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4801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fifty, nifty, freefty on: February 22, 2008, 12:49:38 PM
I am not too sure Mr Atkinson recently updated this list.

Quote from: Atkinson
Adobe Dreamweaver to NVU: While this tool is a powerful WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) HTML editor, other options exist that can save money. NVU (pronounced N-view, for a “new view”) is a complete Web Authoring System for Linux Desktop users as well as Microsoft Windows users to rival programs like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Use NVU to create Web pages and manage a Website with no technical expertise or knowledge of HTML.

To my understanding NVU was abandoned 2005. One can say it was replaced by KompoZer, "Nvu's unofficial bug-fix release", but I would expect Mr Atkinson to tell so, if his work had been just a little updated.
4802  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: fifty, nifty, freefty on: February 22, 2008, 12:10:00 PM
-> http://www.sagemath.org/index.html ?
4803  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How many active DC member are there? 150? (Dumbar number) on: February 22, 2008, 11:50:04 AM
OK, urlwolf, I've joined the Facebook group.

- or  have you?   undecided
4804  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: February 22, 2008, 11:44:17 AM
I've been testing out Archivarius, and I was delighted to discover that it indexes IMAP accounts.

I can tell that Archivarius now also supports .surfulater files
4805  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MyUninstaller on: February 22, 2008, 09:56:09 AM
I prefer Revo Uninstaller and PromptUninstall
Is it the one from SpeedApps? The one you tagged as a rip-off?

Yes, but I choosed to forget about it, because I've not yet found any others quite like it. But I am of course shameful that I now have sort of advocated a rip-off, by telling that I still am using it, and I promise I will mention it no more!  embarassed
4806  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 22, 2008, 08:28:21 AM
I too purchased PromptPal, and is quite fond of it. However, I would have looked elsewhere if there were no rebate. For example at the brand new German ColorConsole version 1.0. At first I thought this was merely about colorizing the console, but looking at the help page, Consolen Commands, I realized it is more - this is really an impressive help page!

Give a little study to the help page, and be impressed too!


4807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MyUninstaller on: February 21, 2008, 03:49:08 PM
I used to have MyUninstaller, but I prefer Revo Uninstaller and PromptUninstall

- together with Ashampoo UnInstaller Platinum 2
4808  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are you testing XP SP3 RC ?? on: February 21, 2008, 07:20:36 AM
Windows XP SP3 RC 2 download on Windows Update

Posted: 20 Feb 2008 10:14 AM CST

windows xp sp3 I had been wondering whether Windows XP SP3 got lost somewhere in the Microsoft abyss, but it looks like it is alive and kicking after all. Microsoft slowly but surely rolled out Release Candidate 2 yesterday, which is available for download via Windows Update.

Like always you’ll need to uninstall any other pre-release version before trying to update to the second Release Candidate. Once you’re all set just download and run this small file (it modifies your registry) so that Windows Update will offer you the new pre-release copy of XP SP3.

The release notes don’t outline anything to die for, but I do find it interesting that Microsoft will now let users complete the setup of XP without having to provide a product key. Vista already has a similar feature, and apparently it’s gone over well enough that they’ve decided to bring it back to Windows XP. Although no one will really notice this feature unless they slipstream SP3 into their XP installation CD.

There’s still no word on when XP SP3 will be released, but I don’t think it will be before mid-March. That’s when Vista SP1 is supposed to be available to the public, and Microsoft will likely want to keep all of the focus on Vista.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

Copyright © 2008 CyberNet |
4809  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: February 21, 2008, 07:09:53 AM
A new version of Online Armor was launched today:

You can get the "pro" version with a $15 rebate, using dicount code OAFEB

Quote from: ChangeLog
list of Features and Bug fixes – In detail


Resizeable GUI - our customers have been asking us to resize the Online Armor GUI - now, you can.

Remove Spamshield - the previous flagging of suspect spam messages was based on checking messages for spam-vertised links on SURBL. As spammers changed their tactics, it became clear this it became clear this approach was no longer effective and so the feature was removed..

Multiple Desktop Support - users with desktop switching software could not use Online Armor as popups would appear on the default desktop and were not answerable. Now, this is solved.

Fixed bug with uninstall protection - Online Armor protects itself from uninstallation. In the recent release, some users were unable to remove Online Armor without entering Safe mode. This issue is now fixed.

