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I love the 'fit to witdth' feature in opera: Is there any way to replicate it on Firefox?

Maybe. It's not a sure thing, but perhaps the Default FullZoom Level add-on can do that. Give it a try.

That, and assignable shortcuts (the extension that gave that superpower to FF died with the upgrade to 3.0)

Are you talking about keyconfig? It's true that it's not listed any more on the Mozilla Add-ons website, but it seems to be alive at the mozillaZine Forums (last update: Sept 28th 2008)
I haven't tried it, so I can't confirm if it actually works with Firefox 3.0.x , but it probably does. Again, you lose nothing by trying

Hope it helps

Living Room / Re: Free multiplatform mind mapping tool
« on: December 10, 2008, 12:02 AM »

Call me paranoid, but mindmapping+signup services == evil mindreading probe :D

You have nothing to fear as long as you're wearing your tin foil hat  ;) ;D

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: December 09, 2008, 09:34 AM »
Nextels' "beep-beep" 

Till now I miss in this kind of software automatic symlink or hardlink creation to clones. (hardlinks should be retestable in case the original file has been deleted)

Yes, that's a good suggestion. By the way, Duplicate Cleaner has that feature (this thread made me start researching the subject a bit  :D)

Living Room / Re: Your favorite quotes?
« on: December 05, 2008, 12:08 AM »
Fortes Fortuna Juvat (Fortune Favors the Brave)

And, of course: "I'll have what she's having" (my sig  :D)


I'm not a frequent user of duplicate finders, but here are a few suggestions about features that I'd consider useful in such a program. Maybe some of then are obvious/standard for software in this category and some others are already implemented in your program in particular (sorry, I haven't tried it yet). And Darwin has already made a couple of very good suggestions. Nevertheless, here they are:

- Possibility of detailed selection of drives and folders to scan/watch
- Possibility of several "levels" of similarity between files. For example: a) exactly the same, b) same name, different size, c) similar name, same size, same date, and so on
- Ability to set that the older files in a pair/group are the ones marked for deletion by default
- Ability to select only certain file types to be scanned (i.e. only music files, only video files, etc.)

I hope it helps

Problem with benchmarks is that it cannot take account for 0 day malwares. That's why in my uneducated opinion, many quality antiviruses are slipping up and down on charts.

I'm not sure I understand what you mean, Paul, but if you're talking about the kind of benchmarks AV Comparatives and other organizations do, they can (and, in at least the case of AV Comparatives, actually do) take into account 0-day malware, i.e. "unknown" malware. In fact, the test I mentioned in my previous post is precisely that: a test to see how each AV performs against a number of previously unknown (to their signature databases) malware. This kind of tests allows us to see how well each program uses heuristics to detect this 0-day malware.

I also wish there were proper benchmarks done to see how AVs really affect a machine, nothing I've seen is really comprehensive enough...

There have been tests done to see how various ISS's affected a machines boot time, but I can't find that particular site ATM - although it was last year, (or early this year), I think.

I think you're talking about the same article I remember, 4wd. Is it this one?: What Really Slows Windows Down
In any case, if it wasn't it, this article is well worth reading. It's a little outdated now (written in 2006) but very informative.

Living Room / Re: Why Windows Rules: the QWERTY phenomenon?
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:26 AM »
I'd much rather people around the world use Linux than steal Windows

BUT, Microsoft'd much rather people around the world steal Windows than use Linux  (lesser of two evils, of course, not that they're necessarily happy with it)

Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me!
« on: December 02, 2008, 12:42 AM »
This is gonna be fun. Let's see what everyone recommends  :)

As for me, let me suggest a couple of videos. Taking a cue from the screenshots you posted, I propose these:
- In the U2-performing-live-one-of-their-hits-and-featuring-a-legend category  :P, here you go: One (Live Grammy Awards 2006) - U2 feat. Mary J Blige
- While in the teen-pop-star(s)-in-stockings-and-a-plaided-miniskirt category  :D, let me suggest no less than the Russian duo t.A.T.u: How soon is now - t.A.T.u. (This is a cover of The Smiths, by the way)

Hope you enjoy  8)

General Software Discussion / Re: Gmail: Looking for a desktop version
« on: December 02, 2008, 12:06 AM »
Personally, I can't think of something more annoying than not being able to read your email offline.  Assuming you always have an internet connection to access your old emails is just plain silly.

