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General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows?
« on: October 25, 2009, 08:07 AM »
A PFW is not a firewall. A firewall is p.d. a system that protects your network from outside.
But you can surely tell me what would be the use of it?

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In general, International user-friendliness is not the project's strongest side, it seems.
Developed by a German computer magazine, primarily for German users ... well then.
(You English speaking people do expect that we all have to know English, too, so what?  :P)

Are they all build into the program from scratch?
They are implemented as modules, single script files that can be loaded dynamically. Not actually "built into it".

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows?
« on: October 25, 2009, 07:45 AM »
What do you think a "firewall for Windows" is then?

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows?
« on: October 24, 2009, 06:24 PM »
I am also thinking to turn my laptop into a firewall with internet sharing. Would that be a good solution?
If it only works as a firewall and any other internet devices are behind it: Yep. That's how a firewall works.

Actually one of the things I am really wanting is to see which application is trying to connect outside.
Trojans and worms usually run on your user account. What should keep them away from registering themselves in your "firewall" software?
Another thing that can't be solved this way... for that, I'd recommend TcpView (sysinternals.com) or similar software. Port blockers are not made for that.

I think most of these windows firewalls show that.
There is no Windows firewall.

Is there such thing under linux?
I don't actually hope so. Linux users don't tend to install anything anyone says of it's great.

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AFAICS it is stable. Latest changes are only some internal updates. I haven't experienced "major" problems with it.
The "old" (English, German and French) bug tracker - http://activaid.rumborak.de - is still used for bug reports, however.

The application itself is German and English. They didn't remove the English strings, don't worry.  :)

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best free firewall for Windows?
« on: October 24, 2009, 04:07 PM »
There is no "best firewall for Windows". Packet filters don't really make sense. An application which is intended to protect your system against attacks from outside can N E V E R work when it works on the computer you want to protect.

Don't use that stuff. It doesn't make sense at all.

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Meanwhile, the original ac'tivAid author abandoned his project. It is continued by Michael Telgkamp, if anyone is interested... I've been using ac'tivAid since v0.9x, it didn't even have a GUI back then.

:-*

On topic:
I currently use these:

  • AutoShutdown
    Win+Q to shut down now or in a couple of minutes is one of the essential things for me, especially when I'm in a hurry.
  • FileRenamer
    Yep, most file managers do this. But this one does everything I need. So why should I use something other?
  • HotStrings
    Currently only used for fun, but sometimes I use it for serious stuff, like automatically replacing "rg" with "Regards, <name>".
  • LeoTooltip
    As you might know, English is not my native language. Sometimes I need to look up a word here to talk to you. Pressing a shortcut is the easiest way for that, right?
  • NewFolder
    Again, most file managers already know a hotkey to create a new folder. However, this extension has some nice additions like automatically creating subfolders and moving selected files there instantly.
  • QuickNote
    Why should I use Notepad for that?
  • RemapKeys
    CapsLock be gone!
  • UserHotkeys
    My command prompt is on Ctrl-Alt-Space, my scanner on Win+S. It really improves my computer usage.
  • Volume Control
    (Stupid loudness war.)
  • WindowsControl
    Most things can also be done with tools like the Actual Window Manager. But they aren't free.  :-*

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Developer's Corner / Re: Inside Windows 7 Redux
« on: October 24, 2009, 07:10 AM »
Mark Russinovich rocks. Simple as that. There's not much stuff in MS TechNet that beats his Sysinternals blog.  :-*

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Living Room / Re: What are you waiting for?
« on: October 24, 2009, 07:05 AM »
Well, there is MSDNAA for ppl like me.  :P

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General Software Discussion / Re: Who should judge Win7's success?
« on: October 23, 2009, 10:15 AM »
Damn. One less reason.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Anybody Here Use SeaMonkey (2.0)?
« on: October 23, 2009, 09:10 AM »
My Firefox extension works with SeaMonkey.  ;D
Except for that, I mainly use Fx/Tb. The "added convenience of an integrated solution" doesn't really satisfy me, as it is rather unflexible indeed.

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The Classic Start Menu can most likely be replaced by third party applications.
Shareware though.

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ClearType cannot be turned off entirely in order for the user interface font
"It's not a bug, it's a feature"? Awful on better resolutions.

Classic Start menu
The reason for me not to install Windows 7.

That's it, basically...

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Living Room / Re: What are you waiting for?
« on: October 21, 2009, 02:58 PM »
Christmas holidays. Well, only the holidays, of course.  :D

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Office 2007... not worth a single cent.  :P

However, back to topic: Right, a file manager is the most-used application on most systems. But does that mean that it automatically has to be more expensive than other, maybe even more sophisticated applications on your system?

If a price would depend on the product's usage, I wonder if the Firefox guys were millionaires...

personally I don't see $75USD value in it
At least you got my point here.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Who should judge Win7's success?
« on: October 20, 2009, 04:38 PM »
Vista was the first OS which made me think that Explorer with QTTabBar doesn't nearly fit my needs...  ;D

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Sure, but it is just a file manager (although a good one indeed). $74.95 (still a quite high value in real money) is too much IMHO.
He could ofc take the double of that, and someone could willingly pay that. But ... come on: $74.95 for a file manager?!

(Yep, I take the lifetime license as my point here. To me, all other license types are just paid trials.)

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Another reason to spend money for another file manager. Don't support DOpus-like capitalism.  :P

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General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:18 AM »
And truly multiplatform.
Java is just as multiplatform as C/C++. No libs, no execution.  :P

I haven't had to touch a single config file since moving to jedit. With vim, I was tweaking my vimrc every day.
I haven't touched my vimrc for weeks now. But I could tweak it a lot more, that's the point.

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General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors
« on: October 20, 2009, 10:17 AM »
There's nothing unusual, nothing out of place about the FireFox UI.
Depends. You can turn off the menu bar (not "usual" on Windows), you can place everything anywhere (same), and "native" skins are supported since v3, before they were quite... well... "unusual".

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General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Of: text editors
« on: October 20, 2009, 07:26 AM »
Why should a multi-platform application (Vim, eclipse, ...) act like a Windows application?

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager?
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:11 PM »
So you won't be able to log in anywhere on another computer?

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best password manager?
« on: October 19, 2009, 02:11 PM »
Best password manager is your brain. Don't leave it to an app. You might end up being left when you completely forgot your passwords yourself.

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Ubuntu is an easier to use version of Debian.
"Stripped down" doesn't necessarily imply "easier to use".

1 - Because newbies want to start the computer, get their mp3s from their windows machine and listen to them right away.
2 - Because newbies want to start the computer, insert a divx and see it right away.
3 - Because newbies want to start their computer, open a window and have the desktop effects right away (even if they have an nvidia graphics card).
All necessary software can easily be installed during the Debian installation process. What's wrong with that?

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Linux Mint? That greenish Ubuntu derivative?
Thus: That greenish ((Debian derivative) derivative)?

Why not using the original Debian instead?

However, what to do after installing any Linux really depends on what you actually want to do ...

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