SOFTWARE: New release of Portable Software/USB for Windoze

Monday, October 3, 2016

Portable software for USB, portable, and cloud drives

Brought to you by: chriswombatcritternycmarkomlm

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PortableApps is an open source, application launcher that you install directly to your USB or cloud drive and use on any PC. You can download hundreds of portable applications from the PortableApps integrated directory, like Firefox, Skype, and more. This means you take your browser with your bookmarks and extensions, your office suite, your photo editor, your music collection, your games, your development tools, and more with you everywhere you go. And because everything stays on your drive, every PC becomes your PC. Additional features include integrated backup, interface themes, a search option, support for personal files, favorites and more. at a Glance

It took a few minutes to install the PortableApps Platform, and several more to install six apps including ClamWin, Firefox, GIMP, KeePass, Skype, and Stellarium. To start, we launched the heavyweight GIMP without a hitch, while each additional app opened just as quickly. The idea of carrying apps around on a USB seems plausible but the idea of loading the PortableApps Platform to Dropbox, or the like, seems like an even better idea. So, without further adieu, consider trying the PortableApps Platform, especially if you’ve been thinking about the best way to take your apps for a joy ride. 

Product Details

Here is a detailed breakdown of PortableApps’ features: 

  • Take your apps everywhere—PortableApps lets you carry all your favorite apps on a portable device or cloud drive and use them on any PC.
  • Use a portable device, cloud directory, or local drive—The PortableApps Platform comes with a smart installer that easily installs your environment to a portable device, a cloud drive (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), or a local PC, so you can safely back up data to the cloud.
  • Quickly find and install apps—PortableApps has a built-in app store that lists apps by category, title, or new and recently updated so you can install the apps you want with just a few clicks. And there’s no download limit.
  • Easily organize apps—Grow and organize your app collection with folders that group them automatically or as you see fit. Pick favorites and have the menu learn what to keep up front and center. Or use the search to find what you’re looking for.
  • Easily update apps—When a new security fix for your browser is released or a new feature in your favorite game is available, the PortableApps Updater automatically lets you know. Just click a button and the updates are downloaded and installed without messing up your settings and saved files.
  • Personalize your app menu—With a dozen bundled themes, each with a rainbow of color selections, the PortableApps Platform lets you pick a different look every day for months and never have the same menu twice.
  • Take your fonts along too—The PortableApps Platform supports the ability to carry fonts on your portable device and use them with your portable software without needing to install them on the local machine.
  • Advanced Features—The PortableApps Platform has the power and the options to work the way you want. And if there’s something we haven’t added that you’d like to see, just ask in the forums. We add new features every month!

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Always handy for when you have a windoze box to work on.

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SOFTWARE: “rm -rf”

Friday, April 15, 2016

Man accidentally ‘deletes his entire company’ with one line of bad code‘
I feel sorry to say that your company is now essentially dead,’ one person on a coding forum advised Marco Marsala
Andrew Griffin @_andrew_griffin 15 minutes  ago

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A man appears to have deleted his entire company with one mistaken piece of code.

By accidentally telling his computer to delete everything in his servers, hosting provider Marco Marsala has seemingly removed all trace of his company and the websites that he looks after for his customers.

Mr Marsala wrote on a forum for server experts that he was now stuck after having accidentally run destructive code on his own computers. But far from advising them how to fix it, most experts informed him that he had just accidentally deleted the data of his company and its clients, and in so doing had probably destroyed his entire company with just one line of code.

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So where are your backups?

I don’t care what type of User you are. I don’t care if you are a “corporate drone”. I don’t care if you just “play games”. I don’t care if you just use your computer or your phone for notes. 

Where are your backups?

When the computer flames, the service provider goes bust, or the Gooferment shuts you down … …

… … … what will you do?

“Corporate drones” think they are protected by a corporate system. What happens if it just loses YOUR specific work? How’s your annual appraisal going to look?

