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General Software Discussion / Re: Macrium Reflet Free 6.0.684
« on: June 18, 2015, 03:19 AM »
Mmmmm now the free version has differential backup and auto-verify.

Looking good  :-*

Now he took the money and disappeared, leaving behind his own child (jv16 PowerTools) just like this without a word and also abandoning all of us, users of his software and, worse, trying to still make more money by sending us emails proposing to buy platinum licences of the software, well knowing that people buying it will never receive the licences nor any support.

Developer Jouni Flemming is living in Thailand

Actually the developer of jv16 PowerTools (Jouni Flemming) is living in Thailand (since april 2014) as appears from the following link provided by member Vasek.

Other members of the Macecraft staff (like Veera Peltonen) have been laid off.

Read this post of member BlackSteak.

Nobody must doubt the jv16 PowerTools story is finished and there will never be an open source version of this software.

Jouni Flemming always wanted to be (very) rich (as appears from his own words in the following link).

Now he took the money and disappeared, leaving behind his own child (jv16 PowerTools) just like this without a word and also abandoning all of us, users of his software and, worse, trying to still make more money by sending us emails proposing to buy platinum licences of the software, well knowing that people buying it will never receive the licences nor any support.

This could be qualified as swindle.

General Software Discussion / Re: TrueCrypt alternative
« on: June 22, 2014, 11:47 PM »
In the end I strongy suspect there'll be nothing at all mysterious or sinister behind any of this. I'm guessing they were simply hired by somebody, and were either required to ditch their old opus as a condition of employment/contract - or they did it on their own as a gesture of goodwill to whomever. Probably either Microsoft or Uncle Sam. :huh:

I can't think of anything more sinister than that!  ;D

No download link?

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 11, 2014, 02:24 AM »
Maybe it's since we're not perfectly healthy (who is?!)  that each of us should spend a lot of time and thought looking for an optimal solution for our own condition and way of working. The way we work is in the end the way we will (or wish) to be living in the foreseeable future.

There are no fit-all solutions, but there are paradigms that we should all weigh and examine deeply. The mind is weak, but the flesh wants to find a way!

Now that I think of it, in the early morning (before 6 a.m.) I do some writing lying down on my bed, using my netbook.  ;D For some of us a mix of different solutions will maybe work better than a single one. We humans are not known for not being complicated.  :-\

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 10, 2014, 05:47 PM »
@paulobrabo - ^Well...I guess it's a good thing I said "most of the people" and not "all of the people" huh? ;D

Of course!  :Thmbsup: But it's always the damn exceptions that won't let you sleep!  8)

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 10, 2014, 03:37 PM »
Most of the people who I've heard advocate for standing desks are noticeably athletic younger people with no disabilities or old injuries to deal with.

Like her:
 (see attachment in previous post)
You know the type.  ;D

I'm certainly not her, being otherwise lazy and closer to 50 than I have ever been – but I work on my standing desk at least 8 hours a day. I read the linked article some days ago because the title caught my interest; I thought I would find a good, sound medical reason the author had discovered to kill his standing desk... and in the end it was only the pain – certainly a good reason, but a very personal one, because I've never felt any.

My story goes the other way round because I had much pain in my back... until I started to work standing. I would suggest everyone interested to have a go: use a makeshift platform to work standing some hours a day for some days. I'm far from a paragon of health, but I just can't work sitting down anymore. It feels like I am literally chained to the chair, unauthorized to move and robbed of my most sacred personal freedoms 8)


Living Room / Re: Evernote, the bug-ridden elephant.
« on: January 08, 2014, 02:13 PM »
I don't care for Evernote, I use it but very sparsely. But boy did I lose data using Simplenote (using both Resophnotes and Cintanotes) or what. Apparently you don't have to be the size of an elephant to be bug ridden.

General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup
« on: January 08, 2014, 04:04 AM »
And the first version is a beta.....

An incredibly stable beta, which I've been using for many, many years.  :-*

But to each his own, I'm sure you'll find a solution that fits you among the many available. The problem with asking for a software recommendation is that everyone works differently, and not everything works for everyone. Most of the times you'll have to try many things and discover for yourself which one of them suits you best.

You could start here:
And here:

General Software Discussion / Re: Cobian Backup
« on: January 08, 2014, 01:47 AM »
I've used Cobian backup for many years, but I also feel it keeps using more and more resources.

