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401  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: MP3 Player on: December 25, 2005, 09:43:49 AM
I also like 1by1 for a barebones MP3 player.

http://www.mpesch3.de/
402  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall SPECIAL INTRO PRICING $14.95 on: December 23, 2005, 04:18:38 PM
Regarding RAM usage, Sunbelt had this to say in CounterSpy news a while back:

"The most recent update of CounterSpy, although extremely effective has some attributes that are being addressed and fixed especially with regards to Active Protection taking up too much memory and/or spiking the CPU. An upcoming patch release will help but not resolve this issue completely.

CounterSpy 1.5 can take up a lot of memory because frankly it is "smarter" than previous versions. We have upgraded tens of thousands of users, and some issues are to be expected. We are diligently working to resolve these. The core of the problem is the Giant engine which we inherited from our previous relationship with Giant Software. We will be replacing it with a new engine with an estimated shipping date of late December."


http://www.counterspynews.com/?issue=15

403  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Has any one held off on upgrading to Firefox 1.5? on: December 22, 2005, 12:23:50 PM
Another very interesting discussion of stability and memory problems with V1.5.  Apparently affecting a relatively small, but still significant, number of users.  Written by an industry guru, includes feedback from Mozilla.


http://internetweek.cmp.com/175007058

404  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 21, 2005, 07:29:04 AM
My somewhat cynical view.

I think the vast majority of computer users will pay for software only when they're forced to.  The idea of paying now in exchange for future support and updates is alien to them.

Many of them would prefer to walk three hours to get close to where they're going, rather than spend a dollar for a fifteen-minute bus ride to go right to their street.  Not very efficient, but "free".

405  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall SPECIAL INTRO PRICING $14.95 on: December 20, 2005, 05:55:07 PM
This was on the Sunbelt blog today:     http://sunbeltblog.blogsp...cquisition-completed.html


Today we announced the completion of our acquisition of the Kerio Personal Firewall and the Kerio Server Firewall.   Link to our corporate propaganda here.

Here are the key points:

    *
      We have acquired both the Kerio Personal Firewall and the Kerio Server Firewall. Both products will be re-branded on an interim basis as the “Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall” and “Sunbelt Kerio ServerFirewall”.
    *
      Existing customers of the paid versions will receive full technical support through Sunbelt, with the additional enhancement of access to Sunbelt’s toll-free support.   Yup. Toll free support, right here in the US of A.
    *
      We are also maintaining Kerio’s product support forums for both products, with full transition of the forums to Sunbelt servers expected by January.  Forum link here.
    *
      We are continuing Kerio’s tradition of offering a free home version.
    *
      We will be launching a new version of the Kerio Server Firewall in the first quarter of next year, at a competitive price point.
    *
      We are dropping the price on both products.  And, we’re giving 25% off on the Kerio Personal Firewall product through the end of March. 

Personal Firewall will get Sunbelt’s “no brainer” pricing.

We’ve had this idea for years of what we call “No Brainer” pricing.  The idea is that it’s such a value that it makes the whole purchasing decision easy.  Plus, I do feel that most software is overpriced anyway.

 

Well, $19.95 is no-brainer pricing.  It’s the cost of a decent meal. So we have priced the Kerio Personal Firewall at Sunbelt’s No Brainer pricing of $19.95.  With that, you get one year of free support, upgrades and updates.  Subsequent annual subscriptions are currently $10.  It’s a ridiculously good deal.

 

This type of pricing upsets my accountants and the competition, but it’s good for the user and ultimately, it’s good for the company as it allows us to develop a large user base..   

 

But I went a step further.  I want as many people that are using the free version to convert to the paid version.  I also want our own users to own the product. And in order to get people to buy, you need two things:  a) a hot price and b) time urgency.  So I instructed our online shop team to put in place a 25% discount on the Kerio Personal Firewall until March 31.  That makes it $14.95.  It’s ridiculously cheap and I expect a lot of people will be buying up this firewall.

