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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 20, 2015, 09:05:32 PM
Did you try the Wayback Machine? Despite its flaws, it seems to be the secret weapon a lot of "slightly lazy" companies trying to cover their tracks forget about!

Did you read the sentence I wrote after the one you quoted? smiley
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 19, 2015, 10:06:52 AM
fodder: that's usually the first response, that it's a problem with controllers and firmware.  But I wish I could find it...this one guy tested this idea using different controllers, different computers, different firmware, and always had the same result.  it's a USB problem, and for some reason, it is not talked about.

I do not doubt you read this & I don't doubt that this guy achieved the results he did. However, there needs to be more tests. There may have been a flaw in his testing methods of which he was not aware.

I have a Patriot Rage flash drive that just screams on reads and writes. I had an old Kensington USB 2.0 drive that was very fast for its time as well. The problem is that some manufacturers lie about their read/write times. Others just slap the words USB 3.0 on their packaging & while it's technically true it's a USB 3.0 drive, their product actually performs much worse than a lot of USB 2.0 drives.

Price isn't always an indicator, either. There are some truly crappy drives that are being sold at really high prices. The only thing we can do is research, research, research before we make our purchase.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 19, 2015, 09:59:24 AM
Yes, still uses the same old Adblock engine. I have my eyes on ublock, but I'm waiting for full functionality to be available in Pale Moon before trying it out. Also would be nice for some of that ublock drama to die down as well.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 19, 2015, 09:56:49 AM
Some independent sites are very reputable. However, it does all boil down to trust. What one person trusts may not be what another finds to be trust-worthy. I tend to put my faith in what AV Comparitives puts out. They take their time with their testing and while they do make money from selling comprehensive reports of their testing, they always make a basic reporting of their results free. They've been around a long time and if there were any funny business going on I would think someone would have flushed it out by now. Not only that, if they were all about the money, they'd probably be cranking out new reports for purchase monthly rather than just a few times a year.

I went on a search looking for the article I had read way back when & it's nowhere to be found (the original URL now redirects to a web page for a 2015 review of MSE...not helpful!), but thankfully I never give up and the Wayback Machine had what I needed. Here's a Wayback link to an article discussing an interview with Holly Stewart, senior program manager of the Microsoft Malware Protection Center:


Here are also two articles from trusted web sites analyzing the first article  Grin  :



Microsoft is basically concentrating on what it considers to be the most serious threats. They still have a team of people working on understanding new threats, but they are passing that information to other vendors. MSE is now considered to be a baseline & Stewart stated that if every other AV solution is better than MSE, then they are doing their jobs right.

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad blocking add-ons in Pale Moon 25 on: April 18, 2015, 11:59:22 AM
Just decided to check out Adblock Latitude and it is perfect. The "show acceptable ads" toggle has been removed, but....and I quote..."Can still show acceptable ads if you wish it and wish to support the Internet economy, by enabling the relevant filter (under subscriptions) manually."

Now the user can edit the filter and decide for oneself what is and is not an acceptable ad rather than using an all-or-nothing dummy toggle or having to worry about an unscrupulous company buying their way on to the acceptable ad list.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Simpler tax forms? Intuit says NO! on: April 18, 2015, 11:33:32 AM
This makes perfect sense. Tax filing software is a huge money-maker for companies. If the forms were easy to fill out then people wouldn't feel the need to give companies like Intuit and H&R Block $40-50 dollars every year for the software itself and the $10-20 for the privilege to file electronically.

Carol, this has nothing to do with QuickBooks (yet). Fortunately for you, you don't have to be subjected to American tax season every year.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 5 Insane Devices for Monitoring Your Kids on: April 18, 2015, 11:29:19 AM
Now a suspicious person with a conspiracy-oriented outlook might wonder how many of these products are sending copies of all that data (and more) back to the manufacturers who can correlate all that juicy data to real people located at real home addresses due to warranty registrations and online ordering.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kingston USB 3.0 for ISO usage on: April 18, 2015, 11:21:42 AM
@4wd thanks for the suggestion.  Cranioscopical suggested a kid's sticker instead of a label.  I'm lazy and it turns out Walmart will send 4 sheets of kid stickers(some stuff with monkeys or something) to the local FedEx Store for less than a buck.  Now I just need to create a legend which monkey signifies which software.

