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1626  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox --3.5-- Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 16, 2009, 11:02:23 AM
Has anyone been playing with Ubiquity?

I tried installing it, but it didn't work properly. I don't know if it that's because I'm running over 30 extensions and something is interfering with it or because my Firefox profile is very old being used from Firefox version to Firefox version and from one OS install to the next for many years. I just didn't have the energy to sort it out.
1627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 16, 2009, 10:59:06 AM
The problem, Justice, is Microsoft cannot implement change too fast or there is going to be a lot of consumer backlash both from individuals and businesses. In order to move to that next generation of desktop OSes things are going to have to be planned carefully or a lot of people are going to be sitting around with $1,500 worth of Adobe software that won't work with their new OS and something like that would make the rally cries against Vista look tame.

Let's look at the last time Microsoft radically changed Windows. That was when Windows 95 was released and there were a LOT of programs that didn't work with the new OS because they either used outdated Windows API calls or were DOS-based. Yeah, a lot of people still used DOS back then because Windows 3.x wasn't a viable solution for a lot of people.

But I digress...back then there was some outcry and gnashing of teeth, but people made the switch with their apps because there was a lot to gain from doing so. Pre-emptive multi-tasking, improved performance due to software being 32-bit, unified GUI interface, Windows finally being a real full-fledged OS instead of sitting on top of DOS, etc.

If Microsoft wants people to move over/up to The Next Great Thing they are going to need a laundry list of advantages like that or people aren't going to make the move.

And to address your last point, yes you could say that any Windows version after XP are refinements of the same concepts, but only if you are talking about the concept of Windows itself. Once you start talking about the code-base, however, you will find that although Vista and Win7 have very similar GUIs to WinXP a lot of the underlying code under the hood has been rewritten and optimized for performance and security.

Warning: personal anecdote ahead! While the GUIs of Vista and Win7 seem to be very similar to XP on first glance there's a LOT more usability stuffed in nooks and crannies that help you get a lot more out of the user interface than one did with XP. I've been running Win7 since pre-beta builds exclusively and just last week I had to work on a WinXP and it was extremely frustrating. Sure, I could get my tasks done, but I kept looking for the new Win7 shortcuts to doing things and not finding them. It seems like Microsoft is back on track again & I'm really looking forward to seeing what Win8 will bring us in 2 or so years.
1628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan on: July 16, 2009, 10:26:20 AM
A lot of those programs have been UPX-packed or whatever to obfuscate the code so their "competitors" can't see how they achieve their neat tricks. Unfortunately, some AV products flag anything that's been packed like that as a generic trojan because the trojan writers like to use those packers as well.

Even Linkman, the very reputable program that's been discussed on this site throws up a "suspicious program" flag in a lot of AVs because it's been packed.
1629  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is online access a right or a privilege? on: July 13, 2009, 10:36:40 PM
Yes, the schools should be doing what they can to level the playing field, but that takes tax payer dollars and in this economy with ever-tightening belts and ever-shrinking budgets that means having to try to do a lot with little or no resources.

There's unfortunately no easy answer to this problem & looks like there won't be any sort of easy answer for a long, long time.
1630  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan on: July 13, 2009, 10:33:07 PM
All good advice, Mouser, but the OP was concerned about files downloaded from GameCopyWorld a site that doesn't have any user-posted files. All files are provided by the site owner(s).
1631  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 1st Person Shooter Disease on: July 13, 2009, 10:30:24 PM
I'm one of the odd few PC gamers who don't see the allure of first person shooters. I'd rather play just about anything else.

However, I did play the heck out of Oblivion and Fallout, but those aren't the garden variety FPSes.
1632  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 13, 2009, 12:18:59 PM
Quote from: Eóin
No x64 versions of Windows have been able to run 16bit apps I believe

That's what I thought, but I erred on the side of sticking with what I knew for sure. My PC doesn't have the capability to run a 64-bit OS so I don't know as much as I should about those yet.

I'm waiting to see what i5 brings us...
1633  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Generic.dx Trojan on: July 13, 2009, 12:15:03 PM
The world would be a happier place if people would just stop using Norton and McAfee's products. No good ever comes of it.

