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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: Today at 07:04:58 AM
I really like this U.K. National Grid status
That is a seriously impressive dashboard.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Simple RSS Editor on: Today at 01:48:17 AM
OIC - I think.
You apparently want to generate your own website's feed address - is that right?

If so, then this might help:
How to generate an RSS feed address for a website?
3  DonationCoder.com Software / ProcessTamer / Re: Process Tamer not tame some 64-bit processes on Win7/64 or Win8.1-64 PRO. on: May 28, 2015, 11:27:27 PM
Since making the above comment/post I have reason to suggest that it looks as though PT does have problems with at least some 64-bit processes in Win8.1-64 PRO. Not sure if the two problems below are connected:

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4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Free Simple RSS Editor on: May 28, 2015, 09:13:34 PM
I might be missing something here, but I'm not sure I understand what exactly you are trying to edit.
For example, the DCF feed address is:
[http://www.donationcoder.com/forum/index.php?PHPSESSID=mi9ekvt647tf1t4tbugu88svg7&type=rss;action=.xml]
What/how would you want to edit that?
5  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Microsoft Money Plus Sunset - Mini-Review on: May 28, 2015, 06:35:55 PM
Original post date:2015-05-28
Updated:2015-05-28

Basic Info
Application name:[attach]  Microsoft Money Plus Sunset
"Sunset" versions of Microsoft's leading commercial product, MS Money - a set of comprehensive accounting and budgeting software. Released by Microsoft in 2010 as $FREE software.
Thumbs-Up Rating: Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
Support:This is a fully-finished, but discontinued and unsupported Microsoft product.
Refer:
There are/were various discussion forums on the Internet, possibly the main one being: http://money.mvps.org/

Download the software from:

Info. in the software package:
  • Help file.
  • Flash videos (relate to pre-Sunset versions): Money tour, Manage your accounts, Pay bills online, Create a budget.
 
Application Version Reviewed:The Deluxe and the Home & Business versions are the two "Sunset" versions of this leading accountancy software package that Microsoft decided to give away ($FREE) when they pulled out of the market for such software.
Application Specs.:The functionality and features of the Deluxe and the Home & Business packages are listed in a table below.

Test System Specs:MS Win7-64 Home Premium, Win8-64, Win8.1-64 and PRO
Supported OSesCompatible with Win XP, Win Vista Win 7, 8 and 8.1 64-bit/32-bit
Upgrade Policy:No upgrade. This is a "Sunset" version - a complete and fully-functioning product, wrapped as a self-contained and licenced package.
Pricing Scheme$FREE

1.0 Intro and Overview:
Both versions are excellent accounting packages and were generally recognised as being market leaders up to the point when MS pulled out of the market.
Whether you want a tool to help you better manage your personal finances, or to manage a business, this software will do extremely well. You'd have to pay out quite a lot of money to buy anything similar.
As a lapsed accountant with long experience of, and a keen interest in, accounting systems and software, I can say from that experience that I have yet to come across a better-written or more comprehensive commercial accounting package developed for home or business use.
The "suck-it-and-see" approach (try it out for real) would probably verify that for most users who might be interested in finding out.

The table below shows a comparison of Sunset (and earlier) version features:

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2.0 Using MS Money (Sunset)
2.1 Start-up: After installation (using whichever of the 2 Sunset versions you wanted), when you start up MS Money you will see this screen:

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2.2 Home screen: You will then get to the Home screen: (click to enlarge)
Note that this screen behaves like a browser, but with the apparent constraint that it can take you to relevant MS Money links only.

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2.3 Help file: Accessing the Help file will show you this. Note the differences highlighted.

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2.4 Tutorials: There are some quite useful/helpful video tutorials. These can be started from the menu, or directly from the folder C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Money Plus\MNYCoreFiles\WebCache\  (Start with the smallest file, MSMoneyTour.swf, which will load the others.)
Filenames:
  • Accounts.swf       5.6MB
  • Bills.swf              4.7MB
  • Budget.swf        26MB
  • MSMoneyTour.swf   16.2kB
  • tourIntro.swf       4.1MB

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3.0 Who this software is designed for:
Home or business users wanting to manage their financial affairs and budgets.

4.0 The Good:
Software which is just very good and well-designed for what it does.
Ergonomically very good and intuitive GUI, and a very good Help manual and context help/tips.
Suits elementary and complex requirements alike.
If this was the first accounting and budgeting package that you started to use, then it could very well be the last, as you would probably stick with it.

