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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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago rhiannon

Excellent, thanks Jojo!

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 3 months 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks ago dwainwood

Looks very similar to the old Windirstat.

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My Favoured Youtube Downloader Of The Moment 3 months 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 2 weeks 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 weeks ago rhiannon

Thanks for the tip!

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A Free Online OCR Service 3 months 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 weeks ago antonalfredo

For disk spans, try SizeMe.

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Best Free File Copy Utility 3 months 3 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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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago budchekov

Hey rob, this is pretty darn nice, could be a keeper, used the Universal-USB-Installer and have it running on a stick..very snappy and pleasantly different from the Ubuntu/Mint flavors of which I have tired.

Piece of cake to figure out too. Well thought out.

Next move, a full install on a Think Pad, reckon I'll replace antiX.

Thanks :)

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

Excellent! My settings are StartPage Search, not Advanced. Thanks for finding that. :)

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Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 3 months 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248

Found it - there are settings in Startpage (under Advanced) where you can choose country and other things.

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

I don't think there's a setting in Startpage to change the country domain you want to use to search. In Ducduckgo, you can go to the settings and choose a country.
 

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Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 3 months 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248

What happens if you use Startpage (which uses Google searches but hides your location from Google)?

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

I use DuckDuckGo for most of my searches. I don't know if Google has gotten around that or not, and I use Chrome on a limited basis, being a Firefox fangirl for.........umm.....since it was in Alpha. :)

 

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Get A Free Update To Your DVD Copy Pro 3 months 3 weeks ago Catsup22

This is a trial only. Have to pay the $$ to get a full version. And no follow up email was sent to me with license code, etc. A lot of things just sound too good to be true - and most are not. But thanks for trying to help us Gizmo followers. :)

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

OK thanks for reply, you answered my query

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

You should download the Live CD to a flash drive first, https://www.q4os.org/downloads1.html
then boot from the flash drive so that you can test that the Linux OS works OK on your particular computer. If it runs fine (though it will be slower from the flash drive) then just run the install option from the Linux OS. No need to delete the Win7 first as the install will overwrite it.
Install instructions here: http://dsbnet.tk/pages/install_q4os.php

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

Thanks, Rob, for the info on this interesting new distro. While all the many technical advantages of Linux mentioned in the comments are convincing, my overriding reason for planning my escape to Linux can be summed up in one word: Privacy. I'm one of those with enough grey hair to remember and value the concept of personal privacy, so I refuse to surrender to Microsoft's intrusive snooping and their taking control of our computers and updating them whenever they see fit with whatever software they choose. Linux not only offers me the option of personal privacy, it allows me to configure my OS as I choose, not as some tech giant thinks best for its corporate purposes.

Accordingly, though we still use W7 Pro 64 on our business computers for the time being, I've been experimenting with Linux, loading Mint 17.2 Cinnamon in Virtual Box on two of those computers, a desktop and a laptop, and it seems to work great. I've even taken an old (2006) Dell Inspiron XP laptop with 1GB RAM and replaced XP with Mint 17.1 XFCE, as it was recommended as a good, lightweight distro for older machines. The result? An old, hopelessly slow Windows XP machine now runs much faster with Linux Mint and is a pleasure to use, though of course it's still no match for our newer, current desktops.

Unless wiser Linux heads than mine advise otherwise, my plan is ultimately to convert our W7 computers to the then-current version of Mint, then load the contents of our W7 machines into VirtualBox on each machine, both to allow us to use some Windows-only software and to give us easy access to our Windows-based documents and records if we need them. As I understand it, we can isolate the W7 in VB from the Internet to reduce the risk of malware, letting all Internet interface take place through Linux.

All in all, Linux - in whatever flavour of distro works best for a given user - seems to me like an excellent and logical OS choice for the future. Now if only Linux-based smartphones would improve enough to allow me to similarly get rid of the snooping of Google/Android......

