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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: Today at 12:26:42 AM
Ya know, computing in the 80's with everyone's first starter machine just wasn't this hard. "Company sold products. Consumers took their pick of five that they wanted. Then the deal was done".

Are you kidding me? Back then if you needed a patch for your OS or agame...or a device driver you were either on the phone paying Ma Bell out the butt for long-distance charges or you were on an online service like CompuServ paying $6/hour...at 300 baud!

Even then there was no guarantee what you downloaded was going to fix your problem. And if it didn't, you were still out the money.

Naw, not kidding at all. A better way to put it is that without these multiple semi-redundant blogs/services, news simply didn't get out at all. Our family treated each machine like a disposable commodity - it either did whatever it did or three years later the newer flashier one had it baked in. It was a far different "paradigm" from what is going on now.

Another way to put it is that as a family pretty heavily on the Mac track early on, we didn't know about complicated 30 day prerequisite timelines to 0.1 Update 1's to early OS's. They just did whatever they did. So update to System 7 - yay. Then by the time you cared about System 8 (and Apple's Dark Period) a new machine already gave you all that goodness.

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 15, 2014, 05:36:49 PM
Not clear to me - I presume you can still update to the prerequisite level after that date? If you can it is no different to pulling support for Windows XP SP1 after SP2 had been released a while. Just a mandatory free update to get future support which is business as usual for MS.

If you can't even get updates to take you to the prerequisite level to allow future updates then that is mad - there are plenty of Windows 8.1 machines on the shelves in shops that won't be at that level? And is the free upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 going to include the latest updates?

I dunno, some of you gang support clients and you are working too hard to figure this out. Pretty scary for "medium Joes" who are still grappling with the end of XP.

Ya know, computing in the 80's with everyone's first starter machine just wasn't this hard. "Company sold products. Consumers took their pick of five that they wanted. Then the deal was done".

I liked the simplicity of MS's screwup of Vista that Made WinXP and later Win7 the easy path to take. Now we both have to deal with Win8/Non-Metro's mess and another round of temporary destructible upgrade paths. It's just making the XP-Holdout option stronger until gawd help me Win9 ... is a win.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 14, 2014, 07:29:52 PM
Let's do some music silly.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TNRQVKjqKP0

Tell me the 30 seconds from the 2 Min mark doesn't just pwn you for an hour!

 Grin

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 14, 2014, 06:46:38 PM

(Name the pet something you remember)
Oh has nothing and related ever been so true!
5  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Folder Lock on: April 14, 2014, 06:40:30 PM
Hi, mahanaim, and welcome to the DonationCoder site.   smiley  As you can probably guess, with the way the Windows file system works, what you want is not an easy thing to do.  Typically, it's going to require a low-level file system driver and that's well outside of the realm of a simple AHK script.

However it feels like another one of those things you'd just think that in 14 years of XP history, someone else has just wanted that! I just don't know how to hone in on it efficiently though.

"Innovation" - when you think your obvious little tool just can't be that hard to do, but you fail to find out the obscure guy who did it exactly once before!

6  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Rusty's Real Deal Baseball: Most Effed Up Game Ever on: April 14, 2014, 06:36:39 PM
Heh. A couple of thoughts.

First something tells me one of our veterans has seen text versions of this kind of thing way back in the old days, maybe though without the raw dollar spend aspect, but in game currency.

On the sillier side:
"DonationCoder starts out by giving you programs for free. But then by asking, with a very soft timeline, once someone in the CodingSnack section has bailed out your bacon, then you choose to give money. Then because while repeats are welcome, only one donation is "officially encouraged", so that makes the programs all free again for a while!"
--> Mouser Pwns Nintendo by ten years, and besides games it's programs that really help you!
 Grin cheesy
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 14, 2014, 01:34:01 AM
Passwords, hmm? I never got motivated enough to get into those password vault programs - I just wanted the world to have at least a little simplicity. So I might just put a 1 onto the end of them all.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 12, 2014, 08:45:47 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/s...ed-cisco-juniper/7589759/

Reports coming in from unconfirmed sources that the NSA has been utilizing Heartbleed for years.

Of course, I have to say I totally saw this coming. This is the kind of massive security breach that would explain their uncanny ability to get into any system anywhere at any time. A simple exercise in spreading disinformation to seed people's trust in the affected library and cover up the flaw would allow them to preserve it for so many years unnoticed.

Which means that all those people concealing their activities using SSH, Tor, and proxies? Yeah. The NSA was way ahead of them.


