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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 03, 2014, 07:00:08 AM
I've had a Lexar 32GB Thumb Drive for a year or so. While I've never bothered to check the exact speed specs, it has managed to be fast enough to not piss me off after a year of usage...and that to me is a pretty good test.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 03, 2014, 06:50:28 AM
Go Florida! Its just got to be some sort of clue that things have gone to far when the MSM starts protesting itself.
28  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day on: April 02, 2014, 04:00:11 PM
That natal idea, and one of the themes central to all 11 developers agreeing to travel to Los Angeles for the shoot, was the production and filming of a game jam for a televised audience (or at least a YouTube audience) with the intent to document the ups and downs of actually developing a game – hopefully sharing that experience with a viewership likely ranging into the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions. More importantly, it would be an opportunity for the group to share the closely-knit spirit of togetherness unique to indie development, presented through the lens of popular YouTube personalities with massive, mostly younger built-in viewerships. A slam dunk, you might say, created in earnest to shine a kind of light into the often misrepresented world of creating… or at least, that's what everyone thought.

That is, it was originally proposed to the developers as a documentary. That's what they agreed to show up for. It wasn't until they actually arrived (or were already pretty invested in it or already agreed to do it) that it changed into the reality TV abomination that it was. Sure, at that point they still could have walked away before signing anything, but most of these people are still relatively young, inexperienced people who were probably somewhat confused and unsure what to do at that point. Just trying to figure out what to make of it all, and if it could be salvaged. And perhaps some of them felt obligated or pressured into it after making a verbal agreement, even though technically at that point they weren't contractually/legally obligated to go through with it.

 Thmbsup As a life lesson, I think this is called the 'Yes it can actually happen to me' factor. Which in fairness probably does fall under 40's use of the word naïve ... but that doesn't quite entirely convey the whole consumed by the machine reality of what happens in the real world's reality. I'm thinking old school carnival midway level pressure here...nobody get's to leave unless they're flat broke.
29  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: How The Most Expensive Game Jam In History Crashed And Burned In A Single Day on: April 02, 2014, 11:55:40 AM
To me, it seemed the devs had won their battle - and had the show people groveling - but then consciously decided to let the whole thing go down in flames to hammer home their point. That seemed excessive to me.

So a group of people prone to and known for taking pride in their work, decide not to allow it and themselves to become a reality TV circus mockery. I'd say they didn't go far enough. But then again I get furious every time I see yet another pablemic swill of nonsense being foisted on the public in the name of reality TV. I dare say that this idiotic trend of frenzied emotional masturbation has damaged the human race by stilting its emotional development to the point that it will send ripples through generations for the next 300 years.

I think that if the production company responsible had gone bankrupt overnight it would be a fair measure and effective warning to other Reality TV types. That there really are some things in life that just do not need to be liberally seasoned with over the top bullshit drama. So stop treating the population like a bunch of high school level affirmation whores that need constant reassurance - usually by the belittlement of others - to feel O.K..
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop. on: March 30, 2014, 08:31:11 AM
from my experience, dotnet runtimes are easily broken and a repair/reinstall might help. the following links are useful and i have used them in the past.

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/a...roubleshooting-guide.aspx
http://singularlabs.com/k...-microsoft-net-framework/

I'm going to +1 this just to draw a bit more attention to it. I've been quietly watching this thread for awhile because I haven't had a lot of SQL installs go bad, so didn't have much to add. However I have been wondering about exactly this, as I have seen .NET flake out and cause all sorts of havoc, which necessitated ripping it out by the roots and starting over. I suspect that the removal tool - one of my favorites - is well worth exploring as it has gotten me out of several tight spots much like what is being described here.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Repairing Windows 7 from the recovery console on: March 29, 2014, 09:00:14 AM
OEM's Self activate based on the (oversimplified short explanation) default install key matching the BIOS ID. If you use the Dell disk to install on an HP, activation will initially fail because the above won't match. However if the HP has a legible COA, or you can recover the system hive and read the key from that. Then you can enter that key and the machine will activate just fine (assuming the editions match of course).

If you move the installed and activated (on a Dell) HDD to an HP (or anything else for that matter), it will blow the activation ... So that exorcise is a bit pointless (baring time and curiosity).
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 28, 2014, 06:53:53 AM

Okay, now that's funny!
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 27, 2014, 05:51:31 PM
I am not going to Google ^that^ ... Ignorance here, is truly blissful.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft: All your data are belong to us. on: March 27, 2014, 05:47:36 PM
Last week, it was revealed that Microsoft had examined the Hotmail/Outlook.com emails of a blogger, who was NOT a Microsoft employee, in order to find who had leaked confidential information to that person.

