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3376  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Surprised by Win7 on: October 29, 2009, 06:30:10 PM
I won't know until I end up with a "Home Premium" on my machine.  Right now I'm still running the 7077 build, which is Ultimate.

I like that you don't have to hack system dlls to put themes on.  Plus it seems like all I had to do to reduce the HD usage to an acceptable level is turn off file indexing and use Everything Search.

But it's all conjecture until I buy a Home Premium OEM edition or whatever is the cheapest that still has the Aero.

afa the networking goes I don't know why they keep changing stuff.  I set all the workgroup names to MSHOME to match XP.  Maybe instead I should set them all to WORKGROUP since I rarely use XP now.  But I hate to change stuff that's working.  I'll leave well enough alone for the time being.

3377  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Video conversion: What's the best (freeware or shareware)? on: October 28, 2009, 08:38:56 PM
The free converters have sure come a long way.  I can remember for awhile it seemed like every free tool I tried just wouldn't produce a compatible DVD. Now instead of worrying about picking one that works I'm concerned with the best looking output.  A couple of years makes a big difference. smiley
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 28, 2009, 03:22:41 PM
Speaking of 3.6 beta, the latest was supposed to be available for download today.  I don't see it anywhere.  Newest I can find is Oct. 19 build.

Anything in the Minefield nightly builds you have to try day by day until you find a good one.  Then hold onto that installer.  If you update and it's sour, regress to the good build.
3379  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Video conversion: What's the best (freeware or shareware)? on: October 27, 2009, 10:55:58 PM
If I had your hardware specs, I really wouldn't sweat it too much.

Thing is though, it's a lot faster to convert from low bit rate to high rather than compress.  If I'm going to take an hour or more to convert I'll just convert to DVD because I know it will work.  Every time I explore new software app I have to learn its quirks.  I guess I don't have a lot of patience.  I get SuperMediaStore discs or when I can get Verbatim on sale, so I'm not that concerned about saving space.  The reason to play the .avi is to do so with little or no conversion.  With AviDemux 2.4 even with Trellis Quant enabled I get pretty decent throughput. Plus I can count on the output being playable on my stand-alone.

If I have episodes like of a TV show and want to get a bunch on a DVD then I'll go with AviDemux.  But if it's a movie I'll just convert to DVD.


3380  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Video conversion: What's the best (freeware or shareware)? on: October 27, 2009, 09:42:24 PM
I'm pretty happy with my Philips dvp 5990.  For the price I can't complain.  The main things on my wishlist are:

1) play .mkv high def files.

2) play DVD9 burns without cranking away for 4 minutes during disc load.

3) have a 1.2x zoom feature

My old OPPO player didn't handle subtitles in .divx files as well as this Philips but it had a 1.2x zoom.  What was great about it is over HDMI connection you could set 4x3 output to use 16x9 mode.  Black bars on the sides would pop up but you still had the higher resolution.  When you hit the 1.2x zoom it was just enough that the 4x3 picture would nearly fill the area of a 16x9 video without distorting the aspect ratio.  No stretching. The zoom was slight enough that most of the time you could still read the subtitles.  On my Philips the lowest zoom is 2x.

I really miss that 1.2x zoom more than any other OPPO feature.
3381  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Add/Update Increment to File Extension on: October 27, 2009, 09:08:16 PM
In VMS it was the other way around.  Newest backup was ;1 I'm sure of that.  He must do it the way you document to cut down on operations.

Have you tried looking at actual version control systems?  There are some free ones out there. I don't know how complicated they are though.  There may be some simple enough to aid what you are doing.

If you haven't already you might check on SourceForge.net.  If you add the keyword 'win32' to searches you will get mostly Windows apps.
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 27, 2009, 08:59:56 PM
Hmmmmmm, having just looked in Task Manager it looks like Minefield isn't such a pig on 32 bit Windows Seven, but on Vista64 with the same pages open it uses about 1 1/2 times the working set as 3.6 beta.  Not ready for prime time.  Looking up the features supposedly at some point 3.7 will get plug-ins like Flash into another process space so that they don't crash Firefox when they have a problem.

It will be interesting to see what shakes out.  On Vista64 though, there's no jump list or any speed increase I can see that would justify running it.  Don't know if the plug-in insulation is active yet.  The "official" 3.6 beta is supposed to be released tomorrow(Wed. Oct 28) from what I see online.  I may give it a twirl on Vista64.
3383  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Video conversion: What's the best (freeware or shareware)? on: October 27, 2009, 04:16:44 PM
Last time I tried it, it insisted on running 2 pass mode no matter what. The change log implies it does 1 pass now. May be worth another look.
3384  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Add/Update Increment to File Extension on: October 27, 2009, 03:56:12 PM
Google "glindra"

It is a set of command line tools that emulate some of the VMS operating system file functions.  One of which was version numbers in filenames.  Say if you saved a text file named Readme.txt if it already existed the one on disk would be renamed Readme.txt;1  the lowest number being the most recent. You would end up with a chain ;2 ;3 ;4 etc..  VMS had a "purge" command where you could set how many old versions to keep as in
purge Readme.txt /keep=6

or whatever.

