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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Never again will I purchase that shampoo! (or will I?) on: March 31, 2011, 08:48:12 AM
Ooh... Curt! Think about those Yiggles! Go on, you know you want to...

Seriously, I've been cured (I think) - I've ignored all of Ashampoo's come ons for over a year now. The only Ashampoo product I still have installed is Uninstaller (latest version), but I haven't used it in ages, either... Might just get rid of it.

Of course, I *must* see what they've changed for WinOptimizer 8, software junkie that I am.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use? on: March 30, 2011, 10:50:22 AM
Eager to try out some of these apps, but not being a Market user, I was happy to find Android Freeware as it appears to provide a fair number of .apk files for download.

Prior to using this site, I'd been using SlideME and AndAppStore -- neither seemed to have RealCalc or ASTRO File Manager but Android Freeware did smiley

What's your reason for not using the market?

I can think of two possible reasons: 1. ewemoa is using a non-Google approved tablet (ie one without 3g and therefore without official access to the Google Marketplace) or 2. ewemoa's only intereted in freeware and doesn't want to have to wade through the thousands of paid apps that are available on the marketplace.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SubmitToTab - a Firefox add-on on: March 28, 2011, 08:59:10 AM
Heh, heh - thanks lanux128, for necromancing this thread. Completely off-topic, but as a result of your post, I re-read my last post here (from a year ago) and noted my comment about Maxthon and possibly trying it again. I didn't wind up doing anything in the intervening 11 months or so... until this morning.

I installed Maxthon 3 and found it to be pretty slick - it still has those glorious mouse gestures. However, I have IE9 tweaked to perfection and uninstalled Maxthon after giving it a whirl... As much as I like the mouse gestures, I've learned to live without them in the last three years. None of Fx's mouse gesture add-ons come close to the Maxthon feature and I've not found a Windows application to replicate them system wide, either. C'est la vie...
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What Android Apps Do You Use? on: March 26, 2011, 01:39:51 PM
Well... here goes:

Co-Pilot Live NA
Thinkfree Office Full version
Angry Birds
Angry Birds Seasons
Fruit Ninja
Battery Indicator Pro
Switch Pro Widget
JuiceDefender Ultimate
Auto Memory Manager
K9 email client
NewsRob Pro (RSS reader)
Astro File Manager
Amazon Kindle
EDIT: forgot Smart Keyboard Pro

EDIT 2: should mention that these apps are spread over two Andriod devices, one with 1.6 (Donut) and the other 2.21 (Froyo) FW. Neither of them are phones, rather they are small tablets (Archos 5A IT 32GB and Archos 43IT 16GB)...
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 24, 2011, 07:46:51 AM
Prices will come down - people are paying for the privilege of being early adopters right now. Look at notebooks - I still can't believe that I get aerated about $1000 for a premium notebook today when you consider that I was happy - thought I'd gotten a bargain in fact - to pay $1800 for a run of the mill Centrino notebook 7 years ago.

Superboyac raises a good point about what tablets ARE and what people think that they are. However, the problem is attributable to reviewers, pundits, and the manufacturers  - particularly the manufacturers, who are trying to define the niche at the moment. It is understandable that DC'ers might want these devices to be very powerful notebook replacements. At the other end of the spectrum you have the iPad's vision as a device for the consumption of media. The reality is that manufacturers are catering to those views and everyting in between, so there's a bit of collective schizophrenia at the moment. For example, on the geek end you've got the Toshiba Libretto W100-002 1.20GHz Tablet PC (lust, drool - played with one for about 30 minutes at a local store) and the Asus EP121 (there are Android equivalents, though - like the Notion Ink Adam) while on the conumable media end you've got the ever-evolving world of ebook readers, particularly the rootable Barnes and Noble Nook...

I don't know - it's all very Confucian (you know the curse: "may you live in interesting times"? These ARE interesting times!). It's not even so much about the tablet segment per se as it is about the rapid escalation in portable technology and the way in which functions are intersecting in one device. Is it an ebook reader? a portable music player? A PMP? An MMP? A phone? A TV? A portable computer? With the present technology I think that this is a bad thing - Jack of all trades and all that, but developments are happening so rapidly that I think that soon such "all-in-one in your pocket" devices will quickly become not only reality but indispensible...

