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john albrich Sep 17, 2011, 06:24pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Sep 17, 2011, 06:33pm EDT

 
>> Re: Freeware Corner
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Application: X-Mouse Button Control (aka XMBC)
"Replacement/Alternative to Microsoft's IntelliMouse/Logitech's SetPoint application to allow advanced customization of your mouse buttons."

What does it do: X-Mouse Button Control is a windows application to remap your mouse buttons. You are able to provide an application specific mappings, which means one application can use the mouse differently from another. This is useful for games which do not inherently support the extended mouse buttons, because you can map keys to each button. For each profile you can optionally define up to 5 'layers' of different button configurations which you can switch between using hotkeys or mouse buttons.

Verdict: So far, I like it (ver2.2)

I've just started trying it as an alternative to Intellimouse, because I H.A.T.E. Microsoft brute-force-installing a constantly checking for updates routine that Intellimouse loads. The only way to muzzle it is to MANUALLY disable (you can't kill it) the update process using something like Process Explorer or a "Start" commandline...EVERY time you boot your computer. You can't simply kill the process, or delete or rename the update executable, OR fool it into starting instead a process you DO want running (like speedfan), without things going squirrely. In other words, Microsoft is being a dumbass about it.

However...X-Mouse doesn't let me remap the scroll-wheel tilt buttons on MY old mouse, "Microsoft Wireless Intellimouse Explorer 2.0". But XMouse does let me define what happens when I use the scroll-wheel itself. The author says this is because X-Mouse isn't getting a "standard" Windows Message when tilt-left and tilt-right are used on my mouse. I do find this "incompatibility" odd. However, I think those still get passed along transparently if your application recogs them. It is claimed to work with other mice.

You can also temporarily disable X-Mouse intercepting and re-mapping the mouse buttons without closing the application and then re-enable when needed...which I consider VERY thoughtful.

Link:
http://majorgeeks.com/X-Mouse_Button_Control_d6793.html
http://www.highrez.co.uk/

Article: (User Guide, PDF document)
http://mirror.highrez.co.uk/downloads/X-Mouse%20Button%20Contr...0Guide.pdf


edit:
a few clarifications and added pointer to PDF User Guide

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john albrich Oct 23, 2011, 01:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Apr 09, 2016, 09:52am EDT

 
>> Found Freeware To On-Demand 100% Block Internet I/O
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Yay! Looks like finally a program that allows EASY blocking of ALL internet I/O via a taskbar "button" (bad news is that it's only for 64bit and 32bit Win7 and Vista. No WinXP)
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/windows_firewall_control.html
http://binisoft.org/
Windows Firewall Control offers access to four filtering modes, each with their own status icon in system tray:
High Filtering-This setting blocks all attempts to connect to and from your computer.

Medium Filtering - Outgoing connections that do not match a rule are blocked. Only programs you allow can initiate outgoing connections.

Low Filtering - Outgoing connections are allowed. You can block the programs you do not want to allow to initiate outgoing connections.

No Filtering - Windows Firewall is turned off. Avoid using this setting unless you have another firewall running on your computer.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

10Nov2010 john albrich said at http://www.hardwareanalysis.com/content/topic/73235/?o=80#586462
Anyone know of a freeware Internet access blocking "Switch" that can be placed in the system tray? What I'm looking for is ideally:

A small app that sits in the system tray and is independent of any AV program(s).
When you click on the icon, it toggles blocking internet access
Click on it the first time, and ALL internet access is blocked
Click on it again, and access is restored.
Click again, and the access is blocked again.
etc.

Something like Norton's switch also would be acceptable, but I'd prefer the easier "one-click" method I described above.

I remember that Norton internet security let the user right-click on the Norton icon in the system tray, and you could select an option to block ALL internet access.

So, when you weren't actively using the internet, no one could access your system from the internet, including you.

Then, when you were ready to do some browsing, messaging, email, etc again, you simply right-clicked on the icon again and selected an option to "unblock internet connection".

It was a simple and relatively fast way to improve security, giving you better control over your internet connection. (edit to add: a friend just told me that Norton 2011 has apparently dropped this capability from their program. That's really too bad. I'd guess the reason they did it was probably so background AV updates could be performed without any problems. Norton probably saw it as a choice between user need or keeping the AV updated in real-time)



I'm still getting attacks from China, and while my anti-malware has successfully blocked these attempts, I'm...

