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Resize ('Created by Peter Bone') - site no longer online

I've used Resize a few times lately.  Peter Bone's current web site appears to be Software.  It's still the same version, dating to 2005, without an updated doc file, but still works nicely.

It's the sort of thing Boxer Software's oldie-but-goodie Text Monkey was born to solve; see attached image.  I have the payware version, but the free one has most of the email-munging features.  It wasn't the only program for this, either.  Further, you could probably also use programs you might have already, e.g. mouser's CHS, but you'd need to set up the Trimming & Wrapping section of the configuration. Also, macros in ArsClip or Clipboard Fusion might do.  But superboyAC's rant is right, you shouldn't need them.


Coming back to this ten years later, and it is still not fixed.
I asked if they could make TB! start any editor of your choice, i.e., present the message you were working on as a file for your preferred text editor to work on.  That's the way many systems worked back in the Fidonet DOS days.
I wasn't clear...  I meant The Bat!, not Thunderbird.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:45 PM »

The first two novels in Jeffrey E. Barlough's 'Western Lights' series.  Quoting the Wikipedia article on Jeffrey E. Barloughw:
[...] author of several dark fantasy novels that comprise his Western Lights series, set in an alternate world in which the last Ice Age never ended. [...] where Victorian society exists alongside prehistoric beasts. The books are written in a style reminiscent of 19th century authors that has often been referred to Charles Dickens mixed with H. P. Lovecraft. His stories portray eccentric and (mostly) likable characters set within detailed locations that, on the surface, seem mundane and sometimes even cheery, but sinister plots and presences are slowly and carefully revealed.
I've never read Lovecraft, but I see the Dickens.  And these are most definitely dark fantasy - very, very dark, especially in the case of the bleak The House in the High Wood.

Official Website of the Western Lights Series

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 26, 2018, 04:27 PM »

Fourth in Phil Rickman's series of crime + supernatural novels featuring Merrily Watkins, Church of England deliverance minister (what used to be called an exorcist).  Useful commentary on this series to be found on Philip Grosset's Clerical Detectives Web Site, specifically at The Rev Merrily Watkins page.

Binary Fortress software on summer sale: offer ends Thursday, 5th July.


Personal licenses around half price, even better deals if you buy more than one product.  Good deals on site and enterprise licenses too.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 18, 2018, 05:35 PM »
ironic that Project Gutenberg gets blocked in Germany...
Indeed - especially the whole of it, not just the books the plaintiff wanted removed.  Sounds a bit petulant.

Wait, what was I using then? Illegal software?  :huh:
Not necessarily...  I quoted Wikipedia, which is not definitive: and it's possible that your memory for fact is better than your memory for time.  This used to happen to me at work a lot.  Someone would ask, do you remember so-and-so, about six months ago?  I'd check and find it was two years ago, or they might (less often) say two years whereas it was only six months.  IOW, you might correctly remember that you used a free version, but maybe it wasn't in the 90s.

I looked at the OldVersion page for ACDSee but their data isn't complete, a lot of dates missing, and they don't list license details anyway.  A (very brief) web search for "last free version" didn't turn up an immediately obvious result.  Odd, given that it's quite well known.


Do you have any preliminary comments?  I wondered if you use RAW files, and if so, how ACDSee compares with your previous system.  As well as its tagging/organisation system; not everybody likes the Lightroom approach.  Plenty of other Digital Asset Management (DAM) sofware exists, e.g. Photo Mechanic and FotoStation, but they tend to be expensive, aimed at pros.


quoting ACDSee - Wikipediaw:
Free version

In August 2012, ACD Systems released ACDSee Free, which retains all viewing features for the most common image formats (BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, TGA, TIFF, WBMP, PCX, PIC, WMF, EMF); it lacks a thumbnail browser, and support for RAW and ICO formats. A reviewer at BetaNews found it "fast, configurable and easy to use". The version runs on Windows XP or newer. Product was discontinued in August 2013.

PicPic (free-for-personal-use) will also do scrolling capture.  A few years ago, I tried it and mouser's SSC side by side on a complicated web page.  SSC was more 'fuss' in that it wanted to do a dummy run first, but when I let it do that, there was no question that it gave a rather better result.  However, it still wasn't perfect because the web page was just too complex.

Is the OP irremediably determined to use JPGs?  I wondered if other options had been considered, e.g.:
  • Save web page to disk complete - can end up with a multitude of files/directories, though
  • Save as a .MHT / MHTMLw file, so the whole web page is in a single file
  • Print to a PDF
  • in extremis, print to a text file

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:43 PM »
Another YA SF (well, fantasy in an SF wrapper, perhaps); the concluding volume of the trilogy - Railhead, Black Light Express, and now Station Zero. More great entertainment. Raises questions about the wisdom of committing too much to benevolent AIs, and at what point sentient machines are equivalent to humans, doing so in a lighter and more enjoyable manner than some 'adult' SF.
Philip Reeve's web site (out of date)

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 03, 2018, 04:04 PM »
If anyone remembers mentions of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series and Heroes of the Valley, much earlier in this thread, and wondered what he's been doing since, this is it:
A quintet of YA horror-with-a-touch-of-humour novels, plus a shorter ebook (I've not read that last).  Great entertainment.  Here's the blurb for the first in the series, taken directly from Jonathan's Stroud's web site:
The Screaming Staircase

When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .

For more than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts. A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.

Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career. Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood. When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood & Co. have one last chance of redemption. Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.

Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts. Your nights will never be the same again.

