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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 21, 2015, 11:24:33 AM
mouser was actually unhappy with ESET Nod32 and moved eventually - but I think the problem was the firewall in the full suite:
http://www.donationcoder....37239.msg349255#msg349255
thanks...i remember that thread.  So last year, mouser switched to AVG.  Mouser, how's that going after a year?  Still good?  I may consider AVG, I suppose.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface Pro 3 8GB I7 256GB SSD on: May 21, 2015, 11:18:08 AM
Has anyone used one of these for any length of time?  I am looking for honest opinions and not marketing glib. 

Already had to get them like it or not but wondered if I should expect any issues with overheating due to size and such.  I was kind of surprised to see that they come with tiny cooling fans (of some kind) in a true tablet form factor.  Don't know why MS didn't bother to make the keyboard (Type-cover) out of a Lithium Polymer so it could serve as an additional battery source.
As a side question, I need  to locate two fire-engine red "sleeves".  I searched Amazon and found quite a few but can't "road test" them all.  In this case, the users want light-weight more than "protection" from damage as the are "upper management" and live out of airports (more or less) spending more time in the air than on the ground.

The red color to match the Type-cover is probably just as important, it has to be a close match.  And needs to be more of a velvet pouch from what I can get out of the people they were purchased for.  Sad   Cry  This is the where the world of tech has gone..   Fashion sense matters most now  Cool  tellme

Opinions of what to expect would be appreciated as I will be the one who has to keep them running with remote support if they choke-up 1000 miles from home.   I just hope someone here has had one for a while.

Mfr websites to this day still post intelligent things like "In case of system lock-up to first remove the battery ..." huh!!  I have seen this advice posted on almost every site from HP to Toshiba even though they know the battery in those ultra-books can't be accessed without  a can-opener!


you should search in the forum for my sp3 threads.
tldr...i love the sp3, despite the high price.  I don't think there's anything like it...so small, and full desktop power
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Antivirus: Quick Thoughts 2015 on: May 20, 2015, 04:40:39 PM
This is not going to be in depth at all, but I thought it would be of interest here, since we always talk about AV programs.

I recently have decided to change my AV software.  I just started using ESET NOD32 (AV only) yesterday, and I think that's the one I prefer, let me explain.

I used to use Kaspersky, like a decade ago.  It was good, but then it started slowing down and being "unresponsive".  Like, I'd click on buttons like update, or other ones (don't remember), and nothing would happen, or it would take many seconds.  it was pretty annoying, I hate that.  So it was a performance issue, it seemed to be slowing down enough to bother me.
That's when MSE was getting a lot of publicity.  I tried it...it was free, fast, not bad.  So I kept that for a few years until last year.

I got annoyed by the lack of options in MSE, like being able to exclude files and folders with an interface that I liked.  So I started looking at the options again.  I tried Bitdefender.  It was good, very simple and pretty fast.  I used it for a while, but then the exclusion interface also started bugging me.  I just don't like it.  I also don't like how overly simple it is, almost the same complaint as MSE.
Then I tried Kaspersky again, after a few years.  Well, it has also suffered from interface annoying things.  Whereas before, all the options were in a nice simple tree, etc. now they are all over the place.  Like ribbon interfaces, you have to click around to find what you want, very annoying.  But it is loaded with features, pretty fast I guess.  But the interface was bugging me.

So I tried mouser's favorite, NOD32.  I like it!  The first thing I noticed was all the options are in a nice dialog with a tree interface.  None of this modern, weird, uber simple stuff. 

So that's it.  ESET has hit the sweet spot.  Hopefully it's not too slow or something. 
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch PDF printing on: May 18, 2015, 11:44:43 AM
Maybe you can try this...
find a pdf printer software that has command line functions.
use mouser's drag and drop robot software to manage the command line stuff.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft "Hyperlapse" tech is finally available to play with on: May 18, 2015, 09:22:41 AM
That vimeo video is really incredible.  I'd be curious how difficult it was to get it to look like that, and what kind of equipment was used.  Looks amazing.
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 11, 2015, 09:56:27 PM
Not nearly as powerful or fancy as the others, but has the benefit of being always available if you already use FARR.
I need it to be fancy.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqQvEcc3y1U" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqQvEcc3y1U</a>
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: May 11, 2015, 09:43:17 PM
My usually reliable esata connection for external drives started not working, as in, the drive wasn't being detected at all.
FWIW, when that happened to me I found that Windows updates had changed the driver. If you google around some, and if that's your problem, you'll find the steps to fix it. Those steps were a bit more convoluted than I'd have expected but I fixed the problem on two different machines. Looking back, quickly, I see that it was related to "JMB36X_WinDrv_R1.17.65_WHQL_eSATA.zip". HTH

I think you are right.  I may have updated one of those things in recent weeks, can't remember.  It's very difficult (at least for me) to know how to troubleshoot esata/USB problems.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: May 11, 2015, 10:58:47 AM
I just had an interesting experience.  In my previous discussion with fodder, i was saying that esata was more reliable than usb.  well, i just had the opposite experience.  My usually reliable esata connection for external drives started not working, as in, the drive wasn't being detected at all.  I checked the cables, I checked bios settings, etc., nothing had changed.

