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Living Room / 10 Questions Answered by Writers on their Writing Life
« on: January 15, 2018, 02:54 AM »
This survey was completed by 740 writers who use one or more of our software applications for writers (Atomic Scribbler, SmartEdit and PageFour). Ten questions were asked about their writing life.
-Darren, Bad Wolf Software

Read the full survey at: 10 Questions Answered by Writers on their Writing Life - Atomic Scribbler

The Questions
  •     Q1. Have you published a novel or short story?
  •     Q2. Are you working on a novel or short story at the moment?
  •     Q3. Which genre do you tend to write in?
  •     Q4. Do you regularly work on your novel on more than one device?
  •     Q5. Which software do you use for your writing?
  •     Q6. Did you study creative writing at school or college?
  •     Q7. Which, if any, writing communities do you frequent online?
  •     Q8. Are you part of an offline writers group?
  •     Q9. Plotter or pantser?
  •     Q10. Male or female?
Key Highlights
  •     44% of writers regularly work on their novel on more than one device.
  •     58% of writers still use Microsoft Word as a regular part of their writing toolkit.
  •     34% of writers say they write Science Fiction or Fantasy.
  •     6% of writers say they write Literary fiction.
  •     20% or writers are part of an offline writers group.
  •     Private Facebook groups dominate online writing communities.
  •     Romance is the second most popular genre for writers.


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Found Deals and Discounts / WinPatrol Ultimate bundle (deal off now)
« on: December 24, 2017, 02:02 AM »
original thread title: WinPatrol Ultimate bundle 90% off today only

http://www.bitsdujou...in=todays-deals-home

normally $200, today only $20:

Lifetime License for WinAntiRansom PLUS, WinPatrol PLUS, WinPrivacy PLUS




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Non-Windows Software / Code-It is now also writing for Linux
« on: October 28, 2017, 05:18 PM »
Beginning from 2010 I have mentioned Code-It a couple of times, first on http://www.donationc....msg213723#msg213723 He ("MikeB") makes software for Windows and sells it suspiciously cheap! Now he is writing for Linux as well; I guess he likes their philosophy on pricing...

For those of you that might be interested -
I have released several new Linux software apps today.
Take a look at http://www.code-it.com/tux.html

Thanks for your continued support and have a GREAT weekend,
mikeB

Copyright © 2017 Code-it Software Solutions, All rights reserved.

You are receiving this newsletter as a member of the Code-it Brotherhood.
Our mailing address is:
Code-it Software Solutions
Box 171
Midwest, Wy 82643

Add us to your address book
-code-it

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Found Deals and Discounts / Finally: PORTABLE Revo Uninstaller on sale!
« on: September 24, 2017, 04:26 PM »
The portable version, Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable, has been wanted on sale for a very long time - and now it's here. And then I don't notice until the sale almost is over! Well, at least there're still another 9½ HOURS to get it at this favourable price:

$14.25 $69.25 http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/revo-uninstaller-pro-portable

If you’re relying on the uninstaller that came with your operating system, chanced are good that your computer is just filled with leftover files and other unneeded stuff that don’t get removed. That’s why you need to get today’s discount software promotion, Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable!

Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable lets you complete remove programs, including data left over following system attempts at uninstallation. With Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable, you’ll be able to avoid problems with updates caused by leftover program components, and finally get around to completely uninstalling trouble applications that you’ve had to put up with for a long time.

Best of all, Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable provides you with a real-time installation monitor that tracks all changes made to your system whenever you install a program, so you’ll always be prepared for a neat and clean uninstall. Throw in a junk files cleaner, and Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable becomes an indispensable part of your workflow!
-Bits du Jour

This is a very fine but also very seldom offer

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Living Room / 60 years. Am I now allowed to be grumpy?
« on: September 08, 2017, 12:39 PM »
Yeah, my b-day is today, the 8'th of September. But the age is 60 now. Ouch, 60!!

.. you come across as someone young at heart  :)
I wil take it as a compliment: Thank you, Darwin,....I think.  8)
Curt - in case I miss it - Happy Birthday!
Thank you, Darwin! Actual (sorry!), I am a little afraid I might miss it myself...

I didn't miss it back then, and I didn't miss it today either. It was nice to be celebrated at work, and I am looking forward to my party tomorrow. What freaks me out is that 10 more years passed by just like that! It's terrifying how fast time goes by. But you won't understand it if you still are young.

"60". Hm... there is something about this number. Am I now allowed to be grumpy?


Definitions of grumpy
adjective
bad-tempered and sulky.
"Read a selection of past interviews and you're left with a picture of a truculent, grumpy old curmudgeon."

