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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software on: December 28, 2013, 04:46:38 PM
I've been using Xmind for a couple of months now, putting up with the reliance on Java, for its features and price. My absolute favourite mind-mapping piece of kit is iMindMap, v7 of which was released recently. It creates the most beautiful maps I've ever seen, and is authored by Tony Buzan, the man often credited with the idea of mindmaps in the first place.

The price, however, puts me off at the moment.

I would love a simple programme that created beautiful maps, available from multiple devices and that didn't cost the earth. I wish...  cheesy
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: December 17, 2013, 02:11:28 PM
I don't know how much non-fiction is appreciated around here, but I'm just starting this...  Thmbsup

Civilisation - Niall Ferguson
Winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book Prize 2013 Niall Ferguson's Civilization: The Six Killer Apps of Western Power is a vital, brilliant look at the winning tools of power. In 1412, Europe was a miserable backwater ravaged by plague, bad sanitation and incessant war, while the Orient was home to dazzling civilizations. So how did the West come to dominate the Rest? In this vital, brilliant book, selected as a Daily Telegraph Book of the Year, Niall Ferguson reveals the 'killer applications' that did it: competition - How Europe's small, piratical states built modern capitalism; science - How innovation gave the West the military edge; property rights - How the laws of private property built the United States; medicine - How colonialism transformed the world's health; the consumer society - How shopping made the industrial revolution; and the work ethic - How Western religious ideas brought it all together. But has the West now lost its monopoly on these six things? Or is this the end of Western ascendancy? "A dazzling history of Western ideas ...epic". (Economist). "Vivid and fascinating". (Daily Telegraph). "Superb ...brings history alive ...dazzling".
3 Software / Web Link Captor / Re: Latest Web Link Captor Release - v1.11.01 - Dec 17, 2013 on: December 17, 2013, 02:08:31 PM
Mouser, I love Web Linker Captor! It's such a great idea and works so well  Thmbsup

Thanks for keeping it updated  cheesy
4 Software / Skwire Empire / sPlaylistMaker Highlighted by ILoveFreeSoftware on: July 24, 2013, 05:05:45 PM
I thought you may be interested! Great news skwire  cheesy Thmbsup

5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Arrested and Convicted for Tweeting in the UK!!! on: April 17, 2012, 02:20:16 PM
While outrageous, this is the tip of the iceberg.

Proposals for complete real-time accessible logging of all communications... secret trials.. "limits to freedom of speech".

I will leave this country once the net is monitored heavily.

P.S. please take any daily mail article with a nice pinch of salt!
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / LeaderTask FREE Today on BitsDuJour on: April 17, 2012, 01:21:20 PM
Leadertask is a PIM. I've downloaded it and I'm liking it so far - free mobile apps with synchronisation too!

Usually $35
7  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Podcasts One - Free Windows Podcast Client on: April 16, 2012, 02:47:16 PM
Thanks Deozaan!  cheesy

Release: v 0.1.1
- Bug fix for error appearing when episode downloaded

Changelog is available here and the links on my website have been updated. Will update the uploaded zip here now.
8  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol Plus @ $0.99 on January 29th on: April 16, 2012, 01:09:37 PM
Thanks Bionic71, grabbed a copy  cheesy
9  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Podcasts One - Free Windows Podcast Client on: April 14, 2012, 06:23:42 PM
Update: 0.1.1 released with minor bug fix. Please update - changelog is here

I've released my first (worthwhile) program just now - Podcasts One.

As I mention on my site:

Podcasts One is a simple, free tool to subscribe to and download podcasts.

 It currently features the basic, expected features:
  • Add and remove RSS feeds
  • Download individual podcasts

  • Several features are planned, but Podcasts One will always be simple in nature:
  • Settings (such as default download folder)
  • Automatic download mode
  • Interface enhancements (pretty album covers, etc)


You can download 0.1 here (edit: here's the zip or download the attachment here) (needs .NET Framework 4). I would love if anyone on a Windows version other than 7 could let me know how it runs, as that's "all" I have.

Thanks, looking forward to painful criticism  cheesy Thmbsup
10  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: C# and XML Problem - any help please? on: April 14, 2012, 10:34:04 AM
Thanks a lot for the replies ham and Ath - very useful.

I'll try iterating over the parent node - and also try deleting all colons from the XML file (apart from actual namespaces) and then reading the file with the "query term" de-coloned too smiley

I'll let you know if I'm successful.. thanks again!
11  Other Software / Developer's Corner / C# and XML Problem - any help please? on: April 13, 2012, 09:51:38 PM
Hi all  tellme

Someone's let me loose with C#.

