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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any ideas for a save website crawler for offline reading? on: April 04, 2012, 10:53:08 AM
Web Research seems very interesting... how does it store the websites?  Local Website Archive stores the html so you dont need LWA to view the articles you've downloaded.  Does Web Research use a proprietary format?
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any ideas for a save website crawler for offline reading? on: April 03, 2012, 02:23:42 PM
Local Website Archive is only for archiving single pages at a time.  I asked the author to handle multiple pages a year or two ago and he responded that he has no plans for it.

HTTrack... I am potentially an incompetent user, but it takes me forever to setup my crawl depth correctly.  I dont find it intuitive at all.  Not saying it isn't powerful, it certainly is!  But I just have not taken the time I require to figure it out sufficiently.
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip+ and Rockbox on: March 24, 2012, 06:37:04 AM
Just wanted to make sure you guys are aware that if you hold down the center button (usually "enter") you get a kind of context menu.  I havent read all previous posts, but once I found out about the context menu (it took me a few days!), playlists (and much more) became easier.  For example adding one song to an existing (appending or inserting), an easy way to get to settings from the main menu, etc.

For starters go into the database and start seeing what the context menu gives on different levels.  Then go to the "now playing" screen and try it there.

EDIT: nevermind, I see Saratoga2 already pointed that out!!  

EDIT2: just for completeness (although I'm reasonably certain saratoga2 already is aware...   Cool ), want to put links to rockbox discussion of Clip Zip another site I found to be excellent, anythingbutipod:,28709.0.html
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Looking for image stitching software without processing image content on: March 21, 2012, 01:21:35 PM
Have you looked through the hugin tutorials?  Not sure if this is what you need or not, but this is one I used for stitching flat images.
30 Software / Finished Programs / Re: DONE: HTML Mail Merge on: March 15, 2012, 08:10:38 AM
Just noticed this thread... dont know how useful the information will be, but here are some articles about html output from excel.  Very related to formatting, but still might be interesting.
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: visual basic for applications, where to go for resources and solved examples? on: February 26, 2012, 06:04:49 PM
The late Shauna Kelly's site.  Not all about VBA, but tons of information:
MVPS Site (click on navigation tab to get VBA specific stuff)... lots of good stuff here:
Arranged a little weird, but lots of good tips on Word VBA here:
Another site... not sure of it's usefullness:

Some of this stuff (mostly about styles, but VBA comes up, plus maybe more that you'd find interesting) can be found in this topic:
32 Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: VBA (?) Utility to export info on Word 2010 styles to .csv or .txt file on: February 17, 2012, 06:59:00 AM
Ouput to textfile is not real hard... there are a couple ways to do it.  You can read up on the Textstream object (I forget which reference you need to add to enable it) or you can use Open, Close statements:

Open "C:\textfile.txt" for Output as #1

Write #1, "This is line 1"
Write #1, "This is line 2"

Close #1

I wrote a class around the textstream object so have not used Open/Close in a long time.

Regarding styles, you can easily output properties.  Use the loop above, and into the IF statement you can add all sorts of things:

mySty.InUse      'This should be the same property as what is tested in the IF statement above... just a shorter way to get it.

The best way to check this out is to go into the VBA editor, copy and paste the code AndyM gave you and then type "mySty." so the property helper comes up... you can see all the properties to play with them (you can also hit F2 to go to the object browser).

33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Math-O-Mir: Equation Editing (and a new approach to GUI input) on: January 20, 2012, 02:13:03 PM
Was looking for equation editors today and came across Math-O-Mir (  Pretty impressive little program, I will be using it a lot as a mathematical note-taker.

Even if you're not into equations, the input interface is pretty intriguing.  It takes a bit to get used to but it's pretty powerful, making good use of both mouse and keyboard.
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip Zip: Wow! on: January 14, 2012, 06:47:57 AM
I dont know your experience with this stuff so apologize if I'm not technical enough, or too techinical!