Yeah, just last year we were talking about the Agencies "looking dumb". How many Cheshire Cat levels does it take!? Look Dumb/Be Smart/Look Dumber/Be Smarter...

So if all those Tor/proxy tips never mattered anyway, then I guess I saved myself a chunk of time "just being dumb"...

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 10, 2014, 09:41:44 PM
Ooh, right on time.

Slashdot's copy:

http://it.slashdot.org/st...ssl-was-an-honest-mistake

"The Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL wasn't placed there deliberately, according to the coder responsible for the mistake — despite suspicions from many that security services may have been behind it. OpenSSL logs show that German developer Robin Seggelmann introduced the bug into OpenSSL when working on the open-source project two and a half years ago, according to an Australian newspaper. The change was logged on New Year's Eve 2011. 'I was working on improving OpenSSL and submitted numerous bug fixes and added new features,' Seggelmann told the Sydney Morning Herald. 'In one of the new features, unfortunately, I missed validating a variable containing a length.' His work was reviewed, but the reviewer also missed the error, and it was included in the released version of OpenSSL."

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 10, 2014, 02:30:13 PM
I can't help but have my tinfoil hats out for this one though. This will be the first time that I have ever heard of Linux having a crippling security flaw that was not also found in Windows. And for it to exist in such a vital library that has been in use for such a long period of time, all I can say is NSA was here.

Checking the Wiki page now...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heartbleed_bug
"The vulnerability has existed since December 31, 2011, and the vulnerable code has been in widespread use since the release of OpenSSL version 1.0.1 on March 14, 2012"

So I'm lost, sometimes we joke about the Agency social media programs being rudimentary or whatever, but however this bug got in there, it took two years to find?! I thought there were like 50 geniuses scattered around the world who spend their days proofing out big ticket code. Different from bugs not getting fixed, if it wasn't even found for two years...

Ow. I think I cut myself shaving with Occam's Razor.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 10, 2014, 05:56:38 AM
Heh Crabby is on a roll!

 smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 10, 2014, 01:18:48 AM
I actually think Win 8 will be the last (ok maybe second to last) "for sale" as opposed to "for lease" OS Microsoft will do.
...
Sometime around (or shortly after) the release of Windows 9, the era of being able to "buy" a boxed version of a Microsoft OS (or probably any other MS software product) will come to a close.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Brave new world folks! Brave new world...

Well, I'm hoping it's "shortly after" because I want one last good Win OS to ride into the sunset with and I'm banking hard that it's Win 9. With Steve Ballmer gone I'm really putting my hopes into that new CEO. He's got a big ship that won't turn corners fast, but I'm hoping he goes more towards the basics. And yes MS absolutely can allow another OS to sit on people's comps for 12 years. They just have to get very narrow metrics right.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 05:32:18 PM
WinXP, the most successful OS of all time.  True?
To my mind, Windows XP's importance in history is on the level of the light bulb.

Or something. MS had nothing viable to offer for some eight years, so XP became "where it's at".
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Inverse filter for white windows on: April 09, 2014, 04:02:48 PM

I got pretty close even on Chrome with the combination of tricks I was talking about, but Chrome just blinks a white page before it remembers it's supposed to be using a theme. The best case I found was a Chrome theme called Hackervision but there are glitch spots.

Sorry!

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 06:50:35 AM
I haven't turned on my XP netbook for a couple of weeks, and now I'm wondering what the best thing to do is. Should I disable the automatic update the next time I turn it on or should I keep installing whatever updates have been or may still be released in the near future?

Quick guess (and prob part wrong!) is there are no "mainline" updates, so get whatever you can right up until today

Thanks, TaoPhoenix, but I heard someone mention a nag screen. Wasn't that included in yesterday's update? I'd prefer to avoid that one, if I can.


Turn off Automatic updates - there won't be any now since MS turned off the updates except for the malware/scareware nag screen.

If you use MSE you should be able to use the built in update regularly to keep it up to date (but don't expect software updates). Better option is to dump it and download something else - for once I would argue a full suite would be in order including a good firewall and learn how to use it.

Well Carol that's kinda why I was saying do it once. Depending on settings, I just got the last two updates this morning. But then yes, after that, sure.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 08, 2014, 07:38:22 PM

Somewhere in the middle of App's post and mine, that's why I suggested a "bicycle training" mentality. I am on here about twice a year looking for cute little slightly-above-snacks type apps. But if you cannot even handle one of my "easy" ones (and yes they have pitfalls!), then your basic goal to earn tons of money as a hotshot is kaput.

