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301  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 25, 2014, 05:36:30 PM
@tomos - Thx. Got it. Had to do a reset on my DSL or some odd reason. After that, all was well.
302  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 25, 2014, 03:26:52 PM
Has anybody successfully downloaded the Bax PDF here? I can only get to about 91% before the download hangs no matter how I try to pull it over.
303  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 02:27:00 PM
Imap@gmail has too much room for improvement in ease of use and configuration on various devices. Good luck making it work on your dad's windows phone, by giving him directions over the phone.

I didn't run into that on my iPhone. I told it to provision a new email account, selected GMail from the list presented, entered my existing address and password, and it defaulted to an IMAP set-up without being told. Apparently if you've set your GMail account up to use IMAP, the iPhone mail client is smart enough to figure it out.
304  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 25, 2014, 02:04:45 PM
Hardly unexpected. Where there's money, there's games being played. It was only a matter of time before one of the big players stumbled. It happens to banks. It happens to businesses. It happens to governments. Why should BItcoin exchanges be any different?

BTC robs the authoritarians of the possibility of knowing what people have, and further robs the kleptocrats of the possibility of stealing people's money.[/b][/size] (Oh certainly they create laws to call their theft "legal", but it's still theft.)

Got news! It ain't just the authoritarians and kleptocrats that rob people blind. Surprise! huh

Y'know, I just had a thought: if the powers that be really wanted to hurt Bitcoin, right now all they'd need to do is shrug and say "Oh well!" about the theft - and decline to get involved or open an investigation...Looks like Japan has already decided to do exactly that.

Consider: It's private and anonymous by design. There's no transaction trails. No provable ownership of accounts. No direct path of responsibility. No insurance or regulatory requirements in place. No laws broken...so where could the regulators or police possibly step in to assist? AMF-YOYO! mrgreen

And lacking any sort of official status, how do you even establish a legally recognized monetary value for the claimed loss? It's only what the Bitcoin community has chosen to say it's worth. So an argument could be made that despite the claimed value, bitcoins have no real monetary value. Which raises an interesting question as to whether a theft has even been committed.

Such are the risks of going off on your own and insisting on complete independence from any established societal frameworks.

305  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 25, 2014, 01:36:28 PM
There's a lesson to be learned there, I think...

Couldn't agree more. Everything has it's Golden Age. TED, originally organized as a one-off event, is certainly past its. But, like the UN, I still think (in the absence of anything better to take its place) it's important that a gathering like TED continue to be around.

306  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My pop/imap Android experience on: February 25, 2014, 10:22:21 AM
I'm running K9 using an IMAP setup for access to a general purpose GMail account from a Nook without incident or problems.

This same account gets accessed under IOS, Linux and Windows by at least three different (and ever changing) email clients. No problems so far. Wonder if the problem you're experiencing originates with your provider's mailserver...

307  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Book Tracking on: February 25, 2014, 08:19:25 AM
The only real challenge is having an app to grab book data and artwork from Amazon (or other sources) via an API. Once that data is pulled over and put in a tab-delimited file, it can be easily imported into almost anything.

If it's just a locally hosted Windows-native tracking database that's wanted, there's easily a half dozen DBMS apps (i.e. Access, et al) that will let you set one up very easily.
308  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Against TED talks on: February 25, 2014, 07:29:25 AM
I've found some gems among the junk. Mostly the names of people or things I wanted to do my own research on.

Not to defend TED (even though it's become 'the thing' to diss it lately), but IMHO it's an easy thing to adopt a habitual stance of being "above it all" or "tolerantly amused" by almost everything. It's the hipster attitude. And it's a dangerous one that encourages knee-jerk cynicism and makes those who would innovate, or dare to dream, wonder "why even bother?"


Funny how for every TED presentation there are a hundred Reddit habitués all sitting around smirking and tossing out catty comments, secure in their absolute belief they could do it SO much better if only they could get off their asses and actually DO something (for once) instead of merely talk about it.

