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5176  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Right, time to work on...o_0 a shiny penny, I WANT IT! on: February 21, 2010, 01:34:50 PM
I've found that the fastest way to get anything done is to slow down - Screw the "Big Picture" it's fuzzy chaotic and detail-less. Well defined problems always have simple answers and frenetic motion just wastes energy. Stick to the nuts & bolts.

Looking at a project in it's entirety can/will quickly overwhelm you, so just pick part of it, an small part and boil it down to its most basic form ... Then do that. And the next bit, and the next...and pretty soon you'll find yourself at the other end if it - Done. Now step back for a "Big Picture" view of only that project. If anything is missing do that (only), if not move to next project.

that's a great post thumbs up

I'm thinking of maybe wiping off one of my computers, putting myself in a locked room and make sure the only thing on that computer is the project I wanna work on, and NOTHING else, not even pre-installed games like Solitaire and such lol

I tried that lately, dusted off my old laptop (which has no internet connection), cleaned up the contents a bit, spent an intense hour or so writing, & thought great - do that again tomorrow night.
The laptop died the next time I turned it on - I even lost what I had written lol
5177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: People are really (really, really) stupid on: February 20, 2010, 04:55:07 PM
[...] they didn't stop to think maybe they got the wrong site, they just assumed someone had "broken their Facebooks!!1!1" and then proceeded to make incredibly retarded comments about it. *That* is stupid. Yes, I stand by that. Did it not even cross these people's minds that it could be another site? They've been to other sites on the Internet besides Facebook, right? Or at the least they know other sites *exist*... so, they're idiots.  tongue

lol agreed
5178  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: People are really (really, really) stupid on: February 20, 2010, 02:59:35 AM
I dont think this is stupidity -
it's ignorance - these are mostly people who have never learned (in the sense of being taught, but maybe in every sense?!) about using a computer. Have you ever tried to teach beginners - they have an icon the desktop - that's the INTERNET, and god help them (and you) if it moves for any reason. They have no concept of what it is they're using or how it works. Search vs. URL's huh??? huh huh that's a more advanced science. I learned that way myself (without being taught & pretty much without help) but I was curious and interested - it still took years for me to understand lots of stuff (it was probably helpful I only had dial-up - I was learning at a dial-up pace) and I'm still likely to make very stupid mistakes with programmes - I'd be good to dummy-test apps for App Wink

There was a vid a while back somewhere asking people what a browser was (prompted by google's new os) that was fun - found it
5179 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Way to have FARR only scan (1) files in My Docs and (2) start menu apps? on: February 20, 2010, 02:39:45 AM
in options >> Search folders -  just select these two

5180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: February 19, 2010, 03:10:19 AM
They call me a lucky dog. I often have a little work to do for my father, who sometimes say I a good helper. In fact, I like reading a lot, esp. newspapers and stories. It's also good to have nothing to do but listen to some light music with a glass of green tea.

hey bluesear, you lucky dog you!
welcome to dc smiley
5181  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: February 18, 2010, 04:06:10 AM
Version #5 is coming out soon - see below for details - partial file versioning for files over .4MB which can be combined with zipping & encryption

NEW FORUM (yaaaah)  smiley
there seems to be some sort of partnership with this new(?) online backup site (well, they will use a version of SFFS & SFFS has forum on their site). They here.

New Features In Version 5 (Preview now available for Windows)

Support for Google Docs
You can now synchronize with Google Docs! The functionality is described here.

Embedded SQL Database
An embedded Firebird SQL Database Server is now being used for the reference databases. This adds only 2 MB to the download and it does not need any configuration. It is used for SmartTracking, for the Destination Cache and for storing the checksums for Partial File Updating. The SQL server communicates directly via its DLL file, so there is no TCP/IP or other interprocess communication that would be seen by Firewalls. Embedded Firebird runs as part of the Superflexible or ExtremeSync processes.

Firebird is a great improvement over the old database structure, especially in terms of reliability and scalability. It can store an unlimited number of file entries and other data without becoming much slower. A separate database file is created for each job (like before). Old databases are automatically converted.

Differential Versioning Backup
You can now combine Partial File Updating with Versioning, Zipping and Encryption and use it with any backup storage location, including FTP and other Internet Protocols.

