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Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes Precomp is a command line precompressor that can be used to further compress files that are already compressed: https://github.com/schnaader/precomp-cpp
Wallpaper of the Week: Spiral Galaxy 7 months 2 weeks ago Sgluber Yes

As usual, very beautiful photos, rhiannon... thank you so much! :-)

Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago ldmpub Yes

Donation made ... please go on ;-).

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I'm not sure why that happened. I would uninstall the extension.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago kpoff Yes

Hi, All - I'm fairly sure that at least once in the past Gizmo allowed me to contribute by good old-fashioned check or money order. I have PayPal now, but for others who are concerned about the privacy/security issues, maybe you could post a mailing address/information for contributing via mail? We need everyone to be able to chip in and help! :)

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 2 weeks ago Senny Mjuline Yes

After installing the extension the Facebook completely is not working!..
Chrome version 86.0.4240.111
Win SP1 32-bit

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch Yes

It asked for (actually: required) either a mobile, home or work number. My home number can't receive SMS, so that appears not to be the reason it was asking for that info. Plus, usually one has the option to do verification via email, which I did supply. But, it said nothing about a verification process in the form in any case. Just letting you know.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes This and other issues related to PayPal crop up regularly in their support section. From what I can gather from scanning the posts they relate to country specific issues for either the sender or where the receiving account is registered. Since the financial regulations for each country will likely be different this explains why you can send/receive to/from one source but maybe not to another. Mobile phone numbers are requested to combat fraud since they are used to send an SMS verification code. MC – Site Manager.
Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago Gil Mensch Yes

I tried to donate again using the Donate button above. That takes me to a Paypal-administered form. I selected the Debit/Credit card option. Once again, it won't process my donation without the input of my phone number, which I am not going to provide. I have made other purchases today on other sites with the same cc that did not require my phone number. I don't understand why you won't take my donation without the input of one of my phone numbers.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago 4sure5 Yes

Just happily made a donation. Sending along best wishes for the continued success of techsupportalert! Thanks for being such a great resource.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago pvilan Yes

Please keep up the good work, everyone there!!!! Big thanks!!!
Peter

How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You (mostly) 7 months 2 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

It's not a mobile app. It's a browser extension.

How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You (mostly) 7 months 2 weeks ago DCL Yes

It's not in the Play Store for UK users

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago gmdsr117 Yes

I have used this site for many years and found it very valuable. I use ad-blockers extensively because I have a strong distaste for paying for the ads on services I pay for and the tracking that goes along with them. I am sorry to hear of the financial strain on the site. I was happy to donate to help keep it going. Good luck with the fund the raising.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 2 weeks ago Hardy Smifff Yes

Hi Gizmo's

I just tried to donate $10 by clicking on your donate button, but "PayPal" wouldn't let me do so with my Visa Debitcard unless I agreed to sign up for a PayPal account.
I don't do PayPal anymore as they have robbed me of some money and wouldn't give it back!

Sorry as I would rather die than use a PayPal account again for any reason!

Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago DavidinCalif Yes

First donation ($25,) rejected by credit card. There apparently was a problem with the expiration date. Changed format of exp date and that worked. I donated an additional $1.00 to check to see if the card would be accepted. It was. So total is $26.00

Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago DavidinCalif Yes

I have been visiting this site for many years. Always rely on Gizmo's recommendations. Keep going!

An Open Source and Secure Messenger App Supporting Multiple Platforms 7 months 2 weeks ago Christop.P No

There are more and more such applications, but it is not known which is the safest to use. It seems to me that I could use a list of the best smartphone applications of this type - Beste-Cheats

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes Pyston - a faster and highly compatible implementation of the Python programming language: https://blog.pyston.org/2020/10/28/pyston-v2-20-faster-python/
How to Stop Facebook from Tracking You (mostly) 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes Just don't use FB and any of its services.
Thank You for Donating 7 months 2 weeks ago pratomorone Yes

Rock on, folk...it would be a more difficult world without Tech Support Alert!!

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes fwupd aims to make updating firmware on Linux automatic, safe and reliable: https://github.com/fwupd/fwupd
A completely free, secure and open source video conferencing application for your desktop and mobile 7 months 2 weeks ago Jojo Yee Yes A good comment GeneralHavok. To secure a meeting room, you will need to add a password.
A completely free, secure and open source video conferencing application for your desktop and mobile 7 months 2 weeks ago GeneralHavok Yes

I use Jitsi weekly, and I love it. I recommend it.

One correction: it's most decidedly NOT secure. When you create a room, all you do is create a URL. The same URL works over and over, as the room isn't created until someone visits that URL. Anyone with that URL will automatically join your room. The only way to be "secure" is in the sense that you have a unique URL that someone else will never visit. It's not a problem, but it's not "secure" as one would use the word when talking about software.