Fixed unresponsive tray icon - A few users reported after changing some options in Online Armor that the Online Armor menu became unresponsive. This meant settings could not be changed. This has now been fixed

Added hotkeys disable option - Some users did not want hotkeys (me included) - so now they can be disabled

Autoruns Enhancements

Online Armor has always monitored autorun locations; The scope of protection has been significantly enhanced in Online Armor - (Thanks to Tony Klein)

Additional scan during SCW added (folders where start menu items reside).

Safety Check Wizard

Realtime update during SCW - When Online Armor first starts, a Safety Check Wizard runs. This allows the system to scan the start menu, autoruns and so on to detect components that are already installed on the computer. This step means that the user should not be inundated with popups after a restart.

The Safety Check Wizard has a local list of common files which it compares against; This has been updated to link with OASIS (Online Armor Software Information Service) in real time. What this means is that the absolute latest data will be used on each install.

Faster Saving - Saving of the configuration during the wizard has been optimised


OASIS (Online Armor Software Information Service) has been significantly updated. OASIS 2 provides the users with this data whether or not the file has been assessed, information about what the program does, how many users have seen it and some information about what it does.

When a program runs that is unknown - you can click the "more" button to get the OASIS results for it. This might help you decide what to do as it provides aggregate information about what the other users did.

You can also right click inside programs -> File Information -> More to get information out of OASIS.


Optimized Performance for Torrents - when using bittorrent, firewall processing created slowdowns. This issue has been comprehensively corrected. You should not see slowdowns caused by Online Armor Firewall.

Automatic Network Identification (Interfaces) - previously all interfaces were lumped in as one. Now, ONLINE ARMOR will allow interfaces to be selectively trusted/not trusted. This caters for the case of the rOnline Armord warrior that may plug into trusted/public networks. This now also includes VPN interfaces.

Manage Windows Firewall during ONLINE ARMOR Install - If the windows firewall is active, it will be disabled. If Online Armor firewall is removed, windows firewall will be reactivated.

Added firewall log viewer - Users requested the ability to see firewall logs, and now they can.

Block network connection on boot (optional) - Users requested the ability to block all traffic during boot.

Firewall Logs are defaulted to "Off" - users reported big log file sizes - since most users have neither the need nor desire to manage or view firewall logs, we believe this makes sense. Advanced users will easily find out how to turn logs on - Standard users would not even know they needed to turn them off, or otherwise manage them

ICMP traffic is now blockable per application.


Our help file has been updated, and localised into Japanese and Turkish.

Video help has been added in the help file - "Show me how".

Program Guard

Install Mode added (paid version) - automatically allows trusted installers to install without further prompting.

Allow blocking of trusted programs - We resolved a bug where users could not prevent safe programs from running.

Runsafer - probaby one of the coolest features of ONLINE ARMOR allows a user logged in as Admin to run a program with lowered rights (like dropmyrights) - but automatically. We added the ability for the user to run a "Safer" program normally, or a normal program "Safer" from inside the program guard.

CPU Limiter added to control runaway processes;

CPU Affinitity control to show which processor a program may use.
4810  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Surfulater at 50% off - Good on February 22, 2008 only on: February 20, 2008, 01:48:42 PM
Friday 22 February 2008 - again 50% off: $29.50


4811  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 20, 2008, 10:14:30 AM
You can also find the .scr file responsible for the screensaver, and double-click it. Those files are actually regular .exe files,

Thanks, f0dder. My reason for not using this obvious method is that I very often change my screensaver, and I don't care to try to remember which one is default at any given moment. = Hit the hotkey, and... "Surprise! This is your screensaver today!".

All is good! Kiss

Thanks a lot, jgpaiva!  Thmbsup
"Ctrl+Shift+P ("P" for Pause)" was just an info.
4812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Can you recommend AVS audio and video tools? on: February 20, 2008, 09:48:44 AM
For some years the AVS bundle's list price has been announced as "$189, but as a time limited offer you can have it for $69,(€49.74)". I am not too sure anyone ever paid the full amount - so much for "time limited". Now RegSoft is offering their customers to have the bundle for $49, (€35.32), so I was wondering if I should take the offer. But my CD player is broken, so this is not the right time for me to test those programs in full. But of course, I said to myself, myself, you should ask the forum at DonationCoder if they have tested this bundle and if they can recommend it.

So I do so: Can you recommend the AVS bundle? tellme



4813  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 19, 2008, 05:16:49 PM
... Skrommel's RunScreenSaver...

