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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: the best hand-held pdf reader? on: July 21, 2009, 06:33:19 PM
The Kindle was omitted probably due to the big stink going on about Amazon remotely deleting books that users had paid for.
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 21, 2009, 11:11:55 AM
App103,
Thanks for sharing your collection. the TinEye Image Search extension looks like it'll come in handy.

Ummm...you mentioned these were from your "normal" Firefox profile. Do we dare imagine what your other profile looks like? Are we going to start referring to you as 'that scary firefox profile girl', too?
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows XP Alternative shells on: July 21, 2009, 10:57:16 AM
I thought I replied to this thread, but I guess I forgot to hit the Post button or something.

As I said in my missing post, there's very little incentive to run an alternative shell on Windows these days. The only reason now to do it is just to see something different on your PC, but you are going to pay for it with compatibility issues. Even simple tasks like installing software can be frustrating as a lot of these alternative shells lack the code to respond to installers telling the OS where to place icons.

With the release of Vista the world of alternative shells hit a major speed bump as UAC doesn't allow the shell to be replaced. These days the world of Windows desktop customization is dominated by bolt-ons and add-ons that aim at extending Explorer functionality rather than replacing it.

If you are wanting functionality changes, it's best to sit down and list out what you want changed/improved and then set about finding a program that add that stuff to Explorer.

If, on the other hand, you are wanting to just try some new radically different UI then maybe it's time to explore the option of either dual-booting Linux or setting it up in a virtual machine. For the technically inclined, building a hackintosh might be just what the doctor ordered.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The Apollo onboard computer on: July 21, 2009, 10:48:21 AM
Very interesting stuff, but you forgot the most important link.

Build an AGC in your basement:

http://klabs.org/history/build_agc/
1580  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: $20 if you make me a 6' Molex cable. $10 for recommending a better solution. on: July 21, 2009, 10:37:44 AM
Just as I thought. The port's label even says SATA Power. If that were a molex connector it wouldn't be as wide and it would have been taller than the SATA power cable.

I do hope you're happy with your purchase, but if you don't require hot-swap you could have bought a D-Link DNS-323 for about the same price (if you shop sales) and would have gotten a lot more functionality for your money.
1581  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hannah Montana Linux -- about time! on: July 21, 2009, 10:30:04 AM
In all seriousness, though...I have a couple nieces who are very, very smart and are big in all things technological. They are also charter members of the Hannah Montana cult. I'm sure there are countless young girls in the world with the same interests. If this branding of Linux manages to lure in even a small percentage of these girls into learning Linux and the inner workings of PCs I'm all for it.
1582  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hannah Montana Linux -- about time! on: July 20, 2009, 02:10:34 PM
But....but....Edvard....."it's the best of both worlds"!

:: ducking ::
1583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: $20 if you make me a 6' Molex cable. $10 for recommending a better solution. on: July 20, 2009, 02:09:07 PM
superboyac,
My question was unanswered & I'll ask again because I'm genuinely curious. Why were you asking about a molex connector extension when you are buying a SATA drive enclosure? The two just don't mix.
1584  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: RobotWar and the Army of Clones on: July 19, 2009, 01:29:54 PM
Was that your famous HARR (Hide And Run Robot)?

Yes, and it was shortly after the name change to Frag And Run Robot that Mouser took the application in an entirely different direction.
1585  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla Contest: How Would You Improve Tabbed Browsing? on: July 19, 2009, 01:18:16 PM
Yikes - Tab Mix Plus is supposed to be compatible with FF 3.5 - some elements work but not all! Can't get Lock/protect tab on context tab menu? But Protect Tab is on Main Context Menu?

Are you using the latest development version? If not, that's probably your problem.

Tab Mix Plus Dev-Build 0.3.7.4pre.090516
http://tmp.garyr.net/tab_mix_plus-dev-build.xpi
1586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: $20 if you make me a 6' Molex cable. $10 for recommending a better solution. on: July 19, 2009, 12:59:59 PM
300W for a dual drive external enclosure is just ridiculous even if it is a NAS, eg. the DNS-323 Dual HDD RAID NAS has a ~50W PSU.

And my DNS-323 has no problems at all powering the two Seagate 1.5TB drives it contains.
1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for P2p file sharing for personal use on: July 18, 2009, 11:46:39 AM
Thanks, but sorry, I don't do blogging smiley

4wd doesn't do blogging nor does he allow kids on his lawn. smiley
1588  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 18, 2009, 11:43:17 AM
Windows finally being a real full-fledged OS instead of sitting on top of DOS, etc.
Just to nitpick: win9x still sits ontop of DOS (even though it "sucks out the brains" pretty well, and only calls down to DOS very rarely), and while it does implement pre-emptive multitasking, there's still a few "biglocks" in the kernel code that can get the system locked up totally. Oh, and there's a lot of thunks to old 16bit windows code as well. Win9x is... a mess smiley[/quote]

I'm glad I have you around f0dder. I don't have as much time to answer things to my full satisfaction these days due to time constraints so I tend to over-simplify a lot of my replies, but I'm confident you will come along and flesh out my general outlines.

I always wanted to have an entourage.  Grin

No, just kidding...I'm glad you are here to expound on my vague mumblings. So much to do and so little time to do it in these days. :: sigh ::
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Applications Stealing Focus... on: July 18, 2009, 11:26:40 AM
Missed this thread the first time around. Maybe someone at MS reads DC? New behavior in Win7 prohibits apps from stealing focus. It's been a long time coming & I really enjoy the feature.
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: $20 if you make me a 6' Molex cable. $10 for recommending a better solution. on: July 18, 2009, 11:20:48 AM
superboyac,
Is this hard drive in this external enclosure IDE/PATA or SATA? The reason I ask is you are talking about molex connectors which are used nearly exclusively on IDE/PATA drives. Granite Digital's web site lists the enclosure you are wanting to exchange for as being SATA only. SATA drives almost exclusively do not use molex connectors.

