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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Quick and Easy way to change all IP's for several Maped drives on: March 11, 2014, 09:59:48 PM
Creating your own network topology could help you. See this link.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: March 11, 2014, 07:30:59 PM
Check this Stanford article (with link to the paper) on how to build a microscope (2000x) for a total of 50 cents (USD) in material costs. Youtube video.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the name of your car? on: March 11, 2014, 06:12:45 PM
Depends on the amount of fuel in it and the distance to the next gas station...
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Video Editors on: March 11, 2014, 06:10:00 PM
I wouldn't trust USB in any way or form for sustained transfers of video, to be honest. Sure the advertised speeds look good, but most coupled products cannot sustain these speeds. I would even go further by saying that not that many products even achieve the advertised speeds. A portable hard disk will drop less frames than a normal pen drive, though.

If you are really serious about video, then get a proper SCSI card and 15.000 rpm SCSI hard disks or even faster. Then you venture in the area of server grade hardware made specifically for you. Don't worry, for the same amount of money you could have bought a new mid-range car of a decent brand. However, dropped frame rates will be non-existent.

A decent internal SATA3 hard disk will do the job you'll ask from it just fine. Don't use USB for capturing video directly, because the quality of USB products varies too much. There are type of ports that were actually designed for these kind of jobs. Firewire in the "old" days, Thunderbolt is the latest I believe.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Office 365 and Outlook on: March 11, 2014, 05:46:46 PM
I can tell you that even Office 2007 runs fine on Server 2012 (this setup was by request).

Never a big fan from the Office software, and it's downhill from Office 2003 if you ask me. Having said so, Office 2010 is an improvement in many ways over 2007...except for Outlook. I need to send automatically generated messages encrypted. You need Outlook for this, as it is the "easiest" way to install extended MAPI which allows you to automatically encrypt (CAPI) and then to Exchange for the actual sending of these messages. Without extended MAPI, you can forget about the encryption part.

You have to give credit to Microsoft, they do go a long way in providing documentation for almost all of their products. Unfortunately Outlook with extended MAPI (Mail API) and CAPI isn't one of these products. It is so bad that it is smarter to visit the blog from the creator of OutlookSpy for answers.

Seriously, if you have problems with Outlook, use this for troubleshooting as it is worth its money. That guy is for all intents and purposes more knowledgeable/accessible than MS itself regarding programmatically processing email with MAPI/CAPI. I find this a sorry state of affairs to be honest (read: ff'ing retarded! Not intended as an insult to people with dis-abilities, these people deserve respect each day they try to be the best they can be).

Each update from each version of Office I fear, because of undocumented changes that can and do harm to the MAPI/CAPI layer. Each time I lose hours of the day just to find what the F(!) goes wrong and fixing things proves to be unnecessary convoluted in the best of cases.

Long story short(er):
If I would find one of the MS developers responsible for this mess on fire I would not even p#ss them out, I would bring out the biggest bag of marshmallows I could find and use a bellows to extend the life of the fire so I have time enough to eat all of them.


I would look for a person with a reproductive organ that would easily support a mahogany dining table for 6 people and tell tell this person to have his way with each and any of the responsible MS devs, preferably in Death valley where any form of lubrication evaporates within seconds...

Decisions, decisions, decisions...
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is my desktop email client breaking mail message headers? on: March 09, 2014, 09:48:27 PM
If you updated your mail client around that date, I wouldn't rule out a configuration setting in your mail client being responsible for the munging.

Indeed, Wireshark is powerful software with a rather steep (but rewarding) learning curve.

You could use a portable version of the Thunderbird email client (I believe its default settings leave email on the mail server from your mail provider usually your ISP, so your mail is safe) and see if the mail header aren't munged. If that is the case, then your standard mail client is the problem. And if it isn't, then you know to look for a different location in the chain of software you use to receive your mail. Anti-virus and/or spam filter being used on your computer or at your mail provider.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Micro-Fundraiser for the Official DonationCoder CodyMobile! on: March 05, 2014, 06:38:55 PM
^Ask any woman how many men there are....   tongue
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 03, 2014, 05:35:16 AM
First, I do acknowledge security risks are introduced with installing old(er) software. However, in the WinAmp v1.91 case, there aren't that many attack vectors as it hardly does anything else than playing MP3's. What is not there...cannot be attacked.

