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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please recommend a clipboard & note manager with the following features on: October 29, 2014, 09:48:36 PM
@motiontwelve: Your requirements look rather similar to mine, though mine might be rather more extensive in some areas - e.g., including things like OLE, OCR, and groupware potential as well, and needing offline client-based and secure online cloud-based access with reliably secure encryption.

However, whereas you seem to be looking for an all-in-one tool/database package of some sort to meet your requirements, I have gone about meeting my requirements using a set of tools: CHS+Clipstory+Clip-to-OneNote on the data and file capture front end, with MS OneNote as the primary database/PIM and primary OCR image capture tool, synced to OneDrive, and all integrated and OLE with hyperlinking (wiki-style) with/to other MS Office objects (mostly files output from IE, Word, Excel, and Access), and HTML/MHT, PDF files/documents. OneNote search is integrated with global document content index/search provided through the Win8.1 PRO OS, which I have installed with all the appropriate (as necessary) iFilters (for files including e.g., TIFF, MS Office docs, Open Office docs, ZIP, etc).

That's just a brief summary - there's more to it than that, and I haven't mentioned the very important info management/access and research roles of Calibre, Qiqqa (providing document OCR) and the Firefox extension Scrapbook and a legacy PIM called InfoSelect (IS8).
I originally trialled Evernote as the likely primary database, but the constraints/limitations in the cloud-based tool and especially in the client-based tool forced me to explore further - which was when I started to put OneNote through the hoops.

Above all, minimal $Cost is a driving criterion.
The main necessary costs for all this were:
- fairly high spec refurbished 64-bit laptop ($half-price).
- Win8.1 PRO upgrade - US$40 ($special offer).
- MS Office Professional Plus 2013 - US$10 ($offered via MS Corporate Home Use program).

I have more than enough cloud storage for my current critical data/backup needs, distributed across different providers, all free of charge - so no costs there. I am considering consolidating it all eventually onto (say) MS OneDrive, or Amazon A3, or Wuala, or something similar, for a price. Trust is a bit of an issue there, however.

One thing I have established is that, for flexible info management, having one's document files stored inside a proprietary searchable database environment is not necessarily going to be able to meet one's diverse needs for compatibility, integration and flexibility (Scrapbook and Clipstory being two examples of avoiding constraints in that regard). So I aim to have all primary documents held in the readily accessible and indexable/searchable database provided by the NTFS file system - which is only likely to be improved upon with later versions of the Windows OS and file system. I hold only secondary copies of some documents in OneNote, but I aim to keep that practice to a minimum, where possible - at least, until MS come up with a public cloud-based version of SharePoint (which I gather is in the pipeline). That could really disrupt things for the better.
2  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 08:11:04 PM
Thanks @MilesAhead, that looks like it could be rather more useful than any laptop power system software that I have yet come across. I shall have to try it out now.
I'm glad yellowiscool asked for this.  Just today I was plugged into a very loose outlet at the library.  With the power boxes on the floor it's very easy to pull the plug out of a loose one without noticing.
Edit:  If you set the OSD to only show when on battery power then it's more obvious what's going on.  If the battery is showing I know I lost my A/C.
Yes, I saw that setting - that's how I set it too.
The installation process for the latest available version (v1.2) was very tidy, but after install (I'm using Win8.1-64 PRO) I had to enable access permissions for BattCursor to create and access C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\BattCursor. It kept abending with an error otherwise when I tried to establish the operational settings. PITA.
It also abended after I had set it to auto-update for a newer or ß version. It abended at the point when it discovered v1.2.0.1 was available, but could not access the server to download it. So I disabled the auto-update. PITA.

So I tried registering on the discussion forum to leave a note about it (feedback always being useful to a developer), but the registration process kept crashing with a vague "serious error" message. I persisted however with some trial-and-error, and finally got verified registration - I think it may have been objecting to special characters (non-alphameric) in the password I was using - the rules for same seemed a bit ambiguous. However, after setting up my profile, when I tried to post a message on the forum as a registered/verified member, it crashed with the same "serious error" message, so I gave up at that point. I tried it using IE and Firefox, but the result was the same in both cases. Looks like bad exception handling or something, on the server. PITA.