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Living Room / Avangate is now 2CHECKOUT
« on: August 30, 2017, 04:31 PM »
Warning: Avangate is now 2CHECKOUT and dodgy :-(
-Original title of this thread:

-but I've modified it a couple of days later, because after emailing forth and back and forth, I now think "it all" was a misunderstanding.

Zoe (Apowersoft Support Center)
2017-09-01 01:34:49
Dear user,

Sorry about it, yes, we will just correct it, from our background platform, we just found that your status is normal, you can use it for lifetime, you do not need to renew the program any more.

If you have any further problems or concerns then please feel free to contact us again. Best regards Zoe Apowersoft Support Center

ORIGINAL POST:

I received an email from Avangate <no-reply@avangate.com> saying my license key for Apowersoft Streaming Audio Recorder is about to expire and I must renew license within 7 days OR PROGRAM WILL STOP WORKING! 

My key is a lifetime key, so I hold it to be a lie.

The homepage told that Avangate now is 2CHECKOUT.

so I now have to warn against Avangate and this 2CHECKOUT  :mad:

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http://www.skybound.ca/
+ http://www.skybound.ca/features/#real-time-css
+ discussion forum: https://skybound.tenderapp.com/discussions

It has been more than 5 years since the last time, Skybound Stylizer was mentioned here at DC. Back then they were at version 5, but now they have launched version 7. Free trial, no signup.

Stylizer 7 = $79, but with 30-day money back guarantee. HOWEVER, I simply need to show you this: I upgraded my license key almost 10 years ago - TEN YEARS!  - and yet I have now upgraded to version 7 FOR FREE!!

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The old installer was 15MB, the new is merely 3½MB!

QUOTES BEGIN/

We are proud to present the next chapter in our quest to produce the world's finest CSS editor: Stylizer 7.
Designing CSS manually can be extremely difficult and frustrating. The benefit of Stylizer is that you can quickly fix CSS problems and see how code changes will appear visually.

Say goodbye to the reload button! In Stylizer, your changes are immediately displayed in all browsers, in real-time—literally as you type or move the mouse. This is a substantial productivity boost for designers of all skill levels.


Space bar, click anywhere, style anything
Bullseye transforms your workflow into an efficient process of point, click, and code.

Immediate preview before you even save
Your style sheets open automatically and your changes appear instantly—as you type, click, or drag the mouse.

Switch instantly between major browsers
Side-by-side preview panes make responsive cross-browser design a breeze.


elevator-poster.$(OS).png


HTML Elements:
Stylizer 7 features an all-new HTML Elements panel integrated into Bullseye and designed specifically for CSS. Use it to target hard-to-click elements and to understand the structure of the page you're styling.

THE DOM
Expose the magic behind the scenes. A clear view of your HTML. Stylizer provides a real-time tree of the HTML DOM. Use it to drill down into elements that are invisible or difficult to click with Bullseye, to quickly highlight and target adjacent elements, and to understand the overall structure of the page. The HTML DOM viewer is a compact panel, opens quickly when you need it, and stays out of your way when you don't.

CSS DOM:
Stylizer 7 now features a pane that reveals the entire CSS DOM in real-time. Integrated with Bullseye and synchronized with the Code Grid, this pane provides a new avenue to understanding how the browser is actually interpreting your CSS.

Inline Styles:
Stylizer 7 integrates inline style sheets into Bullseye results—finally. No more unexplained styles appearing to ruin your day.


But that's not all, folks...
    New Look & Feel: We've redrawn the user interface from the top of the menu to the bottom of the breadcrumb to give it a modern, unintrusive feel on both Windows and Mac.

    Customizable Toolbar: You can now customize the toolbar to include additional buttons for your favorites like Stakeout, Rulers, and the all-new HTML Elements panel.

    Windows: 64-bit Binary: Stylizer now runs as a 64-bit application on Windows, and the browser plugins have been updated with 64-bit versions as well. (A 32-bit version is still available)

    Stable and Beta Update Channels: You can now opt-in to receive Stylizer 7 updates that are marked as "beta" and download and install them the same way you receive other updates.


real-time-warnings.$(OS).png


1. HTML Elements Panel

Stylizer 7 now provides a real-time view of the HTML DOM. Use it to drill down into elements that are invisible or difficult to hit with Bullseye, to quickly highlight and Bullseye adjacent elements, and to understand the overall structure of the page.

The Elements panel can be quickly toggled on and off when you need it. Each preview pane has its own panel, and you can dock them against any edge.


