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3101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Compressing Outlook-Datafiles (PST) for free without Outlook? on: June 20, 2011, 07:05:39 AM
If Exchange caching mode is enabled (in outlook) Outlook will create an .ost file which is used for (laptops mainly) offline access.

Either way the .ost/.pst files aren't compressed unless they are being exported. They can be compacted for maintenance/performance reasons, but that's not really the same thing. Your not going to gain more storage space on the Exchange server by compressing the local file regardless. Those limits are set by administrators for reasons... Wink
3102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New DVD Rewinding Service on: June 17, 2011, 10:10:40 PM
Perhaps I can interest you in ocean front property in Nevada. It's a fantastic investment! I'll even cut you a special deal.

You're trying to sell beach front property to a Floridian, and I'm the fool?  undecided

When the next big earthquake hits and California falls into the ocean, you'll wish you had taken me up on my offer.

 Wink

Oh sure, play to my cynical side...  smiley
3103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scented USB Drives? on: June 17, 2011, 05:31:55 PM
If they had one in sandalwood the wife might go for it.
3104  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New DVD Rewinding Service on: June 17, 2011, 05:17:55 PM
Yes indeed you're one smart cookie! Colorado doesn't fit you. I can see that now. Perhaps I can interest you in ocean front property in Nevada. It's a fantastic investment! I'll even cut you a special deal.

You're trying to sell beach front property to a Floridian, and I'm the fool?  undecided

No. ...And I'm not looking for any bridges or swampland either.

 Wink
3105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New DVD Rewinding Service on: June 17, 2011, 11:44:02 AM
I didn't say I was an idiot.

But Deo did

Hay, maybe kyrathaba was kidding, maybe he wasn't ...(don't know for sure do we)... But I've seen dumber shit make money so why not take a shot. Hell I'd rather chance looking foolish, than be to chicken shit to leave the porch.  Wink

@daddydave - Nice timing, good example. smiley
3106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New DVD Rewinding Service on: June 17, 2011, 11:06:25 AM
I know nothing of investing. But this is just too weird to pass up.

And I've got great ocean front property to sell you for cheap in Colorado!

Ocean front property in a landlocked state ... Nice. Investing is the part I'm unclear on...I didn't say I was an idiot.

 cheesy
3107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New DVD Rewinding Service on: June 17, 2011, 06:50:14 AM
My uncle is the man who actually owns and runs the Digital Velocity online rewinder service.  He's incorporated it and is selling shares.  I am his designated representative here on DC, so if anyone wants to purchase shares by sending me $$$ via PayPal, please don't hesitate to contact me.

O_o ...Okay, I'll bite ... What's a share going for??

I know nothing of investing. But this is just too weird to pass up.
3108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Friends: Brace yourselves for another economic turn. on: June 16, 2011, 10:20:55 AM
Well, Stoic Joker has his guns, time for the rest of us to stock up~!

Shopping List:
Bullets
Bullets
Bullets
 ...
3109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Friends: Brace yourselves for another economic turn. on: June 16, 2011, 10:19:39 AM
If you can sell otherwise civilized nations on the benefits of 'ethnic cleansing' for political or religious reasons, imagine how much easier it will be to get them to do it once those bloody "outsiders" are accused of "taking" the dominant tribe's food!

I can hear it now: "My fellow (insert collective name)! The time has come to make hard decisions and stand firm in a course of action. We do this, not by choice or out of malice, but to ensure the survival of our people. We do this not for ourselves. We do this for our children!" (Then comes a meaningful pause as the speaker closes his eyes, and appears to gather strength. He opens his eyes and looks directly at the somber crowd for a long poignant moment. Then, with a sad but resolved sigh, he raises his eyes towards the heavens.) "May god forigive us - and let history judge us." he intones. There is a silent moment before the cheering begins - and then grows louder.

Been practicing that speech have you? (hehe j/k)

Unfortunately, it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see that one on the news. I just wish at some point before it came to that folks would realize that the earth is all propagated up now - has been for a while actually - So it's time to back the hell off that little project before we start running out of stuff.
3110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 10:43:06 PM
Going through a 3rd party would only result in them sending it to the same email address you could have in the first place, or possibly the wrong one, while the 3rd party gets some info about you and where to send the political spam in most cases. It won't give your message any extra power.

A simple no doesn't need "extra power", and as far as spam goes ... That's why I was/am inquiring about the site in questions reputability. Time is also a factor...


In fact, it would probably have a better chance of being read (and possibly responded to) if you sent it yourself. You will at least know it is going to the correct representative. (but don't count on the congressman himself doing it...probably will be handled by one of his aides.)


