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1576  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: July 11, 2009, 03:50:44 PM
Nobody should have to use McAfee. Ever.
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none on: July 11, 2009, 03:41:04 PM
Quote from: cyberdiva
All I know is that I'm forever installing and moving and renaming and uninstalling files/programs/whatever, and given how I use the computer, I tend to think that using a Registry Cleaner can be helpful.  But I don't know enough to be certain about this.

All I can tell you is of my own personal experiences. I am a software junkie. If I have a software need (yes, need, dang it!) I will relentlessly search till I have found every program that will fulfill that need & I will end up installing a bunch of those till I finally have the one I consider to be best. I do this for every program I have on my PC. Sadly, it doesn't end there. Every few months I go check out all the new developments in programs and if they look like they can usurp my current choice I install them to give them a try out.

Everything I don't keep, of course, is uninstalled. Compound this phenomena with dabbling in PC games (I'll install games, try them out and after I've beat them or gotten bored with them they are uninstalled) my registry probably has a cubic butt-load of irrelevant obsolete entries.

I never do any registry maintenance and I don't have any program compatibility problems nor does my system run any slower than when I first installed my OS.

Actually, the only problems I have on my system from time to time are those evil little programs you install that covertly commandeer all your file associations behind your back. Fortunately, there aren't as many of those as there used to be and UAC blocks almost all of the remaining offenders.

Side note: Though I have never used it I have heard wonderful things about Total Uninstaller. If someone were looking for something that does what edbro talks about in his post then Total Uninstaller would be the first one I'd try.
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the Best Movie Collection Organizer Program on: July 06, 2009, 12:18:27 PM
I don't use any...but way back when I had noble intentions of keeping track of all my movies I bought eXtreme Movie Manager. The reasons I picked his over any of the others are many. First, he's one of the hardest working software authors I have ever seen bending over backwards to make his users happy. That much is evident from reading his forums.

Next, for what it does and the amount of work he has put into it he asks a mere pittance. Not only that, but he's insane enough to offer that price as a one-time fee with lifetime updates. Another plus for this program is that the author has built in this very powerful scripting engine that will allow users to get movie information from a wealth of sites. Did something on your favorite movie site change and now the program won't get information anymore? No need to wait for an update to the program. Grab a new version of your desired script from the forum or from the update function in the program.

The last reason I chose this program is it's not hard-coded for physical media. Most movie collection organizers have no provision for movies that are not physical media like DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. If you have rips stored on an HTPC or media server this program keeps track of them. You can even keep track of the accompanying movie trailers as well on your media if you're a movie trailer kind of person.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none on: July 06, 2009, 12:06:38 PM
Since you asked, jv16 is more aggressive with its search results and marks those that it thinks are most likely safe for deleting.

CCleaner is more conservative in its results and only marks those that it knows for a fact are safe for deleting.

There is no real reason to clean your registry unless you are OCD about it or there is something in there that is seriously screwing up your system. Since the registry is in a database format doing thinks like cleaning, optimizing, shrinking, compressing or whatever fancy names these programs put on their functions will not gain you any speed-up at all when your OS accesses it.

1580  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Map a Drive via SFTP on: July 06, 2009, 12:00:25 PM
kartal,
I noticed that the Mac version of the software is v2.0 while the PC version is just at v1.83 so hopefully that means the missing features on the PC side will be coming if/when they release a v2.0 for the PC especially now that they have changed the product name to match the Mac version.
1581  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Square Enix's New Take on Tower Defense: My Life as a Dark Lord on: July 06, 2009, 11:58:36 AM
I read about this game just this morning. The article was pointing out that while the game costs only $10 the game is based on micro-transactions if you want to have access to everything and the micro-transactions cost more than the game itself ($12 if you buy them all).
1582  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Map a Drive via SFTP on: July 04, 2009, 06:10:42 PM
Seems like if you want something like this AND require drive letter mapping there are only two products capable of this.

