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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 17, 2014, 10:49:51 AM
God stated it already some 3.000 years ago in Job's Book in the Bible;
if the heart of a story is a lie, then all of the story is a lie.

To my mind, TED is many stories.  One (1) of them being a lie does not make every other one (1) a lie.  And, since lie is often a matter of perception, what seems a lie to me may not seem so to you or others.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: March 17, 2014, 02:15:25 AM
It's much more fun being the abattoir in the middle of the town square.

Hm-m-m.

A bit of selft-flattery there? 
While I don't disagree with some of your points, you seem inclined to throw the baby out with the bath. 
Not overly fond of TED, nor many of the sponsors, but that does not invalidate all the content.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 12, 2014, 08:08:18 PM
"the glint in your father's eye"
Or mother's  tongue.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: March 05, 2014, 12:16:46 AM
... the more you publish, the more we'll pay you, regardless of the quality.
Well, haven't we all - or at least most of us - been subjected to the same thing?

When management - any management, including our so-called peers - demands quantity, performance and quality degrade.  Not so certain that could not be called a force of nature.  When position becomes more important than performance, those in position punish those who do not perform to the satisfaction and gratification and reputation of those in position, no?  The powers that be, in most any venue, want accolades, rather than performance.  Recognition for private/personal performance is seldom rendered unless that recognition benefits those other than the performer.  My mind is awash with similes, but none compare with the reality of illusions fostered by governing bodies.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 26, 2014, 04:00:42 AM
(perhaps it's a bit like the apple thing...)
Which one?  Steve Jobs', or Eve's?
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 25, 2014, 02:10:25 AM
Hm-m-m-m ...

I had only to see one (1) TED to realize/recognize the [effrontery|apostasy|call it what you will] and have not viewed any since.  My apologies to those folk, but there are better usages of my time.  If I need farce, I can always go to YouTube.  Reminds me of a college instructor once proving that 1+1=10 without specifying the base.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 20, 2014, 03:40:46 AM
Right on top, with masking tape and a Sharpie, of course!  tongue
And why the masking tape  ohmy?  Sounds temporary  tongue.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 14, 2014, 03:39:18 AM
Ya even many other countries have employed tax for using solar energy.. It is wrong as it will discourage people from using solar power.
Dunno that it's funny, but it is definitely silly humour  undecided Sad.
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: February 04, 2014, 11:25:38 PM
Had a rotating monitor for several years.  It was great for reading texts and tutorials in portrait mode, but lousy for coding unless I moved it back to landscape.  And since most video players are designed to be landscape, it didn't work for video, either, in portrait mode.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programmers: What size monitors do you guys prefer? on: February 04, 2014, 12:11:47 PM
Have three (3) 24" monitors connected to three (3) 17" laptops, one (1) Win 8.1 and two (2) Win7 Ultimate.  All connected by Input Director (only got Synergy to work one (1) time <sigh \>).  Use one (1) satellite system for entertainment, e.g.. TV schedule, videos, and the like.  The other satellite system is for documentation - nice to be able to open three (3) or four (4) reference docs and be able to read all of them w/o alt-tabbing.  Main system is used for Web stuff and what little coding I do these days.  I settled on the 24" monitors because anything any bigger than that needs too much head swiveling to be comfortable, at least for me.  I believe all the monitors are matte, but never really paid any attention to that aspect.  All the monitors and the main box are at [corner] desk level, with two (2) of the slave boxes on a shelf above the monitors, so the arrangement is reasonably compact, and since I don't run anything full screen, it's easy to have multiple windows open such that each is completely visible w/o horizontal scrolling required.

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This system has grown over multiple years - doing it all at once would be way too expen$ive  tongue.
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61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 23, 2014, 04:34:39 AM
^Uh-h-h ... how would ya know?  Taste test?????
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: January 20, 2014, 09:34:58 PM
Reality trumps paranoid delusions.

Ya might wanna rethink that statement  undecided.  Money laundering, crime, tax evasion, et al., have been around - i.e., reality - a lot longer than even the concept of bitcoin and other cyber currencies.  Evil or good is not the realm of any currency medium, just the uses to which it is applied.  To paraphrase an old saying, "What Man can create, Man can pervert."  ohmy tongue
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2014, 02:05:27 AM
Ah, but the fashion-wise (and cheese connoisseurs) know that when it gets old enough, it will turn bleu.

