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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote on: November 27, 2014, 04:30:08 PM
I just now stumbled upon this Lifehacker overview (not too detailed) and comparison: Lifehacker Faceoff: OneNote vs. Evernote
The post is dated 2014-03-25.
I think it could be pretty useful if OneNote and Evernote were somehow merged...   undecided
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wiki-like hyperlinking. on: November 27, 2014, 04:19:29 PM
Made an EDIT to Re: Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks above:

EDIT by IainB on 2014-11-28 1059hrs: This functionality was replaced in OneNote 2007 and later. All you have to do now is type out a word or phrase with double square brackets at both ends - e.g., [[this phrase]] - and if a page in your open Notebooks already exists with that word/phrase as its title, then OneNote will underline the text of the word/phrase you have just typed in and turn it into a hyperlink to that existing page, otherwise OneNote will create a page with that word/phrase as a title, in the section you are currently in, and will underline the text of the word/phrase you have just typed in and turn it into a hyperlink to that newly-created page.
This is Wiki-like hyperlinking, and potentially incredibly useful.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The potential time/cost benefits of improved code efficiency. on: November 26, 2014, 07:08:13 PM
Well, it's food for thought, isn't it?
Operational code efficiency was not only a salient point when I was learning assembler on mainframes, but also later when I was developing/supporting analysis and reporting programs written in FORTRAN (mostly for cross-tabulation, mathematical programming and financial modelling).
The advent of the conventional 3-tier client-server model tended to somewhat obscure the relevance/need for code efficiency, but it was still relevant to mainframe operations which were being used on some kind of shared service (or time-sharing) basis - which is arguably what the current cloud-based models are.

So what @40hz says is likely to be true:
In and of itself, it may not be that important to some developers. But to their clients, who are increasingly buying CPU cycles from cloud providers like Amazon, it's will inevitably become a major concern. ...
- i.e., it's a business issue.
For much the same reason, the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) of an IT operation will tend to remain a business issue.

@Renegade's joke about:
Or, they could hire crappier programmers for cheaper, fire the expensive ones, save $8,000 a month, and not care about the $400. ...
- would tend to be useful only in a relatively very short-term view, as, in the longer-term, it would frustrate/defeat the theoretical objective benefits of improving the processes of software development per Humphrey's CMM, and software operation per Deming's 14-point philosophy - i.e., in the former, improvement of software development process efficiency and in the latter improvement of operational software efficiency would be synergistic business objectives.

Thus "producing the optimum cost-effective capital cost and optimum cost-effective design for fuel-efficiency for fleet vehicles" - to use @40hz's analogy.

@40hz and @Renegade - I thought you might find it interesting!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / The potential time/cost benefits of improved code efficiency. on: November 26, 2014, 06:32:00 AM
With the increasingly higher speed processors and faster disk access times that we may be accustomed to nowadays, code efficiency (including, for example, execution efficiency and the utilisation of CPU secs. and I/O operations) is not necessarily such a pressing matter of concern for developers as it was in times past. So I was quite interested in reading the case study below about how relatively marginal efficiency improvements in a relatively large-scale computing platform could lead to significant time/cost savings.
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
How shaving 0.001s from a function saved $400/mo on Amazon EC2 | Ben Milleare

If premature optimisation is the root of all evil, then timely optimisation is clearly the sum of all things good.

Over at ExtractBot, my HTML utility API, things have been hotting up gradually over several months; to the extent that, at peak, it’s now running across 18 c1.medium instances on Amazon EC2. Each of those weigh in at 1.7Gb memory and 5 compute units (2 cores x 2.5 units).

At standard EC2 rates that would work out at around $2.52/hr (almost $2000/mo).

Amazon states that one EC2 compute unit is the “equivalent CPU capacity of a 1.0-1.2 GHz 2007 Opteron or 2007 Xeon processor”. So that’s like having 90 of them churning through HTML; and it takes a lot of it to keep them busy.

It’s not so much the number of requests that dictates CPU load with ExtractBot, but more what the assemblies look like (think of an assembly as a factory conveyor belt of robots passing HTML snippets to each other). Now, most of our beta testers are fairly low volume right now, but one of them is a little different; over ~18 hours of each day they pump around 2.2M HTML pages into the system. In their specific assembly, each page runs through a single CSS robot and the results (~10 per page) then get fed into a further 11 separate CSS robots along with a couple of Regex robots.

