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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: moving data from desktop to laptop on: May 06, 2015, 11:15:11 AM
I'm in good shape now.  I lugged the home puter and terminal and keyboard and mouse into a hotel room and backed up a bunch of stuff to a Passport (it would have needed a USB or internal card for wireless).  Then from Passport to wireless.

Some other issues are floating around, but for now I'm ok.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / moving data from desktop to laptop on: May 03, 2015, 11:07:18 PM
The laptop is a Dell Windows 7 Home Premium, picked up inexpensively.

The desktop is my home puter, but I am in between places, without the FIOS connection.

Is there a way to connect by USB or something (or the old Laplink cables) by just turning
on the desktop.  And then use a file manager to transfer?

Or do i have to haul the whole puter, with monitor, keyboard and mouse, and get it online.
And do all the Dells of the last few years have a built-in wireless?  So that the xfer is reasonably easy.


3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: on the road again - remote windows access from chromebook, tablet, library-hotel on: March 04, 2015, 01:39:38 AM

After I wrote this, I noticed that PortableApps has a Teamviewer app.
After setting up a USB with PortableApps and Teamviewer (easy, except first I want to set it up also for Linux multiboot with utilities to carry with) that will help for anything that takes USB with Windows, especially the library and hotel situation.

Then this seems to help with the Chromebook.

How to Run Windows Software on a Chromebook

Except .. so far the Airpad did not find the Windows system open (same account, waiting for entering key).  I'll try the Chromebook in the AM.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: on the road again - remote windows access from chromebook, tablet, library-hotel on: March 03, 2015, 02:01:34 PM
As long as there is nothing overly difficult in the setup, that is what I meant  smiley .
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / on the road again - remote windows access from chromebook, tablet, library-hotel on: March 03, 2015, 09:15:00 AM
The main puter is at home base. While some stuff is in the cloud or synced or portable, the home puter remains very helpful to access.

 Let's assume good wireless access, allowing that the Airpad and Android abilities to work through phone data often comes in handy, especially for map driving gps good natural restaurant finding times.

When I have a good laptop handy, the answer is simple. Either load the stuff, windows and programs, on the laptop. And use Teamviewer for remote access. My Verizon to Eudora email especially stays home and likes remote access.  Yes, I use gmail, but more as an auxiliary, and all my gmail accounts forward to the home base.

At the moment, no good laptop. So what are recommended options for remote access?

1) airpad or android.  For various reasons I see this as an auxiliary use, but I would give one app or web method a try. Maybe we have a thread.

2) chromebook - this would need some web connection, unless I did one of the chromebook fakeoutslike like downloading an app or installing Linux.  Big advantage .. Good mouse and keyboard.  Setting up an ad hoc local printer ...problematic.

3) library-hotel. - here printing would be easier.  Any good web oriented tools? They would also apply to the chromebook.

Thanks for any ideas. Btw, this is written on airpad using wireless at Bean & Bean ... So I am not opposed to tablets.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: March 03, 2015, 07:45:38 AM
Undue .. oops .. undo ... just undoes the last thing, such as a text change or deletion.  This is more common in word processing programs and is an editing function.  Revert one step.
note "Title" centered capability (you can put in dot to create the result now) ....  The Title of the note is left justified.  Esthetically you might like it in the center.  One way of achieving that now by hand is with a dot and then spaces.   A "center title" option would be nice.  Depends a bit on whether the toolbox supports it.

Notes Browser memoboard header (Title, Due, Tags, etc.) layout - default global setting ...
The layout of the columns (Title - Due - Tags) I think are now done memoboard by memoboard.  Generally I want my own specified layout, e.g. I may not be using tags much so that is on the right.  I may want to always have the memoboard column over to the left.  I want to set it up in one spot globally.  "Apply to all memoboards".  (Then it would be nice to be able to change it for an individual one.  But even simply the "Apply to all" would be the real need, I doubt that I would ever change one.)  I did not see this function.
In that column for the header that is "memoboard", allow full Notezilla path (folders-->subfolders) ...
this is also important.  In my picture above where the "memoboard" would be "Donationcoder Discussions" I would like the global option to say instead the path, which is -
   My Puter --> "Donationcoder Discussions"
Thus, if I end up with 200 or 500 memoboards, I can find it right away.