Then, I tried the USB3 connection, and it worked perfectly!  And it's been very stable since.  So I don't know anymore, lol.  FYI, the device I'm using is an inatek dock.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 08, 2015, 03:22:41 PM
I just heard that Windows 10 would be the last version of the OS.  But not like it's not going to be updated anymore, it will still get regular updates.  It's just not going to have regular OS updated versions anymore.  What does this mean??
Sounds to me like the way Chrome OS works now. You get your updates, but unless you're really curious, you'll never need to know what version your OS is or what the update number is. The device is just an appliance that is kept updated remotely. Most users may not even realise their system has been updated when they restart their machine.
I see.  That's how my surface tablet works, too.  It's ok, I suppose.  I keep feeling like I'm eventually just going to go Linux soon.  The problem with all this automation is that it moves away from the tinkering aspect for computer aficionados like me.  I don't always install all the updates right away, I wait and read about the experiences first.  it's not uncommon for significant updates to have issues that don't get fixed for a while.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 08, 2015, 12:39:35 PM
I just heard that Windows 10 would be the last version of the OS.  But not like it's not going to be updated anymore, it will still get regular updates.  It's just not going to have regular OS updated versions anymore.  What does this mean??

It sounds like just a nomenclature thing, right?  Instead of Windows 10, Windows 11...etc.
It will be Windows 10 v1, Windows 10 v2, Windows 10 v3, etc.  Or some kind of service pack, or just KB updates, I don't know.

And how does this relate to their cloud desires?  Just wondering...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 29, 2015, 03:44:10 PM
What do you get for WRITE speed on your corsair?  btw, it is rated quite highly online.  Can you crack 100MBps?
Did a Windows reinstall the other day (now running Win8.1, yay!) and used the Coprsair for the install files - got a steady 50MB/s for the ~27gig vmware image I was restoring, that's decent enough write speed for a thumbdrive.
Not bad!  That is blazing for a thumbdrive.  And it's not that expensive...i should get one.
12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: April 27, 2015, 12:50:11 AM
I am now doing Beta testing for NoteFrog, currently on v3.x Beta (2015-04-21).
Let us know how it's going.  I have so many clipboard managers, but notefrog's take on the genre is unique and somewhat practical.  I tend to use CHS in general for the most part.  I use clipmate for more hardcore stuff like archiving clips, not that I've ever needed to retrieve them, lol.  Notefrog is good for searching.  There was a time when i liked aceclip's interface, but notefrog replaced it for me with a similar layout and a better search function.

I'll be interested in significant improvements are additional features, thanks.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your Stuff Really Is Breaking Faster Than It Used To on: April 27, 2015, 12:43:52 AM
This is relevant:
 (see attachment in previous post)
That's totally a joke graphic.  The phones at this point are replacing desktop computers for a very large portion of the userbase.  So yea it's a "phone", but not really.  These phones now are closer to laptops than they are to those robust nokia phones.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: April 26, 2015, 09:21:29 AM
It's not really a problem...more like it's the program hanging up the safe ejection.  You just have to turn the program off to ejects sometimes.  I'm talking if you want the drive included in the everything index.  Otherwise, yes, turn off the drive as 4wd shows above.

The more difficult one is when something like svchost is hanging up the ejection.  Those are harder to figure out which program is doing it.  And still more difficult is when no process is hanging it up but you can't eject.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your Stuff Really Is Breaking Faster Than It Used To on: April 26, 2015, 01:29:54 AM
Very interesting, and obviously a controversial topic.

I'm always curious about this subject, and fascinated by it.  It's clear that the stuff made a few decades ago in general were more robust...you can tell just by handling them and feeling the weight of the metal and wood, etc.  And there's this argument that that kind of heft is way overkill.  On the other hand, things will break more easily.
But then the other extreme is building stuff like phones that are actually planned to start breaking down after a set number of years.  And that can be done with an OS upgrade, etc.  Now that is a little more fishy.

