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3926  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Keeping track of software license/serial keys on: November 16, 2007, 08:56:47 PM
I keep the info in 3 places:

  • Save original email in a folder just for license info emails.
  • Save a plain text file of the info with the archived setup file for the application. (don't need anything special installed to read it)
  • Save the info in Keepass. (I also keep CD keys here)
3927  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please Write Software Poems... on: November 16, 2007, 08:39:18 PM
This is a known fact
McAfee can't scan a rar
It will always fail

On older pc's
It will cause it to freeze up
When a rar is found

Just a rar icon
Is enough to cause trouble
Just being on screen

Switched to AVG
Put an end to my problems
No more freezing up

AVG's now bad
Because they make the popups
Now need new AV
3928  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please Write Software Poems... on: November 16, 2007, 08:18:28 PM
Gmail really sucks
I cannot send a ZIP file
Blame the EXE

Gmail is OK
I can send an EXE
try in a RAR file

Emailed with my mail
Using my own mail server
Next time I'll use RAR smiley

Gmail's scanners fail
when seeing inside a rar
everything slips through  Wink

this is some old news
AOL discovery
they use mcafee
3929  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Feedback on New Fun Software Please on: November 16, 2007, 08:09:13 PM
I wonder which one is the number of the breast?


Just turn it sideways and put 2 dots in there.  Kiss

Or maybe 8008 or 80085... Not sure...

and as I showed before, my number is 888  Wink  Grin  tongue
3930  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please Write Software Poems... on: November 16, 2007, 07:56:40 PM
Gmail really sucks
I cannot send a ZIP file
Blame the EXE

Gmail is OK
I can send an EXE
try in a RAR file
3931  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Please Write Software Poems... on: November 16, 2007, 07:55:55 PM
It's not a haiku, but about a year ago I recieved this one in an email from a mailing list full of Paintshop Pro freaks:

What's this thing called PSP?
I pondered and I wondered...
I hit this key and that key..
Oh gosh how I blundered!

It scared me to death
The things what were in there,
The 'tools' were all taunting...
Click on me if you dare!

I clicked on the browser
And things went a'flyin...
Scared me to death
And left me a'cryin!

I hit the wrong key
And the toolbar went 'Poof!'
I thought "Oh my goodness,
Did I ever goof!

It said 'open an image' --
An image? What could that be?
This button, that button...
This thing's a'pickin on me!!

But the more I went in there
And the more things I tried,
I no longer feared it,
I no longer cried.

I learned it and learned it
And learned it some more,
Now the rest of my life
I just plain ignore!

So don't bother callin'
I won't answer the phone ....
I'm now a PSP junkie ....
Just leave me alone!!!

-- original poet unknown

I haven't seen that much poetry created out of love for a particular application like I have for Paintshop Pro. This thread should finally satisfy a request I made on my blog last year to see some.
3932  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Rice: Increase your vocabulary while you feed the hungry on: November 16, 2007, 05:29:08 PM
They seem to have some big name corporate sponsors, so I am pretty sure they are going to come up with the money.
3933  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Hey Grisoft: I love AVG but I hate popups! on: November 16, 2007, 03:43:29 PM
AVG is a great product. And Grisoft has done a wonderful service by offering a free version for all these years.


They have recently resorted to WinFixer-like marketing tactics. Evey other day, when AVG updates itself, my browser opens to an ad for AVG.

The first time it happened it scared the crap outta me because I didn't touch anything that should have opened my browser. I waited, holding my breath, to see what evil thing was going to load, to give me some clue as to what had infected my pc so I could remove it. I was quite surprised to see an ad for AVG.

It's not like AVG hasn't opened a window with an ad for their full product before, just this time they decided to use the browser to do it. They used to use their own application to popup the ads.

Now before you decide to flame me for bashing a great product from a company that has been kind enough to give away a free version, consider this:

On a newer, faster machine...this is just an annoyance. You can just close the harm done.

That being said, there is another issue that isn't just a mere user annoyance...

I have always liked how light AVG was and how well it ran on older low end machines without causing stability problems...liked it enough to publicly endorse it.

I am going to have to revise my endorsement for AVG for older slower PC's, due to the fact that many of them can't handle having more than 1 or 2 browser windows open at a time.

If AVG is going to open browser windows this frequently, this will cause problems on those PC's when their owners already have browser windows open.

