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76  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: links of files of a web server on: March 22, 2015, 11:34:52 PM
Any reasonably modern computer has sufficient resources to run the requisites of most, if not all, CMS's. Heck, if the amount of users that make use of these requisites is low, even older systems (Pentium 4 class) won't have problems. On Windows you have a lot of choice. XAMPP is one of those solutions. But there are many more and have been discussed previously on the boards here.

When you run such a solution you will have a working Apache web server, a MySQL database server and PHP. These are the building blocks which most CMS's need to function. After that is done, find the CMS you like on this website.

In my experiences with XAMPP I always liked that by default all is stored in the main folder XAMPP. You usually install it in C:\XAMMP or extract it in such a location (yes, it can be used as a portable app too).

The one thing you should remember though, is that the computer running XAMPP isn't too exposed to the internet. Solutions such as XAMPP are meant for testing and developing and should not be used in a production environment. At least not with their default settings enabled. To my knowledge any of these solutions come with instructions to make them safe for a production environment. 

Yes, all of the above will require you to study, but you will be glad that you did in the long run.
77  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: links of files of a web server on: March 22, 2015, 05:01:07 PM
Excel is one of the worst tools for this kind of job...and as you asked for advice from professionals, they will tell you that Excel is (one of) the worst tool for this kind of job. A Content Management System (CMS) is more suited for such a job. Most CMS's make use of a database which has no problems storing and showing links (or storing/showing files if you are so inclined).

This kind of solution is usually faster than working with Excel files containing links. And that is not the only advantage such systems have over manually managing files and links in and/or with Excel.

I am sorry if I offend, but n my opinion Excel is perceived to be a hammer by many and these many see all their problems turn into nails. This way of thinking causes unmaintainable files, vague file structures and disastrous workflows come into life.

Although you might think you have saved time/money by "nailing" your problem. It is better to get it clear in your head what you want to achieve and then look for existing solutions on the internet. You will find that in most cases there is already such a solution ready for you to use. Commercial, open source or otherwise.
78  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 22, 2015, 09:19:45 AM
If you have a spare hard disk and sufficiently sized pen drive laying around, feel free to download a trial iso of Windows 8(.1), create a boot-able pen drive using that iso (Rufus is one of the easiest tools I know), disconnect your main hard disk, connect the spare hard disk and start installing.

There is no surer way to test if your system is able to handle a new OS. And by disconnecting your main hard disk you won't make any (unintentional) changes to your main OS. After you are done testing...disconnect the spare hard disk and reconnect your main hard disk and you are ready to roll again in the comforts of your trusted OS.

 
79  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 21, 2015, 04:39:52 PM
Breastmilk...ok, I can still get why some people have/want an alternative use for that. But those pictures of ..., I have little to no words for them.

80  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 21, 2015, 04:30:17 PM
You forgot to mention that after the grace period of not being able to verify the status of your OS (at this point your background goes black) you enter in another (much shorter) grace period. When you run out of that one, your computer reboots after 2 hours.

It is my guess that something similar will happen with Windows 10. Maybe they will use a different interval, depending on the device that is running Windows 10.
81  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My computer is haunted? on: March 20, 2015, 11:01:27 PM
Worst case scenario: your USB ports could be fried. You will need to buy either a PCI expansion card supporting multiple USB ports or a new new mainboard.

Less worst case scenario: the drivers for your USB ports are broken. Removing and re-installing your USB drivers would be the best solution. More often than not, USB 3.0 ports need specific drivers which are usually found on the installation media that comes with the mainboard. And if you misplaced the installation media, you likely can find these drivers on the manufacturers website as well.

Are you sure that the mainboard is supplied sufficient amounts of "juice"? All kinds of (very) vague and seemingly unrelated problems can occur when your power supply isn't capable anymore to deliver the +12, +5, -5 and GND required by your mainboard. You could try to use a different power supply and check if the errors still occur when connecting the USB keyboards again. A high quality power supply really makes a difference, but often people fit their PC with a cheap model power supply, so they can spend more on a (more) decent video card or SSD or whatever.

If you as builder of your own system can "save" a lot of money this way, guess where a manufacturer of pre-built consumer-grade PC's will spend as little as possible. And if these manufacturers move systems in bulk that really adds up.

Here in Paraguay you don't have much choice, but since I have been using Corsair power supplies (and the occasional OCZ) I spent much less time on workstation maintenance. 

 
82  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: March 18, 2015, 09:21:36 AM
Maybe the Outlook/Office you were using hadn't all the necessary patches? That would be my first guess. Besides, What version of Exchange is running? If your Outlook is 2 versions older than the Exchange it connects to...your usually SOL.
83  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: my problem with programming on: March 17, 2015, 11:02:35 PM
Perhaps UML could be considered a solution here in this case.
84  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: is it possible to easily build a GUI mockup? on: March 17, 2015, 08:42:05 PM
Simple mockups ain't that difficult to do. Long time ago I used TurboPHP to create something for a prospect. While that never took off, I did like TurboPHP. Mind you, this was around 2006 or so.

