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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: can anyone help me grab these pics on: May 06, 2015, 01:31:25 AM
I looked at the webpage source, found the list in an onLoad() function, at around line 310.
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Yes, the URL for all 13 images are detailed there if you right-click and select "View page source" in Firefox.
I wanted to view them, so tried "View page info.", but could only view one image at a time (the one selected or default on the web page).
So I tried the image-finding tool (a Firefox extension) called FoxySpider - refer Re: Firefox Extensions: FoxySpider - useful image-finding tool
That was actually excellent for viewing not just the 13 images for that property, but also stacks of other images not shown on that particular page.
Caveat: The discussion thread at the link shows that FoxySpider tries to scan for and collect as much as it can, which will tend to make it a resource hog if there are very large-size image files present on the webpage(s) being scanned.
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 02:10:53 PM
Yes, it seems to be quite common to find one's own discussion on a subject coming up in a search on that subject.
Almost real-time computing.

You wrote:
"the results are only drivers when you scrutinize them closer."

Yes, and for Linux and Windows OS. But did you notice the dates on some of the files mentioned? e.g., 1998.
In my comments above, I was trying to avoid saying that I thought modems went out with the Ark. There - now I've said it! In light of which, I would recommend that you reconsider your requirements and so exclude the modem.

One can steel oneself to do these things if one has to. For example, I threw out my approx. 12 y/old  HP DeskJet 1220C A3 printer only a couple of weeks ago, some months after having already replaced it with the Brother MFC-J65IODW A3 lnkjet printer, FAX, scanner.
128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:54:16 PM
I would have thought the answer to that was pretty obvious, actually, you ingrate.
That is, it's probably "No".
But this looked interesting: https://duckduckgo.com/?q...Agere+based+LSI+USB+modem

I do apologise for trying to help you.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:47:13 PM
I am using my own router for incoming faxes.
But for outgoing I would prefer a free software solution.
Doesn't anybody know a free fax software.
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I just did a DuckGo search on "free fax software" and came up with quite a lot of what looked like potentially useful stuff. Try it yourself and you will see! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=free+fax+software
It included @mwb1100's response as well
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:42:06 PM
Thanks for the suggestion.
Won't work for me. I live on several continents. I need software only functionality.
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Ahh, I didn't know that. New information belatedly revealed as to requirements/constraints. (Why do people do that when asking for help?)
I would therefore answer almost exactly as per @mwb1100 above. In fact, I would have answered that straightaway if I had known of your constraints, since that was exactly the approach that I used when I was working across several continents/countries a few years back.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Most advanced tagging functionalities? - Tabbles, R.I.P. on: May 05, 2015, 12:20:08 PM
In trying to review the latest Tabbles updates, I found that it looks like Tabbles is dead, with no explanation as to why:
  • There's an inactive site at: https://github.com/tabbles/
  • There's a 404 at: http://tabbles.net/
  • After doing some searching, I gathered that Tabbles was linked to "Yellow Blue Soft, UAB" - looks like that is/was registered in Lithuania by a 1-man company, a person (developer, I think) called Andrea D'intino (direktorius).
  • Wayback has some backups of http://tabbles.net/, but none of the latest/last website pages, it seems
  • Latest version was v3.1.22, or something, and I can't seem to download it from anywhere.

Must be a lesson in there somewhere...

Pity. I thought that it had potential, though I couldn't install MYSQL and run Tabbles on my laptop, so was obliged to run the Cloud-based version until my laptop died.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 09:15:57 AM
I had much the same problem, and my solution was to purchase a Brother MFC-J65IODW A3 lnkjet printer, FAX, scanner, which came bundled with all the necessary software. The price was NZ$200 net - $350 retail, less $50 store discount and less $100 cashback from Brother (you had to request the cashback online within 2 weeks or so of buying the thing).
I jumped through the hoops for the cashback and found the printer and the bundled software to be very good.
Unfortunately, the printer is not used frequently, and I discovered that, if it is not used frequently, then the inkjet print heads clog up and it's a mission and half to clean them. If you can't clean them yourself, then you will be able to get them cleaned by a specialist, under the extended 3-year warranty, which is another mission.
The printer functionality is kinda redundant in my case, as the functionality is rarely required anyway, and even then it is usually only my teenage daughter who needs it for a school project. Having an A3 scanner can be a very useful input device though..

