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3076  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avira - chases Uniblue affiliate scareware $ on: June 15, 2011, 06:34:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I have a half dozen clients that use Avira. I guess I can expect calls sooner or later because of some of this. Wonder if it affects the paid versions or is exclusively limited to the freebie.

Skimming the threads posted above it looks like they are doing a partnered push of the crapware across the board.


Makes me more convinced than ever if you want (or need) to use a free antivirus/antimalware product, your best bet is still Mucrosoft Security Essentials.  Thmbsup

(MSE) It ain't perfect, but at least it doesn't add to the problem. I'm stickin' with it too!
3077  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 07:26:10 PM
Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

I can't agree. Do you know anyone under 30 who pays for recorded music? I don't. But they listen to music all the time. They love music. They just won't pay for it. They don't think it's in any way wrong not to buy it. They think "old people" are odd because they pay for music. But at least musicians can earn a living from live performance. That's the deal now. The money is spent at the gigs and festivals. No one pays for the recorded stuff. Except us old people.

I think that is an unfair generalization that reflects quite badly on the angst of youth. My son, and many of his friends, spent a good deal of their income on music. They also pirated some of the rest. All in all however I'd say they bought considerably more of their music collection then I did at their age back-in-the-day. Because back then I knew, and then was the guy with a dual cassette deck.

The thieving children boogieman is nothing more that RIAA propaganda trying to candlelight people into surrendering more of their rights in the name of "Protecting the Author's IP Rights. ...Which of course they haven't ever given two shits about.

Apple is making a boatload of cash with the iStore ... Do you really think it all only and just from people over 30?? That's not really a good demographic for getting fads started now is it? No the kids today have got money, and now that drugs are out of fashion, they spend most of it on media based entertainment.
3078  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 06:27:02 PM
What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.

Can't you make it more effective by applying brute farce?

Brut?!? ...I thought you were an Old Spice man!

Hay, you reckon the Cologne would to cover the fact that you shit your pants when the array crashes long enough for you to make it to an exit?
3079  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 06:17:16 PM
Any time these forums discuss the marketing of books/music/tech there is a general tendency to kick the big companies involved who want to make money. Add to that a general loathing of DRM without offering any idea as to how content creators are supposed to make any money. I have no illusions about big bad corporate life (I've done my time there) but putting two fingers up to the money-making machine without offering any alternative doesn't advance the argument.

I think you anytime people discuss the topic of DRM. That's real people. Normal people. People that are outside of the corporate machine. What was it something like 4 billion dollars these clowns pissed down the drain on the protection scheme some college kid "cracked" with the Shift key?!?

They cry about piracy making them lose their shirts, but I haven't seen record execs driving rusty Pintos yet. Back before the infernal inter-web, there was always a guy in every neighborhood that had a dual cassette deck that would happily dub you a copy of what ever albums were current if you showed up with the blank cassettes (and a 6 pack). It was simple enough to do. And nobody ever even raised an eyebrow. But then again there was a lot of really good music back in the 60's and 70's.

Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

In my time I've purchased 4 copies of U2's The Joshua Tree on cassette...because they kept breaking. I finally pirated the last copy, so now I have one that I know I can keep. Does that make me a bad person? (Do you think I care...? smiley )
3080  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 05:50:01 PM
Oh yeah, Apple is definitely way ahead of Google.

Yes, but that's only because their User Experience Probe sticks out farther. ...As it has to be that long when they stick it up your ass to read your mind (or re-program it as necessary).

 cheesy
3081  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 05:38:56 PM
RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite))

I think you meant parity. tongue Grin

What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.


So here's another question: If you have a RAID setup, would Windows show the individual drives in My Computer, or would they all appear as a single drive?

Hardware RAID will show the array as a single disk. Most software RAIDs will do the same. The exception being if you do an in windows Dynamic Disk type RAID configuration. Then the disks will be listed seperately, but have a red partition header that is shared between them.
3082  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fold 2.0.1.0 on: June 14, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
If the Taskbar is set to AutoHide, the OS reports the desktop work area the same as the screen resolution.  IOW, there's no way to know where to put the gap.

I've banged my head on that rock a few times...And I still don't know the answer (I suspect there ain't one).
3083  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 07:12:28 AM
Quick-N-Dirty explanation:

RAID 0 (Striped) - One drive dies = RAID self destruct/all data is gone (e.g. it not actually redundant).

