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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / windows services manager. such a thing? on: November 20, 2014, 12:22:03 PM
Is there anything that will quickly allow me to toggle a bunch of services on and off?  For example, if I want to do a lot of photoshopping, I want to disable a bunch of unecessary services to speed things up.  Then I want to reenable them again once I'm done.  is there anything where I can make a few profiles or something and toggle them?
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outline 4D >>50% off sale<< (only $50) on: November 19, 2014, 04:27:15 PM
Man, I've been able to use Outline 4D in "production" now for a bit...I am loving it, holy cow!  I'm using it as my basic project manager, and it's working out perfectly.  I'm very amazed actually...all those outliners, PM tools, etc., I've tried (and lord knows I've tried them all) and this is the one that is hyper-intuitive for me.

You know what the secret to me is?  I think it's the fact that I can print it and it basically looks just like what I'm doing on the screen.  That's been a HUGE complaint of mine over the years as I've tried project management tools.  They look great on the screen, but printing or exporting is a huge pain and the end product I ended up taking to meetings and such looked awful compared to the meticulous effort I spent organizing the items and making them look good.  And it's an excellent outliner to boot.  Fantastic tool.  This and Scapple have blown me away this year as far as actual productivity goes.  Maybe I just think like a writer or something...they're both meant for screenwriting, lol!   I've never written anything!!  Just goes to show...something, I don't know.  Grin
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 19, 2014, 09:41:41 AM
good points.
The more I think about it, the more impressed I am by the mouse.  Tough to say, but it's one of very few inventions that was basically perfect right from the start, what, over 50 years ago?  Pretty amazing feat.

i really have no idea what the next input device breakthrough will be, especially in relation to touchscreens.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / eesh: picture definitely doesn't go with the article on: November 19, 2014, 09:37:29 AM
from here:
http://www.usatoday.com/s...air-salon-death/19266143/

the photo:
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5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Still weird: The mouse is more accurate than a finger on: November 18, 2014, 05:59:16 PM
I still find it weird that the mouse is still more accurate to use than a finger.  I've been using a touchscreen for a while now, and it's not even close.  Touching the screen with a finger should be intuitively more better...I mean, you're just touching the actual thing you want to touch.  Yet doing it with the mouse is far easier, faster, accurate.  Is it because of the finger-pad being too big?  Would it be different if my finger ended in a needle-tip?  I don't think so.

It seems to be one of the main things holding back touch screens.  What is going to be the breakthrough here?  I can't even guess.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NEMO UX - the shape of the desktop to come? on: November 18, 2014, 05:48:34 PM
gah!!  mmph...gaga!!
OK, I want all those slick touch toolbars.  Get them to me now!!
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 09:36:22 PM
OK, thanks Supe! BTW, mine only checks manually; can't find any setting to auto-check for updates. Same for you?

Jim

yeah, oddly it doesnt even seem to notify of updates.
me too.  I only can do manual checks, no option for automatic.  It gets updated a lot, it would be annoying and I'd probably turn it off anyway!  cheesy
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 12:17:41 PM
Why not make contact with the source?

Heh it was just a silly joke. An Anti-Malware program that lists itself as Malware ...  tongue

Douglas H. is the guy into self referential stuff : )

might not be the first time even cheesy
but note that my comment was for Superboyac - that he ask MBAM directly (I could have made that clearer ;-])
MBAM told me she did it on purpose because I was flirting with SAS.
9  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 12:15:48 PM
Hmm.. I didn't receive any notification about V.7. And when I click on "Check for Updates" it tells me that V.6.73 is available. (I presently have V.6.67d)

Were you notified about the new version, Tom?

Thank you.

Jim
For me, it v6 only checks for v6 updates.  Only v7, after it's installed, will check for v7 updates.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 17, 2014, 10:19:06 AM
After the initial flurry of breathless "game changer" announcements, it seems to have stalled out around 2012. The biggest motivation seemed to be killing off Bluetooth - which is odd because that's something that never really went mainstream beyond headsets for smartphones. (On second thought, reason enough for everybody else to want to kill it since it's a Microsoft proprietary technology.) Evil

There's some talk of how this may be the key technology for bringing "the internet of things" to the general public. But most of it seems to imply wifi-direct will be built into the devices rather than offered as an add-on. Which could make it a selling point for new devices.

Be still my heart! undecided
Well, THAT is certainly interesting, thanks.
If you had asked me 5 years ago, I fully would have expected this kind of tech to be common now.

