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126  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review on: August 06, 2014, 05:09:31 PM
2014-08-07: Minor update edits/corrections to the review.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? on: August 06, 2014, 05:05:55 PM
There's been some discussion in DC Forum related to File Tagging, but it's been ad hoc and is a bit scattered about.
For example, some that I know of:
Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful
On the lack of standardisation in "tagging" .
DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review
Help please! - Unable to install MS SQL Express 2012 on laptop.

Hope this helps or is of use.
Note 2014-08-07 1029hrs: Link to SQL Express Problems added to this post, as it relates to a rather interesting Tagging/Categorisation tool called Tabbles.
128  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 on: August 06, 2014, 04:52:22 PM
...-- it's a miracle anyone can find anything on this site!  Thmbsup
The built-in FARR DC forum search tool:
dc <search string> is quite handy for that.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 06, 2014, 03:40:28 AM
...It's a powerful image, the tall grey man...
Yes, perhaps it could be a powerful image - if you allowed it that - but it is still just a simple metaphor (a figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to something to which it is not literally applicable - a thing regarded as symbolic of something else), and thus it would seem irrational to enlarge the import of an imagined and intangible thing so far as to use it as a putative explanation for something somehow shaping mankind's perceptions throughout the course of our modern history.
I mean, next minute, one might start to imagine it as an invisible god of despair working to depress our lives and having a causal effect, somehow - and that could probably be taking things a tad too far.

It is an interesting post - the link in the opening post Everyone I know is brokenhearted. | Zenarchery - but I would suggest it be read with a skeptical mindset. For example, it seems to be quite good rhetoric - but rhetoric only - and could thus presumably be designed to increase traffic to the author's commercial site and increase sales of his book. Nothing wrong in that. A stream of high-sounding BS coming from someone immersed in the BS world of merchantilism.

It seems to be essentially one man's perception and rant, protesting about the far-from-ideal world in which he finds himself, and about his perception and personal general theory/thoughts as to how it might have got to be the way it is. We could all probably resonate with at least something of what he says, but that doesn't necessarily make any of it true, and thus it would not be correct to say that he speaks "truth". Truth needs substantiation and proof, and the only real truth we have as to how things got to where they are today comes from discovery in science, archaeology and recorded history - and even they cannot always be accepted uncritically, due to the many and several attempts to deliberately reconstruct them to align with some prevailing religio-political ideology or other, over time. We can see examples of this reconstruction in modern and ancient history - which would seem to suggest a dose of healthy skepticism as a prerequisite when, (say) listening to/viewing the Radio/TV news broadcasts, documentaries, and the History Channel.

From his published CV and his other blog posts, it seems apparent that this author of a rant about the BS world he finds himself in is a product of that BS world and he works assiduously in it, producing more BS - and with his personal brand on it all to boot. It could thus seem to be a cynically hypocritical rant. That doesn't mean to say that he might not actually believe in what he is saying, but if he did, then it could arguably be ahamkara.

That's why I picked on what looked like a complete irrelevancy (Kim Kardashian) rather than the actual post, and then posted about it with that banal comment about watching TV movies. It was a bit of a joke, you see.    Grin
The thing is, I would rather spend my cognitive surplus watching a well-structured work of fiction (a movie) intended as entertainment, than (say) discussing the merits of someone's emotionally-charged blog post of their perceptions and half-baked theories of reality, presumably designed to create traffic to a commercial website. It's his shop window, and I wasn't interested, thanks.
However, it was not a complete waste. I shall put it to good use as an example of good rhetoric, for my daughter to analyse for English studies.

