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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: May 28, 2015, 03:39:05 PM

That's a pity.

Meanwhile, in the middle of some other discussion thread, an Anonymous Coward over on Slashdot posted that these projects also got affected by similar things:

"Other projects recently hijacked by SF include many Apache projects (Allura, Derby, Directory Studio, the Apache HTTP server, Hadoop, OpenOffice, Solr, and Subversion); Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, and FireFTP; Evolution and Open-Xchange; Drupal and WordPress; Eclipse, Aptana, Komodo, MonoDevelop, and NetBeans; VLC, Audacious, Banshee.fm, Helix, and Tomahawk media players; and many others."

Dropped there as an Info-Blob - I'm not all that interested in a detailed rundown. Just if this is the thing they are doing, via your note, it's an FYI level item to me.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: May 28, 2015, 01:16:14 PM

That's disturbing! Because it's "not about Gimp", it's about any account whatsoever being locked out in this manner. Last I knew, Sourceforge had a decent reputation, but this could really damage it if it proves not to be a 1-time thing!

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: May 28, 2015, 12:11:55 AM

Hmm. It doesn't seem to be in PaleMoon.

I set it on, in FF Dev Ed. I'll try to test it / get vague impressions.

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 11:08:45 PM
wraith808: Shame it isn't fully standard in the spec, but crumbs, you're right - the \Q...\E does indeed work to treat chars as literal, at least in Notepad++. Asking at SuperUser.com produced no response, and it was missing from practically all of the tutorials I saw from searching with Google, so I assumed it was impossible.

It's going to be a lot easier to create this hypothetical program than I anticipated, since I thought of the (now obvious) idea to use Regex as a middleman. My program simply becomes a sugary wrapper for Regex.

There's a couple of nice points there.

Asking at one forum (SuperUser) and checking the Tutorials is a "fair effort". So that's far beyond what usually gets derisively replied as "RTFM". Lucky that DC has some smart people!

Thmbsup

And next, from what I understand, making backbones and frameworks is hard. But there's a great need for little apps that borrow an existing backbone and make it friendly to people who are only middle-skilled users. Because then your "engine" is there - and you can add features a little easier because they can be explanatory / useful features, rather than trying to re-invent a wheel that isn't a wheel and getting your head wrapped into a pretzel on meta design issues!

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 06:09:09 PM

"Synology Note Station appears to be a proprietary multi-text and even multimedia (image, video and audio) scrapbooking and note-taking system which is locked-in to only run on Synology NAS devices."

Can you help us with a basic note? I don't even know what a Synology NAS device is!

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: May 24, 2015, 04:56:55 PM
I'm getting a message not compatible with my version of Pale Moon.

Try Resurrect Pages if the page you're visiting has died.
 (see attachment in previous post)

No, the server is there, but the addon is "not compatible" with my version of Firefox and won't install.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: May 23, 2015, 10:07:27 PM

I'm getting a message not compatible with my version of Pale Moon.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 09:41:47 PM
Maybe we could consider whether it might be useful and worthwhile pooling our collective knowledge of computerised project management tools and training in same, and documenting it somehow in this site?
However, I'm not sure whether - in that way - expanding the scope of purpose for this site would necessarily be a good idea.

I don't know either. That sounds like a ... project!
Sometimes the quick tips address specific little needs. You seem to be worried about scope creep on those, but I'm also not sure where the middle grounds are between "too many little disjointed tips" and "let's make a 50 page manual".

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 23, 2015, 06:54:41 PM
The key question here is: are the horrible fonts introduced in office 2013 (not cleartype, but whatever new B/W tech they are using now) the default for more apps in the OS? If so, I'm out. I'm only tolerating windows thanks to mactype, an ancient, unsuported app that fixes fonts for good.

Quick guess is even if they are, if it's just fonts, there could be a way to load your own fonts and then use a utility to make them default and global and stuff.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 06:53:43 PM
I find this kind of advice interesting, based on the small similarities I once encountered similar to his situation, but it depends if you get an incoming file already in project format and if his bosses need some kind of "killer feature" only available in MS - P.

Sure, but aside the killer feature scenario, software like RationalPlan can import/export MS Project file format.

Perfect crisp tip!

I wonder what that could have meant to me back in the day when I had my whatever-it-was assignment!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 23, 2015, 04:06:45 PM

Weird, the "meta scene" behind Win 10 feels different than most other releases since maybe Win2000 and Win XP.

It's a little confusing what it all "means".

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 01:11:32 PM
"If the objective is to end up with a Gantt chart to stick into someone's PowerPoint presentation, there might be other (lot more user-friendly) options out there and the end user may never know (or need to know) that it wasn't produced in MS Project.

I used RationalPlan some time ago, which I found a lot simpler and easier to use than MS Project (though not for presentational purposes but for actual project planning).

It seems to have got a bit more expensive since I bought it, but the Linux version is free. And there might be other free sofware (possibly even PPT add-ons) that can create a nice-looking Gantt chart."

I find this kind of advice interesting, based on the small similarities I once encountered similar to his situation, but it depends if you get an incoming file already in project format and if his bosses need some kind of "killer feature" only available in MS - P.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: May 22, 2015, 11:43:32 PM
Does doing a system restore to before make any sense?

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal about to claim rights in all IP sold/licensed using PayPal for payments on: May 21, 2015, 05:12:59 PM
Heh we really need to encourage some lawyer to be the In House DC Lawyer to settle stuff like this! : )

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 03:30:55 PM
This is very off-topic for this thread, but if you follow the source links, you'll see an interesting game of "Telephone" happening where the story gets further and further from the truth with each rewrite. By the time The Mary Sue got to it, it was already pretty distorted. (Also, what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?)

I dunno, I think it "threatens" to be on topic, (been watching too many chess lectures lately!), because a big chunk of Silly Humor comes from these telephone games.

