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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 27, 2015, 03:28:49 AM
perhaps this is the reason.

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Dropbox may seem like it doesn't need a lot of RAM to operate. The truth is: there's a lot of complexity under the hood!

For instance, Dropbox has to keep track of a lot of information about your files in order to make sure it can sync files quickly and efficiently. The more files you have in your Dropbox folder, the more memory Dropbox will need to keep track of them. That said, we are constantly working on making Dropbox more memory efficient and we continue to have significant improvements with each major release.

For our advanced users

Want more details? Dropbox stores metadata on your files in RAM to prevent constant and expensive database lookups while syncing. The metadata includes paths to files in your Dropbox, checksums, modification times, etc. We are working hard on making this information more compact and are working on several fronts to improve memory usage. Our techniques are not limited to rewriting pieces of our source code and writing custom memory allocators.

Source: Why is Dropbox using so much RAM? - https://www.dropbox.com/en/help/144

Translation from corporatespeak to plain English: We can't be bothered to write optimized code for each and every OS. Instead we chose to waste your ram on generic libraries which are built to work on multiple operating systems, rather than for efficiency.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 25, 2015, 11:50:55 PM
but I'm gonna give Greenshot a go...

I did give it a go... But it apparently uses 15 times the memory used by FScapture, with one fifteenth of the feature set. Mouser's Screenshot Captor beats it handily.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's living in your taskbar notification area right now? on: July 23, 2015, 05:31:10 AM
[attach]

7+ Taskbar Tweaker
StrokeIt
idiot windows flag
FastStone Capture
Archivarius 3000
Breevy
Homemade autohotkey thingie
Ditto
USB thingie

Volume thingie
Pidgin
Wireless thingie
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge in Maintenance Mode on: July 21, 2015, 02:08:47 AM
I never thought such long-lasting outages would happen to such well-known sites. But I'm not very experienced in these matters anyway.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Flash in your browser on: July 07, 2015, 08:02:36 AM
Here are a few adages I came to live by, as I have to rely on my computer for my livelihood:

  • 32 bits beats 64 (except for the case of the OS). Maybe because of laziness at the time of compiling, or a lack of awareness of intricacies of 64 bit memory management, more often than not, the 64 bits version of a software which hitherto worked fine, will cause problems. There are some software which benefit from having or need more than 2 gigs of process memory, but browsers aren't among them.
  • If your cpu (assuming it is not an Atom) utilization is more than 10% for any extended length of time, while you're not doing any cpu-intensive tasks, then there is definitely something wrong. Modern cpus like my 7 years old core 2 duo are capable of handling flash with just half a core. Check the processes to see which one is the culprit.
  • If you aren't into graphic design or 3d rendering (or some other memory-hog profession), you most probably don't need more than 4 gigs of ram. If you are regularly running out of free memory, then there is, once again, definitely something wrong. Check the processes to see which one is the culprit.
  • If you feel the need to try 5 obscure rebranded firefox or chromium versions, the problem is definitely not about the browser. Neither the 6th, nor the 7th weirdly named fox will help.
  • Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things. --Elise Boulding
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Flash in your browser on: July 06, 2015, 06:40:31 AM
I had to disable Flashblock [FB] with it, in order to play YT videos - they showed with FB on, and thought about starting - but would not play properly.

Flashblock has a whitelist. Add youtube in that list.

Also take a look at YouTube High Def to make youtube behave as you like, rather than as google likes.
7  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.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple Partitions on USB Flash Drive on: June 06, 2015, 01:48:50 AM
Gparted
9  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.
10  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.
11  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.
12  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.
13  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.

14  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.
15  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?
16  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.
17  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.
18  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.
19  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.
20  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.
21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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.
25  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.
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