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26  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.
27  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.
28  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.
29  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.
30  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.
31  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
32  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
33  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.
34  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
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help Archive Team save Friendfeed's content on: April 08, 2015, 03:26:03 AM
it's worth noting that VirtualBox will not work if you have a modified version of uxtheme.dll (which has to be modified if you want to use non-windows themes for the OS).
https://www.virtualbox.org/ticket/13767
Damn, that's arrogant!
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 08, 2015, 03:24:05 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?
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows goes Open Source?!! on: April 06, 2015, 05:48:54 PM
One difference.  .NET was documented.  To program Windows using the API without being left behind you had to get "undocumented Windows" programming books.  Some guy had to sit there for months debugging the OS to see what MS did when they wrote their own programs that they didn't tell us.
Sorry, but that's bullshit.

Yes, you needed reversed engineering if you wanted to do Really Funky Things - but you never (Win95+, anyway) needed it for normal application programming. The "undocumented Windows" was for people who wanted to do nice applications for the tweaker types who thought they knew what they were doing, for some of the antivirus people, and for (some of) the people who removed copy protections for the enjoyment of y'all.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best VM Creation Solution on: April 06, 2015, 05:29:16 PM
questorfla: virtualization generally doesn't help you in determining bottlenecks or determine problems - it's more of a way to lower costs, or get high availability by sacrificing performance. It does sounds like it might be a good idea for you to explore, though, given your current isssues.

Stuff like "no way to automate the process and it would take hand entry", "additional charges for doing anything" and "the same .bak file with the same size and same date" makes me very suspicious about all companies involved. Converting from one database to another shouldn't require manual processing - of course if your data is junk, it might require massaging if you wanted to sanitize your entire system... but just moving from one DB backend to another? No.

Your first main concern will be getting the data from one database to another (if necessary) - if you can do that step, virtualization should be trivial in comparison. Performance troubleshooting tends to need a mix of watching database counters and application instrumentation.
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 06, 2015, 05:08:09 PM
^f0dder - My case is a 'no frills' aluminum LianLi which I like value very highly, so if or when I can ever do a full PSU+Mobo+CPU+Ram+GPU upgrade, I may try to save the case.
Ah doh, missed that it was the case you were worried about, silly me embarassed - that should keep working, ATX standard and all.

If I get a chance, I'll pick up an SSD HD as an easy speed boost.
It does tend to help a lot. After a certain level of cpu, ram and gpu upgrades, SSD is the biggest performance upgrade you'll get for a while. I don't personally care a lot about OS boot speed, but everything disk-related just gets more responsive with an SSD. Just remember to have solid backups - when the consume drives die, they still tend to brick entirely.
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'create Restore Point' question on: April 06, 2015, 04:21:44 PM
I've wondered if my 8 year old case could take a new mobo/cpu/ram upgrade combo and transfer everything else over (maybe even save the four 1GB ram sticks), and what a good econo mobo/cpu combo might be (AMD seems cheaper than Intel).
With that age, you'll be looking at a full PSU+Mobo+CPU+Ram+GPU upgraded. You can probably salvage the GPU if you aren't doing anything intensive, but it's likely to die within too long if it's in that age range... but for the rest, it really is a full upgrade. New CPU socket, new RAM type.

A thing, though... do you have any nvidia firewall thingy installed? That was one extremely source of instability when I ran AMD hardware from around that time. I'd also suggest you to migrate your data and break up the raid, I had some pretty bad experiences with amd/nforce raid (and ATi before that) from back then - can't remember the details, but from googling back then, I wasn't the only one. And it resulted in pretty bad data loss.

Although SSD's work fine with SATA2 ports, SSD's really start to work for you when you connect these to SATA3 (a.k.a 6g)
SSDs are a big performance boost at any level, even at SATA1 (150MB/s) you'll have trouble finding HDDs today that can keep up that speed at then entire disk surface... and the random seek time is always going to be better. It's only the most recent SSDs that need more than SATA2 (300MB/s) too reach max sustainedperformance. The very top models these days need faster than SATA tho smiley
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mp3 sharing? on: April 06, 2015, 03:57:39 PM
I would have to say that if you have anything worth sharing with other people, or even saving for yourself, you should save it in FLAC format. It's easy to do, it's better quality than MP3, it takes less disk space than the original .wav.
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 06, 2015, 03:00:52 PM
is it really ready for fully upgrading OS?
(I wouldnt chance it myself, not yet anyways)
It's a preview, so obviously: no smiley

(It's not on general Windows Update yet - WU is just the delivery platform if you opt-in)
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 01:24:52 PM
I'm very pleased to hear that TrueCrypt has been audited and deemed secure.
Please note that it has only been partially audited (last time I checked, anyway, several months ago. Haven't heard any news about the audit, but haven't followed up, either. No wonder if all that has been stalled a bit with the project shutdown and forking...) - but the partial work has been reassuring. And yes, an audit is necessary for a project like TrueCrypt, since the "many eyes" argument of open source has failed again and again.

