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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 05, 2013, 11:59:19 AM
It's only going to get worse as consumers are pushed to cloud services - hell if you buy a Windows 8 machine most people seem to think that HAVE to sign up for a Windows Live (aka hotmail) account and have their machine permanently linked to Microsoft's servers.

Precisely. Angry

Once again Carol is spot on. Thmbsup

Right now I'm dealing with two small companies that have brought in Windows 8. Every single Win 8 installation they've done so far was set up with Windows Live. When I asked them why they did that, they said (as Carol observed) they didn't think they had a choice in the matter. And if Microsoft's app store ever catches on, you really won't have a choice since you'll need to have a Live account to use it.

Sorry. But this really sucks. thumb down

It's pretty obvious in the setup, IMO.  huh

And you can also set up your account with 2-stage authentication that way.
2602  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review on: March 04, 2013, 11:35:28 AM
Are these libraries indexed in place?  Or are they truly imported into Qigga's data structure?
2603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Russell Holly returned his Microsoft Surface Pro - A Cautionary Tale on: March 04, 2013, 10:09:32 AM
I guess I'm just old fashioned enough to feel that if you're a company with the resources and budget Microsoft can bring to bear on product development, it's not unreasonable to expect a device that works as advertised - and have a company that is willing and able to stand behind it.

But they were.  And they did.  There was a problem with a couple of CS reps, and all the person could say was I'm sorry about the issue, because they weren't those people.  They also did help him that same night, though just with a refund.  And he even said from research that it appeared to be an isolated issue.

It wasn't that the hardware wasn't bad.  It wasn't that it didn't work for him.  It wasn't that he didn't like it.

It was that he had a bad experience with CS.

If he had prefaced the article with that, and/or put that in the title, I'd not have a problem with it.  But it's a tech site, complaining about CS, and not being overly up front about that fact in the title or at the beginning of the article.

That's my problem with it.
2604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Russell Holly returned his Microsoft Surface Pro - A Cautionary Tale on: March 04, 2013, 08:37:11 AM
Hmmm... this comment sums up my feelings after reading that article.

Seriously? You've "returned Surface Pro, and unlikely to purchase another piece of hardware directly from Microsoft ever again" because one Microsoft store you came to happened to be closed and another was too long a drive to make it that very night? And you think this is a story worth publishing to millions of people?

It's like those people on newegg that give 1 star reviews to Asus motherboards because FedEx took too long to deliver.
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You Don’t Want Super-High-Speed Internet... on: March 01, 2013, 10:27:28 AM
I think that this is the same as Kotick's remarks to gamers- the sign that a company doesn't really respect its consumers.

Hey!  I was actually civil with that remark...  I should get cookies! smiley

For more interesting reading, see Gamasutra's response.
2606  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / You Don’t Want Super-High-Speed Internet... on: March 01, 2013, 06:33:10 AM
...Says Time Warner Cable

Sounds like a joke with a bad punchline.  But it's not.

Photo: Flickr/Tristan Schmurr

You Don’t Want Super-High-Speed Internet, Says Time Warner Cable (via Wired)

(I started to start this in the basement, just because of the response I wanted to give.  But I refrained, so at least it can start here.)
2607  Other Software / Community Giveaways / 1 Copy of Trine up for grabs (on SteamGifts) on: February 28, 2013, 06:01:10 PM

Experimenting with using SteamGifts to get rid of all of my additional copies of games.  Up for grabs this time is Trine, a fantasy action game where the player can create and use physics-based objects to beat hazardous puzzles and threatening enemies.

I've set the following restrictions on this giveaway:
1. You must be a member of the DonationCoder Steam group.
2. You must be at least a supporting member.  If you are a participant and want to enter, message me and I'll decide based on your participation in the Community.

It starts tomorrow, March 1st, and runs through March 15th.  I have a whole spreadsheet of stuff to give away, so this is just the first in this series.

Link to Giveaway

Let me know if you have any questions (or suggestions).

2608 Software / JGPaiva's GridMove and Ahk Tools / Re: GridMove at github on: February 28, 2013, 12:46:14 PM
I went through this a little bit ago, and from my research, I'd say just write it, using another license as a base- or just use the CC-BY-NC-SA that you're using as they just recommend that you don't use it, mostly because of the terminology, which really only comes into effect if you plan on enforcing it through legal means. 

The only way the license really means anything is if it is enforced, and the only way that happens if you're not going to do it is by using a license that the FSF (I hate that appropriation of the word free... but that's a bigger issue) supports, so that they can go after the offender.

A couple of references that I found before:
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why a one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router. on: February 28, 2013, 12:33:50 PM
Some good ones smiley

 onfire tease wallbash
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why a one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router. on: February 28, 2013, 11:44:19 AM
^ That was more my point.
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why a one-room West Virginia library runs a $20,000 Cisco router. on: February 28, 2013, 10:57:23 AM
Paying your fair share of taxes is not the problem here.

