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N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: NANY 2020 Pledge - Android App - DiscussionList
« on: October 15, 2019, 10:59 AM »
@mouser: Re: NANY 2020 Pledge - Android App - DiscussionList.
Keep the suggestions coming.
If anyone wants to help test beta version, let me know.

I think the suggestions would be akin to "requirements" rules, so I guess this is partially about the incremental development/refinement of a prototype tool to meet some defined requirements and some as yet unknown/undiscovered/undefined potential requirements.
I'd be happy to help as a ß tester - it could be quite interesting, as, during the testing process, I could get to understand the tool better in terms of what it does now, as well as its potentially expanding context for possibilities of use. I quite enjoy being a ß tester for a couple of Android apps at present and I enjoyed being a ß tester for other software (including Google WAVE and NoteFrog and Wezinc) for the same reasons.

@sphere: Thanks for the update. I had largely lost interest in WizNote as they seem to have gone to a subscription basis or something for using their Cloud, and I don't trust the confused chopping and changing that's been going on.
I shall follow up on the LeanNote link. Thanks. Looks interesting.
EDIT: I checked out LeanNote. Seems to be just another Cloud subscription-based app.
Not an ergonomically intuitive or easy-to-use GUI either, No thanks.

General Software Discussion / Re: What's the future of OneNote?
« on: October 02, 2019, 01:28 PM »
In other words:
"You don't like the cloud then leave, we don't give a $#&%"
Well, at least it's a rather clear statement of future OneNote direction from MS  :o  - one that I hadn't seen before, but which apparently expressly excludes that sector of the market that wants/needs to hold its databases on local devices (PCs, laptops).
I wonder whether all of MS Office (i.e., not just OneNote) is being sunsetted in the same way? Not sure whether that idea would meet my requirements.
Another Q I have now: Why didn't MS sunset Microsoft Money in the same way (migrate to the Cloud)? They could have done, and the market was clearly headed in that direction.   :tellme:

In my OneNote experiments, I've migrated my Notebooks to the cloud, and it's been pretty much rock-solid stability and dependability for those Cloud-based Notebooks, and a real boon for when I move to using another laptop.
However, I'm now wondering whether I will in fact be able to revert and migrate my Notebooks back to the local device, or even use the backups locally that I have made along the way.
Just supposing: Maybe it's a "gotcha" - "Oh, didn't we tell you there's no going back?"    ;D
Google led the way when they introduced the Chromebook, Suddenly, there was another generically useful bunch of Cloud apps that didn't need an expensive DOS/Windows-based device, but was compatible with them anyway (because the Cloud apps are Agnostic in terms of OS dependency).  Shock horror for MS.
So are MS heading in the same direction?

Incidentally, I came across  this today: (might be of use, but it's just migrating to another Cloud-only system)
Sync Evernote notes with IMAP, Import Evernote to Onenote
EvImSync is a simple tool to sync notes between Evernote and GMail Evernote2Onenote is a tool to import Evernote notes to OneNote.

Hmm...Interesting post at
For developers; Application.Version returns 16.0 for both Excel 2019 and Excel 2016…!?
Is Excel 2019 just Excel 2016 with a new name?
(Click on link to go there.)
One wonders whether the same is true of OneNote...

Sorry, but I don't know where to find the unequivocal statements of purpose coming from MS, regarding OneNote, that might validate, or invalidate your concerns. MS sometimes seem to make statements that obfuscate their plans, or leave things unclear or ambiguous. I suspect that may be because they are waiting for feedback from their users (which they are getting, I gather).

This discussion thread tends to primarily cover Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks, rather than being focused on other things - e.g., (say) OneNote and MS's possible future migration or marketing strategies for OneNote. I set it up to fill what seemed to be an information void. It's accidentally become a sort of user group - though nowhere near as sophisticated as (say) is for the Fallout games.

