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1  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: December 13, 2014, 10:38:23 PM
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There was a problem unzipping the series data. You might have to run epCheck as an administrator.

I am running as an administrator, so is this a serious issue?

Same issue here. First I get an error message saying the program cannot run and to try running as administrator. Then it says it cannot open the zipped archive, and the same "run as administrator" comment again.

I am running it as administrator in the first place. Epcheck does eventually open however it takes a very long time opening each series, and the program becomes unresponsive a lot of the time. This was all since I installed the latest beta version. I finally uninstalled it and reinstalled the previous version. (Properties dialog says the File Version is 1.1.4.1 and the Program Version is 1.1.13.0).

Thanks!

Jim
2  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: December 11, 2014, 12:05:05 AM
Just installed the beta with the monthly view. Can you please add the option to allow "Monday" to be the first day of the week? I hate calendars with Sunday as the first day!

Thanks!

Jim
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NaNoWriMo ... the gruelling writing event for 2014 on: November 30, 2014, 01:45:48 AM
Someone (from an intro I have lost) said that Balzac damaged his writing skill by essentially being forced by life to write too fast

How could anyone who was not a contemporary and close personal friend of Balzac possibly know that to be true? Seriously. huh

I drives me crazy when biographers or 'intro' writers present their personal opinions or conclusions about about something in an author's life as an established fact. Perhaps it makes for a quotable line or two in a review. But it usually has scant basis in fact.



Your thought there reminds me of a forum post I read about six or seven years ago in a forum dedicated to school children learning about and having homework assignments on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". The forum was always filled with posts by students asking inane questions like "What does Boo Radley represent?" and "What is the meaning of the dog being shot in relation to the death of a mockingbird?" Apparently teachers tend to ask students to over-analyze the hell out of every aspect of the book. Harper Lee, who would stop in from time to time and directly answer questions from students, posted something on the order of "Why do so many teachers insist on asking students to come up with answers or speculation on such topics? Did you ever consider that I just wrote that because it appealed to me and sounded just right?" She sounded a bit aggravated about reading so many "themes" teachers were tasking their students with. Not surprisingly that post didn't seem to change a thing.

I agree that critics love to fabricate the thoughts and ideas of writers past when they have no real knowledge of their thoughts and reasons.

(Damn! I printed the exchange out back then but I fear that I lost it.   Cry  )

Jim
4  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: November 18, 2014, 04:06:54 PM
Darn if that isn't the most polite feature request I've seen!

Jim

Hmm, looking at your sig I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Just so you know, I'm licensed to carry, and I've warn the nickel off the trigger smiley

Not sarcastic at all! The post, that is. As for the signature?  Hmmm..   Wink

Jim
5  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: November 18, 2014, 11:44:38 AM
Darn if that isn't the most polite feature request I've seen!

Jim
6  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 02:24:31 PM
Thanks for the info and advice Tomos.

Jim
7  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 12:17:54 PM
OK, thanks Supe! BTW, mine only checks manually; can't find any setting to auto-check for updates. Same for you?

Jim
8  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 12:14:01 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
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 17, 2014, 12:13:46 AM
For my Epson inkjet printers I had very good luck with 123 InkJets

I used cartridges from the same company (123inkjets) for my Canon All-in-Ones (830 & 860), though I purchased them from Amazon. Never had a problem with them at all. I never even got a dry cartridge.

When I got my Epson Workforce AIO I couldn't find ink cartridges for it from that company on Amazon, unfortunately.

Jim
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 15, 2014, 12:24:19 AM
How did that happen? Why did he have it taken down?

Jim
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: November 14, 2014, 11:24:57 PM
OK - Either Macecraft is at it again, or someone is appropriating their name and trying to pull something.

I just received an email - ostensibly from Macecraft - offering their latest - jv16 PowerTools X. Now we have already seen where Jouni - the developer - has moved to Thailand and left his staff stuck to answer questions, all without pay. Why would we believe that he is back developing this program?

Oh - and the URL it tries to send you to is an odd one. Definitely not the old Macecraft site. (I didn't try it - don’t want to catch anything).

Jim
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 10, 2014, 12:29:30 AM
Amazon Echo: What Amazon says about their new whatchamacallit thingie - Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

Here's a funny remix that shows what Echo might do.

Jim

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijLoiVkmYI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijLoiVkmYI</a>
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 06, 2014, 05:04:11 AM
Not for me! Too many other ways to see such "other things" without having to put up with David Hasselhoff.

Jim
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 11:19:54 PM
Deozaan,

Why none of that matters even a little bit:  Television "dramas" are not considered to be serious or anything at all like reality. They are pure escapism, nothing more, nothing less.

