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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Flash in your browser on: June 15, 2015, 02:31:05 PM
Your best option is still Firefox (I use 32 bit ESR, not the latest shiniest coolest one) + flashblock + yesScript (for worst offenders) + adblock plus (or edge, whatever).

I know, memory use skyrockets upwards to 900 MB after a while, but the three add-ons I mentioned help keep it manageable.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple Partitions on USB Flash Drive on: June 06, 2015, 01:48:50 AM
Gparted
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Caveman NoScript? on: June 04, 2015, 09:59:43 AM
I'd be a sucker for that one.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 08:15:07 AM
What "problem" are "we" trying to solve here?? MITM attacks...on what exactly?? It's publically available content ...

Take the case we have here in Turkey. The government liberally censors the web, and the next logical step is keeping a log of who reads what. Then I'd be in deep trouble for just reading something like this.

1984 feels very real in this part of the globe. https may delay it for a while, and I'd support that.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Portable in a RamDisk = decadence? on: April 29, 2015, 07:15:22 AM
The problem with Firefox is not that it frequently reads and writes to the disk. It almost never does, especially if you disable the cache on the disk.

The problem is it handles a huge amount of memory just to display the pages. The engine is inefficient and it leaks like there's no tomorrow. To be fair, it was even worse.

Anyway, as the working space used by Firefox approaches to 10 figures (in bytes), just occupying that large a space becomes a burden on the CPU. Hence we have the unresponsive Firefox problem.

Moving the application to ramdisk would not reduce its working space, so it would not have any appreciable impact on the responsiveness front.

Chrome is simply more efficient in terms of memory use, so, ramdisk-or-not, it would work faster than a Firefox.

I still use Firefox though, as (i) I'm hooked on the add-ons, and (ii) I'm not inclined to have another piece of software to report everything I do to the US government. I know Chromium is open source, but I don't trust Google period. And yes, I feel hypocritical while typing these on IE. But that's a story for another day.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tweaking.com Registry Backup on: April 28, 2015, 07:26:42 AM
Why backing up just the registry instead of taking an image of the boot partition?

Registry backup won't save much, and a restore will likely cause more problems than it may fix. The DLLs etc. on the system would have changed by the time you restored an old registry backup, so you would get problems which do not present any intelligible symptoms. I guess it would just be asking for trouble.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 23rd Century here we come on: March 23, 2015, 12:26:38 AM
Apparently plasma torpedo is invented.

Looking forward to McCoy's miracle curing device.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help guidance as a beginner of Android world on: March 12, 2015, 11:45:09 AM
Also I need anti-virus.

No, you don't.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help guidance as a beginner of Android world on: March 11, 2015, 01:00:51 AM
Evernote is on my list but it is very big with options I may not require. A smaller simple would be better for startup.

How about Google Keep?

What will you do when Google decides to abandon it?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff you need to know on: March 10, 2015, 08:04:38 AM
2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance
 you'll die within the next 3 years.
 

Honestly, I can't think of a more ignorant phrase of pseudo-statistics.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help guidance as a beginner of Android world on: March 10, 2015, 03:46:54 AM
3. Call Recorder - Simple, record both in coming and out going, with playback. Need it for client job specifications done on phone.

I'm happy with this one. The free version does the job. But the thing with call recorders is that they don't work on all android phones. Hardware implementations vary, so some are incapable of recording your voice, or the other party's. You'll have to try and see.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: March 09, 2015, 08:41:34 AM
Aren't the vast majority of power users hooked on add-ons? How will they switch to a new browser? I honestly can't, without at least 8 add-ons I consider must-have also making the jump.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less? on: February 16, 2015, 02:19:38 PM
-eleman: i don't think the people you like will let you distribute software from a shared server account. you couldn't last time i looked at their policy when i was shopping for a host. you needed to make special arrangements with them to do that. but maybe they allow it now? :-)

Uhh I didn't really think of that scenario. Yeah, it looks like a "special arrangement" is needed.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reliable Web Hosting for $5 or less? on: February 16, 2015, 11:22:50 AM
I host my blog with these guys, for 6 years now. I'm happy with them, and the price of 12 dollars a year is really as cheap as it gets.

