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401  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 TaskDaddy Missing/Future Features Poll on: January 20, 2011, 04:41:53 AM
sorry just saw this now.  although i am not an outlook user, during my screencast it seems reallly clear to me that on the very very top of your todo list should be a nice confirmation that the item was actually added, and some handling of the case when outlook was not running.  i would absolutely do that before anything else, or you could get some irate users who thought they added things that never get added.

Good points. What kind of confirmation would be good, without being too intrusive? As for "some handling of the case when outlook was not running," in my tests, Outlook didn't need to be running. If Outlook is not installed at all, it is supposed to give the error "Unable to open Microsoft Outlook object," which admittedly could be worded a little better. I admit I didn't actually test it on a machine that doesn't have Outlook on it, but I will now.

Confirmations and user friendly dates are both implying a config file to me, so I'd better get started on that, too.
402  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iPod Touch, PIM, and Outlook (WAS: Thunderbird as a PIM Hub) on: January 19, 2011, 07:52:54 PM
An update: I am mostly happy with the iPod Touch, but not really found my groove in regard to Outlook tasks. I am struggling to implement David Allen's GTD as well, but I can't really find all the features I want in one app, and I have paid for a few different apps.

One nice thing about Apple is that you don't have to buy an iOS phone to see the contents of the app store. Unlike Google's Android. There are alternative app stores you can search and read reviews at, but not Android Market itself. So it was easier to research and conclude that Apple was indeed where the apps were.

iOS also seems to be where developers have been aiming first before bringing out their Android apps. Eventually the momentum will swing to Android, although I don't expect the PIM situation to be much better there, maybe I am too picky. This is my third PDA (had a Palm, and a Dell Axim before) and in each case I made the decision the same way: go to the OS where the apps are. I see a few developers starting to put their best work into their Android apps (Evernote for example) so I see the momentum swinging yet again

Coincidentally, two of my online accounts, gmail and gawker got compromised since I got the ipod touch, just as I was starting to feel I was being paranoid about having data in the cloud, I now realize I wasn't paranoid enough. The Gmail thing was weird, I avoid all the "free wi-fi" like Ebola and I only connected to my home wireless network,. However I hate all the iOS apps that have you put your Google account information in the settings, now all my apps are suspect. For the everyday individual who interacts with the web on a personal level, it seems that cloud security is all downhill from here.

One thing I wish I had considered was that the newer generations of iPod Touch have more memory to work with. I believe this is why Apple wisely disables multitasking on 2nd Generation devices. However, I feel I needed it and enabled it on my jailbroken device, just to be able to get back to the last several apps without having to go back to the launcher (springboard) or too much fiddling. Also I can see the amount of memory in the top status bar, thanks to another jailbreaking tweak. And if it gets too low, the device reboots and it takes forever for it to boot back up. However, the 3rd or 4th Generation weren't really at my ebay price point.
403  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 TaskDaddy Missing/Future Features Poll on: January 19, 2011, 07:24:04 PM
Based on 10 interested voters, the top two most important features to add at this point are clearly recurring tasks and user friendly dates. I am puttering around in C++ a little bit but it is a bit overwhelming, I think I may slowly go ahead and trying to add those in AutoIt, and restart mouser's C++ lessons in the meantime so I am more comfortable with the language before I tackle the C++ port.

After getting my iPod Touch, I had some doubts as to whether I could keep tasks out of the cloud. I still am not satisfied with any of the solutions available really, but I think I have found my way back to Outlook tasks, having had two of my online accounts compromised since I last visited this thread. Funny how online security for the individual keeps going down as time goes on, but that's for another thread.
404  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Wikidforum - New forum software with wiki and CMS support on: January 19, 2011, 07:22:40 AM
This reminded me of what the Personal Video Database forum has done recently. On their forum, they have created a Help board that uses a custom template that makes that board look like an online wiki. The intention is to make that board into the online help for the PVD program, I think with the idea that people might be too shy to edit the wiki directly but more likely to comment the article, then their comments can be incorporated into the main article. Like this forum, they are using the Simple Machines forum software.
405  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 :: Wrap Up on: January 14, 2011, 11:49:20 AM
Great job, mouser, Perry, and everyone else for all the organizing and hard work that went into this. This was my first NANY and I am happy to have played a small part, and I couldn't have done a better job with the screencast myself, so thanks especially for that, mouser. Thmbsup
406  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome: Time for a Second Chance? on: January 13, 2011, 07:04:03 PM
I couldn't print from the integrated PDF viewer in Chrome and I had to force it to use an external viewer. (I use PDF X-Change)
407  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Release: TaskDaddy Release on: January 11, 2011, 06:56:44 PM
Wow, I'm on Youtube, or actually TaskDaddy is. Got a good feeling seeing that, great job on the screencast, I couldn't have done better myself.

