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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: Today at 10:13:24 PM
I thought this was rather funny - made me LOL anyway: You Won't Believe This Border Patrol Checkpoint Refusal Video

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB_l6sLxNj4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB_l6sLxNj4</a>
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: Today at 04:35:02 PM
I am made unspeakably annoyed by an email I received this morning.
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
email from: David Moon, Demand Progress <info@demandprogress.org>

This is urgent. The TPP Internet censorship plan is being finalized in secret meetings right now.  We're teaming up with several other organizations and millions of people to block it.

We need all hands on deck at this crucial moment.  We'll be delivering millions of petition signatures in about a week, and we want your name to be one of them -- just click here.

Here’s the situation: President Obama himself is in secretive meetings with key political figures and lobbyists in Asia to lock the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Internet censorship plan into place.

We know from leaked documents that this secretive plan will censor your use of the Internet and strip away your rights. If finalized, this plan would force ISPs to act as “Internet Police”, monitoring our Internet use, censoring content, and removing whole websites.

It will give media conglomerates centralized control over what you can watch and share online.

We urgently need your help to fight back. Add your voice right now and we’ll project a Stop the Secrecy message on key buildings in Washington D.C. to ensure Obama, the media, and everyone else knows this censorship plan must be stopped.

Once key leaders finalize TPP Internet censorship plans it will be used to globalize censorship across the world. This may be our only chance to stop it.

Our attention-grabbing message will shine a light on their secret plan and will make clear to Washington lobbyists that the Internet community will never accept the TPP’s secrecy or censorship. The more who speak out, the larger our projection will become, and the more people we can reach.

This is a decisive moment: we need to act right now -- join us, OpenMedia, and DailyKos as we fight back.

Join with millions of people all over the world to shine a light on the TPP’s job-killing Internet censorship plan. Let’s send decision-makers and the lobbyists pulling the strings a message they can’t ignore: "Stop the secrecy now."

With every voice that is added to our call the Stop The Secrecy projection in Washington bigger and brighter.

We’ve stalled them before and we can kill this censorship plan if we act together at this critical moment.

The bureaucrats and lobbyists think they can ram through this damaging binding plan behind your back and without your consent.

Click here to help make sure they don't let them get away with it.

Thank you for being a part of history,

Demand Progress

If one wants to, one can add one's name to the petition at: https://stopthesecrecy.net/?src=dp, where it says (my emphasis):
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
The TPP is huge: It covers 40% of the global economy and will overwrite national laws affecting people around the world.3

The worst of the TPP threatens everything we care about: democracy, jobs, health, the environment, and the Internet.  That's why decision-makers are meeting in Asia under extreme secrecy and pushing 'Fast Track' laws to cement the plan into place.

This is no way to make decisions in the 21st century. We need to raise a loud global call to expose this dangerous secrecy now.

With every voice that is added to our call, a donor will contribute to make the Stop The Secrecy projection on buildings in Washington D.C. bigger and brighter. We need to make this as big as possible when Obama returns to Washington on April 30th.

Please add your voice to help us build one of the largest online campaigns the world has ever seen.
Maximize Our Impact by Spreading the Word:

Image: StopTheSecrecy spotlight
Are you in the U.S.? Check out 'Save the World: Stop Fast Track' from Global Trade Watch:
Save The World: Stop Fast Track

Click here if you haven't added your voice yet.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: Today at 04:52:36 AM
Absolutely brilliant. Flying Robot Rockstars

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlqe1DXnJKQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlqe1DXnJKQ</a>
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HashTab - Great little tool ... on: April 23, 2014, 09:46:51 PM
@MilesAhead: Thanks. Have downloaded it to try out.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Malwarebytes v2.0 - Gripe on: April 23, 2014, 05:22:27 AM
Thanks for telling me.
I shall stick with the paid PRO version
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: HashTab - Great little tool ... on: April 23, 2014, 01:45:30 AM
Just thought I'd revive this thread to say that I've been using HashTab (v5.1.23) for a while now and am finding it very useful in my file management tasks - e.g., when I am wanting to determine whether two files of the same or different names are in fact the same (duplicated) file.
However, I might dispense with using it on those occasions when the xplorer² Checksum column is likely to be more useful (see below).

