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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Chrome + DoCo on: March 10, 2013, 01:29:03 PM
Confirmed here, appears "randomly" on most posts, but only when the page zoom is different from 100 %. Must be a Chrome bug. Opera works fine.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything is back -- with 1.3 beta on: January 06, 2013, 05:28:48 AM
Thanks for the heads-up, too! Today there's a new version.

I appreciate especially the new "match diacritics" feature, and indication of active search options on the status bar. Great tool as always!
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ten-Story Building In 48 Hours on: December 03, 2012, 12:43:18 PM
This is not new, only slower.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ujRE2IkEIo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ujRE2IkEIo</a>

Sorry, I couldn't resist.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 26, 2012, 12:49:23 PM
I'm always amazed that so few people know these:

- Ctrl-Shift-Esc to launch Task Manager
- Win-Break to open System Properties
and much more Win related shortcuts,

and (not really a keyboard shortcut, though)
- double-click on titlebar to maximize/restore an app
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Anti-spyware. on: November 19, 2012, 02:17:16 AM
Any experiences here with the new Ad-Aware 10? It comes now with the anti-virus. Using it on one of my machines for a couple of weeks and so far so good, except one false positive (StartClock, by the way). At least my PC is more responsive after I got rid of MSSE.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SkyDrive: Apple iCloud : Google Drive: Dropbox - comparison (FREE versions) on: November 06, 2012, 06:19:39 AM
  • Dropbox offers a "Packrat" unlimited undo history for $39 pa.

Just a small addendum: Dropbox also has undo history for free, but only for last 30 days. Details are here.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Go dark for IE - October 26, 2012 on: August 21, 2012, 12:51:02 PM
I was thinking more about all the poor public schools—at least in our country—that can’t afford anything new and are desperately grateful for some rich bank donating them a couple of PCs freshly recovered from a trash bin. So they are condemned to WinXP, thus IE8, as usually there’s no one capable or willing to install something more “civilized” on all the school machines.

Well, s**t happens on that day, just hundreds of upset children.

In the end, it might be a good lesson for the pupils. At least they would see for themselves that Internet is the same as the real society—full of hatred, bigots, and freaks of all kind. Definitely not the intended outcome, but if that helps them to get more careful in cyberspace, then well done.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ripping My DVD Collection on: July 29, 2012, 01:17:48 AM
If you want a plain copy (not ISO, just the plain file structure) and without any recoding/transcoding, you can use the good old DVD Shrink. It removes the encryption and UOP as well. Re-authoring is also possible (extracting just the main movie).
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Progress Bars re-visited. on: July 14, 2012, 12:36:22 AM
PixelWindow might help here. Free, quite simple and useful.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Checking Bad sector in HDD and ExtHDD on: June 26, 2012, 07:08:15 AM
No offence, but I think it is very inappropriate to advocate the idea that HDD with bad sectors (or clusters) can still be healed ... by whatever program, you named it.

It's quite easy to condemn a program you apparently never tried. Never mind, I'm not connected to its author, and—sorry to say—I'm still using it in the demo mode. Okay, don't use it, don't believe me. I just wanted to share my experience. I simply cannot afford to purchase a new HD at the very first symptom of its failing—and even the best ones do fail. All my critical data are well backed-up regularly, and I'm repairing failing disks when necessary. Also, it's not a bad practice to refresh the slow sectors from time to time, even on a healthy drive. This approach saves me from this sort of problems for years now. Hope that helps someone else as well.

Of course, a dropped drive is something different, and I'd trash it as well after recovering the data, if possible.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Checking Bad sector in HDD and ExtHDD on: June 21, 2012, 12:20:18 PM
DRevitalize works on a physical level, so now you don't have any bad physical sectors, but there still might be some logical sectors marked as bad. There are some utilities for it, somebody here will for sure know. Unfortunately DRevitalize should have been run first, I'm afraid that the previous attempts to recover the data destroyed them for good. At least you now have healthy drive... Also pay attention to the Slow sectors and try to refresh them (read the tutorial first), they might be symptoms of sectors that are going to fail soon or later. On the other hand, under Windows you never know if this is not caused by the system being busy during the test. For a serious work it's better to run the DRevitalize for DOS, or boot another system, like BartPE and run DRevitalize for Windows from there. This is the must for the system disk.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Checking Bad sector in HDD and ExtHDD on: June 20, 2012, 10:11:20 PM
I had repeatedly excellent experiences with the DRevitalize. I successfully managed to recover several HDs that were already trashed, and they still serve well since then. This all without any data loss. After using those undelete programs it's probably too late, though. Anyway, you can try it, even the demo works well (you just have to wait a bit).
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ads in Skype on: June 18, 2012, 12:36:09 AM
Maybe it's time to switch to ooVoo. Didn't try it by myself, but some of my friends are quite happy with it. So far free (with 12-way video chat, instant messaging & more)—until some other giant buys them as well...

