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7851  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying New PC. Suggestions? on: October 01, 2006, 09:08:10 AM
Make sure the computer has pci-e and not AGP! It's getting harder by the day to find AGP video cards.
7852  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HD noise distracting on: September 30, 2006, 05:35:04 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_memory says that the write cycle is probably around 1million for normal flash, and I would think/hope these drives are a bit better than that.
 
7853  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Game: Funny Farm on: September 30, 2006, 02:05:18 AM
7854  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HD noise distracting on: September 30, 2006, 01:59:35 AM
Much less noise, much faster speed (fragmentation basically becomes irrelevant), less heat, less power consumption, no chance of mechanical failures. I wouldn't mind one of those for my primary drive (windows + apps + source/documents + a few games), then move everything else to a NAS or DAS(?).
7855  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HD noise distracting on: September 29, 2006, 07:56:55 PM
Which newer solid-state disks are those and what are the access times and transfer rates? Wink
Haven't seen any benchmarks, but this is the one I was thinking about. I also think somebody mentioned it here at DC not too long ago. Well, there's an italian article that I butchered up with babelfish, as far as I can tell we're speaking 50MB/s xfer rates, and insanely low access/seek time. And a pricetag of $950 >_<
7856  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Tiny 'Touch' 32 bits program in C (3 kb) on: September 29, 2006, 07:50:12 PM
Now you got the sources, you can do it smiley
Personally I prefer telling 1 that is equal to True when successfull and 0 that is equal to 'False' when failed... It's just another point of view!
Not if you ever have to deal with makefiles or the like.
(emphasis is mine).
7857  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Tiny 'Touch' 32 bits program in C (3 kb) on: September 29, 2006, 04:50:38 PM
You really should return '0' since that's the standard returncode for success...
7858  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The $39 Experiment on: September 29, 2006, 04:48:28 AM
Heh, nice cheesy

EDIT: he certainly did put a bit of effort into it - I couldn't be arsed writing that many silly praises just to get a few free treats of that kind. But funny nonetheless.

Oh, and if people start doing this on a larger scale, it won't continue working for long.
7859  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Lectures from Professor Who is Out of It - HA! on: September 29, 2006, 04:34:57 AM
Haha, great cheesy

Too bad that's only part of it, I assume? I WANT MORE! Kiss
7860  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Spank the Monkey: today's flash game on: September 29, 2006, 02:44:30 AM
"Hi!"
"Uh, hi boss..."
"So, watcha doing?"
"Spankin' the monkey".
7861  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HD noise distracting on: September 29, 2006, 02:13:12 AM
Christ, 2x4GB iRAM in stripe. Bastards. I'd prefer one of the newer solid-state disks, though.
7862  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to add/delete files of an installer? on: September 29, 2006, 02:00:26 AM
Thanks for the replies. I posted the same Q on InstallShield's forums and here's the reply I got:

http://community.installs...m/showthread.php?t=163002.
Christ, what a roundabout way of doing things smiley
7863  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Surveillance equipment has never looked so ..... scary! on: September 29, 2006, 01:59:01 AM
The problem with DarkCreek, as was noted when slashdot posted about it a while ago, is that it's just an image and some text. No URLs to shops or more thorough descriptions. Might as well be a mock-up.
7864  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Buying New PC. Suggestions? on: September 29, 2006, 01:56:38 AM
Yup, we need some usage specs.

If it's just for a bit of word processing and internet usage, just about anything will do. Personally I'd go for a core2 duo and at least 512 megs of ram, graphics card depending on needs (but definitely PCI-E, although onboard with possibility of PCI-E expansion is an okay option too if you don't know if you'll be doing games).
7865  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Why do unzip apps have to be so complicated? on: September 29, 2006, 01:51:24 AM
jsmallberry: WinRAR is popular because it's been around for a while, it has a good compression/speed ratio, it isn't very expensive (not everybody's a freeloader tongue), and it has very good commandline support ans OS features (saves NTFS alternate streams and security info) - plus unrar is free & has source code available.

