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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning' on: June 20, 2011, 09:11:16 AM
You would have to know the program is running.
So no sneak factor would be possible in that respect.
Plus, possibly, setting the 'flash cards' on a timer,
never heard of a random timer, but it could be here somewhere.

For a program like that, I'd have the user set a minimum and maximum time between displays, then each time it is displayed, I'd calculate a new time inside of that interval.


Yes - that's what I was thinking of here - the question selection is 'random' (selecting from a list of possible questions that I can input) and the timing is based on 'not within a minimum period' but 'not exceeding a maximum period'. For example, a question is posed within say 15 and 45 minute intervals (not evenly spaced)...

Depending on whether I get a question right or wrong I then mark the question in some way that then impacts on how frequently that same question is asked. If I answer a question correctly it goes to the bottom of the list and gets asked again perhaps three or four days later.

Thanks for the discussion about this guys!
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning' on: June 20, 2011, 06:45:35 AM
I have not tried this but it may be a help.

http://www.ghacks.net/201...-platform-software-cabra/

Thank you - although it's quite a nice little flash card program it doesn't have the 'sneak' factor I'm looking for - like someone asking you a random question out of the blue without any warning!

With most flash card programs you have to start the program and begin a set period of study.I think what I want is something that can surprise you with a question - little bit like a pop-up notes reminder.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning' on: June 20, 2011, 04:16:59 AM

A couple of people here know that my background is actually nursing. I'm about to start a new course that will mean learning a lot of information by heart (boring, repetitive, but it has to be done). I need a program that will throw pop-ups onto the screen at random intervals asking a question and demanding an answer - like a cross between sticky notes and educational flash cards. I would like to configure it to NOT ask questions that I am happy with - but instead, to repeat questions I am less familiar with.

I already use Anki - a flash card program. However, this does not have the ability to randomly ask a question on screen.

Does anyone have any suggestions - have done all the usual background search and come up with zero!

Help needed!!! smiley

4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft buying skype for US $8.5 Billion on: May 24, 2011, 07:17:52 AM
And here's the Microsoft acquisition diagram:
http://ripetungi.com/wp-c...e-mircosoft-companies.jpg

(too big!)


As easy to understand as a London Tube Map!

http://www.afn.org/~alplatt/tubemap.gif
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software recommendations for writers on: May 16, 2011, 05:04:28 PM
I was told about a program called SuperNotecard. has anyone tried it? care to share your opinion on it ?

Yes, I have a license for this...lovely clean layout, many functions. Thing is, I love it but have never used it properly! Has always struck me as being strict in imposing a kind of methodology of writing (blocks that you can mix and match) rather than the freestyle offered by something like WriteMonkey (that I do actually use). SuperNotecard had an unusual name to begin with - think it was Miss Lonely Notes - then they changed it to SuperNotecard. Just a random piece of interest there...
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software recommendations for writers on: May 06, 2011, 01:45:49 PM
I wonder if WriteMonkey might be of use to you - ability to use whole screen, keyboard shortcuts, very flexible... and free!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Wilderssecurity site down ? on: April 27, 2011, 11:42:00 AM
 smiley Fine here...
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading List on: April 27, 2011, 11:40:05 AM
The City & The City by China Mieville - though I preferred Perdido Street Station by the same author...
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 10, 2011, 05:53:51 PM
Ugh! And talking about crowded and smelly - when I was in London, it was either take the Northern Line or walk 30 minutes to get to the client. In eight years, I used it maybe 3 or 4 times, and even that was too much.

The northern Line...I may not sleep tonight remembering that!

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By the way Beth - Twiggles is having a moment over your avatar

May I remind Twiggles this is a public place! Cool
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: England Is Grinding To A Halt. on: March 10, 2011, 04:59:42 PM
Crawley and Leatherhead junctions (ahh, two lovely-sounding town names eh?)

I grew up between the two - and wondered if the people who name towns have a problem with imagination sometimes!

I used to live in London where at least you get a tube or one of any number of (crowded smelly) buses - but living in Cambridgeshire means a car is essential for what I do - and the mileage allowance being less than the cost of fuel means I end up subsidising my own job. (Working in the NHS already feels like a criminal offence without the extra expense this imposes)
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Let's face it: the ebook market is FUBAR, thanks to pure greed on: February 04, 2011, 04:32:14 AM

What about Project Gutenberg? Can all that be read on the Kindle and other readers? Or have they locked that out?

Project Gutenberg have a lot of kindle/ePub content that can be read  smiley
12  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 13, 2011, 12:30:45 PM
No - I missed it completely! But now I have seen it! Is there a way that instead of the total popping up in a window it can be inserted into a cell at the bottom of column in question - perhaps beneath a divider line or something? That would make it perfect for what I need!

My hesitation is that I didn't intend for Snap DB to become a spreadsheet at all.  I mean, it's trivial to do what you want but then that summation line becomes part of the database information and its data would then be used in further calculations unless you were to delete that line.  It just seems a bit kludgy.  Does that make sense? 

Hi,
I totally accept your point. I was thinking that being able to display the total would make it ideal as a 'time logger' for a University course I am doing - I have to declare personal study time - and this would make it near perfect. Currently I use a spreadsheet which is OTT for what I need, and not portable either. My suggestion was more a personal whim and I don't want to drag you away from your overall goal for the project.  smiley
13  Special User Sections / Adventures of Baby Cody / Re: Photos of BCs trip to Afghanistan on: January 13, 2011, 08:01:45 AM
 Grin Fantastic!
14  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 12, 2011, 06:34:03 PM
I think I was probably looking for something different with the formula thing - just a way to total all figures that might appear in a single column (e.g., 4+5+6+7+4 = 26). That way I could total up time spent on a task for instance, or quoted prices etc.

