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1626  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for P2p file sharing for personal use on: June 14, 2009, 02:52:57 PM
From the homepage, kartal:

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One synchronization software provides all these solutions

    * Sync data between your desktop PC and laptop (notebook).
    * Replicate and back-up data between your home and office computers.
    * Synchronize more than two directories.
    * Update and back-up files over a local network or the Internet.
1627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help/Advice with TrueCrypt (and free space wiping)? on: June 14, 2009, 12:34:23 PM
Modern-day forensic data recovery software is making remarkable strides in being able to recover data on drives that have been wiped. However, if you come across someone with such software and they have a keen interest in what is on your encrypted volume you will have far larger worries than worrying about someone checking out your passwords.

As long as you are not doing anything illegal you should be fine with a standard wipe. I recommending using DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke).
1628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: June 14, 2009, 12:28:50 PM
No extension recommendations at the moment because I am redoing my Firefox setup, but working on this project this morning reminded me of two tips that every Firefox user should keep in mind.

1. Do a fresh, clean re-install of Firefox every once in a while or at least start fresh with a new profile. Over time extensions leave obsolete files and settings behind and uninstalling extensions doesn't always remove everything that was added when they were installed.

2. Every so often set aside some time to go look at the homepages of the extensions you are using. Some extensions don't have auto-update routines set up properly so new versions may get released and you'll never be notified. I found three extensions this morning that had new versions that the Addons dialog's "Find Updates" function never knew existed.
1629  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 14, 2009, 12:23:15 PM
Fenix, I have downloaded that file a while back and Clo has done a very good job of explaining things more at length than the default help file. Everyone should read this one through at least once.
1630  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for P2p file sharing for personal use on: June 14, 2009, 12:20:25 PM
How about Allway Sync then? Free for personal use and the only limitation is being limited to syncing 40,000 files in a 30-day period. Syncs across local networks and the internet.

http://allwaysync.com/
1631  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Betamax — a large-scale fraud? on: June 13, 2009, 02:02:48 PM
And here I clicked on this thread expecting to see some long-overdue and past-its-prime-to-do-any-good complaint about a long-dead videotape format from the '80s.
1632  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: June 13, 2009, 09:55:29 AM
So very true, f0dder. One misstep in the registry and your computer is not going to boot anymore. 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 for most things and mucking around in there when you only have half a clue (I'm looking at you, Black Viper!) is just going to degrade system performance.

Back in the days of Windows 3.11 and Win95, sure...if you wanted a decent performing system you were tweaking the crap out of the registry, but these days it's just not needed unless you have specific wants/needs.
1633  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: June 13, 2009, 09:49:09 AM
Quote from: Shades
Everybody here forgot about 'V'? (Aliens who take over the world)
It was well done for the times this show aired.

What are the odds you'd post that on the same day a friend of mine just emailed me this:

http://abc.go.com/fallpre...=rm&cid=rm+google+v+v

That's right. They are going to re-imagine the classic sci-fi TV series (their words) and it's going to be aired sometime in the future. ABC says it's part of the fall lineup, but IMDB says don't expect it till 2010. The clip on the above link looks good, though.

Since they are using the word 're-imagine' I'm thinking they are looking to cash in like the Sci-Fi Channel did when they 're-imagined' the old 70s TV series Battlestar Galactica.
1634  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for P2p file sharing for personal use on: June 13, 2009, 09:42:27 AM
katal, the core engine is freeware & I think it only costs money to use if you use it with the LogMeIn service. You can always get an older version from FileHippo or OldVersions from before LogMeIn bought them out.
1635  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Postbox - a new Mozilla-based email client on: June 12, 2009, 09:51:43 PM
I've got nothing against Eudora. I used it for a long time, but stopped right after 4.0 and I moved on to PMMail 2000 for a long time. Looking back I must have really been odd...first I was using Eudora (a Mac program ported to the PC) and then moved to PMMail 2000 (an OS/2 program ported to the PC).

The secret to finding the best email program is you have to find one that works the way you do and has the same workflow reading/sorting/deleting mail you do.

