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7001  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Startup Delayer on: November 02, 2005, 07:16:16 AM
Excellent find - I like the look of that.

I have been looking for something like this for years to cure startup bottleneck ... now to install and play ...
7002  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Close the Blog Section? on: November 02, 2005, 07:08:37 AM
I don't know about others but I tend to read some of the blogs as they are written, have made the odd comment here and there and then tended to forget about them.

If there was a BLOGGERS section to the forum where columnists (and anyone that requests one) gets their own board to spout off at will, it would have the advantages of

  • keeping the 'blog feel' in that it consists of longer 'articles' rather than quick notes and question like most of the forum
  • new columns flagged up with all the forum links (Unread Posts / Recent Posts / Since last visit) which I would guess are widely used
  • searchability
  • interactive response ... the current blogs have to be read to see the comments left - there is no interaction, or encouragement to send others back to have a look.
  • the current blogs could be retained (cut and paste into new board messages, if current bloggers want to do that)
  • easy to backup with your existing DB backup system
  • do away with Moveable Type (did I hear Mouser sigh)

Can I be even more radical and say that the reviews could do the same too (for pretty much the same reasons). However, you might want to have some control there otherwise everyone will be writing two line reviews and it would get too cluttered. But it would be nice if revies were searchable, and the responses interactive. It might also be useful to have a standard layout for reviews - inc. review date, and review updated date (w. change log) ... perhaps the first three posts in the individual review forum could be:

  • Date of review - overview / review update/change log
  • Main Review
  • Conclusions
7003  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: incremental vs differential on: November 02, 2005, 05:23:47 AM
Can I ask why 'a seperate program' ??

To me one of the advantages of a program like Acronis is that th initial (monthly if you like) snapshot is fully recoverable, as are individual increments?

I haven't tried it yet, but I think with Acronis you can offload your images to DVD (to clear space) but still produce increments (even though the base isn't present). I may be wrong though ...
7004  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: November 02, 2005, 04:58:05 AM
Actually, is it possible in AutoHotKey to pass arguments ? If so you could create a script that does something like:

StartInXSecs.exe 30 C:\Prg.exe

This would be really useful for shortcuts, and especially in the startup process where it would be good to build a delay into certain apps starting.
7005  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: incremental vs differential on: November 02, 2005, 04:54:26 AM
Both methods use a similar principle ...

Start with a base backup, which can take a long time to do.

This is a snapshot of your partitions at that time - just like a single standalone backup - which is what it is.

Over time your files change:

Differential Backup -> Backup changes in a new file since the base was made. Each time you do a differential it replaces the previous differential backup. This means you can restore your system back to as it was at the time of the last differential or the original base. Obviously the differential chunk will grow over time, and there will come a point when a fresh base is required.

Incremental Backup -> Backup changes since last backup. This is stored in an extra file, one each time you do a backup. These are usually quite small if you do them regularly and quite quick. Advantage is that you can restore your system to any of the times you did an incremental or base backup, not just the last one. Disadvantage is that it takes up more disk space than differential and you may need to do base backups more often to save running out of space.


It shouldn't take over an hour to do an incremental backup, and anyway you can continue to use your system while it does it. I do find the Acronis time estimates a bit hit and miss - my last backup initially said it would take 30 hours, after a while it settled down to 9 hours, and actually took about 3!

The really time consuming part is if you do a backup verify after each backup ... unfortunately Acronis have not realised that to verify an incremental backup you should only check the increment, not the whole thing. I have requested this a s a feature, but it hasn't appeared yet. PowerQuest V2i Protector (now sadly gone in to the giant dustbin called Symmantec) was great at this - a verified increment took about 5 minutes to build and verify, unfortunately it had a couple of bugs in its ability to create increments, and would occasionally decide it couldn't do it any more and start a whole new base backup - which defeated the object!

Note also that if you defrag your system regularly this will really bump up the size of your differential and incremental backups, as they are not stored on a file by file basis, but rather on disc sector by sector - so a defrag really has an effect on the backup size since it always compares to the base backup.
7006  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: idea: batch .par2 executer on: November 02, 2005, 04:41:51 AM
True - oh whoops ... can't see the wood ...
7007  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: November 02, 2005, 04:40:58 AM
Actually I jibbered posting that - my furriness is not yet fully developed  dance
7008  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: November 02, 2005, 04:37:22 AM
Marginally modified version here:

I have changed it to seconds (rather than minutes) and added an input field for the filename to Open, which saves having to edit the file.

It is worth grabbing NinoTech Path Copy for use with this (worth having anyway). It is a shell extension that can copy the filename, pathname, folderpath to the clipboard (in both long and short forms).

[copy or print]
;2005-11-02
;Start .exe file in x minutes
;http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=36314#36314
^q::
#Persistent
InputBox, FilenameToLoad, Enter filename to Open here
InputBox, Laufzeit, Enter Delay to start program (in seconds):
Laufzeit := Laufzeit * 1000

Zeit = %A_TickCount%
Settimer, Anzeiger, 250
Settimer, Start_Program, %Laufzeit%
return

Anzeiger:
  till_start_minutes := (laufzeit - A_TickCount + zeit)/60000
  till_start_minutes := Floor(till_start_minutes)
  till_start_seconds := (laufzeit - A_TickCount + zeit)/1000 - (till_start_minutes * 60)
  till_start_seconds := Floor(till_start_seconds)

  CoordMode, ToolTip, Screen
  ToolTip, time until .exe starts: %till_start_minutes%:%till_start_seconds%,80,1010
return

start_Program:
  settimer, Anzeiger, off
  ToolTip
run, %FilenameToLoad%
settimer, Start_Program, off
return
;Start .exe file in x minutes
;http://www.autohotkey.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=36314#36314
7009  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: idea: batch .par2 executer on: November 02, 2005, 04:17:35 AM
Wouldn't an ordinary DOS batch file achieve this - it will execute command sequentially ?
7010  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE - IDEA: make the taskbar shift through a range of colors gradually on: November 02, 2005, 04:14:49 AM
I'm still waiting for scolling/changing wallpaper (whilst still having  the use of desktop icons ...) Thmbsup
7011  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Free .be domains on: November 02, 2005, 04:12:48 AM
Expensive after year 1 !!

