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2626  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.76 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - APRIL 9, 2007 on: April 22, 2007, 01:35:40 PM
Could there be possibly an option to center FARR at the first start. Currently it is positioned anywhere on the screen, but there is no option to re-place it to ease handling.

Ok... I have the same problem.
[...] even if I cleanly exit Farr, it will not remember it's position at first launch.
And, of course, after I position it, it will remember its spot for the subsequent triggering.... Until I need to exit and restart.

Small bug ? Never had that problem before v2.00.71 I  think.
[...]



Nobody has that problem ? v2.00.76 and v2.00.71  behave the same.


Interresting.

I uninstalled FARR completely, reinstalled the latest alpha, and now it remembers its position. Weird. It even seems a tad faster.

I'm crossing my fingers : maybe will my BSOD problems go away too... undecided

Morale de l'histoire : afterall, installing over previous versions might not be such a great idea...

By the way, in complete despair, I tried Enso (Humanized) and Launchy. Hmmmm.... Came back to Farr in 15min. I am not saying the other don't have potential... They're just not there yet  Wink

2627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good (free) encryption... without any trouble ? on: April 21, 2007, 01:24:02 PM
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are you running Win9x by any chance?

No, I'm actually running windows 3.1.  smiley

On a serious note, I don't know why I had problems with truecrypt in the past, but I must say that my main goal was to get to work ASAP, so I didn't play with it to much. I might try it again in a few weeks and see.

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If you just need .txt file encryption, you could check out http://fsekrit.donationcoder.com

Good idea for small notes. But I'm working on huge word documents right now.

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A solution like AxCrypt that decrypts your documents to plaintext to edit them and then does re-encrypt and wipes the plaintex isn't going to be super safe anyway.

Yup. That's for sure. There's room for [human or machine] mistakes. But I don't know any tool that's as easy to use.

In any case : I guess that — of course — a good advice to AXCrypt users who got a computer crash would be to just recuperate the files right after reboot (that is… if the temp folder is not automatically wiped by some other software), or, as I've tried yesterday (after another BSOD...) :

**booting from a linux LiveCD or partition (I had PCLinuxOS and Ubuntu installed), copy the files before they're wiped, and bingo !!**

That's one workaround.  embarassed

More about encryption software later...
2628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good (free) encryption... without any trouble ? on: April 20, 2007, 10:00:00 PM
I guess I must be unlucky... Last time I tried TrueCrypt, I got BSODs... Driver incompatibilities of some sort.
I could try it again and see.

In the mean time, I'll change some of my backup strategies and make incremental backups of the AXcrypt temp folder. Securitywise though, it's not that great...
2629  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook tasks/Calendar on: April 20, 2007, 07:44:24 PM
Checking that right now!  smiley
2630  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Good (free) encryption... without any trouble ? on: April 20, 2007, 06:09:28 PM
I lost a whole day of work. I was using AXcrypt to encrypt certain files and when my computer crashed the files where still in AXcrypt cache folder. So.... guess what happened next ? When I opened one of my encrypted files, it just erased the cache containing at least three important not backed up files, and showed me the old -- so old --  file !  Angry
I guess I should get into the habit of closing my documents more often -- so that AXcrypt re-encrypts the "cache files" and replaces the old one !! -- but it's not always convenient. tellme

Since I don't want that to ever happen again, I'm thinking of finding another solution.

Advices ?

Thanks !
2631  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: April 20, 2007, 05:59:29 PM
Thanks for your answer mouser.
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after many years of farr ive never once had it cause me a bsod even when it has really misbehaved, so i am fairly certain that it's not a case of FARR causing a bsod by doing something bad
Yes, I don't think that FARR is the source of the problem. I've used FARR on another computer without any problems ever. So, it's with this computer that there's a problem. I'm just trying to find out where's the conflict.

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the only thing i can think of is that somehow the kind of disk access is crashing your computer for some reason, and so that file searching is triggering bsods.  do the bsods happen while it is actively searching? or on triggering?
It happens at the begining of a search -- not just triggering.

Is there a specific kind of disk access that FARR uses so that I could try to mimic it with some other search program ?
I was going to run something like prime95 to check my laptop's stability... But I don't know if that would be adequate.
Any suggestions ?
2632  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.76 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - APRIL 9, 2007 on: April 20, 2007, 04:53:22 PM
Could there be possibly an option to center FARR at the first start. Currently it is positioned anywhere on the screen, but there is no option to re-place it to ease handling.

