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Offline Methos

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« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2002, 11:26:59 AM »
Ahem. My monitor is 1024 x 768 but I run my browser at around 800 x 600 because I'm usually doing other stuff while browsing and don't want the browser taking up the whole Window.

One of my favorite Dreamweaver features is that you can choose what monitor resolution you're designing for and it will resize the layout window to fit that resolution, also taking into account the space you lose due to scrollbars, menubars, etc. (assuming a default browser configuration).

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« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2002, 12:11:47 PM »
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Ahem. My monitor is 1024 x 768 but I run my browser at around 800 x 600 because I'm usually doing other stuff while browsing and don't want the browser taking up the whole Window.



Yes, but that gives you real estate for doing other tasks - which is my point of not understanding how someone can run at lower resolutions. By running at lower resolutions, I'm talking about your video settings, not your browser size... Obviously if someone is running 1280 x 1024 and have their browser talking up a quarter of your screen, they can resize it any time they need. If you are running 800 x 600, even with your browser maximized, you are going to wind up scrolling a lot just to see what Amazon has to offer you today. And you have to minimize your browser completely to do anything else.

Besides, I said it's amazing to ME... we all have our own working styles. But I seriously don't test for 640 x 480 resolutions because to me, that person has already chose to make extra scrolling work for themselves and I have to utilize more real estate than that to make the web page useful and/or decent looking to most people.

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« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2002, 08:39:40 PM »
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which is my point of not understanding how someone can run at lower resolutions.


Don't want to keep the thread off-topic, but just thought I'd answer this one.  It all has to do with monitor size.  Size wise, 800 x 600 on a 15" monitor is equivalent to 1024 x 768 on a 17" monitor.  Most of the 15" monitors I've used just aren't good enough to be usable at 1024 x 768.  Something about extended viewing of small fuzzy text :).  Of course, LCD screens and higher quality CRTs don't suffer from this problem.

Anyway, back on topic.

I haven't seen it mentioned here, probably because everyone already uses it, but for the two of you who don't, I recommend Microsoft's TweakUI (1.33) for 95, 98, ME, NT & 2000.  I'm not sure why the XP version isn't available on Microsoft's web site, but I have found it elsewhere.

TweakUI, part of Microsoft's Power Toys tool set, is basically a front end to many of those UI altering registry hacks we use to make our Windows experience a more enjoyable one.  My favourite switch has to do with directory and filename completion under the Windows NT/2000 command prompt.

You can download ver. 1.33 here:
http://www.microsoft.com/ntworkstation/downloads/PowerToys/Networking/NTTweakUI.asp

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« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2002, 09:28:32 AM »
Ever had these customers you prototype a website for, they say well, no thanks.., and two months later you find your prototyped website somewhat filled with content and a little 'changed' online? (Now I make sure stuff is protected by using 'terms of agreement' before I hand over anything)

WebCompiler compiles your diskbased web into an executable which you can send the customer; the whole package is password protected but completely viewable as if he was browsing his new corp. site. You can even hide certain pages etc. Anyway, the only problems is it works for IE browsers so the customers must have IE installed otherwise executable content will not show.
Check it out here http://www.webcompiler.com/index.html (not free $149)

Another tool with the same functionality is 'WebExe'; see http://www.aw-soft.com/index.html (not free $30)

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« Reply #19 on: April 17, 2002, 10:36:48 AM »
loks like both those break the "free and usefull" criteria this thread is based on :)
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« Reply #20 on: April 17, 2002, 10:54:22 AM »
It's free alright, but its' freedom lies somwhere else, and I am not gonna spell out where that is.

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« Reply #21 on: April 17, 2002, 11:39:48 AM »
lol.. "where iz" that at?

*bleep*, its official.. i need a life


btw, up above with the "640x480" thing, there are still LOADS of people still stuck in the mid-90's with 14" and 15" monitor.. kinda  good idea, but not a major priority to think about those peoples...  i like to think that one would cover 90% of the people by keeping 800x600 in mind, thats not very realistic, but it helps a web designer sleep at night i guess.....
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« Reply #22 on: April 18, 2002, 02:24:46 AM »
Got more NT4/W2K boxes running and need to change local account password on all of them frequently? Take a look at this tool:
http://www.danish-company.com/dcwcm/page/{4D40EC77-0788-48E7-9FB6-B81A51F70CD2}.html

(MorningZ, this one is FREE as a bird!)

