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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 25, 2015, 10:50:20 PM
Yes, yes...on the surface it sounds like a wonderful idea. The unfortunate reality would be that answers would lead to more questions which would lead to even more answers...leading to even more questions.

I could easily see such a side-project dwarfing the entire DonationCoder site as a whole over time.

Well, I was trying to suggest as much:
Maybe we could consider whether it might be useful and worthwhile pooling our collective knowledge of computerised project management tools and training in same, and documenting it somehow in this site?
However, I'm not sure whether - in that way - expanding the scope of purpose for this site would necessarily be a good idea.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reader's Corner - The Library of Utopia + resource links on: May 25, 2015, 05:47:34 AM
2015-05-25 2238hrs Added:
- to the index table in the opening post
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 25, 2015, 03:58:46 AM
^^ Good find. Thanks. That review didn't show up in my searches.
It means I can close this query.
I'll probably come back and look at Synology Note Station in another year's time. Lots of potential.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 08:27:56 PM
@TaoPhoenix: Sorry, my bad. I meant to, but forgot to expand on what a NAS was until later in my post - Synology NAS ("Network Attached Storage"). More haste less speed.

@wraith808: Thanks for the feedback. It looks like it's early days for the Synology NAS Note Station software.
It look to be interesting software, but I'd be a bit wary about committing my Notes database(s) to a proprietary NAS hardware product.
Lock-in is an odd marketing strategy in this - arguably more enlightened - day and age. But then there's Microsoft.
5  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 24, 2015, 08:09:35 PM
Ah, many thanks @lanux128. That's very helpful of you.
I shall see if I can get the AHK approach and the control panel display to work nicely together, but from what you say you have already established that they probably can't. Bother.
Time to experiment, methinks.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 04:06:49 PM
In the context of PIMs (Personal Information Managers) and Note-taking tools, and after reading an interesting discussion thread on OutlinerSoftware about this, I am just wondering whether DC Forum denizens might have some experience or information to offer on this subject.
Synology Note Station appears to be a proprietary multi-text and even multimedia (image, video and audio) scrapbooking and note-taking system which is locked-in to only run on Synology NAS devices.

The discussion thread at OutlinerSoftware is currently:
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Outliner Software: Synology Note Station
Posted by MadaboutDana
May 24, 2015 at 04:22 PM

Having recently acquired a new Synology server to replace our old, trusty but finally expired CubeStation, I’ve been very impressed by the Note Station module that can be installed on the exceptionally capable operating system behind all Synology servers (DSM 5.2 at the time of writing). It’s a really powerful multi-pane note-taking tool that allows you to share notebooks, enter rich-text notes (or indeed graphics, recordings and other attachments), and even offers a note-integrated task management facility.

The search function is still a little basic, but the rest of it is awesome. You can create ‘shelves’ for your notebooks, which basically nest them (rather like Ulysses: if you click on the ‘shelf’, it shows you all the contents of the embedded notebooks, or you can select individual notebooks to see their notes exclusively; it also has an ‘All Notes’ function). You can create tags. You can capture web page contents directly to notebooks using a nice web clipper extension for Chrome that is not unlike OneNote’s (so you can choose to save the simplified ‘article’ view instead of the full web page view). Oh, and you can import your Evernote notebooks, too (indeed, the whole thing is clearly inspired by Evernote). The search function is very fast, so the system appears to full-text index everything, but although you can constrain searches by date, notebook etc., search results simply list the notes containing the text you’re looking for - there are no highlights inside the notes, and no useful snippet previews of relevant sentences in the list of results. You can move from note to note (the search result shares the same left-hand navigation tree as the standard note management window), but you won’t see pretty highlights. Still, can’t have everything!

For to-do management, you can create to-dos from within notes. In this case, they will appear in a separate list when you click the ‘to-do’ icon in the navigation bar above the relevant note, so you can have any number of to-dos associated with a given note. Even better, they will also appear in a separate list of to-dos that also includes reminders, priorities and can be sorted by date. You can jump directly from a to-do in this list to the associated rich-text note (useful because the notes, again like OneNote, support checkboxes, complex tables and other such task management paraphernalia). This jump function doesn’t work, by the by, in the mobile app (yet), but the software appears to be evolving very rapidly.

