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Postby buttsie » Sun Oct 11, 2009 12:38 am

if pictures ever come out with the wrong contrast

Soft32.com Windows Graphics Image Editors
Color Correction Wizard 1.1
Batch color correction software.

Color Correction Wizard is an all-in-one batch color correction tool. The program effectively solves contrast and color balance problems turning dull digital images into splashes of color. Moreover, the program gives you a unique opportunity to impose one or several parameters of a chosen image (color, contrast and brightness) upon other pictures giving multiple images the same look and feel....
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http://www.soft32.com/Download/Free/Col ... 547-1.html


Red Eye Remover

http://www.soft32.com/download_13544.html
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Postby buttsie » Wed Oct 21, 2009 1:28 am

2 sites for software

for windows - freeware/sharware/commercial/beta-in testing phase

http://www.versiontracker.com/windows/top-downloads

for macs...with filter

http://www.macupdate.com/index.php?os=macosx
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Postby robot » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:44 pm

<3 the new look of xkcd
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Postby buttsie » Sat Oct 31, 2009 3:12 am

Maybe useful to any who have Windows 7 and who use the
windows media center 12


http://shark007.net/win7codecs.html
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Postby JenR » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:13 pm

i dont know the difference, between vista and windows 7 other than the task bar.
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Postby nattiep » Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:50 pm

It work with older programs? Vsta didn't, so I didn't upgrade.
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Postby buttsie » Sun Nov 01, 2009 12:27 am

Windows 7 is what vista would have been if microsoft had written it right
As for compatibility...if its old software your using its always best to check the developers homepage to see if their keeping up to date

Interesting to note that because of Europes laws their version doesnt come with IE included...lucky lucky bastards

Windows 7 Review: XP vs Vista vs 7 in 80+ Benchmarks 19/10/09
http://www.maximumpc.com/article/review ... s_7_review


March 10th, 2009
Windows 7 build 7048 vs. Windows 7 beta 1 vs. Vista vs. XP performance shootout - which is best?

http://blogs.zdnet.com/hardware/?p=3789

The test systems

I’ve used two desktop systems as the test machines:

* An AMD Phenom 9700 2.4GHz system fitted with an ATI Radeon 3850 and 4GB of RAM
* An Intel Pentium Dual Core E2200 2.2GHz fitted with an NVIDIA GeForce 8400 GS and 1GB of RAM

The tests

There are 31 tests in all, most of which are self explanatory:

1. Install OS - Time it takes to install the OS
2. Boot up - Average boot time to usable desktop
3. Shut down - Average shut down time
4. Move 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another
5. Move 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another
6. Network transfer 100MB files - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device
7. Network transfer 2.5GB files - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device
8. Move 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
9. Move 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from one hard drive to another while ripping DVD to .ISO file
10. Network transfer 100MB files under load - Move 100MB of JPEG files from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
11. Network transfer 2.5GB files under load - Move 2.5GB of mixed size files (ranging from 1MB to 100MB) from test machine to NAS device while ripping DVD to .ISO file
12. Compress 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
13. Compress 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
14. Extract 100MB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
15. Extract 1GB files - Using built-in ZIP compression
16. Compress 100MB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
17. Compress 1GB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
18. Extract 100MB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
19. Extract 1GB files under load - Using built-in ZIP compression while ripping DVD to .ISO file
20. Install Office 2007 - Ultimate version, from DVD
21. Open 10 page Word doc - Text only
22. Open 100 page Word doc - Text and images only
23. Open simple Excel doc - Basic formatting
24. Open complex Excel doc - Including formula and charts
25. Burn DVD - Win 7 beta 1 .ISO to disc using CDBurnerXP
26. Open 10 page PDF - Text only, using latest Adobe Reader 8
27. Open 100 page PDF - Text and images, using latest Adobe Reader 8
28. Far Cry 2 benchmark
29. Call of Duty 5 benchmark
30. Left 4 Dead benchmark
31. Crysis Warhead benchmark

The results...smaller number is best

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Postby buttsie » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:20 am

You'd think the game unless you've updated your version(beta? or fully fledged) of windows 7

Useful link if you want to know what games your system can play
tells you exactly what you need to upgrade component by component

http://cyri.systemrequirementslab.com/srtest/
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Postby buttsie » Mon Nov 02, 2009 1:41 am

Might as well think it was your guardian angel looking out for you :lol:
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Postby buttsie » Sun Nov 15, 2009 12:47 am

Couple of useful sites

Macs Snow leopard O/S huge a to z compatibility checker list

http://snowleopard.wikidot.com/


Another microsoft site that posts some useful articles you wont find on
the main site...recent ones include upgrading to windows 7 and the pitfalls

http://windowssecrets.com/
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Postby Extreme Allah » Mon Nov 16, 2009 2:46 pm

http://whythefuckdoyouhaveakid.com/

I use that thread to remind myself that despite every instinct I have, I am a top candidate for parenthood.
euphoriac wrote:I have been strikingly attracted to natalie since I saw Leon.
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Postby buttsie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 1:10 am

VisWiki is a visual, intuitive, and interactive web interface to encyclopedic knowledge/information, especially of Wikipedia. It is designed to provide a fun place to learn stuff in an efficient manner. Please watch the following video to get a good sense of how to use it.


http://www.viswiki.com/en/Natalie_Portman
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Postby Spoonbat » Sat Dec 12, 2009 6:58 am

Anybody have any good free anti-virus/trojan/malware security software? I don't wanna pay fifty bucks for AVG if I can help it.
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Postby Carlotto » Sat Dec 12, 2009 11:12 am

Avira AntiVir is perfect. It is free and it does its job to perfection; you won't have any trouble with it ;-)


http://www.free-av.com/
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Postby buttsie » Sat Dec 12, 2009 9:06 pm

Spoonbat wrote:Anybody have any good free anti-virus/trojan/malware security software? I don't wanna pay fifty bucks for AVG if I can help it.


Before you go downloading umpteen different pieces of software all in a vain attempt to be a 100% secure(impossible)read this article about securing your PC....

It all but puts the sword to 90% of security software if your prepared to put in the time

http://www.techsupportalert.com/how-to- ... our-pc.php
http://www.techsupportalert.com/safe-surfing.php

Plenty of freeware available in all categories

http://www.techsupportalert.com/pc/security-tools.html



I have a simple set-up which main aim is to avoid conflicts,keep my browsing apart from my PC and keep use of system resources to a minimum...have found because we all have different PC set-ups recommendations arent always as clear cut as it will be OK
trial and error

Windows XP SP3 32 bit system


Sandboxie - for browser protection - only downsides -
cant bookmark and it doesnt stop keyloggers so you have to remember to delete the sandbox everyday

Kmeleon - browser - no frills lighter version of firefox

Avast anti-virus,online protection,netshield - freeware

Malwarebytes - for malware removal
Super-antispyware - for adware removal

Hostsman - to block access to known sites that have bad reputations
Just be prepared for non-access to a plethora of sites if you use this
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