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Living Room / Re: Online "generators"
« on: September 27, 2005, 02:11 PM »
Henceforth, you all should refer to me as Pope Unspeakable Billy V!  I love their Pope Name Generator...

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This looks really good.  I see I already had an earlier version installed, but I've not used it before - one of those rainy afternoon downloads I never get around to using!   ;)

There is another little app that does something similar, which I have used for about a year - the cool thing about this one is that it also opens Windows Explorer when you click the left margin of the screen.  It appears to be lighter on resources that Iconoid, too.  You can find it here: http://www.geocities...hompage/Autohide.htm   There's another version that also autohides the taskbar - find it at the same place.

But for now I'm running Iconoid - let's see how it measures up.  Thanks for the pointer, Nighted.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons?
« on: September 26, 2005, 03:10 PM »
I just changed the icon with reshacker, which was really easy to do...

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons?
« on: September 26, 2005, 10:02 AM »
Thanks, Zeemar, I think yours is the nicest of the lot (although I wish I could change the default icon...)!  And thanks to all who gave this some thought.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons?
« on: September 26, 2005, 07:57 AM »
Thanks, Carol - you're a star, as ever!

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Fewer system tray icons?
« on: September 26, 2005, 07:15 AM »
Does anyone know of (or could anyone code) a small program that would reduce the number of icons in my system tray - I have seen a pay-for one (can't remember title), but wonder if there is a free one.  I know Windows does this natively, but I would love to be able to just select which icons would always be hidden, and show them again with a mouseclick.  Anybody know?

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Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 23, 2005, 08:24 AM »
I had it working last night, and tested it a few times so I'm pretty sure it was working; but came in this morning, and the same old problem is back.  Just to give it a try, I carried the printer over to one of the XP boxes - of course it autoinstalled when I plugged in the USB cable, and then I just elected to share the printer, and it works brilliantly with no further ado...  So I am going to figure out how to rearrange the office this week, so that I can have it plugged into the XP box that is switched on most of the time...  And I'm pretty sure that'll be the end of my problem. 

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Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 22, 2005, 03:28 PM »
I feel a fool, but a happy one! Following Mouser's advice, I tinkered a little more with the firewall before giving up, and now it seems to be working! I'm not sure about security aspects of this, so can anyone advise? I'm running Kerio Personal 4, and I noticed that under Applications/Network Security, MS File and Printer Sharing was denied for the trusted zone, so I permitted that - but that wasn't enough, so I then permitted Generic Host Processes and Any Other Application - is this network suicide? What does and doesn't need to be permitted? 

Thanks, Mouser: I touch my proud head to your feet!

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Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:48 AM »
Not practical at the moment, because of the setup we have in the office, but I am suspecting the issue might have to do with XP-98 communication...  And I did find that switching off the firewall made it possible to see each of the machines with Look@LAN, and on that basis managed to configure them properly - so, no, not as far as I can see is it a firewall problem anymore.

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Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:34 AM »
Oh yes, many times!  I now have them printing to the i.p. address/printer, rather than to the computer name/printer - not sure if that ought to make any difference, but it seems a little more reliable somehow...

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Living Room / Re: Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 22, 2005, 11:29 AM »
Okay, I've spent the day working on this problem, and I don't feel that I've got very far at all - but I do understand the setup a little better, so I hope you all won't mind me picking your collective brains.  I'm reassured by my day - because I feel pretty certain that the network is working alright; but I'm also disappointed that the original printer issue persists.

What we have is two Win XP machines (HP desktops, 2Ghz, 512mb RAM) and one Win 98, with a Win 98 server providing ISDN internet connection and a shared laser printer (Epson EPL-5900L).  We do not share files over the network, only the printer and internet connection.  At the start of the day, I was having difficulty seeing all of the machines using Look@LAN (which is great, by the way!), but I then corrected settings on Kerio firewall on each of the XP machines, and everyone is talking nicely now.

There has never been a problem with the shared internet connection - only with the printer.  And now, even though I can see each of the machines from the server, and see each from every other, there's still this printer problem on the XP machines.  The 98 machine works appears to work alright, but really it's an extra machine - just used by visitors occasionally.

This is what happens: opening a document in Word takes a long time - partly this is antivirus scanning, but it seems much slower than on my own machine.  And then we get the error message that's attached.  If we click 'Yes', it ticks over for a while, and sometimes asks again, or sometimes open properly; if we click 'No', it will load the document immediately, but we're doomed with regard to printing then.  Okay, document is loaded, click 'File' ... 'Print' ... and the same message comes up - click 'No' and yer doomed, click 'Yes' and there's a pause and then it comes up again, click 'Yes' again, and eventually - it's usually three or four cycles of this message - you get the print dialogue and it prints fine.

