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General Software Discussion / Re: The best uninstaller
« on: April 28, 2020, 08:13 AM »
I use the free version of Revo Uninstaller.  It has worked well for me.

Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: October 09, 2018, 05:33 AM »
Congratulations to the both of you!

Living Room / Re: RIP Bozo the Clown (AKA Frank Avruch)
« on: March 23, 2018, 05:32 AM »
RIP Bozo

Official Announcements / Re: - Our Favorite Websites
« on: February 27, 2018, 06:36 AM »
Freewaregenius is another one of our favorite websites for discovering new software.

The site has expanded its focus in recent years -- evolving from covering just freeware software to a variety of web and mobile technologies, but the site has remained one of the best places to discover new free software.

It's one of the most frequently linked to sites on our forum, and some of their more recent long comparative reviews of software have been invaluable.

Visit Site:

To see other posts on the DonationCoder forum that mention the Freewaregenius website, click: here.

I am not seeing any post newer than Jan 2016.  Is this site still active?

Living Room / Re: Peculiar windows problem
« on: February 15, 2018, 06:03 AM »
bad memory can cause all sorts of weird problems like you have posted.  I would run a memtest on the computer.  I usually run it for a mninum of 24 hours.  Some people say  you only need it run for 1 pass, but I have discovered it often takes more than just a couple of passes.

I'm with 4wd.  Try a new PSU.

At this point I wouldn't rule out anything.

Tomos, we ended up not purchasing anything.  I sent my administrator a link to try Foxit Pro out.  She was the one that would be using this type of software the most.  So I let her choose.  I didn't hear anything back so I don't think she did anything with it.

I use the file manager that comes with Windows to manage my folders, etc..

Non-Windows Software / Re: Backup my data
« on: October 10, 2017, 05:58 AM »
Is it still possible to remove the hard disk from the MacBook?

Yes, it is possible to remove the HD.  Instructions are Here

There are USB/thunderbolt/lightning ethernet adaptors.  Thunderbolt/lightning is faster than USB.  so a transfer via ethernet is possible. More on these ethernet adaptors  Here

The original post said he was selling his MB Air in a couple of days.  Which was on Oct 6th.  Its now been 4 days so he may have found a way to transfer his files.

I'm not sure why my weblinks aren't working like they should.  Any advice would be appreciated.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Backup my data
« on: October 09, 2017, 05:16 AM »
Pretty certain MB Airs don't have ethernet ports.  Apple starting killing them a few years ago.  If he has Time Machine setup, then no backup should be necessary.  That is if it was setup to backup to an external drive of some kind.  It is making backups all the time.  Time Machine can be used to restore the files on a new/different MB.

but if he is changing to a PC, then it will be a slow process to copy those files.

I am running version 1703 of Win 10 Pro.  I cannot find those font settings anywhere.  I have looked in Control Panel and also in Settings.  Searching for "Fonts" or "Display" doesn't reveal them either.

I think it did mess with the sleep settings

I turned off careueyes last night and it did sleep.  the display sleep settings were at 60 minutes.  To night I will set the sleep to 65 minutes, leave careueyes enabled and see what happens.

Living Room / external hard drive backups
« on: July 09, 2017, 09:44 AM »
I am looking to back up my home computer using multiple external hard drives.  At the moment I have around 80 gb that I want to backup.  I am looking at the WD My Passport or a WD My Book.

I have Win 10 Pro 64 bit.  Should I use the default Win 10 Backup and Restore or another program?  Or the software that comes with the drive be good enough?

Is cloud storage safe to use?  Are my cloud files at risk of becoming infected if a file becomes infected on my computer? 

its back Skrommel!

I have my displays set to sleep after 1 hour.   Since installing careyoureyes they have not been sleeping.  I tried to set careyoureyes reset setting to 65 minutes to see if that would allow them to sleep but the max setting is 60.  But that kinda defeats the purpose of the program.

Can the program check to see if there is keyboard or mouse activity, if not then it would allow the displays to sleep?

@shmuel1:  Thank you for the icons.  I'm glad the application is working for you.   ;)
@techidave: If you do try it out, let us know how you get on with it.   :Thmbsup:

I have not used any of the other recommendations in this thread.  But I do like trayhostchecker so far.  I just started using it today.

so far I like this program.  I have found it only locks 1 of 2 screens on my system.  my preference would be to lock both screens. 

Is careueyes supposed to work on multiple monitor systems?

I have not tried this app which looks really useful to me.  I need to try it on a problematic pc that I have.

     what is kludge option? 

Ah... the... wonder... of... the... 300... bored... modem.  I... wonder... how... long... this... will... take...
-cranioscopical (April 14, 2017, 05:43 AM)

My brother went to Wentworth Institute(if that is not a redundancy.)  He had an account on a PDP-11 there.  We dialed in on a modem with suction cups similar to the model below.  Talk about a dinosaur.  :)

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John Deere parts department used a modem like the one pictured here to irder their parts. I think it was back in the early to mid 80s.   I only saw it, never used it.

How about a recommendation for Macs?  I Adobe has one, but doesn't appear pdfexchange does.

I think a lot of people use Reader, I do as does our school employees.  however, Reader does not allow us to create documents.  i believe it does allow editing of pdfs if the "Creator" allows it.  Which most do not, at least not the pdfs that I receive. 

UrlSnooper / Re: only flash information seen
« on: April 11, 2017, 06:52 AM »
Hi Blanc.

That is the right direction.. The problem can be that flash swf video can be compressed and sent in a way that makes URL Snooper not helpful.. :(

Is there a solution that can see this type of traffic?

I need to try out PDFexchange to see which version we would need.   Adobe Acrobat Pro cost us $155 US dollars...educational pricing.  Educational pricing for Foxit Pro was only a few dollars less.

pdfexchange is quite a bit less than both of the other ones. 

Evaluation copy here we come. 

I've used PDF XChange Editor for many years, but recently I got to also install Acrobat Pro, so I made it my default app, to try it out. I found I much prefer PDF XChange Editor.
Did you buy a pro version of PDF XChange Editor? I have a free version, and as far as I can tell, it can't do things like combine several pdf pages into one pdf file.  Can yours do that?  A friend keeps suggesting that I simply break down and buy Adobe Acrobat Pro. He claims it will do everything. I'm not a big Adobe fan, so I'd prefer to use alternatives, as long as I can do what I want. But for combining files, I wound up sending all the separate pdfs to him and he combined them with Adobe.  :(

I am not an Adobe fan either.  Too much bloat and its hard for me to use when there are other solutions that are easier and cost much less, if not free.

We do receive pdfs that need editing.  Also there are some that are needing a signature and then returned via email to sender.

As I understand it, my administrator wants something that can create and edit our own documents.  She also would like to be able to edit other pdfs as well as place a signature on them.  As far as placing images on them, I do not know if she would do that or not. 

She does post some pdfs on the web.

One of my administrators asked me to look into getting her a software that can do this.  Of course, Acrobat was the first thing that came to my mind.

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