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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tagging audio files in itunes+ipod is an absolute NIGHTMARE!! on: February 16, 2012, 12:39:23 PM
I only got an ipod because of the good battery. Imo, the interface sucks, both on the device and the software. (Yes, I'm a heathen to many.)

Why does it suck? I'm someone who likes to manipulate their music while doing stuff. Don't like a track? Go to the next one. With an ipod, I can't do it unless I take it out of my pocket, use both my hands to get it off the lock, then hit the next track button. Previous music players I had allowed me to do all those actions with one hand, without looking, simply because I could feel where the controls were.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anatomy of a Tear-Jerker: Very cool article on why songs give you chills on: February 13, 2012, 10:57:37 AM
I wish I had listened to that song at any other time. Literally so. My thermostat turned off ~30 minutes ago due to a different mode, and that makes the room lotsa colder all of a sudden. (It does that every day, but I'm too lazy to reprogram the stupid thing.)

Now I can't be sure if the test succeeded or if it is just my thermostat is messing me up. smiley
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Earning the 'daemon' inside DaemonTools... on: February 13, 2012, 10:19:11 AM
I just stumbled across this (link to full article)

Quote from: WithinWindows
Daemon Tools is cataloging all your disc images, without permission

So after launching Daemon Tools Lite today, I noticed a new pane on the right labeled MountSpace. Turns out, it’s a cute little service that shows the top games and applications that folks are mounting and using in Daemon Tools. And to deliver that experience, Daemon Tools hashes every image you mount and sends it to MountSpace servers with or without permission. Combined with your IP address, and probably more, it doesn’t take a genius to realize this is a huge privacy issue.

<snip>

Several problems:
  • The Daemon Tools Lite EULA only mentions the word “privacy” twice, both in irrelevant contexts. In fact, the EULA appears truncated.
  • Selecting “Don’t allow MountSpace to use my mount statistics” here doesn’t actually turn off MountSpace.
  • MountSpace doesn’t have a real privacy policy.

As always, the devil is in the details. Sad I couldn't resist the pun, sorry...

I've had a funny feeling about this company for years - pretty much since they started bundling toolbars and all that 'good stuff' with their stripped down products. So while I am not affected, I wanted to alert all DoCo'ers about this as I know a fair few of you actually use this program. smiley

For those who need an alternative, I can personally recommend the minimalistic Virtual CloneDrive. It doesn't do much more than mounting disk images, but in my experience that's all most people need, and it is very good at it.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is WinZip still worth updating? on: February 10, 2012, 04:06:57 AM
The one problem I have with 7zip, and also with Winrar in the past, is that drag-and-drop tends to unzip to some temporary directory first, and gets moved to the right location afterwards. When dealing with 1gb+ archives, that shit is slow and half the time I need to delete stuff because I run out of diskspace.

I really wish that would get fixed some time. (I know there's a setting for it, but it's a dud in my experience.)
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Ends Privacy on: January 28, 2012, 11:55:38 PM
It is so amusing how people are mad about Google's continued reluctancy to stop their data misuse but don't see a reason to just stop using Google services. Oh well... people are stupid.

(Written without Google.)

^ That is why I have decided to move all correspondence I truly care about away from Google since the new year. Gmail will only get what it already has, and stuff will be moved away from it too. Nice as it is, it simply isn't worth the price of having my life become someone elses commodity.

If you don't want 1984 to happen, you need to take your own measures. The Holocaust is what happened when people noted their religion and/or race down on paper; I truly dread what will happen when we get another Hitler in the digital age. And get one, we will. The question is simply when, where, and how well prepared we are to deal with it. Sad
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple & Textbooks on: January 23, 2012, 05:19:34 PM
I spoke to a couple of folk who are familiar with the e-publishing biz, and apparently most of this is (sadly) par for the course! Even when using the tools Amazon and co supply for ebook authoring (read: converter), you end up with shafted deals like these. There's not much 'authoring' to these tools, and as such is closer to a wav->mp3 sort of things, or how iTunes is only for apple products.. and where Palm was not allowed to sync with it. (If this is common knowledge; I apologize... I was under the impression at first that this was a MS Word-like program, and that whatever you typed in there would be subject to these terms... but thankfully it's not _THAT_ bad just yet.)

There's only a few small differences. For one, this converter Apple makes available can do some extra stuff, and is better at a .epub conversion than many other programs, especially for the less tech savvy ebook author(wannabe)s. People don't care about the extra ibook-only stuff, but they are upset they can't get to use it for the epub converting stuff. Finally, there's the matter how you don't get to see the EULA till well into the program.. while you already agree to it the moment you start the application, which is pretty sleazy as well.

