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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.

bonjour service\mDSNResponder.exe (dont yet know what this does...

I don't know what ACDSee is using it for, but bonjour is a service discovery protocol that lets programs find services in a peer-to-peer setup on networks.  I'd guess that ACDSee uses it for some sort of media sharing on the local network.  Something like DLNA.

You might want to post a few words about what the script is supposed to do and what goes wrong.

Syncback touch sounds interesting, but very expensive if you're paying for it

I haven't tried the Syncback Touch feature for phone backups yet.  Keep in mind that each Syncback Pro or SE license includes 2 "Touch" connection licenses.

The add-on Touch license costs does seem expensive  - $35 for each additional device seems like a lot.

I see it's now (without discount) more expensive than Syncovery

The prices are similar (Syncback Pro shows as $5 less than Syncovery Professional edition for me - maybe that's different for a quote in something other than USD?), but one thing to keep in mind is that for home use Syncback's single license allows install on 5 machines.  Syncovery's single license allows install on multiple machines, but only for use one at a time and by only a single user.

I haven't used Syncovery.  I have used SyncbackPro for quite a while: the UI can be complex, but I've found that the software's functionality is great.  And once the backup jobs are set up you don't really have to navigate the complex UI.

Huh.  I didn't know that Underwriter Labs owned Futuremark.

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.

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