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A little off topic, I know; but only a little,... I need to ask for an advice:

I NEVER use my computer for gaming, but I have not been able to figure out what services,  if any,  to disable,  in order to free a little more memory. Directions, please?

32-bits Vista Home Premium SP-1

I'm hanging on to XP but wanted to tell you that  turning off a multitude of services I didn't use sped it up - hugely.  I am not connected to a network so all the network stuff was using up system resources for no reason. If you aren't part of a network you should also reap good benefits by freeing yourself of services you aren't using. A search for Windows Vista Services will produce very good information on what you can and cannot disable.

Good luck to you.




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General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Requests
« on: April 26, 2010, 10:43 AM »
Give me back my tiny disappearing taskbar - that I don't use anyway. Stop finding ways to take up more and more of my screen.  Offer a stand-alone - no networking - version so I don't have to spend time shutting down services that only bloat my system for no reason. Allow me to keep using applications that were written for XP without having to resort to "virtual" anything. Give me a way to rid myself of any ribbon that shows its overlarge face. Give all of us free rein to customize any way and anything we like. Charge me $100.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« on: March 11, 2010, 09:15 AM »
@ alooper21
Wow! That sounds like overwhelm and overkill. People are so interesting. It's fun to speculate on what someone would do with such a program.

I use this little program quite a lot and really appreciate having it. I love its simplicity. I still fall back on Gammadyne but only occasionally and that's probably because I'm not being creative enough with Simple Word Gen. 

Thanks again, skwire.

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I wonder why these US-American weirdos think that their broken English accent is the one and only global language. Sort of arrogance, I guess.

Our problem is that we don't know other languages - only broken English. Ain't gonna be changin' any time soon neither.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: October 30, 2009, 08:06 AM »
There was a time when people didn't think being able to read was necessary. Now they think it isn't necessary to touch type??? This is what the mouse has brought us to!  A sad day for all and,  sadder yet, you don't even know it.

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Back to Printers

Yes. I use my printer as much as ever.

But, let me tell you about my experience with the last HP printer I purchased:  I chose an HP because I have a very old HP laser printer (from 1995) that still chugs away popping out clear beautiful prints for me and has never, in all this time, given me any grief. It's getting hard to find cartridges for it. So - a few years ago, I purchased an HP inkjet color printer.  I have no doubt that it was a fine piece of machinery, but the software I had to load with it bogged my system down to a crawl and constantly irritated me in ways too numerous to mention. I took it back for a refund. I purchased a little Brother that gives me very few problems (though I am horrified at the cost of ink) and I had enough money left over to buy printer paper and fill my gas tank. 

Maybe HP's problems aren't related to people printing less but to people printing less with HP printers. I will never purchase another one.   

Neither will I ever purchase another ink jet. From now on it's lasers all the way.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Do you touch-type or hunt-and-peck?
« on: September 28, 2009, 05:13 PM »
I didn't realize there were people in the world who didn't touch type. 

How do you live with yourselves??? 

Repent!


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General Software Discussion / Re: What is your preferred font?
« on: September 28, 2009, 05:06 PM »
You guys sure know a lot about fonts.

For a long time I defaulted everything to Arial. Windows and browser is still set that way, and I always use it for a business letter. However, my long-time favorite and what I default everything else to is Maiandra GD (size 10). Easy on the eyes in every way and printouts are as nice as the onscreen experience.  I do use other fonts for headers, depending on the kind of document, Harrington or Lucida Calligraphy for Headers in writer's programs.

On the rare occasion that I need a monospace font, I opt for Lucida Console. 

No ClearTypes please - or anything that looks like them.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« on: September 24, 2009, 11:16 AM »
You're welcome.  Does the template mode work how you envisioned it to?

Yep! Absolutely! But thanks for the little popup tip on how to use it 'cause I'm pretty illiterate computerwise. I'd have figured it out eventually from the - uh, well, whatever it was that showed your template - but now I've got it down already.  :)  I won't be having to open up the big ole Gammadyne much at all anymore which pleases me greatly.

Thanks again.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« on: September 24, 2009, 01:04 AM »
I think I addressed both jammo's and sazzen's requests in the latest build.

Website | Download

v1.0.3 - 2009-08-28
    + Added a way to be able to insert common letter combos randomly.  (Thanks, jammo)
    + Added a template mode.  (Thanks, sazzen)
 (see attachment in previous post)

You surely did! This is very cool. Very cool. Thank you. I will be using it a lot.

Sorry my response is so very, very late but I had family issues that needed tending. Now that life is getting back to what suffices for normal around here, I'm catching up.

Please know that I appreciate your time and effort.  I am a grateful wretch.  :)

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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« on: August 25, 2009, 05:17 PM »
I downloaded this and tried it.  Cool.  Fast, simple. Now I will add requests   :)

1. jammo's suggestions
2. being able to set the vowel/consonent pattern, such as:  cc-vv-c-v-c
3. being able to set the beginning and/or ending letters, such as:  ch-vv-c-ing, v-c-v-the

I have no idea of how complicated these suggestions might be. It just pretty much sums up how I use Gammadyne's big program. It would be nice to have something smaller. So- one day when you have nothing to do - - -  Or you can just say #$%? no! That would be a major undertaking, you ungrateful wretch!

Thank you.

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Living Room / Re: Where did your DC user I.D come from?
« on: June 30, 2009, 04:17 PM »
Sazzen is the name of the Vendaryan god's scribe. I've been doing a little writing. So . . .

