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1501  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 22, 2008, 08:59:41 PM
Just the fact that Softland will speak of his program as openly as he is, ups my opinion of his software and it's potential, which he has said he is still working on. Employing more minds on the project as well, by the comment about third party contributors. Which is how a lot, or should I say most of the programs and help happens here at DC.

Having a backup that can be counted on is worth a lot. And it seems to me that this is Softland's goal.

So I would not be too quick to give up on this program with direct input from it's developer.

And not to count out Titan either. If they were aware of this conversation they might have some input as well.
1502  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 22, 2008, 06:13:06 AM
tslim,

You may call it a wizard interface.
But there has to be a way to choose what you want backed up.

What Dirhael screenshot was only some of the choices.

Are you trying to be able to find a backup program and have the backup program automatically select the files and registry keys and dependencies for you?

McAfee used to have a program that you could move a selected program with all that, to another computer if you wanted to. You could choose the program and it would gather everything that program needed except the OS and pack it up. It wasn't called a backup program though. For good reason.
1503  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 02:46:21 PM
Well.....
I tried....

These objectives can be achieved I believe.
But a solid one program solution hasn't been made yet imo.

Perhaps a fresher approach would be needed.
Or using more then one program solution.

But this is way above my head as far as programing.
I'm not a programmer, I just run them.

You seem to be at a point of moving into much more complex backups.
If I could even call it that at this point.

I'd ask where the IT's are personally.
MSDN and the like.
I suppose that one link didn't help.
But Universities are into all this as well.

And I take no offense in you or anyone outright saying what they think.
How in the hell can we get to the damn point if we don't.

http://www.google.com/sea...&btnG=Search&aq=f
1504  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 10:22:57 AM
A short but informative write up from-

http://jonathanstoolbar.b...ck-down-just-back-up.html

Titan Backup

Titan Backup impressed me with its feature set, yet still is easy to use.

Backup item selection: Files, folders, and entire drives. Select by browsing or specifying inclusion and/or exclusion file masks. Can automatically exclude temporary and useless files. Predefined sets provided for picture, music, video, financial, and productivity (Office, PDF, etc.) file extensions. You can see only file names and sizes when selecting, but not dates or other properties.

Profiles: You can set up multiple backup sets for different purposes through a step-by-step wizard. Special file types you can select include emails, contacts, rules, signatures (predefined sets for Outlook Express, Outlook, Eudora, Thunderbird, Opera, and Windows Mail); registry keys; and user settings for Windows, browsers, IM clients, media players, and certain utilities.

Backup types: Full, differential, and incremental, with or without versioning. A preview window shows differences between the current file and the last backup.

Scheduler: Manual, one time, on Windows startup or shutdown, or by day of the week or an interval of hours or days .

File format and encryption: Native or compressed ZIP format (can be encrypted with a ZIP password) or 256-bit AES encryption.

Destinations: Backups can be copied to a hard disk or other drive, burned to a CD or DVD (with spanning), or transmitted over the Internet by FTP.

Notification: Titan can email you to notify you of the results of its operations.

Special functions: Does not back up open files. Automatically finds Outlook, Outlook Express, and other special data files (see “Profiles” above). Titan Backup can run specified programs before and/or after backup. It can back up the Windows registry.

Ease of use and GUI: This program’s GUI is slick and easy to use, but presents a lot of choices.

Windows versions supported: 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Vista.

Titan Backup costs $39.95.

Download site: http://www.titanbackup.com
1505  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 09:25:46 AM
It could be considered wizard like but it's not imo. It's more a step by step process type deal where I would have to do a backup and take screenshots at each step.

In other words it will not show the details of each step without actually taking action in each step.

There is a 15 day trial to give it a whirl.

1506  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 08:18:02 AM
Very true tomos, here's the thread I picked up on Titan, free at the time.

http://www.donationcoder....13853.msg118855#msg118855
1507  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 07:19:03 AM
Yeah, I'm aware of Symantec's 'other' troubles.

