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General Software Discussion / Re: IE9 Release Candidate...Released
« on: February 14, 2011, 03:54 PM »
I don't like that they removed a bunch of features from IE8 in an effort to make it more Chrome-like. Not everyone likes Chrome's spartan UI, but it appears all browsers are headed that way.

Actually it does sort of make sense, since using mshtml (embedded IE) gives you all sorts of things like parsing internet addresses. What they forgot to do was remove the mouse and keyboard handling. I've had to do something similar for an app I wrote - the UI was quite complex and the easiest way was to build it using css+html (we could not use XAML) so it used an embedded IE browser. There is a lot of messy code required to make sure you disable all the default behavior and keyboard+mouse shortcuts, otherwise you get fun stuff like hitting Alt+arrow and the UI changes :)

Server 2008 R2 for me. I have WHS running on my file sharing box but with DE being dropped and newer 4k sector drives not being supported, I've decided to move away from it. I looked at various alternatives such as FreeNas, OpenFiler, even ZFS but I simply don't know Linux well enough and most open source software runs great on Windows anyway.

I will be installing Server 2008 R2, running WHS for pc backups in a VM, and maybe a few Linux distros in VM's as well. I look forward to trying out some specialized server software as well.

I'm a Roboform customer but switched to Lastpass a year ago and haven't looked back.

General Software Discussion / Re: Slash your windows boot time
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:38 PM »
I stopped worrying about boot times a long time ago. Don't care if its 10s or 5min since I only boot my pc for restarts due to updates, the rest of the time I use sleep, which is near instant with Windows 7.

General Software Discussion / Re: Best PORTABLE video player?
« on: November 12, 2010, 05:35 PM »
MPC-HC, PotPlayer and Kmplayer are all portable AFAIK. They come with installers but once installed you have the option of storing settings in an .ini in the program folder and then you can copy that directory anywhere. I do this with PotPlayer which is my player of choice since its the next version of Kmplayer and has the best features and UI. And of course it doesn't need any extra codecs, even for DXVA hardware acceleration.

Info and latest update can always be found in this thread - http://forum.doom9.o...wthread.php?t=148745

Very useful report Armando, thanks. If you get the time please try Oops! Backup if you can. Also I'm assuming you cleared out the Windows file cache between tests?

Anyone have a Coolrar english version? Would like to try it out.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's your preferred File Manager
« on: September 26, 2010, 02:52 PM »
Those of you who know me, will understand that the addition of a new scripting feature in XYplorer has moved this file manager up the list somewhat. From the beta change log:

    + Scripting got a new command.
      Name:   makecoffee
      Action: Makes a good cup of coffee.
      Syntax: makecoffee
        Call again for another cup.

Where is the givemeabagelwithmycoffee command :D

General Software Discussion / Re: MeediOS: A promising HTPC frontend.
« on: September 26, 2010, 02:29 PM »
The media player used in XBMC is based off the same code ffmpeg (and thus ffdshow, Kmplayer etc) uses so the performance is pretty similar. As you found out, the builtin player has a great UI and all the features, there's really no need for an external player. There is also a project to use any DirectShow player in XBMC (dsplayer) if you really must use external codecs/players.

Are you using the Dharma build? Its still in beta but is stable and lots of new features compared to the released 9.11. Once you install Dharma (, go into the Addons section and get the Night skin. Its just amazing. And look at the plugins/skins on, there is lots of good stuff there.

(sorry, I get excited when I talk about XBMC. I wasted a lot of time with other frontend's before I discovered it)

General Software Discussion / Re: MeediOS: A promising HTPC frontend.
« on: September 25, 2010, 01:26 PM »
Another good one to consider is MediaPortal (

XBMC is the granddaddy of them all. It started on the original Xbox (which is no longer supported) and was years ahead of its time. That code was then forked off into many other projects (such as media portal, Plex, Boxee) and some of those (such as MP, Plex) have rewritten large parts to suit their needs.

For someone setting up an HTPC today, the important question is - do you want DVR? Are you on Windows? If so the best best is MediaBrowser (which adds into WMC). If you don't need dvr, XBMC is far and away the best choice. A few reasons why -

- its the fastest UI.
- the best skins (everyone else copies xbmc skins). MediaPortal v2 and Meedios use WPF so their skins can do more (once its finished)
- the easiest setup - this is very critical. Just try and setup Meedios and you'll know. A novie can be up and running in 15min
- the most active community, and thus development
- everything you need (codecs etc) is builtin

Meedios is very flexible (almost too much) and you can have it behave just so, but its not for the average user or anyone who deosn't want to devote a lot of time tinkering with it.

General Software Discussion / Re: What HTML5 can do -- cool site
« on: September 16, 2010, 06:22 PM »
Doesn't work in I9 beta. That's not good (for IE9)

General Software Discussion / Re: IE 9 and Flash 64bit betas
« on: September 16, 2010, 06:15 PM »
IE9 is faster and seems more stable than IE8, I like it so far. Haven't really noticed the effects of GPU acceleration in normal browsing though.

Since the 'best desktop search' thread is sort of dead, mostly since there's nothing new, I thought I'd start one to list what I really want, and hope something comes close.

