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Living Room / Re: Speaking Of: Torrent Sites
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:33 PM »
eMule uses servers (quite deprecated now) or the decentralized KAD network, no servers, trackers or seed files are required. 100% P2P. While the server thing was based on old eDonkey2000 protocol, KAD is something like Overnet was. But heavily modernized. (And it relies on spreading, not on fast uploading.)
Which technical part should I explain?

Living Room / Re: Speaking Of: Torrent Sites
« on: March 10, 2010, 10:21 PM »
Given that we only speak about legal contents, I'd still prefer eMule. BitTorrent is made for fast distribution, not for wide spreading, so a file usually dies within a few days; not a good thing if I as, let's say, a singer want to become more popular or something.
(It is also easier to handle; you don't have to create a new "seed file" or something first.)

Bill Joy himself claims he wrote vi for a very different era, one with only 300 bps of bandwidth.
Now how is a text editor related to bandwidth?
edit: nvm, just read it.

But in our multi-MBit days, it is still not a bad idea to use lightweight software. It hasn't become worse over all the years.  :D

General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual Desktops For Windows 7
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:06 AM »
Hmm, I'm sure the Actual Window Manager does (a new version is out AFAICS), but it is still payware. Not eye-candy, anyway.

Living Room / Re: Desktop Icons
« on: March 09, 2010, 10:05 AM »
Stardock's Fences will hide desktop icons (among other things) via a keyboard shortcut. There's a Pro and a Free edition, but the free edition will do what you are asking.
Fences also enables you to selectively exclude icons from being hidden.  :)

Whuile searching for a text editor replacement, Crimson Editor was the only thing I found that was free and had colum editing mode.
Vim is also free and can edit text in columns.  :D

Living Room / Re: Will you miss newspapers when they're gone?
« on: March 06, 2010, 01:06 PM »
I find it appropriate.  :P
(EDIT: Josh, ehm, WTF? What was "fanboyish" here? Fanboy of what?!)

My feed reader is currently watching dozens of weblogs, three German news magazines and some more. A good configuration for being informed, I think.


Hmm, Vim?

Living Room / Re: Will you miss newspapers when they're gone?
« on: March 06, 2010, 12:53 PM »
Daily newspapers are, basically, pointless when you have internet, but weekly magazines are still important.  :)

Hmm, still rather expensive.

alias: + to both.  :Thmbsup:

Developer's Corner / Re: Resurrecting Ubiquity for Chrome
« on: February 25, 2010, 05:45 PM »
Does anyone here have a Slashdot account and post a link to this discussion there? I actually don't want to register.  :)

Yes, it is.

Hm, before it is actually started, the installer already creates registry keys.  :D

(Just tested it: HKCU/Software/KMPlayer is created before actually doing anything in the wizard!)

OOo is slow, clunky and bloated.
So is MSO.  8)

As for the ribbon, have you actually tried using it, or are you just jumping onto the anti-anything-new bandwagon?
"Know your enemy". Tried it for about 10 minutes, laughed and closed it. Seriously, this might be neat for rather inexperienced users; for me, it is not. I can see the benefits because the bars have names now, but I also see that it eats productivity by shrinking your screen; not to mention that it does not even fit into any OS's GUI.

I have been an MSO user for years ('95 - 2003), maybe this is another reason why I prefer the good old way. Small buttons, no screen waste, no buttons for very, very blind people, only pure productivity.

(The ~ three seconds needs to load are OK for me.)

I just thought it would be nice to be able to define a few apps that "disable" FARR while they are running, like a game that uses keys associated with FARR or something. As it does not seem that there is an option to do that, I post it as a suggestion here.  :D

1892 is free software, supporting free standards and still usable without any "ribbon" things that waste your screen space. Why Microsoft Office? A really good question indeed!

Is it available before actually having to start it?

The "problem" with the KMPlayer is that it tends to pollute the registry. (To be honest: I haven't checked it for a few months now, but I really doubt that this has changed since then.)

General Software Discussion / Re: The best Media manager?
« on: February 20, 2010, 11:04 PM »
Hmm, Winamp?
For Linux there might be some other players which do these things. What about Amarok?

General Software Discussion / Re: Why the aversion to .NET Frameworks?
« on: February 20, 2010, 11:01 PM »
C# is Microsoft's approach to create a language which should depend on a multi-MB virtual machine (like Java), require declarations for redundant things (like Java) and result in sluggish bloatware (like Java). They succeeded indeed.

I like C++, it is (basically) platform-independent and you can do almost anything with it.  :-*

General Software Discussion / Re: DM2 alternative for windows 7?
« on: February 20, 2010, 10:57 PM »
Hmm, BTW, ac'tivAid is now available as a Win7 build, too.
(The dev. build linked there.)

Developer's Corner / Re: Resurrecting Ubiquity for Chrome
« on: February 15, 2010, 10:45 PM »
it hasn't really been widely publicized
IIRC there was some advertisement for Ubiquity a while ago. But I might be wrong as well.

Google is in for the privacy breach this thing caused?
Google? No privacy? Oh, Capt. Obvious was here.  :D

Finished Programs / Re: Right click menu
« on: February 14, 2010, 10:39 PM »
The FileMenu Tools don't do that automatically, but I forgot about them, indeed... maybe I'll consider them then. Any more ideas?  :)

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