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5226  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: RealWorld Paint.COM 2009.1 on: April 23, 2009, 06:38:12 AM
How does it compare to Paint.NET?

I see from the comments here http://fileforum.betanews...ail/PaintNET/1096481993/1 that Paint.NET does not support Photoshop .8bf plug-ins
5227  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the dfference between using portable installaions vs PortableApps? on: April 22, 2009, 07:19:17 AM
Because FARR and LBC are both well suited to act as front-ends to a portable USB drive and other applications, i wonder if it might make sense to release a preconfigured non-install version of FARR+LBC that work together like a front end for a usb drive.  It would be preconfigured to show applications found just like portable apps launcher does.
Oh...hell...yeah!
that would be really nice mouser Kiss
5228  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: April 21, 2009, 04:59:14 PM
Hi....guess I better stop lurking ( tho I don't think I'll have much to say anyway Wink )
I'm an Aussie sheila, living simply, in a ghost town in South Australia.
I love reading  on here, even tho most of it is beyond my comprehension....too many years on the clock to really get into all the coding stuff...more a "user" than a coder anyway.

a belated welcome phoenixxinOz - and you wont be the only non-coder here Wink
5229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: for the past 50 years, American students were taught bullshit on: April 21, 2009, 09:51:57 AM
For what I see as good German language, I recommend reading Siegfried Lenz or Günter Grass. So going back to the English language: What's your recommendation of a Good English Book? Should I try the classic Shakespeare, or Hemingway, or Poe?
first, thanks for the german book recommendations thumbs up

so,
you're looking for a Good English Book - I'm not sure what you're implying by those capitals there, lol. That'll be like searching for the "Great American Novel". I cant tell you what's good in the context of this thread but I'll happily recommend a couple of books.

these below are all older books (but all 20th C. except for Jane Austen) - I would have to think/search some more for more recent writers.

Jane Austen "Pride and Prejudice" - you may be confronted with some not so modern English, and convoluted sentences too, but she did write great books!

I've only read one short story by F.Scott Fitzgerald but that was really beautifully written.

P.G.Wodehouse not only writes in beautiful English but is also very entertaining along the way (a rare combination) - there can be a lot of slang in his books - maybe, as a non-native English speaker, avoid the "Jeeves" series because they're the worst 'culprits'. Actually, I'm not sure how readable he would be for a non-native English speaker undecided  I'd recommend any books about Blanding Castle/Lord Ermsworth.

Hemingway "For Whom the Bell Tolls" & "The Old Man and the Sea" are both great books. "For Whom the Bell Tolls" does use a sort of archaic style in the dialogue to indicate when they are speaking Spanish (or it may be a dialect, I cant remember exactly)
5230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: for the past 50 years, American students were taught bullshit on: April 21, 2009, 02:52:16 AM
going back to the example of learning a second language -
hmmm -  well you could learn it by example if you had the option of living/working with native speakers, but if you want to learn it quickly and in a school scenario you really do need the grammar to hang the language on, so-to-speak.

Of course to really learn the language you've then got to use it with native speakers (e.g. in dc forums!) and then you'll often find that this (or that) way of saying something, while correct, is very stilted and everyone actually says it another way. The language is alive, not a set of rules.

So I guess that leaves me somewhere between Kartal and Eóin ...
but you just gotta love f0dder's spanner in the works Grin Kiss

Actually grammar is a relative construct by human beings, it is unnatural. I would  say that do not rely on grammar much. Grammar kills the language and puts it in a box. Grammar is elitist and creates class division.  Let languages flourish as they want to be. I hope it makes sense. I am an anti-grammar guy, really smiley
Eye r liek 2tally in aggrement!
Whut can i say 2 dat ????!!!!? omg wtf
5231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: for the past 50 years, American students were taught bullshit on: April 20, 2009, 04:01:31 PM
Here we have a good example, Jimdoria is claiming that couple hundred years ago grammar was not established properly that is why he is having hard time understanding literature from that time. Well guess what, actually the language you talk today is probably more like a radiation infected amorph language compared to the past. I think you guys think that mankind keeps moving forward thus language and grammar move forward as well. That is a false feeling in my book.
I agree there.

