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926  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Trialpay on: August 19, 2008, 05:14:08 PM
Here's a somewhat old list of TrialPay offers (probably not comprehensive): http://maggiewang.com/200...lpay-free-software-offers

The comments include additional info and at least one pointer to another list.

I've used TrialPay a couple times, and I'd use it again if I found a set of deals I wanted - but it's still a buyer beware situation.  A few comments:

  • look for eBay offers - at least once they had an offer where all you had to do was make a bid - you didn't even have to win the item;
  • use it only when the trial you're paying for is something you'd purchase without the software (or pretty close to it);
  • realize that you might pay more for the thing you're buying on TrialPay than if you bought directly though the vendor's site.  In this case you're essentially paying for the 'free' software by paying more for whatever you're buying on TrialPay, so the 'free' software might not be that much of a bargain.  I know this is true for some or all of the flower offers;
927  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BeyondSync $10 on: August 19, 2008, 10:26:00 AM
I was going to post that there was one comment on BDJ that appeared to indicate the program was less than promising, but looking today there are a few update comments that show a surprising level of support:


I don't have much need for another sync program so I wasn't going to evaluate it, but the words about the realtime sync sound interesting.
928  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: August 18, 2008, 04:01:03 PM
PS What happened to the jpsoft newsgroup? I used to read it in my newsreader and then it just disappeared about a month ago?

Apparently they switched to using a web forum.  I'm surprised they wouldn't have made some sort of announcement post to the newsgroup then left the server up in a read-only mode (can that be done with NNTP?).  I don't follow the newsgroup/forum regularly, so for me this is a major improvement - the web interface to the newsgroup was awful.  However, I can understand that  using NNTP for regulars would be far better than having to track a website (RSS might help - I think I'd use something like WebsiteWatcher).
929  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: August 18, 2008, 01:04:19 PM
Just an update: on my new Vista notebook with 3GB RAM, Take Command Console 9 opens INSTANTLY. There's obviously something wrong with my XP machine (on which it takes upwards of 10 seconds to open). Strange...
The slow load of TCMD seems to be related to it populating the folders windows (whether you have it displayed or not).  It can get bogged down on network shares and/or accessing floppy drives:


I'm seeing the long startup as well, but I haven't tried the workarounds suggested yet (changing the startup folder or disabling floppy drives).  The problem doesn't bother me too much as I start it up once then use that instance for all (or most) of my console windows.

But I do hope they take the suggestion of one forum post and make the folder window initialization a background task.
930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Numeric Format Strings in C++ on: August 16, 2008, 06:21:45 PM
Does stringstream allow for (inherantly) secure buffer handling? That's why I'm using the StringCbXxxx(...) series of functions. They do automatic buffer checking to prevent over-runs ... and will even flag you at compile time if something has potential of going poof!

The stringstream class is similar to the std::string class or the MFC/ATL CString class in that all of the buffer management is handled by the class, so there's no chance of a buffer overflow (unless you go out of your way to do evil things to the object).  If you're using C++, these classes are definitely the way to go over raw  C "char *" strings whenever possible. 
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Numeric Format Strings in C++ on: August 16, 2008, 11:59:57 AM
What Mouser said about using float/doubles for currency.

As far as some of the other things you brought up:

  • I'm not sure exactly how %n is used to perform thousands grouping, but the reason it's deprecated (generally shouldn't be used) is that it's easy to introduce bugs that trash the stack which can lead to security errors.
  • As far as using streams in GUI applications, you are right that "cout" is something that is pretty much not usable, but you can use stringstreams where the formatted output gets put into a string variable instead of getting sent to stdout (sort of like the difference between printf() and sprintf()).  See the end of this post for my sample modified to use stringstreams.
  • I wasn't aware of GetCurrencyFormat() - that looks to be a pretty good solution. I think I would probably write a wrapper for it that took an int value in cents (or whatever lowest denominator currency you're using) so floats could be avoided, formatted a string with the decimal point in the right place then sent that string off to GetCurrencyFormat() to do the rest of the work.

Just for reference, here's the sample using stringstreams (though I think a GetCurrencyFormat() wrapper is the way I'd go):

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #include <locale>
  2. #include <sstream>
  3. #include <string>
  4. #include <stdio.h>
  6. using namespace std;
  8. int main()
  9. {
  10.    stringstream formatted_string;
  12.    locale loc( ""); // user's locale
  13.    locale prev_loc( formatted_string.imbue( loc)); // set stream's new locale and remember the origial ("global") locale
  15.    int dollars = 4561254;
  16.    int cents = 75;
  19.    formatted_string << dollars << "." << cents << endl;
  21.    printf( "%s\n", formatted_string.str().c_str());
  23.    formatted_string.imbue( prev_loc);
  25.    return 0;
  26. }
932  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Which free burning software can you recommend? on: August 16, 2008, 01:23:55 AM
I have bought ashampoo burning studio 8 for only 10$! so I can call it for free Wink And I am very satisfied with it.
the link is here:

