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251  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).
252  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).
253  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.
254  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.
255  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
256  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
257  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.
258  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).
259  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!!!
260  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.
261  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.
262  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!
263  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.
264  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.
265  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 04:18:19 PM
Header file (not index) injected with a redirect code is one likely source.

Often in an up to date, 'secure' install that is on a shared server, another user getting compromised is enough.

It is on a VPS - I don't seem to have any other sites compromised.

When you say header file do you mean an insert file (sucha as a function file) in the template or somewhere else?

Trouble is I have no idea how to track this down. I can restore the site but without knowing what has happened it is just likely to happen again??
266  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free web storage service that offers the biggest amount of data? on: February 11, 2013, 04:16:26 PM
Check this out tomos.

HTC/Samsung Bonus Space

https://forums.dropbox.com/topic.php?id=63260

Ah that might be why I got that. Dropbox was preloaded on my Samsung Galaxy Tab!
267  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Website under attack ... help needed on: February 11, 2013, 04:10:09 PM
A website I set up and host has been compromised but I am not sure what to do.

I can restore a backup before the attack but I really want to avoid it happening again.

The sits is based on Joomla. All frontend (public) pages redirect to random websites after about 15 seconds. In the backend this does not happen.

Anyone got any idea where to look for how this is happening?

I have looked at index.php and .htaccess and can't see any obvious changes in the code. Only two of us have admin rights on the website and the forum is not available without logging in. Even then normal uses are restricted to BBCODE and can't use any scripts or HTML. None of the site is open for comments.

The site is hosted under a CPanel account on a Linux server.

All passwords are long and random and the backend of the website uses a non-standard URL to get access with a 20+ character pin code just get to the login form.

Panicking a bit as I am a bit out of my depth with this sort of stuff.
268  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: free web storage service that offers the biggest amount of data? on: February 11, 2013, 04:21:49 AM
I just signed up for Dropbox, and just by adding it to a second computer, my blackberry phone, my android tablet and sharing a folder it bumped up from 2Gb of storage to 50.25Gb of storage for free !!!

If anyone wants to sign up for dropbox use http://db.tt/s3OXypcQ to sign up and I will get some more free space!!!
269  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 10, 2013, 05:03:40 AM
Direct download:

http://files.avast.com/ia..._free_antivirus_setup.exe

If the link doesn't work just go to www.avast.com, click Support and then look at the Downloads section (bottom left).
270  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Michel In Guides! on: February 09, 2013, 03:23:11 PM
Its about time the US did something about .com cybersquatting.

Can't happen any more on UK domain names, and if someone tries it Nominet, the governing body, reassigns the domain to the person/business that has the greater claim.
271  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 09, 2013, 07:21:10 AM
True - I am not complaining but I do tell all my clients never install anything without going trhough custom or advanced options and reading what they are installing. I have cleaned up computers that have had literally half a screen of toolbars in Internet Explorer and the owner has no idea how any of them got there.

Having said that I think that anything that installs any extras or changes settings such as home pages and search engines by default are despicable. Unfortunately it seems the norm these days, even from companies like Microsoft who try at every opportunity to install Bing crap everywhere and change home pages to MSN - even through windows update!!!
272  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 08, 2013, 03:46:15 PM
 I agree but if you don't use custom install on every install you deserve what you get these days - especially when you are using free software.
273  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avast Installs Chrome on: February 08, 2013, 02:48:39 PM
Just downloaded Avast Free. It does install Google Chrome and Google Toolbar for IE but it is a very clear option if you use custom install.

I suspect the problems described above are from CNET's policy of using their own installer wrapper with built in crapware, not Avast.

Personally I refuse to download anything from CNET these days as their files are always stuffed with unwanted "surprises".
274  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Legitimate app breaks popular encryption - EFS, BitLocker, TrueCrypt ... on: February 06, 2013, 07:37:33 PM
In the current Windows Secrets newsletter EFDD can crack popular encryption, even with tough random passwords:

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Conventional wisdom has been that files protected with good encryption can’t be cracked.

But a new, $300, wizard-driven app can unlock BitLocker-, PGP-, and TrueCrypt-encrypted files, folders, and drives — no matter how strong a password you’re using.

It’s the sort of story that could keep you up at night. Last month, Elcomsoft released the Elcomsoft Forensic Disk Decryptor (EFDD; more info), a program that opens encrypted files without trying to guess your password or attack it with brute force (Wikipedia info). In fact, the actual password is effectively irrelevant. A long, random string such as bS2f#[voIT+?@=Uq3a,.B provides no better protection against EFDD than would "password" or "12345."

See http://windowssecrets.com...ncryption-systems/#story1 for the full story.
275  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gummiboot restructured to allow Linux to work on SecureBoot systems on: February 05, 2013, 01:10:58 PM
Carol[/b]: is AMD still in the motherboard game? I thought they quit both motherboards and chipsets several years ago?

My system (less than a year old) has a 990 chipset from AMD ?? OK it isn't an AMD mobo but the CPU and chipset are both by AMD.
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