Ok... I have the same problem.
[...] even if I cleanly exit Farr, it will not remember it's position at first launch.
And, of course, after I position it, it will remember its spot for the subsequent triggering.... Until I need to exit and restart.

Small bug ? Never had that problem before v2.00.71 I  think.
[...]



Nobody has that problem ? v2.00.76 and v2.00.71  behave the same.
2633  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: April 20, 2007, 03:52:28 PM
OpenOffice is Gone. But...

Again : BSOD using FARR.
What could do that ???? Why would it only happen when I use FARR ??
Any ideas ?

Should I just send my laptop back to DELL while it's still under warranty ?  Sad
2634  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook tasks/Calendar on: April 20, 2007, 10:21:39 AM
thanks guys !
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Posted by: Perry Mowbray
think that the Calendar link for a Task in Outlook would be the Reminder
The problem is not to remind me of doing something, but of duplicating or mixing data between tasks and calendar events. It's  very easy to take notes in a calendar event, then notes in a task, etc. and then getting all mixed up. I've always followed some specific rules to prevent that sort of mistake, but I'm now trying a way to make these rules... automatic ! So to speak.


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Posted by: Perry Mowbray
Can't you tag tasks? I have not got Outlook open at the moment...

I don't think that outlook 2003 will do that natively. But since you talk about tags, I just searched and found this :
Tags for tasks : http://sippey.typepad.com...5/12/simple_task_ent.html
Taglocity for Microsoft Outlook : http://www.taglocity.com/

Tagging my tasks would almost be like assigning categories to them. A technique I've never used for tasks -- not sure if it will solve my problem.  But I'll try to see what I can do with that.

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Posted by: tomos
Have you had a look at Agenda at Once
Nope... I'll have a look. Thanks for the idea.

Will post back my solution if I find any.

2635  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Outlook tasks/Calendar on: April 19, 2007, 06:38:59 PM
I've always disliked the idea that tasks (todos) and calendar items should be dissociated.  mad
Or am I missing something ? Is it possible to link them ?

To me, a better "organizer" should have tasks that can be calendar items -- if needed. (This way of doing stuff would be much more convenient and, in many cases, prevent duplication of data). It should also visually organize tasks with colour codes, hierarchies, etc. but that's another story...

MLO (MylifeOrganised) has some nice features, and I might look into it, but  does anybody know if it's possible to link calendar items to tasks in Outlook ?

Thanks

2636  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Linux is better on: April 19, 2007, 01:34:31 AM
UltraEdit

Have you tried jedit ?

http://www.jedit.org/index.php?page=features
2637  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: opera 9.2 is out on: April 18, 2007, 08:50:53 PM
However, I think I've finally reached my breaking point thanks to continued terrible support of Opera by virtually all of Google's 'web 2.0' services. With Opera 9.0 gmail at least works most of the time, but there is an annoying quirk on occasion that causes the editor to be mis-sized, resulting in line breaks inappropriately placed. That continued quirk, along with all the other Google service incompatibilities is enough to make me go Firefox. I'm just tired of dealing with it... and don't care who is really to blame (I'm sure Google could do much better to support Opera if they wanted).

Same thing here. Now using Maxthon, and VERY pleased. Very RAM friendly, many many options, many many plugins, etc...
To me : much better than the ie7 it's based on.

I like Firefox but not as RAM friendly... And takes too much screen estate on my laptop 15'.
2638  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.76 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - APRIL 9, 2007 on: April 18, 2007, 03:15:46 PM
Could there be possibly an option to center FARR at the first start. Currently it is positioned anywhere on the screen, but there is no option to re-place it to ease handling.

Ok... I have the same problem. Noticed it after rebooting my computer (BSODs makes it compulsory...).
But even if I cleanly exit Farr, it will not remember it's position at first launch.
And, of course, after I position it, it will remember its spot for the subsequent triggering.... Until I need to exit and restart.

Small bug ? Never had that problem before v2.00.71 I  think.

i might try to install v2.00.76, maybe, and see...  But I shall try to figure out my BSOD problem first, though.

