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151  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / most weird Ctrl key issue *ever*? on: January 05, 2011, 10:30:00 AM
Hi,

since a week or two ago I have this really strange Ctrl key issue... it *sometimes* stops working as a qualifier key (in combination with the up/down cursor keys). I noticed it in two different programs. First I thought my keyboard was failing, but it's the same thing with a different keyboard.

The really weird thing is that I can't reproduce it at will. Right now it's not working for example, but it might work again in 5 minutes. Or in two hours. I didn't spot a pattern. (Sometimes I seem to be able to get it to work again by restarting the program I want to use it in, but not always.)

Any ideas?
152  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: January 05, 2011, 08:14:39 AM
Small bug:

At the beginning of a file, when you pause it at a "TE:" amount of time smaller than the set "Rewind track x seconds when resuming from pause" time, Trout won't do any rewinding once you resume it. It would be very helpful if Trout would just rewind it to the beginning of the file in cases like that.

Request:

An option to add x seconds of silence between files (so in a way to pause it for x seconds) would come in handy in some situations.
153  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: January 04, 2011, 03:51:28 PM
I noticed a few times now that Trout, after ending it and restarting it later, sets its volume to 0 at program start (I never set it to 0 manually). Strange.

1.0.5 build 2
154  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: December 25, 2010, 11:01:43 AM
An interesting bug showed up today... I can't reproduce it at will, but it happened twice within a few hours.

I created an "Alt-Space" hotkey for "Next" Action yesterday and use the space bar to pause/play files (the pause/play button being highlighted). While I jumped to the next file with this hotkey today and then paused the file with the space bar, it happened twice that Trout paused the file while playing it at the same time! Unpausing it would cause Trout to play the file simultaneously. It was not possible to stop the other one from playing other than quitting Trout. Maybe you can prevent that by making sure that just one play process is being launched at the same time.
155  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: December 24, 2010, 07:59:49 AM
@ app103: yeah, I thought about that too, but I'd rather have a fixed version. :-D

Try v1.0.5 build 2, please.
That fixed it, thank you! Thmbsup
156  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: December 23, 2010, 02:16:31 PM
...and here's a request cheesy

Please make the random option even more random: when I close and restart Trout, it plays the first file in the list - every time I restart Trout. Only when I click the "next file" button, the random mode really kicks in.
157  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: December 23, 2010, 02:02:13 PM
Ah, that's helpful. Thanks and merry xmas!
158  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: December 23, 2010, 12:55:19 PM
Ok guys, quick questions since I haven't played around with Trout in quite some time: is it possible to use Trout as a 'random directory player' for more than one directory*? Would I just have to install it more than once for that purpose? (Trout A for directory X, and Trout B for directory Y)

*in a way that it would just randomly play the files in a given directory, and would update its list if I add files to the directory after Trout had been closed before
159  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 10 coolest alarm clocks on: December 08, 2010, 08:38:09 AM
And today I give you...

Rise and Whine: The World's 10 Most Innovative - and Irritating - Alarm Clocks

http://www.fastcompany.co...irritating-alarm-clocks-0

Some cool (and nasty) ones in there! cheesy

160  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 24, 2010, 02:49:38 AM
Is there harddisk access when the freezes happen?

When monitoring CPU usage, be sure to show kernel timings. If the lockups have high CPU usage and lots of time spent in kernel-mode and there's disk activity, your disk might be failing. You might want to check if your controllers have reverted from DMA->PIO mode.
Thanks, I'll ask you how to check that if the problem persists - which it thankfully doesn't seem to. And just to be safe, I'll backup my data more frequently.
161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 23, 2010, 09:25:36 AM
Maybe it was in a recent Windows update? I've had Windows 7 since about the time it was released and it was only recently that I started encountering problems with my HDDs spinning down, too. Then again, I did just recently format and do a fresh install. . .
Yeah, let's blame some recent Windows update for the time being. (I remembered that I did go through those settings after purchasing this machine, so probably a recent Windows update DID change that.

I'll hunt for other causes should the problem persist (doesn't seem to though - fingers crossed!). Thanks to all you.
162  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 23, 2010, 03:43:08 AM
Strange thing about this is that these issues never showed up during the first 2 years after I bought it... weird.  Cool
163  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 23, 2010, 03:34:43 AM
It might be your hard drives being put to sleep after a short time. Windows 7 had it set to about 20 minutes by default on "Balanced" so any time I'd do something that needed a hard drive it would have to spin up again.
Indeed, that's set to 20 minutes in both profiles in Vista too! If that options works as it should it shouldn't be a problem, but I can remember at least two times where the problem occured roughly 20 minutes after starting a Skype conversation... I now changed the 20 to 0 (= never), thank you!
164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 23, 2010, 02:22:07 AM
Wow, thanks for all the pointers!

