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Post New Requests Here / Re: Folder Organizer/Sorter
« on: January 15, 2019, 03:37 PM »
everything goes into a download directory. I would like to sort the download directory and put the files where they should be according to what they are used for.
If all your downloaded files have the same extension, .ZIP or whatever, this won't help; but have you considered using a download manager like Internet Download Manager (IDM)?  You can define separate categories for files by extension(s), and have each category saved to a category-specific directory.  I believe the same thing is true of Free Download Manager (FDM).

I have Installed Kirby Alarm v2.11

I can't help with the original question, but, you appear to be using the last free version (Web site checked 2019-01-14):
Kirby Alarm & Task Scheduler
 Kirby Alarm Pro (v4.45)
File Size: approx 6.5 MB | Date: April 13, 2008, 9:49 pm
Kirby Alarm Pro Lite and Kirby Alarm Pro are the same program, but with some of the more advanced features disabled.
 Kirby Alarm v2.11 (Old free version)
File Size: approx 2.47mb | Date: February 10, 2015, 6:52 pm
Old free version of Kirby Alarm v2.11 originally released in 2004.

I don't know why the file is dated 2015 if it's for a 2004 program.  But... maybe a program that old doesn't play nicely with late-model Windows?  The current Pro version - now 11 years old itself - works fine on Vista Home Premium, but I haven't tried it on anything later.  Maybe time to consider registering, or an alternative program?

Living Room / Durability of USB ports and plugs?
« on: January 10, 2019, 05:11 PM »
Things like microswitches and camera shutters have a rated life of so many actuations.  Is this also true of USB plugs and ports/sockets?

Xycod Ltd. made PostWorkshop Pro, then renamed it PhotoDonut and made it a subscription program.  It's now been acquired by Smith Micro, who have dumped the subscription.  I don't know if they will levy a charge for later versions.  It's currently on 25% off launch offer, with a much better offer for people who registered before.

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N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019: TextWorx - Universal Text Manipulator
« on: December 31, 2018, 02:52 PM »
This reminds me of Boxer Software's Text Monkey (complete feature list here), and its alternatives, see e.g. the alternativeTo listing.  I particularly liked WOTS Clippy, but both programs are old now, and the author of Clippy has disappeared from the Web.  However, your program has different features than these, despite overlap.

Android Apps / Re: Problems getting started with Checklist DC
« on: December 26, 2018, 05:51 AM »
rShopping List - Grocery List looks interesting, but two of the four stores I'd probably include don't have easily identifiable aisles
What I need is a list that I can use when I go to store X or Y to remind me of what items I want to buy. I'd like that list to be organized so that all the vegetables I want will be listed together, as will all the fruit, all the poultry, all the dairy products, etc.

Don't overlook that rShopping List - Grocery List has categories, which it calls labels, and you can set it to show only items that have a particular label.  See screenshots.  I don't use aisles either, I don't see the point; they vary by shop, and are occasionally moved around.  I too think it more useful to group "Fruit" together, "Canned Goods" together, etc., and being able to display one such group at at a time is potentially useful.

Actually, this thread made me go back to HandyShopper.  I hadn't realised that it too has this very feature...  :-[


General Software Discussion / Re: Et Tu, CCleaner!
« on: December 23, 2018, 05:07 PM »

I seem to remember looking at Privazer, and getting nervous that it might wipe things I needed.  Time for another look, perhaps.  I'm currently using BleachBit but don't really know how it compares.  The most recent issue (no. 543, 19 Dec. 2018 - 1 Jan. 2019) of UK magazine ComputerActive recommends open-source program XTR Toolbox.  Its home page isn't all that informative; the Major Geeks page for XTR Toolbox pages has more detail:
Author: XTR Toolbox
Date: 04/16/2018 07:58 AM
Size: 2.76 MB
License: Open Source
Requires: Win 10 / 8 / 7

XTR Toolbox is a portable open-source app to optimize, clean, tweak and protect your privacy in Windows.

XTR Toolbox is relatively easy to use with four categories - Quick Tools, Privacy Tools, Other Tools, and Cleanup Tools. It starts with a "dark theme" using brown and white but you can uncheck that at any time to go brighter.