5.0 The needs improvement section:
Nothing to report here.
However, if you had wanted the costly service add-ons of an accounting package that can operate online service transactions with your bank account, then you would be out of luck. Those bundled services were disabled in the Sunset product, since banks would be (or were) unwilling to support online services to a retired product.

6.0 Why I think you should use this product:
For home or business users wanting to better manage their financial affairs and budgets, this software could be of enormous help.

7.0 How it compares to similar software
It used to, and probably still does, outclass most other accounting packages in this market sector (home & business accounting and budgeting software).
When MS pulled out of the market, the leaders included:
  • Quicken,
  • Intuit, and
  • MYOB.
- producing variously good desktop accounting package and/or online accounting services (e.g., similar to MSN Live MS Money).
There is a lesser-known product called NewViews that was a superb DOS-based accounting package, which was belatedly rewritten with a full GUI for the Windows OS - it could well be a a good alternative to MS Money or the other contenders.

8.0 Conclusions:
The MS Money Sunset packages are superb value-for-money at $FREE.
You would probably have to spend several hundreds of dollars to get anything else as good.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability on: May 28, 2015, 12:48:44 AM
I don't know for sure, but I would expect that the OCR engine would probably be a common core process throughout the ABBYY range of software that involves image OCR scanning.
What my post above shows is that the post-processing of the scanned image that is fed into the OCR engine can make quite a bit of difference to the quality/accuracy of the OCR scan outputs.
ABBY Screenshot Reader clearly does some pretty smart stuff - e.g., it will scan for and output columnar information if you tell it that is what you want.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 28, 2015, 12:27:31 AM
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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Turn on tracking protection to speed up browsing. on: May 27, 2015, 11:48:23 PM
In terms of line utilisation efficiency, I learned first-hand that ads and other junk were bandwidth hogs, back in the days when I used JunkBuster, and I lamented its going. This simple FF tweak is looks like it will achieve much the same thing. Worth a try-out at any rate. So, if you haven't already got this set (I do), it might be worth doing.
Turn on Tracking Protection in Firefox to Make Pages Load 44% Faster
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Melanie Pinola
5/26/15 9:30am

Even if you don’t care about the privacy implications of tracking cookies and other technologies sites use to identify us online, you might want to turn on Tracking Protection in Firefox anyway for a potential big speed boost.

Former Mozilla software engineer Monica Chew and Computer Science researcher Georgios Kontaxis took a look at the top 200 news sites (according to Alexa) and found a median 44% reduction in page load time, as well as a 39% reduction in data usage when the optional Tracking Protection is turned on.

Tracking Protection actively blocks domains known to track users. You might not see huge performance benefits for all sites, depending on how much each site relies on third-party content and similar extras from tracking domains. Still, with a range of between 20% and 90% decreased page load times according to the study—and better privacy control—it’s worth a shot.

To turn on Tracking Protection in Firefox:

    Type in about:config in the location bar and hit enter.
    You’ll see a warning about possibly voiding your warranty. Hit “I’ll be careful, I promise!” to continue.
    Search for privacy.trackingprotection.enabled.
    Double-click that to toggle the value to true.

You can read the researchers’ paper (PDF) here.

Tracking Protection for Firefox at Web 2.0 Security and Privacy 2015 | Monica at Mozilla via Venture Beat and Boing Boing
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OCR - comparisons of different software/capability - ScanTailor on: May 27, 2015, 12:47:35 AM
The quality of any given OCR result is likely to depend on the quality of the scanned image input to the OCR engine. The better OCR scanning software will generally have done some pre-processing before the actual OCR scan.
The comparison of OCR scan results in the opening post of this thread showed some output of errors.

As a result of reading about ScanTailor in the DC Forum and elsewhere, I had downloaded and installed ScanTailor v0.9.11.1 (2012-02-27) 64bit. (Note that this is not the same as ScanTailor Enhanced that is referred to by @Nod5 in one of his posts.)