  • HashCheck Shell Extension: Thanks to @PhilB66's mention of it in this thread (above), I am about to trial this.
  • WinMD5sum: I have been using this on occasion.
  • xplorer² Checksum column:: is a column you can invoke in xplorer² to give you a checksum of files in (say) a directory listing. The manual warns that invoking the Checksum column could be a resource hog:
    x² extracts certain information from each file and displays it in different columns of the folder pane (e.g. checksum).
    However, this additional consumes CPU resources and slows down other operations.
    To make the operation more efficient, x² has a provision that it will display the information only if the file-size is below a [settable] threshold value.
    (A very handy feature.)
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Max runtime allowed an update to Vista Ultimate before withdrawing life support? on: April 22, 2014, 06:57:00 AM
Update: I did kill it, as it said it was closing down.
Turns out it was the Touchpad driver install that was installing.
After much frantic searching of forums, I came across a discussion thread about Vista Windows Update not working between 2 MVPs, where one MVP gave a link to what he called a "third party" Windows Update fix/install tool, that had been provided by Microsoft because they had been unable to fix it themselves.
I downloaded the tool and installed it, and it fixed it - suddenly Vista Windows Update was working like it should. I downloaded lots of updates, then SP1, then lots more updates and then SP2, then a few more updates.
All updates are now bang up to date.
I scanned and found 4 or so updates that Failed, and one that was cancelled (as it had already been updated). I did some detective work and read the KB articles on each of the Failed items, then downloaded the Failed KB updates and tried to install them manually. Each one was declared as either being "not suited to" my computer's OS or having been "blocked".

I couldn't figure out any more than that.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found on: April 22, 2014, 04:57:25 AM
Well, this is a surprise!
Intentional Backdoor In Consumer Routers Found
New submitter janoc (699997) writes about a backdoor that was fixed (only not).
"Eloi Vanderbeken from Synacktiv has identified an intentional backdoor in a module by Sercomm used by major router manufacturers (Cisco, Linksys, Netgear, etc.). The backdoor was ostensibly fixed — by obfuscating it and making it harder to access. The original report (PDF). And yeah, there is an exploit available ..."
Rather than actually closing the backdoor, they just altered it so that the service was not enabled until you knocked the portal with a specially crafted Ethernet packet. Quoting Ars Technica:
"The nature of the change, which leverages the same code as was used in the old firmware to provide administrative access over the concealed port, suggests that the backdoor is an intentional feature of the firmware ... Because of the format of the packets—raw Ethernet packets, not Internet Protocol packets—they would need to be sent from within the local wireless LAN, or from the Internet service provider’s equipment. But they could be sent out from an ISP as a broadcast, essentially re-opening the backdoor on any customer’s router that had been patched."
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Max runtime allowed an update to Vista Ultimate before withdrawing life support? on: April 19, 2014, 05:34:34 AM
Well, it's now about 27hrs elapsed and we're still at the "Shutting down..." screen message. The intermittent disk activity light flashes at a regular interval of around 7 or 8 seconds apart.
Would it be a bad idea to pull the plug now?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Max runtime allowed an update to Vista Ultimate before withdrawing life support? on: April 18, 2014, 10:52:47 PM
A couple or so weeks back, I fell asleep holding a mug of tea, spilling tea on my lap and on my daughter's 3 y/o DELL Triple-Core M501R laptop, killing the laptop and HDD.    embarassed      thumb down
Yes, I know. In one of my first jobs in IT, if you went into the computer room with food, drink or were smoking, you were instantly dismissed and escorted off the premises by two security personnel (it was a a big hush-hush operation with very strict rules about security risks.)
So I cannibalised an old 32-bit DELL Inspiron (with Intel Centrino Duo) which had a failed hard drive (OS=Vista Basic), and swapped in a 120GB hard drive from an old Toshiba (XP) laptop. Then I installed Windows Ultimate on the DELL and proceeded to go through about 150+ updates via Windows Update.
Then I try to install the next update - SP1. But it won't work, as the install says it does not support the operating system. The install for IE8 (the laptop has IE7) also says it does not support the operating system. Hmm.
A lot of mucking about ensued, with no progress. Double-checked everything.
I checked all the reports from the OS. They told me that it is definitely Vista Ultimate. The SP1 update pack and IE8 update pack are definitely OK for Vista Ultimate.
So what gives?

