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6151  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 11, 2007, 12:17:16 PM
Hi... I *swear* that I posted in this thread long ago but can find no evidence to support this so...

I love this site. I discovered it (can't remember how) two years ago and donated the same day. Like others posting in this thread, I wouldn't want to be without it.

As to myself, I am a PhD candidate (Neanderthal evolutionary ecology and morphology) and a college instructor (University Transfer - Anthropology) but my favourite job is father to two boys, Jack and Thomas. Along with their mother, we live in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Before we had our boys, Younhee and I lived in England (four years) and in South Korea (four years).

What I know about programming could be written on the head of a pin and I know just enough about Windows to SERIOUSLY disable any machine running any flavour of it!

My user name is Darwin but my friends call me Mike smiley
6152  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good programs for helping you manage what programs start with windows? on: January 04, 2007, 11:36:47 AM
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Jackass JoeJoe's StartRight   
http://www.joejoesoft.com/vcms/113/


StartRight looks really interesting, but see http://tech.groups.yahoo....olssoftware/message/15895 over at the Software Killer Apps forum for a discussion of when such applications are beneficial and at what point (in terms of hardware) they cease to be useful...
6153  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a freeware .mov to .mpeg4 converter on: December 31, 2006, 09:11:01 PM
Won't Super do this?
6154  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Word" liscence query on: December 29, 2006, 10:55:30 AM
If you were given the original media and it has the serial number printed on it directly, or on the sleeve/jewel case insert that it came in, then it seems to me that it's yours to do with as  you please. However, if you were given a copy of the original media and someone wrote out the serial number for you then it's not...
6155  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 28, 2006, 07:59:01 AM
Thanks for the update mouser. I jumped at the ClickBook offer before it expired and am very happy with it. Haven't had many opportunities to use it, yet, but will next semester. I'm going to be checking on the FinePrint offer, anyway as I might consider loading it onto my wife's computer...
6156  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wrong language displayed for some dialogues and other features in XP Pro on: December 27, 2006, 05:23:50 PM
I'm shamelessly bumping my own thread. I've very slightly edited the above post in hopes of clarifying the odd point. I also realise that this may not be the best place for me to be positng these kinds of issues. I've posted elsewhere but thought I'd tap into the expertis here, as well. No responses to my posts elsewhere, either, by the way. I posted them about a week and a half ago.

I can't repair my XP installation as I've updated to Sp-2. The OEM XP CD is Sp-1a and protected and I can't slipstream Sp-2 onto a copy (or can I?! Anyone? Anyone?...).

Thanks in advance for any comment,

Mike huh
6157  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The 2006 Best Of Year-End Wrap.. Online! on: December 27, 2006, 02:38:17 PM
I took a look earlier today and really enjoyed reading a lot of the conversations again and viewing some of the external sites. An excellent overview of the year! Thanks mouser, for the review and for donationcoder.com. I can't imagine life with it (seriously!).  Thmbsup
6158  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Amazing Conversation on your site on: December 27, 2006, 02:31:45 PM
Ah... I had a (half-baked) notion that some sort of bot software might be being used to scan the internet for hits on the hyperlink... Like I said, half-baked. In googling the id, I noted that there are at least two websites associated with it. One has something to do with mortgages, but takes you to a free French webhost with a bunch of advertising links, and the other is no longer valid but the title suggested that it had something to do with being paid to post messages in forums (hence my half-formed idea about bot software, or something of that ilk).
6159  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Amazing Conversation on your site on: December 27, 2006, 02:16:48 PM
I took it as an effort to make the postings appear "genuine" - as if the poster had sat down and written to each forum individually, with thought and care. Looks kind of like mailmerge-y type software was used. Given that all of the poster's posts in other forums are absolutely identical I think I'm right! One additional question, though, is why make it a hyerlink?
6160  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do I just give stuff away? on: December 27, 2006, 02:06:30 PM
I think app103 had given you some KILLER suggestions. When I was an undergrad, the prospect of getting a free "girlie" calendar featuring girls I might actually be able to meet (but not have the confidence to speak to  embarassed) would have been awesome. If you can get one or more of the girls to help hand them out, so much the better.