Checkboxes to choose:
- tab sheet Special: "Partial File Updating" (without Remote Service)
- tab sheet Zipping: "Zip Each File Individually"
The option "Filename Encoding" on the Versioning tab sheet is automatically active in this use case.
The Zip file sizes can now be limited too so that large files can be split (only in conjunction with Partial File Updating). The transfer can be stopped any time and zip parts already uploaded won't be lost.
Be sure to keep all zip files on the destination as they may all be needed to reassemble the file upon restore. Any older version can be restored by choosing the desired target date in the Restore Wizard, or by right-clicking the file in the Sync Preview and choosing the desired version. The option "Keep multiple files" is implied and does not need to be checked. It cannot be used to limit the number of older versions. All older versions must be kept on the backup.
A method to limit the number of older files that need to be kept on the backup storage is currently being developed and suggestions on the best strategy are welcome.
Block-level copying is applied to files which are at least 400,000 bytes in size. The granularity of the differential backup is determined dynamically for each file, based on its size. The smallest block size used will be 2048 bytes.
Each partial backup includes an MD5 checksum for each file, so that restored files can be verified to be 100% correct. You can see this in the file MD5.TXT that the partial zips contain.
5182  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Facebook Users Beware. on: February 18, 2010, 02:07:34 AM
I was slow to join (only a couple of months ago) & will be quick to leave - I find the whole setup a bit of a users nightmare

[edit] not to mention their email a while back re improvement in security, which, when I checked the details, involved making all my content public huh
5183 Software / Skrommel's Software / Re: Problem with Accents on: February 17, 2010, 10:12:22 AM
there have been some other softwares here (at dc) for accents etc - maybe someone who's using them could recommend something (in case this doesnt get fixed)
5184 Software / Skrommel's Software / Re: Problem with Accents on: February 17, 2010, 10:09:38 AM
A very useful program, BUT:
I have to hit the key for "!" TWICE to get the character !. The first time it is hit, nothing happens. This is annoying.
And I have to hit the END key TWICE to get to the end of the line. The first time it only takes me to the end of the word.
Why is that? What can I do?

I dont have either problem here (only use this very occasionally so just tested again).

I'm using a german layout keyboard & XP SP2 and the AHK FIle
(I NOtice it capitalises the first couple of letters occasionally (!) - I THInk if I HOld the Caps key for a fraction longer it keeps it pressed for the following two keystrokes...)

What can I do?
maybe give some more info
OS keyboard layout, exe or AHK file...
5185  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Low-cost laptop in February 2010. Comments anyone? on: February 16, 2010, 03:20:28 AM

Acer have a *very* poor reputation (here at any rate) in terms of fixing machines when under warranty but if the local store deals with that it sounds like that probably wont be a problem for you.
5186  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Battle of the Free Online Storages on: February 16, 2010, 03:08:30 AM ... they been around forever and they are ultra reliable, their free storage is more than sufficient for most people and they offer a paid service (cant remember the price) for those who want to do huge file uploads.
so, they have unlimited upload/download & unlimited storage for the free service - what's the catch, how do they do that ??? tellme
Can you for example, just upload all your backup & leave them there ?
5187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Return of the Son of the best *free* Windows Text Editor on: February 14, 2010, 03:08:33 PM
They forgot to mention Vim and Emacs. Again.

click on the link I quoted above -
I removed them cause they were (incorrectly?) listed under unix & the OP was looking for something for windows & commercial use

Here you go
5188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Return of the Son of the best *free* Windows Text Editor on: February 14, 2010, 02:22:50 PM
a list of Editors (for windows) that are free for commercial use - I put them in spoilers cause the list was so long



(this division is very rough, any division-tweaking help is appreciated)
5189  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Elegant Full Screen Weather Map Web Page on: February 14, 2010, 01:13:00 PM
seems pretty good for Europe too
btw, with FF & Flashblock & Adblock on I can still see all / or most (? havent checked) of it

Edit: 'Weather Underground' seems pretty good too - prob helps that I'm half an hour from an airport...
5190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Battle of the Free Online Storages on: February 13, 2010, 01:49:07 AM
Here's an interesting one:

I came across it here (a not very in depth review, in the Imaging Resource newsletter)

~ Basic backup software is free
~ Plus ('+') software is $60

Why should I buy CrashPlan+?

Purchase CrashPlan+ if:

    * You are a business. The free version of CrashPlan is for personal use only.
    * You need customer support. CrashPlan+ users receive email and phone support.
    * You want to restore files from the web. CrashPlan+ users can restore their files over the web when combined with CrashPlan Central (purchased separately).
    * You want continuous, real-time backup. The free version of CrashPlan backs up daily.
    * You like being super secure. The free version of CrashPlan is plenty secure but for enhanced security, CrashPlan+ uses 448bit encryption.
    * You want to be ad free! There are no ads in CrashPlan+

you can figure out from that the disadvantages of the basic software... Compare here.  