And as for "what's with "news" outlets citing other "news" outlets as their only source?", that's how low budget low quality "news" works - something pops up on someone's radar, and they smash it out because Timelines Are King in the viral news age. And "someones" are getting past the old quasi effort in journalism to produce a legit story, somehow changing the culture, because ClickBait Works, and there's little or unfocused downside to not writing these things compared to a balanced story. So you get the 21st century rehash of the "quality sites get a smaller smarter audience", and the even more rabid hordes just like their clickbait because they can enjoy an hour exclaiming to their friends "would you believe this?!".

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 01:03:29 PM
I put the warning in to give fair warning. I didn't have any trouble with the page, but then I use 2 anti-virus programs and Sandboxie(Yes, one of them is Malwarebytes). But if you do clickthrough and get sucked into the Twilight Zone, don't blame me.

And I decided to look at it, and MS Sec E didn't say anything at all, and neither did PaleMoon's internal lists of pages.

But A-H, how do you use two AV programs? I thought those kinds of programs end up fighting each other.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 21, 2015, 12:29:32 PM

What was the child's name?
tellme

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 11:49:34 AM

Yeah, and when I'm not feeding the mammoths because I move at glacial ice age rates, I need a new AV too, to ditch MS Sec Essentials for.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 21, 2015, 11:46:06 AM
The blog.easydns.org has this post: (copied here for information/searching.)
Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation - blog.easydns.org
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Quote
May 20, 2015 Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015,

WHY THIS IS UNFORTUNATE
This means that as of June 23rd we will be subject to enforcing the new Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) which was enacted by ICANN earlier this year. All registrants of any domains under which easyDNS is directly accredited (.COM, .NET, .ORG .BIZ, and .INFO) will henceforth be subject to the WAP. (Note, all new GTLDs such as .website, .host and are handled through our OpenSRS Resellers tag and are thus already subject to the WAP).
...
IT IS IMPORTANT FOR ALL EASYDNS MEMBERS TO BE AWARE OF THE FOLLOWING:
After June 23, 2015 whenever one of your domains hits an event outlined above, you will be receiving an email notice from us asking you to "Click this link to verify your Whois data". Even though it looks like an obvious phishing attempt, it isn't.

THANK ICANN
You can thank ICANN for this policy, we because if it were up to us, and you tasked us with coming up with the most idiotic, damaging, phish-friendy, disaster prone policy that accomplishes less than nothing and is utterly pointless, I question whether we would have been able to pull it off at this level. We're simply out of our league here.

Computing is almost becoming "too hard for humans". So given some "mythical" consortium of the top 25 IT consultants in the world to consult, they ... create this policy. (I had a hard time picking the right word there. I sorta meant even if it has no name, they could do something like a request for feedback and just invite your choice of 25 top IT people in the world. Evil aside, Google's got a few, a couple of the AV companies, a few researchers, and a few people from private companies.)

The problem apparently seems to be that "Humans" includes politicians asking them to do something. Every time we see one of these kinds of things, I'm sure there's at least one smart properly trained lower level guy doing Facepalms and Facedesks. But their voices don't count.
mad

So what does this mean to little guys like me who own a random domain?



20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 21, 2015, 10:06:38 AM
Doesn't sound very Spartan... I wonder why? Then I read on:

But let's just suppose the engine is good.

The same way IE wandered into everything, can someone like Maxthon grab the engine minus all the MS marketing junk, and re-skin it?

21  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: CPU Smoothing? (Solved) on: May 18, 2015, 11:41:58 AM
I've got it and I'm trying it out. I'll have to observe it over time and see if I can report some results.

Edit:

I stuck both Pale Moon and Plugin Container on Force Below Normal Priority, and the other big offender, MsMpEng from MS Sec Essentials. So I'll let them sit there and see what results.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: May 18, 2015, 07:10:39 AM

Or just borrow the components of WMP and unite it with their new project. MS has this habit of referring back a lot of things to "needs WMP to run".

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch PDF printing on: May 18, 2015, 07:06:45 AM

Just so I better understand what has to be done, how many sets of *different* 67 page files have to be done this way?

To me, there has to be a script that just does "print, pages 105 ; print, pages 6 to page 13 ; print, pages 14 to page 21 ; print, pages 21 to 67".

Int other words, one (clunky?) way to do it is mimic doing it yourself manually. For example those "repeat action" macro programs would do it, and you just run it once per file.

But if you had a whole army of 67 page files to do this on, you'd need another step, some kind of loop to select each one, then do that above.

24  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: CPU Smoothing? (Solved) on: May 17, 2015, 07:45:12 PM
Can you give a couple of links just as a reminder more broadly what process tamer does and how it can affect applications? I'm wondering if you tame one (badly written?) process, it might free up partial cpu usage to make the rest of your computing experience bearable.

I think the two that come to mind for me are MsMEng or whatever, tied to Ms Sec Essentials, when it does whatever it does, especially at reboot when it wants to check everything. I'd like to slow that down.

The other is some combo of Flash and Plugin Container when I watch videos. I'm curious what taming will do to that, and if in fact there might be a point there is no loss of video quality (adware fighting adblock in the background?), and then again the overall computing might be bearable. "Your choice of a third case".

On topic for this thread - I'm not sure the exact setting but I'd put it maybe medium aggressive because it's always the same X things that really crush the cpu, so anything more than the 2 second spikes that web page scrolling does, should be picked up.

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 17, 2015, 07:35:39 PM
I'll recommend the excellent RAPTOR:

http://raptor.martincarlisle.com/

Minimal UI, but very powerful and will even 'run' your psuedo-program so you can see if the output is what you are expecting. I used it in my college programming courses & it was very useful.


What and how does it do that!?

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