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General Software Discussion / Re: Opera Browser being sold off
« on: February 19, 2016, 02:39 PM »
I suspect there are still a number of people still using Opera 12.17, perhaps even earlier versions.
A security update for 12.17 was released a few days and for now is probably ok to install.
Hopefully it will resolve many of the intermittent secure handshake problems I've been seeing for quite a while.

But I was wondering, if Opera accepts the offer, what this implies for 12.17/18.
Seems like it would it be possible for the new owners to feed malicious updates to 12.18.
I'm not referring to a binary update though as that can be controlled, but more to stuff the browser might be retrieving from Opera servers.

A tragedy for me though if the sale happens -12.17 is still my browser of choice.

I'll "dilute" the thread somewhat further.
Innuendo speak for yourself and a couple of million others (not that quantity counts for much - a number of fast food chains are evidence of that). As far as I'm concerned, its the very same demographic that you alluded to.

Opera 12.17 is still my main browser and I know there are still many other users - even of earlier versions like 12.14.
Its performance (Javascript aside) and fantastic usability (ESPECIALLY) make me cringe big time when I use other browsers.
I switch out of it only when I run into the occasional Presto rendering problem.
Yeah, problems happen but I have rendering (or other) problems with current releases of both Chrome and Firefox browser
implementations so nothing new there.

The team who developed Opera where IMO a little more talented than most of the devs who now work on the crud known as Chrome and Firefox (especially of late wrt Firefox).

Palemoon and Slimjet remains my other alternatives - but only when I have no alternative.

So, can the devs at Vivaldi pull it off?
I hope so, otherwise for me all hope is lost - especially with Palemoons somewhat uncertain future.
Opera failed, not in and of itself, but because of senior management failure.

General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for dial-up Internet Speeds?
« on: December 02, 2014, 08:02 PM »
I came across this today - it looks quite interesting.
HTTP Switchboard

Available for Opera Chromium.
Perhaps with Turbo mode enabled and some configuration with this extension, you'd could do some nifty browsing.

Also for Google Chrome.

Living Room / Re: SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack
« on: October 15, 2014, 07:11 PM »
Test your browser

(confirms Opera 12.17 suggestion works).

Living Room / Re: SSL broken, again, in POODLE attack
« on: October 15, 2014, 06:31 PM »
To fix your browser:
    • Opera: You are screwed too.
Perhaps for Chrome based opera?

But for Opera 12.17 or earlier, disabling  "Enable SSL 3"  in Preferences/Advanced/Security/Security Protocols should work.

If not, then it's time to switch permanently to a 2nd rate browser.

PS: Thanks for the Pale Moon tip

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Giveaway + 30% Discount
« on: August 29, 2014, 07:12 AM »
License received.
Thanks again for the generous offer.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Giveaway + 30% Discount
« on: August 29, 2014, 06:00 AM »
Hopefully, I can upgrade my version now.

Finished Programs / Re: RRunner
« on: May 21, 2014, 08:14 PM »
Try this .. I was able to download RRunner.exe

Edit: I didn't try run it though.

Steven, you might as well add a full copy of O&O DiskImage 6.8.44 to your collection.
You can pick up that n-1 version from here.

Includes Windows PE build media.

See for original product page and docs.

Article by PC World.

Edit: Just built the boot media.
Starts fine, but then I got a "Lic. could not be verified" pop up.
The boot media link was supplied in the registration email, so could be an ID10T problem on this end.
My earlier 6.8.1 version works just fine though.

Edit 2: Yes, it was ID10T - sort of. When running the PE build tool, there is half-baked grayed out looking icon to add the license code.

Just thought I'd pass on this article in case anyone is interested.
The blog post links to the Polish "CERTUM PCC – Certification Authority " but you can read the article to get the gist of it.

I was getting a copy of Rufus when I decided to read that blog.

Edit: Probably would have been better off in Developer's Corner, so move it there if so.

Perhaps UK's Kalender?
Does not match your required feature set exactly - especially point 2.
But it is somewhat minimalist.


Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: January 04, 2013, 09:58 PM »
Ok today I'm posting about a cheap gadget that I think everyone should have.
It's a battery-powered water leak detector.

(see attachment in previous post)

I have two of these guys, one in the bathroom and one under the kitchen sink.

You put them on the floor and if water ever gets underneath them they let out the most piercing beeps.

Now if you're lucky you'll never have one of these guys go off on you because of a real problem, and only because you accidentally spill some water.