Having said that, let's turn anyway to some of the content of that rant. There are a couple of aspects about the rant that I regard as seriously muddled thinking and carrying an implicit and imputed assignment of blame to an external person or group - the preceding generations who stuffed things up.
From what he says, the author seems to have an external locus of control, which is generally considered to be an unhealthy psychological state as it can erode the individual's ability to accept responsibility for and take control of their own lives.
It's "them" as did all the bad things, you see. He didn't want any of this - he even apparently claims he did his bit and engaged in religio-political ideological protest, or something, about some of it, at least until it became unpopular to do so, it seems.
And then one morning he wakes up and sees the propaganda images on his Twitter feed are of children's dismembered bodies, or something and - they're killing children in Gaza, and before he's even had his breakfast too. This is simply too much to bear and he can only sit down sobbing and uttering epithets. Way to go.
But maybe he had overlooked or simply didn't know the history - including, for example:
  • 1. War: That there has been a continuing war on in that part of the Middle East for some years now, and this is just more of the continuation.

  • 2. Scale of War: That the war started after the Jews bought the land, occupied it, and then in 1948/50 the UN declared it as the sovereign state of Israel or something. Ever since then, Israel has been battling to keep itself intact, surrounded by remorseless enemies on all sides.

  • 3. Religious imperative: Though Israel is peaceful, it has enemies committed to destroying it. They mainly belong to an Islamist sect that has a fascinating bible (Koran - containing the actual, absolute and infallible word of Allah) describing the Jews as descendants of apes and pigs - refer Koran, sura (chapter) 5, verse 60 - and whom the members of the sect are ordered that it is their duty to exterminate.
    Why? A good question.
    Answer: It was the Jewish Pharisees who engineered Jesus Christ's crucifixion at the hands of the Romans - via Pontius Pilot (the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36, who served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known for presiding over the trial of Jesus and ordering his crucifixion).

  • 4. Crucifixion: That, when the last true prophet of Allah - Mohammed (pbuh) - came along about 600 years later and looked at the situation, he evidently saw Jesus as a holy man and a true prophet of Allah, and that the Pharisees had thus committed an unforgivable and unspeakable act of blasphemy against Allah.
    If you take the time to study the progressively horrific mistreatment and torture meted out to Jesus (which was well-recorded by witnesses and historians), from the point when he was captured in the Gardens of Gethsemene, including the scourging he was subjected to before and after his trial by Pilot, during the 9/7 stages of the cross, his crucifixion, and his eventual expiration on the cross, you would need to have a heart of stone not to pity him and could perhaps be forgiven if you felt like raging at the hateful and evil people who apparently so very badly wanted this devout proponent of peace and love  to go through that ordeal.

  • 5. Article 15: That, to ensure they retain their jihadist focus, the Palestinian National Charter (1968) has, amongst its 33 Articles, one article - number 15 - which states:
    The liberation of Palestine, from an Arab viewpoint, is a national (qawmi) duty and it attempts to repel the Zionist and imperialist aggression against the Arab homeland, and aims at the elimination of Zionism in Palestine. Absolute responsibility for this falls upon the Arab nation- peoples and governments-with the Arab people of Palestine in the vanguard. Accordingly, the Arab nation must mobilize all its military, human, moral, and spiritual capabilities to participate actively with the Palestinian people in the liberation of Palestine. It must, particularly, in the phase of the armed Palestinian revolution, offer and furnish the Palestinian people with all possible help, and material and human support, and make available to them the means and opportunities that will enable them to continue to carry out their leading role in the armed revolution, until they liberate their homeland.

  • 6. Dar al-Harb: Islam draws a clear distinction between the world of Islam (Dar al-Islam) and the world of heresy (Dar al-Harb, which is "the rest of the world") - they are antithetical.
    So point 3 and this point 6 are a likely explanation of why in 1941, a prominent Arab representative, the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem - Haj Amin el-Husseini - met with Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Nazis’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world. Haj Amin sent Hitler 15 drafts of declarations he wanted Germany and Italy to make concerning the Middle East.
    One draft called on the two countries to declare the illegality of the Jewish home in Palestine. Furthermore:
    “...they accord to Palestine and to other Arab countries the right to solve the problem of the Jewish elements in Palestine and other Arab countries, in accordance with the interest of the Arabs and, by the same method, that the question is now being settled in the Axis countries.”
    A Mufti is an expert in the Islamic Shari'ah (law) who gives legal judgments called fatwas.
    Haj Amin el-Husseini was/is regarded as having being one of the greatest of modern Islamic leaders.

