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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you know a free HTML editor with real time preview in adjacent pane? on: April 17, 2015, 04:58:07 AM
I use Microsoft Expression Web 4 (Free Version) - link. So far I've built several web pages with it and was fairly satisfied.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DuckDuckGo as viable Open Source builder on: March 11, 2015, 12:53:47 PM
Why not use IxQuick/Startpage? I find it to be satisfying trade-off between privacy and search results. Although a lot has been done to improve DDG, I still get better search results from Startpage.
3 Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: Farr Alias: Ixquick & Startpage Search on: March 01, 2015, 09:16:48 AM
Bump for this great alias! Convenience of FARR and privacy of Ixquick / Startpage make it easy to search for anything without too much hassle!
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: LINUX: #! CrunchBang Linux is no more. RIP on: February 09, 2015, 10:47:16 AM
Wow, didn't expect that. I have #! installed on my EEE 701 PC, since it was the only one that with my level of knowledge I could install on it. And it runs quite smoothly.
5  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Dark Souls™: Prepare To Die™ Edition - 75% Discount - Steam on: November 29, 2014, 01:55:04 AM
Help needed - I just noticed that I cannot buy game in my region! If someone from USA could help me, please let me know via PM!
6  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Dark Souls™: Prepare To Die™ Edition - 75% Discount - Steam on: November 29, 2014, 01:54:07 AM
Great game on sale. For those who haven't played it - it is challenging, you die a lot, it is completely non-linear, you are free to develop your character as you wish, and great combat system. It also has good replayability.


7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 19, 2014, 10:35:49 AM
Seals are mysteriously sexually assaulting penguins — and eating them (warning: graphical and NSFW). Interesting read.
8 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 RELEASE: Discounter on: October 26, 2014, 05:46:24 PM
I notice your numbers use commas instead of periods.  Is this something that is REQUIRED or could we use the standard decimalization such as 46.60?

Standard depends on the country.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: latex on: October 22, 2014, 04:03:09 PM
It has GUI for mathematical symbols. Activate «Structure», and scroll through the symbols in the vertical toolbar.

But it will not display examples. That is what LaTeX books are for.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: latex on: October 22, 2014, 05:50:23 AM
My preferred LaTeX editor is TexMaker. Kalos, it has what you are looking for, in the drop-down menus «LaTeX» and «Math», as well as left side panel symbols.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Beyond Compare v4 Open Beta on: October 04, 2014, 08:02:50 AM
Loved the ramble.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: New BitTorrent client needed, suggestions please? on: September 12, 2014, 03:27:53 PM
Tixati is great.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need help finding eBooks! on: August 20, 2014, 01:00:08 PM
Not really ebooks (although there are some links to them as well), but she might find following useful:
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Favorite Sci-fi movies? on: June 10, 2014, 08:55:07 AM
Solaris and Stalker.
15  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Long time members with over 50 posts, report for disbursement duty on: June 08, 2014, 04:07:56 PM
Count me in.
16 Software / Skwire Empire / Re: (Pre) Release: sChecklist on: June 08, 2014, 10:29:10 AM
Wonderful minimalism.

Two ideas:

1) "Export to txt" (although user can manually open the .checklist file in notepad) and "Export to pdf"
2) Indented / grouped tasks, e.g.:

  • item 1
  • item 2
    • item 2.1
    • item 2.2
    • item 2.3
  • item 3

Don't know if they fit your vision, but I often break larger tasks into sub-tasks, hence the need for indentation.
17  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.
18  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.


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.
19  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:

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.
20 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?
21  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?
22  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.
23  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:

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


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.
24  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 -

* the tool you linked to is GUI for old pdftk command-line tool
25  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.
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