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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday Deals 2015
« on: November 26, 2015, 11:18 AM »
SoftMaker with up to 35% discount, depending on how long you wait.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday Deals 2015
« on: November 26, 2015, 10:40 AM »
And straight from twitter, Paragon Software deals.

Found Deals and Discounts / Black Friday Deals 2015
« on: November 26, 2015, 10:38 AM »
Lets see if we can get a thread with deals going like cyber monday :-*.

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: November 26, 2015, 10:31 AM »
I don't know if there is any reality to this report, but the idea is certainly unpleasant:


Windows 10 users are reporting that programs they've installed have disappeared (apparently uninstalled) with the latest Windows 10 Fall update, including one case where the software that AMD's graphics cards depend on (AMD Catalyst Control Center) was uninstalled and replaced with Windows 10 graphics card drivers. The two other programs that have been mentioned as being uninstalled are CPU-Z and Speccy.

General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: November 06, 2015, 03:08 AM »
I think it's dangerous to just accept these redefinitions of words like "unlimited" and "free".

When "unlimited" means "arbitrarily limited somewhere that we do not tell you, and that depends on how much money we think we should be making off of you this month and whatever mood the tech guy who happens to look at your account is in", then the users have no way to know what they can do with the space they bought.

This is why I thought SpiderOaks stand on unlimited accounts was sane -- if they sell you 1 TB of space, they do not have to care about how many computers, or what type of files, you use it for. You paid for 1 TB, so you can use 1 TB.

CrashPlan's "unlimited" is limited by the fact that it is a backup service, so the size is limited by how much you can store on your computer.

General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: November 05, 2015, 07:09 AM »
Free OneDrive storage will decrease from 15 GB to 5 GB for all users, current and new. The 15 GB camera roll storage bonus will also be discontinued. These changes will start rolling out in early 2016.

But it appears - assuming that it's already in effect - that it did not effect those of us with the early adopters 25GB bonus I'm still showing the space as available.

In your quote it says that change will start rolling out in 2016, so I guess we will have to wait and see.

General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: November 05, 2015, 12:19 AM »
On the subject of unlimited storage:

Since we started to roll out unlimited cloud storage to Office 365 consumer subscribers, a small number of users backed up numerous PCs and stored entire movie collections and DVR recordings. In some instances, this exceeded 75 TB per user or 14,000 times the average.

So, apparently 75 TB > Unlimited.

General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: October 30, 2015, 09:58 AM »
Note that the $60 CrashPlan plan is for one computer. If you need support for more than one computer the cost of the plan is $149, same as the SpiderOak offer which supports multiple devices (afaik).

That is true. I never considered the CrashPlan family plan, or the multiple device support of SpiderOak, very useful, since they both allow all clients to access all the backed up data of each other. I would not want to install that on computers I do not directly control.

But if you only have two computers, then $120 for 2xCrashPlan is still cheaper than $150, and you will have separate backup passwords.

General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: October 29, 2015, 02:45 AM »
I don't think their blog post was stupid. I think they were right about unlimited plans not being a viable business model without restrictions. In fact, their stances on zero-knowledge and unlimited plans were part of what made them stand out from the competition.

I find it amusing that they would offer unlimited plans anyway, and wonder what restrictions they will have to impose (I guess limited availability and price point for a start).

General Software Discussion / SpiderOak Unlimited Space
« on: October 29, 2015, 01:30 AM »
I just received an email from SpiderOak offering unlimited space for $149 a year. Looking at their twitter feed, it seems this is something they offer every now and then as a special.

Perhaps a bit steep compared to the $60 CrashPlan charges, but since I already have a 1 TB plan for $129, I guess the jump is not that big. It's certainly better than 5 TB at $279 per year.

What made me chuckle was that I remembered a blog post of theirs from years ago. It seems they removed the old blog and all posts on it, but thankfully this is the internet, so nothing goes away:

In the wake of the news that Mozy is scrapping their ‘Unlimited’ data plans , I figured it would be apropos to write a post on: a) the reasoning behind why we at SpiderOak do not offer unlimited data plans; and b) why we believed early on that it was only a matter of time until our competitors changed their thinking on the unlimited storage plan concept.


