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  • It's not possible to compare SSDS with any competing system based on features or architecture, as many of the critics here attempt to do.


    Sure, Windows is now chock full of met-duh-data and search/index features. In theory, there ought to be no more need for anything like SSDS. And yet SSDS is thriving; why?


    The answer speaks to the difference between on-paper performance engineered by "perfect perfects" who quickly moved on to another project, and real world performance engineered by a developer with a vision and a passion for his product (outside of the "coolness" of his toolsuite or the assignment du jour).


    In particular, I'd point to quality and input latency as distinguishing SSDS factors.


    Windows 7 attempts to index all of my movies and pictures at the whole-computer level... similar to SSDS. The problem is that this functionality is so feature-laden that it ends up being slow and buggy.


    The difference between 500 milliseconds and two seconds is real; if Windows Search can find what I'm looking for, but it's slow enough that my thought process is interrupted, I don't want to use it.


    I'd rather use something like SSDS. Yes, it's keystroke based... but once I know the shortcuts, they flow naturally into my work process. Something that takes longer than about 1/2 second to navigate to its next step is basically worthless to me. I work (and think) too fast for all of that.


    Besides that, Windows gets search and met-duh-data flat out wrong too much of the time. Try putting two albums named "Greatest Hits" on the same hard drive in Windows. Or, try storing photos in a folder that's not "My Pictures." Both of these seemingly simple actions will wreak havoc with Windows Explorer.


    Five years from now, the people who wrote Windows 7 search and indexing code will be working on something completely different, and would probably be horrified by that old search/indexing code. That's just the life of a young, ambitious developer.


    Windows 8 will have its own search/index system, and Microsoft will assure us that it will revolutionize the way we blah, blah, blah our blah blah; but it, too, will just be the half-baked product of ambitious young developers who quickly moved on (and probably use something like Cygwin "find" or "dir /s" instead of Explorer anyway... if they even use Windows on their own).


    SpectateSwamp, on the other hand, is in it for the long haul, and actually eats his own metaphorical dog food. If you don't like SSDS, that's fine. But unlike the vast majority of alternatives, there's at least some chance it will evolve into something you can actually use.


    There's almost nothing in Windows Explorer I'd say that about. Explorer is like the weather... if you don't like it, give it a little time, and it will change. You still probably won't like it, though.


    Personally, I'm tired of having my Explorer keyboard shortcuts disappear... the slick ads full of young people in office attire singing Kum-bay-ah that accompany these semi-annual insults do nothing to actually help me out. Nobody's going to save the world with a computer, especially one running Windows.


    SSDS is a fundamentally less ambitious system, targeted at a more knowledgeable user base, BUT IT WORKS. It won't crash, thrash your hard disk, or revolutionize your world (SpectateSwamp's outlandish claims aside; he has to market, too).


    What SSDS will do is provide you with an alternative desktop navigation tool whose behavior is PREDICTABLE. That alone puts it in the top 1% of applications, in my book. The other 99% are victims of their own "perfect perfect" specifications (which address every issue except actual useability) and of the relentless trendiness of the IT industry.



  • @bridget99 said:

    ...

    8/10. Has my enthusiastic support for most improved troll.



  • @boomzilla said:

    @bridget99 said:
    ...

    8/10. Has my enthusiastic support for most improved troll.

    Man, I'm just trying to grab a noodle and jam it. Every good boy deserves that. And my last post is just my well-considered opinion as a formally trained and credentialed computer scientist. It was looking like amateur hour was needing a professional opinion.



  • Well, good job trolling and/or putting forth your honest, well-reasoned opinion.

    Either way, you've got a new friend for life, so I hope you're prepared for the inevitable invite to the SwampShack.



  • @bridget99 said:

    Man, I'm just trying to grab a noodle and jam it.
     

    Oh my god! They're BREEDING!



  • @CodeSimian said:

    Well, good job trolling and/or putting forth your honest, well-reasoned opinion.

    Either way, you've got a new friend for life, so I hope you're prepared for the inevitable invite to the SwampShack.

    That's a nice sentiment, but Canada doesn't admit forum trolls.



