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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Our experiences with LED light bulb replacements on: June 05, 2014, 07:06:25 PM
There's been some lame arguments that the reduction in power consumption from CFL bulbs results in less overall mercury being released into the environment in areas where coal-fired generators are the norm - because less coal (which also contains mercury) gets burned. But that sounds more like an industry thrashing around to find something - anything - to throw up against the fact that no level of mercury exposure is ever good for us.

I totally disagree. Less mercury is less mercury, and CFL's are easily recycled where I live.
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / CintaNotes on BitsDuJour Fri. 5/23 for $12.50 on: May 22, 2014, 10:34:42 AM
The excellent CintaNotes will be on sale tomorrow for half-price. Also, the full price will soon increase from $25 to $39.
3  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: May 22, 2014, 07:45:44 AM
I've been running MBAM Pro and VIPRE Internet Security side by side with no problems or slowdowns whatsoever.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 03, 2014, 05:03:34 AM
The first program I ever bought was Tornado Notes (now Info Select). I believe it was in the 1980s and I have notes going back to at least 1990. I upgraded through v5 and have stuck with v5 since. I've also used Opera since v3 (and am sticking with v11.64).
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 13, 2014, 07:30:48 PM
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6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 13, 2014, 06:17:00 PM
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If you placed a ban on people who were sometimes "rude" or "profane" or "semi-literate" you might risk banning most of the members of this forum - including myself.

I strongly disagree. If this were true I would have left DC a long time ago. DC is notable for its civility and sense of community. And if you, IainB, were inadvertently rude I would be a lot more forgiving because you've supported DC not only financially but with your extremely good software reviews.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 13, 2014, 04:59:26 PM
mouser and tomos:

You're far too gracious. Just ban this rude, profane, semi-literate ("re-leaves stress") person from the forum.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 13, 2014, 02:01:36 PM
I'm running Bitdefender AV Plus on almost everything I have using Windows right now and I'm happy with the performance and protection level it provides.

I was on the verge of buying BitDefender on a Newegg special until I read some truly horrifying user reviews--BSOD's, corrupted systems, etc. I've never used it so I don't know the validity of these comments, but they might be worth looking at before buying.

I've used VIPRE for years. The most annoying thing about it is that it still flags a bunch of DC programs like ClipTrap even though I've contacted VIPRE repeatedly.
9  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Process Piglet on: January 14, 2014, 05:11:19 PM
Great little utility. Opera v11.64 is using 623 MB, but I've got about 40 tabs open.

Interestingly, CrashPlan is using only 241 MB on my machine. I wonder how much this varies by machine or OS. I had horrible CPU usage problems with CP on my XP machine; they've completely disappeared on my Windows 7 notebook.

Can someone explain how Firefox, which has millions of users and dozens or hundreds of contributors, fails to correct this basic flaw?

In March 2005 I joined DC after downloading mouser's Process Tamer, which I still use occasionally. Nine years later here's Process Piglet.
10  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Malwarebytes FREE and PRO - Mini-Review. on: December 09, 2013, 07:51:17 PM
MBAM lifetime licenses often go on sale at Newegg for around $14.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone know how I may remove Trojan Dropper:MSIL/Livate.A ? on: December 09, 2013, 07:43:31 PM
On another related thought: Virtualization

I used to use Altiris from Symantec when I was using Windows XP.

This appears to create a sandbox like virtual environment that I could test new software in very safely.

Is there a good alternative for Windows 8 as I don't think Altiris works in Windows 8.

I, too, am a big fan of SVS. Using it to try software helped keep my XP machine running swiftly for 6 years w/o Windows reinstallation. Symantec bought Altiris and the product is now called Symantec Workspace Virtualization (SWV). It's still free for personal use and works in Windows 8. A bonus is that you can import (some of) your old SVS layers into SWV.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is safer for data -- a hard disk or a blue ray disc? on: July 13, 2013, 12:28:03 PM
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I sometimes have disturbing formatting issues that come up with these large drives that i plug in and out of computers.  Let's say i put a bunch of data on a huge 4tb drive.  Then i take it out.  Later, I use it with an enclosure and a usb 3.0 connection.  Then I do the same with an esata.  Then i stick it into another computer.  Sometimes, while doing this, Windows will say the drive is unreadable or something, or that it has to be formatted

After having the unformatted disc problem with a HD used for backups I discovered Partition Find & Mount, mentioned elsewhere on the forum. What a relief to see my missing partition reappear!

I agree with zenzai about the cause, but now I don't even trust Safe Removal as I've been pretty careful. Whenever possible I turn off my notebook and disable write-back caching.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help needed with computer problem on: May 28, 2013, 04:10:50 PM
Two comments: you seem to be placing a low value on your time (3 days spent on this). This is entirely your choice, but should be factored into your considerations. You might find a better, used PC on craigslist.