You should be able to use the free unrar for your purposes.
7866  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Lectures from Professor Who is Out of It - HA! on: September 28, 2006, 05:20:13 PM
Keep us posted smiley
7867  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FairUse4WM : Strippingng DRM (digital rights management) from windows media on: September 28, 2006, 04:54:46 PM
The program is pretty interesting - instead of trying to work on the files, break the encryption, etc... it hooks the player. FairUse hooks it right after the decryption of a chunk of audio date, which can then be written out to file instead of just playing it.

This is probably a lot easier than doing reverse engineering of (I guess) heavily obfuscated code dealing with the file, and it should be easy enough for the Reverse Engineer to use a tool like bindiff to "catch the patch" when the protection is updated.

Only downside is, of course, that decryption is a bit slow. Just say no to DRM'ed media in the first place, and say no to CDs that violate the standard - even if you have a nice drive capable of ripping it.
7868  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Registry Cleaning Software on: September 28, 2006, 09:56:56 AM
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Even removing some obsolete entires without defragmenting will speed up your system.
I've never seen an effect of doing that, and it doesn't surprise me. Windows uses a binary search when looking up keys, which means that even to look up a key in 4.2billion keys it needs to look at maximally 32 keys.

Of course deleting some keys means a little less disk use, but the gains there are very small.

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Applications will sometime wait for nonexistant service links to respond before timing out.
THAT kind of problems can be substantial though smiley

7869  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What IRC client do you use? on: September 28, 2006, 09:50:18 AM
I don't follow the jump from X11/Xorg to win32 and back.
That probably was a bit confusing smiley

I just meant that everytime I've tried X under linux, with or without accelerated drivers, etc, window resize has always been very laggy. One little game had 100% CPU usage when resizing (and not just "artificial usage", it really bogged the system down), other applications have "controls that lag into place".

XChat brings that lag to win32...
7870  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What IRC client do you use? on: September 28, 2006, 09:02:33 AM
I'm not, I just want something that works smiley. Laggy window resize is very typical of anything on X11 (XF86 and XOrg anyway), but XChat is particularly bad, at least on windows.

One should take the source and make a native win32 port of xchat...
I wonder how easy that'd be...
7871  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What IRC client do you use? on: September 28, 2006, 03:09:43 AM
I find XChat to have extremely lagging redraw on resize, which is enough that I just can't stand using it.

No matter which client I've tried, I always end up back with mIRC, even though it's somewhat of a pig. But it works, and it's comfortable smiley
7872  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: foobar...honestly...WTF?! WTF?! on: September 28, 2006, 02:56:12 AM
kimmchii: foo_dsp_delta doesn't work here (foobar2000 0.9.2), and then author's page doesn't work either.

The thing that irks me about foobar is that it's so... messy. All those tweaks and extra downloads from small & obscure sites, if you don't like the vanilla looks. And the very lacking documentation, so you have to resort to forum-hunting. I've become too old for that smiley. Luckily it does work okay out-of-the-box.

(Too bad musikCube hasn't been updated for ages, that's a nice & interesting player as well.)
7873  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Registry Cleaning Software on: September 28, 2006, 02:41:20 AM
I've never seen any advantages from running registry cleaners. It's a lot like snake oil, wonderful placebo effect... at best. The really wonderful thing about system breakage is that it happens silently, obscure, and you don't find out until weeks later, when for some reason windows installer fscks up.

defragmenting the registry, however, can bring some decent speed boost - but that shouldn't come as a surprise.
7874  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hungy Space: today's flash game on: September 27, 2006, 05:27:06 PM
Oh, the jelly game is really visually pleasing... but the sfx suck, and there's no background music - a shame, really. Also, it feels a bit laggy on my 4400+, even though CPU usage was a lot lower than flash games usually tax it - weird.
7875  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: foobar...honestly...WTF?! WTF?! on: September 27, 2006, 04:38:25 PM
superboyac: can you post some info on how you have configured foobar? I used to use winamp, but after realizing that I don't care about skins and don't use visualizations these days, I've switched to foobar. Default setup seems pretty okay to me, although I wouldn't mind albumart or something smiley
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