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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 03:36:43 PM
I'm looking at this more from a server perspective (since that's where my experience chiefly lies). But there's enough in common between PCs and servers that I think what applies to one pretty much applies to the other as far as hardware goes. Two articles worth looking at are here and here.

Thanks for the links, some good stuff there Thmbsup.

I think you're right, the server/enterprise market is a little different. Personally, I've had my SSD for little over two years, and the wear indicator is at 2%. If I can get that with all user and temp folders and the pagefile on the SSD, that's okay for me.
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A three drive system - the sweet spot on: March 23, 2014, 01:49:04 AM
^^ Amen.  I've heard it since SSD's came out that the swapfile (pagefile on Windows) should go on a fast but non-SSD Disk.  Hadn't thought of the temp and log files, good catch.

I think for most recent SSD drives, the controller is likely to die years before the read/write tear of the temp folders is going to make a dent. I can't find anything backing this up though, most tutorials seem to reiterate the wisdom of five years ago.

Regarding the pagefile, here is a Microsoft Q&A from 2010 stating some usage data for the pagefile (near the bottom) and recommending keeping it on the SSD.
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 22, 2014, 03:26:24 PM
Did you by chance already have some Office x64 products installed before you installed OneNote?

I only had the free Word Viewer (with compatibility pack) installed (only think that comes in 32-bit). I noticed it no longer opens docx files but gives an error message now, not sure if the OneNote install broke it.
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: March 20, 2014, 04:11:54 PM
But other than that, this is cool news! I love OneNote. I thought it was really cool/useful in Office 2007.

A few points from the other thread:

  • It's more like freemium
  • You can only use notebooks stored in the cloud in the free version (you have to buy/subscribe to Office to use a local notebook)
  • It's around 1 GB installed, the tiny setup tool downloads all of that
  • It also installs OneDrive and a printer driver
  • Some people see 64-bit programs being installed when they chose the 32-bit version, not sure what exactly the difference is
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 20, 2014, 09:05:25 AM
Still haven't seen any restriction so still confused by the original comment.... like I said it may be I have no clue smiley

Try pressing the purple Files menu item in the upper left corner, this opens a page with a menu on the left. Choose New from this menu, and you will get a page that lets you create a new notebook.

Here you can choose between your OneDrive, Computer, or adding a destination. Choose Computer.

Now enter any name for your new notebook and press the Create Notebook button. This should get you the dialogue in question.

Alternatively, if you right-click a notebook in the bar at the top, and choose Settings, you get a dialogue with a button labeled "Change location". If you press that, you get a standard folder select dialogue, but once you select a folder on your local computer, you get the same dialogue saying you cannot open a local notebook using this version.

Disclaimer: I have a Danish version, so the names of buttons and such are based on best guess of what the English version says embarassed.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 20, 2014, 03:36:00 AM
Why would they not be up-front about it? What would they expect to achieve otherwise? Wait for the unavoidable backlash when people realised that they had been conned? That doesn't make sense. It would be self-inflicted highly negative word-of-mouth advertising. This would be a stupid thing to do, from a marketing perspective alone. It would not make sense.

One of the news sites called it a freemiumw version, which I think looks to be more or less accurate.

Perhaps if they had called it "OneNote Cloud", to differentiate it from the full version.
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 10:55:47 AM
Not trying to be funny, but I don't get it. No offline notes at all or only in certain cases (created on PC?) it won't be available offline? Colour me confused  embarassed

I just tried creating a new notebook on my computer instead of the cloud like the default one, and got the same dialogue saying this version can only create notebooks on OneCloud Angry.

I am starting to feel there is a lot of information about this free offer that would have been handy on the download page instead of all the stock photos of happy people Grin.
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 07:55:20 AM
@Jibz: Was this experience (above) purely from using the FREE OneNote download/install? Was it the 32 or 64 bit version?

