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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / New Dropbox Limits - Pro Accounts Get 1TB! on: August 27, 2014, 12:02:36 PM
Woohoo! Just as I was thinking hard about dropping my Dropbox Pro account since I could get so much more storage elsewhere, they went and sent me an email today saying that they have raised my limit from 100GB to 1TB! Wow!

They also added a number of features to make sharing more secure, like the ability to require passwords for others to download from your Dropbox. Many more changes also.

Here a link to their blog post announcing the changes:  https://blog.dropbox.com/2014/08/introducing-more-powerful-dropbox-pro/

Jim
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wikimedia refuses to remove animal selfie because monkey ‘owns’ the photo on: August 08, 2014, 01:34:34 PM
App,

While this topic was fairly interesting on its own, you have made it infinitely more so! Thought provoking. (And now I am trying hard to remember if I have ever taken any photos of anyone who has since become famous!  tongue  )

Jim
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Installing USB Mass Storage Driver - Problem on: August 04, 2014, 12:02:01 PM
Hopefully this is an easy question for someone here!!

I am trying to install an updated USB Mass Storage Device Driver for my USB 3.0 devices. Current driver is from 2006 - I'm guessing this was from Microsoft since the PC was just built in January 2012 - and I keep getting shouts from the Windows 7x64 Action Center. That plus the fact that I keep getting BSODs which are possibly caused by outdated software driver(s), according to suggestions from the Windows Debugger, WhoCrashed, and Nirsoft's BlueScreenView. My problem is that shortly after starting the installation I get an Install Shield popup asking me to "Please Plug-in Device". What device? All devices I have that need to be plugged into USB ports are already there. Am I supposed to remove one and then plug it right back in? Remove all? Can I just unplug it or must it (or they?) be uninstalled and reinstalled? (via Device Manager).

If I don’t plug anything in then the driver installation is canceled and I'm back to square one. I have done a fair amount of searching but cannot find anyone else posting about this problem.  (Am I the only one dumb enough to not know what to do here?! Second though, don’t answer that...)

Anyway, since there are a number of folks here with a lot more tech knowledge than I, I'm hoping that someone can advise me on this.

Thank you.

Jim
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: August 02, 2014, 08:31:26 AM
I think I might have to give AdGuard a try. I am tired of waiting for AdMuncher to work on https: websites.

Thanks.

Jim
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: July 30, 2014, 01:34:52 PM

BTW...is it just me...or do about half the comments posted on the campaign site read like astroturf? undecided

Well, who else would post anything nice at all there!

Jim
6  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: July 28, 2014, 11:34:27 PM
Oh - and here's the actual first showing date, per Wikipedia:

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Thanks!

Jim
7  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: July 28, 2014, 11:30:38 PM
Hi Jody!

The show is "Crossing Lines". The first season was last year, yet here is what my Weekly View showed for Sunday:

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And here is the episode page at TVDB:

[attachthumb=#1]

Thanks!

Jim
8  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: July 28, 2014, 01:05:08 PM
I'm getting some programs on my list show up in the Weekly view but they aren't actually scheduled, at least not in my area. What location is EpCheck pulling the schedule from?

Thanks!

Jim

PS - Hmm, worse yet when I double click on those entries I am taken to J River Media Center webpage for that show and it says there that the first air date was yesterday - July 27, 2014! It was actually on the air last year. It appears the problem is with bad data from J River.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: July 15, 2014, 08:48:43 AM
I've used the Event viewer and BlueScreenView, along with "Who Crashed" and several diagnostic utilities. Unfortunately they usually cannot point out the actual driver causing the problem that led to the crash - only the Windows system driver that ultimately shut down the system. E.g., this phrase, or a similar version of it, is used in most of the diagnostics I have tried: "This problem is most likely caused by another driver on your system which cannot be identified at this time."

I have identified 22 separate drivers that have initiated BSODs, plus several others supposedly caused by the kernel, ntoskrnl.exe, though all checks and tests state that another 3rd party driver is actually causing the kernel to shut down. I tried sussing this out by myself long enough and I'm officially throwing in the towel and letting Puget Systems figure it out!

Thank you.

Jim
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: maths anyone? on: July 14, 2014, 09:34:56 PM
thanks! same here

Sorry but this got me laughing and I can't seem to stop!! Hurting my ribs!