Skins be less than global .. e.g. for memoboard (forget this one, "skins" are fine.  I think they are simply really "(additional) Memoboard backgrounds".  ) Is that right?  The term skins usually has a wider use.  No problemo.



7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Launch any windows application on the cloud (online) on: March 02, 2015, 06:50:14 AM
As for online, that would be a Microsoft implementation.

Windows in the Cloud?

They would expand Office365 to include much more.  However, getting Windows in the cloud through a back door, outside
of Microsoft, is unlikely.  

As MilesAhead points out, there are possibilities to run Windows programs outside of the normal platform, on a desktop,
maybe a tablet.

8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: March 02, 2015, 04:55:36 AM
 This reminds me that I should learn some of the tricks for posting pics.
 Anyway, here is the new memoboard page.
 Any Notezilla competitor has to be able to give a similar clear visual representation of an "issue".
 OneNote can allow rectangles to hold each note, but my quick check was not too happy with the visual nature of the result.

9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Launch any windows application on the cloud (online) on: March 02, 2015, 04:25:57 AM
Architecturally, not possible, Windows apps are linked to the Windows OS.

Chromebooks are designed to get as close to that as possible, by encouraging you to open up apps that are cloud-based from the Chrome browser.  I think it is a good idea for some limited uses, also for  light research and writing on the run, since you can have decent keyboard and mouse and apps in a very inexpensive and light notebook (I paid $125 for mine used, but figure $250.)

They are beginning to kludge "Apps" from Android into the Chromebook (also a Linux dual-boot), but for the full Windows gamut of apps, you need a Windows Netbook or Laptop or Desktop.  Maybe a Windows tablet, you have to ask someone using one of those.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: March 02, 2015, 04:09:14 AM
First, the searching.
Notezilla is pretty good on the searching.  
A note browser "answer" comes up to the search, and then you can look at one at a time. Es suficiente, since a lot of Notezilla as a full-blown note systems is based on the tree hierarchy.  

Here is the results of a search for "Donationcoder" on my current Notezilla "NotesBrowser".  
The one note that is showing is the first row, but I can quickly see the 2nd, 3rd row etc.
(My major desired enhancement here is that the "Memoboard" column should have the option to show the whole path to the specific memoboard.  Also I think the titles are not in the search.)

Note that the fact that each individual note can selectively be placed to pop up on webpages is a nice part of the integration ("Windows" on the columns). I am using that aspect more than more.

Next I will show you a new memoboard (page) in action. One that I am just setting up, active notes on Donationcoder threads -- "Donationcoder Discussions".

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / has the google book search by time gone bonkers? on: March 01, 2015, 05:32:00 PM
I've used it a thousand times.

google book search
Search tools--> Any time --> Custom range

Today I was looking in google books for "yahweh" in books ...
 (trying to find out the first usages of this name, with the precise spelling)

I also tried "heavenly witnesses" (a search I have done many times).

When I place all the books in the search it comes up fine:
   36,500 for "yahweh"
       791 for "heavenly witnesses"

Then I was limiting the dates ... and generally the books did not come up.
Please, one or two .. try it and let me know if it works for you.
e.g. put in 19th century ... or put in 1500 to 1990.

Temporarily I could use "sort by date" for a fakeout but that would require navigating to the last page.
There is a "reset search tools" but that will undo the date.

This is puzzling since I have used these date searches for years.  
Yes I tried a second browser (Firefox and Chrome) and I used the "reset" and then a redo of the date.


12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: March 01, 2015, 02:34:03 AM
The author Logan had made a point here:

OrangeNote – A Smart Note Taker & Clipboard Manager

Feb, 2010
"gave up on the .NET framework because of too many problems with it (performance, memory issues, and just overall limitations and annoyances)."

They said that:

"Update: The developer sent us an email requesting us to put up a small comment saying that the app is again being actively developed. He has also released an upgrade. Check it out"

And that was the April, 2010 update.

