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926  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Take Command Console LE from JPSoft on: June 02, 2008, 01:22:15 PM
For people who are command line junkies, you might want to look at a new offering from JPSoft (makers of Take Command, formerly known as 4NT or 4DOS).

Take Command is a replacement for cmd.exe with enhanced commands.  The LE version is a free version that excludes the GUI component (DOS box only) and excludes some of the more advanced commands (in particular the ability to access files over FTP or HTTP).  However, it's more or less what 4NT was prior to version 9 and has some very nice command line and batch file capabilities.

If you find yourself doing a lot at the Windows command line, it's worth checking out TCC LE:  http://www.jpsoft.com/tccledes.htm

927  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: This might take some of you back - IBM laptop, can anyone give me some info? on: May 30, 2008, 03:31:49 PM
Here's a link to the support page for downloaind varisou support software and drivers for the ThinkPad 750:

928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there a utility that will recurse a command down through subfolders? on: May 30, 2008, 11:17:06 AM
If you want to muck around with some of the advanced capabilities of NT's cmd.exe command processor, you can do this with a batch file:

929  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need IE6 in Vista home on: May 27, 2008, 05:33:02 PM
Also, I should have mentioned that you can of course run whatever virtual machine host software you want on your Vista Home laptop.  As far as I know, the following support Vista Home Basic as a host platform with WinXP or Win2K as a guest VM:

  • VMware Workstation
  • VMware Player (free)
  • Parallels Workstation
  • VirtualBox (free)
  • Xen (if you have the right CPU) (free)

Also, Virtual PC 2007 is not supported, but is reported to still work.  With any of these VM platforms you can install your own non-expiring WinXP or Windows 2000 guest and have IE 6 available for as long as you need.

The advantage to this is that you're not dependent on Microsoft continually updating their IE6 test VM image and you don't have to use potentially system destabilizing hacks to get IE6 to run on your Vista system.
930  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need IE6 in Vista home on: May 27, 2008, 05:10:36 PM
My understanding is the Virtual PC 2007 will install and run on Vista Home, but it's not a 'supported' configuration and it will give warnings during install.  However, it is reported to work.  If you go that route, you can try running Microsoft's virtual Machine image that has WinXP with IE6 installed on it:


This image will expire on 3 July 2008.  Microsoft periodically updates the image with a new one that has a later expiration date (no telling when they'll decide to stop doing that, though).

Some other URLs that should have helpful information:

http://tredosoft.com/IE6_For_Vista_Part_1 (install IE6 on Vista - sort of)

http://tredosoft.com/Multiple_IE (run multiple versions of IE side-by-side. This does not work on Vista, but might still have useful information)
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XPPro SP3 on: May 19, 2008, 09:38:15 PM
This discussion about activating the Volume License (VL) version of WinXP is a little confusing - the VL version of XP does not need to be activated.  The installer gets the key, and that's it - there's no communication with Microsoft.  If the key is valid, the installation is 'activated'.

Microsoft does however blacklist VL keys that it finds have gotten out into the wild.  That blacklisting can occur in a service pack update or via the infamous "Genuine Advantage" check.

There may be some confusion regarding non-VL WinXP keys that you get from MSDN - those keys allow you activate something like 10 times, so they may seem like they're VL keys because they allow for multiple activations.

Note that the volume licensing mechanism for Vista is completely different and requires that a site have infrastructure (ie., a validation service) to support the licensing scheme.
932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why is all audio on websites so freakin loud?! on: May 17, 2008, 07:34:09 PM
Got a link to application that lets you adjust volume on a per-application basis?
Does anyone know of an app other than IndieVolume that does this for XP?  I have IndieVolume, but it has problems with Flash that make it so I'm unable to use it for browsers.
933  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What to do when you receive bootleg videos? on: May 14, 2008, 07:25:06 PM
I don't like being a grass...

Took me a while to google-out what this meant ("grass" is such a common word).  For anyone else unfamiliar with the british-slang, it would mean something like "I don't like squealing..."
934  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a good DVD converter! on: May 10, 2008, 01:06:48 PM
DVDFab is free lifetime updates as well...