It was using the free version, and I downloaded the 32-bit installer, but like 4wd mentioned, it appears to have installed the 64-bit version.
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 19, 2014, 02:53:43 AM
So far, I don't have much use for 4., 7., and 8., but these are of interest:
  • 1. OneNote Clipper looks rather nifty, but I am still trialling it. I am hoping it will make Scrapbook obsolete. Just what I was needing/wanting. We shall see.
  • 2. me@onenote.com for emailing notes to OneNote. Very handy. Just what I was needing/wanting. Works out well in testing.
  • 3. Office Lens for capturing documents and whiteboards with your Windows Phone. Amazing. Potentially very useful. Just what I was needing/wanting. Now all I need is a Windows phone, and this is a good reason for getting one (so I can test Office Lens).
  • 5. Easy document scanning to OneNote with Brother, Doxie Go, Epson, and Neat. Could be very handy for me, using the Brother and Epson apps. Needs testing.
  • 6. Writing notes with pen and paper and sending them to OneNote with Livescribe. Not sure about this yet, nor whether it duplicates the functionality of something else - e.g., (say) Office Lens.
  • 9. Connecting your world to OneNote with IFTTT. Not sure about this yet.

I've spent the past half hour fighting with clipping to OneNote. I hope I am missing something, because it seem quite bad compared to Evernote.

The little clipper tool that sits in your tray has three options when you press Win-N:

  • Take a screenshot - this gives you a crosshair you can use to drag over the area of the screen you wish to copy, no option to take a screenshot of a window only like in Evernote
  • Send to OneNote - sounds great, but only works if you are clipping from IE or Office apps (and presumably whatever apps choose to support the OneNote clipping API), otherwise it's greyed out. By contrast, Evernote will clip from anything you can copy from, it happily clips from OneNote as well tongue.
  • New quick note - opens a little window with a blank note

1) I was trying to clip a single post from this thread from Chrome (I chose one by wraith808 due to the little banner). I highlighted the post, and this is what Win-A produces in Evernote:

[attach=1]

I installed the Clip to OneNote button in my toolbar, and pressed that, after logging in to Live, and waiting for the desktop app to sync the note after clipping it, the result was this:

[attach=2]

I then tried copying the highlighted post and opened a new OneNote note and pasted it, resulting in this:

[attach=3]

Opening the page in IE and highlighting the post and using the Clipper tool to Send to OneNote produced a note with the entire thread in it instead of just the selected part.

Searching the web a bit, there seems to be some hacks involving a "Print to OneNote" printer driver that is also installed with OneNote, but that would send the entire page to OneNote again, so I gave up here.

Regarding 3) Office Lens, it looks really nice, shame that it's Windows Phone/Tablet only.

I think the big hurdle for Microsoft if they want to compete with Evernote is to get over themselves and stop making solutions that only work with other Microsoft products. Providing a clipping tool that only really works with IE and Office apps is just not good enough. Making a fancy document capture app, and then only making it available on Windows Phone is no good either.

Playing around with OneNote, I can see some advantages when collecting notes on a subject, it has better freeform editing, where Evernote feels much like a bunch of post-it notes. But Evernote excells at clipping random bits of information for later use.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: OneNote now on Mac as well, +FREE everywhere, + Cloud service powered. on: March 18, 2014, 04:23:22 PM
Looks like it takes up over 1 GB installed, that's impressive.

Oh, and also worth noting, it seems it installs the OneDrive app.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes is moving away from lifetime licenses on: March 11, 2014, 02:40:26 AM
I actually came to remind what 4wd said: It is important to remember that the current license merely is good for a single pc. I have tested a licensed MBytes on this machine, so I had to purchase a new license, just to be able to test it again for a fair price on my next machine.

Am I wrong about that?  Is today's lifetime license good for 3 PCs?
Current Lifetime license is only good for 1 PC - as shown when purchasing.

From the FAQ it looks like you can transfer a license from an old machine to a new:

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How do I transfer a licensed Malwarebytes Anti-Malware PRO to my new computer?

The license (ID and Key) may be transferred from one PC to another by doing the following:
...
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 09, 2014, 03:02:04 AM
Nice find. From that thread, there is also a link to the FAQ which states:

Quote
  • ...
  • When verifying the integrity of the program.

