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Software fixes/tips

Postby Stupify » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:27 am

I am dedicating this thread to short of capture some of the standard applications, their issues, fixes and tips.
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Re: Software fixes

Postby Stupify » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:38 am

Firefox 17 slow scrolling:

https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/943070

Basically, I had to force FF to enable all the acceleration options. It should have been working out of the box, but it wasn't (maybe some kind of old settings?). So you need to set the following three options in about:config (type it into the address bar) to "true":

    gfx.direct2d.force-enabled
    layers.acceleration.force-enabled
    webgl.force-enabled

Restart and it all seems to be fine, at least on my machine. It's worth looking at about:support in the Graphics table to see if things are enabled.


Edit: Apparently the newer Firefox(es) [since they brought in Hardware Acceleration] seem to have a bug. If you change the mouse the scrolling goes back to abysmal speed that's slower than snails competing in the slowest mover. To resolve this you just have to restart Firefox and voila the new mouse will slow at comfortable speeds.
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Re: Software fixes

Postby Stupify » Fri Dec 07, 2012 6:40 am

VLC:

Do not install Firefox plug-in as it will try to play the .mp4 files. I find the Adobe Flash/WebGL to be more appropriate to use, especially since they allow in-line video playing instead of new tab.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Stupify » Fri Dec 07, 2012 11:56 am

Microsoft Office

Backing up Quick Access Toolbar buttons (the buttons on the top, above the Ribbion):
Copy the file the <Office Application>.qat, example Word.qat, from
C:\Users\<USER>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Stupify » Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:32 am

Added firefox and new mouse issue.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Silver » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:11 pm

Here is a way to restore the classic menues in Ms Office 2010 if you do not like the ribbon.

Classic Menu for Office Home and Student 2010
http://www.downloadcrew.com/article/22633-classic_menu_for_office_home_and_student

Classic Menu is an Office add-in that brings back the old-style menus and toolbars for Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote 2010. (Despite the name, it works with any edition of Office 2010.)

The program doesn't hack or alter your existing Office installation. Rather, it adds a new Menus tab to your ribbon, which includes all the old menus, shortcuts and toolbar icons, which some find much easier to navigate.

If this isn't enough, though, you can also use the bundled Classic Menu Manager to configure precisely how the program works. If you hate the ribbon, for instance, then you're able to hide any of all of its tabs so there's only the menu left. But you can also turn off Classic Menu Manager for some applications, so, maybe, they're available in Word and Excel, but not in PowerPoint and OneNote.


Edit: I have not tried this one since Im not using office that much, but it might be of use to someone.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Silver » Wed Feb 06, 2013 12:13 pm

WinZip
Getting rid of the ribbon interface:
Settings -> Options -> Start Winzip with -> Legacy menus/toolbar

I never liked the ribbon in this program the first thing I do when installing it is removing the ribbon :)
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Hammer_Time » Thu Nov 20, 2014 4:41 pm

http://www.howtogeek.com/197207/email-b ... map-today/
Email Basics: POP3 is Outdated; Please Switch to IMAP Today
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby DIREWOLF75 » Thu Nov 20, 2014 5:21 pm

Hammer_Time wrote:http://www.howtogeek.com/197207/email-basics-pop3-is-outdated-please-switch-to-imap-today/
Email Basics: POP3 is Outdated; Please Switch to IMAP Today



POP3 is just outdated.


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Utter non-argument.

This made sense in the 90s


Oooh, because so many people even used email then? And it suddenly became sooo bad because?

Some services try to bypass this limitation by not actually deleting emails when you access them from POP3. Instead, these services just mark them as read so they won’t be downloaded again. This is a dirty hack


No, it´s a common option that most email clients and email providers allows you to select if you want to.


Sheesh i get annoyed by trendmorons. All their reasons for why pop3 is bad and imap is better could just as easily be stated the opposite way depending on how you actually use your computer rather than just the kliche the write ASSUMES everyone uses it just because HE thinks so.

