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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / For research, don't take notes, just use clip-to-OneNote on: Today at 03:42:19 AM
The latest changes/updates in MS Office 2013 (including especially OneNote) have helped to make life easier.
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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: need duplicate word scanner on: October 21, 2014, 02:00:59 AM
A few years back, I was assigned to work on a huge documentation project that was using Word 2003 as the main documentation tool. I read a book called "Taking Word for Windows to the Edge" (or something like that), and learned lots of good stuff from it. One thing it taught me to do was to switch ON all spelling, grammar-checking and proofing functionality in the settings. This greatly assisted in automated checking of all written text - including thoroughly parsing the grammar and checking for repetitive use of words. For example, if you wrote something repetitive but properly punctuated such as (say) "Very, very good but the rest of it was very, very bad and very, very smelly." it would not object to any of it, but it would spot any duplicated "very" that was without the necessary punctuation to make it grammatically correct.
However, it was not smart enough to check for bad use of English - for example, by pointing out that repetitive use of a phrase such as "Very, very something" was potential redundancy.

It could also sometimes spot the use of jargon and would suggest alternative terms.

I am currently using Word 2013, and it still has all this functionality.

I did once briefly trial an old software package called Grammatik (per Wikipedia) that went some way beyond MS Word's limits:
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Grammatik was the first grammar checking program developed for home computer systems. Aspen Software of Albuquerque, NM, released the earliest version of this diction and style checker for personal computers, in 1981. Grammatik was first available for a Radio Shack - TRS-80, and soon had versions for CP/M and the IBM PC. Reference Software of San Francisco, CA, acquired Grammatik in 1985. Development of Grammatik continued, and it became an actual grammar checker that could detect writing errors beyond simple style checking.

Subsequent versions were released for the DOS, Windows, Macintosh and Unix platforms. Grammatik was ultimately acquired by Corel and is integrated in the WordPerfect word processor.

I don't know, because I haven't tried it, but SmartEdit looks like it goes some way towards doing the same kind of thing, using a different approach. It's clearly aimed at parsing/improving writing, anyway.
3  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / A new UI for MBAM (Malwarebytes Anti-Malware) in the works on: October 20, 2014, 09:23:46 PM
Interesting post about an expected change to the MBM GUI:
A new UI for Malwarebytes Anti-Malware in the works | 404 Tech Support

As a relatively long-time user of MBAM, I personally feel that the GUI could well do with some of the improvements being suggested.
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, 04:16:09 PM
...I wouldn't know.  As I wrote, I use the much superior Total Commander  smiley
...Eh? Misses the point.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: October 19, 2014, 06:41:20 PM
...Though only the UK has had the strength of vision and fortitude to suggest re-education camps... so far. ...
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LOL. Yes, one has to admire them for that... so much for "the birthplace of Westminster democracy".
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: October 19, 2014, 06:39:06 PM
...Fundamentally, what we're experiencing today is almost identical to what the British colonists went through leading up to the American Revolution. ...
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Very good point, and quite possibly true.
7  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.26.0 - Oct 8, 2014 on: October 19, 2014, 05:25:17 PM
@mouser: DCUpdater apparently thinks the CHS version on the web is older than the installed version 2.26.0:

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8  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CLIPBOARD HELP+SPELL LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - v2.26.0 - Oct 8, 2014 on: October 19, 2014, 05:19:26 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 use xplorer² which enables file comparison and all that sort of thing too, but it is not necessary for updating "portable" proggie folders, since Windows Explorer does the folder contents compare by default, before copying files across. This is on Win8.1 PRO-64, but I think it was just the same on Win7.

Just a thought.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: October 19, 2014, 03:09:09 AM
...ACTA looked the same way until protesters in Europe buried it in a matter of weeks.

Yes, but, like hydra that seems to be rising again. The potential "Internet freedom killers" are remorseless and, like rust, never seem to sleep - plus, they are apparently extremely well-organised, despising of democracy, powerful and highly motivated.
I'm not sure whether Internet freedomnicks are up to it for the long haul - whether they have the stamina or motivation, or even really understand/care all that much about what is going on.
Would loss of Internet freedoms really be so bad? "Freedom" is, after all, just something that can be likened to a feel-good concept that people have been taught to believe is their natural right, and we know that a "belief" is an irrational thing. They could easily unlearn that if they become sufficiently fatigued by the battle and its creeping, incremental erosion of individual/democratic freedoms predicated on "for the sake of the good of the many", or something. There could be some sense of security, after all, in benevolent collective enslavement to what seems to be a form of state corporatism - a sense of all being the same and having a trust in the masters. Most Western democracies and many other nation states have  arguably already gone, or are going through this process, which is apparently being spearheaded by the US.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Last gasp chance to have a say re TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)? on: October 18, 2014, 01:08:08 AM
For those as may be interested and for your action: There is a potentially useful crowdsourced(?) report at OpenMedia.org to push back against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Internet censorship plan with a positive alternative from the pro-Internet community: OUR DIGITAL FUTURE

