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26  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: two-factor entrance authentication on: February 17, 2015, 09:16:16 AM
 
The main application under consideration is currently an ecommerce application, that runs under Wordpress.

Shortly, that will be replaced by a dedicated ecommerce platform that is hosted on the server, without the Wordpress middle layer, written largely in PHP/Zend. A more robust ecommerce implementation (something that the Wordpress program, WooCommerce, tries to get around with a gazillion addons.)  Magento is the more robust one and the techie programmer support is stronger.

Both have 1000s of installations.

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Thanks for the cpanel and related information.  I will be looking it over.  

"We really need two-factor authentication ...  will even make password theft useless. If this is too much, then the absolute easiest way to this is to require email verification ...."

Basically, I was simply seeing the problem and offering an unusual alternate implementation.   I have notified our website developers that we would like there to be some sort of special admin security.

===========

"the fact that your server is not hardened against such attempts."

We recently switched to Nexcess as a host largely because they seem to be very attuned to techie stuff, quickly.
This has worked out very well.

===========

Steven
 
27  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: two-factor entrance authentication on: February 17, 2015, 08:19:15 AM
Hi,

Not yet a techie on this stuff. Basically, I was going by a discussion I read yesterday that said that this was a vector of mass malware distribution.  As I remember, they specifically indicated index.html but we can also talk about any admin hacking of the site.  

On index.html the idea was that, after a bad guy gains entrance as an admin, the visitors could be mauled, unknown to either the site itself (for awhile) and, unless well defended, the visitor.  I didn't bookmark this well, although I will go back into Firefox history and see what I can find.

The first part of the discussion I was reading about was simply how easily Filezilla sending passwords can be hacked and the blase approach of the developer.  The discussion of malware distribution might have been a separate topic and website. I was simply following the logical implications.

Notice how you say that the cumbersomeness of the extra certificate-signed approach ends up meaning that it is simply not done.  And this would be true also for hardware keys, great ideas infrequently implemented (putting aside banks, etc.)  

What I am suggesting is a hack-resistant method that is relatively strong yet informal and might be easy to implement, although it may need the control panel people allowing a hook.  A second-factor entrance software implementation to stop an improper admin (whether or not they can get to index.html.)  One that would be complementary to IP checking.  If the admin signing in fails x times to hit the secret dot, then alarm bells ring to the web host and to the real admin's cell phone, tablet, etc.

If there is something that accomplishes this end already ... great!  Tell me how it is done.  

What damage can a false admin do? And how is it prevented? Is it not the equivalent of the root for your site?
We agree, I think, that no matter how strong the passwords and secretly guarded, that has a significant gap of safety below 100%.

As to why this came up, I am informally handling some aspects of security for a small business.  We had changes of programmer comparnies and workers and changed admin passwords. (Nothing hacked.) I was thinking about the simple fact that I really, really don't want false admin signons, this was prodded by the reading I mention above.

=================

To summarize my understanding, this is how I understand the basic scenario that is more sophisticated than simply hacking and taking data or changing things (forcing downtime and restore from backup). Remember, they could change things like pricing that could cause tremendous problems.

a) bad guys get hold of admin password for a site
b) bad guys get in there under the assumed name and make the site a vector of transmission for malware like a trojan
c) bad guys go home and wait
d) dozens of visitors get infected with a trojan (malware of some type) thinking they are visiting a safe site

Is this wrong?  If so, where.

And also the scenario where they simply change the site or get access to the data. (Understanding that there are internal standard that should prevent any credit card type of availability of information, any data breach remains embarrassing and can be very difficult for a business in many ways. )

Thanks!

=========================

Note, IP checking is nice.  Maybe, in many cases, sufficient.  Not sure how that works in practice.  There has to be flexibility when you are on the move.  Also there is an issue of unauthoized access to a puter that is a registered ID.  Thus, I mention this idea as complementary.

Steven
28  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Process Explorer now includes VirusTotal integration | 404 Tech Support on: February 17, 2015, 08:10:28 AM
I'm glad to see them finally get with the program and implement this. System Explorer has had it for at least a couple years. I'm actually a little surprised it took the SysInternals team so long to catch up. Having said that, for every day use, I still prefer System Explorer. As much as I love Process Explorer, IME it has a tendency to crash frequently on some machines, my current desktop being one of them.

