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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: June 25, 2013, 06:00:39 AM
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127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: June 23, 2013, 05:07:59 AM
My concern with Feedly is that they are pulling in as many people as possible without telling them exactly how they will be monetizing the service after google reader shuts down. They have said it will be a freemium thing where certain features will be available only on a subscription, but what features? At least some of the others have the premium stuff in place already, I fear some people will be surprised once Feedly implements this.

I love FeedDemon, and was a registered user of a previous version. It really is one of the most slick desktop clients. But since it's end-of-life'd, it probably won't be updated to support whatever comes down the road.

I imported all my feeds to RSSOwl for a start, which works okay, and then I will probably see what features end up in Feedly premium and see if it's worth it. I would personally prefer a web based reader.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Non-Notepad(MS) Thread! on: June 22, 2013, 01:49:01 AM
Notepad2 has been my quick editor for years Kiss.

I've always been using two text editors, because I have two distinct use cases. One is a single file editor for those quick open - change a few lines - close jobs. I use it mainly as the Total Commander F4 editor. It must open instantly and close again on pressing Esc. Notepad2 fits perfectly here because it has just enough features for programming to be useful, and not anymore, so it's lean and fast.

The other is an editor for projects. It must make working on projects easy, and should have more advanced programming support, like auto-completion. At the moment that is Sublime Text 3, because the FARR-like navigation and multiple cursors feel natural to me.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 31, 2013, 01:07:21 AM
I agree with what f0dder and others have said. I think perhaps the first generations of SSD had issues with wear, but the current ones (third generation I think?) have things in place to handle that and usually break other places.

And the performance gain is big, just make sure you backup.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free cloud backup? on: May 28, 2013, 04:13:08 AM
I think one of the few free ones you could actually trust is the 2 GB free backup accounts you get from SpiderOak.
131  News and Reviews / Best Text Editor / Re: Notepad++ has Help file; hex editor plugins on: May 25, 2013, 03:22:02 AM
How long are you going to leave the old, outdated reviews for many of the text editor software up, before updating them?  I'm sure Ultraedit is quite good & you probably make $ for promoting it - that's fine.

I think you can rest assured nobody was getting money or otherwise being compensated for a positive review on this site. It is simply because it reflects the experience and evaluation of the reviewer at that time, given what the editors available were like back then.

If you're not going to be fair & up to date on the reviews, just take them down & only advertise Ultraedit .

The review was last updated seven years ago, and I agree that is showing. It is a huge effort to write a review like that, and I am afraid equally huge keeping it up to date. The official reviews which were a big part of DonationCoder in the first years, have not really been done since then -- instead the forums thrived and became the driving force of the site, and user reviews started to appear here.

You could argue that the old reviews should be taken down. On the other hand, they are marked clearly with dates, and point to the forums for further discussion (like these).
132  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GoogleCode announces removal of file download feature for hosted projects on: May 24, 2013, 06:53:31 PM
I would guess it is because people are hosting files not related to the projects created. This could be using it is a download service for non-OSS software, or maybe even illegal stuff.

GitHub does not provide binary hosting, which is why some projects have their downloads on SourceForge.
133  News and Reviews / Best Text Editor / Re: EmEditor Professional v13 New Features - EmEditor Free is back! on: May 19, 2013, 02:44:20 AM
That's a nice upgrade -- some of the new features look sublime tongue.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Proofed! Microsoft is actively scanning Skype traffic and uses the data on: May 15, 2013, 10:50:06 AM
Even if their motives are honorable, there are situations where this policy could be problematic -- imagine posting a link to pay-per-view content, or posting an activation link for an account or a subscription service, or how about a link to remove content like the image deletion links imgur has.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SSD's - How They Work Plus Tips on: May 14, 2013, 04:22:29 PM
Perhaps you are expecting too much technical accuracy from a side argument in a consumer article in a consumer magazine embarassed.

Personally, I find the title more misleading -- "proper care and feeding" basically boils down to "it takes care of itself, just buy a big one".
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: May the 4th Be With You... (cue Star Wars music) on: May 04, 2013, 01:06:54 PM
July the 2nd you start saying stuff like that.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 25, 2013, 02:20:00 AM
I've used SoftMaker as well, and it's quite good.

The only problem I had with it was that the user interface is not available in as many languages as the other suites -- for instance there is no Danish translation. That's okay for someone like me who doesn't really care if the user interface is localized as long as the dictionary is, but I can't really recommend it to friends and family who are used to Office in Danish.
138  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Indie Gala Mass Effect bundle on: April 24, 2013, 06:35:48 AM
Be careful when you buy this, not all the games are on steam. I bought this as a gift and found out later that you get an Origin key for Mass Effect 2 Sad.
139  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Indie Gala Mass Effect bundle on: April 18, 2013, 09:51:30 AM
Looks like you can get Mass Effect 2 and a few other games for $6 or more:

140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When it comes to EA, it just keeps getting better - or worse... on: April 18, 2013, 01:30:10 AM
My sympathies to the people who will be loosing their virtual estate here -- it is never fun when you invest time and/or money in an activity just to see it disappear.