I did not see and RTF editor referenced, so I passed for my use.  Also it did not really seem to have a memoboard that was functional like Notezilla.

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: February 28, 2015, 06:40:06 AM
Here are three more small enhancements:

Date format in memoboard (e.g. allow date, not necessarily date plus time)
Possibly similar options on the note date, although not an issue for me, shows date only.

Ctrl-F bring up the search box (this is a habit thing)

Search should include the titles (looks like it passes that up now.)
14  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Backup4all discount on Upgrades [until 2015-03-01] on: February 28, 2015, 01:01:46 AM
Used the Backup4All forum.

Tried the suggestion to switch the browser that enters Amazon S3.
Tried Opera and it worked.

Good enuf.  Now I will do the upgrade today (before 3/1).

It is possible that one of my freeware backup programs has similar functionality,
but a backup program that looks solid and saves sets and schedules and such for $20 is fine by me.
The support forum helps.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: February 26, 2015, 03:00:37 AM
Here are two more major ones that would make Notezilla visible for prime time, ie. more people would consider it for a full-blown note system.


6) multiple files available through a File->Open command

Currently the .ini file holds the information given in Advanced-->Preferences-->Advanced

Thus in my system I have:
Instead of the default spots.

I'm not sure if the .ini file itself can be moved (e.g. by a parameter in the shortcut)

So in my Windows 7 system the Notezilla.ini file is at its standard spot:
     c:\Users\(user name)\AppData\Roaming\Conceptworld\Notezilla\

So if I have multiple .db files, I can look at one at a time by renaming data files, and/or renaming .ini files.
A File-Open command would be much more appropriate.


7) Similar to this in being a functional help, increased versatility, would be a .db merge command.  One that allows one .db file to be added to another, under a new specified folder name. This would allow you to have available very easily a file that you had at another location or another now-dormant computer.

Is there a Navicat style utility for the SQLite .db files?  
Or more specifically something like this:

Database Content Compare and Merge Tool

I plan to try out this solution on test files.


This is very good, at least, for looking at the database structure.

DB Browser for SQLite

Although looking at data (again, duplicate test files only) hit some potential snags, eg:

"A table in this database requires a special collation function 'NOCASE' that this
application can't provide without further knowledge.
If you choose to proceed, be aware bad things can happen to your database.
Create a backup!"


Only today am I trying out the "Skins".

They are explained here:

And the download site is:

At one point I complained about not having some backgrounds like corkboard, that plaint is now inoperative!  
(Well there should be a corkboard memoboard, which is not quite cartonboard.)

At least when it comes to the notes themselves.
Although I would still like more flexibility on the white background which is the full memoboard background.

You get to applying the skin to a note by the Appearance toolbar button. I had missed using that.


16  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Backup4all discount on Upgrades [until 2015-03-01] on: February 25, 2015, 01:02:14 AM
My first attempt in the cloud is their Amazon S3 implementation.  You end up in an arcane S3 world.  I was able to create the access key and secret access key fairly easily.  Then it wants a bucket, or says it will create one.  Nahhh.. And the error messages are wrong (Backup4all says the name must be unique even when you offer a crazy name that is definitely unique).

"TVfs Error
Bucket names must be unique across the entire Amazon S3.
Please select another bucket name."

Maybe you are supposed to go into the Amazon Dashboard and implement policies, but that does not make a lot of sense (I set up one user in an attempt to create buckets, with similar results.).

This is meant for the common user?


Earlier they used a WebDrive product.  This process is apparently now supposed to be more native not requiring the webdrive thing.


Similarly, Azure/OneDrive is supposed to have a key.  Not very obvious how that is set up.

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email notifiers (whew) on: February 21, 2015, 11:08:45 PM
I'm not going to go with PopTrayU.  The developer is fine, but I hit an error in functioning once and to often I wait with a circular Windows icon. I don't think it is as stable and robust as I need.  This might be a function of the abandon and restart by another programmer history of the open source program.