If you could find some "unequivocal statements of purpose coming from MS, regarding OneNote" that cause you concern, then it could be useful if you were to share them here, for our edification and comment, but you won't necessarily find a Brains Trust here that knows enough about OneNote+MS to be able to adequately advise you or give you any answers, though there will no doubt be lots of useful comments from other DCF folk. Catching up with and understanding how OneNote works in the first place seems to be a pretty big challenge in itself.

I would suggest though that if we take Microsoft Money as an example - refer Microsoft Money Plus Sunset - Mini-Review - - then we might be able to see how MS doesn't tend to leave (probably can't allow itself to) users in the lurch when it sunsets a product. That would arguably go double for the enormous user base of the MS Office suite (which includes OneNote).
No doubt time will tell.

@sphere: You are concerned that MS are going to deprecate support for maintaining OneNote standalone local client databases.
I'm not so sure that MS would become a cloud-only business, as I wrote above:
  • In Microsoft's case, they would seem to be decidedly NOT a Cloud-only business and have many examples of where their software continues for ages, or is responsibly and gracefully sunsetted (and even kept backwards compatible in the Windows 10 OS) - the most recent being, I think, Microsoft Money Plus Sunset
  • I would recommend a wait-and-see approach regarding OneNote. Trial/use it anyway. It seems unlikely that it will be killed off for several years yet.
  • A licence for MS Office 2019 Plus is available relatively cheaply - e.g., here.
  • It was possible to get MS Office 2016 Plus relatively cheaply, but I am unsure if it is still available - e.g., here.
  • As regards using MS Office 2013, I wouldn't recommend it as the OneNote functionality would be kludgy - it has been vastly improved on since, in ON 2016.

The idea of going Cloud-only or Cloud-compulsory would seem to take away the consumer choice of using standalone local client databases. That's why, for example I would (and do) advise clients to think twice about doing business with Evernote or (similarly) Google Docs and other Cloud-based service providers, etc.. It's simply too risky, and it's an avoidable risk. It puts Evernote or Google etc. in control of your business databases. If you can afford to take that risk - or can't afford to avoid it - then go for it, but I still wouldn't recommend it - especially if you can afford not to take that risk. That is different to things like implementing (say) Citrix Thin Client systems though, which may often seem to be (and often are, in business terms) a no-brainer from the user perspective.
The status quo of doing work on standalone local "fat" clients that are not-network-connected devices and have local databases would be a typical and fundamental user security and ease-of-use/access requirement - e.g., especially in Defence organisations.
I would suggest that commercial use of MS Office licences (which comes as a bundle with OneNote) would stop dead if MS went all fascist and disabled the app from being able to be used stand-alone - it would adversely affect potential security risks, by definition.

However, if you want to ensure that you don't get caught out with your pants down, as it were, in the event that MS does leave OneNote users high-and-dry without the future option for full standalone independent OneNote client functionality (and databases), then make sure that you have a backup copy of the latest MS Office 2016 install + all updates and stock up on MS-Office Pro licences - now!   :)

By the way, LOOK OUT! The sky is falling down! I think a lot of the supposition and discussion on this subject might/could be "fake news" promulgated by the IT media who need those clicks from the nervous and twitchy fingers of all those millions of MS Office OneNote users out there. Must be one heck of a big market.

General Software Discussion / Re: PearNote for Mac (like Onenote)
« on: September 26, 2019, 11:47 AM »
@sphere: Thanks for posting that (above). You pressed my CRIMPer buttons.
I don’t have a Mac to trial this with, but if it’s as good as the video says and if it meets one’s requirements, then it could be a compelling reason for migrating to a Mac.
I'm still stuck with OneNote (though InfoQube is looking increasingly attractive).

