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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 11, 2009, 09:15:55 AM
tranglos, I enjoyed your post. It was very informative as I didn't know a lot of that stuff & what made it better was fenixproductions came along and showed how you could do things a little more efficiently with some of the tasks you demonstrated.

fenixproductions, that was an awesome list and you better believe I'm going to be mimicking a lot of your plugin setup. My main problem has always been finding three or four plugins that do the same thing (read Office files, read PDFs, etc.). I think I can be pretty sure you have the best of each type in your setup.

urlwolf, Total Commander just as this amazingness about it that for whatever reason instills envy from people who use non-Windows machines. Not only does Christian get tons of requests from *nix users, but from time to time there are Mac users clamoring for it as well.

I've heard of people having success with Wine and CrossOVer. That puts extra layers of trust between you and your data, though. First you have to trust that Total Commander is going to interact well with an OS that it was not designed to run under and you also have to trust that the Wine/CrossOver people got everything right that TC needs to operate properly. In that equation I trust Christian completely. Those other factors? Not so completely. I'd definitely do some tests on some non-important data before trusting my entire system to such a setup.
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 10, 2009, 02:56:31 PM
Quote from: urlwolf
btw TC 7.5 beta 4 lists files a lot slower. There's about .5 sec delay that wasn't there before. Anyone experiencing this? I don't remember having installed any new related plugin.

Indeed the 7.5 betas do seem to be listing files slower than 7.04a did. I don't know why that is. 7.5 seems to be slower at connecting to network shares as well.
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 10, 2009, 02:53:49 PM
Quote from: fenixproductions
Take a look into Help file  tongue

Well, yeah...but I was looking for tips like "be sure to set this setting to this value and that setting to that value to really boost your productivity and/or appearance."

There are too many things to write about...

Agreed...but when I was starting this thread I was hoping for people to pick what they thought was the best of the best to write about...not to write about everything they knew.

Obviously: that's not all but I don't really think I should try to copy http://en.totalcmd.pl/download or http://www.totalcmd.net/. I would rather leave the place for curious explorers.

I'm not against exploring, but often you will run into three or four different plugins that offer the same or similar functionality. A heads-up as to which one is the best (and usually there is one that stands head & shoulders above the rest) would be great without us having to duplicate a veteran's work by having to try them all out to see which one is best would also be a great contribution to this thread.

But I'm enjoying the thread...Keep things coming. I'm sure Darwin is learning as much as I am.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kodak (Complaint) on: June 10, 2009, 01:46:24 PM
I just skimmed this thread so this may have been said before & I missed it. If so, I apologize but this bears repeating in case anyone does not know:

Today's Kodak is NOT the Kodak we knew growing up. The real Kodak went bankrupt years ago & today's Kodak cameras are just the product of a no-name, shoddy conglomerate that licensed the Kodak name to sell pieces of crap under. They have no real relation to the real Kodak company other than being bottom-feeders trying to live off of the good name of an old recognizable brand name.

Deozaan, what new camera did you get?
1580  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 10, 2009, 01:27:16 PM
Wraith, that's a fair enough assessment for some people. Babylon 5 was a space opera on a massive scale. There was lots of groundwork for later plotpoints in early episodes that would leave you wondering, "What's that got to do with the price of tea in China?" and then 3 or 5 or 10 episodes down the line it'd be, "Ohhh! That's what *that* meant!!".

It probably wouldn't fare too well in today's climate of ADD-oriented, instant-gratification TV viewing.
1581  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PowerArchiver 2009 at 50% discount on BdJ (2009-06-10) : worth it ? on: June 10, 2009, 01:23:11 PM
I am one of those weird people who prefers my archive files to have different icons based on type. Iconographically (three cheers for making up new words!) speaking, there's something wrong in my mind with having my zip files share the same icon as my rar files. I like being able to tell at a glance if something is a rar or a zip. Why? Personal quirk, I guess. No real utility in knowing, I suppose, but back when I first started using PowerArchiver it was the only archiver app that could do it. Nowadays, others do, but I stick with what I know best.

Graphically speaking, it's one of the most visually appealing programs of its type available. Turning on Explorer View and using the modern ribbon interface makes for a very efficient UI and it handles more file types than most of its competitors.

For the security conscious, it's very versatile in its encryption capabilities and offers an array of choices of encryption methods.

Their forums are great & you'll get the same great answers for your questions whether you bought the program or not.

Offhand, I can't remember if it's limited to the Pro version or not, but your purchase price also grants you lifetime licenses to their excellent Outlook plug-in and a command-line version of the program that can handle just as many archive types as the GUI-based program.

One little feature that you'd think wouldn't make a difference that has really improved my productivity is in the last few versions they added MRU support for the "Extract to..." context menu command. I extract lots of files to the same few directories over and over so this has been a real time-saver for me.

