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1901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Charity? on: May 30, 2012, 03:22:50 AM
Not so sure about that... A charity on eBay? Hmmm...

I've bought books from a charity on ebay, (they were in the UK), as I was going to be in the UK in a month or two they put it aside and I collected it - turned out to be a large Oxfam/Salvation type charity.

So yes, they do exist on ebay smiley
1902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Charity? on: May 30, 2012, 01:36:44 AM
There's one on ebay called gamesaid who donate all money from sales to charity - I've previously bought games from them.

Normally they auction off games related items received from distributors, etc but you could ask them if they're willing to accept license only donations to auction, (they have a couple of Blackberry covers on there also atm).
1903  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DVD Decrypter - DVD ripping tool - Mini-Review on: May 30, 2012, 01:25:41 AM
there's another little tool that's required but I can't remember the title off the top of my head (Fix VTS?)

Yes, and I think ImgBurn - it's listed in the ini - might be optional.
1904  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DVD Decrypter - DVD ripping tool - Mini-Review on: May 30, 2012, 12:26:31 AM
DVD Decrypter works a lot better when used via RipIt4Me.  RipIt4Me was subject to a DMCA threat and it's development stopped back in April 2007.

However, it's still available at VideoHelp, MajorGeek and other places.

It will allow you to jump straight to the menu, bypass/remove unreferenced video (*cough* protection *cough*), any annoying BVOPs, etc, etc.

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Still the only thing I use to rip DVDs.
1905  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 29, 2012, 08:15:25 PM
  • 1. Windows7 Firewall Control (FREE version): .... Probably dead simple to use for most users. ....
  • 5. Windows Firewall Control: .... Probably a bit too complicated to use for many users (more options/decisions to take)....

My experience was the opposite, W7FC was more confusing than Outpost Security Suite, (was about a month before I found WFC), so I ended going back to OSS.  There's also less options for a user to act upon in the WFC notifications, generally just Allow or Block compared to W7FC which presents all of them all at once, (IIRC).  In WFC, if you want to customise the rule before accepting you can but otherwise it's just three buttons.

I probably should have pointed out, (but didn't because I haven't used the feature), that WFC also allows you to have multiple rules per application, (I'm sure someone can think of a use for this but my brain escapes me at the moment).

CRAP!!   undecided
Just realised I didn't put up an image of the rule Properties dialog.........edit....edit......there!   cheesy

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  • ... and selecting Restore defaults.

You could have done that from within WFC or as part of its uninstall procedure. smiley

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  • (c) Reinstalling latest version (v3.1.0.3) of Windows Firewall Control. Not sure whether this is redundant. Seemed to install without any conflicts with  W7FC, so far.[/b]

Are you sure this is right?

The latest version is 3.3.0.1.

There won't be any conflicts because WFC is just an alternative interface to the native Windows Firewall which W7FC will work with.

I see if I can hunt up the other one for you to play with.

Edit:  Possibly some confusion, (or lack of intuitive interface), may arise with WFC because unlike most other free versions of firewalls you don't get any notifications - that's one of the advantages of the paid version.
As such, that is why it defaults to Low Filtering, (so you don't suddenly find all your programs cease to work), unlike other firewalls where you are immediately bombarded with access notifications.

And to be honest, it doesn't say that it will bombard you with notifications - that is a bonus(?) - because it is not a firewall, (unlike W7FC).

It does what the website says:
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"Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall. This is the best tool to manage the native firewall from Windows 7 and Windows Vista."

PS: Sorry if I seem to be pushing its case overly hard but I probably should have made it clearer that in and of itself, it is not a firewall.
1906  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 29, 2012, 08:58:59 AM
Thanks for the review. Would you mind clarifying what are the features of the program that the donation unlocks, so I can use it at its full potential?

highend01 pointed them out above but here's the picture version smiley

With the unregistered version, you will not get notifications like this:

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And the item arrowed below will not work:

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The Reset a forgotten password naturally won't be useful since unregistered users can't lock the program in the first place. Wink

Everything else will work, Shell Integration, Rule Management, Import/Export, etc, etc.
1907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Disk write cache (Windows XP) on: May 29, 2012, 08:47:12 AM
Trouble of colleagues apart, you assert the data are written to the HD within a short time anyway, even if the cache is enabled. But are you sure? If that were true, then I don't understand why Microsoft and other people report the dangerousness of an enabled cache (i.e. loss of data).

