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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 07:25:55 PM
Thanks. To avoid going down the rat-hole, I corrected the post to read:
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Increasingly Libre/OpenOffice and others are looking better by comparison, and of course the Google Docs alternative too
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 05:53:07 PM
Yes, it seems a very strange marketing strategy - increasingly restrictive and controlling for the Customer. I suspect that only someone with more money than sense would buy the MS Office 2013 Home/Business product knowing the licence constraints. The advice otherwise would seem to be to avoid it altogether - the product is effectively in a product lifecycle cul-de-sac (a dead end). Why would a user want to be trapped in such a business relationship with the behemoth Microsoft?

As for MS Office 365, well, I guess that from Microsoft's $$$ perspective maybe there is potentially "one born every minute".

Increasingly Libre/OpenOffice and others are looking better by comparison, and of course the Google Docs alternative too - though Google's unilateral and without a "by-your-leave" shutting down of many of its other offerings is likely to ensure that no prudent user could seriously commit to Google Docs without swallowing a load of potential risk - e.g., a decision to decommission the service could happen overnight, leaving you high and dry.
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 03:56:28 PM
I subscribe to Office Watch (was "WOW" or Woody's Office Watch).
They just sent out an interesting bit of information that you can find on their website:
Are you sure about non-transferable?
(Some pertinent snippets quoted below, sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Office 2013 can't be moved from the computer you first install it on - we’re quite sure.

..." How can I use the software?

We do not sell our software or your copy of it – we only license it. Under our license we grant you the right to install and run that one copy on one computer (the licensed computer) for use by one person at a time, but only if you comply with all the terms of this agreement. Our software license is permanently assigned to the licensed computer. "

or

"Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? 

You may not transfer the software to another computer or user. "

It’s the same wording for both Retail and OEM copies of Office 2013. OEM copies are sold, usually pre-installed, on new computers...

...Amazon is more careful about disclosing the Office 2013 terms. One of the bullet point ‘Product Features’ is:
"One time purchase for the life of your PC; non-transferrable"...
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification for laptops. on: February 13, 2013, 06:30:40 AM
Ianb, wouldn't it be better to not have the moisture or "warm humid air" going into the laptop?  I have not been sold on the laptop cooling pads that have the fans in them and are powered by USB.  
But I also have to wonder about putting it into the freezer... how good can that be for it??
My answer to the first question would have to be "No". The empiric approach described actually works, and so far unfailingly, over the several years that I have used it.
Normally humid air is going to be sucked into the laptop anyway. The HTLCM (Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification) just makes it more humid, that's all.
If you are worried about condensation, don't be. You would be unlikely to get condensation forming inside a warm laptop, but I suspect that dropping it into a freezer could cause condensation to form somewhere - probably on the copper heatsinks especially - until it has all warmed up. Being a bit paranoid, I wouldn't advocate the freezer approach for that reason, though I could be wrong, of course.

I think @Renegade's idea of putting ice as the filling in a sandwich of cloth is worth exploring for laptops that seem to run critically hot, though in my experience, laptops that might run that hot may often be overdue for an inside clean, as described.
If your cooling air pathways are clear, then using the HTLCM could significantly drop the CPU (and maybe also disk) temperatures in a short space of time.
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification for laptops. on: February 13, 2013, 03:34:40 AM
I am a longtime laptop user, and I usually take a laptop apart at 6-monthly service intervals and clean up its airways, fan(s) and heat exchanger(s) to restore the cooling efficiency to its as-new state. The cooling efficiency can otherwise degrade quite significantly over time as the insides get clogged-up with fluff and dust. The tools I use are a screwdriver, a toothbrush, a small paintbrush and a vacuum cleaner with a narrow nozzle.

However, if the service is overdue, or if the PC has got some seriously heavy CPU load on and it's a hot day, then I set up a Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification that I invented years ago. The other day it was a case of "some seriously heavy CPU load on and it's a hot day", and I was in a non-airconditioned area.
It's moving towards midsummer where I am in NZ and after a bit of a cold start it's getting hotter, grassy areas are turning brown, and the fire danger warning signs along major roads through country areas are up to "High" (which is typical for this time of year). My laptop's Intel i7 was running a couple of CPU-intensive processes at about 13 percent each and the cooling fan was working at high speed but holding the temperatures stable. I could see the hot spots by looking at the Speedfan monitor display.