  • 7. Dissembling: That the Koran forbids dishonesty, but where it is in the pursuit of jihad (holy war) and/or the conversion of Dar Al-Harb to Dar Al-Islam, then dissembling and subterfuge are allowed. This is what is sometimes referred to as "stealth jihad", and it is regarded as being perfectly legitimate, and is also presumably the foundation of the 1991 documented Muslim Brotherhood strategic plan to Islamicise North America:
    Government exhibit 003-0085 - copy incl. translation here.
    U.S. v. HLF, et al.
    Covering memo and notes written in Arabic script ref. ISE-SW 1B10/0000413 to 427.
    Main document ref. Bate #ISE-SW/1B10/0000427.

    That part of the legitimate subterfuge by Hamas apparently includes, for example:
    • Launching rocket attacks from within densely populated civilian areas (human shield).
    • Elaborately staged still photo and video shots being submitted to news media (subsequently and rather belatedly revealed by the news media).
    • Hamas representatives posing as hospital "spokesmen" and briefing news reporters on casualties.
    • Hamas representatives using hospitals as a base, even giving news reporters political briefings inside the hospital.
    • Hamas storing weapons/explosives inside UNRWA schools and other civilian areas.
    • Hamas using schools, children and civilians as a protective shield.
    • Hamas using media reporters effectively as a hostage shield, by arbitrarily closing the border exits, thus preventing them from leaving the scene of action and placing them in what they know will be the Israeli's line of retaliatory fire.
    • When Hamas rockets misfire and fall short of target, landing in Palestinian territory, causing Palestinian deaths, Hamas falsely claims it as Israeli rocket fire.
    • Etc.

So, though the foregoing is hardly comprehensive, it does provide some idea of the historical aspects of the continuing conflict, and why it won't go away and why a peaceful solution still seems a remote possibility - an apparently deliberate, insoluble man-made religio-political ideological problem. I don't expect that anyone really understands all sides of this conflict.
Essentially, it rather seems as though Hamas must not make peace, and Israel cannot afford not to defend itself or respond with real force when Hamas deliberately keeps targeting and lobbing rockets into Israeli civilian areas, with the express intention of killing, maiming and terrorising innocent civilians.

As a background to this, there are some rather pertinent statements made by some arguably great men:
  • On The religio-political ideology: The Victorian Prime Minister William Gladstone once brandished the Koran in the House of Commons, announcing with great authority and prescience “so long as there is this book, there will be no peace in the world”. On another occasion, Mr Gladstone referred to the Koran as “this accursed book”.

  • On the right to defend oneself: Per Huffington Post:
    At the same time, Obama said the U.S. has been "very clear that Israel has the right to defend itself" against an onslaught of rockets being launched indiscriminately by Hamas militants into Israel.
    He later added:
    "More broadly, the situation in Gaza reminds us, again, that the status quo is unsustainable," Obama said. "The only path to true security is a just and lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians."

  • On forgiveness:
    "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do."
    Spoken by Jesus Christ, on the cross. It was the first of seven short sentences that are recorded as His last words. He spoke for forgiveness as He was looking down at the Roman soldiers throwing dice for His seamless garment, passing time as they waited for Him to die.

Quite frankly, from observed results/actions, it sometimes seems to me that no-one really gives a damn about the Palestinian children's or other civilians' deaths from this conflict, least of all Hamas and except insofar as it could be useful political ammunition against the Israelis - i.e., they are useful "collateral damage".
Some people (not me you understand) might say that there has to be something very sad about a people whose religio-political ideology allows them to wage a war in such a way as to apparently deliberately put their children and innocent civilians at real risk of death from military action, by using them as pawns in such an abhorrent manner, but I couldn't possibly comment.
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Reduce Firefox "fingerprint" + improve privacy on: August 04, 2014, 11:10:21 PM
Very useful post: Hide plugins, visited links and WebRTC from websites in Firefox | Firefox Extension Guru's Blog
Leads to these two pages in particular:
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 06:08:47 PM
...She is one of those people who is described as being famous for being famous ... Because they have exactly zero actual accomplishments. Kind of like Paris Hilton...
Ah! Thanks. That also answers another Q I had - I never could figure out what P Hilton had done to warrant media attention.
It also reminded me of the joke about Hamish the house-builder, so I just posted it in the humour section.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hamish the house-builder. on: August 04, 2014, 06:06:31 PM
Hamish the house-builder.

