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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you going to wait for Windows 9? on: November 20, 2012, 10:22:43 PM
I really don't see a difference between 7 and 8 other than the start menu. All of this angst is hot air in my opinion. The real things to be leary of are the fact that Windows 8 brings so little to the table and that MS seems to be shifting toward a more Apple-esque walled playground...
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 15, 2012, 08:03:48 PM
Just to note, my installation started out with Vista 64-bit, I did an inplace upgrade to Windows 7 64-bit and then an inplace upgrade to Windows 8 64-bit. So, while I agree that OS installs slow down over time due to crud accumulation, my system has over 150 programs installed, and my Windows 8 install inherited that. Now, I do expect it to slow over time, but not too drastically as my software selection is fairly stable and I've weaned myself off the obsessive upgrade path.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 14, 2012, 08:19:54 AM
Don't know what people are in such a lather about.

The issue is that it brings nothing new to the table. It's 99.9% change merely for the sake of change. That, and to start the process of slowly moving Microsoft's customer base over to a company app store/closed ecosystem like Apple has.

If that doesn't put you in a lather, you're exactly the sort of customer Microsoft is looking for - and no harm done. For the rest of us, it's a seriously BFD - and we want no part of it as it currently stands.
 Grin



OK point taken. I've looked in the Windows Store but haven't given it much thought. My gut understanding is that this is more an issue with Windows RT and Windows Phone and not Windows Pro?

Agree that Windows 8 doesn't really bring anything to the table (hence my no need to upgrade comment) but don't feel that there is a compelling reason to downgrade when buying a new computer with 8 preinstalled. Seriously, on the same equipment, 8 boots much more quickly than 7 did... I was pleased when after extensive tinkering my 4 year old Gateway laptop booted Windows 7 in under 3 minutes. It boots Windows 8 in about 30 seconds and is MUCH peppier overall, so it follows that from a performance perspective downgrading new hardware to 7 would be a step backward (though granted, on newer equipment the difference migth be measureable only in tenths of a second).
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lifetime license from Audials+GAOTD: no good on: November 12, 2012, 12:30:15 PM
Yeah... I'm wary of "lifetime" licenses as well. Even if the original intent of the license was free upgrades for the customer's lifetime (ie version 4 to 5, version 5 to 6, etc.), I've had a number of programs with "lifetime" licenses recieve no updates for years and then an upgrade for one comes out and the licensing model is changed and the developer wants to charge for the upgrade. Often they'll respond to queries like Curt's above with "Yes, the original intent was to offer free lifetime upgrades but economic realities...". I sympathize with this predicament and have only once written and demanded that the license be honoured (and it was - Collectorz.com software, which, ironically, I haven't used in years). Mostly, though, I either pay the upgrade fee, stick with the last version for which I have a license, or walk away. Increasingly, I walk away.

Just to note, though, that I have a number of lifetime-licenses for programs that have been honoured for years.

I've come to the conclusion that, with the exception of larger companies with very popular programs, lifetime licensing is not sustainable and I take offers of the same with a grain of salt. Overall, my advice would be to write to the developer/sales arm of the company and ask questions about how "lifetime" is defined for licensing purposes and what plans (if any) are in place with respect to grandfathering lifetime license holders in the future should the model prove unsustainable.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Strategies to stay with Windows 7 as long as possible on: November 12, 2012, 12:16:29 PM
Two points to make here, the second tangential:

1. I've been using Windows 8 Pro since July and have had no problems with it whatsoever. The only software that I had an issue with was Alcohol 120%, but they have a fix coming and in the interim upgrading to SPTD 1.83 and re-installing Alcohol has it running flawlessly. Don't know what people are in such a lather about. I don't miss the old Start menu at all, just hit the Win key and start typing and my programs show up in a list.  My main issue is access to the power commands but I've gotten used to hitting Win-C and selecting Settings. Cumbersome? Yes. The end of the world? No. I don't even think about it anymore. Everything else works fine. Having said all that, I don't see any compelling reason to upgrade to Win 8, so if you're on Vista or 7 and are happy, stay there. I wouldn't stay away from a new machine with Win 8 preinstalled, though, and I wouldn't "downgrade" such a machine, either.
2. Really peripheral to this discussion, but I feel compelled to note that my experience with Vista was great! Biggest problem I've encountered wit Vista and Windows 7 has been Windows Media Player Network Service...
56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just Had a Baby Girl~! on: June 04, 2012, 08:45:16 AM
A friend told me that my perspective on a lot of things would change once she was born. He's right. Some perspectives are changing.