It's a USB DAC (Digital to Analog Converter).  You plug it into your USB port and it converts audio into analog signals the line input on your stereo/receiver can reproduce through speakers (or, if you use the headphone output, directly through headphones).  It requires no drivers (it's just a USB device) and you get another volume slider exclusively for it (in Win 7 at least).  It takes the place of a soundcard (a soundcard on a desktop PC usually is a PCI DAC). 

This device is great for boosting the audio quality output of a laptop (what I use it for).  It bypasses the crappy soundcard on the motherboard and allows you to use any powered speaker or amplifier system.   

It does not allow as much configurability as built in soundcards do (or did... it's been awhile since I've had one).  But it works on any computer and the sound quality is fine.  Here is the in-depth review I read a few years ago when deciding to get it:

And here is the product link to the new version:

And, just to give you more options and confuse the issue, here is a wireless audio cable that uses the same principle as the uDAC above.  Both are excellent in my opinion (you use these separately, they dont stack):
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip Zip: Wow! on: December 12, 2011, 05:37:00 AM
Actually, wait a second... I completely overlooked something... the nudaq is a usb amplifer: usb in, analog audio out.  Probably wont work for these mp3 players.  Sorry, that's my bad.  In my excitement I overlooked the obvious!  A good option for computers though.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sansa Clip Zip: Wow! on: December 11, 2011, 07:43:01 PM
More expensive, but just mentioning it because I have one and it's worked extremely well for me:  NuForce's Nudaq.

No pressure, if you're not into audio you're probably not interested.  Just throwing it out there!

(I use the nudaq from my computer into a receiver.  I assume the one mentioned above would do the same.  I would not expect these to power speakers directly (self-powered speakers should be fine.)
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steve Jobs is dead. on: October 26, 2011, 08:04:39 PM
I'm going to bow out at this point, because apparently his 'reality distortion field' goes both ways, as it seems that some can't see the negative, and some can't see the positive.  Few are completely either, and IMO, he doesn't fall into that few.

And one last point I'll add- most people can't say that they truly innovated *anything* without dependence on *any* other technologies, so take that for what its worth.

Two very insightful comments!  (and in some circumstances, possibly inciteful)  Thanks wraith.
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Steve Jobs is dead. on: October 26, 2011, 11:26:52 AM
For me the problem is the extremes: Jobs was very good at what he did and revolutionized tech... he's not perfect, and he's not evil.  I try to stay in the middle (which has it's own pitfalls).  I did find this CNN piece interesting though:
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... someone using CAD software on: September 29, 2011, 02:43:30 PM
I'm not a huge fan.  I'm not against the ribbon in general, just in Autocad it's not the most useful thing.
Totally agree.  Whether a ribbon works is very dependent on how the designers lay it out... AutoCAD's just makes me cry (I actually like Excel's implementation). 

Yeah, I do a lot of system block diagrams at work and it really can be an art form: How do you convey as much relevant data in as concise a way as possible?  And yes, I find Edward Tufte's ideas stimulating (while a tad too theoretical sometimes!).
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of ... someone using CAD software on: September 29, 2011, 05:37:06 AM
SuperboyAC, I use autocad at work and love the freeform drawing capabilities as well... I hate visio and other such "diagramming" software because they take the art out of diagramming! 

BUT, what are your thoughts on the new UI (2010 and later, assuming you're seen/used it)??  To me it is cumbersome and the entire program is getting sluggish.

Sorry if this is OT, by the way.
41  Special User Sections / The Getting Organized Experiment of 2009 / Re: Looking for people willing to do a simple exercise on: September 26, 2011, 06:06:09 AM
Is exposure any relation to hormesis ??  The idea that small amounts of stress make your body respond in beneficial ways?
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Religion for the 21st Century! on: September 26, 2011, 05:43:03 AM
And I thought this thread was going to be about Science.
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A unified solution for note taking and task management on: September 14, 2011, 02:25:19 PM
No, not a tldr post... an itch of mine is that people dont argue intellignetly anymore on the internet, and I see your post as an intelligent argument!

