fcwilt

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About fcwilt

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  1. Sorry I was looking for wrought aluminum pieces - not wrought iron.
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    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    Glad to hear that. And I understand there are lots of folks who don't understand the serious nature of the problem. My own family members and friends ask me to make copies of CD/DVDs for them and I have to explain why I won't do that. The one thing I don't understand is with all the "cracked" programs available out there how the DRM systems are doing much good.
  3. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    I wonder if that evidence was provided by the makers of DRM products.
  4. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    I use a number of programs that have various forms of "license enforcement" built in to them - some bad - some not so bad. And ALL of the schemes have been hacked and there are places to go where you can downloaded a hacked copy. I never have because there are usually trial versions available which allowed me to test the program and decide to purchase it. And I think most professionals are going to "follow the rules" in the long run. The "bad guys" could care less about right/wrong and are going to hack the system, perhaps just to show they can. The companies that really rile me are the ones that try to tie the program to just one computer. There are other companies that don't care how many computers you install the program on - they just have a system to limit you to running only as many instances as you have a license for. I like these companies. I have computers in different rooms of my home and I want to be able to work where I am - not have to go to a certain computer to run a certain program.
  5. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    That would be good but CA might object that someone could hack the system and find a way to up the time allotted. I've got an idea - CA could just trust us - like folks used to do.
  6. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    Ya see that's why I said "MIGHT WORK IN SOME SITUATIONS". I KNOW hardware locks have certain advantages - but there are some things you can try to minimize the problems with the current SOFTWARE lock - and there things CA could do to make the software lock approach better. I happen to prefer a hardware lock but it's a dying breed - not much point in fighting it. Besides if I'm out on my boat or in Nepal - I'm on vacation - no work allowed.
  7. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    Hi Lew, I as suggesting the hardware keys don't have advantages. I was just mentioning that there are software key approaches that take next to no user interaction. My daughter has a little battery powered device from Verizon that creates a local wifi hotspot using her cell phone account. This might work in some situations where there is no direct internet connection. Just a thought.
  8. fcwilt

    Frustrated With Chief ....may Be Going To Softplan

    I don't mind software locks but I don't think CA's is the the most user friendly. I have software from other companies and the software lock is "transparent" for lack of a better word. I don't know how they work internally but from an end users point of view there is nothing to do. You buy as many licenses as you need. When you start up the program it goes to the vendor site and checks for an unused license. If it finds one it marks it as used and the program runs normally. If all of the licenses are in use you get a message. No activating/deactivating - just start the program on any computer and if there is a free license you are good to go. I used programs that have this approach for many years and have never had an issue - it just seems to work. Now I suppose its possible that something might happen, like a program crash, that would prevent the license from being freed (which happens when you stop using the program) but I have not encountered that. If other companies can do this you can too.
  9. fcwilt

    Syncing User Data Via Dropbox?

    Lew: Every time you save the file Dropbox treats that as a new version (and it becomes the current version). Now its going to take Dropbox a bit of time before it processes the save so many quick saves, one right after another, may not trigger an update to the cloud. A quick test suggests that saves at "normal" intervals, say, every few minutes, create a new version on every save. What I don't know is how many versions Dropbox will keep. It's discussed here and a quick read suggests that it will keep all of the versions but only for 30 days unless you pay a small monthly fee: https://www.dropbox.com/help/115/en
  10. fcwilt

    Syncing User Data Via Dropbox?

    Lew: Your approach is just fine - not trying to change your mind. But, in the interest of clarify, retrieving different versions of a "Dropbox" file simply involves right clicking on the local file of interest which takes you out to the cloud and displays a list of all available versions. There you can select the desired version.
  11. fcwilt

    Syncing User Data Via Dropbox?

    Lew: Just so you know the Dropbox folder on your machine would be an ordinary Windows folder - completely local in that regard. What the Dropbox app does is use a standard feature of Windows to be notified when there is a change to the contents of that folder. Then the Dropbox app updates the copy out in the cloud. Dropbox also monitors for other changes made to the copy in the cloud and updates the local copy as needed. The issues you might face have to do with changes being made to local copies of the same file on two computers and something prevents the syncing process from taking place, such as not having your laptop connected to the internet. Of course you should still have some sort of backup program in use at all times. I, for instance, have schedule backups being made of the important files on my desktop computer to three different NAS units.
  12. In X6: Single cabinet works. Two side by side work. Two touching in a corner do NOT work. Same problem as you posted. How hard was it for them to test this???
  13. I think saying they "don't still not work" means they do work. Yes? No?
  14. Yes I mentioned that I knew I could do that. So suggestion: Allow choosing which view mode Walkthrough uses rather then having to change my default settings for "Preview" mode. Thanks.