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Hey!  :)

Another "lost one" here. You can strike out my name from the list :D

It's true, I haven't been here for a while, but I'm glad to see that this great community is still going strong. Thank you Jesse for being the driving force behind it. And congratulations everyone for this 10th anniversary  :beerchug:

I'll try to come back more often and hopefully make a post or two before the 20th anniversary  :P

I just found this yesterday and thought it's awesome. It's a bookmarklet that automagically sends the main article of the web page you're browsing to your Kindle ... with exactly ONE click

Check it out!

Kindlebility home page

I didn't know about the free edition of Omnifind, Shades

Unfortunately, as you mentioned, it has been discontinued:
  • Effective September 22, 2010, this product is withdrawn from marketing.
  • Effective June 30, 2011, this product will be withdrawn from support.

Besides, its software requirements list give away its age:
Supported operating systems

    32-bit Red Hat Enterprise Linux Version 4, Update 3
    32-bit SUSE Linux Enterprise 10
    32-bit Windows XP SP2
    32-bit Windows 2003 Server SP1

Supported browsers

The administration console and the search page are browser-based. The following browsers are supported:

    Microsoft Internet Explorer 6
    Mozilla Firefox 1.5 and 2.0 (required for Linux installations)

Cookies must be enabled to use the administration console and the search page.

Definitely not cutting edge :)

Anyway, if you're currently using it and experience no issues with it, I would continue using it too. But I certainly wouldn't choose it for a new installation.

Apparently Omnifind Yahoo Edition was a victim of the Microsoft-Yahoo search agreement a couple of years back. It looks like IBM didn't quite like the idea of distributing a product which would have to include Microsoft's search engine (as a result of Yahoo dropping theirs): Yahoo deal puts IBM, Microsoft in enterprise search pickle

Looks indeed interesting, especially for the amount of items that can be stored in the search database.

The 10 million items figure is for the "Complete" installation, which assumes an independent SQL Server installation. The recommended limit for the "Stand alone" installation is about 300,000 items. Keep in mind that these are not hard limits, but recommended ones based on the performance of the database engine. So, in short, it's:
  • Complete installation of SS 2010 Express -> SQL Server -> up to 10 million items (aprox.)
  • Stand-alone installation of SS 2010 Express -> SQL Server Express -> up to 300,000 items (aprox.)

Do you know of any site/blog that did a benchmark test with several of the freely available LAN search engines?

No, I couldn't find benchmarks, but I did find a couple of pages with relevant info:
Bottom line:
quite simply if you don't want to shell out money Solr/Lucene or Fast (now MSSE) is really about the best you can do

A quick search in the forum returned no results about this Microsoft product. I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet here, so I decided to post about it.

Search Server 2010 Express is a standalone search server which is free and easy to deploy. It delivers powerful, web-style search across your corporate intranet sites quickly, easily, and for free. It can search all your content sources, including SharePoint sites, file shares (some file types require additional filters, see below), websites, Exchange Public Folders, and third party repositories.

Quote from Microsoft:
Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express is an enterprise search solution that is free to download, simple and flexible to configure, and powerful enough to meet your needs.

Full description of features: Microsoft Search Server Express

A feature comparison matrix of SS 2010 Express with its predecessor, Search Server 2008 Express, and also with Sharepoint Server 2010: Microsoft Search Server Express: Compare

And a couple of screenshots:



Search Server 2010 Express can be downloaded for free from this page: Download details: Microsoft Search Server 2010 Express
Software and hardware requirements are listed there too.

To complete this post, let me list some additional resources about SS 2010 Express:

So, is it really free? Surprisingly, yes. Of course you need a properly licensed Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Server 2008 R2 to install it on, plus the hardware requirements are hefty, but the software itself is completely free.

So far I have only found one caveat, which is only relevant if you decide to install SS 2010 Express on a domain controller.
There are two modes for installing Search Server 2010 Express:
  • Complete – allows you to specify a SQL Server installation
  • Stand-alone – automatically installs and configures an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Express (which is also free)
Of course, the second alternative is the easier (and cheaper!) one. BUT, when you install SS 2010 Express on a domain controller, only the first option is available, which means you already have to have a running SQL Server for SS 2010 Express to use it as its database engine.

All in all, a great free product for LAN search, which should be better known.

