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1626  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need help sorting my photos on: July 03, 2009, 02:06:48 PM
Picasa supposedly does facial recognition, but it's been years since I looked at that program.
1627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 03, 2009, 02:01:31 PM
There are minimum requirements to run Aero. If I am remembering correctly you need a DX9-capable graphics card with 256MB of RAM.
1628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: July 03, 2009, 02:00:09 PM
Here's my Norton anecdote....someone about a year ago brought me a PC to look at that had the latest version of Norton with the latest version of the signature updates, i.e. it was up-to-the-minute versions and it said everything was safe and secure.

By the time I gave the PC back I had cleaned off well over 3,000 viruses and malware. Norton had missed them all.
1629  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: July 03, 2009, 01:55:29 PM
Fortunately, everyone I know with a PC either knows what they are doing or they know to leave things alone with an "if it's not broke don't try to fix it" mentaiity.
1630  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5 [FINAL] on: July 03, 2009, 01:54:13 PM
I don't like to force extensions to work because while sometimes there's no reason why they shouldn't work with a new version of Firefox sometimes there is and browser instability will result.

Which extensions are you having problems with? We may be able to point you in the direction of extensions that do the same thing that will work with 3.5.
1631  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Torrent Giant, The Pirate Bay sold, will go legal on: July 03, 2009, 01:51:37 PM
Quote from: Carol Haynes
I suspect all they really bought is the name. I can't see how they could begin to adapt TPB's business model into a legitimate commercial enterprise.

There is no way to legitimize TPB's business model for the reasons I outlined earlier in this thread. I also fail to see how there could be much value to the name, either. The Pirate Bay doesn't exactly invoke images of someone I'd trust handing over my credit card info and hope they'd give me good value for my money.

There's value in the domain name, but they are only going to have one shot at grabbing the attention of people who are used to getting something for nothing and convince them to pay for what they are used to getting for free.
1632  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: July 03, 2009, 01:46:15 PM
That explains why I didn't see it. I don't use the Daemon Tools Panel at all. Silly me, I thought everything that was in the Panel was also in the tray menu.

Thanks for the step-by-step, 4wd.
1633  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5 [FINAL] on: July 02, 2009, 10:49:34 AM
Quote from: cyberdiva
I guess I won't know until I try, but I won't try for a while yet, until it's likely that the extensions I care about will work.  Sometimes I hate progress!

Manually check yourself for updates to your extensions. There have been a ton of silent updates on http://addons.mozilla.org where the ability to work with 3.5 has been added, but the version number was not bumped so the Addons auto-update won't catch them.

Also check authors' web sites. There were two extensions I use that had been updated to work with 3.5, but they weren't on http://addons.mozilla.org and auto-update wasn't catching them, either.
1634  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox 3.5 [FINAL] on: July 02, 2009, 10:46:05 AM
Personally, I'd most likely settle for everything moving from Flash to Silverlight. It seems to be much lighter on resources than Flash.
1635  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: CD archive and copying on: July 02, 2009, 10:44:08 AM
Interesting....learn something new every day. Thanks for pointing that out.

But how do you actually do it? I don't see any menu options to do it.
1636  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Truely amazing piece of animation art on: July 02, 2009, 10:41:08 AM
Quote from: 40hz
I used the DownThemAll extension in Firefox to grab it. But in Firefox, you can also go to the Tools menu, open up PageInfo; then look under the Media tab to find civilization_final.mov; and do a SaveAs from there.

And the FlashGot extension allows you to grab it with the download manager of your choice.
1637  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is it time to start a new AntiVirus/Internet Security Suite review thread? on: July 02, 2009, 10:33:15 AM
ThE WiZ,
I have always tried to like Avira. They seem to be a very professional company with very high detection rates of threats, but their downfall on my system is every time I scan my drives with their software I get hundreds (no exaggeration) of false positives. Until they can get that under control I don't think I can ever see myself using their products seriously.

Please do yourself (and your PC) a huge favor and stay away from Norton products. When the Bad Guys program their nasties the first security products they always target is Norton's. They target Norton's weaknesses to elude detection and often program in ways to turn off or sabotage any Norton products you have installed.

If that's not bad enough the uninstall routine for Norton's programs will leave hundreds upon hundreds of files and registry entries all across your system. It's so bad that Symantec released a special uninstall program to fight that problem, but even it leaves a ton of stuff behind.

Once you install a Norton product on your system even if you uninstall it later your PC will never be the same.
1638  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander: Tips, Tricks, and Tweaks on: July 02, 2009, 10:26:51 AM
Quote from: fenixproductions
Thanks for the info but I know I had some reasons (I don't recall them now) for staying with RARcolumns when RarInfo had appeared.

If you remember what the reason was let me know. I haven't used that plugin yet.

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BTW You don't need to point plugins at me Wink I have 1GB repository of such.

1 GB? When the average plugin size is about 300 KB, that's a ton of plugins. What's the reason for keeping your own personal repository of such a large amount? I'm curious.
1639  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is your prefered source of registry tweaks? on: July 02, 2009, 10:23:29 AM
Quote from: MilesAhead
You never learn if you never take a risk.  Just back up what you can. It's your machine after all!!(just don't practice while accessing my online banking please) smiley

I wholeheartedly agree! Most of what I know has been self-taught, but my words of warning were strictly for the newbies & inexperienced. If they screw up their registries it's highly doubtful they are going to have the skill to fix it. Which means annoying a friend to beg them to come over to fix it or it's a trip to the repair shop and a costly repair bill.

Advice to the inexperienced regarding the registry: Always research first what you are thinking about changing. Don't always assume the change you are about to make that seems logical always is.
1640  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 02, 2009, 10:20:12 AM
johnk, moving to the classic theme negates a big speed advantage of Win7 if you have decent graphics cards in your PCs as the new Aero theme harnesses the unused power of your graphics cards to dramatically speed up the UI.

Yes, if you change Win7 to look and act just like Win95 then there's no incentive to upgrade. However, give the default setup a chance for a week. I think you'd find yourself at the end of that time being very reluctant to turn off the enhancements. Aero Peek, Aero Shake, Super Bar, etc. are very nice once you have gotten used to them.

Personal anecdote time...I had to work on a Windows XP PC a week or so ago and it was a frustrating experience as all the UI enhancements and speed weren't there. After working on that PC for an hour I knew there was no way I could go back to WinXP.

I have a friend who thinks a lot like you. Once I 'forced' him to 'endure' the full Windows 7 experience for a few days he's now happily grooving along enjoying Win7. Only thing he's mad about is I didn't 'force' him to do it sooner.
1641  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is There Anyway???? on: July 02, 2009, 10:10:50 AM
moranacus,
Sometimes those apps such as WOT get a little overzealous with their warnings & issue warnings based on moral reasons (Ooo...best keep the user away from anything that might be used illegally like anti-DRM software) rather than actual security reaosons (there being drive-by trojans on the site).

Due to the way TunBite works make sure you are running it on the PC where the videos work and not on the PC where the videos do not work.

And thank the MPAA for the lack of places where you can buy DRM-free videos.
1642  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."
1643  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
1644  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.
1645  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
1646  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.
1647  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
1648  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.
1649  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
1650  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.
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