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LaunchBar Commander / Re: early screenshots
« on: February 26, 2006, 12:45 PM »
I would have to agree with stefan if I were a user, having the ability to control the amount of space around the icons or icons+text, would be essential.  But, they certainly look attractive.

my my my, how did I not try this program before now?

1.  is there a way to dock the search results window on the right like in Keynote?  I found that to be much more useful. (a can't seem to move this winodw

2.  also what about having tabs within each document file?  is this available or planned?

3.  what about import/export functions?

where is this yahoo group you spoke of superboyac?

I like to run my pages at a smaller than standard font size.  Rendering those smaller font sizes in Internet Explorer (Maxthon) doesn't work so well.  And just plain resizing pages alters images too.  Can anyone point me to a Firefox extension that will remember your chosen font/text setting across the board, like every page you load is -2 on the Text Size Decrease option OR that will remember your settings on a per page basis.  Either would work as -2 steps down is what I prefer to use for text size.  Doing this makes me not have to force the font used on every page loaded but rather the font that was intended by each website.

You know, since the LateLate 90's to EarlyEarly 2000's I haven't really heard much about lately is Music Software. No, not mp3 encoders or the latest "yet another mp3/ogg/flac player with playlists, skins and cddb" but real, hands-on music creations software. I'm talking the likes of Acid, ReBirth, Cubase, Fruityloops, ProTools, and the scads of free-and-shareware projects that sprang up around them. For that 4 years or so, a few well known names came up and are now almost forgotten due to being snatched up by bigger fish (e.g. Sonic Foundry = Sony orca-bait) or disappearing altogether. Superboyac mentioned a few and it made me wonder... where are they now? Who are the big players? The up-and-comers? The Open Source renegades (Okay, okay... I know the answer to THAT one... Audacity) Is the desktop DAW a dead subject? It's been a long time since I've been in "the scene" but curiosity kills me sometimes... If I had more time I'd do a Mini-Review of "DAW-Tools of Yester, er, uh... 6 Years Ago!! but, you know, if I had the time... I'd still be interested, though. Maybe even help out a tad...

Don't forget the new freeware one that's been getting daily updates on FileForum, called Reaper.
It's freeware until 1.0, then who knows.

General Software Discussion / Re: big freeware alternatives list
« on: February 16, 2006, 10:15 PM »
an absolutely amazing resource, thanks mouser!

Living Room / Re: Carol's Clothes come off ...
« on: February 14, 2006, 06:26 AM »
Sorry, but I find animations to be distracting when I'm reading forums  :(

This is definitely why I love having all signatures & avatars turned off. :)

Living Room / Re: Spending too much time on hold?
« on: February 13, 2006, 05:25 PM »
thanks for the link.

dont forget momonan's original post from November as there may be some not replicated:

Found this yesterday.  A list of buttons to push when you want to bypass telephone answering menus and reach a human.

For full article, you can read:

this list is kept up to date quite well too.

be sure to email both of these sites to everyone you know!


Factual? seems unlikely.  But a good little read nonetheless.

Living Room / Re: Laser Turntable plays Records like a cd player!
« on: February 13, 2006, 04:21 AM »
My wet dream.  I've had my eye on this for over 2 years (it was over $12,000 then), too bad it doesn't look like the price will ever approach $1000 USD.  Would be a great way to be able to archive all vinyl in the highest possible quality & so much music only ever made it to vinyl, mostly extended versions, remixes, a cappella's, instrumentals, etc... If anyone gets the urge to send me one, you can PM me, otherwise if I win this next lottery for $300 million I will send one to everyone who posts in this thread. Sound like a deal?  hehe

Living Room / Re: Just installed new hardware... ahhh
« on: February 11, 2006, 01:31 PM »
When I switched to LCD technology, it was the best thing I ever did.  I had used CRt displays for many years, but 3 years ago I bought a 19" CTX LCD (1600x1200 over DVI), coming from a 19" Hitachi CRT (1600x1200)  My eyes started feeling better and it was much easier to work for extended periods of time without becoming so tired.  That monitor was ok (great for the time), but nothing compared to when I bought a Samsung 213t 21.3" LCD (1600x1200 over DVI) a 15 months later, now that was heaven, much brighter, even easier to read, just a blessing.  Until.......Dell introduced the 2405FPW 24" Widescreen LCD (1920x1200 over DVI) last year around this time.  I waited till July to get it for under $900 taxed & shipped.  This has been the best thing ever, the work space is insane, everything is spread out so comfortably, unreal colors, and i only run it on 12of100 brightness level.  I highly recommend LCD technology @ 1600x1200 or higher.  If you dont sit back from the screen far enough (2 feet+) you do find youself having to move my head to read the entire screen, but not the end of the world.  Being that it's been a little while i wanted to upgrade my other PC to the same monitor, less for works sake & more for the fact that I want to be able to watch TV shows, DVD's, HDTV, etc.. on a nice size screen while I (try to) get work done on my main monitor.  The dell rep I got the first monitor from never really replied to my email stating if I would buy if I could get the same monitor, for under $780 this time, so I decided to take the money I had set aside for that & put it into a dual core AMD X2 system, instead improving my productivity. Anyways, back to my original train of thought (if I ever had one) it really is worth the steep price to take care of yourself with larger LCD technology, even if you have to make some sacrifices to get it.  Most especially if you are working in Video, Graphics, Programming, etc.....  One other thing I would like to add.  @24" widescreen from a position of sitting at your desk, video playing with an aspect ratio of 1.78-1.85 is absolutely the perfect size to enjoy it fully, especially High Definition material.  But 2.35 leaves room to desire a bigger screen.  Ahem, that's where the monitor nudone mentioned comes in, I too really like the look of that dell 30" monster (2560x1600 over DVI) and would love to see 2.35:1 movies on it, as I think it would be the perfect size for viewing from a desk setting, in addition of course to working with pictures, wavform sound, and video editing/rendering work.  I'm really not sure why I am babbling on, I think I'll blame it on the beer thread, as it inspired me to grab a couple.  If anyone wants to send me one feel free to PM me.  :D

