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1701  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What are your opinions on fan-editing? on: September 26, 2008, 02:40:44 AM
It's basically taking a movie and editing it.

Kind of like the many Youtube videos involving excerpts from one movie or another (I don't know how to do those either) except the intent here is to use the technique on an entire movie. Sometimes with the intent of improving the movie based on the editors' own vision.
1702  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / What are your opinions on fan-editing? on: September 26, 2008, 02:35:00 AM
I just did a search on DC about fan-edits and didn't find anything so I was wondering what this board's opinions on it are.

It seems even the frontpage of Google doesn't like it because I haven't found any software or howto guides about it.
1703  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The New (And Improved?) VLC on: September 26, 2008, 02:28:41 AM
Beware, I have this thing crash on me when I played a .ogg file.
1704  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Damn it, why don't I ever learn. Anyone else having this problem with Firefox 3? on: September 26, 2008, 02:27:53 AM
So things were finally settling down and after fighting the temptation for so long, I just had to "increase" my Firefox extension list and all was working dandy when I closed it.

Then I opened it up today, FF updated to 3.0.2 and now all my extensions have disappeared and my add-on screen seems corrupted. I don't mean disabled extensions. I mean ALL extensions just don't appear and when you go to the add-on screen and click on anything, it just hangs.

Everything else seems to be working fine though but it acts like vanilla Firefox all over again without the ability to use any of the extensions ever. God, damn it! I need a hit yourself in the head smiley for this.
1705  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: September 24, 2008, 06:26:41 PM
Naw man, post away.

I checked the rar file and it's right at home with everyone else's.

I can't speak for everyone but usually what I think people or at least I consider lots of extensions are those with tons of toolbars + the extensions you listed.

To get an idea of this, go and download all the toolbars in the FF extensions page and create a self made ribbon for FF.

Btw, if you like the vertical tab bar of tabkit, you might want to check out Tree Style Tabs.
1706  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should I Stay Or Should I Go -- A Social Networking Dilemma on: September 24, 2008, 03:38:39 PM
I'm not really sure. Have you tried out Profilactic or at least FriendFeed?
1707  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: September 24, 2008, 03:24:11 PM
Oh well, here's all my add-ons

