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351  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does it make sense to disable the windows swap file? on: August 17, 2008, 05:14:20 PM
I have noticed one application that doesn't like a disabled swap file, "Twhirl".
352  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: August 08, 2008, 08:05:15 PM

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Listening to: Eve & Fatboy Slim - Cowboy
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scam? Regnow Extended Download Service on: August 04, 2008, 06:32:51 AM
I dunno, maybe it's like Steam, when I wipe my drive I can re-install Steam and all my games download.  Read the fine print and see if they store your license info for you also.
354  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini Review - DeVeDe on: July 30, 2008, 10:15:22 AM
DVDStyler gets my vote.  However, this one is very nice.  Thmbsup

Great review, thanks.
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC member's project mentioned on Lifehacker on: July 26, 2008, 10:08:52 AM
I am using nothing but Halite now.  I used it to grab the 1968 Romero classic, "Night Of The Living Dead", which is now public domain.  Fast and simple!  Best yet.
356  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Truspace 7.6 Available for free download on: July 26, 2008, 12:29:05 AM
Now I just need to figure out how to use it cheesy
357  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Vista Gadget Guru Wanted-HELP! on: July 19, 2008, 04:53:36 PM
I don't know if this is the forum section to post this in, but the description of the forum best suits what I am looking for.

I have a Vista sidebar gadget called "Proweather".  It is quite simply the best weather gadget there is, hands down.  Here is the link:

This thing is incredible.  It works perfectly for me except for one small, but completely necessary feature, the weather maps/images will not display.  I have tried everything, disabled firewall, connected to cable modem with no router, set permissions on the relevant folders, uninstalled it then reinstalled it under the "Super Administrator" account, I have even tried looking at the XML or whatever code it is, but of course it's all "Greek" to me.

I have tried other weather gadgets, none come even close.  No one seems to be making gadgets anymore, yet they are incredibly convenient, probably one of the better features of Vista.  PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME! smiley

Before this devolves into an MS hater/Vista hater discussion, don't.  If you have nothing constructive or helpful to add, don't.  I don't want this to be a discussion like so many other discussions all over the 'net where folks try to one up each other by hating MS or Linux this or blah blah Ad Naseum. 

I am asking for a little help to find the problem, or at least to get some debugging info so I can figure out why this isn't working.  Thank anyone in advance for any help that can be given.  I have the gadget here, or it can be obtained from the link above.
358  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Advice: Never use your ISP provided email address on: July 19, 2008, 04:36:01 PM
I use my ISP address for spam cheesy
359  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: July 16, 2008, 10:10:11 AM
Turn left in my chair, take a picture:

View from my patio: (Click for full res-8MB|4093x1339)

360  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone Know of a Multi-Monitor Simulator for Software Testing? on: July 14, 2008, 09:18:37 AM
I don't think you would need to code a driver, although that would be the best way to go....
361  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone Know of a Multi-Monitor Simulator for Software Testing? on: July 14, 2008, 09:06:13 AM
Split screen workspace? I would love that.  Multi-monitor on a single monitor...please please please code this. Thmbsup
362 Software / Circle Dock / Re: Windows 7's Taskbar....Err.....Circle Dock for the DC Programming Contest on: July 12, 2008, 09:36:07 AM
363  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does it make sense to disable the windows swap file? on: July 07, 2008, 11:55:21 AM
I have been without a page file for 24 hours now.  Specs:  Intel Q6600 Quad Core, 4GB DDR3 1033, Vista Business 32bit. Only difference I see is less drive chatter.  Other than that, nothing. 

No difference at all actually.
364  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 10 most annoying programs on the Internet on: July 05, 2008, 10:41:03 AM
Wonderful article.  Thanks for posting it, and I agree with almost everything on there.  The worst part is that these people prey on the users who just want to click a button and see porn, the ones that are too busy trying to be cool and entertained to actually figure out how things work.  Or, the poor grandma who just wants to email her grandkids back and forth and really can;t figure out how it works through no fault of her own.

Norton was the best.  Quicktime, haven't used it for years.  Realplayer?  People still use that? JAVA is useful, and Outlook 2007 is fairly nice, although it took a long time to get here.  Flash web sites, that is a BIG pet peeve of mine.  Windows update I don't agree with at all.  Worried about Genuine Advantage?  GET LEGAL.  It hurts nothing and reveals nothing if you are running a legal copy of Windows.  Windows Update works, period, probably one of the few things they have done right.  MS hater or no, it does have it's advantages.
365 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: PROG TO REMEMBER DESKTOP ICON LAYOUT on: July 04, 2008, 10:22:16 AM

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List layout using Iconlayout on Windows Vista.  Works perfectly and seems to actually enhance the options that Vista offers. 

