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2401  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: February 02, 2008, 12:17:30 AM
It becomes all the more fun if you're normally a left handed scribbler and a right handed mouser. One does have to be careful if trying to drink coffee (or similar) at the same time, though.  undecided

Shoot, I have to be careful when drinking coffee and trying to do anything else at all!!   Grin

2402  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: February 02, 2008, 12:16:45 AM
Now if I could just get the hang of using the pen!!  It is pretty easy to use in Art Rage and the like, but trying to use it to write with in applications like Evernote, OneNote 2007, etc. is a bit difficult, I find.  Someone posted above in this thread about having trouble with the tablet being scaled from the tablet size to the entire monitor screen rather than having a one-to-one scale, and I remember thinking that the scaling to allow the tablet to cover the entire screen sounded good - how difficult could it be?  Well, I am now finding out just how difficult that can be!!  Not in Art Rage - for some reason the scaling feels natural there.  But writing notes has my handwriting looking even worse than it truly is!!

2403  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: February 02, 2008, 12:04:51 AM
Excellent!  I'm really surprised that they are full versions.  Actually that is a lot of software - the cost of having purchased each separately is pretty surprising.  Makes the Bamboo Fun that much better of a deal, doesn't it?

2404  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Almeza MultiSet - Anyone Use It? on: February 01, 2008, 02:09:18 PM
I saw - too late for the discount - the posting about Almeza MultiSet. Reinstalls Windows and installed software?  Sounds too good to be true.

Has anyone here tried it yet?  I hate to soend $100 to find out it doesn't work well.


2405  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: February 01, 2008, 01:19:09 PM
They charge you for it??!?
2406  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: February 01, 2008, 11:22:48 AM
 smiley  Saw that.  Actually it's an MSDN site, and some of those folks obviously have a sense of humor!
2407  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: February 01, 2008, 10:31:07 AM
f0dder - No, the very first link states that it is a Microsoft program.

2408  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC User's Resource - Phase I (Interest survey - Please post comments) on: January 31, 2008, 11:57:17 PM
I'm in.   Cool

2409  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 31, 2008, 12:39:09 PM
Lashiec:  That sounds like a good idea.  I hate running as a user because I am quite often - like multiple times daily - performing tasks which require Admin rights, and I guess it might be a bit of laziness on my part, too.  I hate "double-doing", meaning that when logged in as a user and I start to do something that requires admin rights, I forget which I am logged as and get some steps done before realizing that I cannot complete them.  Then whether I log out and back in as Administrator or use "Run as...", those steps are lost, or some services, etc. that I need to access to complete what I am doing cannot be done unless I log out and in again.  So I usually just login  with Admin rights from the start.

Drop My Rights looks to be a potentially nice compromise!


2410  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: DirectAccess - Text Expander program for free today at GAOTD on: January 31, 2008, 12:13:57 AM
I've been using it for a few days and it is nice!  I do have a slight problem with it crashing if I try to add any applications by isng the "Browse..." button; as soon as I select the app I want to be able to open w/ a shortcut it pops up a "Direct Access Must Close" and wants me to send in a crash report - which also fails and I have to email it to them. They're looking at that. In the meantime I can add programs in other ways, like by having the program already open and either selecting it from the open apps list, or drag & drop it into DA.

Only other PITA is the fact that they only give you a handful of included autotext shortcuts. I'm adding my own little by little, but it'll be a while till I have enough built up to make me truly more productive w/ DA.  Availability of some pre-written libraries of shortcuts, or even a users exchange of shortcuts would be great. Give you some to use until you get all that you want there added or customized.

BTW, I did import the MS Word Autocorrect library, but it works just differently enough in Direct Access to make a number of those more trouble than they are worth. E.g., Word has an Autocorrect entry that automatically changes the letter "i" to "I".  However Word only uses this if the letter "i" is typed by itself, meaning that you are typing the pronoun for yourself: "I".  Direct Access, on the other hand, wants to change every lower case "i" to an upper case "I"!!  Now it won't do it unless you press the "Confirm" key - Shift is the default, but I use the Right Arrow. This causes that little Bell sound to go "DING" every damn time I typed a lower case "i".  Aarrggghhhh!!  So I tried unchecking the "Confirm" box but all that does is allow DA to change all of my lower case "i"'s to upper case without a sound.  This is not a good thing, obviously!! So I just deleted that shortcut, as their is no way to disable it; only delete.

