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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: January 01, 2015, 11:58:05 AM
Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders  The Security Ledger

Way more believable than the official version.

I think it's a combination, truth be told.

Meh, disgruntled ex employee spun into publicity stunt makes way more sense than North Korea giving a shit about some silly assed movie..

...Just saying man ... Walks like a duck... Wink

North Korea has already said they cared about the movie... and considered it an act of war.  Any rational person would agree with you.  But the leadership of NK isn't exactly rational right now.
77  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: New EU VAT rules change the game for digital businesses on: December 31, 2014, 09:11:31 PM
I just don't get the taxation of digital goods.  Even for *local* US municipalities, taxes aren't collected on such.

Just a few large ones I frequent: Drive-Thru RPG, Manning, Apress, O'reilly...

It's not a physical product... so I don't see why it should be treated as such.
78  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release: MarkdownBuddy on: December 31, 2014, 09:04:09 PM
Updated with the final release.

Sorry, wraith, I can't test this version any longer as I had to delete it from my system. I suspected that the PDF widget in there may have interfered with my PDF-Xchange Printer Lite 2012 driver. When I tried printing a PDF from MS Word today, it all came out blank, which never happened before. I can't be certain that it's your app, as I also had Acrobat Reader updated yesterday (so it could be that), but after deleting the Markdownbuddy folder and restarting the system my driver came back to life. As I said above, for me there is no value added in having the PDF save option, as I can do that myself.

I downloaded the PDF-Xchange Printer Lite 2012 driver and installed it on two different computers (my test computer and my development computer) and MarkdownBuddy didn't interfere with the driver.  I don't think that the libraries interfered with yours... though with more information I could perhaps locate something?
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: December 31, 2014, 12:05:38 PM
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80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 31, 2014, 11:57:00 AM
Clues In Sony Hack Point To Insiders  The Security Ledger

Way more believable than the official version.

I think it's a combination, truth be told.
81  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CintaNotes Giveaway + 30% Discount on: December 26, 2014, 07:53:23 AM
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82  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 26, 2014, 07:52:22 AM
^I probably should have made myself clearer.

I don't think the entire thing was planned as a publicity stunt for precisely the reasons you've given.

I was talking about what I suspect was an attempt to garner sympathy from the public by pulling the movie from theaters.

Unfortunately for Sony Entertainment, most people thought that was fairly gutless. And it was only when Mr. Obama chided them for "caving" that Sony suddenly saw fit to tell us "it was the theaters" (and not very many as it turned out) whose "concerns" they were attempting to accommodate.

The original announcement they were pulling the movie was what I thought was the publicity stunt. Especially since they had no assurances they could trust that not showing the picture would stop further disclosures. They would have been crazy to think that alone would be enough to make them stop.

And now the mothership from Tokyo is taking a more active role in overseeing their semi-autonomous American subsidiary. Knowing a bit about how Japan conducts business, that seems to indicate a major management decision went wrong, and the big boys saw the need to get directly involved. That's not something they do lightly.

If heads in marketing start to gently roll at Sony Entertainment within 6 months after the dust settles, I'll be firmly convinced this is precisely what went down.

Ah, I understand... and totally agree.  Sony Japan likes to continue with the carefully calculated fiction that Sony of America is independent... and having to go against that is going to cause blood to run in the corp, I think.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 25, 2014, 11:01:16 PM
This whole fiasco is looking more like a publicity stunt to me.

It's a distinct possibility.

The reason that I don't think that is because of *what* was released.  It wasn't just embarrassing to Sony, it was potentially damaging.  And not just to this movie, either.  Not worth it as a publicity stunt.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Holidays! on: December 25, 2014, 12:08:00 PM
Happy Hanawanaxmas!

...

or Merry Christmas and Happy New NANY!  Grin
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: December 25, 2014, 12:02:44 PM
Gremlins?  Psht.


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86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: December 24, 2014, 09:39:59 PM
Mine Are:
- Cyberduck
- Directory Opus
- Scrivener
- Zeus Text Editor
- Writemonkey
- Texthaven
- True Launch Bar
- Notation
- Evernote
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 24, 2014, 10:35:14 AM
Google Wave was a (half-hearted) attempt. And it got got flamed down, before it even got a chance to come to fruition.

