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Living Room / Re: CyberNetNews - Still alive?
« on: February 16, 2013, 07:19 PM »
Yep, I'm a member. Back when I had time to be bored I used to peruse the forums quite a bit to get ideas for apps to write about. It's a pretty awesome community here and I'm glad to see it's still going strong.

Living Room / Re: CyberNetNews - Still alive?
« on: February 16, 2013, 03:40 PM »
Hey guys! We really appreciate all of your concern! Ashley and I are actually doing great, it's just that our focus has shifted over to her new site where I've been doing development work (in addition to my full time job) while she cooks and tests new recipes. We've been so focused on her site the last few months that we forgot to even post a status update on CyberNet letting everyone know what's going on. We finally got one up today though: http://cybernetnews....ernet-status-update/

Personally as a geek/developer I'd rather be doing the programming rather than the writing, and so having her write the posts/recipes while I do the development has been working out extremely. Not to mention the fact that I make out like a bandit when it comes to eating great food! :Thmbsup:

Find And Run Robot / Navigating network locations
« on: September 23, 2008, 04:09 PM »
Hey mouser! Find and Run Robot is really saving me some time at work, and I was wondering whether it would be possible to navigate UNC paths (a.k.a. \\computername\share\blah) with autocompletion? I'm sure it might not be as responsive as local paths, but it would still be nice to have. Or FARR should at least be able to recognize UNC paths, and then open them in Windows Explorer when the Enter key is pressed.

Just throwing an idea out there. Thanks again for making such a fabulous app!


sure sounds like what id love to do if i had the time n wasnt already planning to go to uni!
We definitely have a good time doing it, but some days it can be quite tiresome.

Living Room / Re: CyberNet's birthday! And software giveaway!
« on: December 05, 2007, 09:56 AM »
We just wrapped up the contest and posted the winners. If any of you are interested in the SyncBackSE or Onlick apps from 2BrightSparks you should keep an eye out for a follow up post. The developers of that program said that they were impressed with the results, and are contemplating giving out more licenses for those who weren't selected.

And I'm not sure whether some of you noticed or not, but the giveaways were never restricted to just the first 10 commenters. We normally only gave away one of the licenses to a commenter in that interval to help reward those who check back frequently with our site.

Hopefully you enjoyed the selection of software as well. I handpicked all of the apps myself choosing only the programs that I knew our readers (and myself) would love. Everyone turned out to be happy with the results, so we might attempt to do stuff like this more often.

I'll stick with ThumbWin, which does not do exactly as ordered, but it keeps things very neat, and best of all, it's stable!
That's quite a remarkable program. Thanks for pointing that out.

Living Room / Re: The Ugliest Products in Tech History
« on: October 16, 2007, 09:19 PM »
What? The Motorola DynaTAC is ugly? Come on, that thing is a chick magnet.

There's a program called Nubs that I think does exactly what you're looking for. Here's our review with some screenshots as to how it works.

I paid $62.95 back in May to upgrade to a lifetime license.  This after being a UE user for close to ten years.

Looks like a straight lifetime license is $124.95.

Hey, wait! I just looked up the prices you mentioned and they are indeed right. The funny thing is that you can purchase the application for $49.95, and then buy the lifetime license for $62.95 = $112.90! You can save about $12 by not purchasing the lifetime license upfront. That's kinda funny. ;)

No, the lifetime licence is available, but it looks like you can only get it as an upgrade (I'm really not sure though). I bought a standard licence and then switched to the lifetime one after I realised that a couple of upgrades would cost more than the lifetime licence!
Ahhh, I just saw the upgrade option and assumed that they no longer offered the lifetime license. I think I'll be picking one of those up in a few days.

And a question I get asked ALL the time is whether I get a free license for software reviews like this. Nope, I normally don't. Any paid software that I review I've normally purchased myself. In the case of UltraEdit I was still in the trial mode.

Thanks for this, Ryan. I already have a lifetime licence so will let others more needy than myself post on your thread. I love ultraedit and use it primarily as a more powerful text editor (ie don't code with it or write html).
No problem, I didn't actually realize that they do lifetime licenses. Must have been a thing they did in the past?

General Review Discussion / UltraEdit Review and Giveaway ($50 value)
« on: October 16, 2007, 10:44 AM »
I normally don't post links to our own articles, but when mouser was on the hunt for the best text editor he gave the top award to the UltraEdit application. We decided to thoroughly review the application ourselves, and thought it would be fun to start a giveaway.

All you have to do to enter is head on over to the article and tell us how you would use UltraEdit:
Just make sure to enter in an email address!

Can't get much simpler than that, and you surely can't beat the chance to get a $50 app for free!  :-*

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Anotate Photo's like flickr
« on: October 12, 2007, 10:50 PM »
Something like FotoTagger?

I definitely haven't grown fond of the online trend either mouser. Gmail is really the only online service that I use to store information, and aside from that there isn't much of my info online. The more things I have stored on my own computer the more control I have over them. If I had to access a document and a server was down I would definitely be frustrated, and that's not something I want to go through.

I do, however, use Flickr as a backup source for all 6,000 of my photos. They are among the most important data that I have, and it would truly be disappointing to lose those. Because of Flickr Pro's unlimited storage/quality/bandwidth I felt compelled to upload all of my photos there. That's one service that I really believe you get the most bang for your buck.

