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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processing Delays!? on: February 19, 2014, 08:18:14 AM
In both Process Explorer an Process Hacker, keep an eye out for the entry called 'Interrupts'.

This value should always be as low as possible, preferably not exceeding 1 to 2% even when doing a lot of reading/writing to disk. Because if it does, it is the first precursor of your drive failing. This is closely related for making Windows 'pause' without apparent reason.

Thanks,
found this in the Process Explorer help:

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Interrupts and DPCs
On Windows NT-based systems Process Explorer shows two artificial processes: Interrupts and DPCs. These processes reflect the amount of time the system spends servicing hardware interrupts and Deferred Procedure Calls (DPCs), respectively. High CPU consumption by these activities can indicate a hardware problem or device driver bug. To see the total number of interrupts and DPCs executed since the system booted add the Context Switch column. Another sometimes useful metric is the number of interrupts and DPCs generated per refresh interval, which you see when you add the CSwitches Delta column.
127  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 18, 2014, 07:04:52 PM

that was impressive. Will have to read some more about the actual Zettelkasten system, as he doesnt really explain it there in much depth.

While reading, I was wondering if CT+Zettelkasten was useful for writing too - interesting to note he says this article was the first he wrote in CT. Occured to me it might be helpful to have notes in one app and write in another. What's your approach there?
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Very interesting images by Erik Johansson on: February 18, 2014, 06:42:28 PM
^+1

I especially like the Escher style images, they dont even look like photos (I like that about them too) e.g. #57
...and
the X's and O's one :-)
and...

PS can anyone explain image #52 - a guy jumping - am I missing something there, or is it just different to the other images?

129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 18, 2014, 06:10:19 AM
^Well, you were responding to my post where I was pointing out that some people here were "coping well" with Win8. What I was saying -- but maybe phrased badly -- was that they were/are happy with it (I since edited my post to reflect that).

... you're [probably] not dealing with people who are coping well [happy] with the change (they are out there - look at Josh/Allen/Innuendo/Josh's wife/wraith's son/etc./etc.).

Obviously your experience with your customers is relevant, but doesnt negate other people's positive experiences with it.
130  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: AHK script to insert date and time to file name on: February 17, 2014, 04:12:54 PM
Hi, I wonder if you could maybe mod this:
[copy or print]
^+d::  ; Ctrl+Shift+d outputs current date+time
   FormatTime, CurrentDateTime,, yyyy-MM-dd HHmm  ; It will look like 2010-12-21 0353hrs
   SendInput %CurrentDateTime%hrs
   return

So that it would rather copy to the clipboard the ISO formatted timestamp as given by attributes/properties (rather than CURRENT timestamp).

FWIW, I have an older script (2008...)
[edit] which did something completely different embarassed (pasted current date/time [/edit]
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 17, 2014, 03:48:40 PM
[...] since Windows 8 was released I have met precisely 1 customer who says they actually like the new interface - everyone else the first thing they say to me is 'how can I get rid of this'.

in fairness, [I presume] you're dealing with people who are looking for help, i.e. you're [probably] not dealing with people who are coping well [happy] with the change (they are out there - look at Josh/Allen/Innuendo/Josh's wife/wraith's son/etc./etc.).

Mind you - even after saying that - I reckon I'd fit well into your customer base embarassed
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 01:57:00 PM
I dont see anything wrong with having Metro there, it's just as you say, getting it shoved down your throat when you just want to be productive on a desktop - that's not a pleasant experience.
It *could* be like getting two OS's for the price of one. *Allowing* us to use it, would have been better advertising for it than the way it did happen. All they need to do imo is separate the two worlds, then leave us with the option, which to use and when. They're not that far away from that ideal - even in basic 8.

Be interesting to see where they do go with it now though...
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 01:07:27 PM
This.  The real place that windows 8 was a disaster?  Marketing and forcing things on people.  The same way that Vista was a disaster.  The OS in and of itself isn't that much different from windows 7- it's a few key decisions that they made for people (based on what focus groups, I'll always wonder) and a desire to push into tablets.

^ and this.
Unfortunately those few key decisions often make for very unhappy users (still on 8 here, going to wait for the 8.1.1 before 'upgrading').
134  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 15, 2014, 11:42:57 AM
Thanks dr_andus for answering that question.
@Tao, I think it can also depend on the topics. I dont write but I do tend to gather info -- topics which overlap and merge one into one other. Tbh a lot of it I havent orgnaised, and yeah, in a good organiser you can give an item/entry multiple parents ("clone") and tag it. Tagging can end up like another outline with decisions as to where I put this tag in the hierarchy (if it has a hierarchy - if not could be a pain too if there's a lot of tags).
Ease of linking to other items is very important I think. Hence my interest in the wiki suggested by dr_andus.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 15, 2014, 03:37:33 AM
I suspect the problem might be in IrfanView with transparencies.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 14, 2014, 07:24:25 AM
Have a look here too:

http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/gradient.php
http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/white.php

or some similar site/images where you can check your monitor settings
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 14, 2014, 06:26:11 AM
Giampy,
when you say you see it dark - do you mean in the forum - or do you mean on the desktop as wallpaper - or are you looking at it in some other softw.?

In the forum here, the face looks well balanced on my monitor (with brightness relatively low on monitor settings).
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Process Explorer now includes VirusTotal integration | 404 Tech Support on: February 14, 2014, 04:10:27 AM
Thanks for the heads up -
that's going to be a great help thumbs up
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 13, 2014, 03:51:43 PM

Chris will come along and flash us. Wink

Yeah.  Puns are a reflex with him.  Wink

Not at all — as usual I'm waiting to see the latest developments before saying anything negative.

ah yes, getting back to the old-school approach: maybe the chemicals will fix the problem?
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's not a valid windows 32bit application on: February 13, 2014, 02:32:52 PM
Do you read my mind ?

