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2351  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congrats to vrgrrl - Named One of Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women on: September 21, 2006, 06:13:36 AM
Ah! OK! A new concept. That's always a good thing, more in these days, when most games seem similar and Electronic Arts gets richer and richer by releasing "new" games which should be sold as expansions and not as new games (Think FIFA...). Would it be something groundbreaking like Warren Spector's work? smiley
2352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us your (physical) desktop on: September 18, 2006, 01:39:46 PM
WOW! You have some cluttered desks around here. The most intriguing is mouser's one. So clean, both the computer and the desk... for a genious coder I was expecting something along the Enterprise and the Millennium Falcom combined Grin. And a round desk! Does it feel that comfortable? I always thought that round tables were a pain to use with computers...

Sorry I can't show you mine, but unfortunately I don't have a digital camera at hand (or a good mobile phone)...
2353  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 100 PC Games of the 21st Century (so far) on: September 15, 2006, 05:50:03 AM
I completely disagree with the Top 10 (Harry Potter? For God's sake...), but thanks a lot for the link!
2354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Congrats to vrgrrl - Named One of Game Industry's 100 Most Influential Women on: September 15, 2006, 05:42:01 AM
A really big project, huh? Big like The Elder Scrolls II (playing time)? Or big like The Elder Scrolls IV (graphics ohmy)?
Well, time will tell.
2355  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Disclib - a library of your CD/DVD contents on: September 15, 2006, 05:31:43 AM
Disclib is nothing spectacular. In fact, it has a lot of caveats and it seems like an unfinished project. Its interface needs a redesign and I don't feel right using it, it always missed something. I agree with your conclusions, they pretty much describe the program. I prefer Disk Explorer Professional, a far better program, free for personal use, which could be a tough competitor for CD Bank Cataloguer, which I still have to try. It also seems its developer is in good terms with Servant Salamander one, because most of the plugins used by the application come for that great file manager.
2356  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the Greatest Software Ever Written? on: September 14, 2006, 06:38:25 AM
If we go by "most influential" how can we leave out


Of course this is 100% subjective and very offensive to others (who just haven't seen the light yet)  tongue



 Angry VIM??? I saw the light, and it was so blinding that I closed my eyes and I showed my back to the screen. It's the most horrible piece of software ever written. I admit it's powerful and all, but let me you that controlling the cursor movement via the keyboard and the stupid idea of the two modes it's not really the brightest idea in computing history. But hey, if there is some Emacs fanatic we can do an UNIX text editor war. Emacs adds so many useful for text editing, like playing Tetris for example  Grin

Seriously, the best app ever written is either Windows Calculator or FreeCell. Easy to use, they do their job, they have no bugs... FreeCell save so many lazy hours... and it made enterprises lose so much money...  cheesy
2357  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Data recovery software suggestions? on: September 14, 2006, 06:29:06 AM
What about PC Inspector File Recovery? It's freeware, but it saved me some headaches. Not that I destroy files that easily, but a safety net it's always welcome.
2358  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ACDSee 9.0 available on: September 14, 2006, 06:20:42 AM
What about http://www.iview-multimedia.com/mediapro/ ? Has anyone used it? How does it compare w/ ACDSee?

Microsoft? What is Microsoft doing buying that company? Could be that program the new Picture Viewer built in Vista?

Anyway, besides Microsoft purchases, I've never considered ACDSee as a program I could use. I've always found very bloated, and its interface is not that intuitive. I prefer XnView, even more now that version 1.90 is on its way, seems better than ever.
2359  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A program to tag video files on: September 07, 2006, 06:55:57 AM
Thanks. It's not exactly the program I expected, but it's better than nothing.
2360  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / A program to tag video files on: August 12, 2006, 12:19:35 PM
The other day I was wondering about how organize a big collection of videos... and I asked myself if there is a program to tag video files just like you tag music files... I've never heard or seen anything like this, so that's what I'm asking, if such a program exists, or the only way to tag video files is at the encoding phase. Good help to organize all that episodes of "Friends"...  Wink Oh, and this is marks my first topic in the forum  Grin
2361  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sensual Massager for Women that comes with Programable Software on: July 20, 2006, 07:38:30 AM
Hummm, I think that several of my girlfriends in the university would like one of these... although it's a bit expensive for me to make a present Grin
2362  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none on: July 20, 2006, 07:27:10 AM
Since the best registry cleaners have a backup option, there's no problems if you delete a critical setting in the registry, restore the backup and it's done. I'll endorse PowerTools since I've been using software developed by Jouni Vuorio, the head of Macecraft since 2000, when I got my computer. No problems so far in all those 6 years, not even with MS Office 2000 installed.

