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2001  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm Going to Build a PC. Suggestions? on: March 26, 2012, 02:17:05 AM
One other thing I learned from my subscription to MaximumPC is that the AMD GPU's doesn't support PhysX that's included in cool games like Batman:  Arkham City.  So, I guess I'll go with nVidia.

An nVidia GPU isn't required for PhysX - it's only required if you want to offload some of work to the GPU rather than have the CPU do it.

With current model GPUs and CPUs I doubt whether you'd notice any appreciable difference.
2002  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Old Hard Drives on: March 26, 2012, 01:53:34 AM
Make a Tesla Turbine.
2003  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: xlsx corrupt file, password protected, can't open...need help on: March 24, 2012, 07:39:09 PM
...but with USB I need something a little more mobile and complex.

Unfortunately with MS putting the kibosh on autorun.inf, (which was a good idea - the removing of it, that is), there doesn't seem to be an easy way to run removable based programs on insert unless there is a program on each host PC to initiate it - which shouldn't be too hard to do in AutoIt, (the initiating not the syncing).

FWIW, I use SyncBackPro on my PCs and it's set to perform backups when certain removable drives appear on the system.
2004  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 24, 2012, 07:24:31 PM
[attach=1]

WinPE will be the first app for sale on Metro - just $2999 - a bargain!

Nope, can't see the smiley and it's a few days early........
2005  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: xlsx corrupt file, password protected, can't open...need help on: March 23, 2012, 09:55:46 PM
I'm not sure what the lesson to be learned here is

Backups...and lots of them.

On multiple devices.
2006  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google to Spy on Your Phone Calls Now... on: March 23, 2012, 08:24:23 PM
It never stops... Now Google will spy on your phone call background noise... yeah... sure... just the background noise... right...

Just one more reason to keep watching pr0n while making phone calls....except now I can turn the sound up and have a legitimate excuse.

tongue
2007  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: March 23, 2012, 08:21:03 PM


Addendum: It's arrived!  For size reference, it's sitting on a Sugo SG05 case, approximately 1.5 times the height of it but slightly less deep.

[attachthumb=1]

Oh, and I'm still alive...moose and co are very happy.
2008  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 23, 2012, 08:12:43 PM
Looks like they're going to make their online WinPE Builder service available as a free local executable.  Thmbsup
2009  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: March 22, 2012, 07:59:56 PM
The HP-N36L is a very nicely configured box for the price. The AMD CPU lets you avoid getting into the ARM weirdness you'll sometimes encounter if you're going with Linux. And you can fit the HP P410 RAID card into it if you're the type that still believes in RAID for home use.

There's no way you could put together a unit with the same specs as these things - they are magic.  I've been itching to play with one since johnk mentioned them back here.

I'm hoping I actually live long enough to do that  undecided

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P.S. Luck with your wife. Grin

Just got to work out how to get her out of the house when it arrives.

"What, that?   I've had that for years, just hadn't got around to using it."
2010  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 8 is just a Service/crapware pack for Windows 7 on: March 22, 2012, 07:00:09 PM
I'll go to wherever can allow me to use a good old fashioned keyboard and mouse.

I think I better dust off my old Amiga smiley
2011  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: No more WinPE? on: March 22, 2012, 06:53:23 PM
Nothing on the Reatogo, BartPE or UBCD websites about needing to pull it. But they're using the old versions. smiley

But they don't use WinPE per se What I meant, (but my brain deserted me), was unlike Paragon they're not distributing a ready-made PE, they build a replica from scratch using your Windows installation or CD.

BTW, Winbuilder will give you the WinPE 3.x environment because it can use Windows 7 and 8 as the source.  Also, someone has managed to do WinPE 4 to a USB Flash drive using Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (ADK) for Windows® 8 Consumer Preview.

On a side note, I wonder how that impacts Paragons WinPE Builder?
For $20/year, IIRC, you could log in and create your own customised WinPE, (providing you had the Professional of higher version of their products).
2012  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA to automate few tasks for new installed windows xp sp3 on: March 22, 2012, 07:51:24 AM
i will look at nLite and see which lines it adds to a winnnt.sif file and i will copy it to my mine.