EDIT: removed an errant line-break
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 23, 2011, 08:23:38 AM
For the past 15 years, snobs have been proclaiming the superiority of the Macs over Windows PCs. During that time, Windows PCs have outsold Macs by at least 10 to 1 and the ratio of available software for the platforms is even greater. Yes Macs have cachet, and if you are in one of a very few fields (graphic arts or publishing), they might possibly be a better choice. Apple is laughing all the way to the bank while the fanboys pony up for style over substance, but in the real world, most of us prefer Windows (or Linux), and the numbers reflect that.

I think the same will happen with tablets. You can have an iPad which is designed to be cool in the eyes of Steve Jobs, or you will be able to choose among a variety of Android (and possibly other OS) tablets that give you what YOU want from a tablet. 

In 2 years, Android has already overtaken the iPhone, which had a 2 year head start, in smart phone sales. I expect it will take much less than 2 years for the same to happen in tablets.



I hope you're right! However, at the moment I believe that the general public perceives tablets in a "new" category (because of course they didn't exist before the iPad, right?) that is aligned more with ebook readers, smartphones, and PMPs (like the iPod Touch), rather than computers. AFAICT, in general terms Apple owns this market and WRT PMPs dominate sales. Once tablets become more useful as productivity tools (ie deviates further from Jobs' locked down vision), your prediction may prove correct (I hope it does!). While the perception of the tablet as a symbol of its owner's good taste and membership in the "in" crowd persists, it will not.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 22, 2011, 06:41:25 PM
They have to be better in many ways, and people have to want to use them over an ipad.

This is the key point: cachet. Period. As I've babbled on about before, it's mostly about marketing and the public's perception. Apple is cool and hip and the rest is staid and boring. It really won't matter how good the competition is because the majority of buyers will just buy Apple...

FWIW, I forgot to mention the RIM Playbook which looks awesome as well. However, from a marketing perspective I think that they're shooting themselves in the foot by initially releasing a product that you HAVE to tether to a Blackberry device. Better to release something anyone can use and get people excited. Just my two bits.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 22, 2011, 11:32:36 AM
Archos is supposedly releasing a "premium" line in the summer with pricing expected (by pundits) to remain in the $300 to $400 range for a 10 inch tablet with Honeycomd (Android 3.x), a 1.6Ghz dual core processor and 3G capability. Some have suggested that they may even offer PixelQi screens on this line. It will be interesting to see if Archos (finally) lives up to its potential. They were first out of the gate with an Android tablet (the Archos 5IT) that was well executed, though plagued by FW problems for months after its release (a secondary concern is that while the hardware is capable, thus far Archos has yet to release FW for it based on Android 2.x, which is problematic because app developers are dropping support for Android 1.6 weekly. This SUCKS given that the A5 IT was @400 when released just 18 months ago AND when you consider that Android 2.2 has been out since the summer of 2010). Their next (current) generation of tablets offfered a lot of value for the asking price, but are plagued by build quality issues, poor implementation of key features (HDMI out, for example), and hardware problems - the cameras suck, for example, and the screens vary from model to model WRT quality. They've also hobbled all the current generation of tablets with inadequate RAM (128-256MB) and ridiculously small system storage allowances (230MB) - when you've got a minimum of 8GB of onboard storage, why allocate only 230MB for applications? Anyway, if Archos overcomes the quality control issue and includes a reasonable amount of RAM to backup that awesome CPU along with realistic system storage space, they may have something worth considering.

Further, Samsung has just released their pricing on the Galaxy Tab II and it is VERY competitive for both the wi-fi only and 3G versions. Of course, this is relative...  

