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1426  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: May 07, 2013, 07:54:08 AM
@tomos: I googled "Atlantis note-taking software" and got a lot of links, some of them look like dubious download sites for what seemed to be non-existant versions (per the real author's site, when I found it) of Altlantis.
One of these sites said it was "Rising Sun Solutions Inc." the author's site, except you could see it wasn't their site.
I finally found what looked like the real author's site by googling "Rising Sun Solutions Inc." and it is: http://www.atlantiswordprocessor.com/en/

Looks like an interesting product wth a 30-day free trial before the licence expires - Registration is US$35.00.

Some of the dubious links:
1427  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New PC double-take on: May 07, 2013, 07:26:54 AM
^^ Yes, what @x16wda said.
1428  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Adobe drops the gauntlet - going forward it's cloud - or nothing. on: May 07, 2013, 01:16:22 AM
Take a trip back in time, to when the producers dictated to their customers. (Did they ever stop trying to do that?)
Archaic, and arguably exactly what you would expect from a good corporate psychopath.
Anyone could guess that this sort of thing was likely to happen. Google are doing it by default now. Another example is Microsoft's Office 365, but that's not dictating terms  to anyone, yet.
Throwing down the gauntlet is a challenge to fight. This seems to be nothing like that. It is arguably anti-trust, oligopolistic or monopolistic practice. They don't expect a fight.
1429  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New PC double-take on: May 07, 2013, 12:54:14 AM
@40hz: Oh, thanks for that. That's very informative.
I wondered why new PCs would come loaded with proprietary 3rd party DVD players - since XP days. I usually found them lacking or they wanted money to upgrade to a version that actually did anything useful. So I tended to not use them, preferring to use (for example) VLC, Winamp or Real Alternative. Nowadays I usually just use VLC and nothing else, and I continue to disable Windows Media Player because of its DRM functionality and because it tries to call home - I block it at the firewall too, just in case. (A pity to not use MS MP, as it  has a good database system.)

I was interested in Win8, because MS has apparently cunningly embedded some cross-integration with MSO 2013 + Win8 + IE10 + SkyDrive + Outlook.com), so you don't necessarily get the whole ball of wax unless you upgrade to all the latest versions of these things. It's called "lock-in" I guess, but it is cunningly done with a velvet glove, though the proverbial iron fist is probably inside that glove.
SharePoint users have this issue in spades, as SharePoint is (deliberately) incredibly well-integrated with MSO, IE and the Win OS, but you have to have all the latest versions of everything to be able to use all the latest functionality. On a treadmill for life, paying a tollgate fee to MS as you rotate.
Anyway, I still have MSO as an incentive to migrate to Win8, but the disincentives seem to include the sorts of thing you mentioned above, and others - e.g., the dropping of ClearType functionality (ergonomics is kind of important).
1430  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 06, 2013, 10:58:30 PM
^^ I didn't get the joke until I googled "Yakov Smirnoff".
Never heard of him before. He's very clever/funny.

e.g., from: Wikiepedia Yakov Smirnoff
Russian reversal
Russian reversal or "In Soviet Russia" is a type of joke originated by Smirnoff, and is an example of antimetabole.[5] The general form of the "In Soviet Russia" joke is that the subject and object of a statement are reversed, and "In (Soviet) Russia," or something equivalent, is added, and the verb is often left unconjugated and articles are omitted, mimicking perceived Russian-accented speech. The original was:

    In America, you can always find a party.
    In Soviet Russia, Party always find you!

Other examples include:

    In America, you break law.
    In Soviet Russia, law breaks you!

    In America, your work determines your marks.
    In Soviet Russia, Marx determines your work!

    In America, you assassinate presidents.
    In Soviet Russia, presidents assassinate you!

    In America, you watch Big Brother.
    In Soviet Russia, Big Brother watches you!

Smirnoff's use of English allowed him to smooth over grammar differences in transitioning from the setup to the punchline. For example, he omits the articles "a" and "the" (which the Russian language doesn't have) in the first reversal joke above, to better preserve the congruence. Also, verbs are often left unconjugated, such as in the joke "In America, you listen to man on radio. In Soviet Russia, man on radio listen to you!"

