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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best SQL Express DB backup Software (SQL Express 2008) on: March 30, 2015, 12:39:23 AM
The backups may not br good...or are they not good?

If you don't know, you should test the created backup by importing it on a different SQL2008 Express DB server (a VM is helpful in this case) and test the data being served up by the new SQL DB.
Assuming you have an application that works with this exported data, you could use the same application to verify the data coming from the new DB.

Don't trust a backup you make, verify that it works...else you won't have made a backup at all. It won't matter if you make a backup using 3rd party software or the integrated tools from MS itself. Never trust the message saying "Backup successfully completed". You will be burnt if you won't verify by importing the data again. I have seen the aftermath of others failing miserably with this years ago and you won't see me make their mistakes ever again.

Once you have such a test setup and backup strategy, you will be better prepared for any mishap that is waiting for you. If you do not verify your backups, you have not made backups. Can't say this often enough. 

Making a copy of an existing dump you created earlier isn't much of a safety net either. The NTFS file system (or FAT32 or EXT2 or EXT3 or EXT4 or HFS) can't be trusted 100%. Especially folks that use the MS default file size notation of KB/MB/GB are fooled into thinking that copies  of a file are the same. This notation introduces rounding and that can (and shall) be fatal. I use the byte size notation in directory opus as first indicator to see if there are file size differences. And I have seen these occur. And I have lost control files from Oracle database, simply because of a 1 byte difference in file size.   

For most intends and purposes any of the main file systems are more than adequate, but 100% reliable they aren't.

 
2  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: I have put a "share with facebook" type thing on the pages (temporarily?).. on: March 28, 2015, 09:03:53 PM
OK, This was nagging by me...for several notable reasons:

1. DonationCoder.com is currently running in 2002 mode.  Yes a lot of people here hate Facebook and Twitter and Google+ and any sort of social media...but even those who do cannot honestly say that they are not a fantastic way to get attention for a website/project.

Not all people are of the opinion that the "2015 internet" is better than than the "2002 internet". Better looking? Sure! Faster? Yes! Easier? Yep! More useful?  
The thing is: by making sharing too easy, everybody starts doing this and will become noise on the receiving end. More eyeballs will see it, I am sure of that. But if this results in youtube-style comments on postings on the DC forum, then what has been accomplished here?

 
2. This actually proves my point about mouser always hating change.  Ay time there is an experiment on the site, or something that could work fantastically well...It is always lead with "I will not be keeping this" "I hate this" blah blah blah...mouser...it's 2015...This is the norm.

Ah, the sheeple argument...


Think about it this way...On average, people on Facebook have around 300-500 friends...so...if one person reads something on DC right now...unless they can be bothered going through the rigmarole of Copying the URL, going to Facebook/Twitter, pasting it (or shortening it first on Twitter) then posting it...they are simply not going to share it...but with the buttons that are currently on DC now (After I bugged you enough for you to add them!), it is a simple 2 click procedure.  You know how many people use these buttons?  Do you know how many more hits website get because they have sharing functions?  You probably don't because you have an intense hatred for change and future-proofing.  1 person clicking share, could potentially reach 500 friends...if 2 people also share from their friends (going on the basis of 500 average friends) - that is a reach of 1500 people...from one person clicking 2 buttons...which...I am sorry...but at the moment, DC simply doesn't get that kind of coverage because people just are not going to go through the shit of copy/pasting links every 5 minutes if there are a good few topics they feel their friends may like!

Easier to generate more noise. Some people have work to do and like to come home to visit, look at an/or discuss vetted content, instead of the wading garbage being served to you by FB etc. While the amount of crap being shoveled by FB is impressive and it would be actually interesting to see/touch/play with the hardware that is doing the shit-shoveling...but it is still shit-shoveling we're talking about here.

"Personally I find it too much in your face distracting"

Yeah, Because you live in 2002 and don't accept change.

The bar is not shown in the same visual style as the DC forum and the color makes it stick out. Some are bothered by that, some don't. Ever since I put my first steps on the internet I have become very adept at ignoring content without use to me. This bar falls in that same category.

"I'm open to adding some very subtle extra button somewhere that pops up a menu"

You mean like the one that used to be on DC...the one that nobody used?  Oh yeah...they didn't use it because it was VERY SUBTLE and NOBODY KNEW IT WAS THERE!  huh

Mouser, you know me, and you know I will be straight up honest with you...You need to accept change...DC is 10 years old...but stop acting like everything is still as it were back then...it is 2015...accept change or be left behind in the dust...DC needs to incorporate all that is good, and accept that having an in-your-face popup, that could potentially mean DC gets a HUGE increase in traffic (Or at least a huge amount of potential towards free advertising).

