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1  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Add short excerpt to clip Title in main window on: Today at 04:00:33 PM
mouser, this kind of question has come up before.  Is there any way to make that cell more prominent, and/or add more in Help, or a video?
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: How much value would there be in an optional floating small clip window? on: Today at 03:49:04 PM
The clipboard manager I use most is ArsClip, which has this:
The Clipboard Bar's main purpose is a clip viewer window.
This mouse-friendly window also acts as a Drag and Drop target, a Popup
trigger, and clipboard manager.
... and I don't use it.  Hence a "no" from me.

One of the features I most like about CHS is its Paste Templates, invoked by popup > Additional actions... on last clip.  The main popup menu has accelerator keys.  Please, could there be accelerator keys on the Additional actions menu too?
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.26.0 - Oct 8, 2014 on: October 21, 2014, 02:54:18 PM
...I wouldn't know.  As I wrote, I use the much superior Total Commander  smiley
...Eh? Misses the point.
My first post made the point, not very explicitly perhaps, that there's no "need" to make downloads of CHS that only contain updated files (which is what I understood the OP to want) when one can rely on a good file manager to overwrite new/changed files and ignore the rest.  Unless, of course, one is on dialup and really, really wants to minimise download size.  I have been in the habit - for about 15 years - of using Total Commander for my file management needs, and almost never use Windows Explorer, so don't know what it offers.  I imagine most frequent PC users do likewise.
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.26.0 - Oct 8, 2014 on: October 20, 2014, 03:13:41 PM
@rjbull and @dcwul62: If you open the .ZIP file for the latest portable version and then select and copy all its contents to the installed portable proggie's folder, doesn't Windows Explorer check first and ask you if you want to install newer/older versions and/or overwrite, etc.?
I wouldn't know.  As I wrote, I use the much superior Total Commander  smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 20, 2014, 03:11:14 PM
I run Vista Home Premium, ...

Every second version of Windows... Darn that meme just keeps on giving!
The well-liked Win7 and hated/despised Win8 seem to make the unloved Vista Win6 and well-liked XP Win5.  So I wondered if there was some kind of ju-ju related to odd vs. even version numbers, and what Microsoft were thinking of to take the risk of jumping over Win9...
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 04:38:15 PM
But don't you want to hear that awesome logoff sound?
Is there a "smiley" for apoplexy? tellme
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / The most stupid Windows error? on: October 19, 2014, 04:31:21 PM
I run Vista Home Premium, 32-bit, UAC On, user account.  When I want to shut down, I close open application programs, click on the desktop, press Alt-F4, choose Shut down.  Occasionally I get this BSOS Black Screen of Stupidity:


Windows can't shut down because Windows is shutting down?  huhAngry
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need duplicate word scanner on: October 19, 2014, 04:23:46 PM
Of related interest, TextSTAT - Simple Text Analysis Tool:
Concordance software for Windows, GNU/Linux and MacOS

TextSTAT is a simple programme for the analysis of texts. It reads plain text files (in different encodings) and HTML files (directly from the internet) and it produces word frequency lists and concordances from these files. This version includes a web-spider which reads as many pages as you want from a particular website and puts them in a TextSTAT-corpus. The new news-reader, too, puts news messages in a TextSTAT-readable corpus file.
TextSTAT reads MS Word and OpenOffice files. No conversion needed, just add the files to your corpus...
In TextSTAT you can use regular expression which provides you with powerful search possibilities. The programme is multilingual. Because it uses Unicode internally, TextSTAT can cope with many different languages and file encodings.
Freeware.  Found via Mark Wieczorek's "My Favorite Smallware".
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Breevy text expander for Windows $5 off 12th Oct. 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 04:41:45 PM
Breevy is a text expander for Windows that helps you type faster and more accurately by allowing you to abbreviate long words and phrases -- saving you time and money.

Simply define an abbreviation for a longer piece of text, like eml for JohnDoe@email.com.

