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Around 3-4 months ago, my wifes phone (Motorola Defy) suddenly slowed to a pathetic crawl.
It would take forever to accomplish anything. She didn't know why, but I suspected some rogue app.
I forget all the steps I took to isolate the condition, but I found that the camera would store every photo in its own directory. Plus it did the same for thumbnails.
Long terrible situation > short ... her phone no longer works.
Now, at this time, she only had her phone for about 4-5 months. TOPS!!!
She used the camera regularly, nothing outrageous.
I made a backup of her 8GB microSD card.
It was filled to the max!

I ran Microsoft Security Essentials on this backup folder.
When it finished, it reported no issues. But it DID scan 12,408 directories.
The attached screenshot is about half way through the scan.

What's REALLY odd, I was able to delete all the photos. But the empty folders are still there.

So my question: how can I delete all these folders?

Living Room / build/upgrade or buy/build a new one?
« on: October 18, 2010, 12:49 AM »
About a year and a half ago, I went shopping to build my first PC.

On 4/28/2008 I made my purchase from NewEgg. Here is the list:
1 x Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
1 x GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard
1 x XFX PVT88SFDF4 GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
1 x Thermaltake Purepower RX W0144RU 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply
1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80557E6550
1 x G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
1 x SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
1 x Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C for System Builders - OEM
Keyboard, mouse and 24" Samsung monitor were purchased separately at Costco Wholesale (my beloved employer :) )

I've got some funds to spend on either:
A). Upgrade/Rebuild my current PC.
B). Buy/Build a new PC.
Either should be for under $1,000
Lesser is better, so I can renew some domain names I have expiring soon, and some software purchases also.
I really DON'T want to spend a grand!

My machine is showing its age.

I am not a gamer. I am a hobbyist/freelance Web Developer/Designer with Adobe CS4 (I have noticed it takes longer to launch than before). I do lot's of XHTML, CSS, PHP coding. I will watch the occasional movie (either NetFlix streaming or DVD - bluray not necessary).

I'm looking on NewEgg, and there are some CyberpowerPC price under $500-600 whose specs are pretty good. Right?
3.0GHz+, 4 gigs of RAM.
I have never been into hardware and stuff. I know there's lots to it. Web Dev and following those trends is where I spend most of my time. So I kind of need some help deciding what to pursue.

Living Room / How should I diagnose this hardware issue?
« on: September 14, 2009, 03:37 PM »
I've got a hardware problem that I do not how to diagnose nor solve.

Constant freezes. Doesn't matter what application is running.

I have a custom built PC. Parts purchased & assembled April 2008. I had it built by an experienced friend of a friend, who has built several gaming rigs, and is no longer available to assist me.
Here is my parts list (quick copy/paste from NewEgg Invoice Details):
1 x Thermaltake M9 VI1000BWS Black SECC Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - Retail
1 x GIGABYTE GA-P35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX All Solid Capacitor Intel Motherboard - Retail
1 x Intel Core 2 Duo E6550 Conroe 2.33GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor Model BX80557E6550 - Retail
1 x G.SKILL 2GB (2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 1066 (PC2 8500) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model F2-8500CL5D-2GBPK - Retail
1 x Thermaltake Purepower RX W0144RU 600W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready CrossFire Ready Modular Active PFC Power Supply - Retail
1 x XFX PVT88SFDF4 GeForce 8800 GS 384MB 192-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Supported Video Card - Retail
1 x SAMSUNG 20X DVD±R DVD Burner Black SATA Model SH-S203B - OEM
1 x Western Digital Caviar Blue WD1600AAJS 160GB 7200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive - OEM
1 x Microsoft Windows XP Professional With SP2C for System Builders - OEM

I'm assuming that this is a hardware issue because I've had this problem start when I had XP, over a year ago.
At the time, I thought it was a software issue, or some other non-hardware matter. So I took the opportunity to try Kubuntu (I've used Ubuntu off and on many times since Edgy Eft.)
Problem didn't occur for a while, then suddenly happened several times per day.
My wife thought it was a bad hard-drive. This was a few months ago, when Win7 was available for download, so I downloaded and burned it.
I formatted the hard-drive using Ubuntu Live CD, and replaced it with a similar one as before (from a local store).
The problem persists. If I can figure out how, I may run both hard-drives (RAID? right?) to double my storage.

