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201  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 24, 2011, 04:59:01 PM
Sadly, that would not work, because download.com hosts the current versions of our software and they certainly would not approve a new version that would warn users about them.

Even if they did, some users will be lost due to bad experience caused by the adware-packed installer.
202  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 24, 2011, 04:58:06 AM
I'm embarrassed to say I'm already feeling pretty upset about the high price of having our software removed and wondering if i did the right thing.  Sad

I am still on the other side of the wall (no reply to my email yet - I used the address from that "support" page), but I think removing is the right way. Certainly, if all your tools are freeware.

You are #1 for "screenshot captor" and download.com is holding #2 with the stars. My bet is, with that entry gone, more people would click directly on your link and get much better experience. Download.com was effectively stealing traffic and redirected people elsewhere.

I am in similar position on "cursor editor". Me being #1, but download.com being #4 with stars (or #2 if I use the full name). I suppose the high download count is due to this. Unfortunately for me, download.com has other cursor editors in stock and so by removing myself, I will not be eliminating the starred competition... But I still think it is worth the price.

Maybe google will revisit their strategy regarding star rating for download.com after what they have done.
203  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 23, 2011, 10:13:25 AM
At least you got a response to your email, mouser. I got nothing so far  Angry

Their blasted installer requires admin permissions! That totally destroys the show for all portable tools  Sad

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snapfiles is one of the better ones, though they sometimes do not review/approve a program for years - I even tried to pay for their express review (years ago), but they did not review it anyway. I got my money back after asking for them, but no explanation. Their approve process is not transparent. Maybe my software was competing with owner's friend software or something like that. Who know?

I did not know about waakoopa, it looks like a nice alternative to software.informer.com  Thmbsup
204  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cnet's Download.com and the installer scam on: August 23, 2011, 04:46:13 AM
Ooops, very bad move from download.com. Another software download site to add to the ignore list.

Up until now I have considered download.com one of the better download sites. Unlike other sites, they sometimes did a relatively thorough review of the applications they listed and the applications were approved in a reasonable time. Oh, well. The self-hosting of the installers was annoying though, but I thought they did it to guarantee functionality for their users.

Anyway, is there a "good" download site left? By good, I mean they do reviews or at least look at the software they list. Maybe softpedia.com and some specialized sites like software.informer.com, alternative.to, portablefreeware.com. Anything else?

48 hours from me as well :-)
205  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Upgrade" Button is Patented -- Trolls Come Out of Sewers... on: August 18, 2011, 04:01:34 PM
We, as consumers, have the ultimate power --- IF we would just choose to exercise it. YOU vote with your wallets.

Sometimes I agree with this, but more often I remain pessimistic. This would only work if a large percentage of people did it. If 95% of people ignore common sense and just buy what they are told to buy by smart marketers, the remaining 5% can vote with their wallets all they want and nothing ever changes - except that we are considered weird and laughed at by those 95%.

95% of people don't care about patents... Sad
206  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Implement features that are known to be loved in other programs, on your own on: August 17, 2011, 02:59:29 AM
I totally understand the complexity of some of these features. Some other, like breadcrumbs, are trivial, though.

Even a simple button is pretty hard to implement if you have to do it on your own. Processing mouse event (what if I click and hold and move the mouse somewhere else?), keyboard events (what if I press Space and then Tab), drawing the button using appropriate visual theme in the right resolution, possibly with customizations...

If the new feature cannot be accomplished using a standardized component, the amount of additional work increases significantly. Even in environments, where there is a lot of relatively easily integrable custom components, the component quality tends to be low (everyone just scratches their own itch).

Breadcrumbs in Vista/Win 7 file windows are implemented using a heavily customized toolbar intertwined with edit boxes. It is very hard to duplicate.
207  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firefox fixes the version number problem on: August 16, 2011, 01:28:39 PM
I understand that some of my add-ons will often fail to work if I update Firefox too soon.  I understand that when people who upgrade Firefox as soon as possible report all kinds of problems, I want to be able to hold off on updating.  I have no desire to be the canary in the coalmine.