2. CSS DOM Viewer

Stylizer 7 can show you a real-time tree of the browser's view of your style sheets—the CSS DOM. Due to differences between browsers, the CSS you write almost never ends up being interpreted by the browser exactly as you wrote it. The CSS DOM pane not only reveals which rules and declarations were accepted by the browser, it's even smart enough to recognize which declarations in your source code produced which declarations in the DOM.

The CSS DOM viewer is linked in real-time to the Code Grid, highlighting and updating as you work. In the screenshot above, notice how Stylizer has identified the first two declarations in the DOM rule (on the left) as being produced by the border-left declaration currently selected in the Code Grid (on the right).

The CSS DOM viewer is an integrated part of the HTML Elements panel. If you have multiple preview panes open at once, the Code Grid will be linked to all of them, revealing subtle differences between browsers that are often the reason some problems take hours instead of minutes to fix.


3. New Look-and-Feel

We've redrawn the user interface from the top of the menu to the bottom of the breadcrumb to give it a subtle, lightweight, more modern feel. The application-wide dark theme has now returned as an option in Stylizer 7. We hope you'll find it pleasing whether you're using a Retina Mac, HiDPI Windows computer, or just an ordinary display.


4. Inline Style Sheets

Style sheets embedded within your HTML in <style> tags are now a part of Bullseye. Rules in these style sheets appear alongside other Bullseye results, and the style sheets themselves can be opened into the CSS DOM viewer.

In the screenshot above, notice the rules affecting the selected CSS "color" property are being sourced from (1) an external CSS file (2) a rule in a <style> tag, and (3) an inline style declaration.


real-time-remote-control.$(OS).png


Other Great Improvements

    Customizable Toolbar You can now customize the toolbar to include additional buttons for things like Stakeout, Rulers, and Bookmarks. Right-click on the drop-down button with the browser icon on it to add or remove buttons.

    Single Bullseye Pane Stylizer 7 now displays one persistent Bullseye results pane, anchored to the bottom of the window, and shared between all preview panes. This provides more width to display results for narrow panes, and ensures the preview window stays the same shape when entering and leaving Bullseye.

    Updated Browser Plugins We've updated the browser plugins to Firefox 54 and Chrome 59, with regular updates to follow.

    Stable and Beta Update Channels You can now opt-in to receive Stylizer 7 updates that are marked as "beta" and download and install them the same way you receive other updates. Find the option in the About Stylizer window.

    Windows: 64-bit Binary Stylizer now runs as a 64-bit application on Windows, and the browser plugins have been updated with 64-bit versions as well. (A 32-bit version of Stylizer 7 is also available).

    Windows: Better Compatibility With Anti-Virus Products Because of the unconventional way Stylizer integrates web browsers into its preview panes, it has often been flagged as a "false positive" by anti-virus products. With Stylizer 7, many internal components have been rewritten to significantly reduce the likelihood of a conflict with an anti-virus product.

    Windows: New Installation And Update Engine We've replaced our old installer and automatic updater with a snappy new engine that installs and delivers updates more fashionably and reliably than ever before.

    Mac: Better Error Recovery Stylizer for Mac is now able to recover from many different kinds of errors, and we've improved the error reporting engine too to help us fix problems faster.

    Mac: TLS/1.2 Support Stylizer 7 now works correctly with web servers that require all HTTPS traffic to arrive over TLS/1.2.


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Download Stylizer 7 now. Installs in seconds. Does not overwrite Stylizer 6

http://www.skybound.ca/features/#real-time-css
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/END OF QUOTES.

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Today on Flickr:

Flickr and Yahoo are now part of “Oath” and are members of the Verizon family
-Flickr



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(this link is for "eu". I cannot show you the american version):
https://policies.yahoo.com/ie/en/yahoo/privacy/euoathnoticefaq/

Q: What has changed?
A: Yahoo is now part of ‘Oath’, a digital and mobile media company with more than 50 brands globally (including Yahoo, HuffPost, Engadget, TechCrunch, Moviefone and Makers), and a member of the Verizon family of companies working to shape the future of media. Oath strives to create a passionate and engaged community of users by building content and products that inspire and entertain the world.