Also, you mentioned that the system has 5 fans. More is not necessarily better. Sometimes increasing the number of fans disrupts the airflow over crucial components. I saw an Intel demo some years back in which a PC ran considerably hotter with two fans than with one.

Good luck.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera to move to webkit/chromium rendering engines on: March 26, 2013, 07:40:56 PM
I've got Opera M2 emails going back to 2000. Regardless of what benchmarks show, Opera has always seemed infinitely faster to me than IE or Firefox. I vowed never to try Chrome when I read that it couldn't be uninstalled w/o screwing up Windows.

If necessary I'll just stick with old-fashioned Opera until it no longer works on Windows, and then run it in a virtual machine.

I wonder if this move is the major philosophical difference that forced founder Jon von Tetzchner to leave.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Bitcasa on: February 10, 2013, 04:34:18 PM
It's hard to take seriously any data storage service that encourages you to use your Facebook or Twitter login info.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preparing for the inevitable on: August 30, 2012, 09:52:35 PM
I'm coming to this post rather late but will share my experience. I took care of my mother for several years before she died. To be prepared for emergencies (and there were many) I always carried a flash drive with TrueCrypt-protected copies of her advance directive, power of attorney, POA for healthcare, photo ID, Medicare card, etc. A couple of weeks before my mother died I had to prove that I had the authority to determine who could be at her bedside in the ER, and my drive did the trick. Institutions will of course be reluctant to pop flash drives into their computers, but if the issue is whether you have the authority to make life or death decisions someone will find a way to view the files.

On the same drive I keep encrypted copies of my driver's license, insurance cards, home insurance policy, etc. If I lose my wallet 500 miles from home or my house burns down I'm reasonably well protected. You decide what level of protection you need.

The original post was about a somewhat different purpose but the principle is the same. Flash drives are more reliable and obsolescence-proof than CDs, but they can break. Buy sturdy ones, back them up, and test them periodically.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 17, 2012, 09:41:32 PM
Now I see the connection. I'd never thought of Excel in terms of note-taking and was frankly was unaware of the changes to the ribbon. I tend to stick to what works for me, including Info Select v5 (with notes going back to 1990 or earlier) and lately CintaNotes.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 17, 2012, 12:20:44 PM

You have tried the standard Ribbon-minimize/hide feature? Double-clicking one of the tabs enables/disables that state.

Of course, but I still find the ribbon cluttered, ugly, and less efficient than menus. On the rare occasions I use MS Office I use a utility that restores the old-style menu. This is one of those things on which reasonable people just disagree.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 17, 2012, 12:16:39 PM

Cause someone mentioned a favorite program being better now because of the ability to customize its ribbon... Surely you saw that?

What I saw was that Excel 2010 now had that ability, so I wasn't sure how that pertained to note-taking. Maybe I missed something.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 16, 2012, 11:34:44 PM
I'm not sure what the ribbon has to do with note-taking, but it is one of the most annoying inventions ever. For one thing, there's nothing ribbony about it. One dictionary definition is "notion consisting of a narrow strip of fine material used for trimming." The MS ribbon is hardly narrow; it takes up a practically a third of the screen.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Happened to Genie Backup Manager? on: September 25, 2011, 10:27:16 AM
If you do want a classic backup utility (with some nice modern touches) try Cobain Backup. Cobain is the only backup tool I never experienced a problem with.

It's Cobian.

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Then they just stopped replying, in the forum and to support inquiries.
In March they responded quickly to my inquiries. Unfortunately GBM is incompatible with my Seagate Dockstar but at least I got responses.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 11.5 Released on: July 03, 2011, 12:07:40 PM
Plus every damn time I update Opera it sets itself as my default browser. Don’t like that.

I'm not using the latest Opera, but has the checkbox for Preferences>Advanced>Programs>Check if Opera is default browser on startup been eliminated?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: When your word processor begins openly mocking you, it's time to call it a day on: June 21, 2011, 10:22:30 PM
Well, I still have Lucid 3D on my computer and until a few years ago used it when I needed to do something simple. To this day there's nothing faster. Unfortunately I did have to give up Desqview and Magellan when Windows came along.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster? on: June 21, 2011, 07:16:47 PM
You could have a look at AutoSave Essentials. I used to use AutoSave 2 but development seemed rather slow (there have been no new updates in at least 2 years to AutoSave 2) and I moved to FileHamster. Not sure what the difference is between AutoSave 2 and Essentials but it seemed to do what it said on the tin (which includes file versioning backups).

I still use and like AutoSave 2. Avanquest ruined a great program with AutoSave Essentials. With AutoSave one could create a definition that would back up exactly and only what one wanted. With Essentials, if I recall correctly, one had to create a new definition for each type of file. It was designed for people who don't know what they're doing.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: When your word processor begins openly mocking you, it's time to call it a day on: June 21, 2011, 07:02:53 PM
I still use WordPerfect and Quattro Pro to boot.
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