A properly implemented automatic updates should be able to cover this typical scenario. The Firefox devs would be stupid if they implemented automatic updates in a way that breaks their users' browsers. It is not that hard to compare version numbers of your extensions and determine whether a patch should be applied now or next week together with an extension update. Why do people always assume that developers cannot see the simplest things? Do programmers really deserve this?  cheesy
208  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firefox fixes the version number problem on: August 16, 2011, 11:30:12 AM
I must be stoned while I'm reading this.  huh

How, in the name of all that is decent, can giving users less control over what gets installed on their machines ever be viewed as "the right way to go"? tongue

I know that it seems weird, but let's face the facts. An installer that is given admin permissions can do really evil things to your computer. The risk is here already. Control over your own computer is an illusion unless you run linux and review every bit of source code you install. Automatic updates can at least compensate this downside.

Do you think that you know better than the developers that this patch is good or bad for you? Do you want to invest the time to find out? Do you want your data lost or your computer hacked because of a stupid bug that has been fixed years ago, but you were too lazy to install the update? Sum this all up and you'll end up with a huge positive value. That's why I am saying, automatic updates are the way to go even if there is some loss of control over your computer. I know that few power users would be annoyed by this, but the silent majority will benefit greatly.

Look at the state of Internet Explorer. There are still people using IE6. How much easier it would be to develop a style for a web site if everyone had the latest version of their favorite browser?

As a user, I'd much rather use a portable application that auto-updates itself and runs with limited permissions than install anything that requires admin permissions.
209  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Firefox fixes the version number problem on: August 16, 2011, 08:38:19 AM
It is the right way to go. While it means that the users are less in control of the software they run on their computers, it simplifies the development and maintenance by a great deal.

From the developer perspective, automatic updates are a blessing. If a bug is found, it can be fixed and the fix is distributed to all users within few days without bothering them. It is a tremendous help.

I am planning automatic updates for new versions of my software, but implementing a 100% working transparent automatic updates is pretty tough. Kudos to Firefox devs.
210  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Implement features that are known to be loved in other programs, on your own on: August 15, 2011, 05:27:49 PM
I guess, the usual reason is limited resources.

Implementing feature X in its primitive incarnation costs N days. Implementing it intelligently costs 10*N. No one can do this for all the features in their software. The problem could be that we do not pick the right ones to implement properly.

Just yesterday, I watched this video http://businessofsoftware.org/video_09_gmoore.aspx , where Geoffrey Moore talks about innovation and how people should focus on and throw unreasonable amount of resources on their core features, but be very efficient when implementing all the rest.
211  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 15, 2011, 03:37:49 AM
Same with me. I joined not because I wanted, but because it was expected of me... Can you run a micro-business without having a facebook profile? How many invitations from your supporters can you ignore?

I was terrified when I visited some unknown web for the first time and there I saw my picture. Clicking on in revealed that they have a "special" relationship with facebook and facebook made the information about me available to them to make their services "better". (This is not the same as the facebook comments you see on many sites.) I opted out of this program, but how many will? How many do care about these things? Now I carefully log out every time I leave facebook and I should probably purge the long-duration cookies as well.
212  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung hard drives - don't buy them unless you like subliminal mental torture on: August 13, 2011, 07:22:01 AM
I am a long time advocate of silent computers, but it is pretty hard to actually build one. In the hard disk department, SSD is the obvious way to go. In the past, the Seagate drives were the most quiet. Maybe they still are - I stopped watching, because I am never going to buy another spinning hard drive. BTW the external USB drives are pretty silent these days. Fast SSD + large portable USB hard disk is a neat combo.
213  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Operation Facebook (will you rejoice?) on: August 10, 2011, 04:07:33 PM
I would not miss Facebook if it were gone. It has wasted so much time of so many people... very much like the real drugs do...

But I doubt Anonymous can really shut it down for more than a few hours.
214  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Image size problem while using wide screen monitor on: August 06, 2011, 01:57:23 AM
This may be a bit of an insulting question: Have you really switched your screen resolution to 1920x1080 after switching the displays? I know that it sounds odd, but I have seen people using non-native resolutions on LCDs before...
215  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dot Net - a wrong step by MS? on: August 04, 2011, 02:52:49 AM
Interesting articles.

I became a .net skeptic shortly after it was released in 2002 after I had to work on a larger desktop app in .net. It promised simple nasty-error-free environment, but did not deliver. Don't get me wrong, it is good enough for server-side components or simple desktop apps (if you do not mind the need to have the proper version of the framework installed on users' machines (which I do)).