Q: Why am I receiving this notice?
A: We would like to inform you in advance that, as of 18 September 2017, Yahoo and Oath plan to share some user information within the Verizon family of companies (more)

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Found Deals and Discounts / Copywhiz -40% on 2nd + 3rd Aug
« on: August 02, 2017, 01:06 PM »
http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/copywhiz for Windows

40% off (for still another 36 hours), making the asking price $17.95 instead of the normal $30

homepage, features and screenshots: http://www.conceptworld.com/Copywhiz and http://www.conceptworld.com/Copywhiz/Screenshots


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https://pdf.wondershare.com/newsletters/20170728/
$29.95 $59.95

PDFelement 6 PRO
A complete solution for all your PDF needs

Edit PDFs like Word
It's never been easier to edit any Microsoft™ office files without compromising formatting & style. Take control of your Office documents by adjusting or changing the font type, size and style, without losing font and formatting.

Convert PDF from & to multiple formats
Convert PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, EPUB, HTML, RTF, or text and images including JPG, PNG, TIFF, GIF and BMP.

Convert over 500 PDF files at one time. Quick and easy.

• Extremely smooth text editing.
• Create and edit PDF forms with ease.
• Convert PDF from & to multiple formats: Word, Excel, Image, Text...
• Add text field, check box; annotations and Comments.
• Secure and sign PDF Files.
• Add watermarks, backgrounds, headers and footers.
• Access to hundreds of PDF templates.

Features:
Compare Standard versus PRO at https://pdf.wondershare.com/6std-vs-6pro.html
-wondershare

This sounds as good value for the money?

Have you tried this program and have a say, please?  :tellme:

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Living Room / Can I trust bookdownloadforfree > filesfetcher?
« on: June 02, 2017, 06:21 PM »
Can I trust bookdownloadforfree > creativeserver > filesfetcher?
https://filesfetcher.com/

I want to save some money and get a certain ebook for free. However, the storage (filesfetcher) will have my credit card informations beforehand. They appear very trustworthy, but the process is making me nervous. I usually don't hand over such private informations before having something. And then I thought, instead of testing and hoping, why not just ask the forum!

Dear Forum: Do you have any experience with myFilesFetcher and can tell if I can trust them my credit card data?

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Found Deals and Discounts / Disktrix UltimateDefrag v. 5
« on: May 30, 2017, 05:41 PM »
$30 or $18

They claim it's new: https://www.disktrix.com/

  • August 2010: UltimateDefrag Version 3 is here! As an owner of previous versions of UltimateDefrag, you are eligible for a reduced price upgrade of just $17.95, which is 40% off the regular price.
  • June 2012: We´re pleased to announce UltimateDefrag Version 4. As a purchaser of a previous version, you´re entitled to a 40% discount off the normal price. You pay just $17.97 for an upgrade.
  • May 2017: UltimateDefrag Version 5 is here. We are offering you the opportunity to upgrade at a 40% DISCOUNT off. YOU PAY ONLY $17.97 and you can install on 3 PCs when you  enter the coupon code: (x) when you order.
-Disktrix UltimateDefrag

(x)= They have not told me not to tell the coupon code. It is: UD5UPG

Regarding Solid State Drives:

>>UltimateDefrag also works with SSD (Solid State Drives) however since SSD's do not suffer the same physical structure limitations that slow hard drives you will not see any performance benefits from the file placement routines. If you still want to defrag your SSDs then choose UltimateDefrag's consolidation method with no options but FragProtect for complete defrags that move minimal amounts of data. <<

I don't dare to trust this feature. SSD can easily be harmed by defragging! But the article went on:

>>At the end of the day for those who fear that their SSD will wear out due to too much file writing, UltimateDefrag will move minimal amounts of data when you select FragProtect and also built in inplace defragging will also only move fragments that it needs to to make your files contiguous.<<

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I had no idea: You can have Windows Media Player toolbar in Win 7 - 10 as well!


WMPToolbar.jpg WMP+Toolbar.jpg

The pictures are from my Win 10.

Go to http://www.intowindows.com/how-to-enable-windows-media-player-12-taskbar-toolbar-in-windows-7-must-try/ and follow the instructions. The best surprise in a long time!
 :-*

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http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/revo-uninstaller-pro

Normal price: $39.25 Today $8.95

Today's promotion:
Revo Uninstaller Pro – 1 Computer License  v3.1.9 ($8.95)
Revo Uninstaller Pro – 2 Computers License v3.1.9 ($12.58)
Revo Uninstaller Pro – 3 Computers License v3.1.9 ($18.87)
Revo Uninstaller Pro – 4 Computers License v3.1.9 ($25.16)
Revo Uninstaller Pro – 5 Computers License v3.1.9 ($31.45)

Compare various versions, Free, Pro, Portable (Portable is not on sale today): https://www.revounin...r_free_download.html .

