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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What are your favorite movies? on: March 11, 2013, 03:54:24 PM
Though I have seen him in archives of old TV Western/cowboy series (I forget which ones), after watching the superb "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" I reckoned that you could be guaranteed that pretty much any Western or other flick with Clint Eastwood in it was going to be worth watching. When he started acting in them and producing them, things took a step up.
Most memorable for me are: "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "High Plains Drifter", "Play Misty for Me", "Dirty Harry", "Magnum Force", "The Enforcer", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "Every Which Way But Loose", "Bird", "Unforgiven" "The Bridges of Madison County", and "Gran Torino".
1427  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review on: March 11, 2013, 02:37:22 AM
Update 2013-03-11 2034hrs: Opening post now includes links to some YouTube Qiqqa tutorials:

PLUS: The Qiqqa User Manual is now available.
1428  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review on: March 11, 2013, 01:50:36 AM
@DBC: In response:
Here are the current, full Qiqqa Ts & Cs: (location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Qiqqa\licenses\license.txt)
(Surprisingly, perhaps, it's not a PDF document in the Library!)
I have emboldened the bit you quoted.
I had scanned over the Agreement as it was quite a while back, and though I forget the details, my take on the Qiqqa approach then was that it was intentional to use your account/data info as legitimate aggregated (non-personal) marketing demographics to enable ad-targeting. I thought this only applied to the unpaid versions of Qiqqa, and if you had a paid account, then you would not get targeted ads.

Main points I would consider:
  • 1. Legitimacy: As a happy user of the unpaid version, I personally have no real/major objection to this kind of  "Agreement". I regard it as a nifty and legitimate way for them to claw some indirect (advertising) revenue out of the product, and it does not seem to be invasive, a breach of privacy, or a nuisance.
    Having several years' worth of solid experience in contracts - including the study of Contract Law and drafting and negotiating contracts related to the large-scale provision of IT services and software in different countries - I tend to read all contracts with a critical and jaundiced eye. I could be wrong, of course, but there was nothing untoward in the Qiqqa Agreement - or at least, not that I perceived, at any rate.

  • 2. Security + Trust: Act in haste, repent at leisure. Whilst the rule I advocate for clients is to trust no-one, of the few occasions that I have personally ignored that rule in my own affairs, I have only once had cause to regret it. Unfortunately it was a big time letdown and breach of trust by someone whom I had previously trusted implicitly, and I am still under the shadow of the potential consequences. It was actually criminal (common theft), but it had ramifications. However, I told the police that I did not wish to press charges (though they seemed quite keen), and I did not wish to take the perpetrator to civil court over it. The lesson is to enforce the above rule, and to get it in writing, and make sure that you are happy with the writing.
    You have a responsibility to yourself and your family to protect your assets from con-merchants and fraudsters. The world seems to be permeated by a class of seemingly well-meaning people whose primary and ulterior motive turns out to be to relieve other people of their hard-won money/property/rights by any means possible. Software developers - and even US Presidents - are not necessarily excluded from this class.
    So, I have not pointed Qiqqa at any highly confidential or proprietary files to take into its Library. If I did, then I might want to scrutinise and question the wording of the agreement more carefully first. As things stand, it's not an issue for me, but I can't speak for others.

  • 3. Applicability: The sentence:
    "By adding Content to Qiqqa and/or syncing your Content with a Web Library..."
    - I rightly or wrongly assumed that to probably mean that if you have a paid account and you add stuff to Qiqqa, then it will be synced with a Web (Cloud) library. I do not think that the unpaid version syncs at all, and so you could probably be pretty private with a free account.

  • 4. Firewall control:
    You could always control Qiqqa's access through the firewall.
    For example, here is the default outgoing access in W7FC (Windows 7 Firewall Control) when set to LanOnly for Qiqqa:


     - and here are the W7FC settings after I have set it to IncomingOnly for Qiqqa:


    Note that the latter setting will defeat that functionality that Qiqqa uses through Internet access online - e.g., including the provision of library syncing, Google Scholar access and referencing.
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 09, 2013, 07:52:41 PM
Yes - Sigh.
That post also refers to ECHELON - which is referred to in the Wikipedia article I mentioned in the thread, above - New Zealand–United States relations.
Wikipedia has a fuller note on it here - ECHELON.
There have apparently been quite a few protests about that in NZ. ECHELON and the protests seem to be rather "under reported" in NZ media, possibly because it is even more hush-hush than SACCWG. The experience of people working on similarly top secret Defence projects indicates that that would be par for the course - i.e., would be typical.
From the first time one becomes engaged in such projects, the use of, and reliance on science, mathematics and sophisticated computer systems becomes starkly evident.
If such systems were indeed being used to push a monopoly commercial-political agenda and research, as Dotcom seems to be suggesting here:
"The NSA receives billions in funding to fight terrorism and drug cartels with #Echolon and now copyright cases. Well done MPAA."
- then I would suggest that something must have come badly off the rails for such a corruption as that to happen.
Of course he could be mistaken, though I doubt that he would be daft enough to make it up.
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 09, 2013, 07:21:23 PM
I would be extremely interested in seeing what's done about that more than anything else actually.
+1 from me. "By their fruits ye shall know them."
Though it is not so important/relevant to the subject of this thread, it is extremely important to me and potentially the greater majority of New Zealanders who would be concerned about maintaining the country's hard-won freedoms and democracy.
(It doesn't seem so long ago that the country voted for reform of the electoral system and switched to proportional representation under MMP, the first use of same being in the election of 1996 - see here.)
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 09, 2013, 08:12:00 AM
...@IainB - tried reading the article your link pointed to. Got this:...
Sorry, bad link. I had pasted the link wrongly. Fixed now.
1432  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 09, 2013, 04:25:11 AM
This is interesting. Once again, NZ Justice looks like it is doing its job.
NZ Herald post. (Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
Dotcom wins right to sue
By Kurt Bayer KurtBayerAPNZ
5:26 PM Thursday Mar 7, 2013