HTML5+JavaScript makes a lot of sense for client apps. I have actually been considering exploring that direction not a long time ago. XULRunner seems intriguing - it is maintained by Mozilla, open source, the binaries are relatively small (compared to .net framework). If anyone has actual experiences with XULRunner, I'd love to hear about it.
216  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The social network icon flood is getting crowded on: July 31, 2011, 05:29:10 AM
I could not resist the temptation and placed a couple of buttons on my web, but I am trying to keep the number reasonable.

10 is too much, 4 is the right number for me. People hate to have too many options.

I good rule is to add a social network button only after some visitors came from that network without having the button.
217  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do You Want Your Searches Monitored? on: July 28, 2011, 05:22:02 AM
It seems like every tragedy is an excuse to tighten the noose of control in the modern western police state.

Politicians are happy when they can play it safe and responsible and gain another bit of power in the process.

I am ashamed of the European governments. The situation in Lybia and Somalia are another examples of how effectively can we "help".
218  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Are Hackers Becoming So Angry? on: July 22, 2011, 12:53:43 PM
I agree with the article. The attempts to undo all the good things that internet brought in the name of profit and control would make anyone angry, not just hackers.

Though, I do not think hacking web sites is the proper reaction. The "responsible hacker" should work on something positive and develop technologies that are resistant to misuse. I admire projects like freenet or bitcoin. While they have many drawbacks, others will be built upon their legacy and one day, we'll have the free internet back. The more the governments push against it, the sooner cheesy.
219  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why crack offered for freeware and tiny app uploaded on Megaupload ? on: July 19, 2011, 08:05:04 AM
For some people, the word "crack" is more trustworthy or comprehensible than "freeware".  Angry

But I agree with Renegade that it is most likely an automated content generator at work. It grabs names of real software and adds words like crack, serial, warez, torrent, etc. in an attempt to get a bit of search engine traffic and make some money on ads or another commodity that a spammer can harvest and sell (like emails or solved captchas).
220  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 19, 2011, 04:25:08 AM
I've run into that issue with some of my C# code, and speaking from experience, I can say the following:

that will only ever be an issue with very badly designed code. If you run into this issue, you're doing things wrong - massively wrong.

Our opinions differ in this point. I say quite the opposite. If you design your code in a good way and isolate things from each other, this limitation will bite you in the ass. Is it a bad design to use tabs, splitters or collapsible panels? http://www.rw-designer.co...t-animated-cursor-big.png Maybe I went a bit over the board with the complexity, but not in an unreasonable way.

I prefer isolated components, little black-boxes I can juggle around as I want. They need a bit more window nesting depth than the 64-bit edition gives...
221  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Am I alone in not using or wanting to use the "Cloud" ... on: July 16, 2011, 09:30:24 AM
I am slowly using more and more of the "cloud", but I am not happy about it. The main issue for me is the opacity of the cloud. I do not know what hardware and software and people are taking care of my data. When I do not understand something, I tend to fear it.

I am dreaming about a different cloud, one that is more transparent in its working and I can see what is going on inside.
222  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Idea Suggestion: Picture Grid Arranger on: July 13, 2011, 06:59:28 AM
My entry in the last NANY ( the Card Creator - http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=24837.0 ) can do part of what you have described. While all the built-in templates have some kind of fancy borders, it is possible to create simple templates to just arrange images in rows, columns or tables. The number and sizes of the individual images are controlled by the template - this may be a problem if you need flexibility. But it may also be an advantage if you want to publish on web and have consistent results.
223  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 08, 2011, 10:31:45 AM
@vlastimil I disagree that this is a actual issue affecting many end users.

maybe not many, but it affects some users/applications
http://stackoverflow.com/...in-32-bit-in-net-winforms

I never ran into this issue, and I do not believe it is any problem. If anything, window handles (which are the things you are referring to, I believe) have only gone up in the supported amounts, and the last time a scarcity of that resource was an issue was back in the W9x days. If you refer to the Z-order that defines what is drawn on top of what, I do not believe there is any sane limitation on that either.

I dare say, if you run into issues with the amounts of resources Windows makes available for a specific purpose, you are abusing that as a developer and without a doubt can find a more suitable solution. For example, there are tons of windowless controls that are considered lightweight because they do not use any Windows resources, and instead co-opt the help of their parent control that do have a handle.