If we look at just the CSS robots for now, that’s around 244 million over the course of the 18 hour run. Or to put it in a way that’s easier to visualise – over 3,700 per second.

Normally, shaving 0.001s from a function would not exactly be top of my optimisation hit list, but after looking at where requests were spending most of their time it was obvious it would make considerable difference. 0.001s on 3.7k loops means we could save a whopping 3.7 seconds of CPU time in every second of real time. To put that another way, we could effectively drop about four of our c1.medium instances, a saving on standard EC2 pricing of over $400/mo.

So, what does shaving 0.001s from a single function look like?

cpudrop_500px [the graph shows a 17% step drop in CPU utilisation]

This entry was posted in Crawler.io on September 25, 2013.
5  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 24, 2014, 07:48:30 PM
Saw this today and thought it could be of interest:
Unchecky Trusted Freeware download and reviews - SnapFiles.com
Prevent accidental installations of third party offers.
Unchecky is a small tool that can help you prevent accidental acceptance of third party sponsor offers during software installations. The program runs as a background service and monitors your software installations. If it detects any unrelated offers, it automatically unchecks them for you, so you don't accidentally install any unwanted software. We tested Unchecky with a handful of different installers and it worked particularly well with OpenCandy, AVG and some others (see our screenshots). Keep in mind that there are many different types of third party offers and installation schemes and Unchecky will not work with all of them - it missed a few during our tests. Nonetheless, Unchecky works well with most of the popular installers and uses very little resources. If you frequently find yourself overlooking third party offers and end up with unwanted toolbars or application, you definitely want to give Unchecky a try! The current version has a rather minimalist interface without any additional configuration options. We'd like to seem some logging features or notification options that keep the user informed of Unchecky's actions.

It is described briefly on the developer's website, and there's some interesting discussion/comment about it:
Unchecky v0.3
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Introducing Unchecky v0.3!

The new version of Unchecky provides you with more visual feedback:

    A tray icon is visible as long as the Unchecky service is running.
    When an offer is rejected, a notification message is shown (see screenshot below).


Also, Unchecky v0.3 has an activity log, which was the most requested feature on UserEcho. You can see which installers were handled by Unchecky, how many offers were rejected, and how many warnings were displayed:

As you can see from the above screenshot, there are also social network buttons, which allow you to tell your friends and family about Unchecky. Please use them! We have great plans about Unchecky, and we need your help to spread the word.
Posted in Software, Updates by RaMMicHaeL at October 7th, 2014.
Tags: unchecky
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 24, 2014, 04:08:40 PM
German bureaucracy is pragmatic - and ironic, but honest with it:
German Government Refuses FOI Request By Pointing Out Document Already Leaked | Techdirt
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
rom the well-played dept

Freedom of information requests are a powerful way of finding out things that governments would rather not reveal. As a result, requests are often refused on a variety of grounds, some more ridiculous than others. The Netzpolitik blog points us to a rather unusual case concerning a request by the politician Malte Spitz for a letter from the Chief of Staff of the German Chancellery to members of a commission investigating intelligence matters. The request was refused on the grounds that the document was already freely available (original in German):
    The information you requested may be obtained free of charge on the Internet by anyone, in a reasonable manner. The letter from the Chief of the Federal Chancellery, Federal Minister Peter Altmaier, to the chairman of the first committee of inquiry of the 18th legislature, Professor Dr. Sensburg, is publicly available and published in full at the following link:


The Netzpolitik link included there leads to an article that a few weeks earlier had not only leaked the document requested by Spitz, but also noted wryly that the letter from Altmaier threatens anyone leaking documents with legal action.
The German bureaucracy should be applauded for taking the adult view that once a document is leaked, it is publicly -- and officially -- available. This contrasts with the childish attempts by the British government to pretend that Snowden's leaks never happened, and its refusal even to pronounce the name of some of the surveillance programs he revealed.

