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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free web storage service that offers the biggest amount of data? on: January 24, 2014, 01:29:31 AM
And while we're at it, be warned that SugarSync will become a paid only service on February 8, 2014.  If you have been using their free service, you have until then to move your data elsewhere or either pay for it or lose it.   Ransomware?

Interesting. I was about to make a post because I had a free SugarSync account, which I had not used much.

So I apparently forgot to log in to it in the past three months, and received what I first thought was a friendly reminder that I had to log in to keep my account, but turned out to be "pay or we delete your account", without much attempt to SugerCoat it:

Your Account Will Be Deleted


You have not used your SugarSync account in over three months. SugarSync periodically deletes accounts that have been inactive for 3 months. To save your data from deletion, please take one of the following actions in the next 7 days:

  • Upgrade to an annual plan and never worry about account expiration again.
  • Remove your data from SugarSync by following these directions.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hard Drive Brand Reliability Data on: January 22, 2014, 04:14:37 AM
Even if their use is a special case to some extent, I think a failure rate of over 10% is bad.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Easy remote access to my home pc? on: January 21, 2014, 09:59:48 AM
LogMeIn is apparently shutting down the free service as well.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: January 15, 2014, 05:25:30 AM
This zip format does not contain any recovery data I am afraid. The best you can hope for, is being able to decompress files skipping the parts that are corrupted.

If the data record that lists the files is intact, you can try 7-Zip or Info-ZIP UnZip, which both do not mind continuing after a corrupt file.

If not, you will probably need some tool to repair it. WinRAR has some support for reconstructing, and searching for 'zip repair' gives some hits that might work as well (Zip Repair as mentioned by tomos might be worth a shot).
130  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: January 03, 2014, 06:53:20 AM
I count 39 apps for this year's NANY.

Quick, someone travel back in time and release one more app! Grin
131  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Roundup Prep on: January 02, 2014, 03:00:56 PM
Sounds like a good idea, I added a couple of videos for my "entry" Thmbsup.
132  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Special: gaioNiBBLES, old DOS game on: January 02, 2014, 02:55:09 PM
Here is a short video of single player:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMktEZEhwzI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMktEZEhwzI</a>

And a two player game (where my son does a fine job of blocking me Grin):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvyOedz3w1M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvyOedz3w1M</a>
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free version of XYplorer is back on: January 02, 2014, 01:03:31 PM
According to that list, the free version does not support making coffee, so that rules it out for me sadly. Glad I have a lifetime license, so my coffee is secured Grin.
134  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: You Need a Budget 4 - 75% off (Steam version) on: January 01, 2014, 02:57:03 PM
Looks like it's 75% off again today, Jan 1st.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OF DONATIONCODER - 2014! on: January 01, 2014, 04:38:25 AM
Happy new year folks Kiss
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall on: December 17, 2013, 02:54:16 AM
As for #2, i do think WOT can be gamed, and probably *is* being gamed -- though not nearly as much as most of the damn internet services we use every day.  every major successfull (and trying to be successful) internet service is gamed to high heaven, both from inside the company -- to fakely inflate the apparent popularity, and by external people who pay to have fake accounts and content and upvotes and likes, etc.  It's the nature of our current system that such gaming takes place and has become a solid business model.  it sucks.  It's fair to complain when companies encourage this or don't do much about it.  I don't know enough about WOT to judge them on this.

Like most things in the real world, WOT involves competing interests. The interests of most users would be to get reliable information about the safety and reliability of a website. The users who have gained more prestige in the system OTOH have an interest in being more equal than all the other animals. And of course WOT's owner gains most if the breadth and depth of site rankings grows exponentially since that's what makes it useful - or not.

WOT is one of those things that work great in theory, but has some problems in practice because humans are, well, human.

Take for instance one of my sites, which has been a home for some of my software projects over the past ten years. If you google the site with WOT installed, you see a yellow circle warning you that the site is not trustworthy, not safe for children, and contains "hate, discrimination". All of this is based on a grand total of two ratings.

If you have enough people rating a site, then the numbers should even out the people who may have a special interest. Not only the ones who are somehow affiliated with (or paid by) a site or it's competitors, but also the people who rate sites with little or no effort to actually check their claims, in order to increase their rating score on WOT.

To some degree, I can understand if some companies were tempted to try to balance out such bogus ratings.

That being said, I have found WOT to be helpful in many cases, but I think it is important to check the scorecards to see what a given rating is based on.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Special: gaioNiBBLES, old DOS game on: December 17, 2013, 01:58:46 AM
I found "slow speed" harder because the "tail" seemed to grow far faster somehow.

I "just ran it"; there was no music.

I tried running it directly on a 32-bit WinXP box here, and it was kind of hard to control because the sync between the graphics and the keyboard were off. And the music won't work, since it requires something AdLib compatible like an old SoundBlaster card. DOSBox emulates the SB16 and the graphics vsync works.

But it's cute! Do you feel like making any mods to the code? I would appreciate a "laser lock mode".