Don't get the Antivirus/Spyware or BackItUp.

I guess I don't understand the type of utility you mean.
Can you give an example that is close?

When I first saw your post I thought of the Windows Backup Utility.
Which has the tree view for selecting files, though I don't recall support for the registry, I would think a good backup program would include it.
Don't misunderstand, I have no confidence in Windows Backup at all.
But it's interface is as you described for advanced settings.

Now, looking closer at my own utilities I find

http://www.titanbackup.com/

supports registry operations as well as being a true backup utility.
1508  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 12:29:31 AM
Anyway, for a job as complex and large as yours.
Symantec is one of the backup pros.

http://www.symantec.com/b...siness/products/index.jsp

There are others cheaper but limited.
1509  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 21, 2008, 12:07:17 AM
Here's some info on setting up specifics, manually,
and then automating them.

http://www.unix.ualberta....ADSM/adsmwin/cp5ec602.htm
1510  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 20, 2008, 11:46:57 PM
lol...ok,

how much do think you need to backup?
not the entire system apparently....
1511  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: August 20, 2008, 07:14:04 PM
Sounds more like you getting into group policies and enterprise type backup systems.

Norton Ghost or Acronis True Image for personal use. Without some of the requirements stated.

But for enterprise work and group policies Norton Ghost enterprise edition would be the choice imo.

Though it's doubtful you could get a ghosting program to operate based on the registry or to selectively eliminate or include any entries, because of the nature of the dependencies. Which is where group policies would come in. Requiring that type of program and knowledge.

Most backup programs provide the tree type selection alternative, but I have not seen anything like that for the registry, since the programs require the registry entries and not registry entries requiring programs or system operations.
1512  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deleting Files From the ..\Local Settings\Temp\ Folder on: August 18, 2008, 02:38:21 PM
The only problem I've ever had was having to re enter passwords being on web pages. In the past when I was using Google's browser Sync.

I went back to Foxmarks and it's not a problem anymore.

I use Cleanup!, ATF-Cleaner and Ccleaner.
Not necessarily in that order.
Plus GlaryUtilities, RegSeeker and AdvancedPersonalCarev2 at times.

Cleanup! is the deepest cleaner, prompting to log off to complete the clean. Which also makes it the most volatile if you don't know what you are cleaning out.

Most of the time I just use ATF-Cleaner and that's enough.
I run Ccleaner's registry scan to see how it's doing.
If it finds a lot I'll use RegSeeker which cleans deeper.

Anyway, for me and my computers it takes a load off the cpu by 5-40% at variable times. 40% - 80% spikes mainly. After cleaning I idle at arounnd 5% as opposed to 5-40% and more before cleaning.

The difference is noticeable on these two p3's, though I doubt if a core duo or quad would notice.

I have had nothing bad happen with all these tools in using either one or all of them.

One Cleaner will not get it all. I know because I can run one then another and pick up more. Files and registry entries.

Make a backup of your registry before cleaning it, to be sure you won't mess something up. I don't anymore, being confident in the tools. But with some other programs that I don't have and others do, I'd backup the registry.

As opposed to most techs advice they would say don't clean the registry. I do and see a difference in performance. So it depends on the person, computer and programs I suppose.

fodder's advice is sound for sure. Especially with installing programs, which is why I always 'download' instead of 'run' which operates out of the temp files. Downloading the program, by way of 'Run' downloads to the temp files and installing from there could make your temp files more important then they should be.

That's my opinion and experience.
People with thousands invested in programs would be wise to have 1 or more full backups of the entire system.
Worth the price of a duplicate Hard Drive of the same size imo.
1513  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation/Advice requested - synching two Outlook profiles on: August 12, 2008, 07:50:56 PM
You could use Syncplicity.
2gb free should cover your sent items.
If you just sync those two files.

http://www.syncplicity.com/

You could sync the rest of the folders, but the chances of it going over 2gb is high I would think.
1514  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendation/Advice requested - synching two Outlook profiles on: August 12, 2008, 02:43:47 PM
You could try 'Yadis!'
From the reviews some like it and some don't.
It seems simple enough to use to me.
And it works.
You can use the same backup across your network I would think.

http://www.codessentials.com/index.html
1515  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: quick photo viewer on: August 08, 2008, 09:24:31 PM
Welcome to DC Axel.

