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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 09, 2014, 12:12:31 AM
...Delayed write failure errors only occur when a device isn't responding in the allotted time to signal the file system that the write action can take place.
And there are many reasons for this to happen and have been already discussed. However, these are practically always hardware related (in my personal/anecdotal experience at least). ...

Of course I looked already into the event viewer. The only suspect messages I found there, related to HD, were repeated warnings from PerfDisk: Unable to read the disk performance information from the system (Event ID: 2001). After a series of these follow assorted crashes of random apps and disk-related errors.
These errors occur solely after some hours of inactivity. So far they never appeared while working on the machines. Even the machine left idle for a couple of days doesn't crash every night, though. So far I was unable to track down any pattern.

These comments do not seem easy to reconcile. I was reminded of something when I read of "disk performance information" above - it reminds me of the following, but I am not sure whether/how this could be relevant:
EDIT 2012-09-17:
Hooray! This seems to be an effective fix to the episodic real-time performance monitoring issue:
(for more info., refer HDS FAQ page http://www.hdsentinel.com/faq.php)

The real time performance monitoring worked per the Registry settings workaround (see earlier edit below), but after some time (for example after connecting/removing external hard disk, pendrive or similar storage device) it stopped working and I periodically had to reset the Registry settings - i.e., the Registry settings change did not "stick". This was apparently caused by a function in HDS which provides for performance monitoring when a new device - e.g., an external hard disk - is connected/detected. When this happens, Hard Disk Sentinel has a function that clears the performance object cache and re-detects the performance objects. On some systems (regardless of hardware configuration) this function apparently causes the Windows performance monitoring settings in the Registry to be disabled.

If this happens, you can disable this HDS function as follows:
  • 1. click "start" (Windows) button and to the search field enter REGEDIT
  • 2. open REGEDIT
  • 3. navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Wow6432Node\HD Sentinel (or HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\HD Sentinel under 32 bit Windows), where you will see a lot of keys.
  • 4. create a new STRING key named DisablePerfCacheClear and specify a value of 1 for that.
Then restart HDS, which now will not issue this special function to clear the performance object cache when it detects the change of configuration, so the performance counters will continue working normally - once reset in the Registry. Those Registry settings should now "stick" and not need to be reset again.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks on: September 08, 2014, 08:07:42 PM
I came across this basic question in a OneNote discussion forum:
How can I search for phrase (not just single word) in OneNote - Microsoft Community
i love using onenote but one thing that truly bother me is the search function (control+F). If i try to search for single word, it works just fine. However the problem occur when I try to search for a phrase.
For example: If I search for "September", OneNote will highlight all the text "September" in my note. Thing is, if I search for "September 2014", OneNote will highlight each of "September" and each of "2014" instead of highlighting the phrase "September 2014" altogether.
This is annoying to me because i have a very long note and I need to manually scroll to find specific phrase that I need to find. How can I fix this in OneNote?
PS: I use OneNote 2013 for desktop version in Windows 8.1 (and not modern tile version)

- and a helpful answer:
Put quotes around the groups of word you want to search for. It'll return only the instances of that word group you're searching for. See this website for some Tips and Tricks too:
Granted the author is using OneNote 2010, these still carry over to OneNote 2013. You can even use Boolean keywords like AND and OR to fine tune your search results, however no wildcards.

Though the link is to an old site and refers to an earlier OneNote version (current version is OneNote 2013), the website has lots of useful and still relevant OneNote stuff.

I was reminded of this DCF comment by @CWuestefeld:
Top OneNote tips
There's a nice list of OneNote tips & tricks from Chris Pratley's Office Labs and OneNote Blog, and I know there are plenty of folks around these parts loving organizer tools including OneNote.

Here are a couple of cool ones I hadn't known before:
13. Type a word, right click on it, click "Create Linked page", then click the link and presto you're on a new page with that title that is linked to from the first page. Great for things like "here is the recipe for Grandma's cookies". highlight "Grandma's cookies", right click, create linked page. [CWuestefeld: this sounds like a Wiki?]

