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5901  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to be in Amazon's App Store? Think again! on: August 06, 2011, 05:34:49 AM
The developers consented because they thought they were getting paid for it:

Wrong. Reread the article.



Exactly. They understood they weren't going to get paid but decided to go along with Amazon's arrangement despite their reservations about it.

Although Amazon allegedly paints a false public picture about how the Free App o' the Day works revenue wise - when it comes down to signing on the dotted line, they are quite explicit about the fact that Amazon will not be compensating the developer for its participation in the giveaway program. To wit:

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The Free App of the Day promotion is the most valuable and visible spot in the store. It hosted the launch of the likes of Angry Birds Rio, Plants v. Zombies and more. Amazon will not receive any sales rev share from the Free App of the Day; and in fact, with as the Free of the Day for one day, you will receive a subsequent Appstore main page placement for the following 14 days.

All these highly valuable placements are at no cost to you. We want to promote your app and in exchange of the placements, at the 0% rev share for one day only.

I had to reread that section in the blog post myself just to be sure I understood what was being said.

The author of the article basically argues that Amazon leads developers on with false expectations about how the giveaway works along with whatever direct benefits the developer can expect by participating. But he's also careful to admit that, whatever the spiel Amazon is spinning, his company knew, going in, that they weren't going to get paid for whatever got downloaded.

Again, I think the lesson in the story isn't that Amazon is a bunch of lying scoundrels - although the author does make some gestures in that direction. The real lesson is that small developers need to be careful whenever they're dealing with a big distributor - or have the potential for a major demand spike because of the deal they're offering.

A few years back, Codeweavers offered a free copy of their extremely popular CrossOver emulator if any one of several improbable news events occurred within a given time frame. When one of them (and not even the most likely one) did come to pass, Codeweavers had so many free licenses registered in the wake of it that they were very much in danger of going out of business - because it now looked like anybody (including businesses) who might possibly consider purchasing or upgrading copies of CrossOver now had free licenses for it.

To Codeweaver's credit, they honored their deal anyway, and ultimately rode out the storm - emerging significantly poorer - but infinitely wiser from the ordeal.


This situation has been handled in a less ethical (and possibly legal) manner by many small software developers who offered "lifetime" licenses or upgrades and then resorted to semantic shell games and other forms of legerdemain in order to not honor their deals once the financial impact began to be felt.

So know what you're getting into (in real terms) before you go in on something with a behemoth like Amazon.

As one of my business mentors once told me: Don't ever let your mouth write a check your ass can't cover.

 Thmbsup

5902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is Mozilla trying to do? on: August 05, 2011, 09:30:25 PM
@nosh - Interesting. I'm rocking V5.0 under Linux Mint 11 (using kernal 2.6.38-8-generic and Gnome 2.32.1 ) on an old 2.0Ghz Core2 Duo laptop with 1Gb RAM - and it screams!

What version of Windows are you running it on?

I was just about to start loading FF5 on all my Windows machines.
5903  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Want to be in Amazon's App Store? Think again! on: August 05, 2011, 09:10:44 PM
But if a large corporation gives away another authors work, it's a free promotional placement deal.

Well, yes. But it wasn't without the developer's consent (emphasis added):

 
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All this seemed way too one sided to us, Amazon is being predatory here, and asking developers (who are often desperate for exposure) to give away their app, in order to promote Amazon. A heated debate broke out in our office about whether we should or not. I was firmly against, my business partner for. In the end we agreed that we had entered the world of Android development as an experiment, and it would seem silly not to add more data to the experiment we were conducting.

I think the takeaway is more that if you want to play in the big leagues, you'd better think deeply about the ramifications (especially worst case) before you agree to anything.

This story sort of  reminds me of that great ad that was running on TV where a fictional small start-up manufacturing firm was intently watching a counter after they put up their web shopping cart. They cheered when the first order arrived. Then they did some back slapping and high fives as the number climbed to 100 and then 200 orders. Then the smiles faded and gradually turned into looks of stark horror as the 'orders received' counter inexorably climbed up by rapid leaps to six digits - and then kept on climbing...

