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  1. What type of firewall do you use?
  2. What Anti-Virus do you use

    What Anti-Virus do you use?
  3. Freeware Rebooted

    The time has finally come to reboot the freeware thread! After six years I think its safe to assume that many of us have changed our minds on the software that we consider to be the best. The old freeware thread can be found here: http://forum.pirifor...showtopic=17921 In order to keep this thread useful I purpose a new posting method this time around. When recommending a program I suggest you do it in this format: -Program name (bold) -Link to program -Short description of what the program does -Reason you like above others/discussion of the program This way we can keep the thread neat and tidy. I also ask that you try not to post the same programs as everyone else, if you see something in someone's list you can still post about it if you have something else to say about it, but there's not really any reason to have 50 people recommend firefox. It just makes more stuff for people to have to sift through for something new. Also remember that in order for you post not to be deleted the program must be FREE, VIRUS FREE, and USEFUL. Of course, just like the first thread I will start off with what I use: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Windows Live Essentials(Windows Vista, Windows 7) - http://explore.live....ntials?os=other -A free suite of programs from microsoft that includes Windows live mail, photo gallery, and movie maker(among many others). -The before listed three are the ones I use on a daily basis and I would argue that they are the best in class for the various tasks that they accomplish. I use windows live mail to access my live mail(hotmail account) and it offers free pop3 access that synchs changes with the server so I get the same experience whether I use the client or the web page to check my mail. Movie maker is not the same thing you remember from windows xp, it actually works! I use this program to edit the HD videos I shoot with my Kodak ZI8 camera(1080P) and its very simple to use and manipulate videos so that you can get exactly what you want. Movie Maker is also great for creating photo slide shows to send to family members.(add music, transitions, ect). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- More to come, this was just to get the ball rolling. Hopefully this thread will last another 6 years!
  4. I don't have any of those smart speakers, not because I'm paranoid of their spying but because they are all bad speakers. Instead I have sonos speakers networked up in most of the rooms in my house. I know some will say they aren't great either but the convenience of them outweighs everything else.
  5. I've known this for a while. I use the google assistant and it will periodically give me a notification telling me my package arrived from amazon. It will also tell me about deals on things I've bought in the past like coffee. This thing is basically tracking my life I think. In the morning it tells me when its time to go to work because I use google maps for traffic!
  6. Firefox Extensions REBOOTED

    Just like the freeware topic, I think its time we reboot the firefox extensions topic. The first firefox extension recommendation thread was started 5 years ago and can be found here: http://forum.piriform.com/index.php?showtopic=6328 Firefox has come a long way over the years and I know a lot of us are using very different stuff than we were using five years ago, so this is our chance to get a fresh start. Please try not to post the same things as another member unless you have something fresh to say about it, this will shrink the amount of reading required to find something useful and new. In order to keep things organized, I think its a good idea we follow a similar posting style to the freeware topic: - Extension Name (bold) - Link to extension page on official mozilla site: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/extensions/ - Short description of what the extension does and why its useful. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I'll start with one I use all the time: Adblock Plus - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/ - Blocks advertisements on just about any page on the internet. - Adblock plus is probably the most essential firefox addon I can think of. It cleans up the web so that your not annoyed with everything from flashing ads, to the worst off all: video pre-roll ads!
  7. Office 2013 subscription

    How do you guys feel about the new office subscription model. You get to install it on 5 devices(rumored ipad and android apps coming soon) for either $10 a month or $100 per year. You also get 20 gigs of skydrive and 60 minutes of skype calling each month. How do you guys feel about this? On the one hand your paying monthly on the other you don't have a big up front cost and you get skydrive space and skype minutes each month. http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/
  8. My new chromebook

