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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: July 01, 2009, 10:53:06 AM
Just thought I'd revisit this topic since I only just recently got the time & motivation to start implementing the things I've learned in this thread. Huge thanks to tranglos and fenixproductions for their insights.

fenix, I'm still picking and choosing from your list of plugins, but I'm almost all the way through it. The only substitute I've made so far is I dropped RARColumns and replaced it with RARInfo which seems to offer more functionality. You may want to look into making that change yourself.

urlwolf, your talk of Linux reminds me of someone who posts over in the official Total Commander forums. His signature reads something akin to "the only reason I install Windows is so I can use Total Commander."
1577  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: July 01, 2009, 10:17:22 AM
Quote from: Bonuskort
I'm in the middle of a Dexter marathon right now. Haven't watched Dexter before but it is definitely watchable.

Dexter is fabulous & every time you think it's gotten just about as weird as it can & can't get any more complicated for Dexter....it does. cheesy
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Torrent Giant, The Pirate Bay sold, will go legal on: July 01, 2009, 10:09:40 AM
My first thought is this is a total waste of money on the buyers' parts. This business venture is going to be just as successful as when Napster first went from a software piracy model to a pay-to-play model. 99% of the people that visited TPB have no interest in paying for that stuff & that's not going to change. Those people will just go away and find other ways to get what they want.

Torrents are tolerable when you are getting something for nothing. Whether that be something that has a price attached to it or something that is so large (like a 5 DVD Linux distro) that's impractical for most people to host on their own sites, but who is going to pay for the 'privilege' to use torrents when a very large portion of ISPs throttle torrent traffic. Who in the right mind is going to buy a DVD (that's 4-9 GB) or a Blu-Ray (Up to 25+ GB) and download it at 10-20 KB/sec speeds? I'll leave the math to you to figure out how many weeks you'll need to let your PC run 24/7 to get that Blu-Ray image of the new Transformers movie.

For those of you using torrents for less-than-respectable purposes torrents are awful for that. They are insecure and it's very easy for The Man to identify you & what you're doing. My advice is if you really want that content then find a way to get it that is far less likely to get you a cease & desist letter from your ISP.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Truely amazing piece of animation art on: July 01, 2009, 09:53:00 AM
Quote from: tinjaw
That is such a relief. I'm glad to know that no matter where I end up, there will always be dancing women.  : Cool

Don't be so relieved, tinjaw. Obviously, you missed the fine print. In Heaven, the dancing women will all look like Scarlett Johansson. In That Other Place, they'll all look like Rosie O'Donnell.

So don't give up on your good behavior just yet. Wink
1580  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox --3.5-- Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 01, 2009, 09:43:14 AM
Hirudin already mentioned Findbar Basics which I recommended in the old thread.

I'll re-mention Lazarus, an extension that can save web form data in case something goes wrong in the submission of the data you're not stuck having to type all that crap in again.

http://lazarus.interclue.com/


Oh, and I've used Download Statusbar for years. It is SO much better than Firefox's built-in download list & has many different ways to customize it.
1581  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: July 01, 2009, 09:39:37 AM
Quote from: f0dder
... but for the pesky copy-protected-CDs's, who knows what you get :/

Three cheers for Slysoft's AnyDVD that can remove that DRM poo. smiley
1582  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: July 01, 2009, 09:37:43 AM
Quote from: 4wd
Just a suggestion: DAEMON Tools Lite (Free for non-commercial use.)

It can image an audio disc and also mount it, as well as other formats.

Daemon Tools Lite can mount images, but it can not create them.
1583  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is There Anyway???? on: July 01, 2009, 09:35:18 AM
If it were me I'd search the internet for a program that strips DRM from videos and music & 'free' your files from Apple's tyranny. Then you'd be free to watch your purchased videos anywhere you wished...just don't go distributing them to all your friends, though. smiley
1584  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: July 01, 2009, 09:33:11 AM
Quote from: sajman99
Those users without extensive computer experience should not go fiddling around in the registry like it's some theme park of thrills.

