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5276  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OS Re-install Tips? on: April 02, 2009, 08:00:59 AM
as I say that above the ideal

here's  40hz's approach from thread above (I added a bit of formatting):-

In a former existence I was responsible for the upkeep of a large number of laptops
The most workable solution was to have 3 partitions.
  • Partition 1 was the OS and application suite.
  • Partition 2 was a 20Gb recovery repository.
  • Partition 3 was the userdata & tempfile area.

We did a clean install of the OS; added the SP's; updated any drivers; added the apps suite and updated those - and then ran Trueimage to create a "genesis" image which was stored on Partition 2. That way (come heaven, hell, or Hollywood) we could have anybody back in business in ten minutes no matter what hit them
5277  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OS Re-install Tips? on: April 02, 2009, 07:53:55 AM
Ah. I never thought about that. Good idea. I wish I had done that prior to this re-install. But I'll be sure to do that next time around (hopefully I won't have to).

I guess the ideal would be something like this
  • Partition
  • Install OS
  • Defrag
  • Create Image (of OS partition)
  • Install programmes
  • Defrag
  • Create Image (of OS partition)
  • Tweak OS (move My Docs etc)
  • Create Image (of OS partition)

cant say I did it that way myself though embarassed  cheesy
5278  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OS Re-install Tips? on: April 02, 2009, 07:02:31 AM
 it's also relatively easy to move My Documents onto the second partition - some do, some dont - but it would save hassle for the next reinstall cheesy
better still, if you use imaging software (a la Acronis True Image etc.) to back up your fresh install you can restore the OS partition in the future much easier than a fresh install (and if my docs + data are on second partition you dont have to worry about them)
5279  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OS Re-install Tips? on: April 02, 2009, 06:36:01 AM
as a non expert who did this last year:
  • Think about partitions. There's a couple of threads here on the topic
    Should I get my new laptop with hard drive partitioned?
    how I ended up doing the partioning my pc (i.e. what software I used):-
  • Think about nlite to reduce the windows baggage - it's recommended very casually here by people but I had to do a bunch of versions before I was successful with it - IIRC I had problems when I added a password to the install - couldnt access it then Sad - also, I suspect no matter how you install xp there's going to be teething problems, I certainly had a bunch ...
    I have a few nlite links from that time if you're going that road

5280  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: What has happened to the Locate32 plugin? on: April 02, 2009, 04:43:23 AM
I know that it's offered via dcupdater

EDIT/ says "got version" but doesn't actually really offer it (at the moment)
5281  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2009 / Re: The Getting Organized Experiment of 2009 - Preliminary Planning on: April 02, 2009, 04:39:22 AM
my favourite idea from the other thread is still:

each individual would pick a "theme" or two - maybe a problem point or something they want to improve. Or they could even choose to try out a system - e.g. Forsters new Autofocus system. Whatever.
They start a thread about it where they announce their plans and discuss. Others can chip in with comments, help, ideas and the thread is used to record progress smiley (or lack of same Sad).

It's practical, requires minimum organisation, doesnt even require theory lol
How many people would be willing to commit themselves to doing something like this?

I think it's a good idea to focus on specifics, but it should be up to each participant which specifics that should be. For instance, email or my physical desktop are pretty much the only things that I don't consider a mess... ok, a bit of an overstatement, but you get the idea Wink

A better idea, IMHO, would be for each participant to publicly list which specifics he/she would like to focus on and maybe make regular posts about the progress. How often? I don't know, but let's say an update every week or so. Obviously you're not responsible for this to anyone but yourself, but I imagine that for me at least, it would be an extra incentive to get things done if I'll have reveal my progress. It's not too cool seeing everyone else making huge strides towards getting organized if I still can't get anything done. This way, we can also give each other tips and ideas along the way.

my list (themes) would be something along these lines
clearing backlog - mostly stuff in boxes Wink
à la my post above - expectation/sense of obligation -> procrastination (avoiding/reacting because of pressure from self or others)
Again, I cant remember the third ... (organisation comes to mind as another theme!)

And because it would be individual projects it really doesnt matter how many or how few get involved - obviously nicer to have a bunch of people involved though
5282  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: TIFF file size question on: April 02, 2009, 03:29:32 AM
there's something funny going on all right

my full screen shots are about 3MB
They are same size whether 8 Bit or True Colour - actually I dont think that's funny - just that your "TIFF's" are so small ...

My ancient Photoshop 5.5 cant open the 8 Bit or the larger true colour TIFs which surprises me cause I usually work with TIF scans from various sources and have no problems tellme maybe I just need to reboot ..

