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3951  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's wrong with XP's built-in firewall? on: May 13, 2007, 12:01:24 PM
how can i add a range of ports in Windows Firewall? i need to do this for torrent downloads and there is no option to add more than one port at a time..



Rather than adding a range of ports, add the torrent application by clicking the 'add program' button instead. Then everything will work fine.  smiley

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3952  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: .Net Framework on: May 13, 2007, 11:42:15 AM
I can understand why you would hesitate installing it on your current machine. I was pretty hesitant to install it on my P1, 233mhz, 64mb ram, WinME.

But I finally did because I needed it for some things I really wanted to run.

Here are my observations and tips from that slow machine with both .net 1.1 and 2.0:

Some .net applications will slow down your whole system when they are starting up and they can take considerably longer to start, but once they get going, they are just as fast as any other application.

Sometimes if you are running quite a bit of stuff, when starting a .net application, it can put you dangerously low on resources and cause your pc to lock up. If you have an application like that, close some stuff...as much as you can, run the .net application, and then open the other stuff back up once it gets going. (same thing applies if you run a .net application and the window is full of black areas or missing parts)

I have had better luck running .net applications than most java ones. Java can be a killer on an old pc from application start to close...but .net is only a killer when starting them.

On an old machine like yours (and my dinosaur) I don't think I would have installed IE 7...I would definitely stick with IE 6. (there is no IE 7 for the OS I run on mine, so it's not even anything for me to consider)

If you are so hungry for the tabs you get with IE 7, you could use either Opera or Firefox and have them, and not have to deal with as much of a slowdown as you do with IE 7 & .net combination. I ran Firefox on my old machine just fine when I wanted to do some serious surfing...and ran a tiny little no frills browser for opening a quick single page, the rest of the time.

You could wait and get a better pc before enjoying .net applications, or you can take my tips and attempt to enjoy them now. The choice is yours, but you will find that the longer you wait to get a new pc, the harder it is going to be to avoid installing .net.
3953  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. Challenge 2007 / Re: DC Forum Post Notifier Lite (a.k.a. Pop-Up Cody) - v1.1.4 - May 13, 2007 on: May 13, 2007, 04:47:54 AM
YAY!

and cpu usage is much lower.  smiley   Thmbsup
3954  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Converting Spreadsheet to Table in forum on: May 12, 2007, 10:39:14 PM
can try save as html in Excel.

You have any idea what that code looks like? It's a mess. Possibly worse than OOo. ohmy

It wouldn't make it easier and most likely would make it more difficult.
3955  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pls recommend a good benign keylogger on: May 12, 2007, 10:12:05 PM
I have been giving it a lot of thought today and I have come up with a lot of ideas for it.

I just have a few more things to consider and I will decide if I want try to do this or not.

Btw...this wouldn't just be for browsers...it would be for everything.  smiley

And the user will be unavoidably aware that it is running and what it is doing.

If I do this, there will be a small, yet highly visible window that always stays on top and can't be minimized or leave the screen, announcing what it is and if it's active.
3956  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Converting Spreadsheet to Table in forum on: May 12, 2007, 04:22:57 PM
if you replace every "," with this:

[copy or print]
[/td][td]

and then manually edited and ended every line, except the last, with this:

[copy or print]
[/td][/tr][tr][td]

added this before first line:

[copy or print]
[tr][td]

and this after last line:

[copy or print]
[/tr][/td]

and inserted the whole thing between this:

[copy or print]
[table]
[/table]

It might work...but that's still a lot of manual editing.  Sad
3957  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: pls recommend a good benign keylogger on: May 12, 2007, 02:18:09 PM
You have come up with an ethical use for a keylogger...the first I have ever seen. I never thought about it this way before.

You have given me an idea though...let's see what it eventually turns into, if anything. No promises...no time estimates. If I am going to do something, I want to do this right...and make sure it stays ethical.
3958  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Converting Spreadsheet to Table in forum on: May 12, 2007, 02:02:55 PM
Well I just had a look at the html version as exported from OOo, jeez, what a load of code  smiley

Tried stripping out some stuff (find, replace)
but definitely starting to think this might be more work than it's worth

Nope that's definitely beyond my capabilities ...

You just discovered why I said not to do that.  Grin

When you say "First you would have to convert it to html ... in an html editor"
Would i have to go back to school to figure that one out ?  tellme  cheesy
Would it be a very time consuming process?

There are WYSIWYG html editors where you can create a table as easily as painting in MS Paint.

Recreate the table in one of those and copy & paste the data from the spreadsheet into the boxes.

Then you go through and make sure you remove all that extra stuff from the code, like I mentioned before.