SFTPDrive is now called ExpanDrive. I checked out the Mac product page and the video showing off the Mac features looked really cool.
1583  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PE Explorer 50% OFF - DC Member Special on: July 04, 2009, 04:59:28 PM
I have no need for either of these, but bravo, Yuri! No one can say you are unresponsive to requests.
1584  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AntispamSniper For The Bat! on: July 04, 2009, 04:57:31 PM
Quote from: Vetaltm
A link to this article is already on the plug-in's webpage, so anyone can read your review as a complementary description.

Oh, wow! That's so cool...not only am I now famous, but hopefully I'll be able to bring in some cross-traffic to both your site and DonationCoder.

And there's no need to thank me. You have one of the most powerful anti-spam programs around, IMHO. I'm just happy I was able to shine a little spotlight on it to bring it to the attention of others.
1585  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: July 04, 2009, 12:16:58 PM
A thank you to Mr.G for bumping this thread as I must have missed it the first time around.

I had never heard of ExifPro before and this is the first viewer I've ever seen that is good enough to threaten ACDSee's spot on my computer. My needs are different than most here. I'm not a photographer so I'm not in much need of DAM, but over the years I have collected (hoard might be a much better term) many pictures that have struck me on way or the other so fast viewing and efficient sorting are my two major bullet points when evaluating an image viewer.

ACDSee circa v3 was very fast and efficient. Circa v5 and v6 ushered in an era of slowness for the app. Around v8 the developers appeared to have learned from their mistakes and the speed was back. With the latest versions I'm starting to feel the slowness starting to creep back in.

It's still too early to tell yet, but ExifPro is a breath of fresh air. It's as fast as ACDSee ever was and after playing around with it for 15 minutes or so I was painfully aware of how much ACDSee is starting to lumber.

As a side note, I tried the new ACDSee Pro v3 beta and the whole experience just screamed to me, "Moving in the wrong direction!".
1586  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AntispamSniper For The Bat! on: July 04, 2009, 12:05:45 PM
Vetaltm, I do hope my mini-review drummed up some business for you and helped get the word out on a wonderful (and powerful) plugin.
1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advice for Testing USB Sticks and Data Recovery Tools on: July 04, 2009, 12:04:08 PM
Then I'll be keeping that tool in mind if/when I get another flash drive. Right now I have an 8GB Sandisk Contour and the only way I can see myself replacing it is if it were lost or I outgrow it.
1588  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5 [FINAL] on: July 04, 2009, 10:20:38 AM
Quote from: cyberdiva
Again, my apologies for my panicky earlier note, and many thanks for your very helpful suggestions.

You're very welcome & I'm glad we got you sorted. I hope v3.5 ends up being worth all the trouble (and panick) you went through to upgrade.
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer 8.00 released with DUAL PANES (!) on: July 04, 2009, 10:13:38 AM
So, Don....any chance of us being able to sweet-talk you into extending DC a members-only discount? I'm sure there are some people here who would take advantage of such a deal if it were available to them. smiley
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Torrent Giant, The Pirate Bay sold, will go legal on: July 04, 2009, 10:09:53 AM
Quote from: J-Mac
I think I'll go way out on a limb and speculate that will be a very, very tiny percentage of TPB users.   Cool cheesy

Look at how many years it's been since Napster has went legit. Have they even begun to start turning any large amount of profit? And did keeping the Napster name help in what success they are finally beginning to enjoy?

This is going to be painful to watch.
1591  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 04, 2009, 09:59:15 AM
Quote from: 4wd
Been there longer than I can remember, since version 1 or before, IIRC.  They call it 'Find As You Type'.

Now that I have had time to mull it over I did know about this at one point, but I gravitated towards using the Ctrl-F way as a lot of the programs I use have that hotkey to bring up the search functionality.

Quote
The way I look at it is, I've already got my hands on the keyboard - I don't want to keep reaching for a mouse just to push a button.