There is no right or wrong way of talking a language, there are only vague patterns that are accepted by all levels of the society.
agreed again

I am sure none of you could pass your english class if you fail in grammar even if you write an amazing poem or story with the grammar of 500 years ago.
I think if you write "an amazing poem or story" - even using modern language, you're probably going to break any number of the more rigid grammar rules that exist today  smiley
5232  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander v7.50 Public Beta 1 on: April 20, 2009, 07:32:43 AM
2tomos
I've sent an e-mail to author few days ago

well that's great thumbs up
5233  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander v7.50 Public Beta 1 on: April 20, 2009, 04:35:13 AM
tomos, if you look I already voiced support in that thread days ago supporting a request for a discount.

Ooups, sorry Innuendo!

re getting discounts, AFAIK the problem is that no-one is really running that section at the moment..
If anyone was willing to take the initiative and contact Total Commander's author, I'm sure mouser would take it from there (if a discount were offered)
5234  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander v7.50 Public Beta 1 on: April 19, 2009, 03:55:53 PM
and,
not wanting to rub salt in (honestly! - I'm happy to see loads of requests for Total Commander discounts Thmbsup)
Total Commander discount?
5235  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: for the past 50 years, American students were taught bullshit on: April 19, 2009, 02:45:44 PM
Guys I think your over reacting a bit. The point of language is just communication. We can all see different dialects around us and so of course some consistency and rules have to be established to create a common base that all can understand and read and information can flow freely.
good point Eóin

I've just read the whole thread quickly so a couple of thoughts inspired by same

unfortunately,
the origin of actually creating a standard English (in England) involved class, elitism, and keeping the little man down. Ironically, you get snobbery on both "sides" these days - if you speak proper (:p) you may just as well get looked down on as if you don't. So everyone has to look after themselves, which is only natural after all (innit!? - I find myself alternating between compulsive urges to speak not "proper", and worrying that I'll make some stupid grammar mistake - that says a lot in itself I guess ... )

I'm living in Germany - when I moved here I went to the local Volkshochschule and did four months or so of full time courses learning German. But when I get served in the shops or meet people through the Sport club, or wherever, they speak a different language - in lots of ways it's almost the same, but it's so different that I really feel like I'm learning two languages. Then I heard people speaking Dutch and I realise that's also a closely related language. English too for that matter as you move further north. Gradually I got a sense of an area with related languages with one merging into the next. So, while it is artificial that someone at some stage decided that the dialect from around Hamburg should be the "High" German language, it is also very helpful* as Eóin says above  smiley

* [edit] especially when you have over 100 million native speakers of many different dialects. I know North America doesnt have much in the line of different dialects as such, but worldwide, English is spoken very differently (natively) in many different countries. And judging from some English people I've heard, they still have some pretty strong dialects within the country over there - never mind some of the Scottish accents Wink [/edit]
5236  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 16-09 on: April 19, 2009, 01:19:57 PM
yeah,
#4 is very entertaining:
> TWC will shelve the trials "while the customer education process continues."
dont you just love to get some "free" education for a change Grin

#2 - they'll just have to go back to old-fashioned banking undecided

#9  LOL  Grin
5237  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC! on: April 17, 2009, 03:38:47 PM
MonitorBenQG2400WD (x2)$610.17NCIXUS

how are you getting on with these two smiley ?
5238  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup #1 on: April 17, 2009, 04:22:23 AM
I know (I believe) that IQ/SQLNotes saves in real time as well but it's a very different beast to Evernote! There are surely othjer notetakers that have that capability - this was talked about somewhere here undecided