Despite this, the software seems to work OK so far. The change log history looks quite comprehensive and informative too - all nicely done.
I read on there that the forum server was being provided via a relatively new service supplier, so maybe they are having some teething troubles with it, or something. I shall try to post feedback again after a couple of days' elapsed time.
3  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 02:52:03 PM

Thanks @MilesAhead, that looks like it could be rather more useful than any laptop power system software that I have yet come across. I shall have to try it out now.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 28, 2014, 04:54:20 AM
Coincidentally...
We Are All Confident Idiots - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 28, 2014, 02:56:30 AM
Simone Weil had it right about our thinking, "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
Curious. I wonder on what theory or research that statistic was based. Not the Pareto Principle, anyway...

From my notes on science and thinking:
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"Nullius in verba/verbo." Motto of the Royal Society, London. Literally, "Take nobody's word for it; see for yourself".
This motto indicates that currently, legitimate science seems to be based on the rejection of trust.
Thus, saying something purely on the basis of trust does not resemble genuine knowledge.
This is a new paradigm from the old, where scientific method can be seen to have developed from the 16th century perspective (Montaigne - no harm in the fact that "almost all the opinions we have are taken on authority and credit".) to the 17th century perspective (Gilbert, Bacon, Descartes and Boyle) where the approach is to take nothing on trust/authority.
So today we seek natural knowledge founded in evidence in nature - using individual reason - NOT in authority of tradition.
Thus real knowledge is NOT based on trust but on direct experience. - because reliance on the views of others produces errors.
The best scientist is thus incapable of functioning as a member of society.
The puzzle is that objective truth may exist, but human nature may preclude us from being able to experience it.

Sort of what @mouser says?:
...Without biases you would be a terribly ineffecient computational device -- slow to react and learn.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How come @Stephen66515 keeps posting here about stuff that gets expunged? on: October 28, 2014, 02:16:17 AM
Thank you for the link IainB.  I pictured the towers coming down as I read.   Sad
@Stephen66515  I found all of it very moving.  Maybe you aroused a sleeper-cell .. .

@crabby3: You are most welcome. This (below) pretty much says it all - and especially the last link, if you've not already seen and listened to it. It rather encapsulates the international empathy and outpouring of sympathy/sorrow. The singer in the last item is Mark Shultz, singing Remember Me. He is apparently a well-known gospel singer. Beautiful song and voice.

...As to music that I like and enjoy singing, it is music that generally could be seen as reflecting something of all that is good about humanity: rhythm, fun, harmony, love, the expression of humour, pathos, happiness, joy, empathy, that speaks of the yearning for freedom from bondage, the yearning for peace and for the ascent of the human spirit, and that shows our ability to climb out - even if only temporarily - of the hideous, irrational religio-political ideological cesspits within which we can sometimes find ourselves imprisoned.
I think sometimes that we do not realise - or maybe we forget - what incredible beings we are and with what amazing potential. For me, music can be an expression - a communication - of this, and a reminder.
Here are two favourite examples - quite different - of such music, from the public domain:
Weird Al Yankovic - Don't Download This Song.mp3
Remember Me.swf
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: looking for scientific calculator like this on: October 27, 2014, 06:55:42 AM
hello!
can anyone point me to a standalone scientific calculator like the one below to buy? (see attachment in previous post)
thanks!
I searched for the image you provided here.

The image is apparently that of an Android calculator called the PowerCalc:
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Description
PowerCalc is a powerful Android scientific calculator with real look. It is one of the few Android calculators with complex number equations support. Features:
* Real equation view editor with brackets and operator priority support
* Component or polar complex entry/view mode
* Equation and result history

It certainly has a nice-looking keyboard.
8  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Explorer Context Menu to Move Selected Items to Specific Folders on: October 27, 2014, 04:25:14 AM
If someone can code "MoveStuff.reg" it would be interesting to study that code, and see how it can be done.
Hmm. the prospect of using the Registry as you seem to be suggesting could be akin to using a fork to hammer in a nail - i.e., it's probably not the right tool for the job. However, having said that, I am aware of some small PC programs of yore that effectively used the Registry as their primary database...which is quite cunning, but probably not according to Hoyle. I mean, it's arguably not really what the Registry was designed for.

