Sunday, December 11, 2016

Adobe fail

It would be very good for my career if I really sat down and learned the Adobe line of products.  One thing that keeps stopping me is how frequently stupid their showcase products (like Adobe Acrobat):

I can think of worse ways to word this, but it's pretty bad.

Related: Adobe Acrobat DC problems (aka how not to do "freemium")

Sunday, November 6, 2016

A day in the life of a moderator

I generally do things on the site in batches, usually once a week.  I decided to detail out some of the changes I did in a single day ...


New stuff
  • Suggest the "Meld" file/directory comparison tool

Entry Edits:
  • Created a screenshot slideshow (animated GIF) for FreeMeter
  • Fix links for EverEdit as the freeware version has gone offline
  • Try to test (and update) the WinMend File Copy file extraction process
  • Updated MP3-Splt, including a new screenshot and a move from the WinPenPack to PortableApps version (there's an old version update that one caught that the other didn't)

  • Added some additional websites to some older threads on Pass-O-Meter and Flash Xtractor
  • Get some File Data (hashes) for a few different programs on the site for safety/mirroring purposes
    Updated a few entries, including .GIF -> .PNG conversion
  • Posted about FoxIt issue from earlier in the week
  • Thread split - break PDF XChange Viewer and Editor posts

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why portable?

Something I'm constantly trying to answer.  Here are 3 approaches:

Monday, October 31, 2016

Arguments for local software (programs not run over the Internet)

Of course the worst security flaw is something that directly hurts you with identity theft or otherwise, but this is a great argument for just not doing things online.

Certainly some things can be done safely, but I paradoxically get less and less enamored with technology the more and more I learn about it.
"I don't think I'd want tools for manipulating local media tied even loosely to the uptime of a remote computer (or network connection)." (source)

Today's reason to love LibreOffice

The program can handle HUGE files with no weird crap happening to the formatting.  I've had some gigantic Word files just fall apart with some kind of formatting oddity.  I've never had that happen in the multiple years I've been working with 50+ page LibreOffice docs. (website)

Adware vs bundleware

Although we tend to avoid adware just because people hate it, strictly speaking I'm more concerned about bundleware.  If developers end up taking any route to make money off their work, adware is to usually the least bad.  Especially if it's for other, related software.

Some of this has to do with what ads developers have traditionally been putting in their applications.  If large, blinking, animated monstrosities start showing up, you might see me take a different view but that's just not what is happening.