Today at What’s On My PC – Google is retiring “cloud print” in 2020

November 22, 2019


Today’s Thoughts From Rick (Google is retiring “cloud print” in 2020): 

Do you use Google’s “Cloud Print” service that allows you to print a document to your printer from anywhere on the internet from any device?  I do; AND, get this, Google is dumping the widely used service at the end of 2020. Google announced that Cloud Print has been in beta since 2010 and it will no longer be supported as of December 31, 2020. They are recommending that users migrate to other options. Maybe it is time for “Cloud Print” to go away; but, Google has a running history of dumping services they create and this announcement just added to my “do not trust Google list”.


Today’s Tech News Briefs:

Qualcomm (QCOM) President Cristiano Amon claimed that the successor to the present-time 4G LTE wireless connectivity (known as “5G”) is about to be up and running in all major areas by 2020; T-Mobile said Thursday that hackers gained access to the personal information of some prepaid wireless customers, including their names, phone numbers, and account information; AND, Microsoft is touting Application Guard as a defense against Office 365 macro viruses; but, will it truly prevent viruses in Word, Excel or PowerPoint documents?


Today’s Software Pick:

TreeSize Free – Tells you where precious disk space has gone. Use the treemap to keep an eye on your disk space. Besides German and English, TreeSize Free can be installed in Chinese, Czech, Dutch, French, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Ukrainian.

Treemap (2D)


Today’s Android Pick:

EAS (Easy App Switcher) – A “What’s On My PC” top choice. This app allows you to switch to last, recent and favorite apps easily.

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Today’s “How To” Pick:

How Do I Reformat and Reinstall Windows?
by Leo A. Notenboom

Reformatting a machine and reinstalling everything to start over is typically a five-step process.

  1. Back Up

    Take an image of the existing machine, if possible. This saves all current content in case you want it later.

  2. Reformat the hard disk

    While “reformatting” refers to a specific operation, in this situation, it refers to any technique used to erase or overwrite everything on the hard disk.

  3. Reinstall Windows from scratch

    This typically means booting from a Windows setup disk and letting the setup program do its thing.

  4. Reinstall applications

    Windows on its own isn’t enough; you’ll want to reinstall additional software. We won’t cover that step here, since it varies dramatically depending on what applications you use.

  5. Recover your data

    You can do this either from the backup image we started with in Step 1, or from other sources, depending on how you organize your data.


Today’s Amazon Deal (don’t know how long this deal will last):

Get the Amazon Fire HD 10 (10.1″ 1080p full HD display, 32 GB) at $50 off the regular price. These are great tablets for the price…

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Using A Dedicated Gmail Account for Note-Keeping

I have been exploring the various note keeping applications (Google KeepZoho NotebookSimplenote, and Standard Notes ) and thought I had settled on Microsoft OneNote; then, the light bulb went off. Back in August 2019, I had posted an article I had composed titled, “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App“. Folks, what I posted in that article about using a separate Gmail account (from your normal email account) as a note-keeping and note-taking app really does work.

The key is: Use this separate account for note and document storage only; not for email. The most important thing in doing this is to use the tagging feature in Gmail to categorize your notes (see screenshot below). You can let your imagination fly by using all the powerful features associated with Gmail (especially the search function). In the end, I created a cross-platform note-keeping and note-taking app that works hand in hand with all the Google services, on all device platforms, with 15GB of storage; ALL, for FREE.  I even prettied up my creation with a theme (that is an option that is built into the Gmail platform). The real beauty is that I can send anything to this Gmail note-keeping account from my phone, my browser and from my main email; then, organize the content accordingly.

Screenshot of my
Gmail Note-Keeping App

Source: This article is an excerpt from Today at What’s On My PC – November 18, 2019

FREE Security and Privacy Software for Google Chrome

Google Chrome is an excellent browser (PRO); but, at the same time, it is a data collection software apparatus that reveals a lot about you (CON) through your browsing history (and other means). Google Chrome is also key when it comes to owning a Chromebook where the operating system is Google Chrome. What I have found that people do not understand all of this and do not know you can go into the settings in Google Chrome to clean out the history, cookies, etc… that are the tidbits of information that reveals where you have been on the internet. Going through these steps to clear out this data can also be a pain, even for the seasoned user.

The solution that I use, on my Windows computer and my Chromebook, to protect my privacy (and recommend) is a Chrome browser extension called “History Eraser“. Once installed, you simply click on the eraser icon, on the toolbar, then click on “Run Eraser”. It doesn’t get any easier than that and I can guarantee you will see a performance boost, especially if you have not done any browser cleaning in a very long time or at all. I usually run this following each browser session.