Quick Tools allows you to rebuild your icon and font cache. Privacy Tools feature a Windows apps manager and the ability to remove telemetry. Other Tools has a startup, services, software, and hosts file managers. Finally, cleanup has a junk files cleaner and chrome extensions manager.

While overall, the app is excellent, there are a few oddities. Uninstalling telemetry says that it will remove telemetry from Windows 7 and 8 with no mention of 10, causing us to hesitate. Windows App Manager does not detect what is or isn't installed and offers to reinstall all apps, something we know can be hit or miss as some Windows apps, once removed, can't be restored. Junk files cleaner appears to be decent, but there's no browser specific cleanup listed, and you have to select each category one by one. It was incredibly fast, however. Software manager can remove software, but with so many uninstallers available, we hate to see anyone offer the old Windows uninstall method.

Overall, XTR Toolbox is an excellent fit, assuming it has the tools that you need. While not a complete suite of everything but the kitchen sink, it has many tools that most people will find useful.
They don't add that it needs .Net Framework: 4.7+

Android Apps / Re: Problems getting started with Checklist DC
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:51 PM »
What I'd like to do is have a shopping list that includes several stores, such as Safeway, Trader Joe's, etc., or perhaps several lists, one for each store.  For each store, I'd like to have a list of things I want to buy.

HandyShopper does this by defining a master list of items, and also a list of stores.  When you define a new item, you check which (multiple) stores it can be bought in.  Probably the key to using HandyShopper is that it has multiple views.  When you need to go shopping, you start off with the "All" view which shows the master list view combined with the "All Stores" view. As you check off each item you need it acquires a greyed-out checkbox.  When you finish your list, you change to the "Need" view.  Everything not marked disappears, and the checkboxes of the remaining "needed" items go live.  When you get to a store, you can if you wish change from "All Stores" to a view of the particular store you're in.

Android Apps / Re: Problems getting started with Checklist DC
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:33 PM »
The best shopping (and general) check list I've seen is HandyShopper for the Palm. Some Android apps are meant to be similar, e.g. rShopping List - Grocery List.

Living Room / Re: snipping tool with image editor
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:11 PM »
The usual constraint there is that you can only add metadata directly to JPG files. For me, that would sometimes necessitate considerable mucking about
You might care to explore QuickImageComment.  I've only used it for JPGs, but the implication from the Exiv2 library it uses is that it can deal with TIFF, PNG, DNG and wholly or partially with quite a few others, including RAW files, provided you have the right codec pack installed for the latter.

Living Room / Re: snipping tool with image editor
« on: December 23, 2018, 04:01 PM »
My screenshot needs are simple and seldom.  That's a key point - I need something quick and easy, rather than maximum power.  Mouser's program is very powerful, and the best bang for your buck around, but I always seemed to have to learn it from scratch.  Maybe the UI doesn't gel for me, and Undo never seemed to work quite like I expected. I found HyperSnap 7 much easier to use.  Its directory takes about 20 MB.  PicPic is an acceptable free-for-personal-use alternative.  Its footprint is 37 MB.  Lately I've been using FastStone Capture, which is relatively compact at under 12 MB, has a portable version, and a modestly-priced ($19.95) lifetime license.  It seems to do all I need at present, and to be easy to use.

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Sanity check: I haven't tried any of these

I just use ConEmu or Console.  I had a license to PromptPal, but didn't upgrade after I found those.
Are those, these?

I was interested to read ConEmu's comments about the difference between being a console and a shell; still not sure I fully understand it.  Truth to tell, when I want a command line, I generally use TCC/LE.  Invoking it pops up what appears to be a console, aiding confusion.

There are also:

PowerCmd, payware but apparently not updated since 2012.


ColorConsole by the author of Q-Dir.  Free and portable, but I'm not sure how much power it has.

I use IrfanView as my regular image viewer, and perhaps because of that, for cropping.  The fine-mesh grid it can overlay is sometimes useful.  Occasionally I use it for other things.

Recently I've been using FastStone Image Viewer (FIV) more, for three things:
  • The Compare feature can put two to four images on screen at once, so you can view subtle changes of composition, exposure, whatnot.
  • Resizing to standard sizes: File > Email (equivalent to F6) <Pick a standard size> from a dropdown
  • Renaming image files numerically so they're in the order I want.  FIV allows you to drag-and-drop files into whatever order you wish, then rename them with prepended numbers.  Then you can view them later with any file viewer and it will show them in the intended sequence.  This is a trick I learned from asking on DC.

