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5901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Windows registry hack to display boot progress on: July 08, 2011, 02:24:06 PM
New one for me! Grin

Thx. I'll add it to my tech KB. Never know when it might come in handy.  Thmbsup
5902  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 08, 2011, 01:39:28 PM
I've been exclusively running 64-bit OSs (Windows and Linux) on any machine that's capable of running them for about a year now with no bad surprises.

It's arrived. I'd do it.  Cool
5903  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... Windows registry hack to display boot progress on: July 08, 2011, 01:14:50 PM
I'm not familiar with a registry hack to do that. Were you thinking of enabling the NoGUIboot option in MSCONFIG?

For day to day startup monitoring and analysis, you might be happier just installing a free copy of Soluto.
 smiley


5904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you recommend a free email system on: July 08, 2011, 01:02:10 PM
If you're looking for a comprehensive webmail system you can run on your own server,  the FOSS RoundCube project looks like a good choice.

It's gotten very good reviews. I'm thinking of using this one for a client project.

5905  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Patents - "Don't know whether to laugh or cry" Department on: July 08, 2011, 08:43:53 AM
( FYI - The link is missing from there.)

@Ren - fixed! Thanks guy.  embarassed

5906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you recommend a free email system on: July 08, 2011, 08:35:40 AM
SBS is a classic train wreck. Everything is on C: and DNS is borked, and the box goes tits up in a year ... Why??  wallbash ...I see this happen all too often.

Agree 110% (More like 'The Hindenburg' AFAIC)

I've reached the point where the only SBS project I'm still willing to take on is migrating somebody off it.


5907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: can you recommend a free email system on: July 08, 2011, 08:07:12 AM
Might be easier to stick with what you're already familiar with if you're only looking at a few more years of keeping it going.

That being said, Mercury is a good solution for light to moderate e-mail traffic. If you routinely pass large attachments back and forth - or do a lot of "copy all" announcements or distributions - Exchange is usually much more efficient with message storage space. So keep that in mind too.
5908  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Patents - "Don't know whether to laugh or cry" Department on: July 08, 2011, 07:57:33 AM
This was bound to happen. Apparently patent litigation is now adopting some the strategies of the former US/Soviet Cold War...

Makes sense. Why should the trolls be allowed to have all the fun?

From OSNews:

Quote
HTC Buys S3 Graphics, Gets Patents Apple Is Infringing
posted by Thom Holwerda on Thu 7th Jul 2011 20:41 UTC, submitted by sawboss

Sorry, but for some reason, there's a spike in patent, trademark, and related news this week - not entirely unsurprising considering it's earnings season. HTC, currently under attack from Apple and a recent signer of Microsoft patent agreement regarding Android, has bought S3 Graphics... For the patents. Patents Apple has already been found infringing upon.

I really don't know whether to laugh or cry about it. undecided

Link to full article here.


5909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More ammunition why patents are EVIL on: July 08, 2011, 07:11:01 AM
I have long maintained that George Carlin was the only true sage of the 20th century. He forced us to look at things (and ourselves) for what they really are...and not what we believed, or wanted them to be.

I'd add the comedian 'Gallagher' (Leo Anthony Gallagher Jr.) and writers George Ade, James Thurber, and Jean Shepherd to the list of 20th century sages as well.  smiley

(Note: Members of the Little Orphan Annie Inner Circle can hear some of Shepherd's best over at the Flick Lives! website. No secret decoder required.   Grin )
5910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 07, 2011, 11:52:38 AM
According to a couple of German websites, some profiles with an obviously faked name were removed.

Well that sucks, I really don't want to use my real name online. Nor will I (it's boring). Sure the G+ thing is a bit tempting to try - for the hell of it - Mainly because I completely ignored the last 500 fads... But I'll not be signing up with anything close to what it says on my drivers license.

+1 with that. A Google and Bing search of my first/last name returns a grand total of 6 valid hits.

This did not come about by accident. 

I'd like to keep it that way.  Cool



5911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Data Recovery for SCO OpenServer on: July 07, 2011, 09:27:57 AM
If worstje's assumption about your level of technical knowledge is correct, then I must agree with him. This shouldn't be taken as an insult. It's the simple acknowledgement that even basic data recovery involves having some fairly advanced technical knowledge and experience.

