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There are many advantages of integrated.
And many advantages of separate.
-Dormouse (Today at 11:34 AM)

It would be nice to state these.  I apparently stepped on some toes stating it in such a plain way, and such was not my intent.  I've just never seen where other than writing in a dedicated fashion as a text editor that a separate one is useful in doing serious writing on a project.

I personally haven't experienced any advantages of a separate project manager to keep track of your work and have it in front of you.  And I've tried, so I'd like to see that use case set forth to truly evaluate it.  I've noticed that in most cases where it's not there, there is a separate add on or advancement (like writemonkey's) to add in project management.  I use notepad++ without, but then again, I don't open projects in it.


I think of writemonkey more as a strict editing tool rather than a writer's tool.  I use it alongside my writing tools- I love the distraction free writing, and the ability to play music while you're there.  But managing projects and such, I find that it falls flat.

Calling WriteMonkey an "editing tool" rather than a "writer's tool" is an unusual characterisation. You seem to be using the term "editing" in an idiosyncratic way.

To me WriteMonkey is very much a "writer's tool", as it focuses on one of the most important aspects of writing: the act of writing itself.

Once I'd written my text in WriteMonkey, then I might take it to MS Word or some other word processor to edit it, format it, and typeset it.

But even you say that you use WM for writing primarily, so maybe by "editing" you mean 'writing'.

As for lack of project management capability (presumably of writing projects), I don't see that as an absolute requirement for a writing software. I also have Scrivener, which has all the bells and whistles, but I find it too distracting and much prefer to do my writing in WriteMonkey.

P.S. What I'm trying to say is that there are myriad other task and project management tools out there that can be used to manage a writing project, so they don't necessarily need to be built into specialist writing software.

-dr_andus (Today at 06:18 AM)

Perhaps I should have expanded, but I think that the rest of that statement puts into perspective what I mean by 'editing tool'.  Not like something like smartedit or prowritingaid, but a text editor, so I don't find it an unusual characterization, because that's what it is.  But as I said... I think.  And in my experience, I think that the project management is a task that for writing professionally, I've found that I need integrated.  I have to do several self referential checks within the software, so when I'm not just writing a self-contained work, which I've never had the opportunity to do since I've started doing it professionally, being able to easily reference the other work within that project is something that I need.  Not in an external tool, but right there.  This might not be the same for all, but for me, that's what I think and I need.  Which is the way that all of us reference these things, I think- even the creators in many cases.   A plain text editor won't cut it for me in most cases.

What I had noticed was that the ability to unlock and use some newly-updated/developed nifty MS Office functionality had sometimes been predicated on the user migrating from earlier versions of Windows to Windows 10 and/or OneDrive.
In other words, there was (apparently deliberately) no backwards compatibility, but it did not threaten to invalidate  existing licences. I had thought that this was probably nothing more than an incentive to urge users to the newer OS, but still, it did seem to smack of coercion and making existing/old licences seem to be obsolete.

Understanding programming and features in .NET, it could be perfectly valid based on features being available in supporting versions of the framework that weren't available in older operating systems and supporting programs.  They can't be expected to support old versions of their software forever.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 19, 2018, 09:59 AM »
Forgot to post this, so more limited time on the redemption.

Galactic Civilizations II is available for about 2 more hours (it's currently 11AM EST on 2018-05-19).  Another one I recommend.

But managing projects and such, I find that it falls flat.
Project management is coming in the next release of the v3 beta

That's welcome to hear.

Anuran does something similar, and is what I used before I started using WakaTime.

I don't think that you lose access to documents or files.

I also don't think that the Office365 price is excessive.
In the UK I can buy a 5 computer licence for between £50 and £60 from Amazon which can last 13 months (by switching to automatic renewal which you then turn off to enter your new annual code). And that also gives you 1TB storage. I can remember the prices that Bill Gates charged.

You don't, and I agree it's quite good, and agree that the price isn't exorbitant.

I think of writemonkey more as a strict editing tool rather than a writer's tool.  I use it alongside my writing tools- I love the distraction free writing, and the ability to play music while you're there.  But managing projects and such, I find that it falls flat.

And on another note, your continued posting in this thread reminds me that I need to get on the stick and write my own LOL.

In terms of getting paid for lines of code, you could convert that to hours after you figure out what the average lines per hour are. Then you just need to divide the current total number of lines by  the ALPH (average lines per hour) to get your hours figure. I'm stuck on the hourly figure because I think most people can relate to that.

Everything doesn't boil down to how much code, however.  Much time is spent in coming up with a good design, and that, I don't think, translates well.  In fact, the highest paid programmers are paid for their knowledge more than their coding ability.  And some of the most useful software doesn't have that many lines of code.

I just did an activation of an older copy of office recently, so not sure what the disconnect is.  Does it say that he attempted to call Microsoft support to straighten it out?  Or is this merely another from of FUD?