I wouldn't worry about doing this before the New Year - the start of term/semester would be fine. I've never said no to a free calendar before - never had one like this offered to me though!
6161  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wrong language displayed for some dialogues and other features in XP Pro on: December 26, 2006, 04:11:16 PM
Hi all,

I am hoping that someone here can help me solve a problem I've been having for a while on my notebook and which I have drawn a complete blank in attemtping to solve. Either someone is playing a spectacular joke on me or I am in freefall into madness. Allow me to explain...

My wife is Korean and we each have our own computers. My notebook, until recently, had never had East Asian Language support installed on it. At some point, I began to notice some peculiar text in dialogue boxes and in both the titlebar and taskbar entries for ESRI's ArcGIS package (specifically the ArcMap component). Where one would expect to see "new file" displayed in the taskbar icon on initially opening the app, there were three squares. Ditto for the titlebar. Once a file was opened, it's name appeared in the titlebar but the three squares remained in the taskbar. The same applied for the dialogue that appeared when I attempted to close a file that I had modified but had not saved. Instead of "Do you want to save changes to xyz" I got three squares and a question mark. Please note that ALL my files are saved with English language names. Also note that most other text in the programme renders fine - helpfiles, about dialogue, menus and the like.

I'm not sure what prompted me to do the following, but I installed East Asian language support. On firing up ArcGIS again the three squares had been replaced by a perfect translation of "New file" into Korean - not just a transliteration, but rendered in Korean writing (hangul). I noodled around so that there would be changes to the new file and closed the app. The dialogue, too, was displaying a Korean translation of "do you want to save changes". In rooting around in my system I opened up Paint and Wordpad - same behaviour. I can't test Notepad because I've long since replaced it with metapad. The save and save as dialogue boxes appear with "?? ???? ??" in the titlebar.

Now consider:

1. I had never installed East Asian language support on this computer (prior to the behaviour beginning to manifest itself);
2. I'd never tried to change any of my language settings from English (Canada) prior to troubleshooting this;
3. No Korean, including my wife, has ever had access to the computer;
4. there is no i386/language folder (and associated files) on the OEM CD for XP Pro that shipped with my computer. To get East Asian language support onto my notebook, I had to copy that folder from the i386 folder on my wife's computer... FWIW, mine is a Gateway notebook purchased in Canada BUT it's a rebadged Samsung X5/X10 or X15 (not sure exactly which one - but Samsung is a Korean company).

I can find NO way to change this and it's driving me crazy. Under Control Panel/Regional settings I have "standards and formats" and language for non-unicode programmes set to English (Canada). I've experiemented with both English (US) and English (UK) without success. I do not have (and never have had) the MS MUI package installed. Office 2003 Pro and a myriad of other software packages are NOT affected.

Can anybody shed some light on this? Given that the dialogues are in Korean and I can read them (or get them translated), this shouldn't bother me, but it does. Immensely. I can't be more specific about when this behaviour began because I never use Paint, never use Wordpad and haven't really been using ArcMap much and know that for the longest time after I started seeing it there, thought it was something to do with corruption in it's installation (it's not - it's been repaired, uinnstalled, reinstalled, cursed at and banished from my system for stretches of time).

Any insights most appreciated.  Cry

PS here are a couple of screenshots:

1. Wordpad "do you want to save changes":
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2. ArcMap taskbar and titlebar:
[attachthumb=1]
6162  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 23, 2006, 04:05:01 PM
I realise my comment was overly brief (single parenting a 4 yr old and a 2 yr old over the holidays while wife is in Korea) and wanted to add that I've been trialing both FinePrint and ClickBook and appreciate the different feature sets. ClickBook will do all I need it to and more while FinePrint will do exactly what I need it to very simply... Hence my question about the FinePrint discount - I'd like to have more data so that I can decide which way to jump!
6163  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 23, 2006, 01:48:21 PM
Any updates available on the FinePrint discount? The ClickBook discount ends today...
6164  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Direct Folders 3.2, Anyone Have This Version? on: December 21, 2006, 07:35:55 AM
I've sent you a private e-mail about this... In the meantime, what issues are you seeing with 3.21? I haven't updated yet and would like to know what I might be up against!
6165  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 20, 2006, 06:41:20 PM
I can't answer your question completely, but ClickBook defaults to A4 and offers numerous organizer layouts.
6166  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 20, 2006, 04:00:12 PM
I'm using ClickBook now - it is impressive. I'm not sure why I dismissed it so quickly before... I'll have to play around with it before commenting on it further, though.

