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1226  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
1227  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".
1228  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.

1229  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.
1230  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?
1231  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).
1232  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.
1233  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)
1234  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
1235  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.
1236  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.
1237  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.
1238  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.
1239  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.

1240  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
1241  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.
1242  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 09, 2007, 10:39:00 AM
I wouldn't expect Windows to slow down just coz you upgraded your mobo + drivers, not unless you upgraded to a different Windows version. Have you tweaked your BIOS for optimal settings?
1243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 09, 2007, 09:52:54 AM
Reinstallation is not a problem at all - you have to just dump the installation folder to the install location, the program settings, tabs/playlists, library are taken care of - I don't think it gets much simpler.

About losing some settings on upgrading, the onus of backward compatibility lies on the latest release. I agree, some work is required but the last release seems to have caused this particular issue rather than resolved it.
1244  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: File synchronization: moving away from incremental backup (HELP!) on: November 09, 2007, 09:18:34 AM
I'm pretty certain Second Copy checks each file too coz they warn you of slowdowns when you enable realtime mirroring.
1245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 09, 2007, 08:05:45 AM
You're the kind of guy who goes to AA meetings and tells people about the great new Scotch you tried, innit? tongue

It's a personal thing, Dirhael. The version I'm currently using does everything I want it to, including synching with my iPod. I installed the new release and immediately lost my customizations and I really have no patience for that sort of stuff so I got rid of it. I'm sure I'll take another look at it when I have a bit more mind-space, the only reason I'd upgrade right now is if a player was giving me better _sound_. 
1246  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 09, 2007, 02:00:51 AM
My solution is to keep a lean and mean app and a full-featured one.

Examples:
Photoshop & Paint Shop Pro 5
Firefox & Opera
Winamp & Foobar2000

That way I don't feel like I'm cheating myself on speed or features and end up using the faster app over 90% of the time, Firefox being the obvious exception. Newer versions get tested on the main system (no virtual machines here...) but when it's time to upgrade the drive image, the last backup gets restored and only the good stuff gets on.
1247  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Perfect Software? on: November 08, 2007, 06:20:41 PM
Compupic stopped being developed years back and it's still my first choice of a gallery-based graphics viewer. Photodex even had a mad-fast DOS graphics viewer called Sea, wonder how many people here tried that one...

I have an OCD like a lot of others to go with the newer,bigger,faster software but whenever I've combated it and decided to stick with an older version, the decision has invariably paid off. I'm even going to try and boycott the FooBar2000 upgrades. Lets hope it doesn't go the Winamp (sucks the llama's ass) way.

I'm sure I'm not the only software fan who experiences these info-overloads either, we've all seen enough good programs go down the crapper.
1248  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Multiple monitor setup - need some guidance on: November 06, 2007, 04:49:07 PM
The card was recognized by the BIOS (it displayed the onboard RAM) but XP kept showing a "not enough resources" error in Device Manager, it however was unable to show me specific resource conflicts and wouldn't even allow me to change the allocated resources. Some people online said what you just told me, others seemed to resolve the problem by increasing the AGP aperture size (no idea how that worked) and yet others by upgrading their BIOS chip.
I did manage to upgrade it to a P3 board with a 4X slot (old hardware is SO hard to find  undecided ) and now it works.
1249  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
1250  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.
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