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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: June 04, 2015, 02:22:06 PM
100!
yes indeedy :-)
I belatedly post the record (unmodified, just didnt get to post it in time)

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102  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DSLR Camera Simulator on: June 03, 2015, 05:16:15 PM
^
it's well hidden actually -
I only found it on a second look after reading ayryq's post.
http://camerasim.com/apps/
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: DSLR Camera Simulator on: June 03, 2015, 10:41:52 AM
I think the "exposure compensation" sim is pretty cool
where's that one? (do you mean the -2 to +2 scale?)

There's no possible way to expose correctly if the ambient light is reduced to, say, bright indoors, and it's got out-of-date profiles for high-ISO noise. A modern DSLR would do much better at high ISO. It'd be nice to have multiple example images, and if I paid for it I'd want different lenses and flashes.

It doesnt seem to show noise at all as a factor in the result (?)
I think it's just meant as a basic learn about how ISO, shutter, & aperature interact with each other - and as such is quite good I find.

For a PC though, as you say, you'd definitely want more for your 10 dollars.
104  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: June 03, 2015, 10:29:53 AM
At the end '2012' was sold for less than $20. Surely you don't mean such price should qualify for a FREE upgrade to '2016' - which was the question here.

ah, I didnt realise that - then it *was* a logical conclusion :-)
105  DonationCoder.com Software / Screenshot Captor / Re: LATEST VERSION INFO THREAD - ScreenshotCaptor - v4.11.0 BETA - May 4, 2015 on: June 03, 2015, 05:43:45 AM
i am a LITTLE bit confused about the versions that are currently available.
On the homepage the latest version is "v4.10.0", the forum thread title says "v4.11.0 BETA", the last changelog "v4.12.0 BETA" (4.11 was skipped there btw), the beta download "4.12.1 BETA" and the DC updater wants to update to "4.12.0" (without beta).
Can someone tell me, what's going on right now?  cheesy

smiley

I *think* mouser (the author) is on the road right now so the 'paperwork' seems to be not quite up-to-date.

I can say though:
if you are being offered 4.12 as an update, that does mean it is no longer in beta (you can see the changes made in the post prior to yours).
So, 4.12.1 is the new beta.
106  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: June 03, 2015, 02:38:08 AM
^ SoftMaker Office 2016 is so expensively priced that I feel certain there is no free update from 2012, no matter how late you bought it.

that would be very unusual, so doesnt seem like a logical conclusion.
@brahman, the best thing would be to ask Softmaker themselves.

Yeah, the reason it seems expensively priced is that there is now only the pro version.
This is a pity imo (even though I use the pro version myself).


Softmaker Office 2016 has been released.
http://www.softmaker.com/english/index_en.htm
...
pricing appears to be different for German locations, so not sure what pricing you will see - probably 89.95 $/€ full price; 59.95 upgrade price

Note:
  • 1) there appears to be only the Pro version now
  • 2) there's one upgrade price for all (even from free versions)
  • 3) they have moved from eMclient to Thunderbird for email

Overview:
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofw_en.htm

Features
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofwfeat_en.htm

... for people who want to upgrade from a free version to the pro version, the pricing is very good.
I would also note that the support in their forums is very good, I've gotten value for money there ;-)
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: June 01, 2015, 03:56:27 PM
I have seen the offer on Windows 7 - but not on Windows 8.1, where I would actually consider updating...
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Audio clipping in MP4 and MP3 on: June 01, 2015, 03:13:42 PM
The cutted/flattened edges you mention are the visual waveforms that have been hardwall/brickwall limited. The "normalize" function Curt mentions is a preset limiter. When music is produced at that fine line just below clipping, any number of variables with your system might boost the signal just enough to exceed that line and cause audible clipping. As for your fix re the clipping, I produce for radio and have to leave about -5db headroom on the radio shows or else some stations run into problems with their download/playback/upload or broadcast systems boosting the signal and causing clipping. The -5db leaves plenty of room to compensate for that. You did the same by lowering the audio on the YTD audio - got it far enough away from clipping that Audacity could then manipulate the sound to your satisfaction. I think you'll only have clipping where the audio is been mastered at those extreme levels.

that was interesting thumbs up
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 09:38:16 PM
What happens with a dual SIM that supports stand-by is that when you're not actively using the cell radio (is., you're not in a phone call), the phone is 'multiplexing' between the two SIMs.  It'll activate one SIM to allow a connection on that phone number, and if nothing's going on, it'll switch the connection to the other SIM.  It does this automatically, without you having to manually choose which SIM is active.

