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Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: June 11, 2018, 02:18 PM »
surprisingly Justin Timberlake

I thought I had seen him in several movies but it looks like just "Alpha Dog", which my recollection is that he did a really fine job there.  I also enjoy his comedic performances whenever he's on Saturday Night Live.  Anyway, while I'm not a fan of his music genre, I'm not surprised he would put in a good performance acting in a movie.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest Steam Giveaway
« on: June 07, 2018, 01:59 AM »
Thanks!  Not sure if I'll ever play them...

But you're sure to get your money's worth!

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: June 04, 2018, 07:05 PM »
Xenonauts is currently being given away as part of GOG's summer sale.

They're also hinting strongly that there's more to come:

Get Xenonauts FREE for keeps! Saving the world ain't simple, Xenonauts recaptures the original X-COM: UFO Defense gameplay for all its depth and complexity – a highly recommended play for curious fans of the X-COM reboots and series purists alike.

The Xenonauts giveaway lasts 48 hours until June 6, 1 PM UTC. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates – we're not saying more giveaways are coming, but we're definitely not saying they aren't.

And they've added a dozen or so games to GOG Connect.

FlexiPDF on offer "until Tuesday". Pro version for €27.95 here, not sure of the $ price

$27.95.  I had to use this URL:

If anyone else has problems seeing the offer, the coupon code is apparently "flexioffer".

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 24, 2018, 05:14 PM »
Hacknet Deluxe is free on Humble for another day and a half (until 26 May 2018 10:00am if my date/time ciphering is correct)


You get a DRM free download and a Steam key that has to be redeemed within about 2 weeks.

Skype has a US calling option with unlimited minutes for $3 per month.  However, it's not clear to me if this also provides you with a phone number so people can all you (called a "Skype Number") or if that's something you have to pay separately for. 

Disclaimer: I haven't used Skye in years, and Skype gives very little information about these features without having an account.

There are quite a few duplicate file finder programs out there designed to find files that are the same even though the names and/or time stamps are different.  I'd imagine that most of them would be able to report 'orphans' as well.

Unfortunately, I haven't used any of them in ages so I'm no position to suggest one, but I think googling for "duplicate file finder" would net you something worth trying.

Today I had a hard drive crash.. Not fun.

Weird coincidence - I had a similar drive crash earlier this week, The disc was largely usable, but apparently some bad areas had grown to the point where important files were becoming unreadable and programs started crashing.

I used robocopy to get a new disk set up that allowed me to get working again, but I didn't get a list of the problem files.  I wish I had known about unstoppable Copier.

One thing I don't understand is that the Windows Event log was mostly useless in figuring out what the problem was.  Nothing at all in the log until the very day that things got so bad I had to immediately replace the drive. Until then, the problem manifested mainly as browser crashes which are normal enough that it didn't occur to me the hard drive was the problem.  When it go to the point that I was sure there was a serious problem, all I saw in the event log were two ATAPI errors after I rebooted. I had rebooted thinking that maybe a reboot might be all that's needed to get the systme stable again, as is so often the case with Windows.

Anyway at least those two errors clued me in a little bit about what the problem was:

    event 11 atapi: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort2

But I had little idea which drive was \Device\Ide\IdePort2 - as far as I can tell, that doesn't match anything in Device manager or the properties for any of the drives in device manager.  I finally figured it out by trial and error, but it seems to me *something* should just tell you which disk \Device\Ide\IdePort2 is.

Anyway, if you ever see ATAPI event 11, take it seriously.

I use Spamihilator ( a freeware spam filter.  It' not actively developed as far as I know (last release was in 2014), but it works and I haven't run into any bugs so the lack of new releases isn't a problem.

It has some sort of training system/tool/mode, but I don't know much about it. It seems to identify spam pretty well out of the box, and all I have to do is whitelist emails and domains that get identified as spam that I actually want to get.

There's a chrome browser extension called hashpass:

That repository has links to some other implementations (Android, python, etc) in case you were using this or some variation on it.

Wow, my precaution was to move my hand nearer to the mute button on my keyboard before I clicked...

That's a novel antivirus technique!  ;D

Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins?
« on: March 03, 2018, 05:58 PM »
Anyone actually understand what's happening there?

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

Apparently even CSV files (!) can be vectors for an exploit: http://georgemauer.n...7/csv-injection.html

I find that having a Linux VM to open files I don't trust (Office docs, PDFs, etc) keeps my mind at ease.  VirtualBox is free and will work great for this.  It's not necessarily completely fool proof (I imagine that even OpenOffice could be have some vulnerability), but I figure it would sandbox things well enough.

Would the github alternative above accomplish more, or is it the same thing?

The github suggestion was just a simple way to get something like a single page website for free.

Regardless of the FUD, I think the technique is fascinating.  From the little I understand, the attack uses instructions that access inaccessible memory, but the instructions are "never executed" so they don't cause the program to crash. However the processor does "speculatively execute" the instructions so they affect the cache. And by observing the cache behavior the attacker can determine the contents of memory that the program is not permitted to access.


Living Room / Re: Whatsapp Desktop: can it do videocalls?
« on: January 07, 2018, 03:51 AM »
Try it and you tell us.

OP said he tried but couldn't figure out how.  I think he was wanting to know if he was missing something.

It's been a long while since I used Linkman.  It looks like there's a capability to export bookmarks using an HTML template; they provide 5 examples. Perhaps one of those (or a modification of one of those) can get your bookmarks exported to a webpage (website?) and you can drop that on some web server to access from anywhere.