Then, in the future, instead of typing that longer piece of text, type the abbreviation you associated with that text in any application, and Breevy will automatically replace it for you, instantly.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend image comparison tool, please? on: October 12, 2014, 04:33:21 PM
Xnview (freeware) has a compare tool
Thanks - are you using XnView or XnViewMP?
11  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.26.0 - Oct 8, 2014 on: October 12, 2014, 04:26:09 PM
As for me, I am using a 3rd party tool (Beyond Compare) to do a foldercompare of the existing portable version with the new, extracted folder and only update what is necessary
Why not use an unarchiver that checks for new/changed files?  I use the one built into my favourite file manager, Total Commander.  It gives various options, a particularly useful one being Overwrite all older.

12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: You like science fiction, don't you? Of course you do! on: October 09, 2014, 05:22:50 PM
^ looks like two of Sir Terry Pratchett's books are in similar vein:
  • The Science of Discworld
    When a wizardly experiment goes adrift, the wizards of Unseen University find themselves with a pocket universe on their hands: Roundworld, where neither magic nor common sense seems to stand a chance against logic. The Universe, of course, is our own. And Roundworld is Earth. As the wizards watch their accidental creation grow, we follow the story of our universe from the primal singularity of the Big Bang to the Internet and beyond. Through this original Terry Pratchett story (with intervening chapters from Cohen and Stewart) we discover how puny and insignificant individual lives are against a cosmic backdrop of creation and disaster. Yet, paradoxically, we see how the richness of a universe based on rules, has led to a complex world and at least one species that tried to get a grip of what was going on.
  • The Science of Discworld II: The Globe
    The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred around an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. In it they accidentally witnessed the creation and evolution of our universe, a plot which was interleaved with a Cohen & Stewart non-fiction narrative about Big Science. In The Science of Discworld II our authors join forces again to see just what happens when the wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity on Earth. London is replaced by a dozy Neanderthal village. The Renaissance is given a push. The role of fat women in art is developed. And one very famous playwright gets born and writes The Play. Weaving together a fast-paced Discworld novelette with cutting-edge scientific commentary on the evolution and development of the human mind, culture, language, art, and science, this is a book in which 'the hard science is as gripping as the fiction'. (The Times)
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend image comparison tool, please? on: October 09, 2014, 04:45:04 PM
Thanks, folks - especially tomos, interesting suggestions.

I could have been clearer.  What prompted the query was a desire to decide on my personal preferred ISO rating, and I wanted enough images visible at once, and as big as possible, to do that; and also later to compare compositions.  I wasn't looking for a duplicate detector (yet), and didn't want to buy Lightroom if I could help it; it's enough trouble to stop AdobeARM running all the time Angry

I agree that four images is adequate, though I'd have liked six if possible.  Of course, then they get smaller.  I see the well-liked BreezeBrowser Pro only gives 2, 3 or 4.  It looks like ExifPro Image viewer offers a large subset of the features of BreezeBrowser, at a much lower cost
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Recommend image comparison tool, please? on: October 07, 2014, 04:36:55 PM
I'm looking for a simple image comparison tool.  That is, if I make several variations on a digital photo, I'd like to be able to see them all on screen at the same time, in their original aspect ratios, tiled, and sized so as to fill the screen as much as possible (i.e. be as big as possible, rather than thumbnails).  The attached image is from Faststone Image Viewer 5.2, the first such application I've seen though 4 images is the maximum.  Are there any alternatives, please?
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a EXTREMELY basic Multi Clipboard software on: October 07, 2014, 02:44:03 PM
I find sometimes certain clipboard managers give me problems, such as freezing, etc.  I have lots of 3rd party utilities running in the background, so I assume there's sometimes a conflict.  ArsClip was one of these.
In earlier versions of Windows the clipboard chain sometimes broke, but I wouldn't blame the clipboard manager for that.  I haven't had any problems with clipboard managers in Vista.  The only other conflict I've seen is with some versions of Typing Assistant, a text expander that appears to work solely through the clipboard, but they seem to have cured that problem with the very latest full release  (6.1).
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a EXTREMELY basic Multi Clipboard software on: October 07, 2014, 02:38:42 PM
> ArsClip bloated?  When its .exe is under 4 MB?