As it was in development still, encryption could have been a building block, instead of a bolted-on thing for almost all other forms of communication.

Knotable is wave like, but also interacts with e-mail.  And I still haven't found as much of a way to use it as e-mail. 
88  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Version 1.55 - a Significant Release: Please Read Carefully on: December 23, 2014, 10:16:57 PM
Sorry to dredge this all up again. But I think it's important to not have people get the wrong impression of what went down. And although I'm possibly the biggest F/OSS advocate and cheerleader here at DoCo, I get no pleasure seeing somebody walk away who feels (correctly or incorrectly) that they've just been screwed over royally by the GPL. Because, with something like the F/OSS movement - which is entirely dependent on trust and goodwill to accomplish its goals -  hard feelings can't benefit anybody.

No... glad that you put this here, because I couldn't speak to it.  But I do remember it was one of the things that made me realize I'd never work on, nor release software under the GPL.
89  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Version 1.55 - a Significant Release: Please Read Carefully on: December 23, 2014, 08:10:38 PM
I would love to bring the UN-Oficial version's code in house and have it added to the code Database.

A part of me still holds out hope that this most potentially excellent of launchers will resurrect at some point, and be free and open source again.
I suspect that legally the whole thing is still covered by the original open source licence. I don't think that was ever changed. iirc it came as a shock to the developer that he wasn't free just to say it was private and charge for it. Of course, being open source does not mean that the source code was actually released, simply that it should have been. But it would mean that the availability of the .exe is legitimate.

Let's leave that in the past.  From what I understand, Markham completely rewrote it (in which case it wouldn't be covered) and people accused him of just using the original source without viable proof, and that's what caused the whole meltdown.  Better without proof of wrongdoing to leave it in the past.
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mailbird on: December 23, 2014, 06:31:27 PM
I tried it.  It's now uninstalled.  Didn't actually *do* anything to my mailbox, and stopped responding.  meh.
91  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / TaskCatcher Sneak Preview Beta! on: December 23, 2014, 10:39:48 AM
You can't keep a good developer down... and with WinPatrol in good hands with RuiWare, BillP has moved on to TaskCatcher

From the site:

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Task Catcher Sneak Preview Beta!

Current customers have access to all proposed features. In appreciation to long time fans of BillP you can purchase Task Catcher during our Sneak Preview for only $9.95. That's 50% off the launch cost of a single user license.

When I first created Task Catcher I had grand expectations to manage the research and development of both WinPatrol and Task Catcher. Due to popularity of WinPatrol my attention to Task Catcher suffered. Now, WinPatrol is being enhanced by new technology from Ruiware and I have time to make Task Catcher a program I wouldn’t want to be without.

Current Preview Task Catcher v1.9.5.0.

My goal is to create an app that I can use on both my phone and desktop. Microsoft has made it possible to use their new technology in ways even they didn't imagine. I have improved and updated the Windows Desktop app giving it many of the tweaks I used to optimize WinPatrol. Task Catcher isn't like WinPatrol but it has been written in C and optimized to run in the background without interfering with your computer or its performance. It uses a “Windows Hook” allowing it to sleep until a task is either created or destroyed. Even then it has little work to do. What I learn optimizing the Desktop app will be added to the mobile versions along with unique new functionality.

Task Catcher isn’t a replacement for Task Manager or a competitor for Process Explorer. I did however take advantage of user testing Microsoft did when they updated their own Windows Task/Process Manager, Microsoft Building Windows 8 - Task Manager I’ve taken the best of their research and applied it to Task Catcher but mostly I listened to the existing users and have added the features they have patiented waited for.
Task Catcher has specific functionality that will be tested in our first sneak preview while other functionality and interface improvements are added.

Track Programs
One of the newest features added to Task Catcher we'll track how often you spend running your favorite programs. The Sneak Peview will show you simple statistics and depending on user feedback you may see unique data compatible with your favorite spreadsheet. You should also see date and times formatted correctly for your region.You can tell Task Catcher which programs you depend on and it will make sure that your required program is always running. If Task Catcher doesn't see your "Watched" program, it will alert you or automatically restart it. The choice is always yours.

