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6276  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Internet Explorer 7.0 Final is out on: October 18, 2006, 07:13:33 PM
Anyone here try it yet? I've downloaded it but am holding off installing just yet because I'd like to see what problems people run into before I "go for it"...
6277  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abbreviation expanders for DOS boxes under Win9x? on: October 17, 2006, 05:16:33 PM
Great! Even better! I uninstalled it from two machines that have been re-allocated - one to my parents and the other to my wife, but I still have it on the two that I use all the time.
6278  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abbreviation expanders for DOS boxes under Win9x? on: October 17, 2006, 08:55:45 AM
DA only works under XP - doesn't even support Win2k... I had initially thought to recommend it to you as an alternative to AW, but checked before posting. It's a bit cheaper the AW and the interface is more "snazzy" but I didn't find it as elegant in implementation. I also found that, while I initially thought DA was lighter on resources (it runs as a single thread, unlike AW which runs four or more, depending on what you are doing), overall it seems a bit more resource intensive AND it doesn't auto-correct your spelling, as does AW. However, DA is only at v 1.1 so I am sure that the issues that I have with it will be ironed out in the long run...
6279  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SCRIBUS - Open Source Desktop Publishing on: October 16, 2006, 09:28:40 AM
I hope that's only an interim move while they gear up for the localised, full release of version 6. It would be a shame if they dropped the free version. I'm monitoring their website, waiting for the November release, and will post back here with an update then.

Scratch the above - I've e-mailed the developer for clarification about this. I'll get back as soon as I hear from them.

[Ed: Did as you requested - scratched the above Wink]

Added in edit: thanks - I'd forget my head if it wasn't screwed on  embarassed
6280  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abbreviation expanders for DOS boxes under Win9x? on: October 16, 2006, 09:20:03 AM
I used AW under 98 only briefly - before upgrading to Win2k - and have no recollection about whether this feature worked under DOS or not! I can confirm that it works brilliantly under both 2k and XP (as I have it loaded on machines running both OS's). However, the website doesn't mention any limitations on AW running under 98. There is an active users forum that is frequented by the developers, so you could try there. The trial is good for 60 days (though you need to register for a trail key to activate it before you can use it) so you could just give it a go... I've moved AW around, installing and uninstalling it on various machines (I believe the license allows you to install it on two machines IIRC), and the uninstaller seems thorough and well behaved.

Hope this helps,

Mike
6281  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SCRIBUS - Open Source Desktop Publishing on: October 16, 2006, 09:09:37 AM
Hi Carol,

Sorry, I should have been more explicit but was in a rush when I posted -   Ragtime (the website for which was never easy to negotiate) is in between versions - they have Ragtime 6 (German) out, but won't be releasing localizations until next month. Go to the Ragtime website and click on Registration and then Ragtime Solo - Solo is the free version. What you are doing is registering for an activation key, which will be sent to you. This upgrades the 30-day trial version, which is available from the downloads section. Read the panel running down the right hand of the screen for info on using the German build for now:

"Download and install the 30 Day Trial Version of RagTime 6 from this page. This is the official release of RagTime 6 for German speaking countries. The application itself is multilingual (English, French, German, Dutch) but it does not come with documentation and sample files in languages other than German.

After installation, this version will work without limitation for 30 days, which gives you ample time to contact us under sales@ragtime-online.com and request a temporary authorization key. This key can be used with the trial version and will carry you until RagTime 6 is released in English, French and Dutch.

"Download and install the 30 Day Trial Version of RagTime 6 from this page. This is the official release of RagTime 6 for German speaking countries. The application itself is multilingual (English, French, German, Dutch) but it does not come with documentation and sample files in languages other than German.

After installation, this version will work without limitation for 30 days, which gives you ample time to contact us under sales@ragtime-online.com and request a temporary authorization key. This key can be used with the trial version and will carry you until RagTime 6 is released in English, French and Dutch."

I'm personally going to wait for the official release.

