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3976 Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Why I gave up on it on: August 29, 2007, 10:06:40 PM
I was quite enchanted by the idea, but...

1. I really never used it much because it had too many bells and whistles and options and I found that I didn't want to take the time to deal with it all when I already had MWsnap and IrfanView and... When I want a screenshot, I want a screenshot. Now. I can do lots of things with it after.

I have felt the same way about it. To be perfectly honest, the amount of features in it is pretty scary to me. I suppose it's like driving a car for the very first time, after years of riding a bicycle.

Screenshot Captor is impressive, but it's not for everyone.

Currently my needs aren't to the point where I would need something like Screenshot Captor. But it's nice to know that if/when I outgrow my old version of Snagit, that there is something with much more options & features & power, at a great price that I can afford.  smiley

3977  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Deja Vu: More Sony Rootkits (They just don't learn) on: August 28, 2007, 01:03:01 PM
Biometrics – yes. BioShock – no.

Hypothetical: Imagine that you visit your local mall and browse around for stuff to buy. And you decide to buy a new CD from your favorite artist and you also buy a brand new cool USB stick thingy on an impulse. You go home and stick the CD into your laptop's CD drive. It prompts you to install some software. You do so and while you are listening to the music, you open the USB stick package and start experimenting with your new toy. It has a fingerprint reader so you install the software for that as well. Guess what… you might have just installed, not one, but two different rootkit-like software on your laptop.

3978 Software / Coding Snacks / Re: taskbar at top annoyance - autohotkey to the rescue? on: August 28, 2007, 05:53:37 AM
Couldn't GridMove be used for something like this, to resize and position windows to fit without being under the taskbar?
3979  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IBM Lenovo T61 Thinkpad - a standard SATA harddisk cannot be used ? Is this true on: August 24, 2007, 06:05:57 AM
I don't know about ThinkPads, but I know that HP's come with a utility to burn the restore partition to cd's or dvd's as a bootable set of restore disks. They allow you to do this once, and only once.
3980  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: a wet tv remote control problem on: August 22, 2007, 05:56:56 AM
Personally speaking, I'd open the case very carefully, writing down the exact steps I take to take it apart so I can follow it in reverse to put it back together.

Then I would carefully and gently clean the entire circuitboard and battery compartment with cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Then I would take the front & back panels and wash & dry them.

I would let it sit and air for a bit to make sure there was no moisture on any of the parts.

Then I would put it all back together again.

Then to ensure nothing like this ever happens again, I'd seal it into a clear plastic ziplock bag and use the remote through the bag, replacing the bag as it wears out.

Something to think about here:

You don't just have plain water inside most likely have soup in there as well. As that dries, there will be a residue of grease, salt, and other particles left behind unless it is opened up and cleaned. And depending on the type of soup, it could also be acidic. This isn't good for the electronics inside.

Taking a hair dryer to it without opening it is likely to just create steam inside which will condense as it cools and put you right back to where you are now with it being wet inside. Not only that, but the heat could damage it, causing the remote to never work again. It also leaves all the crap from the soup in there to eat away at the circuitboard and possibly corroding it and your battery compartment.
3981  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: a wet tv remote control problem on: August 22, 2007, 05:33:06 AM
There isn't a way to dry out the inside without getting to the inside. In other words, if you are unwilling to open the case, you can't do it.
3982  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Avoid: Jriver Media Center, if you believe in your right of free speech on: August 22, 2007, 02:49:44 AM
I am not going to comment on the whole free speech/censorship concepts because my views & feelings on that subject do not belong on this forum.

But the complaint you have made about their forum has left some questions unanswered in my mind:

1. Do they ban polite constructive criticism? or all criticism?

Polite: I really love your product and recommend it to all my friends. But there is one feature I think could be improved a little...

Not polite: I think your product sucks because.....

2. About the mention of other products...
Do they ban anything mentioning another product? or only comments that compare their product and rate the other product as better? or comments that just praise the other product and don't even mention a comparison? or only posts with links to their competitor's sites?

3. Are they banning bug reports and posts by confused users looking for help using their product?
3983  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / See Who's Editing & Manipulating Wikipedia on: August 21, 2007, 08:04:00 AM
On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits.

In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. A new data-mining service launched Monday traces millions of Wikipedia entries to their corporate sources, and for the first time puts comprehensive data behind longstanding suspicions of manipulation, which until now have surfaced only piecemeal in investigations of specific allegations.

