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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flash Renamer - For me: still the best! on: December 18, 2014, 04:53:41 PM
Regretfully, except for patches, from what I know, the tool will not be followed by a new version.

After 15 years of updating, the result really should not need much, should it. However, without knowing, but having studied his blog and site: Flash Renamer is likely to be updated for the next Windows as well! So what do you need it to be able to, that it can't already do?

http://www.rlvision.com/flashren/about.asp -> $20 for a lifetime key.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / are you Americans willing to subject yourself on: December 18, 2014, 03:00:54 AM
I felt certain this story already has been told here at DC. However, I couldn't find it, so...:


Top story by Woody Leonhard http://windowssecrets.com...o-keep-user-data-private/ :

>>Defying Feds, MS tries to keep user data private
Microsoft is currently fighting a federal search warrant demanding that the company release emails stored in Ireland.

Here's why you should be extremely concerned by a U.S. court's actions — and what you can do about it.

I'll start with a brief history of the case:

In December 2013, having been shown probable cause, Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York James Francis issued a search warrant ordering Microsoft to disclose the contents of a specific @msn.com email account. (A copy of the warrant and related documents discussed below are posted on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's site.)

While preparing to comply with the warrant, Microsoft discovered that only the account holder's name, email address, country, and similar information were stored in Microsoft's U.S.-based servers. The true subjects of the search — the emails — actually sat in a server in Dublin, Ireland (most likely because the person who set up the account told Microsoft that he or she lived outside the U.S.).

As required by the warrant, Microsoft disclosed the details of the account to federal investigators/attorneys — but it refused to divulge the content of the emails because, according to Microsoft, it was outside the jurisdiction of U.S. courts.


"If this Court rules that the U.S. Government may unilaterally reach into foreign countries and expose their citizens' personal digital letters, the United States and its citizens cannot complain when foreign governments do the same to email content stored here."

In November, Apple, Oracle, IBM, HP, and other organizations with irons in the same online-data fire petitioned the European Union for help. Ireland, which obviously should have some say in the matter, specifically asked the European Commission to file a brief supporting Microsoft's appeal, according to a MerrionStreet report. That article quotes Irish European Affairs and Data Protection Minister Dara Murphy:

"By seeking direct access to data held in the E.U. through the U.S. judicial system, existing legal mechanisms for mutual assistance between jurisdictions may be being effectively bypassed. There are fundamental issues at stake here as regards the protection of personal data that is held within the European Union."

On Dec. 8, Microsoft took its appeal up the ladder to the U.S. Second Circuit Court, where the case stands for now. It could eventually end up in the U.S. Supreme Court.

What this conflict means to U.S. citizens

Many Americans might view this case as primarily an issue for Europeans. But that's far from the case. In a Dec. 8 blog post, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith adroitly turned the problem around — what if German authorities targeted an American citizen who stored personal information in a U.S.-based German bank? His example:

"Imagine this scenario. Officers of the local Stadtpolizei investigating a suspected leak to the press descend on Deutsche Bank headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. They serve a warrant to seize a bundle of private letters that a New York Times reporter is storing in a safe deposit box at a Deutsche Bank USA branch in Manhattan. The bank complies by ordering the New York branch manager to open the reporter's box with a master key, rummage through it, and fax the private letters to the Stadtpolizei."

The Microsoft warrant brings up numerous long-term implications. For example, if the Feds prevail, what would stop a judge outside the U.S. from compelling Microsoft to hand over the contents of your Outlook.com account? Citing the Microsoft case, could officials in, say, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, or any other country you care to name force Apple into recording your iPhone conversations?

In other words, are you willing to subject yourself to any analogous "probable-cause" requirement issued by any country on the planet?

In my opinion — and the opinion of many others who value privacy — that way lies madness.


There’s no direct way, short of hoisting a picket sign and marching in front of the Second Circuit courthouse, that typical computer users can make our opinions known to the judiciary — but there are other avenues to express your views.

First, get the word out to others you know. I’m amazed at how many people read the headlines, see that Microsoft is fighting for data privacy, then scoff and move on to the next story. This is an important issue — right up there with net neutrality — that should be discussed and understood by everyone who uses email.

Second, if you’re a U.S. citizen, notify your congresspersons. The Senate website has complete >instructions< for emailing or snailmailing senators; the House site has help for finding your congress critter. Also, the sites for specific representatives usually include links for sending email.

When you write, tell your congressional representatives that you’re disturbed by the course of Second Circuit case 14-2985-CV. Tell them that they should consider amending 18 USC 2703 to clearly delineate the legal distinctions of domestic and international email. <<

by Woody Leonhard /windowssecrets http://windowssecrets.com...o-keep-user-data-private/


This really matters to you and me!

