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251  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: February 28, 2013, 04:54:19 PM
Not my car but the same model:



Peugeot 207SW turbo diesel.

Great mileage - cheap road tax (in the UK only £30 a year).

Bought it to replace a Citroen Xsara (also a turbo diesel - 10 years old and ran like a dream) I killed in a flood - loved that car. It looked like this:

Actually I love the Peugeot - comfortable ride, SW back so flat for loading heavy boxes for work etc.. Relatively small engine but accelerates well.

I don't know what the availability of diesel is like in the US (probably a PITA like Canada) but you get a hell of a lot more miles to the buck! Peugeot make the best diesel engines in the world (which is why Ford and Citroen use them in their cars too).
252  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Free Software from Microsoft. on: February 27, 2013, 05:44:22 AM
I don't see why you guys are still saying there are no limitations, that this is free. As I posted above, you're promising that you'll deploy an MS-powered website (onto one of their approved hosts or servers, i.e., not el cheapo hosting) within the next year. It may be that they can't enforce it -- other than to terminate your license rights -- but you'd still be acting in bad faith to make the agreement without the intent to follow through on this promise.

d.  Web Pro will deploy a Web Pro Website on Windows Azure or Windows Server (on a Hosting Server or with a Hosting Partner) by the first anniversary of Web Pro’s enrollment in the Program.

They don't say what the website has to be like - you can put up a single page on windows server running on a local VM saying WebsiteSpark sucks and fulfil the obligation. They are providing the server software as part of the package so apart from a bit of disk space it isn't going to cost much.
253  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why a one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router. on: February 27, 2013, 05:40:04 AM
Hey - they could connect everyone up and give them free broadband !!!

This is typical bureaucratic BS and it isn';t just the US that sees this.

Many years ago (early 80s) I worked in a college that was given some money to spend on computers. There was a deadline and a rep from Prime minicomputers saw the college coming. £25,000 later a fairly useless (for our purposes) minicomputer was installed for class teaching. Of course the teaching staff avoided the room like the plague! At the time we were teaching programming using Pascal so I wrote a front end for the Pascal compiler to make it look and work the same as Turbo Pascal, after that a bit of teaching went on but it was never used for the 25000 reasons it was purchased!
254  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Free Software from Microsoft. on: February 25, 2013, 03:49:18 AM
Just to clarify you get 1 license each for:

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Expression Web 3
Retail

Expression Studio 4 Web Professional (WebsiteSpark)
Retail

Expression Studio 4 Premium (WebsiteSpark)
Retail

Visual Studio 2010 Professional
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010
Static Activation Key

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio Professional 2012
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Express 2012
Static Activation Key
 
Visual Studio 2010 Professional
Static Activation Key
 
Windows HPC Server 2008 and Windows Web Server 2008
Multiple Activation
 
Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 and Windows Web Server 2008 R2
Multiple Activation

and 5 keys for
 
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Windows Server 2012 Standard
Retail

I find all this slightly bizzare - are they winding up the partner program? If not what is the incentive for designers to sign up for the partner program when they are giving this lot away for free?
255  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Nationwide WiFi on: February 24, 2013, 07:03:06 AM
When was the last time you heard about anyone abusing baking soda or dish washing liquid?

LOL very true - but in the UK you can no longer buy Tartaric Acid (an ingredient used for making drinks like elderflower cordial). Apparently it was used in the London Tube bombers arsenal - along with chapatti flower - though I haven't noticed a shortage of chapattis !!
256  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Michel In Guides! on: February 24, 2013, 06:32:41 AM
In the UK It works like this:

If you feel you have a greater claim to a domain name than a current holder you can submit a request for adjudication to Nominet (the national governing body for domain names). If the domain is not currently being used or clearly not displaying content relevant to the domain name or infringes on a business or trade name then they will transfer the domain to the claimant. If it is less clear there is an appeals procedure where an aribitrator helps make the correct decision.

At least that is MY understanding of how it works. Here is their full guide: http://www.nominet.org.uk...resolving-domain-disputes

I have used this process a couple of times where people have come to me to design them a new website and the previous webhost claims they own the domain name (usually to stop their customers leaving them). This usually involves them registering the domain incorrectly with their names rather than the client details - something frowned on anyway as it is a legal requirement in the UK that anyone (other than private individual websites) must be contactable via the WHOIS service so if the domain is registered to the designer or hosting company it is clear that it is being sat on to prevent someone transferring to another service.

In the US this is just blatant extortion - I have been doing some work for a local company and their .com domain had lapsed. When I went to see about registering again it is now described as a 'premium' name (it isn't it is very specific to one small 2 person firm and no use to anyone else) and they want hundreds of dollars to return it. As far as I can tell there is no way in the wild west US internet to get around this blatant ripoff scam.