I actually think it may be like the proverbial "p#ss#ng in the wind" as the TPP rather looks like it was a done deal at the outset.
Democracy it ain't.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: October 18, 2014, 12:54:58 AM
^^ Some people (not me, you understand) might say that if there was a devil, it could well look like Monsanto, but I couldn't possibly comment.
"By their fruits ye shall know them."
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: internet of things on: October 12, 2014, 04:21:42 PM
Yes, I think that one of the first actions of the New World Government that is just around the corner should be to make high speed automated or robot-controlled toothpaste delivery a maximum priority in the War Against Cavities - surely the greatest new threat to mankind and which will impact our children and their children for generations to come, and which causes disasters such as extreme weather conditions, rising sea-levels, escalating crime, and flat-chested women all around the world. Scientist have told us that we have until July 2015 at the very latest to do something about this before the potential for environmental catastrophe becomes irreversible and the CO2 emissions and bad breath from humanity's caries-causing bacteria reach deadly levels of toxicity and we all die a horrible death by halitosis.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Please send your donationcoder credits to me to enable my organisation (WAC or War Against Cavities) to fight this threat to all mankind, on your behalf. Remember: "It's For The Children.™"
13  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Fetching Preview never loads? on: October 08, 2014, 10:31:26 AM
"Fetching Preview never loads" - started happening a LOT for me, a couple of weeks back. A real PITA. Firefox - latest ß version.
My workaround is to copy all the comment text I have written, then Ctrl-R to reload the page then reply again, pasting the copied text. It usually (not always) works. I thought it was probably a cache/buffer problem.
14  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Question about "Add note" to right-click CHS tray menu on: October 05, 2014, 12:39:48 PM
Yeah, well, the virtual folders/SQL filters are a pretty useful (if not powerful) combination. I was blown away when I realised they were there and started to learn how to use them. I guess it's a hang-on from @mouser's stated original idea of developing a PIM, but then later narrowing it down to becoming just a clipboard manager.

Similar to NoteFrog, which has some nifty search and saved search ideas incorporated into its design. I discovered that it even had a kind of internal hyperlinking, but when I commented on it in a ß test I was told they didn't realise it was there and they disabled it as it was "dangerous" or something, and was not intended in the design.
15  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: How much value would there be in an optional floating small clip window? on: October 05, 2014, 12:27:54 PM
I thought you were! So was I!    smiley
Sorry to disappoint re the lack of forecasting for the nags at Cheltenham.

Clearly, he's been "considering adding it" for some time, so in his wisdom he presumably sees it as being potentially useful. Similarly (?) like his apparent lack of interest in providing a ruler in SC - 'cause it would seem to be redundant.
16  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Question about "Add note" to right-click CHS tray menu on: October 05, 2014, 10:09:45 AM
@ dcwul62: I am unsure whether you already know this, but with CHS you don't really need to collect clips into a folder the way you seem to be suggesting.
When you make a clip from a website, the metadata that CHS captures with it (optionally) includes the URL, which it writes into the "Notes" field (is actually the Description field) in the CHS main display pane. You can thus at any time create an SQL search filter for any specific string in the URL. So you could filter all the clips from a specified domain, then export all the clips, or merge them into one clip and export that.
In the example below, I just now created an SQL filter for the domain "donationcoder.com", which instantly displays all the clips from that domain that are in my CHS clip database:

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Is that the sort of thing you might be able to use?
17  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: How much value would there be in an optional floating small clip window? on: October 05, 2014, 01:44:28 AM
The feature @mouser is suggesting could be potentially very useful, but I would not know without trying it out first.
Over the years I've come to use CH+S as my only clipboard manager. ...

+1 from me.

