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7126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Desktop Search and NOD32 problems resolved. on: October 20, 2005, 03:09:15 PM
I must admit I feel the same as you. I have never tried GDS because of the NOD32 issues but I have tried the others (MSN, Copernic, etc) and ultimately uninstalled them because they took too many CPU cycles when you least want it, and made the hard discs chunter away constantly.

Like you I can pretty much find what I need quickly 'cos I have a storage system, and I generally remember where things are stored.

My problem is remembering what I had for breakfast!

I only mentioned it here because I know some people wanted to use it and had issues.
7127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 03:05:43 PM
Yes that's the way it used to work - you download your statement data from the HSBC web-based banking.

I may be wrong but as I understand in US banks actually interact with MS Money directly - if you look at the list there you can see that none of the UK banks do!

Pity really - 'cos one really excellent thing Money could do with is a way to automatically synchronise your accounts with various institutions.
7128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: October 20, 2005, 03:02:58 PM
Actually I had Picassa installed.

My only gripes with Picassa are that I really hate the way it organises the folders ... I like to have the option of looking at folders via Explorer style trees etc. I have literally hundreds of folders with photos in them (633 to be precise) and having them all appear outside a hierarchy in alphabetical or chronological order is next to useless from my point of view. Maybe I am missing something ...

It is nice that you can do spanned backups across a number of CDs and DVDs, and that it takes all the fromats I need (inc. Canon CRW files) and movies, but the only option with these discs seems to be to restore them via the on disc program.

I haven't actually burnt a set (I will give it a go), but if this is the case then it is no good for me - I need to be able to find and access individual pictures quickly, and retrieve just the ones I need.

Part of the problem with Picassa is that it isn't as simple as it first appears, and the documentation is pretty minimal.

One of the nice things is that you can post pictures directly into your blogs from Picassa (if they are hosted at www.blogger.com) ... neat.
7129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Google Desktop Search and NOD32 problems resolved. on: October 20, 2005, 12:26:23 PM
Just received an email from Eset (the company producing NOD 32 AV solution).

There was the following information:

Google Desktop Search

We are very pleased to announce that Google have just released a new version of Google Desktop that fixes their incompatibility issue with NOD32. The new version can be downloaded from http://desktop.google.com.



Good news ...
7130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 12:12:13 PM
Why not get Money 2005 instead of 2004? Or is it a question of cost?

See http://www.amazon.co.uk/e...ec/obidos/ASIN/B0002WV7TO
7131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wanted ... Photo to DVD archiving tool on: October 20, 2005, 11:34:30 AM
I have tried ArchiveCreator 3 and it does pretty much what I want, it just seems rather expensive at $60

Anyone know of a tool that can do this job as simply and as well that is either free/donationware or Open Source? Failing that cheaper?

The thing I really like is being able to take a hieracrchy of photo folders (of which I have many) and generate a linked set of DVDs with all the photos stored and easily indexed. In particular it is nice to be able to insert any disc in the set, click on the menu item and see all the thumbnails and which disc to load. It also supports camera RAW formats which is good (in particular Canon RAW).
7132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 11:26:24 AM
Let us know how you get on - if it supports UK bank systems I would be really interested.

To be fair the last version of Money I tried was 2003, but I couln'd be bothered using it any more and didn't see the point of buying new versions (esp. as there aren't discounts for upgrades).
7133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 11:00:28 AM
I haven't tried them. I'd guess the problem Money has with UK institutions is down to the institutions themselves rather than the software. MS has got this stuff working in the US, and I'd guess that could be a reason Quicken gave up.
7134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 10:46:49 AM
Unfortunately.

I used it for a while - but it doesn't link to a lot of financial institutions easily. I gave up in the end because it seemd to defeat the object for me!

I bank with HSBC and the only way you could entre bank transactions was to separately go to the bank website, download your transactions and merge them into Money - this almost always led to some editing because there would be overlaps in data.

Barclaycard and other credit cards seem even worse as they don't even have a download format that works well (CSV was the best I could find, but it didn't import well).
7135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in teaming up for good web hosting / website accounts? on: October 20, 2005, 10:13:02 AM
Ta ... I would probably be interested - see how things develop ...
7136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 09:52:42 AM
Tee hee - (not really) ... look up the thread a bit and you'll see where I said that a while back
7137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows culture vs. OS X culture... on: October 20, 2005, 09:47:32 AM
i have to admit to not being a fan of apple.
i know that mac osx is getting great reviews from programmers, and i think the basic idea of a pro quality user interface on top of an open source clean *nix based operating system with a robot commandline support is a great idea.

OSX is so much better than Apples previous efforts. Years ago I manged seven computer systems for a Further Education College. All the systems caused problems but Apple Macs were the worst to trouble shoot (and they did cause trouble).

They also had the huge disadvantage (and still do) of being hugely overpriced. At least now you can buy third party peripherals, but Apple's insistance in the past on controlling every product you plugged in nearly killed the company (and refusing to allow you 'inside the box'). The basic machines are still overpriced and focus (IMHO) in 'looking funky' (depends on your taste but I don't actually like a lot of the weird "Day of the Triffids" ideas).

