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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: December 01, 2012, 04:05:28 AM
If you want to start remapping I'd suggest using autohotkey to remap caps lock to ctrl. This opens up your entire keyboard without breaking standard shortcuts. E.g. my ctrl + z is caps + f8, my ctrl + s is caps + f9, etc. Far easier to reach when touch typing.

There are a few threads about remapping on the forum so I'll say no more.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day on: November 21, 2012, 03:56:15 AM
Oh dear. I didn't know that. That's a good one.  thumbs up
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need your help... on: November 21, 2012, 03:32:21 AM
Tuna and pepperoni taken care of (two favourites I'd hate to be without).
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Only 16GB Free on 32GB Surface on: November 06, 2012, 05:55:30 AM
How do Apple get away with a 400% mark-up on retail prices for memory and hard disks? Why don't they just buy them at Amazon, double the price and give the Apple 'consumer' a break!

Don't forget that is all part of the appeal. "I bought a new Mac at the weekend and it cost me $8000... yeah, I know, that makes it four times better than any PC I could find."
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just In Time For The Holiday Season, Apple Loses iPhone Trademark In Mexico on: November 03, 2012, 11:20:31 AM
Not read this, just posting it: http://www.theverge.com/2...andoff-whats-really-going
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 02, 2012, 09:32:36 AM
(Right, I'll not send the zip - couldn't send it via personal message anyway.)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Synergy Virtual KVM on: November 02, 2012, 09:19:48 AM
I have it working with Mac and Windows; gave up the first few attempts then must have found a tutorial or something that made it clear what to do. I'll see if I can find it...

edit:

found the link, but it's on lifehacker and they appear to have completely destroyed their website?????? so the article isn't in their archives.

I saved the original article as an .mht file (I must have foreseen that lifehacker were going to kill it), along with a couple of screengrabs for each connection setup.

I'll send them in a zip via personal message, Renegade.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Remember to make full drive image backups on: October 15, 2012, 04:10:14 AM
Just thought I'd mention a couple of issues I encountered that meant my "typical" backup routine didn't work anymore.

Problem 1)
Usually I'd use Paragon or Acronis, no real preference between them, but recently found that such things don't like backing up encrypted drives. Well, Acronis will backup an encrypted system drive but the problem is how do you then recover the backup without a lot of messing about, i.e. creating custom boot disks to deal with the encryption issue or some other convoluted procedure because you can't read the backup (maybe I haven't tried hard enough to find a suitable solution).

Because of this I've abandoned backup programs that make an image file and just use EaseUS Disk Copy http://www.easeus.com/disk-copy/ to make an exact duplicate of the encrypted system drive to another drive. So, this creates a bootable encrypted system drive. I like this method as if a drive dies it will only take me about 1 minute to swap it for its duplicate. (I duplicate the drives about once a month.)

Problem 2)
I've happily used MirrorFolder http://www.techsoftpl.com/backup/ for years to make duplicates of all my important data. Since moving to Windows 7 64 bit and an SSD system drive I started getting regular bluescreens when saving MS Office documents (regardless of Office version). After lots (weeks) of messing around trying to resolve this problem I finally found one single comment somewhere onilne that hinted that MirrorFolder could be the problem - and simply disabling MirrorFolder wasn't enough (which I'd already tried) - it had to be uninstalled (to remove the driver). It worked, MirrorFolder is gone and my system is now super stable.

As a replacement I'm using Allway Sync (pro version) to do all the data backup. I don't use it to do "realtime" duplicates but it seems to work perfectly well backing up after a few seconds of drive inactivity (there are lots of rules you can implement, of course).

As for revisioning, I realise I may have a problem with the encrypted system drive as I may be also duplicating problems from drive to drive. I've not got a good solution for this - using Acronis to make the occasional backup seems to be the answer; it would be acceptable as a last resort, though, I'd have all the issues of restoring the image.

All my important data is also revisioned (kind of) to two external drives. Rotating these so that one remains off site after the backup is done.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Next "They Live" - "Branded" on: October 15, 2012, 01:43:36 AM
Thanks for mentioning Branded. Wouldn't have heard about it otherwise. Will watch it this week.

(Sunglasses scene in They Live might just be the most profound few minutes I've seen in a movie. Well, nothing else springs to mind right at this moment.)

How about the scene towards the end when the character Ivy Walker climbs over the wall in M.N. Shyamalan's The Villagesmiley
 (see attachment in previous post)

Heheh. Hmm, I'll admit I didn't guess the ending of that one. I do remember that I felt a bit cheated by it; the twist being so great it was almost insulting the audience... A Dallas Bobby Ewing Shower moment. (I suppose if I'd guessed the ending I'd have felt really smug and loved the film.)
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Next "They Live" - "Branded" on: October 14, 2012, 03:57:59 PM
Thanks for mentioning Branded. Wouldn't have heard about it otherwise. Will watch it this week.