Kim Dotcom has won the right to sue the Government for illegal spying.

A Court of Appeal judgement released today has ruled in favour of the internet mogul and will let him sue the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) alongside New Zealand Police.

Dotcom, Finn Batato, Mathias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk are defending accusations of mass copyright infringement, online piracy, and money laundering through their Megaupload file sharing website.

A decision by Chief High Court judge Justice Helen Winkelmann last year to allow the GCSB be sued and to allow Dotcom to seek compensation from the Government agency, as well as the police, was challenged by the Attorney-General.

During the High Court case, it emerged that the GCSB had been illegally spying on Dotcom prior to the raid on his Coatesville mansion, on behalf of the FBI, who now wants the Megaupload millionaire extradited to face trial in the US over copyright infringements.

The Attorney-General challenged Justice Winkelmann's decision to order the GCSB to cough up documents that outlined the extent of their spying.

It also challenged the decision to bring the GCSB into court proceedings as a party, as well as saying it was inappropriate for compensation claims to be added to a judicial review.

Now, the Court of Appeal has ruled that the GCSB will be added to the case, and allowed the compensation claim to be heard during the April hearing. While the appeal judges emphasised the importance of keeping judicial review proceedings "simple and prompt'', and that it was "not usually appropriate'' for reviews to include compensation claims, there was no absolute rule.

But the Attorney-General did win its appeal against the High Court decision for the GCSB to hand over all of its spying evidence against Dotcom and his Megaupload associate van der Kolk.

The ruling means that Dotcom's legal team will only be told what information exists and to where it was sent, but will not receive copies of the documents. The 24-page judgement criticised the Crown for the way its handled the compensation case and for failing to follow proper procedures.

A final comment urges both parties to cooperate so that the issues before the High Court are "determined as expeditiously as possible''.

No award of costs were made which the judges said "reflects the fact that each party has had a measure of success in this court''.

Last week, the Court of Appeal quashed a decision to force the United States Government into handing over its evidence against Dotcom in its internet piracy case.

Dotcom's US lawyer Ira Rothken tweeted today: "We look forward to holding GCSB spy org accountable doing so will not only protect @KimDotcom's rights but the rights of all NZ residents.''

No word yet on what is being done re the apparent perjury by police.

But some real concerns in this (unrelated case) report:
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 07, 2013, 08:44:17 PM
...sorry if I somehow offended...
Don't worry, you didn't offend me. I'm very thick-skinned anyway and might not have noticed even if you had intended to offend me.
I spelt out the facts as best I could, because what you wrote seemed to indicate that you might be unaware of them all, and I figured others might be too, so I just tried to pull together all the most relevant stuff in a way that might make sense to a reader who was unfamiliar with the context.
  • The New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 - and some implications:

  • SACCWG: You probably can't afford to disregard/exclude the significance of the SACCWG, when trying to understand the drivers behind the Dotcom raid in NZ (the drivers in the US seem pretty clear).
1434  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Prince of Persia - HTML5 on: March 07, 2013, 07:29:15 AM
I think it's not a fully-fledged game. Just a demo/prototype of a bit of the game. That's all that has been done so far. The author needs help and asks for it.
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 07, 2013, 02:37:56 AM
What type of metadata...?
Take a look here: Feature request: Copy/store/paste the highlighted text and any related metadata.
- and at the Quote URL Text add-on itself, here: https://addons.mozilla.or...refox/addon/quoteurltext/

I don't really know enough about CoLT to be able to offer suggestions.
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 07, 2013, 01:56:38 AM
Just for information:
NZ stats:
Area: 268,700 km²
(By comparison, area of England, Scotland and Wales: 229,848 km².)

  • People: 3.5 million
  • Sheep: 70 million
  • People with the surname "Dotcom": Nil

  • People: 4.4 million
  • Sheep: 40 million
  • People with the surname "Dotcom": 1
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 06, 2013, 11:18:50 PM
...I certainly hope so. Because despite being the setting for Jackson's Middlearth, NZ does not loom very large in the psyche of most Americans. AFAIK NZ is not an official (as in 'by treaty') ally of the US or Nato. And there is still rancor in certain circles over that ban on US Navy vessels in NZ ports which has gone on for the last thirty or so years. So if the citizens of NZ were to develop a sudden contempt for Americans, it likely wouldn't register as even the tiniest of blips on the radar screen of general public awareness here in the USA. Not that that should matter to anybody in NZ. Or stop its people from doing what is right.