Photofiltre has no problem with either
both programmes can save a much smaller TIFF version than S.C. (in Pshop if LZW compression is selected, in P'filtre via default save)

 the problem with opening the tiff seems to be with the system here somehow (now having problems with other tiffs with another programme)
5283  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: TIFF file size question on: April 01, 2009, 04:20:44 PM
I can only speculate -
possibly that when you save it in photoshop it has a different colour depth or a different compression (TIFF has - or can have - lossless compression)
5284  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Automatic text flipper (180 degree) aka upside down on: April 01, 2009, 03:30:52 PM
why are people starting to use email addresses as their whachamacallit name-tag? (that's the second new participant I've seen with an email address in the last week)

apologies for going directly off-topic but I have a paranoid streak Wink
5285  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gmail's "Custom Time" April Fools Feature! on: April 01, 2009, 03:15:34 PM

that's a truly great business idea Grin
5286  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: April 01, 2009, 10:50:00 AM
....  and the breadcrumb navigation in AC Browser Plus is just perfect - this is the way it should be !!!   

curious how that is tellme smiley
5287  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: System Restore Cleanup on: April 01, 2009, 10:46:26 AM
I've had the same experience as cyberdiva (but have used it less often)

I'm curious about responses to the original post:-

Even though my 140Gb disk is only 40% used, I figgered it was time to clean up, I knew the trick of reducing the % allocation.  Looking at the XP stuff I got a couple of surprises.  Before I reduced the 12% (18Gb..ugh) I noticed that was 90 days, maybe 150 restore points !   And I only want a couple.  Normally I had heard of reducing to 5% or so, but it was clear that 1% should be a good try.  And even that .. left about 20 days of restores ! .  What was perplexing was that 0% , the 200 mb minimum, resulted in the same number of points, none were taken away !? ... hmmmm

Anyway, then I wanted the 15+ Gibabytes to show up .. somewhere.  I tried Auslogics Disk Defrag, but the numbers were unchanged. Same with WinDirStat, and their numbers agree with XP Computer Management.  So either .. the Restore Points were not picked up as disk space, or it needs a reboot to wake up the numbers.  That is where I am now.  I'll report back after the reboot, it would seem strange that these programs would not consider System Restore space as used space, if that is the case.

or how you got on after the reboot?
I only have less than 20 restore points with 3% of C partition as setting (979 MB of 30GB) so maybe it's just the reboot that's needed ...
5288  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: When was your last BSOD? I'm betting it was a long time ago on: March 31, 2009, 03:46:20 PM
When was your last BSOD?

about two weeks ago (and reasonably regularly too unfortunately) - problem is with the drivers for graphics or for sound - cant figure which

But with my last computer (with 5 years more or less daily use - sound & graphics were onboard) I cant remember any BSODs - there may have been one or two but not more

(both with XP)
5289  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Freeware Image Organizer (Especially Tags/Keywords)? on: March 31, 2009, 05:37:29 AM
isnt xnview more of a viewer and not an organiser?

I would say ExifPro is great for looking at an image collection that isn't organised - it loads thumbnails very quickly and has a good viewer as Jim says
I discussed the matter of the IMHO way too limited tagging option with the programmer years ago. It's obviously not one of his top priorities.
Create several tag files, but not too many, don't get tempted to use tags as keywords. Use other software to add exif keywords instead.
I think the tagging in ExifPro is to help you select images for printing or moving etc (i.e. short term, limited)
I think (but not sure any more at this stage - haven't used it in over a year) that the cataloging ability is mainly to help thumbnails of images load quicker
5290  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 30, 2009, 12:47:30 PM
You give me fever
Fever ooh

You give me fever
Fever in the morning
Fever when it's late at night
You give me fever
5291  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 30, 2009, 03:48:13 AM


woo hoo!
5292  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 29, 2009, 07:32:47 PM
don't be silly, you can only get a bailout if you destroy a few hundred thousand people's lives while you conduct financial fraud and engage in criminally reckless behavior in a pursuit of absolute greed.

very well said there mouser ...
5293  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: MARCH 2009: It's the 4th Anniversary DonationCoder.com Fundraiser on: March 29, 2009, 12:41:57 PM
We're going to send out one last newsletter tonight.. i think that will help push us over the $10k goal  Thmbsup

OMG it's nearly @ $11,000 = that worked mouser!
5294  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should we have a yearly Best Avatar award on DC? on: March 26, 2009, 01:35:05 AM
Then there's this to think about  (see attachment in previous post) from Josh

that should be Brett's - well he had it first but dont know did he "make" it himself either ...
5295  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Linux vs. Vista for an absolute beginner? (+related Vista/hardware query) on: March 25, 2009, 10:42:50 AM
Boy!  I've seldom seen a unanimous response like this to a question here (or anywhere else).
All good, sound advice with partisan leanings set aside in favour of informed common sense based on the situation described.

 thumbs up  thumbs up  thumbs up

hear hear -
I've been away for the day and just just passing through now - it's great to get such a bunch of good & helpful responses -
thanks all Thmbsup

so, the verdict is clear in favour of windows - makes good sense to me -
btw, I'd prefer XP but cant get it with that laptop here
@Lutz_ unfortunately newegg etc isnt an option for me here in germany Wink

5296  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Paragon Total Defrag 2009 For Free - Powerful but controversial on: March 24, 2009, 11:03:10 AM
But there are options to choose.
You can put your directories at the beginning or end of the drive.
Ascending or descending.
Or you can leave the directories where they are.
does it recommend any of those?
JKDefrag offers


which is based on files rather than directories but I never could see the logic of it - especially to end of disk - unless you want to get them out of the way...
5297  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
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
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,
160GB HDD,
Intel GMA 4500MHD,
Linux (Linpus)
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)
5298  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
5299  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.

good reading there cmpm  thumbs up

from 5 steps to create precise keywords for tagging your pictures (2nd page)
    * 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]
5300  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
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