Laughs...never heard it put quite that way, but it's 100% true. The Windows registry is the OS's central nervous system. One editing mistake in the wrong place will render your OS unbootable. Newbies should tread with care.

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XP user here- perhaps not "modern", but stable and solid as a rock.

I don't think I ever spoke badly of how stable XP is. It's a fine OS and I even recommend some people use it instead of Vista. I was just trying to convey the point that an OS that's 8-9 years old isn't going to have all the capabilities that the latest and greatest has & that some of the things one needed to tweak on XP are no longer necessary.
1585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Truely amazing piece of animation art on: June 30, 2009, 03:33:25 PM
Impressive, to be sure, but I wonder how long it will last before the MPAA shuts it down for copyright infringement.....or did they secure the rights to use every single one of those elements?
1586  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: June 30, 2009, 03:29:36 PM
Quote from: J-Mac
Please tell me you're kidding! Currently, Windows XP is the dominant OS in the personal computer market. XP: 61.54%, Vista:  24.35%

Percentage of people using a given OS does not dictate how modern it is, but rather its age.

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So why - if you agree that XP does indeed require registry cleaning at times - does the age of the OS even come into play?

Because the age dictates what kind of optimizations have been put in place at release. It's common sense that Microsoft will learn tricks as time goes on and will make improvements to their code.

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If the vast majority of users are still using XP then registry cleaners are certainly a needed commodity - still.

Now what are we talking about here? Registry cleaners or tweakers? There's a difference in functionality there. Tweakers make actual changes to existing values in the registry while cleaners remove the flotsam and jetsam no longer needed. Regardless, registry tweakers and cleaners are certainly needed for those who are still running Windows XP...but not those running more recent operating systems.

My entire viewpoint is based on not how many people are still using Windows XP, but its age. It's still a fine operating system, to be sure, but it does not have the optimizations and refinements of later, more recent OSes.
1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is There Anyway???? on: June 30, 2009, 03:19:02 PM
I don't know why Itunes support said those videos should play. I mean, technically it's true they should...AFTER they have been authorized over the internet.
1588  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: June 30, 2009, 11:25:48 AM
Quote from: J-Mac
Quote from: Innuendo
Maybe it's just me, but I don't see what the allure is with editing the registry on modern Windows systems. Vista and Windows 7 have optimized defaults...

I couldn't disagree more. There are plenty of tasks that XP simply does not perform as designed.

Jim, I was talking about modern operating systems like Vista and Windows 7. With all due respect, Windows XP is 9 years old now and cannot be considered to be a modern operating system. Microsoft has learned a lot in 9 years in regards to the registry and system performance. Most of the tweaks you need to add to XP are in Vista and Win7 by default.

I'm running Win7 on the same PC on which I ran Win XP and Win7 is faster in every way than XP & I had tweaked the heck out of XP and Win7 is running 'stock'.

1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is anyone currently using Panda Cloud Antivirus on: June 30, 2009, 11:15:36 AM
I've always equated Panda's offerings with poo.

Panda always over-promises and under-delivers. Initial releases are plagued with bugs and installation errors like outlined above and even when they've fixed those problems you're still left with a product that has lousy detection rates with lots of false positives.

Party at Elmer's cloud! BYOB!
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Truely amazing piece of animation art on: June 30, 2009, 11:03:55 AM
Weird...I saw the pic and at first it looked like a screen cap of Mordor from a Lord Of The Rings movie. smiley
1591  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is There Anyway???? on: June 30, 2009, 11:01:57 AM
You are finding out why it's bad for the consumer to buy digital content with DRM built in.

Sorry. Sad
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: June 30, 2009, 11:00:48 AM
Here's a little plugin that I don't think has been mentioned before but makes the Find function in Firefox nicer.

The Findbar Basics extension adds four basic features to Firefox's Find Toolbar:

    * a Statusbar button that toggles the Find Toolbar on and off.
    * a Clear button inside the Find Toolbar for clearing all text from the input box.
    * an optional toolbar button that toggles the Find Toolbar on and off. You can place this button anywhere you like by dragging it from the Customize Toolbar window.
    * Ctrl-F key command to toggle the Find Toolbar on and off.

