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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: August 26, 2015, 12:48:56 AM
Unfortunately for me, now I have some work to do seeing if I like Sumatra 3.x.

I think I'll be sticking with STDU for now.  Sumatra's tabs are nice, but they don't scale very well to 10 or more - it just keeps squeezing tabs onto a single row, making them smaller an smaller.  STDU will get to a point where it'll scroll them, and also has a window where all the tabs are listed.

STDU also has a nice "search all" feature that's missing from Sumatra.

On the other hand, I have several PDFs that use ligatures (mostly character combinations of "fi") and Sumatra handles copy/paste and searching of text that contains ligatures perfectly (by converting the ligatures to the equivalent ASCII characters). STDU doesn't do this conversion, so searches must contain the ligature character code and pastes of that text generally needs to be fixed up.

So I'll keep an eye on Sumatra.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: August 24, 2015, 02:46:27 PM
@mwb1100: I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, Sumatra v3.0 has tabs - "The biggest change in this version is addition of tabs, contributed by Stefan Stefanov." http://blog.kowalczyk.inf...matraPDF-30-released.html :-)

Once again my world-class laziness is exposed on the Internet for all to see.  I swear that as I was typing the message I thought, "I should check if Sumatra has tabs now", but then I thought: "eh, someone will let me know..."

Unfortunately for me, now I have some work to do seeing if I like Sumatra 3.x.

Thanks for the update!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: August 24, 2015, 02:07:39 PM
I used to use Sumatra for its browser integration, but have since relied on the Firefox jsPDF capability for that.

For stand-alone reading I use STDU for it's tabbed interface and lack of crapware loaded in it's installer.  I also get the sense that it's less likely to be vulnerable to an exploit, but I'm basing that mainly on the fact that it's not Adobe and that I'm pretty sure it doesn't support scripting (which i think is sometimes the vector for malware in PDFs).

If Sumatra supported a tabbed interface, I'd probably use that just by virtue of it being open source. Last time I looked, the Sumatra dev wasn't interested in adding tabbed viewing.
4  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Maintaining online privacy, security and anonymity. on: August 19, 2015, 06:01:59 PM
I use two different adblockers:

  - at home I use AdGuard, which I got on some lifetime license deal (similar to the one that seems to run perpetually on stacksocial now). No complaints.

  - at work I can't install AdGuard, so I replace the hosts file with one from   This works amazing well for such a simple solution.  It does have the slight drawback that occasionally web pages will have a few somewhat ugly "red 'X'" boxes for content that can't be found, but who cares?  Also, once every couple of months I click on a link that doesn't work because it was an affiliate link that got blocked by the hosts file.  That can be mildly annoying, but I usually decide that i can live without going to wherever the link was going to take me or I figure out a way to get there without the affiliate link via google.
5  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote 50% discount to August 31 on: August 19, 2015, 02:30:05 PM
I settled on Surfulater (SUL) long ago, and I like it very much.  there are two things that it doesn't do that I really, really miss:

  - spell checking
  - synchronization of databases across different machines (using either the network or a USB drive is fine)

I'm not looking forward to testing out a new note-taker app, especially since I think that the next version of SUL(the cloud-based "clibu") will probably be what I ultimately want.

Does anyone who currently uses RightNote (particularly if they have experience with SUL) think that I should take a closer look at RightNote?
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ultimate Zip 7.0 [free] on: August 18, 2015, 11:38:09 AM
I use PowerArchivevr, but mainly because I bought a license years ago and it's a lifetime license.  PA is a nice package of archiving, backup, and even ISO mounting tools, but the main thing that keeps me using it is it's ability to encrypt archives including the names of the files in the archive.

I think that that capability has been added to the newer zip standard (zipx?), but back when I started using it in PA, the standard for encrypting zip archives left the directory of the archive unencrypted.

The developer of PA has an active support forum and the updates keep coming, so if you're looking for an archiver with a lot of features and good support, I'd recommend it.  But I'd suggest living with 7zip for a while first before paying for anything,
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's up with WinPatrol? on: August 16, 2015, 01:40:16 PM
I know that BillP isn't the developer of WinPatrol anymore, but his Twitter feed talks about Google 'red-listing' his freeware (taskcatcher?) starting on August 10:

Google tells me "Yes, this site has hosted malicious software over the past 90 days. It infected 0 domain(s), including . "

He's not happy with Google/Chrome...
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Windows 10 a trojan? on: August 16, 2015, 12:30:08 AM
That may be true, but Delivery Optimization probably should be opt-in (like torrents are). For a corporate network, some sort of group policy should allow it to be easily configured.

Actually, most of the things Auerbach discussed should have been opt-in.

I haven't paid much attention to the Windows 10 release - is there anything compelling in Win 10 that might make me want to move off of Win7?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone running Firefox 40.0 stable release? on: August 12, 2015, 06:44:29 PM
If I check for update in FF 39.03 it says FF is up to date. shows no FF 40.0 stable.  But Snapfiles and Softpedia do.  It gets weirder all the time.

Edit:  Just checked Mozilla again.  Now it has 40.0 for download.  How can they get beat at their own game?  Seems pretty strange.  Check for update is still 40.0 unaware.