There are other settings in “History Eraser” to look at, as well. For example, I placed a “checkmark” next to “Close All Tabs Before Cleaning” to reduce the memory load and to ensure the cleaning process is accurately performed. You will also see “Easy-Medium-Hard” buttons at the bottom of the window. My advice for folks at home is to leave it at the default settings and you will be good to go. The more advanced buttons are more technical in nature and may only get you into trouble.

If you look at the screenshot above you will see that “History Eraser” (by the default settings), cleans out many items and will do it safely. I have been using this software (browser extension) for a very long time and it has worked well for me.

Source: HotCleaner – History Eraser

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Google Drawings – A FREE Web-Based Tool for Creating and Editing Images

There are many good “web-based” applications out there that do not get the credit they deserve. Google Drawings is one of those applications. I have tried many, many “web-based” applications for creating and editing images and I keep going back to Google Drawings.

Google Drawings is like the black sheep of the Google Docs family. It is there and no one sees it. What most people don’t know is that an image you create, with Google Drawings, can be embedded into Google Docs. Google Drawings has all of those hidden powers of a graphic editor, an image editor or a publisher. As a matter of fact, some of the tools, using the layers, remind me of MS-Publisher. I have used Google Docs to create images and backgrounds for blogging, cards, flowcharts, Facebook, etc…

The best way I found to learn how to use Google Drawings is to simply visit the site, start a new blank drawing and start exploring the various menus and start creating an abstract drawing or graphic. If you have some experience with graphic editors, a lot of what you see will make sense.

I am also finding that if you google templates for google drawings, you will find a boatload of templates for many purposes (or use Bing to do the same).

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How do I download ALL my Google Photos?

If you own an Android OS based smartphone, you most likely are using Google Photos to archive your photos (and videos) online (at Google Photos). Even though your photos are safely stored online, the question arises, “How do I download all my Google Photos?”. Here at “What’s On My PC” I decided to explore the process that is currently in place to do just that. There is a slight learning curve to this and will require some time; especially if you have years of photos and thousands of photos. For example, in my case, I had 26.6 GB of photo and video content stored at Google Photos that I am still working on. In my case, I had twenty-six 1GB files to download and that is not the end of it. Since I like keeping my photo library organized, I will have to explore extracting the photos and videos from the multiple folders that were included in the downloads. Once I complete this process, I plan to, on an annual basis, download a year worth’s of photos at a time to stay ahead of this.

If you decide you want to explore this, the first thing you need to do is to go to Google Takeout where all of your Google Data is stored. I bet you did not know you could download your Google Data??? Once you are on the site, slightly scroll down to and click on “Deselect all”. If you don’t do this, you will end up downloading not only your photos but all of your data. Continue reading “How do I download ALL my Google Photos?”

Google’s working on a new feature to speed up Chrome…

BGR reporting… As discovered by Ghacks, Google recently added a new feature to Chrome Canary that’s designed to further reduce the resource load from background tabs that are not currently in use. Chrome Canary, for those unaware, is a special version of Google Chrome that gives you access to features that are currently being tested by Google. It’s surprisingly stable and no experimental features are enabled automatically, so you don’t have to worry about any early features coming along and crashing your browser. In order to test new features, you have to enable them manually. Chrome Canary is a free download for anyone and everyone, and you can get it right here. With that out of the way, let’s check out this great new feature that Ghacks found.

Chrome Web Store Apps


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Google Maps Just Introduced a Controversial New Feature That Drivers Will Probably Love (But Police Will Utterly Hate) | Inc.com

I often drive the interstate in my area. This benefit being introduced by Google Maps will be of benefit when it comes to hazards and slowdowns. Speed Traps is not of my concern, due I typically set the cruise to stay within the means of the speed limit. I have found, as vehicles become more technologically advanced and safer, driver’s are taking more risks, such as exceeding the speed limit by at much as 15 to 20 mph….


This week, however, Google announced the next best thing: Starting immediately, drivers will be able to report hazards, slowdowns and speed traps right on Google Maps.