Peeking inside using X-Setup Pro v9.2.100, one of the plugins reported that there is a flag set which indicates that this laptop is a "Type XP" computer. There are around 9 different "Types" - one of them is Vista. I can't find out (looked in the Registry) where this flag is set. The setting is not editable, but I edited the plugin to change the reported flag setting - to see if it made any difference. It didn't.
So I log in to my DELL account and install a lot of the DELL standard software and drivers for this DELL laptop's TAG/build, hoping that will convince the OS that it is "Type Vista". All goes well on the installs, but it doggedly remains "Type XP" and the update packs still objected.
As I had by this time been up all night and the next day on this case, I put the laptop into sleep mode, closed the lid, and went to sleep myself. When I woke up, the laptop was ON and felt a bit hot to the touch, lid still closed (it has a latch). I open it up and everything seems normal/OK, with no indication as to what woke it up. I dismissed it, suspecting my 3½ y/o, and then played around a bit more with the DELL software, and went to restart the laptop via the Start menu - but there was a new little icon on the Vista shutdown button, with a popup on mouseover to the effect that "Switch off and enable update to install". So I pressed that.
The screen showed usual/normal logoff steps, and then displayed a light blue Vista background with something like: "Please do not switch off or remove power from the computer. Update in progress. Installing update 1 of 1..." - with a revolving orb and moving dots and an intermittent disk activity light all indicating that something was happening.
I guessed that with my messing about it could well be - finally! - doing the SP1 update install.
So I left it alone.

The downloaded SP1 update package filesize was either (from memory) approx 430Mb (for the 5 language install) or 640Mb (for the 36 language install). After the Windows Update had downloaded SP1 but failed to install it, I had downloaded both and tried to get them to install, but with no joy. I suspect that the laptop must have woken up on a scheduled start, and was installing the SP1 update package that it had already saved to disk in the earlier (failed) attempt via the Windows Update.

That was at about 7PM last night.
It is now about 21hrs later and within the last hour or so (I haven't been keeping a close eye on it), the screen has started to display a new message: "Shutting down..." - with a revolving orb and an intermittent disk activity light indicating that something is happening. (The screen goes dark but illuminates when the touchpad is touched, whereupon one can read the message.)

I wondered whether this is what passes for "normal" for an SP1 update to Vista Ultimate. The DC Forum doesn't have much on it, and neither do other forums, though they do seem to generally show that Vista is a bit of a nightmare to support.
Anyway, having come this far, I am reluctant to pull the plug, but really it does seem strange.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: April 18, 2014, 07:07:19 PM
I read somewhere that Snowden had apparently been nominated for the Nobel Peach Prize, but after Snowden's open letter (below), Adam Scott reckons that Snowden could well end up being nominated for US President:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
SNOWDEN: I Questioned Putin To Get His Answer On Record - Business Insider
EDWARD SNOWDEN: Here's Why I Asked Putin A Question Yesterday
Edward Snowden, The Guardian
Apr. 18, 2014, 8:40 AM   12,819 20

On Thursday, I questioned Russia's involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia's president, Vladimir Putin, a question that cannot credibly be answered in the negative by any leader who runs a modern, intrusive surveillance program: "Does [your country] intercept, analyze or store millions of individuals' communications?"

