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Living Room / Re: Strange behaviour: DirInfo-1.DbgLog
« on: March 01, 2006, 01:43 PM »
Unfortunately, my pleasure in the solution was too quick - it's not fixed the problem, so this is still live.  Anybody got any ideas?

Living Room / Re: Strange behaviour: DirInfo-1.DbgLog
« on: March 01, 2006, 11:24 AM »
Okay, still don't understand...  But removing Diskview seems to have solved the problem...  I'll reinstall and hope it works now (look out for my mini-review of disk-visualising programs in the next few weeks)...

Living Room / Strange behaviour: DirInfo-1.DbgLog
« on: March 01, 2006, 11:14 AM »
There I was in Firefox yesterday afternoon, filling in an online PDF for a job application, when my machine suddenly switched off.  It's prone to doing this sometimes, usually when it's particularly stressed - I have isolated the problem as being a (slightly) incompatible memory stick, and  as I pretty much know what triggers it, I have decided (so far) to save the £50 that a replacement memory stick would cost and just avoid doing those things.  So, I have system shutdown, and a few minutes later the machine comes back to life, only I can no longer get into Firefox, except in Safe Mode - every time it starts up, it immediately goes to the 'Firefox has a problem, would you like to tell us about it' dialogue.  I decide to bite the bullet and reinstall FF - to no effect: exact same behaviour.  I decide to bite harder and remove every trace of FF and reinstall - so scouring registry (with CCleaner and JV16Tools) and removing folders in C:\Documents & Folders\[etc]  Fine, now FF works again, and after a while of reassembling things, I have all the extensions I want back (and I found a really handsome new theme in the process: iPox).  Firefox works fine, and I worked happily online all morning, until I came to opening one of my Desktop folders, when Windows popped up with a truncated message box, reading (in the top bar): "DirInfo-1.DbgLog", and in the body of the message, just: "**NotP".  I tried to do a system restore to last night, but this didn't fix it; when I restored to before last night, Firefox doesn't work.  I restored all of JV16's backups, but nothing doing.  What I did inbetween: install Mouser's new Launcher Alpha and Skrommel's Taskbar Fader.  That's it as far as changes are concerned.  I searched on Google and turned up some references to "DirInfo-1.DbgLog", but all referred to software I have no knowledge of, and certainly haven't installed.  Anybody have any ideas that might help me?

Oh, something to add to this: the error message belongs to Explorer (according to Process Explorer), and when it comes up I can do nothing except kill Explorer and start it again... And then everything works fine until I try to open any folder...

LaunchBar Commander / Re: early screenshots
« on: February 28, 2006, 06:58 AM »
Come on Mouser, do it do it do it...! I'm really looking forward to this!

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Dim the taskbar
« on: February 26, 2006, 05:40 AM »
This works well for me, but I have the same problem I had with AlphaXP: whenever WallpaperMaster changes the desktop image, the taskbar returns to solid and stays that way...  Any ideas?

Post New Requests Here / Re: Dim the taskbar?
« on: February 25, 2006, 05:17 PM »
That looks great!  And what a great site for building apps!  Can you get it to respond to mouseover - i.e. go solid when the mouse hovers?  And can you make the fade a little slower?  And how about setting a variable transparency?  Thanks for your time and effort, Cpilot - much appreciated!

Post New Requests Here / DONE: Dim the taskbar (set transparency)
« on: February 25, 2006, 04:02 PM »
On the back of this entry over on 43F (http://www.43folders...against-distraction/), I would like to find something that would do the same as Merlin's number 2, MenuShade.  I've never liked the Windows' Autohide, but I would love to find something that would quite gracefully fade out the Taskbar and bring it back on mouseover.  On a brief Google search, I turned up about four different things, some free, some cheap.  The one I tried is AlphaXP Lite, and this works really well, but everytime WallpaperMaster changes the wallpaper, AlphaXP seems to forget what it's there for, and the Taskbar is solid again...  Anybody up for coding something elegant and tiny?

The image is from the AlphaXP website, over at:

LaunchBar Commander / Re: early screenshots
« on: February 24, 2006, 01:51 PM »
Looks great M. - let me know if you want a beta tester...

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: TopDesk
« on: February 18, 2006, 04:35 AM »
Great! Glad you gave it a try Nudone!

