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I've read good things about Tom's eTextReader at for Windows; FBReader in linux

General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have Windows Programs
« on: December 24, 2009, 02:16 PM »
For 32-bit Windows:

Cheyenne BitWare (aging telephone answering software)
Image for Windows
Sandboxie (no preference in browsers so long as they play well with Sandboxie)
Screenshot Captor
Ad Muncher
ClipMate (v4.5!)

Living Room / New Search Combo Site
« on: December 23, 2009, 12:31 PM »
This is interesting. I heard about a search site on NPR that features results from Bing and Google, side-by-side. Check out

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 22, 2009, 04:36 PM »
Eudora was always pretty good.

Not perfect, but the new beta is still pretty good.  8)

Very minor stuff still needs attention though: the Eudora beta forgets that it's supposed to always start in the inbox (e.g., if you close after perusing a different email folder once, Eudora beta remembers to start in that folder for the next few startups). No show stoppers though.

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 22, 2009, 12:21 PM »
Any reasons to switch yet ?  I definitely do not want to lose the robust
filtering and any searching capabilities, or any stability.

I think I would delay any switch yet. I've encountered some minor stability issues on two machines that took some time to surface (as might be expected with a beta version). I started testing Sylpheed's beta for comparison and it is superior IMHO. (Sylpheed takes a little getting used to though.)

Found Deals and Discounts / iPrint v6 is Freeware!
« on: December 22, 2009, 11:27 AM »
Yesterday iPrint v6 was released free for business and/or personal use at

I've been using it for several months and it's rock solid on WinXP. A really decent way to save on printing costs. :Thmbsup:

Screenshot - 12_22_2009 , 11_52_36 AM_thumb.png

General Software Discussion / Re: Printliminator
« on: December 19, 2009, 05:32 PM »
Thanks for the heads up about PrintWhatYouLike. I will check it out.

General Software Discussion / Re: Printliminator
« on: December 19, 2009, 04:59 PM »
I really like this kind of software (saves me considerable on toner). aardvark works great in Firefox, but its bookmarklet is problematic in Opera. Fortunately, Printliminator works OK in Opera.

General Software Discussion / Printliminator
« on: December 18, 2009, 06:21 AM »
I mostly use aardvark (that I found through a recommendation in this forum) before printing. Now there's a new one at  8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 17, 2009, 08:24 AM »
"Eudora 8" is based on Thunderbird v3 (not TB v2) + Penelope.

Now I'm scratching my head about the incompatible Adblock extension. Since I use ad muncher on my main machine it is not an immediate problem. Possibly this is just an issue with the beta version.

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 17, 2009, 07:56 AM »
The name Eudora 8 is a mistake - it's actually Thunderbird v2(I doubt its v3)  + Penelope extension to make it resemble Eudora v7.

Well, I guess that explains why Eudora chokes on recent Thunderbird extensions (e.g., AdblockPlus).

Anyway, thanks for the heads up about MailForge.

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 17, 2009, 06:46 AM »
Back in the day Eudora was indeed payware. $40 if I remember correctly.

$40! How times change. Eudora's new beta sports some interface tweaks that I like--such as no solo tabs--but no sea change from Thunderbird 3.

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 16, 2009, 06:14 PM »
Back in the day, I think Eudora was payware so I used Outlook Express. Now Eudora is open source.  :Thmbsup:

The Bat! was also high on my list of apps to try.  (I may still take it for a spin.)

General Software Discussion / Re: Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 16, 2009, 05:51 PM »
I wonder if it actually makes sense to further develop this one.

Not sure. For me, Eudora's GUI makes enough of a difference to keep it on my machines. There's a recent review at and a feature list at http://www.softpedia...Clients/Eudora.shtml

General Software Discussion / Eudora 8.0b7
« on: December 16, 2009, 01:34 PM »
I didn't especially care for the new Thunderbird interface in WinXP (I use claws in linux) so I downloaded Eudora 8.0b7 at

This Eudora beta is built on Thunderbird anyway, but I *really* like it. :-*  No stability issues here and very easy to configure.

I can't believe there isn't an Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala thread yet.

I've been experimenting with the minimal install suggested at for karmic and my pc really flies (Dell Dimension 3000; 3 GHz; 1 GB RAM).  :Thmbsup:

Frankly, I triple boot this machine (WinXP, CrunchBang & Ubuntu 9.10). For ordinary surfing--read: security--you can't beat linux; OTOH, some online video really works better from a WinXP platform (e.g., divx). Moreover, certain applications like BitWare, Spider, etc., keep me booting up WinXP everyday as well.

« on: November 08, 2009, 08:07 AM »
I'm beginning to shop for another mouse for my Dell Dimension 3000 box (WinXP & linux). Anyway, I stumbled across  ;D

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: October 16, 2009, 11:05 PM »
"Beginning the Linux Command Line" by Sander van Vugt

Scott Granneman's "Linux Phrasebook" wet my appetite, and Sander's book gets under the hood without being overwhelming.

General Software Discussion / Re: Will Win7 last as long as XP?
« on: September 13, 2009, 08:10 AM »
(a) No. I like linux, but applications like BitWare have nothing comparable in linux so I run two WinXP boxes as well.
(b) Win7 looks pretty good. I expect MS will keep it around for awhile.
(c) definitely only when I need another machine

BitsduJour is offering the fantastic clipboard manager ClipMate for $19.95 today.

Thanks for the heads up. I'm still using ClipMate v4.5 on my WinXP box.  :Thmbsup:

It may be time for an upgrade.

Chrome is my default browser for WinXP (even though I mostly use Firefox 3.5.1 with Sandboxie & noscript for casual surfing). Nothing beats Chrome in my experience for speed when I access my email newsletter/webzine links from Google via Thunderbird.

Living Room / Re: portable air conditioning - any good?
« on: June 15, 2009, 04:45 PM »
Since Summer arrives next week in the USA I figured it'd be OK to revive an old thread and post a great link. Check out http://www.builditso...sementAirCooling.htm

Fran's method won't work for everybody, but it sure works here. I built a prototype for a few bucks about three weeks ago.  ;D

Living Room / Re: What's your favorite drink?
« on: June 11, 2009, 07:59 PM »
Stash Organic Earl Grey Black & Green Tea

I'll check on 9.04 again after it goes final.

Jaunty installed fine on my IBM Intellistation Z Pro.  :Thmbsup:

This is an amazing release.

Anyone have any insight, experiences or suggestions?

I upgraded my Dell Dimension 3000 from intrepid to jaunty this week. Everything was cool until I went to the Archeology Channel. The upgrade borked my multimedia big-time. Flash was easy enough to fix; I installed RealPlayer and that took care of anything with real or wmv format; mpg format (among others), however, was a no-go. Consulted the forums--nothing.

OTOH, the experience was not altogether negative: I wiped the drive and installed CrunchBang. Totally works.  :Thmbsup:

(I'll check on 9.04 again after it goes final.)

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