If this data is that important, definitely seek assistance from a qualified data recovery service rather than try to do it yourself.  smiley
5912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Data Recovery for SCO OpenServer on: July 07, 2011, 08:59:41 AM
What type of disk is it, how is it partitioned, and what FS are you using?


5913  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I Finally Bought a Kindle Book... on: July 07, 2011, 06:17:03 AM
It is strange and sad that we're moving from the universal and lifetime+ format of paper books to a corporate-controlled, DRM, proprietary set of formats for many books. If one ever had the fantasy that technology would free the world and make things better, corporations didn't get the message.

Oh I think they got the message just fine.

Unfortunately, their response to the message is: "We'll soon put a stop to this nonsense."  undecided

5914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: July 07, 2011, 06:00:11 AM
Hey tjbray!

Quite an experience you've gone through. It's both inspirational and gratifying to see how you turned something like that around to be a positive factor in your life. Hope you'll find the time and energy to be a regular participant here. Be seeing you around the campus! smiley

5915  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Bourne / Bash Shell Scripting Resources on: July 07, 2011, 05:48:14 AM

May be I'll have the opportunity to browse physical copies at a bookstore before too long.


Very smart move doing that. Whenever possible I always try to eyeball a tech book before I plunk down cash. One thing I've learned - you can't always trust Amazon's reviews. Or go by what your friends think either!  Grin Thmbsup



5916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: quick opinions: do i return this annoying machine on: July 07, 2011, 04:49:27 AM
Return it. It sounds like there's a hairline crack, bad connector, or cold solder joint on the board that's causing intermittent faults. Moving the cables around could be flexing the board or connectors just enough to temporarily get things working again. But the minute the components heat up (after they've been running for a while) or get cold (because the system has been switched off for a few hours) you'll be back to square one.

Life is too short.

My rule: any component failure or repeated system anomaly within the return period - send it back.

Two big PC manufacturers hate us because we always advise our clients to do that. Even for the slightest hardware glitch if it's within the return grace period. Our attitude is that the manufacturer's warranty on parts and labor should only be invoked once you can't get a new machine or your money back.

Note: Sometimes you have to push a little to get them to honor their return policy. They'll often try to stall you with a promise in order to get you to slip the return deadline. Don't fall for it.

We had a client take delivery on a shipment of something like 20 desktops where two were obviously defective. After a few phone calls to "Peggy" it was pretty obvious they were running a stalling play on the client. First they wanted to send two replacement hard drives. (We had already run full diagnostics and positively identified the problem was on the mainboard.) Then, after a heated 45-minute argument with a series of techs as the case got "escalated," they finally offered to send two replacement motherboards we could install for for our client. When we said "no" to that, they then offered to send one of their techs to install them. I have a pretty dim view of the wisdom of replacing mainboards in the field so I asked for an RMA to ship the two machines back for replacement per the warranty terms. They declined.

When I pointed out what I wanted was within the terms of their warranty, Dale (the "senior customer service manager") informed me it was solely at his discretion whether or not to do an RMA - and since he felt he was "being reasonable" in offering to send out parts and a technician - it was now a case of "take it or leave it."

When I pointed out we were still within the return period and that I would be contacting sales to arrange for a return and credit, his attitude changed dramatically. Dale offered to cut an RMA, but he insisted our client would have to pay for the return shipping (which is not what the warranty or sales terms said). Further, he refused to cross-ship replacement machines without first charging them to our client's credit card - with an actual refund credit amount to be determined once the defective machines had been received and "evaluated."

At that point I thanked him, told him "no thanks," and said we would be contacting our sales rep to cancel and arrange for the return of the entire order. I also said I'd be sure sales was given his name in case they had any follow-up questions about what just went down...

We received two replacement PCs the following morning via overnight express - along with two prepaid pickup tags for the defective machines.

I hate to be an SOB - but sometimes you just have to push.

 Luck. Thmbsup



5917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster? on: July 06, 2011, 09:46:18 PM
@mouser - I've heard that same complaint in some other places as well.

Thanks for confirming it's not just talk.  Sad

5918  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Bourne / Bash Shell Scripting Resources on: July 06, 2011, 09:41:32 PM
If you don't want/need to restrict yourself to online and/or free resources, check out this book.


[attach]


IMHO the single best $29 (via Amazon) you'll ever spend if you want to start working with the shell.