While this probably is good programming, it has tons of features and settings that I don't need,
I'm surprised, because I've always felt that ArsClip hits the sweet spot.  Basic features are quick, easy and fuss-free.  The many advanced features, critically, don't get in the way of the basic ones.  Indeed, you have to go looking for them, and I've even wondered if advanced features are too well hidden.

and OTOH it is not able to simply show a no frills popup next to its own tray icon, but instead puts its window all over the place on my triple monitors  Sad
Hovering over the tray icon shows an abbreviated copy of the current clip, as does the Clipboard Bar if enabled.  I agree that I would prefer popup location to be predictable, as I find its jumping about seemingly at random disconcerting.  The location of the Clipboard Bar can be fixed and I would like that extended to the popup.

[Edit at UK time 2014-10-07, 21:18:-]
Oh  ohmy  Delving into Configuration, I find various settings I didn't know about that may help fix the popup location.  Viz.:
Configuration > Popup Hotkeys > Alternatives > Mouse
Show Popup ...
[X] when mouse button is held Right Click / Middle Click / Left + Right Click
Short Delay ----X---- Long Delay
The [Per-Program Options] can override this setting.

This appears to popup where the cursor is.

Configuration > Popup Hotkeys > Alternatives > System Tray Icon
Show Popup ...
[ ] on foreground window when icon double clicked
[ ] on foreground window when icon single clicked
[X] on icon when double clicked
[ ] on icon when single clicked

This appears to popup above the tray icon.

Configuration > Popup > Behaviour > Screen Position:
Display Method
[X] Automatic (Recommended)
The popup is shown as dose to the pasting location as possible.
[ ] Mouse Cursor
The popup is shown near the mouse cursor.
[ ] Program Corner
The popup is shown near the corner of the foreground program.

You might prefer the last option.

BTW, if you go with CLCL, don't overlook earlier DC postings.  In particular, lanux128's post Re: Must-have apps in the System tray? points to AbteriX's two threads giving a tutorial, and compilation of reviews, on CLCL.  They too are on DC.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who is your Favourite "Doctor"? on: October 06, 2014, 04:18:37 PM
I'm torn; Tom Baker was the Doctor, but I enjoyed the flamboyant exuberance of Jon Pertwee.

As for companions, the luscious Leela has been mentioned, but I also loved Jo, the super-scrumptious Katy Manning in Jon Pertwee days, and liked Nyssa, Sarah Sutton, too.  Some people thought Adric was a pain...

The villains; yes, some of them were terrifying to look at, but some of the more "normal" ones were maybe worse.  Viz., Roger Delgado's elegant megalomaniac The Master, delighting in destruction; and I found the insane militarist the Graff Vynda-K chilling.

I've only watched a few of the "modern" episodes and haven't found them anything like as enthralling.  Perhaps that's rosy-tinted nostalgia, but it just isn't the same show that I used to enjoy so much.  Much more slick production, of course, but what use is that?  It looks much like any other slick modern made-for-TV film.  People used to snigger at the cheap production of classic Dr. Who, but maintaining any sort of willing suspense of disbelief of a big ask with a show of this kind.  I thought the rough and ready, make do and mend look of the cheap production actually helped by making things more like real life.  Now, things seem too bright and colourful; everybody is too well turned out in designer clothes, too clean and tidy; even the modern cybermen look like they're fresh from a cyber boy band.  The classic "big ears" versions were more scary because they were humanoid but a travesty of humans.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a EXTREMELY basic Multi Clipboard software on: October 06, 2014, 02:56:44 PM
Drifting off topic, but I had to respond - this is one of the subtle uses of AdBlock - it lets you hide pictures you don't like. There are a few people whose avatars annoy me too. Fine - just adblock them away and then they just vanish!
I use the DC forum profile setting to not see avatars and sigs.  Saves lots of screen space, as well as avoiding annoying animated avatars.

