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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Giveaway + 30% Discount on: August 29, 2014, 07:12:26 AM
License received.
Thanks again for the generous offer.
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Giveaway + 30% Discount on: August 29, 2014, 06:00:08 AM
Hopefully, I can upgrade my version now.
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: RRunner on: May 21, 2014, 08:14:31 PM
Try this .. I was able to download RRunner.exe


Edit: I didn't try run it though.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: image backups after OS reinstall with clean system on: March 25, 2013, 07:49:48 PM
Steven, you might as well add a full copy of O&O DiskImage 6.8.44 to your collection.
You can pick up that n-1 version from here.

Includes Windows PE build media.

See archive.org for original product page and docs.

Article by PC World.

Edit: Just built the boot media.
Starts fine, but then I got a "Lic. could not be verified" pop up.
The boot media link was supplied in the registration email, so could be an ID10T problem on this end.
My earlier 6.8.1 version works just fine though.

Edit 2: Yes, it was ID10T - sort of. When running the PE build tool, there is half-baked grayed out looking icon to add the license code.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Free code signing certificate for Open-Source Developers on: March 24, 2013, 06:57:48 PM
Just thought I'd pass on this article in case anyone is interested.
The blog post links to the Polish "CERTUM PCC – Certification Authority " but you can read the article to get the gist of it.

I was getting a copy of Rufus when I decided to read that blog.

Edit: Probably would have been better off in Developer's Corner, so move it there if so.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a minimalist Desktop Calendar Application.. on: January 30, 2013, 06:09:55 AM
Perhaps UK's Kalender?
Does not match your required feature set exactly - especially point 2.
But it is somewhat minimalist.


7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: January 04, 2013, 09:58:23 PM
Ok today I'm posting about a cheap gadget that I think everyone should have.
It's a battery-powered water leak detector.

([url=http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?topic=32886.msg312038#msg312038]see attachment in previous post)[/i][/url]

I have two of these guys, one in the bathroom and one under the kitchen sink.

You put them on the floor and if water ever gets underneath them they let out the most piercing beeps.

Now if you're lucky you'll never have one of these guys go off on you because of a real problem, and only because you accidentally spill some water.

But they provide me with significant peace of mind when i fill up the tub, etc., that if something goes wrong I will at least have a change at being alerted to it before it's too late.

The brand I use is Zircon: http://www.amazon.com/Zir...c-Batteries/dp/B002Q8GRPG but have little reason to prefer one brand over another (these first alert ones also look good and are possibly easier to change batteries on).

Hope these work ... I'm about to put them into service.
Thanks for the tip Mouser.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Earlier versions of Serif software at bargain prices until 4 Jan. 2013 on: January 04, 2013, 09:56:07 PM
If you get on these guys mailing list nothingbutsoftware, they often have Serif boxed software deals (as well as others) not listed on their web site.
PagePlus X5 for $6.95  - free shipping. (often $9-95)
Photo & Movie HD Suite (PhotoPlus X4 & MoviePlus X5) for $19-95

9  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Recursive Search and Replace in Nested Folders on: December 18, 2012, 05:14:10 PM
Swiss File Knife as well

replace function
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Inadvertent Social Engineering - It's that easy?!? on: November 29, 2012, 08:13:10 PM
I debated about posting this, but I figured perhaps not too many have read the article.
Quite a bit about Social Engineering in it

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:57:09 PM
My milk frother.
Obviously not steam based.
Works as well (for me) as any $30 frother - last one lasted me 3 years until I dropped it on concrete.


12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:13:21 PM
Used a Moka Pot (Bialetti) for ages.

Am now using an Aeropress.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 04:09:13 PM
Not sure if this really "qualifies" as a gadget.

Blu-Tack Reusable Adhesive

Example use case.
You need a screw attached to a screwdriver for a difficult location (no magnetism, one handed etc).

I've used this stuff for decades, albeit by a different name though.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: November 24, 2012, 03:56:21 PM
Ok, so I'm a tad less baffled. Emergency use is minuscule though.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays on: November 17, 2012, 07:39:40 AM
Well ewemoa, I have to say thanks for prompting me about the plastic issue.
So I'm retiring this kettle after many years of reliable service and moving on to stainless steel.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays on: November 17, 2012, 06:40:47 AM
As Renegade said, boiling is boiling - doesn't make one iota of difference whether stovestop or electric.
Many electric kettles also have specific temperature controls, besides the obvious one of switching off when reaching boiling point.
The "plastic" problem can be of concern, I can understand that.
I've been boiling water in them for 40 years but as you rightly mentioned, electric metal kettles are available.

My point really (which I didn't mention) was that many people in the US do not know that electric kettles for home use are even available.
I posted this gadget comment, as evidence of that fact came up in conversation again just yesterday.
Ten years or so ago, it was unusual to find more than one (if you were even that fortunate) in common discount stores.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays on: November 16, 2012, 09:58:17 PM
If you're stuck in the past using a stovetop kettle

Try one of these!!

