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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 28, 2008, 11:43:12 PM
Who remembers valves in radios, etc? Lead in paint? Unsprung clothes pegs? Crystal sets?
When I was in high school we had an excursion to the local university to visit the computing centre. The building which housed it was built over a river which ran through the campus. Why? All the cabling was submerged in the water to help keep it cool!
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ideal backup utility on: October 09, 2008, 01:29:13 AM
Would this work?

A Win95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP/Vista/2003/2008 utility which runs in command line mode.
Comes with a 16-bit version (XXCOPY16).
(XXCOPY16.EXE copies files using the short (8.3 format) name only.)
Duplicates the entire system drive which can boot Win9x (xxtb #10).
Keeps the same short name (8.3) in the destination as in the source (xxtb #03).
The source specifier accepts wildcards in directory names also (xxtb #28).
Backs up directory incrementally without the use of archive bit. (xxtb #06).
Synchronizes directories (xxtb #20).
Controls file attributes (keeps the source, destination attributes or none).
Excludes directories or files from copying by wild cards(xxtb #05).
Handles a Cyclic Copy case much better than XCOPY (xxtb #07).
Qualifies files by file date/time (Before, On, or After) (xxtb #17).
Deletes files or directories using the same powerful selection mechanism (xxtb #12).
Copies hidden/system files, and overwrites Read-only files.
Flattens a directory tree into files in one directory (xxtb #16).
... and many, many, intimidatingly more ... (over 200 command switches)
Copies security information for NTFS volume archiving.
Supersedes Microsoft's ROBOCOPY (xxtb #30).
Works very much like XCOPY with the same command syntax.
Available in two flavors; Freeware and Pro Edition (see below).
 PAD (Portable Application Description) File.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux is Not Windows on: August 11, 2008, 07:41:26 AM
I tried out Ubuntu for a few weeks recently after much broo haha here in the Australian computer press about the latest release (Hardy Heron) being a "Windows Killer". To say that I tried it out is probably an untruth - I should have said that I spent a few weeks trying to get it to work. Thank heavens I set up a dual boot system as I had to constantly fall back to my Windows set up to access the net & search for solutions to my problems. I couldn't initially access the net through Ubuntu as it couldn't identify my external dial-up modem & subsequently I spent many hours entering command line commands to get Ubuntu & the modem to talk to each other. Then I spent a few hours unsuccessfully trying to get Ubuntu to recognise my video card - no success there. Now I don't like to give up easily, but when I couldn't get Ubuntu & my scanner to talk nicely to each other I finally threw in the towel & reverted to Windows.
I make these comments as a "person in the street 'puter user" & acknowledge that probably all of the problems I faced were do to third party vendors & not Ubuntu, but my experiences will be common for many people & highlight, I think, why many of us stay with Windows.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-installer Problem on: March 21, 2008, 01:39:57 AM
In the end I needed to use both VPC & the (free) VMWare reader in combination. The reader gave me the required USB device accessabilty which VPC on its own couldn't provide. So - VPC runs inside the VM environment & I can now use that software whose auto-installer would only accept installation where the OS was on a C: drive.
The elephant stamp goes to Mouser for pointing me in the right direction, but thanks to all for words of advice.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-installer Problem on: March 16, 2008, 02:49:17 AM
If the software doesn't rely on the registry for knowing where it's installed, that might work.
It does rely on the registry

this would be a good case to use a virtual machine (virtualpc, vmware, etc
I was hopeful that this would work, but the software is supplied on a USB device & VPC (at least) doesn't support USB devices. Also the device must remain "plugged into" the host PC for the software to run

Would a dual boot scenario be worth considering?
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-installer Problem on: March 01, 2008, 07:32:06 PM
Thank you D & M. I'll give both suggestions a shot & let you know how things pan out.
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: .VEC files - Anyone know of a freeware viewer/reader on: March 01, 2008, 07:29:37 PM
Thank you for the suggestion. I downloaded & gave it a whirl. Whilst it does handle vector type graphics files it, sadly, won't handle .vec type files.
Anyone else with a solution I could try?
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-installer Problem on: February 29, 2008, 08:17:50 PM
Carol ,
Thanks. I've checked as you suggest & those settings are already in place. I have tried the author, also as you suggest, & no success there either.
I think that I might be snookered!
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Auto-installer Problem on: February 29, 2008, 06:08:20 PM
I have some software whose auto-installer wants to install the program to drive C:, but my OS is on drive H:. Is there a workaround which could be applied? I have zero programming knowledge and consequently have no idea if this is a really naive/impossible question.

Thanks always,
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / .VEC files - Anyone know of a freeware viewer/reader on: February 27, 2008, 05:11:41 PM
I have some files with the file extension .VEC (graphics/CAD) which I would like to share with another person who doesn't have the software to open this file type. I have spent 30 unsuccessful mins doing Google searches looking for freeware which would handle these. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