The thing is you have said that the system loses data during a power failure, hours after it was supposedly written.  If it was the case that Windows only flushed the cache every few hours you would have had literally thousands, (if not millions), of customers screaming their heads off about the unreliability of Windows disk writes.

I live in an area that is subject to reasonably frequent power failures, (high winds, overhead power lines and trees don't mix), and I can say that with both XP and Win7 I have never lost data that was written hours previously, (I don't have a UPS - never needed one).  One of my machines does nothing but download 24/7 and it never loses more than 8MB of data, (size of the cache of the program), and that 8MB is written out to the drive every minute or so.

From Microsoft: File Caching

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The frequency at which flushing occurs is an important consideration that balances system performance with system reliability. If the system flushes the cache too often, the number of large write operations flushing incurs will degrade system performance significantly. If the system is not flushed often enough, then the likelihood is greater that either system memory will be depleted by the cache, or a sudden system failure (such as a loss of power to the computer) will happen before the flush. In the latter instance, the cached data will be lost.

To ensure that the right amount of flushing occurs, the cache manager spawns a process every second called a lazy writer. The lazy writer process queues one-eighth of the pages that have not been flushed recently to be written to disk. It constantly reevaluates the amount of data being flushed for optimal system performance, and if more data needs to be written it queues more data. Lazy writers do not flush temporary files, because the assumption is that they will be deleted by the application or system.

So, in theory, given a finite amount of data that has been cached, it should all have been flushed to the drive after ~8 seconds.

This is for data written from the Windows RAM based cache to the drive, the drive reports that the data has been written even though it may be sitting in the drives cache and not on its physical platters.

ie. Disabling the Write Cache under the Drive Properties will not disable the drives onboard cache, AFAIK.

If data is being lost hours after it was supposedly written, then given that no one has tampered with Windows cache manager settings it seems likely there is another problem.

Have you looked at the Event Log for disk based errors/warnings and possibly any related to specific programs that lose data, (do those programs have error logs - if so, check them) ?
Is it only happening to one computer ?
1908  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 29, 2012, 02:31:05 AM
That's a good, useful review. Thank you!

Thanks! smiley

@4wd: Thanks for this. Is very interesting.  You have triggered the obsessive-compulsive software trialler in me. Methinks I shall have to take a look-see at WFC now...           smiley

See, I did get around to it...wonders will never cease  Grin

Every time I went back to adding a bit more to this the program would have been updated, so a couple of the grabs are from different versions.

There is also a third program, (other than TinyWall and WFN), that works a similar way but I cannot remember the name of it - I do know it only came out in the last 2-3 months so if I happen to find it again, I'll add it above.
1909  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Disk write cache (Windows XP) on: May 28, 2012, 07:45:05 AM
That's just the point: the system may not save data within a short time. Sometimes it takes even hours. At least two times I heard mprecations from two colleagues of mine when the power failed and they lost hours of job.

That doesn't sound like the Disk Write Cache, that sounds more like they don't have a program that does auto-saves every x minutes, (or that they are not saving the data every so often).

You can go into the Device Manager->Disk Drives and then right-click to open the Properties window for each drive, then go to the Policies tab and turn off Enable write caching on the disk.

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This will at least enable you to test whether data is still lost after a few hours - if it is, then you have another problem.

You should also check the Event Log for any disk related errors or warnings, (eg. Delayed Write Fail).
1910  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Windows Firewall Control - Mini Review on: May 28, 2012, 07:03:08 AM
NOTE: Not to be confused with Windows 7 Firewall Control, that is a completely separate entity - both from this program and Windows Firewall.

NOTE: This is just to make it clear: The free version of WFC will not provide any form of notification regarding network access at all.
What it will give you is an easy way to add and edit Windows Firewall rules.
The paid version will add access notifications.

