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1626  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 20, 2008, 04:27:57 AM
Well, a proper systray program is often designed with speed, snappiness and direct to the point interface in mind. Some might call it minimalistic and straight to the point although I've seen exceptions.

A good example of these are Adobe Air apps. Many can eat memory, are not portable but the user interface can be less busier than an actual program tweak to do more advanced stuff. This is something where MLO (when I've tried it before in the past) doesn't achieve, interface aside.

That isn't to say such a full program can't be used but I really think it's better that the program only contains a few core features to manage to do lists of these sort and nothing else. The more content it allows in and the more this program strives to be a full to do list, the longer it takes to separate these lists with ones that you don't need repeated and even though it's still possible to navigate through it, eventually things might bog down to the point that you're much faster picking up an index card, writing several similar copies of the list on it and using it when you need to.

It really should be for lists that you find you need rewriting often enough but not often enough that you couldn't just abuse the copy-paste mechanism and have them structured in such a way that doesn't require an overt digging of all the other information that you have as to provide the snappiness in accessing several of these lists because without that snappiness, you could just simply write it down on Notepad and copy paste it and it would be like spending around the same time digging through a much more advanced notetaker/to do list program.

 
1627  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 19, 2008, 04:14:05 PM
Thanks. Glad to know there are still basic programs out there that haven't been made in bunches.

Nah, IQ and Sciral Consistency won't work for reasons that they aren't quite systray programs. (Not that they couldn't be minimized in the systray.)

Not only that but these kinds of tweak can be done more systray friendly using Evernote 2's template system, a Google Chrome app Joe's Goals and OneNote's template system. Even a tag based notetaker or MDI notepad would work.

It's not so much that these functionalities can't be replicated elsewhere. I would even think that The Form Letter or the recent Just to do it program that's in one of the recent topics in DC would eventually evolve to something like that.

It's just as you said, there's no specific program that comes to mind.

It's all tweaks and that defeats the speed by which to organize and manage these lists which is the key benefit that an app like this would have.
1628  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera - An exercise on frustration on: November 19, 2008, 08:20:59 AM
Thanks found it. Weird, I didn't notice any weird behaviour using Opera. Must be cause I'm typing the urls in F2.
1629  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera - An exercise on frustration on: November 19, 2008, 08:00:58 AM
Hmm... nothing shows up either. I'm using 9.62

Is it for an alpha? Desktop team blog also says it's the latest.
1630  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 19, 2008, 07:57:32 AM
 ;D

This is the former:

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do you want a todo list of items that you can easily reproduce & make variation on?

This is the latter:

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do you want a todo list hat you can simply reuse when it done - start over - to-do again?

I would probably want some of these things though they aren't necessary:

1) Ability to organize the same sets of to do lists together on a section so that you would know which keyword you are searching on.

Ex.
Folder = These sets of to do list
a. Name of keyword 1
b. Name of keyword 2
c. Name of keyword 3

2) Ability to save the state of the to do list.

3) Online sync

4) Export/Import to <favorite program>

5) Ability to set priorities, goals, labels, tags, etc. (Basically a portable Remember the Milk or Toodledo but that's like what all mini-to do lists should strive for anyway)

6) FARR/Launchy/Slickrun/RocketDock integration

7) Portable

8) Hotkeys/Keyboard-only compatible

9) Large Colorful icons/Multiple Skins/Pretty Graphical User Interface
1631  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: advice needed.....FirstDefense-ISR, ShadowProtect, ShadowUser, Rollback Rx??? on: November 19, 2008, 07:49:09 AM
I haven't use these kinds of programs before. Any guide on how to use ShadowProtect and Returnil together?
1632  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 19, 2008, 07:38:18 AM
Tomos, I think what you're asking is inseparable IMO.

As a base model, the latter can satisfy me but of course if there's a program for the former, the better.
1633  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Opera - An exercise on frustration on: November 19, 2008, 06:44:19 AM
Where do you find how to disable this feature? Opera:config shows nothing when doing a search for suggestion.
1634  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 19, 2008, 06:25:54 AM
The core idea is basically a to do list program that you can keep repeating without a pre-defined scheduled time.

Ex.

Say I have a set of search engines for just doing a search on a specific video.

Now this could possibley be what I have on a notetaking tool of any kind.

=Metacafe
=Youtube
=Oxytube
=Revver
=Viddler
=Google

I could even have this as a browser session for easier usage. Problem is, I might lose track of which item I have searched for already. This is unlikely but I could see it happening as I search for more key words.

