOT script enables visitors to report these and also helps our site moderators. MC - Site manager. view
Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago BillZM

I used Import/Export as HTML in each browser and they come over into the bookmark menu itself. The organizer for bookmarks was slightly different between Firefox and Pale Moon (perhaps different vintages of the Mozilla code), but the same functionality. I believe doing it this way is incremental to whatever bookmarks you had already in the browser you're feeding. I thought that might be safer than doing it as backup and restore, as that totally replaces all bookmarks I think. And I wasn't ready to wipe out whatever Pale Moon bookmarks might be present.

I had added the Fast Dial extension to Pale Moon before I did this, and I found importing the Firefox bookmarks (as HTML) created a second Fast Dial folder in Pale Moon (coming over from Firefox). I copied its contents into the first Fast Dial folder, then deleted the second folder; that's because the first Fast Dial folder was associated with its extension.

I forgot to mention... Pale Moon has its own extension "store", with a limited number of extensions, and I favored those. But it also points you to the Firefox extension "store" for other extensions, and because the Mozilla "store" perceives Pale Moon as an older version of Firefox (v27), for some extensions you have to look through the older versions of the extension for the one that's compatible. I did this for one or two extensions and they worked perfectly.

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago crombierob

"Bookmarks can be brought over from Firefox by exporting, then importing as HTML"
Could you elaborate on that ?
Are you referring to the -
- Backup/Restore
or to the
- Import/Export as html

Do they appear in the 'Show all bookmarks" or do they load into a tab like a web page (with url addresses on it) ?
Can they be blended in to existing bookmarks (inserts more folders)

Depending on the answers to above, if they do not blend in to the Bookmarks manager, I discovered I can do this -
If I have a folder in my bookmarks manager for my FF browser program A, I can create an empty folder in FF program B, then go back and select/copy all the URLs in that folder in program A, and paste them into the empty folder in program B
They then end up looking identical to the normal resull as when one bookmarks all open tabs

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Best Free Mega Web Browser 3 months 2 weeks ago BillZM

A vote for Pale Moon at least for serious consideration...

As a long-time Firefox user, I've been very happy. Good thorough bookmark capabilities, great extension support (Session Manager, Fast Dial, FxIF, and uBlock Origin are must-haves). Have enjoyed its recent improvements up through v56, but I'm watching for new extensions to replace those being obsoleted by upcoming v57. My temporary workaround is to run code recompiles by lawlietfox (or tete009), which are more optimized for Intel instruction sets and thus a bit faster and possibly crash-resistant; these do not update automatically, so I can control updates and their effect on add-ons.

There's now a credible replacement for FxIF (wxIF). Session Manager has a new replacement, Tab Session Manager, which seems promising (but not debugged yet and probably won't be able to fully replace it). Fast Dial has a new replacement, Quick Dial, which also seems promising, but again, will probably not end up as slick and fast as Fast Dial. uBlock Origin has updated to the new standards. So I could probably survive in the v57+ world with acceptable add-ons. And v57 Firefox is reputed to be much snappier than previous versions. I may end up there, running official builds if everthing works out.

Meanwhile though I've been looking through the Firefox variants based off the Mozilla code - Waterfox, Cyberfox, lawlietfox, Tete Atelier, pcxFirefox, Comodo Icedragon, Pale Moon, etc. Wondering how each is proceeding in the v57+ world. Several have abandoned their efforts altogether or switched to the v52 extended release ("ESR") base so they can squeeze in one more year supporting legacy add-ons before retiring their efforts. Only one of these, Pale Moon, has committed so far to continuing on with a strategy supporting legacy add-ons.

For the last week, I've been trying Pale Moon, complete with my favorite legacy add-ons. I have the user interface looking great. It's been very stable; very few crashes.

Pale Moon forked from version 27 of the Mozilla code I believe, as Mozilla was making big changes for the user interface ("Australis") and other aspects for the version 28 release. They stripped out some code, such as little-used options, to enhance speed and stability, and have continued to release updates for features and security. Compared to recent Firefox releases, Pale Moon is not generally faster, may be slower, but in real-world use I don't notice a speed difference. It does seem to be more crash-resistant; I'm enjoying that. It does not support multiple processes ("e10s", as Mozilla calls it), but I believe it's even more crash-resistant and seems quite light on CPU and memory usage. A few add-ons are essential: Session Manager, Fast Dial, FxIF, uBlock Origin, Zoom Page, Moon PDF Viewer, and Expose Noisy Tabs. Bookmarks can be brought over from Firefox by exporting, then importing as HTML. Passwords and disabled passwords can be brought over from Firefox by exporting then importing with the Password Exporter add-on temporarily enabled in each browser.