Like I said, it can be hell.  embarassed

I think what we need around here is a WYSIWYG forum post editor for creating the bbcode. Then you wouldn't have to create a spreadsheet and go through all this. You could create it in the editor instead.
3959  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Soda can / bottle cooler on: May 12, 2007, 01:32:13 PM
You could just get something like this:

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http://www.thinkgeek.com/gadgets/electronic/7f5a/
3960  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cached pages in IE - help please! on: May 12, 2007, 04:00:26 AM
I did find a 16KB "~DFE202.tmp" with the precise time stamp I need.  Is there a way to open/view these ~*.tmp files?

Try opening them in notepad to see if they contain html data.
3961  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Converting Spreadsheet to Table in forum on: May 12, 2007, 03:55:50 AM
Converting spreadsheets to something you can post here can be hell.  Sad

First you would have to convert it to html, somehow. That is best done manually or in an html editor, as it is the only way it will look good. Using the 'export as html' option can have some bad results.

Make sure it is stripped of all extra code that is unnecessary, such as font sizes & colors, table & cell width info, etc.

Then you would have to do a find & replace of all the <'s with ['s and then all the >'s with ]'s
3962  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BEWARE: IE7Pro and OrbitDownloader on: May 12, 2007, 12:32:46 AM
I find this alarming:

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Source: http://www.pctools.com/mr...s/id/Trojan.Dropper.DuDu/

Note:
Softpedia guarantees that Orbit 1.0.0.2 is 100% CLEAN, which means it does not contain any form of malware, including but not limited to: spyware, viruses, trojans and backdoors. But right after install Orbit is trying to connect to DuDu.com (chinese website) and scanning with Ad-Aware SE Professional the things are getting worst :

- Adware.DuDu * 3 objects
- Adware.DesktopMedia * 1 object

So try this at your own risk, can be just fp or not.
Source: http://www.neowin.net/for...ndex.php?showtopic=511043

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Ya, Orbit 1.0.0.1 right after install is trying to connect to DUDU.COM
:

Name: Adware.DuDu

TAC Rating: 4

Category: Adware

Description:
Adware.DuDu is a Chinese application that shows advertising while
browsing with Internet Explorer. It is part of a bundled install and
installs without user consent. There is also an English version of this
application.
Source: http://groups.google.co.u...36354f7b03e0?dmode=source

Well, according to the support team, Orbitnet.exe (which is the p2p backend used to help speed up downloads) connects to a bunch of servers so it can be ready to help with the speeding up of them. Some of the servers it uses are in a subnet range with causes some Anti-Spyware programs to think that its communicating with DUDU.com (even though it isn't doing anything harmful).
Source: http://www.donationcoder....ic=6092.msg43249#msg43249

and this:

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DUDU-INC.COM???!!

<sarcasm>
Oh, no...of course not...they aren't related to dudu in any way shape or form...they just by accident share the same IP block.
</sarcasm>

Sorry...I am not buying the bull, not after all the other deceptions and unethical practices, and lying.

Take a risk with your own pc if you want...trust them if you want...but I won't.  thumb down
3963  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cached pages in IE - help please! on: May 11, 2007, 11:41:26 PM
Since this was from a newspaper's website, it could possibly be here:

http://news.google.com/archivesearch
3964  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Stupid user Tricks on: May 10, 2007, 11:50:56 PM
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By user we mean any schlub with network access or oversight who manages a brain fart loud enough to halt the network, compromise it, or in some other way cause harm to the enterprise, and thus the company's bottom line. Something that means at the very least a red face for several days, possibly a secret beating and swirlie administered by other employees in a darkened bathroom, even a Trumpesque directive to explore the outside world for the rest of one’s life.

Trick No. 1: Poor purchasing oversight
Trick No. 2: Yet another cleaning lady story
Trick No. 3: Figureheads can hurt you
Trick No. 4: Locked datacenter?! Well, let me get that for you
Trick No. 5: Green is great unless it’s due to nausea
Trick No. 6: Don't bail on e-mail
Trick No. 7: A truck load of Murphy
Trick No. 8: Cruel and unusual
Trick No. 9: One plan to rule them all
Trick No. 10: Porn filters: use 'em

3965  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 10 Things You Should Know Before You Buy an Upscaling DVD Player on: May 10, 2007, 11:40:54 PM
In the market for a DVD player that upscales your standard-def DVDs for your fancy new HD set?

Here is a list of 10 things you should know before you buy.


3966  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A classic GameBoy that runs Windows XP...sort of on: May 10, 2007, 11:30:01 PM
Forget pc modding...how about Gameboy modding?

Imagine an entire pc crammed into a Gameboy.

