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5276  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Linux vs. Vista for an absolute beginner? (+related Vista/hardware query) on: March 24, 2009, 10:41:23 AM
Two and a half questions ... sort of smiley

1) How would Linux ("Linpus" it's called) be for an absolute beginner (more or less) as compared to Vista

2) Would the specs of laptop below be comfortable with Vista (VHB) for basic use ?

3) there's also the aspect that I'll get called on if there's a problem - while I might cope with Vista, I've never used Linux so have no idea how that might be


they want to buy this - they dont even know (or understand) about the Linux option yet
-
Acer Extensa 5230E-581G16 CM585 1GB 160GB 15.4" WXGA non-glare TFT
Celeron-M 585 2.16GHz
1024MB Speicher
160GB Festplatte
DVD+/-RW DL
Intel GMA X4500HD (IGP) max.1759MB shared memory
USB 2.0/Modem/Gb LAN/WLAN 802.11bg
PCMCIA Typ II und ExpressCard/54 Slot
Card Reader
15.4" WXGA non-glare TFT (1280x800)
Windows Vista Home Basic
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Seems like a good deal for just over €400 but I'm afraid Vista might be too much for this machine?
so another option would be
-
Acer Extensa 5230-571G16_Linux
15,4 Zoll WXGA Notebook
Intel Celeron M575 2,0GHz,
1GB RAM,
160GB HDD,
Intel GMA 4500MHD,
DVD +/-RW DL,
Linux (Linpus)
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for €70 cheaper

Considering I'm the person who'll be helping them out in times of trouble but also with learning word-processing and internets
and keeping in mind I'm no expert in windows but generally just research if there's a problem.
undecided There's also Acer's very poor reputation for service and more importantly repair but I couldnt find any other similar size laptop at that price

Any opinions ?
- better to go for the Vista or the Linpus Linus ?
Damn, they've a flash site so I cant link to the page - how stupid. This page is as near as I can get if you want to look - it's the Extensa 5230)
thanks!
5277  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: DcUpdater v2 Preliminary Flirtations on: March 24, 2009, 07:00:51 AM
i can see the confusion.  the second level grouping would make more sense as

    * Applications: FARR
    * Applications: Other
basically what it's doing is giving a "folder" to anything with more than 1 item, and then putting all other singletons in the "Other" folder.

Let's not get too hung up on this grouping option -- i think i agree with the general sentiment that it just makes things more messy and hard to take the information in.  it's main value will be when navigating very large listings -- perhaps if one were viewing potential applications that could be installed or something like that.

okay, (not to get hung up on it) but in case you do go ahead with it -
my point was that I thought there was no need to group at all at the second level (apart from stuff like FARR plugins). In fact I think it would just make it harder to see clearly
5278  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Image Organizer (Especially Tags/Keywords)? on: March 24, 2009, 06:36:33 AM
I found this site with some possible good tips.

http://www.organizepictures.com/tags/tags
good reading there cmpm  thumbs up

from 5 steps to create precise keywords for tagging your pictures (2nd page)
Quote
    * Always use singular in your keywords and no plurals. This would translate in birthday instead of birthdays.
    * Don’t use any abbreviations…I think this is a must for any keyword since abbreviations are very hard to remember.
I wonder how Armando manages all his abbreviated tags undecided  he had a thread about tagging here somewhere but it's tagging file names. In this case [here] I think it's the software's role to let you see tags at a glance

edit in [brackets]
5279  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Image Organizer (Especially Tags/Keywords)? on: March 24, 2009, 03:14:46 AM
Okay, so now that I have a clean slate and can begin tagging pics, I have one question. Should the tags be in all lowercase or uppercase, or title case? Or does it even matter?

does that mean you're sticking with iTag?

I havent used tagging much (except in Evernote FWIW) but it seems to me the most important thing is to be easily able to see the tags you have already created -
so as you dont start doing slight variations on a 'tag' which would defeat the purpose really

Also from that point of view, keep the tag words 'natural' as rgdot says
5280  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Image Organizer (Especially Tags/Keywords)? on: March 23, 2009, 10:25:20 AM
There was a free version of IDimager up until a while back - they're not offering it any more
I had a look at Last Freeware Version site but they dont seem to have a search tellme

It's been highly recommended here [dc I mean!]
http://www.idimager.com/
5281  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What is Twitter: A Funny Sarcastic Cartoon on: March 23, 2009, 10:08:44 AM
youtube won't let me see the video - i'm in the wrong country apparently.
this link might work?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5Ff2X_3P_4