I'll have to see if I have any stability problems.  And I can see these now as the two best Task Manger replacements (although I do like Daphne for simplicity and color.)

I would say they are complimentary and they work differently.

System Explorer tests more .dlls and stuff, for better or worse.  System Explorer has their own database, that uses the community input.  They also left me with 48 unknown files (20 from DriveHQ, 6 from Priprinter, mostly .dll ) and then, e.g. gave information.  (e.g They identified the monitor.exe as coming form "Chameleon Monitor" actually Chameleon Startup Monitor .. with info on the program, author, etc.) So you can run through the unknowns reasonably effectively, even if it starts at a couple of dozens.  I have not checked yet whether you can comment or mark them as ok for the next run.

However, for a quick check of all files, Sysinternals shows them all (allowing that they don't do the .dlls) automatically, with the VirusTotal result easily available. So, even if it took them some time, it is a very good implementation.

Steven
29  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: February 17, 2015, 07:09:10 AM
Thanks!

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How to Back Up Your Notebooks in OneNote 2013
http://www.solveyourtech....otebooks-in-onenote-2013/

====

The Houston Chronicle small business section
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/

seems to specialize in short articles that tackle individual tasks.
I made this list using the google advanced search on the domain, saving urls to Linkman with a spot of cut-and-paste keyword specialty, and then OCR with Abbyy Screenshot Reader.

Can You Link Excel With OneNote?
Collaborating in Office 365
Connecting Android to MS OneNote via MobileNoter
Deleting OneNote Pages on an iPhone
Embedding YouTube in OneNote
Evernote Vs. Microsoft OneNote
Here's What You Need To Know About Office Online And OneDrive, Microsoft's Latest Alternative To Google Docs (MSFT)
How to Access OneNote for Android
How to Add to OneNote in Firefox
How to Align Text in OneNote
How to Back Up OneNote
How to Change Note Names in OneNote for iPhone
How to Change OneNote Files to Evernote
How to Convert a PDF to OneNote
How to Create a Calendar in OneNote
How to Create an RTF Document From Microsoft Office & Word
How to Create Company Letterhead in OneNote
How to Disable Microsoft OneNote
How to Edit a Scanned Document in Word
How to Enable Add-Ons in OneNote for a Printer Driver From Outlook
How to Export OneNote to OpenOffice
How to Format Normal Paragraphs in OneNote
How to Import Word Into OneNote 2007
How to Make Address Labels in OneNote
How to Make OneNote Make Text Note Card Size
How to Open an EMF
How to Open an MDI File
How to Open OneNote on a Mac
How to Print a DOS Screen (Onenote used for OCR)
How to Protect From Editing in Shared OneNote
How to Resize Inserted Printouts in OneNote
How to Restore From Back Up on OneNote
How to Retrieve Files From Microsoft Office OneNote
How to Save Lost Data in Microsoft Office OneNote
How to Save OneNote to Google Docs
How to Scan a PDF Into Word
How to Scan Documents & Save in Word
How to Send Gmail to OneNote
How to Send to OneNote 2007 From Outlook
How to Start Microsoft Side Note
How to Sync a OneNote and iPod | Chron.com
How to Sync Notes Between an IPad & an Android Device
How to Transfer From Livescribe to MS OneNote
How to Use a Scanner to Read Comma Separated Values
Microsoft Prepares Its Attack On Evernote (MSFT) - Houston Chronicle
Syncing OneNote on an iPhone With a Computer
The Advantages of Using Both Evernote & OneNote   - **
What Microsoft Product Is Good for Outlining a Business Plan?
Why Does Microsoft Office Give Me Such a Hard Time With Spacing?
Zoho vs. OneNote

Steven
30  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Process Explorer now includes VirusTotal integration | 404 Tech Support on: February 16, 2015, 10:48:10 PM
Thanks for pointing this out!  Great feature.

When you say ok to virus total, it automatically gets the hash and tells you the status of every file based on previous submsissions.

