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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 27, 2015, 08:34:37 PM
Well, I was trying to suggest as much:

And I was emphatically agreeing with your suggestion. smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 10:41:08 PM
Oh, in my haste it appears I misread things. Off to download then....nothing to see here.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 02:32:58 PM
Expresso is a free alternative.

I had not heard of Expresso. It looked very interesting until I noticed that the last version was released in 2013. That wouldn't be so bad except it's coded to stop working on January 1, 2016.
4  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AdGuard: the better Ad Muncher? on: May 25, 2015, 12:51:54 PM
AdGuard is indeed the better Ad Muncher. I will even take it a step further and say that AdGuard is the heir to Ad Muncher's throne. Features that Ad Muncher's author has been promising for years, but never delivering on are in AdGuard today and are working darn well.

AdGuard program development is quite active and it's very easy to access the beta versions to play with new features that are in the pipeline. I bought Ad Muncher waaaay back in the day at a bargain price for a lifetime license and even at its peak, the development cycle wasn't as active as AdGuard's has consistently been.

Privacy concerns for AdGuard that have been mentioned in this thread are valid, but you can turn those features off if you do not wish to use them.

The Man-In-The-Middle 'attack' sure sounds scary, but it is really the only way one can intercept and manipulate HTTPS traffic in order to filter ads from HTTPS traffic. Realistically, though, how much of an 'attack' is it when *you* are the man who is in the middle? However, you can disable the feature for web sites individually or turn the feature off altogether. This is merely an optional feature for those who want to retaliate towards malevolent entitities who think it's funny embedding their advertisements in encrypted web traffic.

Pricing, especially for the lifetime licenses, is at holy-crap-that's-crazy levels if one buys from the AdGuard homepage. Fortunately, BitsDuJour and StackSocial have teamed up to offer a deal for a lifetime license covering 2 PCs + 2 Android devices for $39.00:

https://bitsdujour.stacks...ium-lifetime-subscription

The offer is set to expire in 10 hours as of this writing, but it's already been renewed on the site at least once. Heck, it may be perpetually renewed ad nauseum into infinity for all I know, but $39.00 is a good deal. Full disclosure, I thought it a good enough deal to buy twice (for 4 PCS + 4 Android devices).

No other ad-blocking solution available today, other than Ad Muncher, will block ads anywhere...even outside one's browsers.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 25, 2015, 12:28:44 PM
Yes, yes...on the surface it sounds like a wonderful idea. The unfortunate reality would be that answers would lead to more questions which would lead to even more answers...leading to even more questions.

I could easily see such a side-project dwarfing the entire DonationCoder site as a whole over time.
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Contraption Maker is FREE this weekend! (23rd May 2015) on: May 23, 2015, 10:06:38 AM
On slow connections like mine, the installation procedure is a drag...

Just for a frame of reference, what is the speed of your 'slow connection'? What one person considers slow another may not.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HTTPS exploit ready to terrorise on: May 23, 2015, 10:04:08 AM
The great thing about computers is that as time goes by they get more & more powerful.

The horrible thing about computers is that those more powerful computers make it possible to crack encryption algorithms that were once thought to be impervious to attack.

I'm sure 20 years from now it's most likely that any encryption we're using now will probably be as breakable as WEP encryption is today.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Panda Free Antivirus 2015 anyone using? on: May 23, 2015, 10:00:20 AM
I have never used Panda personally. I have known people who have tried it and it always ends badly, often with a need to reinstall their OS.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox 38.01 AMD x64 smooth on: May 23, 2015, 09:59:16 AM
I played with the latest version of Cyberfox x64 a week or two ago. It was very quick on my i7, although I didn't install all my extensions to see how much speed would suffer.

I'm still debating on whether or not to switch from Pale Moon. Pale Moon's author is very transparent about what differences are between it & Firefox plus there's an excellent support forum. Cyberfox's list of differences is just some vague wording on their home page.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 09:56:33 AM
I applaud Iain's tutoring skills, but I have to re-iterate what he has been stating since his first post in this thread. Microsoft Project is a beast that takes a lot of practice, training, and knowledge to tame. In Microsoft's stable of products, it's only rivaled by Excel as being a program with a simple interface that is a gateway into a world of complex commands, equations, and funky syntax that only be mastered by dedicating a lot of time to master the techniques that will make it bow to your will.

