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Found Deals and Discounts / Re: doPDF (pdf creator) - Freeware
« on: May 05, 2007, 04:20 PM »
This looks like my new PDF Printer! I used to use PDFCreator but I don't want to have to do a bunch of weird stuff to make it work on Vista. Thanks Softland!

Hmmm... doesn't sound too good. Personally, I wouldn't read into the problems you experienced too much.

Odd that deleting a txt file would take so long. It would be pretty hard to believe that they screwed up deleting... I mean, MS would have to be pretty stupid to have it work perfectly since DOS, but somehow muck it up in Vista. I'd say it's more likely that the computer you were on was jacked up somehow. Maybe some stupid crap software the manufacturer forced on you?

I personally don't see the fascination with Media Player Classic or VLC (unless you're running some kind of media server or something). MPlayer didn't work too good for me in XP IIRC (besides not being very good anyway as far as I could tell). I'm a little surprised about GOM though, since it's so similar to The KMPlayer, which is the media player that I'm using (right this very moment in fact) on my x64 Vista machine.

Also, I don't know anything about Comodo Firewall, except that after looking a little at their website I decided not to even try their firewall a couple months ago for my XP comp. But it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that a firewall that so far as I can tell doesn't advertise being Vista compatible, in fact is NOT Vista compatible.

I don't know what to say about SketchUp... seems like Google would be more on the ball.

2 BSODs? That's more than I've seen... I've only seen one, on my not-powerful-enough laptop. I attributed it to the batteries being dead. Were they both while trying to use Comodo Firewall?

Yeah, those Favorites are causing other people problems too...
Is there a way to disable the Favourite Links Bar?
Although not the solution that you might be looking for, it probably works... (I just deleted all the links in the favorites and moved on. Now I use Directory Opus...)

Sorry Ampa, not just trying to shoot you down or anything. But Vista isn't an XP service pack (as much as the internet nerds want to treat it as such), it's a different OS with lots of changes and therefor incompatibilities.

If you can swing it, I'd suggest reinstalling Vista using another disc using your GF's key. With beyond compare I've personally verified the 32 bit Business retail and 32 bit Premium retail discs are exactly identical, and exactly identical to the 32 bit Premium OEM disc up until the last KB or so at the very end of the disc (1KB out of 2.5GB ain't too bad).

General Software Discussion / Re: run the same program twice
« on: May 04, 2007, 02:41 PM »
Yeah, most programs these days seem to have the option to enable/disable multiple instances. If you can't open the program twice using a shortcut, look through the program's options.

Maybe it would be possible to install it twice?

Maybe copy and change the name of the executable?

If you have the system up and running right now, it's possible the updates are somewhere on your HDD. If you can find them and burn them or something it would save a lot of time. Might be worth a lil' research to not have to DL them again.

This is something I already have some experience with... MS tech people aren't any different than other tech support people. They have a pretty good understanding of how their product works, and a very good understanding of what they're suppose to say.** Also, the official story is usually more consistent and faster. "You'll have to buy a new copy" is a lot quicker than "well, sometimes you can, but you have to call, but don't be surprised if it doesn't work, blah blah". Here's another thread on another forum where I was given untrue information from a MS CSR...

First thing's first, are you using an OEM install zridling? If that's the case, the official story is that it is non-transferable. Meaning, once it's activated it is tied to the computer that it is activated on, changing machines means changing licenses. Keep in mind, this is also the official story with XP OEM, and as I'm sure a lot of us are aware: as long as you're willing to spend 6 minutes on the phone they'll pretty much activate any XP key.

But, people have said MS is going to clamp-down on this, so what happens in the future is unknown.

I actually bought an already activated copy of Vista Home Premium OEM on eBay (for $35 including shipping by the way). Installed it on a friend's computer, internet activation didn't work but phone activation did (took 6 minutes, 21 seconds if I remember right). Now he has a full activated copy of Vista Premium for $45. Not bad at all! And it's running on a (formally absolute top-of-the-line) Alienware computer that's probably about 2.5 - 3.5 years old...).