Living Room / Re: Using images on the taskbar
« on: February 17, 2006, 06:10 AM »
It's just an image, but I want to use it as a button - is possible?

Living Room / Using images on the taskbar
« on: February 17, 2006, 05:40 AM »
Difficult to express this as a Subject line... 

I run WindowBlinds, and a few of the themes that I like imitate the Mac Tiger look, and so they replicate the Spotlight image on the taskbar (see image).  I really dislike it when a Windows machine has an Apple image on the Start button (why not just buy a Mac?), so I always go with themes that have a Windows Start button, and I don't like the Spotlight image either - but I do really love these themes (and I do really love a lot of Mac designs). 

What I would really like is to be able to use the Spotlight image to start FARR.  Is this possible?  Can anyone guide me?

That's interesting: I downloaded it last night, after I read the article (about the freeware list) on Downloadsquad.  It's nice-looking and very fast, but I certainly wouldn't choose it over Archivarius because it doesn't index The Bat!   Given that I can't use it for searching my emails, it seems to me to offer a similar range of uses as FARR, and I choose FARR over FileHand.

The Yahoo desktop search is apparently based on X1, so that is an alternative to paying for the full version.  My impression is that X1 is the most highly respected of the lot...

Archivarius indexes contents...  Give it a try - the student edition is quite cheap, actually: $19.95 - here's the website:

As far asI know, Archivarius is the only one that indexes The Bat! email - I expect someone will make a GDS plugin eventually - there used to be one, but the author himself said it was buggy.  You might like to take a look at my mini-review of Archivarius: https://www.donation...dex.php?topic=1046.0

General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple desktops
« on: February 10, 2006, 02:52 PM »
(Neatly side-stepping Mouser) 

I think it was likewise my experience of Linux that first introduced me to the idea, Edvard.  Or maybe it was the MS PowerToy...

I think, for the money (it's free), Dexpot seems to be the best of those suggested so far.  There is a Pro version available for 8Euros, but I can't figure out what the difference is...

General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple desktops
« on: February 10, 2006, 01:54 PM »
Thanks, Edvard: I will check out the links you provide.  I should say that I have just looked at Dexpot's current memory usage, and it's less than 4mb, so that's seeming very good right now.  It's highly configurable and does exactly what I want, so I might end up sticking with it - and I recommend others take a look also.  I tried VirtuaWin, but agree with Edvard's comment.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: TopDesk
« on: February 10, 2006, 01:51 PM »
I have tried Entbloess, but not for awhile.  I liked it, but I particularly like that F11 feature.  We must have been researching the market around the same time if it was late 2004 for you also!

General Software Discussion / Re: Multiple desktops
« on: February 10, 2006, 09:43 AM »
I think all your offerings are for multiple monitors, Mouser, rather than multiple desktops - I only have one monitor, but want to be able to run different programs in different desktop environments.  For instance, I would like to have my 30boxes calendar always open on a second desktop for easy reference...

General Software Discussion / Multiple desktops
« on: February 10, 2006, 07:39 AM »
Could I get some opinions from people on the best multiple desktop programs?  I have a nVidia graphics card on my one machine, and that has built in multiple desktop support, but I also really like Dexpot, which allows me to do some things I can't do from the nVidia manager (mainly an option to have different icon configuration per desktop).  Dextop is a bit heavy on memory, though (22mb working set, 100mb virtual), and I don't know (because it doesn't show up on Process Explorer) if nVidia uses less - anybody know?  And is there another, lighter option that would allow me to have different (or no) icons on different desktops?

Mini-Reviews by Members / TopDesk
« on: February 10, 2006, 05:50 AM »
I did a quick search of the forums (using the new DC search in FARR!) and saw that the only two references to TopDesk have been made by me...  Perhaps not as many of you are aware of this great tool as should be.  So a few brief comments, because I think it is among the most useful programs I have on my machine.

I have been running TopDesk ( about a year or so, and it just keeps getting better.  Basically, it is a replacement for the Windows Alt-Tab, along the lines of OSX's sexy Expose function.  (Say that fast a few times!  "OSX's sexy Expose"!)  It sits quietly in your system tray and does nothing.  Okay, granted, it does use up some memory while it's just sitting there (24mb working set and 156mb virtual at the moment on this machine), but it's worth every tiny bit, I think. 