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 01, 2014, 01:39:57 PM
If you want I can sent you a WinAmp v1.91 installer that actually comes from 1998...which still works fine on Windows 7 (I tried it myself).

About 600Kbyte of goodness  Wink
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software longevity on: March 01, 2014, 11:04:44 AM
For me it would be Directory Opus, as I used it since my Amiga days. Then again, there isn't that much software that jumped (successfully) from one PC eco-system to another, as Directory Opus did.

At least, nothing springs to (my) mind.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Survivorship Bias...an Insidious Enemy on: March 01, 2014, 10:09:34 AM
Interesting article. Life's lessons are learned by failure. Something similar was said by 40hz a few days ago.

And much smarter minds than my own have added that you can learn from failures of others as well. It's the finding out about the failure(s) of others that takes more effort. Something most people can't or won't do. After all, success stories spread more easily, which I attribute to other standard human behavior best caught with the saying 'Success has many fathers, failure is an orphan'.

137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GLaDOS explains fission and fusion for NASA's IRelevant Astronomy podcast on: February 27, 2014, 09:08:46 PM
^ Your Amiga, I presume?
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: GLaDOS explains fission and fusion for NASA's IRelevant Astronomy podcast on: February 27, 2014, 06:42:54 PM
 Wink  Thmbsup
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: February 25, 2014, 04:03:22 PM
Wolves do not deserve the stigma man has put on them. However, is this not just what happens every time when one species is too dominant? And isn't the same true when balance is restored?

Live and let live. That is the only way.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The first Lotus motorcycle on: February 23, 2014, 09:59:44 AM
You are totally right. The website of Parker Brothers is very basic, but they have a project Neutron (which looks very much like the Tron bike) that apparently is able to do all of what you want, but with only text and a static picture of the bike...who could tell?

A Tron bike is a typical example of an object where function follows design. Beautiful uselessness.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 22, 2014, 11:42:04 AM
There is an application called Zolt. Run XP with this application and see how it works out for you.

What it does is simple, it runs a service and adds an icon in the tray for easy enabling/disabling. As long as it is disabled, your computer will work normally. However, when enabled no-one is allowed to write to (any of) your hard disk(s) anymore. In essence, it turns a hard disk into a CD-ROM. The latest version of it that I could still find, was back in 2002(!) and it is still in my archive, so if you really want it I could PM it to you. For some reason, attaching it to this post seems impossible.

Try this software and be amazed about the type of sites you can visit without any chance of infection. At the time I tried it, I just had my 5 Mbit connection and a fresh XP installation. In those days it was bad in the Netherlands, the first time you would go on the net and immediately let your ant-virus software update itself, you would already infected by a(t least one) virus before that update was finished.

But with this software enabled not one virus was able to infect my system. To me this software looks like it disables write access at the Windows kernel level. I do remember though that 3 to 6 months after I downloaded this, I wanted to see if there were updates. The website of the creator just stated that he received a note from Microsoft, to stop development and distribution of the software immediately. Even (freeware) download sites didn't have links anymore.

This software comes with costs, though. Depending on how much software is installed in your XP installation that requires write access, your screen will be filled with Windows message boxes mentioning that: 'Application <insert name here> couldn't write to <insert folder here>.' in the best case scenario to application failures in the worst.

So only consider using this if you have no other option left than to keep running XP after the expiration date and don't mind clicking away Windows messages during the time this software is activated.

Or if you have a VM or clunker with XP you don't mind sacrificing, you might want to try it...or find out what makes it tick...or whatever.

Best see this as a last resort. The only serious consideration you should have in your mind is how to be able to upgrade to either a newer version of Windows or Linux. Please, give XP it's hard-earned and well-deserved rest.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The first Lotus motorcycle on: February 22, 2014, 11:11:41 AM
For the real thing (concept), look at this:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm71XMaC2Ik" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm71XMaC2Ik</a>.

And a short explanation from Parker Brothers Choppers Inc. on how they plan to build the concept:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnrP9l_PWxo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnrP9l_PWxo</a>

But the Lotus bike looks nice too  Thmbsup
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Processing Delays!? on: February 19, 2014, 04:59:58 AM
In both Process Explorer an Process Hacker, keep an eye out for the entry called 'Interrupts'.