8. Right-click on image (e.g. screen clipping), copy text from picture (also works great when searching for a screen clipping - Find (Ctrl-F) will find text inside your images!)
Anybody want to contribute other tips?

Some of these sites referring to earlier versions of OneNote are still relevant and worth study, as the functionality in OneNote versions seems to have been consistently upwards/backwards compatible.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks on: September 08, 2014, 07:48:37 PM
I just changed the title of the opening thread and added this to the foot of the OP:
EDIT: 2014-09-09 - Thread title changed to "Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks" (from "Microsoft OneNote 2007 - some experiential Tips & Tricks")
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 08, 2014, 06:16:53 PM
@yksyks: Well, I'm stumped. I can only think of a few questions, and I suspect they have already been covered by your good self. Reading through this, and to summarise and make a few assumptions (so please correct me if I am wrong), it seems that:

1. The error symptoms are:
  • After a long period of idle (usually overnight) the system crashes with several error messages "Delayed write failed..." The files involved are usually $Mft and C:\Windows\system32\config, but may include seemingly random others as well.
  • In all instances where this happens, the USB ports and the network card stop working.
  • Replacement and stress testing of the devices affected indicates no evidence of actual hardware errors.
Question: Where any affected hardware has been removed and found to be OK, has it been subsequently reinstalled to the same computer and had its performance monitored/observed, and has it subsequently been affected by the same or a different error?

2. Common/differentiating factors in the population of computers affected:
  • All of the affected computers use Windows XP SP3 (but with differing language versions), and they all use BitDefender Free Edition. There are no other substantial/significant similarities.
  • The affected computers do not share the same AC power supply. (Is this true?)
  • The affected computers do not share the same DC power supply. (Is this true?)
  • LogMeIn may/may not be a common factor for the affected computers. (Needs verification.)

3. Population of computers affected:
The error symptoms have spread amongst what appears to be a gradually widening population of computers, some of which share a network and some of which are discrete systems - i.e., not interconnected or intercommunicating. (Is this true?)
Observation: This sort of thing could look like the spread of a virus or bug introduced at a common point to all computers affected - e.g., maybe (say) at the point of a system/software update.
  • Have the update (change management) logs for all computers - including those computers affected and not affected - been compared to establish what specific updates were done and when, on the run up to and prior to any manifestations of the errors?
  • Were any system updates derived from the same media or update data file(s)?
  • Does a checksum comparison of all of the "same" update files (and all/any other files on the media used) - for all computers affected and not affected -  show any differences in the files? (There should be no difference.)

4. Conclusions thus far:
  • After a great deal of investigation and analysis so far, none of the errors have been deliberately repeatable, and so the cause(s) remain unknown.
  • The causal problem seems very likely to be software-related, not hardware.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: "Delayed Write Failed" — on FIVE computers at a time? on: September 06, 2014, 07:12:47 AM
If not already done, then I'd suggest you consider getting a free trial version (if available) of HD Sentinel installed - refer Hard Disk Sentinel PRO - Mini-Review.
This will confirm the detailed heath status of the disk(s) involved. (You need more facts one way or the other.)
Also check the Write-caching policy settings for the disk(s) involved.
Have you had any power fluctuations?
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: September 06, 2014, 06:33:24 AM
...Umm, maybe he should come home to help prosecute the real criminals?...

I was just reading this: Meet Some of the Americans Accused of Helping ISIS - Katie Pavlich, where it says:
...Further, another report today in the Washington Times shows intelligence information leaked and published by former NSA worker Edward Snowden helped ISIS get ahead. ...
- and there's more hearsay to that effect in the article.