1) worried that it will eventually miss one
2) tired of creating new firewall rules to block ranges of IP addresses

At this point, I'm even tempted to just block all IP ranges except those from a few select countries.


edit:
added comment on Norton 2011 no longer providing this option

edit: 20160409 to reflect changed majorgeeks.com hyperlink naming conventions

bluray decrypter Dec 02, 2011, 07:51am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: May 07, 2012, 01:09pm EDT

 
>> Re: Freeware Corner
Application: Blu-ray Decrypter
What does it do:
This freeware is designed to help you backup your commercial blu-ray (BD-ROM) movies to hard disk drive without losing quality
Verdict:i wrote it myself, i try to make it easy-to-use. Please give me your verdict on this.:)
Link:http://www.bluraytoavi.com/blu-ray-decrypter.html

Application: Free DVD Decrypter
What does it do:
This freeware is designed to help you copy your commercial dvd movies to hard disk drive without losing quality
Link:http://www.bluraytoavi.com/dvd-decrypter.html

Application: Free DVD Ripper
What does it do:
This freeware is designed to help you backup your favorite DVD Movies or enjoy them on-the-go
Link:http://www.bluraytoavi.com/dvd-ripper.html

Application: Free Video Converter
What does it do:
This freeware is designed to make video/audio files fit digital devices and extract audios from videos for making any music suitable for digital devices. It's a gui of libav(like ffmpegx)
Link:http://www.bluraytoavi.com/video-converter.html

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angryhippy Dec 02, 2011, 09:08am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Dec 02, 2011, 09:23am EST

 
>> Re: Freeware Corner
John..."OSR Bang Crash On Demand Utility". It is a component of Zone Alarm (that's where I discovered it in ZA's program file in the diagnostics folder), that has a stand alone version from the developer Open Systems Resources that can be downloaded at http://www.osronline.com/article.cfm?article=153 unless you are using Zone Alarm. Then it's already installed on your system. It doesn't block internet access it just instantly crashes the computer. You can go here to see how to add an app to the systray. The program is freeware. http://www.askvg.com/how-to-minimize-an-application-to-system-...n-windows/

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Edited: Jan 24, 2013, 10:32pm EST

 
>> Re: Freeware Corner
Application: Google Play
What does it do: Allows you to upload your music for streaming from other locations
Verdict: Terrible. Do not even install to test it.
Link: Linking to malware violates HWA ToS


Upon installation, you choose a folder to upload music from. Limit is 20,000 songs (note no storage size limit indicated - pretty sweet). Well, my "Music" folder has much more than that and I want to upload specific folders.

There are two spots in the interface that appear to let you choose the folders.

The first tab, helpfully titled "Upload" is a red herring. All you can do here is monitor which folders you are currently uploading from. Adding and removing has no effect on what gets uploaded.

The second tab, Advanced, has an option to Change the music folder you upload from. However, adding a folder STOPS UPLOADING from your current folder. Yes Google, I would LOVE to wait for every single folder to finish uploading before I can proceed. Further, it defaults to the Windows 7 music Library folder every time I browse, which is not where I keep my music, so I had to keep navigating to the right folder to try the next one.

Finally, you can't uninstall it. It's not in Programs and Features. Googling (heh) the issue brings up this page:
http://support.google.com/googleplay/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=1192562
Which (essentially) says to go to Programs and Features. But it's not there. If you rightclick the icon in your Start menu and go to the file location, it's here:
C:\Users\%user%\AppData\Local\Programs\Google\MusicManager
Because that's where every program installs and why MS put TWO folders for Program Files in Win7x64.

Finally, after I removed all folders from the app, or thought I did, and deleted all my songs yesterday, I see today it is still uploading songs. From where? Oh, from the folder I REMOVED yesterday. Worse, there's a counter on the web player page that does not reflect how many songs are currently uploaded. ACCURACY IS A CRITICAL FEATURE, GOOGLE.

Verdict redux: run. Run far away from thiss**te. Google used to be good and i like their search, but this. is. crap.

Edit 1/24/2013. I have seen this application's splash screen within the last month (Jan 2013), despite having done all I could to uninstall it in July 2012. Still a Do Not Recommend.

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Keith Braud Jan 23, 2013, 08:59am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hi, I am looking for a free software for watermarking in video which would be freeware.. Can anyone recommend me any freeware software for this propose?

Dublin_Gunner Jan 23, 2013, 03:14pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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do it in the video editor you're using

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angryhippy Jan 26, 2013, 04:25am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 26, 2013, 04:27am EST

 
>> Re: Freeware Corner
Application: Google Play
What does it do: Allows you to upload your music for streaming from other locations
Verdict: Terrible. Do not even install to test it.
Link: Linking to malware violates HWA ToS


Upon installation, you choose a folder to upload music from. Limit is 20,000 songs (note no storage size limit indicated - pretty sweet).