I hope so smiley
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 13, 2014, 02:29:21 PM
@PhoneyVirus, I'd say: this one does a lot - if you dont want that, go try another app.
If you dont know any, try a search engine: there's a few comparitive reviews out there.
(After the initial outrage, I did have a laugh at your post, but dude, that's no way to get help tellme)

[edit] mouser got in there ahead of me [/edit]
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's not a valid windows 32bit application on: February 13, 2014, 01:51:09 PM
^ I say you need help from the malwarebytes forums

I was in an antivirus forum but the way they usually offer support don't go with me because the tell me : do this, do , do , do and gives no explanations at all. So finally i decided to do "searching" the web.....
-
I removed a virus last week - some things got temporarily messed up from the fixes recommended, but in general I'd say you're better off going with the instructions from the antivirus forum -- but that's easy for me to say now ;-)

*****
Do you have a recent image of the OS partition(s) ?
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 13, 2014, 12:06:30 PM
I remember you posting about this before - it is a weird one - you were even saying you could see the images change sometimes. Makes me think hardware (monitor) issues.

What are you using to make the changes to the images - some software e.g. Picasa by default only save the changes *within* Picasa AFAIK (unless you actively save the changes to the file as pl5bnsf says.

Here, found it:
Images unexplainably changed
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's not a valid windows 32bit application on: February 13, 2014, 08:26:03 AM
Maybe this might help (?)

Maybe uninstall/reinstall is needed?

Looks like it, plus some rebooting, if you read for instance this forum post:

https://forums.malwarebyt...index.php?showtopic=63720

you're missing the step with mbam-clean.exe
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: K-Meleon anyone? on: February 13, 2014, 08:20:47 AM
Palemoon was getting good press here on dc - I was considering trying it as FF was struggling a bit here (win7 x64), but havent yet...

I used K-Meleon for a while on earlyish XP, seems like a long time ago now. I know app103 recommends it for older machines. I've been with FF so long - with TabMixPlus and Session-saver - that I just was never really bothered to even try Chrome much. But, FWIW, for the same reason I wouldnt go back to K-Meleon either.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: It's not a valid windows 32bit application on: February 13, 2014, 08:10:56 AM
I can't reinstall

why not?
147  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 13, 2014, 07:27:27 AM
ConnectedText, which is a desktop wiki, has such an import function (it calls the 'delimiter' a 'separator'). It also has its own "clipboard catcher", so it can paste text directly into an open "topic" (CT document).

Advantages of CT are that it's a non-hierarchical system and it has a variety of annotating/categorising features and powerful search options, so it's suitable database for a very large number of topics (tens of thousands), which might be challenging to manage in a traditional hierarchical tree-based folder structure.

The main downside is that there is a fairly steep learning curve associated with it (unless one already knows about wiki markup and has an engineer's or programmer's type of mind - as opposed to being a 'poet' Wink).

Sounds interesting.
I tried but couldnt find any YT videos giving an idea how it might work. I didn't find the homepage very informative, but this review was a help to understand the basics anyways:
http://www.pcworld.com/ar...g-requested-features.html

(A rigid outline just seems so limiting to me at this stage -- why I find CT interesting as well).
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tips for Windows 8 (got any?) on: February 12, 2014, 09:50:14 AM
Backup / create an image:

Quote from: gizmo
>How to Create a System Image with Windows 8.1 File History<

A previous tip showed how to create a system image in Windows 8. In Windows 8.1, Microsoft changed the procedure and made it [even] harder to find [ mad]. In this tip, I will give the new way to make a system image

http://www.techsupportale...ndows-81-file-history.htm

ftfy there Curt cheesy

I wonder if they're actively trying to hide it, or is this just good old incompetence...
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: February 12, 2014, 06:21:49 AM
^ cheesy that was good

some banjo jokes (lined up to 1:06) not very PC maybe...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hEweOGUTznY#t=1m06s

they make good music too - oldtime and bluegrass even with banjo-player :-)


[edit] from your link app:
Quote
A Bluegrass band tells terrible jokes while tuning. An Old Time band tells terrible jokes without bothering to tune. Bluegrass band members never smile. Old Time band members will smile if you give them a drink. A Celtic band is too busy drinking to smile, tune or tell jokes.

there's actually a good explanation of the musical differences there too (I like all those type of music but wouldnt have been able to clearly explain the differences)
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Quote
Except for the guitar, all the instruments in a Celtic band play the melody all the time. In an Old Time band, anyone can play either melody or accompaniment at any time. In Bluegrass bands, one instrument at a time solos, and every else plays accompaniment.
[/edit]
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Spider Oak Purge on: February 12, 2014, 06:11:52 AM
I'm not sure if this related - historical version are stored online, arent they?

Anyways, dont think this worthy of a new thread so I'll chance posting here:

until recently I had the original SpiderOak software installed, from sometime in 2012 I think (sorry I didnt keep the version number).
This older version didnt prompt to update, so I didnt embarassed

Short version of events:
I discovered a ~27GB file in Users\Roaming:
C:\Users\*****\AppData\Roaming\SpiderOak\tss_external_blocks_snapshot.db\00000007

Apparently this is resolved in more recent versions of their software, (which also prompt to update!)
I deleted the file manually after upgrading. Everything fine now...
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