Hope this helps,

Mike

PS No direct links because everything loads within the main site...
6282  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SCRIBUS - Open Source Desktop Publishing on: October 15, 2006, 11:21:48 PM
Ragtime 6 will be out in November and is well worth a look, too (though it is not open-source AND is only free for home/academic use, otherwise the price is pretty steep - $695...). I've played around with the beta for 6 and really like it as a free app (I qualify for educational licensing) but am not sure how I would feel if I was required to pay full price for it! I'll be giving SCRIBUS a look-see, too!
6283  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abbreviation expanders for DOS boxes under Win9x? on: October 15, 2006, 11:09:17 PM
ActiveWords runs under Win98SE but it costs $49.95... it'll correct spelling and complete abbreviations in DOS windows.
6284  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 11:04:39 PM
Yeah, MMJB is no more -at least where my computer is concerned. That's the first time in at least eight years. I'd feel sad BUT what a colossus it has become! As I mentioned earlier in the thread, I haven't actually used it in ages, mostly because with the latest version (10, I think) waiting for it to open was like watching paint dry... Anyway, I do not miss it (although no significant difference in the performance of my notebook as a result...). Now, if there was just an "iTunesalternatve"... (I love the quicktime and real alternatives).
6285  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 05:58:19 PM
Oshyan - no doubt you are right. I'm having the same experience with MusicMatch, which I bought in 1998 and for at least two years have kept on my system out of sentimentality more than anything else. It's become very bloated and likes to have all sorts of things run at startup even if, as is the case, I don't open the app from one month to the next. Actually, you've given me the impetus to ditch it! I'm uninstalling as soon as I post this missive.

If I was more proactive, I'd ditch a lot of other resource hogging detritus as well, but at the moment everything is running sweetly. As you might gather, given that I am posting on this site, I love to mess with my computer and its settings. Thus, annoying as iTunes is, buggering about with it and other settings is therapeutic for me! Don't get me wrong, though, if iTunes really did start to noticeably degrade the performance of my computer it'd be gone in a heartbeat. Perhaps I should rip it out of my system and see if there is a difference? Well, that'll have to wait for me to get off my rump and burn the DRM'd tracks to CD. Might just do it, eventually...

FWIW, I've had no troubles with iTunes DRM method while I have had several with Puretracks (they use WMA). What a nightmare - I paid for a handfull of tracks and most of them are unplayable because the licenses for them have been corrupted, or weren't migrated to a new harddrive properly, etc. Contacting the vendor to have the license re-issued, even with receipts, is like driving a spike into your own forehead. Now THAT'S a PIA (I guess that should be PIF...)! Actually, that's what prompted me to try iTunes in the first place.
6286  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 05:05:32 PM
Hi Oshyan and Carol,

I've used the DRM removal apps for iTunes but they are not able to deal with the version 6.2 and above, sadly. WMP 11 is really nice - I'm running the latest beta, and like it a lot. Ultimately, I don't "live" in a media player, so am not that motivated to look for ways around iTunes drawbacks. I simply have a number of tracks (including whole albums) that I've purchased because I couldn't get them on-line through any other legal means...

Thanks for the comments about the ipodservice, Carol. Looks like I might be in for a surprise the next time I reboot! Oh well...  Cry
6287  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 03:15:26 PM
I'm in the same boat as Carol - lots of iTunes store tracks on my PC that I've yet to convert (ie burn to CD and re-rip) to mp3 format. I keep iTunes installed for that reason...
6288  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 01:33:43 PM
UPDATE: this thread got me thinking, so I tried something I hadn't tried before - deleting the ipod folder from the program files directory. Worked like a charm - no more ipodservicer.exe running whenever I run iTunes... As for the outlook extension - I removed via Outlook-Tools-options-other-advanced-com-addins. The first time I ran Outlook afterward it whined about extend.dat not being found but restarting Outlook cleaned that up, too. I'll have to see if this "fix" survives a reboot.

These are annoyances with simple solutions. Apple should make these services and add-ins options that are configureable from with iTunes. At version 7.1, I can't believe that they are still doing this...
6289  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows XP Myths on: October 15, 2006, 12:51:10 PM
Yeah... I'm actually one of the long-term site members that rose to Mastertech's bait but I escaped Mouser's censure... I respect and support Mouser's position on this because I respect Mouser enormously - look at what he's accomplished with this site - and so far the problem on this thread has been posters, such as myself, reacting to Mastertech. There are people that I don't get along with at work, but I choose not to engage them, rather than expecting them to be fired (as pleasant a prospect as that might be Wink). This situation is no different.
6290  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iTunes 7 is a PITA ... on: October 15, 2006, 12:36:02 PM
This is my main beef with iTunes - Apple's insistence that the ipodservice run every time I open iTunes AND the fact that I have to manually kill the service as it doesn't close when I close iTunes. I don't own an mp3 player, let alone an ipod, and I do not need this service. Disabling it, setting it to manual - none of it works (i.e. it starts with iTunes anyway)! Carol - you've prompted me to go digging into the com add-ins that load with Outlook and lo and behold, there is an iTunes add-in! I'm getting ready to ditch iTunes altogether. I quite like it as a player but this is absurd.
6291  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows XP Myths on: October 13, 2006, 07:04:00 PM
"Rarely" means rarely, as in not often. What exactly is your problem with my usage of the word, or are you merely being obtuse? I'm thrilled that you never get BSOD and appalled that you're so full of yourself that you assume that I fixed the problems by rebooting and your continued assumption that I loaded 95 and 98 drivers on my notebook. Like f0dder, my paticipation in this particular discussion is over. This thread has devolved into an argument highlighted by circularity and one that, despite now having posted on it three times, is of no interest to me.
6292  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows XP Myths on: October 13, 2006, 03:34:59 PM
If I get a BSOD something's wrong? Really? Thanks for the insight... You've completely missed my point, which was not that I was whinging about BSOD in XP being the fault of MS but rather that under ME with certified drivers my notebook was simply not stable. This suggests to me that there were serious problems with ME that cannot be explained away by incompatibilities between my OS and the device drivers that I was using. I got BSOD with my notebook out of the box. Regarding BSOD under XP, I rarely get them - I simply noted that it seems to happen more often than under Win2k. When I do get a BSOD under XP, I note the error code, research it, and fix the problem.

