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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 30, 2015, 06:44:39 PM
nosh, if we want to talk about smartwatch aesthetics I really like the looks of the Asus ZenWatch. Of course, aesthetics are a subjective, personal thing.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: March 30, 2015, 06:41:32 PM
A new machine == A new reinstalling of Windows in my book. smiley
3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 29, 2015, 12:03:39 PM
When fulfilling the requirements for my college degree, I was tasked with choosing a programming language to learn. If I recall correctly, the choices were C++, C#, and Python. Python, while powerful, is (what I call) a scripting language in that it is not compiled so I figured I could easily learn it on my own later.

This left C++ and C#. I scoured the internet looking for opinions. C# sharp truly rocks, but I got the idea it was kind of unto itself. Therefore, I went with C++ because a lot of people mentioned that what you learn there can be easily applied to other programming languages. Some may say C++ is a difficult language, but even though I had only learned BASIC many, many years ago, I took right to it. Put yourself in the right frame of mind and it's like playing with Legos. smiley

People in the thread are recommending AHK and AutoIt, but...that doesn't make sense. If you are wishing to make full-blown applications and games from scratch...like your OP sounds like, then you don't want either of those. However, if someone can point me to a first-person shooter written from the ground up in AHK or AutoIt, I'll gladly change my stance.

You know Java. You know Visual Studio. Java is not going away anytime soon. There are worse ways to spend your time than advancing your Java knowledge. However, if you wish to broaden your horizons, C++ is an awesome way to do it. My college instructor would show us the C++ way of doing things & then, just to show a contrast, he'd show us the Java way. It was 90% identical most of the time.

I tell everyone if you learn C++ not only will you be learning a programming language, but you will also learn valuable problem-solving skills you will be able to apply to your everyday life.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New Bill Would Repeal Patriot Act on: March 29, 2015, 11:39:39 AM
I am an American, but once I realized the only difference between political candidates is what they promise before they into office, but once they do get into office they do everything the same way their predecessors did, I quickly lost any interest in politics.

I think I was 12.




5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 29, 2015, 11:34:41 AM
The 12 Monkeys movie was so damn good, I decided against watching the show.  tongue

Big mistake...they have taken a "How the heck is this going to work?" concept and turned it into something that is definitely worth watching. I was very surprised.

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Black Sails (Starz drama about pirates) is also good viewing - I've loved every Starz show I've watched so far.

For those that don't know, Black Sails takes the crazy position of taking the characters from the classic novel Treasure Island (Yes! Long John Silver), setting the clock back 20 years before the events in the novel take place and chronicles how Captain Flint first encounters Long John Silver. Oh, and they throw in a very liberal dose of real, historical pirates into the mix. Anyone who likes pirates and/or swashbuckling should give it a go.

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I'm about to start watching Outlander soon (another Starz show) - I haven't read the book(s?) or watched the movie(s?) so know very little about the premise but I've got a good feeling about it.

Don't know if my reply will reach you in time to save you. Most of the promo material for the show leaves out the "Harlequin Romance Novel" parts of the plot-line. Then again...maybe you like romance novels? smiley
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TV shows thread on: March 29, 2015, 11:15:47 AM
There's a certain amount of 'liberty' that Darabont has taken from the comics, and in some cases it changes the story in very ... charged ways.  Really not looking forward to it like I formerly was.

It's important that these liberties you speak of are taken with the blessing of Robert Kirkman, the creator of the comic book. In a lot of cases, these liberties are solely Kirkman's ideas to change things that he was decidedly not happy with the way they turned out in the comic. Other changes are made to give Kirkman and crew opportunities to explore paths not taken.

Does every alteration strike gold? No, but every path explored in the comic didn't, either. If the  TV show were a 100% accurate adaptation of the comic book I would still watch. However, my enjoyment would be lessened because there'd be no suspense in what came next. I'd always know what was around the next corner.

At least this way I have two different, excellent stories with the same strong cast of characters (more or less) and I can enjoy one freely without worry of encountering spoilers for the other. Just think of the TV show as being an alternate universe. smiley

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 29, 2015, 11:02:35 AM
The Anti-Climax Known as Windows 10  John C. Dvorak  PCMag.com

I've been waiting for years for someone to write The Anti-Climax Known as John C. Dvorak.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: March 29, 2015, 11:00:39 AM
I guess the obvious questions are what does WSC stand for? And what does this task supposedly do?
9  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech G910 Keyboard Review on: March 24, 2015, 09:41:08 PM
The G910 caught my eye the minute it was released as well, but I quickly lost interest for some of the reasons you mentioned.

