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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: The future of networking - resources for: SDN, OpenFlow and Mininet on: July 19, 2014, 02:10:58 PM
After seeing (just) the 'Eli'-video the concept is clear and very promising indeed.

That video didn't remove some of my doubts about the system.

Current networking functionality is quite rigid and if changes are needed, they need to be applied (by one or more able bodies) all over the network topology. A hassle management-wise to say the least. SDN will get rid of that by allowing changes to be done centrally and on-the-fly.

But in my (simple) way of thinking, does this not introduce a single point-of-failure? Where a virus or malware can take your complete network hostage? For example, by assigning all available networking capacity to a randomly chosen functionality (mail, HTTP, FTP, VOIP, etc.) every milli-second? That would severely affect every computer in your topology at once.   
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: July 19, 2014, 01:19:36 PM
I tripped across this a few days ago and it's popping up everywhere.

Rob sent in a press release for it to Cop Block, and I think it spread from there.

NSFW - The video contains extreme, graphic violence. But it's a darn good tune! smiley


Although I'm not a fan of rap, especially when the artist(s) only have 1 syllable words in their vocabulary, this actually sounds ok and addresses something. The video that comes with it is really disturbing though (at least to me).
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The art of finding on: July 18, 2014, 05:22:32 PM
On several occasions I tried the portable version of Thunderbird, but it never would work like expected when compared with the installed e-mail client.

But that isn't your problem. MAPI is your your problem. All mail clients support this standard, it allows for a mail message being generated, with the receiver, subject, body text and optional attachment automatically filled in. That more or less leaves one job for you to do and that is pressing the 'Send' button.

It shouldn't matter which e-mail client you use as this standard is supported on all clients.

However, Microsoft, in all their wisdom, made an extended version of MAPI to make a differentiation between their idea of an professional environment (Outlook and Exchange) and well, whatever...(any mail server with any mail client).

Depending on the MAPI functionality that is called upon by the software that wants to report the error, this can become a messy story. For example: encryption on a message-by-message basis requires the extended version of MAPI. Extended MAPI is only supported in Outlook. There are a lot more mail clients nowadays being able to connect to an Exchange Server, but for crap like this you have no other option than to use Outlook. To my knowledge at least.

Also, depending on the requested MAPI functionality, only certain Outlook/Exchange combinations are allowed.

You say you have Outlook 2002 on your PC, a version that is also known as Outlook XP. This is a very old version. So old in fact that Microsoft has already dropped support for the successor of your Outlook client. With that I mean to say that even if you configure your Outlook 2002 correctly, it could still fail just because it is too old (in Microsoft's opinion, not mine).

My usual advice is to just install the Thunderbird mail client as a regular application and you will see this problem go away automatically. Personally, I'm a great fan of portable applications and happily use these on a daily basis. Portable Thunderbird? Don't bother, it's just not worth it to lose your time troubleshooting over. It is only usable when you have very basic mail needs.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: July 08, 2014, 09:50:05 AM
Weren't iPhones not phones where you cannot replace the battery? That implies there is no option to remove the battery...an aesthetically pleasing listening device according to the owners...whoever that may be.  huh
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux User Are Evil TERRORISTS! Shame on you all! :P on: July 07, 2014, 09:38:02 PM
Is it then that Linux sucks? Or that some people's grand visions (in their own minds at least) are rubbing you the wrong way?

Windows has it uses, Linuxes has it uses and BSD has its uses. Just use the better tool tool for the job. I specifically did not say best tool, because that usually feeds the trolls. After all, your opinion is not mine and therefore not necessarily better or worse.

In my experience, it is always better to drink the alcoholic beverage of your choice together and discuss. If something stuck after trying to drown it with alcohol, it might be worth your time to investigate further. Granted, that could be just me  tongue
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reindexing in the background software for databases on: July 07, 2014, 09:13:11 PM
@ CWuestefeld:
If my posts indicated that one should not index, I'm sorry. I was trying to convey that you better let the database software itself take care of it, that continuous indexing is a bad idea and that compromises have to be made, no matter what database software you choose.

