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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New square monitor (27" 1920x1920) on: Today at 05:42:01 AM
I've avoided the 16:9 format so far (well, apart from laptops where it's often a real pain).
Even 16:10 is a big improvement over 16:9 -- if you can find it these days.

I dont think that 1:1 would suit me personally, but it's great to see thumbs up  -
would be nice to see more variety in the market in the future.
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Being a bit nitpicky, but... icon image missing in toolbar for a shortcut on: November 22, 2014, 07:52:26 AM
Re the Explorer replacement, you might get a couple of ideas in this dc thread (it's very old--but still active):
What's your preferred File Manager
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Office 2012: $5 on: November 22, 2014, 07:47:17 AM

doesnt open the newer MS Office filetypes AFAIK (well it didnt here until I upgraded to version 2012).
Otherwise very good too thumbs up
4  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ashampoo Office 2012: $5 on: November 21, 2014, 01:05:10 PM
Thanks Curt,
I wonder if Version 2015 is coming soon undecided
Mind you I'm very happy with this one (well, I have the Softmaker version) - it opens all MS Office document formats AFAIK, and does a great job of anything I've tried.

Softmaker usually makes the odd good offer for upgrading from the Ashampoo version to their more complete version.
5  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 03:27:27 PM
not sure what exactly wraith meant, but the big question is how the EU would stop (or punish) a supplier from outside the EU selling without VAT (?)

I meant, if I as a US citizen sold a digital item, and someone in the EU purchased it and downloaded it- then how would they enforce the strictures of these rules against me as a US citizen?

that's what I thought -- but dont have the answers either. But as dr_andus says, they're largely making it work already (via the payment processors).

How is it working in the States -- are there any states successfully implementing their own sales tax for suppliers from outside that state?
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: November 20, 2014, 02:43:29 PM
re not part of an aggregation type service for payment have decidedly *not* been doing it.

I didn't say they were. I said *most that I've bought from in recent years.* In the early years of the Internet I could happily pay in USD and get the same deal with no taxes as the US customer. But in recent times many payment services would identify me as an EU shopper and would automatically apply the VAT—I can only presume it was due to pressure to comply with the local EU country legislation.

yeah, that's been my experience as well for a good few years now.


as for
how would they even go after me?

there would be an electronic payment trail linking the seller and the buyer, so it's just a question of access to the payment data + plus the right software and processing power to figure that out that an export/import transaction had taken place across the EU's borders.

not sure what exactly wraith meant, but the big question is how the EU would stop (or punish) a supplier from outside the EU selling without VAT (?)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 20, 2014, 02:13:28 PM


said the grannies from Ren's post above

Durn, new page - here it is:
Grandmas Smoking Weed for the First Time (Extended Cut)

http://www.youtube.com/wa...lF0U&feature=youtu.be
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: tool to check if TIFF files compressed ? on: November 20, 2014, 04:28:40 AM
Very minor-trivial-unimportant stuff cheesy

1) check for updates is broken here -
nothing happens for a while, then I get:
---------------------------
tiffInfoGUI
---------------------------
Version data could not be downloaded.
---------------------------
OK   
---------------------------

2) just a suggestion:
in the 'About' box, instead of linking to the OP in this thread, why not link to your first posting of the software?

i wouldn't mind having a GUI for the tiffinfo program. who knows, it might come in handy one day.

Here you go:  tiffInfoGUI download
 (see attachment in previous post)
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 19, 2014, 08:36:40 AM
Me make booboo in previous post try, forgot to read fine print about file types allowed.

So here's the link to a .pdf file of 46 pictures you've probably never seen before.

I'm confused -
there's no problem adding PDF files to posts - or is it too big?
Is there a link to a site with the photos?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: good Videos [short films] here :) on: November 19, 2014, 06:49:07 AM
[iDiots video]

good video -- made me want to finally get a smartphone. Only half-kidding ;-) that whip app was grrrrrreat fun cheesy
Messes nicely with the apple insignia --
but that takes away from it imo, because it's a universal thing - not just apple.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Font managers reviews and opinions on: November 19, 2014, 06:24:57 AM
Cost is $39/79. Upgrade from v.3 upwards is $29/39

FWIW -- these prices for MainType standard/pro run until 21 November -- normally they $10 more.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 19, 2014, 03:12:00 AM

that was interesting - wonder what they'll use for K M embarassed
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: November 19, 2014, 03:06:23 AM
And finally... UNTERGANG style!!
[...]
(this one had me crying...)