They removed the LCD panel.
They removed the USB pass-through
They made it more flimsy.

...and after those minuses....

They raised the price. Bah, I said, and passed on buying it.

Having said that, I am actively using a Logitech K800 keyboard, a Logitech G700 gaming mouse, and a Logitech T650 Trackpad with the SetPoint, Gaming Software, and Unifying software all installed and it all just works. Sits in my system tray and stays out of the way with no memory leaks, but I haven't gotten any cutting edge hardware, either. Every Logitech peripheral I own has been out for a while and there's been time to get any bugs worked out.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinPatrol going subscription on: March 24, 2015, 09:26:18 PM
At the last big sale, when I finally caved and bought a license to both WinPatrol and WinPrivacy, there was blurbage to the fact that a subscription model was probably coming down the pike, sooner rather than later.

That time has finally come. Lots of software devs have to do it. The fact that the software changed hands before it happened is largely irrelevant. At the prices he's charging and the volume of licenses he most likely is moving, he's not going to get rich any time soon, either.

That he gave a warning so far in advance is extremely fair. He's now giving a second warning now that the transition time is bearing down upon us. Anyone who wants a lifetime license can go buy one right now. With the crazy way the economy has been acting the last few years....the recession a while back, the crazy-cheap gas prices in the U.S. right now, I don't see how anyone can accurately plan anything into any campaign without the aid of a working crystal ball.....and if you've got one of those, you aren't gonna waste your time writing shareware. Wink
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MxNitro Browser on: March 22, 2015, 07:44:02 PM
I don't see how you can get, or would want to be, more bare bones than Pale Moon in its out-of-the-box configuration. Anything more bare bones than that and you're just holding yourself back for minimal gains.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 21, 2015, 09:15:17 PM
With my membership to Dreamspark Premium I have no shortage of license keys I'll be able to use to upgrade to Windows 10. I also took advantage of the "Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99" launch offer multiple times.

Unfortunately, a lot of people aren't so fortunate.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 21, 2015, 01:46:17 PM
It's one of those funny MS moves. "You can upgrade, because we want you to feel teh shinyness, but it won't be legit".

What's 'funny' (and not as in funny ha-ha) is that Microsoft is refusing to comment on what the differences will be experienced by the user of a legitimate vs. non-legitimate license.

It's very weird all the way around. If you aren't legit, you can upgrade, but it won't be a real upgrade and we refuse to tell you why it won't be considered to be or what the ramifications of that will be.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 20, 2015, 07:22:51 PM
I wasn't able to update my Win 10 preview using Windows update. It tried, but said there was an error and that my previous version had been restored.

This is not unusual for beta/preview releases of Windows. Every once in a while your beta/preview Windows will get into a state where Windows Update won't be able to update it. Sometimes MS will update Windows Update's capabilities and you will be upgraded at a later date, but sometimes you'll be at a dead end & the only way forward is to do a complete install of a later build.

I've been tempted to try out Windows 10, but I've decided to hold off till May after graduation when I won't be dependent upon my PC for grades. smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 19, 2015, 07:27:08 PM
The way I read it, from one of the UK magazines, was that the upgrade was automatic provided that you had automatic Windows updates turned on.  In other words, you wouldn't get a disk.

I can see why Microsoft is doing it that way, but I really don't relish having to spend x amount of time installing Crusty-OS v1.0 in order to just sit and wait y amount of time while Teh-New-N-Shiny v2.0 downloads to install over the top leaving crusty, non-tasty bits all around your hard drive.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone getting a Pebble Time? on: March 19, 2015, 07:23:13 PM
The cheapest available on kickstarter now is $179, and the retail price for one is going to be $199? I know it's pretty fancy and all, but that's a lot of cash for a watch - you can get a OnePlus smartphone, which is by no means tardy, for $299.

Smartwatches are a product looking for a market. There's no compelling reason to get one yet unless you want to feel like you are Dick Tracy or James Bond. $179 isn't too unreasonable for a smartwatch as going prices for other models from other companies can go a lot higher, but with Android smartwatches gaining functionality and becoming more aesthetically pleasing by leaps and bounds, Pebble is going to have to step up their game.

Apple will have their own competitor in the arena very soon so I might question if this the optimal time to choose a side. The wise play might be to hold back while levels of functionality increase and prices decrease.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 15, 2015, 12:23:53 PM
Nice find Nod5, that Sony Digital Paper looks very close to ideal for reading academic pdfs.. Too bad the price is so insane ($1000).