Hmmm...did you see the "Sum column" option when you right-click a column's header?  That will pop up a message box with the total of any numbers in the column.  Is that not what you wanted?

No - I missed it completely! But now I have seen it! Is there a way that instead of the total popping up in a window it can be inserted into a cell at the bottom of column in question - perhaps beneath a divider line or something? That would make it perfect for what I need!
15  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Quick Cliq on: January 12, 2011, 06:29:55 PM
This is a cool NANY offering! Will try out some more!
16  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 12, 2011, 06:22:53 PM

:: Double clicking in an empty row opened the 'add record' dialogue (whereas currently it opens the 'edit record' dialogue
:: There was the possibility to use a basic 'add and total' formula for any figures entered in a column

Both added in the latest build.  Please let me know if that's what you had in mind.



Love the 'click to add new record' - works well!

I think I was probably looking for something different with the formula thing - just a way to total all figures that might appear in a single column (e.g., 4+5+6+7+4 = 26). That way I could total up time spent on a task for instance, or quoted prices etc.

Could probably find some uses for this!
 smiley
17  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: Snap DB on: January 12, 2011, 08:38:38 AM
Liking this!

Would be great if:

:: Double clicking in an empty row opened the 'add record' dialogue (whereas currently it opens the 'edit record' dialogue
:: There was the possibility to use a basic 'add and total' formula for any figures entered in a column

 smiley
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: complete 180 on mouse preference - what's the best cheap mouse? on: December 27, 2010, 10:40:42 AM
Note: for day-to-day web use I still prefer this trackball. Takes a little getting used to at first. However, once you've acclimated, you can absolutely fly with this thing. Not cheap ($99.99 list! - and seldom discounted) but still well worth its asking price IMHO. smiley
40, could you explain a little the specific advantages of using a trackball like you mentioned?  i tried it out a while back, but I couldn't understand how it made anything faster or easier or anything.  What am I missing?

I use a trackball too from time to time. The advantages I find are that I use 'finer' movements to flick the mouse round the screen (fingertip control rather than arm/wrist); they can be great when you have a cluttered desk like I do (you don't bump into cups, books, pens, pot plants) and... they just make a change sometimes!

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need help with finding info on Pocket Fujica 200 camera on: December 27, 2010, 10:34:42 AM
@Xenonym

I will dig through the attic later this week - I keep having this idea that somewhere in amongst the cobwebs I have a couple of unopened 110 films kept for sentimental reasons. If I find them you can have them (well past their expiry date so you may have some unusual colour shift!!).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Need help with finding info on Pocket Fujica 200 camera on: December 27, 2010, 08:45:57 AM
Found this - don't know if it helps finding film:
http://www.goshops.co.uk/...+Film&shopid=02111201
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Not thrilled by you Christmas gifts - could have been worse on: December 23, 2010, 11:53:07 AM
 cheesy I have the same problem (<----- see avatar!)
 Cool
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Upgrading RoboForm from v6 to v7: worthwhile? on: December 22, 2010, 04:14:17 PM
I'll try! Password Depot is a desktop password application made by AceBit. It's not new, but it is regularly updated. I have run it alongside Roboform and LastPass and keep returning to it as my preferred password app.

Thanks!  Is it "limited" to passwords?  The key feature of RoboForm is its ability to fill in forms, not just store passwords.  For "just" passwords, I use KeePass, which is free, and can fill forms as long as you tell it how beforehand (I haven't tried the addons for formfilling as such).  I presume you've tried KeePass and prefer Password Depot?

I use it for all online log-ins so it'll remember your username and password and other fields too smiley
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Upgrading RoboForm from v6 to v7: worthwhile? on: December 22, 2010, 11:29:40 AM
I mentioned earlier that Password Depot is quite decent (though not perfect) as a desktop app.

Could you expand on Password Depot, please?

I'll try! Password Depot is a desktop password application made by AceBit. It's not new, but it is regularly updated. I have run it alongside Roboform and LastPass and keep returning to it as my preferred password app. It can run in a number of ways but I tend to have it as an autohiding toolbar at the top of the screen. You can store program passwords as well as www passwords, do backups, print lists for extra precaution if you choose, and it works across browsers (you define your primary and secondary browsers). I use it with Opera, Firefox and rarely IE. Later versions have the ability to capture and store passwords (mostly successful but with glitches here and there just like RoboForm). You can store to FTP, hard drive or USB, and also run it from USB (no extra cost).

I don't have time to do a full review right now but having used it for several years I do find myself returning to it in times of crisis. Importantly, you are not locked into to server-side storage.

Far more features than I can describe here (password generation and time-limiting on passwords so you are reminded to change them - if you choose. There is a trial period so you can try before you buy.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any better Clipboard program. on: December 21, 2010, 12:08:36 PM
and ended up installing several new apps as a result! Better than wrapping Xmas pressies!

There's no cure for this disease.  Just ask Curt, or Darwin, or....   tongue

Time for rehab again I guess - thought I could resist, but no... Cool
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any better Clipboard program. on: December 21, 2010, 11:51:29 AM
This is Donationcoder at its most dangerous!  cheesy I only joined the thread to add a mention for AceText and ended up installing several new apps as a result! Better than wrapping Xmas pressies!
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