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7051  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The site is SPEEDING! on: October 27, 2005, 06:43:32 PM
Do I get Brownie points for noticing ....
7052  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The site is SPEEDING! on: October 27, 2005, 06:11:28 PM
By about a factor of 10 I reckon ...

by the way where has the spell check gone for forum posts?
7053  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fucking site it's a rip offf on: October 27, 2005, 02:30:05 PM
For all the boys out there who like to play with toys:

Try this ... cheap at twice the price  Thmbsup
7054  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: October 27, 2005, 01:56:17 PM
Hey that looks like it might solve quite a few problems ...

If you want to read what it does ... from the same site:

Delayer has a simple function: to delay the execution of a program by a specified number of seconds (up to 24 days!).
Other use examples:

Pop up a periodic reminder to take a break (or get back to work!)
Periodically check E-mail, run diagnostics, etc.
Ping your ISP occasionally to keep it from disconnecting.
Automatically log off after 8 hours (assuming you have a program that will do that without user input.)
Run a sequence of programs on startup (instead of running them all at once).
Keep your taskbar tray icons in a certain order by running the startup programs in a certain sequence.

PLATFORMS: Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, WinXp

If you want to look at the author's site and his other software look here.

Works great but would nice to be incorporated into a neat interface rather than having to edit all your shortcuts to use it ...
7055  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fucking site it's a rip offf on: October 27, 2005, 01:04:35 PM
Do you think fw is an appropriate set of initials  Thmbsup
7056  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: replace cmd on: October 27, 2005, 11:49:11 AM
Checkout Control Panel > System > Advanced Tab > Environment Variables (button)  and look in the list of system variables at the bottom.

(THis is for windows XP but there are similar things in other windows versions but may have different tab/button names)
7057  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Abusive idiot who can't spell ... on: October 27, 2005, 11:46:26 AM
Personally I would suggest the poster should be reported to his/her ISP for abuse (you have the posting IP and time so it is traceable)  - I find the comments offensive as, I'd guess, do most other people here.
7058  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: SERVER IS BEING MOVED TONIGHT !! - EVERYONE READ IN! on: October 27, 2005, 11:43:00 AM
Does that mean only use the forum if you see in the URL ??

As you said - it might be worth putting a not in the NEWS BOX that says "You are currently connected to ...." and if posts to the older server are going tobe lost warn people.

 Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup By the way, for the moment it seems an awful lot quicker .... YIPPEEE  Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
7059  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: have the urge to buy gadgets and stuff but dont have much money? on: October 27, 2005, 09:15:56 AM
it's grim up north!

Depends which country you are in ... Northern England is great ... wide open spaces, people who don't rob you ...

Northern Scotland is great too ... no one up there except for the deer

Northern Canada - need I say more?

The west isn't bad too ... Wales, the Rockies, the Andes ...

It's just South that hasn't got a lot to offer .... (unless you are in Australia, but they stand on their heads so don't count as their bood is all in the wrong places ... even noticed how red Australian's faces get?)
7060  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: October 26, 2005, 08:07:14 AM
Some useful utilities here

Sleep used in a batch file would do it
7061  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: priority settings question 2 on: October 26, 2005, 05:25:47 AM
Yeah - cool, I really like them ... DO SOME MORE  Thmbsup
7062  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: simple tool needed: start x.exe in y seconds on: October 26, 2005, 05:19:32 AM
or there is an effect called glow (see the G button)

you can even pick the colour
7063  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: needed: unobtrusive "new mail!" sample on: October 25, 2005, 05:30:42 PM
Windows 2000 and XP both multiboot fine, and in Windows systems automatically set up the autoboot for you.

If you want to use Linux etc. then you will need an extra bit of software (like BootIT) to set up the multiboot (although it is possible to use grub toi boot windows too).

If you want to keep a Windows 98 install make sure you install Windows 2000 afterwards (not first) as Windows 2k/XP are aware of Windows 98 and ME but not vice versa.

The best thing about upgrading to Windows 2000 or XP is stability issues. If you are going to pay for an upgarde why not go straight to Windows XP, it is basically Windows 2000 with a few extra bits, but MS will be supporting it for longer and better than 2000 (eg. Internet Explorer 7 is porbably going to require XP, which implies later security patches will be aimed more at XP).

