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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Chrome Portable in a RamDisk = decadence? on: April 30, 2015, 06:26:10 AM
I personally can't see much advantage of putting the browser executables on a ramdisk - they're small enough to load fast even on a mechanical HDD, and (for most people's usage patterns) once the browser is loaded, it stays loaded most of the day.

What can make sense is storing the browser cache on a ramdisk (I wouldn't disable it even if I had a 100mbit connection - latency and throughput to a local disk is a lot faster than any network connection) and, even more so, the firefox profile. Firefox does a fair amount of small reads and writes all the time while you're browsing to various SQLite databases (cookies, browsing history, website offline storage, et cetera).

I would recommend SoftPerfect RAM disk - it's fast(*), free, stable and no-nonsense. It supports persisting the contents to disk, and doing so at regular intervals, making it optimal both for %TEMP%(**) and for keeping data around.

(*): yes, there's noticable speed differences between ramdisk products.
(**): some installers expect %TEMP% to be persistant across reboots...

Hopefully applications know enough to check available disk space before trying to park giant temp files, like for m2ts muxing.  smiley
They generally don't smiley - if you want %TEMP% on a ramdisk, you should dedicate a sizable chunk, and be prepared to do one-off reverts especially for installers. 1gig works pretty OK for me, additionally storing firefox profile and WebSiteWatcher bookmarks.

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The problem is it handles a huge amount of memory just to display the pages. The engine is inefficient and it leaks like there's no tomorrow. To be fair, it was even worse.
"Leaks like no tomorrow" hasn't been true for quite a while, leaks are mostly caused by poorly written addons. The engine isn't inefficient either, but there's tradeoffs... Firefox can get unresponsive if you're trying to load a zillion tabs at once, since it happens in one process, whereas Chrome launches a new process for each tab. So yeah, Chrome is more responsive in that scenario, but also ends up using a heavy chunk of memory.

Anyway, as the working space used by Firefox approaches to 10 figures (in bytes), just occupying that large a space becomes a burden on the CPU. Hence we have the unresponsive Firefox problem.
That sentence makes no sense smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 28, 2015, 10:19:33 AM
What do you get for WRITE speed on your corsair?  btw, it is rated quite highly online.  Can you crack 100MBps?
Did a Windows reinstall the other day (now running Win8.1, yay!) and used the Coprsair for the install files - got a steady 50MB/s for the ~27gig vmware image I was restoring, that's decent enough write speed for a thumbdrive.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 19, 2015, 10:16:32 AM
Also would be nice for some of that ublock drama to die down as well.
Yes, indeed smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 19, 2015, 10:07:23 AM
check that...I'm rereading your response.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are talking about 2.5 disks, not thumbdrives right?  If you have a thumbdrive that is consistently getting over 50MB/s, i need the model!
My first post has benchmarks of a SanDisk (50MB/s) and a Corsair (200MB/s) thumbdrive, my 2nd post is a 2.5" WD harddisk smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 08:11:00 PM
superboyac: well, "this guy tested it"... no, sorry.

I'm not a fan of USB myself, the protocol is a hackjob - as I mentioned before with firewire400 vs usb480. But it does work in practice, at least on recent systems... and the right ports. USB3 speed is a guesswork, "blue" ports on my motherboard seems irrelevant.

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your corsair thumbdrive, i assure you, is getting nowhere near 200 MB/s.  reading is fine, nobody really has issues with reading speeds.  i'm willing to bet you're not even really getting over 50 MB/s sustained.
The results I've posted are from HDTune - it's real. Those are repeatable, sustained speeds. And we're talking old-fashioned megabyte/sec, not megabit or mibibiwhatever. Write speeds are obviously different, especially for flash memory, and I haven't timed those.

So...

I'll exclude all the externally powered devices from my conclusion - they perform way too well, anyway. So: the USB3-self-powered passport disk does 52MB/sec min, 116MB/s maxx. I have three of those, and one of them has two platters. I haven't transferred a petabyte to them yet, but it's close.

My experience:
eSata: joined too early, (reproducable) random disconnects due to buggy firmware - nice speed
usb2: lame, slow speed, instability due to drivers

usb3 has nice speed - but it requires host compatibility.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 06:00:09 PM
superboyac: weird.

USB isn't a super swell protocol, especially USB2 was bad - FireWire400 routinely beat the crap of out the 480mbit/s USB2, for various reasons. And I've seen my fair share of connectivity issues in the days of USB2. But I think it's been an issue of controllers and firmware - not drivers or protocol.

The last several years, I haven't had connectivity issues (apart from a few flashdrives frying). I've had devices connected and transferring for 10+ hours without problems (zeroing out a new drive or transferring data) for externally-powered USB2. My corsair USB3 flashdrive is fast (haven't timed writes, but even though it's slower than the ~200MB/s listed above, it's way faster than USB2 xfer speed).