I was generally avoiding it - I mean even references to it
came across this intro somewhere (may have been somewhere here even) which helped me understand it - well, a little
Twitter is what you make it
5282  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Your most used SPECIAL programs on: March 23, 2009, 09:49:02 AM
Well,
Quote from: Bits du Jour
Reshade Image Enlarger
- Resize Images Without Quality Loss
Enlarge Images Without Quality Loss doesnt exist as I'm sure you're fully aware smiley

Have you looked at Qimage -
I tried it out a couple of times for printing images it's great. I did a mini-review of the trial (which was then limited in that the second printed page would have a grid superimposed - you had to restart)

Mini-Review here
Home-page http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/

If you only want to work with JPEGs it's $50 or $35 for a not so good version (limited interpolation method). To compare versions:-
http://www.ddisoftware.com/qimage/editions.htm
5283  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Gracefully close Firefox on PC exit on: March 23, 2009, 09:28:29 AM
There are always a couple of programs that do not respond well to the OS call to quit when restarting the computer. One that has suddenly started to give me fits is Surfulater 3:

Jim - you could probably get that on 'cured' on the Surfulater forum (if you haven't already!)
5284  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Macro Express - MiniReview on: March 23, 2009, 03:39:08 AM
I'm a registered user of Macro Express pre-Pro.  Aren't they offering an upgrade at reduced price?  I'd find it hard to justify buying at full price all over again, and I notice the current rather steep $59.95 is only for "a limited time."

they do have upgrade price via the buy page (?)
http://www.macros.com/orderupgpro.htm
5285  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: DcUpdater v2 Preliminary Flirtations on: March 23, 2009, 03:33:58 AM
Okay, that's clearer now
and you say "Note that grouping is purely optional" so if user applies grouping themselves, they're going to understand

The idea here is that plugins are all grouped together..
If you are watching multiple version of a program (beta vs. stable), these will also be grouped together
All other "singleton" programs are grouped under the Uncategorized section.
You probably have this one covered or I'm still misunderstanding:-

in the screenshot in that post, would it not be more logical to have
Status: Needs Update
     [+] Applications: FARR
           Applications: GridMove
           Applications: Whatever


rather than
Status: Needs Update
     [+] Applications: FARR
     [+] Applications: Ungrouped


- if they are already grouped by status, why call the Applications (other than FARR) "Applications: Ungrouped"

EDIT/ added status
5286  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is 'TK8 Backup Professional' recommendable? on: March 23, 2009, 03:20:49 AM
Super Flexible File Synchronizer - 30%
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=8409.0
Standard $35, Prof, $60 (before discount)
(I had omitted this above because of the Synch orientation, users can indicate whether if functions fully and strongly as a pure backup software.)

Yes, it "functions fully and strongly as a pure backup software"
5287  DonationCoder.com Software / DcUpdater / Re: DcUpdater v2 Preliminary Flirtations on: March 22, 2009, 05:34:18 PM
Screenshot with some grouping enabled.

The idea here is that plugins are all grouped together..
If you are watching multiple version of a program (beta vs. stable), these will also be grouped together
All other "singleton" programs are grouped under the Uncategorized section.

Note that grouping is purely optional and wouldn't be shown if you are just checking for an update to a single application.
 (see attachment in previous post)

I don't understand that at the top level it says "Status: etc. " without saying which app it's referring to - the only reference to app is the FARR sub-item - I think you'd have to have some indication of what the other items refer to?
I havent been following the thread but maybe that's good too (as in this is my first look)
5288  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 22, 2009, 03:21:09 PM
they're mad "BAAA-STUDs" over there in Wales ROFL made my day 40hz Thmbsup
5289  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 12-09 on: March 22, 2009, 06:49:15 AM

thanks Ethyar

a good few interesting reads this week, even for non-techies like me (2,3,5,6,8)
Laugh of the week supplied by the title "First Rule of Internet Censorship: Hide the Block List" smiley
5290  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Macro Express - MiniReview on: March 22, 2009, 06:43:39 AM
Excellent mini review Chris!  thumbs up thumbs up
hear hear Wink
you dont have any "needs improvement" section - no complaints or 'cons' at all?
Has it worked with all programs that you've tried it with?

Chris was also nice enough to contact Insight Software about the possibility of offering a discount to DC members, and they were nice enough to grant us one, as well as give us a few copies to give away  Thmbsup

The discount will run through April -- details will be posted shortly.
great, I don't think my use of this would justify the full price


I see there's a standard version as well for $39.95
Compare here
5291  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Release: Trout (audio player) on: March 22, 2009, 06:31:37 AM
I can. :-D

well I have the same behaviour here as in Deo's screenshot
5292  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 21, 2009, 08:08:29 PM
thanks cmpm  thumbs up -
the "mozy home" option @ $4.95* for unlimited amount of backup - then I could do as many revisions as I wanted (at the moment I'm backing up my backups online so I'm not too worried about their software so long as it works.