No nasty clunking HD sounds, and nothing really bad in the Event Viewer. mouser's comment about CPU usage (when those problems occur CPU usage sometimes seems to be at 100%, sometimes not - I need to monitor this more) reminded me of something I *did* change some time ago: I set my PC's (it's a laptop) energy options from "energy saving" to "balanced" in hope of a better system performance. I now reversed that back to "energy saving", and the PC behaves way more smoothly. Interesting (and a bit strange)... I'll see what will happen next.
165  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / what's wrong with my PC? (it's often soooo slow) on: September 22, 2010, 10:32:33 AM
Hi folks,

since a few weeks my PC sometimes behaves weird: programs (and the mouse cursor) freeze for a few seconds, Skype conversations (or youtube videos) come to a screeching (or crackling) halt (they sometimes recover after 20 to 30 seconds). Sometimes Vista even totally freezes. If I want a regular Skype conversation I now have to shut down Chrome before I start Skype. Even typing this is randomly slowed down/paused for a few seconds. Sucks. Sad

It's as if the HD can't keep up... and defrag doesn't help. I can't connect the beginning of the problems with any action I took - I didn't install new software or hardware.

I'm curious if you have any ideas...
166  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new email notifier that only reports specific emails with popup and sound? on: August 07, 2010, 02:03:41 PM
Thanks, that sounds interesting! I'll play around with the current one (see above) for one or two more weeks, then I'll give Poppy a try too.
167  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new email notifier that only reports specific emails with popup and sound? on: August 07, 2010, 02:50:42 AM
Hi,

It's good that email notifiers are available in the market but is has to be more efficient and should cost less so that many can buy the software.
smiley
I can't help it, your reply sounds like coming from a spam-bot... (I was surprised not to find a link to online gambling / cheap drugs / a casino / etc.)  Cool
168  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new email notifier that only reports specific emails with popup and sound? on: August 04, 2010, 03:30:15 AM
I settled on Scott's Gmail Alert (http://ga.graphicport.net/), which is donationware ($3 only). It got 4.5 (out of 5) stars (with 33 votes) over at http://fileforum.betanews...-Gmail-Alert/1248759828/1 (click for reviews).

It supports Gmail's labels, so I set it up to notify me of emails with my most important label. The idea from my previous post is not needed. Perfect!  Thmbsup
169  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new email notifier that only reports specific emails with popup and sound? on: August 03, 2010, 12:04:46 PM
I just had an idea... since there seems to be no such program (I couldn't find one and you guys don't seem to know one), I might just create a forwarding filter (for my most important emails) and forward them to a new Gmail account. For that new account I'd then set up a notifier - http://www.gmailnotifier.com/ or one of the other 841 free ones. Cool
170  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / new email notifier that only reports specific emails with popup and sound? on: August 02, 2010, 07:27:05 AM
Hi,

over the years I tried quite a few email notifiers (and currently I don't use any because I get so many emails). Now I'm looking for one that only reports specific emails (for example if the sender's name matches a specific string - I like Gmail's filter rules!). Is there something like that out there, in a perfect world with support for sticky popup* and sound notifications?

Freeware/shareware if possible, if it's really good I'm willing to buy it too.

*Like in Google calendar after you activate the Gentle Reminders (Settings -> Labs). They pop up, but do NOT take focus (they don't interrupt your workflow, they pop up - gently - in the right buttom corner of your screen).
171  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to monitor a website for changes? (moving from WebMon to web-based service) on: July 16, 2010, 10:26:41 AM
No need to be sorry, at least that service sends the news that were posted on the page I'm monitoring in the email, I like that.  smiley
172  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to monitor a website for changes? (moving from WebMon to web-based service) on: July 15, 2010, 02:53:20 PM
Wow, that looks perfect! I'll try it.

Edit: Now I looked at http://www.feedmyinbox.com/pricing/ - and it looks like it's only one update per day (not as it happens) if you don't want to pay :-(
173  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to monitor a website for changes? (moving from WebMon to web-based service) on: July 13, 2010, 03:03:09 PM
Page2RSS looks nice, and I like the Google Reader feature, but how do I most easily turn that into an email in my inbox (telling me about an update on that site)?  Cool
174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: how to monitor a website for changes? (moving from WebMon to web-based service) on: July 13, 2010, 01:17:19 PM
Yeah, an RSS feed would be perfect for this task...

If possible, I want to move to a web-based service so that I don't have to run yet another program locally.
175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / how to monitor a website for changes? (moving from WebMon to web-based service) on: July 13, 2010, 09:01:23 AM
Hi,

in the past I used WebMon (http://www.markwell.btinternet.co.uk/webmon/) to monitor some websites/pages for news and updates. Now I'm looking for a free service that does that (almost) in real time - once a day is not enough - and sends me an email if there's an update. I'm willing to accept ads in that email, and I only need one page to be monitored.

Is there any such service that doesn't just report once a day? Thanks in advance!
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