1636  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 12, 2009, 09:40:24 PM
Quote from: fenixproductions
FAR went open source and is still up to date.

Good to hear. I stand corrected on the issue of FAR's development status, but everything else I said still stands.
1637  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for P2p file sharing for personal use on: June 12, 2009, 09:37:10 PM
Hamachi.
1638  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: June 12, 2009, 09:35:12 PM
Don't try to use Black Viper's suggestions if you are going to use your PC in any kind of decent-sized network.

A former co-worker thought he'd optimize his workstation using Black Viper's guide. He optimized his way into not being able to see any of the file servers or be able to print to any of the network printers. That was a fun day...
1639  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: xplorer² file manager - $14.95 - Bits Du Jour 6/17/2009 - WEDNESDAY on: June 12, 2009, 10:15:36 AM
Some thoughts...

This discount is a good price. However, checking the author's web site states that your purchase entitles you to upgrades and support for one year. Lifetime support and upgrades is an additional $19.95. If Bits du Jour can get us a discount on the full lifetime deal than this may be a must buy. If one still has to shell out $14.95 plus the additional $19.95 the must-buy rating drops to a solid meh.

While I was rambling around the author's site I ran across an announcement for a bug-fix update to his program to work with Windows 7.

http://www.zabkat.com/blo...n09-windows7-explorer.htm

I understand a new OS comes out and a few things in your program need to be tweaked. I also understand his position of "Windows Explorer bad. Xplorer2 good." However, he loses me when he gets down to the part where he's blaming deficiencies in his program on Vista and Microsoft.

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The latest build taps into most of the new W7 features including libraries. It remains to be seen if they have fixed the vista bugs that intermittently crashed xplorer² during drag-drop.

Excuse me? I have used tons of programs with Windows Vista and at least a dozen were file managers and not a single one crashed during a drag-and-drop operation. Never. If everybody else's program is working fine and yours isn't the maybe it's a bug in YOUR code, Mr. Xplorer2 Author.

Reading the comments for this announcement was also an enlightening experience as well. One of his registered users had this to say in reply to this announcement:

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I think you have reached a point in your life where you have started to resist change. Compared to early years of X2, in past few years Xplorer2 development has really slowed down and most of releases are just bug fixes. You require lot of convincing to add anything new or resist any X2 code rewrite. For any new feature request you suggest workarounds. You blame MS for change but MS is not going to stop innovating. As MS moves ahead some old things will break and its up to the old apps to do the catch up to stay current.

You may have your personal reasons and I may be wrong in my assumptions but as a long time X2 user this is what I feel and wanted to speak out.

I'm sorry, but I really don't see myself rushing into that kind of a relationship with a software author. If I want to surround myself with people who are resistant to suggestions and change I'll go hang around my workplace.  Grin
1640  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 12, 2009, 09:47:53 AM
Steven,
The reason why the level of enthusiasm is so high is first and foremost because of the capabilities of the program. Right after installing it the amount of tools and functions at your disposal is vast. Once you start adding plugins the amount goes from vast to near limitless in a hurry. Properly configured its abilities are near unmatched in file management on any computing platform ever.

The second reason is of course because of Total Commander's author. His vision of what a file manager should be started well over ten years ago and that he has been able to keep his code-base well-maintained to the point that even now ten years later he's able to add new features with ease to his code should be a testament to his programming ability. He, unlike other file manager authors, takes a very keen interest in what his users think weighing each suggestion they make very carefully rather than just dismissing it out of hand like other authors.

If you commit to learning Total Commander's power you may find yourself with more hard drive space as you uninstall programs because you no longer need them as TC does it as well or better than those stand-alone apps.

The only file manager that I can think of off-hand that rivals TC in features is FAR as it had huge amounts of plugins available for it as well, but it has been abandoned by its author last I heard.
1641  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: linux hater is back? on: June 12, 2009, 09:32:26 AM
Interesting read...Linux was never my thing & while I have heard about Linux on the desktop for years it has finally come to pass, but not in the way that was predicted.