Win7 has been awesome! :)
I'm really digging it. Last night, for the first time in MONTHS, it froze again. And yet again upon reboot, and again right before this post.
I opened the case earlier. Took two aerosol air cans, and expelled most of whatever dust I found. Including the fans, power supply, around CPU heatsink, and the little heatsink on the graphics card.
I also unplugged each and every plug that I could get my hands on, and one by one, unplugged and replugged them, to ensure everything was nice and properly fastened.

I am currently not working, short term disablity. So any solution that is either free, or low-cost would be most appreciated!

Searched for terms 'timer, timed, auto, autorun, autostart' but I can not find.

I've too many things autostart, and would like to delay some of them.
ex: antivirus start first, seconds later start firewall, a minute later startqwerty.exe

hhmm ... someone know of such a neat app?

I know that as a general rule of Windows usage, I should not use the Administrator account for daily usage.
So I use my personal account, as well as my wife uses her own.

It would be a neat idea, say for example the following scenario:
I'm logged into my personal account. I need to download/install some application, or perform some task which is disabled in my stripped user account.
This little app would need to be installed on all accounts I suppose!?
So I launch this neat little application that posts something like a postit/stickey note to the Administrator Desktop: DON'T FORGET TO INSTALL 'XYZ'.
The next time I logon using the Admin Account, I am presented with the postit/stickey note which was posted with the other account.
It would be even better, if this same little application could send messages to other accounts. For example, to my wifes desktop/account: HUNNY, I TOOK YOUR CAR KEYS TO WASH YOUR CAR. I LEFT THE COFFEE POT ON!


I know there are plenty of postit/stickey notes around, but I don't know about the above feature.

I've recently moved to a new host for my site.
They require SFTP, which is not a problem, as FileZilla supports this.
My preferred text editor, Notepad++, can only connect via FTP.

Does anyone know of a work around to get Notepad++ to connect via SFTP?
Or another grreat editor that does?!

General Software Discussion / photo duplicate scanner
« on: January 14, 2008, 11:46 AM »
Between my wife and I, we take lots of pics using our nice little point-n-shoot Panasonic Lumix.
Living in a new city, new friends, many new sites to see, and a new baby girl (5 months). So about once a week we transfer all our photos and many .MOV files from our SD cards to our desktop.

Usually, files would retain the cameras default naming system. EX: P1010368.jpg, or
But for the past few weeks, my naming system is messed up. Now I have dozens, if not hundreds of hi-res photos that are duplicates (average size of 2-3MB per photo).

I'm not sure if this is something caused by my constant app install/uninstalls or not, but I think it can be solved.
Rather than manually scan through my photos, I recall having seen or heard of an application that does it automagically? and removes/moves/renames/copies duplicate photos?

If there is an app like this, what are its features?!
hhmm ... I just came from this thread. But it didn't offer anything I need.

Living Room / is someone stealing my bandwidth?
« on: January 08, 2008, 02:02 AM »
For several months now, I've had some blazing fast wifi connection.
Just the other day, it began to get extremely slow. I've called my provider, and they state that there is no maintenance going on (this was the cause last time).
My wife suggested, that because it IS wifi, maybe someone is using my bandwidth?

How would I go about checking that?
I surf on a Gateway notebook running Vista (poop i know).
I was thinking there's like a small widget or app I can run that views my network ... orrr something?!

