Safe software download sites – Beware of deceptive download links & PUPs

I download and use freeware. My primary freeware source is snapfiles.com. I also use other sources.

Two software sources, Softpedia.com and Softonic.com, have similar-sounding names but different reputations, and I can’t easily remember which is which, so when I find some software available via one of them I have to find if it’s the site I want to trust, using the Google search [softpedia softonic].

A few items down in my first page of Google results I found this article which was originally published January 14, 2014. It includes this list of software sites the author considered safe:

Majorgeeks.com
Softpedia.com
TechSpot.com
Filehippo.com — See this.
SnapFiles.com
fileforum.betanews.com
downloadcrew.com

Read the full article at thewindowsclub.com.

A little farther down my Google results page I found this ghacks.net article, dated November 22, 2012. In it, Martin Brinkmann says : “Before we take a look at software download portals that use web installers to bundle third party offers, I’d like to take a moment to list a few portals that do not: Softpedia, File Hippo, Freeware Files and Major Geeks. If you need to download something, I’d suggest you check out those portals first.”

Be sure to also read the comments to that article, ghacks.net comments.

Whatever site you choose to download from, please try be as smartly safe as you can. Don’t quickly accept the biggest DOWNLOAD button they show you.

Why You Should Care About The Supreme Court Case On Toner Cartridges

Read the full article at consumerist.com.

“A corporate squabble over printer toner cartridges doesn’t sound particularly glamorous, and the phrase “patent exhaustion” is probably already causing your eyes to glaze over. However, these otherwise boring topics are the crux of a Supreme Court case that will answer a question with far-reaching impact for all consumers: Can a company that sold you something use its patent on that product to control how you choose to use after you buy it?”

Here’s Consumerist’s TL;DR summary of the article:

• In order to stop customers from using third-party companies that refill printer toner cartridges, Lexmark began asserting patent control over its cartridges.
• One those third-party companies sued Lexmark, contending that this an abuse of patent protection, and that consumers have the right to do what they want with a product after they buy it.
• If the Supreme Court sides with Lexmark, it could have far-reaching implications, allowing companies to further limit consumers’ ability to use, reuse, or resell the things they purchase.
• A ruling is not expected in this matter until later in the spring or summer.

Living Better with Technology

“Living Better with Technology” is the focus of this year’s Avenidas Tech Conference.

Attendees have the chance to Explore, Engage & Shape!

Following the three basic tenants of the Avenidas Generations Lab–Explore, Engage and Shape– the newest conference from Avenidas will offer tracks along those three lines:

  • Explore and get exposed to new technologies through talks and demos to increase awareness of new options;
  • Engage with tech through workshops and one-on-one trainings to learn how to use these technologies and acquire new skills;
  • Shape new products by participating in focus groups or pilot tests and contributing to the development of new tech products

Attendees will have a chance to hear a keynote speech by technology journalist and internet safety advocate Larry Magid, who serves as an on-air technology analyst for CBS News and has written columns for Huffington Post and the San Jose Mercury News.

From the “Explore” track, attendees might choose to attend a workshop such as “How Technology Can Help Support Independent Living.” From the “Engage” track, they might want to learn about “Keeping Up with the Grandkids,” and from the “Shape” track, they might want to sit in on an “Explorer’s Circle” and brainstorm for new products to improve the quality of life as we age.

Also included is a boxed lunch and the chance to meet with service providers, check out hands-on exhibits and enter to win door prizes. The day will conclude with a closing panel discussing “The Future of Technology & Aging.”

For more Information about each sessions, click here.

To register for the conference, click here

March 8, 2017 Meeting

Smart TVs and Next Generation TVs
Sue Kayton

The Computer Doctor returns to SPAUG with a demonstration of Smart TVs  and a discussion of the features of the next generation of TVs, including:

  • 4K
  • Sound bars / surround sound
  • Internet browsing
  • NetFlix and other streaming video
  • Device mirroring
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Content searching
  • Integration with DVR
  • Skype or other videochat / videoconferencing

How smart is your TV?

Attendees will be encouraged to discuss their own experience with the new TV systems, especially how they feel about Smart TVs as a replacement for the desktop computer.

The meeting will be held at the Palo Alto Elks Lodge, 4249 El Camino Real, Palo Alto. We will be meeting in the Library/Card Room across the hall from the Lodge Room. All members and guests are invited to attend an optional NO-host dinner prior to our general meeting. Dinner will be at 5:45 PM at The Bistro located on the ground floor of the Elks Lodge.