I agree 100%

wreckedcarzz, as 4wd said, you can keep using the same POP3 system with GMail if you want to. No need to change anything and you can keep using the same email app. See: GMail Help - Enabling POP for instructions
Essentially it's:
1) Enable POP3 in your GMail account
2) Set up your email program to use GMail as POP and SMTP server
3) Enjoy!  :D

The other site I have been looking at is which seems to employ useful selective methodologies to test aspects of performance rather than just a bland overall assessment.

What I do notice as interesting is that NOD32, which has always had superlative overall reports on, has been really slipping dowm the charts both for on-demand and retro-active tests this year (it won overall best AV in 2007). Is that because of the shift to Version 3, and/or is it being outperformed by the new generation of malware more than its peers now?

A couple of days ago, the results from the latest tests by AV-Comparatives have been released. IMHO, those are the best AV tests currently available. The amount of detail given about the tests results and the author's methodology seem much better than those of other tests.
Anyway, in a (not entirely) surprising comeback after the slipping that nontroppo mentioned in his post, ESET NOD32 was the only antivirus to reach the maximum certification level (Advanced+) in this test. This was a retrospective/Proactive test where NOD32's heuristics typically shine.
Please visit the site ( to get the full results as the author has asked for the tests results not to be linked directly.

e.g. see http://forum.avira.c...d&threadID=78157

 :o :( >:(

That was awful! Easily one of the worst customer support cases I've ever seen. I can hardly believe Avira is that bad with regards to support for home users, but the evidence is there. Thanks for posting it, tomos

Make that -1 for Avira

But beside all the auto- features, my interest got caught by these words:

You can set the “priority” in five levels to adjust the amount of processor power each program gets. You can also specify how many processor cores each program gets to use.

If these features can be combined, you would from my imagination be able to tell Windows Update not to use more than a fraction of a core, even if there are four cores. Or maybe I am getting this all wrong?

Curt, I think they're just using readily available Windows commands. Through Task Manager, "Processes" tab, right click on any process and you get the option of setting its priority (six options, from "real time", to "low") and its affinity with one, some or all cores of your CPU.
Besides, the donation-ware Process Lasso has the same features:

Process Lasso Features:
# ProBalance dynamic priority optimization
# Default process priorities
# Default process CPU affinities
# Foreground boosting
# Limit number of program instances
# Disallow programs from running
# Process logging
# System responsiveness graph
# Stand-alone core engine
# Available in x86-32 and x86-64 builds
# Much more...

or you can simply use the "start" command

KC Softwares SUMo

40hz, be careful with programs from KC Softwares. Some of them are known to be ad-ware, not free-(or donation-)ware, as the author him(her?)self explains in this page: RK Bundles
IIRC, the author said that SUMo didn't include the ad-ware component, but I'd check it with Spy-bot, just in case. BTW, this was mentioned at Major Geeks forums

There you go, Shades: DRM in Windows Vista

edit: Credit to urlwolf who posted this link a few days ago in the Living Room forum

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 48
« on: November 30, 2008, 09:33 PM »
Great issue, Ehtyar  :Thmbsup:

On a lighter note:
but if all else fails, try this ;)
I didn't know that site existed

Living Room / Re: Why Windows Rules: the QWERTY phenomenon?
« on: November 30, 2008, 08:07 PM »
The obvious remedy would be and EXTREMELY detailed official XP-to-ubuntu transition site where almost any feature in XP can be looked up -- and the Ubuntu equivalent is presented. There are some such sites around ( is a good example when it comes to software) but I haven't seen one that is comprehensive and simple enough for the imagined target audience.

You know, this comment by Nod5 left me thinking. Because it reminded me of what Microsoft itself did when faced with a similar situation, i.e. being the "underdog" in a popular software category. And I'm not talking about the browsers war with Netscape, but the fight against WordPerfect for the supremacy in the word processing category. Do you remember how Microsoft included in every single version of Word a special "Help for Wordperfect users" to ease the transition from WordPerfect? I can't recall which was the first version of Microsoft Word to include that but I'm pretty sure that back then WordPerfect was the dominant program for word processing. And they still have it in Word 2003 (I'm not running Word 2007, so maybe someone else can confirm if it's still there in that version). I'm not saying that that was the sole determinant in Microsoft success in placing Word as the #1 program in the category, but it sure must have helped.
So, what would happen if, say, Ubuntu started including a special "Help for Windows users" as part of the standard help files of the OS? I confess my utmost ignorance about Linux in general and Ubuntu in particular, so maybe this is already there, but I highly doubt it. Such a move would be probably denounced as "sacrilege" by some members of the community, but I think it'd be a wise move on their part since I guess that most first time users of Ubuntu come from Windows rather than another Linux distribution or Mac.