Haha, yes, quite.    Grin
  • (a) It would seem to bely the truth of the matter to say that "...NZ is not an official (as in 'by treaty') ally of the US or Nato" - e.g., see here. Furthermore, I am fairly certain that President Oama would himself say that "New Zealand is one of America's close allies and punches above their weight" - e.g., see here.    Wink
    Not only all of the above, but also NZ government agents have not committed any acts of war or terrorism against the US (as the French did against NZ, for example), but rather seem to have been there, risking their own lives and standing alongside US soldiers in most of the major military conflicts in which the US have engaged in foreign lands. So, not a good ally at all really? Hmm...   tellme

  • (b) It was categorically not "a ban on US Navy vessels in NZ ports", so you may have been misinformed - e.g., for the facts see here, and below.

  • (c) I was categorically not intending to suggest - as you seem to infer - that, if the citizens of NZ were to develop a sudden contempt for Americans, then it would register as even the tiniest of blips on the radar screen of general public awareness in the US. On the contrary, I feel sure it would not regsiter a blip, because NZ is probably largely politically impotent to do anything about anything on the world stage. Kiwis know this to be true and generally do not possess an over-inflated idea of their own importance, except perhaps when it comes to rugby.    Wink
    What I was getting at was simply that, if the NZ voting public perceived that their government had done something to allow the US to take a dump on the citizens and/or their due legal processes and in abrogation of either their own responsibilities or of any citizens' civil/legal rights, then they would probably tend to not vote that government back in the next election. As things stand, it would not seem correct to call the Dotcom fiasco "an example of the NZ police/SS acting responsibly and legally with the objective of protection and/or defence of the property or rights of the citizens or the country" (QED - per the Justice's ruling, the raid was illegal).

However, I should not complain, I suppose. Some people might say that, for a relatively insignificant, small and defenceless country, even belittlement or denigration by people from a large, powerful country might be interpreted as being a form of recognition, and so at least that way it was not being entirely ignored, but I couldn't possibly comment.

Sure, NZ has even been described as "a pimple on the #rse-end of the planet", and you get "How do you spell 'NZ' anyway?" and "Isn't it a state of Australia?". It's funny, and you hear such jokes quite often. Sometimes, of course, it's not intended as a joke and is just plain ignorance.
The US' main interest in the place (and presumably why it maintains an embassy and a low profile diplomatic presence in NZ) is probably the NZ strategic role in the SACCWG global intelligence-gathering, telecommunications and early warning defence network - eg., per Wikipedia, see New Zealand–United States relations. There's a lot of hush-hush stuff that apparently goes on there. This Strategic Alliance would presumably have been a decisive factor in the Dotcom raid.


In addition there are the close ties between the US and NZ police/SS (referred to in the Wikipedia article above), and an NZ contingent will often go over to the US to take part in joint exercises learning to use the latest US police/SS technology and practices. The Dotcom raid would probably be a classic example of such a collaborative swat-fest, but being put into live practice on NZ territory - e.g., it was disclosed that there were even some of the senior NZ personnel watching events unfold via live video feeds, whilst they were ensconced in FBI offices in the US.
It must have been a marvellous opportunity to put the collaboration all together and test it all out, whilst engaging in a completely over-the-top, no-holds-barred, excessive violence and threat - "shock and awe" - exercise. Such adrenaline-pumping fun!
They probably didn't realise until somewhat later how ridiculous and potentially seriously dangerous/threatening to the public and civic society they might have looked in the public's eyes, in retrospect. Little boys playing with the Big Boys and their Big Boy toys - "and...and, like, we're using REAL BULLET-PROOF VESTS! and...and MACHINE-GUNS! and...and LIVE BULLETS! and...and HELICOPTERS!, and...and we're BREAKING DOWN DOORS! and...and things like THAT Mum!".
Sheesh.    embarassed

For example, my response on watching the published video footage and following the semi-documentaries and news on the subject was a general uneasiness and real concern about the illegal actions and use of needless and excessive threat/force/violence by NZ police/SS - and all apparently being done at the sole behest of a foreign power. The question was and is being asked: How had NZ come to the state where this could happen? It was astounding.
It would not be correct to call this a good look for NZ's potential for future freedom/democracy. In fact, it was beginning to look more and more like what increasingly seems to be a prevailing police state in the US, which already seems to many to have irretrievably gone to hell in a basket.
I wonder whether, had the NZ government fully known and understood what was planned, the Dotcom raid would have been allowed to go ahead in such a fashion. Or just maybe, they might have cynically turned a blind eye to it so as to be able to claim ignorance of the swat-fest the boys had planned for the raid. I don't expect to be told the truth, but an objective, public judicial review would have done done that - though now it seems that we are to be denied even that.    tellme

It is true that the Lange Labour government's passing of the New Zealand Nuclear Free Zone, Disarmament, and Arms Control Act 1987 raised serious US diplomatic and US Naval/Defense concerns at the time, but since then US diplomats have murmured statements that "We're over that and now we're back to being good friends" (OWTTE), and NZ has continued - has never ceased - to send its soldiers to stand and die alongside US soldiers in fighting their battles. However, I remain somewhat skeptical regarding the sincerity of those statements. NZ is probably just a useful tool - a dog in it's kennel - and it will be told when to bark.

