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Just want to say first that I am very pleased that the Eudora/Hermes descriptions worked nicely for some of our posters!

When the information comes forth on the email forums (often in posts by Katrina Knight) it can be hidden and hard to handle. My idea was that Donationcoder was a more visible and helpful all purpose site.


Here is Microsoft offering some thoughts.

OneDrive makes it easy to transfer your files and photos

They compare    
USB/external drive
PCmover from Laplink

My biz partner in Oro Valley is saying goodbye to a couple of older puters, hopefully he can reinstall the OS (good to keep images) but their value is minimal anyway, a few years old, maybe one is 7, one is 10.

Two new HP i5 puters with SSD being installed, one from Craigslist, one from Best Bay (open box, big savings). Total cost $950.

So how does he get the new puters loaded with his biz stuff?

1) some automated way from Windows

2) simply reinstall the programs, and bring over any necessary data by hand (I usually use a USB backup or DriveHQ as the intermediary)

3) some other way.


He is concerned about the time involved in (2), but that is generally my recommended way.  Then I can reconsider each program, and not bring over junkaroony (programs, registry entries, etc.

Your thoughts?

Dutchess Valley< NY

Applicationize - as we discussed here:

pinning a program to taskbar, open in its own singular window

Pinning in place in my order the important use apps and web-sites to the Taskbar.

Using the Chrome feature is not working so well on my Windows 10.
Right now I am making up a list of what will make the Applicatinize cut on my new puter.

I tried one called Thin-Print from Cortado Mobile Solutions.

Simple free App install.  Two little installs on the Windows 10 (the second is a connector.)

Tried it out, worked perfectly. Printed from the picture roll.

Yes, there are tons of alternatives, maybe more sophisticated, but sometimes they are frustrating.  This was very pleasant.
eprint, google cloud print, HP Smart, Readdle or others. Some cost money, some are vanishing.  I do plan to try HP Smart.

Share your favorite method.

Wilders has a good discussion.
Definitely legit.
(That does not mean you want it in your toolkit though.)
The developer was responsive to Wilders (up to p. 4, 2016)

Ghostpress - Free AntiKeylogger

"Ghostpress is made for global protection and usually whitelisting affected software is the way to go."


Spyshelter Free
HPA - Hitman Pro Alert

No free lunch?

Just an FYI, I have used to find direct contacts.

Even if you say USA and Canada, you will get many Indian companies, however you will often get some good USA and Canada, also Europe (Netherlands, Slovenia, Ukraine), Morocco, Hong Kong, etc.

One my current coding project, sales tax for WooCommerce, maybe some pricing table action, a Kansas City company is in the lead.

No fee on either end.

General Software Discussion / Re: looking for cheap email hoster
« on: November 27, 2019, 12:03 PM »
Yes, in Jan 2019 I paid for 2 years in advance for $35. .. actually 25 months.

My error.  About 1.40 a month.  Maybe they have that special now?

They do have a forum and they do give support.

General Software Discussion / Re: looking for cheap email hoster
« on: November 27, 2019, 08:42 AM »
My Runbox account works well, I use it as a POP account, so I have not seen any fees. Presumably a few mails per month will not trigger fees for a long time.  I think I made sure there were no spam filters.

It is possible that this should simply be a Plug-in in WooCommerce, written in PhP.  Their plug-ins have their own formal structure, which is explained on the Net.  Maybe I should see the PhP syntax.  I would have to either write it myself, or give the logic to somebody to write.  So far I have not gotten feedback on using a compiled language, but I am checking a bit more.

Slickdeals does a good job of giving an overview of the current discounts, omits Overstock and some others

TechBargains is also interesting




HP Elitedesk for 560 on Bestbuy

Similar Dell Optiplex for 630


Dell Business Desktop deals



New Egg



Spectre and Meltdown explained: What they are, how they work, what's at risk

Interesting, so with Intel you would recommend an i7 (recent generations) or i9, with AMD you have to check.  The high-end refurbs can be fairly modern, but this would be a reason to definitely avoid, e.g. fourth generation i5 and even many newer than that.

I was thinking about the really low level "control" malware, but this is different, the actual fixes to the fundamental problem really hurt the chips performance, newer chips are more likely to be designed robustly, at least for a year or two!


This site can help with chip performance comparison, but they should add the original release date, here is an example:

ADDED: Oh, they give the date, the quarter released.


A Brief Peek Into the Fascinating World of Side Channel Attacks
Emily Gray-Fow

"The only way to fully protect against side channel attacks is to use your digital devices in a room buried deep underground, accessed by a long tunnel with shielded doors, lined with a Faraday cage, and running off of your own portable power supply."

Not sure this is a refurbished PC issue, need more info if it will affect my buying decision!

Given all of the side channel attack issues, I'd avoid referbs these days

Presumably this some real low-level OS or firmware malware?  Hard to detect.

Do we have any reports of this happening in the major refurb channels.

