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26  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / The Internet Archive presents ... The Internet Arcade! on: November 05, 2014, 02:42:58 PM
I was just browsing The Internet Arcade. Impressive. Well worth a look.
Also see Internet Archive offers 900 classic arcade games for browser-based play | Ars Technica
The below quote (relevant) is from DCF "silly humour" section:
I just saw the news story that the Internet Archive and some other people just released a browser based "Internet Arcade" of old classic games.  Leaving aside the copyright licensing / abandonware stuff,

But that's the big question here.  HOW did they get license to so many of these?  I mean, it doesn't just play in the browser, you can download the ROM!  Last I checked, it was *ahem* technically illegal to own a ROM except under certain conditions.  I mean, are they just throwing it up there in hopes that MOST of them stick?  Or is this a short-lived experiment in "let's take bets as to how long it'll take before the first DMCA takedown notice gets delivered"?

Either way: So... many... games...

Well, trying not to cut myself shaving with Occam's razor, here's a collation a few of the theories floating from the Slashdot thread mixed with my own:

1. It's hosted by the Internet Archive, and not just any ol' Pop & Son outfit who can be scared with a couple of nasty letters. So let's say a big X % of these games are not under license, but through a few corporate layers, there's enough money behind archive.org that other revenue they generate more than outweighs "abuses" like this. For part of this theory, someone pointed out that computer games are much different than most other forms of copyrighted works - classic songs and TV and movies can retain their basic value for a very long time. But with the march of time, nostalgia aside, no one would play these games except for novelty value.

2. Another idea is some kind of "copyright insurance" - suppose they get a silent insurer to switch the burden of copyright chain onto the final record holders rather than themselves. Think of it as a kind of big poker bluff: "Okay, let's just grant the silly notion that a copyrighted work is $300,000 each. But think of the insane prices lawyers charge. Do you *really* want to try to figure out whatever became of Tago Electronics to win your settlement for the game Anteater? After you get done cheering at happy hour, what have you accomplished? Fine. Take one down, pass it around, 899 games left on the wall."

 3. Maybe they somehow used their big money to do some kind of massive bulk purchase saying, "Okay, with a clause that covers subsequent rights owners and flow through, most of these games came from the same twelve companies. So, here's a big chunk of money, because our petty cash numbers in six figures. So can we have these games now?"

The unifying theme is that unlike a Pop & Son team hoping to skate under the radar, archive.org shouldn't be able to just announce a colossal sonic cannon shot like this, looking like it risks copyright armageddon, without some kind of awesome hidden cards in their hand. I just don't know what those are.
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 05, 2014, 11:01:53 AM
That CSS/Family Guy animation posted above by @app103 certainly seems very apt. Made me smile anyway.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: More speed/bandwidth from an 802.11n laptop<-->WiFi Router/Modem connection? on: November 05, 2014, 04:37:46 AM
I was today helping a not very technically-minded friend, over the phone, to fix an apparent WiFi problem in a new place he had moved to, where he was sharing an access point with other users.
He said that the panel Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Network and Sharing Center displayed 2 WiFi points: (this is in Win7-64)
  • WiFi (SSIDname)
  • WiFi 2 (SSIDname)
- where the SSIDname was the same in both cases.

I figured that probably meant that he had 2 x WiFi devices connected to the same WiFi access point, and I didn't see how that was possible and wondered if I could replicate the situation. Much to my surprise, I succeeded in doing that using a Toshiba laptop (Win8.1-64 PRO) with an onboard WiFi device plus 2x USB mini-WiFi devices plugged in to USB ports, so that altogether I effectively had 3 WiFi connections to the same SSID:


Doing this (installing the 2 extra USB mini-WiFi devices to make 3 in all) seemed to create some system instability and crashes, but I can repeat it once installed, though start-up with all the devices connected is very S-L-O-W, so I presume there's some conflict or bus collisions going on somewhere.
The performance of the laptop in online browsing doesn't seem so great with all 3 devices going, so the actual speed is probably not the sum of the 3 devices' reported speeds...   Grin