This all could backfire seriously on the NZ government and NZ's reputation as a relatively uncorrupted country, and the US wouldn't spare a thought for it. There was a joke I recall reading - I think it was in an old copy of Datamation - in an article about IBM's market monopoly. They had talked to and surveyed a large number of big corporate IT Operations Managers, whose operations had IBM mainframes in place, who had responded under strict conditions of anonymity - apparently through fear of a backlash from IBM (they could have lost their jobs). The issue of the magazine had a front cover that depicted two men's arms locked in an arm-wrestle. One of the arms was normal, and muscular, the other arm was blue-skinned and hugely muscular. It was clearly no contest. The joke went something like:
"Getting into bed with IBM is like getting into bed with an elephant. It might roll over and squash you in the night, without even noticing."
Well, I'd suggest that you could scale that up to NZ getting into bed with the US.

By the way, below is the world map as produced by NZ cartographers:    Wink

1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 06, 2013, 06:22:33 PM
@Stephen66515 's NSFW post: Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content]
- reminded me of this joke:
Glass eye.
A man who had a glass eye was at a party, and he became very drunk.  As he was standing, weaving somewhat, and eating stuffed olives by the handful from a bowl full of olives, someone whacked him heartily on his back.  The shock of the impact caused his glass eye to pop out.  Thinking that it had gone on the floor, he got down on his hands and knees to look for it, but to no avail.  Eventually, he gave up looking for the glass eye and returned to wolfing down the stuffed olives.  What he did not notice, in his drunken state, was that the glass eye had fallen into the bowl of olives, and, sure enough, he eventually scooped it up and swallowed it.

The next day, he did not feel so well, and was very constipated.  He guessed he was still hung over from the party.  But the next day he felt worse and was still constipated, and his anus hurt.  The glass eye had blocked his colon, and his digested food was backing up all down his intestine - but of course he didn't know that.  The day after that, he went to the doctor's surgery and explained his condition, and that he felt really ill and his anus hurt a great deal.

The doctor told him to drop his trousers and bend over so that he could give him a rectal examination.

"Will it hurt?" asked the man.

"No it'll just be a little uncomfortable Mr.Jones.  Don't worry." the doctor replied.

So Jones took off his trousers and underpants, and was about to bend over when he observed the doctor putting on a rubber glove.

"Are you going to poke your fingers inside my anus?" he asked the doctor.

"Yes, of course.  That's the best way to examine you." replied the doctor.

"Are you sure it won't hurt?" asked Jones.

"Look Mr.Jones, you will just have to trust me on this. It won't hurt.  Will you trust me?"

"Oh, OK.  If you are sure then." said the man, and, as he proceeded to bend over, he added, "You are absolutely sure it won't hurt, aren't you?"

"Yes! Now please be still!" replied the doctor, becoming impatient, and at the same time moving forwards to examine Jones' anus.

The doctor then gently prised apart his patient's rectal sphincter and was amazed to see a single eye staring up at him from the sphincter.

"For goodness' sake Mr.Jones!  You really must trust me more than this you know!" the doctor exclaimed.
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 06, 2013, 04:14:16 PM
Here's a spacey sound from something seemingly mundane.  Hot Nickel Dropped Into Water
 (see attachment in previous post)
That account seems to have closed. I found what is probably the original video here:
Hot Nickel Dropped Into Water

Interesting sound-effects.
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Grab 50GB of Box Online Storage Free for Life (2013-02-12) on: March 06, 2013, 03:24:37 AM
Please note that, though the original offer was taken down, when I signed in to my 50Gb account, it said I could send invites (only two address spaces given). So I guess all the lucky 50Gb new account holders have been allocated two invites.
Anyway, I sent one off, and got a confirmation that the address had been sent an invite. Now I have just one address space left to invite.

The email address needs to be unique. If you already have a Box account, then you could only use the same email address for the new free 50Gb one if you modified the address - e.g. change it from john.smith@gmail.com to johnsmith@gmail.com (sans the full stop in john.smith). Maybe john.smith+box@gmail.com would do also, I am not sure.

EDIT 2013-03-07 1227hrs: Looks like this does not work.
@Deozaan has just informed me that:
Yes, the e-mail was sent, but when the person tries to accept the offer, it will just tell them that that offer cannot be verified or something similar. The e-mail invites don't work anymore. It sends the email, but the person you send it to can't redeem it.
I hadn't been aware of that.    Sad
1441  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DOTCOM saga - updates on: March 06, 2013, 02:41:29 AM
Possibly not a good piece of news for New Zealand, this: Mega Eyes Stock Market as Secret Dotcom Extradition Hearing Gets Underway.

I'm not absolutely sure, but I don't think NZ courts held secret hearings before, whilst the UK's Privy Council was the highest court of appeal. These secret hearings, and the deliberate not recording or publishing of proceedings are things which seem to have been introduced by the NZ judiciary subsequently, as they now seem to be beholden to no-one, excepting perhaps the current government.