VMS did it automatically.  These utilities simulate the effect by renaming using WinAPI I would assume.

It's probably the easiest way esp. since these command line programs should be debugged already.

They are free and come with documentation.
3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: October 27, 2009, 03:37:31 PM
AVStoDVD launches only one instance.  I don't think QuEnc has the multi-threading down yet. HC definitely has multi-threading with single instance.

In FAVC running multiple instances at similar quality and passes they are likely not that far apart.  More and more it looks like HC is the converter of choice for Windows free video converters..

QuEnc was good to blow something out in pretty good quality in a hurry esp. using FAVC with multiple instances.  But esp. where FAVC is no longer being developed I think HC will eclipse it unless something new happens with a QuEnc release.  Even the 0.75 alpha came out in 2007 IIRC.  I don't know if anything is happening with it these days.

edit: hmm, sounds like a horse race or a run for political office.  I have no insider info so SEC don't call me. smiley
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 27, 2009, 03:27:57 PM
btw if any of you like to use AutoCopy AddOn, I use it in both the browser and Thunderbird, it seems often in the upgrade cycle that the latest one may not work, but one version old is smooth.  At least it's happened to me a few times.  If you can't get it to go even with the version override, try one or two versions back in the chain.  When I'm notified AutoCopy has a new version available I never do the update.  Seems more often than not it breaks it.

As you go along there seem to be "milestone" updates that work and you gradually get closer to current. That's been my experience with it anyway. smiley
3387  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 27, 2009, 03:24:06 PM
Hmmmmmmm, the topic should probably be What are your favorite programming languages.. 1/2 dozen maximum.  Way too tough to pick one.

The Most Recently Used would have to be:
AutoIt3
AHK
Delphi
C#
C++

Operator overloading is fun so C++ shines there.
AFA learning the most in a short time I guess I'd
have to say 80x86 assembler.  It forced me to learn
about the actual hardware and memory addressing,
CPU instructions, interrupts etc..

I'm at 1/2 dozen so I have to quit here. smiley
3388  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: October 26, 2009, 06:38:21 PM
btw I did a conversion yesterday that had the said bias of 80.  The source was an .mkv of an HDTV program.  The duration was about 50 or 55 minutes.  I converted to DVD with AVStoDVD and latest HC 2 pass. The output DVD was about 3 and a half gigs.  I tell you though, when I played it upconverted to 1080i I think it was the cleanest video I ever saw on my TV.

This one scene 2 people are talking on a country road with trees and grass and it was almost like a 3D effect.  You could really see separation between the actors and the background almost like you could pick them off the screen. Of course I haven't seen any Blu-Ray on my TV.  But for what I'm doing that is sure nice lookin' video.
3389  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 06:13:47 PM
Hmmmmm, I've been doing C++ since Tubro C++ 1.01 Pro but apparently I'm unlearning at a rapid rate.  No references, no STL, I have to admit I wasn't a master of MFC but that's non-standard so I can get away with that unless of course I'm using VC++ 6 which is the mechanism for all my shell extensions.

Language threads.  I should see the pit of sharpened stakes under the canopy of leaves.

3390  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 06:00:42 PM
Delphi all the way, from day one.

btw I always liked Delphi. Even Delphi 5 Pro if you really wanted to put in the effort and make some windows without caption bars and rounded corners with glass then you could fake it as being new Windows Seven stuff.  Nice small stand-alone executables.  Never got to play around with the .NET base or related versions though.
3391  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 04:46:35 PM
Mainly I used my autoarray_ptr with memory buffer allocation.  I'd assign the array to an autoarray_ptr.  Then when the autoarray_ptr goes out of scope, the destructor deallocates the array.  Saves on couplets of code like
If error {
deallocate
return
}

you just do whatever you want about the error and the memory release takes care of itself when you exit scope.  As for templates, they have their uses although if you try to do something original with ATL you might find your fondness diminishes rapidly.  Macro substitution just ain't the same as true inheritance.  You get half way down a chain of ATL macros and then find you just can't get it to go.  Effort spent unwisely.
3392  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 04:10:54 PM
I get the reference to references.  Still it's an annoying quirk of the language.  One can't always insist on a reference just because one doesn't like holding the shift key.

