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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: System Mechanic (and registry fixers) on: August 08, 2010, 03:55:21 PM
Sajman,

You are probably 100% right about fidling around with the registry.
Problem is, if something you've modified goes unnoticed until you finally need it and don't remember when you modified it... how can you restore registry properly unless you're really sure you last "hacked" it? So much for backing up registry.
Never had problems with TuneUp Utilities either.

Why no AV?
Well, i find that my system was generally less responsive and scrolling through Windows Explorer or xplorer2 became definitely slower after installing it.
But just to prove me wrong!  Sad
I just did a fresh install of my OS and neither of these things happened.
152  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / System Mechanic (and registry fixers) on: August 05, 2010, 09:09:12 AM
Hi,

There are previous threads, but seeing that those who talk about registry cleaners date back a while, i thought i'd drop a line or two about one specific shareware that i've personally purchased and used; namely and mostly about SYSTEM MECHANIC 9 (NOT PRO).

First of all, it seems to fix and tweak all kinds of things but doesn't really improve speed anywhere (browser or OS).
Secondly, with regards to Malwarebytes which was suggested on previous post, I've run it a few times on newly installed OS and it always finds two .txt files to remove. My OS backup disk was made from freshly installed system so i can't see where the culprits came from.

Running on Windows 7 (not Pro) with no AV or Firewall except for Micro$oft defaults and system is running just smoothly for the last three weeks.
153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office live is now...well...Live on: June 14, 2010, 08:36:51 AM
As usual, Microsoft is always light years away from innovations on the web...  

Indeed, it's not much of a big deal but it is a handy option for those who can afford their Office Suite.  

Did i miss the page numbering feature ?
154  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: What's the best: Wiki Host? on: May 26, 2010, 06:47:23 PM
PBwiki has survived over quite a span of changes.
As paid version i would say it is the best.

Free ? Well, there's always TiddlyWiki.
I like the fact you can save your data online / offline.
155  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to uninstall Ubuntu 10.04 on Windows7 ? on: May 02, 2010, 07:35:21 PM
Ya. Someone recently told me about Wubi.

Guess you have to learn the hard way sometimes.  embarassed
156  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to uninstall Ubuntu 10.04 on Windows7 ? on: May 02, 2010, 11:33:33 AM
My LG notebook allows me to create a backup of the system.
I presume this means i can backup it up to a DVD.

Will this not backup the Ubuntu installed all over the partitions i've created or will it simply backup the default installation files needed for Windows 7 ?
157  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / How to uninstall Ubuntu 10.04 on Windows7 ? on: May 01, 2010, 05:37:42 PM
I'd really like to send my notebook back to initial state and start all over.
Problem is, i don't have a backed up copy of OS yet.
158  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote alternative that has an online interface? on: April 13, 2010, 07:16:08 AM
Just came upon this small freeware: http://quotepad.info/

And! It doesn't need .Net Framework to work! Yes!   Thmbsup
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Agent Ransack 2010 freeware lightweight - Desktop Search on: March 24, 2010, 07:14:27 PM
Indeed, i was quite surprised myself.

An excellent job!
160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Agent Ransack 2010 freeware lightweight - Desktop Search on: March 24, 2010, 04:28:28 AM
My pleasure mydexter!

What's nice about this program is the fact that you don't have to index your system and it does the job quite fast. Choosing specific folders to look into helps even more.
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Agent Ransack 2010 freeware lightweight - Desktop Search on: March 23, 2010, 03:57:58 PM
Although the latest Copernic Desktop freeware version has greatly improved, i really like this long awaited update to Agent Ransack by MythicSoft. It's just lightweight and beautiful!   Thmbsup
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Installing Linux over ME, is it possible? on: February 21, 2010, 09:23:48 AM
With DeepBurner i was able to make a good ISO copy of LinuxMint.
Although it failed to recognize my external monitor, it worked fine on my XP.
Much slower on ME (need a bit more RAM but do have minimum required) though.
I presume that a "hard" installation will make a big difference.

@Bamse,

Thanks for the reminder about CPU bit.
I usually try to remember to open and clean everything at least once a year.
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / 1,000 Architects & Engineers Call for New 9/11 Investigation on: February 20, 2010, 06:39:17 PM
According to CBC.ca's Fifth Estate program last fall.
It is said that more and more Americans and Canadians have doubts regarding the events of 911.