Whilst I was very happy about the objectivity of the NZ court ruling on the illegality of the Dotcom raid, I wonder whether this latest step could be down a potentially risky path for New Zealand's freedom/liberty and democracy. There was apparently perjury and/or mistake/incompetence by the police/SS on this matter, and we want to know what is being done about it, and whether the government were complicit in it. We shall just have to wait and see. I hope we will be told.

"The rule of thumb is that, if a business process can not stand the hard light of scrutiny, then there is probably something unethical about it". - Sir Adrian Cadbury (Chairman of the then Quaker family-owned Cadbury's) in his prize-winning article on Business Ethics for Harvard Business Review circa 1984.
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful on: March 05, 2013, 07:38:28 PM
@sword: Many thanks for your post!    Thmbsup
I was particularly interested in the QuoteURLTextadd-on, which I had not seen before. I just made a post requesting that its functionality be built-in to CHS:
Feature request: Copy/store/paste the highlighted text and any related metadata.

@hamradio: Yes, I also use the amazingly useful CoLT, and I initially thought of it when I read about QuoteURLText, but they are not the same thing. QuoteURLText picks up the text and related metadata for pasting, which is different to what CoLT does - for example:

1443  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Feature request: Copy/store/paste the highlighted text and any related metadata. on: March 05, 2013, 07:16:04 PM
There's a post here: Re: Firefox Extensions: Your favorite or most useful:
Quote URL Text_1.0.9b (title, url, quote, date)
multicopy_1.1 (list of Ctrl-c clips)
Web Of Trust
firefox_18.0.1 in live linux puppy-precise_5.4.3 from DVD-RW in amd64 box

I went and took a look at the Firefox add-on site for Quote URL Text_1.0.9b, and installed the add-on, restarted Firefox, and set the add-on's parameters to suit my peculiar needs.
The add-on Quote URL Text_1.0.9b copies the highlighted text and its source url, and other metadata into the Clipboard text field - which also goes as text into the CHS database (so it's all clips saved by this method that have this data, not just the last copied clip).

To check its functionality, I went back to that Firefox add-on site, and selected the text as emboldened per the quote below, and copied it with the Ctrl+Shift+C hotkeys necessary for the add-on to capture the text and metadata.
The following is a paste (Ctrl+V) of the result:
QuoteURLText :: Add-ons for Firefox
Wed Mar 06 2013 12:11:33 GMT+1300 (New Zealand Daylight Time)
QuoteURLText 1.0.9b
by Jay Palat
Quote URL text will copy selected text to the clipboard including Page Title, Location and copy date.

(The emboldened text is all that was selected/highlighted and copied from the webpage, the rest of the text in the quote is metadata.)

This is an incredibly useful feature, and something that I have needed for ages. I can get something like it with a conventional copy-and-paste (of the last clip copied) into OneNote, which pastes the same text above thusly: (it picks up the HTML/RTF formatting also)


At the time of capture, CHS has access to the entire Clipboard contents - including the same text and metadata that QuoteURLText pushes into the Clipboard text field.
I know that CHS picks up some of that metadata and stores it in other fields in its database, but that metadata in that form is relatively inaccessible - or only partly accessible - e.g., in limited fashion through "Additional actions on last clip" or as a CHS Paste Template, but I am unsure as to whether that will be enough for what I want to be able to do.

What I would like to be able to do is this:
1. Effectively make the add-on QuoteURLText redundant, by incorporating its features into CHS, such that the features would work in any brand of browser, regardless.
2. Have an option in CHS to enable/disable the capture of any text selected in a web browser, in exactly the same way as QuoteURLText does.
3. When this feature is enabled and without necessitating the use of special hotkeys, CHS would by default examine the metadata for the last clip in the Clipboard buffer and automatically detect/determine whether it contained browser metadata. If it did, then the contents (text) of the clip field in CHS would be updated with the metadata as text. Thus, a subsequent paste would paste the updated contents - e.g., as per the paste after using QuoteURLText, above.
4. The new CHS feature, as well as being enabled/disabled as a default, would present options as to the order of metadata text in the paste of clip text saved.
5. Ideally, the metadata could include anything necessary so as to store in, and paste from saved clips all the metadata to perform a paste as in OneNote (see above) - which picks up the HTML/RTF and formatting also.

Could this feature be provided in CHS?

Hope this all makes sense.
1444  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: CHS Note field display disappears [Bug?] on: March 05, 2013, 05:02:36 PM
Just thought I'd mention that, though I have been hammering CHS quite a bit lately, I have not noticed these symptoms recurring.
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Yahoo email servers hacked on: March 04, 2013, 09:55:49 PM
@Carol Haynes: Thanks for the heads-up. Why am I not surprised?
The NZ Telecom/Yahoo accounts were hacked a couple of days ago. I have had a proprietary NZ Telcom ISP email address for years - one that I rarely need to use. When NZ Telecom tried to get everyone to migrate their email accounts to Yahoo, I could see that probably nothing but trouble was likely to come of it, so I kept my original email account and avoided the Yahoo one. (Fortunately for me, it appears.)
Since then it has become evident that Yahoo's so-called "service" is a euphemism, and I am glad I kept out of it. This latest hack just seems to be par for the course.
1446  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review on: March 04, 2013, 05:11:30 PM
Are these libraries indexed in place?  Or are they truly imported into Qigga's data structure?
In answer, I have added this note under the section in the Opening Post:
2. The ability to import documents to the Qiqqa library/database.
The imported/copied source PDF documents are stored/scanned/indexed in folders in the Qiqqa databases subfolder. This subfolder is either in the default location or a location assigned by the user, as here:
(Image 02.)
The documents do not appear to be held in a proprietary database - (say) a structured SQL database (as, for example, in SharePoint).
Hope that all makes sense.
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 04, 2013, 10:39:06 AM
^ Yes, +1 for what @Carol Haynes said.
1448  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review on: March 04, 2013, 09:17:14 AM
Original post:2013-03-04
Last updated:2013-06-28