That last bullet point makes the extension worth installing all by itself. Why the Mozilla team didn't make Ctrl-F a toggle is a mystery to me.

Get it here:

http://www.tom-cat.com/mo...nsions-findbarbasics.html
1593  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is There Anyway???? on: June 29, 2009, 09:27:13 PM
You are running into the digital rights management again. The videos have to be authorized to play on the laptop which requires an internet connection.

You'd have to strip the DRM from the files.
1594  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: JULY 2009 Discounts and Giveaways on: June 29, 2009, 09:25:35 PM
Yeah, that Bat! discount was active only a few hours, but cyberdiva was able to pounce on it like a coiled cobra before it disappeared, though.
1595  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: June 29, 2009, 09:24:10 PM
No, you are right. In my zeal to simplify my answer I over-simplified. ISOs are not for audio CDs. BIN, NRG, and MDS files are, but....none of these, including a .cue/.bin pair will not provide bit-perfect results as the levels of error correction required to reproduce an exact copy. Jitter and other variables cause variations to be introduced when the CD image file is produced that cause the results Carol got in her earlier post.

If you can settle for "close enough" then BIN/CUE will serve you well, but the OP stated he wanted bit-perfect exact duplicates of the original discs.
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: June 29, 2009, 11:43:42 AM
Music CDs can be compiled into ISOs. However, ISOs (or any CD image for that matter) just do not have the capabilities to reproduce bit-perfect copies of audio. I'm sure someone could devise such a thing if they wanted to, but...nobody wants to and I'll tell you why. An ISO of a music CD is going to be roughly twice the size of a lossless FLAC compilation of the same tracks.

CD-Audio tracks are basically for all intents and purposes WAV files without a file header & the WAV file format offers no provision for file compression at all. An 85-90 MB WAV file will be around 20-40 MB encoded as a FLAC file. Start encoding a CD collection of a couple hundred discs and you can see what kind of space savings you'll get going with a non-ISO solution.

Using Exact Audio Copy like f0dder suggested to encode your CD tracks to FLACs will generate a CUE file for each CD. A CUE file is basically a playlist file that not only keeps track of song order, but also gaps between tracks. Use a media player that has CUE support & you won't be able to tell the difference between the FLACs playing and playing the physical CD. There'll be no difference in audio quality or timing.

The added bonus to this method versus the ISO method is all your songs will be distinct files. You'll be free to compile playlists and compilation CDs with no ISO constraints.
1597  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Giampy... how does it sound? on: June 29, 2009, 11:26:15 AM
As an American, to me it sounds like someone is ill.

"Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Peterson. I won't be in to work today. I'm feeling a little glampy."
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: June 29, 2009, 11:23:45 AM
Quote from: MrCrispy
I'm sorry, I should have read the on demand report as well. Now OneCare doesn't look so good after all. I myself don't use it anymore (switched to Avira) but it was simple to use and had integrated backup etc.

I absolutely hate that they alternate the reports like that. Three months is a lifetime in the AV market. Six months is nearly a millennia. They should publish both reports every three months, but I guess they figure that's the best way to keep their revenue stream flowing.

I'd really like to see MSE become a world-class product, but I fear that's not a realistic wish. If it did the screams of outrage from the competition would be huge & MS would end up in court again. I figure it'll be positioned as a nice basic "better than nothing" package with the implied idea that if you want better protection "pleased check out the web sites of these valued Microsoft partners."
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 limited time upgrade discount starting tomorrow (June 26th) on: June 29, 2009, 11:12:24 AM
Quote from: Darwin
I assume that "this is 'just a do it to be safe suggestion'" was meant to read 'this is not 'just a do it to be safe'"?

Grrr...synapses are getting old. Sad

Yes, that's exactly what I meant. :: sigh ::
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: June 29, 2009, 11:08:31 AM
Just posted this extension over in the "Annoyances" thread and thought it might get a warm reception here as well.

Lazarus is an extension that basically saves web forms so if 'Something Bad' happens and all the data you typed is lost forcing you to start over you can restore all your hard work with a single click.

http://lazarus.interclue.com/
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