Just so you know, Mystic-One, I download files from a LOT to circumvent the downright intrusive copy-protection on some games and I have never had a problem with anything I've downloaded from them. I'd rate them to be a trustworthy site.
1634  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Actual Window Manager mini review on: July 13, 2009, 12:08:02 PM
Alex, thank you for your attention to this matter. I cannot speak for Tranglos, but I bet if you were to offer to privately send him a debugging version to test he'd probably be more than happy to do so. Then you'd be able to analyze the data it logs and come up with a solution.
1635  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 11, 2009, 04:17:15 PM
Quote from: tslim
My biggest hatre of Vista is it won't let any 16bits program to go fullscreen be it text mode application or grphical games...
Hope Win7  will lift this restriction...

I wouldn't hold my breath. 16-bit applications are on the way out. You can't even run 16-bit apps on a 64-bit Win7 I have heard.

Just out of curiosity, what 16-bit app are you holding onto so dearly that makes you want to run a program that's got to be at least 14 years old?
1636  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 7 evaluation on: July 11, 2009, 04:14:43 PM
Quote from: mahesh2k
but what are the personal observations you got after trying Win 7 beta ?

My personal observation after having installed Win7 on a few different PCs of varying ages and capabilities is that if your PC ran WinXP well it will run Win7 well. If you have a fast Aero-capable video card like me then you may find, also like me, that Win7 runs faster on your PC than WinXP did.
1637  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Actual Window Manager mini review on: July 11, 2009, 04:10:11 PM
I haven't run Actual Windows Manager in quite some time, but what tranglos says rings true in my mind. I rarely turn off my PC and I seem to recall that the AWM weirdness always showed up after letting it run for a couple/few days straight with no reboots.
1638  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is online access a right or a privilege? on: July 11, 2009, 03:56:40 PM
Internet access is a privilege, but it should be a right and the only reason I say this is because I have a real life example.

I have some nieces and nephews that live in the puckered sphincter of nowhere with no internet access. They have a hard time of it sometimes keeping up with their school-mates because they don't have the access to online research sources that their peers do.

Living quite a ways from a public library is a real downer when their parents work during library hours so they have to rely on non-parental ways to get to the library after school hours.
1639 Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: McAfee again. Don't ask. on: July 11, 2009, 03:50:44 PM
Nobody should have to use McAfee. Ever.
1640  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none on: July 11, 2009, 03:41:04 PM
Quote from: cyberdiva
All I know is that I'm forever installing and moving and renaming and uninstalling files/programs/whatever, and given how I use the computer, I tend to think that using a Registry Cleaner can be helpful.  But I don't know enough to be certain about this.

All I can tell you is of my own personal experiences. I am a software junkie. If I have a software need (yes, need, dang it!) I will relentlessly search till I have found every program that will fulfill that need & I will end up installing a bunch of those till I finally have the one I consider to be best. I do this for every program I have on my PC. Sadly, it doesn't end there. Every few months I go check out all the new developments in programs and if they look like they can usurp my current choice I install them to give them a try out.

Everything I don't keep, of course, is uninstalled. Compound this phenomena with dabbling in PC games (I'll install games, try them out and after I've beat them or gotten bored with them they are uninstalled) my registry probably has a cubic butt-load of irrelevant obsolete entries.

I never do any registry maintenance and I don't have any program compatibility problems nor does my system run any slower than when I first installed my OS.

Actually, the only problems I have on my system from time to time are those evil little programs you install that covertly commandeer all your file associations behind your back. Fortunately, there aren't as many of those as there used to be and UAC blocks almost all of the remaining offenders.

Side note: Though I have never used it I have heard wonderful things about Total Uninstaller. If someone were looking for something that does what edbro talks about in his post then Total Uninstaller would be the first one I'd try.
1641  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the Best Movie Collection Organizer Program on: July 06, 2009, 12:18:27 PM
I don't use any...but way back when I had noble intentions of keeping track of all my movies I bought eXtreme Movie Manager. The reasons I picked his over any of the others are many. First, he's one of the hardest working software authors I have ever seen bending over backwards to make his users happy. That much is evident from reading his forums.

Next, for what it does and the amount of work he has put into it he asks a mere pittance. Not only that, but he's insane enough to offer that price as a one-time fee with lifetime updates. Another plus for this program is that the author has built in this very powerful scripting engine that will allow users to get movie information from a wealth of sites. Did something on your favorite movie site change and now the program won't get information anymore? No need to wait for an update to the program. Grab a new version of your desired script from the forum or from the update function in the program.