This last item involves the various methods Opus uses to protect against viruses and illegal use of the software (DRM). You can block these using a firewall if you wish - Opus does not attempt to "evade" or "get around" your firewall in any way. Legitimate users have no reason to be concerned by this activity, and none of your personal information is ever transmitted in this way.

Personally, I don't really mind the occasional registration check as long as the developers are open about it. I found it more interesting to see how they handle customer support in that thread.
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 07, 2014, 11:59:27 AM
I was looking at the Upgrade price, since I upgraded a day or so ago, and the upgrade price ($50 AUD) converted to ~$44 USD.  I just looked again today, and apparently it's now up to ~45 USD, but that's still not $48 USD.

I haven't updated my DO since version 9, so I took the information in this thread, that the upgrade price was 40% off. 89 AUD * 0.6 = 53.4, which converted to USD is $48.4. But if you say the upgrade price is $50 AUD, I'll hapilly update the table (it doesn't change any of the conclusions). Thanks Thmbsup.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 07, 2014, 10:30:52 AM
An interesting comparison, but are all these prices in the same currency?  I know that DOpus's prices are in Australian dollars, but I don't know about the others.  For an accurate comparison, they should all be in (or converted to) the same currency.

I converted the price for DO from Australian dollar to US, so all the prices listed in the table are in US dollars.

Agreed.  And I really don't think you can compare one SW package to another solely on pricing- the benefit for you really weighs into the decision to buy at any price for a lot of people.

Of course, but much of the discussion in this thread has been about how expensive DO is, so I think it was worth trying to look at how it compared.

Also, if you can't compare a file manager to other file managers, what is the point then?
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 07, 2014, 03:13:09 AM
I am going to try to summarize the licenses and pricing of DO and a few of the competitors to get a little perspective (all prices are in USD, corrections welcome):

ProductInitial PriceUpgrade PriceLifetime OptionLicense Covers
Directory Opus$80$45 /~3yN/A1 PC + 1 laptop
Total Commander$44N/ANo promises, but free upgrades since v1.0Any number of computers used by one person at a time
xplorer2 (ultimate)$50$33 /1y$70 addon purchaceSingle user on many computers or many users on a single PC
XYplorer$30$24 /1y$80 initial priceAll computers you use

We can see that the initial purchase of DO is roughly twice as much as the others.

If you buy all upgrades, then the three year upgrade window on DO makes it cheaper in the long run than normal licenses of xplorer2 and XYplorer.

If you buy the lifetime licenses for xplorer2 and XYplorer, then they will become cheaper than DO after the first three years.

As long as Total Commander continues to not charge for upgrades, it will be the cheapest all around.

Another interesting point is the licensing. DO is the only one that limits the number of computers you can use the software on.

If you have to buy DO for three or more computers, then it will be more expensive than a normal license of xplorer2 or XYplorer with upgrades every year.

So, in summary, lifetime licenses are great (as long as the developers honour them). Directory Opus is expensive, but if you are the type of person who buys all upgrades right away, then the larger upgrade window makes it cheaper over time. If you have more than three computers, or if you only buy upgrades when there is something new you actually want, then you will have to do your own math tongue.

Edit March 7th: Updated DO upgrade pricing.
Edit May 1st: XYplorer changed it's upgrade policy to include upgrades for 1 year instead of one major version number.
116  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: March 06, 2014, 03:38:12 AM
Since we've discussed tools to optimize image size and quality here, I thought I'd mention Mozilla's recently introduced JPEG optimizer project mozjpeg.
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 05, 2014, 04:13:50 PM
Right... but I bought a two machine license.

Ah, so it's a bit like Windows, which you can install on up to five machines? (assuming you buy five licenses of course)

Grin
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 05, 2014, 08:05:47 AM
I like DO, and I was a registered user of version 8.

But I must admit I have felt it was too expensive to upgrade. Especially given that I have a license for Total Commander which has had free upgrades in like forever, and a lifetime license to XYplorer.
119  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Atom - A new editor is born on: March 03, 2014, 01:16:16 PM
I haven't tried it, but I could imagine running in a browser might give some performance problems on larger projects. At least it looks like it doesn't handle large files too well yet.

