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76  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.
77  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
78  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.
79  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
80  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.
81  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...
82  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.
83  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.
84  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!
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: To Hell with Net Neutrality: Sprint to charge extra for Facebook access on: July 31, 2014, 09:11:36 AM
It strikes me more as what they see as a way to put a partial "unlimited" data plan in place.

AFAIK, Sprint doesn't offer new subscribers across the board unlimited data plans any more. I'm grandfathered in on one with AT&T. Which unfortunately makes getting a discounted new phone - or changing any of my existing services a lot of fun since I have to walk through a minefield of fine print and customer 'service' doubletalk to avoid 'accidentally' relinquishing my unlimited data plan when I do. (They almost got me last time.)
 undecided

I have one too... and am about to give it up.  I don't use anywhere near 2GB... and the family plan gets us all 10GB to share for a lot less than holding on to my unlimited I never use.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: July 29, 2014, 03:39:48 PM
I had the feeling that this would be the end of this story.  And another blow is dealt to the idea of crowdfunding in the minds of the masses.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 29, 2014, 01:32:12 PM
Given the popularity of the technology, and ease of blending in...those things can be a real bitch to spot. And as a card carrying BOFH, it truly pains me to say it ... But it's damn hard to blame the user for missing one of these.

That's the sad thing.  My wife was apologizing about falling for it, and I was saying that they're getting smarter, and it's harder and harder to tell the difference.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 29, 2014, 01:31:01 PM
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWuo1mweGkg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sWuo1mweGkg</a>

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89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 28, 2014, 07:33:18 PM
Very similar to Truecrypt and why its sudden attempted assassination was all the more ridiculous.

Attempted assassination? You mean TrueCrypt survived? huh

Sorry for going off-topic.

Why yes.  It is hosted in several places, and a branch project has begun.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 28, 2014, 04:12:10 PM
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 28, 2014, 04:07:34 PM
Where to store the "critical data" then?

Dumb Terminals/Thin Clients connect to your own servers.  That's been a concept for a while...
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: July 28, 2014, 02:57:50 PM
I got a hot dog on a stick and left.

I still say you got the better value for what you're looking for.  tongue
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 28, 2014, 02:56:23 PM
I hope "store your critical data on machines you don't own" wasn't serious either...

He didn't say that.

Rule 0: No critical data is ever to be stored on a workstation.

Precisely. Store it in the Cloud!

That's the whole of that exchange.  Which isn't what he was saying, ergo, your response was... either sarcastic or asinine.  Or maybe both.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 28, 2014, 08:27:16 AM
Store it in the Cloud!

Generally speaking, how much do you trust Cloud? I know that even Cloud is (as expected) under attack.



That wasn't a serious statement nor contribution to the thread.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 08:53:36 PM
But to actively cripple something that people paid for?  And release a less robust version?

Wait a second... Is this a push to cripple the app? I also bought QuickOffice, but rarely use it. I simply bought it for that one rare occasion in the future when I'll "need it right bloody now!"

Updating software to cripple it is below low. It's kind of hard to believe. Is that right? Am I reading wrong?

Nope, you're not reading wrong.  And yes, they crippled it.  Look at the review page for the google version of QuickOffice.  QuickOffice Pro HD isn't available anymore.  And I was in that same boat... I rarely used it, but when I needed it, it was good.  Not anymore.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: July 27, 2014, 02:19:21 PM
The conclusion that I think I'm drawing is that I should have long ago switched to the paid version of spybot if I want AV...
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Director wants his film on The Pirate Bay, pirates deliver… on: July 27, 2014, 02:14:08 PM
What a lack of effort. The director is of course not a nincompoop, I hope, so maybe he is a stranger to computers, the Internet, YouTube and such? I mean, the movie he has uploaded is merely 320x240 pixels - I will not watch 81 minutes in such a microscopic format - and the dialogue is all in Dutch and not subtitled!

Who is he uploading for?


If it's an older film, there probably is *not* HD footage in existence.  So he uploaded what he had.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What about Condaleezza Rice and Dropbox? on: July 27, 2014, 02:13:25 PM
If MaidSafe "maid" it to Forbes (ha!) do you think its managed to magically go under the NSA's radar?

BTW, always wanted to be a "farmer" - hay fever stopped me.

You don't have to magically do anything.  It's more a matter of resolve and transparency.  With the source being OSS, it's a bit harder to sneak things in.  Very similar to Truecrypt and why its sudden attempted assassination was all the more ridiculous.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Does google have to be *everywhere*? on: July 27, 2014, 12:43:09 PM
... and in such a toxic fashion?

There was an app I used on iOS... QuickOffice HD Pro.  Paid good money for it too.  Allowed me to access and edit my documents from dropbox, google drive, one drive, webdav, etc.

Google bought them.  Then proceeded to 'update' the app so that it didn't have connectivity.  Then they released another one, for free... that only included links to google drive.

I have no problems with the purchase... it happens.  Or even a lack of support... like Amazon did with Stanza.  It sucks, but ... that's the market.

But to actively cripple something that people paid for?  And release a less robust version?

That's just underhanded.

http://www.pcworld.com/ar...le-productivity-apps.html

This has apparently been happening slowly... but since I use it only under certain circumstances, I'd not noticed it until yesterday.

*sigh*
100  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Anybody use or familiar with Roll20? on: July 27, 2014, 12:36:09 PM
If money is no object, FG is the best.  The only downside at that time becomes you have to have it installed, and licensed,

Thanks! Money is less an issue than the fact FG has the Call of Cthulhu ruleset - and especially a Masks of Nylarthotep module all set up and ready to go.

The people who are interested in this simply want to play the Masks of Nylarthotep campaign. So having it available for purchase at a reasonable price makes it a no-brainer. Figure $149 for the FG-Ultimate license plus $15 for the CoC ruleset and $25 for the MoN module comes out to $189 - which when divided among 8 players comes out to just under $24 each. That's very doable.

They also need to move quickly since Masks has a very long story arc which will take (roughly) the better part of a year for the average gaming circle to complete. Because of that, it's hard to assemble a group of players who are willing to commit to doing it. So it's best not to keep them waiting too long to start.
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One thing I will caution you about.  Try the trial first.  It has very specific needs as far as networking is concerned.  I still haven't gotten it flawlessly set up for some of my remote players.

They are very active on the forums and in help, and there's a lot of documentation there, however, as befits a premium product.  It's just premium, and using disparate networks for the transport... so it can be fiddly.
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