So I enabled the Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification:

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I got the idea after driving with my brother in his old Jaguar Mk10 across semi-arid desert from LA to the Sequoia National Park, some years ago. Before we set off across the desert, he did something I had never seen done before: he pulled into a gas station, opened the trunk and took a large burlap canvas water bag with "Water Camel" and the picture of a camel printed in red and black on its side. Then he opened a stopper on the bag, filled it up with water from a nearby tap, closed the stopper, opened the hood and strapped the bag onto the front of the radiator, using straps attached to the bag.
Me: "What's that for?"
Bro.: "It'll keep the water temperature down. The water slowly soaks through the burlap, evaporates, and the water vapour gets blown into the radiator core. Cools it."
Me: "But won't it block the airflow?"
Bro." "A little bit, but the cooling effect will far outweigh any increased risk of heat build up from restricted airflow."
He then explained the physics of it to me and said that these bags had been used since the '20s.
My brother is a boffin and an aeronautical engineer, and never does anything without good reason - if he says so, it's likely to be right. And it was - the engine ran a degree or so cooler across the desert than it did in LA traffic. An example of the use of dead basic science.
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Grab 50GB of Box Online Storage Free for Life (2013-02-12) on: February 12, 2013, 04:45:35 PM
Good offer. Via Lifehacker:
Grab 50GB of Box Online Storage Free for Life

If you know of someone who needs it or could use it, then get it whilst it's available.
No strings - "Restricted to New email account sign-ups".
Lifehacker suggests dropping the dot in your email address...that should work OK.
1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: February 12, 2013, 04:22:00 PM
 ARStechnica: EU data law draft uses language—word-for-word—from US, EU corporations

Well this is a surprise!     Wink
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 12, 2013, 06:31:06 AM
Man that nosquint is the bomb!  just trying it out on my own computer and it rocks!   smiley Cool Thmbsup thumbs up Kiss
Yes, I think it's brilliant. I use it all the time.
I mentioned finding out about it, here: Re: ZOOM setting reminder ?

It's been mentioned a few times in the DCF.
Here's a copy of what it makes my screen look like:

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1434  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) - Tracks Users from SNSes on: February 12, 2013, 04:15:08 AM
Oops. Sorry. Duplicated/cross-posted by accident: Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: February 12, 2013, 04:13:22 AM
Sorry, duplication: I didn't realise that here was a separate post about this Raytheon software, on DCF: Rapid Information Overlay Technology (Riot) - Tracks Users from SNSes
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 12, 2013, 03:55:10 AM
Not sure if you will have seen these - possibly useful - discussions on DCF:

Also, if not already done, check out these potentially useful references: (some referred to in the links above)

My experience of modifying the inbuilt Windows system colours, fonts, etc. for people with macular degeneration is that such methods are constrained by being a bit complicated and are not entirely successful.
The built in "Ease of Access" mods in Windows, designed for visually-impaired users, also seem a bit limited.
If a web-based email access were used instead of the Windows Live Mail desktop program, then NoSquint could be ideal as its settings are pretty flexible and can be set for a given website.
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Big Brother is watching you. on: February 11, 2013, 06:04:14 PM
Saw this post at reason.com:
(Copied below with main embedded hyperlinks.)
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Defense Firm Develops Software That Tracks People on Social Media
February 11, 2013

A multinational security firm has secretly developed software capable of tracking people's movements and predicting future behaviour by mining data from social networking websites.
A video obtained by the Guardian reveals how an "extreme-scale analytics" system created by Raytheon, the world's fifth largest defence contractor, can gather vast amounts of information about people from websites including Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare.

Source: The Guardian. Read full article. (link)

Curiously, the link to the video from the reason post gets a 404 (page not found), as does the same link from the source Guardian post...
1438  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Delete folders within directory but not the files within the folder on: February 11, 2013, 12:08:55 AM
You don't need to delete any folders.
You can:
(a) search for the file (and or its contents) that you want, and/or
(b) get a flat-file view of all the files in a set of nested folders.

All easily done in a decent Windows Explorer alternative - e.g., putting the flat file into a "scrap pane" in xplorer² (there's a free version).

By the way, I've seen PCs and file servers with exactly the sorts of deeply nested folders per your "dramatization" - including ones sparsely populated with documents.     ohmy
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Which to use when? Reparse points (Junctions), Symbolic links, and Libraries. on: February 10, 2013, 05:08:56 AM
Since getting xplorer² years ago, I have tended to favour using reparse points (folder Junctions) quite a lot to organise my data into more readily-accessible libraries. I don't really use symbolic links though, as I tended to follow the xplorer² author's (Zabkat's) advice. I am also learning to make better use of Windows Libraries too, since migrating to Win7-64 Home Premium.

But Zabkat seems to have been reviewing the situation and has changed his opinion somewhat about reparse points and symbolic links. There's an interesting couple of posts at the xplorer² blog:
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Java - Critical Patch Released on: February 10, 2013, 03:21:06 AM
Thanks for this alert.
I took the opportunity to expunge all the Java-related crud (there was a lot of it) that I had accumulated on my laptop, and install the latest release and runtime environment in a relatively clean fashion. I hope I don't regret doing that, but then I reckoned (rightly or wrongly) that all that old Java stuff could have been a potential risk if I had left it in situ.
1441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe Flash Player - Update/Fix emergency security patch for 2013-02-08 on: February 09, 2013, 09:32:50 PM
Was posted all right (better twice than not at all though thumbs up)