It's even more insane than that. If you read the comments, most Sony resellers will only sell to corporations after a lengthy interview process. There's only one vendor who is selling to individuals and they've marked the price up to $1499.

I see the potential, but the techie part of my mind is shaking its head at only 1600x1200 resolution and PDF-only support. No MOBI, EPUB, DOC or TXT file support at all.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 2014-2015: Best tablet specs for ebook reading on: March 14, 2015, 04:33:00 PM
Tablets by comparison can read books but also do everything that any laptop can do (pretty much) so from a design and usability perspective e-ink devices focus 100% of their design and usability on reading books compared to a tablet where book reading is maybe 5% of their design and usability.

You definitely have a point, but I think people are moving to general purpose tablets from e-ink readers much like people moved from flip-phones, PDAs, and MP3 players to smartphones. People want one device with one power cable that they can pack around with them that does everything 'pretty well' rather than a few devices that each do one task 'excellently'.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Pale Moon browser now available on Android on: March 14, 2015, 04:27:20 PM
Thanks, Innuendo, for your response.  No problem about being a bit cryptic--someone with the screenname Innuendo is by definition likely to be a bit cryptic, no?

As time goes on I find that I'm slowly turning into one of those absent-minded professors one used to see in older movies. I will spout off (usually) insightful comments, but they are cryptic to everyone but me while I obliviously work on whatever project I am preoccupied with...blind to the surroundings and people around me.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is anyone doing this Bing Rewards thing? on: March 14, 2015, 04:20:20 PM
Sounds about right.  Thanks smiley

This is one of those bonus things things that if you were going to perform the act anyway regardless of whether or not there was a reward, you may as well reap the reward as well. I wouldn't go out of my way & change my habits just to take advantage of the program.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple gold watch to take up 30% of world gold production on: March 14, 2015, 04:04:06 PM
But you did get me thinking about the price... if they engaged in market manipulation like Goldman Sachs & their buddies, they could short paper gold to suppress the price, but that carries risk as well.

I suppose they could have had a 5, or 10, year plan...and used all that early iPod money to invest in gold heavily over the years. But...I just don't see them being adept at that kind of visionary thinking.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uTorrent has gone rogue on: March 12, 2015, 07:33:07 PM
Doesn't matter. BitTorrent was the premier torrent app...until the developer ruined it. Then uTorrent became the premier torrenet app....now the BitTorrent dev has bought it and ruined it, too.

Torrent apps are a dime a dozen. A new king will rise to claim the throne soon. While you wait for that to happen, check out qBittorrent. You might like what you see.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Vivaldi, the new Web browser for power users on: March 12, 2015, 07:30:46 PM
Power users want add-ons. Power users need add-ons. Do *not* build a browser that has all the gee-whiz functionality built in. Power users will not use that.

Give me a bare framework built for speed and let me add the features I want through add-ons. I will have the functionality I want without a whole bunch of features I don't want or need slowing me down. I will decide what add-ons are making my browser too slow and I will decide which ones give me enough functionality that it's worth a small price in speed in return.

If the Vivaldi devs don't understand this then they are just building Opera: The Next Generation.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft 'Signature' PCs on: March 08, 2015, 11:41:14 AM
The Signature program has been going on for a while. Microsoft is pretty serious about this program and has partnered with Best Buy so you can buy Signature Edition products from Best Buy as well.

That HP Stream 7 is definitely priced right, but I've become such a resolution snob. I nearly bought one, but I realize I probably wouldn't use a device that had a larger screen size than my phone, but an inferior resolution. That's just me being spoiled, though.

The free Office 365 subscription is nice for those who don't have it, but I get five licenses from work and five licenses from my college so I'm set there.

Keep a close eye on that $25 app store credit. The small print says it must be redeemed by December 31st, 2015 and once redeemed must be used within 90 days. Not a big deal...but easy to slip through one's fingers if one isn't paying attention.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avoid AdBlock Plus for Android! on: March 08, 2015, 11:16:31 AM
I've used AdAway and AdFree in the past, but for some reason I can't get them to block ads anymore, so that's why I installed ABDfA. In fact, I still have AdAway and Adfree installed. Yet nothing seems to block ads on my Nexus 7 2013 so I guess I might as well uninstall it all.

I once had an Android device that was in that state. Finally had to do a reinstall/'factory reset' and then AdAway worked once more.
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