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A short review of a browser extension that effortlessly saves you money at participating online stores, like Amazon, Microsoft, and many others.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Bill,

Thank you for sharing your feedback on my article,

I had a good look at the two links you've provided, but can't say that I agree with a lot of the negative comments.

Every product (bar none!) you will always see posts authored by people who both love and despise a product. In reality, It's impossible to keep everyone happy and satisfied.

In an example, before deciding to write this article, I too saw and read many reviews and opinions on this extension. In several of the discussion threads I read, there was almost an equal number of feedback, as well as negative (50/50 different opinions) and conclusions made.

In all the threads I'd read; half were very satisfied, and the other half were not.  I've yet to see a valid reason given to not try the app out though.

To my mind, (and as I mentioned in my article), the naysayers' opinions are irrelevant and mute for me.

Why? Because it is a totally free product, you have *nothing to lose, yet much to potentially gain, as is evidenced by my own experience with it.

It is also a trivial matter to try it out for yourself, delete the extension if you don't feel that it's a good fit for you. You can also completely delete your account in seconds if you're like.

Again, thank you for sharing your opinion about this product Bill.

Best regards, Andrew
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by:Andrew Leniart
Just a little update for those of you that have emailed me privately with doubts about purchases being processed by this extension.

On the 22nd of February 2020, I ordered a home-delivered meal from the Menulog service.

On the next day, the 23rd of February 2020, I found the following in my email.

Cashback Confirmation for Purchase
So as you can see, it really does work just as I said 😊

Regards, Andrew
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Today I received a windows update and my Windows search results just showed a big black square. I use this to quickly find documents and programs on my PC. At first I thought something was wrong, perhaps a virus. The full fix is simple.
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by:McKnife
Again: This is a non-issue as of yesterday, 12 PM PST, since MS has fixed things at their end. People will not need to update nor do anything. THAT should be shared.. Reference

Resolved: Windows Search shows blank box
We are aware of a temporary server-side issue causing Windows search to show a blank box. This issue has been resolved for most users and in some cases, you might need to restart your device. We are working diligently to fully resolve the issue and will provide an update once resolved.

This issue was resolved at 12:00 PM PST. If you are still experiencing issues, please restart your device. In rare cases, you may need to manually end the SearchUI.exe or SearchApp.exe process via Task Manager. (To locate these processes, select CTRL + Shift + Esc then select the Details tab.)
https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/release-information/windows-message-center#387
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by:Andrew Leniart
Thanks, McKnife.

I'll update Scott's article with that information. (Comments are not seen unless logged in at Experts Exchange)
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This code will silently delete all empty folders in the given start folder using VBScript.
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by:Bill Prew
A slightly simpler approach...

Const strBaseDir = "C:\Temp"

set objFSO = WScript.CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

RemoveFolder objFSO.GetFolder(objFSO.GetAbsolutePathname(strBaseDir))

Sub RemoveFolder(objFolder)
    For Each objSubFolder In objFolder.Subfolders
        RemoveFolder objSubFolder
    Next
    If objFolder.Files.Count = 0 And objFolder.Subfolders.Count = 0 Then
        objFolder.Delete
    End If
End Sub

