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Looking for 2018 recommendations (for someone else**) for backup software -- by that I mean software that can do:

  • versioning
  • zip the backed up files
  • do scheduled backups
  • ideally one that can monitor important folders for changes
  • ideally one that can do partial file backup (block level / delta)
  • I suppose ability to somehow backup online is important these days

** The user is not basic, but I was slow to recommend Syncovery, what I use, because of it being quite complicated at times (I find). But maybe the good ones have to be complicated?

Bad news:
Google has disabled Picasa's ability to upload / download / sync photos to google photo.
The Picasa Desktop application will no longer support uploading or downloading photos and videos, creating online albums, or deleting online photos, videos and albums...
If you want to upload photos and videos to Google Photos, you can use Backup and Sync at

Sharing scanned photos:
from Picasa to google Photo (& back again) and related stories...

to upload / share a large collection of scanned (family) photos, ideally allowing others to comment;
also to be able to share subsets of same images, (ideally via albums created in picasa)

Uploaded 1500 family photos to google Photo (henceforth 'gphoto') over the last couple of months. It's been a challenge, to say the least, and not at all as successful as I would have hoped. But the photos are up, and shared, so I'm happy to have gotten that far.

Here some info about the problems, in the hope that it will help anyone else trying to do something similar.

Google photo will only sort photos by the date the picture was taken.
This is logical for photos, but not so much for scans -- even if you are super-organised it's difficult to get the correct sequence before scanning.
Summary of solution:
make date-time the same for relevant photos; sort by name; re-upload -- there are very important details below: read on if you're going to do this.

I went to a lot of effort (to be described below: with the help of dc user Lintalist) to manually sort the scans locally using my filemanager, and rename them according to a correct timeline. You upload your images to gphoto and they are only sorted by date, so you need a workaround. You can manually move an image in gphotos, but it is not a particularly user friendly process, and not really feasible for hundreds of pics anyway.
The workaround is to change the date field to the same date-time on all relevant files:

  • in Picasa:
    First turn off the sync button for the album in Picasa.
    Then select all images in the relevant album or folder that you want to sort by name in gphoto. If focus is in the album or folder, Ctrl+A will do the job.
    menu: Tools > Adjust date and time -- add your new date, and select "Set all photos to the same date and time"
  • in google Photo:
    select your images - in the top right corner click the three dots menu: >Edit date and time

Unfortunately, if your pics are already uploaded, they will not resort in gphoto (way to go google):
Then you will have to delete the images online (ensure the sync button is set to 'off' for the album in Picasa first) -- I deleted the online album too (there may be a workaround for this, but if you dont delete the album, and turn on sync for the album in Picasa -- the photos are also removed from the album in Picasa -- the pics were not deleted locally, but I would be very careful here in case: !!backups!! ).
The Picasa album remembers the older date sort, and may default to it, so make sure the album is sorted by name before you turn sync on.
menu: Album/Folder > Sort by name
Then, when you do sync, they will sort by name on gphoto.

To be continued with the topics:
  • showing related info (metadata) in the online image (description / caption field)
  • face recognition not recognised in gphoto (but album can be downloaded to a local Picasa to read this info - mostly works...)
  • manually sorting and renaming photos
  • recovering info added in the info panel in google photo (i.e. info added online: this is not synced back to Picasa) [ => see following post ]

Files (photos) are named numerically, but some are with 'a' & 'b' appended to indicate front & back of same photo.
I want to renumber them sequentially, but again the 'a's and 'b's  use the (new) number twice.

e.g. currently:


  • All files have leading zeros i.e. four digits in the number.
  • Occasionally files have text after the number, this always following an underscore e.g.

=> there should be no spaces (I can ensure this if necessary by first replacing space with underscore)

As said I want to renumber them sequentially, but again the 'a's and 'b's use the same (new) number e.g. the above list would become


I would also like to be able to indicate the starting number to use.

I am using directory opus which allows regex (of which I know absolutely nothing).
Dopus's wildcard rename allows sequential renumbering, but I lose the 1a 1b (they would simply become 1a, 2b, etc.
[edit] I dont think dopus wildcard rename can cope with stripping the number & adding a new one -- I would use a different renamer, but I have sorted the files manually in Dopus -- so I'm left with the regex option or one of the scripts mentioned in next post -- at this stage I dont care about losing the 1, 1a, -- simple sequential renumbering would be fine [/edit]


Living Room / Google Photo: Query/s re related info
« on: January 22, 2018, 05:04 PM »
One of my sisters wants to share family photos online, somewhere that others can also edit related descriptive text.
Google Photos seems perfect.
She has already added info to the 'Subject' field in the file -- this gets read by google and shown in the Info panel: ideal.

Once the related info has been edited, it differs from the info saved within the file (as said above: in 'Subject' field) i.e. the info is *not* added to the file metadata. Google offer no way of downloading this info --
does anyone here know a possible way to download the info related to the photo? -- just relating it to the filename would be fine. (The info panel also has filename & upload date -- see below.)