Four of my files were not totally clean, having one or two of the 57 or so results negatory.  Those can be pursued more depending on my interest.  The general reason would be using a toolbox or function that operates on some low-level that an AV considers off.  This would understandably apply to SuperAntiSpyware. The other three were RightNote, Notezilla and Splinterware's System Scheduler. Splinterware has a forum, a bit dormant now, but they would discuss the occasional false positive.  So none of these are of concern.

Then I had three files that were unknown, no previous submission, so I submitted them.  Currently it says "scanning file". Perhaps there is a queue. Ok, done, Allmyapps had four not real happy.

===============

A first-tier security addition.

And I would recommend it for the small business client to be on every one of the fifteen PCs. (Then you might want to check about occasional remote start and view.)

===============

Here is Mark Russinovich discussing this stuff, in 2013.  (I have to listen for awhile to see if this VirusTotal feature had been implemented.)

License to Kill: Malware Hunting with the Sysinternals Tools
http://channel9.msdn.com/...merica/2013/ATC-B308#fbid

===============

Steven
31  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: February 16, 2015, 09:43:57 PM
Just to show that I am not the only person in the universe who likes the Notezilla memoboard personal note idea:

How I Set Up My Development Machine on Windows
Zack Wallace
http://www.sitepoint.com/...elopment-machine-windows/

April
http://appsapps.info/about.php
Apps Apps
http://appsapps.info/

"And among my payware tools, you'll find Beyond Compare: http://www.scootersoftware.com/
and Notezilla (every project and website gets its own memoboard): http://www.conceptworld.com/Notezilla"

=====

That is how I use Notezilla .. dividing various projects and concept-blocks so that each gets its own memoboard, with the sub-board implementation.

Steven
32  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / two-factor entrance authentication on: February 16, 2015, 05:23:13 PM
Hi,

Two factor-authentication can help a lot when you wonder what is your password and contact the company.

Often they call back your cell phone and you use a one-time number.  I appreciate the method as adding a lot
of security pizazz.

========================================================

What if you have a mission critical website?   I was reading how passwords get hacked (one discussion related
to programs like Filezilla not having encryption, but there are 1,000 ways.)

Then the bad guys can sign in.  One thing they do is place some sort of malware into index.html, which then
affects future entrants to the site.

Oops.

This type of corruption can have a huge effect on the trust of a website and company.  It is a huge problem
on an individual company level, as well as the general individual malware issue.

So there really should be a way to prevent someone who simply has a password from doing real damage.  Some
sort of two-factor entry.  

A thought.  The second-factor could be something arcane like hitting one of a couple of dozen
little places that are only known by you and the host.

Is this done?  If not, why not?
Seems simple enough.  You add a check about limited number of errors, checking the ip, stuff like that.

I'm not saying its foolproof.  A screen recorder on your pc might pick this up.  However, that is 100 times
more sophisticated than simply a password hack.

Your thoughts?

Granted, possibly the best security is simply ip security only allowing specific places to enter.  However,
sometimes we are on the move. So the two ideas are complementary.

Steven
33  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / stickies Notezilla memoboard and the Onenote alternative implementation on: February 15, 2015, 09:30:03 PM
Tonight I looked a bit at Onenote, which I had previous sort of ignored. The fact that it became totally free helped.

Onenote does seem to be the one software that has a similar capability to the memoboard, since every note can be enclosed in a type of box. Nice.

Now, in comparing with NoteZilla for this memoboard purpose you have some interesting comparisons.  

Notezilla has the colored background, with a clear border for each note and with distinctive backgrounds for notes possible.
Onenote has a better editor with many extra features and can use space better overall.  Even tables and spreadsheets. Sensible printing.

So far I have not seen a border or background color method with Onenote, a bit of a surprising lack (if it really is not there.)

Notezilla has the pop-up integration with url pages and with programs (with additional memoboards in the note browser that relate to those notes.)
Onenote has integration with SkyDrive to allow usage from multiple puters.  And in this version is forced to the cloud for storage.

Notezilla has a tree structure on the Y-axis with subfolders.  Then it has individual notes titled within each individual page.  This does allow for very quick page-note switching.
Onenote has tabs on top, X-axis, combined with multiple pages on the right, Y-axis, for each tab.
Onenote also has multiple Notebooks, and the possibility of multiple accounts off the same drive.