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by:Scott Fell
Thank you Bill. I tend to write functions I can re use out of habit and loose sight of simplification.
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In a recent question here at Experts Exchange about Windows 10 automation, a member asked for a solution "to download one by one automatically" 10 specific files from the Internet. This article presents an AutoHotkey script with the solution, enhanced to allow any number of files to be downloaded.
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In a recent question here at Experts Exchange, a member wants to enhance an AutoHotkey script that performs "Title Case" conversion. The enhancement is to allow specification of words that are excluded from the capitalization (conjunctions and prepositions). This article presents such a solution.
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In a question here at Experts Exchange, a member has users with a large number of monitors connected to their W10 computers. The member wants an AutoHotkey script that defines hotkeys — Alt+Ctrl+1, Alt+Ctrl+2, etc. — to move the mouse pointer to the monitors. This article presents such a solution.
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by:Luis Diaz
Very useful article!
I have just added to my knowledge base.
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi Luis,
Thanks for the feedback and the article Endorsement...both appreciated! I'm glad to see that you're beginning to make use of the EE Personal Knowledgebase feature. Regards, Joe
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Earlier this year, Kofax acquired Nuance's Document Imaging Division, which included PaperPort. Kofax recently released the first version of PaperPort under its stewardship — V14.7. This article explains Kofax's method for upgrading from PaperPort Professional 14.5 to Professional 14.7 at no cost.
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Many programming languages have a Switch–Case capability. Since its first beta in 2003, AutoHotkey has not had one. Finally, in the recent 28-Sep-2019 release of Version 1.1.31.00, it now has Switch–Case. This article discusses it and shows a sample usage as applied to a previous post here at EE.
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by:Luis Diaz
Very useful article! Glad to know that an alternative to if-then through switch-case statement is available in AutoHotkey!
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi Luis,
Thanks for the compliment and the article endorsement...both very much appreciated! Regards, Joe
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What's in August Patch Tuesday that breaks stuff
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by:Thomas Zucker-Scharff
I saw the title and read this - some of our windows 10 machines are encountering a problem with the August updates.  One AIO was unable to boot after the update and another Dell Optiplex 990 machine had a similar problem.
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A great idea of a USB Flash Drive that caught my eye in an advertisement I read on Facebook -- but how good is it? I purchased a couple to find out so here's a review of what I think about it, from a variety of perspectives.
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by:☠ MASQ ☠
Thanks Andrew, it's an interesting product  but I do have concerns about how it would be used as intended.

Surely the first responder/paramedic who would really benefit from having this data if the patient isn't able to provide it won't be able to access it.  Most don't carry devices which will read USB and those that do will have them locked down to prevent  infection of their computer from an unknown source and secure their patient data system.

I don't often hear "let me through, I've got a device that can read USB sticks" at the scene of an accident (OK, I never hear that).

Either at the scene or on transfer to hospital care it's more likely that your 'phone or wallet will have been checked for ID, contact details and anything useful that might impact on your medical care.

I'm sure the developer has the best of intentions for their product but despite our "Age of Technology" have reservations about its implementation here.
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This is an Article to assist users with Folder Sharing on modern computers, especially given the demise of Home Groups. It is a major rewrite of an article I wrote about five years ago for earlier computers
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This article is a short story about a troublesome Intel Video Driver problem
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An EE member wants to move all open windows at once (not one window at a time) from a primary monitor to a secondary one by pressing a hotkey. Bonus: another hotkey that goes in the other direction — move all windows from the secondary to the primary monitor. This article presents such a solution.
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This is my 100th publication at EE — 56 articles and 44 videos. To mark the occasion, I wrote a program to download the Title, Views, Endorsements, and Points for the specified URLs of articles and videos. Based on feedback, I enhanced the program to include number of Comments and Date Published.
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by:Andrew Leniart
Ran this a few times and works exceptionally well. Great stuff Joe - very helpful indeed.

One feature suggestion for a possible future revision - include a column for "Date Published" - Possible? :)

Thanks for your work Joe - fantastic stuff.

Endorsed!

Edit: Oh and while I have your ear, how about a column for "Number of comments" too?  Sorry, you may have opened up a huge can of worms here. You know how I can get when I like one of your creations lol ;)
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi Andrew,

> works exceptionally well

Glad to hear it!

> Great stuff Joe - very helpful indeed.

Thanks for the positive feedback...I appreciate it.

> include a column for "Date Published"
> a column for "Number of comments"

Great ideas! Both already implemented. Will upload the enhanced version (and some updates to the article) as soon as my high-speed Internet service returns (connected via my mobile phone now...anything beyond these text comments would be painful).

> Endorsed!