Given that most of congress is to busy, drunk, or stupid to use Email (or most technologies (Twitter...) properly)...It will assuredly be handled by an aid of some kind. In which case critical thinking skills are best left out of the requirements list. Better to repeatedly flash the same (exact) message in front of them for the purpose of it hopefully eventually sinking in. Just like training a dog; somewhere between to 1st and 5,000th time a command is repeated they catch on ... Trying to reason with them ($$$$$$$$) is simply foolish.

This is a big part of why dictators of old had to be lashed to a post and then set on fire before they realized that the people weren't "happy" with them (e.g. Not everybody likes cake.).


If everyone handles it themselves, then all of congress will receive messages from the citizens they represent, rather than a single congressman or some general info email address that nobody pays attention to.

If everyone handles it themselves, there will be a bunch of different messages, worded a bunch of different was, many of which will detract from or completely obscure the point. And if the site in question has the address wrong, or is failing to send said message to all of the necessary/relevant parties... Well, that would be a part of the reputation thing I was inquiring about.
3111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 07:43:46 PM
...how safe is the signup to tell congress no bit on the top right of that page?? Do we know/trust the site well enough to all jump in and fire off a letter through it?

Good question. In this modern world, I'd expect someone to show up with a subpoena if you did.

This is actually of no concern, as I've made people regret finding me before... smiley


I don't think that was what Stoic Joker meant.

Quite Correct!

@Stoic Joker, if you are worried about going through that site to send a message to Congress, thinking you might end up spammed to death or something, then it's time to get familiar with who your representatives are and how to contact them. Info for where to send email, snail mail, phone calls shouldn't be too hard to find. It's considered public information. You don't need to use a 3rd party.

That distinction only dictates in what form and by whom you will be bothered going forward. Being that I run my own mail server, I've no problem blacklisting offenders. So I much prefer electronic communication whenever possible ... Assuming of course that the site in question is endorsed as being reputable by someone who's opinion I trust. Hence the question... smiley


Should that be something more like:

Do we know/trust Congress well enough?

 Grin  tongue

I trust congress about as far as I can throw the State of Florida.  cheesy

3112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spam Viagra Operations (Harder to follow than I'd imagined) on: June 15, 2011, 07:10:26 PM
Scientist 2: "Nah, im gonna see how many peanuts i would need to shove up a pidgeons ass before it turns inside out"

Hahahaha!  Thmbsup
3113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spam Viagra Operations (Harder to follow than I'd imagined) on: June 15, 2011, 11:34:25 AM
Um... Wow...40%?!? That's enough to make you want to vacation in Russia with a laptop mail server.

I wonder if the counterfeit Viagra is more or less potent - Do you call a doctor if it lasts more than 2 -or- 9 hours?

 undecided
3114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More Copyright Nuttiness - 10 Strikes? Go to jail. Do not pass go... on: June 15, 2011, 06:46:33 AM
Yeah... the lobbyists are at it again...

http://act.demandprogress.org/sign/ten_strikes/

Okay, sounds like a call to action... But, how safe is the signup to tell congress no bit on the top right of that page?? Do we know/trust the site well enough to all jump in and fire off a letter through it?
3115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avira - chases Uniblue affiliate scareware $ on: June 15, 2011, 06:34:33 AM
Thanks for the heads up. I have a half dozen clients that use Avira. I guess I can expect calls sooner or later because of some of this. Wonder if it affects the paid versions or is exclusively limited to the freebie.

Skimming the threads posted above it looks like they are doing a partnered push of the crapware across the board.


Makes me more convinced than ever if you want (or need) to use a free antivirus/antimalware product, your best bet is still Mucrosoft Security Essentials.  Thmbsup

(MSE) It ain't perfect, but at least it doesn't add to the problem. I'm stickin' with it too!
3116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 07:26:10 PM
Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

I can't agree. Do you know anyone under 30 who pays for recorded music? I don't. But they listen to music all the time. They love music. They just won't pay for it. They don't think it's in any way wrong not to buy it. They think "old people" are odd because they pay for music. But at least musicians can earn a living from live performance. That's the deal now. The money is spent at the gigs and festivals. No one pays for the recorded stuff. Except us old people.

I think that is an unfair generalization that reflects quite badly on the angst of youth. My son, and many of his friends, spent a good deal of their income on music. They also pirated some of the rest. All in all however I'd say they bought considerably more of their music collection then I did at their age back-in-the-day. Because back then I knew, and then was the guy with a dual cassette deck.

The thieving children boogieman is nothing more that RIAA propaganda trying to candlelight people into surrendering more of their rights in the name of "Protecting the Author's IP Rights. ...Which of course they haven't ever given two shits about.

Apple is making a boatload of cash with the iStore ... Do you really think it all only and just from people over 30?? That's not really a good demographic for getting fads started now is it? No the kids today have got money, and now that drugs are out of fashion, they spend most of it on media based entertainment.
3117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 06:27:02 PM
What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.

