Gordon Shumway: I've been a happy avast! Home Edition user for many years. Not sure why you get ads, though. I never see any. I do get notifications of updated versions of the software or definitions, but those don't seem at all obtrusive to me.
Artful Dodger: I haven't tried Avast. What I found annoying about Avira was the advertisement window that popped up on every update. I like my AVG, but I am only really happy with it since I have more than one CPU core.
rabbitoid: Well i don't pay and never have. The new Thunderbird handles numerous email clients (and it is still Beta). As long as you have your email addy & password it will do it all for you. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to work it.
(V): Yes, it does download them, BUT it is as secure as you can want, and this is the last Beta release.
I will leave it up to you all, i think its great, designed by web users, for web users. If you dont like it dont use it....simple
rabbitoid: Well yes & no. Like i said, this is an add-on. As with Firefox you dont have to use it that way. I just think its a good idea. Why open another application and take up more Ram, when you can do it from where you are.
There are some add-ons for Firefox that i could not get by with out, and what i find funnier is other browsers are actually building them into there software. Resizeable Textarea, being the foremost i think.
I have a googlemail account as well (that goes direct to Thunderbird, along with my Yahoo), and yes you get loads of space. Sad that yet again yesterday Gmail, went wrong - HERE. Twice in 2 weeks now.
I like going to one place and being able to do everything i could wish to do, and its fast as well.
Of course when i am on the web, i will use Firefox mainly. Well Prism when i am on brainking, as i do not think there is anything faster
MadMonkey: I'm not sure I like that. One of the main reproaches against MS is that they always try to build "the program of everything", which looks fine as an idea, until you realise that: - it is impossible to have only the parts you want, you get (and will have to use) everything or nothing. - if one thing doesn't work (and which program is bugfree?) nothing does. And Mozilla, apparently, is following the same glorious path. What could possibly be the advantage of combining those two distinct functions (browsing and email management) in a single program?
As for thunderbird, I myself have practically no more use for it, with webmail servers such as yahoo or google offering unlimited space and fast access. I use it almost exclusively to browse newsgroups.
Not for Firefox (for a change lol), but for Mozilla's Email client
I have been using Thunderbird for a while now, and have 5 Email accounts all accessed from there, as well as the latest News & Sports RSS feeds. So there it is all i need, in one place.
Now, this week i downloaded there last Beta release of the next version of Thunderbird (3.0b4). This has many new features, but what i think is the best bit is just like when you are browsing the web, you can open Emails in new Tabs (or Windows if you wish). OK, nothing special about that i hear. UNTIL you instal the ThunderBrowse add-on.
In short, when your friends send you stuff to read (Newsletter, RSS feed etc...), and send you a nice little link to click on, ThunderBrowse add browsings functions to Thunderbird. You can easily save time, space, and memory usage by opening up the website within Thunderbird as it usses the same technology as Firefox.
Anyway, thats my little gabble, i think its an awsome idea. I can do everything i want without even opening a browser like Firefox (IE, Chrome etc...)
MadMonkey: the only reason i got this new pc was because i lost the use of my smilies on the old one but it was at the time that shops were not selling any more XP's so i didnt really have any choice but if i had waited another month they scrapped that idea
rabbitoid: Yep. I've been using Ubuntu for over a year now. At first I even gave myself the trouble of going configuring Opera properly to share the same profile from both Windows and Linux. But it's been months since I last booted my laptop on Windows . I'm also one of those guys that accomplishes a lot of things through the command line, so I can find my way around problems rather easily. But, even for the basic user, the foruns of the Ubuntu community provide lots of help, sometimes.
