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Lost sheep here!

I went over to the dark side and bought a Mac Air. I still have a Windows machine but rarely use it now.

I have no problem with it at all. I do have a problem with parents that don't monitor what their kids are doing.

Living Room / Re: Scandalous Intel
« on: August 17, 2013, 10:27 AM »
I wonder if this holds true for their mobile chips. Are the chips in high end laptops built to fail also? Not many people replace cpus in a laptop and hopefully they aren't building those to fail. Not to mention the fact that CPU temps are more critical in a laptop.

I was hoping to pick up a high end laptop soon as the mobile advantages of the new Haswell chip are significant. But, I won't drop $1,200 plus on a computer if I thought I would have to throw it away after a few years.

General Software Discussion / Re: A new Dropbox Competitor
« on: August 14, 2013, 06:34 PM »
Most of these newcomers have a really great service but they are late to the game. I stick with Dropbox simply because a lot of my apps have Dropbox support. A few have support for Skydrive and a few more support Gdrive or Box but all of them support Dropbox. This holds true for Android apps as well as IOS apps.

An always free alternative:

Living Room / Re: Google Reader gone
« on: March 28, 2013, 07:16 AM »
I too mourn the loss. I've been searching for an alternative, like everyone else. My need is for it to be cross platform/cross device. I've tried to like Feedly. The web version is great but the mobile versions suck, IMO. I think I have settled on Netvibes. It has the look and feel of GReader. No mobile apps but the mobile web page is pretty slick.

I had used Netvibes already as a start page using the widget interface. If you turn on the Reader interface then it works just like GReader.

I'm anxious to see what Digg is going to offer, and how soon.

Living Room / Re: CyberGhost VPN Special Deal (worth a look)
« on: February 16, 2013, 11:15 AM »
I wonder what people use these VPN services for? About the only useful thing I can think of is subverting sites that try to geo-restrict you based on IP.

For anybody thinking they get any kind of "security" from it...  ::)
Don't they provide anonymity for torrent downloading?

There was no "would-you-like-to-also-trial-this-or-that-program?" included.  :up:

Are you sure? I ended up purchasing it and this is what I get when I click custom install:

I stand corrected (sort of)
I like the program so I bought it. After I purchased, I uninstalled the trial and downloaded again from the link provided in the email they sent me. It turns out that the purchase email points to an earlier version. After install it tells me there is a newer version out there. The new version does NOT include the shareware.  Also, I notice that the version from the email link is twice the size of the current version (7 MB vs 3.6 MB, interesting)

I just installed the Trial version and it lists itself as a 8% security risk.  :P

General Software Discussion / Re: Remove Hidden Boot Partition
« on: January 13, 2013, 07:23 PM »
Well, I was able to delete just the recovery partition using diskpart. Earlier I was under the impression that I had to wipe the entire physical disk. So, all is good with the world again.

General Software Discussion / Remove Hidden Boot Partition
« on: January 13, 2013, 04:58 PM »
My wife's laptop came with a recovery partition, a hidden os boot partition and a Win 8 partition. The machine doesn't have an optical disk or recovery CDs. I have an image of the Win partition and I'd like to delete the big recovery partition. It seems the only way to do that is to wipe the entire disk using diskpart; ordinary partition tools won't touch it. This would wipe out the hidden boot partition so, my question is can I restore the Win 8 image on a fresh drive and get it to boot? Is there a way to move whatever is necessary in the hidden boot partition to the main Win partition and reimage?

I'm thinking all this isn't doable and I can't afford to remove the recovery partition before I know I can get a bootable solution from an image.

Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8
« on: January 02, 2013, 11:58 AM »
Everybody has their own workflow and one isn't more stupid than the other. I avoid the keyboard as I'm usually leaning back in my chair so that the mouse and a launch bar is easier. A well organized start menu is also pretty handy. If you never organize your start menu and have a separate folder for 100 different apps, then yeah, typing is faster. The Macs are known for their ease of use and they come with a dock preinstalled.

Just because you prefer typing for your entry doesn't mean you should ridicule those who prefer a different workflow.

Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:21 AM »
Why do you need the start menu? You can simply click the lower left corner, where the start button used to be, and you can type just as you would before. I don't know many people who navigated the menus rather than typing the entry name...At least users NOT on XP.
That's not an argument for the new interface. All you need is a basic shell. Therefore, not much incentive to upgrade. Personally, I use Mouser's Launchbar Commander, which also doesn't work on "the interface formally known as Metro".

