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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: So, what pdf reader app is your fav? on: April 10, 2015, 04:55:45 AM

My machine is currently set on STDV - Scientific and Technical Documentation Viewer.

http://www.stdutility.com/

I ended up with it because it's also supposed to handle some of the ebook formats. (Though I tend not to see many of those - and weird formats annoy me!)

I don't think it's all that fast, and it def doesn't have many editing features if any at all.

I'm pretty sure the main reason I'm using it is because it does handle a few ebooks if those ever become some day's topic of the day.

127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 2013 drops cleartype, fonts a disaster. Any way to fix it? on: April 10, 2015, 02:20:40 AM
Things are getting iffy in windowsland re: fonts.
Cleartype getting replaced by directwrite (or whatever the new tech for font rendering is called; the horrible one I call it smiley ).
More and more apps are moving to the new rendering, and only some provide an option to 'disable graphics-accelerated rendering' or some such. Chrome and mailbird do have a fallback option. Using it, plus mactype is saving me.

But mactype is abandonware, and it's not problem-free.

Right now any office 2013 app is unusable on a big monitor with low DPI (for me)...

Just so I can understand the problem, what about for example Kingsoft Office? It's fine (sorta!) if it doesn't work for you, but just so I know what the problem is, I don't even know where to look to find your font rendering tech in that program!

128  Other Software / Html and CSS School / Re: HTML editor for beginners on: April 08, 2015, 10:15:48 AM
I'm no web builder, but what little I knew of "easy web builders" is if you weren't watchful, and just tried to "drag elements around", the code they produced was stuff like

&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFont=12Text="Hello World"<BR>Font=11&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspText="This is
unreadable"<BR>&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbspFont=12Text="Do
Your eyes hurt yet?"&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

Yuck.

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 10:06:46 AM
Some of y'all are talking about images - that's not the tool I wanted. I mentioned earlier about "modular" - if I install five things and later want to remove #2, images aren't going to help me - what I want is a tool that captured the full changes caused by prog install #2, that then correctly reverses it, registry and all. More like a super-uninstaller, since I am getting quite tired of "Windows uninstalled X, some things have to be deleted manually". That's where all of this junk ended up from to begin with.

(And I still can't get about five things out of there, "because a script / file is missing" - there's manual stuff on the web but I ran out of energy this time. EMET is one of them, and that program gave me problems through its entire life cycle.)

130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 10:02:40 AM
One of the hours I spent today was stuff that was not even registering in the add-remove list, which I'm pretty fuzzy on how that happens.

-are you sure they were installed and not just unpacked? I know that I soon will have forgotten if I installed or merely unpacked a program. One way to have a clue is, if a proper folder has been created (by the program in question) in Start > All programs, or if you merely have a shortcut somewhere.

I'm not sure what this question means. Dooble Browser, as an example, had a full folder in C/Program Files, and it loaded, but it wasn't pulled for Add/Remove Programs. I don't "unpack" things to C/Prog Files, so it could only have gotten there with an installer.

Sometimes I do advanced installs and don't put in start menu shortcuts, but there's no clear reason why it shouldn't get pulled for add/delete programs unless it's just a cute .exe that just sits there and does stuff, but that's not what this case situation is because I put those kinds of things on desktop/subfolder, not C/Prog Files
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 08, 2015, 09:49:59 AM
This seems like silly politics to me - if the rendering engine and internals are from mainline Firefox, just identify as that, regardless of using an old UI...

Adblock Latitude is designed to be a drop in replacement for ABP and will utilize all your exsisting settings. However, ABL is more than that. It intends to also replace Adblock Edge by removing the hard coded Acceptable Ads feature."
Huh, isn't the removal of Acceptable Ads one of the things that Adblock Edge is all about, and why it was forked from Adblock Plus?

Hence some of my notes!

1. The engines are "sorta" from Firefox - they're supposed to be stripped slightly to run a hair faster on Windows, though I never really traced any of that. I just kept seeing less Mozilla experimentation, and stayed here. See App's note from the fall about how slight differences (identifiers, and whatever else) began to affect actual usage.