MadMonkey: From what I've heard it seems like Windows 7 is a whole lot better than vista. This comes even from some M$ ceptics, so there could be some thuth behind those feelings. As for Ubuntu, give it a go for at least a week or two before making your mind up. There are bound to be things you miss from Windows... There are bound to be things you'll be missing from it if you get back to Windows, back it takes some time to find out about what you don't know it's there
Snoopy: Well, a lot of the problems have now been sorted. (apart from the security hole they found last week, that is in Vista AND Windows 7, which may now be sorted). As Microsoft admit thereselves, it should never have been released when it was. The main issues were a lack of proper drivers for it & application compatibility issues. I even got this email link the other day from PC-Pro - Microsoft admits Vista was less than good. Of course many of the issues have now beed resolved, which is ironic as they are just releasing Windows 7. I am a great believer in that is something is not broke, do not try and fix it. XP has been by far there most stable operating system, although now like i say i am going to give Ubuntu a try on one of my spare PCs. I used Vista when i was working, and never had any real problems, and most of the PCs & Laptops i repair now all seem to be Vista installed ones. My only advice is if you buy a new PC / Laptop with Vista on, make sure you have decent Avti-Virus and Spyware product (AVG & Spybot S & D are fine, but there are others), and make sure you download there latest service pack (i think it is SP2)
MadMonkey: I've been working with Unix on and off for almost 30 years professionally. I had first installed a pure Debian at home in the early 2000, but became a bit dissatisfied with the slow update of the versions. Ubuntu updates the whole lot of its distribution twice a year, and so far I've been very satisfied with it.
As a pro, I like the fact that when there is something that doesn't work as I like, I can relatively easily do something about it. With windows, forget it. just reboot, reinstall, curse...
For a simple user, The linux distributions in general have now become very easy to install and use. There are now free alternatives to most of what Microsoft has to offer, which in general work better than the originals.
There are downsides, of course. Many software makers produce only for windows, so if you need a particular software, you may need windows after all. I personally don't, the few things that I use work fine with the windows emulator inside linux.
(V):That sounds interesting and ill go and prove it - as i experienced the bug on an xp- _and_ a vista-computer... browsing through all the firefox-chatrooms i meet some people who have the same probs... but one user even under linux... this would mean the bug has nothing to do with the MS updates - but well, ill give it a try anyway!
diogenysos: Sounds like an update glitch from Microsoft then. I'm only saying that as one of their updates caused conflicts with our internet security software. I'd go through any recent updates from them and uninstall the latest... or give them a call and get advice!!
The other option is... http://www.combofix.org/ .......... It's a desktop run program that scans deep and gives a full report on the likes of registry issues. But make sure ( as prompted) you use the back up option first.
furbster: It's not so much cheapness....going for good deals, etc... it's about power and upgrading. Quite honestly, you should be going for dual core machines, or at least a beefed up Pentium 4 or equiv. If you want a machine that'll last a few years.
Thing is with this recession, it's become a buyers market.. so do shop around.
diogenysos: Maybe the browser had problems recovering the connection data? verify the settings in the "version that works" against "the version that doesn't" it's all in Preferences->Advanced->Network->Settings
Změněno uživatelem diogenysos (29. srpna 2009, 09:49:02)
Hello everyone - i experienced an inability to connect with the internet after upgrading to the latest firefox-version and the same happened to a couple of other users here on Lanzarote. The Internet Explorer still worked "fine" (the word "fine" shouldnt be used cause after working with firefox for a couple of years the work with IE is like an essential downgrade...) and in Firefox the warning "internet connection does not seem to be working" appeared. Turning firewalls off didnt help (this was suggested by the official firefox-help-site), only deinstalling the browser and installing an earlier version.
Somebody experienced similar things and/or knows whats behind this?
Firefox includes a built-in spellchecker that lets you know when you're misspelling words in an email or other text entry box. But what if you want to spellcheck an email that's already been sent or a web site that's already been published. In Firefox it is simple......Type
sundiro50: They're actually JellyFish match files. Basically they contain game notation so that you can open and review the game on a software that supports that format. http://www.paulspages.co.uk/bgreplay/
sundiro50: Well, i had never heard of a .mat extension so i looked it up
There are 3 different types, so i guess it would be handy to know which one we are dealing with.
The most common one is a Microsoft one (Microsoft Access Table = MAT), and to open it you need Microsoft Access. You can download a free 60day trial of it, BUT it should be part of Microsoft Office (do not know about 2003 version).
When a person downloads Backgammon games from the archive they end up in a .mat extension....I am having no luck opening these files. What happens is : I am getting an error saying: not a valid shortcut....I am running Microsoft Office 2003,....and have tried what I know, but with no luck,.....Any help forthcoming will be greatly appreciated....... :-)
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