Also, until they fix font-smoothing in Chrome on Windows it will be a pain on the eyes.
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: March 02, 2014, 06:00:45 AM
It is a great tool, and with a reasonable price indeed. I've used it less since I started using SourceTree, but it's still my preferred tool for things that are not in version control Thmbsup.
121  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 02:31:22 PM
I'm curious -- what software did you use Jibz, in the examples above?

For the examples above, I was using RIOT, which has a simple interface (and is used as a plugin by IrfanView).

It looks like it is a bit hehind other tools though, here is the 47k PNG produced by pngquant:

[attachimg=1]

There's only slight banding in the big gradient, and there is visible dithering, but otherwise it's impressively close to the original.
122  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 01:07:19 PM
If you want to reduce the file size JPEG compression is generally a better option, quality-wise, than reducing the color depth.

That depends a lot on the contents.

JPEG is very good at compressing the type of data you see in photographs, but quite poor at reproducing text due to compression artifactsw on high-contrast details.

Here is the same screenshot, compressed to a JPEG file of the same size as the 8 bpp png above (32k):

[attachimg=1]

As you can see, it handles the gradients better, but the text, icons, and the bright lines, show JPEG artifacts.

And this was a type of image that PNG has trouble with. If you take a screenshot of something like the configuration dialog from Screenshot Captor, you can really see how much better PNG handles these kinds of images:

123  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 10:58:28 AM
^ I'm pretty confused there Jibz embarassed

  • 1) I dont see any option to change bpp in Screenshot Captor(?)
  • 2) I presume the default in SC is 24bpp?
  • 3) all screenshots say 24bpp in the statusbar, yet you label #3 as 8bpp
  • 4) what are the k numbers - I know k is a thousand ;-) but is it number of pixels? (240k etc)
  • 5) is the idea that the optimisier reduces the image size, but keeps the quality?
    Or is it simply to improve quality of lower quality images (#3 =>#4 above)?
    I dont see any difference between images #1 & #2...

  • 1) It took me a while to find this option as well. To me, the logical thing would be if there were some options while saving, or if the "Image File Format" tab in the preferences changed, oh I don't know, perhaps the image file format? But it doesn't, instead you have to go into the menu SpecialFX2 and select "Adjust color depth and DPI" to reduce the number of colors.
  • 2) As per 1) above, quite Grin.
  • 3) I can see how this might be confusing embarassed, I opened a 24 bpp image in an image viewer, and took a screenshot of the entire image viewer window. The four images are the same screenshot saved in different ways.
  • 4) They are image file size in kilobytes.
  • 5) In the case of saving as 24 bpp (example 1 and 2 above), the image quality is the same, so you save space. In the case of reducing the color depth to 8 bpp (example 3 and 4 above), the image quality is better and the file is smaller when the color depth is reduced in an outside program.

I chose this image deliberately because it is "hard" to convert to 8 bpp and get a decent result due to the gradients. Screenshots of application windows, which usually consist of white background with text and a few buttons generally loose little quality from being converted to 8 bpp, and if you are sending several screenshots over e-mail it can make a difference if they are 1 mb each, or 200 k smiley.
124  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Quality of Captured Image on: February 26, 2014, 03:16:50 AM
If the size of the image file matters, it can be a good idea to use one of the many png optimizers available. Here is an example to illustrate this:

Saved as 24 bpp png from SSC, 240k:

[attachimg=1]

Optimized version, 149k:

[attachimg=2]

Saved as 8 bpp png from SSC, 72k:

[attachimg=3]

Optimized version (note that it also has better colors), 32k:

[attachimg=4]
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DeskRule: A new kind of desktop search engine is born (ß testers wanted) on: February 23, 2014, 05:02:59 PM
It's an interesting idea.

I have to say though, in situations where I need to search on more specific metadata than what the filesystem offers, I often have domain-specific software that handles this better.
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