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5901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes Password Recovery (advice) Needed on: October 04, 2011, 11:56:00 AM
(I'll even bet you like redheads too!)

Oh for me it's (much worse) compulsory ... I am one. Wink

Be sure to reproduce. There can never be enough redheads in the world. (Skips generations on my mother's side of the family. Go Celts and Bretons!) I'm in the in-between group. None in mine. One in my niece's. cheesy
5902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes Password Recovery (advice) Needed on: October 04, 2011, 09:28:04 AM

It really is spooky how much time we spend on the same page.

Similar jobs. Similar interests. Anybody that does what we do tends to independently arrive at much the same conclusions and hold much the same attitudes towards things. (I'll even bet you like redheads too!)

They don't lump us together and call us geeks (I prefer 'wonks') for nothing. Grin

P.S. I agree with you. If the box is already compromised and FUBARed to the nines, it's the perfect teaching lab for screwing around with. Now you can try out stuff you'd never dare play with on a working system. And guilt free too! (I know you already got the user's data off it.) So why not have a little fun? Heck, if you're not real careful, you could even learn something - as Bill Cosby used to say. Thmbsup
5903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: October 04, 2011, 08:39:47 AM
Finished Newton's Cannon, and have begun the sequel.  I give Newton's Cannon 5 out of 5 stars.  Fantastic!

Ah! The Age of Unreason series. Excellent books! (Second book: A Calculus of Angels is even better!) Thmbsup Thmbsup

Interesting in that what they're calling 'alchemy' bears many strong relationships to quantum and particle physics in our world. In the end, does it really matter if it's a subatomic particle, a juxtaposition of dimensions, or an 'angelic' power that makes something work - as long as it works?

Not as crazy as it used to sound.

I remember going to a lecture where 'electron spin' got mentioned. The lecturer took pains to point out that what are called particles aren't really what we think of as physical particles. I remember his saying something like " Spin is a way of thinking about it. It's not like there's actually an object that's spinning down there."
5904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes Password Recovery (advice) Needed on: October 04, 2011, 06:57:53 AM
Scary site these guys have.

While it looks legit, it's just a little too perfect to my eyes. But I'm The cagey type when it comes to security. Especially crack tools.

Thats one of the reasons why I prefer open source software when it comes to security tools. Backdoors and Trojans get spotted a lot more easily if they're lurking in those.

Opening a port may not in itself be cause for alarm. But with a black box app, opening a port without asking, or (at the very least) without advance notice and explanation is considerably more worrisome.

Did some quick research and haven't found much of anything about the website as far as commentary or reviews. Which is odd considering how big and fancy that website is. Freebie info sites usually start small. You'd think the usual tech blogs would have covered it.

Maybe it's brand new? Which, if so, would also be a little odd considering how extensive and polished it is for a non-sales site. Didn't spot a single typo either. It's all extremely professional.

I'd want to know a lot more verifiable info about securityexploded.com and the people behind it before I'd be comfortable using anything they offer for download. Until then, I'd be very cautious.

But that's me.   Grin

5905  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GOG giving away Broken Sword-Shadow of the Templars thru 10/1/11 on: October 03, 2011, 10:59:57 AM
especially when you have to ask everyone you meet the same questions!

That faithfully mimics real life in my case ... the first question being "Who am I?"
Drives my wife nuts, especially as the second question is "Who are you?"


Sorta like getting on the phone with HP tech support? Each time the call gets transferred you have to start all over again with whoever you get 'escalated' to...  Grin

5906  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ask DC: What am I looking at? on: October 03, 2011, 08:51:15 AM
Very cool.