A 180gig Intel SSD in (externally powered) USB3 docking station easily does 150MB/s, and the (self-powered) USB3 2.5" WD Passport 2TB has been stable as well, and performs pretty much as I expect a raw drive to do:
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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 18, 2015, 01:10:58 PM
Generally this is very good advice *except* for when one has a need to see what outgoing connections are being made with your machine. The built-in Windows firewall can block incoming connections with the best of them, but there's no mechanism to interactively allow and block outgoing connections. Most people don't need or even care about this functionality, though.
Indeed, and I haven't seen any good reason for wanting that functionality. If you're paranoid, the built-in firewall can be toggled to whitelisting mode. If you need only specific applications blocked, you can blacklist those. If you're worried about malware, well, they can just exfiltrate data through an allowed process. If you're worried/curious about new software, you should be running that in a VM along with Wireshark. I really can't find a good usecase for 3rd party firewalls - they're too confusing for Regular Joe, and they don't add anything really worthwhile for the advanced user, IMHO... just noise.

Then, my good sir, I must respectfully believe that you have not been looking very hard. MSE has done horribly in independent testing for the last couple years, never scoring more than 60-65%. Most testing sites do not even take MSE seriously as an anti-malware solution and have stated they only include the results as a baseline. Microsoft themselves have stated that MSE has been moved to the back-burner a long time ago.
Have those independent test become reputable? The last time I took a look at a couple of them, the way scores were weighed was very, very suspicious and had me pondering whether it was completely independent of cash from the AV vendors. Haven't bothered to look at them for a while, but if you have a recent link to something reputable, please entertain me smiley - a link to MS stating MSE has been put on the backburner would also be nice. (I don't necessarily see that as a problem, anyway - there's no need for a whole lot of new features, as long as signatures are kept up to date).
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 18, 2015, 12:37:34 PM
Just decided to check out Adblock Latitude and it is perfect. The "show acceptable ads" toggle has been removed, but....and I quote..."Can still show acceptable ads if you wish it and wish to support the Internet economy, by enabling the relevant filter (under subscriptions) manually."
That's still the old AdBlock engine though, isn't it? The advantage of ublock is it's new engine with higher performance and lower memory footprint - not a mostly irrelevant "show acceptable ads" checkbox :-)

(ublock seems to work in Pale Moon, but doesn't show up on the toolbar... so you can't use the pick-and-block functionality, and will be limited to using existing filter files).
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 03:51:04 AM
Oh, and I'm annoyed with the way some manufacturers advertise speed. My 32GB SanDisk UltraFit is advertised as "up to 130MB/s read", but only does 40MB/s. It's stupid that they let their marketing goons be so deceptive... it's almost a 100MB/s difference, and 40MB/s is impressive for such a tiny thing, anyway.
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For comparison, my 32GB Corsair Voyager GT 3.0 does 203MB/s - installs are preeetty fast from this one smiley
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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 03:41:11 AM
I've been using USB flash drives for OS installs for years, even USB2 tends to outperform optical media. A 20x DVD drive can theoretically read 26MB/s, but that's at the outer rim of a pressed DVD - the reading speed starts out closer to 1X, and you don't tend to hit 20X for home-burnt media, and any random I/O kills performance totally... so a USB2 flash that can do 20MB/s easily beats your optical drive, and since USB3 ones can easily read 100+MB/s, I haven't touched opticals for ages smiley

As for ruggedness, I really dunno. It's been a while since I've had a flashdrive die on me, but when they do, it tends to be from one day to the next, without any warning, and without a lot of use. I don't trust those things, and use the solely for installs or data transfer, not for long-time storage of data.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 17, 2015, 01:28:06 PM
Well, here's a wrinkle: In ublock, I can't get it to block Chessbase's embedded live-blitz frame, but it's blocked on Adblock Latitude. (I am really sensitive to moving things on a page!)
chessbase dot com, the live chessboard in the top right column?

Was pick-and-blockable with uBlock Origin 0.9.4.2 in Chrome... my FireFox has enough panzer that I'd have to disable some of it to even see the board smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 17, 2015, 01:17:44 PM
It appears to be uBlock Origin in Chrome now after some sort of kerfuffle (as reported here by ghacks), fwiw.
Ugh, Google.

Also, the split between "uBlock Origin" and "uBlock" is a bit ho-humm. As I understand, the original author (gorhill) got overwhelmed by all the requests demands from users - which can indeed be overwhelming when you're doing something as a hobby project. Seems like the new maintainer (chrisaljoudi) might not have handled his responsibilities super well ("made with love and care by Chris." + donate button, not even mentioning gorhill on his site), so... meh.

This drama and uncertainty is disheartening, since the ublock engine has substantial advantages compared to the older adblock.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 17, 2015, 07:40:26 AM
Btw, for FireFox it's important to install µblock from the GitHub link I posted, it's not updated anywhere near regularly from the official addon repository.
-does this mean, f0dder, that you are recommending the beta versions?
Perhaps not beta versions, but definitely from GitHub rather than the Mozilla repository - I'm on 0.9.3.0 for my FireFox install.

