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1  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Context Note on: August 26, 2015, 06:17:54 PM
And there are subtle issues when you do like it so much you create like 400 stickies over time.

I think you might have misunderstood the term 'subtle' Grin Grin Grin

I don't think I did.

"So, you open the master repository of stickies in Dexpot node seven, then you can create new stickies relevant to the context in the other six nodes, but if you ever have to close down your stickies program you lose the context awareness and they all get smashed together when you re-open it".


2  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Context Note on: August 26, 2015, 04:53:11 PM

So what happens if the attached Window no longer exists?

And I think Anand has something like this.

And there are subtle issues when you do like it so much you create like 400 stickies over time.

3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MySpace anyone? on: August 26, 2015, 04:49:53 PM
Same crap trying to sign on through facebook.  No button.

This statement just bothers me ...

"Try to sign up to MySpace through Facebook" ...

That just feels so wrong on SO many levels!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: First impression of Win10. Google - Material Design on: August 25, 2015, 02:28:02 PM
Cortana disabled in India, so will know after I meet her.


This caught my attention as being very odd. I can see if certain accents may not get good voice responses or whatever, but "Cortana is disabled in India"?! What does that even mean (not the sentence), but why disable software for India?!
5  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander Professional for PC 79% off $29.99 on: August 24, 2015, 07:02:06 PM

I went through that exercise a few years back, with similar criteria (I needed something that worked right out of the box and required the least steep learning curve). One good way to do that is to evaluate them all on the same day, one after the other. Just download them and get started and use them for a few minutes each, and it becomes pretty apparent immediately which ones are the easy ones to set up, learn, and use, and whether you come across a killer Pro feature that justifies the price.

The "killer feature" will probably vary on the basis of your needs. For me the key thing was not to have to remember abbreviations (which ruled out most of the free ones), which requires that a box pops up by the cursor after I type two letters, with a specified number of phrases to choose from, which then gets filtered as I keep typing more letters, with the desired phrase rising to the top and which then I can quickly select by hitting my chosen key (tab, in my case). There were only 2 or 3 that could do that at the time.

Drifting a little off topic, but this is a pretty good approach so I am writing a broader comment.

If you're hunting for "a program to do stuff" and the point is you don't entirely know what you are even looking for, it's how I have sometimes called it "Jeopardy without questions".

All you're working on is some really vague gut feeling but that's a zillion miles from writing up an IainB level spec to what you think you need. So you just pick a good day, hopefully with some sleep behind you, maybe some caffeine in there, and then be ready to fall over at the end but you just *look* at like 20 software programs all over the map, trying to convert that nebulous feeling into something concrete enough you can begin to make rational decisions about.

6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 24, 2015, 06:02:50 PM
No pen no gain !

Oh! Are we talking about Linux Distros? No Penguin, No Gain?
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The stupid windows 10 on: August 24, 2015, 06:01:26 PM

Easy answer to that question. There will be no Windows 11. This will affect be the last version of Windows. It will evolve going forward and people can buy a license for Windows, but Windows is no longer a product. Going forward it is a service.

"The people in charge of PlaysForSure and the Zune have been hired for the marketing of Windows 10."


8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: August 23, 2015, 05:07:05 PM
I might be crossing threads, but this looks like "they let the spokesman out of the cage" about a year late.

"Is this going to be the norm from now on? If the August [cumulative] update breaks something, will there be a broken chain from there?" asked Goettl, afraid that if one of those updates crippled, say, a specific application used by a business and Microsoft was not able to fix the problem, the customer would be stuck not only with a busted app but also out of the future patch loop because patches will only download and install on an up-to-date system."

We've been hollering about this for a year ... nice to know it finally hit "media". And "a specific app used by a business: .. could be anything. No clear mention of "what are first or second or third line apps". So for ex my MyInfo notes program could be "used by a business" ...

And I seem to recall "broken chains" with some kind in Win 8 / Win 8.1 mess!


