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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: March 01, 2014, 05:19:08 PM
Unfortunately, my adventure with AVG 2014 was of short life. After 2 weeks of everything functioning correctly, I suddenly started getting BSODs (Win 8.1 x64). Culprit was AVG 2014, and everything has been normal since I removed it. Pity, I liked the AV and firewall.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 11:46:39 PM
Deming was way too conceptual, compared to other quality philosophers of that time, especially Juran and populist Crosby. ...
Yes, well, like Deming said, "...what he was telling us about was actually very simple, but that it seemed hard to understand as a lot of it seemed to go against conventional wisdom - what we had been taught or indoctrinated with - and so was difficult to accept/internalise."

They all were ahead of their time - Juran with his managing for quality, spirals, "cost of poor quality", stating that management is root cause of 80% of the problems (Pareto rule); and Crosby with his "quality is free" - but Deming was the most conceptual one. Or, it might be better to say that his proposed system was too scientific and complex. Even today, parts of his system go against current conventional wisdom.

If one wanted to learn more about Deming and his approach to process improvement, a good place to start could well be The Deming Institute, because they seem to be focussed on Deming and are "just the facts m'am" and no BS.

I advise care while investigating institutes like Deming's and Juran's. They are in it to make money through consulting, and usually water down original ideas, e.g. what DeFeo did with Juran's books.

If you wanted to know what the Japanese thought (and still think) of Deming's contribution to their country and its huge economic development and success, look up the history of JUSE and The Deming Prize, and do some research on what that flower-shaped thingy is that Deming has on a sash he wears over his dinner jacket in one of the photos in that small collage in The Man.

Fun trivia: "Deming's Award" was first offered [from JUSE] to Juran, but he refused since he thought that no Quality award should be tied to a person (organisational effort, and all). When he refused, they went to Deming. Source - article on Juran's life

Hello Attronarch,

Is your thesis available for private perusal? I would like a copy of it if possible.

smiley

Unfortunately no, since I had scholarship and it was tied to specific company. But, I can give you table of contents, and take out chapters that have no reference to the sponsor company.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 20th Annual International Deming Research Seminar - March 3-4, 2014 (NY, USA). on: February 20, 2014, 11:31:40 AM
Deming was way too conceptual, compared to other quality philosophers of that time, especially Juran and populist Crosby.

Tomos, here is summary of Mr. Deming, taken from my specialisation project and master thesis, condensed for forum:

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William Edwards Deming is considered to be the pioneer and the founder of the quality movement. After Second World War he was involved in planning of the Japanese Census. At that time Japanese engineers were studying Shewart's methods and techniques. Since Deming was a student of Walter Andrew Shewhart, they decided to invite him help them rebuild the Japanese economy. Deming's work in Japan resulted in Japanese factories dominating the manufacturing sector with high quality and low cost. Ironically, his methods gained recognition in United States after his death. His major contributions to the quality management field are:

  • The Fourteen Points
  • The Deadly Diseases
  • The System of Profound Knowledge
  • Deming Wheel (PDCA is its offshot)

Now, the real value is in understanding his "System of Profound Knowledge", which is the basis for application of The Fourteen Points of transformation. With its four points it advocates holistic approach: appreciation of a system, knowledge of variation, theory of knowledge and knowledge of psychology. It was way ahead of its time, since scientific management was dominant managerial approach at that time.
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 16, 2014, 03:59:29 PM
The method I'm using is called the Zettelkasten (slip box) method, developed initially by a sociologist called Niklas Luhmann. If you do a search for it, you can find sites that explain it.

Looks like an interesting system, especially for complex issues, scientific books, and journal articles. Could you recommend some readings on the topic?
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: December 04, 2013, 09:57:20 AM
Looks interesting. I've read some articles on mining bitcoins, but I'll need to dig deeper into it. Any recommendations?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: September 21, 2013, 02:08:09 PM
Currently I'm going through the following:

  • Introductory R: A Beginner's Guide to Data Visualisation and Analysis Using R
  • Beyond Bullet Points, 3rd Edition

I'm hopping to follow up with R in a Nutshell and R Cookbook.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PDF Combiner, PDF Binder on: September 20, 2013, 02:59:10 PM
^thanks for that tip Attronarch Thmbsup

There is now a pro version ($3.99 thumbs up) - it looks like you need the pro version if you want to select just part if the PDF's.
Strangely, they partially hide what the pro version does (see below) - and dont seem to do any straight-forward comparision on the site, but Pro obviously includes Rotate/Watermark/Secure (and I *think* selecting pages from PDF).
 (see attachment in previous post)

To be honest I immediately bought pro version since I've been using the tool for long time. It has several quirks that should be addressed soon. The author is receptive to feedback, and I believe that the GUI will be even better when he updates it. Anyway, I don't think that you need pro version to change which pages you want to work with - just double click on the pages in the right column.