Watch List
You can tell Task Catcher which programs you depend on and it will make sure that your required program is always running. If Task Catcher doesn't see your "Watched" program, it will alert you or automatically restart it. The choice is always yours.

Blocked List
Sometimes there are programs you never want started on your system. Programs added to your Block List will automatically be shut down when detected by Task Catcher.
Task Catcher will allow you to create a Block List of programs you want to make sure the kids can never run.


92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 09:33:51 PM
Opt-in combined with a non-confrontational and measured tit-for-tat game strategy! It's a very powerful and attractive concept once you start thinking along those lines. Cool

All very good points.  I'm assuming also that since media connects to an unknown resource, it would be media unfriendly?  And what about attachments and such?
93  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Version 1.55 - a Significant Release: Please Read Carefully on: December 22, 2014, 03:36:50 PM
Maybe since CD has its own section, we should sticky an announcement for any that happen to find their way here?
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 12:12:42 PM
Just for conversation's sake... what would that look like from the abstract?  Maybe we can hash it out?  Any thoughts?

My requirements for adoption are simple.  Not real-time, and not brief form- though it would support almost real-time and brief form communications.
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 11:46:10 AM
@40 - to respond to both of yours in a cheeky manner...

But... chat clients aren't text only anymore either.  So don't they have the same ticking bomb?

 Grin Grin Grin
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: For better security, maybe it's time to abandon e-mail? on: December 22, 2014, 09:41:53 AM
As someone who *hates* chat and *hates* real-time communication (even text message/phone), as broken as e-mail is, the alternative solutions that are being proposed don't solve the same problem, IMO.

We use chat clients at work... and I ignore most communication over them unless it is appropriate for a real-time communication mechanism.  People tend to abuse the medium and just reach out with no consideration for what the person on the other end might be in the middle of with chat/phone anything real-time, I've found.  The thing I love about e-mail is the same thing I formerly loved about letter writing (and the reason I play PbEM instead of the more immediate roll20 and such), the act of formulating the response is a mental exercise.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 21, 2014, 09:02:48 PM
This! Thmbsup A worthy opponent is worth their weight in gold if you really do want to work through and clarify your position on something. It's fun. It's challenging. And it's absolutely essential if you want to avoid the trap of what philosopher William James called: "vicious abstractionism."

I haven't heard it put so eloquently.  I enjoy the exercise... and don't expect to change anyone's position, or be called 'right' or a 'winner'.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Et tu, Sourceforge? on: December 21, 2014, 08:19:11 AM
If a developer wants to "bundle" his apps with other tools that are "OPT-IN", so that they will not install by default by a distracted user,

Does anyone actually use opt-in? I don't think I've ever seen anything other than opt-out. I'm more concerned about the cases where you opt out of everythng, and in spite of that, you find something has taken over the home page, search engine of every installed web browser.

By default, OC was opt-in.  There were tools for developers to change it to opt-out, which I disagreed with.  Not sure about the state now.

And also a point- is it sourceforge?  Or is it the developer?
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2014, 09:50:04 PM
What happened to my 40?  I could always depend on 40 to be the rational one, balancing out the radical Renegade, and myself in the middle!

@Wraith - I think you just completely lost me there... smiley

It's just that your statement sounded more closely aligned to a Ren statement smiley
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 20, 2014, 04:38:45 PM
^What is it with Australia (and New Zealand) lately? They went from being two of the coolest most laid-back countries in the world to being participants in the footrace race to see which so-called "Western Democracy" can be the first to fully embrace totalitarianism. So sad. Sad

What happened to my 40?  I could always depend on 40 to be the rational one, balancing out the radical Renegade, and myself in the middle!

It's sort of like the other day I made a joke about Librium... referring to the drug in Equilibrium, and it went right over someone's head... because life imitates art (there's a Librium that does pretty much what the one in the movie does).  Everything turns on it's head... Stephen Colbert needed to move on from his usual because the world was going to stay this crazy and it become the status quo.
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