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Everybody plans for failure. Not enough planning goes into what to do if you succeed (in marketing) beyond your wildest dreams. Either scenario will sink a business. That's why many businesses mark the anniversary of their best year ever by oscillating out of control and doing a crash & burn.

 Cool

5904  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Want to be in Amazon's App Store? Think again! on: August 05, 2011, 06:48:01 PM
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This is one of "those stories" that just blows my mind:


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Amazon App Store: Rotten To The Core (full story)

About 3 months ago, we set off on a little experiment into the world of the Amazon App Store. Back then people were hailing it as the solution to the problems with the Google Market, industry pundits like Andy Ihnatko called it ‘An Excellent Work in Progress‘.

Amazon’s biggest feature by far, has been their Free App Of The Day promotion. Publicly their terms say that they pay developers 20% of the asking price of an app, even when they give it away free. To both consumers and naive developers alike, this seems like a big chance to make something rare in the Android world: real money. But here’s the dirty secret Amazon don’t want you to know, they don’t pay developers a single cent.

Amazing story of how the developer of an app called Pocket Casts (which had sold about 200 copies before being listed as Free App of the Day) suddenly had 101,491 copies downloaded in 24 hours with ZERO revenue to show for it!

Scary!  tellme

Read all about it here.

5905  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Software Revenue/Licensing Thoughts on: August 05, 2011, 06:18:07 PM
FWIW I got to the line that read "$5 for 4" and stopped reading...

I understand where you're going, but I'd never be able to present it to any of my clients. They hate tiered or granular pricing schemes. Their attitude is: "Don't give me details, just quote me a firm price for XXX copies of the whole package. I'll either hand you a check - or thank you for your time and have someone escort you back to the lobby."

In my experience, business buyers usually don't want to know how you run your business. They just want a single number (or at most two) they can negotiate from. Anything over that tends to jeopardize the sale and make them think you're gaming them.

Most people start shopping with their head. But most make the buy based on a feeling. Which is why it's been said that you hardly ever get - or lose a sale - purely because of price. It's always price plus one other thing. Something to think about...

I used to give several options when I first started quoting on projects or services. Now I go in with one firm price and sometimes allow a little room if I seriously want "in" enough to dicker.

Guess what? My sales closure rate went up from around 15% to over 60%. That's a fourfold improvement gained by offering my clients much less to think about.

Weird I know. But that's the way it works in my business. smiley


5906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 05, 2011, 01:21:00 PM
Not sure I can explain it now in 2011 but PageMaker was good (whatever that means) back in the day.

That's because PageMaker was "it" back in the day!  Grin

Or was until Quark Xpress showed up and piddled all over their pop tarts! tongue

(To be fair, they've gotten almost all of it back with the advent of their CS release.  Kiss )

5907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 05, 2011, 01:06:55 PM
Alpha Four (smooth as silk DOS relational database with prompts that made sense)

+1. Very sweet little database that didn't require a CS degree to use! Thmbsup

Its newest iteration (Alpha Five v10.5) is still a very capable database product - although it's gotten much more complex (and expensive!) since it's Alpha Four days.

5908  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 05, 2011, 12:59:41 PM
Also add Borland's Sidekick - the sui generis app that launched the DOS "TSR revolution" (with all the problems going down that road ultimately caused nono2) before we had personal systems capable of having more than one thing loaded at a time - because DOS (despite the name) was more a "command processor" rather than what we today consider to be an operating system.

Sidekick was a genuinely useful little productivity app collection. I found myself using it constantly.

And the NANSI.SYS and NNANSI.COM enhanced console drivers for DOS! These little beasties boosted screen performance and provided additional features when using EGA/VGA monitors. If you were a heavy spreadsheet user, this was an absolute must have for the improvement in scrolling speed alone. The 50 line display option was also a gift from heaven. Either of these puppies was one of the first things every "power user" worthy of the name loaded onto his or her machine.
 Cool

5909  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steam: Savior or Slayer of PC Gaming? on: August 05, 2011, 12:31:38 PM
I'm not much of a gamer (more interested in flight or submarine sims) so my feelings may not be typical. But I vastly prefer slapping in a DVD to going online to play something. Don't really know why.

I have a Steam account with (a few) very fine games in it. But for some reason I have this weird reluctance to use it. Same goes for my Second Life and Ultima Online accounts.