Some people (not me, you understand) might say that, presumably to establish/demonstrate a media-based pre-trial "consensus" and witchhunt apropos of Snowden's guilt (before he's ever even brought to trial), that there is a legitimate conflation of Snowden's revelations and a vicarious responsibility for ISIS' progress, and may even include in that conflation Climate Change and the NSA leaving the doors wide open for Al Queda to crash two airplanes into the Twin Towers on 911, but I couldn't possibly comment.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 06, 2014, 05:24:20 AM
WOT gave that site a terrible rating; correct, or overkill (not unknown with WOT)? (see attachment in previous post)

Oh, sorry, as I said, "I was tidying up my archives of trialled software". I hadn't actually downloaded it from the the FindmySoft link - just cribbed the notes as posted above. I'm unsure where I originally downloaded it from - it was quite some time back -  but out of interest I fired it up just now and it seems to work OK - no Candyware or anything nasty like that.

In the MonoCalendar notes above, there is an embedded link that I had not copied across (I've updated it now), to a demo: Demonstration
That resolves to: http://monocalendar.sourceforge.net/demo/

It's quite a good demo, made using Wink. Watching it just now made me realise that MonoCalendar seemed like it could be an ideal fit for requirements similar to those referred to in this discussion thread, but a "suck-it-and-see" approach is what I would recommend.
I would suggest that the required functionality of the software is the issue rather than the quality of any given download site, but for greater peace of mind you could do a search on "MonoCalendar download" in DuckDuckGo and you'd get a page of relevant hits (as I did just now), so go for it if you'd like to find out more about MonoCalendar or even (say) try it out.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Data Archaeology - Nimbus satellite image data now digitised to Public Domain on: September 05, 2014, 10:02:26 AM
The 1960s archived image data (film strip) from the Nimbus program has apparently now all been digitised and looks like it is being or has been placed in the public domain. It is a treasure-trove of historic meteorological data that we had been unable to easily access in any scientifically useful way until now, and it has already yielded surprising results that pose new questions about how the Earth's weather systems tick.
There are notes and a link to a very interesting  6-minute video here: 1960’s satellite imagery of polar ice discovers “enormous holes” in the sea ice

134  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: September 04, 2014, 03:00:48 AM
If you wander by the local Humane Society, you might consider stopping in. Our local HS (where I volunteer) frequently has many cats of all ages ... And it's not always the pet that needs/gets rescued.. Wink

+1 from me.
I'd recommend that to anybody who was looking for a pet. The last 3 dogs and 3 cats we had over the years all came as "free to good home" via classifieds adverts or the SPCA. They all made beautiful pets and became part of the family. We actually got the dogs "on approval" and took them home and watched them closely to see if they would work out with the kids when they were young. From memory, I think we only had to take one back - it was a very nice-natured crossbred sheepdog, but it growled when my small son poked it by accident in the stomach (he fell on it). The "right" kind of dog would have just grunted, known its place in the pecking order, and moved away. (Foreign dogs coming into a new pack usually know they are at the bottom of the established pecking order.)

My eldest daughter used to help out at a cat's home and has two cats from there that were mistreated and are neurotic and require TLC. Cats, like horses, are generally a bit slow to recover from mistreatment - unlike most dogs, which can sometimes demonstrate an amazing adaptability. She also used to keep a few of the "retired" chickens from a local chicken battery farm. Those chickens are usually just killed when they stop laying eggs fast enough. Their behaviours are slightly insane when you first get them, and their beaks - which are clipped when they are in the cages - have to grow back before they can eat normally in free range. Then, and with a bit of TLC, their behaviours slowly normalise and they become happy and productive chooks.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 04, 2014, 01:46:27 AM
A new JS post at Github: ISIS.js
The Update README.md states:
Formatted for Javascript with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. ISIS.js
  2. =======
  3. -"ISIS.js - injects islamic motivation into the console, removes the <head> tag, and blames america."
  4. +ISIS.js - injects islamic motivation into the console, removes the \<head\> tag, and blames america.
  5. All rights reserved.

Maybe this should be posted in the coding snippets section...  tellme
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for calendar software on: September 04, 2014, 12:41:32 AM
I was tidying up my archives of trialled software today and happened upon this, which reminded me of the sort of thing being contemplated in this thread. Not sure whether it would suit, but I have put my collected notes below, in case. I recall trying it out some time back and thinking it was pretty nifty, but not really something that I needed at the time.
MonoCalendar (click on link)
To ensure functionality, please install the Microsoft® .NET Framework!