Re: Granite Digital - there's nothing to fear from this company except their prices. They market their products exclusively to the Mac market so they tend to be made out of stylized aluminum that matches the Mac Pros & they are over-engineered with high prices to match their target audience.

1591  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Corel PaintShop Pro X - 4 Free on: July 18, 2009, 11:08:55 AM
I don't mind an occasional offer of this sort, but Ashampoo's efforts are excessive, annoying, and hence counterproductive.  I'm now much less likely to buy any product from them.

Oh, man...I just had some horrific flashbacks! I downloaded a free older version of one of their CD/DVD burning programs years ago and it took me forever to opt out all of the mailing lists that indiscretion landed me on.

Nothing is free when dealing with Ashampoo...you may not open your wallet, but you'll pay in some other way.

And what kind of company name is Ashampoo anyway?
1592  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / MailWasher Pro - 30% Discount on: July 16, 2009, 11:13:34 AM
Just ran into this today when I was updating one of my Firefox extensions (Interclue). Get MailWasher Pro for $27.97 instead of the regular $39.95 price.

MailWasher Pro Product Information

Discounted Purchase Link

No concrete date as to when this discount ends just that it is available for the next 30 days.

I have no use for the program, but thought I'd pass it along in case someone here did. They do offer free lifetime updates which is a nice perk.
1593  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is online access a right or a privilege? on: July 16, 2009, 11:05:11 AM
I think they used to call that: "The Right Thing to Do"  smiley

Having since being renamed to "The Right Thing To Do So Long As It Doesn't Cost Too Much Time, Effort, And/Or Money And Doesn't Cause Any Controversy Or Alienate Any Campaign Contributors"  smiley
1594  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox --3.5-- Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 16, 2009, 11:02:23 AM
Has anyone been playing with Ubiquity?

I tried installing it, but it didn't work properly. I don't know if it that's because I'm running over 30 extensions and something is interfering with it or because my Firefox profile is very old being used from Firefox version to Firefox version and from one OS install to the next for many years. I just didn't have the energy to sort it out.
1595  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 16, 2009, 10:59:06 AM
The problem, Justice, is Microsoft cannot implement change too fast or there is going to be a lot of consumer backlash both from individuals and businesses. In order to move to that next generation of desktop OSes things are going to have to be planned carefully or a lot of people are going to be sitting around with $1,500 worth of Adobe software that won't work with their new OS and something like that would make the rally cries against Vista look tame.

Let's look at the last time Microsoft radically changed Windows. That was when Windows 95 was released and there were a LOT of programs that didn't work with the new OS because they either used outdated Windows API calls or were DOS-based. Yeah, a lot of people still used DOS back then because Windows 3.x wasn't a viable solution for a lot of people.

But I digress...back then there was some outcry and gnashing of teeth, but people made the switch with their apps because there was a lot to gain from doing so. Pre-emptive multi-tasking, improved performance due to software being 32-bit, unified GUI interface, Windows finally being a real full-fledged OS instead of sitting on top of DOS, etc.

If Microsoft wants people to move over/up to The Next Great Thing they are going to need a laundry list of advantages like that or people aren't going to make the move.

And to address your last point, yes you could say that any Windows version after XP are refinements of the same concepts, but only if you are talking about the concept of Windows itself. Once you start talking about the code-base, however, you will find that although Vista and Win7 have very similar GUIs to WinXP a lot of the underlying code under the hood has been rewritten and optimized for performance and security.

Warning: personal anecdote ahead! While the GUIs of Vista and Win7 seem to be very similar to XP on first glance there's a LOT more usability stuffed in nooks and crannies that help you get a lot more out of the user interface than one did with XP. I've been running Win7 since pre-beta builds exclusively and just last week I had to work on a WinXP and it was extremely frustrating. Sure, I could get my tasks done, but I kept looking for the new Win7 shortcuts to doing things and not finding them. It seems like Microsoft is back on track again & I'm really looking forward to seeing what Win8 will bring us in 2 or so years.
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan on: July 16, 2009, 10:26:20 AM
A lot of those programs have been UPX-packed or whatever to obfuscate the code so their "competitors" can't see how they achieve their neat tricks. Unfortunately, some AV products flag anything that's been packed like that as a generic trojan because the trojan writers like to use those packers as well.

Even Linkman, the very reputable program that's been discussed on this site throws up a "suspicious program" flag in a lot of AVs because it's been packed.
1597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is online access a right or a privilege? on: July 13, 2009, 10:36:40 PM
Yes, the schools should be doing what they can to level the playing field, but that takes tax payer dollars and in this economy with ever-tightening belts and ever-shrinking budgets that means having to try to do a lot with little or no resources.

There's unfortunately no easy answer to this problem & looks like there won't be any sort of easy answer for a long, long time.
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan on: July 13, 2009, 10:33:07 PM
All good advice, Mouser, but the OP was concerned about files downloaded from GameCopyWorld a site that doesn't have any user-posted files. All files are provided by the site owner(s).
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 1st Person Shooter Disease on: July 13, 2009, 10:30:24 PM
I'm one of the odd few PC gamers who don't see the allure of first person shooters. I'd rather play just about anything else.

However, I did play the heck out of Oblivion and Fallout, but those aren't the garden variety FPSes.
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 13, 2009, 12:18:59 PM
Quote from: Eóin
No x64 versions of Windows have been able to run 16bit apps I believe

That's what I thought, but I erred on the side of sticking with what I knew for sure. My PC doesn't have the capability to run a 64-bit OS so I don't know as much as I should about those yet.

I'm waiting to see what i5 brings us...
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