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7  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 24, 2014, 06:44:58 AM
Oh, sorry, yes. I would have mentioned it, but I assumed you would have already known that Google Reader was killed off some time ago.
I now use Bazqux reader, which looks just like Google Reader and behaves almost the same too. Only thing is, it cannot use the Google Reader Filter extension. I am wondering whether to rewrite the filter myself, or ask the developer to provide something that does the job.
The filter seems to be in Java script, and I am unfamiliar with writing that, but I could probably figure it out if I decided to give it the necessary time...
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Feature request: automatic OCR of captured images. on: November 24, 2014, 01:42:44 AM
@mouser: Could you consider this please?
Based on this: Inside Microsoft OCR Libraries.

- I would really like to see if CHS could accommodate this:
...Perform OCR on any text in images as they are clipped ...
(i.e., similar to OneNote.)

- so that CHS would be able to do this with the captured images - i.e., just like with ordinary text capture clips:
...Look at this:
I have set up a child group in the CHS "tree" called "Auto-Tags". ...

Ideally, it might be most useful if the OCR'd text was attached somehow to the image file in the database, say to the CHS "Clip Text" part of the clip, so it would be searchable and copyable within CHS.
Or - just thinking aloud - this might (say) imply saving such images as .JPG files with the OCR'd text saved/appended as Alternative Text(?) or to (say) the Caption field in the IPTC section of that file. The idea would be to also enable things like Windows Search and image management tools (e.g., Picasa) to pick up the OCR'd text, though I am unsure whether that would even be possible with Windows Search without some kind of iFilter (e.g., as is required to index/search for text in .TIFF files).
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Inside Microsoft OCR Libraries. on: November 24, 2014, 12:24:57 AM
In the light of what I wrote here:
...In our OCR case, I can better explain if I make a comparison: OCR is to data gathering/extraction what push-button dialling was to the telephone. ...

- this could be useful to know about:
Inside Windows Platform – Inside Microsoft OCR Libraries
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
November 21, 2014 by Emilio Salvador Prieto // PC, Phone, Tablet // 2 Comments   

In this episode of Inside Windows Platform, we talked with Ivan Stojiljkovic, the Dev Lead of the OCR team at Microsoft.

OCR is acompelling developer scenario which can empower all sorts of useful mobile apps. Microsoft has been developing OCR functionality for its apps for some time now. In order to get real world data, the OCR team first published their code as part of the Bing Translator app, which gave them extensive data, allowing them to deliver near real-time translation of any camera captured text.

Now, the OCR team is giving you the ability to leverage the power of character recognition to your applications. The OCR team has published their libraries to NuGet, for you.

Video here, source below

Here are some links to the related materials:
    Microsoft OCR library NuGet page
    Microsoft OCR library sample app
    Microsoft OCR library MSDN documentation
    DevRadio show featuring the Microsoft OCR Library

Let us know if you have any feedback.
10  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: v\View first unread in thread? on: November 23, 2014, 10:19:59 PM
Most forums have a "view first unread" button for threads.  I found one reference to pressing the "new icon" to show the first unread in the thread.  Bit I don't see the icon or anything that looks like it will view the first unread post.  I've been hitting "Go Down" then backing up..  kind of awkward.  Is there a button that does the View First Unread in Thread function?

...I can only assume the board software somehow makes it awkward to implement or everyone is fine with a chain of new posts from mixed threads.  Either way it looks like no joy.
 guess I'll just switch to newest post at top of thread instead of chronological order.

Though it's neither a "button" nor a solution, the closest approach to a solution that I had for this same requirement was in Google Reader, which had  a rather good Firefox add-in - "Google Reader Filter", that was really handy on DCF where you could have lots of new posts on the same/different threads, interspersed with new topic posts. I managed to get it so that the filter displayed only the latest post in any ongoing discussion, thus, you only saw the latest post (with a prefix "Re:") or the first post of a new topic. This got rid of all the "noise" and greatly assisted skim-reading:


11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: November 23, 2014, 09:37:34 PM
There have been several scientific frauds covered in this discussion thread, and today I was reading a new review of one of the biggest such frauds - a fraud with an effective lifetime that spanned approx. 40 years, even getting into school textbooks on prehistory as a bona fide discovery of palaeontology: Piltdown Man: Untangling One of the Most Infamous Hoaxes in Scientific History—Blog—The Appendix
What is especially interesting here is that several very distinguished scientists apparently collaborated in this deliberate fraud, in peer review and invention, and even today we are not entirely sure about the "why"/motivation for doing it. The urge that some scientists evidently sometimes succumb to - to create a fraud - is nothing particularly new or peculiar to modern-day science, though the motives are not necessarily fully understood or the same in each case.
(The review is copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Piltdown Man: Untangling One of the Most Infamous Hoaxes in Scientific History

