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2401  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Personal Movie Organizers - A quick rundown on: February 03, 2008, 12:53:52 AM
I tried these programs and still haven't found one which will meet my simple needs. I have a disk full of all my movies ripped to disk. I want a program that will -

1. import all movies from a folder (about 200 movies), not make me enter the name/dvd codes

Darn!  I know from experience that ripping a DVD movie results in quite large files!  If you then transcode and burn them to a blank DVD you are basically squeezing it onto a DVD5 disk.  So just for the sake of calculations, say they are as small as 5 GB each X 200 - at least 1 TB! That's some folder!!

Rather than a folder containing VOB's, I am guessing that you are ripping them to .avi format?

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Is this so hard?

Well, no....

IF you have all of the following:

1)  Large enough completely empty hard disk - at least 1 TB.

2)  Software to rip DVDs

3)  Lots and lots of time on your hands!

Personally, I burn 'em to DVD5's and have the ripped files auto-deleted after burning!

Yet still, this does not give people what they are looking for in the way of a "Movie Collector" program. They just want to inventory - in great detail - all DVD titles they own, along with the artwork, credits info - i.e., director, cast, etc. With a nice UI for input of the DVD's and generous reporting/exporting features for the data.

at least that's what I was seeking, and I believe the same is true for others.  Of course I might be way off here.

Thanks!

Jim
2402  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 03, 2008, 12:42:19 AM
It's a shame that there isn't a "lending program" for such items - we could really benefit from something like that!

Can't you hire one for a couple of weeks?


Wish I could, but I've never seen any such program.

And if there were, like a rental company, I'd wager they would stick to basic nuts & bolts.  IOW, plain vanilla desktop and/or notebooks. I doubt you'd see a tablet.

Jim
2403  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 04:31:29 PM
Well suuuure!  First come, first served....

Anyone want a real deal - free high-powered Falcon Northwest Mach V?  (Works...... ( Grin Grin)....... as is - no returns!!  )

(Darwin should get a kick out of that!    Wink)
2404  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet - Anyone Use It? on: February 02, 2008, 02:45:32 PM
Wow - no replies at all?!  ohmy  That's a surprise!!  Either not one DC member has ever tried this application... (Or no one who cares to respond, of course!)

Oddly enough, I wrote the developer to ask if this program requires the user to reinstall manually the first time, with MultiSet recording all actions so that you can then create a CD that can do it unattended on all subsequent occasions.  Or if it can just scan your PC, note the Windows version and settings plus all installed software, and then perform a reinstallation of all, without the user having to go through the process manually the first time.

The reply was Yes.  To all, I guess!  I wrote back asking for a little clarification on that!

Jim
2405  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deleting Files From the ..\Local Settings\Temp\ Folder on: February 02, 2008, 02:40:04 PM
... Grin There are two on my system for sure that do this and I've only received a response from the $20 one... The $2000 hasn't deigned to respond!

I almost hesitate to ask - but I'll go ahead anyway!

What the heck software cost you $2,000?!?!?!  ohmy

Jim
2406  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Microsoft Disavowing Vista? on: February 02, 2008, 02:24:10 PM
Interesting article I saw in eWeek today:
  Jim


edit by jgpaiva: added screenshot

(EDIT:  A hearty "Thank you" to jgpaiva for replacing the Tinyurl link I had posted to the eWeek article and going through the trouble of replacing it with a screenshot!  I didn't know about the tinyurl link rule, but I do now!  Thanks again! - Jim   smiley  )
2407  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 02:19:34 PM
we need to have a thing where people on dc can give away their unused equipment to others.

Honest mouser - that's not what I was pushing!!  I'm not looking for anyone to give me or lend me a tablet PC!!