Waitaminnit....a fistful of flash drives each emblazoned with the image of a monkey? Miles the origin point of the army of the 12 monkeys? <eyes Miles suspiciously>

Sandisk is a horrible company. I refuse to buy anything from them since when a few years ago they bought out a flash drive OEM (who I can't remember the name of at the moment) who offered drives that were three to four times as fast as what Sandisk was offering at the time. They bought the company, killed their products off, and kept offering their existing products with craptacular speeds.

If you can't beat the competition, buy them out and bury them.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 18, 2015, 10:52:36 AM
First, don't bother with any product that includes a firewall. There's really no good reason to use anything but the built-in Windows stuff... unless you're one of those paranoid enterprisey corporations, and then you'd run fascist outgoing firewalls at your internet edge, not individual machines.

Generally this is very good advice *except* for when one has a need to see what outgoing connections are being made with your machine. The built-in Windows firewall can block incoming connections with the best of them, but there's no mechanism to interactively allow and block outgoing connections. Most people don't need or even care about this functionality, though. For someone who is curious to see what programs they have installed are connecting to who-knows-where behind their back, leaving the Windows firewall behind is a must.

Second, I haven't seen any good reasons to use anything but MSE for anti-malware for several years.

Then, my good sir, I must respectfully believe that you have not been looking very hard. MSE has done horribly in independent testing for the last couple years, never scoring more than 60-65%. Most testing sites do not even take MSE seriously as an anti-malware solution and have stated they only include the results as a baseline. Microsoft themselves have stated that MSE has been moved to the back-burner a long time ago.

Running MSE is like driving a car without wearing a seatbelt. You'll feel secure until something bad happens.

There was a time when if anyone ever asked for a light AV solution, everybody chimed in and said Eset NOD32. End of thread. Sadly, those days are far behind us.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Pale Moon browser now available on Android on: April 18, 2015, 10:24:40 AM
Well, that's that. Pale Moon for Android has been discontinued.

I blame 4wd. Development was going great until he started this thread.  smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Comodo Internet Security -- a cautionary tale? on: April 12, 2015, 12:03:49 PM
Coming into this thread late, but hopefully I can contribute something.

To address the problem you had with Comodo towards the end, oblivion, I believe Microsoft provided a way inside Action Center to change the way notifications are presented regarding what Windows thinks is and and isn't installed on your system in the way of security software. That would be an acceptable temporary solution until you can report the problem and Comodo can fix it. It's their responsibility to report the abilities of their software to Windows so Windows can accurately report the abilities to you.

Comodo probably introduced a bug in the way things are reported. Of course, Comodo just may think a person is always going to use their full suite and didn't even consider someone may not want to use everything they provide. Another thing you may try is see if there's a way to reinstall the suite with just the security component(s) you'd like.

As for MSE, there is no way on God's green Earth that MSE could be described as "good enough" by any stretch of the word by modern standards. Microsoft cut funding to MSE years ago and it has really started to show in the last year or so. I have seen, with my own eyes, systems get infected in real-time while the MSE system tray icon stayed green the entire time. Proceeding to then do an in-depth scan turning up *nothing* unusual all while browser windows are popping up on your screen stating your computer *may* be infected, dialogs for bogus Adobe Flash updates, etc.

Use MSE only if you are solely concerned with finding cracks and keygens on your system as that seems to be the only thing Microsoft is issuing signature updates to protect users from these days.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome on: April 11, 2015, 04:35:38 PM
I forgot to mention in my original post that running Android apps on your PC is nothing new...and you don't even need to be running Chrome to do it.

BlueStacks and AndY have allowed one to do that for quite some time & they are free. There's even an article over on HowToGeek that mentions a couple other ways to do it as well.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 09:24:41 PM
Please note that it has only been partially audited (last time I checked, anyway, several months ago. Haven't heard any news about the audit, but haven't followed up, either.

I'm going by the linked article that Midnight Rambler posted above on April 3rd. The article, written by Jared Newman, states that the audit has come to a close. TrueCrypt has been deemed to be totally secure with the exception of some minor glitches. He covers those glitches in detail and outlines what the forks are doing to correct them.

Windows/NTFS has way more fine-grained access control than you find on your typical *u*x, but other than that, yeah. Kinda.

I decided not to go there with Windows/NTFS because those who want s00per-sekrit file encryption are the same people who do not trust Microsoft. So to echo your sentiment....yeah. Kinda. smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 04, 2015, 09:57:34 AM
^^ chromium had a command line switch to limit the number of exe instances.  It was something about max render whatever.  I searched for a similar switch in google chrome.  I couldn't find it.  Like right now I have 5 tabs open and there are 11 exe instances running.  It is fast though.  smiley

Has to be fast so it can be quick enough to send all your browser activity back to the mothership in real-time. smiley

Sorry...couldn't resist. Wink
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Windows 7 desktop background changer? on: April 04, 2015, 09:47:58 AM
I do not understand why is it so difficult? Is not it easier, periodically, to take a new wallpaper from the network? In Google's full of them. And sites like this enough. For example, I change the background of your desktop once a month and no program for that I do not need.