The above experiment with the 2 extra wifi devices made me think I should update the experiment described in this discussion thread.
Since my last post here, I managed to "brick" the HP ENVY 14 laptop I had been using when I started the thread. I bricked it whilst in the process of trying to fix it (there had been a major hardware problem in the graphics display).
I am now using a different (manufacturer refurbished) laptop - a Toshiba - which has a different WiFi device:
Realtek RTL8188CE Wireless LAN 802.11n PCI-E NIC the chip spec is RTL8188CE
  • Driver date: 2013-10-18
  • Driver version: 2012.3.913.2013

The spec indicates that it is a non-Bluetooth "Full-n" (i.e., not Lite-n) device.
With the laptop in its usual position 2 rooms away from the access point, the peak connection speed I get with it is 120Mbps, with 150Mbps not so far seen (as far as I can recall), however it unfailingly gets 150Mbps when in the same room as the access point.
The usual connection speed I get with it in the 2 rooms away site seems to be mainly and fairly consistently 120Mbps, but fluctuates sometimes between 120/90/60 - which is affected by laptop position/angle relative to the WiFi access point.
This was perhaps not quite as good as the less consistent performance experienced with the above-described mini-adapter - TP-Link 150Mbps Lite N USB network adapter (Part No. TL-WN723N) - when using the HP ENVY laptop, but when I plug that mini-adapter into the Toshiba, for some reason it doesn't perform as well as it did on the HP ENVY laptop. I can't explain the performance difference of the same mini-adapter when used on the 2 different laptops, but it does indicate that there are probably other factors at play  - that is, other than the postulated technological compatibility (Lite-n) between the access point and the mini-adapter.
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 08:55:16 AM
^^ I was watching some old cartoons in the Wayback Archive with my 4 y/o boy yesterday, and one was called Wind in The Willows, and it showed how the character Toad, on seeing a car for the first time, became completely obsessed with them and his eyes went glassy and developed colourful whorls inside them - like he was mesmerised.
I recall seeing another old cartoon recently, about Disney's "Goofy" character. When he climbed into his car he transformed into something evil and sprouted horns on his head, etc., and an alter ego took over. It was quite true-to-life!    Wink
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 01:06:08 AM
^^ A friend of mine had a gearhead father who frankensteined a Wankel Rotary into a '65 VW Beetle.  Talk about insane power-to-weight ratio...

He doesn't have it anymore.  360'd around a turn on a mountain road and almost went over, except for the large rock that simultaneously stopped his descent and wiped out the rear 1/4 of the car.  Too bad...
In a Beetle? Sounds like a seriously good conversion. The Wankels were superb engines. A mate of mine in the UK had an old Audi station wagon with 5 cyls whose engine blew up, so he replaced it with a much cheaper rebuilt Wankel rotary engine. It was a very smooth car to drive, well balanced and pretty quick. Much better than the original.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 04, 2014, 12:57:46 AM
Hay, now that's a cool story.. Thmbsup Here in the states we would call that a sleeper - It doesn't look like much, until the light turns green...and then it's too late. I'm a huge fan of Sleepers. Wink
"Sleeper"? I'd not heard that term before. Yes, in UK it's called a "Q-car". Here it is:

A bit dusty in the garage:               Polished up for sale in the showroom:

[attachthumb=#]                           [attachthumb=#]

It was great fun. I was once driving the MG in light traffic in the 2nd lane on a motorway, from Stansted into London, and I saw a Porsche moving rapidly up in the overtaking (3rd) lane behind me. I waited for it to pass me and then pulled out and followed. It was a 911S driven by a bloke. He was clocking about 100mph. As I closed the distance he must have noticed, and, as I had expected he accelerated. We got up to speeds of 130/140mph when we could, as he tried to lose me, but couldn't. The Costello (that's the correct name of the V8 conversion I was driving, named after the engineer who designed/installed it) was pretty much flat out in top overdrive at that speed, and I guess the Porsche was too 'cause he couldn't widen the gap even when we had the road to do it in.
Eventually we came into heavier traffic and had to slow down. At one point, I pulled up on his left at a traffic lights, and he wound down his passenger side window. My window was open  and I called out "Nice drive! Thanks!" and he asked "Have you had the engine modified?" and I replied, "No! Just richer needle jets in the standard twin SU carbs!" (Well, it was a daft question, wasn't it?)
The lights turned green at that point and we moved on. I liked to imagine him taking his Porsche back to the dealer and complaining indignantly to them that there must be something wrong with his car because he couldn't blow off a cruddy MGB Roadster with rich SU jets.  
I recall that trip knocked at least 50% off my usual drive time for that route. I was buzzing with adrenalin for an hour or so afterwards.  

