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676  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / Re: MiniReview: SpaceMonger on: September 10, 2006, 09:12:22 PM
I can see a use for that, certainly, but it lacks the context I so love about spacemonger.  It's like viewing a list of states and cities rather than a globe. smiley

Once I get my hard drive in order, I suppose playing with non-contextual tools will be in order--but nowhere near as much fun.
677  Special User Sections / General Review Discussion / MiniReview: SpaceMonger on: September 10, 2006, 09:02:17 PM
App Name:SpaceMonger
App URL:http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/
Direct download URL:http://www.sixty-five.cc/download/
App Version:2.1.1
Test System Specs:WinXP-SP2
Supported OSes:Win95/Win98/NT/ME/2000/XP
Support MethodsForum, Email
Upgrade Policy:Annual license
Trial Version:30-day trial period. Periodic nag screen.
Pricing:$USD 19.95
Additional Screenshots:http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/scrnshot.php

There are two kinds of people who should read this -- those who obsess over what files/folders are on their computers and those who feel they've lost control over what's on their computer and don't know where to begin cleaning up.

Personally, I'm both.  I've traditionally been very strict about my computer and what's on it but have allowed it to fall on hard times.  Sure, I'd like to clean it up -- but I really don't want to open my file explorer and click through each and every folder trying to figure out what's there and whether it needs to go.  On the other hand, I don't trust a software application to scan my computer, give me a massive list of what I should delete and then trust myself to scan the list and effectively protect what should be, cull the rest.

Today, I stumbled on what seems to be the perfect solution--SpaceMonger.  I downloaded it figuring it was going to be a novel waste of 5 minutes.  The fact that I'm writing this little review is a testament to the contrary.

First off -- what SpaceMonger does not do.  It does not automatically clean up anything.  There's no files or folders suggested for deletion.  No file type bias.  No false positives to worry about.  SpaceMonger is not about baby sitting your computer for you.  You're smart, you need a smart tool.

What SpaceMonger does do . . .

It scans your drive(s) on your computer, collecting file and folder names as well as file types.  It then uses this data to make you as an omniscient god over your data.  Seriously (as serious as I can be, calling you a god anyway).  When I look at my computer as presented by SpaceMonger, I feel empowered.  Before I've even begun to clean up my drive I feel better because I know and see all.

Let me explain.  SpaceMonger, with your data, creates a treemap.  What this treemap shows you is an interactive, zoomable, scrollable map of your data.  Pictured is a small zoomed section of mine, you'll notice several donationcoder applications surrounded by other stuff (some of which I'd probably rather you (or I!) didn't see there.).

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I realize my folly already is that I'm going on about how this application, a tool not a toy mind you, makes me feel and I'm not giving you a lot of real information to go on.  It's not that this utility lacks substance, it's simply a matter of "You've got to try it to know what I mean!".  This application reminds me of those unbelievable interfaces you see on computers in movies. "Yeah, that sure would be cool -- but it's unrealistic."

The way it presents your data is amazingly intuitive.  You can scan your hard drive, with your eyes, in the same way you'd scan a collage -- just glance over it, it's all there to be seen.  Something catches your eye, double click it for it to zoom to fit the screen.  Something within that catches your eye? Zoom in further. Not what you were looking for? Zoom back out, scan around some more.  Enjoy your bird's eye view of your computer.

Found a folder that you know needs to go, delete it.  A folder of old memories you want to browse, open it.  No going back and forth among folders. It's all presented immediately.  You zoom in, you zoom out; everything is shown in context.

You're not just looking at your hard drive, remember -- you're now god and your data is your minion.  You can destroy.  You can examine.  You can move.  You can simply observe from a distance.  Literally, I mean from your pedistal you can quickly and easily move, delete and otherwise manipulate the files/folders.

If not interested in all of your creation, you can hide things.  The most handy application for this, for me, is when culling my hard drive.  I see something I like, that I want to keep, I hide it.  I elminate good things, delete bad things.  This can all be done via your right click context menu. You may also be glad to know the most useful features also have convenient keyboard shortcuts to further expedite progress.  Worth mentioning, you can further filter your view  based on name, date (specific or range) and size.

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Outside the treemap, you can view statistical data about your files.  A pie chart will break down your data: programs, documents, windows, personal data, etc. You can even use the pie chart to manipulate data on your Treemap.  Right click a slice of the pie to select all the files under it (they'll be listed in a pane on the bottom) or hide the files in the treemap.