In 1985, Smirnoff appeared on a Miller Lite commercial featuring Russian reversal jokes.[6]

    In America, there's plenty of light beer and you always find a party. In Russia, Party will always find you.

See also: Transpositional pun
1431  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 06, 2013, 08:52:44 AM
Illuminated script.
A new monk arrived at a monastery.  He was assigned to help the other monks in copying the old illuminated texts by hand.  He noticed however, that they were copying from copies, and not the original manuscripts held in the scriptorium.  So he went to Father Florian (the Armarius of the Scriptorium) to ask him about this.  He pointed out that if there was an error in the first copy, then that error would be continued in all of the other copies.

Father Florian said, "The monks of this monastery have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son. I shall check on this right now."

So saying, Father Florian went down into the cellar with one of the copies to check it against the original.  Hours went by and nobody saw him come back up.  Eventually, one of the monks went downstairs to look for him.  He heard sobbing coming from the back of the cellar, and found the old monk leaning on a table, on which were open the copy and the original manuscript.  The old man was crying.

The monk said to Father Florian, "What's wrong father?"

The old monk replied in a choked voice, "The word is 'celebrate'! "
1432  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Turn a batch file into an AHK script. on: May 06, 2013, 06:02:30 AM
Not sure whether this is relevant at this stage, but instead of using Windows batch commands, you might like to consider using the TakeCommand language. It's based on the Windows command line and batch instructions, but provides a much more powerful instruction set.
I used it some years back and it really was superb.
I only mention it now as it is coming on BitsDJ special offer of 50% at US$49.97. (Click on link.)
1433  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: New PC double-take on: May 06, 2013, 05:43:11 AM
Um...have you tried playing a movie on either a DVD or Blu-Ray disk with your new PC yet?  huh
That's one "experience" that's very different under Windows 8. undecided

Could you elaborate please? I am contemplating a move to Win8, but am a bit reluctant at the moment because Win8 has got pretty bad reviews from some who have already switched.
My Win7-64 Home Premium seems to be pretty much rock-solid and useful.
1434  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: IsoBuster on offer, 2012-11-28: Recover Files From Damaged Media on: May 06, 2013, 05:34:02 AM
There is a new BitsDJ offer of IsoBuster for 50% off at US$19.97. (Click on link.)
20 hours left to go, as at time of posting.
1435  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Camera technology - Impressive resolution of photography of a crowd scene. on: May 06, 2013, 05:22:53 AM
Re The Last Supper image: you provided the link that goes to a BitRebels post that links to the image at Halta Definizione | Website - but that link does not work.
However, if you go to the Halta Definizione home page, you will be able to register to view the gallery of images they have, presumably including The Last Supper - though I haven't tried it.
1436  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Camera technology - Impressive resolution of photography of a crowd scene. on: May 06, 2013, 05:03:58 AM
^^ Thanks Curt. I had seen those shots.
Using the tried-and-tested technology, I would assume that all crowd scenes could be gathered and imaged as per the OP link to the  the Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone taken before the riots.
Why would police/government agencies therefore not have been taking high resolution crowd surveillance images before and during and after the Boston event? I mean, if they were already running a bomb-threat exercise including rooftop surveillance, Navy Seals and sniffer-dogs...?

It may be that the Boston high resolution images haven't been made publicly available as they are confidential surveillance images for use only by police/government agencies, and could infringe on someone's privacy rights, or something.
1437  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Camera technology - Impressive resolution of photography of a crowd scene. on: May 05, 2013, 11:05:43 PM
Yes, I thought it pretty impressive - and each time, as technological invention and innovation advances, we get one of these "Wow!" surprises.
My immediate thought on seeing it was "Where can I view the Boston marathon shots?"    huh
1438  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Camera technology - Impressive resolution of photography of a crowd scene. on: May 05, 2013, 08:53:29 AM
Impressive resolution of photography of a crowd scene - this is the Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone along Georgia St. for Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final, taken before the riots.
I'd never seen anything like this before. Interesting technology. Seems to be a composite picture.
Hard to lose yourself in a crowd with imaging technology like this. Who is using it? Looks rather like "You are being watched."
Makes you wonder why all that fuss about Google StreetView...
BEFORE THE RIOT version 1 - The Vancouver Canucks Fan Zone along Georgia St. for Game 7 of the 2011 Stanley Cup Final was captured at 5:46 pm on June 15, 2011. It is made up of 216 photos (12 across by 18 down) stitched together, taken over a 15-minute span, and is not supposed to represent a single moment in time. The final hi-res file is 69,394 X 30,420 pixels or 2,110 megapixels. Special thanks to Bonita Howard and CBC Real Estate.
1439  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 04, 2013, 10:42:55 AM
I just had a "laugh out loud" moment when I read this rather ironic and hilarious piece of news in the National Post, about an anti-semitic Hungarian politician who discovered that his grandmother is Jewish. Priceless.
​So funny. Brought tears to my eyes, laughing so hard. Even in its darker moments, Fate sometimes seems to have a joke up its sleeve and a great sense of humour - and lessons for those who seek them.
Rising star in Hungarian anti-Semitic party discovers he’s Jewish​
Pablo Gorondi, Associated Press | 12/08/14 | Last Updated: 12/08/14 6:24 PM ET