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When I moved my files to this computer (x64 Windows 10 Home), I accidentally & unfortunately used a program that has erased almost all original info   and changed every jpg "Created Time". This is sad to me, because no matter how trigger happy I might be, I did not shoot 2150 pictures within a couple of minutes!

I realize I cannot recreate the original info or saved / created time, but I know I can copy each picture's "Last write"-time to also become its "Created"-time - and such a compromise is very okay in the situation (I don't care about camera info in general, other than when & where was the picture taken?) However, for now I can only do this one picture at a time - if I try to do it with more files, they have so far copied the same "time", or caused other problems. I need help to do this the proper batch way!

ChangeTime.jpg


Do 'you' know of a program that can do this? Or can & will 'you' write a script to make it happen?   

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Found Deals and Discounts / Forensic System on a bootable stick
« on: May 02, 2017, 03:52 AM »
Engelmann from Germany has some simple but okay programs: https://engelmann.com/?lang=en Their Forensic System https://forensic-system.com/en/ could be quite interesting to some of you guys or dolls: >> You can find out everything that has ever happened on your computer using Forensic System."<<

read this email online: "Invalid archive link."

"Still available until May 5, 2017 for just EUR 19.99 instead of EUR 29.99". Cart: https://store.engelmann.com/841/?scope=checkout&cart=184697&coupon=HR4-U93-BF6 offer seems still valid June 23 2017

Forensic System isn’t bound to one PC. You can analyse all the Windows PCs and laptops in your home.

After buying the download version of our Forensic System software, you need to create a bootable USB stick or bootable DVD with included tools. Please first make sure your computer can boot from a USB/DVD.
forensic_eng.jpg

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I was given a PC, to replace the laptop. This means I can use the "old" monitor I have, but never before have used. My problem is that it is 1920x1080 pixels, and my new Windows 10 does not offer this option! So far I have it set to 1600x1200, but that is not looking good  :(

Udklip.GIF

Surely this must be some kind of error?
 :tellme:

Help needed, please!

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When I am in the My First Dock icon, (Windows 10 Pro laptop), LBC is trying to update the various menus just a little too soon; my Windows is struggling to update the menu. "My Documents" is a very resource demanding menu to point at by accident.

Can I please request the option for LBC to wait a fifth of a second before updating what menu it thinks the mouse is pointing at?

LBCicon.gif

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Living Room / myactivity.google
« on: March 07, 2017, 02:40 PM »
http://myactivity.google.com/ is the new place to go, if you want to have a look at what Google officially is recording of your data and behaviour. You can even delete it, they say.

---------------
Occasion:
I have not tried to check out the details, but ...:

The Danish consumer advisory organisation Tænk! has filed a lawsuit against Google for collecting and keeping personal, private data - which is not legal if the data goes beyond normal shopping / browsing behaviour. Further more Google is keeping the data "for ever", which also is not legal, once the purchase after some time is history only.

This was in Denmark. I don't know the relevant rules in 'your' country.

http://myactivity.google.com/

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I was trying Abelssoft AntiBrowserSpy, but got distracted from what I was doing. So when a corner of my brain said "Click Close!", my hand clicked "OK"! Sad story made short: When I reopened my Firefox 47.02 my Bookmarks > Bookmarks Menu was gone - and all the bookmarks are "empty"; they will tell the name of the Internet shortcut, but not the Internet address!!

The cripled, useless Bookmarks Menu is present in the left sidebar, and under Titelbar > Bookmarks > Show all bookmarks > Library:

BookmarksMenu.gif


but it is no longer to be found, where I am used to find it: under Bookmarks in the titelbar - like a normal old timer roll-down menu. But it isn't there:

TitelbarBookmarks.gif

^ it's completely gone! How on earth can that be?  :tellme:

I have of course tried this and that. Uninstalled and reinstalled several different versions of Firefox and removed and reinstalled AntiBrowserSpy. Searched my PC for bookmarks for Firefox. Nothing. Is Bookmarks Menu even a normal part of Firefox > Titelbar > Bookmarks or was it just something that I had from an extension, maybe?   :-\  Do 'you' have Bookmarks Menu?

---

Regarding Abelssoft AntiBrowserSpy: In all fairness I should say that a new version was launched just today, but my license literally ran out yesterday, which was why I was testing the spy in the first place.

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For several years I have been pleased with my Outpost Security Suite Pro from Agnitum - and before that, their Outpost Firewall Pro. Except from a couple of situations, I have been a very satisfied customer & user. For 10 years, actually.