This value should always be as low as possible, preferably not exceeding 1 to 2% even when doing a lot of reading/writing to disk. Because if it does, it is the first precursor of your drive failing. This is closely related for making Windows 'pause' without apparent reason.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PC Audio Enhancers on: February 16, 2014, 09:21:05 AM
From the ones I heard, I liked Soundpimp the best. However it comes at a cost of 52 USD last time I checked.

DFX is also good, this one I am currently trialling. This one is a lot cheaper and its a simple interface works for me.

Now if you have lots of time and money on your hands: www.audiomulch.com

More time than money? Try these:  Sound amplification (superuser.com) scroll a bit down for the post that is marked as the answer. This post contains links to a website with very interesting software and commercial virtual cable software.  You could use this free/donationware alternative virtual cable software.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 14, 2014, 07:18:26 AM
Do the pictures that change color all start with the color white on the left side?

Had a similar problem before, where the image was shown correctly with IrfanView, but ff'ed up in all Microsoft related products for viewing images. That is because these use (part of) Internet Explorer to render the image on your screen.

What I did was to add a 1-pixel wide bevel of a color very close to white on the left side of the image and a small bit on top and bottom of the image. This fixed my problem, it might fix yours.
146  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: VMware Valentine's Day Sale on: February 13, 2014, 04:29:21 PM
Never found a version of VMware I could run portable. But for VirtualBox there is a piece of software that uses the installer to create a portable VirtualBox.

And that I have used successfully on several computers. Hence my favorite would be VirtualBox. VMware is a solid experience though, especially when not using the VMware Player. That product is not bad at all, but forget (re-)configuring network settings in VMware VM's.

VMware Workstation is a tad expensive for my taste. Even with the 20% off, to be honest.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: February 11, 2014, 08:50:14 PM
If you enjoy movies about a group of thieves pulling of impossible "jobs", then you sure are going to love The art of Steal. Although the IMDB score isn't bad, I think it deserves more. Anyway, have fun watching this one... Thmbsup
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures.. on: February 10, 2014, 07:00:53 PM
The dogs are Alaska Malamut? My brother had one. Lovely animal, two pale blue eyes and couldn't bark for the life of her. Howling like a wolf was not a problem though. People were always immediately afraid when they laid eyes on her and I have never met a friendlier dog than her.

Beautiful race of dogs. Keep em close to the arctic circles though, because if you don't you'll be cleaning up the hair they shed on an hourly basis more or less.  Wink
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Whats on your desktop? on: February 10, 2014, 06:52:25 PM
I would have guessed the bike was a Vincent HRD Series. Then again I don't know my bikes that well. My English teacher is a proud collector of bikes manufactured between 1910-1930 (or thereabout). He also restores them in his free times and several newspaper articles have been written about him. On the day the school is open for anybody to see what professions you can study for, he would always put one of his collection there and would ride it for a bit as well.

These bikes don't have the performance of modern bikes (I don't mean they are slow), but sure make up for it with style. 
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: tip: check your mouse before going to red alert. on: February 08, 2014, 08:49:44 PM
There can still be problems with the cable between a wired USB mouse and the port it is connected to. I have a Logitech multi-button mouse that works fine when the cable is a certain position, unfortunately that position appears to shift. Never found a replacement cable here in PY. People have given me older, cheaper brand mouses and the Logitech mouse cable contains more inner wires than the cheapo's do.

What also can be a problem is the USB port that is being used by the mouse. Even if there is nothing wrong with the mouse, its cable or the physical USB port it is connected to, then still there can be problem with Windows not being able to properly communicate with the USB device. While the device would work fine on the USB port right next to it.

Extremely irritating, I can tell you that much. I have a headless server here that has no problem with any USB device I connect to it, except the keyboard. that one will only work in one of the 8 USB ports on the back which are difficult to reach. The device is detected, Windows reports that the appropriate software is successfully installed...and that is it. Do not expect to be able to type anything. I exchanged keyboards (different models, different brands), but to no avail. So I hooked up an old PS2 clunker and all is dandy.

One would assume that the USB standard is around long enough for Windows to not behave so "stubborn" as it sometimes does. Ah well.... 
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