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5076  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 01, 2008, 08:16:06 AM
Welcome to DC iconico

a rather late welcome?  tongue  :


But he is offering an impressive amount of programs:

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Cardio Calipers - Cute Context Menu - Data Extractor - DiskAnalyzer Pro -Easy Sweeper - Email Extractor - Extraction Pack - HTML Text Extractor - Quick Runner - Screen Calipers - Screen Compass - Screen Protractor - Screen Tracing Paper - Sleepy - WebTools Pro

- I wonder if he wrote all of them himself?  undecided

However, Screen Measurement Pack (Screen Calipers, Screen Protractor and Screen Compass) was mentioned in his first post almost a year ago. I for one would sure like to see this bundle offered at Bits du Jour again!  thumbs up
5077  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 31, 2008, 03:02:44 PM
Thanks for the headup, Darwin, but No, I removed the folder at once when I uninstalled the program, and besides, I am using a startup manager.

But I too will like to make it clear that I found Online-Armor to be quite a good firewall, only, I had this one or two items...
5078  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 31, 2008, 09:56:22 AM
Adjust for best performance-*Background services*.

- this helped!  Things are happening a little faster now! smiley  thumbs up
5079  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 31, 2008, 01:37:19 AM
- yes, I was trying version 2.0, and I only clicked the two options, Optimize Harddisk and Processor ("By removing limits and disable useless checks to make full use of your harddisk and your processor") and Optimize Applications ("By removing limits and disable useless checks to make full use of your harddisk and your applications").


 
5080  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 30, 2008, 05:01:58 PM
Really, stay away of these auto optimizers.

Maybe it would be appropriate to distinct between this, these and some.

I installed and ran it on my test machine and it made a good difference.

BTW:
- and with option to restore.
thumbs up

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Will check it out some more after work or tomorrow.
I, for one, will be anxious for your report and findings on this.

- me too, cmpm.
How big a difference do you think it made? How many and which options did you activate? 

 tellme
5081  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 30, 2008, 11:58:03 AM
The only two problems I have found after the first 24 hours of using Online Armor Free are 1) ....-And 2) that Online Armor is too intrusive when I want to uninstall some program. Why on earth must it know if it is okay that I am running an uninstaller?

This mis-feature turned out to be too much for me. The final nail was when I wanted to remove IconBee and had to confirm 3 times that I really wanted to remove the thing! Online Armor is way too intrusive for IT testers.

Online Armor too has left the building...  thumb down
5082  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Laplink (PCMover) 30% off on: January 30, 2008, 10:14:51 AM
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January 16' has come and gone, so the price for Laplink Gold 2008 is once again $90, but I have come to realize that Gold 2008 includes both Acronis Tru Image 10 ($50) and Lavasoft File Schredder ($30), so even $90 for the lot seems an attractive price, I think.

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5083  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 30, 2008, 09:27:28 AM
Toohsje has left the building

- because it crashed both itself, my startup manager, and XP. Bye bye!

 thumb down   Angry
5084  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: January 30, 2008, 07:47:55 AM
But what would make the difference between such a thread and the one we already have? Doesn't Found Deals and Discounts say what it should say?
5085  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 30, 2008, 01:59:08 AM
I really should have looked more carefully - the answer was of course given at the homepage:


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- and with option to restore.  thumbs up
5086  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Thoosje Quick XP Optimizer on: January 29, 2008, 05:52:26 PM
none of the "more info" links on that page work

- you already were at the "more info" page.  Wink


Edit: But I need to know if one can choose which features to activate, or if they all are implemented at once?? I really don't want my XP to look like some Win 95   just in order to make it faster...
5087  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: January 29, 2008, 05:41:18 PM
I don't like the idea about sticky links. When 'we' post about some giveaway / offer it is because we have an opinion abouth the program being offered and we want to tell that THIS giveaway / offer is different from all the others.
5088  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 29, 2008, 05:28:23 PM
The only two problems I have found after the first 24 hours of using Online Armor Free are 1) that the systray icon doesn't pop up any menu when the icons are "hidden" inside PS Tray Factory. Online Armor Free is the only program I have with this weakness. -And 2) that Online Armor is too intrusive when I want to uninstall some program. Why on earth must it know if it is okay that I am running an uninstaller?

