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926  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: April 17, 2009, 01:17:11 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is the problem with the "entitled generation".

I'd say it's more a problem of unclear definitions, misunderstandings, or in a very few cases outright deception.

Nowadays, 'updates' generally means the release of something with a change only to the minor version number, while 'upgrades' means the release of something with a change to the major version number.  However, the meanings of these terms are not set in stone, and some vendors make it clear what they mean, some don't.  Even in the the case where they make it clear, it's usually up to the vendor what constitutes a major version change.

I know that years ago I would often misread 'lifetime updates' as 'lifetime upgrades' - it probably doesn't help that upgrade and update are rather similar words in form and meaning.  Anyway, I've learned to read more carefully since then.

In AnyDVD's case, I'll admit I was a bit bummed when AnyDVD-HD wasn't an 'update', but after some thought I can see their position makes sense and I can live with it.  But I can also see how some people might feel that the distinction between AnyDVD vs. AnyDVD-HD is arbitrary (although I don't agree).
927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 13, 2009, 12:22:48 AM
There's an editor I have not heard of before coming up on BDJ in a few days - HippoEDIT (can't say I'm fond of the name, but that doesn't really matter): 

It seems interesting, and the little bit I've put it though it seems worth looking into more (which I don't really have time for at the moment). Does anyone else have any experience with this that they could post?
928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 12, 2009, 01:08:42 AM
I used the Komodo IDE for a while a year ago at a previous job. My main use for it was Perl scripting, and the thing that made me convince my employer to buy it (Komodo IDE is pretty pricey) was the debugger - I couldn't find anything else that did Perl debugging so easily and nicely, especially for someone like me who is not particularly experienced with Perl.

Unfortunately, Komodo Edit does not have the debugger, and I don't think I have enough experience with it (particularly for Python) to out-and-out recommend it.  But,

  • the search capabilities are quite good
  • ActiveState provides good support (I think this extends to Komodo Edit, too)
  • it's free, so give it a spin and see if it grabs you
929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free support ends for Windows XP and MS Office 2003 on: April 11, 2009, 01:05:26 PM
What I find interesting is the statement: "Generally, free support for Service Packs should be 12 months after it's first launched." This contradicts the 24-month SP support window referenced on the website.

The confusion about 12-month or 24-months of support for service packs probably comes from the fact that Windows service packs get 24 months of support, while service packs for other MS products (Office, etc.) get 12 months of support. 

See question 19 in the FAQ here Note that the 24 or 12 month support window starts from the time the *next* service pack is released.

Also note that the FAQ indicates that service packs do not extend the overall life-cycle support time line for a product:

When support for a product ends, support of the service packs for that product will also end. The product’s support lifecycle supersedes the service pack support policy

So this indicates that Terrykim Jin's explanation of the the general Service Pack support policy for Windows might not be quite correct, but he (or she) is correct that service packs do not extend the overall life-cycle support of Windows.

930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: adding memory to my Dell Precision 380 on: April 10, 2009, 11:39:17 PM
Tried Crucial's customer support? Might be able to send it back or get a refund of some type...

I thought that if you bought memory recommended by their tool and things didn't work that you'd get your money back.  Probably small consolation, but Crucial shouldn't give any hassle on the refund.
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 11:16:01 AM
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932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 11:13:21 AM
So, it's April 1st...

Anything happening? (no reports in the news yet)

 tellme tellme

I heard an ABC News radio report that they put an unprotected machine on Internet, and it got probed and compromised within a few minutes.  To be honest, I'm not sure how different that might be from any other day on the Internet.

I'm sure that having a NAT router between you an the 'net would go a long way toward preventing the problem (though does having UPNP enabled on the router change that? - It came enabled by default on my most recent router.)

933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gmail's "Custom Time" April Fools Feature! on: April 01, 2009, 11:01:42 AM
Reminds me of one of the better SNL commercial parodies:

Jiffy Express

"When it has to be there overnight, call the other guys. When it had to be there three weeks ago, call Jiffy."
934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: March 30, 2009, 09:19:28 AM
Thanks for this nice write up.  WinPatrol's Bill Pytlovany has some blog articles that talk about Conficker and what might happen on March 31/April  1.  His latest article indicates that it's something people should take precautions against (though they are precautions that should be taken normally anyway) but that there probably won't be an Internet meltdown - though that seems a bit toned down from his previous couple of articles.

I've got UPnP turned off on my router and have made sure Win Update has been run along with the Malicious Software Removal tool.
935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend Vista CD Burner on: March 28, 2009, 12:09:36 PM
Actually I just noticed Burning Studio 6 is Vista compatible too and that is available for free on some magazine disks. Maybe some kind person (Grorgy) could tell you which mag and edition.

No Magazine disk needed:
936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 64 bit Vista on: March 28, 2009, 01:33:12 AM
Hmm, Microsoft was supposed to have the 64-bit OS's detect 16-bit installers and just emulate what they do (which is usually detect if you're running on a 16-bit Windows or not & launch the 16-bit or 32-bit installer as appropriate).  I guess they don't do a great job with that (it might actually be a pretty difficult job to cover all the variations).

Anyway, one thing you can possibly do is spelunk around the program's installation media and see if you can find a 32-bit installer.  As I mentioned, generally all the 16 bit component does is determine what's running and launch the 32-bit installer (assuming it detects something newer than Win95).
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anti-Necrospamming on: March 26, 2009, 10:57:20 PM
Perhaps what we could do is have the forum software more clearly note when someone is about to reply to and revive a very old thread, making clear that they should only do so if they have something to contribute.