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes Tangalanga - Zoom Conference scanner: https://github.com/elcuervo/tangalanga
Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 2 weeks ago Panzer Yes Nat is a complete replacement for the 'ls' command: https://github.com/willdoescode/nat
Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac Yes

Thank you Jojo! Stupid beginners mistake (Or Typo) from someone who has been here 12 years.

LOL!  Someday I might get the hang of these newfangled electrical devices.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Thanks. Working now. MC :)
Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Yes There was a space following the link. The space has been removed and the link should work now.
Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Sea Mac Yes

I wish I could have donated ten times as much - and made it an automatic monthly donation, also. I value this site As Much as I value archive.org !

{I confess: I have been spending more time at archive.org lately than I have been spending here (where's that embarrassed emoji ☺️ ?) - but while that place feels like a vast library of [millions of] wonders ... it is THIS site that feels like a Cozy HOME to me. And though prodigal I may be ... it is to here that my heart (and eventually, my sorry azz) always returns - and I always feel as welcomed again, as the proverbial prodigal one, when I do return.}

Please keep up the good work, everyone!!!!

PS I recommend Ad Nauseum extension - it clicks on every ad on every page (in the background) so that the click counts - causing an "Impression" that means the Ad gets paid to the Site. This also 'Munges the HECK' out of your 'ad trail' ... and adds EVERY Subject - to your "liked Ads" profile ... ruining by 'flooding' ... their carefully built profile of 'your liked ads' - what advertising you have clicked upon.

https://adnauseam.io/

Open Source - and if your site has ads on any page: AdNauseam WILL Click on them for you. The "Anti" Ad Blocker ... it eats EVERY One for breakfast (I swear one site had rotating ads ... and it eventually clicked on several hundred for THEM).

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes Patreon is great.
Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I understand not wanting to give out your number I'm very protective of mine.
If you have a Google account you can sign up for Google Voice,. It gives you a phone number to give out to anyone you like, and calls can be forwarded to your real phone. It has other features but that's what I use it for.

There's a PayPal option as well, click the donate button if that's something that works for you.

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago mouse53 Yes

I hope my tiny donation helps some. I see many people I know, like mouser helping one of the best freeware information sites on the net. Us mice and all the rest of the grateful users on Gizmo's must untie to help this great place like it has helped us.

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

He's been developing Social Fixer for ten years, so far it's gone well. :)

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Thank for the suggestion Sea Mac but I'm getting a 404 from that link? MC - Site Manager.
Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago dlibertine Yes

Oh, what a game it is. It's a pain, but I'd love to see these guys win.

View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

That's a great one.

View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago Jojo Yee Yes

A resourceful archive... searched and got one of the best I like—Ellie Goulding's most successful single: Love Me Like You Do in the Live Lounge.

https://www.jambase.com/videos/ellie-goulding-love-me-like-you-do-in-the...

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I just checked and the add-on was updated two hours ago. The add-on has only been in existence since the end of August, it's not a mature product. Another reason you may want avoid it.

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I'm not sure what to make of this. It's been working fine, though today I got a pop up that said click to trigger Facebook's mechanism to revert to the old layout, and that the option would be offered again in 48 hours. I've checked with people on FB who use the add-on and haven't had any trouble as yet.

Yes, there will be times when the add-on won't work. FB is very active about forcing people to see what they want and work to prevent things like this from working. You may not want to use it and avoid any interruptions.

As regards the developers commitment, he's been developing this since 2009.
https://socialfixer.com/about.html


 

View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

If you know any good videos of live performances of artists you like that fit the site, by all means suggest them using the Add a Video button. They add to the collection regularly. Both of those you mention would be a good match for the site from what I've seen.

View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I should probably clarify, there is no classical music at the site as far as I can tell. JamBase has a different audience. Mostly live concerts from more contemporary artists and along the lines of blues, country, pop, etc.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago TexasVet Yes

Glad 2 see all the support donations. Ditto for me, glad to help, you folks are the best. God Bless and be safe,be healthy.

Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago George.J Yes

Appreciate your kind words :)

View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago pratomorone Yes

No Barry White, no older Moody Blues!

Tells a lot more than the :classical:...

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Yes txrban - simple Log monitoring and banning system: http://www.kylheku.com/cgit/txrban
Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Yes sshguard protects hosts from brute-force attacks against SSH and other services: https://www.sshguard.net/
Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago boristhemoggy Yes

Yup, been with you for almost all of those 18 years...take some of my money gratefully given. Keep up the solid work guys.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago RichardN Yes

My pleasure. Pleased to realise I'd already turned off my ad blocker some time in the past. I feel confident that you'll have a great response to the funding request.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Nilz Yes

Donation Done. Keep up the good work.

Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago George.J Yes

Sid Meier's Civilization V was originally in my list of honorable mentions, that just missed the cut. It was my in top 55 games, and no doubt it's a brilliant 4X game. It scored a solid 85/100 when I was rating the games sequentially, however all the top 50 ones scored 86 and above in my list. 

Below are some of the games that just missed the cut, not because they are not great, but I had a hard time choosing the games, as too many of them were good, like really good. 

Sid Meier's Civilization V
Cuphead
DUSK
Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
Kerbal Space Program
Tomb Raider
The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
Hotline Miami
The Talos Principle
Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Game Series
Dust: An Elysian Tail
Papers, Please
DOOM
NieR: Automata
Terraria
To the Moon

For free civilization like games, check this article of mine: https://www.techsupportalert.com/long-list-nid.htm/2337

 
Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Back to square one again today. Guess this will be an ongoing issue since Facebook wants everyone using the new format and will likely force changes making this extension redundant to see how much staying power the developer has to keep fixing it. MC - Site Manager.
View 100,000+ Live Performance Videos for Free 7 months 3 weeks ago eikelein Yes

Search for "classical" pulls a blank.
Telling...

Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago Bob F. Yes

I know I'm not really up on games at my age but the civilization series didn't even make the top fifty? Was this list based on sales or one mans'
opinion?

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago Mike C Yes

Does it help to click and peruse ads on this site? I've always given gog.com, and more recently, the local ads relative to my area a chance to present to me. This is sort of like a Youtube break (although this is forced).

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago Gil Mensch Yes

I tried to make a donation with my credit card using your Donate button. The form is requiring my cell phone number. It won't accept 000-000-0000. I don't share my phone number, and I don't understand why it would be needed here. I've donated the three previous times you've asked. It looks like I won't be able to this time. Sorry.

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

Highly likely, though I often see it listed as requirement. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Gildawie Yes

Glad to make a donation and help out. Unfortunately I can't make a monthly commitment but will help when I can.
As a long-time user of this site I'm sure that it has saved me many times over what I just donated!

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248 Yes

That's probably because just about every Windows user has .NET installed already...

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago sbouniol Yes

gladly contributed and removed ad-blocker from the domain, keep it up!

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

It does play videos and preview PDF pages and files. :-)
I'll add .NET to the article, I didn't see that requirement listed anywhere I looked.

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

That's great. He's usually pretty quick to adapt to Facebook making changes.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago SuperNode Yes

Happy to help, great site.

Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Thanks for the suggestion. MC - Site Manager.
Donate Now and Help Keep Gizmo's Freeware Independent and Non-commercial 7 months 3 weeks ago tpg Yes

should use https://www.patreon.com/ ... I have setup several accounts with monthly stipends of $1 ... image if you have 10,000 patrons, you'd get a lot of monthly income. I have no problem paying for stuff I use.

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Thanks for the browser extension recommendation. MC - Site Manager.
Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago joy-c Yes

Unfortunately, the ads are being blocked by Firefox because they are trackers and they are persistent little buggers. I turned off all the blockers I use for the site (because I have loved youse guys for such a long time), but as a suggestion, people may want to use a cookie cleaner when they leave. There are several that are very good, including the Forget Me Not extension for Firefox, which can clear all the trackers when leaving the site.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Many thanks for your support. PayPal does appear to prefer card links. I've encountered the same situation here in Brazil. I successfully linked my account but only the card applicable to it works. MC - Site Manager.
Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago BrigidE Yes

My donation didn't go through using my bank through PayPal, but did go through using my debit card through PayPal. Very strange.

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago Dubjohnny Yes

Thanks for all the help that I found on your site over the years

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago micheljgaudet Yes

Hi guys!

It is NOW October 22nd, 2020, about 1:30 PM.
I just now donated five bucks, and I TRULY wish it could be more, better yet become a recurring monthly thingy.
But, that's just not gonna happen on what Social Security provides me.
I am a LONG TIME USER of all the wonderful stuff I receive in my "In Box" because of YOU WONDERFUL GUYS & GALS.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU PROVIDE FOR FREE!
Even though I am a near 70 cranky "Old-fart", there is ALWAYS a warm, soft spot in my heart for the 'Gizmo's' crew plus all of the support staff.
May the banner of 'Gizmos's' continue flying high forever!

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago ozprez Yes

Been reading you for years and you provide a great and fun service, hang in there!

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago dscape Yes

Happy to donate to a site that is always helpful, providing much appreciated and objective reviews and suggestions. Keep up the good work, and Thank you!
Dan

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago smeyer52 Yes

Definitely worthy of a donation. Done.

