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5226  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You have a computer backup plan.. but does it work? on: October 23, 2009, 04:38:36 PM
These image backups are huge. I don't have an external HD that has triple the space of the current HD.

Using a backup software that compresses backups and can do incremental backups:
I just checked & have 3 full backups and 14 incremental backups (so you could really call that 17 backups) - they take up 30GB space.
5227  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows vs. Mac: I'm starting to change. on: October 22, 2009, 02:08:41 PM
the comments are more informative (both sides) and entertaining than the article itself (a good few from this year actually).

there's a link in the comments there for this NSFW article "Announcing the new apple iProduct" - doesnt look NSFW but some of the text is of a delicate nature smiley
5228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You have a computer backup plan.. but does it work? on: October 22, 2009, 08:16:14 AM
I just did my first restore a few months ago - was very nervous but thankfully it worked
I'll have to take your advice mouser and get myself another drive to restore to.

I'll probably just stick another drive in the computer - it'll be a third drive; I might, as suggested, get a rack
I love hard drive racks and the new sata racks are completely trayless and as easy as can be to use.
can you recommend one mouser ?  a search for "hard drive rack sata trayless" at NewEgg just gives three iStarUSA products which sound suspiciously like they only available in USA or N.America..
5229  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 10 things to do after installing Linux on: October 21, 2009, 03:04:14 PM
@tomos

I don't really know terminal commands but maybe this article is what you're looking for?

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087

thanks Paul  thumbs up
5230  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: October 21, 2009, 12:55:29 PM
Hi!

I'm Kingsmob a.k.a PunkRockKarl, a 36 year-old aging punk rocker.
haha - a punkrocker and a geek - I love it smiley
welcome to the site Kingsmob, I was already listening to a bit of music on your webpage -
you could always add a few recommendations to this thread:
Recommend some music videos to me!
5231  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 10 things to do after installing Linux on: October 21, 2009, 04:31:47 AM
I'm wondering -
if I were to install Linux-(or whatever) on a machine and back up any important data &/or keep it on a separate partition:-
Can I do regular image-backups of the OS so that if something goes wrong I can just restore the last functional version of the OS?

That way I wouldnt have to try figure out how to fix "a python backtrace when one of the thousand front-ends coded in it inevitably goes bottom-up, for example".
5232  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: File Managers! Windows Explorer replacement! Come one, come all... on: October 20, 2009, 05:37:49 PM
There is little reason that software should be treated differently than other commodities (unless you want to get into the open source and FOSS debates  tongue ) DOpus is, if not the most expensive, among the most expensive of its kind. Whether the feature set justifies it and sets it apart from others of its kind is only up to each individual user.

well said smiley

I think cost-wise that XYplorer at current lifetime licence for $44.95US is very worth snapping up. I do miss some things from DOpus (didnt upgrade to version 9, bought XY instead) but I suspect I'd also miss things if I was migrating the other direction. XY is much more affordable and being developed very actively.
If I had the money though, I'd buy both cheesy
5233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Best Laptop Input Device? on: October 20, 2009, 01:52:48 PM
or have you seen in the 'Announce your product' section:
A free laptop mouse replacement software.

disclaimer: I havent tried it, it is free (at the moment at any rate).
5234  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BoomerApp.com - New Software Rebates Website from BitsDuJour on: October 20, 2009, 12:44:09 PM
This wont help you much Patteo in Australia but is good news for european customers:
Quote
For selected (mainly European) countries you will be paid in your local currency using using electronic funds transfer or bank transfer, these countries are as follows:
http://www.boomerapp.com/about/#rb2
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with a bank transfer the bank charges are only a few pence
5235  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BoomerApp.com - New Software Rebates Website from BitsDuJour on: October 20, 2009, 06:27:22 AM
Update:

I just read that for certain countries (in their FAQ) , the check will be sent in the local currency. But do note that if again the check is drawn on a US bank, the back and forth thing between your local bank and the US Bank continue to apply and that means the bank commission charges.

Do correct me if I'm wrong.

for the record/example:
in Germany, cashing a foreign cheque in the same currency (I mean cashing a cheque from another EU country; cheque drawn in € euro) costs 11 euros [in my bank]

edited to clarify 'foreign'
5236  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Getting rid of "Google Goo" on: October 19, 2009, 03:13:30 PM
I am using this Greasemonkey userscript to get rid of Google tracking ...

- to my understanding this script is for google.com only? I believe Google default is any local "domain", giving different surnames all over the world - around here: .dk

I notice sometimes that google.com redirects to wherever you are (.dk .de .ie etc) and sometimes it doesnt - not sure does this depend on settings or have they changed the 'procedure'.
Can be challenging if you dont speak the local language...
5237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager? on: October 19, 2009, 03:10:03 PM
Best password manager is your brain. Don't leave it to an app. You might end up being left when you completely forgot your passwords yourself.

the only password I'm sure of is the one that gets me into roboform undecided
5238  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: BoomerApp.com - New Software Rebates Website from BitsDuJour on: October 19, 2009, 12:15:59 PM
It all works with mail-in rebates. You pay the retail price up-front, and then print out the special rebate form. After you've posted it to one of our worldwide locations we'll send you your payment within two business days.
does that "worldwide" mean that this software can be bought from any country in the world?

The rebate deals only last one week so you'll need to act fast to make the most of them.
hopefully the postal service is good smiley
5239  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My text file manipulation needs on: October 15, 2009, 02:59:10 PM
[...]  in which language you will write and what I will be expected to pay??
Hi forkinpm smiley
I hope Skwire wont mind me commenting:
you could have a look in the 'Post new requests'/'Coding snacks' board to get an idea of how the process might work
e.g. this thread:-
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=19770.0

Autohotkey (AHK) is most often used to create scripts/programmes. It's portable, you can run a 'script' using AHK; or an .exe file can be made from the script - again that is portable too (the .exe file runs the programme as opposed to installing anything).