I usually don't miss things like that. I'm going to have to give the DVDs a second watch when I can find the time. I'm a big BrokenSaints fan even if I think the ending could have been handled better. (They rushed it a bit and left some plot points dangling.)  smiley
5907  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ask DC: What am I looking at? on: October 03, 2011, 05:19:12 AM
similar to Raimi's self-made secret link/site that's on his server

??? The only display I recall Raimi looking at was a bash shell session when he cracked the corporate server.  smiley

5908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The All New Kindle - ripoff! on: October 03, 2011, 04:22:21 AM
I don't think US sales taxes have any bearing on non-US prices. US prices are always quoted to domestic markets without any tax being factored in.

I think the Kindle is just more expensive outside the US. And I'd guess it's probably more because there's a buffer amount factored in for exchange rate fluctuation than for any other reason. Amazon has also probably built in some 'contingency' for "inventory shrinkage" (i.e. in-transit theft/damage and arbitrary 'customs' seizures). And possibly something additional for any potential legal hassles (i.e. local IP or patent lawsuits)

But if you're really getting skunked on price I'd first look at what import tariffs might be being added - and then at what the local major distributors may be doing to jack up the price tag.


Amazon US ads taxes at checkout

FTI:  In the US, there is no sales or VAT tax on the federal level. Sales taxes are strictly state taxes. The federal government does charge excise taxes on some products, but they're primarily luxury items. Electronics devices aren't considered luxury items.

Amazon also does not currently collect taxes on sales to every state it ships to:

Items sold by Amazon.com LLC, or its subsidiaries, and shipped to destinations in the states of Kansas, Kentucky, New York, North Dakota, or Washington are subject to tax.

That doesn't mean the customers aren't legally obligated to pay the sales tax. You're supposed to fill out a form and remit it to your local state revenue service. But enforcement is spotty to non-existent, so 99.9% of the public ignores it.

It's also a little more complicated in that many states also have local "sales & use" taxes which get lumped on top of state rates. New York is probably has the most complex tax structure. (NY State sales tax is 4%. But if you live in New York City, you'll pay 8.875%  (4% State + 4.5% City + 0.375% for Metropolitan Transit Authority services.)

It also gets further complicated by states that break products and services into categories with differing sales tax rates.

This nonsense is one of the reasons (there are others) why the state governors haven't been successful in getting the US Legislature to enact federal laws that would require online merchants to collect taxes in states where they don't have a physical (i.e. brick & mortar) presence. But they've been persistent. And with the cutback in federal funds flowing back to the states (since we're currently paying for a huge overseas military deployment) it will probably only be a matter of time before that changes.

5909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ask DC: What am I looking at? on: October 03, 2011, 03:34:52 AM
Someone posted this on subjot but I don't really get what it is. http://hackerhub.org/

Looks like it's been reset. Your link only brings you to generic info screen.


The only clue I have is that the example site design reminds me of a super hacker character from Broken Saints


FYI: The character's name is Raimi Matthews. Not so much a hacker as a systems and security software developer. He just happened to crack a mainframe (owned by the defense contractor he worked for) one quiet afternoon when curiosity got the better of him.  Grin

5910  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Filenames with a leading dot? on: October 02, 2011, 11:22:27 AM
General consensus is to not use them for common user-files.

+1. Please do not use a dot as the first character in a file name.


I regularly deal with mixed Nix/Win environments. I turn into the BOFH anytime I run into files that are unnecessarily prefixed with a dot. Especially if they're your regular user-created files. I have been known to send a politely worded e-mail whenever I encounter a user doing that for the first time. I will also send a more sharply-worded message if the user persists. But after that, offending files tend to get deleted without further warning. Not something I do lightly.

5911  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Filenames with a leading dot? on: October 02, 2011, 11:06:05 AM
fixed will be in next release in next day or two.

Try getting that kind of service from your usual software developer!  Grin Thmbsup

5912  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GOG giving away Broken Sword-Shadow of the Templars thru 10/1/11 on: October 02, 2011, 10:02:20 AM
The deal had already expired before I saw it appearing here on DC...then again I don't refresh this page that much anymore as of late (meatspace doing some recalling of this body  tongue).