Please don't use RegCleaner of Microsoft's RegClean. They're both old, and they could give serious problems with newer computers and software. I tried the last version of RegCleaner months ago, and the program showed some entries in the registry which were dangerous to delete according to my own experience.

Don't use RegSeeker as well. It's very very aggressive and it shows a great deal of entries that could give some problems if deleted. Not to mention the algorithms used to detect useless entries need some rewriting, as it can't detect real paths properly.

EasyCleaner seems like a good option for those using freeware, now if the GUI wasn't so awful... I also use the registry cleaner included in TuneUp Utilities, which complements PowerTools perfectly, and it's also very good, especially for the CLSID entries.

And finally, Mr. Langa could update its comparison to include some other recent registry cleaners like TweakNow's offer (it's not that good, but anyway) and the AMUST Registry Cleaner, which I really don't know if it works or not, since it's only for Win2K and up, but seems like a decent choice.
2363  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Coolest superhero... ever! on: June 27, 2006, 01:31:34 PM
So this may be what they say of teaching people not to steal intellectual property... it feels like those old superhero comics, fighting nazis and communists.
2364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I don't think I read this properly on: June 27, 2006, 01:24:45 PM
this is opportunity knocking at your door..
next time you get such a call, ask them how many they need and quote them a reasonable price.
then go around your house and try to find some "containers" for them (boxes, old takeout food containers that can be washed off, etc.).  now make yourself a nice handsome profit!  thumbs up

Ummm, never thought of something like that... That way I'll pay the university costs Grin. I'll ask my parents! cheesy
2365  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email beta looks quite neat and includes an RSS reader on: June 27, 2006, 01:18:06 PM
WOW! Really really nice. Yahoo! Mail was always the best of webmail providers, and this is going better. Both GMail and the new version of Hotmail pales in comparison. I'm beta testing the beta of Hotmail right now, and although is way better than the current version (it's so bad they could only make it better), it's nowhere near as slick. Nice nice...
2366  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I don't think I read this properly on: June 26, 2006, 05:59:19 AM
In my house I get lots of calls of people asking for containers and others making concrete orders. Our telephone number is very similar to both used by two enterprises, and people always fail dialing the right number once in a while. The funny thing is that we've lived in this house for 20 years now, and every week we receive one or two calls of those Grin
2367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Men Beware...Out there... on: June 26, 2006, 05:48:27 AM
My experience tells me that drinking lots of beer lowers your quality levels in terms of choosing a cute girl, but nowhere as turning that woman into Britney Spears. Although judging from some interviews, you could say that Britney really looks like that the first woman without any beer. By the way, the flash animation is also very very old.
2368  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: new Futurama series! finally! on: June 23, 2006, 12:40:25 PM
GREAT!!!!!!! They're back! Grin greenclp

Can't wait to see the new episodes! They finally listened to our plea!
2369  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use any GTD/calendar system to get organized? on: June 21, 2006, 06:13:07 AM
Lashiec, have you tried syncing google calendar and rainlendar? it is described in the forums:
http://ipi.fi/~rainy/foru...t=2559&highlight=gcal