I voluntarily restarted my computer after the update, and my settings remain unchanged. All five of my computers weren't affected by it, so it must have been isolated incidents?

Thanks for the compliments Nosh! I wish I could post here more often, but we are definitely pretty strapped for time. We've never really posted what our schedules are like for working on the site, but here's a quick run down:

Note: All times mentioned are in central time

  • Ashley and I are both working by 7AM each weekday, and are done around 7PM
  • The first two hours of our day is typically spend finding what we consider to be the best news, and for that we go through close to 500 different feeds. In a days time we normally look through 10,000 to 20,000 feed items. It's really disappointing when we go through all of the feed items and don't find a single thing that interests us, which happens more than you would believe. :(
  • We normally keep up on the news feeds throughout the day checking them periodically. In all we probably spend about 3 to 4 hours everday just going through feed items.
  • We are normally done writing articles for the site by 3PM, and then...
     - on Mondays we do some general maintenance to the site that typically takes a few hours.
     - on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we knock out the CyberNotes articles for the next week. Yep, these are all written at least one week in advance.
     - on Friday we write extra articles that are posted on the weekends. We try not to write on the weekends so that we are able to get a break from the site.
  • Our day kind of ends around 7PM, and that's when we normally eat dinner, watch a little TV, and such. Around 9PM or 10PM we will go around replying to the people who have left comments on our site and our forum, and that's normally when we stop at other sites as well. About an hour is spent doing this.

So we are definitely busy, but we're having a good time trying to build up the site. Hope I didn't bore anyone with this post, but I thought some of you might find it interesting as to what actually goes on in a day's time for a fulltime blogger. It's not quite the cakewalk that some people make it out to be. ;)

Thanks Mouser! We actually found a really useful article that you wrote a few years back, and we referenced it in a giveaway we have coming next Tuesday. So thanks for all of your great product reviews as well because it made writing our article a bit easier. ;)

Oh, yes this can be done very easily in BRU, Curt! The editing I've done to this screencap is decidedly amateurish, but does the job:
 (see attachment in previous post)
The interface on that proram is just, well, it needs a little TLC.  :-[

General Software Discussion / Re: New interesting features for Firefox 3
« on: September 12, 2007, 09:25 PM »
Moar features! They've just post a mockup of the long awaited "Places" functionality in the Mozilla wiki. Here you have the boring details, for those who don't want to see the mockup ;D, and here the actual mockup, for those wishing to skip the useless jabbering of the wiki (hey, if you're not a Firefox developer, you shouldn't be seeing this ;)). Looks pretty cool, although it strikes a strong resemblance of certain Microsoft application...
Don't get me wrong...I love Mozilla. But part of their problem is that their interface mockup designer, Alex Faaborg, is overly talented and often gets people too excited about what may come in Firefox. In the end I don't think the stuff looks quite as good as what he initially designed.

Living Room / Re: Firm sues over comments
« on: September 12, 2007, 02:24 PM »
If people got sued everytime they said something bad about a product... :-\

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Kaspersky Internet Security 7
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:28 AM »
That was a great review! I just never like to go the route of an "all in one" security suite. I tend to diversify my products as it makes your system harder to hack since you have a less common configuration.

My favorite is PFrank ( With the regular expressions you just can do anything...
ReNamer can do regular expressions as well.

Ryan over at Cybernetnews as been absolutely on fire lately, with tons of great posts coming out every days it seems -- I don't know how he's keeping up this pace but it's truly becoming a daily must-read.

Thanks mouser! :)

PS obviously, the Live Preview option significantly increases Reflex Vision's RAM usage, but only when you're actually invoking it. It's VM usage is pretty steady at about 22 MB.
Yeah, the consistent polling of the windows is an intensive process in XP. Everytime there is a change in the contents Reflex has to redo the screenshot used to display it. Vista is different in that it manages your windows in a layered system where each window is assigned its own layer. This allows applications to efficiently grab the the current state of the window.

No real arguments from me, Dirhael. They seem to have made it more stable and I haven't encountered anything that it won't show, but ultimately I simply don't care that much about being able to view my open apps like this. The default alt-tab coupled with the taskbar is all that I need.
That's how I was until I used the latest version of Switcher. I set it up to replace Alt-Tab, and it's nice because it shows wonderfully oversized previews of the windows. And thanks to the powerful keyboard shortcut editor I can make it behave exactly like Alt-Tab.

Some of you are saying that there are similar apps for XP, but the Aero on Vista makes a huge difference on these. Often times I pull up the Expose view in Switcher just to see the progress on a file transfer, or to check on many things without actually switching over to the app itself. I never actually realized how useful the Aero interface could be until I really focused on using it...and that's when I realized its more than just eye candy.

And no, I'm not a Microsoft Fanboy. I use multiple distros of Linux on a daily basis, but in my opinion Microsoft did a much better job on Vista than everyone makes it out to be. Or I could just be lucky that I haven't had any problems *knocks on wood*

General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a rich text editor
« on: September 04, 2007, 10:10 PM »
Well, I don't think this has tabs, but the closest I've seen to what you want is Ultra Pad:

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