Something about the logging in is what does it. Maybe it's because I spend my days...and nights...and weekends...and friggin' holidays(!) logged onto one network or another. Feels too much like work or something. (Or maybe it's just my natural reluctance to trust anything on a server I don't have complete control of. Occupational hazard when you do what I do for a living...)

On the other hand I often have to resist the temptation to fire up MS Flight Simulator or one of the Harpoon series disks. And I'll still boot up my aging copy of Big Sid's AlphaCenturi on that little junk laptop I keep just for that.

I guess I'm one of those people who is willing to pay whatever the asking price for media in order to not have to deal with ongoing billing arrangements, network issues, server hassles, slow downloads, and all the little business and political games that (lately) seem to go with playing something online.

It's one thing if you want to do a multiplayer game. But I'll still take a lan party over a web connection if I want to do that - even if it's me that usually gets stuck buying the pizza. Hmm...Odd how everybody always seems to be 'magically' broke whenever I'm in the mood for something with green peppers on it! Must be the ghost of the Colossal Cave Pirate character ("har-har!") that's responsible.

So is it just me, or do other people have as big a hangup about gaming over the web (and generally consider the whole thing a mistake) as I do?

 smiley




5910  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: August 05, 2011, 10:53:23 AM
It's not so much the actual read/write is it is the fact that every drive in the array spins up for every read/write - so there's more wear and tear on the drive mechanics rather than the disk platter's surface.

If you saved a file to a single drive, only it would spin up and be written to (along with the housekeeping of finding sufficient free clusters. On a three element RAID-5, three drives would be spun up to accomplish the same thing, plus need to write additional information (i.e. parity) above and beyond that contained in the actual file itself. That's three times the disk activity plus "parity tax" plus three times the heat generated over a single drive save operation.

So when you add in the MTBF for each of the three drives, you have a higher probability of a drive failing all other factors being equal. And most arrays have more than three drives since that's the least cost effective RAID-5 configuration since you always sacrifice one drive to parity even if that drive doesn't exclusively hold the parity data.

Most times, the drives chosen for arrays are built to a higher quality standard than those normally deployed in PCs - so that may even up the failure occurrence rate up between server and non-server drives despite a higher utilization rate.

I'll have to see if I can locate any hard stats for drive reliability on a per disk basis when used in an array. I'm sure studies have been done. It's just a matter of finding them.
 Cool

5911  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: August 05, 2011, 07:30:26 AM
^ Um...actually the data chunks and parity info are distributed among all the drives in a RAID-5  array by the controller. There isn't a unique "parity drive" per se AFAIK.  smiley
5912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 05, 2011, 03:28:06 AM
Strictly speaking, you don't mean the Internet, you mean the web. The Internet started in the early 70s, and FidoNet was -- what, 1985?

Actually, I did mean the Internet in that I was referring to Fido's behavior as a 'network of networks' communicating under a commonly shared protocol; as opposed to 'the web', which I always took (perhaps erroneously) to refer to the global collection of linked hypertext documents accessible via the Internet.  smiley

But some of my definitions date to 'way back when' so they could well be obsolete by current standards.  Grin

(And you're correct.  Most people will have no idea what we're talking about. But that's good in a way. Because that meant they missed out on all the aggravation (even if they also missed out on all the "fun") of running a Fidonet node. Onward! Thmbsup )

5913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: File system monitoring utilities? on: August 04, 2011, 10:12:04 PM
Panic ensues... (hehe)

Plus a service call to us. (Usually after 5:00 and on a Friday.) undecided  Grin



5914  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: August 04, 2011, 10:06:14 PM
Weirdest thing about RAID-1. When it breaks, it sometimes takes out both drives.
Shit happens smiley - drives from the same batch can die shortly within eachother (especially if you have very disk-intensive rebuilds... mirroring isn't too bad, raid-5 is BAD). And then there's stuff like power surges etc. So yeah, stuff dies.


It wouldn't have been so disturbing if it were just the drives that failed. They're mechanical devices so you have to expect that. "Omnes vulnerat, ultima necat," as those old sundials used to say.