Or so I'm thinkin'  smiley
309  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Voynich Manuscript -- Serious Progress Decoding it on: February 24, 2014, 11:13:40 AM
@Mouser- Thx! Looks like I've got 48 mins of viewing time blocked out for this evening...
310  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Jazz Recommendation Thread on: February 23, 2014, 06:54:25 PM
Just spotted this on YT. Every time I hear this performance I end up sitting, shaking my head, wondering how anybody could ever come up with a piece like this one...

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

311  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 23, 2014, 06:50:04 PM
After uninstalling it and re-installing Avast! things seem to be back to normal. So, yes, my mileage varied, though it's a bit of a mystery to me what exactly was going on.

Yes indeed. Similar things have happened to me as well. Can't really say "why" or "what" that much these days. All most of us can really say is what works for us this week.

Sad state of affairs, but there you have it. Grin undecided
312  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: February 19, 2014, 03:57:39 PM
+1! Go Ath! Thmbsup
313  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 18, 2014, 02:31:34 PM
"Discovery" Channel. Yeah right! First it was Pharaohs and mummies. Then it was the Shroud of Turin. Then it was the Mayans. Now it's Vikings....

Is anybody else sick of hearing about the Vikings? (Joe Cartoon is.)

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZJS6xUx034" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZJS6xUx034</a>

314  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tips Thread Personal Finance on: February 18, 2014, 01:42:34 PM

+1! One of the absolute bestThmbsup The beauty of it is how simple and easy it is to get started and actually use the YNAB approach. Nothing esoteric or complicated. It's basic prudent money management (such as our grandparents used to practice) that makes even more sense to follow today. Wish I had something like this when I was first starting out.

You don't even need to get their software to benefit. They offer free webinars that will walk you through the YNAB methodology they've come up with. That's really all you need to use it.

I've bought several copies of this app. Mostly for relatives, plus an occasional young-un I happen to like and respect. The ones who made use of it are doing considerably better than the others because of it.

 Thmbsup Thmbsup
315  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 18, 2014, 11:00:37 AM
40hz, question:
Why did you go with Bitdefender AV over MSE?

@SB - it's very light on its feet and the free edition protects better the MSE IMO. My GF had a few niggling things get through MSE a short time ago that didn't get spotted until her weekly MBAM scan. Happened about three times. Since I put the freebie Bitdefender on her PC MBAM comes up completely clean.

I like Bitdefender. It's been around forever and earns consistent high detection scores in tests. I especially like their small business and enterprise products. They've always worked well for me in a client setting. YMMV.

Note: I've used (at one time or another) AV solutions from:


Of the above, I would still consider using Kapersky. And possibly AVG since it seems to really be at home with Windows 8 (which is coming whether we want it or not). Even has a pretty 'Win8-look' to its dashboard. The clients I have that use AVG are happy with it, even if I think it's feature set is bulking up alarmingly with each new release. (Note. AVG's customer service can sometimes be a little hard to deal with - so keep good track of your license keys and customer ID in case you do need to talk to them.)

Most of the other products I thought were great at one time. Or at least I did until they mucked them up with feature bloat. I'll also +1 w/Mouser on ESET. Their NOD32 antivirus was one of the absolute best products available - until they broke it.

I generally don't have much need for local firewall (or related features) on my home PCs. The firewall, along with antispam and privacy controls, are handled by my gateway for the entire network. So on the local machines I just run Bitdefender + the Windows built-in firewall and call it a day. I also keep a copy of the free versions of SuperAntispyware and MBAM on each machine for additional on-demand checking - and a bootable Kapersky USB key and restoration images in case some mega-disaster ever strikes.

Outside of that, keeping Windows religiously updated, and my other software regularly updated (mostly embarassed ) constitutes my Windows security regimen.

[attach] "That's the way America does it! That's the way 40hz does it! And it's worked pretty well so far..."


Note: one of my cronies just pointed me to this. It has info and links that allow you to legally obtain a fully functional "one-year trial" copy of AVG Internet Security 2014. Can't vouch for it since I didn't try to install it - but the download links on the webpage still appear (as of today 2/18/2014) to be working. A similar offer appeared on the Most i Want website recently. See it here.

