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Did anyone notice that IntelliComplete has been discontinued "for lack of development resources?"

That's unfortunate. I recently revisited Netscape and found it to be one of the fastest browsers. It looks like I'll have to stick with Opera which I probably would have done anyway mostly because I am so used to it.

General Software Discussion / Re: Two Programs I am Seeking
« on: December 29, 2007, 08:34 AM »
Trying PhraseExpress at the moment, but this is an overkill for my needs.

I am using PhraseExpress and recommend it. I like it so much I bought a license for it! I haven't tried most of the alternatives others have mentioned above so I can't say how it compares but it's the best of the ones I did try. Specifically, I've used ShortKeys for years and it's a great program which I can also recommend. I never had a problem with it except that it produced a conflict with another (totally unrelated and very specialized!) program so I hunted around for a replacement and settled on PhraseExpress.

General Software Discussion / Re: Launchy 2.0... and something else
« on: December 24, 2007, 08:15 PM »

Much more capable doing what ?

Mainly, Keybreeze finds ALL registered applications on your system whereas Launchy only knows about those in your Start Menu or desktop and Keybreeze makes it very easy to add other applications/folders/commands to it. It's faster too.

General Software Discussion / Re: Launchy 2.0... and something else
« on: December 20, 2007, 12:02 AM »
Launchy is a memory hog using up almost 24 Megs on my system. I've been using Keybreeze which, while not free, uses up much less memory and is much more capable.

Living Room / Re: AVG anti spyware 7.5 Licence key
« on: December 16, 2007, 05:02 AM »
Why would you want to "borrow" a license key for a program that is free and contains the full power of the "extra" version?

The only reason to get "download protection" would be if you change computers and/or didn't save a backup copy of the product for reinstallation.

If the vendor is actively developing the product then the image of the product exists on the distributor's computer and their only cost is typically a few seconds of bandwidth whose cost comes nowhere close to what they charge for "download protection."

If the vendor is not actively developing the product then you should be looking for an alternative product anyway and, thus, "downoad protection" is unwarranted.

I respectfully disagree with artplus regarding the existence of this forum. As one who has invested heavily in shareware and commercial software, I think it is important to have a place where we can discuss the occasional irresponsible developer who operates in a misleading manner, refuses to fix problems, is completely unresponsive or treats customers disrespectfully.

Yes, it is a problem when a customer, a shill or a competing entity attempts to use this venue to badmouth an undeserving vendor but those are usually easy to recognize and an effort should be taken to cull them out. Perhaps a few ground rules would be in order such as verifiability of the claims made.

In any case, don't take this forum away!

How about Emergence BASIC - at ?

General Software Discussion / Re: GemX - missing in action
« on: September 08, 2007, 01:49 AM »
GemX moved their servers which is always an exhilirating experience.   :D

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Opera Widget Editor
« on: August 06, 2007, 12:18 AM »
the real catch is being sufficiently fluent in the languages used in order to make a decent widget.

Certainly. That's why I'd like to be able to focus on the programming without the impediment of zip file calisthenics every edit-compile-run cycle.

Post New Requests Here / IDEA: Opera Widget Editor
« on: August 02, 2007, 11:44 PM »
Opera 9.x supports something called widgets which can be very handy. It is possible to create your own widgets which consist of some kind of .html file, a .css file and a config file all stored inside a zip file with extension renamed to .wdgt.

The process seems rather daunting (at least to a novice like me) because one has to compose the source files with a text editor and then zip them and finally rename the zip file. Anticipating a lot of edit and test cycles I'd like a streamlined process to accomplish this.

I have in mind a program that will treat a zipped .wdgt file as an ordinary folder/directory allowing one to directly edit the contents of the files contained therein, create new files and remove them.

I have used XP's system restore several times usually after some software installation messes things up quite badly. I was rather amazed that it worked but most relieved that it did work!

General Software Discussion / Re: A Warning about
« on: July 31, 2007, 01:44 PM »
It's worked for me in the past.
-Carol Haynes (July 31, 2007, 03:39 AM)

That means that they aren't checking your numbers which is good to know. My experience with other companies is that they promptly bounce your credit card if it's an invalid number. (I discovered this by mistyping my number once or twice.)

General Software Discussion / Re: A Warning about
« on: July 31, 2007, 01:31 AM »
If you don't want to be too obvious get the expiry date wrong or 'accidentally' transpose two numbers in the card number.
-Carol Haynes (May 29, 2007, 11:08 AM)

That won't accomplish anything. Your credit card number will be promptly rejected because it will fail the modular checksum test. And the credit card company will reject an incorrect expiration date as well.

Living Room / Re: Why don't you pay for software?
« on: May 26, 2007, 12:11 AM »
I do pay for the software I use. If a package is too expensive then I just don't use it. Often, there is another program with essentially the same functionality that costs far less and I'll use it instead.

On the other hand, I have bought or donated to programs that I neither need nor use but I support them anyway because I think the idea or motive behind them is worthy of support. For example, I don't need another programming language but I bought Phrogram (formerly Kids Programming Language) anyway. Why? Because it is such a great and well executed idea to get kids interested in programming that I wanted to support it!

And when I find an item on that I find particularly useful I intend to donate to it too! :)

I just timed it. It took 31 seconds for "cold launch" and 10 seconds for relaunch and those are pretty much consistent. This is on a 2.6 GHz XP SP2 machine.

That's really not cool.. :( Sorry for the inconvenience, tide.

I'm looking into this performance issue right now; in the mean while, could you tell me how much memory do you have on your PC? (will def help me diagnose the problem)

Thanks!  :)

I'm running with 512 Megs.

Thanks for the welcome, Anderson!

I just timed it. It took 31 seconds for "cold launch" and 10 seconds for relaunch and those are pretty much consistent. This is on a 2.6 GHz XP SP2 machine.

The Thesaurus is a really nice program - once it gets going!

Am I the only one experiencing this? Mobysaurus takes just about forever to start up.

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