- Adblock Filterset.G Updater
   http://www.pierceive.com/
   Synchronizes Adblock with Filterset.G
- Adblock Plus
   http://adblockplus.org/
   Ads were yesterday!
- Addictive Typing Lessons
   http://www.geocities.com/...ctive_typing_lessons.html
   Learn touch typing. Click the icon in the status bar to run it.
- AutoPager
   http://www.teesoft.info/
   AutoPager is a firefox/mozilla extension to autoloading next page at backgrand.And you can use it an XPath generator too.
- Better Gmail
   http://www.ginatrapani.or...shop/firefox/bettergmail/
   Enhances Gmail with over 25 additional features.  Works with the classic Gmail interface.
- Better Gmail 2
   http://ginatrapani.org/wo...hop/firefox/bettergmail2/
   Enhances Gmail with a compilation of user scripts and styles.   All scripts copyright their original authors. Click on the script homepage in the Help tab for more information.
- BetterCache
   http://netcat.ath.cx/extensions.html
   Removes anti-cache server response headers
- CookieSwap
   http://cookieSwap.mozdev.org
   Tool to save and swap out a collection of cookies on the fly
- CustomizeGoogle
   http://www.customizegoogle.com/
   Enhance Google search results and remove ads and spam.
- Diigo Bookmarks and Web Annotations
   http://www.diigo.com/
   Bookmark, highlight, and add sticky notes on any web page. Save your bookmarks on the web so you can access them anywhere.
- DownThemAll!
   http://downthemall.net/
   The mass downloader for Firefox.
- ErrorZilla Mod
   http://www.jaybaldwin.com/Blog.aspx?cid=4
   Implements a useful error page when a website cannot be reached.
- Evernote Web Clipper
   http://www.evernote.com/
   Provides a button and context menus to easily add a selection or an entire page to Evernote
- Extension List Dumper
   http://sogame.awardspace.com/
   Dumps a list of the installed extensions.
- Flashblock
   http://flashblock.mozdev.org/
   Replaces Flash objects with a button you can click to view them.
- Foxmarks Bookmark Synchronizer
   http://www.foxmarks.com/
   Synchronizes your bookmarks across machines.
- Gmail Manager
   http://www.longfocus.com/firefox/gmanager/
   Gmail accounts management and new mail notifications.
- Google Gears
   http://gears.google.com/
   These are the gears that power the tubes! :-)
- Grocery List Generator
   http://www.captaincaveman.nl
   Generate your grocery list.
- Highlander
   http://tech.einaregilsson.com/projects/highlander/
   There can be only one...    ...tab for each url.
- ImageTweak
   http://cafxx.strayorange.com
   Enhances the vision of direct images
- Java Console
- LastPass
   http://lastpass.com/
   Last Password you will ever need
- Line Marker
   http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_linemarker.html.en
   Adds a new menu "Line Marker" to the context menu. It changes color of selection.
- Magic's Video - Downloader
   http://www.magic-imv.ro/vd/
   Download videos from Video.Google.com; Youtube.com; Metacafe.Com; 220.ro; Trilulilu.Ro; Neogen - Video; 2XtremeBoom.phg.ro; Metacafe.Ro; xtube.com; redtube.com; xhamster.com; myvideo.de; peteava.ro; myspace.com; ifilm.com (spike.com); dailymotion.com; pornhub.com; gametrailers.com; mymusclevideo.com; vbox7.com; video.acasa.ro; crunchyroll.com; wrzuta.pl; supernovatube.com; 420tube.com; godtube.com; tnaflix.com; video.rol.ro; protv.ro, a lot more websites will be added!
- Menu Mod
   http://ugray.be/menumod/
   Adds many options to modify Firefox menus.
- OperaView
   http://operaview.mozdev.org/
   Open pages in Opera from Firefox, Mozilla, Flock and Netscape 8 context menus.
- QuickDrag
   http://mozilla.ktechcomputing.com/quickdrag/
   Extends the function of the drag-and-drop mouse gesture so that it can be used to load URLs, do a web search of selected text on a page, or save an image on a page.
- QuickRestart
   http://es.geocities.com/jucarlosa/quickaddons/
   Adds a "Restart Firefox" item to the "File" menu.
- Resurrect Pages
   http://trac.arantius.com/wiki/Extensions/Resurrect
   Resurrect dead pages, by finding their ghosts.
- RSVP Reader
   http://hireme.robswebpages.com
   An RSVP tool that allows people to read text on the web up to 3.5 times faster.
- ScrapBook
   http://amb.vis.ne.jp/mozilla/scrapbook/
   Helps you to save Web pages and organize the collection.
- Session Manager
   http://sessionmanager.mozdev.org/
   Saves and restores the state of all windows.
- Shareaholic
   http://shareaholic.com
   Found something awesome online and can't wait to pass it on?  Easily share, bookmark and e-mail web pages with Shareaholic.
- Stylish
   http://userstyles.org/stylish/
   Customize the look of websites and of the user interface.
- Tab Catalog
   http://piro.sakura.ne.jp/xul/_tabcatalog.html.en
   Shows thumbnail-style catalog of tabs.
- Tab Counter
   Counts the number of open tabs.
- Taboo
   http://runningfrombears.com/taboo
   The cure for tabitis
- Tabs Open Relative
   http://jomel.me.uk/softwa...firefox/tabsopenrelative/
   Tabs open to the right of the current one.
- Undo Closed Tabs Button
   http://code.google.com/p/uctb/
   Add a toolbar and/or tab bar button to undo closed tabs
- Universal Print
   http://www.vibrantdesign.swizi.com/uniprint/
   Prints all currently open tabs via right-click or Tools menu.
- YouPlayer
   Advanced video-site player and download tool
1708  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AVG vs TicTocTitle on: September 24, 2008, 03:19:21 PM
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they locked me out of the forum a couple of years ago

I don't mean to offend but when a forum does this especially a security related one, isn't it time to switch products?

Thanks for the heads up though.
1709  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone! on: September 24, 2008, 02:52:31 PM
Hmm... I don't use FARR but this sounds interesting. Care to elaborate?

I'll let others elaborate for me tongue

Thanks! In the words of Carol:

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Wow! That's brilliant - probably better than the 2007 ribbon or 2003 toolbars !

Now this is what everyone needs!  Grin
1710  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 24, 2008, 02:48:39 PM
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Paul, I wasn't that offended, I'm a pretty mellow guy.  I just wanted to point it out.  I know where you're coming from, don't worry about it.  This is a different kind of forum, and people are doing such nice things for each other, we go out of our way to always be polite.  It starts from mouser and extends all the way down.