There's gotta be a catch somewhere (in the rye perhaps). - I did save the guy's .reg file on my thumbdrive just in case it catches me...  :D

I thought it was a catchER  ;) 
Very witty, though  :Thmbsup:

FavLoc 1.2.1 for Firefox 4, hard to find and not yet available at Mozilla:

 (see attachment in previous post)
The author is Addon Manager at Mozilla's.

I was a user of FavLoc up until I made the move to Firefox 4. I wasn't aware that there was a (semi-hidden) compatible version of FavLoc, which made me look for an alternative add-on that worked with Firefox 4. Luckily I found Save file To, which I now like even more than FavLoc.

There are many other add-ons to do full page capture.

Here's a vote for another such add-on: Abduction
Works great!

Curt, I don't know what exactly you're using Babylon for but I cover my dictionary/translation needs inside firefox with the following add-ons:
  • Wikilook: Leading dictionary lookup add-on. Fast, light, open source tool that define words for you without need to open new tabs or windows. Wiktionary & Wikipedia. Ctrl or Shift or Alt + RightMouseButton click. Now with thesaurus. 70+ languages supported!
  • Fast translation: Easy tranlation tool using Google Translate. Select text and right click to translate. Press CTRL+SHIFT+L to open translation window.
  • Globefish: Globefish assists users in reading and writing in a foreign language: (1) users can translate any foreign text simply by highlighting it; (2) users can compare usage frequency of different expressions to check errors and find a better expression.

Apparently the highly regarded (but not free) BeyondCompare is able to do both things. This thread from their forum explains how:

Posts 1 to 6 in that thread cover your first requirement (ignoring sizes and dates), while posts 7 and 8 cover the second, and trickier, requirement (ignoring file extensions)

Hope it helps

what I really want is people to be able to comment on my photos on *my* site with a Facebook account

Maybe you already know this, but just in case.
Apparently you can do what you want with Smugmug: Contact a Hero and Bug Fixes – February 12, 2009 « The SmugMug Blog :)

We took advantage of Facebook Connect so you can now login to your Facebook account when leaving a comment at SmugMug

I'm glad you found the information useful, JavaJones
I agree with your views about Facebook's Terms of Service regarding pictures. I also don't feel comfortable leaving my pics on facebook, but I don't go as far as deleting them regularly. I guess I'll just take my chances and hope they never choose one of my wild party pics for one of their ads :D

I really wish there were a better, unified alternative. Maybe something with Facebook Connect so my FB friends could easily comment, but with better ToS than FB itself. Hmm...

A couple of alternatives, using 23, that are not exactly what you want but come pretty close, I think:

  • When you post a photograph on, you have a "Post to facebook" button on each page so you can easily transfer that pic to your facebook wall and have your friends see it and comment. Afterwards, you can delete that posting from you wall and the original pic stays in 23
  • You could use a facebook RSS app, such as the popular RSS Grafitti, to automatically read your RSS feed at 23 (they do provide an RSS feed for each user) and publish those pictures to your facebook wall. Everything should be automatic. Every time you upload a pic to 23, that photograph would show up on your facebook wall. Of course, you can later delete that post from facebook if so you wish.

I haven't tried any of those alternatives myself but they should work without much trouble.

Have any of you considered self-hosting vs. the big hosted sites discussed here? If so, why did you decide against it?

It did cross my mind for a moment but I thought it'd be too much trouble to set up a full gallery application, on top of the required database, just to post pictures. Plus, I'd have to keep it secure and updated. Maybe I'm wrong and it's simpler than it looks, but I decided against it.
Anyway, here's a link to a comparison chart of photo gallery software at Wikipedia: Comparison of photo gallery software

I know I'm late with this reply (hopefully not late enough to be accused of necroposting :)), but I wanted to add some information that may be useful if someone finds this thread through a search.
I've been looking for a while for a good Flickr alternative that doesn't suffer from Flickr's shortcomings (censorship, only 200 pictures visible for free accounts, etc.), and I've reached a conclusion: while feature-wise there are indeed good, even better, alternatives to Flickr, community-wise there are none.
So, if sharing your pics with as many people as possible and participating in active discussion groups and commenting other people's work is important to you, you'll just have to put up with Flickr.

