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926  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Download Cheap software on http://softwarebackups.org, a Scam ? on: February 23, 2008, 02:57:17 PM
Actually, taking a close look on the site, I get the impression that they don't ship any disks to you. They give you download links. I am also getting the impression this is common cracked warez they are selling.

That's what they are doing - selling cracked software, a single key to multiple customers or key created with a keygen.  This place is selling through at least 2 storefronts.  A while back someone at my work bought Nero from one of these sites (truly not knowing that it wasn't legit).  Not too long after, the key no longer worked with Nero updates because it had been blacklisted.

the way these sites operate is that they send you for example photoshop cs3 cd/dvd but without the serial numbers or registration codes, as they are sold as backup copies. So in essence you are paying $60+ for a backup copy of software you supposedly already own. and that is the only way these copies are legal.

There was an outfit called iBackups.net (unrelated to iBackup.com) that claimed it's business was replacing lost media for people who had legitimately purchased the software previously.  However, they did provide customers with a (often non-functional) serial or key because the business was actually selling illegal copies.  The 'replacement' bit was just their way of trying to game the legal system. Last I heard the guy who ran iBackups.net got a severe prison sentence.

The outfit discussed by the OP is probably in some jurisdiction that simply doesn't care about software rights - they've been around for a while.  I find it humorous that they offer a money back guarantee - I wonder if they ever actually follow through on it.
927  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 21, 2008, 02:52:51 PM
I forgot about PromptPal - I tried it awhile back and decided not to buy, but I honestly can't remember what the deal killer was.  I may have to try it again.
928  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 21, 2008, 01:33:07 PM
I'm going to grab it when I get home tonight.

Me too. I've been trying to like the open-source Console2 (http://sourceforge.net/projects/console/), which has a similar idea, but it's been a little too buggy.  I'm also considering trying the new (and rather pricey) TakeCommand 9 from JP Software (http://www.jpsoft.com/) which has a similar capability of 'en-tabbing' console windows.

Is anyone successfully using any of these console wranglers?
929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unix utilities for Windows - book/manual on: February 19, 2008, 10:53:34 AM
The best UNIX book for me (a very occasional user of UNIX commands) that I've come across is "UNIX for the Impatient, Second Edition" by Abrahams & Larson (http://www.amazon.com/UNI...dp/0201823764/ref=ed_oe_p).  I see that there are several different versions - including a "UNIX of the Hyper-Impatient" - I don't know how they compare, but I will note that you can get a used version of the 2nd edition for basically shipping cost ($4).

It's not so much a tutorial as a readable ref manual.  If you usually know what command you want to use and just want to know how to use it, this book works very well.
930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Faxing on: February 18, 2008, 10:27:51 PM
I just found out that if you're a Vonage customer they have a no-extra-charge FAX sending service:  https://v-fax.vonage.com/

I guess it charges the FAX minutes to your phone plans minutes, if the destination number isn't part of your unlimited plan area.  Anyway, this seems to be a natural part of 'digital telephony', so I'd guess that other VoIP plans might do the same.
931  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CD Catalog Expert on Bits du Jour today for $17.97 on: February 16, 2008, 03:30:19 PM
I think it might take all day to make a decision, and then the discount is over!  That's how they get ya.  Darn deal of the day websites!

BitsDuJour has a link that shows you what's coming up in the next week or so - this is definitely essential to being able to try out what's going to be on sale.

932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet Explorer doesn't report it is running on Windows ??? on: February 13, 2008, 08:43:44 PM
Here's a web page about User Agent fields (mostly with pointers to other docs) by Eric Lawrence who develops the free HTTP sniffer, Fiddler:


There's a reg script on the page to set your IE User Agent to say you're running IE 6 on WinXP (there's also an undo reg script).
933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: KVM switch w/DVI? on: February 12, 2008, 10:53:11 AM
I don't know how useful this is since you're in Europe, but newegg.com has DVI KVMs starting at $75.  How well they work I have no idea.