I can't endorse a product that has a known issue that has a high potential to make your machine unstable every other day when it's updating. I can't endorse a product that has a high chance of causing your machine to lock up in the middle of you doing something important, leading you to lose whatever you were working on.

3934  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Free Rice: Increase your vocabulary while you feed the hungry on: November 16, 2007, 01:46:58 AM
I was thinking, and so was my daughter, and after searching Google I have found that many others thought the same thing...

If we could all play till we have donated 1 bowl of rice every day, that would be a great thing and feed a lot of people.

But the question many grains of rice are in an average bowl?

Not wanting to count, and knowing that the size of grains differ according to the type of rice, I did a search to see what the answer would be.

The believable answers I have found ranged from between 3000 to as high as 10,000.

So, I think I will go with the lower number so I can still have a life, too, and just play till I hit 3000 grains each day, if I can. That's still a lot of playing though.  ohmy
3935  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 15, 2007, 09:19:16 PM
Might be able to report it to Blogger by clicking Flag at the top of the page. 

That button is for reporting 'obscene content'. The only results you will get from that is that if enough people click that, it will become an 'unlisted' blog and won't get visitors from the 'Next Blog' button.

It will not remove the post, block access to it, or remove it from search engines.
3936  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Blog steals Zaine's Great Software List on: November 15, 2007, 09:12:42 PM
First of all, probably just denouncing it in comments on the blog. Then... I don't know...

Leaving comments on the infringing blogs doesn't do any good...the blog owner will just delete them about as fast as you and your friends can add them.

Since it's on a blogspot blog, the proper procedure would be for Zaine to send a DMCA takedown notice to Google.

This is one of the reasons why I made the decision to rewrite my ebooks site, going from a single page to something much harder to copy the entire list. All the work I put into creating my list was too easy to copy and stick in a single blog post and some of these blogs were ranked higher than my site and were making money off my work from ads.

The biggest problem with people doing this and stealing visitors from the original site, is they don't care about the content...they just want the traffic, and ultimately the ad clicks.

They are not going to maintain the content, add to it, improve it...they don't care. To them it's just text that gets them visitors to click on the ads and put money in their pocket.

The poor visitors end up with something that eventually becomes outdated, never seeing the original that is being maintained by the actual creator of the content, who does it as a labor of love.

And the quality of original content can suffer, too. When things like this happen, it can discourage the author from continuing to improve his work.
3937  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 40+ Free Professional Fonts from Smashing Magazine on: November 15, 2007, 08:12:54 PM
Gulp.  Twelve-thousand, four-hundred and forty five fonts?  Installed? 
oh those aren't installed at all, at least not in the normal way of having them in my Windows Fonts folder. That would be insane. I only have the necessary ones and a few I use often in there.

I used to just open the ones I wanted to use manually, and minimize them to get them to appear in the fonts list of an application I was using...till I won a copy of FontExpert in one of the software drawings here on this site. Now I use that when I need to view or temp install some fonts.

How long does Office take to boot up?
Quite a long time, since I don't have it installed on this pc.  tongue
I don't have much use for it and I prefer plain text.

I dare ya to use them all in a single document.  :-)

Since I use them for graphics, that wouldn't be too hard to do...just very time consuming.  cheesy

3938  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2007 / My challenge and how I propose to do it on: November 15, 2007, 03:50:52 PM
I decided to pick one of my neglected projects that is more than worth doing and get it done.

I have designated a personal pest to bug me every day to make at least 1 post to my ebook site until all 460 posts are made to transfer the content from the old site to the new.

For each day that he bugs me but I still don't make a post, I will donate $1 to someone on the forum, that he chooses. (but not himself)

There is only so much procrastinating I can do before I am broke, so I'll have to get it done.

The following people are the lucky recipients of my penalty $1's:

  • skrommel (even though my pest failed to bug me to make a post, I thought it was only fair to pay up any way)
  • mouser
  • mackal

3939  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: 40+ Free Professional Fonts from Smashing Magazine on: November 15, 2007, 03:20:48 PM
Do I really need more fonts?

hmmm...I already have 12,445 fonts!

* app103 resists the urge

* app103 clicks to download more fonts  embarassed
3940 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Auto browser open, form field fill batch script. on: November 15, 2007, 08:31:22 AM
I am pretty sure that FARR can do this for the type of example that you gave with the Google one, and for sites other than Google.