BUT, if those aspects are not essential to you, there are some great alternative, both free and paid. In the "paid" category, smugmug, phanfare and a few other sites are reportedly very good, but I didn't research them exhaustively because I was looking for a free alternative to Flickr.
In the "free" category, there are quite a lot of websites. Unfortunately, most of them lack features present in Flickr and/or are almost inactive. Here's a non-exhaustive list of photo sharing website from wikipedia: List of photo sharing websites

Let me quicky point out that I'm ignoring websites like Snapfish, Shutterfly, Webshots, etc. in this comparison because, although they are very popular, they have a different target audience.

Zooomr seemed to be a good site, but it looks like it's closed and won't reopen.
Ipernity, which was one of the websites evaluated by Tomos, is particularly good and would be one of my top 2 choices if it weren't for the fact that it seems to have been abandoned at some point during 2010. No new developments have been announced and the developer team's blog has no new posts since September 2010.

There are some other alternatives, but I wouldn't like to make this post too long, so I'll just jump to what I consider the best free photo sharing website: 23
Yes, that's the name: 23
It has basically all the features Flickr does, and probably some more (albums, slideshows, groups, tags, comments, calendar, etc.). The only restriction for free accounts is that you can only upload 30 pictures per month, but they allow you to upload 300 the first week after you sign up, so you can transfer your pics from somewhere else. Although it too doesn't seem to be in very active development, it looks in a better state than Ipernity and Zooomr.
In particular, I think it does fulfill Tomos' ideal requirements:

My ideal would be with:
  • decent slideshow style view but where one moves manaully from one image to the next
  • manually sortable display - i.e. move this foto up/down forwards/backwards in the display - all sites seem to sort only by upload

If you're looking for a good alternative to Flickr, 23 is definitely worth checking out.

ShadowProtect is a great disk imaging program indeed, and extremely useful for Windows XP systems. But with Windows 7 including a built-in system image backup I wonder what advantages does ShadowProtect have now over the built-in Windows alternative. At least in your case (system drive dying), it looks like the built in program would have saved you too. But maybe I'm wrong.
Anyone with more experience with both alternatives care to comment on this?

Living Room / Re: How will the Earth end?
« on: December 25, 2008, 11:20 PM »
Just when this thread was seeming to go back on track, I'm back here to help stray it a bit more ...  :D

Nice trip/cruise, 4wd!  :Thmbsup:
I hope you and your wife enjoy it. And I'm glad that those officials at the Brazilian Consulate were bored enough to grant you your visa in record time  ;D Hopefully you'll enjoy the visit to the Iguazú Falls more than you think. Yes, it's just "gravity at work"  :P, but let me warn you that it's gravity at work BIG TIME:

Upon seeing Iguazu, the United States' First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt reportedly exclaimed "Poor Niagara!"

Anyway, from your planned schedule I guess you'll only stay for a few hours at Buenos Aires, mainly transferring between the two airports, on your first stop here:
so it'll possibly end up being: fly in to EZE, transfer to AEP, fly to IGR, stay 2 nights and watch gravity at work, fly to AEP, stay o/n at EZE and then out the next day.

By the way, sorry about those U$S 100 entrance fee. I didn't know that was applicable to Australians. Apparently they're stating with it on January 2009  :(

for that privilege I get to pay for a US$100 visa on arrival - you may be able to pick up on the fact I'm not particularly thrilled with that idea

The Argentine Consulate in Australia has an explanation about it on their website:

Australian citizens, who are going to Argentina for up to 90 days, do not require a visa when they travel for tourism, business or investment purposes.
However, as of 1st January 2009 Australian citizens will need to pay an entry fee upon arrival in Argentina which is equivalent to the amount Argentine citizens have to pay when applying for an Australian visa (roughly USD100).

From your cruise's brochure it seems that you'll be spending a whole day (Feb 8th) in Buenos Aires. I hope you are able (and willing) to get off the ship and do some tourism here. If those end up being your plans, just let me know and I'll be happy to help you. I'm sending you a PM with my info.


