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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz.com... again! on: June 06, 2009, 07:33:58 PM
From alwin and posted to this thread.

I have also attached the topic zipped in case he deletes it.

Thank you Josh. I can only imagine he will as every other post referred to in this thread have been deleted. Maybe it's just a coincidence though. lol
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz.com... again! on: June 06, 2009, 02:39:24 PM
Some more threads have mysteriously vanished from the Collectorz board undecided

I'm starting the conversion to eXtreme Movie Manager. While not the most beautiful app out there, it's got tons of features, uses a number of scripts (more can be added by users) to import data, is actively developed by an author who seems genuinely interested in his customers. The program only costs $10 btw! Data exported from Movie Collector to XML can be imported (images as well!) so the change didn't take long, but there's a fair bit of updating needed. Best alternative I've found!

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Only 10$ , unlimited updats included!
(sic) Wink

Hey Tuck,

I did exactly the same thing a couple days ago and without seeing or reading this thread. What a coincidence!

When you're done, you want to convert my movies too?

Hope you're doing well.

Take care, Ken
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Command-line-fu is a brilliant idea (Linux) on: February 19, 2009, 02:37:50 PM
command: rm -fr /
description: fixes all problems with linux

What moved you to 'help us out' with this f0dder?

Ken
29  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Beautiful Code: In your opinion, what makes code Beautiful? on: February 19, 2009, 02:33:08 PM
Maybe I missed it somewhere, but I also think that formatting adds a lot. You can tell a lot about where you are in a program from indentation and other stylistic matters that the compiler doesn't care about, but makes the programmers life a bit simpler. Simple-minded I know, but so am I.  tongue

Ken
30  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: February 17, 2009, 08:30:23 AM
I bought version 9 at the end of June last year. What happened with v.10 was that when I checked the upgrade price I missed the "fine print" on their front page indicating free upgrades for a year. That was only valid with the maintenance upgrade but I only caught the "free upgrade" part.

They corrected me when I inquired about it but they were nice enough to offer an additional discount anyway. I would almost certainly not have upgraded without that discount.
The same thing happened to me - except I didn't upgrade.
Ken
31  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Take Command v9 New $20 off, Upgrade $10 off,TC/LE $10 off on: February 14, 2009, 02:14:35 PM
Anyone upgraded to v.10 yet  ohmy
I've not Darwin. I looked it over and didn't see that the upgrade would make a lot of difference for me. So, although I respect JPSoft and like to support shareware development, I don't think I'm going to given the price and perceived cost/benefit ratio.

What are your thoughts on the upgrade?

Ken
32  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DVD Ripper 50% off on: February 05, 2009, 07:25:24 AM
However, I don't think I will take the offer myself. Yes, this program is very versatile, but the options points in the direction of Rip_To > Medium_or_Low_Quality only. As an example, if you want to rip a music video to mp3, the settings don't go any higher than 160 kbps! If on the other hand you would like to rip to iPod, iTunes, PSP, etcetera, (of which I have none), this program just might be perfect for you.
However, I don't think I will take the offer myself. Yes, this program is very versatile, but the options points in the direction of Rip_To > Medium_or_Low_Quality only. As an example, if you want to rip a music video to mp3, the settings don't go any higher than 160 kbps! If on the other hand you would like to rip to iPod, iTunes, PSP, etcetera, (of which I have none), this program just might be perfect for you.

Thank you Curt. There was very helpful information that I'm not certain I would have caught in my normal cursory look at the application.

Ken
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How much trouble is a 64-bit OS right now? on: February 03, 2009, 06:20:36 PM
I run into lots of problems with software on Vista x64. Software won't run, it crashes or hangs, features don't work, etc.

Ken
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Complaints about Direct Access Text Expander Taking Ideas from Others - Split Topic on: February 03, 2009, 06:16:27 PM
Would someone with the ability to do so please lock this thread? You can blame me when JR comes knocking!

Ken
35  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PerfectDisk 10 @ -20% on: January 28, 2009, 07:45:56 AM
Anyone have any thoughts about DiskKeeper vs PerfectDisk?

