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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 32bit vs 64bit question on: November 12, 2014, 07:28:14 AM
Compiling software for 64-bit takes, in practically all cases, a whole lot longer (C++/Embarcadero).

And not that many programmers have a lot of experience with (efficiently) programming for multi-threaded applications. Something modern 64-bit processors are cut-out to do. When that happens you will see some progress again. Not as much as you think, though. Multi-threading requires extra computational overhead, level of efficiency will differ between applications and all this hardly matters if the OS these applications run on doesn't assign the available computational horsepower appropriately.

In my experience Windows isn't that good with automatically assigning different cores to different processes/applications. When I take a look at the i7 processor with task manager on my database server I always see one core under huge load, while the others are more or less idling, even when I run several different Oracle databases and a VM at the same time on it. All installed software is 64-bit. Using several instances of 7-zip at once (to archive database dump files) does put a load on every core though.

Going out on a limb here: assumingly Linux/BSD operating systems are better at this, as these OS's are more commonly used in academic fields and super computing. I don't think that smartphones or tablets make efficient use of their multi-core processors either. With the financial risks and returns as they are currently, you won't see this happening (yet) in consumer devices, such as PC's, mobile devices or consoles.

It used to be the case the "techies" were allowed to show the best they could do with the hardware they made. Hence the big jumps with the increase of bits. However, with the vested interests of today, financial and marketing departments won't let them anymore. Trading innovation for evolution...
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need a hand with a laptop issue. on: November 06, 2014, 08:01:10 PM
When a laptop is connected to the mains, it will start to run (background) tasks that aren't allowed to run when on battery power. Defragging your partition(s), re-indexing Windows Search and similar stuff.

Perhaps that is the reason for the lag you experience.

At least, verifying which tasks are executed when on main power would be the first thing I would do...then deciding if those tasks are worth it or to let these run overnight to get them out of the way + adjusting intervals.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Unpleasant advertisements of the past on: November 04, 2014, 06:00:52 PM
To my recollection, Mormons are not allowed to drink any kind of alcohol, soda, coffee or tea. Kinda hard sell...being more healthy or going to heaven/your own planet or whatever other crap those LSD'ers believe in.

Giving up the first 3 types of beverages is actually good for your general health...but tea?
Also, a lot of people are able to bite your head off before they had their morning coffee, so there might be some slack on coffee  tongue
4  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Risk of Rain 4-pack on: November 03, 2014, 09:02:36 PM
Sorry for the late response...had to work late. But many thanks.  Thmbsup
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 02, 2014, 08:14:12 AM
The plugin TextFX from Notepad++ handles this as well. And has already done this for years.


EmEditor excels at reading big text files, all other (Windows) text editors could learn from that. 
6  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Risk of Rain 4-pack on: November 02, 2014, 07:21:40 AM
I would like a copy. The game looked interesting.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 31, 2014, 09:02:45 PM
And even if you do fill in any date, you can't login at all. So the website itself deserves a set of rotten tomatoes... Wink
8  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Are Ubisoft trying to kill PC gaming? on: October 24, 2014, 06:35:03 PM
For me personally...there is only so much time in a day and the Assassin's creed series never was able to get the same grip on me as the Elder Scrolls did.

When a new game in that series comes out, I will most likely upgrade. Not for Assassin's creed or other Ubisoft related games to be honest.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wanted to get some opinions on current ultrabooks if possible on: October 24, 2014, 08:05:34 AM
From your description I got the impression there is also some user education required. I have a hard time imagining that each (new) system only lasting a week or so in her hands...

Unfortunately, I have met highly intelligent and well educated people working in IT, which I wouldn't trust to copy data to a pendrive...after all, when it is full, you format it right? And then wonder what happened with the previous data. And panic...

While I was thinking that they were pulling a joke on me, my "I wouldn't do that if I were you" was disregarded and went ahead anyway. After all, what does a person with my rank and a different function know anyway? Well, after salvaging their data and explaining compression, my military function was adjusted, allowing me to do a lot more IT jobs on base and several outposts/depots.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Chip Wars: AMD vs Intel .... GO! on: October 23, 2014, 12:03:13 AM
All the other listed CPUs were very noisy.