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

I have an old PC that has windows7 installed, it also has several programs that are installed which I don't require on this older PC and there now is limited space and the PC runs fairly slow anyway. My question is can I do a clean install of this Linux o/s using the link you have given or can I download the Linux o/s onto a flashdrive, delete the old windows7 and boot the old machine from the flashdrive. Personally I would rather boot the machine into windows7 then go to link here and download o/s as a clean install. Hope my question is clear

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

Thanks for the comments!

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

This is a new installation of Q4OS I did this morning. Took me around 40 minutes including updating the system, adding the software I needed, copying Thunderbird profile for 4 accounts, configuring Superkaramba and Conky Manager, importing and syncing into Chrome plus a stack of customizations. Try doing that with Windows. Admittedly a new user to Linux won't get there as quick, but it will still take only a fraction of the time it takes to set up a new Windows system. MC - Site Manager.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/chitchat/514-what-does-y...

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The market objectives of Q4OS and Mint are very different so it's not really fair to make a comparison but regarding Mint, the Windows users I've introduced to this cannot believe that everything they need installs in around 10 minutes, is fully functional out of the box and thereafter updates automatically. The time and traumas I still spend with Windows and third party software updates for it are just plain annoying but I need to keep it on one machine just for Windows program testing. MC - Site Manager. view
Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago vandamme

Your points are exactly why I had been hesitant to try Linux. Then I came upon a laptop that was "too slow" and tried Mint on it. I guess I got hooked then.

You can try Linux on a disk or flash drive to see how well it runs on any particular system, without changing anything. Try all your hardware, and try the "old" scanner and printer in your closet that won't run current Windows, you might be surprised that it works great on Linux. TV cards that last worked on XP, for instance. I recently recorded all my VHS and 8mm analog home videos using one.

I had very few problems collaborating with MSOffice users using LibreOffice, and sometimes I had to read old Office, Word Perfect or PDF files to "translate" them to the new Office format. I edited photos, drawings, electronic schematics, and videos. I ran electronic simulations and remotely controlled lab instruments. I designed, laid out and ordered printed circuit boards using Windows software running on Wine. All this on a 7 year old PC.

Finding software is as easy as going to the distro repository. Printer drivers are almost automatic... "find printer... Install... print test page?" And the updating on Mint is the way all updating should be, polite and informative, and you're in control.

The only thing I can't address is gaming. If you're into the latest high performance games you'd have to see what was available. There's thousands of them for Linux, I hear.

Q4OS looks appealing, especially for business use. The multiple desktops are nice and would give users a personal touch, and the long support time is good. I always go to distrowatch to shop for distros.

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

Not long ago I installed dual boot with Linux Mint and Windows 7. Linux Mint is quite "Windows-like" and excellent if you want to try out Linux for the first time. And I agree it's a good idea first to try it out from a CD/DVD or USB before installing anything. I don't think I'll ever go only Linux - because I guess there will always be programs you can only run in Windows.

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

I have an old Dell laptop which I want to use as a navigation backup.....this sounds ideal to me
Bill

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 3 months 3 weeks ago satrow

Verified Novabench Score: 2040
Tested on Nov 1, 2017 at 11:21

Intel Xeon E3-1230 V2 running at 3.3GHz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 6GB
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional

CPU Score
850
Floating Ops: 197388353
Integer Ops: 1094566472
Hash Ops: 1371704

RAM Score - 16GB
248
RAM Speed: 20275 MB/s

GPU Score
855
Direct3D 11: 129 FPS
OpenCL: 4509 GFLOPS

Disk Score
87
Write Speed: 526 MB/s
Read Speed: 469 MB/s

Self-built/upgraded general purpose IvyBridge/DDR3 mini ITX, hardware at stock speeds, GPU blower type.
Seasonic 360W Gold PSU.
Windows tweaked.