It seems this is legal because, under Microsoft’s terms of use, the company has the right to examine any user’s data for any reason they see fit.

This is very different from data mining user data to sell advertising, and it makes me wonder why anyone in their right mind would consider using Office 365 for any reason at all.

Unless you're using your own server, you're deluding yourself if you think that unencrypted e-mail isn't subject to the same things.  Even if you *are*, you're still subject to it from anyone that you've sent it to.

E-mail is an inherently insecure medium.  And any expectations of privacy are just that- expectations that the services go along with... until it's not expedient to do so.

+5 - Yepper, if you make the mistake of being interesting...you're hosed no matter what you do. Server to server transfers are - straight port 25 protocol default - never encrypted. So the last mile SSL connection placebo that sheeple keep flocking to is nothing more than a sick/sad joke. The ABCs (with ears to the backbone) know exactly what they're looking for long before anyone decides to sort though your knickers.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 25, 2014, 11:32:26 PM
I don't have the en-erg-y for this game, but I'm dyne to try.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 25, 2014, 10:21:47 PM
Looks like all of them to me...although one mitigation they didn't clarify is that of you set the .rtf association to WordPad, you're ok (or at least appear to be so far..).

Or LibreOffice/Notepad2/KingsoftWriter/other?

True, but I'm looking at/for something that is lite, fast, and native. WordPad is already there by default and quick enough, which is why I use it and .rtf for all the server documentation on our cloud system ... As there is no way in hell I'm installing Office on any of the host servers. smiley
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 25, 2014, 06:56:46 PM
Ya know...if they could just let wordprocessors process text, and email readers just read email, and not web-enable or otherwise implement all these ancillary capabilities into them...things might become less risky. Seriously, why does everything have to behave like a portal these days?
 undecided

Damn Straight and Amen to that. Thmbsup
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft Word under attack. Don't open RTF files! on: March 25, 2014, 05:15:59 PM
I'll save you some time reading:

Quote from: Microsoft
Affected Software

Microsoft Word 2003 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Word 2007 Service Pack 3
Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 1 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 2 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 1 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2010 Service Pack 2 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2013 (32-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2013 (64-bit editions)
Microsoft Word 2013 RT
Microsoft Word Viewer
Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack Service Pack 3
Microsoft Office for Mac 2011
Word Automation Services on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 1
Word Automation Services on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 Service Pack 2
Word Automation Services on Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
Microsoft Office Web Apps 2010 Service Pack 1
Microsoft Office Web Apps 2010 Service Pack 2
Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013

Jesus! Mac too! ...Way to share the love MS (idiots..).

Looks like all of them to me...although one mitigation they didn't clarify is that of you set the .rtf association to WordPad, you're ok (or at least appear to be so far..).
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 25, 2014, 05:06:29 PM
I asked my boss to order us a few of these units, they will come in handy:

Computer Service Tools

huh Cry Why?

Because some people need to learn the hard way. cheesy
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 09:22:24 AM
The first hard drive (C) on the computer should be an SSD.  These are super fast, and affordable when the sizes are small (250 gb or so).  This will be your Operating System drive and where (most of) your program files get installed.  My philosophy is that this drive is too small to hold everything, and too unreliable to hold your documents.

If you're running a server, make sure your temp and logfile directories are all residing on another standard drive too. I'd suspect all that constant reading and writing is probably not too healthy for an SSD. And servers generate a lot of logging and scratchpad activity.

Just my two cents  smiley

Okay, first off I agree with you. I'm not a huge fan of SSD either. But... If the Temp file is on a more reliable - longevity wise - "Standard" (e.g. slower) drive, then it stands to reason that any process that is dependent on doing its workload in/out of the temp folder would then be restricted to/by the performance of the lower speed (presumably) mechanical drive. So wouldn't that negate the purpose of using a SSD? ...Or am I missing something?

I'm thinking that with the huge amounts of memory in machines these days are making the PageFile an almost moot point, so anything active in memory will most likely stay there. Then why not push the high traffic and ephemeral work areas off onto the higher speed (and arguably grenade prone) disk to keep the overall disk failure data loss exposure down? Sure you might - damn the luck on timing - lose the latest changes on the current project...but you're not going to lose all the projects in the folder next to it.