You crack me up, kilos.  tongue

Jim
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Malwarebytes self-start problem on: July 14, 2014, 09:29:50 PM
How do you know the BSODs are caused by Malwarebytes or the other security programs?

I've been suffering BSODs for about a year now - allegedly caused by a "third party driver". I've updated all drivers I can find to update, tested my memory and HDDs multiple times... Still getting the BSODs. It is almost impossible to find the driver or drivers at fault! Along the way throughout all my searching for a solution I have found that Windows 7x64 seems to be experiencing this issue more than other OS versions.

Jim
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: June 26, 2014, 12:10:15 AM
After five or six years of promising the vaunted Ad Muncher Version 5 - which would cover almost all of the current deficiencies in Ad Muncher, Murray Hurps has decided to offer Ad Muncher free of charge to all who want it. Also he blogged that V5 will include both Android and iOS mobile versions. His blog post making this announcement is here.

For two days prior to this announcement Hurps blogged about the imminent release of V.5 along with hints about an upcoming "Big Announcement", which is - I imagine - making AM free.

Personally I'm not certain how I feel about this. I can't help but to think that this will mean future development will be very limited, if it exists at all. Hurps claims he will afford this change as follows:

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This will be financially difficult for me.  Salaries for three people, along with our usual expenses, will be covered entirely by myself by selling almost everything I have, and taking on some external work.

That's scary enough, but his next comment is even scarier:

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At some point in the future, I may need to offer complimentary software products to Ad Muncher users (for example, a recommended spyware blocker or antivirus).

 ohmy     Cry

So it remains to be seen how this all will shake out.

Jim
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patents given away? Elon Musk blazing a different sort of trail. on: June 15, 2014, 12:27:25 AM
Yeah, but it's got to get there. As is often the case, people will realize it late and then there'll be a mad rush to develop and build more renewable plants.

(OK - The real poop? We won't have much more renewable energy until the oil and gas industry positions themselves to make the most possible money from it. Sad, but you know that will happen.)

Jim
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patents given away? Elon Musk blazing a different sort of trail. on: June 14, 2014, 10:49:30 PM
Presently only about 16% of the world's electric power is from renewable sources, with almost all of the balance coming from Fossil fuels (67%) and nuclear plants (13%). Use of renewable sources is growing but it ain't here yet. Granted that electric cars themselves run cleaner those that run on gasoline/petrol. It's just the power we use to recharge them that still isn't that clean yet.

Getting there... slooowly.   Cool

Jim

Not necessarily true.  I know of some people who charge their vehicles from renewable sources.  It's just more inconvenient.

It's really a matter of it becoming a priority at this point.

I understand that, but just the same only 16% of the world's electric power comes from renewable sources. Period. So if all owners of electric vehicles wanted to charge their cars from renewable sources then there will very soon be a point where there isn't enough such power to cover all the electric vehicles.

Believe me - I would prefer that all vehicles to be electrically powered! (And I desperately want that Tesla!!)  All I am saying is that we would not decrease our carbon footprint by as much as is thought by many, because for now - and the near future - fossil-powered power plants are needed in order to create enough electrical power to charge the vehicles. We do save the crap discharged into the atmosphere by gasoline engines, which is a big benefit. But we don’t stop using fossil fuels until there is a whole lot more renewable sourced power plants online. Which will be quite a while. There really needs to be another quantum leap in the technology for renewable-source power. E.g., we can't devote enough space to provide the windmills as desired by many. Plus windmills are only efficient in certain regions and the cost of distribution across the continent is prohibitive.

OK.. Enough from me for now.   smiley

Jim
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patents given away? Elon Musk blazing a different sort of trail. on: June 14, 2014, 04:31:51 AM
Presently only about 16% of the world's electric power is from renewable sources, with almost all of the balance coming from Fossil fuels (67%) and nuclear plants (13%). Use of renewable sources is growing but it ain't here yet. Granted that electric cars themselves run cleaner those that run on gasoline/petrol. It's just the power we use to recharge them that still isn't that clean yet.

Getting there... slooowly.   Cool

Jim
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patents given away? Elon Musk blazing a different sort of trail. on: June 14, 2014, 12:43:53 AM
Electricity is a far better energy source than fossil fuel for a lot of reasons, but at the top of my list is that you can generate electricity fairly easily on your own whereas you cannot produce fossil fuel period. This makes electric cars much more independent.

