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Living Room / The anti-piracy lobby makes a convincing argument
« on: April 17, 2011, 12:53 PM »
I've always marvelled at the effectiveness of the anti-piracy campaign. Here's another gem they can be proud of.

P.S. - Bonus points for anyone who knows which software the guy in the video is using.

General Software Discussion / Output to a DAC using Foobar+ASIO
« on: March 22, 2011, 12:07 PM »
I recently upgraded my sound system and got a DAC to go along with the new equipment.

The DAC has been set as the default output device in Windows and it shows up as "USB Audio DAC" in Foobar. Foobar also supports an ASIO plugin. Does one of these methods have an advantage over the other?

Someone on an audiophile forum mentioned that ASIO would give far superior sound quality, I'm wondering if he misunderstood and assumed I was comparing it to DirectSound or some other method which would involve Windows processing the audio. If it's all the same I'd much rather not use ASIO and save myself the hassle of configuring and updating the ASIO component.

Found Deals and Discounts / O&O Migration Kit for Windows 7
« on: March 04, 2011, 01:48 AM »

If someone tries this, please post your results.

General Software Discussion / hooeey webprint - browser history tool
« on: February 03, 2011, 11:52 PM »
I've finally come across a really interesting app made specifically to maintain a (plain text) searchable database of your browsing history. I think it deserves an indepth review, so if someone can find the time to write one after using it for a while that'd be great.  :-[


Here's a quick rundown of the main points. I am not affiliated in any way with this product.

  • hooeey webprint (still in beta)
  • Adobe Air app (which, for me, equates to a somewhat annoying UI)
  • Works with IE and Firefox
  • Records plaintext (html) and screenshots (just the visible part of the page, screenshot recording can be disabled)
  • Realtime recording worked well for all the pages I opened within the browser, when I opened ~20 pages using a bookmark manager (Linkman Lite) however, the opened pages didn't show up in the catalog immediately... they did show up one by one as I activated those tabs in the browser.
  • Auto-tags pages and also lets you tag saved pages manually - creates two separate tag clouds for auto & custom tags.
  • Provides stats using charts (websites by time spent, websites by visits)
  • Data is stored locally. The privacy policy seems acceptable to my untrained eye.
  • Data can be exported locally (plaintext (.csv) export only, no thumbs, no stats), to their paid ($5/month) cloud service, or to 3rd party cloud services - Zoho, Google Docs, Amazon S3 - (no thumbs, "no browsed pages" <- I'm not clear about what they mean by this.)
  • Password protection available for the local database - the thumbs for browsed webpages show up as a faded background when you're prompted for the password *serious eyerolling*, I assume a glaring flaw like this will be brought to their notice and fixed in a future version.
  • Allows for blocklists to disable recording specific sites, wildcards and keyword filters, currently not implemented, would be welcome here.
  • Performance: Doesn't seem to have any noticeable effect on system or browsing performance. Currently using a little under 100 MB memory on my system with a similar no. of pages (with screenshots) stored.

I thought of a domain name I liked:, a couple of years back. I checked for availability using a domain name checking site though I wasn't serious about getting it then. The name was available. I had thought up the name myself and a Google search showed negligible hits for 'digistrom'... someone posting in a forum using the nick. I expected the name to be available when I was serious about getting a website. A few months down the line I checked again and... you guessed it: this time it was taken. The home page leads me to believe it's been taken up by squatters. There seems to be no legit presence behind the site even now.

I Googled a little and a comment on this page confirms my suspicions.
# Steve Jones Says:
October 2nd, 2010 at 2:16 pm

The problem is even worse than stated…..domain name checking sites and searches are now being monitored by squatters. I searched and found two available domain names for my site, and within 15 minutes of finding each one, they magically became “taken”. This is BS and needs to be stopped!!!

Do we even need a web service to tell us if a name is available? Seems to me the best way to go about it is just try opening the name you like in your browser and if you hit a "server not found" the name's probably available.

I just wanted to put this up as a cautionary tale for anyone who might be thinking of getting a domain name in the future. I've learned my lesson the hard way and the name I like is probably worth a few hundred $, if not more. The ridiculous amounts some people are willing to pay squatters seems to make it worth their while to usurp thousands of domains. Even if a handful of domains are actually bought back the squatter comes out a winner.


I'm not posting this in the Wikileaks petition thread because I think it's a must-see and don't want it going unnoticed in an older thread.