I've nearly finished a podcast downloader application, and I'm ironing out several bugs. One of which is that I have some code that is using XmlDocument.SelectSingleNode:

Formatted for C# with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. XmlNode node = doc.SelectSingleNode("rss/channel/item/title[.=\'" + episode + "\']");

Now, there is a bug when the episode variable has a colon ( : ) in it - I'd guess because it thinks I'm declaring a namespace or something.

Does anyone have a suggestion of how to escape the : character in a string please?

Many thanks!
12  Special User Sections / DC Website CMS / Re: Transitioning the DC website pages to a CMS on: April 13, 2012, 02:24:32 PM
New design looks lovely from the April SS Thmbsup

Excited to see the changes!
13  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The DonationCoder 2012 Fundraiser Has Begun! on: April 09, 2012, 03:03:30 PM
Does donating DC credit count towards the total?
14  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The DonationCoder 2012 Fundraiser Has Begun! on: April 09, 2012, 10:43:13 AM
This is such great news - the model works!  Thmbsup
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text replacement app for Windows? on: April 09, 2012, 10:42:37 AM
Wow thank you everyone, sorry for the delay in replying - I had to pay attention to family over Easter  undecided cheesy

I'll take a look at all your suggestions - appreciated!
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Text replacement app for Windows? on: April 08, 2012, 10:21:45 AM
Hi all  cheesy

My mum has RSI in her hand and I really think something like TextExpander but for Windows 7. Could anyone recommend anything please?

Free or paid is fine, She would probably pay in the region of $30.

Thanks in advance!
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review on: April 07, 2012, 10:17:15 AM
Nice review IainB!

Sounds like a great program. Could you tell me please if FFS can backup to network shares, maybe WebDAV etc. for remote backup?

18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hello everyone! on: April 07, 2012, 09:42:34 AM
Hi Chris, welcome to Donation Coder  Thmbsup

You have some nice looking stuff, I'll take a look! Everyone is great around here, so I'm sure you'll enjoy it  cheesy

What language(s) do you use for your apps?

19  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Introductory C# web-based tutorials on: April 06, 2012, 08:27:02 PM
I just wanted to thank you for these tutorials Bryan, I'm working my way through and enjoying them a lot  Cool
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: AllMyApps on: April 06, 2012, 04:35:04 PM
I just discovered This is a application download website that has only silent installs. The best thing is that you can create a account, select all the applications you use and install them all at once unattended. This is super great if you need to reinstall a PC.  Kiss

Thanks, this looks very useful !
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Is Antivirus Software a Waste of Money? on: April 03, 2012, 08:06:36 PM
After a few years hiatus using Mac OS X, I've just come back to Windows (alongside the Mac still though) and it's funny, I was in a total panic to install AV and Windows Updates before anything terrible happened.

I'm a sysadmin of a Windows network, so maybe having alerts screaming up at me all day blurs my perspective. But, even as a careful user, you never know what might happen at 3am when you're tired as hell and just click that UAC alert to get rid of it..

ESET all the way for me!
22  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Needed: CLI RSS reader script on: February 14, 2008, 03:53:37 AM
RSS is just XML. Use ElementTree. It is a standard module in 2.5.

Genius! Thanks. I'll begin tapping away - it just seemed to me that RSS readers are geared towards reading feeds like email, no quick notifications within one sentence.

Fingers crossed!
23  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Needed: CLI RSS reader script on: February 12, 2008, 02:41:28 PM

Firstly - hi friends, sorry for the lengthy absence!

Right, down to business. I need a command line RSS reader, preferably with the following attributes:

  • Python based, or at least as cross-platform as possible. Please, no perl!!
  • I only need the title to be displayed, and maybe a URL.
  • Nothing fancy, it doesn't need to run off a database and remember everything, just for instant alerts, much like twitter.

The idea is I need something to track high-activity RSS feeds, such as the digg feed, or reuters feed, or keyword feeds for google blog search etc..

I could write this myself, I guess, but it is a matter of time.

OK, sod it, I will have a go myself! Can anyone suggest a small, light, RSS lib for python? Thanks!  cheesy Thmbsup
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I Won! on: February 12, 2008, 02:35:36 PM
Congrats, CleverCat! I used it when I was on Windows. Definitely worth having in the research arsenal.
25  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: Zaine Ridling's Massive Word Processor Review is now Live (Jun 14, 2007) on: June 20, 2007, 10:05:24 PM
You've also just this second made it on to Lifehacker!

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