I'd be happy to gift you a copy if you like.  I just started it and it's a very enjoyable game. Just PM me your username.  smiley
5913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: POE: Power over Ethernet confusion on: October 02, 2011, 08:33:03 AM
Hmm...just thinking out loud for a minute...

You could also drag a length of inexpensive  interior-rated low voltage lighting (or doorbell) wire up to your remote point, splice on a plug, and use that for your DC supply. If you're pulling CAT5, it's not that much more effort (or that much bigger a hole) to bring some additional wire along for the ride. You could even run a second length of CAT5 along (you never know if you'll need a spare anyway), solder two sets of two wires together, and use those for your DC.

You'll still need to pay attention and calculate for voltage drop with whatever gauge wire you end up using. But it may be an easier thing to do than having to muck about  with a fancy PoE solution.

The only real advantage to PoE is that it uses a single wire bundle. So it's neater and easier for the installers. (Especially if the data cable is already in place.) And also a bit cheaper since PoE uses a technically "unassigned" set of wires you've already paid for.

That may be an important consideration when you're wiring up 20,000 square feet of office space in a city high-rise. But when you're only running a hundred or so feet of 'copper' in a standard residential wood frame building, the savings in wire really isn't all that much. So it's more a matter of convenience.

But again, if you're pulling a new wire, dragging something along with it at the same time doesn't add much work to the project.

Something to think about. smiley

5914  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GOG giving away Broken Sword-Shadow of the Templars thru 10/1/11 on: October 02, 2011, 07:42:49 AM
The biggest issue I have is that the graphics are so poor and the resolution so low. If you play on a large screen at the original resolution in a window you need binoculars and if there is an option to make a game bigger if often looks really fuzzy and blocky.

Amen! That's the main (possibly only) reason why I've kept an old PII box with a stripped down copy of Win95 and a still lovely 15" multisync monitor lying around. Ultima and Zork are unbelievably painful (to me) on anything but. It's even got a combo 5.25/3.5 floppy drive for my old EA and Infocom collection!

About the only games I can say I've really enjoyed seem to be oldies. I even like those tinny 8-bit musical scores playing through the Soundblaster card. Keep a working C64 around for the same reason. That SID chip was...heck, it still is awesome!

Heaven help me,..


5915  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: POE: Power over Ethernet confusion on: October 02, 2011, 07:25:14 AM
4wd beat me to it! Grin (4wd - the Man! Thmbsup)

There's a really good article on  DIY PoE projects done by the NYCwireless non-profit. It shows diagrams, photos, etc. And it provides everything you need to roll your own - or provide you with enough technical detail to be able to better buy one. For a one-off project, it's probably easier and not much more expensive to buy an injector/splitter combo unless you have an adequate quality 'wall wart' lying around. Link to article here.

Important Note: If you do build your own, pay close attention to voltage drop since sending DC current over any distance can create a fire hazard if you exceed safe maximums. Especially with something as thin as the 24AWG wire your standard CAT-5/6 cable uses. And if you don't know enough about electricity to know what voltage drop is, you probably shouldn't be building your own. Wink

PCRush has a good selection of PoE components on their website. They carry all the majors, so you can either shop there or use their site to get tech specs and comparative pricing numbers.

Luck! Thmbsup

Standard disclaimer: 40hz has no affiliation with PCRush.
5916  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: GOG giving away Broken Sword-Shadow of the Templars thru 10/1/11 on: October 01, 2011, 08:03:16 AM
I think I misspoke earlier.

The way GoG works is that the download authorization for a given game title is OK'd when you make your purchase. (Free is also treated as a purchase.) Like Steam, your games appear on your bookshelf and can be downloaded any time thereafter. Unlike Steam, you don't need to be connected to the web to play them. The games in GoG's catalog do not use DRM in any way, shape, or form. Amazing! They're legally cracked!

