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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Google is Killing Honest (Organic) Search on: July 20, 2013, 07:26:36 AM
I did find a nice short Google manual that helps a lot finding useful results.
Source: HackCollege.com  Thmbsup
Who got it from a.o. DumbLittleman

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Happy Coding  Cool
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worth Reading: Trevor Pott's editorial on NSA PRISM and its real ramifications on: July 20, 2013, 07:01:02 AM
I live in Europe, and I've been looking westwards many times.
Wandering how to make the move to the country of freedom and opportunities.
If I should try my luck in the USA.

I have visited the states in the meantime.
I have seen how people live there,
how the police acts, how people think.

Luckily, I was just the bystander... The happy tourist, who has a place to return to..... Outside the USA.
I turned out to have US colleagues, looking for ways to migrate to Europe .......... to get away from the US way of life, to bring their kids in safety.

Nowadays I look westwards in fear.
Scared by a police-state where there is no freedom no more, where human-rights have no value.
A state that is to scary to live in.

I did have US colleagues, who were looking for ways to migrate to Europe ..........

Shit, ohmy this will probably put me on the unwanted persons list .......

Despite that all,
Keep on coding
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: This week's episode of the suicide of Microsoft: Helping gov't exploit your pc on: July 20, 2013, 06:33:45 AM
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=33672.0

"On data storage and applications going cloud (Surfulater, Mindjet et al.)
« on: January 13, 2013, 06:35:34 AM »":

first post there, by "helmut85":
.........   
.....

4. It goe............      ........ in some European countries, it's now ILLEGAL to encrypt data, and this is then a wonderful world for such secret services: Either they get your data in full, or they even criminalize you or the responsible staff in your corporation. (Edit: France's legislation seems to have been somewhat lightened up instead of being further enforced as they had intended by 2011. Cf http://rechten.uvt.nl/koops/cryptolaw/cls2.htm#fr )"


Well, I do live in Europe. In The Netherlands that is.
I have never heard about a ban on encryption.
There has however been a change on this subject indeed, but in a different way.
In case criminals have been caught, they are now obliged to give their passwords on any encrypted data that is theirs.

For as far as companies goes,
I know out of experience that we were effected by the Japanese mother company, that was forced to encrypt by Japanese national law.
Japanese companies now have to encrypt their sensitive data by law.
This to prevent theft and/or abuse of data, and/or resulting liability.

As far as I know, European cloud storage is about the last few privacy save options left on the globe.
Although now Wuala has been taken over by La Cie that might be one down soon .
Altough I must say, I am using Wuala, and it does encrypt by default for each and every user !!
It encrypts before uploading, so no key in the cloud.
But anyway we still have more sites like e.g.
Cloudme
Storegate
Hidrive

Here you've got an impression on the cloud in the EU:
http://ccskguide.org/euro...-cloud-computing-concerns
or here:
http://gigaom.com/2012/09...now-about-cloud-in-europe

Happy (and safe) coding  Cool
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adblock Plus Letting Ads By on: July 20, 2013, 05:05:47 AM
As we all know,

Only the sun rises for free.

So, first thing that comes to mind when finding a nice looking piece of freeware,  smiley
BEFORE just hitting the "Install" button as everyone else does  embarassed
is, ask ourselves where does the author get his benefits.
If you can't find any plausible source, then you might consider not to install.

And of course, like in this case, RTFM before starting to accuse people.

RTFM  Angry, as CobbleHillGuy already explained Thmbsup in his post: (and now follow that link in there!!!, don't just read the text)
........ you can still block all of them, even the whitelisted ones, as explained here. .......
In case you don't know what RTFM means, Sad , well, that explains it all, doesn't it ?

And for as far as installation goes,
 take your time to read the conditions you agree to when installing. Even when it is boring !!
By the way, during installation, I have seen so many people just blindly click through the installation without realising what they accept in some of the pop-up screens, like a nice searchbar, or some other unwanted crap....
People often complain about stuff that was installed, where they have agreed to that in the first place !! , just didn't take the time to check what they agreed upon.
Take your time to make sure you are installing what you think you are installing.
That saves you so many unwanted surprises !!

Take some more time during your installations,
and you will be rewarded by the lack of many sorts of unwanted crap.
And in case you take RTFM serious as well, you will start to enjoy the installed software to the full on top of that.

Happy Coding  Cool
5  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: May 07, 2010, 02:26:19 PM
And ofcourse on Wiki:

Backup apps on Wikipedia

Greez,

Mohammed
6  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: May 07, 2010, 02:18:26 PM
Hello Ianb,

Sound to me that you'd rather be looking for a proper backup solution, rather than an Archiver.
Have you ever tried Areca? Thmbsup
This app does about what you describe here. It allows proper browsing of your backup archives, and also allows easy retreiving single files from an Archive, allows also retreiving older versions of a file.
Allows stacking of several jobs, allows picking single files or directories and adding those to a joblist.
Allows choise of total, incremental, or differential archiving.
Doesn't allow nested archives as far as I recall so quickly, needs confirming however. undecided
Although I must say that there is no need for nested archives when using this app.