This is not about the number of window handles. It is about recursive window message processing - parent window receives WM_SIZE, sends WM_SIZE to its children, etc. (it is more complex in reality, there are more messages being sent)
Even native Windows controls use this kind of aggregation. List box has a Header control as its child, Combo box has an Edit box as a child. A toolbar can host a combo box (with an edit box inside) and be hosted in a Rebar. These are 4 levels of depth and we are still talking just about a toolbar. That toolbar is hosted within the application frame. Now add a tab or a splitter control and the depth grows. The depth limit on 64-bit windows is pretty shallow, like ~12. If you use .net winforms and make a tab/splitter hierarchy, you can experience this yourself.

Window-less controls can help, but it is a pain to use them. They are not the easy-to-use blackbox that a window is. But this is not the main issue here. The fact that the 64-bit system is worse than the 32-bit one in this aspect. And there may be more catches like this one.

The memory: first, determine if you need it. Do you want to work with really hi-res video or a large database? By all means get a lot of memory, 64-bit Windows AND a 64-bit edition of the software. Do you just browse the internet, use office and play games? You'll be better off with 4GB and 32-bit for the next few years.

Also...there are artificial limits on how much memory a 64-bit Windows allows you to use http://en.wikipedia.org/w..._7#Physical_memory_limits
224  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 08, 2011, 04:06:29 AM
I think the right time to switch will be when 64-bit Windows becomes the more compatible flavor. When developers actually focus on the 64-bit editions of their software and when hardware manufacturers do the same with 64-bit drivers. We are not there yet and installing 64-bit OS will cause compatibility issues than sticking with 32-bit. I would still recommend 32-bit to my mother, because most people do not care about fancy 64-bit address space - they care about their favority applications.

Let me mention one incompatibility that affects my software on 64-bit Windows. Here is some context...
Windows (I mean the mostly rectangular regions on screen) form a hierarchy: imagine an application with a tabbed top-level window (like Firefox). The actual tabs may be implemented as standalone child windows. These tabs may have other child windows like edit boxes, bookmark panels, etc. A complex application may have a complex hierarchy of windows.
Unfortunately, there is an unofficial limitation on the depth of this window hierarchy. While the application may create child windows as it sees fit, the messages sent between these windows stop working at certain level. This is due to internal stack overflow in the message routing component in Windows kernel.

Here is the catch: the amount of memory available for the stack is the same in 32-bit and 64-bit Windows, but the stack entries are twice as long on 64-bit Windows. Hence the usable window hierarchy depth is halved. And if you think that you can avoid the problem by using 32-bit edition of the affected application on 64-bit Windows, that is not the case. The problem is in the 64-bit kernel. The worst thing is that Microsoft refuses to consider this a bug and fix it (unless they changed their mind since the last time I checked).

So...if you do not want unexpected problems, switch to 64-bit Windows when you HAVE A REASON to, not when there seem not to be a reason not to.
225  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Thoughts on HTML5? on: May 28, 2011, 06:49:04 AM
Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox are pushing HTML5. An open and (relatively) powerful standard is in their interest.

Opera is trying, but its small market share makes it irrelevant (sorry to say that) - it is a good software, but they do not have a killer feature that would lead more people to them. Good compatibility is not enough, especially when sites are optimized for other browsers.

Internet Explorer has been successfully (intentionally) slowing down the adoption of new web technologies in the last decade. Powerful web apps are Microsoft's nightmare. Once ordinary users only need a capable internet browser, Windows loses a lot of ground. (Why install Windows on your mom's computer when she only needs it for reading email, video-conferencing, watching news, TV shows and movies, listening to music and playing games like solitaire? And all that can be done in a free HTML5 browser running on a free Linux.)

Microsoft continues to sabotage the progress with IE9 by claiming HTML5 compatibility and calling it a modern browser. They only implemented a tiny bit of HTML5 and are discrediting the HTML5 buzzword. That behavior is completely understandable, it has brought them a lot of money. They were the leader in IE4 times, but left that position to others. Maybe they make a comeback - they had 10 years to address the situation and I kind of do not want to believe that their whole strategy was to delay the adoption of web technologies. We'll see...
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