I don't know how often the switch is done, but it's fast/often enough that any incoming calls on either SIM just ring the phone.  Dual active SIM phones actually have two sets of cell radios, so using one SIM doesn't affect the connectivity of the other at all.

However, when you are actively in a phone call with a stand-by dual SIM, the other SIM is never activated.  I think that for most people this isn't really an issue - incoming calls on the other SIM will go to voicemail. Just like if you had a single SIM.  

It might be a problem if you want to conference calls across the SIMs.

The other area that I think where stand-by could be a problem is if you're like me and use one SIM for voice/text and the other for data.  In that situation you won't be able to use data while you are actively in a phone call.  Personally, this hasn't been a problem at all.  The only time I noticed that I didn't have data access during a phone call was when I tried doing it just to see if it worked or not.

thanks for that description - I had misunderstood your initial post to mean only one SIM worked at a time - and that you would have to manually activate/change between the two. I would presume then that's also what I have.
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 02:19:49 PM
Full active is pretty uncommon among dual-SIM phones, at least in my limited experience.  Are you sure you need full active?  My dual-SIM phone is standby, and I have had zero problems.  But then again, I'm not much of a yakker.

I not much of a yakker either cheesy
but fully active dual-SIM is great e.g. if you live near a border - or abroad. So, I have a SIM-card from each country - I'll choose the SIM according to where I'm telephoning. One SIM (the one from the 'other' country) gets used mainly for texts - but also for the occasional call.

@kalos, sorry, dont know the answer to last query
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 12:56:57 PM
is having access to the battery unusual in (non-iPhone) phones?
If not, a simple search will get you a couple of results.

I know some of the newer brand Chinese phones cater much more to dual-sim.
I bought a very cheap one earlier this year, and it's a treat to be able to use two cards without having to swap them (I have it set to: choose which card on sending text message; one sim as default for telephoning & internet). But mine is a far cry from 3GB ram ;-)
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Soliciting feedback on website on: May 31, 2015, 12:42:48 PM
Having just completed my very first (very basic) website (not online yet) - I'd say it looks very impressive Thmbsup
It works fine, also looking good on basic laptop screen - 1366x768
113  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: May 29, 2015, 12:25:58 PM
I'd also like to add my vote for Ctrl + Shift + Left / Right making a selection. I find the fact that FARR doesn't do that very confusing.

a big +1 here
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: May 29, 2015, 12:18:09 PM
why my clipboard is the problem?
I am copying from another word document and I am pasting in my initial word document
I paste several stuff, tables photos, formatted text etc
I just don't want that to affect my previous text!

edit// yeah - I guess it logically should not affect previous text, but in my experience mixing formatting (by pasting) in any Office software leads to problems of one kind or another
115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone using mp3va.com ? on: May 29, 2015, 09:48:32 AM
I know very little about downloading music - but IIUC this type of site doesnt pay anything to the musicians - so why not just download the music illegally?
Disclaimer: I'm not promoting illegal downloading - just wondering about the advantages of using a site like this.

Edit// of course if you cannot access certain sites...
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: why MS Word breaks format on: May 29, 2015, 09:37:50 AM
Can you use a Clipboard Extender?
e.g. with mouser's CHS, you can paste clip as plain text which should stop it messing around with the formatting.

Another workaround might be to paste in a text editor and copy again. (I might be wrong but I'd presume a text editor wont copy any formatting.)

