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3376  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 08, 2010, 10:37:04 AM
Nice to see a man having fun with his toys  smiley

I've managed to curb the urge to run out and get some. I'll play vicariously, with your help.

I feel the same way every time I see a guy drive by in one of those Italian sports cars.  smiley

Right now just tapping my finger waiting for the delivery van.

edit: got the 2nd one set up.  Everything is pretty much as expected.  Doesn't seem to bog at all copying from one dock to the other through the ports on the same card.  The speed is more dependent on what HDs you happen to have in the docks.
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Deceitful Software Awards on: April 07, 2010, 09:04:33 PM
The only ones I have left on my site are on the ActiveX page.  Only used by programmers anyway. I could delete 'em, but the graphic breaks up the text.

They have inertia on their side if nothing else. smiley
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / HCenc beta on: April 07, 2010, 09:01:05 PM
New HCenc beta

3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: File Size vs. Size on Disk: Why such a difference? on: April 07, 2010, 08:55:44 PM
Just open a dos prompt, change to the usb drive and run

It will show the bytes per allocation unit.
My usb stick is formatted NTFS and shows 4096
3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: File Size vs. Size on Disk: Why such a difference? on: April 07, 2010, 03:35:04 PM
wraith808 is right.  The file system has a cluster size that's set when the partition is formatted.  Here's some basic NTFS info on cluster size:

Since the last cluster allocated is rarely perfectly filled, on average you waste 1/2 the cluster size per file on that partition.  It's a trade-off. If you use the minimum cluster size you save space, but you lose performance since you will have to expend more resources tracking a greater number of clusters for the storage space used.
3381  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 07, 2010, 12:41:42 PM
I got the WD 640 GB Caviar Black 64 MB cache.  Initial benchmark in the Sharkoon with Crystal Disk Mark shows sequential read/write scores in the mid 130s MB/sec.  Still waiting on the 2nd Sharkoon.  It will be interesting to see how the SIIG card handles 2 USB 3.0 docks simultaneously.

I'm doing a slow format on it the HD now.  The next video muxing job should be fun with this as the source drive! It seems to read a tad faster than write.  My internal drive may need to be defragged just to keep it fed though.  That's more likely the reason for the difference.

3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ReOpen 3.6 on: April 06, 2010, 02:04:50 AM
ReOpen v. 3.6

ListBox selections are now cleared when tabbing out of them.

3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for an addon - Firefox on: April 05, 2010, 02:44:04 PM
If you're talking a few machines I'm with Musubi on FEBE. On a new Firefox setup the first AddOns are FEBE to get my other AddOns and SyncPlaces to download bookmarks and passwords from my ftp site. The nice thing about it is the Personal Toolbar handling.  One download with SyncPlaces and the Personal Toolbar is there with all my folders and bookmarks in the proper positions.

In Firefox 2.x I used MozBackup.  But SyncPlaces and FEBE seems a lot smoother.  I'm not sure, MozBackup may be improved in FF 3.x versions.
3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Deceitful Software Awards on: April 05, 2010, 02:27:28 PM
I wonder how downloaders would react if there were no stars on the badges("Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!") but just the "spyware free" emblem?  The virus paranoia is so high I think many people want an easy way to stick something on there that says the downloads are not infected.

The other thing that strikes me curious is the preponderance of software reviewers/testers/spyware checkers with names like Mortimer Slotnik(sorry Mortimer if you are really out there. I just made up a name.)  I mean, it should at least be a hot Asian babe named Lotus Knowts or something.

3385  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: New MakeMKV beta on: April 05, 2010, 01:57:17 PM
MakeMKV 1.5.3 beta released:


3386  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 05, 2010, 01:56:28 PM
Hmmmmm, this setup is working better than I expected so far.  When I ran Crystal Disk Mark on the partition at the front of the WD 750 GB Caviar Black 32 MB cache, it showed sequential read/write of 103 MB/sec.

It will be interesting to see how it functions with 2 docks.  I should have the new hw by Thursday.

3387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 10 on: April 03, 2010, 01:27:50 PM
btw afa the AutoCopy in Opera goes.. the best of both worlds is the way it's done in ClickCutter AutoCopy AddOn for Firefox.  If you select with the mouse and hold down the mouse button for the trigger duration, a little (c) pops up to let you know it was copied to the clipboard.

I found it too difficult to tune the duration so that I could easily avoid the copy with the mouse. But I found that if you select with the keyboard, it does not try to autocopy.  If you want to select text with no chance of it autocopying, just use the keyboard.  It really works well.  I find if I'm off by one character I just keep moving the mouse and it periodically updates showing the (c) so you know when you have exactly the portion of the line you want in the clipboard.  Very nice.

