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26876  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: NOVEMBER SOFTWARE DRAWING RESULTS on: December 02, 2005, 11:53:16 PM
post explaining how the winners were chosen -> http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=1684.0
26877  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: December VMWare Contest - win a copy of VMWare with the best VMWare Player Idea on: December 02, 2005, 11:51:51 PM
ps.
trial download of vmware here: http://www.vmware.com/vmw...store/wkst_eval_login.jsp
26878  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Thanks to all who donated in November - and remember when the site was slow? on: December 02, 2005, 11:30:00 PM
I just wanted to say again THANK YOU to everyone who donated in November during our fundraiser.

For many of you it was not your first donation, and I can't tell you how much your continued support of the site means.   embarassed

I also just wanted to point out that your donations have real effects.

For one thing they have allowed us to be able to afford this new dedicated server we've been on for the last month.  It wasn't clear initially if we were going to be able to afford to stay on it, but your donations have made it possible for us to do so.

And I'm sure you'll agree if you visited us before November and you think back, that the new server has made all the difference in the world in terms of making the site fast and responsive.
26879  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: auto key hitter on: December 02, 2005, 11:19:41 PM
this sounds like a fantatic idea for adding to DoOver, Skrommels quick macro tool!
how about just an option on DoOver tray menu to engage a timer (whose length could be configured).
26880  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Name and Catchphrase for New DC Logo Mascot - PART 2 on: December 02, 2005, 11:03:43 PM
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Bird pecking the keyboard
Bird/s on an ethernet wire

nice!!

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*You could wrap a message around one of the legs like a messenger bird with binary code showing on the outside of it
*You could have binary code printed around the edge of the face of the coin instead of the dollar sign

nice!!

26881  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Exact Audio Copy on: December 02, 2005, 10:59:03 PM
andre, it's great to see you here posting - on behalf of everyone who uses eac here, thank you for such a great program.
26882  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / CONTEST: Win a copy of VMWare with the best VMWare Player Idea on: December 02, 2005, 04:40:19 PM
This is a little contest centering around VMWare Player.

You can learn about VMWare Player here: http://www.vmware.com/products/player/

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VMware Player is free software that enables PC users to easily run any virtual machine on a Windows or Linux PC. VMware Player runs virtual machines created by VMware Workstation..

VMWare Player Forum: http://www.vmware.com/com...ty/forum.jspa?forumID=123

VMWare Player Faq: http://www.vmware.com/products/player/faqs.html


Basically the idea is you can use the full VMWare Workstation program to create VMWare Player files, that can be publically shared, that anyone can then run.

A clever example of using VMWare Player can be found in this sample download on the vmware site, it's basically a complete linux distribution configured to run firefox, built as a virtual machine in VMWare Player.  It provides a complete sandboxed browsing experience and so is extremely safe.

Sample VMWare Browser Aplliance: http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/vm/browserapp.html



So..

This contest will reward the most creative, new, and useful use of VMWare Player.

We will run this contest at least through january, but we may keep it open for longer if we don't get a good enough submission by january.

The intention will be that the winner will make the winning VMWare Player application which can be publically shared as freely with others.
26883  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Great Firewall Hunt ... frustrating ... on: December 02, 2005, 02:34:18 PM
hehehe.. well
im feeling a little guilty.. as usual my frustration sometimes boils over and i get carried away..
usually jibz can talk me down but when he is not around..

i wouldn't say im retracting that statement - just that the basic featureset of outpost is great, and the interface is great.
it does seem to be to be a bit unstable/buggy.  but many people are clearly happy with it, so it might still be worth a try if you are evaluating firewalls.

i will stop cheerleading for it though, until they get it stable.
26884  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Great Firewall Hunt ... frustrating ... on: December 02, 2005, 12:30:40 PM
outpost 3 might be worth a try if you are willing to take a chance; it certainly works for many and it's a nice program if its stable on your pc.
26885  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DoubleKiller Pro - FAST and great to find duplicate files! on: December 02, 2005, 11:54:50 AM
you didn't include a screenshot of my favorite part, the about box!
26886  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Mozilla Firefox user on: December 02, 2005, 11:47:28 AM
we've discussed in this forum how careful you have to be to insure that stuff these programs "find" are really the bad things they say they are.

these programs tend to flag stuff that is good and mistake it for something different which is similar -
just be careful what you let it delete until you are SURE it is in fact the bad thing that the program says it is -
sometimes a similar name can confuse it and you end up deleting something important and harmless.
26887  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: top 10 freeware apps from "snakeoillabs" on: December 02, 2005, 11:30:20 AM
xnview has been annoying me recently when it comes to recentering its dialog and handling multimonitor, something with irfanview always handled perfectly... i'm considering switching back from xnview to irfanview.  maybe ill check out fastone.
26888  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: About the Prize Optimizer Used in the November Drawing on: December 02, 2005, 11:10:33 AM
Sad

you've won in the past and you'll win in the future - just think of it as building the anticipation to make the next win even more sweet smiley
26889  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Mozilla Firefox user on: December 02, 2005, 10:34:19 AM
i would *not* run multiple *resident scanning* programs at the same time.