It's an indepth (nearly an hour long) look at the organization and puts the whole WL phenomenon into perspective.

WikiRebels - The Documentary

Living Room / Shiny Disco Balls
« on: June 15, 2010, 04:39 PM »
It's 1979. An 8 year old boy who thinks Abba, Boney M and some cutesy pop songs comprise the world's entire music collection is being looked after by a teenaged friend. The teen drags the kid along to a friends house. It's night, the house lights are switched off and a bunch of kids are dancing to blaring music that sounds completely alien to the kid. It's nothing like he's ever heard before, it's the best f***ing thing he's ever heard and he realizes how COOL, cool can be. What he doesn't realize is he's just had his first taste of electronic music - the man behind the music, 30 years ahead of his time... an Italian, Giorgio Moroder. Decades later, very few know him... (the man is now 70 and he looked like a mustache pete even in his prime) but very few have escaped the music he influenced... from fly-by-night electropop bands to giants like The Chemical Bros.
Presenting, for your listening (but certainly NOT viewing) pleasure... Mr.Giorgio Moroder...

Is there a program that'll let me have control over these boxes? XP has always been whimsical, in my experience, when it comes to these things.


For instance, in the screenshot above there's no check box for 'always open with'. 

Living Room / DRM hits a new low as Amazon hits the delete key
« on: July 18, 2009, 04:12 AM »
This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.


Here's the quirky part - both Orwell books are freely downloadable Down Under.

A street survey conducted by Google in NYC. I'm sure things don't get much better in other places.


So, what's your browser? I'm into flapjacks.


Start Panic! is a site that shows you your browsing history. It won't be a great revelation for the real tech-heads on board but was quite an eye-opener for me. The site seems to do what it does using JavaScript - I'm off to take a serious look at NoScript:)

Living Room / Most Wiki'd Item? HTTP 404
« on: April 04, 2009, 12:12 AM »
You have to be a geek (and easily amused?  ;D ) to find something like this hilarious - Nearly 4 million people Wiki'd "HTTP 404" in the last 30 days.  That's more hits than The Beatles or Watchmen.


Just a heads-up.

I sometimes get this warning on clicking a DC forum link in Google's search results using Firefox.

Google URL when this happened today.

If this isn't isolated and happens to others it might be pretty off-putting to someone who hasn't heard of the site.

I've chosen to "add an exception" on prior occasions but I noticed today that the exception url that pops up is very thread+message specific, so it doesn't really help in the future.

Living Room / Samsung's 24 x 220MB/s SSD RAID
« on: March 10, 2009, 02:09 PM »
A viral video picked up by Ghacks.


Somehow, not as impressive as I expected it to be.  :huh:

Edit: Image links to the video.



Works fine at

Living Room / Google Maps on Paper [ScreenToaster promo video]
« on: February 18, 2009, 10:52 PM »
Though I doubt the whole presentation was made on paper, I found it rather innovative/cute.


[via DI]

Living Room / MS takes evil to new level; ruins birthday cake
« on: January 28, 2009, 12:30 PM »
It turned out that she used Microsoft Outlook to send her email but Wegman’s email system failed to recognize the proprietary HTML tags of Outlook and hence this goof-up.


General Software Discussion / How do I stop selling myself v1agra?
« on: December 26, 2008, 12:10 AM »
Just when you think your inbox is invincible, you start getting junk from the one person you don't want to start blacklisting online... "yourself"!

I would just mark my own addresses as junk (in my offline client) but I do occasionally mail myself stuff from the phone.  And I'm an "approved sender" so the images and god knows what else start loading immediately. I don't think I'm running a zombified machine and I'm at a complete dead end on this one - how do I stop junk messages when they appear to originate from my own address?

Living Room / [Humour] Never ask for help on the Internet
« on: December 01, 2008, 11:50 PM »
Maybe I'm just twisted but this made me laugh  ;D

Never Ask For Help On The Internet [Possibly NSFW]

Lifehacker blogged about Everything, a search app similar to AvaFind (mini review), yesterday.
Both these are file name, and not context indexing tools. Both index files in realtime, unlike the universal favorite, Locate.

Some ways in which Everything differs from Avafind -

  • Boolean & Regex support.
  • Highlighting the searched text within results.
  • It doesn't allow blocking specific folders from being indexed
  • No recently launched/downloaded files panes like Avafind
  • Eerily fast indexing (seeing is believing!)

