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Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 22, 2013, 01:26 PM »
Windows 7 x64.



Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 22, 2013, 12:18 PM »
skwire, I did configure another location and when I switch to that location the icon changes to the current temperature there. However upon switching back to the first location it doesn’t change. It stayed at the temperature of the second location.

OK I just exited and restarted the app and now it is switching temps with each change, so I guess it requires a program restart before that takes effect. I didn't expect that or I would have done that before now!

Anyway I guess I must keep a second location configured to ensure the temp on the icon changes. I'll have to wait and see if it changes with a refresh without needing to switch locations, though it would not do that before.



PS- This is a very minor issue, not anything that really affects the current or forecast conditions other than not being able to rely on the temp icon's accuracy, so please don’t put a lot of effort into this for me.  Thanks again!

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:38 PM »
Isn't that icon supposed to change to match the actual temperature shown in the program window?

Yes, absolutely, it should.  Does it change if you switch locations?

Don’t know - I only have one location!


Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:13 PM »
I don’t know if this has already been mentioned but the temperature tray icon doesn’t seem to change. Yesterday after installing sWeather I placed both icons in the tray. The temp shown was 73 deg. F. Last night I noticed that it still said 73 though in the program window it said 67 deg. F.

Isn't that icon supposed to change to match the actual temperature shown in the program window?



Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Zoner giveaway or 50% off
« on: June 19, 2013, 12:05 PM »
Anyone still using Zoner?

I purchased all of their programs back when they offered a 90% discount on everything. Then I upgraded to Zoner Photo Studio 12 Pro in 2010. But beyond that they came out with upgrades regularly - whether they had added anything to really justify the upgrades or not. Or so it seemed to me.

I ended up going back to ACDSee Pro after I abandoned them because of their non-support of Windows 7 with a version that was released after Windows 7. (They decided to wait until their next major upgrade rather than fix this in the then current version).

Now I'm back to using ACDSee Pro 3. I purchased ACDSee Pro 5 but it had a lot of issues early on so I still have V.3 installed. In their most current version, ACDSee Photo Pro 6, they dropped support for scanning for Windows 7 x64. Apparently it was buggy so rather than fix it they just dropped it and tell users to use another program for scanning, then open ACDSee Pro after scanning. That has more than a few users pissed of in their forum! Especially since it doesn’t appear that any of the other major photo program developers ran into any similar scanning problems.

I still get all of Zoner's promotional emails and I'm wondering if anyone here has any comments, good or bad, about it.



Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: June 18, 2013, 11:42 AM »

I don’t know why I haven't noticed this before. Excellent program Skwire!

Thank you very much for this!

Jim   :)

I care about file history because I'm hoping to have something like version control for DAW files.
Here's an interesting thread describing a product that goes in that direction:

I'm not familiar with the world you're describing (music/daws) but I'll chance asking:
why not use a dedicated app?
You would presumably have more control. Filehamster (FH) is the only one I know that allows you add comments to the saved version. It's limited in ways, but it works. (I'd dearly love if they developed that whole aspect of FH but they show no interest.) I use FH for some jobs, and Syncovery (formerly SFFS) for the others (where I dont need comments). Snycovery is more dependable in my experience and may be able to do partial file backup which would save you a lot of space (sounds like that work can be big).

Hi Tom.

Do you know if FileHamster is even still being developed? They seem to have abandoned their forum: The last post I can find by someone from Mogware is over a year ago, and most previous posts are at least two years ago. Their wiki is gone - the link for it takes you to the Mogware home page.

I used the FH Plus version for a few years and then upgraded to the F Advanced when they changed the editions, but I uninstalled while diagnosing some issues on my computer almost two years ago and I never re-installed it when I got a new computer. I'm about to reinstall it now but seeing their empty forum has me scratching my head!



General Software Discussion / Re: New Messge says 1 message
« on: May 22, 2013, 11:30 PM »
Just checked and mine said it too. I clicked on it and it disappeared. Weird.


You can make it as easy as you possibly can, but....

You are still going to be maintaining the site for her! Mark my words... ;D


Well I know that in my first (and last!) experience with Kaspersky it automatically deleted a number of programs it determined to be "high risk" based on its heuristics. I kept Kaspersky around for about three months of the one year subscription I had purchased. It was way to strict and not configurable enough for me. It most definitely did not quarantine the program files.


some false positives are far better than an overlooked virus...
Tell that to a couple of my customers after AVG decided that the lower filter for the Xen disk subsystem was a virus.  No problem there until their boxes were rebooted, which resulted in a nice 7B bsod.  (Fortunately for the second customer I remembered tracking down the issue for the first...)

When an antivirus reports a virus, any user should always verify if that is true or not (false positive) before deleting any files.
This should be taught to new users.

That's a presumptive statement. Most AV's default to automatically "cleaning" high risk files... which means deleting them. "New users" wouldn’t yet know to configure it any differently.


I think you have to take a more measured approach.  What I usually do is disable *automatic* updates.  Then, a week (or more) after update Tuesday and all of the furor has died down, I download and install the updates manually.  I just don't want to trust anyone to automatically do anything to my computer.  Because if it borks up, are they going to take responsibility for it?

I'll evaluate and decide whether to take the risks, and take the responsibility for my choices.  I've been bitten once about 15 years ago... and to a large extent, that was my fault, as I was hosting my own web site when code red came out and wasn't keeping up to date.  It hurt, but at least it was my fault.

In this case, it hurts... but it's nothing that I did.  And that's a hard pill to swallow, especially since it seems I'm now looking at several hours to restore his computer.  Thankfully, nothing is lost, but it's still a pain, and a drain.