I suspect you are a part of the team behind fastpictureviewer.
Congratulations on a fine program.
I use quite a few viewers and like fpv very much.

Thanks.
1516  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies for international travellers regarding new US Customs seizure policy on: August 04, 2008, 04:51:23 PM
Lot's of online apps here, including the comments.

http://www.readwriteweb.c...ve_online_office_apps.php
1517  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies for international travellers regarding new US Customs seizure policy on: August 03, 2008, 08:01:28 PM
As an American, I am aware of the downward spiral of privacy in this country, as well as it's own doings to get these laws in place to invade privacy at their will. It's a damn shame on us.

They can't see what I'm thinking though. Unless I tell them.
There isn't any technology to read my mind.
Except the obvious means to get me to talk.

But anyway...Tom. There are plenty of online deals.
Depends on what kind of info you need access to.

The major thing is their ability to confiscate your laptop at will, for no apparent reason. Which is not right. Anything on your computer could be sent to another in another country via the net. So their reasoning is flawed as well as the motives.
1518  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies for international travellers regarding new US Customs seizure policy on: August 03, 2008, 07:14:45 AM
lol...
i'd use fedex or ups i think
if i was to go the shipping route
1519  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies for international travellers regarding new US Customs seizure policy on: August 03, 2008, 06:40:36 AM
You could mail or ship your computer to your destination.
But you wouldn't have it on the trip of course.

I've heard of some people doing that with their luggage because Airlines often loose your luggage for a time.
1520  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need Screensaver Manager on: August 02, 2008, 07:40:40 PM
Skrommel's 'TrayScreenSaver'

http://www.donationcoder....ndex.html#TrayScreenSaver

Is what I use. I don't have a screensaver set in the xp settings. Don't need one to be actively set all the time. I just use this because I turn off my monitors when I'm not using the computers.
1521  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Your most used SPECIAL programs on: August 01, 2008, 02:27:57 PM
Google Photo Screensaver

http://pack.google.com/screensaver.html

Apart from all the editors and viewers, it's the most enjoyable.
Because I work with two computers and three monitors, the one will go through my pictures or feeds that I choose while working with the other computer on various stuff. And taking a break, I get 3 monitors showing my pics.

Skype. http://www.skype.com/

While forums or chat are ok, live talk is better for good communication and hanging out together from distant points on the map.
Plenty of interactive add ons. Social in nature, which is it's function I believe.
1522  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Convert to tiff (lzw) on: July 31, 2008, 04:31:41 AM
I think I'd make a new folder and copy the files to work with to it.
So you are sure to have the originals....just in case....
1523  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Convert to tiff (lzw) on: July 31, 2008, 04:20:35 AM
Have you tried this one?
Image Converter One.

http://www.ashongsoft.com/index.html
1524  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: quick photo viewer on: July 30, 2008, 09:32:33 PM
Ok, sorry if it changed anyone's file associations.

It didn't on my computer.

If it did on anyone's, right click the file and click choose program and you can set the default program for that file type.

Or as in Phil's screenshot, you can click 'change' or 'restore' or 'Advanced' as his has. I guess cuz I'm on xp home at the moment, it's restore instead of advanced.

I still use Imagine for my default, so it's as easy as going into Imagine's settings and select all files list to make Imagine the default viewer. Not all have my preferences though.

http://www.nyam.pe.kr/

The newest version is in the first thread of this site I posted.
1525  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: quick photo viewer on: July 30, 2008, 02:10:03 PM
the title should be 'photo fun'

too bad they are both limited with types of pics
no png support-bummer

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