Posted by Lydia Pyne on May 16, 2014

Few scientific forgeries have captured the scientific and public imaginations as completely as that of the 1912 Piltdown Man hoax. While examples of blatant fraud can be found in many scientific disciplines over the centuries, out-and-out forgeries and hoaxes prove to be relatively rare. The Piltdown Man is one of the most studied and least resolved incidents in the history of paleoanthropology – an episode surrounded by mystery and intrigue.

It would seem that just about everyone who is anyone in the paleo-community of the last sixty years has a theory about who perpetrated the fossil hoax; why it lasted as long as it did (forty years); and what Piltdown meant (and means) to paleoanthropology. Suspects charged with perpetrating the hoax have included the fossil’s discoverer Charles Dawson, scientific notables like William J. Sollas and Sir Arthur Keith, and even Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and the philosopher Pierre Teilhard de Chardin.

A 1915 group portrait by John Cooke, Charles Dawson and others associated with the Piltdown find. Wikimedia Commons

In the first decade of twentieth-century, the fledgling discipline had few fossils to hang its science on. A couple of Neanderthal skulls, a few specimens from France, some scattered skeletal elements from around Europe, a skull from Australia – to say nothing of Eugene Dubois’s famous 1891 find in Java (which he termed Pithecanthropus erectus) which firmly established Southeast Asia as an epicenter of human evolution for the scientific communities of Europe. Equally as debated as the geographic origin of human ancestry was the evolutionary sequence of “human-like” traits and the order that these traits appear in the fossil record. For the early twentieth-century paleo-community, the question of whether brains (read: a surrogate for culture) developed before or after bipedalism (read: non-cultural anatomy) occupied a good proportion of paleo-research efforts.

The Piltdown material itself came to the attention of British intellectuals, like paleontologist Arthur Smith Woodward, via the British Museum upon the fossil’s excavation in 1912. The Piltdown fossil consisted of a mandibular fragment (the lower jaw) as well as portions of the crania (the skull), recovered from the Piltdown gravels of East Sussex by antiquarian Charles Dawson. The find was promptly and rather grandiosely named Eoanthropus dawsoni.

Skull of the “Eoanthropus Dawsoni” (Piltdown Man). Wellcome Images

Woodward claimed that the find pointed to a “missing link” in the chain of human evolution – a fossil that could be reconstructed as a human ancestor with a large brain. This would have been a testament to the long-term significance of culture and intellectual prowess in the evolution of Homo sapiens.

Woodward wasn’t alone in his interpretation. The Piltdown fossils became readily accepted by the paleo-community. Indeed, many fossils found in subsequent decades (such as the 1925 Taung Child in South Africa) were ignored due to the influence of Piltdown. Even prominent American paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn (then-president of the American Museum of Natural History) declared the skull and jaw a perfect fit and the specimen fascinating.

A photograph by John Frisby of Uckfield, showing excavations at the Piltdown gravels in 1912. Standing centre left in the picture is the white-bearded figure of Arthur Smith Woodward and working in the trench on the right is Charles Dawson, the local solicitor who had "discovered" the skull of "Piltdown Man." Photo and caption courtesy of http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/index.htm.

Arthur Smith Woodward and Uckfield photographer John Frisby inspect the excavations at Piltdown in 1912. Arthur Smith Woodward was a palaeontologist and Keeper of Geology at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. http://www.photohistory-sussex.co.uk/index.htm

In 1953, a committee of sorts convened to evaluate the growing dissatisfaction with the fossil and the evidence against it being legitimate. In the end, “fossil” was demonstrated to comprise three “modern” species – a human skull, an orangutan jaw, and chimpanzee teeth. The teeth had been filed down and the entire set of bones stained with an iron solution. A few scientists in the early days of the fossil’s fame (like Franz Weidenreich, discoverer of the 1930s fossils ascribed to the so-called Peking Man) declared the fossil a forgery, but it wasn’t until 40 years after the fossil’s entry into the paleo community that is was exposed for what it was.

