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926  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Automated Builds for Visual Basic 6 (Visual Build Pro) on: May 06, 2009, 01:33:22 AM
Sorry for raising this thread from the dead, but if anyone is still potentially in the market for one of these tools, Visual Build Pro is going to be on BitDuJour in about a week (May 12, 2009).

It's still going to be a fair bit of cash compared to most software discussed on DC - $120 - but that's a hefty discount off the normal $300 price.
927  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors on: May 04, 2009, 05:44:34 PM
Vi (and its variants), emacs, UltraEdit, Zeus, EmEditor and others support (or claim to support) ctags.

SlickEdit supports its own tags implementation (which is at least as functional as ctags).
928  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors on: May 04, 2009, 11:58:07 AM
but I seem to remember cost being an obstacle

Hey Jussi - maybe a DonationCoder discount is in order (can't hurt to ask, right?).
929  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Revolutionary Keyboard on: May 03, 2009, 04:17:08 PM
I've seen those keyboards and one thing I have wondered about is that they always seem to have a funny-shaped 'Enter' key that causes the backslash and/or delete key to be repositioned or made smaller.  Is there a technical reason for that?

That one seemingly small thing would prevent (and probably has prevented) me from buying one of those keyboards...
930  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors on: May 02, 2009, 04:00:31 PM
Where both are kind of lost is when doing ctags stuff (more IDE-like).

I've emailed the HippoEDIT author about this and he says it's on the todo list, but as it's a pretty big change/addition there are no promises or timeline.
931  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is AnyDVD actually necessary for copying DVD's? on: April 30, 2009, 06:32:10 PM
My understanding is that DVDShrink circumvents CSS and some older additional copy protections.  However, since it has not be maintained for quite sometime, newer DVDs (with newer protections) do not work so well with DVDShrink.

AnyDVD is a drive filter, so it removes protections for any program which reads DVDs.

There are other DVD copy/backup which incorporate their own protection circumvention (such as DVDfab).  With those you would not need AnyDVD.

And there's no requirement that DVDs be copy-protected (though I think that the Blue-Ray licensing does require publihsers to encrypt BD releases - but I'm not certain about that).  I'm not sure what percentage are - I'm pretty sure that a large majority of major consumer DVD releases are protected at least with CSS.
932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Six Months With a Hackintosh Netbook: It Ain't Pretty on: April 29, 2009, 04:14:32 PM
Here's a blog entry that takes issue with some of the conclusions of another review of running OS X on a netbook:

http://blog.expandrive.co...ni-9-road-test-is-a-fail/

The bottom line according to that guy - if you're using the machine within the realm of what you should expect to be able to do on a netbook (regardless of the OS), ie., that you take into account that a netbook is not appropriate for writing novels or doing heavy-duty development, then things are more or less fine.
933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors on: April 27, 2009, 04:55:16 PM
For the screenshot above I turned on all the HippoEdit visual goodies. Note the progressively darkening background, which indicates tag nesting. Again, it's only for html.

It works for me in the C/C++ modes.  Maybe when you say "only for html" you're meaning it doesn't do it for XML (I can't check at the moment)?

The Bad:

- The name  smiley

Heh - I agree. It seem inconsequential, but the name - and the icon - do bug me a bit (and it kinda bugs me that I find that something like that bugs me...).
934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should I switch from xp to vista? on: April 23, 2009, 12:29:14 PM
dunno where people are getting that "dog slow" nonsense from

I think one of the primary reasons people tagged Vista as slow was because of changes MS made to file copy operations (possibly in Explorer only).  The changes were supposed to make copies both faster and more reliable (I think in particular over the network), but also the copy operation didn't complete until the operation had been committed to disk which I think was different behavior from XP.

MS is supposed to have again significantly reworked the file copy operation in Vista SP1 to remove this problem (which I think they claimed was more of a perception problem than an actual 'copies take longer' problem).

935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 23, 2009, 12:21:33 PM
In fact the 3.94a version is so different from the latest Zeus it can be downloaded free of charge from this link:
http://www.zeusedit.com/z300/ze32r394a.zip

<erm>  Jussi, does that mean free download, i.e. you don't have to pay to download a trial, or free software, i.e. you don't have to pay to keep and use it?  Or is there a lower fee for the older version?

