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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 15, 2014, 09:54:28 AM
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 15, 2014, 07:00:20 AM
This guy takes bad-meme songs and makes them disturbingly listenable!

This guy can make you fall in love with stuff you thought you hated, and leave you breathless with stuff you already loved.  Kiss
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: April 15, 2014, 02:14:22 AM
In preparation for spring cleaning, I have been watching a lot of post-apocalyptic movies & TV shows. Nothing like a good post-apocalyptic survival story to show you just how useless and worthless most of your crap already is, making it that much easier to part with it, when cleaning.  Wink

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Are your websites secure? The heartbleed bug on: April 12, 2014, 02:59:20 AM
It's not just websites that are vulnerable.

OpenSSL, in which the bug, known as Heartbleed, was found, is widely used in software that connects devices in homes, offices, and industrial settings to the Internet. The Heartbleed flaw could live on for years in devices like networking hardware, home automation systems, and even critical industrial-control systems, because they are infrequently updated.

Network-connected devices often run a basic Web server to let an administrator access online control panels. In many cases, these servers are secured using OpenSSL and their software will need updating, says Philip Lieberman, president of security company Lieberman Software. However, this is unlikely to be a priority. “The manufacturers of these devices will not release patches for the vast majority of their devices, and consumers will patch an insignificant number of devices.”

Cable boxes and home Internet routers are just two of the major classes of devices likely to be affected, says Lieberman. “ISPs now have millions of these devices with this bug in them,” he says.

The same issue likely affects many companies, because plenty of enterprise-grade network hardware and industrial and business automation system also rely on OpenSSL, and those devices are also rarely updated. Large-scale scans of Internet addresses have previously uncovered hundreds of thousands of devices, ranging from IT equipment to traffic control systems, that are improperly configured or have not been updated to patch known flaws (see “What Happened When One Man Pinged the Whole Internet”).

“Unlike servers being patched by armies of corporate IT staff, these Internet-enabled devices with vulnerable OpenSSL parts aren’t going to be getting the attention they may need,” says Jonathan Sander, strategy and research officer for STEALTHbits Technologies, which helps companies manage and track data access and leaks. “OpenSSL is like a faulty engine part that’s been used in every make and model of car, golf cart, and scooter.”

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gadget WEEKENDS on: April 11, 2014, 04:13:11 AM
So, I bought one of these for my husband, so he can make zucchini spaghetti. (he's a diabetic and shouldn't be eating real pasta)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApQJaC6S-RA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApQJaC6S-RA</a>

Seems to work pretty good and he is having a lot of fun with it. And once the zucchini is steamed, it has a very similar texture to pasta. He's a very happy guy!  smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 10, 2014, 07:29:25 AM
Heh Crabby is on a roll!


7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 09, 2014, 10:13:25 PM
I actually think Win 8 will be the last (ok maybe second to last) "for sale" as opposed to "for lease" OS Microsoft will do.

The whole point of their cloud initiative is to gain a steady and predictable stream of revenue. That is what O365 is primarily about. Any benefits realized by the customer (and there are in fact several benefits) are purely incidental to that goal. And getting people to regularly upgrade to the newest version of Windows or Office just isn't going to happen - as the long life of XP has clearly shown.

Microsoft can't afford, nor can it allow that state of affairs to continue.

I strongly believe that Microsoft will (at the very least) require the purchase of a software maintenance agreement in order to get Windows and MS Office updates after the first year of ownership. I also think they'll soon allow you to subscribe to Windows much like you can with Office.

Sometime around (or shortly after) the release of Windows 9, the era of being able to "buy" a boxed version of a Microsoft OS (or probably any other MS software product) will come to a close.
 (see attachment in previous post)
Brave new world folks! Brave new world...

Why does this sound familiar? Oh yeahSad
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 08, 2014, 08:01:04 PM
Giddyup! ¡Ándele! Yeehaaaa!

(Praying Mantis Rides Snail Through Borneo Jungle)

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 08, 2014, 07:25:04 PM
I work for an e-learning company that charges a monthly fee for unlimited online access to all of their web development & design related ebooks and video courses. A major part of what I do there is read emails all day from people that have signed up, paid the membership fee, and then need some help getting started with accomplishing their goals. I write personalized learning paths for them, based on their goals and current skills.