I second that! Sometimes they give away an older version too!  Thmbsup

Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 is now always free at download.com:  http://www.download.com/A...3000-2646_4-10776287.html
933  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Remote Destop, Keyboard & Mouse ONLY - Without Video/Graphics? on: August 16, 2008, 12:15:08 AM
Kartal just mentioned one (Input Director) favorably in another thread: http://www.donationcoder....14277.msg124642#msg124642

Another couple that I'm aware of are:

Synergy http://synergy2.sourceforge.net/
MaxiVista ($30) http://www.maxivista.com/
934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Numeric Format Strings in C++ on: August 15, 2008, 11:59:12 PM
If you're using streams (cout, stringstream, etc.) to perform the I/O or formatting, what you want to do is call the stream's imbue() method with the proper locale.

As an aside - you should never use floats or doubles to deal with monetary amounts, of course...

Something like:

Formatted for C++ with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. #include <locale>
  2. #include <iostream>
  4. using namespace std;
  6. int main()
  7. {
  8.    locale loc( ""); // user's locale
  9.    locale prev_loc( cout.imbue( loc)); // set stream's new locale and remember the origial ("global") locale
  11.    int dollars = 4561254;
  12.    int cents = 75;
  14.    cout << dollars << "." << cents << endl;
  16.    cout.imbue( prev_loc);
  19.    return 0;
  20. }

If you're not using streams (maybe you're a fan of printf-like formatting) then you might try adding the ' (single quote) character to the flags in the format specifier.  Some implementations take that to mean that the output should use thousands separators (Microsoft's compiler does not support this).

If the compiler you're using does not support that extension, the open source Trio library might be an option for you if you want to go this route, since it does support it:


935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any virtual printer for .doc or .rtf? on: August 14, 2008, 09:05:19 PM
I think that your suspicion that it's the web site (or the browser) that's pacing objects on the page in a manner that you don't like instead of the virtual PDF printer is correct.

But, if you have MS Office installed you'll have a "Microsoft XPS Document Writer" and/or a "Microsoft Office Document Image Writer" that may handle things better than your PDF virtual printer.  Or you can get the XPS Writer and Viewer from http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/xps/viewxps.mspx.

I guess XPS is Microsoft's attempt to out-do Adobe's PDF.  I'm not sure they are being very successful.
936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BeyondCompare 3 Released on: August 07, 2008, 07:34:22 PM
I should have mentioned that when I first tried the explorer integration BC2 started up, but I went into the options and fiddled around (turned them off then back on or something), then the explorer menus opened up BC3.

I suppose that the install doesn't override the existing shell registration (this might or might not be intentional or a bug), but hitting OK in the options dialog forces the issue.
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BeyondCompare 3 Released on: August 07, 2008, 06:18:09 PM
I still have version 2 installed. Anyone know if there is a plugin for version 3 to add the same shell features as version 2 ?

Are you talking about the explorer context menu getting the "Select left side to compare..." and "Compare to xyz" items?

If so, go in the BC3 Options panel in the Startup category.  There's an "Explorer integration" area in the bottom half.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why is all audio on websites so freakin loud?! on: August 06, 2008, 11:35:55 PM
Just an FYI on IndieVolume - the developer has returned.  He's posted an update version that so far has the major improvement for me of not crashing when Flash spits out some audio.  The new release still has some issues (particularly with attempting to mute applications), but as far as I'm concerned this update makes it usable for my purposes.

939  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: August 2008 Discounts on: August 06, 2008, 05:21:28 PM
Which once again makes it cheaper to buy a new license (pro) than to upgrade .. guess that will be my 3rd one then.

Note that the DC discount is stackable with the upgrade - you can upgrade from BC2 to BC3 Pro for $21 (or upgrade to BC3 Standard for $9 I suppose).
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BeyondCompare 3 Released on: August 06, 2008, 04:34:40 PM
Any chance the DC discount can be used together with the upgrade discount?
Just applied the upgrade and DC discounts to the Pro version and it worked fine.

Hey - thanks to Carl for arranging the discount, to mwang for suggesting that both discounts might be stackable and Carol for verifying that!

An upgrade to BC3 Pro for $21 is a nice deal.
941  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: InstallSafe $7.50 on: August 04, 2008, 01:30:01 PM
The outfit selling InstallSafe (Cadence Data Soft) also had a different product (Network Copy Protection) sold on BDJ back in February '08:  http://www.bitsdujour.com...work-copy-protection-102/

Back then their website worked only in IE - trying to access it with Firefox or Opera resulted in a blank page.   Now they have nothing but a '"Coming soon..." page.  An outfit that can't even get their website to a basic level of functionality is one I would not consider risking even a measly $7.50 on.
942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question re Website Watcher on: July 30, 2008, 04:33:37 PM
so maybe the program itself would tell me that the license was about to expire? I don't know.