(Sorry for boring the pants off non-petrol-heads with all this irrelevant chitchat.)
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / A new Decalogue for Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: November 03, 2014, 03:53:18 PM
Here is some sage advice on thinking from Bertrand Russell, in regard to teaching, and which could equally well be applied to science and peer review. I have copied it below from an RSS feed I subscribe to at brainpickings.org: (well worth a read)
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
British philosopher, mathematician, historian, and social critic Bertrand Russell endures as one of the most intellectually diverse and influential thinkers in modern history, his philosophy of religion in particular having shaped the work of such modern atheism champions as Christopher Hitchens, Daniel Dennett, and Richard Dawkins. From the third volume of The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell: 1944-1969 comes this remarkable micro-manifesto, entitled A Liberal Decalogue — a vision for responsibilities of a teacher, in which Russell touches on a number of recurring themes from pickings past — the purpose of education, the value of uncertainty, the importance of critical thinking, the gift of intelligent criticism, and more.
It originally appeared in the December 16, 1951, issue of The New York Times Magazine, at the end of the article “The best answer to fanaticism: Liberalism.”
Perhaps the essence of the Liberal outlook could be summed up in a new decalogue, not intended to replace the old one but only to supplement it. The Ten Commandments that, as a teacher, I should wish to promulgate, might be set forth as follows:
  • 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything.
  • 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for the evidence is sure to come to light.
  • 3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
  • 4. When you meet with opposition, even if it should be from your husband or your children, endeavor to overcome it by argument and not by authority, for a victory dependent upon authority is unreal and illusory.
  • 5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
  • 6. Do not use power to suppress opinions you think pernicious, for if you do the opinions will suppress you.
  • 7. Do not fear to be eccentric in opinion, for every opinion now accepted was once eccentric.
  • 8. Find more pleasure in intelligent dissent than in passive agreement, for, if you value intelligence as you should, the former implies a deeper agreement than the latter.
  • 9. Be scrupulously truthful, even if the truth is inconvenient, for it is more inconvenient when you try to conceal it.
  • 10. Do not feel envious of the happiness of those who live in a fool’s paradise, for only a fool will think that it is happiness.

The Autobiography of Bertrand Russell is a treasure trove of wisdom in its entirety — highly recommended.
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / OpenMedia.org request for help/contributions to counter TPP on: November 03, 2014, 12:48:19 PM
Email from openmedia.org
(Copied below sans embedded hyperlinks/images.)
This is the last email we send before Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Ministers meet at the APEC summit in Beijing.1 This meeting is “...seen as an occasion for concluding the TPP talks”.2
We need you to please take this final opportunity to contribute so we can reach people with our powerful new free expression video.
We know that the more people know about TPP Internet censorship, the harder it will be for political leaders to advance it.
That’s why we need our video to spread like wildfire -- Will you take this last chance make sure it goes viral?
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Recent leaks show that negotiators are closer than ever to reaching agreement,3 and sadly, the TPP is still pushing reckless Internet censorship that will make the Internet more expensive and policed.
Your support today will mean we can buy the social media advertising we need to make sure our powerful new video goes viral. Can you chip in today?

For Free Expression,
Meghan & Jason, on behalf of your OpenMedia team

P.S.: The APEC Summit starts tomorrow, and trade ministers are meeting this weekend. We have to act quickly to get our message out -- please help us tell the world what’s at risk in the TPP by donating today.