Ok, that's enough...
 Grin

damn, I had just taken a mouthful of tea when that one got going -
just about managed to not spray the keyboard Grin
14  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: November 18, 2014, 12:35:44 PM
^lol, hadn't noticed Jim's sig before -
but I'd say that's not sarcasm - I had the same thought myself thumbs up
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest Avast deleting Firefox add-ons on: November 18, 2014, 09:00:23 AM
But I still don't know why some of my programs are missing from the "Programs and Features" in the control panel, and what the consequences of that (if any) are. Should I be worried about that? Scrivener and Dragon seem to run as they should, so does it matter that they are no longer listed in P&F?

I'm no expert there (anyone else got an idea/opinion?)

  • Does the problem persist after rebooting?
  • Do they show up in an alternative uninstaller? (e.g. Revo, or MyUninstaller from nirsoft)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest Avast deleting Firefox add-ons on: November 18, 2014, 08:24:58 AM
Wrote this below, but you seem to have solved the problem (?)

Personally didnt have any problems with the recent MS updates (Win7), but probably worth doing a search about it.
Maybe doing a system restore would be easier than all this reinstalling?
And installing the MS updates one by one (oh the joy!).

Re uninstalling anti-virus, it's probably always best that one use their dedicated uninstall utility. I guess the idea is that they dont want anyone e.g. a virus, to be easily able to uninstall/remove their software.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox windows and CPU slow-downs and restarts on: November 18, 2014, 04:51:39 AM
Firefox got really bad in the last couple of weeks here - tabs became unclickable, the one to the right would get focus; had to restart very often as it would eventually just sieze up & the plugin container would crash (Flash would also crash occasionally, but that's always been a problem I find).
So I started it without plugins and it worked fine [Click the menu button =>, click help => and select Restart with Add-ons Disabled.... Firefox will start up with the Firefox Safe Mode dialog.]

So I restarted and disabled all the add-ons I thought I could do without.
It's working very nicely so far, the usual memory consumption, will have to wait see how long it takes to goe overboard. CPU usage is almost nil (tbh I didnt check what it was before).

I didnt bother trying to figure out exactly which add-on was causing the problem/s.
(BTW is there any way of exporting a list of add-ons?)


EDIT// Version 33.1
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 03:37:21 PM
Yeah, sounds like BS, the whole thing
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 03:18:22 PM
Best of luck with the whole thing Stephen
20  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 02:10:39 PM
FWIW
I moved from 32 to 64bit:

After installation, I was given the option to remove the 32 bit version -I was unsure so I kept it.
Next reboot it was back to the 32bit version again.
When I closed that, and launched the 64bit version, I was again given the option to uninstall the 32bit version, and went with it this time. Careful what you click during install - the option to delete previous profiles (or whatever it calls saved jobs) was a bit lowkey for my taste.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 01:58:49 PM
Yes, in fairness it also goes on here (Germany). I have come across people working 'ein-euro-jobs' (€1 per hour) for a 'social' project (good cause etc.) but apparently there is a lot of abuse - basically gettting them to do work that would otherwise be paid at a 'normal' rate.
Germany does have low enemployment but an ever increasing amount of 'working poor':
2005 - 4.8% of workers "likely to experience poverty"
2010 - 7.8%
(source: Reuters) Insight: The dark side of Germany's jobs miracle
There's a lot of people here working multiple part-time jobs to survive. And survive you can - you have to have health insurance here, but if you're on a low wage you pay less. They are restricting this insurance though e.g. I am unable to get on that type health insurance myself (no matter how much or little I might earn). Food prices are the amongst the cheapest in Europe. (Yaay Lidl Aldi etc undecided - it's a vicious circle of cheaper stuff > lower wages > cheaper stuff > - and for a lot of people it's going downwards).
22  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 01:31:46 PM
OK, thanks Supe! BTW, mine only checks manually; can't find any setting to auto-check for updates. Same for you?

Jim

yeah, oddly it doesnt even seem to notify of updates.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mandatory Work Activity (UK) - Stupidity Beyond Belief. [DEBATE] on: November 17, 2014, 01:28:01 PM
Sounds about par for the course for the UK? (Not trying to be offensive - but looking at successive UK governments' records does not inspire.)
Prime basement material, this is Stephen ;-)
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 12:34:25 PM
well under Windows 7 I'm still using Codestuff Starter for startup stuff (hasnt been updated in a while) -
it doesnt allow me to disable MBAM,
but it does show 3 x mbam exe's under Processes:

gui
scheduler
service


Then under Services there's the

Scheduler
Service
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 12:20:21 PM
^ that's what you get (ya boyo) :p
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