My NAS and my router both run Linux & they both sit upon my desk so in a way Linux has finally reached my desktop, but I don't think I'm going to be running KDE or Gnome anytime soon.
1642  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MP3 Info Extension? on: June 12, 2009, 08:58:57 AM
Mirage84, sounds like Vista has trouble with some variable bit-rate files. Hopefully, that's fixed in Win7.
1643  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 12, 2009, 08:56:42 AM
Quote from: fenixproductions
Personally I switched this bar off few years ago Wink

So did I...which probably explains why I just learned that trick. I didn't know there was more functionality than meets the eye when it came to this bar, but....I should have known better. Christian always has a trick up his sleeve.
1644  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: June 11, 2009, 03:51:31 PM
Here's a Total Commander tip that I just learned the other day.

If you right click on the "F8  Delete" button on the button bar at the bottom of the TC window it brings up the Recycle Bin context menu!
1645  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MP3 Info Extension? on: June 11, 2009, 12:02:21 PM
Andy, I understand what you're saying and that you're trying to be helpful, but all I'm hearing is "blah blah blah...quit being lazy!"  Grin

No, seriously, that's a good idea & once I set that up in Total Commander I'll be sorted. I'll just miss the icons, though. There was one alternate theme (definitely NOT the default) that had absolutely gorgeous icons for all the different bit-rates.

Hopefully, one day someone will adapt that differing icon ability to Vista/Win7.
1646  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Total Commander licence - "Run for it event" on: June 11, 2009, 11:59:09 AM
Congrats to you, Tomos! I think you'll enjoy your winnings. Total Commander is one of the most powerful programs I have ever seen. Every time I find a need for a program to do something very specific & I'm sure nobody has written a program to do suck a task usually a little searching on the Total Commander forum will reveal that TC can not only do what I was looking to do, but do it better than I expected.
1647  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: Free Total Commander licences on: June 11, 2009, 11:55:42 AM
No need for apologizing regarding something that was beyond your control. A person cannot rightly complain about the speed in which one is getting something free.

Thanks for organizing this, fenix, and sticking with it all the way through.
1648  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ghost in the machine? XP wants to re-activate. on: June 11, 2009, 10:07:29 AM
Quote from: Carol Haynes
I have also had the same problem after removing security software (can't remember which one off hand)!

Some security software do their thing by installing virtual network adapters to route all traffic through for monitoring which, when you uninstall it, has the same effect as when you enable or disable those unused network adapters you were talking about.
1649  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ghost in the machine? XP wants to re-activate. on: June 11, 2009, 10:05:26 AM
Here's my weird activation story...

I used to have a job where one of my job duties was to maintain all the company PCs on the premises. One day we have a power outage and when the power comes back up one of the Windows XP Pro machines was screaming about needing to be re-activated although it was activated before the outage.

I figure I'll deal with the re-activation later and do the mandatory scandisk on all the drives that we always do after power loss. This company was located out in the middle of BFE so power outages were frequent and although we have everything on UPSes we always try to verify data integrity after any unexpected event. Data loss is a bad thing.

Anyway, I tell Windows to scandisk all the drives, it reboots to do so, and I'm sitting there watching the process and according to the report there were no errors that needed fixed. After it boots back up, you guessed it, it was showing itself as activated again. This PC had no internet connection so I know it didn't re-activate itself, either.

Nowadays, I don't maintain anything but my own PCs and I keep all my licensed OS discs safely stored away and on my PCs I run the equivalent versions of those OSes that have had all the activation and WGA nonsense neutered. I have the warm feeling of not being a software pirate without having to deal with all the nonsense of being a legitimate customer.

I hear that the activation routines in Vista and Windows 7 are more forgiving, but MS had their chance. I'm not going to deal with activation and WGA if there's any way to do so.

1650  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: linux hater is back? on: June 11, 2009, 09:31:30 AM
He's back? I didn't even know he was gone. Or, more accurately, I don't know who he is. Care to fill us in on some backstory?
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