Since Oracle 10 automatic maintenance is done quite well in my experience. MS SQL Server is a bit more work to get indexing right. I have only played with the 2012 version and reading through the manuals, both off-and online, a lot of people (incl. Microsoft) mention that making and maintaining indexes within SQL Server can be tricky. There used to be a page that described how to design indexes, but for some reason it is inaccessible at the MSDN site. That was the page where I read about the do's and dont's with indexes on SQL Server (I think).
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reindexing in the background software for databases on: July 06, 2014, 01:45:56 PM
Sorry, with RMDB solutions (Oracle, SQL Server, Postgres, MySQL and the likes) indexing might not mean what you think it means.

Database queries that often occur are put into and index. With more complex ones That quickly becomes very resource demanding. It will make your processor/core(s) work very hard and it will start to do a lot of reading and writing to disk. Those two alone will make your PC a lot slower. I know that Oracle databases can be very demanding when they are indexed. Hence they do such tasks at times when the database is not or hardly accessed and when the DB has detected that there is a lot new rows added or removed.

However, I get the impression that you think your database is slow and that indexing is the only cure. Dedicate a computer to be a database server + giving that PC lots of RAM, a decent processor and the fastest hard disks and network card(s) you can afford, together with a monthly/weekly indexing of your database will help a lot more.

Then again, if your database is badly designed, then it will be slow no matter the amount of hardware or indexing you throw at it. Database design is (a lot) more difficult than you think.

I have no experience with this type of database, but you could try to use NoSQL-based database. Perhaps that concept will help you more. What I can tell you is that with choosing your database, you will always be subject to compromise.

If you want to use a different database, and your database is small (10 GByte of storage space or less) than you can use the express version of SQL Server for free. It isn't slow and comes with quite nice management software. But if your database needs more 10 GByte of storage space, you will have to pay quite a handsome amount of money for a license. Although that is still nothing when compared with an Oracle license. Although I must say that the Oracle Express database (also free, but limited to 4GByte of storage space) is very useful.

However, Postgres is open source, not (too) limited in storage space, uses an SQL dialect and features that are quite compatible with Oracle and works on practically any operating system.
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: friend can't run progs made with .net 4.5 on his XP machine on: July 03, 2014, 09:08:15 PM
From this article/blogpost I gather that it might work to have two very different versions of .net installed on your build PC. I'm not so sure how well the "targeting" will work, though.
9  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: friend can't run progs made with .net 4.5 on his XP machine on: July 03, 2014, 08:39:54 PM
Besides upgrading the OS, not really. See MSDN article or this even more devastating one from Channel9.

I did more reading, and it might be so that you can compile your .net 4.5 code in Mono, and the result should still work on XP. That still leaves the question: do you want to have such a mix-n-match of IDE's on your build PC?


* edit: added Mono suggestion
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Reindexing in the background software for databases on: July 03, 2014, 12:13:00 AM
With Oracle there are systems in place that do maintenance tasks such as (re-)index tables when a database is idling. That is because this consumes a lot of resources and it is better that during (re-)generation as little none to as little amount as possible database transaction take place so indexes are not (too) messed up afterwards.

The online documentation with MS-SQL Server already warns against creating too much indexes as they are more likely to degrade performance than enhance it.

Enterprise class databases don't even do what you want...or warn against these practices at least.

Ath is right, proper applications don't need continuous indexing.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: July 01, 2014, 09:22:19 AM
When you use another PC to access the host with VMWare guest bridging works best. With the Workstation product so much more is possible than with Player, with regards to networking.  

