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I can no longer activate my Surfulater license and the developer hasn't been very helpful.

So Neville isn't resetting activations anymore?  That's bad news (and yet another lesson for all of us - me included -  about trusting server-based license activation).

I still use Surfulator, but I worry about getting stuck in the same situation that you're in.  Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that I've liked as a replacement - that might be because I haven't been looking very diligently.

What I have done is tried to put my new notes in a simple text file database that is organized using the file system (ie., directories).  The knowledge base is a git repository, so I can easily sync it between my machines, and I just use whatever search capability I have at hand (ie., xyplorer) to find things.

It's super klunky, and adding new information is much more difficult than Surfulator's capability for copying web pages.

The big disadvantages:

  - I don't get nice, easy replication of webpages, but often a copy/paste of the webpage text is good enough
  - I don't get a nice, easy to navigate listing (heirarchical or otherwiase). I could probably find something to help with this problem.
  - there's no real mobile access to my data

But I get these advantages:

  - I'll never be locked out of getting to my plain ascii data or updating it
  - I can use whatever cloud capability I want for syncing my data or making it available in the cloud (for example github or whatever git hosting service du jour replaces it)
  - I don't have to use the cloud if I don't want to

Unfortunately it's nowhere close to a feature rich replacement for Surfulator.  I still use Surfulator, and sometimes still add data to it.  But every time I do I also feel like I'm going to be sorry about that someday.  I wish SUL was still supported.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:48 AM »
Toonstruck free on GOG for the next 46 hours or so:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:12 PM »
Wow - That's a nice giveaway!  Thanks for the heads up!   :Thmbsup:

Interesting - I wonder if this exploit has been used in the wild?

The more significant impact of Check Point’s research may be the fallout created if other apps that bundle UNACEV2 suffer from similar traversal vulnerabilities.

I use PowerArchiver and it contains a UNACEV2.dll (though it's from 2007, not 2005).  I'll have to ask about this on their forum.  In the meantime I have removed the DLL.  The program seems to still run fine - I assume it only loads the DLL is it has to deal with an ACE archive. If you use any archiving utility it might not be a bad idea to check if that DLL is used.

Enpass has a similar set of features as SafeInCloud.  A couple things that it has over SafeInCloud are:

1) a Linux client
2) multiple vaults (which permits sharing a limited set of data with another person)

I have been using and am happy with SafeInCloud.

It's not open source, but there is no online subscription - online storage is your choice of DropBox, Google Drive, or a couple others.  You can also use your own WebDAV server if you want.  The mobile app versions are around $5 at whichever app store (with the occasional sale).  There are Windows and Mac desktop apps that are free.

However, I can't speak to its browser or automatic password fill-in integration (which it claims to have) as I have never tried those features.

You can try the Android or iOS app free for a couple weeks.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: January 24, 2019, 05:11 PM »
A steam key for Deponia - the Complete Journey is a free giveaway on Humble store until Jan 26 at 10am Pacific time.

You have to subscribe to their newsletter.

The key has to be redeemed by Jan 31.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:30 AM »
I agree with the Christmas Chronicles posts - pleasantly surprised.

Living Room / Re: Reviving an old luggable computer
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:01 PM »
I missed this thread the first time around - great stuff!

I'm not aware of any contemporary architectures that have a loadable microcode, though.

Intel processors certainly do.  For example, here's a KB article from Microsoft describing an update that contains microcode to fix a Spectre vulnerability: https://support.micr...el-microcode-updates

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:41 PM »
Soma is free for the next 35 hours or so:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:04 PM »
Humble Store is giving away Steam keys for Lego - the Hobbit

The giveaway goes until Dec 15 at 10am Pacific Time.

The Key has to be redeemed by Dec 20.

Found Deals and Discounts / Vegas Pro Edit 15 $25 on Humble
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:42 PM »
The $25 tier of the Humble Software Bundle: VEGAS Pro Even More Creative Freedom has Vegas Pro Edit 15.

The bundle is active until 25 Dec 2018

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 23, 2018, 12:44 PM »
Could you confirm that SyncBack Pro...

I'm no expert in symlinks and how backup software should (or should not) handle them.   I suggest you download the SyncBack trial and see if it works the way you're looking for.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:00 PM »
SyncBackPro and SyncBackSE 25% off through Monday, Nov 26: https://www.2brights...m/store/cybermonday/

    I've used SyncBackPro for a long time and like it a lot, but I think other backup utilities might be easier to use (and less flexible maybe).

A couple of things I don't use so can't comment on their value:

    SpyShelter Firewall or Premium 35% off with code BF18 until Nov 27:

    Cloudberry Backup for Desktop 50% off until Nov 28:

        - CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition BM (Windows?)
        - CloudBerry Backup for Mac
        - CloudBerry Backup for Linux

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: November 22, 2018, 10:31 PM »
Outcast - Second Contact is free for a little less than two days at this point

Also, Humble freebies are usually for Steam keys that you have to activate within some time period. Once it's been activated it stays in your Steam account forever.

For this game it looks like there's no Steam key, it's a DRM-free download that you have to download before November 29th. After that point the download link is inactivated and you're responsible for keeping/backing-up the game installer.  At least that's how I read the fine print.

So just keep in mind that this is a little different than other Humble free games and you'll be OK.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:01 AM »
VMware - Black Friday sale up to 35% off (including upgrades)... but:

Use coupon code BF2018 and get up to 45% off.  The coupon was supposed to expire on 11/19, but seems to still work today.  I'm not sure how much longer.

Also, the free VirtualBox is pretty darn good.  If your needs are met by that software, you can effectively get 100% off.

Lightworks has a free edition:
The installer is the same - features are enabled by the license installed. You need to register an account for the free version.

From the Installation and Activation Guide:

If you do not have a valid license for Lightworks, a renewable seven day license is issued to your system the first time you start Lightworks. You must have an active connection to the internet when you do this, otherwise the license will not be issued and you will be unable to use Lightworks until you do connect online.

When you start Lightworks, you will see a display in the Project Browser which counts down your free seven day trial period. Before the seven day period expires, you must register an account before you can continue using the free version of Lightworks.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 17, 2018, 08:46 PM »
then sew a running stitch around the edge with a strong beading thread

That's where you lost me.  Not only is sewing a 'running stitch' something I'd probably do a terrible job at, I don't even know what a "beading thread" is.

Looks like it was 50% off (at least Fallout 4), but that ended a day or two ago.

Living Room / Re: I'm getting married, wish me luck!
« on: October 14, 2018, 11:41 PM »
Congratulations! All the best to a beautiful couple!

Living Room / Re: Backup Power for USB device -- does it exist?
« on: September 28, 2018, 10:19 PM »
Glad it worked - to be honest I wasn't sure if when the computer booted up it would perform some initialization that would reset the USB hub and drop power on the ports for a moment.

Living Room / Re: Backup Power for USB device -- does it exist?
« on: September 25, 2018, 07:24 PM »
Would a powered hub do the trick?

    - RPi <--> powered hub <--> device

The Humble store has another free Steam code.  This time for a game called "Orwell".

Free for the next 24 hours or so.  The key must be redeemed by Sep 1.


Living Room / Re: Do Not Buy a Smartwatch Right Now
« on: August 14, 2018, 12:39 PM »
My watch isn't even smart enough to have a battery, much less a Snapdragon of any sort.  I have to wind it each morning.  All it does is tell me what time it is (+/- a minute or so), and what the date is.  And that's pretty much all I want my watch to do.

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