[1] ‘TPP Ministers to meet Nov. 8th in Beijing: minister.’ Source: Global Post
[2] ‘Japan, U.S. trade chiefs seek to clinch bilateral TPP deal.’ Source: Mainichi
[3] ‘Wikileaks’ free trade documents reveal ‘drastic’ Australian concessions.’ Source: The Guardian

At their website: https://openmedia.org/expression
REVEALED: “Chief negotiators” are stepping in to finalize a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) plan that could censor expression online for generations.1 2

Your comments on mobile platforms, content on YouTube, and posts on Facebook could be censored. Whole websites could even be blocked.3

They are trying to finalize this censorship plan in secretive TPP meetings from which the public and civic interest groups are completely excluded: Let’s raise a loud global call for TPP chief negotiators to back off and save free expression before it's too late  ------>

TPP negotiators received citizen comments in a recent face-to-face meeting with OpenMedia,4 but now chief negotiators are stepping in to ram the censorship plan into place.

62,780 signatures (and counting)!
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 03, 2014, 01:42:59 AM
...B*gger and b*st*rd are another couple.
In NZ as well, mate.    Wink
Reminds me of the time I was driving my souped-up MGB Roadster back from the docks, having just picked it up from the wharf where it had landed after being freighted over from the UK. The car was misfiring as I drove it in 3rd gear at the foot of the very steep Kaurangahape Gorge (just outside Wellington). Figuring that the sparkplugs were a bit fouled up, I dropped it down a cog (2nd gear) and booted it, thinking that that should clear the problem (it usually would).
The engine was a small ally Buick 3.5L V8 design (made by Rover UK under license) with high compression heads and fed by a single twin-choke 40DCOE Weber carb (carefully jetted by yours truly). Being ally and a V8, the engine was lighter than the standard cast-iron block, 4-cyl 1,800cc engine that it replaced, and rode more amidships than the 4-cyl block. The latter made it roughly 50-50 weight distribution, and with approx 100bhp output and lighter weight, the original power-to-weight ratio was roughly doubled.
What this meant was that whenever the loud pedal was pressed, the car had an electrifying response. It shot up the long hill at over 100mph and when I finally got to the top I put it into top overdrive and let it idle back to the statutory speed limit. The engine wasn't misfiring anymore.
A minute or so later, an unmarked police car (a Ford GT Cortina) pulled me over.
Apparently I had overtaken it at great speed at the bottom of the hill, and the cop said he couldn't even begin to keep up with me and I was due for a speeding ticket.
I apologised, saying that I had not intentionally been breaking the speed limit, but just wanted to put the engine under load as it was misfiring on a couple of cylinders from sooty plugs.
"A couple of cylinders?!" the cop exclaimed, "But you've only got four in this engine!".
Recognising that he might know a bit about cars, I explained to him what the engine was. The car otherwise looked like a bog standard MGB Roadster - its suspension and other mods were not visible to the onlooker). No bumps in the bonnet or anything. The only inkling that it was different was a slightly larger diameter tailpipe and an inconspicuously small V8 badge on the front grille.
It turned out the cop was a motor enthusiast, and he asked me to lift the bonnet, and when I did so, he said "You sneaky bastard!", but I figured it was said appreciatively.
I got off without a ticket, and was given a verbal warning and told that now they knew what the car was, I wouldn't get off lightly if I was caught speeding.
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please recommend a clipboard & note manager with the following features on: November 02, 2014, 10:17:08 PM
@dr_andus: Sorry, I wasn't intending anything I wrote to address whatever problems people might be having with any software, as that could start a red-herring discussion in this particular thread about which PIM was "best" or should be chosen "over" another.
So, all I would say about WizNote is that it seems to be a superb PIM.

It also seems to me that the matter of choice is probably inevitably dependent on whether the user finds that a particular PIM (or some piece of software fulfilling a required function) meets their requirements - always assuming that the user actually knows or has discovered what their requirements are in the first place.

Knowing/discovering one's requirements is arguably likely to be a necessary and logical prerequisite to making an evaluation and choice between PIMs (or some pieces of software fulfilling a required function). Because I am unsure of what all my requirements really are or could be, I prefer to trial different software and gain experience on a suck-it-and-see basis. I better run the risk of discovering or learning about new possibilities that way.

My peculiar requirements tend to be constantly and incrementally evolving as I see/discover or learn of new ways to encompass the use of technology to serve discrete purposes that I might not have previously perceived as being feasible requirements.
For example, I had previously considered my requirements of automatically including text in images and spoken words in sound files to be part of my data as being largely infeasible in a PIM. They were special kinds of data that then-current PIM technology could not handle, except for some cloud-based services that could sometimes cope with them in a constrained manner. So when OneNote showed what was possible in this regard, in the client software, they became firm requirements for me, and the functionality is available for an integrated client- and cloud-based database distribution.

