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2601  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Toshiba laptop service manuals and the sorry state of copyright law on: November 10, 2012, 05:38:46 PM
For three years I have run Tim's Laptop Manuals, where laptop repair manuals are free for all to download and use. Toshiba have now used copyright to force me to take down all Toshiba service manuals.


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As you would be no doubt already aware, I run a section of my blog here devoted to the free sharing of laptop service manuals. This is a side project I have run for the last three years, gathering as many repair manuals as I could find on the internet and rehosting them on my website for anybody to download and use.

I have unhappy news for you all. Since I was first contacted by Toshiba Australia’s legal department, I have been attempting to discuss with them the potential for me to continue to share their laptop service manuals on my site. Their flat and final response was “You do not have permission [to disseminate Toshiba copyright material] nor will it be granted to you in the foreseeable future.” As a result, all Toshiba material that was on my website is now gone, permanently.

More at link.
2602  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Funny Comments in Your Code? on: November 10, 2012, 10:49:19 AM
It was liberally laced with profanity, and just hilarious!

I did this before, to earn an achievement in VSembarassed

I've never seen that before! Love it~! cheesy

There is an extension for VS that tracks achievements: http://channel9.msdn.com/achievements/visualstudio

I know you're getting away from MS, so not sure how much that will be for you, but it's pretty hilarious, especially since I get them on the xbox and steam...
2603  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Funny Comments in Your Code? on: November 10, 2012, 10:48:10 AM
^ It's funny how I'm proud of my solution- then when I go back to it, it's like 'Did I write this?'.
2604  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sign of the times for OpenSource software? on: November 09, 2012, 11:36:16 PM
Taking the devil's advocate position:

The 7-zip vs. commercial is actually disingenous, because the easier route would be to just use Windows.  You might counter with the Linux argument, but you've already gone out of the way to go the Linux route- no matter what else you might say about it, it's *not* as easy to install as Windows.

For the paint.net vs photoshop example-  If you need the facilities of photoshop, then paint.net (as good of a program as it is) won't fit the bill.  (And of course, there's that whole bit with FOSS that I don't agree with that makes Paint.NET not free software... but that's a tangent)

I do, however, get what you're saying as far as there is a happy convergence at times, which is why I said usually.  However, I think that the usually still applies.
2605  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sign of the times for OpenSource software? on: November 09, 2012, 10:42:49 PM
That's a matter of time.  Usually philosophical reasons make you take a less efficient and less convenient route, i.e. cost you more time.

I think that's a point where we'll never agree. I see no reason why philosophical reasons can't make you more efficient or lead you down a more convenient route, costing you less time and money. It can go either way.

Not saying that it couldn't... especially in the long run.  But in the short run... show me a case.
2606  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Funny Comments in Your Code? on: November 09, 2012, 10:41:52 PM
It was liberally laced with profanity, and just hilarious!

I did this before, to earn an achievement in VSembarassed
2607  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 09, 2012, 10:07:54 PM
That sucks to hear that you went through it, but it in some small way helps to know that someone knows what it is (and yours definitely sounds worse than mine).  It's just strange when you think that things are Black and White one day, then a judge says something that dumps a can of gray paint over your head.

 Sad

But I guess the point I make with judges doing things like this is that it's really just to make a statement.  It doesn't do anything, and even if they posted the most heartfelt apology, would anyone believe it?  It's just a flexing of muscle on a different level, and sets precedent for similar meaningless punishments in the future.

Precedent is a good principle, but when precedent ends up being, "We've been screwing everyone else, so because we've been violent towards others, we get to be violent towards you and screw you any way we darn well feel like," well, I don't think that appealing to a precedent of violence and oppression is ever justified.

Oh, i didn't mean it that way, or that precedent was even a good principle.  I just meant that without precedent (and without being *called* on the precedent, which is stupid) one judge won't overturn another, for fear that they will be on the other side- it's a form of 'professional courtesy'.  And I had a copy of the law in court, and the judge outright told me that if I wanted to bring up the letter of the law, that I should have gotten a lawyer.  And without one, the law in his court was what he said it was.  (And of course, if I had the money for a lawyer, I wouldn't have been in court, so there's that too).

Bah.
2608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple Apologise to Samsung - yeah right! on: November 09, 2012, 08:46:42 PM
Actually, I totally disagree with this 'freedom' that judges have in many cases to come up with strange and contrary to the norm punishment, especially when it takes away freedom of others by forcing them to do arbitrary things that are not enforced by precedent.  It seems cool in cases- but what it does in practice is make their courtrooms into their little fiefdoms where they can do anything they want.  Fine them, impose sanctions... fine.  But to force someone to make a statement that you know they don't believe?

Believe me, if you'd been on the other side, like I have, and know that you have some sanction imposed on you that you have no way out of because there's no precedent in law and thus no way to appeal (because judges won't turn over without precedent in appeal, at least for the little people), it's very frustrating and disheartening.

/rant
2609  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 08:28:48 PM
Have you turned off UAC just to see if they work?

No, I haven't. I thought that would create some vulnerabilities... I did look into some workarounds to get rid of them per specific software but I haven't got around to trying them yet.

Oh, I didn't mean permanently- I meant to see if UAC was the problem.  That could be just a red herring.
2610  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sign of the times for OpenSource software? on: November 09, 2012, 08:27:59 PM
I think in the end it comes down to a simple equation based on the two most limited resources people have - money and time.  Whichever one of those wins out will dictate what they gravitate to- everything else is just framing that argument.

