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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lazesoft Recovery Suite Home on: March 01, 2015, 05:59:20 AM
Burning the CD shouldn't be a problem with(in) the operating system the LazeSoft software is installed.

The instructions you mention are for the situation where you actually have to use the recovery CD to boot your computer from. I didn't encounter the instructions you mention on the LazeSoft homepage either (the section that explains how to burn a recovery CD).

In general, for proper instructions, always check the website of the company that makes the software first. If they can't be bothered to have such a section on their website, don't buy their crap.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: February 27, 2015, 08:41:54 PM
That is only the date from some of the files in use by your driver(s).

Better use tools like SIW to properly identify your computer or parts thereof, so you can visit the manufacturer's website and extract from the information on that website the true age of your laptop.

And if the above is too much work...the date of the BIOS/UEFI on the motherboard of your laptop is usually a better indicator of the true age of your laptop. Again, tools like SIW will show you this info at practically first glance.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why won't my laptop run Firefox? on: February 26, 2015, 06:04:30 AM
Sounds like the network configuration from FF is botched. Get a portable version of FF and try again (to my knowledge this version doesn't use anything but the bog standard network settings).

If that works, you can either continue using portable FF or install FF and use the settings from the portable one (profiles from both FF's are separated).

If this also won't work, take a good look at your network configuration in IE (perhaps it is set to use a (3rd party) proxy, which could filter traffic depending on browser or whatnot.

FF asks you, just after installation, if it should copy settings from IE before it connects to a website the first time. If you didn't do that before, try this and see how that goes. Or vice versa.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Renaming" a Windows 8.1 system that already has Office 365 installed on: February 25, 2015, 05:50:56 PM
When you run services, such as an oracle database server on that pc, than it is unwise to change the name of your computer.

But if you don't, I don't see any problem.
5  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: sound to signal copying is done on: February 22, 2015, 04:14:12 PM
To my understanding almost all file managers can play a sound after a copy action has finished. Windows explorer can't. Adding this event to the Windows sound themes is not an option. At least not to the first set of links I found with DuckDuckGo.

An alternative copier such as TeraCopy could also be of help.


Then I found this link.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Untold Story of the Invention of the Game Cartridge on: February 22, 2015, 03:55:55 PM
@rxantos:
That type of computer you can buy already for years. Don't even have to turn the thing of even if you needed to change the CPU. Just push a few buttons on the front of the machine that mark which hardware unit required replacement, wait for the indicator's (led or display) "permission", replace the unit and push buttons in front again to mark the unit has been changed. All that is left to do is wait for "permission" to use the hardware fully again.

Those systems were not affordable by mere mortals. Not buying or maintaining the hardware...or licensing the specialized operating system(s) required by such type of computers.


Things are as they are, because any modular hardware design requires software builders to give a lot more thought and planning to handle hardware changes at any given moment.
Don't think for one second that any of the currently popular operating systems is capable of working with this kind of hardware. At least not without (very) serious rewrites in the best situation to starting from scratch.

Besides that, modularity usually means making use of connectors. Every time you add any connector, you weaken the structure of the electronic circuits. You also lengthen the circuit, introducing more heat generation and susceptibility to RF interference. These things inevitably result in slowing down your circuits, sometimes significantly.

These are only the (basic) technical limitations you will experience with modular hardware. Those technical limitations will already rob a lot "fun" from the idea, but that will be nothing compared to the legal limitations.

Back in the day where we still could "run with the dino's" on a daily basis (instead of that new age sissy and annual thing called: "running with the bulls"), I grew up with a Commodore 64 and at one point in time I was able to buy the Geos cartridge for that home computer. Suddenly my C64 had a complete GUI with a word processor, all kind of tools and the pointer could be managed by joystick, keyboard or mouse.

