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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Mind mapping software on: December 28, 2013, 08:30:45 PM
I used The Brain for a couple of years - the free version.  Played with X-Mind and Freemind, both of which are currently installed.  Also currently playing with MindVisualizer, which also has a portable version.  Don't recall if the others have portability.

The Brain ($200+ USD) was great for tracking projects I was working on then.  Freemind is convenient for relatively quick data organization, but I dislike the Java requirements.  Haven't tried Freeplane yet - just found out about it here - but it's probably worth a shot.  MindVisualizer is fair, but it's expensive ($79.00 US$), and I don't recall how long the trial lasts.

The mind maps have been much better for me than outliners when building - and especially revising/revamping - Web sites.  Also quite helpful when debugging what little coding I do.  Biggest problem I have with them is making them too big, trying to record every little thing for a project.

As it stands right now, MindVisualizer will probably end up the choice because of the portability, but haven't explored that avenue as yet.

[edit]My error, XMind has the portable edition[/edit]


Mind, this is on a Win7 Ultimate box, so may not be useful on other OSes.  I'd still like to see something that could run on Android, Linux, & Win w/o using Java - and licensed per user, not per machine - but that's prolly a pipe dream with the pipe smoked out and no refill available  undecided.
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 26, 2013, 11:06:45 PM
Wow!  I just found out I'm the king of Israel  tongue.
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 25, 2013, 06:59:39 PM
Quote
...At the very basic level, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” presents a fairly grim, Hobbesian vision of society: If you want to be accepted, you have to prove your economic utility—which, in the case of magical flying reindeer, appears to only involve the annual sleigh-pull...

http://www.newrepublic.co...omotes-bullying-exclusion


Our beer cabal (?) had a discussion on that song just recently.  Apologies to Gene Autry, but the consensus was that the song encourages bullying. 

[sidenote] Apparently we have way to much idle time on our hands  tongue. [/sidenote]
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 Powertools 2014- Endorse Study Results Before They're Published?! on: December 23, 2013, 09:39:12 PM
All I know is that I have no intention of making any connection between my [rarely used] social media accounts and Macecraft's attempt to go open source.

And then there are those of us who have no such social accounts.  Wonder if I'd have to join Facebook - yech! - just to use the product - a product that never appealed to me anyway?  Thanks, but no thanks.  The tools ain't that powerful  tongue.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... on: December 19, 2013, 03:53:52 AM
    which alternatives you tried (and cursed) ?[/li]
    [li]what do you mean by a "a transparent, almost instant backup system"?[/li]
    [/list]
    ...
    If you want instant backup have you tried some backup software that will monitor the file/folder? (Dont know would that disrupt use of the file(s)...)

    For the first query, I've tried MyBase, EssentialPIM, amongst others.  Don't remember all of 'em anymore.  None were really bad, just not good enough  huh.

    For the second query, as mentioned previously, I'm using Syncless.  It does real-time sync w/o any delay that I've discerned, but it loses the target if the target is not available when Syncless starts.

    <sidenote> I tried InfoQube, but it just didn't measure up to my needs.</sidenote>
    56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... on: December 18, 2013, 06:29:15 PM
    What functionality are you particularly looking for?
    It's kinda polyglot.  I capture certain Web pages, recipes, save code snippets, save registration information/keys, general notes, data about sites I've created or support, personal notes, access information (passwords, access codes & the like), calendar data - appointments, medical, ... - schedule data, and more.  Yes, there are applications that do all those things, but I prefer to have it all in one (1) place.  MyInfo has been the best I've found to date.  It doesn't do well with Web graphics when the graphic is linked rather than embedded.  And the tag system is overly simplistic.  But it's the best I've found so far.
    57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... on: December 17, 2013, 05:39:26 PM
    After trying - and cursing - several alternatives, I've pretty much settled upon MyInfo.  I'm a bit disappointed with the tag system, but it works well enough for most usages.  The interface has a few foibles, e.g., the interface doesn't always retain changes from one (1) instance to the next, but it's the best I've found to date.  I am still looking, however.  In the process, there needs to be a transparent, almost instant backup system for the portable version.  Right now I'm using Syncless, but it tends to lose the sync instruction if the synched folder/files be missing when it is started.
    58  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / In search of ... assistance with a tenacious BHO ... on: December 16, 2013, 03:01:34 PM
    ... which may not even be a true BHO.

    At some point in the last month or two (2), a sneaky little bit of ware installed itself on my system.  It likely came, unheralded, with some installation package.  Part - evidently not all - of the package was ScorpionSaver, which I [thought I] managed to eradicate.  However, something is still here and I'm unable to find it.  It slows things terribly, almost to the point of making a browser useless.