Anyway, my point is that the competition is heating up and we should see much more competitively priced option in the second half of 2011.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New duplicate file finder... I am open to features suggestion on: March 22, 2011, 11:18:59 AM
+1 for Calibre. It also converts ebooks between formats while (heh, heh) retaining document formatting. My only quibble is that installing it (or updates) and opening it are dog slow...
135  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 on: March 18, 2011, 12:46:33 PM
Here you go Carol: just hit "Alt + Shift +Control + S" and you can toggle between the dark interface and the light interface from Xara 5 and earlier...
136  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X5 on: March 18, 2011, 12:32:00 PM
My only negative comment is that I really don't like the new colour scheme in version 6 - which seems to have been changed (too late) to make it fit in with Vista colour schemes - personally I thing the old colour scheme is clearer and more pleasant (perhaps they can be persuaded to include a skinning or theme function in version 7).

Carol - there's a hack that enables the old colour scheme... Now, if only I could remember it! I'll dig around and post it (found it in the Xara forums when 6 came out, so should be able to find it again).
137  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: March 18, 2011, 12:29:46 PM
, we live in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.
My user name is Darwin but my friends call me Mike

This one is for you, Mike:
 (see attachment in previous post)

click to enlarge to 600x800 pixels



Hey Curt! Now where d'ya dig that up? If I find out that you've been here without looking me up, I shall be annoyed! Anyway, thank you for that - quite amusing - I've seen the original sign, but not the "edited" one!

And a warm welcome to all who have joined recently - vhick, ChrisB257, Clara Listensprechen, and Gailin  Thmbsup
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why don't browsers show page title in the titlebar anymore? on: March 17, 2011, 07:14:03 PM
I'm glad I'm not the only one infuriated by this. IE9 no longer shows the page title in the titlebar and it's ok as long as you've only got one or two tabs.. if you've got a bunch of tabs open, it's a nightmare.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 17, 2011, 02:20:13 PM
First, the companies need to stop selling tablets packaged with cellular service.  It's not a phone, it never will be.  Phones are phones.  Tablets are tablets.
I agree, to a point; the reason they do that is mainly for internet capability, so it kinda makes sense.
That said, I STRONGLY feel that you should have the freedom of choosing your own provider no matter the device.
...or no provider at all if you wanted, and simply access through WiFi at home, work, or hotspot when it's needed.

Then and ONLY then will I ever seriously consider a pad device.

+1  Thmbsup It would be convenient sometimes to be able to connect to the internet away from wi-fi. However, locking the device to a particular carrier S-U-C-K-S. Why can't they just sell us tiem cards, like you can get for a pay as you go phone? You can use these for data connectivity so why not enable it for a tablet? I don't want to spend $20 a month for a data plan that I realistically might use once or twice a month...
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Android tablets to rival iPad on: March 17, 2011, 08:25:30 AM
More Android tablets are appearing in bricks and mortar stores around me - of the Android 2.21 variety, so six months old or more - and I have been impressed with the build quality and ease of use. Of course, the price is comparable to the iPad 1 fire prices I'm seeing (16GB Wi-fi only for $400), but still...

This summer/fall should be VERY interesting. Can't wait (note to self: get a job so you can afford some toys this fall!).
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Install Date Thingie: I made it! on: March 15, 2011, 03:50:21 PM
Ralf Maximus, the developer has been MIA for a couple of years now, at least where DC is concerned. I did e-mail him a while back to see how he was doing. He responded that he missed DC but that he's been too busy to visit...
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 14, 2011, 10:38:55 AM
Just had a response from winRar:

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Please note that in the past we have had several promotion campaigns, offering WinRAR version-specific licenses with significant price discounts. For users who have bought such a license, the lifetime upgrade text is no longer valid and to avoid confusion we have taken it out from our websites.

For all the other WinRAR customers, who have purchased a regular license (even if the purchase has been made in 2005 or 2003 for example), we still offer free upgrades and updates. There are no indications that this policy will change in the near future.

Clear enough!
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The best RSS reader? on: March 12, 2011, 01:40:13 PM
I'm using FeedDemon Pro 4 - it's excellent. I know people were P.O.'d at Nick (Bradbury, the developer) for charging for the upgrade from 3 to 4, even for those of us who had existing paid licenses for v.1.x or 2.x, but he explained himself and his situation well, I thought. Given that my first paid license was courtesy of having bought an original Newsgator license before Newsgator brought Nick on board, I didn't mind paying the upgrade fee, having enjoyed two full version cycles gratis.

