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General Software Discussion / Re: Program Wanted
« on: December 20, 2005, 06:40 PM »
It's one I haven't tried yet, but could you use the program "Process Tamer" to controll that message?

Hey, that was easy. 

General Software Discussion / Re: Program Wanted
« on: December 20, 2005, 06:38 PM »
If it isn't a daft question - why install the update if you don't want to complete the installation?

It is a daft question... next. 

I let MS download the updates and then I choose when to install them.  They don't always tell you when they will require a reboot.  I just get tired of seeing something "wrong" in my status bar.  The yellow shield bugs me.

I might try app tamer and see how that goes.  Thanks

General Software Discussion / Program Wanted
« on: December 19, 2005, 10:45 PM »
I just installed the latest MS updates.  Now MS would like me to reboot.  I'd like to ignore that request for several days.  I generally don't boot my system unless I really need to or I have nothing else to do.  Sort of like Mouser's recent request to Not Close an app, I don't want to reboot for a while.

MS, in their annoying wisdom, seems to think I want to be reminded ever 30 minutes or so.  So they pop up an annoying "Do you want to boot now?" message.  Did I mention that it doesn't matter what I'm doing?  It pops up, shifts context to itself and wants me to boot.  Now if I were just a wee bit unlucky, it might do it just as I was about to hit the space key while typing this note.  And sure enough, it'd reboot.


Personal note to the Programmer who invented this "feature"

Living Room / Re: nudone's new pc
« on: December 18, 2005, 07:35 PM »
Wow, so many items to comment on... where to start? :)

Water cooling?  No.  Bad idea.

Seagate SATA Drives are a great way to go for quiet drives.  Go learn a lot about RAID to understand the impacts of what you'll be doing.  SATA RAID is a great solution for desktop systems.  RAID 0+1 (aka RAID 10)  is probably your best best for speed.  RAID 5 is good for safety and READ speed, but takes a hit on writes.  I did a stint as a DB2 DBA and IBM's information for DB performance suggests using as many spindles (drives) as needed to make sure that every the heads have just enough time to be in place for their turn to read data.  To do that you need to calculate transfer rates, seek rates, block sizes and a bunch of stuff like that.  You can spend weeks testing for optimum performance.  Or you can use RAID 0+1 :)

SCSI is not going away... in the server world at least.  Currently SATA drives are not being built to quality spec to be used in a serious environment.  They're great for you and me to use on our systems, but when downtime and failure are not an option, you almost always use SCSI.  Check the drive specs and you'll see a difference in RPMs, bearing types, MTBF and stuff like that.

Watching TV on your new box?  I just bought an ATI X600 All-in-wonder.  I'm a lot disappointed in it's performance.  They have a know problem with dual and/or hyper-threading processors.  They're working on it, but I really expected much better performance out of my PCI-X card than my old AGP Version.  Not seeing it.  Either way, I like ATI over Hauppague (sp?).

Dual monitors... I just went dual head too.  I'm not in love yet.  I gave up a really nice 21" monitor (1600x1200 true color @ 85Hz) and went to dual 17" Acer monitors (1280x1024 true color @75 Hz).  Although my screen real estate should be much larger, it just doesn't feel bigger. 

Finally, you should google for "every OS sucks" and watch _Three dead trolls in a baggie_ perform their smash hit.  I found it several years ago and recently rediscovered it.  It's amazing how true comedy can be.

PS:  Get a couple of Gigs of DDR2 RAM at least.  With stuff like the VMWare player around, you might find your RAM needs going up a lot.  DDR2 is a nice boost in speed. :)

Can we name him Spot?!!!

Official Announcements / Re: Change to Official License Key Policy
« on: December 17, 2005, 11:42 PM »
Three in a year, then no more, ever?  Man, that's five minutes of my VALUABLE time!  Your dozens (hundreds?) of hours of programming time don't mean squat to me, I want it NOW and I want it FREE!  And what's more, I want THAT and THAT added to the next version, or I'll have to use THIS instead of your crap!

Man, did that hurt to get your tongue that far into your cheek?   :Thmbsup:

Unfinished Requests / Re: IDEA: HTTP Tester
« on: December 03, 2005, 10:37 PM »
You could script the first part of this pretty easily with wget in a batch file.  Cmd line params exist for username & password.  Then you could scan the captured output for a keyword or two to determine the status. 

easy for me to say  ;)

Living Room / Re: CD/DVD burning service vs download
« on: December 02, 2005, 12:18 AM »
Downloading a new browser can be a real pain if your current browser is in-operable. 

I'm not trying to dis you or anything, but FTP is 100% able to pull down a browser without a browser installed.  I know;  some people didn't know the internet existed before Internet Explorer.

When Microsoft starts bleeding into it's next OS,Vista i believe,i'd like to go a different direction even if it means going to a mac.
Just curious, why is Vista putting you over the edge?  I'm mean heck, MS is starting to get the hang of OS/2* programming so XP is pretty stable these days.  Heck they even act like they're starting to think about taking security seriously.   :o

* Fer you kids too young to remeber, back in the late 80's MS & IBM teamed up to create OS/2.  When the broke up in the early 90's both had rights to the kernel.  Up until Win2K, you could still see references to OS/2 in the environment variables. 

I subscribe to a nifty (moderate traffic) PowerTools forum on Yahoo. 
Their web site,, has a nice Top 50 list based on popularity.

General Software Discussion / Re: Worst. Interface. Ever.
« on: December 01, 2005, 11:19 PM »
Alright you guys, lay off total commander... ;)

It really is a powerful tool and I was even thinking about writing a review; which is how I found this thread.
Anyway, out of the box it is a little cluttered, but when you customize it things get better.

This is how mine looks.  It is running somewhere on my system 100% of the time.  It even has a  launch bar you can customize with frequently used apps.  It has a TON of cool features, including some powerful synchronization and file/text comparison.

If you want a really lame interface, try to recall Microsoft Bob.  Can't?  It was so lame, it only lasted about 3 months.  One of the only true Microsoft products (they bought everything that's popular, including the XP kernal) and it was pathetic. 

Hey Wow, my name made it in a Mouser post, 3'rd from the top.

I think I'm cool now.

« on: December 01, 2005, 10:46 PM »
Congrats all you winners!

I really wanted the VMWare...

Living Room / Re: Tangram game
« on: December 01, 2005, 12:12 AM »
 :Thmbsup:  Fun Stuff.

I made into the top 20  :mrgreen: :beerchug:

Can I actually lend my ET license to my friend from the Andromeda Galaxy?  'cause that would be way cool.  They don't have donation coder there and the local software tyrant, Invoice Doors, is running amuck with Panes 3501.


Hey Mouser,

Just a thought.  I love Mantis.  I found it a few years ago and keep going back to it anytime I need a tracking application.  Good job for finding and using it.
 :Thmbsup: :up: :beerchug: :eusa_dance:

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