    Symptoms:
    • 5-6 line banner ad at top of page
    • ~3"x3" ad block, usually lower left corner, sometimes titled Ad not from this page
    • Small banner, usually below a site graphic, usually with left-right scroll arrows and clickable graphics, usually hardware
    • Transparent graphic covering the entire page such that any click on that page will load a new Web page (sometimes even on my Gmail page)

    Not all symptoms are displayed on every page, but I can tell when something is coming because of the slow loading of the page.  Each of the ads is more-or-less relevant to the page being loaded.  I've tried several cleaners, but all that accomplished was to completely wipe my Firefox configuration(s).  Search (Google, DuckDuckGo) has yielded naught but the ScorpionSaver removal process - which may have been somewhat less than completely effective.

    Primary browser is Firefox.  IE doesn't seem to show the ads, but has the same slowdown problem, as does Chrome.

    This little beastie also seems to slow the whole system,  but I cannot find it in memory with any of the tools available - might not be able to recognize if if I did  undecided.
    59  DonationCoder.com Software / PBOL / Re: Latest Progress Bars of Life - Version 1.09 - Nov 30, 2013 on: December 02, 2013, 01:55:41 AM
    ^ Wink
    What phitsc said ...
    60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 01, 2013, 07:29:26 PM
    There is a dichotomy 'tween humor and funny, donchano  Wink.
    61  DonationCoder.com Software / PBOL / Re: Latest Progress Bars of Life - Version 1.09 - Nov 30, 2013 on: November 30, 2013, 05:00:52 PM
    Been using it for a while, since ~April, 2013, I think.  Closest thing I've found to a program I used to have - lost it, don't recall name - that gave me a countdown to multiple future and annual events, e.g., birthdays, anniversaries, appointments, and the like.  Beats the hell out of Far superior to a datebook/calendar  Thmbsup.
    62  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The most disturbing news story I've read all year on: November 14, 2013, 11:17:41 PM
    the whole 1984 theme is So Past Due ...

    I wanna live in your reality!  It's already here in mine.
    63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 09, 2013, 03:30:07 PM
    @barney, nothing wrong with looking for loopholes, but I get the impression you're looking for loopholes *because* you are against bitcoin (or the concept) for some reason?

    Neither for nor against.  But what I've read to date does not encourage me to participate.  In fact, much of what I've read seems very E-Trade-ish.  My primary concern is the security aspect, but I'm also a bit dubious about the constant growth in value:  at some point that will have to diminish or cease.  Of course, my knowledge of economics may be faulty in this arena  undecided, but I have to work with what [I think] I know  ohmy.
    64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 08, 2013, 11:09:53 PM
    The site was a bank - not a wallet. Securing your bitcoins is simple. If you want to know more, post over at http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/ or http://bitcointalk.org/ and someone can explain why.

    Been there, done that.  Security is still an issue, always will be for anything online.  There's an old saying to the effect that what Man can devise, Man can destroy.  Anything online is vulnerable to a sufficiently skilled person.  Denial of that does not make it untrue.  I can lose my wallet by any number of physical means, but that is, in most cases, carelessness on my part, a lack of physical security - basically my fault, I failed to secure it properly in a physical manner.  I do not have that security option online.  Others might, but I ain't that bright.
    65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 08, 2013, 08:24:55 PM
    $1.2M Hack Shows Why You Should Never Store Bitcoins on the Internet

    A somewhat eye-opening, albeit not unexpected, treatise.  So, the question becomes, "How do I store/protect my bitcoins?"  While I have non-Internet-connected boxes, that's not true of most folk. So do I store my coins on a USB key or memory card (both of which [are|can be] easily misplaced)?  Do I trust to some form of Internet bank?  Just how do I protect my investment, should I make it?
    66  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 06, 2013, 02:18:21 AM
    Seems a bit off...
    Perhaps so, but, technology notwithstanding, the general feel of the thread (to me, at least) is more toward profit and less toward the technology.  What I've seen is fiat $$ to bitcoin back to fiat $$.  That seems more financially than technology oriented.  Investments in technology are all good and well, but is this the proper place for that particular discussion?  E-Trade might be a better venue.  There's no particular animus toward the proponents, nor even for the concept, but how does this thread promote the principles of donationcoder.com?
    67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: November 05, 2013, 11:45:30 PM
    I'd like to add financial market prediction and investment advice to the list of topics we should avoid like the plague on this forum.