Exposure to "responsibility" in the purest and most absolute sense of the word does that to you.

Falling in love can do that too. But, once a child enters the picture, you can't honestly say your life is completely your own any more. 

Isn't it odd how paradoxically liberating that loss of personal freedom becomes?

Not a bad trade-off giving up some personal freedom in order to acquire an additional purpose in life: a family.

Family...

Almost magical isn't it?  smiley




It is! My focus shifted entirely from my own future to that of my son's (now sons'). I lost all interest in my PhD and let it fade away over a protracted [cough]six years[/cough]  embarassed That probably DOESN'T sound positive or thinking about my son's future, but it was. I should never have started the thing in the first place; having a child brought that into stark focus for me. I wanted security, stability, and time with my son, not running like a rat on a wheel trying to get ahead in academia, moving every few years in search of tenure, frequent travel to conferences/fieldwork, late nights working on papers, research, and grant proposals, etc.

Enjoy this time, Renegade and kunkel321! You *almost* make me want to do it all over again!
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just Had a Baby Girl~! on: June 03, 2012, 09:09:29 AM
Gorgeous! She's a keeper. Thank you for the pictures - I understand about the reluctance to post them; my wife and I both had a similar reaction after having our kids.

Crying sounds familiar- don't worry, though, the sleepless nights only SEEM to go on forever.
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Just Had a Baby Girl~! on: June 02, 2012, 10:00:33 AM
Congratulations  Kiss, Renegade! My "babies" are now 8 and just about 10 and I can tell you that it does not get any better than this! Having children is a huge life changer - REALLY. But it's all worth it.

Enjoy your precious child. Everyone will tell you that the time flies and they are NOT wrong. You'll wake up tomorrow with a 10 year old daughter and wonder what happened to the previous decade.

Now, where the hell are the pictures  Angry It never happened if there's no picture!
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 20, 2012, 02:34:17 PM

Cause someone mentioned a favorite program being better now because of the ability to customize its ribbon... Surely you saw that?

What I saw was that Excel 2010 now had that ability, so I wasn't sure how that pertained to note-taking. Maybe I missed something.

Well, I've mentioned it about Excel 2010 now too. Meanwhile, depending on "what a note is", if you don't need the tree concept, then Excel is stunning for other kinds of notes - its very "chartiness" lets you make endless little tables of info, but now with the new Customizable Ribbon all the excruciating top-down misery of 2007's ribbon goes away, and scary-to-me, some unseen pain of the old menus does too. So sometimes speed is a feature in note taking, and with a custom ribbon, on certain types of notes you can blaze like Ghostrider through your information because of all of Excel's Info-Shuffling.



Funny, I was a bit lukewarm about the ribbon at first. Recently, however, I had to work on a computer with Office 2007 installed and was using Outlook and Publisher without the ribbon. Drove me bonkers! It's all what you get used to - I can't go back to life without the ribbon. Really like it now...
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Editor for PDFs: recommendations, please? on: May 07, 2012, 08:05:58 AM
I bought a $90 license for Adobe Acrobat X Pro

-I must get myself a new job!
The price in Denmark is DKK 5,212.50 = US $920  ohmy


The MSRP regular price here in Canada is north of $450... which is insane. $920 is ludicrous Sad
61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: May 06, 2012, 08:54:28 AM
Ha! I just dropped in here to recommend Arnaldur Indridason (I'm working through the Erlendur series) an see that rjbull has beaten me to it. I'm currently reading "Arctic Chill" (book number 4) and am very impressed with Indridason's plot development and "mood".
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: May 06, 2012, 08:50:18 AM
Outside my window I have a view towards the future: the cimitery.




I suppose there is a certain symmetry to that.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: May 06, 2012, 08:49:32 AM
Thank you for sharing that, Stephen66515. My motto (which my wife fortunately agrees with) is: love me, love my dog.
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Editor for PDFs: recommendations, please? on: May 06, 2012, 08:46:32 AM
Courtesy of my employment at a community college, I bought a $90 license for Adobe Acrobat X Pro and it's a thing of beauty. This post constitutes my  Thmbsup +1 to TaoPhoenix' commet above.
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: March 05, 2012, 09:11:32 PM
That seems excessive, here it took about an hour to do 115GB, (555 directories, 43515 photos).

