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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Is XP really that good? on: November 28, 2008, 12:51:19 AM
Some good folks around DC may recall that I have opinions...  tellme

I am a huge fan on Linux, Unix and most things other than M$ OSes.  That being said, I have been running Win XP for several years.  I have a fairly tweaked system that I don't screw with much and I have been stable for a long time.  I recently upgrade to 4 GB RAM because 1) I could and 2) I thought it might improve my performance.  I have been running 2 GB for most of my XP career.

I'm currently running all of my normal stuff plus Google Chrome and have used only 1 GB RAM.  I'm using Process Explorer and I have been sitting at 1GB.  I've got  8 freaking tabs open plus I'm watching a movie* with VLC on top of all the other RAM sucking things I run normally.  WTF?  Is XP really that good at RAM management?

I'm spoiled enough to have a whole P4 system dedicated to PCLinuxOS.  It's cools and snappy; i'm not sure it's worth switching from XP.  Have we finally reached the point where local resources are a 2nd priority?  My Dell D600 laptop sucks (explainative) with 1024 RAM, why is my desktop so much more usable with the same free RAM?

I always want to believe Linux is better with RAM than XP; but I'm having a hard time making a case for desktop use.   What am I missing?

*Hancock MKV
102  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome -- a new browser coming (in beta) in a few hours on: September 02, 2008, 02:47:29 PM
Is this true?

"If I'm not wrong Chrome is a bigger memory guzzler than FF!!"

http://twitter.com/nischa...shetty/statuses/907157174
http://twitter.com/nischa...shetty/statuses/907161826

What I'm seeing is that it does use more RAM than FF 3.0.1.  However, it is currently an early beta, they might tighten the memory in GA.  

The other reason is the design.  I would expect Chrome to use more RAM and I'm ok with that given the isolation of tabs, javascript, etc.  

So far, I thinks I likes it.  Thmbsup
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Large Text File Viewer on: August 04, 2008, 12:19:23 PM
The TTLCMD List utility is available standalone:  http://www.ghisler.com/lister/
104  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual Webdrive for everywhere on: June 26, 2008, 08:22:05 PM
sftpdrive is an interesting solution; assuming you have an SSH capable server to store your stuff on.

Website Link

It maps a windows drive using only ssh and sftp.  At $39.00 is seems a little pricey to me...

Quote from: Their Website
Don't drag and drop. Don't transfer back and forth. Just use your network files directly from your applications. SftpDrive network-enables all your Windows applications by enabling you to map your SSH server as a network drive. Save and edit files directly on your server. Perfect for any web developer or programmer that runs Windows, but relies on Linux.
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 14, 2008, 11:50:40 AM
I like the idea of a dedicated Linux (or Other OS) Discussion area.    Child board?  Probably not.
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do we need a Linux and/or Mac child board? on: June 14, 2008, 11:49:18 AM
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sorry, I tried Plan9 once, WAAAY to geeky.

huh I thought we were all about being geeky.

Well, sure... geeky is good; Barely usable is not...  Grin
Trying out the Plan9 LiveCD was about as joy-inspiring as partitioning an OS/2 install  hanged

OS/2 partitioning was EASY.  Had a nice triple boot system running.. OS/2, Win95 and Slackware... ahh memories.
107  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Programming Contest from DonationCoder.com and Veign.com - Deadline July 1st on: June 08, 2008, 08:26:44 PM
Mouser and Veign this is a great idea.  I hope you get a lot of entries.

 Thmbsup
108  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2007 / Re: Help me find a name for my reading/writing speed-up program on: June 02, 2008, 01:46:49 PM
I vote for EyeCue!  VERY clever

Cheers,
Mary G.

I think that is taken.... by a program that helps you read "up to 1000% faster"
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Silly: Best web error message? on: May 12, 2008, 01:22:18 PM
http://www.homestarrunner.com/doesnotexists.fil

110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything? on: April 11, 2008, 08:05:51 AM
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Nice collection.  I didn't see OS 9 (AT&T) or OS X (Mac) on your list?  Are you slipping?

Do you mean Plan 9? That was the next one on my list  Evil

I never had any mac hardware so I never got to play with OS X or 9 or 7 or any of that. Sad
If I did, you could probably add Darwin to that list...
Yes, Plan 9. I think I had OS X in my head when I wrote that.

Since Apple is running on Intel now, you can find some DVD ISO's of OS X (10.5 ) that'll run on some generic PC's.  I have an e-machines system that I was able to boot up.  Has a 945G Mobo and chip set.

