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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: List your (wireless) router and experiences on: April 19, 2012, 03:42:00 PM
I bought a "Cisco Linksys E1200 Refurbished Wireless-N Wi-Fi Router with 4-Port Switch" for thirty bucks to replace a WRT54GL.

Speed now shows up as 72 Mbps, versus 54 Mbps before.  We commonly have three computers browsing and Pandora streaming on the TV.  Streaming videos from Amazon works great.  I haven't had any problems at all.

I'm not a router techie, just reporting what I've experienced.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CamelCamelCamel: Nice Amazon Price Watcher on: April 14, 2012, 01:00:05 PM
I like it!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: best WYSIWYG html editor on: April 03, 2012, 09:24:10 PM
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I settled for WYSIWYG Web Builder.

Not only is the software excellent, but the developer gives top-notch support (he apparently never sleeps).  The forum is quite active and full of helpful users.  Free updates appear regularly and a new major version seems to show up about once a year, at half-price for current license holders..
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool Video: News report from 1981 about the Internet. on: March 27, 2012, 03:28:29 PM
Is that what's called the "vision thing"?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Whats your preferred web browser? on: March 25, 2012, 07:32:38 PM
I've managed to stick with Firefox 3.6, and am still liking it quite a lot.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: best WYSIWYG html editor on: March 25, 2012, 07:19:19 PM
I highly recommend this one.

http://www.wysiwygwebbuilder.com/
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your experiences with payment providers? on: March 25, 2012, 01:11:42 PM
I've used FastSpring for 2+ years now.  When I signed up they offered, at no charge, to customize the payment screen to make it look more like my web pages.  They were also willing to do some free tailoring of the customer notification email.  They have handled all taxes and currency conversions.  Their service has been fast and reliable.

Customer service is responsive and I've never had unpleasant surprises that I could attribute to FastSpring.

There are two pricing plans - one is a straight 8.9%, the other is 5.9% plus ninety five cents.

I like 'em.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PDFZilla free for 20 days - Ends 14 March 2012 on: February 23, 2012, 09:19:34 AM
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And what happens if your system goes ka-boom & you have to reinstall your OS?

Make an image of your Windows partition once a week - takes twenty minutes.  I've used Windows for close to twenty years and have never reinstalled from scratch, but images have saved my butt half a dozen times.
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AVG Anti-Virus 2012 - till 7PM EST Friday 2-17-2012 (today) -- $3.95 on: February 19, 2012, 06:24:04 AM
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Avast is a mess. It has pretty good detection rates, but causes a lot of compatibility issues with other programs.

I've used avast! for six or seven years with no major complaints.  What specific problems have you seen?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Spartan Clipboard: Giveaway on: January 01, 2012, 07:21:08 PM
Looks like it might have developed from the old Classic Clipboard program, which at one time met my needs very well.  My wife still uses it.

[attach]
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: December 13, 2011, 10:38:45 AM
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that would have been a nice "thank you.

Agreed.  If everybody chipped in a little, maybe they could turn the ads off.  They're a pretty recent thing.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: December 13, 2011, 10:10:59 AM
Thinking about good ways to stop the Wikipedia ads inspired me to send them twenty bucks.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AdBlock Plus To Not Block All Ads on: December 12, 2011, 06:31:41 PM
This says you can opt out.

http://dottech.org/freewa...ceptable-ads-on-websites/
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Quietly brilliant piece of technology - the NEST thermostat on: December 08, 2011, 01:35:19 PM
You share or have shared a living space with a female and still think the Nest can learn to keep things comfortable for all?

Let us know how it works out.  Something that would do that is every man's dream.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Quietly brilliant piece of technology - the NEST thermostat on: December 08, 2011, 11:13:50 AM
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Which is nice assuming you aren't having thermostat wars

You got that right.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: FUNNY~! Drinking Water DOES NOT Hydrate! on: November 20, 2011, 09:59:45 PM
Maybe the manufacturers should be required to include a line stating that drinking large amounts of water in a short period of time can result in death (which is true).
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Xara Xtreme 5 -- Magix Photo & Graphic Designer 5 FREE on: November 09, 2011, 05:50:09 AM
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So I don't trust that you unsubscribed the right way™

You're undoubtedly correct.
18  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Xara Xtreme 5 -- Magix Photo & Graphic Designer 5 FREE on: November 08, 2011, 06:08:36 PM
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They added me to their junkmail list and would not unsubscribe me no matter what I did.

Same thing happened to me.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... someone using CAD software on: September 27, 2011, 07:33:41 AM
Solid Edge 2D is professional-quality and free.

http://www.plm.automation...JrSrbi3vasCFZAs7Aodhyd2xQ
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: G-Code to Carvewright File Converter on: September 17, 2011, 06:01:20 PM
I was a CNC programmer for twenty-five years.  I'd be happy to take a look at the g-code and corresponding Carvewright files, but don't have time to take on a major project.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. East coast quake - Everybody OK? on: August 24, 2011, 11:18:23 AM
Some interesting statistics about frequency of earthquake occurrence around the world.

Apparently there are about four quakes a day of magnitude five or greater.  And, those are the ones they know about.


http://earthquake.usgs.go...archives/year/eqstats.php
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: U.S. East coast quake - Everybody OK? on: August 24, 2011, 07:37:47 AM
Spartanburg, South Carolina - my house did some very mild swaying, all three open laptop lids flapped a little bit.

It was a strange feeling.
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Next step up from Autohotkey on: August 14, 2011, 05:36:25 PM
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@mrainey: do you have any comments on Creative BASIC versus FreeBASIC (free, Windows, Linux & DOS) and PureBasic (79 euros, but that covers all future updates and Amiga, Linux Windows and MacOS X)?

I haven't worked with either of those.  Creative is easy to learn and surprisingly powerful, but it's Windows-only.
24  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Next step up from Autohotkey on: August 11, 2011, 08:06:45 PM
You might enjoy working with Creative BASIC - easily develop GUI applications in an interpreted environment, then create standalone executables.  It costs ten bucks.

http://www.ionicwind.com/cbasic.html
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 04, 2011, 05:55:25 AM
Excel has been so useful to me, over and over through the years.
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