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2626  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
2627  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
2628  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)
2629  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
2630  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)
2631  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.

2632  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?
2633  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.
2634  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.
2635  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).
2636  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?

2637  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.
2638  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Pro says Zaine on: April 11, 2007, 12:14:17 AM
Late to the party but let me throw in a few bits of info.

I've been using SFFS for years and it is a very nice application and works very well. Tobias provides great support and the product is being continually improved. I can't see where it does partial backups though and can't see how it can, as is?


For those who haven't found out whether Super Flexible File Synchronizer (SFFS) can do partial backups, or if it uses delta synchronization technology, see : http://www.superflexible.com/partial.htm

Basically : "In your profile, make the following checkmark: Use Partial File Updating, which is on the Advanced tab sheet in Advanced Mode."
2639  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Key Launch - the indexed farr we want? on: April 01, 2007, 04:56:16 PM
adding optional indexing to FARR will make it a killer app. I've long advocated keeping FARR simple and lightweight, but indexing is a reality and it's a feature that many people want. Keeping the core functionality of FARR available without indexing will allow people to choose how they use it. With massive harddrives and lots of RAM the norm these days, an index will hardly be a liability in terms of size and user-controlled indexing (over dinner, perhaps) should be almost imperceptible, if the user chooses to use it at all.

As I suggested in the "pluggin" thread, if FARR could "parasite" other desktop search engine indexes (X1,Copernic, Google Desktop...), it wouldn't add to much strain on resources for computer already using desktop search programs. Maybe ?

A.


[modified : Just added a forgotten pronoun]
2640  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin API and Samples for Find+Run Robot Coming Soon.. Requests? on: April 01, 2007, 04:34:40 PM
Wouldn't it ?  smiley
2641  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Plugin API and Samples for Find+Run Robot Coming Soon.. Requests? on: April 01, 2007, 02:32:24 PM
Great !  smiley
Yes, endless possibilities indeed.
But What I'd really like 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 search terms and arguments in X1 and/or Copernic ? Or would it be better to have a more autonomous FARR ?

A.
2642  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: March 27, 2007, 01:29:09 PM
Thanks jgpaiva

I already had a computer that gave me blue screens, and i was so interested in finding out what causing it that i didn't care for any of my programs anymore Wink

Yep, that's me.

I've tried everything you suggested : memtest for 12 hours  : nothing. Reinstalling : nada. Changing my RAM modules : niet. Etc. (I might eventually run 2 instances of prime95, and see, but not this week). After all that I've come to the conclusion that it could be related to my hard drive or my motherboard, but I can't be sure... Anyway, I'm now running the HD in "quiet mode" (a bios setting), and I haven't got a BSOD in ... Three days. (that's not enough days to conclude about anything). I first did that to reduce the temperature, but it didn't.
As long as I don't get more BOSDs, I'll be happy.

Thanks
2643  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What are your favourite Outlook plugins? on: March 25, 2007, 04:35:57 AM
WSRAII : http://www.websetters.co....Ins/Repeat%20Appointment/
2644  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: March 24, 2007, 10:37:08 PM
On the contrary... I've become  so dependent on FARR.  smiley
I never had any problems with my previous laptop.
I was thinking that *maybe* my problem is hard Drive related and that FARR (maybe -- only mouser knows...) has a special way to search the file system and, in some ways, exposes that problem. Just speculating.

A.
2645  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Blue Screens : FARR? just wondering... on: March 24, 2007, 08:33:14 PM
Hi people.

I've been experiencing Blue Screens since I got my new computer (Dell inspiron 6400, 9 months ago). "Memory Parity" errors, to be more specific. Now, I've tried pretty much everything I know to resolve my problem (changing RAM modules, removing drivers, changing the page file size, reinstalling windows...). But these damn Blue screens still appear once in a while. Recently, I noticed they always seemed to appear while using FARR. It could really well be mere coincidence. But, in my exasperation, I'm wondering if any of you experienced freezes or similar Blue Screens which could be related to... FARR. I'm hoping not, but at the same time, I so much to resolve that problem -- I've waisted so much time and lost data. i'm fed up.

many many thanks for any advice.

A.
2646  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.39 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - January 29, 2007 on: February 04, 2007, 05:06:07 PM
I just think it's convenient. I have an explorer address bar on my taskbar, and even though I always have FARR running, I find myself going to the address bar a lot to quickly open directories. Maybe it just seems more readily available to me because it's always visible.

I just never use the address bar anymore. But I can understand that you like having everything in one place. It would be a bit like the Copernic bar, or the gnome deskbar (in Linux).

speaking of Linux... Mouser, have you ever thought of porting FARR to Linux? would that be hard? I tried it with Wine at some point and it kinda worked -- but I didn't try it that much since my main working platform is Windows (until I can find a replacement for every single app). (Anybody using Linux around here?  smiley )

Farr would also be quicker because you wouldnt have to bring up the main interface, as its always visible in the taskbar.

Probably, yes. If it adds some speed, I'm all for it!
2647  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.39 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - January 29, 2007 on: February 03, 2007, 01:18:02 PM
Btw, it would be awesome if you could integrate this into a taskbar toolbar somehow.

May this belongs to another thread, but I wonder what extra functionnality would that add?
2648  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.39 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - January 29, 2007 on: January 30, 2007, 07:22:13 PM
Hi Mouser,

I just noticed that the window transparency setting doesn't work anymore. It actually works only when I move the slide, but once it's set and I close the Option window, the FARR main window goes back to its normal opacity.

Screenshots :
- on the first screenshot you can see that the "window transparency" setting is set to about medium transparency, but FARR is completely "opaque" (not transparent).
- On the second screen shot, FARR becomes transparent when I move the cursor with my mouse... but it will go back to its opacity as soon as I'll close the Option window.

A.
2649  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.39 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - January 29, 2007 on: January 30, 2007, 01:17:10 PM
hmm.. what on earth have i done.. and why aren't these things happening for me..
sounds like an issue with my autoshrink timer - ill have another look.
now we know why these are still alphas  undecided

Don't worry, in taht case, even Win Xp service-pack 2 is alpha...  smiley after billions of $ and many years of work.
FARR is perfectly useable as it is since I use it once every 5min!!!  Thmbsup

2650  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.39 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - January 29, 2007 on: January 29, 2007, 04:10:15 PM
Another thing I noticed :

Sometimes, FARR will have to be "closed" and "relaunched" with the hotkey to have it start searching normally again or to  show the history list (blanking the search field) -- otherwise it just doesn't search or show history when blanking the search field.

This happens when I double click on a result to open it (I know... I'm note supposed to use the mouse! But I’m testing!). After the file is opened, if I then blank the field or change the characters in the search filed it will not do anything.

I don't know if it will happen in other circumstances.

Hope that my clumsy English is understandable…

A.
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