However, for those who do have 'super important' stuff to secure or those who are exceptionally paranoid or security-conscious, something Linux-based or OpenBSD-based is the only way to go. No. Really. It *is* the *only* way to go. Open source, the ability to compile everything yourself, security permissions down to the per-file level are just a few of the tools for the security-minded individual to protect what he feels is worth protecting.
Windows/NTFS has way more fine-grained access control than you find on your typical *u*x, but other than that, yeah. Kinda. Reflections on Trusting Trust and all that - but it certrainly is easier to get a feeling of confidence with an open-source stack...
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 04:17:07 AM
I'm with TrueCrypt 7.1a for my offline storage until one of the TC forks mature, and dm-crypt on my file server.

The algorithms are industry-standard, there seems to be no planted backdoors, and so far the issues found by the audit have been minor - there's no viable cold-attacks, which is the only thing that really matters. Yeah, being able to tweak the PBKDF2 rounds would be good, but that is really just a password brute-force mitigation, not a super big issue.

As for why the TC authors decided to pull the plug, perhaps we'll never know. My guess, though, is that it's a combination of two simple factors:
1) Fatigue/Real-Life. The authors worked on the project for more than 10 years.
2) Technical issues supporting it on modern OSes.

Issue #2 deserves a more thorough explanation. Basically, the only way to use TrueCrypt entirely securely on Windows is using an encrypted system partition. If you only use it for data partitions, you risk your encryption keys leaking to your page or hibernation files. You can't entirely avoid these issues through code (disabling hibernation and paging should be OK, though, but most people don't/can't run like that).

Supporting encrypted system partition requires some pretty low-level code, and UEFI booting changes everything. Combine fatigue with the massive amount of work it would be supporting UEFI-booting and the fact that both OSX and Windows now have very good built-in encryption, and you have an Occam's Razor of the discontinuation. (I'm sure NSA don't mind that the project was stopped, but I don't really think they flexed their muscle).

As for MS BitLocker and Apple FileVault, I would be very, very, very surprised if they contained backdoors. Those are the encryption systems I'd use for company laptops, and certainly not slow junk like Symantec and others produce. I'm pretty confident there's no cold-attacks against BL or FV.

However, if I were up to mischief, I wouldn't use either of the two... but that's because I'd never do mischievous things on Windows or OSX... there's so many other way for Apple, Microsoft and others to Get Root on those systems if you're become targeted.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 01:22:48 PM
Se completo la comprobación de 38%
comprobation up to 38%
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Protección de recursos de Windows no pudo realizar la operación solicitada.
Windows protected resources can't do the operation...
That doesn't sound too good.

I would try rebooting Windows in "safe mode with command prompt", and run the "sfc /scannow" again there. If that also fails, your install is in pretty bad condition. It could be corrupt Windows system files for whatever reason, it could be malware, it could be "security" software of the stupid kind.

P.D. I think I must explain how i use this bat:
Ditto is a great clip manager, even in network. But sometimes in my system (3 pc's) fails the connection. And one way to solve this is close and open ditto again....
Is there a reason you use the /f argument? Can't taskkill do a clean shutdown of ditto?

If you generally use the practice of /f'ing processes (whether with taskkill or by force-qutting from task manager), it's no wonder your system is acting wonky - that way of shutting down processes should only be done as a last resort.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 10:38:29 AM
Right, so that happens before you even kill Ditto... seems fishy. Google results for mapping_data_source::init are obscure, with some Java hits (goosechase) and some russian stuff that talks about agnitum firewall - but also has good advice.

Something related to cmd.exe might be messed up on your machine - try running "sfc /scannow" from a cmd.exe started with administrative privileges. This starts Windows' System File Checker integrity check, which can sometimes repair problems.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mapping_data_source::init error: file not found on: April 03, 2015, 09:44:59 AM
First of all, try running the batch file from a cmd.exe shell, or insert a "pause" statement at the end - that way, the console window won't disappear when the batch file is done executing.

Second, "taskkill /f"? Really? I wouldn't be surprised if Ditto (whatever that is) complains when you start it again, since that command is basically giving the program a headshot. Your headshot has probably caused corruption in some data file it uses.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 03, 2015, 09:37:23 AM
Posting from within Spartan

Posting this from the new Project Spartan browser in Windows 10 b10049 ... It's definitely fast. Really, really fast.
Does it use multiple executables?
Yes, I'm showing 4 listed in TM just to get here - New tab == new .exe instance.
Does it do that for every tab? One of the things previous versions of IE was smart about, was doing tab/process grouping - so, unlike insane-o chrome, you don't end up with a zillion processes not executables. The separation of "UI" and "Worker" processes seems like a sound thing to do, but each site in its own processes is... ugh (sure, there's some security implications, but mostly it smells like a "uh, threading and async is hard" thing to me).
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: List of 40 inexpensive single-board Linux friendly computers on: April 02, 2015, 03:47:33 AM
Perhaps your work-around for getting an ext4 root fs is less trouble than trying to achieve the same end with something like VirtualBox (possibly with its extension pack).
Well, VirtualBox probably supports raw device access (vmware certainly does), but that would still have required a Linux install - might as well see how current-gen Ubuntu runs on my old laptop smiley (runs pretty decently, but still can't resume from standby... *sigh*)
50  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: April 01, 2015, 01:07:29 PM
Maybe the Q here is whether you need to bother with a programming language at all - e.g., if (say) you could do most of it with an Access database and/or with Excel spreadsheets?   ohmy
I've seen that happen before...
So have I - hence why I've got nervous twitches right now smiley
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