I had a sample image - a scan of two pages from a book. I straightened it up and tried to improve the B/W contrast using Picasa, but it OCRed in OneNote with quite a lot of errors that would be tedious to manually correct for. I wanted to see whether ScanTailor could help by preprocessing the image to enable a more accurate OCR scan.
So, take a look at this:
This is the input image (2 pages in one image): (click to enlarge)

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This is what ScanTailor saw had been input: (click to enlarge)

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After splitting the pages up and doing its work (including adjusting the DPI, deskewing, despeckling, etc.), this is what ScanTailor saw had been output: (click to enlarge)

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This is the output (2 separate pages) from ScanTailor showing the OCR result (with some errors highlighted) from OneNote: (click to enlarge)

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Pretty impressive!    Thmbsup

References:
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: AVG Privacy Fix on: May 26, 2015, 08:04:52 PM
Find at AVG Privacy Fix
Looks interesting. I am trialling it now.
FAQ is here: http://www.privacyfix.com/start/faq
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Security + Privacy block/allow lists -for FF + IE. on: May 26, 2015, 07:44:55 PM
Blocklists.
Could be potentially useful for FF (Firefox) and IE (Internet Explorer) users. Follow the links and sublinks below to find out more.

The webpage Official EasyList as used by AdBlock Plus shows the separate categories of lists that one can use.
You might want to add some of these to your FF AdBlock subscriptions. Some of the Lists are for IE users.
There is an interesting and similar list specifically for IE users, here: http://www.iegallery.com/...b/trackingprotectionlists
 - but it also seems to have some relevance for FF users.
Note the Stop Google Tracking one...    ohmy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 25, 2015, 10:50:20 PM
Yes, yes...on the surface it sounds like a wonderful idea. The unfortunate reality would be that answers would lead to more questions which would lead to even more answers...leading to even more questions.

I could easily see such a side-project dwarfing the entire DonationCoder site as a whole over time.

Well, I was trying to suggest as much:
Maybe we could consider whether it might be useful and worthwhile pooling our collective knowledge of computerised project management tools and training in same, and documenting it somehow in this site?
However, I'm not sure whether - in that way - expanding the scope of purpose for this site would necessarily be a good idea.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reader's Corner - The Library of Utopia + resource links on: May 25, 2015, 05:47:34 AM
2015-05-25 2238hrs Added:
- to the index table in the opening post
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 25, 2015, 03:58:46 AM
^^ Good find. Thanks. That review didn't show up in my searches.
It means I can close this query.
I'll probably come back and look at Synology Note Station in another year's time. Lots of potential.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 08:27:56 PM
@TaoPhoenix: Sorry, my bad. I meant to, but forgot to expand on what a NAS was until later in my post - Synology NAS ("Network Attached Storage"). More haste less speed.

@wraith808: Thanks for the feedback. It looks like it's early days for the Synology NAS Note Station software.
It look to be interesting software, but I'd be a bit wary about committing my Notes database(s) to a proprietary NAS hardware product.
Lock-in is an odd marketing strategy in this - arguably more enlightened - day and age. But then there's Microsoft.
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 24, 2015, 08:09:35 PM
Ah, many thanks @lanux128. That's very helpful of you.
I shall see if I can get the AHK approach and the control panel display to work nicely together, but from what you say you have already established that they probably can't. Bother.
Time to experiment, methinks.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 04:06:49 PM
In the context of PIMs (Personal Information Managers) and Note-taking tools, and after reading an interesting discussion thread on OutlinerSoftware about this, I am just wondering whether DC Forum denizens might have some experience or information to offer on this subject.
Synology Note Station appears to be a proprietary multi-text and even multimedia (image, video and audio) scrapbooking and note-taking system which is locked-in to only run on Synology NAS devices.

The discussion thread at OutlinerSoftware is currently:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
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Outliner Software: Synology Note Station
Posted by MadaboutDana
May 24, 2015 at 04:22 PM

Having recently acquired a new Synology server to replace our old, trusty but finally expired CubeStation, I’ve been very impressed by the Note Station module that can be installed on the exceptionally capable operating system behind all Synology servers (DSM 5.2 at the time of writing). It’s a really powerful multi-pane note-taking tool that allows you to share notebooks, enter rich-text notes (or indeed graphics, recordings and other attachments), and even offers a note-integrated task management facility.

