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926  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".
927  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.
928  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).
929  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.

930  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.

931  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.
932  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.
933  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.

934  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

935 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.
936  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...
937  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).
938  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".
939  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The ultimate piece of retro-computing on: February 15, 2009, 05:05:46 PM
I once had a cheap slide rule that I goofed around with for a week or two.  I think that even today with calculators, phones, computers, MP3 players, etc. that can all perform arithmetic easily that slide rules should still be introduced to kids at some point in their math education. Slide rules really illustrate the amazing properties of logarithms in a concrete way.

I'm not saying that kids should be taught to be slide rule experts, but that slide rules can be used as tools to teach something about logarithms. Hey, they still use abacuses (abacii?) in kindergarten or 1st grade to teach how addition works, don't they?

Anyway, I suppose it hard enough to get most kids to even pay attention (or even attend) class. But it might help a few 'get' logs.
940  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Upgrade discount for SoftMaker Office 2008 - $15/€13 on: February 14, 2009, 02:11:42 PM
I got an email this morning providing a discount for previous owners of SoftMaker Office (and presumably AShampoo Office - but I'm not certain about that).

The order page indicates that it's for previous owners - I'm not sure if the installer checks for a previous version or not.

You can now upgrade to the full SoftMaker Office 2008 for Windows package for the low price of just EUR 12.99 (worldwide) or US$ 14.99 (United States and Canada only).
Please use the appropriate one of the following links:


941  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: February 14, 2009, 01:50:05 PM
I haven't - $50 for an upgrade is more than I'd like to spend.  I'll either wait for a discount or for the next major release maybe (I think they're on a  more or less once a year major release schedule).

However, one of the bullet items on the 'new in v10' list is "Loads and runs faster than v9".  I'm not sure if this means they've fixed the problem of long load times when there are  slow or disconnected network shares, but it might be worth checking if that's something that's been a bother for you.

FWIW, the coupon code "Partner1000" seems to be a long-standing code for 10% off - so you'll save $5 on the upgrade of you decide to go for it.  I'd like to see a better discount...
942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VMWare releases open source client under GPL on: February 05, 2009, 12:24:59 PM
I'm not sure, but from my brief reading of the press release and the VMware View page, it seems that VMware View is a product that lets a company easily deploy virtual desktop machines to a server farm running in a central data center.

The client is something like a Citrix ICA client, an RDP client or a VNC client that lets you connect to one of the virtual desktops.  This GPL client is for the Linux platform.

That's what it seems like to me.
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for simple backup software on: January 29, 2009, 02:22:39 AM
Yes - SyncBackSE definitely does 1 through 6.  I've used all those features except #5 (multiple versions).

However, some people would argue that it's not particularly simple.  But I think that's true of most backup applications that are highly configurable.
944  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Acronis True Image 11 Home for US$ 9.99 on: January 28, 2009, 12:05:57 PM
TrueImage is a *wonderful* product. It has a lot of nice features and is very easy to use. I am thinking that I should just consider it as a yearly subscription and pay the $30/year to get the upgrade.

What I've been doing is instead of updating when they come out with a new release: I wait for the period of time that occurs just before the new release, and pick up the version that's about to be 'obsolete' for $10 or so. This is never anything that's officially announced, but generally a couple months before Acronis releases a new version you start seeing these $10 deals for the current version.  That's the time to buy.  $10 for TI 11 and DiskDirector 10 was a good deal.

Also, there's often not a reason to upgrade at all if the version you have does the trick.  Many people are still happily running TI 8. A lot of people consider the later versions to be bloated, and if you're still running XP, there may not be a reason to upgrade if you're not interested in the new features.

Of course, if it turns out the new version has something you want or need and can't wait for 10 months or more for the next wave of big discounts, then $30 is certainly not anything I'd worry about paying (just wait a few weeks at least so everyone else can help Acronis shake out the 1st wave of bugs).
945  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / WinPatrol PLUS - 50% off for a few more hours on: January 25, 2009, 05:15:08 PM
I happened by the WinPatrol homepage and noticed that there's a 50% off sale running for the PLUS version:

The free version is pretty good on its own - the PLUS version adds access to an online knowlegebase and some real-time detection of file system and registry changes.  But mainly it helps support ongoing development of the program.

The discount ends at midnight EST today (25 Jan 2009) - so there's about 8 more hours as I write this...

946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: January 10, 2009, 03:47:53 AM
Why not just make it the "lifetime" of the exact unit you got? If the unit is broken, clearly its lifetime has run its course.

I can't believe this didn't cross my mind.  Clearly, we have the Ultimate Lifetime Guarantee (from the vendor's point of view) here!
947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: January 09, 2009, 10:17:09 PM
I no longer trust anyone who claims to offer a lifetime license.  Who's lifetime? Mine? Theirs? Until they realize they need more regular income? Until their mood changes?

This reminds me of an SMC router I had several years back - it had a lifetime warranty, and when it failed one day and I tried to get warranty service I found out that the 'lifetime' of the warranty was the the marketing lifetime of the product.  Ie., since they didn't sell that model anymore, the warranty had expired.

I was actually more amused than angry at the use of the fine print - even though it was totally deceptive, I had to give them props for a clever deception.
948  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EULAlyzer™ 1.1 on: January 04, 2009, 08:11:57 PM
only the annual subscription will make sense to me. And twenty dollar PER YEAR sounds very expensive
Once again, the wording of this type of annual license is a bit unclear - when I read it, it sounded like you get a license to use EULAlyzer Pro (the main advantage of which is the EULA-Watch feature) - and that you also get any upgrades that occur in the one year period.

I would have interpreted/guessed that the right to use EULAlyzer Pro/EULA-Watch does not end with your annual fee - just the right to upgrades/updates.

Or is this really the type of license/software that becomes useless without the annual updates/upgrades?  I do wish vendors would try to make that more clear more often.
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: December 26, 2008, 11:49:17 AM
My understanding for xplorer2 is that you get updates for 1 year after purchase (I'm not sure if this applies to only major upgrades or all), but that this policy has not been enforced yet. He's mentioned in the forum that he plans to start enforcing in the near future, but you can buy (I think for about $20) 'Upgrade Assurance' which gets you lifetime upgrades.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do I stop selling myself v1agra? on: December 26, 2008, 12:27:54 AM
Well, the CAN-SPAM Act requires that the spam provide an opt-out method, so it seems to me you should just send yourself an opt-out request.
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