Products Behaving Badly: Acronis True Image 2012

I recently bought and installed Acronis True Image 2012.

I realized within a couple of days that this would not do what I wanted on my laptop so I uninstalled it, thinking perhaps I might use it on my desktop. When I did so, Windows 7 warned me that Windows Backup was not running. Now during installation, Acronis had by default checked an option called “Integrate True Image into Windows” – an innocuous sounding option which seemed like a good idea. What is NOT made clear is that this disables and replaces Windows built-in Backup and Restore utility. Bad enough – but okay… not too difficult to turn Windows Backup on in Control Panel.

But now comes the horror story:

A few days later I had an issue with my Windows laptop and wanted to do a quick System Restore to an earlier checkpoint. To my utter astonishment, I discovered that Acronis had disabled this feature in Windows 7: There were no Restore points available at all!

In time, I was able to fix the issue manually, turn System Restore back on, and create a restore point.

But I am still outraged. At no point during the installation was I given a choice or warned by Acronis that their installation would turn off System Restore.

This is in my opinion totally and completely unacceptable behavior on the part of ANY product installer.

A huge THUMBS DOWN to Acronis. I would issue a strong warning to everyone to stay away from any and all Acronis products. Ever.


It actually gets worse: I’ve now discovered that since installing and uninstalling this product none of my USB thumbnail drives are accessible. I still don’t have a fix for this.

This product should not be purchased or installed by anyone.

Update 2:

Fixed the USB thumbnail drive problem finally,

See ATIH 2012 uninstalled – now cannot access any USB thumbnail drives | Knowledge Base

The uninstaller left behind a LOT of garbage including drivers. The cleanup utility referenced in that support thread also left behind a lot of registry entries.

Once I tracked down and deleted ALL of them, I rebooted, plugged in my USB thumbnail drive, it indicated that it was installing required drivers, and this time – finally – it succeeded.

DBT Self-Help App for the iPhone or iPod

DBT Self-Help App for the iPhone or iPod

DBT Self-help is a tool that helps you manage overwhelming emotions, break destructive impulsive behaviors, navigate relationships and cultivate mindfulness. It contains skill descriptions complete with rationale and practice tips that will enable you to develop and practice the needed skills.

The skills are based upon the principles and skills taught in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy skill classes.

The app can be used in conjunction with psychotherapy or as a standalone self-help intervention as the skills can be implemented into many situations and settings.

Are you experiencing difficulties with feelings and emotion-driven impulsive behaviors? Are you having difficulties maintaining positive relations, ending destructive relationships or safeguarding your self-respect while reaching your interpersonal goals?

Intrusive distressing thoughts and overwhelming emotions are at the heart of many problems. The skills of the DBT Self-help app can help you to manage and to find more effective ways to deal with your issues.

If you are in DBT therapy the DBT Self-help app can enhance skill acquisition and skill generalization, and you will find the Crisis skill list function extremely useful. The app can help you maintain your efficiency with the skills once therapy is over and you move on to build your life.

If you are a DBT therapist the app will be a useful resource to have easy access to skills for coaching and interventions. The feature of skill lists can be used to keep track of individual clients crisis skills to make telephone coaching more effective.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy belongs to the third wave of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy combining learning and cognitive theory with the wisdom and effectiveness of mindfulness – dialectics to balance change and acceptance. DBT have been shown to be efficient in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, Binge eating and Substance Abus Disorder – diagnosises with high amount of overwhelming emotions and impulsive behaviors.

The app will help you to:

  • Gain greater understanding on how thoughts, emotions, physiology and behaviors affect eachother;
  • Build and manage healthy balanced relationsships and develop tools of communication;
  • Cope with overwhelming emotions without acting impulsively;
  • Use effective skills to identify, manage and regulate feelings and emotions;
  • Change behavior to increase the positive emotions in your life;
  • Increase your level of mindfulness and cultivate your awareness and concentration.


  • Intuitive navigation with history and help function, notes, news & updates;
  • The option to tailor and modify a personalized crisis list of skills for rapid access in difficult and critical situations;
  • Create your own skills lists of personally selected skills;
  • Pregenerated skills lists for managing anger, shame, sadness, and fear;
  • Excercises for practicing and registring skills, with the options to save and send the data by mail;
  • The app supports the following languages:
    • English
    • Swedish

The DBT Self-help app is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Cost = $8.99

Free app for Crohn’s and Colitis patients

Free app for Crohn’s, colitis patients
CBC News
July 25, 2011

Toronto’s SickKids creates myIBD to monitor bowel diseases

The myIBD phone app helps patients track their food, stool and bathroom breaks.

