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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 20, 2011, 02:33:56 PM
You probably saw it, but here's a video of the "Developer's Preview" on a tablet :

Quote
Not unlike an artfully created but tiny-portioned appetizer leading into a flavorful and filling main course that remains stuck in the kitchen, my first hands-on experience with Windows 8 left me eager for what was coming but disappointed with what was set in front of me.

Microsoft lent out Windows 8 tablets to attendees at the end of the Build conference preview yesterday, surprisingly running an earlier version of the in-development operating system than the one that had been demonstrated as functional earlier in the day.

(My emphasis)

http://download.cnet.com/...ok-at-windows-8-hands-on/
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 20, 2011, 11:56:09 AM
The version numbers are on page 2 and 4:
http://www.tomshardware.c...tandard-html5,3013-2.html
http://www.tomshardware.c...tandard-html5,3013-4.html
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 19, 2011, 11:20:23 PM
Thanks for the link. So at least I wasn't dreaming.

Individual configurations can really mess with performance though. And here Firefox is now okay with Google +... Still, Chrome is a tad faster. cheesy
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 19, 2011, 11:15:14 AM
@carol : thanks for taking the time to test the Developer's Preview. Nice!

Nothing says if the version used on the video demo is the same as the Developer's Preview, however. At first I thought you were exclusively commenting the "Developer's Preview", which seemed "fair", but then you seemed to be already judging Windows 8... A bit too early, isn't it ?

--

Aren't the tiles UI more for tablets and phones ? In any case I personally like the "tiles" design and I can see some clear advantages to it (compared to, lets say... iOS icon layout, etc.). But don't have the time to develop right now.

As long as it's fast, secure, robust, compatible, flexible enough, still keyboard friendly, and... as long as it doesn't fall down the Apple hole...
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 18, 2011, 04:10:51 PM
Ok, the problem is the NoScript add-on. It's the first one I disabled, so it was easy (the usual suspect).

Whitelisting the https://plus.google.com/ address or even enabling all scripts didn't seem to make a difference. Later, I might try to tinker a bit more with it, but for now, with NoScript disabled... Firefox is almost as fast as chrome...  Wink

Now let's see if Google Plus remains fast throughout the week.
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 18, 2011, 03:33:46 PM
Thanks for everybody's input on my tangential preoccupations. The general consensus is that firefox should be fast, and it seems reasonable enough (even if Chrome does "feel" faster, for both subjective and objective reasons...  Wink). I'm absolutely not ready to abandon firefox for chrome, so I will later disable some (or all) firefox plugins and re-enable them in little groups and... report back.

I wouldn't be surprised if somewhere in these add-ons lies the source of problem.
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 17, 2011, 01:48:38 PM
Ok, firefox is faster... That said, Google+ is still slower here on firefox and I'm wondering why. But no big deal... I was asking if other people had the same experience as this is a Google+ related thread.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 17, 2011, 12:33:54 PM
You might be right. But that's not the point. Errr...  I should've put my comment in context : in the context of Google+ and my home, Chrome is faster than Firefox for sure.  smiley (I've usually got no interest in benchmarks of any sort for browsers as it seems like an endless debate with too many parameters involved -- Unless the difference is so blunt that there's no possible ambiguity.)
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 17, 2011, 10:55:19 AM
@zridling, @mahesh2k

Chrome is faster than firefox for sure (although chrome once choked on a Google+ page -- this is anecdotal though and probably doesn't tell anything).

In any case Google+ doesn't seem light at all... don't know if Flash and Ajax are the "cause" or if Firefox is. Will do some more testing this week if I have the time. Thanks.
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 04:30:54 PM
Hehe.

However, aren't there cases where a count down will be triggered after a while and you computer will restart anyway ? Maybe not... but I think I've experienced that in the past.
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ Extensions thread on: September 16, 2011, 03:36:50 PM
Could be because of its beta-ish state, but here Google+ is  s - l - o - w.
It's been like that, well... at least since I've started using it.  smiley

I like the way it works etc., but I have to have to wait for ever for pages to finally load. Compared to it, Facebook is a racing car. And that's not a good thing. embarassed



Am I the only one experiencing that slowness ?
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 02:52:21 PM
I like the

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  1. net stop "automatic updates"

solution.

I'd get a notification that a reboot is necessary, but it would stop nagging.  After rebooting, automatic updates would be active again as normally configured.

Makes for a nice little one-liner batch file - maybe call it "stopnag.cmd" or something.  And no clicking about in some service management GUI, no mucking about in the register (or even worse, Group Policy editor settings that I can never find again 6 months later).  Best of all worlds as far as I'm concerned.


Yes, it's much better than clicking through a GUI.

However, I like the group policy thing. I've set it up to remind me every 6 hours that I need to reboot.