This site normally works on the idea of donations - if you use/like a programme or get something custom 'made' the idea is that you donate to the author. This is done by first donating via the last link on the right top of page. You get one credit per dollar donated. These are in your 'account' here. You can then donate 'credits' to the author via the $ icon under his/her avatar on the left. Anyone can cash in their credits.
As to amount - that's more delicate -  undecided cheesy - I guess that depends on how much you can afford, how much work is done; how much worth something has... you could also donate to the site if you wanted. There's more info at that donate link.

Hope that helps
5240  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Cancel :P on: October 14, 2009, 05:21:16 PM
I found one that does almost everything...

tell us tellme smiley
5241  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Quality Comparison: 8 x freeware PDF Readers / Viewers on: October 14, 2009, 10:16:41 AM
If the competition wasn't fierce, now Evince, the default PDF viewer in the GNOME desktop environment also has a Windows version.

sounds interesting
Supported Document Formats

Evince is specifically designed to support the file following formats.

    * PDF
    * Postscript
    * djvu
    * tiff
    * dvi
5242  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Scientists say: Alcohol DOES make people more attractive on: October 14, 2009, 01:52:59 AM
[...] marriage-a-wanna [...]

I dont usually get my laugh-of-the-day so early (8.50am here) but I reckon that's it -
thanks Miles cheesy
5243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows vs. Mac: I'm starting to change. on: October 14, 2009, 01:50:11 AM
Well, some random comments:
I LOVE the Apple multi-touch touchpad.  It is awesome.  You know what would be a cool idea?  I large pad on your desk to replace a mouse if you wanted.  You use your fingers to move around and do stuff with multi-touch commands and so forth.  That would be something really cool.  but it would have to be a decent size, maybe the size of paper (8.5x11").  I dig that.

Have you seen this thread 10/GUI - new ideas for the desktop using multi-touch touch-pad/small screen
5244  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 10/GUI on: October 13, 2009, 09:28:38 AM
okay, at the very end of the video they showed a keyboard with their 'touch interface' in front of it like a large touchpad - also not very user friendly (I have to admit I stopped the vid before it was quite finished - the music was doing my head in)


[edit]  ooups! just saw this
Did they talk about where the keyboard would go though? If their 'touch interface' goes where the keyboard normally would - it would have to double as a keyboard too?

Yes, they show it near the end of the video. Think about a laptop keyboard, with an oversized trackpad.
5245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 10/GUI on: October 13, 2009, 09:20:00 AM
Looks very interesting,
I thought when they started talking about linear organisation of windows that they would be stacked something like this:
http://smarthistory.org/

[attachthumb=#]

(which could fit in well with their ideas)

Did they talk about where the keyboard would go though? If their 'touch interface' goes where the keyboard normally would - it would have to double as a keyboard too?

Another thing that I would miss would be the ability to have say two windows one side of the screen and one on the other - but neatly filling the screen - a la GridMove. This hasnt really been considered I think.

Still, some great ideas there.
5246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows vs. Mac: I'm starting to change. on: October 12, 2009, 03:40:04 PM
I am a PC
Darwin makes his computer orientation clear cheesy (with apologies Wink - or maybe it was meant that way!)
5247  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows vs. Mac: I'm starting to change. on: October 12, 2009, 02:21:24 PM
(Now now) Think Different ... Losing all your files is just a golden opportunity to start with fresh ideas.

lol Grin
5248  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows vs. Mac: I'm starting to change. on: October 12, 2009, 01:12:56 PM
OS X crashes just as much as Windows. There are just as many mysterious, "unfixable" problems on a Mac as there are on a Windows PC. If you want to switch because you like the way the OS works on a Mac better then great. Go forth and enjoy it. If you want to switch because you want a more reliable computer you may be disappointed.

Amen.  I've had veritable *nightmares* using the Mac with problems.  Not that I haven't had them on Windows, but just goes to show that they are computers, and computers have problems at times.

Dont mean to be cruel to any mac fans but I'm reassured to hear that.


Just 2 cents to spice things up  tongue:
http://www.itwire.com/content/view/28388/53/
now that's scary . . losing all your data tellme
5249  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: What's the best Journal (Diary) software? on: October 12, 2009, 08:30:48 AM
I believe your posts here have been removed before & they will surely be removed again unless you announce your affiliation in each post where you recommend your software.

@tomos
Sorry and thank you, didn't know that announcing the affiliation is necessary in this thread as well.
After all, most posters here do not do it.
Thanks for adding that smiley
Most posters here are not recommending their own software.
If you make a post recommending your own product (or one you are affiliated with) it is necessary to state your affiliation. If you see another post that does not do this* you can use the 'report to moderater' link (in bottom right corner of all posts).

Otherwise you give the impression you're spamming which isn't much good for your product - not around here at any rate Wink

* It's usually pretty obvious who's 'advertising' and, as I said above, those posts get removed fairly promptly.

[edit] I've just reported the post previous to your's above (by mioan) so that will probably be removed shortly [/edit]
5250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 41-09 on: October 12, 2009, 07:21:58 AM
#5 would be wonderful if it holds up -- it seems grossly unfair to me that you can't sell software 2nd hand the way you can anything else you buy outright.

I read once that Adobe offer a 'service' where you can transfer the licence to someone else. Dont know if that's true or not - I'm no fan of Adobe but if that's true I'd think a bit less poorly of them...
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