The printer can be connected as a WiFi device and as a USB device. For Fax, it is plugged in to the phone adapter (ADSL on the other side). Incoming Fax is simple: incoming phone calls are detected and if they have the Fax carrier signal, then the Printer/Fax deals with it, otherwise it is handed over to the voice phone. Outgoing Fax is also simple.

Fax is for the birds. My objective is to go paperless, and so, working with paper is a PITA. If you don't need to print any incoming faxes, then you can manage them as PDF or TIFF image files, which means that clogged-up inkjet print heads might not be a setback.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 08:39:04 AM
Yes, that's all very well, but it's a cruel thing to do to an employee or subordinate. How else is @kalos expected to do whatever ad hoc job has been thrown at him? Because he's out of his depth, he's obliged to beg answers/help in this forum (and maybe others) about how to do basic stuff in MS Project - or at any rate, item 2 of his Q is basic, though I'm not sure that I understand item 1 of his Q.

I've seen this sort of thing so many times that it makes me grind my teeth in frustration. Theory helps one to understand it, but that doesn't make it any better. From what I have seen in this thread and others, I would suggest that @kalos is probably working in an organisation where the business processes are ad hoc. Every time one wants to do something, a new or modified existing business process is  used to do it - it would be chaotic, by definition. The theory describes this as being CMM Level 1 (Ad hoc/chaotic). (CMM here means Capability Maturity Model for business processes.)
So, if one is (say) in the business of making sausages, then the sausages are made in (say) a different way, or by a different person, or to a different recipe, each day.
CMM Level 2 = Repeatable (a lot of our our processes are re-used from day-to-day).
CMM Level 3 = Defined (we know what most of our process are, and they are defined and documented).
CMM Level 4 = Managed (we manage the operation of our main processes and run them according to their defined usage).
CMM Level 5 = Optimised (we constantly strive to improve and optimise the way our defined/managed processes operate).

Organisations have to start somewhere, and that is at CMM L1, then as they grow, they might move up to CMM L2, and even L3. In Westernised economies, rarely will you be lucky enough to see CMM L4, and CMM L5 organisations are even rarer.

I have every sympathy for anyone who is working in a CMM L1 organisation (where most of the business processes are ad hoc and work is chaotic). CMM L2 would be much the same. For employees, neither type of organisation can be a pleasant/happy place to work, and yet no-one there would quite understand why, or why staff turnover was so high. The explanation is given by the theory, that by definition they are chaotic (CMM L1), or barely rational (CMM L2) and such organisations cannot provide pleasant/happy/"safe" working environments.
You can't skip levels. There is only hope above CMM L2.

So I would suggest that the best way forward might be for @kalos to master MS Project to some reasonable level, whereupon he would be able to not only do the job thrown at him, but also, more importantly - as the de facto resident expert - to contribute more to the development of the organisation's processes - at least those relating to project management.
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Project questions on: May 05, 2015, 04:57:39 AM
You apparently seem to know nothing about MS Project but are "forced to use" it and "think it's a badly design program"?
Amazing.    ohmy

I would suggest that you could do worse than study a book on MS Project, and practice using the tool as you study the book.
There's one I'd highly recommend that I think MS produced called MS Project Inside Out.
If you can't get hold of the PDF file for the current version (is yours MS Project 2015?) of this book, I might be able to dig up a link to something for you - probably the 2003 version.
I seem to recall that the book used to be shipped as documentation with the product install, so you might already have it on disk. It's worth checking that out.

From experience, once you have begun to master MS Project (it may take a while as it is quite complex and requires that you have at least a basic understanding of critical path method and analysis first), you will find it to be well-designed and an excellent critical path analysis and planning tool - arguably one of the best on the market, and is certainly ubiquitous, so you will very likely be able to re-use and further develop the knowledge you gain in this learning phase.
135  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: compressed archive NSE (7Z/RAR/ISO etc) on: May 04, 2015, 09:37:56 PM
^ That iFilter looks interesting. Do you know how it performs? I tend to avoid installing much of anything as I've had performance issues in the past with some software and figured it's often not worth it to bother.
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Performance? I have no idea (but see below), though Filters have been employed in Windows Indexing for ages.
If I look down the list of Indexing Options-->Advanced-->File Types tab, I see hundreds of file extensions and literally dozens of file content filters, including, for example:
  • Journal File Filter Class.
  • XML Paper Specification Filter.
  • Office Outlook MSG iFilter.
  • PDF XChange PDF iFilter Handler (replaces the proprietary Adobe-provided one, which doesn't seem to work properly).
  • Tiff Filter Class.
  • ZIP Filter

Amongst the most important (for me) would be the several MS Office document filters (installed by/for MS Office), and the PDF, Tiff and ZIP filters.
I don't yet know of (or have) a 7Zip file content filter.