3967  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Installing Ubuntu: A step-by-step guide for first timers on: May 10, 2007, 11:22:23 PM
Back in the day, switching to Linux meant that you had better be ready to tweak a few lines of code and compile your own drivers. Times have changed, however, and newer, more user-friendly Linux distros like Ubuntu are even moving in on consumer markets like cell phones and UMPCs.

So if you've been sitting on the fence up until this point, waiting for the right moment to make the switch, now may be the time. The good folks at Maximum PC have put together an extensive guide that walks you through the entire process, from the first boot to running Windows inside Linux using Parallels and dual-booting. It's a well put together guide and comes highly recommended for neophytes looking to take a walk on the open-source side of operating systems.



From http://www.dailytechrag.com
3968  Other Software / Developer's Corner / 70 Expert Ideas For Better CSS Coding on: May 10, 2007, 10:59:03 PM
If you follow all the links, you will end up with a whole lot more than just 70.  smiley


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We’ve taken a close look at some of the most interesting and useful CSS tricks, tips, ideas, methods, techniques and coding solutions and listed them below. We also included some basic techniques you can probably use in every project you are developing, but which are hard to find once you need them.



From http://www.dailytechrag.com
3969  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Textaizer - free tool to make pictures out of text parts on: May 09, 2007, 09:20:58 PM
This is pretty cool!

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3970  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Setting up secure bookmarks/favorites on: May 09, 2007, 01:57:51 PM
One really big problem with the bookmarks idea...one bad entry in a hosts file by some malware could cause you to go to a fake page when clicking the so-called 'secure bookmark' made by this application....and then there goes your idea of safety right out the window.
3971  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your pet's favorite toy? on: May 09, 2007, 01:38:14 PM
My old cat used to love playing with a ping pong sized hard plastic soccer ball in the bathtub (it made a lot of noise)...but the younger cat would always steal it and hide it when he wasn't looking.  cheesy
3972  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Impressive little scam on: May 08, 2007, 02:26:56 PM
Systems Affected: Windows 2000, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP

Somehow, if I were running Windows 95 and XP Activation came up, I don't think I would believe it.  Grin
3973  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software gone social? Wakoopa is quite clever on: May 06, 2007, 06:03:05 PM
It would be nice if you could hide and/or delete things from your history. It seems to be collecting a lot of garbage.

Self extracting .zip files show up as applications (with the file name), as well as some .tmp files during installs.

There is also some things showing in mine that I am totally clueless about...like an updater for an antivirus product I don't have on my system. It's showing AntiVir Updater running in the background...but I use AVG.  huh

It also seems to treat 2 different versions of the same program as 2 separate programs, such as when I ran an older version of Copernic Agent and upgraded it to the new one. It is showing a duplicate entry for Copernic...one for each version I ran.

Oh...and for those of you that actually do RTFM, it will show that you read help filesGrin
3974  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 05, 2007, 07:33:48 AM
I finally remembered why I stopped using Copernic for web searches.

  • It's too slow.
  • Even though you have paid for it, you still get hit with ad links. This bothers me considering what they charge for the pro version. ($79.95!)
  • You don't get that many results for things you should get plenty of results for when doing a general web search. There was only 50 results for 'free programming ebooks' using the default settings and not one of them was my site...but there was 5 for digg.

It's really only good for some very specialized searches, and even then it's very limited.

For example: if you are going to do a search that is programming related, this is where your results are going to come from. If it's not here, you won't get it:
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Software reviews? The ones from DC will never show up with this specialized search that only uses these sources:
[attach=2]

You want to search newsgroups for something? You only get results from Topica and Yahoo groups.

Now keep in mind that I am using their best version...the super expensive pro version. It's probably much worse if you are using the free one.

Copernic may have been good at one time, before Google became popular, but not any more.  Sad



Systems like Scroogle could be considered proxies that simply convey the information on the page through to the end user.  Yes, Scroogle is stripping away the cookies but the content is still being passed through in its entirety.  Since Google's lifeblood involves those ads, they basically ignore it.

Scroogle does NOT contain Google ads. They are thrown out of the results you get.
3975  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Very Simple Ethical Principle for Search: Google Fails Miserably on: May 04, 2007, 07:43:05 PM
how about something like copernic. it returns a set of results by combining the results from several search engines.

I had Copernic a long time ago...and I loved it. I stopped using it about 5 years ago and I don't quite remember why. I think it was just easier to use Google.

I didn't even know they still had a web search product. I thought they switched over to desktop search and gave up trying to compete with Google.

Maybe it's time I give it another try.

And guess what? I get to upgrade to the most recent pro version for free! How cool is that?  Kiss

Of course I'll still be waiting for StumbleUpon to become a full fledged search engine and not just a social bookmarking site.  smiley
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