So I'm enjoying my Pale Moon experiment and may in fact stay with Pale Moon as my main browser (at least while Firefox v57+ and its extensions evolve further).

Why don't I just give up and use Chrome??? I use Chrome for some things (I like its implementation for multiple users, and I find it slightly more robust for streaming applications, for example), but I still prefer Firefox (or maybe now Pale Moon!) for most things.

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Finds of the Week: 7 Terrific Chrome Tips / Block Browser Bitcoin Mining / 5 Ways to Install Windows 10 / 12 Free Match 3 Games 3 months 2 weeks ago crip

Was reading 'Finds of the week' and notice 'WOT' symbols on your links. I had WOT before and have removed it from my browser. Just wondering how it is working on your page. It seems to be manly on finds of the week page and only limited to maybe one on other of your pages.

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Best Free Office Suite 3 months 2 weeks ago BillZM

Update @ November 2017
Thanks to this thread, I have learned a lot about the various free alternatives to Microsoft Office. My perspective here is strictly Windows-based.

I have tried to stay current on this topic for the last 10 years or so, and wanted to offer my insights to bring this thread up to speed with my feedback/advice.

Kingsoft / WPS: Looked very promising for a while. Early versions would read docx and xlsx files but save only back to doc or xls. Capabilities kept improving and reached their peak with Kingsoft Free 2013 9.0.1.4550 (file size 46,500KB). This version allowed saving as docx and xlsx, but only ppt (not pptx) as I recall, and had no restrictions on printing, watermarks, or pop-up ads (unlike later WPS versions). You can still find this download at various sites online - neowin, filehippo, and WPS itself. If the filesize is larger than 46,500KB, it probably has other adware built-in, which you may or may not be able to avoid installing by unchecking a checkbox. If you can install this and somehow defeat WPS' automatic updating to newer versions, this would be a great solution for many. I thought I had accomplished this, but it updated automatically to the current WPS office version with good capabilities but annoying ads, so I gave up and uninstalled it. I wonder if one could install even earlier versions of Kingsoft without the automated updating kicking in, but if you go back much farther, you wouldn't be able to save as docx or xlsx, which is a show-stopper for me.

Apache OpenOffice: This is a stable offering, with understandable menus, fully capable of basic office needs. To my knowledge, it reads docx, xlsx, and pptx files but still can't save to those formats. This is a show-stopper for me.

LibreOffice: Forked from OpenOffice, supposedly this is progressing more quickly than Apache OpenOffice. It supposedly has better compatibility with Microsoft formats. It does allow saving to docx, xlsx, and pptx formats (by default if that's your preference, like mine). Its Calc supports the vast majority of Excel's functions and formatting, and the later versions keep improving on PivotTable support. Version 5.2.7 has all the functionality I need for home use (may still not have all the latest sophisticated Excel function and PivotTable support, but I don't need that for home use). Version 5.2.7 is a very good solution for my needs. I would suggest this strongly for people's free office needs at home. Versions 5.3 and 5.4 have new enhancements, many of which are probably desirable... improved Microsoft compatibility, improved support of Excel functions and PivotTables, but also have a new font and page rendering engine which seem problematic for me, causing some flickering and rendering/formatting issues which I don't want to deal with; still evident even in the final release of 5.3 (5.3.7). There is apparently a setting in 5.3 to revert to the old rendering, so that might be fixable but I didn't have the patience to pursue it. I'm waiting till they address these issues in future releases. Versions 5.3 and 5.4 have an experimental ribbon menu available which I didn't like. I also turn off the "Sidebar" menu in the Version 5.0+ releases. Meanwhile I'm very happy with version 5.2.7, and would claim that's the best alternative right now in free Windows office suites.

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

In other words - can you make a bootable USB-drive with Q4OS where you can work and make changes that are kept? Will a 8 Gb or 16 Gb USB-drive be sufficient? Thanks for any answer.

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 3 months 2 weeks ago Anderton

Don't most people have Revo Free, or any other similar uninstaller to deal with this kind of thing???