However, these requirements might be peculiar to me, and many users might not actually have requirements for this sort of functionality.
For example, if @motiontwelve doesn't need or want that particular functionality, but still wants a sort of monolithic all-in-one Clipboard+PIM functionality, then he could do a lot worse than plump for (say) Zoot or  WizNote (as you may have been suggesting).
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please recommend a clipboard & note manager with the following features on: November 02, 2014, 01:42:56 AM
...there are others that are looking for more powerful information/clipboard management software.
...I have spent the last few days testing out OneNote 2013 and I must admit it is a very interesting tool.
...The "Clip to OneNote" using the port listener is really buggy.
...Not sure why Microsoft didn't take OneNote step further and integrated clipboard features.
...Also, I just discovered a new app called ClipSmartPro that could possibly take the front stage in clipboard managers if the features overview is true.  There is no download yet but I am asking the developer to sign up for beta.
  • 1. Info. Management software: There are a great many people looking for better/improved or more powerful information management software.
    Two websites (and there are several others) for useful discussion on these matters are:
    (a) the DC Forum.
    (b) outlinersoftware.com.

    The useful discussion generally hinges around PIM (Personal Information Management) software and "CRIMP":
    CRIMP defined
    Posted by Stephen Zeoli
    May 10, 2006 at 01:05 PM
     CRIMP stands for a make-believe malady called compulsive-reactive information management purchasing. Symptoms include:
       • never being satisfied with your current system of information management
       • continuously being on the look-out for something newer and better
       • purchasing every new PIM program you learn about
       • and secretly hoping you won’t find the perfect PIM, because then you’d have to stop looking for a better one

    So, when someone speaks of succumbing to his or her CRIMP, it means acknowledging that they’ve purchased another PIM program even though they really don’t think they need it.
    There must be a 12-step program for over-coming CRIMP, but who really wants to? It’s too much fun.
    Steve Z.

  • 2. OneNote: I think that for many people, one of the biggest unstated objections to OneNote might be that it is a Microsoft product. However, the very real possibility of getting MS Office Professional Plus 2013 (which includes OneNote) for US$10 must be a pretty compelling reason to at least try it out - refer MS Office 2013 US$9.95 Corporate/Enterprise Home Use Program - Mini-Review.
    I am still experimenting with OneNote, and have been recording some potentially useful/helpful notes on the DC Forum - refer Microsoft OneNote - some experiential Tips & Tricks
    To make full use of ON, I have had to unlearn some old habits of working with relational databases and conventional two-pane hierarchical PIM tools. I have not found this easy. One has to overcome learned preferences and work habits in favour of new modes of working to maximise the usefulness of the new tool's features, and this would generally tend to require some effort on the user's part to overcome paradigms. When you read users' comments following their "trial" of new software, one could perhaps sometimes be forgiven for wondering whether this effort could actually be what puts people off ever properly trialling anything new in the first place, or what causes them to give it the thumbs-down even if they do try it.

  • 3. "Clip to OneNote" (CTON): If you are talking about the third-party port listener app CTON, then no-one should be using it on ON2013. The correct tool to use is the one that comes bundled/integrated with ON2013 - Send to OneNote (STON). See image clip below:


    Note: STON seems to work perfectly and is very nicely integrated into all MS Office 2013 products and IE. CTON was pretty good but never worked property for me in ON2007, and doesn't support ON2013 afaik. If you clip a partial screen clip using STON, the image promptly goes into OneNote (where it is OCRd for any text, and then indexed for search in OneNote and Windows Search) and it is saved in CHS and Clipstory (if those are what you are using).

  • 4. MS clipboard integration: "...take OneNote step further and integrated clipboard features". I think they have done that with STON2013, but the MS Clipboard Management tools still leave a lot to be desired.