  • @bridget99 said:

    @CodeSimian said:
    Well, good job trolling and/or putting forth your honest, well-reasoned opinion.

    Either way, you've got a new friend for life, so I hope you're prepared for the inevitable invite to the SwampShack.


    That's a nice sentiment,  but Canada doesn't admit forum trolls.

    You know, as annoying as Spectate is, at least he actually believes the stuff he spews.  He's not a troll in classic sense, because he has the courage of his (insane) convictions, although he does enjoy "riling people up".  Not a single thing you wrote in your "Explorer vs SSDS" post was anything but overwrought, thinly-veiled flamebait.
    @bridget99 said:

    Five years from now, the people who wrote Windows 7 search and indexing code will be working on something completely different, and would probably be horrified by that old search/indexing code. That's just the life of a young, ambitious developer.

    Windows 8 will have its own search/index system, and Microsoft will assure us that it will revolutionize the way we blah, blah, blah our blah blah; but it, too, will just be the half-baked product of ambitious young developers who quickly moved on (and probably use something like Cygwin "find" or "dir /s" instead of Explorer anyway... if they even use Windows on their own).

    Windows 8 has pretty much the same search/index system as 7, and the search UI is even pretty much the same (with a few improvements) in desktop mode.  But you probably knew that.  You are also ignoring the fact that 7's search/indexing code was really just a refinement of what they started in Vista.  And even XP had indexing.  So your "five-year" figure was pretty much pulled out of thin air, as were all your implications about 7's search/indexing code being some sort of trendy flash in a pan.

    @bridget99 said:


    If you don't like SSDS, that's fine. But unlike the vast majority of alternatives, there's at least some chance it will evolve into something you can actually use.

    There's almost nothing in Windows Explorer I'd say that about.

    So you are saying that SSDS is potentially more usable than Explorer?  You realize they don't even perform the same function, even on paper?
    @bridget99 said:

    Personally, I'm tired of having my Explorer keyboard shortcuts disappear...

    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer keyboard shortcuts have disappeared?
    @bridget99 said:

    the slick ads full of young people in office attire singing Kum-bay-ah that accompany these semi-annual insults do nothing to actually help me out.  Nobody's going to save the world with a computer, especially one running Windows.

    What does this even mean?  Personally, I've never seen any computer ads from any vendor where people were singing kumbayah (either literally or metaphorically), or claiming to save the world, except maybe those ads for IBM global services.  Regardless, complaining about shitty advertising is irrelevant to your argument.   I may as well use Surface RT's "slick marketing campaign" to criticize or praise the product itself, with exactly the same relevance (zero).  Or maybe I could use Apple's "I'm a Mac, you're a PC" ads to prove or disprove the superiority of Apple products.

    @bridget99 said:


    SSDS is a fundamentally less ambitious system, targeted at a more knowledgeable user base, BUT IT WORKS. It won't crash, thrash your hard disk, or revolutionize your world (SpectateSwamp's outlandish claims aside; he has to market, too).

    Actually, SSDS does crash.

    http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/13917/234228.aspx#234228
    @RHuckster said:


    For those of you who are new here, closed out meaning the application crashes the first time you attempt to use it, although in my experience it's more lie 10 milliseconds.

    SSDS may not "thrash your hard disk", but it has been known to freeze, which probably means it's using 100% CPU (and taking longer than your 500 millisecond target to find stuff).

    http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/13917/234104.aspx#234104
    @Lingerance said:


    You fixed that bug where SSDS freezes when looking at the Linux kernel's source code?


    As much as Microsoft pisses me off, it's pretty annoying to see completely-fact-free criticism like this, even from an admitted troll. Really, if you wanna elevate your game to SpectateSwamp levels of uber-trolling, you have to do better than that.   Post a video of yourself using SSDS to completely replace Windows Explorer, and we'll all be really impressed. Of course you can't do that, because SSDS is not a replacement for Explorer in any way, shape or form.  Alternatively, post a video of yourself using SSDS at all, and we'll all be mildly impressed.

    If you truly hate Explorer that much, there are a ton of real well-known shell extensions/replacements for power users out there.  If you weren't such a troll, maybe you could've told us about some of the ones you like to use, since Windows Explorer is so inadequate for your purposes. Instead, you decided to write some sort of twisted love letter to SSDS, for unfathomable reasons.