I think it's a problem with the connection between the 98 server and the printer - I saw that the printer was set to a power-saving sleep mode, so I turned that off, and I think I've disabled all the other sleep functions, but the problem persists... 

Does anybody have any good ideas?  Thanks.

From Desperate of Birmingham.


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General Software Discussion / Re: Stop unauthorised user installing?
« on: September 21, 2005, 12:50 PM »
The PowerToy really seems to fit my needs - thanks for the pointer, Veign.  Downloading it now...

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General Software Discussion / Stop unauthorised user installing?
« on: September 21, 2005, 08:27 AM »
Does anybody know of any freeware (or donationware!) software that will make it impossible for an unauthorised user to install software on a shared machine?

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Living Room / Re: Free VersionTracker ?
« on: September 20, 2005, 12:25 PM »
I know Advisor; what I would like is something that would prepare an inventory (like Advisor), and then check online for updated versions of installed programs, so that I could then decide what I wanted to download...

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Living Room / Re: Free VersionTracker ?
« on: September 20, 2005, 12:03 PM »
That's a great idea - I'm interested too...

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Living Room / Re: Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 20, 2005, 09:23 AM »
I have now run the MS Memory Tester and Memtest and Memtest86 (as Carol suggested), and it's finding no problems at all.  I switched the memory sticks over, but the problem persists - I'll follow your lead and take both out next, Mouser, and then replace.  When I ran Everest, I noticed that there seems to be a difference between the modules, as you'll see below (sorry for including this in the post, since it's pretty long and bulky).  This info means little to me - but does anything leap out at a more savvy reader?


   [ DIMM1: Micron Tech. 8VDDT3264HDG-335C3 ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Module Name                                       Micron Tech. 8VDDT3264HDG-335C3
      Serial Number                                     111DB16Eh
      Manufacture Date                                  Week 41 / 2003
      Module Size                                       256 MB (2 rows, 4 banks)
      Module Type                                       Unbuffered
      Memory Type                                       DDR SDRAM
      Memory Speed                                      PC2700 (166 MHz)
      Module Width                                      64 bit
      Module Voltage                                    SSTL 2.5
      Error Detection Method                            None
      Refresh Rate                                      Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
      @ 166 MHz                                         2.5-3-3-7  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      @ 133 MHz                                         2.0-3-3-6  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
      Early RAS# Precharge                              Supported
      Auto-Precharge                                    Not Supported
      Precharge All                                     Not Supported
      Write1/Read Burst                                 Not Supported
      Buffered Address/Control Inputs                   Not Supported
      Registered Address/Control Inputs                 Not Supported
      On-Card PLL (Clock)                               Not Supported
      Buffered DQMB Inputs                              Not Supported
      Registered DQMB Inputs                            Not Supported
      Differential Clock Input                          Supported
      Redundant Row Address                             Not Supported

    Memory Module Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Micron Technology, Inc.
      Product Information                               http://www.micron.co...egory.jsp?path=/DRAM

  [ DIMM3: Kingston K ]

    Memory Module Properties:
      Module Name                                       Kingston K
      Serial Number                                     18FFFFFFh
      Manufacture Date                                  Week 29 / 2004
      Module Size                                       512 MB (2 rows, 4 banks)
      Module Type                                       Unbuffered
      Memory Type                                       DDR SDRAM
      Memory Speed                                      PC2700 (166 MHz)
      Module Width                                      64 bit
      Module Voltage                                    SSTL 2.5
      Error Detection Method                            None
      Refresh Rate                                      Reduced (7.8 us), Self-Refresh

    Memory Timings:
      @ 166 MHz                                         2.5-3-3-7  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)
      @ 133 MHz                                         2.0-3-3-6  (CL-RCD-RP-RAS)

    Memory Module Features:
      Early RAS# Precharge                              Not Supported
      Auto-Precharge                                    Not Supported
      Precharge All                                     Not Supported
      Write1/Read Burst                                 Not Supported
      Buffered Address/Control Inputs                   Not Supported
      Registered Address/Control Inputs                 Not Supported
      On-Card PLL (Clock)                               Not Supported
      Buffered DQMB Inputs                              Not Supported
      Registered DQMB Inputs                            Not Supported
      Differential Clock Input                          Supported
      Redundant Row Address                             Not Supported

    Memory Module Manufacturer:
      Company Name                                      Kingston Technology Company, Inc.
      Product Information                               http://www.kingston....products/default.asp


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Living Room / Re: Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 20, 2005, 05:03 AM »
Picasa works fine with the old memory restored!  So, looks like a memory problem - can anyone advise how to test the memory?  Have written to Kingston - hope they'll reply soon.

