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1601  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: HTML Mail Merge on: July 25, 2011, 04:56:49 PM
I fixed the download links in the release message, thanks for reporting that. As a workaround you could have gone to the DCMembers page, and grabbed the download from there.
1602  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / RELEASE: HTML Mail Merge: Excel2Html v2.0.0.0 on: July 25, 2011, 01:33:41 PM
After a few days of muttering around in Java, and testing nearly all features, I can now announce:


A complete re-write of Excel2Html v0.x, but now in Java, instead of AutoIt 3.

The download can be found in this release message, linking to my Excel2Html DCMembers page

Any issues, remarks etc. can be posted in this thread.

I expect that bootz15' (and probably others') issues regarding the AutoIt/Excel clashes will be gone (as both are now eliminated...)
1603  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: software trials on: July 25, 2011, 05:34:56 AM
Most I tried and bought had a 15- to 90-day trial. (And/but I hardly buy any software, usually try to find OSS/Free ones)
1604  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 23, 2011, 08:06:20 AM
The only trouble with on-board video is that it's often impossible to get a multi-monitor setup. The selected MSI board does offer 3 video output connectors, so that should be no problem in this case, unless the monitors don't have DVI and HDMI inputs. (DVI-I can be connected to standard VGA monitor using an adapter, and HDMI can be converted to DVI if need may be)
Combining DVI/HDMI with a VGA connected display is a setup I'd like to avoid if possible, because of the rather flimsy (analog) VGA display, compared to either DVI or HDMI (digital) connected displays.
It all depends on the monitors used tellme
1605  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why ebooks are bad for you on: July 23, 2011, 06:13:49 AM
then would not routers update good data with corrupted data as an "update" across the cloud?
Most likely the routers would have died/crashed from the SEMP undecided
1606  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 22, 2011, 01:28:55 AM
And you have a nice solution for my SUBSTed drive Thmbsup Kiss

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(I also added a network mapped drive since the previous screenshot)
1607  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Xamarian Open - MonoTouch for iOS and Mono for Android available now on: July 22, 2011, 01:13:06 AM
Hm, I'll wait and see. They'll be severely hampered now that the remains of Novell have stopped development of Mono undecided
1608  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 21, 2011, 05:08:49 PM
I updated/expanded my post quite a bit, as I was interrupted but not quite finished typing ohmy
1609  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yet Another Help-Me-Build-a-New-Computer Thread on: July 21, 2011, 03:59:28 PM
A quick much longer then I expected reaction:

Case:
Looks just fine to me, though I don't like all those 'Christmas-lights' it has

CPU & Mainboard:
If you don't need SLI you could choose the MSI P67A-G45, it's about $20 less, but the second PCIe-x16 port has only 8 PCI-lanes instead of 16. MSI is a fine brand of mainboards.

GPU:
Use what works in your set-up. Personally I've had lots of trouble with the ATI-based cards (on MSI mainboards, amongst others), so I'm sticking with nVidia chips, unless there's a 0/0 swap policy available. The eventual speed-per-cost differences are quite small and dependent on the games you want to play, and what chip-brand the games are optimized for.

RAM:
I'd go for Kingston or another known brand, and not any of them 'over-clocking' DIMM's as they're (imho) not worth the extra money.
Do get a set of 4 pre-matched DIMM's, you can then rely on the supplier to have matched them for working properly together. (All using chips from the same production-batch, usually)

<will update in about 1 hour>

PSU:
You will want a silent one with a big fan, and about 450 - 500 watt, 80-plus Gold, from a brand like Cooler Master, be Quiet or Antec. It has to last for probably 4 or 5 years (looking at your current system), and you could spend the extra $20 you can save on the mainboard.
A modular PSU usually means it has connectors on the PSU casing and you just mount the cables you need. Connectors make it extra expensive, and introduce an extra possible point of failure, so unless the looks of the inside of the case is really important, you won't need a modular PSU.

MISC:
Monitor(s): Ok.
Harddisk(s): Be sure to either pick a 7200 rpm disk or a SSD for the boot-drive. If having a SSD, then get at least a 7200 rpm model for your applications-disk [D:], and if storing large amounts of data, like Virtual PC images or photo's, that could go on an energy saving 5400/5900 rpm disk [E:]
SSD: 64 GB is rather small for installing WIndows 7 and some applications, so 120 GB or bigger would definitely be preferable, but the cost will be the limiting factor.
Sound: Ok. Speakers/Headset?
Keyboard/Mouse: If they're not worn out then just re-use that, and replace when worn out or defective.
DVD: Ok if it's SATA, if not, just spend the extra $30 for a DVD-burner or some more for a BD-reader/DVD-burner combo drive. BD-burners are still quite expensive, and DVD's can hold enough photo's for archiving. Backups either go on external harddisks, 'the cloud' or tape.
WiFi: Sure you don't want wired network? Usually the ping-delays are lower and transport speed higher when playing on-line games.

After-market CPU-coolers: If over-clocking: When going for <= 5% extra speed, the standard Intel coolers are usually fine, at least when mounted properly (and on i5/i7 processors). When going for 5 - 10% get a big but silent cooler. When aiming beyond 10%, get a water-cooled setup, and also cool the GPU with it.
1610  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 21, 2011, 10:42:01 AM
You should select/highlight the desired partition (100 GB) before clicking on Continue (or what was that button called), and maybe even format it, but I'm not sure about that.
1611  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012: Got Space? Disk Utility. on: July 21, 2011, 01:47:57 AM
Nice tool thumbs up

Feature request:
I have a subdirectory of my D: drive, SUBSTed to drive F:. This shows them both of type Local, with all the same figures. Could the type show 'Subst' or 'Mapped', and optionally where it is mapped to?