Retail keys are different, they're transferable, or should I say: officially transferable. I think you're limited to 3 (or is it 10?) transfers per year... officially. I'm sure if you're willing to make the phone call you can transfer as much as you want...

The 3rd scenario is what MS calls "Supreme OEMs" (or something like that). In order to avoid processing... whatever, 5 million activation requests they allow the very large OEMs (Dell, HP, Sony, Toshiba, etc.) to install Vista without activating. Since I don't care about prebuilt computers I haven't done the research, but if you're going to do a hardware change on an prebuilt computer you have to find your supreme OEM activation file thing and run it again or something after your hardware mod/computer swap/switch from 32 bit to 64 bit.

** I'm not trying to put them down exactly, I've been in the situation where I have to choose between towing the company line (for which I get paid) and telling the truth (which only gives me a sense of righteousness). I've usually chosen the route that keeps the pay checks coming.

All I know is my U3 drive is now U3 free. I didn't like the 2 drives it created, I rarely used the menu (except to eject the drive) and use the U3 software even less. I also almost exclusively use my personal computer, so portability (in the sense of actually being able to carry programs around) isn't important to me at all.

Also, it wasn't coming up on my Vista computer, and the U3 site made it out to seem like the U3 app had to be running in order to upgrade it, so I decided to ditch it.

Heh, I've wondered who that is for a while now too. I think someone called you "Angelina" once, I took that to mean that it's Angelina Jolie...

Back on topic.

I don't know, I used-to turn off all the eye candy on my Win2K computers (I even kept my desktop clean to "save RAM"), then I turned off a little less on XP (I didn't like the start menu being blue and the button being green... also, it was needlessly larger), now I have Vista with all the Aero stuff in full tilt. I guess I've come to realize that it doesn't make that much performance difference (if any, 'specially in Vista) and since it does look better, why deny myself the niceties that come with having a powerful computer?

Oh, sorry, I like the gigantic icons too.

I used UDPixel to fix a dead pixel that showed up on my laptop monitor (a Sharp WUXGA), it took about 5 minutes. But when I tried it on another monitor (a "Rosewill" from Newegg, don't know the LCD brand) it didn't work after running it for a half hour or so.

Are the rest of you thinking about Nero as well?
Make a CD burning progam. Cool
Add in MP3 to CD burning. Great
Put in DVD burning as well. Excellent
Add in a media library. Stupid and useless

There are some situations when I actually prefer less features, even if it doesn't change the performance of the program. For example, I use Firefox a lot, but if they bundle an MP3 player with it I'll never use it, so why have it?

I guess it's kind of like VCR/DVD combo home stereo components. Sure it's cool to have both in the same machine, but who wants a sub-par VCR AND a sub-par DVD player?

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 9
« on: April 28, 2007, 03:46 AM »
I definitely don't know, but I don't think there will be a way to combine a DC discount code with the upgrade. I don't think so because when you put in your old registration code it generates a discount code which is grayed out. Even if we could put in a different coupon code it would require removing the upgrade discount code... I don't know how hard it would be to put in another code box on the website though...

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 9
« on: April 27, 2007, 04:26 AM »
I am luckily not the one who has been given the job of defending DO against zridling's nonsense, but I think I'd have a hard time keeping my reply to a post like the one above civil...

Installation speed? Give me a break!

XYPlorer doesn't do dual panes does it? End of story for me.

Does XYPlorer do FTP? If not, DO is way faster than XY when it comes to FTPing.

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 9
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:31 AM »
HEHEH... I'm about to download it myself. I've already paid for my upgrade. Decided to go with a 2 license upgrade this time, $17 more.

By the way, the Donation Coder discount code still works!!
Brings the price of a single license down to $64.00 AUD ($52.82 US)

General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 9
« on: April 27, 2007, 01:00 AM »
Welp, it's out.

