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1576  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why can't my computer detect the 6th Sata drive? on: July 30, 2009, 06:01:27 PM
I'm just glad I could help you out. Seems my friend lost a week's work, sleep, and some hair over that problem he had. It worked perfectly up till he moved to the Win7 public beta.
1577  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why can't my computer detect the 6th Sata drive? on: July 30, 2009, 11:32:25 AM
A-ha! This didn't take as long as I thought.

My friend was trying to get the hot-swap feature working with his Antec MX-1 enclosure coupled to his Gigabyte motherboard. He was hooking it up to the JMicron controller (which is rebranded as Gigabyte on their motherboards, but JMicron makes it) and the problem was if he hooked up the drive when the computer was on Vista (man, thought this was an older OS problem!) would not detect the drive unless he went into Device Manager and did a scan for changes or he rebooted.

This was not his boot drive & it was using the Gigabyte/JMicron drivers, but it still did not work till he applied the fix outlined in this MSKB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/922976

The article talks of this fix is only if the affected drive is your boot drive & you are using the default MS drivers, but once he changed his BIOS to AHCI, rebooted, applied this fix, rebooted once again, and then finally reinstalled the JMicron drivers did his enclosure start acting properly.

And for those who don't want to read the MSKB article, I'll sum it up for you. This behavior is not a bug. It's a feature. Yay!!

Seems when Vista installs it takes it upon itself to disable all storage drivers it thinks the user will never need. If the OS installer doesn't detect AHCI it gets the killbit set in the registry.

Today's friendly tip is when installing an OS always have AHCI enabled even if it makes you have to endure the inconvenience of having to install a driver disk during OS install. Otherwise, your nice SATA drives with all their fancy new features are demoted to legacy IDE mode & treated as IDE drives by the OS which means no NCQ, hot-swap, and all the other cool stuff SATA drives can do.

And a final note, superboyac, just be thankful I'm an email packrat and never delete anything enabling me to bring you this knowledge nugget from December, 2007. Wink
1578  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why can't my computer detect the 6th Sata drive? on: July 30, 2009, 11:12:33 AM
Just be aware that some versions of Windows have a bug that if you switch your drive controllers to AHCI that although Windows will go through the motions and ask you for new drivers and what-not the drives won't actually be in AHCI mode as these buggy Windows versions will 'forget' to change the necessary bits in the registry and that'll all have to be done by hand if you want your drives to be in AHCI mode.

I had a friend who bought an eSATA enclosure and wanted to you the hot-swap feature if I am remembering correctly. His PC had been set up in compatibility mode & he needed to change to AHCI mode for everything to work right. It was an adventure of discovery for him.

I'll check later and see if I still have his old emails on the subject, but I do definitely recall it wasn't a "change the setting in your BIOS, reboot, and your fixed" kind of deal.
1579  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program Whose Time Has Come: virtual folders, collections, file baskets... on: July 30, 2009, 11:03:32 AM
Great ideas and great post. I've said this before, WinFS was supposed to accomplish much of this, esp the part about having having a database backed file store, rich metadata and programmatic access to it. Its a real pity MS decided to scrap it.

It got scrapped because it didn't work very well. It sucked the performance out of high performance PCs I have heard.

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I think this could be done more efficiently by writing a file system driver which would hook into NTFS as well as a windows service that would work at organising tags, collections etc in the background. Obviously this is not a trivial task and I'm guessing it would need OS integration to really work well.

And this was basically what WinFS was. It was a database that hooked into NTFS & I guess that just wasn't a set-up that was efficient enough and quick enough to be viable. I'm sure, though, that somewhere in the bowels of MS there's a team working on the successor to NTFS that will have this kind of stuff built into the filesystem itself rather than something bolted onto the top of something else like WinFS was.
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 29, 2009, 10:40:27 AM
Yes, I'm seriously tempted by this little gadget - very cool for plugging your external USB drive into the LAN at a meeting.

That is so cool! Now I need about 5 of them.... Sad
1581  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5? on: July 29, 2009, 10:04:55 AM
Grorgy,
Ahh...I understand. I must have misinterpreted your message then.

Ehtyar,
Indeed, ruined Firefox profiles truly suck. I don't blame you for being careful.
1582  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 28, 2009, 02:37:29 PM
AHH!!  This case is SO sexy.  I need to get it:

Must....resist....
1583  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Free Outpost Pro, Outpost Security Suite, and Disk Keeper License Giveaway on: July 28, 2009, 02:35:18 PM
The Agnitum forum is having a free license giveaway of the following licenses:

    * Five (5) lifetime licenses for Outpost Pro
    * Five (5) lifetime licenses for Outpost Security Suite.
    * Ten (10) licenses for Diskeeper 2009 Pro.

