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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Jovian Color Picker on: March 11, 2010, 09:06:18 AM
There is a great chance that some of you were also annoyed of Windows miserable system color dialog. Especially if you are doing graphics stuff you might have prayed for a better replacement or that MS will fix that thing.

Yesterday i stumbled upon the Jovian Color Picker at one of my favourite 3d forums. There was only one thing that was not working perfect which fixed author Ken Nign meanwhile (!) that i purchased it after checking the trial for a few hours. Give it a try if you need also a better color picker that can load and save palettes, supports a library of colors, can pick from screen or image, supports RGB, HSB, Kelvin, wavelength and web colors.


2  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: - nice website with css/php/webdesign articles/tips/blog on: November 18, 2009, 03:05:36 AM
Stumbled lately also upon when Smashing Magazine was offline for redesign and linked noupe as reference. Both are very useful web design resources. They are in the same FastDial technology folder with Donationcoder and Lifehacker. For some good reasons Donationcoder is the folders first entry.  Cool
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your mouse of choice? on: February 23, 2009, 04:17:58 AM
One more vote for the Razer LachesisThmbsup And also one goes to the Intuos 3 from Wacom for graphics stuff.

Since the first Razer i bought several years ago the brand is my favourite choice. The Razer Boomslang was a excellent gaming mouse in the past and it's successors Diamondback and Lachesis are also fine for daily work. If you worked some days with one and when you are familiar with it's sensitivity you stay. I think it's something like working with trackballs. I don't like them but they are also a bit special from handling and if you are familiar working with them you prefer them instead of moving mice.

I don't like working with cordless mice because normally they are to heavy. I liked a friends Logitech VX Nano a little, but not so much for a change.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: about to switch to a Widescreen LCD. on: February 24, 2008, 10:21:55 AM
f0dder: In my case it is a Asus EN8800GTS with 640MB (remembered wrong in the first post) and both monitors (1920x1200 + 1280x1024) combined break the limit of 2048x1536 (specs). And even the biggest model with 1GB on board stops at 2560x1600.  It's strange since this resolution needs only approx. 11MB 2D-graphics-memory. Neither any GeForce nor Quadro cards support highest resolutions. It seems better that Matrox cards solutions for many high resolution monitor connections (example).  huh

But i like also to start some at-the-edge 3D game and so Matrox is no choice for me.  Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: about to switch to a Widescreen LCD. on: February 24, 2008, 03:51:25 AM
I switched to widescreen about a year ago. Before i used two 19" displays and was happy with them. The switch was also an upgrade in size to 24" and made a huge positive impact for some programs. Eclipse, Photoshop and some of my 3D programs profit really from that step ahead. If you ever worked with your favourite IDE on a big sized widescreen, you will never go back ( this does not apply to VI  smiley ). And as mentioned before: Only the native resolution assures crystal clear quality.

For habit reasons i also wanted to attach one of the previously used 19" but that wasn't as easy as i thought. It was not possible to attach both LCD's to one graphics card, because it cannot support 1920x1200 and 1280x1024 at the same time. The memory of the card with 768MB shouldn't be the problem, it must be a specification side effect. huh Therefore i had to upgrade to a second graphics card. Now i have two nVidia cards inside the PC, one for each monitor and doing their job without a hassle.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReNamer: The best freeware file renamer? (yes says on: September 27, 2007, 03:13:40 AM
I cannot see that Flexible Renamer has been updated since May 2003 (except for addin of German UI in 2005) - is this program really to be counted among the best today?

I think so. Beside to Directory Opus i use FlexibleRenamer for completion for about two years.

One interesting point is: It has a fresh and streamlined interface although the program is now more than 4 years old. Most coders underestimate the importance of an interface or are not capable to design for usability. Flexible Renamer is a positive example for its age. Most newer tools and if they are containing more functions are less usable under aspects of usability.
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Kaspersky Internet Security 7 on: September 27, 2007, 02:49:03 AM
Nice review. I use KIS since v6.x on all my machines and the step to v7.x was an advance in speed and usability.

Ack, to the heart-attacking alert sound. This is very annoying, especially if your speakers are turned up.  Angry

I like this solution more than others, that i checked. These were from AVG, Trendmicro, McAfee and Norton.

But some aspects need some improvement:

- The notification is sometimes inadequate. More information about the investigated process would be fine for a power user.
- Some report entries are to sparse. It's nice to see the information that the Process with PID 2028 that tried to access KIS with PID 3800 was blocked. But what the hell is it a file behind PID 2028. More detailed information would be very useful.
- That updates are activated, but i noticed that sometimes that application version number of the actual download version and the installed and updated one differ. There is no notice about that and this is a little bit confusing. In this case i download the newest version and update the whole package. Does it make sense? I don't know.

Nevertheless i like it and feel as secure as possible with such a solution.
8  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: The SCRUM development method on: July 26, 2006, 11:14:56 AM
A good!  More academics solving the worlds problems...

15 min. daily scrum meeting!  Get real.  This will not happen in any corp. anywhere.  two cents

Sorry, but we have used this method for some projects. And it worked very well. It's good for small teams of about or less than 5 people and for smaller projects lasting only some weeks. It can be used also for bigger teams if you seperate groups (coders, networkers, etc.). It can be a real world solution for real people.
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