Last year Agnitum was acquired by another Russian company, Yandex, who wanted to get Agnitum's anti-virus engine. Outpost will replace a third Russian product, Kaspersky in the next Yandex Browser. Weirdly enough, Agnitum is offering their betrayed customers to have Kaspersky replace Outpost! Maybe they just want us all to use Russian "security"!!!

Today, Monday 09 January 2017, Agnitum stopped updating the filters in my Outpost Security Suite Pro. This was announced long ago, but still I have not found anything to replace my copy. I have simply been too happy with Outpost, to import something different.

click thumb picture to enlarge:
AgnitumExpired.gif


So, what are you now using instead of Outpost? :tellme:   
By "you", I do of course mean you who also used Outpost and were offered to change it for Kaspersky.
Please?

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Found Deals and Discounts / AOMEI Backupper PRO 3.5 (Oct 21, 2016)
« on: October 21, 2016, 10:47 AM »
https://www.giveaway...com/aomei-backupper/

"AOMEI Backupper Pro is an easy-to-use backup program for Windows", "$50, free today (October 21, 2016)."


AOMEI Backupper is an all-in-one, simple and safe Windows backup and clone software. It integrates series of practical utilities to protect your data and system.
Key features:

    System, hard disk, partition, files and folders backup and restore. File Sync.;
    Supports full, incremental, differential, event-triggered scheduling and automatic backups;
    Universal restore, selective restore, restore from bootable media;
    Disk and system clone for upgrading HDD or transferring OS;
    Mount, compress, split, encrypt, and check backup images;
    Email notifications, view logs, and export/import backup tasks;
    More features: http://www.backup-utility.com/features/index.html
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Thank you for installing Revo Uninstaller Pro!
http://www.revounins...nstall_thankyou.html


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Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable doesn't have trial period. If you want to test its functionality and features you can install and test the installable version of Revo Uninstaller Pro. However if you are not satisfied with your purchase of Revo Uninstaller Pro Portable we offer 30 days money back guarantee.

Purchase of a License includes free lifetime technical support and free updates , till the next major version! Also, after your purchase you get special discounts for major upgrades and other products!

Compatibility:
Revo Uninstaller Pro is fully compatible with 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 and Windows Server.

Revo Uninstaller Pro supports the following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Armenian, Bulgarian, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Hellenic, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Macedonian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese-Brazil, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese


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Hourglass, The simple countdown timer for Windows, Freeware, version 1.5.0, Last updated Jun 29, 2016
https://chris.dziemborowicz.com/apps/hourglass/

The genius is that if you want to time 8 minutes, you just have to type that one digit, 8, and press Enter, and voila!

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I’m Chris Dziemborowicz, a software engineer in Redmond, Washington. The Orzeszek name of this site derives from the Polish language and was in the past intended to maintain my pseudonymity. It’s also an inter-lingual pun: orzeszek n [IPA: ɔʐɛʂɛ̃k] — a small, hard-shelled, dry seed or fruit of some plants : diminutive of nut.
-About Orzeszek


You will not guess how many words they can use to describe such a microscopic application and at the same time be straight to the point, without using unnecessary words! I am impressed that such a lightweight program can be so versatile. For the sake of "space" I have hidden most of their words behind the spoiler, but here are just a few words about the main features:

Specifying units – To start a timer specifying the units, enter a number followed by one of the supported units: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years are supported:

    30 seconds – count down for 30 seconds
    5 minutes – count down for 5 minutes
    7 hours – count down for 7 hours
    3 days – count down for 3 days
    25 weeks – count down for 25 weeks
    6 months – count down for 6 months
    2 years – count down for 2 years

Show more supported formats...

< details from https://chris.dziemb...s/hourglass/#details =>

many many more details behind this spoiler:
Hourglass advanced simplicity
Advanced simplicity
Hourglass is the most advanced simple countdown timer for Windows. Just enter a time in just about any format, and hit Enter.

    Pause and resume
    Start, stop, pause and resume your timers. Finally an app that can do everything your kitchen timer can.

    Smart input
    Type a duration like 5 minutes or a date and time like August 11 at 8 pm to start your timer.

    Beep, beep, beep
    Choose from three different versions of the same beeping noise. Or use your own notification sound instead.

Hourglass - The simple countdown timer for Windows.

    Improved interface
    Brighten up your device with the built-in color themes. Or tell apart multiple timers by assigning a title to each one.

    Right-click for more
    Set advanced options, start common timers, resume closed timers, manage custom color themes and sounds, and more…

    Absolutely free
    Hourglass is absolutely free to use, free to share, and free to hack. No ads. No in-app purchase. No nothing.