Now if you mean opening a browser and going to a page and filling in a login form and submitting it for you, I don't know of any application that can do that.
3941  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Feedback on New Fun Software Please on: November 15, 2007, 08:21:24 AM
You forgot this one:

Your printer starts printing out necromancy spells while both your pc and printer are powered off.
3942  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Less Than Worthless Reply From Take 2 Interactive on: November 15, 2007, 08:08:06 AM
What is worse is when they run out of script and are clueless as to what would be a good response and start making stupid stuff up.

I had an AOL 'techie' run out of script and as a last resort tell me that in order to fix a problem that was causing frequent disconnections, I should copy the file containing all my husband's saved email (since his was the smallest) to a safe location as a backup, delete the original, and replace it with the backup I just made.

This was supposed to help me stay online longer.

3943  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Do you use Desktop Widgets? on: November 15, 2007, 06:09:59 AM
A widget is a small useful single purpose tool. Outside of a computer, a magnifying glass, a pair of nail clippers, or one of those citrus peeler thingies would be called widgets.

Yahoo Widgets, Konfabulator, Vista Gadgets are collections of widgets that rely on a common 'widget engine'. But a widget doesn't have to be part of a collection to be a widget, nor does it have to rely on a widget just has to do one thing....and be small.

A better synonym for a widget would be 'tiny tool'.

By all rights, most of Skrommel's tools are widgets and I would call many of the coding snacks, widgets.

I wouldn't call FARR a widget because it is too complex and really does a lot more than one thing, but I would call mouser's DYDLO a widget.

So based on this definition, I think it would be safe to say that we all use widgets and it's just a matter of listing your favorite tiny tools to answer this question, or more specifically, the tiny tools that are always visible on your desktop, or at least visible when they are doing their job. Most tray tools (but not all) wouldn't be desktop widgets because they do their job from the tray and not on the desktop.

And for me, my 2 favorites would have to be my own DClock2, and wordzilla's Pop-Up Cody. They are the only desktop widgets that are always running that I would be more than quite annoyed if I had to close either of them for any reason.
3944  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Free Rice: Increase your vocabulary while you feed the hungry on: November 15, 2007, 04:21:33 AM
Click on the answer that best defines the word.

If you get it right, you get a harder word. If wrong, you get an easier word.

For each word you get right, we donate 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.

WARNING: This game may make you smarter. It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance...

Corporate sponsors pay to have their ads shown. This money goes to buy the rice. You play the game and they make more money from the sponsors to buy more rice.

3945  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Coding Horror: Why Does Software Spoil? on: November 14, 2007, 07:03:25 PM
I bought Snagit 5 when it first came out. I have been using it ever since, never bothering to pay for an upgrade. It worked, did what I wanted, did it well (even on my old slow pc)....never had a reason to ditch it in favor of anything else or pay for an upgrade.

I recently was given a free upgrade to v7. They were hoping that I will like it enough to want to buy v8.

I tried it out...did about 3 test screenshots and uninstalled it, going back to v5.

This is a fast machine, 3.2 ghz with a gig of ram. Snagit 7 was s-l-o-w. I'd hit the hotkey and have to wait for it to allow me to select the area I want captured.

I don't want to wait. I shouldn't have to wait. I never had to wait before. I am generally a patient person, but not that patient.

It was slower running on this machine than v5 was on a 233mhz 64mb ram machine, if you can believe that.  ohmy

Whatever they did, they ruined their product, in my eyes. No amount of extra goodies they could add could make up for the slowness that came along with it.

Now I suppose that if I had upgraded from v5 to v6...and then to v7, maybe I wouldn't have noticed the speed difference as much. But that isn't the case here, and I noticed it enough to hate their product.

It's a real problem for developers that make the decision to make users pay for upgrades, rather than giving them lifetime free upgrades. It puts them into a certain way of thinking where they have to keep banging out newer versions with more & more features to encourage people to pay again and upgrade...enough features to make it worth it to the users. So the applications become bigger & bigger and more bloated and including tons of silly things that hardly anybody would want or need.

It's sad really. Because the best version of their product is pulled and you can no longer buy it, if you are a new customer. As a user, the solution is either find something else (company loses your business) or do something slightly less than honest, like paying for latest version and then never using it, opting to pirate an older better version, instead.