Great info, Lashiec!  :Thmbsup: I didn't know about Torcap

As for µTorrent supporting connection through proxies, apparently it (still) has that feature. From their website:

Does µTorrent support proxies?
Yes. Open the options and go to Connection. It supports SOCKS4, SOCKS5, HTTP Connect, and HTTP proxies. Peer communication proxying is supported with SOCKS4, SOCKS5, and HTTP Connect. HTTP Connect is HTTP proxies that allow arbitrary TCP connections. Not all do, which is why it's a separate item in the list.

Just goes to show that material on the internet usually has a very short life. Good thing we don't rely on it to store all our important stuff.... oh wait..
;D ;D ;D ;D ;D
That made me laugh real hard, Gothi[c]

Back to topic:
The provided link is not working!
It used to, but then this thread started in May 2006 :)
Yes, but when a link is pointed as a reference link, people normally look for information there. Thats the reason, I have made it clear that its not working anymore!

Nothing that the Wayback Machine can't solve, right?  ;)

Laws are crazy like that.

Yup, f0dder, you're right. Laws are indeed crazy  :o :(

Yup, you're right. Turns out Donation Coder is in fact an average sized forum, my "humble opinion" was wrong  :P
Since I don't usually participate in or even visit such huge forums, I wasn't aware of the gigantic size some of them have acquired.
After I realized it, it wasn't long before I thought "Hmmm, I wonder which is *the largest* forum in the WWW", which led me to this page: Big Boards Ranking

What can I say? I can't believe there's actually a forum with over a billion posts and over 15 million members, but the info is there ...  :huh:

Maybe this Internet Explorer Collection has been mentioned before in the forum, but a quick search didn't turn out anything, so I decided to post it. I guess it'll be very convenient for web developers and designers
I haven't tried it myself, so I can't comment on its features or about whether it "works as advertised"
Also, this is clearly NOT official and I'm not sure about Microsoft's stance on it

Internet Explorer Collection package install contain different versions of Internet Explorer. Just download the package, select the version of IE you want to install and its all good.
You can use any version of IE simultaneously (among the selected version during installation)

General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time?
« on: November 24, 2008, 07:06 PM »
Not to fear, cityzen! English IS my first language, and you write better than me...

Thank you, Darwin.
I'm sure it's not true (you're a very good writer) but it was very kind of you  :)

General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time?
« on: November 24, 2008, 10:26 AM »

... indeed one of the most underrated and vital components of a PC

If it's underrated you should replace it with one with a better rating :P

Hey, hey!  :D
English is not my native language, so please excuse a certain lack of precision in choosing the right terms every now and then ...  ;)

BTW, from Merriam-Webster:
underrated: to rate too low - undervalue
undervalue: to value, rate, or estimate below the real worth

This thread is going to provide some nice entertainment for people reading it a decade or so later. :)

I fervently hope so, but I'm not entirely sure about it. Does anyone remember what the boot times of home PCs were about a decade ago? I honestly don't, but I don't think they were much slower than present boot times. Improvements in hardware (SSDs, among others) and maybe also software should make it better in the future, but who knows ...

General Software Discussion / Re: What is your boot time?
« on: November 24, 2008, 12:14 AM »
You should really use your car in the same way as your computer.
It is very good for the state of the engine that when you start it up you immediately go full throttle for 30 seconds till a minute (the boot-time of your computer)...I can assure you two things, your car repair shop will love the business that you generate and you will have their phone number on speed dial.  :)

Hmmm  :-\, I don't remember writing anything about "full throttle" or about the way I use my PC, what exactly do you mean, Shades?  :)
I'm afraid you may have not got the analogy right, it's not about straining your PC, it's about having it available for use without an unneeded delay.
I'm guessing (please correct me if I'm wrong) that maybe you mean that having a faster boot up time strains your PC hardware during that (brief) moment a lot more than having a "slow" boot up time. If that is actually your statement, I think it's debatable. By watching the output file and charts generated by Bootvis, I can clearly see that neither my CPU nor my HDDs are strained during boot time.

Although harddisks are fast to spin up and register themselves with the BIOS, they are definitely not created equally.
If your motherboard takes more than a few seconds to detect your HDDs, then it's probably a problem of the motherboard, not of having a boot time that's too fast

Sometimes a power supply has also problems to keep up with supplying the juice for all components at boot-time.
That's right in some cases, but fortunately not in mine. I may have a "sucky" DHCP server (f0dder dixit  :P), but I have a good power supply, indeed one of the most underrated and vital components of a PC

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