The magic starts when you either (a) hit Alt-Tab, (b) hit F9, F10, or (c) move your mouse pointer to one of the screen hotspots.  (These are just the default setting, all key-combinations and hotspots are fully configurable.)

When you activate one of these options, you get one of several things happening - again, configurable in Topdesk Options.  Either you get a screen with all your open windows tiled, so that you can click on the one you want to change to (Grid layout), or you get a screen showing each window's relative size (Spatial layout), or -  this is a new feature in the recently released 1.4.1 - you get a side-on 3D image of each of your open windows stacked behind one another, with a title bar for the active (topmost) window across the screen, and Alt-Tabbing then moves through the windows.  Or instead of getting all your windows, you get just the windows of the same application - useful if you have, for instance, several MS Word documents open at once.  Each of these windows is visually accurate - i.e. you can see in the tiled or stacked windows the contents of each window.

When you hit F11 all your windows slide down to reveal your desktop.

(These animated gifs - linked from the Otaku Software site - are slow on my machine - the program runs lightnigh-fast, though!)

This is the best and most useful feauture for me! - I probably use this 5 or 6 times in an hour.  It's particularly useful when I'm working with things that demand a full-screen - video editing, for instance, and on my smaller laptop, even simple word processing - but where I occasionally need to access something that's in a folder on my desktop.

I love the look of it, the elegance and smoothness of the animations.  I know there are keyboard shortcuts to do almost everything TopDesk does, but this is such a pleasure to work with, and such fun, that I would choose it every time over a simple (and aesthetically empty) Win+D.  I have tested Winplosion and a few other similar programs, but nothing touches Topdesk, in my estimation.

And it's cheap!  Just $9.95 - as far as my computer is concerned, this was probably the best ten bucks I've ever spent!  And the reason I decided to write a short review this particular bright Winter morning?  Well, because I have had my licensed copy running on my home machine since I bought it, and I have made all kinds of compromises on my work machine (mainly TaskswitchXP, and recently SmallWindows, which is neat, but not nearly as neat) in the meantime, but have always felt less than satisfied, especially because that's where I do all my video-editing.  So I decided I would check to see the licensing details, and on the forum found a post that confirmed that the licensing is per-user, which means you can run it on more than one machine.  At $9.95 for a license, that's more than generous!

TopDesk, to me an absolute essential on a Windows machine - I love it, and I never want to be without it!

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Addressbook Software Mini-Shootout
« on: February 03, 2006, 05:30 AM »
Wow!  What a fantastic review!  Thanks, superboyac! (And thanks for nod, too.)

Post New Requests Here / Re: Notes Snippet organizer
« on: February 03, 2006, 05:27 AM »
I haven't RTFM (I very seldom do!), but I have found that stickies linger on and on - when I reinstalled it recently, there were all my stickies from the previous version.  You can simply save each sticky into a folder as you create it, but it does backup quite dependably.  And then you can right-click system tray icon, select 'Restore closed stickies', and there's the full list of 'em.

I'm just downloading WikidPad now - I have seen it before, but never tried it...

Post New Requests Here / Re: Notes Snippet organizer
« on: February 03, 2006, 05:00 AM »
Nobody has mentioned the possibility of using some kind of Wiki, either online or locally...  For some reason I'm finding it impossible to run Instiki on either of my machines, though they claim it's really easy - I guess I've not given it the right kind of attention yet, but when I run it and try to access localhost:2500 nothing happens...  But I have used PBWiki, which runs online, and gives free accounts - that's working quite well for me to store things I might need access to from anywhere.  And then I use Tom Revell's Stickies ( for all the myriad little notes I type as I go, and the Firefox Scrapbook extension for webpages.  Stickies is really worth a look - I used it a few years ago and dumped it, but it's come along so far now!  I think it's great.

Living Room / Dropsend
« on: February 02, 2006, 01:57 PM »
I've just started using this (free) online system for storing and sending big files:

It's very quick to set up, and worked very easily for me - I would recommend it, if anybody else has the need to send large files every now and then.  A little more storage would be nice, and is available if you pay for one of the subscription options; but the free one might be fine for most people.  Check it out...

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