EDIT/
related thread:-
pls recommend a good benign keylogger I think there was another one too but ...
5239  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Anti-Virus Package on: April 16, 2009, 05:17:09 PM
In no way did I mean to imply that I care Wink
gotcha lol
No, the aspect I was considering was someone physically checking up your computer to see what liscences you have.
5240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommended image backup/recovery solution for a netbook (no CD drive) on: April 16, 2009, 05:13:25 PM
have you seen this
Guide for Creating an Acronis Bootable USB Hard Disk
I have no experience with it so cant really comment myself ...
5241  News and Reviews / Note Taking Software / Re: SuperboyAC's Notetaking Software Roundup #1 on: April 16, 2009, 03:24:19 PM
No, it's stored locally then synced.  If you don't want it to sync, then don't put in the password.
Yeah, I don't know why ver 3 is getting such bad press. It offers the opportunity of online storage/sync but you can use it solely offline just as you could ver 2.2. Personally, I like the online capability and I much prefer ver 3's interface.

I cant remember the details now but I recall people saying the actual programme was dumbed down (in comparision to previous versions) & I thought that was a big factor in upsetting lots of people.
can it still do all that nice tagging it used be able to do?
5242  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Total Commander 7.50 public beta 1 - mini-review on: April 16, 2009, 11:18:41 AM
Thanks Fenix Thmbsup
5243  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: move small dialog windows to cursor position on: April 16, 2009, 09:34:14 AM
Well I enabled the shortcuts and clicked the one for
> MakeNotDetectableTitle
when the popup window was visible (& presumably had focus) and it's remained in it's corner since (good window!)

Re changing the shortcuts - it's difficult to know what works without doing a big experiment - I mean to say:-
I dont know how to type in e.g. Control key or Windows key - do you think should I use the Autohotkey shorthand for the different keys ?

thanks!
5244  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Anti-Virus Package on: April 16, 2009, 06:18:20 AM
Somebody please enlighten me. How would they actually know that you use it commercially?
...
I use my lapdogs at home and at the uni but use some 'free for private use' software. Am I commiting a crime tellme ohmy
I dont think so - and wouldnt care if I was you Wink
it's more if you're registered as self-employed or as a business -
then you can get checked up on (probably varies from country to country)
These days there's so much good cheap or free software I made a decision to stick to the rules - it's one less thing to worry about
5245  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: move small dialog windows to cursor position on: April 15, 2009, 03:48:12 PM
more starting up stuff smiley

how do I exclude a particular popup window or is that possible?
it's from Filehamster -
it popups a notification that it's making a revision and I dont want it going to where the mouse is

Would it be one of the shortcut options:
> MakeNotDetectable
> MakeNotDetectableTitle

thanks for any help Wink

5246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AntiVirus with decent anti-spyware (realtime) detection on: April 15, 2009, 08:12:58 AM
thanks dan
I'll pass on that info (good to know about AVG too ..)
5247  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: move small dialog windows to cursor position on: April 15, 2009, 07:15:40 AM
a word of warning to anyone trying it out for the first time - it has hotkeys on by default -
so it steals the F8 through to F11 keys from all apps
5248  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AntiVirus with decent anti-spyware (realtime) detection on: April 15, 2009, 06:37:45 AM
Now i've been looking at COMODO's free firewall and AV:
http://www.personalfirewa...odo.com/download_cis.html

Any takers on this one? Is it low on resources? Quick to update?

did you try that out yourself Dantheman?
(I've got the same questions!)
5249  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Anti-Virus Package on: April 15, 2009, 06:36:41 AM
does anyone know of a reasonable anti-virus that's also free for commercial use ?

I'm presuming Comodo would be free that way, seeing as they dont have a paid version
Actually there's not much reference to Comodo anti-virus here (& most references are quite old now) - anyone got experience there?

It's for a vista laptop (for a family member who last year paid Norton a huge fee and is now broke lol)
5250  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: April 15, 2009, 04:22:52 AM
As for videos, Phil Collins Land of Confusion video was one of the most memorable to me.  I remember it mostly because it REALLY freaked me out the first time I saw it.  The song's not too bad either.

when you can get past that firewall have a look as best ever spitting image part 1 of 7 (slightly NSFW I guess) - they did that Genesis video too.
Not music but well worth a look (even if you dont know any of the politicians, well, Reagan and Thatcher are in there, and the Queen of course!)
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