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Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer?
« on: November 25, 2012, 10:51 AM »
Missing Noun Alert! Your five year old dropped dead on his/her birthday and you salvaged the parts?!

Oh, did I forget to mention the bathtub of ice water? ;D

Those dratted nouns, people always ask questions when they go missing...  :P

Living Room / Re: External DVD Writer
« on: November 25, 2012, 09:47 AM »
How pretty must it be?  Just pull out an old internal writer and hook it to one of those ubiquitous usb/ide/sata converters.  When the converter's power dongle chokes (anywhere from a day to a year later) yank out the power supply from your old desktop and short the green and black wires together.  My Frankenwriter has served me well.  :P

Living Room / Re: What will be your next computer?
« on: November 25, 2012, 09:42 AM »
Coming late to this thread too, out of necessity... my "next" computer was bought yesterday when my 5 year old (to the day!) dropped dead.  (At least I can salvage some parts...)

I needed one now so all I can say is thanks for Black Friday sales ;D

Ended up with an HP with an AMD A10, 8gb, and usb 3.  Suits my needs and snappier than my old box.

Oh yes, of course it came with Win 8 preinstalled.  With no previous experience I could muddle through most of what I had to have, although some of the decisions really seemed obstructive.   Like no easily discoverable way in Legacy Desktop to find your installed programs :huh:... it may be there, but rather than dig I supported a small software author by springing for Start8 ($4.95).  I will play with not-Metro on and off as I have time and inclination but as long as the desktop works I know I can do what I need done.  So far.  :P

Living Room / Re: Gadget Fridays
« on: November 16, 2012, 06:56 PM »
I'm partial to Gerber but I also had a Leatherman Micra....

I use my Micra all the time!  It lives on my keychain, along with the flashlights, tape measure, usb stick, and my emergency supply of Xanax...

Living Room / Re: ~$300 Laptop/Netbook recommendations
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:11 PM »
Last year about this time we bought my 10 year old a Lenovo G575 for $268.  It was an impulse buy on my part but worked out well, I haven't seen a comparable bargain since then and didn't have to fight Black Friday crowds.  It has 3gb of ram and a 1377x768 screen, an E350 AMD dual core 1.6ghz cpu and a 500gb drive.  My daughter does her school work, Powerpoints, all that fancy web stuff they have kids do these days (Prezi or whatnot), and at least one or two Youtube feeds going all at once and haven't had a problem.  (Win 7 64-bit... no plans to go with 8 without a touchscreen at least!)

When I am asked for a recommendation I always say go for a 7200rpm drive if possible, you WILL notice a speed difference.  Some of the cheap models have not 5400rpm drives, but even lower 4200 rpm!  And get as much memory as possible.

And I'll echo Mouser's recommendation to look at the circulars and sales.  A closeout deal on a Win 7 box would be a double win.  :P

The most awesomest clock face ever.
 (see attachment in previous post)

Neat!  But for the 5-spot, it looks like they pictured "(sqrt(9!))" when it ought to be "(sqrt(9))!".

General Software Discussion / Re: Accessing the world from China?
« on: November 11, 2012, 07:29 AM »
I would guess Logmein and Gotomypc type services might be "moderated".  But you could download a trial of ScreenConnect and run your own private service on your PC, that would last 30 days.  It's good stuff too, last time my company trialed it we were happy except that it didn't support remote printing.  Wide OS support ( so you ought to have enough flexibility there.  (Cheap too, from a corporate point of view - we would have saved money switching from 100 seats with the Big Guys to an unlimited in-house solution.)

Opening it up... black. Completely charred.
That's what happens when they send the self destruct signal to the stealth microphones.


Seriously though, those ubiquitous cheap little power things crap out constantly, although usually mine don't fry anything.  The ones that come with those little USB/SATA/IDE drive adapters are the worst, I usually get about 6 months out of one if I'm lucky.  I finally pulled out an old power supply and shorted the green and black wires together, and that has enough power to spin up drives that wouldn't work with the included cheapie adapter.

Do you know Horst Schaeffer's freeware utilities

They work great, there are several that can tart up a batch file very nicely.  Wbox, wfile, wbusy - almost anything you want! :P

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 start button + menu: €5
« on: October 28, 2012, 11:08 AM »
Oh, and there's also Win+X for $0 also.
Such as described here?

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Powershell Plus Free
« on: October 25, 2012, 07:39 PM »
Powershell can do some very nice things for scripting, like piping objects and not just text.  But it can also be pigheaded about others, like some of its formatting options.  Required for working with new releases of Exchange, Sql, Sharepoint, active directory.  I keep telling myself that familiarity breeds....... resigned acceptance?

Interesting - TEA is similar to Dolphin Text Editor Menu (which I like a lot) but a slightly different take on the idea.  I upgraded to Listary Pro  :Thmbsup: the same day I tried it out, but didn't check out the rest of the web site.

I bought it at full price after the last offer expired, and have also been patiently waiting :-)

This is from the help file about Cyclic Rebooting.  You would need to set up the Auto-Login section and enable it, then set up a shortcut in your Startup folder to the program, making sure to include the -Reboot option.  Then set the number of reboots you want on the screen and click Reboot Now to start...