Living Room / where to buy a new puter? some style and spec issues
« on: November 20, 2019, 05:26 AM »
My main PC should be reasonably fast, used for business, Bible research, daily this and that.
It should have robust memory and related stacks for many browsers (yes, Onetab) and programs open.
No gaming, but lots of multi-tasking.
No laptop.

Windows 10 Pro (alternatives that will run my Windows programs well?  Windows 7??)
256 SSD (maybe 512)
1 Terabyte Disk is nice, but not necessity - maybe simply 512 SSD es suficiente
16 GB memory
Speedy Gonzalex processor and decent Graphics
chips are complex, since you have the i5 i7 i9, and various models, and AMD - this will probably be i7

It looks like the Dell Refurbs, and some HP are good deals through:

PC Mag
New Egg
Overstock (good variety)
Dell (if real special)

I also might want to check the good old PowerSpecs from Microcenter.
Probably pass on TigerDirect, Amazon, Ebay

Do you get a 3-year warranty for $50 ?  True, these are not printers, not much goes wrong.

The SFF, Mini, Tower, etc questions is a puzzle. I don't mind the Tower for long-term expansion and simplicity. If I have an SFF I could take it on a trip. I have one that is a few years old, Lenovo, maybe that is the one I would take.

Spiceworks good conversation in 2018, note the HP Mini got a solid nod

It looks like I want to spend $400-500 on the Black Friday specials, although if there was a reason I would go more. Gaming stuff is often in the 700-1000 range, but that has its own graphics specialties.


And do I want a separate Linux box for fun and play?  I do have a real old one, about 5+ years old. I probably should play with that one first (cost about $25, Craigslist)

Tablets - got my iPad  as the main one. Pretty happy there, know how to buy on Craigslist when needed.  Generally people want too much on Craigslist, but since Apple does not discount much, that is an exception. In the Android world, I am always wondering about playing with something like the Google Pixel, but the Apple iPad seems sufficient. Smooth.

Chromebook - a 4GB one for $100, new or refurb, might make sense. Maybe take in car. There are times where it might be more appropriate than the Tablet.


Your thoughts!

From WordPress / Woo Commerce I would like to shell out (call a subroutine) and do some comparison-calc logic.  This is to determine if an item is subject to sales tax. The product (item) will have some Y/N flag fields, and these will be compared to the 50 states, (+DC, maybe PR) to see if that item is sales tax liable in that state.   There will not be 50 sections, since some states are identical (e.g. about 10 have no sales tax for these products), maybe there will be 25 separate logic sections. Each section will have maybe 5-10 lines of code. I can supply the logic, and maybe do the code.

For speed, and confidentiality, it would be nice to be compiled. 

What tool should be used? 

Presumably reasonably English simple-style, for long-term maintenance:
(If State=FL and Field-Kruggerand=Y evaluate SST=Y and Goto End)

Your thoughts? 
This might also be a gig :).

SST=StateSalesTax - a plug-in from a 3rd party knows the current rate from the address, which can include local city/town add-ons.

There are other complexities, especially with threshold levels, at the moment that is another story.

We also have wonderful complexities in pricing  :).

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 17, 2019, 03:50 AM »
Microsoft's Software is Malware

Now I am reconsidering VueMinder.

Dan just had a Bits Du Jour, and the sale price is still there.

If the Google Sync works in a satisfactory manner (there is 2-way and 1-way, I would want 2-way likely) I could see springing for the Ultimate and then a year later doing the lifetime extension.  If it becomes my GoTo calendar I could handle the 40 + 50. 

Some might simply prefer the Pro to the Ultimate, less money.

another one that might be worth consideration, though probably not strictly a freeware site

Alternative To offers alternative solutions to a lot of mainstream apps
And don't forget Similar SItes, and others:

Alternatives to AlternativeTo

I do use these quite a bit, Slant is good in how they rate and describe.

The one lack on Pop Peeper is a real search function. 
I just added my thoughts about it here on this thread.

Is there a way to Search emails with a keyword?

ADDED: Version 5 is being worked on!

Snapfiles is back :)

They still are my #1 choice, generally, when not downloading from the programmer/company site.

Pop Peeper is working superbly.

Right now I have about five Gmail accounts hooked up, including one from Gsuite (private domain, biz). Today's mail is on top, and I can work with an individual account, or all the accounts combined, nicely color-coded. 

Are any of the others good in that way?

Two specialty things for GSuite are
1: Kiwi extension have to check what it actually does, I keep a tab in Windows that is only for that GSuite biz account.
2: Google - Drive File Stream maps the Google Drive to a Windows letter like G:

This looks like an alternative to Ninite (and  Chocolatey) for those who are installing on multiple machines.  Slant has a little review of the site, and likes the idea that it is doable simply from the browser.  Oh, this actually uses Chocolatey.

Now they just say:

"Down for Maintenance"

Text from your computer
If you enabled SMS sync in our Android app, you can text from your computer via Pushbullet.
Texting from your computer is easy, here's how:
    Click SMS in the left bar.

And there was no "SMS" in the left bar.

Maybe it works better with Android.

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