1.Income Tax
Got a new baby girl (four and a half months old now), so my wife and I are all looking forward to our larger than average check this year.
2.Bonus Check
After having worked 10,000 hours for my employer (Costco Wholesale), I qualify for a bi-annual bonus check.
3.New Website
My wife bought me a few new domain names for Christmas and a years hosting with DreamHost
:) I LOVE my geeky wife!
4.Getting Medicated
As you read in my signature - I was diagnosed by two different Psychologists as having Hypomania/Bipolar and ADD. Due to depression, I stopped seeing them. Since the birth of my daughter, I'm determined to kick this disorder aside and hopefully get with a Psychiatrist to get properly medicated. So I can spend more time with my family, stop forgetting things, perform better at work, get more things done around the house, and nearly the MOST importantly - establish myself as a freelance web developer.


Please understand, I'm not offering my book. Just gauging interest, see if it's worth it for me/you.

Back in August, I was going to buy Dreamweaver CS3. And in anticipation, I bought the DWCS3 Bible (link)
but after careful consideration of my expenses, it was not possible.

So I have this brand new book, CD included. It's never even been thumbed through.
Would this item be fair enough trade to someone in exchange for a little graphic design work? Like a logo?
Although I have no problem designing my own work, I just have no need for the book.

(I posted this on webhostingtalk, but it was delete cause a moderator there cant count to 10 (i need 10 posts to post an advertisement - dumb!))

General Software Discussion / i've outgrown keepass, whats next?
« on: December 02, 2007, 02:19 AM »
I've been using KeePass for many years now.
Can't live without it ... or can I?

I know there are countless threads about password management, but I need something different.

| Title | User Name | URL | Password | Notes |

Those are the only column choices available. Aside from Creation/Modified Time, etc.
I need some little program to store more information.
Essentially the above columns, but customizable perhaps, so I could add or remove columns?!

While I was searching for a replacement password manager, but then I started to think maybe I need a general purpose PIM?
But I've not come across any that also have a password generator with strength meter.

General Software Discussion / What’s Your Backup Strategy?
« on: November 14, 2007, 11:23 PM »
Just finished reading http://webworkerdail...our-backup-strategy/

I recently bought a second hard drive. Going to start backing things up soon. Sooo ... whats your backup strategy?

General Software Discussion / dumb VISTA lost my drivers
« on: November 08, 2007, 11:35 PM »
About two weeks ago, my 3 months old Gateway Vista laptop took a dive towards its grave.
While I was at work, my wife used it in the morning to check her email. Then later around noon, it would not power on, and when it did, it was a BSOD.
She took a camera phone pic of it, sent it to me at work, then left it as it was. I got home from work (terrible day) and didn't bother tinkering with it.
She powered it off and successfully powered it on the following day, while I was at work. Then again, it stopped working. This time, it appears to be stuck on a black screen while booting up.
She left it that way, and called Gateway Support. Their tech guys must be terrible. She says they offered to repair it, after not much trouble shooting, and they said they would send a packing box to have her send the laptop to them via DHL Shipping - paid both ways by them. hhmm, nice, eh?!
After the third day of malfunctioning, it seemed to be okay! Well, it seemed to be.
I decided that sending the laptop to them would not work well for me.

I had to reinstall most of my software that I downloaded (I had backup URLs and stuff saved to a TiddlyWiki file, so that was no trouble, just time-wasting), including FF and all extensions, DonationCoder apps, etc.
Then when I tried to use my Cruzer Mini 2GB stick, it wouldn't pick up.
And my wireless mouse was not working either. I checked both the mouse and USB stick on my XP desktop, and they are fine.

My question:
1. my wife mentioned she read some article about Vista PCs worldwide suffering Windows Update errors ... ya think this affected mine?
2. how can I get my cruzer mini and mouse to work again?

General Software Discussion / best text editor WITH ftpability???
« on: August 25, 2007, 05:19 PM »
This may seem JUST like all the other 'best text editor' threads floating around, but this is *ahem* different.

I just bought a new laptop with *cue-drum-rolls* Vista Premium, I still use my desktop XP Pro for daily work. After disabling UAC and tweaking a few other things, I'm ready to get downloading all my new/old software.

