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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Windows error: Failure to log in to profile, loading of temp profile on: June 07, 2015, 11:37:03 AM
I've had this happen before, and it wasn't anything as problematic as the drive or even needing to do a restore.  There was something in my profile that could not be accessed on startup, but needed to be accessed.

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/947215

In my case, it was my antivirus.  That's when I finally got rid of AVG.  But a host of other things can cause it.

And as to system restore... it's saved my life more than a few times.  Enough that I trust it in my toolbox of things i have in my back pocket and hopefully never need.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: June 07, 2015, 11:32:01 AM
My unboxing photos of my inspiron 7000.  I'm satisfied with the upgrade.

http://imgur.com/a/5YvIs#0
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Desura have gone bankrupt! on: June 06, 2015, 01:16:30 AM
http://www.rockpapershotg...ankruptcy-bad-juju-games/

http://www.pcgamer.com/de...any-files-for-bankruptcy/
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Newer password keepers/form-fillers - anyone using Dashlane or 1Password? on: June 05, 2015, 08:43:48 AM
I use KeePass, KeePassDroid, and AI RoboForm for Windows; I'm aware that lots of people like LastPass, and DC has mentions of others, e.g Password Depot.  I've recently seen references to 1Password and Dashlane, both of which seem cloud-based.  Please, does anyone have experience of these, especially compared to the ones mentioned above?

1Password is not cloud based.  You link it with Dropbox (or iCloud or over wifi), and it will sync with your dropbox account over several devices.  I like it, it's just that lastpass is more convenient, so I've been using that as of late.  But 1Password is actually better on iDevices, so ...

Haven't really tried to resolve that yet.
130  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Cloud storage service (FREE) - Mini-Review. (WARNING!) on: June 05, 2015, 08:42:16 AM
The policy itself of deleting "inactive" accounts that aren't paying for service doesn't really bother me.

But what does "inactive" entail?  It appears from IainB's account, if you don't actively *use* it, it's inactive.  I don't actively use copy- I just keep it installed because I have a lot of free space from referrals and might us it at some point.  But it's installed on my machines and running.  That should be considered "use".
131  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam Introduces Refunds. on: June 04, 2015, 10:22:44 AM
Yeah, I see this as a positive move for Steam. I've never known a company worse at customer service/support than Steam. Well, except for Google.

Ever tried finding a contact for Facebook...and getting them to answer?  That is a feat still undefeated.

That's just apathy and non-responsiveness.  Comcast is active maliciousness.
132  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam Introduces Refunds. on: June 04, 2015, 02:18:17 AM
Yeah, I see this as a positive move for Steam. I've never known a company worse at customer service/support than Steam. Well, except for Google.

Comcast. You can never get worse than Comcast.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 03:12:40 PM
That was for beta reasons in one case and legal reasons in the other, not because of any sort of repositioning- therefore I don't think that's entirely fair.

OK, I'll take your point about that. However, my main argument was that for MS the cloud is an afterthought, a bandwagon they are trying to jump on, trying to force users to start saving their stuff on the cloud, while Google is ahead on that game, as the search, Gmail, Google Calendar etc. started off as cloud services, so it's a smaller step to start using Drive.

I was quite willing to go with the MS cloud service, but I just found it clunky compared to Google Drive (which is not perfect either but I find it a smoother user experience). 

I'm not sure about syncing, but as far as brand problems, both of them have them as their services morph.  From documents to drive back to documents... it's very annoying. And the way that they handle anything that's not one of their formats is what drove me away.  Not what IainB was saying earlier... but just trying to get access to them.  It's very clunky.  And now that they're all in different apps it sucks even more using their ecosystem for files.  I don't know who thought that was a good idea.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 03:09:56 PM
It started out as Windows Live Folders in beta.  When launched, they called it skydrive.  Then because of (stupid) trademark ruling and the fact they didn't want to pay sky for nothing, it became onedrive.[1]

The folks (idiots) that were in it from the beginning (like me) got free "loyalty upgrades" a few years back. Which is why I (became foolish enough to try actually using it) have 50GB of free (for "life..." - Ha!) storage on OneDrive.

Me too.  So I actually have 1TB,50GB smiley  And I barely use in the MB smiley
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 02:00:45 PM
I'd say MS is on more shaky grounds regarding their strategy than Google at the moment. How many times has MS re-launched their cloud service in recent years? In comparison, Google's cloud approach was a steady, incremental expansion.

That was for beta reasons in one case and legal reasons in the other, not because of any sort of repositioning- therefore I don't think that's entirely fair.

