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3376  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Add/Update Increment to File Extension on: October 31, 2009, 05:07:07 PM
This may not fit the spec. but it coincidentally popped up.  Somebody might like an automated backup software that's free for personal use:

http://www.docshield.com/

I have a feeling that it works by being notified by the file system. Since I turn that stuff off as much as possible I haven't tried it myself. But someone who does lots of documents may find it useful.  For my small amount of source code I just use FreeCommander to sync folders manually.
3377  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You have a computer backup plan.. but does it work? on: October 31, 2009, 02:54:03 PM
I did the multiple partition thing so only my OS was on C: years ago.  The trouble with Windows is even if you install stuff on D: or E: many of the applications, such as Visual C++/Visual Studio insist on putting a bunch of stuff on C: making it difficult to guess how much space to allocate.  Back then I could jockey the drive space around with Partition Magic, but it was still a pita.

The approach I take now is to run with at least 70% free space.  If I don't want to throw away what I'm deleting, I move it off to an external drive.  Defrags are fast since there's plenty of free space to work with.  Image backups are small, typically 20 GB after compression. I have a 2 PC setup with network so I can back up from my main machine to the external connected to the other machine, and be surfing with the secondary machine. I make multiple backups every week since it only takes between 10 and 20 minutes.

Periodically I back up to drives that are only connected during backup and I swap out the drive in the docking station so that I have recent backups in case all the connected drives should be simultaneously infected by some wonder virus.

The last time I ran with 80% disk space used was on a machine with an 80 GB drive.  Once I got to 200 GB or higher I run them lean.  The maintenance chores are all faster and (almost) fun since they rarely exceed 1/2 hour.
3378  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Paragon Drive Backup+Recovery 10 Free - good full drive imaging tool on: October 31, 2009, 02:42:03 PM
Now I am reconsidering free Macrium  Cool I think I knew Vista did similar system backup, in thoughts when choosing Ultimate, but fact is somehow blurred because I usually disregard most MS feature not absolutely necessary for Windows to work. That way no annoyances, all stable and great. Feels better even, like less MS is a good thing, while using Windows... Guess stupid to ignore build-in backup now they offer it. 

Important to check Linux based restore cd made by Macrium btw., not sure it is good friends with all hd-controllers or at least a ahci -> naitive sata trick is required.

I bought the Macrium Reflect 4.2 because I did a save and restore with the trial version.  I had Paragon Drive Backup but the Boot CD did not work with my HP AMD Raid controller, except in "9 hours to do a 45 minute restore" mode. The Macrium worked flawlessly and even offered to copy over the saved MBR which coincidentally fixed my partition table that was hosed by Paragon trying to create the Backup Capsule hidden partition.

I verified with the Macrium forum sysop that the new free version has the same Linux Boot CD as the 4.2 paid version.  They just updated it. Not only does it work with my Raid controller but it also works with my USB Docking station from a cold boot.  So far the only minor annoyance is it insists on choosing the file backup name so to differentiate which partition is backed up you need to create a folder such as C_Drive or whatever so you know which is what.  I'm not sure about the free version but the $50 one has network support also, but it insists the workgroup be named WORKGROUP which is the default on Vista and W7.
3379  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beerware and Otherware categories besides Donationware, good or now gimmicky? on: October 31, 2009, 02:31:42 PM
The postcard thing reminds me of Ham Radio operators.  Probably a ham who thought of it for software.

afa the Beer thing, it should probably be the other way around.  If the original author catches someone else stealing their software they have the right to throw a beer in the guy's face, and the guy with beer on face has to pick up the tab. (So if you are a smart programmer you wait until a few pitchers have been killed before you announce you have apprehended the perpetrator.  One needs to maximize the advantage of the moment and leave the dude with a big tab.)  smiley

3380  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JkDefrag further developed as MyDefrag on: October 31, 2009, 02:26:08 PM
When I view the MyDefrag statistics, I don't see a percentage like JkDefrag provided-- % of all items/% of disk. Seems like that's important data to have within eyesight.