Perhaps! But I'm "rocking" a 4 year old Core 2 Duo Notebook with 4GB of DDR2 RAM... Not the fastest rig in the world! Also, correct about the thumbnail directory - mines' at 1.86 GB; I hadn't noticed it on initial inspection.
66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone testing Daminion Media Manager ? on: March 05, 2012, 01:47:05 PM
Thanks, Murat! I'm testing the beta now - am posting in the "Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer?" thread.
67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: March 05, 2012, 01:31:18 PM
Daminion took a LONG time to import my pictures folder (about 34 GB in just over 8 hours) but it's been smooth since.

The catalog generated is small (only 55MB vs 5GB for exifPro) but is taking a very long time to load after updating to the latest beta - just finished after perhaps 2 or 3 minutes.

Will report back after I've played with it. Like what I see so far, though.
68  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: March 04, 2012, 05:01:34 PM
Looking at Daminion Beta myself. Funny how I dropped back here to read this thread and found that it had been reactivated around the time I decided I needed to organize my image files again! PhotoCollector 2.x just crashes on my Win7 64-bit machine.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I spy...with my little eye...on my hard drive... on: February 18, 2012, 09:07:43 AM
I use a combo of Windows Desktop Search, Archivarius and dtSearch. dtSearch is amazing, but four times as expensive as X1 (though I haven't paid an upgrade fee in four years). I got an academic discount on it which resulted in it being as cheap as Windows Desktop Search... Archivarius is very good and probably what I'd recommend in your situation.
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Zentimo/USB Safely Remove - Are they needed anymore? on: February 12, 2012, 10:30:40 AM
I find Zentimo convenient under Windows 7 to return drives that I eject and then remember that I need to transfer a file (or something) AND to permanently assign drive letters to thumbdrives (used to use USBDLM for this). HOWEVER, I really don't miss it on my work computer and can confirm Carol's report that Windows 7 handles USB ejection just fine.

Overall, I would rate Zentimo as convenient but not essential. Actually, you've got me thinking that maybe I should uninstall it... except I am too lazy to configure USBDLM again!
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: December 27, 2011, 10:51:15 AM
Wow! Cell phone shots don't zoom or deal with shaky hands that well   embarassed
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: December 27, 2011, 10:36:46 AM
Here's Bert - he came to us as a 6 month old in August because his mum discovered that she was allergic to him. Poor girl, she was so upset that she wouldn't come to meet us/say goodbye and we dealt with her mum:

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Our first meeting in August

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Savaging a stuffie!

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Nature calls!

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Bert
73  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: December 23, 2011, 08:11:00 AM
Sorry to hear of your loss, 40hz. I lost two dogs exactly one week apart four years ago and still miss them.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kicked Off the Plane for Games on: December 13, 2011, 11:09:32 PM
Meh...

I'm not really all that sympathetic with the airlines.

There's zero evidence to show that playing a game on a phone will cause any sort of interference with any of the planes systems, and the airlines haven't put any effort into it. Instead, it's easier to make a rule/law/mess of it and piss people off. Heck, that creates jobs because you can employ more security and put more people in prisons... But I digress...

Air travel has become one of the most unpleasant experiences. The airlines have fed into it as well, rather than fighting bad legislation. They've taken the path of least resistance. Heck, if it's a PITA to travel with any airline, there's no competitive disadvantage for anyone and no motive or incentive to make things any better.

Sitting at a gate, and having someone repeat some idiotic drivel about how the plane will crash and the end of the world will come... god... Can you blame the guy for being pissed at having to put up with that? Especially when it really and truly is drivel?

Mind you, this is the same industry that thinks it's ok to sexually assault children...  undecided

According to an Air Canada long haul pilot, the rules surrounding cell phone use have nothing to do with navigation equipment interference and everything to do with revenue. Remember the hyper expensive seat-back phones that used to be on airplanes? He posted about this on a Hewlett-Packard calculator forum that I used to frequent a lot, but of course I cannot find the post!

Regarding Alec Baldwin and Team America - that wasn't him! He read the script and VOLUNTEERED to do his own voice but was turned down. Can't remember where I read that...
75  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Ribbon UI - is it really THAT good? on: November 29, 2011, 08:52:35 AM
Speaking strictly as an end-user, after four years with the ribbon, I like it. Using apps that do use the older style interface, like SoftMaker's Office 2010/2012, seems awkward and the UI cluttered. As others have noted, this is more about UI design: do it well and it doesn't matter whether you have the ribbon or not.

FWIW, I've used some 3rd party apps that went with the ribbon and hated the experience. I think MS have done the ribbon well, but then, the older UI in Office 2003 was fine, too. 40hz may be onto something with this comment:

And in the case of MSOffice, I'm firmly convinced the decision to do one was primarily a marketing move. Something along the lines of: "If you can't make it better, at least make it look radically different!"
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