All you have to do is visit the Free Licenses Celebration thread over on the Agnitum forum and tell them why you should receive the license of your choice. Humor and cleverness will go a long way towards winning you the goodie(s) you seek.

Free Licenses Celebration Thread

I'd love to see some DC members make off with at least some of the freebies.
1584  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is the party over for Microsoft? on: July 28, 2009, 10:10:53 AM
Dvorak is so non-relevant anymore. Maybe 10-15 years ago he was someone worth listening to, but now he's just a struggling computer journalist like all the rest of them trying to put an exciting spin on non-exciting news so he won't get canned in the next round of staff cutbacks.

Some talk of surplus being frittered away, but others might see it as research and development. What about Access? I remember back in the day when dBase had a stranglehold on the database market & nobody said entry into that software market could be profitable. Microsoft released Access v1.0 for $9.95-19.95 and looking at things now it seems they did all right with the product.

What about the Xbox? The world said Microsoft was foolish to try to compete with Sony and their PS2 especially with how much money MS was going to lose on the Xbox console at its release. By the end of its life while it wasn't a runaway success it had become profitable. Now let's look at the next generation. The Xbox 360 is the second best-selling console in the world and no, the number one spot isn't held by Sony.

Sure, my Microsoft Cordless Phone was abandoned and is collecting dust in a closet somewhere, but it worked well & explored some interesting aspects of phone/computer interaction.

Microsoft is huge & monolithic. They've also got money to burn and therefore have many more opportunities for research & development of products outside of their comfort zone. Some are going to work and some aren't. It's the same with any company except in Microsoft's case a huge failure isn't going to throw them into bankruptcy.
1585  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone have an i7 chip yet? If so, tell me how you like it on: July 28, 2009, 09:56:36 AM
They are very tempting, but my advice is to wait. Just around the corner is i5, which is the consumer mainstream version of i7, and there's going to be changes in the Nehalam landscape. Motherboards will be cheaper and the socket pinout is going to be different. Everything is supposed to be cheaper as well.

My advice is keep saving and wait to see what i5 brings us. That's what I'm doing.
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 28, 2009, 09:51:48 AM
superboyac, for some reason people seem to be obsessing about this 300W power supply. When I buy something like this the only two concerns in my mind are that it works and that it looks good sitting next to my other PC gear on my desk. I don't care about PSUs on devices like this unless internet reviews start popping up saying something is "woefully inadequate" or the like.

My thoughts on Granite Digital are I compliment you on your taste, good sir. Granite Digital has been around forever. It's just that most of us haven't heard of them because they are almost exclusively a Mac vendor & you can tell by the way all their stuff blends in with the styles of Mac Pros. And if something seems odd in a few of their designs chances are it was done to cater to their Mac customers because there was some kind of need for it.

As for me, although I really like the looks of Granite Digital's stuff I'm not going to buy anything of theirs as I know it will be the first step down a slippery slope towards me buying a $600 silver aluminum Lian-Li or Silverstone case.

1587  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5? on: July 28, 2009, 09:40:30 AM
Ehtyar, thanks for the info. I tend to ignore exploring things that just work & the Firefox update mechanisms have always just worked for me.

Grorgy,
Firefox v3.5 and v3.5.1 are not beta. They are safe to use. In my experience Firefox will never tell you about updates to beta browsers, only non-beta versions.
1588  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 27, 2009, 04:24:22 PM
Re the DNS, I thought the front cover was a little wobbly...it came off too easily for my tastes.

Empty the cover is a little wobbly, but there are metal coil/spring type things on the back that provide pressure against the drives once they are installed and then there's enough positive pressure that there's no movement/wobble at all.

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I am curious as to what the power supply to the DNS is like.

According to the DNS-323 Wiki:

(with two drives)
HDs spinning/powering up - up to 72 watts for 3 seconds
HDs up, high CPU, Gigabit network transfer via CIFS/SMB - 23-24 watts
HDs powered down (sleep), otherwise running - 7 watts

My power brick has the following writing on the bottom:

Jentec Technology Co, Ltd"
Model: JTA0512
AC Input: 100-240Vac/1.2A
50-60Hz
DC Output: +5V/3A, +12V/3A

According to Jentec's web site it's a "34-61 Watt Dual Output Switching Desktop Power Supply."

I've been running this unit for over a year now & it's been a solid performer. I bought this as something cheap to get me by till I could afford something better, but I've been really impressed. I'd definitely buy a second one to run alongside the first if I ever had the need.
1589  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5? on: July 27, 2009, 03:55:02 PM
Msgt,
When the version known as 3.5 started development it was originally going to be 3.1, but as time went on and new features were added the authors decided that too much was added for it to be just a .1 release so they upped the version number to 3.5 to help show that a lot more work had gone into it.