@ Darwin, did you test the not-free version? The free vesion does not have Web-shield, and what other reason could there be for the browser-tab related slowdown you spoke about? I have not yet seen Online Armor Free slowing down my Internet browsing.
5089  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: January 28, 2008, 10:54:15 AM
Yes, Darwin, and I (too) had it for free back then. But I don't have it anymore, because I think the registry cleaner is (was) removing too much!
5090  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: January 28, 2008, 07:29:29 AM
Come Friday, 1'st of February, Bits du Jour will offer Advanced WindowsCare PRO:


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Advanced WindowsCare Professional

Deal Price: $15.87
You Save:48% - List Price:$29.95
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A System Utility for Superior PC Health

Advanced WindowsCare Professional Edition is an award-winning, comprehensive utility suite that provides an automated, always-on, all-in-one PC Healthcare Service.

The suite includes an anti-spyware utility, privacy protection and encryption, performance tune-ups, and a variety system cleaning capabilities. With Advanced WindowsCare Professional Edition, you can "Install It and Forget It". The application completes it's processes automatically and runs quietly in the background.

Advanced WindowsCare Professional Edition gives you the ability to keep your computer safe, error-free, and running at it's top speed and optimal performance level.
5091  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows? on: January 27, 2008, 06:02:41 PM
To my understanding Online Armor is $40 once - not "per year"?  tellme
If so it really is tempting!  thumbs up
5092  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone using Silverlight? on: January 27, 2008, 03:29:03 AM
Silverlight 1.0.21115.0 is working without any problems on my XP, but I have not yet come acrosss any real-life site that is using it, other than Microsoft's demo pages... so if you don't have it  you won't miss it.

http://silverlight.net/
http://www.microsoft.com/silverlight/
http://silverlight.live.com/

I don't know anything about Adobe Air, because I don't have Air (!).
5093  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: January 26, 2008, 08:52:54 AM
Task Killer is another "perfect" program.
Not updated since 2005, though, so not Vistable.
5094  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The great defrag shootout on: January 26, 2008, 06:01:42 AM
After having tested almost all of these defraggers 'you' have mentioned, I have settled with Ashampoo Magical Defrag 2, Advanced Registry Doctor Pro and SysInternals PageDefrag.
5095  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Attention Mod on: January 26, 2008, 05:36:27 AM
New button: "PM this topic".  thumbs up

two cents
5096  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to Wipe this Machine! Clean install? Or XP Repair? on: January 25, 2008, 12:43:18 PM
I hope all of this will cost you no money, J-Mac? When I recieved my present PC there were a lot of minor 'items' - slow this and very slow that - and in the end it was a hardware thing. Reinstalling helped zero!
5097  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Alpha Five 60% off on: January 24, 2008, 10:53:38 AM
What Alpha Five is: >> With Alpha Five, you can quickly and cost-effectively build fully functional desktop and web database applications. Also included are flexible report writing, intelligent email, data browsers and a full security framework. A rich programming language and tools like Action Scripting combine ease of use and complete extensibility. <<

The winner of Dr. Dobb's Events' 18th Annual Jolt Awards will be announced on March 5, 2008; Alpha Five is a finalist in 'Development Environments'.

