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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: December 20, 2014, 08:36:23 PM
With the uneasy feel of having a burglar tell me how to take care of my house keys, I got this letter from one Derek Slater of Google:
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SOPA is back,
In 2012, millions of Americans rose up to help defeat the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). The public sent a clear message to Congress: don't censor the web.

Now movie industry lobbyists at the MPAA are trying to resurrect web censorship via a back door. As revealed in the press, they've organized a campaign to achieve SOPA by other means, and are still more than eager to break the way the Internet works to achieve their agenda.

The MPAA was worried this strategy would "invigorate and galvanize ... the SOPA debates." Let's prove them right!

Together we defeated online censorship once—let's do it again. Share this graphic and tell the MPAA to kill the #ZombieSOPA.
Help defeat web censorship once and for all.

The MPAA needs to know that all of us who truly care about the Internet won't just stand aside and let them ruin what we love.

Thanks for stepping up,

Derek Slater
Google Inc.

P.S. Here's what we had to say today. 

© 2014 Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA

You are receiving this email because you asked to receive updates on Internet legislation and initiatives from Google. To opt out of future communications, please click here.

Regarding that matesy "Thanks for stepping up" bit, one gets the feeling that the correct response might be "Yeah, right" and to keep one's hands firmly in one's pockets.
127  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pre-release: Active Text Notes on: December 20, 2014, 04:35:57 PM
^^ Ah! Thanks for that. It was the installer that gave that error message.
I opened the .exe installer file with 7-zip and extracted the proggy files and folders, and now have Samurize running on my laptop under Win8.1-64 PRO. Still testing the bits, but it seems to work just fine so far. What a pleasant surprise!

Also belatedly discovered this post on samurize.com: (indicating that Vista and 64-bit were not constraints)
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Windows Vista blocks Samurize autoload
 Windows Vista blocks Samurize autoload   
[ Troubleshooting ]
Requested and Answered by AdamC on 26-Apr-2007 03:47 (3681 reads)
Unfortunately the Samurize exe's would need to be signed to get around this problem correctly. Due to samurize being freeware this option is not viable because of the cost to get certificates.

There is however a work around that should stop vista blocking Samurize.

Use Group Policy to start Samurize
1) start gpedit.msc
2) go User Configuration -> Windows Settings -> Scripts -> Logon
3) Add client.exe with full path
(Example C:\Program Files (x86)\Samurize\Client.exe in x64 system)
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128  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: LBC changes ClockRes on: December 20, 2014, 04:26:59 PM
Wow that's interesting.. Never heard of it this phenomena.. I'll look into it a little.
Thanks. That is interesting. I would like to know what you discover about it.
129  DonationCoder.com Software / LaunchBar Commander / Re: Folder Node does not like spaces in filenames on: December 20, 2014, 04:22:39 PM
Ok so without trying to reproduce yet, i am noticing that those are both HTML files.. i wonder.. could you see if the behavior is also present on non .html files?
Good point. I have noticed that other software and file-handlers sometimes dislike .html files with embedded spaces in the filename. I had presumed this was in line with some obscure Microsoft or other filenaming standard that I was unaware of.
130  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Abbyy screenshot reader on: December 20, 2014, 04:16:07 PM
I may try OneNote as an additional method.  It says Windows 7 and 8. Also free (is that new?).
there's a couple of threads here about that which are worth reading if you're thinking of using the free version
http://www.donationcoder....arch2;search=onenote+free

