Computer advice thread ("What's the best way to do this?")


#482

Anyone on this forum already know how mssql works? I’m converting something tiny from mysql to it and it’s annoyingly slow going.


#483

It’s mostly the same, it’s just Microsofty. SQL is SQL.


#484

A 2 column primary key in mssql has evaded me thus far.


#485

It’s called a composite primary key. Now you know the magic words to Google for.


#486

Annoyingly, I knew this but didn’t think of it.


#487

Long time listener, first-ish time forumer.

How do people pick new software?

Specifically, I’m looking for new software to put a bunch of docs and pdfs together - I use it about once a month at work. The internet is an endless rabbit hole of open source stuff with adware, dodgy paid software, adobe that’s expensive, and I haven’t found anywhere that I trust the reviews. Seems like you have to already know what the trustworthy sources are, and I’m afraid I don’t. Running windows 10 – any advice would be appreciated.


#488

I have found AlternativeTo to be extremely helpful for finding new software. It keeps track of alternatives to known programs and the real website to download the program.


#489

What do you mean “put a bunch of docs and PDFs together?” That’s a little vague.


#490

AlternativeTo looks like a good place to start, thanks.

I usually put together about 50 word docs into one pdf - it comes to a couple hundred pages. I appreciate specific software suggestions, but mostly I got frustrated with not trusting anything online and not being able to tell what is legit software and what is a scam. We used to use a 10 year old version of PDF creator that we diligently did not update because they added auto-installed spyware and toolbars to the new versions, and I want something better and more trustworthy.

Some googling led me to PDFSam, the website looks clean, but so does the PDF creator website.


#491

Open your Word Docs in Microsoft Word. Then paste the 50 documents end to end. Then go to File -> Print. There will be a printer there that says “print to PDF”.

You don’t need any special software for this.


#492

So, my printer has turned into a piece of crap. Even with fresh ink, it seems to malfunction and the colors don’t print correctly. (A few pale colors even leak through if I do black-and-white.)

I’m thinking about getting a laser printer because I’m tired of paying for expensive ink cartridges. Has anyone used these things before? Are there any drawbacks to using them? Should I just go for it?


#493

I have a b&w Laser Printer and I love it. Never tried a colour one. The speed and quality isn’t well worth the extra cost and the cartridges last forever.


#494

I also have a b&w laser printer. The only thing better is no printer at all. It’s 2019. Death to paper.


#495

The printer I own now will likely be the last printer I ever own.

Until I have a matter printer.

It’s a fancy office-style Brother color laser. It’s on its original toner still. I wonder if I’ll ever even need more toner in its lifetime.


#496

Same. I use mine so rarely that I would not replace it if it broke. I would use the printer at work and such instead.


#497

Emily prints art stuff semi-regularly. Print a digital sketch to then do something physical with it, scan a physical sketch, do something digital to it, print it, etc…


#498

I recently bought this and I’ve been happier with it than the last HP inkjet printer I bought.

Whatever one’s view about paper, it does come with a flatbed scanner which is still useful.


#499

What’s the best way to send a big file to someone? There’s a new answer to that question.


#500

Still relevant to this day.


#501

Well…

These days I just use Google Drive. Even for massive files. I pay for the extra storage, and I just delete the file once its been downloaded.

If it’s too big for Google Drive (e.g, over 1TB), it’s getting mailed on physical media.