Do you have children, work in education, know someone with children, ever met a child? Then you may find you qualify for Windows XP educational pricing if you aren't using the computers in a commercial environment.
7064  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 25, 2005, 04:16:48 AM
Ah I see.

Actually a wiki might be a better way as it would be easier to get to the information and the final review could point to the individual app pages being discussed.

The reviewer could also be the editor for those pages, correcting any mistakes and bringing it all together as a whole. It would also make all the information more coherent and easily accessible.

The wiki itself could form a replacement review section (the other reviews could be eaily moved there as they are on their own page, or just linked where they are now with a link back).

Once set up it could also be used for other things too ...
7065  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Simpletidy - html cleaner on: October 25, 2005, 04:10:27 AM
Have you tried it? Looks interesting ...
7066  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: priority settings question 2 on: October 25, 2005, 04:07:08 AM
With a sata or scsi hd setup, if you go to save a file does the other hd show up in the save/as dialog
box. I've never used such a set up.
Both of your advices make sense. Thanx...
I wonder then if i invest in two extra hd's: one to compile the files and the other to render them too; so that when one is reading the other is writing and all the while the operating system hd is unencumberd. Does this sound plausable?

It all depnds on your system. What have you got at the moment?

SCSI drive can be quite expensive (compared with IDE and SATA drives) and you will need a new interface PCI card to connect it to.

Depending on what you have at the moment you may be able to plug in a SATA drive or an IDE drive, and it should simply show up as an extra drive letter. If you partition it it will give you multiple extra drives.

I don't think you really need to have a source drive and a rendered drive. The reason for having an extra drive is to make the editing smooh and efficient. You can render the file anywhere at pretty much the same speed - for this the HD isn't the bottleneck in the system, it is the amount of data to be processed.

Here is my setup, it is by no means perfect but it is one idea. The partition size could do with tweaking a bit!
7067  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Some ideas to help do more full length reviews.. on: October 24, 2005, 07:18:04 PM
A wiki for this sort of thing is a great idea, but for a review a conclusion needs to be reached too. Having lots of people contribute is nice but we all come from different places and so it would be difficult for someone to draw conclusions and recommendations from disparate entries.

Could be a great starting point though for discussing why people like particular applications and what they don't like - would require a lot of discipline  Cool
7068  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Carol Haynes First Column - Great read for new web site builders on: October 24, 2005, 05:28:07 PM
Thanks Guys ...  appreciated embarassed
7069  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 03:00:33 PM
Now that I've utterly confused things.... I go.

Good one, and we all know how much Mouser LOVES DB design ....  cheesy
7070  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: priority settings question 2 on: October 24, 2005, 12:25:32 PM
Thanks Carol

You're welcome  cheesy

I am a little ways yet from being setup yet. I see that i will have research as i go. Any other tips on setting up a computer for video editing

I am not the best person to advise because I don't follow my own advice ... but ...

Generally for audio and Video editing the perceived wisdom is to have a separate installation altogether (preferably a dedicated computer).

If that isn't possible, then a separate Windows installation is a good way to have clean system to work on. By that I mean have a dual boot system.

With Windows 2000/XP this is dead easy as multipboot support is there 'out of the box'. Just create a second partition using a suitable partitioning tool (such as partition Magic) alongside your existing windows installtion, and run Windows installation. when given the oppotunity during the install elect to choose the location of the installation and point at your new partition. Go through the whol process and next time you start up you will have a menu of which version of windows to boot up into.

Second part of this is to remove as much crud from standard windows as you can get away with (look for windows optimization tips on the web - particularly which services and processes can be safely disabled) and use the fastest drivers you can find, esp. for graphics and audio.

This negates you first post as you now have a dedicated platform for audio and video production but it will work a lot more efficiently.

For Video/Audio work it is also worth tweaking your system further ... move your page file to a separate hard disc, and if your applications need a scratch working folder if at all possible put that on a third hard disc. It is good if you can have a dedicated scratch disc that can be regularly formated. Ensure that compression and indexing are switched off on all drives too.