I have college coursework in IT project management and one of our tools was Microsoft Project 2013. We used the bejeezus out of it and I mastered everything we were taught, but I still left knowing there was a lot we had not had time to learn. I felt like we had barely scratched the surface of the power contained within the code.

So, yeah...questions about Microsoft Project posed in a cozy little software forum nestled in a corner of the internet is going to yield some simple, yet effective advice. However, if you are coming into using Microsoft Project cold with no prior learning or training, then a forum thread is not going to lead you to the land of milk & honey.

This endeavor is not something on the level of "Hey, I just bought a second monitor and I need to know how to set things so a different wallpaper is displayed on each one". That the OP states that Project is a badly designed program tells me that he has no prior experience with it or much knowledge regarding it.

Without formal training or at least a how-to-for-dummies book in your toolbox, a dance with Microsoft Project is going to only lead to death, destruction, the wringing of hands, the wailing of women, and the gnashing of teeth. (One or two of these things may not happen.)

Little known fact....the avatar Iain uses is really a picture of him. He's been trapped in that ugly sweater vest since 2008 as the result of a freak Microsoft Project accident. Don't let it happen to you. Respect the code.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to delete this empty file? on: May 23, 2015, 09:35:15 AM
I had something long and technical typed out, but since Curt is scared of computers, let's try something simple first.

Try moving everything except the non-removable file from the FotoTemp directory to somewhere else on your system. Now try deleting the FotoTemp directory. Sometimes this works.

If it does, recreate FotoTemp and move everything back. If it doesn't, come back here & we'll move on to more exciting experiments.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rethink Smartwatch on: May 22, 2015, 07:42:48 AM
Sorry, I'm late to the thread, but Samsung makes close to what the OP wants.

The Gear S:

http://www.samsung.com/us...ll-products?filter=gear-s

Has its own SIM card so it doesn't need to have a phone nearby. You can make/receive calls and text messages. It's basically another stand-alone device on your wireless plan. Battery life is supposedly 1-2 days.

Helpful tip: Probably best if you're sitting down when you price it out. smiley
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 50% off discount for RightNote - 19 May on: May 21, 2015, 07:40:17 AM
"...and also present and display them to others in a way that makes sense (to others)."

If I could find something that would do that for my organic, physical, literal brain I'd buy it at any price!
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Defender (also Microsoft Security Essentials MSE) - Mini-Review on: May 17, 2015, 10:09:31 AM
With a lifetime key, I am a long time user of Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro. But I too have made the swift to MSE ("4.8.204.0" since yesterday) because there is never any fuss, it is always working, and working discretely.
 thumbs up

With MSE there is never any fuss because it rarely detects any malware on a person's system...even when you are sitting and watching all your files be deleted. If you want a free alternative to paid solutions, give BitDefender Free a look. It has excellent detection rates & doesn't beat you over the head with advertisements to purchase the pro version.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 17, 2015, 10:04:36 AM
I'll recommend the excellent RAPTOR:

http://raptor.martincarlisle.com/

Minimal UI, but very powerful and will even 'run' your psuedo-program so you can see if the output is what you are expecting. I used it in my college programming courses & it was very useful.

16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 16, 2015, 05:04:31 PM
@Innuendo : I didn't consider (or claim) my list to be comprehensive at all. However, Wabbitemu is now on my list as I downloaded and installed it just now!

Oh, I know you didn't claim it, but unfortunately you've built a reputation around here of being thorough and comprehensive so I was a little surprised by the oversight. Wink

My inner geek squealed at turning my Android devices into TI-8x graphing calculators. Yeah, I know. I'm easily amused.
17  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 16, 2015, 10:35:43 AM
Ever since I had to buy my daughter a TI 84+ CSE for school, I have been using Wabbitemu when I need [her to use] a calculator. cheesy  (No downloaded TI ROM required, and there's an Android version too!)

And since Lauren has... err... misplaced her calculator, she is now using Wabbitemu on her laptop as well when she has that sort of assignment...

Wish I would have had knowledge of this in my college algebra class! And it looks like it will even load modules/programs designed for TI calculators as well.

