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376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Weird software names on: April 19, 2008, 10:38:53 PM
377  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Carbonite Online Backup on: April 19, 2008, 10:30:54 PM
Syncplicity is free, at least as of now.

Also, take a look at Mozy.

I was wondering if anyone here had any personal experience with Carbonite specifically, though personal experiences with other comparable services would also be valuable.  Have you used any of these services, or are you just aware of them? I mean, I can do a google search for online backup--I did prior to deciding I was leaning toward Carbonite.

Mozy: among other things, I prefer Carbonites pricing scheme. 
Syncplicity: I want to backup my data and forget it; I don't want to (a) use a new beta for that (b) get locked in with a product before I know its pricing scheme.  More worry some, I've read a few recent stories that cited the CEO expecting the pricing to be in the 20$/mo range. Finally,  am very turned off by its emphasis on data sharing and integrating with facebook, etc.  Judging by the price and services, it's targeting data sharing and syncronizing more than straight up backing up.  I'm far more comfortable with a backup service that just sticks with backing up. Less is more when it comes to set and forget.
378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Carbonite Online Backup on: April 19, 2008, 02:25:56 PM
I've to date walked the frayed tight rope of PC using without any form of backup (save for a handful of things on USB pen drives).  It's bit me on the ass a few times--twice I've lost literally everything.  So I'm finally looking at taking the plunge and backing things up.  Despite it being an obvious necessity that would have saved me a lot of heartache, I've never really been compelled to bother with it.  I hate the idea of a local backup--whether an external drive or another form of media, it's yet another "thing" I have to worry about--and another thing that can fail. Or be stepped on. Or eaten by the dog.

After a voluntary (unpaid) raving over it by Gregg Stebben on the radio, I've decided to install a trial of Carbonite.  It's fifty bucks a year, paid annually, for unlimited use.  What I'm wondering is if anyone here has any personal experience with Carbonite--any catastrophic issues or great experiences.

So far, I've no complaints... it appears to be backing things up. Presumably somewhere in the Internet cloud where I can retrieve it if necessary. . . but until it becomes necessary to restore from backup, what do I know? smiley
379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Interview Explaining *Why* EverNote is Going to a Service on: April 15, 2008, 03:11:32 PM
but I just really don't get EverNote 3.

. . . and I'm still using it. I still don't think it's great. I don't even know that I *like* it, but . . . it's handy and I keep on using it. It gets the "Things that make me go 'huh!'" award for the month.
380  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder - How Crammed Closets, Cluttered on: April 15, 2008, 02:39:54 PM
Awe shit, gotta keep my wife away from this -- unless it is said tongue in cheek.

I'm a bit of a neat freak always smilingly-nagging at my wife because her car, desk and any other personal space are always by far the most cluttered points in view.
381  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How to change the forum username on: April 15, 2008, 02:32:32 PM
Though with an investment consisting of a mispelled name and a single post on how to change it . . . really, it would be faster/easier to just sign up all over again rather than worry about a forum post followed by a private message followed by administrative action undecided
382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 09, 2008, 09:58:55 AM
They look almots sci-fi in origin -- especially the fifty pence piece. I immediately thought of Battlestar Galactica.
383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Interview Explaining *Why* EverNote is Going to a Service on: April 08, 2008, 10:28:56 AM
It's beta, I know . . . and I love their spirit, enthusiasm and the fact that they're open to such drastic changes to their mode of operation . . . but I just really don't get EverNote 3.  Partially because it doesn't support Opera, I admit -- but I just find the desktop client and web versions alike to be a bit . . . clunky. Of course, lack of palm sync makes it largely pointless for me anyway. But I just expected it to be "better".
384  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything? on: April 08, 2008, 08:29:48 AM
I do not collect anything in a dedicated/meaningful manner--there are some things I'm less inclined to have self-control in purchasing -- but it's more impulsive than collective.  For example, I love lighters -- and purchase far more of them than I need/can use. The end up used, lost or broken 90% of the time, however. I have no central repository for them.

I love hats and sort of collect them, but in a more utilitarian manner.  They can be costly and I'm not willing to go broke so I only purchase a handful a year -- A Fedora every six to twenty-four months, a ballcap every now and then.  Again, though, not really collecting as I use rather than present them.  It's not collecting if you're not hoarding and protecting, is it?

