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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are there any simple graphic editors? on: May 04, 2014, 05:10:10 PM
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How about Faststone Capture? It ticks most of those boxes, and is both easy to use, and have been updated regularly over several years. Do note that it's not free though, so if that's a requirement then you'd have to look elsewhere.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 03, 2014, 12:42:34 PM
Directory Opus (no other file manager even comes close, and I've got licenses for several others I've tried over the years).
Sublime Text (best text editor on *any* platform! Easily worth the asking price).
JRiver Media Center (I've got this running pretty much 24/7 on a secondary monitor. Deals with large media libraries better than most).
Firefox (my go-to browser used to be Opera, but then they went and made that Chrome-shell-thing, so yeah..).
Mailbird (pretty email programs doesn't not live exclusively on OSX any longer).
Steam (what use are my twin Titans without something to do Cool).
PuTTY (manage servers).
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: clickable on-screen links in youtube vids >.< on: May 03, 2014, 12:05:10 PM
What you need to do is remove annotations. You don't need any extensions to do this, just head into youtube settings and find the following option:
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4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 06, 2014, 09:09:11 AM
I purchased an upgrade license the day it was released (was very pleasantly surprised that those of us that tested the beta version got an additional discount Thmbsup), and I don't really see how the pricing is cause for concern, if you're like me and spend *many* hours a week using it. I suppose it depends on where in the world you live, but what I think of when considering the price of ~ $40 USD I paid for the upgrade is that...:

- Over here that's just north of the price of a 6-pack of beer, if purchased in a store.
- Any given night down at the pub with friends will cost me twice that amount, at least (just a pint of beer frequently cost >= $15 USD).
- Most new games released on consoles retail for (converted from NOK to USD) ~ $84-100 USD.
- New bluray movies usually retail for (converted from NOK to USD) $30 USD and up.

Yeah...considering how ridiculously many hours I've spent in DO I find the price perfectly acceptable.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: October 11, 2013, 11:31:21 AM
Been using LastPass (paid) for 2-3 years now across all of my devices (4x Android, 3x iOS, 3x Windows, 1x OSX, 1x Windows Phone) and I absolutely love it. About a year or so ago I also purchased a YubiKey (and later a YubiKey NEO with NFC support) to better secure my accounts. This setup works great with the exception of the iOS devices, as Apple apparently doesn't give a damn about NFC (it's mostly easy to work around though). For the Android devices and WP I just swipe the YubiKey across the back of the phones/tablet, enter my password and get access to what I need. On Windows/OSX I just plug it into a USB slot and "press" the button on the key when prompted. It appears to the OS as just another keyboard, so there's no installation to think of.

It's simple, secure and convenient. I wish they would give their mobile apps a face-lift (they look a bit outdated and beauty-challenged), but all the functionality I need is there and most importantly, it just works.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 09:52:49 PM
Even under load the heat doesn't spike?

Well, it's not at any time what you would call cold, but even under load it runs within what's safe. I probably wouldn't compile software 24/7 on it, but even under load I've yet to have it throttle due to high temps.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 08:39:09 PM
what kind of cpu fan are you running on your i3?  Even the lowest profile ones I've seen for LGA 1156 sockets are pretty space hungry, so I was wondering.

I'm not running any kind of fan on the CPU at all, it's all passively cooled. The heat-pipe design should be able to handle any CPU up to 95W, and the i3-3225 is only 55W smiley The entire chassis is made of more or less a single block of aluminum, so the entire thing is essentially a massive heat sink.

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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 06:47:17 PM
About 6 months back, I set up a HTPC for myself with a Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Chassis, a MSI Z77IA-E53 mini-ITX motherboard combined with a Intel Core i3-3225 and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 128GB. As for the PSU, I used an external one also from Streacom. I recently also installed a ASUS PCE-AC66 wifi card to go with my 802.11ac network. This setup is more than powerful enough to run any video I throw at it (including bluray, using this drive combined with SlySoft's AnyDVD HD), boots within in a handful of seconds (running Windows 8​) and is 100% silent (well, except while using the optical drive of course).