It sounds like a good idea, but I am afraid it would take a while to figure out how the code works again, and even longer to remember all the 16-bit DOS programming details. It would probably be easier to rewrite it in Windows -- who knows, maybe next year tongue.

P.s. the font use is hysterical! 15 years ago did you think that was Da Kewlness? Heh it's like my chess nany app, it showed the tail end of my adoration of the Matrix etc. Ah, I miss the Old Days when computing was fun!

Hahaha, yes, I probably thought that was pretty cool back then. Also, it was one of those "my friend is making a nibbles game, well I am going to throw together an even better one, with networking!" late night coding things Kiss.
138  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / N.A.N.Y. 2014 Special: gaioNiBBLES, old DOS game on: December 16, 2013, 10:42:11 AM
New Apps for the New Year. Out with the old in with the new. New, new, new, all this focus on new Angry.

As a counterweight (and because I didn't manage to come up with a good idea for this year, but don't tell mouser), I decided to release this little DOS 16-bit game, which I wrote roughly 15 years ago! Grin


It's a fairly simple clone of the classic Nibbles game. It features two-player and deathmatch modes, AdLib music, and (broken) IPX networking.


I thought the source was lost in a computer upgrade at some point, but I recently found a CD with a backup that contained this game, among other relics embarassed.

In order to assemble the game itself you will need TASM. The level and music data files can be assembled with NASM.

To run the game, I recommend using DOSBox. If you are on 32-bit Windows, you might be able to run the executable directly, but the graphics and sound will most likely be off compared to the result you would get with DOSBox.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: urgent: Photoshop CC + Lightroom 5 for $10 pr month on: December 09, 2013, 11:19:40 AM
Also, as far as I can tell, the discounted price is for one year only, after which you will have to pay full price to continue using the software (since it's a subscription service and not a product you buy).
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Question for coders: What do you think of this idea? on: December 06, 2013, 01:51:17 AM
First off, that is an amazing website -- to me it feels a bit like the modern day equivalent of a page filled with blink tags and animated gifs tongue.

Having a shrill pink and green banner that takes up half the screen, and things sliding in and out every paragraph, shouldn't take away focus from the idea though, which I really like.

Two things that worry me:

There is a tendency that developers and users speak slightly different languages, and users can sometimes have a hard time expressing what their idea is, in terms that developers can understand. Also, as soon as you've managed to communicate the idea to the developer, won't something like GitHub work better?

And what would the legal status be of the app, what if the developer wants to monetize the amazing app he wrote? what if the user who had the original idea does?

Btw, from the forum:


141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol 29.1 released today on: December 02, 2013, 03:34:38 PM
I updated as well, though I must say I am a little concerned by the description and name of that AI feature huh.
142  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 16, 2013, 03:39:24 AM
If any moderators would prefer I post stuff like this on bvckup's own forum please let me know, right now it's just easier not to have to sign up and figure out one more place embarassed.

In the What to backup dialog, could there be a way to duplicate a rule so it's easier to create multiple similar rules?

Is there a way to exclude, say, files larger than 10 MB? I can only make rules for name and attributes I think.

Is there a way to edit the default set of rules? I may have some rules I would like to apply to multiple backups.

Would it be helpful with checkboxes next to the rules so they can be easily turned on/off?
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone testing Daminion Media Manager ? on: November 14, 2013, 10:42:32 AM
Excellent Thmbsup.

Since we've discussed on this forum what the restrictions for the free version would end up being, it's probably worth noting that it appears that the limitation is on the number of files per database. The free version can store up to 15,000 files in each database.

Also, for anyone who has actively helped test the beta versions, you might be interested in this line:

Our active contributors are eligible to receive free Daminion Standalone licenses. Each case will be considered individually – please contact us by a method you’ve already used to communicate with us.
144  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 12, 2013, 07:52:23 AM
Missed backups - there's an option for that (sans the "ask" part) - http://bvckup2.com/wip/#04102013

The Browse window - I hear you and I will be redoing it shortly. Though I am so NOT looking forward to it. But regarding the file dialog - got an example?

For instance SourceTree, when I click one of the '...' buttons to select a folder, I get a dialog like the one to select files, but one that lets me select a folder:


The Log open/close button - just give it few days. Existing arrangement will grow on you. I had the button initially, because it seemed to make sense, but then realized I never actually used it.

Ok, I'll see how it goes Grin.

Seconds - If I remove them after 5 minute mark, will that be better? As it is, they will get hidden once it gets over an hour.

Sounds better yes. The reason I mention it was that I noticed, with the window open, that the changing seconds kept getting my attention and I checked the window even though there was no real change.

By the way, spot anything familiar? - http://bvckup2.com/wip/#24052013

I like your font embarassed .. btw, I notice the bwckup in the header guard -- was the use of double-v a codename for bvckup 2?
145  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Bvckup 2 is in open beta ! on: November 12, 2013, 03:01:19 AM
Finally had a chance to try it Kiss. Here are a few random thoughts:

Usually there is a button to exit the installer without running the program, here the only option is to start the program.