This policy has just recently changed - previous purchasers still have the lifetime upgrade policy, but after May 8 new purchases get 1 year of upgrades.  According to the purchase page, upgrade license renewal will be no more than 20% of the retail price.


Also new is that the module to convert to mobile formats is no longer included in the 'Platinum' product - it's a separate add-on license (I think the add-on works for either DVDFab Platinum or DVDFab Gold, but I'm not certain).
935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: converting divx to dvd? on: May 08, 2008, 11:21:26 AM
If you are not into any complex video tasks, there is no better than convertxtodvd (at least compared to winavi, TMPGenc and couple of other minors that I have tried). There is a trial version (which includes watermark).

You can also get a cheap license for ConvertXtoDVD (about €6) with a couple of caveats:

  • the version you get is 2.x and is non-upgradable (the current version is 3.x)
  • the site selling this is pretty much dead, but I was able to make the purchase a few weeks ago.

You can buy ConvertXToDVD 2.x for 4 'credits' at http://www.serialdealers.com, but be sure to *not* buy a Gold membership - in all likelihood nothing new will be offered on that site.  Also realize that even though credits are more or less equivalent to Euros, the minimum purchase for a block of 'credits' is €6 for 5 credits, so in order to make your purchase of ConvertXToDVD you will really be spending €6 not 4.
936  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerCmd on Bits du Jour on: May 01, 2008, 05:12:54 PM
Sorry for contributing to the drifted thread, but...

One thing to realize here is that TrialPay is not the store or the vendor - you don't go to trialpay.com and browse the products they offer then decide to 'buy' something there.  As far as I know Trialpay does not even provide a mechanism to do that.  Trialpay doesn't offer to sell you software - the software vendor offers to let you use trialpay instead of some other payment mechanism.  Generally in order to get Trialpay involved in a transaction, the customer has already decided to acquire the software (or has been enticed by the software vendor advertising the trialpay option as a way to get the software for 'free').  Trialpay is involved only as an alternative to using Visa, MasterCard, Paypal or whatever.

So I'm not sure why TrialPay would have significantly more burden to vet the products than Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, Plimus, regNow or any other payment middleman.

There might be more of a case if the stuff that you actually do pay for on Trialpay were 'rogue' or malicious (the offered flowers, gourmet coffee club membership, credit card or whatever offer you buy/agree to), but I haven't particularly noticed anything like that.
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do I delete big folders with ease? on: April 29, 2008, 02:38:01 PM
You can't get much quicker and easier than this (be careful - you can do a lot of damage) - from the command line : 

[copy or print]
rd /s <folder name>

If you're adventurous you can add the "/q" option and it'll wipe the folder without asking for confirmation.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: mail2web: any comments? on: April 29, 2008, 11:57:42 AM
939  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Windows Apps You Never Need To Install on: April 25, 2008, 04:14:35 PM
As far as codec packs go, I'm not sure about whether or not they're really 'sketchy' or useless (though I haven't installed one because of rumors or indications that some might be malware infected, so I guess I consider them sketchy), but Microsoft really dropped the ball on this.  I'm not sure how dealing with various audio/video formats should work, but I'll tell you what - it seems like more than half the time I get a non-YouTube video link or file from from someone and try to play it, I'll get:

  • some message about not having the right codec, but no decent indication of what I need or where to get it
  • sound but no image
  • image but no sound

YouTube's use of the Flash video format has largely fixed this problem (I guess by making that format a defacto standard), but codec problems are a big thumbs down for me, and I fix the blame squarely on Microsoft for pushing that complexity on to *me* - someone who knows squat about the technology and whose interest in the technology extends exactly zero beyond being able to push a play button and have the stuff actually play.
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HowTo EASILY create image backup? on: April 17, 2008, 10:11:16 AM
And you can get a free OEM version of True Image 10 that works only if your machine has a Seagate or Maxtor drive:

941  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Backup4All FTP Problems on: April 17, 2008, 10:05:46 AM
Are you using Passive mode FTP (http://www.backup4all.com/passive-mode.php)?  Passive mode works much better when going through a NAT router.   
942  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: British money is about to get really cool on: April 16, 2008, 12:29:27 AM
Silly Brits! Measuring things in a way that makes sense!  tongue

The metric system is the tool of the devil!  My car gets forty rods to the hogshead and that's the way I likes it.  (Abe Simpson)
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Home Network Recommendations? on: April 13, 2008, 10:02:53 PM
Check out Tomato, Sveasoft Talisman or DD-WRT for alternative firmware possibilities.

