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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone can recommend a good macro recorder for windows please? on: March 25, 2014, 03:32:06 PM
http://www.raymond.cc/blo...ly-perform-tasks-for-you/
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 24, 2014, 08:42:55 AM
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What are drive image backups doing staying on the PC itself?


I agree they should be kept on external drives for the most part -- though it's nice to be able to store copies on a local drive too.  Redundancy is the name of the game.

Don't forget you want backups not just on external drives, but offsite -- someplace that wouldn't be lost if your house burned down or was robbed.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 10:20:33 AM
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Lightning fast boot times might - well yeah okay they are - be important for laptops and tablets. But for a desktop that has a much longer typical running cycle the extra 30 seconds is really that big a deal. The same thing could also be applied to application load times, laptop/tablet...gotts to be zippy ... Desktop...not so much.

I can't really disagree with the logic of this.. In fact we should say that even for laptops, most people, most of the time, will be waking from sleep, which is extremely fast on Windows these days, and involves little drive activity.
104  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 22, 2014, 08:00:29 PM
Nice.  Will the new window get focus, or might that be a feature to add?
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 22, 2014, 07:39:06 PM
Is there any guide somewhere on how to configure the temp and log files to put them on another drive?
106  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: cyrillic font symbols are contorted when pasted into the target app's window on: March 22, 2014, 04:59:23 PM
Let me look into that -- if the clips are showing right in the grid, then it should be fixable..
107  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Hacking should be about making things on: March 22, 2014, 04:26:47 PM
The Drew Crawford post looks like a great read, thanks for sharing that.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 22, 2014, 02:57:06 PM
We've talked about this before, but as I have a relatively new pc setup, I thought it was worth revisiting the idea of having multiple hard drives, for those who haven't yet caught on to the greatness of it.

This is mainly for heavy computer users -- more casual users do not need to worry about such stuff.

Three Drives are better than one:

  • The first hard drive (C) on the computer should be an SSD.  These are super fast, and affordable when the sizes are small (250 gb or so).  This will be your Operating System drive and where (most of) your program files get installed.  My philosophy is that this drive is too small to hold everything, and too unreliable to hold your documents.
  • The second hard drive (D) will be a giant one.  2TB at least.  (Almost) everything else goes on this drive -- including your large virtual machines, a giant directory for drive image backups, all downloads, any giant game installations, etc.  You want it large enough that you always have plenty of free space. Drive speed is usually not an issue on for this drive.
  • The third hard drive (E) is for your documents and settings.  Now this might be where some people disagree with me, and only use two hard drives, and put their documents on their SECOND hard drive.  After all there should be plenty of space on the second drive.  But having a dedicated SMALLER drive for your documents has some advantages.  For example, you can backup from your documents drive to your second (big) drive, offering real redundancy to hardware failure.  The document drive is also small enough that you could RAID mirror it, and/or full drive image it frequently.

The "fourth" hard drive:

In addition to these, you will want either an external sata hard drive dock, or an internal sata drive rack that will allow you to easily attach and remove additional hard drives for the purposes of backing up to a drive you can store on the shelf.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 22, 2014, 02:28:44 PM
Which pet should you get:

http://www.collegehumor.c...-which-pet-should-you-get

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110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funny Animal Videos on: March 22, 2014, 02:23:26 PM
Magic for dogs:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEQXeLjY9ak" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEQXeLjY9ak</a>
111  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Counter-Strike: Global Offensive on: March 22, 2014, 02:13:46 PM
While it can be played solo for practice, it is joyless and pointless to play solo.
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: March 22, 2014, 02:12:57 PM
have to disagree with your reading it as a comedy.  I love those fake comedy documentaries (This is Spinal Tap remains the pinnacle of the genre).  This movie may have been funny to you but I don't think there's a chance in hell the film makers intended it as a comedy.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: March 22, 2014, 01:43:47 PM
On the positive side, I'd have to say that it was far better in almost every respect (acting, story, pacing, etc.), than most low budget movies.  And far less irritating in it's implausibility than most hollywood blockbusters.  And actually overall I thought the acting of the non-main characters was pretty damn good.  There is a long middle part that is almost like a documentary, which I thought was really quite well done and "felt" right in terms of tone and acting (a serious accomplishment given how silly the fake science was).