Basic Info
App Name[attach] (FREE version)
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App URLhttp://www.qiqqa.com/
App Version Reviewedv55s
Test System SpecsWin7-64 Home Premium
Supported OSes
  • Windows XP, Vista and 7 and 8.
  • also an Android version.
Support Methods
Upgrade PolicyFREE - as and when available.
Trial Version Available?FREE - NO limitations.
Pricing Scheme
  • FREE version -  $0.00 (local PC-based).
  • Premium -        $3.99/month (includes Cloud use).
  • Premium Plus - $24.99 per month (includes Cloud use).

Screenshot of the main tabbed GUI pane, showing the Local Guest Library tab:
(Image 01. Click image to enlarge.)

On 2012-11-04, I made this comment in a discussion thread Re: organize data for research
- so this is the belated review of Qiqqa.

Summary description of Qiqqa:
Qiqqa contains everything you essentially need for the five stages of commercial or academic research work/projects:
  • 1. Organize
  • 2. Discover
  • 3. Review
  • 4. Collaborate
  • 5. Create

Most of these projects require collecting and reading a large number of papers or "knowledge items" - sometimes thousands of documents. The sheer volume of these documents can sometimes make it difficult to work with them, sift through them, and keep things under control.
Qiqqa was designed with this task in mind, and it has these main features to help you keep those documents under control and to keep your knowledge expanding coherently:
  • 1. Comprehensive PDF document management.
  • 2. The ability to import documents to the Qiqqa library/database.
  • 3. OCR of imaged documents, with capture of text contained in any imaged PDF documents.
  • 4. Automatic collection/creation of metadata for the documents.
  • 5. "Super Tag" functionality to categorise and cross-reference your document content.
  • 6. Sophisticated Find/Search functionality.
  • 7. Ability to export the contents of your Qiqqa library/database.
  • 8. Knowledge analysis/discovery.
  • 9. Research web browser.
  • 10. Brainstorming (Mindmaps).
  • 11. Knowledge-linking.

1. Comprehensive PDF document management.
  • Qiqqa becomes the main library stock control for all your PDF documents.
  • You can add PDFs into Qiqqa libraries as you find them, rapidly search and find them in your libraries when you need them, and read and work with them via Qiqqa.
  • You can create as many libraries in Qiqqa as you need for keeping your work categorised/segmented.
  • Qiqqa can handle thousands of PDFs within each library.
  • Document previews are provided without opening them, for fastest visual searches.
  • You can have a bird's eye view of each library before you dip in.
  • You can quickly spot and access recently-added documents, or those that the Qiqqa algorithms suggest that you may need to read next.
  • You can generate "vanilla references" (metadata) for PDF documents that you don’t yet have, but want to add a reference for in anticpation. As and when you get the document at a later date, you can attach it to the metadata.
  • Automatic duplicate detection alerts ensure that, however large your library, you don't end up with the otherwise inevitable collection of duplicate papers from different sources.

2. The ability to import documents to the Qiqqa library/database.
  • Import all your PDFs to the Qiqqa library from your drive in one go, or drag and drop them at any time.
  • Import from other programs - e.g., import all your existing papers and references from Mendeley™, Zotero™, EndNote™, or Jab Ref - or any other program that can export to BibTeX format.
  • Automatically import documents from your hard drive by setting-up a "watch folder" to have any new PDFs automatically imported - e.g., your internet browser download folder location, or a university network share, or similar.
The imported/copied source PDF documents are stored/scanned/indexed in folders in the Qiqqa databases subfolder. This subfolder is either in the default location or a location assigned by the user, as here:
(Image 02.)
The folders/documents in this subfolder are easily accessible and do not appear to be held in or constrained by a proprietary database - (say) a structured SQL database (as, for example, in SharePoint).

3. OCR of imaged documents, with capture of text contained in imaged documents.
  • Optical character recognition is useful for any PDFs that are essentially a collection of images of text. No program can otherwise search their text, or allow you to copy and paste, without OCR.
  • Without OCR, the knowledge value contained in an imaged PDF is thus effectively locked away.
  • Qiqqa comes with an automatic and powerful built-in OCR functionality (unlike many/most other reference management systems). You can then perform fast full-text searches of such documents, get automatic abstracts, keyword extraction, and so forth.