Everything is under 300 KB & free. I'd say it still has some important features missing but this app looks very promising, totally worth taking for a spin.

Living Room / Sarah Palin, Hacked!
« on: September 18, 2008, 12:44 AM »
Not quite as spooky as the LHC getting hacked but it's the ubiquitous governor's turn this time round.

A group of computer hackers said yesterday they accessed a Yahoo! e-mail account of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, the Republican vice presidential nominee, publishing some of her private communications to expose what appeared to be her use of a personal account for government business.

The hackers posted what they said were personal photos, the contents of several messages, the subject lines of dozens of e-mails and Palin's e-mail contact list on a site called

Wikileaks seems to be completely down. Perhaps just overwhelmed by traffic?

Palin's Yahoo! Account Hacked
By Michael D. Shear and Karl Vick

General Software Discussion / PC Upgrade - A few questions
« on: August 24, 2008, 06:43 PM »
I'm getting a new system shortly, mainly to experience some dual core goodness.
I've based it mainly on this list at Techspot.

Nothing's finalized yet but here's how it's shaping up:
Core 2 Duo E8400 (@3 GHz) - going under the assumption that lesser cores with more GHz per core is better for the average user, as stated elsewhere. The E8500 (3.16 ? Ghz)and E8600 (3.33 GHz) apparently haven't arrived here and the marginal differences I've seen in the benchmarks don't make the waiting/torture worthwhile.
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P (supports FSB speeds of 1600MHz and DDR2 speeds of 1200MHz)

RAM: 2GB DDR2, make undecided - something in the 1100+ MHz range

HDDs - Haven't looked closely at HDDs yet but something fast for the system drive,  probably a Raptor running @10000 RPM
1 TB Seagate or WD for data mirroring along with my older (2x) 300GB Seagates.

GPU - I'm leaning towards the 9600GT after reading this thread but I might spring for something faster, budget permitting.

A couple of clarifications needed from the hardware enthusiasts:
My memory usage rarely touches the 1GB mark as of now, will a core 2 system running the same OS+software utilize more RAM for any reason? The low speed RAM is really cheap but the faster sticks are a bit steeper priced so I don't want to buy any more than I need and use the cash instead to push the other specs up a bit.

Soundcard: I was completely taken in by some Creative X-Fi (XtremeMusic) reviews but just saw the thread reg. poor Creative support. I plan to stick to XP-32 so don't expect to have any driver problems. Any happy X-Fi customers here? Or other cards to consider? Do these things even make a difference to the way music sounds?

Any suggestions beyond what I've asked are obviously very welcome. Thanks.

Living Room / Which part of the Internets crack you up?
« on: August 14, 2008, 02:42 PM »
I'm a huge fan of The Superficial (slightly NSFW), the guy who writes for it may come across as misogynistic but he has an undeniably wicked sense of humor.

Another of my favorites is Glasbergen, I haven't been able to find any (full) feeds for his stuff so I just read him (The Better Half) in the newspapers.

Which are some of your favorite funny places on the Intertubes? (Youtube doesn't count!  ;) )

Also, if you've got the time and inclination, which is the funniest DC thread, in your opinion?  ;D

AutoHotkey / AHK - Wait functions don't really wait
« on: August 13, 2008, 01:07 AM »
I've never been able to make functions like WinWait, WinWaitActive, WinWaitNotActive really work for me. AHK just doesn't seem to wait for the window - it doesn't matter whether I use the ahk_class or title to identify the window... I don't set any seconds timeout either... AHK zips right past the wait fns and executes the following commands anyway. I've been dealing with this using Sleep calls which is a bit of a dirty hack. Is there any way to make the wait fns actually wait?

Usage example:
WinClose, desktop38.ico
WinWaitNotActive, desktop38.ico      

(desktop38.ico is a valid window title)            


General Software Discussion / Firefox - Searching cached content
« on: July 02, 2008, 04:52 AM »
Is there any way (besides using desktop search apps) to search the Firefox cache based on content?

Thumbstrips provides a fantastic interface for this (shows the visited site thumbnails and limits the ones shown in real-time as I type in the search box) but it's not really meant for this and only works for the current browsing session.

I don't expect anything that intuitive, any in-browser solution to search the cache would be fine. Searching on URL+Title just isn't good enough.

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