I think if the trend continues, we may start seeing software that includes lifetime free downgrades, or free upgrades but pay to downgrade.  Grin
3946  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PocketPC or Palm? on: November 14, 2007, 11:57:49 AM
I haven't used a Palm, only an older PocketPC (Jornada 540).

The software it comes with built in is highly compatible with the standard MS bunch of tools. It was made to sync with Outlook, out of the box.

Syncing is done with Active Sync, which is free from Microsoft. Once you select all the things you want to sync automagically, it's just a matter of plugging it in, waiting a few minutes, then unplugging it.

It comes with Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, Pocket Windows Media Player, Pocket MS Reader, calculator, calendar, contacts list, todo list, scheduler with alarms, Solitaire, AvantGo (downloads web content to your device for offline viewing, kind of like an offline rss reader), etc. Newer iPAQ models come with a ton more applications than my device did.

You can get viewers for almost any document type it can't already handle, many of them being free. I love it for reading ebooks, in particular. (.lit & .pdf)

The software and tools available for PocketPC is pretty vast & varied, and there is tons of freeware, and there are some amazing things you can do with one. (I posted about how you can turn a PocketPC into a web server and even code a website on it, on my blog.)

If you can use Windows, it is pretty easy to figure out how to use a PocketPC. It has that familiar Windows look & feel. (complete with a customizable start menu)

You don't need a special service plan to have internet access with it. I recently bought a wireless card that fits into the CF slot for mine.  cheesy

And you can get a free body mass calculatorWink

(VidaOne has a ton of health & fitness software for PocketPC & Windows. Much more than they do for Palm.)

3947  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Feedback on New Fun Software Please on: November 14, 2007, 09:41:41 AM
I love the page.

That had to be the most fun I have ever had reading a license agreement.  Grin

Now...the software itself...

I had some very interesting results.

I thought it should have been a lower score for that little demon I live with:
[attach=1] undecided

8's are supposed to be lucky...I guess I should be quite happy with the results for my name:
[attach=2] Cool

And I always knew my husband's ex-wife (name blurred to protect the guilty) was bad news:
[attach=3] ohmy

I had this fantastic idea while playing around with it. I am definitely going to be posting something 'relevant' about this application in my blog very soon. It will be quite amusing.  cheesy
3948  Special User Sections / What's the Best? / Re: Make your own eletronic book software. Recomendations? on: November 14, 2007, 02:22:33 AM
The best I know of would be Browser Bob. They have 4 different versions, ranging from a freeware to a very expensive pro version. But the developer's site seems to be offline at this moment.

If you can create a website (either hand coded or with a web design app), you can package it in a custom designed browser. Browser Bob is what I used to package the Confusion's Cookie game. It supports anything that IE supports. You can use any kind of client side scripting you want....Javascript, VBScript, HTML, CSS, Java applets, Flash, etc. You can also load content from your own website in it. Anything that opens in a new window, opens in a custom skinned window that you designed. It's quite a powerful tool and packed with features that make it practical for more professional type of work, like ebooks, desktop web applications, etc. Once you have all your art for the custom skin created, it's very fast & easy to use.

A less expensive alternative would be HTML2EXE Baler. It's not as fancy and the GUI you get is rather basic and bland. There are also some antivirus products that don't like the exe files it makes. (They drive AVG bonkers!) This is a big enough of a consideration to make it impractical, even though it does what it does quite well. The issues with AVG is what lead me to repackage my game with Browser Bob.

Both of these will allow you to put everything into a single .exe file (your html, css, js, images, sound files, etc). If you add some js code to prevent right clicking, your users might not even know it's actually a browser they are using.
3949  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Today is my birthday- when is yours? on: November 14, 2007, 01:06:58 AM
Someone once told me that there would be serious problems if companies employing IT people gave all their employees their birthday off. There wouldn't be hardly anybody working in the IT department during the month of February.

He said that statistically speaking, good computer people seem to be born more in February than any other month.

I don't know how true this is, but most of the really good programmers I know do seem to suggest that it could be.  undecided
3950  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Top 10 Signs You're Coding Too Much on: November 14, 2007, 12:52:29 AM
A coder friend of mine once remarked about how he finally went outside and thought the snow on the ground had a low refresh rate.  Grin
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