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General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: June 21, 2011, 07:16 PM »
You could have a look at AutoSave Essentials. I used to use AutoSave 2 but development seemed rather slow (there have been no new updates in at least 2 years to AutoSave 2) and I moved to FileHamster. Not sure what the difference is between AutoSave 2 and Essentials but it seemed to do what it said on the tin (which includes file versioning backups).

I still use and like AutoSave 2. Avanquest ruined a great program with AutoSave Essentials. With AutoSave one could create a definition that would back up exactly and only what one wanted. With Essentials, if I recall correctly, one had to create a new definition for each type of file. It was designed for people who don't know what they're doing.

I still use WordPerfect and Quattro Pro to boot.

Just curious--did you try deleting the entries from Device Manager and refreshing or rebooting? Sometimes that alone solves the problem.

A search for something to control runaway CPU usage brought me to DC and Process Tamer in March 2005 as member #58. Where else can you have a program written just for you? Thanks, DC.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: ClipTrap
« on: February 01, 2011, 03:23 PM »
Hmmm...I'm showing that the download itself is the v1.0.4 zipfile even though the page says v1.0.3.  I wonder where they got an older version from?

I think they just saw the version number on your site and assumed the download was the same version; I'd reported that I was using 1.0.4.

I have had a rocky relationship with VIPRE and repeatedly uninstalled different versions from one machine on which it wouldn't work, but I think Sunbelt/GFI should be congratulated for responding to my false positive submission within an hour. And a scan I just did found nothing amiss.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / ClipTrag flagged as Trojan by VIPRE
« on: February 01, 2011, 02:38 PM »
I've already heard from Sunbelt. Your website has an older version so I pointed them to the latest version. The version they tried scans clean, and weirdly, if I manually scan just my ClipTrap folder it scans clean as well.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: ClipTrap
« on: February 01, 2011, 12:57 PM »
I'm using v1.0.4 build 1 and VIPRE Premium, which should yield the same results as VIPRE.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / ClipTrag flagged as Trojan by VIPRE
« on: February 01, 2011, 12:16 PM »
Hi, skwire:

Thought you'd be delighted to know that ClipTrap is flagged as a Trojan by Sunbelt/GFI's VIPRE. Perhaps it secretly steals DonationCredits, a sure-fire way to earn millions.

I've notified Sunbelt of the false positive.

Found Deals and Discounts / Free version of O&O Defrag
« on: January 19, 2011, 11:20 AM »
Today O&O Software released a free version of its defragger via It is also available from O&O Software.

From the press release:

Functions at a glance
Users of O&O Defrag Free Edition can schedule the time for regular defragmentation. For users working on mobile systems such as Notebooks and Netbooks, the defragmentation is interrupted when the machines are no longer connected to the mains, in order to conserve battery life. The drives are divided into speed zones, which not only reduce program and system start-up times but also prevent fragmentation of program files from the very start.
O&O Defrag Professional Edition.

The commercially available Premium variation for $49.95 (Update $29.95) has a much more advanced range of functions. Users of the full version can choose from a total of eight defragmentation methods, can configure the zone settings individually, as well as various other settings, and can create as many time-schedules for automatic defragmentation as they wish. The optimization of Solid State Drives (SSDs) for any brand of SSD is also only available in the full version.

I realize there are a bunch of defraggers out there; I just wanted to bring this to everybody's attention.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: ClipTrap
« on: January 05, 2011, 03:58 PM »
Perfect, as far as I can tell. Thanks so much.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: ClipTrap
« on: January 04, 2011, 08:27 PM »
Happy new year, skwire. Any chance of adding 1) word-wrap and 2) option for blank line between clips to ClipTrap?


Damn. I sincerely and humbly apologize, skwire. This was my obviously lame and misguided attempt at humor. Once again I have learned that things don't always come across in writing as intended. (I guess smileys do have a purpose after all.) I did not ask for and never expected an allowance for various artists and in fact declined your generous offers for additional features. I was merely trying to say once again that you quickly and expertly helped me out with your amazing skills. Please forgive my unartful comment. You deserved better.

There are a few methods that could attempt to handle this but the original poster didn't request it so I never added it.

Original poster would be me. I didn't ask you to translate AP into Amharic either, but honestly, don't some things go without saying?

I still marvel that a few hours after inquiring about software like this I had my very own program in hand. Thanks again. I only wish I had similarly catalogued all my LPs before they were stolen a few years back. I can't remember half the music I had.

superboyac, if you ever solve the classical music issue to your satisfaction please let me know.

General Software Discussion / MSGTAG is alive, sort of
« on: January 09, 2010, 10:53 AM »
I received the following message from MSGTAG support; the website is still down. I'm posting so that anyone doing a web search might have more luck than I did figuring out what's wrong:

As you probably know we are having serious problems with our current
server hosting provider. Despite their market reputation we have had
surprisingly long delays in tracing and rectifying an outage that has
affected the server that is responsible for MSGTAG tags and the system
that allows us to email users about the problems, as well as some other
sub-systems. This has meant that the error has not only affected all of
our users and customers, but has also prevented us from getting the word

General Software Discussion / Is MSGTAG defunct?
« on: January 08, 2010, 03:17 PM »
I'm a longtime, satisfied user of MSGTAG (lets you know when your sent emails have been read), but the service seems to be down along with their website. Does anyone know if MSGTAG has folded? Has anyone had good experience with alternatives such as ReadNotify?