Lightning fast boot times might - well yeah okay they are - be important for laptops and tablets. But for a desktop that has a much longer typical running cycle the extra 30 seconds is really that big a deal. The same thing could also be applied to application load times, laptop/tablet...gotts to be zippy ... Desktop...not so much.
41  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 21, 2014, 03:13:01 PM
More useful yes, simpler? Getting it to close consistently when the application that is opening doesn't know it's supposed to tell it to exit just strikes me as a bit problematic - But then again perhaps I've just been traumatized by my previous foolish attempts at getting a return value from ShellExec(...). So I figure to avoid the whole message loop peek-A-boo bit just leave it running.

*Shrug* Just a Thought man cheesy
42  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 21, 2014, 02:38:49 PM
Instead of trying to workout complex timings and shortcuts, why not just have a full screen borderless black/blank window running all the time to hide the desktop. A single plain window wouldn't take much of anything to have running and MCE could (/should be able to) easily grab focus away from it.

If the taskbar was set to auto hide then it couldn't give away the ruse, and an embedded graphic could be added to the window to make it look like something is/was about to happening.
43  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Very Cool A* (Astar) Project on: March 21, 2014, 11:58:50 AM

Thanks, I needed that. smiley


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44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Free Harley Davidson Engine ScreenSavers on: March 20, 2014, 09:46:27 AM
Okay maybe it's just me, but if anyone else likes to se how engines work these might be cool.

Harley Davidson TwinCam & Evo Engine ScreenSavers (free)

http://www.animatedpiston.com/TwinCam.htm
http://www.animatedpiston.com/Evo.htm

Note: the solid red background was a really bad choice, but the animation is great.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 20, 2014, 07:00:12 AM
Granted it's (more than) a bit Rube Goldbergian but if preexisting local notebooks can be opened, but changes have to be saved to Sky/OneDrive ... Won't the sync feature sync the notebook file back to/with the local machine? Or is that possibility being actively blocked?
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How link to pix in Tumblr? on: March 20, 2014, 06:48:50 AM
BTW, when I've got a million windows open and want to close them all at once, is there a shortcut command for that?

If you still have the default grouping enabled, you can right click the group stack is the taskbar and select 'Close group'. You will get a batch of 'Close all tabs?' prompts but can select 'Always close all tabs' to avoid that.
47  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BitDefender Leap Year Sale - Any Product for $29 on: March 19, 2014, 11:45:32 AM
Well doesn't that just suck all the fun out of Personal Computing. So now in essence the AV companies that are supposed to be protecting you (despite an industry wide rather pathetic track record), are simply becoming yet another more insidious attack vector.

That makes about as much sense as marrying your rapist just for the comfort of knowing exactly who is constantly drilling you in the ass ... What the hell happened to the exit only policy?!?
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: March 19, 2014, 11:31:51 AM
Keyboard should be semitransparent

Damn! Now that would be handy! Especially when working at a command prompt where the input tends to be at the bottom of the screen and behind the keyboard. So you end up just having to guess if you typed it right until you can close/minimize the keyboard before restoring it to hit enter.
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Can a VM OVA be converted to a VHD? on: March 18, 2014, 01:40:27 PM
Yes stumbled across that little detail right after posting the question. Although from what I read it's a .tar file *Shrug* Either way after changing the file extension WinRAR popped it open with no problem. I found the VMDK file inside and the MS Virtual Machine Converter Solution I'd found initially is converting it now.

Don't know if the &%#^$ thing will boot afterwards ... But it looks like I'll get to try. cheesy
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Can a VM OVA be converted to a VHD? on: March 18, 2014, 12:05:36 PM
Greetings
    Much as this sounds like a simple question...it apparently isn't. I'm trying to demo a "Virtual Appliance" (made by major manufacturer that won't be named) that is delivered - exclusively... - as an Open Virtualization Format Archive (OVA) file. Now MS has a utility that will happily convert a VMDK file to a VHD, but it won't touch an OVA file ... And best I can tell neither will anything else that I've found so far.

    The OVA file is an archive that contains an Open Virtualization Format (OVF) file that is a native export of (I think it was) the Citrix XenServer. However the free Citrix converter wont touch this thing, and nor will the free VMware converter.

    Now while just asking the major manufacturer's sales guy what I'm supposed to do with this thing normally makes sense...said sales guy hasn't yet responded to any of my requests - which started Friday - for said interaction. Did I mention that "The Brass" at both ends happen to really like said manufacturer...so switching to someone with better phone skills ain't an option.

   So... Here I am hoping someone here has had occasion to run into this predicament and recalls a solution to either convert directly from OVA to VHD/VHDX, or at the very least just extract the OVF from the OVA so I can (bank shot) convert that a few times into something that might actually boot when I load this thing and click start in the Hyper-V Manager.

Thank you,

Stoic Joker

   

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