The same happened to me a number of years ago - I used a domain registrar to look up the availability of carolhaynes.com - it was available (for about £15) but when I came back the next day to purchase it the price had shot up to £300. Needless to say I didn't buy it. Six months later I tried again (this time through a UK registrar) and secured it for the normal price!
257  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Giveaway Rule Suggestion. on: February 23, 2013, 05:13:52 PM
Agree - I suggest supporting member with 25 posts as a minimum.
258  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: February 21, 2013, 11:12:21 AM
As I said in a previous post that has been my experience of their products too.
259  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: February 20, 2013, 08:49:37 AM
Also I don't really find TP-Link hardware all that consistent. I have seen a number of identical models that seem to perform differently in the same location - wonder if it is a quality control issue?

The most consistent results I got were from Netgear Rangemax hardware where all machines used compatible Netgear devices from the same range.

What are you actually trying to achieve - fast network file transfer?

By the way looking at your initial post again the WiFi quality isn't 100% which can affect speeds.

There are some chipsets that don't play well together - so there may be a conflict between the Broadcom device and the router? Not sure what chipsets TP-Link use.

I used to have some problems with Intel chipsets and that was a conflict with a router chipset.
260  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: February 19, 2013, 03:08:55 AM
I have struggled with this in the past and came to the conclusion that only devices designed to work together (whether full or draft n spec) by the same manufacturer get anything like the advertised bandwidth.

In the end I just gave up worrying about it as there doesn't seem to be a manufacturer that produces a complete range of suitable device. In particular internal mobile adaptors (eg. laptop PCI or PCIe adaptors) seem rather difficult to find and mostly don't seem to achieve full throughput.
261  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rumors of Adobe releasing CS2 for free? (true or NOT true) on: February 18, 2013, 09:27:42 AM
Its all very strange - you would think Adobe would restrict downloads and serial numbers to people who already have registered copies of CS2 - just put the links in their account. They could even issue individualised replacement serial numbers.

They don't seem to be too bothered about anyone downloading and installing given they have published all this openly.

Presumably they take the view anyone still on CS2 is unlikley to pay for an upgrade - especially as CS6 can only be upgraded from CS3 onwards as far as I can tell. Making CS2 freely available may tempt some non-buyers into buying a package they try for free.
262  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Embedding external files into PDF file on: February 18, 2013, 06:43:38 AM
Not sure you can do with with PDF files, at least not without a security warning. It wouldn't be a good idea to allow that either (IMHO).
263  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Embedding external files into PDF file on: February 18, 2013, 06:01:55 AM
Adobe Acrobat

You can just create links within the document (a bit like anchors on HTML pages).
264  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Embedding external files into PDF file on: February 18, 2013, 04:58:24 AM
You can include the entire content within one PDF and use internal links to jump about. That way there would be no security prompts.
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Office 2013 Ripoff on: February 16, 2013, 07:58:16 PM
See http://www.donationcoder....rum/index.php?topic=34017 - already discussed 'a bit'

Good clear article from PC world though.
266  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 12:23:10 PM
On amazon.com:

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Product Features
Platform: PC Key Card
  • Licensed for one user for install on one PC. Box inculudes one Product Key Card - No Disc
  • The latest versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Outlook
  • Designed to help you create and organize faster with new, time saving features and a clean, modern look
  • Save documents in the cloud on SkyDrive and access them away from home
  • One time purchase for the life of your PC; non-transferrable

See http://www.amazon.com/Off...-2013-1User/dp/B009SPWJ98

As I noted above they make this very clear on the microsoft office website if you buy online.

Another little 'nasty' that has slipped through is that the student/academic edition has a 4yr license that expires - never used to! And it is done via Office 365. I suppose a 4yr subscription is fair if you wanted Office 365 but the academic DVD version has disappeared and there doesn't appear to be a key-card equivalent.

See: http://www.amazon.com/Uni...on-Required/dp/B009VL9YGU
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 14, 2013, 09:44:12 AM
It's still on the US site too  embarassed
268  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 09:34:34 AM
Its really interesting - I was writing a comment on Amazon.co.uk yesterday in response to a review and the website description very clearly stated that the software was for one computer only and not transferable.

I have just looked and all versions have the information about licensing removed on the product pages.

Maybe MS is sensing the mood and backtracking already.