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Best Free PDF Writer Software 3 months 2 weeks ago theEmperor

An aspect worth commenting on is the UnInstall process should you decide this is not the piece of software for you. On this aspect, do NOT try doPDF - it installs services and registry entries that are NOT removed when you uninstall the product. It basically leaves all of its files, registry entries as well as the novaPDF Service on your PC. which you will need to manually try to find and delete if you want the software removed from your PC.

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 2 weeks ago Australia

Thats great. If this is a Linus article just for existing Linux users, thats very helpful

However, the vast majority of visitors to this site reading this article, are not website managers, nor need to change their current OS setup
A lot of novice computer users will find Linux a lot of investment of time, and not much return.

Advocates for Linux rarely state for which people is the recommended distro is suitable for, and for which uses
So Linux is good for website managers, for what reasons ? And what other nonLinux computers users will benefit from the suggested distro

People would like to know in what circumstances the suggested Linux distro would be useful

It was stated in a comment that "I've never understood why folks spend money and risk their data using Windows when secure systems like this are available for free". Well I have spelt out the disadvantages of Linux, which should be mentioned whenever Linux is discussed to mainstream computer audience, and these are the reasons people risk using a mainstream OS

**My important laptop related hardware I use regularly, include external hard drives, USB drives, computer audio, and modem**
I am open to the idea of using Linux, the main indication would be if the ultrareliable Windows 7 is deliberately made redundant by no updated Internet Browsers.
For example, Firefox, Chrome etc have stopped supporting Windows XP, and will likely stop supporting WIndows 7 in the medium term.
Only then, will I consider a Linux installation in a virtual Machine to access the internet. However, if the lag is too much, or there are copy/paste issues, I would just prefer to use Windows 10, and accept all the privacy and personal data intrusions

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Best Free DVD Ripper 3 months 2 weeks ago theelostone

This should probably be updated. DVDfab used to be great for ripping but now they're getting all big brother phone home. You have to create an account to even use the free version. So I assume it's sending usage data back home. What are they doing with that? Hard to say. Government might want that info too if the political climate changes on the topic of ripping movies. I came here hoping to find a replacement for DVDFab. I like Handbrake for encoding (I used to rip several with DVDFab then queue them all up to run overnight in Handbrake). Finding a good ripper that can handle copy protection is proving problematic.

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Best Free Electronic Book Reader 3 months 2 weeks ago Gizmo's big fan

Yes.. AlfaReader did look pretty good.. but unfortunately.. only free for 7 days.. after which you need to pay.. currently $9.95

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Best Free Non-Adobe PDF Reader 3 months 2 weeks ago acz

I just installed Foxit Reader 9.0.0.29935 on a machine running Windows 10 Home.
During the installation, I declined an offer to install their product called PhantomPDF, which is for PDF editing, I believe.
There is no sign of Open Candy or any other malware - scanned with Microsoft Security Essentials and MalwareBytes.

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A Free Online OCR Service 3 months 2 weeks ago Quantum_Dragon

If you register (Still free), you get:

Adobe PDF
Microsoft Excel 97-2003 (xls)
Microsoft Excel (xlsx)
Microsoft Word 97-2003 (doc)
Microsoft Word (docx)
RTF document (rtf)
Text Plain (txt)

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Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 3 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for the tip!

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A Free Online OCR Service 3 months 2 weeks ago vandamme

http://free-online-ocr.com/ is one I like better because it can convert to rtf. I'm still looking for one that converts to an open format, like odf, instead of Microsoft proprietary DOCX.

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 2 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Installed Q4OS on a thumb drive - the temporary version - how do you install a permanent version on a thumb drive - and how much space approximately is needed say for the 'big standard' option? I've done this for other Linux versions but forgotten how to - and couldn't see it on the Q4OS page. I have now on a thumb drive the basic "ready for installation" - could I just use the Install option and then choose a second thumb drive to install to? (I suppose there is no sense installing to the same drive?)

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Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 3 months 2 weeks ago stechy

Or you can add in your search URL '&gl=countryCode' (e.g. &gl=en for searching google.com, or &gl=fr. etc.)

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 months 2 weeks ago antonalfredo

For disk spans, try SizeMe.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 months 2 weeks ago antonalfredo

It is fast but I can't find a progress bar. I might try KillCopy, which looks like it does second overall.

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