BUDAPEST, Hungary — As a rising star in Hungary’s far-right Jobbik Party, Csanad Szegedi was notorious for his incendiary comments on Jews: He accused them of “buying up” the country, railed about the “Jewishness” of the political elite and claimed Jews were desecrating national symbols.

Then came a revelation that knocked him off his perch as ultra-nationalist standard-bearer: Szegedi himself is a Jew.

Following weeks of Internet rumors, Szegedi acknowledged in June that his grandparents on his mother’s side were Jews – making him one too under Jewish law, even though he doesn’t practice the faith. His grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor and his grandfather a veteran of forced labour camps.

Since then, the 30-year-old has become a pariah in Jobbik and his political career is on the brink of collapse. He declined to be interviewed for this story.

At the root of the drama is an audio tape of a 2010 meeting between Szegedi and a convicted felon. Szegedi acknowledges that the meeting took place but contends the tape was altered in unspecified ways; Jobbik considers it real.

In the recording, the felon is heard confronting Szegedi with evidence of his Jewish roots. Szegedi sounds surprised, then offers money and favors in exchange for keeping quiet.

Under pressure, Szegedi resigned last month from all party positions and gave up his Jobbik membership. That wasn’t good enough for the party: Last week it asked him to give up his seat in the European Parliament as well. Jobbik says its issue is the suspected bribery, not his Jewish roots.

Szegedi came to prominence in 2007 as a founding member of the Hungarian Guard, a group whose black uniforms and striped flags recalled the Arrow Cross, a pro-Nazi party which briefly governed Hungary at the end of World War II and killed thousands of Jews. In all, 550,000 Hungarian Jews were killed during the Holocaust, most of them after being sent in trains to death camps like Auschwitz. The Hungarian Guard was banned by the courts in 2009.

By then, Szegedi had already joined the Jobbik Party, which was launched in 2003 to become the country’s biggest far-right political force. He soon became one of its most vocal and visible members, and a pillar of the party leadership. Since 2009, he has served in the European Parliament in Brussels as one of the party’s three EU lawmakers, a position he says he wants to keep.

The fallout of Szegedi’s ancestry saga has extended to his business interests. Jobbik executive director Gabor Szabo is pulling out of an Internet site selling nationalist Hungarian merchandise that he owns with Szegedi. Szabo said his sister has resigned as Szegedi’s personal assistant.
AP Photo/Bela Szandelszky, File

In the 2010 tape, former convict Zoltan Ambrus is heard telling Szegedi that he has documents proving Szegedi is Jewish. The right-wing politician seems genuinely surprised by the news – and offers EU funds and a possible EU job to Ambrus to hush it up.

Ambrus, who served time in prison on a weapons and explosives conviction, apparently rejected the bribes. He said he secretly taped the conversation as part of an internal Jobbik power struggle aimed at ousting Szegedi from a local party leadership post. The party’s reaction was swift.

“We have no alternative but to ask him to return his EU mandate,” said Jobbik president Gabor Vona. “Jobbik does not investigate the heritage of its members or leadership, but instead takes into consideration what they have done for the nation.”

Szegedi’s experience is not unique: The Holocaust was a taboo subject during Hungary’s decades of communist rule that ended in 1990, and many survivors chose to keep their ordeals to themselves. Russian far-right firebrand Vladimir Zhirinovsky was anti-Semitic until he acknowledged in 2001 that his father was Jewish.