This little gem came with the comment that some people might say that it should actually be about someone named "Murray", and that the scene should be set in New Zealand.  You can make your own observations about that, but I couldn't possibly comment, of course.

A couple on holiday in Scotland go to a local pub in a small village, and order some drinks.  As they sit there, they notice that a big man sitting near to their table is staring moodily into his drink and muttering to himself.  Eventually, he notices them, and turns to them. He points to a window and growls out, "D'ye no see that house doon the road there?"

The couple nod, they can see a house in the direction he's pointing.

"Aye.  Wheel, I built it meself!  Every board and nail.  Now d'ye think folk aroond here should call me Hamish the House-builder for that?"

They shrug and say, "Why, for building just one house?"

"Mebbe not for that then? Fair enough.  But suppose I tell ye I built half the houses aroond here, single-handedly!  Shouldn't they be a callin' me Hamish the House-builder for that?  Shouldn't they?"

They couple agree "Yeah, guess they should.  That would seem pretty likely, for building all those houses single-handedly.  That's pretty impressive!"

The man glares angrily into his beer and grumbles "Aye, that they should. But ye go an' f### just ONE sheep..."
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Everyone is brokenhearted. on: August 04, 2014, 10:33:12 AM
Interesting post.
I'm a bit vague about who Kim Kardashian is. I mean, I've heard/seen the name, but have no real idea who/what she is known for - though I suppose I learned a little by reading this discussion thread just now. Nor would I care to know more, as she is apparently part of the sort of moronic TV pseudo-culture that I avoid spending my cognitive surplus on. It's by choice.
I just don't really "watch" TV. Oh, I sat up last night cuddling my daughter and watching the latest "Total Recall" movie with her. I hadn't realised they had made a newer version after Arnold S' one (which I thought was pretty good). I was able to describe some of the main differences to "We can remember it for you wholesale" by P.K.Dick, to my daughter, and we decided we would rent out the Arnie version video for comparison, as she is studying SF at the moment and was interested in the story.
I would not have watched it if my wife had not told me that there was a children's movie just about to begin that she thought I might like. She's usually right.
Whilst the adverts were on, my daughter was fiercely scrolling through the channels, so we were watching bits of hockey (at the Commonwealth Games), some NZ rugby match, and a nondescript movie that she rather liked (I mentally tuned out on the latter, going into my own thoughts where I was preoccupied trying to figure out a perplexing problem using Excel pivot tables, so don't recall the name of the movie or anything about it).
After she went to bed, I stayed up stuck in front of the TV watching a new (2nd?) sequel to Underworld that I hadn't known they'd made. I always rather liked Underworld 1 and 2, but this sequel was a bit of a disappointment. I guess they have almost exhausted its possibilities. Like all those Planet of The Apes sequels and TV serials.
After that there was a painfully slow sort of drama-horror movie called "The River" which was riveting enough to send me to sleep, so I missed the ending. When I looked it up on IMDB just now, I couldn't find anything about it, so maybe I got the name wrong. Anyway, it was about a mother and son and a TV crew going up an Amazon river in search of the husband/father, who had been a famous explorer and had disappeared seven years previously looking for "magic".
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 04, 2014, 02:16:32 AM

