3.43 Preview: Backups

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leiger
05 Jul 2011 04:40. Edited 1 times. (Edit, Permalink)

Here's a video preview of the next version of STE. Anyone that has donated will receive an early copy of this release shortly, whilst everyone else will receive it in a couple of days time.

Note that you can view a list of changes to all versions of the application (including those that haven't been released yet) on the change log page.

Thoughts? Suggestions? Complaints? Let me know what you think!

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wdavatar?user=arotaritei-vlad
Arotaritei Vlad

05 Jul 2011 07:46. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Very cool. This will be usefull for me, because my computer works very slow and makes the applications stop responding.

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James Kanjo

05 Jul 2011 10:14. Edited 1 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Woohoo! Thankyou :)

Do you know what? I just realised, this is very much a feature you could promote!

I mean, so many times my web browser has crashed or something tragic has happened, and I've lost the data I've entered into a Wikidot page editor.

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leiger

05 Jul 2011 10:49. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)

Do you know what? I just realised, this is very much a feature you could promote!

I mean, so many times my web browser has crashed or something tragic has happened, and I've lost the data I've entered into a Wikidot page editor.

That's happened so many times to me as well. Also happens with comments, which STE currently does not support.

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leiger

05 Jul 2011 11:21. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)

This will be usefull for me, because my computer works very slow and makes the applications stop responding.

How often does STE / Java stop responding?

Could you let me know:

  • Operating System?
  • 32-bit or 64-bit?
  • CPU (processor) that you are using?
  • Amount of RAM available?

I'll be interested to know if the automatic backup works for Windows when programs stop responding. I am only able to test on Mac OS X because I re-introduced this bug temporarily, which allows me to crash the program at will and make sure the automatic backup system works as it should.

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James Kanjo

05 Jul 2011 11:25. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Does force quitting the app produce the same result as the app crashing?

  • Mac: command+option+esc
  • Windows: Ctrl+Shift+Esc

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leiger

05 Jul 2011 11:48. Edited 1 times. (Edit, Permalink)
For Windows you use Ctrl+Alt+Del, or alternatively the Task Manager can also be launched directly from the task bar1.

As for Mac OS X at least, no it doesn't. Force closing the application counts as a regular exit, I think.

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Arotaritei Vlad

05 Jul 2011 13:34. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)

How often does STE / Java stop responding?

When i'm opening multiple programs (e.g. Firefox, IE, STE, Task Manager, RAM Booster, AVG)

Operating System?

XP 5.1 (x86)

32-bit or 64-bit?

32-bit

CPU (processor) that you are using?

Intel Pentium M processor 2.13GHz

Amount of RAM available?

512 MB (stupid)

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leiger

06 Jul 2011 14:45. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Sounds like you're using a laptop? The processor isn't too bad, the lack of RAM is a bigger issue (as I think you suspected).

In an attempt to help…

I'm guessing that Windows is attempting to use paging on your hard drive & isn't doing a very good job of choosing which pages to load into memory (leading to page faults). According to this article you can optimise this (look for "Step 2. Manually manage computer memory").

Disabling some effects (Step 3) might help too. I'd recommend choosing "Custom" and disabling as much as you are willing to, as if you choose "for best performance" usually it disables everything - and makes Windows look weird.

Of course, it's also a good idea not to open too many applications.

Hopefully, messing around with those settings improves things for you.

The absolute best option though, would be to completely wipe your hard drive clean and re-install Windows XP from scratch. You'll probably have to hunt around for a few drivers and re-install a few of your favourite applications, but you'll get a massive performance boost.

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Arotaritei Vlad

07 Jul 2011 07:01. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Thanks Shane ;-). I don't care if my windows looks bad, i just wanna make it work better. And maybe i should use my AVG PC Tuneup to defrag my disk and clean my temporary files. I wanna buy a new laptop with 3GB DDR3 and 300GB HDD (i think it's enough).

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leiger

08 Jul 2011 05:25. Edited 0 times. (Edit, Permalink)
Windows allows you to defragment your hard drive anyway, so there is no need to use a third-party application like AVG.

This blog post of mine has some information about the built-in defragmenter tool: http://shane.wikify.me/blog:116

But to actually find it, I believe you need to look at Start > Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Disk Defragmenter (or somewhere around there).

Buying a new laptop would be a more expensive solution, but as long as you shop around you can get a reasonably priced one that is also powerful enough for your needs. As long as you get a proper notebook (not a netbook), it will have Windows 7 installed - and that is much, much more reliable than XP.

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