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Living Room / Re: DonationCoder Down?
« on: February 11, 2017, 08:50 PM »
Sorry to hear about your father's passing, Mouser. We appreciate this web site and all you do for us, but your priorities are straight. If the web site would have been down a few days we'd all would have understood. Taking care of your father (and yourself) should come first.

Stay strong, my friend.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Android book reader (thinking Moon+)
« on: January 29, 2017, 02:11 PM »
I should also say that it does NOT go on sale very often.

Then you have not been paying attention. Most recently it was on sale half price on December 21st. It goes on sale half price 4 or 5 times a year. Unless, of course, your definition of 'not often' is every three months or so.

Ars Technica posted an article just a few days ago as well...


Non-Windows Software / Re: Android book reader (thinking Moon+)
« on: January 21, 2017, 05:22 PM »
PSA: Moon Pro goes on sale 50% off often.

Count me in with the ones who use Windows Defender with MBAM. If one's chosen OS is Windows there are too many attack vectors today with modern malware to run without security software installed.

I miss the good ole days when pretty much all one had to do was watch for .com and .scr files. :(

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinRAR: 1/3 off
« on: December 29, 2016, 07:14 PM »
Not sure what this Upgrade Assurance is...I won a license here at Donation Coder years ago & have never had any problem upgrading to the latest version at no charge.

And BandiZip is an awesome program, but remember that only WinRAR allows one to create RAR archives.

But as already mentioned, it's not foolproof and there's way to unmask you.

That's what I was trying to get at in a roundabout way. Too much data in my head sometimes...A VPN will protect you from casual scrutiny. If you are targeted and singled out it's not a silver bullet to prevent detection.

Whether or not to use a VPN is something that must be considered carefully. When someone asks me if they should be using a VPN I tell them that they need to tell me first why they think they need one. A VPN will not make you 'invisible'. While your traffic will be encrypted, there's no way to hide that your IP address is connected to and communicating with the destination IP address. Your IP address is like your home address. While you may receive a big honkin' package from UPS and your neighbors will not be able to see its contents, your neighbors are still going to be able to easily see that you did receive a big honkin' package of some sort. While we're on the subject, Tor isn't nearly as safe as it used to be, either, if you are trying to keep everything you do on the 'net on the down-low.

Do your due diligence and homework. All VPN services are not equal. Some have shoddy VPN clients that leak data and personal details. Some services keep logs for months, sometimes years. Again, ponder carefully why you think you need a VPN as that will weigh heavily in which service you should go with. For a lot of people, using a VPN is far more trouble than its worth with little benefit because they chose the wrong service or configured the VPN client on their machine improperly or don't bother to turn on and off the client at appropriate times. Yes, some sites will reject traffic if they detect any VPN activity so you will toggling it once in a while. A VPN is not a fire and forget solution.

In short, a VPN can be a very secure tool for the right people in the right circumstances, but it's not a cure-all for everything malevolent on the internet.

General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes 3.0 out
« on: December 22, 2016, 04:28 PM »
It's really not surprising that some computers are having troubles. This is a major, major update. They're rolling their Anti-Exploit and Anti-Ransomware applications into the Anti-Malware app so I'm sure that's going to mess something up on some PCs.

That they are adding all this functionality while honoring old lifetime licenses, though, is to be commended.

General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes 3.0 out
« on: December 20, 2016, 11:28 AM »
4wd, what a cryptic yet ominous error message. :D

Looks like they still have some problems then. My successful installation probably isn't typical as I have the benefit of a very recent clean install of Windows. Got a new video card so wanted to do a fresh install to see what UEFI was all about as my video card was my last component holding me back.

General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes 3.0 out
« on: December 19, 2016, 08:31 PM »
Version 3.05.1299 was released today and it seems to have fixed all the problems that I was having with the last version.

Takes a while for Malware Protection to turn on and activate, but it eventually does. There's also an extraneous red exclamation point currently super-imposed over the tray icon, but everything is activated & the main UI states I am fully protected.

LATER EDIT: A reboot cleared up any weird anomalies. Now it's working & behaving in all respects.

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 12 Released
« on: September 09, 2016, 08:26 PM »
My only concern with the new release is in the past the author has prided himself on going three years before coming out with versions that require shelling out for an upgrade fee. The span of time between v11 and v12 was just two years. I hope this isn't the start of a spiral towards shorter product cycles and more frequent request for upgrade fees.

Not sure if you are on Windows 10 or something else, but if you are then come August 2nd the Anniversary release will be out and there are some tweaks to the start menu coming. Nothing major, but some minor refinements that some may find useful.

(I googled the term "?rf=emst" and several of those search results relate to previous Appsumo sales. I am guessing maybe Appsumo uses that "?rf=emst" to track some sort of sales metrics.)
-disenchanted (July 12, 2016, 06:55 PM)

If I had to make an educated guess, I'm betting that emst is a generic referrer that stands for EMail Sales Tracking so they can keep track of who buys the product based on the email campaign or if someone just stumbles across it by visiting the web site. Google suggests it is a 'generic' referrer that's not tied to any one person.

This is akin to commercials on TV that tell you to mention code such-and-such when you call to order so they know which channel you saw their commercial on.

I'm interested in the start menu replacement and the app that lets you run modern ui apps as regular apps, so any info on that would help me decide whether this is worth it.

Before you shell out for Stardock's start menu replacement you should research a comparison between it and Classic Start Menu. I use neither, but comparison reviews usually show Classic Start Menu coming out on top in regards to features and it's freeware.