Oh, and about that "End of the Earth" thing ...
Fascinating that a thread entitled "How will the Earth end?" becomes a travelogue (and how appropriate;))

It is particularly appropriate since Antarctica has been called "The end of the Earth" many times (but maybe that's what you meant and I'm simply "over-explaining" it ...  :-\)

Living Room / Re: How will the Earth end?
« on: December 23, 2008, 10:15 AM »
[Going way OT]
We're flying Buenos Aires to Lima on a extreme whistle-stop tour of Peru before catching an Antartic cruise ship at Santiago.
[/Going way OT]

[Staying way OT]
Hey! How long will you stay in BA? Drop by and say hi while you're here if you want  :)
[/Staying way OT]

Living Room / Re: Greek computer rebuilt
« on: December 21, 2008, 01:48 AM »
Great article, Lashiec!  :Thmbsup:

I wonder if anyone can build a replica too. If so, *someone* will do it  :-\

... and I'd be first in line to buy one!  :-[

... but they'd probably be more expensive than an SSD drive  :(

« Reply #13 on: 06:50:35 AM, 26 October, 2006 »

« Reply #14 on: 07:27:15 PM, 19 December, 2008 »


Talk about a Necromancer post!  :D

Living Room / Re: How to tell if your cat is plotting to KILL you
« on: December 20, 2008, 02:28 AM »
I just didn't think we had such sensitive ninnies..  er... members here in the Living Room.

Me too. I usually don't spot many ninnies here in the Living Room forum. I guess they're all in the "Shareware Discounts for Members" or some other section ...  ;D

As for me, I guess you did read the part when I said that I'm neither French nor do I care particularly for that country, didn't you? I mean, you can insult France all you want ... just make sure you do it for the right reasons  ;)

Ok, back to cats it is  :D

is asking why he would name the nice kitty Persia

I'm obviously not sure, but I guess it's because Persian cats are one of the most common breeds of domestic cats. See: Persian catw

By the way, I didn't know there are so many different breeds of cats  :huh:

I would like a program that will compare the files that I have
in a folder with the ones on the website and download only the ones that I have not downloaded.

Juice is one of the best podcasts receivers (if not the best). I don't use it, but it probably does what you want ... and a lot more  :)

Oh, by the way, it's donationware  :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: How to tell if your cat is plotting to KILL you
« on: December 19, 2008, 08:22 AM »
I guess winning is the key...  :D


Then I guess you'd rather choose a country which was on the losing side on both World Wars during the twentieth century, like Germany for instance  ;)

But this is getting ridiculous, not to mention increasingly off-topic (mind you, Deozaan introduced the geopolitical subject in this thread). Is a country who refuses to wage wars, like Switzerland, worse than a country that is more war-friendly, like the USA?  :-\ Come on!
I just don't think that willingness to wage wars per se is a particularly fine characteristic in a country.
Just my  :two:

I guess I should emphasize that I'm neither French, nor German, Swiss or American. And i don't have particularly close ties with any of those countries.

And also I hope no one from the mentioned nationalities takes any offense from all this  :)

Avira's Antivir has finally managed to snatch the AV-Comparatives' "Product of the Year" award from ESET's NOD32 / ESS. ESET had won the award in 2006 and 2007 and came a close second this year.

AV Comparatives.jpg

This is a very useful site to find the Project Management program that best suits you:

In fact, it's not limited to Project Management, you can find software for a lot of different areas/functions:

Living Room / Re: How to tell if your cat is plotting to KILL you
« on: December 18, 2008, 05:45 PM »
Wouldn't Switzerland or France be a better name for the kitty who doesn't want to fight?


France? I don't get it  :huh:
Switzerland is known for its neutrality, but France has been involved in many wars in the 20th century alone, and many more along its history

General Software Discussion / Re: DVD to iPod Touch in 48 hours
« on: December 18, 2008, 05:26 PM »
Another (recommended) one is HandBrake

Living Room / Re: Can you throw a shoe at Bush?
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:56 AM »
the fact that he appears to have wasted a perfectly good pair of shoes

Any news on whether he got his shoes back or not ... ?   :huh:  :D

Living Room / Re: Please help me build my new computer, DC!
« on: December 18, 2008, 08:37 AM »
Power Supply question:
How much watts do I need?  I know I'm an electrical engineer, but I have no idea how much I need.  I currently have a PSU from PC Power & Supply, who make elite-quality units.  I want to get another one from them.

I have found this PSU calculator to be very handy for that. Make sure you check it out, especially with the amount of different components you're already considering.

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