General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use 7-Zip files?
« on: April 26, 2007, 07:34 AM »
I've tried 7z a couple times, but for one reason or another, I very quickly give up on it.

I'm not a big archiver... I download a lot of zips, and create RARs on occasion. WinRAR's context menu options have always been exactly what I need, have always worked, and are always there when I need them. I think this alone has made me stick with WinRAR since I first discovered it and ditch everything since. Also, the dual progress bar when you're raring/unraring is pretty fun to watch...

What can I say, I'm easy to please!

I'm now a paying customer so it'll take a whole lot to make me go with anything else.

General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices!
« on: April 26, 2007, 06:04 AM »
Dear god you people should be paying me for reading your frigging novel posts. Or better yet, you should be charging me! After all; it did take time to write.

Philosophical indeed...

1 piece of software that I'll pay *anything* for? Um... well... I suppose the software in my car can't possibly be worth more than the car itself, so that doesn't apply. I couldn't imagine any accounting software that would ever be worth more than the cost of hiring an accountant (and also a massage therapist, and a personal chef, and a ride in a fighter jet). The only thing that could possibly come close to this absurd criterion is some kind of medical software that keeps you alive. Like some kind of pacemaker software or something...

Stealing is wrong. No argument there! I think what we're disagreeing on is just how wrong it is. Libertarian or not, I hope you don't see everything in blinding-stark-white or pitch-jet-black as you appear above tinjaw. I hope "wrong is wrong" isn't what you're trying to say. Is pirating wrong? Sure. Is genocide wrong? You bet. But, are they both equal?
Yeah, stealing is stealing is stealing, but are you seriously saying that all stealing is the same? 1¢ and 100,000,000¢, the same?

I think my original summation is pretty accurate...
Why do companies charge exorbitant prices for their software?
Why do people pirate?

And, where this thread has gone...
Why do people give their software away for free?
The answer to all three...
Because they can.

It's not going to change, all we can do is live without the software, live without our money, or live with our conscience after stealing it.

If stealing software is equivalent to breaking the terms of it's license, I can definitely live with that on my conscience.

The parallels to music piracy are undeniable. Everybody cries "the poor artists aren't getting paid" but nobody cares when someone sells a used CD. It's as if people only believe goods can change hands if someone gets paid.

This debate can go on forever. I suggest when we're done here we discuss religion, politics, mac vs PC, and which came first: the chicken or the egg.

Oh wow...

I'm not smart...  :-[

So, it takes me 6 people telling me that they're not spelled the same, sue me.

General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices!
« on: April 19, 2007, 02:56 AM »
Darwin, I hope my comments above didn't seem overly directed at you. If my examples seemed to point at you, I didn't intend them to. I was trying to comment on the 'feel' of the thread up to that point.

I completely agree, anything I can say on the subject has been said before.

If you've been the only person talking about photoshop, I didn't use it as an example so many times to jab at you (Darwin)! I think Photoshop is brought up here so much because it's always been one of those programs that everybody seemed to have, but nobody ever paid for. Everyone always talked about what the exorbitant price of the "real" version would have been... It's on Mac and PC too, which pretty much encompasses, what, ~99.5% of computer users.
Let me put it this way, I've probably seen 100 computers with Photoshop on them, but I've only seen 1 photoshop disc, and it was version 5 or something...

And, I think I may not have worded the "different than intended" remark very well. What I mean is: as far as I know, academic software generally has some clause in the EULA that says that you cannot use the software for commercial purposes. So, if you buy the student and teacher version of Office, then use it to write magazine columns, you're using the software in a manor that is completely different than it's intention. It's like using a tax shelter to pay less on 4/15. You act like you're following the rules, but in reality you're just as bad as the straight-up cheaters.