Pop Peeper and Gmail Notifier Pro both get high marks.  Jeff from Pop Peeper was very helpful on private email.  Both have forums.

Gmail Notifier Pro - the 4-minute gap

With the iOS I forward the gmail to the email. Then I am told there are good alarm settings built right in. Checking that now (a sound, nothing persistent.)  The tablets are actually more important in the long run since the user can have them nearby even when out to lunch.

Not sure about Android.

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: February 21, 2015, 09:59:40 AM

Coming to this discussion late.  Only read the first few pages and this one, so far.

With Bitcoin being used primarily in internet gambling and involving a wasteful set-up application by a geek oligarchy (mining bitcoins) I find it rather an absurd and funky-wrong attempt to have an alternate medium of exchange. With a bit of a ponzi investment element and dubious internals. (There is no there there.)   The early attendees can do good financially if they can find ways to cash out, which is the nature of ponzi.  If they hold everything, they risk everything.

If you want to speculate at this point, it is a bit like day trading, with far less possibility of a sensible strategy. Except, I gather, that you can not afford to make small transactions, due to transaction fees.

And I am a big fan of bullion and real estate as real money and value.  My view: it is hard to say that gold or silver is overvalued or undervalued.  One ounce of either remains at 1 oz a year later. It is the price, volume and confidence in the fiat currencies that varies.  The bullion remains the same.

If you, or a friend or relative, puts some wallpaper money into bullion, it never changes. If the price goes down, that's ok.  If you lose, you win. Since, up to that time, we have not had an economic collapse and hyperinflation .. yet.  Whatever little stash of green is around is still valuable.


If there is a time when Bitcoin has the same amount of convertibility as decent credit card points (transferable gift cards for Target, Bed Bath and Beyond and Barnes and Noble) let me know and I will rethink the above.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Preloaded spyware, courtesy Lenovo on: February 21, 2015, 09:02:36 AM
Are you saying that you overwrite their OS with the installation media that comes with the hardware?  
If so, do they supply CDs, or do you burn them, or have another source?  If from Lenovo, these are clean unlike the PCs they sent out?

Just want to have a clearer explanation.
Clearly overwriting with Mint is another story.

20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Backup4all discount on Upgrades [until 2015-03-01] on: February 20, 2015, 06:13:12 PM
Good tip. My Professional Version 3 license was 2008, and has always been a good program.

Now version 5 for $21, and clearly some cloud backup savvy. Looks good. This is the only backup
software that I have actually purchased so far.

You actually choose the vendor:

Plimus - paypro global - avangate - shareit.
Decisions, decisions.

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: file-by file set backups to the cloud - good tools needed on: February 20, 2015, 09:12:25 AM
I'm going to say, tentatively, that DriveHQ is the leader here.  It has a separate Online Backup program that is quite good. Not as sophisticated as a dedicated backup program, but quite fine. Gives you things like excluding specific file types and folders.  More later as I try to use it a bit more.  This is auxiliary to also having an excellent file manager.

If other programs, related to cloud backup, have something similar, it would be good to know.  I would probably like to have two backup programs running to the cloud with my daily data.

This could be from either direction.  The cloud says .. "use this backup ..". Or the backup program says "we support cloud a-b-c".

One reason that DriveHQ might be the leader is the fact that it has the professional level two-pane file manager built-in as well (separate download). I've found that quite helpful over the years.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: email notifiers (whew) on: February 20, 2015, 06:38:32 AM
I'll try the two main Firefox extensions.  Since I always have Firefox open, it may work well, however for the biz there are other individuals with different habits.  Plus, Firefox extensions have a bit of a quirkiness history with new releases. (Note: Gmail Watcher got into a little disagreement with Mozillazine.)

Here is the earlier discussion. 2012-2014

Good Multi-account (GMAIL included) email notifier

The three I mostly reference are in the thread.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / email notifiers (whew) on: February 20, 2015, 02:27:41 AM
Email notifiers seem like an unnecessary luxury, or obstacle.  However, in some businesses there are applications with real critical needs to know about the incoming mail, even quickly.

