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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by indiehorse » Thu Jul 02, 2009 10:48 pm

The video tag thing has prompted me to read-up on HTML 5. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer the look of XHTML 2.0

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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:22 am

After my first day with it, a few thoughts on XP.

I've managed to get most of the software I want on the new PC.

I'm enjoying the speed of Firefox 3.5

It is generally a much smoother, faster experience.

That said, I have a few complaints....

1. It is a rigmarole to get to view c:\ (ok, I grew up on DOS, so, maybe this wouldn't be an issue for a lot of people). I'm not thick. I'm not about to overwrite autoexec.bat with 'I've got a crush on the girl who is on my bus on a Friday'.

2. My Documents. Look, MS, it's all very well keeping it separate in windows functions, but, when a program you ar using needs you to browse for it, it's a pain in the ass. In all fairness, this was also a complaint in Win98, but, as things were more open, it seemed easier.

WHY couldn't they position it as c:\My Documents?????

3. Related, Windows Media Player. What is it (and the same is true in so many music related programs), what is it with all this playlist crap? Where is the browse button? I don't mark my music by what I play late at night/when sleepy/when mellow/when I'm in love?

I just want to get to the tracks I want to play/copy QUICKLY.

It's a much better OS, but, much too closed in for my liking....

One other thing, is there any way of setting up hotkeys for MS Office stuff? I avoid using the mouse wherever possible, and would like to set up hotkeys for as much as possible (Eg. F1 - File menu, F2 - Find and replace).
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Gordon » Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:11 am

Jangloid Mark wrote:After my first day with it, a few thoughts on XP.

I've managed to get most of the software I want on the new PC.

I'm enjoying the speed of Firefox 3.5

It is generally a much smoother, faster experience.

That said, I have a few complaints....

1. It is a rigmarole to get to view c:\ (ok, I grew up on DOS, so, maybe this wouldn't be an issue for a lot of people). I'm not thick. I'm not about to overwrite autoexec.bat with 'I've got a crush on the girl who is on my bus on a Friday'.
DOS died in 2000 (or so...). The dos prompt window is more of a simulator. That said, it shouldn't be too difficult to set up a shortcut to it on your desktop. (I think it's ctrl-drag (but it might be shift-drag). (autoexec.bat is looooooong dead)
2. My Documents. Look, MS, it's all very well keeping it separate in windows functions, but, when a program you ar using needs you to browse for it, it's a pain in the ass. In all fairness, this was also a complaint in Win98, but, as things were more open, it seemed easier.

WHY couldn't they position it as c:\My Documents?????
Windows XP is a multi-user operating system. Each user needs their own "my documents" folder. You should get used to it, really (and reducing the number of folders in the root directory is generally a good thing. Again, you can make a shortcut on your desktop, but it should be easy to find... 'Jangly Mark -> My documents'
3. Related, Windows Media Player. What is it (and the same is true in so many music related programs), what is it with all this playlist crap? Where is the browse button? I don't mark my music by what I play late at night/when sleepy/when mellow/when I'm in love?

I just want to get to the tracks I want to play/copy QUICKLY.

It's a much better OS, but, much too closed in for my liking....
Dunno. But Windows Media Player is crap.
One other thing, is there any way of setting up hotkeys for MS Office stuff? I avoid using the mouse wherever possible, and would like to set up hotkeys for as much as possible (Eg. F1 - File menu, F2 - Find and replace).
Google. Although find/replace is usually ctrl-f or ctrl-g
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by tompony » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:41 am

You can put My Documents wherever you want, just right click and go to 'properties'.

Mine is at J:\My Documents and I regret nothing

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:41 am

tompony wrote:You can put My Documents wherever you want, just right click and go to 'properties'.

Mine is at J:\My Documents and I regret nothing
Mine's at /media/stuff/My Documents - I did the same as you (though I think mine was F: rather than J:) and kept the same drive when I moved to Linux. I keep meaning to move it to a more sensible name but have never seemed to get round to it... Also my Windows was 98 so I didn't have the same problems. I think with XP having a single My Documents at a root level is okay unless you have multiple users who need different/private My Documents.

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Post by tonieee » Fri Jul 03, 2009 10:44 am

Due to an accident with a saw I'm having to type with nine fingers (I haven't cut it off - just a big cut and want to rest it for a bit) and it's really difficult - I keep making loads of mistakes and having to retype it...