I'd disagree.  I see the point that you're making- that it's the use (and the people) that spawns the waste.

Let's look at it from a different perspective.  If you were paying a utility for a service, and they squandered the monies that had been paid, but didn't have the money left to provide you with your basic services, what would be your option?  You'd switch.

Our government is not able to provide basic services- in some cases schools are having budgets cut because the local municipality doesn't have the money, and the government investment has gone down. But the library next door has a $25,000 router needlessly, that could have funded some of the programs that were cut.

What are your options?  You don't have the option as you do with the utility, i.e. put your money somewhere that better makes use of the funds.  You don't have the option with Social Security to put your money somewhere that you will be able to make use of it when you need it rather than trust that it will be there, even when all indications point to 'no'.

That's why I think that paying your fair share comes into the equation.

That's the main reason why I don't respond to RFPs from government (or non-profits) any more. Too many "cozy arrangements" and "unvoiced understandings" lurking inside the process. Most times, the preferred vendor has already been selected. The RFP 'cattle call' is only to secure the requisite number of "additional competitive bids" (as required by law) before awarding the contract to the party they originally intended to hand it to.

I found that out the hard way after spending several hours, and not a few dollars to come up with a competitive proposal for a couple of RFPs.  The same people would win... and I also found out that if you curried favor with those people, you could get some of the 'subcontracts' before hand.
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keep a roll of toilet paper in your car's trunk on: February 26, 2013, 03:17:26 PM
^ That's pretty cool smiley
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keep a roll of toilet paper in your car's trunk on: February 26, 2013, 02:12:42 PM
Strangely enough, tissue doesn't work as well.  embarassed
2614  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / The StoryBundle Indie Fantasy Bundle on: February 26, 2013, 11:40:29 AM
StoryBundle's Indie Fantasy Bundle of reading goodness is available at

The titles in StoryBundle's Indie Fantasy Bundle include:

The Book of Deacon - Books 1 & 2 by Joseph Lallo
The Second Coming by David H. Burton
The Duchess of the Shallows by Neil McGarry and Daniel Ravipinto
Sword and Chant by Blair MacGregor
The Tormay Trilogy - Books 1 & 2 by Christopher Bunn
Strange Places by Jefferson Smith

If you pay more than the bonus price of just $10, you get two bonus books, which are the third and final books in The Book of Deacon and The Tormay Trilogies:

The Book of Deacon - Book 3: The Battle of Verril by Joseph Lallo
The Tormay Trilogy - Book 3 by Christopher Bunn

As a special treat for our readers, Joseph Lallo and Christopher Bunn have both created special editions of their trilogies just for StoryBundle. Each author has combined the first two volumes of their three-volume series into one special edition. We've also included part three of the series as bonus titles, because we're sure you'll enjoy these fantastic stories and want to see them through to their thrilling conclusions.

For more info on the Indie Fantasy Bundle, visit our news page. Whether you're a fantasy fanatic or new to the genre, we know you'll love this one.
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal users are frauds :-( on: February 26, 2013, 08:08:50 AM
Yes, I know wraith, I had to be prepared for extended periods of time with no income or work. Sometimes I was and sometimes I was not. Or to spend the time and money preparing and getting to a job, only to be turned down due to a customer's whim or weather or some other reason. Or doing a large job that takes a couple of weeks and to wait, minimum, 30 days for payment. Here in the usa, the best advertisement is by way of the yellow pages, (for my type of work) and they know it, very expensive. Word of mouth happened a lot, but the phone rang more via the yellow pages.

edit- and yeah I got burned on a few jobs for a substantial amount of money, not many times but enough to demand cash in advance from certain types of corporations, or avoid them completely

It's different when it's something to do with getting payment, vs retrieving your payments from the service.  And it's different when it's unreasonable.  I had a situation where I was contracting with a large firm, and they said it was to take 30 days to get paid from the time I submitted my first invoice.  I normally had 60 days set aside, but set aside 4 months.  I didn't get paid for 6 months.  The difference between not being prepared and unreasonable.  That's not a normal cost of business when you are working and accruing, but not getting the money that was accrued, especially when you have overhead.

In the end, each business has to see what the acceptable risks are.  And for more and more people, Paypal is becoming not an acceptable risk.  And you can't blame them for saying that, if its their choice- just pay as they will accept, or take your business elsewhere.  Would I go back to that company?  If I were still in their system... yes.  If not... no.  If a company can't pay me in 6 months, yeah, I avoid them completely.
2616  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: A way to look at software design on: February 25, 2013, 09:11:52 PM
Hmmm... in a lot of cases if you respond, you'll end up responding forever, and never address the underlying need.  I see what he's saying, but it seems a bit simplistic in any case when you're dealing with a changing environment.
2617  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal users are frauds :-( on: February 25, 2013, 09:09:32 PM
As a seller or buyer one should not let paypal have direct access to your bank account.