Can't you make it more effective by applying brute farce?

Brut?!? ...I thought you were an Old Spice man!

Hay, you reckon the Cologne would to cover the fact that you shit your pants when the array crashes long enough for you to make it to an exit?
3118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 06:17:16 PM
Any time these forums discuss the marketing of books/music/tech there is a general tendency to kick the big companies involved who want to make money. Add to that a general loathing of DRM without offering any idea as to how content creators are supposed to make any money. I have no illusions about big bad corporate life (I've done my time there) but putting two fingers up to the money-making machine without offering any alternative doesn't advance the argument.

I think you anytime people discuss the topic of DRM. That's real people. Normal people. People that are outside of the corporate machine. What was it something like 4 billion dollars these clowns pissed down the drain on the protection scheme some college kid "cracked" with the Shift key?!?

They cry about piracy making them lose their shirts, but I haven't seen record execs driving rusty Pintos yet. Back before the infernal inter-web, there was always a guy in every neighborhood that had a dual cassette deck that would happily dub you a copy of what ever albums were current if you showed up with the blank cassettes (and a 6 pack). It was simple enough to do. And nobody ever even raised an eyebrow. But then again there was a lot of really good music back in the 60's and 70's.

Gas prices, unemployment, inflation, and the simple fact there really hasn't been a real flood of truly great bands in the last decade have a hell of a lot more to do with declining sales that piracy ever did or will.

In my time I've purchased 4 copies of U2's The Joshua Tree on cassette...because they kept breaking. I finally pirated the last copy, so now I have one that I know I can keep. Does that make me a bad person? (Do you think I care...? smiley )
3119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: June 14, 2011, 05:50:01 PM
Oh yeah, Apple is definitely way ahead of Google.

Yes, but that's only because their User Experience Probe sticks out farther. ...As it has to be that long when they stick it up your ass to read your mind (or re-program it as necessary).

 cheesy
3120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 05:38:56 PM
RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite))

I think you meant parity. tongue Grin

What? ...You don't think it's funny how they do that??

Damn spell check caught me napping ...So I decided to leave it and see how it took me to get nailed.


So here's another question: If you have a RAID setup, would Windows show the individual drives in My Computer, or would they all appear as a single drive?

Hardware RAID will show the array as a single disk. Most software RAIDs will do the same. The exception being if you do an in windows Dynamic Disk type RAID configuration. Then the disks will be listed seperately, but have a red partition header that is shared between them.
3121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fold 2.0.1.0 on: June 14, 2011, 03:40:08 PM
If the Taskbar is set to AutoHide, the OS reports the desktop work area the same as the screen resolution.  IOW, there's no way to know where to put the gap.

I've banged my head on that rock a few times...And I still don't know the answer (I suspect there ain't one).
3122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Backup Strategy: "The Threes" on: June 14, 2011, 07:12:28 AM
Quick-N-Dirty explanation:

RAID 0 (Striped) - One drive dies = RAID self destruct/all data is gone (e.g. it not actually redundant).

RAID 1 (mirrored) - One drive dies = You have and can run on second copy just fine until replacement (which you should order immediately) arrives. Low-end controllers you have to tell to rebuild/re-sync the mirrors. Commercial ones will usually start the process automatically (especially if you have a "hot spare").

RAID 5 (striping with parody (my favorite)) - One drive dies = Same as RAID 1. Main difference being it's faster that RAID 1.
3123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Force USB Drives to use Drive Letter X on: June 14, 2011, 07:00:55 AM
Uhm, would mounting the USB drive into a subdirectory, as you can do using Disk management, be feasible? I use it to have all my USB sticks (several brands in several capacities) in 1 subdirectory (0-USBdrives) of my harddisk, and it never connects wrong. The 0 is in the name to have it on top of the directorylist for easy discovery when using Explorer.

That was one of the first things I tried. However you can only mount one drive at a time to any given directory. Which means you'll end up with 5 targets. So...

Unfortunately no, thanks to Symantec's refusal to pole the media pool for the active target/device before running the backup. Which is after all the whole point of having a pool of media to select from. If you restart all the Backup Exec services it will do exactly that (pole the pool), and nail the correct device every time. But that's insanely impractical to do before every backup.
3124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 10:27:01 PM
Ya just gotta like ^this guy^...He does have some good/interesting points. But I still don't like Access. *Shrug*  smiley
3125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automatic document creation. How? on: June 13, 2011, 06:57:52 PM
I guess I've just never actually seen a good Access based application. *Shrug*

I've seen a couple of good ones.  The problem is, with any enterprise, once something is *good* they want *better*.  Which in most cases means *bigger*.  The road to hell, and all that...

Agreed, it usually goes something like this:
Brass: This thing is great, but can we...
IT: oh shit.

...Been there. smiley
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