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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Pro on: July 18, 2014, 06:31:52 PM
Basically, if you can get an 8.1 Pro ISO you can activate, (not install), with an 8.0 key.

And...if you search Google you can find out the documented official Microsoft way to alter your new ISO to not ask for a key when installing. You can then skip it & then enter your legal key once you hit the desktop.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: July 01, 2014, 06:29:45 AM
Josh, this is only one more mis-step in a long line of mis-steps. It's like any other disaster. People's attention are captivated by the drama, but as time goes on they get numb to the misfortune playing out and walk away shaking their heads.

Right now as far as anyone knows, Ad Muncher v5 is merely a tortured vision in Murray's cow-addled mind with no basis at all in reality. No one has seen a product roadmap, a UI mock-up, or the now infamous demo video he was supposedly made months ago of Ad Muncher v5 in action. The biggest news on his blog is a post announcing his research findings regarding toast sweat.

No. I'm serious.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: June 29, 2014, 10:11:18 AM
I used to be one of Ad Muncher's biggest supporters. There was a time when it was the ultimate piece of software and its author could do no wrong. Unfortunately, missing features, broken promises, release dates being perpetually pushed back, the author disappearing for well over a year and the crummy treatment of customers when they dare to ask difficult questions has eaten away all that good will.

About a month or two ago I discovered AdGuard. The current release version is pretty good, but the beta version is where it's at. As a bonus, people who volunteer to be beta testers get free licenses so there's been no entry fee for me yet.

So far I like what I see. It's as good as Ad Muncher *used* to be. It supports gzip, https, and all the other things that Ad Muncher's been promising for years and won't/can't deliver. This version 5 of Ad Muncher will have to fairly spectacular for me to entertain thoughts of going back. Forget for a second the promises of it being free. It's *still* been in development for 6 years and no one has seen so much as a screenshot or a feature list yet. Anyone can promise something's going to be free if it's never going to exist. Maybe General Motors should promise that the 2015 Pontiac GTO will be free when it's released as well.  smiley
4  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Pinnacle Game Profiler - Flash sale (75% off - $5) on: June 29, 2014, 09:53:56 AM
But is it any good? smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 26, 2014, 08:43:05 PM
My gloss on that:
  • Text completer
    Program comes with a dictionary.  You start typing, program offers a choice of full-text alternatives starting with the stem you've typed, on a "live search," "find as you type" basis.
  • Text expander
    Program allows you to create your own arbitrary shorthand forms matched to full text: e.g. "ys" = "Yours sincerely"
  • Text corrector
    You make a typo, program automatically corrects it: e.g. "teh" = "the"

First of all, thank you for digging that list of definitions up for me. Second, Comfort Keys will definitely work as a text completer and a text expander. I don't see where it will act as a text corrector, but the options for this program need a real overhaul. Options that should be grouped together aren't.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 14, 2014, 06:22:33 PM
in one of them someone makes the point (I'm quoting from memory and may not be perfectly accurate) that we should distinguish between text completion, text expansion and text correction.  IT majors on expansion, Breevy adds correction, Typing Assistant and Phrase Express offer everything.  Text Accelerator looks more suited to programmers who can write scripts for it.

Well, please help me understand the differences between text completion, text expansion, and text correction. I looked at the product pages for IT, Breevy, and Typing Assistant and Comfort Keys *appears* to do most of what they can do, but I could be overlooking something.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tizen OS declared 'dead in the water' on: June 14, 2014, 06:17:44 PM
Tizen was (is?) Samsung's attempt to take Google out of their smartphone equation. Unfortunately, Tizen doesn't offer anything that would make switching from Android appealing.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Loss-Proof Text Editor on: June 14, 2014, 06:15:37 PM
For instance, there is a plug-in for Notepad++ that allows you to auto-save on a fixed timer.

That plug-in is no longer needed as Notepad++ now has built-in 'snapshot' functionality that will save a file every x number of seconds.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend less known macro apps and text expanders on: June 08, 2014, 10:39:59 AM
I missed this thread the first go-around, but I've always been perplexed as to why text expanders are usually so expensive. Maybe it's because they are used so frequently in the medical and legal professions where people don't blink an eye at high software prices.

