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I'm afraid I'm like your Dad, Mouser. The four machines around me are all home-grown, and I'm putting the finishing touches on a Win 7 box based on a Gigabyte EP45-UDP3 MB, and 4gigs of PC2 8500 RAM. The only times recently I've bought anything pre-assembled was a Lenovo refurbed XPPro desktop and an ASUS 1008HA Seashell Netbook, both for a friend who's an absolute Luddite when it comes to hardware. I did strip all of the pre-installed crap out of those machines and customized the boxes for her use.

Developer's Corner / Re: PayPal fee change dust-up
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:20 AM »
I occasionally sell things on eBay, but I've never had a reason to send funds to a personal account. It *did* take me a while to figure out there had been a subtle fee change, but in the face of eBay fees, it's a drop in the bucket.

General Software Discussion / Re: Most Recently Installed Programs
« on: September 29, 2009, 02:05 AM »
Revo Uninstaller will show you that information. Run it, and then click the top of the Installation Date column to sort oldest to newest,  or vice versa. Piece of cake! :Thmbsup:

Info here:

Download page:

If you look, there's also a portable version available. Great for if you don't want to make it a permanent part of your machine. (Although I can't imagine why you wouldn't.) It's a great utility.  :)
 (see attachment in previous post)

All this time using Revo and I didn't know about this option.  :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

General Software Discussion / Re: Add tabbed documents to MS Office
« on: September 28, 2009, 02:30 AM »
Terrific! Tabbed documents are exactly what's been missing in MS Office, imho. I frequently need more than one file open at the same time. Using Office 2003 on XP Pro SP3 boxes. D/l'd v.1.22; seems fine. The EULA strikes me as the result of language differences.

Many thanks for this one!

Living Room / Re: How to Lucid Dream -- Nice wikiHow page
« on: September 27, 2009, 10:40 PM »
Became aware I was frequently lucid dreaming when I was a young man. It's kind of second nature; I'm aware I'm dreaming while I'm in the dream. Some of my favorites involves "layers"; an awareness you're dreaming inside a dream where you're dreaming inside of a dream. It's like telling yourself "I'm dreaming" and knowing that outside is not awake but still another dream.

No tips, tricks, or mantras for this; it just happens.

I have three printers. Daily use is a Canon Pixma MP610 All-In-One for general work. My graphics work is done on a cherished Epson Stylus Photo 1280 and a Canon i9900. They're both large format printers; I got the i9900 originally to replace the Epson, but the the 1280 can handle roll paper, and the Canon can't. For the MP610, I use compatible inks from an online supplier; the graphics printers get the OEM cartridges (from the same supplier).

On a daily basis, I print all kinds of things. Whatever turns out to be important gets scanned to file with commercial software and saved on backup drives.

When the IT Dept gets rid of computers they either trash the hard drive and throw them away or give them to a recycling computer company to hipe the HD and resell them.  You should look into it.

Check Tiger Direct for off-lease deals. Best I've found.

General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Website Creator For Dummies?
« on: September 27, 2009, 07:31 PM »
If you're serious about it being a single page, take a look at WebDwarf from Virtual Mechanics. It's a drag and drop page creator that works surprisingly well. Very simple to learn.

If you need it any easier than this, you'll probably have to ask someone to do it for you. ;D


Caveat: WebDwarf is designed for the creation of single page web projects. If you want to do a multipage website, you'll need to find something else.

I used to own WebDwarf before it went freeware. Worked nicely enough. Uncheck the box marked "Notify me.." and you go to the download page http://www.virtualme.../dwarf/download.html

Eventually I upgraded to SiteSpinner Pro for simple sites for friends; more complicated work requires DW 8, which I like in spite of occasionally having to tweak the generated code for W3C compliance.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: September 27, 2009, 06:59 PM »
I refer to it as the Columbus Method - if you find, it land on it!

Never learned to type as a youngster, and by the time I found myself writing papers of any significant length, it was easier to hire a typist. I tried a couple of typing programs years ago, but never seemed to get past the beginnings.

General Software Discussion / Re: What is your preferred font?
« on: September 27, 2009, 06:37 PM »
Verdana for screen use, and TNR for general print work. That Day Roman that 40hz mentioned looks really nice, thanks! I also write poetry and use Colonna MT for that text.

Living Room / Re: The Pricelessware Scam (Alt.Comp.Freeware)
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:36 AM »
I wonder why every time there is major drama in ACF that someone from there escapes, comes here, and posts about it (usually in an attempt to start a flame war of some sort here).