So I say to you:
A. Do a Snack in AHK.
B. Do a Lunch in your choice of languages. (And submit it to NANY under Mouser's newly easing rules!)

If you cannot do that, you are sunk.

17  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Inverse filter for white windows on: April 08, 2014, 07:07:10 PM
Ask yourself if you're so desperately in love with Chrome/Chome-Clones that you cannot fill your other important need in Firefox. (After all rumor is it they are moving more towards Chrome in UI!)

In the Browser Wars, back when I just stopped being a Newbie, I had to pick a browser, and for all its minor faults about memory usage etc, FF/related won hands down for being the most extendable for "rare" custom needs like yours.

The crux is there is a key setting in FF that you *uncheck* that says roughly "allow page to pick its colors". To me that seems the key #1 to what you need. Then Key #2 is that a "Windows theme" is pre-picked, but *you make your own and save it somewhere*. Just to avoid a wall of text, I'll stop there and stay simple and post some screen shots to suggest my idea.

In my quick test, at no time (With Caveats! Ask me about C&C!) when "all the horsepower is turned on" did a truly "white" page appear while loading, which paraphrasing a software engineering spec "is what I think the requirement was".

I DID find an example where these sites that use these nasty Javascript slides and pops can try to use light colors, but that's Level 2 that we can get into later. To stay simple, see if these fit your bill.
Then the point is you have TWO themes (or three!?) and when you "want to turn off the lights" you switch on "Dark" and when you can handle the white you switch it back.

My rough point is it sounds like your light needs are pretty serious so some of the eyecandy seriously drops off, but that can only make nothing but sense if you view a special form of a website that isn't what the designer thought about. But if the text is there, and the links work, then I think you might "settle for a draw".

In my rough concept:

DC
[attachthumb=#]

Slashdot
[attachthumb=#]

Chessbase (with a medium light popup)
[attachthumb=#]
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 06:36:50 PM
It may really more like:

Microsoft will continue to provide support for governments and large institutions to keep large numbers of XP systems safe from being reformatted and having Linux installed on them for the next few years until it gets its head out of its butt and makes Windows 8 look and work just like Windows 7 does.

Going in reverse order, that's what I'm really hoping the new CEO does.

Meanwhile if I ever saw a business opportunity, I'd just resell establish a channel to re-push the official updates for free vs page hit revenue!
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 06:34:43 PM
I haven't turned on my XP netbook for a couple of weeks, and now I'm wondering what the best thing to do is. Should I disable the automatic update the next time I turn it on or should I keep installing whatever updates have been or may still be released in the near future?

Quick guess (and prob part wrong!) is there are no "mainline" updates, so get whatever you can right up until today, plus check if MsSecEssentials is up to date, and do your Spring Cleaning on the year's worth of Malware, then park it again with a plan to be 10% more careful not to explore too far afield with plugins.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 06:29:23 PM
So... how long do they support a 12 year old operating system?  Does it matter that they don't support windows 95 anymore?  Or Windows ME?  Or... god forbid, Windows for Workgroups 3.11?

This one feels different to me. Vista didn't help so that XP became the only system back when vendors really had to define their businesses we see today, and we've seen a couple posts about "systems that can't change". (And The Economy is wrecking me so I *can't* change!) But I quasi felt then and sorta feel today that "computing was younger and exciting back then, but we also knew the lifespans were shorter where the hardware would push us first."

Fast forward, see my long post, with the correct money for quality spent, I built a comp like a tank and my *monitor* is going to die first! So to me the correct equation is more like "Microsoft is this huge behemoth. All they have to do is spend medium-few engineers just patching bugs, while the other 80% go towards building all their "fizzy new Windows 8 Metro/Modern disasters". In other words, quietly keep your "Geezer customers" happy and then see if you can *lure* them to your newest toy. But we're already seeing in some quarters that Win8 is *another* disaster. So they're using this tactic just to pressure customers. (Aka Oh look, why not Create Jobs and hire a few more bug-fixers while the rest of the team is working as hard as they can to alienate everyone?)

As I have posted elsewhere, I am hoping their new Engineering based CEO will really get in the trenches, listen to *all* the customers, then uncork a stunning new Windows 9 plus tweaks that makes the entire tech world sit up and go "Holy Cow, gawd forbid I actually *want* that!" Plus it gives us a couple more years of juicy hardware development, and then to me *that's* the sweet spot that creates sales. This End of Life approach is just jarring esp because the "emergency backup" OS is already one level back and MS has warned they "only support two" and they're trying to speed up their cycles.