Read More @ Inc.com


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An Experiment of Sorts With Primary Domain Names

“What’s On My PC” is currently hosted at WordPress. Several months ago I purchased the domain name of whatsonmypc.net and set it has the primary domain. What I have been noticing is a decline in traffic since that time and realize it has to do with how Google is now seeing the site.  As an experiment of sorts, I have switched the primary domain back to whatsonmypc.wordpress.com. I want to see if there is any change in the traffic. You can still get to the site using whatsonmypc.net …

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

The is a good Google Chrome Browser Extension – Shortcuts for Google™

For those of you who use the Google Chrome browser, “Shortcuts for Google” is a good browser extension that will help increase your productivity.  This extension serves as a launcher (that can be customized) to display Google™ shortcuts as buttons in a space-saving popup next to your address bar. Reach services like Gmail, Google Drive, Google Maps, Google Calendar, and many more in just two clicks from your browser. The extension includes more than 500 Google services and websites. What sold me on this extension was not only the option to get to my favorite Google services but the option to create buttons to my favorite URL’s (or websites), like Facebook, my local newspaper, etc…

Source: Shortcuts for Google™ – Chrome Web Store


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Find The Best Prices And Places To Buy With The Redesigned Google Shopping

The redesigned Google Shopping experience is now available in the U.S. across mobile and desktop. With information from thousands of stores in one place, you can discover and compare millions of products, and find the best prices and places to buy online or from a store nearby. The new homepage is personalized so you see useful product suggestions, as well as sections that help you reorder common items or continue your shopping research. And when you’re ready to buy, you can choose to purchase online, at a nearby store, or directly from retailers on Google.
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Continue Reading @ Google Blog

Password Checkup Extension by Google

If your password for a non-Google website has been exposed, the Password Checkup extension can help let you know. That way, you can change your password for at-risk accounts to help secure them.

Password Checkup was built with privacy in mind. It never reports any identifying information about your accounts, passwords, or device.

Source #1: Google Chrome Store – Password Checkup Extension

Source #2: Google Account Help for Password Checkup Extension

How to Use Google Docs in Landscape | Tech Junkie

Google Docs is a powerful text editor. It is easy to use and has a pretty intuitive layout. It has many features and options routinely found in desktop word processors, which is pretty impressive considering it is a web-based app. The roster also includes the ability to change the page orientation. In this article, we’ll explore the Landscape side of Google Docs and take a closer look at other page setup options.

Page Setup Menu

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The “Dark Theme” Option Is Coming To Gmail (for Android and iOS) – Here is how to activate it…

Per a GSuite blog update, it may take a while (up to 15 days) before you see it on your device(s).

Below is how to enable dark mode in Android and iOS.

How to enable dark theme in Gmail on Android: 

  • To enable dark theme on Android 10:
    • In your Android Display system setting, set your device to Dark theme—Gmail will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • On Pixel, when Battery Saver is enabled, Gmail will default to Dark theme automatically.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

How to enable Dark theme in Gmail on iOS: 

  • For iOS 11 or 12, enable Dark theme by going to Settings > Dark Theme.
  • To enable dark theme on iOS 13, you can:
    • Set your device to dark theme in iOS Settings, and Gmail, by default, will automatically respect the system default setting.
    • Or, in Gmail go to Settings > Theme and select “Dark”.

Source: G Suite Updates Blog: Dark theme is coming to Gmail for Android and iOS


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Quick Tip: Four “Must Learn” Gmail Search Operators

I have been using Gmail since its’ inception and as a result, I literally have thousands of email that have accumulated in the account. Searching for a specific email in a sea of thousands of emails can be a daunting task. Many times I can simply enter the person’s name into the search box to find the email I am looking for; however, there are times where I need to use special search operators to quickly narrow down the result. This is where I have taught myself to use these four search operators to narrow down exactly what email I am looking for.

Specify the sender… 

from:
Example: from:amy

Specify a recipient…

to:
Example: to:david

Specify a recipient who received a copy…

cc:
bcc:
Example: cc:david

Words in the subject line…

subject:
Example: subject:dinner


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[Hot Tech News] Walmart and CVS now works with Google Photos to make on-demand prints

Google Photos, far and away the most used photo-sharing app, with over 1 billion users monthly, has partnered with CVS and Walmart to offer on-demand, in-store prints from the app. The 4×6 photo prints directly from Google Photos and will be available for same-day pick up at the stores, which have a combined 11,000 locations. Consumers order the prints from within the app, and the retailer gets the photo directly from Google. You’ll get a notification when they’re ready for pickup in the app itself.

Google Photo prints

Continue Reading @ USAToday


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Tech News: Google Maps finally gets a Street View layer on Android | Android Central

by BABU MOHAN @ Android Central

The latest stable release of the Google Maps app for Android adds a new Street View layer, making it easier for users to find areas where Street View is available. To access the Street View mode in Google Maps, simply tap the map layers FAB (floating action button) on the top-right corner of the screen. If you have the latest v10.23.4 of Google Maps installed on your phone, you will find the Street View layer option under the new “Explore” section.