The closest thing I have to a collection is liquor bottle tops -- which isn't a collection based on uniquenes but on archival.  When I finish a bottle of liquor, I keep the lid.  Not surprisingly, it's a pile of very-similar bits of plastic, as I tend to drink always the same three or four things with only the occasional variation.  I've been hoarding them for about four years -- it wasn't intended as such, but it essentially started around the time I became a father.  So I guess it's a diary of how much he's driven me to drink.
385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PHP coder needed, WordPress contact page form needs editing on: April 08, 2008, 07:47:12 AM
What are you looking to accomplish? If it's nothing too involving, I'd be glad to spare a few minutes.  Feel free to drop me a PM with more specifics.
386  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your happiness right now on: April 05, 2008, 03:47:48 PM
What a difficult thing to calculate . . . where's the "I don't know" option?  tongue
387  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Saga - An MMO RTS on: April 05, 2008, 03:46:05 PM
I'm going to be waiting for your review . . . hopefully it's bad, the last thing I need is to get sucked into another game!
388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PDA Integration with (PIM - Email, Calendar, Tasks, Memos,Etc.) on: April 05, 2008, 03:45:04 PM
DateBk6 is great!  Small fast and dependable.  Pimlico apparently understands the wisdom in "not reinventing the wheel."  I'll stick with this one for a while.

I haven't used poco for a long, long time--I've lately been flirting with the idea of trying it (Or Barca?) as I want a desktop solution to sync with my Palm that isn't Palm Desktop. I think Barca fills that role, but I'm not certain. Years ago I remember reading that Palm sync was planned for Barca but don't know what became of that.

http://I have used Poco in the recent past, but once I was using it and all ~25,000 emails just vanished! Man, that'd make a man's stomach churn . . . My favorite aspect of gmail is having a server side backup of everything that I mostly trust.  I am still in limbo for my local "backup". At present, I'm using Opera's M2, however using the betas I never really know for sure what day IMAP is supported and how well. Some times it works, some times it doesn't smiley

http://FWIW - your new av...ite close to your person?

Thanks! A rare moment when my hat was off my head . . . there's a scalp and some hair under there! Theprawn.com's non-obscure content was always there, just tucked a few layers back for a bit.  Some days I'm more self-indulgent than others, I'm sure I'll be making it unreadable again before too long!  As for JARDAY, you might say someone close to my person cheesy
389  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 05, 2008, 03:35:47 PM
it might be a good idea next time you receive an email to look through the full headers to check if they are sending it to the address you think they are.

I know e-mail headers. I combed through them to make sure I wasn't making an ass of myself. It was going to the e-mail address I "thought" it was. And no, I didn't "wait" three years. I waited three years to bring the discussion here, it has been an ongoing battle with them for three years.
390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Games that DON'T Use an "Arcade"-Type Portal? on: April 05, 2008, 06:49:20 AM
My favorite standalone games for the PC are
Aquaria -- probably not up her alley, though--sort of an ocean exploration adventure
Eets -- action/puzzle game that is a lot of fun; probably more your style than hers, though tongue

(Short answer is I know of no such website)
391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 05, 2008, 06:37:17 AM
Last night, I still couldn't log in -- receiving the same "Oh so busy" message, so I shot off a couple more messages to support.  I didn't bother with niceties as they seem not to respond well to that -- and received yet another assurance from support that my e-mail address was removed from all lists.  This response was much faster than previous responses, a fact I credit to use of every socially unacceptable word in my vocabulary, and perhaps will be my golden ticket to life without Linspire spam.  Only time will tell.

If I do get another message, it will be extremely tempting to forward it on one hundred times each to every linspire address I can find.  Though becoming a spammer isn't high on my priority list . . .

Your advice is very sound, iphigenie, and I really would like to try it. But after 3 or so years of this I don't think I have the patience to be civil -- and I no longer have any clear objective, other than to make them stop e-mailing me.  It has all become very irate, irrational, stupid -- a fued over an e-mail address. smiley
392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Linspire Inc. (Rant) [Explicit Language] on: April 03, 2008, 11:13:20 PM
Linspire, Inc. Is the worst company I have ever had the displeasure of dealing with.  From my first moments with them several years until . . . Probably forever. . . They torment me. I think they do it on purpose. That or they aspire linspire to a level of incompetency that can be rivaled only by monkeys post brain-transplant-with-toad surgery. Boing.

I was going through a multi-boot kick.  I had a few flavors of Linux as well as trusty windows installed.  There was a special one week only offer to get Linspire (Then Lindows IIRC) free.  I am not one to turn away free stuff usually, and it was more fodder for my OS playing.  So I downloaded and installed it.  If I knew then what I know now . . .

Their primary source of income isn't the OS itself but their software distribution system.  They have a package installer, like any other linux distribution (and no easier to use than, say, Ubuntus) -- but unlike others, you have to pay a monthly fee to use it. Paying gives you access to some stuff, other stuff you have to pay even more out of pocket for.  It's very capitalistic.  It's not very good, at all, and its only real claim to fame is larger, shinier buttons than other Linux distros -- as if to say "Look at me, I am not Linux and I am not windows. I have giant buttons like a child toy and will hold your hand all the way to the bank."