Basic Info

App NameWindows Firewall Control (WFC)
App URLBinisoft
App Version ReviewedVersion: 3.3.0.1  Build Date: 14.05.2012  Filesize: 526 KB
Test System SpecsSummary
      Operating System
         MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
      CPU
         AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
      RAM
         8.00 GB Dual-Channel DDR3
Operating System
   MS Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
      Windows Security Center
         User Account Control (UAC)   Disabled
         Firewall   Enabled
      Antivirus
         Antivirus   Enabled
         Company Name   Microsoft
         Display Name   Microsoft Security Essentials
         Product Version   4.0.1526.0
Supported OSesWindows Vista & 7 (x86 & x64)
Support MethodsContact via form at Binisoft and the author is also active at this Wilders Security Forum thread, (as alexandrud).
Upgrade PolicyLifetime license, (as in all future updates), for US$10 donation.
Trial Version Available?There is a Free and a Paid version, the Free version lacks the following:
  • Learning Mode, which displays notifications about blocked outgoing connections, with detailed information about these connections, and which permit the user to "Allow Always" or "Block Permanently" a program that was blocked by Windows Firewall.  From version 3.0.1.2. this feature is available for all language localisation.
  • Lock the current configuration of the program with a password. Useful if you don't want other users to alter program settings. This will disable the access to the shortcut from Control Panel for Windows Firewall and the Management Console snap-in control file that provides additional administration capabilities for Windows Firewall.
  • Reset a forgotten password used to lock the current state of the program.
Pricing SchemeUS$10 for the Paid version.
Author Donation LinkBinisoft
Reviewer Donation LinkSave your money and spend it on a new graphics card.
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product None.  I downloaded the Free version, liked what it did and donated to get the extra functions of the Paid version.


Introduction:

"Windows Firewall Control is a nifty little application which extends the functionality of the Windows Firewall and provides quick access to the most frequent options of Windows Firewall. It runs in the system tray and allows user to control the native firewall easily without having to waste time by navigating to the specific part of the firewall. This is the best tool to manage the native firewall from Windows 7 and Windows Vista."

The above is straight from the website and in my opinion it's pretty well spot-on.


Who is this app designed for:

Anyone who wants a bit more control over the default Windows Vista/7 firewall without resorting to a completely separate firewall solution.

Installation:

WFC is compatible with all 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows 8 Consumer Preview, Windows 7 and Windows Vista.

Requirements:
  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.0

The following Windows services are required to be enabled for Windows Firewall Control to run:
  • "Windows Firewall"
  • "TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper"
  • "Workstation"
  • "DNS Client"

The file is downloaded as a single file executable, when you run it you will be presented with the License Agreement, (EULA), which you can accept or reject.  Acceptance will take you to the main installation window where you can choose some basic options to start with:

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When you click the Install button, a service and a GUI component will be installed to the install directory you chose, (default is C:\Program Files\Windows Firewall Control).  The files are wfcs.exe and wfc.exe respectively.

The service will be added and set to Automatic Start, a shortcut will be added to All Programs->Startup for the GUI component.

It will then run and you'll end up with an icon in your System Tray.

NOTE: Once installation has completed, the installer will be deleted - it becomes the GUI program so you can find it in C:\Program Files\Windows Firewall Control.


Operation:

WFC adds rules directly to the inbuilt Windows Firewall, this means that you can exit WFC or uninstall it and those rules will still be active within Windows Firewall until you delete them, (whether as part of the uninstall or through Windows Firewall Advanced Settings), or disable Windows Firewall.

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A right or left click the SysTray icon will open the GUI, clicking outside the GUI will close it.

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Common to all tabs are the following buttons:
At the top right you have two buttons - the first locks the interface with a password to stop anyone else from changing your configuration.  This also stops access to Windows Firewall via the Control Panel.
The second causes the WFC GUI to exit however the service still runs in the background, you just won't get any notifications under Learning mode if registered.

At the bottom right you have four buttons you can use to add programs to Windows Firewall Allow/Block rules, from left to right:

  • 1) Browse for a program to allow through the firewall.
  • 2) Select a program window to allow a program through the firewall.
  • 3) Browse for a program to block a program from connecting through the firewall.
  • 4) Select a program window to block a program from connecting through the firewall.

Selecting either 1 or 3 will open a file browser so you can choose a program to allow or block.
Selecting 2 or 4 will allow you to click on a programs interface to allow or block it.

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The last is the Manage Rules button - I'll get to that later.


Profiles tab - you have four profiles to choose from, they are pretty self-explanatory:

  • High Filtering - All outgoing connections are blocked whether there is a rule or not.  Stops all communication from your computer.
  • Medium Filtering - Any connection for which no rule is present is blocked.  Learning Mode only works when this profile is active.
  • Low Filtering - Any connection for which there is no rule is allowed.  ie. You create rules only for those programs you want to block.
  • No Filtering - The Windows Firewall is turned OFF, ie. ALL connections are allowed.  Windows Security Center will immediately complain that the firewall is off.