Flash Under Attack, Emergency Patch Issued
Ah, thanks. Sorry for the duplication. Yes, I felt sure I had seen it somewhere in DCF, but I was in a hurry and it didn't appear when I searched for "Adobe Flash Player".
1442  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Giveaway of the Day - ArcSoft Perfect365 on: February 09, 2013, 07:53:33 PM
Yes, nifty trick shot. I saw her right away, though I momentarily at first I thought she had been superimposed on the image of the man, until I saw his right hand.
1443  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Adobe Flash Player - Update/Fix emergency security patch for 2013-02-08 on: February 09, 2013, 04:17:20 PM
I did not find this as having been mentioned in the DC Forum, so thought it might be useful to give the links for those who (like me) had not known about the patch.
Refer ZDnet post of 2013-02-08:
Flash under attack, emergency patch issued: Update immediately

That post links to the step-by-step Adobe instructions to perform the install and check all settings, for different browsers:
Flash Player Help / Installation problems | Flash Player | Windows

I am becoming heartily sick and tired of Adobe and their blasted Flash utility.
Here's the Concise Oxford Dictionary definition of the word "utility" (my emphasis):
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utility
· n. (pl. utilities)
1 the state of being useful, profitable, or beneficial. Ø (in game theory or economics) the value of that which is sought to be maximized in any situation involving a choice.
2 a public utility.
3 Computing a utility program.
· adj.
1 useful, especially through having several functions.
2 functional rather than attractive.
– ORIGIN ME: from OFr. utilite, from L. utilitas, from utilis ‘useful’.

The only thing it seems to be a utility for lately seems to be for annoyance and for delivering viruses/malware to your computer. I have it disabled from auto-playing in my Firefox browser.
By the way, be warned that this patch offers to install Google Chrome on your computer...
Sheesh.
1444  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Discourse - A discussion platform by StackExchange's Jeff Atwood on: February 08, 2013, 06:24:19 AM
Talking about it will only get you so far. Why not join in for a trial "suck-it-and-see" exercise?
As it says at: http://www.discourse.org/buy/
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Our immediate plan is to find three great partners willing to live on the bleeding beta edge and run forums with us, so that we can be confident we've built a discussion platform that works for a variety of different communities. We promise to do everything we can to host your forum and make it awesome for two years. In return, you promise to work with us on ironing out all the rough edges in Discourse and making sure it scales successfully – both socially and technologically – to those three very different audiences.

Once we've accomplished that, which will take anywhere from six months to a year, we want to make it super easy for anyone to start a Discourse forum, at any scale, for any reason. Let a million discussions bloom!
1445  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS Note field display disappears [Bug?] on: February 08, 2013, 05:16:08 AM
The symptoms have started to recur episodically.
"Re-establish clipboard chain" does not seem to fix it now (is that useful information?).
Changing to a different Layout does fix it.
Stopping and restarting CHS does fix it.
A system reboot did not prevent a new recurrence.

My laptop OS is Win7-64 Home Premium.
CHS is v2.17.01 (previous version was v2.16.2.0).
1446  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Court Of Human Rights: Convictions For File-Sharing Violate Human Rights on: February 07, 2013, 06:25:58 AM
Here's a turn up for the books:
Court Of Human Rights: Convictions For File-Sharing Violate Human Rights
(Part quote below. Read the rest at the link.)
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The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably. This can be expected to have far-reaching implications, not just judicially, but in confirming that the copyright monopoly stands at odds with human rights.
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Research app. "BLINK" - free for Windows Phone 8. on: February 06, 2013, 11:49:29 PM
My Android phone can take photos in succession very quickly. Then again, I suppose that "very quickly" and "really fast" are imprecise, relative terms.
Thanks. If it's burst technology similar to BLINK, then I want one please.
I didn't know this technology was already readily available in phones. I shall read up about that.
1448  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: February 06, 2013, 08:11:25 AM
...Here's a good run-down (reformatted for clarity): ...
Ah, that's the other list that I was looking for, thanks.
One of my clients (a female and a departmental manager at a bank) was in a relationship with a psychopath, but she didn't discover the issue right away - they mask their behaviours very well. He fitted that list of criteria perfectly.
I met her a couple of years later and she described how the experience had been a terror and a horror, and how she found it difficult to leave him because she was so afraid of him and also worried about abandoning his two children (from a previous marriage) - who were terrified of their father. I feel sure that he knew how these things held her paralysed, and he was able to use them to manipulate and control her. He was apparently surprised and furious that she had dared to leave him. I don't know what became of the children.

The experience had evidently been one of destructive dissonance for her, and it had left its scars. I could see that she was quite changed from being a confident, capable person, to someone lacking in confidence and doubting her own capability. It took her some time to rebuild her life, but I gather she's fine now. He was a manager at another bank where I gather that his boss, after belatedly realising from his behaviours what sort of a problem the guy was then had a great deal of difficulty in getting him to leave. I think he was fired in the end.
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 06, 2013, 07:12:33 AM
Finally got his just deserts?

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1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: February 06, 2013, 04:03:45 AM
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