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2401  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 24, 2008, 01:13:22 PM
Surely he is also permitted to mention his problem here also, isn't he?  Seems like you're treating him roughly for even mentioning his issues.  After all, this IS a thread about file managers, and a lot of other users have posted about their problems with such here.   smiley

Jim

Sure he is, and I never once said he shouldn't/couldn't. I do think he should file a bug report in addition to compaining about it here though, because how is a product supposed to be improved if nobody mentions the problems they are having to the developer(s)?

In any case, what rubbed me the wrong way was that he came into the thread claiming that no other file manager mentioned here other than Windows Explorer and xplorer² does unicode properly, something which just isn't correct.

OK - I just couldn't figure out why you were....  chastising him?  (At least it seemed like it!)

Not my business!!  Cool

Jim
2402  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TheBat email client v4 (early alpha) - some observations on: January 24, 2008, 01:00:09 PM
I am also looking for a new email client - I have actually been using webmail interfaces for a couple of weeks - Yuck, blah! - because Thunderbird, which I have been using since V.2 was released and I love it, became somehow corrupted and new profiles are not the answer apparently.  I could just do a complete cleanout and reinstall it fresh but I am a little ticked there is no better way to repair it.  I have more than 15,000 messages in it and approximately 500 total folders/mailboxes.  I don't wish to re-create them, and importing them from the corrupted installation, well, that just wouldn't be wise, would it?!

I used Pocomail for three years previously (and Barca for a while when they first released it), and I recently looked at "The Bat!", but I simply don't wish to live with what I consider the "crippled" HTML rendering along with the extremely limited support of IMAP mail accounts.  Personally, with common security protections on my PC (and other PCs I use) I have not seen any security threat from an HTML message that wouldn't easily be handled by an Antivirus and/or Anti-Spyware program.  And I have no idea why these apps do not willingly support IMAP.  Anyone know why IMAP is a problem with either Pocomail or The Bat!?

Another issue I kept banging up against with Pocomail was the refusal to support MAPI. I could not have other applications which are capable of sending emails directly from their own UI use Pocomail because Pocomail won't accept such commands.  Their reasoning is - once again - security.  All those apps are subject to allowing malware to use that path to spam people - I don't believe that's a valid concern.  (Someone should point me to the last time that issue was recorded in the last five years. I cannot find any!)

I know that there is a niche market for such "security measures" in an email client. But I believe the mainstream want and need proper HTML rendering in their email.  I do!  And not for personal reasons only; I receive a lot of business-related email newsletters that can be read - kind of - in Pocomail, but cannot be resent or forwarded because the HTML is stripped out, rendering a newsletter unreadable.

Jim
2403  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: January 24, 2008, 12:35:39 PM
Hopefully you all know that the V. 3X local scheduler must be open and running for it to work.  (If SFFS isn't open the schedule does not work at all - it isn't using the Windows Task Scheduler).

And the ExtremeSync service is supposed to run similar to Windows Task Scheduler, but it won't on my PC unless I have SFFS open and manually start the service each time.  (That may be a problem on my PC though).

Jim
2404  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Home Backup Protection on: January 24, 2008, 12:31:47 PM
That's a joke, right?

Or isn't there any safe torage requirements for guns in the .us?
Yes, but aren't there also people in your location who ignore such laws?  There are here.

another thing too is that very few people over here have guns in the first place
(I guess that's a generalisation about Europe undecided I wouldnt be sure about lot of countries here but I think it's fairly much the case)

That would be nice here too - no guns at all.  Unfortunately I don't see anyone giving anything more than lip service to such a policy here.

(BTW, I finally did go and take a look at the youtube video itself - I hope everyone realizes it's a parody & not a real ad!!)

Jim
2405  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 24, 2008, 12:24:03 PM
...Sure it's part of the product, but it is not part of the file manager itself. Windows is in no way free, and it comes with a lousy picture manager, a sub-par file manager, a merely average browser, a useless defrag tool +++ but all that doesn't mean that the OS itself is useless, even though I actually paid for all of the things it includes. Why? Because none of the things I just mentioned really have any direct influence on the main purpose of an OS.

EDIT: Just to clarify though, I do think you should care about whether or not an included part of the product works just as you want it to seeing as you're paying for it, but in this case I don't see it as an important part of the program.

Anyway, if you encountered a problem, why not report the problem to the developer and see if they can fix it? I'm sure they will as long as someone actually let's them know about it.

Surely he is also permitted to mention his problem here also, isn't he?  Seems like you're treating him roughly for even mentioning his issues.  After all, this IS a thread about file managers, and a lot of other users have posted about their problems with such here.   smiley

Jim
2406  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: January 24, 2008, 12:52:49 AM
PS I was initially "with Lashiec" WRT the SFFS 3 GUI but over time it grew on me and I find it incredibly intuitive and easy to use. The ergonomics of the GUI in v.4 beta are cumbersome and seem to require more clicking and searching to get things done. Just a quick observation though... early days in my use of it.

