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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 16, 2014, 12:54:39 AM
It seems to be saying that if you have updated to 8.1, there is a 30-day time window in which you will need to upgrade to 8.1 Update 1, and if you don't, you will no longer be able to receive any updates including the all-important Update 1.  In other words, if you somehow miss the deadline, your 8.1 is and will always be dead to future updates.  Or did I err?

I agree that the various postings seem confusing. I believe that KB2919355 Update will continue to be offered for installation to Win 8.1 users via Windows Update.  If for some reason this doesn't occur for you, then you can download it manually by searching for KB2919355 at the download  center. For example, it is included in the April 2014 Update ISO:

  - http://www.microsoft.com/...oad/details.aspx?id=42520


2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft open-sources the .NET compiler on: April 15, 2014, 08:04:47 PM
Until we see the actual license it's released under - and precisely what code is being released - I'm going to reserve judgement.

It won't be as open as FOSS wants it to be to be 'open'.

You can see the projects that are part of this announcement here:

    http://www.dotnetfoundation.org/
   
At least some of these were already released as open source, such as the ASP.NET MVC project.

The few projects I looked at seem to be released under the Apache license.  So they look to be truly open source, not just "source available".


Maybe they're getting ready to lower the boom on Mono

Some of the projects that are part of this announcement were contributed by Xamarin, a company formed by Miguel De Icaza (the originator of the Mono project) to develop Mono, so I think that undermining Mono probably shouldn't be expected (at least not by this initiative).
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: invisible application to update a text file on ftp server on: April 06, 2014, 02:41:15 PM
"C:\Program Files" usually has permissions that don't allow non-admin users to write to files.  Try putting the output file somewhere else.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: April 1, 2014 on: April 01, 2014, 05:04:14 AM
http://blog.jetbrains.com...-is-intellij-idea-headed/
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft releases DOS and Word for Windows source code on: March 27, 2014, 03:34:29 PM
How is FreeDOS a commercial use? huh

FreeDOS itself might not be commercial, but it permits commercial use.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: March 24, 2014, 05:43:52 PM
It looks like the license change has been made.  If you purchase MBAM from here on out, for $25 you'll get a 1 year subscription to a 3 PC license.

However, if you feel like you really, really want a lifetime license, they've allocated 5000 of them for a last gasp sale.

You can go here until they run out ($25 per PC, lifetime license, no discounts that I'm aware of):

  - http://www.malwarebytes.org/eureka/
7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Free 9-month Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 (expires in about 40 hours) on: March 23, 2014, 12:20:05 AM
From a post on Wilders Security forum:

Free 9-month subscription to Bitdefender Internet Security 2014 (expires in about 40 hours)

  - http://www.bitdefender.com/media/html/softpedia/
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Unreal Engine now $20/mo + 5% royalties on: March 20, 2014, 04:23:54 PM
Personally I disagree with the idea of a subscription model. It's better to own your tools than to rent them. If you come up on hard financial times and can't pay rent on your tools, then you can't work to earn more money to pay for your tools. But that's just my opinion.

However, they clarify something related to this in their FAQ:

When you cancel your subscription, you won’t receive access to future releases of Unreal Engine 4, however your login will remain active, and you are free to continue using the versions of Unreal Engine 4 which you obtained as a subscriber under the terms of the EULA.

Unless there's something tricky in their EULA (and it sure seems like they're trying to be very transparent and above board), you can keep using whatever you most recently downloaded when your subscription was active.
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BitDefender Leap Year Sale - Any Product for $29 on: March 19, 2014, 10:01:10 AM
Leap year sale in a non-leap year?

A little bit of fun: "2014 decided to ignore Feb. 29th, but we didn't"
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What happens when Hollywood gets involved with a Kickstarter on: March 17, 2014, 07:35:30 PM
Does anybody here want to pretend they're surprised?

Well, those Kickstarter backers sure seem surprised. But I don't know if any of them are here on DC, though.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / OneNote is now free on: March 17, 2014, 04:41:56 PM
Today we’re excited to complete that story with three major developments:

OneNote for Mac is available for the first time and for free. With this, OneNote is now available on all the platforms you care about: PC, Mac, Windows tablets, Windows Phone, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Web. And they’re always in sync.

OneNote is now free everywhere including the Windows PC desktop and Mac version because we want everyone to be able to use it. Premium features are available to paid customers.

The OneNote service now provides a cloud API enabling any application to connect to it. This makes it easier than ever to capture ideas, information and inspirations from more applications and more places straight into OneNote, including:

  •    OneNote Clipper for saving web pages to OneNote
  •    me@onenote.com for emailing notes to OneNote
  •    Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone
  •    Sending blog and news articles to OneNote from Feedly, News360 and Weave
  •    Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat
  •    Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe
  •    Mobile document scanning to OneNote with Genius Scan and JotNot
  •    Having your physical notebooks scanned into OneNote with Mod Notebooks
  •    Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT

Go to www.onenote.com to get OneNote for free for your Mac, PC or other devices, and try out the new OneNote service connected experiences.

There is still a paid version of OneNote if you need such "premium features like SharePoint support, version history, Outlook integration and so on".