You don't have to.  It takes a while before the funds to become available for you to transfer.  At any given time if you're selling anything but one-off's through there, you'll have a the minimum a few days worth of funds tied up with them, even if you're conscientious about transferring as soon as able.  The more likely scenario is having a week's worth.  

So take a week's worth of sales tied up for months.  That's enough to kill a lot of small businesses.
2618  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PayPal users are frauds :-( on: February 25, 2013, 08:17:28 PM
Yeah but so what.. if a user is going to do that then they weren't going to purchase from you anyway, so what do you care if they got a free license key or not.

It's not that simple.  Paypal is pretty heavy handed from the seller side.  And you can easily lose not just the single sale, but anything that you have sitting in your Paypal account.

This report just made me find the first genuinely useful use for DRM: if a scammer tries to get free software, you could just revoke his key. (even without DRM, you can always make sure that the scammer's key won't work for the next versions)

This reminds me of some software (that I can't recall at the moment) that worked their money back guarantee like so:

  - when you buy the software, you got a time-limited key (say a 60-day key).
  - if you asked for a refund withing the 30-day guarantee period, then they gave you your money back and that was that - all you had was a key that would expire in a few weeks.
  - after 30 days passed without a refund request, they sent you a permanent key so your software wouldn't time out.

It was a bit confusing, but not terribly so. But I imagine it had a heavier than usual support requirement on the vendor.

I saw software like that too, and from that standpoint it makes sense.

I have had this happen to me a few times before and you do lose money.

Let's not forget shipping fees, which can be not an insignificant part of operating expenses if you're dealing with a physical item.
2619  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: 1 Copy of Left 4 Dead 2 giveaway :P *Open for another 21 hours * on: February 25, 2013, 10:37:30 AM
I have spoken with llc_silly, and he is going to pm sulc84 directly about the giveaway and the confusion.  In the end, the winner is of the SteamGifts giveaway was sulc84.   But there were several outside of the SG site rules that were not followed, and so he is exercising his right not to award the game.

His reasons in short:

1. You are one of the users joining for nothing other than the giveaway.  This is a community giveaway, and you didn't join to be part of the community.
2. You didn't follow my instructions, i.e. write down your steam username and post here after the entering.

In short, log in to SG, then mark my gift as not received, and that is it.

We will be using SteamGifts for futher giveaways, as I think it's a good platform for that, and thanks to LLC_silly for pioneering this.  But we will be locking it to the DonationCoder group on steam in the future.

Thanks, and if you have any further issues, take it up by PM or on SteamGifts off the board, in deference to the rest of the community, and Mouser's wishes.  My apologies for any confusion and such generated, but this is/will be a process with its own growing pains.
2620  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander text expander for Windows, free today only and Pro at 40% off on: February 24, 2013, 11:20:53 PM
BartelsMedia is a different developer.  The developer of this software is Andrea Nagar/Nagarsoft.  BartelsMedia develops PhraseExpress.  I think you've conflated the two software products.  Even in your excerpt you've posted, it's PhraseExpress.  Mentioning both in the same thread never leads to anything good.  Please, if you wish to continue discussion, do it in another thread so as to keep the two separate, or it will most likely get ugly.  (not that it won't now).
2621  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander text expander for Windows, free today only and Pro at 40% off on: February 24, 2013, 08:02:37 AM
I use Direct Access, and unless they changed when they became PhraseExpress, there's an option to export, as shown in the image below.


Was this taken out?

I've also never seen the promotion that you refer to from them (from others, but not Nagar), other than to the mailing list that I'm on.  I've not upgraded because DA does exactly what I wanted, and the upgrade to PhraseExpress seemed to be more geared to put themselves firmly in the Medical Transcription area, which wasn't what I bought it for. (And as such, also a significant increase in price, which was too much for what i needed)
2622  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: 1 Copy of Left 4 Dead 2 giveaway :P *Open for another 21 hours * on: February 23, 2013, 05:02:31 PM
I'm locking this thread until further notice.  If you wish to contact a moderator, llc_silly, or Steam Gifts directly to resolve, please do so.

Remember that, as Stephen said above, this community giveaway section is for the community, and to foster a sense of community and a way to distribute things that we have and may want to pay forward, not a general way to get free stuff by joining.  Please keep the spirit of the giveaways in mind when applying.
2623  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Giveaway Rule Suggestion. on: February 23, 2013, 04:47:57 PM
I totally agree, and contacted llc_silly in that regard.  That was what he had meant, and had set that as a rule on his giveaway.
2624  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: February 22, 2013, 06:38:38 AM
However, it seems that Synergy is excluded from interacting with any program running in admin mode.

Where did you find this?  And is your normal account an admin?
2625  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: 1 Copy of Left 4 Dead 2 giveaway :P *Open for another 21 hours * on: February 20, 2013, 08:06:23 AM
Thanks for making this... and giving me an idea! smiley
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