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 1 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant. on: January 08, 2014, 02:13:45 PM I don't care for Evernote, I use it but very sparsely. But boy did I lose data using Simplenote (using both Resophnotes and Cintanotes) or what. Apparently you don't have to be the size of an elephant to be bug ridden.
 2 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup on: January 08, 2014, 04:04:18 AM Quote from: Contro on January 08, 2014, 03:34:21 AMAnd the first version is a beta.....An incredibly stable beta, which I've been using for many, many years.  But to each his own, I'm sure you'll find a solution that fits you among the many available. The problem with asking for a software recommendation is that everyone works differently, and not everything works for everyone. Most of the times you'll have to try many things and discover for yourself which one of them suits you best.You could start here:http://www.techsupportale.../best-free-backup-programAnd here:http://www.techsupportale...commendations-reviews.htm
 3 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup on: January 08, 2014, 01:47:29 AM I've used Cobian backup for many years, but I also feel it keeps using more and more resources.I have tried many alternatives (there are thousands) but I'm settling with the simplicity of bvckup (fast, free):http://www.bvckup.comReal-time, periodic or manual backupsContinuously monitor folders for changes and update their backup copies immediately after the originals are modified. Or run backups at fixed time intervals.Delta file copyingReduce the amount of data being transferred by copying modified parts of the files only. This speeds up the backup, in many cases - dramatically.Precise file replicationCopy not only the file data, but also the attributes, timestamps, NTFS security and ownership information.Intelligent error handlingRest assured that an issue with a specific file will not preclude the rest of the backup from completing. The program differentiates between file-specific and global errors and handles them differently.Version 2, which won't be free but is currently in open beta, is even cooler and still tight:http://www.bvckup2.comQuoteBvckup 2 is light, robust and simple to understand.It is also incredibly fast. Delta copying is a crown jewel of Bvckup 2. It detects and skips over unmodified parts of the files, cutting down processing time of larger files to a fraction.If a backup goes to- or from- a removable storage device, Bvckup 2 will monitor for device removals and insertions and will run the backup only if the original device is present. It will also automatically adjust backup locations should the original device appear under a different drive letter. Bvckup is not a two way sync. It doesn't compress, encrypt or FTP files. Nor does it come with a restore function. It does just one thing - it replicates the contents of one directory into another - and it does this exceptionally well. All beta users are eligible for special upgrade pricing upon production release I like when they make them lean and mean!
 4 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard? on: January 03, 2014, 06:42:09 AM Hehe we keep looking. The main advantage of the netbook for me is the size. It's my digital moleskine! As my main concern is writing, I would pick up a netbook over a tablet anytime.I do a lot of writing, most of it txts (writemonkey!) synced through dropbox. I also have some Scrivener projects, synced through dropbox. As for notes, Wiznotes takes care of keeping them always synchronized among machines. I tried simplenote more than once, but I had constant synchronization woes and lost information I wish I hadn't. I additionally backup all of these to the amazon servers with Cloudberry Backup.
 5 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard? on: January 03, 2014, 05:46:22 AM Quote from: fgrieser on January 03, 2014, 04:21:10 AM@PauloWhich netbook do you have? All the Windows (XP and 7) netbooks I tried, were not instant-on.I have an old Samsung NC215PD1 Atom 2Gb 500Gb.You are right, a hard start will take those Windows 7 usual seconds, but after the thing is booted you may close and reopen the lid and it's really start on. The battery lasts about 7 hours, so I rarely have to boot it up, just recharge it every now and then. I use it everywhere
 6 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard? on: January 02, 2014, 11:46:50 PM Quote from: dr_andus on January 02, 2014, 07:28:47 PMHence netbooks, laptops etc. that require boot-up are not suitable.You must consider that nowadays most netbooks (like my little Samsung running Windows 7 Home) don't require boot-up at all. You just open the lid and start working. In fact I've chosen a netbook instead of a tablet because I use mine mostly for writing, and the sturdiness of the keyboard was priority one in my own list of requirements.As for notetaking, I use Wiznote -- cloud-synced but with full local access.
 7 News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: January 02, 2014, 02:56:29 AM Quote from: IainB on January 01, 2014, 07:22:07 PMI haven't messed about with the plugins at all (not trialled them yet)You should definitely give it try; most plugins are installed and activated by default.
