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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kudos/Respect for Mouser on: May 19, 2013, 05:37:06 AM
So take a moment to consider how DC has been a good thing in your life.  You might want to say thanks..
I'd definitely like to add my thanks to Mouser-- for this site, for the great example he has set as the person in charge, for the terrific software programs he has created, and for his unflagging help and patience.   But, as Mouser has often pointed out, for a site to be successful, it takes more than just a great administrator, it also takes a terrific group of people who form the community.   I'd like to thank the many people who make this site so interesting, so useful, and so welcoming.  I'm not a programmer, just a software enthusiast, but I've always felt comfortable here.   Thmbsup


DITTO!!   smiley thumbs up Thmbsup Kiss
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 28, 2013, 03:47:24 AM
I replaced the default icon on the desktop with the individual icons for Writer, etc. and noticed some speedup.

Then I found this tip for speeding up LibreOffice and noticed a 10 second faster opening of the program.  Tip
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 09:15:25 AM
i normally use AbiWord as it is light and fast.  not to mention, its free!  But this time around, I am wanting a spreadsheet and presentation program.  This computer was donated to these people and they dont have alot of money to purchase software with.  So I am trying the free stuff.
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 06:08:32 AM
cpu was Celeron 2.4
80  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Goodbye OpenOffice, Hello LibreOffice on: April 26, 2013, 05:31:33 AM
My problem with LibreOffice is how resource intensive it is (and OpenOffice before it). A computer tech installled it on an old notebook my employer has provided for employee use - it's running an anaemic Intel duo-core chip, Vista 32-bit, and "rocking" 2GB RAM. LibreOffice was a pig to open and significantly slowed the machine when running.

Darwin, I am with you.  I just installed LibreOffice 4 on a fresh install of Win XP.  Its an older machine with 1 gig of RAM and a older Celeron processor like 1.8.   Before Libreoffice, it was zipping along pretty good with not too many lags.  Now its pretty much crawling.   Sad

I may have to try the portable version or a different alternative.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do not read this. on: April 18, 2013, 05:17:15 AM
your welcome
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / anyone else using Vipre2013 antivirus? on: April 06, 2013, 08:06:14 AM
i bought in to a 10 pack license of Viper 2013 Antivirus for $50.  no problem with the price.  the real problem comes from all the popups that are being allowed in. I have went onsite at a business to repair 2 computers so far.

my preliminary research showed Vipre to be a pretty darn good piece of software... but now I am not so sure.

Anyone else have any thing to say on this?

Dave
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative on: April 02, 2013, 11:46:55 AM
eM Client has a very simple interface which I like.  We shall see how well it works as I use it more.  I have been a long time user of Thunderbird but its search has frustrated me in finding things.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / remove vocals from mp3 on: March 29, 2013, 04:39:54 PM
I am trying to remove the vocals from a mp3 to make a karoke version - that is instrumental only.

I have tried using the instructions for Audacity like these

it removed most of the vocals but not all.  They were quieter but may still be too loud. i do not know if my vocals were center panned or not as that seems to make a difference.

is there another program that works better than Audacity 2.0.3?

thanks for the help,
Dave
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: unmountable_boot_volume error = is there a fix? on: March 21, 2013, 02:21:01 PM
i tried it today with systemrescue cd and trk.  but they couldn't connect to the hard drive.  the laptop even gives a S.M.A.R.T. error now telling me the hard drive is in danger of failing.

oh well.....
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / unmountable_boot_volume error = is there a fix? on: March 20, 2013, 06:45:15 AM
XP Pro SP3 BSOD with a unmountable_boot_volume error.  In googling the problem, it says to boot into the recovery console and run chkdsk /p and when that is done, run fixboot.

So I run chkdsk /p and at 50% it says The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems.  it sounds like the drive is now toast.

But is there any tools that might allow me to save some files (documents, photos, music, etc)?  Like a linux distro and which one would be the best?

I personally wouldn't worry about it too much but the laptop belongs to my daughter and she really wants some of those files.

any help would be appreciated!
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mouse shortcut (Firefox) to jump to top of page on: March 17, 2013, 06:50:42 AM
haven't been a fan of mouse gestures.  I am trying Scroll to top/bottom.  seems to work ok.
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: mouse shortcut (Firefox) to jump to top of page on: March 16, 2013, 07:02:24 AM
Used to have one of those type of mice, but not anymore.
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / mouse shortcut (Firefox) to jump to top of page on: March 16, 2013, 06:36:11 AM
Sometimes I get lazy and don't want to reach for the home key on the keyboard.  I would rather use my mouse to go to top page of a site without scrolling with the mouse.  In IE, you can right click the scroll bar and choose top and it will go there.  I do not have that option in Firefox 19.0.

Does this option even exist?
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Car Gadgets & Doodads on: March 02, 2013, 04:22:21 PM
When I worked in the tractor dealership, we sold these

you will notice it doesn't say anything about using them on automobiles.
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Car Gadgets & Doodads on: March 02, 2013, 04:19:51 PM
I realize that Edvard.  I know my dad had one on his 55 Chevy and had to take it off.  It's quite possible that it was a local law.  Too bad he isn't around to ask.   Sad
92  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Car Gadgets & Doodads on: March 02, 2013, 02:22:27 PM
I always thought those "suicide knobs" were illegal.  S

they were outlawed in Kansas years ago.  But they served a purpose before power steering became popular.  I noticed your picture even had the button that you could press to lower the know so that you couldn't use it.  I think everyone has had the knob slam into their hand on the rebound.
93  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Car Gadgets & Doodads on: March 01, 2013, 08:34:37 AM
4wd, here in farm country (western Kansas) we call them "widow makers", because they can be quite dangerous.  Also one of the first companies to make them was HiLift hence they are also known as a HiLift jack.
94  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: In Car Gadgets & Doodads on: March 01, 2013, 05:45:01 AM
heated seats are the bomb!   cheesy
95  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a picture of your.. CAR!!! on: March 01, 2013, 05:41:13 AM
Guys, maybe I am not looking at the fuel consumption properly but a liter and a gallon are not equal.  1 gallon=3.7541 liters.  But I cannot get get my head wrapped around the mpg differences shown in Carol's VW comparisons.

but then again, maybe it ain't worth the energy!
96  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 3000 Days Online: 30th May 2013 on: February 18, 2013, 12:07:30 PM
you mean rebooting the server for updates, doesn't count as an offline day?
97  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office 2013 Home/Business - non-transferable (1 PC p.person) - Caveat emptor. on: February 13, 2013, 06:27:08 PM
I didn't think that there was much difference between LibreOffice and OpenOffice... just two different companies doing it.
98  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification for laptops. on: February 13, 2013, 07:19:56 AM
Renegade, maybe you should get a walk in freezer, then there would be enough room for you and the laptop.  A guy could work all day at that rate.  But then you might have to worry about freezer burn!
99  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi-Tech laptop cooling modification for laptops. on: February 13, 2013, 05:30:41 AM
Ianb, wouldn't it be better to not have the moisture or "warm humid air" going into the laptop?  I have not been sold on the laptop cooling pads that have the fans in them and are powered by USB. 

But I also have to wonder about putting it into the freezer... how good can that be for it??
100  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Suggestions for low vision problems while working on a computer on: February 12, 2013, 06:04:32 AM
Man that nosquint is the bomb!  just trying it out on my own computer and it rocks!   smiley Cool Thmbsup thumbs up Kiss
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