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Pluralsight  is offering its courses free for the month of April.

The link in the most recent post doesn't work - but the BDJ link in the first message of the thread does.  You may want to fix that.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: February 03, 2020, 01:37 PM »
Gog has added a couple of games to their "always free" set:

  - Lords of Midnight
  - Doomdark's Revenge

I know nothing about these games (never heard of them before) other than they're from the mid-1980's.  But if you're into retro gaming, the only thing you're risking is your time.  I think GOG has been selling those games for about 5 years (but I'm not sure about that).

You can find all of GOG's permanently free games on this list:

However, that list also includes free DLCs and demos which take up about 75% of the list.

The one that comes to mind for me is WordStar, a ground breaking word processor from back in the character-mode CP/M & DOS days.  It didn't successfully make the jump to graphical environments.  They got killed by WordPerfect and MS Word.

Pioneered the use of the ESDX 'diamond' for cursor movement (when the Ctrl key was held down).  Way back then keyboards didn't always have dedicated arrow keys.  Made far more sense to me than Vi's HLJK scheme. 

I just threw out an old manual/floppy box from the 80's that I had kept around for nostalgia reasons.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 30, 2019, 01:44 PM »
Yet another 48 hour giveaway: Tower of Time


DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 16, 2019, 01:08 PM »
Another 48 hour GOG giveaway: Postal 2


Postal Classic is also free - this is permanent (I believe).  I'm not sure if this being free is new or if it has been this way for a while.

Per GOG: "From now on you can also get the first part of the POSTAL series for free on GOG.COM, this time permanently."


DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 11, 2019, 09:44 AM »
Wasteland 2:

For the next 45 hours or so.

Also there are a few games on GOG connect:

*and* they've compiled a list of games that are discounted 90% or more:

General Software Discussion / Re: looking for cheap email hoster
« on: November 28, 2019, 11:42 PM »
I haven't signed up with these guys, but I'm considering it:

"BuyShared" web-hosing by Frantech:

Their smallest plan is $8 per year which gets you 1GB of space and unlimited email addresses.

But I have no idea if they are a spammer host - how would you find that out?

I've also considered setting up my own email server on a cheap VPS like Shades suggests, but whenever I look into what it would take to set up and maintain one it looks far too daunting.

I can no longer activate my Surfulater license and the developer hasn't been very helpful.

So Neville isn't resetting activations anymore?  That's bad news (and yet another lesson for all of us - me included -  about trusting server-based license activation).

I still use Surfulator, but I worry about getting stuck in the same situation that you're in.  Unfortunately, I haven't found anything that I've liked as a replacement - that might be because I haven't been looking very diligently.

What I have done is tried to put my new notes in a simple text file database that is organized using the file system (ie., directories).  The knowledge base is a git repository, so I can easily sync it between my machines, and I just use whatever search capability I have at hand (ie., xyplorer) to find things.

It's super klunky, and adding new information is much more difficult than Surfulator's capability for copying web pages.

The big disadvantages:

  - I don't get nice, easy replication of webpages, but often a copy/paste of the webpage text is good enough
  - I don't get a nice, easy to navigate listing (heirarchical or otherwiase). I could probably find something to help with this problem.
  - there's no real mobile access to my data

But I get these advantages:

  - I'll never be locked out of getting to my plain ascii data or updating it
  - I can use whatever cloud capability I want for syncing my data or making it available in the cloud (for example github or whatever git hosting service du jour replaces it)
  - I don't have to use the cloud if I don't want to

Unfortunately it's nowhere close to a feature rich replacement for Surfulator.  I still use Surfulator, and sometimes still add data to it.  But every time I do I also feel like I'm going to be sorry about that someday.  I wish SUL was still supported.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: June 14, 2019, 10:48 AM »
Toonstruck free on GOG for the next 46 hours or so:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: May 31, 2019, 01:12 PM »
Wow - That's a nice giveaway!  Thanks for the heads up!   :Thmbsup:

Interesting - I wonder if this exploit has been used in the wild?

The more significant impact of Check Point’s research may be the fallout created if other apps that bundle UNACEV2 suffer from similar traversal vulnerabilities.