Wikipedia Scanner -- the brainchild of Cal Tech computation and neural-systems graduate student Virgil Griffith -- offers users a searchable database that ties millions of anonymous Wikipedia edits to organizations where those edits apparently originated, by cross-referencing the edits with data on who owns the associated block of internet IP addresses.

Inspired by news last year that Congress members' offices had been editing their own entries, Griffith says he got curious, and wanted to know whether big companies and other organizations were doing things in a similarly self-interested vein.

3984  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype trouble on: August 21, 2007, 01:07:07 AM
The Skype outage is being blamed on Windows Update and a previously unknown bug within their network resource allocation algorithm.

Too many people installed updates from Microsoft at the same time and then rebooted. That resulted in them all trying to sign back into Skype at the same time. It put a huge strain on the network and it couldn't handle it.

3985  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SMIRF Chess Game. User won and bounced? on: August 21, 2007, 12:31:15 AM
The version for Windows is a dead project. He is in the process of making a Mac version, though.

But the last Windows version is still available if you email this guy and ask him for it.

As far as keeping all their stuff and forcing it to remain available, the rights to the projects are owned by their creators. At no point did any of the developers transfer those rights to DonationCoder. They can do what they want with those projects, including kill them and make them is their right.

I think it is unfortunate when it happens, but we don't have the right to force anybody to keep their work available if they don't want to.

Maybe you can send Smirf a private message expressing your interests in his application and ask him to please consider attaching the last version of it to its associated post on this forum. He seemed like a nice guy and I don't think it would be unreasonable to ask him this.

You might also be able to get in touch with him through his blog. (German language only) Or by leaving a comment on this post in particular.
3986  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mouse software on: August 20, 2007, 08:04:11 AM

The problem is that it registers too many hotkeys, it's a problem i still haven't been able to fix.
The same thing happens with GridMove. If some other program registers the middle mouse button, GridMove won't work with that key anymore.

When I needed a huge amount of hotkeys, I chose to use the right ctrl + letters (needed to be able to use everything from A-Z...all 26)

This allowed users to still be able to use whatever else other applications already needed with the left ctrl key, and it still work. So far the only drawback is that it won't work on 9x.

I haven't come across a clash yet, personally, and so far none have been reported by anybody else.
3987  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: KenR's health and situation on: August 18, 2007, 09:39:14 AM

I already promised to buy him his freeware application of choice.  undecided
3988  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Kinship diagrams (and genealogy) on: August 18, 2007, 09:32:39 AM
The Master Genealogist is supposed to be one of the best, most powerful, feature rich ones available.

It is intended for professionals and those that are obsessed with recording every last detail, right down to DNA logs for DNA test results.

Supports GEDCOM and importing from over 20+ other applications.

It is even capable of publishing a book complete with contents, footnotes, multiple indexes and bibliography.

There are also a number of companion products, in case the ton of features they give you isn't enough.

They have a downloadable guided tour that will take you through the basics.

Cons: It has a higher price tag ($59.00 download/$79.95 on disk - gold version) and because it is so feature loaded, it has a steeper learning curve.

3989  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The software awards scam on: August 18, 2007, 02:59:42 AM
I posted my thoughts on this at JoS. It's dangerous... I think a can of worms has been opened and there're going to be some real problems.

If the crappy sites that never check anything and hand out bogus awards get hit with PAD spamming, then let it happen. It will make those sites easy for the consumer to spot and they won't bother with them any more.

That will leave only the quality sites left, that actually check what stuff they are posting on their pages.

Rather than being just a bad thing, I think it will be nothing but good.
3990  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype trouble on: August 17, 2007, 01:49:31 AM
Here is some more information about the Skype problem:
3991  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: My Windows Cursors on: August 15, 2007, 08:49:13 PM
and you hear a flushing sound when you empty it.  tongue
I use a program that makes a flushing noise while cleaning, but how did you get the recycle bin to do it tellme
That would be hilarious to do it on all my computers at a set interval every day Grin

  • First you need a wav file of a flushing sound. (one attached to post)
  • Then go to Start> Settings> Control Panel> Sounds and Audio Devices.
  • Click on the Sounds tab.
  • Under Windows Explorer, you will find an entry for Empty Recycle Bin.
  • Click that and then click the Browse button and find the flush wav file and select it.
  • Click Apply.
  • Click OK.
  • Go empty your Recycle Bin and hear it flush.  Grin

I don't know if you will hear the sound when running utilities that empty the Recycle Bin for you, but you will hear it if you manually empty it by either opening the Recycle Bin and clicking Empty Recycle Bin...or by right clicking the Recycle Bin icon and selecting to empty it from there.
3992  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Latest MS updates borks WinXP? on: August 15, 2007, 08:37:12 PM
Out of curiosity, what kind of CPU is in the machines affected?