 

This $14.95 pricing works for people renewing their license purchased through Kerio as well.   
406  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sunbelt Kerio Personal Firewall SPECIAL INTRO PRICING $14.95 on: December 20, 2005, 05:03:19 PM
Funny - they list separate pricing for one to five licenses - but there's no discount anywhere.
407  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Agnitum just sent me a newsletter...Outpost Pro 3.5 due in February on: December 20, 2005, 04:22:46 AM
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I'm not sure it is entirely the fault of Outpost but since I installed version 3 I have had 4 BSODs on my system - the first 4 ever since I built the machine a few years ago now.

The version of ZoneAlarm Free prior to the current one did exactly that to my computer, along with my wife's.  I'm not used to seeing a BSOD with XP, suddenly began to see one or two every week.  The most-recent release of ZA made the problem go away.
408  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Has any one held off on upgrading to Firefox 1.5? on: December 19, 2005, 09:33:01 AM
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it's still a bloated pig
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Just wish they would get their damn act together and fix up the speed and memory hogging issues

I agree that Firefox is a large program that isn't particularly fast and clearly has a problem with memory management.

I hope the highly intelligent people who have donated so much time to Firefox so that we can use it for free will be able to resolve these issues.  I thank them for their efforts to date.

409  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Has any one held off on upgrading to Firefox 1.5? on: December 17, 2005, 06:14:17 PM
There's some discussion here about mixed results with 1.5:


http://forums.scotsnewsle...index.php?showtopic=14008
410  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Possible Large Directory Opus Discount on: December 17, 2005, 06:14:23 AM
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arrogant software developers


 Sad Sad Sad


Each of us is free to try to do it better.  The author isn't holding a gun to our heads.  I can't imagine how much time he and his team have put into Directory Opus.
411  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Possible Large Directory Opus Discount on: December 16, 2005, 02:43:19 PM
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I have to say I like the slick integration of FTP

One of my favorite features too.  Two mouse clicks and I'm updating my website.

412  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Possible Large Directory Opus Discount on: December 15, 2005, 09:53:01 AM
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er, does this mean we can all use that discount code?



There's one way to find out.    smiley
413  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Possible Large Directory Opus Discount on: December 15, 2005, 08:34:35 AM
I cut this from a GRC newsgroup post this morning.  I'm assuming it's legit.  I know that Directory Opus is as good as it gets.



Directory Opus is *by far* the best file manager I've tried.

It costs about 85 AUD/ $64 / £36 . I paid full price in July 2003,
and (despite being a cheapskate, and despite a similar discount
being available at Xmas 03 <sigh>), haven't regretted it.

But I've received this offer (no good to me Wink, which appears to be
a genuine 47% discount (down to 45 AUD / $34 / £19 ).

The only catch seems to be that it expires on January 1st, 2006,
thus effectively reducing the trial period (if you start now) from
60 days to about 15 days.

But if you decide about things quickly, have nothing to do over the
holidays, or have tried and liked it before (but balked at the
price), then this might be of interest :-

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  Dear Directory Opus User,
 
  This message is an early Xmas present from GP Software!
 
  In the past you have downloaded Directory Opus from GP Software
  (either to evaluate it, or you have purchased an older version).
 
  We would like to thank you for your past interest in our software by
  offering you a discount on the purchase of the latest version of
  Directory Opus from the GP Software website!
 
  The Discount Code for this offer is:
 
  40XMAS2005
 
  This code entitles you to $40 Australian Dollars (approximately $30
  US Dollars) off the purchase price of Directory Opus (either 1, 2 or
  5 install licences). That brings the cost of a single-install
  licence of Directory Opus down to just $45 Australian Dollars (about
  $35 US Dollars)!
 
  This offer is not being made available to the general public - it is
  a special one-time "thank you" from GP Software to people who have
  taken the time to look at our software in the past.
 
  You can use this code yourself, or give it to a friend to use - or
  both!
 
  Please note however that this code expires on January 1st, 2006.
 
  You can download the latest version (8.2) of Directory Opus, and
  purchase it online, from our website at http://www.gpsoft.com.au
 
  Thank you very much again for your past interest in our software!
 
  Regards,
 
  Dr. Greg Perry
  GP Software
414  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 11:53:28 AM
Three in a year, then no more, ever?  Man, that's five minutes of my VALUABLE time!  Your dozens (hundreds?) of hours of programming time don't mean squat to me, I want it NOW and I want it FREE!  And what's more, I want THAT and THAT added to the next version, or I'll have to use THIS instead of your crap!