  • Sharing Pictures just gets easier

    Copy Picture minor upgrade coming 

    For the 2nd time in a couple weeks I have made good use of the CP function. First was my Aunt died and I wanted to pull the pictures of her out of the family album. The CP function did that in a few minutes. Moving 33 of them to another folder where I could create a DVD (tv format) for her family. Next I was helping a friend organize His computer - like I have mine - But they have 4000 pics scattered all over. That's the MINOR problem. It would take hours sitting there and hitting enter enter to move them to a USB stick. So the minor change to the CP function that has a "doall" besides the "Y" and "N" for each picture. Sharing just gets easier and easier.



  • Sharing Pictures just got easier

     Done because I needed it.

     

     

     



  • @CodeSimian said:

    Really, if you wanna elevate your game to SpectateSwamp levels of uber-trolling, you have to do better than that.

    No offense, but it seemed like a fairly successful trolling attempt to me. You got all enraged and mad, and bridget69 got to some great success. Better still, you knew you were being trolled, yet you allowed it to happen. I bet huge rage tears were shed. Silly Explorer fanboy.



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    For the 2nd time in a couple weeks I have made good use of the CP function.

    Chris Hansen would like to have a word with you.

    @SpectateSwamp said:

    So the minor change to the CP function that has a "doall" besides the "Y" and "N" for each picture.

    Aah. The good old yes/no/doall triple-state boolean.



  • @derula said:

    @CodeSimian said:
    Really, if you wanna elevate your game to SpectateSwamp levels of uber-trolling, you have to do better than that.

    No offense, but it seemed like a fairly successful trolling attempt to me. You got all enraged and mad, and bridget69 got to some great success. Better still, you knew you were being trolled, yet you allowed it to happen. I bet huge rage tears were shed. Silly Explorer fanboy.

     

    Yeah, it was successful, in the sense that I wasted time writing that post.  Although you are (slightly) trolling me now, I can honestly say I was not enraged or mad, and in no way am I an Explorer fanboy.  (I don't even like Windows 8, BTW.)  A truly successful troll would fool people into thinking he was sincere (), not just annoy them.

     () Spectate has bridget99 beaten on everything: (apparent) sincerity, tenacity, and longevity.

    As long as bridget99 doesn't mind proving himself to be an even worse human being than SpectateSwamp, I guess he can savour his little victory.  I'll take 1000 "sincere trolls" like SpectateSwamp as opposed to a guy who's obviously intelligent, sane and self-aware enough to see how much of a jackass he is being.



  • Jamming it for the next Great cosmic cycle

    With your USB stick opened and the random_VIDEOSmix.exe (selected & hi-lited) and the mouse hovering over the upper right hand corner where the shut off X will appear.

    Hit ENTER- (starts and plays)

    watch text and video (random segments) #1

    PRESS the left mouse (hovering over X) to (Stop) the program

    Hit ENTER - (starts and plays)

    watch the next random grouping #2

    PRESS Left Mouse (X) (Stop)

    Hit ENTER- (starts and plays)

    Watch random grouping #3

    PRESS Left Mouse (Stop)

       .
       .

    NOBODY can JAM video like this but Us.

    Make a 2nd copy; get someone you love jamming it.

    Ho ho merry christmas



  • .. and what are those instructions for, exactly?



  • Jamming it for the next Great cosmic cycle

    Download a few demo videos, the search.exe rename it to random_VIDEOSmix.exe AND the text control file. Then jamming wildly away......



  • Providing more instructions still doesn't answer my question...



  • One Hand Jamming it - second hand videoing.

    I'll do a screen reshoot. It's easy to have the thumb on the mouse click and the little finger over the enter. No problem shooting video with the Left. Yup a screen reshoot of video jamming; will explain it all.



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    I'll do a screen reshoot. It's easy to have the thumb on the mouse click and the little finger over the enter. No problem shooting video with the Left. Yup a screen reshoot of video jamming; will explain it all.


    You can probably work your big toes in there if you need to.



