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1  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.
2  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?).
3  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).
4  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?
5  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.
6  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.

7  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.

8  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.
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 03:53:58 PM
They tell me 2 rules, tell me my password matches 2 of 3 rules, then tells me 4 rules must be met.

It said 2 of 3 character rules were met. The 4th is probably not a character rule.

Very likely these are the 4 rules:

  • at least 1 uppercase letter
  • at least 1 lowercase letter
  • at least 1 number
  • length (not sure what the requirement for this is)

While a password like Y0u would satisfy the first 3, it likely would not satisfy the 4th.

It looks like creating a password is a mini-game.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 12, 2015, 05:45:18 PM
it was taken over by a young guy

The thread I read indicates that it was more or less dumped on that guy with no notice - gorhill (the original developer) posted a comment to some commit thread saying essentially, "I'm done with this, can you take over the repo?".  Also, it seems like the new maintainer has been very willing to rectify any mistakes or issues that have been pointed out.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 09, 2015, 01:14:46 AM
I'm still confused, however.  I never installed ublock origin from what I remember.

The original developer of uBlock (gorhill) transferred control of the uBlock repo to the new project maintainer, but did not transfer the Chrome store version. See

As mentioned in that comment thread, gorhill intended from the start to fork uBlock, creating his own version which he would only work on for the few features he wanted.  Since he kept the Chrome store version, I assume that if that's where you installed your Chrome extension from, any updates gorhill made to it based on the uBlock Origin 'fork' would be installed into your browser whenever Chrome decided to pull the update from the store.

In other words:

  • gorhill published uBlock on the Chrome store
  • you installed uBlock from there
  • gorhill changed the software at that Chrome store extension site to be uBlock origin
  • your chrome browser updated your extension to uBlock origin
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Onion Omega on: May 05, 2015, 01:00:29 PM
My personal take on it was that they had more than enough Kickstarter support without me, and they promised to open-source their hardware designs.  I figure if it turns into something successful, there will be plenty of opportunities to buy Onion Omega devices and add-ons.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:01:08 PM
You might want to consider an email-to-FAX service.  I haven't used one myself (the last time I needed to FAX something, I was able to use the machine they still had at work, and the last time I bought/sold a home, we were able to do all document exchange via email or the web), but it seems like it might be a reasonable option to look into.

17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at on: May 05, 2015, 11:29:53 AM
Thing about these lifetime licenses is lifetime is how long the company will be in business and the length of time the product will be updated.  Look at AdMuncher, for instance. 

Yes that is true; that means when you purchase one of these you have to take into consideration the possibility that the company will cease to operate, renege on the deal, or even that you might decide to move on to some other software in the future.  $40 was small enough that I felt the risk was acceptable.

I did get some lifetime licenses on AdMuncher (on sale).  I'm not exactly sure if I got my 'money's worth', but I wouldn't say I'm upset.  I would be upset if they were still selling licenses, but devised some loophole such that my license wasn't eligible for updates.

On the whole, I'd say that across the set of lifetime licenses I've purchased, I'm happy with the value I've gotten.
18  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at on: May 03, 2015, 03:54:59 PM
I just bit and bought in.

I pulled the trigger as well. Uninstalled AdMuncher, installed AdGuard and my first few youtube tests were ad free.  My browser feels a bit snappier, too, but I'm thinking that might just be my imagination.
19  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at on: May 03, 2015, 11:51:11 AM
it intercepts HTTPS traffic.

This feature is particularly interesting as neither of my other two ad blockers (AdMuncher and AdBlock+) do this.  Youtube ads have become really annoying.

Right, but some people are concerned that it does this by replacing certificates so it can be a man-in-the-middle and that can be a security issue.  However, I think the bottom line is that if you want ads blocked in sites that use HTTPS, the blocker needs access to the stream, so that means either doing this or being a browser extension so it can have access after the stream is decrypted.  Either way you need to trust the blocking software with access to the https-protected data, so I think the remaining issue is whether or not the technique potentially opens the https-protected data to other entities (be it malware on your computer or something monitoring the network). I have no idea if that's the case with AdGuard.
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at on: May 03, 2015, 03:10:13 AM
AdGuard ( is being sold on a 'deal' site I haven't heard of before - StackSocial - in some sort of partnership with BitsDuJour.

A lifetime license to AdGuard Premium for 2 PCs and 2 Android devices is being sold for $40:

  - https://bitsdujour.stacks...ium-lifetime-subscription

This license normally sells for $90 on the AdGuard site (the StackSocial page claims it normally sells for $120).  My recollection is that AdGuard sold these Premium licenses in a way that you had to choose whether the license would be used on a PC or an Android device - not on both concurrently.  AdGuard may have changed that (or I may have misunderstood). Anyway, this sale is being pitched as you can install on 2 PCs *and* 2 Android devices.

I myself have not used AdGuard on either device type, but it seems to be generally well received in the several posts I've read about it here and on Wilders, though some have concerns about the way it intercepts HTTPS traffic.

The sale lasts for another 2 days.
21  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Packt is giving away a free ebook each day until 17 May 2015 on: May 03, 2015, 02:57:19 AM
Both your points are correct.  The account is the same as you would set up if you purchased an ebook on their site.  Once purchased, the ebook is made available in your account for download.  You can also read the book online from the account in some sort of browser-based reader, but as far as I know all of their ebooks are available for DRM-free download in PDF and other formats (such as ePub - I'm not sure if all formats are available for all books).

And yes - you have to visit the site each day to find out what the book is. I believe the new book is made available (and the previous one unavailable) at 4:00 PM Pacific time.  Kind of a drag, but oh well.

22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Packt is giving away a free ebook each day until 17 May 2015 on: May 02, 2015, 11:03:10 PM
Each day until 17 May 2015, Packt is giving away a free programming ebook.

I have found that the quality of Packt books varies greatly, but they sometimes cover stuff that no other publisher does (like using the Android NDK for native programs). And it's hard to argue with free - if the book is junk, then delete it.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS-DOS Player for Win32-x64 on: April 30, 2015, 10:04:06 AM
And source is available!  Maybe one day I'll get to poke around in it.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 06:42:47 PM
I learned a new word:

I doubt that I'll ever use it (or probably ever see it again).  Why couldn't she have said, "In 1977 Dalenius stated that statistical databases should have the following property: ..."
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft is releasing a cross-platform code editor on: April 29, 2015, 02:30:55 PM
The spying comment was just joking. 

It looks like this is a stand-alone version of the javascript based "Monaco" online editor that MS has been using on various websites for a while.  Not that I know anything about Monaco.

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