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Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 29, 2011, 10:09 AM »
By the way, this is the setup I used during my Beta period. Absolutely don't forget the glass of wine.

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Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 29, 2011, 10:02 AM »
Do people with standing desks ever use anti-fatigue mats? I have one in my kitchen and it makes a world of difference in terms of easing pain on feet from standing for a long time.

I heard most people use some kind of mat, though there seems to be no agreement about what is the best solution. Almost everyone I heard of uses some kind of stool to shift the weight from one foot to the other.

Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 29, 2011, 08:59 AM »
It's finally here! I made a small table and used it to turn my digital illustration desk into a standing desk.

They say one should use an ergonomic stepping pad, or something, but I walk barefoot all the time and I this isn't my only working desk (I'll let the other one remain a sitting desk, at least for the time being), so maybe it won't be a problem. We'll see.

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Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk?
« on: April 22, 2011, 04:30 AM »
There was another article recently (can't locate it) about how sitting all day is worse for you that they previously thought -- and more articles recently about standing desks.

Some of those articles, for reference. I'm in the process of trying a standing table, btw. Pictures and impressions soon.


Hamilton, like many sitting researchers, doesn't own an office chair.
"If you're standing around and puttering, you recruit specialized
muscles designed for postural support that never tire," he says.
"They're unique in that the nervous system recruits them for
low-intensity activity and they're very rich in enzymes." One enzyme,
lipoprotein lipase, grabs fat and cholesterol from the blood, burning
the fat into energy while shifting the cholesterol from LDL (the bad
kind) to HDL (the healthy kind). When you sit, the muscles are
relaxed, and enzyme activity drops by 90% to 95%, leaving fat to camp
out in the bloodstream. Within a couple hours of sitting, healthy
cholesterol plummets by 20%.


But it looks as though there’s a more sinister aspect to sitting, too.
Several strands of evidence suggest that there’s a “physiology of
inactivity”: that when you spend long periods sitting, your body
actually does things that are bad for you.


Sitting, it would seem, is an independent pathology. Being sedentary
for nine hours a day at the office is bad for your health whether you
go home and watch television afterward or hit the gym. It is bad
whether you are morbidly obese or marathon-runner thin. “Excessive
sitting,” Dr. Levine says, “is a lethal activity.”


Western society is built around sitting. We sit at work, we sit at
school, we sit at home, and we sit in our cars as we commute back and
forth. In fact, a recent survey reports that the average American
accumulates more than 8 hours of sedentary behavior every day—roughly
half of their waking hours.

New research suggests that your daily bout at the gym may not be the
only thing you need to stay alive if you spend your life behind a

As part of the AOL merger last month with Huffington Post, Arianna Huffington became Editor In Chief of 56 sites and took the reins to make major changes. These changes included her decision to fold 30 brands (blogs) into other properties that Huffington saw as “stronger” than the absorbed brands.

The decision is probably as stupid as it sounds. Downloadsquad IS a powerful brand, and was a balanced, hugely popular blog. Should we file this in the "goes up in smoke" category?

Downloadsquad (the popular tech blog with an emphasis on software) is closing down, as a consequence of the AOL/Huffington Post merge. Will anyone miss it or I am alone here?


Thank you, Lanux!

Indeed. I've recently bought a Dell UltraSharp U2311H with a 16.9 aspect ratio and oh boy -- do I miss those pixels in height!

Egads, found one! Autoit executable, free:

Hidecaption 0.9


Ath, both Photoshop and Chrome have the same elegant solution for most of the problems you mention. I wish they were universally implemented!

To uniquely identify several instances of the same application, or find different applications holding nearly the same content (Wordprocessor and a pdf output of that same document? Which one to start editing...)

Quite specialized tasks, I would say; Taskbar icons could be probably used to the same effect without the redundancy.

And it still doesn't explain why it's so hard to hide the damn thing 8) .

Both Chrome and Photoshop (and a couple of other programs) already hide the Title Bar in order to save precious screen real state, but I was unable to find a utility that hides the Title Bar of any given window (or by default) in XP (or later).

I'm not a programmer, so this may be more difficult than I suppose it is. Why is is so difficult to hide the Title Bar?

In fact, why we still have Title Bars at all?

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: April 29, 2010, 06:39 PM »
Autover has been updated, btw. Version 1.4 was released on 28-04-2010, still free.

I put FH aside for a while and I'm trying to live with AutoVer only. So far so good.

"The other thing to consider is that ideally you would do *all* work, all post work, on the full-range RAW file"


CWuestefeld, I'm doubting any product will give you the one-click results you are expecting. The real power of RAW is in manual tweaking.The "process everything in directory X" will seldom work, unless all photos were taken using the same exposure, light conditions and camera settings -- and that's rarely the case.

If you want to do most of your editing in PSP, RawTherapee is more than enough to convert your batches to tiff. But it can be used to do so much more.

Among those elusive programs whose time has come, I would put this one prominently: a more intuitive -- as in one-click -- way of restoring a Windows session without having to resource to hibernate.

General Software Discussion / Re: alternative to filehamster?
« on: September 10, 2009, 07:24 AM »
FileHamster Plus (the old "Advanced" version) was 29.50 - I know cause I have it. The new pricing matrix looks a bit steep to me as well.

Tranglos, you owe me a beer. And yes, the idea is fantastic and the time is ripe.

Polyedit free:

Dazzling fast, tabbed, dockable windows. An absolute gem.

Living Room / Re: How many countries represented here on DC ?
« on: September 11, 2008, 04:45 PM »

*samba drums*

Added to the map.

General Software Discussion / Re: Weird software names
« on: April 25, 2008, 05:09 AM »
Project Dogwaffle comes to mind.

I use mempad as my all-round note-taking thingie, and don't think it's strange at all. Its text-only approach fits my needs completely.

The latest version has customizable hotkey support (if for for hotkey you mean a shortcut to evoke and send back the application to the tray).

I didn't think I could live without Keynote's tabs, but boy was I was wrong.  :up:

Thank you fellas!

How about a new small Cody for the smiley collection?

Hey, Cody is sweet! Who is the original designer?

Illustrator (mostly digital) from Brazil here, coding-illiterate but properly software addicted. This web is a big place, but in my book donationcoder is one of the coolest destinations conceivable. Impossible to count the many treasures I found (and keep finding) through you guys.

Illustrations here, some photos here.

Long life to Windows 2000 SP4!  :Thmbsup:

You may also want to check USB Disk Ejector. Command line added for coolness.

"A program that allows you to quickly remove USB devices in Windows. It was originally designed to remove only USB pen drives but will now eject any USB device. It can be run as a non-visual command line program or a normal gui program. Its very useful if you have a USB flash/pen drive, especially if you use a menu such as PStart or the Portable Apps launcher."

So neat, thank you for the heads up.

I confirm: no context menu replacing. What you see in the screenshot is Direct Folders' own favorites/recent menu, which appears when you *double-click* on a blank area of an open/save dialog box. It makes for a smooth navigation experience.

General Software Discussion / Re: Ultra Explorer; I am impressed!
« on: September 25, 2007, 08:08 AM »
I find UE both pretty and stable but what - no file search? Now that is a deal breaker.

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