So?  What do you have against bleu cheese?  Kinda like it, myself, although that looked a lot like Velveeta slices  Wink.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 17, 2014, 08:31:02 PM

Hey!  They omitted arthritis, amongst other physicals  tongue.  That infographic reminds me of a Freudian statement on smoking:  if you smoke, you were weaned too early  ohmy; if you don't smoke, you were weaned too late  huh.  Seemingly no one was ever weaned at the right time  undecided tongue.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... assistance with a tenacious BHO ... on: January 06, 2014, 12:00:25 AM
I'd also be curious what version of Windows was infected and what level to which you had UAC set.

Sorry, thought (erroneously) that was known.  Win7 Ultimate, UAC maxed - inconvenient, but seems to be worth the inconvenience.

Agnitum is not something I've tried (that I recall, anyway) - way too many offerings - but I'll check it out.

Actually, I'm pretty miffed at most of the security software I've experienced.  Most are all past tense, in that they work against known malware, but don't provide much protection against anything new.  MalwareBytes seems to obviate that condition, at least so far, and a properly configured firewall helps.  Right now I'm working with Comodo's product, but I'll change in a heartbeat if something better comes along.

Used to use Norton's products - actually had a few conversations with him on CompuServe - but stopped that when Symantec stepped in and bloated it.  Also knew/conversed with Ron McAfee at the same time, but eschewed his product because of his attitude.  I'd love to find some equivalent to the old Norton Utilities toolkit, but that seems unlikely.

All told, I'm pretty much a belt-and-suspenders type when it comes to security.  My basic security mantra is that you never know how good your security is until it fails and you know that it failed!
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / It's about ... Vagrant (VM Web server) on: January 04, 2014, 09:13:56 PM
Just ran across this.  Seems a bit complex from the initial read, but there do seem to be a few advantages.  Anyone here aware of or familiar with it?  Maybe used it?  (I hate pioneering  tongue.)  Just wondering if it'd be a waste of time to peruse the documents, as the setup seems to be a bit complex, e.g., no adult beverage(s) during such perusal  huh undecided.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... reasonable backup software on: January 04, 2014, 09:01:41 PM
Note:[/b] "PCMCIA" also apparently stands for "People Can't Memorise Computer Industry Acronyms").
And "USB"?  Wink
 


Sorry, but as liberal as DC is  undecided, that language cannot be used here  tongue.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... assistance with a tenacious BHO ... on: January 04, 2014, 03:33:51 PM
Well, since this wasn't technically a virus, not certain any AV solution would have caught it.  Using Comodo firewall and Malwarebytes (paid version).  However, I suspect this was crapware attached to another install that did not mention it was to be installed.  I watch that pretty closely, but not all install systems announce themselves.  And there is a possibility that I didn't install it, a neighbor did.  I'm doing some Web work for her and her family, but some of what they want is on Facebook, so she has logged in several times to grab some photos she wants.  I suspect she may have installed a Firefox extension to assist her  huh.

The thing that aroused my curiosity initially was the discovery of a recent temp directory on the root of C:\ with only two (2) files in it.  When I searched on the files, I discovered - and eradicated - part of the problem.  Just couldn't get rid of the whole famned damily, as it were.

As to the recovery aspect, one (1) of the onsite drives I was using for recovery purposes failed physically.  So the inability to recover was due, in part, to mechanical failure.  Appears that I'll have to - again! - rethink my storage/recovery scenario.  Lost my off-site storage - she got married and moved away  Cry - and don't have anything to replace that as yet.

So, a significant part of this was happenstance and timing, you might say Chance - with a capital SEE?.