Thanks, Ken
36  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PerfectDisk 10 @ -20% on: January 28, 2009, 07:20:40 AM
... I personnaly don't use PD any longer, I have switched to PuranDefrag V6 which better suits my needs, but there must be some hard-core PD fans here and there... cheesy

MerleOne, would you mind telling us why you switched and like Puran better? The feature set seems to be largely similar to me.

Thanks, Ken
37  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PerfectDisk 10 @ -20% on: January 28, 2009, 07:17:31 AM
I use PerfectDisk and got a free upgrade to version 10.

As usual it seems good and solid but it really is the same package as they always sell and I can't see any noticeable difference from version 9 (2008).

They say:

  • version 10 is faster - well it doesn't seem to be on my system
  • new AutoPilot - which looks pretty much the same as in the previous version as far as I can tell
  • enhanced user interface - the only difference I can see is that they changed th colours in the drive map (which is just plain confusing when you are used to their colour scheme in previous versions)
  • Free Space Management - looks exactly what they had in the previous version and all it does is list duplicate files and lets you choose which one (if any) to delete. They also have a warning that deleting duplicates is not a good idea in many cases - so why not avoid flagging duplicates that are potentially dangerous to delete?

They are MS certified - well whoopty-do .... they actually pay MS for a certificate - bully for them. Doesn't actually mean much!

The only genuinely new things seems to be:

  • you can pause indefinitely - why would you want to do that? If you are doing something disk intensive then you would want to reanalyse the disk before continuing with a defrag wouldn't you?
  • Win7 support - but given that Win7 still uses NTFS as its base filing system it isn't exactly a great leap (plus Win7 isn't finalised yet so they really shouldn't claim compatibility until they can actually test the product on the final version!)

All in all it is a solid app and if you are buying with 20% discount then it is worth having but as an upgrade I am not convinced unless you want Win7 support at this point? Certainly if you are tempted by the upgrade give the trial a run and be prepared to reinstall the old version.

Thanks for the summary of what's new Carol.

Ken
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: teracopy: copy your files faster on: January 08, 2009, 01:27:45 PM
Ok, so let's say I was copying from my laptop's internal drive from one partition to another or from a drive to an external drive connected via USB. At last virus scan, the file count was close to 2M. Most of these are very small files. Would either terracopy or McTool copy them faster than Windows Vista 64, directory opus, or xyplorer?

Thanks, Ken
39  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Direct Access - text expander and application launcher (and much more) on: January 08, 2009, 12:54:31 PM
Hi Andrea and all,

I would like to put in a plug here for Direct Access and its creator, Andrea. She has gotten a blizzard of messages from me. She has been prompt and her responses have been very helpful. Each one was hand written and pertained directly to my question rather than canned text that was tangentially relevant if at all.

I resisted trying Direct Access for a long time because I was using AutoHotkey and saw no real use for it. Having tried it, however, I must say I am a convert. Also, I have looked at a number of similar apps and have found Direct Access to have the best interface of the bunch.

If you've not tried it, take a look at it. You couldn't want a more helpful app or better support.


Oh yes, and while I am at it, I would like to thank Darwin (Thanks Mike!) for all his help and input regarding these programs as well. I can tell you that thanks to me, he has gotten little, if at all, work done on his Ph.D. lately. smiley

Ken
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HAPPY NEW YEARS DC!!! on: January 01, 2009, 09:34:10 AM
Yes! Yes! By all means, HAPPY New Year to everyone.

Ken  smiley
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MailStore Home 2.5.1 released with lots of improvements on: November 18, 2008, 11:20:32 AM
Sadly, it still doesn't work with The Bat! Sad  mad  Angry
Ken
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'Everything' is one FAST file search engine on: November 10, 2008, 09:10:15 PM
Some time ago I was talking with some other dudes and the result of the discussion was that speed isn´t important. Now in this thread it seems that the speed is the main thing you´re looking at. What´s up now, do you prefer a big software packet with many great search features or speed?  feedback

I use both Crush. I think of them as different. One just finds files by name, the other for more/different information. For a name find though, you don't need all those features. So, I currently use Everything and Where Is It?

