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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: simple file (dll) searcher on: August 20, 2014, 07:44:53 PM
You might like to look at the Everything (FREE) search tool. It's very simple and straightforward, and fast. I use it all the time, for most of my file searches. (I use xplorer² and Windows Desktop Search when I'm not using Everything.)
Example screenshot:

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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 7 Best Tools To Print To PDF (From The Web) on: August 20, 2014, 06:13:46 PM
Is printing to PDF really an issue nowadays? I hadn't thought it was, and I don't see why "It’s kind of shocking that printing in Windows 8 doesn’t come with a PDF option...". The PDF (Portable Document Format) seems to have been an innovative and successful de facto - albeit arguably constipated - proprietary standard, created by Adobe to corner a market niche. A move that that has no doubt made them pots of money. I did think that, at one point, MS might have been attempting to dominate this niche, with their (rather good) proprietary MDI format, but that seems to have rather fizzled out. Mind you, I thought they had already won the war with their machinations in the XML battles - leading to the OpenDocument Text (.odt) format.
In my view, there is no big deal about printing to PDF, and, like @tomos, I use the excellent PDFCreator (have done for years) - when I want output in PDF from an application that does not natively support it. The latter point is important because many applications do natively support it. For example, in my $10 copy of Microsoft Office 2013, Word can not only open a PDF document as a pretty decent Word document for editing, but also it can save a document in PDF, with all sorts of useful options, as per the screenshot below:

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3  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: GTK+ and complexity (and OSS in general) on: August 20, 2014, 05:04:11 PM
^^  cheesy   Had to smile at that nice diagram. One can see what you mean. Because it looked like such a potentially nifty PIM (Personal Information Manager), I downloaded/installed Tomboy - gtk-sharp-2.12.8-1.win32.msi in 2009. I was amazed at the complexity of just that installation. I was later reminded of it by this Dilbert cartoon:

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With all its potential, and including that superb (possibly unique, so far) auto-hyperlinking of common/frequent references - redolent of Lotus Agenda - in the wiki notes, Tomboy doesn't clear many of the bars on the Comparison of notetaking software - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For example, by comparison, MS OneNote goes right across the page in both the Features Comparison table and the Formatted text features, others table.
So yes, excessively complex and possibly high maintenance - just too much trouble - unless (say) you have some other purpose for making use of that topological nightmare.
4  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Please - Bring Back One-Click 'To Clipboard' Feature!!!! on: August 19, 2014, 01:19:09 AM
I'm not sure I understand the opening post.
As far as I am aware, image capture from screenshots is all sorted:
For full screen captures:
  • (a) If you press PrtSc (PrintScreen), then you get a screenshot image captured by the system (as per normal) and it is also held in the Clipboard,and
  • (b) if CHS (Clipboard Help & Spell) is running, then you also simultaneously get the image saved into the CHS database, and
  • (c) if SC (ScreenshotCaptor) is running, then you also simultaneously get the image saved to the default SC image capture folder, and when you open SC it presents that image ready for editing.
  • (d) if the SC Toolbar is up, then one click does a full screen capture per (c) (and (b) applies also).

For partial screen captures:
(i) if the SC Toolbar is up, then one click on the appropriate Toolbar button (or the relevant hotkey combo) takes care of it, and (b) and (c) above apply.
(ii) It gets even better if you are a OneNote user, because the OneNote capture tool sends clips straight to OneNote (and (b) also applies), where they are saved with metadata to a page in the default collection section, and any text in the image captured is OCRed and indexed for search and becomes metadata.

It all seems to be either one hotkey press (the relevant hotkey combo) or a single mouseclick, whichever way you look at it.
You can add intermediate steps to this if you want - e.g., if you (say) wanted to view a screen clip in SC before moving on - but I don't see how you could simplify it much further.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 18, 2014, 03:44:15 AM
Interesting item in Hacker News from peerj.com. It's a link to a .PDF file.
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A surge of p-values between 0.040 and 0.049 in recent decades (but negative results are increasing rapidly too).