In review linked above, they say it needs 500MB memory for continuous protection (!)
It's one of those watch your files in the background apps
It does partial file updates

The online backup costs $54/year/individual, unlimited backup (that sounds good!)
Again in the review they say they'll send you a 1TB drive to do your first backup if you have over 100GB to backup  [edit]-I didnt see that advertised on their site, presumably only in the US-[/edit]
5191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: February 12, 2010, 01:43:34 PM
Does IQ work under Linux properly, even under Wine?

Possibly under Wine:
have a look a look here
apparently there was a related bug with Wine that got fixed in last version but I havent heard if it actually works now with it
5192  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nearly caught by spam.. [or 'Saved by Thunderbird'] on: February 12, 2010, 03:24:05 AM
While I agree wholeheartedly with not clicking links in emails and being wary, in this case the email wasn't spam, it was legitimate.  I received the same one and the links were similar, but different.  If you look closely, you'll see the lid field has different values.  If you click on the links you'll also see they take you to different pages. redirects to, a sales and marketing automation service.  These services allow the sender (in this case Syncplicity) to track what links were clicked along with other analytics.

You'll never go wrong if you manually type in the company's URL when you get an email, but in some cases (like the survey) the links are masked for the sake of email tracking.  The only way to the survey is through the tracked link.

ahhh, interesting. thanks Jaden
5193  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buzzzzzzzzinggggg - Google Buzz - Gmail with facebook features on: February 11, 2010, 12:35:29 PM
Saw the sign up page yesterday, made it a point to not touch that "Try it" button, and logged into my gmail account.
Woke up this morning only to find that while I was sleeping, it had snuck into my gmail account & made a comfy little home for itself.
It showed me the people I'm "following" and the people who are "following" me.
W T F ??????? I don't "follow", I don't Tweet. I'm only on Facebook and I keep FB & Gmail separate for a reason.

Uggghh...I feel like I'm being stalked by a google app!!!!
Get away from me, Buzz, you creep! Can't you take "No" for an answer?  Angry

I just joined Facebook lately and that's the way I feel about it (I dont want the fecker to keep shoving potential 'friends' in my face...even if I do half know some of them, & how do they know I half know them anyway - it's just creepy I find)
** But I can really understand you wanting to keep the two seperate - that would be a nightmare having an email account like that Cry
5194 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Faster boots combining hibernate and restart (Boot Snooze) on: February 11, 2010, 03:18:29 AM
Ah, I wouldn't brew-d about it. smiley
And I was about to raise my hops!

better watch your eggs though... :p
5195  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Funny Videos Here [NSFW] on: February 11, 2010, 03:15:21 AM

 Thmbsup always had a soft spot for Beaker cheesy
5196  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yea, I won't be getting an iPad anytime soon on: February 10, 2010, 03:47:44 AM
For us lucky users of Chrome, there's now an extension that can duplicate the iPad experience on your computer, for free!

CubeMe by The Blue Cube
Experience the web the way Steve intended.

 Grin Grin Grin Grin
was thinking first, huh, what's the iPad experience . . .
5197  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend portable word processor, please? on: February 09, 2010, 04:45:32 PM
Did you manage to pick up a free copy of Softmaker office [edit: 2008] when they were going around?
You can 'export' the install to a usb stick
I certainly did!  Very generous offer.  I didn't realise you could make it portable.  Thanks!  smiley

Start >> Progs >> Softmaker Office >> Utilities >> Install on USB stick

dont have much experience with it, but have used it from portable version & seemed okay
5198  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend portable word processor, please? on: February 09, 2010, 04:31:28 PM
Did you manage to pick up a free copy of Softmaker office [edit: 2008] when they were going around?
You can 'export' the install to a usb stick
5199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Someone needs to expand our WikiPedia article on: February 09, 2010, 02:55:55 PM
I may be wrong but their referencing system is a bit dubious to say the least - I got involved in debate a while back about another page and just got totally frustrated & gave up.

Is there a way to search (bing google whoever) for "donationcoder" but to exclude this whole site?
That way we could throw in a few external links, might help
5200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Worldometers -- real time stats around the world on: February 09, 2010, 09:20:36 AM

I wonder what Information is Beautiful could do with these numbers.

ooh, that looks nice...
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