It started out as Windows Live Folders in beta.  When launched, they called it skydrive.  Then because of (stupid) trademark ruling and the fact they didn't want to pay sky for nothing, it became onedrive.[1]
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneDrive v. Google Drive? on: June 03, 2015, 11:29:59 AM
I must say, in my limited use, it's never been onedrive vs. google drive.  It's been both vs. Dropbox and Cubby.  Dropbox for simple stuff and so much integrates with it, and Cubby for my heavy lifting, because I can turn any folder into a cubby.  Onedrive and Google don't beat on either of these points.  Though I have 1TB as part of my subscription to office, I don't use it for that reason.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: June 02, 2015, 08:31:46 PM
I'm (hopefully) getting my computer tomorrow... if he's open to that Flip, then there are a *lot* of options that weigh in at a similar place.  It's a little heavier than the Flip, but not so much as the old days to be unusable in that configuration.

138  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: New replies to your posts behavior changed on: June 01, 2015, 04:21:56 PM
This is a random bug that seems to happen unpredictably and cures itself.

It hasn't cured itself for me Sad
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do we have any musical people on DC? on: June 01, 2015, 11:56:24 AM
I didn't know where to put this... but a few articles to honor the passing of the last great bluesman.

BB King obituary

BB King was that rare thing – a game-changer who was also beloved

'Always a rotten apple': BB King, poison and the daughters of an infertile legend

A bit from that last that made me look at him even better than I already had:

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He’d met a lot of women playing 300 shows per year, and he had a saying, according to Sawyer: “If a woman is pregnant, and she says you’re the father, the only question to ask is: ‘Is it possible?’ And if it’s possible, it’s yours.”

But Sawyer, the biographer, said King also told him something else, a second piece of information that seemed to contradict the first. This assertion had long been forgotten in his portrait of a blues legend now stalked by family intrigue: King and his second wife couldn’t have children, and he took a fertility test that showed his sperm count was too low to conceive. Sawyer said he published this in his book, The Arrival of BB King, an authorized biography that is now out of print. Sawyer said King read the manuscript and could have removed that statement from the book, but he left it in.

That's the mark of not just a great bluesman, but a great man, IMO.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: May 30, 2015, 06:48:03 PM
I don't know for sure, but I would expect that the OCR engine would probably be a common core process throughout the ABBYY range of software that involves image OCR scanning.
What my post above shows is that the post-processing of the scanned image that is fed into the OCR engine can make quite a bit of difference to the quality/accuracy of the OCR scan outputs.
ABBY Screenshot Reader clearly does some pretty smart stuff - e.g., it will scan for and output columnar information if you tell it that is what you want.

It is, and it isn't.  This is from someone who just did an implementation of the ABBYY Finereader Engine in a custom app.  For low yield OCR, you won't really notice the difference.  But as you get higher, there are several different capabilities, settings, and languages that are left out.  Even at the level where we are, having the ability to use 4 cores to scan, there is still a higher level, that we won't get to until we scan 1,000,000 pages- the ability to use 8 cores.

So they build it with the ability to nickel-and-dime you for features, and believe me, they do nickel-and-dime you.  We were very close to just scrapping the whole contract they're so parasitic, but when they saw that, they just gave in.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: May 30, 2015, 09:26:59 AM
However, that doesn't make up for how stubborn OS X and Apple are in so many ways. There's the "Apple way" and the highway. I'm unlikely to get another Mac unless I really really need it for work, which is highly unlikely.

Same here... and the hardware *is* really nice, though PC manufacturers are catching up.

Just one example of how frustrating it is... how hard is it to make the buttons on the window frames consistent in their operation across apps?  And why when I maximize do I have to reserve space for the dock?  Only if I go fullscreen is that not a problem... but sometimes(most of the time?), you want that extra real estate, but don't want to go full screen. 
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: May 29, 2015, 06:25:21 PM
I started out on a great adventure a few years ago.  At least, what I term a great adventure.  After my Linux foray and failure (or rather, not failure, just finding out it wasn't practical for me), I figured since MacOS is based on BSD, I'd try it.  Also to see what the big fuss was.  I'd started on Apple (back with the ][e) and worked at a place where I had to use one.  But that was back in the 90s, and I thought with all of the hubub, I must be missing something.  And admittedly, I wanted to make money on the App store.

So, my adventure, and what I learned.  All of this is personal, but it is my experience.  So, I purchased one a few years ago (a MBP i5 late 2011) to see if I'd like it and to hopefully develop iOS apps and get rich.  I found out that it takes a lot more than development skills to get rich making iOS apps, so I gave that up.

1. I don't like Macbooks. 

Though there are a few cool things about the Mac and its software (I'll miss Typed, Ulysses (although I just found out they have an ipad version, so I'm happy again), Storyist (although I still have it on my ipad), and Marked (though I did make my own barebones alternative)), even after 3 years with it as my only laptop, I still am not comfortable with it or the environment.  I even tried loading a couple of different options for running windows apps on it, but those virtualized environments were slower- don't let them tell you different.  And since I still was working in windows on my desktop and at work, I noticed it.

2. Macbooks keep their price pretty well- if your next purchase will be a PC.

I think that's because they're overpriced.  People say all of these advantages why they're willing to pay a premium.  I call BS after using it.  There was no reason for me to pay that much for that machine.  But here, three years later, I ordered a new Dell for only $40.  I used my proceeds from selling it to pay for the rest.