So like I said, I have some work to do with it yet.

2411  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time? on: January 30, 2008, 11:48:28 PM

I guess then that I mean Yes, and Yes! The boot itself is close to the two minute mark - I would have to time it but my perception is that its right around there.

And if I add my startup items, well - it's tough to say now.  I am using Chameleon Startup Manager to delay a number of startup entries; that way they get spread out and all are not banging heads trying to beat each other to the finish line.  So excluding all that I have a delay set for, it is probably about another two minutes at least after the bootup itself is done.

2412  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time? on: January 30, 2008, 11:27:42 PM
I've had boot lag issues for quite some time here.  I spent some time trying to find a utility - any utility - tha would log all events during bootup but there doesn't appear to be any.  MS Bootvis, which is not supported by MS since XP was released, can do this for some users, but I have found that it cannot complete its goal if you are running a dual core processor, which I am.

Process Monitor is supposed to be able to do this also, but each time I try it crashes before I even get to a boot.  (Thought it was just my PC but I see others now having the same issues with ProcMon).

Other than those two I can find nothing that gives a good picture of just what occurs during boot up. Should be something that can tell you what starts in what order, and where any head-banging occurs - if any - during boot up.  Seems like pretty valuable info to me, but no one else seems to care much about it!  I remember last year asking if anyone knew of any such app and I got a few seemingly condescending posts telling me that XP manages its own startup well and if mine is not then I have apparently been misbehaving with my PC. So I just quit that thread!

So in this age of knowing everything that goes on in our PCs, boot up activities are still nothing more than a guessing game.  Weird!

2413  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 30, 2008, 09:48:27 PM
And Trucker - you are correct in that most threats that succeed ARE due to users'.... stupidity?  Maybe "lack of care" is a kinder way to put it. Sad but true.  Could there still be a threat out there that might trap me? Certainly! But the chances are so slight that I choose to sit behind NAT and SPI and not use any software firewall. If you somehow feel cool by saying I am foolish for that, then go right ahead!  I feel I am as careful as I need to be, I browse cautiously, I haven't opened an attachment to an email message in...  I can't even remember when I last did!  I only open downloaded files/archives after downloading to an isolated folder and scanning it.  Can I still get bitten? Yes, but IMO I have no more chance of it than you do.

2414  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 30, 2008, 09:40:03 PM
trucker - That has to be one of the most poorly misplaced analogies I have seen.  Out of place and so much not related to personal computer threats. I'm more than a bit surprised.

Or then again, maybe I'm not.

2415  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Me & my crazy optical mouse on: January 30, 2008, 03:18:52 AM
i have a Pleomax optical mouse which since recently has caused me much grief. the problem started when this *NEW* mouse placed on a flat surface (my table) starting giving off random clicks. e.g. a single click becomes double-clicks, middle click became right-click & so on. after some googling, i found a couple of links but nothing more..


now i am left wondering why is this happening.. should i get a new mouse? or are there software/drivers that can overcome this? i await your answer.


Two possibilities that I can add:

It could be because of the surface on which you are using the mouse.  What exactly is the surface directly under the mouse?  Not only the material (Is it very smooth?  A little bumpy or grainy?) but the color and reflectivity.  Is it mirror-like? Not necessarily shiny, but reflective just the same?  Try a dull colored mouse pad just for the heck of it.

It could also be the single most common problem with optical cordless mice.  Of course I have no idea whether or not the mice you are trying out is cordless or not!  If so, then interference is a real possibility.  Biggest problem I have had with cordless mice turned out to be my mobile phone!!

2416  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Personal Movie Organizers - A quick rundown on: January 30, 2008, 01:37:49 AM
thanks Nosh.

I already did go ahead and purchase Movie Collector 5 by Collectorz.com, but I also downloaded Personal Video Database and will load that up at the same time.  Can't hurt to have a couple databases with my stuff in it!