Options tab - this is where you can choose to enable Learning Mode, Shell Integration and the option to start the GUI when Windows starts.

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  • Learning Mode is only available to registered users and causes an alert to open whenever a new program tries to access the network, more later.
  • Enable notifications for system applications will cause you to get notifications for System and svchost when they try to connect, unchecking will cause them to be ignored.
  • Shell Integration adds two entries to the right-click context menu of Explorer letting you Allow or Block programs without having to use the file browser, select the interface or wait for a Learning Mode alert.
  • Start with Windows starts the GUI program when a user logs on.


Policies tab - here you can Export, Import or Restore the default Windows firewall rules.  The Default rules are those that were created when Windows was installed - any rules you created after that will be deleted.

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Shortcuts tab - has three shortcuts to Windows Firewall with Advanced Security, Event Viewer and the CLI.

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About tab - provides information about the program, check for a new version and register the program.

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Learning Mode:  This is similar to most other firewall programs, ie. when a new program tries to access the network a requester opens asking whether you want to give it access or not.

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The requester gives you the name of the originating program, Source IP:port, Remote IP:port, Protocol, whether the program is signed and allows you to create a rule to Allow or Block it from this moment on or to just Block it this time, in which case you'll get an alert next time it tries to connect.

The program name is a clickable link that will open Windows Explorer at the container directory.
Clicking on the Remote IP will open a WhoIs request in your default browser using the Remote IP as the argument, allowing you to check where the connection was going, as shown below.

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You can also customise the rule before allowing/blocking the program.

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Starting with versions 3.3.0.1 you have the option to add a temporary rule, (eg. for a setup program), that will be removed the next time WFC is run.

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Temporary rules will show up in the Rule List as follows:

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Manage Rules:

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The columns can be clicked on for sorting and the colour coding of rules is as follows:
White background: Disabled rules, (No in the Enabled column).
Green background: An enabled Allow rule.
Red background: An enabled Block rule.

You can select rules by clicking on them and also multi-select by drag, shift or control.

Starting at the top of the Actions list, (right hand side):
Refresh rules list: Self-explanatory.
Find invalid rules: Searches for rules that have no associated executable, eg. you uninstalled a program but the rule still exists.  This will auto-select all invalid rules and show the total number in brackets next to the Delete Rule action as shown below, you can then click Delete Rule button to remove them.

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Under the Display actions, you can choose to display All, Inbound and Outbound rules and also filter by Enabled and Disabled rules.  You can also search for a rule, eg. typing in dopus.exe will highlight the rule for Directory Opus if it exists.

The Create New Rule actions are the same as the main program interface:
  • 1) Browse to allow.
  • 2) Click to allow.
  • 3) Browse to block.
  • 4) Click to block.

Selecting either 1 or 3 will open a file browser so you can choose a program executable to allow or block.
Selecting 2 or 4 will allow you to click on a programs interface to allow or block it.

The Options are only enabled when there is at least one rule highlighted:
Allow rule: Will be enabled if you have a block rule highlighted, this will allow you to toggle the rules action from blocking network access to allowing it.
Block Rule: Will be enabled if you have a allow rule highlighted, this will allow you to toggle the rules action from allowing network access to blocking it.
Enable Rule: Allows you to enable a disabled rule.
Disable Rule: Allows you to disable an enabled rule.
Delete Rule: Deletes selected rules.
Properties: Opens the rule properties allowing you to modify them, the same as double-clicking on a rule.

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From here you can edit the Ports, Protocol, Remote IP, Profile (Domain, Private, Public) and add a Description if needed.

Uninstalling

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If you uninstall WFC at a later date it will ask you to either:
  • restore the default Windows Firewall rules, (those in effect when Windows was first installed),
  • restore the rules that were active before you installed WFC, or
  • not delete any rules at all, (whether created by WFC or not).


How does it compare to similar apps

There are two similar programs available, (that I know of), both of them are fully free, (no paid versions):

TinyWall Firewall
Windows Firewall Notifier

I can't really comment on them because I have only used them very briefly, other than to say that of the three programs I prefer WFC.


Some more information:

The following is relevant to versions prior to 3.2.0.0:
How WFC detects connection attempts: How are the notifications created and why they are sometimes so slow or missing ?

