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Living Room / Re: Wikipedia Book Creator
« on: September 05, 2010, 06:35 PM »
I've used this.  It's a good way of compiling many article into one.  You can drag and drop the articles into the specific order you want.  The PDFs are true to the articles format, all in all a handy tool.

Living Room / Re: Some initial reflections on using an ebook reader
« on: August 14, 2010, 11:31 AM »
I have the Sony touch screen.  I am thinking of upgrading to the Kindle DX with its larger screen.  Thanks for the review!

CyberArticle: CyberArticle  You have the option of downloading the text on the page only.  However, you can only do this for one page at a time, not multiple pages.

I purchased the lifetime license at half price!  Lord, I love a good deal!

Don't put ideas into their heads, LOL!

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: crack tracker
« on: April 13, 2010, 05:03 PM »
Don't a lot of these illegal methods of 'stealing' software contain malware or viruses of some sort?  I personally would be afraid to download any of these pirated software.  I prefer to pay for it so the creator can keep updating and improving his product.  Besides which, there is enough free and open source software available if you cannot afford to purchase a particular item.

I already knew this and I don't even drink. ::)

Hi.  I purchased the VueMinder when it was on sale with Bits du Jour.  I received an email from the developer stating that I would receive updates for life.  However, with the next major version upgrade, version 5, the developer will be going to a '1year service contract' for new customers.  I'm glad I purchased this product when I did for I received my lifetime license! I was informed in the email, that the new version would be coming out shortly. I am impressed with it's functions and, being a fairly new product, it can only improve.  I went to the website this morning and noticed that the lifetime licensing is still in effect.  Based upon other calender software I have used, this one is the most comprehensive for my needs and I heartily recommend it.

I never agreed with this DRM to start.  On the one hand I can see the publishers wanting to protect the author's copyright etc, but on further thought, it is almost the same as buying a 'physical' book.  Using the argument that the DRM was put in place to prevent piracy of books, whats' to stop someone from lending out their physical books to dozens even hundreds of people?  Libraries anyone?  Thievery is thievery whatever the mode.  If someone wants to steal something, it's obvious they had no intention of purchasing the item in the first place.  My resentment in regards to DRM is that, to my mind, I'm being treated as a potential thief when purchasing an electronic book with vendors who employ this DRM mode.  They are presupposing that I am going to redistribute these books to others for free thereby doing them out of potential profits.  With this logic, I presume everyone whoever lent out a physical book to friends or family are thieves!  The implications of removing books off peoples Kindles without prior notice bodes ill for the future.  What next?  Are these vendors going to start charging people criminally with lending their physical books out?     

Living Room / Re: What's your favorite drink?
« on: June 11, 2009, 11:04 PM »
Ice cold 2% milk or fresh fruit or vegtableJuicer juice made with a Juicer.

Thanks Steven!  I just purchased the upgrade for 24.95!

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AntispamSniper For The Bat!
« on: May 29, 2009, 09:58 AM »
I purchased AntispamSniper for the bat using the discount coupon.  When I tried to purchase it for Outlook, I got a 'invalid coupon code'.  Does the coupon only work for The Bat! version at this time?

General Software Discussion / Re: Idea: File note
« on: May 15, 2009, 04:20 PM »
Here's a program that is similar to what is being discussed here.  1st File Descriptor

Living Room / Re: The entitled generation....Are they right?
« on: May 05, 2009, 10:06 PM »
I hear you Wreckedcarzz.  If it's any consolation, kids today aren't that different from those of yore.  My 95 year old grandmother regaled me with tales of the youth in her time.  It appears that smoking and drinking moonshine liquor was their thing.  There was also the stories of girls who left town for a year or so to take care of an 'elderly relative' when in fact the girls were pregnant out of wedlock and left town to have the child.  They would return when they thought the air was clear but everyone knew or had an inkling as to what was going on.  You see the kids were not that different than they are today.  People tend to have selective memories.  If it's any consolation, each preceding generation has similar complaints about the next one. According to my grandmother, great-aunt and various relatives from previous generations the young people in their respective generations were not that different than they are today.  The only things lacking were the technologies, economic times( The Depression, World War II, rationing etc)  They just adapted and made due with what they had.  My grandmother in fact told me of a girl in her circle of friends who had a fur coat and believe me they were quite envious of this girl.  These stories were, are anecdotal, but I bet if you were to speak to multi-generational persons they would have interesting tales to tell.  The stories my grandmother relayed to me were apparently tame according to other family members.  The only thing I can say is that they were more secretive in nature.  As for not needing to know or being able to utilize some of the learning in your schooling now, you will find the same thing when you embark upon whatever profession you have or will choose.  There will be aspects of your employment where you shake you head and say what use is this, school prepares you for this.  You never know, you may need some of the 'useless' knowledge someday.   