@Tom : brutal.  Wink But yes, that would work too I suppose.

I was trying to find a solution less drastic than just shutting down the service on a regular basis. Maybe that's because I rarely (want to) reboot. smiley
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 01:51:52 PM
Note that group policies aren't updated until a... system restart. smiley so your changes won't be perceptible right away.

You might want to try a GPUPDATE.exe (command line on XP pro) or just stop the automatic update service for a while... until your next reboot.
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 01:13:01 PM
For XP Home users, you could also enter these lines in the registry :

http://www.xiven.com/webl...ingYouRestartYourComputer

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Badge (2005-08-15 18:20:18 UTC)

For the guy with Windows XP Home...

1. Copy the text below into Notepad. Save it with a .reg extension. Open and confirm that you want to copy the data into your registry.

==>
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:00000000
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 12:55:57 PM
Yes I'm still using XP.  smiley

I thought this annoyance had been discussed in the past, but i can't find it. Anyway, here are some solutions I found:

XP Automatic Update Nagging

Of both solutions proposed in the article, the second one allows more control over the dialog.

If you're on XP pro, you can just do as described in the article. If you're on XP Home, you won't be able to use the "Group policy settings" editor/dialog (what you could then do is try to hack XP by following these guidelines : Windows XP Home Edition: gpedit.msc (group policy) editing via registry . It's probably not legal though.)

What you can also use WhyReboot? to check out whether you should reboot or not.

And there's this little app that become handy : DontSleep
I don't think it's ever been reviewed here.

Anyhow. smiley
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 14, 2011, 10:18:25 AM
Still stuck on XP, you poor soul?

Dunno if Renegade is, but I am !  smiley
Just don't have the courage to move to win 7 (maybe will it be Win 8 for that matter...) before I buy a new laptop. Trying to use my energy and time efficiently and win XP does the job -- there's nothing for me in Win 7 that's radically different and a significant upgrade in terms of user experience, stability, ease of use, etc. It would be different if I had to buy a new laptop tomorrow. But then, maybe would I be tempted to wait for win 8... Nah.
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 14, 2011, 10:10:12 AM
Seems like such an early build, pre-beta. Still, Peter Bright seems pretty enthusiastic about it in Hands-on with Windows 8: A PC operating system for the tablet age
193  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: An experiment about static and dynamic type systems on: September 12, 2011, 07:40:26 PM
There seems to be a few methodological weirdnesses in this study, which wouldn't surprising as it's often the case with... studies.

However, there might something to explore there : "dynamic languages" for very small projects, statically typed ones for bigger ones. Makes sense... Maybe
194  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 07:10:21 PM
It's great if you have 2gigs of RAM... it's OK if you've got 4... above that, hibernation starts taking a bit too much time for my liking.

True. I don't have one of these super solid state Drives, but it might be better with those.
195  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 06:59:20 PM
I'm a hibernate/sleep addict too. However. yes, it really boils down to ones "work system".

I can't see myself re-opening all those windows, tabs, etc. every morning anymore... I would if I didn't have the choice, but... I do. smiley

Still, the fact that MS polishes the boot/shut down process is good. There's always a time where you need to reboot/shutdown and want it to be as fast as possible!
196  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 12:16:35 PM
I'm not into fast boot time craziness -- I almost always hibernate or go into sleep mode.
However, this is fast.
The statistics and explanations are interesting too.

Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

And here's the direct link to the little demo
197  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: September 12, 2011, 11:50:32 AM
Another pretty good git Article : Git Is Simpler Than You Think

The article is well written. It gets "more" interesting from the The So-Called “Object Database” section.
198  Other Software / Developer's Corner / An experiment about static and dynamic type systems on: September 09, 2011, 11:38:53 AM
Moderately interesting study. Still worth sharing.
This blog article has good comments at the bottom. [Disclaimer : I haven't read the actual study]


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199  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple and users' privacy on: September 09, 2011, 11:33:47 AM
 Grin Thanks guys/gals, it was all pretty entertaining.
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 31, 2011, 11:43:16 AM
I think it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that InfoQube is an alternative to simple flat-file list management programs such as Listpro.

I have tried a few times to become familiar with IQ, and while I admire its power, I don't think even IQ's greatest fan would describe it as simple and intuitive in the same manner as ListPro.
[...]

Of course, you're probably right. But Steven asked for an alternative addressing certain problems he has. That said, apart from the idea that IQ's grids display items in the database through filters, which IMO is a simple concept but not common enough, everything else can be ignored and IQ can simply be used to create simple lists (it's an outliner), and from there one can add complexity when the situation calls for it. But if one doesn't need any "expandability", then yes, IQ will feel like a bloated software. It's a bit (although not exactly) like wanting an alternative to notepad to be able to write chars on white page and getting MS Word instead.
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