    +1

    This is not a venue for discussions of any stock market, soft or hard.  On a personal level, it is completely boring and inconsequential.  On a forum level, it just does not belong here.  We discuss software and related hardware, not an ersatz stock market.  Move it off-forum, please.
    68  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 01, 2013, 11:41:13 PM
    That was a bit nutty.  And nary a squirrel sigh[t]ing.
    69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: October 28, 2013, 02:16:19 AM
    Why spend bitcoins when you can get rid of fiat? (This is a general problem.) What I'm thinking is that constantly funnelling fiat into bitcoins then spending that is a good way to preserve value

    ???

    70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: October 22, 2013, 03:25:50 PM
    there are many abuses in practice

    And that was my attempted point.  While I'm aware of the [stricter] meaning of the term, I seldom [when actually published] see it in action.  The petty jealousies of academia far surpass anything to be found in the commercial [real?] world, and ofttimes colour committee judgements.  At the end of the day, that formal process devolved to the personal judgements of the adjudicators, not all of whom are impartial and non-judgemental.  Same thing applies to the corporate world, although the motivations there [usually] tend to be a bit more clear.  Been, unfortunately, involved in both worlds, but when I discovered that my compatriots did not try as hard [as me] to clear their thoughts of possible prejudices and biases, and since I had neither the resource(s) nor the power to enforce such, I relegated the process to my mental scrapheap, where it has remained for the last decade or so.  Still read 'em, when available, but no longer place any credence in 'em.
    71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Peer Review and the Scientific Process on: October 21, 2013, 04:40:23 AM
    Well, there's a large part of the problem. In a world where 2 incomes are often needed for a family to survive, it isn't really justifiable to blame people for prioritizing putting food on the table and trusting so-called "experts" vs. verifying data themselves.

    Then again, if you don't have the time to check at least at a basic level, you might want to consider just keeping your trap shut.

    Been following this thread for a while, but I must admit to a[n apparent] total lack of understanding.  Since any review is a peer review (some peers being greater (or lesser) than others, of course, and some being councils rather than individuals), we must accept such reviews at face value or perform the reviewed activity/action/report ourselves.  Shamefully, I'm not qualified to review certain nuclear/bio-molecular/physical reports myself (missed those particular days in class, donchano), but, being of [somewhat] rational mind, I do have the capacity of judgement according to mine own particular/weird assumptions and assessments.

    That condition, presumably, exists in all reasoning beings - at least to some extent.

    Hence, what is the problem with peer review, per se?  Bogus judgements?  See 'em all the time.  This seems nothing more than a complaint against human nature.
    72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Mentioning a Site Could Be Criminal Now on: September 08, 2013, 11:19:41 PM
    Sigh... It might just be shorter to list what doesn't get you sent to jail. Sad

    Bizarre when information is a crime.

    Is there any such [politically acceptable] list?!?
    73  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: Screenshot Capture Benefits on: September 08, 2013, 05:31:06 PM
    OK, I thought i was through here, but I cannot not respond to this.  Screenshot Capture is the most complex capture program I've seen on the Internet, and I was here before there was a World Wide Web.  That complexity means two (2) things:  amazing adaptability; study is required (anyone remember matrix math in high school?).  That darned complexity that ya hafta study means an adaptability to purpose - whatever yours might be - that simply does not exist in other examples of the genre that have come across my screen.  And, then, there's the horrendous  undecided support issue(s).  Someone makes a request, and it's usually fulfilled within a day or two (2).  Sometimes longer, but very seldom.  I've not dealt with any other software, of any kind, with that kind of developer response.  (Sure, it may exist - but I haven't been exposed to it  ohmy.)  As long as DC and mouser are here, this will continue to be cock o' the walk.
    74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc. on: August 31, 2013, 11:58:09 PM
    You dislike being pointed at wrong assumptions?

    No.  I dislike trolls, your antagonistic approach.  And, those assumptions are yours, not mine.  I'll have no more to do with you, sir or madam.  Fare thee well.
    75  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: A new section for Linux, cross-platform code, embedded, mac, android, ios, etc. on: August 31, 2013, 11:47:01 PM
    My personal agreement needs refinement, which is something the staff here should care about. According to your profile, you are not a staff member but a random spammer with an ugly penguin in the badges. Now what? Good night.

    Perhaps I missed something, but just what does your personal agreement have to do with matters?  This is something that was decided, without your personal approval, I'll grant, but you are not a staff member either.  If you don't like things, leave.  The rest of us can do without trolling.  This ain't your personal ballpark ... the rest of us play here, too.  We'd prefer to do it without constant contention.
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