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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat: Fix all the wrapping issues...now! on: August 25, 2009, 03:00:14 PM
Innuendo, no offense, but this is exactly the type of response I am getting from the other users.

No offense taken. I guess I don't see what the problem is because I have always typed the way MicroEd expects me to...going all the way back to when I first started with computers back in the mid-80s. I always double-space between paragraphs as that is the way I was taught to type, etc. The only time I ever run into a 'problem' is when I try to type something like your "list 1  list 2" example, but it's always easily fixed.

You may need to start looking for a new email program if it irritates you so much & the developers won't see your way of thinking.
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: stunning 3D projections on buildings on: August 24, 2009, 10:23:33 PM
[edit] Oh, yeah, and tinyurls are evil and should be banned from the internets (except, maybe, from twitter) [/edit]

Or just do what I do. Use a GreaseMonkey script to turn those tiny URLs back into their long form.
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat: Fix all the wrapping issues...now! on: August 22, 2009, 08:29:27 AM
And of course, their support is way too archaic.  It's a mailing list.  So to ask a question, you have to sift through a whole mailing list.  They have a forum, but all the "real" users use the mailing list, so there's nothing of value in the forums.  They might as well not even have it.  So, the best way to read the mailing list is to use a newsgroup reader unless you want to actually subscribe to the emails, which is nonsense just to ask a couple of questions about your email program.  It's not like I want to follow the development of the Bat every day, like it's the most important thing in my life (I already do that here!).

Seriously, I love the program, but they need to get with the times.

What one user calls archaic another user may call refreshing. I wish all the programs I used had a usenet support forum. Having all the support for all my programs just a click away in my newsreader would make me very happy. I realize, though, that not everyone likes usenet, but if one just wants to keep up on the support forums there's access through the web & configurable RSS feeds. That's four ways to access their support forum. Surely one of those methods will trip your trigger.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat: Fix all the wrapping issues...now! on: August 22, 2009, 08:21:38 AM
continue there.  It's annoying.  For example, I wouldn't be able to do the following:

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list1
list2
list3
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Because as soon as I press enter, list2 will jump back and turn into "list1 list2"

That's why I said 95%. It's not perfect & in your example when the text turns into "list 1 list 2" just put the cursor right before "list 2" and hit enter. It'll stay properly formatted then. It's inconvenient & I can see your point, but the advantages of using The Bat! far outweigh the disadvantages of the editor.
1580  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 12 Windows Explorer Alternatives Compared on: August 20, 2009, 03:53:04 PM
Another option with TC is to turn on Tree View. You'll end up an interface much like Explorer where the tree view is in the left pane and the file list is in the right. Of course, you'll still have all of TC's power at your disposal so it'll be like Explorer on steroids.

However, everyone manages files differently so thankfully there is a plethora of file managers on the Windows platform and they all do things slightly differently so it's a pretty much sure thing that one will be able to find something that works the way they do.

Mac and Linux users don't have as rich a selection in this area.
1581  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat: Fix all the wrapping issues...now! on: August 20, 2009, 03:37:06 PM
Go to Options...Viewer/Editor...Editor Preferences...Make sure Auto-Wrap and Auto-Format are turned on and Justify on Wrap is turned off.

Fixes 95% of the problems with Word Wrap in the MicroEd editor and my emails look normal with uniform lines to all my friends.
1582  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: My main hard drived just died so i'll be offline today (8/16/09) on: August 20, 2009, 03:29:58 PM
Just had a hard drive problem myself on the same day Mouser did. My problem was more insidious and harder to diagnose, though.

A SATA cable was becoming marginally bad & was sporadically "losing" the drive. For a while I thought  I was going to have to do the "RMA a drive" thing. Man, what a pain...
1583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Steven's handy desktop Linux guide on: August 20, 2009, 03:18:55 PM
More articles/guides like this are needed. It's hard for someone who is curious about Linux and wants to try it out, but knows hardly anything about the OS to choose what distro to use.

What distro one chooses plays a major role in what kind of user experience the user will have & it's easy for beginners to get lost in the techie details and distinctions of each distro when they go to choose which one to run. It seems to be the first decision one must make on the road to Linux is also one of the hardest for the newbies to make.
1584  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: USB Safely Remove for Free on: August 20, 2009, 03:13:04 PM
Great find...signed up to get one. The only limitation I noticed on this free license is it is good for the current version (v4.1) only.
1585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Mousepads? on: August 16, 2009, 04:23:07 PM
Don't know if it is legit or not, but this is the only offer I found that didn't lead to a dead page:

http://hostohost.com/gift.html
1586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deciphering Win7 Upgrades: The Official Chart on: August 14, 2009, 11:10:38 AM
Oh, I see...the $169 gets you the OS X upgrade plus iWork '09.