The search function is still a little basic, but the rest of it is awesome. You can create ‘shelves’ for your notebooks, which basically nest them (rather like Ulysses: if you click on the ‘shelf’, it shows you all the contents of the embedded notebooks, or you can select individual notebooks to see their notes exclusively; it also has an ‘All Notes’ function). You can create tags. You can capture web page contents directly to notebooks using a nice web clipper extension for Chrome that is not unlike OneNote’s (so you can choose to save the simplified ‘article’ view instead of the full web page view). Oh, and you can import your Evernote notebooks, too (indeed, the whole thing is clearly inspired by Evernote). The search function is very fast, so the system appears to full-text index everything, but although you can constrain searches by date, notebook etc., search results simply list the notes containing the text you’re looking for - there are no highlights inside the notes, and no useful snippet previews of relevant sentences in the list of results. You can move from note to note (the search result shares the same left-hand navigation tree as the standard note management window), but you won’t see pretty highlights. Still, can’t have everything!

For to-do management, you can create to-dos from within notes. In this case, they will appear in a separate list when you click the ‘to-do’ icon in the navigation bar above the relevant note, so you can have any number of to-dos associated with a given note. Even better, they will also appear in a separate list of to-dos that also includes reminders, priorities and can be sorted by date. You can jump directly from a to-do in this list to the associated rich-text note (useful because the notes, again like OneNote, support checkboxes, complex tables and other such task management paraphernalia). This jump function doesn’t work, by the by, in the mobile app (yet), but the software appears to be evolving very rapidly.

Currently the whole thing runs through a web browser (although you can set up the server so it opens directly into notebooks for you, effectively treating a Chrome tab as an application). Best of all, there’s a very good app for iOS - called DS Note - that runs very nicely on iPad. I’m just checking out the iPhone version to see if it’s as nice as the iPad one. Ah, yes, it is. Very nicely done. It even shows web pages. Excellent!

One of the advantages of running stuff on your own Synology server is the company’s QuickConnect function, whereby you can set up a direct link to your server from anywhere at all, protected by HTTPS if you wish (always advisable). This is seriously useful. For me, it’s a no-brainer: this immediately supersedes Evernote, because it’s under my direct control and I can share stuff with colleagues (and friends and family) if I wish to. The sharing function is very powerful, and you can share entire notebooks with a couple of clicks, as well as individual notes.

Indeed, it even supports sharing through a fairly broad selection of social media. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all evolves, I must say.

I hope this is useful for others interested in collaborative note taking! For those alarmed at the thought of buying an entire server just to get access to an outliner/info management app, do bear in mind that Synology servers are incredibly capable machines that support all platforms, are compatible with e.g. Apple Time Machine and have their own built-in file version management system, and are available in many different guises, ranging from very modestly priced single-drive machines to huge rack-mounted monsters with multiple disk arrays. Our old CubeStation was a four-disk NAS, but this time we’ve opted for a two-disk NAS (a DiskStation) because we already synchronise most of our key work files to the Cloud. This machine will act as a secondary backup option plus a useful repository for other info. The two disks are held in an advanced RAID array called a Synology Hybrid configuration. No idea what that means, but one disk is mirrored to the other, which means that running a couple of Western Digital Red 3TB disks, we’re got about 2.7 TB of storage space. Oh, and the DiskStation itself can use OneDrive for Cloud backups, too, so if you’ve got an Office 365 subscription, you can use some of your 1TB of storage space for DiskStation backups. I think the word I’m searching for is ‘neat’. Or possibly ‘awesome’.

Cheers,
Bill
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Posted by Franz Grieser
May 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM

Thanks Bill.
I just checked: Note Station is also available for my DS115j NAS. I’ll install it after my holidays. This could be the easiest way to replace Evernote as notetaker on Win/OSX/iOS.
Best wishes, Franz
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Posted by MadaboutDana
May 24, 2015 at 07:22 PM

Ah, another Synology lover. Yes, although it’s still only at version 1.xxx, Note Station appears to be developing very rapidly now: the task management apps were only introduced with the last revision, but already come across as fairly mature (apart from the glaring omission of a note link from the task lists on iOS). In fact, I’m toying with the idea of moving my ever-mobile task management over to the DiskStation…
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There are various references on DC Forum to Synology NAS ("Network Attached Storage"), but none seem to refer to Synology "Note Station" software running on the NAS - or at least, I couldn't find any reference, or might have missed it.