Now that I am past the end-of-year crunch, I will try to put some thought into where to take TaskDaddy. To my knowledge, there is no existing FARR alias for TaskDaddy and I have not started one, and it would be a cool idea.
408  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Teaser: TaskDaddy Pre Release on: December 30, 2010, 06:52:38 PM
Well, I have not been super motivated to work on this for sundry reasons, and it gets so busy at the end of year, so I guess it is as finished as it is going to be for 2010. I do hope to revisit it some day, there are too many things grabbing my attention at the moment. I would love to rewrite it in C++ some day.

So like it or not, it is December 31, I dub thee...Release. I'll try to do better next time.
409  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] Text Filter - search and filter text files with ease on: November 01, 2010, 08:39:22 AM
Do you plan any command line options? I tried for example from a command window "TextFilter.exe filename.ext" and it didn't seem to work. If you allow that, people could create shortcuts to TextFilter that opened up a specific file automatically, so you could have shortcuts to multiple files without cluttering up the simple interface.
410  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: [Freeware] Text Filter - search and filter text files with ease on: October 22, 2010, 02:09:41 PM
I haven't tried it yet , but I can see a lot of uses for it. Task management is one that comes to mind, especially with GTD and things like searching for contexts or projects. Or any kind of lookup of info that has to be instant.

And welcome to DonationCoder!
411  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome: Time for a Second Chance? on: October 22, 2010, 10:26:53 AM
In the browser, my habits seem to change, and I always use the mouse, to the point of despising when I have to type in a url or search.

Reminds me of something else: I miss the dropdown arrow to the right of address bar in Chrome a little bit.
412  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iPod Touch, PIM, and Outlook (WAS: Thunderbird as a PIM Hub) on: October 21, 2010, 06:58:42 AM
The deed is done, I got an iPhone Second Generation 16GB off ebay.

This morning I find some timely news.


I wasn't aware PwnAge Tool was Mac only. So now I have the Chronic Dev blog and greenpois0n bookmarked, or at least in browser history. I may try it un-jailbroken first so I have a better appreciation for the benefit of it. The device should arrive Friday. Making a list of apps I want to install, I think I'll put Couch to 5K first on the list.
413  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mobipocket, LIT, or Kindle - which is best? on: October 21, 2010, 06:48:55 AM
I came to know that Amazon has a 7 day return policy on Kindle content, which is good to know -- the other ones I am not sure about.
414  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why do support people never answer questions? on: October 20, 2010, 03:22:49 PM
When interviewing people I ask a group of yes or no questions that are increasingly complex and or obscure (just outside their stated skill-set). After a yes/no answer comes ok, Why? The answer I'm looking for is a simple straightforward "I don't know".

That's fascinating to me. In principle I agree with you, because sometimes I don't know enough to say something, but I know enough to recognize B.S when I hear it. However, I learned even as a small child that people hate to hear "I don't know". This has been reinforced countless times in my line of work as well. (For example, if we don't know, we should be able to find out.)

Although it sounds like you are asking pretty black-and-white questions where either you know it or you don't.
415  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Mobipocket, LIT, or Kindle - which is best? on: October 20, 2010, 03:02:39 PM
If I have a choice of buying a book in Mobipocket, LIT, or Kindle format, and the prices are similar, which should be my preference? In case it matters: some of the books I am interested in may have a fairly complicated layout and I will be reading on an iPod Touch.