But they provide me with significant peace of mind when i fill up the tub, etc., that if something goes wrong I will at least have a change at being alerted to it before it's too late.

The brand I use is Zircon: but have little reason to prefer one brand over another (these first alert ones also look good and are possibly easier to change batteries on).

Hope these work ... I'm about to put them into service.
Thanks for the tip Mouser.

If you get on these guys mailing list nothingbutsoftware, they often have Serif boxed software deals (as well as others) not listed on their web site.
PagePlus X5 for $6.95  - free shipping. (often $9-95)
Photo & Movie HD Suite (PhotoPlus X4 & MoviePlus X5) for $19-95

Living Room / Re: Inadvertent Social Engineering - It's that easy?!?
« on: November 29, 2012, 08:13 PM »
I debated about posting this, but I figured perhaps not too many have read the article.
Quite a bit about Social Engineering in it

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 24, 2012, 04:57 PM »
My milk frother.
Obviously not steam based.
Works as well (for me) as any $30 frother - last one lasted me 3 years until I dropped it on concrete.



Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 24, 2012, 04:13 PM »
Used a Moka Pot (Bialetti) for ages.

Am now using an Aeropress.


Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 24, 2012, 04:09 PM »
Not sure if this really "qualifies" as a gadget.

Blu-Tack Reusable Adhesive

Example use case.
You need a screw attached to a screwdriver for a difficult location (no magnetism, one handed etc).

I've used this stuff for decades, albeit by a different name though.

Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS
« on: November 24, 2012, 03:56 PM »
Ok, so I'm a tad less baffled. Emergency use is minuscule though.

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 17, 2012, 07:39 AM »
Well ewemoa, I have to say thanks for prompting me about the plastic issue.
So I'm retiring this kettle after many years of reliable service and moving on to stainless steel.

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 17, 2012, 06:40 AM »
As Renegade said, boiling is boiling - doesn't make one iota of difference whether stovestop or electric.
Many electric kettles also have specific temperature controls, besides the obvious one of switching off when reaching boiling point.
The "plastic" problem can be of concern, I can understand that.
I've been boiling water in them for 40 years but as you rightly mentioned, electric metal kettles are available.

My point really (which I didn't mention) was that many people in the US do not know that electric kettles for home use are even available.
I posted this gadget comment, as evidence of that fact came up in conversation again just yesterday.
Ten years or so ago, it was unusual to find more than one (if you were even that fortunate) in common discount stores.

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:58 PM »
If you're stuck in the past using a stovetop kettle

Try one of these!!

I'm really baffled as to why people still use non-electric kettles.

General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck?
« on: November 16, 2012, 09:51 PM »
Certainly a few more than I normally keep open.
This was/is Opera 12.11 RC1

1100 tabs

Data for you - Opera's just loaded a 1100 tab session (wide variety of tabs) with no issues at all. Memory nice and stable as expected at 8GB which isn't unreasonable for this size session, processor amazingly low at < 30% consistent during load, no anomalies in Opera:cpu (ECMA 5-6%; all others close to zero), Opera:Memdebug shows interesting but probably sensible figures (below**).

Quite a lot of NSL tabs but equally a lot of tabs opening without NSL so it's not universal. I'll update this aspect later, as well as watching for memory leaks (none obvious so far).

Opera is also COMPLETELY RESPONSIVE UNDER THIS HIGH LOAD, no slowdown at all. Might as well be using 20 tabs for all it shows. I need that for heavy duty work - Opera's always had raw speed and response, but has consistently been plagued by stability problems.

If anyone is planning to order Windows 8 Pro at the upgrade price of $39.99, you can get the DVD for the same price at Amazon until Oct 30.
Windows 8 Pro
Well, only if you don't mind spending the $30 promotional credit at Amazon.
Someone has to support it, right?

Living Room / Re: Remember to make full drive image backups
« on: October 14, 2012, 08:17 PM »
Beside Acronis TrueImage's problems a while ago, is there another one you had in mind?
Acronis was a case in point. But we're talking about relying on the integrity of a single multi-gigabyte file. I suspect many 100s of gigabytes for many people.
Not something I want to trust fully. I don't know how many of these tools are able to handle damaged clusters in an image file on a backup drive.

Extracting individual files from an image sounds like a good way to risk damaging the integrity of the image.
This was answered by Carol, but your question surprised me seeing that extraction is referring to just reading data from an image file.

Nevertheless, as long as you have your personal data backed up using any competent backup/sync tool, you can recover.
Unless your machine is old, you can't buy a restoration disk from the vendor to put the OS back and you don't know how to get around that.

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