RAID 1 (mirrored) - One drive dies = You have and can run on second copy just fine until replacement (which you should order immediately) arrives. Low-end controllers you have to tell to rebuild/re-sync the mirrors. Commercial ones will usually start the process automatically (especially if you have a "hot spare").

RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite)) - One drive dies = Same as RAID 1. Main difference being it's faster that RAID 1.
3084  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 14, 2011, 07:00:55 AM
Uhm, would mounting the USB drive into a subdirectory, as you can do using Disk management, be feasible? I use it to have all my USB sticks (several brands in several capacities) in 1 subdirectory (0-USBdrives) of my harddisk, and it never connects wrong. The 0 is in the name to have it on top of the directorylist for easy discovery when using Explorer.

That was one of the first things I tried. However you can only mount one drive at a time to any given directory. Which means you'll end up with 5 targets. So...

Unfortunately no, thanks to Symantec's refusal to pole the media pool for the active target/device before running the backup. Which is after all the whole point of having a pool of media to select from. If you restart all the Backup Exec services it will do exactly that (pole the pool), and nail the correct device every time. But that's insanely impractical to do before every backup.
3085  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 10:27:01 PM
Ya just gotta like ^this guy^...He does have some good/interesting points. But I still don't like Access. *Shrug*  smiley
3086  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:57:52 PM
I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*

I've seen a couple of good ones.  The problem is, with any enterprise, once something is *good* they want *better*.  Which in most cases means *bigger*.  The road to hell, and all that...

Agreed, it usually goes something like this:
Brass: This thing is great, but can we...
IT: oh shit.

...Been there. smiley
3087  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Execute a command line rather than just a program on: June 13, 2011, 06:40:27 PM
@pmoore - Sorry about the off topic ... But I just noticed you Hong Kong Phooey avatar. I used to love that show!

Carry on...
 smiley
3088  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:20:40 PM
How's that?  I think that's a good solution in case access alone doesn't work.

Considering you mentioned the output quality was important (IIRC), it seems a good way to keep the bases all covered. And should make a later transition easier (by keeping things loosely coupled) should it be required.
3089  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:12:34 PM
As a network/systems administrator I'm definitely in wraith808's corner on this. I've seen many an Access based nightmare, and am thus a big fan of SQL.

But I will give you this one:
Access's brilliance is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development. 

Access's downfall is that it leverages any moderately intelligent person into data-driven application development, even those who know nothing about application development.

Any time I use it the tied hands effect the WYSIWYG affords makes me want to tear my eyes out almost immediately. Only saving grace is that you can at least switch to a (semi) proper SQL Query prompt and get something done. But even that's a bit clumsy.

I've scratch written many of our internal systems, and while it did take more time to do it around a SQL db ... Once it was done, it was done. Scaling issues aren't a problem, the server just handles what is thrown at it. Which is good because I had a lot more time back when most of this stuff was done. So now as the data volume increases and usage picks up, I don't have to worry about it turning into a fire-drill because the db decided to max out and explode. Getting to the 50,000 record stability/performance turning point really isn't that hard to do these days.

I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*
3090  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 03:56:04 PM
Am I the only one who hates gestures and was happy with the simple "scroll areas" on the sides of touch pads, along with a right and *physical* button?

Nope, I am totally with you on that! smiley Only gestures I like are done in the air in front of the screen ... Or in traffic...
3091  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 03:51:40 PM
So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes?

Nope. It should have picked E: The next available drive letter - not the next letter available after the last drive letter you assigned.

Okay, that's along the lines of the behavior I am used to/was expecting/experienced. Ya had me thinking I was missing something there for a bit.

USB and Servers are two things I generally like to keep away from each-other. But Tape is just too freaking expensive these days... *Sigh*
3092  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 13, 2011, 11:58:32 AM
The only thing "killing" the recording industry is their insistence on pouring billions of dollars into trying to figure out how best to stick people with a crippled product.

If they really want to constantly waste that much of their profits they should go back to snorting them off of coffee tables.

Like in the 80s ... Sure the music sucked...but it was fun...
3093  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 13, 2011, 11:46:16 AM
I just looked at the last fixed harddrive letter (in this case CDEFG were all being used), plugged in a USB key and assigned it one more than the next available letter which in this case is the letter is I. (I set the key to hold a backup of the system state data since I didn't want it to just sit there doing nothing BTW.)

