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General Software Discussion / Re: Plain text editor for writers
« on: January 23, 2008, 05:35 AM »
Just stumbled across this blogged mini-roundup of:

The 5 best damned text editors for Windows

The 45nm "Penryn" series from Intel that's just arriving (a bit incorrect to call it Penryn I guess, since that's the 'extreme' CPUs, the dualcores called Wolfdale and Quadcores called Yorkfield) are the "tock" of the development cycle. The next "tick" is supposed to bring the memory controller into the CPU, and that might require a new socket interface.

OK, I am a little confused from your post.  Are you saying that Penryn is the series that will incorporate the memory controller on the CPU, and that is due when?  Or that Penryn is the quad-core type due at the end of January, or are they one in the same.

I am in the same boat as f0dder, waiting to build using the 45nm quad-core chip coming soon from Intel.  It was announced at one of the electronics shows or in a press release in the last 10 days that these have been pushed back to late first quarter in 2008.  So likely coming some time between mid-February and late March.  The article I read also seemed to imply there would be a new socket interface to the motherboard with these CPU's compared to the 65nm LGA775 (we'll see).  If you can wait, this will be the chip to beat/buy, assuming they have reliably overcome the issues with achieving the fabrication at 45nm.

Living Room / Re: Laptop hard drive... 5400 or 7200 ?
« on: January 16, 2008, 09:11 AM »
Thanks Vegas! That answers both (related) questions... Sadly, I HAVE that drive, but a SATA. I ordered it in haste without checking the connection and it now sits in an enclosure...

The price of the 7200.1 drives is dropping all the time, perhaps I'll try one.

Have you tried returning it?  NewEgg is quite flexible on their returns policy, especially if you have been a customer for a while, also if you call to speak with a representative.  Worth a try if you don't want the SATA version.

Living Room / Re: Browser Zoom Functionality...
« on: January 16, 2008, 08:55 AM »
I don't like the way IE/Maxthon resizes using a zoom factor, images are crushed and text is quite irritating.  I use NoSquint ( an addon for Firefox, which allows you to zoom in/out (of text) in 1% increments (using Ctrl -/+ shortcut), and it can remember your zoom settings for every domain you visit.  It saves me quite a bit of scrolling on sites, in addition to increasing the readability of some awful website layouts.  NoSquint and TabMixPlus are easily my most important addons for Firefox.

Living Room / Re: Laptop hard drive... 5400 or 7200 ?
« on: January 16, 2008, 08:39 AM »
Oh... there you go again, tempting (tormenting) me! However, I am saved by the the fact that my notebook features a PATA interface, and the new 5400 rpm Samsungs and the latest generation Seagates, Toshiba and Hitachi 7200 rpm drives are all SATA only. Vegas, you note that you have a new Seagate 7200 rpm drive but that it is ATA100/PATA interface, correct? What model is it? Curiosity is killing me (or at least is going to seriously dent my bank account  :-[).

My model is the Seagate Momentus 7200.1 ST910021A 100GB 7200 RPM ATA-6 Notebook Hard Drive for $109 @ NewEgg.  Now a discontinued item (, but I would imagine similar performance from later revisions or competing models, reviews permitting.

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: January 16, 2008, 07:30 AM »
I agree. Why shouldn't we post comments here if we want to? Are GemX going to try to close this forum down as well? Are we not allowed to criticise a piece of software if we want to and post our opinions? This was a totally ridiculous comment to make doublewitt... The only reason people are expressing their opinions here is because there is no other place to do this.

That about sums up how I feel as well.  If a company has done something to deserve being criticized (or applauded), then I see no better place to do so than here, in an open software discussion forum.  And why not in this thread, instead of starting more threads, it was after all started regarding the lack of inaction on the part of GemX.

Living Room / Re: What should I do with my audio CDs?
« on: January 16, 2008, 06:41 AM »
Another shout for dbPowerAmp using c2 correction, or just secure mode, ripping all albums on a second pass if they don't show up in AccurateRip to verify the same exact rip.  I couldn't stand getting rid of my cd's ever, collecting them has been too much of an investment, although I am sure the day will come that putting them in storage will be best for saving space.  I have been ripping my collection to big drives and encoding them to Wavpack so they can be transcoded to any lossy format as needed later.

General Software Discussion / Re: FeedDemon going free
« on: January 15, 2008, 11:21 AM »
FeedDemon is overrated and hyped. FeedReader is better IMO.

Care to elaborate on why?