Bluetooth is MS's tech?  Why do they suck at implementing it then?
Interesting...the new xbox one controller doesn't use bluetooth.  Supposedly it uses Wifi DIrect, but it's not terribly clear.  On the other hand, the PS4 controller uses bluetooth and it works really well.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 17, 2014, 09:53:30 AM
Did you forget to uncheck the option to try the pro version when you installed it. That runs on windows start and is the last window you see when installing
I have no idea.  I guess I have to uninstall/reinstall.  Not cool MBAM!!  thumb down
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MBAM: how is it starting automatically with windows?? on: November 16, 2014, 08:18:30 PM
So MBAM...good program.  But lately, it keeps auto-starting with Windows, and I have all the auto-start options turned off:
In MBAM settings, i have the start with windows UNCHECKED.
I checked with Winpatrol, and there are no MBAM entries in startup or otherwise.

How is it able to keep auto-starting??
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Do any wifi-DIRECT adapters actually exist? on: November 14, 2014, 04:15:04 PM
I'm looking for an adapter that can turn my desktop pc into a wifi-direct enabled computer (without using another access point or router).  Now, as I'm looking into it, it's quite unclear how to do this.  I was thinking there would be some kind of wifi-direct USB device that I plug in like a bluetooth adapter, and bingo.  But I can't find a single one!
I go to the Wifi Alliance website:
http://www.wi-fi.org/discover-wi-fi/wi-fi-direct
then I go to where it says "product finder", which sends me here:
http://www.wi-fi.org/disc...-fi/wi-fi-direct-products
Which is basically an empty page.
So where are these devices?
I don't want a Miracast or anything, because that's basically a restricted-use device.  I want an adapter that will connect the computer directly and then I can do anything that I normally do over wifi.  I don't want Miracast dictating what I can and can't do.  But that seems to be where the tech is at currently.  However, I'm not sure, and it's not clear, and so forth.

It appears to me that the "industry" is keeping wifi-direct out of the spotlight, because the technology is definitely in most of the newer high end devices (phones, game controllers, HDMI adapters like chromecast) and all the implementations so far are quite restricted.  You will not be able to take advantage of the technology in an open manner.

Anyway, so I want an adapter basically.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ESA Rosetta comet landing being streamed live 12-NOV-2014 @ 11:00AM EST on: November 14, 2014, 01:32:14 PM
Aww come on 40... methinks you're being a bit harsh on NASA!  Grin

Nope. They keep trying to do it on the cheap through the questionable Regan Error Era theory of 'privatization' being the absolute cure for all governmental budget woes.

Privitization hasn't worked very well in the past. And it's still not working. Wink tongue
I may or may not be currently working or not working with them.  And I concur with 40. cheesy
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: November 13, 2014, 02:53:51 PM
I've been using the bitdefender version based on your recommendation for a couple of months now.  It's good.  My only complaints so far have been:
--you must give a *working* email for the program to not nag you; even the paid-for version.

Do what I do. Set up an @live or @gmail account purely for all those pesky people that insist on a valid e-mail address. Open it at least once a month to keep it active. Periodically trash everything in it except for registration acknowledgements, license keys, and other genuinely useful messages. End of problem. No worries.

--it's chinese

Is it really any more dangerous coming from a non-American developer than an un-American Wink one? Or really any other nationality these days? They all seem to be in bed with their respective government's spy & surveillance agencies - with our own biggies leading the stampede.

 
--sometimes it can be a little too simplistic.  as in, in their effort to make it very easy to use, some of the more powerful options are in odd places.

Good point. The pro version has a more traditional dashboard like all the other majors do. The freebie control panel is rather simplistic. But you can still get to pretty much anything you need if you have to.

 smiley Thmbsup
agreed.  good point on the non-american stuff.  I used to be a little more convicted about such things.  then i learned.
16  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Announcing .NET 2015 - .NET as Open Source, .NET on Mac and Linux on: November 13, 2014, 02:52:10 PM
^ It's a little more tricky than it looks.

Basically, under this wording, if you are using .NET and you ever assert an IP claim against Microsoft for any reason, you automatically become a provable infringer on Microsoft’s IP because their "personal promise" is automatically withdrawn. So in short,: use .NET, try to sue us, and you're now an infringer.

So while your infringement claim remains to be proven, Microsoft’s infringement claim against you is already established.

Two guesses who would win in a tit-for-tat legal confrontation like that regardless of the merits? (Hint: bigger is usually the winner in IP infringement cases.)

That's a win-win for Microsoft. Their IP is fully protected either way. Your IP protection is anybody's guess.


Good gawd.  good catch.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a new Anti-Virus and need you guys to help! on: November 13, 2014, 01:24:57 PM
My current favorite is BitDefender. Either the "free for personal" or paid-for Pro.

