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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 17, 2014, 07:46:31 PM
To comment on the original topic, friends don't let friends use Microsoft Security Essentials. Seriously!

I have seen it let people down time and time again. The only reason it enjoys the popularity it does is because it's free.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 15, 2014, 08:45:16 PM
Here's a very simple solution.

Stay logged into GMail in one browser, say Firefox...and do all your YouTubing in a different one, say IE. Simple solution.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 15, 2014, 08:43:26 PM
Ya know, computing in the 80's with everyone's first starter machine just wasn't this hard. "Company sold products. Consumers took their pick of five that they wanted. Then the deal was done".

Are you kidding me? Back then if you needed a patch for your OS or agame...or a device driver you were either on the phone paying Ma Bell out the butt for long-distance charges or you were on an online service like CompuServ paying $6/hour...at 300 baud!

Even then there was no guarantee what you downloaded was going to fix your problem. And if it didn't, you were still out the money.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 12, 2014, 11:12:18 AM
Google and its evil policy of integrating everything to a single account makes deleting cookies a pain. I have to have gmail open at all times. If I delete the cookie for google.com, gmail logs me out.

Oh, you should never have GMail open at all times. Like you said, Google ties everything to that cookie so when you are logged in they can track way too much of your activity.

 I'm currently 'forced' to have two GMail accounts, one for my Android phone and one for my college email account. My solution is to restrict them to my phone & read any mail for those accounts there.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Create Local & Cloud copy of the same files on multiple computers & stay synced on: April 11, 2014, 07:24:08 PM
That's the whole point of that "P" in VPN.

Please obey the rules when using our VN. There's no P in it and we'd like to keep it that way.

(Modern take on the old pool joke.)

Well...I thought it was funny. Wink
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: send PNG by email but inserted into email instead of as an attachment on: April 11, 2014, 07:20:44 PM
As a a general rule, if you want to embed an image into the middle of an email rather than having along as an attachment then you have to format the email as HTML.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 11, 2014, 07:18:44 PM
Using cookies to store data is very 1990s. LocalStorage is where it's at because it's a lot harder for end users to access and delete the contents.

Fortunately, for those who use Firefox there is Self-Destructing Cookies. Per-site settings to never allow cookies, always allow cookies, and allow cookies and nuke them a set amount of time after you have left the site. Clears out that pesky LocalStorage as well.

I've been using it a very long time and it's never let me down.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Logitech Revolution MX Mouse - Spring Cleaning on: April 08, 2014, 10:09:34 PM
I love my G700. It's the 'spiritual' successor to the MX with a high DPI suitable for gaming and more buttons than you can shake a stick at.

EDIT: Forgot to mention that a search on the net will yield you a fix for that flaky mouse button if I remember correctly.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Hot Chicks Boost Weather Ratings? on: April 07, 2014, 07:31:03 AM
Superboyac beat me to it, but I came into this thread to say that hot chicks, whether they be dead, alive, or even fictional, boost the ratings of everything.

No exceptions.


And nobody cares about the fat guy that drowned while riding an inner tube during a flash flood.

No exceptions.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 06, 2014, 12:59:44 PM
TrueCrypt is an excellent way to encrypt your goodies & its a portable installation. Just install it to your USB drive & then make the rest of the empty space a TrueCrypt container. For the truly paranoid, you can create a container inside a container for plausible deniability.

It's a tested, proven, open-source solution. Used with a good, strong password no one unauthorized will be looking at your data anytime soon. Just don't ever forget your password or you won't be looking at your data anytime soon, either.  Wink
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: are wireless projectors just a bandwidth hog? on: April 06, 2014, 12:55:06 PM
Uverse TV set-top boxes use wifi? Really? Holy cow...I can see that working when you have one HDTV in the family room that everyone congregates around to watch TV together, but what happens when the DVR kicks in recording two (or more) HD programs at once? While Junior is upstairs also watching an HD channel in his bedroom? I see things falling apart after a certain point...unless AT&T is compressing the heck out of their channels, but that's only going to lead to other compromises in quality.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: application help on: April 05, 2014, 01:59:42 PM
What do you mean exactly by training you in software development? Teaching you how to program? How to manage a team of programmers working on a product? More details will make it easier for someone to make suggestions.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 04, 2014, 07:40:43 AM
Being a techie has its upsides and downsides when it comes to dealing with technology. Because we know how things work, we have infinitely more patience in dealing with technology on a day to day basis and we're really good about staying mellow when the database is slow to update or things on the network are chugging lethargically...because we know what's going on behind the scenes.

However, because we know how things work, we have infinitely less patience in dealing with technology that has no good reason for being slow beyond it being a bad design. We have a tendency to get vocal and make sure all of those around us know exactly what we think of the situation. And woe to the person in purchasing who rubber-stamped an approval on a purchase order for that piece of crap.  Grin
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend a 64GB\128GB pendrive on: April 02, 2014, 07:40:37 AM
I'd be careful buying any SanDisk flash drives these days. They had a seriously bad run of drives a while back with lots of people reporting drives showing up DOA or dying inexplicably after a few months. I would definitely make sure they've improved things before buying one.