  • Bill Steve and SpectateSwamp - Spammers all

    When the bigshots talk about their software and equipment, do they get branded as Spammers like I do. Nope.
     
    If I wasn't the author of this incredible app. Would my comments be labeled as spam. Nope. Hint hint Swampies
     
    If I bragged up software and hardware that I knew nothing about would they ban me as a spammer. Nope.
     
    Should I take this personally and use The Medicine Stones to seek revenge? Nope.

    The Sacred Medicine Stones

    What's the agenda of mods? (other than here) Should I blog and bash them about it? Yup. I'm not going to take it anymore.



  • Swampie, I don't know who Bill Steve is, but he has two frist names. I don't trust people with two first names.

    You should start a blog over on blogspot and call out everyone with two frist names that has called you a spammer.

    Clearly the world isn't a civilized as we are over here at TDWTF. That's why we're all so popular and likable.



  • @SpectateSwamp said:


    The Sacred Medicine Stones

     

    Yup, providing a photo properly answers my question. Explains everything.

     





  • New ideas for sharing Knowledge - Got any?

    @PSWorx said:

    @Gazzonyx said:
    You should start a blog over on blogspot
    You're aware he did that already? And boy, does he know how to blog!
    BlogSpot doesn't discriminate. Yet.

    I've had a lull since the LARGE text followed by Video feature. I love it. Random and all. But what's next? What do you Swampies think would be a great feature. I might try displaying the large font at the bottom of the screen when the video is playing - subtitling / closed captioning?

    I have a ton of "todo" items listed over the years. I'll check through those as well.

    It's getting dang hard to improve on almost perfect. Thanks for your suggestions in advance... 



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    But what's next?
     @SpectateSwamp said:
    I have a ton of "todo" items listed over the years.

    Done...

     

     



  • I love the medicine stone on the right... there is so much wisdom in its expression. I would be tempted to shove it into my ass but also wary of the cosmic revenge that might result.



  • @bridget99 said:

    I love the medicine stone on the right... there is so much wisdom in its expression. I would be tempted to shove it into my ass but also wary of the cosmic revenge that might result.

    Well, ass cramming is as good as any other proof of validity I have heard of... however let us know if swampie is a troll or not (or even real or not).



  • Google Catches Faster than Light UFO Cotton Ball!

    I took a business trip to Providence a little while ago to attend a conference, and went to Google to get directions to the convention center. Right on Google Maps it had this mysterious object that would spook any white hooded crow that was nearby.

    See that white thing floating in the center?

    What could it be? When I went to the location, I didn't see it up in the sky, so it had to have disappeared after Google Street View took it. It kind of looks like a cotton ball, but I want SpectateSwamp's expert advice.



  • @CodeSimian said:

    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer keyboard shortcuts have disappeared?

    I used to like to hit ALT+V, then O, then U to go up a level in Explorer.



  • @serguey123 said:

    @bridget99 said:
    I love the medicine stone on the right... there is so much wisdom in its expression. I would be tempted to shove it into my ass but also wary of the cosmic revenge that might result.

    Well, ass cramming is as good as any other proof of validity I have heard of... however let us know if swampie is a troll or not (or even real or not).

    Most of his crap seems authentic. The exception that comes to mind is his encryption scheme (really a form of steganography at best) in which "a" is replaced with "this forum needs more clues" and "the" is replaced with "desktop search is great." That's really not encryption at all, and he must realize this. However, I don't think that makes him a troll in the overall sense; he was just being facetious.



  • @RHuckster said:

    What could it be?



  • Video Annotations - Before After and during the Video

    Good going RHucksterSwamp you are very observant. Wow that building doesn't look at all stable?

    That's what I videoed. Wilbur Allen has been shooting still pictures of those cloaked objects at ufodc.com

    http://archive.org/details/demo76-pict13   Video is much better than pictures. Especially when one of the Thunder and Lightning bugs comes right up to it.

    People laughed and laughed a thousand comments back about my use of blank_screen.jpg. At the time I didn't like the background from the last video showing up when I was displaying text from a background job. Now I'll use background jobs to display the text on top of the video. What a feature that is. I would still like to do the text on top of the video without having to call another task. But it's OK for now. So you can expect another screen reshoot showing off this Hidden feature.