But it wasn't the drives that caused the problem. In both cases it was a controller issue (one HP and one IBM branded) using drives originally installed by the manufacturer. Since these are big league server manufacturers, I'm confident they did the necessary mix & match games to minimize the chance of getting two "bad batch" drives on the same machine.

In both instances the controllers unexpectedly started writing total garbage to both drives thereby rendering them useless. In the case of the IBM card, a firmware update corrected the "engineering issue." With HP, a replacement was necessary because there was a "marginal hardware condition" on the card.

Having it happen two different times on servers from two different manufacturers is a little too much bad luck AFAIC.  Grin

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5915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 04, 2011, 03:13:50 PM
Delphi - Borland had a real contender until they started trying to compete with Microsoft instead of tending their own business.

Bravo! Truer words were never spoken.

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@wraith808, re: NSFW Commentary:

Priceless! Absolutely priceless!!!


I have got to remember that one!!! Thmbsup

5916  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a home server. Please help, DC! on: August 04, 2011, 02:58:37 PM
If you want speed, get an SSD. If you want redundancy, do regular backup.
...and possibly couple it with RAID Mirroring. That does add real redundancy and isn't (just) for downtime reduction smiley

True.  smiley

Unless you have a controller issue which screws up both drives. ohmy

Weirdest thing about RAID-1. When it breaks, it sometimes takes out both drives.

I had this happen to clients twice in my career. So it can't be that rare an occurrence in the field. Which is why I'll only use RAID-1 for mirroring the OS drive thereby reducing it to a 'downtime reduction only' function.

Because I can always reinstall a disk image or (if it comes down to brass tacks) do a scratch reload of the OS (*choke*) without losing anything critical belonging to the client.

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Never tried RAID with SSD. (Not being wealthy has its downsides. Grin) Is anybody doing that? And if so, does it adversely affect the life of the SSD drives? Mirroring probably wouldn't. But RAID-5 should since there's so much extra R/W activity generated by all the striping plus parity info being written to the drives. (Note: Save a dinky 1 meg file to a server with RAID-5 and watch das blinkin' lights come alive with motion and color. Freekin' dance of fireflies is what it is! Save anything to a RAID-5 array and it goes nuts "gettin' busy.") That can't be good for an SSD drive over the long term.

Anybody know anything about this?  huh

5917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame on: August 04, 2011, 02:33:54 PM
Good lord! There are so many...

JavelinPlus - radically powerful financial modeling software frequently mistaken for a spreadsheet. I used this extensively when it first came out back when I was in corporate financial planning. I have yet to see anything that comes close to it in terms of design or functional elegance.

From Wikipedia:

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Javelin encourages viewing data and algorithms in various self-documenting ways, including simultaneous multiple synchronized views. For example, users can move through the connections between variables on a diagram while seeing the logical roots and branches of each variable. This is an example of what is perhaps its primary contribution—the concept of traceability of a user's logic or model structure through its twelve views. Among its dynamically linked views were: diagram, formulas, table, chart, QuickGraph, worksheet, notes, errors, macro, graph. A complex model can be dissected and understood by others who had no role in its creation, and this remains unique even today. Javelin was used primarily for financial modeling, but was also used to build instructional models in college chemistry courses, to model the world's economies, and by the military in the early Star Wars project. It is still in use by institutions for which model integrity is mission critical.

Javelin received multiple awards, including: "Best of 1985" for technical excellence from PC Magazine[1]; "Most Significant Product" from PC Week; and "Software Product of the Year".[2] 'The Infoworld award apparently created some consternation in the top ranks of number two Microsoft:'

    "Then there was the year Microsoft's new Windows spreadsheet, Excel, was up against start-up Javelin Software's Javelin spreadsheet for InfoWorld Product of the Year. Although Excel was a beautiful extension of the existing spreadsheet concept, Javelin had imaginative features, says Michael McCarthy, InfoWorld reviews editor from 1984 to 1990 and current publisher of IDG's San Francisco-based Web Publishing Inc., producers of JavaWorld and SunWorld. "I persuaded InfoWorld to give Javelin Product of the Year," McCarthy says. "At the InfoWorld dinner at Comdex, when they gave out the award for Product of the Year and Excel came in second, Bill Gates got up and stomped out of the room in front of everybody in a spectacularly rude manner." "Backstage: InfoWorld's movers and shakers By Scott Mace http://archive.infoworld....ary/98ann.backstage.shtml
    

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[attach]  Ronstadt's Financials - Brilliant!, brilliant!!, brilliant!!! business financial planning tool and book set. I planned my very first startup using this software. I've used it with several other businesses I've been involved with as well. Good 1989 Inc.Magazine article about the product and it's creator here.