Szegedi, who was raised Presbyterian, acknowledged his Jewish origins in June interviews with Hungarian media, including news broadcaster Hir TV and Barikad, Jobbik’s weekly magazine. He said that after the meeting with Ambrus, he had a long conversation with his grandmother, who spoke about her family’s past as Orthodox Jews.

“It was then that it dawned on me that my grandmother really is Jewish,” Szegedi told Hir TV. “I asked her how the deportations happened. She was in Auschwitz and Dachau and she was the only survivor in the extended family.”
‘Szegedi denied ever having made anti-Semitic statements, but several of his speeches and media appearances show otherwise’

Judaism is traced from mother to child, meaning that under Jewish law Szegedi is Jewish. Szegedi said he defines himself as someone with “ancestry of Jewish origin – because I declare myself 100 percent Hungarian.”

In the interview with Hir TV, Szegedi denied ever having made anti-Semitic statements, but several of his speeches and media appearances show otherwise.

In a November 2010 interview on Hungarian state television, Szegedi blamed the large-scale privatization of state assets after the end of communism on “people in the Hungarian political elite who shielded themselves in their Jewishness.”

Speaking on a morning program in late 2010, he said that “the problem the radical right has with the Jews” was that Jewish artists, actors and intellectuals had desecrated Hungary’s national symbols like the Holy Crown of St. Stephen, the country’s first Christian king.

Szegedi also complained of “massive real estate purchases being done in Hungary, where – it’s no secret – they want to bring in Israeli residents.”

Szegedi met in early August with Rabbi Slomo Koves, of Hungary’s Orthodox Chabad-Lubavitch community, whose own parents were in their teens when they discovered they were Jewish.

“As a rabbi … it is my duty to receive every person who is in a situation of crisis and especially a Jew who has just now faced his heritage,” Koves said.

During the meeting, Szegedi apologized for any statements which may have offended the Jewish community, and vowed to visit Auschwitz to pay his respects.

Koves described the conversation as “difficult and spiritually stressful,” but said he is hopeful for a successful outcome.

“Csanad Szegedi is in the middle of a difficult process of reparation, self-knowledge, re-evaluation and learning, which according to our hopes and interests, should conclude in a positive manner,” Koves said. “Whether this will occur or not is first and foremost up to him.”
1440  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 04, 2013, 10:23:07 AM
Assertive Womens' Conference.
The first speaker, a lady from England, stood and said “During last year's conference, we spoke about being more assertive with our husbands. Well, after the conference, I went home and told my husband, Barrington, that I would no longer cook for him and that he would have to do it himself.”

“After the first day, I saw nothing. The second day, I saw nothing, but on the third day, I saw that he had cooked a wonderful roast lamb.”
(The crowd cheered.)

The second lady from Russia, stood up and said, “After last year's conference, I went home and told my husband, Ivan, that I would no longer do his laundry and that he would have to do it himself.”

“The first day, I saw nothing. After the second day, I saw nothing, but on the third day, I saw that he had done not only his own washing, but mine as well.”
(The crowd again cheered.)

The third speaker, an Aboriginal lady from Australia, stood up and said, “Afta lass year's conference, I wen "ome and tole dat lazy husband of mines, Dingo Jack, dat I was froo pickin' up his beer cans, cookin' his tucker and washin' his undaweah and dat he was goin to haf to do dem himself.”
(The crowd went wild with cheering and clapping that lasted for five long minutes.)

She continued, “Afta da first day, I nevah see nuffin. Afta da second day, I nevah see nuffin, but afta da fird day, I could see a little bit outa my leff eye.”
1441  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: SkyDrive Bookmarklet on: May 02, 2013, 05:41:12 AM
Oops, sorry, pointing to the wrong kind of X-Drive in my 2 responses above. More haste, less speed...
1442  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 02, 2013, 05:36:44 AM
That reminds me of a daily Telegraph news item I read years ago. It was on page 3 I think, which was where they used to put the odd and curious bits of world news that didn't warrant page 1 or 2.
This news item was only worth about ¾" of a column. Apparently police were seeking but had not yet found, a masked man who was in the habit of breaking into single bed rooms in some college's girls' dormitory block late at night. He would gag and bind the unlucky occupant and subject her to an enema, and then leave.    ohmy

The news item bore the heading Public enema No.1.  