4. Automatic collection/creation of metadata for the documents.
  • The key to harnessing the knowledge contained in your documents is accurate metadata (title, author, publication, etc.). Unfortunately, PDFs very often come with poor metadata, if any. Qiqqa tackles this problem head on.
  • If your document contains no metadata at all, Qiqqa looks for text items that look like the title/author/year, and uses that automatically, so you don’t have to type it in - the metadata is auto-populated.
  • Qiqqa employs the metadata standard BibTeX. It is extensively used in Qiqqa. For those familiar with using BibTeX, this will be a boon. For those unfamiliar with BibTeX, you’ll find it relatively easy to learn to use with Qiqqa’s BibTeX metadata editor.
  • Qiqqa employs a BibTeX metadata sniffer, and can automatically search Google Scholar for the correct metadata, and then import it directly. If you have downloaded (say) 50 papers, but none of them have metadata, then filling this in by hand would take ages. Qiqqa enables you to import a collection of documents and have them OCRed and metadataed in a relatively very short time.
  • Alongside the metadata are your own attributes and notes, so you can keep track of your thoughts and progress on individual papers with document attributes.

5. "Super Tag" functionality to categorise and cross-reference your document content.
  • Tags are a convenient and quick way of grouping documents. You can add tags to any document, and then subsequently use the Tag Explorer to navigate to them quickly.
  • If your documents are already in a neat directory structure on your hard drive, then Qiqqa can use those folder names as tags. Tags can also be made from PDF keywords.
  • Qiqqa learns what your documents are about, and can auto-tag them for you so you don’t have to. You can even give it hints about which tags to include/exclude.
  • Most applications only support “flat” tags. Qiqqa allows you to drill down a nested tag hierarchy when finding documents - e.g., those tagged “History”, then only those tagged with “history” and “middle ages”, then only those tagged with “history” and “middle ages” and “France”.
  • Tags can apply to annotations too, and will show up in the Tag Explorer.

6. Sophisticated Find/Search functionality.
  • You can carry out full-text searches across your entire library using a sophisticated built-in search engine.
  • Results are ranked, and shown directly in your library screen, with previews.
  • "Google-like" searches: most applications can only search for the literal letters you’re searching for. Qiqqa looks similar to Google Search, so you can use wildcards, fuzzies, looking for words near other words, and of course Booleans (e.g., "fried green" NOT tomatoes).
  • You can combine your search queries across multiple aspects to filter your library and hone in on your target, and then, if necessary, sort those results (or your entire library) to find the exact item.

7. Ability to export the contents of your Qiqqa library/database.
  • Qiqqa is designed to avoid lock-in. You can export your entire library to a combined BibTeX file for import elsewhere. All your PDFs are included with smart links in an html page, so you can easily access them by tag, author, and title, even without Qiqqa.
  • You can also backup a snapshot of all your Qiqqa work at any time to a portable .ZIP archive file - could be useful, for example, if you want to establish a recoverable backup breakpoint prior to making big changes in the database content.

8. Knowledge analysis/discovery.
Qiqqa contains some unique tools to help you to:
  • discover new papers to read
  • discover information about papers you already have
  • discover where to focus your efforts
You can carry out a Library Analysis using Qiqqa's unique ability to harness the latest in computational linguistic algorithms. Qiqqa Expedition™ automatically breaks your library into themes so that you can quickly get up to speed with and better understand your field of research. You can use Expedition whilst you are new to a field, and later when you want to make sure that you have cited all the relevant papers in each area.
You can view your Expedition results across your entire library, with easy access to the documents you discover or that you’d like to delve into some more.

9. Research web browser.
  • The integrated Qiqqa web browser is honed for one specific task - research.
  • You can easily search multiple academic search engines at once to discover new papers. If you locate a useful PDF, then you can import it into your library (with original download location already set in the metadata) in one click.
  • You can drag URLs or images directly from webpages into your brainstormed mindmap (see below). If you prefer, Qiqqa can use your default browser instead.

10. Brainstorming (Mindmaps).
(Image 03)
  • Whether you're planning a project, organizing exam materials, or making notes as you research, you can keep your ideas and thoughts from getting lost by arranging them into a brainstormed mindmap.
  • Nodes in the mindmap can be files, images, text, documents or internet links. They can be linked and rearranged, and you can zoom in and out for the right level of detail.
  • Because it is integrated directly within Qiqqa, PDFs can be dragged into your mindmap, and later you can click back to that original document.
  • It also allows you to easily explore your library, mapping related documents as you go, which can reveal undiscovered links between documents, authors, and topics.

11. Knowledge-linking.
  • You can associate document concepts by quickly finding out which terms (keywords) and themes dominate a paper. Clicking on a keyword will jump to all instances of that in the library.
  • You can easily view other relevant documents in your library by theme, or author.
  • You can discover new documents and similar papers in your field. If you decide that you might want to read, then you can jump to them using Google Scholar, and then easily import them into your library.
  • You can use Qiqqa's informative graphs to help you visually discover how your work effort varies across time, how your tags are distributed, and so on.
  • Qiqqa can automatically help you to find and navigate to cross references in your library - referencing other papers in your library - so you can jump from one to the other.

Who this app is designed for:
Information junkies generally, and specifically people who are engaged in commercial or academic research work/projects - knowledge workers.