 8 News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: January 01, 2014, 03:37:54 AM I'm using this and I love it!In my Windows 7 netbook Wiznote used to perform quite slow: 3-5 seconds for the main window to appear when I activated it.I had better results after disabling some unused plugins and restarting the program.Go Tools > Plugin Manager and disable all unnecessary plugins. The list of plugins I have disabled:Copy to another accountCHM MakerImport EvernoteOutlineSpeechMarkdownZoomMathJax BlogtoolsDon't forget to restart the program!Much faster now
 9 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent on: November 22, 2013, 12:18:42 PM Indeed, the naming is confusing, but no – you don't have to have HitmanPro (which costs money) to have your files protected by HitmanPro.Alert (free). Alert will not clean your computer from infection (you may have to use another program for that, say Malwarebytes Free/Pro), but it won't let your files be encrypted, actually stopping the infection before it can do any harm.As for updates, as Alert is behavior based and not signature based, that shouldn't be a big problem. From the website, about HitmanPro.Alert:Future proof technology does not rely on malware signatures.Compatible with all antivirus programs and runs alongside any other security software.
 10 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent on: November 20, 2013, 01:42:26 PM Quote from: tomos on November 20, 2013, 09:52:57 AMdoes that work okay with your anti-virus? - which anti-virus?Sounds like you dont have HitmanPro anti-malware installed as well (?)TIA :-)No, no HitmanPro anti-malware here, only the free .Alert thingie with Cryptolocker prevention. And yes, it works flawlessly with my Avast 2014 Free!
 11 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent on: November 20, 2013, 09:37:38 AM There's also the beta version of HitmanPro.Alert with Cryptoguard.http://www.surfright.nl/en/cryptoguardQuoteHitmanPro.Alert 2.5 contains a new feature, called CryptoGuard that monitors your file system for suspicious operations. When suspicious behavior is detected, the malicious code is neutralized and your files remain safe from harm.CryptoGuard works silently in the background at the file system level, keeping track of processes modifying your personal files. CryptoGuard works autonomously, so no user interaction is required.CryptoGuard works at the file system level and does not conflict with full disk encryption software like BitLocker, Sophos SafeGuard or TrueCrypt. Free! I've installed this on my father's PC...   and now it's on mine too
 12 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a new page of "DonationCoder's Favorite Web Sites" - suggestions? on: September 08, 2013, 04:48:17 AM Freeware Guide!  http://www.freeware-guide.com/
 13 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Designers discuss the new Yahoo Logo: "Logo, Bullshit and Co., Inc." on: September 07, 2013, 01:56:55 PM Quote from: 40hz on September 07, 2013, 08:50:12 AMI think she watched far too many episodes of Mad Men... Lol, and haven't we all?Part of the problem is that the mathematical approach should not be used in this case. Bilateral symmetry and typography generally don't work well together. Typefaces are like... faces, and we have a keen eye for those. We all have seen those photo edits where a human face looks complete, but it becomes soon clear that one of the side of the head is just mirrored... and the final effect looks often somewhat unnatural and disturbing. The same general principle works for letters.All letters in the new logo have perfect bilateral symmetry (if you cut them vertically, one side is identical to the other), and the effect is... imbalanced:Compare to this one, made with Hermann Zapf's Optima (which certainly inspired the new Yahoo typeface). The "Y" and "A" have personality and weight, being asymmetrical in their vertical axis:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OptimaLet's say that the new logo is far from OPTIMAL  Yahoo's old logo had its problems, but at least it was very asymmetrical
 14 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Designers discuss the new Yahoo Logo: "Logo, Bullshit and Co., Inc." on: September 07, 2013, 04:13:17 AM Or maybe not  The alternative logo this guy created before the reveal isn't particularly great, but I love his reaction to the final design:QuoteIs it playful? Bevels.Is it simple? Bevels.Is it original? Bevels.Is it iconic? Bevels.Is it meaningful? Bevels.Is it timeless? Bevels.Is it irreverent? Bevels.Of irreverence and elegancehttps://medium.com/impossible-shapes/cba88884743c
 15 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Designers discuss the new Yahoo Logo: "Logo, Bullshit and Co., Inc." on: September 07, 2013, 03:50:52 AM Heh, I'm a lettering and logo designer and I wholeheartedly agree with the backslash: both the logo and the post-justification for it are terrible. Specially bullshit is the "our logo doesn't have straight lines because there aren't straight lines in nature" reasoning. The curves are so subtle, and in the web the logo will be generally applied in such small sizes, that it doesn't make any difference. The screen will render and the eye will see straight lines in 90% of the cases.Also: bevels???   The old Yahoo logo was less 1990 than that. The 29 in-joke logos have all the advantage of being straight, one color, no gradient, no shadow, no fake 3-D.And let me stop at that