Living Room / Re: The entitled generation....Are they right?
« on: May 05, 2009, 01:05 PM »
My sister is a high school teacher here in Toronto.  She is constantly bothered by the fact that many of the students lack basic comprehension skills.   School is preparation for the 'real' world as Darwin said.  You go to a job and feel if you just show up and do the minimal amount of work required, you will be okay.  Maybe so in certain types of employment.  If however you wish to enter any of the professions or trades where pressure is constantly applied to produce, you are going to be in big trouble.  Failing at various endeavors can produce two results; you will strive harder to achieve a better outcome thereby improving yourself, or, you will abandon that particular endeavor as not being conducive to your likes, dislikes or ambitions in whatever regards.  Growing up I was constantly told sink or swim, the three 'G's, get a job, go to school or get out by my parents.  A bit harsh but effective for me.  If you failed a course at school you either went to summer school to improve your marks or didn't bother.  If you didn't bother, this would diminish your overall average which in effect would influence you future prospects should you had wished to pursue post-secondary education thus limiting your employment prospects.  Yes, they did fail you despite showing up and doing the course assignments if you did not comprehend  what was being taught.  With that being said I don't purport to say that the current system or the time I attended school is better or worse.  As with anything there are probably pros and cons.  My references are anecdotal  as I am not basing any of my perceptions on research. Two of my nephews are in University and another one is in the trades.  Guess who has the best employment prospects?  It appears that the trades are not actively encouraged and as a result there is a dearth of trades people resulting in high demands for such.  The trades are not being promoted as viable alternatives to University.  To my thinking today's youth are in an unenviable position, the pressure is on!    As for pirating software movies, games etc, I suspect it has to do with lack of disposable income.  A popular refrain amongst kids I speak with is 'Why buy it if you can get it for free?'.  Their reasoning being that they don't have the funds to procure these items. Factor in peer pressure which causes embarrassment and and loss of esteem in some instances.  For many, appearances are all such as who has the latest 'thing', you get my drift.   That is the reasoning many have relayed to me.  I think many in previous 'generations' suffered from this when they were teenagers and young adults.  They just didn't have access to today's technology in order to download pirated copies of media items, software etc.  From my prospective, there is no excuse for this as someone worked to create something and presumably worked hard and should therefore be compensated accordingly.  I doubt most are exceedingly wealthy as a result of their toils.  On the other hand easy access to pirated software, music etc was not available as it is now.  Who knows if the people of my generation would have resorted to the same actions had they the current technology at their disposal? 

Living Room / Re: The entitled generation....Are they right?
« on: May 04, 2009, 07:28 PM »
This type of self-entitlement appears to be endemic in other areas of life such as education.  The students seem to think they are entitled to good grades for showing up to class and handing in their assignments on time.  http://www.nytimes.c.../18college.html?_r=1

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: BenuBird Pro is now freeware!
« on: May 04, 2009, 12:14 PM »
BTW — don’t worry, if you’re a paid-for-customer of the original Benubird Pro, we appreciate your support and we’re going to be offering you a free-upgrade to the commercial Benubird PDF Pro upon release.
  I sent this question to the developer on their blog.  BenuBird Pro.  According to the response I received, the free version will be modeled along the lines of those of AVG and AVG Pro.  So I'm assuming there will be a paid for version and a free version offered up in the future release based upon AVG and other software which offer similar proprietary and free versions as well.

Found Deals and Discounts / BenuBird Pro is now freeware!
« on: May 02, 2009, 09:26 AM »
Hello.  Whilst perusing the Bits du Jour site I came across an announcemnt in the Pulse section that Benubird Pro was being relaunched as BenuBird PDF and is now freeware.  Here is the link to the BenuBird site.   BenuBird Pro   

Living Room / Re: How many people does it take to fix a phone?
« on: April 18, 2009, 10:20 AM »
Just Google businesses which buy and resell refurbished phone.  They are in the appear to be infinite!

Living Room / Re: How many people does it take to fix a phone?
« on: April 17, 2009, 06:21 PM »
Sell your phone to a business that refurbishes them and resells them or try and trade it in for a cheaper model with pay as you go cards.  I'm always getting fliers with refurbished phones and electronics.  Unless you need it for business purposes I don't see the need for some of these phones.  Usually if you use these Blackberries or other similar phones the company pays for them.  If that's the case then keep it.  Some of these phone are costlier than a computer! 

Living Room / Re: How many people does it take to fix a phone?
« on: April 14, 2009, 09:16 AM »
Just buy a cheap  phone and use pay as you go cards.  Chuck the phone when it breaks down and purchase another one.  I've had a cheap phone for two years and it's still working.  You will not have to contend with customer services.  Mind you, I hardly use my phone.  I use it for purposes for brief communication such as meeting someone, calling a cab or for security reasons; potential emergencies.

General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Firefox Theme(s)
« on: March 31, 2009, 01:33 PM »
That looks kind of interesting.  Can you change sizes of stuff like buttons or is that more complicated?
(I have it on now and I'm just starting to mess with some of the presets) smiley

According to the options menu on the any colour add-on you can this can be seen in the advanced tab of the options menu.  However, I haven't tried it as yet although I've created my own themes using the colour selection and my own images from my hard drive. The creator of any colour also has a blog. Apparently he's also working on a similar add-on for Thunderbird.

General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Firefox Theme(s)
« on: March 30, 2009, 08:41 PM »
My favouite is Any Color.  You can customize your themes yourself.  You can also use images from your picture files to customize Fire fox.  https://addons.mozil...S/firefox/addon/6991

Living Room / Re: What's your favorite food snack?
« on: March 30, 2009, 11:36 AM »
Mine is Leonides dark choclate assortment but only once in a Blue Moon due to the prices, [url=].  On a cheaper note, I absolutely love radishes, jalapeno peppers stuffed with feta cheese, extra old Balderson's cheddar cheese, the list is edless! :P

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