I use the pro version myself, supplemented by occasional on-demand scans with Malwarebytes Antimalware and/or Super Antimalware.

This trio (along with staying current with Windows Update) seems to catch everything that's catch-able so far (knock wood).
I've been using the bitdefender version based on your recommendation for a couple of months now.  It's good.  My only complaints so far have been:
--you must give a *working* email for the program to not nag you; even the paid-for version.
--it's chinese
--sometimes it can be a little too simplistic.  as in, in their effort to make it very easy to use, some of the more powerful options are in odd places.

but so far so good.  I can't think of another av program I prefer at this point.  I used to be a kaspersky guy years ago, but fell out of favor quickly.
18  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: tablet toolbar creator (willing to pay) on: November 04, 2014, 09:11:12 PM
Have you considered my tool WinButtons? (and probably ask for some specific enhancements?)
It's excellent. I was able to put application-aware custom panels for Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere onto a 10" MIMO touch screen for a friend who has bad arthritis and finds constant fiddling with mouse/menu/hotkey stuff increasingly difficult. The panel improved his life more than a little. Since the usual gear engaged in my brain is reverse, it's remarkable that this was possible, and a testament to Ath's skill.

Ath's willingness to help is impressive!

Thanks, Ath!  Thmbsup  Thmbsup  Thmbsup
 

Can I get a copy of the setup files or script?  I want to try it out also.  TIA!!!
19  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: IDEA: tablet toolbar creator (willing to pay) on: November 04, 2014, 10:18:43 AM
Have you considered my tool WinButtons? (and probably ask for some specific enhancements?)
It doesn't have the press-hold, press-drag, press-release stuff (yet) but that can probably be added.

And, IMHO, DesktopCoral and LaunchBar Commander would be nice 'toolbars'
WHoa!  No I didn't know about that.  I'm going to fully test it out.  You will be hearing from me. 
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / IDEA: tablet toolbar creator (willing to pay) on: November 03, 2014, 05:53:44 PM
So I've had a windows tablet for a couple of months now, and I'm itching for a decent toolbar creator.  I posted most of my thoughts here, below is a copy:
Quote
Well...I've been holding off on this trying to figure out which of mouser's programs would I want touchified first.  THe answer is pretty obvious...LBC.

The artist community has been having fits trying to deal with the lack of keyboards.  Some of the third party tools being used:
toolbar creator 2.2
touchkey
artdock
Radial Menu

none of them is really perfect, they all have major klunky issues.  But they get the job done if they work.  They don't all work on all windows devices (which is weird to me, why shouldn't they?)  The best one is actually touchkey, but it's pretty much all in japanese and you configure it with text files....so I need to set aside a couple of hours to learn that syntax. undecided

LBC would be perfect for this sort of thing.  But it needs to be touchified.  That means:
--being able to scale well on high-res devices.  Windows tablets are high res, and there are some interesting settings for scale and such.  Basically, it makes some programs look really odd and buttons and menus are too small or text is too small, etc...you have to be very precise with touching things that tiny.  So scaling needs to be addressed.

--Beyond scaling, individual buttons would need the ability to be resized.  That's what most of the programs listed above are specialized at (the other stuff is just what the button does if pressed, all already in LBC).  So you can make buttons bigger or smaller, etc.  Some even offer more interesting layouts than just rows and columns...radial menus, or masonry-style layouts...all handy to have.

--Ability to detect difference between a finger and a pen.  Sometimes you only want one of them, sometimes both.

I'd be willing to pay for this, maybe $100.  It sounds like the challenges are with the scalability of the buttons (high-dpi screens), interesting combinations of triggers (not just normal buttons, but press-hold, press-drag, press+release, etc.).  Most of the options listed above have these built in, but like I said, they just don't really work.  The other challenge seems to be compatibility with both the Wacom pens and the N-trig pens.

If it could be done in the usual high quality style of DC, that would be awesome.  I've already spent hours on this, that's why I feel I'm willing to pay for it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 30, 2014, 11:35:32 AM
What windows tablet do you have?

I had a dell venue 8 pro.  I really wanted to like it, but ended up selling it a few months after I got it.  The primary feel I got was one of promise, but still not ready for prime-time.  Like a pretty covering placed over imperfections.

