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1  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Glary Utilities Pro [DISCOUNT: 75% OFF!] 2.44.0.1450 Softpedia on: June 16, 2015, 09:39:39 AM
I installed a previous give away version of GU Pro on a Win7 Pro laptop and haven't used it much but noticed immediately that it phones home at startup.  Have been digging in settings to eliminate that.  In the meantime, it's still useful as an alternative utilities tool whenever Win7 acts up which it practically never does.  Downloaded today's giveaway to update the previous version.

Aside from that, I've found the daily WindowsDeal newsletter where the 100% off GU Pro offer is listed, interesting.  Was considering 15% off deal for CCleaner Pro then searched "CCleaner coupon" and found a 25% discount offer.  The free version has been good enough so didn't bite.  Don't much care for CCleaner's new modern GUI.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 04, 2015, 12:18:41 PM
Kryptel Standard Edition 7.1 is free via this link.  What's nice is there's a USB version.
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerISO 6.0 (100% Discount) - CD/DVD image file processing tool on: June 01, 2015, 09:40:34 AM
Interesting.  Will give this a try.  Thanks.
4  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Process Lasso Pro for Free on: May 21, 2015, 09:02:04 AM
Looks like another site to visit daily for software bargains.  Thanks for the tip.
5  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 09, 2015, 09:56:43 AM
Here's my favorite free calculator: http://www.moffsoft.com/freecalc.htm
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at StackSocial.com on: May 05, 2015, 09:34:25 AM
Thing about these lifetime licenses is how long the company will be in business and the length of time the product will be updated.  Look at AdMuncher, for instance.  
7  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at StackSocial.com on: May 03, 2015, 11:36:56 AM
it intercepts HTTPS traffic.

This feature is particularly interesting as neither of my other two ad blockers (AdMuncher and AdBlock+) do this.  Youtube ads have become really annoying.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 03, 2015, 07:18:12 PM
TrueCrypt audit shows no sign of NSA backdoors, just some minor glitches.

V. 7.1a still good to go apparently.
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday deals on: December 01, 2014, 10:06:33 AM
http://www.ocster.com/pro...14111&utm_campaign=en

$17.90 USD instead of 66.70 USD.

Ocster Backup Pro 8 Platinum Edition
= Ocster Backup Pro 8 Software
+ 2 Years Free Upgrade Service
+ Family License for 5 Computers
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: November 21, 2014, 12:57:46 PM
Emailed Spector regarding the article and his response:

VeraCrypt changed its file format to improve security. It should have offered TrueCrypt file support--at least in read-only--but it didn't.
You can still download TrueCrypt 7.2, which I believe is read-only. Use it to move your files to a new VeraCrypt container.


So one should create a new VeraCrypt container, transfer the TC files into it then delete the TC container along with TC itself.  Think though I'll wait to do this until a newer version of VeraCrypt is posted as I have a bias against v. 1.x programs.  Rather like never buying the first model year of a new car model, which brings to mind another advantage of TC in that it was a mature program.  Sure will miss it despite its funky container setup procedure.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: November 20, 2014, 07:27:31 PM
Indeed.  VeryCrypt wouldn't open one of my TC files.  The program just hanged (hung?).  Maybe the next version will or one can create a new container with the same files and delete the TC container along with TC itself.

I'm glad at least there is a viable alternative available that's both free and open source.  It appears to be the most versatile currently available and I tend to trust Lincoln Spector's advice.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: November 20, 2014, 10:07:25 AM
Maybe Veracrypt could be an alternative for Truecrypt.