Currently the whole thing runs through a web browser (although you can set up the server so it opens directly into notebooks for you, effectively treating a Chrome tab as an application). Best of all, there’s a very good app for iOS - called DS Note - that runs very nicely on iPad. I’m just checking out the iPhone version to see if it’s as nice as the iPad one. Ah, yes, it is. Very nicely done. It even shows web pages. Excellent!

One of the advantages of running stuff on your own Synology server is the company’s QuickConnect function, whereby you can set up a direct link to your server from anywhere at all, protected by HTTPS if you wish (always advisable). This is seriously useful. For me, it’s a no-brainer: this immediately supersedes Evernote, because it’s under my direct control and I can share stuff with colleagues (and friends and family) if I wish to. The sharing function is very powerful, and you can share entire notebooks with a couple of clicks, as well as individual notes.

Indeed, it even supports sharing through a fairly broad selection of social media. I’m looking forward to seeing how it all evolves, I must say.

I hope this is useful for others interested in collaborative note taking! For those alarmed at the thought of buying an entire server just to get access to an outliner/info management app, do bear in mind that Synology servers are incredibly capable machines that support all platforms, are compatible with e.g. Apple Time Machine and have their own built-in file version management system, and are available in many different guises, ranging from very modestly priced single-drive machines to huge rack-mounted monsters with multiple disk arrays. Our old CubeStation was a four-disk NAS, but this time we’ve opted for a two-disk NAS (a DiskStation) because we already synchronise most of our key work files to the Cloud. This machine will act as a secondary backup option plus a useful repository for other info. The two disks are held in an advanced RAID array called a Synology Hybrid configuration. No idea what that means, but one disk is mirrored to the other, which means that running a couple of Western Digital Red 3TB disks, we’re got about 2.7 TB of storage space. Oh, and the DiskStation itself can use OneDrive for Cloud backups, too, so if you’ve got an Office 365 subscription, you can use some of your 1TB of storage space for DiskStation backups. I think the word I’m searching for is ‘neat’. Or possibly ‘awesome’.


Posted by Franz Grieser
May 24, 2015 at 05:04 PM

Thanks Bill.
I just checked: Note Station is also available for my DS115j NAS. I’ll install it after my holidays. This could be the easiest way to replace Evernote as notetaker on Win/OSX/iOS.
Best wishes, Franz

Posted by MadaboutDana
May 24, 2015 at 07:22 PM

Ah, another Synology lover. Yes, although it’s still only at version, Note Station appears to be developing very rapidly now: the task management apps were only introduced with the last revision, but already come across as fairly mature (apart from the glaring omission of a note link from the task lists on iOS). In fact, I’m toying with the idea of moving my ever-mobile task management over to the DiskStation…

There are various references on DC Forum to Synology NAS ("Network Attached Storage"), but none seem to refer to Synology "Note Station" software running on the NAS - or at least, I couldn't find any reference, or might have missed it.

According to the Synology website Download centre for the Synology hardware ID of DS115 NAS:
Note Station helps you fully enjoy writing, viewing, managing, and sharing content-rich notes. It is very easy to create content with rich text editing, media embedding, attachments, and much more. Manage your notes by using tags and grouping notes into Notebooks. When you are ready, Note Station makes sharing your content via social networking platforms simple and quick. Create, share, and enjoy!

The release notes at that download indicate that the product is at an early stage of its life-cycle (first released 2014-12-09), so there is likely to be more to come:
Release Notes for Note Station

Note Station helps you fully enjoy writing, viewing, managing, and sharing content-rich notes. It is very easy to create content with rich text editing, media embedding, attachments, and much more. Manage your notes by using tags and grouping notes into Notebooks. When you are ready, Note Station makes sharing your content via social networking platforms simple and quick. Create, share, and enjoy!