The major reasons that made me sell it while I could:
1. The interaction of not-metro with the desktop
2. the feel of the tablet with the desktop
3. low-level interactions and the fact that you could be handicapped by the fact that it was a tablet
4. power management and its relation to other functionality

It just got to be too annoying and inconvenient to ignore.
Very interesting.  I also felt the venue would have been a promising tablet. 
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: I'd like to get a Windows Tablet: help me decide. on: October 29, 2014, 01:42:01 PM
I really want to get a convertible.  They look so cool!  But my experience with my windows tablet sours me on that.  And I just can't get into android, even though I have one now (my nook).  Things just seem so much harder to get done.  I was thinking that my Nook might be the gateway into Android for me.  But It's turned out to be the exact opposite- I just use it for reading.
You are exactly right...trying to get stuff done on the android can get pretty annoying.  Especially if you are used to a Windows mindset and trying to make android compatible with that workflow.

What windows tablet do you have?  I almost went the convertible route, but after trying it a few times, it didn't last for me.  Too big, I ended up using it like a laptop, as many end up doing.  You just don't need all that keyboard all of the time, especially if the touch response is good and the tablet itself is light like the surface pro.  So now I just carry a spare bluetooth keyboard just in case, but am using some tricks to get around the keyboard thing.  Mainly these onscreen configurable toolbars that artists are now using.

The windows tablet is the most cutting edge device right now.  The only thing that will challenge it is either a Mac OSX touch tablet or a Linux tablet.  I'll qualify this by saying I'm approaching this from a productivity/business standpoint, which really just means I do more than just "email/browsing/watching/reading". (and even those are better on the windows tablet).
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: October 28, 2014, 05:37:20 PM
The complaint that stands out to me is the Windows Store one.  I don't want to log into MS every time I use my computer.  I want to log in...when I need to!  I'll log into windows store when I need to buy something.  I'll log into MS Live stuff through the applications.  I don't want to log in to these things perpetually.  On Windows 8, you have to go through a few maneuvers to do this, and it breaks the windows store.  Hopefully that option still exists.  And I don't want to be forced to download software from the windows store, I'd like to also be able to download directly from the developer's site.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Is technology killing old loved books? on: October 28, 2014, 05:32:04 PM
I don't think it’s so much the technology as changes in the publishing business and the gradual elimination of the "mid" or "middle list" by most publishers.

If it ain't selling in large quantities (~50K and up), a title is either tossed on the bargain rack or into a shredder fairly quickly these days. New tax rules for how back and mid stock inventory has to be valued also plays a part. Nobody can afford to carry"slow inventory" on their financial books any more.

The end result is that the only books by major publishers that can be sure of survival are the ones that cater to the lowest common denominator. Classic, cult, and niche interest titles disappear fairly quickly after their first press run. So in some respects, electronic editions make many more titles available for longer since there's no production costs or physical inventory to carry. Under this scenario, it actually behoves a publisher to keep their entire catalog available electronically. Something they can't do with paper.

Oh yeah...just for the record, I still prefer paper and enjoy buying and giving away used books. That's something you can't always (or simply or aren't allowed to) do with e-books.

 Cool
What do you think is the best strategy for hobby writers who want to get their stuff out there, but still would like to make some income?  I'm very curious about this because I really can't tell where we're going with the technology.  I was just talking to a writer friend of mine, who has an agent, and she basically said you are committing career suicide by not going the agent-publisher route.  If you self publish, you will be ostracized from the industry.  I immediately thought "what if the music industry is like this too?"
25  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Request to "touchify" LBC on: October 28, 2014, 02:49:20 PM
Well...I've been holding off on this trying to figure out which of mouser's programs would I want touchified first.  THe answer is pretty obvious...LBC.

The artist community has been having fits trying to deal with the lack of keyboards.  Some of the third party tools being used:
toolbar creator 2.2
touchkey
artdock
Radial Menu

none of them is really perfect, they all have major klunky issues.  But they get the job done if they work.  They don't all work on all windows devices (which is weird to me, why shouldn't they?)  The best one is actually touchkey, but it's pretty much all in japanese and you configure it with text files....so I need to set aside a couple of hours to learn that syntax. undecided

LBC would be perfect for this sort of thing.  But it needs to be touchified.  That means:
--being able to scale well on high-res devices.  Windows tablets are high res, and there are some interesting settings for scale and such.  Basically, it makes some programs look really odd and buttons and menus are too small or text is too small, etc...you have to be very precise with touching things that tiny.  So scaling needs to be addressed.

--Beyond scaling, individual buttons would need the ability to be resized.  That's what most of the programs listed above are specialized at (the other stuff is just what the button does if pressed, all already in LBC).  So you can make buttons bigger or smaller, etc.  Some even offer more interesting layouts than just rows and columns...radial menus, or masonry-style layouts...all handy to have.

--Ability to detect difference between a finger and a pen.  Sometimes you only want one of them, sometimes both.

Just trying to create some work for you, that's all.  Cool
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