Oddly enough, installing Findbar Basics was because of that very reason - I didn't want to keep reaching for a mouse to dismiss the Find box. Hit Ctrl-F, type what you want to find, hit Alt-N (Next), Alt-P (Prev), Tab and then space (to clear the search box), Alt-A (to highlight all) or Alt-C (to match based on case) as needed, and then Ctrl-F to send that Find box to whence it came. I don't have to touch a mouse even once.

To each their own, I guess. That's the beauty of Firefox. There are usually multiple ways to do everything unlike with other browsers one is stuck doing things the way the author envisioned. With Firefox a person is free to make the browser work the way s/he works.
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advice for Testing USB Sticks and Data Recovery Tools on: July 04, 2009, 09:21:46 AM
Wow, good advice. I haven't heard anything about fake USB sticks lately, but I haven't been seeking the information out. Last I checked eBay was over-run with them. A good rule of thumb is only buy reputable brand USB drives from reputable vendors.

Sounds simple enough, but for some reason common sense flies out the window when a person goes shopping online for a USB drive. They see 8, 16 or whatever GB for something ridiculous and don't think it through. If it sounds too good to be true it usually is.

What used to be the dirty little secret of the USB drive industry was how hard it was (is?) to find the read/write speeds on every drive. Sometimes two different brand drives which are otherwise identical have radically different read and write capabilities. Sometimes for just about the same price you can get a drive that's 3 times or more faster than its competitors.

And to further extend on the point of fake drives reporting fake drive space the first thing I always do is find some h-u-g-e files and copy those files to entirely fill up the new flash drive. Then I copy them back to my HD & run a compare on the original files vs. the copy that just made the trip to the flash drive and back. Test results should report the file sets as being identical or you've got a problem.

1593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 03, 2009, 03:48:24 PM
4wd,
Didn't know about the Quick Find functionality, but where is the Next/Prev functionality? Not to mention if you pause to think too long the Quick Find box goes away.
1594  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PdfZilla free today! on: July 03, 2009, 02:09:33 PM
Looks like a neat program. I'll give it a download, but both GAOTD and the PDFZilla site say it's a $29.95 program.
1595  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need help sorting my photos on: July 03, 2009, 02:06:48 PM
Picasa supposedly does facial recognition, but it's been years since I looked at that program.
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 03, 2009, 02:01:31 PM
There are minimum requirements to run Aero. If I am remembering correctly you need a DX9-capable graphics card with 256MB of RAM.
1597  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: July 03, 2009, 02:00:09 PM
Here's my Norton anecdote....someone about a year ago brought me a PC to look at that had the latest version of Norton with the latest version of the signature updates, i.e. it was up-to-the-minute versions and it said everything was safe and secure.

By the time I gave the PC back I had cleaned off well over 3,000 viruses and malware. Norton had missed them all.
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: July 03, 2009, 01:55:29 PM
Fortunately, everyone I know with a PC either knows what they are doing or they know to leave things alone with an "if it's not broke don't try to fix it" mentaiity.
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5 [FINAL] on: July 03, 2009, 01:54:13 PM
I don't like to force extensions to work because while sometimes there's no reason why they shouldn't work with a new version of Firefox sometimes there is and browser instability will result.

Which extensions are you having problems with? We may be able to point you in the direction of extensions that do the same thing that will work with 3.5.
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Torrent Giant, The Pirate Bay sold, will go legal on: July 03, 2009, 01:51:37 PM
Quote from: Carol Haynes
I suspect all they really bought is the name. I can't see how they could begin to adapt TPB's business model into a legitimate commercial enterprise.

There is no way to legitimize TPB's business model for the reasons I outlined earlier in this thread. I also fail to see how there could be much value to the name, either. The Pirate Bay doesn't exactly invoke images of someone I'd trust handing over my credit card info and hope they'd give me good value for my money.

There's value in the domain name, but they are only going to have one shot at grabbing the attention of people who are used to getting something for nothing and convince them to pay for what they are used to getting for free.
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