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6901  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Pixel Image Editor on: November 14, 2005, 05:26:18 AM
Don't need to use it but if anyone is interested they seem to have adopted the Adobe PhotoShop interface. Not sure it will do they same as PS though, but if it does a quarter of it then $32 is pretty cheap ...
6902  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 14, 2005, 05:00:06 AM
I was thinking of changing the egg into a stumbling coin ???
6903  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why we must take great care when designing software on: November 14, 2005, 04:59:03 AM
Interesting webpage - I couldn't view it at all in Firefox - had to go into Internet Explorer ...

I particularly like the article on iTunes (is Sony taking up Apple's batton on consumer realtions Wink)
6904  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 14, 2005, 04:45:53 AM
But I quite like this one Wink
6905  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 14, 2005, 04:21:06 AM
OK ... here are two with the birdies ... I think the cleaner version works best with the crisp circle though ...
6906  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool on: November 13, 2005, 08:04:14 PM
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I use Windows 2000 Pro (don't like XP that much)

Can I ask why? (Just curious). If it is the 'blue theme' that can easily be turned off, and you can revert the Start Menu etc. so it all looks like 2000.

Granted it isn't a huge increase in terms of new stuff over 2000 but it is better supported these days by MS, and looks like it will be more so in the future (despite the huge corporate use of win2k).

I swapped from W98 to W2k and then WXP and I must say I was reluctant at each step (familiarity I suppose) but I have grown to like WinXP.
6907  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 13, 2005, 07:55:09 PM
Corporate Logo was the word that sprang to mind when I saw it Wink

Here's my final stab at the animated birdie nonsense, I have given him a bag of money, but to make it easy to carry it is attached to his twig (and it saves me editing the twig out). (Zipped XAR file also attached if anyone wants to play with this further). Ideally the bottom end of the stick needs to be edited out, but that means manually editing 9 frames, and my attempts came out less than artistic  embarassed
6908  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Minimized Startup not working on: November 13, 2005, 06:50:35 PM
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carol i think you should pursue a second career as a detective

Just call me Sherlock Haynes ...
6909  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Minimized Startup not working on: November 13, 2005, 06:22:42 PM
Moerl,

Are you using "Startup Delayer" ?

I had this problem with a number of apps until I tracked the problem down. If you have set up Startup Delayer (or similar) to manage the startup process you will probably have apps starting from there. the trouble is a number of apps when they start see the 'Start with Windows" option set and the regenerate the entry in the normal windows registry. This means the program gets started twice, and some programs respond to that by opening a window. Also I have found that Startup Delayer doesn't always transfer command line options (which usually force the minimized to tray option).

Just a thought.
6910  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 13, 2005, 01:55:14 PM
Just another version to give the impression. The bird was found (a dove of peace) on Google Images. If we could change the twig for a bag of money with coins dropping out ...

(Zipped XAR file attached for this one too - if you want to see animations and how they work go to the Gallery Menu and click on Frames)
6911  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 13, 2005, 01:02:20 PM
Does this help? If it does I created in Xara Xtreme (www.xara.com) which rivals Adobe Illustartor (at a fraction of the price) and is easier to use. I have attached the Xara file (zipped because I can't attach XAR files) if you want to download the demo and experiment.
6912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Some Cool Shell Extensions... on: November 13, 2005, 07:31:32 AM
Good find there, I like the hidden file toggle too ...

Now we just need a system file toggle Wink
6913  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 13, 2005, 06:23:59 AM
Carol,
might I ask what you used to make the logo for Swaledale Outdoor Club?

A scanner  embarassed

It's off the letter head of the club ...
6914  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 12, 2005, 07:32:13 PM
Here are a couple of stabs at the animated money/binary strip ...

I perhaps need fewer, larger coins and slow it down a bit. Trouble is slowing it down needs more frames which means bigger filesize.

I also though as the Money wiped along it could generate DonationCoder.com behind it ???

Not trying to nick people's ideas just thought I'd have a quick stab - if anyone wants the PhotoShop PSD file to play with I can let them have it. The animation was made in Adobe ImageReady 7.
6915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP ... Any ideas - Bad Partition table (sometimes) ???? on: November 12, 2005, 06:59:24 PM
You say "It's just a shame Norton now have it and don't seem to be devloping it any longer.", but what you probably mean is now Symantec has it.

You are quite correct of course - just my typing speed got the better of my thinking ...

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Symantec is the disease of the application software world. They buy products and companies continuously. Those good ones they don't discontinue right away, they load up with bloat and turn the programs into caricatures of what they once were. Norton was an excellent company before Symantec bought them out. Same with Central Point, Quarterdeck, the Partition Magic people, AtGuard, etc. The list goes on & on of wonderful products turned to poo by Symantec.