So, is this an Evernote-killer or is it too late or not enough for that?
12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: March 17, 2014, 01:46:28 AM
Note: the 20% discount code doesn't seem to work anymore. Or more accurately, the order form I get when I try to purchase MBAM pro today (16 Mar 2014) doesnt have a place to enter a coupon code.

However, the $10 discount link mentioned in the "Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses" thread does still seem to work and represents a 40% discount:

  -  https://store.malwarebytes.org/342/purl-arrrlp

I imagine that this discount link will no longer be valid once version 2.0 is released, but that's just a guess.


13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazarus 1.2 released on: March 17, 2014, 12:33:19 AM
If you want to do 64-bit programming with Lazarus 1.2, be sure to read the README.txt file(s) in the SourceForge download folder - there's important information in them regarding add-ons that may to be installed and remaining issues with SEH on 64-bit binaries that might be built with Lazarus 1.2.

Those README.txt files in the SourceForge download folders don't seem to get put on your local system by the installer package.
14  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 10:12:28 PM
Fixed smiley
Har har.  tongue
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 07:28:29 PM
Direct link to the offer page: https://sonelli.com/500k

Or you could click on the image in the OP  Wink

Sorry, sometimes I'm clueless - I didn't notice that the image was a clickable link.  I just saw the OzBargain link, and that the link to the deal on OzBargains's page was yet another indirect link...
16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 03:27:15 PM
Direct link to the offer page: https://sonelli.com/500k
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: March 14, 2014, 01:35:35 AM
Started discussing this about six months ago, here:  http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=36182.0

I missed that - I even searched for "jv16" before posting this and saw that thread, but I guess I stopped reading when I saw that the thread was about the odd request for monetary support to publish a report.  Looks like I should have kept scrolling down the page...
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: March 12, 2014, 10:40:04 PM
Macecraft has an Indiegogo fundraiser that has a target of $100K - if they meet the target, they have committed to releasing the source to jv16 Powertools under the GPL.  If the fundraiser meets some higher targets, they'll release under a more liberal open source license.

  - http://www.indiegogo.com/...powertools-as-open-source

I'm not sure what to think about this exactly.  Interesting, if nothing else.

I haven't been a fan of registry cleaners for a long while now (and I *think* that's what jv16 Powertools' main function is), but I guess a quality open source package would be a good thing.

If I correctly understand all the updates they've posted, a $10 pledge will get you a jv16 license immediately, so you can consider it a sale of sorts.

But be aware!  This crowdsource fundraiser will immediately charge you for a pledge, even if the goal is never met.  I'm not very experienced with these things, but it was my understanding that the usual rule was that pledges didn't get charged unless the goal was met.

At the moment, they stand at $37K of the $100K goal, with 11 days remaining.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: March 11, 2014, 02:51:47 PM
All I can say concretely is that MBAM significantly helped to remove some malware - Conduit Search Protect - that got onto my wife's machine.  Technically, Search Protect is a "potentially unwanted program", but it's malware in my eyes since it actively attempts to prevent being uninstalled.

It's possible that the real-time aspect provided by MBAM Pro wasn't necessary for this - note that Search Protect got on the machine while MBAM Pro was running.

As an aside, a recent evaluation of Webroot SecureAnywhere that I did showed that product was effective in blocking Search Protect from getting on the machine in the first place.  I hope to write up some of my findings of that evaluation sometime soon.
20  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GoG and Regional Pricing on: March 11, 2014, 11:26:27 AM
GOG has modified their plans regarding regional pricing in response to the large backlash:

  - http://www.gog.com/news/getting_back_to_our_roots

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: March 11, 2014, 12:56:46 AM
Just a bump in case there are any procrastinators. It looks like there are about 2 weeks left to purchase lifetime licenses:

We are nearing the completion of our beta test for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 2.0. Below please find the change log for the release candidate. If all goes well, this build will be going live in about 2 weeks.

(see first post of this thread for a link to a 40% discount)
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / WinPatrol $2 until Midnight (EST) 10 March 2014 on: March 10, 2014, 03:57:58 AM
About once a year I have a special sale that most people think is crazy and I swear I’ll never do it again. This month I have a good reason to try to have more people protected by WinPatrol.

For long weekend I’m making a one system lifetime upgrade license to WinPatrol PLUS available for $2.00. Our full family pack lifetime license normally $49.95 can also be purchased for $10.00.  Sale ends Monday night at midnight EST.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Death Notification Email Scam on: March 09, 2014, 06:39:20 PM
I've been getting similar phishing emails - and almost fell for the first one because it came within a day of me getting news that my aunt had passed away.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 05, 2014, 02:28:17 PM
Just to clarify - the 40% discount for Opus 9 -> 10 was available for more than 2 years after release, and it then dropped to 30%.

Thanks for coming to set those details straight.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Slickedit prevails againt patent troll on: March 05, 2014, 01:50:24 PM
It's nice to hear a story of someone successfully standing up against one of these extortion attempts:

In an unusual turn of events, after more than a year of litigation Uniloc USA, Inc. asked the Court to dismiss its own lawsuit against SlickEdit, Inc.  This came a week after the court held a three-hour Markman hearing on February 13, 2014 in which SlickEdit argued that Uniloc’s patent covered far less than what Uniloc was claiming.


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