From this article, How to encrypt sensitive data? Put it in an encrypted container, VeraCrypt looks to be a TrueCrypt clone which implies a shorter learning curve.  Going to install this to, um - verify.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: October 26, 2014, 04:08:15 PM
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Always brings a tear.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: October 26, 2014, 07:15:35 AM
Belated condolence for you loss.  Lost my Buckley 7-8-14.  He was a mouser, a birder and an everything "elser."  It's tough.  Adopted Wolfgang Lipschen a few weeks ago from the local humane society.  A lot of purrs and headbutts followed.
15  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Ad Muncher is now free on: October 20, 2014, 06:08:17 PM
http://www.admuncher.com/...p;id=01CFECB88AF36BE00BB7


The advantage of this ad-blocking software has always been that it's global; it blocks ads other than in browsers.  I've used it for a while now so thought you guys might appreciate it too. 

Since it's now freeware, doubt updates or support will be as they were as before but what can you expect.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: August 29, 2014, 09:13:54 AM
Windows XP “SP4.” Saves me anyway from buying a fifth box.  Hack has worked so far so maybe hold-off installing this until it's out of beta.
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 15% discount on Avira AntiVirus on: July 25, 2014, 09:52:09 AM
Thanks but why pay for antivirus?
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: July 07, 2014, 06:18:45 PM
More alternatives: So long, TrueCrypt: 5 alternative encryption tools.

Once again, TrueCrypt 7.1 and DiskCryptor are recommended.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: July 03, 2014, 09:19:35 AM
CipherShed is free encryption software for keeping your data secure and private. It started as a fork of the now-discontinued TrueCrypt Project (coming soon):
https://ciphershed.org/

GUI appears like a TrueCrypt clone.  Looks promising.  Too bad it's still in development.  Thanks for the heads-up.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 22, 2014, 12:10:02 PM
Interesting read, cyoung_mi.  So stick with v7.1a for now until late summer of 2014. 
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 19, 2014, 11:09:02 AM
Have been following Lincoln Spector's advice for years and he recently posted this: Data-encryption alternatives to TrueCrypt.

Excerpt: Currently, I’m still using TrueCrypt. But I don’t know for how long. TrueCrypt, like many other public encryption applications, can be cracked with some effort and the right tools. With no updates, it might become more vulnerable over time. If a new version of TrueCrypt doesn’t rise from the ashes relatively soon, I’ll seriously consider moving over to Cryptainer LE or ME.

At this site, it's referred to as Cypherix rather than Cryptainer.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: June 12, 2014, 10:51:03 AM
Helpful and not too long article on this topic from a credible source: The life and untimely demise of TrueCrypt.

Excerpt: My recommendation to current TrueCrypt users? Don’t panic! But also don’t deploy any new versions of TrueCrypt; simply maintain what you have. Based on the OCAP audit, TrueCrypt does not have any back doors and still provides secure encryption that can’t be easily cracked.

Article also references BitLocker (again!) and 7-Zip.  Think I'll just stick with v7.1a for now.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 11, 2014, 06:01:50 PM
Just searched "Security Update for Wepos and POSready 2009" and found no complaints about loss of functionality from those who've installed the hack (except from MS) and these latest updates.  Will probably give it another week before seriously considering installing the remaining four although the third listed (for IE7) looks quite definite. 
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 11, 2014, 10:04:19 AM
XP box's Win Update found five more today:



Debating whether to hold-off installing.  Software Removal Tool - June 2014 is the only definite one.

Aside from this issue, posting images in this forum has become rather confusing.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 01, 2014, 11:12:28 AM
I am playing a bit of a dance on trusting the mags/scuttle between today this hack works, vs whatever random time MS sends a "land mined" update the net will start screaming.

Good point about landmines.  Maybe best strategy is to: 1) hold-off on further auto-updates until enough time passes without screams, and 2) backup the registry before installation.  As for the four updates mentioned in my initial post, I found no complaints so far except from MS who wants users to spend more money a newer OS.

Should add that today, the day following installation of the four updates, my net connection didn't work initially and avast! AV acted strangely even after a warm reboot.  Then did a cold boot and here I am.  Thinking that perhaps avast! needed to "analyze" how my system changed and then decided it was okay after all.
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