In the end, it is Apple being horribly greedy Apple, trying to lock people in on their platform once again like how they did for the iPuddle and IPhiddle. They basically supply a free tool that woos everyone (especially the fanboys drinking the koolaid), get people to using it, lock them in, and do everything to restrict the user... like many other big companies out there.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: As a counter-point to the SOPA/PIPA demonstration on: January 23, 2012, 11:46:11 AM
All of you together have probably covered my opinion on this already, but there is one thing I do feel needs special mentioning: how 'copyright holders' got that MegaUpload advertisement pulled under the guise of the DMCA... while they have never owned any copyright on that material! That alone is to me the reason why SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/insert-four-letter-acronym-here should never happen: if they already abuse the current laws, then imagine what they could do with those despicable laws-in-the-making?

Is MegaUpload shady? Yes. I have no doubt they profited from less-than-legal activities.
However, according to the DMCA, especially according to the safe harbor proficiencies defined within, they were very much legal. They supported DMCA take down requests, did as much as the law asked of them to stay legal, and generally acted like a legit business. Compare that to some of their competitors who make none of those attempts, and you really scratch your head. MegaUpload is being made an example out of by the 'all filesharing is evil' crowd.

Apparently it is working, since some of those really shady competitors have since seriously cut back on their services, ripped out their ad-sponsorship programs and the likes. Good result? Maybe. But the way it was achieved is seriously depressing, since laws never remove rules: they only add more of them. mad

58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [SOLVED] Windows XP system clock losing (lots) of time. on: January 23, 2012, 05:11:05 AM
I'm glad you figured it out!

I also want to express my thanks to Cranioscopical for his community spirit; little surprises like the one he sent my way are what makes this community great! Kiss
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Of course you know, this means WAR Gentlemen!" Microsoft makes its move. on: January 15, 2012, 11:19:05 AM
I can't say much that others have no said before me. Ok, I can, but it involves Windows 8 looking like crap even before this failmove was announced, but that does not mean I approve of the general direction this ridiculous nonsense is going in. Secure Boot? Nice marketing. But the real development codename? Vendor Lock-In.

While I may not fully understand how this feature works, there may be another thing that might sort of save consumers in the short term, depending on the details I can't be bummed to find out. OEMs are cheap. OEMs need to automate. Which means Windows installations need to work with the BIOSes. Think key and keyhole. Looking at it the simplistic way, i just takes someone to properly copy the key Windows uses and pretend to be Windows. Obviously, there is the matter of a chain of trust that checks if it is a real or a copied key, but there will be a hole. On ARM, sadly, this is going to be the hardest part. Normal computers, you just take out the hard drive and fix the part where the 'bootsector' is to look good enough to pass BIOS verification. On ARM, it is likely soldered due to the embedded nature, and obviously Windows won't make it easy to change the bootloader either at that point.

But still, it is not a solution. It is a band-aid of freedom that basically devolves into the world of jailbreaks.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, This Post Has Been Censored on: January 14, 2012, 07:29:36 AM
I just stumbled across this: No more DNS blockage.

In my opinion, this is like saying 'Look, my diarrhea no longer has blood in it, so now I can smear it all over your face!'. Which, I hope, is enough to clarify my standpoint on these bills. mad
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nasty NTFS issue ? on: January 13, 2012, 10:08:28 AM
Other than 'at boot time, it renders my XP unstable', you don't explain anything about your problem, so how are we supposed to know how to help you? Please supply some extra information. smiley

Does 'unstable' mean 'crashes'? Does it mean 'hangs for ages'? What sort of success rate? How about safe mode? Are all your drivers upgraded? Have you tried a tool, like for example HDtune? Etc.
62  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BugAid for C# - Add-in for Visual Studio that improves the debugging experience on: January 12, 2012, 02:31:45 AM
Sounds good. If I make something opensource some time, I'll make sure to apply and give it a whirl!

(Oh, you may want to fix the typo in the opening post. It says exactly the opposite of what you want it to say! cheesy)
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: January 07, 2012, 06:36:31 PM
Just a reminder - I already settled for an offer from GeekISP, and so far I am happy there. Although I do appreciate all the suggestions given - they can be useful for other people, or for me if I end up a dissatisfied customer.

@worstje - what do you mean multiple domains for simultaneous logins are no longer supported?  I do that all the time?  Unless I'm missing your point...

They haven't been supported for over a year. Basically, open one tab, and login on your @gmail.com account. Next, go to mail.example.com and login there. Nowadays, they log you out on the other one: only a single mailbox active seems supported nowadays. In days gone by, I could have three of the buggers open for days, and that was convenient, especially on the email-checking area. Logging in every time I need to use another account however is a big big bummer.

If you have the domain and it's only for email, why not host it yourself?
Don't do this. No, wait, scratch that - don't even consider doing that. There's simply too many headaches involved.