I wouldn't recommend it as it seems to be purely web-based offer. If the user wants to get the captures into a locally-available OneNote Notebook, then I think he would need to install OneNote on the client.
I'd suggest looking at MS Office 2013 US$9.95 Corporate/Enterprise Home Use Program - Mini-Review
Not $FREE but an amazing deal if you can avail yourself of it.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Et tu, Sourceforge? on: December 20, 2014, 04:11:24 PM
^^ +1: I had pretty similar disgusted thoughts only the other day when I was downloading/installing something from SourceForge. Luckily for me, MBAM seems to detect these "PUPs" before them being installed, and then quarantines them.
132  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Abbyy screenshot reader on: December 20, 2014, 04:05:16 PM
...Either way .. note that Abbyy has a one license, one puter, possible enforcement. ...
The previous FREE ABBY Screenshot Reader "RETAIL" (Christmas giveaway) also installed a licence server Service (you cannot seem to run the ABBY software without having that service running). One more overhead.
Presumably this is probably still the case with the latest Christmas giveaway.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / News about InfoSelect. on: December 20, 2014, 02:52:26 PM
As a long-time user of the superb PIM software IS (I have stayed with IS8 after trialling later versions), I am just updating this thread with some potentially interesting info from some recent new posts by users on the Yahoo InfoSelect User Group discussion forum.
By the way, the versions since IS8 were IS9 (called IS2007) and IS10.

The background, as discussed in this DC thread and elsewhere, is that the Yahoo IS  forum was taken over by the IS developer Jim D Lewis (President/CEO of Micro Logic and eMachineShop), and he proceeded to gather feedback and release what was at the time the new rewrite of IS - IS10 - for Beta testing. In the forum, I and several others posted our feedback and comments.
Things turned sour with the users and their requirements apparently being disregarded, and the forum became rather negative in content and several IS users were driven to abandoning IS and seeking an alternative (e.g., including EverNote and AllMyNotes, amongst others).
Jim D Lewis apparently remains as the sole Owner/Moderator of the forum, but seems to now make little or no comment or response to questions posed in the forum, and the Miclog support desk has apparently become equally uninformative/unresponsive. From time to time, forum members still help each other out over technical problems in running the different versions of IS that they use.

In the posts below: (my emphasis)
  • The first is about the latest version IS10 and asks whether there will be an IS11 version. The post is made by a user seeking information, but is in itself quite informative.
  • The second post is an informative reply from another user, giving some experience about potential alternatives to IS.
  • The third is a reply to the second, also informative about the risks of becoming an "orphaned" user.

For any interested IS users in the DC forum, I thought I'd post these here as I had wondered what the status of IS10 was/is, and this looks like it could be a useful indicator: (It's not too hopeful. IS10 seems to have been a relatively expensive and unfinished or poorly-finished product, not meeting users' needs, and now possibly abandoned/unsupported by the developer.)
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Info Select Users
        Restricted Group,
        953 members
Topic: Will IS ever upgrade again
    Member: eckstein.nick
    Dec 18 4:01 PM

Dear All,
Ages since I've been here or posted a message.
I have a question - it's one I've written several times to MicLog about, but they refuse to answer it specifically. It's simple: will Info Select ever be upgraded again?
I first asked over two years ago without satisfaction. I asked again this week.

Here's what happened. The first reply was this:
"Thanks for your message. Unfortunately, I can't indicate when Info Select version 11 will be available. Please stay in touch with our website for Info Select news and updates."

I then wrote the following:
"Thank you for the reply. It's almost exactly the same as the one that I received when I wrote last time. But what you say does imply that Micro Logic is working on an upgrade, and that version 11 is in the pipeline: is that correct? It would be good if you could confirm that."

The response to my second e-mail was no response at all. I don't understand why MicLog refuses even to confirm that they are (a) working on an upgrade; (b) not working on an upgrade.
If it's the latter, then there's nothing to lose by saying so. If it's the former that would be good news as far as I'm concerned.
I purchased the upgrade to Version 10 but a brief initial encounter with it was enough to drive me back to Version 9, which I've been using ever since, and still use every day.
Nothing I try matches it: Evernote, despite what its fans say, does NOT match IS's search capacity, and the feature that I call "I put it here". Tagging is an essential feature, which IS hasn't to this point mastered. But tagging is not a replacement for the ability to use a flexible hierarchy. These two features keep me wedded to IS.
But what IS has never addressed is the Cloud and all the features that, as in OneNote, allow one seamlessly to store and search things that aren't straight text, including audio.