I thought this would be easy, that a few apps would fit, and I could choose one. However, it turns out that the quirky quotient is high, and things can be a bit puzzling.  Also I really wanted a program that still had support, even a forum, as this was going to be used by compatriots and I did not want it to flatten out 6 months later on new software versions, etc.

There are many features in some programs that I did not care about at the moment.  Working with one gmail account, I bypassed whether they handled a dozen accounts, or a dozen other email vendors, or calendar notifications, etc.

About 5 programs were tested that simply were not ready for prime time.  The best of this bunch was Spiffy.  Others were Kwerty, Popman, Gmail Notifier Plus, Mail Notifier. Another 10 programs were bypassed because they were clearly defunct or had a major disqualification.

I ignored gadget based programs. Multi-Email Notifier from India might be a good program.  However, the surrounding info was too sketchy. And now I see the comments here: . Google discontinued some program they had.


One neat feature is when the email notifier responds to particularly "labels" within the gmail account. That is a bit of a sleeper consideration for existing accounts.
(My gmail account had already been designed to handle only this important mail.)

Tablet is another issue.  I would like a good one for Androids and Airpads.


3 Programs were left for Windows

Gmail Notifier Pro - Patrik Engstrom -
Forum - (my post)
Cost -
This may be the richest in overall features.  The post explains why it is currently out of consideration, which for many would be a minor issue.

Pop Peeper - Jeff Meier -
Pro -  (license required for biz use)
Forum -
Plugin - Skin Notifier Plugin - needed for flexibility
This is very nice, with skins, the architecture can be a bit puzzling, since the skin sort of replaces the traditional notification. I have an email to Jeff about the best set-up.

PopTrayU - Jessica Brown -  - Free
Forum -
Plugin needed for Gmail -
Extension of PopTray - - many of the Poptray plugins should work.
Rather plain.  It was a little difficult to set up at first, because of the plugin need to get gmail to work. And also changing some settings. Used the forum.
At this time it is the leader as it is free (we will have 3 or more users) has support and can handle the specific need.

That is the overview, at this time.  The cost is modest for a small business of the first two.  All three have strengths, limitations and weaknesses.

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: taskbar clutter - back to the virtual desktop GoScreen on: February 19, 2015, 09:12:06 AM
SE Tray-Menu has become mildly indispensable.  Really does solve the problem in a minimalist way.  The light bulb icon is easy to find and remember. Nicely done.

Should look at the other programs.

SE-SOFT.COMFree windows software for common everyday tasks

And sent the author a note with the idea of a second menu for the non-shown "notification only" icons that come up when you hit the little pointer on the left and it says "customize".  I put a lot there that I would similarly like to see listed.

I put GoScreen on hiatus for a bit.  Planning a note to the author Andrei Gourianov on a couple of things, or a post in the Yahoogroups forum. I'm not quite groking how it starts up, and where it picks up the remembered setup.  (I have a special shortcut to the data being on the d:/ ),

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: February 19, 2015, 03:10:01 AM
If Onenote with desktop functionality was a $49 program, with upgrades every couple of years, I would be very interested.

While OCR (I use Abbyy screenshot reader) and audio integration are nice techie things, I like the rectangle format, eliminating white space.  For me this is the feature that could make it happier than other programs like Rightnote.  Since, so far, I have only found that function in Notezilla in the desktop programs.  (However, for that to have full functionality, the rectangle should be optionally boxed and/or colored.)

I agree that the current situation is somewhat convoluted.  

Am I supposed to fake out as a corporate user?   While I am affiliated with some companies that have some Microsoft products, the actual license very possibly would not apply, by the letter of the letter.  Anyway, I am tempted to go that route, to use the latest desktop version, but I have 2007 anyway, but only on my main PC.  Convoluted to the max.

The problems you say above apply.  Plus I like desktop assess.  Its quicker and always with the puter, even while driving on Amtrack! The programs are better.


Some of the cloud complications.

And I am a big fan of a non-hierarchical approach for bookmarks (Linkman).  However, I have never understood trying to use a mass of glob of notes in that manners.


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