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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Hammer_Time » Thu Nov 20, 2014 11:53 pm

You are partly right here and I will explain why in detail below, but first, this is my biggest issue with POP3:

So you ENJOY waiting while all your emails and attachments download at once using POP3? This is not a big deal if you check your email constantly, but for those who check it every few days or longer this can be quite frustrating:

What are the Drawbacks to POP3?

The major drawback to POP3 is that it is an older protocol that was designed before people were able to easily send large emails with attachments. Because POP3 downloads all the mail on the server at once, people are occasionally unable to successfully receive their messages because POP3 will get stuck or disconnect when trying to download large messages.
To fix this, people will either need to contact tech support or log onto our webmail system to delete the large messages themselves. Also, if you use POP3 and are traveling or check your mail from multiple locations, you will not be able to view any of your old mail because the messages only exist on the computer on which you originally received your mail. Finally, some email clients, such as Outlook, are more prone to certain bugs (such as downloading duplicates of emails) when using POP3 than IMAP.


Other than that, POP3 can be configured so it works the way you want it to with your email client as the article and also yourself mentions...

IMAP also guarantees that you will not lose all your emails if your computer or hard drive crashes, plus it has been found to be a faster and more reliable protocol than POP3: ( ASSUMING you have a stable and reasonably FAST internet connection - see below for more details ) :

What is the basic difference between IMAP and POP3?

IMAP can be thought of as "remote" e-mail storage, while POP3 can be thought of as a "store-and-forward" service. Ultimately they both accomplish similar tasks, but often one will suit your needs better than the other.


What are the Benefits of IMAP?

Since you can view just the header information without downloading the entire message, you can delete large messages without wasting time for downloading them. Also, because the messages remain on the server, you can access your mail from multiple locations at the same time and ensure that your messages are always available for you. And, since the messages remain on the server, if your computer crashes you don't have to worry about losing your messages. IMAP is generally faster and more reliable, especially with certain email clients such as Microsoft Outlook.



What are the Benefits of POP3?

Since all of your messages are downloaded immediately, after you check your mail at your computer, you do not need to actually be connected to the Internet to read your email. Also, because the messages are downloaded to your computer you do not need to worry about accruing disk usage charges because the messages do not stay on the servers. Just make sure your email client is set to delete email messages from the server after downloading them, or else all your emails will sit there, taking up space, until you use Webmail or an IMAP client to delete them!


http://faq.he.net/index.php/IMAP_vs_POP3

https://www.fastmail.fm/help/technical/imapvspop.html

Why is IMAP better than POP?

POP is a very simple protocol that only allows downloading messages from your Inbox to your local computer. Generally, once transferred, the email is on your local computer and removed from FastMail.

IMAP is much more advanced and allows you to see all your folders on FastMail. You can quickly view subjects and message bodies of emails. It can delay downloading larger emails, such as those with attachments, until you want to view them in their entirety. IMAP also allows you to synchronise mail folders between your home machine and FastMail on the web, so that you see the same folders and messages wherever and however you access your email.

Differences at a glance

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Now, to address the different user scenarios that Dire mentioned:

You should use POP3 instead IF you are offline or have a very slow or intermittent or no internet:

http://www.geek.com/mobile/geek-101-pop ... p-1536343/

Using IMAP

It’s 2013, and it seems like most of us have fairly constant access to internet. Should email be treated any differently than any other form of electronic communication that we receive? Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) allows users to access email from anything, as long as you have the username and password. With IMAP, the email lives on the server and you have access to some basic information about every email in your Inbox. When you want to see and interact with the email, the email is temporarily downloaded but not really stored on the machine you are using. The biggest benefit to IMAP is the ability to quickly access your email from just about any device — as long as you have a decent internet connection you’re never more than a moment away from your entire inbox.

Unfortunately, if you’re without a fast connection or if you are somehow without internet entirely (-gasp-), you’re going to have a bad day. Most IMAP clients will grab a week or two of email headers and store that information locally, but will not grab images or attachments. If you need to search your inbox for something, and that email is more than a few weeks old, you’ll find that the headers for your email will skip entire weeks of received messages unless you’re connected to the net.