I don't have to tell anyone in this forum about any of this. My reason for mentioning it relates to the upgrade question. It's one I've written a number of times to MicLog about, again without ever receiving anything approaching a satisfactory response.
It goes like this: if Info Select upgraded to do the things that Evernote and OneNote do, WHILE RETAINING THE FEATURES AND STRUCTURE THAT MAKE IS UNIQUE, then it would again be the killer application it was years ago...light years ahead of these competitors.

All I would like to know - and I suspect that I'm not the only one - is whether MicLog has any interest in doing this. If not, fine. If the company IS interested, and were to say something like: "we are working on this...it's taken longer than we had anticipated. It may even be another couple of years before we get there, but we're doing it and it will happen", I'd be happy. And I'd wait for that release. Because even in its clunky, old-fashioned state, IS still wipes the floor with the opposition on searching and storing basic data.

But going on past form, I suspect that MicLog will ignore this e-mail as well.
With respect, and an implicity smiley emoticon, I just don't get it.

Cheers,
Nick.
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    Member: G
    Dec 19 10:19 PM

Nick
I communicated to the Owner of AllMyNotes  (AMN), a nice guy.
I also tried out AMN as a replacement for  IS9.  I found that when I started loading up AMN with about 20 mB of data
(I have about 4 to 5GB of notes in IS9)   AMN  started to get noticeably slower.
I stopped at that point
Agree with IS10 Calender - Although IS9 Calender isn't the greatest - it is useable. IS10 Calender is less  usable than IS9
Too much fiddling with controls to get the Calender to a useful setup.
IS10 has some long needed feature upgrades like the  High Low Medium Priority flags ( exclamation marks in Colour , next to a note).   The fiddly-ness of the new ribbon kills its friendliness and speed.   So many extra button clicks just to do something.  

George
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On Sat, Dec 20, 2014 at 5:11 PM, eckstein.nick@... [InfoSelect] <InfoSelect@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

    Thanks! One reason I didn't go with AllMyNotes was the quality of the website...
    And, obviously, I'm worried about being 'orphaned' by MicLog: AllMyNotes looks a great place for that to happen all over again.

    N
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134  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pre-release: Active Text Notes on: December 20, 2014, 07:12:45 AM
...Out of curiosity, what was it that didn't work for you post-XP? I'm running Samurize under Win7, 64-bit, and I didn't run into any problems. But I've only ever used it for one tiny feature, so maybe that's why...
Well, it just doesn't seem to work and I can't see a way to work around it. Maybe you have a different version?

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135  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Abbyy screenshot reader on: December 20, 2014, 05:19:44 AM
They had Abbyy Screenshot Reader as a Christmas giveaway a while back, and it was very good value ($FREE).
I already  had a newer version of it as part of the bundled software that came with my EPSON Perfection V330 Photo Scanner in 2011.
I recall that Abbyy disabled (couldn't support) the thing at some point because it was not compatible with Win7 or something. Didn't bother me anyway, as I was already using OneNote by that stage, which has OCR integrated and a much better OCR clipping function in Send to OneNote.

Refer, for example:
free ABBYY Screenshot Reader
ABBYY Screenshot Reader free Christmas promotion.