Often, someone just like you will contact me, looking for a learning path that will take them from an empty wallet to a 6 figure income. That's their goal...to make a ton of money, and they think that learning programming is the easy fast ticket to do that.

Sadly, I can not provide them a learning path for that. I can only provide them with one if their actual goal is something much more realistic and based on books and courses that we actually have. We don't have any on how to get rich quick with very little work.

But since I have to provide them with something, I usually give them a very basic path through a list of books & courses, beginning with the basics of HTML and CSS, through Javascript and jQuery, then HTML5 & CSS3, and ending with PHP & MySQL. Then I tell them that when they get through that list, contact me again and I'll give them another one.

When I follow up with them 2 weeks later, to see how they are doing with their studies, they usually tell me that they haven't even started on the first book or course yet. They make a bunch of excuses, like being too busy to study. Remember, they are paying by the month for their membership.

They have wasted half of their first month, not even started with their studies, and when the end of the month comes along, they usually quit.

Contrast that with the people that really want to learn programming...

They come to me with some rather well defined goals that actually have something to do with programming. They have an idea of what languages they want or need to learn, what kinds of projects they want to work on. They may even be currently working on a personal project and looking for the skills they will need to complete it. They are passionate about it and already have some skills that they acquired on their own.

They never mention making money.

And when I follow up with them 2 weeks later, they have not only started on the first book or course, in many cases they are already on the 3rd book or course in the list that I gave them. They often have questions, are wondering if they should alter their goals to include more books and courses on other topics. And when the end of the month comes along, they renew their membership for another month, then another, and another. Sometimes they contact me again and ask how to switch to a yearly plan, because they are that committed to learning what they need to know.

So, until you can answer the question "where do you want to start learning?" with something tangible that people can offer you some good advice for, you are not going to get anywhere.

If you can't answer that question, it is the same as saying "I want to be a musician because some of them make a lot of money and I want to make a lot of money, too" and having no idea what instrument you want to play or even what genre of music.

We can't offer advice on finding the fast track to GBP80k per year.

Programming is not the fast track to getting there.

Programming is a long tough track of lifelong learning suitable for people that have a passion for it, that would do it even if they never have a hope of making a dime from it. To ask them to not code would be like asking them to not breathe. Does this describe you?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WinXP is officially dead! on: April 08, 2014, 05:25:33 PM
Now here is something interesting that maybe those that plan on sticking with XP should know:

Microsoft will produce Windows XP updates for much longer than April 2014. The last official updates for Windows 2000 were released last year, 3 years after EOL, and were distributed inside the monthly security ISO update packages. Apart from that, a few more non-public official updates were leaked.

In case of Windows XP I'd expect at least regular official updates until July 2015 (when Windows 2003 is becoming EOL). After April you should definitely check the monthly ISOs available under this link:

Security updates are available on ISO-9660 DVD5 image files from the Microsoft Download Center

Just keep in mind that Microsoft will not mention the existence of those updates in their official news channels. As in case of Windows 2000, the updates can be found inside those ISO packages even though Windows 2000's name itself isn't listed there at all.

More than that, due to the fact that Windows XP is much more popular than Windows 2000, I'm 99% sure that a lot of non-public updates will be leaked as well.


There are some other interesting things in that thread, as well, such as the idea of adapting updates to Windows Embedded POSReady 2009 (based on XP, which will still receive extended support till April 2019) for use in regular XP.

Keep in mind that there are still people out there running 98/ME/2k and their world hasn't melted down, yet, and in many cases they have been able to get the latest security patches through other means, hacked to work with their outdated OSs. There will be nothing to stop XP users from joining them and waiting for the patches for currently supported versions of Windows to be ripped apart and tested to see what can be put together for them, and the bunch of 98/ME/2k users that are still sticking with their old faithful OS. XP users are actually in a better position than the 9x users, since even the latest supported versions are NT based, just like XP, making it much easier to hack a patch for it.

And if you want to see what the future of XP holds, ask the 2k users that didn't upgrade, what their main issues are:

1) trying to run an older OS on newer hardware and trying to find drivers that work, or
2) trying to run newer software on the older OS, or
3) being restricted to older browsers which do not support newer features so accessing things like Flash or YouTube no longer work.