Funny picture in the article, though.

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1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Deciphering Win7 Upgrades: The Official Chart on: August 14, 2009, 11:04:11 AM
Apple has to leave the legacy PPC code behind sometime, although I think most would have preferred one more PPC release as there are still a lot of PPC machines out there.

And $169 for 10.4 owners? I always thought OS X upgrades were $129. Well, anyway, thanks for the link to the article. It's always good for Windows users to see how things are done on the other side of the fence, so to speak.
1588  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Total Commander 7.50 public beta 1 - mini-review on: August 14, 2009, 11:01:38 AM
Showing the progress on the Windows 7 taskbar for foreground tasks is a most welcome addition.
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox --3.5-- Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: August 14, 2009, 10:56:06 AM
justice,
Unticking the alert preference in Update Notifier isn't necessary as the only alert you get is the little indicator in the upper right hand corner goes from gray to orange. No annoying dialogs pop up at all.

This, coupled with Download Statusbar, keeps unwanted Firefox dialog boxes at bay.
1590  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Another Outpost Security Suite Giveaway - Deadline Aug 20th on: August 14, 2009, 10:49:17 AM
ComputerActive and Agnitum are giving away 20 lifetime licenses of Agnitum's Outpost Security Suite.

Just visit the URL below and enter to win. Pretty simple, eh?

http://www.computeractive...security-software-agnitum
1591  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: August 10, 2009, 07:38:53 AM
But it seems like the bigger guys always think they can do it better.

However, Symantec doesn't even try to do it better. They have the anti-Midas touch. That means they can turn gold into crap. Take, for example, the program ATGuard. It was a great firewall with neat stuff like ad-blocking, cookie management, and such built in.

Well, one day Symantec bought the rights to it & rather than keep it in its lean form with optimized performance and speed they rolled the technology into their bloated security suite and if that wasn't bad enough, they installed a ruleset for the firewall to let through all traffic (including ads, coolies, etc.) from all of their advertising partners! There was no way to delete these rules or even see that the rules existed from within the program. One had to trudge through the directory structure and root out the ruleset files manually....provided a person even knew they existed.

Despicable company, IMHO.
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is the party over for Microsoft? on: August 09, 2009, 10:55:10 AM
Plus there are probably a lot of guys like me who have the old CRT monitor that's still going strong.

Guilty as charged. When I saw the writing on the wall that CRTs were no longer going to be manufacturered & it was going to be a long while before LCD screens were going to match the quality of the old monitors I bought an NEC MultiSync FP2141SB. It's got a 22" Diamondtron screen and weighs 77 pounds.

I still haven't seen a LCD monitor that can match its display quality and when I replace my current PC it's going to cost over $1,000 custom-built piece by piece by me.

I can see how the 91%/Macs statistic is true as almost all the big PC spenders are like me who build their own & there are very few percentage-wise that go for the Alienware and Falcon PC type prebuilt machines.

However, I think that 91% statistic isn't because the Macs are so special, but rather that most PC buyers don't have to cross into that price range at all to get a fabulous computer. $8-900 will buy one heck of a computer. Heck, $500 will get you a pretty decent one anymore these days.

However, less than $1,000 on the Mac side in the past would only get you a Mac Mini. This year it's better as Apple reacted to MS's Laptop Hunter ads and released a 13" Macbook at $999 so now you have two choices, but every other Mac in Apple's line-up is well over $1,000.
1593  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: August 09, 2009, 10:42:31 AM
Thanks for the suggestion about Agnitum.  I'm still running Sygate, and while I think it still works pretty well, I wouldn't at all mind having a program that's being kept up.  I may give Agnitum a try.

If you are wanting 'just a firewall' it'd be a good fit as all the premium features you expressed an interest in definitely not having are reserved for their commercial Outpost Pro product. It should be a good fit for you.

I remember when Sygate was among the best of the best. It was hard to beat by any measure. However, Symantec has a long history of buying great companies who published great products and then churning out some half-baked solution using a parody solution of the once great technology.

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Yes, I see your point.  However, as EmoDiva, I exaggerate,  and I write first, think later  Evil

I can't wait to see the new EmoDiva avatar!  Grin
1594  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Lenovo OneKey recovery problem on: August 09, 2009, 10:34:45 AM
Another option is if you have access to a desktop PC is to hook up your laptop hard drive and the new hard drive simultaneously and use a hard drive duplicating program to do a verbatim copy of the old hard drive to the new. That'd also save you from having to reinstall Windows.
1595  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: What's with all the blank lines in emails recieved from Outlook users? on: August 09, 2009, 10:31:18 AM
I asked if they could make TB! start any editor of your choice, i.e., present the message you were working on as a file for your preferred text editor to work on.  That's the way many systems worked back in the Fidonet DOS days.