An simple way to get a free webpage is to create a project on github or bitbucket and export the HTML as a Markdown-formatted file.  I think that github at least will also allow simple HTML in the

I'm not sure how well this would scale to 70MB/100K links though.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Vegas Pro Edit 14 $20 on Humble
« on: December 22, 2017, 05:53 PM »
Vegas 14 may be upgraded to version 15 for merely $199

Keep in mind that at the moment, Vegas Pro Edit 15 (the 'Edit' edition of Vegas Pro 14 is what is in the Humble Bundle deal) is offered for $150 until Dec 26:

  - http://www.vegascrea...m/us/vegas-pro-edit/

Found Deals and Discounts / Vegas Pro Edit 14 $20 on Humble
« on: December 14, 2017, 01:36 PM »
Humble has a new bundle that includes the Vegas Pro Edit 14 video editor in the $20 tier:


The bundle runs until Christmas day if I did my calendar math right.

I haven't used Vegas Pro because it's expensive and I don't do a lot with video editing, but it seems to have a good reputation.  It used to be owned by Sony but at some point last year it was acquired by Majix.  The SKU that's in the bundle is "Pro Edit" which is the less expensive of the three SKUs.  The other Vega SKUs are "Pro" and "Pro Suite" which appear to add things that are of little interest to me.

Vegas Pro is up to version 15 right now; I'm not sure what changes/features have been added between 14 & 15.  Vegas Pro Edit 15 is on sale for $150 right now on the official site; the normal price is $500 according to that page. (I don't know if this one of those "Oriental Rug" situations where something is perpetually on sale, or if it's an actual deal).

There's also a bunch of other stuff in the various tiers, but I'm only potentially interested in Vegas.

Anyway - if anyone has actual experience with this tool, I'd appreciate comments about whether this $20 deal might be worthwhile for someone like me who has only modest video editing needs. Right now I mostly just clip video snippets now and again.

Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff"
« on: December 07, 2017, 07:58 PM »
WTF fun fact #8202

...prove that the use of true facts...

I guess it's a sad reality of today's "alternative facts" world that someone might feel the need to explicitly label "facts" as true.

WTF fun fact #8210

in medieval years, an hour was divided into 4 puncta (quarter-hours), 10 minuta, or 40 momenta. So if you asked someone to "wait a moment", turns out that you really asked them to wait for about 90 seconds.

Even more interesting to me is that if you asked them to "wait a minute", it turns out that you really asked them to wait for 6 minutes.

General Software Discussion / Re: Notetaking software
« on: December 04, 2017, 04:28 PM »
While considering things mentioned in this thread, I came to realize that some editors that I hadn't tried in a while support Markdown along with projects much better than what I have been using.  This makes a "directory-tree-with-a-bunch-of-Markdown-files" much more usable as a knowlegebase/notetaking system.

I've been playing around with Visual Studio Code just a little bit, and I think I'm sold on it.  My barebones KB now has:

  - a project containing references to all the topics/notes
  - side-by-side (with synchronized scrolling) or toggled viewing of the markdown formatted for viewing
  - search across the whole KB
  - git integration

And VS Code is cross-platform, so I get all this on my  Linux boxes too.

The downside is that I have to learn a new editor (but I hear it's pretty good).  On the plus side I get my 100% portable, sync-able, and selfhost-able knowlegebase along with very usable editing and searching.

I hear that Atom has similar Markdown support (I haven't tried it though).

I'm kinda psyched.

General Software Discussion / Re: Notetaking software
« on: November 30, 2017, 11:08 PM »
I still mostly use Surfulater - I haven't tried the new online variant, Clibu, that Nev has come up with.  I have only loosely followed the development off and on. I know that there has been some commitment to allowing offline and/or self-hosted data, but I'm honestly not sure how far along that is.

Surfulater still works pretty well for my needs, but I really want it to be able to sync with remote databases so I can have my data at home and at work.  I think there might be workarounds using things like Dropbox, but I'm honestly not sure how well (and safely) that works.

I have been trying to put my newer notes into plain old Markdown formatted text files in a directory hierarchy and use github/bitbucket along with a git repository to handle syncing data between work and home.  I can use whatever grep-like tool to search.  This works, but it's as klunky as it sounds.  And, of course, it doesn't have any kind of web clipping other than what copy/paste to a text file will get you (ie: not much).  It has the major pluses of being 100% portable between Linux and Windows, the data is super easy to share, and it's completely free from obsolescence unless ASCII is ever not supported by computers.  Even if github goes down, I can switch over to whatever remote repository support git provides.

But it's not very pretty or integrated.  At all.  Fundamentally it's just a bunch of text tiles.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: November 30, 2017, 02:21 PM »
"The Bureau: XCOM Declassified" is Free (Steam key) on Humble for approximately the next 2 days


Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: November 27, 2017, 07:21 PM »
Junction (apparently also called Hostage)

This was a surprisingly good film, but fair warning: it's a dark film.  Not perfect by any means, but I thought the portrayal of the 4 meth addicts who were the main characters was really good. I thought the actors did a good job of showing the conflict their characters had (for the most part) about doing the right thing at each decision point, but weren't able to - sometimes because of the calling of their addiction but sometimes for other reasons.

It was a nice surprise that the involvement of the police in the movie didn't turn out to take the path that I was expecting the movie to take with it.

I wasn't a fan of the ending, but overall I was glad I watched the movie.  Even if it's not a movie that made me feel good.

I watched it a while back on Amazon. I'm not sure where else it's available.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2017
« on: November 27, 2017, 12:29 PM »
SyncBack Pro and SE 25% off.  Includes upgrades.

  - https://www.2brights...bermonday/index.html

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