I have tried many alternatives (there are thousands) but I'm settling with the simplicity of bvckup (fast, free):
  • Real-time, periodic or manual backups
    Continuously monitor folders for changes and update their backup copies immediately after the originals are modified. Or run backups at fixed time intervals.
  • Delta file copying
    Reduce the amount of data being transferred by copying modified parts of the files only. This speeds up the backup, in many cases - dramatically.
  • Precise file replication
    Copy not only the file data, but also the attributes, timestamps, NTFS security and ownership information.
  • Intelligent error handling
    Rest assured that an issue with a specific file will not preclude the rest of the backup from completing. The program differentiates between file-specific and global errors and handles them differently.

Version 2, which won't be free but is currently in open beta, is even cooler and still tight:

Bvckup 2 is light, robust and simple to understand.
It is also incredibly fast.

Delta copying is a crown jewel of Bvckup 2. It detects and skips over unmodified parts of the files, cutting down processing time of larger files to a fraction.

If a backup goes to- or from- a removable storage device, Bvckup 2 will monitor for device removals and insertions and will run the backup only if the original device is present. It will also automatically adjust backup locations should the original device appear under a different drive letter.

Bvckup is not a two way sync. It doesn't compress, encrypt or FTP files. Nor does it come with a restore function. It does just one thing - it replicates the contents of one directory into another - and it does this exceptionally well.

All beta users are eligible for special upgrade pricing upon production release

I like when they make them lean and mean!  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard?
« on: January 03, 2014, 06:42 AM »
Hehe we keep looking. The main advantage of the netbook for me is the size. It's my digital moleskine! As my main concern is writing, I would pick up a netbook over a tablet anytime.

I do a lot of writing, most of it txts (writemonkey!) synced through dropbox. I also have some Scrivener projects, synced through dropbox. As for notes, Wiznotes takes care of keeping them always synchronized among machines. I tried simplenote more than once, but I had constant synchronization woes and lost information I wish I hadn't.

I additionally backup all of these to the amazon servers with Cloudberry Backup.

Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard?
« on: January 03, 2014, 05:46 AM »
Which netbook do you have? All the Windows (XP and 7) netbooks I tried, were not instant-on.

I have an old Samsung NC215PD1 Atom 2Gb 500Gb.

You are right, a hard start will take those Windows 7 usual seconds, but after the thing is booted you may close and reopen the lid and it's really start on. The battery lasts about 7 hours, so I rarely have to boot it up, just recharge it every now and then. I use it everywhere :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Best note-taking setup with tablet and keyboard?
« on: January 02, 2014, 11:46 PM »
Hence netbooks, laptops etc. that require boot-up are not suitable.

You must consider that nowadays most netbooks (like my little Samsung running Windows 7 Home) don't require boot-up at all. You just open the lid and start working. In fact I've chosen a netbook instead of a tablet because I use mine mostly for writing, and the sturdiness of the keyboard was priority one in my own list of requirements.

As for notetaking, I use Wiznote -- cloud-synced but with full local access.

I haven't messed about with the plugins at all (not trialled them yet)

You should definitely give it try; most plugins are installed and activated by default.

I'm using this and I love it!

In my Windows 7 netbook Wiznote used to perform quite slow: 3-5 seconds for the main window to appear when I activated it.

I had better results after disabling some unused plugins and restarting the program.

Go Tools > Plugin Manager and disable all unnecessary plugins.

The list of plugins I have disabled:

  • Copy to another account
  • CHM Maker
  • Import Evernote
  • Outline
  • Speech
  • Markdown
  • Zoom
  • MathJax
  • Blogtools

Don't forget to restart the program!

Much faster now  :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent
« on: November 22, 2013, 12:18 PM »
Indeed, the naming is confusing, but no – you don't have to have HitmanPro (which costs money) to have your files protected by HitmanPro.Alert (free). Alert will not clean your computer from infection (you may have to use another program for that, say Malwarebytes Free/Pro), but it won't let your files be encrypted, actually stopping the infection before it can do any harm.

As for updates, as Alert is behavior based and not signature based, that shouldn't be a big problem. From the website, about HitmanPro.Alert:

  • Future proof technology does not rely on malware signatures.
  • Compatible with all antivirus programs and runs alongside any other security software.

General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent
« on: November 20, 2013, 01:42 PM »

does that work okay with your anti-virus? - which anti-virus?
Sounds like you dont have HitmanPro anti-malware installed as well (?)
TIA :-)

No, no HitmanPro anti-malware here, only the free .Alert thingie with Cryptolocker prevention. And yes, it works flawlessly with my Avast 2014 Free!