And now with even more features…

    Always on top
    Optionally keep your timer on top of other windows.

    Full screen mode
    Fill your screen with your timer, and stay focused on the time left.

    Show in notification area
    Hide your timer in the system tray.

    Loop timer
    Repeat your timer over and over again.

    Pop up when expired
    Show the timer window when your timer expires if it’s hidden.

    Close when expired
    Automatically exit Hourglass when your timer expires.

    Remember recent timers
    Easily start recent timers without retyping your timer.

    Resume accidentally closed timers
    If you closed your timer accidentally, you can resume it without losing a tick.

    Command line arguments
    Advanced users can start the timer and control any option from the command line.

    Add a title
    Keep track of multiple timers by setting a title for each one.

    Choose your sound
    Pick one of the built-in sounds, or add your own.

    Choose your theme
    Run multiple timers with your choice of the built-in color themes, or create your own.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start, stop, pause or resume a timer?
To start a timer, enter a duration or date and time in the large text box in the middle of the timer window and click Start or press Enter.

To stop a timer, click Stop, press Ctrl + S, or simply close the timer window.
To pause or resume a timer, click Pause or Resume, or press Ctrl + P.
Note that the Pause and Stop buttons only appear when you move your mouse cursor onto the timer window.

What formats are supported when entering a duration or date and time?
Minutes – To start a timer for a specified number of minutes, enter the number of minutes:
    1 – count down for 1 minute
    5 – count down for 5 minutes
    10 – count down for 10 minutes

Specifying units – To start a timer specifying the units, enter a number followed by one of the supported units: seconds, minutes, hours, days, weeks, months, and years are supported:
    30 seconds – count down for 30 seconds
    5 minutes – count down for 5 minutes
    7 hours – count down for 7 hours
    3 days – count down for 3 days
    25 weeks – count down for 25 weeks
    6 months – count down for 6 months
    2 years – count down for 2 years

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How do I start a second timer with Hourglass?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select New timer.
How do I keep the timer window on top of other windows?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Always on top.
How do I run a timer in full screen mode?

To enter full-screen mode, press Alt + Enter, double-click on any empty space in the timer window, or right-click on any empty space in the Hourglass window and check Full screen.

To exit full-screen mode, press Alt + Enter again, double-click on any empty space in the timer window, or right-click on any empty space in the timer window and uncheck Full screen.
How do I stop the timer from prompting me when I close the window?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and uncheck Prompt on exit.
How do I minimize the timer window to the notification area (system tray)?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Show in notification area. Now when you minimize the timer window, it will be hidden in the notification area (system tray). To restore a hidden timer window, click on the Hourglass icon in the notification area (system tray).

To remove the Hourglass icon from the notification area (system tray) and restore any hidden timer windows, right-click on any empty space in the timer window and uncheck Show in notification area.
How do I do I repeat the timer automatically when it expires?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Loop timer.
How do I stop the timer from popping up on top of other windows when it expires?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and uncheck Pop up when expired.
How do I automatically close the timer window when the timer expires?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Close when expired. Note that the timer window will not close until the notification sound has finished playing.
How do I automatically shut down Windows when the timer expires?

Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Shut down when expired in the Advanced options submenu. Note that Windows will not shut down until the notification sound has finished playing.
How do I start a timer for a duration or until a date and time that I recently entered?

When you relaunch Hourglass, the last duration or date and time that you entered will be automatically populated in the input text field. To start a countdown for that duration or until that date and time, simply press Enter.

To start a timer for another duration or until another date and time that you recently entered, right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select the duration or date and time from the Recent inputs submenu.

How do I clear recently entered durations and dates and times?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select Clear recent inputs from the Recent inputs submenu.

How do I resume a timer that I accidentally closed?
Hourglass keeps track of running timers that you close. To resume a saved timer, right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select the timer from the Saved timers submenu.

You can also resume all saved timers by checking Open all saved timers in the Saved timers submenu.
And you can set Hourglass to automatically open saved timers when it starts up by checking Open saved timers on startup in the Advanced options submenu.

How do I clear saved timers?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select Clear saved timers from the Saved timers submenu.

How do I set a title for a timer?
Click in the text field that says Click to enter title, enter a title, and press Enter.
To clear a title that you entered, click the title text field, delete the title text, and press Enter.

How do I change what is displayed in the timer window title?
By default, the timer window title displays the application name, Hourglass. You can change it to display the time left, the time elapsed, or the timer title instead.
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window, select Advanced options, and then select the appropriate option from the Window title submenu.

How do I change the timer window color theme?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select a color theme from the Theme submenu.