AVG Internet Security 2014 Free Download with 1 Year Trial Serial Key

AVG Internet Security 2014 is normally priced at $54.99 for a 1 year 1 PC serial number/license key. And it comes with a 30 days trial version like other security software. If you don’t like the usual 30 days trial then here is an promotion offer to download a trial version of AVG Internet Security 2014 with an in-built serial key for 1 year (364 days) at no cost. It doesn’t say how long this offer will stay free, so get it while it last!

This free 1 year trial is actually intended for Huawei dongle users but it works for everyone lol. And in terms of features and protections, there are no differences between a trial and a paid license — you get all the same features, updates, and protection.

316  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: trying to combine antiviruses and firewalls on: February 18, 2014, 08:57:33 AM
It would be much easier, and less time consuming for everyone, if you just loaded a suite where all the components are coded to work with each other.

Otherwise, even if you find a combination of products that works together now, there's no guarantee they will continue to do so after the next upgrade. I ran into that myself a few years ago with Comodo and Avira. That combination always worked well for me - until one day it suddenly didn't.

Mixing realtime security apps is more trouble than it's worth - unless you're doing it for a school project. Or to satisfy your own curiosity.

Otherwise, install a decent all-in-one suite and be done with it.  Cool  
317  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 17, 2014, 11:01:10 AM
I...My wife and I must stand alone as two people who thoroughly enjoys Windows 8.1...

You may just be right! Grin tongue
318  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 17, 2014, 10:58:50 AM
I actually did worry a bit, but didn't hesitate to flatten Win7 and install Win8 on the new workstation I just got here at the office. I'm also not having any trouble using it. There are a few things that aren't where I expect/remember them to be, but search works just fine.

Yup! Once I started using <search> and stopped worrying about it, Win8 was fine for day to day use. Same went for W2k12 server. Search was the key to the kingdom. Maybe it's not ideal - from my perspective. But certainly doable.
319  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 08:07:11 PM
That's my path.

@Tao - you could just save time and load Win7 today and be done with it.

Seriously, how much more does anybody really need an OS to do that isn't already being handled (quite well) by Windows 7. Or Linux Mint 16 too for that matter - if you don't need specific Windows apps.

Mint is my goto productivity environment. And I also keep a Win 7 environment for those times when my own needs dictate it must be used. That's my current path. Get something that works today - that will still be supported for the reasonably foreseeable future - and not waste time trying to second guess what Microsoft will eventually do. First, because the thrill is gone. And secondly, because that way madness lies.

And I have dreams to bring into existence ere I sleep! Grin


 Wink Cool

320  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 16, 2014, 05:59:19 PM
Edit: removed. Link I posted here was mentioned earlier in thread.  embarassed
321  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 01:25:35 PM
IMHO the place where Win 8 was a disaster was with its public relations - which could best be summarized as Microsoft (through the lens of Mr. Sinofsky) thinking the time had finally come when Redmond could tell it's customer base that the new law of the land was "our way or the highway."

And that unique variety of hubris came from a belief that Microsoft was well liked - or at least sufficiently feared - that Microsoft (like Apple) could now get away with it.

That would have been bad enough. But then Microsoft doubled down on it with two pieces of technology to ram it home. The first was SecureBoot, their proprietary and totally unnecessary 'fix' to UEFI that served no real purpose other than to hamper alternative OS deployments. The second was Metro, forerunner of a hoped-for 'walled garden' future where Microsoft could control - and collect tariffs - on its entire ecosystem like Apple currently does with their i-Whatever product lines.

Both were mistakes that were quickly seen for the power grabs they were by anyone whose knowledge and uses for a computer extended beyond collecting LOL cats, schmoozing on Facebook, and browsing the web.

Unfortunately, Microsoft then doubled-down again and told their professional IT constituency to get with the program or plan on getting a new job. Because corporate end-users (so Sinofsky said) would DEMAND the Windows 8 "experience." And if IT didn't provide it to them, Windows 8 would make it possible for the end-user to do an end run around IT.