To wit: Baywatch lasted on the air for 11 seasons - that's 242 episodes! - and was one of the most watched shows in the world. (And that isn't counting the spin-offs Baywatch Nights or Baywatch Hawaii).

Jim

15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 07:09:15 PM
Me?  I love magic!

Jim
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 12:15:16 PM
This is another one of those "based on a true story" shows. There actually IS a Walt O'Brien who supposedly did do tech work/hacking (their word, not mine) for the government (not sure whose government) when he was a teen. Here's a link:

http://www.cnet.com/news/the-origin-of-scorpion-the-real-world-story-behind-cbss-new-drama/

Of course his "story" is having some authentication problems.   Cool

Jim
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: SoftMaker Office HD, the only complete Office for Android tablets, free beta rev on: November 05, 2014, 01:20:11 AM
I haven't downloaded this yet but I did own and use the Softmaker office suite for Windows PPCs back before they were phones. THeir alternates for Word and Excel, Textmaker and Planmaker were truly the best I had seen. While Word and Excel for PPC - distributed by Microsoft - lost most formatting when syncing with a desktop Office version via ActiveSync, the Softmaker programs retained all formatting. And they had some really cool formats and styles. E.g., all 3D charts were available. Full-featured tables in Word, columns, text-wrapping.

I don’t know if the Android apps are the same but if so, I'll be using them.

Jim
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ad Muncher 5 will be free on: October 28, 2014, 10:41:23 PM
I have to admit that I never tried Ad Muncher before, because of the price and because I was afraid that I might like it. — True. I do.

So far I'm amazed with the amount of garbage this app is capable to block. Also, I've never realized before how much the AdBlock plugin slows down the browser.

Yeah, but their biggest problem is no filtering on any https:// pages. YouTube, for example. All other adblockers seem to be able to have an effect on https://, yet Ad Muncher has been promising such coverage for NINE years!

Jim
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: (Hypothetical): If DC Grouped Together...What could be achieved? on: October 25, 2014, 10:31:38 PM
I remember a few years back someone here suggested creating a software group on a relatively new social network called "Facebook".   tongue  Actually that is exactly when I joined that soulless network. Unfortunately, after forming the group we never did do anything.   Sad

Do you all (who originally joined that group) remember?

Jim
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DRM in your coffee maker, to stop you from brewing unlicensed coffees on: October 19, 2014, 10:37:14 PM
Here's my baby - from 1986! Still runs though to be honest I don’t use it that much anymore. Hate to get rid of it - kinda like my old 1928 black cast iron Royal typewriter...

Jim

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21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Favorite Sci-fi movies? on: October 09, 2014, 12:44:35 AM
oh, oh, what about...

primer (not that exciting but perhaps the best time travel movie - don't mention 'donnie darko', what an incredibly overrated piece of work that is).

Primer is great! Time travel flick that was shot on a very tight budget, and yet is just devastatingly clever. Confusing if you don’t pay very close attention.

And actually I love Donnie Darko! I didn't fully understand it at first but after reading the book written by Richard Kelly, the writer and director, I appreciated the story a lot more. Budget constraints prevented a lot of the details from being included but the backstory for the script is actually very sharp.

Jim
22  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Leadertask Daily Planner Free on Bits Today, 4 Oct 2014 on: October 04, 2014, 10:35:10 PM
Leadertask Daily Planner is free on Bits duJour today, 4-Oct-2014. However the deal doesn’t appear to be as generous as it first looks. First obstacle - Malwarebytes is preventing many from accessing the site at all. Also, the program isn't offered for sale anymore - instead it is offered free with a sync option offered as a subscription. Also there isn't a privacy policy on the website and your data is stored on their cloud servers. Plus the program asks for admin access on your computer. All in all it could be a recipe for disaster.

I had previously heard good things about Leadertask, but that was at least five or six years ago. Doesn’t sound very tempting to me today.

Thanks!

Jim

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23  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: September 14, 2014, 01:45:37 PM
Downloaded, installed, and looking good so far!

Thanks!!

Jim
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 04, 2014, 10:26:54 AM
I installed the trial but it doesn't let me start the 30-day trial period. There's a big dialog box with 3 options and activate the trial is 3rd, but clicking it does nothing. If I try to make a fence, the option appears but then the fence doesn't. Google showed that other people have had this problem too.

That's odd. I thought that happened only if you once had a trial installed in the past. Guess it's a bug then.

Good luck!

Jim
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 04, 2014, 05:25:06 AM
Or make a fence containing multiple icons which you want to hide, and make that "fence" or area visible as needed. DL a trial and give it a shot.

Jim
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