Oh man...talk about flashbacks...I had almost forgotten the way things worked back then. Back when we thought the invention of the QWK offline message reading format was the pinnacle of technology. Wink

An email editor should be able to wrap without problems.

Have Auto-Format and Auto-Wrap turned on in the editor preferences and MicroEd will wrap without problems. Well, almost no problems. There's still a few quirks, but most of your gripe will be fixed, though.
1596  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: What's with all the blank lines in emails recieved from Outlook users? on: August 07, 2009, 09:03:20 AM
I'll quote it here.  You can see how the wrapping is already screwed up in the post.  I wrote to the mailing list using Microed and everything looked fine on the screen editor in the program, and you can see how it showed up:

I use MicroEd as well, but turning on Auto-Format under Editor Preferences stopped that behavior for me.
1597  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: August 07, 2009, 08:56:33 AM
I'm not sure whether this is in response to what I said about getting rid of Online Armor, but I think I should explain that I received a registered copy for free in some special offer.

Oh, no. I was replying to April & didn't think quoting was necessary because I was posting right below her. She got rid of a PaintShop Pro plugin, a game, a program included with one of Mouser's program, and upgraded another program all in the name of keeping McAfee happy. I don't think I would have been so understanding of McAfee's inability to play nice with others.

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There was a lot I didn't like about it--e.g., it slowed down my computer, and it tried to be an anti-malware and an anti-virus program (although it was supposed to be just a firewall) and interfered with other programs I have for those functions.

I've never used Online Armor, but it definitely has caused some people problems on their systems. Heck, it was on Giveaway Of The Day recently and the comments section was filled with people who still felt like they were ripped off even though they paid nothing for it.  cheesy

Agnitum as a free version of their Outpost firewall program that has been well received. It's the only firewall besides Online Armor that scores 100% in leak tests.

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BTW, I think I have less patience with false positives than you do.  They make me waste lots of time and they raise my angst level.

Can't be having that or you'd have to be emailing Mouser and having him change your forum name to EmoDiva or something similar.

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Any program that reports a false positive more than once in a blue moon is a program I think seriously about replacing.

Sometimes false positives are not really false. One example of this is some security software. Some anti-malware programs will flag them because they can be used for bad as well as good. Another thing to consider is the context of the alert. I had to set up a keylogger for a client who needed to see what some wayward employee wase up to on a company PC. His anti-malware program immediately flagged it as Generic.PS (Password Stealer). Of course, a keylogger could be used to steal passwords so that was a valid alarm even though the program was on the computer for a valid purpose.
1598  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Paragon Total Defrag 2009 For Free - Powerful but controversial on: August 06, 2009, 04:26:16 PM
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Diskeeper 2009 defragments drives with as low as 1% of free space, the 15% free space in the past was a Microsoft Windows recommendation because 12.5% that is reserved for the MFT and you can not move files into it.

That sounds like a good explanation except for the fact that PerfectDisk has never had such a limitation. I have been completely defragging drives for years that only had 2 or 3% free space left and that was a feat that Diskeeper or O&O could never accomplish despite PerfectDisk's ease in doing so.

If Diskeeper can do it now, that's great, but PerfectDisk has had that feature as one of its bullet points for years.

Looks like Diskeeper still isn't certified for Windows 7 yet, either. PerfectDisk is.

As for free space requirements, all defrag apps I've seen take longer time (and shuffle data around more) when there's not "enough" free space.

I fully expect a time trade-off when my drives are full to near-capacity, but don't go through the motions like Diskeeper does & when its finished the drives aren't completely defragged because Diskeeper can't handle the task of nearly full drives.

I don't like to run my drives nearly full, but sometimes it's just a reality. PerfectDisk can handle that. Diskeeper (at least in the past) can't.
1599  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: August 06, 2009, 04:14:06 PM
Gosh, I think I'd be more inclined to trash the AV program that wouldn't work well with my programs rather than trash the programs that didn't work with the AV program.

False positives are a fact of life. Just about every AV program has one or two every once in a while, but if I can't tell the AV program to ignore it permanently then soon I'm going to be looking for a new way to scan for viruses.
1600  News and Reviews / Best E-mail Client / Re: What's with all the blank lines in emails recieved from Outlook users? on: August 06, 2009, 04:11:17 PM
For example, the Bat still can't wrap lines like a normal editor.

Can you elaborate on this point?
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