I went on to challenge whether, even if such a mass surveillance program were effective and technically legal, it could ever be morally justified.

The question was intended to mirror the now infamous exchange in US Senate intelligence committee hearings between senator Ron Wyden and the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, about whether the NSA collected records on millions of Americans, and to invite either an important concession or a clear evasion. (See a side-by-side comparison of Wyden's question and mine here.)

Clapper's lie – to the Senate and to the public – was a major motivating force behind my decision to go public, and a historic example of the importance of official accountability.

In his response, Putin denied the first part of the question and dodged on the latter. There are serious inconsistencies in his denial – and we'll get to them soon – but it was not the president's suspiciously narrow answer that was criticized by many pundits. It was that I had chosen to ask a question at all.

I was surprised that people who witnessed me risk my life to expose the surveillance practices of my own country could not believe that I might also criticize the surveillance policies of Russia, a country to which I have sworn no allegiance, without ulterior motive. I regret that my question could be misinterpreted, and that it enabled many to ignore the substance of the question – and Putin's evasive response – in order to speculate, wildly and incorrectly, about my motives for asking it.

The investigative journalist Andrei Soldatov, perhaps the single most prominent critic of Russia's surveillance apparatus (and someone who has repeatedly criticized me in the past year), described my question as "extremely important for Russia". It could, he said, "lift a de facto ban on public conversations about state eavesdropping."

Others have pointed out that Putin's response appears to be the strongest denial of involvement in mass surveillance ever given by a Russian leader – a denial that is, generously speaking, likely to be revisited by journalists.

In fact, Putin's response was remarkably similar to Barack Obama's initial, sweeping denials of the scope of the NSA's domestic surveillance programs, before that position was later shown to be both untrue and indefensible.

So why all the criticism? I expected that some would object to my participation in an annual forum that is largely comprised of softball questions to a leader unaccustomed to being challenged. But to me, the rare opportunity to lift a taboo on discussion of state surveillance before an audience that primarily views state media outweighed that risk. Moreover, I hoped that Putin's answer – whatever it was – would provide opportunities for serious journalists and civil society to push the discussion further.

When this event comes around next year, I hope we'll see more questions on surveillance programs and other controversial policies. But we don't have to wait until then. For example, journalists might ask for clarification as to how millions of individuals' communications are not being intercepted, analyzed or stored, when, at least on a technical level, the systems that are in place must do precisely that in order to function. They might ask whether the social media companies reporting that they have received bulk collection requests from the Russian government are telling the truth.

I blew the whistle on the NSA's surveillance practices not because I believed that the United States was uniquely at fault, but because I believe that mass surveillance of innocents – the construction of enormous, state-run surveillance time machines that can turn back the clock on the most intimate details of our lives – is a threat to all people, everywhere, no matter who runs them.

Last year, I risked family, life, and freedom to help initiate a global debate that even Obama himself conceded "will make our nation stronger". I am no more willing to trade my principles for privilege today than I was then.

I understand the concerns of critics, but there is a more obvious explanation for my question than a secret desire to defend the kind of policies I sacrificed a comfortable life to challenge: if we are to test the truth of officials' claims, we must first give them an opportunity to make those claims.

• Edward Snowden wrote for the Guardian through the Freedom of the Press Foundation
This article originally appeared on guardian.co.uk

It seems that some people, including Adam Scott (but not me, you understand) might think that having an honest and freedom-aspiring president could make a welcome and beneficial change for the people of the USA and for that country's national integrity and international standing, but I couldn't possibly comment.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Windows desktop productivity tool on: April 18, 2014, 08:33:50 AM
Have you considered using something like Windows Sysinternals Desktops?
It's quite nifty. I have used it for similar purposes in the past. I have not used the latest (2012) version 2.0 though.
13  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: RIPT (Ript) shareable scrapbook-clipping programme - Mini-Review on: April 15, 2014, 05:30:58 AM
No download link?

