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1226  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use Desktop Widgets? on: November 06, 2007, 11:58:14 AM
Yeah, it wasn't psycho-hungry like a badly programmed desktop search engine for instance, but it constantly consumed a fair share of my resources. I could afford to spare them for something genuinely useful which it simply wasn't.

Reg their forums, I know how clannish/blindly loyal people can get sometimes... it's best to leave them be.  smiley
1227  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use Desktop Widgets? on: November 05, 2007, 01:31:52 PM
Like so many others who've posted here I had a brief fling with widgets before realizing that they were mostly useless to me and banishing them forever.

I tried a few and Konfabulator Yahoo seemed the most polished (as far as looks are concerned anyway, under the hood it's an ugly resource hog).

One thing I like about widgets is that there are quite a few made for relaying live info on current sports events.
1228  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: xplorer2 won the Epsilon award on: November 05, 2007, 12:44:46 PM
Right on!
Great app... hope this inspires Nikos to enhance it. 
1229  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create a containing folder by right clicking on a file on: November 05, 2007, 11:44:30 AM
Merci
smiley
1230  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create a containing folder by right clicking on a file on: November 05, 2007, 12:39:18 AM
ak_ I really think the program needs to start looking for the (.) starting from the right and not the left, lots of files one downloads have names like Program_x.x.x.exe - the current logic just slashes off everything since it seems to look for the period from L-R.
1231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple monitor setup - need some guidance on: November 05, 2007, 12:27:52 AM
Thanks Lanux, I upgraded to a GEForce 6200 [512 MB). It's identical to the Geforce 5200 as far as output jacks are concerned but the DVI output isn't lacking.

Right now my challenge is to make an older PC with an AGP 2x slot accept the now unused 5200 which is 4/8 x... don't suppose there's anyway to put off a mobo upgrade.
1232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple monitor setup - need some guidance on: November 02, 2007, 12:26:49 PM
Got a DVI to VGA adapter but the display is really dark and ugly and the icons displayed seem to have what can only be described as "stretch marks"  Grin

I suppose the display card's just not good enough... I'm giving up on this one for now - will get a new PCI card later.
1233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple monitor setup - need some guidance on: November 02, 2007, 08:26:41 AM
Thanks tinjaw, that helps a lot!

I realised I have onboard graphics besides the spare PCI card and have been futzing around with those, only to find out that one doesn't support the resolution of the new monitor and the other doesn't support the refresh rate. A DVI 2 VGA adapter it is then.
1234  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Multiple monitor setup - need some guidance on: November 02, 2007, 05:26:10 AM
I have an Geforce FX5200 display card. It has three outputs: VGA, S-Video & DVI.
So far I have used the S-Video output for playing movies on television. I'm really not interested in this anymore but would like to hook up an additional LCD monitor. Since the monitor only has a standard VGA input, how should I go about it without buying a new card? Will I get adapter cables for S-Video to VGA or DVI to VGA, which of these is preferable? My main concern is getting some noise in the output because of an adapter. The TV output does have some interference which I tend not to notice after a while but with a PC monitor this would be unacceptable.

The other option I can think of is to hook up an old PCI adapter side-by-side. Would my primary adapter be less efficient if I connect two monitors to it? I know, lots of questions but I'm quite clueless when it comes to hardware. Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated. smiley


Edit: How about a VGA splitter?
1235  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SyncBackSE vs. SuperFlexible on: November 02, 2007, 02:27:37 AM
Those interested in a mirroring tool with a good looking + v.user friendly interface may want to check out Second Copy. Sadly, it's not free.
1236  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2007 / Re: NaNoWriMo: National Novel Writing Month 2007 on: November 02, 2007, 02:15:24 AM
How about a zero-distraction editor like Dark Room (a Writeroom clone), for a start?