I want to see a demonstration of the program

Sure! Simply visit the following URL and you will see how it works. Demonstration
EDIT 2014-09-06: Added link to Demonstration.

What is MonoCalendar?

MonoCalendar is an application designed for easy management of calendars. The idea is to try to make a program like iCal  that works in other platforms besides the Mac.

What is the purpose of MonoCalendar?
The purpose, as I was saying, is to try to offer a program as good as Apple's iCal in other operating systems like Windows and Linux. Many people would like to see iCal ported to Windows, but Apple has still not given confirmation of whether it is going to do that or not.

MonoCalendar does not try to be a iCal substitute. If iCal existed for Windows, I would recommend using that before MonoCalendar. On the other hand, since it currently does not exist for many systems, it is an alternative to consider, and furthermore it is an alternative that is Free Software.

Why did this project arise?
This project began thanks to ^Aurin^ (Rocío Movilla Iglesias). After buying an iBook and falling in love with iCal, she told me that she wanted to have that program in Windows. As I do not use Windows, she suggested the option of beginning the project in .NET.

To whom is MonoCalendar dedicated?
Of course, MonoCalendar is dedicated to ^Aurin^ (Rocío Movilla Iglesias), because she is the one that encouraged me to do it.

What is .NET and why did you decide to use it?
.NET is a technology quite similar to Java. It allows creating programs that run on multiple platforms and which use a variety of languages without requiring excessive amounts of code. This is a reason why it saves time while programming.

I decided to use .NET for several reasons:
  • I use Linux, and needed something that worked in Windows. Other options to make programs multi-platform used to require extra effort to recompile programs in Windows, a thing that I did not want to do. There were other options that didn't require recompiling the programs in Windows, but they were not sufficiently powerful. The nearest option was Java, but I personally don't care for Java.
  • It turns out that a project called Mono is being developed for Linux. It is a free framework for .NET, that allowed me to make the program in Linux and soon prove it in Windows. Mono combined with Gtk-sharp was one of the best options that I have seen for carrying out this kind of project.

Why did you use Gtk-sharp?
I have little knowledge of Windows and the use of MonoCalendar in Windows with Gtk-sharp implied that I needed to make an installer, that Mono detected and to use the version of Gtk-sharp that is installed. I was able to do this, but I had to use an ugly .bat file, which when executed leaves behind an ugly black window. I believe that Mono will someday solve these problems. But right now the installers of Mono and Gtk-sharp do not do it. I have noticed that the examples that come with Gtk-sharp also use .bat files, which does not seem to me to be ideal if one is trying make a professional-looking application. Also I have seen other problems in Gtk-sharp that did not happen with System.Windows.Forms. Using System.Windows.Forms avoided those problem for me, but I have to wait for the implementation of it in Mono optimizations and to correct bugs, but MonoCalendar works in Linux! Not very well, but it works - it is a great step.

Reviews on the web:

The FindmySoft link: http://monocalendar.findmysoft.com/
MonoCalendar - Free appointments manager
Review by Frederick Barton on 12 Feb, 2013

A good way to remember important events is to mark them on a calendar. If you don't want to ruin your calendar with markings or sticky notes, you can schedule your events on a computer, using a specialized application. With MonoCalendar, you can place color coded notes on a calendar, which can display a single day, a week or an entire month.

The software is free and it comes with numerous language packs. It can be installed almost instantly, on all popular Windows versions. Its setup package is only 251 KB, which can be downloaded in a few seconds, even with slower Internet connections.

While the calendar is set to day or week mode, you may create new events, by clicking and dragging from one hour to another. This will create a colored box, on which you can type a description. Before creating an event, you can select an event category or create a new one, with a single click, on the left side of the interface.

Categories are associated with different colors automatically, when you create them. You will draw your notes with different colors, depending on which category you select. You can set a different opacity level for the notes on the program's general settings panel. It is also possible to select a 12 or a 24 hour time format, to display 5 or 7 days per week and to set daily beginning and ending hours.