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago LeahGrrl Yes

I use your site a lot to find what I need. I am happy to donate!

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago XteK Yes

Hopefully everyone who uses this site donates something...
I have come back here for info and software help for many years and want to say
"THANK YOU"!

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago eikelein Yes

Small thank you (donation) for GREAT help and information over many years!
I hope and pray you can keep going!

Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago George.J Yes

Hi papawdaton you can find most of these games on Steam or Origin gaming platforms 

Thank You for Donating 7 months 3 weeks ago booleanboy Yes

Thanks for your great work over the years. One of the few sites I can really trust for information.

Gizmo's Freeware's Independence is Under Serious Threat: Here's How You Can Help 7 months 3 weeks ago Australia Yes

Hi Gizmo. You have made an amazing contribution to the world with your website and your history of independent reviews

I will definitely make a donation. Thank you for keeping the internet honest

TechSupportAlert is truly the only software website without dependence on commercial bias

An oasis in a desert of self interested software websites

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago Australia Yes

This is a very helpful program - I have used it before, but I didn't realise that it plays videos (!) and also can preview every page of a PDF that you highlight.
You do need to mention it requires the added installation of NET Framework to function

Best Free DVD Ripper 7 months 3 weeks ago Bramy Yes

For anything related to videos I'd recommend taking a look at VideoHelp dot com. Reviews are mostly current and there are lots of user reviews and helpful information.

CCleaner 7 months 3 weeks ago Blackbird Yes

I DO NOT UNDERSTAND, AS IT SEEMS THAT NOT TOO LONG AGO, EVEN HERE IT WAS NO LONGER RECOMMENDED DUE TO SEVERAL ISSUES
WITH THE NEWER VERSIONS! SO I HAVE REVERTED BACK TO Ver. 25.5902 (FROM FILE HIPPO), AND THE FIRST THING I DO IS FIND AND UN_CHECK THE BOX FOR "CHECK FOR UPDATES", AND IT WORKS REALLY WELL FOR ME. I ALSO HAVE BEEN USING "GLARY UTILITIES" AND "WISE DISK CLEANER" (FREE) FOR MANY YEARS, AND WITH THE THREE OF THEM, MY 9 & 1/2 YEAR OLD LAPTOP STILL WORKS VERY WELL.

I HOPE THAT THIS MAY BE ABLE TO HELP SOME OF YOU, THANK YOU EVERYONE AND ESPECIALLY TECHSUPPORTALERT.COM !

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes It was fixed by the developer today. MC - Site Manager.
Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago papawdalton Yes

It would have been nice to have a link here to go and get one of these games.

Best Free Portable Applications 7 months 3 weeks ago Abhishek9997 No

Good Article

https://getgadgets.in/telugu-typing-software/

Best Free Portable Applications 7 months 3 weeks ago Abhishek9997 No

Nice Article

https://getgadgets.in/telugu-typing-software/

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Yes Scrift is new generation shell and scripting language: https://github.com/ferhatgec/scrift
Best Free iPhone Apps 7 months 3 weeks ago Marscel No

I think that the situation with the best iPhone applications has changed a bit since the last update of this list. Honestly, most of the apps I currently have on my XS are downloaded from this site https://www.beste-cheats.de/ also Interestingly, your list only includes Spotify and there is not enough room for other great music applications such as Deezer ..

Best Free Software for Linux 7 months 3 weeks ago Panzer Yes VTerm - a terminal emulator that makes your life easier: https://github.com/man9ourah/vterm
Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago Duke311 Yes

ahh. down memory lane, enjoyed the list, actually found some i might have to try. Thank you :)

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes Thanks! :)
Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes From time to time we may feature other than free software in line with what we believe to be of interest to our visitors and members. Last year Gizmo himself published a review covering commercial VPN services. MC – Site Manager.
Best PC Games of the Decade 7 months 3 weeks ago tgellert Yes

I thought this was a shareware/freeware site. I am not sure how this article is relevent.

Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

The developer has to keep up with Facebook changing things so these kinds of extensions don't work. My guess is that something changed with FB and the extension will be updated to work. If it can't be made to work he'll post it on the site.

You can get the old layout using another one of his extensions, Social Fixer. It also eliminates many other annoyances.

https://socialfixer.com/
Get Facebook’s Old Layout Back with These Browser Add-ons 7 months 3 weeks ago MidnightCowboy Yes This is no longer working for me. Chromium/Linux. MC - Site Manager.
Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

You're very welome. I'm glad you like it.

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago gizmofan1248 Yes

Very nice!
Thank you!

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I'm happy you like it.

Get Apple's Quick Look Feature in Windows 7 months 3 weeks ago rhiannon Yes

I found the mouse hovering to highlight the item is hit and miss on my system. Thanks for mentioning that.

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