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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 12:19:02 PM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
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Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.

I just use simplenote, truthfully.  And I use Resoph notes on one computer... that can sync with simplenotes and save the individual files to dropbox.  It's pretty seamless.

I suppose that would be the easiest way, yes smiley It's just that I don't really trust all these sync services to be available for years to come, some of those I've used in the past are no more.

When they become unavailable, you use something else.  The most important thing is the data.  You're still using dropbox... so the only added thing is simplenote.  But... there's a lot of ways to achieve the same thing.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Chrome and Malware detection on: August 13, 2014, 11:36:59 AM
I can't find the topic- but there was a topic that talked about unsigned executables being flagged as malicious in Chrome.  

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After trying to download something from one of my cubbies from the web interface... and having it flagged, I had to figure out how to get this execrable behaviour under control.  And I found it.

From https://support.google.co...download_blocked&rd=1

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Turn off phishing and malware detection

  • Click the Chrome menu Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
  • Select Settings.
  • Click Show advanced settings and find the "Privacy" section.
  • Deselect the "Enable phishing and malware protection" checkbox.

Note: When you turn off these warnings you also turn off other malware and phishing alerts.

I like the idea of them... but the false positives really suck.  So what I did was turn it off... then downloaded my software.  Then turned it back on.

Figured this might help someone.

Oh, and for a laugh... at that link above, there's a little callout - How does downloads protection work?

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To help protect you, Google maintains a list of websites that are known to host malicious downloads and a list of trusted software publishers.

Google warns you if you try to download something weird or something from a dangerous website.

Really, google?!?
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 11:28:42 AM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
Quote
Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.

I just use simplenote, truthfully.  And I use Resoph notes on one computer... that can sync with simplenotes and save the individual files to dropbox.  It's pretty seamless.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 13, 2014, 07:59:33 AM
A link to the Wired interview.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 13, 2014, 07:57:24 AM
Snowden: I Left the NSA Clues, But They Couldn’t Find Them

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In a WIRED interview published today, the 31-year-old megaleaker has revealed that he planted hints on NSA networks that were intended to show which of its documents he’d smuggled out among the much larger set he accessed or could have accessed. Those hints, he says, were intended to make clear his role as a whistleblower rather than a foreign spy, and to allow the agency time to minimize the national security risks created by the documents’ public release.

The fact that NSA officials have told the press that his haul may have been as large as 1.7 million documents, says Snowden, is a sign that the agency has either purposely inflated the size of his leak or lacks the forensic skills to see the clues he left for its auditors. “I figured they would have a hard time,” Snowden tells WIRED, describing the agency’s attempts to reverse-engineer his leak. “I didn’t figure they would be completely incapable.”

Ouch.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 12, 2014, 09:45:09 AM
Notesholder Pro is nice.  The only thing that keeps me from giving an unmiitigated thumbs up is the lack of any kind of sync, a proprietary back end, and a lack of responsiveness from the developer.  But it is nice.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: R.I.P. Robin Williams on: August 11, 2014, 08:40:44 PM
"Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed, life is harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in threatening world. Doctor says, "Treatment is simple. The great clown Pagliacci is in town. Go see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears."But doctor" He says, "I am Pagliacci."

It's always weird to read that some comedian is suffering from depression. It's little understood that those most likely to reach for laughs are those most in need of them. Robin Williams had apparently been on the wagon for 20 years, but recently relapsed. Apparently, life was not very amusing. And now, our world is a little less funny.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 12:25:23 PM
Little Johnny asks his Dad: "I have this homework on politics and economy and I'm not if I understand it"
Dad says: "Use the family as an example. I make the money so I'm the Capitalists, your mother deals it out, so she's the Government, we look after you, so you're the People, the baby is the Future, and we pay the maid so she is the Working Class"

That night Johnny is woken up by the baby crying, so he checks it and it needs changing. So he goes to tell his parents, but only his mother is there and she doesn't wake up. He goes to tell the maid, but finds that she's 'busy' with his dad.
He goes back to bed.

Next morning his dad asks how he is going with the homework. Johnny says: "I think I understand it. The Capitalists screw the Working Class while the Government is asleep. The People are ignored and the Future is full of sh*t"

Of course that leaves only the People to change the Future, but they don't want to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty. They would rather forget about it and go back to sleep, hoping someone else will come along and clean it up. Wink

http://www.mayday.us - I'm hopeful, if not optimistic.  Apocaloptimism at it's finest.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: August 10, 2014, 12:06:21 PM
"If we find anyone -- doesn't matter if it's hackers or governments -- involved in any of our customer environments anywhere in the world, we tell our customers, period," Chambers said[/b]. "And we do that in the U.S., in Europe and China and India. And we have done it."