Note the 'Album' URL has a unique identifying number, so wondering might it be possible to strip the info somewhow for all pages/photos in the album?

Screenshot - 2018-01-22 , 23_07_49.png

General Software Discussion / Lastpass down
« on: November 24, 2017, 03:45 PM »
Lastpass is broken here and seems to be broken for many others too --
I can get to the site but cannot log in -- either get no response, or 'check my internet' or having trouble connecting to the server.

Screenshot - 2017-11-24 , 22_40_26.png

Clipboard Help+Spell / Error DB65 means...
« on: November 16, 2017, 11:14 AM »
hi mouser, this not the fault of CHS but may help me find the fault: I'm having major problems including BSOD's. Possibly hardware related. Possibly HDD related.

I'm wondering could the following CHS error give me a clue -- it appeared after a reboot after a BSOD.
Error DB65: DBISAM Engine Error # 9732 A value must be provided for the field 'Index' in 'Cliptable'

  • is 'Error DB65' to do with CHS trying to write to the system temp folder?
  • or could it be ...\My Documents\DonationCoder\Clipboard Help+Spell\Database\Temp
  • or is it trying to write to the location of the database?
  • or the backup location?

(they are on various partitions)
TIA for any tips,

I dont use Backup4all myself but was impressed by their claims for the newest version:

37 (and counting) Amazon S3 Compatible cloud destinations added (PRO only). There are multiple cloud storage providers that use Amazon S3’s infrastructure to store their clients’ data. Backup4all now supports more than 37 Amazon S3 Compatible cloud storage providers so if you have an account with them you can quickly configure it to store backups there. Here is the full list of providers added in Backup4all: Akaza, Aruba Cloud, Caringo, CenturyLink, Cisco, Claudian, Connectia, Constant, DDN, dinCloud, Dream Objects, Dunkel, T Cloud, Exoscale, Google Cloud Storage, Green Qloud, HGST, Hitachi, HostEurope, IDC Frontier, LeoNovus, Mandic, Minio, NetApp, NiftyClouds, Numergy, QNAP, Revera, Scality, Seeweb, SwiftStack, ThinkOn, Tiscali,  vCloud Air, Verizon, Walrus and Zettagrid. You can also use a custom S3 compatible server by entering the specific information.


Also I didnt know that about so many online backups using S3.

Note that Upgrade prices for Backup4all are hidden:
you have to paste in your key :down:

Living Room / Alt codes for Maths Symbols
« on: September 29, 2017, 05:04 AM »
I found a helpful page showing Alt codes for Mathematical symbols
(I've confirmed the numbers given correct at other sites)

Some of them work for me, but some dont e.g. I get the wrong symbol with Alt247.
I get a ¸
I'm wondering is this to do with the font -- would I need a special font for some symbols?
Or could it be to do with using a qwertz (German) keyboard?

I'm specifically looking for the 'equivalent' symbols:

Screenshot - 2017-09-29 , 11_48_35.png [Alt 247]

Screenshot - 2017-09-29 , 11_48_46.png (Couldnt find an Alt code for this one! It seems to be not that common, or not commonly used for maths)

Copying and pasting of symbols (from wikipedia) does not work either e.g. with first example I get a ~

Anyone got any ideas here?

Living Room / Chess?
« on: September 27, 2017, 02:06 PM »
Any Chess lovers here?
I just know the *very* basics of chess, but have started watching and really enjoying a YT chess channel:
ChessNetwork -- I particularly enjoy his analysis of famous chess games.
Screenshot - 2017-09-27 , 20_47_44.png

Also discovered a great site ( where you can 'replay' a game e.g.
Screenshot - 2017-09-27 , 20_57_38.png
Nigel Short vs Jan Timman -- "A Long Walk Off a Short Peer"

Related video from ChessNetwork:

Living Room / Cassini Saturn Voyage Ends
« on: September 21, 2017, 05:37 AM »

This link more about the finish of the project with videos etc:
NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn

This the last images taken by Cassini:
Cassini Spacecraft Makes Its Final Approach to Saturn

Here a selection of images via dpreview (photographic site)
21 spectacular photos from Saturn: A photographic ode to Cassini
(click on the image there to enter a gallery with better/more viewing options)


Found Deals and Discounts / Softmaker Shop 40% 0ff
« on: August 14, 2017, 08:52 AM »
$40% off everything
their software is: Softmaker Office for various OS's, FlexiPDF


FWIW, you also get access to one year free antivirus updates for Emsisoft Anti-Malware.

via SharewareOnSale:

Cinta Note Pro 100% discount -- offer finishes today (~20 hours left as of this posting)


I'm looking for a site, or software, that will quickly show time (current or given) in all timezones, or in timezones of choice.