However, I can't say that what @mouser is proposing definitely wouldn't be of significant benefit to me, because, well, how could I possibly know the future?
If there is one thing that I do know, it is that one does not fully understand one's requirements for a feature until one has tried out the feature - "suck it and see".
For example, it was only after some experimentation that I belatedly discovered that, in CHS, there is a potentially (for me) tremendously useful feature which (despite it's being somewhat constrained) is the ability to apply SQL filters to categorise and collect certain classes of information - such as my notes about using CHS:

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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: "Knotable" - new cloud-based group discussion threading service. on: October 04, 2014, 11:06:50 PM
@40hz: You might get your registration confirmed PDQ now. Mine took a while to be confirmed, and then, even after it was confirmed, they decided not to activate the account for several weeks (to control the floodgates), though they later kept sending me emails reminding me to use the account even though it was not activated(!). The reminders were probably just automated human error.
Anyway, I got the impression that they were short-staffed and pretty busy in setup/implementation mode, and might not always have had the time to ensure that all the loose ends were tidied up. From experience, I know very well how that feels.    embarassed
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / "Knotable" - new cloud-based group discussion threading service. on: October 04, 2014, 11:52:39 AM
I'm not even sure whether "cloud-based group discussion threading service" is a correct description or does Knotable justice, as it seems to be quite a bit more than just that, but I find it hard to describe.
It might be a sort of fork of Google's Wave, I don't know.

Anyway, if anyone is interested in using knotable to find out what it is and what it might be able to do for them, head on over to http://alpha.knotable.com/login/ and register for an account. It's in ß testing at present, and FREE, though I am unsure whether it will stay free. There is also a blog at http://blog.knotable.com
They seem keen to have people join them for beta testing, though they haven't opened the floodgates to all comers yet. I was an early applicant for an account, but it was a few weeks before they let me in.

If you PM me in DCF with your moniker, once you are registered in knotable, I shall respond and commence chatting with you in knotable.
20  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS conflicts with TinySpell+ when pasting a clip into target app with KEYBOARD on: October 03, 2014, 08:47:19 PM
@mouser: I'd be very interested in learning about whatever you discover there, please. You just might end up identifying the cause to the item 2. Letter "v" is output on a Paste that I mentioned above.
I had always supposed that the cause probably lay in the AHK script that I referred to, but I can't figure it out. Because CHS is so stable on its own, I didn't expect the cause to be CHS, and I only got the "v" thing after having introduced a modified AHK script for pasting formatted/unformatted clipboard contents.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: October 03, 2014, 08:09:25 PM
^^ Mmm, caffeine abuse. I love it.
Same with seriously addictive solvent abuse (something I am ashamed to admit that I do on a daily basis).
22  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS conflicts with TinySpell+ when pasting a clip into target app with KEYBOARD on: October 03, 2014, 10:54:55 AM
This might be relevant:
I have spent quite a bit of time tweaking around with AutoHotKey and CHS (Clipboard Help & Spell), trying to get it to meet my peculiar needs, and in the process - through some analysis and experimentation - I came to understand the sequence of steps in copy/paste actions - for example, as per this DCF discussion thread CHS tip - retain last clip's formatting with an AutoHotKey workaround script.

From experience, CHS is stable and reliable, and there are only two odd situations I come across with copy/paste actions from time to time:
  • 1. Broken Clipboard chain: If CHS "doesn't copy" something, then one needs to right-click the CHS Systray icon and select Re-establish Clipboard Chain, and that fixes it.
  • 2. Letter "v" is output on a Paste: Sometimes on a Ctrl-v (Paste) action, a letter "v" is pasted instead of the contents of the Clipboard buffer, and when you try to paste again you find that there is apparently nothing in the buffer or in position No.1 of CHS' list of recent clips, though sometimes the contents you wanted to Paste may be in position No.2. When this occurs, I can't reproduce it, but I suspect it may be that some exception (i.e., something unusual) has occurred - e.g., (say) a "Null" character has been copied into the Clipboard buffer - so my guess is that the printable character "v" of the key combo Ctrl-v somehow gets output instead.

That - the "v" output - actually looks a bit like what is happening per the OP (opening post).

tinySpell+ includes these features - per http://tinyspell.numerit.com/#features:
  •     Checks spelling of text that is copied to the clipboard
  •     Allows you to specify applications for which tinySpell is disabled or enabled
  •     Allows you to add words to the dictionary
  •     Optionally beeps on error (beep sound can be easily set to any wav file)
  •     Optionally displays a spelling tip (see example)
  •     Opens replacements list with a simple mouse click or a hot-key
  •     Optionally copies the selected replacement word to the clipboard
  •     Optionally inserts the selected replacement word into the document
  •     .....
  •     Supports Hunspell dictionaries in many languages (see Dictionaries below)
  •     Remembers the last error (even if it is not the last typed word)
  •     Optionally displays a spelling tip with instant correction (see example)
  •     Includes a clipboard spell checker that shows all spelling errors in the clipboard's text in a single glance, and allows you to correct them

When you make a Copy or a Paste, there is probably quite a lot - more or less simultaneously - going on in CHS and in tinySpell+, and both apps would be accessing/manipulating the contents of the Clipboard buffer and may be making changes to it at some stage.
If you read the example of the DCF discussion thread that I link to above, you will see that I started to have some real problems with CHS, which boiled down to timing issues (not conflicts) that I was able to address and fix in the AHK (AutoHotKey) script. Both CHS and AHK were accessing/manipulating the contents of the Clipboard buffer at the same time there as well.

