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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nice blog post on the parasitic software hosting sites bundling junkware on: May 20, 2014, 03:57:49 PM
To my mind, the real problem software developers have is that many got sucked into the "monetizing" game and started including "offers" with their installers. And then there were things like OpenCandy jumping through hoops to redefine the terms "adware" and "spyware." And indy devs went along with these sorts of things to "gain exposure" and minimize their hosting and bandwidth expenses. So aggregator sites and bundling became the norm. And now, many in the marketplace have become desensitized to the presence of bundling - and totally deaf to the words of software developers and distributors. So any protests by developers to the general public aren't likely to be heard. Because they're no longer listening to the industry.

It was only a matter of time before some enterprising crapware bundler put 2 and 2 together and completely cut the software developer from the equation.

You get what you pay for. And you pay for who you associate with.

And that sad new-age adage still remains true: If you're not the customer - you're the product."

Especially when somebody else is picking up your distribution expenses. Just ask Walmart. 
dammit 40!!
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 19, 2014, 04:16:48 PM
You're saying it just places the call, but the rest is using the cell service?

Yup. 

As Deozaan mentioned there were other apps that provided a VOIP integration with GV (in my limited tests, they didn't work all that well), but it seems Google cut them off recently.

What I use GV for is to have a single phone number that gets forwarded to several different phones (my home phone land line, a cell phone at work that I keep at my desk, and my actual cell phone).  I get rings to all those phones when someone dials my GV number. Also, when I dial out of my cell phones, I can have things set up to dial out as my GV number (or not - you can configure it to ask on each call).

This works OK, but I'm not entirely convinced that the complexity is worth the small value I get out of it.

The thing I do like about GV is that I have a phone number that I can use with whatever cell phone and whatever plan - I can change phones or SIMs on a whim and never have to worry about making sure the porting process will go smoothly.

All this time I've been thinking it's possible to make calls using wifi.  Now I find out it's practically impossible!
SKype doesn't really count, but it's ok I guess.

I'm still pissed about this.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 19, 2014, 03:49:16 PM
I made a few calls using Google Voice while connected to the Hotel's free wifi.  I even checked the wifi statusbar symbol to see that the data was going through there and not the cell service.  Well, I come back home and all those calls were charged.  How do you figure?

Did you get charged for data or for voice?  Google Voice sets up the call through TCP/IP (whether WiFi or mobile data), but the call is connected through the cellular carrier.  It's not VOIP. 

I assume that Google Voice does this specifically to avoid a conflict with the phone companies. Or it might be because VOIP over whatever data network a phone might have available is still pretty iffy.
oh really?!  I got charged for voice.  I was always under the impression that google voice would allow you to make calls thru wifi, as in the data gets charged through wifi.  You're saying it just places the call, but the rest is using the cell service?  Big deal!  I'm so underwhelmed now, I always thought gv was amazing.
129  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteFrog Pro (clipboard information manager) - Mini-Review on: May 18, 2014, 11:16:55 PM
Note Frog's look is distractingly busy-looking and hard on the eyes. I couldn't see myself willingly spending a lot of time in it because of that. The interface isn't XP...or even Win98. It looks closer to an early Delphi app under Windows for Workgroups, or possibly something written for a Commodore 64. At least to my tired eyes.

A pretty interface won't make a bad app into good one. But it can certainly make a very good app look like a bad app. And with all the competition in this category of product, a dev might not get a second chance if the interface is a turn-off.
it's so true, lol!!  it was the first thought i had when i used it the first time!
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 17, 2014, 08:59:54 PM
None of the telco's are your friend. And the behavior you describe was rampant in Europe. Now there are laws in place to should prevent this...and all that the governments sacrificed was their customers net neutrality.

You (as customer) will pay going left or going right. And now the telco's have made it so that you (as customer) pay for both ways while only using one nowadays.

The only way to be sure is pulling the sim from the phone and then call through WiFi. My stock Lumia allows for this, at least.
piece of s--- companies, whoever is responsible for this.  I did a quick search and didn't find anything, but somebody's gotta make an app that is a simple button on/off for preventing roaming charges somehow.  None of this figuring out which toggle does what...data sync, cell mobile data, data roaming, data wifi, etc.  very clear one button.

like this:
Charge me for data roaming: on/off.