Edit// my word processor has the option "Paste Special", where I can paste as unformatted text. I presume Word would have something similar
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Softmaker Office 2016 released on: May 29, 2015, 05:35:35 AM
Just a heads up that Softmaker Office 2016 has been released.
http://www.softmaker.com/english/index_en.htm

I havent upgraded myself yet, so not sure what changes.
Also, pricing appears to be different for German locations, so not sure what pricing you will see - probably 89.95 $/€ full price; 59.95 upgrade price (?)

Note:
  • 1) there appears to be only the Pro version now
  • 2) there's one upgrade price for all (even from free versions)
  • 3) they have moved from eMclient to Thunderbird for email

Overview:
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofw_en.htm

Features
http://www.softmaker.com/english/ofwfeat_en.htm

Looks good to me, I will be upgrading at some stage in the near future.
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: cannot copy/paste in word on: May 28, 2015, 07:08:46 PM
Might be worth looking at why they dont work -
An add-on?
Did you do a search on this one?
You might find something here - or in one of the links offered from there
http://answers.microsoft....a1-4e7c-ad6e-750371048304
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: When you make your 100'th Post on: May 28, 2015, 03:46:49 AM
^ Thmbsup


also:
missed wraith's 7,000'th lately, will have to wait for # 7777 smiley
120  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tray Management Utilities Mini-Review on: May 27, 2015, 08:42:42 AM
In recent weeks my system tray has started acting up. It would stop displaying a whole lot of icons for software that are otherwise running. This is occurring randomly, i.e. after some rebooting or waking up the system tray either works properly or it doesn't.

I had that problem over the last couple of months with 7 x64 - seems to have stabilised now though FWIW. I did install a bunch of non-critical windows updates lately. Maybe one of them helped, but I really dont know.

having this problem again more often (it never went completely).
Does not seem to be related to Explorer - Windows Explorer has not crashed - not that I noticed anyways, and it's running normally as I write, with one icon blank in the tray, and about six others not showing at all.

I've noticed that if I leave Windows alone on startup, that all apps seem to show correctly.
I think what happens is that if I start using the machine before *everything* is loaded, then the tray display screws up.

Noticed that last week, I now leave the machine good time to start and have not had problems since, hopefully it will stay this way...

I dont use sleep or hibernate so cant comment on those situations.
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Reader's Corner - The Library of Utopia + resource links on: May 25, 2015, 07:43:11 AM
Cheap and/or free international shipping is important to me, so thank you for those links thumbs up
These days, I can get most English language books on amazon.de, but some can be expensive, and it is good to have alternatives.

In the past I have gotten a couple of bargains here:
http://www.kennys.ie/ - it's mostly new books, so might not be one for your list, but worth a mention down here, as also with free international shipping. Has a broad range of books, with some focus on books of Irish interest.
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Does anyone here use Bitcoins? on: May 22, 2015, 03:09:51 PM
You have to visit the page to see, so no preview or snippets.

http://amphibian.com/169

Fun Cool

interesting - worth following the links
(look at Ren's comic one first!)

http://thoughts.amphibian...-for-bitcoin-paywall.html
http://challengepost.com/...ick-bitcoin-micropayments

easy ways to make micro-payments would be nice to have...
(apologies if that's a micro-spoiler...)
123  DonationCoder.com Software / Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: need colors and other types of text formatting on: May 22, 2015, 02:17:16 PM
This is actually related to Thunderbird. I dont know why, but it just copies plain text - and I dont know if that can be changed.

I did do a basic search, but kept getting results about pasting plain text *into* Tbird. Hopefully someone else can help.
124  Other Software / Community Giveaways / Re: Free graphics software on: May 22, 2015, 05:25:14 AM
Looks impressive thumbs up
http://cloudalpaca.com/en/
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch PDF printing on: May 22, 2015, 04:19:42 AM
It's still not really clear what exactly you want to do - and maybe more to the point, how often you want to do it.


No smart answers accepted tongue
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