But what was it? A forgery? A hoax? A joke? A gross error in bending facts to fit a theory?

On some level, the Piltdown “fossil” is all of these things. However, it is also an important lesson not only about early twentieth-century science's search for a missing link, but also our own. In a discourse where chains, links, and linearity are treated not only as helpful metaphors ("the Great Chain of Being," "the Tree of Life"), but as actual explanation for biological phenomenon, Piltdown Man serves as a reminder that missing links can also be invented ones.

A reconstruction of the Piltdown man in three quarters profile. Wellcome Images

Acknowledgments: The author would like to acknowledge the Pennoni Honors College, Drexel University and the generous time and conversations of Dr. Francis Thackery (University of Witwatersrand.)
Recommended Links
    The Piltdown Inquest by Charles Blinderman
    Piltdown: A Scientific Forgery by Frank Spencer
    Bones of Contention by Roger Lewin
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: November 23, 2014, 09:12:32 PM
Tying in with my comment above re the "Nullius in verba/verbo." motto of the Royal Society, London, I have cross-posted this from the "Peer Review" discussion thread:
A new Decalogue for Peer Review and the Scientific Process
Here is some sage advice on thinking from Bertrand Russell, in regard to teaching, and which could equally well be applied to science and peer review. I have copied it below from an RSS feed I subscribe to at brainpickings.org: (well worth a read)
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism champions as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. From the third volume of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell: 1944-1969 comes this remarkable micro-manifesto, entitled A Liberal Decalogue — a vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more.
It originally appeared in the December 16, 1951, issue of The New York Times Magazine, at the end of the article “The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism.”
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  • 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  • 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  • 3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  • 4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  • 5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  • 6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  • 7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  • 8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  • 9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  • 10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.
The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell is a treasure trove of wisdom in its entirety — highly recommended.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Paper: Assumptions in Cryptography - Koblitz and Menezes (2010) on: November 23, 2014, 08:49:48 PM
An interesting paper from 2010: http://www.ams.org/notice.../201003/rtx100300357p.pdf
The Brave New World of Bodacious Assumptions in Cryptography - Neal Koblitz and Alfred Menezes (2010)

Also some accidental irony in the conclusions where there is an implication of the role of the NSA as some kind of approving authority on the matter, rather than as we know it today  - i.e., as an apparently State-sponsored national and international security hacking authority.
14  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 06:51:01 PM
...That's what I meant Iain, today it didn't seem to be there.
Yes, I realised that. I was posting not so much to agree with you as to say that I thought it used to be there (until very recently).
By the way, I forgot to mention that, depending on the source one used to download Java/Flash from, it could make a difference as to whether it had a PUP installed.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 06:40:39 PM
My very quick input:
The design:  Horrific.
The Profile Layout: I think my eyes are bleeding.
The Features: Nothing Interesting.
My consensus:
Yet another social network I won't be joining.

Hahaha. Not too dissimilar to my first impressions on trying it out today...    Wink
It's a bit kludgy too, but that's OK, it's early days yet, still in Beta.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Ello.co - new social network/forum (no advertising or membership data-gathering) on: November 23, 2014, 04:37:48 PM
Not sure whether Ello.co  has been mentioned on DCF already, so I apologise in advance for any duplication.
In early October this year (2014) I requested an invite to join Ello - an interesting newfangled social network that I had read about that was starting up in Beta.
They responded to the effect that they were taking people on board in groups for the Beta, and would invite me at a later stage.
Today they sent me an invite, and so I have now registered.
I have listed below some relevant details about Ello.
However, I would first like to mention that amongst their discussions was one where I came across a very interesting link to this article: Younger Users Spend More Daily Time on Social Networks - eMarketer

I tend to take all market research with a pinch of salt, but if there is any truth in the above article, then the amount of time that people are apparently prepared to dedicate to expending their cognitive surplus (which occupies their their awareness during their waking hours) on social networks is pretty interesting.

Now, about Ello.co (from their own blurb):
  • email 2014-10-05:
    Thank you for your interest in Ello.
    We will invite you as soon as we can. Ello is currently in beta, and we are inviting new users in small groups as we roll out new features.
    In the meantime, please share our Manifesto — and help us spread the word.

