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3926  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: compose hotkeys on: July 29, 2007, 06:45:47 PM
I see what you are saying, but wouldn't the application hotkeys over-ride that and open that window any way?
3927  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: compose hotkeys on: July 29, 2007, 05:45:05 PM
Ctrl+B would conflict with my browser's hotkeys...that would open the window to manage my bookmarks.

None of the others conflict with mine, but they could conflict on some other browser.

3928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone actually use windows system restore if so,does it work. on: July 29, 2007, 04:08:07 AM
I haven't used it in XP yet, but it has saved my butt quite a few times in WinME.

If you have the restore points to work with, it can work well...but if you don't, you are out of luck.

It won't leave your machine sluggish when it's done...at least not any more than it was when the restore point was made.

But any software you installed after the restore point was made, you may have to reinstall. And any settings changes you have made in some programs may be lost, if they were done after the restore point.

What this does is replace the registry and system files with a copy of what was made as a backup when the restore point was made.

It can take quite a while to do, sometimes. So be prepared to have to wait.
3929  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: July 28, 2007, 09:59:47 PM
Grin Grin Grin

I wonder why would anyone want an icon of an empty/full toilet. Recycle bin?

my defaults:
[attach=1]

and you hear a flushing sound when you empty it.  tongue
3930  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: July 28, 2007, 10:23:02 AM
Speaking of zip applications, you might want to take a look at this post: SourceForge unveils winners of 'open-source Oscars'.

7-Zip won top award for overall best project and picked up the award for best technical design, too.
3931  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 28, 2007, 10:10:47 AM
Regarding Win 9x: I sometimes still use Win 98 SE on an old machine and while it's generally okay, I keep running into the "low resources" problem (running out of user/GDI resources because the resource heaps were too limited by design). I've seen enough descriptions of this problem, but nobody seems to ever have patched it. A similar simple fix for 9x would have been great.

Even though you can't really fix the problem on 9x, you at least get a nice resource meter with the operating system, that you can keep in your tray to let you know how things stand. (green is good)

Unlike XP, which you have no idea how close to the limit you are and when things will start screwing up on you. (you only get a CPU meter to keep in your tray, if you minimize the task manager) The only warning I have in XP, is when context menus start missing entries. Then I know bigger trouble is on its way.

Funny, I've never bumped into this problem with win2k or XP... And I've run lots of apps, very resource-hungry apps, and have had uptimes of 14+ days.

I always bump into this problem about every 5-7 days. Yeah, sure, if you close some things and wait, it does get better, but you hit that limit faster and faster till you reboot. It's the reason my uptime isn't what it should be with XP. I have better uptime with my 9x machine. And the problem became worse when I upgraded to IE 7, for some reason. (and I don't use IE 7, directly)

The problem doesn't happen with a few resource intensive apps running...more like when I have a lot of things running (regardless of how resource intensive they are), or many browser windows open, with each having a lot of tabs.

My daughter ran into this problem all the time on her ex-boyfriend's pc while doing photo-work in Paintshop Pro, and didn't really know what it was at the time. It seemed to limit the amount of images she could open at one time, to about 20. After that, new images would refuse to open and the application would start acting weird with the menus.

This is not a setting in the program, as far as I know. It has no limits you can set for the number of images you can have open, and I don't have any limits on this machine with the same version of Paintshop Pro. I can open 100+ at one time (not that I normally would).

alxwz: I'm not sure there's a simple fix for win9x, parts of the operating system still runs 16bit code from the win3.x days... there's some hard limits there. Basically, don't try to run 3d studio max or other GDI-intensive stuff on win9x.

Hardware limitations prevent me from running things like that on my 9x machine, but you can still run some rather GDI-intensive things...just make sure that is all you are running (close anything you really don't need), make sure you have freshly rebooted the machine first, and be prepared to reboot again when you are done.

It's how I run things like Delphi 6 and Dreamweaver 4 on a machine that doesn't meet the min specs for running those applications. I still have problems with TightVNC when there is an active connection, though, no matter what I do.

mouser, when you finish tell us how the thing went smiley

I have tried this fix on my XP machine and I will let everyone know how it worked out for me (in about a week or so).
3932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / P2P users expose US government secrets on: July 28, 2007, 07:34:58 AM
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Contractors and U.S. government employees are sharing hundreds of secret documents on peer-to-peer networks, in many cases overriding the default security settings on their P-to-P software to do so, according to a company that monitors the networks.