Oh, thanks for pointing that out, and my apologies. I had put it in the image (JPG) of the canvas, and had intended to but forgot (was distracted by events at home) to put it in the table at the front as a clickable link as well.
The first link I came across when doing the DuckGo search for it today was: http://ript.en.softonic.com/
Have put it in the table now.
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / RIPT (Ript) shareable scrapbook-clipping programme - Mini-Review on: April 15, 2014, 01:28:41 AM
Originally posted:2014-04-15
Last updated2014-04-15

Basic Info
App Name[attach]  RIPT (shareable scrapbook-clipping program)
Thumbs-Up Rating Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup
App URLOne of several download sites: http://ript.en.softonic.com/
App Version ReviewedRIPT v.0.5.0218 (Freeware, 2007)
Test System SpecsWindows Vista Ultimate 32-bit
Supported OSesWindows
Support MethodsNone. (OBSOLETE product)
Upgrade PolicyNot applicable.
Trial Version Available?Freeware
Pricing SchemeNot applicable.

Intro and Overview:
RIPT is a shareable (with other RIPT users) scrapbook-clipping program.
I thought I'd publish a review of this forgotten, elegant program for those who (like me) might find an occasional - if not frequent - use for it. I don't really need it now, as I tend to use:

This screenshot (below) tells you all you really need to know about RIPT, if you want to get started using it:
(Click to expand image.)

Description: The quote below from Robert J. Calvano[ contains the text of the website referred to in the screenshot above, and gives the background to the RIPT project's development.
(Copied sans embedded links/images.)
Ript: Software Design & Development
Before there was ever such a thing as Pinterest, there was Ript.

"I want you to make an application that doesn't look or feel like an application." Those words, spoken by Oxygen's CEO Gerry Laybourne, guided the extremely talented Agile development team I worked on while we designed and developed Ript.  

Ript is (read was) a free Windows desktop application which was made available for download via the web. The target audience was women, age 18-45, that were smart, savvy, early adopters, shoppers and collaborators.  With our focus on women, we were driven to surpass their user experience expectations and created a useful tool that was playful and purposeful as well as simple, elegant and fun.

It mimics the acts of ripping, piling and arranging. It's part scrapbook, part visual to do list (or to buy list), part collaborative tool. You can drag and drop any type of image or text from an internet site, or your directory structure, and arrange all of your assets any way you see fit. Then share or print them.

We had tons of fun designing the application as well as collaborating with the TV department to create spots that captured the essence of the app (videos below).

We even brought in John Maeda to work with the team for a day, expand our thinking, and to give Ript a test drive.

After NBC Universal bought Oxygen, the project was left to rot on the vine. Then along came Pinterest.

The Good:
Potentially a very useful little program. Seems to work flawlessly.

Needs Improvement:
(No notes on this. The software has apparently been abandoned and is not being maintained.)

Why I think you should use this product:
It might be just what you were looking for!

How it compares to similar products:
I know of nothing similar to RIPT.

Could well be worth your giving it a quick trial.
15  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review on: April 13, 2014, 06:21:38 AM
^^ Making use of some odd bits and pieces to get my daughter another laptop (I just destroyed hers with a tea spill), I have just built up an old DELL Inspiron laptop (Intel Centrino Duo CPU), fitted with an old 120GB hard drive from a dead Toshiba laptop, and a new/unused Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit.
I have been running it with UAC ON and OFF, and I had no problem in adding the Comments and Tags columns into Windows Explorer. The same columns show up in xplorer² also.

This is the first time I have ever installed/used Vista, so it was all a bit of a discovery for me. Seems a lot like Win7. Or, more correctly, Win7 seems a lot like Vista.

I recall using DESCRIPT.ION files - I think it was under 4DOS, which I used a lot at one time.
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Calibre - e-Book (Personal Library/Document) Management - Mini-Review on: April 11, 2014, 07:07:50 AM
Update 2014-04-11:
Added note for Calibre v1.32  (latest).
Calibre now seems close to a Nirvana state in terms of breadth and scope of document library and reference management, and support for reading/viewing on various different reading devices.
The automation of document meta-data collection from across the Internet is superb.