As for software, I primarily use XBMC but if you're mainly into music you should probably take a look at Jriver Media Center 18, which I use on pretty much every other computer I own. If you got an iPad it makes for the perfect controller for both software solutions. For XBMC, I use XBMC Commander and for JRMC I use and absolutely love JRemote. Whenever I have to use a mouse+keyboard, I'm using Logitech's lovely K810 bluetooth keyboard (back-lit, rechargeable) and Apple's Magic Trackpad.

The only drawback to this setup is that it'll probably cost you a bit more than you had in mind, depending on what hardware you got laying around. It was also not exactly the easiest chassis to build (you'll need *plently* of thermal paste, and assemble things in the "right" order), but in the end it was well worth it.  

EDIT: Here's a picture of the htpc, with a PS3 controller placed besides it for size comparison.

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9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: June 26, 2013, 07:53:41 PM
I own a Nokia 920, Galaxy Note II and a HTC One (well, and an iPhone 4S but I don't use it any longer). Out of those, the HTC One is my primary phone. Absolutely fantastic build quality, it's fast and the sound from the speakers is the best I've ever heard from a phone (I listen to a *lot* of podcasts, so this was for me quite important). The camera is also good, and with the leaked Android 4.2.2 release I no longer have any issues with the button layout. That said, if I were to pick one for business use I'd probably choose the Note II any day of the week due to the great battery life. With normal use I have no problems getting it to last for 2-3 days on a single charge, something that certainly can't be said for the HTC One or the Nokia 920.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview on: May 29, 2013, 12:11:04 PM
Been a loyal Opera user for many years now, but unfortunately this looks to be the end of it if this is the direction they're heading. There's pretty much *nothing* left of the features that made Opera the browser it was. Webkit means that just as in Chrome, there's no more perfectly smooth scrolling, mouse gestures might be there but they're just as unreliable as anything I've ever tried in Chrome, there's absolutely no customization worth a damn left, no MDI (wtf!), page loading feels slower than it used to, no (apparent at least) way to change keyboard and mouse gestures/shortcuts, handling of pages/tabs when you've got a lot of the open sucks just as bad as it does in FF and Chrome, unlike the older versions of Opera, and a whole lot more stuff either missing, broken or just working worse that in the older versions. Yes, perhaps a lot of these things will be fixed in the future, perhaps not, but I'm just not looking for a Chrome re-skin, which is what this feels like right now.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Sublime Text 2.0 final on: June 27, 2012, 03:43:53 PM
Sublime Text is such a wonderful text editor, best $59 I ever spent on software Kiss
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Drive launched on: April 27, 2012, 12:13:38 AM
1 TB for $49.99 is a steal.

$50/mo is a steal for 1 TB? At that price I could buy about six 2 TB hard drives per year. At the end of a year I'd have 12 TB of storage space for the same price.

You're right it's a steal. But who is stealing from whom? undecided

Compared to the competition, it's a good deal. Also, yes, it's expensive compared to purchasing a HDD yourself, but that's hardly comparable. Sure, if I upgraded my connection I could run my own server, but for that to be anywhere near useful I'd need to upgrade my connection to something that's up for the job. At that point, I'd be spending a lot more than $50/month, and that's without factoring in the cost of having yet another PC powered on 24/7. Also, I'm not about to start making my own Win/iOS/Android clients either...
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Drive launched on: April 26, 2012, 10:54:16 PM
Btw, am I the only one who feels drive is .. underwhelming?

I mean .. 5 GB free storage, with the same features as everybody else. It would have been awesome 5 years ago, but today it is just another one undecided.