Anyway, I respectfully disagree with you about ME in particular, but agree with you about BSOD in general. This discussion needs to move on.
6293  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows XP Myths on: October 13, 2006, 12:31:47 PM
I purchased notebooks with each of the o/s's mentioned above (98SE, ME, 2k, XP Pro and XP Home) preinstalled (and desktops with 98 and 98SE), all labelled with the "Designed for Win [version here]" label attached, at least a year after the OS was released. I would rank ME far below the others in terms of stability. Whether these were driver compatibiltiy issues or not is irrelevant. As an end-user (and not a system administrator/techie) ME was a nightmare. All I did was install Office 2k on my ME system (which came with ME preinstalled and all the drivers were ME certified from the OEM - Compaq) and use it for light word processing and e-mail/net surfing, and it blue screened a lot more often than 98. So much so that I was leary of newer windows versions and stuck with the 98SE machine before discovering that 2k was a quantum leap over both in terms of stability. I switched to Win2k  late in 2001 and finally bought my first XP Pro machine in March 2004.  I'd rank 2k slightly ahead of XP Pro/Home for stability and speed, with XP far ahead of 98/98SE and ME dead last with a comfortable gap separating it from 98. I still use the original 98 machine, which has been upgraded to W2k, and it is ROCK solid (remarkable for a notebook that is 6 1/2 years old). The ME machine, too, shines with Win2k installed and is still in service with my sister, who uses it in exactly the capacity I had envisioned for myself when I bought it (light office duty and e-mail/Internet). I've numerous friends that had the same experience with ME preinstalled on notebooks/desktops from major manufacturers. The two XP machines see the most use now and are very solid, though I remain convinced (and it's a gut feeling only) that the Win2k machines (which saw two years service with me before I moved on to XP) were less susceptible to blue screening.

Just my 2 bits - an end-user's perspective.
6294  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: keeping/saving cloned files on: October 10, 2006, 09:05:35 PM
So far so good... So far I've managed to create a couple of hard links. I'll keep playing with it.
That's pretty cool - I've made a couple of hard links and moved the files to different drives, and the hard links still work! Well, I guess that's what they're supposed to do, but I'm still impressed  Cool
6295  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: keeping/saving cloned files on: October 10, 2006, 08:58:34 PM
Hi Tomos,

No, I never did try it again. I'll do it now and report back...
6296  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Utility to search XP registry using keywords? on: October 09, 2006, 05:27:29 PM
Just to note - none of the PC Mag utilities are free anymore. You can buy individual apps for $7.95 or buy one of a variety of subscriptions to their utilities ranging, I think, from 7 days access through one year. The one year subscription looks the cheapest if you want everything currently available and want to be sure that you have access to whatever is in the hopper...
6297  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: My favorite software! What's yours? on: October 09, 2006, 05:19:35 PM
I'll wade in...
File Explorer: Dopus 8
Web Browser: Maxthon (1.57 - beta for 2 is fantastic though but not ready for prime time)

There are lots of others, but I live in the 2 above!

edit: how could I have forgotten Roboform and Clipmate!
6298  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any way to "tag" files in Windows ? on: October 09, 2006, 05:16:21 PM
PCMag has a numer of utilities that *might* will let you do this - I think they currently charge $7.95 per utility. I haven't used any of them but used to check for new apps from them fairly regularly when they were still free. I recall a couple, at least, that let you add notes to files or to assign custom "tips" to files.

6299  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is AVG really that bad? on: October 09, 2006, 05:13:03 PM
Hi AdIyhc - I've never had any reason to contact Grisoft's (AVG's) support, so I can't comment  Grin!
6300  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is AVG really that bad? on: October 09, 2006, 10:49:02 AM
I use AVG too - at first the free version but for about 18 months the pro version. I upgraded to support development and so I could have it scan at sometime other than 8 am. I'm still running the anti-virus only, none of the rest of the security suite (I've not tried it). Overall, I've been using it for at least 2 1/2 years and have never had a problem.
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