Still, the Geos cartridge was not that successful. At least I was the only person who actually had one and I went to a lot of places, meeting a lot of people, doing some serious "sneaker-netting" for years (30 to 25 years ago). Concept was there, affordable computers were there and even in those years the modular hardware system never caught on.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 21, 2015, 06:52:05 AM
Beamer for everyday use. Price is a bit steep, but it is a novel idea.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: problem with microusb cable on: February 20, 2015, 03:04:01 PM
Is buying 3 'el cheapo' cables cheaper than buying 1 original cable?

If the answer is yes, then those 'el cheapo' cables are really too cheap to be of any use. I still got all of the usb cables that came with my Nokia phones (that I bought here in Paraguay 7 years ago)...and my Lumia charges just fine with any of them. And. because of the standardization, my cables even charge an S5 and Sony Xperia's on occasion.

Maybe you can get a deal when a phone reseller wants to get rid of old stock (such as original Nokia usb cables...or any other brand for that matter).
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: problem with microusb cable on: February 20, 2015, 02:32:38 PM
With a general question, comes a generic answer:
Are you sure you need to use a micro-USB cable to charge your phone? Could be that your phone uses a connector that is quite similar to, but not the same as a micro-USB connector.

Depending on the age of your phone and possibly your geo-location, you might have such a phone. In that case find out what type of connector your phone is really using and find/use the correct cable.

That is, of course, you haven't destroyed the connector in your phone already.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help superboyac build a server (2013 edition). on: February 18, 2015, 07:30:07 PM
Or you could buy 7 of those 8TByte drives (I am not sure if you can use those to boot from) and a 3TByte boot disk. That would leave you with 59TByte of storage space. That should cover your needs...for a while at least.

If that is not an option, you might consider to differentiate between data you want to keep and data you need direct access to. Direct accessible data is the data you need to store on your server, the other data could be on a NAS, a cloud, a set of (portable) hard disks or DEV/NULL...the only storage facility that dwarfs all the clouds combined!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Three articles on what kind of high quality (gaming) monitor you should buy on: February 17, 2015, 08:07:31 PM
IPS is superior for sure. On my desk you'll find a high quality LED screen (22.5 inch) and a cheaper IPS screen (22 inch). Both have a resolution of 1920x1080. You wouldn't think the difference would be that big, but it really is.

However, after disabling refresh rates that do not apply to your monitor in Windows, I don't have the option to go to 120Hz though. Still, the difference is very noticeable at lower refresh rates, so it would be safe to assume it is even better at 120Hz.
 
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Face Detection Algorithm Set to Revolutionize Image Search on: February 17, 2015, 07:28:31 PM
I foresee plastic surgeons making as much money as oil sheiks do...soon  huh

Or that this profession is soon to be labelled as 'hackers'.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: FireFox = total crap? And Jobs was oh so right about Flash, anyway. NoScript? on: February 16, 2015, 05:43:43 PM
The Av (free) solution I prefer on resource strapped PC's remains BitDefender. That is lighter on resources and less intrusive in other ways than the competition, while getting good results.

FF is definitely a memory hog...but not necessarily much worse than Chrome or Opera. If you did not do this already, take a look "under the hood" of your OS with Process Explorer (you can get that for free from Sysinternals (a Microsoft owned company)). It will show you much more than the standard TaskManager does and allows you to terminate a process or process tree.

It also shows you info such as hard disk I/O, network I/O, interrupt use etc. This info might give you a better insight in what is happening on your computer and take (more) appropriate action(s).

As you said, your OS is old and likely your hardware has the same age. Electronics do not last forever and when moving parts are involved, it's even worse.

For example, your HD might be the reason why your systems slows down so much. During hard disk I/O, you expect some rise in the Interrupt values Process Explorer shows you. However, if those values are higher (above 5.0) when the system is idling, your hardware is fighting with each other and that is the first sign of bigger troubles. Also, when this number is high, you will experience tremendous amounts of slowing down. The same is true for network I/O.