5 GB is pretty average. On the other hand, their upgrade plans such as 25 GB for $2.50/month, 100 GB at $4.99 or 1 TB for $49.99 is a steal. My main concern, privacy aside, is what happens a year or two from now. Does Google yet again just find out that they can't be bothered with the service any longer?
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need Disk Imaging tool that can restore from external HDD on: February 28, 2012, 01:31:40 PM
i highly recommend this:

http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/index.htm

for a external (usb) image for linux will do the best job (i tryed in all my computers and worked perfectly).

i can restore a 4gb image in less than 3 minutes from usb.

I'll throw in another vote for IFW/IFL, a really solid and reliable tool. Been using it for the last 4-5 years, and it has yet to fail me smiley
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Configuring Directory Opus for Fun and Profit on: January 05, 2012, 12:15:43 PM
While this isn't a customization tip, this functionality is perhaps the one I use the most...

While in a lister, type the following:
  • : (this selects all files and folders with the name you type in after the :).
  • * (displays only those files and folders with the name you type in after the *.). I find this especially useful while in flat-view!
  • ? (runs any command (cmd) in the current folder. You can hit CTRL+ENTER to insert the name of the focused file). I use this with certain command-line tools, or with simple batch-renaming tasks as I do it faster this way than I would with the GUI.
  • = (this searches for whatever you type in, starting in the current folder).
I used to be a Total Commander user for years, until I purchased Dopus 8. Since then, I find it hard to be productive at all without it smiley

EDIT: Also, whatever you do, make sure you add a keyboard shortcut to toggle flat-view (Command: Set FLATVIEW=MixedNoFolders,Toggle)! So useful!
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Currents app takes on Flipboard on: December 10, 2011, 08:26:53 AM
I've only played with it a bit on my iPad, and so far I see no reason at all to use this instead of Flipboard. It feels less optimized, not as pretty (very subjective, I know) and lacks the same level of integration with services such as Twitter and Facebook (this last point might perhaps be a positive for some?).
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dropbox Left User Accounts Unlocked for 4 Hours Sunday on: June 21, 2011, 01:16:25 AM
This incident was bad enough for me to delete my Dropbox account, and dropping them a message stating why. I'm just hoping enough people do the same, so that they'll actually care. Will they improve in the future? I'm sure they eventually will, but this incident coupled with their lack of ssl-encrypted logins in their mobile client...well, enough is enough.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: June 12, 2011, 05:00:50 PM
Just realised that I still haven't posted anything by one of my favourite artists: Nicole Atkins.

Been a few years now, but I still get goose bumps every single time I listen to her performance on Letterman:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_NVsPM87eI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_NVsPM87eI</a>

Here's the music video as well, in case you'd rather watch that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1LsbfHPNrQ

...

To change genres, here's a lovely song from a Norwegian electronica artist: Philter. He's been releasing tracks for free for a few years, but finally released an official album a month or so ago. Here's his first music video:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24ALjuvR3M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b24ALjuvR3M</a>
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 10 on: May 01, 2011, 11:33:00 AM
Anyone know are they going to do that again this time around, where the 40% upgrade price is only for a limited time?
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For a limited time, ...


When I purchased my upgrade from v9 to 10 yesterday, the website told me that my discount code was valid until may 15th.

It was well worth the price, even though I haven't had the time to dive deep into the new features. Still, here are some things I immediately noticed:
* The built-in archive support is a vast improvement over the old one. Now you can compress to 7z, zip, rar, tar, tgz & tbz2, and you can open the following formats as folders: 7z, arj, bzip2, cab, cpio, deb, dmg, gzip, hfs, iso, lzh, lzma, rar, rpm, tar, win, xar, z & zipx.
* Improved copy/move dialogues, with "unattended mode." Does wonders for my productivity when dealing with large batches of files.
* Native virtual folders (my computer etc.)
* Win7 library support.
* "Cleaner" and prettier compared to the previous version. The redesigned settings dialogue is much improved.
* Finally adds the possibility of showing the ".." item in file lists (like TC etc. does it). This makes keyboard navigation quite a bit faster for me.
* Integrates with Windows Search. I don't use it a whole lot, but now that it's supported that may change.