I've previously used Editplus, then Notepad++, then PSPad.
#1 choice: PSPad, I love the extensibility and plugins - most importantly the FTPability!
#2 choice: Editplus, I loved the FTPability!
#3 choice: Notepad++, I sorely miss the FTPability, but totally fell in love with its code-folding!
#4 choice: after reading many great reviews, I bought e-texteditor, LOVVVE the code folding, love the Textmate bundles, but it's getting slower to load ANND has no FTPability. However, a $30+ well spent!

IS there such an editor for Windows Vista that has FTPability and code-folding?! + ofcourse all the other text editor features, syntax highlighting, regex search, tabs, etc.

Living Room / Build a $250 PC That Doesn’t Suck
« on: July 28, 2007, 04:18 PM »
I've never built my own PC, though looked forward to it for many yyeeaarrss.
I came across this article the other day on

Their total bill came to $242.46 (after a $20 bundle discount and a $15 mail-in rebate).

So can I just share below what I am considering? I want to make absolute certain everything is compatible :)
This is just a budget PC, no gaming, mostly internet surfing, web development, scripting, minimal stuff. Preferred 2GB RAM so I can safely run VMWARE+Ubuntu :)

I'll use the same processor as the article, but a different motherboard, so I can get some bundle pricing.
(all TinyUrl links are to

Processor: AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 2.2GHz ( ) = $35.99
Mobo: BIOSTAR GEFORCE 6100-M9 Socket 939 ( = $59.99
($20 discount for bundle @ $75.98)
<< max RAM = 4GB >>

RAMx2: Crucial Ballistix 1GB (2 x 512MB) 184-Pin DDR SDRAM ( = $72.49
(after $40 mail-in rebate = $32.49 x 2 = $64.98)

Hard drive: Western Digital 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 160GB ( = $48.99

Question about CD/DVD reader/writer: can I just use my old ones?
Lookig at device manager and front of tower it says:
DVDRW/R IDE 16x / CD-ReWritable
GoldStar CD-ROM CRD-8482B

CPU cooler: COOLER MASTER DK8-8ID2A-0L-GP 80mm Rifle CPU Cooler ( = $4.99
case: Foxconn Black/ Silver Steel MicroATX Mini Tower 300W PSU ( = $39.50

Looks like my total, if i can use my old CDROM and DVD burner, plus with the $20 CPU+MOBO bundle and $40 RAM mail-in rebate = $234.41
<< i know the rebates and bundle pricing end soon, but I'm just getting an estimate for a budget PC. >>

If I can't use my old devices, then I can do with 1GB RAM for $32.49 and get an affordable device, but I need DVDRW for data backups (I'm pretty OCD about backing stuff up, haha. no movies, no music).

General Software Discussion / Vista security toolkit?!
« on: May 22, 2007, 07:51 PM »
Hi all.
I haven't posted here in a very very very long long long time.

Mostly because I've switched to Ubuntu and stopped using Windows (XP Pro/Ubuntu 7.1 dual boot = wife preferred OS and my linux).

It seems that I'm still the go-to-guy at my work cause I've repaired a few computers for co-workers and friends. Nothing big, just viruses, malware, password/data recovery, etc.
My favorite toolkit for XP has always been Hiren's boot CD (currently have v.8.9).

My question, since I've been using Ubuntu for about 6 months now, I've been out of touch with the Windows world.
I've got a date tomorrow to help a friend with a Vista laptop.

What apps should I use?
Rather than source the web for current versions of all my top apps, I'm hoping for a list of what I'd most likely need, equivalents to AVG or Clamwin, Tune-Up Utilities, Spybot S&D, etc.

General Software Discussion / a need a flash decompiler? i think? :)
« on: February 12, 2007, 03:37 AM »
I don't remember where I found this neat little flash gallery, probably But I have XAMPP webserver on my XP machine for testing building offline webcontent for my site, and Sygate Personal Firewall installed.
Everytime I launch the little flash gallery, it wants to connect to the Internet. I suppose it's sending, or attempting to send, some user data? statistical information?