Though the Abbyy Screenshot Reader was great, I never could really see the need for the business card reader - it seemed a bit archaic, to  me, business cards being kinda passé. However, I guess it could help to get rid of all those accumulated business cards we used to have, if they were not already thrown away, that is.
136  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Pre-release: Active Text Notes on: December 19, 2014, 12:33:53 PM
@anandcoral:
Thanks! Nice. I tried this out. It didn't seem able to pass on the text filepath/name to the editor, though it did display that text file's contents correctly.
This is almost exactly the sort of thing I have been looking for ever since I had to abandon Samurize (it didn't work after Windows XP).
One of the features of Samurize enabled the user to display a text file (I have ToDo.txt) as an object on the Desktop wallpaper, complete with transparency, colour and objects as borders, etc. You couldn't edit the object directly, but by hovering anywhere over it (the text object) with the mouse, the user could click to edit the actual text file with the specified .txt file editor, or simply invoke the editor to open the text file using AHK hotkeys. Any changes made to the text file updated the object after you closed the file.
Example of Samurize, below:

[attachthumb=#]


The closest I had got to it since then was with a Stickies transparent note on the desktop wallpaper as a directly editable object. If the note is "ghosted", then the object is uneditable, and you have to enter Stickies to edit the text of that note. Either way, I would prefer a simple text file, as with Samurize (above).
Example of Stickies, below:

[attachthumb=#]

137  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 19, 2014, 06:28:21 AM
Look and play: http://sharejs.org/  -->  A live editable wiki.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 19, 2014, 06:26:52 AM
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139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Farewell, Dr. Dobbs on: December 17, 2014, 04:06:59 PM
I had never heard of this periodical before now.

If anyone is curious this is the last article I wrote for publication.  It appeared in the August 1994 issue of C/C++ Users Journal.
Thanks, interesting article by Michael Kelly. Oddly enough, I was thinking earlier this week that I felt sure that - from a user's perspective - multithreading seemed to work better under OS2 than it seems to work under Win8.1, but I have no factual performance basis for comparison to verify that. Maybe there's just a whole lot more (load) in the Win8.1 OS. Would be interesting to know whether and how far we have improved. I recollect a friend of mine saying that IBM mainframes seemed to have to grow proportionately so as to be able to run the increasingly bloated OSes...

...In an era of technology where the desire to be considered "cool" has almost entirely replaced the desire to be considered "elegant," it's understandable. ...
Well, yes, and underlying that it was the coding that could be considered "elegant" (or not) - if that's what you meant - and elegant coding usually proved to be efficient too. However, I suspect that, on examination, a lot of modern-day coding could probably be seen to be elegant/efficient, if only because of its often having to make best use of what might be potentially limited resources - e.g., (say) on different devices' CPUs.
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 7 and 8 shortcuts on: December 16, 2014, 10:53:01 AM
Thanks @techidave - a useful set of Windows 7 and 8 links. Could save a bit of trouble if added to FARR, as @tomos suggests.
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 38 mi/62 km long 5.9 GHz link that supported ~ 1 mbps on HamWAN on: December 15, 2014, 08:25:01 PM
Mmm...Digital short wave...mmm...drool.
142  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: About signing up to download freeware license keys - READ IN PLEASE on: December 13, 2014, 12:09:21 AM
Maybe the Admins should give these occasional terse one-time "I'm pissed off with/don't understand the process, or something" account deletions a Class name?
For example (say), "GW" for "Global Warming", or something of similar ambiguity?

We could then assume there was always no need to make the effort of responding to GWs, since there would arguably be no point in responding.