Fun though ...

how about

canit.be
happyto.be
wherecouldit.be
7012  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Motherboard....maybe....what do you think? on: November 02, 2005, 03:28:16 AM
MSI are usually pretty good about this sort of thing.
7013  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Welcome Skrommel Into Official Software Pages! on: November 01, 2005, 07:07:40 PM
Sort of ...  undecided

You don't get URLs based on it, it just converts to the other address ...  Thmbsup to skrommel
7014  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Weather Watcher 5.6 - now better than ever! on: November 01, 2005, 07:05:57 PM
Wow - that is so cool ...

I have seen others but this definitely rocks ...

It even has my local RAF base (in the UK) which happens to be a Met Office data supplier for the area.
7015  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Welcome Skrommel Into Official Software Pages! on: November 01, 2005, 06:55:02 PM
Actually I think he deserves a subdomain ;-)

How about skrommel.donationcoder.com
7016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: great read - "Sony, Rootkits and Digital Rights Management Gone Too Far" on: November 01, 2005, 06:47:57 PM
Scary stuff - makes you wonder how everyday users are supposed to protect against this ...

Personally I use software which automatically hides copy protection on CDs and DVDs from my system altogether. That way any CD can be used with any player, and any DVD can be used without 'infecting' my system.

Whilst this may be seen by some as potentially illegal, I would defend my right to do that in a court and counter it with a lawsuit of propogating viruses illegally.
7017  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: New Software Release (11/01/05) - Piper on: November 01, 2005, 05:42:12 PM
Quote
DonationCoder.com software hub

Oooo errr missus - going up in the world

we now have a HUB

Beam me up Scotty
7018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Motherboard....maybe....what do you think? on: November 01, 2005, 01:55:07 PM
You probably be best heading over to the MSI site. I used to frequent it a lot and there was a good moderator called Bas who was always willing to help.

See http://forum.msi.com.tw/

Sounds like a duff board to me or possibly a duff CPU.

Any chance of trying the memory/CPU in another system just to eliminate that?
7019  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer on: November 01, 2005, 12:23:50 PM
Still doesn't work for me ...
7020  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Dead Motherboard....maybe....what do you think? on: November 01, 2005, 11:30:37 AM
Sounds like an overheating problem to me.

If it comes on after being off and then goes off again in short order it sounds like a thermal problem. Possibly the seating of the heatsink on the CPU should be checked. Try leaving the box open and get a fan to blow cold air into the box - see if it stays up then.

If the mobo was dead it wouldn't be likely to startup at all.

How did you install your CPU ?

Are you overclocking?

Do the memory cards require heatsinks? Are they fitted correctly?

Try stripping down you system to the absolute bare minimum components (graphics card/floppy disc and a boot floppy to DOS/1 mem card etc.)
7021  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Locate 3.0 - great HD search tool on: November 01, 2005, 10:13:55 AM
Looks interesting - could it be used as a backend for find and run (rather than GDS) ???

By the way the homepage location for this is http://locate32.webhop.org/ which also has a daily builds section ... no source code unfortunately ...
7022  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Auto-synchronize FTP folders with HD folders? on: November 01, 2005, 07:40:00 AM
I have been using AlFTP (from Renegades AlTools site). It has a few roigh edges but it seems to work pretty well.

I have also tried using FTPGenius (part of the ZipGenius pack) but can't work out why it won't connect to some site???

A good workhorse (not free) is WS_FTP from www.ipswitch.com
7023  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: NEW: Getright Pro Update with Bit Torrent Support on: November 01, 2005, 04:24:28 AM
Quote
Might be ok for Joe B. Loodynewbie though who only downloads 3 torrents a year...

Sounds like me ....

Actually I think it is a good way to encourage people that BT is not 'threatening' - I know I felt very suspicious when I first saw what it does - especially after all the problems with other filesharing systems with porn and viruses.

One thing of interest I haven't seen elsewhere:

Quote
In a unique and very cool feature, when downloading from BitTorrent, GetRight can also simultaneously download the file from HTTP and/or FTP servers as well, putting all the pieces from all the different sources together into one complete file. This can greatly increase your speed downloading a file, especially when downloading from a Torrent where few peers have the file. And since the pieces you get via HTTP/FTP are shared out to the BitTorrent peers, this helps everyone! Nothing special is needed for the HTTP/FTP server.
How do you get this to work? Simple: if a website lists both a Torrent and a HTTP/FTP download for a file, just click them both.

7024  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / NEW: Getright Pro Update with Bit Torrent Support on: November 01, 2005, 03:57:27 AM
I got an update today for GetRight Pro (verion 6.0b4) and they have added Bit Torrent Support

I haven't installed it yet but this looks like a really good addition to the software - effectively making it a complete download management solution.

See: http://pro.getright.com/
7025  DonationCoder.com Software / Jibz's Tools / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - DINA FONT - v2.88, October 30, 2005 on: October 31, 2005, 08:10:11 AM
This is great - Jibz you are working really hard on this: I know how long all this stuff takes having tried and given up !!!
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