It is known that statistically significant results are more likely to be published than results that are not statistically significant.  However, it is unclear whether negative results are disappearing from papers, and whether there exists a ‘hierarchy of sciences’ with the social sciences publishing more positive results than the physical sciences.  Using Scopus, we conducted a search in the abstracts of papers published between 1990 and 2014, and calculated the percentage of papers reporting marginally positive results (i.e., p-values between 0.040 and 0.049) versus the percentage of papers reporting marginally negative results (i.e., p-values between 0.051 and 0.060).  The results indicate that negative results are not disappearing, but have actually become 4.3 times more prevalent since 1990.  Positive results, on the other hand, have become 13.9 times more prevalent since 1990.  We found no consistent support for a ‘hierarchy of sciences’.  However, we did find large differences in reporting practices between disciplines, with the reporting of p-values being 60.6 times more frequent in the biological sciences than in the physical sciences.  We argue that the observed longitudinal trends may be caused by negative factors, such as an increase of questionable research practices, but also by positive factors, such as an increasingly quantitative research focus. ...
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 18, 2014, 01:14:33 AM
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What happens when non-techies discover web dev tools.
ha!  Grin
There could well be a lot of those comments happening now, ever since Firefox started to use the hotkey combo Ctrl+Shift+V to pop up that window...
Ah, yeah. Anybody that fat-fingers a paste will have that happen now.  cheesy
Yup. Eggsaggerly. Ergonomics.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 18, 2014, 01:11:56 AM
Lie-Clocks:
A man died and went to heaven.  As he stood in front of St.  Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.  He asked, "What are all those clocks?"
St.  Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.  Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."
"Oh," said the man, "whose clock is that?" (Pointing.)
"That's Mother Teresa's.  The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie in her lifetime."
"Incredible!" said the man.
St. Peter went on, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock.  The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his lifetime."
The man asked "Where's [insert favourite US president's name]'s clock?"
St. Peter replied "His clock is in Jesus' office.  He's using it as a ceiling fan."
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 18, 2014, 01:05:41 AM
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What happens when non-techies discover web dev tools.
ha!  Grin
There could well be a lot of those comments happening now, ever since Firefox started to use the hotkey combo Ctrl+Shift+V to pop up that window...
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 18, 2014, 01:02:05 AM
GERMAN HEALTH AND SAFETY CHIEFS BAN SANDCASTLES AT BEACHES
Pfft... cowards. Still all paranoid since D-day I suppose. tongue
Ahahaha, very droll.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 07:15:09 PM
...There is such a right.
And it has been argued in some jurisdictions (and agreed to by certain US judges) that a refusal to speak to police officers may be construed as sufficient grounds for suspicion of wrongdoing that that (by itself) is justification for arresting someone.
On the topic of "remaining silent" look here and here.
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Well, on the basis of that, silence seems to have been judged as a reasonable basis for cause for the police to arrest someone on suspicion, however that does not seem to indicate that it contributed to the proving of their guilt in any subsequent court of law.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 11:27:47 AM
I recall that in UK contract law, silence can not be taken as an acceptance of an invitation/offer to treat.
Are you suggesting that In US law silence may be taken as an admission/implication of guilt?     huh
Wasn't there a 5th amendment right to silence in the US Constitution, or something?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What *Should* We Be Worried About? on: August 16, 2014, 03:16:02 AM
Looks like straightforward no BS reporting from the Vice crew: The Islamic State (Full Length)
I found it via Guido Fawkes:
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WATCH: The Islamic State
The best reporting of what has happened in Iraq and Syria over the last few months has not been in the papers or on television, but online. Vice are the only news organisation who have managed to embed a reporter with Islamic State (ISIS). Medyan Dairieh’s documentary from Raqqa is remarkable viewing and well worth a watch.
At approx 40 minutes it is quite long, but it is worth a watch.
Those IS (was ISIS) mujahadeen seem to be very committed - I guess similar to the Al Queda and Taliban.
This is from the YouTuble link:
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Vice crew: The Islamic State (Full Length)
Published on 14 Aug 2014

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The Islamic State, a hardline Sunni jihadist group that formerly had ties to al Qaeda, has conquered large swathes of Iraq and Syria. Previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the group has announced its intention to reestablish the caliphate and has declared its leader, the shadowy Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as the caliph.

The lightning advances the Islamic State made across Syria and Iraq in June shocked the world. But it's not just the group's military victories that have garnered attention — it's also the pace with which its members have begun to carve out a viable state.

Flush with cash and US weapons seized during its advances in Iraq, the Islamic State's expansion shows no sign of slowing down. In the first week of August alone, Islamic State fighters have taken over new areas in northern Iraq, encroaching on Kurdish territory and sending Christians and other minorities fleeing as reports of massacres emerged.

VICE News reporter Medyan Dairieh spent three weeks embedded with the Islamic State, gaining unprecedented access to the group in Iraq and Syria as the first and only journalist to document its inner workings.

Check out the VICE News beta for more: http://vicenews.com

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13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 15, 2014, 08:48:09 AM
News from the UK...
If Scotland gains its independence after the forthcoming referendum, the remainder of the United Kingdom will be known as the "Former United Kingdom" (FUK).

In a bid to discourage Scots from voting 'yes' in the referendum, the Government is planning a campaign with the slogan "Vote NO, for FUK's sake".