Configuration, security, maintenance, resilience are bad enough by themselves. On top of that, a lot of ISPs block the necessary SMTP ports, and there's a lot of "distrust" generally for SMTP servers on ISP customer IP ranges... something that might not give you too much trouble if you're just going to receive mails, but should you ever want to use your own mailserver to also send mails, you'll be in for quite a bit of work and frustration.

Really, the money spent on email hosting is well spent.

Amen. Throw in a dynamic ip address and the fact that ISPs generally forbid hosting your own email (even if the port is open), and you may either find your port blocked serverside (and not find out for weeks!), or your entire internet canceled because your broke the Terms of Service Agreement. Too much frustration, definitely not worth it.

(Lazily only reads half the thread)

Did you rule out free host providers? One of my other long standing interests is Free Hosting. Thinking ahead to a possible next objection, it turns out that I got tired of "choose me!" ads from junk hosts, so I set out on a 27 month free host study to find quality free hosts.

Because I cannot paste it often enough, let me repeat my stance on free things: If you don't pay, you aren't the customer. You are the PRODUCT. For most things, that is not an issue, and I _do_ enjoy my gmail account. However, I wish to look professional where this domain is involved, and if I do not trust Google with that data, why trust some other provider? At the least Google has a spotlight on its back; all those other tiny hosters can get away with far, far more when it is about privacy-related matters.

That said, GeekISP was recommended to me in the second post of this thread, and their website looks particularly 'un-ad-festy'. It literally looks like it was made by a geek! smiley From what I can tell, I think this man really gets his business through word-of-mouth, which is a big plus in my book.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows XP system clock losing (lots) of time. on: January 07, 2012, 07:57:53 AM
I did some checking, and it looks like it may be driver related. Especially the chipset. Any chance Windows Update decided it knew best when you weren't looking?
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: January 03, 2012, 12:03:34 AM
A belated reply to mahesh2k: no, no, no and no again.  Cry See my initial post for as far a free solution is concerned.

And second, I'm no business. I'm just an individual in need of something to cover that nasty line where a free email account doesn't cut it (with an ancient-old nickname as part of the addy..), nor does something like 'w.orstje123@myisp.com'. Friends and family are fine for the former, the latter is fine for forums or whatever other public menace you aren't attached to.. but if you are going to end up representing yourself to potential employers or otherwise handling stuff you feel deserves a bit more care - it's worth the investment.

Alas, the problem is solved already in the shape of GeekISP, but thank you for replying. :-)
66  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release Day Getting Close! on: January 02, 2012, 11:45:53 PM
Yes, why yes it does, kyrathaba. I'd give you an exemption, but I am in the habit of setting myself impossible goals, and obviously I am in no different position than you: two entries last year, no entries this year... so I need to strong-arm capable coders into making two apps and deleting all copies of them at release day without releasing, wait... no, withdraw my old applications and essentially unmake them... ugh. I guess I might settle for simply breaking the space-time continuum. Thmbsup

Everyone who participated: great jobs. I've been looking through them, and while I haven't posted in any topics, that is simply because this years bounty doesn't seem to have much of my needs. (Or maybe my cursory glance is missing the ones that would!) Eiher way, once again, good jobs, and thanks on behalf of all those bums who, like me, tend to be too lazy to register/login and post. smiley
67  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: Gentlemen (and Ladies), Start Your Engines!! on: December 29, 2011, 11:30:45 PM
Make that 41. Because I break the universe like that.

(Sorry. Sad)
68  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: December 29, 2011, 09:12:48 PM
I realize it has skins, but geez... that bright yellow-green background has to be one of the worser advertisements one can make for oneself through a screenshot alone. Due to it, I'm not even giving the trial a try.

Thanks for the review tho, I'm sure someone will have found the app of their dreams today! smiley
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: December 29, 2011, 07:37:34 PM
@Edvard:

I did consider that, but there's just too many little things that make it not worth it. For one, my interwebs is horribly finicky and has the most random times to die on me, nevermind the fact my ISP likes to change my IP a bit too often for my liking. Second, I simply don't trust myself with it. And third, I'm too lazy. At some point, those last two things mean I will screw up, and then I'll find out I did something to ruin my backups or messed it up so that I'm in an IRL bind.

The way I see it, some people waste in a night boozing what I'll now spend for a years worth of no worries. Totally worth it. My only problem is (was?) that it involves paying for stuff I don't care for nor intend to use, and to me that is a waste of money.