Well, I personally believe that within 6 months to a year there will not be any unlimited storage providers left on the market; and should a few remain, very heavy restrictions on file size, file type and amount of devices allowed per account will be imposed (such as is already the case with many of the online backup providers).

In short: There is no such thing as a free lunch. If it looks too good to be true then it almost always is and In the end, we all have to pay the piper.

TLDR: Unlimited backup for a fixed price probably won’t be around for too much longer.

I enabled click-to-play for plugins in Chrome a while back, and there aren't that many sites that require me to run flash anymore. The only slightly annoying thing is that you have to right-click and run the built-in PDF viewer as well.

I can't seem to find a family pack?

And now that I am looking, I cannot find family packs for any of their products anymore, it just says "Use on up to 5 computers
you personally use".

Developer's Corner / Re: Code signing certificate?
« on: October 16, 2015, 08:33 AM »
I've looked at the ones from K Software in the past, but not had enough reason (or money) to get one. They resell Comodo certificates.

As I understood it, it is important to get a certificate that includes access to a time-stamping service, because then your signatures will be valid even if you stop paying yearly.

I don't think they offer EV certificates, but I doubt you'd need one anyway.

Developer's Corner / Re: Resources for learning git?
« on: October 14, 2015, 04:02 AM »
*Deletes long post about the roles of MinGW and MSYS, the position of Python, what constitutes emulation layers, how Git has pretty much caught up with Mercurial on Windows support*

Damn you, f0dder, beat me to it ;D.

Developer's Corner / Re: Resources for learning git?
« on: October 05, 2015, 04:25 AM »
git is dead.
Use hg.

Could you elaborate on why you think so?

DC Gamer Club / Re: WildStar - colorful MMO in open beta
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:37 AM »
Wildstar has gone free-to-play today:

General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner Cloud
« on: September 23, 2015, 12:20 AM »
Free users: If you sign up now you're limited to managing three (3) computers; if you signed up while Agomo was in beta you're limited to ten (10) computers, (you're listed as CCleaner Cloud FreeBetaUsers).

That is awesome, be right back going to the time machine.

Thanks for the update :up:.

Community Giveaways / Re: Scrivener at 50% off
« on: September 13, 2015, 08:10 AM »
It's 56% off on Cult of Mac right now

Thanks :Thmbsup:.

Strange, seems to work reasonably here:

unusualword ecz* -> 41 files found (18 + 5 outside, 18 in zip)
unusualword eczé* -> 41 files found
unusualword ecze* -> 41 files found
unusualword 67356976541 -> 3 files found (13, 20, and 13 again inside zip)
unusualword 77889954321 -> 3 files found (13, 20, and 13 again inside zip)


Trying it out here, the interesting feature to me is how flexible binary templates appear to be.

My staple hex editor is HIEW, which may look a bit antiquated, but once you get to know it, is amazing for working with executables.

Jibz's Tools / Re: Difine anything illegal
« on: September 06, 2015, 01:57 AM »
That is a remnant from a time when I was much less aware about the problems of rolling your own licensing text. Unfortunately, the Dina homepage on DonationCoder has not been updated in years, the license included with the font was changed to the MIT license a while ago.

Technically the MIT license is a software license and not a font license, but I didn't particularly like the font licenses I found.

Some AV programs insert their own certificate in your browser and man-in-the-middle your HTTPS connections in order to be able to scan/filter them.

The ones I've seen are usually not using the best encryption, probably because they only serve to re-encrypt the traffic locally for your browser.

Developer's Corner / Re: Hack font v.2
« on: September 03, 2015, 03:17 AM »
I find it fascinating how many 'programming' fonts there are, and how everyone has their favorite even more so.

I think there is a tendency that "craftsmen" feel strongly about their tools. Programmers spend a lot of their time looking at code, so seemingly small differences in editors, fonts, and coding style, appear important to them. Perhaps these details don't really make a big difference in productivity, but I think many have a slight case of CMOD (compulsive-micro-optimization-disorder).

Developer's Corner / Re: Hack font v.2
« on: September 03, 2015, 12:04 AM »
In fact, you both posted the same link as I did in this post below, how silly!

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