I don't give a damn crap which service doesn't work.  I just don't want to get charged.  And it shouldn't have to take removing the damn sim card out.  just a toggle.  man, it makes me so angry how much money they've gotten out of this shit.  if someone who knows as much about computers got it like this, they must have made billions off of this nonsense by now.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC/Indie/coder/startup house/condo/etc on: May 17, 2014, 05:33:29 PM
I know I've said this half jokingly before, but in all seriousness if we could find a multi-family property where 10 of us like-minded individuals/families that work from home could each put up our share of a mortgage -- a place with some retail ground floor space where we could have a little board game shop or maker space or teaching space or something, a place that could be improved and developed over the course of a few years.. maybe a shared car or two, i'm ready to put in my share and labor. Seriously.  Anyone?

Someplace near upstate ny would work best for me but i'm open to literally anywhere.

Wow! Talk about reviving memories! I was involved in a music/art living arrangement like that many years ago (back in the late commune days - although this was more an art-focused voluntary community rather than a commune) and it worked out amazingly well for everyone involved. As people got older, and started families or found employment elsewhere, it gradually faded away - but with a group of about 10 people who already knew where they wanted to put some roots down - and the admittedly more realistic and diverse mindset of today - you could probably make a go of it.

Suggestion: make sure the finances are all worked out well in advance. The thing that made it work for us was that money never became an issue because it was all mapped out - and with as many possible contingencies as possible planned for.

The best advice anybody ever gave us when we were setting up was to make sure the money questions were addressed and settled before anyone said "I do." This guy had organized several voluntary communities and said they were just like marriages - because more marriages break up over money problems than anything else. And from what I've seen, he was right.

Damn! If I wasn't locked in where I am right now (with major caretaker responsibilities for some elderly parents) I'd definitely be interested. Unfortunately, I'm not going anywhere for at least a few years. And where I am is not the type place (i.e. cost of living way too expensive) where you'd want to attempt a living arrangement like that.


I love ideas like this.  And it's great to hear of an actual experience that really worked, 40.  Because sometimes you toss these ideas around and they are so wild sounding that they don't even get the proper consideration or debate necessary.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / All data services on Android off, still got charged roaming in Italy! Bastards! on: May 17, 2014, 05:19:07 PM
I'm super pissed.  Went to Italy, turned off every possible toggle that could result in data or voice charges on ATT.  Here is the recap...

My phone:
nexus 5
Android, Dirty Unicorn custom ROM
ATT service

settings:
Mobile Data toggle was OFF
Mobile networks--> Data Roaming setting was UNCHECKED (meaning off, not allowed)

I made a few calls using Google Voice while connected to the Hotel's free wifi.  I even checked the wifi statusbar symbol to see that the data was going through there and not the cell service.  Well, I come back home and all those calls were charged.  How do you figure?

I'm so pissed about this.  I want to blame ATT.  But technically speaking, it looks to me like it might be a Google/Android problem because my suspicion is either those toggles don't work or there's something very tricky about what those toggles actually do...like maybe it turns off web browsing but not voice calling or something idiotic like that.

I also just tried this back at home, I turned off Wifi, data mobile, everything and made a call...and the call went through!  WTF!?
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 03:01:42 PM
Good point.  I'll save me the money.  I'll use it for the monitor mixer unit instead, which is going to cost a pretty penny.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 12:43:09 PM
Nice, I found one there.  For $100 I get a case with 90mm fans.  For $250, I get a case with 120mm fans.  worth $150 for larger fans?  hmm...
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 11:46:20 AM
Short of finding one on EBay, I don't know where else to suggest. 6U is an awfully specialized chassis size, so there aren't going to be that many choices (new or used) to begin with.

If you're willing to come down to 4U or smaller, places like Directron offer very affordable cases you might want to look at. These won't all be from top-shelf makers (or built to data center specs) but for something like a large home server that's mostly  going to stay put and not be constantly ditzed with, they'll work just fine.

Maybe Stoic has some recommendations for this one since he gets involved in more hardware purchases than I do?