I dunno, but it's fishy, ya know?!

I used to know of some app that could break apart the .SWF file into its components (jpg, text, etc.) and let the user basically rebuild/recompile the SWF. I'd like to do that to the gallery script I am playing with.

Anyone recommend a tool?

Living Room / PC to MAC? coming soon? will i cry or jump for joy?
« on: December 27, 2006, 11:28 AM »
So my wife says she would get me a new computer for Christmas.
I mean, it's only fair :P cause I bought her one when we were just dating years ago, and now we been married a year in January 2007, she owes me one - RIGHT? LOL
She knows I'm a picky finicky fool, so it's a few days past Christmas cause she knows the better deals are yet to come.
Together, we been spending time on &

We've managed to piece together a great model for under $1,000, including 19" monitor.

Problem is, I somehow how got sidetracked, as is common with my ADD, and started browsing I really dig the MacMini
I took their QuickTour:

Here's where I'm at right now:
the 1.66GHz model  for $574 @ MacMall ( +
19" LCD monitor $199 @Costco, where i work ( +
$100< keyboard/mouse combo = $875+/-

that about right?

I spent the past hour or so viewing
My main concern (originally), as you can imagine, is losing my PC apps. Especially everything I've been able to get from this forum: Mouser, Skrommel, etc.

<< UPDATE: i just came across Parallels (http://www.parallels...en/products/desktop/) so everything seems to be falling into place! :) >>

It's included with the bundle from MacMall, link above.
I should just spring the extra $155 for the hgher of the two 1.66GHz models and get the one with Double-layer SuperDrive (DVD+R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW), shouldn't I?

<< i think i already answered most of my own questions, I'm just extremely OCD+ADD and I can't stand having to re-adapt to a new environment. i just hope this is as amazing as everyone makes me think it is >>

I think my local Circuit City or CompUSA is an authorized Apple Retailer, so I may visit them this weekend.
Nothing will be decided till we return from our Vegas Vacation in January. 1st wedding anniversary :D

General Software Discussion / i need an email stripper
« on: December 26, 2006, 01:12 PM »
Looking for something that I can only describe as an email stripper?

example scenario:
I use for my online banking needs. They offer free personalized email alerts. So whenever I get my employer direct deposit, I receive an email stating such: Dear Sir, blah blah ... amount of $1,234.56 has been deposited in account 123xyz ... date 12/25/06 ... etc etc.
I get these emails to my Gmail account, and using its filter system, I have these emails forwarded to my cellphone (especially when I am urgently awaiting a deposit).
But the email usually tends to be about 4-5 pages at 160 characters each, cause text messages are limited to 160. I need smaller messages.

So basically I need an application or something that will strip all the unnecessary content of the email, except for what I require: dollar amounts, dates, account number, etc.

Someone may suggest a AHK script, but I'm not good at it yet. But then perhaps there is already something like this on the market? hhmm, I dunno. Maybe?

original post here: https://www.donation...03.msg43177#msg43177
Perhaps a CodingSnack is in order?

User navigates to file/files in Explorer, selects them, RightClicks and selects the OPTION (a symphonic melody is played upon selection for added emphasis) :).
The option would kick an AHK script (in the background) that launches 7-Zip, zips the files, then proceeds to FTP the file to a predetermined location on the server.

<<my brain tends to shoot into overdrive when I define an IDEA for a Coding Snack>>

After the user selects the OPTION (another symphonic melody is played upon selection for more added emphasis) in the RightClick context menu, they are prompted by msgbox for:
  • Archive filename (which should be prefixed by timedate stamp to prevent file overwriting)
  • Archive format dropdown menu: 7z, Tar, Zip
  • An unguessable Password + Password confirmation + Password Hint
  • A Yes/No checkbox asking, "Would you like a HelpFile to be created?"
(HelpFile should be a text file that resides on their machine that lists the contents of the files in the archive, timedate stamp of the upload, and the hint of the password.)