I won a free license for WinRAR (Thanks, DonationCoder!) and I use that for all my archiving needs, even after getting that free I still bought a license for PowerArchiver Pro for all my unarchiving needs. (I took advantage of their crazy 80% off upgrade to the Pro version before they raised their prices.)
1582  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 08, 2009, 02:16:07 PM
With a bunch of licensed copies flooding DC due to the kind generosity of Christian Ghisler I thought this might be a good time to start a thread where the grizzled Total Commander pros could post all their time-saving, optimizing tips and list out all the must-have plugins to install along-side TC.

I'm sure some of those contest winners have never used TC before and others are like me who have used it a long time, but have not fully tapped this app's power.

What say you, Total Commander experts? Can you throw us who are uninitiated in the eldritch wizardry of Total Commander a bone by wowing us with your prowess?
1583  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 08, 2009, 01:48:44 PM
If someone is a sci-fi fan and wants a far-reaching epic storyline and is willing to make a time investment look no farther than Babylon 5. With a non-static world where if something happens in one episode it is true in all subsequent episodes and story arcs that reach across seasons it's a very well-written space opera with a widely varied cast of characters with plenty of intrigue & cloak and dagger mystery.
1584  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 08, 2009, 01:42:06 PM
I remember httpd.confused well. I had wondered what happened to him. While I didn't agree with everything he had to say I valued his opinions more than I did most on that site.
1585  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MS Technet subscription on: June 08, 2009, 01:37:54 PM
There are none, unfortunately. This was an anomaly in that one of MS's promotions for a select few escaped into the wild, but they came back and shut it down with a vengeance. I hear the people who got account access illegitimately not only got their accounts shut down, but any product keys that they were able to obtain were quickly revoked and put on the WGA blacklists.

Only way you are going to find a valid coupon code, it seems, is for MS to want you to have one & it'll appear in your email box. Otherwise, you'll be out here looking in with the rest of us poor schlubs.
1586  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 07, 2009, 09:22:16 PM
Quote from: Josh
4wd, betanews.com is popular for people like that. The ones who have to state the same thing in every review for every version knowing full well the product in review will not change.

:: cough :: D.u.k.e.b.o.y.z :: cough ::
1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: June 07, 2009, 09:17:43 PM
Yes, NOD32 is a very good product. It's been slipping down in the AV rankings, but I'm sure it'll bounce back.

Anyone looking to buy NOD32 should keep an eye out for NewEgg sales. Every so often they put it on sale for $9.99 w/ free shipping. You definitely can't go wrong at that price.
1588  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 07, 2009, 06:02:50 PM
Josh, I know it will still work once the subscription runs out, but it still annoys me whether it's a rational annoyance or not.

40hz, I'll take your word for what you are saying, especially regarding PBS, but it seems like every time I am channel surfing (or more accurately surfing the program guide) any time I notice what's on PBS, it's almost always Lawrence Welk.  Grin   And on the off-chance they do have something on that I might be interested in watching I've already watched it months/years ago on a cable channel.

And as for NPR, they may have changed, but the last time I really tried listening to them they were going through some kind of Earth Day/Hippie phase. And that's what I meant by telling people what to think. Hopefully, they are over that by now. They are going to have a hard time surviving as things shift more towards satellite & internet radio. Heck, even regular broadcast radio is feeling the pinch of those and MP3s in general. Who wants to spend an hour listing to 35 minutes of music and 25 minutes of commercials? (Yay! Another annoyance for the thread!) More and more people are heading out to the car with their MP3 player full of songs and podcasts for their drive to work or around town.
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: June 07, 2009, 05:49:00 PM
Josh, was just getting ready to come in here with an update. What transpired exactly was I did an upgrade install from build 7137 to build 7201 and I dutifully uninstalled Daemon Tools like the Upgrade Installer told me to before performing the upgrade.

What the Upgrade Installer should have told me to do was to uninstall the SPTD layer as well. Once I performed some registry permission mojo I was able to get Daemon Tools working again. Yay me. Boo Microsoft.
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Retro Avatar Fad on: June 07, 2009, 05:45:19 PM
I'm so retro I have never used an avatar on a forum ever.
1591  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 07, 2009, 01:50:45 PM
Lexx is awesome...I never got to watch the show when it originally aired & I was for darn sure not going to pay the going prices for what the DVDs are going for these days, but I was fortunate enough to get the DVDs by other means...

But that show was razor-sharp. Beyond all the surrealism there was some smart writing with clever plot devices that have not been seen before or since. However, I don't think this show, as good as it is, fits the spirit of the thread. It wasn't a sit & unwind type of affair. It demanded your full attention & if you didn't give your full attention you ended up missing lots of clever bits & pieces.

Eva Habermann was better. Unfortunately, contractual obligations cut her participation in the series short. She's stated in interviews that she would have loved to play the part through the entire series run. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 07, 2009, 01:45:11 PM
Josh, I have no problem paying per version, but having my time ticked off on a calendar before a program shuts down chaps my cheeks. smiley

PBS is in trouble. Back in the days before cable they filled a niche, but their niche has been over-run by the Discovery & History Channels and others like them. NPR stopped being relevant when all of their broadcasting was overcast with a "We're going to teach you the right things to think in order to be a 'properly' enlightened person."