    Video without commentary / captioning soon loses relevance.

     He who laughs last laughs loudest. Ho ho ho. Haw haw.



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    Wow that building doesn't look at all stable?

    I wonder if it has to do with the cotton ball of death that's beside it. It looked fine when I got there. It's actually a hotel, which I stayed in, so it was fine.

    Providence actually has a few skyscrapers in it... more than I actually thought, so perhaps we should all go onto Street View and search for more cotton balls and melting buildings!



  • @RHuckster said:

    @SpectateSwamp said:
    Wow that building doesn't look at all stable?

    I wonder if it has to do with the cotton ball of death that's beside it. It looked fine when I got there.

     

    No it's just light distortion from the shockwaves coming from that cotton ball.

    Although it takes a pretty hefty pulse to distort air like that so I'm wondering how that picture was taken.

     



  • @bridget99 said:

    @CodeSimian said:
    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer keyboard shortcuts have disappeared?

    I used to like to hit ALT+V, then O, then U to go up a level in Explorer.

    Well, okay, you got me there. The new shortcut, Alt-UP, does seem more efficient, although it is undeniably something new to learn.

    (Successfully trolled again. Or not.)



  • @CodeSimian said:

    @bridget99 said:
    @CodeSimian said:
    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer keyboard shortcuts have disappeared?

    I used to like to hit ALT+V, then O, then U to go up a level in Explorer.

    Well, okay, you got me there. The new shortcut, Alt-UP, does seem more efficient, although it is undeniably something new to learn.

    (Successfully trolled again. Or not.)

    Er... Ever try backspace?



  • @GiskardReventlov said:

    @CodeSimian said:
    @bridget99 said:
    @CodeSimian said:
    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer leopard shortcuts have disappeared?

    I used to like to hit ALT+V, then O, then U to go up a level in Explorer.

    Well, okay, you got me there. The new shortcut, Alt-UP, does seem more efficient, although it is undeniably something new to learn.

    (Successfully trolled again. Or not.)

    Er... Ever try backspace?

    Backspace goes back in navigation history, which isn't necessarily the same as to go up a level.



  • @derula said:

    @GiskardReventlov said:
    @CodeSimian said:
    @bridget99 said:
    @CodeSimian said:
    Okay, I'll bite.  Exactly which of your Explorer leopard shortcuts have disappeared?

    I used to like to hit ALT+V, then O, then U to go up a level in Explorer.

    Well, okay, you got me there. The new shortcut, Alt-UP, does seem more efficient, although it is undeniably something new to learn.

    (Successfully trolled again. Or not.)

    Er... Ever try backspace?

    Backspace goes back in navigation history, which isn't necessarily the same as to go up a level.

    Wow... I never noticed that... I habitually always keep my navigation path the same as my absolute path so that my mouse back button is always up, as a result it appeared to always mean up to me. Thanks



  • @Giskard said:

    @derula said:
    Backspace goes back in navigation history, which isn't necessarily the same as to go up a level.

    Wow... I never noticed that... I habitually always keep my navigation path the same as my absolute path so that my mouse back button is always up, as a result it appeared to always mean up to me. Thanks

    Incidentally, this is why users rightfully complained when Microsoft got rid of the Up button in Windows Vista (and 7). (Microsoft explained that users were supposed to use the breadcrumbs instead. I guess users complained loudly enough, because the Up button is back in Windows 8.)

    You can restore the Up button to Vista/7 by installing Classic Shell.



  • Sharing Political Knowledge

    I got the paper work and am signing up people (75) so I can represent the citizens here in the next provincial election. Some time in May. Total Transparency is my platform. I'll be doing my initial video today, followed by many more campaign promises; during the run up to the election. Random questions for my opponents. WARNING***  If open transparent politics scare you. Then stay away from my site and youtube channel.

     



  • http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/8159/165576.aspx#165576

    @SpectateSwamp said:

     You are right that I am incapable of running for office. The only
    promise I made the people of Yellowhead was that I would never run again
    for anything. That was my first and last shot at anything political. I
    keep my promises. I am looking for new YellowHeads that I can support.
    They can run where ever they like. One term limit and honesty are the
    only requirements.