I fully agree with you, BTW, about MC5's slowness in several areas.  I have also already seen a number of UI goofs (IMO) that could stand significant improvement in MC5, but generally it is a very nice, polished application.  I'll post back and let you know how I like PVD when I get a chance to run it through its paces.

Thanks again!

2417  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 30, 2008, 01:30:35 AM
I am probably a cynic (well, actually I am a cynic; I realize fully that!  But here I mean the cynic in me speaking out!), but personally I feel that much of the hype about malware infections is generated to keep PC security products moving off the shelves.  I truly am not a conspiracy theorist by any stretch, but I do think that the problem is significantly overstated by the software industry and much of the media that covers it.  As much as I read about computer security, including all the warnings and cautionary stuff that hits my RSS reader and mailbox daily, I can't help but to notice that I never see very much about mass identity thefts, loss of tangible assets, etc. due entirely to malware infections.

The predominant goal of most malware I see hitting the masses is to grab people's attention for the purpose of getting a larger share of their spending.  Adware, browser hijacking, redirecting people's search toolbars to show targeted advertising.  This is where I see most malware hitting.  And, of course, to create zombies of the computers of the largely uneducated masses (and I don't mean folks who have no or little schooling, but those who have no earthly idea what they are doing when they open their browsers) for the strict purpose of propagating the above-mentioned adware, BHO's, redirecting search facilities, etc.  And spam of course!! Spam, by the way, which seems to be pointless if you think logically about it.  Haven't you all wondered who in their right minds would ever respond to these ridiculous spam emails?  Actually spam snags enough folks who buy these outlandish products to make it enormously profitable.  These spammers aren't sending out millions of messages hourly so they can picture you spending so much time and effort cursing and deleting their emails.  They do it only because enough people actually buy the crazy stuff they're pushing!!

But the virus that will destroy your machine, steal your identity, and make your life a complete mess?  Sure, it does happen, but to a much smaller percentage of web surfers.  But the software companies who develop newer, bigger, and better computer security applications need desperately for us all to be very fearful of malware!!  It is an unbelievably rich industry which they are not going to abandon because the threat is not as big as you think it is.

My opinion, anyway!

2418  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 29, 2008, 11:11:03 PM
Stoic Joker,

Probably preaching to the choir here at DC, but still a good post!  Common sense, so sadly lacking in those from whom we would usually expect better, is still the rule.


2419  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Personal Movie Organizers - A quick rundown on: January 29, 2008, 04:23:07 PM
A very, very late post to this thread, but I just started looking seriously for a DVD collection program.  While looking at Movie Collector, and also reading about all of the angst among users over their sudden change in upgrade policy.  Despite the upgrade thing, it does appear that many DCers are still using MC and speaking well of the program itself - if not the developers.

One disavantage:  No discount here at DC.   ohmy  Sad

So I decided to look around for one elsewhere, and lo and behold:  There is an $8.00 discount for users of ListPro by Iliumsoft.  I have used ListPro on a Pocket PC and desktop PC for years and never new about it.  The page, hidden away on the collectorz.com site - the only way I found it was through a link on the Iliumsoft web site - is here:


And the referring page at Iliumsoft is here on their support site:


Not a windfall, but hey! $8 is $8 last I checked!!  And actually that is 20% off one Pro version of any product there.

I was using DVD Attache, a free app from a private developer which is very nice, but limited.  His website is currently down, though it appears that he has obtained a new domain - www.dvdattache.com - and it is not up yet.  Also, ominously, he has not replied to any of my recent emails.  I'm an early donater to him and had become friendly with him; he usually responds immediately, so perhaps something is wrong there.

Anyway, this has prompted me to seek out another DVD database program.  Looking like Movie Collector right now.  smiley

2420  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: List of disc catalogers on: January 29, 2008, 01:35:59 PM
Mr. Darwin,

I see that you use Music Collector - is this one of the Collectorz programs, BTW?

Also, I know that you also have WhereIsIt?  Have you tried using that for music, DVDs, etc.?  Or is it better/more convenient to use a specialized "collector" application for those?  Plus, if you use programs like Music Collector for your media, what do you use WhereIsIt? for?  (Just curious - not trying to give you the "third degree"!!  Trying to research before I select a program for my DVD collection.  CD collection is next!!)