21  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Inverse filter for white windows on: April 08, 2014, 06:16:54 PM

Regarding Windows themes: I already use an awesome dark theme for Windows 7 that I made. It's great. But the theme has little to do with this case. The theme has no effect on the page color in Chrome.

JoTo: I'm happy to find another fanatic of dark backgrounds smiley If you use Chrome, I recommend the Hacker Vision extension.

I still hope that someone could come up with a solution for me...

Heh I used to love Red on Black (I called it "Alien Computer") and Green on Black (The Matrix). But somewere along the line I "got boring" and went back to White...

I can tell almost when I switched because my first NANY had options for all those themes! (And "Commodore 64"!)

Okay, I'll look some more on this.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Expert (Short Comedy Sketch) on: April 08, 2014, 06:11:53 PM
Actually, there was a classic short story somewhere where a plot line involved alien geometry and I'm pretty sure the key phrase was very close to "three perfectly parallel lines intersecting at ninety degree angles to form a perfect square with seven triangular sides."

(Ah, I miss the "sorta old days" when reading short stories from the "Golden Age" was fun. Best guesses are Mimsy Were the Borogoves or And He Built a Crooked House.)

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 08, 2014, 06:02:21 PM
Slashdot reports a study which shows that even elite  musicians can't tell the difference between what-are-believed-to-be legendary hyper-expensive instruments and modern instruments:
That's nonsense.  

The only thing this study shows is that a certain sample of violinists liked some modern instruments better than some older ones.  It doesn't mean they can't tell the difference, or that new instruments are better or the same as old ones, or vice versa. Nor does it mean that every study along these lines would show the same thing.

Before jumping to conclusions, it should be noted that the person responsible for the experiment, and the publicity surrounding it, happens to be a violin maker who stands to profit from the notion that his instruments may be just as good as any made by Stradivarius or Guarneri del Gesu.


Well, I agree this study is quite limited and the flaws were pointed out in the review article. The key sentence in the whole thing is "when it came to telling old violins from new, the soloists did no better than if they had simply guessed".

So everyone agrees they could tell "#1 is not the same as #5", they just had trouble telling which of #1 and #5 was the old one and which was the new one. It's a very limited result and exactly the kind that gets mis-handled in the media! I would have done the headline as "they thought the new ones were just as good as the old ones and once in a while even better." (The other key item in the blog above was that there were suspicions that one of the Statavarius ones was not in absolute champion level tip top shape and for whatever reasons a lot of the musicians didn't like it.)

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 02:35:40 PM
I really enjoy pairing off Slashdot and DC. DC's Signal-to-Noise is way better, but Slashdot gets the volume and one fun "little hobby" (call out to xkcd!) is to "commission" something by hitting a really fast but decent little post way at the top of the chain before the snarks bog it down. This is this month's gem:

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Re:Fascinating release date timing (Score:5, Funny)
by MightyMartian (840721) Friend of a Friend on 01:44 PM April 8th, 2014 (#46696105) Journal

A long long time ago,
I can still remember how that NT kernel made me smile.
And I knew that if I had my chance,
I'd write a helluva lot cool VB 6 apps.
And maybe my manager would be happy for a while.

But April made me shiver,
With each Win 8 PC I'd deliver.
Bad news in the staffroom steps.
And I couldn't take one more step.

I can't remember if I cried,
When I read about some XP user heaved a sigh.
But something touched me deep inside.
The day Windows XP died.

So bye bye Windows XP has died.
Rode my Segway to the to the levy,
But the levy was dry.
And good ol' sysadmins were drinking coffee and Sprite,
Singing "This is the day Windows XP has died,
This is the day Windows XP has died."

 Grin cheesy
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 02:33:29 PM
@Tao - I tend to avoid suites and just install what I need. That said I've used BitDefender AV and found it to be a very capable. YMMV. However, I have several clients with organization-wide deployments of BD that feel the same way about it.  And they all have sufficient budgets that cost wasn't a significant factor in making their final selection.

Fair enough!

So I'll probably go work on that coupon before it runs out to buy myself time. It would be nice to get a chip-in from a couple others though, just for perspective.

EDIT: I'm "skimming not reading" per another recent Slashdot post. So I didn't look at the date. So okay, I'll go look for those review articles. One of the ones mentioned with the unusual heuristic algorithm caught my eye as being interesting.

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