I'm really baffled as to why people still use non-electric kettles.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: November 16, 2012, 09:51:52 PM
Certainly a few more than I normally keep open.
This was/is Opera 12.11 RC1

1100 tabs

Data for you - Opera's just loaded a 1100 tab session (wide variety of tabs) with no issues at all. Memory nice and stable as expected at 8GB which isn't unreasonable for this size session, processor amazingly low at < 30% consistent during load, no anomalies in Opera:cpu (ECMA 5-6%; all others close to zero), Opera:Memdebug shows interesting but probably sensible figures (below**).

Quite a lot of NSL tabs but equally a lot of tabs opening without NSL so it's not universal. I'll update this aspect later, as well as watching for memory leaks (none obvious so far).

Opera is also COMPLETELY RESPONSIVE UNDER THIS HIGH LOAD, no slowdown at all. Might as well be using 20 tabs for all it shows. I need that for heavy duty work - Opera's always had raw speed and response, but has consistently been plagued by stability problems.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January on: October 16, 2012, 07:43:15 PM
If anyone is planning to order Windows 8 Pro at the upgrade price of $39.99, you can get the DVD for the same price at Amazon until Oct 30.
Windows 8 Pro
Well, only if you don't mind spending the $30 promotional credit at Amazon.
Someone has to support it, right?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember to make full drive image backups on: October 14, 2012, 08:17:30 PM
Beside Acronis TrueImage's problems a while ago, is there another one you had in mind?
Acronis was a case in point. But we're talking about relying on the integrity of a single multi-gigabyte file. I suspect many 100s of gigabytes for many people.
Not something I want to trust fully. I don't know how many of these tools are able to handle damaged clusters in an image file on a backup drive.

Extracting individual files from an image sounds like a good way to risk damaging the integrity of the image.
This was answered by Carol, but your question surprised me seeing that extraction is referring to just reading data from an image file.

Nevertheless, as long as you have your personal data backed up using any competent backup/sync tool, you can recover.
Unless your machine is old, you can't buy a restoration disk from the vendor to put the OS back and you don't know how to get around that.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember to make full drive image backups on: October 14, 2012, 02:46:53 PM
Partition level back tools are somewhat unreliable - even if they offer file level recovery from their image backups.

I'd add a 3rd level of backup.
Use a folder synchronization tool to backup your important data folders to separate external drives or machines with shared folders.
Make sure you do a one way sync - targeting the remote folders.
That way, if you accidentally delete something, the deletion is not sync'd to the remote folders and you can reverse the direction of the folder sync to restore what was deleted. Or to delete from the remote folders what you intentionally deleted on the primary.
Folder level synchronization is also very quick comparatively.
There are free options for this as well as paid options.

If this (conceptually) is difficulty for you to do, get a copy of  Fab's AutoBackup 3 (EUR 4.90 or $6.50 ).
Fabs "knows" about most of the default folders on all recent Windows releases and will backup your important stuff.
You can also add separate folders to the backups.
If you restore, it knows how to put everything back in the correct place even if you restore from backups made on an XP machine to a Windows 7 or 8 machine etc.
Fab's backups are "full" backups, i.e. all your data files each time, so this takes a while. But if you start running of space on your target drive, you can delete the older backups.
Fab's Autobackup tools

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does the browser Opera suck? on: October 12, 2012, 06:52:52 PM
Yes, it sucks sometimes.
But the suckage (for me) is a lot less than the other three contenders.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CAD Recommendations? on: October 06, 2012, 07:42:13 AM
Didn't see Autodesk's 123d apps  mentioned http://www.123dapp.com/create
Not a user though - just saw it mentioned in Wired mag.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nuance PDF Reader - Acresso-FLEXnet agent is Annoyware/Adware WARNING. on: September 30, 2012, 07:27:41 AM
Going back off topic, but I didn't want to reopen the old PDF viewer thread

Is anyone using Bluebeam Vu as their PDf viewer (or perhaps even tried it)?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: instant linux on winxp on: September 03, 2012, 07:13:43 AM
Kalos, you didn't mention "fast" nor exactly what you want to run on Linux

So, Qemu may be able to run some Linux distro/app that you want - very slowly though.
Perhaps Bochs as well

Here's a Qemu example to run Puppy Running Linux on Windows Like Normal Programs
(Edit: looks like it is a really old article - may still be of relevance/interest though)

If your CPU supports KVM, you may have a better chance of success (performance wise) . See What_do_I_need_to_use_KVM
You will need an x86 machine running a recent Linux kernel on an Intel processor with VT (virtualization technology) extensions, or an AMD processor with SVM extensions (also called AMD-V).
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