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Among the files shared: Physical threat assessments for multiple cities, including Philadelphia and Miami; a physical security attack assessment for a U.S. Air Force base; a detailed report from a government contractor on how to connect two secure Department of Defense (DOD) networks; a document titled, "NSA (National Security Agency) Security Handbook."


3933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / SourceForge unveils winners of 'open-source Oscars' on: July 28, 2007, 07:27:07 AM
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Popular open-source software development site SourceForge.net hosted the equivalent of the open-source Oscars on Thursday evening, billing the event as a big party, not a painfully long and formal awards ceremony.


3934  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: July 27, 2007, 06:08:32 PM
I have been using this one for the last 8 years:

[attach=1][attach=2]
(magic wand)

I use it on both of my PC's. (there is no shadow on XP, even if you have that setting enabled)

Shows up well on both light & dark backgrounds and the animated blinking tip (looks like little yellow sparks) lets me know if my old 9x PC is frozen or just being extremely slow.

I have tried some others, but I keep coming back to this one.

but I see that switching to a left facing cursor, might throw you for a loop.  Did I get you dizzy? cheesy

Those are actually perfect for left handed people. They make more sense when you are using your mouse on the left side of your keyboard, with your left hand.
3935  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: reCaptcha: Stopping spam while digitizing books on: July 27, 2007, 05:12:16 PM
Here's an idea: instead of giving out two captcha string challenges with indeterminate open sesames, it displays the first string with definite answer, followed by the second one with some uncertainty at the verification end -- whose purpose is to help to digitize books.

That is exactly what it is supposed to be doing.

In one case (among others) i was given the image that should read: relations ascrib, and when I intentionally entered: relati0n5 a5crib (by substituting o, s with 0, 5), it still passed.

Could be that it thought that was a very 'human' error and let you slide. It could be a really '1337' captcha.  Grin

What would happen if you typed something totally messed up instead? Would it still pass?

Try it using some non-obvious substitutions, like instead of 0 for o and 5 for s, try 3 for o and 7 for s.

3936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What do you think of this? on: July 27, 2007, 01:09:48 PM
You have a great collection of flash games there, but you also have a lot of broken thumbnail images.
3937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top Ten Sci-Fi Sites on: July 27, 2007, 08:58:17 AM
Some of the sites on his list are more science than fiction.

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It’s sometimes difficult these days to differentiate between science fiction and fact, because the two worlds often borrow ideas from each other. If you've ever read Alfred Bester's classic 1956 sci-fi thriller "The Stars My Destination", or Ray Bradbury's space novels from the same era, you can't help but think that scientists in years to come were influenced when designing real-life computers and space vehicles. Check out my Top Ten Sci-Fi Sites list, and don’t be surprised if many of them contain concepts that exist in our age of quickly advancing technology...



from Internet Tourbus newsletter
3938  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top 10 Weird Science Sites on: July 27, 2007, 08:46:23 AM
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I love science, especially offbeat and weird science. During my Internet travels I've come across some amazing resources-- some informative, some strange, but all of them fascinating. Here then, are my top picks in the Weird Science category...




from Internet Tourbus newsletter
3939  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 27, 2007, 08:36:24 AM
app this is only for winnt/2k/xp, wont work on win9x.

I have 4 pc's in my house and 2 of them are running XP (my main pc and my daughter's laptop).
3940  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Does my web page suck? on: July 27, 2007, 08:33:39 AM
This post begs the question:  Does DC pass the test? smiley

nope  embarassed
3941  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Sites for Kids on: July 27, 2007, 06:14:23 AM
I would like to add one to the list: neopets.com

They go to great lengths to protect kids and won't let anyone under the age of 13 engage in any of the social parts of the site (message boards, Neomail, guilds, games with chat, etc) without verifiable parental consent.
3942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Top 10 Sites for Kids on: July 27, 2007, 06:13:42 AM
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"My eleven year old wants a Myspace account, but I think she's a bit young for that. Are there some other sites I can encourage her to visit, with games and activities that are appropriate for pre-teen kids?"



from Internet Tourbus newsletter
3943  Other Software / Developer's Corner / San Francisco power outage: A lesson in backup power on: July 27, 2007, 05:44:46 AM
If you haven't really thought about it before, now might be a good time to find out what kind of plans your hosting company has for dealing with situations like this. Some of the better companies go to great lengths to make sure they stay up & running, in case of disaster.