Just about what I do. I have the updates set to notify me but don’t download or install automatically. I always take a good look at them when notified, but then I wait a week or more until I can get some decent feedback on any problems encountered. I usually search on the updates but I also look at Woody Leonard's DefCon column, Infoworld's Tech Watch pages, and ComputerWorld's update pages. They usually give a good read on the updates each month plus for the unscheduled updates. There are some I'll probably never install, though most eventually make it onto my machine.


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteZilla
« on: April 21, 2013, 09:22 AM »

because you have taken away my ability to send notes over my network. Now you want me to use a paid subscription service just to be able to send a note to a computer in my own home network.

Well, the subscription comes with lot of other things. If it is your own computer, you don't have to send sticky notes back and forth. Subscription comes with syncing of sticky notes between your computers so that you have the same copy of sticky notes everywhere. Plus, when you have the subscription, you create/access sticky notes from any smart-phone such as iOS (iPhone/iPad), Android etc.
-conceptworld (April 21, 2013, 06:22 AM)

I am certain that will be a welcome addition for some users; doesn’t do anything for me though.

In order to take several bigger steps in future, we have had to take couple of steps backwards. If you look at the whole picture, you will learn several benefits of the new model.

But I don’t have to do so right now, correct? I can keep running NZ7?

Subscription is free for the first year. So one has nothing to lose. It is win-win.

And the subscription cost thereafter?

Doggone... I lost Piky Suite when you decided to kill that off a year or so ago, and RecentX just became stale - I don’t think there has been an update of much significance for a few years now. Just making it work in OS and browser updates. RecentX had become a bit of a CPU hog when indexing so I had to abandon that. After Notezilla 7 becomes extinct I will not be using any of your programs.   :(

Thank you.


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteZilla
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:47 PM »
BTW, I will be sticking with Notezilla 7, mainly because you have taken away my ability to send notes over my network. Now you want me to use a paid subscription service just to be able to send a note to a computer in my own home network.

That'll never happen here!


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: NoteZilla
« on: April 20, 2013, 10:43 PM »

But it is his fault and not the fault of Microsoft or XP. He is the one making the FlashWindowEx API call that is overriding my OS defaults.

Sorry, I didn't know there was a way to override the defaults. Please do explain how to overrid the defaults so that we can follow the standards. This is better than providing an app specific option. Please do email directly to support [at] conceptworld [dot] com, so that we don't fill this thread with conversations not beneficial to others.

Gautam Jain

-conceptworld (April 15, 2013, 01:04 AM)


Perhaps I misunderstand, but I don’t believe that April is asking you to override a default. She is saying that your FlashWindowEx API call is already overriding the OS default by causing the taskbar to lock open. She wants you to stop overriding the default!


My ASUS RT-N16 router comes with the username "admin" and while I was able to change the password it does not allow changing the username.   >:(

(Damn thing continually drops wireless connections for the past week, too!   :mad:  )


General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:55 AM »
I just installed Softmaker Office 2012 Pro yesterday and it has their new email program included. I'll give it a try and see if it is truly a viable Outlook replacement. I am using Outlook 2010 but I'm not using any of Outlook's extended features; just the basic email. Not crazy about it.


General Software Discussion / Re: thunderbird alternative
« on: April 17, 2013, 05:36 AM »
I purchased a "lifetime license" for Postbox when it was initially released, after running the pre-release beta. Not too bad, but in reality it is simply a stylized version of Thunderbird with many less extensions available. Their vaunted search engine - which was a big marketing point for them - was not quite as robust as the search engine that T-Bird introduced about a month after Postbox's release.

Unfortunately the developer of Postbox refunded my money and told me that he preferred I find another email app after he deleted a couple of my forum posts where I asked some pointed questions about promised features. That was a very surprising first for me! He said I could continue using Postbox but asked me to refrain from posting "difficult" questions in their forum. Actually he didn't want me to post in their forum at all anymore. Needless to say I uninstalled Postbox and haven't used it since.


OK then I downloaded the correct file, the top link. It comes down as an MSI file but only 79.9 MB. Can't seem to get the entire file to download. Weird!

Thank you.


I cant download Libreoffice. It apparently is a torrent download from their site. Claims it is a 185 MB file but only 7.79 MB is downloaded. Do I need a torrent program to get this?



Are you by any chance associated with Photodali?

Thank you,


Living Room / Re: Has my browser been hi-jacked?
« on: April 01, 2013, 10:03 AM »

I know that but you hadn't mentioned what OS you are running up till now. Actually you haven't really described the problem very well so far. I understand that you say you are not very well-versed technologically, but you need to at least give us the basics that you can. OS and edition (Windows 7, Vista, XP, etc.), Firefox version, what Comcast/Xfinity software have you installed? Or did Comcast install software on your computer when they set up your service? E.g., was the Comcast software that they try to get you to install when starting their service installed by you or a Comcast tech? Is the Comcast/Xfinity "Constant Guard" so-called security software installed by you or Comcast? The Comcast toolbar?

What AntiVirus and/or AntiMalware software is installed? Firewall? If you can try to gather up as much as that information as possible it would help a lot!



Living Room / Re: Has my browser been hi-jacked?
« on: April 01, 2013, 12:12 AM »
Sounds like you installed the Comcast/Xfinity Self-Install Kit. Bad mojo! Try this link and see if anything there helps:


General Software Discussion / Re: Linkman 8.80 released
« on: March 25, 2013, 08:29 AM »
Thank you! Great service, as always.   :)


Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Google Reader - Mini-Review
« on: March 17, 2013, 08:46 PM »
Yeah, I know. But since I still have the last version of Feeddemon Pro I can use that. It will still update all feeds, it just won't be able to sync with any online service (like Google Reader) anymore.



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