Some spit-balling here: if you must have these buttons, I would update the profile pages here at DC and have check boxes (default enabled/disabled/cookie) close to the 'Post' button that way it is easy to share your own posts on a forum thread and if you have nothing to add to the thread you could add buttons to the first post. Or make a DC share button that shares automatically with the 'socials', according to the configuration on your own profile page. That way you could get rid of the bar, but not give up on the sharing functionality...for those that care at least.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 28, 2015, 06:25:58 PM
Continuing where Stoic Joker left off, 'The Walking Dead' and 'Z Nation' are very enjoyable zombie TV-shows as well. Both are very different. TWD is already around for 5 seasons and none of these are bad. Z finished its 1st season and is much(!) more tongue-in-cheek.

'Helix' is also a very enjoyable. A lot of series from SyFy are. From them also comes a sci-fi mini-series, called 'Ascencion', which is very well done. Know as little as possible about this mini-series as possible for full enjoyment, though. 
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Is there any way of 'saving' file associations? on: March 25, 2015, 09:22:47 PM
A search on the DC forum resulted in this N.A.N.Y entry. And it is my guess that it will help you out, especially with your preference of using portable software. Of course, this tool is portable as well.  Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 24, 2015, 02:08:33 AM
It also makes looking up information inside the books a bit tricky.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 24, 2015, 01:37:00 AM
@tomos:
[bad joke]
Schadenfreude...you sound a bit like a grammar n*z*, just now. Then again, when someone does do some 'Schaden' to a word, I have a hard time believing that a grammar n*z* gets much 'freude' from correcting it  tongue
[/bad joke] 
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how can I do this in excel? on: March 24, 2015, 01:22:42 AM
In the other thread, as Ath already noticed, I mention that many people perceive Excel to be the hammer to "nail" the problem. Although this may initially work, I can tell you now already that this solution won't scale well, if at all. Just open 25 instances of Excel at the same time...I have seen the result of that on a computer with 64 Xeon processors and 64GByte of RAM. A system that has proven to be capable of doing really heavy calculations on huge sets of data with our software, suddenly became so slow that we were called in the middle of the night by the (very upset) board of directors of the company that owned this computer for some serious "grilling".

Since then, there is one mantra. Excel is never, ever a solution. Entering Excel in any automated business process and you won't have to wait until you get burned by that decision. Excel eats so much resources, it is by far the biggest offender in the Office suite...Microsoft should be ashamed of letting such garbage loose on the public. Yet the public yearns for more crap to be bolted on that pile of sh*t.

An approach of generating an Excel file automatically after being triggered or after the interval of your choice is far better and something quite easy to do in already pre-existing solutions such as a CMS.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: links of files of a web server on: March 22, 2015, 11:34:52 PM
Any reasonably modern computer has sufficient resources to run the requisites of most, if not all, CMS's. Heck, if the amount of users that make use of these requisites is low, even older systems (Pentium 4 class) won't have problems. On Windows you have a lot of choice. XAMPP is one of those solutions. But there are many more and have been discussed previously on the boards here.

When you run such a solution you will have a working Apache web server, a MySQL database server and PHP. These are the building blocks which most CMS's need to function. After that is done, find the CMS you like on this website.

In my experiences with XAMPP I always liked that by default all is stored in the main folder XAMPP. You usually install it in C:\XAMMP or extract it in such a location (yes, it can be used as a portable app too).

The one thing you should remember though, is that the computer running XAMPP isn't too exposed to the internet. Solutions such as XAMPP are meant for testing and developing and should not be used in a production environment. At least not with their default settings enabled. To my knowledge any of these solutions come with instructions to make them safe for a production environment. 

Yes, all of the above will require you to study, but you will be glad that you did in the long run.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: links of files of a web server on: March 22, 2015, 05:01:07 PM
Excel is one of the worst tools for this kind of job...and as you asked for advice from professionals, they will tell you that Excel is (one of) the worst tool for this kind of job. A Content Management System (CMS) is more suited for such a job. Most CMS's make use of a database which has no problems storing and showing links (or storing/showing files if you are so inclined).