All versions are freeware so I don't know why IainB left it off his list, though. There's nothing out there like this & it sure beats buying one of those expensive TI calculators.

OpalCalc looks brilliant. I would never use it enough to justify buying it, but I'm glad it's available *and* it is $5 cheaper than the program listed in the OP.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Http vs Https Universally on: May 16, 2015, 10:23:03 AM
That's like encrypting all the billboards on the side of the highway so people have to get and be wearing very special - and very expensive - glasses to be able to read your advertisement messages.

This is the perfect analogy. Cyber-attacks have a huge presence in the media & the public eye right now. This places them square in the middle of the narrow tunnel vision of CEOs worldwide. Unfortunately, these people have no idea what's involved in competent cyber-security. All they know is that HTTPS keeps their banking and credit card information safe. Therefore.....<wait for it>....if HTTPS is used on every web site than every web site will be safe!!!! Suck on that, ISIS!!!!

I use humor to illustrate a point, but it's a valid point, nonetheless. HTTPS is a very powerful tool and it has many awesome uses, but forcing its implementation on every web site is not an awesome use.
19  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: AdGuard Premium Lifetime on sale at StackSocial.com on: May 15, 2015, 12:34:54 PM
I decided I needed licenses for two more Android devices. Checked their site & the offer mentioned here cheaper than just buying two Android licenses on their own.

Fortunately, it looks like this offer has been extended....3 days left as of this writing.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ON/OFF TaskBar button for Automatic log-on and connect to Internet. on: May 13, 2015, 07:39:29 AM
While 4wd has a very good idea, I'm going to simplify things even more.

Some broadband modems have power buttons. Just turn off the modem when you want to be disconnected from the internet. Failing that, unplug it from the mains. You could also follow this logic for one's router.

If you don't want to go that far, just use the functionality built into the OS you are using to disable the NIC in the PC.

These suggestions are working under the premise you don't have other devices that would want to use the internet connection and/or you wouldn't want network connectivity among other devices in your house.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 13, 2015, 07:32:16 AM
I understand this.  I just never knew until now that it updated silently and with no notice.  That's the part that is the problem.  Just because you OK an extension once, doesn't mean you should have to sign up in perpetuity.

If you don't want software on your system silently updating without your permission then you should not be using Chrome at all. smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Surface RT - I got one. on: May 09, 2015, 09:26:09 PM
Deozaan, the outlook is pretty bleak for you. Windows RT is officially dead as the word has come down from the mountaintop in Redmond.

Quote
This thing would be so amazing if I could just run my usual Windows programs. . .

Why, yes it would and...yes, those things are amazing when running Windows programs. Unfortunately, you have to pay a lot more money to get one of the Surfaces with the 'pro' moniker behind its name in order to do it.

I've never used an RT device and I'm not too familiar with them, but I believe Microsoft's entire philosophy with the RT platform was that anything that an RT device could run would be offered through the Microsoft app store. I don't believe there's any way to 'side-load' apps on those things. I'd love to be told I'm wrong, but I don't believe I am.
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Dayu Disk Master Pro giveaway on: May 09, 2015, 09:15:28 PM
I feel compelled to remark that GOTD didn't used to be this way. Once upon a time, you'd go to their web site, download an executable of the program they were giving away, and it was yours to keep. You could install it right away, a week from then, or two years from then and it would always happily install without incident and would work perfectly.

This behavior, of course, had to stop.  Angry

24  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Dayu Disk Master Pro giveaway on: May 08, 2015, 12:51:28 PM
Anything from GOTD should not be called anything but an extended one-time trial. You have to install (and activate) the software *that* day and you are usually frozen in time in the sense that you can't ever upgrade it, even to a point-release. Also, heaven help you if you love the software and have to reinstall your OS. Your 'free' software will refuse to reinstall.

As much dislike as I have for GOTD, I have just as much love for Bits du Jour. You get a good price on the full version of the software that behaves exactly like the version you would buy from the software's official site. On the rare occasions there are any strange limitations, they are spelled out in plain English.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nemo - it's like Outlook Calendar for files on: May 07, 2015, 07:22:49 PM
What an odd little program....and I mean that as a compliment.

I don't see me having a use for it, but I can easily imagine that it'd be a highly-precise, custom tool for those who needed what it offered.
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