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1226  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager on: November 21, 2007, 08:10:39 AM
Although there _are_ advantages to using specialized tools.  smiley

XYplorer
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1227  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Amazon's Kindle eBook Reader on: November 21, 2007, 01:59:31 AM
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The very surprising thing is that you’ll have pay a monthly rent to Amazon for every blog that you want to read on Kindle. For instance, Scobleizer will cost $.99 per month if you read it on Kindle.

You will have to pay Amazon for reading even your Word Documents or viewing your personal pictures on Kindle. You will first have to email that text or doc file to a special email address which converts it into a Kindle compatible format and then it become available on Kindle. Total cost - $.10.

http://www.labnol.org/gad...k-reader-video-demo/1810/
1228  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager on: November 20, 2007, 02:54:38 PM
I'm trying to fight versionitis and kinda winning off late but as far as X2 is concerned, it crashes on me a few times atleast every single day... generally when I close it, which is harmless. A few days back I was working with a huge number of files, really pushing the app and it did occasionally crash on me inbetween operations too. Stability is not exactly its forte. The fact that it's still around just shows how indispensable it's become.   
1229  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager on: November 20, 2007, 02:14:34 PM
I'm really happy with X2 too but one can't help but envy the XY users when one hears they have new builds to play with every few days. Argh!! 
1230  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Searching for the best read-aloud software on: November 20, 2007, 09:54:49 AM
Try the Nextup link, it's mentioned in the very first post of this thread.
1231  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Searching for the best read-aloud software on: November 20, 2007, 09:05:00 AM
Your installed voices should show up in the Control Panel's 'Speech' applet.
I've tried a few TTS  players and the installed voices show up fine under all of them.

I should have mentioned this earlier, DSpeech is a really nice free app in this category.

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It even does some things most commercial TTS players can't (eg: recording conversations involving more than one voice).
1232  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SyncBackSE vs. SuperFlexible on: November 20, 2007, 01:16:53 AM
That's right, the 'Comments' that appear on the summary tab. I tried two tests, 1) A file with no comment at the destination is now commented at the source. 2) A file at the destination has a redundant comment which I've deleted from the source file.
It didn't handle either. I'd set it up for regular synching, I don't go in for realtime coz I do identical mirroring and work with the source files all the time. I wouldn't want mistakes getting replicated immediately.

BTW, I've noticed some files (jpg, for instance) get changed physically (the header gets written into) if I add a comment, and I'm not just talking about adding a comment through X2, I could do it in Explorer and get the same result. Also if I add a comment to a copy of a file and then delete that comment completely the file still isn't identical to its original non-commented self. Also some (compound) files (wav, avi) won't let me add comments at all. I don't know how much the 'alternate' part in ADS applies in practice and working with comments is iffy at best.

There are pros and cons for the scheduling thing - I'd much rather prefer an app that gives me command line parameters to work with and use in a scheduler of my choice than one that forces me to use the Windows scheduler, even if it's just to get the  command line params used. smiley
1233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: About Rudeness in Forums on: November 20, 2007, 12:33:03 AM
Very rarely. DC seems to have a way more mature audience than most other places on the Net. Which is obviously a good thing but sliiiightly constricting at times coz I find myself censoring my own posts rather more strictly than I do at other places.
1234  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SyncBackSE vs. SuperFlexible on: November 19, 2007, 01:37:40 PM
I've been following the sync tool threads with some interest since I realised my usual app SecondCopy does not copy file comments which I've started using extensively with Xplorer2.

Tried about 10 tools briefly and just three of them handle comments correctly: SyncBackSE, SuperFlexible and DirSync.
Two tools that impressed me but didn't handle comments were MirrorFolder (powerful but usable because of a splendid interface) and SyncToy (excellent choice for basic sync needs).

I'm trying to decide between these three, unfortunately none of them is just right - they all have something I like and dislike.

DirSync: A lightweight compared to the other two but a competent app nonetheless.
What I like: Familiar, user-friendly interface, lacks a bazillion unnecessary (for my requirements) options and is yet reasonably powerful and takes care of the major aspects.
What I dislike: No inbuilt log viewer, notepad is the default viewer  undecided
Very basic simulation preview unlike the other two.
Ugly tray icon (while it's syncing)

SuperFlexible: A mammoth in its category, a plethora of options which can kill the usability for the casual user.
What I like: It'll probably wake up at 6 AM sharp, do my laundry, prepare my breakfast & give my dog a bath if I configure it right.
What I dislike: I'd say something insightful at this point but my eyes are bleeding from wading through its interface! I'm surprised Oliver Stone didn't flash screenshots of this monstrosity during those crazy edits in Natural Born Killers.