Tip, to set the icon size, click on an empty spot on the desktop (for focus) then hold your alt key and scroll your mouse wheel up/down.
366  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: File Managers! Windows Explorer replacement! Come one, come all... on: July 03, 2008, 06:04:30 AM
Speedcommander FTW.  Incredible manager.
367  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DC Forum Members -- Tell Us About Your Website on: July 01, 2008, 09:41:59 AM
I am quite boring actually.  My website is just whatever hits me at the time, I post it.
Nothing to see here, move along.
368  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Gizmo gives us Titan Backup for free on: June 28, 2008, 10:18:07 AM
I have been looking for a non-invasive backup solution!  NICE!  Thank you! Thmbsup
369  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VirtualBox - An Open Source Virtual Machine on: June 26, 2008, 08:32:49 AM
I use this daily.  The maker's name always reminds me of the company in "Office Space".  I like this much better than VMware or Microsoft's VM.
370  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review-John's Background Switcher on: June 26, 2008, 08:08:02 AM
I requested that feature and he is looking into it for the next version.  For now, you can use DesktopFX.
371  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review-John's Background Switcher on: June 25, 2008, 01:30:01 PM
Well, I found it through gHacks, so conga ratz to y0himba.

I really like this proggie and have been looking for it's features for close to 10 years now.

The only option I havce not been able to get working is that where the pic info is supposed to be posted in the upper right hand corner.  Not terribly essential, and perhaps the two monitor setup is part of the problem.

Has anyone figured this one out or had similar difficulty?


I was confused about that also.  The option only enables or disables the Watermark in the upper right of your screen.  Picture information is show using scrapbook, photo pile mode.  I posted about it in the support forums here:
372  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review-John's Background Switcher on: June 24, 2008, 05:52:52 PM
 COOL!  Thanks for the heads-up! smiley smiley

Listening to: John Lee Hooker - Henry's Swing Clubsmiley smiley
373  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Mini-Review-John's Background Switcher on: June 18, 2008, 10:32:57 PM
I am personally surprised that I didn't find more about this gem when I searched the DC forums!  This background switcher is probably the best I have ever used. 

It provides not only the ability to use pictures you select, or entire folders and sub-folder you select, but also allows for random Flickr and Yahoo photos/pictures!  You read correctly, you can configure John's Background Switcher to grab the top 100 or whatever user specified number of photos/pictures off Flickr and Yahoo for endless random backgrounds.  You can also specify tag/text keywords for Flickr, and search terms for Yahoo. 

There are other services that unfortunately I don't subscribe to or use, specifically Phanfare, Smugmug, and Picasa.

Now get this, new to the version released this weekend, you can also get your friend's and your own FACEBOOK photos!

Now to the best parts, the options.  You of course can set the interval for background switching, you can set the length of time that downloaded/cached photos are kept. You can tell John's Background Switcher to display quite a few ways, such as Center, Stretch to full screen, Scale to fit the screen, and Scale to full screen.  This beauty also includes some very creative and unique modes though, such as "Thumbnail Mosaic", "Four Picture Montage", and "Create A Snapshot Scrapbook".  Each of these modes is configurable using the "More options" configuration section. You can configure the size of the mosaic tiles.  Most interesting though is the configuration of the Snapshot scrapbook.  You can have photos thrown randomly on your desktop, or postcards randomly on your desktop!  You can configure the size and amount of photos, and the scattering is random each time.  This really must be seen to appreciated. There are also effects for the background behind the scattered photos such as Sepia, B/W/, and Desaturate, or you can choose a background color. John's Background Switcher also automatically sets the desktop color when centering or scaling photos, based on the content of the photo!  (If you tell it to of course) Also, there are plenty of options so the switching doesn't interfere with other programs and gaming.

You can also use the integrated photo browser to get the originals from the web!

You can configure John's Background Switcher to pick a random mode (Flickr, Yahoo, Smugmug, Phanfare, Picasa, Facebook, Photos or Folders) each time it switches!  This, and the ability to grab backgrounds/photos/pictures from the above mentioned Internet make this a welcome and handy addition to any system, and creates an ever changing randomness that alleviates a boring desktop  You can almost just sit there, staring at your desktop, amazed at what comes up next!

While I have covered a lot of the options, this program is highly configurable, so there are many more options.  Play around with them and see what you get.

I RARELY let anything start with Windows, or run in the background, but I have allowed this to do both.  Resource and CPU use are fairly low for this type of program making it easy to run with low to NO impact.

As you can probably tell, I really like this program, it is one of the best freewares I have ever downloaded.

This switcher surpasses all others in my opinion, and completely leaves comparable commercial products in the dust.  The author is very personable, and responds to every feature request and bug report through his forums.  While you are on his site, check out his photography.  If you enjoy this program as much as I am, please donate.

I have rambled enough, so now for the links!

John's Adventures:
John's Background Switcher:  http://www.johnsadventure...ftware/backgroundswitcher
Support Forums:

374 Software / UrlSnooper / Re: Menu - Index out of range on: June 15, 2008, 10:31:51 PM
Honestly, it did until I tried this.  It failed at detecting my network adapter, then I received the Menu index out of range error.  This fixed it.  I know it was the most recent due to the fact that one of my troubleshooting steps before coming here was to uninstall, then download and reinstall.  I also grabbed the latest Winpcap while I was at it.

I am using v2.22.01.
375 Software / UrlSnooper / Re: Menu - Index out of range on: June 15, 2008, 09:15:53 PM
I have been puzzling over this for a few weeks now.  Here is the fix.  Now working perfectly!  Thmbsup
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