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Fri
28
Nov
Dennis Faas's picture

How to Search and Remove Duplicate Files (Freeware)?

Infopackets Reader Brenda T. writes: " Dear Dennis, I have a lot of duplicate word documents and pictures in my computer. I would like to know what is the best way to find the duplicate files and delete them? Do I need to buy a special program? And ... if so do you recommend one? " My response: That's a great question -- thanks for asking. You don't need to buy a special program to search for and delete duplicate files, as there are plenty of excellent freeware programs that will do just that. One program in particular that comes to mind is NirSoft's SearchMyFiles . This ... (view more)

Wed
16
Jul
John Lister's picture

Google Censor 'Right To Be Forgotten' Links Backfire

A web developer has started a site which displays Google censored links, enforced by the " right to be forgotten " rules in Europe. It's another example of how such censorship rules aren't working as well as planned. The new rules came into force ... earlier this year after the European Court of Justice made a final ruling in a long-running case involving Google and a Spanish man . The man wanted Google to remove a link to a news article from the 1990s about his property being repossessed. The man said it was unfair that people who searched for his name online would see that ... (view more)

Wed
19
Mar
Brandon Dimmel's picture

'SearchMyFiles 2.48', and 'Fotor 2.0'

SearchMyFiles 2.48 Looking for an alternative to Windows' standard "Search for Files and Folders" feature? Then try SearchMyFiles, which gives you a number of unique tools for searching through the files and folders stored on your system. Users can ... search by wildcard, by last modified / created / last accessed time, by file attributes, by file content (text or binary search), and by the file size. http://www.nirsoft.net Fotor 2.0 This completely free online photograph editor allows you to create exciting high-definition images of your friends and family. Using this program, you ... (view more)

Fri
25
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Court Restricts Police Use of GPS Tracking Devices

A federal appeals court has ruled that law enforcement authorities in the United States must get a warrant before hiding a global positioning system (GPS) tracker on a suspect's car. The ruling clarifies an issue left unanswered by a previous ... Supreme Court verdict. The legal confusion followed a high-profile case involving a suspected drug dealer who was tried and convicted after police tracked his movements using a GPS device attached to his Jeep. The man took the case to the Supreme Court, which overturned his conviction because it found that much of the evidence was inadmissible. The ... (view more)

Fri
04
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Could Show Rivals' Logos In Search Results

Google appears ready to show its rivals' logos on search results pages. It's the latest development in a game of brinksmanship being played between Google and European regulators. The European Commission, which administers laws that apply across the ... continent, has been investigating claims that Google unfairly exploits its dominance of the search market. Some of the claims relate to the way Google sells advertising on its sites and the way it "scrapes" content, such as review extracts from other sites. The biggest issue, though, is the suggestion that Google has intentionally promoted its own ... (view more)

Thu
08
Aug
Dennis Faas's picture

Google Making Major Changes to Search Results

Google has announced it will begin highlighting the search results that best answer a user's query. It represents a whole new approach for the ubiquitous search firm. In recent years, Google has focused on trying to answer a user's query quickly ... rather than providing them with the website that best answers their question. (That was partly a response to Microsoft's launching of Bing, which that firm promoted as a "decision engine" rather than a search tool.) The best example of Google's focus on speed over quality: Google Knowledge Graph, the box that appears on the right of the results page ... (view more)

Mon
08
Jul
Dennis Faas's picture

'Simple Custom Search 2.0', and 'Classic Shell 3.6.8'

Simple Custom Search 2.0 Which search engine is the most effective? It really doesn't matter if you use Simple Custom Search, which allows you to execute a search using all of the major search engines with just a single click. This program is both ... small and easy to use. http://blogspot.ca Classic Shell 3.6.8 Classic Shell brings some of the most popular (but long dead) Windows features back to Microsoft's Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating systems. Those features include the Start button, customizable Start menu, and status bars. http://www.classicshell.net This freeware software program is ... (view more)

Thu
27
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

FTC to Search Engines: Stop Disguising Ads

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is warning two dozen leading search engines -- including Bing, Google, and Yahoo -- that they must do more to show the difference between paid advertising and "natural" search results. The FTC warned that blurring ... the lines between the two could be classed as an unlawful and deceptive practice. The warning comes in a formal letter detailing updates to guidelines first published in 2002. The letter says that since that time, search engines are doing a worse job of distinguishing paid ads and that there has been "a decline in compliance with the letter's ... (view more)

Thu
20
Jun
Dennis Faas's picture

Officials Want Google to Block Drug, Piracy Sites

Google has been accused of not doing enough to stop a) illegal pharmacy sales, and b) Internet piracy. Mississippi's attorney general says he plans to demand Google hand over confidential documents to see if the firm has breached any laws. The ... complaints come from Ken Cuccinellli, Jim Hood and David Louie, the attorneys general of Virginia, Mississippi, and Hawaii. Together, they're alleging that Google is guilty of "assisting in the sale of prescription drugs without a prescription and intentionally ignoring reports of rogue pirate sites selling stolen music, movies, software and video games ... (view more)

Wed
29
May
Dennis Faas's picture

EU: Google Antitrust Settlement Not Enough

It appears the European Union feels Google's suggestions for settling complaints it engaged in anti-competitive behavior don't go far enough. The search giant had promised to change the way it orders search results, but this wasn't enough for the ... groups that brought up the complaints. The EU recently carried out a lengthy investigation into complaints that Google exploited its dominance of the search market to increase advertising revenue. It's a claim Google denies. Google was accused of deliberately favoring sites it owned when determining search rankings. In the United States, Google was ... (view more)

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