*  on the homepage it has a scary asterisk after the price - especially scary cause there's no other asterisk on the page so I've no idea what it signifies (I searched just in case!)
** (only) the pro version offers "Block-level incremental backups ...  Desktop Licenses: $3.95 + $0.50/GB per month
5293  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 1 free PageFour license (and one only) on: March 21, 2009, 07:37:06 PM
The people there are very nice, and I'm sure if you e-mailed them and told them the situation, they'd be willing to give it to you if possible.  Worth a try IMO if you were thinking about pulling the trigger.  I'm really enjoying it, personally.

Great suggestion, wraith808.  I contacted them, explained the situation, and now am a licensed user of Benubird Pro.   thumbs up

due to interest, they've now extended the discount till the end of March
5294  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 21, 2009, 07:22:03 PM
it's extremely difficult to find out more info on their website about how exactly they backup the files -
could you clarify what you mean here cmpm ?
It does file types.
And just use it for the revisions.

Isn't that what subversion does? Just store the changes rather than the entire file?
I'll have definitely have another look at that then (there was a bit of discussion lately about "that sort of thing" in this Filehamster thread

Depends, in default mode (database) storing only the changes would make the most sense...but that would be true for any version control system that uses a database as storage medium.
of the top of your head do you know which ones might use "a database as storage medium" smiley
5295  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 21, 2009, 06:43:47 PM
liked the look of all those eights

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what are those gold coins anyways in Cody's beak ...
5296  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Building a Quiet PC on: March 20, 2009, 03:34:28 PM
I'm running an Asus Commando Mboard (with a passively cooled chipset) in an  Antec 900 case. The case fans have individual speed controls allowing me to have all of them running slowly and whisper quiet ...

sounds great -
but do those fans have lights on them tellme
- that would be worse than a noisy case to me ! smiley
5297  News and Reviews / Word Processor Roundup / Re: Textmaker (Softmaker/Ashampoo Office) 2008 on: March 20, 2009, 05:34:03 AM
There's a special upgrade price of $12.99 for "owners of older versions of TextMaker, PlanMaker, SoftMaker Office, or Ashampoo Office"
for upgrade to Softmaker Office 2008

If you have any of these products registered check for recent email from Softmaker  [Make the switch: SoftMaker Office 2008 now even more affordable]
5298  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 20, 2009, 03:42:21 AM
thanks for the Linux options Shades - I'm on windows unfortunately!

File Hamster? That saves new revisions any time you save changes to a file - any file that you tell File Hamster to watch.
thanks Jim - I'm using Filehamster and it's great but I'm going to be restarting a job soon with over 1GB of files that I'll want to make regular revisions of -
that's why I was looking for something that would only backup the changes in the file as opposed to the whole file

If I take what you say on board mouser about that type of backup not being so dependable, then maybe I should even avoid dropbox - or have alternative backup of at least the last few versions locally (which I would do anyway)

So (just thinking out loud now :p) options would be something like:-
  • Dropbox + small amount of  local versioned backup
  • Other online backup with e.g. 100GB* + small amount of  local versioned backup
  • Add  large (1TB) drive to my computer & continue with local backup + external drive for off site backups + possibly online most recent versioned backups

ugh .. backup is always an issue - reason I found dc though iirc smiley

* got an offer from Syncplicity for 100GB for $99 for the first year (who knows what it would cost year two?)
5299  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup software à la dropbox (backups differences in file - revisions) on: March 19, 2009, 03:35:37 PM
sorry I was a bit unclear

I really wanted to know in this thread about "local" software possibilities that would do this type of backup -
i.e. copy only the changed parts of files each time they changed and at the same time, offer the possibility to go back to different versions of the file -
(Am I explaining that part clearly ?)


I'm open to online suggestions too though - I just find the fees too high usually (there I'm being unclear again Wink)

Jungledisk does this but you have to pay a small fee for it. And for example Cobian Backup does this if you're looking for local backup.

I believe JD only synches when it does the "Block-level file updates" - see the last couple of posts in your review thread.
I'll ask in Cobian forum - but I dont see any sign that they do what I'm looking for.
5300  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Jungle Disk Mini-Review: offsite data storage on: March 19, 2009, 03:08:22 PM
Hope that helps!
- a lot !
thanks Qwerty Thmbsup

1) yes I think $24 per year is much more profitable to them than $20 one-time payment

2) AFAIK the versioning JD offers is where only the changed files get updated (but a full copy of changed file is made on each change)

3) I might just stick with what I have then for the moment and ask at their forum when I go to upgrade

thanks again smiley
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