You can still find the binaries and installer on the Google Code site I linked to earlier. Fair warning though...in case you are interested, you should hurry with the download, because Google will be closing Google Code (I forgot when). The installer is slightly less than 8 MByte, so it should not take long. Doesn't look like there is much development going on though, the installer is from 2007.  undecided
85  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a free image viewer with strong editing features on: March 13, 2015, 06:55:57 AM
One of the DC members here (Vitaly if memory serves me right) has made RWpaint, which has editing covered pretty well.

PaintStar is another alternative (also free, but this one can be used as portable...at least the version that I have here does)

And if Gimp isn't what you like, there is Krita.

Still, a good viewer is not an editor and a good editor isn't a good viewer.
86  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 10, 2015, 10:49:49 PM
Is it not common to apply a coating on a new(er) car once every year or two, depending on the harshness of winter?

To clean roads of snow, municipalities use salt...which turns snow into a brown/blackish sludge that finds its way into every nook and cranny on the bottom and sides of your car. In no time your car will look eerilie similar to that brown/blackish sludge all year round. That is the reality in the Netherlands. However, there is a coating that protects your car. I only know it is called 'bitak'/'bitac' and that works very well for rust prevention.

If all you do is driving over smooth asphalt, then that coating easily lasts for years. Hence I always thought it was applied to any car. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
87  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: March 10, 2015, 12:13:41 AM
My mother drove for a taxi company when I was a young kid and I spent quite some time in his garage and houses. The guy did all the maintenance himself...or delegated to his sons. His garage had a hole in the floor where an adult could stand in. It was all tiled up, had stairs for easy entrance, room for tool storage on decent height. All that was left was to drive the car over the hole, leaving the bottom exposed for any kind of job you require. Very safe for when you need to work under a car.

 
88  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please help superboyac build a server (2013 edition). on: March 08, 2015, 10:44:49 PM
When you add mirroring, your file-system will generate more overhead. Simply stated, you sacrifice speed for stability. Doesn't matter which file-system and/or RAID setup you use.

Also, verify the health of the disks in your storage pool(s). It is possible that one of your disks is generating a lot of interrupts, dragging the speed of all other drives down.

There is still a long shot (especially with older drives): drive alignment. Any partition management tool (Minitool has freeware for this) can verify this for you and allows you to align one or more partitions. If the partitions id filled with lots of data, this will take quite some time (hours). An empty partition is aligned within seconds. This really matters if disk I/O is of significance to you.

If you want speed, having a trustworthy backup strategy in place for your data and turning off any mirroring functionality is your best bet.

And if you are not comfortable with that, then your backup strategy isn't as trustworthy as you think Wink
89  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: March 07, 2015, 04:33:13 PM
Android and iOS don't carry nearly as much "baggage" as Windows does. The systems on which those mobile OS's are build, do.

Operating systems such as Linux and BSD have networking ingrained into them. Pre-Vista Windows versions actually used the BSD implementation to do networking.

Building on a base that has networking down means that this system is build around different design principles. You will still find 20-year old code in the most current versions of Windows (after all, backwards compatibility). Design choices that were made in the beginning of Windows are most probably biting the Windows Phone OS in the rear-end now.

As I own a Lumia 520 I concur with anyone about noticing a huge difference in battery life when WiFi is enabled or not. WiFi = off > close to 36 hours on a charge. When it is on, barely 24 hours. What most people forget is how much energy is spent on finding a WiFi network. If you commute and cross between a lot of dead spots or areas with a lot of (protected) WiFi networks, your phone will spent a lot of extra energy trying to find and/or connect to WiFi networks.The same applies to connecting to a 2G/3G/4G network.

Design choices in a mature software product made in a period where computers were mostly stationary will bite in the current mobile trend. But that is 20/20 hindsight for you.

All I want to say is that most people don't see that a simple (and logically sound) request can have a huge impact on a code base. Making any drastic change in a mature code base, without sacrificing (too much) backwards compatibility? Don't expect it coming soon...   
90  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multimeters are indispensable when working with any electrical apparatus. on: March 04, 2015, 05:03:49 PM
And for the elite: a digital or analog oscilloscope... tongue
91  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need SSL Certificate Recomendations on: March 04, 2015, 04:51:45 PM
Self-signed, perhaps? At least you can make these last 10 years...

Or is it for the company and it's clients. Because for internal use only, I wouldn't be bothered too much about makin' me some certificates Wink


(it is bad to make such long lasting ones...I am familiar with the do's and don'ts)
92  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.
93  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.
94  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.
95  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.
96  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.
97  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.
98  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.
99  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).
100  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.
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