And they've also had requisite patches made to allow them to run on modern versions of Windows. (I understand DOSBox is incorporated into the download for some of the very old titles.) Major improvement all around. No more haunting forums at 2:00am, looking for a link to that elusive 100k patch that makes the difference between a splash screen and being asked if you want to send Microsoft an error report.

Interesting to note, GoG has a signing bonus of 4 free games (their selection) when you open an account with them. This is not a problem as all you'll need to open an account is:

  • a user name
  • an e-mail account they can contact you with
  • a password
  • a date of birth to comply with legal requirements for age-restricted titles

NO CREDIT CARD or other financial data is requested to open an account. And your DOB is strictly on the honor system. GoG also deserves props for not asking for CC info when 'purchasing' a free title. Last night, I signed up in about 15 seconds (got lucky and got the user name I wanted first try) and was merrily downloading about a minute after that.

But it gets better.

When I first set my account up, Teen Agent, Beneath a Steel Sky, Lure of the Temptress, and Tyrian 2000 were already on my game shelf and available for download. After "purchasing" Broken Swords (for $0  mrgreen) I noticed Dragonsphere got  magically added to my collection sometime last night.  Gotta love people like this! The only comparable bargain out there is the Indie Humble Bundle which I also highly recommend.

Not being much of a computer gamer (and having an admitted preference for the gameplay style found in older titles such as AplhaCenturi or Elite) I think GoG will eventually end up being a place I wished I never got hooked up with. Especially since I bought an additional four titles I really don't need - and probably shouldn't be spending the time playing even if I did!

Oh well... Gotta take the grounds with your coffee sometimes.

 I'll survive.  Grin Cool

5917  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / GOG giving away Broken Sword-Shadow of the Templars thru 10/1/11 on: September 30, 2011, 05:58:01 PM
From the folks over at MarkeUseOf.com, this giveaway announcement:


GOG Gives Away Broken Sword: Shadow Of The Templars Until Tomorrow

posted on September 30, 2011 by Angela Alcorn

Good Old Games (GOG) are currently giving away copies of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars, which is the first installment of the Broken Sword Series. It’s only available free for a very limited time, so act fast.

After running a successful competition and reaching their desired download milestone, GOG decided to give away the first part of the Broken Sword series for free. It’s only available until October 1, at 7:59 a.m. EDT (11:59 a.m. GMT), so you need to act quickly to get your copy! If you’re not already a GOG user, you’ll need to create an account before downloading. However, this process is very quick.

The 1GB download contains both the original game and the "Director's Cut."

Direct link to GOG download page here.

From the GOG website:


What's cool about it:

  • The Director's Cut includes an additional chapter of the story, seen from Nico's perspective and exclusively on GOG, an original version of Broken Sword: Shadow of the Templars a.k.a. Broken Sword: Circle of Blood
  • Great hand-drawn graphics, now remade with new animated cinematics and HD resolutions  
  • A timeless adventure game with a conspiracy atmosphere and a big underlying mystery


Uncover the identity of a jester assassin. Unlock the legend of the Knights Templar. Unravel a plot as twisted as the catacombs you're about to prowl.

As George Stobbart, an American in Paris, you find it odd when an accordion-playing clown darts out of a cafe clutching a briefcase. Moments later, you're sent flying, violently thrown through the air by the force of a massive explosion, right into a sinister, global intrigue. The coveted contents of that briefcase? A fiercely guarded manuscript penned by a clandestine medieval order - the Knights Templar. Reveal the truth behind a secret conspiracy and save the world from the Templars' evil plan.

If this is the sort of game that appeals to you, you have less than 24 hours to get your copy for free - assuming their servers don't crash. mrgreen

To my way of thinking, anything that makes the ultimate bad guy look like a street mime is OK by me.  Grin

5918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Pricing Software - Some Considerations and Techniques on: September 30, 2011, 04:13:23 PM
A few weeks ago, fellow DC member mwb1100 introduced the forum to a software pricing concept and philosophy called Fairware. It provoked some interesting comments and debate from the membership. Of especial value was when Fairware's originator (and now DoCo Honorary Member thumbs up) hsoft joined the discussion to clarify certain points and address questions some of us had.