  • 5. ClipSmartPro: If you are expecting to find that a just-developed clipboard information management tool can be a useful adjunct to meeting your PIM needs, you are probably in for some disappointment and frustration. From experience, I would suggest that you focus on meeting your needs using tried-and-tested tools which are already well into their development lifecycle. There are many such, in PIM and Clipboard categories, and all are arguably rather good, depending ultimately on your peculiar requirements.
    On the DC forum, three clipboard tools tend to get good reviews - CHS, ArsClip, NoteFrog - with the latter being still relatively young in its development by comparison with the first two.

    Of the three, CHS and NoteFrog started out as PIM tools, but CHS development in that area (PIM) has been suspended. However, there are some seriously useful features in CHS that still give it some PIM-like functionality - e.g., the SQL "virtual folder" filters.
    Notefrog operates on quite different lines (hyperlinked stacks).
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 01, 2014, 09:16:07 PM
Brit. vernacular:
On the piss = heavy drinking (usually beer, which makes you pee a lot).
Getting pissed = getting drunk.
Pissed drunk - utterly drunk/wasted.
Pissed off = annoyed about something.
Pissing the night away = regular boozing/alcohol abuse.

The song seems to be about the booze culture of Brit. youth and how they seem to have been conditioned to waste their lives boozing in bars most of their spare time, brain numbed and poorer for it. Yet behind it all, they may still have an indomitable spirit and a kind of aggression. Futile existence.
Sadly, a lot of NZ youth seem to follow a similar pattern.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 01, 2014, 01:14:39 AM
In the US, they were a one-hit-wonder, with this song, introducing Americans to the phrase "pissing the night away", which we mistakenly thought meant something else.
Curious. What did people think it meant when they first heard it?
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 31, 2014, 10:09:32 PM
I just stumbled upon this rather Irish website today - Waterford Whispers News. The opening para on their "About" page says it all:
WWN was launched and created by Colm Williamson in September 2009 with the noble aims of  extracting the urine from everyday news and media events...
(The British vernacular for this is "Taking the piss", which is a characteristically British use of humor as a levelling tool and to poke fun at something.)

They have a "Random Article" button. Here is a random selection of some rather droll articles. Nothing is sacred:

The standard of piss-taking seems quite good. Reminds me a little of the somewhat anti-capitalist anti-bullshit anti establishment Scottish group Chumbawamba who produced some brilliant and often beautiful songs and music which not only took the piss but also were making cutting (sometimes cringingly so) socio-political commentary. If you are unfamiliar with British humour, then you might not get some of their music. When you do get it, you will find that some of it is not very pleasant at all to the people/objects they (Chumbawamba) deride/despise. (Still probably well worth a listen though.)
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: October 31, 2014, 07:38:54 PM
turd mobile

I don't think so. It looks to me like it's a 'shopped image of a loaf of wholemeal bread.
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Please recommend a clipboard & note manager with the following features on: October 29, 2014, 09:48:36 PM
@motiontwelve: Your requirements look rather similar to mine, though mine might be rather more extensive in some areas - e.g., including things like OLE, OCR, and groupware potential as well, and needing offline client-based and secure online cloud-based access with reliably secure encryption.

However, whereas you seem to be looking for an all-in-one tool/database package of some sort to meet your requirements, I have gone about meeting my requirements using a set of tools: CHS+Clipstory+Clip-to-OneNote on the data and file capture front end, with MS OneNote as the primary database/PIM and primary OCR image capture tool, synced to OneDrive, and all integrated and OLE with hyperlinking (wiki-style) with/to other MS Office objects (mostly files output from IE, Word, Excel, and Access), and HTML/MHT, PDF files/documents. OneNote search is integrated with global document content index/search provided through the Win8.1 PRO OS, which I have installed with all the appropriate (as necessary) iFilters (for files including e.g., TIFF, MS Office docs, Open Office docs, ZIP, etc).

That's just a brief summary - there's more to it than that, and I haven't mentioned the very important info management/access and research roles of Calibre, Qiqqa (providing document OCR) and the Firefox extension Scrapbook and a legacy PIM called InfoSelect (IS8).
I originally trialled Evernote as the likely primary database, but the constraints/limitations in the cloud-based tool and especially in the client-based tool forced me to explore further - which was when I started to put OneNote through the hoops.