System Requirements
DSM 5.0 or onwards is required.
Version: 1.1-0205

    Added to-do list feature. You can add tasks to notes or add them independently to the to-do list.
    Manage tasks by specifying a priority, due date, and reminder.
    Synology Web Clipper is now available on the Chrome Web Store. You can clip web content directly to Note Station.
    Export notebooks to a nsx file for backup or for importing to another Synology NAS.
    Export individual notes as HTML files so that users without Note Station can read them.
    You can archive seldomly used notebooks so that they will not be displayed in the notebook section or in search results.
    Enhanced Note Station file structure. A three-tier structure (Shelf, Notebook, and Note) provides greater flexibility for organizing Note Station.
    You can display notes in presentation mode.
    You can create new notes in a joined notebook if you were given modify permissions.
    You can share notes via the built-in DSM email application.
    You can change the default notebook.
    You can adjust the default note font size.
    Import notes from YinXiangBiJi.
    Better note version conflict handling.
    Todo badge number on Desktop icon.

Version: 1.0-0074

Fixed Issues
    Enhanced the stability for importing notebooks from Evernote.
    Fixed an issue where deleted notes might still be accessible in tag views.
    Fixed an issue where deleting encrypted notes via the right-click menu might not work properly.
    The display order of notebooks in the tree view is now sorted by notebook name.
    Minor bug fixes.

Version: 1.0-0069

    This is the initial release for the package.

The Note Station user discussion forum gives an idea of the sorts of issues some users have been experiencing with the product, which could seem typical of early adopters' experiences.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Open in Wayback Machine (new add-on) on: May 23, 2015, 09:35:16 PM
Potentially very useful add-on, via the excellent
Open in Wayback Machine - Firefox Facts
May/23 in Add-ons Reviews

Open in Wayback Machine is a very cool addition to the browser. A button and context menu item to open URL in the Wayback Machine, service to view previous versions of websites from

How many times have you opened a dead link before? Do you know about the Wayback Machine, amazing web service from guys at which silently spiders the Web and periodically remembers how pages looked like before?

This extension is a shorthand for easy access of features of Wayback Machine.

    Button in toolbar, which opens currently opened page in Wayback Machine. If you already opened the dead link, just one click and you probably will get the content you wanted after all.
    Context menu item, which opens given URL link in the web page in Wayback Machine. If you already know or see that the link is dead (Wikipedia is pretty anal in this case), you can open this link straight in the UI for searching the past.

Pick up the Open in Wayback Machine in the Firefox Add-ons website.
8  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 23, 2015, 09:23:10 PM
Why did you ditch the software?  Just curious...

there was nothing wrong with the software. I am just more comfortable with default features and the enhanceability that Autohotkey provides. I also have a Logitech K800 keyboard, whose Fn keys are configurable via AHK without the need for Setpoint software.

That's really interesting. I presume you're quite satisfied with the result, so far? Any niggles?

Could we have a copy of the AHK code you used for that, please? I'd like to learn from it.
Not sure whether I'd use it though, unless it defeated the Logitech software for the same functionality.
As I said above, "One of the things I need is the control panel display for the headphones". Your approach presumably means you don't/can't use the control panel display (which includes mixer, testing, voice simulation control and battery meter). Do you use something else instead?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 23, 2015, 09:08:42 PM
Maybe we could consider whether it might be useful and worthwhile pooling our collective knowledge of computerised project management tools and training in same, and documenting it somehow in this site?
However, I'm not sure whether - in that way - expanding the scope of purpose for this site would necessarily be a good idea.
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 22, 2015, 12:22:28 PM
guys, I have that MS Gantt chart....
and I specify a start date 18/05/2015
then I specify 1wk as duration
and it fills automatically 28/05/2015!
and I correct it manually to 22/05/2015
and it automatically makes the 1wk to 0.3wk!!
and whatever I correct, I cannot fix it!
isn't this a badly designed program?