Any experiences here?
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 11, 2012, 01:16:13 PM
Autechre folders are different in "A" and "B", the subfolders are different (Amber vs Anti EP). So imagine if theses "Autechre" were marked as duplicates, they would be removed in "B", no matter if the subfolders are different.
This is why I say folders without files shouldn't be compared.
Oh, I see. I didn't notice the difference. I'm afraid this is not possible in ZTree, because in the above described case you compare the names of directories only, regardless of theirs contents. I though that's what you wanted. If you need to compare the complete subdirectories structure, it would require a recursive approach, or whatnot. Or just one level would be enough? However, there are other comparing options in ZTree, try them out.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 11, 2012, 02:13:50 AM
Well it is actually a good thing for me if this program doesn't compare a folder without files, but it should if it contains subfolders.
Exactly. In essence this is what I reported to the author.

In the example above, "Autechre" should not be considered as a duplicate (no files inside, only folders)
Do you think it is possible to acheive this with Ztree?
I don't get it here. In my opinion both the "Autechre" folders are duplicates, according to theirs names, aren't they? They even contain the exactly same subfolders. Anyway, for the time being you can experiment with ZTW with a workaround by putting one small file into each empty "Autechre" folder.

There's also FreeCommanderXE, (which looks better IMHO smiley ):
Never heard of it, looks interesting. Not that I'm going to even try, though. ZTree is addictive. It's not an eye candy application, it's targeted on keyboard maniacs like myself, who prefer productivity and speed. I bet nothing can beat it in this regard.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Popup Translator Shootout? on: June 10, 2012, 03:09:49 PM
Sure, I know. I've just found funny that something named Google Translate uses solely Microsoft Translator.

QTranslate apparently parses the—so far still free—web interface of Google Translate instead of its API.
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 10, 2012, 03:02:57 PM
First, you're right, there's a problem with directories with no files in them—I've just reported this to author.

Second, to compare the directories, you have to sWitch to Directory mode (press W, and on one side is enough), because you don't want to work with files, but directories only. Then press Enter to display the contents. Then Alt-F4 for compare, then Enter, and key "I" repeatedly until you reach "tag: Identical (name )". That should do, provided the relative roots contain any files. This for sure will be fixed soon, the author is very active in fixing problems.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Compare locations and remove duplicate folders on: June 10, 2012, 11:06:22 AM
ZTreeWin can do this regardless of the folder contents, it can compare only the folder names. You'll need some of the beta version though (the new final release will be available soon), which work with the directories.

Here you can see the results after the comparison. The blue lines means that the folders are "tagged", so you can do any global operation with them, like deleting, moving, or renaming.


If you're interested and need more info, let me know.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Popup Translator Shootout? on: June 10, 2012, 08:54:18 AM
Wow, that's funny: I just had a look at the Client for Google Translate, and it currently offers a free version that supports only "translation from Microsoft Translator". Nice, isn't it?

Anyway, QTranslate's capability to quickly switch between different services, along with the back translation window seems to be unbeatable at the moment. Your mileage may vary, of course, depending on the language pair. I'm using Portuguese/English, and Google is usually a bit better than Microsoft, but not always. Also the Prompt service gives sometimes valuable results (and sometimes a complete nonsense).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Popup Translator Shootout? on: June 10, 2012, 12:43:24 AM
The QTranslate is a fantastic tool. Thanks for heads-up. I especially appreciate the instant "Back translation" feature, it's very useful to make sure the machine "got" your sentence right.

There's also a new version available (3.5.0).
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keyboard keys 'stuck' (software???) on: May 13, 2012, 01:47:09 PM
Don't you happen to use TapTap Hotkey Extender? It sometimes causes exactly this behavior.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: yet another file manager thread... on: April 09, 2012, 12:29:07 PM
I can't imagine working without my beloved ZTreeWin. If you're keyboard freak like me, I bet nothing can beat it regarding the speed and effectiveness of work. I'm bringing it everywhere with me on a flash disk.

The new upcoming version (at the moment in beta), includes mode for bulk managing directories. Definitely worth trying!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Main hard drive in my PC died today suddenly on: February 04, 2012, 11:37:59 AM
Regarding recovery: I had a very good experience with the DRevitalize utility, even in the demo mode (it just takes more time). Also, searching and refreshing the "slow sectors" helped me to recover several failing HDs, keeping the data intact, and they are still in a good shape. The HD must be of course recognized by the system as a disk unit, despite it might not be accessible. It worked even on some cases when the HD just made the clicking sound and nothing could be read.

Regarding full system backup: I ceased to make any more since on my two PCs the motherboard died. The full system was of obviously of no use. Backing up just the data is much easier (using Dropbox at the moment).
24  DonationCoder.com Software / Unfinished Requests / Re: idea: time between two time & dates on: January 20, 2012, 04:19:20 AM
Strange, nobody mentioned 1-4a Datestat (but it doesn't work with time, just dates):
By the way, this screenshot shows that mouser registered on DonationCoder forum 2503 days ago...
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nasty NTFS issue ? on: January 15, 2012, 06:42:19 AM
Regarding Sophos: They require to enter my phone number to download. This was enough for me to stop entering any more details. However, I've already entered my mail, and name on a previous page form, but that was not enough for them. I don't know why they need my phone number. Collecting data, perhaps? What else?

So, if you're sensitive about your private details, don't even start filling up the form.
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