But, re the OP...  ArsClip bloated?  When its .exe is under 4 MB?
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: IDEA: a software that makes normal windows apps more touch friendly. on: September 26, 2014, 04:37:31 PM
And just for the record, if you lost your stylus, you could use any old object that had a tip with the Palm. Not that it saved them from ending up on the scrapheap of technological history
I'm still using my Palm T3...  and if you want styli, take a look at Cult Pens stylus search
I thought there was a difference, though.  Aren't Palm screens resistive, which needs a stylus (though it does usually work with a finger), whereas mobile phone/tablet screens are capacitative, which expects fingers?
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PrintableCal 100% Discount Giveaway on September 22 on: September 22, 2014, 03:38:58 PM
I noticed the question on your site, where you answer that PrintableCal is not compatible with Softmaker Office.  I take it your program is integrated with Microsoft Word and Excel - not capable of working with CSV and RTF files?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 16, 2014, 03:50:14 PM
I tried Rainlender, and it would be great if I were looking for a basic attractive desktop widget, whose sole purpose was showing me the month at a glance (and filling my desktop with eye candy), but for what I need, even with looking through a collection or 2 of skins, I couldn't find anything that made it a large enough window to be functional. (I am not running 800x600 here)
I agree an option for a bigger window would be nice.  As you're an artist, had you considered making your own Rainlendar skin?  I don't know what's involved in that, though.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for desktop calendar software that can sync with Google Calendar on: September 14, 2014, 04:15:10 PM
Rainlendar should work; you'd need the Pro version, but it's under $15 at the time of writing.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for desktop calendar software that can sync with Google Calendar on: September 14, 2014, 12:03:01 PM
I think EssentialPIM (EPIM) can do what you want, though you might need their Supplementary Apps EPIM Synchronizer.  However, it's a full PIM, so might be more than you want.  At least there's a free version to try.

As I recall it, cranioscopical is a big fan of VueMinder.  You might try searching DC for earlier posts.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: ‘Cyborg Unplug’ Is a Personal Jammer Against Drones, Glassholes on: September 10, 2014, 03:35:39 PM
if you're filming me without my knowledge/consent...then you're violating my privacy.
As wraith points out, here in the UK we are constantly surveilled.  On the other hand, and as I understand UK law, if you're in a public place, your face is photographically public property.  "Public" is underlined because a lot of places you'd think are public, aren't; commonly shopping centres that are privately owned.  Despite the law there's been much aggravation in recent years from over-zealous police citing terrorism and from anti-paedophile vigilantism.  UK magazine Amateur Photographer has been campaigning against police abuse.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Way to hide a desktop icon temporarily? on: September 07, 2014, 04:02:56 PM
Has anyone found an easy to use replacement Daemon that doesn't have all the baggage and instabilities/quirks of Task Scheduler?
I don't know if these would solve all your problems, but have you tried:
  • Searching DC for previous threads  smiley  Several mention alternatives.
  • PowerPro
  • Kirby Alarm Pro Payware; there's also a cheaper Lite version I haven't tried, and an old free version.
PowerPro worked a treat on Windows XP, but wasn't ready for UAC at the time I bought a Vista laptop.  Because it was awkward back then I changed to Kirby Alarm Pro, which worked perfectly well even with UAC On.  Since then there have been first workarounds, then improvements to PowerPro itself.  Given those, and that PowerPro is free, you might look at it first.  The scheduler module in PowerPro and Kirby Alarm Pro look to me to have very similar functionality, except that KA can run as a Windows service, if you need that.
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