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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A website where online folks can "sign" a card digitally - then send by mail on: March 24, 2015, 04:29:51 PM
Oh, I mentioned www.moonpig.com on IRC...but you never mentioned wanting "multiple people" to sign it...don't think you can do that on there tbh
There's also
At least some of these can - I think - print images on the back as well, or at least, more than one image?  If so, could the organizer collect the signatures, then combine them into a graphic image, and use that?
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: text to phone on: March 22, 2015, 05:49:29 PM
EssentialPIM (EPIM).  The PC and Android versions can be synchronized by pointing them at your router.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Note/Idea taking software! on: March 22, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
If you're going the sticky notes route, you might like
Both popular on DC.  Popular two-pane organizers include RightNote (free, standard and pro versions).

AML Pages (payware) is a tree-form organizer with sticky notes as well, but I haven't tried its sticky notes.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch find/replace multiple strings in a single text file on: March 18, 2015, 04:44:04 PM
You might try a free-standing bulk search-and-replace utility.  If you're happy with console mode and/or command lines, try the freeware MiniTrue, though on Windows it's probably better to use the version tweaked by Jason Hood here.  If you'd prefer WinGUI, take a look at the  two related programs HandyFile Find And Replace and Text Workbench.  I've used both MiniTrue and Text Workbench in the (distant) past.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 18, 2015, 04:30:49 PM
The way I read it, from one of the UK magazines, was that the upgrade was automatic provided that you had automatic Windows updates turned on.  In other words, you wouldn't get a disk.  Given my very unhappy experience with the Vista Update from Hell detailed in Windows Update disaster - recovery help, please!, I would be very wary at allowing automatic Windows updates.  I know there are services like Winows Secrets that check their toxicity, but it's hard work going through all those numerically-named updates.  Oddly, when checking Windows Secrets' URL, I happened upon their 12th March 2015 post, which by amazing coincidence is New ways to get free Windows-installation media.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Note/Idea taking software! on: March 18, 2015, 04:06:54 PM
hulkbuster, there are already any number of threads on DC about notetaking!  If you only want notes, not reminders, you might look at MemPad (free) or CintaNotes (free and payware versions), both of them portable.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 16, 2015, 05:51:52 PM
Currently reading:
   Resurrection Engines ed. Scott Harrison
15 steampunk responses to (mostly) 19th century fiction, e.g. Kim Lakin-Smith's conflation of Peter Pan with The Island of Doctor Moreau, Adam Roberts on the [C]rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Juliet McKenna's feminist response to Rider Haggard's She.

Just finished:
   The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
One of the ur-texts of fantasy and science fiction
   Soul of the Fire by Elliot Pattison
Latest in his "Inspector Shan" mysteries set in present-day Tibet, this one focuses on the increasing number of self-immolations of a people unable to express their protests in other ways.
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Android Apps / Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code on: March 10, 2015, 05:16:12 PM
When I do some job, say X, I save the date-time for the job, even gps if possible. After wards I should be able to get answers to following,
1. When I did job X ?
2. Did I do job X in this month/year ?
3. What jobs I did this month ?
4. What jobs I did at this location (gps) ?
You might investigate the abandoned program Inserty, which automates some aspects of text entry.  I'm relatively new to Android myself - I only know about this one from one of the other DC threads  on Android, which would be worth reviewing, notably What Android Apps Do You Use?, itself a response to Android apps micro reviews.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need help guidance as a beginner of Android world on: March 10, 2015, 04:52:02 PM
4. Quick note taking - Simple, may or may not have voice note mode.
Halna outliner?
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Android Apps / Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code on: March 08, 2015, 04:46:44 PM
Another wish probably not covered by WhenLast code: a decent cooking timer that allows you to save and recall named "scenarios," i.e. various times/titles for "put this veg on," "turn sausages," "put that veg on", "check pans," "Cooked!" etc., with a wide range of alarm sounds built in.  I use Big Clock, PocketDoan and Ramen on the Palm - sometimes all together...  I've seen plenty of Android timer apps, but none able to save a set of timers in a named group.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 03, 2015, 05:00:12 PM
I'm a software enthusiast but not a coder. I find DC an invaluable source of information and discussion, with an unusually welcoming atmosphere.  The site is also amazingly easy to navigate; even though the forum is very active, I am often astonished at how quickly and efficiently I can find the threads that interest me.
That's my position, too.  One of the things I routinely check is Show latest topics.

I'm mentioning these things because I hope that any changes to the site will not come at the expense of the features I most value. 
This worries me too.  The BBC changed the nature of some of its classical music programs years ago now, perhaps some suit's idea of making them more friendly to youth /newbies, and I no longer listen to those programs.