According to the Synology website Download centre for the Synology hardware ID of DS115 NAS:
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Note Station helps you fully enjoy writing, viewing, managing, and sharing content-rich notes. It is very easy to create content with rich text editing, media embedding, attachments, and much more. Manage your notes by using tags and grouping notes into Notebooks. When you are ready, Note Station makes sharing your content via social networking platforms simple and quick. Create, share, and enjoy!
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The release notes at that download indicate that the product is at an early stage of its life-cycle (first released 2014-12-09), so there is likely to be more to come:
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Release Notes for Note Station

Description:
Note Station helps you fully enjoy writing, viewing, managing, and sharing content-rich notes. It is very easy to create content with rich text editing, media embedding, attachments, and much more. Manage your notes by using tags and grouping notes into Notebooks. When you are ready, Note Station makes sharing your content via social networking platforms simple and quick. Create, share, and enjoy!

System Requirements
DSM 5.0 or onwards is required.
Version: 1.1-0205
(2015/05/12)

    Added to-do list feature. You can add tasks to notes or add them independently to the to-do list.
    Manage tasks by specifying a priority, due date, and reminder.
    Synology Web Clipper is now available on the Chrome Web Store. You can clip web content directly to Note Station.
    Export notebooks to a nsx file for backup or for importing to another Synology NAS.
    Export individual notes as HTML files so that users without Note Station can read them.
    You can archive seldomly used notebooks so that they will not be displayed in the notebook section or in search results.
    Enhanced Note Station file structure. A three-tier structure (Shelf, Notebook, and Note) provides greater flexibility for organizing Note Station.
    You can display notes in presentation mode.
    You can create new notes in a joined notebook if you were given modify permissions.
    You can share notes via the built-in DSM email application.
    You can change the default notebook.
    You can adjust the default note font size.
    Import notes from YinXiangBiJi.
    Better note version conflict handling.
    Todo badge number on Desktop icon.
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Version: 1.0-0074
(2014/12/16)

Fixed Issues
    Enhanced the stability for importing notebooks from Evernote.
    Fixed an issue where deleted notes might still be accessible in tag views.
    Fixed an issue where deleting encrypted notes via the right-click menu might not work properly.
    The display order of notebooks in the tree view is now sorted by notebook name.
    Minor bug fixes.
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Version: 1.0-0069
(2014/12/09)

    This is the initial release for the package.

The Note Station user discussion forum gives an idea of the sorts of issues some users have been experiencing with the product, which could seem typical of early adopters' experiences.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Open in Wayback Machine (new add-on) on: May 23, 2015, 09:35:16 PM
Potentially very useful add-on, via the excellent firefoxfacts.com:
Open in Wayback Machine - Firefox Facts
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May/23 in Add-ons Reviews

Open in Wayback Machine is a very cool addition to the browser. A button and context menu item to open URL in the Wayback Machine, service to view previous versions of websites from archive.org.

How many times have you opened a dead link before? Do you know about the Wayback Machine, amazing web service from guys at archive.org which silently spiders the Web and periodically remembers how pages looked like before?

This extension is a shorthand for easy access of features of Wayback Machine.

    Button in toolbar, which opens currently opened page in Wayback Machine. If you already opened the dead link, just one click and you probably will get the content you wanted after all.
    Context menu item, which opens given URL link in the web page in Wayback Machine. If you already know or see that the link is dead (Wikipedia is pretty anal in this case), you can open this link straight in the archive.org UI for searching the past.

Pick up the Open in Wayback Machine in the Firefox Add-ons website.
19  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 23, 2015, 09:23:10 PM
Why did you ditch the software?  Just curious...

there was nothing wrong with the software. I am just more comfortable with default features and the enhanceability that Autohotkey provides. I also have a Logitech K800 keyboard, whose Fn keys are configurable via AHK without the need for Setpoint software.
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That's really interesting. I presume you're quite satisfied with the result, so far? Any niggles?

