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Living Room / Re: What's your pet's favorite toy?
« on: April 25, 2007, 02:50 PM »
My dog Shadow (Newfoundland), likes a cow-colored (spotted) Frisbee.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: SFX Compiler Reviewed
« on: April 24, 2007, 07:43 PM »
Your welcome, zridling. I plan on writing another review about other install/SFX programs in the next days.


dhuser: where're you? Maybe I should stop by and shop... :)

In Long Island, New York...
Google Map (of CompUSA Store location)-

(it is about a 15-20 minute trip from my house)

A checklist would be a very good idea...
An Idea- after a certin number of newsletters/time, if a user has completed every task, he/she will receive 1-2 Donation Credits.

Just an idea...

Developer's Corner / Re: The Best Introductory Language
« on: April 23, 2007, 08:50 AM »
I personally started with (and recommend) Visual Basic (or VB.NET) to beginner programmers. If any beginners want to start learning...
* Visual Basic Express Edition (FREE)- http://msdn.microsof.../vstudio/express/vb/
* Learn VB Express Edition- http://msdn.microsof...inner/windows/tier1/
* Create your First Program-
It is visual and object-oriented.

Note that a LiveID/.NET Passport ID is required to register/activate.

The ribbon was a good idea before it was developed and put into practice. I agree that the ribbon might cause confusion and and is wasting space.

Most new ideas are praised, until they are put into practice.

(On a side note, the CompUSA store that it is closing by me, has Windows Vista CDs for 40% Off and is sold out of Office 2007 CDs.:tellme:)


General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:17 AM »
Could it be done this way...:?
Move the file Softpedia is linking to and place it in another folder, while only updating the link on your website. It results in the link at Softpedia, giving a 404 Page Not found or Page not displayed error.


Living Room / Re: What Programs Run In Your System Tray?
« on: April 12, 2007, 08:40 AM »
Here is what I have:
- LaunchBar Commander- by Mouser
- Screenshot Captor- by Mouser
- Vicman's PhotoToolkit
- 2 other Screenshot/Screencasting Programs
- ZoneAlarm


Living Room / Re: Been asked a MILLION times...Internet explorer
« on: April 12, 2007, 08:32 AM »
It will probably be safe to assume that one of the add-ons or extensions are not causing these ads to appear.

One problem with removing IE, is that is hard-wired into the system. It must be available for System Restore and many other Microsoft/Non-MS Applications

If you ever do get IE removed, make sure the installer does not remove system files, required by Windows.

Run a Anti-Spyware and Anti-Virus Scan

General Software Discussion / Re: wanted: GUI graphics
« on: April 11, 2007, 04:31 PM »
As I am also a developer...
Some Resources:

For Icons:
http://vbaccelerator...cs_Library/index.asp (XP Icons)
http://commons.wikim.../wiki/Category:Icons (Many Icon Categories, see Icons Themes)

For AVI animations:
http://vbaccelerator...ibrary/AVI/index.asp (Only one I know of)

(to download AVIs, click the Download link on the side)


Mini-Reviews by Members / SFX Compiler Reviewed
« on: April 05, 2007, 07:12 PM »
Basic Info

App NameSFX Compiler
App URLhttp://www.uticasoft...ucts/sfxcompiler.htm
App Version Reviewed2.05
Test System SpecsWindows XP SP2
Supported OSesWindows
Support MethodsE-Mail Listed on Contact Page ( and Help Files
Pricing SchemeFreeware
Reviewer Donation LinkDonate to dhuser, the Review Author
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product None

Note: The Download Link is on the Homepage (


SFX Compiler is a free tool to create a SFX file (.exe) and extract it to the directory of the user's (or the author's) choice. Its' interface is simple and not complicated.


Who is this app designed for:
- Software developers
- Home Users (package group of programs or files to put onto a CD or USB Flash Drive)

The Good
- Easy Interface
- - Nice generated EXE files
- Many properties and customization features

The needs improvement section
- For the basic user, none.
- Some advanced users might want more advanced features

Why I think you should use this product
This product is easy to use and compares with other applications

How does it compare to similar apps
Compared to the SFX maker in WinZip, it leaves some features to be desired. Among others, it compares and has the basic set of features.