GreatNews is the best choice for a desktop RSS reader at this time, from my point of view, of course. It is very fast (actually the fastest RSS reader when it comes to checking feeds), is compatible with all the feed formats, is fully Unicode compatible, consumes the less amount of resources, is very stable.

FeedDemon is good-looking and full of features, but it eats a lot of resources (CPU and RAM) especially when it checks feeds (CPU can climb to 100%).

Newzie is also good-looking and has the "killer" feature of auto-arranging the feeds based on the date of the last update. It can also monitor webpages for changes and this feature works really well.

FeedReader had in the past a lot of bugs and problems related to the database (notably extreme slowness). But the new 3.12 alpha works well and is very fast compared to the previous versions (it is the first version that I could use without complaining about slowness). FR does not have tabs however, and this is a big problem for those that want to use the integrated browser. Other than that it is a decent reader.

The real test for the RSS readers would be an endurance one. Someone that has 1000 feeds and uses extensively tagging (labeling), filtering and archiving could do that test for a month and see which reader performs best with a big database.

My top of RSS readers would be:

1. GreatNews
2. FeedDemon
3. Newzie
4. FeedReader

Have you tried it since its latest release (2.6)?  Alot of what was worked on for version 2.6 was improving the speed and eliminating CPU resoruces used.

General Software Discussion / Re: Logitech's Setpoint
« on: January 14, 2008, 09:53 AM »
I have had 4 Logitech G7 mice (2 black, 2 green) for a while now running them with setpoint software and having no issues in the last 2 years.  (Just a tip for anyone considering buying a G7, don't accidentally purchase the older green version, as the black one is MUCH better)

General Software Discussion / Re: FeedDemon going free
« on: January 09, 2008, 02:59 PM »
WOW.......Waiting for Zaine to comment on this one..........ROFL............................

Excellent work.  Lots of hours, I am sure.  Thanks cthorpe.

It's your site, it's your work, you do what you want with it. But from the fact that you have Google Ads on the site and encourage the visitors to "Just click on a few "sponsor links" below. Spend someone else money for a change! Thanks!" I have come to the conclusion that you actually want as many visitors as possible, otherwise why bother with ads? So you will learn in time that although content "is king", readability is "queen". Moreover, when the content is not extremely original, like software mini-reviews (which are more or less the same regardless of the site), readability is extremely important in keeping the visitors so they don't go to other similar sites.

The problem is not with the experienced users that can "annihilate" the blog theme with 3-4 mouse clicks, by using the accesibility options from IE, FF, Opera, etc. But the beginners don't know that they can use their own colors to view any site, so if the theme hurts their eyes (like a black background theme in an ocean of white and pastelated site backgrounds), they won't come back. As I said, it's your choice, but my advice would be to keep the "personality" mainly for the reviews, not for the theme.

When I first read this thread, I was like whatever, let the guy do the site the way he wants.  BUT, it is true, the first time I went to the site (before the thread got deeper in replies), I left within like 10-15 seconds, it was just not easy on the eyes.  I understand the whole layout (including colors) thing for sites, but never really thought much about it when I go to sites.  I guess it's more subconscious.  Another site that I love, but NEVER go to is Shell City, all black, cramped layout, go figure. There is definitely something to the whole friendly/appealing colors and layout thing, as much as I'd like to say there isn't.

Getting out of the rut that has been my life for quite some time now. :)

I think I like what you are onto.  I have never found the ultimate light weight clock program I would have liked.  Tried many, stuck with none.  It needs to be anti-bloated, very customizable (including playback of custom sound files, wav, mp3, ogg without launching an external player), usb portable would be a plus, remember favorite alarms, etc..  Love the recurring grandfather clock option to remind of passing time.  I've seen a couple that looked like they could be good as well, but had given up looking at that point. If I find their links I will post them, along with some more key features.

1. XYplorer
2. Firefox
3. Slickrun
4. AdMuncher
5. EmEditor
(Bonus: KeyNote)

how did you throw that far..any tips??

Put the plane as high and as far left as it can go. Then take the mouse out of the game and move it around the page to the other side of the screen. Put the mouse back in the game about 2/3 down.

Hahah, that worked.  Tore my old record up, not sure if thats cheating or just finding a game design flaw.

new best:  113.438m  rank: 13174  113.455 / 13174 (still)
old best:  86.598m

I wonder how much further this can be pushed...