Since you mention the pointer ownership, another thing I found annoying was they came up with auto_ptr without coming up with autoarray_ptr.  Had to roll that myself.  Seems a big oversight for a language that uses arrays of characters as fake strings in common practice.  The whole bit of having to call "delete []" is pretty lame.  No wonder it's portable to lots of hardware.  The programmer has to do so much of the work.  Stuff like that should be built in.
If you allocate an array the memory system should be smart enough to use the correct deallocator without me spelling it out. More DIY parsing crap.
3393  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 03:16:57 PM
btw, the only real programming language is the one that pays me a royalty.  Since that isn't happening, it's an ideal yet to be achieved.  cheesy
3394  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: What's your Programming Language? on: October 26, 2009, 03:14:06 PM
"Hacking and stuff" is a little broad for a project description smiley What I said was merely that of the applications I would like to write some day (because I need them and because they interest me), none is a good candidate for a beginner Python project. If you like to write server-side stuff, or command-line processing, or if your platform is Google or social networks or the web in general, then Python is probably an excellent choice. I'm just not interested in those things at all. My thing is strictly Windows desktop. (Literally. If I had come up with an idea for something like Twitter 5 years ago, I'd have abandoned it as entirely too boring. That's me.)


It is tough once spoiled with Delphi to get into doing GUI with Python. It's probably easier if you come from inline code GUI creation rather than drag & drop(although there may be some designers for it now.. I haven't messed with it in awhile.)  I remember when I first tried it the thing I hated was the indentation as opposed to braces.  Now that's the thing I like most about it.  Seems kind of a pita to hold down the shift key just to mark the begin and end of a code block.

There is a free download ActivePython for Win32 that even has COM support.  Also you can fold scripts into an exe wrapper but it's not as easily done as AutoIt3 or AHK.  You have to make a script to do it.  After a few runs it would be second nature I guess.

To me syntax is a big issue.  I got the concept of SmallTalk, but trying to do stuff in those brackets gave me the creeps. But it helped me understand other OOP languages that stole from it.  Likewise Perl is powerful, but any of those pattern substitution statements, if somebody said "will you stake me $100 that this output is not possible from any input?" I'd have to decline.  After all, usually after a few days I'd discover some stuff that had no business coming out of the code I wrote considering what text was input!!

C and C++ have their appeal.  But if anyone sticks a bunch of dereferenced function pointers in front of me and asks me to decode it, I'll reply "that's what parsers are for" and avoid that sadistic individual.  The main pita with C++ is that '->' operator.  Sure an arrow implies "pointer" but until they come up with a typewriter with an arrow key that doesn't require shift, there should have been some sense used(like some languages let you use dot even if it is really a pointer and the compiler figures it out.)
3395  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Minimized Apps Render As Desktop Icons on: October 26, 2009, 01:09:10 PM
I'm not sure about the "floating" part but I think Windows 3.1 minimized to the desktop something like that.  Even now when I try to use a component on a Delphi program to hide it to the task tray, if the state gets confused it can minimize to the desktop just above the taskbar.  How to do it deliberately though I have no clue.
3396  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 25, 2009, 09:06:24 PM
btw it doesn't have the promised super glass effects.  However if you apply Glasser to the default theme it doesn't look half bad.
3397  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: October 25, 2009, 09:04:52 PM
I see.  Thanks for the clarification.
3398  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: October 25, 2009, 06:40:57 PM
Talking about keeping up.. I have a lot of reading to do.  I don't know what most of the settings on these things really are.  I just read up on bias so now I get what you mentioned about the high bias setting.  I'm doing a conversion with HC 2 pass with a bit rate @8500 and the bias is 80.  It will be interesting to see how it looks compared to QuEnc one pass high quality CBR.

I wish Philips would get off the dime and come out with a cheap player that plays mkv and other formats with higher than PAL resolution.  Kind of silly to size the things down just to upconvert when playing.  With my setup it's too much hassle to wire directly from a PC to the HDTV. For the time being I'm stuck with a player connected to TV.
3399  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 25, 2009, 06:34:44 PM
Hmmmmmmm I'm trying the Oct. 25 Minefield 3.7Pre I downloaded from nightly builds:
http://ftp.mozilla.org/pu...fox/nightly/latest-trunk/

and it seems to work with my AddOns(with version checking disabled of course.)

So far the only thing I see new is Windows 7 Jump List support.  The browser itself doesn't seem any faster than 3.6 beta.

I haven't seen anything flaky yet so I'll leave it on W7 for a bit.
Maybe I'll even use one of those Jump List thingies if I remember they are there. smiley
3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: October 25, 2009, 03:15:22 PM
AVStoDVD updated.
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