I haven't looked for a few weeks, there were some folks working on making it go under VMware.
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do you collect anything? on: April 10, 2008, 02:32:04 PM
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Operating Systems
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Aargh! My weak spot... (and I thought I was immune to this thread...)
For some reason I just cannot resist when some rebel upstart offers an alternative to the MS experience, just for fun, or when I get a fancy to go back to the "good old days".
Some of the OS's sitting in my bin right now (not counting the Windows NT through XP cd's and the stack of Linux distros and live cd's I tried before finally settling on Xubuntu):

MS-DOS 6.22 (3 floppies)
Windows 3.11 (6 floppies)
OS/2 Warp 4 (3 floppies + 1 CD)
OS/2 Warp 4.52 (2 CD's)
FreeDOS 1.1 (the latest!)
BeOS 5 PE (1 CD)
Syllable OS (2 CD's:1 unmarked, 1 latest ver. 0.6.4)
NetBSD (2 CD's I downloaded in 2002, never got around to installing...)
QNX Demo Disk (Network and Modem versions, 1 floppy each)
MenuetOS (0.76, 0.83 and 0.85, 1 floppy each)
VisopSys 0.69 (1 floppy)
V2OS 0.64 (strangest of the bunch... 1 floppy)

And I fear it's not going to stop there... ohmy

Nice collection.  I didn't see OS 9 (AT&T) or OS X (Mac) on your list?  Are you slipping?  tongue
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: April 05, 2008, 10:49:08 PM
I've been using Total Commander since it was WinCommander!  It has a wealth of plug-ins available that let you SFTP, read ISO files, and just about anything else you'd want.  I keep finding things I like about it. Most recently, I noticed that I can include a description for files.  Total Commander creates and maintains a decsript.ion file to keep track of file comments in each directory.

Pack or Unpack files with a variety of tools:  .zip, .tar, .gzip, .rar, .lha, .arj and more.  Filename search, text search, file compare.....  the list never ends!!!   Thmbsup

 cheesy 
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Flash Animation - Walk in the Woods on: April 05, 2008, 10:27:54 PM
It's a cartoon and here is the direct link http://www.weebls-stuff.c...oons/A+Walk+In+The+Woods/

Mildly entertaining... potty humor.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch file problem on: April 03, 2008, 12:53:45 PM
Yes.  Call is the answer.

I'm so happy someone still uses .BAT files.   tongue
115  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags on: April 03, 2008, 12:49:34 PM
For something less like what I want, I found this:
TaskSwitchXP - famous alt-tab manager

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TaskSwitchXP is an advanced task management utility that picks up where the standard Windows Alt+Tab switcher leaves off. It provides the same functionality, and adds visual styles to the dialog and also enhances it by displaying thumbnail preview of the application that will be switched to

An interesting feature:
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Instances Switcher

TaskSwitchXP allows you quickly to switch between multitudinous tasks of one application (e.g. Internet Explorer, or Microsoft Word). In this mode, TaskSwitchXP automatically filters all instances of the currently foreground application.

I'm going to stick w/ the Skrommel solution as it is what I was looking for.   Cool
116  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags on: April 03, 2008, 12:40:50 PM
 Thmbsup Cool.  Skrommel Strikes Again.  Grin

Keep this up and you'll be a verb:

Boss: "Dude, did you finish that program?"

Prgrmr: "Heck yeah,  I Skrommeled that thing 2 hours ago."

Boss: "Word!"
117  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: Window Tags on: April 03, 2008, 07:51:51 AM
I looked @ the skrommel page and didn't see anything like this per se.  Of course there's so much stuff there, I could've missed it.  tongue
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: post your 5 most used applications in 2007 here! on: April 01, 2008, 10:41:05 PM
FireFox
Total Commander
Thunderbird
PuTTY
Boxer Text Editor
Total Launchbar*

Since Browsers and Email are always used, I'll add two more:
Irfanview
UltraISO

Can't live with Process Explorer either....

Always running in back:

AlphaClock
ClockX
Daemon Tools
Ghost
TightVNC
EverNote Lite
Process Tamer
Total LaunchBar*

*It's both.. always running and I use it all the time.
119  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Window Tags on: April 01, 2008, 12:25:47 PM
This is something I could use occasionally.  I have 10 windows open, but I need/want to switch back and forth between 2 or 3 of them a lot.
Say I'm testing a PHP script and I have the server in a putty session.  The php manual page in a browser window and I'm testing the script in another browser window.  I'd like to hit a hotkey to tag each of those windows with so I can switch to them quickly.  That way if I get an email or some other app changes focus, I don't have to fight to get by alt-tab order fixed again.

