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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 20, 2014, 08:42:15 PM
Taylor Davis (you might remember her from the earlier video of the Angry Bird Theme performed by the band Critical Hit) here performing the song An End, Once and for All from the videogame Mass Effect 3

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVLWyt66Yj4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zVLWyt66Yj4</a>

An interesting and talented young violinist. And also a composer. This is Nebulous, one of her originals.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGsG-NtMX2c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGsG-NtMX2c</a>

2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 20, 2014, 03:51:35 PM
@peter.s - With all due respect, I have no idea what point you're trying to make with your above comment.

However, I'd like to point out that DoCo is a voluntary community. And these are open discussions where posters and responders are free to post as they wish. This is not a free reference library or consulting service. It is a place to have a discussion and express an opinion or comment in whichever way seems best to the person doing the posting.

If you disagree with  something someone has said, or the way it was said, please feel free to disagree. Your disagreement does not, however, impose any sort of obligation on anyone to respond - nor does it establish a requirement that posts only be made in a form most beneficial to your specific needs. If a product or resource is mentioned, it's generally expected that one does some research on their own if a link isn't provided. A quick google search is usually all that's required, so it's seldom necessary to get into republishing lists of features or links in a post. If you're curious about something like VUE or CMap Tools, it's usually best to do a quick search, go take a look, see what you think, and then come back and ask more focused questions. Almost demanding a list of features or a mini-review on a product - when a visit to the developer's website could provide you with all that information - can come across as being a bit presumptuous to some of your fellows here.

and yes, I feel entitled to speak openly on this matter, with regards to MY communication style...

As do I. And my communication style is to assume the person I'm posting or responding is at least as smart (or smarter) than I am, and would prefer I not presume to spoon feed them information they're capable of looking up for themselves.

At the end of the day, it's a matter of style, and a matter of mutual respect...

Precisely.  Wink

And also a matter of lightening up a bit.  smiley

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Overclock help required ! on: April 20, 2014, 03:11:25 PM
A quick rule of thumb is to look up your CPU on the CPU World website and check the overclocking information for the chip as a starting point.

But I agree with Ath, it would hardly be worth it considering its age.* And it wouldn't be easy to replace if you fried it since it's well past its EOL point. So I'd think twice. A faster drive would render the most benefit for your effort and expense.

*Having overclocked in the past, I've since come to the conclusion that unless you get very lucky with the chip you have, the results aren't worth the effort or risk of damage - unless you're primarily doing it for the learning experience.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 20, 2014, 02:53:29 PM
I spoke with one of the more respected luthiers alive at the NAMM show a while back and he told me we are in the golden age of guitar making given a lot of convergent factors. I don't know any reason why that wouldn't be true for violins as well.

There have been several solid scientific studies starting back in the 50s that attempted to analyze why a Stradivarius violin sounded so good. (FWIW I much prefer the darker sound of a Ceruti violin to the sweeter quality of the Stradivarius.) Those studies and experiments led to some interesting outcomes.

To my mind, the most profound was the ground-breaking work of luthier Carleen Hutchins that resulted in a modern family of violins usually referred to as the Violin Octet.. More on Carleen and the Hutchins Consort can be found here and here.

Which just goes to show that, when it comes to violins, the arguments that "old is better" and "there's nothing new to be had" are simply not true. Cool
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 20, 2014, 11:19:42 AM
Anyway, my point is that I always have bought my audio equipment only after actually hearing it play my favorite kind of music.

LOL! Thmbsup

I always run Do You (Feel Like We Do) from the Frampton Comes Alive! album; Baroqu and Blue from the original Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio album; about 10-15 minutes of Loreena McKennitt's Nights from the Alhambra album; and Peter Gabriel's performance of Sledgehammer and Shaking the Tree from his Secret World Live album before I'll commit serious money to any audio playback equipment.

If those sound good, anything else I usually listen to will too. (I have a distinct bias for live performances plus good vocal, piano, flute, and string bass reproduction in case nobody noticed. Grin)
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... functional software kvm on: April 20, 2014, 08:56:37 AM
In the Windows world I've pretty much given up on soft KVMs for the reasons you've mentioned and gone over to using TeamViewer to RDP into whatever I want to remotely manage.

Seems kinda silly to go out to the net and then back in just to control a laptop sitting next to you. But that was the only 100% reliable and affordable (TV is "free for personal use") method I've identified to date. 

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 19, 2014, 11:22:18 PM
The ultimate Detroit bank robbery escape. (And no, it's not real. But it's still classic!) Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhYcsoZ4jJg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhYcsoZ4jJg</a>

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Max runtime allowed an update to Vista Ultimate before withdrawing life support? on: April 19, 2014, 08:24:52 AM
+1w/Stoic - I've had it happen to me. And I ended up doing a hard reboot every time.

So far, doing a hard shutdown has never roached anything. They apparently anticipated this problem because the update process just resumed where it left off on reboot. Or at least it has to date.