    So about 3 weeks ago I was browsing around bestbuy and came across the Samsung Chromebook Pro. At first I was skeptical that a chromebook could have any value to me but when I was playing with the device a few things popped out at me. First the screen is awesome. It is every bit as good as the screens on higher end 4k laptops or an iPad. Its high resolution, bright, and covered in Gorilla Glass so it feels sturdy and responsive to use the touch portion of the device. The second thing that stuck out to me was the build of the device. Its magnesium like the surface pro but it is thinner so it doesn't feel as sturdy as that device. At the same time it doesn't feel like it will flex/bend. From an OS and utility stand point I would probably select this over an ipad or even a windows laptop for most people. It is super thing, battery lasts a whole day easily and it has access to all google services and most android apps. It can even run Microsoft's tablet versions of Word/Excel/Powerpoint really well. Those aren't as good as the regular desktop version but I have used them to type papers for my grad school classes and they are perfect for that. I was even able to put the device in "developer mode" pretty easily and then you can install pretty much any Android .apk file. The only one I needed was Apple Music which works pretty well. If you are in the market for a tablet I would consider this device. It has the same aspect ratio as an iPad and can be folded over to work like a tablet but at the same time it has a keyboard/trackpad/ and an OS that can do a good bit more since it has access to a desktop version of Chrome. I hadn't used Chrome OS in a while but Google has really done a good job improving it. https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/chromebooks/12-14/samsung-chromebook-pro-xe510c24-k01us/ (Also I paid $499 not $599)
  9. The initial reporting of this was all over the place. The headlines all said intel only when in reality it was pretty much every modern pc. There were also reports saying a 30% hit to performance when that isn't on desktop use but only linux servers. Everything thing I've seen about desktop use has shown benchmarks that are pretty much negligible in performance difference. Now that could change as the patches are updated but I haven't noticed any difference on my computers yet.
  10. I'm not going to switch for a couple of reasons. I had a galaxy s3 and s5 before I went to the iPhone. Both phones started out great but overtime the software updates would kill the experience by making the phone crash or unresponsive. Also at the time those phones didn't have as good of cameras as my wifes iphone 4 and 5. The other reasons is that my professional and social circle all have iPhones too. Last year I did a job interview over facetime and this year when I met my new coworkers they all used Apple's address book share thing to give me their phone numbers. At least where I'm at the iPhone seems like the standard. Also I love my apple watch. I tried the google watches when they came to iOS and they aren't as good.
  11. I've been an iPhone user for quite a while. Since the iPhone 5 (2012). I was pretty aggravated by this but I also understood why they did it since some phones were shutting down. I actually still have my 7 because I didn't want the x and the 8 is basically the same phone. (I kept my 7 despite being on a yearly upgrade plan with ATT) So I probably will let them replace the battery. I have replaced the battery in my older iphone 6 a few years ago and it wasn't that hard so if I decided to keep this phone even longer its good to know if I just replace the battery it will be back to new.
  12. Firefox Quantum

    Anyone tried the newest version of Firefox. They have revamped it on both the PC and iOS(and probably android but I don't have one to see). The interface basically looks like chrome. I will say that it seems very fast/responsive and the mobile version is miles ahead of where they were. I'm going to play with it a little but my initial impression for both versions is that its pretty good. What do you think?
  13. Firefox Quantum

    So I've been using this version of Firefox for a week now on both my iPhone and my desktops/laptops. I'm not sure I'm going to transition to it permanently from chrome but I definitely could. I would say that this version of firefox is just as clean looking and just as fast. The mobile version is a vast improvement over the previous version and it is a viable alternative to safari and chrome on iOS. It used to have this really clunky interface and was really slow. I read somewhere that this version of firefox is the only browser that truly uses multicore processors. I have a core i7 in my main desktop so it is nice to think its being better utilized when doing something other than video encoding and gaming. I dont necessarily notice it being faster but it is definitely not slower. I also haven't had it crash a single time yet.
  14. Classic Shell to be officially discontinued

    Not free but I liked start 8 on windows 8. They make a version for windows 10 as well: https://www.stardock.com/products/start10/ $5 I like the windows 10 start menu though, its basically the same thing as windows 7 the way I have it set up. Just a list of applications on the left and my most used pinned to the right.
  15. December Desktops (Compulsory)

    I've been playing a lot of Destiny 2 on my pc for the last few days. My college classes are over for a few weeks and I was dying to get to play ! Only one more semester to go and I will have my specialist and be done with college forever!
  16. Display issue or something else

    That little red dot looks like a dead pixel. Lots of LCDs have them and some companies wont fix it unless there are more than 5 or 6 of them. That weird bubble is most likely what nukecad said, that pc might be overheating and damaging the lcd. What happens if you tap on that part of the screen with your finger? (lightly) That doesn't look fixable without figuring out why its overheating and also replacing the lcd screen.
  17. Firefox Quantum

