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Screenshot Captor / Re: Flash video capture
« on: March 21, 2014, 05:36 AM »
Sail a different course with this.

Thanks for the tip.  Did everything through, "Rename the <some weird code>.tmp files you'll find in I:\ to <meaningful name>.flv and watch your flash video's in VLC."  Unfortunately, none of the .tmp files renamed .flv (even a longer .dll file) worked in VLC.  What I actually did was only change the extension of all <some weird code>.tmp files to <some weird code>.flv.  Even changed a longer .dll file with no luck.  Will try again later.

Screenshot Captor / Re: Flash video capture
« on: March 20, 2014, 05:28 AM »
I actually meant capturing flash videos as they're playing on the user's screen similar to what Free Screen Video Recorder does.

According to the program's site: Free Screen Video Recorder is a compact, yet full-featured screen video recorder and screenshot capture tool that allows you to easily record screen activities and capture anything on the screen including windows, objects, menus, full screen and rectangular regions.

I usually use the FlashGot extension in Firefox to download videos but it's unable to capture embedded flash videos.  Thought I read that you configured SC to record screen videos as they played (as Free Screen Video Recorder does) but maybe I'm mistaking SC for another.

Leap year sale in a non-leap year?

Screenshot Captor / Flash video capture
« on: March 12, 2014, 07:16 PM »
How do I use SC to capture embedded flash videos like for instance those shown at Can it even do this? 

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinX DVD Copy 3.6.1
« on: March 11, 2014, 11:45 AM »
Thanks for the heads-up.  Don't use this often but still nice for the tool box.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Revo Uninstaller Pro at Bits Du Jour
« on: February 09, 2014, 05:51 AM »
I've used the free version for longer than I can remember and it's always offered the pro version for 50% off via an icon in the free version's GUI.  60% off is something to consider though.  Already have Winpatrol for monitoring so can't see spending $15.7 for features not much beyond the free version.

General Software Discussion / Coder tools
« on: February 03, 2014, 05:36 AM »
If you can stand all of the ads, this article reminded me of this site.  Thank goodness for ad blocking software.

Appreciate it, thanks.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ad Muncher End of 2013 sale
« on: December 30, 2013, 10:09 AM »
Adfender is a freeware alternative to both Ad Muncher and Ad Block (Plus).  It's reviewed here.  Both of the latter work for me but what's especially nice about Ad Muncher is that it's global and tech support questions were usually answered promptly. 

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bitdefender giveaway
« on: December 18, 2013, 10:11 AM »
Done.  Looking for an alternative to avast! Antivirus as it’s become a resource hog and bothers users with too many popups.

Yeah, that's a useful site to find versions before they became bloatware.

Going to miss Winamp updates.  Have used it since Win95 days.  This thread has morphed into a memorial.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XMAS calendar giveaways...
« on: December 08, 2013, 05:23 PM »
Whenever I visit a site that purportedly offers free software and it takes longer than a few minutes to figure out how to acquire it, it raises red flags.  For instance, was looking for XYPLORER and looked at least a couple of times but didn't find it and also, there are too many free offers on that site which usually means either jumping through hoops to get it or it's not really free as advertised.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XMAS calendar giveaways...
« on: December 07, 2013, 05:38 AM »
Site is unorganized and full of fishy offers.  Maybe that's why it's gone unmentioned.

Don't mean to rain on the parade but I'd just a soon buy a factory copy of Acronis TI 2013 off of eBay for $10, shipped than this.  I know Acronis has its haters but it is a mature product.

General Software Discussion / Re: Network Magic alternative
« on: October 07, 2013, 08:08 PM »
You're probably right.  Still, was hoping some program available on this site would suffice.  Guess the demand isn't large enough.

General Software Discussion / Network Magic alternative
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:51 PM »
I managed a 3-PC home network with Cisco Network Magic Pro v. 4.9x.  Just added a fourth cleint, a Thinkpad running Win 7 Pro 64-bit and after installing NM on the laptop, found that Cisco discontinued the program and shut down its sever used to register NM (to elevate the free version to pro).  The free version of NM isn't worth the disk space it occupies so am looking for a NM alternative I can install on all four clients.

Googled "network magic alternative" but found only Spiceworks Desktop as a viable alternative.  Issue is, Spiceworks is not exactly user-friendly and is geared more toward IT professionals, not home network administrators.

Any suggestions?  Thanks.

I'm not sure what View>File Panes does, but XYplorer has has drivebar functionality for a while now (though you had to configure the toolbar to get it):
File Panes simply shows separate drive details horizontally (as pictured above and/or below) or vertically.  It's especially handy when moving files between drives.

Thanks for the Drive Bar link.  As seen below, I've installed it but didn't read far enough to know if it can be installed as a separate bar as is so easily done in PD.  That's the thing about PD; it's extremely user-friendly as oblivion wrote.  One major gripe about it though is that it sometimes loads slow or incompletely (at least compared with XYplorer) implying that it's a resource hog.

I’d be interested to know if your preference for PowerDesk is just about familiarity, or if it genuinely has acquired functionality or something ergonomic that gives it an edge over the other (increasingly extensive!) non-Microsoft competition.

Familiarity has a lot to do with it and have also tried XYplorer but found it still can't match Powerdesk's View>File Panes function and Drivebar toolbar.

I've been a fan of Powerdesk Pro since v.5 but only at a $10 update price.  Their support, as I recall, also leaves something to be desired.  Still, can't imagine computing without that Powerdesk explorer GUI.

Thanks for putting a through date in your title.  All post titles here should include expiration dates to save trouble of finding out the offer expired a long time ago.

With LibreOffice and OpenOffice available for free forever, see no need to ever pay for an office suite except maybe MS if your needs dictate.

Windates.  Have used this for longer than I care to admit and it's never failed to meet my needs.

Screenshot Captor / Save location issue
« on: February 27, 2013, 02:38 PM »
Even though I've selected C:\Users\XXX\Desktop as my location to save screenshots and they are apparently saved there, they don't appear there.

A file search shows they've been saved to the desktop but I don't see the file on the desktop even though I'm logged in as XXX.  Is this a program issue or a Vista SP2 issue?

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ad Muncher - half off
« on: December 25, 2012, 10:33 AM »
This program is no ad-killer panacea.  Too many still get through and lately, have been having an issue where my browser (FF 17.01) stalls with the URL preview in the lower left corner of the browser window reading, "Connected to interceptedby. ..."

Author had no remedy beyond blaming my browser but he has generally been very responsive to support questions.

Well-l-l-l ... I downloaded, installed ... but the registration code did not work.  Nothing (that I found, anyway) on the site seems to help <sigh />.

Since it's now 12-23, it's probably too late to activate this software but the following worked for me:
[email protected]
License Code:51015149101495198545

The email address was given in a comments section at bottom of download page and license code after installation.  This whole give away was setup similar to those offered on

Experience has been that some of these supposed giveaways expire after a time even though not mentioned in offer.  We shall see, I guess.

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