It can be very frustrating when that sort of thing happens in MS Project.
I did a DuckGo search of "Problem - MS Project automatically resets a task duration" and came up with lots of potentially useful Q&As in forum discussions - e,g,, Problems with dates and duration time with project professional 2010 - Microsoft Community

Without wishing to labour the point, the investment of your time in a training course in the use of MSP, or (probably better) a simultaneous study of MS Project and the book MS Project Inside Out, could help to give you a clearer perspective on this sort of issue - including, for example, why whatever default settings - or (say) settings that you may have fixed -  for your resource availability is a constraint that MS Project will try to match.
If the match is infeasible - e.g., (say) the changed task duration cannot meet the fixed constraints as set - then MSP will readjust until it does meet them. I don't know, but that might be what happened in your case (above).

NB: Also check things like, for example:
  • (a) that you have made consistent use of units of any resource's time.
  • (b) whether your manual correction effectively changed the default unit of resource, or the default resources required. (Check all aspects/properties of the status of the resource before and after the change that you make, and before/after MSP makes its changes.)
  • (c) whether there are any peculiar Calendar constraints for the resources involved, for that time period.
  • (d) whether that task is on the critical path - depending on how you have set up the project, MSP may try to adjust things to stay within the critical path constraints according to the overall START and END points set for the project.

MS Project is arguably one of the most comprehensive and best-designed project planning tools for both CPA (Critical Path Analysis) and Network (PERT) analysis, and project costing that are currently available in the market.
It is actually a sophisticated database tool. I'm not sure, but I think that at one time in its product life it may have been based on Access.
The latest incarnation (I don't know which version you are using) would be the result of years of progressive and incremental improvement and redevelopment throughout its product life.

Many MSP users seem to be unaware that, for many years, MS project has also had a feature for corporate users, which enable one to have a central repository (server) for plans for large and complex programmes of work, where individual sub-project plans can be signed out and worked on in isolation by that sub-project's manager, and then checked back in to the central repository. The overall programme plan thus gives a fully-integrated picture and can use a common pool of resources which tie in to the HR resource utilisation (Calendar, holidays, available working hours, and timesheets) in the corporation. This enables any project manager to access a common resource pool. With a bit of thought, the beneficial implications of this for resource management and resource costing can be appreciated. For example, including how exceedingly useful that could be for resource management efficiency and time-saving in project planning - the ability to assign the available time (from workload and time-sheet analysis) for people and other project resources (e.g., including offices, computer systems, electronic displays or whiteboards), and for a standard cost for all resources to be fed back into any plan.

From experience, whenever I have seen MSP "do something that doesn't make sense", it has generally been because of my ignorance. For example, where I had not understood the rules that MSP was working under in such-and-such a case. I have never yet found MSP to be buggy, or badly-designed, though I personally found it required considerable effort to fully understand how it worked. With that understanding came a much better appreciation of what the tool could do. I moved from finding the the product to be frustratingly stubborn to having a great deal of respect for what it could do and for the design efforts put into it by Microsoft's MSP applications development team - not a bad effort.    Thmbsup
11  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:42:56 PM
@Deozaan: I just edited and clarified my comment above.
12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 08:38:42 PM
I'd be wary about trying to blindly fix an apparent non-critical problem in the MS OS (Systray) by using a third-party "fixer" tool, and without first establishing the likely cause and examining the possible workarounds suggested by MS or in MS forums.
Probably best to err on the side of caution...
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Dumb question but maybe somebody knows how. Probably a form of Sync. on: May 20, 2015, 08:18:38 PM
I was interested in this discussion and went to check FreeFileSync and the FreeFileSync - automated backup - Mini-Review, to see if FFS could meet the requirements as described in this discussion thread.

Conclusion: It doesn't look like it can.