Living Room / Re: MS Blocks Ability in Windows 8
« on: January 02, 2013, 09:12 AM »
Place shortcut to preferred desktop application(s) on Start Screen, Boot, Click/Touch, Done ... Why that so hard?
And what happens when you close that desktop app? You are left staring at the old style desktop without a start button! That is why I installed Classic Shell and just stick to the old desktop. I would gladly use the new interface if you could consistently stay in it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Acronis Backup
« on: December 24, 2012, 09:40 AM »
Which is what I thought I did... But... Apparently Acronis deletes backups without asking... Not happy. I had a perfectly configured system... in a deleted backup.  :mad:

I don't even have it installed. I installed it only long enough to create the boot disk. I only make images from the boot disk.

General Software Discussion / Re: Acronis Backup
« on: December 24, 2012, 08:07 AM »
I'd argue that backup software is slowly becoming irrelevant. Having said that, I do use Acronis to create a system image. I also use Syncback to backup data to my NAS.

I believe backup software is becoming irrelevant because of cloud computing. The new MS Office is so tightly integrated with Skydrive that I point the Windows My Documents folder to the document folder in Skydrive. All my music is backed up in Google Music. Most everything else is backed up in Dropbox.

The cloud backups are safer than the local backups due to versioning. I have been able to restore old versions of documents that had been overwritten several times.

The only thing I use True Image for is to create a base image of new OS installs. I like to install windows, activate it and tweak it just the way I like it. Then I add a few essential utilities and image it. Now, I can have a fresh Windows install applied in only a matter of minutes.

General Software Discussion / Re: Dopus 10 : Some question about it.
« on: December 15, 2012, 12:20 PM »
Hello folks, i have a little problem while using Dopus (4645) , after fiddling around, maily the folder option, i got it how i wanted the to display the folder columns, that's all good.
But every time i open Dopus the two panel windows show same drive i.e., C:\ please see the snapshot for what i mean.
 (see attachment in previous post)So i want first panel to show C: and the other F: How do i do that. Any suggestion.

Change the other pane to what you want then save it as the default lister. Settings > Set as Default Lister

LaunchBar Commander / Display Long Lists Side by Side
« on: December 15, 2012, 11:36 AM »
Is there a way to have long directory listings display side by side? It's okay on my desktop but trying to look a large directories on my laptop is a chore.

Here is an example of what I'm looking for. This is done in Powerpro:

I had to figure this out yesterday when I tried to boot Acronis True Image from a bootable USB drive. True Image boots into Linux. I finally got it to boot but the screen is all garbled (separate problem).

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Postbox 3 - $9.95
« on: November 25, 2012, 02:16 PM »
What is the advantage of using a desktop client over the browser?

At least they are very clear on the terms of their lifetime license.  :up:

Dropbox has the ability to host personal sites. This is essential for me as I keep an OPDS catalog of all my ebooks online and I can access them anywhere from within my ebook reader program.

Living Room / Re: History of CP/M
« on: November 02, 2012, 09:22 PM »
This brings back memories. My first computer was a Kaypro II, CPM based transportable. Like my first car, I wish I had kept it.

I have been using Win 8 for quite some time now as I am a Technet member. I have to say that I still find the workflow confusing and a bit cumbersome. Metro wouldn't be so bad if you could just stay there but all my apps dump me in the desktop when they are done. The user has to switch back and forth themselves. As a consequence, I like to stay with the desktop as I'm more familiar with it. Also, you have more control over how your programs launch and close from the desktop. I can launch with arguments from the desktop but not Metro.

My impression is that Microsoft feels that PCs are on the way out and tablets and other devices are the future. They have compromised the desktop experience in an effort to position themselves for the future. I do have an iPad and love it but I will not give up my PCs any time in the near future.

I did try it but had a devil of a time trying to find a free hotkey combination. I'm running Win8 and the standard Win+W is already reserved in the OS for Settings. I tried many combinations of the Win key and found most already reserved. I did use a Ctrl key combo that worked while I was trying it out but in the end I decided Listary wasn't for me. Nothing wrong with it, I just found that with tools I already had I didn't need it.

I just point this out because Win8 is just coming to market. I had an early copy from my Technet subscription.

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