Glad things worked out. Yeah, the quality of this forum is worth a guide by itself on how to achieve the same quality on other forums.
1711  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: UserNameCheck: A very cool way to see what sites your username is available on on: September 24, 2008, 02:43:55 PM
Beat me to it Edvard. That's too bad, I was looking to test the site out.
1712  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 24, 2008, 06:41:37 AM
@superboyac @jgpaiva

Sorry. Those words weren't really intended to offend.

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You sure can dislike the site, I just think you chose the wrong way to express it. Some constructive criticism would be better, as the way you expressed yourself is just offensive towards the author of the work, IMO.

Agreed and that's why I added the part about Mashable and Kathy Sierra as those were the formats that resounded well with me.

Any further constructive criticism I really couldn't share as the list isn't up yet.

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I definitely did not appreciate that comment.  I understand what you are saying.  But my list is sort of a "thank you" to DC members, and you just can't say that.  Even though I don't write the details, I put a lot of thought and experience into what appears in that list.  I can talk for pages about exactly what I like about each and every one of those programs, I just don't have the time to write it all out.  This forum here is very special, and there's a lot of trust between the members.  Don't devalue the importance of that trust.

I'm not sure if this was lost in translation but I wasn't criticizing your site content as much as the model. Just making sure that was clear.

I would have quoted the part about Zaine's list since that was what I mainly reference on but I didn't feel it was necessary since someone quoted that section just right before my post.

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I bet you like the long reviews, Paul!  You write the longest posts ever!  Ha!
I'm with you about the long, in-depth reviews.  But from a maintenance standpoint, it's impossible to keep up with it.  Like my Notetaking roundup, that thing took so long to do, I can barely ever do something like that again with all my other responsibilities.

Well, guilty as charged  Grin

I would just like to clarify though that it's not necessarily the length of the reviews that matter to me but the value. I'll clarify below.

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The way that you get turned off by a short, not detailed review is the most people would get turned off by an extremely long review.

See, the thing is, believe it or not, I'm not turned off by a short, not detailed review.

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The other thing that you have to understand is that the majority of people are not like you.  They don't like to read super long posts nor do they write super long posts.  So, when they see an extremely long review about a piece of software they are considering, they may not even have th motivation to read the whole thing and just ignore it as soon as they see the length.  You write some seriously long posts, brother, and as much as I like reading your posts, I know for a fact that most people would not pay attention to everything you write (I'm not normal either!).

So, you prefer to be really, really complete and extremely detailed when you write something.  But that's not necessarily better than taking a step back, and just concentrating what you want to say in a very short, concise way.  That is what Zaine is so good at in his list.  In a couple of sentences, you get the idea.  Now go download the software and play with it.

Don't worry, I understand. In fact, you could say that's why I prefer writing this way.

It's not so much of a desire to see something in-depth over something short but of the fact that Zaine's format has been overused.

Don't get me wrong, I like Zaine's choices. It's the format that's overused. This becomes problematic for users wanting to find something more because all these kinds of lists are designed to as you said "get the idea, go download the software and play with it." and what's worst, often times these becomes the list that gets on top of Google and on the frontpage of social media sites.

The end result being that even if the author didn't have that intention when writing the article, the bottomline is that these lists have become linkbaits whose value is to repeat certain programs that have been mentioned before and add "something" more and it's just a constant race of updating the format again and again with most writer expressing similar concerns as you.

This isn't bad per se because it is true that many don't have the time to maintain a detailed list but the unfortunate side effect is that the sheer amount of these kind of short lists outweigh in depth lists that in the long term, it produces a tidal wave effect where choice heavily favors a certain kind of "tech" searcher and the lesser ones must suffer through forums (most not being as kind as DC to newbies) or settle for a book that is basically a collection of blog articles combined, rephrased and polished and made to look scrumptious.

That is what the "Oh that sucks" meant. It wasn't so much "Oh that sucks, that list is not long enough" or "Oh that sucks, why bother making this list?" as much as "Oh, that's unfortunate. Another list that's not for people like me." 

To further clarify this, I'm not saying you should change the format and it might sound contradictory to what I've expressed above but the truth is, I'm truly not bothered by the Zaine's list format one bit and that is the optimum format for most diagonal readers so it's far from a bad thing in my opinion.
1713  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone! on: September 23, 2008, 09:35:11 PM
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Besides, you can install that FARR-like plugin for Office and search through the functions.