I'm not Jussi, but I've downloaded and installed it and it appears to be a 'registered' copy upon installation. There's no indication of having an expiration or being an evaluation copy as there is in the install of the more recent versions.
936  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should I switch from xp to vista? on: April 21, 2009, 04:22:12 AM
I just bought a laptop with 32 bit OS. Does that mean I will be unable to run windows 7 on it when it comes out? Will a 64 bit OS run on a machine with 32 bit? Is it the chip that makes it a 32/64 bit machine or the programs?

Any machine that runs Vista should be able to run Windows 7 (that's Microsoft's stated goal).

Windows 7 will have both 32-bit and 64-bit support (just like Vista).  Also, even though you're currently running a 32-bit OS, it's quite possible that your machine can run a 64-bit OS. x64 machines can be set up with either a 32-bit or a 64-bit OS (but there are definitely machines that are only capable of running a 32-bit OS).
937  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BinCalc - Very nice binary and mixed numerical system calculator on: April 20, 2009, 01:09:46 AM
I came across this just a few weeks ago (didn't think to pass on the info - for some reason it never crossed my mind that others here would find it useful).

The line of 'bit boxes' is a brilliant addition to a programming calculator. This is the first time I've found a calculator that makes binary calculations feasible.

It's like having the old front-panel switches & lights from the early days of computers (back in college we wrote a simple bootloader for the PDP/11 that had to be fed into the computer using front-panel switches).

All around, this is the best programmer's calculator I've used. Thanks for posting about it.
938  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 19, 2009, 10:13:08 PM
In fact the 3.94a version is so different from the latest Zeus it can be downloaded free of charge from this link:

http://www.zeusedit.com/z300/ze32r394a.zip

It's like a Zeus Lite version Wink

Jussi:

Thanks for the link. By any chance is there a change history or list of features added since 3.94a so someone using it might now what they are missing out on?
939  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Xenon Portable File Manager - Portable Associations! on: April 19, 2009, 01:45:42 PM
I've been messing around with a Rescue USB key drive for my Vista64 machine.  So now I realize that SysWOW64 won't be there on the USB. So all the apps I put on, assuming I'm only going to be able to boot off the USB key, need to be native 64 bit.  That and "portable" really cuts down on your choices. Sad

I'm not sure I follow - if you're booting from the USB then the apps need to be whatever will run in the USB's OS, right?  If the USB OS is 32-bit, then you don't even have the option of 64-bit apps.  If the USB's OS is 64-bit then it'll have a SysWOW64 directory so 32-bit apps will be able to load the 32-bit Windows DLLs.

Unless I'm missing something, your rescue USB drive should be fine with 32-bit apps.
940  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: April 17, 2009, 04:28:24 PM
in the case of one poster, days after he bought this earlier license, a new product came out, with new functionality but also with all the functions of the old. So I do think they erred in failing to treat their customers in the way most customers would like to be treated.

...

if he'd known the new product was coming out, and would be treated separately, he could have waited and obtained all the functions of both for the single price. Instead, they didn't make this plain, so to get both he needed to pay for both programs. (The amounts don't matter. Buying both would cost more than buying one. That is all that matters to make my point.)

Except that the amount kind of does matter in this case. When the AnyDVD-HD product was released, it cost more than the AnyDVD product (which was and is still offered). So even if he had waited until AnyDVD-HD was released, he would have had to pay more than he did for AnyDVD to get the HD functionality.  Now, it's possible that AnyDVD+upgrade to AnyDVD-HD cost more than buying both at once, but I'm pretty sure the difference was minimal if anything (I think the cost was the same except if discount coupons were applied - since coupons don't work for the upgrade).

Part of the confusion in this matter is that while AnyDVD-HD is considered a different product than AnyDVD, it is a strict superset of AnyDVD (ie., you don't buy both AnyDVD and a separate AnyDVD-HD - you buy AnyDVD and an add-on for the AnyDVD-HD functions). I think that Slysoft have changed how AnyDVD/AnyDVD-HD is purchased to make them more 'separate' products when initially purchased.  But in either case, there's no reason to have a separate license for AnyDVD and AnyDVD-HD (unless you need licenses for multiple machine - but that's a different issue).
941  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Another 'Lifetime' license bites the dust on: April 17, 2009, 01:17:11 PM
I've said it before and I'll say it again. This is the problem with the "entitled generation".

I'd say it's more a problem of unclear definitions, misunderstandings, or in a very few cases outright deception.

Nowadays, 'updates' generally means the release of something with a change only to the minor version number, while 'upgrades' means the release of something with a change to the major version number.  However, the meanings of these terms are not set in stone, and some vendors make it clear what they mean, some don't.  Even in the the case where they make it clear, it's usually up to the vendor what constitutes a major version change.