I didn't say "different than intended" to try to say that using photoshop for, say, making spreadsheets is somehow wrong...

Really, when you get down to it... Using software that you didn't pay for is actually only breaking the terms of the license. If you break the license by using academic software for commercial purposes you're just as bad as any other traditional pirate.

Dear god, don't let this turn into a Mac vs. PC thread! These are more tired than the pro/con arguments on software piracy...

General Software Discussion / Re: RANT: High Software Prices!
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:51 PM »
I love reading people's hyperbole when it comes to "stealing" software.

"Stealing is wrong, end of story!" is so ridiculous I feel that explaining why would be insulting to anyone with an IQ over 100.

There are degrees of "wrongness" to stealing. And stealing overpriced software (electronically) from large companies is WAY down there, in my opinion at least. Maybe roughly equal to recording music off the radio... oh wait, that's prefectly legal. OK, maybe roughly equal to... hooking your friend up with your "employee discount".

On a scale from 0 to 9
Click for the scale
0 being perfectly OK, 9 being the same as stealing something of equal price from a store (note: I don't say equal "value" here)

I'd give downloading a copy photoshop from a P2P network, installing it with the supplied serial number, and using it for intermediate personal use a 2.

Photoshop from P2P, supplied serial, but to use it to work from home: 4

Same software, but using it in part of your primary business, say as a graphic designer: 8

Stealing Winamp "pro": 6

Windows Vista, cracked serial number, primary OS on your computer: 7

AnyDVD (a program designed to steal others' work): 3

Using a crack to disable the CD/DVD check on a game that you legitimately own: 0

What would y'all's ratings be?

Oh yeah...
Buying an "academic" version of some software, say photoshop, and using it in a manor completely different than as it's intended: 4
Complaining about other people stealing software while doing the above: 7

I can't tell what is hilarious sarcasm and what's suppose to be serious.

What I mean, is they are both spelled the same, with the same case. Capital "K" and "P" lowercase "ey" and "ass".

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Treo-like "Alt" key for Windows
« on: April 18, 2007, 12:09 PM »
I tried to put in a capital "A" entry, but it used the alt keys for both "A" and "a".

Is it possible to force this to be case sensitive?

The reason I ask, is I think it'd be better to have "Ð" as an alternate for "D" but not for "d" (I don't think there's a lower case form of "Ð").

About the format change to the .ini...
If I start with


but then decided that I'd prefer the greater than or equal symbol (≥) to come up as the first alternate charactor, it would be very easy to change, just cut it from the bottom of the list, insert a line break, and paste it on the top of the list...
If each entry is numbered you'd have to change like this...
1=►        4=≥        1=≥
2=→        1=►        2=►
3=»   to   2=→   to   3=→
4=≥        3=»        4=»
5=>        5=>        5=>
which is much more tedious...

Same for each set of entries, if they're numbered, inserting a charactor between number 1 and 2 will require changing every entry that follows (6 to 7, 5 to 6, 4 to 5, 3 to 4, and 2 to 3). Not that bad if you're adding the 7th, but would be very very annoying if you were adding the 50th.
Sure, you could just add the 7th entry to the bottom, instead of into the middle. But if you have an "A" entry, and an "E" entry, it's just logical to put a "C" entry inbetween, not at the end. If you had 50 different entries, finding specific entries would be dificult unless they were sorted from the beginning.

So, I guess the biggest programming change I'm looking for is how the .ini file is interpreted. I think my method will take a little extra parsing, but will make editing the .ini easier.
The second thing, is make it so it's case sensitive (which doesn't seem to be the case right now).

So, I'll make a huge alt-charactor list, if there's something I can put that list into...

Lets see, I'll need an: `
before !, `, and ;
do you know of anything else? Maybe , ?

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Treo-like "Alt" key for Windows
« on: April 17, 2007, 11:15 PM »
This is very cool!