Recently Eusing introduced a new one, Todo Backup.

I believe you mean Easeus.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 RELEASE: Artwinauto BlitzType
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:42 PM »
will fix the bug. you would be using firefox.
Perish the thought. Opera.

N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 RELEASE: Artwinauto BlitzType
« on: December 31, 2009, 01:52 PM »
In 2010 I will not spend time playing with utilities when I have other work to do. But since it's still 2009...

Hitting the right Shift key often doesn't seem to work.
Will there be a way to remove a phrase (CTRL+Delete?) Or maybe Ctrl+Alt+Delete--that's not used for anything.

What size phrase is accommodated? If I type "Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party" repeatedly I get different parts of the phrase. Only when I enter the full phrase manually is it one of the options.

If I intersperse my address repeatedly in some text it doesn't get picked up.

I don't understand the special character bit.

When posting to the forum the popup is nowhere near my typing, not that it really matters.


One thing that would reduce the number of false positives is if antivirus benchmarking sites evaluated and scored and reported on the number of false positives in antivirus products.  I'm not sure how our award could address that though.

AV Comparatives AV-Comparatives prominently displays a false positives rating which seems accurate, based on my limited experience.AV-Comparatives.png

I agree with the goal of the certification, but it can result in recommending an otherwise lousy product, particularly one that produces lots of fully explained false positives.

I think this discussion misses the point to some extent: the goal is to eliminate false positives, not explain them. Given a choice between product A, which produces almost no false positives but offers no explanation, and product B, which produces reams of them but explains them perfectly, I'd choose A.

Screenshot Captor / Re: SC: Discussion of Scanning Functions
« on: October 27, 2009, 07:34 AM »
PDF seems to work fine. Thanks, mouser.

ManicTime looks impressive and sophisticated but for my needs has things backwards. If I've understood correctly, ManicTime logs your activity automatically but then you have to go back and tag what you were doing. Skrommel's TaskLog and the late, lamented TimeKeeper ask if you're still doing activity X and give you the opportunity to continue or change activities; thus you log as you go and are reminded if you're wasting time or procrastinating.

I haven't installed MT, but it appeared that there was no tag list; one has to remember the tags one's used. Also, right-clicking on a timeline to add a tag would be more convenient than clicking the tag button.

I'd love to have the utility of TaskLog combined with some ManicTime's impressive analysis and other features.

General Software Discussion / Re: What is your preferred font?
« on: September 28, 2009, 11:06 PM »
For printing I like Spranq Ecofont Spranq Ecofont, which has holes in each character and thereby saves toner/ink.

As one of the foremost experts on unnecessarily complicating one's life I would like to offer a slightly different perspective.

Setting up such a PC has non-monetary costs. You'll have another PC to maintain, and the more complicated the system the more likely you are to make mistakes and the less time you'll have for other pursuits. If you use PayPal or banking fairly often, do you really want to have to go to another PC? When do the small risks justify extraordinary measures? For example, the consequences of having the websites you maintain hacked would be far greater than those of a fraudulent credit card transaction for which you wouldn't be liable.

Have you taken all the simpler steps first? Do you already use non-text, maximum-length, encrypted passwords? That doesn't require another PC.

If you're worried about banking and credit cards, have you taken all the steps you should take whether or not you set up a security PC, such as:

-setting up alerts on your accounts for transactions exceeding a certain amount
-monitoring your credit reports up to 3x a year for free
-setting up fraud alerts with the credit reporting agencies
-using virtual credit card numbers if you have any doubt about the vendor

If you're worried about the consequences of burglary, have you properly secured your house? Your data may be safe with FDE, but it's still a hassle to lose your stuff.

Have you thought about where the greatest risks actually lie? For example, I've used PayPal, eBay, and online banking extensively for years and have never had a problem, but I've had a couple of fraudulent transactions on a credit card I don't use online. Also, someone tried to open a Capital One account using my mother's information, and she's never touched a computer.

How often has your computer actually been infected with malware? I used to obsess about security software, etc. until I finally realized this just hasn't been a problem for me.

If you do decide to go ahead, I like the idea of a virtual machine (a cheap, simple, and convenient option). I dislike the idea of off-lease equipment (that is, equipment that was leased rather than bought, used for the lease period (often 3 years), and returned). Security and reliability are inextricably linked.

I don't mean to disparage your idea. Those of us who like to tinker with computers are inclined to think of adding new equipment as a solution. Setting up a security PC isn't a bad idea; it's just not the first idea one should consider.

Brilliant idea. I will let a local ESL organization know about this.

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