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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: which phone? on: December 12, 2014, 07:31:37 PM
I own/have owned several Windows Phones (920, 930, 1520), and overall I really, really like the OS and hardware. The problem is as mentioned a lack of apps and reduced/missing features in apps compared to other platforms. You'll also miss out on several features (such as Cortana) if you're living in the "wrong" country. Due to this I'm currently using a combo of the iPhone 6+ and the HTC One m8 (flashed to a Google Edition, now on Android 5.0) as my daily drivers, but the instant WP starts getting treated as a first-class citizen I'm switching back.

iOS has the apps, but the OS itself doesn't really do it for me. Android has almost the same selection of apps (and some that isn't on iOS), and you can customize pretty much everything. I like that, but the OS doesn't feel as "smooth" as WP, and the camera no matter what Android phone I've used leaves something to be desired.

Edit: I should probably add that despite the lack of apps, WP has some gems in the store. Tweetium is probably my favorite Twitter client on any mobile platform, Nextgen Reader is a great rss reader, Poki is a lovely Pocket client, Readit is a beautiful reddit client, Nokia's Here suite of apps are amazing (offline navigation and maps, for "free"!) and the same can mostly be said for many of Microsoft's previously Bing-prefixed apps, and the Lumia camera app is a joy to use when you want to do more advanced shots.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor with filtering of lines on: November 06, 2014, 02:32:32 PM
If you're a Sublime Text user, you can do what you're asking for with the Filter Lines plugin. You can filter or fold using strings or a RegEx. Use the fold function if you want to show the lines containing your search term in the currently open document.

Screenshots of this plugin in action:
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3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: October 08, 2014, 03:32:46 PM
Highasakite - Leaving no traces:
- A great song, about a heavy subject. Live version.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVHLXEIGBXA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVHLXEIGBXA</a>

Mew - Symmetry:
- After all these years, this song is still as mesmerizing as when I first heard it (YouTube is being a d**k, so you'll have to watch this one on youtube.com).
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soKmGKAVUk4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soKmGKAVUk4</a>

Eels - Things the Grandchildren Should Know
- Very few artists write songs that have the same impact as a good Eels song do. Live version.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZACwCFsjlU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZACwCFsjlU</a>

Noisettes - Never forget you
- It's a few years old by now, but it's still insanely catchy. This is an acoustic version.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgmSYSETUCU" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgmSYSETUCU</a>
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Drawing software thoughts for 2014: Clip Studio (Manga Studio), Photoshop on: October 08, 2014, 12:20:54 PM
Having just purchased by very first drawing pad (Wacom Intuos Pro M), I've been playing around with different software to use with it. It's been years since I've done any drawing, but I missed it (I also needed something to let me do photo editing without the constraints of a mouse) so I figured I'd see how it works in digital. So far I've tested Painter, Sketchpad Pro & Photoshop but after reading your post I gave Clip Studio a try. Turns out this is actually really great, so I purchased a license for the Pro version. Missed out on the sale, but 50$ still is a good price. Need to use it some more to see if it's for me, but the posing tools really sold me on it. I'd love to get my hands on at least the posing doll, but having hunted around ebay for quite some time it would appear to be impossible to find Sad
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 17, 2014, 04:50:19 PM
IIRC rainlendar has (or used to have) a pretty active community - plenty of skins available already so maybe something suitable already exists

But I have no reason to waste time looking for (or making) the perfect skin, when eM Client is exactly what I wanted, out of the box.  smiley
OT: I've been using em client for a couple weeks now.  It's nice, very nice.  It can definitely give the Bat a run for its money.

I've been using it for about a year or two now, and I really only have one complaint. It's that it does not use native Windows notifications. In most situations this isn't an issue, but when running XBMC or playing a full-screen game it sometimes steal focus, making the application/game minimize. If they at some point manage to fix this, it will be pretty much perfect at what it does.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 03, 2014, 11:40:38 AM
Got a reply from eM's support: https://forum.emclient.co...ndar-only?#reply_14723076

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Hi April, after installing eM client, just skip the initial account setup and do not setup any account.
When the application loads go to Tools > Settings > General, and check the option to "Show local folders".

This should display a Local folder item on the list in the left sidebar. Switch to the calendar view and right click this item, or select one of the calendars to start using your local calendar.

If you want to use the application for calendars only you can also hide all the other tabs from the sidebar by right clicking them and unchecking the option to show the selected.

Hope this helps, let me know if you need more help with the setup.

Regards,
Paul.