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I've long used a reminder program to tell me when it's time to pay a bill or send a birthday card. On one of my more brilliant days, I set it to prompt me away from (unproductive) computer use by telling me it was time to work on the book, or clean house, or mow the lawn, or start my exercise routine. The result? I got so good at dismissing the reminders that I stopped looking at them. Wasn't long before I missed a payment and created painful late fees.

The thing about to-do lists is that they cause not only stress and strain, but guilt.  This is my new plan: I'm making a reminder list entitled, I Am NOT Going To Do This. I will have it pop up once a day so I won't be worrying needlessly about when I will get to the items on it.

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Living Room / Re: Star Trek 2009 - Discussion [SPOILERS]
« on: June 24, 2009, 09:01 AM »
I am a Star Trek lover. Always was. Always will be. My expectations of this movie, however, were so low, I didn't want to bother seeing it. Nothing else was on. I went to see it. Flawed? Sure. But I was seriously entertained. What else is a movie for?  Popcorn was good too.

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Living Room / Re: What's your favorite drink?
« on: June 19, 2009, 05:36 PM »
Coffee until antacid is required. Then I switch to Propel.

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Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: June 19, 2009, 05:19 PM »
1.  That little ant (bug? tick? insect?) that Josh calls an avatar. I've tried to kill it three times.

2.  Those who correct, or just complain about, others' incorrect grammar. I have issues with commas, I know. Makes it scary to post anything. 

3. Taxes. 

4.  When I make a phone call that is answered by a recording that begins with a long list of #s to choose from, that correspond to the alternatives they offer, none of which ever meet my needs. Afraid they will hang up on me, because they have so many times before, I pick one only to be greeted by another long list of #s I can press, etc., etc., etc.  Of course, my very favorites are the ones that say, "Tell me . . . Say something like . . . "  I have never, not even once, been understood. It must be my California coast accent. These calls always end with a happy, pleasant voice saying, "Good-bye."  The voice is NOT mine.

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For those of you who missed this deal:  You didn't miss much. I gave it a try, only to find that I'd given it a try once before. That alone should tell you how very impressed I was.  If you want to change the icon for a program, or the message in dialog boxes (ohboyohboyohboy), for a very few of your many applications, then you might enjoy Resource Tuner. If you want to do anything interesting - as I'm sure most folks who frequent this sight, being so techy and all - would want to do, you have to purchase the company's other program, PE.Explorer, at $129.00.

I could only get Resource Tuner to open one of my programs. Granted, I only tried to open six before giving up.  $19.98 is too much for it.  $9.98 is too much for it.  However, PE.Explorer looks to be interesting.

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OK, Mouser.  I know I'm overdue for a new pair of glasses.  Can you help me out here?  At the top of the page, next to my avatar, I see:  Show unread posts, Show latest topics, Show recent posts, Show new replies to your posts.  But I do not see a reference to unreplied posts.  Am I looking on the wrong page? Am I being too literal? Am I just lost in the forum (wouldn't be the first time)?

I'm not bored, just procrastinating. And, I did find the page using the link in your post above, but have to keep coming back to this page to find it again.

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Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA - The Name Game
« on: June 19, 2009, 03:34 PM »
Gammadyne's Random Word Generator.  Will concoct any word any way you want it. I couldn't find their web page so maybe they've gone out of business - I hope not because I have lost my reg key more than once and if I lose it again I would be tough out of luck. There can't be that much demand for this type of application.  But I did find the program here: 
http://finaldownload...r-2086-software.html
for about half the price I paid for it.


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Site/Forum Features / Re: March 2009 Fundraiser Wrap-up
« on: April 25, 2009, 09:23 AM »
Interesting.

This site works just the way I've always wanted our tax system to operate. In my little fantasy world, "We, the people", choose where our $ are spent. 

Mouser for President!

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A fun little online application that calculates the distance between two zip codes.  The distance is calculated and general information about each zip code, a map for each zip code and approximate driving time is displayed.

I just now came across this thread and only by happenstance. I just wanted to say: Exactly what I needed! Perfect! One of those things that it would never have occurred to me to search out. It will save me hours of work and, no doubt, multiple mistakes. 

Thanks!

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But if I already have Evernote (2 & 3), OneNote and Ultra Recall, what extra would I gain from Surfulater?
And it does seem expensive.

If you don't hurry up, you will never know.  :)

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I was VERY lucky to have been able to grab this deal. You still have 6 hrs and 43 minutes left  - though that isn't always accurate - that's what it said when I just now looked at the site. 

On the comments page at Bits there is this post in response to a complaint about the price - which most seem to agree is high: 

"We have no plans for further price increases. Also please note that we have increased the number of computers Surfulater can be installed on from 2 to 5 with the Version 3 Release, which we feel is generous and caters for people wanting to use Surfulater on their Home, Work, Notebook PC's etc. Version 3 also includes major new functionality, with more to come through the Version 3 series of releases.

We never said we would not charge for upgrades. In fact our FAQ Web page stated that if and when we did, they would be discounted 50%, so we were always completely up front. Some people however read this differently.

Our upgrade policy now is as follows:
"All updates to the current version number are free, while major upgrades are provided at a 50% discount for existing users." "

SO for now it is available at a great price. Whatever they may do in the future, I will get years of good service from it.

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I often get weird and insistent (you know, when it insists you've made a spelling error) results with over-rated Google Search. I ran the same search with AlltheWeb and got 18,200,000 hits.   :P   I'm in the U.S.

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 ;D I have to ask, just what were you expecting, then????   :)

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