14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FreeFileSync - Mini-Review - update re latest version (v7.0) + Sync.Options. on: May 20, 2015, 07:42:59 PM
EDIT 2015-05-21 1242hrs: Update re latest version (v7.0) + Synchronisation Options, where a separate section entitled Details of Synchronisation Options has been added at the end of the opening post.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / WAP (the ICANN "Whois Accuracy Program") - things you may need to know. on: May 20, 2015, 04:29:55 PM
The has this post: (copied here for information/searching.)
Unfortunately, we have renewed our ICANN Accreditation -
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
May 20, 2015 Mark Jeftovic

easyDNS has met the automatic renewal requirements under our ICANN Registrar Accreditation Agreement and will thus renew into the 2013 RAA on June 23rd, 2015,

This means that as of June 23rd we will be subject to enforcing the new Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) which was enacted by ICANN earlier this year. All registrants of any domains under which easyDNS is directly accredited (.COM, .NET, .ORG .BIZ, and .INFO) will henceforth be subject to the WAP. (Note, all new GTLDs such as .website, .host and are handled through our OpenSRS Resellers tag and are thus already subject to the WAP).

The Whois Accuracy Program (WAP) was created by ICANN, the body that oversees internet namespaces such as .com/.net/.org etc in co-operation with various Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) in attempt to increase accuracy of data supplied in domain Whois records (see "What is a domain Whois record" below)

In this stage of the program what is required is that at certain specific points in a domain name's like cycle, domain registrants must complete an action that attests to the accuracy of the data supplied in the Registrant data supplied.
Key domain lifecycle points or events that trigger the WAP are:

    Registration, renewal or transfer of a domain name using a new (previously unverified) contact data.
    Modification of a domain's Whois record to new values that are not previously verified.
    If an administrative email such as a renewal notice, or a Whois Data Reminder Policy (WDRP) bounces or is otherwise undeliverable.

In any of these case, a Whois Accuracy Program process is initialized which takes the form of sending emails to the Registrant (yes, this can mean sending this notice to the same address that bounced and started this process in the first place), requesting them to verify their Whois data:

Screen Shot 2015-05-20 at 2.16.34 PM

This normally takes the form of visiting a web page that displays the current Registrant data for a domain, and clicking on a button that asserts that the information is true and accurate:


The initialization of this process commences a time limited process (we refer to this process internally as the "Domain DOOMSDAY CLOCK", which is 15 days in length.

If the Whois data remains unverified after 15 days, the Registrar must suspend the domain, causing it to cease resolving over the internet, until such time as it can verified.

This is a real policy, enacted by ICANN, which binds all domain registrars accredited unto the 2013 RAA. Many Registrars are already operating under it, and there are already numerous horror stories in which high profile, super busy domains have been shut off and ceased operating because of failure to comply with this policy.

After June 23, 2015 whenever one of your domains hits an event outlined above, you will be receiving an email notice from us asking you to "Click this link to verify your Whois data". Even though it looks like an obvious phishing attempt, it isn't.

You can thank ICANN for this policy, we because if it were up to us, and you tasked us with coming up with the most idiotic, damaging, phish-friendy, disaster prone policy that accomplishes less than nothing and is utterly pointless, I question whether we would have been able to pull it off at this level. We're simply out of our league here.
Follow Up Questions:
What is a domain's Whois Record?
You may not be aware of this but every time you register a domain name your registration details (name, address, email, phone, fax) must  be entered in the relevant registries "Whois Database", which is a publicly accessible database and those details are visible by anybody.

For examples see which is our web based gateway to any whois database in the world.
What if I use Whois Privacy / MyPrivacy For my Domain Records?

If you use Whois Privacy, you will still have to confirm your underlying Registrant data – even though your public Whois records will be those of the privacy proxy.