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« Reply #23 on: April 18, 2002, 06:05:52 AM »
I am translating my resume from Dutch to English and I didn't like translating it word by word so I went looking for an on-line bulk translator that translates Dutch as well as other exotic languages as well and found http://translation.langenberg.com/

My experience was that about 80% got translated correctly, some words where still left in Dutch and needed to be attended to with a normal on-line dictionary. But I think it got the 2 hour job I saw forthcoming shrinked to 30 minutes

REPOST: The result ends up here http://www.tranexp.com:2000/ and one can go to that resource right away...

REPOST: Forget it, this one gets 95% http://www.worldlingo.com

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Edited by - Danny on 04/18/2002  14:33:44
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« Reply #24 on: April 18, 2002, 05:06:28 PM »
Charlie,
I use Fabsot's Cool Ruler which offers several options.
http://www.fabsoft.com/pages/Downloads/Downloads.htm
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While I agree that most pages should be a little loose in order to deal with variations in screen size, browsers and such, I find "JR Screen Ruler" occasionally very useful.

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http://www.spadixbd.com/freetools

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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2002, 06:23:29 PM »
HTML2TXT&TXT2HTML. Come again? What I mean is that these tools convert html pages to plain text and the other way around. There must be more of them. If so, could somebody drop a hint here? I am especially interested in tools that do bulk-convert (for intranet doc drama's)

HTML2TXT: http://www.u32.de/html2txt.htm
TXT2HTML: http://www.cyber-matrix.com/txt2htm.htm

Both free

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« Reply #26 on: April 23, 2002, 01:00:35 AM »
I had to edit some .AVI file last night; extracted sound and one fragment. This tool came in handy.

VIRTUALDUB 1.4 (free)http://www.virtualdub.org/index

A dub usually refers to a copy.  You can dub a videotape, an audio tape, or even do an audio dub on videotape, where you copy only the audio track without disturbing the video.  VirtualDub allows you to perform similar operations on your own computer with audio and video files – with a little bit more power.

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« Reply #27 on: April 23, 2002, 01:39:51 PM »
Come on people, anybody else wanna mention the screwdriver or hammer they're using..?

Anyway, BOOTDISKS now. They always come in handy and, in my case, I never have a disk lying around while needing it badly. Take a look here http://www.bootdisk.com/

Another tool which is very handy for backing up important bootable disk to a drive is WINIMAGE, http://www.winimage.com/ (shareware)

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« Reply #28 on: April 24, 2002, 04:54:15 AM »
Well, I find it handy to run Ad Aware after I install free tools. Helps keep my bandwidth and cpu from being hijacked from those pesky advertisers and folks that want to use your computer for their own profit.

http://www.lsfileserv.com/
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« Reply #29 on: April 24, 2002, 06:04:47 AM »
This I found in my top left little drawer of my toolbox; it's a batch that enables you to install IIS on a W2K box unattended. If somebody is interested in a script that does a W2K installation unattended let me know here, I have that too...

The script comes in handy when you have to install IIS AFTER the W2K install in a customized way, ofcourse you can include this script in your overall W2K unattended install script:

The batch (just a regular .cmd file; change path after the /u switch accordingly):


sysocmgr/i:%windir%\inf\sysoc.inf /u:d:\iis5setup.txt


... where iis5setup.txt contains the following:


[Components]

fp_extensions = off
iis_common = on
iisdbg = on
iis_inetmgr = on
iis_www = on
iis_ftp = off
iis_htmla = off
iis_doc = on
iis_pwmgr = off
iis_smtp = on
iis_smtp_docs = on
indexsrv_system = on
mts_core = on
msmq = off

[InternetServer]

Path="d:\WebServerData"
PathWWWRoot="d:\WebServerData\wwwroot"


Just put everything within [components] you do or don't want to have to on or off and change the publishing path to the location you want to have it in... If you run a FTP server as well you will have to add the path in the [InternetServer] section as follow
PathFTPRoot = "d:\WebServerData\ftproot"


I.e. Unlike some MS documentation might state that some names used in the [component] section are different, this is not the case but a bug, what is shown here is correct and tested (like indexsrv_system or fp_extensions, which they name differently in some doc's)

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