Yeah, right. Sounds great. So what? Proof to substantiate that statement? None so far, it seems. But wait...where did I put that proof...?
(Sound of crickets chirping.)

It's in the same place as that proof of WMDs...
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 02:49:02 PM
yes, you weren't looking for something like Anuran when I was suggesting it smiley

So I suppose this is the solution for the time being -- or is anyone aware of a tool that combines the features of Anuran ("nag me for descriptive text regularly") and a Titlebar tracker ("record the time spent in your projects' files") into ONE application?

this would be very nice - wonder would Skwire be interested...

I've been thinking about doing that... if he's not interested, and is willing to let me build on top of what he's done... smiley
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for t̶i̶m̶e̶ ̶t̶r̶a̶c̶k̶e̶r̶ nag tool that makes me write billable text on: August 09, 2014, 10:26:18 AM
Any hint to other "nag applications" is welcome!

Have you looked at Anuran?
137  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: ProjectSend on: August 09, 2014, 10:24:01 AM
The projectsend.org/forums lead to an internal server error  :-(

I'm not affiliated with them.  You can contact them with that information smiley
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a time tracking tool that makes me write billable descriptive text on: August 08, 2014, 04:42:55 PM
Yeah... it won't ask you.  But if you don't need that kind of grouping, then the windows are grouped by titles in the group area also.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a time tracking tool that makes me write billable descriptive text on: August 08, 2014, 03:27:29 PM
You did know you can affect how TimeSprite groups, right? 

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All of those in the window area below are related to a single project.  So I right click, select group windows, and presto- new window.  Similar windows are now grouped into that group also- or in case it doesn't get it, I manually assign it.

Or am I missing something?
140  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: ProjectSend on: August 08, 2014, 03:05:50 PM
Still seems a bit of a hassle. I'd just use BitTorrent Sync and create a folder to sync with each person/group.

It's like a private, self/non-hosted, peer-to-peer, torrented, unlimited-space Dropbox!

Then each person has to download and install.  Like I said... technologically inept.  There's several programs for several use cases.  When you're dealing with someone that you don't want to have to install anything or set anything up... personally, I think this is best.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a time tracking tool that makes me write billable descriptive text on: August 08, 2014, 11:37:52 AM
Maybe TimeSprite is what you're looking for.  I used it when I was contracting, and it really helped out a lot.

Other programs I tried and they just didn't work for me were:

SnapLogger - Screenshots every so often but then you have to categorize.

yaTimer - Very pretty interface and reports.  But you have to get it set up, which was my problem.
142  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / ProjectSend on: August 08, 2014, 06:41:53 AM
Basic Info

App NameProjectSend
App URLhttp://www.projectsend.org/
App Version Reviewedr561
Requirementsphp 5.2 and MySQL 5 or better - Apache 2 is recommended, though it should work on IIS
Support MethodsForums - http://www.projectsend.org/forums/
Pricing SchemeGNU GPL v2 - donations accepted by paypal.

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Intro:

Several times I've had pretty technically inept clients (friends) that want to send me files to do things with, or I want to get files to.  And in many cases, its a recurring theme.  With gmail pushing drive so files getting secured and not attached to e-mails and other avenues being either hard to use, or pay to use- not to mention, it's not hosted on your servers- it's hard to find something that just works.

Enter ProjectSend.  ProjectSend is a self-hosted application (you can install it easily on your own VPS or shared web hosting account) that lets you upload files and assign them to specific clients that you create yourself! Secure, private and easy. No more depending on external services or e-mail to send those files!


Who is this app designed for:
Basically anyone who needs to share files in a secure and convenient way, but doesn't want to rely on public or expensive services.

Review

Installation was a breeze.  Download and unzip.  Create a MySQL DB on your server and assign a user.  Replace the appropriate parameters in the config php file.  Upload it to a directory, and browse to it.  Set up your admin user.  Profit.

Usage was a breeze on the admin side - create a user (must have a unique e-mail address as its keyed off of that instead of the username).  Assign permissions.  You can also make groups of clients... so that if you're sending the same file to a group of customers, you can manage them as a whole.