When I took a look before at FileMenu Tools in that other thread that @lanux128 refers to, I though it looked pretty useful, but I haven't tried it out yet as I have no need for it. However, it's $FREE - whereas you would probably have to pay for the greater functionality in xplorer², if you were likely to need it for the longer term.

There is another potentially useful tool that may be of interest (I haven't used it myself) - Belvedere:
9  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 26, 2014, 06:15:16 PM
NB: I have just modified the images in my last comment above, to make it clear that file size and contents (checksum) are being used for duplicate checking in the example given. I made the images a bit smaller (so no scrolling needed) and added some comments/arrows to them.
10  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Explorer Context Menu to Move Selected Items to Specific Folders on: October 26, 2014, 05:41:48 PM
This looks like it could be relevant/useful, and so might be of interest: MoveOut by @Skrommel.
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MoveOut v1.2
Download programAutoHotkey sourcecode205KB

Make rules to move files automatically.
Features:
- Rightclick the tray icon to configure
- Choose Settings to change rules and options
- Choose Enable to Start or Stop all the rules

Use it to make a rule that moves files from the desktop to a subfolder, based on file type, part of a filename, or whatever. Have it ask to replace existing files, or rename them. It can also ignore files.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How come @Stephen66515 keeps posting here about stuff that gets expunged? on: October 26, 2014, 04:46:36 PM
...and the 9-11 memorial?
@crabby3: In answer to your Q, because he started getting flamed, @Stephen66515 self-censored his rather uplifting and positive 9-11 memorial post, and so I reposted it here: Re: Thoughts in remembrance of 911

For those who might perceive more strongly negative aspects about it, I started a thread in the Basement 911 HATE - hate what you hate or what others like or dislike about it.
12  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 26, 2014, 03:28:10 AM
My exercises in comparing/selecting duplicates and removing/deleting them have usually tended to be of sub-folders nested within a folder/directory, whose contents have been treated as a "flat file" (i.e., the process has not necessitated documents being moved from their original holding folders first). I use xplorer² to do this, and it has an exceptionally powerful and handy duplicate checker.
Example:

Here is a partial screen clip of the duplicate checker being selected for the nested folders shown:
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The folders' contents are first treated as a flat file.
Here is a partial screen clip of the duplicate checker selection box floating above the flat file display (which is in a "scrap" pane that can be operated on in various ways as a logical object). Note the checks for "size" and "content" (checksum), and "select all duplicates":
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Here is a a partial screen clip of the list of all the duplicates, with all but one duplicate (I think it might be the earliest-dated or something) being "auto-selected" in each case (this is also a scrap pane):
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You can then select or unselect files on the list, at your whim, and operate on them as a set - e.g., copy them into a .ZIP file for archiving before deleting them en bloc.

I don't know the constraints (if any) on max file sizes. The user guide should describe such, and is a PDF file that can be downloaded from zabkat.com (the xplorer² website) with a trial version.
The support site is http://zabkat.com/x2support.htm , which also has an online manual.

I use the xplorer² PRO version, but the Ultimate may suit your needs better.
For comparison, refer http://zabkat.com/x2down.htm
Hope this helps or is of use.
13  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Explorer Context Menu to Move Selected Items to Specific Folders on: October 25, 2014, 09:39:46 PM
For years I have used xplorer² (a 2-pane tabbed replacement for Windows Explorer) for things like this.
xplorer² includes "Move" and "Copy" commands that pop up a panel allowing you to Move/Copy files. Here is the Move panel, with a description:

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14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / For research, don't take notes, just use clip-to-OneNote on: October 25, 2014, 03:42:19 AM
The latest changes/updates in MS Office 2013 (including especially OCR features in OneNote) have helped to make life easier for notetakers.
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15  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.
16  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.
17  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.
18  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. ...
_________________________

LOL. Yes, one has to admire them for that... so much for "the birthplace of Westminster democracy".
19  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. ...
_________________________

Very good point, and quite possibly true.
20  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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21  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.
22  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.
23  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.
24  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."
25  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.™"
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