I recently had to do a test with setting up a Domino/Lotus Notes and that system wouldn't work properly using the Bridged networking features of VirtualBox (my software of choice). But enabling NAT solved that. That made me realize 2 things. First: never, ever (!) use use Domino / Lotus Notes. And second, switching from a networking feature set only took a reboot and would have saved me an hour puzzling why Domino/Lotus Notes couldn't be accessed.

This might be a peculiarity of the VirtualBox software and not even occur in VMWare/Hyper-V. Bridging is the default option to use, I am completely onboard with that, I just wanted to mention that a simple switch between networking features helped me to get Domino / Notes going.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: help needed: owncloud contacts on vmware with IIS on: June 30, 2014, 11:07:25 PM
The error description is not too clear. Are you very sure nothing else is blocking the port(s) required by Owncloud/IIS?

You might want to use NAT networking instead of bridged networking. Networking can be fidgety sometimes when working with VMWare or any other virtualization software for that matter.

Which VMWare software are you using? Player? Workstation? There are some networking limitations in the Player software that could have an effect as well. Especially when you are using 192.168.x.x networking on your normal host/LAN and 10.0.x.x networking in VMWare/VirtualBox/etc.

In that case it could help to disable bridging and use the NAT functionality of VMWare to handle the network traffic between these different type of networks.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Metalenguage - Encoder - Decoder on: June 28, 2014, 09:50:57 AM
InfoRapid ... has served me well in the past, though.

- just how far back into the past?  Cool

I don't want the program, so I won't test it, but it would be interesting to see if it still works on a modern system, after 11 years without updating. I guess "XP-mode" should make it possible?
 tellme



Thanks for the being old remark   huh

I tried the installer (yes, there are still files that old in my download archive  undecided) in Windows Server 2012 R2 and it works without a hitch. Searching/replacing with it also works spot on. So I'll assume that the software will work on any version of Windows.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Metalenguage - Encoder - Decoder on: June 27, 2014, 08:35:11 PM
InfoRapid is a tool that can replace a certain word or term for another in one or more files, both automatically and one by one. The url links to the page with screenshots. That is because you might need to get used to user interface.

It has served me well in the past, though.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soccer World Cup 2014 on: June 26, 2014, 08:45:29 PM
So the U.S. won, tied, lost, and advanced? I will never make fun of American football again.

If you'd ask me (and I know no-one did), in every tournament it is important to score as much points as you can all the time, while your opponent(s) don't. However, if more than one team has to same score at the end of the pool and only one of them is allowed to advance, then the team that has been able to score the most in all of the previous tournament games will be allowed to continue.

Not nearly as convoluted a rule set than what American Football subjects you to. And if that doesn't make sense...then you should wonder why American Football is only popular in the US. And it is not that Europe didn't try to start a American Football League. It is just that tickets were expensive, teams have way too much low-profile players to "connect" and so, so many rules...that it became a drag to sit through a game and that can only last so long.

To me it appears that American Football is much more about destroying the opponent mentally and physically (preferably both), not about two groups of talented players that want to have a good/great game. And with the easy accessible game of soccer (in comparison) I think it isn't weird that soccer is played by much more people globally. And for those outside the US that are into full contact team sports, there is rugby.

Not to dis the players or the sport, American Football sure requires skill, stamina and perseverance. It is just not sufficiently "dressed" to appeal to anywhere else than the US.

Then again, what do I know, I ain't a big sports fan. The only exceptions are Formula 1 + MotoGP + world cup soccer.
16  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Magrunner FREE on GOG for 24 hours! (June 18, 2014) on: June 24, 2014, 09:02:34 AM
Here in PY, the timer said there was still 1 hour left on the Omerta deal...
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there a decent youtube downloader? on: June 23, 2014, 06:39:56 PM
Get the youtubecenter plugin, that will add greatly to youtube configuration possibilities (you can actually store and import your favorite settings with a file. Get an idea of where the Flash player stores temp files (hint: it does this in a folder that appears to be empty, but it really isn't) and use a tool called 'Shadowcopy' to copy the content to a location of your choosing.