So you can get Linspire.  You can forfeit access to all windows software while at the same time not gain the robust flexibility of Linux.  And if that's not cool enough for you, it was horrendously unstable.  The only thing you get is the ability to brag to your idiotic windows using friends (I think that's what all Linspire users think of windows users) that you use linux.  Of course, if you're at all perceptive you'll realize you shouldn't mention which distro you're using to anyone but fellow Linspire users. Because real Linux users will know you're an idiot; and windows users will know you're a fraud.  Yes: I passionately hate them. I uber hate them. I passionately uber hate them!

At this point in my story, however, I didn't passionately uber hate them. I was just disappointed and not fond of them.  So I canceled my click and run subscription, wiped the Linspire partitions to put something useful on there and believed that was it. Click and RUN!!!

Alas. The next billing cycle came around and I was charged despite my having canceled it. I was unimpressed but still reasonable.  It took a lengthy correspondence with support, but eventually I got my money back and was assured that I wasn't scheduled for rebilling. My relationship with them was seemingly concluded. Click and RUN!!!

Alas. The next billing cycle came around and I was charged despite my having canceled and having been reassured I wouldn't be rebilled.  This time, I was unable to negotiate a refund. As far as they were concerned, I was using CNR, demanding refunds and thereby getting a free ride.  My insistence that they check records to see I wasn't logging in, wasn't downloading were to no avail. They didn't care that the operating system no longer existed on my computer or that I was no longer using it or that it was disabled in my account and should not, under any circumstances, be rebilled. They didn't care. I was forced to cancel that card to prevent future billing. I believed, finally, it would be the end of my relationship with them. Click and RUN LIKE THE WIND!!!

Alas. Every couple weeks I would receive their newsletter--much like Click and Run, I disabled it in my account. And still it kept coming to the same e-mail address.  I tried going through support to get them stopped, and despite the support personnel assuring me my e-mail address wasn't subscribed, I continued to receive their e-mails.  This battle between them and me continued on--continues to this day!  I realize I could manually create a filter to reject these e-mails, but I shouldn't have to! When I say stop, they should stop! They must stop! They will not stop!  The headers all indicate the messages are being sent to the e-mail address I am attempting to removing, but the message body always says <> in place of my e-mail address. (This message has been sent to <>) -- They can't even get THAT right.  Each time I receive their e-mail, I try to log in to my account to double check that I shouldn't receive their e-mails. But EVERY time I do, I get the same message:

Yowza! Looks like we're quite popular right now, and our servers are experience a very high volume so we can't process your request presently. We apologize for the inconvenience, but please try again a little later. .

So self-important! Oh, so popular! It's probably other desperate schmucks like me trying to turn off their compulsory e-mail messages!! Everything about them is self-important, idiotic and broken. (I should mention, they even fail on the ellipses: it should be three dots, not two!) Oh how I hate them, how I passionately uber hate them.

If I lived closer to their headquarters--or if ever I am passing through--I would handle this like the descendent of an ape that I am, I would show my disdain and make my territorial claim. Each time I received their self-important newsletter (sometimes as often as weekly, usually two to three weeks) I would walk into their offices and piss on their rugs.  Obviously they do not respond to a civilized approach.

I'm starting to feel like Milton from office space. "I'll set the building on fire... "

Tonight, having exhausted every civilized avenue, I decided to e-fling poo.  I'll continue to e-fling poo until they leave me alone.

393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How often do you reinstall Windows? on: March 30, 2008, 11:28:32 PM
With 95/98, I used to re-install every six to eight months.  Beyond that, never.  My last XP system ran 3 or 4 years on the original install without any problems.  I haven't been using vista long enough to say, but I suspect it'll workout about the same as it did with XP--I'll be upgrading to a new PC before I manually re-install the OS.
394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: are email clients sofware a dead industry ? on: March 29, 2008, 11:59:47 AM
There are some very vague lines in their privacy statements. And remember "nothing" is free even thou you think you are getting it for free.

This is absolutely true. I am fortunate in that I have always been immune to the privacy hysteria/paranoia, make no illusions as to my privacy (or lack thereof); online or otherwise, none of us are "off the grid" now, are we?  Frankly, I feel my data is more secure with google long term than the minutes (or hours or days) it might spend with my isp were I using ISP mail -- but at the end of the day, yeah. Realistically, nothing is private that leaves your head.  So long as nothing leaves my head that'll get me killed, I figure I'm doing ok.
395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: are email clients sofware a dead industry ? on: March 29, 2008, 09:48:02 AM
3 years ago, I was the one playing with betas of Pocomail, Eureka, The Bat!, Thunderbird etc. Now I don't even think about local email.