This kind of solution is usually faster than working with Excel files containing links. And that is not the only advantage such systems have over manually managing files and links in and/or with Excel.

I am sorry if I offend, but n my opinion Excel is perceived to be a hammer by many and these many see all their problems turn into nails. This way of thinking causes unmaintainable files, vague file structures and disastrous workflows come into life.

Although you might think you have saved time/money by "nailing" your problem. It is better to get it clear in your head what you want to achieve and then look for existing solutions on the internet. You will find that in most cases there is already such a solution ready for you to use. Commercial, open source or otherwise.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 22, 2015, 09:19:45 AM
If you have a spare hard disk and sufficiently sized pen drive laying around, feel free to download a trial iso of Windows 8(.1), create a boot-able pen drive using that iso (Rufus is one of the easiest tools I know), disconnect your main hard disk, connect the spare hard disk and start installing.

There is no surer way to test if your system is able to handle a new OS. And by disconnecting your main hard disk you won't make any (unintentional) changes to your main OS. After you are done testing...disconnect the spare hard disk and reconnect your main hard disk and you are ready to roll again in the comforts of your trusted OS.

 
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2015, 04:39:52 PM
Breastmilk...ok, I can still get why some people have/want an alternative use for that. But those pictures of ..., I have little to no words for them.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 21, 2015, 04:30:17 PM
You forgot to mention that after the grace period of not being able to verify the status of your OS (at this point your background goes black) you enter in another (much shorter) grace period. When you run out of that one, your computer reboots after 2 hours.

It is my guess that something similar will happen with Windows 10. Maybe they will use a different interval, depending on the device that is running Windows 10.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My computer is haunted? on: March 20, 2015, 11:01:27 PM
Worst case scenario: your USB ports could be fried. You will need to buy either a PCI expansion card supporting multiple USB ports or a new new mainboard.

Less worst case scenario: the drivers for your USB ports are broken. Removing and re-installing your USB drivers would be the best solution. More often than not, USB 3.0 ports need specific drivers which are usually found on the installation media that comes with the mainboard. And if you misplaced the installation media, you likely can find these drivers on the manufacturers website as well.

Are you sure that the mainboard is supplied sufficient amounts of "juice"? All kinds of (very) vague and seemingly unrelated problems can occur when your power supply isn't capable anymore to deliver the +12, +5, -5 and GND required by your mainboard. You could try to use a different power supply and check if the errors still occur when connecting the USB keyboards again. A high quality power supply really makes a difference, but often people fit their PC with a cheap model power supply, so they can spend more on a (more) decent video card or SSD or whatever.

If you as builder of your own system can "save" a lot of money this way, guess where a manufacturer of pre-built consumer-grade PC's will spend as little as possible. And if these manufacturers move systems in bulk that really adds up.

Here in Paraguay you don't have much choice, but since I have been using Corsair power supplies (and the occasional OCZ) I spent much less time on workstation maintenance. 

 
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 18, 2015, 09:21:36 AM
Maybe the Outlook/Office you were using hadn't all the necessary patches? That would be my first guess. Besides, What version of Exchange is running? If your Outlook is 2 versions older than the Exchange it connects to...your usually SOL.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 17, 2015, 11:02:35 PM
Perhaps UML could be considered a solution here in this case.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 17, 2015, 08:42:05 PM
Simple mockups ain't that difficult to do. Long time ago I used TurboPHP to create something for a prospect. While that never took off, I did like TurboPHP. Mind you, this was around 2006 or so.

You can still find the binaries and installer on the Google Code site I linked to earlier. Fair warning though...in case you are interested, you should hurry with the download, because Google will be closing Google Code (I forgot when). The installer is slightly less than 8 MByte, so it should not take long. Doesn't look like there is much development going on though, the installer is from 2007.  undecided
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a free image viewer with strong editing features on: March 13, 2015, 06:55:57 AM
One of the DC members here (Vitaly if memory serves me right) has made RWpaint, which has editing covered pretty well.

PaintStar is another alternative (also free, but this one can be used as portable...at least the version that I have here does)

And if Gimp isn't what you like, there is Krita.

Still, a good viewer is not an editor and a good editor isn't a good viewer.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 10, 2015, 10:49:49 PM
Is it not common to apply a coating on a new(er) car once every year or two, depending on the harshness of winter?