2639  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: April 18, 2007, 01:35:36 PM
OK. I've had so much work to do in the last month that I've decided to close my eyes on BSODs (memory parity errors only). After all, I haven't lost any files... Yet.

But the problem is still there. I've actually had no BSODs for 10 days (Wow), using my computer for multiple tasks, multimedia and office, then : 2 BSODs yesterday one after the other. Both happened while searching with FARR, after installing OpenOffice.org (to compare it to MS Office). I'd be surprised that it's related to OO.org, but it's worth to mention.

Tested everything again (RAM, etc.). My computer seems stable, except for these occurrences while using FARR. Weird. More so with the alphas of v.2.

Of course, I'm not implying it's FARR's fault, something wrong with the program. I Use that software so much  Kiss . It's really hard to imagine going back to the era where I didn't use it.

But I'm trying to *understand* how could FARR trigger these BSODs. After all, FARR is mainly searching, isn't it ? Or is it ?

Any suggestions ?  Sad
2640  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Linux is better on: April 17, 2007, 04:37:44 PM
Mouser is a heavy user of Borland c++ builder, so until Borland makes a new 'kylix' or (hopefully) something much better, I don't think you'll see a port of say farr soon, unless I can convince him with my hypnotic willpower that he should remake it in wxWidgets Wink

yes, please. use your hypnotic willpower...
I've already asked Mouser if FARR would one day be ported to Linux... Let's say it's not part his 2007 plans ! smiley
Which, of course, is perfectly understandable.
There are a couple of similar applications, like the Gnome Deskbar. But, hey... They're far from farr. smiley
2641  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Linux is better on: April 17, 2007, 01:40:31 PM
Of course, choosing an OS is, afterall, a matter of  context (server? Desktop? Enterprise? Home user? Beginner? American? Chinese? Rich ? Poor ? etc.) and subjective preference sometimes linked to biological constraints (Artist? Scientist? child? Adult? Teenager ? Gamer ? Programmer, etc. etc.).

But, contrarily to Gothi[c], I think that comparing OS is very feasible. The only problem in “sloppy comparisons” is that the rules, the context, the limits are usually not well defined. Comparisons are only valid if the study protocol is well defined — as f0dder suggested, parameters need to be much more precise (whether it’s the context type, the time frame, the # of individual involved in the experiment, the usage type, etc. etc. : it’s endless and, of course, depends on the  study). If the parameters are not strictly defined, and if the evaluation criterias are not clearly delimitated, well, yes, sorry... than it’s not possible to make any valid objective comparison. Anyway.

So, let’s be rather subjective here. smiley

*To me*, “Linux” (I use the term Linux loosely, as a generic term encompassing more than only the kernel, but also the open source and collaboration philosophy behind it) is great and fun because : 

1-   it’s a very open (!) “OS project” — more than MS Windows, that’s for sure   embarassed  : it allows almost anybody competent  to collaborate (in different ways), transform, apply differently, etc. Nobody can argue with that.  “More open” means of course “more freedom”, more divergence. Freedom can often (but not always) be detrimental to productivity and order, but freedom is also very exciting in a world where centralization and homogenization is still often the only way. Because of that freedom and divergence,

2-   “Linux” is able to change rapidly and constantly, in different directions, with the result that there are tons of different distros or flavors available (some of them being upgraded multiple times a year), destined to be applied in multiple contexts (Windows is more monolithic and has a more foreseeable evolution). These factors — “newness” “variety” and even… “unpredictability” — are closely linked to the fun factor, partly because they stimulates curiosity and attention.  (I also believe that the multiple faces of “Linux” will even change more radically in the next few years because of "emerging" superpowers like China and India — but that’s another sotry) ;

3-   it’s possible to configure or change more aspects of the system -- as I already suggested in point 1 -- at a very “deep” level. It’s incredibly customizable. More so than  windows. Because of that, it stimulates the geek inside, the creative or engineer part in the computer user. It can even give a sense of purpose. Hum...

Of course, it’s also more secure, the community sense is great, it’s usually free (talking about the distros here),  yadayadayada, etc. etc. But I won’t go into that without defining precise parameter !

I like “Linux”.   Kiss  But, you know what ? Even though I’ve been chronically obsessed with the Linux beast since 97, I still use Windows everyday — there are too many things I can’t do as well with the software available in Linux. The stuff I need to do for my PhD. thesis (in French, ,don’t worry…) is just... not negotiable.