I recently was working with a lot of contracts and stuff that were being revised constantly, with multiple sets of documents that needed to be merged and inserted, etc. all the time.  I used this program:
http://www.debenu.com/

It basically allows you to create methods of batch processing a bunch of pdf operations.  For example:
--open document 1
--insert pages 3-5 of document 2 after page 40 of document 1
--merge this new document with document 3

etc

very handy, very speedy.  saved me a lot of headaches.  a little quirky and buggy at times (sometimes it would just crash).  but overall i was very excited about it.

I've tried using Debenu products, but with little success. They were slow, they would crash, and sometimes they just couldn't deliver what they advertised. But I might revisit their products, who knows maybe they are better now.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PDF Combiner, PDF Binder on: September 20, 2013, 12:35:55 PM

No need to use that one since pdftk* now has official GUI - http://www.pdflabs.com/to...ls/pdftk-the-pdf-toolkit/

* the tool you linked to is GUI for old pdftk command-line tool
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Edward Snowden's Email Provider Shut Down Rather Than Comply With Feds on: August 17, 2013, 02:39:02 AM
P.S. If anyone knows of a good email service provider with a similar policy, please let me know.

riseup.net
10  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: WinPatrol Plus Sale on: August 07, 2013, 07:47:26 AM
Thanks for the tip, grabbed one copy.
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR v2 - Official Bug Tracking and Feature Request Thread on: June 17, 2013, 10:43:55 AM
Mouser, could you update core alias "DC" to use HTTPS instead of the HTTP protocol? I know that I could disable the alias and alter the copy, but I believe it would be better to have more secure protocol in the original.
12  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: RightNote huge 50% discount sale 16-20th June only on: June 16, 2013, 04:14:04 PM
It is right there, but can be easily mistaken for their second product "Compare Advance".

http://bauerapps.com/righ...note-version-comparisons/
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Browser based mental training for efficiency on: June 07, 2013, 09:19:58 AM
After slowly accumulating evidence that Pale Moon doesn't quite perform certain subtle things

Would you care to share the evidence and what excatly are those "subtle things" with us? I'm genuinely interested since I use it as my main browser, and I'm always looking for opportunities to optimise my choice / workflow further.
14  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: SteamGifts Giveaway: Many games on: April 30, 2013, 10:05:21 AM
Thank you for the giveaway, entered few of them.
15  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Crusader Kings II DLCs giveaway (Open for 2 days) on: April 25, 2013, 07:31:09 AM
Thank you for the massive giveaway.  smiley
16  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: SteamGifts Giveaway: THQ Pack on: April 21, 2013, 12:11:07 AM
That would be me. I completely forgot to post here as well.

Thank you for the giveaway, both this one and Saints Row one.
17  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Crusader Kings II, Homefront, Pid giveaway :P on: April 17, 2013, 06:12:54 AM
Thank you for the giveaway, these are actually the first I've won on SteamGifts.
18  Other Software / Community Giveaways / 1 copy of Iron Grip: Warlord (SteamGifts) on: April 04, 2013, 11:00:51 AM


Good luck.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: February 13, 2013, 07:39:56 AM
I see there are a lot of SF lovers, yet no one mentioned two works that are among the best (if not the best):

Solaris


Stalker


These two movies are truly engaging, no "holding-your-hand-explaining-what-is-going-on" crap. Another favourite of mine is:

Valhalla Rising
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: Done: A program to make grids on: January 06, 2013, 04:50:11 AM
How do you export the grid? It would be useful if grid parameter like size, column and row could be specified.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hotmail backup without POP3 crap? on: December 22, 2012, 03:45:26 PM
Thunderbird 17.0, added the account via: Tools - Account settings - Add mail account. Filled in required fields, Thunderbird set up everything else (screenshot of server settings attached), and I just confirmed. It took it some time to kick off the download since it had to grab around thousand messages. Once the messages were downloaded I exported them using the add-on. It even has the option you mentioned - export as zipped folder.

If it doesn't let you log on it might be that you mistyped your password or have inadequate server settings?
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hotmail backup without POP3 crap? on: December 22, 2012, 03:25:57 PM
Wait, what is the problem? I just added Hotmail account to Thunderbird and exported all e-mails.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hotmail backup without POP3 crap? on: December 22, 2012, 03:13:09 PM
Have you tried using Windows Live Mail?

Isn't that another online deal? I'm trying to get my stored email to my PC without forwarding one by one.  I tried setting up Thunderbird to access hotmail following guides but I get not accept password.

I don't know why they don't just have right click on folder to move it in one shot.


You could try to add it as IMAP account to Thunderbird and then use Import/Export Tools add-on. That's how I do it for one of my e-mail accounts which is IMAP only, but I haven't tried it with Hotmail. It should work if you can add it as IMAP account.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text based alternative to PowerPoint on: December 07, 2012, 04:30:45 PM
Only LaTeX is real.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need to create a basic floor plan on: December 01, 2012, 04:17:35 PM
Looking for 2d

DraftSight - http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/

It has everything you could possibly need.
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