So Putty is my focused window, I type Ctrl-T, 1 and tag it.  Php Manual Browser is focus I hit Ctrl-T, 2.  Testing Browser Ctrl-T, 3.  So when I want to switch to putty, I just hit Ctrl-1.  Ctrl-3 to test again.  Ctrl-1 to look at my php.log.  Ctrl-2, back to the manual.

Ctrl-Shift-1, ctrl-alt-1 or whatever makes it easy to avoid other hot key combos.

Any takers?  Is this useful?
120  DonationCoder.com Software / Skrommel's Software / Skrommel in PC Magazine 91 Utils on: March 31, 2008, 10:30:18 PM
As seen in the article here: PC Mag LINK
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 Thmbsup Skrommel  beerchug greenclp
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Cause of Vista crashes on: March 28, 2008, 02:50:53 PM
Gee, weren't they blaming Intel last month?

Microsoft execs saw problems with early Vista

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Microsoft and PC makers used "Windows Vista Capable" stickers in an attempt to maintain sales of Windows XP machines during the 2006 holiday shopping season, after Windows Vista's retail release was delayed to early 2007. The internal e-mails reveal an extensive debate inside Microsoft over the hardware specifications needed to qualify.

One message points to chip maker Intel Corp., a key Microsoft partner, to explain the decision to lower the requirements a piece of hardware needed to qualify for the "Windows Vista Capable" designation.

Maybe they should follow Apple's lead and use their own hardware.  tongue
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 27, 2008, 12:51:04 PM
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But boy, there sure is something in the way that Gibson writes about his stuff that really sets some people off.
Yes, the way he writes... the way he sometimes claim to have invented new stuff... his self-importance... and the way the whole choir of believers just swallow the whole load without questioning.

I suppose so.  I think some of that is how you read it.  It is advertising ya know. 

I just went and looked at the SpinRite 6 FAQ's.  They seem to be fairly up front.  Works with SMART, won't low-level format.  30-Day NQA $ back.  *shurg*
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 26, 2008, 10:03:37 AM
Hirudin: please don't bring spinrite into this, it's snake-oil smiley, and mr. Gibson only has buzzwords and "it's super secret advanced tech!" to say, nothing quantitative.

Slightly off Topic.  Just wanted to call BS on your snake-oil comment.  Spinerite actually does work in some cases.  I have used it to recover 1 or 2 drives.  See the article here:PC World Mag

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Fortunately, SpinRite 6 is less ambiguous when it encounters a distressed drive. I put the app to work on four magnetically damaged floppy disks, and it lit up the screen with flashing graphics as it worked to recover my data. It saved three of the four.

SpinRite 6 is no substitute for regular backups. Still, having the software around for maintenance--and knowing it's there in an emergency--makes it worth the price.

heh.. no I didn't write the article.  Look, I never claimed Spinrite is the world's greatest software.   I am familiar with SMART and I know that new drives should be able to deal with things much better than my old ESDI & MFM drives did.  And I never suggested Spinrite in lieu of backups; that'd be freakin' nuts.

I'm just saying that it has saved a few "near death" drives that I know of and I seriously doubt it's total BS.  You may think $89 is too much for what it does (or doens't) do, but that's a different issue.

In a perfect world, we'd all near instant backups of all our data and a dead drive would be a trivial issue;  Replace drive, restore data, resume work.
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 25, 2008, 03:02:04 PM
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1) How long is considered to be too long for a thread?

when it's one post longer than your own personal interest in it.  Wink

Funny, but true.  Depending on the goal of the forum*, as long as more than two people are participating and enjoying the thread, carry on.  Two people can do the same thing in email without taking up our internet space, if only 1 person is talking it's called a blog.   tongue

*If the goal is to build a knowledge base, anything over 5 pages is too long.  Very few people will venture into something over 100 posts, so the information will be unusable.
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 25, 2008, 02:52:24 PM
Hirudin: please don't bring spinrite into this, it's snake-oil smiley, and mr. Gibson only has buzzwords and "it's super secret advanced tech!" to say, nothing quantitative.

Slightly off Topic.  Just wanted to call BS on your snake-oil comment.  Spinerite actually does work in some cases.  I have used it to recover 1 or 2 drives.  See the article here:PC World Mag

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Fortunately, SpinRite 6 is less ambiguous when it encounters a distressed drive. I put the app to work on four magnetically damaged floppy disks, and it lit up the screen with flashing graphics as it worked to recover my data. It saved three of the four.

SpinRite 6 is no substitute for regular backups. Still, having the software around for maintenance--and knowing it's there in an emergency--makes it worth the price.
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