Above all, minimal $Cost is a driving criterion.
The main necessary costs for all this were:
- fairly high spec refurbished 64-bit laptop ($half-price).
- Win8.1 PRO upgrade - US$40 ($special offer).
- MS Office Professional Plus 2013 - US$10 ($offered via MS Corporate Home Use program).

I have more than enough cloud storage for my current critical data/backup needs, distributed across different providers, all free of charge - so no costs there. I am considering consolidating it all eventually onto (say) MS OneDrive, or Amazon A3, or Wuala, or something similar, for a price. Trust is a bit of an issue there, however.

One thing I have established is that, for flexible info management, having one's document files stored inside a proprietary searchable database environment is not necessarily going to be able to meet one's diverse needs for compatibility, integration and flexibility (Scrapbook and Clipstory being two examples of avoiding constraints in that regard). So I aim to have all primary documents held in the readily accessible and indexable/searchable database provided by the NTFS file system - which is only likely to be improved upon with later versions of the Windows OS and file system. I hold only secondary copies of some documents in OneNote, but I aim to keep that practice to a minimum, where possible - at least, until MS come up with a public cloud-based version of SharePoint (which I gather is in the pipeline). That could really disrupt things for the better.
42  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 08:11:04 PM
Thanks @MilesAhead, that looks like it could be rather more useful than any laptop power system software that I have yet come across. I shall have to try it out now.
I'm glad yellowiscool asked for this.  Just today I was plugged into a very loose outlet at the library.  With the power boxes on the floor it's very easy to pull the plug out of a loose one without noticing.
Edit:  If you set the OSD to only show when on battery power then it's more obvious what's going on.  If the battery is showing I know I lost my A/C.
Yes, I saw that setting - that's how I set it too.
The installation process for the latest available version (v1.2) was very tidy, but after install (I'm using Win8.1-64 PRO) I had to enable access permissions for BattCursor to create and access C:\Users\[User]\AppData\Local\BattCursor. It kept abending with an error otherwise when I tried to establish the operational settings. PITA.
It also abended after I had set it to auto-update for a newer or ß version. It abended at the point when it discovered v1.2.0.1 was available, but could not access the server to download it. So I disabled the auto-update. PITA.

So I tried registering on the discussion forum to leave a note about it (feedback always being useful to a developer), but the registration process kept crashing with a vague "serious error" message. I persisted however with some trial-and-error, and finally got verified registration - I think it may have been objecting to special characters (non-alphameric) in the password I was using - the rules for same seemed a bit ambiguous. However, after setting up my profile, when I tried to post a message on the forum as a registered/verified member, it crashed with the same "serious error" message, so I gave up at that point. I tried it using IE and Firefox, but the result was the same in both cases. Looks like bad exception handling or something, on the server. PITA.

Despite this, the software seems to work OK so far. The change log history looks quite comprehensive and informative too - all nicely done.
I read on there that the forum server was being provided via a relatively new service supplier, so maybe they are having some teething troubles with it, or something. I shall try to post feedback again after a couple of days' elapsed time.
43  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Power Cord Falling Out on: October 29, 2014, 02:52:03 PM

Thanks @MilesAhead, that looks like it could be rather more useful than any laptop power system software that I have yet come across. I shall have to try it out now.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 28, 2014, 04:54:20 AM
We Are All Confident Idiots - Pacific Standard: The Science of Society
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 58 Cognitive Biases That Screw Up Everything We Do on: October 28, 2014, 02:56:30 AM
Simone Weil had it right about our thinking, "Imagination and fiction make up more than three quarters of our real life."
Curious. I wonder on what theory or research that statistic was based. Not the Pareto Principle, anyway...

From my notes on science and thinking:
"Nullius in verba/verbo." Motto of the Royal Society, London. Literally, "Take nobody's word for it; see for yourself".
This motto indicates that currently, legitimate science seems to be based on the rejection of trust.
Thus, saying something purely on the basis of trust does not resemble genuine knowledge.
This is a new paradigm from the old, where scientific method can be seen to have developed from the 16th century perspective (Montaigne - no harm in the fact that "almost all the opinions we have are taken on authority and credit".) to the 17th century perspective (Gilbert, Bacon, Descartes and Boyle) where the approach is to take nothing on trust/authority.
So today we seek natural knowledge founded in evidence in nature - using individual reason - NOT in authority of tradition.
Thus real knowledge is NOT based on trust but on direct experience. - because reliance on the views of others produces errors.
The best scientist is thus incapable of functioning as a member of society.
The puzzle is that objective truth may exist, but human nature may preclude us from being able to experience it.