So, I am all set!  Thanks! Thmbsup

Great to hear it worked out for you Thmbsup It's always a challenge finding software (or products in general really) that does more or less exactly what you need, no matter the usage case you got in your head. Occasionally in the same situation myself, and it's frustrating when the features you need are very specific. Sure Google etc. can be helpful, but often there are just to many products out there, and it takes time (which can be rare commodity) testing them until you find the one that got that "special something".
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 02, 2014, 01:21:18 PM
eM Client have more or less exactly what you're asking for in the calendar part of it (it's an excellent Outlook alternative). I'm using the pro version, but it should also be available in the free one. AFAIK the only difference between them is that the free one limits you to adding 2 email accounts max.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Rollback RX or Acronis ? on: August 29, 2014, 03:07:33 PM
I'd stay far away from Rollback RX. It seems like such a good idea, on paper, but it usually breaks down sooner rather than later. I purchased a copy way back when, and it eventually forced me to format and reinstall Windows again. Other people have similar experiences. Their support is also horrid (meaning: more or less non-existing, though perhaps they've improved since I last tried it?). Personally I'm using Macrium Reflect, and couldn't be happier. As for Acronis products, I've had mixed experiences with them. Back in the XP days, their system driver was causing me some trouble (BSOD's and performance-related), so I haven't tried their products since. Many people seem happy with them though.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: August 29, 2014, 01:41:15 AM
So sorry for your loss. It's terrible losing a loved one Sad
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ice Bucket Challenge...You all got nominated! on: August 24, 2014, 10:01:53 AM
For everyone that thinks this ice bucket challenge is stupid, read this: http://www.forbes.com/sit...ge-is-stupid-youre-wrong/
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommend some music videos to me! on: August 17, 2014, 06:38:56 PM
I quite like this one, both the song and the video smiley
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RET5bdAYUuQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RET5bdAYUuQ</a>

After that mind trip, this lovely little song by Aurora Aksnes is a good listen.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2A4N2MOmMw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2A4N2MOmMw</a>

Also, Jenny Lewis!
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Irvcf6dCk-k</a>
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: screenshots when not logged into computer on: August 17, 2014, 05:07:41 PM
Could this not be accomplished using a virtual machine?
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 12:07:45 PM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
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Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.

I just use simplenote, truthfully.  And I use Resoph notes on one computer... that can sync with simplenotes and save the individual files to dropbox.  It's pretty seamless.

I suppose that would be the easiest way, yes smiley It's just that I don't really trust all these sync services to be available for years to come, some of those I've used in the past are no more.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 13, 2014, 11:12:32 AM
Notation might fit the bill. [...] I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
Their Web page says
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Portability: Keep your notes synced among your devices using Simplenote
I wish people would routinely produce no-install versions, so much easier to make quick tests...

A portable version would also make it quite easy to work with services such as Dropbox. That said, as a workaround I just moved the %appdata%\Notation\Notes folder to my Dropbox folder (which I've got stored on my NAS), and just symlinked it back. Now it syncs just fine, although it requires you to restart the app on the other PC's if modifying or adding notes on another.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fastest note taking tool? on: August 12, 2014, 08:56:32 PM
Notation might fit the bill.



I just started testing it myself, and I like it so far. Just hit WINKEY+N and start typing your note, then ESC to hide again. In the next release, according to a comment on lifehacker, the developer plans to add a Markdown preview as well (for now, it processes markdown to html when exporting). I'm also hoping for some form of Dropbox sync feature..
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Are there any simple graphic editors? on: May 04, 2014, 05:10:10 PM
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How about Faststone Capture? It ticks most of those boxes, and is both easy to use, and have been updated regularly over several years. Do note that it's not free though, so if that's a requirement then you'd have to look elsewhere.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 4 (Maybe more) Absolute top go-to programs on: May 03, 2014, 12:42:34 PM
Directory Opus (no other file manager even comes close, and I've got licenses for several others I've tried over the years).
Sublime Text (best text editor on *any* platform! Easily worth the asking price).
JRiver Media Center (I've got this running pretty much 24/7 on a secondary monitor. Deals with large media libraries better than most).
Firefox (my go-to browser used to be Opera, but then they went and made that Chrome-shell-thing, so yeah..).
Mailbird (pretty email programs doesn't not live exclusively on OSX any longer).
Steam (what use are my twin Titans without something to do Cool).
PuTTY (manage servers).
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: clickable on-screen links in youtube vids >.< on: May 03, 2014, 12:05:10 PM
What you need to do is remove annotations. You don't need any extensions to do this, just head into youtube settings and find the following option:
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19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: March 06, 2014, 09:09:11 AM
I purchased an upgrade license the day it was released (was very pleasantly surprised that those of us that tested the beta version got an additional discount Thmbsup), and I don't really see how the pricing is cause for concern, if you're like me and spend *many* hours a week using it. I suppose it depends on where in the world you live, but what I think of when considering the price of ~ $40 USD I paid for the upgrade is that...:

- Over here that's just north of the price of a 6-pack of beer, if purchased in a store.
- Any given night down at the pub with friends will cost me twice that amount, at least (just a pint of beer frequently cost >= $15 USD).
- Most new games released on consoles retail for (converted from NOK to USD) ~ $84-100 USD.
- New bluray movies usually retail for (converted from NOK to USD) $30 USD and up.