Developer's Corner / Re: Best Programming Beer
« on: February 11, 2006, 12:55 PM »
Well...if I programmed, I would have to say Stella Artois (well chilled - from Belgium). It's really the only beer I enjoy drinking.

for Windows, what are considered the best FREE image editors.  I know of PAINT.NET and the Gimp, but it seems I am missing another one I've heard of, plus any others that are out there.  Talking about full-featured programs with a Photoshop like spectrum of power (well at least for Freeware).

Living Room / Re: Tonight show phony photo booth.
« on: February 06, 2006, 09:47 AM »
I don't know when I will stop laughing, this is good stuff.

could we have a poll to see how many photoshop users there are around here - just wondering if people are going to be appreciative.

if there is enough interest i can start going through a long list of plugins - or, at least, i'll mention the ones that appear to do something useful that photoshop doesn't already do with a little patience.

I would be curious to learn more about these.

ContextMenu Commander / Re: ContextMenu Commander
« on: February 06, 2006, 08:16 AM »
I too am very much looking forward to an all-in-one solution like this, but I have to think at some point something like this could easily start to get bloated down with features (which could be an issue for a program that runs all the time in the background), so my question is, how much of a priority is keeping memory consumption to a low going to be? ;)

I registered a home license with the holiday discount over a month ago. Great program, keep up the great work.  And by the way, I first learned about TrueLaunchBar in a post here early last year - DCoder all the way baby! ;)

General Software Discussion / Re: Mobysaurus V2.4 Preview 2
« on: January 27, 2006, 01:28 PM »
Another thought, don't know if it's possible.  Instead of radio boxes for selecting different "dictionaries" maybe it would be possible to use checkboxes, and then show all results from activated dictionaries with a nice big divider line betweent them..  might make it easier to just search and say i don't care where the results come from just show me all.  dont know if this is feasible though for incremental search results box..

This is an EXCELLENT idea.

I think "tabbed browsing" is more feasible than "divider lines" but it requires much more complex coding. Anyway, worth a try.

As is this. :)

Living Room / Re: Best Video Player there is
« on: January 18, 2006, 11:21 PM »
Zoom Player WMV, then VLC (VideoLan Player) and lastly MPC (Media Player Classic)

General Software Discussion / Re: A Warning about
« on: January 12, 2006, 01:00 PM »
lol, exactly what i was thinking.  the first one anyways. ;)

is waste actually being maintained?

WASTE unofficial is sort of maintained here

We used to use it at work to share drives & files across our clubs in different states.  The program had all the features you would want, except for the sloppy mess of windows interface, one tabbed interface would have made this a permanent solution.  But it seemed like it did a good job, I am not sure if the encryption used is a false sense of security or not.   

I wanted to know of it were possible (and I know it is, I just don't know how!) to make a small server.

Try TinyFTP ( It's freeware, easy to configure and works just fine.

I gotta second TinyFTP, great program, cuts through the crap of running an ftp server when you just need it from time to time for short intervals.

Programs that I have bought in the past & am dissatisfied with their upgrade policies include (in order of displeasure):

Quick To-Do Pro (updates? what are those? I got nothing more than the product I purchased, yearly license, but there is no such thing as a real update, just fix once a year! which I would have to pay for, crazy!)

WinOrganizer (used to have a solid policy, with lifetime updates, but they yanked that from their website about 2 years ago and charge a crazy amount of cash for their program now) (1 year of updates, then a ridiculous upgrade fee) (considering the lack of useful feature updates in the last 2 years, with nothing in sight down the road & the fact they removed all forum support from their website due to people actually requesting new features and voicing their displeasures with pricing, etc.. LAME) (tech/purchasing support told me numerous times there was no acknowledgement to a previous lifetime updates guaruntee which was clearly posted on their website when I first purchased the program at version 1.30 and up to a year after that, after a couple extra emails someone finally chimed in and sent me a 3.0 license, because i kept sending my displeasure to every email address I could find on their website and from any past correspondence)

Trillian Pro (what a joke! these guys have gone from offering a full-out freeware solution to just being greedy whores, with a serious lack of development, plus they consistently time their updates to come after the 1-year period of the previous major release, so you must upgade to a new version! I think people are finally starting to catch on though)

FirstStop Websearch (these guys are a bunch of schmucks too, no updates, except for a fix here & there and they want you to upgrade to get that - I say, crapola!)

