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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: Today at 01:32:17 PM
On the film thing, I wonder if directors like Q.T. don't like digital because the money men will pressure him to use it to hold down costs.  Also I wonder if it's possible that there are known formulas with film to get certain looks without experimenting.

In other words if Q.T. has to switch to digital will his standard bag of tricks no longer work without laboriously relearning how to get the effects?  I'm just speculating.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Celluloid vs digital: what are the REAL differences? on: Today at 01:26:49 PM
That video was cool.  The "lowering the ante to get in the game is a bad thing" argument was also made about PCs.  With an affordable machine on your own desk rather than renting computer time, and compilers that only cost a few hundred bucks, just about any schmuck can get into the Computer Programming game.  The old timers lament that this brings the going rate way down etc..

I suggested to a fellow street dweller that an Associate's Degree should be required for homeless people.  That would help keep the pretenders out of the racket.  The food lines are getting longer.  I see more and more new people walking along all dirty.  Some with shirttails and no pants.  We must raise the standard before it all goes to hell.  smiley

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 25 Free Windows Utilities on: Today at 12:48:33 PM
IYF looks interesting.  I'll try it out.  smiley

Edit: I use Everything Search but you never know when you might encounter a non NTFS file system.  smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: Today at 09:53:41 AM
This kind of "evolution" is actively encouraged by distributors though.

Now if they just made Windows so it worked without having to know anything.  Wink
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: Today at 09:52:09 AM
^^ Hmm, perhaps Tiny Tim isn't dead?  Just got a fantastic nose job and face lift?

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: Today at 05:55:28 AM
Good luck using a Windows style editor when your X won't start and you'll have to fix config files on the terminal when you never dug into vi/Vim or similar editors.

I agree.  Sometimes those little x applets that configure stuff don't work.  Even if x runs it's good if you can remember how to fix the startup scripts under /etc with a console editor.  I bet many newer Linux users just reinstall when it gets hosed.  If you mention a directory named /etc or the fstab file they give you a vacant stare.  smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts on: Today at 05:48:36 AM
Hang in there Mouser and Saffron.  Keep the positive thought.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Diamond Editor, multi-platform successor to Crimson Editor on: Today at 05:41:00 AM
The thing with Vim is that it requires you are willing to spend the time and effort to learn to work entirely differently than you are used to.

The learning curve is what puts people off.  I used vi just enough to start doing repetitive tasks programmatically.  But it requires a commitment to keep your head into it.  I'm sure now there are many more Windows style editors for use in Linux.  It's easier to dodge learning vi or emacs or whatever.  smiley
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 25 Free Windows Utilities on: Today at 05:26:17 AM
Not just this, but I notice a lot of video tutorials on the web where the author thinks if he clicks stuff and it works, what more could be asked for?  Trouble is all I see are little colored buttons or lines that hot track.  He clicks.  Something opens, then he clicks something else.  What any of it is cannot be discerned.  These video authors must have 27" monitors I'm thinking.  smiley
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 25 Free Windows Utilities on: July 30, 2014, 06:02:01 PM
I went through it.  On my laptop it's too small to see any detail.  Just a bunch of screens.

Oh well.  smiley
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 25 Free Windows Utilities on: July 30, 2014, 04:45:26 PM
I don't see a list.  I see a slide show that I can't make out and a column of comments.

It could be my Laptop as I have to use ColorToggle sometimes.  But it's eluding me so far.  smiley
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 30, 2014, 08:21:41 AM
Not to jump the gun, but on my second day I have to say I like it.  It seems to run as smooth as FF 27.0 Portable.  My AddOns all seem to work.

Edit:  The only annoyance so far.. no favicons.

Edit2:  This favicon reloader works with it:
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Guess how useful virus scanners are? on: July 30, 2014, 08:18:13 AM
The only real bad attack I had used an IE helper object.  I knew something bad was happening, but I had a new computer going through first setup and the one being attacked, on a kvma switch.  The switch quit working so there was no way to gracefully shut down the new machine.  Rather than risk munging the Preloaded Vista x64 on the new system I let the old machine get hosed. Not that big a deal.  I just installed XP Pro that I was meaning to put on soon anyway.

But that experience is the main reason I avoid surfing with IE or browsers that use the IE engine.  ActiveX and BHOs are too wild west for me.  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: unattended large file copies that will not prompt for msg on: July 30, 2014, 07:53:18 AM
RichCopy isn't a file manager but it's free and has many options.  Is is multithreaded and designed for bulk file copying.  To be honest I only used it to copy a Windows.old folder as TeraCopy does enough for me.  But it handled Windows.old copy to a networked drive smoothly(around 260,000 file objects.)

Good for the toolbox even if not perfect for this application.

The link is to an article which contains the download link.

Edit: It extracts to a folder, HoffmanUtilitySpotlight, and from there you run the setup.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 30, 2014, 07:43:50 AM
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This might be described as having the window one has a pointing-device pointer over coming to the front / top automatically.  I think it's likely to get used where the settings are such that focus-follows-mouse (so no clicking necessary for focus to change).