Thanks, nite_monkey. I tried it some time ago, but something was not the way I wanted it to be. I don't remember what.
4814  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 19, 2008, 05:12:36 PM
All is good! Kiss

Ctrl+Shift+P ("P" for Pause) 

Thanks a lot, jgpaiva!  Thmbsup
4815  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 19, 2008, 04:30:34 PM
Wouldn't a shortcut on the desktop be better?

Quick Start area
4816  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 19, 2008, 04:29:13 PM
Wouldn't a shortcut on the desktop be better?

Yes, of course, but if it is that simple why did'nt anyone tell it to me before? Well, I didn't read the right post, I guess.  undecided

Yes, please, jgpaiva!  smiley

4817  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / IDEA: fake timer to activate screensaving on: February 19, 2008, 04:16:42 PM
I can press Ctrl+Shift+S, and the Webshots screensaver will start, no matter what screensaver is default, but almost none of the other screensavers I am using have such a hotkey feature, if any. And I use quite a number of different screensavers, so I am not asking for merely a hotkey to some screensaver. I was thinking that maybe someone can write a little something that will fake Windows' timer into thinking that the time is up - so when I press this (new) hotkey Windows will think that X (seven) minutes have passed without actions, and start the screensaver. Can this be done?

I believe that fifteen years ago this feature was standard on Windows, hence the button "Pause".


This wallpaper is merely to make up the post (Ornamental2, 1600x1200, 2MB):

4818  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon (web browser) resource utilization... on: February 18, 2008, 05:59:32 PM
Oh, I got so carried away that I forgot to tell that I have tested various versions of Maxthon 2 Beta, and the final release, but I still use Maxthon 1.6, so...  Wink
4819  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon (web browser) resource utilization... on: February 18, 2008, 05:54:49 PM
I quite agree with you, dantheman; one should be carefull how to criticize such a complex design. But of course it is good to give usefull user's feedback, hints, comparings, etcetera. The problem at hand is that I get mad when someone sentence the worlds most complex browser, used by hundreds and even more hundreds millions of satisfied users, to be crap. It is not trustworthy, to say the least.

4820  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon (web browser) resource utilization... on: February 18, 2008, 05:34:50 PM
I could tweak it to be much quicker (page rendering) than IE.

Yes, I have noticed that too, so I guess is was not just back in the not so good old days. But still, when Firefox finally is open and ready to go, Maxthon has already downloaded and installed the program I was going for. So I never consider using Firefox unless I know in advance that I am going to long-term-browse for movies or images (DownloadHelper, ImageToolbar, and FavLoc). If the situation is a simple link in an email, I will use ThunderBrowse in ThunderBird - it is much faster that anything else I have tried. I will use Maxthon for every other situation, because I think it is a clever browser - even it might be based on a billion dollar not even close to being perfect engine.
4821  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon (web browser) resource utilization... on: February 18, 2008, 01:56:55 PM
Oh, should I have added at least a couple of smilies?  Wink  tongue

4822  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Maxthon (web browser) resource utilization... on: February 18, 2008, 01:53:07 PM
The thread is being turned away from the subject, I think. dantheman said it, Maxthon has no extraordinary high CPU usage, it is nothing but bull**** from Firefox users who all are in the habbit of lyi twisting the facts as all Firefox users do. Mozilla ran a zillion dollar campaign spreading the (false) rumor that Firefox was safer, faster and all sorts of possitive words, than IE - allthough it never was or is. Because of this basic ly wrong propaganda, Firefox users have all been acustomed to twisting the facts. And so they do, also on this subject. But what about it, Darwin, why does your Maxthon 2 have a problem? I (too) would guess it is because of one of the addons, so I would think it apropriate to check them one by one. Hard weork maybe, but as you are implying, it may be a lot harder to set up a new browser with so many extras.
4823  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / minipad2 on: February 18, 2008, 12:23:38 PM
Program: minipad2 http://www.nebulasoft.cn/...inipad2/downloads_en.html
Forum: (6⅔ members!) http://www.nebulasoft.cn/...isplay.php?forum=minipad2

I found this little great program at the nebulasoft.cn site. At first it was very hard for me to understand the purpose of the program, and I still think it is difficult to explain. The Chineese author present his program this way:

minipad2 is a tiny, multi-page style windows program which integrates all the useful functions including text editor, calculator, reminder, dictionary, text template & clipboard-enhancement . All the contents saved in a single text file. It automatically restores the last state when re-opened. It can be set as start with windows and minimize to the system tray with very few memory take-up.

minipad2 is a single-exe green software. It can be directly used when unzipped to a random directory without installation. It adds no key to the system registry, except for the "Run" key when set as start with windows.

minipad2 is a freeware, this means you can freely use, copy, send or distribute this program, but should promise to keep the completion of the program including the installation package, you should not modify it or bind any plugins without permission of the author.