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to me, apple just feels to me like its more about building and selling an irrational cult image - and less about the product.  you can't replace that battery in your ipod? wtf !?!!  Cry

Quite - in the UK it costs ~£100 to get your iPod 'serviced' - who are they kidding, they don't even send your own iPod back (so much for paying to get it personalised).

The biggest problem to me is the lack of choice. Less choice in hardware, peripherals and software. If you are going to use Linux you may as well buy a cheap PC and install Linux (or even buy one with Linux as the OS of choice). At least then you have the flexibility to make choices!
7138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in teaming up for good web hosting / website accounts? on: October 20, 2005, 09:34:40 AM
Reading this thread with interest, having "chatted" about it yesterday.

I may well be interested, but would need help to know how to link domain names to your server (in the event it happens).

Would you be able to support any domain type (.com, .co.uk etc)

It would certainly have made things easier over the last few days ...
7139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: October 20, 2005, 09:30:58 AM
Seems to be becoming the norm nowadays ... lots of site have forums to provide support (which is a good way to do it) but I spent ages yesterday evening trying to register with a support forum, and there was no way to contact the website to say their registration system didn't work!!!
7140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: StarWreck full movie spoof on star trek and babylon 9 (english subs) on: October 20, 2005, 09:29:02 AM
The post is edited - try again now (mea culpa)
7141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: StarWreck full movie spoof on star trek and babylon 9 (english subs) on: October 20, 2005, 09:15:58 AM
So far I have setup two experimental blog sites (both using MySQL and PHP), two wikis (both using PHP+text files, one with PHP+MySQL)
and a Drupal based site - boy is that impressive !!!

If you want to have a look (no content yet but you can get the idea) checkout ...

www.lairdswood.com/drupal

www.lairdswood.com/pmwiki/pmwiki.php (yes I know I can't spell, this uses text based files to store the 'pages')
www.lairdswood.com/mediawiki

www.lairdswood.com/weblogs (based on bblog)
www.lairdswood.com/weblogs/wordpress

So far I am most impressed with Drupal (is there anything it doesn't do out of the box?)

Of the others PMWiki is quick and easy to setup and has few overheads, MediaWiki has becaome a standard (though it isn't that easy to set up or manage from the limited look I have had), no so impressed with bblog - the blog pages look ok but the whole thing feels a bit amateurish, WordPress is quite impressive (but it was hard to set up as there was a PHP bug which has survived various version updates - ridiculous).

Drupal installation was quite complicated (it meant getting your hands dirty in MySQL and if you want to prefix all your tables you have to manually edit some scripts). It wasn't helped by the fact the latest version requires a later PHP than my provider supports, and all the documentation refers tot he latest version (which is different)!!!

I'm going to write up a full description of my experiements ... coming soon
7142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: StarWreck full movie spoof on star trek and babylon 9 (english subs) on: October 20, 2005, 09:03:08 AM
Now you are making me think ... my memory is getting really bad these days ...

I think I used ULEAD Video Studio or ULEAD Movie Factory 4, but I can't be sure.
7143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: StarWreck full movie spoof on star trek and babylon 9 (english subs) on: October 20, 2005, 07:03:20 AM
And v.good for me (though I haven't watched it all yet).

So good infact that I could transcode it and burn it to DVD - looks as good as any other DVD4 quality film to me ...
7144  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: suggestion: improve zoom with mousewheel on: October 20, 2005, 07:01:46 AM
No - that I don't speak German! (I bullied a friend to do the translation - though I did find the umlauts!)
7145  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: ok finally about to do a round of work on Process Tamer - make your requests on: October 20, 2005, 07:00:24 AM
I have spent a while looking for the article ... no luck, all I can find are articles suggesting precisely what you said ...

Oh well another brainstorm ...
7146  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: ok finally about to do a round of work on Process Tamer - make your requests on: October 20, 2005, 05:34:25 AM
It is a good idea ...

Actually, Mouser, it isn't that simple ... if you run CD/DVD writer apps a high priority they can fail. I'm not sure why but I have had a few coasters from this (when I furst started using PT this is precisely what I did) and found a reference to the problem somewhere which said don't adjust process priority higher on burning apps as it may actually make problems worse.

I think it was something to do with system bottlenecks but I can't be sure, and I can't remember where the article was. I think it may have been on ulead's site.
7147  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: suggestion: improve zoom with mousewheel on: October 20, 2005, 05:29:48 AM
ROFL ...

Shoudln't we take this to the Living Room, and continue over a cuppa round the fire ...

(Actually I have a confession ...)
7148  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: suggestion: improve zoom with mousewheel on: October 19, 2005, 04:51:41 PM
Didn't find cat owners cat hears all over the table ?
I don't want imaging what we could find from this gigant cats  Grin

Finden Leute, die Katzen haben, nicht Haare überall auf dem Tisch?
Ich will mir nicht vorstellen was für Haare man von so einer Riesenkatze finden würde.


Well Mouser did ask for a translation  Thmbsup
7149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a donation ... on: October 19, 2005, 04:43:19 PM
Oo err ... that does look good ... for anyone else interested you can see it at http://drupal.org/

Guess what my first Blog is going to be about ...
7150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a donation ... on: October 19, 2005, 03:56:47 PM
Cheers - good advice ...
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