SyncBackSE: A great balance between power and usability. Great deal of options that don't seem overwhelming.
What I like: Usable interface, I love the graphic representation of the differences.
What I dislike (nay, hate!): Does not have its own scheduler, relies on Windows Task Scheduler for running tasks at specific times - the only other way to automate is to run background tasks which is not true scheduling. I cannot pinpoint the reason but I've always hated Windows Task Scheduler, it's just been something vaguely unpleasant MS has thrust into my system that stays disabled, in the background and invisible. Maybe it's time to open my mind a little but I really feel an app should handle its scheduling without relying on 3rd party services that they have no control over.

P.O.A:
I have to admit, I don't think I could ever get comfortable with SuperFlexible's GUI, I can see myself getting over the learning curve and coming back to the app two months down the line and wondering once again about what x or y does. If I was in charge of the backups of an entire I.T department and needed to mess with a syncing app on a daily basis I _may_ have considered this app, even then it would be very easy to get one option wrong in its marshland of an interface.

So, I'm going to input all my backup profiles into Syncback and DirSync and do a speed comparison.

I'll also do a CPU benchmark during backup - if any of these chokes my system it's out!
 
Will offset that against the other major pros/cons and decide which one stays.

Edit:
DirSync it is! They both guzzle about 50% of the CPU (on normal priority), I'm pretty certain SyncBack uses a bit more. The time difference is huge though, I'm sure I haven't tweaked SyncBack right as it takes a lot longer. But when DirSync breezes through 7GB of data in that many seconds there's no point in looking elsewhere. Also, no making peace with Task Scheduler- big plus, people! tongue
1235  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Top 3 programs you use on: November 18, 2007, 07:44:15 PM
Firefox
Xplorer2
WinOrganizer
Compupic
KMPlayer
Foobar2000
Incredimail (it's _not_ just bells & whistles!  mad)
Utorrent
Internet Download Manager
FeedDemon

Yeah, that's my top 3.  Wink
1236  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: XYplorer File Manager on: November 18, 2007, 04:54:33 PM
I'm too used to dual panes to ever consider a file manager that doesn't support them.

However, from a programmer's perspective I can totally empathize with Don. XYplorer is his baby and I can see how it would feel just wrong to implement something that he doesn't truly believe in.

The discussions on file managers usually tend to be generic in nature. We need to have a more technical thread where people loyal to different file managers discuss how they get identical tasks done. It could open us up to an app that may be more suited to us and also make clear if things like dual panes are truly beneficial for some things or simply a "buzz feature".
1237  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Running an app if bandwidth use drops on: November 17, 2007, 04:15:03 PM
Thanks for the input, Lashiec.

This is getting complicated.  Grin

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"If Firefox does not use x amount of banwidth for y amount time, grant bandwidth to z application".
OK, but what if I'm using another app, say Opera instead of Firefox? What if I've started a bittorrent download and don't need bandwidth for the download manager? Netlimiter seems to set hard and fast rules and looks like a problem waiting to happen in the long run. Unless an elegant solution comes along I'm going to have to stay with DShutdown + home made app.

1238  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Running an app if bandwidth use drops on: November 17, 2007, 03:22:48 PM
From the face of it, I don't think it'd work in my case. Firefox is always running on my system, so I'm guessing, if I grant X kbps to Firefox that's always going to be reserved for Firefox, even when I'm not using it. Or is a grant only implemented when the application that's been granted the bandwidth demands it? I suppose it depends on how intelligently NetLimiter implements these things. When it comes to bandwidth throttling apps though I have a bad gut feeling that there will be some bandwidth lost from the total when I start capping apps.
1239  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Running an app if bandwidth use drops on: November 17, 2007, 12:30:33 PM
If I leave my download manager on while using Firefox, the browsing is not that smooth. I generally stop the bandwidth guzzlers when I browse but then I forget to start them if I walk off the PC or start working on offline apps. I've been trying to figure out how to start a bandwidth guzzling app automatically when my bandwidth stays below a specific limit for a certain amount of time. I've managed to do this in a roundabout way using DShutdown (a powerful app with a messy interface) and an app built on my own system in conjunction. Dshutdown does exactly what I want but it's built with powering off the system as its primary purpose, so it disables itself once it starts the download manager. My app helps to overcome this limitation by re-enabling Dshutdown.

