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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: English Retail Sites Block Access from Quebec (self-censorship?) on: November 14, 2014, 07:36:53 AM
Quebec's official language is French. Businesses are allowed to use other languages so long as French is prominent and given preferential treatment. Displaying a sign? French must be displayed first and in a larger font. Other languages may appear below in a smaller font. Setting up a voice menu for your customers? French first. Setting up your voicemail message for when you are out of the office? French first.

It's not only the government responsible for this, but the majority of the citizens are supportive of this initiative. There's no laziness here. It's all about the bottom line. There's added expense just to access a limited demographic.

I'm sure Quebec is too busy planning it's next secession initiative to notice anyway.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mailpile [Beta] on: November 14, 2014, 07:29:44 AM
I reckon hat's an interesting point. What other browser-based email clients have you had experience of and how did they fare? What's wrong with browser-based?

There's nothing 'wrong' with them. I just prefer traditional email clients like The Bat!. I've always found webmail lacking and MailPile looks like it'll be the same even if it is hosted on the local PC rather than in the cloud.

Again, nothing 'wrong' with it...just not my preference.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Loaders vs "original software" - tips, tales, and troubles on: November 13, 2014, 10:23:37 PM
See below.

Waiting patiently to see what appears 'below'. smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mailpile [Beta] on: November 09, 2014, 04:52:31 PM
Mail clients that are brower-based make me sad. Sad
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: November 09, 2014, 04:51:17 PM
Ok.  I'll take a look.  smiley

While you are looking, keep in mind that everything you see can be changed if you don't like it...even the pull-down menus. If there's functionality you need, but can't seem to find in the program chances are there's a plugin that will do what you need. There are a few Total Commander users here on DC and we'll be glad to help you out.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ripple - When the Good comes back on: November 09, 2014, 03:49:42 PM

When I clicked on this I expected to see:

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Music Identification via Sound Card on: November 09, 2014, 09:43:20 AM
I think there's a lack of such software for the desktop PC because it's easier just to take your phone out of your pocket and have it identify the song. smiley
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: November 09, 2014, 09:41:47 AM
Unfortunately the FreeCommanderXE seems like it will never have all the features implemented like
file Renamer and FTP client.  I'm hobbling along with Explorer until I find something similar to the old FC.

Try Total Commander, Miles. It can be dual or single pane with or without tabs. It has a deceptively simple appearing appearance, but has a lot of power under the hood. It's shareware, but you cannot beat the price.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any fans of the TV Sci-Fi show "A Town Called Eureka"? on: November 09, 2014, 09:36:51 AM
Eureka was an awesome show at the beginning, but it took a turn for the worse when they started ignoring their own world-building. Remember in the first season it was established that Eureka was a top-secret government project and its entrance was hidden from the world so that strangers couldn't pop in unannounced?

Fast forward a few seasons and you start seeing story-lines centered around strangers popping into town unannounced. smiley   Even without the contract dispute I really don't see it having lasted much longer. The writers were running out of ideas and didn't know what to do with the characters.

Warehouse 13 was a very enjoyable show. The quality between episodes wasn't always high, but it was nearly always entertaining. It ended right where it needed to. The characters had run their course, but I see a lot of untapped potential with the premise of the show. Maybe in a couple years there will be a Warehouse 14 with an entirely new cast.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 09, 2014, 09:30:28 AM
What sets really smart people apart from the norm is primarily that they think differently than other people. It's fundamentally just cognitive creativity. Scorpion tries to simplify that by writing smart people as being mostly like other people, but just knowing a lot more stuff and having some personality quirks that mark them as nerds.

I can't speak for the other characters, but the main fellow is 'supposed' to be a high IQ INTJ type. I've spoken a bit about Myers-Briggs elsewhere, but in the first episode the main guy makes a painfully obvious point to describe INTJ character traits to the other characters, mostly to the the young boy. Speaking as a person who happens to be the INTJ personality type with a high IQ, that character in that role with that writing is the equivalent of writing a live-action version of Groundskeeper Willie into a network drama and attempt to pass him off as what Scottish people are really like.

