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76  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.
77  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).
78  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 24, 2015, 12:18:36 PM
another thing to note is that on my PC, the AHK code doesn't work if Logitech's software is running.

This is because it probably registers it's hook at a higher level than you are.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 24, 2015, 12:17:46 PM
I've been pretty frustrated with how cumbersome and arcane the syntax can appear when formulating Regex queries. I hope many of you appreciate the advantages such an approach would provide. By all means, I'd be interested to hear any tweaks or additions to the general concept if you can think of anything! What kind of programs come closest?

Though Regex can seem arcane, it's just because there are a lot of options, and it can do quite a bit.

There are a few programs that help with the formulation of regex queries.

regexbuddy helps more with learning, while regexmagic is the alternative if you just want to make them.  Expresso is a free alternative.  It seems like something along those lines might be a good thing to work on- something to teach in a simplified way without all of the additions, sort of like what you have mocked up, would be a good thing to have, rather than inventing the wheel.

But that's just my take on it.  I was in a similar place to you a while ago, and regexbuddy helped me turn that around.  Because RegEx support is everywhere, and it opened up a whole world for me to utilize it.  It helped that I *had* to learn for work, but I'd recommend that in any case.
80  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 23, 2015, 08:15:41 AM
a small update: after further usage, i ditched the LGS driver-software totally and have gone with a custom AHK script to make use of the G1-G3 keys. the volume rocker and mute button worked out of the box so no problems there. the mic quality was quite pleasant, clear with no static, tried on both Mumble and Teamspeak 3.

Why did you ditch the software?  Just curious...
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 20, 2015, 04:39:44 PM
^ I know I'm not chancing it.  Not sure if it should be left linked if there is a warning...
82  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 05:55:24 PM
Glacier sounds pretty cool if your backup storage needs are relatively small. Doing some rough calculations, Glacier would cost about $370/year for 3TB of data. iDrive is $375/year for up to 10TB of data (not counting the discount). Considering JavaJones' current usage and needs, plus the greatly discounted 2 years of service, I don't think Glacier would offer him any benefit over iDrive.

Cool thing about amazon... you don't have to rely on rough estimates.

http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

$30.72 per month for the storage.  Unless there's a catastrophic need to retrieve all the data, that should be pretty accurate, within the number of requests- with 4GB/1000 requests, it goes up to $30.77.  If it's truly catastrophic, you get it out the same way you got it in.

What I like about it is the size of Amazon, and the redundancy.  That's why Amazon can get away with charging more IMO.  And the real problems that I've had with RYO solutions is the infrastructure.

But yes, each service is going to have it's own uses.


... but woe to you if you get over 10TB.  iDrive scales into business at that point.  I guess their redundancy and such is better for business.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 03:52:51 PM
It's probably a compound knot.  That just looks like a double-line hitch.  It would be nice if they told you "hey- tie a double line hitch right here- see here for instructions." or something similar.

Update: It's a Figure-Eight Loop: http://www.southee.com/Kn...Loops.htm#FigureEightLoop

Notice that on a karash double loop they do the same thing- but direct you to the Figure-Eight Loop to tie that part: http://www.southee.com/Knots/Knots_DoubleLoops.htm
84  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 02:00:46 PM
I've only just gotten started, but they seem to have a couple of things in the faqs about it:

https://aws.amazon.com/glacier/faqs/
https://aws.amazon.com/importexport/faqs/
85  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 08:26:41 AM
Have you tried Roll Your Own solutions with S3 or Glacier backing it up?  That's what I'm starting to look into now.