In the future, hopefully. But today it takes lots of fossil fuel to generate the electricity. (So many people seem to miss this point.)

Jim
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Search Results Removal on: June 04, 2014, 12:34:19 AM
Per this SlashGear article Vivint was delisted for four months and the delisting was just recently lifted. Google claims that the delisting was purely due to several spammy links (Google rep called them "unnatural" links) and that they, Google, had properly notified Vivint as to why they were delisted. He also said that as soon as Vivint corrected the problems and notified Google the delisting was lifted.

Seems it took Vivint four stinking months to finally get rid of their spammy and unnatural links!

Jim
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 03:51:04 PM
I don’t know if he's making it up (as he sometimes does) or if this is real info.

As he sometimes does?

I was referring to that "Imagined letter" from the TC developer. He has done that in the past too.

Jim
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 03:12:33 PM
Steve Gibson wrote earlier about some tweets between Steven Barnhart and his "contact" at TrueCrypt, someone named "David". As follows:

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And then the TrueCrypt developers were heard from . . .
Steven Barnhart (@stevebarnhart) wrote to an eMail address he had used before and received several replies from “David.” The following snippets were taken from a twitter conversation which then took place between Steven Barnhart (@stevebarnhart) and Matthew Green (@matthew_d_green):

    TrueCrypt Developer “David”: “We were happy with the audit, it didn't spark anything. We worked hard on this for 10 years, nothing lasts forever.”
    Steven Barnhart (Paraphrasing): Developer “personally” feels that fork is harmful: “The source is still available as a reference though.”
    Steven Barnhart: “I asked and it was clear from the reply that "he" believes forking's harmful because only they are really familiar w/code.”
    Steven Barnhart: “Also said no government contact except one time inquiring about a ‘support contract.’ ”
    TrueCrypt Developer “David” said: “Bitlocker is ‘good enough’ and Windows was original ‘goal of the project.’ ”
    Quoting TrueCrypt Developer David: “There is no longer interest.”

I don’t know if he's making it up (as he sometimes does) or if this is real info.

Page is at:  https://www.grc.com/misc/truecrypt/truecrypt.htm

Jim
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 12:14:00 PM
I have the setup files for TC 7.0a and 7.0a1 if anyone is interested.

Jim
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 30, 2014, 02:50:57 AM
One problem with that theory: TC 7.2 only allows for decryption; it will not encrypt.

Jim
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 05:35:50 AM
 Grin
Nice post!  I didn't know much about the issues with the developers, which is why I posted only the links. I had heard that they had opened a "back door" for the NSA but didn't know the details.

Whatever the case, I guess a lot of folks will now be scrambling for a new encryption program.

Jim
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 29, 2014, 03:49:23 AM
Their webpage at SourceForge now contains this "cryptic" message:

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WARNING: Using TrueCrypt is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues

This page exists only to help migrate existing data encrypted by TrueCrypt.

The development of TrueCrypt was ended in 5/2014 after Microsoft terminated support of Windows XP. Windows 8/7/Vista and later offer integrated support for encrypted disks and virtual disk images. Such integrated support is also available on other platforms (click here for more information). You should migrate any data encrypted by TrueCrypt to encrypted disks or virtual disk images supported on your platform.

http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/

And this article at BoingBoing explains why:

http://boingboing.net/2014/05/29/mysterious-announcement-from-t.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Jim
24  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release: Process Piglet on: May 20, 2014, 12:15:07 PM
A higher limit to what?

Never mind. Not a problem for me anymore.

Thank you.

Jim
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nice blog post on the parasitic software hosting sites bundling junkware on: May 20, 2014, 12:14:03 PM
Whatever happened to OpenCandy? Their rep was posting here a lot for a while, really pushing their wrapper and, like 40hz said, redefining the terms "adware" and "spyware". Then it all stopped suddenly. Did they crash and burn? Change their name? Get bought out by Google?
Thanks!
Jim
It's still owned and operated by Sweetlabs Inc. over in San Diego CA. And they appear to be still very much in business, claiming $21.5 million in venture funding and 750 million app installs according to their website. Not small potatoes by any measure, it would appear.

Wow! That's pretty telling! Hard to believe that the revenue potential is quite that promising from commissions or fees or whatever from the junkware developers whose products they push. We must be their main product. (And that is a very general "We" I use).

Jim
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