An interesting personal example...
I grew up on the transformers toys.  The big "nostalgia" about them were that they were made of die cast metal, and all of us grown kids now reminisce on that aspect, and how well made they were, etc.  Now, in the past decade, with the new movies, a lot of these toys have been reissued or recreated and marketed to us grownups who were kids at the time (aka adult toys).  They are not made of metal, but they are actually better toys than the original ones.  They are more poseable, better looking, more accurate to the cartoons.  but less metal.  At first I thought I'd hate it, but I like them more!  And most of the fanbase does as well.  So it's an example of something about myself I would have never predicted.  Before this, i was die hard about the metal.  Will they last as long?  Possibly, but not if they are dropped or something.  i don't know.  I find myself changing my mind a lot about this sort of thing now.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: April 23, 2015, 03:08:35 PM
In my experience, problems with USB 3.0 have come from the controller on the computer, or more specifically the drivers for the host controller.  It's worth seeing if newer drivers are available for the chipset on your host controller.

eSATA is very stable, but it will not work with drives >2TB on older computers that do not have BIOS support for large drives, whereas USB 3.0 (with a reasonably recent driver) will.

I have successfully used a U3eSATA USB to eSATA converter to attach a 3GB drive in an eSATA enclosure through a USB 3.0 port to an older computer that would not recognize it when connected directly to the computer's eSATA port.
Yea, good points.  i remember that 2TB limit.  That caused problems that resulted in corrupted drives, too.  At the time, the thing that fixed it was the Intel Matrix Storage Manager software.  NOw, most motherboards can handle it fine.

That adapter is nice.  You know what I can't find?  The opposite of that thing...that is, an adapter that takes an USB3 and turns it into an eSATA plug.  That would be VERY handy.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: April 23, 2015, 12:14:45 PM
IainB, your post agrees with what fodder says, regarding your overall positive experiences with USB3.
I guess for the most part, I have had good experiences.  My main problems seem to be using the drives in multiple computers.  There seems to be a problem sooner or later that corrupts the drive and requires a formatting.

I do very much agree that safely removing the drives is critical.  I normally use Zentimo for that, as it is very convenient for that sort of thing.  There are times where, like you, the drive wasn't able to be safely ejected.  This has often resulted in a corrupted drive if I force it.  So now I will power the computer down if that occurs.  Everything is the problem a lot of the time.

My most recent issue was that the Windows Server 2012 couldn't load the drive, and when I pulled it out, it got corrupted.  It was hanging on the virtual disk manager service process.  I'm trying to resolve this problem as I'd really like to be able to use the drive on that computer.

The controllers and drivers don't seem to matter that much IMO.  What I mean is that regarding the problems I've had, there was either no driver to update, and even if there was, the update didn't behave any differently than the old version.

I'm still looking for the post of the guy that ran some tests and also concluded it was a Windows problem, not a USB3 or device problem.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: April 22, 2015, 03:03:40 PM
Just to add more, when people say to disable the power saving features of USB, this is what they mean:
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19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / USB 3.0 problems with Windows; general discussion on: April 22, 2015, 02:55:04 PM
I got into it a little with fodder in another thread.  So I wanted to continue this discussion specifically here.

I want to talk about the problems with USB 3.0 in any Windows OS (desktop or server).  If you haven't experienced problems with USB 3.0, you are not going to help the discussion.  In other words, I'd like to figure out a solution if it exists, or at least nail what the problem is.

So, my experiences...
I've had several USB 3.0 experiences.  Some on desktops I've built myself.  I've used the more recent motherboard built-in features, I've used addon PCI cards, I've used expensive laptops that come with nice USB 3.0 features on them, including my Surface Pro.  The Windows OS's I've tried: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 R2.

My goal (I guess) is to have an external enclosure where I can swap drives in and out, use them on several different computers, and not have problems.  I've never really had a nice experience in these terms.  I've had success in isolated cases: for example, and enclosure+drive works well on my laptop, no problem.  But I don't think I've had success with using an enclosure+drive on multiple pc's without issues along the way.

Scenario 1:
I have an enclsoure+drive that has esata and USB3.  I first tried USB3 on a Windows 7 desktop.  It didn't work very well in that sometimes the device was detected, and other times it was not.  And sometimes, when it did connect, a popup would immediately ask to format the disk.  Which I didn't want to because it had data on it and was working before that incident.  Usually when this happens, the drive is already corrupted.  This has happened several times.  Usually occurs when trying the drive on different USB ports, or on different computers.  And the reason to try it on different ports and computers is because the drive was not being detected on the first try.