I might do a mini-review roundup when I've solidified... but that's a bit away.  Some that I'm looking at:

StrongSync
Cloudberry Backup
CloudBerry Box
Duplicati
FastGlacier
Jungle Disk -  Not sure if they still have the desktop version publicly available.
S3 Backup

These last items are command-line tools.  The command line option, while more than I wanted to get into, is becoming appealing since I can link it to my current backup solutions:

S3Sync.rb - The author isn't maintaining it anymore, so not sure I want to get into this.
S3 Sync
S3 Tools

A couple of articles:

http://forum.synology.com...ology_Server_to_Amazon_S3
http://eberly.org/2008/10...to-amazon-s3-using-rsync/ (Of course, s3fs is in an uncertain state, so I'm going to have to deal with alternatives... maybe)

Of Course, there's also Tarsnap- but I'm not going that hardcore: https://www.tarsnap.com/
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 17, 2015, 12:24:05 PM
it was weird to study this page and then realize, there is no link to the version you all seem to prefer!


uBlock, the official project: https://chrismatic.io/ublock/
and https://chrome.google.com...gdmggkamkmgojdagdnn?hl=en (< I don't use Chrome, so I have no understanding of the "epcnnfbjfcgphgdmggkamkmgojdagdnn" part; what stupid kind of forgettable link is that?! Or does it perhaps mean that I was visiting but not using Chrome?).
FAQ: https://chrismatic.io/ublock/faq/



Not really a link, because you have to go to the store and search for ublock to install it.  The links in the store are based on arcane identification strings- which was one of the things I pointed out in the chrome verification of permissions- so its easier to just direct someone to the store and a search.  I don't even pay attention to the official sites for every extension- which I guess is one of the things that google wanted to foster and I fell for.
* wraith808 shrugs
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Implications of a global market on random success on: May 15, 2015, 05:46:45 PM
From Cliffski's Positech blog: Implications of a global market on random success

He has a lot of interesting ideas... one of the reasons I follow him.  At times, the articles make me rage... and other times pensive.  This one, while the writing takes a while to get there, I agree with to an extent.

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I think there is a phenomena that is becoming stronger and stronger and I think its bad news for all content creators. Well, for 99.99% of us. That phenomena is the globalization of media, and the concentration of it in a few hands.

And another blurb:

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What I’m saying is that gangnam style, minecraft, flappy bird and star citizen are not *THAT* good. I’m not saying they aren’t good, or great even, or amazing even, but the level of popularity is totally disconnected from the quality at some point above the ‘ten million copies sold’ level. Stuff is getting bought *because it is getting bought*. And stuff is becoming popular *because it is already popular* and that sucks, because when you produce content, the success of it is too much attributed to luck. And thats bad, bad bad.

I've noticed this for a while, and haven't been able to put my finger on it.  But it's a good article, and helped clarify my thoughts on it.

88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Http vs Https Universally on: May 15, 2015, 05:40:24 PM
Interesting blog post on Techdirt: https://www.techdirt.com/...nt-no-not-bad-thing.shtml

My problem is the added expense.  I'm only running a few free sites.  I do host for some people, and they have https as they want.  But as for me, if all I'm doing is serving random content with closer to zero people looking at it than I'd like to think, why do I need to pay extra because it's a 'good idea'?

Can anyone answer me this question?

And is Mozilla's move to deprecate http in its browser a wielding of power?  Or a genuine thing that needs to be done?  And Chrome's move isn't *much* better.

And just for an alternate view - a well written article from Ben Klemens: https://medium.com/@b_k/h...nd-of-an-era-c106acded474

I just don't see it, in all honesty.  If it were free... then that would be a different story.  There's the Let's Encrypt initiative... but until it arrives, I don't believe it.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 10:56:08 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.

In my (admittedly limited) experience with my Nook, it asks me, each and every time that an app wants to update.  They're on my notification screen, and I have to respond in order to get it to actually download and install the updates.

That may be a Nook-specific customization, or you may have at some point disabled auto-updates in the Play store, in which case it would just notify you that there are available updates.

That's it... I disabled auto-updates.  Because... well, I like to know what I'm updated.  I wonder if there is a setting for Chrome...