Another thing you might consider since you don't care too much about the inputs being switched - only the display - is getting a monitor that has multiple inputs.  One of our machines has a Sony LCD that has multiple inputs and lets you switch between them using the monitor's OSD menu.  It's common for a monitor to have both DVI and Analog VGA inputs, so if you can live with one of your machines using an analog input that might be a good option.  Maybe use Remote Desktop or VNC to get a digital display for it for normal use (as long as you're not doing something like games or video on it), and only use the analog display for boot time stuff and other times that remote access won't work or is not appropriate.

These HP models have 2 DVI inputs:  LP1965 (19 inch display), LP2065 (20 inch display) so they might be worth looking into if they're big enough.
934  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Waiting for program completion in Visual Basic 2008 on: February 11, 2008, 01:15:57 AM
If I understand your question right, then all you have to do is call the WaitForExit() method on the Process object returned by Process.Start( "myprocess.exe").  Something like:

Formatted for vb.net with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. Dim proc as Process
  3. proc = Process.Start( "myprocess.exe")
  4. proc.WaitForExit()
  6. proc = Process.Start( "myprocess2.exe")
  7. proc.WaitForExit()
  9. ' and so on...

935  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Software DOD - new discounted software deal web on: February 06, 2008, 05:25:27 PM
No surprise that it's editing errors - but there are more than one:

SureThing CD Labeler25% of $24.95 = $5.00?
RecordForAll10% of $39.95 = $5.00?
FeedForAll10% of $39.99 = $5.00?
Nuance Paperport 1115% of 199.00 = $40.00?

Now, I'm sure these are all just simple typos (and for the most part, if there's an error it's that the %off is too low), but it seems something that should be more often correct.

Anyway, since I'm picking on typos, I pre-apologize for those I've made in this post (since by universal law any post complaining about typos will have them as well).
936  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Software DOD - new discounted software deal web on: February 06, 2008, 04:02:02 PM
I haven't purchased from them, but I assume they're legit because my first pointer to them was from the same mailing tamasd got from NagarSoft - a vendor was selling hist stuff (Direct Access) on the site.

But you're right, some of their arithmetic is off - they need a new calculator!  Maybe they can get one of those newfangled computer-things to do the cipherin' for them.

I'd take care to double check the charges on the order page so you don't get surprised.
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software licences on: February 06, 2008, 11:54:27 AM
If by LWA you mean Local Website Archive, then I don't think you'd be stepping all over the license:

The licensed version of the SOFTWARE PRODUCT (single user license) can be installed by the licensee on as many computers he wants, as long as the SOFTWARE PRODUCT is only used by one single person. The use of the software by different users needs additional licenses.

This type of confusion underscores johnk's original point that this kind of licensing needs to be more easily 'branded'.  Even though there's a clear link to the license for LWA, it took me a minute to locate it (I first landed on the FAQ for ShareIt link).  Something like Borland's old "like a book" tagline.  Since this licensing is a bit different from "like a book" (even if it's in a similar spirit), maybe a tagline like "licensed to YOU, not your machine".  I'm sure that someone out there can come up with something a lot less lame.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How much email do you keep…and why? on: February 05, 2008, 06:04:53 PM
So I’m a little curious to hear why people keep all the email they do, how frequently they actually search or otherwise access archived email, and how they decide what to keep. For those that may have business reasons for keeping email, do they ever have concerns that they’ve kept too much (i.e., stuff that would turn up during a “discovery” process in litigation?)

As far as personal email goes, of course I delete spam, other than that though most stuff get kept.  My philosophy has evolved to agree with Jim Gray's (http://research.microsoft.com/~Gray/) - never delete anything:


Obviously I don't follow this literally.  Things which are completely of no consequence get deleted if I think about it or some folder or something gets cluttered enough that I decide to throw out such things.

For business use, this may not be the best policy (due to document retention policies, etc.).  Actually I suppose there could be some legal ramifications, but I don't think anything I have or do will ever merit serious legal scrutiny (I hope I never have to test that statement!).