1443  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: SkyDrive Bookmarklet on: May 01, 2013, 10:47:50 AM
Another one in the Google Chrome App Store: Save to Google Drive
Save web content to Google Drive.
The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension helps you save web content to your Google Drive.
* Adds a browser action to save the current page.
* Adds a right-click context menu to save hyperlinks and media.

This extension allow you to save web content directly to Google Drive through a browser action or context menu. You can save links to documents, images, and HTML5 audio and video all by right clicking and selecting 'Save to Google Drive'. You can save the currently viewed page using the 'Save to Google Drive' browser action. The format of saved HTML pages can be controlled with the extension's options page (Choice of Entire image (default), Visible image, Raw HTML, MHTML, or Google Doc). You can automatically convert Microsoft Office files or comma separated files to Google docs format.

After your content is saved, the progress dialog allows you to open the file, rename, or view the file in the Google Drive document list. From the document list, you can organize and share your new document.
1444  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Educational resources for developing Critical Thinking skills. on: May 01, 2013, 10:10:18 AM
@tomos: Yes, I'm not sure about their definition either. There are some working definitions in this: Critical Thinking - An Introduction (by Alec Fisher) 14 page extract.pdf

I recall that Alec Fisher was the one who led the team to establish the O and A level syllabi for Critical Thinking in the UK, and he wrote some standard textbooks on the subject, used by students, of which Critical Thinking: An Introduction was one (search Amazon for Critical Thinking by Alec Fisher to see more).
I read two of his books - Critical Thinking: An Introduction, and The Logic of Real Arguments.
The UK experience was that Critical Thinking helped the students improve in all their other subjects too - i.e., it gave them a transferable skill.

There's a: Review (by GC Goddu) of book Critical Thinking.pdf

There's also some useful stuff here:
1445  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Educational resources for developing Critical Thinking skills. on: May 01, 2013, 06:33:24 AM
I just came across an interesting educational website that I shall get my daughter Lily to check over. They already got the kids started on this at her Primary school ("Habits of Mind" they called it), and in her new Secondary school they are continuing it further.
Teacher to Teacher: Critical Thinking in the College Classroom

Hope this is of help/use to other parents.
1446  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: SkyDrive Bookmarklet on: May 01, 2013, 06:14:06 AM
Try Google Chrome App Store: Save to Drive
Save link, image, audio and video to Google Drive™
You will find a new menu item in your context menu, allowing you to save links, images, HTML 5 audios and HTML 5 videos to Google Drive. Flash audio / video is not supported.
1447  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2013, 05:47:49 AM
^^ Good one.
1448  DonationCoder.com Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: Chocolatey on: May 01, 2013, 05:43:33 AM
Hey, that looks like a seriously nifty tool there.
I don't think I had seen @phitsc's OP about this - I think I would have remembered it, if I had.
Nice find!    Thmbsup

When I think of times past when I have been involved in desktop rollouts, where a major problem was to perfectly clone a particular type of build image as a backup contingency, or to put it into operation across a network of different PCs...
I wonder if this thing as good as it seems to say it is?
1449  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snack Guidelines / Re: Count Number of Pages in PDF Files on: May 01, 2013, 05:15:57 AM
Another way to crack this could be to use SysExporter - see SysExporter - (Screen-scraping) Export data from Windows controls - Mini-Review
You could then drop the PDF files' details (including page counts) into Excel and perform arithmetic or other operations - whatever you wanted to do with the data.
For example, you could copy this sort of data into Excel, from Windows Explorer (I'm using xplorer² in this screenshot clip):


You could have a filtered view of all the PDF files in a set of nested directories this way, displayed as a flat file in xplorer², and turf all that data into Excel as a table, using SysExporter, together with (say) the file path data. It would effectively be a snapshot database index of all your PDF files in that set of nested folders, with the metadata being whatever you had chosen as display columns for (say) file properties - e.g. including "Pages".
You could select any data from the Excel table and (say) feed it in to batch files as parameters.
1450  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2013, 04:41:29 AM
All right...
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