Agree wholeheartedly ...
6916  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: ANNOUNCING - DonationCoder.com Logo Contest on: November 12, 2005, 10:30:24 AM
How about a screen saver (you may be able to click on it or right click and save it - it depends on your browser).

To try it out, download the file, right click on it and choose install. The screensaver dialogue in Display Properties should appear with the screen saver selected just click OK. In not put you mouse on a blank area of the desktop, right click and choose Properties and select the screen saver tab. You should find it in the list under DCScreenSaver. These instructions are for Windows XP other versions should work similarly.

Note if you change screensaver it disappears form the list again, if you want it permanently available copy the file to the C:\Windows\System32 folder, right click install from there, and then it should be permanently available.

If you just want to preview it just double click the file.
6917  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Nice story about a canine "cat of the year" award winner on: November 12, 2005, 09:35:09 AM
My cats are horrified by the story (and all dogs) - but then they didn't know her did they ...
6918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP ... Any ideas - Bad Partition table (sometimes) ???? on: November 11, 2005, 08:03:52 PM
Fixed ...

Actually PM was giving a correct alarm.

I decided that if Partition Table Doctor could do what it claimed it was worth it (just in the time and frustration saved).

The demo reported a couple of incorrect partition data entries (block pointed a couple of blocks off). So I splashed out and bought the thing.

I corrected the two errors and though what the heck I'll try doing a complete Partition Table Repair. The tool scans through the whole disc showing partition markers present (including old ones I thought were gone forever). That with the layout map for the current settings meant I could find all of the partitions (they were also shown by name, but there were duplicates because of the partition resizings I had done). I selected the correct version, and then discovered that one of the small partitions didn't have any possible correct entries, so I simply left it unchecked. A quick click and my partition table was rewritten with a hole where the extra partition should be. I had an upto the minute backup of that partitions (and it was only 8Gb), so 15 minutes later it was restored.

After a reboot I ran Partition Magic again, and lo and behold everything looks good.

I suspect the problem actually arose using Acronis Disk Director to resize partitions.

I have to say so far I am not at all impressed with Acronis' products. I bought TrueImage 8 and they gave me a free update to TrueImage 9 when it was released a couple of weeks later. That was absolutely full of bugs, and judging by this experience the recovery disc still has some. what use is a backup utility that incorrectly tells you your backup files are corrupt and refuses to restore them?

DiskDirector 9 hasn't exactly got off with a good start either. Over the years I have used Partition Magic numerous times to shif free space around my drives, expanding and contracting partitions on the fly. It has been very rare to have any problem at all with that product. It's just a shame Norton now have it and don't seem to be devloping it any longer. Acronis DiskDirector gets used once and my partition tables are completely naused up. It may be just a coincidence and I am jumping to conclusions - but it seems strange that this unusal problem occured on the day I used it to shuffle free space ???

Anyway for what it is worth Partition Table Doctor worked really nicely (although it isn't exactly pretty to look at) and is provided in two forms: a windows desktop app, and an ISO image to burn to make a bootable CDROM. You can also purchase it on disc.
6919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HELP ... Any ideas - Bad Partition table (sometimes) ???? on: November 11, 2005, 06:29:01 PM
Hi Innuendo - yes I am using NTFS.

The only reason I used Win98 FDisk was to see if it could read the partition table (not the data). FDISK recognises NTFS partitions.

Mouser - yes you are right - it is amazing how frustrtaing things like this can be! My problem is that I have used Partition Magic for years and it's error reporting is somewhat limited (usually an unlisted code on their website). Having said that I have never had an error reported when there was no problem.

It's all very strange.

Does any one know of reliable partition recovery utilities that don't cost an arm and a leg. I found one today that scans the entire dis and finds all the FATs, partition details, boot sectors etc. The demo seems to work - but it costs $375 ... which is simply ridiculous.

What i need is a program that can be booted from CDROM and can check the validity of my partition table, and correct any errors.

I have found Partition Table Doctor  which has a 5/5 rating. Is suppose I could try the demo and see if it detects anything unusual (the demo doesn't write repairs so shouldn't so any further damage). Does anyone know about this software? (Home page is here)
6920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / HELP ... Any ideas - Bad Partition table (sometimes) ???? on: November 11, 2005, 11:55:46 AM
I have had an extremely frustrating day!!

Got up this morning with various errors on my computer screen. I had left Perfect Disk running over night to defrag my whole system. PD wouldn't work on any of my partitions this morning!

I recently installed Acronis Disk Director and had resized a partition, so I loaded it up to look, and there were no obvious problems. I also installed Acronis' boot manager.