The 3.5 line of code is now up to 3.5.1 and has been out of beta for a long time. Your only concern will be whether or not the extensions you use will be compatible with the new version. As for upgrading you can just install right over the top of 3.0.12 and everything will be fine. You don't have to delete your old version first.

Ehtyar,
I just thought the rule was that no major new version was to be offered through auto-update just like one couldn't auto-update to v3 from v2, but v2.x upgrades were still offered to v2.x users.
1590  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox --3.5-- Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 27, 2009, 03:49:12 PM
"Go to Top", an add-on that instantly takes you to the top or bottom of a page rather than scrolling up or down. 

Guess I'm old school...I just use the Home and End keys for that.
1591  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: July 27, 2009, 03:45:31 PM
I agree.  I have several anti-malware programs that I run from time to time.

That's the best thing you can do. Having a layered defense using multiple things to protect you is the wisest course of action these days. The days of just running a virus scan every month or so are gone.

A lot of people like ot run virtual machines and test out new software in a virtual environment to see how safe it is. I was reading the other day that malware writers have adapted & now a lot of viruses and trojans won't trigger if they detect that they are running in a virtual machine.

It's a constant cat & mouse game.
1592  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program Whose Time Has Come: virtual folders, collections, file baskets... on: July 27, 2009, 01:22:33 PM
tranglos, that's quite the list of features you outlined in your OP, but you forgot to post the download link so we can all download and try out your new program!  Wink

Seriously, something like that would be awesome & whoever comes up with it is going to make truckloads of money. Just like you suspected, Windows 7 is making some in-roads in this area with this, but just like you suspected, it's nothing on the scale you outlined. All libraries are is a collection of user-defined folders displayed as one huge mega-folder with categories for each individual folder so it's nothing like your concept at all.
1593  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: July 27, 2009, 01:18:01 PM
In all the years I've had it, I've had a grand total of one FP and (knock on wood, salt over my shoulder) no viruses. 

McAfee is very good about not having false positives. However, it is sometimes also very good at not finding viruses and trojans. How can you know you truly have no viruses unless you have run another AV to double-check?

I wouldn't get Avast. It's real-time monitoring interferes with too many programs, but maybe you should download a trial version of NOD32 or Kaspersky & give them a try?

McAfee and Norton are the biggest AV sellers. Not because they are all that great, but because you can buy them in just about any store from Wal-Mart to Office Depot. Malware authors _DO_ take this into account and write their code to circumvent these two best sellers. Why not spend an hour or two optimizing and rewriting your code if you can get it to slip past the vast majority of installed AV programs in the world?

My advice is don't believe anything an AV program's marketing tells you. Of course they are all going to tell you that they are the best. Instead, read up on independent AV testing on the net and after reading a few you'll know right away who the best companies and programs are.

For the sake of completeness, the other AV programs on my To-Be-Avoided list are Trend Micro and Bit Defender.
1594  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 27, 2009, 12:51:55 PM
Ok...I thought I made it clear.  Mine has a molex connector where the picture shows SATA power.  I couldn't find an exact picture of it.

How odd and non-standard. That's quite an oddity you have on your hands.

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I've seen the DNS-323.  The only think I didn't like about it was the plastic feel to it and the wobbly way everything connects.  And I did want hot swap, very much so.

Only the front cover is plastic. The rest is metal & the way things connect you might think it would be wobbly, but it's very snug & efficient. There's no wobble at all. However, if you wanted hot-swap then you are right. The DNS-323 doesn't have hot-swap.

However, in its defense, the DNS-323 wasn't designed where hot-swap was a desired feature. It's a NAS rather than an eSATA enclosure. I bought the DNS-323 so I could hang it on my network & have central storage available to all the computers on my network without having to keep a PC on to access its attached enclosure.

I really like Granite Digital's aesthetics, but I know if I got one I'd spend too much money buying a PC case to match. Wink

Like you, I tend to avoid DIY things, especially when pre-built things with warrantees that exist that give you more features than you had & for not much money. That two-bay enclosure for $99 is a very good deal.
1595  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 27, 2009, 12:22:13 PM
Wow!  This works perfectly!  I'm ecstatic! Thank you VERY VERY MUCH!!  Thmbsup

Glad I could help. When it comes to Firefox there's usually more than one way to skin a fox. It's just not always an obvious solution. In any event, I'm glad you're happy with the work-around.  Wink
1596  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 26, 2009, 10:17:24 AM
It works the first time you tell FF to open the page in Opera, but the next time, an error box pops up that says on the title [JavaScript Application] and then the message "OperaView was unable to run Opera Browser.  Check the path and try again."  It always finds it the first time, but not after that.

OperaView is broken. However, I have found you a work-around. Uninstall OperaView and install IE View Lite from here:

https://addons.mozilla.or.../en-US/firefox/addon/1429

Go into the extensions options and replace the path to IE with your path to Opera. You'll have to select View in IE off of your context menu, but Opera will open every time. I just tested it out myself. A savvy person could probably poke around inside the XPI and change all the "View in IE" references to "View in Opera", but I guess it depends on how big a stickler you are on the cosmetic side of things. Hopefully, this work-around will tide you over till OperaView's author gets a fix out.