What nobody has said is how users (home or office) with poor internet speeds are supposed to install this software without a disk? I have loads of customers struggling with 256kb or less broadband speeds and even some still on dial up - are MS going to provide a disk for those people? It isn't so bad installing the basic package just start it at the end of the day and leave it to it but they are using the incremental download the bits you need when you need them approach which is a complete PITA at the best of times but some people are going to be REALLY unhappy users.

Actually if you go to office.microsoft.com and look at any of the Office 2013 packages (assuming you can find them as they are conspicuous by their absence - and only Office 365 show) you will find this statement under the Buy Now button:

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For 1 PC, non-transferrable

If you go ahead and click Buy Now on the order page it clearly states:

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For installation and use on 1 PC only. License cannot be transferred to another PC.

There is transfer management in Office 365 subscriptions - maybe that is what was being discussed.
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 14, 2013, 06:09:41 AM
The link still works for me from the website

Go to www.avast.com

Click Support

Under Order & Renewals at the bottom click on "Software Installation Files"

and there is a link to the free version from the Avast servers (the link I posted earlier).
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 14, 2013, 05:59:11 AM
FWIW LibreOffice has just released version 4 with lots of collaboration tools. They are also systemtaically stripping out the old 'sun' components in the API. Interestingly the new version also opens MS Publisher and Visio documents (which I think is new and welcome).

The the other good thing about LibreOffice is it seems to have removed the need for Java to be installed - which is a big plus in anyone's book.

Re. Ms Office 2013 there is almost nothing worth the money and hassles of upgrading from Office 2007 or 2010. It just has a pig ugly interface to match not-metro (which it doesn't even run under) and throws you at subscription based storage every time you load and save files (OK you can change the defaults but that is how it is set up). It uses SkyDrive - which isn't compatible with the previous cloud solution for Office 2010 - at least not without searching for an update.

It isn't at all clear what MS will do if you buy a copy of Office 2013 and one f the following scenarios happens:

1) Failed motherboard replaced - is it a new computer?
2) On a desktop computer what if you change more than a few components (enough to change the machine ID at MS) - do you face reactivating issues?
3) Laptop stolen, damaged beyond repair or replaced under warranty?

The last point is particularly moot ... if you have a machine replaced under warranty and MS don't allow a reinstall of office do the manufacturers become liable to replace your copy of office?

I suppose MS could argue (but shouldn't) that theft or damage can be covered under insurance claims.

All in all there seems absolutely no reason to use MS Office post the 2010 version. Subscriptions might seem good value but most families only use Word and Excel at most and for one years subs have been able to buy a 3 machine perpetual license up until now (with transfer rights to new machines) - who in their right mind would pay a subscription cost to upgrade.

Doubtless MS will come up with something that breaks Office 2003 and 2007 in Windows 9 and by Windows 10 Office 2010 probably won't install forcing people into their corrupt model.

I have a current MAPs subscription which is due for renewal in March - I am seriosuly thinking of just buying a few copies of Windows Pro and moving to LibreOffice. The only other package I use from the subscription is Windows 2008 SBS - but it might be just the push I need to learn Apache and Samba!!!
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 06:33:20 PM
LibreOffice is being developed with regular new releases ... plus it is totally open source.

OpenOffice is barely developed these days, rarely seeing new releases (even to fix bugs) and is Sun get their way the open source commitment will go down the crapper ... it is one of the main reasons LibreOffice spun off.
272  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 12, 2013, 04:11:51 AM
Thanks everyone - the common thread to the sites that have been affected seem to be out of date Joomla installations. I don't as a matter of course update Joomla websites for clients when they won't pay for support so some are still on Joomla version 1.5, and some have to by necessity because they use extensions not available for 1.6 onwards.

Having updated the affected sites to 1.5.26 (the final version in the 1.5 lifecycle) and replaced the .htaccess on each site everything now seems to be back to normal.

I have a lot more accounts running other stuff and none of those seem to have been infected so it looks like a Jommla 1.5.22 and earlier vulnerability that has been exploited.

I am going to start migrating websites to Joomla 2.5 as soon as possible!

In the meantime I will download each site to my hard disk and scan against a factory install of Joomla 1.5.22 to look for differences.

What a PITA, but thanks everyone for so many suggestions and quick help last night - esp. Josh who worked through a lot of stuff with me via IM.
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 05:59:44 PM
Thanks guys - all ideas really appreciated.

Suffering brain meltdown at the mo - I will continue in the morning when I am fresher!
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 04:46:49 PM
Update: Doesn't seem to be Javascript - I disabled Javascript and it still redirects.
275  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 04:41:33 PM
Thanks I will take a look.

I have found a JPG in the root folder of the website that is not ours (relates to Memorial of Gaza Martyrs) which is a bit worrying.
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