The software allows you to create color coded notes on a calendar. You can switch between day, week or month view modes and create different event categories. It is also possible to set up different time formats and make other adjustments.

You can not assign colors to event categories yourself.

MonoCalendar gives you the possibility of illustrating and color coding your schedule, with only a few clicks.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 02, 2014, 11:23:14 PM
I spotted this rather cruel joke amongst the comments following the Guardian article: Rotherham abuse scandal: Theresa May calls for crime commissioner to resign
27 August 2014 2:38pm
One of the victims, in an interview with Jeremy Vine, said that her parents had written to Blunkett pleading for help but heard nothing - you can hardly accuse him of turning a blind eye I suppose.....

Explanation: David Blunkett is a British Labour Party politician and the Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough. His actions over the years have given him a somewhat chequered history. He seems to have been very capable throughout his career, not being held back by the fact that he is also blind.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My cat needs your thoughts | RIP Saffron my dearest cat on: September 02, 2014, 10:11:44 PM
I am writing this to share with you some experiences and some things that I learned about coping with the death of a beloved pet, in the hope that it might be helpful to you at this time - if not later. What I have learned is probably as old as time, but still very real, and it is probably common to all those who have suffered the loss of a beloved pet.
When I was a boy, we had kennels and a cattery, which happened because the idea germinated in my mother's mind that we could help to find homes for unwanted or stray dogs and cats. Our house was in the Welsh hills, built on land which also had some little-used outbuildings and stables, which became the kennels and a cattery.
It was my job to take care of all the animals - which included the cats and dogs, a pony belonging to one of my sisters, and my budgie (a female). In the kennels we had, typically, at any given time, about 15 dogs, and in the cattery we had about 10 cats (the numbers varied as new ones were born or given to us and as they were taken by new owners). Some of them we kept in the house as pets, and some we just kept because no-one wanted them. The ones we kept, we would usually spay the queens and bitches, though my mother was very reluctant to do that to them, as it was an interference with the purpose of Nature and which she did not wish to mess with (e.g., I was the 7th and last child that she bore!).

My duties were all-encompassing - feeding, exercising and playing with the dogs and cats, inspecting them for disease/illness, parasites (ticks and fleas), and providing prevention and first aid and general care, mucking out the kennels and cattery, keeping the animals clean and the grounds clean of dog/cat poo, pre-natal care, midwifery (helping in the delivery of new-born pups and kittens) and post-natal care and round-the-clock nursing in cases of serious illness where the vet had said things were touch-and-go for one of my charges.
Sometimes their little lives seemed so brief, life sometimes being easily extinguished, and other times the tenacity of the weakest and most desperately sick creature was astounding as they hung onto life, seemingly inextinguishable and oblivious to the impossibility of their staying alive - and yet they did survive and would recover.

And all the time like a steady metronome in one's existence, as their lives progressed in one's care, one's love for them grew without one's being consciously aware of it's growing or even realising it. They were sometimes adoring of me and they were often my lovable friends. I had watched them grow, had trained them in good behaviour. They became somehow a part of me. Tick-tock-tick-tock... until sudden realisation of this reality as they were snatched away by a new owner (which was a good thing and a cause for joy), or by death (which was not a good thing). As I grew older, the deaths - which I had initially been able to view in detached and objective fashion - progressively became most painful experiences. They gave me a gut-wrenching sense of loss and overpowering love. I have held them in my arms and comforted them as they were dying of some illness, or occasionally collected their lifeless bodies after them having been killed in an accident, and I have held them down and comforted them on the vet's table as they were being given euthanasia by injection, sometimes cruelly before their time because it would be more cruel to let them go on living in misery or pain or neglected old age.

And after leaving home and making my own way through life, I had children, and they wanted pets, and those pets became part of me too. The memories of these creatures - their vitality and their faces - flicker by in my mind's eye as I write this - accompanied still by that same sense of loss and love, bringing me inevitably close to tears as it always does. The last time I experienced this painful remembering was 7 years ago when I helped take a friend's very sick cat to the vet for euthanasia. I knew what my friend was about to go through, and it seemed the best way I could help. The cat's name was Tammin, and he had reached the end of a pretty long innings. Though Tammin was not my pet, I saw him as a lovely old man with a beautiful nature and I always enjoyed his company, and he would graciously sometimes sit on my knee to let me know that he thought I was OK too (or so I imagined), but more probably (if I am to be honest about it) in hope that I might feed him something tasty.