I use PowerArchiver and it contains a UNACEV2.dll (though it's from 2007, not 2005).  I'll have to ask about this on their forum.  In the meantime I have removed the DLL.  The program seems to still run fine - I assume it only loads the DLL is it has to deal with an ACE archive. If you use any archiving utility it might not be a bad idea to check if that DLL is used.

Enpass has a similar set of features as SafeInCloud.  A couple things that it has over SafeInCloud are:

1) a Linux client
2) multiple vaults (which permits sharing a limited set of data with another person)

I have been using and am happy with SafeInCloud.

It's not open source, but there is no online subscription - online storage is your choice of DropBox, Google Drive, or a couple others.  You can also use your own WebDAV server if you want.  The mobile app versions are around $5 at whichever app store (with the occasional sale).  There are Windows and Mac desktop apps that are free.

However, I can't speak to its browser or automatic password fill-in integration (which it claims to have) as I have never tried those features.

You can try the Android or iOS app free for a couple weeks.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: January 24, 2019, 05:11 PM »
A steam key for Deponia - the Complete Journey is a free giveaway on Humble store until Jan 26 at 10am Pacific time.

You have to subscribe to their newsletter.

The key has to be redeemed by Jan 31.

Living Room / Re: Movies you've seen lately
« on: January 15, 2019, 10:30 AM »
I agree with the Christmas Chronicles posts - pleasantly surprised.

Living Room / Re: Reviving an old luggable computer
« on: January 05, 2019, 07:01 PM »
I missed this thread the first time around - great stuff!

I'm not aware of any contemporary architectures that have a loadable microcode, though.

Intel processors certainly do.  For example, here's a KB article from Microsoft describing an update that contains microcode to fix a Spectre vulnerability: https://support.micr...el-microcode-updates

DC Gamer Club / Re: Latest GOG Giveaway
« on: December 28, 2018, 06:41 PM »
Soma is free for the next 35 hours or so:

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: December 13, 2018, 07:04 PM »
Humble Store is giving away Steam keys for Lego - the Hobbit

The giveaway goes until Dec 15 at 10am Pacific Time.

The Key has to be redeemed by Dec 20.

Found Deals and Discounts / Vegas Pro Edit 15 $25 on Humble
« on: December 11, 2018, 01:42 PM »
The $25 tier of the Humble Software Bundle: VEGAS Pro Even More Creative Freedom has Vegas Pro Edit 15.

The bundle is active until 25 Dec 2018

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 23, 2018, 12:44 PM »
Could you confirm that SyncBack Pro...

I'm no expert in symlinks and how backup software should (or should not) handle them.   I suggest you download the SyncBack trial and see if it works the way you're looking for.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:00 PM »
SyncBackPro and SyncBackSE 25% off through Monday, Nov 26: https://www.2brights...m/store/cybermonday/

    I've used SyncBackPro for a long time and like it a lot, but I think other backup utilities might be easier to use (and less flexible maybe).

A couple of things I don't use so can't comment on their value:

    SpyShelter Firewall or Premium 35% off with code BF18 until Nov 27:

    Cloudberry Backup for Desktop 50% off until Nov 28:

        - CloudBerry Backup Desktop Edition BM (Windows?)
        - CloudBerry Backup for Mac
        - CloudBerry Backup for Linux

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: November 22, 2018, 10:31 PM »
Outcast - Second Contact is free for a little less than two days at this point

Also, Humble freebies are usually for Steam keys that you have to activate within some time period. Once it's been activated it stays in your Steam account forever.

For this game it looks like there's no Steam key, it's a DRM-free download that you have to download before November 29th. After that point the download link is inactivated and you're responsible for keeping/backing-up the game installer.  At least that's how I read the fine print.

So just keep in mind that this is a little different than other Humble free games and you'll be OK.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 22, 2018, 11:01 AM »
VMware - Black Friday sale up to 35% off (including upgrades)... but:

Use coupon code BF2018 and get up to 45% off.  The coupon was supposed to expire on 11/19, but seems to still work today.  I'm not sure how much longer.

Also, the free VirtualBox is pretty darn good.  If your needs are met by that software, you can effectively get 100% off.

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