Luck! Thmbsup
Thanks.  Yes I am willing to go to 4U because they are so much cheaper!  I was just trying to avoid noise issues.  This is for a gigging computer.  I'm finally satisfied with the technology we have available and am ready to play keyboard through the computer rather than onboard sounds.  After all 32-128 MB onboard can't compete with a desktop running multi-GB samples.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Looking for a 6U rackmount atx chassis. on: May 16, 2014, 11:03:04 AM
Can any of you recommend an affordable 6U chassis to house an atx computer?  I don't need a lot of space for hard drives, I'll be using only a couple of SSDs.  But I want a lot of room for big fans.  Also, it seems these kinds of cases are really expensive >$500, so if any of you have cheaper alternatives, that would be great.
Is there a used market where I may be able to get it cheaper?
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Groundhog Day Loops on: May 14, 2014, 03:19:57 PM
You might also want to consider Dark City. There is a groundhog loop - admittedly engineered every 24-hrs by an alien social experiment where everyone gets "reset" each night - but to the humans who are subject to it, it adds up to the same thing.
I saw Dark City in college and it blew me away.  Great looking movie.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 13, 2014, 11:52:03 AM
Anyway, I've never found a good client option.  I hate Outlook.  i don't much like thunderbird. What else is there?  the other options seem to either be really old and unsupported or too new and overly simple.

If you're still looking for a client option have you looked at Sylpheed ?

It's been my major choice for a long time - there's also Claws of course which is a version/fork of Sylpheed.
Ha!  Thanks.
I don't have much motivation at the moment to find another email client.  It already caused me much anxiety years ago when mouser convinced me to switch to the Bat from Pegasus, lol!  Now it's all set up, backed up, no real issues.  All the filters and colors and interface tweaks, ugh.

http://www.pmail.com/
Pegasus is still going strong!  Damn!  I used Pegasus for such a long time, must have been 12 years.  Top notch program.  Man, that's a trip down memory lane.  One of the first pieces of software I used intentionally as a power user.  I was in college and got one of those gigantic computer review magazines.  THere was an email client roundup, I was using Eudora at the time.  It talked about all the powerful and free features of Pegasus, I tried it and was hooked.  Now look at me...I'm a crazy software nut.  Addiction is a sad thing.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: RightNote Revisited / Review (in lieu of a RN forum) on: May 13, 2014, 10:17:06 AM
Well, you just might be as crazy as I am.  Not quite there yet, but close.  Grin
140  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: TextAdept: Lua-extensible Editor on: May 11, 2014, 11:52:37 PM
no...more...text....editors...i can't take it anymore.
 Sick
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Recommend Debian based image for VMWare Player on W8? on: May 11, 2014, 11:45:00 PM
The Mint is still pretty sluggish.

That's likely because of the virtualization. That's why I think it's better to just run Linux live and off a USB key if you're not gonna install it for real. VMs are ok for occasional use. But for any sort of real day to day productivity, unless your machine has serious kahunas, the results are often disappointing running virtual under a Type-2 hypervisor (i.e. OS-level rather than baremetal) - which to me is more a glorified sandbox than a true virtual environment. (That's purely my opinion BTW. There are many who will strongly disagree with me on that point.  Grin)

But FWIW, I've got Mint 16 installed baremetal on a couple of older Core 2 Duo laptops with 4Gb RAM (and those slow laptop drives) and the response is very crisp. On my i5-powered box with 8Gb RAM, Mint flies.

 Cool
I have Mint on an old laptop ~2008 that is not very powerful at all, and Mint is very fast.  I also use virtual machine linux installations, i've tried a whole bunch.  VMs are always more sluggish, no matter what.  I use it like 40 says, as a sandbox to try stuff.  I have never done anything serious with VMs.  There's a great jazz sheet music app that is only available on Mac, and i use the VM for that.  Cool
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 10, 2014, 03:01:33 PM
  • Website Watcher
  • TheBat
[/b]
  • VmWare
  • My own apps smiley

I used to use TheBat ages ago. It was ok. But I never developed the degree of reverence some users seem to have for it. Has it since gotten that much better than all the other email clients out there? huh
What other email clients?  That's the question.  There aren't many good options.  The Bat has LOTS of minor issues, but no real major ones.  Most of my complaints are interface related or "nothing written about THAT!" related.  It's hard to figure out how to do anything fancy because there's no updated manual or forum where you can search and find answers.  it has a stupid old listserv where most of the activity occurs, and the crowd there is of a very *particular* sort...i.e old school.