Combine it with a copy of the UNIX and Linux System Administration Handbook (4th Edition) (about $43 USD) and you'll have 85-90% of all the technical info you'll ever need to effectively work within the "nix" environment.

 Thmbsup

5919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 06, 2011, 09:31:02 PM
Hmm...

Google+: Circles + Sparks + Huddle + GMail

Microsoft: Skype + Live + Office360 + maybe Facebook

Now that Google's thrown down the gauntlet, is there any creditable news about Facebook seeking a champion yet?

I'm betting if Circles really takes off - FB will do just that.  Cool

5920  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More ammunition why patents are EVIL on: July 06, 2011, 05:36:39 PM
Pretty off-topic but just a quick comment on the above -
The other side of the coin is that you get a lot of pretty crazy conspiracy theories.
Which is why I avoid the term "Big Pharma"...
Of course,
I wouldnt trust any big corporation with anything else, so I especially wouldnt trust them with my health.



Which works great until you need a brand name "new medicine" prescription . Grin

-/------


+1 w/tomos on dissing the "everything is a conspiracy" argument. I'm tired of conspiracy theories about everything from the gospels to the NASA moon landing. I'm not saying there has never been a conspiracy or that some aren't operating as we speak. But to hear some people argue (with the laughable "proofs" they product) about how virtually every bad outcome on this planet is the direct result of a well orchestrated conspiracy...well...I just have to shake my head in amazement at the levels to which the human imagination can soar.





5921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sticking to TODO software on: July 06, 2011, 06:59:27 AM
+1w/Carol above.

I've tried most (or maybe all) of them. If I had the luxury of having one job with a clearly defined set of responsibilities where I mostly was able to sit at my desk all day, then any one of a dozen apps would have served quite nicely. I could be like a friend of mine who runs her extremely busy (and remarkably successful and remunerative) life out of MS Outlook.

But my own life is much more mobile  And my responsibilities and priorities tend to be more...fluid?

For the last few years I've used index cards and Post-its - and a corkboard. My "daily planner" takealong is half a sheet of quarter inch graph paper folded into three columns headed: ToDo; ToSee; ToGet/Buy. My contacts and monthly/long range calendar (in a token nod to technology) are on my smartphone

Not very elegant. And it violates the GTD rule of having everything under one system. But it works quite well for me.
 smiley
5922  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Lots of New Members on: July 05, 2011, 11:50:29 AM
(playing off laser) Lazar, as in Lazarus: Popular back-from-the-dead guy in the bible. Wink
You guys really are exceeding yourselves, there's not even an ice cube's chance in hell I'd ever get that one ohmy

+1w/jgp

And yeah. Really! In not exacty a slouch when it comes to wordplay, but jeez! Grin

5923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More ammunition why patents are EVIL on: July 05, 2011, 09:03:21 AM

I am a patent attorney, and I serve inventors from the garage to the post-doctoral academic lab to the large company. I would love to have a discussion about patent policy and the US patent system, but I would not love to spend all of my time clearing up misinformation and baseless vitriol. @zridling, do you really prefer the latter?

First up, I'd like to welcome you to DonationCoder. Although we're an occasionally opinionated and feisty group of technical types, I think you'll find this forum is one of the more civil places to have a discussion on the web. So welcome and well met MSchanz! We hope you'll participate in the dialog and come back often.

re: patents, patent law, and misconceptions

I think all of us here would welcome your comments and expertise with open arms (and ears) if you'd care to share.

Please understand, however, that most of us aren't attorneys. So please try to be patient with what may seem to you to be silly questions or attitudes about patents. With input from a professional such as yourself, I'm sure the discussion would benefit greatly - and greatly reduce the number of misconceptions about patent law many of us have.

Perhaps you could start us off with a new discussion thread about how patent law really works so we can move away from the negative tone found in this one?
 smiley

5924  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reminder Bear - Single Use Bookmarks on: July 05, 2011, 06:24:45 AM
I could see a real use for something like this. Thx for sharing. Thmbsup

(justice has a new avatar! Woo-hoo! smiley )
5925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: July 04, 2011, 08:34:18 PM
Traffic lights in the United States.

With all the technology we have, why are these things still being manufactured with such an antiquated electrical design? Most of them can't even automatically reset themselves following a power failure. Talk about a joke. Angry
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