[Self-edited for abrupt shift from third to first person]
416  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google Chrome: Time for a Second Chance? on: October 20, 2010, 02:57:19 PM
I wonder if they fixed the issue where PDFs that come up in the native PDF support (without a plugin) being printing nothing but blank pages. Or is it just me experiencing that?
417  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 Teaser: TaskDaddy Pre Release on: October 20, 2010, 07:23:31 AM
Due to end of year crunch, I am not much motivated to add stuff to it, but I am thinking about it a lot. I do most of my programming away from the computer anyway Wink

To support future features, I think I need to test for not only the first character but the second as well. If it is a double quote then we have a string that can have whitespace in it. This would have several important benefits. I could say:

@"Waiting For" - supporting categories with spaces
#"next Friday" - supporting due dates with spaces still no luck in finding a document with all the Outlook "shortcuts" for due dates btw
:"task bodies can have spaces already" - no known benefit that I can think of

I think this would work best from the GUI, not the command line. The command line parser would probably treat "Waiting For" as a single argument and strip off the quotes. From the command line, I think you would be able to double the quotes and make it work, but I haven't tried it.

Human language shortcuts leans me toward some kind of localization, which makes me think I should start the process of rewriting it in C++ before I do any further work on it in AutoIt3.
418  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iPod Touch, PIM, and Outlook (WAS: Thunderbird as a PIM Hub) on: October 19, 2010, 05:26:26 AM
The deed is done, I got an iPhone Second Generation 16GB off ebay.

This morning I find some timely news.
419  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: iPod Touch 2nd Generation vs 3rd Generation? on: October 18, 2010, 09:36:49 PM
Well, the answer appears to be on Wikipedia:

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On June 21, 2010, the new iOS 4.0 software update was released to second and third generation iPod Touch users for free.[14][15] It includes multitasking, app folders, backgrounds, iAd, and much more. However, second generation iPod touch devices did not receive multitasking, backgrounds, and Bluetooth keyboard support

420  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: iPod Touch, PIM, and Outlook (WAS: Thunderbird as a PIM Hub) on: October 18, 2010, 08:45:17 PM
According to this discontinued project on Google Code, IPhone 3.0 firmware and later allows syncing Outlook Notes natively. But not the iPod Touch?

Apparently the the iPod Touch too. I may need to do a firmware upgrade
421  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / iPod Touch 2nd Generation vs 3rd Generation? on: October 18, 2010, 07:44:55 PM
If I buy a second generation iPod Touch off ebay, what would I be missing compared to third generation, in terms of firmware, upgradablility, jailbreakability or anything else I should keep in mind?
422  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Mobile device in $100-150 range on ebay..suggestions? on: October 17, 2010, 03:27:45 PM
This looks like a pretty sweet deal if you can get it (you'll have to bid, there's no buy it now price): http://cgi.ebay.com/HP-iP...s&hash=item3f03de1af1

Runs Windows Mobile 5 and isn't locked to any particular carrier. You don't even need a carrier if you use it with Wifi. Also comes with a heavy load of software.

Resolution 240x240 according to these guys. Bleh...I would use it as an ebook reader too, so the resolution makes it a no go. Not wanting a keyboard either. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

I am not interested in the phone function either. I'd hate to be stranded on the interstate because I read one too many RSS feed and my battery is dead. I have a separate NET10 phone for which I pay about $16.67 a month ($100 for 180 days) for voice and I am pretty happy with that.
423  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Mobile device in $100-150 range on ebay..suggestions? on: October 17, 2010, 03:12:03 PM
It's time to think about replacing my Dell Axim X51V, the second PDA which I had to retire due to a bad digitizer.

Maybe you should check ebay for a replacement digitizer instead. It would only cost you around $8 to replace it.

http://shop.ebay.com/i.ht...=Dell+Axim+X51V+digitizer

I think I have one in a wrapper. I bought one for my retired Tungsten T3 also, as a test to see if I was competent enough to replace digitizers in PDAs. I failed.
424  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Mobile device in $100-150 range on ebay..suggestions? on: October 17, 2010, 01:12:22 PM
I've probably changed my mind. Of all the PDAs that can sync PIM items cloudlessly to Outlook and has a decent screen resolution, the iPod Touch is probably my best option. steeladept convinced me to take a look, and further research of my own corroborated it.
425  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: PDA Comparison, PIM, and Outlook (WAS: Thunderbird as a PIM Hub) on: October 16, 2010, 09:57:24 PM
Handbase on the Windows Mobile platform and also on Palm was a great app which I almost registered. In fact, I tried several and on the WM platform, I found it to be the best balance of power and ease-of-use.
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