So I set up a to do list/check list to do this. Unfortunately now I have to keep rewriting the to do list. Of course, I could just copy paste these items but I thought it would be easier to manage if a program specifically sets out so you can repeat this template over and over again. I'd settle for OneNote's templates but I find inserting a template as pretty much at length with just copy pasting/rewriting the to do list all over again.
1635  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 18, 2008, 04:08:48 PM
Just putting this here as a reminder:

For some reason, I can't find a simple app that does this.

Basically what I want is a check list program that repeats the check list like a session.

Sure, there are to do list programs with recurring events but none that does this that resides at the systray.
1636  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: November 18, 2008, 02:53:53 PM
Whew! Finally got one but the pen isn't as quick to erase as I expected. Is there supposed to be a specially designed eraser for it? It washes out but there are still outlines of the texts and those are as hard as actual markers to wash off.
1637  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / How long should I wait for auto scroll to finish? (Possible bug related) on: November 12, 2008, 01:29:47 PM
Hi,

   When I try to capture an auto scroll, the screen gets these black boxes and captor uses up huge CPU processes.

Edit:

Never mind, if this is the similar bug located here:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=10099.0

All I can say is it doesn't feel like I'm capture half the screen.
1638  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: [parody]: PromotingLinux.com!! on: October 22, 2008, 02:17:37 AM
Haha, my god they even made a full website out of this. Check out some of the celebrity links.  cheesy
1639  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 22, 2008, 02:16:55 AM
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Actually Pierre talked about having a grid interdependent "layout memory". Eg : One grid would have the html pane at the bottom, the other one wouldn't have one, the other one would have it on the right, etc. The layout will also become even more flexible with what Pierre calls Ecco-like combo views, etc. I don't know when that will be available though.

Thanks. I'll wait until SQLNotes has this to try it again.

1640  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rats! MS Auto Updates Got Me Again! on: October 22, 2008, 02:13:18 AM
I prefer to rely on patches from the source. I figure MS knows which patches are meant for the public. I've seen too many users who feel they have to have EVERY patch when certain ones are designed to fix a specific issue which is not affecting their machines.

Not sure if Autopatcher does this. Actually from what little I notice of the patches, usually Autopatcher even goes a step further and make sure there's a safe version of Autopatcher and a recent version. They even revert back to warn users where as MS is like Linux updating where unless you are using the right distro, any update can screw you up with no warning if you just click yes.
1641  DonationCoder.com Software / DC Member Programs and Projects / Re: Note on: October 21, 2008, 11:29:52 AM
Awesome potential for a simple app. I can't believe how people have forgotten the horridness of sticky notes and why we tolerate them in the real world only because we can't get something looking like something else.  thumbs up
1642  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Rats! MS Auto Updates Got Me Again! on: October 21, 2008, 09:07:49 AM
That's why I just turn updates off and rely on Autopatcher.
1643  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Alternative to Google Chrome Application Shortcuts (Warning! I haven't used) on: October 21, 2008, 08:33:38 AM
http://mango.browser.googlepages.com/

Looks pretty cool but I'm still on the fence with application shortcuts. Still hoping for something that can capture a dynamic web service and turn it into a web syncing service like Google Gears (which frustratingly doesn't support Gears for both IGoogle and Google Notes)
1644  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 21, 2008, 08:31:08 AM
Thanks. I'm glad to hear there's something like this for this kind of program. Maybe it could be even expanded to a restore session feature for the really paranoid among us.
1645  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 21, 2008, 07:37:09 AM
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I think this is more filtering but I'm just more comfortable being able to create a column of sorts of this in the chance that I mess up my column orders and just want my default order back.

I dont follow the last sentence there ?

Oh, it's just that I'm under the impression that columns are usually for sorting alphabetically, by date and all other static stuff and I usually am not organized. I just randomly order things and hope that when I need to re-organize something, I can hopefully just drag and drop it which makes me fear the column.

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by grid "submenu" - I guess you mean the list of grids shown as tabs on the side ..

Oh no, I meant this...

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See? There's a grid option and then there's a grids menu.

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I've followed Armando's example and created a button which shows a drop down list of your grids in alphabetical order - now have this placed on top. I find it less confusing then the tabs on the left - my main problem with them is they dont show all grids & it can get very confusing

Thanks. I really wasn't looking for this but on hindsight, I much prefer it this way too.