With the separation of the program into service and GUI, I have yet to experience any missing connection attempts.


License:

According to the website:
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Benefits of becoming a registered user
  • You will get priority support via email.
  • You will unlock all the features from all of our programs, so that you can use them at their full potential.
  • You will receive unrestricted access to "Get my activation code" area.
  • You can activate our products on all PC's from your home, for unlimited times.
  • You will be registered user for all future versions of our programs.
  • You will never receive emails regarding eventual upgrades, patches releases, special offers and so on.
  • You will support us to continue the improvement of our programs.

Reading that, you can use the program on all PC's in your home and you get all future upgrades for free.
Registering WFC will also let you unlock the registered features of their other program(s), (eg. USB Flash Drives Control) - ala Donation Coder's license.
I can attest to having received no emails ever since registering WFC - not even for upgrades.  The only two ways to find out are the Check for Upgrades within the program or to check the forum thread at Wilders for possible betas.


PS. Sorry if this mini-review isn't up to scratch, in depth analysis is not my forte.  To paraphrase: "I'm a user, not a reviewer." smiley
1911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi ... on: May 28, 2012, 02:34:13 AM
There's the double row header connection which is the GPIO and there is also two rows for JTAGw communication.

The JTAG is used for test access, hardware/firmware debugging and firmware loading - not something the average user of the board will be doing.

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Pic from Wikipedia.

On the schematics for the Rev.B, one row is used for the LAN controller, (connector P3, sheet 2, ref A4), and the other is for the CPU/GPU and is connector P2, sheet 4, ref G2.

Unless you specifically want to bang the hardware directly, there's not much point in worrying about them.

On a side note, the choices are hotting up: Raspberry Pi faces challenge from Android-based rivals
1912  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Raspberry Pi ... on: May 26, 2012, 08:56:27 PM
I'm on the list for mine, got an email saying the first 4000 people can order theirs - unfortunately I wasn't included  Sad

Ribbon header is for GPIO, (General Purpose Input/Output), like the Arduino - so you can hook up sensors, switches, etc.
1913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WTH, part Deu... Steam IS coming to Linux! on: May 23, 2012, 08:50:59 PM
They're probably anticipating the downfall and mad rush away from Windows 8  lol
1914  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: F.E.A.R. 3 (PC Download) $4.99 until 11:59PM PST on May 10 on: May 22, 2012, 10:37:59 PM
Thank you lanux!  Thmbsup

Amazing, a company not retarded enough to geographically discriminate!
1915  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer? on: May 18, 2012, 08:37:28 PM
...I never buy a whole computer...

How soon we forget  embarassed

Stupid me, I just bought a Microserver, (it's obviously too quiet) - my excuse is it was a bargain cheesy
1916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer? on: May 18, 2012, 07:30:20 PM
It'll be a part upgrade to my current desktop, (I never buy a whole computer unless it's a laptop), because a portable device will never get near the grunt I want for video work/encode or gaming.
1917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hardware question - PC building [slightly off topic] on: May 17, 2012, 07:39:48 PM
My Super PC is still being updated regularly....

I'm not sure it is, eg. I get "The URL has moved here" on the Newegg links and some of those links that say:
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Clicking the link takes you directly...

don't at all - they take you via third-party sites or use affiliate links.

eg. Crucial = http://www.dpbolvw.net/click-862686-10273954?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.crucial.com%2Fstore%2Faffiliateredirect.asp%3Fimodule%3DBLT2KIT4G3D1608DT1TX0%26aid%3D10273954%26cid%3D777292%26subid%3D890%26PRS%3Duscj&cjsku=BLT2KIT4G3D1608DT1TX0

Can you really trust someone who doesn't know the difference between direct and non-direct and doesn't mention that he may get money from you clicking on them?

BTW, the only two direct links on the page seem to be the one to the forums and the one for 2BrightSparks, (SyncBack).
1918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: shut down with one click on: May 16, 2012, 02:49:49 AM
Just create a shortcut on the Desktop with:

C:\Windows\System32\shutdown.exe /s /f

eg.

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/s = Shutdown the computer.
/f = Force running applications to close without forewarning users.

If you want it in one click, move it to the Quick Launch area.

