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3751  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: February 20, 2008, 09:45:54 PM
This kind of thing are making me six.
3752  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: February 20, 2008, 08:04:02 PM
The expression "for free" when used instead of "free."
3753  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hardware advice sought... Notebook power supply problem on: February 19, 2008, 09:50:00 AM
Thus, does anyone seriously think that there is any point in trying to get this done under extended warranty?

I think it depends on who was the original vendor, and who issued the extended warranty.  Was the latter a third-party supplier or warranties?

I've had little but hassle with extended warranties and now will only use them if they guarantee a carry-in, over-the-counter replacement.

Time's money and I'd rather just pick up a new item, suffer the short-term pain in the wallet, and get on with things.

It hurts when you've just refurbished something, I know. 
I was in a similar situation a year or two back with my wife's then recently-updated computer. 
I looked at the options then bought another.
Looking back, that was the smartest thing I could possibly have done in the circumstances. I don't
regret it for a moment.
My wife ended up with a better machine and I was freed from a bunch of time-wasting hassle .

Whichever route you choose, good luck and I hope it works out for you.

I'm sure you appreciate all the blessings of children despite with the occasional accident.   smiley

3754  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 16, 2008, 06:49:28 PM
Hello yksyks!

I hope you enjoy the new addition to your family!

Your English is excellent...

Best wishes
3755  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: February 13, 2008, 09:56:53 PM
Head over to the Dopus Resource Centre if you want a "real" solution!

Thanks, did that a while ago since posting here -- at the moment, changing the icon spacing for DOpus' Large Icons view can't be done.

3756  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: February 13, 2008, 09:17:07 PM
I knew I'd come to the right place for advice!

 Thmbsup
3757  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Would anyone want a free DonationCoder.com bumper sticker? on: February 13, 2008, 09:14:03 PM
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Would anyone want a free DonationCoder.com bumper sticker?

Will it do the job of the two pieces of rope and a bent coat-hanger that are holding my bumper in place?

Does it mean you'll pay my speeding fines when the summons is sent to DC.com?

3758  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do You Purchase Software on Impulse? on: February 11, 2008, 06:11:02 PM

Let's try this. Every time you purchase a piece of software, you also have to buy me a copy and ship it to me. This way, at least I get something out of the deal.  tongue

Fair enough, stand by to receive my second copy of The Breakbeat-Techno Anihilator... boohoo

3759  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do You Purchase Software on Impulse? on: February 11, 2008, 02:24:29 PM
Semi-impulse

If I see something recommended here, by someone whose views I respect,
I might just pick it up 'sight unseen' especially if it's discounted.
Gives me something with which to play when insomnia strikes. 
                                                                                         Grin

3760  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Source code colors: Contrast / Readability / Ergonomics on: February 10, 2008, 02:46:13 PM
another turbo pascal/c fan here; borland's turbo language tools were amazing when they came out for the pc - they must have raised a generation of programmers.

When I first bought Turbo Pascal it was about $69.
At the same time Microsoft Pascal was about $400.

The value was so good that I remember being wary lest TPas was some kind of scam.

3761  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Emulate mouse clicks with keyboard on: February 08, 2008, 11:04:44 PM
It looks as if a little bit of AutoHotkey scripting ought to do what you want. 
(Look up 'Click' and 'MouseClick' in the help file.)

[Edit for all-too-typical typos]
3762  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: February 03, 2008, 04:38:46 PM
Try F1
3763  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 06:24:55 PM
It's a shame that there isn't a "lending program" for such items - we could really benefit from something like that!

Can't you hire one for a couple of weeks?
3764  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / TableClips:Field 'Index' not found on: February 01, 2008, 10:19:54 PM
I'm getting this quite a bit lately (v1.19.02)

Perhaps not surprisingly, if I then click on the 'Presets' menu I see the attached violation.

This usually self-corrects with a reboot... any ideas where I might look for a cure?

Thanks
3765  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How many germs are living on your keyboard? on: February 01, 2008, 09:17:11 AM

No germs on my keyboard, I keep it covered with a toilet seat!
3766  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Numpad Mouse on: January 31, 2008, 11:31:53 AM
Numpad_Mouse_download.html]Numpad Mouse[/url][/b] 0.6c
FWIW I've used this for ages and find it excellent for doing finnicky positioning stuff.

CRTL-numpad-* to adjust preferences for it (which I almost always forget)  smiley

3767  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 28, 2008, 09:46:43 PM
Please, can anyone tell me how to change the icon spacing for DOpus' Large Icons view?

TIA

3768  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: January 2008 Software Drawing Winners on: January 28, 2008, 09:36:36 AM
How about...

