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Wow! This is very interesting. Thanks, 40Hz! :D

You might be right. It does have a passing resemblance to Klingon script doesn't it? ;D

Yes, it really does!  :)

40Hz, after your example of APL, other languages, such as Perl, C, and even C++ seem to be for little children. Even assembly language is more readable than APL. You really have to be thought guy to write programs in it.

Not when I keep seeing almost 30-to-1 ratio in Perl vs. Python jobs in the classifieds and IIRC, it's almost neck-and-neck with C++ and PHP coder jobs.
Then I guess I must continue my Perl learning journey!  :)
By the way, what is IIRC?

Where I work almost everybody sees Perl as a "dead" project. And, since I am the only one with some Perl skills, I kind of take it personal.   >:(

Much like "tequila and handguns," it's the way it sometimes gets used that people take issue with. ;D
I thought that it is something related with the language itself. You probably refer to the fact that unreadable code can be created with it, right?

So your advice for those wondering about Perl would be to take a shot?
-cranioscopical (February 17, 2009, 08:04 AM)
I already too a shot, I think I need another one.  :)

Thanks, 40Hz! So I haven't learned Perl for nothing.  :)

Living Room / Re: Windows Secrets jumps shark
« on: February 15, 2009, 07:55 AM »
Thanks, 40Hz and Darwin, for the language lesson.   ;)
In my dictionary the expression had more than one meaning, and I was not sure which one you meant to use. As you probably already guessed, I'm not a native English speaker. Your explanation is very hilarious, Darwin, this is the way to learn a foreign language!   :Thmbsup:
But to write my own newsletter ... even I wouldn't read it!  :D

And you are absolutely right, 40Hz: "BTW: Typos or not, Windows Secrets still leaves much to be desired for many other reasons.".

Your idea, BigJim, is excellent. I hope he reads this forum.

Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 06-09
« on: February 15, 2009, 07:49 AM »
On point 9, I have a question for the European Commission. If Windows will come without Internet Explorer, how will the people download another browser from the web?

Thanks for the news, Ehtyar!

Living Room / Re: Windows Secrets jumps shark
« on: February 14, 2009, 02:33 PM »
What do you mean with "short of", 40hz?

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Comodo Backup Free
« on: February 14, 2009, 08:49 AM »
Ok, thanks a lot for the info. You really are a little fanatical about backup (and this is not necessarily a bad thing), probably you have some very important data you want to protect.

I only use Acronis to make images of the system partition, before installing or doing something that could lead to problems.

Living Room / Re: Windows Secrets jumps shark
« on: February 14, 2009, 08:44 AM »
I was a huge fan of "Tech Support Alert" newsletter from Gizmo Richards, until he moved to "Windows Secrets".

Are there any alternatives to "Windows Secrets"?

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Comodo Backup Free
« on: February 13, 2009, 05:40 AM »
From what I read on the site, it does not have partition imaging. This is the way I like to make backups, so I can't use it. If they will add this functionality in future releases I will surely try it.

MerleOne, could you describe us your process of backuping?

Be careful when editing the registry. It is very possible that you will have to change the configuration file, taking in consideration the motherboard/chipset with which your computer came.

I see that you have an AMD processor, so the reg hack probably won't work as it is described on that page, as it refers to Intel chipsets.

Better do what f0dder suggested, or search the internet on how to do it for your motherboard.

Thanks for the explanation, Darwin. I wouldn't buy the Snuggie blanket either.  :D

I think that these videos show that we have some serious problems:

1. Many not very useful products have invaded the market and people buy them just to be in the trend (it's like fashion, each year we need to buy a new model of socks  :)).

2. Many brands that 10 or 20 years ago created good, lasting products now manufacture mediocre products. I think that in the beginning they really wanted to create high quality goods, now they only want high profits, which is not a bad thing in theory. The only problem is that we in their search for higher profits they hurt our interests.

So what can we, as customers, do? (especially for point 2)
Are there any brands left that offer quality first (and not arguments like: buy this product because everyone uses and you must use it too)?

I hope I am not off-topic.  :)

I had a similar problem with my Acer laptop.

It is a little complicate to enable AHCI after you installed XP. Unfortunately I did not note down the steps I followed. From what I remember this site has been helpful:


Try to search the internet on how to enable AHCI on XP (after installing XP) for your particular laptop model.

Living Room / Re: Driving Challenge
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:47 AM »
And another disturbing factor was that the steering wheel is on the right side, but we have it on the left side.  :D

Living Room / Re: Driving Challenge
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:44 AM »
I also missed 8 questions. She had so many coming (like any woman  :)), I wasn't really attentive at what she was saying, just tried to guess when she had a question from her tone.

And I had 1 point extra...

That's why I NEVER speak on a phone when I'm driving (not even handsfree).

Thanks for this, it is really instructive.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: File/Folder Archiver
« on: February 11, 2009, 02:32 AM »
7-Zip has a command line version. You can download it from here:

I have only used the "windowed" version, so I cannot say how good the command line version is, but I think that in general it is a very good program.

And it is free.  :)

By the way, I really enjoyed the reportage  ;) from ONN.  ;D

A quite similar "commercial", but for a different product and with less swearing (actually, it is a parody - I'm not from US and at first I thought it was not a real product):

Some of the interesting images I have:

- how to keep your beer cold:

aer conditionat.bmp

- Anger Management: sometimes when you are angry with someone, it helps to sit down and think about the problem:

anger management.bmp

(sorry Mouser  :))

- Encyclopaedia Britannica For Sale:

Encyclopaedia Britannica For Sale.jpg

- not allowed:


- romanian teamwork:

romanian teamwork.bmp

-software development process:

software development.png

I managed to obtain the serial.  :D After one day.  :down: But, as 40Hz said, "don't look gift horses yada-yada-yada"!

I don't know what are the differences between 9 and 10, but I hope it won't happen as it happened with Nero, that became, from a nice burning application, into ... I don't know what it is these days.

40Hz, could you tell us what new features you dislike in TrueImage 10?

Of, course they shouldn't do that. I only hope they will not make a mistake  :)

In my country, a policeman shared some confidential work-related files on a StrongDC hub (probably he did not know exactly what he was doing). A local journalist found them, downloaded them, read them and wrote in the newspaper about them (from what I remember he did not tell what the documents actually contained). Guess which one was investigated by the prosecutors.  ;)

I'm sure that the US Military are more professional than my country's policemen.

Site/Forum Features / The "Position:" (group) levels
« on: February 05, 2009, 07:55 AM »

I have seen that we all have a Position (also called Group in some posts) in our profile, that also appears when we post. Could someone explain in details all the levels that can be acquired (when someone gets a new level and why), starting from the lowest one to the highest one?


P.S. If it there is already such an explanation on the forum or in the help, I'm sorry.  :(  I wasn't able to find it.

Yes, you are right, in general. Thanks for the the links, I'll do some research.

But one scenario that keeps coming to my mind is that, being open source, some enemy of the US could try, and succeed, to find a vulnerability in the application, before it is discovered by the community or by the developers, by allocating some huge resources into analyzing the code (or just by chance). They would be afterwards be able to use the bug for their own purpose, for a certain amount of time.

Anyway, I'm sure somebody has thought about this.

I finally managed to register. Waiting for the serial...

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