The last reason I chose this program is it's not hard-coded for physical media. Most movie collection organizers have no provision for movies that are not physical media like DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. If you have rips stored on an HTPC or media server this program keeps track of them. You can even keep track of the accompanying movie trailers as well on your media if you're a movie trailer kind of person.
1642  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none on: July 06, 2009, 12:06:38 PM
Since you asked, jv16 is more aggressive with its search results and marks those that it thinks are most likely safe for deleting.

CCleaner is more conservative in its results and only marks those that it knows for a fact are safe for deleting.

There is no real reason to clean your registry unless you are OCD about it or there is something in there that is seriously screwing up your system. Since the registry is in a database format doing thinks like cleaning, optimizing, shrinking, compressing or whatever fancy names these programs put on their functions will not gain you any speed-up at all when your OS accesses it.

1643  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Map a Drive via SFTP on: July 06, 2009, 12:00:25 PM
I noticed that the Mac version of the software is v2.0 while the PC version is just at v1.83 so hopefully that means the missing features on the PC side will be coming if/when they release a v2.0 for the PC especially now that they have changed the product name to match the Mac version.
1644  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Square Enix's New Take on Tower Defense: My Life as a Dark Lord on: July 06, 2009, 11:58:36 AM
I read about this game just this morning. The article was pointing out that while the game costs only $10 the game is based on micro-transactions if you want to have access to everything and the micro-transactions cost more than the game itself ($12 if you buy them all).
1645  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Map a Drive via SFTP on: July 04, 2009, 06:10:42 PM
Seems like if you want something like this AND require drive letter mapping there are only two products capable of this.

SFTPDrive is now called ExpanDrive. I checked out the Mac product page and the video showing off the Mac features looked really cool.
1646  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PE Explorer 50% OFF - DC Member Special on: July 04, 2009, 04:59:28 PM
I have no need for either of these, but bravo, Yuri! No one can say you are unresponsive to requests.
1647  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AntispamSniper For The Bat! on: July 04, 2009, 04:57:31 PM
Quote from: Vetaltm
A link to this article is already on the plug-in's webpage, so anyone can read your review as a complementary description.

Oh, wow! That's so cool...not only am I now famous, but hopefully I'll be able to bring in some cross-traffic to both your site and DonationCoder.

And there's no need to thank me. You have one of the most powerful anti-spam programs around, IMHO. I'm just happy I was able to shine a little spotlight on it to bring it to the attention of others.
1648  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Why is it so hard to find a decent image organizer? on: July 04, 2009, 12:16:58 PM
A thank you to Mr.G for bumping this thread as I must have missed it the first time around.

I had never heard of ExifPro before and this is the first viewer I've ever seen that is good enough to threaten ACDSee's spot on my computer. My needs are different than most here. I'm not a photographer so I'm not in much need of DAM, but over the years I have collected (hoard might be a much better term) many pictures that have struck me on way or the other so fast viewing and efficient sorting are my two major bullet points when evaluating an image viewer.

ACDSee circa v3 was very fast and efficient. Circa v5 and v6 ushered in an era of slowness for the app. Around v8 the developers appeared to have learned from their mistakes and the speed was back. With the latest versions I'm starting to feel the slowness starting to creep back in.

It's still too early to tell yet, but ExifPro is a breath of fresh air. It's as fast as ACDSee ever was and after playing around with it for 15 minutes or so I was painfully aware of how much ACDSee is starting to lumber.

As a side note, I tried the new ACDSee Pro v3 beta and the whole experience just screamed to me, "Moving in the wrong direction!".
1649  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: AntispamSniper For The Bat! on: July 04, 2009, 12:05:45 PM
Vetaltm, I do hope my mini-review drummed up some business for you and helped get the word out on a wonderful (and powerful) plugin.
1650  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Advice for Testing USB Sticks and Data Recovery Tools on: July 04, 2009, 12:04:08 PM
Then I'll be keeping that tool in mind if/when I get another flash drive. Right now I have an 8GB Sandisk Contour and the only way I can see myself replacing it is if it were lost or I outgrow it.
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