2. Again, I just got lost with all of the "Sporking" of AdBlock ____, so I just posted my note again and responded as much to the above as anything, and news reporters are like magpies - they only post parts 1,3 and 7 of an 8 part story, so when I saw the owner switch-back, as I noted above, I was just as confused as you were, installed them both and decided to toggle them on and off as I desired, and left it at that. There's no reason you can't have both copies of the add-on "in the wings".

Plus, I swear just now I saw diffs in trying to adblock avatar images from here, starting with app's cat. Adblock Plus was not taking it at first, Adblock Latitude just did, and now it's hidden from both.

Bleh!

132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 08, 2015, 01:57:00 AM
Be wary of any registry cleaner. If you have a program that didn't make proper use of the registry, the registry cleaner could mark this as something to fix or remove. Result? Your application wouldn't work anymore.

Not all programs are written properly and registry cleaners have a notion to be over-zealous in getting the highest number of "errors" they need to fix. Once you hit the 'Fix all errors'-button, you could be going from a (reasonably) working system to making a recover attempt from a restore point or even re-installation of Windows in just a minute.

Personally, I haven't used a registry cleaner in years. Sorry for being harsh, but I am inclining to say that you deserve whatever misery you get into after a registry cleaning.

Your registry won't be much smaller or faster or stored more optimal on disk. Only that last item could make some (debatable) difference.

The best advice? Leave the registry alone. Better keep a tool that makes a snapshot of your system (including registry) running in the background when you install some new piece of software. Once you want to get rid of this software, use that same tool again to revert all changes this new piece of software made. This is the better way to keep your system lean and mean. I believe Comodo offers such a tool as (limited) freeware and commercially licensed.

Well, let's call this a draw.

First, I was definitely wary. My first goal of spending a full half day on stuff I kept putting off, was that those browser hijackers had taken several steps to inject themselves into stuff, worse than I've seen in a long time. I know articles range from useful to placebo to downright "invented content horror", but the rough gist was that these thingies had registry components running around, and I think I got just about all of them.

After that, I did take a medium look at the proposed list, and big chunks of the suggested ones were items that belonged to programs that I had uninstalled. Microsoft Silverlight left behind something like thirty of them all by itself even after the official uninstall. I don't feel a rabid need to do this very often at all, but once for the first time in years myself, seemed decent enough. I don't wildly test software like I used to, so this is probably quite plenty for a long time to come.

As for your suggestion about the snapshot software, I'll take suggestions for an easy one that can modularly reverse each software's changes. I thought broadly that's what add-remove uninstall was supposed to do - but apparently it doesn't. One of the hours I spent today was stuff that was not even registering in the add-remove list, which I'm pretty fuzzy on how that happens.

So I did just grand this time, but I also don't feel I need to tempt fate much either. So I'll prob just stay here for a chunk of time as I change from more comp curiosity to life direction changes.

133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 08, 2015, 01:03:59 AM

Sliding back a bit towards other parts of Win10, a couple of notes:

- I just saw an article that says a search bar (may?) be hard-coded to sit there starting at you in Win10, and it's part integrated with Bing.

I know that will annoy me, but I expect there's gotta be a way to hide it, at worst from a brilliant hack/tool from someone.

- I try to keep a light eye on what's *not* being said about a version of a Win OS. Here's a nice article that they already tried to clean up the code between Vista and Win7, presumed further in Win8. Win8's noise was mostly UI from what I heard as a layman. Same idea, those tech previews have been floating around for a while now, and except some preview-install silliness, I'm not hearing WinMe/Vista style horror stories.

http://www.osnews.com/sto..._About_Windows_7_s_Kernel

Paraphrased, "Win7 was the first time a version of Windows had a smaller footprint than its predecessor." It will be interesting if they managed to do even more of that in Win10.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 05:11:43 PM
CCleaner

I trust you!

I've known what registry cleaners do for a decade. But I didn't want to risk just a cheap lookup on the web. But yes, my copy of ccCleaner has the registry module - I just ran it now, and since it's basically the first time ever, it fixed some 2000 issues!

I'm also installing those "alt xp updates" from that tip a way back. No, I don't have a full alt image backup, but I checked the web and didn't see any rash of horror stories either.

Though as part of "simplifying" I deleted FF regular and Nightly (and Chrome!), and am just keeping PaleMoon and FF Dev Edition.

So I am just about done I think. The big browser hijacks seem to be mostly gone, and this should last me for a while.