Scenario 2:
After experiencing Scenario 1, I lost trust in the USB3 connection.  So I decided to use the available esata port.  I really have not had problems with esata, I like it a lot.  However, some computers don't have esata, so when I take the same enclosure to a computer that lacks esata, I use the USB connector.  Problems occur, similar to above.  Where the drive gets corrupted and eventually needs to be reformatted.  When this happens, I end up using the esata port on the computer that works, and I stop trying to use it on other pcs.  I don't like that, but at least it works.

Scenario 3:
In this case, I don't have esata, only USB3.  I plug it in a USB3 port, it's detected, and I start transferring files.  If I do a significant amount of transfers, let's say 100GB...I've very often encounter the drive disconnecting in the middle of the transfers.  This usually turns out to be a power issue, but it's not always clear.  I've had it happen with extra power, too.  Some enclosures can add extra power, others cannot.

Scenario 4:
This is the new one for me.  I got an enclosure that can RAID-0 two 2.5 drives, with USB3.  I love the idea for speed and portability.  So far, it has had some minor issues, not enough to really be a problem, but enough to make me nervous.  it worked with Windows 7, but initially had a hard time being detected consistently.  One of my drives was fresh, the other had stuff on it.  after formatting and fiddling around a bit, it worked.  It worked on Windows 8.1.  It didn't work on Server 2012.  It causes it to hang.  But the bigger issue is that after plugging it into Server 2012 machine, it didn't get detected, and the drives got corrupted and had to be reformatted on the other computers.

So what's going on?  How do you get USB3 to work well and all the time?

I'm going to list many of the common solutions for USB3 problems.  In my experiences, they don't do anything most of the time.  But these are the responses that are all over the internet.
--Disable the power/suspend settings for the USB hubs.  Nice idea, rarely fixes anything.
--Similarly, adjust the power settings in Windows.  This has worked occasionally, but doesn't appear to be the problem.
--Bad controller on the enclosure.  I think this is nonsense.  I've had drives being corrupted the same exact way on several completely different enclosures.
--Replace drivers or firmware.  Also does not seem to do anything.  And figuring out the driver or firmware that needs to be replaced is also somewhat impossible.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Ads to move to full HTTPS as of June 2015 on: April 20, 2015, 06:03:06 PM
Are there any security/bandwidth/blocking ramifications?
last time this happened, ad muncher said they wouldn't be able to block the ads, nor would they ever try to.  Later on, ad muncher went free and stopped being actively developed or something.
Adblock plus seems to be able to block them with a plugin, at least.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 20, 2015, 02:59:40 PM
check that...I'm rereading your response.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are talking about 2.5 disks, not thumbdrives right?  If you have a thumbdrive that is consistently getting over 50MB/s, i need the model!
My first post has benchmarks of a SanDisk (50MB/s) and a Corsair (200MB/s) thumbdrive, my 2nd post is a 2.5" WD harddisk smiley

What do you get for WRITE speed on your corsair?  btw, it is rated quite highly online.  Can you crack 100MBps?
22  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: April 19, 2015, 02:44:13 PM
is it me, or is it impossible to find the download link for notefrog on their site?

edit...was just reading IainB's post above, yes, I'm having the same issues.  I'm guessing the developer is doing some business restructuring.  There is a lot of that happening right now.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Sucks! on: April 19, 2015, 12:17:15 AM
I tried Syncthing and couldn't get it to work for me.

I'm still happily using my copy of BTSync 1.x. Thmbsup
yea, that's a good way to go about it.  my favorite version was the one before they completely overhauled the interface.  this one:
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BitTorrent Sync 2.0 Sucks! on: April 18, 2015, 09:37:35 PM
oh...i see what has happened.  BTsync has gone "pro", so you can now pay an annual fee for the services.
This explains why they were tweaking the interface last year so aggressively.  They've been trying to make it more user friendly.  I don't like the changes, as my rant above shows.

The new alternative I have settled on...open source and free.  Syncthing:
https://syncthing.net/

It's not as easy to setup as btsync, but it's not bad.  it has an annoying cmd window that is open while it is running, and it can't autostart.  Fortunately, somebody has made something called Synctrayzor, which takes care of those issues, so that is the mod version I am using, and it's great!
https://github.com/canton7/SyncTrayzor

so i think i've said goodbye to btsync.  and it was great while it lasted.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 09:31:27 PM
ok fodder!  I'm convinced!
i need the models of your usb3 flashdrives.   Thmbsup

check that...I'm rereading your response.  Correct me if I'm wrong, but you are talking about 2.5 disks, not thumbdrives right?  If you have a thumbdrive that is consistently getting over 50MB/s, i need the model!
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