For a much more Photoshop Elements-like experience, I've dabbled with Photo Toolbox (PT) Photo Editor.  There are free basic and (at the time of writing) US$29.95 Pro versions; you need the latter for batch, watermarking, and some advanced tools.  I bought a discounted license when it was on Bits du Jour once.  The web site says "Free Upgrade," but I don't know if that's forever or limited.  I haven't got far into the program.  The author claims it's "amazingly light weight."  He could well be right. It has so far run uncomplainingly on my old Vista Home Premium laptop, where Elements 10 is nearly crash-o-matic.

A couple of more specialised programs:

Peter Bone's Resize (mentioned on DC before).  It's small, old, free, portable, and does a fuss-free job of resizing.  I especially like its ability to resize a batch of images so that the long edges all end up with the same number of pixels, which helps make layouts neater.

QuickImageComment displays EXIF, IPTC, and XMP properties of digital images (e.g. JPEG and TIFF) and allows to edit them. Especially editing of user comment and artist (author) is supported by using the last entered or predefined values. These attributes are read from the EXIF, IPTC, and XMP properties of the image and are stored there.

Overview of features are:

    The program displays all EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties, as well as some other file properties such as modification date.
    In addition to the full lists of EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties a list of properties is displayed, which is configurable.
    In addition to user comment and artist further EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties can be changed. The list of modifiable properties can be configured.
    Data templates can be defined to set several properties in one step.
    Via placeholder it is possible to copy values of properties in others.
    Changes can be carried out simultaneously for two or more files.
    EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties can be deleted, thereby exceptions can be defined. Single properties can be deleted selectively.
    Files can be renamed using Exif, IPTC and XMP properties.
    The EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties contained in the files can be compared.
    A special mask is used to synchronize the recording time of a set of images taken with different cameras. Images are grouped by properties (mostly camera model). For each group, a shift of the recording time can be entered. Then the images are immediately sorted in order to check whether the images are then in the correct timely order.
    Selected image properties of all images in a folder (including any subfolders) can be exported to a text file.
    All image properties of selected images can be exported to text files (one file per image).
    Display metadata (XMP) of video files as well (depending on the operating system and, if necessary, installed components) display a frame of the video.
    Display of image details with graphical and numerical representation of brightness and RGB values.
    Display recording location in a map using the GPS coordinates; change of coordinates by selecting a position on the map.

The program also supports various RAW formats. In order to display the images, the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack needs to be installed additionally ( The properties can be viewed and modified without the codec package.

Further processing of the images (e.g. adjusting the contrast and brightness) is not the purpose of this program.
It has a GPL license, and is the first free (as in beer) WinGUI program I've seen that can do all that.  Note the "Selected image properties of all images in a folder (including any subfolders) can be exported to a text file" feature, which could be used, for example, to generate a list of the focal lengths you've used most, to inform future camera or lens purchases.

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General Software Discussion / Re: Stitch two windows together
« on: December 06, 2018, 04:25 PM »
I'm looking for software that let you "stitch" two windows together, so that they behave like one window.

I heard of this via the TrishTech blog post TaskSpace : Groups Apps in a Single Window for Easy Access:

TaskSpace is a liteware portable Windows utility which allow merging of multiple applications together in a single window or merging them as tabs.

Current version: (released 07/05/2017)


Sanity check: I have not tried this myself (but it sounds like what you wanted)

General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced
« on: December 03, 2018, 05:50 PM »
Interesting collection of links and suggestions at TinyApps blog post "If you must run Windows 10..."

Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Black Friday / Cyber Monday 2018
« on: November 22, 2018, 05:45 PM »

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: September 14, 2018, 05:28 PM »
Any suggestion for the best phone with longest battery and NFC?

I believe you are in the UK.  If so, then:

  • Visit your local newsagent or supermarket, and buy a copy of the latest issue of UK magazine Computer Shopper, hot off the press, Issue 369 dated Nov 18.
  • Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the article "Avoid the smartphone rip-off: 18 low cost phones that get you high-end specs."
  • Make your choice, accepting that whatever you do will be imperfect and temporary.

