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General Software Discussion / Re: Best Anti-spyware.
« on: December 08, 2012, 09:29 AM »
Carol, I once used Norton back when not much else was available. (Remember then?!) Then I stopped using it for everything when they changed Norton SystemWorks from a fairly light utilities package to a massive (in size), intrusive, multi-headed beast. I believe that the last year I had that installed was around 2001 or 2002. I believe it was the 2004 version that it really bloated up and became a monster - to me anyway.

Regarding Anti-Virus, I had settled on using NOD32 for a number of years but finally gave up on them. They pushed me endlessly to go with their System Security or whatever their all-in-one "solution" is called instead of using just the AV as I do. Also, when I got up to five licenses and was going crazy with five different expiration dates they refused to let me combine all five into one license. Eset doesn’t give you any warning when a license is expiring; it is up to you to keep looking at the expiration date on their UI - or at least that's how it was at the time. I set up reminders of my own to remind me when to renew, but it just became a pain for no good reason. I finally quit on them last year and tried MSE. MSE isn't terrible and it has the benefit of being free, but you really give up most customization AFAICT. I couldn't setup the exclusions I wanted and after losing my Nirsift stuff for about the fourth time I unloaded MSE. I finally decided to try a year of Norton AV - just the AV and not the full security package - and found it to be a decent surprise. The installation was done literally in seconds and didn't require a restart, which surprised me. And during the past year it has run quietly in the background, allows me a lot of latitude in customization, and does its scanning automatically only when the computer is idle. I do know that upgrading an existing license is still prohibitive with Symantec! That hasn’t changed! However it is easy enough to purchase another new license at Amazon or Newegg and then just enter the new key and the subscription is extended for that period - one, two, or three years or more depending on what you purchase.

So even though I too had sworn off Norton products at one time, this one is welcome to stay until it does something deserving of banishment again.   :)

Thanks!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:47 PM »
Alright - I deleted all copies of the dock from the Program Files folder (after closing LBC) and then re-opened LBC and it opened from the correct folder now. Hopefully the auto-save function will keep it there!

Thanks!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:44 PM »
OK, I closed that file and opened the dock from the Documents folder, then re-saved it there again. Hopefully that does it.

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:43 PM »
Uhh, wrong! My dock, though saved to the Documents folder, is apparently still auto-saving and loading from the Program Files folder. Damn!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:41 PM »
Hmm.. Looks like it is loading the correct file. Maybe I'm just not seeing it.

Here's the tree:

[attachthumb=#1][/attachthumb]

Thanks!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:38 PM »
No problem. Believe it or not, I started clicking the OK button on the box at the bottommost right and then since the OK button remained highlighted I just held down the Enter button and they all closed within a second! Stupid but somewhat effective.   :-[

I restarted LBC and then clicked File>Exit once more and it closed without a whimper this time. Another thing I remember that was odd: A few days ago - I think it was right after my first post in this thread - I deleted a couple of docks that I had not actively created. Both were named "MyFirstLaunchBar.mcf" and they had somehow inserted themselves on top of my real dock, something like this:

FILE:MyFirstLaunchBar.mcf
V
V
MyFirstLaunchBar.mcf
V
V
Jim's Main Dock.mcf
V
V
Followed by my nodes.

I'm not completely certain about whether or not the "FILE:" was only after the first entry or more, but I was looking through all my nodes for any reference to the incorrect Program Files location that was showing up in the earlier error boxes. I found that many of the icons were referencing the file locations from , I guess, XP when the Program Files directory held all the 32 bit programs. I was manually editing each node to insert the correct icon location. That was when I noticed the extraneous docks mentioned above. So I closed LBC, found and deleted those docks, and restarted. Looks correct now.

My concern is that I never created those other docks named "MyFirstLaunchBar.mcf". I believe that is the name of the sample dock that is created by default upon installation of LBC. Why would those have been injected into my dock's path? Any ideas?

Anyway, thanks for the help!

Jim

Oops - you posted again before me!

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 05, 2012, 10:09 PM »
Wow!  OK, here's how it went so far:

I clicked File>Save As and sure enough it was trying to save to the Program Files directory. So I changed it to the D:\Documents\DonationCoder\LaunchBarCommander\ directory. Before exiting I checked both the C:\Program Files\LaunchBarCommander\ and D:\Documents\LaunchBarCommander\ directories and it was correctly saved to the latter (D:\Documents\LaunchBarCommander\).

However when I clicked File>Exit anotherd error dialog started replicating itself. Screenshot attached.

[attachthumb=#1][/attachthumb]

So now I must exit every damn one of those - or reboot the computer!

I almost hate starting LBC up and trying this again!

