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Living Room / Re: == AMAZING!
« on: March 04, 2010, 03:45 PM »
Frequently when I tried to order something that is supposedly in stock, I get confirmation, then, a few days later a cancellation because the object wasn't in stock.  I realize this isn't directly Amazon's fault since they are not the store, but it is problematic when you are trying to find and buy a specific item - I mean not so much as an email asking how to proceed, just a flat out cancel!

Over hundreds of transactions, that has never happened to me.  Not once.

Lastly, if you are looking for information about something, particularly technical or specific details, you might as well go somewhere else - you won't find it here.  It is a search to find something that *might* fit, then another search (via google) to find details, then a search back at Amazon just to buy it from someone else.  For all that annoyance, I will just go to the manufacturer, find exactly what I want, then Bing or Fruggle it to find the best price.  If Amazon happens to be it, good for them, but I am no longer looking there.

You can often get lots of useful information from the extensive reviews on Amazon.

I usually research what I want first, then look for it on Amazon to take advantage of (usually) low prices, (often) free shipping, and (always) reliable service.

Living Room / Re: == AMAZING!
« on: March 03, 2010, 03:19 PM »
I'm a big Amazon fan too.  I can almost always find something that meets my needs and comes with the free Super-Saver shipping option.  The extra couple of shipping days isn't normally a problem.

As if there weren't already enough false positives to explain to software users, now developers are going to have to allow “the wisdom of crowds” to decide whether or not an AV program throws up a warning.  This will be especially wonderful for a guy like me who has a very small user base (no crowds).

"Suspicious.Insight is a detection for files that have not yet developed a strong reputation among Symantec’s community of users. Detections of this type are based on Symantec’s reputation-based security technology.

The reputation-based system uses “the wisdom of crowds” (Symantec’s tens of millions of end users) connected to cloud-based intelligence to compute a reputation score for an application, and in the process identify malicious software in an entirely new way beyond traditional signatures and behavior-based detection techniques.

When detections of this type are triggered in Norton products the user may be warned that the application is unproven, thus allowing the user to make the final decision. Future versions of Symantec's Endpoint Protection products will include this functionality. When used in these products, administrators will be able to configure blocking policies based on their specific tolerance for risk.

Today, the vast majority of malware is generated in real-time on a per-victim basis, which means that each such malicious program will be rated as being entirely new and low-prevalence by a reputation-based system. In contrast, most legitimate software has vastly different characteristics – it often comes from known publishers, has high adoption rates, shares much in common with earlier versions of the software, and so on. The Suspicious.Insight detection, therefore, is meant to inform the user that a given application is unproven and not yet well known to Symantec’s tens of millions of users."

General Software Discussion / Re: Stupid phrases like "Free trial!"
« on: February 27, 2010, 05:38 AM »
I looked at the Calendarscope website and found a friendly, attractive place selling relatively inexpensive software.  And, they didn't feel the need to get anybody all excited by featuring a picture of an imaginary box.   :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Pirate vs. Paying Customer illustrated
« on: February 25, 2010, 09:53 AM »
Not so funny when you see your applications pirated.

My favorite language remains Emergence BASIC, even though the developer is selling it because of poor health and future support is a big question mark.

I'm not a hardcore programmer.  Emergence is pretty straightforward for me to understand and code with.  It's extremely stable and creates compact, freestanding executables that run on XP thru Win 7 (and often on older Windows versions).  It has the power to handle just about anything, given the right coder.

General Software Discussion / Re: AVAST! 5 released
« on: January 22, 2010, 08:37 PM »
Other than two or three false positives, avast! has given me outstanding service over the past five years.  I don't mind the GUI, once I've disabled the skin and sound effects.

General Software Discussion / Re: AVAST! 5 released
« on: January 22, 2010, 10:55 AM »
I'm a long-time avast! fan, but this little bit of news got my attention.  It's influencing me to wait an extra week or two before upgrading.

"ALWIL Software, the developers of avast!—probably the world’s most popular antivirus product—today announced that Vince Steckler has joined the company as CEO. Previously, Vince served as senior vice-president of consumer sales at Symantec, the world’s largest producer of security software."

General Software Discussion / Re: Win 7 XP Mode is Hardware-Dependent
« on: January 18, 2010, 10:27 AM »
Thanks for the info.  I looked at my BIOS setup and didn't see anything that looked promising for enabling virtualization.  I can probably live without it.  :)

General Software Discussion / Re: Win 7 XP Mode is Hardware-Dependent
« on: January 18, 2010, 07:15 AM »
I have a Centrino Duo T2450, which is listed by Intel as not supporting virtualization.  This is the report I get from Securable.  It's all a bit over my head.

Virtualization Locked Off

"This processor's advanced hardware support for virtualization has been disabled and "locked off" by some external influence - most likely by this system's BIOS as the system was booting. Since enabling hardware virtualization will allow faster and more secure virtual machines and their hosting operating systems to run at 100% full speed, you may wish to poke around in your system's BIOS to see whether you're able to find any references to "hardware virtualization" or "VMX", etc."

