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376  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.
377  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.
378  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?

Cheers!

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:
http://www.johnsadventure...om/forum/topic.php?id=338
379  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

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Listening to: John Lee Hooker - Henry's Swing Clubsmiley smiley
380  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:  http://www.johnsadventures.com
John's Background Switcher:  http://www.johnsadventure...ftware/backgroundswitcher
Support Forums:  http://www.johnsadventures.com/forum/


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381  DonationCoder.com 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.
382  DonationCoder.com 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
383  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PC Mag's Top 100 Web Sites - Vote for your Favorite (DonationCoder.com Love?) on: June 06, 2008, 01:39:54 PM
Done and done.  +1 and all that.  Thmbsup
384  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / New Software? on: May 06, 2008, 09:19:59 PM
Hi.  I am wondering when http://www.donationcoder....om/Software/releases.html will be updated with new or updated software?  If there is a news or blog item concerning new software and I missed it, please direct me there.  There are very few 2008 updates and even those are not very recent, so I am thinking I missed something?  Thanks in advance.
385  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: January 2008 Software Drawing Winners on: January 27, 2008, 05:38:23 PM
True Launch Bar!  NICE!  Thanks again Donation Coder!
386  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Personal Movie Organizers - A quick rundown on: October 14, 2007, 09:43:13 PM
I have been using Ant Movie Catalog for at least a year.  I have the DB it creates written to a system backup folder in My Documents, which I have on a separate, non-arrayed HDD, so that when I do a clean install, I can just point Windows to it and boom, nothing lost.

I need to say, it's the best and easiest to use I have found.  Not only does it have dozens of sources to get movie information from, but the scripts are kept up to date with changes to each of the sites they draw data from.  The reports are incredible and extremely customizable.  This is definitely one of the best free programs I have ever seen.
387  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nexuiz by Alientrap on: September 17, 2007, 09:38:31 PM
My kids and I love this game.  Play it and nQuake over the LAN as much as possible. More than worth the download!  Incredible old school frag fun!
388  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: September 13, 2007, 06:43:44 AM
Hi Lynn!  Good to meet you.
389  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: September 12, 2007, 10:54:30 AM
Wait:  Canadanadia has a military?  Not just the Mountme's? Grin

j/k

I am 41 and ex-Navy, good to meet you.
390  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Context Menu Editor? on: September 09, 2007, 06:36:38 PM
If you are having a hard time finding ContextEdit, here is a link:

http://ftp://ftp.sac.sk/p...sac/utilfile/cnxtedit.zip
391  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ZipInstaller: Install Windows applications from a ZIP file on: July 11, 2007, 12:05:28 PM
Whenever I encounter a Zip file containing a folder with a lot of exucatuables, it has worked for me.  Other than that, just browse to the folder, sort by type, select all executables, right click, create shortcut.  Then move the shortcuts to where ever you want them....
392  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ZipInstaller: Install Windows applications from a ZIP file on: July 10, 2007, 08:51:58 PM
I have been using this since it's second release in late 2003.  NIRSoft has a TON of great free utilities, another I use is "Currports".  I highly recommend everyone take a look at his site.

http://www.nirsoft.net/
393  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is the Windows start menu dead? on: July 09, 2007, 09:34:08 PM
Not dead to me yet.  As long as I can organize it the way I want it, it's very efficient and useful without running any 3rd party software in the background.
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394  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is an Organized Efficient Start Menu the Holy Grail of Daily Computing? on: July 09, 2007, 09:30:36 PM
An organized start menu is the first thing I do after a complete fresh install and complete updates.  Can't live without it.

395  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ditto: yet another free clipboard manager on: June 29, 2007, 06:35:35 PM
I have been using Ditto for quite a while now, and I find it invaluable.  It's one of the first things I re-install after formatting.
396  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: February 17, 2007, 07:36:09 AM
WinME.  'nuff said.

Poor Ed  Sad
397  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Downloadable Game for the Weekend: Bloodmasters on: February 08, 2007, 06:44:00 PM
I am installing it now and would be glad to host a game! smiley  I run a Scorched3D server also if anyone is interested.
398  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: January 28, 2007, 01:39:07 PM
 Kiss Grin
399  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: January 26, 2007, 10:05:11 PM
I'm Bryan.  Age 35, Kentucky resident (but I have teeth and wear shoes).  I work as a licensed psychotherapist, but I wish I worked as a programmer.  Computers "listen" better ;>

 Grin Welcome to the forums!
400  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OK - lets get to know each other... who are you, what do you do, where from? on: January 23, 2007, 05:47:08 PM
Simply put, you have my respect, which is due you.
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