While the Fairware discussion is ongoing, I thought it might be beneficial to take a look at some different strategies in order to round out our awareness of other ways to price a software product.

Because most of these are more traditional approaches used by software developers, I thought it would be better to start a separate thread in order to allow the Fairware discussion to stay more closely focused on the unique aspects of that model - much of which goes far beyond the mundane issue of setting a price.

So...on to some other approaches to determine pricing for software products.


A good starting point (either for discussion or experimentation) is a recent article on Smashing Magazine's website.

Smashing Magazine
You’re Pricing It Wrong: Software Pricing Demystified

    By Eran Galperin
    September 28th, 2011

Pricing your own product is always a tricky proposition, and the more critical the price is to your product’s success, the more difficult it is to set. It’s easy to look at another product and say how much you would be willing to pay for it, but how can you know how much people would be willing to pay for yours?

There are no absolute truths or perfect formulas for finding the best price, assuming that the “best price” even exists. Instead, take a structured approach to finding a good starting point, and improve it through feedback and testing. But first, you need to understand what the best price actually is.

Well worth a read. Cool

5919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 7 is out on: September 30, 2011, 12:05:50 PM
I think I'll wait for the final version...

Which would be version...? Double-digits at this rate I suppose... tongue

Well...integers count up to infinity so... tongue yourself!

Sorry. I was trying to be subtle. (I know. It's really not my style, right?)  Grin

5920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 7 is out on: September 30, 2011, 08:42:50 AM
I think I'll wait for the final version to make it up on PortableApps.com before I give it another try. I also think I'll likely stick with portable versions of FF going forward if they continue with the release schedule they've announced. A browser has become too critical a piece of kit to be constantly screwing around with. And definitely not something I want to chance bad surprises with everytime it has an upgrade.
5921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fairware: an interesting experiment in getting paid for Open Source on: September 29, 2011, 11:46:53 AM
Especially with software.

Agree. Cool

5922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fairware: an interesting experiment in getting paid for Open Source on: September 29, 2011, 10:15:32 AM
To me, it still comes down to this simple thing:  people won't pay if they don't HAVE to pay.  Ever.

Not always never...

I do.

Quite often in fact.  smiley

(I'm such a boy scout about stuff like that.  Grin )

5923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: September 28, 2011, 11:59:43 PM
It's been a while...

If your taste runs to "haunting" or "ethereal" or "romantic" it doesn't get much better than Caroline Lavelle. A beautiful musician if ever there was. And in both senses of the phrase.

Here's Caroline's performance of Farther than the Sun at the TED talks. (And yes, that is Thomas Dolby behind her on keyboards!):

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97WnBC516rI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97WnBC516rI</a>

There's lots more of her up on Youtube if the above meets with your approval.


5924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 7 is out on: September 28, 2011, 10:17:33 PM
I, as always, installed tefe009's SSE2 build.

@Tuxman -is that Tete Atelier's FF rebuild you're referring to?


Note: Just gave 7 a try. The  ReadItLater extension got broken. SHOWSTOPPER!  thumb down Firing up Revo to uninstall it as we speak. undecided

5925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is Kindle Fire set to be the Apple/MS slayer tablet? on: September 28, 2011, 01:47:33 PM
Several months ago, Lenovo announced that it would be shipping a full-featured 7 " Android tablet by year end, the A1, also priced at $199, and with the same screen resolution as the Fire.  If Lenovo can do it, so can Samsung, Toshiba, Motorola and others.  

I'm thinking more like if Apple can sue Samsung and block it from some markets on the flimsiest of IP violation arguments, they can sue everybody else as well.

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