  • email 2014-11-24:
    Lucian Föhr (@lucian) has invited you to join Ello. Simple, beautiful & ad-free.
    Created by seven artists and designers, Ello is the social network you have been waiting for. Simple, beautiful & ad-free.
    Click the link below to create your account and get started.

  • Ello | wtf | # Ello ManifestoYour social network
    Ello Manifesto
    Your social network is owned by advertisers.
    Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.
    We believe there is a better way. We believe in audacity. We believe in beauty, simplicity, and transparency. We believe that the people who make things and the people who use them should be in partnership.
    We believe a social network can be a tool for empowerment. Not a tool to deceive, coerce, and manipulate — but a place to connect, create, and celebrate life.
    You are not a product.


  • Take a look at: Ello | wtf | # About Ello[What is Ello?](/wtf/post/about-ello)Updated
17  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pledge: Installer Crapware Wrapper Detection DLL on: November 23, 2014, 03:23:15 PM
Not sure if this is true today but I think Oracle's Java and/or Adobe/Macromedia Flash Player installs used to (and may still do) come bundled with the Ask.com web browser search installer.
From memory, I recall that MBAM (Malwarebytes) is able to detect some candyware as PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs) that it has recorded in its virus signature database. It detects the signature files for PUPs in software installers and I think (but am not sure) that it may even sometimes be able to isolate/remove the PUP components from the main software install, leaving the basic software installer intact.

I shall post a query for clarification about this in the MBAM support forum and drop the answer in this thread.
18  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: IsoBuster Pro - Mini-Review on: November 21, 2014, 01:57:07 PM
UPDATE: 2014-11-22 0851hrs: IsoBuster v3.5 beta (2014-11-21).
I have also added details to the table in the OP of this mini-review:
  • To summarise a list of the range of media IsoBuster can recover data from.
  • To provide a link to a Testimonials page.
  • To provide a link to reviews in PC forums and discussion groups.
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Sorting - latest copy on top on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:31 AM
I think the conclusion is that CHS always sorts to the bottom when you start up, and I have to try to fix that.
I just tested this. I see what you mean. Though the options say it sets sort order etc. in the layout you select, it always positions the pointer at the logical "bottom" of the captured items in the pane, regardless of whether they were sorted in ascending or descending order.
I never noticed this before as I always want to sort in ascending order with the last captured clip being shown at the bottom of the pane.
20  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: WizNote (a PIM from China) - Mini-Review + Provisional User Forum on: November 21, 2014, 07:06:28 AM
Yes, that Chinese Cloud dependency is a bit of a security worry - almost as bad as a US Cloud dependency (which you now know with certainty is being hacked by NSA or some other State function).   ...   

I too miss the Client-based Evernote v2 approach - though it was not as comprehensive as I would have liked. That is why I have provisionally plumped for OneNote - which can be Client-based and/or Cloud-based, plus it has encryption of discrete parts or all of a Notebook.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 21, 2014, 06:55:21 AM
Yes, you may well have already posted them in this thread. I can't keep up with all the recommendations here - I rarely watch video, but when I do, I tend to gorge myself. I recall having seen SEED before, but not Worlds Apart.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 21, 2014, 05:03:34 AM
@4wd: Blimey. What did you do to get that result? Why does it have the Plus and Minus next to the 100% Health report? I've never seen that before.
Did you somehow set the offset to -1639, or did HDS do that? I haven't thrown away that "bad" drive of mine. If it still has life and is not deteriorating, then maybe I should put a new image on it?

Is that (writing a new image) the sort of thing @SeraphimLabs means where he writes:
...I've salvaged quite a few 'bad' devices that way, simply overwriting them repeatedly a few times to brute force trigger the remapping sequence.
Overwriting them repeatedly is what Spinrite does, I think - except it didn't work on that particular drive of mine:
...The software was unable to run on my hardware (disk drive) - for the simple technical reason that it was not possible to effect a BIOS switch change to enable it. ...
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 20, 2014, 04:51:24 PM
@panzer: Thanks for those links!
I found IDIOTS to be quite a good satirical social commentary. It captured almost exactly my thoughts on the matter - for years I have found such idiocy incomprehensible, but am usually too polite to make comment about it. I had wondered whether others saw it also.
As for Father And Daughter - 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film, it was a very good find, I thought. I found it gently, hauntingly, heartbreakingly beautiful - but that's just my perception. Others may perceive something different from it.