  • @CodeSimian said:

    http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/8159/165576.aspx#165576

    @SpectateSwamp said:

     You are right that I am incapable of running for office. The only
    promise I made the people of Yellowhead was that I would never run again
    for anything. That was my first and last shot at anything political. I
    keep my promises. I am looking for new YellowHeads that I can support.
    They can run where ever they like. One term limit and honesty are the
    only requirements.

    Ignoring past promises seems like the most important qualification for politicians. It's obvious that nobody wants an honest, dependable elected official!



  • Fighting this Election - Not running for or from anything

    @boomzilla said:

    @CodeSimian said:

    http://forums.thedailywtf.com/forums/p/8159/165576.aspx#165576

    @SpectateSwamp said:

     You are right that I am incapable of running for office. The only promise I made the people of Yellowhead was that I would never run again for anything. That was my first and last shot at anything political. I keep my promises. I am looking for new YellowHeads that I can support. They can run where ever they like. One term limit and honesty are the only requirements.

    Ignoring past promises seems like the most important qualification for politicians. It's obvious that nobody wants an honest, dependable elected official!

    Fighting the election of career politicians and corruption. Not really running. My chances aren't that good.

    It's time to get after the election stealing pros. I'm in attack mode. I'll be posting some questions for the competition as well as promises to the citizens. There has been a bit of a scandal already. Two candidates have resigned. Very good for me... And the independent people of Boundary Similkameen.

     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FY0ThOBjiIU

     

     

     



  • @boomzilla said:

    Ignoring past posts seems quite commonplace for SpectateSwamp
     

    FTFY...



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    Not really running. My chances aren't that good.
    @SpectateSwamp said:
    There has been a bit of a scandal already. Two candidates have resigned. Very good for me...

    ???

     



  •  @SpectateSwamp said:

    Not really running.

     @Doug Pederson said:

    I know I will be running in the next election as an independent.




  • @CodeSimian said:

    @SpectateSwamp said:

    Not really running. My chances aren't that good.
    @SpectateSwamp said:
    There has been a bit of a scandal already. Two candidates have resigned. Very good for me...

    ???

     

    Hey, all the most successful politicians have had at least two scandals under their belt. Spectate's halfway there.



  •  No, I meant that he's contradicting himself in the same post, as usual.



  • @CodeSimian said:

     @SpectateSwamp said:

    Not really running.

    http://www.osoyoostimes.com/news/2012/09/12/mla-slater-will-announce-his-political-intentions-in-the-next-couple-of-weeks/

     @Doug Pederson said:

    I know I will be running in the next election as an independent.


    Hopefully there are enough Peder-philes out there to make this work.



  • Knowledge Sharing isn't what Governments do

    Secrecy and Propaganda is the order of the day. Till now.
    A more transparent politician there will never be. 
     
    Here is the most current list of questions, I want to hit the other candidates with.
    Hopefully there will be many more flooding in.
     
    Do try this before the next election
     
    Download my 2 files and the MicroSoft app onto a USB stick;
     
    rename the search.exe to random_MLA_VIDEOSmix.exe
     
    http://www.telusplanet.net/public/stonedan/random_MLA_VIDEOSmix.TXT
    http://www.telusplanet.net/public/stonedan/search.exe
    http://www.dlldump.com/download-dll-files.php/dllfiles/M/msvbvm50.dll/download.html 
     
    Click and away it goes RANDOMLY displaying very tough random questions.
     
    Or visit this link:
     
    http://www.telusplanet.net/public/stonedan/mla_questions.htm
     
    If you have tough questions you'd like to see added to this list, please post them...
     
    Swampies in all elections should start pressing their representatives with RANDOM questions. Questions that the Chamber of Commerce or Electoral College would never ASK...

    I currently have over 60 of the required 75 signatures... Registered political party candidates don't have this requirement. 



  • @SpectateSwamp said:

    I currently have over 60 of the required 75 signatures... Registered political party candidates don't have this requirement. 

    Just curious, when someone signs, do you append "Swamp" to their name as you thank them just like you do here?


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