 16 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: March 20, 2013, 05:08:04 PM Goodbye, Google Reader by Paulo Brabo, on Flickr
 18 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: March 16, 2013, 05:16:18 AM Two more:Google, destroyer of ecosystemsQuoteThe truth is this: Google destroyed the RSS feed reader ecosystem with a subsidized product, stifling its competitors and killing innovation. It then neglected Google Reader itself for years, after it had effectively become the only player. Today it does further damage by buggering up the already beleaguered links between publishers and readers. It would have been better for the Internet if Reader had never been at all.How the Shutdown of Google Reader Threatens the InternetQuoteAs one example, many people now rely on social media as a primary news source.  In many cases–especially with “bi-directional” services like Facebook ($FB) or LinkedIn ($LKND) where people only connect with “friends”–social media only surfaces content from people who are likely to share common viewpoints.  Plus, those posts are culled by mysterious algorithms (such as the algorithm controlling Facebook’s newsfeed) that further reduce exposure to diverse viewpoints.How long before feedburner goes down the drain? Or even blogger and blogspot?Blogger may survive a few more years, but at the very least it will stop serving RSS.
 20 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: App/code to limit the number of files in a folder, auto-deleting older ones on: February 13, 2013, 02:30:14 PM Aha, found the answer here:http://forums.majorgeeks....m/showthread.php?t=197158  I saved the code below as a .bat file, which must then be run as administrator. The number after "skip" is the number of files you want to keep. Older files in the folder that exceed that number will be deleted.[copy or print]@echo off &setlocalset folder=C:\desired-folder-namepushd "%folder%"for /f "skip=3 tokens=*" %%i in ('dir /a:-d-s /b /o:-d') do del "%%i"popdNeedless to say, use with the utmost caution. Somewhere, somehow, something's gonna be deleted.
 21 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / App/code to limit the number of files in a folder, auto-deleting older ones on: February 13, 2013, 08:13:18 AM Hi friends, help needed! Here's the setup: I use Macrium Reflect to make daily images of my system drive, which I save in a backup folder in two different backup locations. My problem is that the folder where I save these images gets huge really fast, and I want to limit the number of saved images to, say, 4 or 7. I currently use Belvedere to delete files *older than* – but that can be a problem if, for instance, I travel and spend one month without using the PC (and so without creating new automatic backup images). When I come back and turn on the PC all images will be deleted because *older than*, and I will be left without any backup image.What I'm looking for is an app or code that may limit the number of files in my backup folder. Something like "if there is more than 'n' files in this folder, delete the oldest file and keep the 'n' newest ones". I'm sure there's more than an easy way to do this, but I can't code and my searches led me to nothing.Thank you for any hints! Windows 7 Home Premium.Paulohttp://lifehacker.com/341...tes-your-self+cleaning-pc
 22 Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars on: January 28, 2013, 11:31:51 AM Long story short?IE > Netscape Navigator > Opera > Firefox > Firefox > Firefox (that's many faithful, star-eyed years of Firefox) > Chrome > FirefoxI was lured by how blazing fast Chrome used to be, and was converted when it got many of the extensions I used on Firefox. But then Chrome started to *feel* slower and slower, and Firefox started to *feel* leaner and leaner wherever I tried them (desktop PC, notebook, netbook).Firefox, my darling, Chrome didn't mean nothing to me. At all. Please take me back.
 23 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NASA OOPS! on: January 28, 2013, 03:02:38 AM I would still love to take a look at a hi-res scan of the original film.  Guess I'll have to accept that NASA offer to work for them after all.
 24 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NASA OOPS! on: January 26, 2013, 02:51:01 PM By the way, the official description isPiece of thermal insulation tile floats near the Shuttle ColumbiaA small piece of thermal insulation tile floats in space near the Shuttle Columbia. The cloudy surface of the earth is used as a background.http://images.jsc.nasa.go...amp;photoId=STS61C-31-002But since when NASA can be trusted
 25 Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NASA OOPS! on: January 26, 2013, 08:21:50 AM Heh, ignore me, there's another photo. The truth is out there.http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/s...ry=ISD&ID=STS61C-31-3[attachimg=1]I'm pretty sure it's swamp gas, though. Or Venus.
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