Well, since it looks like I was the one who first responded to the spammer who resurrected the old thread, I think this is a great idea.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Swoopo - A New Take on Online Auctions, or a Scam? on: March 26, 2009, 06:27:57 PM
It's a total scam. As Jeff Atwood says, "swoopo is about as close to pure, distilled evil in a business plan as I've ever seen".
939  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should we have a yearly Best Avatar award on DC? on: March 26, 2009, 02:16:48 AM
note you have to stare at nudone's to appreciate it.
nudone's avatar has always seemed mildly disturbing.  I can't place it, but I feel like it's from a movie - maybe a Terry Gilliam flick?  Where's it from?

I never noticed the 'easter egg' until I followed your suggestion.
940  News and Reviews / Word Processor Roundup / Re: Textmaker (Softmaker/Ashampoo Office) 2008 on: March 21, 2009, 03:52:13 PM
Just got an email from Ashampoo with a coupon for Ashampoo Office 2008 for $7.99:  DCT-MTN-LW6

I have no idea when the coupon might expire.

My understanding is that Ashampoo Office 2008 is the same as Softmaker Office 2008 with the exception that Ashampoo's offering doesn't support scripting which Softmaker's does (someone correct me please if I'm wrong).

Just remember to uncheck the various add-on costs for support and download 'protection' (unless you really want them).
941  News and Reviews / Word Processor Roundup / Re: Textmaker (Softmaker/Ashampoo Office) 2008 on: March 20, 2009, 12:59:23 PM
There's a special upgrade price of $12.99...

The email I got said €12.99 or $14.99.  USD price is good for "United States and Canada only", but I'm not sure how well that is enforced.

942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: UltraEdit for Linux? Could it (finally) be? on: March 20, 2009, 12:54:13 PM
There are so many freeware and superior editors on linux that I do not think a serious user would even consider ultraedit.
I suspect that the market for this product is not Linux/Unix die-hards, but UltraEdit Windows users who migrate to Linux. Whether or not this market segment is large enough is apparently going to be tested.

943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Eset False Positive Fiasco on: March 17, 2009, 02:22:24 AM
Your solution, Mouser, would be no solution at all for her.  Mind you, I like it, but it would be worse than useless to her.  And, unfortunately, to a great number of folk I know [sigh /].

While getting an inscrutable error message might not be the best thing for most people, it can't be worse than rendering the system fubar.
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Has anyone had experience buying from ? Is it reliable ? on: March 14, 2009, 01:11:40 AM
I've bought from, but it's been a while - at least more than a year (my tech purchases are usually from newegg now).  I never had a problem.

A quick look at the reseller ratings link posted by Cloq makes me think they may have gone a bit downhill over the years.
945  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol Plus on Bits Du Jour - Friday 2/13/09 on: March 13, 2009, 12:17:05 PM
The developer's policy has always been that ALL new versions are free once you've paid for the PLUS version.

This is confirmed by a comment by the developer on BitsDuJour:

Quote from: Bill Pytlovany (BillP Studios Developer)
Yes, WinPatrol 2009 will be launched on Monday and is a free upgrade. That means if take advantage of the Bits discount today, it's still good for the new version and ever other future version. PLUS is a one time fee and not a subscription.

946  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Surfulater 50% discount @ on Mar 4 on: March 12, 2009, 11:25:34 AM
Is it possible to share Surfulater repo across computers? Is the database structure suitable for synching(via another software) ?
A Surfulater database consists of 2 files; I think that they are both XML files (I know at least one of them is - I'm not at home right now to actually look).  So a sync where file(s) are modifed only on one side or the other is quite easy - any sync software can handle it.  However a sync where both sides have updated the file is not something that can be easily handled - there's no way for an application that doesn't know about Surfulater databases to know how to handle the conflict. Since they are XML files, you might get lucky with a simply text-based merge, but I wouldn't think this would be reliable.

KB syncronization has been on nevf's todo list for quite a while, and it's the one that I've been most anxiously waiting for, but it's a tough nut to crack and I think that he's been concentrating on things his other customers want more.

I'm hoping it'll get into the 3.x version at some point, but I really have no idea how soon it'll be along.

As far as sharing a read-only copy of the KB, there are a couple options:

  1. just copy the files where they are accessible from whoever you want to have read access - an unregistered Surfulater acts a free reader application
  2. Surfulater can publish a KB as a website

947 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: Independent volume per application for XP on: March 07, 2009, 12:18:14 PM
But that made me think, if it's been coded into Vista, couldn't there be a way to find that code, and make an app for XP?

The architecture of the audio driver stack in Windows was completely revamped for Vista. One of the design targets of the new architecture was to support this type of control among applications (and classes of applications).  That's not to say it can't be done in XP, just that it's not as good a fit for how the drivers work, so it's not necessarily easy.
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Surfulater 3 - huge price hike (166%) + where is the Firefox add-on? on: March 04, 2009, 12:22:37 AM
You will soon - on March 4 - be able to purchase Surfulator for $39.50 at Bits. 

Just a bump to the thread as the discount is now available for the next 22 or so hours...
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anal Program Monitor/Firewall on: March 01, 2009, 02:37:52 PM
For a few years now I've been using a discontinued Firewall called Tiny Firewall. ... Let's just say it served me very well for the past few years.

If you like Tiny Firewall you might like it's more or less direct descendant. Tiny firewall became Kerio Personal Firewall which in turn became Sunbelt Personal Firewall.  The version you download acts as a trial of the paid version for one month - if you don't register it it reverts to a free version with some of the 'pro' features disabled.

I don't use it so this is not an endorsement - it's just that it seems reasonable that you might find it similar enough to like it (note that it supports Vista, but only the 32-bit version).
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The ultimate piece of retro-computing on: February 15, 2009, 11:16:44 PM
Looks like this "ruler" is not working correctly Wink

Since when 2.7 x 23 = 61?

Well, it does claim "Two-digit precision or less".
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