I do not agree with this ruling at all, but I do believe the defining point is that this ruling is that it pertains to the FBI only. Their jurisdiction is strictly US-oriented & any investigations they have outside of borders of the United States are restricted to United States citizens only. In short, if the FBI is hacking any system outside of the U.S., it's because they are investigating a crime involving a U.S. citizen as a participant.

Having said that, hopefully this will be shot down & over-turned as this really seems like the same rules/restrictions of wiretapping should apply (warrants issued, justified probable cause, etc.).

I was just telling a friend yesterday that one of the biggest problems we face in the world today is that we have a group of people crafting laws, rules, and regulations about objects and technology that they do not adequately understand to make such decisions in an informed manner.

General Software Discussion / Re: PC Audio Enhancers
« on: July 10, 2016, 10:55 AM »
11. Sound BlasterAxx:


This one is merely the control panel software for the SoundBlaster Axx hardware. I believe your purpose here is to list software-only solutions so you probably should have listed this Creative product instead:

SoundBlaster X-Fi MB3.

I'm glad I was able to help someone else explore Object Desktop. Stardock isn't one of my favorite companies, but I've always been curious about their Object Desktop product line. Fifty bucks was a little steep just to satisfy one's curiosity, but a thirty dollar discount makes it much more palatable.

Stardock's Fences is what really intrigues me. There's nothing quite like it being offered anywhere else.

What It Is -

Stardock's Object Desktop is a subscription to all of Stardock's most popular software. You will find WindowBlinds, Fences, etc. included for one low price. You can read about it here:

How much It Costs -

Normally, Object Desktop costs $49.99 annually. Through this offer it only costs $19.99.

How To Get It -

When checking out just use coupon code OD2016-60.

When Does The Offer Expire -

The offer expires on July 20, 2016.

Things To Keep In Mind -

1. This is a subscription. You will lose access to your account and the software installers 365 days from date of subscription activation unless you renew.

2. Downloading and archiving the software installers is permitted. After your subscription expires one may still install the products one has downloaded and use them forever. One will just not have access to program updates.

3. Again, the offer expires on July 20, 2016.

4. Finally, for current subscribers, you *can* take advantage of this offer and it will extend your current subscription by 365 days. This will save one $10.00 off the normal renewal rate.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Dan Gilmor on moving to Linux
« on: March 05, 2016, 11:02 AM »
I will certainly agree with you on those points. Probably the only reason I did my earlier brain-dump is because I'm so tired of all the faux controversy surrounding the whole "I use Windows"/"I use Linux" argument. But I take comfort in the fact that most of the bickering has mercifully dropped off a great deal in the last few years.

As a Windows user, I'm very uncomfortable saying this, but I feel that most of the animosity that has existed between Windows & Linux users has been that ultra-vocal, extremist faction of Linux users who beat the drum for decades saying that only idiots would use closed-source software because open-source software would never have back-doors, vulnerabilities, etc.

The whole OS flame-war went quiet when it came out that Heartbleed, etc. affected Linux just as much as it affected Windows. Thankfully, that news sent that group back under the rocks from whence they came. A group is often judged by the behavior of its most visible and vocal members so the Linux community is better off without them anyway.

IMO, about the only real dividing issue for what OS you choose is which games you want to play.

Loving Fallout 4 right now...not sure if that's playable on Linux or not. I haven't kept up on Gabe Newell's crusade to bring Steam to Linux. I hope he succeeds. It'll be one less thing for people to b!tch about.

General Software Discussion / Re: Configure Host file!
« on: March 05, 2016, 10:52 AM »
I've been had. I'm pissed off about it. I want my $10 back.

Thanks for taking one for the team, Iain. I was thinking about checking out that software. It seems you have saved me some time (and money).

Like Jibz, I use Sticky Password. I'm a huge fan.

KeePass is awesome & powerful. It's not as plug-and-play as most solutions, but that's a minor quibble for a lot of people. This was the direction I was leaning before the Sticky Password people upgraded my license to lifetime for free.

Roboform is a product I would not trust. There are a lot of conversations in which their name comes up that leaves a bad taste in people's mouths.

LastPass seems to be the most well-known password manager and appears to be a lightning rod for hackers.

Non-Windows Software / Re: Dan Gilmor on moving to Linux
« on: February 27, 2016, 09:55 AM »
40hz, that's a very well-written response to the topic & very logical. Unfortunately, people are not logical creatures. Once you take away all the people who are actually interested in technology for technology's sake, a person's tendency towards using an OS is going to really boil down to inertia. The only questions they really ask themselves are "What do we use at work?", "What do my friends use?", and "Which choice will yield me the most people I can ask when I can't figure something out?"

What they need and what's usable really doesn't factor into the decision process. Articles like the one in the OP with the theme of person with small amount of notoriety made the switch to <product/OS> and here's what happened either falls on ears (eyes?) that don't care either do to reasons I've listed above or they don't care because they are actually tech-savvy enough to do their own research rather than spend time listening to a talking head who is getting paid for his words and therefore his level of objectivity is unknown.

I am old. Therefore, I need my full numeric keypad.

Fair warning, anyone who tries to tell me different will be hit with my cane. :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Blackbird?
« on: February 27, 2016, 09:37 AM »
Now that people have the file, perhaps they can now review the program and let us know whether or not it does what it says it will do. :)

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