(So far, the only Notezilla extra utility I have thought of would be to have a hand-utility that moves various .db files that are renamed back and forth to Notes8.db.)

They both have auxiliary features.  

Notezilla has a special network and lan messenger aspect. And it has a due date aspect.  Also an Android app.

Onenote has Onetastic with a calendar implementation and macros.  Tools for drawing. It can be much more of a word processor. A big plus for certain uses.
And it even has screen capture clipping and OCR (I generally use Abbyy Screenshot Reader for that so I don't know if it is much of a practical difference.)
Ok, the web clipping may be a good feature to be using, possibly. All sorts of integration and extension possibilities, including a Firefox extension.

This is all sketchy, and I might be missing a lot.  
And I was surprised that the Onenote aficionados did not point out that it avoids the white space problem with the box entry focus.  

Are there others?  Your thoughts?

==============================

It is clear that as a research and complex writing tool, Onenote is loaded with helpful features (and I like the architecture more than anything I have seen from Evernote and others, allowing that it is from Microsoft!)  However, for the personal notes memoboard system, I think it is a close call, with Notezilla still holding its own.

==============================

Added:  The cloud implementation of OneNote can lead to issues like the file architecture and synching being cumbersome.
This Spiceworks thread is an example of that discussion.
http://community.spicewor...wer-onenote-users-in-here


Steven
34  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / file-by file set backups to the cloud - good tools needed on: February 15, 2015, 07:17:47 PM
Continuing from:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=40144.0

Rather than the image backup, the question here is the simpler backup, the data and config files and documents and stuff like that.  A backup that you independently design and it may be a small quantity of data. (If you have huge volume, like with email or video or iso, it may get its own special time and method attention.)

There are two main backup places:

a) local drive - Mybook, USB, local server etc.
b) cloud drive - (gazillion spots)

For the local drives, you have inexpensive hardware and solid software easily available, such as:

Personal Backup
Backup Maker - Ascomp
Cobian
Comodo
FBackup (free) or Backup4All (paid)
Syncback
FreeFileSync
Areca

Best Free File-Based Backup Program - Aug 2014
http://www.techsupportale...-drive-backup-program.htm

[Windows] Best free file backup, drive backup (aka imaging), and system backup software - Feb, 2013
http://dottech.org/95071/...r-backup-programs-review/

And many others.  This allows flexibility (Preference, I would like one allows flexibility in the drive assignment of the target drive, to be overridden at the time of backup.)  Since the quantity of data here is often small you have lots of flexibility in timing, target folder, multiple sets, etc.  In many cases, you can even bypass incremental and simply do full backups of this volatile data.

=================

What about the cloud?  In earlier days we talked a lot about drive mapping, WebDav and tools like ExpanDrive and similar tools.  Now I want to ferget about all those.  Services don't see mapped drives anyway, some of the drive mapping tools are quirky, some are $$ for multiple puters, etc.  Today, with the cloud sophistication, those could be more pain than gain for the home user.

Let's just find the best tool for user-defined backup to the cloud that has:

a) Good file-by-file backup software design (like Cobian, Backup4All, etc) with include/omits, specified files, folders, scheduling (can be triggered externally) etc.
b) Total Commander style file manager for looking at the target location and the home base.

DriveHQ definitely has (b).  
Question: what web backup has the strongest combination of (a) and (b)?  A is more critical, since it actually gets the data there.

Does not have to be free.  Especially since this is being used for smaller volumes of data.
Does not have to synch in any way, but it can be a synch tool used in backup mode.

In the basic iteration of this question, you are including all Windows Desktop programs. e.g. DriveHQ's excellent file manager is
a Windows download and install.

In another iteration of this question, you wonder if there are any cloud-based tools that can do even a decent job.  

The main purpose of mapping would be allow the desktop tools to be used to the external cloud.  The question here is,
what is the next best way, without the mapping complexities and costs and another set of problems.

Steven
35  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: bandwidth manager on: February 15, 2015, 06:32:05 PM
There are some forums for which this might be more of a specialty.  

e.g  DSLReports .. Linksys .. TomatoUSB .. ArsTechnica .. AnandTech

For more, just put a bunch of the keywords of the discussion into google, and then see which forums have similar discussions.