YoutubeCenter allows you to disable the partial loading/partial playing setting that Youtube uses by default. With that disabled Youtube reverts back to completely downloading the whole video. Shadowcopy allows for copying files that are in use by the system and/or application(s).

Works like a charm (and not only for youtube).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 50 Percent of the Energy Produced in Germany Is Solar: New Record on: June 23, 2014, 06:32:27 PM
True, but that was on a holiday, where demands on the grid dropped considerably. But for such a damp place on the globe it is still a very good accomplishment.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: June 23, 2014, 06:30:01 PM
Walk of shame: Entertaining (albeit predictable) comedy about a goody-two-shoes anchor lady getting into trouble just before being interviewed for promotion to a bigger network.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Stuff We Feel Like Bitching About on: June 17, 2014, 07:33:56 PM
Nobody using Ghostery for blocking ads? Although the source of this browser plug-in (all the main ones, except IE) might be considered questionable, I am using it to my satisfaction. it's the only blocker in my browser (FF) and even on the more...adult sites, it blocks beyond belief.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... functional software kvm on: June 15, 2014, 10:42:44 AM
I didn't see these being mentioned in your earlier posts...or I accidentally glanced over it. However, these might prove useful even if these do require a network: Ethernet KVM swithes and devices

Google Search and Wikipedia (close to the bottom).

Decent KVM switches are never cheap and this type of KVM requires a device for each computer you want to control + a specific switch, making it quite expensive. However, this type of KVM works even when the computers you need to control are not in the same building or city or even continent.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 11, 2014, 08:00:45 PM
@CWuestefeld:
There is always Windows phone...  Grin

Until now (and my needs have been simple) it is very easy to copy files/photos/music etc. to and from my Lumia 520 from a Windows PC.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: May 31, 2014, 08:53:38 PM
First of all, nice set of wheels Thmbsup

Something I would be very wary of is buying a car where it is hard to get parts for. Did such a thing a few years back here in Paraguay. Buying a car is hardly the problem. Maintaining it will make you lose money over fist.

Let me explain a bit. Here in PY, if your car isn't from Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes, BMW or Chevrolet you will financially suffer more. Any other brand and their parts are hard to come by. And by hard I mean it is cheaper to buy a Toyota part and make adjustments until it fits your brand of car.

I drove a small, 4 door Skoda (which is a Volkswagen in disguise, only for a lot less money) which was imported from Germany. At the end it was more Toyota than anything else. Roads are not great here, suspension last around a year here with normal use. Quality of fuel is different as well. It was at least every 4-5 months back in the garage for another repair (which always seem to last about 2 weeks). Good garages/mechanics are hard to find here, as most prefer to work around the problem than actually go after the source of the problem and fix that.

For me it was way too much headache and by being never sure your car will get you where you need to go, I had no fun in driving a car anymore. The final straw was the thought of "I'm actually paying to have this kind of misery in my life". Sure, the basic maintenance tasks I did do myself, but those were never the parts that broke and I ain't enough of a mechanic to even try.

Public transportation is quite reliable here, but it is definitely more reliable than running your own car. A one-way ticket from the outer suburbs to the city center costs you around 50 US dollar cents per person. Show me a gas-guzzler that can beat that price and I'll consider one again. For fun I'm riding a Yamaha Trailway motorbike.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 10:27:46 AM
^ So bizarre I keep thinking it's a prank.  Cool

Either that, or the real reason Vista took so long to release was due to protracted negotiations on how big of a back door to put where.

I was thinking that they couldn't agree if the door needed to be made out of mahogany or oak...   undecided
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: May 28, 2014, 05:45:10 PM
Fluffy dice on the mirror...
Fox tail on the (always extended) antenna...
Kit that makes the previous (or next) model of your car look faster, with mismatching colors of course...
Rims that are (much) more expensive than the whole car...(they're spinning...they're spinning!!)

 tongue
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