Does ACF see us as their nemesis or something? Does anyone that disagrees with something there need to go find their "enemy" to dump the drama on, in some sort of effort to rally a team to back them up, before they go back to ACF to "battle"?

I don't get it. Why always here on this forum? Aren't there other software related forums on the internet?

Or is this all some big secret plot to push me into finally building that site I was joking about?

No. ACF does not consider DC as *their* nemesis. Most of the regulars just disagree with DC's business model, and react negatively when told the site is "freeware". (I said it was a herd of cats.)

Living Room / Re: The Pricelessware Scam (Alt.Comp.Freeware)
« on: September 25, 2009, 04:32 AM »
I wonder why every time there is major drama in ACF that someone from there escapes, comes here, and posts about it (usually in an attempt to start a flame war of some sort here).

Does ACF see us as their nemesis or something? Does anyone that disagrees with something there need to go find their "enemy" to dump the drama on, in some sort of effort to rally a team to back them up, before they go back to ACF to "battle"?

I don't get it. Why always here on this forum? Aren't there other software related forums on the internet?

I don't think it's just this forum, I actually suspect that the protagonists are just trying to extend their field of operations. 

ACF used to be quite good, there was no spam, everyone was (generally) pretty courteous, and the focus was on sharing information (like here).  Sadly those days appear to be long gone...

As both a DC member and someone who is intimately involved in ACF and the Pricelessware site, I have to agree the acrimony there is startling sometimes. I'm sorry such a genuinely civilized and courteous group as DC catches somes of the spill-over.

I don't know why Mr. Bloss decided to come here, spouting accusations and conspiracy theories. He has been in and out of ACF for about a month, demanding to know all about Pricelessware site operations. His demands are ignored because of his belligerence, as near as I can tell. He leaves me scratching my head in wonder.

Thanks again for your indulgence, and on behalf of the herd of cats in ACF, my apologies for any inconvenience. (f0dder, you still got any of those beers?)

Living Room / Re: The Pricelessware Scam (Alt.Comp.Freeware)
« on: September 23, 2009, 02:04 PM »
:down:  >:(

Many of you are aware of the Usenet group ACF. Many of you are not aware of the ongoing scam operated primarily by Ron May, Craig (who refuses to give his last name and their appointed Treasurer "REM". Yes, that's right, a Treasurer.

Pricelessware members have refused to provide the list of authors approvals for the distribution of their freeware. The posting Member of ACF "Q" who was responsible for this has disappeared once confronted with the truth. The truth is that there are "donations" being accepted (fees) when CDs are distributed. These CDs contain illegal software, intellectual property and licensing violations. In short, the entire operation of Pricelessware is illegal, all or in great part, and is a scam.

The original leader, John Fitzsimons, was found to be a convicted fraud and a Nazi-styled torturer of elderly woman. Fitzsimons was widely supported until this revelation (thanks to John Stubbings, former ACFer who was runoff byt threats from the Pricelessware group).

ACF has been a frequent and vocal critique of DC throwing around accusations of license violations and phony member websites. I find none of these but what I do find is a very tarred pot calling a shiny kettle blackened.

Beware; there is an ongoing Federal investigation into the criminal activities of the Pricelessware goons which will include co-conspirators and those who by choice or mistake associate themselves with their money-grabbing, copyright violating schemes.

Jeffrey Bloss

As a regular poster and long-time subscriber to ACF, I find Mr. Bloss's accusations and representations at best, inaccurate. He first started posting on ACF in mid-August and immediately developed a chip on his shoulder.

The posters he mentions are also responsible for, a website started years ago by members of ACF for the purpose of featuring freeware. Annual nominations and votes are taken among the ACF posters to create an annual Pricelessware List, which is hosted on the website. REM is "Treasurer" and charged with paying hosting fees, etc. which originate as donations from the group. All software that is included in the annual CD/DVD created to disseminate these programs has been approved by their authors for distribution. I can personally attest to that. There is NO FEE charged for anyone who wants one of the volunteer burners to create one. Some burners ask for postage and/or CD replacement cost, but no more than that. The CD/DVD's are NOT FOR SALE.

Not many of the regular posters agree with Donationcoders' business model. They have discussed their feelings at length. I support DC and have for years (right, Mouser?), but have only expressed my opinion once or twice in ACF.

Additionally, people leave the group for their own reasons; usually they have other things that require their attention. Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, there is no "ongoing Federal investigation" into any aspect of ACF. I find that claim ludicrous.

Finally, I encourage a visit to alt.comp.freeware if you feel so inclined.