- Searches must support phrases, boolean (and/or/not), similarity/fuzzy, near    *
- Must be able to define multiple indices, which contain different collections of folders
- Index many sources such as files, email  *
- Option to choose fulltext vs file name based on source, so e.g in my start menu I don' care about contents
- Indices must be portable and program must have ability to export/import data
- Limit searches to certain file types/folders/dates *
- real time updates  *
- much faster instant updates based on e.g. MFT
- support for offline catalogs and sources
- synchronize across multiple pc's
- saved searches *
- federated searches (search across intranet, databases etc)  *
- customizable caching strategy and speed vs size options
- Find As You Type
- previews for all common file types, support for IFilter *
- group search results based on multiple criteria such as location/similarity
- drill down into existing searches
- search results visualization using 3d graphics, full fidelity previews and sorting/filtering
- good integration (like Spotlight) into all applications and OS (explorer, start menu)
- modular, programmable, command line support, scriptable, extensible
- open source (yes I had to throw this in here!)
- portable
- speed speed speed

(* = features already present or even common)

So what we're talking about here is the unholy love child of WDS, X1 search, Everything and Cathy :)

I don't think any of this needs tech that is not available or is too hard. Someone just needs to make a usable interface which admittedly is a hard problem and then focus on performance.

General Software Discussion / Re: Anyone familiar with Oops!Backup?
« on: September 08, 2010, 07:13 AM »
I like the name, its catchy and memorable.  When you lose data or forget to do something you go 'Oops!' and I think that's what they are going for. Certainly better than something like 'iBackup Xtreme Pro Live 2011' !

General Software Discussion / Re: 27 Good Reasons to Love Linux
« on: September 02, 2010, 03:52 AM »
Didn't see 1 big reason mentioned - Live cd's !!

Whether its system rescue,, tv recording (myth), htpc (xbmc) or a million other specialized use cases, you can find a Linux live cd for it. And they fit on a usb, boot and run faster than Windows. I'd never use Linux for a desktop os (no need really and it'd take me 3x to get stuff done as I'm not familiar) but there are plenty of Linux distro's I use.

Another reason - the regular flame wars over Linux are almost always informative :)

I really don't want to combine SpeedDial and Panorama as you suggest. To me they serve very different purposes. One is like the start menu which lists what all I can launch, the other is a list of active tabs. You can use Session Manager to load up multiple sets of active tabs and then combine with BarTab, this is the setup I use. It lets me have profiles for the kind of browsing I'm interested in and load the sets of tabs relevant to that.

I use TabKit which includes TreeStyleTabs as well as a few other things. I think I like this more than TMP so far. I also use BarTab, which keeps the tab but unloads it so that Firefox uses less memory, and loads it when the tab is activated. This lets me keep 50+ tabs open and restart Firefox without everything loading.

One of the things I'd like added to TreeStyleTabs is custom tab grouping so that I can create a group header (say Windows) and put all tabs under it. And then we can have rules that automate this. It would go a long way towards organizing tabs.

I tried all the free and shareware ones a while back and finally ended up using Cathy. But it does lack a few things that I'd like such as -

- find as you type
- categories (so I can have a separate one for external disks, laptop, pc)
- storing additional data (thumbnails, movie info etc) via plugins and search over this data

But any replacement must have the things I love about Cathy -

- fast!
- small and portable (I have my cathy folder synced using dropbox and its wonderful)
- built in duplicates search
- no frills, stable, gets the job done
- freeware (not a must but preferable)

Since it hasn't been updated in a while, I'm wondering if there's something else out there.

Tried all the free ones, WinRar is still the best. I'm a cheap bastard and I use the free one, I don't mind the nag screen  ;)

This is a nice concept. I like the idea of visual memory helping me locate stuff. But  -

1. I don't want to have to remember to file away every tab where it belongs
2. The folder metaphor is dead. I want a tab to belong in multiple buckets. I want tagging for tabs
3. I want the tags to be applied automatically, using my browser history, my surfing habits (kept only locally!!), and rules based on automatic metadata extraction.

Knowing Firefox, this will take a few builds (we're talking 6m-1yr here) to stabilize, then half the people will turn it off because it uses too much ram/cpu, then there will he 2 dozen copycat extensions. I really wish they make something like this a core browser feature with minimal resources.

Does Detalizer not support Win7 x64? I just tried the latest version and got a 'os not supported' error from the installer.

General Software Discussion / Re: monitor network usage?
« on: July 16, 2010, 06:21 AM »
I use NetWorx -

It has these features that are critical to me -

1. it ignores LAN traffic (without having to specify ip ranges or rules)
2. it has a way to talk with other instances of itself. So my pc and laptop both show the total usage
3. it has warnings when you get near a limit you set
4. very nice history and stats (down to the hourly level)

The other nice way to do this is to run a bandwidth meter on a router.

I'm using Mesh for moderate amounts of data (<1gb) but more importantly its remote desktop. That works great! I can easily work from home and also access my home pc from outside. The only problem I have is IE will crash sometimes if I resize the window while using RDP.

I also use Dropbox and it has a much nicer interface as well as file history in the website.

Since its a backup drive, you already have a backup of the backup - the original! Besides the hardware suggestions given, you can also try checking the disk for errors (using the gui or chkdsk) with a full scan, this will find any bad sectors. Also run a S.M.A.R.T diagnostic - none of this is definitive but if the drive is going bad, usually you'll see signs.

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