With FF, who writes a lot of info to (virtual) RAM, generating a lot of network I/O (flash usually means streaming video), while the AV solution is doing a lot of disk I/O to keep your system safe...it doesn't take too much imagination to see that even minor hardware hiccups can cause big slowdowns on any computer. Aging hardware can throw you unexpected curve balls, be sure of that, at least.

Tools such as Process Explorer give you much more insight in what is happening in the background. On every computer I own, work with or have worked with, it is the first thing I install (actually, it is portable, so I should say: copy).

 

 
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 09, 2015, 09:57:09 PM
The Little Death - Funny movie that is enjoyable for the music alone. But if you are blessed with the type mind that is a joy forever...you will more than like the story as well. There is a whole plethora of relationship styles being shown in this one...that's for sure.  Thmbsup

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wierd mouse click problem on: February 08, 2015, 07:58:46 PM
True ergonomics there  tongue

Should have told you that I never use or have used the Logitech software that came with the mouse. Besides the base functionality of pointing and clicking I don't have or want specific functionality being added by the bloated crap that is Logitech software.

The only reason my last Logitech was a gaming mouse was because of its configurable weight. Anyway, my Logitech mouses still would act up and keep adding undesirable behavior until I had enough of it and bought a replacement. Perhaps that is the reason why my Logitech's lasted around 5 years, instead of the more common response from other forum members stating only a functional life-span of 1 to 3 years.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: wierd mouse click problem on: February 05, 2015, 03:03:43 AM
Over the years I also have experienced vague problems with Logitech mouses. Only with me the mouses last 4 to 5 years. The last one (G500) works and clicks fine...it just makes the system freeze for a second at irregular intervals. It's too bad because I really liked it as you can add or remove balance weights inside it.

Now I have a Sentey Apocalypse mouse and it has (much) higher precision, which I like a lot. But the lack of weight might become a problem.

Personally, I had better experience with functional survivability of Microsoft mouses (basic models), so if you are just looking for a basic mouse, I would suggest to get one of those. Feature-sets of Logitech mouses are often very, very tempting though.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: QTTabbar (now at version 1024) is once again my favourite on: February 03, 2015, 07:09:33 PM
As far as I know, Classic shell (by default) adjust Windows Explorer to have it work like Windows 7 again. Could it be that these changes cause QTabbar to fail? You can disable the changes Classic Shell makes in Windows Explorer.

Windows 8 without Classic Shell....yeah, well...no! The modern interface of Server 2012 is (much) more agreeable, add CS to that OS and it becomes even more excellent.
18  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Would appreciate some feedback on my new logos on: January 31, 2015, 07:18:00 PM
Liking '23Q1Rie.jpg?1' best....but 'bVjWMrJ.jpg?1' is better, because it will translate/convert best to a uniform 'house style'. You know, no change of style between logo, favicon, icon is better for brand recognition.

My two cents
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 24, 2015, 04:32:55 PM
I always like to watch several episodes or season of a series. That is, with series that have an story arc which can span over several seasons. This is also what I like about the 12/13 episodes per season series...especially when the writers are daring enough to make the (support) characters suffer severely of even kill.

Anyway, for me that can give a series some added value. You do see quite some 'rinse and repeat' with series that have 20 to 23 episodes per season.

On topic now:
What we do in the shadows - Weird comedy shot in reality-TV style. It's about 3...actually 4 vampires living in one house. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea and probably better when enjoyed under some kind of influence and/or the right crowd. Dark(ish)/dry humor, something I appreciate.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: January 23, 2015, 11:13:05 PM
The mule - movie about a guy who escaped going to prison after swallowing a kilo,s worth of condoms with hard drugs. And that he had to hold his 'number 2' for 11 days!

Whether you agree or not with the premise, it is an interesting story. It won't win Oscars, but don't let that stop you from watching. This is a good Aussie flick.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Urgent request for informatioon regarding time stamp in Windows 8 on: January 21, 2015, 08:17:37 PM
You state that the time shown on your computer matches with the time/date you get from a website. It is easy to have a computer in the wrong time-zone tell the correct time and date. Especially when it is configured not to auto-update. So it is important that you verify your computer uses the correct time-zone.

