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That would be interesting!  Might also be fun to see not just where people live, but where they come from...

I missed the January weather - I was in India, comfortable and safe in a cheap hotel in Mumbai, watching on BBC World as the tsunami wrecked the southern coast and much, much else.  I'm struck by how many English people read these forums... I wonder where the majority of donationcoder visitors come from?

I'm in the suburbs of Birmingham, England (but grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa).  Our neighbourhood was hit by a tornado a month or so back, and this was taken a few minutes afterwards.  Our house was untouched, but this picture was taken about 100 metres down the road...

Living Room / Network problem - can anyone advise?
« on: September 17, 2005, 01:18 PM »
I'm about to overhaul the small network in the office I work in. I probably know enough to do this, but I'm going to have to supplement as I go along by reading up on particular subjects.  So my first question is: does anybody know a good introduction to networking? 

The network we have was set up long before I arrived into the office, and it does some very strange things.  One thing that happens quite regularly to some (but not all of us) is that when we send documents from Word, there's a long delay and it looks like Word has frozen - other programs work fine - then eventually (this can literally take 5 minutes), you get a message saying something like "MS Word has been unable to connect to the printer; it might be possible to print anyway. Click yes if you want to continue waiting, or no to try print now" - it's roughly that, but I'm writing this from home so I don't have the exact wording in front of me. Nothing at all happens if you choose not to wait; if you wait, it continues to look as if Word is frozen, and then a minute or two later it gives the same dialogue again. This repeats a few times, and then eventually the printer fires up and it all works smoothly from then on. I don't work so often in the office anymore, but it used to be that my first print-job of the day was tortuously slow, but thereafter it was quicker - I think it's now slow every time.

As I said, this happens to some of the computers on the network: two of the three machines running XP, and one of the Win 98 boxes. To tell the truth, the Win 98 ones are not that important. What's really weird is that it doesn't happen on the third XP machine, which is a laptop that is only occasionally plugged into the network, one or two days each week. The other two XP machines are the important ones, and my colleagues are going out of their minds. Has anyone seen anything like this before?

General Software Discussion / Re: WinThesaurus
« on: September 17, 2005, 12:50 PM »
If you like Thesauruses, as I do, don't miss Visual Thesaurus 3, which is a beautiful program - visually and conceptually elegant and excellent!

Unfinished Requests / Re: [IDEA] Simply Desktop Calendar & To-Do List
« on: September 17, 2005, 10:27 AM »
Rainlendar will definitely do the things you're after, and elegantly too; but there are other Win XP apps that do this directly onto the desktop...  Take a look at, and there is Desktop Calendar too (http://www.snapfiles.../get/desktopcal.html), and there are several Konfabulator widgets available that will do same - take a look at

ProcessTamer / Re: Seems like a memory leak.
« on: September 17, 2005, 04:25 AM »
I run it 24/7 on two laptops - both XP SP2 - without any problems...

I don't have it!  I don't have it!  I'm keen!  (But I can't really afford even the reduced price... so if you're looking for a home for one of the freebies...)

General Software Discussion / Re: Calendar software
« on: September 15, 2005, 06:01 PM »
I'm just downloading that now - it looks good on their website.  Must say that I think the contact management in The Bat! is pretty good (it was shifting from Outlook to The Bat! for email that prompted me to want to drop Outlook and explore other calendar options). 

jpfx: there is a beta of EPIM 1.6 out now, which at least allows you to turn off the clock.  I would really like it if the whole layout were more configurable - I don't like where the mini calendar is on the right, but there's nothing you can do to move it...  Also, EPIM runs quite heavy - it sits at around 20 meg even when it's shrunk to the tray, whereas Calendarscope comes in under 2 meg.

zridling: I've trying the full version of TimeCalendar at the moment, and it's lightweight and quick and nice to look at, but for me it's hobbled by not being able to synchronise with PocketPC - Calendarscope can do this, EPIM has it in development.  Also, like the current version of EPIM (but not the beta) it only prints in black and white.  The author of TimeCalendar told me he is about to launch a completely new version, so maybe it'll be able to sync and print in colour then.

General Software Discussion / Re: So you want to write a review...
« on: September 14, 2005, 08:48 AM »
Do you have time to give it a look soon?  Or just send it along to me via pm, and I'll see what I can make of it.  (I have no experience at all writing on software, though I got my first computer for my 10th birthday and I'm now 36, so I have played around a bit with them.  But I have published hundreds of reviews of poetry books, and maybe that counts for something!)

General Software Discussion / Re: Calendar software
« on: September 14, 2005, 07:21 AM »
No irony intended, but: I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!  I love your site, and it is where I have started from... From being a big fan of EssentialPIM, I did a bit more testing with Calendarscope last night, and I think this might be the one for me.  You might have seen on another thread that I am thinking of doing a review for donationcoder.  What do you think of Timecalendar?