Calendarscope (a great program, but you really don't get anything more than you pay for at the moment, very slow to update) (1 year of updates, then a charge)

Actual Window Manager (you get updates & support for 3 months or to the next full version whichever comes last)

VTuner (Nice program but a ripoff for me, now it's a one time fee, way back 5 years ago when I bought it, it wasn't and last time I checked I couldn't get an upgrade from my old version for free)

Auction Sentry/Auction Sentry Deluxe (Normally for how useful this tool is for sniping auctions I would say no problem with a small yearly fee, but first off it's not small and second the majority of updates are for fixes to changes eBay has made in their system, not additional features)


Bookmark Buddy (there is no set upgrade path, you basically get a couple fair update cycles before you need an upgrade fee, problem is 6 months go by before anything ever happens, major disappointment as this program could really be something special)

Newsleecher (the p0rn king! yearly upgrade fee. I can't complain too much as they are generous with extending licenses if serious bugs pop up in the program or their supersearch function is down)

Quite Content (LIFETIME UPDATES FOR FREE!) (in order or happiness):

Ad Muncher (Bless these guys)
AI Roboform (cannot complain, lifetime updates)
Website-Watcher (duh!)
TrueLaunchBar (ohh so handy & a nice christmas sale for a multi-license got me hooked)
Zoom Player WMV Pro (cream of the crop for features, customization, support and stability)
DVD Profiler (they really keep this program updated well for a one-time fee, hats off to these gentlemen&women and it's not that bad if you use the free ad supported version)
Total Recorder (no complaints here)
Audio Sliders (never much for updates - but hey, it is what it is and doesn't need them)
Tag & Rename (maybe not the most powerful, but easily the most userfriendly for a newb to managing tags & filenames for media, never an issue)
FTP Rush (you get what you pay for, be connected to multiple ftp sites at once with a tabbed interface, development has slowed, but when it does come it is free for life with an admission charge)
Netcaptor (Although I never use it anymore with Maxthon around, they have always put forth a good product with support, even though it seems dead ATM)

Vaporware (within 1 year of purchasing):

Doc Commander (never was fully stable anyways, stupid purchase on my part)
Folder Express (poop on this developer, seriously, please do!)
InfoKeep (product sold to another company & no longer supported in it's former form)
WebFerrretPRO (yeah right! an upgrade - whats that?)
AllToTray (poof! gone! & it ain't ever comin' back)
AcqURL (development crawled to a halt and is stuck exactly there, can ya say dead? well I can)
Trashsoft Mp3Explorer (gone a long, long, long time ago, to a galazy far, far away)

Another thing I really dislike is that I have noticed a fair amount of programs that hide their upgrade system from being clearly stated on the website. (ie. Actual Window Manager)

Well, thats all I am capable of thinking at the moment, please everyone list your experiences too...

I just had someone buy another copy for a computer that I was working on yesterday.  No discount ;( - but hey, he seems to really like what it did the first month it was on his computer for demo purposes.  Another satisfied customer.  I keep forgetting to sign up for the referral program too!

Heh, well to continue all this ;) Have a nice look over here:

50 Best Firefox Extensions for Power Surfing
This post is constantly updated. [Last update 1/1/06]

I'll just consider this my contribution....and do try not to get lost for too long.....
Happy New Year to All

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Domains from Yahoo at 2.99$
« on: January 01, 2006, 04:55 PM »
and then there was the little asterisk at the bottom of the page in tiny print.  reproduced here in NOT-so-TINY print:

*** Web Hosting and Merchant Solutions discount offers are open to new customers who purchase Web Hosting or Merchant Solutions and apply for 3 months, after which the then-current monthly or annual fees will be charged. Domains, Web Hosting, and Merchant Solutions discount fee offers expire on and must be redeemed prior to 1/25/2006. No other notice of the expiration of this offer will be given. All offers are open to new Yahoo! Small Business customers only, and are only available through Yahoo! Small Business. Customers are limited to one offer per customer on a single account for customer's own purchase only. Offer is nontransferable and may not be combined with other offers and discounts, exchanged, or redeemed for cash. Other terms and conditions apply; see the Yahoo! Small Business Terms of Service when you sign up. Yahoo! expressly reserves the right to change the price or features of these services at its sole discretion at any time.      :Thmbsup:

Damn, always a catch.  I recommend GoDaddy for overall hosting (cheap & reliable), I will be switching to them from Dotster as each of my domains begin to expire.

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