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16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 20, 2015, 10:38:53 AM
Actually, I have noticed a few of my regular Systray icons episodically playing up and disappearing over the last few weeks. This is in Win8.1-64 PRO. I think it might be a minor new bug in the OS. In Personalisation Settings, the icons seem to have been reset to "not display". Restarting Explorer doesn't seem to always restore the icons either - it used to when I had a similar problem in Win7-64 HP.
17 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Focus-Unfocus and let me link - Elias Fotinis' "DeskPins" program on: May 20, 2015, 10:00:40 AM
Just updating this thread to correct a mistake and provide some potentially useful info.
I had provided above some details of a proggy called DeskPins, and I said that it was from ZD-Net. I had mistakenly categorised it as being of the ZD-Net stable, though in fact the notes (as copied above) clearly stated that it was:
Freeware, Copyright © 2002-2004 by Elias Fotinis
Released on 2004.05.03

The DeskPins v1.30 that I had did not seem to work on twin CPUs, and when I went to look for a version that worked on the more modern Windows OSes, I found that the website for Elias Fotinis had disappeared.
Yesterday I stumbled upon Fotinis' new website:
He provides two versaions of DeskPins:
  • DeskPins v1.32 (104 KiB) : For Windows 8, 7, Vista, XP, 2000.
  • DeskPins v1.30 (107 KiB) : For Windows 9x.

It says at
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
DeskPins can be used to make any application topmost, that is, to keep it above all other windows. Just grab a pin from the DeskPins icon in the system notification area and click on any window. This functionality is identical to the "Always on Top" setting found in some programs. With DeskPins you can add this feature to any program.

See more screenshots in the DeskPins gallery.

    Unlimited number of pins available.
    Intelligent handling of various application types.
    Powerful wildcard-based automatic pin support.
    Global hotkeys.
    Negligible system resources usage.

What's New
v1.32 — 2015.02.20
    Fixed inability to autopin windows of 64-bit processes.
See the complete changelog for more information.

For ages I had been using an AHK OnTop toggle switch as a workaround - which worked OK, but you can't see whether a window is OnTop or not without experimentally toggling it ON/OFF.
I am delighted to have found a newer version of Deskpins with it's little red pin on the top of the Window frame. It seems to work just fine.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 19, 2015, 01:20:50 PM
I always liked the "King Arthur" tales and especially "The Sword in the Stone".
Despite all the jokes in the "King Arthur" category that one can come across, I had never considered this take on it:
It's very droll - on a par with:

19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 19, 2015, 01:11:02 PM
^^ Similar joke to the "twine" one:

Military redundancy payment.
The US military were notified that their budget was being cut, so the President decided to retire his top three generals and give them a going away bonus for their service.

The first general was called in to the Oval Office, where the President told him he was to receive a pension and an unusual bonus. He was told that he could pick any two parts of his body and they would measure the distance between the two points. For every inch measured he would receive $10,000.  The general picked from the top of his head to his toes and got a bonus of $720,000.

The second general was then called in and told the same news.  He picked from the tip of his outstretched hands to the tip of his toes and was rewarded with a bonus of $1,000,000.  Whilst this was going on the first general was in the outer office, telling the third general waiting there all about the bonus system, so he was well prepared when his turn came.

He was ushered into the Oval Office, and after the President had told him what the bonus was to be based on, he told the President that he wanted to be measured from the tip of his penis to his balls. The President looked at him, decided not to make any comment, and said, "Well, OK, but if that's what you want it will have to be measured by a Medical Officer."

An MO was called, and when he arrived, the President explained what was required of him.  The general dropped his trousers and underpants, and the MO bent down in front of the general with a tape measure, placing the beginning of the tape at the tip of the General's penis.

A moment later the MO exclaimed, "My God!  Where are your balls?"

"In Vietnam", replied the General.
20  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 17, 2015, 01:32:10 AM
...My inner geek squealed at turning my Android devices into TI-8x graphing calculators. Yeah, I know. I'm easily amused.
Yes, same here, it's really a brilliant idea. I had not known that this emulation code was even available or that TI had made this code available. Hats off to TI for that. Impressive.
21  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Judy's TenKey (10Key) award-winning calculator on: May 16, 2015, 02:51:31 PM
Ever since I had to buy my daughter a TI 84+ CSE for school, I have been using Wabbitemu when I need [her to use] a calculator. cheesy  (No downloaded TI ROM required, and there's an Android version too!)

And since Lauren has... err... misplaced her calculator, she is now using Wabbitemu on her laptop as well when she has that sort of assignment...

