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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: July 01, 2015, 11:19:13 AM
"The Coming Swarm" DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet,
by Molly Sauter, Bloomsbury Academic, 2014 ISBN PB: 978-1-6235-6456-8
Chapter seven. Against the man: State and corporate responses to DDoS actions.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: June 07, 2015, 04:18:55 PM
"why MS Word breaks format"
A short, clear explanation why this happens and what to do about it by John McGhie
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommendations for a free image viewer with strong editing features on: March 27, 2015, 09:34:16 AM
thumbnail viewing - two sizes, very fast image opening: Linux Fatdog64_700 portable live DVD free
most of the requested features: Gimp included in Fatdog (above) and many other free linux distributions
most of the requested features: Krita (Gimp on steroids) several sources for free, live DVDs. My favorite is KaOS_14.11
for inserting/editing shapes and text I often use Karbon (free) and save to .png before opening as a layer in Gimp
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: online tool or software to create a treeview on: March 27, 2015, 09:06:40 AM
@ kalos Re: "anything for windows? #13 March 14

Wordperfect runs in windows. I would be pleased to send details.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: online tool or software to create a treeview on: March 14, 2015, 09:31:19 AM
Re. edit and display a tree view:
1. Freeplane tree view [ available as a live DVD in Freeplane_1.2.23 with Uberstudent_4.1].
2. Emacs org-mode.
3. Wordperfect outlines.
4. Notecase [available in most linux, Puppy_6 or Fatdog 700]
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 26, 2014, 06:37:18 PM
Simone Weil had it right about our thinking, "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Drawing software thoughts for 2014: Clip Studio (Manga Studio), Photoshop on: October 08, 2014, 08:52:25 PM
Thanks for the news. If you want to explore brushes more you might try Krita. I have been having fun with it for about six months. It is free and comes bundled with KaOS, also free. Krita_2.8.5 has automatic support for Wacom tablets in the latest KaOS (2014 08) and that can be downloaded from I use it 'live' on DVD and it has a ton of features.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dual Boot questions on: August 08, 2014, 04:22:52 PM
Alternate (tangent?) just a thought:
I tried the dual-booting but only on Win 2K and XP. Portable apps worked better. I prefer portable OSes (live Linux DVDs). Now I have my old Windows apps on an old laptop and box. Collections of great apps are easily available like in Uberstudent_4 with no hard drive, just a basic box and USB optical drive or USB sticks
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 08, 2014, 03:39:53 PM
@Hennt, Re: "...programs...most advanced file tagging...":
Tagspaces works best for me combined with filenames based on folders, date and subject. I leave searching to an independently made selection of files in gnumeric (linux) and to stored files using wordperfect (advanced file search).
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: July 20, 2014, 05:03:27 PM
Small batch processing is easy using a gallon jug or several champagne bottles. Use a fermentation lock for best results or some plastic tubing from stoppers at the top all going to somewhere under some water in a container. Champagne yeast is foolproof and excellent for every fruit I've tried. Vierka (German company) had a very good yeast but I have not used it in years. If you have access to a brewing supply store, there are many gallon concentrate cans that are excellent. Corn sugar works well.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Metalenguage - Encoder - Decoder on: June 29, 2014, 04:44:34 PM
Not simple and not portable but Wordperfect has had this for years. You should be able to get an early version for little cost.
The 'find' or 'replace' works with words, phrases, sentences or any code like [bold], [HRt] or [tab] and can replace in a selection or in an entire file. It works flawlessly in text or Wordperfect files but should work well for any file type imported into it.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cheap fountain pen shootout on: May 26, 2014, 05:44:35 PM
Thanks all, Edvard and rjbull for the 411. Several sites have what I am looking for, or pretty close anyway.

Some of you more exotic thinking types (which in my experience is just about everyone on Donationcoder) might consider making your own pens from quills and bamboo (search that).

I make lots using Crow wing tip (flight) feathers.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: April 03, 2014, 05:46:23 PM
I felt the whole thing was pretty ridiculous and implausible.
  Hmm, after reading the basic plot line on IMDB I have to check it out at some future opportunity.

But I gather it's not on a par with Three Days of the Condor.  smiley

+1 for Three Days of the Condor  smiley
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animated Map of Girl's Names Throughout the Years on: March 02, 2014, 04:32:31 PM
@IainB: naming popularity has been covered well in genealogy and the Scottish Naming Practice is very handy when looking for the names of grandparents or parents.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Clever color folder on: March 02, 2014, 04:12:22 PM
Another way, outside Windows Explorer, to see if a folder has files is to use Eagle Mode. In it all directories, folders and files are viewable and you can zoom in on any. If any folder does not show files below it, there are none. You can use Eagle Mode from a CD to view contents of a hard drive or USB drive. There is also a PET package to add it to Linux Puppy.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: At last, KeyNote done better :) on: January 05, 2014, 11:43:11 AM
KeyNote-NF has been made available for use in Puppy Linux and is described on the Puppy forum and reportedly runs well in Wine.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: text file editor personalyzable on: January 02, 2014, 04:07:01 PM
I would like to find a text editor where I can personalyze the background colour of the lines.