First: a quick bug report type thing...
On my computer it kept "holding down" the left Shift key, even though the script should have exicuted "Shift Up". I'd have to physically press the left Shift key to make it stop turning my letters into capitals and my numbers into symbols.
I would imagine this is more a bug with AutoHotkey or maybe my computer (this bug actually seems to show up a lot on my comp...).

Can I make a suggestion or 5?

1. I think you should take it past accents. Include weird versions of charactors as well, like this letter "a": "ª"
Or in 32pt font: "a" (normal) "ª" (Alt + 166)

2. Also, include consenents too, like "ñ" (Alt 164), "Ñ" (165), "∩" (239) which all sorta look like "N"s. There's also a backward N somewhere in there...

Some of these symbols will complicate things unless you have seperate alt charactor lists for capitals and lower case. I figure alternate lists may also alleviate he bug I mentioned above...

3. Cater it for English-Speakers who ocationally want their writing to look wacky... What I mean is don't conform strictly to what letter is what, like a "ß" looks a lot like a "B" to me, even though it's a double-"s" in German (AFAIK). It also sorta looks like an "R" and maybe an "8".

Of course, in order to have this letter come up as an alternate for B, R, S, and 8 it'll have to be listed as a substitute for multiple letters. I think this is OK personally...

Another reason to have the same symbol in multiple alt-lists is for letters like "¥" which looks a lot like a "Y", but should also be included as an alternate for "$" (allong with "¢", "£", and the euro symbol (apparently unicode: U+20AC), and many more I'm sure...).

One thing I could see being a problem is inadvertantly entering in symbols. Expecially if the alt list includes alternates for numbers (ex. "²" instead of "2"). Maybe a different hot key/trigger is in order? Or maybe a hotkey to enable/disable the program, then it can pick up on the tripple-stroke only while it's active?

Would it be possible to format the Accents.ini file in a manor that enables easier editing?

I'm sorry I don't know if this is possible, but instead of having numbered entries with a "key" variable under them, maybe each entry could be diferentiated by the originating symbol? THEN, instead of a numbered list, just have a bunch of entries below, to fasilitate easier re-ordering...

So instead of the "a" entry looking like this:

It would be something like this:

Lastly, I'm willing to take the time to make an alt list, if it can be implimented. I don't want to start on the list until I get the go-ahead though...
Right now I keep * Symbols.txt (1.3 kB - downloaded 861 times.) in my quick launch toolbar, I'd like to replace it with something more dynamic than copying and pasting single charactors...

I'm not trying to feed the flames or anything. I'm certainly no expert on the subject, I don't think I've ever used a RAM optomizing application.

I don't know how much these RAM program things are, but it would seem that their primary function is to free memory, so other programs can use it... RAM is so cheap these days, I'd say if the program is $30, it would be logical to spend $45 (or maybe more) to get more actual RAM...

They're both KeyPass though aren't they?

The free one will also insert usernames and passwords for you. Setup your passwords like this:
Put the cursor into the first field you want filled out, "Username" in this case, and hit the Auto-Type Hotkey (Ctrl + Alt + A by default) and it'll fill in the form and hit enter.

I use this at least 10 times a day...

General Software Discussion / Re: Don't call it "the tray"!
« on: April 17, 2007, 03:09 PM »
I'm a big word cop. Personally, I think I'll make an effort to call that thingy by the correct term: the "Taskbar Notification Area" or maybe the TNA for short.

'Course, at the same time, I also use the words Tomorry and Libary. ...I can thank Homer Simpson for those...

General Software Discussion / Re: Softpedia's 100% FREE Award
« on: April 17, 2007, 02:04 PM »
Ah another Futurama fan! I'm diehard myself!

I guess it would depend on where I saw it. If I was looking at the software on the Softpedia site I'd trust it, but when I see that logo on a software site I rarely verify it. I would trust the logo about 15% more than if the developer just wrote the same message "No Spyware..." on their homepage.

...sounds like it to me app103

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