I would absolutely give this team a big budget movie deal, and trade them in a heartbeat for the baffoons that have been creating some of the recent hollywood action blockbusters.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 22, 2014, 08:44:18 AM
Some more great ones  Thmbsup
115  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Grab Polygon Region and Grab Repeat Last on: March 22, 2014, 01:43:46 AM
I'm afraid it's not currently possible.
116  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: screenshotcaptor and delay option on: March 22, 2014, 01:33:51 AM
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1.  there is still the first point -- that the grab active window doesn't include the menu.  Is that expected?

Because of the way grab active window works on windows vista and above, its impossible to grab menus that are showing.
That's because of the way SC has to flash the background behind the active window in order to grab it's transparency.

If you don't care about transparency at the corners of your windows, you can change this (which will also speed up active window capture), by disabling this option in the Window Capturing Options 1 tab.

You may also have to change the hotkey used for grabbing active window to a hotkey other than Alt+PrtScr, since the alt key there tends to close menuds.


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2. Regards the grab selected region, I see 2 behaviors depending on whether how I trigger the capture.  If using hotkey or quick-capture-bar, the app loses focus somehow and then the menu of course goes away.  If I use the main window menu to trigger, it works OK.

hmm, are you sure this happens with hotkey use?  my hotkey use for selected-region capture seems to preserve focus and doesn't close menu.
117  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Removing background and selecting scanner background color on: March 22, 2014, 01:27:40 AM
Hi connie, i'm so sorry about the delay in responding -- I thought I had replied to this but it must have been another similar question.
If you're still there, maybe you could take a screenshot of the scanner options page? Have you tried the option to automatically grab the scanner background color from the image?
118  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: [SC] Minor Requests on: March 21, 2014, 04:22:33 PM
Thanks for the bug report about pixelation, will fix.
What would be a better default hotkey for deleting image?
119  DonationCoder.com Software / The Form Letter Machine / Re: Custom date on: March 21, 2014, 04:11:21 PM
This is a good idea.. The only hesitation I have is that The Form Letter Machine would really benefit from a rewrite to a more flexible tool.
120  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Relative paths in arguments on: March 21, 2014, 04:10:35 PM
Good ideas poyan, i will try to add your suggestions.  And it should be fairly easy to add support for those things like %APPDRIVE% in the arguments.
121  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Allow only one instance without warning popup? on: March 21, 2014, 03:32:12 PM
Fair enough, let me try to fix the bug and maybe add an option to silently just restore the first instance.
122  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 21, 2014, 03:18:15 PM
I would just let it take a delay value, and exit itself after X seconds.

If you wanted to get fancy, let it take on the commandline the secondary application to execute, and then exit after that program has launched and opened a window (and then switch to that window on exit).
123  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 21, 2014, 02:50:53 PM
I don't know, i think his original idea still seems simpler and more useful in general: A utility you can invoke, which puts a black window on top covering the screen for a specified amount of time and then exits.
Ideally with a nice commandline customizable text message and/or a "please wait" animation.
124  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQ: HTPC Util - Hide Desktop for x seconds while program is being executed. on: March 21, 2014, 01:54:53 PM
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I'm looking for a utility that will either blank the screen for x seconds or display a fake progress bar while blanking the screen until mce is fully loaded and running.

kind of a cute idea for a little app..
125  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Flash video capture on: March 21, 2014, 12:44:17 PM
ESR (and most normal desktop-recording / screencasting tools) record audio through one of your audio recording devices.  That is, it normally will want to be recording your voice from a microphone.

The only way to record the audio playing through a browser is if you have a virtual audio recording device that is names something like "what you hear" or "stereo mix".  If you have such a device, you should select it as your audio input source in ESR and then it should work.
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