I haven't listened to NPR in years...and haven't watched PBS in *decades*.
1593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best TV Show Renamer Around (afaik):theRenamer on: June 07, 2009, 10:13:30 AM
Quote from: Coeluh
Why download and install plugins, if this piece of software does it job very good?

Because Total Commander is one-stop file management. Yes, this piece of software does its job very well & I may end up using it myself pretty soon, but if I can get the same functionality in Total Commander I'll go that way because that way, without switching programs, I can rename, sort, copy, move, archive, and even FTP transfer the episodes with using just a few keypresses after I rename them.

If all you are going to do is rename an episode then you can't do much better than this, but if after renaming you have to copy or move it somewhere whether it's on your PC, a PC on your network, or somewhere halfway across the internet then this program won't do any of that.  smiley
1594  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 07, 2009, 10:07:21 AM
Oh, another recommendation....if one likes quirky characters with quirky plots with some smart writing I'll recommend Sci-Fi Channel's Eureka. It'll be entering its third season this coming July and it's a great show to sit down and be entertained while one unwinds.
1595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 07, 2009, 10:04:36 AM
Miles, I know what you mean...I think I only saw one Bada Bing girl in the entire series run that I found really attractive. As for the show ending, the official reason was that they wanted to go out on top before they started to run out of ideas and the show became lame and sad. The unofficial reason, and the one I believe to carry more weight, is that HBO was tired of paying Gandolfini over one million dollars per episode.

I hope he stashed his money away because I am willing to bet him doing that Tony Awards gig didn't pay too many bills. Wink
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: June 07, 2009, 09:59:15 AM
Quote from: Hirudin
Directory Opus (version - which is the newest as far as I know) seems to work perfectly in Windows 7 RC1. When you start the install a warning pops up that says something like "this OS isn't supported".

You'll be fine with DOpus as long as you don't do something crazy like trying to replace Explorer. That's the only reason why that message pops up. Fortunately, you are smart enough to realize that so I'm just reiterating that for someone who is thinking, "Everything else seems to be working...let's give it a try." It won't work & windows 7 will not be amused.

Maybe that means slipstreaming is back too. smiley

Slipstreaming is gone never to return. It's all about WIMs nowadays. That's a shame because I thought slipstreaming Office & Windows was such a cool feature. Now the new way just seems like a hack.

Quote from: f0dder
Innuendo: if you don't need the "sneaky-stuff" that Daemon-Tools do, try out Virtual CloneDrive - free and works with win7.

Virtual CloneDrive is inferior to MagicDisc. It's also free & works with Windows 7, but supports up to 15 drives and has image support for a lot more formats than Virtual CloneDrive including MDF/MDS and BWI/BWT. It's the only virtual disc program I've found besides Daemon Tools and Alcohol 52%/120% that supports MDF/MDS. No copy-protection & DRM support, though. One still needs Daemon Tools for that, but handles unprotected disc images beautifully.

And regarding vLite, yeah...using that is bad. MS even put up a KnowledgeBase article on that subject that basically says in a round-about way, "Hey, use vLite if you want to, but you're most likely going to have to reinstall Windows 7 if you do."

EDIT: Forgot to include the link to MagicDisc: http://www.magiciso.com/t...so-magicdisc-overview.htm
1597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 07, 2009, 09:45:37 AM
What annoys me is subscription-ware. Programs that can only be registered in time-measured ways like anti-virus software. Other types of programs use the payment model, but AV is the most prevalent.

I absolutely hate to see the days of my subscription tick down till there's nothing left. And if I go out of town on vacation for a week? OMG! That's 7-9 days down the drain where I didn't get to reap the benefits of said program and it feels like money wasted.

This annoyance is why I registered Newsbin Pro rather than Newsleecher. It's also why I made sure I registered AnyDVD before they raised the prices and went to a more subscription-oriented pricing scheme. You can still get a lifetime update scheme from Slysoft, but oh man, you pay royally through the nose now for the privilege.
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: set external TFT's brightness etc. with software? on: June 06, 2009, 05:54:34 PM
Might not be what you are looking for, but some manufacturers have software that you can use to control all the facets of monitor adjustment using your mouse and keyboard instead of having to resort to using the sometimes klunky controls built into the monitor.
1599  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 06, 2009, 05:52:39 PM
Yes, how happy am I...but I'm like a kid at Christmas waiting to unwrap my present. Hope those three other people show up soon. smiley
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Good TV series. What do you watch? I used to watch Lost to unwind need successor on: June 06, 2009, 05:51:30 PM
Miles, laughs...that could very well be, but I had always thought the series was going to be the rise and fall of Tony Soprano. What made that show so good, I guess, is there are so many ways to interpret what happened over the run of the show.

And where's that OP? He must be off enjoying all the shows we have suggested thus far.  smiley
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