Found Deals and Discounts / FREE Affinity Publisher BETA available
« on: August 30, 2018, 04:32 PM »
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General Software Discussion / Re: Listary 6
« on: August 27, 2018, 04:22 PM »
Does any news about Listary 6 suggest that it will get something akin to FARR's powerful alias system?
I wondered about that as well.
FARR and Listary are not the same things though, so a comparison is difficult. It rather depends on one's requirements.
Very much so.

From my perspective as an existing FARR user: I had trialled Listary for a couple of years out of interest and for comparison with FARR, but eventually dumped Listary, though the latter worked OK.

I'm a long-term registered user of Listary, since (I think) the first time it was on Bits du Jour.  I'm still using Listary 4 on my old laptop. In fact Listary had all the features I really wanted by version 3.  I tend to 'live inside' my file manager, Total Commander, and Listary's magic ability to point a standard Windows dialog box to whatever directory was active in TC was worth the price of entry on its own.  I haven't used Listary's global search abilities; I occasionally use Everything, but rarely need global search.

By contrast, I more or less dumped FARR about ten years ago, when I realised

a) it had a 20 Mb footprint; I know people act as if disk space is infinite, but it seemed an awful lot for a launcher, the more so as the first PC I ever used (in 1988) only had a 20 Mb hard disk.  For everything.
b) At that time I only seemed to use about 30 programs on a regular basis, very easy to put into a standard launcher, and anything else could be found and launched via Total Commander.  As launcher I chose Horst Schaeffer's PopSel. My current laptop's PopSel menus have almost 200 items, plus the System menu included in the archive, and occupies about 210 Kb.  I would probably have liked SlickRun a lot if I'd found it earlier.
c) I didn't want to wrestle with FARR's  alias system.

Listary met my requirements for searches, but otherwise seemed annoyingly idiosyncratic and intrusive, popping up when I didn't need it and nagging me to buy a licence for the full version. The most useful thing about it for me was the search functionality, but I preferred Everything Search for that.
I stuck with FARR rather than Listary, because in general it better suits my peculiar needs/purposes
Your "peculiar needs/purposes" rubbing up against Listary's "idiosyncrasies" sounds like the pot calling the kettle black...  It might be nice if Listary's default was not to pop up except for opted-in programs, but I suppose that would defeat the object.  I don't know the behaviour of the free version, but after two years of trialling I think it's entitled to a nag screen.  Listary is still only $19.95 at full price - for me, one of the best software deals around - and comes up on Bits du Jour now and again at even less.

[FARR] is portable (used on all the PCs I support)
Listary has a portable version, listed on the download page.  If the PCs you support are for work, though, you'd need registered copies for each.

FARR having a comprehensive range of options, settings, plugins)
Intimidatingly so, especially for new or casual users, or anyone in a hurry...

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Polywick Story Server
« on: August 27, 2018, 03:22 PM »
Maybe the time is past for a desktop outliner, what with Workflowy and Dynalist so robust, but something that takes the roots of TkOutline, NoteMap, and one or two other well-done (for their day) single-pane outliners, adds a modern policy

Maybe Inspiration?  - not tried by me and not much mentioned on DC, but a mature program; been around for ten years at least.  Their claims:
For visual mapping, outlining, writing and making presentations, use Inspiration® 9, the ultimate thinking and learning tool. Brainstorm ideas, structure your thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding with the Diagram and Map Views. To take notes, organize information, and structure writing for plans, papers and reports, use the integrated Outline View to focus on main and supporting ideas and to clarify thinking in written form. With Inspiration's Presentation Manager, transform your diagrams, mind maps and outlines into polished presentations that communicate ideas clearly and demonstrate understanding and knowledge.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:07 PM »
Speaking of old times, remember those scifi paperbacks with two novels and a book cover on each side?

No!  I'm in the UK, and that may be why.  :(  Cover art was a problem for me in itself.  I never bought, say, Analog as a teenager, worried I think about the flak I might get others seeing the lurid covers...  I must have missed out on a lot of good stuff.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: August 15, 2018, 04:03 PM »
Books four and five of Emma Newman's Split Worlds quintet:


Quoting critics: "A unique blend of urban, historical and crime fantasy clothed in a Regency veneer."  "Dark magic, darker fae foes, family feuds."  "Takes on class and gender dynamics."

Emma Newman also writes SF, but I haven't yet read any of those.

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