Do CPUs actually make noise? huh

If you put them in a microwave... tongue

The CPU fans of your Intel processors were crap. An after market CPU fan would have made a lot of difference. Never had noisy stock CPU fans...then again every 6 months or so I thoroughly clean out the accumulated dust in each PC. Graphite or other forms of lubricant I apply as well (when necessary).

Back to the topic: Depends on the main task of the PC, to be honest. I have had good experiences with multi-cores from both AMD and Intel. In the days of the single-core CPU's I rather used AMD. Most of my servers still use those CPU's as they are still going strong after 10 years.

However, I do work with a lot of i5 (2nd gen) and i7 CPU's (1st gen) in workstations & servers as well. To my knowledge, AMD is better when you work with multi-threading software. Price wise there isn't much difference between AMD or Intel here in Paraguay. Whatever money you save with the AMD CPU, you have to spend on more expensive motherboards.

As there isn't that much software out (for consumers) that actively/efficiently uses multi-threading, my choice today would be to buy Intel for raw calculation performance.

Don't have experience with the AMD APU's, but I do find these interesting. But these are not available through the regular retail channels over here.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cloning SERVER 2008 R2 SYSTEM TO A BACKUP 2TB DRIVE-Which app is best? on: October 22, 2014, 05:55:40 PM
HDClone version 4 has successfully cloned several servers in my environment.

It is now at version 5 and comes in limited & (on-purpose) slow free version, but also with several commercial licenses. It has way too many options to mention, but rest assured that it is powerful.

Several years back noq, I used a cheapskate method that worked well with a Windows 2003 server (with Oracle DB server) of mine that is still in active duty today.
  • I used Eassos Partition Guru (which comes in both free and commercial from) to identify all partitions from the almost broken disk
  • Then I recreated the partition structure on a fresh hard disk in that same system, but didn't assign any drive letter to each of the  partitions of the new drive!
  • Cloned all partitions, working from the last partition to the front
  • After checking all files were there, I changed all drive letters on both drives, recreating the same structure on the new drive and removed drive letters from the old disk. Except for the C:\ partition (the original installation location of Partition Guru). I made notes during this to keep track of the many partitions. Also handy for undoing things if all this would went south...
  • Removed Partition Guru with Revo Uninstaller
  • Installed Partition Guru again, but not on C:\
  • Cloned C:\
  • After checking all files were there, I changed the last drive letter on both drives
  • "Activated the new C:\ partition"
  • Turned off the PC completely (incl. power switch on back of the power supply)
  • Disconnected the old drive
  • Booting the system again the system came up without problem and Oracle worked without a hitch.

Luck? I have no doubt.

But after this I have a warm place in my heart for this little (Chinese) piece of software.

Now I believe that MiniTool also has (free)/commercial software that allows you to copy/clone disks. If that software matches the quality of their free/commercial Partition management software, then I will have no problem recommending this software as well.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: October 19, 2014, 03:50:00 PM
I went unknowingly into Lucy (the movie) and I enjoyed it as well. I always try to know as little as possible about a movie when going in the cinema.

What I didn't suspect was how much I enjoyed 22 Jump Street. That movie didn't look like much, but ends great and the credits are absolutely hilarious. Every grown man would cry after the last shot though... Wink
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 19, 2014, 03:35:35 PM
I'm guessing here, but knowing Peter Capaldi to be a good actor before, I suspect that his performance as liaison for an Alien race in Torchwood cemented the deal of him becoming the Doctor.

14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Portatil to control a desktop pc on: October 18, 2014, 02:29:14 PM
The RDP technology from Microsoft itself does exactly what you want to do.

Not available in the premium version of your OS? Microsoft sure is skimpy with features in a "premium" version of their OS. Hardly deserves that name then (in my book).

In case it isn't available, you can always use: VNC
ThightVNC is free, RealVNC is not. TightVNC will also do what you want.