The more you win, the greater the chance of winning again until one lucky member simply receives every piece of free software?  Wink

3769  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, 2008, 09:31:00 AM
now living in England Cornwall

Welcome!  I know Devon very well, and Cornwall not quite so well. Are you at the North Devon Hospital, or one in Cornwall?
3770  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 12 Crazy old ads! on: January 27, 2008, 11:29:34 AM
Nice find Nudone, this reminds me that you can also buy copies of very old Sears catalogs:
My sister and i used to go through these catalogs like an accountant looking for tax breaks when it was time for us to get presents.

And what did each of you receive in 1897?  Grin

3771  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: January 2008 Software Drawing Winners on: January 27, 2008, 11:21:22 AM
It's always nice to win something - thank you!

Thanks, in fact, to everyone here at DonationCoder. As I see it, everyone here contributes to the success of the site and so -- directly or indirectly -- helps to make every aspect work well, including the giveaways and discounts.

Extra thanks to mouser and CThorpe and to others who worked directly on arranging (and donating) the current, very impressive list of items to win!

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mouser: The fact that the optimizer does not keep track of how many times you've won, only that you've won in the recent past.  If I modified that those who have won many times would not be winning so often, even if they have been entering a lot and for a long time.
and
Should we more actively try to bump the weights of people who are actively contributing on the site?

It seems that the more you try to weight things, the more subjective the system becomes. My vote would be for the closest approximation to a truly random system that can be accomplished. That way, everybody has exactly the same chance to win, every time. When one tries to impose 'fairness' on a system the higher becomes the chance of introducing inadvertent inequities.

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mouser: It might be nicer to put in some term which looks at how many times a person has entered and lost and boost their chances of winning if so.
Should the optimizer keep track somehow of whether you won the most prized prize or the least?

Again, my 2ยข goes onto the pile for random selection, same argument.

There are so many variables and imponderables to try to control -- entered and lost often, entered and lost seldom, didn't enter at all because no desired software in some drawings, entered every drawing no matter what...and on, and on...

To be 'fair' requires some subjective assessment of, and assumptions about, behaviour and you don't have access to the required motivational data. Seems to me that every attempt to 'deskew' the system will only skew it in another direction.

And, mouser, it's no small tribute to you that whatever you decide after taking the collective pulse will likely be just fine with almost everybody here!

3772  Special User Sections / DC Website Help and Extras / Re: How to remove a corrupt framework.net ? on: January 26, 2008, 03:13:00 PM

Hi,

I think you need this Net 1.x uninstall.

Had the same issue, this fixed it.

Good luck!

3773  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to Wipe this Machine! Clean install? Or XP Repair? on: January 25, 2008, 06:06:33 PM
Jim,

I'm really sorry that you're having such a miserable time with your system. It's such a disappointment to splash out on something that ought to be great and then find it just doesn't live up to your expectations. Let's hope that a wipe and clean reinstall sorts out at least some of your troubles.

Given the history, and the fact that you're still in the warranty period, surely the onus is on the builder to make this right -- and not just by over-the-phone tech talks.

You say that "they don't want me to ship it to them" but have you insisted that the vendor take back and fix the system? Has the vendor actually refused to do this? If so, would it be worth a brief discussion with your lawyer to find out what can and cannot be achieved/expected by standing on your legal rights? What the vendor wants seems a little less important to me than what you want and have a right to expect.

Anyway, good luck,


3774  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Home Backup Protection on: January 24, 2008, 05:32:31 PM
I hope everyone realizes it's a parody & not a real ad!!

Oh no!  And I just bought this nice pair of Purdeys...
3775  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Money saving budgeting options on: January 24, 2008, 10:58:22 AM
Also good ideas on how to save money are appreciated

Whenever I've taken a look at my spending patterns with an eye to saving I've come to the conclusion that there are few, if any, 'magic' areas where cuts will work wonders. Either I can't or I just don't want to cut big-budget items to a significant degree.

Further, having been desperately poor and now, fortunately, not so poor I can tell you that the latter is better. Cutting only discretionary spending seems too much like removing the reward for hard work. On me, at least, that acts as a disincentive.

In my experience it's the mind set that matters more than the strategy, and it seems that you're on the right road by wanting to save some more.

Perhaps the best plan is to aim for a small percentage cut across the board. To give yourself an incentive, try the old-fashioned step of putting the 'savings' somewhere in physical form. For example, you mention heating -- turn the heat down by 1 degree, estimate what that'll save over one month and drop that physical amount into a jar. Next time you are about to stop for coffee, give that one occasion a miss and drop the physical amount into a jar. About to buy the daily newspaper? Miss a day and drop the physical...

Try to cut everything by a small amount. It's surprising how many of the "essentials" can be cut without any really negative impact if only the cuts are small.

Try that for all aspects of your life for a month and see if the result seems worthwhile. If so, open a separate account somewhere as johnfdeluca suggests, keep going, and watch your account grow. Results not worthwhile? Double your cuts and try again.

Good luck with your effort, let us know when you have your next million!

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