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Living Room / Re: Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 20, 2005, 04:38 AM »
Okay, I'm onto something here... I've taken out the 512mb memory stick that I bought a few months back (on eBay, dammit, so probably no chance of a refund), and replaced it with the original HP 256mb stick, and the problem doesn't happen.  What I realised was that it was managing to select about 4 screens worth of text before switching off - so I tested it with a PDF document, and lo! it did the same thing.  I'm just downloading Picasa again to try that and see if it works...  Can anyone advise me on how to test the memory for physical or other errors, or is there a chance I can just wipe it down, put it back and it'll work properly? (Naive about memory, it seems.)

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Living Room / Re: Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 20, 2005, 03:21 AM »
I think video drivers too, though I wondered whether any of the software I'm running might be doing something strange with the graphics card?  It's an nVidia GeForce FX Go5600 card, with 64mb graphics memory.  Since posting, I have downloaded and installed the recommended video drivers from the HP site - I think I was using newer versions previously - and it did the same thing again.  It also did the same thing in another document, JPFX - I was suspicious of the one it started with, because that was created on somebody else's computer, but the second one it happened on was clean, created on this machine.  I'll download one of those memory tester programs to see if there's anything up with the memory, and I'll look at printer drivers too, because I agree that Word and printers have a complicated relationship!  And I'm just now going to Microsoft Update to see if it offers anything regarding the graphics drivers, since I've effectively rolled those back...   :(

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Living Room / Help! - serious weirdness
« on: September 19, 2005, 05:06 PM »
Suddenly this evening my computer has started doing something very strange.  While working in Word, my girlfriend highlighted a large block of text, moving the mouse down to expand the selection; at a certain point, the machine blinks off - powers down.  It's repeatable: I've done it three times to try to see what was happening, but I can't figure it out...  I had a similar problem with Picasa, which actually made me stop using it, though I like the program a lot: as it scanned through my images as it started up, the computer would suddenly shut down.  In 25 years of working with computers, I've never seen anything like this before... 

I run a 2.66gHz HP Pavilion ZD7010 laptop, with 768meg ram.  I have various programs running in the background, including: NOD32, Outpost Pro, RegDefend, TrojanHunter, WindowBlinds, ObjectDock, WindowFX, TopDesk, Google Desktop, AdMuncher, The Bat!, CalendarScope, WinPatrol, ProcessTamer, Konfabulator, MS Antispyware.

Has anyone ever seen something like this?  Do any of the programs listed above suggest areas for me to investigate?

Thanks for any help...

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General Software Discussion / Re: Would you pay for WinZip?
« on: September 19, 2005, 11:28 AM »
I really appreciate the model and the motivation...  I've lived in a different, parallel economy for the last ten years, working with the idea that we take what we need and give what we can - that's why I'm excited by donationcoder.  I have been enthusiastically recommending it to friends since I discovered the site, both for what it contains (in the sense of great software and reviews), and for what it stands for (and here I mean a break from the old ways, a new way of doing business).  And also: I've been reading various forums for the last few months, after staying clear of them for the first 11 years of my surfing the internet - well, it only became surfing when I got broadband a few months back, before then it was just paddling - and I must say I feel there's something different about dc, and I think that does have to do with a different ethos, a different way of doing things.  Perhaps it's a sentimental idea, but I get much more of a feeling of a circle of friends, if only in possibility - that's something it could become, in a way I don't see happening on any of the other forums I'm reading.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Would you pay for WinZip?
« on: September 19, 2005, 10:53 AM »
Getting a little personal: I'm a Buddhist, and have lived and worked within a Buddhist community for the last ten years, and I must say that it is the economic model of donationcoder that has attracted me even more than the topnotch software and excellent reviews.  I'm fascinated by the idea of donationcoder, which I consider a reflection of the Buddhist precept of dana or generosity. 

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 18, 2005, 04:51 PM »
That sounds great!  Looking forward to seeing this developed further...  Has there been a dc review of desktop search tools?  I'll take a look at the list.

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 18, 2005, 02:57 PM »
Are you aware of Getchoo?  It's at http://alilm.needlemen.com/drupal/, and both nice-looking and quick - it accesses the GDS database slightly differently to GDS, I think, though I can't exactly remember what the difference is.  It's had quite a lot of discussion over at aqua-soft.org.  I would love to see FARR doing something like that - and I'm one of the people who would like it to be skinnable too, or at least to respond to WindowBlinds skinning.

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Find&Run Robot owns desktop search
« on: September 18, 2005, 01:47 PM »
I am ignorant - please forgive me if this is a stupid question: can FARR search for text inside files in the way other desktop search programs can?  I use Google Desktop, mainly in my work in a charity, where I find it very useful and I like it, but it really bothers me that it clashes with NOD32, and I'm concerned about the various privacy issues that have been raised around it.  If I could use FARR in its place, I would be a happy man...

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