135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 07, 2015, 03:28:45 PM
Heh since I was doing all the cleanup today, I finally upgraded!
(I'm almost as fast as ice age cycles!)

Meanwhile, something seems to be going on in AdBlock world.
It seems like Wladimir Palant is more in the scene of both Adblock Edge (where the about screen has a confusing double-credit but lists him first), and then AdBlock Plus seems to have fresh versions this month. So since then that all those months passed, does AdBlock officially support Pale Moon now? Did stuff change since this original info thread?

Though per 4wd's note above, I like this spirit of Adblock Latitude (from their page)

"Adblock Latitude is a direct fork of Adblock Plus made specifically for the Pale Moon browser.

Adblock Latitude is designed to be a drop in replacement for ABP and will utilize all your exsisting settings. However, ABL is more than that. It intends to also replace Adblock Edge by removing the hard coded Acceptable Ads feature."

So I'm going to go do that.


136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 02:55:41 PM
Well, the first round seems to have gotten rid of most of that "Babylon"/other browser hijacker stuff.

Somehow Microsoft's "disk cleaner" stopped working, but ccCleaner claims to have done that part, deleting some 700 megs of temp files and stuff.

Next up and more disturbing is there seems to be X amount of stuff that isn't getting pulled by add-delete programs. Dooble Web browser is the first one I just uninstalled by hand. (It seemed to do so, so far.) A quick glance sez there's more stuff in there.

Hey, by the way, I don't see any of those "Welcome to enhanced Firefox with sponsored ads" pages right now. Did they get such a vicious backlash that Mozilla removed them?

137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Adventures in cleaning (my cranky) computer on: April 07, 2015, 11:11:35 AM
I decided I had a bit of energy to spare so I decided to at least start the ugly grind of cleaning some junk off my computer.

A few things had been creeping in, and I won't be done today, but I figured my notes might help at least one other person out there!

1. Getting started

I started with this decently thorough looking overview of some of the standard tools.

http://malwaretips.com/bl...ervice-exe-virus-removal/

This all started not from the browser side, but because separate from "plugin-container", I noticed "PluginService.exe". According to the guide it's not a full virus itself, but apparently "accessory to other crimes". On a whole other note, I'd noticed that some random program hijacked my zip file association. It's supposed to be Chris G's Fast Unzip Snack we'd worked on here, but a week or two ago something jumped up in there so I figured I'd go skeet shooting today and try to get at least a little stuff done.

Courtesy of Shades reminding me of Process Explorer, I also just now identified "WinZiper" - and Process Explorer does a good job with "name" so it has some def suspicious weird looking Chinese name.

So I set out first downloading the following tools:
adwcleaner
Junkware Removal Tool
Malware AntiMaware (I went with the free version)
Hitman Pro

Elsewhere I (think) have Hijack This which I might run later.

First Step was Add/Remove programs in Windows. I'm on XP. The PluginService thing hid itself from uninstall, but Karen Directory Reader found it easily enough. It's currently sitting at:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\IePluginServices\PluginService.exe
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users.WINDOWS\Application Data\IePluginServices\update\conf

AdwCleaner certainly found that and WinZiper.
WinZipper/WinZiper does at least seem/pretend to play fair. I just now removed it from Add/Remove Programs. ReRunning adwcleaner .... survey says ... that it might be gone for now. So far so good enough.

Onward with trying to remove PluginService with adwcleaner.


138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 06, 2015, 08:15:08 PM
Apparently all based on Mark Russinovich saying at a conference that “It’s definitely possible”.

http://www.forbes.com/sit...source-microsoft-windows/

Well, I need to make lists of "intelligent tech news". Mark R. is very bright - I have no problem with his conference remarks. You can remark anything you like.

It's the TechTimes that first visited the Fish Factory.

Then Forbes also visited the Fish Factory, and found a different breed of herring!

"In some ways Russinovich is being modest. ... So what is the sensible answer to making Windows open source?

It’s very simple: What Complete Madness!

Why? The number one reason is security. Being a closed platform, holes in Windows take time to discover. In fact some of the biggest lie unspotted for years which can lead to panic when they are revealed."

Uh... so ... prepare the "Ultimate Windows Cleanup Expedition", and then "once and for all" put the eyes of the world on Windows! Quit championing security through obscurity like it's anything more than a cheap band aid!