In the long term, I fear that much of this will be moot because entities (like the Government, Credit Bureaus, and Google) will actually have nearly all data archived in some fashion.  This may sound like SciFi conspiracy theory, but I think that it will come be reality soon.  As Jim Gray's slide #25 in the powerpoint I linked to says:

Soon everything can be recorded and indexed


The only problem will be how to find the data you want.

939  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit CPU - Is it worth it? on: February 05, 2008, 05:40:15 PM
The good side of running Vista x64 on a 64 bit capable CPU...

Just a note of clarification - you can run 64-bit guests using VMware Workstation (5.5 or newer) even if the host OS is 32-bit.  Whether VMware will run a 64-bit guest VM depends only on the processor, not whether the host is in 64-bit mode.  However, not all x64 processors are supported for running 64-bit guests.

Note that MS Virtual PC/Virtual Server do not support 64-bit guests at all (though they will run on a 64-bit host).
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software licences on: February 04, 2008, 02:19:58 PM
Great post - I have nothing to add, except to say I'm in 100% agreement (especially about how difficult it can be to ferret out license details sometimes).
941  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Powerpoint shrinker on: January 31, 2008, 06:40:55 PM
Yeah, the NXPowerLite works really well, but it's $45!!!  . . .  why would I want to pay that much for a program I will use maybe once or twice a month at most?
I do a *lot* of work on other people's powerpoints (unfortunately--maybe I should find a better job) and just want a simple 1 click solution to shrink them down quickly with a minimum of fuss.

I know it's easy to spend other people's money, but to my mind if you do this a couple times a month and NXPowerLite does the trick (I don't know anything about the program except what you've written), then $45 would probably be money well spent.  Especially if it's for work (in which case, your work should buy it, not you).  Let's amortize over a relatively short period -  if you use it 12 times over the next 6 months that comes out to something like $4 per use.   Would you pay someone $4 or $5 to perform this task for you?  If so, you should probably consider the purchase.

I also know this kind of analysis is sometimes easier said than done.  My wife often chides me for spending hours and hours researching a purchase in order to save $8.  Now, since that's my own personal time, I'm OK with it (even if it makes no sense).  However, for work, time *is* money so spending chump change to save time is an easy decision.  But I also have a reasonable work place that doesn't freak out over a $45 expense as long as I can justify it (and for $45, "I do this a couple times a month" is ample justification).
942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Me & my crazy optical mouse on: January 31, 2008, 06:21:54 PM
I think you need to start removing software to see if something is installed that's causing the problem, rather than installing software to try to fix the problem.  Start by booting in Safe Mode.  If the problem still occurs, I'm not sure what you'd do to fix it since the problem happens across different mice and attached to either USB or serial ports (which indicates that the problem is not hardware).

But assuming that the problem goes away in Safe Mode, I'd then use Autoruns or some other Start-up manager to disable all auto-starts, and test.  If the problem does not happen in Safe Mode but does happen with all autorun programs disabled, then the problem is probably the mouse drivers, which you should uninstall and use the native MS drivers. 

If the problem is still gone, re-enable things one at a time (or in small groups) and retest.  When the problem reappears, you should be able to narrowing down what's running when the problem occurs vs when the problem does not occur.  This process should end with a good indication of what software is causing the problem.
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Me & my crazy optical mouse on: January 29, 2008, 11:27:14 PM
I'd say get a new cheap mouse (you can find these easily for less than $10) if you don't already have another mouse lying around somewhere, or borrow one from a friend.  Use it and make sure the problem goes away.  If it turns out to be a problem with the old mouse hardware, throw out the old mouse.  I think there's probably no point wasting time trying to fix it.  However, it's possible that the symptoms remains if it's really a software problem, in which case there's no need to toss the old mouse - you've still got some sleuthing to do to figure out the problem.

If you want or need a mouse with more features or ergonomics that are not on the cheap 'test' mouse, get a more expensive replacement only after you've proved it's a hardware problem.
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12 Crazy old ads! on: January 28, 2008, 02:52:33 AM
what you posted for the ad and the text there seem to be a bit different. There's a reference in the graphic to "1914-1918", but not in what you had. Perhaps there were different versions of it?