I know that years ago I would often misread 'lifetime updates' as 'lifetime upgrades' - it probably doesn't help that upgrade and update are rather similar words in form and meaning.  Anyway, I've learned to read more carefully since then.

In AnyDVD's case, I'll admit I was a bit bummed when AnyDVD-HD wasn't an 'update', but after some thought I can see their position makes sense and I can live with it.  But I can also see how some people might feel that the distinction between AnyDVD vs. AnyDVD-HD is arbitrary (although I don't agree).
942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 13, 2009, 12:22:48 AM
There's an editor I have not heard of before coming up on BDJ in a few days - HippoEDIT (can't say I'm fond of the name, but that doesn't really matter): 


It seems interesting, and the little bit I've put it though it seems worth looking into more (which I don't really have time for at the moment). Does anyone else have any experience with this that they could post?
943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows editors - do they have to be so bad? on: April 12, 2009, 01:08:42 AM
I used the Komodo IDE for a while a year ago at a previous job. My main use for it was Perl scripting, and the thing that made me convince my employer to buy it (Komodo IDE is pretty pricey) was the debugger - I couldn't find anything else that did Perl debugging so easily and nicely, especially for someone like me who is not particularly experienced with Perl.

Unfortunately, Komodo Edit does not have the debugger, and I don't think I have enough experience with it (particularly for Python) to out-and-out recommend it.  But,

  • the search capabilities are quite good
  • ActiveState provides good support (I think this extends to Komodo Edit, too)
  • it's free, so give it a spin and see if it grabs you
944  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free support ends for Windows XP and MS Office 2003 on: April 11, 2009, 01:05:26 PM
What I find interesting is the statement: "Generally, free support for Service Packs should be 12 months after it's first launched." This contradicts the 24-month SP support window referenced on the website.

The confusion about 12-month or 24-months of support for service packs probably comes from the fact that Windows service packs get 24 months of support, while service packs for other MS products (Office, etc.) get 12 months of support. 

See question 19 in the FAQ here http://support.microsoft.com/gp/lifepolicy. Note that the 24 or 12 month support window starts from the time the *next* service pack is released.

Also note that the FAQ indicates that service packs do not extend the overall life-cycle support time line for a product:

Quote
When support for a product ends, support of the service packs for that product will also end. The product’s support lifecycle supersedes the service pack support policy

So this indicates that Terrykim Jin's explanation of the the general Service Pack support policy for Windows might not be quite correct, but he (or she) is correct that service packs do not extend the overall life-cycle support of Windows.

945  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: adding memory to my Dell Precision 380 on: April 10, 2009, 11:39:17 PM
Tried Crucial's customer support? Might be able to send it back or get a refund of some type...

I thought that if you bought memory recommended by their tool and things didn't work that you'd get your money back.  Probably small consolation, but Crucial shouldn't give any hassle on the refund.
946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 11:16:01 AM
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947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: April 01, 2009, 11:13:21 AM
So, it's April 1st...

Anything happening? (no reports in the news yet)

 tellme tellme

I heard an ABC News radio report that they put an unprotected machine on Internet, and it got probed and compromised within a few minutes.  To be honest, I'm not sure how different that might be from any other day on the Internet.

I'm sure that having a NAT router between you an the 'net would go a long way toward preventing the problem (though does having UPNP enabled on the router change that? - It came enabled by default on my most recent router.)


948  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gmail's "Custom Time" April Fools Feature! on: April 01, 2009, 11:01:42 AM
Reminds me of one of the better SNL commercial parodies:

Jiffy Express

"When it has to be there overnight, call the other guys. When it had to be there three weeks ago, call Jiffy."
949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Conficker - The Facts on: March 30, 2009, 09:19:28 AM
Thanks for this nice write up.  WinPatrol's Bill Pytlovany has some blog articles that talk about Conficker and what might happen on March 31/April  1.  His latest article indicates that it's something people should take precautions against (though they are precautions that should be taken normally anyway) but that there probably won't be an Internet meltdown - though that seems a bit toned down from his previous couple of articles.

I've got UPnP turned off on my router and have made sure Win Update has been run along with the Malicious Software Removal tool.
950  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend Vista CD Burner on: March 28, 2009, 12:09:36 PM
Actually I just noticed Burning Studio 6 is Vista compatible too and that is available for free on some magazine disks. Maybe some kind person (Grorgy) could tell you which mag and edition.

No Magazine disk needed: http://download.cnet.com/...3000-2646_4-10776287.html
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