SP's can also be fussy. That's why I always download the standalone installers for service packs (and .NET) and use that rather than try and do it through WSUS online. Plus, it's always nice to have a local copy of a big patch or feature available on disk or USB key just in case.

Wish I had one for the server I just installed. It said there were 78 updates available. I failed to notice they totalled something like 970+ Mb before I kicked it off and went outside to return a phonecall. Fortunately, this client had a really good connection so it didn't take that long to download except for the slowness of Microsoft's update servers. Unfortunately, the actual installation took a couple of hours plus a half dozen reboots to complete.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 19, 2014, 07:07:43 AM
Can't believe I missed this gem when it first came out.

This is the Zurich Chamber Orchestra's ad for their live streaming performances at the 2011 Davos Festival. Brilliant! Thmbsup

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTBUQ0TnRJY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTBUQ0TnRJY</a>

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 18, 2014, 08:11:28 AM
points 50/50. Admins however know that that notion - generally speaking - is complete bullshit. cheesy Things that can, will, and do influence the coins inclination one way of the other are the users own aptitude score, the age of the machine, my mood, the day of the week, and of course - most importantly - the time of day... As one must always, and in all things account for and defer to the will of Murphy's Law lest they risk incurring the wrath of the fates.

You forgot the phase of the moon.  cheesy


Zwinglie's Conservation of Complexity Factor : Let n be an integer where  n = the number of possible things that can be causing the problem. n is always a large integer.

Doug's Reality Rule: You will need to go through all n possibilities to get to the bottom of it.


40hz's Minumum Solution Hypothesis
which states: S = n+1 where S is the minimum number of tries necessary to solve a system problem.

Because you must first try every possibility to satisfy Zwinglie & Doug. Then you must go back to the one that actually does fix the problem - but which you missed the first time you tried it.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Once again, magically expensive items are only different in your mind on: April 17, 2014, 06:21:18 PM
Legend has it that someone once asked Bernard Edwards of Chic what strings he used for his bass.

He turned to Nile Rodgers and asked "What kind of strings come on a MusicMan bass?"

If you're a genius, you'll make anything sound great smiley

FWIW they're Ernie Ball "Slinkys" medium light gauge, with a .45 on top and a .100 on the bottom. (In case anybody cares. Wink )

They're very nice strings - and far from the most expensive set out there. The same goes for the Music Man Stingray bass. Kiss  Superb and surprisingly affordable.

And when it comes to bass, 90% of it is in your hands rather than your "plank" anyway - as I was taught so many years ago - and Scott Devine demonstrates and teaches below:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vUNUo3TbyI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vUNUo3TbyI</a>

12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: April 17, 2014, 04:47:35 PM
That preview margin is just too cool.  I don't know if it is terribly practical for me, but I can't live without it any more!

Good point. I don't know how necessary it actually is. But I WANTED it - and it's probably at least half the reason why I ended up buying it.

Not everything I do makes sense. And I'm comfortable with that.

Like that great ad for a certain expensive guitar said: "I'm all about tone, and nothing but tone - but God does that flame maple look gorgeous!" Grin
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 17, 2014, 04:38:53 PM
^Amen! I gave it up ages ago and it's probably the main reason I'm still here posting this. Because if I had continued smoking, the consequences would have been pretty grim. Those first few weeks going without were one of the hardest (if not actual hardest) things I ever went through.

Hang in there and good luck. It's doable - and I'm the proof:

So can you. Thmbsup
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 17, 2014, 07:46:50 AM
Only after these more pedestrian causes have been eliminated should we start looking for signs of Ziggy Stardust's Uber hacker spiders from Mars.

But doesn't everybody do those first before running over to the PC security blogs? huh Wink

And yes indeed, it does sound a lot like a HD just might be starting to go... Cool
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The fun of installing custom router firmware (tomato, dd-wrt) - an introduction on: April 17, 2014, 07:35:40 AM
I managed to brick my router smiley

Awesome! You now have the opportunity to experience one of the best learning opportunities possible - fixing a mistake.

Been there in case you haven't guessed already. My mistake was not following the instruction which said to install the basic version of the replacement firmware first before attempting to install the tricked-out super-duper version. Got all the way through very nicely and then bricked on reboot.  "RTFM" strikes again! Grin)

Anyone have recommendations regarding learning how to solder?

There's several good ones on YouTube.

An informal but very comprehensive series of soldering videos can be found here. (The rest of this guy's stuff is pretty good too.)
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scary Driveby Attack / Mysterious failure / Other on: April 16, 2014, 09:16:28 PM
But it's leading me to think, is MS isn't officially doing security updates on XP anymore, how long before someone finds something really nasty and just goes mass comp hunting?

That's not so much an 'if' as 'when,' unfortunately. ohmy

An article which discusses some things to look for if you think you've been compromised can be found here.

And a not-bad step by step guide for removing malware is this one:

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGBA46y49YU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGBA46y49YU</a>

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How is youtube tracking me? on: April 16, 2014, 05:58:08 AM
The solution I found: move to outlook.com and f.ck with gmail.