9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mozilla to replace add-ons with Chrome compatible extensions on: August 23, 2015, 04:20:26 PM
Requiring an extension be certified before it will work (in the name of "better security" for end-users) just the old walled garden argument once again. I'm pretty disgusted to hear Mozilla saying it. But Mozilla is like so many other "open" projects that woke up one day and realized they were (theoretically) giving away a few million and not seeing much in return money-wise. Do I detect a hint that they're having some hopes Google will buy them out eventually?

Time was when the open project crowd had more faith in their users - as well as considerably more respect. The philosophy used to be: "We can only advise. You're free to do whatever you want - including completely borking your system if you choose not to listen to our advice. It's your system and your decision - not ours."

((Tao Comment - though also they used to try really hard to make levels of fixes if you did indeed torch your system - not quite as ruthless as the original statement made it sound.))

Now it seems that Mozilla (having previously decided - after much faux hand-wringing - to cave in and embed DRM support in FF) has now determined that their users also need a nanny.

My but how times have changed!

(It's enough to make me sick.) Angry

But yeah, Mozilla and FF used to be the vanguard of moving away from Microsoft's old domination. It was the first (and fairly easy) experience of deciding what Choice meant.

And the Add-ons are STILL why I use FF clones today - no other browser has the spread of them. So if they're "doing things" to all that, I'm nervous ...

... "giving away millions" ... that was the point, right? So that we could work on "level three" problems or whatever (made up terminology on the spur for this post), so we didn't have to keep re-inventing level-1 solutions. That's what crushed a lot of great potential B+ grade scientists in the past - they kept having to start from nothing so often the B+ types gave up and faded away.

But I'm trying not to see this as a 15 year Long Con - I do truly think the philosophy was once there, but people with money and long memories maneuvered us out of it.

10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The stupid windows 10 on: August 23, 2015, 04:02:56 PM
Doesn't your story just confirm that Goldmine CRM isn't yet tested/updated for Windows 10? That should have probably been your first investigation, before taking the deep-dive into Win10...

For now I'd suggest to revert to your previous Windows (8.1), and wait for an official update of Goldmine to get Win10 compatiblity; the free upgrade to Win10 is available up-until July 2016 thumbs up

A little off topic, but it seems to me that the OS drives the dicussions. So this is what y'all are doing: upgrade (getting into low level glitches etc), then seeing what programs have been re-written for Win 10, or not. There are some thousand programs out there, so if the raw OS works, sounds like this story will repeat for various scenarios of each application program.

11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Take a list of PDF tabs and create a text file of the links? on: August 23, 2015, 03:55:30 PM

I will try to use your ideas when I have more energy.

But first let me apologize for a disastrous typo!

I meant *web browser tabs*, not PDF tabs!

So I don't know what that means. A long time ago I comissioned a prototype program to create PDF pages out of web tabs, but now my use case is just generating a list of links.

12  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Windows 10 won't run games with commonly hated DRM platforms on: August 20, 2015, 07:03:02 PM

This is actually a fascinating new angle to the DRM wars!

13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: IRS Lawsuit ? on: August 20, 2015, 10:49:44 AM
Just wondering if anyone else has received recorded phone messages regarding: "...the IRS is filing lawsuit against you..."

Scam? You bet.

I haven't, but I have heard of a couple of those this year.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Take a list of PDF tabs and create a text file of the links? on: August 18, 2015, 12:03:14 AM

I don't know if we already did this as a snack, or if someone knows something out there.

I'd like a program that can just read the browser and spit out a text file list of the links.

Any ideas?

Unknown if I'll need any features.

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: August 17, 2015, 11:33:30 PM

New use:

I keep doing research and get all kinds of web links. Bookmarks and all don't work for me because those are "stuck in the browser". If I am going to integrate into my note program, what I can do is just open nodes and copy - paste the links in there!

16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: August 17, 2015, 11:28:17 PM
New process:
I need to severely curtail my stickies!
It "traps data old school" (without the kewl kid k spelling skool)

The weakness is when I make detailed ones, I'm stuck.

What I really need to do is master the habit of using my note program which really is good. It's gotta be FASTER because I type at a decent speed. Then if I ever want to do anything with the info, I'm not stuck re-typing it.