Both RDP and VNC exist for a long time so you shouldn't encounter problems with either.
VNC will even work cross-platform, while RDP is a Windows-only solution.
RDP is slightly faster though. It can be because it doesn't allow more than one user to be connected that way, while VNC doesn't have that problem.

TeamViewer is also an option, but with that one I don't have any experience.

There are even more options if the desktop had a monitor of its own. Till now I have good experiences with Synergy Plus. That software allows you to share your mouse and keyboard between more than one computer.

*edit* changes after re-reading the post of the OP + some additions
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 18, 2014, 02:18:18 PM
Driving around in your Apple iPod doesn't sound that great either...as these come with a lot of iPadding.  cheesy

A lot of people get sick very quick when their eyes don't see the movement their brains are registering...so Apple is actually bad for the general well-being of people. ;-)
16  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: GamerGate: 'Press must tackle misogyny,' says developer on: October 16, 2014, 07:02:19 PM
In my young(er) years I played a lot of games as well. But I was only interested in beating high-scores and/or finishing a level of my single player game. Not like kids nowadays that from the moment you log-in to <insert your favorite gaming network> immediately start to call you names and scanting the things they either did or want to do to your mother that even an extreme pornstar wouldn't dare to attempt.

Seriously, all those brats should be lined up and, one by one, get a decent sized fist flung in their face. Preferably from the person they offend and if that is not possible...a 'champion' chosen by that person. And pay for the medical bill(s) themselves. Oh, and for US citizens, no possibility to sue the hitter.

The financial loss would hurt for a short while, the pain and recovery time lasts a life time. That would be more or less the only way those idiots learn the concept of consequences. Just like my generation and all the ones before had to.

Likeable solution? No.
Educational? Most definitely. And fast too. Especially when all this is accompanied with the ridicule of their peers.

Everyone subject to this treatment will think twice before opening their mouths again. Proving the Dutch saying: Talk is silver, silence is gold.

Anyone who groks this using modern, PC (psychologically correct) ways of education, kudos to them.
The ones that don't...

It would eliminate a lot of bad behavior from a lot of people which addresses at least half of the problem.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: driveless cars on: October 14, 2014, 08:29:37 AM
Blue windscreen of death... ohmy
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Prevent some browsers executions on: October 13, 2014, 08:03:30 PM
There is always 'secpol.msc' where you can create software policy rules that can prevent the execution of any *.exe.

If the above terms don't mean anything to you or are not sure about, then you shouldn't attempt the above. At least not without getting to know what policies are and how they can affect the functionality of your Windows installation. It's easy to make a mess there.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 12, 2014, 01:42:47 AM
If you are into this stuff...and/or similar devices, you should check: http://www.free-energy-info.tuks.nl

If you visit...you are transported back to the late nineties. The layout is from those times, even the hosting feels the same. Slightly better than the GeoCities era of the internet. Doesn't necessarily mean the quality of the content is bad.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Samsung pays MS $1 billion in royalties for using Android. wtf. on: October 07, 2014, 08:10:30 AM
And with that almost half of the MS - minecraft deal is already paid for... Wink
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your favorite cartoons of yesterday and today? on: October 06, 2014, 10:11:35 PM
When I was a kid I dropped anything and everything to watch 'Battle of the Planets'...unfortunately, it doesn't stand the test of time for me. I always liked the Looney Tunes better than Tom &Jerry. Especially Wiley E. Coyote. If there is one cartoon character that will teach you about determination...

I'll even admit, here in public, that I have a pluche/stuffed doll of that character on my desk (20 years and counting...). Went a lot of times to the W.B. amusement park in Germany. Loved that park, its roller coasters, the ambiance there in general. Much better than DisneyLand Paris in my opinion.

From the Disney stable there is nothing that surpasses 'DuckTales' for me, although 'Darkwing Duck' wasn't far behind. Everytime something breaks in my computers I can't shake the term "What is your major malfunction!!!" from the gym coach of 'Beavis and Butthead'.  However, I lost interest in cartoons not too long after that. Regular TV soon followed. Now I don't even own a TV...sure don't miss being woken up (by the way too commercially driven) 'DragonBall-Z' after accidentally falling asleep behind the TV.