I'd say, give it a try, allow it some getting used to as well (actually reading some manual material embarassed), since to have to figure out the user interface, which is only a bit strange first time use huh. After that it's as easy as can be. Cool

Greez,

Mohammed
7  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 21, 2010, 01:03:04 PM
And ofcourse, more important,

An overview on Archivers as well:
Archivers overview on Wiki
8  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 21, 2010, 01:01:28 PM
Just forgot to include one link:

File managers overview:
Filemanagers on Wiki
9  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 21, 2010, 12:58:29 PM
Hello IanB

You're right.
Izarc is an Archiver. It will allow you to browse in an archive.
The left pane here will show the tree with the archive itself as root directory.

If you want to browse outside the archive as well, you should look for a file manager.
Or for a combi of the both, then you should start looking at apps like:
- A43  Freeware  (can also be used portable)
- Explorer++  OpenSource  (portable app)
- Total Commander   Commercial product

Regarding comparing Izarc to Winrar, Winrar should better be better, since it is not free.
When making comparissons to other programms, one should compare with other freeware programs.
Under the freeware programs, I found it difficult to find a realy free program, which is also free for commercial use, like Izarc.
10  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 20, 2010, 02:18:34 PM
Hello IanB,

My biggest motivations for using Izarc were:
- Free, also for commercial use, since I use it on company PC's (WinRAR is ShareWare)
- "look and feel" simular to Winzip (which most users are familiar with)

I started to look for an alternative to Winzip because of the lack of LZH format in Winzip, (which is our company standard product, so our IT department doesn't want to invest in an additional archiver.....)
Our headoffice is located in Japan, where LZH is much used.
So I needed a free product that handles all.
That's how I ended up using IZarc. And was happy as well. smiley
11  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 19, 2010, 02:45:53 PM
Must still be said that the review does offer a good example of usefull detail level for a review.
It will be a tough job matching that.
12  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Re: Versions?? on: April 19, 2010, 02:44:47 PM
Well, if the Archiver review dates back to 2005,

It might be an idea to re-do the test, and see what the situation is by now.
For example, I have been using Izarc for a while now, and this program has come a long way in the last years. (as many others will have too.)
13  News and Reviews / Best Archive Tool / Versions?? on: April 19, 2010, 02:17:43 PM
Nice test,

However, what were the versions of the apps, used in this test??
And how long ago was the latest update? (is the app still maintained?)
Without that info, the test doesn't tell me to much.

14  News and Reviews / Icon Tools / IcoFX a good and free alternative on: March 31, 2010, 10:49:57 AM
A handy Icon editor:  IcoFX  Thmbsup

  http://icofx.ro  Freeware  smiley

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Feature list:
    * Support for Vista icons with PNG compression
    * Create icons for Windows 98 / ME / 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / Macintosh
    * Support for alpha channel (transparency)
    * Batch processing for handling multiple files
    * Built in resource editor for creating icon libraries or changing icons inside exe files
    * Zoom icons up to 10000% for increased precision
    * Import image dialog, for creating icons from images
    * Convert Macintosh icons to Windows icons and vice versa
    * Open, save, edit and convert Macintosh OS X icons
    * Extract Macintosh icons from resource files
    * Snapshot window for creating overviews of the icons
    * More than 40 built in effects, including Drop Shadow
    * Use custom filters to create your own customized effects
    * Multiple language support
    * Resolutions up to 256x256
    * Data types: 2, 16, 256, True Color, True Color + Alpha (optional dithering for 2, 16, 256 colors)
    * Extract icons (including Vista icons) from 32 bit exe and dll
    * Import / export images (transparency also) from bmp, jpg, gif, png, jp2
    * Many useful drawing tools like brush, line, rectangle and more
    * Transparent, Brighten/Darken, Blur/Sharpen tools for retouching
    * Create icon from an image with a single click
    * Adjust the contrast, brightness, hue, saturation, transparency and color balance of icons
    * Change the dimension of images
    * Images can be faded using the fadeout dialog
    * Increase / decrease the opacity of an image
    * Easy shadow handling
    * RGB and HSB color modes
    * History of recently opened files
    * Window menu for easy window switching
    * Possibility to store favorite colors
    * Capture image from the desktop
    * Grid for precision work
    * Side bar for easy image switching
    * File Explorer window for easy file browsing and importing
    * Full drag and drop support
    * Sizable preview window
    * Multiple undo
    * Blur the edge of the brush
    * Rotate the image at any angle
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone familiar with Oops!Backup? on: March 28, 2010, 07:33:31 AM
If you are looking for something that runs from USB stick,
Toucan is a great simple straight forward app  Thmbsup
http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/toucan 
Free software, opensource GPL  smiley
16  News and Reviews / Backup Guide / Don't forget a regular mydocuments backup on: March 27, 2010, 03:18:25 PM
Don't forget a regular mydocuments backup,

With "mydocuments" meaning to say, all your created work.

Greatest app for this:
   Areca    http://www.areca-backup.org   Freeware, opensource GPL
Does do delta and incremental backups, you can search within a backup, restore only 1 file from a backup, and and and . . . .

Another app for the more regular plain office user:
   Toucan   http://portableapps.com/apps/utilities/toucan   Freeware, opensource GPL
Is a portable app, though can also run from your PC, when copied there.

Best regards,

MohKraats
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