Yes, there's a huge difference between 99.999% uptime guarantee and 99.9%. But come on, 1 dollar per month.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 10, 2015, 07:57:07 AM
Here's what would happen in Turkey, if you let a cop touch your phone. In a nutshell, the police saved known terrorists' phone numbers to the phone of the detainee. Then the detainee was kept in prison for 33 months pending a ruling in court. Then he was acquitted of all charges.

The whole evidence against him was cooked.

So, no, I would never let a police touch my phone.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are the consequences of an FCC Internet "utility"? on: February 06, 2015, 08:18:04 AM
The big news today is the move to regulate the internet as a utility.

Apparently, no, it isn't so.

A good comment from the comments, that I agree with:

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The overall message in this post is one that FCC official Gigi Sohn has urged "friendly bloggers"to echo; the same story appears on TechDirt and Public Knowledge. Here's a clue: if you impose universal service taxes, pole attachment rates, and price controls on interconnection (setting the price to zero is price control), you're in utility territory. Call it what it is.

They're just trying to head off opposition by saying, "no, no... we're not trying to classify it as a utility.  No matter what it looks like!"

Ohh... The quacks like a duck test... You may be right. I didn't look from that angle.

What could be the pros and cons of a utility treatment then? Most of the stuff I read on the matter is from techdirt, so I suspect I have a one-sided view.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are the consequences of an FCC Internet "utility"? on: February 06, 2015, 06:57:55 AM
The big news today is the move to regulate the internet as a utility.

Apparently, no, it isn't so.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Smartphones et al. and their software, batteries and keyboards on: February 03, 2015, 09:05:54 AM
Buy a new phone with a large enough screen. In 5+ inch screens the on screen keyboard is a bearable burden. Won't match a physical keyboard, but bearable. You can use bluetooth keyboards if that's a road you like to take.

The apps thingie: They are connected to your account, and not your phone. So you have a google account (for android phones) or apple account (if you have problems storing large amounts of money, so you have to dispose of it quickly), or microsoft account (if you are into crippled ecosystems), and all software belongs to it, not the phone.

Try to get a phone with a high battery capacity/screen size ratio, so that you won't run out of battery in the afternoon. When that phone gets old, get a new phone, and transfer all your apps to the new one.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who gets sued next? VLC media player? Mozilla? on: January 31, 2015, 02:18:40 AM
This isn't the first time for that tactic. Some people are suing a gun manufacturer. Exact same logic (or lack thereof) applied there.

Guns have just one purpose though. I believe blog software is a tad different.

Yeah, suing gun companies for specific murders is also stupid, but the analogy isn't that strong.

Guns can be used only for killing/injuring people. I haven't heard of anyone using a revolver to generate power. (Yeah I know the line "you have guns to deter others, not to actually use them." and I know the second amendment's advertised raison d'etre. But I don't believe everything I hear).

Blog software also has one purpose, but it is not crime related (at least assuming we have freedom of expression). The link between blog software and piracy is not as direct as the link between gun and murder.

But again, suing gun companies for murders is stupid.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Web Essay: Never trust a corporation to do a library's job on: January 29, 2015, 02:06:12 AM
Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone. [John Maynard Keynes]
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Removing images when printing? on: January 28, 2015, 05:04:13 AM
There's this iprint thingie, but I'm not sure if it would allow you remove images. Haven't used it for a while.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 27, 2015, 09:28:57 AM
Well, this is related:

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  • For every domain transferred or hosting plan purchased, up to 10,000, Namecheap will donate $0.50 to EFF. The donation amount goes up to $1.00 per domain/hosting plan if they exceed 10,000. And if they exceed 20,000 domains transferred/hosting plans purchased, Namecheap will donate $1.50 for each product purchased.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how undo Norton 'safe search' in FF? on: January 14, 2015, 12:09:10 AM
This should help.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ideas that will change society on: January 12, 2015, 10:52:15 PM
hello!

tell me please ideas that can change society!

thanks!

Doing your homeworks/assignments on your own, perhaps?
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Donating to EFF on: January 10, 2015, 05:29:17 AM
When I see a stamp, I assume that someone paid good money for it, which could have been put to good use.

I don't see how EFF would get free postage, in a form that could not be used for another purpose, assuming US government isn't into donating stamps.
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