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351  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam, and the gift of game... on: September 01, 2008, 01:08:22 PM
A:  Phoning home is useful unless you are running a stolen or "warez" version of a software, not a concern for valid, non-malicious software. (not including malware etc.)  Don't believe the hype.

B:  Services don't "hide" unless they are malicious.  If it is a valid service it is easily viewable through the services snap-in or console commands.

C:  Yes it runs when Windows starts up if you choose to let it.  It only installs a service under Windows Vista.

To me, Steam is a Godsend.  I can format this computer, or any other one, install Steam, and all my Steam purchased games are there.  The download takes a while of course, but in the end it's just like offsite storage.  I can also back up all my game files to a DVD, reinstall Steam, and restore, only needing updates to reduce the download time.

You can only log into your account one time, meaning no multiple logins to the same user account.

The communication system in Steam has evolved to include IN GAME chat to anyone on your friends list, either voice or text.  You can chat with multiple people and hold voice conferences with many folks talking at once, all over Steam. 

It's a plus in my opinion. 
352  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Steam, and the gift of game... on: September 01, 2008, 11:51:04 AM
I can help you out.  My wife says the money needs to go in Paypal first though, and since I am poor, that's a necessity.  Contact me by Email, y0himba(at)gmail(dot)com.  I already have COD4, so I will purchase it and then gift it to you over Steam.
353  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Voice in Vista: I can't get enough on: August 31, 2008, 09:11:05 AM
I use it, and I am impressed jsut like you are.  Being able to speak what I want to type and having it appear with ACCURACY is quit wonderful.  Setting up macros is really helpful also.
354  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Opinions on Netflix? on: August 28, 2008, 01:16:00 AM
I have had no problems.  We have been using the service for 6 months now.  We have the 3 at a time plan, and it's perfect. We have received 2 damaged DVDs in that time, they were both replaced within 2 days.  I also use the streaming service "Watch Instantly", which I stream to my 52 inch HDTV.  The quality is amazing, DVD or better, and the sound is perfect.

I love it and recommend it. Thmbsup Thmbsup
355  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Tiny Watcher - a tool hosted at DC on: August 20, 2008, 06:24:44 PM
I absolutely love Tiny Watcher.  I hate it when things start with my computer, but I am leaving this alone.   Thmbsup
356  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: CleanMem - apparently a memory optimizer with a difference... on: August 20, 2008, 10:31:02 AM
If it uses the Process Idle Task command it does nothing really. 

[copy or print]
%SystemRoot%\system32\rundll32.exe advapi32.dll,ProcessIdleTasks

Just tells Windows to process tasks that are set to be run when the computer is idle.  From what I have seen, Cleanmem doesn't do anything here.  In Vista you can use the command line "Freemem" which works quite nicely.  It comes with Vista.
357  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / View Vista Styles Just Like In XP on: August 19, 2008, 10:53:39 AM
Folks who run Vista can patch the system to run custom styles, but when they list them in the classic appearance panel they get a list of "Windows Aero" and Windows Vista Basic", a bunch of them, all same name.  This genius little hack allows you to view the actual name of the visual style just like in Windows XP.

File mirrored here:
358  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".
359  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
360  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.
361  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.
362  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.
363  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
364  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.
365  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
366  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)

367  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....
368  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
369 Software / Circle Dock / Re: Windows 7's Taskbar....Err.....Circle Dock for the DC Programming Contest on: July 12, 2008, 09:36:07 AM
370  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.
371  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.
372 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.
373  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.
374  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.
375  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
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