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[attach]  TurboPascal - time was, if you wanted to write your own "real" programs, "TP three-oh-two" was what you used. (Still available for free download courtesy of Borland!)

Business programs benefited from the BCD edition (originally extra $$$, later incorporated into a single release) which avoided floating point arithmetic hassles by providing binary coded decimal real number math capabilities.

From the README.TXT file:

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WELCOME TO TURBO PASCAL 3.0
                     ---------------------------

This file contains important information not found in the Reference
Manual.  Included is information on how to get technical help, a
description of differences between Turbo Pascal 2.0 and 3.0,
corrections to the Reference Manual, and a complete list of files on
the distribution disk.  Since this file contains information important
to you, please read it in its entirety; hopefully it will answer any
questions you may have.

Special Note:  Turbo Pascal now comes complete with three versions of
the compiler.  The standard compiler: TURBO.COM, the compiler with
support for the optional 8087 math coprocessor: TURBO-87.COM, and the
compiler with BCD (Binary Coded Decimal) real number support for precise,
business oriented computations: TURBOBCD.COM.  Simply recompile your
source code with one of the compilers to take advantage of the optional
real number support.  Please note that to use TURBO-87.COM you must
have an 8087 coprocessor chip installed in your computer.  Most
computers do not come with the 8087 chip installed.

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FidoNet BBS and QModem

Its wot got us all started goin' up online to begin wit Guv, innit?

A super dial-up client (with VT100 terminalemulation and ZModem support built-in!) plus a solid network-aware BBS system. The combination was a match made in heaven. Harbingers of what was to come.

This was our Internet before there was an Internet. (Note: FidoNet is still around too!)

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I could go on and on about all the others (past and present) in my personal Hall o' Fame....so I'd better stop now.  Grin

5918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: File system monitoring utilities? on: August 04, 2011, 01:34:17 PM
+1 with SJ.  Thmbsup Audit tracking is the best way to accomplish that in Windows. Just keep an eye on the logfile size and do some periodic housekeeping. Because you'll be amazed how quickly some of those logs can grow depending on the level of activity and degree of detail they're collecting.
 Cool


5919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: August 04, 2011, 01:13:51 PM
But I find myself worrying about the popularity of these programs, especially MSE.  If the overwhelming majority of people use the same anti-virus program, be it MSE or any other, doesn't that make it easier for the bad guys to develop malware specifically designed with that particular AV program in mind?  (Hmmm...perhaps I should change my username from cyberdiva to worrywort  Sad  )

It's a legitimate concern. However, it's relatively moot since, in practice, it's far easier and more productive to try to discover and exploit an unknown vulnerability in the underlying OS than it is to try to fox or disable an AV utility. And the malware writers know that.

Today, most systems are fairly secure by default. And with the addition of any decent AV package they're remarkably secure. Add in some common sense - plus a smart user - and they're virtually impregnable.

The weakest ink in the lineup is the user. That's why so many documented "successful exploits" rely so heavily on "social engineering" - which is a fancy way of saying "tricking the user into doing something dumb."

Day Zero exploits are a whole 'nother issue. Fortunately, most of the really dangerous ones are spotted and dealt with long before they fully activate.

Keeping your system fully updated will protect you from "zero" exploits most times unless you're one of the unlucky early victims that sounded the warning cry to the rest of the pack. (Let's face it: we all knew that, sooner or later, the snakes were gonna get lucky and take out at least one meerkat - even if we didn't think it would end up being Flower.) Not much you can do about that except restore from backups if it happens to you. But again, it's a long shot you'll ever end up being in that category if you're doing everything else right security-wise.