I stayed away from bandwidth throttling tools assuming they would stop my download manager going full speed when I'm not using the net. I was wondering if I did a poor job of reinventing the wheel here. Is there a cleaner/more straightforward way to achieve this?
1240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 05:13:59 AM
On a tangent, you gotta love Digg's Ajax commenting system (the technical aspect).
1241  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 16, 2007, 02:43:54 AM
These scumbags invariably fade off into oblivion in a few days. They're generally blogging novices who start ripping content off coz they think Adsense is some kind of goldmine (HAR! HAR!) and get a quick dose of reality. He's probably getting a decent number of hits from Digg, so Digg users may want to bury the submission.
1242  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use Desktop Widgets? on: November 15, 2007, 01:27:39 AM
This thread is degenerating quix
We need to inject some widgets in the mix

(I'm going to shoot myself in the head now as punishment for posting that  Grin)
1243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scott Finnie unimpressed by NOD32 ... on: November 14, 2007, 11:33:15 AM
It is good to realize that Mike Lin is still working [Edit: or is he?]- I used a lot of his programs in the previous century. Do you use the Startup Control Panel, as well?

Yes. Also Startup Selector. I looked into better alternatives to StartupMonitor and found a few but the difference in resource consumption was HUGE. It's nice to see an app that constantly monitors several things sit at 0% CPU utilization. I'll take the retro stuff over state-of-the-art crapware anyday.  Wink
1244  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Scott Finnie unimpressed by NOD32 ... on: November 14, 2007, 07:16:24 AM
NOD32 let me down once when it failed to detect a trojan, tarnishing its spotless image (and to some extent my peace of mind). It was the startup monitor + firewall combo that came to the rescue instead. Startup Monitor has saved me more times than any AV over the years. I'm not going to be daft and claim it's a solution but it is a very effective supplement.
1245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use Desktop Widgets? on: November 12, 2007, 10:08:49 AM
I recently changed the position of the box and can no longer see the HDD LED - tried HDDLED Indicator which has tiny (movable) always on top lights for logical drives, physical disks or a single all-in-one light. It can optionally blink in the system tray or blink the keyboard scroll lock light (helpful if the monitors are off) - it's the only widget-ish thing that I think is unobtrusive+useful enough to last on my system. Very low on resource consumption too.
1246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Searching for the best read-aloud software on: November 10, 2007, 05:42:50 PM
Try Neospeech (Kate), Realspeak (Jennifer) and Loquendo voices. Curt's right, the free voices are all crap.
1247  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Master Category List for the "What's the Best" section... please help finali on: November 10, 2007, 02:00:33 PM
Would it be possible to add a "What I use" kinda page to each user's profile? We could have dropdown lists for softwares in every category, much like the polls with an option to add a new software for that category. The total stats gathered from the profiles could be shown on the what's the best page as "What DC'ers are Using", I know if I was looking for some sort of new software that's the page I'd wanna visit over any other online. DC needs to centralize the wealth of ideas/opinions on the boards. Perhaps we could have a (moderated) "related threads" section under each category too so the major threads for that category are easily accessible.

Sorry if these suggestions overlap others, I know there are a lot of thoughts flying around on this topic.
1248  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is there a way to clean all windows drivers to allow for a change of motherboard on: November 10, 2007, 11:27:14 AM
IMO, since your new hardware is up and running you're in the clear. The BIOS holds some pretty significant settings which can sometimes be turned off by default, for example my current BIOS disables 32 bit file transfers on all HDDs as default, significantly slowing down file operations unless enabled. You really can't comment on hardware underperforming till you set it up right.

I upgraded the mobo on an older PC a couple of days back, XP wouldn't boot - booting off the CD & using the Repair function fixed it.

1249  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 09, 2007, 11:44:55 AM
Hehehe! No. FWIW, I love FB2K.  smiley
1250  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 09, 2007, 10:52:42 AM
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The next version of foobar2000 is not a perfect software product, but it's a step closer towards it rather than away from it so I don't see why one would feel the need to boycott it.

Because the current version meets all my needs and I have far more productive things to do with my time. I'm not recommending the approach to everyone, just saying it's best for me.
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