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Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

raolin Re:mDesktop works great... (359 comments)

I forgot to mention that this handles dual monitors without issue, and goes from docked w/two monitors to undocked with one monitor seamlessly. If you decide to exit it, all applications collapse to your single desktop.

The one issue I have noticed is that if you have an open dialogue box it will likely die on desktop switching. This is a minor annoyance, but not one that has caused me much heartburn (and believe me, I have lots open, two and three copies of visual studio, and similar instances of SSMS running at a given time).

Sorry, should have thought all that through in my first post.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Which Multiple Desktop Tool For Windows 7?

raolin Re:mDesktop works great... (359 comments)

I too am using mDesktop. It has proven easy to use and configure. I particularly like that I can set windows with certain title text as visible in all desktops, so Trillian is always around but my various tasks can be separated. I recommend it and have gotten a bunch of guys at the office using it too.

more than 2 years ago
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eBooks - What's Holding You Back?

raolin Re:Wrong question (589 comments)

I can summarize in one word why I like the idea of an eBook: "Light." Reading lights suck. They are awkward, easily broken, and provide inconsistent light over even a single page. I like the ideal of eBooks because they provide a means of reading with a backlight. In cars, airplanes, trains, buses, or even movie theaters during the previews (yes, I read there) it is nice to not worry about bad lighting, and the 100 or so books I have in pdf would be hard to carry around in these places. I can lose a book

What prevents me from using ebooks? Largely the formatting/drm. I like pdf. I have a very workable system by which I read pdf content, but when last I checked, the adobe eBook format required a special reader that, while trying to make life easier, imposed artificial restrictions on the control I was given over the content. I can even read a large text file, but the MS and Adobe ebook readers are terrible. Next in line is selection, but that should improve once it comes out in a useable format.

more than 8 years ago

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Ask Slashdot: Movie/Video search aggregation?

raolin raolin writes  |  more than 2 years ago

raolin (512968) writes "I have been running without television service for the last few years, relying instead on Netflix Streaming, Hulu Plus, Amazon, and my personal video library. I have the latter indexed and easily searchable, but I have not managed to find a good aggregator for the streaming services that I use, so when I have friends over and the question "Can we see X?" is asked, I have to search three streaming sources, which is kind of a drag. I know Netflix has a search API that I could work with, and it seems at least possible that Hulu and Amazon do as well, but before I try to build something myself I thought I'd ask the community. Any thoughts?"

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