It doesn't add any extra lines to winnt.sif apart from that which are part of the normal winnt.sif commands/options, (eg. timezone, language, etc).

For any tweaks and things which require something more involved, (such as setting the Explorer options you want), it adds a file to the $OEM$ directory of the install media called cmdlines.txt which contains:

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  1. [Commands]
  2. "rundll32 advpack.dll,LaunchINFSection nLite.inf,U"

This calls the nlite.inf, (compressed as nlite.in_), file in the i386 directory during installation which contains changes to the registry and other options you choose, (none of which can be 'just' copied to the winnt.sif file.

For everything you ever wanted to know about unattended and customised installations, you really can't go past MSFN's Unattended Windows tutorials.
2013  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NAS Recommendations? on: March 22, 2012, 04:05:44 AM
Also for anyone in Australia, (I'm looking at you Renegade), the HP ProLiant Microserver N40L for $221.09, (+ $16.00 to Melbourne), from DessyTek.

Much better than a dedicated NAS because you can run what you like on it.

1000 units on order for April 4th, back orders until then - when they're gone, the price goes up.

Yes, I ordered one.......now the wife will kill me.  Sad
2014  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for image stitching software without processing image content on: March 21, 2012, 08:09:03 PM
Trouble is I am trying to find something that is easy for a technophobe to use - I think the hugin approach would be too much for her to cope with (and planting fake exif data would just make it one stage worse!).

I might have a play with reduced focal lengths using AutoStitch and see what happens.

After all, one batch command and one program, (AutoStitch is very easy to use), to run should be easy enough.
2015  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for image stitching software without processing image content on: March 21, 2012, 07:59:46 PM
Have you looked through the hugin tutorials?  Not sure if this is what you need or not, but this is one I used for stitching flat images.

http://hugin.sourceforge.net/tutorials/scans/en.shtml

I saw that also, that's why I mentioned the far too fiddly bit in my last post......but it has given me an idea.

What if exiftool is used, (in a batch command), to add some bogus camera data to the screengrabs such as the reduced Focal Length, (start with the 10mm they mention in the hugin tutorial), and then pass those pictures to AutoStitch, (or even hugin) ?

That would make the first mind-numbing step of the hugin tutorial void if all the pictures already contain the necessary data.
2016  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google Working with the CIA?!? on: March 21, 2012, 05:41:59 AM
Don't forget the Australian Greens, (it's a political party not a veg....oh wait), are supposedly in league with the CIA.
2017  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA to automate few tasks for new installed windows xp sp3 on: March 21, 2012, 05:27:03 AM
change clock to 12 hour format
set location (country)
show hidden files and folders.
unhide exensions for known file types.
unhide protected operating system files.

By default Windows installs with the clock in 12 hour format, (h.mm.ss tt), I always have to change it to 24 hour format, (HH.mm).

You can use nlite to set all the rest, on the Unattended page you can set Location, Language and Localization:

[attachthumb=1]

On the Tweaks page you can set the Explorer settings:

[attachthumb=2]

As Shades and Ath suggest, I recommend you use nlite to set up your installation disc how you want it, it is so much easier than doing it any other way.


If you want to use a registry file:

This location sets the country, (in this case "12" = Australia, "14"=Austria), see what yours is and change accordingly:

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  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  2.  
  3. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Control Panel\International\Geo]
  4. "Nation"="12"

The Explorer options you mention can be set with:

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  1. Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
  2.  
  3. [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Advanced]
  4. "HideFileExt"=dword:00000000
  5. "Hidden"=dword:00000001
  6. "SuperHidden"=dword:00000000
  7. "ShowSuperHidden"=dword:00000001

One doubleclick on the file after installation will let you merge it and that takes care of 4/5 of your list.

I have also thought that a tool like this for post-installation configuration would be nice.

But they're already there, in the Control Panel applications.  The problem with doing a 'one Control Panel thing' is that, who decides what should be included?

One person might want Time/Date settings, another might not - to cater to everyone you'd have to combine all the Control Panel applications into just one humongous unmanageable one.

It is so much easier to create your installation media how you want it, (using WAIK, nlite, vlite, rt7lite, etc), and not have to do any tweaking after installation.

