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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: December 11, 2008, 04:53:51 PM
I use Popfile and Outclass with Outlook 2007.  Popfile is a bayesian filter, but unlike most will classify more than just spam.  You can create any number of classifications and being bayesian it learns what incoming email should be classified as.  Outclass is just a hook into Outlook for popfile that allows easy reclassification etc.
In terms of the actual sorting of me email, I have a pretty simple structure.  Work, personal, mailing list, and spam. 
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Multi-threaded software on: July 30, 2008, 07:50:44 PM
In terms of performance gains from multi-threaded applications, there is a performance hit from synchronization of shared data sources between multiple threads.  So if you have different threads working on the same data structure you won't see twice the performance from a 2 threaded application.  Obviously it depends how heavily the application will be working with these shared data sources as to how much of a performance hit there is.
However if the application is working on distinct sets of data (for example different .mp3 files) then a doubling of performance is relatively easy to achieve, subject to other bottlenecks in the system.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Multi-threaded software on: July 30, 2008, 04:08:39 PM
To clarify, I was thinking of CPU intensive software.
eg.  Graphics & video editors, format transcoders, maybe virus checkers and the like.
I presume most of the newer software (especially commercial software perhaps) in these categories is multi-threaded, but nowhere have a seen an actual list to confirm which ones are.
Short of it being documented I guess you could just check your CPU usage to see if multiple cores were being used when the software is running, but a list somewhere would still be handy!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Multi-threaded software on: July 30, 2008, 07:56:34 AM
I've just upgraded to a multi-core processor (Intel Quad Core) for the first time.
Until now I haven't been concerned whether an application is multi-threaded or not.   Now all of a sudden I'd prefer multi-threaded applications if possible (most of the time my current applications only use one core, and my multi-threaded Java test programs just don't cut the mustard.  I mean how many times can you watch the Dining Philosophers problem being solved? Wink
Anyway my question is, does anybody know of a list of multi-threaded applications I might use to take advantage of all my new processing power.
If not, we should start one!
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Interesting is Your IP Address? on: July 16, 2008, 06:50:36 PM
Always good to know you have an interesting IP address... until the ISP changes it that is...

Score: 40

167 is prime +9
191 is prime +11

IP address contains all odd numbers(203,167,191,165) (+5)
Your IP address as a poker hand:
Three of ♥ Hearts
Jack of ♥ Hearts
Three of ♣ Clubs
Four of ♥ Hearts
Ten of ♦ Diamonds

You have a pair (+5)
IP address as a colour (0)
203167191165 produces a valid barcode
The IP translates to Monday 22nd March 2010 as a UNIX date (0)
This IP address as a phrase: city school keep answer (0)
This IP address as a point on the map Terms of Use(0)
Your IP address has scored: 40. Of the 359450 IP's spotted so far, this is ranked: 2017.
6  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What XML editor do you use? on: June 03, 2008, 10:36:46 PM
For light stuff I use Notepad++, but for serious XML work Altova's XMLSpy is the heavy hitter.
A unique feature I like is the ability to graphically display the structure of xml schema (really handy when developing to a particular XML file type), and their Gridview gives a nice graphical display of raw xml data too.
If you do enough XML work to justify the purchase price, I'd highly recommend XMLSpy, although it's hardly a steal at €399 currently.

7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FastExplorer: Create your own Context Menu Items (Freeware) on: June 03, 2008, 10:26:32 PM
Currently I use a program called OpenExpert ( to do this.
It looks like FastExplorer is more fully featured though, so I'll have to check it out.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thorough harddisk checking. on: June 03, 2008, 10:18:16 PM
You might look at Steve Gibson's Spinrite, from, although its not free, so I'd go for one of the other programs mentioned.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: October 03, 2007, 11:24:02 PM
I use Windows Explorer with quite a few addon's to give me the functionality I need.
FolderView to provide 1 click access to my most used folders.
QTTabBar to give tabbed explorer windows.
QTBreadCrumbs address bar to give a much more usable address bar.

I have tried lots of other File Browsers but always missed features from Windows Explorer, hence why I have stuck with a modified Windows Explorer.

Looks like this:
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Volume Control recommendation on: March 29, 2007, 12:30:00 AM
Personally I use VolumeTray, an excellent little program that sits in your Taskbar.
It provides two options for changing volume:
1.   Custombisable hotkeys
2.   Left click on the taskbar icon = volume up
     Right click on the taksbar icon = volume down

By default it puts two icons on the taskbar, which is a bit of overkill, but it can be very easily customised in user preferences to use just one.

Grab it from

11 Software / ProcessTamer / Re: idea for new feature: rescue hotkey on: May 18, 2006, 09:27:10 PM
I like it.  I think this would be a great feature to add to the software.
Ctrl-Shift-Escape and closing/managing the offending process can be such a drag.
12 Software / ProcessTamer / Turning automatic process taming off. on: December 19, 2005, 03:01:46 AM
I have process tamer installed on my laptop (a development PC), and my desktop (mainly games).

For my laptop the program is perfect as is, however for my desktop I want to use it to set a default lower priority for programs like Konfabulator, so they don't chew processor cycles while I'm playing. 
Process Tamer handles this just beautifully, but I don't want it to lower the priority of my gaming software, and don't want to go through and manually specify all my games as a certain set priority. 

My question is, is there a way to turn off the automatic process priority adjustment?  A usage high trigger of 99% does half the job, because there is almost always some other process chewing up some of the processor, but a way of turning it off would be better still.
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