General Software Discussion / Re: Counterspy any good?
« on: September 13, 2005, 06:07 PM »
Thanks, Carol; I'll be careful!  Must say the beta looks better than the one I tried earlier in the day - including tick-boxes to switch off scanning of 'low risk' items and cookies.  Off to bed now...

General Software Discussion / Re: Counterspy any good?
« on: September 13, 2005, 05:48 PM »
I have had similar experience with MSAS.  It really is the price-tag that is going to decide this for me...  I run Spybot and Adaware and SpywareGuard and SpywareBlaster and Winpatrol Plus and XPAntiSpy, and I have recently started using a Hosts file too, so I guess I am pretty well protected, but I like the idea of having resident protection.  I think I am going to opt for MSAS because it's cheap.  That said, in the parallel thread I've opened over at Wilders Security, somebody just gave me a link to the CounterSpy's beta website, which is free to use, so I might try that...

General Software Discussion / Re: So you want to write a review...
« on: September 13, 2005, 01:59 PM »
Is this the place for me to ask what Calendar progs people currently use?  Or will you start a new thread, Mouser?

General Software Discussion / Re: Counterspy any good?
« on: September 13, 2005, 12:18 PM »
I messed up a system real bad the first time I ran a 'registry-fixing' program, so I'm extremely careful now.  I really wish that I had checked the details of the CoolWebSearch alert I got from Counterspy, but I was a bit jumpy I think, because I know that's a nasty one - so I deleted it, whereas I quarantined the other things.  I'll check on those later, and see if they really were problems...

General Software Discussion / Counterspy any good?
« on: September 13, 2005, 11:15 AM »
I've just heard of Counterspy for the first time - from a thread over on Wilders Security (where I have started another thread with this title, but I am interested to know what people here at donationcoder think too). I've downloaded the trial and ran a scan. It looks a whole lot like MSAS, but it caught five things that MSAS has missed in all recent scans (including CoolWebSearch, which I find a little difficult to believe, since I scan regularly with various bits of anti-spyware). I have read reports on this forum of false positives, so I'm a little unsure: is Counterspy any good? I would love to have something really good that would allow me to run fewer things ongoingly... I know that's probably everyone's dream, but if Counterspy isn't that dream piece of software, does anyone have any other recommendations?

General Software Discussion / Re: So you want to write a review...
« on: September 13, 2005, 09:45 AM »
I've posted on this forum and over at Wilders Security trying to get some leads on good calendar programs, without much success.  I wish there was a review of this type of software, and so I'm thinking about asking if I can do one...  What are the time-frames?  If I were to take on writing a comparative round-up, when would it need to be ready by?

Happy to say that I discovered I was eligible for a migration discount of 50% - switching from Norton Internet Security.  So I'm up and running with Outpost now!  Need to find a good tutorial on setting it up, though, so am Google-ing away in another tab as I type...

General Software Discussion / Re: Calendar software
« on: September 12, 2005, 09:17 AM »
The best I've seen so far is EssentialPIM, but with that you can't print in color, which is a drag for me - but a posting on their forums says that that is in the next version, which is currently in beta testing...

General Software Discussion / Calendar software
« on: September 10, 2005, 04:40 PM »
I would love to see a review of the best calendar/pim software (calendar being the most important aspect for me), but in the meantime, could people offer me opinions and experiences of what works best for them?  Have been using Outlook 2003 for a few years, but since I've just bought The Bat! on the back of this site's review - and I think it is a brilliant piece of software! - I would like to ditch the bloatware and find a good standalone calendar.  I've used Sunbird for awhile on my other computer, and that looks promising, but it's got a way to go before it could replace Outlook for me.  So please let me know what you're using and what you would recommend most highly.  Thanks!  (I am new here, so I hope I'm posting this in the right place - please forgive me if not!)

Thanks, Mouser (just want to say I really do love this site, btw).  I can probably hang out for 6 months; I hear rumours that NOD are planning to include a firewall in version 3, so that might get to me before outpost...

Is there a hope in hell of this offer being repeated?  I would bite...

General Review Discussion / Re: Review suggestions
« on: September 09, 2005, 01:50 AM »
i would find a review of pims really helpful - have used outlook for years, before that sidekick for a long time (remember sidekick!), recently started testing sunbird, but it's got some ways to go, just followed various links from the great software list.  actually, i realise i probably should say i mean pims with calendars...

(I usually have more capital letters.)

ProcessTamer / Re: No tooltips?
« on: September 05, 2005, 03:37 PM »
Thanks again for your help - seems like a really useful product.  I'll compare and see what suits my needs.

ProcessTamer / Re: No tooltips?
« on: September 05, 2005, 02:55 PM »
That's done it!  Thanks  :up:

A second question: I followed a link from Process Tamer's page to Process Lasso - is there any point at all in running both of these?  If I have to choose, which should I go for?

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