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A bar graph of file sizes will let you know what's taking up the most space. (Big files, small files).  More "Oooh, data!" than "Powerful Tool!" but it's there whatever the case.

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These statistics may not serve any -great- purpose, but what geek doesn't thrive on data?

Since you're probably a PC power user or at least aspiring to be one, you very well may be thinking "What a great tool, would be especially handy when trying to find something on a friends computer when I'm fixing it for them -- I don't know where they store their data!" -- SpaceMonger is designed so that you can install it to any volume -- even non-rewritable.  You can put this power tool on your SuperGeek CD or USB drive.

Finally, SpaceMonger is configurable.  There are many different ways of viewing the treemap -- whether you want files shown proportional to their size or if you want everything shown homogenously -- option is yours.  You can also fully customize the colors, fonts, borders, you name it.  You can stand and lovingly view your computer in whatever light you wish to see it.  There's a good chance that, while sufficient in terms of contrast, the default color scheme makes you think "yuck". I'll admit I'm not fond of the pastels.  I think I'll go with earth tones.

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SpaceMonger bears an affordable 19.95 USD price tag.  You'll find real information, additional screenshots and the webstore at http://www.sixty-five.cc/sm/
678  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: drag window to edge automatically resizes it on: September 10, 2006, 05:22:00 PM
My goal was to make a grid I could/would use.  Grids 1/2 are general positions I use constantly, 3 an offspin of 2 that works great for when I don't need my editor so big.  The others are for dual-editing with side by side comparison.  Probably add a few smaller elements on the right side for a few things, but generally I just have google talk and some messaging windows open there and use Opera (slot 1) to align them by anyway.

The easy snapping is great -- and I love the win+g command option.  As someone who becomes angry at having to use the mouse when I don't want to, I'm tickled pink. smiley
679  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: drag window to edge automatically resizes it on: September 10, 2006, 11:53:11 AM
This application is excellent.  After spending some time making a custom grid, I couldn't be happier.  Snap point for my webbrowser, snap points for my text editor (primary centered and points to tile it vertically or horizontally) -- no more manual window resizing.

I've attached the grid if you want to check it out.  It's made specifically for me, but it might be handy for others, quite a few variations of the middle window (text editor, file explore, etc.) for tiling/resizing.
680  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Comments on ScreenshotCaptor - Beta Version - 2.12.01 to 2.24.01 on: September 10, 2006, 08:06:06 AM
YES!

This feature looks awesome (still downloading, no playing yet).  My screenshot directory is horribly cluttered.  I often snap 3 or 4 times when capturing something -- adjusting this or that and am terrible about cleaning up afterwards.  This should be killer.
681  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Text editor with good spell checker on: September 10, 2006, 08:02:45 AM
Inline (and on demand as well) spell checking -- syntax aware spell checking, if you do a lot of coding (spell checks text blocks, ignoring code bits) and a really flexible/configurable editor.

It has a lot of features.  Another feature I feel is worth mentioning is its find/replace interface -- it's a resizable pane with multiple lines for find/replace text for better readability on bigger, more complex querries.  The find/replace dialog even has syntax highlighting for regular expressions.

It's sad. The application has been making me giddy for the better part of a decade.  Still under active development, the latest version is a real zinger -- while other editors seem to each have great features that differentiate them from the competition, EditPadPro seems to have them all.

Mouser--did I mention that the new version fully supports standard I/O calls to external applications/scripts? Seems that was a feature that was missing previously that you needed.
682  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How Digg Gets Everything Backwards.. And How to Fix It on: September 09, 2006, 06:45:06 AM
I think a key difference between dig and stumbleupon is the fact that with stumbleupon, there is no front page to try to get your links to. There's no point where there is a select, limited amount of space to try to ascend to.  While there is a ranking system based on your "popularity", there is no quota to fill, one need only be an active member with a great deal of links floating around to reach full status on that.

Links you add and approve/disapprove impact you and others with taste similar to you -- and nothing else.  Stumbleupon is a different service altogether.  While dig is about taking a consensus and presenting what everyone must/will like based on that consensus, Stumbleupon takes the whims of the users and uses it to attempt to serve, based on the individuals preferences, what it feels they would like.  One is a chef who believes no one will dislike his cooking and you will eat what is put before you. The other is a personal chef who, after a while, anticipates what you'll want next.
683  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2006 / Re: GETTING ORGANIZED EXPERIMENT - WEEK TWO ASSIGNMENT (SEP 5, 2006) on: September 08, 2006, 10:14:11 PM
Still have room for me to jump in and try to get my green badge? I've already got a napkin that says "Make coffee, change diaper" smiley
684  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Social bookmarking sites on: September 08, 2006, 08:26:26 PM
ma.gnolia.com is pretty, nice elegant aesthetic but is new and seems rather limited in features.  Its emphasis appears to be on social bookmarks/sharing.