That was the threat heard 'round the world. And it put Sinofsky, Microsoft, and Win 8 on virtually ever IT manager's shit list.

Now Microsoft is starting to realize a few key things:

  • Microsoft is not Apple and therefore can't behave like Apple
  • Microsoft's customers don't love Microsoft itself or Microsoft products
  • Microsoft's customers don't like, see the need for, or want Metro
  • Microsoft can forget about setting up a walled-garden or lock-in app store
  • Computer manufacturers don't like being threatened or dictated to
  • Corporate customers (and their IT managers) don't like being threatened or dictated to
  • The BSD/Linux/FOSS community is not going to sit quietly by while Microsoft attempts to make installation of anybody else's software difficult or impossible for the average end-user
  • Like it or not - the START menu is here to stay - and is not negotiable

Notice something funny? None of the above realizations really revolve around the technology. And that's because the Windows 8 OS - stripped of all the nonsense - is a perfectly fine OS. Yup! It is. It's extremely stable and smooth. Once you scrub all the cruft off it.

So I think Thurrott completely missed the boat in his analysis. (But he wouldn't be Paul Thurrott if he didn't would he?)

No...there's no disaster looming for Microsoft. Windows 8 is fine. It's just the additional crap they've loaded it up with that's the problem. All they'd need to do is:

  • Back off on SecureBoot
  • Go back to a traditional desktop metaphor and ditch Metro once and for all
  • Stop thinking they can dictate at will

And they will...eventually. But it's gonna take some time. Because admitting you're wrong has never been one of Microsoft's strong suits.
322  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: trying to combine antiviruses and firewalls on: February 16, 2014, 07:26:08 AM
you are asking for trouble if you combine multiple resident firewalls and antiviruses.

@Contro - +1 w/mouser! You can give yourself some major headaches doing that. ohmy  Most good antimalware utilities will check to see if another realtime scanner is active - and warn you about it. Pay close attention to any warnings, messages, or dialog boxes whenever setting up an AV or similar utility. This is not the sort of app you want to just "click-through" when installing. Especially since a screwed up installation of a security product can be difficult to disable or easily uninstall.

323  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 15, 2014, 03:00:05 PM
A, being a fan of Small and Light, that was nice! But see the note about behavior vs signatures. What if you got that to behave with a second AV program without them fighting each other? Could the combined power of the two approaches synergistically become "more than the sum of the parts"?

Hard to say, but the AV players are aware of it. As a result, many of the big AV products (that are signature based) also include a heuristic/suspicious behavior scanning feature. Many people leave it off. And it's not necessarily turned on by default.
324  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What Google Plus is all about on: February 15, 2014, 02:47:32 PM
Their bat, their ball, their ballpark - therefore their rules.

Don't [like/want/need] it?

Don't play. Go elsewhere. Cool
325  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: WARNING! Linksys routers infected with self-replicating worm/malware. on: February 15, 2014, 02:36:45 PM
PCs use a lot more electricity than those little router boxes)

A very real consideration.. You need to balance the hardware savings (if any) against the additional power consumption. And if you use air conditioning, the extra heat generated.

For scratch building, there's  a number of reasonably priced fanless mini-ITX motherboards that can work as excellent starting points for router/firewall projects. Some even come with dual gigabit ethernet ports, which make them ideal for network appliances and mini-servers. But that's a lot of work for most people and may require more technical knowledge than the average person has time to acquire. And it definitely won't be less expensive than repurposing a commercial home router with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, as Innuendo suggests, even if it won't be (technically) 'as secure' or configurable as a pfSense box would be.

That said, it's very gratifying to do up an inexpensive or 'free' homebrew project that blows the doors off most commercial offerings.


So ok...time for a reality check:

It all comes down to what you need, are able to afford - and have the time to learn about and mess with. I'm in the 'biz' so to speak. So I can more easily justify time spent acquiring technical skills and knowledge. But for people with real jobs (and lives) it doesn't always make sense to build from scratch - unless you value your personal time at less than minimum wage - and have a closet full of junk parts to play with.

At least so it seems to me. Cool

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