What if there's a person hidden behind the target?
-ConstanceJill (May 14, 2018, 09:54 AM)

Well, it's been said that bullets have no buddies.  So once it's out of the chamber...

Living Room / Re: FreewareHome closing down
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:57 AM »
There appears to be hope if a new player comes on the scene.

I'm afraid, unless some young enthusiast of FREEware comes to us, the answer will be to bow out. All 3 current contributors have health issues & none of us are young anymore.

I'm afraid I fall into the same category, but perhaps someone else will step up...

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini review: The Journal
« on: May 14, 2018, 09:55 AM »
I have a copy and found the author to be responsive.

-cranioscopical (May 14, 2018, 08:43 AM)

I'd echo this.

General Software Discussion / Re: desktop sharing tool
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:35 PM »
I've just been using Skype as of late.  It works well enough for my purposes.

Living Room / Re: Photography and Camera Related
« on: May 12, 2018, 10:47 AM »
So, I'm not a photographer, though my wife is.  And she made me realize the effects of light on your photographs, no matter what they are.  And so I purchased a light box for taking my keyboard photos.  And it's made such a difference!

I purchased an OrangeMonkie Foldio2, and wanted to recommend it.

It, plus having a separate shutter control (a Just Mobile ShutterGrip - https://just-mobile....ariant=9787265220650) has changed the quality of even my pictures.

And if the most common kneejerk reaction is like Stephen's above … Well... It wouldn't really be that hard to get away with.
-Stoic Joker (May 10, 2018, 03:56 PM)

This.  As I said, I dismissed it as I must have shared it before.  But some of it is inexplainable, like pinterest knowing (without me linking it to other platforms) that it was my anniversary month, and showing me gifts.  And I don't even talk about any family on any platform.  That was creepy.

Several boardgames have sites like that, and they're cool... and addictive.

The first three have several games... the last one is only Roads and Boats.

Maybe we can get together a group that likes to play at a leisurely pace to play some of these.

I have... and just discounted it as I must have done something online.  About seemingly random stuff that I do, but don't have any online relationship with.  And not with facebook- I barely use that.  But ads in strange places.

DC Gamer Club / Re: Free Game on Humble Store
« on: May 10, 2018, 02:22 PM »
The Flame in the Flood is free for the next 2 days, give or take a few hours.  I already have it, and recommend it.

In absence of xmarks, I looked at a few different extensions that are on the store:

Papaly - https://chrome.googl...nllnddofbbn?hl=en-US

It's what I'm using after dismissing the other two pretty quickly.

Pros: It syncs with your bookmarks.
Cons: The sync appears to be one way, so you just have to use their 'new tab page' in order to access your bookmarks.  There is no android app for now.  Has no paid options, and blog was last updated in 2016.

It's been pretty cool... I have a lot of bookmarks, so it can be not instantaneous to switch tabs, but it is pretty quick, nonetheless.  It takes some getting used to- not using your bookmarks bar.  It has an extension that puts bookmarks directly into it.  The only downside is that you don't have it locally at that point.  It also syncs additions to the bookmarks and allows you to sync open tabs.  I'm satisfied with it for now, even if it wasn't exactly what I was looking for.  My only reservation is that it has no paid options, so I'm not sure how they make money.

I did send out an inquiry before I become to comfortable because of this.

Bookmark Manager - https://chrome.googl...kbapjopfjik?hl=en-US

Pros: It's by Google, It uses your google bookmarks account
Cons: It's by Google, It uses your google bookmarks account, and you have to sign into chrome.

I've been resisting the almost inexorable call from Google to sign into my browser.  Not about to start now, so  :down: on this one.  Google also deprecates services (I thought they had deprecated bookmarks at one time), so not about to get burned by another company to go for a company that burns products.

EverSync - https://chrome.googl...hhmppcggdog?hl=en-US

Looked quite promising.  Checked the site, though at  Saw pricing, and checked that.


$44.99 for a bookmarks synchronizer?  Per year?  Not likely.

I also thought about ymarks, but even though it looks promising, being realistic, it's a bit much for me on top of everything else I have on my plate right now.

There's also syncmarx (, but it's alpha, so didn't trial that.


Living Room / Re: W10 Laptop wish list
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:31 PM »
Your "don'ts" notwithstanding, these might be worth a look. Discounted right now on the U.S. site:

-cranioscopical (May 08, 2018, 01:57 PM)

I've bought laptops from MS before, and the cool thing about them is they are the same as from the manufacturer, but a signature edition, meaning they're clean of all of the junk that the manufacturer's install.  They've been great in my experience.

In absence of xmarks, I've gone with Papaly:


General Software Discussion / Re: Good, Free Desktop RSS Editor
« on: May 05, 2018, 01:04 PM »
wraith, I tried it, and it *requires* me to fill in all the fields (which I don't need).  Also, I really want a recent menu - that's the main reason I don't like rss builder so much - it doesn't remember your last feed and you always have to fetch the path.  I guess I could try to build it myself and fix it the way I want...

So those are the only two changes you need?

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