So what did I learn about this that I think I can usefully share? That unless there is something very "wrong" with us (e.g., a sociopath or a psychopath), we all seem to be made in such a way (i.e., it is a characteristic of and in our nature to be so) that we have the inherent capacity for unconditional, one-way love. There may be other forms of "love" that we talk about, but I would argue that they are not "real" love, but rather a metaphor for something else that we cannot adequately describe.
I am thus referring to the unconditional variety only, and this will be unconsciously and actively directed outwards at/towards those we are closest to/with, regardless of whether we want it to be, and that love for another will tend to become an inseparable part of us. The beloved becomes a part of us. This can sometimes be experienced episodically and unbidden in brief moments - "flashes" of love - and often coming unbidden when sitting quietly or peacefully in silent communion with oneself or the beloved. The beloved other may be unaware of this or may even be absent.
One can become progressively aware of this in oneself, and the gut-wrenching sense of loss on the departure and especially death of the beloved is what each of us - including I and you - are likely to experience when "our" Saffron dies. But not so fast! Though Saffron has died, that part of you that is Saffron has not died - the love (and Saffron or a proxy) is effectively still alive in you, and there's little you can do to change that, because it is a characteristic of our natures (QED).

There's a lot more I would like to say about this, but I'll stop here with a suggestion that you keep your senses alert for signs of Saffron.
I had always thought that my artsy and theatrically-inclined older sisters had been engaging in theatrical/superstitious imaginings when they spoke of sometimes seeing the ghosts of some of our deceased pets. Being skeptical, I dismissed the idea. But then, years later, my wife and I had a much-loved pet dog that died. The dog used to go to sleep on the floor on my wife's side of the bed each night, nearly always lying down with a characteristic long drawn-out sigh/grunt as she relaxed. It was a kinda comforting sound. Two weeks after the dog had died, after my wife and I had lain down in bed and were preparing to go to sleep one night, I heard the dog giving her grunt from off my wife's side of the bed. Then I realised that the dog couldn't have, as she was dead, so I asked my wife "Did you just hear a noise?" and she said "Yes, I heard the dog grunting like she always does when she lies down. Did you hear it too? I thought I been imagining it!"

Then several years ago, as I was sat down on a chair in the kitchen-cum-family room, tying up my shoelaces, I was startled to hear the loud and unmistakable chirping of our yellow budgie Daffodil, coming from where she liked to perch, on the handle of a copper kettle on top of a cupboard. We always let her and Streak - her green budgie companion - fly around the room when the ranchsliders (doors) and windows were closed. In some annoyance I thought to myself "Who the ruddy heck let those birds out without telling me? They might have escaped if we'd left a door or window open." and straightened up to look towards the copper kettle, expecting to see Daffodil perched on its handle, when I simultaneously recalled that the budgies had both been dead for about two years. I looked around and there was no bird in the room, and the windows and doors were all closed. The house had sound and thermal insulation, so outside sounds rarely intruded.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 11:48:09 PM
@40hz: Your comment about "Remember the "God Particle"...":
I didn't see what all the fuss was about. Creationists would probably assert that we are all made up of "God particles" anyway. This was my view, FWIW:
Yes, I found this about the theoretical Higgs boson in Wikipedia:

Interestingly, there are apparently two groups of scientists:
(a) Higgs: those scientists who are believers in the SM (Standard Model) predictions and who apparently:
... expect the LHC experiment to be able to provide definitive experimental evidence of the existence of the Higgs boson.


(b) Higgsless: those scientists who are non-believers in the SM - and who thus hold instead that the HM (Hiiggsless Model) is the Truth and who apparently:
expect the LHC experiment to be able to provide experimental evidence of the non-existence of the Higgs boson.

