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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 25, 2007, 01:39:47 PM
@ all

Sorry, I modified my previous posting.

- Powerandy -

Aaaaaaah... Thanks! No problem !  Grin Grin
2627  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR + Linux + Wine on: April 25, 2007, 01:37:10 PM
I will. I promise. In a few days.
I just need to finish some work on the Windows part of the world...
2628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you backup your files? on: April 25, 2007, 01:32:14 PM
I tend to create images every month more or less and have at least 2 previous images on my HDD at all times.

just to think that I could loose more than a few days of work makes me shiver... I backup Windows once or twice a month with Acronis, but I Sync my docs and make incremental backups once or twice a day... Like f0dder  said, doing a full backup everyday if you have lots of data is not even possible. Unless you'd have several terabytes available somewhere.  Even then : it would take too long. Not convenient at all.


1. Are the 'Live Backups' the ones I create with my programs running and accessing the drives being backed up absolutely reliable?

They were completely reliable for me. I had to restore my system several times — and different Oss — and never had a problem.

2. Will I be able to restore from DOS without any special boot disks? With Drive Image I can boot using a Win98 boot disk and restore the drives (the images and Drive Image program files can be on removable media or a non-target partition on my HDD).

Restoring is very easy. Much easier than with other similar software. You might have to create a boot CD with True Image, though. Check it out.


Last question - how do True Image and Symantec Ghost (which is the descendant of Drive Image) compare? Reliability is obviously my first priority, followed by functionality.


There are many reviews. One is available here on DC. There's another good one by Gizmo. People usually agree to say that True image is top notch. Zaine Ridling disagrees though. He now uses one of Terabyte ( http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/ ) imaging software -- very reliable too.  But Acronis always worked perfectly well for me…
2629  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.76 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - APRIL 9, 2007 on: April 25, 2007, 12:45:55 AM
I vote for Anti-Capitalist Kananaskis. Sounds fun.  Kiss
2630  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR v2.00.76 ALPHA PREVIEW Release - APRIL 9, 2007 on: April 25, 2007, 12:19:45 AM
Checked, but not ack! What a pity.....

Maybe it's my bad english... What does that mean ?  smiley

Ack... Guess you are refering to the "ack" searching tool ?
2631  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you backup your files? on: April 24, 2007, 07:40:49 PM

So, what's a decent no-nonsense backup program that's solid? Acronis file backup mode isn't exactly robust when it comes to aborting incremental backups etc., and it tends to include way too much in the incremental backups.


I find that the combination of 2 programs is essential.

Personally, I like my combination.  Cool (See previous posts)

To loose everything, I'd have to lose 4 HDs at the same, 3 of which are usually in different locations (my laptop is in my bag, my 320gb HD is at home, one 80gb HD is at a trustable friend's place). To loose some of my documents, I'd have to loose, 3HDs at the same time : the 2 I've usually got with me and the one at home. Chances are slim.

I feel pretty secure, but, of course, it's still possible for something completely unpredictable to happen. Like when I got a BSOD the other day, and lost what was encrypted with AXCrypt. That's the worst that happened to me in two years I lost almost a day of work -- too much, I know... I found a solution and that won't happen again.

The trick, I guess, is to constantly adapt your backup solution to perceived threats...  smiley For now, SyncBackSE allows me to do that.  It's not perfect, but it's very flexible.
2632  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you backup your files? on: April 24, 2007, 04:33:52 PM
PS  I tried Syncback SE and DirSync, and I liked DIrSync better, and so does zridling.

Interesting... Why do you prefer in DirSync ?

Edit : I briefly looked at the website and I don't see an option for incremental backups. Is it possible ?

I like the fact that SyncBackSE is crammed with options... even if it's not perfect or the fastest. More options also means more mistake possibilities, of course.  smiley
2633  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / FARR + Linux + Wine on: April 24, 2007, 12:43:53 PM
Briefly, since I have a busy day : I tried to install FARR on Ubuntu Linux with Wine. It... RUNS ! It searches correctly, etc. The only problem is that I can't open any file with it or run any program (but can copy the path, etc.) ... So, a bit useless as it is, but interesting that it basicaly runs.

So... Mouser, if one day you decide to port your app to Linux, the Wine way might be an interesting shortcut!

(I also tried to install AHK : it runs too, but haven't really played with it)
2634  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you backup your files? on: April 24, 2007, 11:23:40 AM
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I think backing up like this with a lot of redundancy and different physical locations is very important for computer users.

Yes. very important indeed.


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You're doing the same thing I'm doing, pretty much.

Good to hear that!  Cool So I'm not the only parnoid soul around...

 
2635  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you backup your files? on: April 24, 2007, 11:12:52 AM
On my internal HD, I have 2 main partitions (I have more, but they're not important in this demonstration smiley ): one for Window, one for my documents.

I have 3 external hardrives. One (320gb) HD stays home, another one (80gb) stays with me -- they both contain the same files, but I do keep some more crap on the 320 gb : movies, audio files I don't care losing). Once every 2 weeks, I exchange the smaller 80gb portable drive with another identical one kept at my friends' place for extra security. So... TOtal : 3 external HDs, but only two that I have with me every day.


Here's approximately (I'm leaving some details) what I do :

Everyday :
1- I use SyncbackSE (might replace it with the faster Super Flexible File synchronizer in a few months) for full synchronization of my personnal files (not the OS) on two external hard drives.


2- I use SyncbackSE to make incremental backups on the two external hard drives. (So, if something weird happens with a specific file, and it's corrupted on the full "sync backup", I can always go back in time and pick the good one.)


Once every two weeks or month (depending on how many modifications, configuration changes, I make) :

3- I use Acronis True Image to backup my Windows partition. (It's been VERY usefull)

I usually try to keep as many versions as possible on the 320gb HD, but only 1 or 2 on the smaller ones. I keep track of what these images contain, etc.


Voilà. All this takes a bit of time to configure, etc., but it has now become a 2nd nature, and doesn't take much more that a few minutes/day (the backup itself takes about 15min : this will vary, depending on file size, etc.). At first, I had trouble to "safely remove hardware" before unplugging my HDs, and I "lost" quite a bit of time when I was still experimenting with different backup style, naming protocol, etc.... But now, everything goes quite fast.

PS: I also have a thumb drive on which I make quick incremental backups (SyncBackSE) when I'm on the move with my laptop (so, if I drop the beast...).
2636  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

2637  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...
2638  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...
2639  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
2640  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 !
2641  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 ?
2642  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.
2643  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
2644  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.

2645  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

2646  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
2647  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'.
2648  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.

2649  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
2650  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
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