Living Room / Re: What books are you reading?
« on: June 03, 2018, 03:53 PM »
[...] I read Tim Powers' The Drawing of the Dark, which I read a few months ago. This brilliant fantasy [...]
I hope you are also aware of Tim Powers' The Anubis Gatesw.  I only read it once, long ago, but it seemed to me a fantasy masterpiece.

ACDSee Systems photo software semi-annual sale, "Save up to 43% on our top products," until 23d May at noon PT.

There really is no good alternative to this program that I've found anyway.
-Midnight Rambler (April 28, 2018, 11:18 AM)

I used Mailwasher years ago (on Win98...) but didn't much like the then-current version.  Bayesian began to seem another term for "false positive," and back then it expected you to empty your mailbox every time you ran your email client, so every time Mailwasher ran, it started from the beginning again.  I went back to Magic Mail Monitor (freeware).  It isn't Bayesian, development is glacial if it currently exists, and MMM isn't perfect; it's often been very slow on Yahoo! UK accounts since they changed their system a while back.  But it's OK - once you've written enough filters, of course, which is tedious to start with.  Another approach I sometimes use is to write filters into the small freeware email client nPOPuk.  It takes a few more keystrokes; you have to wait until it finishes looking at the mailbox, press F5 to apply filters, then say Yes to actioning them.  Development is also moribund, but the program does work, and is more reliable on Yahoo! UK than MMM is.

Apparently Verizon or whoever now owns Yahoo! are giving themselves the right to read my emails, with the usual take-it-or-leave-it deal.  It's not beyond possibility that I may change away from Yahoo!.


The last two have the same link.  Was that intentional or was one missed?

It was a slip-up   :-[  Corrected above and in the earlier post.  Thanks for checking.

There appear to be numerous programs/services called "HashPass;" I haven't researched the relationships between them, if any.  As I said, quite a few are available for mobile devices, so if the OP finds his missing program and can find a mobile one that uses the same hash, he would have a convenient "backup."

General Software Discussion / Re: PSA: New RightNote upgrade
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:01 PM »
I really, really wish installers were made to check for this, before running.

Living Room / Re: Photography and Camera Related News
« on: May 02, 2018, 04:13 PM »
I look at DP Review too, and notice they sometimes quote PetaPixel, as if the latter tend to get news first.  But there's a limit to how many sites you can monitor...

A DuckDuckGo search for "windows program generate password text" turned up quite a few password-oriented hash programs and web sites, some with Android (or iStuff) apps as well.  E.g.:

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Double error
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:58 PM »
BTW, when replying using either Quick-Reply or Quote, neither appears to offer a means of attaching an image (or other file). I had to use Reply, which doesn't include quotes.  Is that by design?
You can use Quote first, then click Preview to further edit your reply and add attachments as desired.
Thanks!  Though I'd rather it were a one-step process, like (I think) it used to be.

Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Double error
« on: April 09, 2018, 03:15 PM »
Neither worked...  I clicked OK to the errors, then loaded CHS main window.  When I tried either, I got this:
Same thing happened even when I went File > Exit, and I had to force-kill the program.  I then tried re-unzipping the archive over the top of the existing installation (it's installed as portable); no change.  However, I eventually 'solved' the problem by clearing out the database subdirectory completely and re-starting CHS, so it would start from scratch, then restoring from the most recent backup.  It now appears OK.  I lost the last few clips, but nothing vital, and CHS is now back in business here.

I (now) have the following backup options:
As I have Backup on Program Start checked, isn't Backup All Data Every X Days somewhat redundant?

BTW, when replying using either Quick-Reply or Quote, neither appears to offer a means of attaching an image (or other file). I had to use Reply, which doesn't include quotes.  Is that by design?

Clipboard Help+Spell / Double error
« on: April 08, 2018, 06:34 PM »
I just had a BSOD when CHS's main window was open.  On rebooting and trying to restart CHS, I got this error:

Error EX4 for db file C:\NoInst\ClipboardHelpAndSpell\Database/ClipboardHelpAndSpell : DBISAM Engine Error # 8961 Header information corrupt in the table 'ClipTable'

Clicked OK, then got this:

Clipboard Help+Spell
DBISAM Engine Error # 8961 Header information corrupt in the table 'ClipTable'

CHS is set as Trusted in the firewall (ZoneAlarm Free).  Is there any way back from this corruption, please?

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB
« on: April 08, 2018, 04:55 PM »
And thanks for the bit about treeline... I hadn't heard of that.
I dabbled with a very old version, years ago, and suggested it here because it seems to have the fields that @c-sanchez wanted (see the screenshots).  It's a strange beast, hard to uninstall without using something like Revo, but it's multi-platform and now apparently portable.

WHAT was featured in the UK magazine Computeractive.  Screenshot of relevant portion of PDF scan attached here - there doesn't seem to be a way to attach a file in a PM, email or via the forum using Quote?

Living Room / Re: Looking for smartphone
« on: April 08, 2018, 03:46 PM »
As for its screen, sound quality, signal, robustness? I think that would matter most for me.

it's easy enough to find reviews of almost any phone on youtube or wherever

I know, but it may be hard to distinguish the trusted ones from ads. But I will have a good read.
For technology available in the UK, you could do worse than visit Expert Reviews - The latest technology reviewed by experts.  This web site is owned by Dennis Publishing, who also own the UK magazines Computer Shopper, Computeractive, PC Pro, and Web User.  The web site appears to offer all the reviews that were published in the paper magazines.  You have to wade through lots of adverts, but there's no other cost.

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