Sort of what @mouser says?:
...Without biases you would be a terribly ineffecient computational device -- slow to react and learn.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How come @Stephen66515 keeps posting here about stuff that gets expunged? on: October 28, 2014, 02:16:17 AM
Thank you for the link IainB.  I pictured the towers coming down as I read.   Sad
@Stephen66515  I found all of it very moving.  Maybe you aroused a sleeper-cell .. .

@crabby3: You are most welcome. This (below) pretty much says it all - and especially the last link, if you've not already seen and listened to it. It rather encapsulates the international empathy and outpouring of sympathy/sorrow. The singer in the last item is Mark Shultz, singing Remember Me. He is apparently a well-known gospel singer. Beautiful song and voice.

...As to music that I like and enjoy singing, it is music that generally could be seen as reflecting something of all that is good about humanity: rhythm, fun, harmony, love, the expression of humour, pathos, happiness, joy, empathy, that speaks of the yearning for freedom from bondage, the yearning for peace and for the ascent of the human spirit, and that shows our ability to climb out - even if only temporarily - of the hideous, irrational religio-political ideological cesspits within which we can sometimes find ourselves imprisoned.
I think sometimes that we do not realise - or maybe we forget - what incredible beings we are and with what amazing potential. For me, music can be an expression - a communication - of this, and a reminder.
Here are two favourite examples - quite different - of such music, from the public domain:
Weird Al Yankovic - Don't Download This Song.mp3
Remember Me.swf
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: looking for scientific calculator like this on: October 27, 2014, 06:55:42 AM
can anyone point me to a standalone scientific calculator like the one below to buy? (see attachment in previous post)
I searched for the image you provided here.

The image is apparently that of an Android calculator called the PowerCalc:
PowerCalc is a powerful Android scientific calculator with real look. It is one of the few Android calculators with complex number equations support. Features:
* Real equation view editor with brackets and operator priority support
* Component or polar complex entry/view mode
* Equation and result history

It certainly has a nice-looking keyboard.
48  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Explorer Context Menu to Move Selected Items to Specific Folders on: October 27, 2014, 04:25:14 AM
If someone can code "MoveStuff.reg" it would be interesting to study that code, and see how it can be done.
Hmm. the prospect of using the Registry as you seem to be suggesting could be akin to using a fork to hammer in a nail - i.e., it's probably not the right tool for the job. However, having said that, I am aware of some small PC programs of yore that effectively used the Registry as their primary database...which is quite cunning, but probably not according to Hoyle. I mean, it's arguably not really what the Registry was designed for.

When I took a look before at FileMenu Tools in that other thread that @lanux128 refers to, I though it looked pretty useful, but I haven't tried it out yet as I have no need for it. However, it's $FREE - whereas you would probably have to pay for the greater functionality in xplorer², if you were likely to need it for the longer term.

There is another potentially useful tool that may be of interest (I haven't used it myself) - Belvedere:
49  DonationCoder.com Software / Coding Snacks / Re: This is an old one so the solution is probably here somewhere on: October 26, 2014, 06:15:16 PM
NB: I have just modified the images in my last comment above, to make it clear that file size and contents (checksum) are being used for duplicate checking in the example given. I made the images a bit smaller (so no scrolling needed) and added some comments/arrows to them.
50  DonationCoder.com Software / Finished Programs / Re: SOLVED: Explorer Context Menu to Move Selected Items to Specific Folders on: October 26, 2014, 05:41:48 PM
This looks like it could be relevant/useful, and so might be of interest: MoveOut by @Skrommel.
MoveOut v1.2
Download programAutoHotkey sourcecode205KB

Make rules to move files automatically.
- Rightclick the tray icon to configure
- Choose Settings to change rules and options
- Choose Enable to Start or Stop all the rules

Use it to make a rule that moves files from the desktop to a subfolder, based on file type, part of a filename, or whatever. Have it ask to replace existing files, or rename them. It can also ignore files.
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