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General Software Discussion / Re: U3 Smart Drives
« on: January 31, 2006, 01:36 PM »
U3 includes its own software that lets software developers (like me) tailor their apps to run on USB drives.  Nothing ever gets saved on the PC, so for example the Registry isn't touched. It also provides the ability to control licensing from the little I've read. There is another player coming into this space soon. All good stuff IMO.

General Software Discussion / Re: suggesting: "best encryption"
« on: January 17, 2006, 02:31 PM »
+10 for TrueCrypt. I wrote "Securing Information - TrueCrypt" at http://blog.surfulat...securing-information which should be of interest.

Nero is already too bloated and confusing. Sonic Digital Media  LE (Roxio) which came on my recent Notebook is nothing to get excited about.

I've been using DeepBurner for CD's and it works well, but my requirements are minimal. I did try CDBurnerXP Pro mid last year and didn't much like it either. Can't recall exactly why.

I might give ONES (weird name) a try.

I wrote an article a while back about copying all your Software CD's to ISO Images and then simply mounting these when you need to do a re-install. Saves searching for lots of CD's etc. For those interested see: Software Housekeeping Definitely worth a read.

General Software Discussion / Re: Keynote Closes...
« on: December 14, 2005, 05:15 AM »
Writing good software is hard and all consuming. Staying motivated day in, day out can be difficult. I applaud people that do this as a hobby, but I can well imagine them getting burnt out. IMO this is also one of the big issues with Open Source Software.

If you use free software you can't expect lots of updates and great support. Heck it is hard enough getting this from commercial software developers (present company excepted), who's lively hoods depend on delivering "good" products and supporting them. I know many will say that lots of commercial software is crap and gues what, they are right.

Keynote and PIM users should have a look at Surfulater. It does a lot more than just save Web content.  [/plug]

General Software Discussion / Re: Managing Favourites - Try Surfulater
« on: December 06, 2005, 01:48 PM »
A lot of Firefox extensions have broken with FF 1.5. A sad state of affairs. See this thread:

If you are interesting in managing bookmarks I suggest you have a look at Surfulater. Surfulater lets you save web page content, edit it, cross reference, add notes, search etc. as well as acting like a bookmark manager. Web sites and pages come and go, so for any important information you are far better to save it permanently to your PC, which is what Surfulater is all about.

Read more at: and see the Surfulater special offer here at DC: https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=1729.0

Surfulater works with Firefox 1.5 and earlier, IE6 and IE based Browsers.

A little update for those who have upgraded to Firefox 1.5 and also using Powermaks.

Powermarks just indicated on their website that they expect to release an update by Dec 9, 2005 so that it will work with Firefox 1.5.

In my experience as a software developer and of others I know, these sites are pretty much a waist of time and effort. Web templates are available that enable people to set these sites up quickly and easily. They then try and make money with ads, affiliate schemes etc. They typically add very little value to either us developers or you folks looking for software.

In fact most are a joke. They get hold of your PAD file, add it to there site, e-mail you telling you you've been awarded 5 starts/elephants/rabbits/whatever and request a link back and want you to add their 5star-rabbit image to your site. They've never even looked at the software and are obviously just trying to get as many links back to their site(s) as they can.

The bottom line is that their is absolutely no value in these 5 rabbit awards any more, with maybe a few exceptions. These people are destroying themselves. The public needs to be made aware of this and IMO developers should stop putting the awards rubbish on their sites.

Now if there was a site that offered and delivered real unbiased reviews of software it would be fantastic. I speak as both a consumer and publisher.

I feel sooo much better now. /rant.

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