Yeah...considering how ridiculously many hours I've spent in DO I find the price perfectly acceptable.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass - What are your thoughts? on: October 11, 2013, 11:31:21 AM
Been using LastPass (paid) for 2-3 years now across all of my devices (4x Android, 3x iOS, 3x Windows, 1x OSX, 1x Windows Phone) and I absolutely love it. About a year or so ago I also purchased a YubiKey (and later a YubiKey NEO with NFC support) to better secure my accounts. This setup works great with the exception of the iOS devices, as Apple apparently doesn't give a damn about NFC (it's mostly easy to work around though). For the Android devices and WP I just swipe the YubiKey across the back of the phones/tablet, enter my password and get access to what I need. On Windows/OSX I just plug it into a USB slot and "press" the button on the key when prompted. It appears to the OS as just another keyboard, so there's no installation to think of.

It's simple, secure and convenient. I wish they would give their mobile apps a face-lift (they look a bit outdated and beauty-challenged), but all the functionality I need is there and most importantly, it just works.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 09:52:49 PM
Even under load the heat doesn't spike?

Well, it's not at any time what you would call cold, but even under load it runs within what's safe. I probably wouldn't compile software 24/7 on it, but even under load I've yet to have it throttle due to high temps.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 08:39:09 PM
what kind of cpu fan are you running on your i3?  Even the lowest profile ones I've seen for LGA 1156 sockets are pretty space hungry, so I was wondering.

I'm not running any kind of fan on the CPU at all, it's all passively cooled. The heat-pipe design should be able to handle any CPU up to 95W, and the i3-3225 is only 55W smiley The entire chassis is made of more or less a single block of aluminum, so the entire thing is essentially a massive heat sink.

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23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'm ready to join the HTPC (home theater pc) revolution - what to get? on: July 09, 2013, 06:47:17 PM
About 6 months back, I set up a HTPC for myself with a Streacom FC8 Evo Fanless Chassis, a MSI Z77IA-E53 mini-ITX motherboard combined with a Intel Core i3-3225 and a Samsung 840 Pro SSD 128GB. As for the PSU, I used an external one also from Streacom. I recently also installed a ASUS PCE-AC66 wifi card to go with my 802.11ac network. This setup is more than powerful enough to run any video I throw at it (including bluray, using this drive combined with SlySoft's AnyDVD HD), boots within in a handful of seconds (running Windows 8‚Äč) and is 100% silent (well, except while using the optical drive of course).

As for software, I primarily use XBMC but if you're mainly into music you should probably take a look at Jriver Media Center 18, which I use on pretty much every other computer I own. If you got an iPad it makes for the perfect controller for both software solutions. For XBMC, I use XBMC Commander and for JRMC I use and absolutely love JRemote. Whenever I have to use a mouse+keyboard, I'm using Logitech's lovely K810 bluetooth keyboard (back-lit, rechargeable) and Apple's Magic Trackpad.

The only drawback to this setup is that it'll probably cost you a bit more than you had in mind, depending on what hardware you got laying around. It was also not exactly the easiest chassis to build (you'll need *plently* of thermal paste, and assemble things in the "right" order), but in the end it was well worth it.  

EDIT: Here's a picture of the htpc, with a PS3 controller placed besides it for size comparison.

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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Help me choose my next smartphone on: June 26, 2013, 07:53:41 PM
I own a Nokia 920, Galaxy Note II and a HTC One (well, and an iPhone 4S but I don't use it any longer). Out of those, the HTC One is my primary phone. Absolutely fantastic build quality, it's fast and the sound from the speakers is the best I've ever heard from a phone (I listen to a *lot* of podcasts, so this was for me quite important). The camera is also good, and with the leaked Android 4.2.2 release I no longer have any issues with the button layout. That said, if I were to pick one for business use I'd probably choose the Note II any day of the week due to the great battery life. With normal use I have no problems getting it to last for 2-3 days on a single charge, something that certainly can't be said for the HTC One or the Nokia 920.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera 15 Preview on: May 29, 2013, 12:11:04 PM
Been a loyal Opera user for many years now, but unfortunately this looks to be the end of it if this is the direction they're heading. There's pretty much *nothing* left of the features that made Opera the browser it was. Webkit means that just as in Chrome, there's no more perfectly smooth scrolling, mouse gestures might be there but they're just as unreliable as anything I've ever tried in Chrome, there's absolutely no customization worth a damn left, no MDI (wtf!), page loading feels slower than it used to, no (apparent at least) way to change keyboard and mouse gestures/shortcuts, handling of pages/tabs when you've got a lot of the open sucks just as bad as it does in FF and Chrome, unlike the older versions of Opera, and a whole lot more stuff either missing, broken or just working worse that in the older versions. Yes, perhaps a lot of these things will be fixed in the future, perhaps not, but I'm just not looking for a Chrome re-skin, which is what this feels like right now.
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