I believe I'm entitled to employ profane words. Lots of them... Lots and lots...

Microsoft cans free custom domain support in Outlook

That sort of change doesn't bother me so much. Whenever dealing with "free" services, the adage "Beggars can't be choosers" is often the case. My experience is that when something like the above is offered free of charge, it was done either to: (a) start attracting new users toward something that would eventually be made be a paid-for service; or, (b) offered in order to thoroughly 'real-world' test the technology for a planned paid-for service.

Looks like the future is now and the Outlook.com users have been given notice of its arrival.

Not surprising. Especially now that the Office 365 and MS Exchange Online services are fully up and taking subscriptions.

But even so, Microsoft could have handled it a little more courteously than to pull an "effective immediately" move.

Then again, a "subject to immediate change without notice" boilerplate clause was probably somewhere in the TOS - which nobody bothers to read. And often much to their loss.


Rules of thumb when it comes to "free" services:

1. For companies that primarily harvest and sell information (Google, et al): "If you're not our customer, you're our product."

2. For companies that primarily charge actual money for their products or services: "If you're not our customer, you're not our customer."

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 16, 2014, 05:35:05 AM
OK, so maybe I mis-interpreted what was said; throw me a bone here:
So, it seems this issue is causing headaches and consternation with more than just internet talking-heads, and that's why it's news.
If Update 1 is going to be available forever, not just inside the 30-day window, then I'll admit I'm wrong, and this is just fallout of people being cranky about learning a new Windows version and updates not installing properly. 
Nothing new to see here... business as usual... move along...

You're absolutely right. It is confusing the way they announced this. (I got client calls yesterday.) My understanding is that there's a 30-day grace period to get the requisite update installed, not that it will only be made available for 30 days.

Sometimes Microsoft is it's own biggest problem. Wink
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 15, 2014, 07:04:01 PM
Just a throwaway song. But it's an excuse to watch Felicia Day (and the rest of The Guild cast) - so what-the-heck. Grin

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFhgupR565Q</a>

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 15, 2014, 06:53:59 PM
Do you already know the Salut Salon?

Awesome! And nice LBDs too! Grin Thmbsup

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft dropping support for Windows 8.1 on: April 15, 2014, 06:47:11 PM
So patches D and above are dependent on the preexistence of patch C... *Shrug* ...Like that's never happened before?? I really don't see any cause for excitement here.


I'm gonna have to agree with SJ here. It's happened before. So why is this considered news? huh Required prior update dependencies are a fact of life with software upgrades. Even in Linux. Some stuff just needs to be there before something else can be added or updated. True, the announcement was somewhat tortuously worded. But it was no big deal about what was being said. And hardly cause for it to be as broadly (mis?)interpreted as it was.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft open-sources the .NET compiler on: April 15, 2014, 03:10:46 PM
It won't be as open as FOSS wants it to be to be 'open'.  It won't be as closed as it was before.  It might be good- but those two things won't make anyone satisfied, no matter how good 'good' is.

To me it's not so much that as I always worry about some little tricks others have tried before. Like release the libraries but not the APIs. Or open the libraries but not the language syntax or compilers, etc etc. etc.

Whatever Microsoft means by "open" I don't think anybody expects .NET to suddenly just be fully open (in the traditional sense) without some restriction or gotcha.

I personally think they're doing it to set the stage for claiming some sort of IP infringement somewhere. Because if source was made open, it only stands to reason (in Microsoft's mind) that anything remotely resembling a part they didn't release MUST have been stolen from them - or be infringing on a related patent.

Maybe they're getting ready to lower the boom on Mono (and by extension Linux) - as many of us have been expecting them to do.

Ballmer may be gone. But a company doesn't change it's mindset overnight.

So like I said, I'll reserve any judgment for now. Cool
Beware of geeks bearing gifts.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft open-sources the .NET compiler on: April 15, 2014, 05:55:49 AM
Until we see the actual license it's released under - and precisely what code is being released - I'm going to reserve judgement.

There's open, and there's "open" when it comes to software licensing. Just take a look at Java, the "open standard" that was neither because Sun Microsystems (like Frodo) couldn't bear to part with it (despite promises made) once the time came to really do it.

Maybe I'm cynical. But experience has taught me to always be on the lookout for the inevitable sucker punch any time Microsoft starts acting like a team player.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: April 12, 2014, 04:42:58 PM
Right now there's a half a cup of coffee (Gevalia) and a laptop (about to be closed) on it. It is Saturday after all. Wink
25  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, 06:21:38 PM
Ok...from SJ's comment above maybe I didn't miss something?

Is it really possible for your ISP to block a port inside a VPN connection? This is a Micosoft to Microsoft VPN connection with no 3rd party involved - so the ISP shouldn't be able to see into it at all. That's the whole point of that "P" in VPN.

If they can, that's a new one for me.  huh

This sounds more like a policy or firewall issue on the server side.
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