Me as well -- honestly, I used to spend more time tooling about with e-mail and clients to download it with than any other activity on the computer.  I can't even venture a guess as to how many hours I logged into scripting in Poco and Macros/templates in The_Bat!.  And now I really can't bring myself to bother with all of that tedius tweaking and organization.  Not when I can use gmail to simply read, reply, archive mail -- finding it virtually instantly with a quick search (much faster than clicking through folders).  Locally, Opera functions very similar to gmail so wtih gmail imap + opera, it's really a much simpler and more efficient solution.

As a matter of fact, I very recently finally decided to relinquish my web domain e-mail to google hosted apps.

The shift is pretty simple, to me--it's not about more features, anymore.  It's about more data and how it's handled to scale.  The more data there is, the less beneficial manual, heirarchal organization is.
396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cause of Vista crashes on: March 29, 2008, 09:22:21 AM
allen: drivers have to be signed, generally... especially for x64 systems.
Yeah, I think that's his complaint. He's saying that laptop drivers have to be issued by the laptop manufacturers, so they have to be re-signed, which means he has to run old drivers until his laptop manufacturer gets around to updating their version of the driver.

397  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cause of Vista crashes on: March 28, 2008, 05:24:45 PM
Plus these are very integral drivers/resources. The only time I've managed to crash vista, it was display related. What really pisses me off is that, with laptops, you have to wait for the manufacturer to resign the drivers before you can use them--mandating that I use outdated drivers indefinitely. The issue may be fixed, but only for desktops.
398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: On-Line Dictionaries on: March 28, 2008, 05:16:45 PM
I voted m-w and other -- I use m-w's non-free unabridged dictionary as I am a bit of an etymology fanatic. I also use Google when looking more for popular usage rather than precise/detailed definition.

Also worth noting, my loyalty lies forever with m-w.com as an extension of my offline usage of their print volume fr as long as I've been lifting a pen with intentions of putting words to paper. (I hate to type anything not computers in nature. I love ink.)
399  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerCmd on Bits du Jour on: March 25, 2008, 11:33:37 AM
This program is outstanding. This is going to make me a lot happier when using ftp/telnet so much nicer. (I don't want to hear the telnet hate! I'm insecure and happily so! smiley
400  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: [BEST] Boxer Editor Scripting Thread on: March 25, 2008, 10:34:32 AM
Here's one I use fairly frequently. It takes the body of a text file and activates it as a mailto link, sending it to your default e-mail client.  The arbitrary buffer size limits the size of document this works with, but it's handy if I'm working on something and want to jot down a quick message without switching to my mail client.
- If nothing is selected, line 1 is subject and the rest is the body
- If there is a selection, it is treated as the body and you are prompted for the subject
Formatted for C with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. // Send the selected text as an e-mail message
  3. macro SendAsEmail()
  4. {
  5.  // Set prompt to 0 to disable subject prompt
  6.  int prompt = 1;
  7.  int inc;
  8.  string line;
  9.  string sel;
  10.  string subj;
  11.  string strout;
  12.  // Check for selection, if nothing selected
  13.  // Line 1 = subject, rest = body
  14.  // This is to ensure cursor placement doesn't
  15.  // truncate the url encoding
  16.  if ( GetSelectionSize <= 0 ) {
  17.    GetLineText(1,subj);
  18.    ChangeString(subj," ","%20");
  19.    for ( inc = 2; inc <= LineCount(); inc++ ) {
  20.      GetLineText(inc,line);
  21.      ChangeString(line," ","%20");
  22.      line += "%0a";
  23.      sel += line;
  24.    }
  25.  } else {
  26.    // Prompt for SUBJECT only if "prompt" is not 0
  27.    // Otherwise, blank subject is sent
  28.    if ( strlen(subj) < 1 && prompt > 0 ) {
  29.      GetString("Subject of Message",subj);
  30.      ChangeString(subj," ","%20");
  31.    }
  32.    // Fetch body, add spaces and line endings
  33.    GetSelection(sel);
  34.    ChangeString(sel,"\n","%0a");
  35.    ChangeString(sel," ","%20");
  36.  }
  37.  // Assemble mailto string
  38.  strout = "?subject=";
  39.  strout += subj;
  40.  strout += "&body=";
  41.  strout += sel;
  42.  // Send to mail client
  43.  OpenEmail(strout);
  44. }
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