I'm sure I'll discover more in the days and weeks to come smiley
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 08, 2011, 05:34:23 PM
God is a Astronaut - Snowfall

Now you are wandering into my favorite genre (post-rock).  Kiss

A lot of great music to be found in that genre smiley Oh and that reminds me, I don't think I've posted this video before. One of my favorites, Kwoon - I lived on the moon

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTysF1E4Ft0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTysF1E4Ft0</a>
(HD version can be found here)
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 08, 2011, 03:44:48 PM
Been a while since my last post, so here's a few more that I really enjoy:

Joe Satriani - Always With Me, Always With You (Live)
I never get tired of Satriani, and this song is just...  Kiss
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1DzRb4DHGw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1DzRb4DHGw</a>


...and this one with Grace Potter, Joe Satriani, Steve Kimock, Reed Mathis, Willy Waldman and Stephen Perkins, where they cover Neil Young's Cortez the Killer, is fantastic:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paeNnR33i5Q" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paeNnR33i5Q</a>


To keep up with the guitar-theme, here's another sublime song to round of this post:

God is a Astronaut - Snowfall
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBfvoianLNw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBfvoianLNw</a>
The video isn't official, but I think it suits the song really well.

Enjoy! smiley
22  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Minecraft - An Incredible Indie Game on: October 07, 2010, 07:10:07 PM
One thing to note, if you have a low end machine the game may not run smoothly even though the graphics are extremely simplistic. My machine runs Half Life 2 and WoW smoothly, but this game chops and pauses for seconds.
Plus then you can maximize it for near full-screen gameplay. smiley

Protip: F11 is your friend Wink
23  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sins of a Solar Empire - 80% off on: May 31, 2010, 09:11:24 AM
I bought Sins at this sale price and I am waiting for the expansions to go on sale later. They would just be sitting unused while I played through the main game anyways.

That's not how the expansions work. They simply add functionality and features to the main game, making the whole thing (much) better. At no point would you not be playing the expansions if you have them installed.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo repair/replace tcpip.sys ? on: May 01, 2010, 11:24:20 PM
You could also try running the following command in a console as admin: sfc /scanfile=c:\windows\System32\drivers\tcpip.sys

It'll check the integrity of the file and repair if needed.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: March 23, 2010, 05:30:47 PM
There are some really great music posted previously in this thread, and I thought I'd add a few more that I like.

Let's start with some bands from my country, Norway

A couple of tracks from the great Norwegian folk band Katzenjammer, adds +2 to you mood, guaranteed:

Katzenjammer - Ain't No Thang (Live...in a small boat)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AIdYoMpINQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AIdYoMpINQ</a>

Katzenjammer - A Bar In Amsterdam
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbdCDeKSoI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-kbdCDeKSoI</a>

...

and a couple of tracks from the fantastic (now disbanded) Gåte. Norwegian folk music meets progressive rock. This band is (was) quite possibly the best live band to ever set foot on this lovely little planet.

Gåte - Bendik og Årolilja
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOxqY5IH2aI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xOxqY5IH2aI</a>

Gåte - Sjå Attende
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JZAhpigTr4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JZAhpigTr4</a>


El Caco is another band from .no. I don't listen to them all that much, but this video is just to much fun not to post!

El Caco - Substitute
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvSOUh49rN4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvSOUh49rN4</a>



...and now for some assorted good tracks from other places

Feeling a bit down, and need a tune to cheer you up? This one from the Canadian band Immaculate Machine works wonders for me:

Immaculate Machine - C'mon Sea Legs
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSeNZTwkoqc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSeNZTwkoqc</a>


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals are one of my favorite bands, and if you listen to a few of their tracks I'm sure you'll understand why.

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Apologies (Live)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jP7qYLJEMM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jP7qYLJEMM</a>

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals - Stop the Bus (Live)
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOpdGFkKA8Y" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOpdGFkKA8Y</a>

....

smiley
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