Oh - while I am asking, I read a lot of complaints about Collectorz.com in the Complaints forum.  Have you had issues with upgrades or anything?


2421  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: HELP !!! Outlook corruption on: January 29, 2008, 01:18:51 PM
Sorry to rehash an older thread, but I read that Microsoft is just now putting out the MS Office SP3 on Microsoft Updates.  Apparently, despite earlier reports that SP3 was being "stealth-installed with other Windows critical patches, it has never actually been available via automatic updates - at least according to Microsoft.  They say they have been holding back on releasing it through the Updates system to allow enterprise users and developers time to thoroughly test it.  Here's an article about this:


I personally had only read an occasional blog post attributing various strange behaviors noticed after installing this service pack.  (It has been available via manual download since September 2007).  But now I see that MS has intentionally disabled several Office features due to FUZZ testing they have done to determine the latest security risks - real or potential.  Ouch!  Carol, no wonder you were seeing some confusing behavior in your Outlook's functions!

One disabled feature that surprised me is that Office will no linger allow saving nor opening the TIFF image format.  Yeah, but almost every other imaging app still does use this format - and every fax machine ever built, I think!

Way to go, Bill!

2422  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 29, 2008, 11:13:00 AM
What is necessary is entirely dependent on the people that will use the system. 

I agree as long as you mean it is dependent on the browsing behavior of the person using the system, as opposed to what that person thinks he or she needs!  Case in point:  My dear little brother, who was without any shadow of a doubt "fully protected" by the demo of Norton that came with his three year old PC, and hits every stinking warez site he can find. Then calls me when his PC starts "acting weird or something".   ohmy mad

Lately, I find that the Microsoft OneCare product is nice.  Reasonably priced, reasonably effective, and here is the good part, doesn't molest the hell out of a user's PC like anything with Symantec or McAfee in the name.

I found early versions of OneCare to be lacking user-configurability, similar to what Lashiec mentioned about Defender in his post above this one.  Though admittedly it may have changed for the better since then.

2423  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: windows security - what's really necessary? on: January 28, 2008, 11:09:47 PM
I used to be almost religious about PC online security. Probably to the point of being very annoying, such a proselytizer I was.  I always had what I researched to be the best AV, AS, and FW available installed and setup carefully.  Built a regular cocoon around my PC, I thought!  But my stance on this has definitely weakened considerably over the past year, year and a half.  And I'm still not certain if I am OK with this, or if I am just being overly sloppy about it.

Currently I am using NOD32 V2.7, though I might upgrade to 3 shortly. (V 3 was released to much woe over at Wilders Security forums; seems it was fairly buggy and also quite a bit more restrictive than 2.7 - which I find to be too restrictive myself at times. I cannot keep most Nirsoft applications on my machine because, even with them listed under "Exclusions", NOD32 eats them up. Three years I have been imploring them to stop quarantining Nir's programs to no avail.   Sad  )

My most recent Anti-Spyware and Firewall respectively were Sunbelt's Counterspy 2 and their update of the Kerio Personal Firewall. Counterspy, while receiving rave reviews, can act up annoyingly much too often. I corresponded with Eric Howe many times about this, and he even agreed with some of my points, but alas it remains that way!  It often goes "red" in my systray, meaning that it is no longer actively scanning in the background. Not supposed to do that, of course, and it was an early issue with C-Spy 2, but they claim to have that fixed - for the most part!  Still does it with me. I had three paid licenses for it, and I let all lapse. Other bugs that drove me crazy - and it eats programs without me setting it up to so so.  This is my main problem with many security apps today: Even if not configured to be overly aggressive, they have code in them which seems to be designed to secure my PC against all potential items the developers deem to be dangerous - even against my own wishes. It is "hurting me for my own good"!!  Or at least that is how the developers seem to see it. If I cannot configure annoying behavior - protection I feel is too extreme - to not occur, then I do not want it on my machine. Simple as that!