I had a copy of Partition Magic 8 (I moved to Acronis because it is obvious Norton aren't doing anything with PM) so I loaded that up and the whol of IDE0 was reported simply as 'BAD'

Suspecting that it was the Acronis Software causing the problem I decided to remove the boot manager and see if PM could then see the partitions. First problem - removing the Acronis boot manager didn't restore my orginal settings - it left me with a single boot system (whereas I have a multiboot system). Windows Boot.ini was untouched so I presume acronis have left something in the Master Boot record.

No probs, me thinks, I will load up the Recovery Console and FIXBOOT, that should sort it out.

That's when things went seriously pear shaped!! The system wouldn't boot at all ... three words on screen only Bad Partition Table.

A lot of cursing and swearing ... but hey good old Acronis TrueImage keeps regular backups so it shouldn't be a problem to restore my system.

Pop in the Acronis TrueImage Rescue CD and hey presto I am restoring my C drive ... OK its 24 hours old but I never keep useful info on that drive anyway. Ten minutes later 'Corrupt Backup' .... lots of expletives .... this despite always running a verify backup check after every backup.

Talk about mad!!!

Anyway to cut a long story short I installed a quick version of windows on a spare drive and managed to restore the corrupt backup with no errors! So much for rescue disks.

I still haven't cured the problem though - Partition Magic still reports IDE0 is BAD, althought the system boots, Acronis Disk Director finds no problems, Perfect Disc sees all my partitions and I ran the Windows utility DiskPart which finds all my partitions and declares them healthy.

Do I believe Partition Magic? Am I heading for trouble? PM has never reported errors like this before so I am rather nervous just to carry on as though nothing has happened.

I tried running Windows 98 FDISK (just to see what it said was on the disk). It reports an Active NTFS Primary Partition and an Extended Partition, but it can't see the logical partions inside. Having said that it can't see logical partitions on any of my disks??

Anyone got any suggestions how to check the real integrity of a partition map? (Preferably without spending megabucks).
6921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best Personal Translation/Dictionary/Thesaurus Software? on: November 10, 2005, 07:26:00 PM
Don't forget there is a free version of WordWeb - try it, see if you like it and if you do it may be worth buying the Pro version.
6922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: November 10, 2005, 11:05:22 AM
I have used ACDSee since version 3 and in my humble opinion it has got worse rather than better in each version. So much so that I have now uninstalled it and don't really intend to use it again.

The final straw for me was the introduction of Camera RAW formats. The rendering of Canon RAW formats (at least on my computer) was utterly hideous - the colours were all wrong, they were dark and murky. Not a problem in any other program I have tried. I am using colour management (including the ACDSee ProtoPro plugin).

When I asked for help to get it resolved they fobbed me off with wait for the next update ... guess what the next update made no difference and the one after that was another $50 ... I decided I had given them enough money, I'd rather look elsewhere.

I am actually very impressed with FastStone Image Viewer (which is free) and following recent posts and considering IMatch - though at the moment I am thinking of going with Archive Creator 3 (at the start of this thread) which does exactly what I want and is very clean at archiving. Just a bit pricy for that songle function.
6923  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm not for censorship,but you'd figure google would have a filter. on: November 10, 2005, 10:18:08 AM
No probs tinyvillager, I was quite enjoying this thread.

Now then:

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cheap b*stards

should we get Mouser to institute the 'bad word filter' here (there actually is one)   Kiss
6924  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: November 10, 2005, 10:15:31 AM
LOL - beautifully simple - and opens AutoHotKey to a whole range of command line uses ... if nothing eles it will make a lovely programmable BATCH control !!!
6925  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm not for censorship,but you'd figure google would have a filter. on: November 10, 2005, 09:48:21 AM
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In other words: believe what you like so long as it agrees with what I believe.  The problem is that doesnt work!  It's fine in theory, but as soon as you say I dont care what other people believe so long as they arent intolerant, you actually care what they believe.

No I don't think that - what I think is 'believe what you want, but don't force those beliefs on others". I used to be a Christian (for reasons I am not going to go into am not any longer) so I understand where Christians come from on this. A personal example illustrates this:

My mother is a Christian (a Salvationist) and it causes all kinds of problems because she 'doesn't want me to go to hell' and sees it as her mission in life to convert me. Whilst I can understand her personal concern (I have done the evangelical bit myself in the past) it is not sufficient reason for me to have to accept her beliefs for myself. If her constant hectoring on this issue damages our relationship I will be very sad but at times it seems like that is very likely. WHo is more reasonable - should I profess to believe something I don't to make her happy or should she allow me to live my own life and get on with hers?

The trouble is her kind of Christianity is precisely the sort that forced compulsory Christian worship into UK schools - which I think is worse than abominable, esp. when you look at schools where the predominant population is Muslim !!!

Anyway enough of this ... I am happy to continue this conversation if you like but lets take it onto personal messaging rather than bore everyone to death here.
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