Some time later now, I feel obligated to re-comment on ma.gnolia, which has become my primary bookmark repository.  It has very quickly (and enthusiastically) become very convenient/usable.  Bookmark and tag management is great and the social aspects are implemented really smartly. Plus, it looks great. smiley
685  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Webmail: Free, Simple Domain Name Spelling, and Nested Folders? on: September 08, 2006, 07:49:18 PM
the flat folder heirarchy was my biggest gripe with gmail for the longest time, as I've traditionally been a very tedius mail organizer.  All these years and tens of thousands (or maybe hundreds of thousands) of messages later I only use organization (in any form) very losely and only for fairly specific frequently-accessed things.  Everything else I find is much faster to access via search than a tight folder organization could provide.

That said, I can't really help you here. I'm pretty out of the loop where current webmail clients are concerned, have been locked into gmail.
686  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Hi on: September 08, 2006, 06:52:47 PM
Welcome back allen.  Cody was actually threatening to go on strike if you didn't come back soon.

I'd meant to take him with me, I need his wisdom if ever I hope to conquer the world.  So, had to come back to his place smiley
687  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Hi on: September 08, 2006, 06:39:57 PM
After a few pings from mouser, occasional peaks in at the forum, and never missing a newsletter -- I'm back.  Officially, I never left . . . I just got distracted.  My free time decreased by a good bit (not something GTD could help with, more a matter of my wife working longer hours and son demanding more attention.  My remaining free time has largely been divided between web projects I'm obligated to and a video game.  Shameful!

I'll try not to disappear for a while.  In the mean time, could someone give me a way to turn off the rich editor buttons when making message? tongue
688  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Cody's coins - made from what? on: September 08, 2006, 06:18:14 PM
The only difference between chocolate and any given metal (melting point aside) is the fact that of these only one is delicious.  That taken into account, it's obvious which pressed coin would hold the most value -- and I'd be willing to go out on a limb and assume he carries with him only the most valuable form of currency.
689  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Problems with Opera on: September 08, 2006, 04:53:22 PM
Tried it on Opera 9.02 (development build) -- while I didn't have any problems with opera or SSC seizing up, the screenshot I got was what I saw when I clicked -- no scrolling took place.
690  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What to you think of RealPlayer? on: September 08, 2006, 04:46:08 PM
hey, allen is back. but for how long?

I never left, I was just . . . not entirely present tongue
691  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What to you think of RealPlayer? on: September 08, 2006, 12:16:48 PM
I used to hate Real, but it really seems to have cleaned up its act quite a bit over the last few years.  While it's too big/heavy to be considered my ideal media solution/player, I find it far more desirable than windows media player, itunes or jukebox.

I'm especially fond of Real's "Rhapsody" player/music service -- that's something they did absolutely right.
692  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What's your significant other's favorite key on the keyboard? on: June 16, 2006, 05:55:09 AM
Allen sits in the amber glow of a Deck keyboard, enjoying its rugged durability and compact design . . . little does he know its unconventional key placement will be the cause of confusion and, perhaps, the thing to rekindle his marriage.

Allen: What's your favorite key on the keyboard?

Heidi: Huh? Oh, you should know that.  I like the little squiggly one that's usually . . . right here.  But you don't have it?

Allen points to a space next to the space bar

Heidi: Yeah, that. I like it because it's kinda cute.

Allen nods, "Yeah, me too."

Heidi: We're in love again!

Allen: No, you stole my favorite key.
693  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: SanDisk accused of "Shades of Sony Rootkit" on: June 16, 2006, 05:47:38 AM
I find this a bit saddening, I've been a long time fan of SanDisk's thumb drives and portable mp3 players . . . with gimmicks like that, though, my next usb drive is likely to have a different watermark.
694  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: June 4 Podcast on: June 15, 2006, 07:29:04 AM
. . . I always thought nudone was pretending (or not pretending, I wouldn't know) to be nude at his computer.  Nude one . . .  I'm not sure what the bigger shocker was, the pronunciation of the name or the fact that he sounded like he was sitting in a posh arm chair with a glass of wine and a fat story book . . .
695  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Giving gamers two windows to the Web: Opera for NDS on: June 15, 2006, 07:17:55 AM
Opera is by far my favorite browser -- and I've long loved the DS system.  The two together will only make me a more avid couch potato.  The DS doesn't burn my legs, unlike this laptop.