it's fine to have multiple programs installed that only scan on demand, but i would disable all but one resident (i.e. running always in the background) spyware/adware scanner, and onlt one resident antivirus, and only one resident firewall scanner.
26890  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: December 02, 2005, 08:23:14 AM
this thread is getting good.

i think crono's link to Tabbrowser Preferences may be the key extension that i like.
[EDIT: actually it was this one i liked, though it seems to be unrecommended(?): http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/...bextensions/index.html.en]
26891  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: About the Prize Optimizer Used in the November Drawing on: December 02, 2005, 07:56:33 AM
Addendum:

People who won got an email telling them their predicted "happiness."
Happiness is calculated as follows:  Your rating for the prize you won / Your rating for your highest rated prize
26892  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Atheist group offers free porn in exchange for Bibles on: December 02, 2005, 07:25:16 AM
rofl
26893  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New Mozilla Firefox user on: December 02, 2005, 06:57:46 AM
coincidentally, betsy just won a copy of admuncher in the nov drawing, so that might solver her problems also.
26894  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Bug: commas in editbox "Strip trailing stuff" on: December 02, 2005, 06:53:49 AM
great point! that hadn't even occured to me smiley
i will add ability to escape out commas (probably ill just let you type ,, to mean strip commas.

ill try to have a new version out this week with an additional feature regarding text formatting that i think people will really like.
26895  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CHIP Online: a different program for free every day! on: December 02, 2005, 05:41:35 AM
cool!
26896  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Name and Catchphrase for New DC Logo Mascot - PART 2 on: December 02, 2005, 05:37:03 AM
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It kinda looks like the bird has just pinched the money and made a run for it!

 lol  lol  lol
26897  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: December 02, 2005, 04:36:46 AM
there is only one extension i would consider essential, and that is a TABBED browsing extension; not sure what the best one is currently.
26898  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firewalls, What you need to know... on: December 02, 2005, 04:34:52 AM
i also wanted to post an extra thanks to philKC who found an amazing registry key: "SOFTWARE\\Clients\\StartMenuInternet\\" which apparently lists all installed browsers on your computer (works for me!), and will be useful to me for next version of browser tray switch.

ps. i dont know what this registry key does - one way to thwart this attack is to rename that key if its not used for anything important.. the basic attack though could easily use other ways to locate common browser installations.
26899  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firewalls, What you need to know... on: December 02, 2005, 04:32:07 AM
awesome post.

as i was telling philKC on the irc chat, this is the first firewall leak tester that beats me, because it tries to run any non-default browsers it finds on the system, and while i have my default browser blocked, i have others which are allowed to connect through the internet.

the way to defeat this is (and now this is the first demonstration i've seen of why its important) to have security that alterts you to when one program tries to launch another, and allows you to set rules restricting that.  this might still not protect you if the app is already running, but it would save you from most situations.

checking whether your firewalls can block such launches of other programs.  agnitum has some support for this but i have it disabled - i guess its time for me to rethink this..

I also want to comment on the idea of blocking outgoing connections:

I agree 100% with PhilKC that having good outgoing blocking in your firewall is critical - you really do need a firewall with good outgoing blocking rules, but as a layer of protection defense, and as a good way of keeping track of what programs are tring to send information where.

However, it's very important to realize that no matter how good your firewall is, if you actually launch an evil program on your computer, you have lost.

No matter how good your firewall is, launching a trojan on your pc allows it to do whatever it wants and breaching your firewall may be the least of your problems.  Other registry defense and sandboxing tools may help you a little, but basically such a program can do all sorts of damage i think that are going to be hard to stop if the program is truly determined.

To quote from War Games, the only way to win is not to play.

The most important thing is just to not run programs on your pc unless you really trust them.  One exception to this so far is the use of virtual machines, which is making it easier to safely run questionable stuff, since they offer much better sandboxing than other approaches.  In addition to VMWare, there are some free virtual machine tools which may work well enough for this purpose, and it's worth your while to get a virtual machine tool if you do a lot of software testing of questionable files.  See our review here: http://www.donationcoder....VirtualMachine/index.html
26900  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: NOVEMBER SOFTWARE DRAWING RESULTS on: December 01, 2005, 10:52:58 PM
we will be giving out a copy of vmware probably one a month for the next 6 months or so..
but the next winners will be chosen based on some kind of contest or something.

(hehehe - if we have a contest for best use of smilies then you might win cembree... hmm... that's not a bad idea..)



i'll also remind people that the surest way to win a copy of software of your choice is to write a guest review of some software category.
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