Your suggestion of the extensible program might sound good but for the person who has to write it, he's just going to be duplicating all the functions found in the separate Control Panel applications as plugins for a single program.
2018  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for image stitching software without processing image content on: March 20, 2012, 04:00:44 PM
The only small and light program that comes to mind is AutoStitch, the forerunner of AutoPano and a couple of others.

But I just tried it and it distorts stitched screengrabs, I think this because the amount of overlap and the size of the individual grabs varied and the software also assumes that the individual images were made by a camera and therefore tries to compensate for lens distortion.

Otherwise, try hugin, it's not small and light, (can be run portable, IIRC, just download the 7zip version and extract), but you can edit the 'camera lens' attributes so as to remove most, (if not all), distortion plus it has a lot of other settings to change perspective.  (I'll have a play when I'm fully awake.)

Also, is this a specific map site ?

There are programs/scripts written for some map sites that automatically download the individual map 'tiles' and then create the bigger picture.

EDIT: I don't think hugin is going to fit your needs, far too fiddly to combine just a few grabs.
2019  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mobile hotspots: your experiences. (mine included) on: March 19, 2012, 10:25:03 AM
You can ONLY use the two or three devices your carrier offers, because they're the only people who can buy the hardware. undecided

This is something I don't really understand, don't/can't any of the carriers in the USA just sell you a SIM ?

Fair enough if you have to be locked into some kind of monthly contract but why do you have to use their hardware, (phone/3G router/etc) ?

Are you saying you can't buy a phone/3G router from somewhere, (store internet/China), grab a pre-paid SIM and just use it ?

Does the USA even have pre-paid SIMs ?
2020  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cell phone for trip to China on: March 18, 2012, 06:27:05 PM
I have an old Nokia 1100w Dual band GSM, (850/1900), that worked fine in Hong Kong.  An old Nokia 6230iw Tri-band, (900/1800/1900), worked fine in Beijing/HK/Russia/EU/Sth Africa, (and should work in the USA).

You can have the Nokia 6230i if you want, I no longer use it - I'd have to send it sans battery, (Auspost rules), but they're the readily available Nokia BL-5C.  Let me know and I'll test it, (hasn't been used for a few months), and wipe the incriminating evidence.  I'll even throw in the 32MB MMC card it came with.

Otherwise, the Kings of Gadgets have you covered smiley

Dual SIM Dual Network Standby Quadband GSM
LCD Screen Quadband GSM Cell Phone with Torch/FM/SOS
2021  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Auslogics promoting false speed tester? on: March 17, 2012, 07:29:03 PM
Yes well, complete BS AFAICT - I'm getting half my download rate and almost three times my upload rate.

2022  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Moronic would-be scammers on: March 17, 2012, 06:58:55 PM
In today's world of uncertain life, what is the point of health insurance that is sold with card which ultimately expires in just one year?

Still, it might last longer than the life insured....
2023  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When are modern Terms of Service going to change? on: March 17, 2012, 06:56:42 PM
[Off Topic Warning]

To cover every possibility so the courts have to rule in their favor.

Reminds me of the X-Files episode, Je Souhaite, where Mulder finds the Jinn in the rug and asks for World peace and everyone else disappears.  So he ends up sitting down writing a multi-page wish in which all clauses/eventualities will be covered.
2024  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to become Admin' for real? on: March 16, 2012, 07:47:53 PM
Motherboard from here.

Wink
2025  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How to become Admin' for real? on: March 15, 2012, 06:12:40 PM
"No room for more" means either that there are no more (SATA) connectors on your mainboard, your PC case has no room to fit another disk or your power supply cannot handle the load of an extra hard disk anymore.

My money would be on the first option.

I don't think you'll collect smiley

MS-7379VP = MSI G31 based motherboard which all have 4 SATA-II ports.

Being a mini-tower case it's more likely to be lack of space or the PSU doesn't have a spare SATA power plug, (which can be remedied).

The FUJITSU SIEMENS Scaleo Pi2680 shows as having two 5.25" bays, if only one is occupied then another HDD can be installed in the other using a pair of mounting adapters, then just plug it in and use it for the data drive.
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