General Software Discussion / Win 7 XP Mode is Hardware-Dependent
« on: January 16, 2010, 06:16 AM »
Apologies if this info has already been posted.  I had somehow thought that having the Pro version of Windows 7 was enough.

"How to confirm your PC can run Windows XP Mode

Although OEMs have been shipping hardware virtualization in PCs for three years, hardware virtualization is not available in all PCs—so even if your PC is new, it may not have hardware virtualization. Additionally, those PCs with hardware virtualization have it turned off by default, so you will need to turn on the hardware virtualization capability before you can use it."

Living Room / Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« on: January 03, 2010, 05:21 PM »
also when it starts with e but sounds like y
a ewe

ewe, yew, you = huh?

Living Room / Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« on: January 03, 2010, 08:14 AM »
One of the problems with English is that there are no consistent rules for spelling or pronunciation.  You can't look at a word and be certain.  You pretty much have to rely on memorization.

I used to teach English to Spanish-speakers at the local community college, and it was tough for the the students (and me) to understand why, in English, words with different spellings were pronounced exactly the same.  Examples are  to-too-two, ate-eight, I-eye-aye, write-right-rite,would-wood, their-there-they're, bear-bare, and son-sun.

Living Room / Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« on: January 01, 2010, 02:02 PM »
I'm not a native Spanish speaker, but have lived in Spanish-speaking countries and taken lots of college-level classes.  The spelling and pronunciation follow clear, consistent rules, and there aren't many of them to remember.

The grammar can be your worst nightmare.

Living Room / Re: Ten Words You Need to Stop Misspelling
« on: January 01, 2010, 09:00 AM »
That's quite a website.  LMAO.

Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none
« on: December 31, 2009, 03:18 PM »
I have always used ERUNT also - Department of Redundancy Department!! - but I haven't yet checked to see if it is compatible with Windows 7. Do you know, mrainey?

Per the developer:

"ERUNT and NTREGOPT in their current versions 1.1j are still compatible with Windows 7, but as in Vista, they will only work correctly if you turn off User Account Control in Windows' Control Panel (move the slider to the lowest position).

Also, a problem has been discovered which on many systems causes ERDNT and NTREGOPT to display a "RegSaveKey: 3" error when optimizing / restoring the BCD00000000 hive. The cause is that after a clean install of Windows 7, the BCD part of the registry which contains Windows' boot configuration data resides on a hidden system partition with no drive letter assigned in Explorer. You can simply ignore this error and continue, or as a workaround, open Disk Managemant in Control Panel and right-click on the partition displayed as "System Reserved" to assign a drive letter.

Future versions of ERUNT and NTREGOPT will of course have these issues fixed. Keep an eye on my homepage for updates."

Living Room / Re: What's the best registry cleaner? Ask Leo says: none
« on: December 31, 2009, 09:44 AM »
I use JV16 quite a bit for much the same reason J-Mac described.  It also has some nice functions related to file and disk management.  I don't worry too much about trashing the registry because:

I've found it's very unlikely that JV16 will cause any damage if the "Fix" option is selected instead of the "Delete" option.

JV16 will optionally backup all changes it makes.

I use ERUNT to back up the registry every day, first thing in the morning.  Takes thirty seconds.

I create a backup image weekly using BootIt NG.  Takes twenty minutes.

No worries.

I just gave KM Player a try, and on my system it opens and starts actually playing videos much faster than Light Alloy does.  It plays the flv's that Light Alloy choked on.  It has far more features and overall polish.  It's a much better program by any standard I can think of.

After playing around with Light Alloy (on XP), I have two negative observations.

The program starts very quickly but seems to sit for quite a long time before actually playing anything.

A significant number of flv files won't play at all.  I get an error message and Light Alloy crashes.  All the files play on FLV Player with no problems.


General Software Discussion / Re: Must-have Windows Programs
« on: December 23, 2009, 08:57 AM »
The ones I rely on:

Directory Opus
JV16 PowerTools
FastStone Capture
BootIt NG
WYSIWYG WebBuilder
Replay Media Catcher
Foxit Reader

Well, that answers that

The difference is, Newegg's price might be higher an hour from now.

Newegg has it right now for $84.95

Living Room / Re: Bad Refurbs
« on: November 23, 2009, 11:58 AM »
I can't believe that a "refurbished" hard drive is anything more than a used drive that passed some functionality tests.

Living Room / Re: I'm Going to HELL! Please feel sorry for me... :(
« on: November 09, 2009, 04:08 PM »
Take a stroll down some of their beaches on a warm day and do some "sightseeing."
I'm sure you'll soon feel a lot better.

Just don't read Bill Bryson's book "In a Sunburned Country" first.  It seems that under every rock there's something in Australia waiting to send you straight to Hell.  Don't pick up the snails!!!

I think circles and triangles might require full-blown commercial nesting software, which can get expensive.

A well-established and relatively inexpensive sheet optimizer for rectangular shapes can be found here:

You could get an inexpensive CAD program, or maybe Google Sketchup, and manually lay out the pieces.  That would take more time, but you could use any shapes you wanted.

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