Something like that should eliminate the paranoia for those who hate to autocopy  by accident.
3388  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Release the source without the program being open source on: April 02, 2010, 06:49:53 PM
An approach you could take is to post your code in the Example Scripts forum for AutoIt3:


Source code is optional when posting your program. You can search or ask around on the forum for more info. If you do post source, others are likely to suggest improvements or build on your code.  But you have a record of the version you posted.  I guess that's one way of defacto copyrighting your code.

3389  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 02, 2010, 04:41:09 PM
That would be good news.  I don't have the reference to the page anymore but there was in an Egg customer review this big write-up why to use FedEx ground rather than UPS.  A system builder guy who is a mod on another board swears it's true about the DOA with UPS.  Supposedly in the conveyor system they use there's a 6 foot drop at one point.  According to the system builder mod the "head slap" from the drop is what kills the drive.  Apparently even good padding can't guard against it.  Non UPS shipments seems to increase the chances of getting a functional drive.

Trouble with a lot of these online stores is they want you to ship the thing back and pay a restocking fee even if the thing was broken when they put it in the box.  With return policies like that I keep my purchases under $100.
3390  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Insta-switch file dialog to any Explorer window's path (code included) on: April 02, 2010, 03:36:36 PM
Doesn't Skrommel have something that watch's windows and places/sizes them accordingly?

I think in this case, unless he has a macro to click the Browse Folders button, you'd have to whip up something.  I could probably throw something together in AutoIt3 but I'm curious why Windows doesn't remember it on its own.

Anyway koomi, sorry to hijack your thread.
I'm thinking instead of having an open Explorer window, how 'bout a Top 5 used folders that you could just zap into the dialog as current location?  Or is there a reason to switch as in swap source/destination?

3391  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Insta-switch file dialog to any Explorer window's path (code included) on: April 02, 2010, 01:06:24 PM
I played around with Direct Folders a little bit. These dialog add-ons are interesting.  But what I could really use, is some small monitor that forces file save dialogs to open with Browse Folders extended sufficiently that I don't have to hit the button or resize the dialog with the mouse.  Seems like especially Firefox loves to drive me nuts with this on downloads. It pops up the file save collapsed and I have to mouse it 3 or 4 times a day.

Seems like the size and state won't stick.
3392  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: New MakeMKV beta on: April 02, 2010, 01:01:28 PM
btw the author keeps posting temporary registration keys on the site.  He has promised free use of the program as long as it is in beta. You can get the latest key here:


3393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Requests on: April 02, 2010, 12:57:56 PM
Windows 7 never forces me to reboot. Windows Updates that require a reboot will tell me I need to reboot, but just have a nag popup I can "dismiss" for up to 4 hours at a time.

My biggest complaint recently is the dismal file transfer speeds. It takes forever to copy/move files from one place to another! It shouldn't take 2 minutes to copy 50MB!

Is it only file copy? Anything that poor I would run some disk diagnostics.  If you find it's due to retries you may have a defective drive.  Even Vista preSP1 was nowhere near that bad.
3394  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 02, 2010, 12:52:12 PM
I did get one of my 750s from SuperMediaStore.  The standard shipping is FedEx ground.  And at the time at least, the box came with large foam blocks cut in the shape of the drive, with the drive in an anti-static bag.  No cable.  But for my purpose, swapping with docs, it was fine.  The box makes for decent storage.  (But I have to look into those plastic drive cases.  That looks like the way to store 'em.) Price is a bit high.  I looked around their site and it looks like they haven't moved up to the Caviar Black 64 MB cache models(6 Gb/s) yet.  Just 32 MB.

3395  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 02, 2010, 12:56:27 AM
Mind you, rather like (I suspect) many members here, the fact that I do not need something doesn't necessarily quench the urge to own it.

I hear you.  I think some people would rather drive with a "Suicide Knob" than have rack & pinion steering!  If only I could get one with snow flakes spinnin' around inside!! smiley

edit: btw it's after 2:00 AM here.  Guess I'm gettin' silly.  Better log off. smiley
3396  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 02, 2010, 12:53:13 AM
I have to admit, the Caviar Black I have in the dock is running much cooler with the auto spin down. So far I like this thing. It's always nice when you get something and it performs a bit better than you expect instead of the other way around.

I ordered a second unit since I couldn't find the "toaster" model with the dual drive slots at any online store in the U.S.  I've got 2 USB 3.0 ports.  Might as well use 'em both.

Also got one of those new Caviar Black 640 GB with the 64 MB cache.  The spec for it says max sustained throughput is 126 MB/sec.  I'm curious how it will do in the dock.  Anyway, since I mentioned it, I did find a deal on that too!!  Drive shipped FedEx ground for $77.05.  About $10 is shipping so that may vary with your location but not by much.