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: antivirus and web defense on: December 17, 2014, 05:23:13 PM
I too am lucky to have a lifetime key for Outpost Security Suite Pro,
and I think it is the best deal I have ever made.
Be lucky and get a key yourself: http://www.agnitum.com/shop.php


4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Some unknown webpage opens itself after starting my PC! on: December 16, 2014, 04:25:06 PM
The short link http://dailytoughmen.com/...uo/index.php?SourceId=773 is not dangerous by itself. But the extra "LINE_ITEM_ID_WILL_BE_HERE_ON_SERVING" -part is a line causing Norton 'safeweb' to react, and seems to have to do with "Fake App Attack: Fake Browser Update"! So someone in your family has probably clicked a fake "update now"-button on the web. I would say there most likely is more stuff to be found on your PC - so a scan&clean is important!

Surfing the Internet and downloading without anti-virus, is only acceptable when you are in absolute control of where&what - and you obviously aren't. So; Anti-virus, here hulkbuster comes! Or; family, stay off my PC!!
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extremely simple and minimal sticky notes for windows on: December 10, 2014, 03:51:42 AM
TurboNote's basic price is $US 29.97,
Quote from: TurboNote
Save just 12 minutes a day — like most of our users — and you'll pay for TurboNote+ in only two weeks.

so I must make $15 per hour, (a week being 5 days), it seems.
funny arithmetic... makes it sound a little expensive, doesn't it.  undecided
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Private beta-test: SoftMaker Office 2015 on: December 06, 2014, 03:44:08 PM
Quote from: SoftMaker
 Invitation: Private beta-test for SoftMaker Office 2015 for Windows

 We will start beta-testing SoftMaker Office 2015 for Windows privately.
At a later time, there will also be a public beta.

 If you want to be considered for participation in the private beta test, please create a user account in the SoftMaker forum at http://forum.softmaker.com and send an e-mail with your account name to applyatsoftmaker.de - we will contact you if we include you in the private beta.

 Participation is free of charge, of course.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: December 04, 2014, 04:35:39 PM
I have released a new version of OperaView (0.7) which works with Firefox 3.5.x

-this is one of those situations that makes me spin around myself, saying erhh, but... how is... ehh, but ... what is... ehh 

OperaView version 0.7 by Bartosz Piec has been on the market for approx. 5 years, all of the time as version 0.7. The text from year 2009 on both MozDev and Mozilla is saying what you even are repeating: "version 0.7 now works with Firefox 3.5". And yet, it was just updated - but is still listed as the same old version 0.7, dated 2009. How is that possible? __?__ Is it merely a necessary trick, maybe because of some annoying Mozilla rule, to update your fine application, as easy as possible?, or how come it still is version 0.7 from 2009?? -
And why the heck do you list Firefox version 3.5, but not any new version?

The proper Mozilla link is https://addons.mozilla.or.../firefox/addon/operaview/

8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Pay It Forward Bundle on: December 04, 2014, 02:59:13 AM
my various browsers are unable to get anything but a white page.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ProcessTamer not self-starting on boot on: December 04, 2014, 02:52:07 AM
re-reading your first post here, it sounds as if it all could be merely a question of your settings. Maybe you should just re-do the Process Tamer settings ("start with Windows"), right-click the systray icon and make sure it says "enabled", and re-check Norton's settings for PT.

It really should work, also without the use of Task Scheduler.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ProcessTamer not self-starting on boot on: December 03, 2014, 06:11:29 PM
I've just speed tested Process Tamer [PT] on a 32-bits Win 7.
After re-booting the laptop, PT was both starting and working as promised.

However, you might want to start a thread >here (over there)<, so mouser for certain will notice your questions.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Group two windows so they get focus together. Possible? on: November 29, 2014, 04:46:27 PM
Their $10 TaskLayout is also to be found via http://www.task-space.com/

TaskLayout is a small Windows utility which allows to save/restore the desktop layout(a set of specified apps/windows with corresponding positions on the screen) in just a few clicks.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: autocorrect on: November 28, 2014, 01:17:56 PM
WhiteSmoke works everywhere you type: in MS-Word, Outlook, web browsers and other text editing programs!

Be aware that while WhiteSmoke may help you to write, I don't think it can help you to read.