Of course, if they did that there would be a great uproar because of so many people proud of their Scottish heritage. In this case, they'll probably get away with it. There's less than 2.5% of the world's population who are classified as being INTJ. Less than 2% of the world's population has an IQ over 135. Factor in how many of those people have actually seen the show and that really wouldn't make much of a letter-writing campaign user base. smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 02, 2014, 11:58:17 AM
I want to reply to this thread, but not sure how to do it. I am very similar in type to the main character in this series. I have his strengths (high IQ) and all of his weaknesses (off-beat social interaction skills). I found the way the character was portrayed was highly offensive. However, I realize it must be hard for a writer to create and write a character that is vastly more intelligent than they are. It's akin to trying to write in a language you don't know and are incapable of learning. The series is a caricature...a writer's interpretation of what 'scary smart' people must be like. There are so many directions they could have gone with this, but they'd probably need some 'scary smart' writers and there most likely aren't too many of those around.

The Mentalist is a different kind of show. It's not a show about a genius. It's a show about someone who has studied human nature intently. It can lead to some fun entertainment, but the writers have to be clever...and they usually aren't. Just pay attention to the first 10 minutes of the show & you'll guess what's going to happen 99% of the time. I think the writers have realized that because the last season or so they've given up on trying to be super-secretive with the big reveals and have included the audience in with the plotting to catch the bad guy who thinks he's smarter than everyone else but really isn't.

To tie the two shows together, I'll end with this. When Patrick Jane converses with his weekly worthy opponent, one of the lines he likes to trot out the most is, "You are the type who always thinks you are the smartest one in the room." I get the point he's trying to make. There's that one person who is looking down on everyone else with smug looks thinking that they can manipulate everyone in the room to fit their whims. However, anyone who has ever really been the smartest person in the room knows it's nothing like this. It's not a wonderful feeling at all. It's more like a numbing feeling of boredom and dread sweeping over you as you move from one person to the next trying to learn something, trying to ignite a spark of interest in something, anything, before your mind shuts down from no intellectual stimulation.

When someone is the smartest person in the room they aren't mapping out Machiavellian plots to create an army of minions. They're too busy trying to discern if they jump from that two-story window to escape into the night what the chances of twisting their ankle will be.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ed Snowden Taught Me To Smuggle Secrets Past Incredible Danger. Now I Teach You. on: November 02, 2014, 11:37:01 AM
I've finally looked up how to use PGP with email and got it all set up, but since I know absolutely nobody else who uses PGP for their email I can't even try it out. (c:

Most people who would use PGP refuse to use it due to the overwhelming amount of (circumstantial) evidence that PGP has an NSA backdoor in it.

If you're going to use something like this, you may want to look into GPG (Gnu Privacy Guard). It's Open Source so not much chance of any backdoors being slipped in.
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ad Muncher is now free on: November 02, 2014, 11:33:11 AM
Ad Muncher used to be an industry-leading program written in assembly language. It was a modern marvel of engineering & brilliance. It was innovative and program updates were frequent. Ironically, all that came to a screeching halt when the author started porting everything to C in order to make code updates easier & facilitate a faster release schedule. Since that's happened, v5.0 has been promised for *six* years and features that were promised long before that are still nowhere near being offered.

Today, it's obvious the world has passed Ad Muncher by. New ad signatures are released every day, but without any engine updates there are still lots of web sites that display ads or are just non-functional with Ad Muncher running. There are now other, better solutions out there that also block ads other than in browsers. They aren't free, but they offer the features Ad Muncher has been promising for years but has never delivered.

I'm not sure why the author thinks he'll have a better chance of releasing the much-hyped v5.0 of the program now that there's no revenue from selling the program when he couldn't get it released at the height of the program's popularity when the money was rolling in. And what happens when he runs out of possessions to sell off to support the program?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 10:45:12 AM
Peter Capaldi was lined up a long time ago.

He was lined up long before anyone knew there was going to be a next doctor. In one of the Doctor Who specials that aired on BBC America it was also revealed that it was decided the role was going to be offered to him even before he came in to audition. The story goes that he came in to audition only because he grew up watching the show & loving it as a kid. He figured they were going younger and younger with the Doctors in the new series so he thought he didn't have a chance.

He even told the producers that and they had to struggle to keep straight faces. smiley

For me, though, my favorite doctor is David Tennant. I didn't really care for him at first, but warmed to him slowly. It wasn't until the Human Nature/Family of Blood two-part episodes that really cemented it for me, though. Tennant brilliantly conveyed that the Doctor, while usually quite eccentric and carefree, could also be as cold and deliberately cruel as needed in order to stop a threat. Those episodes really added a new layer and dimension to the Doctor for me. More accurately, the last few minutes of the second episode did.