Scientists! They're a funny lot aren't they?     huh

I don't know how many of either group might be climate scientists.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 11:22:12 PM
@40hz: I was indeed referring solely to the composite of the the two statements by Mangen inside the quotes, which happened to have the (probably reporter's) bit stuck inbetween them, as you say, and which latter I did not want to leave out as the remainder might have looked odd cut out like that - losing its context somewhat.

However, I don't know about that middle bit's sentence:
The study might still provide fodder for those who insist that reading a novel on a screen just isn’t the same.
It seems rather vapid. I mean, it clearly isn't the same - if only by definition - but so what? And why would anyone want to "insist" they weren't the same - the implication being that no right-thinking person would say they weren't, perhaps? Maybe journalistic bias creeping in around the edges there - if journalist he is.

I'd be interested to know what that "emotional response" test was all about.
141  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: September 01, 2014, 10:04:01 PM
I'm just supposing and thinking about this here:
The utility I need may seem silly, but sometimes I have a file up - say, a Word doc - & I know it's been saved, because is has a title other than Document (#). But I'm not sure where I saved it! I want to be sure I can find it again before I feel I can close it. So I'd like a utility I could run that would tell me the complete path for that file. Please don't laugh - I know it's simplistic...
I initially ignored this part of the OP as I felt that it was simplistic/infeasible, but after following this thread I belatedly realised that it seems to be based on a requirement that I have often had under conditions and in a process where:
(a) it relates to a file that has already been saved at least once (but at an indeterminate date/time) by an (MS Office?) application;
(b) it relates to a  file that is currently open in said application and which might be about to be closed unchanged, or saved with some new changes;
(c) the user requires feedback/confirmation as to where (path) the file that is about to be closed will be saved;

If the file has not been opened for some time, then it might not be in the MRU list until after it has been closed/saved. (Is that true?) That might be too late for the user's purposes.
Why would a user want to know the path at that point in time?

One real-life example I could give as an answer here would be that I didn't want MS Office or other application to do it's usual thing and just close/save the document without telling me in some memorable way where it has put it, because, as we all know, MS Office and other applications often leave you with the subsequent need to know where the blasted document has been put so you can satisfy yourself that it is where you want it to be put.
Left to its own, the application will generally save the document in a default location (e.g., a special folder such as My Documents, or wherever it opened the file from).
What could be really useful to many users would be:
(i) to press a hotkey and be told immediately where (destination path) that file will be closed/saved to by default when you close/save it;
(ii) to then be given an opportunity to change that destination path, or add a new file Tag or something (i.e., take some action or other);
(iii) to then close/save and move the file to a specific, required path (default or otherwise) accordingly.

This could imply some kind of memory-resident application that monitors application windows for certain types of file-closing activity and which communicates with the user (as above) appropriately, immediately and intuitively, prior to closing a file. It would probably be helpful if it maintained a pop-up history (log) of file paths that it had reported on.