Unless I missed it, I didn't see anything from Comfort Software on this list. They have a program called Comfort Typing that is a text expander that has macro support and it only costs $9.95 or $19.95 depending on whether or not you want a lifetime license or not. For the privacy-conscious, it offers 448-bit Blowfish encryption for your saved data as well.

For $10 more you can step up to their 'suite', Comfort Keys which adds in a hot-key manager, on-screen keyboard, clipboard manager, and a few other things.

Might be something for the budget-minded to check into as Comfort Software's pricing is pretty reasonable compared to some products in this thread.

I own a lifetime license for the Comfort Keys suite, but probably don't use it to its full potential. The non-lifetime version was offered free on Bits Du Jour one day & I picked it up...then the next day the developer sent out an email to everyone who took advantage of the offer the opportunity to upgrade to the 'pro' lifetime license version for $10. I figured it was a no-brainer at that price point.
10  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 08, 2014, 10:19:08 AM
(I actually thought 64bit and multi-threading were synonymous embarassed)

I think multi-threading is a feature of the programming language one uses rather than the CPU architecture.
11  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 08, 2014, 10:17:55 AM
Personally, I think the lack of multi-threading is a lot worse than being 32-bit, if you want to worry about something.

Multi-threading was the next thing I was going to ask about. I simply can't live without that.
12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 06, 2014, 07:34:29 PM
So it's not exactly seamless, but it's a step in the right direction if 64-bit extension support is important to you (personally, I consider it a bug for the software that's installing the extension if it doesn't install both the 32-bit and 64-bit extensions on a 64-bit system).

Glad it's a step in the right direction, but I'm a little disappointed. I think XYplorer is the last hold-out among the major file manager players to not have a 64-bit version.
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer lifetime license PRO 50% off on: June 05, 2014, 09:41:32 PM
Has there been a 64-bit version released yet? Their site seems to indicate there hasn't.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Forget about resume if Pale Moon crashes on: June 01, 2014, 06:48:10 PM
Using Download Statusbar didn't help a wit.

Yeah...Download Statusbar just shows the download information of your browser in a different format. It doesn't offer any download manager capabilities, but....you know that now. smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: June 01, 2014, 06:43:25 PM
As a German, the centricism isn't too bad for me.  tongue
But thanks for the "comparison" though.

There was a time when I could give you an in-depth comparison of every Windows file manager available (and some Mac & Linux ones as well), but I'm afraid these days my knowledge is a little dated. Total Commander, FAR, and Directory Opus are the most powerful and the most versatile, extensible products on the market. Every other file manager is just a sub-set of those three.
16  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: The Fight for the PC Ecosystem - AMD vs nVidia - via Watch Dogs on: June 01, 2014, 10:05:35 AM
Nvidia has demonstrated time and time again that they are a very unscrupulous company. I'm not saying AMD is any better, but Nvidia has an unmistakable track record. From inflated benchmarks, knowingly selling defective products and doing nothing about it, and a laundry list of other shenanigans, they have a reputation for not playing nicely.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 01, 2014, 10:01:27 AM
The problem isn't that the default passwords are simple, because most if not all of them are well documented and therefore readily available. The problem is that so many people keep using them in production environments.

What I meant to include in my original post (but didn't because I sometimes type faster than I can think) is the real problem is often the manufacturer offers no way to change the default password in the product. It's set at the factory to a universal default with no way to alter it...like that Bluetooth-enabled toilet that anyone could connect to and flush. smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: June 01, 2014, 09:59:08 AM
And this attack sounds "fast", aka that researcher just sorta stood there and "did it", not like taking months of planning or whatever. So I am terrified if someone does a wide band attack within an hour on all million cars in NYC! You would never clean that up. The damage would last for months!

Oh, it *is* fast...as in 'drive up along-side your target on the freeway and 30 seconds later you're in control' kind of fast. Studied this a bit in school. It's very alarming.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WinXP registry hack enables further security updates on: June 01, 2014, 08:11:36 AM
When there are children in middle school that are younger than your OS, it might be time to consider upgrading. smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: TrueCrypt is Now Abandonware?! on: May 31, 2014, 11:07:45 AM
Due to being afflicted with the serious malady of being a digital packrat, I seem to be in possession of the installers for most versions of TrueCrypt going back to v3.0.