I'm really glad it's Opera doing it -- they do some amazing miniaturization of web pages.  Most handheld browsers butcher things, but in my experience Opera makes the shrinking as elegant as is humanly possible.
696  Other Software / DonationCoder Projects / Re: Flat File Mini CMS in PHP on: May 28, 2006, 06:16:05 PM
Flat files, my favorite smiley Depending on just how mini it is, I may be able to help. I've been a bit busy the last few weeks but things are, hopefully, slowing down!
697  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EditPad Pro 6 on: May 27, 2006, 10:33:54 AM
I've never put much thought into the price, as for me the value has always outweighed it -- I would have appreciated an additional beta discount though tongue
698  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / EditPad Pro 6 on: May 27, 2006, 07:26:57 AM
I've been beta testing EditPad Pro version 6 for a number of months now and have been very enthusiastic about the release -- many of the features lacking in this already stellar editor have been implemented.  The biggest additions, or at least the ones I've most commonly heard listed as shortcomings by other users, is full macro support and an extensive upgrade to its external tools support including full support of standard I/O.

There is a free trial version available -- price goes up in July, so buy it now if you love it smiley

Below is the list of major additions, scraped from the version history page.


  • New file panel (View menu) showing a tree of files inside projects. This makes it much easier to manage large numbers of files.
  • New explorer panel (View menu) making it easy to open files without going through File|Open.
  • FTP support (View menu). Open files from FTP, save files to FTP and upload/download files from/to disk.
  • File history (View menu). Easily manage and compare backup files. New backup options in Options, Preferences, Files.
  • File navigator (View menu) showing an outline of the file's structure, based on fully editable .jgfns files. The .jgfns file can also generate automatic text folding points.
  • Keystroke macros: Record and play back sequences of keystrokes and/or menu items to automate repetitive editing tasks.
  • Redesigned search-and-replace panel, with all commands and options now available through the new Search menu.
  • Improved rectangular block editing or column editing, with many new commands in the Block menu. Rectangular selections are now truly rectangular. They no longer need to start and end at a character, but can extend beyond the end of the line.
  • Redesigned Project functionality. EditPad Pro can now keep multiple projects open. Once saved into an .epp file, changes to a project are saved automatically.
  • Extra|Compare Files: New output options that can be used in addition to or instead of creating a new tab with the merged contents. Highlight changes in the original files, create a new file with only removed lines, with only added lines, with only removed lines, with both added and removed lines, or with only lines that both files have in common.
  • Fold menu: A block of text can now be folded, keeping only the first line visible. File navigation schemes can define automatic folding points. Commands to copy only the visible lines in the selection to the clipboard, and to delete all the lines in the selection that were made invisible by the code folding.
  • Improved syntax coloring. All JGsoft-supplied schemes are now fully editable .jgcscs files. Syntax coloring is now applied in the background. If your scheme is too complex or the file too large, syntax coloring will temporarily disappear rather than temporarily locking up EditPad Pro.
  • External tools can now be configured through Tools|Configure Tools instead of Options|Preferences. A great number of new options, including a new message panel with syntax coloring, are now available.
  • Install on Removable Drive command, so you can carry EditPad with you wherever you go.

Link: EditPad Pro
699  Other Software / Programming School / Re: New code syntax highlighting and tab entering with line numbers on: May 18, 2006, 03:59:53 PM
Ha. That's match highlighting, not syntax -- the author is allegedly anti-ajax, and therefor unwilling to dynamically color the syntax as you type it.  I doubt he'd be clever enough to implement it anyway.
700  Other Software / Programming School / Re: New code syntax highlighting and tab entering with line numbers on: May 18, 2006, 03:42:49 PM
Tabs are x spaces would be nice . . . convert tabs to spaces would also be nice, while we're trying to recreate my text editor smiley -- This is beautiful, I'm going to have to post some code just for the sake of using it.

Formatted for PHP with the GeSHI Syntax Highlighter [copy or print]
  1. if  ( !in_array("regex",$syntaxSchemes) ) {
  2.  echo "It's beautiful, but where's the regex love?";
  3.  # OK, so it's not a language unto itself
  4.  # Using EditPad has taught me that regex
  5.  # sans syntax highlighting is lame.
  6.  # I'm spoiled.
  7. }
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