“Gamers” can just rebut all their games and replay for hours to get where they are today.

“Note takers” can just “forget” every note they’ve taken.


Wake up people.

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SOFTWARE: Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Add emergency-contact info to your iPhone lock screen
A simple tweak to your existing wallpaper might just save your life — or at least help recover a lost phone.
by Rick Broida  @cheapskateblog / December 17, 20149:07 AM PST

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The reason we password-protect our phones is simple: If it gets stolen, the thief can’t access all our data. But there’s a flipside: If your phone is lost, or you’ve been injured and someone is trying to call your family, there’s no way to access your ICE (In Case of Emergency) info.

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I did it to mine. What about you?

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SOFTWARE: IOS “health app” can NOT accept BP

Sunday, December 27, 2015

I happened to click on the IOS IPHONE “HEALTH” app. Just out of curiosity. 

It can interface with other apps to record steps for example.

But you can’t input BP.

That seems to be a glaring oversight. And, something I would have used.


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SOFTWARE: iMessage on the MAC OS X doesn’t report completely

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Found a confusing “use case” with iMessage on the MAC OS X:

Sent two texts this morning, one worked and one failed repeatedly.

Figured out why it was failing, duh.

I text from the mac because I like the full keyboard. I text X and Y every morning and night. (“I’m alive … still!”)

This morning X’s went through to her iPhone as usual, but Y’s didn’t.

Then I realized iMessage uses the iPhone to text Y with SMS. And my iPhone was out of power. And, the MAC version of iMessage just reports: “not sent”.

Which technically is true, but it should say something like “no response from your Iphone, dummy”. Argh!

Strike one for a poor design. Or is that “a feature”?


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SOFTWARE: Can’t shift “content” that I bought to something useable

Friday, October 30, 2015

It’s still illegal to rip DVD and Blu-ray discs for personal use
Jailbreaking of mobile phones, tablets, wearables, and smart TVs get DMCA exemption.
by David Kravets – Oct 27, 2015 3:58pm EDT

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Because there is no encryption on CD music discs, however, owners of them are free to make backup copies or shift the tracks to a digital format under the concept of fair use. “These results continue to show the flaws in the law and the process of the DMCA. Even though the law clearly allows consumers to move their media between their personal devices, the Librarian of Congress and the Register of Copyrights allow the smallest mote of uncertainty to keep a common-sense activity illegal,” said Sherwin Siy, the vice president for legal affairs at Public Knowledge in Washington, DC.

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I am STILL <synonym for having produced urine output> off.

I have tons of “content” and I can not easily, quickly, or legally transform it to something useable.


I PAID for it. But I can’t “have” it.

That’s just wrong.

The Law is an idiot.

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SOFTWARE: ABANDONWARE should be “free”

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Publishers are fighting to keep abandoned games dead
Jessica Conditt | @jessconditt | April 10th 2015 at 3:23 pm

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The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a non-profit group that defends civil liberties in the digital world, is facing off against the Entertainment Software Association, the organization that represents most major video game publishers in the US. The EFF wants to allow players to put abandoned games back online and has asked the US Copyright Office for an exemption from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. This would allow players to legally modify the code of online games that are no longer supported by publishers, in the hope of reconnecting these titles to new, third-party servers. This includes games like Battlefield 1942, Star Wars: Battlefront, SOCOM 4, Resistance: Fall of Man and Mario Kart Wii. Many modern games rely on servers to function; if Activision pulled the plug on Destiny, for example, even its single-player campaign would disappear, since the entire game needs an online connection.

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I’ve often thought that ABANDONWARE and Out-of-print-books should be in the “public domain”.

When we, as a society, seek to encourage writing by means of the “copy right”, then it’s is incumbent on the writer to keep his copyrighted published work available. When a book is “out of print”, the copyright should lapse or suspend.


It’s like the content creator reneges on their side of the bargain.

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