Doesn't sound too encouraging, Darwin.  Have you looked at the schedule setup?  That was another area where SFFS lacked greatly and Tobias had promised to make significant changes there.

Thanks.

Jim
2407  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Home Backup Protection on: January 23, 2008, 04:17:30 PM
That's a joke, right?

Or isn't there any safe torage requirements for guns in the .us?
Yes, but aren't there also people in your location who ignore such laws?  There are here.

Jim
2408  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday to App103 on: January 23, 2008, 11:52:57 AM
Ha!  Looks like we're almost neighbors, too!  (Nice cherry blossoms!!)   Grin

Jim
2409  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Happy Birthday to App103 on: January 23, 2008, 11:51:40 AM
Happy Birthday!!

Sorry I missed the big day.   Sad

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2410  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Computer/PC Users Groups - Membership at DonationCoder? Other Ideas? on: January 23, 2008, 11:45:44 AM
There are plenty around here, and I would love to join one.

Unfortunately I rarely get out; pretty much stuck here.  So I live on this box most of the time.   ohmy Cool

Jim
2411  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: An apology on: January 23, 2008, 01:18:02 AM
Heck, I was busy for a week or so and wasn't here much at all.  I didn't even know anything happened regarding all this!  Better that way, more than likely!  Anyway, welcome back dude!

My quote, with due respect for Carol's Nietzsche quote:
Quote
"When you go your way and I go mine."

From: 'Most Likely You Go Your Way (I Go Mine)' - Bob Dylan

Jim
2412  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 11:43:05 PM
Yes, I can confirm that DOpus 9 behaves as expected when "delay double-clicking" (a technical term) an image file (ie the result is that the filename is highlighted allowing me to rename the image file).

Dormouse, Darwin:  Then I now have to check all through my DOpus preferences to see what I have selected - or deselected in there that might affect this.

When I found issues with the content thing that DOpus does I was on their forum for a while and as a result they had me changing a lot of settings to do with images.  Looks like one of them might be doing this.

Thanks.

Jim
2413  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Bug report?] farr - short freeze every 6 launch/close on: January 22, 2008, 02:21:11 PM
21.92 seconds after disabling INI monitoring as per Armando's post above!

Jim
2414  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Bug report?] farr - short freeze every 6 launch/close on: January 22, 2008, 01:55:54 PM
Ouch!!  Third test:  677 seconds!  Getting worse!
2415  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Bug report?] farr - short freeze every 6 launch/close on: January 22, 2008, 01:54:44 PM
I tried Comodo about a year ago when it was in beta.  Uninstalled it pretty quickly, too.  It wasn't intuitive at all.  Locked out my own network by default and after about a dozen attempts to get it included, it was still kicking it around.  I never did like it.

Jim
2416  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Bug report?] farr - short freeze every 6 launch/close on: January 22, 2008, 01:52:47 PM
Never mind - found it.  168 kb.
2417  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: [Bug report?] farr - short freeze every 6 launch/close on: January 22, 2008, 01:51:41 PM
Hmm.  I ran the inireader and it took 87.29 seconds.  NOD32 running, no SW firewall.  However I had the task manager window open and didn't see NOD32 at all.

Tried a second time and it took 359.62 this time!  Ouch!  Where is the output file?

Thanks

Jim
2418  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 01:42:38 PM
I was disappointed by the ESET Security Suite demo (it contains NOD32 as the AV component). It started out GREAT but after a reboot it was terribly slow, a resource hog. I left it for a week but it never got any better (I thought it might need to "learn" my usage patterns or something). Anyway, switched to demo of Bitdefender AV and did the same. I was able to tweak it to be quite inobtrusive and bought a licence - it's made a dramatic improvement to my wife's notebook. It's also relegated Webroot AV and AS to an afterthought on my machine (and completely uninstalled from my wife's) despite my dual licence for it expiring in Novmber 2009. Bitdefender is simply that much less resource hungry. I do use Webroot for a weekly manual scan, though...

Apologies for the OT digression...

A quick add to the digression:  I did not take the upgrade (small cost) to the security suite - stuck with the AV only. And I also did not take the upgrade to NOD32 V3, but stuck with V2.7.  V3, if you read their forum at Wilder's, still seems to be riddled with problems for more users than normally have issues after a new release.  And one big problem I DO have with Eset is if you do encounter a problem, support is no help at all, often not responding to support tickets.  Personally I have never received a reply from Eset support other than the autoresponder when you first submit a problem.  I have gotten better responses by calling them on the phone, but technical support is not available that way; only sales and licensing.