You're right - I couldn't read the text in the one posted on oddee.com.  I googled around to find one I could read (with a bit of difficulty - I think it's time for a visit to the eye doctor).  It looks like the text on oddee.com differs after the "What to do about it" heading.
945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12 Crazy old ads! on: January 27, 2008, 11:26:00 PM
In case anyone's interested, just a little background on the "killed in action" ad.  World Peaceways was an anti-war pacifist organization between WWI and WWII.  Here's the text from the ad:

He's going to grow up to go to war?

No - he's never going to grow up at all.  If another war comes, he and his mother and thousands upon thousands like them are going to "die in action".

"Impossible!" you say. "They're non-combatants." Don't be silly - there'll be no such thing as non-combatants in the next war.

Wide-cruising submarines and bombing planes will laugh at front lines.  Gas - gas so powerful that one drop on your skin will kill you - will not be particular whose skin it touches. There will be no haven, no sanctuary, no safety. Everone will suffer.

And for what? Glory - where was it in the last war?

Victory - where was it in the last peace?

With that cruel lesson still fresh in mind, is another war to be forced upon us - a war infinitely more horrible, more futile, and more lasting in its harm than the last?

That is for you to decide.

What to do about it

Hysterical protests won't avert another war, any more than will "preparedness".

Civilization must build its own defense out of human reason and intelligence, properly organized and applied.

To every reasonable and intelligent man and woman in America goes the responsibility of doing his or her share to avert the coming war.

World Peaceways offers a practical plan of how you can help. Write for it. There is no obligation involved in your inquiry, except the obligation to your conscience and to your conviction that there must be no more wars.  World Peaceways, Inc., 100 Park Avenue, New York City.
946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Speed up audio playback? on: January 27, 2008, 06:40:07 PM
If you're not opposed to a command line app, I think that SoX (Sound eXchange) for Windows will do what you want:

947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12 Crazy old ads! on: January 27, 2008, 01:45:33 AM
Is the Puma ad original?

It turns out that the Puma ad is fake: http://www.felixsalmon.com/000150.php
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12 Crazy old ads! on: January 26, 2008, 11:17:42 PM
Ahh, the good ol' days.

I love the 7-Up ad - it's going on my wall, right next to my smoking baby figurine (http://www.mcphee.com/items/11095.html):

Of all the things that shouldn't smoke, babies are at the top of the list. The tag line for this product emphatically states our position on this issue: Real Babies Should Never Smoke! Ceramic babies smoking, on the other hand, are strangely appealing. Celebrate this absurd juxtaposition with one of these 2 3/4" tall ceramic babies. Each infant comes with a pack of ten Li'l Smokes and has another one in its mouth, ready to light up and puff. The smokes are actually non-toxic, unscented incense wrapped in paper.


949  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: List of disc catalogers on: January 22, 2008, 08:44:38 PM
Once every six months or so I go to the Advanced Disc Catalog site to see if there are any updates. When you google http://www.google.com/sea...h?q=advanced+disk+catalog then the first match is http://www.elcomsoft.com/adc.html . Clicking that takes me to a completely empty window and I have more than one time thought "that's it, they've pulled the plug on it!". A moment later I realize that it's my ad blocker that obstructs the page from showing  Grin Yet I moment later I realize that I was fooled in the exact same way 6 months ago cheesy Anyway, naming a page adc.html is not smart design.

Looks like they've fixed your problem: http://www.disk-catalog.com/
950  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Idea: TCP/IP Configuration Save/Restore on: January 22, 2008, 06:00:54 PM
"netsh dump" may be helpful - it generates a netsh script file corresponding to the current config.  The resulting script may have too much stuff, so may need to be culled.

you can have netsh generate a subset for you by specifying the sub-context.  Ie., "netsh interface dump" creates a script of netsh configuration commands for  your network interfaces.
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