General Software Discussion / Re: foobar2000 0.9.5
« on: January 01, 2008, 07:02 PM »
If you haven't given foobar2000 a try, you owe it to yourself to do so.  I've been using all of these betas up to the final and not only have they been awesome, but the program is more powerful than ever.  So much easier to use than I ever thought, once I started to dig around inside the preferences.

86.323m, Rank 33,155 after about 15 minutes of trying, now if only I could stop!

update 1-2-2008:  86.598m now (hah).   Just can't seem to get any further! Probably played for 45 minutes total now.

General Software Discussion / Re: teracopy: copy your files faster
« on: January 01, 2008, 06:24 AM »
Ouch! That's outrageous! I think we should all boycott Codesector!

 :tease: :tease: :tease: :tease: :tease: :tease: :harhar: :harhar: :harhar: :harhar: :harhar: :harhar:

Living Room / Re: Laptop hard drive... 5400 or 7200 ?
« on: December 29, 2007, 11:40 PM »
Great! Another guinea pig (I hope)! As I've stated, I'm quite keen to see/read more real world/real user's experiences with the upgrade to a 7200.2 drive vs. 5400 rpm. For me to go down this road will involve ordering a drive and paying to have it shipped to me, so I want to be sure that it's going to be worth my while  ;) Thus, Ken and Armando, if either or you do this, please let us know how things turn out.

PS Thanks, vega, for already telling us about your experience. Would you mind elaborating on it a bit? For example, have you noticed a big difference in terms of battery life and heat dissipation? How about performance - how significant is the increase (yes, I know this is pretty subjective!)? What might be more interesting - from everyone who goes down this path - are the specs of the notebook that you upgraded. I'm considering doing this on a first generation Centrino with an anaemic 1.4Ghz PM processor and 2GB of 266MHz RAM. I'm wondering if the upgrade to a 7200.2 drive is going to benefit me that much given that the bottleneck on my system is the processor (not that I really suffer that much)...

Not sure I even need to respond now, but why not.  Without changing other hardware, I had a much more responsive system with the new Seagate 7200 drive, launching of programs was much zippier, and transfers were faster than before.  I must note this was going from a 5400 ATA/IDE drive to a 7200 ATA/IDE drive.  Results may differ from SATA, but I would expect to see similar increases with the exception maybe being this new Samsung series of 5400RPM drives.  But if you are speaking of a generic 5400 drive (not a special series or premium drive) that comes with a standard laptop, you will no doubt see an increase in performance.  A side note, Seagate drives come with a 5-year warranty, but most people typically upgrade laptops every 2-4 years, so if that even matters as drives will be even faster (or of a different interface) by then.  I ordered a $17 external enclosure for my former 5400 80gb drive, so I could make some use of it yet.

General Software Discussion / Re: teracopy: copy your files faster
« on: December 29, 2007, 11:28 PM »
Funny, I just ordered Teracopy and came to DC to check the thread and someone just posted.  Weird.  $11.97 during their Xmas sale for 2 more days (includes all future versions).  I puchased Audio Sliders back in January of 2001 from CodeSector as well, updates have been very minimal to none, but I have never needed support with it, unlike some unfortunate souls ;) (I won't mention any names for fear of waking...) So we shall see how support goes this time around as I expect to use this much more than Audio Sliders at the time.  I tried Teracopy 1 & 2.0 beta a couple weeks ago as I moved many smaller (<200gb) external hard drives onto a few bigger ones.  I was saving about 5-7 minutes per 60 minutes of transfer time over standard windows explorer transfers (this was consistent over transferring many of hundreds of gigs).  Anywho, I was just copying old DVD-R's that I had burned 4-5 years ago back to these new hard drives for more accessible storage and I was receiving cylindric transfer errors.  So I reverted back to Teracopy, so I could track which files were erroring out on a mass transfer.  It doesn't fully complete the transfer of "good" files when it finds errors, but hopefully it will in the future.  So far I have yet to receive my license (25 minutes later).  I probably should have tried the other programs mentioned in this thread first, but oh well.  Impressions seem to be positive and for the first time in a long time there seems to be consistent activity on the Code Sector website and response from support, so we shall see if it lasts... :)

Living Room / Re: Laptop hard drive... 5400 or 7200 ?
« on: December 29, 2007, 09:41 AM »
Can't see why it wouldn't work if it's the right connection type (SATA vs IDE/PATA), old BIOSes didn't support large harddrives, but that's pretty much a thing of the past now, unless your laptop is old :)

Yeah, what he said. :)

Maybe just me, but that list was not what I was expecting. Kinda like first time sex. :(

Yah? Really? Could you explain about that.....

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