Not sure what I'll go with next.

OK - all done with OT!

Jim
2419  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 11:27:29 AM
Quote from: J-Mac link=topic=9958.msg97787#msg97787

Today I needed to rename a handful of photos, and as soon as I right-clicked on the first one in DOpus and started waiting, and then remembered about the delay.....  Man that takes long!! Why is that? Anyone know?

This is not a problem I understand. Images don't try to open when I right-click on them and there is no delay before I can rename them. Network drives present too. What aren't I understanding?

OK - I re-read all and I do see what you are missing - I think!  Right-clicking in DOpus doesn't open anything; all it does - for me, anyway - is take real long.  That is, if I use the standard Windows context menu.  If I use the DOpus context menu it opens fast, but that menu is missing a lot of items I need to use.

What I meant about the images opening is:  You know how in regular, old Windows Explorer if you left-click on a filename and then after a very short wait, left-click on it again, the filename is highlighted and you can rename the file?  (Of course quickly double-clicking opens the file). Try it in Explorer - Left-click, and then again after a brief (less than a second) delay. Instead of opening the filename is highlighted for renaming.

I was trying that in DOpus, and it works on most files, but it won't work on image files. As a matter of fact it looks like if I have the appearance set as Thumbnails, it opens every time.  (Probably something to do with the Lister Content feature, the one where it tries to look at the folder contents and applies the appropriate file-viewing  mode.  BTW, this has never worked well either!!)  If the Lister is in Details or a similar mode it goes into rename with a slow double-click.

Hope this helps!

Jim
2420  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 11:18:23 AM
I-N-T-E-R-E-S-T-I-N-G (is this the most overused word in the English language? No? I'd like to nominate it, along with genius, and hero as the three most overused words). I've enabled the context menu in TC and (drumroll) it takes at least 30 seconds to appear!

J-Mac, given the above discussion, I'd be very interested in hearing how long the context menu takes to appear in you TC installation? FWIW, I tried this in my TC "only" installation, and not in the TC UP installation, though in the interest of being thorough, I'm off to give that a whirl as well. I am not optimistic.
Darwin:  Context menu in TC - with the Options changed as in the screenshot above - took 7 seconds the first time - immediate after that.  Pretty darned quick actually! Thanks Dirhael!

Also, I lost my TC-UP installation file.  Downloaded a few times & kept losing it!  Thought I was going even crazier!  Looking further into it I found that NOD32 is eating it up as soon as I download it - and without any notification. I swear, NOD32 keeps falling lower on the A-V Test sites, and it also keeps eating files that I want!!  (Doggone program is starting to act like the old Norton monster!).

Tom:  Thanks for the F2 tip - I didn't even think of that.  Next time maybe...   smiley

Dormouse:  I have no idea what you mean. Either you misunderstood my post, or I'm misunderstanding yours!!  Let me think on it and I'll post back to you.  smiley

Jim

2421  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager on: January 22, 2008, 01:20:25 AM
Grrr...  I am about to give XYplorer a try.  DOpus is driving me nuts with the Context menu!  [Caution - Major Childish Rant]

I have been using the DOpus context menu instead of the Windows one, mainly because I have so many extraneous items on the Windows Context menu.  (Darned programs that silently place one, two, or six items there without asking!).  I recently decided to go back to the Windows menu, however, because there are a few items that I often need and I cannot find out how to add them to DOpus's menu.  Their "tutorial" gives a basic "you can do it" but doesn't explain how very well.

But now I remember why I had to ditch the Windows menu to start with: In DOpus it can take as long as a full minute to open!?!?  Back when I first got DOpus I figured I must be doing something very wrong, but there are quite a few posts about this on their forum, so it's not just me.

Today I needed to rename a handful of photos, and as soon as I right-clicked on the first one in DOpus and started waiting, and then remembered about the delay.....  Man that takes long!! Why is that? Anyone know?  And no - it is not network shares taking that long. I already disabled them trying to speed things up - didn't happen. In Windows Explorer you can double-click slowly on a filename to rename it: One click, then another after a very short delay. But I can't do that in DOpus.  Or to be correct, I can't do that on image files in DOpus - others I can. Image files want to open in a viewer - no matter the speed or delay of the double-click.  After two renames - there were only about 5 or 6 so I didn't want to open BRU to do it - I got fed up and decided to open Total Commander to rename them.

Yep - Total Commander...  Haven;t opened this since I got DOpus.  Oops! Forgot, right-clicking is a no-no in TC.  OK.... Let's see......  How in the HECK do I rename files in TC???!!?  Of course I did remember after all - but not until I opened the Help file and got to that page.  Seems we just can't remember this stuff until we go through the trouble of looking up the Help topic - and then remember it without having to read the Help topic!!!