But if there's no central server, how does the client know where to find other peers?
It's P2P, so it's using peers to communicate that information.
I mean, how do the peers know how to find each other? How does my computer know to connect to someone on the other side of the world unless we both connect to a central server that tells us the other person is running the client?
You would have to communicate your IP addresses to each other first. That's how SpeakFreely works, anyway.
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Bleep… Bittorrent unveils serverless & encrypted chat client on: August 04, 2014, 12:29:06 AM
I thought the Bleep invite was was interesting.
Reminded me of the original "Speak Freely", which had 2 versions - with or without encryption - it's here (plus the source) - click to access SpeakFreely v7.6a.zip
136  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Classic Shell (shell alternative for Windows 7/8) - Mini-Review on: August 03, 2014, 10:18:32 PM
Here's an objective comparison of the Start Menus: http://www.classicshell.n...orum/viewtopic.php?t=2399
Thanks for that! Just what was needed - compares it to the standard system also. I have added the link to the comparison review to s7.0 of the opening post.
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 03, 2014, 07:23:58 PM
@Renegade: re ^^ National Portrait/Landscape galleries...Har-de-har-har.
138  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Classic Shell (shell alternative for Windows 7/8) - Mini-Review on: August 03, 2014, 07:08:42 PM
Originally posted:2014-08-04
Last updated2014-08-04

Basic Info
App/Service Name[attach] Classic Shell
Thumbs-Up Rating Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup Thmbsup (still testing)
App URLhttp://www.classicshell.net/
App Version Reviewedv4.1.0
Test System SpecsMS Win8.1-64 PRO
Supported OSesWindows 7 and 8
Support MethodsRead the F.A.Q.
Ask a question in the forum
Report a bug or submit a feature request
Learn how to make your own skin
Learn how to make your own start button
Upgrade PolicyFree upgrades.
Trial Version Available?N/A (free)
Pricing SchemeFREE

1.0 Introduction:
1.1 Shell includes the options to install three components:
  • An older/more useful Start Menu GUI.
  • An older/more useful Windows Explorer GUI.
  • An older/more useful IE GUI.
- or some combination of these.

1.2 Historical note: There are several references in DCF discussions to "Classic Shell". One of the earliest is this one in 2011, which seems to be referring to an early form of CS, in the thread: Re: Start Menu X now in beta
I was looking around for a better start menu for Windows 7 a while ago and landed on the FREE and open source Classic Shell. For those interested you can also read the Author's explanation of code.

1.3 This Mini-Review follows on from discussion thread: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster
- where I posted:
Many thanks to the people in this discussion thread who referred to Classic Shell. As a result of their comments, a couple of days ago I went ahead and installed it for a trial.
Most of the things that I dislike (and that's putting it mildly) about Win8 are related to poor ergonomics and the superfluous Metro eye-candy and and its kludgy functionality in the UI. Those aspects of the OS are backward steps - but the OS otherwise seems very good.
However, pretty much all that I disliked is swept away by Classic Shell. It seems to be very stable too - which is a mandatory requirement for an OS interface (in my book, at any rate).
Perhaps the biggest bonus of Classic Shell for me is in the restoration of the very good Win7-type Start Menu and the instant search of my indexed documents and OneNote files when anything is typed into the Search box. This had completely disappeared in Win8 and was driving me batty - and lots of other OneNote users as well, judging from the comments in many of the OneNote discussion forums.
Classic Shell - definitely a keeper.

Since writing that, I have uninstalled CS, in case it was causing a problem I was experiencing in Windows Search (or in case it was getting in the way of my resolving it). It wasn't, and I have reinstalled CS (though the problem is still unresolved).

So far, though I have installed all three components (Start Menu GUI, Windows Explorer GUI, IE GUI), I have mostly concerned myself with the Start Menu GUI.
I am very pleased with the trial of CS, though am still "testing" it.

2.0 Overview:
From: http://www.classicshell.net/  <== Do have a read of this and follow its links for more info.
Classic Shell™ is free software that improves your productivity, enhances the usability of Windows and empowers you to use the computer the way you like it. The main features are:

  • Highly customizable start menu with multiple styles and skins
  • Quick access to recent, frequently-used, or pinned programs
  • Find programs, settings, files and documents
  • Start button for Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1
  • Toolbar and status bar for Windows Explorer
  • Caption and status bar for Internet Explorer
Classic Shell has been in active development for 4 years and has over 15 million downloads.