"This page gives a brief description of how a PC can be set-up to reboot itself in a cycle.

Step1 – Select and save Rebooter settings
Start Rebooter and use the “Clear” button to return the reboot count to 0.
Set the ‘Maximum Reboots’ value to the number of cycles required.  <--- MY NOTE: how many times you want to reboot
Set the other parameters in Rebooter. (Reboot type, Delay, etc). Don’t set the delay value to be too short, as you want Windows to fully boot before starting the next cycle. 20 Seconds is a good value.   <--- MY NOTE: you may want it to be longer than 20 seconds!
Save the settings, with the ‘Save Options’ button.

Step2 – Create an autorun shortcut
Create an autorun short cut that points back to Rebooter executable. See the auto-run page for help on how to do this. The shortcut must use the  ‘-Reboot’ command line parameter.

Step3 – Start the cycle
Click on the “Reboot Now” button to start the cycle.

Each time Rebooter is started with the ‘–Reboot’ command line parameter, the reboot counter in incremented. Once the reboot counter becomes equal to the Maximum Reboots value no further cycles will be executed and the reboot counter will be reset to zero (ready for the next run).

Stop clicking on shit before I read the instructions.
;D  Happened to me just the other day, couldn't quite remember why I had downloaded TunnelVision or just what it did...

(But afterward I had great fun in the office with it! :P

There are lots of programs to do pieces of the things you want, but nothing I know of that puts them all together.

* Scheduled reboots by Poweroff
* Multiple reboots by Rebooter
* Boot into safe mode by BootSafe

Poweroff at least has a very good command line so you could script most of its actions as desired.

fSekrit / Re: fSekrit not working on an old XP PC
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:57 PM »
Now, everyone silently send up an appropriate word of thanks to Mr. Gates for his decision to hide file extensions by default.

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: ASAP Utilities for Excel
« on: October 04, 2012, 06:42 PM »
This stuff is the bomb.  It makes a lot of awkward stuff easy.  Listen, it costs nothing for non-commercial use, you owe it to yourself to give it a try if you use Excel and you value your time.  I started by using a bunch of the text functions for formatting:


and the other categories are just as powerful and varied.

Maybe, after installation, before the first time older screenshots are moved into the archive folder, you could pop up a dialog to ask the user how he would like it handled.  One question, one time, and then the user is aware of it and can change the setting later if he wishes.

I switched to the free version of PDF-XChange Viewer, which had been highly recommended to me.  I've been very happy with it ever since.  I see that Gizmo's Best Freeware site lists PDF-XChange Viewer as its top pick:
I switched based on Gizmo's suggestion too, until I found that the software had some difficulties rendering several work-related forms properly.  Switched to Sumatra and have been happy since then.  However I'm always happy to revisit my choices when something better comes along, so I pulled down copies of STDU Reader and Bluebeam to look at.

General Software Discussion / Re: Atari Remakes for 40th Anniversary
« on: September 04, 2012, 07:39 PM »
Pong was a little disappointing; the graphics weren't as smooth as I would have thought, and the ball had a tendency to fall in the gap between the edge of the field and the edge of the paddle at its farthest.

I really wanted to see Defender, that was the bomb back on my Atari 400!

General Software Discussion / Re: Alternatives to RecentX
« on: August 25, 2012, 08:35 PM »
I used ReOpen (same folks as FolderCache, the next program down on the web page) for awhile before I found Listary.

I wonder if you couldn't overcome that, to some extent, with a liveCD with TrueCrypt on it?  (Assuming, of course that you'd used TrueCrypt to encrypt the disk.)

Depending on where the failure is, the device should be mountable on another machine with Truecrypt running.  I've done that while testing, but unfortunately the disk didn't croak on me :-)

The usable lifespan of a broken disk is short enough, adding in the complexity and disk access to get the drive mounted might make it tougher to get anything off.

I could never convince my old company to use full disk encryption... even though I figured out how to work around users forgetting their boot password, the concensus was apparently the execs just didn't want to be bothered with another password...

That's very strange... I did a comparison a couple years ago between Windows and several of the other accelerators (Fastcopy, Supercopier 2, Copy Handler, FF Copy, Ultracopier and a couple more, all that would be no cost for commercial use, which ruled out Teracopy) to see what they did locally and over a lan.  It wasn't a double blind, duplicate hardware kind of test but it was the same sets of files and targets.  In those tests Fastcopy was the clear winner speed-wise (although the interface is lousy, which is not an issue if you're scripting something).  A few others were clumped behind that, generally not too far behind.  Windows was never the fastest option, although some of the utilities were slower in some of the tests.

I don't have the details any more, but that said, the real end result is that I have Supercopier installed on my personal PCs.  It was almost as fast as Fastcopy and does a good job with the management part that has been mentioned, and it has always been reliable.  That was the surprising part to me -- with half of the other utilities I tested, I had issues with installation, lockups or copy failures.  To my mind that immediately ruled them out.

That was back when I could do stuff like that for my previous employer.  I can't recall if was running XP or 7 at the time, but would have been 32 bit in eiother case.  Would probably be worth revisiting.

There are so many good options for clipboard managers these days.  I've been happy with Ditto for a long time, and of course mouser's Clipboard Help+Spell has the best support system around!  :Thmbsup:

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