No, never tried. Having no Internet at home leaves no option to try. The poor computer always worked offline... I think I'll get an Internet connection when I buy the new computer, but in the meantime... Anyway, what's the utility of that (apart from accessing the calendar from another computer)?
2370  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use any GTD/calendar system to get organized? on: June 19, 2006, 12:18:55 PM
Another Rainlendar user here. This little jewel covers all my needs. I've also tried EssentialPIM and Mozilla Sunbird, also great programs, but a little too much for me. EssentialPIM has some features more oriented to real busy people, and I'm not one of these. The same could be said of Mozilla Sunbird, but it lacks some of the advanced features of EssentialPIM. Also, both are full-screen programs, while Rainlendar sits nicely in a corner of your desktop, and it consumes less memory. It's a lovely application smiley
2371  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows VISTA review by Scot Finnie on: June 15, 2006, 06:17:23 AM
Hummm, the review of Windows Vista is nice, although I don't share the OS classification by quality that Scot uses (Windows Vista better than XP? Seems the other way around judging his review). The worst thing about this is memory requirements. If Vista needs 1 GB for normal operation of the SO, and disabling services doesn't help to lower this, I'll go the Mac way. I'm going to buy a new computer this summer to replace my six-year old machine, but if with the release of Vista, the computer gets automatically outdated, it'll be wasted money. I really hope that Microsoft improves all this before the final version (Scot says that Vista operates better using Aero than the legacy look of WinXP, that's something crazy) because Microsoft doesn't improve anything after that (only bugfixes), and it seems that the whole thing needs some optimization (I hope that Linux XGL won't need that much computer). The only thing keeping me tied to Windows is games (I have lots of them), but with Boot Camp, and a separate partition with Ubuntu and Wine, maybe I can do the change.
2372  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scott Finnie unimpressed by NOD32 ... on: June 13, 2006, 06:34:13 AM
RE: The NOD32 interface. If you think v2.x is bad you should have seen v1. All the modules were separate and you had an icon in your system tray for each one.

Now that's a truly BAD design decision...
2373  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is so much software cracked? on: June 13, 2006, 06:31:59 AM
The question is not why is so much software cracked, but why people use cracked software. Spain is the first country of the so called "first world" in the piracy ranks. We can't compete with the likes of China of Vietnam, but you can swear that we piracy multimedia more than any other rich country in the world. Not only software, but also games, movies, music and even books. This happens because in Spain we have this zero effort culture that leads to us to make as much money as possible, ignoring the methods we use to achieve that. In other words, we see a thing so we want it. So that's why people uses cracked software, we want to use the best software but we don't want to pay a cent for it. Most of the people using Photosop and AutoCAD doesn't actually know how to use them. Heck, I've seen people using Photoshop as a scanner replacement software. And most of the tasks they use Photoshop for could be achieved with XnView of IrfanView. Same goes for AutoCAD.

Also, people uses cracked software because software is almost the last thing they're willing to spend money in. I used to be in this group 'til recent ages smiley. Being a student with no occupation doesn't get you much money (nothing at all in fact), so cracking software was the only way I could get to use some software. I didn't crack  too many programs, but Diskeeper and PowerTools were in the list (I hope Jouni Vuorio isn't reading this cheesy). Things have changed since then, and I moved to free and open source software provided that I still can't afford shareware (except for PowerTools, which I beta test). The same thing could be said about games and music. I'm slowly moving from pirated games and music to original ones (even if I didn't do it, between 60 and 70 percent of the music I have is original, and more than 90 percent of my games are original too). I don't really think that software is that much expensive, but heck, if you can get something for free, you won't think it twice. I don't think that morality and ethic will stop people in doing that, even in my case, I only stopped cracking software because of ethics (if in the future I want to make a living of this, I can't contribute to the destruction of the software industry cheesy). In the music and games choice, I choose original because the feeling of a complete album compared with a pirated album (with the badly printed cover and no booklet) it's not the same...
2374  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: June 13, 2006, 05:58:44 AM
I yet have to find a decent note taking program to suit my needs (although my needs are more geared towards an outliner than to a pure note taker), but I've heard good comments about AM-Notebook, from AM-Deadlink programmer, and I personally tried ShirusuPad, which is a sweet little note taker, although it could be considered more of a post-it like program.
2375  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: flash ninja fighting game - fun on: June 13, 2006, 05:38:01 AM
by the way, if you like the idea of stealth assassination games.. there is really only one game to satisfy you:
http://www.hitmanbloodmoney.com/

Hummm, but nothing beats Thief: The Dark Project and Thief: The Metal Age. Stealth action at its best, since the game is easier if you don't kill anyone. Some information about them: http://www.thief-thecircle.com/
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