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Reader Question (and More)

Well, for the first time in a while, there was a new one on me..

A reader wrote in..
Q:My archived bank statements download as .daa files.  What’s that and how do I open?  Do I need to convert them to something else to be sure to be able to view them in the future?


A: I have never met a .daa file, nor heard of it (I confess) and had to look it up (I understand it is common in the world of Torrents, which I do not do).

Direct Access Archive, or DAA, is a proprietary file format developed by PowerISO Computing for disk image files. The format supports features such as compression, password protection, and splitting to multiple volumes. Popular disk image mounting programs such as Alcohol 120% and Daemon Tools currently do not support the mounting of DAA images.

Currently there is no published information about the format. Among mainstream applications, it can be opened or converted with PowerISO, MagicISO, AnyToISO and UltraISO. Various free open source packages are also available to convert DAA to ISO images.”

I believe the programs mentioned retail for $30, so I would be inclined to research that last sentence were I required to deal with .daa’s (you might try daa2iso, but I cannot vouch for that). But more likely, I would be having a word with my bank, and looking on their website for another format to download (such as PDF). It is my humble opinion that your bank is doing you no favors by choosing to use this format.

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Some reading 4 u:

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The National Transportation Board doesn’t want you calling or texting behind the wheel and has called on states to ban the use of cellphones and other gadgets while driving.” Read more..

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Liberate Your Flash Drive with LiberKey

Managing apps on a flash drive can be a real challenge even for the polished IT professional. Flash Drives have given us the liberty to transport files from PC to PC and the ability to run apps (software applications) directly from these little buggers. .” Read more..

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  1. Yea, I would be having a serious chat with my bank too. ROFL..A torrent extension? What were they thinking? Maybe because Adobe Reader is always having updates as it is always being targeted. But then, who uses reader anyway? I haven’t in years.

    It’s against the law to text or use a cell phone in the car here in Ontario. Hands free only!

    It’s Christmas Game buying here….I bought the Humble Indie Bundle “4. The Humble Indie Bundle #4 (pay what you want and help charity) 7 Awesome games plus you give to charity. What’s not to like? They made over a million dollars in less than 24 hours!

    Plus I bought The Xmas bundle from Indie Royale. The Xmas Bundle – Indie Royale 6 games for under $5.00 or you can pay more to support the indie game developers.


    Comment by delenn13 | December 14, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      My understanding is that it is a proprietary, compressible, image storage format, useful for large/complex data. I can see how the bank might think it a good choice for archives…
      I do not know that it is used by the Torrent crowd, as that is something I have completely avoided (almost every unit that has hit my bench for malware removal had LimeWire on it… and I mean, like 98%, over recent years) but I did read that during my “quick research”. To me, Torrents are, at best, malware-risky and ethically questionable, and there’s nothing on there I want that badly.

      Folks, never heard of “humble bundle”? Check it out.


      Comment by techpaul | December 14, 2011 | Reply

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