Limit 20,000 songs? Where exactly do they suggest I upload the other 16,000 to? The RIAA fan page on Facebook?

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>> Ad Block Plus/DoNotTrackMe/Better Privacy Browser Personal Privacy
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If I could choose only three browser add-ons, these would be the ones.

These have been very helpful to me, and I haven't seem them discussed on HWA "freeware", but I consider them to be critical browser add-ons that help to protect my personal privacy and help reduce the risk of Identity Theft on the internet.

While the new voluntary "opt-out" policy of many advertisers is encouraging, I prefer something that doesn't depend on the voluntary compliance of what is the internet equivalent of the largely ineffective "Do Not Call" telephone registry and DirectMail.coms National "Do Not Mail" junkmail list.

I've used all three of these and have been very impressed. They are quite effective and flexible. For example, you can individually specify which websites or agencies you wish to unblock. (which may be required on some websites where tracking is built-into the functionality (e.g. facebook.com, google.com, etc). However, blocking Facebook tracking on NON-Facebook websites that happen to use Facebook "buttons" is still automatically enabled but you can opt-in and allow tracking if desired. However, if you allow blocking Facebook tracking on a website, DoNotTrackMe will still try to let work the Facebook "share" buttons and similar...you just won't be tracked by Facebook when you do. If you still do have problems with the Facebook buttons on a given website, and just "must" use them, of course you will have to opt-in and allow Facebook to track you on that website.

The point is, they're flexible. The first two offer auto-updating "subscription lists" you can choose to use or not. If you do use them, they automatically update with the latest advertisers/trackers considered "non-optimal". In this regard, they're similar to antivirus programs that keep track of new/evolving malware and auto-update your computer to better protect it. Better Privacy simply defaults to eliminating ALL of the "LSOs" it finds. You can create a whitelist if desired.

On websites you support (HWA for instance) you may wish to create a whitelist (opt-in list) for some or all of the advertising/trackers...it's up to you. For example, I could disallow Facebook advertising/tracking while still allowing ads from other companies to be displayed.

Over 150,000 tracking attempts blocked by DoNotTrack... since installation!
Since I installed the older version DoNotTrackPlus (replaced by DoNotTrackMe) earlier this year, DNT has blocked over 150,000 attempts to track my internet activities/personal information by "social networks", "ad networks", and "companies" (it hasn't reported anything about blocking tracking by any 3-letter government "Alphabet Agencies")

I've only run into a handfull of websites where I had to intervene and manually adjust the blocking settings.

AdBlockPlus auto-creates quite a few filters. There are a couple filter categories that when you see them in the "preferences" list, they are designated with a "snail" icon. Too many of these "Snail" filters and AdBlockPlus may slightly slow-down the browser. So far, it's created about 20 of these "snail" filters on my general purpose system but I've not yet seen any real impact. Yet again, you have the option to disable these filters if browser performance begins to be negatively impacted on your system.

As for Better Privacy, I've set the auto-delete super cookies timer interval to as short as 12 seconds with no obvious negative effects. You can opt to have Better Privacy pop-up an on-screen status line alert when it encounters such a cookie, but I opted to disable that function...it was very intrusive at that frequency on web pages that used a lot of these kinds of cookies....especially auto-refreshing webpages. A longer interval (e.g. 60 seconds) is still effective.

Adblock Plus Block undesired advertising/pop-ups
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/adblock-plus/?s...ostpopular
by Wladimir Palant
Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web.
A short video overview is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNvb2SjVjjI

DoNotTrackMe (formerly DoNotTrack Plus, etc) Online Privacy Protection
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/donottrackplus/?src=ss
by Abine, Inc., the online privacy company
DoNotTrackMe protects your privacy by blocking online tracking. DNTMe blocks ads and cookies with tracking, prevents data collection, and keeps your private browsing what it should be private. Stop web tracking of your browsing activity now.
For more info, see https://www.abine.com/how-donottrackme-works/

Better Privacy "Super Cookie" control
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/betterprivacy/?src=ss
by IKRG
Remove or manage a new and uncommon kind of cookies, better known as LSO's.The BetterPrivacy safeguard offers various ways to handle Flash-cookies set by Google, YouTube, eBay and others...
BetterPrivacy allows to list and manage Flash-cookies, e.g. to remove those objects automatically on browser start, browser exit or by a configurable timer function while certain desired Flash cookies can be excluded from automatic deletion.


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