Wish I would have had knowledge of this in my college algebra class! And it looks like it will even load modules/programs designed for TI calculators as well.
All versions are freeware so I don't know why IainB left it off his list, though. There's nothing out there like this & it sure beats buying one of those expensive TI calculators.

OpalCalc looks brilliant. I would never use it enough to justify buying it, but I'm glad it's available *and* it is $5 cheaper than the program listed in the OP.

@Innuendo : I didn't consider (or claim) my list to be comprehensive at all. However, Wabbitemu is now on my list as I downloaded and installed it just now!

@x16wda: Thanks for the link to Wabbitemu. I  empathise with you regarding the ability of schoolchildren to lose their new school calculators. Being a collector (and constructor) of calculators from way back, I had already acquired an assortment of several good used ones (discarded/free), which I cleaned up and overhauled and got working tickety-boo. I kept 2 of the fx type for when my daughter would need them, and now she does, and today it transpired that she seems to have already "misplaced" one of them, so is using the 2nd as a backup. I have given most of the the rest to a local charity mission shop that I regularly take stuff to (from dumpster diving and people giving things to me as they know I collect for charity).

So, I haven't bought a calculator in years, though I did buy two of the superb Texas Instruments "Little Professor" educational math drilling calculators a couple of years back. They were very difficult to locate, but I finally managed to source them from nearby Australia. They get their power from ambient light and have an LCD display, but I would have preferred the older - now obsolete - battery-driven versions which had a red LED display. I reckon they were probably a more visually stimulating and fun design for kids.
22 Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Width of Quick Paste Pop-Menu - how to change it on: May 16, 2015, 01:21:38 PM
A while back, I too had noticed that the CHS Quick Paste menu had become very wide, but, since it didn't bother me, I ignored it. However, after today fiddling around with the settings - for example, as has been done by @Werizon in this thread - I find that though I can cause the width (string length) of the text displayed to reduce by quite a bit, the width of the QP menu stubbornly doesn't reduce all that much, staying relatively wide and leaving lots of "white space" on the RHS of the menu.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... InfoSelect 11!? on: May 15, 2015, 10:05:45 AM
I suppose that one alternative to InfoSelect could be the next version of InfoSelect!?

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24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Utility to allow keeping only the newest copy of several files on a drive on: May 14, 2015, 10:31:25 AM
Sounds like an interesting document control problem. I'm not sure I understand it very well though.
The sorts of things I would examine would be pretty basic, before suggesting a solution. For example, just trying to find out some of the definitive constraints and limitations to what is known about the documents stored.
Assuming this is a Windows OS:
  • (a) Have the files for any given project all been named according to a strict and consistent file-naming convention/rule, and if so, then what is that convention/rule? What exceptions might there be to this rule?
  • (b) Have the file meta-data/properties fields been used consistently to include uniquely distinguishing project meta-data? What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (c) Are the meta data (properties) and contents of the production and/or backup files being Indexed by WDS? (Has WDS been installed with all the necessary iFilters to enable this?) What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (d) Is the Date Modified field of any given set of latest file + its backup files, for any given filename, the only differentiator between the files which can be used to detect which is the latest? What exceptions might there be to this?
  • (e) Would you be able to connect all or several of the associated operational and backup drives to one computer, and search across them simultaneously for specific document types and dates using something like (say) Everything?
  • (f) Do you maintain/update a catalogue of every disk (operational and backup), and would you be able to concatenate the catalogues into one database for search and analysis?
  • (g) Was any versioning control method or added version-related meta-data applied to the documents, by he Windows OS or backup programs? What exceptions might there be to this?
25  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Windows Defender (also Microsoft Security Essentials MSE) - Mini-Review on: May 14, 2015, 12:55:44 AM
2015-05-14: Opening post updated and renamed as "Defender/MSE" to reflect the reality and implications of Defender now being built-in to (bundled with) the Windows OS for Windows 8 and upwards, though it is still available separately as "MSE" for earlier versions of Windows.
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