Continue Reading @ Android Central


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Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App

Evernote, OneNote, and SimpleNote are the note-taking apps that we all hear about. I have accounts with all three and have used them extensively; however, I just cannot get settled with any of them. I initially started out with a free Evernote account; then, Evernote ended up limiting what you could and could not do. OneNote, great note-taking app; however, I was never completely satisfied with the app, due to its’ slowness (in loading and performing searches). Simplenote, which is text-based only (with some markup language) is ok if all you want to do is save text-based notes.

After using all three of these, I kept thinking, there has to be a better way. This is when I came up with the idea of creating and using a separate Gmail account from my personal Gmail account to specifically store notes, documents, etc. Continue reading “Quick Tip: How To Turn A Gmail Account Into A Powerful Note-Taking And Note-Keeping App”

Quick Tip: How to Copy a Google Keep Note Directly to Google Docs

by Spencer Depas @ Gadget Hacks

A nice side effect of moving a Keep note to Google Docs is that it makes the note easier to move to another platform. Once it’s saved as a Google Doc, you can export it as a Microsoft Word doc, a PDF, or even an ePUB. I’ve also found some situations where I wanted to de-clutter Google Keep, but I did not want to delete my potentially important note. In these cases, I will copy it to Google Docs and then delete the note on Google Keep.

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Quick Tip: How to search for text in your Google Photos pictures

by TechRepublic

A new Google Lens feature will allow Google Photos users to search for text in pictures and screenshots, Google Photos confirmed on Twitter Thursday. The feature could make it much easier to find things like business cards, Wi-Fi passwords that were saved in a photo, or receipts for expense reports and tax reporting purposes, our sister site ZDNet noted.

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Source: How to search for text in your Google Photos pictures – TechRepublic


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Google Search “The Wizard of Oz” For A Hidden Easter Egg

“There is no place like home”. Google is paying tribute to the 80th anniversary of the Wizard of Oz. Go to Google.com, type in “The Wizard of Oz” (or CLICK HERE) and look for a pair of red slippers. I found the slippers on the right side of the screen. Click on the red slippers and watch the turbulence begin. Once the turbulence is over, click on the tornado to return home.

Chrome Browser Extension: Worldwide Radio

Worldwide Radio

Source: Google Chrome Web Store

(Google Chrome Browser Extension)

Worldwide Radio is a favorite here at What’s On My PC…

Listen to live radio stations from around the world! Worldwide Radio – is more than 30,000 radio stations from around the world: USA, Russia, Poland, Ukraine, Belgium, Spain, Australia, Brazil, France, Italy, Canada, Mexico, Holland, etc. For more comfort, you can create your favorite lists of your favorite online radio stations.


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Here Are “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops”

Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols, at ZDNet makes a good argument with “Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops“.

I can honestly attest to being a Windows user all my time being associated with computers, until last year when I purchased my first Chromebook. Yes, Windows can be a powerhouse; but, there are so many negatives with Windows vs. the positives of a Chromebook that I came to the conclusion for home-based users, a Chromebook is all you really need.

Asus C302CA-DHM4 Chromebook Flip 12.5-Inch Touchscreen Convertible Chromebook, Intel Core M3, 4GB RAM, 64GB Flash Storage, All-Metal Body, USB Type C, Corning Gorilla Glass, Chrome OS

I encourage you to read Steven’s article to see the five reasons he listed. In his final closing summary to his article, he said this (for which I totally agree):

“If you want a laptop that does all the bread-and-butter internet and office work, get a Chromebook. If you have a friend or relative who needs a safer machine, give them a Chromebook. If you need a flexible system that can juggle Android, Linux, the web, and a bit of Windows, get a Chromebook. You’ll be glad you did.”

Source: ZDNet – Five reasons Chromebooks are better than Windows laptops


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A New Gmail Feature Will Soon Be Checking Your Grammar

According to an article posted by Taylor Kerns, at Android Police, “Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks” with a new built-in grammar checker (and enhanced spellcheck that will auto-correct spelling errors). The rollout of these features are scheduled in September for G Suite users; with no rollout date set at this time for regular Gmail account users at home (like you and me). For us at home, be patient, it will come; and, when it does this will be a welcome addition.

Source: Android Police – Gmail will soon let you know just how bad your grammar sucks


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Quick Tip: How To Add An Email Signature To Your Gmail

Create a Gmail signature

An email signature is text, like your contact information or a favorite quote, that’s automatically added at the end of Gmail messages as a footer. This text can be formatted and graphics can be added to really make the signature stand out.