To clean roads of snow, municipalities use salt...which turns snow into a brown/blackish sludge that finds its way into every nook and cranny on the bottom and sides of your car. In no time your car will look eerilie similar to that brown/blackish sludge all year round. That is the reality in the Netherlands. However, there is a coating that protects your car. I only know it is called 'bitak'/'bitac' and that works very well for rust prevention.

If all you do is driving over smooth asphalt, then that coating easily lasts for years. Hence I always thought it was applied to any car. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 10, 2015, 12:13:41 AM
My mother drove for a taxi company when I was a young kid and I spent quite some time in his garage and houses. The guy did all the maintenance himself...or delegated to his sons. His garage had a hole in the floor where an adult could stand in. It was all tiled up, had stairs for easy entrance, room for tool storage on decent height. All that was left was to drive the car over the hole, leaving the bottom exposed for any kind of job you require. Very safe for when you need to work under a car.

 
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help superboyac build a server (2013 edition). on: March 08, 2015, 10:44:49 PM
When you add mirroring, your file-system will generate more overhead. Simply stated, you sacrifice speed for stability. Doesn't matter which file-system and/or RAID setup you use.

Also, verify the health of the disks in your storage pool(s). It is possible that one of your disks is generating a lot of interrupts, dragging the speed of all other drives down.

There is still a long shot (especially with older drives): drive alignment. Any partition management tool (Minitool has freeware for this) can verify this for you and allows you to align one or more partitions. If the partitions id filled with lots of data, this will take quite some time (hours). An empty partition is aligned within seconds. This really matters if disk I/O is of significance to you.

If you want speed, having a trustworthy backup strategy in place for your data and turning off any mirroring functionality is your best bet.

And if you are not comfortable with that, then your backup strategy isn't as trustworthy as you think Wink
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 07, 2015, 04:33:13 PM
Android and iOS don't carry nearly as much "baggage" as Windows does. The systems on which those mobile OS's are build, do.

Operating systems such as Linux and BSD have networking ingrained into them. Pre-Vista Windows versions actually used the BSD implementation to do networking.

Building on a base that has networking down means that this system is build around different design principles. You will still find 20-year old code in the most current versions of Windows (after all, backwards compatibility). Design choices that were made in the beginning of Windows are most probably biting the Windows Phone OS in the rear-end now.

As I own a Lumia 520 I concur with anyone about noticing a huge difference in battery life when WiFi is enabled or not. WiFi = off > close to 36 hours on a charge. When it is on, barely 24 hours. What most people forget is how much energy is spent on finding a WiFi network. If you commute and cross between a lot of dead spots or areas with a lot of (protected) WiFi networks, your phone will spent a lot of extra energy trying to find and/or connect to WiFi networks.The same applies to connecting to a 2G/3G/4G network.

Design choices in a mature software product made in a period where computers were mostly stationary will bite in the current mobile trend. But that is 20/20 hindsight for you.

All I want to say is that most people don't see that a simple (and logically sound) request can have a huge impact on a code base. Making any drastic change in a mature code base, without sacrificing (too much) backwards compatibility? Don't expect it coming soon...   
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multimeters are indispensable when working with any electrical apparatus. on: March 04, 2015, 05:03:49 PM
And for the elite: a digital or analog oscilloscope... tongue
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 04, 2015, 04:51:45 PM
Self-signed, perhaps? At least you can make these last 10 years...

Or is it for the company and it's clients. Because for internal use only, I wouldn't be bothered too much about makin' me some certificates Wink


(it is bad to make such long lasting ones...I am familiar with the do's and don'ts)
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home on: March 01, 2015, 05:59:20 AM
Burning the CD shouldn't be a problem with(in) the operating system the LazeSoft software is installed.

The instructions you mention are for the situation where you actually have to use the recovery CD to boot your computer from. I didn't encounter the instructions you mention on the LazeSoft homepage either (the section that explains how to burn a recovery CD).

In general, for proper instructions, always check the website of the company that makes the software first. If they can't be bothered to have such a section on their website, don't buy their crap.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: February 27, 2015, 08:41:54 PM
That is only the date from some of the files in use by your driver(s).

Better use tools like SIW to properly identify your computer or parts thereof, so you can visit the manufacturer's website and extract from the information on that website the true age of your laptop.

And if the above is too much work...the date of the BIOS/UEFI on the motherboard of your laptop is usually a better indicator of the true age of your laptop. Again, tools like SIW will show you this info at practically first glance.
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