Some idea of performance can be seen if you take a look at the Event Log for Desktop Search/Index. You will see that, under apparently normal circumstances, it is repeatedly episodically crashing and self-recovering (or getting stuck in a recovering loop!) due to "Index corruption" or similar. Since MS would arguably have probably got the Indexing code down to a fine art by now, my suspicion is that all those Filter plugins might be (could be) making the thing a bit fragile - hence the crashes.
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: May 04, 2015, 08:55:17 PM
I'd say it'd be pretty easy to get lost in there...
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Sometimes a mindless escape into a gadget is the only sanity break we can get. Scroll around, load a new app, check the weather next week -- then once more unto the breach.
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Yes, I think it's escapism - which is harmless in small doses - but the trouble with escapism is that, if it is prolonged, then it can become too much of a good thing, whereupon such a putatively relaxing "mindless escape" can become a real time bandit where one can spend a great deal of one's cognitive surplus (and experience of life) in playing with (say) a smartphone, or watching TV, or something.

Having discovered that to be the case for me with an HP Palm some time back, I had to try to be more self-disciplined. I would have no desire to succumb to a new temptation manifested in the form of a smartphone, unless I have a real and defined business use for it.
I guess there's a dividing line between "play" (where one can risk learning and then practicing something) and "mindless escape".
Quite different to daydreaming, which seems to be an entirely natural and potentially useful way for the mind to think and reflect at random/whim, and to sometimes come up with new ideas.
137  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: May 04, 2015, 08:20:04 PM
I installed SPLAT today, out of curiosity. Initial response: Thankyou! A rather nice piece of work!   Thmbsup
Still playing with it, but I think I might end up keeping it and using it instead of or in conjunction with ProcessTamer.

Just some observations/comments in initially setting up the Hotkeys:
  • I noticed that, for SHIFT there is no option for Left Shift or Right Shift. (Both of which I use in Hotkeys.)
  • Ditto for CTRL.
  • There is no option for the GRAVE key. (A key which I only recently started to use in Hotkeys.)
  • I wondered whether having the user press the actual Hotkey combo required, and SPLAT reading them, wouldn't be less tedious and less error-prone than setting them up with all those tickboxes.
138  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Feature Request : Remember recording area ("Region") after rebooting PC on: May 04, 2015, 04:12:34 PM
^^ +1 from me.    thumbs up
139  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: compressed archive NSE (7Z/RAR/ISO etc) on: May 04, 2015, 04:04:24 PM
That looks pretty darn useful. I would stop using ZIP files so much and switch with that. I need to give that a spin.
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^^ Yes, that same thought - dispense with the use of .ZIP files - occurred to me, but then I straightaway recalled that, if one uses it, then Windows Desktop Index/Search would probably need a 7z-iFilter, or something, in addition to the existing ZIP-iFlter (assuming one already has the latter), in order to continue to be able to scan the contents of those files - which is why I only use .ZIP for archive files at present.
Refer for example to: http://www.ifiltershop.com/
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need an Easy fix for annoying problem with sorting in Windows on: May 04, 2015, 07:53:48 AM
^^ You can Tab and type and move <- and -> (backwards and forwards) your way all over the Desktop, Windows Start Menu, Quick Launch bar, Systray, etc. They are just visual representations of Folders (Systray is a bit different though, I think).
However, if someone has (say) changed the icon file names, the outcome might not be what you expected.
141  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: compressed archive NSE (7Z/RAR/ISO etc) on: May 04, 2015, 03:09:43 AM
Ooh! As a long-time xplorer² user, I have to say that this plugin looks interesting.
Thanks. I hadn't spotted it in the zabkat blog feed.
Now, if only we had a plugin for an HTML file viewer too...   tellme

(Yes, it already does that.)