2.1 Start Menu: From: http://www.classicshell.net/features/#start_menu  <== Do have a read of this and follow its links for more info.


The start menu has a variety of advanced features:
  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Supports jumplists for easy access to recent documents and common tasks
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable Start button
  • Can show, search and launch Windows Store apps (Windows 8 and up)
  • And last but not least – it's FREE!

Pick from multiple built-in skins, download more from the Internet, or make your own! Check out the  Skinning Tutorial.

2.2 Windows Explorer: From: http://www.classicshell.net/  <== Do have a read of this and follow its links for more info.


3.0 Who this software is designed for:
Any PC user of Windows 7 or 8 who wants to restore the arguably better ergonomics and intuitive perceptual GUI of the more classic shell. This includes the options to restore:
  • An older/more useful Start Menu GUI.
  • An older/more useful Windows Explorer GUI.
  • An older/more useful IE GUI.
- or some combination of these.

4.0 The Good:
An excellent and stable alternative GUI, with very good ergonomics.
Does what it says it does.

5.0 Needs Improvement:
Have found nothing so far.

6.0 Why I think you should use this product/service:
You could be surprised. The proverbial answer to a maiden's prayer.
You, like me, might think to yourself "Why the heck didn't I find this sooner? It's just what I always needed!"

7.0 How it compares to similar products:
Whilst there are apparently some similar/alternative tools - e.g., see http://alternativeto.net/software/classicshell/
- I have not tried them out not made any special notes about them. Judging from the specs that I have read, they seem to be either not as comprehensive, or not FREE - e.g., I thought StartIsBack looked worth investigating, but it is not FREE.
If anyone could comment on any alternatives in this discussion thread, that could be useful.
Here's an objective comparison of the Start Menus: http://www.classicshell.n...orum/viewtopic.php?t=2399

8.0 Conclusions:
An impressively solid and useful set of GUI Shell tools which seem to be undergoing continuous improvement, with an open and very active user forum.
139  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 02, 2014, 06:30:31 AM
Apparently inspired by my post about the Sledgehammer-bullet smiley above, one of the denizens of DCF got busy with Inkscape and "did a little creativating". The result is really rather good!
No attempt was made to correct for parallax or any of that, it was just a straight draw-over.

I checked the video, and I had recalled it quite wrongly - the smiley depicts not Sledgehammer's policy but the symbol of a clandestine terrorist group known as AVON (the Allied Violent Offence Network). It appears at 8:41mins into the first episode of the Sledgehammer series - "Under The Gun" (pilot). (AVON had just kidnapped the mayor's daughter and were holding her for ransom.)

140  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Create a modern version of Lotus Agenda on: August 02, 2014, 03:45:02 AM
@tomos: Thanks for posting that about PPLandry and his interest in Lotus Agenda - and that it may relative to IQ.
I shall follow the link you give: http://www.sqlnotes.net/d...al5/index.php?q=node/2921

By the way, regarding:
I'm trying.
- I kept monitoring progress on that front:
The site will soon host a blog to record progress and observations, and will serve as the gateway to a private project site for contributors (including test users) to the effort.
If you’d like to follow the progress of this project, you are invited to subscribe to the blog and comment on our observations.
- but there was no apparent development after that. Then the guy posted that there had been a serious illness in the family, or something, and that he was going to have to put everything on hold and deal with that.
Nothing further happened after that (I had subscribed to the blog in my feed-reader), and the link to site, and all its links, appear to be dead.

My own feeling is that, with the best will in the world, understanding some of this arguably brilliant software  - such as (say) Lotus Agenda or GrandView - so that you can see how it ticks and then try to replicate that functionality, is likely to end up in the "too hard" basket, and people might just opt or prefer to take an easier path and invent a new mousetrap, rather than seek to build on one that is already pretty good.