I wonder about the "newbie experience" on DC.  Are there any real newbies?  In the sense that, people will only come here if they're already interested in software anyway.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 02, 2015, 03:13:55 PM
I prefer paper, but I'm trying to convince myself to add some digital capability.  Two reasons:
  • Owing to changes in the publishing world, some current authors are only able to get published at all via e-books.  E.g., Sarah Ash.  I suspect this may become the only way to keep extensive back catalogues in print, apart maybe from print-on-demand sites like Lulu.
  • Supposing I really do get round to reading them: Many of the blockbuster novels of the Nineteenth Century are fairly readily available, but usually as fat, heavy paperbacks printed in tiny fonts, e.g. the Penguin edition of Wilkie Collins' The Woman in White.  An e-reader would cut the weight and bulk while offering legible text.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DonationCoder 10th Anniversary plans, ideas, changes, fundraiser? on: March 02, 2015, 02:43:14 PM
Quote
Super-sized Newsletter for Mar 2, 2015 - Codename: Freezing Feathers
It's been a whopping 127 days since the last newsletter, and in that time.. New threads started: 861; new posts: 8,995 (number of those deleted as spam: 242); new members who joined: 10,133; new donors: 609.
I know I dislike change, but... who needs "revitalize" with that sort of statistics?  DC is super-excellent already; if it ain't broke, don't fix it?
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Android Apps / Re: Other app ideas based on WhenLast code on: March 02, 2015, 02:36:50 PM
I still use a Palm T3... and what you're saying sounds a lot like Handy Shopper for the Palm, one of the applications I'd be lost without.  However, if you search for "Handy Shopper" in the Google Android store, you'll find several apps that claim to emulate it already.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Funky Character Art on: February 11, 2015, 03:23:16 PM
Try a web search for ANSI art, or for its more Neanderthal forbear, ASCII art  smiley
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Smartphones et al. and their software, batteries and keyboards on: February 11, 2015, 03:17:20 PM
This is probably only a "feature" in games.
Virtual consumables paid for with real money?  I don't think I'll be going there!  smiley  Thanks for clarifying.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 11, 2015, 03:10:29 PM
Couldn't you use one of the password-protection apps, like Asus' own App Locker that was supplied with my Asus tablet, to prevent easy, casual snooping?

Is this available for phones, too? All phones, regardless of OS? And would it still allow an officer easy access to the e-documents he would need access to?
I can only speak (and only with limited knowledge) of the system I use.  If my device is typical, Android as an OS (at least 4.2.2) allows you to set an overall password for the whole device, just like a PC.  The app I referred to allows you to password-protect individual apps.  I'm assuming you would leave legally-required docs (at least, ones not too sensitive if seen by third parties) open, but your e-mail or whatever locked.  (There are other apps that can wipe an Android device remotely if it gets lost or stolen.)

And would an officer want to give you the time needed to activate it, before handing him the phone?
At this point, differences between the legal systems and policing poliies of different countries come into play, not to mention differing attitudes to the police.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: February 11, 2015, 02:57:51 PM
Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play Invade Our Lives by Joanna Bourke, Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London.
- how militarism and the horrific injuries caused by modern weapons are euphemised, sanitised, obfuscated, and distanced by treatment as abstract theoretical problems, to normalise a permanent state of war.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: publishing notes to the net on: February 10, 2015, 04:26:25 PM
Some of these programs have a freely-distributable viewer, and/or can compile a note tree to an EXE file: TreePad is a notable example.  I'd rather have the viewer than the EXE owing to UAC, installation permissions, etc., but either gives an alternative way of distributing canned text.
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: License, registration, and insurance...or your cell phone on: February 10, 2015, 04:18:22 PM
Couldn't you use one of the password-protection apps, like Asus' own App Locker that was supplied with my Asus tablet, to prevent easy, casual snooping?
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Smartphones et al. and their software, batteries and keyboards on: February 10, 2015, 04:07:32 PM
Yup, once you buy something on the Play Store, it's yours forever.
Thanks for the confirmation!  smiley

There are some possible exceptions: Consumable in-app purchases (IAPs)
Consumables?  Please can you give an example?
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Smartphones et al. and their software, batteries and keyboards on: February 09, 2015, 05:49:51 PM
eleman beat me to it. I have purchased apps on the Google Play store once and have been able to use the purchases on both my phone and my tablet simultaneously.
Just to be perfectly clear; does that mean that if I uninstall a utility purchased through the Google Play Store, either through the Play Store itself or via Settings, I can come back at some later date and reinstall it without further payment?
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote Desktop v2.2.1.386.0 appreciation thread on: February 02, 2015, 05:28:39 PM
i really do highly recommend Wiznote as a worthy successor
Is that the Chinese one that's been mentioned on DC before?  wiz.cn?
24  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeDBNotes Pro - Christmas and New Year Discount: 50% on: January 26, 2015, 04:38:48 PM
It may seem odd, but I have never really got on with any single pane outliner - though I do have Outline 4d (a very particular type of program which again seems to have escaped development in the recent aeon).
Since single-pane outlining became a more common feature of word processors, there doesn't seem to have been much development in free-standing ones.  Pity.

Had a quick look at Inspiration. Seems most like a mindmapper with an outline view to me.
It did fairly well in John Buckman's very old round-up of outliners, but times have moved on...

I tend to find the rigid structures far too limiting and they never work with anything I'm doing. I seem to be able to do any number of things in TreeDB at the same time which is what I usually need.
You must have a complex mind to deal with complex needs  smiley
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Evernote Desktop v2.2.1.386.0 appreciation thread on: January 26, 2015, 04:33:20 PM
I'm still using a registered copy of 2.2.0.384  smiley  It's still the best thing I've used for clipping from the web.  RightNote probably gives a slightly better rendition of the web page, but tends to be fragile on my system, and in any case I usually just want the content, without worrying too much about the exact appearance.

I didn't realise Evernote desktop had been declared free.  Is it definitely kosher?
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