They feel that Scottish voters will be able to relate to this rather well.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 13, 2014, 05:11:15 PM
Not sure if media like the Telegraph should talk about that without any irony.
Not sure if media like the Telegraph should talk about that without any irony.
If it bleeds, it leads.
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Oh absolutely. In fact, possibly not so much "irony" as hypocrisy, I would suggest, but that does not necessarily negate per se any valid points that might be made in the article.
I posted the link in here because of its relevance - it seemed to be another, better articulated and more in-depth view and reflection of my statement:
...Up to that point, I had been smiling a lot at the rant, but I draw the line at cynical attempts to gain access to my agreement by invoking such things.
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If one does that in a time of war - i.e., cynically, for commercial purposes, makes capital out of the idea of, or invokes images of dismembered children's bodies - then one is arguably not "brokenhearted" but broken in spirit, because the potential externalities and societal implications are altogether disregarded by the perpetrator.
That would be similar to (say) the externality of waterways being polluted by a carpet manufacturer's effluent (e.g., an environmental "footprint"), with the difference being in the subtlety of the effects on the mostly unseen/intangible environment of human perception and limbic response.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 13, 2014, 10:35:19 AM
Relevant article in the Telegraph: 'Atrocity porn', and the online campaigners who use dead children to push political points – Telegraph Blogs
Makes some valid points.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 13, 2014, 10:12:04 AM
...I don't use Picasa, IPTC is metadata (not in the file name) right? Do you have some way to first IPTC tag in Picasa and then convert those tags to filename tags?
Yes, IPTC is metadata.
Tags made in photos using Picasa come out as keyword in the IPTC metadata, and as Tags in Windows Explorer.
I personally would not want to convert metadata tags to tag strings in filenames - it seems tedious and inefficient. The metadata seems useful as it is, but what bugs me is the lack of adherence/conformity to/with tagging standards.
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Homebrewing on: August 13, 2014, 08:52:07 AM
Even without the alcohol, soft-carbonated (and preferably unsweetened) lemonade is a treat on a hot day. Kiss
Learned about that one from a expat French client of mine. I understand it's big on the Continent.
Have you ever tried drinking shandy? It's a mixture of beer and lemonade. Very refreshing drink, and reduced alcohol content too - e.g., if mixed 50-50.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Install Greenhouse | Expose Political Corruption on: August 13, 2014, 08:46:28 AM
This could be a very useful Firefox add-on for those US users who want to "follow the money": Install Greenhouse | Expose Political Corruption

Very nifty.
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 12, 2014, 05:05:09 AM
^^ Yes, that's what I try to do (have an identifiable "tag" string in the filename of images), but it is not feasible to independently tag each and every image in one's large collection of images, which is why I like the tagging feature for images in Picasa, which uses the IPTC fields - except not always in a "standard" way, it seems...(hence my separate lament on the subject).
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 12, 2014, 04:55:08 AM
Some really good doge jokes here: ...
Good ones!
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Everything Search Engine: tips, tricks, ideas and code for poweruse on: August 12, 2014, 01:54:47 AM
@Nod5: Thanks for the above where you say:
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...quickly display and browse through all and only the images selected in Everything results, even when those images are from different folders.
It just so happens that, as a relatively new user of Everything, I was pondering over how to do just as you describe, so you have saved me a lot of trouble, including the learning you went through in your post Launch Everything from FARR as non-admin with UAC on but no prompt

Now I shall have to make the time to do it...
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 12, 2014, 12:44:00 AM
...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).
I was interested in your reference to Tagspaces. I tried this out and thought it was pretty useful, though not so much for me. The experience was partly what triggerred me to write the post (referred to above) On the lack of standardisation in "tagging".
I thought Tagspaces was a brilliantly simple idea, and I liked the way it was used within the browser UI (though that was perhaps a constraint also).
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 12, 2014, 12:36:42 AM
Personally the tag manager I use the most is Tobu and online it's Workflowy. Neither supports virtual folders though.
Thanks for making this reference to Tobu and Workflowy - I know nothing of either one. I had overlooked the reference when I first read your comment, but after reviewing this discussion just now, I noted the reference and read these:
- and Tobu looks very interesting, so I am about to download and trial it.

I shall have a look at Workflowy later.

EDIT: Some feedback:
  • Tobu: I gave this a whirl and then uninstalled it. It's very good as far as it goes, but that's not very far. It seems to have stopped development in Feb. 2010, and seems to be a demonstration of good coding rather than a finished, fully-developed and useful piece of software. Lots of potential there, but, as it stands, it was already surpassed by the DOS-based Lotus Agenda from the '80s, to which it bears some crude similarities but with a GUI. A bit of a disappointment for me.

  • Workflowy: I don't really need a cloud-based organiser and collaborating tool, so I didn't try it out. I recall going through the same look-and-see motions a while back now, and arriving at the same conclusion.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 09:52:16 PM
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25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 11, 2014, 09:30:10 PM
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Very droll.
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