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General Software Discussion / Re: Simplifying Your Computer
« on: August 23, 2012, 09:20 AM »
i think when you get to wanting to uninstall 100 programs, that's when you are probably better off formatting the hard drisk, and installing a clean coy of windows, and just reinstalling the programs you use on the new clean pc.
+1 just what I would suggest.

Just last week I hauled off 3 old boxes to the dump. They have a section there which recycles electrical waste (hopefully in a better manner than the Colorado outfit highlighted on "60 Minutes"). Its really hard to throw away perfectly operational devices, but doing so is quite liberating. Now its onto the still-usable pile destined for goodwill...

Great thread. Thanks 40Hz for the excellent advice and (obviously) well thought out predictions for the future. (Kinda scary, but your logic seems sound to me.)

You can pull my not-required-to-be-connected-to-the-internet Win32XPproSP2 box with MSVC6, Python, PHP and Perl from my cold dead fingers!

With all the disks from my old MSDN subscription, I have everything I need to stay happy, windows-wise for the foreseeable future (as long as my old hardware hangs in there - maybe its time to stock up on some spares...)

General Software Discussion / JavaScript or Python
« on: October 10, 2011, 10:16 PM »
I would second the motion recommending JavaScript (which is and will remain _everywhere_). To learn it proper-like, get and study Flanagan's The Definitive Guide. The recently released 6th edition covers the most recent JavaScript version (ECMAScript5) and all the cool new HTML5 stuff that will soon be running the net. One great thing about JavaScript is that to get started, all you need is a browser and a text editor.

That said, there's also lots of really smart folks who like Python.

Although a GUI, MP3Tag does everything you need. Takes a while to come up to speed, but the effort spent is worth it. It has very powerful renaming and tag data manipulation features (including regex) that can be applied to individual files, directories and entire branches.

Highly recommended.

General Software Discussion / Re: Software Hall of Fame
« on: August 07, 2011, 10:33 AM »
... only retards and kids did 100%-assembly applications even back then ...

I find this statement to be more than just a little bit offensive.

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