https://novabench.com/view/1355533

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

There are generally two types of Windows users - experts whose knowledge and expertise has grown over the years and casual users doing emails and Facebook.
Casual users, (like grandma) :) will have very few problems changing to a simple Linux system like Q4OS, Peppermint Linux or Linux Mint. They will probably be pleased to have all the updates and antivirus worries removed.
Windows experts that have a complex working environment will be more hesitant to make the move to Linux. They would be best to use a spare older computer to start testing Linux on, so they can keep the Win pc around as a backup if needed. Linux can replace their Windows environment, but it is not reasonable to expect years of Windows experience to instantly transfer to Linux. I found that Linux was mostly quickly useable, but I also continued to use some Windows applications while I was learning the Linux system. Now I rarely use Windows - usually only when Windows users need help with Windows problems! :)

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Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 months 3 weeks ago TheHubster

Or, you could just go to the CustomGuide website and download all the ones you need without disclosing any info. http://www.customguide.com/ Click on Quick References and scroll down past the sign-up form to find all the guides that are available.

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Making recmmendations is an inevitable minefield as it would be for a make of car or smartphone. People have different needs and different hardware which makes nothing suitable as a one size fits all recommendation. Some distros also provide more than one DE (desktop environment) so again individual circumstances can affect this choice. Also, it is up to individuals to decide if time invested in Linux is worth it for them but considering the average time spent on social media and games I guess a lot of folks have this opportunity. The bottom line however is there is no need to remove Windows to use and/or try out Linux. Most are available as a “live” session download for CD or USB and users can boot with this and try out most of the features they would have with a full install. Thereafter a chosen distro can be dual booted alongside Windows with the user having the choice of which to use at boot. There are detailed instructions about how to do this for the majority of the popular Linux distros. view
Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago Australia

As a long term computer user, I am open to listening to Linux advocates, about the advantages of Linux that may offset the many disadvantages
The Linux advantage include no need for the endless Windows updates, and less need for antiviral software

The disadvantages are rarely discussed
- does the recommended Linux distro support the many hardware device on the standard computer (audio hardware, printer, modem, scanner, USB drives, external hard drives, DVD drive etc)
- how many of peoples current preferred software choices are supported by the Linux distro ? (eg adobe acrobat, eg backup software). Telling people to find a lot of new substitute software just wont interest most people
- most people who work in office jobs use Office files, and usually the most recent version (2013). Does the recommended Linux distro support that the most recent Office documents?
- how much tinkering around is required to gather the device drivers to get a computer working up to the level of peoples' current setups, and how many hardware devices lack the Linus drivers ?

Of course, it is difficult for a Linux advocate to answer these questions, as there are an infinite number of software and hardware combinations
As a result, invariably there are an infinite number of reasons a Linux setup will be inferior to the standard computer users current mainstream computer setup (Windows or Apple). Usually a Linux distro needs to be supported by a person expert in Linux

The major problem that stopped me from using Linux was the trouble needed to replace a perfectly functioning computer setup with a lot of compromises. But good luck to those who benefit from this alternative OS

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Linux For People Who Like The Look And Feel Of Windows 3 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Suffice to say I use a variety of Linux distros on three desktops and two laptops for everything I need to do including my admin role with this site. MC - Site Manager. view
Google Ignores Country Domains, Search Now Based on Your Location 3 months 3 weeks ago aripper

You can still control this setting manually if you use DuckDuckGo as your home page.
The added bonus is they don't track you (so they say?) but I think Google may have
adjusted to get around that in their updated Chrome versions anyway

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Get A Free Update To Your DVD Copy Pro 3 months 3 weeks ago godel

Where does it say only six months license?

This would be a change from all previous WinX giveaways, and these offers tend to come by a few times a year anyway.

On starting my copy of the program up from a September giveaway it just says "Licensed Copy"

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Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 months 3 weeks ago Former Physicist

Not free to us retired persons with no work email or work phone number.