It showed that if you really get him mad, he will finish you and not in a merciful way.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: new blackberry passport runs android apps "without delay" on: September 27, 2014, 10:43:38 AM
Is that a square screen? Is anything on the web square? (videos, web sites......)

They are wanting to go after the business user who will be using their mobile phone for 'serious' content rather than people who watch videos & movies on their phone. The square screen will allow the user to see more of the PDF or whatever business document they are trying to work with.

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kevin Mitnick Is Now Selling Zero-Day Exploits on: September 27, 2014, 10:39:25 AM
app103 is following my line of thought here. Hacking is considered to be an act of terrorism under modern American law. It's just a matter of time before one of his clients does something illegal with what he sold them and he'll be looking down the barrel of being charged as a terrorist.

It's amazing how some of the smartest people can also be among the stupidest.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: September 27, 2014, 10:36:11 AM
Please, do NOT rely on Microsoft Security Essentials to protect your PC. Most independent AV testing organizations are even starting to drop it from their regular testing because it can't compete with even the worst freeware AV solutions. Microsoft has let it languish on the vine far too long. It will let all sorts of nasty stuff install on your system while it obliviously studies its shoe laces.

If we're talking free AV solutions, there are a lot of choices out there and most of them are not bad at all. Right now, the one that is considered to be the best free solution is BitDefender Free:


I've never used it, but it gets great reviews and always scores extremely well in independent tests. When someone asks me for something free to install I've been pointing them in BitDefender Free's direction & I haven't had anyone come back and complain yet.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux bash exploit discovered on: September 27, 2014, 10:25:19 AM
Akamai has created a WAF rule to filter this exploit; see "For Web Applications" below for details."

The way my mind works sometimes concerns me. The first thing that came to mind when I read this was why does Akamai have to worry about the wife approval factor when patching exploits?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: September 21, 2014, 10:22:39 AM
If it cost the employer a few hundred dollars to pretend to interview someone they may actually listen during the process.

Unfortunately, I suspect that if it actually cost an employer to interview someone they would simply stop interviewing or at the very least cut down the amount of people they interviewed for a position. I imagine they'd go through all the resumes with a fine-toothed comb, pick the two or three resumes that stood out, and then interview those lucky few for the job. This would mean that job prospects who don't look as good on paper as they come across in real life would then be at a horrible disadvantage.

The jerks who embellish and lie on their resumes would be getting all the interview calls....till the cat was out of the bag. Then everyone would start embellishing and lying on their resumes. None of us want to see what kind of forum post that scenario would illicit out of Stoic Joker. smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to repair zip files? on: September 21, 2014, 10:16:21 AM
The zip file structure has always been....fragile. Consider using rar instead as it will give the option to store recovery records with the archive that will give one a much better chance of archive repair should something go wrong.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New BitTorrent client needed, suggestions please? on: September 21, 2014, 09:59:10 AM
I decided to break off my relationship with uTorrent about 6-8 months ago. I was using v1.85 which I believe is the last version before all the foolishness started, but the problem with staying with such an old version is you don't get access to any updates or bug fixes.

I looked at a lot of different clients before deciding to give qbTorrent a try. I was a little skeptical of the use of the Qt4 libraries as a lot of times that means weirdness on Win machines. However, I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. A nice, minimal UI with every command easily accessible & I don't miss uTorrent at all.

And although I've never had need to use it, there's even a web ui built in with DynDNS support.

I didn't see tixati on my travels when searching for a uTorrent replacement so I may look at it next, but there's no reason to look at anything beyond qbTorrent other than curiosity at this point.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An ode to my failed disk drive on: September 08, 2014, 06:33:16 AM
The Seagate of today is not the same Seagate of old, unfortunately. While they were once my favorite company when it came to hard drives, there has definitely been a drop in quality the last couple years. Also, the way they are marketing their current line of hard drives is atrocious. No specs listed on the packaging, mixing older technology drives in with new & selling them in indistinguishable packaging, etc.

I won't buy another Seagate drive until they mend their misleading ways.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IT Resumes on: September 07, 2014, 10:06:48 AM
You have seven seconds.