Pretty versatile.
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PSA - How to watch every Marvel property in the perfect order on: May 03, 2015, 11:16:45 PM
Yup. It could be critically important for some Marvel fans.
My son-in-law had to miss seeing the release of Avengers the other day, due to having to stay at home and help sick family. He was mortified that my daughter got to see it with her friends. It is at defining moments like these that one is truly put to the test.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Browsec VPN (interesting new extension) on: May 03, 2015, 02:14:32 AM
Just saw this on firefoxfacts.com today: Browsec VPN
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Need to encrypt traffic and websites you are browsing? Check out Browsec VPN.  Facebook closed by an overzealous sysadmin? Browsec to the rescue! Browsec encrypts your traffic and routes it through our secure cloud. No one will be able to identify, track you or sniff your traffic. ...
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need an Easy fix for annoying problem with sorting in Windows on: May 01, 2015, 10:46:14 PM
^^ +1 for what @anandcoral says above. It's just another way of putting what I was politely trying to suggest in my comment - i.e., that you don't need to go near the Desktop icons, you just bypass them - they are effectively a distraction from the object of getting a job done as easily/efficiently as possible.
However, I do recognise that if one is accustomed to (say) always using the Desktop icons because that is the only way one knows or has learned to do whatever needs to be done, then it could/might be very difficult to accept that one needs to change one's approach.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / PSA - How to watch every Marvel property in the perfect order on: May 01, 2015, 02:43:58 AM
This looked important enough for a Public Service Announcement: How to watch every Marvel property in the perfect order - CNET
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Infographic: We've laid out every Marvel movie and TV show -- and the absolute ideal order for watching them -- so you can go into the "Avengers" sequel super prepared.

    by Caitlin Petrakovitz    @misscp
    April 30, 2015 11:26 AM PDT
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146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 29, 2015, 08:51:30 PM
car jacking successful, oil change done.  super fun!!!!
coolant flush in progress!

For your next service, consider stopping throwing the oil away, by installing a parasitic or non-parasitic oil filter bypass system - e.g., Frantz.
 - and checking the pH (I think it is that) of the coolant fluid.
I don't usually service my car nowadays, but I was impressed that my garage always check the special coolant fluid at "check/replace coolant" service intervals, because the coolant is expensive and it's not necessary to throw it away and replace it afresh if its anti-corrosive properties have not chemically deteriorated.
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 29, 2015, 08:15:45 PM
^^ What a great picture! Inventive mechanics those Cubans. Not careless either - looks like most of them are wearing safety jackets.
148  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.223.01 - April 28, 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 06:47:16 PM
2015-04-30 1147hrs NZT - Confirming test results:
Using FARR v2.223.01 on laptop, OS=Win8.1-64 PRO:
Options pane: font used in display box is (unchanged from before) consistently almost too small to read. I would like to make it larger. Not a showstopper. Not sure whether it is a bug per se.

Aliases: The above 4 aliases (i.e., without/with quotes) as reported by Nod5 work/fail similarly on my laptop, except that I substituted the Chrome Canary as the browser and DuckGo as the search engine, thus:
Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe https://duckduckgo.com
  2. C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe "https://duckduckgo.com"
  3. "C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" https://duckduckgo.com
  4. "C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" "https://duckduckgo.com"

So, Aliases #1 and #2 worked OK and with a correct result.
When Aliases #3 and #4 FAILed, the error messages were respectively: (notice the single and double quotes)
Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. -------------
  2. Windows cannot find '"C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" https://duckduckgo.com'.
  3. Make sure you've typed the name correctly, then try again.
  4. -------------

and...

Formatted for Generic Code with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. -------------
  2. Windows cannot find 'C:\Users\(UserID)\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome SxS\Application\chrome.exe" "https://duckduckgo.com'.
  3. Make sure you've typed the name correctly, then try again.
  4. -------------
149  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.223.01 - April 28, 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 07:59:12 AM
Sorry, I had not seen the message asking me to check Aliases...looks like the ones with URLs are not working.
Shall test some more tomorrow if I have time. Must get some sleep now.
150  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Latest FARR Release 2.223.01 - April 28, 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 05:28:10 AM
Thanks, using FARR v2.223.01 on Win8.1-64 PRO.
All OK, except the font size in the Options panel is still almost too small to read properly.
Not a showstopper - I've been putting up with that and can continue to do so.

By the way, I'm not sure whether I mentioned this, I have been playing about with the Quick Search Words, which seems to work quite well with strings like these that I have tried:
  • ff=Firefox.exe (to bring up the FF browser link file)
  • ie=C:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe (to bring up the IE browser .exe path)
  • is8=C:\Program Files (x86)\Info Select\Info Select (IB databases).lnk (to bring up the IS8 link file)
  • $a=http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=%s (to search Amazon for the string typed in)
  • $imdb1=http://www.imdb.com/find?s=all&q=%s (to search IMDB for the string typed in)

The latter two are copies of two of my search bookmarks and are a sort of alternative to using Aliases.
I'm still experimenting with the QSW and freely admit I don't have a clue what I am doing.
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