I can recommend the Patriot Rage XT line of drives. They come in both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 varieties. Both sport a retractable design so you don't have to worry about losing a cap.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Email Extractor? on: April 02, 2014, 07:33:25 AM
So you're wanting something to help you send out spam? I don't think anyone here is going to help you do that.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 07:26:18 PM
I upgraded my boot drive to an SSD drive a year or two ago and it's been well worth it, especially if you do anything on your PC that loads a lot of data frequently like games.

I don't treat my SSD drive with kid gloves, either. I let the swap file and whatever else Windows normally stores on the C: drive to reside on it with no ill effects thus far. Knock wood.  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 22, 2014, 11:24:16 AM
The reasons for the Mac's apparent decline seem to hinge mainly on over-pricing (so reducing quantities sold as demand is price-elastic), an insistence on remaining a relatively closed black-box/proprietary system (so these two points led to fewer applications being developed), and considerably slowed forward technological development. The Mac thus appeals to a relatively narrow market nowadays.

The PC, on the other hand, seems to have evolved rapidly to generally catch up and then eclipse the Mac. It has become the lowest common denominator for computer technology. Especially important here is the growth in the domain of applications development - making the PC appealing to a relatively wide market. The PC has become a ubiquitous commodity with a progressively reducing price (in real terms) due to economies of large-scale production, produced to meet a correspondingly increasing demand (which is price-elastic).

Now it's time for Fun With Words!!! The rules for playing are simple. Just take the excerpt from IainB's response above and replace the word 'Mac' with the word 'iOS', replace the word 'PC' with the word 'Android', and the term 'computer technology' with the term 'mobile technology'!  Aren't words fun?  Cool

It's a fascinating study in technological evolution.

Apparently, it's also a fascinating study in history repeating itself. smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 22, 2014, 11:15:55 AM
Thus the farce of downloading the x86 installer and running it at their recommendation then finding that they apparently installed the x64 version instead ... without telling you.

Not that it excuses what is happening, but to be fair I don't think there are any plugins available for OneNote anyway. At least, I'm not aware of any.
19  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: two 32GB Lexar jump drives for $22 and free shipping on: March 21, 2014, 07:32:55 PM
A direct link to the product page to buy might be nice.

Here it is in case anyone's interested...

Appears these drives are typical no-frills devices...approx 23 MB/sec read & 8 MB/sec write. Might come in handy if you have a lot of data you need to schlep around.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Judge posesses a bomb-proof bullshit detector - and ain't afraid to use it! on: March 21, 2014, 07:23:58 PM
Now if only we could get the honorable judge to weigh in with his thoughts on parallel construction.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 21, 2014, 07:21:04 PM
Looks like OneNote FREE for the Mac is a seriously hobbled version: OneNote now freeā€¦ or is it? | Welcome to Sherwood

Well, to be fair, one could argue that Macs are seriously hobbled versions of computers.  Grin

Sorry. Tried to resist, but couldn't.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 21, 2014, 07:04:10 PM
3rd party plugins for Office are usually written for 32-bit Office versions and these are more than likely useless on a 64-bit Office version. Hence the advice that MS gave when I downloaded Office 2010 way back then.

This is exactly the reason for Microsoft's recommendations. 99% of the MS Office plugins available are 32-bit & they will not work with the 64-bit version of Office.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Joint Text encryption on PC and IOS 6 on: March 21, 2014, 05:23:34 PM
Can't vouch for either since I don't trust my iPhone to begin with. It's a proprietary black box - so any sense of real personal data security you may have is either wishful thinking, or misplaced hope at best.

At least with Android, if you are brave enough to root your device and get a grip on things. A lot of people either don't have the knowledge or inclination to do that, though.
24  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: [Android] JuiceSSH PRO *FREE* until Tuesday 18th March 11:00 GMT on: March 16, 2014, 02:30:58 PM
I can't speak for others, but I'm sure I'll be able to put it to good use. I've been thinking about scoping out a good SSH client for my phone anyway so this might save me some time searching if I like what I see.

Their emailed instructions worked perfectly and I was a little surprised the 'normal' price for this app was nearly seven bucks. I advise anyone who thinks there's even a remote chance they might need an app like this to go ahead and pick it up.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8.1 and the future of PCs on: March 16, 2014, 10:34:48 AM
We're heading towards the era of convergence, which is just a fancy two-dollar word for all data on all devices all the time. All the big names in the industry have been talking about convergence for years and it when it finally arrives it's really going to be nice. And awesome.

The problem isn't that some people don't think we need to get there, because everyone agrees on that. The problem is no one knows *how* to get there. This means there are going to be lots of rough patches and failed experiments as this and that company try this and that new idea. Most of these ideas are going to fail, it's not a matter of debating if, but a matter of debating how spectacularly they are going to fail.

It may get worse before it gets better, but at least companies like Microsoft, Apple, and Google are willing to experiment and take chances rather than be content to rest on their laurels and enjoy their past victories.
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