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1626  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need NAS Enclosure recommendation on: June 24, 2009, 08:40:15 AM
How many drives to do you want your NAS to have and what's the price range you are willing to pay. When it comes to NAS units the more features it has the bigger the price and there's a steep incline when it comes to prices on these things. You can go from the $150-200 range to the $1,000-$1,200 range without much effort.
1627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: June 24, 2009, 08:35:41 AM
I'm going to be watching this new AV from Microsoft with keen interest. Their last AV product didn't have a stellar record with its detection rate, but I'm hoping they got their act together this time so I have one more free option to recommend to people who are reluctant/unable to pay for an AV program.
1628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of the best available software on: June 22, 2009, 10:06:46 AM
Quote from: muntealb
Innuendo, some time ago I had something similar with what you have proposed, but almost nobody used it, so I removed it.

Makes sense, I guess. After all, your target audience is a group of people too lazy to search out this software for themselves. What in the world make me think they'd have enough motivation to click a link? Wink

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The FF extension is more intuitive (it has colors) and more accurate, in my opinion. None of the link checkers can detect parked domains and this is the biggest problem.

Sounds like you need to be using one of those link checking programs that can actually tell if there have been changes to the site the link points to since its been checked last. A domain disappearing and morphing into a parked domain would be caught by something like that.

1629  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Duplicate Finder 2009 on: June 21, 2009, 10:06:18 PM
Quote from: Dormouse
If it was just about upgrade pricing, did the old one come with 'lifetime' upgrades promised?

No lifetime upgrades, but a promise of being able to upgrade at a 50% discount. Not only does this company not want to honor the 50% discount, but since there are no links to the new site or new program on the old site they want to make it as hard as possible for their existing customers to take advantage of any offer at all to upgrade.

And I don't care if a program is the best in its class or not if I cannot trust the company publishing it.
1630  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, 09:52:03 PM
Quote from: MilesAhead
I have DVD-RB and it's great.  Esp. if you have quad core you don't mind using HC with best profile, since it runs 4 copies! I'm too stingy to shell out for the paid encoders at this point.  Maybe if I get a liquid nitrogen cooled TV or something I'll think about it. smiley

If you tried any of the paid encoders you'd be very disappointed. I've tried them all and HC is equivalent or better in every situation.
1631  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Alt-tab replacement ? on: June 21, 2009, 09:49:24 PM
Personally, I think the best Alt+Tab replacement software is Windows 7. Wink
1632  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of the best available software on: June 21, 2009, 09:17:44 AM
Quote from: muntealb
I have done it a year ago, maybe it is time to do it again...

Maybe you need some "report this link as broken" links...or at least a "report a link as broken" on each page. At least then people could give you a head's up when a link is dead.
1633  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
1634  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
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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.

1635  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.
1636  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...
1637  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.
1638  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.
1639  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
1640  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.
1641  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.

1642  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
1643  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.
1644  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.
1645  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.
1646  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.
1647  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.
1648  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
1649  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.
1650  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.
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