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326  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..).
327  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
328  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.
329  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
330  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.
331  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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This was fun to play with for a half an hour at lunch.
332  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.
333  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?
334  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.
335  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?!?
336  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.
337  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
338  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

   

339  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Syncovery/SFFS open to suggestions for support for various cloud services on: March 18, 2014, 07:11:46 AM
Granted I know nothing about this software but after poking around their site a bit I already like them. I'm currently on the fence about exploring cloud based backup options (for ~2TB), so I hit the purchase link to see what the cost of this puppy was. While I was racing for the usual sales/marketing hide the salami game that pervades everything these days. 2 clicks in I found the most unbelievably crystal clear description I do believe I've ever seen. https://www.syncovery.com...cweb.cgi?co=am&step=2 (hopefully that link will work).

Standard vs. Professional editions, it quickly and concisely cuts to the list of what Standard Edition doesn't do, which makes the edition decision painlessly simple ... Why the hell can't everybody do that?
340  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 03:57:27 PM
Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile.

I know what versatile means... but what do you mean?  Does it have free rotation?  Not just horizontal and vertical?
Yes, it has free rotation. It also - via creatable/changeable skins - allows the caliper jaw length/size/shape to be modified.

Versatile enough? smiley

For some applications, I guess, but I don't think I ever needed to measure pixels diagonally.   Grin
Is this all Screen Calipers does?

I didn't either think I would either until I ran into some odd shaped stuff that required diagonal measurements. And basically yes, but it does it very well.

If you're not worried about the diagonal stuff, v1 is still (freeware) available for download if you dig a bit.
341  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 01:30:25 PM
Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile.

I know what versatile means... but what do you mean?  Does it have free rotation?  Not just horizontal and vertical?
Yes, it has free rotation. It also - via creatable/changeable skins - allows the caliper jaw length/size/shape to be modified.

Versatile enough? smiley
342  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calipers is currently free on: March 17, 2014, 01:07:33 PM
a couple of people have said that Screen Calipers had difficulties on 64-bit Win 7. One said he solved the problem, by installing new video drivers.

For the record: I have Screen -Calipers -Compass -Protractor and -Shapes, on 64-bit Win 7, with no problems. All purchased on offers.

+1 - I've been using Screen Calipers (v1.0 and up) for years on x64 XP/03/Vista/7 and never had a problem with.

Is Screen Calipers similar to a pixel ruler?   tellme

Same measure size in pixels concept but SC is considerably more versatile. Mind you this is based on an ~7sec analysis of PR because I'd never heard of it before. But the caliper style and digital readout of SC just makes it to handy for me to look at alternatives (never fix what works).
343  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [INTERVIEW] John McAfee's New Cognizant App Puts an End to Spying on: March 17, 2014, 12:03:47 PM
I was considering a smartphone lately, I think you've just helped me make my decision (against).
Will be interesting to hear reports from users.

I do a lot of work in the mobile space at both the API and marketing level. I can tell you... it's worse than anything you hear in the news. I can't post details as I'm under NDA.

I bet. But eventually it becomes exhausting to try to out think ALL of them. I am one of the many who just have to chip off what I can and hope that it's not worth a 3 letter agency going nuclear on lil ol me while risking their true capabilities.


Unfortunately that's just what the 3 letter crowd is counting on, people that are too busy, tired, and or badly uninformed about how intimately technologies are becoming integrated/inserted into their lives.

As 40Hz has said in many places before, "This is a people problem not a technology problem". Sure security on the internet (and etc.) is something that people in general need to pay more attention to. But after a certain point - which is where we're all at with the feds and the internet - it's like not being able to trust the voltage coming out of the wall because the power company is actively trying to fry all you shit.

(Who saw the Walking Dead last night?) How do you deal with people that are just to dangerous to trust?
344  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 11:37:13 AM
Sadly if the US government wasn't wasting so much time peeking in our backyards and panty drawers, they'd of had time to grab a few shots of the rest of the planet and we'd know where that Malaysian plane went.

...

The day SETI succeeds is the day SETI (as a public science project) will cease to exist.

Yes, but at least we'll know that when SETI shuts down...The Invasion is only months away ... So we get a little something out of that deal.

P.S. ^That^ is why I suck at being an optimist. Wink

^ So just think what it will be like if they ever find intelligent life on this planet.

Yeah, like that's ever going to happen. cheesy
345  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: March 14, 2014, 07:11:11 AM
+1 on the high 5 - Holy Shit! That's Funny (and true)!

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Sadly if the US government wasn't wasting so much time peeking in our backyards and panty drawers, they'd of had time to grab a few shots of the rest of the planet and we'd know where that Malaysian plane went.

News flash for the NSA: The plane isn't on friggin FaceBook ... So zip up your flies, go out side, and do some real work for a change.
346  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 13, 2014, 02:06:28 PM
@SJ - Just thinkin'...Samba 4 now has the ability to act as a basic AD DC...

Never tried it personally. Have you?  huh

 ohmy Might be fun to play with, but I'm still trying to get Samba installed on something in a VM so I can play with it properly. I tried getting TinyCore TCL installed in a VM at lunch today...but never did find an install button in the damn thing. CD.iso booted fine, right to DT ... But the VM's HDD is raw and the install shortcut isn't where the instructions said it should be.  Sad Derp! cheesy
347  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 01:16:42 PM
...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy

Need to get some leathers.  Cool

I've had the same leathers for over 20 years. They work fine...but only so well. What I need is Tropical Breezes instead of this Arctic shit we been getting lately. Wink

You wear colors as well?   tellme   My part of the Big Chill already came and went.  It's back up to a Tropical 75 with a light breeze.  smiley

Hehe No colors, I'm not much on the pack mentality, and I don't follow orders worth a damn.

You're way down south, I'm central FL, so the afternoons here are nice...but morning sucks. By the time I got to Main St. last Saturday at 9am, I looked like Giampy's ^cat^.
348  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 12:03:09 PM
...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy

Need to get some leathers.  Cool

I've had the same leathers for over 20 years. They work fine...but only so well. What I need is Tropical Breezes instead of this Arctic shit we been getting lately. Wink
349  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 13, 2014, 11:25:19 AM
.. and those still battling winter
 (see attachment in previous post)

Loved this one. I'm so tired of cold weather I could scream. Christ, I didn't run all the way over to Daytona Beach for Bike Week so I could see girls walking around dressed in parkas FFS! ...And the wind chill at 100mph is murder I tell Ya. cheesy
350  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: Free book for the Tiny Core Linux distro on: March 13, 2014, 07:17:11 AM

Cool! Thanks man! ...Now all I need is time.. (eek).
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