I'd add in Stallman's position there. There are philosophical reasons to use freedom software. They're not really affected by price so much.

That's a matter of time.  Usually philosophical reasons make you take a less efficient and less convenient route, i.e. cost you more time.
2611  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 05:05:37 PM
Have you turned off UAC just to see if they work?  Perhaps it's that interaction that's causing the problem.  Not sure... but this just interests me, and I don't have anything like it to test.
2612  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 03:03:09 PM
Did you try compatibility mode?  That fixed most (if not all) of my compatibility issues.  Just right click, select properties, and select the compatibility tab, and set the compatibility mode option to Windows XP SP3.  Unless you're running off a network drive or optical drive, it should allow you to select that option.

Thanks for the suggestion. Yes, I did, but it doesn't seem to make any difference in my case for some reason.

Hmmm... I know its off-topic, but what kind of errors were you receiving after you did this?
2613  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 12:31:22 PM
What software? Maybe someone here is familiar with it and can say if it works on Windows 8. I have so far only tried Windows 8 in virtualization but everything I've tried to installed has worked fine.

Okay, my main concern would be Outline 4D (formerly known as StoryView 2.0, which I also have), but other oldies include Maxthink, BrainStorm, and Natara Bonsai. When I switched from XP to Win7 for example it was an unpleasant surprise that some software forced me to upgrade by simply not being compatible at all (such as EndNote), or by starting to crash (Adobe Acrobat Professional 6, Jasc Paint Shop Pro 8 etc.). The latter I don't want to upgrade because I don't think they're worth the money, but I was annoyed that I was forced to look for alternatives.


Did you try compatibility mode?  That fixed most (if not all) of my compatibility issues.  Just right click, select properties, and select the compatibility tab, and set the compatibility mode option to Windows XP SP3.  Unless you're running off a network drive or optical drive, it should allow you to select that option.
2614  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 12:08:17 PM
The problem with Vista was perception, and MS being unable to get ahead of the PR curve.

The problem with Vista was the hardware manufacturers tried to get away with - it required significantly better spec hardware than Windows 7 to get it to run at a decent speed - in particular memory optimisation was an issue.

Actually, I think the original part of the quote speaks to that better, i.e.

Actually, Vista is a matter for discussion/personal experience.

I didn't have the same experience.  My laptop wasn't ahead of the curve- neither were any of the other machines I used Vista on, and didn't have that problem.  That's what the last part of that meant- people had problems in their personal experiences, and because they weren't able to get ahead of that sample in their negativity towards Vista in their PR, it affected the collective views towards it.
2615  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 09, 2012, 10:34:27 AM
Actually, Vista is a matter for discussion/personal experience.  I personally had no problems with Vista.  I used it for years on my laptop without problems, and now my daughter is using that laptop and still has no problems.  The problem with Vista was perception, and MS being unable to get ahead of the PR curve.  ME was a totally different thing- it had serious problems that they never really addressed.  But Vista was different, at least IME.
2616  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sign of the times for OpenSource software? on: November 09, 2012, 10:32:15 AM
I think in the end it comes down to a simple equation based on the two most limited resources people have - money and time.  Whichever one of those wins out will dictate what they gravitate to- everything else is just framing that argument.
2617  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 09, 2012, 10:25:11 AM
PhilSnooper found  it at [REMOVED BY MOUSER]
So now that he's posted it anyway....   How did you find it?


ARGH!  My suppositions were correct... but mouser cheated!  He abbreviated it ESR!
2618  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 09, 2012, 08:01:30 AM
So... is the beta posted somewhere yet?  I see that ewemoa has it also?
2619  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Disney acquires Lucasfilm for 4.05 billion dollars. Star Wars Ep VII due in 2015 on: November 08, 2012, 08:51:39 PM
But yeah, the original story is pretty much over, I agree.

Actually... not.  I was more right than I knew when I said the bit about legacies, I guess...  Grin
2620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 08, 2012, 08:50:11 PM
Windows 7 won't become a rarity overnight, and Microsoft will surely fix windows 8 in SP1, just as it did with Vista every other version of Windows.

FTFY  Cool

I've not known a version of Windows to be solid the first iteration yet.  It's just with some iterations, people forget it more than others.  Grin
2621  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 08, 2012, 08:30:34 PM
Sorry Sad  I was trying to find your carefully hidden download, and came across it.
2622  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 08, 2012, 08:03:42 PM
Note: There's an Easy Screen Recorder already, so not sure if that affects your choice of name Sad

http://www.easyscreenrecorder.com/


...and I give up. smiley
2623  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 08, 2012, 05:00:37 PM
I'm thinking outside the box and saying that to look at his other apps, and the link is similar, i.e.

http://www.donationcoder....Mouser/scscreencaster/etc

or

http://www.donationcoder....asyScreencastRecorder/etc

but those are just off the top of my head (and both return 404s)
2624  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Storybundle on: November 08, 2012, 03:21:19 PM
Storybundle has a new batch of DRM-free e-books available.

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We're currently featuring The Halloween Horror Bundle. This time we're offering eight fantastic horror and dark fantasy ebooks for one pay-what-you-want price, all selected by esteemed author and past Horror Writers Association President Joseph Nassise. Check out each book by clicking the cover to read a preview and selected reviews. Learn more.
2625  DonationCoder.com Software / Easy Screencast Recorder / Re: Easy Screencast Recorder - NANY 2013 Entry on: November 08, 2012, 03:02:01 PM
Good choice!  I like that a lot better.
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