Re Clibu: "Clibu is completely free at this time. At some point we’ll charge - if you can afford a cup of coffee a month you’ll be able to afford to use Clibu."
Well, I can't.
Have to agree. The "price of a cup of coffee" metaphor tends to be lazy and ignorant marketing BS spouted by con merchants. Why can't people do things for themselves?
I stopped buying coffees or taking clients to cafés and buying them coffees for a chat years ago, after totting up the annual cost on my marketing budget. I also detest coffee shops as they tend to lack privacy. Nowadays, I take 'em out for an occasional meal instead, and meet them for ad hoc chats in offices where we can discuss things in private and make the coffee, or tea, etc. ourselves in a kitchenette, from preselected ground coffee or preselected leaf teas.
At work or home, If I want a coffee or cup of tea (which may be be several times a day), then I make it myself, using my favourite fresh ground coffees or leaf teas selected from the supermarket (there's always a wide choice for coffee) and (for teas) a local Chinese supermarket. The price per cup is then very cheap, the quality is good and I have become quite good at making nice coffees/teas.
I have some very good Iranian friends whom I visit to give English lessons (conversational and written technical English). Always a pleasure, as the husband makes some of the best Persian-style coffee in the city (in my view). He's taught me how to do it too, but it's a definite skill. He's an MD, but he learned about making coffee whilst working in an Iranian cafe, from a purist coffee-maker as his teacher.

Living Room / Re: silly humor - Masculinity Is A Growing Threat
« on: September 23, 2019, 07:41 AM »
BabylonBee is becoming my new favourite go-to for surcease in a world that sometimes increasingly seems to be going mad.
Least Masculine Society In Human History Decides Masculinity Is A Growing Threat
U.S.—As society becomes increasingly dominated by nerds, hipsters, and computer programmers, people have fixated on what they think is our biggest problem: masculinity.

“It’s just toxic and causes nothing but problems,” said Elisha Mcewen, a vegan activist and no threat whatsoever to spiders or tight jar lids. “I was sharing my feelings on masculinity with other men in my drum circle, and we all agreed that if we ever encountered masculinity, we would run far away.”

Masculinity is said to have in the past been the cause of such things as violence, war, bullying, defeating the Nazis, carving society out of untamed wilderness, and landing men on the moon, but now masculinity is being driven out of society to make sure nothing like those things ever happens again. However, there are reports that masculinity still lurks out there, which is a source of anxiety to modern men and causes them to have upset tummies.

“I am just so worried that somewhere out there someone is still knowingly producing testosterone,” said Wyatt Lockhart, a Twitch streamer who had never thrown a punch outside of a video game. “I constantly have to find a safe place to calm down just thinking about it.”

Duke Miller, a Marine sergeant and one of the few remaining examples of traditional masculinity, was asked about his feelings on the negative view of masculinity, but he seemed confused by the word “feelings” and then punched out an elk just because.

Released on 6 Nov 2007, 368kb exe ("Download 32-bit"):
Oh, that's right, I thought this looked familiar. It's (v0.6) in my archives - I didn't think to look there.
I've been down this road before. In 2008 I downloaded and trialled it, but Texter hadn't been developed beyond v0.6 (and it still hasn't) and has basically been left behind as technology develops. I'd forgotten about it. I suggest you do too!   ;D

I found the Texter page in Wayback:
 - but the v0.6 download doesn't seem to work (endless wait; presumably not captured)

However, I did find this:
Is it a continuation of the same thing as discussed above?
I only briefly looked around, but it seems to be OpenSource{?}, so presumably it's been under some continuing development.
There's apparently a Windows installer and a portable version.
I was tempted to try it out...

Living Room / Re: Free call recorder for Android
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:43 AM »
...With Android 9 they really locked it down to the point where if you want to do call recording then you're probably going to need root, (or alternative firmware, eg. Lineage, etc).
Thanks, that's rather interesting.