We then set set the backup software to look for the H drive. Because with drive I now 'permanently' occupied by the USB key, it leaves a gap in the sequence, with the next available letter being H. If you remove and then immediately add (as in swap) an external drive, it will always assign it the same letter (H) since it's the next available in sequence (i.e. CDEFG_I).

So why create a gap in the letter sequence? Here's why: Anything that gets plugged in after that will get letter J or higher.

Hm... Either there's a hole in your theory, or the server didn't read the same manuals that you did...  undecided The used letters on that machine were:
C: - Physical
D: - CD-ROM
F: - Mapped Drive
S: - Physical

 So from what you're saying it should pick T: next, yes? It didn't/doesn't *Shrug* I got tired of fiddling with it and Moved the CD-ROM to M: (because I was Mad) so the backups could use D: without tripping over the mapped F: Drive (always a good time).

Don't ya just love it when what's supposed to happen and what does happen aren't even close...  cheesy

So as long as you're swapping H properly using the remove USB applet - and you immediately replace it with another drive - the drive letter shouldn't change. The backup drive will always get the letter that falls into the gap. And any additional USB drives will grab letter J or higher so it won't affect your designated backup drive letter assignment. No more having the backup drive's letter jumping around.

Server headless - Caching disabled ... I'm thinking about filling the other USB parts with Silly Putty ... That'll keep the riff raff out.
3094  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 13, 2011, 06:41:33 AM
Actually the multi-touch feature in the new Dell touch-pads works quite well. I haven't used it extensively, but I did play with it for about 10min before shutting it off as it was confusing the hell out of the techno-impaired user that owned the machine. Best I could tell it worked perfectly before getting disabled for "safety reasons".
3095  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 12, 2011, 08:03:00 AM
@40hz:
Rite of passage would describe it better, I think.  Thmbsup

Hmmm...

Quote
turning point
(turning points plural ) A turning point is a time at which an important change takes place which affects the future of a person or thing.

Quote
rite of passage
a ritual event that marks an individual's progress from one status to another

Maybe...but I think I'm going to stick with turning point. tongue

Having been through the event from both sides (my father to me & me to my son), I must agree with Shades completely. While not necessarily ritualistic as it has no specifically structured steps, it is none the less a key and necessary transition that affords one a prideful look of approval from their patriarch...(inclusive of the rights earned from the accompanying respect)..when they finally "pass" this very crucial (and specific) test of responsibility.
3096  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 11, 2011, 04:25:14 PM
[Desperately scrambling for a "bright side"]

If the entire experience is documented throughly, it should make for an excellent cautionary tail.
3097  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Not bad article on The Sins of Ubuntu on: June 11, 2011, 03:11:11 PM
O_o Uh, Okay... With a name like CrunchBang I just gotta try it!
3098  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: June 11, 2011, 10:01:18 AM
^Okay, 65 sounds better...You're forgiven...Except for the iPhone part.  cheesy

In fairness, I have the same kind of problem on my Android. The problem is the form factor. It's meant for 10 year old girls, and not grown men with thumbs that are a half the size of the screen width.

Right, understood. Typos are normal/human/part of life (is perfectly O-Tay). But... Having an iPhone, Well now that's a (Ehm...) Curable Condition. Wink

Chicklet keyboards are an improvement though. I wish my phone had one. I'd also like it if it had a slide out keyboard and the keyboard part were the heavily weighted one. (Better for balance.)

Being that I just got my first one a few months back (HTC WMP7 Arrive) I am new to the whole smart phone game. And I do find myself using the slide-out KB more than the on screen one. Not so much because of a scale issue, as they really are about the same. But more because of a layout issue; the slide-out has a much more familiar feel to it.

I'm really just surprised that I've gone this long without wanting to throw it out a window. Especially considering that I hated them to start with and was looking for an excuse to toss the thing when first I opened the box.
3099  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for advice, tips, wisdom: Adding my 1st Mac into the [tech] family... on: June 10, 2011, 02:23:14 PM
 huh ...So... the the only way to avoid giving Apple more money...is to give Apple more money???  undecided ...Must be part of that new math I never learned.. O_o
3100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's Your Internet Speed/Reliability SATISFACTION? on: June 10, 2011, 11:54:19 AM
^Okay, 65 sounds better...You're forgiven...Except for the iPhone part.  cheesy
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