I dont have really have a return argument.  As I have thought and struggled with this issue I personally am getting tired of it and also think that, for me,  there is plenty of life outside of it (I think you allude to this type of person in your post Wink I guess I'm one of those!). 

Sorry, cant (or wont) hold up my end of the argument to make it as worthwhile as it probably could be!  But keep going... I enjoy reading the research you've posted on DC in this area (since i'm getting tired of doing it myself!) and even when I disagree you give me things to think about.  So many different angles to consider things from!  Thanks Paul.
44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A unified solution for note taking and task management on: September 14, 2011, 08:35:57 AM
Quick comment, more from the philosophical side... one of the reasons why todo-esque software struggles so much is because the software is trying to model a hugely complex "organism."  Lists, charts, pictures, spreadsheets, timelines, etc are all awesome ways to present different types of data.  Many programs strive to model these disparete methods of presenting data and some do well in areas.  BUT, despite the huge number of note-taking, todo, etc software already out there people are always looking for something better.

Two thoughts on why this is the case:
1. Incredibly complex system to model
2. (Perhaps even more important) Everyone has their own way of doing things

Add to those two major principles: file format (proprietary vs not), OS choice, etc and you have a dizzying problem.  Just like "productivity systems" Complete Information Management solutions need to match the person that uses them (very hard, especially with more than one user), contain large amounts of data, AND relate that data.  I think this is why you have people preaching everything from simple text files to large all encompassing programs (which may as well be their own OS).

I'm not saying "dont try," and I'm not saying "my way is best."  Just bringing something up that I've noticed over the years I've been searching for the same kind of tool... and failing... time and time again.  I cant even model my own preferred way of doing things, let alone find a program that will do it for me!  Some of them help in some small ways, but I have not found one program.
45  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Anyone here using a standing desk? on: July 18, 2011, 11:28:43 AM
do take note that prolonged standing has been known to cause varicose veins.. Wink

Come on, this statement is science not objective proof!   Grin  Here's an article "proving" the opposite.
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Study Tool Linking on: July 17, 2011, 11:07:38 AM
If you want something builtin, look up "cross references" in Word.  (Word also has hyperlinks, but I prefer cross references.)  

If you want more control, a cross reference is just a bookmark with an inserted REF field that links to it.  You can easily make a bookmark, then insert a REF field as a hyperlink to the bookmark.  (if you insert a cross-reference, Word does some automagic stuff, but the pieces are the same)

I forget the sites I was on, but searching for stuff on Word bookmarks, fields, should get you what you want (or what I think you want based on my interpretation of your request!!).

If you want to link to something outside of Word, I think you have to use hyperlinks.  I'm not sure if there is any other (non VBA) way of doing it.
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to share To-Do lists? on: July 15, 2011, 07:18:27 AM
What about  This used to be that was on Lifehacker.

Commandline control of textfile todolist.
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Virtual cd/dvd drive software (2011) on: July 14, 2011, 05:34:23 AM
Need to add the MagicISO does support ISO, but uses UIF by default.
49 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: A hint to those moving FARR with settings from XP to Vista/Win7 on: July 13, 2011, 11:28:29 AM
Oh, I see.  So IF the program is in the Program Files directory, you have to use the Win7 document folders.  That makes some sense.  I typically install portable apps into a portable program folder on another partition so that's why I havent run into this before.

Just for my own clarification.  If I just unzip FARR and CHS into a folder they do not have the portable switch turned on?  (Sorry, at work and cant test.)
50 Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: A hint to those moving FARR with settings from XP to Vista/Win7 on: July 13, 2011, 10:59:34 AM
This is something I've seen with CHS as well... does this mean that Win7 does not allow completely portable applications (I doubt this based on what I've seen) or is it just that FARR and CHS use the Windows document folders?  (Not pointing fingers or making suggestions, this is purely informational!)

I have yet to figure out the Win7 scheme!  (Granted I havent spent time researching it either! Wink
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