If all this is too much you can compromise by installing on your normal working Windows installation but things will run slower and you may suffer glitches - especially when previewing edits. Best thing here is to try and keep your scratch work area off the windows partition on a separate disc (preferably dedicated). If you can't afford dedicated disc then ensure you get a good defragmenter (such as Perfect Disc) and defragment your discs regularly, esp. before you start doing Audio/Vidoe work. Also be conscientious about clearing rubbish off your hard disc - it is amazing how quickly even large hard discs fill up with crap when you are dealing with large AV files).

I see that you have had fun in my expansive country. I live on Vancouver Island on the west coast.....Garnet.

Yes, my parents live in Ontaro and I have had a few good trips including some excellent canoe trips. Ontario is canoe heaven as far as I am concerned. I am no longer bothered about doing too much white water, but I really enjoy being able to get out in the wilderness for a few days with just a paddle and a tent for company ... (not to mention the bears!)

I'd really love to get over to BC and the Rockies, and one of these years I want to get to the ski areas (particularly Fernie).

However, the place I would really like to visit is the Mount Elias Range, up near the Alaskan border - but I have to accept I am probably getting too long in the teeth to be able to cope in such a wild and inhospitable environment these days. The thought of waiting days on end for good enough weather for a light aircraft to get in, and then waiting even longer to get out is probably more for the young! I can still dream though ...
7071  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS - Program Goals on: October 24, 2005, 09:41:25 AM
(ahhhh spelling!)

Hint ... look to the right of the Post button  Thmbsup

Some good ideas, but my fear is that it is going to get away from it's original purpose (Clipboard Help, not so bothered about the spell personally).

One thing that is really needed is support for lots of formats being imported from the clipboard: HTML, RTF, possibly MS Word and Excel) and especially graphics formats so that it ceases to be a pure text utility.

What you can do with the clips is important too. We discussed a few ideas ages ago in other threads but:

    Organise output (perhaps like document profiling) - ordering clips, grouping them together and outputting a single document in a choice of formats.

    Shell clipboard history menus (^V gives you a menu of recent clips to chose from for pasting, the number of clips displayed user defined in options), ideally, if at all possible, this should be context sensitive so you are only offered appropriate clips in the context (text only in Notepad etc). If it can't be automatic, then how about making it user configurable for user defined applications?
7072  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer on: October 24, 2005, 06:38:55 AM
Nope - process guard (version 1.1 is the one I had downloaded) seems to work fine.

I have no objections to external tools.

I have tried closing all open programs, stopped all unnecessary process and services and it still causes the problem.
7073  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Instructions for making a PayPal link people can follow to donate money to y on: October 24, 2005, 04:37:59 AM
One thought - same trick needs to be aimed at Columnist and Program writers pages on the site as they have links to PayPal (and presumably others) coded into their pages ...
7074  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: IDEA: Program Closer on: October 24, 2005, 04:33:51 AM
Don't know why but it doesn't work for me ...

I can load TaskManager manually no problem.

When CloseMany tries to open the Task Manager for its own purposes the TaskManager complains and exits ...

If I hit refresh list, same thing
7075  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: priority settings question 2 on: October 24, 2005, 04:00:06 AM
You will probably need to set the rendering to the lowest setting possible while you want to use the computer for anything else and then bump up its priority when you can leave it unattended.

Depending on how the software is written you may find setting the rendering software higher than normal makes your system almost completely unresponsive to keyboard or mouse.

I have a variety of video rendering programs and they all behave differently. Some allow you to set priority within the application (eg. TSUNAMI DVD Authoring software allows you to specify a priority if the application window has focus and if it is in the background - you can therefore automatically switch from, say, Idle to High Priority with a single mouse click on or off the window - though if it is in High Priority it can take a couple of minutes to respond to the click! As a result I have TSUMAMI ignored in ProcessTamer as it handles itself well). Other applications assume they are working on their own and hog all processor time it can get and you will find that for hours on end the system won't respond to anything (except the reset button).

In process tamer I would suggest you use Force Low on the program. Then when you want it to resume normal operation (ie. you don't want to use the computer) right click on the PT icon and disable it - that will restore the Normal level. If you want to use the computer re-enable PT and the app will be foreced low again.
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