Heh - when installed it does initially have a configuration that monitors the update announcement webpage.  I also missed out on the most recent update by one day - I knew of the update from when it was posted, but just didn't get around to downloading it.  When I went to try, I found that my subscription had expired the day before.

Oh well - I'm not sure how important the update is.  At some point I'll look to see if the paid upgrade will be worthwhile.

edit: removed reference to BitsDuJour - turns out I didn't buy it through BDJ
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone Here Using a Drobo? on: July 19, 2008, 04:38:32 PM
I wonder if the first recursive acronym is GNU (GNU's Not Unix) which Stallman came up with in the mid-eighties.  Anybody aware of an earlier one?
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt 6.0 released on: July 18, 2008, 09:19:19 AM
There's TCExplorer, which is a regular, user-mode application that opens container files
This is a year old, and TC has introduced a whole new way of encoding its containers. I can't imagine that it works on containers that have been upgraded to work with TC 5 (let alone 6).

Looks like you're right - only TC 4 containers are supported.  There's some indication that the developers might be updating the support, but it's unclear to me how much interest there really is:

945  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt 6.0 released on: July 18, 2008, 12:24:13 AM
Does anyone know of an application like this which allows encrypted drives to be transported and opened on a system via a thumb drive?
There's TCExplorer, which is a regular, user-mode application that opens container files (FAT only) similar to the way zip utilities deal with zip files as containers.


A couple caveats:

  • I have not tried this software
  • when using files inside a TC container with this utility, the file will be copied to a temp directory (on the same drive as the container, I think) - take whatever precautions you might feel necessary to ensure the data is not recoverable when you remove the container
946  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone Know of a Multi-Monitor Simulator for Software Testing? on: July 14, 2008, 10:28:35 AM
SplitView does this (note - I have not tried this software), but it's not free  - $40:

947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt 6.0 released on: July 08, 2008, 09:04:39 PM
Spiffy encryption widgets make you look interesting enough to poke around a bit, if that turns up anything your screwed. The first two guys you talk to, won't be that (IT) bright ... But the third guy that shows up...

While it may be true that using encryption makes you look interesting to customs (or whatever agency you're dealing with), it really shouldn't be.  I use encryption on my portable devices simply because the device could get lost or stolen and I don't want to have whoever might be on the receiving end to get access to that data (some of which isn't even mine - it belongs to my employer).  I'd hope that this would be the more usual case, but given the news stories that pop up about lost/stolen devices with sensitive data it seems that this is not true (yet).

948  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extract files from a .pst file on: July 08, 2008, 01:11:48 PM
Apparently, Outlook express won't touch it and now I'm stuck for a solution.

You need Outlook - which is completely different from Outlook Express.  If you have Office, you might already have Outlook (it's in some of the Office Suites, but not all of them).  If you don't have it, installing a 60 day trial should enable you to get the documents you want.  Note that MS does not seem to have a trial for Outlook itself - they want you to trial Office 2007 Pro to trial Outlook, so I'm not sure what it'll do for any Office applications you might already have installed.  I suppose you should be prepared to reinstall them after you uninstall the trial, if that's the route you take:


Of course there are 3rd party tools to deal with PST files (as EDOlsson suggested), but I have no experience with them.

949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Using URL-catching technology to save lives on: July 02, 2008, 08:51:47 PM
Mmmm, can you explain why the site has a search box for a webring that lists the best drinks and drinking sites?

Well, FWIW the name of the group is Underage Drinkers Against Drunk Driving, so apparently they're all for the drinking part, just not the drunk driving part.
950  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Jungle Disk Mini-Review: offsite data storage on: July 02, 2008, 07:43:12 PM
lWill probably get Jungle Disk anyway cause I think it allows SFFS to use partial file update
Also, it's great to be able to browse your backups & keep an overview and have it all so accessible

I'm not sure whether or not JungleDisk will allow SFFS partial file update to work (but it might). Usually partial file update requires some corresponding software running on the server, but maybe SFFS can get around this somehow by keeping a database on the local machine.

What I do know is that with JD Plus you get partial file update automatically (but JD Plus is an additional 1.00 per month).  JD Plus runs the server component on the Amazon EC2 service, so the local JD software communicates to the JD Plus server (and you pay for that bandwidth, which should never be more than what you'd pay to directly store or retrieve a file directly from S3).  The JD Plus server then deals with the S3 storage, but Amazon does not charge transaction or bandwidth fees for EC2 access to S3.
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