I mentioned in the post DiviFile from Qnomad - Mini-review how DiviFile had Faceted Classification, which is what Lotus Agenda had, but with some rather clever (and useful) twists.
The DiviFile developer emailed me later to say that he was busy focussed on some other project, so I got the impression that DiviFile will probably be unlikely to undergo much change in the short term. I'd be interested to know what he's working on now.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: July 31, 2014, 11:12:18 PM
@Curt: Ah, many thanks for posting that. You saved me the trouble - I hadn't been sure where to post it (had forgotten this discussion thread) when I saw it yesterday in my feed-reader, referenced in this post in The Windows Club: Greasemonkey scripts for Firefox: What it does and how to use it

How did you find out about that mirror? It seems to have been a little-known item, which always makes me curious.

I had been presuming that somebody was deliberately killing off usercripts.org as it has become well nigh impossible to connect to them, and so I had been resorting to using the Wayback machine (where many/all the scripts seem to be have been stored) - but it seems that, to make use of Wayback as a script archive, you probably first need to know the ID of the script you want!    Sad

142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 31, 2014, 10:22:22 PM
Been watching some of the (old) Sledgehammer videos. This image was clipped from an early one in the first series. It depicts Sledgehammer's crime control policy. Sorry for the quality, but this was the best image I could find. It was the clearest frame as I stepped through frame sequence, and the smiley was only briefly visible in full, projected onto a projection screen in the background in an otherwise moving camera shot with a lot going on in the foreground - which was obscuring a clear view of the background.
I thought it was rather funny, but then I find most of the Sledgehammer videos hilarious anyway.


Come to think of it, from what I have read, this policy could seem to have been adopted in many police precincts in US cities...     ohmy
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 31, 2014, 10:03:54 PM
^^ Those are rather good, but blimey, it would seem kind to take that poor dog to the vet's to get him fixed.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 30, 2014, 07:01:13 AM
^^ Hahaha. A great poker-playing joke. Already in my database. An oldie but a goodie.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 30, 2014, 04:14:19 AM
In the corporate world, persuasion is...


...to assist your self-development towards bliss...

146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: July 30, 2014, 03:52:25 AM
I enjoy most jokes about religion that do not make a person or a class of person an undeserving butt of their humour, and making jokes about religion can be a valid form of criticism of a religion or its religio-political ideology anyway. For example,  in art, and though I dislike them both, that could include the awful but thought-provoking (I think) "Madonna in a condom" and the disgusting "Piss Christ", both of which could also be taken as a sobering comment on the artists who created them, and on the cultures from whence they came and which might encourage such works. ("By their fruits ye shall know them".)
Generally speaking, if people of religious belief cannot take such criticism - implicit or explicit - then tough luck - at least whilst we still have some freedom of speech. (Though I am not a religious person, I personally stopped going to the New Zealand museum after they displayed the abovementioned "art". This was my personal protest, as I felt that they were just going too far. So I voted with my feet.)

Below are three of my favourites humorous "religious" cartoons - an example of self-deprecating humour (as is a lot of Jewish humour) per example(a) below, and of humorous comparisons of multi-faith ideological contradictions/hypocrisy, per examples (b) + (c) - or simple stupidity per example (d).

Example (a) - Comfortable:
The prosperous Jewish businessman was crossing the road one day, and failed to see an oncoming motor-car, which braked but could not stop in time before it hit him.  As he was lying on the ground, dazed and in pain, somebody yelled "I'll call for an ambulance!", and a worried woman knelt down beside him and gently cradled his head in her arms.

"You poor man," she said consolingly, "are you comfortable?"

"I get by." he managed to croak back to her.