I never tried Excaliberpc before.  But it seems worth a gamble.  I found some good reviews online and didn't notice any horror stories.  Egg has a good price on the same drive but they stick drives in bubble pack, toss 'em in a box, and ship UPS ground.  I've heard the terms UPS and DOA in the same sentence too often to risk it.  I did Egg for one of my drives and just paid the extra to ship FedEx ground.

I'm thinking maybe I should get some of those plastic drive protector thingies instead of putting them in the anti-static bag in the box when not in use.  It's always a pita to get the damn drive in that bag!

Do you guys have any standard doodads for such use that are quite cheap?

3397  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 01, 2010, 04:15:25 PM
Thanks for posting your info, MilesAhead!
I noticed a week or so back that WD offers a drive+USB 3.0 card combination.

Yes, they are coming on now.  I wonder when the USB 2.0 dumping will start?

It's really making a nice difference not having to output to the same physical drive that is reading the input.  It feels like I have a faster machine already.

I did a MakeMKV rip from HD and I got nearly 100 MB/s rather than the usual 40 or 50.  Really smooth!
3398  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Sharkoon USB 3.0 QuickPort Dock on: April 01, 2010, 10:43:11 AM
I took the USB 3.0 plunge.  This can be a good solution for those with off the shelf PCs where adding an internal HD is not so easy. Or you may just want to have USB 3.0 for the future. If you have a PCIx1 Express slot free and can deal with opening the side panel and inserting a card, this is probably the way to go.

I added an SIIG USB 3.0 card.  This is the model:

http://www.newegg.com/Pro...E16815150161&Tpk=siig usb 3.0 card

Note: At the time I bought it, it was a better deal at $39.99 with free shipping.

The Sharkoon USB 3.0 docking station is the current deal.  $52.99 with free shipping:


A couple of notes.  After I installed the SIIG card I had to wait for the Sharkoon so I hooked up a Seagate USB 2.0 external.  Even with the USB 2.0 I got a throughput improvement of about 15 to 20%. I use WD Caviar Black 3 Gb/sec in my docks.  With the Sharkoon USB 3.0 dock I was able to read a 6 GB Macrium Reflect image from the dock to my HD at 90 MB/sec.  Explorer can be optimistic with speed assessment in the copy dialog info, so I used Clementime stopwatch and PCalc to compute the rough transfer speed.  It really got the 90 MB/sec.  CrystalDiskMark was giving sequential read/write speeds of about 86 MB/sec before I defragged the WD.  Since the drives are plugged into a UPS I enabled the "Performance" setting for the USB 3.0 card in Device Manager to turn on write caching.

I was hoping for large file copy at around 80 MB/sec having looked at some online benchmarks before buying.  So far I'm very happy with the results.

The Sharkoon comes with a 6' USB 3.0 cable and a power pack.  Also has an On/Off push button.  I think the Sharkoon is made in Germany.  The power pack plug has a slot in it so you can slide in one of 3 provided adapters for electric outlet types.

The only mystery so far with the Sharkoon is if there is or isn't a way to toggle the inactivity spin down.  It seems to have some intelligence built in about when to spin down the drive.  But after a day of use I did not get any "drive not ready" errors.  If I tried to play a movie on the drive that was spun down, the player just waited for the drive to spin up, and continued. I'd prefer to keep the drives spinning all the time, but these Caviar Black run a bit hot.  They way Sharkoon does it may be a good thing in the long run.

If any of you have the Thermaltake BlacX USB 2.0 docks, the Sharkoon looks nearly identical.  The only difference I found other than speed is the BlacX doesn't spin down my drives when inactive.

3399  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol PLUS at 50% off until April 7 on: March 30, 2010, 07:34:54 PM
On the installation issue, one of the things I like about WinPatrol is the BHO detection. It's nice to be able to just click No instead of having to undo it or remove it manually. Also every time I update Flash player it wants to stick that agent/helper stuff on... a couple of clicks on No and that pita is gone.

3400  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: updating Firefox plugins sucks! on: March 26, 2010, 05:24:15 PM
I rarely do the Check For Updates unless the FF on another machine has updated an AddOn or theme that I know I want to update.  When I upgrade FF I never let it check.  I wait to see if it passes my litmus tests(Silverlight Video and TV Guide Popdown descriptions.. seems if those work, everything I use will work.)

I use the Mr Tech Toolkit to override version checking. (I know I could do the about:config setting but I got in the Mr Tech habit and it also works with Thunderbird. I just keep it.)

I let it do the auto check on program load.. and just hit Skip if I don't want to bother with it.  That usually avoids a deluge as the updates tend to come in 1s and 2s.
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