Angry

If push really came to shove, you'd need a Snowden Grade Martyr to grab the code and powerslam the net with it a' la' Johnny Mnemonic. Who cares what level offense it is. If you have over a million copies running in the wild, it will be loose forever.


139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 06, 2015, 01:36:44 PM

" Basic usage
The warrior runs on Windows, OS X and Linux using a virtual machine. You'll need one of:

    VirtualBox (recommended)
    VMware workstation/player (free-gratis for personal use)
    See below for alternative virtual machines "

Sorry then, much as I like the spirit, I'll plead "too flighty" to get involved. I've never used a virtual machine before and I just don't have enough other interest to learn it for this!
Sad
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 06, 2015, 12:39:23 PM
they used to have rules against "servers" on home connections

You would not be running a server. Nobody will be connecting to you. You will be running a grabber that will grab chunks of content off the friendfeed site and then upload it to Archive Team's servers. As long as you have a connection that meets the qualifications spelled out, you can do this on a home internet connection.


I, personally, can not provide any support for running a Warrior, but if anyone runs into any issues, I can ask a member of Archive Team to reply to anyone that needs some help getting it running.

Hmm.
Well, please post an intro post with some basic instructions for us and I will try to test if I can run one of these warrior things!

141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 06, 2015, 11:24:16 AM
I doubt I'm in the market for this, but I support the effort against yet one more "launch and dump" trend by the big corps!

Angry

At this point, there is no hope that anyone can change Facebook's mind and stop the shut down, but archiving the public content to archive.org can still be accomplished, if enough people are willing to pitch in and help with that enormous task.

Right, though do please provide guidance if people on generic home connections like Time Warner can help. Not counting a super weird blip last night, it "seems okay, but very erratic", but more importantly recalling some old legal verbiage from Verizon, they used to have rules against "servers" on home connections and I have no idea what the current status of Time Warner is.

142  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: April 06, 2015, 11:22:02 AM

In the hierarchy of trying out new entries in software categories, I tackled browsers years ago and am pretty solidly decided on PaleMoon.

Much more recently, I am looking into office packages and specifically the Excel alternatives.

I have grown quite dissatisfied with LibreOffice for various reasons. I currently like Kingsoft Office, so that's my entry to beat. I have heard about SoftMaker, but the fact it doesn't have a full free version is a big step against it.

Just for reference, here is one of the links to a trial of S-O 2012 - 30 days.
http://www.softmaker.com/english/trials_en.htm

So it would have to be really solid to overtake KingSoft for me. But before I "waste the clock", I have a small consulting project coming up, so I'd really want a good starter grasp of KingSoft and then much later try this trial to compare.

143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 06, 2015, 11:15:06 AM

I doubt I'm in the market for this, but I support the effort against yet one more "launch and dump" trend by the big corps!

Angry
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congressman on: April 06, 2015, 11:13:21 AM

That's Epic Renny!

Thmbsup
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 05, 2015, 05:56:24 PM
I want to add the whole new angle that whenever they quit playing games "slicing and packaging", and certify something as the complete OS, that enters the whole other discussion about NSA backdoors and stuff. Because as long as Windows is Mystery Meat, anything could be in there.

But if it's ever "bit certified", then even if the govts have their back doors, it instead becomes an "intelligence test" to see if the govts can *fool us* with the source right here. It can still happen, but we have some pretty good guys on "our side", so with a wry wink and nod to reality shows, if you put together an "emergency task force" of our "50 best", with a great spread of overlapping specialties, vs the agencies, I bet we could find a back door if it was in there.

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 05, 2015, 07:55:28 AM

I like to sometimes borrow things from Arizona Hot's Interesting Stuff, which I feel deserve a more complex discussion.

This is up there for one of the most confusing topics I have ever heard!

tellme

"Played Straight Man"
"Windows May Go Open Source"
Stem article:
http://www.techtimes.com/...-developers-consumers.htm

Leadoff suspicious sounding products of fish factory (may include herrings, at least one of which is red)
Prologue: Bias inducing remark:
"Microsoft – set to release Windows 10 later this year – is firmly established as the king of software. In spite of this, the company is open to change: Windows could soon become open source."

Uh ... that's not the least of why I made this a thread! I'll leave that one alone for now!