When I pressed the Run Bvckup button at the end of the installer, it ran the program, but the window didn't come to the front. It was hidden behind my browser, and I had to click the icon in the task bar to bring it to the front.

For missed backups under periodic backup, perhaps an option to ask me if the backup should run now or wait?

Also, some people might want to schedule backups to run say Sunday night at 2 AM, it's possible to do this by selecting first backup to run Sunday night and setting the interval to 1 week, but perhaps there could be a more intuitive way?

I loathe the default Windows choose a folder dialog -- it's tiny, has little options, starts with all paths collapsed. Would it be possible to use the choose a file dialog instead like many programs do?

Perhaps a button on the main interface to show/hide the log instead of having to go into the Options menu?

An option to not show seconds once more than a minute or two have passed since last backup? I find the ticking seconds distracting on the interface.

Impression so far: Very nice UI and seems to work well.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you delete accounts you did not sign up for? on: November 12, 2013, 01:48:05 AM
Thank you for the input Kiss.

I contacted Skype, and unlike DropBox they replied, and told me to reset the password and ask them to delete the account, so I have done that for both now.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / How do you delete accounts you did not sign up for? on: November 10, 2013, 03:20:08 AM
... or: when did the "Click here if you did not sign up for this service" links disappear from account verification e-mails?

I have a few different e-mail addresses in use, and like most I guess, I sometimes see people have signed up to something random using one of my e-mail addresses. I figure in most cases it's a typo that results in this, but it's annoying none the less. Sometimes I click an unsubscribe link if the e-mail doesn't look too scammy, but mostly I just report it as spam and don't see it again.

But now someone has signed up to DropBox and Skype using one of my e-mail addresses, and there is no apparent way to tell them that I did not sign up myself.

DropBox apparently merrily lets you sign up using whatever address you like, and then you can use that account, pretending to be that person, and you only miss out on a few features like shared folders, and the fun fact e-mails DropBox team sends you -- because I get that spam instead wallbash.

I don't know if Skype accounts need to be verified for you to use them, but they certainly do not need to be verified for you to receive lots and lots of e-mails with fun facts. And again, there is no apparent way to tell them "I did not sign up for this" in the verification e-mail.

So what are my options?

I could ignore it and mark all that mail as spam. But someone is pretending to be me using my e-mail address for his DropBox. And what if I ever needed to create a DropBox or Skype account using that address?

I could use the password reset process to try and take over these accounts and delete them. That seems morally objectionable at best.

I could report the problem to their support people. What are the chances of this actually doing anything? I tried with DropBox, reported it a couple of months ago, nothing, not even an automated we received your report e-mail.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sandboxie lifetime license discontinued on: October 26, 2013, 01:19:13 PM
The problem from a user perspective, is if the software stops working when you cancel your subscription. The order page and FAQ do not seem to clearly indicate if this is the case.

Tzuk answered this question on the forum:

Sandboxie does not lock up when the time-limited license expires, it goes back to free mode.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sandboxie lifetime license discontinued on: October 25, 2013, 07:18:07 AM
That was a great post Vurbal, and it reflects many of my thoughts on licensing as well Thmbsup.

As I wrote, I can understand his need to make money, and lifetime licenses are a short-term solution in many cases. My concerns were with the way he implemented the change -- someone on the forum even called it a coup.

Like you say, lifetime licenses are sometimes used to get into a market. I think they can also work for some more mature products, if you sell them at a high enough premium that you feel reasonably confident they cover a large part of what revenue you could have realistically expected from one customer through regular paid upgrades (2.5-3 times the normal price seems to be a popular level).

Paid upgrades have the drawback that you have to periodically actually make enough useful changes that your users see justification in paying again. As you described, most software reaches a level of maturity where this becomes harder to achieve.

For many products, the ideal solution for the developer seems to be subscription based licenses, where you are guaranteed a steady stream of income, as long as you (at least appear to) continue updates.

The problem from a user perspective, is if the software stops working when you cancel your subscription. The order page and FAQ do not seem to clearly indicate if this is the case.

Also, by restricting the license to a single machine, you all of a sudden force people who have a desktop, a laptop for travels, and perhaps a work computer, to have 2-3 subscriptions running.

Basically, what I reacted to, was that it feels like a big shift, from one end of the licensing spectrum to the other, with no warning. But of course I do not have all the facts. (And to be honest, I am a little annoyed I did not decide to buy a license a couple of weeks earlier, I would have been happy to buy the lifetime license if I had been told the option was going away soon).
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sandboxie lifetime license discontinued on: October 24, 2013, 04:21:11 AM
It's certainly not a good way to convince people like me, who can live with the free version, to pay.

When EmEditor and XYplorer decided to stop offering lifetime licenses, they both had a period after the announcement where people could buy it (and on a side note, both have gone back to offering the lifetime license again). I wonder, if he had given people a month to buy the lifetime license from the announcement, how many users of the free version would have bought it.

Are there any good alternatives? perhaps something like Shadow Defender?
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