Thanks!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 04, 2012, 10:41 AM »
OK, my LBC files all seem to be located at D:\Documents\DonationCoder\LaunchBarCommander\

That folder contains an .ini, .mcp, .mcf, and .bak files. However while there were several old backup (.bak) files in the Documents directory, most of the backups for my dock are in the Program Files directory, which is exactly where you posted that LBC should not be trying to save files.

Unfortunately I can't find any information regarding where to save what. Also, no place I can find in Options to designate file locations. Looks like the .ini file could do it but I don’t understand all of the coding there. For example, the Form Placement line doesn’t mean anything to me. Surely there is a better way to designate file locations!

Here are the contents of my LaunchBarCommander.ini file:

[Global]
LastDefaultImageDirectory=
LastDefaultImageDllDirectory="C:\Users\Jim\AppData\Roaming\Dropbox\bin\Dropbox.exe"
LastProjectFileName="D:\Documents\DonationCoder\LaunchbarCommander\LaunchBarCommander.mcp"

[Treeform.MainProperties]
acSplitterPanelMain.SplitterPos=450
CheckBoxRemind.Checked="false"
EditLastVersion.Text="1.133.01"
FormPlacement="0,1,-1,-1,-1,-1,619,123,1401,867"
TBXMRUList.Items=text:"C:\Program Files (x86)\LaunchBarCommander\Jims Main Dock.mcf$0D$0A"
TBXToolbar1.CurrentDock="TBXDockMain"
TBXToolbar1.DockPos=-1
TBXToolbar1.DockRow=0
TBXToolbarMain.CurrentDock="TBXDockMain"
TBXToolbarMain.DockPos=-1
TBXToolbarMain.DockRow=0

Maybe you can make sense of it.

Thank you.

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / Re: LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 03, 2012, 09:36 PM »
mouser, I'll take a look again to see where everything is, but I have set anything up at all. Everything is exactly where it was installed. I created my dock about two years ago and have never changed the .ini file nor moved anything.

Now two years ago I believe that I would have had XP installed. I started using Windows 7  - looks like I purchased the family pack in Nov 2009, so I guess it has been Windows 7 for about three years. I see that my first dock was created sometime earlier in 2009, so my original installation would have been on XP. Now as to how I got that onto Windows 7, I can't remember.

What is it I need to look for and fix/edit?

Thanks!

Jim

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LaunchBar Commander / LaunchBar Commander on Windows 7 x64?
« on: December 03, 2012, 12:02 PM »
LaunchBar Commander runs fine on my current computer, a Windows 7 x64 running Windows Professional - for the most part. However occasionally, usually upon Windows shutdown and most often after installing an update for LBC, an error dialog pops up. Actually it pops up many times! I can't tell how many because the computer is in the process of shutting down so I have no control of my mouse and very little control of my keyboard when it occurs. But the error dialog - attached below - first appears at mid-screen and the keeps replicating, each one a little lower and to the right. This massive trail of error dialog boxes continues down to the lower right corner of my monitor and once it reaches there it just keeps piling one on top of the previous... until Windows finally decides to shut down anyway!

It all happens so damn fast that I haven't been able to snap a photo of it, though I have tried. Believe it or not I got my digital camera out, sat it next to my keyboard, and waited for it to happen again, hoping to get a photo of the screen the next time it happened. Of course like that fabled "watched pot" it just would not do it again as long as my camera and I were ready!! Naturally as soon as the camera was moved elsewhere the damn error popped again - I think it was sticking its tongue out at me! Evil thing!

It appears that the cause it a line of code (am I saying that right, as a total non-programmer-type?) that refers to an installation location of C:\Program Files\, when, as a 32-bit program it is always installed to C:\Program Files (x86)\. Windows sees that line and since it can't find LBC there I guess it gets a little annoyed. And so it decides to see if it can annoy me in turn. And obviously succeeds!

Anyway, here's the error dialog:

[attachimg=#1][/attachimg]

Thanks for any help with this!

Jim

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"Alan... Alan..."

I loved that so much I temporarily became one of those annoying email forwarders and sent the video URL to several folks. Damn that's funny!

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Microsoft Trolls The Trolls In Latest IE10 Ad
« on: December 01, 2012, 09:49 PM »
I don’t use Opera very often, but up till now all I have seen is those terrible Opera Gadgets - kinda weak, extension-wanna-be's.

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Microsoft Trolls The Trolls In Latest IE10 Ad
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:50 AM »

This sounds like the Opera mentality....

Except.... I just updated Opera to V12.11 and it has... Extensions!! Yes, for real - I just installed a LastPass extension on Opera!!  Woohoo!

Honestly had come to believe that I would never see this day.   :P

Jim

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General Software Discussion / Re: Keyboard shortcut of the day
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:15 AM »
A handy combination that I had to search like hell to find.  If a program's window disappears from the screen but it is still open - meaning the window has moved to a location off the screen:

Alt-Tab to the missing window, then Alt-Space, M, then any arrow key. Now move your mouse and the missing window will suddenly pop back onto the screen.