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Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 months 3 weeks ago hobbesotr

Hmmm, I simply had to enter my work email - nothing more.

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

This is certainly one of the best Linux systems I've ever used especially considering the low resource use. I also like the minimal installation after which you can add as much or as little as you like to the base system. I'm not a great fan of the default file manager but Dolphin can be added as a replacement with just a couple of clicks. Customization possibilities are immense as they are with most Linux systems although you'll need to run "sudo kcmodules --unlock" in a terminal to reveal all the options in system settings. I've never understood why folks spend money and risk their data using Windows when secure systems like this are available for free. MC - Site Manager.
More info + screenshot here.
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/linux/15888-q4os.html
https://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/chitchat/514-what-does-y...

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Best Free Personal Finance Software 3 months 3 weeks ago shallotman

Money banking software. Downloaded same. Went to make out regular bills. Found you can only enter. SEND CHEQUE. whatever happened to Direct Debits and Standing Orders.

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Handy Reference Cards If You Use MS Office 2016 3 months 3 weeks ago TheIntersect

I would not say these were "free" because you have to give a lot of personal information to get access to the downloads. Strange that the article does not mention that. You have to give your *work* email and then on the next screen you have to give detailed information about your *work*, such as your name, address, position, job level, address, etc., etc., etc. Too "costly" for me!

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A Really Simple Project Management System That's Also Free 3 months 3 weeks ago rutherfordpaul

Why do you insist on an email address that includes first and last names?
Cordially,

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Best Free Ways to Learn Programming 3 months 4 weeks ago Panzer

Progate is a web service where you can learn programming online:

https://progate.com/

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Best Free Download-Upload Meter 3 months 4 weeks ago crombierob

Test network speed ?
I have ADSL2 with a router/modem combined unit.
I use cat cables 6 and 6e
Sometimes the cat connections ain't great, and it goes to 100mbps
Which program can i use to keep an eye on the network speed ?

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Best Free Android Apps - Updated 2018 3 months 4 weeks ago talkback10

I recently bought a new Moto E4 phone with MetroPCS. The phone has a feature to block your chosen numbers calling in but it simply reroutes the call to voicemail. I need to block certain numbers from even being able to call in to my number.
Anyone know of free Android based apps that can do that?
Thank you

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A Really Simple Project Management System That's Also Free 3 months 4 weeks ago MidnightCowboy The link is included. MC - Site Manager. view
A Really Simple Project Management System That's Also Free 3 months 4 weeks ago Diane Dalsimer

This article would be more useful if it contained a link to access the program.

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Get A Free Update To Your DVD Copy Pro 4 months 3 hours ago not recognized

Using either a disroot or hotmail address, via chrome, epic and firefox: 'an error occurred. Please try again'

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Get A Free Update To Your DVD Copy Pro 4 months 4 hours ago aripper

Everyone should know it's a 6 months licence only.

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Compare your PC performance scores with Gizmo's Freeware readers 4 months 18 hours ago Yottie

Verified Novabench Score: 1922
Tested on Oct 27, 2017 at 15:52

CPU Vendor Intel Core i5-8400 running at 3.8GHz
GPU Vendor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti
OS Logo Microsoft Windows 10 Pro

CPU Score
813

Show details

RAM Score - 16GB DDR4
281

RAM Speed: 29655 MB/s

Graphics Score
713

Direct3D 11: 96 FPS
OpenCL: 2626 FLOPS

Disk Score
115

Write Speed: 414 MB/s
Read Speed: 1051 MB/

I chose to rebuild my PC with a new Coffee Lake processor and chose the cheapest i5 version. Interestingly this seems to outscore most older i7 rigs in both this and Geekbench

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Halloween Wallpaper Collection 2017 4 months 1 day ago rhiannon

I love that one too. I was happy to see Vlad creating a few new wallpapers since August. :)

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Halloween Wallpaper Collection 2017 4 months 1 day ago budchekov