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Innuendo, I really appreciate your detailed help on dealing with the maximum compatibility issue. thumbs up

My pleasure. I like to help when/where I can.
1597  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Norton SmartPhone Security Discount. on: July 25, 2009, 06:20:10 PM
Not much out there. Best deal I could find was someone on eBay is selling a copy. Brand new. Never installed. Never registered. $20.00 with free shipping.

Link
1598  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 25, 2009, 06:03:29 PM
Yes, I agree that the situation has gotten somewhat better.  However, the OperaView problem is driving me nuts.  I downloaded Mr. Tech Toolkit after seeing you and other mention it, but I wasn't able to figure out how I might use it to get the OperaView extension to work again.  I'd love to know.

This is not a guaranteed fix. It'll only disable the version check that Firefox does when it checks to see if an extension will work with the browser. If there are inherent compatibilities with the extension this is not going to help you. Open up the options in MR Tech Toolkit. Click on the Miscellaneous toolbar button and then on the XPI Install Options tab. The first checkbox is what you are looking for: Enable Addons Compatibility Checking. By default it is checked. Uncheck it and when you go to install OperaView or any other extension Firefox will not balk if the versions don't match up.

Beware this is a browser-wide setting so no addons will be compatibility checked so I prefer this second way to get things work & it restricts the compatibility check disable to the extension you are trying to get to work. First you would download the extension and save it to the folder of your choice. Then you would open the XPI file with your favorite archiver whether it be PowerArchiver, Winzip, WinRAR, or whatever so long as it can open zip files as that's all an XPI file is.

Once you've done that in the root directory of the archive you are going to find a file called install.rdf. Extract that file and open it in your favorite text editor. Do a search for maxversion and your search will turn up something similar to this:

<em:maxVersion>3.0.*</em:maxVersion>

You would just need to change that line to read as so:

<em:maxVersion>3.*.*</em:maxVersion>

Save install.rdf with your changes. If you still have the archive open in your archiver just drag and drop your new install.rdf on the open archive window & your archiver should ask you if you want to replace the old file with your new one. Just say yes. Close the archive & then drag th XPI & drop it on your open Firefox window & the install addon procedure will commence. The only difference is this time Firefox will see that the XPI is compatible with all v3.x versions of Firefox & will let you install it.

If all goes well there won't be any real incompatibilities and your extension will work. If it does, tuck your diva-made XPI away somewhere safe & if you ever should need to reinstall Firefox for whatever reason your custom XPI will be ready to install without having to modify it again.
1599  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 24, 2009, 03:35:18 PM
Firefox is my default browser, but I was surprised to find that a number of the things that I needed extensions to accomplish in Firefox could be done in Opera without needing an extension (e.g., Paste and Go; Open this page in IE; Open this page in FF) or could be done with what are essentially extensions (AdBlock for Opera, FlashBlock for Opera).

I understand your point. I would prefer some functionality were built in Firefox that is in Opera, but if development went that way I'm sure there'd be a lot of functionality would be added in that I didn't care about and I'd be lamenting that those unused features were bogging my browser down so I think that the way Firefox is doing it now by just providing a solid basic browser foundation to build on I can go into Build-A-Browser mode and build a customized browser that fits my needs like a glove.

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I do agree that extensions give Firefox more customizability, but they're vulnerable each time there's an upgrade. I was very frustrated, for example, to find that the "OperaView" extension that I use a lot in Firefox stopped working when FF moved to 3.5.1.

Normally I'd agree with you 100% and as the days crept towards v3.5 becoming final and being released I experienced my usual sense of dread as a new Firefox version was unleashed upon the world because a new major version of Firefox usually meant an extension list that had a lot more extensions grayed out and inactive than ones active and working.

However, v3.5 was released and it was largely a non-issue. I had to go manually download new versions for some of my extensions, but they were all ready and released when v3.5 hit the streets. When v3.51 dropped I did have one extension that was inactive for a couple hours till the author changed the maxversion variable from 3.5 to 3.5.*.

Maybe extension writers are getting the idea it's better to get your program to working status before a new Firefox version is finalized rather than before. I do have MR Tech Toolkit installed, but I haven't had to use it to make an extension work for a very long time.
1600  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: July 24, 2009, 10:57:50 AM
PSA: Agnitum Outpost Security Suite Pro v6.7 has been released

New features include support for Windows 7, a new anti-malware engine and heuristic analyzer, and improved compatibility with certain third-party applications.

I've been running it a couple days and once you get the initial full malware scan out of the way it's fairly smooth and light on resources.
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