61 Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Read webpages,including pages linked to from the home page, offline on: February 06, 2008, 05:22:29 PM
 :Thmbsup:Thanks for pointing me to httrack - just what I wanted.
62 Software / Finished Programs / SOLVED: Read webpages,including pages linked to from the home page, offline on: February 06, 2008, 06:56:50 AM
The ability to download several "layers" of a website used to be available in IE as part of the favorites options. I discovered that it is no longer offered in the most recent iteration of IE. As a user living in a remote region & who is never likely to have access to broadband this option was useful to me when a site had "knowledge" type information that I would want to refer to again later, but not want to have to wait for ages as each successive page loaded.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Starting a website; need suggestions. on: November 12, 2007, 04:52:38 AM
I say "have a go". I had no idea what I was doing, but with help of WYSIWYG editor Nvu/Kompozer, a template from Andreas Viklund, Ask the CSS guy, people at DC & friends I produced this in less than ten hours (not including research). I would never suggest that I can do better than a professional, but if the budget's tight & you need a presence then have a try yourself.
It just love the way people are so generous here & elsewhere on the net. Thanks everyone.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Should I Move To (Gasp!) Microsoft Outlook As My Main Email Client ?? on: October 04, 2007, 01:28:20 AM
If you decide on Outlook my advice would be to download from MS & use the Back Up add on (still not a fixture even in 2007) & read and digest the KB files on its use.
See also the note I added here: http://www.donationcoder....ic=8770.msg78739#msg78739
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any MWSnap users out there? on: October 04, 2007, 12:37:19 AM
Yep, it might be old but it fits on my thumb drive and that's where I use it as a de facto pictorial note taker. So what if it hasn't been updated. It may not be an unuiquely Aussie saying but it's apt here.. "if it ain't broke don't fix it"
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2007 - a rant on: September 29, 2007, 02:11:59 AM
This excerpt from an article by David Flynn in the Australian PC User mag (04/07) may be of interest to users of Outlook who keep it running continuously and who are noticing their systems bogging down :

...a common cause of Outlook slow-downs is a bloated .pst. The .pst file stores all your e-mails (sent and received), address cards, appointments & tasks. E-mails will quickly balloon the file to enormous proportions, especially if they have attachments. This can result in a .pst of several hundred megabytes (or even gigabytes if you are like me!).
This slows your system down because Outlook tries to keep as much of the .pst as possible in memory, and even if it offloads part of it into virtual memory, those hard disk accesses just take longer again.
The first fix is to delete e-mails you don't need, especially those with attachments. If you need only the attachment save it to a folder on the hard drive & delete the e-mail. Next compact the .pst file (like defragging the HD) - select File -> Data File Management ->  Data Files tab -> click on Settings button -> click on Compact Now

Italics are my comments.
Trust someone will find this useful.
67  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free PDF tools review? on: September 19, 2007, 07:47:52 AM
Anyone know if it's possible to run an app like DoPDF on a USB memory stick?
68  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: - fun blog about website developer tools on: September 03, 2007, 03:30:15 AM
Thanks for alerting us to this site. I'm always grateful for any assistance with site building.

69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OpenProj: Free cross-platform, ms-project-compatible project management tool on: September 03, 2007, 03:26:46 AM
Just wondering if there are tutorials for project management software. I've had a bit of a search, but not found anything suitable for the complete beginner.
I tried OWB, but found that their forums were bogged down with spam & consequently very few real replies to queries.
I'm interested in Project Management as I'm considering being the project manager when/if we build a house we're currently dreaming about.
Anyone know of any specific software for construction PM? I've heard of AccuPlan.

70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WYFCA? on: August 06, 2007, 08:10:12 PM
Geeks can have a sense of humour Wink
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tip: Don't Just Keep a backup of your latest files on: July 26, 2007, 03:15:51 AM
Thank you Armando & SteelAdept.
I've tried cloning using:
1) DiscWizard from the SeaGate site - it couldn't find the second drive which I was cloning to!
2) An old copy of DriveCopy by powerQuest - it was semi successful as I was able to boot as far as the password screen, but as soon as I entered "next" the boot process flipped over to "Windows is logging off" Angry
I plan to try the free version of XXClone next. The author of this software has written heaps of supporting documentation which looks helpful.
My fingers are crossed.
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tip: Don't Just Keep a backup of your latest files on: July 24, 2007, 09:44:36 PM
Something which I don't seem to ever get right is the re-install process after a catastophic event. Over recent months I've suffered a "C" drive failure & a motherboard failure at different times. I keep backups on an internal drive and a clone of the "C" drive at a remote location.
For both the above events I've been able to restore everything without loss.  The clone was no help with the motherboard failure as the new MB was different from the old one and the clone was no help with the HDD failure either as there was some glitch (Yes, I did omit checking the clone worked when I made it thumb down).
So obviously I'm learning from my mistakes and striving to have a better solution for the next event.
I'm currently recovering from the HDD failure with a brand new computer cheesy
It's all so slow though and I wish there were a way to streamline the process. I've made a clone at the 50% re-install stage and checked to see if it works - no it doesn't Angry What to do now?

I'm no geek (no offence meant Wink) and the hours spent re-installing I would rather spend doing something else. (Paying someone else to do the task is not an option)

Has anyone thought about these issues and developed a solution that works?
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Audio Editors? on: July 07, 2007, 07:30:34 PM
You could look here too:
Free Music and Other Audio Editing Software - Download Wave and ...
Download this free audio editing software. A music editor, sound editor, wave editor, it can convert audio to Wav or MP3 and includes Sound Effects like.
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74  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HDD Speed Control on: July 07, 2007, 08:21:01 AM
Thank you Masu
75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / HDD Speed Control on: July 07, 2007, 02:55:05 AM
Again I turn to the collective brain for assistance.
In some "try B4 u buy" tweaking software I tried there was a tweak which allowed the changing of the HDD's rpm - lower speed = lower noise. Is there any free software which achieves this?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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