'The Simpsons' are the only and last cartoon still on my radar, though.

Wait...I forgot to mention 'Ren and Stimpy', 'Cow and Chicken' and 'Happy Tree Friends', dark to very black humor.  Cool
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 05, 2014, 02:54:33 PM
"Who is the doctor?"

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Win10 Navigation Pane scrambled on: October 04, 2014, 05:20:09 PM
As far as I know, each partition on a hard disk is assigned a volume serial code by the NTFS file system first, then a drive-letter is assigned. Possibly the sort order in the pane sorts on volume serial instead of the drive letter as you expect. 

This is quite low-level and most likely to be altered in the registry. Fixing this could take as much as downloading a new fresh iso...which is most likely the better option as you don't trust the copy you have at hand. At least there is also a 64-bit iso to play with.  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: File too long for Recycle Bin on: September 27, 2014, 02:36:49 PM
No, can't say I haven't (in any version of Windows).

Solutions could be:
- Shorten the name of the file.
- Move the file to different location much closer to the drive letter and then delete it.
- Adjust the setting of the Recycle bin to throw away files directly (without these being stored in the recycle bin first), delete the file and adjust the setting again (although I think this is a setting for p.ssies to begin with)
- If all that fails you can try to boot from a Linux or Windows boot cd and delete the file that way.

Alternative nerd solution would be:
- If you run a 32-bit version of Windows, you still have something like 'PortableLinux', which is a 1.4GByte download. After unpacking the archive you can run this and you will have both Windows and Linux (ubuntu based) running next to each other at the same time. If Windows won't allow you to delete the file, use the Linux navigator to go that file and delete it. Windows won't/can't intervene that action and your problem is solved. With the Linux navigator you can also take a peek in folders Windows blocks for all users (but not viruses and malware apparently) and get rid of crap there too. Be careful though, remove too much and you are in trouble.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: new blackberry passport runs android apps "without delay" on: September 24, 2014, 09:46:57 PM
Too much doom and gloom here. I don't have the impression that BB will leave within 3-5 years. Too many government contracts for cell-phones and software contracts in lots of different fields to be gone that quick.

Never understood the hate BB gets. I already had positive experiences with QNX and I think it was a very good move from BB to use that as base for BB10.

The only reason I own a Lumia is because I don't want to tinker around with sub-par computing devices that happen to be able to make a call (Android)...or continuously fight with the school yard bully over my lunch money (iOS).

Both BB10 and Windows Phone have a much more business like appearance and their devices are good for making calls. Exactly what my phone needs to do. Couldn't care less about facebook, whatsapp or games on such a tiny device. Sub-par experience on sub-par computing devices is the best you can hope for and most of the time you don't get even that.

While saving for a BB Z10 (yep, people still do that...and I wanted a phone without contract and that makes phones quite expensive here in Paraguay), someone offered me a Lumia cheaply. Never regretted that moment as it has already have a lot of functional stuff in it that doesn't require a internet connection and I can use all that directly from my desktop PC if I want to.

All I want to point out is that the way you want to use your smart phone is definitely not how I want to use mine. Which in turn will make us both look for very different qualities in our phones. If BB wants to cater for people that prefer a more business/no-nonsense like experience...let them. It is/was their core strength to begin with and it served them well.

Smart phones should be regarded as slave devices (fill in the "slave" part how you will), all of them suck as a device to control other devices and you are nickel-and-dimed continuously for that experience. Not worth my time, money or energy, I'll rather use that productively.

More on-topic now:  the website 'crackberry' posted a decent piece about hands-on experience with the Passport and the reviewer was positive about almost all qualities of the device, but also stating there are things to get used to before you appreciate the workflow BB envisioned with this particular phone.

The passport is probably not your cup-of-tea, I can tell you with certainty that its look hasn't won me over. But as far as I understand, its greatest disadvantage will be the introduction price (without contract).

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