415  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy on: December 12, 2005, 10:29:37 AM
Just read this at http://www.portablefreewa...om/news.php?date=20051212


12 Dec 2005: I have been informed by Chris that DonationCoder apps are nagware. After 180 days, the nags will start to appear and you need to get a license key via donation to turn them off. As such, I have removed their apps from the database: FindRun Robot, DragDrop Robot and System Path Commander.

416  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: December 10, 2005, 11:53:54 AM
As mentioned, the Tabbrowser Extensions are buggy, bloated, and "unrecommended" by their author - but I love 'em!
417  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ZoneAlarm is blocking some of the pages on DonationCoder.com? on: December 06, 2005, 01:17:54 PM
Using ZA Free, no problems.
418  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst. Interface. Ever. on: December 04, 2005, 05:24:47 PM
You can make Directory Opus as lean and mean as you like.  I use about 10% of what it offers, and hide the rest.

My system was fine (and still is, six months later).  xplorer^2 is just a buggy piece of software, in my opinion.  Lots of times on their forum, when somebody would talk about a problem they were having, the developer's only answer was along the lines of  "I don't understand, it's supposed to work".

Good luck with whatever you use.
419  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Worst. Interface. Ever. on: December 04, 2005, 04:46:01 PM
I registered xplorer^2 and spent some time setting up the interface.  I liked the way it worked okay, but every so often all my settings would disappear and I'd have to set everything up again.  After several such problems I complained on the forum.  The developer didn't have a clue.  Another user wrote that he occasionally had the same problem.

The settings can supposedly be stored in a .reg file, which can be double-clicked to restore them when they disappear.  That worked once, then stopped working.  Besides, how klutzy is that?

Directory Opus is ten times the program xplorer^2 is.  It's one of the most useful and reliable  programs I've ever used.
420  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / IBasic Professional - A Fantastic Bargain on: December 04, 2005, 02:22:34 PM
I program pretty much exclusively with IBasic Professional.  It can be used for anything from small utilities to major Windows applications, and produces small, fast, standalone executables.

Support from the owner and user community is outstanding.

Until the end of the year, you can buy the complete package for $24.99, which boggles my mind.


Here's a screenshot of a commercial application I wrote.  It's got a non-standard interface, but IBasic can be used to create programs with a traditional Windows interface quite easily.


http://mrainey.freeserver...onsultantProfessional.jpg



For people who are thinking of taking the plunge into programming, or just wanting something different, I'd highly recommend having a look at IBasic Professional.

http://www.pyxia.com


421  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Great Firewall Hunt ... frustrating ... on: December 02, 2005, 03:38:46 PM
I've been using ZoneAlarm Free for several years, and Avast Free for one.  I have few complaints with either program, all things considered.  Avast is very configurable and has daily updates.  From what I can tell, I've been virus-free.  Occasionally I run the Trend Micro online check to get a second opinion.

My wife and I both use XP SP2, and I set the security up identically on both systems.  A recent ZoneAlarm update to V6.xx cause occasional blue screens on both systems.  The most-recent update, from a couple weeks ago, seems to have corrected the problem.

I use CounterSpy (a REAL memory hog) and TrojanHunter as well.  The combination of these four security programs appears to be conflict-free on our two systems.  CPU and RAM usage don't appear to be a significant problem.  My wife has an "aging" Athlon 850 with 768 MB RAM, and it's surprisingly zippy running multiple applications in XP.

You want a memory gobbler - sometimes an hour of heavy surfing with Firefox will get me into three-digit megabyte readings in Task Manager.


422  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Useful tools for blocking known malware sites via your HOSTS file on: December 01, 2005, 03:31:28 PM
Thanks for those links.
423  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Courier Email - free for a limited time on: November 07, 2005, 10:36:06 AM
It's an updated version of Calypso, which I've used happily for several years.
424  News and Reviews / Official DonationCoder.com Reviews / Re: Best Anti-virus on: November 07, 2005, 10:16:49 AM
I haven't measured its "resource consumption", but Avast seems to do a fine job on my system and doesn't cause any significant slowdowns.
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