Hey rhiannon, Boo! Thanks, it's so nice to see Vlad's back. :)

This has always been one of my favorites.

http://www.vladstudio.com/wallpaper/?sky_lanterns

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Best Free File Manager 4 months 2 days ago hunerbo

I am looking for a File Manager, that can create a database of my files on all my disks. I have presently 6 NAS-systems with a total of 50TB and probably close to a million files. Two main reasons for this: To make it possible to find duplicates, and to get the exacty address of the file, like: \\NAS-07\Movies\German\HD\ in seach of af af filename or part of it, and to make an easy update of the database to remove deleted items and add new ones.

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Best Free Software for Linux 4 months 2 days ago Panzer

Ovoplayer:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ovoplayer/

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Best Free Music Player and Organizer 4 months 2 days ago Panzer

Ovoplayer:

https://sourceforge.net/projects/ovoplayer/

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Best Free Animated GIF Maker 4 months 4 days ago Powerpixl

NEW : Powerpixl.com web app ( http://powerpixl.com ) turn any text in animated GIF. You can also add your own pictures on the fly. So write your animated story, it's more fun and it's more appealing.

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How to Back up Mozilla Firefox and Thunderbird 4 months 4 days ago paul_walker

I have been disappointed by Mozbackup because I presume it is not supported ant more. I don't like FEBE because it's slow & noisy in the morning & not available for Thunderbird

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 5 days ago pvilan

footpatrol,
VirusTotal says it is a "Clean Site".
Peter

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 5 days ago footpatrol

How does exporting to RTF avoid macros etc? What does VirusTotal etc. say about program?

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 4 months 5 days ago Imanonov

I'm a bit weary of a language-learning program that spells both its French as its Hebrew version wrongly.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 6 days ago howiem

I did not say I needed anything, I just said that the smallpdf program is not perfect.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 6 days ago MidnightCowboy Although Unicode and UTF-8 cover the majority of needs there are still character issues with some languages, especially Thai. If you need recognition for Thai Institute of Standards TIS-620, I suggest you source software written for that language. MC - Site Manager. view
Best Free Digital Image Editor 4 months 6 days ago Bhat59

Thanks Panzer for telling us about the Phocus editor from Hasselblad. I tried it yesterday. But all Exported images from Phocus are terribly underexposed. I am unable to figure out why.

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Finally, A PDF To Word Converter That's Perfect And Free 4 months 6 days ago howiem

As I said in a previous comment that seems to have been deleted, this program is not "perfect"/ It did not render some Thai characters correctly, and it will not convert files that have been scanned and require OCR to convert. I am not complaining, rather stating some facts.

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 4 months 6 days ago jlgg

Nice, easy to use, ads not too instrusive on Android, not sure how much I will retain, but that's my problem!

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Best Free Voicemail Service 4 months 6 days ago Fox-Hound

Give "Google Voice" a try

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A Free Language Learning Tool Loved by Millions 4 months 6 days ago arieshifman

thanks

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This PDF Converter Is Free Now 4 months 1 week ago zachw

ditto this ^ and ditto this v.

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Now In Beta: Firefox Browser That's Twice As Fast 4 months 1 week ago Anupam

Firefox was never Chrome-based.

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Finds of the Week: Run Multiple Instances of Google Drive / Control Driver Updates in Windows 10 / Open Culture / Poem A Day 4 months 1 week ago dabney

Anupam's "Best Windows Backup and Restore" article is based on Windows XP. Your readers use Windows 10. Don't refer to out of date articles.

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Best Free Encryption Utility for Cloud Storage 4 months 1 week ago bobthomson

I have been using Ncryptedcloud for a couple of years and it has served me well.

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Qihoo 360 Total Security 4 months 1 week ago seronello

be sure and completely read their Software License, Service Agreement, and
their Privacy Policy.....you'll be amazed!!

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