Stuff happens. Best just do what you can do to avoid problems. After that, try not to worry about it too much. Sharing a glass of fine Merlot (or a microbrew) with friends who aren't always talking about computers helps too. Highly recommended, smiley
5920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime backups on: August 04, 2011, 12:24:39 PM
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As Stoic noted, with the size of today's hard drives, the big problem with "overnight backups" is we're now running out of "night." Grin

The most important thing to protect is your files. Everything else can be reinstalled from DVD media or download if you have to. So put your primary emphasis on data first.

For user files your best bet would be to use a file synchronization utility that has a "synchronize on shutdown" option.

There's dozens of paid and free apps to choose from. Do a Google or visit a reputable software aggregation site like FileHippo, Snapfiles or Tucows and nose around. (Tip: Also make it a point to read the user reviews. Not all utilities are created equal.  mrgreen)

Configure your sync utility for which directories you want to 'backup' and point it to the external drive. Then tell it to sync whenever you shut down.

Now, every time you issue a shutdown command, you can walk away, empty coffee cup in hand, fairly secure in the knowledge that the most recent versions of your files will be copied over to your external drive.

Note: first time you do this will take some time since all the files will need to be put on the external drive and have a sync database created for them. But after that it should go pretty quickly unless you've added and/or updated thousands of files between your last synchronization. Then it might take something like 15-20 minutes.

I'm a big fan of synchronization. Most of my daily "backing up" gets done that way.

Note: there's also free and inexpensive remote online "backup" services (like SpiderOak, iDrive, etc) that will basically do the same thing. All such services have provisions for automatic (i.e. scheduled) as well as ad hoc backups. This wouldn't be workable for massive collections of...uh... 'archived' movies or...um... porn photo galleries. But it might be a very good place to store that computer code or draft of the report your boss is waiting for. It's also good for any other collection of files you'd hate to loose if your house or office burned down. tellme

For bigger or periodic or 'versioned' backups I'll either use Microsoft's included backup utility (if I'm in Windows7) - or a copy of Cobain Backup.

System images and restoration snapshots can be handled by Microsoft's backup in Windows7 - or using a copy of Macrium Reflect or Clonezilla (if you're feeling adventurous!).

Note: I never use an "automatic" or "scheduled" feature to create disk or partition images. For some odd reason, they've always been unreliable for me. If I need to create one, I do it explicitly. Don't know what to suggest to you if you're forgetful about things like that. Maybe a calendar/reminder might help?

Fortunately, you don't really need to image drives all that often if your data is already backed up. I'll usually create an image immediately after I've setup and tricked out a new machine. But after that I'll only reimage following major software updates (like Windows or MS Office service packs) or after an important new software installation.

Hope this was helpful! Thmbsup



5921  DonationCoder.com Software / Little Voice Commander / Re: Little Voice Commander Reviews on: August 04, 2011, 09:39:57 AM
Very nice review. Congratulations Mouser! Thmbsup
5922  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Discussion of CMS suggestions for the DC software directory on: August 04, 2011, 09:25:51 AM
Wouldn't it be ironic if, after careful consideration, it ended up being implemented using Drupal?  tongue

(Sorry Mouser... lame joke. Couldn't resist. Wink  Grin)
5923  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: August 04, 2011, 09:10:37 AM
Hey Jim! Glad you could join us. Feel free to jump in whenever you have a question, a comment to share, or an answer to someone else's question. DoCo's greatest asset is it's member community, so don't be shy about joining in.  smiley Thmbsup
5924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: August 04, 2011, 08:57:12 AM
+1

For the non-tech users, I see more problems caused by security suites than I do by malware.

As Carol recommends, just install Microsoft Security Essentials, use Windows' built-in firewall, stay caught up with your system updates - and be done with it. That and a little common sense about what attachments you open and what software you install will more than suffice for 99.9% of all users. And it will do so without the headaches 3rd-party security suites can cause.

Time to stop the insanity.  

Take the money you save by not purchasing Norton or McAfee and buy yourself a nice little USB hard drive so you can finally start doing those backups you keep putting off.  Cool

5925  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'new' file manager - Elyse on: August 03, 2011, 09:55:03 PM
Looks interesting. Any word on license terms and price?

I didn't see mention of either on the website.   huh
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