Anyway, I've never found a good client option.  I hate Outlook.  i don't much like thunderbird. What else is there?  the other options seem to either be really old and unsupported or too new and overly simple.
143  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: May 09, 2014, 04:41:10 PM
I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading about why people choose the text editors they use.
 Wink

I think it has partly to do with the fact that it's just a text editor, lol.  It's supposed to be this very plain thing, yet there are so many complex options and features, etc. to consider and we get all passionate about them.  Same goes for other software, I suppose, but I really have fun with the text editors.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: May 09, 2014, 03:40:01 PM
@tomos - Nice! Some older influences to be sure. And all the better for it I think. Refreshingly honest and real performance for a change. (No twerking dancers or other distractions either!)  Thmbsup Thmbsup

Yeah, the only distraction was the big screen slide-show. That was there because it was a tribute concert (to the guy who was the founder of the Montreux Jazz Festival; I used always think that was somewhere in French speaking Canada - seems it's in French speaking Switzerland embarassed)

I think it might be Superboyac's cup of tea as well.
Looking forward to getting my live CD anyways smiley
It totally is!  As soon as I heard the groove and the organ...I'm like, oh yea!  The guy is fantastic, I'm buying this live album for sure.  I'm actually in the middle of arranging a song with pretty much the same instrumentation and style.
145  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander Giveaway (59$ value) today only on: May 06, 2014, 04:16:47 PM
When living in the Netherlands I did have a bank card and that I used a lot, because it felt much more secure than a credit card. Just saying, it's not that I have too much against 'plastic', I just don't like credit cards.

Makes two of us.

Interesting that there's such a demarcation between credit and debit (i.e. bank) cards in Paraguay. Over here they're virtually interchangeable. Especially now that the transactions go through in near real time. Far from not liking debit cards, many merchants here prefer them. They pay a fee just like they do to process a credit card transaction. But the funds clear into their checking account almost immediately if the customer has sufficient funds and enters a PIN number at the time of purchase. Transactions going through the credit card process can take up to three days to appear in the merchant's account. Credit card transactions are also much easier to get reversed, so there's a greater risk to the seller if a customer decides to play games.

FWIW, I have a small checking account linked to my main account. It has it's own debit card. Anytime I want to make a purchase (especially online or via phone call), I'll transfer sufficient funds out of my main account into this account (easily done online or by old-fashioned voice phone keypad) and use its debit card to make the purchase. Unless I'm about to buy or order something, the balance in this account is kept very low. This way, even if the account becomes compromised because some seller got careless (or I did) I'm only at risk for the small 'idle' balance in the account. My main checking account remains as "anonymous" and "safe" as these things can be. (Which may not be all that much, but every little bit of extra security counts.)

And if my "for purchases" account ever does get hit, I can just close it, open a new one with it's own debit card, and be on my merry way.

One nice side effect: Because I have to transfer money onto this account to use the debit card, it greatly cuts down on impulse purchases. Sometimes that extra step makes me think twice and decide I really don't need to buy it after all. That can hardly be a bad thing. mrgreen
 Cool
clipped and saved.  dammit 40, i need to make a new category for your stuff in my notetakers.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter project hit by consumer protection complaint for failure to deliver on: May 06, 2014, 03:51:15 PM
(Note: Being a playing and tarot card collector myself, I also think "collector's disappointment" is driving a lot of this. The concept for the deck was brilliant and highly original. And the artwork was drop-dead gorgeous. This deck could easily have become a much sought after "investment grade" collector's deck.)
they do look great.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Anyone here from Italy? PM me. on: April 26, 2014, 10:59:56 PM
That's all.  As the title says. smiley
148  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: E-mail client recommendations on: April 24, 2014, 06:09:56 PM
I've been happily using TheBat for over a decade (there is a discount on the forum for those interested).

I have about 800,000 emails stored in it.
dayam! power user!
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Net Neutrality news from FCC today (4/24/2014). What do you guys make of it? on: April 24, 2014, 04:22:04 PM
http://www.pcworld.com/ar...-neutrality-proposal.html

I'm not sure what to think of this.  I don't particularly like it mainly because I'm operating from a "if it ain't broke" perspective.  I love the way the internet has been the past 15 years.

What exactly is this "fixing"?  What was the problem?
what part of the net is not neutral already?
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ImgBurn - full of OpenCandy and other crap on: April 24, 2014, 01:52:00 PM
hmmm...first cdburnerxp and now imgburn too?  what's the deal?
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