    I have been a full time chrome user for a few years now. The immediate thing I notice upon loading this version is that it looks like chrome and seems about as fast. The reason I was using chrome was the mobile version would perfectly sync with the desktop version. The mobile version of firefox was terrible, but I've been using the new version for a few hours now and it is significantly better. The interface doesn't look ancient and it is much more responsive. I actually like its new tab page a lot more than what chrome does and the multiple search engine options are nice. I haven't tried creating a firefox account yet but I will do that today. If it works like it should I may give this a shot for a few days and see if I like it better than chrome.
  18. [HELP] PC restarted while gaming

    A couple things to try: 1. Update your graphics card drivers. 2. Make sure windows is fully up to date. If its still crashes there are few more things you can do: 1. If its a heat related issue you need to find out what component is causing it. You can try Prime 95 and run a stress test for a 30 minutes or so to see if the pc crashes. If it does your processor is overheating. If it runs fine then try fur mark. This will test your graphics card to see if it is crashing. Let it run for about 20-30 minutes to stress the graphics card and see what happens. https://www.mersenne.org/download/ http://www.ozone3d.net/benchmarks/fur/ 2. If none of those cause crashing it could be your memory or hard drive. You could run memtest and hd tune to try and see if they find any errors: https://www.memtest86.com/ http://www.hdtune.com/ 3. If you still cant figure out the problem component my guess would be the power supply is shorting out. Sorry but there really is no easy way to just say this is the problem component when your pc just cuts off like that. My guess would be something is over heating if it only happens when gaming.
  19. [HELP] PC restarted while gaming

    This could be a whole lot of things. I have a few questions: 1. What game were you playing (some pc games are just prone to crashing) 2. What exactly happened when the pc crashed? Did you see the blue screen? Did the pc just instantly restart? 3. Did you get any kind of warnings before it crashed? Did the PC make any strange sounds?
  20. That is actually kind of cool. I can be working on a document/playing music on my laptop then close the lid and my desktop picks up where I left off? I already do something similar with chrome. I can be using it on my phone/tablet/desktop and pick up wherever I left off on one of the other devices. If this works the same way but with all my programs then I will enable it. The improvements to OneDrive sound nice. I've switched to google drive but if those work the way they are supposed to I might switch back since I already pay for office 365 and have unlimited storage (although my gmail storage is only $20 per year so I might not bother) I didn't notice a huge difference in the first "creators" update besides a change in the set up procedure and a few extra apps I don't use. I did like that they migrated a few things from the "control panel" to the settings window but they really do need to simplify the settings situation so there aren't two different places to make certain changes.
  21. Anyone use a good free word processor?

    I would check out the free online version of word. I use it regularly on computers that don't have office and it's pretty good. The files it makes are much more compatible with word than anything else out there.
  22. Just something to check: In my experience many of the big ISPs provide antivirus software to their customers for free. I know comcast gives out Norton, the one I use gives out something called Total Defense (which I've never even considered installing). If your looking for a "free" premium AV you may want to check what you can get from your ISP. I tend to agree with the Mozilla guy. I remember the days when you could just get viruses from general internet use. Now I'm not so sure thats something you have to really be concerned with. I haven't had a real virus on my own machine in years and I don't really do anything except use chrome with an adblocker to make sure I don't click on any ads. I do let defender scan downloads and my system periodically but its all automated. I get those who use image back ups but I choose to rely on google drive to back up my important stuff (pictures, documents) and then I keep a external drive that I only plug in periodically to add stuff too. Off site back ups are important!
  23. Windows 10 Creators Update

    I think windows 10 is the best OS they have made yet, with the exception of one major flaw, I cannot stand that they do not allow users to turn off windows update. (especially hardware updates) I only had issues with this a few times when windows 10 first came out but I'm still waiting for the day my graphics driver or network driver failed because microsoft updated them without telling me. Other than that I have really enjoyed windows 10. On a modern PC its fast, stable, and gets out of the way. I like the modern looking interface and the fact that it no longer relies on that terrible start screen from 8.
  24. Nintendo Switch

    Anybody here tried out the new Nintendo Switch yet? I got one a few weeks ago when it came out and it is pretty cool. I was skeptical when it was announced but the thing works just like they said. Only downside at the moment is that there is really only one must play game (zelda) but I'm holding out hope that a lot more gets announced at E3 in June. So far Zelda is my favorite game of the year hands down (before this I just played Horizon Zero Dawn which was also awesome). My only complaint besides there only being one good game at the moment is that the controllers are kind of small. I got used it pretty quick but I also went out and got the pro controller which might be the best controller I've ever used. I would put it above the Xbox One/PS4 controller but its kinda pricey.
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