On the other hand, I must admit there is a tiny cynic on my shoulder, who thinks that if you invest more time and/or money on pixels than you are comfortable loosing, in a free-to-play, and worst of all on facebook, then perhaps you have been steering towards a disappointment that was not entirely impossible to predict Sad.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend free image hosting site? on: April 18, 2013, 01:03:56 AM
Simple, clean interface with lots of link options, and all it's meant for is a place to store stuff you want to link to.  The free version has ads, a 5MB per image limit and '6 months no views' deletion policy.  A pro account costs anywhere from $2.95 monthly to 23.40 per year (1.95/month) with monthly, 3 month, 6 month, and yearly contracts, has no ads, 10MB per image limit and no deletion.

Looks nice, though I can't seem to find a description of the different accounts or the restrictions on the free use anywhere on the site?
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone on: April 15, 2013, 06:12:29 AM
I was playing around with some of the alternatives, and noticed something strange in the reviews of the feedly app for chrome on google play -- pretty much all reviews on the first two pages are exactly the same two comments from different people:

Feedly has managed to create a visually appealing RSS reader, that also focuses on a clean simple visual style that is intuitive to use.
Since the announcement of Google Reader being discontinued, I have enjoyed this easy app. It also has a simple, attractive interface. Highly recommend.

Does anybody know how this happens?

I am not saying it's some form of scam, but I wonder if it could be something like a 'feature' in the app that lets you post a review if you like it, and suggests some standard quote like this.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 11, 2013, 04:18:46 AM
Isnt 50usd too much for a email client? I am refering to the bat.

The pro version is €32, which is roughly $40, but I still think that's too much, unless you have very specific needs that the free alternatives do not meet.

DonationCoder has had a 50% discount running for years, I think it might still work.
144  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Copernic Desktop Search Pro Version on Bits Today, 18 July 2012 on: April 09, 2013, 11:32:23 AM
I think it's supposed to be a good option. Back when I was looking for a desktop search solution, I went with Archivarius 3000, mainly because Copernic did not support indexing of The Bat! e-mail.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 09, 2013, 11:26:09 AM
I cant download Libreoffice. It apparently is a torrent download from their site. Claims it is a 185 MB file but only 7.79 MB is downloaded. Do I need a torrent program to get this?

I think you might be clicking on the wrong link -- confusingly, the links for the installer and for the torrent are very close:

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 04, 2013, 06:11:49 AM
You are right, looking back it was more like every 2-3 years, I guess it just felt like more because we had multiple licenses. Still, I maintain that for my use, nothing useful changed over the past couple of versions.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 04, 2013, 06:00:07 AM
I switched to Thunderbird from The Bat!, after having paid for upgrades through four versions -- it is a nice program (albeit a bit alternative in some ways), but the past two versions nothing has really happened and you still keep paying.

Basically I found that Thunderbird did what I needed with way better search and without costing anything.

Mozilla stopping development on new features for Thunderbird made me look for alternatives, and I would have no problem paying for a good solution, but I am not going back to paying yearly for nothing but UI tweaks.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 04, 2013, 05:36:06 AM
I tried installing PostBox and eM Client and import my Thunderbird mail to check them out.

PostBox imported fine, looks a lot like Thunderbird (for obvious reasons), but the search didn't work until I manually chose to index the mail, and after that I had to manually index the folders I had created myself for backup.

eM Client stopped halfway through the import with an error ("value out of range", no indication of where and what), so I was only able to import two accounts into it. It looked very sleek and the extra functionality it has like calendar seemed nice. But if it can't even import from Thunderbird ...
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Six free security tools from Microsoft on: April 04, 2013, 05:29:30 AM
I use MSE as well, it's free and lightweight, and like app says, if you are not the type of person who clicks anything that pops up, it works quite well.

I have used various commercial anti-virus and personal firewall products over the years, and most of them have gradually turned from sleek power tools to huge suites that try to do everything, but end up just eating up space and time on your computer.

There was a recent article that described how many of the anti-virus solutions available don't really protect very well against the threats of today, because they try to solve the problem of file viruses from 10 years ago.

I am also using EMET from Microsoft.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation for a free (and good) video conferencing solution on: March 24, 2013, 06:05:49 AM
Yes, Skype has become kind of the lowest common denominator in voice and video chat it seems -- even people who have no idea are able to use Skype, facebook and DropBox.

It will be interesting to see what happens once WebRTC evolves.
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