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I personally think it makes a lot more sense to boot into DOS and start one of the bygone era editors. There was a geeky charm to those babies the MS Word just can't replicate. Switch off your cellphone (Good luck!) get those phones off the hook and you're all set!
1237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Good websites/blogs/programs for managing money? on: November 02, 2007, 01:51:05 AM
Solid advice from Matt. I have seen several friends/relatives lose money at the stock exchange which they view as some big get-rich-quick arena. If you must gamble you may as well go to the races, horses are more fun to watch than stockbrokers. The trick is to not speculate but get in for the long run. It seldom hurts to invest in Blue Chip stocks and then keep it there.
1238  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NEW Cody wallpapers for Halloween on: October 31, 2007, 12:47:10 PM
Thanks for the description Ralf. Sadly, most of my knowledge of Halloween can be attributed to John Carpenter's 1978 cult classic. Grin
1239  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NEW Cody wallpapers for Halloween on: October 31, 2007, 05:25:12 AM
The second one is gorgeous! Great work.
1240  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tourettes extension for FireFox on: October 30, 2007, 09:35:47 AM
Maybe some of you twits think this is funny too! (NSFW Warning!)
1241  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Oscar - Subtitle Download Client on: October 30, 2007, 03:12:41 AM
Since there was some discussion relating to subtitles earlier, I just thought I'd give subtitle users a heads-up about Oscar, a really nice subtitle download client that makes an otherwise tedious task much easier.
1242  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: You MUST See the Price for this Software on: October 30, 2007, 01:17:27 AM
I wonder how he'd fare if he fixed the price to USD 9.00, which is what most people seem to think is a good bargain for the software. 40 Euros is over six times that amount and not a very good pricing model to compare against.
1243  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: MP3 player with copy/move feature on: October 27, 2007, 08:06:26 PM
Using Foobar2000 you can drag and drop songs to (another/several other) tabs - you can then select several/all songs under a tab and run a file operation like copy or move on them. Just to clarify, tabs are basically playlists and when you drag-drop a song it's replicated on the target playlist.
1244  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Install Date Thingie: I made it! on: October 27, 2007, 08:38:36 AM
No, really! Cross my heart and all that...

My Windows installs would probably average less than 6 months before I started using imaging software. The current image has been built on + backed up + restored over 20 times since the initial install smiley
1245  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Install Date Thingie: I made it! on: October 27, 2007, 06:28:01 AM
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All thanks to drive imaging.  thumbs up
1246  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How do you tag (or even organize) your files? on: October 25, 2007, 02:41:29 PM
I like to think I'm organized but I can see I'm out of my depth here with you super-organized dudes.

Anyway, just to share...

I personally have two ways, as an X2 user I can color code files and even folders depending on any kind of attribute or metadata so it's only limited by the imagination.
I use a few tags that I set in the file comments, rather than filenames coz I prefer to keep the original filenames.
x2 lets me:
1. add/edit comments in bulk
2. display comments in details view (though I see no need for this coz I don't have an overly complicated system of tags and color coding is good enough, not to mention a lot of fun to eff with  Wink)   
3. search on comments.

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If I want to rate a bunch of music files (1-5), I just rate them as they play in Winamp and then batch edit the comments from within winamp using the ml functions, voila! - the files immediately show up with their rating colors in x2. The ratings can be imported back if winamp ever loses its data.

Putting your tags right into the filenames is definitely a safer/more reliable way, though if the names get too long it may actually end up being counterproductive if you're seeing a whole lot of files at once (not that you'd see that many to start with if they have such long names!). My method targeted mainly at comments is not as robust or as effortless as I would like it to be, but it serves the purpose. And colors, did I mention colors!!  Kiss

Another relatively simple favorite of mine is to have ahk text replacements for current date+time, this way say if a friend regularly sends me pix I just have one main folder for the person and sub folders named something like "20071026 005818", I like the Japanese date format coz it's best for sorting, v.sharp those guys! smiley
1247  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: foobar...honestly...WTF?! WTF?! on: October 25, 2007, 05:55:10 AM
I think the beauty of Foobar lies in its simplicity and speed. What's the point of downloading something that's meant to be lean and mean and then pig it up to resemble an ugly looking winamp mod? Why not just run a retro (pre-bloat) Winamp version instead? I've actually started using playlists (the drag-drop functionality is awesome!) since I started using FB2K... integrates directly with my iPod too in the simplest possible way and  I just _love_ the fact that the damn thing opens nearly as effortlessly as Notepad on my system.  Kiss

Tried the 0.9.5 beta and didn't particularly care for its look out of the box, other than that I'm a fanboy!

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1248  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create a containing folder by right clicking on a file on: October 24, 2007, 12:39:20 PM
Handy little utility, ak_!  smiley

A couple of tweaks that come to mind:

1. If a file has periods in the base name, the folder name gets truncated [everything_beyond_this.will_be_aborted.txt]

2. Extensionless files - not that these are very common but it'd be nice if they could be handled anyway.

Thanks.



1249  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Versioning of files on: October 24, 2007, 11:21:07 AM
nosh: by Visual SVN, do you mean Ankh? Friend of mine has had bad problems with it, and I've had some minor glitches myself - plus it slows down VS startup time humongously.

What Tinjaw said.
Ankh was next on my list to try but after I gave VSS a shot I really didn't feel like bothering. Glad I didn't. smiley
1250  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Unique way to make Firefox load faster on: October 23, 2007, 08:41:26 AM
Neat on removing the close button, nosh. I'll bite. How did you do it?

A combination of MenuX which adds buttons with additional functionality ("incompatible" since the last several (2.x) versions of FF) & Menu Editor (lets you hide conventional menus) if memory serves correctly, coz I did this way back and haven't touched these extensions since. The screenie depicts the top of my display with FF active - the title bar and menus are hidden, not cropped out of the image.

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