1) Maybe like the map below - but instead of +1, +2, etc, it would simply show either (a) the current time in each time zone, or (b) show a given time (i.e. one I add). Ideally I would be able to add the 'given' time in a timezone of my choice.

Screenshot - 2017-06-07 , 11_53_04.png

Most sites I found so far request a location -- I simply want to know a timezone e.g.
  • what time is it now in Pacific Time, or
  • what time would it be here, when it is 9pm pacific time

2) Or something like this below would be good, if I could custom add timezones, instead of cities

Screenshot - 2017-06-07 , 12_01_46.png

Screenshot Captor / AltTab away from SC is dysfunctional
« on: May 17, 2017, 03:55 AM »
I think this recent, and appears to only happen with SC:

using AltTab to move to the next window no longer works as it should:
I have to press the Tab key twice to get to the next window.

this fixed after SC restart -- I will report back if it happens again. [Updated windows yesterday, maybe that had some weird influence :-/ ]

Wondering does SC for some reason 'swallow' the first Tab press?

This with SC installed
Version v4.21.1
Windows 7 x64

Can anyone else confirm this?
(Can check myself again on another Win.7 machine tomorrow)

Can I ensure that CHS will not copy from the browser when at a particular address?

(Couldnt find any related info)

Living Room / Culture is the Behavior You Reward and Punish
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:17 AM »
The word culture, rarely defined when used, has many meanings.

Culture is the Behavior You Reward and Punish talks about the values of a work environment. So you may have grand values, or a wonderful image of your work culture, but it boils down to what is rewarded, and punished. The idea isn't taken beyond the work place, but the way I see it, the article applies to society, the family, the individual even.

It's a simple straight-forward idea, but I guess it's easy enough, at any level, to think things are different from the reality.

Also some interesting thought there about how you can have an influence.

Clipboard Help+Spell / CHS not copying text from column of cells
« on: February 22, 2017, 07:24 AM »
  • select a column in a spreadsheet file by clicking on the header
  • Copy
  • The text *is* being copied to the clipboard, but it does not show anywhere in CHS

I thought this may be to do with volume of text I was copying (thousands of entries) in the spreadsheet,
but see I have the same problem copying a few entries (~20) from my IM (InfoQube)

I cant image it might be the case, but is there a setting somehow related to this?
Or is it a bug?

CHS version 2.3.9, installed version
Windows 7 x64

General Software Discussion / Editor with Synchronized Comments Page?
« on: February 14, 2017, 07:40 AM »
Was titled: "Editor w. Facing Pages: Text Left, Commentray Right (?)"

I'm sure this must exist, but my search fu didnt find it:

Looking for an editor where I can view two facing pages, just as if I were reading a book.
If I write, or paste, a longer text in, I want it to show only on one side (ideally I could choose which side). I then want to be able to comment/annotate on the other side, i.e. the facing page.

  • Would need to be able to export, or save to a file format that can be read elsewhere
  • Ideally unicode
  • Just text would be okay, but formatting would be nice

unable to post here due to this bug :-/
Please see this post:

General Software Discussion / Opera Neon: New 'Concept' Browser
« on: January 13, 2017, 06:12 AM »
Opera Neon: New 'Concept' Browser

Opera Neon launched for Win and Mac -- described as a concept browser -- “the way it could be”.
They dont plan extensions (so not sure what they plan really)

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas.jpg

Opera made a new web browser called Neon to try out weird ideas
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Promotional Video:

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It's the annual Softmaker Christmas download offer, with a donation to charity for each download*

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Living Room / ['Supermoon' tomorrow] Sun/Moon-rise/set App
« on: November 13, 2016, 03:08 PM »
'Supermoon' tomorrow (2016-11-14)
It's nearer the earth than it has been in over 50 years.

How visible this size difference will be, I dont know. Most at moonset tomorrow morning I think, but probably also at moonrise later in the day.
So, when's that?

Cue app to show when and where the moon will rise in your location -
The Photographer’s Ephemeris (TPE)

Screenshot - 2016-11-13 , 21_51_01.jpg

Info for dsktop/web version:


Living Room / Microchips (photographs)
« on: August 19, 2016, 05:49 AM »
from Wired with the dramatic title:
Wild Close-Ups of Computer Chips Look Like Intricate Cities

Screenshot - 2016-08-19 , 12_46_23.jpg

photography equipment is impressive too

via Today I learned

Found Deals and Discounts / Cinta Notes @ BitsDuJour -- 60% off
« on: June 14, 2016, 06:09 AM »
19 hrs 50 mins as of this posting
[edit] one day extension: ~ 19 hrs as of this edit [/edit]

Cinta Notes --

PopUp Wisdom / PopUpWisdom- can I comment out quotes in books?
« on: June 10, 2016, 05:19 AM »
Instead of deleting a quote in a quote-book,
can I simply comment it out?

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