1.
"The move means that Microsoft would essentially be giving away Windows for free. However – and perhaps more importantly – the tech community would have access to all the code for Windows, being able to change it, modify it and essentially create unique versions of it."

This is a "rosy" passage - MS still makes Windows, "plebes" finally get to whack it open legally and see *all of it* ... up until ... you just know there's a weasel move in there somewhere. Or several. Microsoft gets to make a lot of moves.

2.
(Lots of barely intelligible filler goes here.)
Also left alone for now. I'm starting this post off trying to jam a thumbtack on a couple of the really hot-button items.

3.
"Despite these advantages, it's difficult to imagine that Windows will become totally open source anytime soon. What seems more likely is that Microsoft will release portions of the operating system, enabling faster development of its features, and also offering a faster responsiveness to developer feedback and suggestions."

Aha! There's at least a couple of the varmints! I am *definitely* pointing out the nice change of position within a couple hundred words of story! Let's say it with More Drama so we can see it!

"the company is open to change: Windows could soon become open source ... The move means that ...the tech community would have access to all the code for Windows...(but) it's difficult to imagine that Windows will become totally open source anytime soon. What seems more likely is that Microsoft will release portions of the operating system ... Only time will tell if Windows does indeed become an open-source operating system — but the future of the operating system is certainly exhilarating."

Nice taking away the football, Lucy.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 05, 2015, 07:40:49 AM
Knowing the future could come in handy in clutch situations.  I know it would shift my perspective.

Happy Easter!

So all the little baby chickens around is a ... clutch situation!

 cheesy  Thmbsup
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 11:44:13 PM
I'd love to see a browser with a dialog that had two buttons. One displayed a thumbs up to download. The other displayed a thumbs down to cancel. The dialog would simply read "Idiots gonna be idiots. YOLO"

Now I want someone to code a Firefox/Pale Moon extension that does that. smiley

To the Coding Snack Bus!
 cheesy
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 11:41:02 PM
Now I see that every time I download one of my utilities from my page using chrome browser, after the download is complete I get a reg circle with a minus sign in the middle and this message "yadda yadda is not commonly downloaded and could be dangerous"  A Discard Button is displayed.  The Keep Button is only accessible after hitting a drop down arrow.

I can see how this is going.  If not made by one of the big boys all software will have a scare blurb attached.  They don't even virus scan it now..  Just slam it as "not one of ours."


"If you are absolutely sure that MilesAhead is honorable and trustworthy and only says bad things about people from 5:17-5:38 on Thursdays, then go to the bottom floor, take a left, enter the broom closet, go through the window, jump into the elevator shaft and go around the broken elevator, to the bottom floor, open the door that says "beware of the leopard", feed the leopard exactly 40% pepper jack and 60% cheddar cheese, sing it a song to put it to sleep, pull the usb out from under its rump, and you can download the program.

HOWEVER YOU CAN'T READ DIRECTIONS WHEN THE PARANOIA FACTORY IS BUSY YELLING AT YOU AND YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHO MILES IS, SO WHY NOT JUST DITCH THE PROGRAM BECAUSE IT CAN'T BE ANY GOOD IF HIS NET WORTH IS LESS THAN A BILLION DOLLARS."

 Angry
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 11:35:11 PM
...And yes, an audit is necessary for a project like TrueCrypt, since the "many eyes" argument of open source has failed again and again.

I think this is a different nuance of minor note along the way.

To me the "many eyes" of "regular" open source software is at the first level to hopefully catch nasty errors that just do "low to medium" level damage. Anything from irritants to data loss, to even at the mid level making sure there's no security hole.

But the software itself "is tame" - maybe server code, maybe some application, whatever. It "just does stuff that isn't quite exciting when it's behaving".

But software *designed to encrypt material against knowing target enemies using best-of-breed and even (govt/super-corps) "better than best of breed" attempts to break it - go beyond just needing "eyes" - you need "attestation services" which is what an audit is.

Ignoring for ex server code just for a moment, so long as an application doesn't destroy my data, I  "grudgingly don't care what it does after grumping about it" - varying levels of annoying from irritating to Enhanced Experiences, but in the end it's "just bad software". But if someone either cracks open TrueCrypt&cousins or someone put backdoors in it, "data traveling" can ruin ... lives!

 ohmy
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