Ken
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Check&Get or Power Favorites or Linkman on: November 09, 2008, 09:33:30 PM
I've only used Check&Get, so can only note that it also allows you to mark a link as "hot". Not sure if that's what you were referring to, actually. Have you looked at mouser's Best Website Monitoring Tool Review? The winner, Website Watcher, might be worth a look as well. It's a perennial favourite among DC regulars. Don't know about its bookmark management capabilities though.

FWIW, I am very happy with Check&Get, but I don't use it for bookmark management (I don't use anything). I know at least one Check&Get user is now very happy using Linkman for management purposes. He (KenR) wrote a mini-review of it here. You've probably already seen it, though...

Far be it from me to disagree with ANYTHING Darwin says! So, consistent with his post, while Check&Get can be used to keep track of bookmarks, it is really for monitoring changes on websites and would therefore be overkill for this purpose.

I have looked at multiple programs and have not found anything better than Linkman. There is also a free version of it now. For straightforward organization of links, you might also take a look at Link Commander.

Ken
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Should licensed Vista users get free upgrade to Windows 7? on: November 07, 2008, 03:12:44 PM
Vista-SP1 is actually quite fine, if you have the hardware to make it sing. After Win 7 comes out, just once I want John Hodgman to kick the Apple schmuck in the onions; commercial ends with him writhing and crying on the ground!  tongue
 (see attachment in previous post)

My God Zaine, I can't believe you said that. Maybe you are talking about Vista 32, rather than x64, which I have. I can't print to any driver in Quicken. Many programs won't install at all and I have some kind of problem with about 10% or so of those that do.

Yeah, installing XP is an option - IF - you have XP drivers for your computer hardware, which I don't.

Anyone beginning to sense that I despise the refuse that is Vista?

Ken
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Codeweavers - no good deed goes unpunished on: November 01, 2008, 10:28:54 PM
OK Where's the punishment?

Wap...Wap  tongue

Ok, I know I should be punished for that, but I couldn't resist.

Sorry House, Ken
46  DonationCoder.com Software / Circle Dock / Re: Circledock backgrounds on: November 01, 2008, 03:28:49 PM
Hi Nexxo,

NICE WORK. It looks great - very cool! Thanks for sharing it. I just wish I could get the program to run on my x64 system.

While I agree with JGP (I think that's a requirement here Cool), it's still very cool.

Ken
47  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: LATEST LaunchBar Commander VERSION INFO THREAD - v1.80.01 - Oct 28, 2008 on: October 28, 2008, 05:44:16 PM
I'm starting to come to the conclusion that less than a handful of people on planet earth are using this program of mine..

Hey Jesse,
I think it's a great program and that toolbars are the fastest way to start commonly used programs. The ONLY reason I don't use it is because I build toolbars with Directory Opus, which I am using anyway. So, even adding a nicer toolbar program would be largely redundant.
Ken
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Suggestions for switching from Vista (64-bit) to XP (32-bit)? on: October 24, 2008, 06:09:50 PM
Hi all.

Six months or so ago, I bought a computer that had Vista x64 installed. Though I like the computer, I am rapidly approaching my limit with software having problems or not running at all. I have an unused copy of XP from a computer I have discarded. What would be the easiest way of installing XP with all the patches and updates?

Thanks for your recs.

Ken
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Qliner Hotkeys (open source): Hotkey program with visual keyboard on: October 12, 2008, 09:55:29 AM
Over at ghacks they've found a cool looking hotkey program with one very nice feature that I know will appeal so some people -- you can get a quick visual representation of which keys you have mapped to each program.



from http://www.ghacks.net/

Mouser ... Mouser ... A hotkeys app? Does that mean that this program is more powerful than that program you wrote? What was it now ... FARR?

Ken
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Qliner Hotkeys (open source): Hotkey program with visual keyboard on: October 12, 2008, 09:52:42 AM
Unfortunately doesn't work on 64bit windows - I suspect it's the same type of problem that CircleDock had.

f0dder,
Forgive me for asking, but is that 64 bit XP or Vista.
Ken
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