Nope.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/l3zOZeO-5-M

A few workarounds for it.  But no way, apparently.

Another workaround:

http://stackoverflow.com/...rome-extension-autoupdate
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 14, 2015, 10:09:18 PM
Excellent... thanks!
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 05:47:26 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.

In my (admittedly limited) experience with my Nook, it asks me, each and every time that an app wants to update.  They're on my notification screen, and I have to respond in order to get it to actually download and install the updates.
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 14, 2015, 08:29:15 AM
Dia - http://sourceforge.net/projects/dia-installer/

Pencil - http://pencil.evolus.vn/

Are those the ones that you are referring to?  Just making sure that I'm looking at the right software.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Onion Omega on: May 13, 2015, 09:18:13 AM
That looks extremely cool.

However, I'm still pretty much terrified of IoT.

I've read the policy papers and whatnot, and I'm utterly terrified.

Know what the "security" section reads?

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Out of scope.

While this looks like a really cool little device, the security issue in IoT is still an issue.

For example, your nice little Wi-Fi equipped automatic cat feeder provides a way for Johnny Nasty to download kitty pron onto other device on your network. Cue the police, and your days as a kitty cat rights activist are doomed.

But that's just the start.

Would I use it... Probably if it fit my needs.

But... I'm still pretty much on the terrified side for now.

The lure of being able to program in any language against an API to deal with all that stuff... that's just way too cool...

I need to learn Python.

In a timely response to your concerns, O'reilly has a 50% off today (5/12/2015) only (but available normally) Deal/Day: Save 50% - Abusing the Internet of Things

The code to get the discount is DEAL - for $21.49 (normally $42.99)
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 13, 2015, 07:37:48 AM
I understand this.  I just never knew until now that it updated silently and with no notice.  That's the part that is the problem.  Just because you OK an extension once, doesn't mean you should have to sign up in perpetuity.

If you don't want software on your system silently updating without your permission then you should not be using Chrome at all. smiley

It's not software.  *sigh*

Chrome used to notify you when extensions were updated.  And disabled their access until you re-enabled them.  That's the responsible thing to do.

I know that chrome auto-updates when you restart, which I why I don't restart very often.  I use it because I have to.  But that works.  It notifies me that it hasn't been updated because I haven't restarted in a while.  And then after checking, I do.

But when there's no way to know if a third party has been co-opted (it has happened in the past), then that's irresponsible.  And I'm not even notified, nor are any blocks put in the place on possible malicious updates?  You can't see why I'm calling it out?  That's *not* a concern to anyone else?

Chrome is becoming the modern day IE, and google is to a large part not being called on that.  Chrome specific sites- many pushed by google themselves instead of adhering to standards- are becoming all too real.  And they're being pushed to acceptance not just by corporate contracts, but by the standard user at this point.

A bit more to add to this... just today, I received a message that extension chrome-extension://mfgdmpfihlmdekaclngibpjhdebndhdj/ wanted to access my location.  This points out two things:
1. They are able to do what I am asking still, and
2. A non-advanced user wouldn't even know to enable developer mode to get the id to know what was being asked.  How is that right?
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 12, 2015, 07:44:30 PM
I'm still confused, however.  I never installed ublock origin from what I remember.

The original developer of uBlock (gorhill) transferred control of the uBlock repo to the new project maintainer, but did not transfer the Chrome store version. See https://github.com/chrisa...f0#commitcomment-10530255

As mentioned in that comment thread, gorhill intended from the start to fork uBlock, creating his own version which he would only work on for the few features he wanted.  Since he kept the Chrome store version, I assume that if that's where you installed your Chrome extension from, any updates gorhill made to it based on the uBlock Origin 'fork' would be installed into your browser whenever Chrome decided to pull the update from the store.