Living Room / Re: Free call recorder for Android
« on: September 18, 2019, 03:37 AM »
..."Automatic Call Recorder"
Hey, thanks for that tip. I just installed it. That seems to be a seriously useful call recorder. The call notes editor is very useful too - actually meets pretty much one of my main requirements, but which I had not come across before (there are simply too many of these apps to trial them all).    :Thmbsup:

Living Room / Re: Free call recorder for Android
« on: September 16, 2019, 11:17 PM »
He's got a Moto G7 Power, they run, (for all intents), stock Android - in his case, v9.
Yes, it's not an area that I know much about, so I couldn't offer any suggestions other than what I did (from experience of using 2 Samsung phones), but I did read somewhere that Google had at some stage (Android version) apparently deprecated/removed the automatic call recording functionality API or something, but the fact that it worked as standard using the Samsung Voice Recorder app under Android 6.0 on one phone (Samsung SM-G930P) but not on another (SM-G930F) - unless you installed another voice recorder app (and that didn't work quite as well) - was what puzzled me. I mean, the functionality was evidently still there, but differently enabled.
This is from my relatively narrow experience of comparing the use of the above 2 refurbished unlocked phones. Assuming other things (e.g., hardware and Android 6.0) being equal, it seems that the "F" and the "P" may relate in part to the peculiar service provider specs (Verizon, etc.) or country/market sector that the phones were originally tied to in their first (initial) life, so I wondered whether there was an undocumented firmware/hardware switch involved somewhere. Those phones are presumably sealed/unserviceable to block your average user from meddling, for a reason.

I must be missing something here, because I don't understand this. Maybe Samsung disabled the functionality in later Voice Recorder app updates, depending on that supposed switch setting? I don't know, but both phones were Android 6.0 (or their internal specs said so, at any rate), yet they are different as regards the enablement of voice recorder functionality.
At what point (version) was that API removed from the Android OS altogether - do you know? It must have happened (apparently) after Android 6.0 and was apparently in place in Android 9, from what you write, but one suspects that the hardware/firmware functionality may remain. (I sometimes wonder about that as regards wireless phase-locked loop and AM/FM functionality, which is trivial using modern technology, so why disable it?)

I don't know how easy it would be for a user - e.g., @Kalos - to (say) replace Android 9 with Android 6 on the Moto G7 Power, but, if it were possible/feasible, then I wonder whether the Voice Recorder functionality that is apparently enabled in Android 6 would in fact work, depending on the aforementioned supposed hardware/firmware switch. How would one go about testing this on a suck-it-and-see basis? It would be easier if we had access to the different firmware specs/settings for these Samsung F and P and phones, but I'm not sure where to start for that - they may be restricted anyway, due to there being some legally/commercially sensitive aspects, for all I know.
Ultimately, most things are hackable.

Living Room / Re: Free call recorder for Android
« on: September 14, 2019, 02:32 AM »
There seem to be lots of phonecall recording apps in the Google PlayStore and/or the Samsung app store.

However, the ability to record audio, including automatically recording two-way phone conversations and linking those phonecall recordings to the Contacts database seems to have been built-in to the standard Android 6.0 OS (Marshmallow) with the Samsung Voice Recorder app.
I was quite surprised when I "discovered" it in my primary phone - a refurbished Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930P (Android 6.0) that I purchased a while back. The app was impressively stable and useful, and was based on the Samsung Voice Recorder, which could be set to record phonecalls as well, if the user wanted that.
But maybe not all phones are the same. For example, I noticed in a Samsung Galaxy S7 SM-G930F (Android 6.0) that I used as a backup the other week, that there was no similarly built-in phonecall recording functionality, and Samsung Voice Recorder doesn't have the phonecall recording functionality on this other phone, so I used a free app. (CallRecorder by LoveKara) that is not quite as good (for my requirements) as the Samsung app was on the primary phone.

@mouser: As a regular user of SC I'd like to contribute some suggestions for future/new features, but, quite frankly I reckon it's pretty good as it is. So, if if you've not been asked to build in new features and if it's not broken, then I'd not see much point in updating it.

@mouser: Well done if you manage to block that spam. It's a real PITA and clogs up the DCF feed.