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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by frogblast » Fri Jul 03, 2009 5:24 pm

indiehorse wrote:The video tag thing has prompted me to read-up on HTML 5. I have come to the conclusion that I prefer the look of XHTML 2.0
I've got some bad news for you I'm afraid:
XHTML 2 Working Group Expected to Stop Work End of 2009, W3C to Increase Resources on HTML 5

2009-07-02: Today the Director announces that when the XHTML 2 Working Group charter expires as scheduled at the end of 2009, the charter will not be renewed. By doing so, and by increasing resources in the HTML Working Group, W3C hopes to accelerate the progress of HTML 5 and clarify W3C's position regarding the future of HTML. A FAQ answers questions about the future of deliverables of the XHTML 2 Working Group, and the status of various discussions related to HTML
http://www.w3.org/News/2009#item119
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Post by indiehorse » Fri Jul 03, 2009 6:35 pm

Tsk, the W3C never take my opinions into account. Oh well, at least they've made a decision.

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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Fri Jul 03, 2009 9:30 pm

They had headsets in the 99p shop today, so, I got one....but, I can't get the damn thing to work. The audio is fine, and surprisingly good quality sound, but, the mic won't work at all....all it gets is a load of crackling...

BAH!!!!

ADDITIONAL : as well as a few people on here, an online friend has been telling me for months that I need to get up to date....now that I finally have, she's sent me files in a format that (her words) Win98 couldn't handle.

So, I have the files, but, it would appear that the format is not recognised. Maybe a geographical thing as I've never heard of the extension (*.flac) let alone a four letter extension...anyone got any ideas?

EDIT : Even though I know (online) the girl that sent these my way, the 4 letter extension concerned me...I've scanned the files for viruses...and they come up clean...
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by indiehorse » Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:24 am

Oh Christ I hope you haven't spent a whole 99p on something that isn't working properly.

There's no need to be scared of file extensions with more than three letters. It does not mean that they are evil.

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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Gordon » Sat Jul 04, 2009 4:25 am

Google: Flac player
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:29 pm

Gordon wrote:Google: Flac player
Thanks, Gordon :)

Next question - I've got a DVD player with this machine....sadly, it won't play Region 1 discs. Is there a hack (without going into the registry) that I can use to make it multi-region?
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Post by Gordon » Sun Jul 05, 2009 9:39 pm

Depends on the model of DVD drive, and is at YOUR OWN RISK.

Google: RPC1.
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Post by Jangloid Mark » Sun Jul 05, 2009 11:23 pm

Gordon wrote:Depends on the model of DVD drive, and is at YOUR OWN RISK.

Google: RPC1.
THanks, Gordon :)

It looks a little involved to me...I'll leave it on the back burner for now...I'll raise it when K comes over next...he'll know what model and all the technical stuff...
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Gordon » Wed Jul 08, 2009 6:10 pm

VLC is now 1.0.0. Not sure if it makes a massive difference, but it seems to have been 0.9.x for about 3 years, so this is nice, numerically at least.
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Jul 09, 2009 1:26 pm

A slight problem with Skype.
I've got it all working now, but, a problem occured last night...
I was chatting to a friend last night...she puts music on for part of our conversation. A couple of tracks I sing along with. (Ok, I cannot sing for toffee, so, use the word loosely).

If I was singing anywhere near the mic, at any volume, the sound in my headphones would cut out, and I'd get a fraction of a second of high pitched noise, followed by a second or two of white noise. The second I stopped, it returned to normal.

On another occasion, I had to go and eat & she was playing with her dog, so, had to shout down the mic to get heard....this caused no problems whatsoever. Shouting=no problems, singing=problems? I do not understand this....
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Woodbine » Fri Jul 17, 2009 12:28 am

Feedback?
Is evil just something you are, or something you do?

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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:19 am

Jangloid Mark wrote:Additional : while part of the installation will also involve zipping my hard drive onto CDs (he thinks he'll get all my files zipped down to 1 CD - I can't see it....). there are a couple of things that I'll upload as I'll want to get at them quick!!! One is my Anorak skin...it's very rough around the edges, and still needs work, but, if anyone wants it, I'll post the URL here tomorrow....

EDITED TO ADD : I'm not gonna get much sleep with the heat and humidity tonight....it's here : http://userstyles.org/styles/19158

If anyone wants to tidy it up - feel free :)
I've just seen that a few of you have downloaded this...

I'll get round to updating it/tidying it up at some point...

If any of you are using one of my Facebook skins, I'm aware that they are currently broken.

3 fixes this week (when FB changed their coding), and they broke a 4th time...

I'm hoping to get the latest fix up soon...
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Jul 23, 2009 12:19 am

Woodbine wrote:Feedback?
Yeah...could be that...
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Re: Comput(bleth)er

Post by Jangloid Mark » Thu Aug 20, 2009 11:09 pm

After getting up to date, then pulling my hair out grappling with Office 2007 (that bloody ribbon thing is the most counter-intuitive thing outside Facebook..), I have switched to Open Office. :)

I should have done so ages ago...
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