Is there a dark color theme available?
Yes. Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select Dark theme from the Theme submenu.

How do I add a custom color theme?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window, select Manage themes… from the Theme submenu. Pick a color theme from the drop-down menu to base the new theme on, and click New.
Click on each color your want to change, and select a color using the color picker. Type the theme name in the textbox at the top of the dialog, and click Save to save your changes.

How do I rename a custom color theme?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window, select Manage themes… from the Theme submenu. Pick the color theme that you want to rename from the drop-down menu, type the theme name in the textbox at the top of the dialog, and click Save.
The built-in color themes cannot be renamed.

How do I delete a custom color theme?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window, select Manage themes… from the Theme submenu. Pick the color theme that you want to delete from the drop-down menu, and click Delete.
The built-in color themes cannot be deleted.

How do I change the notification sound?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and select a sound from the Sound submenu.

How do I add a custom notification sound?
Save the sound file to the folder where you installed Hourglass – typically, C:\Program Files (x86)\Hourglass.
Your sound file should then appear when you right-click on any empty space in the Hourglass window and select the Sound submenu.
The supported formats are .aac, .m4a, .mid, .midi, .mp3, .wav, and .wma. If your sound file is not in one of the supported formats, you will need to convert it first.

How do I remove a custom notification sound?
Delete the sound file from the folder where you installed Hourglass – typically, C:\Program Files (x86)\Hourglass. Be careful not to delete any other files.

How do I loop the notification sound?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Loop sound from the Sound submenu.

How do I stop the timer keeping the computer from going to sleep?
By default, Hourglass keeps the computer from going to sleep so that progress can be displayed and the notification sound can be played.

To stop Hourglass keeping the computer from going to sleep, right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Do not keep computer awake in the Advanced options submenu.

If the computer goes to sleep while a timer is running, Hourglass will try to wake the computer around the time the timer will expire so the notification sound can be played.

How do I show the time elapsed rather than the time left?
Right-click on any empty space in the timer window and check Show time elapsed instead of time left in the Advanced options submenu.
How do I create a shortcut that automatically starts a timer with Hourglass?

To create a shortcut, right-click on your Desktop or the folder where you want to create the shortcut and select Shortcut from the New submenu. Enter the location where you installed Hourglass.exe – typically C:\Program Files (x86)\Hourglass\Hourglass.exe – followed by the duration or date and time for your countdown in quotes.
Then click Next, give your shortcut a name, and click Finish to create the shortcut.
You can also specify additional command line arguments to set other options for the timer. See “What command line arguments does Hourglass accept?” below.

What command line arguments does Hourglass accept?
You can launch Hourglass and immediately start a timer by running Hourglass.exe "". For example, to launch Hourglass and start a 5-minute timer, run Hourglass.exe "5 minutes".
You can also set any option that you can set using the user interface by specifying additional command line arguments. To view a full list of command line arguments, run Hourglass.exe --help or click below.

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What are the Hourglass system requirements?
Processor: 1 GHz
RAM: 512 MB
Disk space: 600 MB (32-bit), 1.5 GB (64-bit)
Operating system: Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 or 10
Runtime: Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 Client Profile
Other software: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 or later, Windows Installer 3.1 or later

What happened to Orzeszek Timer?
Orzeszek Timer is still available on the Orzeszek Development site.


and on top of it all, this is freeware!  :up:

So, are there no problems?
Unfortunale, there is an item! VirusTotal: 3 out of 57 antivirus programs have marked the installer as a Trojan - Jiangmin, NANO Antivirus and Yandex -but of course this means that 54 out of 57 antivirus programs are saying it is clean... 68 out of 68 scanners have reported the site as Clean, and I am running the program and has not seen any problems of any kind - except that my desktop version of Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro also said the installer was a Trojan. But I am running the program any way.

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For the last couple of years I have been using Google Translate via my right-click context menu in Firefox (mark a word > right-click > Search marked word in Google Translate > word translated into Danish) almost every day. It used to be so well working that I didn't bother to install any of my copies of WebWord or Babylon. Google Translate was fast & easy to use.

But that has changed!  :(

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That’s all we know.
-Google Translate

of course that's not "all we know"! But for the last couple of weeks it sure is all they have told me.

I don't understand it. I am not aware that anything relevant has changed in my Firefox 47. However, they list my proper IP address (without xes), so maybe it has to do with me as a person? I never log in to my Google account. Is that it? have Google upgraded the hard-playing ball?

If I arrive Google Translate any "normal" way, there is no problem.

Any idea?  :tellme:

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