This problem sounds kinda familiar, but it might help to know more about it.
I would suggest that, if you haven't done so already, then it might save some time to identify the problem more precisely. Just look simply at a couple of those those tracks that consistently display sound artefacts when played on the car's audio system. If they consistently display the same artefacts when played from the same USB stick, but on another player, then you will have probably correctly identified the problem (corrupted data), but not its cause.

If otherwise though:
(a) Can you also hear the artefacts when the radio is on and whilst the car is being driven and the engine is running?
(b) Do the artefacts when playing the mp3s only occur whilst the car is being driven and the engine is running?

In either case, then, from experience (and if it's a conventional gasoline-powered vehicle), I would suggest that you check over the condition of the car's ignition system, in particular the HT leads. If the sparkplug leads are invisibly breaking down (end-of-life) or have old suppressors (which could be invisibly failing), then there'd likely be a lot of strong bursts of electo-magnetic radiation going on under the hood due to sporadic HT arcing. This radiation could usually cause interference on the car radio aerial or any unshielded audio wires and would typically come out variously as a regular "ticking" sound, or intermittent pops, crackles or "whizzing" sounds.

The same thing could happen if the spark plug insulators are failing (like the HT leads and suppressors, they don't last forever, but plugs do need to be periodically replaced, whereas HT lines tend to last longer and thus get overlooked), or it might just be that the spark plug gap has not been checked at relevant service intervals for a long time and has worn too wide and now needs to be reset to its correct gap for that plug+vehicle. In the latter case, once the plug gaps are set correctly and assuming the plugs and HT leads etc. are otherwise OK, then your engine will probably run smoother and get some power back.

Just some thoughts.

General Software Discussion / Re: Syncovery - OneDrive - Encryption
« on: August 22, 2019, 05:15 AM »
Can I use Syncovery to synch my files to OneDrive without using the OneDrive folder on my machine in more or less real-time and with encryption on OneDrive?
So that any file I set Syncovery to sync will get uploaded to OD with encryption when I change the file on my PC?
That's interesting.
When one saves stuff to either OneDrive or Google Drive, both services examine the data and will sometimes:
  • A: delete bits of your files - e.g., suspected virus in a file attached to a OneNote document page that the client PC's Windows Defender didn't spot.
    When this happens it discombobulates the syncing for the entire Notebook, leaving the Notebook "unsyncable". One then enters a world of pain trying to restore the situation, which can only be done by detailed analysis and comparison of the primary and cached copies of the Notebook being synced.

  • B: CHANGE the item by attaching a non-removable flag to it (e.g., licenced/copyrighted material that bore no copyright when it was given to you) - in the case of a flag, the flag is permanent/persistent and you can never get your original file back in its original state.

By definition, a backup site needs to be trusted, and one cannot trust any site that does the above (QED).
So, it's caveat emptor and one need have no illusions about that.
Therefore, if I want to truly protect my stored data on OneDrive or Gdrive, I parcel it in an encrypted .7z compressed file. (That's also a good way to minimise storage utilisation.)
I have my User ID folders synced to OneDrive by default, so I can theoretically go to another Windows PC and get the same (current) data in those folders on whatever client I am using, but I don't really need encryption for those.
One of my main PIMs (Personal Information Managers) is OneNote. The user can have several OneNote Notebooks open at the same time, and they could be variously held either on the client device or in the Cloud (on OneDrive). I have most of them in the Cloud now, so I am usually working on a cached copy of a Notebook which is held locally on the client device and changes to it are regularly mirrored up incrementally as they occur, to the primary copy in the Cloud.
The user can encrypt whole Notebooks, or just some subsections/pages in the Notebooks. The user has to open them with the appropriate key in order to read/write to them, or search them (when closed, these encrypted objects become invisible to searches).
When I want full encryption, I tend to use MEGAsync for stuff that could be dynamically changing, or Telegram for encryption of general and large file storage (e.g., movies collections, .MP3 collections). Telegram (which is $FREE for ever and with full functionality) is very secure and potentially amazingly useful, as, once files have been saved into the default Telegram Cloud, the user can clear (delete) them out of the local client device's cache - which could be on (say) a PC, or a smartphone. Those files remain in the Telegram Cloud and can be downloaded by the user to any client device, or sent as shared links for those files to be downloaded by other users.
Anything (file or discussion) stored in the Telegram Cloud is encrypted and will stay there either until the user deletes it, or when the user account has not been active for 12 months - in which latter case, the Telegram system auto-expunges that account and all its (still encrypted) data.