To avoid developing a specialised app, there are some general purpose applications (I think "Beaumont" might have been one that I came across) which monitor certain folders and move files of specified types out of those folders and into a different one, when they detect a new file being closed in a watched folder. You could also consider using something such as (say) FreeFileSynce (RealTime sync module). The MS Labs Colletta project could be worth looking at for this also.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting study comparing reading on paper vs tablets on: September 01, 2014, 07:22:18 PM
Yes, interesting.
I found this particularly interesting:
“It’s all one complex web that we need to start disentangling,” she said. The study might still provide fodder for those who insist that reading a novel on a screen just isn’t the same. “It’s a confirmation that these ergonomic dimensions, the tactile feedback of holding paper, might actually matter,” she said.
A rather revealing and cringeworthy statement, I thought, reflecting as it does the speaker's apparent lack of knowledge of the relatively large body of research on the subject of ergonomics and visual perception and their effect on the reader's reading comprehension of written material in differently-presented mediums. Never mind, she apparently got a trip from Stavanger to Turin on the strength of it, to present that paper, which was nice.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 05:56:17 PM
I just read the manual: Turn automatic updating on or off - Windows Help
So much for auto-updates.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 04:52:24 PM
Yes, thanks @cyberdiva, I think I should heed that advice too! I shall have to switch off auto-update first though. Bother. I thought that was such a good idea too - manually invoking an update seems so passé in this day and age. How was one to know know that MS would feed bad output into the auto-update? Maybe I've led a charmed life, but I don't recall them ever doing that before and advising you how to manually uninstall the update, and then sending out another buggy update to fix the former (as seems likely).
Maybe they lost the page in the ITIL Change Management manual where it talks about staged testing and then release...putting ßs out into live production is so 1980s.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Microsoft Update MS14-045 (KB 2993651) problems - Win8.1 on: September 01, 2014, 09:40:16 AM
Re the new/replacement update KB2993651:
I suppose that, as a "security update for kernel-mode drivers", it's a fairly important update undecided
I havent installed it yet...
(thankfully I didnt have the other older updates installed either.)
Well, they are apparently ALL "important" (i.e., not "optional") - yet some/all are apparently buggy. I've never experienced anything quite like this before. It's sub-standard IMHO.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 31, 2014, 09:46:59 PM
I thought this discussion thread was the best place to post this:
Hillary Clinton: 'Our technology companies are not part of our government' | The Industry Standard - InfoWorld

She'll get my vote any day with humorous quips like that.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: collaborative software, note strong, for small biz on: August 31, 2014, 09:20:32 PM
If you are considering Google Docs, then you could consider EtherPad (Etherpad - Wikipedia) and its other derivatives:

http://typewith.me/  - seems to be defunct now.
148  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Finding the path of a file on your computer on: August 31, 2014, 08:58:14 PM
Yes, what @Tomos says re FarrMostRecentlyUsed. It seems to work OK - at least for Recently Used documents - after installing it. However, I'm not sure it's being updated any more (current version seesm to be v1.0.1 as at 2009-05-14)  and the website http://farrmru.objecttechnology.com/  seems to be blank(?).

As for getting a full path name in Windows Explorer in Win7, just go to Windows Explorer Folder Options (settings) and select the View tab and tick "Display the full path in the title bar". I am using xplorer² with Win8.1-64 now, but from memory I think Win7 Windows Explorer shows the full path in the address bar, though I don't recall whether you have to select (tick) that in the Options somewhere. There are quite a lot of options to choose from
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: August 31, 2014, 11:45:34 AM
My favourite BBC gaffe is them reporting WTC 7 collapsing well before it did with WTC 7 still standing in the background.
Yes, I never did understand how they did that. However, by definition, a gaffe is "an embarrassing blunder", so is is it correct to call accurately predicting a nearby future event a gaffe?   tellme
I would have thought that knowing the news before it happens would be a highly regarded/desirable skill in media circles.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Creative Labs - after the dust had settled on: August 31, 2014, 11:30:08 AM
I was searching for some soundcard-related material in my Scrapbook library today, and came across the original post on the CL forum that apparently started this fiasco on 2008-03-28:


I never did follow-up this fiasco at the time, so, out of interest, I did a quick search today and established that:
  • The discussion thread of 242 pages appears to have been expunged from the forum at http://forums.creative.com/
  • The discussion looks as though it is intact on Wayback (at the moment, but presumably that could always be "fixed" by history rewriters) - starting here.
  • There is nary a mention of the episode on Creative Technology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (must have been "fixed"/edited out?).
  • Wayback has a copy of the mirror website that had been set up and a ZIP file(s) of the mirror, intact via: http://web.archive.org/we...ttp://creative.edited.us/ (the mirror itself appears to be defunct.
  • The LinkedIn summary for Phil O'Shaughnessy (the author of the post) indicates that he was at CL from 1999 through to 2013, starting as a PR Manager and rising to Vice President, Corporate Communications. He is currently Director Global Corporate Communications at IGT.

I'm unsure of whether this unfortunate fiasco adversely affected CL's business/profitability, as some reports seem to indicate that it had already been experiencing financial problems at the time.
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