Today, i fell upon this headline:
http://world911truth.org/...or-new-911-investigation/

Seeing that "Coders" are architects in their own right, i thought you'd like to be aware of this happening and perhaps "digg" this story which is already listed.
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Installing Linux over ME, is it possible? on: February 20, 2010, 07:43:22 AM
Josh, i understand your point of view and it is good to be aware of these things.

After testing with a LiveCD, i'll be able to see with my own eyes if the desktop becomes more stable or not. As you know, crashing issues abound with ME and a Linux OS seems to be the only door to take at present time.

BTW, if someone has a similar experience, could they suggest the best free Linux version to try?
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Installing Linux over ME, is it possible? on: February 20, 2010, 07:00:04 AM
Thanks again folks for your input!  Thmbsup

The liveCD suggestion has been retained and when i get a chance i'll give it a spin.

Then we'll take it from there.

Many programs no longer work with ME so the LINUX option will be an interesting one to consider if and when re-installation time comes around.

I don't mind giving tips to people who work with more "recent" OS like XP, but ME isn't really my cup of tea.
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Installing Linux over ME, is it possible? on: February 18, 2010, 10:10:25 AM
Thanks Josh for writing in!

I presume keeping Linux isn't too hard (least i hope not)!

Keeping ME at par with AV/Antispyware programs is tough so i imagine that Linux is much more secure.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Installing Linux over ME, is it possible? on: February 18, 2010, 08:47:21 AM
Hi,

Friends of mine have a computer with ME on it.
As you know, it is just awful.

Was thinking of installing Linux over it in the hopes that it would become more stable and secure.
Is it possible?

If so, will Linux recognize the CDRW and USB ports?
Also, the fact that it's on a network it would also need to install the HP Printer drive right?

Thanks for your comments!
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend portable word processor, please? on: February 12, 2010, 07:56:43 AM
Although it is not specifically a word processor,
EssentialPIM has a portable usb version (free/shareware) that might suite your needs.
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thunderbird 3 Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: January 20, 2010, 03:36:27 PM
@Tomos,

My pleasure!

Yes, that was exactly the page of shortcuts i was looking for.
Thanks!   smiley
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thunderbird 3 Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: January 20, 2010, 07:06:30 AM
Quote

On a different note,
anyone know of an addon that allows you to create and/or customise shortcuts?

Have been looking for a while a now.
Did find this info just a moment ago:
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Keyconfig_extension

Right click menu is rather slim so i was glad to find this handy list of shortcuts "en fran├žais":
http://www.arobase.org/th...s-clavier-thunderbird.htm
If someone can find an English version, i'd be glad to know of it.
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thunderbird 3 Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: January 13, 2010, 06:50:49 PM
+1 CompactHeader

GContactSync seems to be doing fine so far.

Lightning b1 seems to be holding okay too. Just came out not long ago. You can sync it with Google's Calendar.

Alfred Kayser's LittleBird and LittleFox are my favs for Tbird and Firefox. Very small but not too too small!


172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Firefox startup faster. on: December 30, 2009, 09:32:06 AM
Bis to Tuxman, CleverCat and Curt!

Don't want to get too excited but...
although i didn't notice any improvement on startup, it seems to improve page rendering.
Time will tell.



BTW, did they tell you about the new movie called "Constipation"?



Yep. It's in the works but it won't be out for a while...  Wink
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Firefox startup faster. on: December 29, 2009, 07:05:26 PM
Thanks F0dder.

The link with explanations are too technical for me but your warning is a good reminder to being careful when dabbing with certain tweaks that may seem okay.

Did remove the /Prefetch:1 bit and restarted Firefox a few times without any noticeable change (although still good).
So, i guess i may have been just a tinsy bit too hyper about this possibility.
Seeing that i recently re-installed my notebook, that may had some impact too right?

It reminds me of days when the web is faster than others.
We tend to think the browser is the main reason (which can happen), but most of the time, it's just our phone line, traffic on the network and perhaps less "spurts" from the sun. 
So many things can have an impact. It's not always easy to discern which is which.
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Firefox startup faster. on: December 29, 2009, 01:39:09 PM
Milesahead,

I tried that cmd tweak but nothing would change so i then tried the more "direct" registry one without any success.
Here's a snapshot:



The section seems to be none existent.

BTW, i'm not complaining about Firefox, it's just that i was wondering if i was the only one noticing an increase in startup speed with the addition as initially stated.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Make Firefox startup faster. on: December 29, 2009, 12:25:51 PM
Still hanging in with XP Home.

I know it takes time on initial start up but generally speaking, i do find it speedier afterward.
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