@wraith808:

Thanks, I'll keep that in mind. It does look like I'll be able to give GeekISP a go in the new year, and we'll find out in due time how it really works out. So far, they've given me zero reason to worry, so I don't think I'll be asking anything from you. :-)
70  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Pledge: De-stress on: December 29, 2011, 01:54:38 PM
I'm sorry to inform, but I simply haven't found the time to work on this project. Maybe next year, maybe separate from NANY... I'll have to see. I enjoy this idea a lot and got a very basic carcass done, but it just didn't happen this year, and is nowhere near alpha testing even.

Enjoy your new year guys, and have fun!
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: December 29, 2011, 01:48:55 PM
I have emailed with them, and besides being a wonderful quick response, they offer good service too. They made me a very nice offer, and while I don't want to post it on a public forum (for fear of everyone going to them being all 'but X got that deal!') I can say it is more than generous on their part. I just have a few more (financially inclined) questions for them, and once those are answered I'll likely order right away. smiley

Once I get set up and everything, I'll let you guys know how well they work out in practice. smiley
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: December 29, 2011, 09:34:56 AM
@40hz: I tried searching for email hosters, but it's sorta tricky. Fact of the matter is that old fashioned web hosters also advertize with email hosting, so most of the google results go to them. (At least for as far my experiences today have gone.) While $7-$10 isn't much, I still feel it is a lot given my list of requirements. There's no abundant amounts of bandwidth involved (unlike the average website), nor is there a lot of storage capacity involved. (Unlike the average photo album that just keeps on collecting and collecting...)

@Eóin: That hoster does look good, especially the IMAP part. smiley Their website sort of lacks an easy overview that I've been able to tell. Basically, I think the Email-Only+Domain is what I am looking at, which basically covers the first four points on my list, and not the very optional fifth. Then again, their pricing plan for that seems to link to some @mval.net domain, rather than my own. Can that be combined and such?

If you do not know, I'll contact them; but it is nice to know these things that are pretty much the prime advertising numbers for every other service out there.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hosters are impossible. (A.k.a. get me what I want, not what I don't want!) on: December 29, 2011, 08:02:16 AM
Why do all webhosters insist on selling me shit I have no interest in? Sure, cheap packages are cheap, but they are only cheap if you use what they offer! And fate has it that what I want isn't in their packages, unless I pay through the nose for shit I don't want.

What I _do_ want:
  • One POP3 box, minimum of 100mb. More are nice, but not required.
  • Wildcards for all addresses. (worstje+test@... and worstje+crap@... both go to worstje@...)
  • Aliases and/or mail-forwards. (abc@... and def@... to either worstje@... or even someone@otherdomain.com)
  • Optional-and-probably-nice-to-have: Webmail access.
  • Optional-and-on-the-edge-of-unwanted: Really basic html webpage.

What I do not want nor need:
  • Tons of webpage host space.
  • PHP support.
  • Upto 10 MySQL databases.
  • Subdomains
  • Sitebuilders.
  • Guestbooks.
  • Blogs.
  • Visitor trackers
  • Photo gallery.
  • Etc etc etc.

In other words: I've got a domain already in my possession. I just need somewhere to point it that allow me to do the shit I want without paying for 'cheap' packages that aren't cheap to me because they sell me shit I have no need for. Think of a post office box, but digital. That's all I seek.

Oh, and Google is not an option. Besides the very annoying multiple-domains-are-not-supported-for-simultaneous-logins-anymore thing, they are free and an adfest. If you don't pay, you aren't the customer. You are the PRODUCT. As I want to use this for my private and semi-businesslike dealings, that is not an amount of trust I'm giving to them.

Anyone able to help out with suggestions for good hosters and such?
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Question to Everyone: Setting aside the technical meaning, does Donationware... on: September 25, 2011, 04:47:37 AM
I think there is a difference.

Donationware: This program is free, but hey, if you feel like donating, that's great!
Pay what you want: This program costs money, but we'll let you decide how much.

My feeling for the terms is that the latter states in no uncertain terms that the maker is committed and depends on money to fund supporting and extending this application. Donationware has less incentive and promise to it: oh, hey, if I have spare money then sure, I'll give some. So in other words, one attaches money to a product. The other attaches money to a good feeling.

People like products more than they do feelings. Sad truth. mad
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The False Positive and Improperly Rated Site Epidemic on: September 25, 2011, 03:47:11 AM
I don't care too much for the details of this discussion as I am really tired, but I need to reply to one question asked...

* A GUI is not a functional part of the software because anything that you can do through a GUI can be done through a command line. (Oh god... can you imagine how difficult some software would be with no GUI? Nightmarish...)

It would likely be easy to use, given some time to get used to the interface. Why? Because they would use a PBAD interface. Right, 'pretty bad' by todays standards. But I think a Physical Button And Dial interface works wonders for many applications. Ask DJs and soundmixers, toy racing cars/planes/boats operators, your olde TV set, or the TARDIS. Buttons and dials are epic and timeless. cheesy
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