There's also some registry settings you can change to speed things up, (WARNING: make a backup, make sure you know what they do AND the consequences of changing them): How To Speed Up Windows Shutdown Process
1919  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple drops '4G' from iPad adverts on: May 15, 2012, 09:11:03 PM
They got called out on it in Australia by the ACCC, (Australian Competition and Consumer Commission), a couple of months ago because they put 4G on the boxes and lo and behold....it didn't work for exactly the same reason.

You really have to wonder if there are any engineers wandering around Apple saying, (about marketroids), "I told them it wouldn't work."
1920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend bulk editor for EXIF/IPTC metadata? on: May 15, 2012, 08:00:07 PM
GeoSetter is free, has a thumbnail view and will allow you to copy/paste EXIF/IPTC data from one picture to as many as you like.

Data is not written to the pictures until you choose to do so - uses exiftool to do the work and updates it when a new version is available.

This is my number one tool for general picture EXIF/IPTC manipulation - you don't have to use it for just doing Geo-tagging smiley

Add info through the edit data dialog:
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You can edit the Custom View to only display the metadata you want to edit, metadata relating to specific things will be under a tab, eg. Location:
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Author appears to be equivalent to Contact Byline in GeoSetter.

Copy data and then paste into selected images:
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You can also create templates of EXIF/IPTC data from an image, (location, author, copyright, etc), and save them to apply to other images, eg. select your images, choose a template - job done.

But then, you can also use it for what it was originally designed for smiley
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1921  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Quick Review: Collusion - Firefox "tracking" add-on on: May 14, 2012, 07:41:19 AM
I think the reason I get all those Google hits is because I am logged in to Gmail most of the time I am online, even though I might not be using it.

Don't forget, I also clear all cookies when Firefox shuts down, so any Google cookie will only be regenerated when I next do a Google search - along with OptimizeGoogle it means it's an anonymised ID each time I start Firefox.
1922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keyboard keys 'stuck' (software???) on: May 13, 2012, 07:54:55 PM
I have never killed the antivirus before and this problem has only recently showed up.

It could be an AV program update has made it more aggressive in its behaviour.

You could try running Game Booster and turning the AV off before running a game offline, (ie. unplug from the network altogether).
1923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keyboard keys 'stuck' (software???) on: May 13, 2012, 07:45:16 PM
Just out of interest, is it only while playing games ?

eg. No mysterious slowdowns or seemingly interface freezes while using other programs ?

Have you checked the Event Log for any warnings or errors possibly related to disk access, (or anything else) ?

Have you tried killing all unnecessary background tasks before running games, (this includes any antivirus) ?
1924  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keyboard keys 'stuck' (software???) on: May 13, 2012, 07:36:06 PM
You didn't mention whether this is to do with online or offline gaming, as for online there could be a problem with lag occasionally.
1925  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Quick Review: Collusion - Firefox "tracking" add-on on: May 13, 2012, 06:37:57 AM
How do you anonymise them?

The now unsupported OptimizeGoogle addon - whether or not it now actually works due to changes Google may have made in the meantime is another question.

But I don't get any kind of cross-linking between sites connected to Google, (as you see in your pic),
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there is only one "ring" of sites feeding back to Google, (as opposed to the possible 3 or more in your pic),
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nor do I get ads related to anything I type, (after disabling other addons), since installing it, eg. as Renegade found here.

So something somewhere must be doing something smiley

Then again, I'm never logged into Google for anything except maybe once a month to check the spam folder in email, so really I guess the only thing they can go on is my IP.

I might do a little testing in a VM with just OptimizeGoogle and Collusion installed and see what eventuates.

Addendum:
I thought I'd do something simpler: do a search, read the cookie ID, delete it, do another search, read the cookie ID again.

Before ID: e3d6010785247c84:FF=0:TM=1336956597:LM=1336956597:S=PEa3IUp2Cw-N-RTt
After ID:  d6389bb5e8d134bb:U=7c4d84c4aa943c7f:FF=4:LD=en:NR=100:TM=1336956662:LM=1336956662:S=1ZXOzkMmGGEFmo_U

I've done it a few times and the only item that seems consistent is the TM, (time), entry - the other are always something different.  I would think that if they wanted to track me using a cookie then they would have to use a consistent ID string based on my machine configuration, (or Google login - which I don't).

BTW, Data Liberation Front - something I just read about in APC, (Australian Personal Computer).
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This site is a central location for information on how to move your data in and out of Google products.

It's run by Google - so take that how you will smiley
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