Choose wisely, but switching is easy

The POP vs. IMAP debate is all about how you interact with your email. If you’re constantly in your email with attachments and use it like file storage system, POP will guarantee that you always have access to your information. If you’re constantly connected to a broadband or LTE network and you flit back and forth between a laptop, desktop, tablet, and smartphone, IMAP would most likely be the best thing for you. In most cases, especially if you have POP configured to store your email on the server instead of deleting it, you won’t normally notice a difference between the two services.
There’s also nothing that says you have to pick one and stick with it. Even Gmail, one of the most popular free email services in the world, makes it easy to choose POP or IMAP and allows you to switch between them as you see fit. You can choose the service the best fits your needs, but ideally your email should exist as a service that requires very little maintenance and configuration once it has been setup and used.


So which protocol you use really depends on how you use your email client and how fast and reliable your interenet connection is.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby DIREWOLF75 » Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:00 am

So you ENJOY waiting while all your emails and attachments download at once using POP3?


Waiting? It usually takes longer for the email program just to go through and CHECK all my email accounts for new mail than it takes to download anything from them.

Hello, 10Mb connection means emails have to be multiMB-sized to actually take any real time. And why would anyone be stupid enough to send BIG files over email nowadays? Just setup your own Direct Connect server if you want privacy or use torrents.

IMAP also guarantees that you will not lose all your emails if your computer or hard drive crashes, plus it has been found to be a faster and more reliable protocol than POP3: ( ASSUMING you have a stable and reasonably FAST internet connection - see below for more details ) :


More reliable? In over 15 years of using email, not once have i EVER seen an error caused by the protocol.

IMAP is not what guarantees anything, the server settings you use is what does that, for either.

And faster? Eh, yeah so does it take 5 seconds for it to check my email accounts instead of 10s? Not that it matters since i can do something else while it´s checking anyway.


So which protocol you use really depends on how you use your email client and how fast and reliable your interenet connection is.


In short, the article was idiotic and i was correct.

Old and obsolete are two completely different things.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Hammer_Time » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:41 am

POP3 is indeed "old", but not "obsolete", you are correct about that. However, that does not change the fact that IMAP offers numerous advantages over POP3 if you have a fast and reliable internet connection.

I have seen lots of POP3 errors caused by Microsoft Exchange on a large hospital network when I worked in IT there, the fault was not the protocol, but nw issues and Exchange issues to be honest, but POP3 is not "bulletproof" either, especially on a flaky network connection, just saying...

http://www.sooperarticles.com/internet- ... 10623.html

http://www.tech-faq.com/pop3.html

Advantages and Disadvantages of POP3
Because POP3 was designed back before always-on Internet was prevalent, POP3 works fine in a mostly offline environment, checking for new messages manually or periodically according to your client's configuration. POP3 also works fine with an always-on connection, but with some caveats which become clear when compared with IMAP.

The primary competitor to POP3 is IMAP: Internet Message Access Protocol. IMAP is a more flexible, modern protocol when compared to POP3, and is designed more toward an always-on network connection to the mail server. IMAP servers retain messages on the server by default, and allow the user to organize their mail into folders. While POP3 clients allow for folder-based organization as well, separating messages into folders on the server has a definite advantage for users that may need to access their e-mail remotely.

For example, for a POP3 user who may need to use a different computer, their old e-mail does not show up if it has been deleted from the server. Or, even if the e-mail was retained on the server, every message the user wants to work with will have to be downloaded to that client, which may be tedious. IMAP has intrinsic functionality that is much more compatible with a "thin" or mobile client.


"Most" users who want to use multiple devices to access the same email account will prefer to use IMAP...
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Fuzz » Fri Nov 21, 2014 11:50 am

We use POP3 because I don't want to run an exchange server and our mail provider doesn't supply a lot of space. It works fairly well. Obviously you miss a lot of the features of IMAP, but for some situations, its still the best choice.
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Re: Software fixes/tips

Postby Hammer_Time » Fri Nov 21, 2014 12:01 pm

Yep, all depends on your needs. I agree that POP3 is not obsolete, but no question that IMAP has some nice modern advantages if those are important to you. In your case POP3 gets the job done just fine, plus you don't have the hassle of running/maintaining an Exchange server so enjoy! :D
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