Then I became "hooked" as I followed some other interesting videos/films linked/related on the YouTube page, and watched those also:
  • CGI Award-Winning Animated Short Film HD: "Worlds Apart" - by Michael Zachary Huber (9:06mins)
    From The CGBros
    Published on 23 Jan 2014
    Watch this fantastic **Multi-Award Winning** CGI Animated sci-fi short film, that tells the story of a young Central California family caught in an unimaginable situation. Told through the eyes of a child's teddy bear, Worlds Apart is part cautionary fairytale and part science fiction thriller. The film has garnered fourteen Best Animation awards from festivals around the globe.
    This version of Worlds Apart features an excellent film score by Chad Seiter. Having worked on films such as The Incredibles and Ratatouille, Chad was the perfect person to undertake the score and orchestration for Worlds Apart. For the final recording Chad assembled some of the most talented musicians in Hollywood, this included artists from the LA Philharmonic.
    This is the third film written, produced, and directed by Michael Zachary Huber.
    To reach Chad and see his full list of credits look here.
    For more information on the film you can contact the director at:
    Email - mzhuber@gmail.com

  • CLOSER - Sci-Fi Short Movie - Full HD (19:23mins)
    From Riviera Film
    Published on 5 Sep 2013
    Sci-Fi Short Film Directed by Angelo Licata.
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/closerscifi
    Officiale page: http://lordsofillusion.com/closer/

  • REWIND - Cancelled TV show pilot - Time Travel Sci-fi/Action (Promo) (1:16:01hrs) - NOT A SHORT VIDEO.
    From Italianoboy UK
    Published on 14 Jan 2014
    Cancelled TV pilot of the sci-fi series; REWIND (Series 01 - episode 01)
    Cancelled TV Show/Film which revolves around a team of military field operatives and civilian scientists who must use untested technology to travel back in time to alter past events in order to change the future and avoid a devastating terrorist attack.

  • SEED, Short Film (13:40mins)
    From Tyson Wade Johnston
    Published on 24 Oct 2012
    "Set in the year 2071, where technology has brought mankind to the brink of colonization on a planet named Gaia, one astronaut takes on an isolated mission and discovers unearthly horrors that could bring an end to human life on this planet".
    Written & Directed by Tyson Wade Johnston.
    Starring Justin Zachary.
    A Free Bandit Motion Picture, © tysonwadejohnston.co

  • Ice Planet 2001 (1:22:54hrs) - NOT A SHORT VIDEO.
    From TweetyLTWG
    Published on 24 Feb 2013
    Ice Planet full movie. SciFi movie, to some maybe the worst movie, but others say: "Hey, its science fiction, so anything is possible". I myself give this movie a 5 (out of 10). Nevertheless, enjoy.
    Also visit www.andrewssuperstore.com
    This is an unsold TV Pilot, that arrived on DVD in 2003

Now I really must get on with something more useful...
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive SMART Stats - from the BackBlaze Blog on: November 20, 2014, 06:48:44 AM
Interesting. Based on sound observations. That tallies pretty closely with what HDS (Hard Disk Sentinel) was reporting about the deteriorating state of my laptop hard drive a while back. I shall make a note of those for future reference.
This was a Seagate ST9500420AS 2½" laptop drive:

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 10:10:43 PM
^^ Yes, I quite agree. 4D is a great tool, though I personally would probably not use it for a project outline as I would (usually) get stuck into MS Project (or similar) for that sort of work - i.e., a critical path analysis Gantt/PERT tool.
MS OneNote certainly wouldn't be my first choice for that sort of work (project outlining), for similar reasons as you give.
The constraints I saw in 4D:
"...relatively rather constrained (by its technology) for other uses - e.g., not being able to usefully capture forms of input data other than text. ...) ... not sufficiently comprehensive (at least, not for my needs)"
- had little bearing on its fitness-for-purpose as a rather nifty writing tool (whatever you were wanting to write, structured or unstructured).

I would wish that OneNote had such features as 4D integrated into it. I liked it so much that I nearly bought the thing last March "just in case" I might be able to make good use of it later.   embarassed
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