Teens and parents dealing with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis now have a mobile app that will help them manage their disease and seek help sooner if something is wrong courtesy of staff at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

The free app helps patients track their pain, food, stool and frequency of bathroom visits on their mobile devices. It also provides access to educational tools and the latest information on managing their symptoms.

More than 200,000 Canadians suffer from Crohn’s or colitis, known as IBDs or inflammatory bowel diseases, which can be debilitating.

“Some days I’d go to the washroom up to 20 times,” says 18-year-old Calandra Carkner, who has Crohn’s. “I was exhausted, in constant pain and afraid.”

Staff at SickKids say they noticed that patients and families of young children with IBD were missing “red flags” when it came to symptoms and flare-ups. That led Karen Frost and her colleagues, Dr. Johan Van Limbergen and Meaghan Wright of the Department of Gastroenterology at the hospital to create the app.

“MyIBD offers a visual tracking system so patients can monitor their disease activity and seek help when necessary – sooner, rather than later,” said Frost in a statement released Monday.

Calandra says the app helps her understand the triggers such as stress or a particular food and gives her some control and lets her focus on her life.

SickKids has arranged for myIBD to be available in the APP Store for iPhones, iPad and the iPod touch and will be available to Android devices later this year.

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After years in a coma, DMOZ/ODP finally pronounced dead

Final Nail In The Google Directory Coffin
by Barry  Schwartz, Search Engine Land
Jul 20, 2011

In 2008, Google removed directory links from Webmaster Tools and in December 2010, Google dropped the search box from the Google directory.

Today, Google has completely removed the Google Directory as a Google service. Going to will show you a notice that reads the “Google Directory is no longer available”. Yesterday the directory was live but today, Google quietly and without warning removed it.

In  truth, DMOZ/ODP has been of historical interest only to anyone but the  increasingly shrinking in-group that constitutes DMOZ editors for years. Their  claim to importance in recent years has been the desperate claim that Google still thought they had value – despite the fact that Google had pretty much stopped updating the listings in their cloned version a long time ago. Now clearly, DMOZ exists only to continue to feed the pathetic egos of its

R.I.P. DMOZ. We hardly knew ye.

More from Barry Schwartz…

Google accuses Bing; Bing deflects accusations; Google strangely silent

In a move that seemed more like college dorm intrigue than research or detective work, Google set up a rather silly sting in search terms for rare or nonexistent words and then claimed that for these infrequent search terms about 9% showed up in Bing’s search results. Based on this rather flimsy “evidence”, they accused Bing of copying their search results.

Danny Sullivan has an excellent article laying out what actually happened, why Google’s accusations were wrong, and how this has created an embarrassing situation for Google:

Bing: Why Google’s Wrong In Its Accusations

The scheme backfired because in the course of defending themselves against Google’s accusation, Bing has disclosed how they use the “clickstream” generated by their Bing Toolbar as part of the data they feed their algorithms.

Now the pressure is on for Google to do the same. Google at first denied they use such data at all but then had to retreat and admit they do use it to determine page load speeds. How else do they use the data? So far, Google is being notably quiet on the subject.

See also Danny Sullivan’s followup post, Turning The Tables On The Google Toolbar & Disclosure Claims

Google Finally Admits Toolbar Data is a Ranking Signal
by Danny Sullivan, Search Engine Land
February 16, 2011

Many SEOs have long believed that Google uses data it collects from the Google Toolbar to influence search results. Now Google has finally confirmed it.

Mood 24/7 Beta Test and Survey

Mood 24/7 Beta Test and Survey
Chris Hall, Director, Clinical Platforms
September 8, 2010

How many good days did you have last week?

HealthCentral is developing a service called Mood 24/7, based on technology from Johns Hopkins University, to allow you to track your good and bad days with a simple text message.

We can’t do it alone. We need your feedback on Mood 24/7, as it works today and your ideas for making it better. We believe that you can help us make Mood 24/7 a tool that really helps people.

To see how Mood 24/7 works, please CLICK HERE to register today for free. In two weeks we’ll contact you again to see how it worked for you. Your answers to our short survey will help shape the direction of the tool.

To thank you for your time, we’ll select, at random, one person who completes the survey, and make a donation of $100 in that person’s name, to the mental health organization of his or her choice.

Mood 24/7 is a free service. However your cell phone carrier will charge standard text messaging fees for all inbound and outbound texts related to Mood 24/7.