Anyway I got all renamed, but not without some heartburn obviously!  But I then sat there and started to wonder why I hadn't decided to try going with Total Commander full time.  After all, I have had the license for a lot of years.  Then I tried to customize it a bit and remembered just how different he has configured TC from the rest of the crowd!  OK, there are always bound to be some differences in how developers think when they design their own version of a relatively common software type.  But where in the world did Christian pull some of these commands and menu structures from?? I could swear I saw our local community college offering an advanced certificate course - 65 continuing education credits - on "Setting Up, Understanding, and Working With Total Commander".  (Caution - bring your own pillow; There WILL BE much banging of your head on walls)"!!

Can it get much more difficult with XYPlorer??  Nosh??

Jim
2422  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: January 22, 2008, 12:49:28 AM
Marc,

Have you tried the V. 4 beta?  Any comments?

Thanks.

Jim
2423  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: January 21, 2008, 01:51:34 AM
Thanks BigJim!

Good to hear that it looks like the full version.  I was going to buy Elements 5 last year but was "waiting for the big sale", which never came.  Believe me, I have a lot of digital image apps on my box - too many, even though I've removed several.  One of my addictions!  I once had Photoshop Home Deluxe - or something like that - which came with an HP scanner a number of years ago.  Nice at the time, but missing a lot of features. Yet when I downloaded a trial version of the full Photoshop I was completely flabbergasted.  Way more complicated than it needed to be for the non-professional photographer, IMO. And the price was extremely high.  It seemed like they had invented a language designed to make non-pro's go cross-eyed!  I never did l purchase the expended version of Photoshop.

Now years later, Photoshop is still somewhat of an "elitist" application, or suite of applications.  I don't mean that in a bad way, but in that it is voluminous and still more expensive than the average non-pro can afford, including me, and seemingly aimed at photogs who are much more serious about it than I.  I have the knowledge to use a lot more of it now than then, but I would never pay the kind of price they ask.  (At this point I would give up my first born, but no one would take him!!). I mostly use Paint Shop Pro X for photo editing and effects, and ACDSee Pro for photo organization.  ACDSee is sweet but the company is pretty bad IMO. I won't go into that except to say that none of their subsequent versions added enough to be worth me purchasing, and any problems I have had with my current version must be accepted because their support model is really bad. At least IMO.

So I have wanted to try Elements to see how it handles photo organization. I have read about features that sound super, and some that don't sound near as good as ACDSee's.  Version 5.0 is the one that most reviews seemed to label as being awesome and worthy of upgrades.  Guess I'll get to find out firsthand now.

Thanks again!

Jim
2424  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Wacom Tablet - Bundled Software Question on: January 21, 2008, 12:02:46 AM
A short while back there was a thread discussing Tablets for Windows PCs, including Wacom and a few others.  Well I did end up with a nice little Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet for Christmas - and I do love it! A little tough to get used to the scaling, as I remember some members here mentioned in the other thread.  But I'm getting there.  Actually it is nice and easy to use with Art Rage and a few other apps.  Paint Shop Pro X is fun - I use it for when I am altering the background of an image, and the like.

But my question for now is about the software that comes bundled with the Bamboo Fun tablet.  As I have for years, I completely ignored the software setups that came on the CD with the tablet driver, since everything I can ever remember installing from a software bundle included with a PC peripheral has always been either plain old junk, or a crippled, severely limited trial or mini-version.  I took a look at the CD label for the tablet driver and automatically figured it was more of the same.

However when cataloging the CD in a new CD case, along with about a million other old software and hardware CDs and DVDs, I was reading labels carefully to ensure I cataloged everything correctly and removing all the CD sleeves that CDs were in and checking to make sure I captured any registration or serial codes.  I suddenly noticed that saw that the codes on the Wacom CD appeared to be full version codes!  Could it be?

Before I install these and then turn right around and uninstall them, has anyone else installed these programs?  Are they truly full versions?  The titles included are:
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 4 and 5
  • Corel Painter Essentials 3
  • Nik Color Efex Pro 2
I'm really interested in using Photoshop Elements 5, and I'd like to give Corel Painter a try also.  But neither if they are only limited trialware.

Thanks!

Jim
2425  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I Want To Index Every File On My LAN. on: January 20, 2008, 11:33:24 PM
I have no clue as to what kind of indexing it offers, but have you looked into Amazon S3 at all?  S3 stands for "simple storage service" and a lot of small businesses, startups, etc. are using it.  I am not certain at all just how the index works within that system, but since places like Smugmug online photo service are using it for massive amounts of storage, it must have a pretty good retrieval system - which I think would  require a capable index system.

I don't know if this is even a consideration for you, but it's surely worth a look!

Jim
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