For what it's worth, I've been running DD-WRT v23 SP1 Final  and it's been rock solid.  I used to have to occasionally reboot my WRT54G, but not with DD-WRT.

And my 'server' is just a retired desktop machine.
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FTP Client - freeware with scheduler on: April 10, 2008, 11:59:38 PM
I'm not familiar with Fresh FTP, so can't comment.  I'm not aware of any free software that's mainly an FTP client that has a built-in scheduler; it's just a happy coincidence that the SyncBack backup program lets you backup/sync to an FTP destination.

As far as FTP goes, I like FileZilla because it's free, it supports secure transfers, and it supports proxies (which I need at work) - as long as you stick with the 2.x versions.  The 3.x version is apparently a complete rewrite; as far as I can tell does not support proxies, and it seems that the main developer is really not interested in supporting them.  So I'm sticking with version 2.x, which gets the job done.

FWIW (I know you didn't mention secure transfers, but...) the only other free FTP client that I'm aware of that supports secure transfers is CoreFTP (http://www.coreftp.com).
945  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FTP Client - freeware with scheduler on: April 10, 2008, 11:41:41 AM
I'm not 100% certain, but I think that the freeware version of SyncBack (http://www.2brightsparks....reeware/freeware-hub.html) supports both FTP and scheduling.
946  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 released for free on: April 08, 2008, 01:20:24 PM
Ashampoo have released the full version of their Burning studio 6 (version 6.61) for free:




Apparently version 6 lacks the ability to burn DVD Video, bootable CDs, and multi-session CDs  which is in Version 7.  Strange thing is, they are still selling version 6 for $20; maybe they haven't gotten the website fully updated.
947  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: GAOTD & Virus on: April 07, 2008, 07:25:46 PM
The rewards of downloading software from GAOTD are not great enough for me to plunge into accepting products when I have no idea what's in the box. I have downloaded a few and usually usually dumped them within hours of installing.

So, your experiences with GAOTD involve software that wasn't worthwhile.  This is quite different from GAOTD being a source for malware-infested offerings.
948  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Find and remove duplicate files on: April 07, 2008, 02:18:59 PM
Quite important as the base price of Double Killer Pro is half that of Clone Tools and it has also recently been available here with a 30% discount.

Something to point out that is important for me (and I'm sure others on this forum):  Double Killer Pro is licensed per-computer.  Clone Tools is licensed per-user, so I can legally use it to clean up all my machines with a single license.

The Double Killer Pro per-machine license restriction was a deal killer for me.  Also, Double Killer Pro is same price as Clone Tools if you use it for non-personal (ie., business or gov't) use.

Still, I hope PilotMan takes the hint about a DC discount...
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: April 06, 2008, 01:37:33 AM
I believe that the descript.ion comment area is present in files on any NTFS drive.

descript.ion files are not standard Windows things - they were invented (I think) by JPSoft for their 4DOS product and have become a sort of third-party file manager standard of sorts:

950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Power Desk 7 on: April 03, 2008, 02:05:05 PM
They don't seem to provide a trial, do they?  My suggestion would be to not worry about the upgrade unless you're looking for one of the items they list as new for v7:

  • Vista compatibility
  • Hex editing
  • File notes remain attached to files when the file is moved
  • improved image toolbar

You can find a 50% discount ($40 discounted to $20) using this link:


I was hoping that the AFFPD7 or NEWVC35 promo codes would give an additional discount, but they don't seem to work for me when I use the above link.

Edit:  if the above link stops working, the discount code UPGPD7 seems to give a $20 discount, too.
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