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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rollback RX or Acronis ? on: August 29, 2014, 03:07:33 PM
I'd stay far away from Rollback RX. It seems like such a good idea, on paper, but it usually breaks down sooner rather than later. I purchased a copy way back when, and it eventually forced me to format and reinstall Windows again. Other people have similar experiences. Their support is also horrid (meaning: more or less non-existing, though perhaps they've improved since I last tried it?). Personally I'm using Macrium Reflect, and couldn't be happier. As for Acronis products, I've had mixed experiences with them. Back in the XP days, their system driver was causing me some trouble (BSOD's and performance-related), so I haven't tried their products since. Many people seem happy with them though.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 29, 2014, 01:41:15 AM
So sorry for your loss. It's terrible losing a loved one Sad
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 10:01:53 AM
For everyone that thinks this ice bucket challenge is stupid, read this: http://www.forbes.com/sit...ge-is-stupid-youre-wrong/
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 17, 2014, 06:38:56 PM
I quite like this one, both the song and the video smiley
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RET5bdAYUuQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RET5bdAYUuQ</a>

After that mind trip, this lovely little song by Aurora Aksnes is a good listen.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2A4N2MOmMw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2A4N2MOmMw</a>

Also, Jenny Lewis!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k</a>
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: screenshots when not logged into computer on: August 17, 2014, 05:07:41 PM
Could this not be accomplished using a virtual machine?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 12:07:45 PM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
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Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.

I just use simplenote, truthfully.  And I use Resoph notes on one computer... that can sync with simplenotes and save the individual files to dropbox.  It's pretty seamless.

I suppose that would be the easiest way, yes smiley It's just that I don't really trust all these sync services to be available for years to come, some of those I've used in the past are no more.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 11:12:32 AM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
Quote
Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 12, 2014, 08:56:32 PM
Notation might fit the bill.



I just started testing it myself, and I like it so far. Just hit WINKEY+N and start typing your note, then ESC to hide again. In the next release, according to a comment on lifehacker, the developer plans to add a Markdown preview as well (for now, it processes markdown to html when exporting). I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
9  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.
10  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).
11  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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12  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.
13  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.
14  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.
15  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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16  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‚Äč) 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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17  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.
18  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.
19  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
20  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...
21  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?
22  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
23  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!
24  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?).
25  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.
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