They are not crying about security problems. #2 & #3 were my main issues with running WinME, back in 2008, and would most likely still be my main issues if I were to take that PC out of retirement, with an entirely different issue not even on that list, if I were to try to get it online via anything but dialup. (same issue I had back in 2008, having to replace a combo modem & soundcard with both a NIC & soundcard via a bridge board soldered into an ISA slot, for which the PCI slots on it are disabled at the hardware level, by the manufacturer, leaving only 1 working ISA slot on the board to work with. If I could get past that, I'd likely then have to deal with issue #1)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General consensus on Free Boxmaker Software? on: April 05, 2014, 02:16:09 PM
But that's just my take. I have noticed, however, that those faux product boxes seem to have disappeard from most software sites.

The fad these days seems to be device mockups, showing screenshots on fake devices. It's much easier to do than box shots, once you have the PSDs. If you want to try it out, this site has plenty of free ones to offer: http://freebiesbug.com/ps...ies/mockups-psd-freebies/
12  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Can LBC be transformed into a task bar on: April 05, 2014, 01:50:15 PM
Just FYI for those who have been putting off upgrading to Windows 7, Windows 7 has a good built-in tool for this.

Good, but not great.  Wink

The built-in tool doesn't allow you to set a custom order, use custom icons, or send any app to the tray...which is why I am still using PS Tray Factory on Win7.
13  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Can LBC be transformed into a task bar on: April 04, 2014, 06:24:57 PM
I'll try to find a good systray program and I should be set.

I use PS Tray Factory.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 04, 2014, 12:03:07 PM

The cat in my avatar tried that...ended up with images of canned tuna, before moving on to find herself a nice fat bird.  cheesy
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 03, 2014, 07:21:03 AM
Oh, that's awesome!  Grin
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Trying to have vertical buttons on a vertical taskbar in winxp on: April 03, 2014, 12:03:49 AM
I don't know about vertical, but you can have the buttons for open windows as horizontal bars by making your taskbar much wider and setting it to autohide, like I do.

17  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014: Mug-shots here on: April 02, 2014, 03:10:27 PM

For NANY 2017, you should get a special edition Cody bowling ball.  tongue
18  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: 86% of Gamers Prefer Free Games With Advertisements on: April 01, 2014, 12:15:38 PM
86% of Gamers Prefer Free Games With Advertisements?

I must be among the elite 14%, since I prefer free games without.  cheesy
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 01, 2014, 12:05:05 PM

They don't look quite like that, but they do have bodies.
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Dr.Windows / Re: Dr. Windows recommended for April Fools Day Pranks on: April 01, 2014, 11:26:41 AM
Well... you could always install Windows 8 on somebody's machine... or would that just be cruel?

Cruel and inhumane would be replacing it with a Mac.  cheesy
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: April 1, 2014 on: April 01, 2014, 06:25:10 AM
It's just what your dog or cat has been waiting their entire lives for....instant ramen for pets!


22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hypothetical hypothetical question on: March 31, 2014, 08:31:06 PM
2 people come up with the same idea at the same time, in 2 different parts of the world. Both people work hard on an implementation of their idea and then patent & market it, in hopes of making money on it.

Funny thing about it is that they are 2 entirely different products, based on the same idea. They both solve the same problem, but differently.

Now a 3rd guy comes along, not knowing about either of the 2 existing projects, comes up with the idea on his own and a 3rd way to implement it, that is unlike the other 2.

Think the idea of a jar opener, then take a look at this google image search, and you will realize why the idea doesn't need protection, but an implementation might (if it's any good).

And if you want some really good advice, it might be worth it to have a read here: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=10998.0

I linked to a great article in that post that will save you a lot of trouble, money, and heartache by getting you to look at things from a better angle.

And my own personal story about why I am not filthy rich (you can learn a lot from it): http://cranialsoup.blogsp...with-piece-of-string.html

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 30, 2014, 08:06:57 AM
Picture apparently recovered from a camera in the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 may shed some light on the possible cause of the accident:
 (see attachment in previous post)


24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 28, 2014, 01:43:07 AM
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 26, 2014, 03:05:20 AM

http://wherethefuckdidileavemykeys.com/   cheesy
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