See the list of new features by version: http://calibre-ebook.com/whats-new
This information is split into:
The full list of changes to Calibre is available here.
There is an excellent demo/video of Calibre in action - Calibre grand tour. (This is well worth watching.)
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review on: April 10, 2014, 06:27:40 PM
@rjbull: I don't really have any useful suggestions as to how SAN could help you with the coupons problem. It's an interesting puzzle.

By the file's Comments field I mean the "Comment" column that you can add in Windows Explorer (Windows7).
In the DCF discussion: IDEA: Allow commenting of files in directory listing
 - I described it:
...I use xplorer² file manager (Windows Explorer replacement). That has 2 comments fields - one (A) seems to be peculiar to xplorer², and the other (B) is a system one. For a JPG file, if you write/edit a comment in (A), it appears in (B), but it does not appear in either the EXIF or IPTC info of the file.

xplorer² has this note about using Comments:
File comments rely on an advanced NTFS feature called “Alternate Data Streams” (ADS). Imagine a file as a kind of "folder" that has a stream for the regular contents and secondary streams for other information, including comments. When you move the file around, all these alternate streams are silently carried along.
What that means is that if you run a file backup to a non-NTFS disk, then you will strip off the ADS (Comment) data [in the back-up copies of the files].
There is no manager for the Comments, so you have to display them in the file manager, though xplorer² says you can export the comments and file names to a spreadsheet for analysis. ...

Does that make sense to you?

I am finding that the Comment field (for most files) and the Tag field (in image files) are potentially two very useful tools for increasing and storing file meta-data. I just wish they were easier to use and get into an information management database.
18  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review on: April 10, 2014, 09:26:01 AM
^^ Will that give @rjbull what he seems to require? I'm not so sure that it will.
For example, I have a SAN for the "About" window of the ATI Tray Tools utility.

The SAN file is SaN_About.txt, and it contains:
[APP]Stick A Note , 2.1.0[/APP]
[NOTES]ATI Tray Tools v1.7.9.1573 (still latest as at 2013-07-03).
Latest version from "old" site page:
From "new" site page:

This same SAN pops up on various other windows with the string "About" in the window title and which are nothing to do with the ATI Tray Tools utility - e.g., whilst editing a file called About everything.text or Not About.txt. Whilst this is not a problem per se for me, it does serve to illustrate that SAN does not attempt to discriminate between different application windows with the same string (e.g., "About") in the Window title. That is, SAN seems to work best or more specifically where the window title term(s) is(are) unique rather than potentially generic.

So, where the requirement is:
...I'd like to make persistent notes that can be stuck to similar windows by some form of wildcard.  That is, I'd like to be able to stick a note to a Web page and all its child pages, and to be able to stick a note to a particular file whatever editor I'm using to edit it. ...
- I have been unable to realise the first part (web pages) with SAN, but the second part (file names) can be realised to a greater extent by judiciously naming files in a unique fashion.
To be able to realise/meet both requirements with SAN would be very useful to me.
For files, I had been pondering the idea of somehow getting SAN to use the text in a file's Comment field, rather than just in a text file called (say) SaN_About.txt. The text would thus travel with the file, regardless of what application opened it. The implication is that the text might (say) even be duplicated in the file's comment field and in a file called SaN_About.txt - but that wouldn't be very elegant.
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Allow commenting of files in directory listing on: April 08, 2014, 09:32:10 PM
Just to update my review of this:
I have tried adapting to using CommentExplorer, but, though it works fine, it does not suit my particular requirements, which are:
  • #1. Ability to create or edit/modify/append file Comments for either single files or several selected files.
  • #2. Ability to search/list file comments in selected nested directories.
  • #3. Ability to speedily list/search all comments for all commented files, preferably in some kind of database.

