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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: June 21, 2009, 09:09:37 AM
On a related topic, if someone's looking for ways to shrink down DVD9 discs down to DVD5 for back-up purposes I have to say there's nothing better than DVD Rebuilder Pro from http://www.jdobbs.com/.

Only reason there hasn't been a new version in such a long time is because at this point the software is feature complete & bug-free. No one's been able to suggest anything that needs adding. smiley
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: June 21, 2009, 09:06:26 AM
Whe
Quote from: 4wd
But it's kind of digressed, (as is usual here smiley ), into what people think is the best as asked back here.

I always end up using Nero for both situations. I keep meaning to find something more advanced, but it suits all my current needs in that regard.

/quoteEdit: I found a link that says they switched it on starting with driver 8.12 - still, the performance gains currently aren't anything that couldn't be achieved through code optimisation.
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I don't believe them. smiley   They've said they have 'switched it on' in the past and someone comes along and hacks the converter to run on some integrated graphics chipset and there's no improvement at all.

1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: June 20, 2009, 07:51:54 PM
I would have mentioned the ATI convertor, but I thought he was looking for a DVD authoring program rather than a video transcoder.

Oh, and to let you in on ATI's dirty little secret, their convertor doesn't use the GPU at all. When it was first released it was said it would get the ability to use the GPU at a later date. We're all still waiting for that day to come.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 20, 2009, 03:03:23 PM
I was not offended by the clip, but I'm glad it was removed as it might be a catalyst for unwanted situations/conversations if one were to have that up on their screen and a small child wandered by and was wondering what the grown-up was reading.

Anyway, carry on...
1580  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 20, 2009, 11:43:10 AM
One of the side benefits of Aero on Windows 7 is with black text on slate window frames one's name is much more difficult to make out in the title bar.
1581  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 20, 2009, 11:41:53 AM
Oh.  cheesy

That makes much more sense.
1582  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 20, 2009, 10:01:00 AM
Quote from: fenixproductions
P.S. At home I often forget about it, unfortunately.

That screenshot is funny, but I'd think at home everyone would already know your name, wouldn't they? Wink
1583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: June 19, 2009, 09:37:41 PM
If you like that jammo, you'll probably also like the fact that a lot of stuff (Windows Mail, MSN Messenger, etc) aren't even included at all with the OS. If you want any of them you can download Windows Live Essentials. Windows 7 is definitely more streamlined than its predecessors.

Reports say there may be an RTM image by Monday.
1584  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end? on: June 19, 2009, 09:08:15 PM
Quote from: sazzen
4.  When I make a phone call that is answered by a recording that begins with a long list of #s to choose from, that correspond to the alternatives they offer, none of which ever meet my needs.

Two more suggestions:

1. Hit 0 (zero) for an operator. That almost always works.

2. Don't make any selection. After repeating the voice menu a couple times some systems will assume you have a rotary phone and kick you to an operator.

1585  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 19, 2009, 09:00:51 PM
That's the only thing I don't care for with Total Commander. When I'm out and about with my laptop people can look over your shoulder and find out your name. Sad
1586  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Upgrading Video and Power Supply on an Dell XPS 400 on: June 19, 2009, 10:13:49 AM
Some Dells have proprietary sockets for the PSUs, but they were supposed to have gotten away from that and use standard pin-outs. The words is anything around the time of the Dimension 8400 and newer use standard pinouts.

However, a lot of their models still use proprietary form factors so while a standard PSU will work, you aren't going to get an exact fit into the case like the old one.
1587  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 19, 2009, 10:10:56 AM
Jibz, your screenshot looks very good and captures the spirit of DOS Navigator very well. My only suggestion is I strongly urge you to upgrade to the latest 7.5 beta. It's very stable & the functionality added is incredible.
1588  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 19, 2009, 10:08:27 AM
When Christian asked for my information he asked if I wanted a disc mailed to me. I didn't have the heart to take him up on the offer. I told him he had been generous enough. I wasn't going to soak him for who knows how much money to send me a disc continents and oceans away.
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: June 19, 2009, 10:06:34 AM
I probably should have mentioned this in my last post, but I'll share my solution with you. I used to run around scurrying for the best ways to put divx files on DVD & I finally got fed up one day & bought a DVD player capable of playing divx files that had a USB port on the front of it.