Such a setting I am forced to use myself. All Windows servers I run here are all 1 hour off. And yes, I did verify that these are in the correct time zone tongue

But even when I specifically configure to have no updates from any of the standard time servers that are default configured in Windows, within 8 hours my servers are all 1 hour behind again. This behavior is something I am accustomed to in the "no mans land" that exists between the US and Europe (the US uses the solstices, most of the other countries use the seasonal change, which are usually 2-3 weeks apart). A nuisance in an otherwise reasonably functioning system of monitoring the passage of time. Here in Paraguay the president decides the moments of DST changes each year. The current president didn't make a reasonable choice for me. Almost 2 moths of a discrepancy! Which isn't adjusted correctly anymore in my Windows servers when updating with any of the time servers I can reach here.


Getting timing right on a computer looks deceptively easy, but it really isn't. Especially when you have to work with different international time zones and systems of the DST changes.

Imagine the following: Offer a programmer money and a programming job that includes the above. Then offer them to to give them a kick in the nuts and the same amount of money.
An inexperienced programmer will choose the money and the job. A programmer with experience in this field will choose the money and the kick in the nuts...because that is the less painful way of making easy money.

There is a nice/funny youtube video that explains the implications of time zones and DST in a much nicer and funnier way than I can.   
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: issues with uefi, more than 6 drives, ahci, windows 8. on: January 20, 2015, 05:25:14 AM
If you didn't do this already, make your system's boot slower. In BIOS/UEFI you have an option to turn 'fastboot' off.

When you go for the limits, that is usually the first thing I would do. With 'fastboot' turned on, it is a possibility that not all drives properly register themselves in BIOS/UEFI during boot. If the watts of your power supply is more or less equal match the watts required to run your system, the drives may not have enough power available to spin up properly during boot.

In that case it doesn't matter at all what filesystem you are using on your HD's. But it can be fixed by adjusting a tiny setting in BIOS/UEFI. I was running a 6-drive Linux server here, but that has been reduced to 5 drives, because hd capacity is cheap and I could combine content from 2 drives to one. The other 4 are part of a software-based RAID setup.

The suggestion in a previous pot about getting a NAS solution is solid with the amount of drives you are running.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 19, 2015, 07:54:25 PM
Didn't bother at the time I was lulled into trying Chrome...then I needed to do a test with Server 2012. Another hard disk was installed and I've booting from that OS ever since.

Still the fact that it wouldn't listen to my (I think not so unreasonable) request to no not start at start-up, was enough for me to not want Chrome at all.

Only at my own behest I will apply updates (which is usually not too long after they come out), because I don't need or want the mess auto-updates can generate. Especially with my sometimes extravagant/unorthodox/bull-headed way of setting up things.

If Chrome works for you, by all means be happy with it. It isn't a bad browser at all. For me, the major turn-off is just the behavior of the baggage that comes along with it.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: January 19, 2015, 03:18:23 PM
Looks more like a puppy that got a spoonful of peanut butter.  tongue

And that is as much enjoyment for yourself and the dog. At least, I haven't met one dog being upset by this. 
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: chrome browser is so nasty on: January 19, 2015, 03:09:42 PM
Try to get rid of Google Update after you install Chrome. No, uninstalling Chrome won't help. Removing it from the sequence of software items that Windows starts during it's own start-up, proved to be more nasty than previously thought. Sure you can disable or delete it with 'autoruns' (outstanding systinternals tool), but after Windows reboots you have a second google update entry that is active. Rinse and repeat...

A virus behaves practically the same.

So no Chrome for me. Ever. The portable SRW Iron browser is much better/friendlier in that respect. Opera browsers now-a-days use the webkit engine as well, so you might want to look into that as well. PortableApps website offers(very) recent Opera browsers. Personally, I prefer that over SRW Iron now. Although (portable) SRW Iron is no slouch, (portable) Opera is faster. 
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