PS mouser is right: we need to remember to distribute those credits. I tend to forget about them and they just sit in my account.
6167  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 20, 2006, 11:24:12 AM
PS maybe this should/could evolve into a full review? Perhaps Clickbook should be approached about a discount, too? I'm not volunteering for the review because I don't feel that I am a "power printer" and am not sure that I could do a comprehensive enough job!
6168  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of Fineprint (Virtual Printer) on: December 20, 2006, 11:20:36 AM
Hi patteo,

ClickBook may be more feature rich - I don't know as it didn't last more than 12 hours on my system and didn't really get much of a workout. I didn't find it as seamless in its integration with my system and not nearly as intuitive as FinePrint and decided not to waste more time with it because FinePrint was perfect out of the box.

I should probably reinstall it and give it a thorough workout before I buy FinePrint. On paper it's an impressive application and no doubt deserving of a more considered evaluation! It's hard from viewing the ClickBook website (which has been changed since I downloaded the trial last week) to figure out its feature set. I presume that I'll have to reinstall the trial and view the helpfile to do that...
6169  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: 5 Dollar coupon towards the purchase of the TuneUp Utilities 2007 on: December 20, 2006, 11:15:42 AM
This is an issue that keeps coming up on the Acronis TrueImage forum - upgrades are free within 30 DAYS of purchase. A lot of people bought TI 9 Home in the fall (say September 15) and were hopping mad because they were required to pay the same upgrade fee on (say) October 16 as everyone else. I think anything less than 90 days is a  rip-off, personally. Like mouser, I think 6 months to a year is more reasonable still! Having said that, there are reports of people contacting sales and being given free upgrades outside of the 30 day window, so I guess if you make noise you get results. This should proabably be noted in the review along with the fact that Acronis seems to be going the  Corel route and issuing paid for upgrades instead of point releases to address bugs in their software. Many of the issues in Acronis TI 9 have yet to be addressed and version 10 is out. If memory serves, within a year of 9 being release, to boot... (sorry, got off topic a bit LOT  embarassed)
6170  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: New FARR v2 Icon Design Needed on: December 20, 2006, 02:22:45 AM
I spent about 30 minutes trying to generate a 3D blue ball with Cody inside it... But was defeated by a lack of ability!
6171  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text recognition in any application for FARR on: December 20, 2006, 12:39:16 AM
Yeah... hadn't thought of that! Good idea. I wonder if indexing could be handled the same way? The modular approach would really make FARR a killer app.
6172  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Text recognition in any application for FARR on: December 20, 2006, 12:04:28 AM
Nice idea. I have licenses for both DirectAccess and for ActiveWords and one point to be made with respect to FARR going down this path is the increase that it will require on its footprint. One of the things that makes FARR so popular is how light on resources it is, I *think* that adding text recognition will impact it in this area.
6173  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Error upon closing ProcessTamerConfigurator.exe on: December 19, 2006, 02:55:44 PM
Don't get me started about SpyCatcher...
6174  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: moral behaviour in the shareware industry on: December 19, 2006, 01:37:29 PM
Even though you've indicated that it's a dead/non issue, I'm really curious about what led to your posing scenario two? I've been hasty in buying shareware in the past only to find that there are free alternatives available. While annoying, it's never occurred to me to blame the developer. Rather, I (try to) put it down to experience and hope to learn from it. So, again, what's the "history" behind number two?
6175  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: moral behaviour in the shareware industry on: December 19, 2006, 01:25:24 PM
Don't beat yourself up, urlwolf. This is prominent at the bottom of the page:

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Page version 2.20c - Updated 28 June 2006

Of course, this is at the bottom of the version history page:

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Page version 2.10 - 8 May 2002

Still, I've got my fingers crossed for you!
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