FYI Humble Bundle Hacking and Black Friday

  • SpinRite v6.1 Release #3
    Guest:
    The 3rd release of SpinRite v6.1 is published and may be obtained by all SpinRite v6.0 owners at the SpinRite v6.1 Pre-Release page. (SpinRite will shortly be officially updated to v6.1 so this page will be renamed.) The primary new feature, and the reason for this release, was the discovery of memory problems in some systems that were affecting SpinRite's operation. So SpinRite now incorporates a built-in test of the system's memory. For the full story, please see this page in the "Pre-Release Announcements & Feedback" forum.
    /Steve.
  • Be sure to checkout “Tips & Tricks”
    Dear Guest Visitor → Once you register and log-in please checkout the “Tips & Tricks” page for some very handy tips!

    /Steve.
  • BootAble – FreeDOS boot testing freeware

    To obtain direct, low-level access to a system's mass storage drives, SpinRite runs under a GRC-customized version of FreeDOS which has been modified to add compatibility with all file systems. In order to run SpinRite it must first be possible to boot FreeDOS.

    GRC's “BootAble” freeware allows anyone to easily create BIOS-bootable media in order to workout and confirm the details of getting a machine to boot FreeDOS through a BIOS. Once the means of doing that has been determined, the media created by SpinRite can be booted and run in the same way.

    The participants here, who have taken the time to share their knowledge and experience, their successes and some frustrations with booting their computers into FreeDOS, have created a valuable knowledgebase which will benefit everyone who follows.

    You may click on the image to the right to obtain your own copy of BootAble. Then use the knowledge and experience documented here to boot your computer(s) into FreeDOS. And please do not hesitate to ask questions – nowhere else can better answers be found.

    (You may permanently close this reminder with the 'X' in the upper right.)

rfrazier

Well-known member
Sep 30, 2020
566
194
Hi all. Just thought I'd pass this along.

Black Friday / Cyber Monday specials on games.

Current bundles.

Hacking bundle of ebooks. I have this and an older edition of the same with cumulatively about 30 ebooks. I think there's 18 in the current bundle. Unfortunately, I haven't had a chance to read the THOUSANDS of pages. Sigh. So much to learn. So little time.

Python O'Reilly bundle of ebooks.

Enjoy.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
 
I will no longer give Humble any money. They got taken over and they made a bunch of user unfriendly changes, and one thing in particular just irks me... they set it so you can't reduce the percentage they take.

For example, on: https://www.humblebundle.com/books/code-like-pro-manning-publications-books
If you chose the $40CA option, here's their default breakdown:

Default Donation
  • CA$22 to Manning Publications
  • CA$2 to Charities
  • CA$16 to Humble
And the MINIMUM you can allocate to Humble is $12 !! That's 30%, MINIMUM!!

There is NO reason why they deserve 30% or more of all the money that should be going to the charity just for managing the web site and transactions. The maximum amount Stripe should be taking is 5% of the transaction and yet they have the minimum set at 30% so that they can pocket 25% themselves. It's just an ugly, ugly look.
 
On one hand I see what you're saying. On the other, I just got 18 hacking books (albeit only electronic format) probably worth over $ 600 for $ 30. I didn't adjust the donation split. Regardless, I really cannot complain. Whether I have time to read them is another matter. So, regardless of the percentage, they have to consider the actual quantity of money they're taking in on these discount deals.

Who took them over anyway. I thought they were run by Nostarch Press, one of my favorite companies.

Here's some info on the money split.


I may be wrong about the ownership. Their TOS mentions Ziff Davis.

PS found some more info:



May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron
 
Last edited: