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Old 01-08-2013, 04:12 PM   #1
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Despite being around computers forever, I am always finding little bits and pieces that surprise me... and wonder why it took me so long to get smart about the free things that make life on the internet easier or more efficient.

I'm sure that most are using "Readability" to view articles on line, but just discovered an added bonus that seems to be built in.

Browsing for information on specific current news or information items, sometimes leads to sources that require "membership" to view... especially some US or foreign papers that I don't usually read, and would have no reason to pay for a 6 month subscription. These sources often show a blocking pop-up that asks you to sign up for a "free" trial subscription, before reading the article. Not always, but sometimes clicking on Readability, opens the article automatically.

Almost always, if an article has high readership, Google leads to sites that offer the information for free, based on legal agreements with the original source, but the readability shortcut makes it easier when it works.
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Another free program that I knew about but never spent time with, is Google Voice search. With the beginnings of polyneuropathy and mild arthritis, I'm doing the key words learning curve. Surprising to me, it works almost as well as Naturally Speaking. Is anyone using this on a regular basis? How well does it work on a phone or tablet?
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Am looking for suggestions for a password program, and any other, below the radar, freebie programs that others have found useful.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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Another free program that I knew about but never spent time with, is Google Voice search. With the beginnings of polyneuropathy and mild arthritis, I'm doing the key words learning curve. Surprising to me, it works almost as well as Naturally Speaking. Is anyone using this on a regular basis? How well does it work on a phone or tablet?
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My Android smart phone with Google Voice installed. I love it, especially when I'm in a hurry. I heard that it learns your speaking style and actually improves with use. It won't work in noisy environments, though.

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Old 01-08-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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Am looking for suggestions for a password program, and any other, below the radar, freebie programs that others have found useful.
I'm partial to Portable Apps, including KeePass, one of the best password management apps available (and it's open source).
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The following are a few things I appreciate and use often. Google Reader is a great way to collect information. I use it for this site and several others. For those who are not familiar, it allows the user to put in a search word or site and the information arrives automatically to my Google Reader site with a summary of the data. Google phone (that is not the name) has saved me a lot of money and serves as my home phone. I can make and answer calls with my Google phone number which also rings my cell phone. Finally, there is Google Hangout which is similar to Skype.
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+1 on Keepass

There are iOS versions of the software as well (minikeepass). With the password database stored in the cloud on dropbox, it makes it easy to always have access to my passwords. The database is encrypted, and one can not only require a password for access, but it can be made to require a key file on the user's machine in order to access it (a picture of your dog, say, or a random file generated by jiggling the mouse for a spell). Access can also be tied to a particular Windows login account, or any combination of the three.

Now that I've been using it for several months, I'm amazed at the number of passwords in my life. Now they are all unique and randomly generated, which gives me more peace of mind.
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I always enjoy reading your posts, imoldernu, and often learn from them. Keep them coming please.
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