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The Web hosting company The Planet.com Internet Services tests its backup generators monthly and some employees ask if that's really necessary, said manager Urvish Vashi. The blackout in San Francisco Tuesday explains why.


Among the 40,000 customers affected by a nearly two-hour electrical blackout in San Francisco was 365 Main, a Web hosting company whose clients include Sun.com, Yelp.com, and Craigslist.com. Their Web sites were among several that were unavailable Tuesday when the local electric utility, Pacific Gas & Electric  (PG&E) suffered an outage that cut power to the southern part of the city, including the South of Market area, or SOMA, which is home to several technology companies.

The outage served as a reminder of the importance of backup power systems to keep Web sites, and the businesses behind them, running.

3944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Comic blogs — I love 'em on: July 26, 2007, 11:46:25 PM
Ctrl-Alt-Del!!



[attach=1]
http://www.ctrlaltdel-online.com/comic.php

3945  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is this the holy grail to solving windows-out-of-resources bugs? on: July 26, 2007, 10:42:45 PM
Oh, yes! Thank you!

I have been having a prob with this ever since I upgraded to IE 7. It has been driving me crazy.

It causes major probs with Paintshop Pro 7...not only will menus be missing, but it will change settings in the registry when you close and completely screw up things like the layers window, next time you run it. It happens frequently enough that I keep a .reg file handy to restore my settings.
3946  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Does my web page suck? on: July 26, 2007, 10:03:12 PM
Now you can learn good web design by looking at examples of bad web design.

Vincent Flanders will take you on a humorous tour of all the things you shouldn't do when designing a page, and give you real life video examples of what he means, from all the bad websites he has visited.

He even provides checklists in case you are not sure if your site sucks.

I found a bunch of the videos on youtube, and this is one of my favorites:  Marijuana.org



...and yes, he is quite aware that his page sucks, by his own standards.
3947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP or Vista user — take the poll! on: July 26, 2007, 02:18:27 AM
If the world is headed web-centric, dust off the old pc, grab some cheap RAM to boost your old 9x machine to the max ...and install K-Meleon.

All you will need is a box that can run a browser.

You won't need whatever M$ releases in 2010.

And how much cheaper can you get than grabbing what your neighbor tossed in the trash last night? Even though Linux is free, free hardware is nicer. :-D

The whole concept of this is bad news for OEMs like HP & Dell. And why are you going to need faster CPU's? Bad news for Intel & AMD.

Great news for companies like Adobe...just wait till you can develop web apps in flash...in your browser.

And instead of paying a flat price for a desktop IDE and keeping it till it is obsolete and getting the most for your money, developers will be paying a monthly, or maybe even an hourly fee, to use the tools they need.

Gone will be the days when you could 'buy' software. You will be renting it.

You might as well save as much money as you can by keeping the old hardware and OS...you'll need it.
3948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Tech Support vs. Phone Sex on: July 24, 2007, 10:40:06 PM
Let's start with Dell's hot new line of business. Not to be out done, HP seems to have joined in on the fun. (see the comments at bottom of the page)

Followed by Secure Computing's 'IronMale' service.  tongue

And now we will top it off with a comparison of tech support and phone sex, as reported by someone that has worked in both professions. (no...not me) cheesy

3949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Copyright law explained with a simple drawing on: July 24, 2007, 05:42:19 AM
Here is a fun video using tiny clips of Disney films to illustrate and explain fair use and copyright. It's one of the best examples of Fair Use for educational purposes I have ever seen.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo

[attach=1]
3950  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Snailware: Newer Software for Older Slower PC's on: July 24, 2007, 04:40:01 AM
Since Win9x isn't open source, there isn't all that much else that you can do...but that's not to say that there isn't smart 9x lovers out there that are trying.

The biggest insecurity is the IE browser and OE. Find newer alternatives to those, that will run on 9x, and it's much more secure.

There are projects for Win98 and ME over at MSFN that will hopefully help, with patching, over time. They are testing and packaging stuff from patches meant for 2k, XP, & vista on 98SE and ME and putting together unofficial service packs that add more security and features to both of those OS's. It's a pretty amazing project.  Thmbsup

The good news is that all those 9x specific exploits are disappearing, since the bad guys are assuming it's not worth going after 9x systems any more and are concentrating their efforts on XP & Vista now. Given another 10 yrs, 9x could be as 'safe' as linux...I mean, who would be expecting anybody to still be running it? You don't hear about any new exploits for Win3.1 or C64's, do you?  cheesy
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