3. The days of getting rich off the app store are over.

I noted it above, but Apple has skewed the app store so that the only people that make money are those that already have it.  It's still possible for those that don't have the money to pimp their software to make it... but that's more happenstance than by plan.  I think that's explained on Cliffski's blog (he makes some indie games, and tried to dip into the app store with mixed success) in the article Implications of a global market on random success.

Depressing.

4. You can get a lot of money off just for calling the company.

So, I ordered the computer from Dell.  With the standard support + accidental damage for 1 year, the version I wanted was $800.  I was able to find it on the microsoft store (and if you haven't looked into their signature editions, it's a good way to go... the same computers without the bloatware) after a special promotion for $40 less.  That didn't include tax, so it would have been a bit less, but it included 2 years of enhanced support and accidental damage, and it was going to ship out and be to me within 3 days.  Dell was a couple of weeks.  So I called and explained to the guy in retention (it says a lot that they have to have a retention department).  He said he couldn't give me the extra support (didn't really want it anyway), but he could give me $75 off.  I said, that would only make up for the difference in price... not the timeline nor shipping.  So he made it $100 off, with a 50% chance at expediting the assembly, and FedEx overnight shipping.

All that just for complaining?

The squeaky wheel really does get the oil.

In the end, after trying a Mac, and trying Linux, I just prefer Windows, for all its warts and problems.  It works better for me, and I'm more productive on it.  Who would have thought?
143  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Secure, end-to-end encrypted Cloud storage service (FREE) on: May 29, 2015, 06:42:21 AM
Free? May not be listed but the exe is the same, you just get less storage and less features for free

But you have to be able to make the account.  I have an account, and can still login as my free account.  But it's been removed from the options if you don't already have one from what I can see.
144  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Secure, end-to-end encrypted Cloud storage service (FREE) on: May 28, 2015, 10:31:38 PM
going to the page, there doesn't seem to be a free version of tresorit anymore...
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: May 28, 2015, 01:33:22 PM
Sourceforge has been going downhill for a while now.  That's the reason that Gimp guy stopped using them for his primary downloads.  This is just the latest iteration in their silliness.  No one should view SF as a reputable free software site anymore.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 03:35:49 PM
Expresso is a free alternative.

I had not heard of Expresso. It looked very interesting until I noticed that the last version was released in 2013. That wouldn't be so bad except it's coded to stop working on January 1, 2016.

Is that even after registering?
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 07:04:15 AM
Shame it isn't fully standard in the spec, but crumbs, you're right - the \Q...\E does indeed work to treat chars as literal, at least in Notepad++. Asking at SuperUser.com produced no response, and it was missing from practically all of the tutorials I saw from searching with Google, so I assumed it was impossible.

I've found that on the StackExchange sites with a high volume, valid questions can get lost in the noise... whether its from the time posted, how fast things scroll off the front page, or any variety of other reasons Sad

Glad I could help, though!  And good luck with your program!
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 09:49:03 PM
http://theosquest.com/201...tation-first-impressions/

Bleh.. you have to log into the OS in order to use it.  Unless you use it on an idevice.  There are no desktop apps. 
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 24, 2015, 07:46:12 PM
It's merely a matter of finding out how to do it in most cases with RegEx, rather than it not having the capability.

Case in point:

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Many flavors also support the \Q…\E escape sequence. All the characters between the \Q and the \E are interpreted as literal characters. E.g. \Q*\d+*\E matches the literal text *\d+*. The \E may be omitted at the end of the regex, so \Q*\d+* is the same as \Q*\d+*\E. This syntax is supported by the JGsoft engine, Perl, PCRE, PHP, Delphi, and Java, both inside and outside character classes. Java 4 and 5 have bugs that cause \Q…\E to misbehave, however, so you shouldn't use this syntax with Java.

From http://www.regular-expres...ions.info/characters.html

If it's just for one application, what you're proposing would have less of an uphill battle, I think.  You're proposing not just a software tool, but a standard to be used in searching.  Unless your hypothetical program was an editor also.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 07:42:06 PM
Synology Network Attached Storage.  It's basically a drive with a bare bones CPU that you can get to as an OS and install things for consumption on the network that can access the 'server'.

If it's a synology package, it won't run on anything other than their OS on the box.  I have one, and use it for storage and for a sync service and a few varied other sundry things, and it works well.

[attach=1]

That's an image of the package manager running in their virtual OS.  It *is* proprietary.  I'll take a look at notestation to see if it's something I want to mess around with, but if it's in as unstable a state as the forums seem to indicate, I won't really want to play around with it.  Been down that road before.

UPDATE: I just checked in on the Synology Package Manager, and it's not there.  Sorry, I can't help you as I don't install packages that aren't in the package manager after a particularly bad experience (and the fact that this is my backup box).
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