Ron Moore aka 2 penny Ron

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Titlebar Clock
« on: August 05, 2009, 03:38 PM »
Hey Skrommel!

TicTocTitle got a nice mention on alt.comp.freeware today. The OP had been looking for something like it, and one of the other regulars recommended it. I'd forgotten all about it, I'm sorry to say.


Hello all,

we usually get tv shows later in Germany, so one of my favorites is LIFE (already cancelled), NCIS (alltime favorite), Torchwood from GB. I love Medium, as they show a household and life with children as it is and not as sterile and clean as everywhere else. Still not enough stuff in the hallway.
Criminal Minds is great, so is Bones and Mentalist is nice to see.
CI5 - The Professionals was a great show from the 70ies, so I very much enjoy (british) Life on Mars. Brings back memories.
Best ever - and regularly re-seen: Buffy, Firefly, Angel. Joss can't do anything wrong except choosing the wrong networks.
If you wonder: I have three children. Any show with more than 45 minutes would be interrupted way to often to enjoy it. So it's tv shows for me.

Thomas from Berlin, Germany

NBC, exhibiting its' recent tendency for random brain farts, failed to make a deal to renew Medium for next season. CBS cheerfully snatched the show up, so viewers will be watching on a different network this Fall.

The Mentalist is charming, full of likable folks, even if the writing is a little formulaic, IMHO. Another interesting show is Lie To Me.

Panda Cloud...

Tried it a couple of weeks ago. Found out some things quickly.

a) You have to let it do a lengthy baseline scan before running an on-demand.
b) Seems like nothing lower than XP SP2 will work.
c) Win 7? Not yet, afaict.
d) It wanted me to remove ESET. Fat chance. (I disabled it for testing.)
e) I really hated the automatic deletion of what the 'Cloud' decides is malware.

Uninstalled it. I'll stay on my own cloud for now.... ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: Search with Bing
« on: June 30, 2009, 03:01 AM »
I read Gizmo's review when he first published it. Followed his process and tried different searches using Google and Bing. My results were similar to his; Bing mostly didn't measure up.

Ironically, I saw the first "Bing" spot on one of the local network stations later that day. The campaign attempts to create FUD by warning against "search overload", with Bing as the ample bosom of care-free serenity. Even in a media-intensive market like Los Angeles, I thought it was a little over-the-top. Too bad Bing isn't, IMO.

rats! hit "Send" while I was still mucking about. Here's the Forum link if you're interested:

The Softpedia link is still working. You can't download from the Microsoft page.


Living Room / Re: What's your favorite drink?
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:19 AM »
Water, iced Peach tea, fine red wine, different varietals, but I limit myself to under $100/bottle, and Glenmorangie 16-year old single malt finished in Port wine barrels.

Hmm...House, NCIS, and Kings (NBC), which is wonderfully strange, hard to follow, and wasn't picked up for a second season.  :mad: :'(

Living Room / Re: Battery Backup - Get One
« on: June 30, 2009, 02:05 AM »
Truly interesting discussion. Thanks, everyone!

I've been using a Cyberpower CP1500 with the LCD screen for the home office machines, and an APC BR1500 for the server. Both have been running without problems for the last couple of years. I keep an older APC 850 to use with a machine dedicated to audio work; there's seldom any load on it. I've had battery backups since I built my first 486 machine, and yes, surge protectors as well.

Lightning isn't the issue here in Los Angeles; I'm more concerned with having equipment bolted down when the ground shakes!

Living Room / Re: Where did your DC user I.D come from?
« on: June 30, 2009, 01:44 AM »
At the point when I finally broke down and started using credit cards (and later, debit cards), signing my name seemed superfluous. It finally occurred to me the readers couldn't distinguish my name from anything else. I began signing Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, depending on my mood.

I use credit cards less than a dozen times a year, these days. Debit cards are another story, so Elmer Fudd is the norm. As I've gotten older, I morphed that to OldElmerFudd. It's one of my favorite nyms/user I.D.'s.

The avatar is one of my best friends. :Thmbsup:

Used to only use Screamer, but settled on Spider Player Pro awhile back. Radiosure's been getting some buzz lately, but I haven't gotten around to trying it out. SPP's working very well, so I'm not likely to change unless Radiosure has significantly better reproduction abilities.

2 penny Ron

Living Room / Re: Looking for a newsgroup news reader
« on: June 02, 2009, 03:31 AM »
TBird for mail and Xnews for everything else. Not pretty, true, but very flexible and highly configurable. (Especially for newsgroups with high noise levels.)

2 penny Ron

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