Thanks for that! Regards, Joe
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One of the issues with Windows Server Backup is that, unless a user logs onto the server and checks physically, there is no way for them to know if the native backup utility is working or not. This script takes care of that.
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by:mbkitmgr
Hi McKnife.

Thanks for the feedback.  

I chose the batch file for those not proficient enough to work with PS, the PS syntax and its script execution security.  Confirmed about blat, I would prefer an SSL SMTP mailer.
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by:mbkitmgr
okay,  will rewrite in the next few days to use another SMTP mailer that uses SSL
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In this article, I will present a simple way to empower restricted users to do defined administrative tasks on demand. It works on all versions (Windows Vista and higher).
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This article describes a number of issues across two Windows 10 Pro computers - one Desktop and one Laptop and the solutions I employed to fix the issues.
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Installing a new SSD drive and starting again with Windows 10
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In-line upgrade from Windows 2012 R2 to Windows 2019 Standard or Datacenter with Desktop Experience over a remote desktop connection. This article shows how to do the upgrade without dropping the remote connection and without turning off the cluster.
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Be a MySQL Ninja! Install MySQL the PowerDEV way - without installers!
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This article is about an excellent bookmarks manager I've been using that I thought deserved some promotion to make more folks aware of its existence. Free to use and very useful indeed. Enjoy...
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by:Brandon Lyon
This is a helpful article. One thing to remember is that keeping one (or more) Start.Me tabs open is going to consume significantly more memory than browser bookmarks.

I used to love XMarks but years ago I ditched it when I was getting synchronization and corruption issues on a daily basis. These days I just use the default browser sync in Chrome (though I'll be migrating to Firefox soon).
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by:Andrew Leniart
Hi Brandon,

Thank you for your very kind comment and also for endorsing the article with a Thumbs Up. Both very much appreciated!

Regards, Andrew
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Your configured DNS nameservers may be impeding your Internet experience. Improve the response times you get from websites by using a faster DNS Server. This article shows you how to both find better DNS servers to use, as well as how to configure your copy of Windows 7 and 10 to use them.
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by:Basem Khawaja
Very useful article and very informative. Thank you Andrew once again for all of your contributions.
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by:Andrew Leniart
You're very welcome Basem and I appreciate your comments.

If you wouldn't mind endorsing the article by clicking the Thumbs Up icon at the end of the article (just below the "red arrow pointing downwards to the Thumbs Up icon" above in the article itself) I'd really appreciate it!

Regards, Andrew
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Review of a small standalone freeware utility that is designed to remove the guesswork in trying to get Windows 10 (and all other versions of Windows) to boot into various Safe Mode configurations. Includes a short interview with the author of the program.
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by:Joe Winograd
Hi Andrew,

Great article! Having recently struggled with a Safe Mode boot on a W10 system, I can certainly see the value of this utility (haven't tried it yet, but it's on my to-do list). Kudos to you for writing the article and sharing with our community; and kudos to Nick for writing the software and providing it at no cost.

Btw, for anyone interested in learning a bit more about Nick and the d7xTech and Foolish IT company names, check out this EE group discussion:
Hello from d7xTech (formerly Foolish IT)

Article endorsed! Regards, Joe
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by:Andrew Leniart
Many thanks for your kind comments and endorsement Joe, I truly appreciate it.

Regards, Andrew
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Frustrated trying to get Windows 10 to boot into Safe mode when you need it to? Do you miss tapping the F8 key that earlier versions of Windows had? If so, then I'm with you, so I changed my copy of Windows 10 to accept F8 for Safe Mode once again. Read on to learn how...
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I am providing the resources that Microsoft Provides as support to its community. A lot of it is technical and may be beyond what an average user might need. But for a site such as Experts Exchange, I thought it might be a good guide to what Microsoft has available.
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by:Wesley Miller
Made changes as advised to better explain the intent of article and a salutation on providing feedback.
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by:PeeterB
Excellent! Great to have all that in one single article .... (I knew some of them .... but not others, and had forgotten some ..!)
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