More on this in a bit, but let's start at the beginning, shall we? When you spot a position you are wanting to apply for, don't send in the stock, default version of your resume. If you do, your resume will never make it through the gauntlet and reach the person who can make this a happy ending for you.

Someone mentioned that you shouldn't load up your resume with jargon because the people in HR won't understand the terminology. There's an element of truth to this, but there's a certain amount of jargon that must be present or, again, the running of the gauntlet will be a failure. Allow me to explain why. The job market has changed drastically in the last few years, at least in the United States. Hundreds, maybe even thousands of people will apply for each position.

In order to help separate the applicants who are worthy of further attention from the time-wasters who apply for every job they see, a lot of companies are implementing automation. This means that quite often the first person to see your resume isn't a person at all. It's a computer program designed to parse the resumes of all the applicants, retain the ones that reach a certain percentage threshold of hitting on all the key phrases and jargon that someone somewhere has decided that will show if a candidate is worthy or unworthy. Please, please, please be acutely aware that it does not matter how awesome you are, how perfect you are for the job, and that your resume and cover letter are literary works that would make Shakespeare himself break down and weep. No human eye sees your submission at this point.  If your resume does not meet the minimum requirements of jargon and key phrases at this point, your hard work will be quietly jettisoned into the black hole of the internet with no notification sent to you or the employer. It will simply be as though you had not applied for the position at all. Period.

Now before you freak out and start scrambling around screaming questions like what key phrases? What jargon? Do they expect me to be psychic? Just take a deep breath and relax. The company has already given you a blueprint to succeed. The job posting is more than just a description of duties. It's a road map to what this company is looking for. It will list all the key phrases and jargon you'll need to get past the automated slice-and-dice designed to keep the unworthy from stepping foot inside the corporate building.

While we're on the subject of the automated routines, often a job posting will include a line that says that applications are accepted until a certain date. Do *not* let that lure you into a false sense of non-urgency. Oh, sure, you can happily submit your resume up till the very last day if you wish, but do you remember those thousands of people applying for this position I mentioned earlier? A lot of companies help the weeding out process along by programming the system to only accept x amount of submissions. Any submissions received beyond that number....quietly jettisoned.

Now, say you managed to make it past the slice-and-dice. What happens next? This is when the submissions that are left actually reach a human and land in the hiring manager's in-bin. They view submissions with a program that uses that aforementioned list of key phrases and jargon to highlight everywhere they appear in the resume so they can examine the syntax and the context of the words.

This is where you have seven seconds. Hiring managers will spend seven seconds or less looking over your resume before deciding if it should be sent along to the next step in the hiring process or thrown out. If you just took all those words and threw them in a list to rack up a high percentile score in the automated phase, you're most likely out. If your words are dry and uninspired...mundane...you're most likely out.

Unless you are a rock star in your chosen profession and your job descriptions and job titles make hearts quiver and stir up feelings of envy, you're probably going to need to use those sections of your resume that go beyond job experience to catch the hiring manager's eye. Academic excellence, unique volunteer/charity work, unique life experiences are all ways to nudge the hiring manager to break the rules and spend an extra couple seconds on the awesomeness that is your resume. Remain truthful at all times, but if there's something exceptional about you then you need to mention it without being too boisterous about it.

Again, unless you are a rock star in your chosen profession, chances are good there are going to be a hundred people with job experience exactly like yours, maybe better. You need to convey that your benefits to the organization go beyond hard skills and you bring competent soft skills to the table as well, the total package. The name of the game at this point is to convince the hiring manager to put your resume into the pile that will be forwarded to the department head.

If you've done all this and managed to get in front of the department head's eyes as long as you've put your job skills forward in an honest and competent fashion, there's not much you can do beyond that. They usually know what they are looking for when they sit down to hire someone, but...you never know. Maybe if you aren't exactly what they are looking for, those mentions of academic excellence or other things might be enough to catch their eye & they'll take a chance on calling you in for an interview anyway.

P.S. Follow Miles' advice to the letter. With the advances in technology, the time when someone could fabricate credentials and get away with it has passed.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 10:35:32 PM
If article writers are too lazy to run a spell and grammar checker on the article, what hope do we have that they will actually fact check which demands more effort than hitting a button?

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Independent web page about security (fight against viruses, pc security...) on: August 08, 2014, 09:05:10 PM
When I think security forum the first thing that always comes to mind is Wilders Security Forums.
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