Pardon my French, I think uBlock is youBlock, not microBlock.
Hm, it seems you are right - it's "uBlock" in both Chrome and FireFox and now. Definitely used to be µblock.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 17, 2015, 03:25:58 AM
Use a decent ad-blocker (the really nice µblock is available for firefox now as well!)...
I haven't heard of uBlock before. I just installed it.
Heh is there any problem running both uBlock and AdBlock at the same time?
They both use the same filter lists, so at best the blocker that runs last will do nothing.

µblock simply has a better engine than the adblock core, and uses less memory and CPU - so disable adblock and see if you run into any issues, you can always uninstall (or reenable) later smiley. Btw, for FireFox it's important to install µblock from the GitHub link I posted, it's not updated anywhere near regularly from the official addon repository.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 17, 2015, 03:21:48 AM
CTRL+RALT+163 types: ¡¼³
Did you try Ctrl+RightAlt+Shift+3?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 02:23:25 PM
You need Ctrl+RightAlt+Shift.

If that doesn't work, you'll probably need to look at keyboard remapping. Windows has native support for doing that (since win2k, I believe?), but no user interface. You can find a 3rd-party tool that sets up the necessary registry keys - it's been years since I used such a tool, though, so can't remember which one I used.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 01:45:39 PM
ralt+shift+4 does nothing
Try adding in a ctrl, since ctrl+alt == altgr. Works for me on win7.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 01:25:51 PM
it doesn't work Sad
For it to work, you need to use "United States - International" and not the plain-Jane US layout. If you're in doubt how to change the layout, check this link.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 15, 2015, 01:19:31 PM
Anyone got an useful $.02 to chip in?
First, don't bother with any product that includes a firewall. There's really no good reason to use anything but the built-in Windows stuff... unless you're one of those paranoid enterprisey corporations, and then you'd run fascist outgoing firewalls at your internet edge, not individual machines.

Second, I haven't seen any good reasons to use anything but MSE for anti-malware for several years. The 3rd-party offerings are bloated, resource-intensive, buggy (to the point of sometimes borking your system, like Panda recently did), and try to legitimize themselves through fear-mongering.

Just stick with MSE, keep MalwareBytes/whatever if you accidentally miss a double-negative checkbox for installing browser toolbars from shareware, and browse responsibly.

Use a decent ad-blocker (the really nice µblock is available for firefox now as well!), add in Ghostery, and do not use the Java and Flash plugins for your browser - if you need flash, use Chrome's built-in flash support, even if your primary browser is firefox.

EDIT: changed µblock link to gorhill "origin" instead of chrisaljoudi because of ongoing controversy.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 12:31:19 PM
He mentioned this is an American laptop so I'm doubtful it has an AltGr key.
Ah, "right alt" probably works in that case.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pound symbol on: April 15, 2015, 12:17:30 PM
It's not part of the standard US keymap, so you'll need to do alt+scancode, or use the windows key remapping feature.

Or, change to the "United States - international" map, and press altgr+shift+4.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 09, 2015, 03:22:30 AM
 Thmbsup
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mp3 sharing? on: April 08, 2015, 05:59:49 PM
My main concern is if FLAC has the same broad support base and applicability as .wav.
WAV has been around since the start of the 90'es, so no - FLAC certainly loses there, hands-down.

The more interesting property, though, is whether FLAC has the necessary applicability, for you and your audience. You should divide that question in two: 1) you, 2) your audience.

For you, there will probably be some adjustments to make. Does the software you currently use in your workflows support FLAC? Do you need to do manuel conversions? FLAC is certainly the superior format - it takes quite less disk space while still retaining 100% audio quality, and it contains checksums to detect corruption (plus a boatload of other things). If it isn't supported well by your current workflow, perhaps there's some better alternatives to the software you use? Distribution sites that accept lossless uploads really ought to support at least WAV and FLAC (I'm not in the industry, though - there might be brain-dead sites that don't accept FLAC).

For your audience, who currently deal with WAV files? In my experience, "normal" end-users only see MP3, and the "high-end" users that can handle WAV would accept FLAC just as well. As it's a lossless format, if anybody complains "but it's compressed", they'd be the same kind of stupid that buy Monster Audio cables or seriously believe vinyl offers an objectively better audio quality than digital formats smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 08, 2015, 01:24:25 PM
TaoPhoenix: ABP certainly has "show acceptable ads", but as an option, and not hardcoded. I'm OK with that (it's optional, the ads are unobtrusive, and it might be good for the overall balance... I'm still using ABE, though). ABE is supposed to not have any of that :-s

Anyway, looking forward to µblock is ready for firefox... and oh, after a quick check just now, it seems that it's in preliminary stages.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 08, 2015, 01:19:00 PM
Sorry, it took me a while to get back to this (I didn't have time to fiddle with 10). It starts with 3 for the first tab/page, added a forth for the 2nd tab, then held there for the 3rd tab. Added another for the 4th tab, and held there for the next 7. The 8th tab finally added another instance of the .exe.

So...I'll go with yes on this one.
So they still use tab/process grouping, instead of a process per tab - good smiley
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