1646  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Things your kids will never know - old school tech! on: October 21, 2008, 07:26:48 AM
Is the picture to the right a high tech password encrypted hand grenade? Damn, they sure don't make them like they used to...
1647  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ten Tips for Windows users making the switch to Linux on: October 21, 2008, 07:24:25 AM
Keep educating us idiots, f0dder and 40hz.  thumbs up

1648  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 20, 2008, 03:21:44 AM
By the way, your grid within a grid example thing:
I think you should consider the even bigger picture.  With the example you've shown, you've limited the categories to a 2x2 function...meaning there are just 2 things to mix and match.  But what if there are 3 or more things?  And what if each one of those things had more than 2 options (not just yes/no)?  So, I would recommend that you ditch the easy visual of the 2x2 box and think bigger...perhaps in a way that might not be so easy to visualize, but is better.  After all, after you go beyond 3D, things get too hard to visualize.  See what I'm saying?

I'd just like to clarify that I haven't read the book this grid is based on so I'm not sure my interpretation of the grid is correct.

I think I follow you up to the 3d portion but let me see if I got you correctly: I think the flaw you see with the grid is that it fails as a "prioritizer" in that once you have too many entries it becomes no more different than 4 separate pages with lots of text on them, am I correct?

I agree with this perspective that's why I don't plan to use the grid this way. The grid is more my preference for an already prioritized list magnifier.

I'm not sure if this makes sense since for most people a prioritized list is good enough but have you ever read the philosophy of the low number to do list? (I don't know what it's actually called but the description is close to that)

The key idea with that concept was to write down only the top 3-5 entries in your to do list and keep it that way. I think this is more my preference of that philosophy. The grid over grid basis isn't so much to organize the tasks as much as it is to contextify the tasks.

Now this might fly in the face of filtering technologies that does allow an even more powerful version of this but I prefer  this simplicity mostly because it's more of a visual reminder for me and I like the idea of being able to print this grid or even use an index card or post-it to create this image and just stick it anywhere outside my computer as a friendly offline reminder.

Where this basic grid idea fails for me though is in having a software version of a "plate" like a sticky note over a sticky note over a sticky note to simulate the same visuals I have of it in the real world to the digital world.

Obviously this isn't something IQ can do or is designed for so I hope this doesn't confuse the readers as to why I pointed the image out earlier. I was only recalling the turn of events that led me to trying out IQ.

Now for more complicated organization, I use Compendium. Example:

[attachthumb=#]

I know this flies in the face of filtering but I find I'm much more comfortable filtering stuff presented this way. The flaw of these maps is that the foundation sets up the feel for the rest of the maps requiring another management system as a temporary information holder but once both are set up correctly, I just find it hard to go back to the more traditional line per line way of viewing things. In fact, I don't think I've ever adapted well to the old system that's why I don't have a passion for viewing help files in programs despite being comfortable reading lots and lots of webpages.


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If you really want to organize your tasks with a high level of complexity and sophistication based on a "scoring" system, I suggest you look at the program myLife Organized.  I've written reviews of it here:
http://aram.dcmembers.com...oftware/mylife-organized/

You can tweak how "important" certain tasks are as much as you like, and it will automatically generate a list in the order of most important to least important.  Forget the box thing.

I've tried MyLife Organized before but I didn't quite like the feel of it. I'm not sure if it's because when it comes to tasks I feel much more at home with the rigid structure of ThinkingRock but I'm just pointing out my current application for organizing todo tasks.

I also use Toodledo as my online alternative.

Here's one topic comparing the two programs (and yes ThinkingRock is slow because it's java but it just clicks with me so much, I use a notetaker when I want to put something in rather than having it opened all the time):

http://www.thinkingrock.c...=444&highlight=mylife

Edit: Oh right, I just previewed the screenshot right now and I think it was the tree based hierarchy combined with it being not free that didn't do it for me back then. Please keep in mind that at the time I was looking for an outliner and was already using YeahWrite so the interface just didn't come close to my preference.

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Now, you may also be able to accomplish this in IQ using calculations and formulas, and maybe even some future features that Pierre is adding.  But I don't know how to do it, and it sounds hard.  MLO is already there, and it's a great program, and I use it every day.

Oh, sorry for the misunderstanding. My last comment about the most used/most used column wasn't so much because I plan to use IQ as a todo manager but more as an explanation of why columns didn't gel with me.
1649  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Getting rid of windows shell on: October 20, 2008, 03:03:24 AM
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Uh...ok

Sorry. Took the funniness of it away too much?

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Are there any functional advantages to these? i.e. besides looking cool and the widgets etc. If you run explorer (the file manager), use the file open/save dialog from any app, or run IE, you are effectively running explorer.exe, so I don't see how using a different shell will save any memory or resources. Quite the contrary in fact.

Besides what fodder said, there's also the illusion of minimalism that helps motivate users to become more productive.


1650  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 20, 2008, 12:14:43 AM
Thanks. Usually, most forums don't tolerate this so it's hard to stay for long. (The size of the newbie thread was testament to how long I avoided forums)
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