Example (b) - Jesus and Mohammed in a famous English pub(s):

Example (c) - Non-violent jihadist:

Example (d) - apology for slur:
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: All Seeing Eye extension for Chrome - History search optimized on: July 29, 2014, 05:10:09 AM
Unless I missed out on an option, Scrapbook must be run manually no?
Yes, that's correct.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: All Seeing Eye extension for Chrome - History search optimized on: July 28, 2014, 08:35:54 AM
^^ Yes, I was impressed too, but it still doesn't beat Scrapbook (which saves content including images and lots more, and is indexed/searchable in Windows Search), which is one of the main reasons I am sticking with Firefox as my primary browser, with IE, Chromium, Chrome coming after it - in that order.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 28, 2014, 07:55:00 AM
...have a look at the colour scheme at the top... very clever metaphor...
What - you mean the way the colour scheme shifts from one side of the page to the other through the 7 colours of the rainbow against a black background? As in "SPECTRUM" of electromagnetic radiation? How is that clever? Maybe I am missing something. The screws have been coming loose for years...

EDIT: I just listened to Black Sabbath's "Sweet Leaf" (thanks for providing the link), and I think I see what you mean about that, at least. I never really liked their music so never paid it much attention and would just "tune out" on them if I heard it. So I don't recall hearing that one before, but I feel sure I must have at one time or another - probably on replays of the BBC's "The Old Grey Whistle Test".
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MaidSafe - The new decentralized Internet on: July 27, 2014, 07:31:59 PM
@Edvard: Many thanks for posting this. I had not been aware of it before:
I admit, this idea struck me as odd at best and 'pie-in-the-sky' at worst, but the basic gist is to create a network intended to replace the internet that is completely decentralized, paid for by users' spare hard drive space, and is completely encrypted.  This goes beyond darknets and meshnets, and... well... read the FAQs, check out the article, watch the video, decide for yourself.
The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet
“What we’re building is software that connects together all the computers on the network to form — think of it as one giant computer, or effectively one giant cyber brain. So it really connects together all the nodes on the network and allows them to effectively become a very large datacenter, without of course the datacenter,” explains Lambert. “It’s a network infrastructure that will replace datacenters — and hopefully large technology companies.”
That’s right. This startup wants to reconfigure the current Internet hierarchy too — pulling the power and centre of gravity away from the owners of the biggest datacenters and platforms, and putting it back in the hands of individual users.

from CodeProject News

Just for posterity and reference, these are possibly relevant links in DCF:

The post about MaidSafe is very heartening news to me. I can't believe that I hadn't heard of it till now - the MaidSafe blog appears to go back to April 2014 and makes reference to some Google+ discussions about it before then (though I would probably have missed those anyway as I prefer to avoid g+).
The MaidSafe news at least gives another possible reason for DigitalLifeboat's somewhat abrupt cessation in July 2013 (or thereabouts) - another possible reason was BitTorrentSync, refer also:

However, I am skeptical, not so much about MaidSafe per se (which appears to be a slam-dunk that has been operationally tested/proven, in prototype mode, at least), but about the Establishment's potential for aborting/euthanising MaidSafe through "necessary" legislation under (say) the "Prevention of Terrorism Act", or something, simply because it offers some potential threats to the Establishment on several fronts, including:
  • Crypto-currency: The coupling of MaidSafe with crypto-currencies (including mastercoin and bitcoin, and the MaidSafe proprietary Perpetual Coin + safecoin).

  • Disruptive technology - Commercial: The original Web/Internet as probably envisaged by Vint Cerf, would be a very different creature to what we seem to have today, which has become a fiercely capitalist profit/money-making scheme for those corporations that have been on the leading edge of using the Internet as a mass-marketing demographic data collection and vending system. Google's huge market dominance in this area could be a major victim of this disruptive technology, as it could sever the value-chain that provides their lifeblood and which drives their business model. As we are aware, there would seem to be a strong working relationship and interdependency between US Government/NSA/Google.

  • Disruptive technology - State: The US and allied governments have apparently already invested many billions of dollars on developing internet surveillance systems (revelations re NSA/SS, SnowdenGate refer), all in the name of "National Security". MaidSafe could seem to have the potential to defeat a greater part of that.
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