The author provides free technical support for this program by Email and Forum,
1 Note Page:

2 Calculator Page:

3 Memo (Reminder) Page:

4 memo:

5 Dictionary Page:

6 Clipboard-Enhancement:

7 Preferences:

8 language switching menu:

9 minipad2.ini:
minipad2 - Version History

2.3.0 ... 2.3.2 ( 2007.12.2. ... 12.15. )
Re-write 90% codes.
New clipboard-enhancement function. The clipboard menu can be called out in any windows editor program.
New text-template function. The template menu can also be called out in any windows editor program.
Delete the Desktop-pad mode, add two "Special Effect" modes ( "auto-scrollback", "auto-hide" ).
The memo function now supports four modes: "Once", "Weekly", "Monthly" and "Daily". Add the pop-up effect of memo window.
New menuitem / toolbutton for fast-switching between different pages.
New "Send Email" function. The content of the pages now can be sent via email.
New "Show Menubar" and "Auto adjust appearance" options.
The toolbar is now user-definable.
Support the right-click menu.
Enhanced undo functions. Support the undo of "clear" and "replace".operations.
New "Backup-center", allows to restore the page most recently deleted, and view the most recent two backup files.
Numerous minor improvements and bug-fixings.

2.2.0 ... 2.2.1 ( 2007.9.23. ... 9.26.)
New "Dictionary Page". The dictionary list is user definable and freely extensible.
Support OLE dragdrop. Supports to drag the text from IE or other editors into the editor of minipad2. The dictionary page supports the dragdrop-style word-query.
Supports two styles of "Desktop-pad" mode: "Auto-Scroll" and "Auto-Popup".
Newly designed "Preference" window. Added many new options including "Auto empty line" and "export to previous file without prompt".
The hotkeys for "Minimize/Restore" and "Desktop-mode" is now user-definable.
The digits of calculation results is now user-definable.
User can enable or disable the extended functions.
Automatically remembers the window position when closed.
Process-mutex design. Allows to run only one minipad2.exe process in the same directory.
Supports extensible multi-language versions via auto-detection of *.lng files. Supports language-switching during program running.
Other minor improvements and bug-fixings.

2.1.0 ~ 2.1.1 ( 2007.9.3. ~ 9.5.)
New "Calculator Page".
New "Memo Page"
New "Desktop Pad" mode.
Add windows hotkey for the minimize / restore and normal_mode / desktoppad_mode switching.
Re-designed "Search / Replace" module, add "match whole word" option.
Combined all the lesser-used options under "Options" menu into one "Preference" dialogbox. Add many new options like "Wordwrap", "Auto Indent", "Auto backup", "Minimize when close", "Fixed tab width", etc.
A few bug fixing.

2.0.1 ~ 2.0.4 ( 2007.8.12. ~ 8.16. )
Add standard notepad functions such as undo, select all, cut, copy, paste, etc.
Allow exchange positions for the tab pages.
New "Lock-Readonly-Unlock" switch function.
Add search and replace function.
Add import and export function for text files. The import function supports to import multi-files simultaneously.
Auto-save when minimized.
Add the option to switch between single-line-tab and multi-line-tab styles.
Add transparancy settings.
Add the Help file.
A few bug fixing.

2.0.0 ( 2007.8.11. )
The first version for minipad2 in it's true sense. Re-designed and re-write the whole program. Now it's designed to be a tiny, green, multi-page note program.

1.0 ( 2007.4. )
The first version of minipad. A simple note program with dual pane (note list + editor) user interface.

If you try it out, please tell what you think of it.  tellme
4824  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: NovaPDF Professional Desktop on Bitsdujour today on: February 18, 2008, 08:10:52 AM
- and again today, Monday the 18'th of February, 2008. Again $23.97

But what do we think of this program? Can it replace my VisageSoft eXpert PDF 5?
4825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: February 18, 2008, 07:43:37 AM
wrecked carz all over the place; now 600!

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