Sounds weird but for a while last year Evernote's window would disappear from the screen right after installing any new update. Developers insisted they had no idea why, so I guess maybe it was something weird on my system. It stopped after a few months though I never did find out why it was happening. Moving the window back onscreen became much easier however after finding the above sequence!

Thanks!

Jim

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Very nice!

Thank you Wagglesoft.

Jim

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Cabin in the Woods in 30 Seconds by the 30 Seconds Bunnies.

http://www.fearnet.com/shorts/30-second-bunnies-cabin-woods


Jim

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Living Room / Re: How Much Do You Trust Wikipedia?
« on: November 20, 2012, 12:32 AM »
Depends on what I am seeking. I don’t use Wikipedia for rock solid reference material when I am doing research or fact-checking. But I often use it for mundane lookups: TV show summaries or cast members/episodes, etc. Quick info on a particular location. Works well for me on those things.

For math I almost always use Wolfram Alpha now, though they can be a PITA about spamming me to upgrade. (I have the lowest cost premium account there, but they want blood it seems!)

Wikipedia serves me well for all my "who-really-cares" inquiries - which I do pretty often! I can waste my time with the best of 'em!   :Thmbsup:

Thanks!

Jim

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best Anti-spyware.
« on: November 17, 2012, 01:05 PM »
Thanks for suggestions. Tried both Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware. Finally decided to go for SuperAntiSpyware. It has a life-time license.

FYI, Malwarebytes Pro version is also a lifetime license.   :D

Jim

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General Software Discussion / Re: Best Anti-spyware.
« on: November 16, 2012, 05:00 PM »
I am running Norton AV 2012 and Malwarebytes Pro version. Both co-exist peacefully and run very nicely on my box. Neither hog CPU or memory.

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone
« on: November 13, 2012, 10:46 PM »
Heck, I ordered me a set of Zen Magnets right after starting the thread last night!

Jim

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Living Room / Remember Buckyballs? They Are Now Gone
« on: November 12, 2012, 09:34 PM »
A couple years ago there was a cute thread about the skirmish between BuckyBalls and Zen Magnets. Well the US Consumer Product Safety Commission sued BuckyBalls in July and just 10 days ago the maker of BuckyBalls announced formally that they had stopped production of both BuckyBalls and BuckyCubes. (Don’t ask - I have no idea what BuckyCubes are, but I imagine they are related to their Ballsy brothers. Sisters?)

Here's the BuckyBalls website with the announcement.  http://www.getbuckyballs.com/  They are still selling their existing stock until it is gone. Apparently their competitor mentioned in that other thread - Zen Magnets - is claiming that they intend to stick it out and continue selling their similar product, the eponymously named "Zen Magnets". Of course they haven't been sued by the US government. Yet.

So get 'em while they last!

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Hurricane Sandy Discussion Thread
« on: November 01, 2012, 05:57 AM »
Vague Sentence alert: "In contrast to Hazel, however, Sandy was not as strong a hurricane." - In what context was Sandy not a Hurricane? When it intercepted the second front?

I think you might have misread that. It didn't say it wasn’t a hurricane; it said it wasn’t as strong a hurricane.    :)

Jim

Now I'm even more lost!  :huh:  Saying it is not as strong as a hurricane is the same thing as saying it wasn't one, right? How can it simultaneously be a hurricane and not as strong as one?

No - not nearly the same. You need to look up definitions of hurricanes and strengths!

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Hurricane Sandy Discussion Thread
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:28 PM »
My family and I were one mile from where Hurricane Andrew made landfall in 1992, and within the north eye wall. 164 mph sustained winds and a gust measured at 212 mph. It was unbelievably powerful and resulted in some things that I didn't think were even possible or within the laws of physics. Scariest night of my life, including my service in Vietnam. FEMA was completely invisible. I never saw a trailer or vehicle from FEMA. Red Cross was in and out so fast it made me dizzy! To be honest, The Salvation Army gained my eternal respect and support; they set up locations that were kept open and staffed for a few years, continually drove around providing fresh water, food, and clothing, and even offered help with pets.

No sign of FEMA however.

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Hurricaine Sandy Discussion Thread
« on: October 31, 2012, 10:21 PM »
Vague Sentence alert: "In contrast to Hazel, however, Sandy was not as strong a hurricane." - In what context was Sandy not a Hurricane? When it intercepted the second front?

I think you might have misread that. It didn't say it wasn’t a hurricane; it said it wasn’t as strong a hurricane.    :)

Jim

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Living Room / Re: Hurricaine Sandy Discussion Thread
« on: October 31, 2012, 12:07 PM »
Sure - OK by me!

Thanks!

Jim

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