General Software Discussion / Re: CryptoLocker and CryptoPrevent
« on: November 20, 2013, 09:37 AM »
There's also the beta version of HitmanPro.Alert with Cryptoguard.

HitmanPro.Alert 2.5 contains a new feature, called CryptoGuard that monitors your file system for suspicious operations. When suspicious behavior is detected, the malicious code is neutralized and your files remain safe from harm.

CryptoGuard works silently in the background at the file system level, keeping track of processes modifying your personal files. CryptoGuard works autonomously, so no user interaction is required.

CryptoGuard works at the file system level and does not conflict with full disk encryption software like BitLocker, Sophos SafeGuard or TrueCrypt.

Free! I've installed this on my father's PC...  ;D and now it's on mine too  :Thmbsup:

I think she watched far too many episodes of Mad Men... :-\

Lol, and haven't we all?

Part of the problem is that the mathematical approach should not be used in this case. Bilateral symmetry and typography generally don't work well together. Typefaces are like... faces, and we have a keen eye for those. We all have seen those photo edits where a human face looks complete, but it becomes soon clear that one of the side of the head is just mirrored... and the final effect looks often somewhat unnatural and disturbing. The same general principle works for letters.

All letters in the new logo have perfect bilateral symmetry (if you cut them vertically, one side is identical to the other), and the effect is... imbalanced:

Compare to this one, made with Hermann Zapf's Optima (which certainly inspired the new Yahoo typeface). The "Y" and "A" have personality and weight, being asymmetrical in their vertical axis:

Let's say that the new logo is far from OPTIMAL  :D

Yahoo's old logo had its problems, but at least it was very asymmetrical  :Thmbsup:

Or maybe not  :D

The alternative logo this guy created before the reveal isn't particularly great, but I love his reaction to the final design:

Is it playful? Bevels.

Is it simple? Bevels.

Is it original? Bevels.

Is it iconic? Bevels.

Is it meaningful? Bevels.

Is it timeless? Bevels.

Is it irreverent? Bevels.

Of irreverence and elegance

Heh, I'm a lettering and logo designer and I wholeheartedly agree with the backslash: both the logo and the post-justification for it are terrible.

Specially bullshit is the "our logo doesn't have straight lines because there aren't straight lines in nature" reasoning. The curves are so subtle, and in the web the logo will be generally applied in such small sizes, that it doesn't make any difference. The screen will render and the eye will see straight lines in 90% of the cases.

Also: bevels???  :tellme: The old Yahoo logo was less 1990 than that. The 29 in-joke logos have all the advantage of being straight, one color, no gradient, no shadow, no fake 3-D.

And let me stop at that  8)

Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone
« on: March 20, 2013, 05:08 PM »

Obviously we shouldn't trust the official reasons Google offered for killing Reader. The demise of Reader is a massive statement on how Google believes the internet should not be read: [1] as a private, unmediated experience (as opposed to a "social" reading experience, say facebook, twitter or Plus) and [2] with an open standard (RSS) serving as a direct link between reader and content producer.

I use Reader A LOT - more than any other Google product, but I'm kind of grateful for the wake up call. It reminds me that Google won't hesitate before cancelling any other service, even one that feels as "natural" as, say, blogger. Blogging is declining in usage as much as Reader, I guess.

Sorry guys, but I've got to agree with Dave Winer on this one. By Google killing its own RSS, suddenly there's new competition for that software space again, and one less space that Google won't control or censor.

This guy I mentioned before is even more on the spot, I'd say:

Google, destroyer of ecosystems

Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone
« on: March 16, 2013, 05:16 AM »
Two more:

Google, destroyer of ecosystems

The truth is this: Google destroyed the RSS feed reader ecosystem with a subsidized product, stifling its competitors and killing innovation. It then neglected Google Reader itself for years, after it had effectively become the only player. Today it does further damage by buggering up the already beleaguered links between publishers and readers. It would have been better for the Internet if Reader had never been at all.

How the Shutdown of Google Reader Threatens the Internet

As one example, many people now rely on social media as a primary news source.  In many cases–especially with “bi-directional” services like Facebook ($FB) or LinkedIn ($LKND) where people only connect with “friends”–social media only surfaces content from people who are likely to share common viewpoints.  Plus, those posts are culled by mysterious algorithms (such as the algorithm controlling Facebook’s newsfeed) that further reduce exposure to diverse viewpoints.

How long before feedburner goes down the drain? Or even blogger and blogspot?

Blogger may survive a few more years, but at the very least it will stop serving RSS.

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