You can read a thorough review at Programmer's Heaven. The review ends like this: >> While I wouldn't recommend it for every situation where you need to build web or desktop frontends to databases, it is well suited to intranet and in-house corporate applications. If you put the deployment issues and niggles aside, it provides a far better way to develop database-backed applications than the widespread "hand-rolled" approach, and is certainly the direction that web development should be heading in: eliminating code when we can generate it by simply declaring what we want. <<

Some more people think it is a very fine program:

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HERE is a link to a 30-day trial (the link is coded laplink, who mailed me the offer). Alpha Five is regularly $249, but until the end of January you can have it for $99 with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

$99: https://www.alphasoftware...541&refcode=laplink01

Tutorials:
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5098  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Giveaway of the Day - StarBurnShark 9.5 on: January 24, 2008, 10:00:30 AM
Bug-fixed StarBurn 9.5 is being offered (again) today
http://www.giveawayofthed.../starburnshark-9-5-rerun/
5099  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / New Blockpost for Outpost on: January 24, 2008, 07:49:42 AM
I was using Blockpost for Outpost for several years, but had to give it up when I installed the new Outpost 2008. The original Blockpost was a third party plugin, written by Outpost users, but now Agnitum are writing their own Blockpost for Outpost. Blockpost has my warmest recommendations.

Here is a copy&paste from January's email from Agnitum Directions:

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Agitum Plans Blockpost for 2008
Chief Architect Alexey Belkin gives a sneak peek at new functionality for 2008:    

OFP = Outpost Firewall Pro
OSS 2008 = Outpost Security System 2008

In 2008, we (Agnitum) will continue to enrich our products with the latest functionality and improvements to your security and your user experience. In the next upgrade to OFP and OSS 2008, codenamed R2, we’ll be integrating functionality similar to that provided currently by the Blockpost third-party plugin.

Q.: Alexey, what does Blockpost do? Please also tell us a little about its history.

A.: Blockpost was originally developed by an Outpost fan as a separate plugin. Its goal is to block malicious web sites and advertising networks through the use of a blacklist of IP-addresses associated with these sites. Many users requested that we incorporate this kind of functionality into the base products, so we’ve written a new module to provide this capability. While the original Blockpost plugin was good, it wasn’t compatible with the latest Outpost version that support Vista, IPv6 and x64 systems.

Q.: How is Blockpost different from the spyware-site blocking and web control functions already in Outpost? They seem to be doing the same thing. What’s the difference?

A.: Yes, Outpost does already provide several different ways to block unwanted IPs, special firewall rules being one of them. But Blockpost gives you more flexibility - it is completely user-controlled and user-generated. You can upload your own lists of infective IPs, even define a range of IP numbers that you consider unsafe. And you don’t have to spend extra time creating rules - there are text-based lists of bad IPs easily available on the Internet.

Q.: But what works for one person might not work for another…

A.: That’s absolutely true. And false positives can also happen unless you’re careful. You need to double-check the IPs before you add them to Blockpost - some of the lists out there are old, and the IP addresses on those lists may well have become legitimate in the interim. No-one wants to give up half of their Internet sources just because somebody had once put them on a blacklist. Tastes differ, and people change.

Q.: So how would you sum up the user benefits of Blockpost?

A.: Blockpost saves time by ensuring that the websites you visit are legitimate, supports all the new Outpost architectures, has an easy-to-use interface, and provides more control and stability
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Special offer:
Get 1 year of free protection for your business or classroom!
   

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Special Offer! 2 years for the price of 1! From now until March 1, 2008, Agnitum is extending a special offer to anyone looking for a great deal on security for a small business or educational institution. If you have a minimum of five PCs, you can protect your office or classroom against Internet threats for two years for the price of one. This offer covers both Outpost Firewall Pro and Outpost Security Suite Pro 2008.

Follow this link to learn more about how your office or classroom can benefit from this offer!
5100  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Plain text editor for writers on: January 24, 2008, 02:34:41 AM
..Do these editors offer unique features ..?

"these" - what editors? Sorry; I am confused.

What goes for FlashNotes: It will popup 'as a flash' when you hit the hotkey, and it auto-saves, no need to click anything, other than to type.

As for Liquid Story Binder: I listed all the features in this post, but I imagine it can do all that you would want it to - it can even be totally simple:

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