(I must say that the DonationCoder way of doing stuff is one thing that keeps me attached to Windows !  embarassed )

(edit :  just added a few words to add clarity -- wrote too quiclky)
2642  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "safely remove device" thingie on: April 15, 2007, 12:22:50 PM
[...]count to ten, then unplug.

Aaaaahhhh! So that's the trick!  smiley
2643  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "safely remove device" thingie on: April 14, 2007, 04:10:33 PM
if it's smart, it flushes the buffers [...] better play it safe Wink

Yup. Better play it safe.
AND I don't know *any other way to unplug my external device* in these cases... (Other than -- of course -- to actually wait for windows' capricious permission to finally allow me to unplug my HDs !)  Sad 
You'd think MS would've solved these issues after all these years. Wonder if Vista solves it. Anybody ?


(edit : added the vista question)
2644  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "safely remove device" thingie on: April 14, 2007, 03:16:59 PM
Yup. Good advice.
Thanks.
So, that would be good news to all of us who suffer from that MS "bug" with the "unplug thingy":

1- Sync.exe,
2- than just go to standby mode, unplug,
3- and wake up your computer again.

Less than 20s. Problem approximately solved... I guess.

2645  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "safely remove device" thingie on: April 14, 2007, 11:40:39 AM
Thanks, f0dder.
I thought Hibernate would be very similar to standby. Only suspending to disk instead of RAM.
So, if you believe that hibernating mode would be safe to unplug the devices, what about standby?
2646  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows "safely remove device" thingie on: April 14, 2007, 11:23:19 AM
Coming back to the 'remove device' icon, the 'unplug thingy'...
Some have said that, sometimes, Windows won't allow them to remove or unplug the device.
Well, it happens to me fairly frequently (at least twice a week) with my external hard drives.
I've tried everything : sysinternal handle app., closing all the opened programs, chosing the 'optimize for quick removal' option, etc.

What I now do -- when I don't want to sit for two hours in front of my laptop for Windows to finaly decide when it's safe to remove my device (!) -- is that I put my laptop in hibernation or standby mode, and  then remove the HDs: sometimes, just putting it IN and then OUT of standby will allow me to safely remove the device, but... *most of the time*, it won't, and I'll just remove the device while the computer is 'off'.

UNtil now, I haven't had any 'corruption' problems. But the fear of having to deal with that problem is still there.
What do you guys think off my workaround? Do you think filesystem cache would be flushed, and device being, hum, unmounted more cleanly ?  smiley
Is it safer than just unplugging the damn external HDs while the computer is on ? I'd hope so... But.
2647  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Post your FARR v2 Plugin Idea Requests Here - Plugin Writers Read In on: April 13, 2007, 10:56:07 AM
Hello,
I posted this in another thread :

What I'd really like a pluggin to be able to do is :
- Searching phone + emails, etc. in Outlook Contacts
- Searching Calendar items in Outlook
- Searching Tasks in Outlook

Many of these things are already embedded in X1 or Copernic. So, *maybe* FARR could be made to send terms and arguments to X1 and/or Copernic ?

Maybe FARR could be made to use any other popular desktop search (x1, Copernic, Google...) index ?

A.
2648  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Don't be fooled, Vista wants new hardware on: April 12, 2007, 08:26:47 PM
searching my own computer....???
I mean... I use it all the time. All the time. Anybody who's into research (PhD., Science, philosophy, whatever...) uses these tools. How was I able to synthesize 20 digitalized book by/on Nelson Goodman in 2 months, have all my references right, etc., and write a 100pages paper on it ?  smiley
Yep : desktop search (X1 + Copernic, and FARR).
2649  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Don't be fooled, Vista wants new hardware on: April 12, 2007, 08:22:01 PM

Have I missed something? Since when is searching on your own computer so important? I use the windows search maybe once every 2 months... who cares?

2650  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Desktop Search for network files? on: April 12, 2007, 07:44:57 PM
I'd suggest X1 enterprise client or copernic. Of all the DesktopSearch programs, I find they are the most reliable. X1 takes a bit more ram but has many more options. Copernic is leaner, a tad faster, but a bit less customizable and will not index certain document features (like "comments" in Word documents). I use both. They can coexist without any problem.
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