If anybody needs one, give me a shout.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: May 31, 2014, 10:50:58 AM
I used Altap Salamander up until I found DOpus.

Directory Opus is another one that isn't done justice by screenshots. Like Total Commander, it's very plain-jane out of the box but it's extremely customizable. Directory Opus presents everything in a comprehensive GUI so you don't have to wade through text files. You just have to wade through a GUI full of configuration checkboxes that never seems to end. Wink
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: May 31, 2014, 10:48:32 AM
Sorry, Jibz, but I really tried. I tried Total Commander several times since its 7.0 days IIRC, playing with its config., talking to some users, trying to make it look like something I might want to look at for a couple of hours a day. No chance. Even the "Ultima Prime" mod looks awfully on all screenshots I've ever stumbled upon.

I once read a user review of Total Commander that likened it to playing the piano. He was right because much like hitting different chords of keys on the piano enables one to make any sound, hitting different chords of keys on your keyboard allows one to accomplish any file management task within Total Commander. I'll extend that analogy even farther. If one wants to become a 'concert pianist' with Total Commander, it's going to take a lot of dedication and learning.

Unfortunately, that dedication and learning not only applies to the function, but to the form as well. You can change everything you see...the icons, fonts, key commands, plugins, the menu items...but last I checked there was no unified how-to guide. Everything you need is in their forum, but you'll be digging around to find everything you need and you'll be spending most of your time in text configuration files rather than a well-designed GUI. However, I have to point out that investing that level of dedication and learning is not without its rewards. Once finished, you'd have one of the most powerful file managers that has ever existed, completely customized around your workflow. However, at the end of the day, one orthodox file manager looks like pretty much any other orthodox file manager. They all pretty much share the same 'old school' look.

The Ultima Prime mod is something I wouldn't mess with. It's main purpose is to cram as much functionality & plugins as possible into one Total Commander configuration. Sure, it does everything for you, but you won't learn anything that way. If you run into bugs or want to upgrade a plugin on your own, you'll have to wade through a lot of stuff trying to make sense out of everything. Also, with Ultima Prime's kitchen sink approach, you're going to have a lot of plugins installed you'll never want or need which means a lot more opportunity for things to go wrong. Finally, everything will be set up as what someone else thinks is the optimal configuration, not you so you'd have to learn to work the way someone else works. Not good.

Orthodox file managers, when they were invented, catered to a world where storage was small and users only stored data in a few places. In the modern world, I find that I need to have more than just two panels open at a time. Maybe I'm working with my music library...source, destination, possibly preview and metadata panels are what I like to have open. Or perhaps my pictures library...source, destination, and preview panels for that task. Therefore, although I have a license to Total Commander I've moved on to a different file manager as the orthodox style can be restrictive and claustrophobic at times.

As for the programs you mentioned, I've used both extensively, but quite a long time ago so I don't have much experience with the recent versions. They were both solid performers at the time, though. SpeedCommander is very German-centric and Salamander seems to want to nickel and dime you for every plugin.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: May 31, 2014, 10:00:12 AM
However, if you feel like you really, really want a lifetime license, they've allocated 5000 of them for a last gasp sale.

This is a brilliant move, IMHO, because when a licensing change like this happens it doesn't matter how much notice has been given, but there are always people coming out of the woodwork screaming they didn't know & didn't have a chance to buy the product at the old price.

Now, realistically, this is only going to delay the whining, but it was a nice offer.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Search Results Removal on: May 31, 2014, 09:54:34 AM
If it happened then it was a temporary situation. Typing "vivint thermostat" into Google just now yielded 25,600 results.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Drove a Car While It Was Being Hacked on: May 31, 2014, 09:52:20 AM
The sad, and scary, part about all this is how trivially easy it is to do. Spending a little time with Google is all a person needs to do in order to become adept at this.

Although affecting a much smaller segment of the population, there are ways to hack the new network-enabled pacemakers on the market. How's that for taking things to a whole new level of scary?

We'll keep on this dark path until companies wake up one day and realize that 0000 (and other similar codes) is not an acceptable default access password to their product.
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