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1  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: January 09, 2015, 09:35:05 AM
Hm.. wonder if AdGuard respects your privacy.

Would be nice if someone knowledgeable would do a packet sniffing/inspection to see if your information (web habits/email/ssl data etc.) is sent back to Adguard or not.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: April 30, 2014, 02:30:57 PM
Total Command
Ad Muncher
K-Lite Codec Pack (mega)
Office (2003)

Must have basics on any personal machines.

nm - read it wrong..  started to add others. Grin
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Does this exist - future low airfare alert? on: April 30, 2014, 12:30:56 PM
With airfare prices increasing yearly (or monthly depending on fuel speculation etc.) I was wonder if if a future date low airfare alert email or app exists out there.

Basically looking for something that will check a future travel date and time, on a daily/weekly/monthly basis as prices seem to fluctuate rapidly. 

My local airport use to offer something similar but a few years back they quit doing that.  Sad
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 29 - soooooo similar to Chrome on: April 30, 2014, 12:18:41 PM
As skwire mentions, Firefox 29 - Classic Theme Restorer is a must. Unless you like chrome like interface..

Took me awhile to set everything back (interface) to pre-FF 29 (update various plugins and settings).
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 29, 2014, 12:24:51 PM
And which finger used is up to you. Wink

Hah! Reading my mind...!  tongue
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 29, 2014, 11:26:52 AM
Finger friendly... can't speak for everyone but I am pretty sure that most people aren't going to be touching their (desktop) screens or laptop screens, especially in enterprise/business environment (since Megabytes does cater to that market as well).

UI is still huge and on a typical laptop 1366x768.. sure would be nice to have a "classic" mode/theme or whatever they call it now.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: April 22, 2014, 09:51:31 PM
Would say Eset ESS but it does require I would recommend a relatively modern cpu.

Any flavor/generation of i3/i5/i7 or even core 2 duo will work fine.

Wouldn't recommend anything lower than core 2 duo though because it will initially chug starting up with windows, but once started it's fine.

ESS v6 and v7 have been pretty zippy and stable.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: April 22, 2014, 09:26:17 PM
AVG!? - Heh surely you jest!?

No thanks. Long story short, they recommended white listing windows folder and signing all apps so that their heuristics wouldn't tag/kill/quarantine false positives.

The kicker.. their heuristics db/engine would "forget" that files xyz were safe and on later updates would tag/kill/quarantine files that were submitted to their engineers (they assured wouldn't get tagged by future updates). 5 Years of that BS was enough (stuck on contract).

AVG - Consumer version and enterprise version.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 22, 2014, 09:03:37 PM
Can anyone explain what's up with the HUGE and in your face clutter type interface in v2.0? Reminds me of spamware/adware clutter interface. Gah!

I can't be the only one that likes a simple clean and efficient layout. That and I miss seeing how much data is being transferred when you click update.. can't stand everything being hidden now. Did I mention that you can't just back up the registry settings?

wonder if it has something to do with fitting in with windows 8.x.x huge everything fashion...

k.. done ranting for the moment.  Grin


Support was a bit delayed but they were able to provide a way to back up settings and such, copy and save somewhere safe.

Location: c:\ProgramData\Malwarebytes\

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / HTTPS and PRISM Confusion on: November 24, 2013, 09:36:23 AM
Not sure how using HTTPS on every connection provides any security from NSA when the PRISM program pretty much allows direct access to servers.

I can see how it would help from casual hacking/snooping but if the offenders have direct access to the servers doesn't really matter if the connection is secure or not, right? wrong? tellme

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Must...stop...playing...that addictive game! on: July 11, 2013, 03:17:40 PM
I beat this one 4 times so far...     embarassed

Gah.... they keep on dropping!
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Bookmarks and Settings Sync? on: May 13, 2013, 08:53:45 PM
Thanks for the heads up, I vaguely remember reading that awhile back but was miffed that Firefox was forcing you to choose it's service only and not provide another external secure source method (https, webdav, sftp, etc.) to a location of your choosing.

Just miss not being able to sync my own data to my own device (pogoplug, or my own web server). Sad

I hope the external sync devs will someday start making compatible extensions again.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Firefox Bookmarks and Settings Sync? on: May 13, 2013, 01:23:55 PM
What happened to all the extensions (firefox) that would allow you to sync your bookmarks and settings to your own server?

It seems there are plenty of extensions that are happy to *host* and sync to their servers but are pretty vague on privacy.

Makes me wonder if  I am beating a dead horse especially after doing a few google searches.. grumble gumbrle..
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The 21 worst tech habits [PCWORLD] on: April 23, 2013, 08:01:36 AM
The 21 worst tech habits ...

My Favorite:

10. One account, multiple users

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Emperor's New Clothes Kickstarter on: March 10, 2013, 05:41:27 PM
umm.. WTF!?