Could we have a copy of the AHK code you used for that, please? I'd like to learn from it.
Not sure whether I'd use it though, unless it defeated the Logitech software for the same functionality.
As I said above, "One of the things I need is the control panel display for the headphones". Your approach presumably means you don't/can't use the control panel display (which includes mixer, testing, voice simulation control and battery meter). Do you use something else instead?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 09:08:42 PM
Maybe we could consider whether it might be useful and worthwhile pooling our collective knowledge of computerised project management tools and training in same, and documenting it somehow in this site?
However, I'm not sure whether - in that way - expanding the scope of purpose for this site would necessarily be a good idea.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 22, 2015, 12:22:28 PM
guys, I have that MS Gantt chart....
and I specify a start date 18/05/2015
then I specify 1wk as duration
and it fills automatically 28/05/2015!
and I correct it manually to 22/05/2015
and it automatically makes the 1wk to 0.3wk!!
and whatever I correct, I cannot fix it!
isn't this a badly designed program?
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It can be very frustrating when that sort of thing happens in MS Project.
I did a DuckGo search of "Problem - MS Project automatically resets a task duration" and came up with lots of potentially useful Q&As in forum discussions - e,g,, Problems with dates and duration time with project professional 2010 - Microsoft Community

Without wishing to labour the point, the investment of your time in a training course in the use of MSP, or (probably better) a simultaneous study of MS Project and the book MS Project Inside Out, could help to give you a clearer perspective on this sort of issue - including, for example, why whatever default settings - or (say) settings that you may have fixed -  for your resource availability is a constraint that MS Project will try to match.
If the match is infeasible - e.g., (say) the changed task duration cannot meet the fixed constraints as set - then MSP will readjust until it does meet them. I don't know, but that might be what happened in your case (above).

NB: Also check things like, for example:
  • (a) that you have made consistent use of units of any resource's time.
  • (b) whether your manual correction effectively changed the default unit of resource, or the default resources required. (Check all aspects/properties of the status of the resource before and after the change that you make, and before/after MSP makes its changes.)
  • (c) whether there are any peculiar Calendar constraints for the resources involved, for that time period.
  • (d) whether that task is on the critical path - depending on how you have set up the project, MSP may try to adjust things to stay within the critical path constraints according to the overall START and END points set for the project.

MS Project is arguably one of the most comprehensive and best-designed project planning tools for both CPA (Critical Path Analysis) and Network (PERT) analysis, and project costing that are currently available in the market.
It is actually a sophisticated database tool. I'm not sure, but I think that at one time in its product life it may have been based on Access.
The latest incarnation (I don't know which version you are using) would be the result of years of progressive and incremental improvement and redevelopment throughout its product life.

Many MSP users seem to be unaware that, for many years, MS project has also had a feature for corporate users, which enable one to have a central repository (server) for plans for large and complex programmes of work, where individual sub-project plans can be signed out and worked on in isolation by that sub-project's manager, and then checked back in to the central repository. The overall programme plan thus gives a fully-integrated picture and can use a common pool of resources which tie in to the HR resource utilisation (Calendar, holidays, available working hours, and timesheets) in the corporation. This enables any project manager to access a common resource pool. With a bit of thought, the beneficial implications of this for resource management and resource costing can be appreciated. For example, including how exceedingly useful that could be for resource management efficiency and time-saving in project planning - the ability to assign the available time (from workload and time-sheet analysis) for people and other project resources (e.g., including offices, computer systems, electronic displays or whiteboards), and for a standard cost for all resources to be fed back into any plan.

From experience, whenever I have seen MSP "do something that doesn't make sense", it has generally been because of my ignorance. For example, where I had not understood the rules that MSP was working under in such-and-such a case. I have never yet found MSP to be buggy, or badly-designed, though I personally found it required considerable effort to fully understand how it worked. With that understanding came a much better appreciation of what the tool could do. I moved from finding the the product to be frustratingly stubborn to having a great deal of respect for what it could do and for the design efforts put into it by Microsoft's MSP applications development team - not a bad effort.    Thmbsup
22  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:42:56 PM
@Deozaan: I just edited and clarified my comment above.
23  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:38:42 PM
I'd be wary about trying to blindly fix an apparent non-critical problem in the MS OS (Systray) by using a third-party "fixer" tool, and without first establishing the likely cause and examining the possible workarounds suggested by MS or in MS forums.
Probably best to err on the side of caution...
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 20, 2015, 08:18:38 PM
I was interested in this discussion and went to check FreeFileSync and the FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review, to see if FFS could meet the requirements as described in this discussion thread.

Conclusion: It doesn't look like it can.
Reason:

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25  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - Mini-Review - update re latest version (v7.0) + Sync.Options. on: May 20, 2015, 07:42:59 PM
EDIT 2015-05-21 1242hrs: Update re latest version (v7.0) + Synchronisation Options, where a separate section entitled Details of Synchronisation Options has been added at the end of the opening post.
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