Be also aware that I am not endorsing WhiteSmoke wholehearted; their product is fine, but only rarely updated, and their pushy business moral seems to be in a grey area...
Also, the program is expensive.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Resources for learning Windows PowerShell on: November 28, 2014, 12:49:37 PM
Quote from: howtogeek
Forget the Windows Store. Microsoft is working on a Linux-style package management framework for Windows, and it’s included with Windows 10. It’s being tested with Chocolatey’s existing packages, and allows you to easily install desktop applications and other software.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: autocorrect on: November 28, 2014, 06:53:40 AM
whitesmoke claims they can do it. But is has been many years since I last had the program installed - because now I wrait perfekt engliz - so I can't advice you.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pros/Cons re Microsoft EMET (Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit)? on: November 21, 2014, 04:47:42 PM
I had EMET 5 running for a week while I was testing AVG, BitDefender and MalwareBytes, but I didn't test EMET as such. When I went back to Outpost Security Suite Pro, I removed EMET because 1) it now was redundant and 2) because of the small but multiple annoyances.
16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Ashampoo Office 2012: $5 on: November 21, 2014, 08:29:45 AM
Right now, for a very limited period of time, the fine Office 2012 is a mere $5 (91% discount). Updates included!  ohmy

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows services manager. such a thing? on: November 21, 2014, 02:52:00 AM
no application, but at least useful lists are included:


18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner 5.0 Beta? on: November 20, 2014, 10:39:48 AM
For advanced users we have a beta version of CCleaner v5 available for you to download. (We don't recommend using this outside of test environments. This build includes just the interface change. The other features will be coming over the next week, with a final release build at the end of the month.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / get facebook video, without more software on: November 17, 2014, 01:47:01 AM
I both laughed and cried when I saw this video on facebook.  I wanted to save it to my computer, but couldn't figure out how to do so!

So I had to search for an answer. Now having found that answer, I thought someone else might want to know about it too? So here is the extremely easy instruction:

in the browser's address line   on the video's "homepage":
Replace www with m
 ... load page ...
Right-click the video and click Save target as...

-it doesn't matter if the "m-page" looks weird.

I was amazed that this is all it takes. But it is.

Thanks to this video, which is telling a much longer version of the same story:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FIhkFldTFc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5FIhkFldTFc</a>

and the wonderful video that started the quest: https://www.facebook.com/...565&set=vb.1377142838
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for Software KWM on: November 07, 2014, 09:15:11 AM
Microsoft has Mouse Without Borders 

-bravo! thumbs up
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / IrfanView Shell Extension on: November 01, 2014, 06:04:43 AM
just a tiny info for users of IrfanView:

IrfanView is now offering a "third" and seperate plugin, named IrfanView Shell Extension

Special PlugIn: "IrfanView Shell Extension":

 This PlugIn shows a Context menu for some IrfanView operations in Windows Explorer or other file managers. You can select several files and: Play slideshow, Load files in Thumbnails window, Start JPG Lossless Rotation or Convert images to another format.

Download via http://www.irfanview.com/plugins.htm


Regarding format converting: IrfanView's default quality setting for saving is 80%. You will need to go into File > Batch conversions... if you want to change this.
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Pro 2.8 - *FREE* for next 30 hours or so on: October 31, 2014, 07:28:14 PM
I was too late; the free one has now expired.

CintaNotes Lifetime PRO License $47.60 $95.20 Discount (WINDOWSDEAL): -$47.60 VAT (25.00%): 11.90 USD Total: $59.50
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / MindOutliner for MS Word on: October 31, 2014, 07:17:03 PM
Edwin has changed his plans, so WordOutliner / Writing Outliner will now "merge" with  MindVisualizer and become MindOutliner. He is expecting to abandon the old programs.


Quote from: Edwin Yip
In order to take WritingOutliner (the Word addin for writers) to the next level, we have a new plan (again, sorry).
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there a task scheduler fixer on: October 30, 2014, 05:24:16 PM
on 7 Pro the address is:
Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools  >  Task Scheduler

or %windir%\system32\taskschd.msc /s
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there a task scheduler fixer on: October 30, 2014, 01:18:42 PM
Did you try to simply re-install Replay?

I used to have Replay installed, and I don't remember it having anything to do with Windows Task Scheduler! If you have the neccessary license key to reinstall Replay, please allow me to encourage you to first install Revo Uninstaller Pro (30 days freee trial), and then use it to uninstall Replay.


Install Revo and when it is open, just 2x click Replay, and wait while Revo first is scanning.
=> it is then best to use Revo's setting "Advanced" (default is "Moderate").

Then re-install Replay, and the problem has hopefully left, without wrestling the Task Scheduler.  tellme
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