By example each four lines change the colour.

Best Regards.


1. Could 'greenbar paper' be a help? Free samples in PDF form are downloadable at . I don't know much about PDF. Greenbar has 1/2 inch wide rows that could be used to print 4 lines at 8 lines per inch.
2. Some have achieved a similar ability by using a transparent 'watermark' and entering text over it.
3. Others have used a scanned copy of a 'form', that might use 1/2 inch shaded bars. and using this as a graphic image for use under printing.
4. You could design, depending on the editor capabilities, a table with transparent lines and a background fill color of your choice for four rows, alternating with another plain four rows, etc.
5. WordPerfect can easily employ 'watermarks' for use as mentioned above. It also has a macro available that automates the process: that I have not used.
6. 'Database Pro', my copy was about circa 2002, had the ability to design forms and enter text over shaded background areas.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software on: December 28, 2013, 04:41:18 PM
I have been trying Freemind and Freeplane for about six months. I prefer Freeplane. I like the SVG export ability in Freemind. When I installed them both under Linux Mint_14-64 Mate/Gnome it made using Freeplane impossible, Freemind took over and .mm files only opened in Freemind. On separate usb sticks or DVD-RWs they are fine. My difficulty was that I was stuck with an early version of both Freemind and Freeplane and not able to update without some risk, from what I might mess up. I have been trying to find more recent Mint versions or other 'live' Linux DVDs as they come out but without success. My difficulty is with how I download and burn the newer Mint versions, not with Freemind or Freeplane.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Year End Top 5/10 List Here on: December 25, 2013, 05:06:14 PM
Top 5 digital art & art site/forum
  • Wetcanvas
Top streaming radio
A very wide range of international favorites in classical, folk, western and pop. Check schedules.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: myWOT uninstall nightmare on: December 06, 2013, 12:46:31 PM
I had some issues when switching to another operating system (linux variety) on the same box and trying to set up WOT. I tried lots of fixes and found one that seems to work. I use DuckDuckGo and set it up to enable WOT and it works without going through the WOT registration again. DuckDuckGo does not track so that might help.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: November 29, 2013, 04:22:39 PM
@Arizona Hot ^reply #77, Nov 23:
Re: "Anyone here planning to convert an existing XP machine to Linux..."
Yes, my Toshiba Satellite laptop has been disconnected from the Internet for 22 months so I'm no longer bothered with updates. It has WordPerfect, ViaVoice_8 Preferred, backup files, printers and scanner. If the hard drive fails or XP becomes useless I will use a live Linux CD/DVD on it or try a copy of ReactOS, if they finish that Grin.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Leap Forward in Aviation Tech on: October 23, 2013, 03:21:35 PM
^ and the Mosquito bombers that my grandfather helped build.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 23, 2013, 03:13:11 PM
This limited vision is unfortunate, because KDE includes many features that have no counterpart in any corner of the GNOME ecosystem. For example, you can:[end of quote]

non-quote, added by sword:
+1 and some great applications like Krita, very powerful for drawing,  are based on KDE. I have posted a few times on the Krita forum under my username: sword. It has some of the best help of any digital drawing thing out there IMHO  smiley
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Swapping Out Software? on: July 19, 2013, 03:12:57 PM
Windows app. ..........|  main use ..........|  Linux app.
Photoshop                |  draw                  |  Gimp, Krita, Alchemy, Inkscape, (Blender)

MS Access,               |  db, table, form, |  Kexi (recent use)
Database Pro            |  report, search

MS OneNote,             |  notes                |  Getting Things Gnome,
Dragon Nat. Spk.,      |                           |  org-mode
Via Voice Advanced    |

Wordperfect,                |  tags, outlines    |  Tagspaces, org-mode, FreePlane, Pyrenamer
(custom design)

Wordperfect Master     |  cheat sheets     |  Tgif (recent use)
Documents, OneNote  |  (hierarchical,
                                     |  navigate in)

Adobe Illustrator           |  svg, zui           |  Inkscape, DIA, FreeMind, Delineate (trace),
and line trace,               |                         |  Image Magic, Xara LX
Eagle Mode                   |

Partition Magic              |  partitioning      |  GParted
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: July 14, 2013, 03:55:28 PM
Re. 40hz, Welcome to the Village, reply #149, 13 JUL:

“ The Prisoner” 1967-68, episode 6.
Who would believe that the villain in the plot could be a super computer,
doing military exercises, that promised to provide large quantities of
information, without any understanding or knowledge, through ‘Speedlearn’?
Or that the hero could be someone working in the intelligence community,
code name ZM73, who quits?
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