Living Room / Re: Any good free android scientific calculator?
« on: August 21, 2019, 03:11 PM »
I used to have PowerCalc but it seems is no longer available.
I would like it to be fully scientific and to show parentheses.
Any idea?
If you go to the Google Play store ( and then search variously for:
 * calculator
 * programmable
 * scientific calculator
 * graphing calculator
 * tape calculator
 - then I suspect that you may find an abundance of good calculators to meet your requirements and you could literally be spoiled for choice.

People naturally tend to have their preferences and that is illustrated by some of the responses given by DCers above - the calculators suggested are all good calculators - but such preferences can sometimes stand in the way of one's finding an even "better" calculator (for one's peculiar requirements), thus, with any apps/proggies I would always recommend taking as wide a view as possible and using an objective "suck-it-and-see" approach. That way, you can risk being surprised to find that what you thought were your requirements becomes augmented by newly-discovered requirements because of some nifty feature(s) which you hadn't previously realised was/were available or possible - e.g., which was my experience and that of others upon trialling Microsoft OneNote - "Wait, it can do that?.
Wait, that is also possible? Could you elaborate on how to do it? I just did a quick search online, but it seems it is only possible for audio and video recorded by OneNote?

Again, for example, until I stumbled upon it and trialled it, I didn't realise how very useful the Free42 calculator could be (Free42 is a re-implementation of the HP-42S calculator and the HP-82240 printer).
I know your OP was about an Android-based calculator, but wondered whether you had considered other devices (e.g., the PC). For example, Microsoft Mathematics 4.0 - Mini-Review (scientific math + graphing calculator).
Hope that helps or is of use.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Chiral motion.
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:35 AM »
Possible fix for chiral scrolling on ELAN touchpad in Win 10:
    Open the control panel, go to scroll tab and the option should be available again.

Thanks for the tip, but that D-Word was already set to 1 in my case. So, no joy. (Sigh.)

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Chiral motion.
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:08 AM »
I have a similar requirement. I am accustomed to using a Synaptics Touchpad, but now have a laptop with an ELAN Touchpad and the dunderheads who designed the software apparently haven't coded in the chiral scrolling feature.
For me, the single biggest reason for liking the Synaptics touchpad was chiral scrolling. It is definitely not what one would necessarily intuitively wish for, but it proves to be ergonomically superb (e.g., for RSI sufferers), once one has made the effort to change and learned how to use it. I sorely miss it with this ruddy ELAN Touchpad.   :mad:

@Judykator: This might help.
Set Name and other columns (e.g., the Score column per example below).
Display files with long names - in the example below, I use Everything with a Regex query to get some LFNs (LongFileNames).
The LFNs may initially appear as truncated to the right with 3 dots...
Doubleclick on the column divider to the right of the LFNs, as shown, and the Name column will then expand to display the full LFNs on a single line.


Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 01, 2019, 04:49 PM »
@MilesAhead: Thanks for the post. I hadn't known of either book. They both look interesting. I shall have to read them now...(SF addiction).

Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window
« on: July 28, 2019, 12:30 AM »
In the woods this morning I drove by what looked like a small or a young goat. This was in the middle of nowhere, with no farms around. Completely black.
Why kid around?
-cranioscopical (July 27, 2019, 09:49 PM)
You are sure it wasn't a shaved sheep?  :P
It bore a name-tag that said "Shawn".

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