Since they have more than 100 million users, I would expect some staging of updates to occur.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for whiteboard photo cleanup software on: August 10, 2015, 07:38:00 PM
Did you ever try Kyle Burton's method?

I had seen that before, but my whiteboard photos are from work, and I don't feel comfortable sending them out to an email service for processing.  However, your post prompted me to test with with my example whiteboard photo and it did very well with it:


Kyle Burton has posted a link to the Gimp script that the email service uses (or at least used - I supposed it may have been tweeked since).  So I can try installing Gimp and running the script myself.  Since I know nothing about Gimp or Gimp scripting, this is a higher barrier to entry than I'd like (basically, install-and-run).  But it seems like something I should be able to get going, and once I do it should be as easy as anything else and possibly produce better results.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for whiteboard photo cleanup software on: August 10, 2015, 11:53:08 AM
Sorry for reviving this old thread, but I came across a one-liner script that uses the ImageMagick library to clean up whiteboard photos:


It's a bash script that uses the ImageMagick library and a straightforward conversion to a DOS batch file works on windows just fine.

[copy or print]
@rem here is the DOS/Windows version:
convert "%1" -morphology Convolve DoG:15,100,0 -negate -normalize -channel RBG -level 60%%,91%%,0.1 "%2"

It doesn't work nearly as well as the PhotoNote software, but it's free and PhotoNote is apparently no longer available (I'm really sorry that I didn't shell out the $50 when I could).

Here's how the ImageMagick script handled my example jpg:


It's done a better job with some other whiteboard photos I've used it on.
12  News and Reviews / Best Text Editor / Re: EmEditor Professional v13 New Features - EmEditor Free is back! on: August 07, 2015, 01:24:15 PM
I could set it to free mode only after searching out this set of instructions on EmEditor's website:
Or from the top most post here  Cool  cheesy

Too much work...  tongue

I would be fine if my post were deleted since it was sparked by a spammer.
13  News and Reviews / Best Text Editor / Re: EmEditor Professional v13 New Features - EmEditor Free is back! on: August 05, 2015, 02:31:55 PM
It seems there is no more free version now

According to EmEditor's website:

Starting with v13, EmEditor Free and EmEditor Professional use the same binary program. Running a single command switches Professional to Free, and vice versa. However, the Free version is available only for personal use.

I haven't tried this, so I'm not 100% sure it is still working, but I have no reason to believe the capability has been removed.

I have successfully set EmEditor 15.2.1 to Free mode. I must say the procedure was not easy to find in the program itself. I could set it to free mode only after searching out this set of instructions on EmEditor's website:

Download the normal EmEditor Professional/Free installer, install, and select All Commands on the Tools menu, select Help, and select Downgrade. (Alternatively, select Quick Launch (CTRL+Q) on the Tools menu, type “downgrade”, and press Enter twice.)
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security: Stagefright Vulnerability (Android) on: July 31, 2015, 02:20:09 PM
People still use MMS?

I'll admit that I have no idea.  I just press a icon when I want to send someone a message, type a few words in and press send.

I have no idea what technology might be used behind the scenes, and I don't really care to know. All I care about is that the message I send arrives on the phone of the user I sent it to.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AV testing: Is your antivirus app doing its job? on: July 23, 2015, 10:31:39 PM
I have/use Webroot and I like it.  It hasn't caused many as many problems as other AVs I've used in the past.  I wish it were part of the survey, but it's not. Webroot has blocked some "potentially unwanted programs" from being stealth-installed. And that makes me happy.

Webroot also claims that it can rollback changes that malware might have made; I haven't had a chance or reason to use this feature so I'm not sure how well it works.  They claim it can bail you out of a Cryptolocker-style ransomware attack. I hope I never have reason to need that.

I also use MBAM.  Now that MBAM has fixed their upgrade method so it doesn't require me to do it manually, it's essentially invisible except when I click on a link to a webpage it doesn't think is safe (which happens once every few months - not too often).  Or maybe it's Webroot that nicely blocks potentially malicious websites.

I also have AdGuard installed, and while it's not technically anti-malware, I believe that ads have become a significant attack vector for malware. So I think AdGuard is doubly nice: fewer annoying ads and probably helping avoid some malware.

All of these are lifetime licenses except Webroot, which I re-up every year by finding a coupon that lets me get a 1 year license for 5 machines for $30.

I have a lifetime license for Outpost Security Suite, and I believe that it's a very competent bit of software, but it seems geared to people who want fine-grained control and want to know everything that's coming in and out of the network.  I've grown to want my anti-malware to be more hands-off, so I don't have Outpost installed right now. But I'm not sorry I bought it; I got a lot of use out of the license already, and  I'll periodically check back with Outpost when I hear about major upgrades that might impact the user interface.
16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinToFlash Pro Sale 7USD on: July 20, 2015, 07:40:41 PM
No free updates or support though.

Another limitation is that the license expires:
The Giveaway license is only good up to December 31, 2015.