I'm not even saying that a way for people to try certain types of PC's is even something that should be available.  Just commenting about certain high-ticket products that all of us here have to purchase virtually sight unseen on a regular and ongoing basis.  It is strange when you think about it:  Most of us will sit and think very hard about whether or not we want to spend $30 or $40 on a program that we don't feel may be worth quite that much, while with computers themselves we plow right ahead based on "expert advice" from various web sites.  PC Magazine; PC World; Computerworld; and various others.  I see a lot of people - not necessarily here at DC but at many forums  where I am a member - who literally scream about commercial software, expecting that any and all applications should be freely available.  But they save their money and spend gobs on a new PC that they probably never once took a "test drive" in!!

Thank you.
Jim
2408  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deleting Files From the ..\Local Settings\Temp\ Folder on: February 02, 2008, 01:46:26 PM
I advise caution. Some naughty programmes place installation files in the user %temp% folder that are essential for the operation of the programme (and in their absence require re-installation) or successful uninstallation of the programme. Extremely irritating  thumb down

Darwin,

I do realize that this is a possible consequence of deleting the temp files, but at 5 GB and still growing I really had to just bite the bullet and do it! As for those developers who put the reinstall files in there, well I guess I just won't be able to reinstall from there. And if I find any in particular I will definitely write them and let them know what I think of the practice.

Not that they will listen to me, of course. But it'll get it off my chest, and of they do hear that enough from their users, you never know - it might just affect their future behavior!

Thanks.

Jim
2409  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 08:46:22 AM
I use all of these and have never found a need for a tablet PC, but can see that for a different set of uses I might prefer the functionality of the tablet.

After 11 PPC/WM devices in 7 years, I have quite a collection of them....

But I still want to try a tablet!!

Jim
2410  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 03:48:43 AM
BTW, if I do go with a regular, non-touchscreen notebook, I would love to find one that is as thin as that new Mac looks to be.  I take it everyone has seen the commercials for that new Air Mac, or Mac Air, or whatever it is they call it?  Doggone that looks thin!  Almost like a couple pieces of paper together!  How do they do that?   cheesy

Jim
2411  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Digital ink/tablet pc: worth the effort? on: February 02, 2008, 03:45:42 AM
I need a new notebook and I have been agonizing over the tablet/standard notebook for a while!  I would love to try one out for a while to see if I would really use it as I seem to think I would, but no one gives you a tablet to "try out" for a time!!

I, like most here I am pretty sure, don't get a new notebook very often!  So getting a tablet and finding out it is not all that would be a mistake that I'd have to live with for quite a while.  But the last two times I purchased notebooks I had thought hard about a tablet and then I spend the next 3 yrs wondering if I should have.

It's a shame that there isn't a "lending program" for such items - we could really benefit from something like that!

I'm not much of an artist - I have done some serious drawing and painting, but not a whole lot. But I could see taking notes longhand.  Yes, I am one of those who never really got very fast at typing!  embarassed  And now I cannot even use both hands to type with; I often have to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking and when I do use the keyboard, I just got Direct Access to help make it a bit easier.  But with a tablet I would be taking notes longhand with my good hand - right - and I could still use the keyboard if I wanted to use it.

Plus I like to scribble or draw some graphics here and there when I take notes - a little of my right-brrain sneaking in I giess!!

Decisions, decisions, decisions!!

Thanks!

Jim
2412  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 02, 2008, 03:24:19 AM
Sounds like a good idea to me.  Not sure I fully understand the posts against this idea.

I just think it would be nice to have a place to take a quick glance and see if something we really like is being offered.  I have a number of such sites in FeedDemon and I try to take a look daily  Now I don't know about anyone else here but I seem to miss my daily glance just when one of those sites are offering a program I would have loved to try out. Just my misfortune, I guess!!

But I'm here at DC daily and don't think I'd miss anything at all if there was a daily "reminder" here.

Personally I like Carol's ticker idea!!

Thanks!

Jim
2413  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

Jim
2414  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!!

Jim
2415  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?

Jim
2416  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.

Thanks.

Jim
2417  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??!?
2418  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!
2419  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.

Jim
2420  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

Jim
2421  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!

Thanks.

Jim
2422  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.

Jim
2423  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time? on: January 30, 2008, 11:48:28 PM
Renegade,

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.

Jim
2424  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!

Jim
2425  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.

Jim
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