EDIT: PS FeedDemon syncs fine with Google
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 12, 2011, 01:36:09 PM
Has there been no word on the effect this policy change will have on existing license holders? If they're not saying anything, maybe anyone who bought a license prior to Dec 2008 (or so, I'm guesstimating here) will continue to enjoy lifetime upgrades... Has anyone written to them yet? If not, I'm game...

If you're up to it, then I think that would be great.

OK, done! I'll report back when/if I get a response.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite ZIP/RAR application? on: March 12, 2011, 10:27:36 AM
Has there been no word on the effect this policy change will have on existing license holders? If they're not saying anything, maybe anyone who bought a license prior to Dec 2008 (or so, I'm guesstimating here) will continue to enjoy lifetime upgrades... Has anyone written to them yet? If not, I'm game...
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: eBoostr, now version 4 on: March 10, 2011, 08:16:41 AM
Hmm... I didn't see any of those problems under XP 32-bit or Win7 64-bit... Doesn't mean that you're not seeing them, of course! NB the whole idea of eBoostr is to give some oomph to systems with less than 1GB RAM, so I don't think that your 2GB of RAM is a factor.

Like I said, I wax and wane on the issue of whether or not I think eBoostr does anything. I have 4GB of RAM on my system, so my system isn't going to benefit as much as lower spec systems might, but I've never been able to tell how much of the perceived performance boost I see when I install and configure eBoostr is due to the placebo effect... Certainly, I never notice a performance hit when I uninstall it.

YMMV
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Five Reasons Why People Hate Apple on: March 10, 2011, 07:06:31 AM
Ha, ha! I've had quite a few headanging against the (physical) desktop sessions with my parents' iMac and printing... Still, from what I've read, and from six months of using iOS 4.x, I'm more comfortable with the thought of my dear old mum using an iPad than an Android device. Of course, I've been thinking: by June the Galaxy Tab II should be out and available in-store where I am (sorry: June is my mum's birth month). I have actually played around with a Galaxy Tab and liked it a lot. Maybe the II will come with Honeycomb (or get an update) and I'll know enough about Android myself to help them set it up so that they can't mess it up...
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Five Reasons Why People Hate Apple on: March 09, 2011, 10:33:41 PM
Bottom line: Apple is what I am grudgingly endorsing (it really kills me to say that!) for now - no learning curve and few pratfalls to worry about...

If someone asked me for a recommendation for a tablet, I'd say wait a little while longer.

Apple do make some good hardware and software, but I can't recommend Apple to people I care about simple on principle due to their business practices.

Sure, Apple's trains may run on time, but good luck getting toilet paper when you need it!

 Grin Nice one. My parents have a Snow Leapord desktop (iMac) and two netbooks/ultraportables XP and Win7. They love Mac so I'm not so much recommending Apple as not discouraging them (though I would like to do so). Waiting is the buzzword re: tablets, I'm just not sure that my parents would benefit from waiting...
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AllMyNotes or Notezilla - Looking for a Comparison on: March 09, 2011, 04:29:57 PM
+1 for Stickies. I used it until I won a license for Notezilla. Notezilla is more powerful and configureable, but Stickes is VERY capable. Having said that, DO look at Vista and 7 built in Sticky Notes. I haven't used it but know people that do and it, too, seems highly functional.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat: Great program, terrible documentation and support on: March 09, 2011, 02:12:09 PM
Wow! That is quite a story, Jim! At least they gave you your money back... Despite the refund, this is not a good way to go about fostering warm, cuddly feelings toward your company and product! Quite "holier than thou" about it, from the snippet of their e-mail that you quoted. What I don't understand is the "no opposing view will be tolerated" attitude. I haven't read you posts on their forums (obviously) but if all you were doing was pointing out bugs and deficiencies it suggests that far from not liking their software you like it enough to want development and improvement to go forward. Sheesh!
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