Hmm... I don't use FARR but this sounds interesting. Care to elaborate?
1714  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone! on: September 23, 2008, 06:24:08 PM
I don't understand the hate for the ribbon. Its a fresh UI idea backed up with lots of research and has good intentions, it seems people like to hate on it (I'm not talking about the discussion here) just because its from Microsoft. Somehow I think if Apple had done this it would be hailed as the 'best user interface in the world' to thunderous applause for Steve Jobs smiley

That's the internet for you.
1715  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 23, 2008, 06:21:51 PM
Oh that sucks. I was hoping someone would mix the Mashable Long as Hell Lists with the way Kathy Sierra used to blog by creating two similar articles, one that was short and precise and the other being long and chock full of in depth thoughts but that's just me. I've been burned for so long with lists that recommended products but never linked to in-depth reviews of those products and just cross-reference an old article they wrote about said products.
1716  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [How To] Control your computer by voice commands on: September 23, 2008, 06:04:58 PM
2sri
For NfS you could sound like a bad wife on passenger's seat Wink
"Left, Left, Right, Slow down! brake!"

Damn it, now you make me want to play NfS  tongue
1717  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [How To] Control your computer by voice commands on: September 23, 2008, 06:31:06 AM
Yeah, that's better. 2nd program looks more promising since it seems it can be used for games based on the command list. Looking forward to your review.
1718  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone! on: September 23, 2008, 06:29:14 AM
Haha  cheesy
1719  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: This man knows what is he talking about! (CHECK IT OUT!) on: September 23, 2008, 06:28:39 AM
Haha, yeah. I was just kidding around. Still wouldn't you have rather seen Gordon Freeman wielding the Painkiller rather than some cheap crowbar to kill the aliens?
1720  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: [How To] Control your computer by voice commands on: September 23, 2008, 06:01:28 AM
I feel so stupid for repeatedly clicking the screen and wondering why it was referring me to a broken link instead of playing the video.  huh
1721  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: This man knows what is he talking about! (CHECK IT OUT!) on: September 23, 2008, 03:14:57 AM
I hated Half-Life like the pit of Hades but it could be because I never got past the reality that I could dominate the early opponents with a crowbar. I mean a crowbar?! A freaking crowbar against aliens!!!???
A crowbar would be quite effective against humans, so why not aliens as well?

I loved half-life and half-life 2 + the extra episodes. Decent graphics (but not over-the-top, runs great even on older hardware), nice storyline, etc.

Clearly you're not a fan of Ridley Scott's Alien  tongue Come on, a crowbar? Not even a fire breathing torch like the one in Alien 3?

It's just a different opinion though and hey, I haven't played Half-Life much after all.
1722  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 -- ribbons for everyone! on: September 23, 2008, 03:10:43 AM
Well, with regards to this topic, I don't think better research would have helped. Software firewalls are in themselves a hit or miss type of security that can differ based on one's preference. (see f0dder and nosh's opinion)

Of course anything that works will be said to greatly improve one's security especially in the stinking bile of virus goo that is Windows. I'm sure there are even people out there that would stand by Norton because it's enough, then there would be people that would stand by the old Spybot + AdAware Spyware combo because it's enough, then there would be people that would stand by AVG because it's enough. All three different levels of security quality but also have people who would stand by that there's better. Isn't that always the case with security programs?

The key thing with these programs though is that they should never be installed by default especially when they can break something in my opinion or at least have a way for average users to know the difference rather than just secure them when clearly the operating system is still very vulnerable even with it on especially on a not yet updated Windows.
1723  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CCleaner Or Not? on: September 23, 2008, 03:00:19 AM
For unnecessary files, I too find Revo to be the best because of it's multiple settings. It's a bit slow because of trying to detect these additional files though but I haven't found anything better out there.
1724  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you keep two computers synchronized? i.e. work + home. If so, how? on: September 23, 2008, 02:56:05 AM
Applications like these appeal more towards people who want a free online usb stick than a synching or backup system.

I organize my USB stick with directories as well.

As do I. Sorry for the misunderstanding. What I meant to say was whenever I have a new usb stick, I find half the fun is to recreate all the directories and subdirectories and see if I get a better structure than before rather than uploading the old folders.
1725  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The New (And Improved?) VLC on: September 23, 2008, 02:52:11 AM
Thanks. Ironically I just redownloaded VLC today after a long while without reading this thread and was surprised with the new look. I'm not sure what to say to it.

It looks better but at the same time, looks too kiddie but I always never felt right when I couldn't go fullscreen using alt+enter.
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