I would assume that bootable USB devices created would not expire though. You just won't be able to create new ones (or maybe the software reverts to the free version with ads?).
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is robocopy faster than Windows GUI to "Move" files between drives on: July 05, 2015, 10:08:32 PM
Maybe there's something I don't understand: why are you using the "move" command then using "robocopy /move"?

Robocopy works on directories by default, so instead of using the batch "for" command I think you can do what you want with a single robocopy command:

    robocopy /move /e "%from%" "%to%"

Also, I have heard good things about tools like teracopy, but I don't use such a program myself (I do use XYplorer, which works well enough for my needs).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Webassembly: Big four to develop binary format for the web on: June 20, 2015, 04:49:37 AM
So... they're reinventing Java?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: June 12, 2015, 08:56:16 AM
I'm not following the project - more importantly I didn't pay any money - but I don't get the sense that they're scamming. However, if they don't deliver because they found themselves in over their heads, then the end result to supporters is more or less the same.

Hopefully the product will be delivered, just later than promised.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Matchstick - A streaming stick using Firefox OS [Kickstarter] on: June 12, 2015, 12:46:01 AM
I see some comments in the KickStarter mention something about August, but I don't see any of the recent updates say anything about updates/shipments happening in August.

We’ll cut to the chase; Matchstick is not going to ship in February.

It’s been a very busy couple of months and we’ve had to make some hard decisions about how to move forward. We’ve decided to release the product when it is ready, and anticipate that to be in August 2015. Let us explain more.

21  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: June 10, 2015, 08:12:22 PM
Thanks for link. Not sure how I feel about trusting an "unknown" company to be a man-in-the-middle for ssl... seems a bit risky(?)

That is a concern that many people have.  However, to be able to strip ads, the unencrypted HTTP data needs to be examined.  The choices seem to be:

  - live with ads in https sessions
  - use a man-in-the-middle solution such as AdGuard
  - use an ad blocker that is a browser plug-in so that it can filter the data after the browser has decrypted it

I'm not sure of the relative security risks/benefits between the second and third options, but they seem to be somewhat similar to me (a decidedly non-expert in this area).  Maybe the third option has a smaller 'attack surface'? And I'm not sure that the trust level for a typical browser plug-in author/provider would necessarily be any higher than AdGuard's.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Newer password keepers/form-fillers - anyone using Dashlane or 1Password? on: June 04, 2015, 06:49:13 PM
I use SafeInCloud as a password keeper, but I have no idea how well it works as a form-filler since I don't use that capability.

What I like about it is that it has Windows and Android clients (as well as iOS and Chrome) and uses DropBox, Google Drive or OneDrive for synchronization so I don't have to rely on the SafeInCloud vendor for sync services.  I wish it supported SFTP so I could host the sync point myself, but having a choice among the supported offerings isn't too bad.
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerISO 6.0 (100% Discount) - CD/DVD image file processing tool on: June 01, 2015, 05:58:33 PM
I should have posted earlier, but I didn't have notes, just a vague memory of badness with PowerISO...

Then I should have Googled (but was too lazy).  Now that I have, I remember: PowerISO is bundled with Conduit, which is some rather nasty adware/pup/malware/whatever:

My brief encounter with Conduit makes me say it's plain and simply malware rather than just a "potentially unwanted program" (PUP).  That stuff messed up my wife's machine pretty good (though she got Conduit from something other than PowerISO).  MBAM was able to deal with cleaning up Conduit pretty well, and after some testing I found that Webroot was able to prevent it from getting on the machine in the first place. That's the main reason I switched to Webroot (from MSE on my wife's machine).

MSE didn't do squat to prevent or clean up Conduit.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 05:24:54 PM
As Ath said, GPS has nothing to do with the SIMs or the cell radios.  

What happens with a dual SIM that supports stand-by is that when you're not actively using the cell radio (is., you're not in a phone call), the phone is 'multiplexing' between the two SIMs.  It'll activate one SIM to allow a connection on that phone number, and if nothing's going on, it'll switch the connection to the other SIM.  It does this automatically, without you having to manually choose which SIM is active.

I don't know how often the switch is done, but it's fast/often enough that any incoming calls on either SIM just ring the phone.  Dual active SIM phones actually have two sets of cell radios, so using one SIM doesn't affect the connectivity of the other at all.

However, when you are actively in a phone call with a stand-by dual SIM, the other SIM is never activated.  I think that for most people this isn't really an issue - incoming calls on the other SIM will go to voicemail. Just like if you had a single SIM.  

It might be a problem if you want to conference calls across the SIMs.

The other area that I think where stand-by could be a problem is if you're like me and use one SIM for voice/text and the other for data.  In that situation you won't be able to use data while you are actively in a phone call.  Personally, this hasn't been a problem at all.  The only time I noticed that I didn't have data access during a phone call was when I tried doing it just to see if it worked or not.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 01:16:16 PM
Full active is pretty uncommon among dual-SIM phones, at least in my limited experience.  Are you sure you need full active?  My dual-SIM phone is standby, and I have had zero problems.  But then again, I'm not much of a yakker.

I also believe that 3GB of RAM is pretty uncommon in general for phones today.  I'd guess that a combination of 3GB with dual-SIM - whether standby or active - would be a rare bird.
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