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1612  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: md5 / sha1 hashes What's the point? on: July 20, 2011, 05:18:56 AM
We also use the md5 to verify ftp downloads on unix as that sometimes messes up downloads.
1613  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 20, 2011, 05:03:05 AM
I have this set to automatically display any microsoft related websites in IE and have had no issues in FF3, 4 or 5.
Most likely it's related to our webapplication, as it also slows down IE quite a bit after a few hours of inactivity (It's for workhours registration, and I keep the page open during the day). Paging back/forward a week within the app solves it. I'll discuss this with the developer (a colleague) to see if it's something he can solve.

I'm now re-installing it on my system, will report back with results later this week.
1614  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: SpecifSite - browser choice on individual basis on: July 20, 2011, 01:53:51 AM
The idea has popped up before: IDEA: rule-based browser chooser
And this is also on-topic: -1 for BrowserChooser
And this is probably the mother of all these ideas: IDEA: Choose which browser will open a url from external app that also has the link to BrowserChooser what could probably fulfill in the first needs.
1615  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 19, 2011, 06:15:10 PM
Just run FF with IE TAB addon

I've been using/trying that up until FF 3.6, but it just bogged down/crashed the entire FF instance if I also have several 'normal' tabs open. Didn't yet try it with FF 5 (FF 4 I only used very briefly), but I should prolly give it a go, now that I've got a new PC at work Cool
...
I first had to uninstall an older version of IETab Plus to get the new one installed, but it seems to work at first glance. I'll have a better look/try the rest of this week, thanks Carol thumbs up
1616  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 64 Bit OS - When to Switch ? on: July 19, 2011, 04:57:33 PM
can't really see the point of IE

Despite several attempts for plug-ins in FF, the only way to get ActiveX controls working completely/correctly is running them in IE (usually 32 bit only), and some sites (an internal app specifically) require those controls  Sad
And for Outlook WebAccess on Exchange 2007, IE is the only browser that is fully supported, but that should be fixed once we switch to Exchange 2010 with official FF (and probably Chrome, not sure) support tellme
1617  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Timed Auto Capture on: July 19, 2011, 04:46:35 PM
i never understand why anyone uses the pop-up "what do you want to do now" dialog

sometimes the easiest solutions are the most difficult.

Maybe it's time for that setting to get another default during installation, it's the first thing I change after a fresh install of SSC on any system.
1618  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How necessary is the UAC in Windows 7? on: July 19, 2011, 03:31:12 PM
It's a pity that Microsoft hasn't been able to devise a better tool after all this time.
Correct, even when knowing that the 'doors with all the locks' that are now named and enforced by UAC end filesystem virtualization have basically been there ever since Windows NT 4.0 (and maybe even in 3.5, but that only had about 3 1/2 users or so) was released. Yes, that's quite some years before Windows 2000 or XP where here Angry And now we all suffer with all this idiocy of counter measures because MS never enforced the available security.
1619  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: JavaScript / jQuery Editor Suggestions? on: July 19, 2011, 02:11:29 PM
but compared to Eclipse, it's light as a feather; I think that's true of everything when compared to Eclipse.
The new Indigo release has improved a lot on the memory and performance discrepancies of the last few years. smiley
1620  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do I lock down flash drives/MP3 players until a virus scan has been run on: July 19, 2011, 02:02:09 PM
I know that USB Safely Remove (payware) has options to do that on insert of an USB device, configurable per device.
And USBDLM (Free for private and educational use) can do something similar, but is a little bit harder to (manually) configure.
1621  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: JavaScript / jQuery Editor Suggestions? on: July 19, 2011, 07:26:31 AM
Have you tried the default Java IDE's Eclipse and NetBeans already? Both have plug-ins for so many things there surely is something for js/jq available. I'm not working with those technologies, so I can't give further advise huh
1622  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win 7, XP mode, & other first install queries on: July 19, 2011, 07:17:44 AM
The only trouble I had going to Vista x64, and later Win7 x64, was with 16 bit installers, and software that isn't UAC-fähig. In practice, being a developer most of the time, I have UAC turned off just for the convenience of not having to confirm program-starts during my daily work.
1623  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what are the merits and limitations of the different types of flash memory? on: July 19, 2011, 04:35:09 AM
Why, I won't even need a keyring anymore, since the RFID chip in my nasal cavity will let me into (and let me start) my car, as well as let me in my house.

That would give 'putting your nose in' a whole different meaning Grin
1624  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: what are the merits and limitations of the different types of flash memory? on: July 19, 2011, 01:50:56 AM
Down to the metal it's all flash memory inside, just the electrical interface and usually some controller to interface between the chips and the interface that makes the difference. Depending on memory and controller speed the storage speed will be different.
It's just that some form-factors are offered cheaper than the others, what makes them more popular amongst consumers, as well as the physical shape, a micro-SD card is rather annoying to take with you as it's so fragile and small, so a more robust USB stick with a keyring attached just feels better/safer. Except when it's put into a computer(-like) device. A Micro-SD card is much more convenient in a mobile phone then a USB stick...
And then there's the case of connectors: a USB plug is designed to be connected/disconnected quite often, while a micro-SD card wasn't designed for that. And where I wrote micro-SD you could replace with any of the other card-like memory devices, though the bigger sizes often have a bit more robust connectors.
1625  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: BrowserID - Mozilla's solution to the password problem on: July 16, 2011, 07:13:54 AM
What it this better then, say, a hotmail account, or OpenID? and adding an extra annoyance of having to verify the current browser as being allowed to access the service credentials.

Sounds like a solution looking for a problem ohmy
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