User hits Submit, another msgbox appears confirming the above selections:
  • filename
  • format
  • password
  • a reminder that if they forget their password, nothing can be done to retrieve their files (or something to that effect).


So, I have an overactive imagination. LOL

DC Website Help and Extras / Quick Reply >> Tab != Post?
« on: November 09, 2006, 10:33 PM »
Hiya Mouser.

I'm guessing most every poweruser here uses the Quick Reply textarea at the bottom of all threads.
I'm also quessing that a common habit of everyone that enters a reply is used to hitting Tab then Enter (on Windows) to post their reply.

But on the forum, pressing Tab scrolls the page to the top.
Can that be fixed?

Living Room / what do YOU install on a fresh Windows PC?
« on: November 04, 2006, 12:39 AM »
My old PC was my hot testing ground. I installed all KINDA of crap on that poor Compaq machine.
back in those days, i didn't defrag, i had poor PC maintenance habits, i'd had partitions from old installations and tests i did over the years. yadda yadda yadda ... ya know?!

When I bought my wife a new PC for Christmas a few years ago for college (she was then just my girlfriend), I now have her computer (whats hers is mine, right?) cause mine finally died on me.
I use it more than she does.
The shop where I got it built also included Windows XP Pro. I've since then messed around with hers MORE than I ever did with mine, cause, HEY! I got a new XP install disk, right?
Mess up bad enough, i can just reinstall. ;)

So I got a buddy of mine to show me how to make my installation smaller, using nLite.
i still don't get how to do it, but last week, he was able to cut down my windows installation to about 300KB.

ssoo ... my question for YOU DonationCoders, what is your amazing list of software that you install on a new XP machine?

<<BTW:I've made a list of what i wish to install on my next XP installation with my newly composed (is that the right word?) ... my newly composed XP disk.
i used this opensource app called TreeLine? it's on that list.>>

Which would be the better (faster, efficient, least resources) choice?!

I am a budding web developer.
Mostly xhtml + css, with little php.
For over a year now, I have been using XAMPP (
I've tested and launched my own site blog many times over. Tested WordPress, Text Pattern, NucleusCMS, sBlog, and just a few months ago, started using ExpressionEngine (which is what I use now for my domain).
Testing off line makes things so much easier!

Just the other day, I came across EasyVMX( and I used that to re-install my Windows XP Pro. I was just amazed!
I've only ever read about virtual machines, and using them to test software and OS installations, but I never though it would be so easy!

So now, I'd like some advise from some serious software freaks.
Which would be the better alternative (fun) coding environment: xampp or vm?

I've had Ubuntu installed before, I loved it. But I had to migrate back to Windows as all my software collection is ... well, windows based. I'd like to tinker with Damn Small Linux, or go back to Ubuntu.
I won't be able to share a windows directory, but figured that whatever files I create in Windows that I need to share with my linux, I can just FTP to my server via Filezilla and download with Linux (right?).

hhmm ... oh what a pickle coders.

Hello all.

I work for a wholesale giant here in TX.
I've recently moved to another department, Major Sales (TVs, computers, electronics, etc).
Not really a promotion, just something more along my likes and interests vs. cashiering :)

So, on my first day, my Supervisor asks me to config all the windows machines to run a screen saver 24/7, activation should be after 1 minute of idle time. Using the admin account, I can set the Power Options Properties to NEVER turn off the monitor, but we can't leave the machines ON administrator, so we set up a guest account.
Problem is, guests cant make changes to NEVER turn off the monitor. Default = 20 minutes.
Some of them are XP Pro, some Home, on both desktops and notebooks.

So I hope I am posting this in the right forum.
We don't need a Windows hack.
I'd like to use a small application that would allow the screen savor to run 24/7 regardless of administrative or guest account access.

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