Now I just put my video files onto my USB flash drive & plug it into the DVD player. Saved me a crap-load of money in blank DVD discs.
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is best program to create a DVD from any video file? on: June 18, 2009, 10:01:26 PM
If you are looking for something simple Nero will do what you want. Ulead also sells something that is fairly powerful, but won't overwhelm with complexity.
1591  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: June 18, 2009, 09:56:23 PM
Quote from: cyberdiva
I'll definitely look into doing so, though I do wish I could find the program discounted somewhere.  Bits du Jour, perhaps, or, of course, Donation Coder.

Last time I scoured the internet looking for a discount code I think the best I could find was a $5-7 discount. Life's rough when you're a diva.  Wink
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: June 18, 2009, 09:54:53 PM
I bought The Bat! (check the forum for a 50% discount code) at RegNow and paid in Euros. I saved $5-6 dollars off what RegNow wanted to charge me and my bank only charged a dollar or so to convert the currency. It was definitely worth doing it that way.
1593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer 8.00 released with DUAL PANES (!) on: June 18, 2009, 09:45:53 PM
Quote from: kartal
Wherever the discussion is heading, and however people feel about these issues, in the end we need a COMMON FORMAT for file descriptions.

The closest thing we have to 'a common format for file descriptions" is descript.ion files. The format was invented in the early 90s by JPSoft & is the only format that is used by numerous programs to this day. Maybe now is the time for a new universal format, but till the descript.ion files are the only thing one can use between multiple programs and have a common database of file descriptions.
1594  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 18, 2009, 05:10:04 PM
Just received my key! Thanks fenix (and Christian if you are reading this)!
1595  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: xplorer¬≤ file manager - $14.95 - Bits Du Jour 6/17/2009 - WEDNESDAY on: June 17, 2009, 07:39:00 PM
Today's the day if you are wanting to purchase this program. Two caveats:

1) Lifetime upgrades is $19.95 extra as confirmed by the author.

2) The ability to run the portable version is $10 extra as confirmed by the author.
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer 8.00 released with DUAL PANES (!) on: June 17, 2009, 07:29:01 PM
Quote from: DonL
I must say, for a descript.ion user you did a fine job in describing my work! thumbs up

I told you. I'm passionate about file managers. I've tried well over 75 of them extensively and yes, yours was one of them.

I still think descript.ions would augment tags.dat functionality without being redundant.
1597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need to d'load unavailable soft - but where is safe? on: June 17, 2009, 07:24:13 PM
Since Adobe won't sell the media to you I'd just find a friend who'd be willing to let you copy their CDs or upload some ISOs to you.
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: xPlorer2 vector icon - I done did it! on: June 17, 2009, 07:18:31 PM
I like the looks of that. Very sharp, Edvard!
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Duplicate Finder 2009 on: June 17, 2009, 10:17:50 AM
If I go to www.ashisoft.com I'm pitched Duplicate Finder & the last release on that was back on June 1, 2008. You can buy this product in its basic form for $26.00 or along with MP3 search capability for $59.95.

Now if I go over to their other web site www.duplicate-finder-pro.com I find that I can buy that progam in its basic form for $29.95 or along with MP3 search capability for $49.95.

Looking at screenshots of both programs they do have some similarities. Maybe this new program is not not an upgrade to the old one. Fair enough. However, sitting on enhancements to this kind of program for a year just so you can roll out a new program with a different name leaving your old registered users out in the cold does not strike me as fair, either. I think a lot of negative connotations with what they are doing could have been circumvented by saying, "All right we're releasing Duplicate Finder v4.0. It has a lot of new features so we are having to ask everyone to pay an upgrade fee to the new version to cover R&D costs. Furthermore, with all these new features comes a new name for the product: Duplicate Finder Pro."

This all reminds me of what the Helium Music Manager folks did a few years ago. However, the Helium folks did not offer any discounts at all to their new version.
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XYplorer 8.00 released with DUAL PANES (!) on: June 17, 2009, 09:28:25 AM
Quote from: cranioscopical
I use them too but I'm less ardent than you smiley

Yes, ardent is a nice way to describe my levels of excitement sometimes reaching fanaticism regarding file managers. Wink

I do want to state for the record that I admire what Don's been accomplishing with his file manager. He's trying to bring all the power of the Total Commanders and Directory Opuses of the world to an Explorer-style file manager without becoming as convoluted in the options/preferences department as Directory Opus and I think he's done very well accomplishing that.

I just miss descript.ion file support.
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