In other words:

  • gorhill published uBlock on the Chrome store
  • you installed uBlock from there
  • gorhill changed the software at that Chrome store extension site to be uBlock origin
  • your chrome browser updated your extension to uBlock origin

I understand this.  I just never knew until now that it updated silently and with no notice.  That's the part that is the problem.  Just because you OK an extension once, doesn't mean you should have to sign up in perpetuity.

I've been using uBlock for my ad blocker in Chrome for a while.  The memory footprint and cpu usage is a lot less than adblock plus, and it works well.  But recently, they added something where they block urls in requested popups by killing the tab.  It opens up the tab, then kills it.  And it's very hard to disable if you actually *want* to go to the link without disabling it for that entire domain.  So you end up not being able to click in e-mails to go to the location, even if you don't care- without potentially disabling it for those ones that directly use that domain.

Does anyone know how to disable the killing of tabs with uBlock?  I haven't been able to find it...

so, do you (or anyone else?) think that ublock is preferable to ublock origin?
(I mean preferable in terms of how it works.)

ublock origin was closing tabs and such after opening them with no indication half the time, and no way to turn off the functionality other than to opt out for the entire domain.  That's what started this whole thread.  ublock doesn't have that behavior.  they also seem to work the same on the sites that I visit.

ublock for me.
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 10, 2015, 09:51:15 AM
How could you be in the coffee/coffee maker business and NOT know that people are very fussy and quite passionate about their coffee, and that they will not be stopped from having what they perceive as the "perfect cup of coffee", and that you can not profit by trying to put a stop to that?

Money.  It blinds the eye, and this is just another example of that.
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface RT - I got one. on: May 09, 2015, 10:15:32 PM
Deozaan, the outlook is pretty bleak for you. Windows RT is officially dead as the word has come down from the mountaintop in Redmond.

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This thing would be so amazing if I could just run my usual Windows programs. . .

Why, yes it would and...yes, those things are amazing when running Windows programs. Unfortunately, you have to pay a lot more money to get one of the Surfaces with the 'pro' moniker behind its name in order to do it.

Actually, you don't these days.  There are several tablet options with full windows 8.1, and as I noted in another thread, I just purchased one for $79.

The surface 3 was just released, and it also runs windows 8.1.

I've never used an RT device and I'm not too familiar with them, but I believe Microsoft's entire philosophy with the RT platform was that anything that an RT device could run would be offered through the Microsoft app store. I don't believe there's any way to 'side-load' apps on those things. I'd love to be told I'm wrong, but I don't believe I am.

You can actually put things on RT tablets without the app store- but it's not exactly straight forward.

http://www.maketecheasier...s-without-storewindows-8/

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/u...sing-microsoft-store.aspx
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 08, 2015, 01:09:47 PM
I'm still confused, however.  I never installed ublock origin from what I remember.  Just one day, the icon changed.  And then a little after, the behavior changed.  And that's when I took notice.

How did I get something else completely installed?  Unless they just completely changed the extension and name, then the functionality?  It seems like that is what happened... and for whatever reason... it appears shady.  There should be no way to completely change both the name and the extension without the extension being disabled until you re-confirm it so you know what happened.
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 08, 2015, 11:30:39 AM
I figured it out.  It's the difference between uBlock Origin and uBlock.  Someone forked the extension, and it shows up before, so I guess at some point I installed it instead?  But it doesn't make sense as I haven't really uninstalled and re-installed extensions- especially on all of my machines.  More if I find out more.
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 08, 2015, 11:26:26 AM
I've been using uBlock for my ad blocker in Chrome for a while.  The memory footprint and cpu usage is a lot less than adblock plus, and it works well.  But recently, they added something where they block urls in requested popups by killing the tab.  It opens up the tab, then kills it.  And it's very hard to disable if you actually *want* to go to the link without disabling it for that entire domain.  So you end up not being able to click in e-mails to go to the location, even if you don't care- without potentially disabling it for those ones that directly use that domain.

Does anyone know how to disable the killing of tabs with uBlock?  I haven't been able to find it...
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