Been trying out Sterjo NetStalker lately.  It provides alerts for every outbound communication attempt, but only on the first try unless you deny permission.  And it doesn't seem to work for subcommunications, e.g., once ya give Firefox outbound permission, anything under Firefox inherits that permission.  So, even it it were a standalone program, since it was communicating via browser, it was using that browser's permissions and was not detected.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... assistance with a tenacious BHO ... on: January 04, 2014, 12:07:55 AM
Just to close this, nothing worked.  Wasn't really optimistic, but there's always a chance.  Yes, I did pay attention to detail, did not skip any [known] steps, got response(s) indicating success, all to no avail.  So I restored a backup that wasn't, lost a pregnancy worth of data, but did get rid of the problem.  'Course, I still don't know the cause, so still subject to reinfection.  Pretty much a worse end to a bad situation  ohmy undecided.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 03, 2014, 05:10:11 AM
^Obviously not scaled for politicians/governments, but might be useful for lesser organizations  tongue.
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... reasonable backup software on: December 31, 2013, 11:53:58 PM
My current/previous problem is several install-once pieces that are no longer available.  In order to recover [?] them, a full disk image is requisite, wherein lies my dilemma.  Not the first time  mad.  There's no viable way to recover what was lost, but I'd certainly like to find something viable for the future, as this will happen again.  Syncless and FreeFileSync work well, but they don't do well save for data (been using both for a while, now).  I hate it when both belt and suspenders fail  Cry.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 31, 2013, 08:14:39 PM
^Ha-ha.  Haven't been to a theatre in a couple of decades, but I might actually by a ticket to see that one  Grin Kiss tongue.
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software on: December 31, 2013, 02:56:43 AM
One (1) of the things I like about Xmind is demonstrated in the samples that come with it.  Takes a bit of brain toil, but I can pretty much create an outline tree, an org chart, a programming/planning chart/map, whatever.  I could do a lot of that in The Brain, but that prohibitive price kinda got in the way - Xmind is marginally affordable.  (And, apart from the price, do I really want a software that requires weekly videos to learn?)

All in all, XMind pretty much fills my bill.  Understandably, it's not for everyone, but then, what software is  undecided?
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / In search of ... reasonable backup software on: December 31, 2013, 02:30:02 AM
Looking for effective working reasonable real backup solutions.

Just ran across this, Backing Up Gets You Only Half Way There by Dana Cardwell, and I'm pretty close to full agreement - just don't think he went far enough  tongue.

The assessment mirrors a problem I just encountered.  I had some browser-affecting bit(s) of software on a system that brought up independent ads for almost every page I actuated.  Browser - and system - slowdowns were significant.  Tried all manner of suggestions - some of 'em here on DC, all to no avail.  So I used RollbackPC to revert to a [very] much earlier state.  That worked.  Aha!, sez me, "I'll just restore the lost data bits from a recent [daily] backup".

Considering my history with backups, the backup restore - not unexpectedly! - failed.  So, I've lost a pregnancy (~nine (9) months) of data, some of which I'd consider to be critical to my usage(s).

I've had trouble with backup since DOS 2.1 - I think 3.2 was the only one (1) that ever worked for me.  I've tried - and actually bought - any number of Windows backup systems, but none have performed.  (Don't get cocky, Linux users, same problem(s) there  tongue.)

OK, how do ya test a backup?  Ya restore it, of course.  And that has caused more OS reinstalls than I care to consider.  I'm willing to accept that I'm doing something wrong at any given time, but c'mon, ~28 (twenty-eight) years of failed backups?  I'm willing to accept that the only common denominator is me during that period, but I don't thimk I could do it wrong that many times.

So I'm still/yet/again in search of a backup system that will work reliably in most all conditions.

I used Acronis True Image - don't recall version - to backup a Dell system with a dying hard drive.  The restore would not restore to a different hard drive - hardware signature issues I suppose.  I understand that Acronis has since addressed that issue, but it doesn't help me now.

I've tried several *nix variations of backup capability, all for naught.

So.  I'd really like to find a [functional|effective] backup resolution.

Any suggestions?
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software on: December 28, 2013, 08:30:45 PM
I used The Brain for a couple of years - the free version.  Played with X-Mind and Freemind, both of which are currently installed.  Also currently playing with MindVisualizer, which also has a portable version.  Don't recall if the others have portability.

The Brain ($200+ USD) was great for tracking projects I was working on then.  Freemind is convenient for relatively quick data organization, but I dislike the Java requirements.  Haven't tried Freeplane yet - just found out about it here - but it's probably worth a shot.  MindVisualizer is fair, but it's expensive ($79.00 US$), and I don't recall how long the trial lasts.

The mind maps have been much better for me than outliners when building - and especially revising/revamping - Web sites.  Also quite helpful when debugging what little coding I do.  Biggest problem I have with them is making them too big, trying to record every little thing for a project.

As it stands right now, MindVisualizer will probably end up the choice because of the portability, but haven't explored that avenue as yet.

[edit]My error, XMind has the portable edition[/edit]


Mind, this is on a Win7 Ultimate box, so may not be useful on other OSes.  I'd still like to see something that could run on Android, Linux, & Win w/o using Java - and licensed per user, not per machine - but that's prolly a pipe dream with the pipe smoked out and no refill available  undecided.
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