(Sunglasses scene in They Live might just be the most profound few minutes I've seen in a movie. Well, nothing else springs to mind right at this moment.)
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: On Screen Button That Sends Keyboard Commands on: October 10, 2012, 07:19:48 AM
I'm glad to see that you are still working on WinButtons, Ath. One day I'll start using it again - just need a compatible PC setup that works with the horrible touchscreens (that assume you are using a single monitor setup).
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Major ISPs to implement "Six strike" rule on: October 10, 2012, 05:56:21 AM
I'm using PrivateInternetAccess https://www.privateinternetaccess.com/ which seemed the best choice out of the comparison chart I looked at http://torrentfreak.com/w...onymity-seriously-111007/

Reasons for choosing them: no records kept, pay anonymously via Bitcoins (a bit of a convoluted process but worth the trouble), low cost, seems reliable.

I use it with OpenVPN and VPNCheck Pro - programs are monitored and disabled/enabled depending on whether the VPN is really connected.

@Carol, I can test PrivateInternetAccess out with the geo restricted sites if you let me know what they are (their service provides several global locations to choose from).
13  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ASAP Utilities for Excel on: October 05, 2012, 05:55:22 AM
Thanks for the links, Ath. Looks like I don't need Office 64bit at all.
14  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ASAP Utilities for Excel on: October 05, 2012, 05:03:38 AM
One small issue - doesn't work with 64bit Excel.

Is there any reason to install 64bit Office (which I have done). Seems general opinion is that there's no point as this is the kind of problem that occurs, i.e. plugins tend to be 32bit only.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cool New Malware/Spyware ;) on: October 03, 2012, 08:21:38 AM
Remind me not to take my smartphone* into my special combined S&M dungeon, top-secret classified documents store room and office (otherwise known as "the spare room").

Sounds like cool/evil technology all the same. How long before it's an everyday App and everyone starts spying on their "friends"?

*
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: DVD Burning on: September 29, 2012, 02:20:13 AM
Something free I've used a few times to create DVD's (with menus, etc.) is DVDStyler: http://www.dvdstyler.org/en/

I own Adobe's Encore but can't be bothered to look at it as DVDStyler just seems to work better and easier - although it looks a bit ugly.

Can't say what formats it is compatible with, I just drag and drop the source video (mp4, avi, whatever) and away it goes.

Only "problem" I've noticed comes from trying to convert source to something it shouldn't be, i.e. trying to change 23. frames to 29. and then the audio went out of sync (well, that's what I think the problem was - converting 23.976 to 25 worked perfectly instead as it simply speeds everything up rather than doing all the pulldown stuff).

edit:
I've just checked the source video mentioned above and the audio goes out of sync with the original too, though, not as much as on the related DVD. So, something odd about the file in general.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Acoustic Levitation on: September 18, 2012, 10:39:38 PM
Looks genuine to me still and I've seen similar levitation stuff using magnets and very cold objects (which we've all probably seen too).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say on: September 13, 2012, 01:27:50 PM
Oh dear.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Shit Apple Fanatics Say on: September 11, 2012, 04:32:04 AM
I enjoyed that. We really need the full set doing: Sh*t Windows/Linux Users Say (and Android I suppose).
20  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Black Mesa: Half-Life remake coming on Sept 14, 2012! on: September 06, 2012, 07:29:58 AM
Not played any games for a few years now (when Portal 1 came out with the Orange box) but I'm excited about Black Mesa (first I've heard about it too).


21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: August 09, 2012, 12:14:58 PM
I thought it was the UK. Guess we'll have to battle it out for gold, silver and bronze positions.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: It's Official: Many DC'ers Are Psychopaths~! :P on: August 08, 2012, 03:25:51 AM
Well, I refute all of it. I do have a Facebook account... and I am a psychopath!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Typing Speed Competition! on: August 07, 2012, 06:28:35 AM
P.s. How fast does Cody type?

That depends. Cody can type extremely fast just using his beak - but as a result is likely to suffer a brain hemorrhage and also destroy the keyboard in the process.

Using his feet (claws) or wings only leads to frustration. So, he doesn't really type - which might explain the lack of posts from him on this forum.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Typing Speed Competition! on: August 07, 2012, 03:47:09 AM
I was going to make a fake one and try and be funny but I think my real results are amusing enough. I thought I wasn't bad a typing but it seems I must spend most of my time correcting all the mistakes I make.

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25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cool television show (lot of it on youtube): Penn and Teller Fool Us on: July 23, 2012, 11:17:37 AM
Yes, very,very good show for the reasons you've said. Watched them all whilst they were on (UK ITV). I don't bother with 99% of the magic shows, it's all very hackneyed isn't it - even the new wave of magicians are pretty awful. Penn and Teller, on the other hand, are always excellent - and their shows (except for the rubbish "Tell a Lie").

I think there was a bit of controversy after one of the winners turned out to be lying about his winning trick, i.e. Penn and Teller guessed correctly. I might be wrong, though, it was a few months ago.
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