The best I have come up with so far is still the use of the Comment (Alt-Z) function in xplorer²:


Using this function meets requirements #1 and #2 very well, but producing (say) a whole-of-drive (all files) file comments listing is a bit tedious as the xplorer² search is looking at all files with data in the comments field. A quicker way is to search for comments in types of files or in specific nested directories.
However, if you do a save of a completed whole-of-drive (all files) file comments listing, then you can refer to that as your static snapshot database as at that point in time - and it is very fast as you are only searching the database.

...I use xplorer² file manager (Windows Explorer replacement). That has 2 comments fields - one (A) seems to be peculiar to xplorer², and the other (B) is a system one. For a JPG file, if you write/edit a comment in (A), it appears in (B), but it does not appear in either the EXIF or IPTC info of the file.

xplorer² has this note about using Comments:
File comments rely on an advanced NTFS feature called “Alternate Data Streams” (ADS). Imagine a file as a kind of "folder" that has a stream for the regular contents and secondary streams for other information, including comments. When you move the file around, all these alternate streams are silently carried along.
What that means is that if you run a file backup to a non-NTFS disk, then you will strip off the ADS (Comment) data [in the back-up copies of the files].
There is no manager for the Comments, so you have to display them in the file manager, though xplorer² says you can export the comments and file names to a spreadsheet for analysis. ...
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: send PNG by email but inserted into email instead of as an attachment on: April 08, 2014, 05:57:37 PM
You could also consider using PSR (Problem Steps Recorder) which is built-in to Win7. It automates a lot (possibly most/all) of what you describe yourself doing manually, in the opening post. It puts the steps, screenshots and your comments text into an MHT file which is actually just a MIME email format file. The MHT file is ZIPped, all ready for emailing.  The MHT file is viewable in a web browser.
Here's the link to the Microsoft Help page about PSR: How do I use Problem Steps Recorder?
Here's an image copy of the help page from PSR:

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Working with excel row and columns on: April 08, 2014, 05:19:32 AM
I don't know how you would be able to do that in a LibreOffice spreadsheet, but I would hazard a guess that a LibreOffice forum/discussion group might be able to help. This sort of requirement probably won't be a "new" one.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 06, 2014, 07:31:56 PM
Very amusing and presumably unexpected backfire from a poll put up by the UK Independent, presumably intended to embarrass PM contender Farage. I don't know/care much about the politics, but I find it amusing when the media attempt to slur a politician they do not support and it all turns to custard.
As one of the comments suggests, it may be an indication that patriots like a patriot...


(Source: Guido Fawkes' blog.)
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Micro-review: Scapple on: April 06, 2014, 06:02:40 AM
Also of possible interest in this context: StickySorter 1.0.1908.0 (I think that is the latest version issued).)
(It's apparently no longer supported/maintained by MS Labs, but you can still find it on the Internet.)

StickySorter is an affinity diagramming tool. Rather nifty. Can import/export from/to .CSV files.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: April 04, 2014, 01:07:03 PM
I closed down FF after that run of FoxySpider and ran CCleaner whilst I made a cuppa tea. When I came back I saw that CC had removed over 2Gb of surplus data...compared to the usual max of 400Mb or so that it would otherwise usually do!
It would be interesting to see if one of those large images, when saved to disk and then opened and re-saved using (say) irfanview, would still be as big on the re-save - even without compression. I recall a discussion a while back on DCF where someone had these humungus image files - wedding photos - that he had recovered from disk. I noticed that after re-saving them in uncompressed form, they were of a "normal" size, and still had the same resolution. The conclusion was that recovered files can contain a load of redundant/surplus data, and I have found that to be consistent with my own experience since in recovering deleted image files from disk.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: April 04, 2014, 04:37:16 AM
^^ Wow, there are a lot of humungous images on that site! Some very nice pix though. Impossible to download the whole lot into a FoxySpider window. Those aren't thumbnails! S-L-O-W. It tried to download them, but I killed it. Did not crash.
Bandwidth killer.
That's rather a feature of the website being crawled though, isn't it - rather than FoxySpider, I mean?
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