The Sunbelt Personal Firewall - which still carried the "Kerio" name at first; I purchased three licenses for that, also - was a real mess when they first acquired it and performed their first "upgrade". It completely hosed my Hosts file, would change settings affecting my home network on its own, and would occasionally seem to not be there at all, and then suddenly wake up and start grabbing files all over my PC, labeling them potentially dangerous.  Me? I just want a firewall to prevent port traffic and alert me so I can make a decision as to whether or not I wish to allow the program or process to have access to that port. I do not want it to start grabbing files and playing keep-away with them!!

When that first upgrade was admitted (by Sunbelt Support) to be thoroughly borked, they allowed me to place my licenses in "suspension" until they released their much-ballyhooed V. 2 of the firewall.  This was going to happen "soon", and would be a true Sunbelt design, rather than a worked-over "amateurish program" that they inherited from Kerio. (Their words, not mine!).  Turned out to be eight months!! When released I said I would give it a good ride and see how I liked it. My licenses were finally activated again. Lo and behold, this version was buggier than any PC security product I had ever tried! Caused full BSOD crashes regularly - and I had never seen a firewall do that!!  After quite a bit of testing and corresponding - with log files mostly - with Sunbelt engineers, I gave up.  After a good old, Howard Dean-ish primal scream, I told Sunbelt that a year and four months was too much time for me to agonize over a firewall. I removed all from my PC's. And I have not replaced it - nor C-Spy 2 - yet.

I do have SpywareBlaster setup on my PCs, and I run good old Spybot S&D, but not actively scanning. I just run scans weekly with it. no firewall at all; I am running behind a Linksys router, though, with SPI, so I am using a firewall of sorts. And I am running NOD32, which updates definitions hourly, believe it or not.

As for how I have fared, security/malware-wise, I had what I suspect was an infection - regular virus - in 1998 or 1999.  I was (blush) running AOL for a very short time - I was really low on funds and I used one of the 800 bazillion free disks that gave me - I think - two or three months of free AOL! And I had a sudden slowdown that eventually was reported to all AOL users - it was actually introduced to users, accidentally, by AOL themselves. Norton did find it and after much angst, removed it.  (Remember way back then when NAV was actually a highly respected AV product?!) And last year Counterspy insisted I was infected with the Grozodon trojan. After three days of pure hell trying to catch and remove it, it was finally announced as a big "Oops" by Sunbelt - false positive which they denied vehemently at first. Other than that one AOL job and a Couterspy false positive, I have never been infected with any malware. Part caution, part luck I'm sure.

But until I see a more pressing need, I will stay as I am and not install anymore AS or FW products.  (BTW, I DO run a rootkit detector every two weeks as a precaution, because they can infect like no other malware - and come from a seemingly reputable company - and not give any indication of infection till waaay after the fact!).

2424  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Opening CH+S From Systray? Hotkeys? on: January 28, 2008, 03:54:22 PM
kind of embarassing that there isn't a hotkey in chs to just show main form isnt it.. Sad
ok i'll add.

Not embarrassing!  Actually I figured there was probably an easy way to do this staring atme and waiting to jump up and bite me!!  Guess not.  Whew!


2425  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Opening CH+S From Systray? Hotkeys? on: January 28, 2008, 02:51:01 AM
what I do to call the main window : 1st call the quickpaste menu, and just press w -->  there you have your window!

That sounds good!

You could also write a little AHK script to bring up the main window.

Something like :
[copy or print]
send, ^!q
Sleep 400
send, w

I haven't used AHK - never could get the hang of writing scripts!

this is basically : win+S to invoque CH+spell main window if ctrl+alt+q was your shortcut for the quick paste menu.
The sleep command is not the best way though... But I didn't give it much thought... The best would be to use something like "WinWait," but I 'm not sure...  smiley

But of course other built in CH+S hotkey would be better...  Wink

Yikes!  I once tried Phrase Express and had fits with it. It took over the Win + S key and made it the Sleep key. But I use MS OneNote 2007, which uses the Win + S key for screen grabs - and Phrase Express does not allow their hotkeys to be disabled or modified. The developer's response to my query about this was to tell me to close all other programs that used Hotkeys whenever I used Phrase Express!!

I never used Phrase Express again!


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