Add or change a signature

You can put up to 10,000 characters in your signature.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings Settings and then Settings.
  3. In the “Signature” section, add your signature text in the box. If you want, you can format your message by adding an image or changing the text style.
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes

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Quick Tip: How To Make Your Google Calendar Go Full Screen

When using Google Calendar, I personally like the month view (like you would see on a wall calendar); however, that is a matter of preference. To make your calendar go to a full-screen view,, no matter what calendar view you prefer, you can collapse the left-side menu and the right-side panel. Reflected below are instructions to walk you through this:

On the top left side of the screen, click the three-line menu icon at the top to collapse the side menu. You can toggle open the side menu by clicking on the three-line menu.

On the bottom right side, click the small right-facing arrow to collapse the side panel. This panel lets you view your Google Keep Notes, Tasks and other services. You can toggle the side panel back open by clicking the left-facing arrow.

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Quick Tip: How To Print Google Calendar Descriptions

Recently I posted an article, “Quick Tip: Using Google Calendar As A Journal To Keep Track of Events In the Past” where you can use Google Calendar as a journal to document events by using the “description” feature in Google Calendar. The “description” feature allows you to write paragraph’s of text (with formatting options) to describe the event or what occurred on that day.

After posting that article, I decided I needed a way to periodically print out my journal or the event descriptions and found that it is quite easy. You do not need to be using Google Calendar as a journal, but writing descriptions (or details) about events on your calendar in the past will serve you in the future as a reference.

To print out a range of descriptions that you have added to your calendar, follow the steps below:

  • Open Google Calendar on your computer.
  • At top right click on the down arrow that shows you the various calendar views. Typically, on mine, I keep it on “month”, but your calendar may be set to something different.
  • Once you click on the “down arrow”, click on “Schedule”.

  • Once you are in the “Schedule” view, click on the “cog or gear” icon and select print.

  • At the “Print Preview” dialog screen, select your date range.
  • Place a “check mark” in the “print descriptions” box.
  • Click on “Print”

  • At the “Print” dialog screen, select the destination of where you want the printed result to end up. Many times I select, “Save to Google Drive” or “Save to PDF”.
  • Depending on your selection, click on “Save” or “Print” and voila’ that is it. You should now have a printed result with the descriptions you had added for past events.

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Quick Tip: Using Google Calendar As A Journal To Keep Track of Events In the Past

Typically, when using Google Calendar, we use the calendar to keep track of events that occur in the future and once those events pass, we no longer think about them. I started thinking, why not use Google Calendar to keep track of the events that occurred in the past and be able to add a detailed description of what occurred and/or what actions were taken. With Google Calendar this is absolutely possible and is a good way to document and describe what occurred during a past calendar event. As a matter of fact, I have even started (since I am now retired) using this idea and feature to create a journal using Google Calendar, to document my day.

Here is how this works (very simple)… Open Google Calendar and initiate adding an event to your calendar and you should see the following type of window. In that window, click on “More Options”.

After clicking on “More options”, you should see a window as depicted below where you can add various details for the event. At the very bottom, is where you can add a description with various types of formatting to get creative. Also, note I only added two lines of text. You are not limited to that and can type paragraphs if you want. When done, click on “Save” and that is it. You have now added a description to the event and can go back and edit the description at any time. You can even add attachments and links. As I mentioned, I now schedule an event and will go back to my calendar entry following the event to document what occurred.

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Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better | BGR

Android might be one of the two most important mobile operating systems right now, and the biggest one by market share, but it certainly won’t be around forever. That’s why Google is already working on a universal OS that would one day replace Android without users having to worry about it. Fuchsia, as it’s called for the time being, will run seamlessly on a variety of devices, regardless of screen size. It’ll deliver faster updates and better privacy features, according to some reports, and it’ll support Android apps as well as native Fuchsia apps.

Source: Google just took a strange step towards replacing Android with something better – BGR

Quick Tip: Learn To Google Search With Your Voice

You will need a microphone attached to your computer in order to take advantage of this overlooked “Google Search” feature. When performing a search, on your computer using Google, teach yourself to click on the microphone to dictate what you want to search for. You will soon find that this is much faster than typing and is fun to do.

 

Google can delete your account when you die. Here’s how | CNET

Think about all the photos you have stored that your family and friends would like to have — or personal account information that your beneficiary will need to know about in the event of your death. There may be important files that you have stored on your Google Drive that someone will need access to. For those reasons, it’s a good idea to take five minutes and let Google know what to do with your data.

Source: Google can delete your account when you die. Here’s how – CNET

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