Ok.  I remember when I first used XWindows that used to drive me nuts.  Focus change on hover and single click launch.  I'll be glad when I can get a workbench with a few machines on it.  There seems to be a plethora of specialized Linux distros now.  It's a good time to jump back in the pool.  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 30, 2014, 06:08:45 AM
One nice thing about the Brink Tutorials on the Vista/W7/W8 forums is if it includes a .reg file to set something up, it also includes a .reg file to undo it.  The Vista forum has low traffic these days, but the other two you can figure if there's a bug in the tutorial or .reg files someone will point it out before long.  It's a pretty safe source.

Also in W8 if you hit Winkey x, there's a small menu with commonly needed links such as Computer Management, Programs and Features, Disk Management, Control Panel, Admin and regular Command Prompts, Run etc..  smiley
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 30, 2014, 05:40:33 AM
Also I find Theme Font and Size Changer is great.  Tab titles esp. are easier to read when bold.

@ewemoa I don't know what "auto-raise" is.  Would you describe it?

Edit:  Sorry, I should have listed all links in my first post.  I guess I was a cup short of a coffee.  Or stunned that this FF x64 ran smoothly.  btw after using FEBE to get passwords saved from FF Portable I could get SyncPlaces to load passwords.  Last big thing to do is find the cookie so I don't have to manually log in to my MDC gmail account.  FF Portable seems to generate the cookie where the other FF flavors won't. smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Cyberfox Anyone? on: July 29, 2014, 04:37:50 PM
I'm just trying Cyberfox now.  I don't want to speak too soon.  But so far I like it.  I just used FEBE to load in most of my FF AddOns.  Then added Classic Theme Restore.  Using SyncPlaces I got my bookmarks toolbar in the proper shape.  I haven't noticed any glitches yet.  64 bits and seems to run smoothly.   Thmbsup
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 04:34:00 PM
I guess if you are frenetically tweaking it can save navigating to the links.  Windows likes to hide them with every flavor change it seems.  It is good if you can remember the hotkeys.  Like Winkey Pause still brings up a window with System Protection on it, same as Vista/W7.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 04:16:01 PM
I can't find a screen shot of what the shortcut brings up.  In any case it will just be links maybe in muliple columns instead of one.  I'm sure in the registry it's al clsid stuff.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 04:09:12 PM
This just seems redundant to me, unless it gives you access to things not normally accessible even through administrative interfaces.

winkey+r, type compmgmt.msc

I personally like msconfig and compmgmt, but you can access just about any builtin utility the system has through the run command.

I'm lucky if I can remember services.msc   smiley
I haven't tried God Mode.  But esp. W8 it seems a lot of clicking to get to computer management.  Of course I could just make a shortcut.  In W8 I don't mess with Disk Maybe when I have a couple of desktop machines so I can bail out of mistakes. Esp. with this new fangled GPT stuff. But by then I'll likely be on W9.  smiley

Same thing with hotkeys.  I write my own and with the system accelerators and the Start Screen ones added in, I'm good if I remember Winkey Q  smiley
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 03:35:28 PM
Afaik it's the same.  The tutorial title says All Tasks (God Mode.)  I haven't tried the one you posted.  I have seen a God Mode with a rectangular window with multiple columns.  Is that how yours looks?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Guess how useful virus scanners are? on: July 29, 2014, 03:15:54 PM
^ I meant "give away" as in, let the enemy know my defenses.  It just feels funny posting "Hey!  I don't run a real time shield!"  Like putting a target on your own back.  smiley

Just paranoia I guess.  smiley
(Scare tactics work to some extent on everyone?)   smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Guess how useful virus scanners are? on: July 29, 2014, 02:17:58 PM
The anti-virus industry kind of reminds me of purchasing health insurance.  Unless your purchase is subsidized, it seems not to matter if you purchase catastrophic, all inclusive, or any coverage between.  The actuaries have it figured so there is no "smart buy." You get ripped off royally no matter how you try to amortize it.

Some problems I work on Windows forums, after some Q&A exchanges the poster then relates the fact that he or she is running 3 or 4 overlapping products simultaneously.  It's lucky the machine runs at all.  If you don't know how the machine works I guess the scare tactics can be quite effective.

The trouble with arguing against AV on forums, other than that the interest on the other side is vested, is that to make your point you have to give away your disaster avoidance/recovery strategies.

It's kind of like trying to ban the "Genuine Placebo" ads in the back of magazines.  The magazines get revenue to run them.  You get nothing out of pointing out the folly(except the joy inherent in pointing out follies of course.)   smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Godmode on: July 29, 2014, 01:15:15 PM
Here's a tutorial how to add or remove All Tasks button to/from Control Panel for W7 and W8.  For lazy people like me, .reg files are available for download.  smiley
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