This is reviving an old thread, but you have a valid question. Some people like the joy (and surprise) of having a new desktop wallpaper image every time they view the desktop. It might bring a smile to an otherwise dull or trying day.

I am not one of those desktop wallpaper is either dark gray or black. I keep toying with the idea of setting something like this up, but never get around to it.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative on: April 04, 2015, 09:44:24 AM
I'm very pleased to hear that TrueCrypt has been audited and deemed secure. I mostly use it to keep out the casually curious than to keep anything 'super important' secure so I can accept the possibility that things might leak into the hibernation and paging files. The casually curious don't have the skills to capitalize on that. However, I'll be watching the forks with interest.

However, for those who do have 'super important' stuff to secure or those who are exceptionally paranoid or security-conscious, something Linux-based or OpenBSD-based is the only way to go. No. Really. It *is* the *only* way to go. Open source, the ability to compile everything yourself, security permissions down to the per-file level are just a few of the tools for the security-minded individual to protect what he feels is worth protecting.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You can now run Android apps on a Mac or PC with Google Chrome on: April 04, 2015, 09:31:01 AM
Even Facebook is turning evil, but we developers can not ignore them.

Turning evil? The very first building block of Facebook's foundation was built upon evil deeds from the very beginning. The only difference that the passage of time has had is that more people are finally starting to notice and/or care.

However, that aside, you made an excellent point. Developers have to go where the market is. Without a market you are on the unemployment line.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Busy Body Browsers on: April 04, 2015, 09:26:19 AM
The people who implement things like this do have their hearts in the right place. However, generally speaking, people are stupid. They will click through any message, no matter how strongly worded, in order to have a chance to see the latest, hottest celebrity du jour naked or to have a chance at scoring music or software for free.

Wording the message stronger or making the process to get to the "I accept the risks. Download anyway." option more difficult to coerce the user into reading the warning only results in the users moving to browsers that are easier to use to download stuff.

The only real solution, which isn't really a solution, would be to bundle a full-blown malware/AV into the browser so only genuine threats were flagged, but who in the world would want to tackle that coding job, ongoing maintenance, *and* listening to critics declare your browser as bloatware?

I'd love to see a browser with a dialog that had two buttons. One displayed a thumbs up to download. The other displayed a thumbs down to cancel. The dialog would simply read "Idiots gonna be idiots. YOLO"

Now I want someone to code a Firefox/Pale Moon extension that does that. smiley
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: MS-DOS Mobile on: April 02, 2015, 08:01:03 PM
Ooo! I see a market for QEMMM(obile)!
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why are car stereos so flimsy? on: April 02, 2015, 08:00:03 PM
Well, there's always the generic reason....every manufacturer of everything on the planet is looking to cut corners. Every new generation of every product is more flimsy & more cheaply made than the last.

There are exceptions to that rule, but not nearly enough.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: April 02, 2015, 07:56:42 PM
Of course there is the conventional wisdom that if you're silly enough to install Norton on your computer you must be a glutton for punishment.  Grin
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notice on every shutdown? Norton WSC Integration may be culprit on: March 31, 2015, 08:16:52 PM
Those who don't have it to spare have to spend time.

Agreed...but sometimes there's also the challenge just to see if you can fix it. smiley
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Best programming language to pick up for applications? on: March 31, 2015, 08:15:51 PM
The advantage people learning now would have is that OOP is not this new foreign way of thinking about coding.

Miles, you are absolutely right. Not is OOP old hat, but it is the preferred, 'modern' way of doing things now. Maybe I'm the odd one out, but when people say C++ is difficult to learn and master, I have to say I found it to be quite easy, but I've got a 'big picture' way of thinking. I can look at a whole and easily break it down into modular components.

To be fair, I'm discovering not everyone thinks in that fashion. As I tackle learning IT project management, I'm finding a lot of people can't 'zoom out' their vision far enough to see how everything is intertwined & I suppose C++ is like that as well.

I guess the takeaway from this post is to choose a programming language that matches how you process thoughts. Everyone processes thoughts differently, no one way more correct than the other.
24  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.
25  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
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