Now where did I put my box for the Charity for One [Me]...
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Half of our users block ads. Now what?" on: March 10, 2013, 02:29:41 PM
My sentiments about "ads":

Quote from reddit user:
I'm not him but I'll be happy to list why its f*cked up..1.- A VERY large portion of the viruses out there end up through infected ads, block ads? Virus infections drop off the map. 2.- Destructoid does NOT sere the ads, like everybody else that pass it off to third parties. See #1 as to why that is a problem, it lets you pass the buck and you end up giving your users infections. 3.- The advertisers have gone from simple txt and jpgs to shitting out ads that take over the sound and maxes out the volume, its like inviting someone into your home and on the second or third visit they scream in your face..would you invite them back? 4.- They have taken ad revenues to the extreme, an article that would be 3 paragraphs is now shit all over a dozen pages...why should I care about you when you are trying to milk me for more revenue while making things worse for me?

I'll be happy to unblock a site if they ask nicely...IF they ONLY use txt ads, no risky Flash or Java ads, NO taking over my speakers, NO blasting commercials..they do that? I have NO problem with unblocking. The problem is all these sites are frankly lazy bastards that just want to make money without having to do the work so they just sell their ad space to any company that offers them cash without giving a f*ck if its ads are rude, if they assault our senses, hell they don't even seem to give a f*ck if they end up serving malware to their users, just as long as they get paid. Well I have to clean up their messes so f*ck them, I install adblock as SOP to ALL PCs that come through my door.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: upgrade to SSD on: March 05, 2013, 04:51:47 PM
From experience, windows loves a fresh install.

New computer/laptop?

If new then you might be better off doing a fresh install (check bios to set HD to AHCI) and install Win7.

Not sure if there is a painless way aside from creating an image and hope it will work properly (when restored back). I think Win7 has a built in image creation tool.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 05:44:41 PM
hm.. good thing I have license to use thinapp.. hello thinapp office2013!  Grin
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox CPU usage on: December 21, 2012, 12:38:52 PM
Interesting.. I recently had a similar problem, in my case the issue turned out to be that my "prefs.js" file in my firefox profile folder, had ballooned to 250+ MB. My assumption is that somehow it was corrupted. I restored a backed copy of it (150KB) and now Firefox is zippy again, no high cpu/mem usage.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: clever google: httpS <--ok ad blockers, you have your hands full now on: December 02, 2012, 08:49:09 PM
My guess as to why Ad muncher hasn't done it yet is possibly because ad muncher tries to remove (intercepts) any ad code before an application or browser can render the page, where as majority of the other ad blockers/removers allow the browser to download it the complete page then remove any ads.

My assumption is that once the page has been downloaded (http, https) then it is easy to remove any ads. Ad muncher (vaguely recall) works before the page is downloaded.

Still hoping that one day Ad muncher will some how figure out how to filter https or as a stop gap measure, fix it like the current batch of no ads apps/scripts etc.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pirate Software Dilemma on: December 02, 2012, 09:59:37 AM

I will attempt another strategy with Foxit, dowgrade rights. Hopefully they will allow me downgrade rights and provide me with their last version of PDF editor. The price better be cheaper since it is "obsolete" and non-supported software.


Yes, I am leaning towards obtaining the software from alternate means if Foxit is unable to provide a working solution.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / *Resolved* - Pirate Software Dilemma on: December 01, 2012, 10:03:14 PM

Long story short, Foxit email support wasn't very helpful so I decided to call their tech support and explained my situation. Even though the software was obsolete, they were kind enough to provide another key for the obsolete software since I owned the software and the update was a minor revision (my assumption).

Kudos to Foxit! Wonder if it because 'tis the season to share and be nice (Santa is watching) or was Foxit actually caring for their customers? Whatever the reason, I am glad things worked out and I didn't have to obtain it from other means.

First off, I do own a license for an older version of the software and have the means to purchase an "upgrade". I wish I could stay with the version I have but it doesn't supports newer pdfs made by various free pdf printers.

The problem is that the company no longer offers the version I want. They want you to purchase the "latest" version which isn't to my liking (bloated and no longer portable). They "upgraded" the version to an "Advanced" edition and no longer offer the basic.

Only pirate sites offer the older version (but newer than the one I own) of the software that I need.

The software in question is Foxit PDF Editor. It's a nice simple portable editor that allows me to do basic functions edit/deleting/modifying pdf pages.

What to do? Cry undecided
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 30, 2012, 08:30:24 PM
Remap Ctrl+Y key to act like Ctrl+Z?

ReMap keys W7

Haven't tested it but it looks promising.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 30, 2012, 06:45:51 PM
My favorite one is ctrl+z. Basically it's a an undo for last text block/word/selection.  Kiss
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / DOE wants 5X battery power boost in 5 years on: November 30, 2012, 06:41:14 PM
Interesting.. DOE wants 5x battery boost..

Even more interesting... wiki -Patent encumbrance of large automotive NiMH batteries
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