At a guess, I would suggest that it could be that the same/similar issues are what is causing you problems with CHS and tinySpell+, since either on their own are presumably functioning just fine.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 02, 2014, 11:41:08 AM
I've never really been interested in Twitter, and so, being a bit "behind the times" I had missed these sorts of viral Twitters (below) - which make me interested. They seem to me to be an entirely new source of humour that couldn't easily have occurred in quite this way without something akin to Twitter as the medium.

@Renegade is to be credited with referring me to the first two, and I followed them up a couple of days back. I found some of the tweets quite amusing, but not a few seemed aggressive. I just stumbled upon the third today and had a LOL moment - it has many highly ironic, rather clever and very pointed comments there.

Maybe I am missing something, but what I don't understand is how people can possibly think it could be a good idea to put up self-promulgating hashtags like that. Fiasco time.
Derision is a great leveller.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Gmail users no longer have to embrace Google+ on: September 27, 2014, 11:01:29 AM
Lots of media now talking about this.
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Gmail users no longer have to embrace Google+ ... The Inquirer
That’s a positive

By Dave Neal
Mon Sep 22 2014, 10:26

GOOGLE HAS STOPPED requiring that new subscribers to its services join its social network Google+.

Google+ is something of an also-ran among social networks and does not have the same traction as Facebook or Twitter, for example.

Perhaps hoping to increase user numbers and generate network momemtum, Google insisted that its new Gmail users adopt its social network by signing up for Google+ accounts, and it has been doing so since the beginning of 2012.

That requirement is no more, and neither is Vic Gundotra still the Google executive in charge of the network. When he departed this spring the suggestion was the Google+ might follow him.

Now, according to a report on Larry Kim's Wordstream blog, the writing is on the wall, although unfortunately for Google, it's probably on a Facebook wall.

Kim said that the requirement was dropped quietly this month, and Google confirmed this move over the weekend.

A Google spokesperson told The INQUIRER that the requirement to sign up for both Gmail and Google+ has been changed, but added that Google+ is still a thing and that if people want it, they can still get it.

"We updated the signup experience in early September," said the spokesperson. "Users can now create a public profile during signup, or later, if and when they share public content for the first time (like a restaurant review, Youtube video or Google+ post)."

A new "No thanks" button will now allow users to skip creating a Google+ account when they signs up for a Gmail, Google Docs, or other Google account.

Gundotra's Google+ account still exists and remains active, so thats something. µ
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 27, 2014, 10:26:36 AM
Hilarious.
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The FBI says disgruntled employees are the new danger- The Inquirer
The insider threat is a big one
By Dave Neal
Thu Sep 25 2014, 13:37

The FBI has warned about the insider security threat

THE UNITED STATES Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned businesses to watch out for disgruntled employees with an axe to grind and a basic command of internet services.

In a note on the US Homeland Security website the FBI said that the insider threat is a very real one, presumably because it has cottoned on to the whole Edward Snowden and NSA thing, and employees represent a "significant risk" to networks and proprietary information. In its advice the FBI suggests that firms be on the lookout for people who look glum, have personal email addresses and use things like Dropbox.

"The exploitation of business networks and servers by disgruntled and/or former employees has resulted in several significant FBI investigations in which individuals used their access to destroy data, steal proprietary software, obtain customer information, purchase unauthorised goods and services using customer accounts, and gain a competitive edge at a new company," the FBI said, recommending that firms look out for poisoned exit strategies.

"The theft of proprietary information in many of these incidents was facilitated through the use of cloud storage web sites, like Dropbox, and personal email accounts. In many cases, terminated employees had continued access to the computer networks through the installation of unauthorised remote desktop protocol software. The installation of this software occurred prior to leaving the company."

Some rascals have left companies only to return and extort them for access to websites and other information, added the note, and the FBI admitted that it spends a fair amount of time looking into such capers and that companies can spend between $5,000 and $3m recovering from them.

The FBI had some recommendations for organisations. First it recommended that companies change network access passwords when someone leaves, and delete that person's credentials from the system. It also said that passwords should not be shared, either by people or systems, and that they should be changed from any defaults.

It didn't say this, but it is also a truism: You should not iron your trousers while you are wearing them.
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