The free GifCam makes capturing animated GIFs a snap

Ever wanted to simply show someone how to do something in Windows rather than describe it? As the Answer Line author, I certainly have. Animated GIFs created by GifCam, a very small, portable utility by Bahrani Apps are now my preferred way to do that.  Not only will it create animated GIFs of anything the transpires on your screen, it can also save them as universally-supported AVI movies.

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Small and cleverly designed

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How to use MAME emulator to cure computer game nostalgia

Every once in a while, we get a question about those old games that were once the bleeding edge of entertainment in arcades and bars. Invariably from someone who played them and misses them—not from the current generation of cell-phone gaming addicts.

But even if you’re the latter, you might want to see how your parents amused themselves in the days when Pong, Asteroids, and Galaxian were the height of gaming technology. You can easily do so right on your PC. Adventurous programmers have long sharpened their skills by writing emulators for a vast array of computers, game machines, and gaming consoles. For the last decade or so, however, the big project has been MAME.

Note: While this article touts MAME's arcade and console emulation, it’s also intended to emulate just about anything that’s ever computed: various computers, calculators, and even chess machines.

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How to reclaim file permissions and ownership in Windows

It doesn’t happen often, but either by malware attack or networking snafu (sometimes when computers are removed from a domain), you can lose permissions and ownership of your files.

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Windows' file or folder properties has a Security tab that few users ever visit.

Here's another scenario: You might want to access files from another user of your PC who’s left the company, but you can’t open them due to lack of ownership.

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How to have Windows re-open active windows and programs on reboot

Jackie asked why her PC isn't able to re-open all her active windows and programs after a reboot like it does on the Mac.

As a PC and Mac user I've also experienced this phenomenon, and it's odd why Microsoft doesn't provide this as an option. When you restart a Mac it asks you if you want all your open windows and programs to launch after reboot, making it quite easy to resume working after an update is installed. This normally isn't that big of a deal on the Windows platform, but with Windows 10 a lot of users are experiencing unplanned reboots due to how Microsoft's mandatory updates.

Though there's not a way outside of installing third-party software to automatically resume a session after a reboot, I can show you (and Jackie) a few tricks to make your favorite programs open after a reboot along with any open Explorer Windows. 

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How to re-enable delete confirmation for Sticky Notes

Angeline W. made the “mistake” of clicking “Don’t ask me again” when deleting a Sticky Note in Windows, and now it is unsurprisingly not asking her again, so she wanted to fix it. 

confirmation dialogue

This box really means it. 

I looked into this for Angeline and found a quick and easy method to remedy this situation:

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4 ways to bolster your online privacy

Eileen W. wrote to me expressing concerns about online privacy, and though we’ve written about it previously I decided to add a few more tips and tricks for future readers. It is true you can never really be truly anonymous when browsing the web from any computer, but you can take several steps to make your browsing difficult to track and to make sure information you want to keep private isn’t being shared. 

1. Use Tor

Tor

How Tor works - you’re connected to the web through a series of nodes, and each connection is encrypted.

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