There was issues for some people with KB936357 being installed even though it wasn't intended for their specific CPU and it causing a bunch of problems.

If that is one of the updates you installed, you might want to take a look here: http://cranialsoup.blogsp...07/07/kb936357-funky.html

And everyone else should too, because there is a serious problem with that update on some machines. It contains microcode for your system's BIOS and is meant only for certain CPU's. For those CPU's it is a necessary update, or you need to update your BIOS with something from your motherboard manufacturer instead.

But if your CPU is NOT on the list, do NOT let it install!

On some systems, it is misdetecting the CPU type and trying to install itself, with disastrous effects to either the computer or a router that may be attached to it.
3993  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ARGHHH .... CD/DVD burning woes ... any ideas. on: August 15, 2007, 07:42:41 PM
Hmmm ... just burned 10 DVDs without a single error - so presumably it was a bad pack.

Now what do I do with about 35 Verbatim discs that don't record properly?

If you still have your receipt, how about contacting the manufacturer for a replacement or refund?
3994  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: suffering online status anxiety on: August 15, 2007, 02:13:05 PM
Just do 'your thing'. Sooner or later someone will appreciate it for what it is. As long as you enjoy doing it, it doesn't matter who else appreciates it, any way.

And like mitzevo said...stick with it. And if you like what you are doing, that part is easy.

Just remember something...the most appreciated things on the internet are of unknown origin. You may have already contributed to that and not know it.
3995  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Flash Game of the Week: Escape Game [RGB] on: August 14, 2007, 10:34:26 PM
The object of this insane puzzle game is to get out of the room. Click on things and stuff may happen, and you may get some clues.

3996  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help with concepts. on: August 14, 2007, 04:44:43 PM
1. IBM Compatible
2. How USB Ports Work
3a. How RAM Works
3b. How Computer Memory Works

And you will probably learn a lot more answers to computer questions you haven't asked yet, here:
3997  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hard Disk Partition turns from NTFS to RAW !!! on: August 14, 2007, 10:48:48 AM
I have had some weird probs with things being reported as RAW when they were really FAT32, on a brand new hard drive. I couldn't get windows to recognize them for what they were.

Might want to take a look at this post and see some of the suggestions people made:
3998  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: DC-IRL DD #5 - BELLEVILLE, NJ on: August 13, 2007, 12:47:42 PM
It's the magical cherry blossom trees...they act as a magnet, attracting people from all over the world. (even when they are not in bloom) Wink


Some more pics I took this past spring:
3999  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Educational Software reviews? on: August 12, 2007, 11:17:10 PM
I was just thinking about what our review section at DonationCoder is missing and needs.

September is almost upon us and in the US that means back to what we need are some reviews of educational software for children.

Maybe I can encourage the members with kids (or teachers) to share their experiences and possibly get their kids (or students) involved with helping them write some reviews? (a child's point of view is very important in this category)

I found a great page with tons of reviews, but most of them are quite old, dating from about 1998-2003, and it seems that nothing is downloadable, only for purchase on disk.

But this is the kind of software I am thinking of and I think it could be a great addition to our review collection.

So maybe we can start by listing what is available, downloadable (freeware/donationware/shareware), and for what ages/subjects and see if we can get some reviews going.

What do you think? Does this sound like a good idea?
4000  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Corel Educational bundles deals on: August 12, 2007, 09:28:30 PM
Paintshop Pro XI: $59.99
Education Edition
Comes with Free training CD from, Free camera kit.

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X3 : $99
Student & Teacher Edition
Comes with Free training CD from, Free camera kit.

WordPerfect Office X3: $99.99
Student & Teacher Edition
Comes with Free training CD from, Free camera kit.

Corel Painter X: $99
Education Edition
Comes with Free training CD from, Free camera kit.

Ulead Video Studio 11: $49.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

InterVideo DVD Copy 5 Platinum: $35.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

InterVideo WinDVD 8 Platinum: $49.99
Comes with Free camera kit.

Available while quantities last. Valid in North America only. All prices shown in USD.

And from what I understand, this is physical delivery on disk...not download versions.

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