The Good:
  • An amazingly powerful information management and reference management tool.
  • Automates a large portion of the slog and difficult info management tasks.
  • Incredibly effective in what it does (I am still learning to use it and putting it through its hoops).
  • I am using it together with Calibre, which has some overlap with Qiqqa, but the two generally seem to complement each other.
  • Good GUI ergonomics.
  • Excellent alignment with typical knowledge worker needs and processes.

The needs improvement section:
Probably not something that can be improved upon very easily: like the library manager Calibre, the main observation I have here is that when I initially gave Qiqqa a very large library to start with, it hogged a lot of the CPUs in my Intel i7 processor. This was due to it undertaking large-scale OCR processing of imaged documents. However, it did not freeze the system, as CPU utilisation can be limited to, for example just one or two CPUs.

Why I think you should use this product:
Seems to be an excellent product.
If you are an information junkie, or are engaged in commercial or academic research work/projects - e.g., a knowledge worker - then this is arguably a must-have piece of software - it could be the proverbial answer to a maiden's prayer.

How does it compare to similar apps.:
I have no useful basis of experiential comparison as, though I have trialled several other reference management systems, none of them seem to come close to Qiqqa. One system that I found similarly very good was Calibre - though it is a library management system - i.e., quite a different breed of cat.
There is a good info source in Wikipedia: Comparison of reference management software

  • An excellent and highly sophisticated piece of software, excellent fit for purpose, and well-supported by its developer.
  • I was and still am rather blown away with what this software did/does, and how well it does what it does. Regular updates and improvements by the developer keep this tool on the leading edge.
  • Some users may find that Qiqqa has a steepish learning curve before they can make optimum use of this sophisticated software tool, but they will probably find it is worth the effort.
  • Very impressive, and I have kept it as my main reference management system, used in conjunction with Calibre.
  • Ability to automatically "pull" metadata from many different sources is very useful.

Links to other reviews of this application:
1449  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 04, 2013, 04:56:24 AM
has anyone tried one of these devices?...

That's kinda what this discussion thread is all about - 802.11n 150Mbps (also referred to as 802.11n "Lite") wifi equipment - focussing on how to get the best speed/bandwidth out of an existing setup.
The setup was:
(a) The router: a TP-Link TD-8950ND 150Mbps Wireless N ("Lite")ADSL2+ Modem Router. ("Wifi router".)
(b) The wireless network adapter:  i.e., the one built-in to my laptop.

This is what I did in more or less the order I did it in:
  • 1. I updated the firmware in the router and for the drivers of the laptop's built-in network adapter.
    Result: No noticeable effect.

  • 2. I fiddled around experimentally with the settings in the router.
    Result: No noticeable effect.

  • 3. I fiddled around with the settings in the network adapter (e.g., including switching it to 802.11n only, disabling the the 802.11b/g standard functionality).
    Result: No noticeable effect.

  • 4. I tried bumping up the signal concentration/strength by putting a high-tech  Cool  reflector "dish" (made from an opened-out beer can) around the router's vertical antenna. This would beam more of the radiated signal in the laptop's direction.
    Result: It had a slight improving effect on the signal strength received by the laptop 2 rooms away, but it still wasn't realising the 150Mbps potential even if the laptop was placed in close proximity to the wifi router.

  • 5. I changed the setup by installing a TP-Link - WN723N 150Mbps Mini Wireless N USB Adapter and updated the associated driver to current spec., and disabled the laptop's bult-in network adapter.
    Result: Success! Definite improvement with the typical signal strength/quality 2 rooms away from the wifi router moving up to about 90Mbps. and quite often peaking at 120Mbps, and 150Mbps being typical in the same room as the wifi router.

  • 6. I have today added a second beer can reflector inverted on top of the first, thus roughly doubling the overall reflector area.
    Result: A further step up! The typical signal strength/quality 2 rooms away from the wifi router is still about 90Mbps. but now also quite often 120Mbps, and the peak has gone up to max spec of 150Mbps.

What you seem to be suggesting is putting a high-gain antenna on the laptop's 150Mbps network adapter. I feel sure that that would definitely help to make the most of whatever signal is getting through the walls to the laptop, but I have not tried that as I didn't want to invest more $$ than I absolutely had to to get the actual performance up to spec.
Also, in choosing the mini USB network adapter, I deliberately bypassed the older, larger TP-Link - WN721N 150Mbps Wireless Lite N USB Adapter - which probably would have a higher gain antenna (being longer). In my view, small is good and less easily damaged when moving the laptop around - also, less noticeable to my inquisitive 2½ year old son, who represents an environmental risk for laptops, as he has a fascination for them.
1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: March 03, 2013, 07:54:39 PM
^ Yes, different brands of internal laptop wifi cards are not necessarily able to play well with the TP-Link N/150.
The rule is to standardise on what works.
As soon as I got the 150Mbps N USB mini Network Adapter to work nicely, I installed it on my daughter's laptop, and it worked fine there too, so I might buy another mini adapter (the same spec) for her. Then we can download shared "Workgroup" files (e.g., OneNote Notebooks) and stream shared media off of each others' laptops more easily, with the benefit of the faster data exchange rate. Improve the quality of the "local Cloud".
@Carol Haynes alluded to higher wifi speeds than 150Mbps probably being of little benefit otherwise for domestic Internet response times, unless you happen to have a commercial/T3 line or something (which I don't).
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