SFX Compiler is a nice program with some excellent features.

Links to other reviews of this application
- CNET Editor's Review:
- SnapFiles User Review:


Living Room / Re: Windows XP Annoyance: ToolTip pop-ups
« on: April 05, 2007, 04:05 PM »
Welcome to DonationCoder! I do not think there is a way to disable this. It probably can not be disabled, as it is hardwired into the system.


General Software Discussion / Re: Windows Picture and Fax Viewer
« on: April 05, 2007, 12:08 PM »
Just tried Photo Toolkit, and I like it. It does offer some nice photo editing features in the Viewer. It also includes its' own photo viewer and editor. I posted three screenshots below:

My only problem that I have with it is that it starts automatically with Windows, after unloading the toolbar from the Windows Image/Fax Viewer, it can be hard to find the settings menu, and that if the Windows Image/Fax viewer is not the default image viewer/editor, it always asks if you would like to make it the default.

Overall Nice Program, with some good features.


General Software Discussion / Re: What fonts do I actually need?
« on: April 04, 2007, 06:11 PM »
Probably not a good thing, but I have 1792 fonts installed. Mostly from desktop publishing software and graphics programs.


I saw this on apple's page yesterday:
[ Invalid Attachment ]
(see the bottom where the news is)

Maybe it wasn't a hoax...  :D


I use and suggest Dexport. Its' great and free for personal use.


KenR: Nice find!  :)

I downloaded it and started to use it...
Very interesting and nice. Might be used to create tutorials for my software and other programs.

If you know and/or like to use Powerpoint, this will be very easy to use. Looks at somewhat acts the same.

Worth a look at.
Be Sure to Download the Zip File and not just the .msi file, as the MSI file alone will not start on my computer. The Zipped MSI Worked without problem.

General Software Discussion / Re: Astyle: A Free Visual CSS Editor
« on: March 21, 2007, 08:39 AM »
AStyle is designed for experts. New users (such as myself) will probably be confused by the interface and the general program.

In Short: New User? Find a more user-friendly program. Expert? Try it out, it may suit you.


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Little Setup Builder Reviewed
« on: March 13, 2007, 07:11 AM »
Thanks Cliff.
You are free to take any of my other reviews, post them, and link back.


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Little Setup Builder Reviewed
« on: March 12, 2007, 07:19 PM »
I have created a sample installer, with LSB:


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Little Setup Builder Reviewed
« on: March 12, 2007, 06:15 PM »
Based upon my experience, Little Setup Builder does not create a screen at the end. If you want to give the author credit, feel free to.


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Little Setup Builder Reviewed
« on: March 12, 2007, 08:48 AM »
Two sites that I run you can link to:
- DMS Online @
- QSale Point-of-Sale (My Free Software) @

I appologize for not responding sooner...
A link to any (or both) of these sites are thanked...

(Hope you enjoy it, Ruffnekk)


Developer's Corner / Re: Style Master CSS Editor
« on: March 09, 2007, 03:43 PM »
For CSS, I use:
TopStyle Light- http://www.newsgator...le&ProdView=lite


CSS Stylesheet Editor- http://www.causeway....uf/cssedit/index.htm

Style Master is great, but I usually edit it one of these programs (they are free).


I use Artweaver. I have to admit, it is really a great tool. It combines the best of Photoshop and Painter. An Automatic Updater is also included.


The extensions I use:
- Adblock Plus
- Adblock Filterset.G Updater
- Codetch (designing web pages in Firefox)
- FireFTP (FTP program in Firefox)
- IE Tab
- McAfee Site Advisor
- Palette Grabber (creates a palette based upon the colors in a web site)
- Sothink SWF Catcher
- Stumble Upon Toolbar
- Web Developer Toolbar
- WOT (site ratings)

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