What was holding me up was what to do with the "obsolete stickies". I didn't realize I can use the same trick I do with my desktop notes and just make "holding collections" like "Sept-Oct old notes". Then precisely what the program does, I just drag them there and because the program "rolls up" categories, POOF! Away they go! But then a few of them "zombie themselves", so fine. Move them back somewhere.

And back to the GTD theme, it's really a good program (MyInfo) for those periodic "sweeps" to see what changed and all. And I already made the mechanism of date tagging the initial note, then I put "Update1:" into the topic, so the same topic can keep accumulating.

Then of course, it's now digital info, so it does all digital-y things like traveling to emails as needed.

Bonus: Clean desk!

17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: August 15, 2015, 06:13:44 AM
Re: Epson and ink
I kept going back to my old reliable dot matrix printer after trying several ink hogs. Our latest was a pair of Epson Stylus NX415s. Now one is idle and my wife uses the other. I use one of two old Panasonic KX-P1150 printers bought second-hand at a very low price. I got ten replacement ink ribbons when they were being discontinued for $1.88 each and I'm working my way about a quarter the way through two boxes of paper. At current consumption rates I might run out by about 2035 but I doubt if there will be any OS to run it on then. That is one bandwagon I'm not getting back on. Ha.

If I ever get the money, I might want one of the small home laser printers because all I print is basically black and white text and the laser printer can do whatever it wants to faux represent an image on a page. Right now it's like I can't even get 200 pages out of my Brother printer even with a 500 page Black cartridge because it rips through the color ones like the first part of the Epson article.

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New vulnerability found in old Intel processors on: August 09, 2015, 12:59:04 PM

"Willing but maybe not able" is an interesting category I might fall into.

"Willing" is an hour's worth of convincing. But if it's harder than "upgrade PaleMoon/Floash/Java" then we might be stuck.

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I need help coming up with a plan to fix my NTFS security permissions problems on: August 07, 2015, 08:41:41 AM
Unfortunately, the developer of the software raid explicitly has said he will NOT spend a second helping people with NTFS security problems.  So I'm stuck on advice.  I've scoured the web and tried everything.

This is a pity, because back in my old fashioned business school, this was what they were talking about with "value added". Even if he's busy himself, he just has to get someone else (part time?) who knows this stuff, and then it's "value kept in house".

But a lot of Open Source and apparently other small devs take a narrow view of what they want to work on, so if SuperboyAC's of the world rip out a drive wrong, too bad!

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PSA: Woe to Thee Who Performs a Windows 10 Clean Install on: August 06, 2015, 08:56:45 PM
As for me, now that I have conquered the problems I've encountered during my install, Windows 10 is settling into being a very solid OS for me. The only thing that nags at me now is clicking icons on the taskbar offers no visual feedback one has clicked them as previous versions of Windows have done. It's a minor nit, but still a little weird to see.

To me even that doesn't matter! It's nits!

I am dying to get some time + solid reporting on their new push mechanism. All else pales before that in my eyes.

Oh, the first one will be either glorious or harmless.

But someone at MS learned to bring on a team to play the Long Games again.

THAT's what I'm nervous about!

21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Getting Things Done revisited on: August 06, 2015, 03:55:51 PM
Quick Update:

My "Paper Spreadsheets on Calendars" really work best with certain classes of info. Quick breakdown:

1. Smash ultra fast notes onto paper stickies.
2. Review stickies for ones that are worth keeping more than about a week
3. Then decide which ones should go into my note program (now covering 75% of my data) and which work better being cute little long term info that should be really fast to access. Notice: "Long term but silly" notes belong in my note program. It's the mid line really useful stuff with no more than about 4 notes per set that is a candidate for the calendars.

It's the overlap in part 3 that I keep wavering on.

But the very raw process of sweeping up the yellow stickies SOMEWHERE is valuable. I am grateful that I type decently fast, so the "duplication overhead" for me really isn't that big of a deal per se.