Or has @mouser cunningly and deliberately engineered the process to be a little tricky so that it acts as a kind of automatic acceptance test (filter) into the forum membership?    tellme
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 12:47:07 PM
@MilesAhead: No, I gather that Malathion doesn't really have a sweet enough taste to replace sugar, so sugar is still the favourite.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How many germs are living on your keyboard? on: December 11, 2014, 12:36:37 PM
Reminds me of an episode in the Invader Zim cartoon series, where Zim ordered a pair of germ-detecting goggles, and was able to see for the first time how millions of germs were crawling over everything he looked at or touched. He became hysterical at the unhygienic nature of his environment, and started spraying an anti-bacterial solution everywhere, but as soon as he stopped, the germs rapidly multiplied and came back in full strength. It was very traumatic for him.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 12:10:46 PM
I suppose sugar/fructose etc. is now arguably the "new DDT"... except that it has apparently been verified (by medical scientists) that it is harmful to health.    huh
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: We Are the Idiots on: December 11, 2014, 09:06:12 AM
It had it's own smell. Not really like any other that I could think of. Not unpleasant anyway. Not like Derris Dust, which smelt sweet but a bit acrid. As a boy I used to treat our dogs with Derris Dust, and that had its own smell - I would probably recognise it if I smelt it again. Not sure I would recognise DDT though, which I only got a whiff of a couple of times.
DDT was bloody effective - if I just put some around the entrance hole to a wasp's nest at night (so they had to trample in it as they came in and out), then they'd be wiped out in about 12 hours.
147  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: File collection manager on: December 10, 2014, 09:40:02 PM
Interesting request in the OP.
I just happened to stumble upon something called WildReplace only yesterday that I thought looked rather nifty but I couldn't see that I would necessarily have a need for it. Then I saw this post today and wondered whether WildReplace might fit the bill:
CyLog Software - WildReplace
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WildReplace v0.99d (beta)
©2003-2008 CyLog Software

WildReplace is a search & replace tool that lets you searh for files on your disks and presents the results in a folder tree highlighting the folders and files that have been found. Most programs of its kind display a plain list of results; WildReplace presents the information by mainting the folder structure of your disk, and highlighting the folders that contain files that have matched your search criteria.

You can search for files using many different search options (file attributes, size, date/time, contents). For example, you can search for files that are read/only and contain a matching phrase (works with both Text and Binary files), or for files that have been modified in the last few days and they have a certain size. Any combination of search terms is allowed.

WildReplace can also replace text on files, a feature that is really very powerful but should be treated with care. WildReplace can create backups of modified files, delete files that match your search criteria or move all matching files to a new location while preserving the same folder structure.

WildReplace is now in public beta but is in fully working condition.
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Undeveloped since 2008? It's maybe a bit old.
Today I decided that I shall just have to download it and put it through its paces to see for myself - from wrep099d.zip

UPDATE 2014-12-17 0613hrs: Not bad. It shows a useful nested directory structure of only those files that meet the search criteria. However, it doesn't do what the OP wants - e.g., provide a details type of view with selected columns.
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: Douane - An application aware personal firewall on: December 09, 2014, 08:20:27 AM
@40hz and @Shades: Ah, thanks for putting me straight on that. My ignorance - I had not appreciated that firewalls were so uniquely different/difficult to Windows in other OSes (and I thought the Windows one was bad enough anyway...).
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: NIX: Douane - An application aware personal firewall on: December 08, 2014, 01:24:26 PM
Not sure I understand what is so special about this. I thought things like - for example - Windows 7 Firewall Control, were "application aware" - i.e., pretty much just as you describe above - no?
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Extremely simple and minimal sticky notes for windows on: December 08, 2014, 06:15:33 AM
Not sure if it's quite what you want, but DC member anandcoral wrote Stick-A-Note.  IainB's review is here: Stick-A-Note + Universal Viewer - Mini-Review

There was a very simple Stickynotes by Toren K. Smith at http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/tbone , but that page has gone (WayBackMachine?).  Or, take a look at KNot v2.04b
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Yes, I wondered whether Stick-A-Note might fit the bill for lifeh2o.
Stickynotes by Toren K. Smith is in the Wayback (I just looked) - e.g., http://web.archive.org/we...s.utexas.edu/users/tbone/
He has apparently moved his website and Stickynotes to http://www.torensmith.com/?page_id=9
The Stickynotes version there is the same as the latest download from the Wayback pages (identical file hashes) - i.e., v2.0.0.4 (2004-09). Apparently, it's not been developed since. I haven't tried it out, but I did take an archive copy of both the .ZIP and .EXE (installer) files as I was fossicking about. He only offers the installer file now at torensmith.com.

The old online Stickynotes User Guide is here: http://web.archive.org/we...one/stickynotes-docs.html
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