Usage is pretty dead simple on the client side also- though there are a bit too many menus if you want to upload.  The client goes to the URL to login, and is presented with their client page.  It shows all files that they have uploaded or have to download with a download button.  To upload, you click the files menu, and upload file.  (Remember- technically inept).  Thankfully, once they're logged in, they can just go to the URL, so you can send them that for reference.  It has a drag/drop interface for uploading which is welcome, and files are indexed by the title the client gives, rather than the filename which is useful.  The client gives that and an optional description, and you're notified when they upload.

You can also log into a client view in order to see what they will see when uploading, and to debug any problems.  Very useful feature!  Though one thing to be aware of is that if you *do* anything from the client view, it will still be as if you were doing it from the admin view (controls, permissions, etc).

Why I think you should use this product

If you have to share files with others- either on a regular basis or in groups, this makes it pretty simple, hosted on your own server, and is not a conglomeration of several services.

How does it compare to similar apps

There are a few services around dropbox- FileStork is defunct, and sendtodropbox only gives you one location without paying; I understand that people have to make money, but this just doesn't seem like something that for simple purposes is a revenue generating services.  There are a lot of other high end services, but they are also similarly priced.  This just works, and is free.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 06, 2014, 06:10:00 PM
Saffron survived anesthesia and just got back home to begin some rest and recuperation  thumbs up thumbs up thumbs up

Yay!  Aylee and Sydney (my dog and cat) send get well thoughts smiley  Thmbsup
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silk Road Seized - Dread Pirate Roberts Arrested on: August 06, 2014, 10:45:09 AM
So barring Ulbricht's motion coming before an extremely sympathetic judge, it will most likely be dismissed with little comment. (Yes, US judges can do that.)

You think his 4th amendment argument will work?

Not really. Maybe for some of the evidence. But that's a long shot. And certainly not for all the evidence.

But I'm not an attorney - so who knows?

Got it. For a bit there I thought you were saying that it would work.

My guess is that nothing short of divine intervention will help Ross. The evidence doesn't matter. The law doesn't matter. He is hated, and that's reason enough to punish him.

Or the selection of the right attorney that knows the right judge.  And that's a fact.
145  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Drive Policies Management Toolkit BETA on: August 05, 2014, 07:54:32 AM
@wraith808 and Stoic Joker:
Your suggestions are valid, but I think I get the programmer why he chose this layout. We are in agreement that this interface is not as nice and tidy as it can be, but I find it also a pain in the donkey to continuously select an item from a list, configure it and continue with the next item on the list. Especially when I want to do that for all possible drive options. And keep an overview of what I have set.

Both control options suggested offer multi select which would allow the same work to be done with less clicks. Wraith's is more compact, and mine allows for the birds eye overview of which you speak. Either would be less intimidating for the user than opening with what appears to be a zillion options.

+1
146  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Drive Policies Management Toolkit BETA on: August 04, 2014, 02:38:39 PM
Just my opinion, but that interface looks a bit too busy for what it does, especially for the Drive Letter policies.  I know I wouldn't use it personally because of that.  Just feedback...

+1 - I was trying to find a tactful way of saying that this morning, but ran out of time.

Maybe a ListView control with an options panel might be nice.

Or maybe a combobox with the drives and the options below would also be an option.
147  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Drive Policies Management Toolkit BETA on: August 04, 2014, 08:23:39 AM
Just my opinion, but that interface looks a bit too busy for what it does, especially for the Drive Letter policies.  I know I wouldn't use it personally because of that.  Just feedback...
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 02, 2014, 05:20:12 PM
Not by coincidence, he had also spent about 3 years moving all his investment money away from the US (he's from New Zealand and currently lives in Denmark) because he saw the collapse coming.

JOOC - which collapse are you referring to? huh

Real Estate and Banking, I'd assume... though it was more of a bubble bursting than a wholesale collapse.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 10:42:14 PM
You mean like when a bank forecloses? Yeah, you don't actually own your home until you have finished paying the bank for it, plus interest. In essence, as long as you still have a mortgage, you are renting the house from the bank, who is the real owner.

Except one difference is that the bank can't just say, "we don't want to service this loan anymore so we're foreclosing".  You have to actually not pay them for some period of time before they can kick you out.

Of course, there's the government, who will be wanting you to pay property taxes in perpetuity... or else.


Since when?  I've seen more that a few people lose homes since the bank crisis that were paying in good faith.  Some got them back.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anybody seriously think an e-book is still the better option most times? on: August 01, 2014, 05:05:14 PM
^ You've got it! smiley  And a great idea too!
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