22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to backup your music collection? Tough...It's illegal. on: August 06, 2015, 02:31:28 PM
...copying any copyright protected media, whether from a CD to a PC, one device to another, or even backing up to a remote cloud is entirely illegal.

But wait! In order to watch a video or listen to a song online, my browser (or app) has to download a local copy onto my device so that I can hear/see it!

But wait! If I buy a digital album from iTunes (on my trendy Macbook) and then put it onto my iPod/iPhone, I've just made a copy of copyright protected media! It's on my Mac and my iDevice!

But wait! If I use a service like Subsonic or Plex to have a little media box somewhere that allows me to stream to my TV, Phone, Tablet, PC, or other connected devices, it's copying those files to all those other devices!

Doesn't this ruling basically make the entire proliferation of copyright protected media illegal?

In some senses it already was ... leaving for other posts the US/UK/"3rd world countries" differences in law aside, the whole "web 2.0 *share* thing is a scam! Because anything other than the ("the not yet wholly illegal") posting of a link ... becomes ... wait for it ... copying a copyrighted item!

But no, Facebook is paying millions to let people gleefully "share" ... um ... copy ... copyrighted pics ... ahem ... "3rd class digital files" (or something!) every day in billions of posts.

"But it's okay, it doesn't move ... except if it's a moving gif... but then it's not a movie! And none of those are songs!" (see my thing elsewhere about embedding music into pics!)

So what does the ruling mean? "Copying ... uh ... to a folder location easily findable ... uh by anyone who only uses their computer to go on facebook, or iTunes... yeah that's it ... is illegal. All copies that go to temp files while you "stream" are fine ... so then if you tell people where to find the streamed "temp files" and make them non-temp, yeah, that's what we mean!"

<--- Facedesks and cries.

23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to backup your music collection? Tough...It's illegal. on: August 06, 2015, 01:07:56 PM

Plus with Microsoft's new "Slipstream capability" they can one day push an update that just happens to do nasty things. Like "You're over a barrel now. Pray we don't push an update you don't like!"

ohmy  Angry
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Want to backup your music collection? Tough...It's illegal. on: August 06, 2015, 01:06:34 PM

I'm disturbed by the phrase "They didn't like the law so they made it illegal" ?!!

So any law made never matters ever again if the High Court over there can overturn it?!! Like (Vader) "We modified the deal. Pray we don't modify it further!" (/Vader)

25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Privacy Concerns on: August 06, 2015, 12:07:45 PM
I find it weird how people just learned to accept "we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders)". It feels like vaccination to me. Yes, with Windows 10 you can turn it off (at least that's what we think). But once this becomes the norm, it maybe won't feel so wrong when you can't turn it off any more.

I don't think we're stuck. There are plenty of options, at least for us tech-savvy folks. Often, they are a lot of work to implement though and by far not as well integrated. I understand how convenient it is if you just enter a single user name and password on your new phone or machine and you have all you addresses, calendar, emails, photos, files, etc. back. But the price we pay is enormous imho.

I'm sure most DCers have read 1984. The direction we're heading seems so obvious. Nevertheless, we just don't want to see it, don't want to accept it. After all, you can just turn it off.

I think we're almost stuck, by their design!

I'm well aware of the web mail and phone side slurps, but the price to pay of not integrating all your stuff in one place is *also* enormous!

But Desktop PC OS'es used to be "our own little land". "Make it local" and all that. But now that's starting to slip because MS has recovered (?) some momentum somewhere and now they have their new stomping ground called Win10 and I still think a "new cultural shift" that somehow "this is now" that we were able to put off while we all ignored Windows 8. (Not the least that by making this the "second OS", they took the first step to making Win7 semi obsolete.)

This whole culture though still feels like they're successfully doing that Halogen-Light-on-SUV on us. We're all wrapped up still in "silly" little install glitches. Yay Vista 2.0 style griping.

But Sauron over there has (with more time on their hands aka 3 further years) has built untold number of surprises into this one, and it's gonna take us damn near all of our "free year" to ferret out 60% of them.

I don't KNOW when I have been this bothered by an OS!

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