I know it's a big drag to reprogram something that already works, but I still think the biggest negative impression for that software is the status window or whatever the term for it is.  The colors are washed out and it's not easy to figure out what is supposed to be what.  Auslogics probably has the technically inferior defrag but the status window makes you feel like it knows what it's doing and it ain't wastin' any time doin' it.  It totally wins the Impression War when using it. Unfortunately cosmetics often wins out over technical genius.

3381  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: JkDefrag further developed as MyDefrag on: October 31, 2009, 02:23:07 PM
I agree, there are many applications like this, but MyDefrag can be effectively used even without any knowledge. Just run one of the supplied script and that's all. Which is what I'm doing, because they do all I need, and besides, I admit I'm lazy to delve into the script language. But unlike with the vi editor I don't have to.

The way I resolved it, I just dragged the Optimize Daily script onto my Selector launcher.

To run it I click on Text Parameter radio button, type the drive letter with colon in the input line, then select the short name for the script, and press the Go Button. Only that partition is defragged.
3382  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You have a computer backup plan.. but does it work? on: October 30, 2009, 11:01:03 PM
I bought the Paragon Drive Backup Personal 9.0.  It has file exclusion on image backups which is okay if you want to exclude a few big files.  For example I used to exclude my DVD folder.  If I did a restore there would be "phantom entries" in the DVD folder for dvd images that didn't really exists... but just deleting them fixed that.

The problem comes if you have a folder tree with hundreds of files in it.  The Paragon backup will tick off the name of every file it is excluding so that the backup will take 5 hours instead of 15 minutes.  You are better off just to move the big files you don't want to throw away, onto an external drive before the backup.

So far I haven't found an image backup with exclusion that doesn't have this same problem.  Other than that the Paragon is fine.  One thing about the Macrium is you get network support without buying some "deluxe" version.

Also just a few days ago I tested the Macrium Linux boot CD and it recognized an internal Sata drive in a USB Docking station(which was a relief since I mainly use that for backups.)
3383  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Surprised by Win7 on: October 30, 2009, 06:00:12 PM
I know what you mean about the intermittent thing.  Can be very frustrating.  Kind of like trying to tune in a TV with a rabbit ears.  As long as you stand there holding the antenna, the picture is fine.  Take one step away and it's back to fuzz. Sad

3384  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Some FavesSoft Hotkey programs updated for Windows 7 on: October 30, 2009, 05:54:20 PM
FavesSoft Hotkey programs listed below were updated for Windows 7

FolderCache
HomeFolder
Pasty
ReOpen
Selector

It's just a minor update for Windows version number detection.  In Windows 7 a memory optimization may not be called since the version of AutoIt3 used did not have an enumeration for Windows Seven OS.  It's just a reduction of memory working set and a minor optimization at that.  Latest corrected programs can be downloaded from this link:

http://www.favessoft.com/hotkeys.html

3385  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Minefield(Firefox) 3.7Pre seems to work on: October 30, 2009, 04:33:27 PM
For some reason the Oct. 29 build Firefox 3.6 beta is still called "3.6 beta 1" so I guess we now have betas of betas.
3386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Surprised by Win7 on: October 30, 2009, 02:29:32 PM
40hz how is the hard drive activity?  One thing I noticed where stuff will pause is if the drive is busy.  I turned file indexing off.  Now the only time I notice it being sluggish is if I'm transferring files over the network.  I put a Gb card in the machine with W7 so it can take faster than the HD can copy.  If you haven't tried it already, try Everything Search and disable file indexing.

My old HP PC with the Intel graphics with no onboard ram(used system ram for all video) worked pretty snappy with no Aero and basic theme, with 1 GB ram.

The one I have W7 on is 2 GB ram AMD dual core so admittedly it has more horses but it seems pretty responsive with Aero on.
3387  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.

3388  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
3389  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.
3390  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.


3391  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.
3392  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.
3393  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.
3394  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.
3395  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.
3396  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
3397  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
3398  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
3399  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.
3400  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.

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