The DC crew knows a lot of techie stuff, but not quite everything.
36  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / file-by file set backups - finding specific locale with tools for ongoing backup on: February 15, 2015, 11:32:53 AM
Here is another question,

On the simpler backup, the data and config files and documents and stuff like that.  A backup that you independently design and it may be a small quantity of data. (If you have huge volume, like with email, it may get its own special time and method attention.)

There are two main backup places:

a) local drive - Mybook, USB, local server etc.
b) cloud drive - (gazillion spots)

For the local drives, you have inexpensive hardware and solid software easily available, such as:

Personal Backup
Ascomp (nag screen to professional on startup)
Cobian free

And many others.  This allows flexibility (Preference, I would like one allows flexibility in the drive assignment of the target drive, to be overridden at the time of backup.)  Since the quantity of data here is often small you have lots of flexibility in timing, target folder, multiple sets, etc.  In many cases, you can even bypass incremental and simply do full backups of this volatile data.

=================

What about the cloud?  In earlier days we talked a lot about drive mapping, WebDav and tools like ExpanDrive and similar tools.  Now I want to ferget about all those.  Services don't see mapped drives anyway, some of the tools are quirky, some are $$ for multiple puters, etc.  Today, with the cloud sophistication, those could be more pain than gain for the home user.

Let's just find the best tool for user-defined backup to the cloud that has:

a) Good file-by-file backup software design (like Cobian, Backup4All, etc) with include/omits, specified files, folders, scheduling (can be triggered externally) etc.
b) Total Commander style file manager for looking at the target location and the home base.

DriveHQ definitely has (b).  
Question: what web backup has the strongest combination of (a) and (b)?  A is more critical, since it actually gets the data there.

Does not have to be free.  Especially since this is being used for smaller volumes of data.
Does not have to synch in any way, but it can be a synch tool used in backup mode.

In the basic iteration of this question, you are including all Windows Desktop programs. e.g. DriveHQ's excellent file manager is
a Windows download and install.

In another iteration of this question, you wonder if there are any cloud-based tools that can do even a decent job.  

The main purpose of mapping would be allow the desktop tools to be used to the external cloud.  The question here is,
what is the next best way, without the mapping complexities and costs and another set of problems.

Steven
37  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: OneNote is now free on: February 14, 2015, 07:50:49 AM
At the $10 commercial home use option though, MS Office is a steal, and it includes the OneNote Client and integrates brilliantly with with it. Makes it a no-brainer as far as I am concerned.

That sounds good even if the main use is the OneNote Client.  Do you have the url or more info? I looked around a bit.

Right now, my main PC has licensed Office 2007 (Craigslist Dell purchase) which has a OneNote 2007 implementation with tabs both on top and left side, a bit unusual.  Nice looking.  However, I don't want to bother if I can figger out how to get the new free one and it is better.  For OneNote I don't mind cloud-based. I'll look around for that url and download.

Ok, I found this:

Home Use Program
http://www.microsofthup.com/hupus/home.aspx

Maybe it is dependent on your working with a biz that has Office?
"You need a program code from your employer to be eligible."

==============================================

Here is MakeUseOf going through hoops, jumps and swirls to try to get free Office.

Use Microsoft Office for Free with Microsoft Web Apps
http://www.makeuseof.com/...-free-microsoft-web-apps/

That is one of the problem of looking for fully free.  Sometimes the very best is low-cost, not free, and you would waste time and effort.

===============================================

and the busy Onetastic "forum" for add-ons and macros

I found the Onetastic site, didn't find a forum.  And the Office forum apparently dances around Onetastic. Are you actually referring to a forum or to a "forum" ?

Steven
38  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: publishing notes to the net on: February 12, 2015, 01:16:07 AM
I would like to like Google Sites.  Sometimes it seems to be awkward by the Google signon motif.  I tried to inaugurate Google Sites for PureBible, one of my more social Gmail addies.  When I went in there, and asked to set up google sites, it dropped me out to :

"Sign into a different account to access Google Admin."

This google sign-on merry-go-round is one concern.  And I see that for building a site they fall back on partnerships with Weebly and Wix, which would incorporate their weaknesses and limitations.

The idea is good. Have a site where your largely google docs and related elements can feel at home, hosted by google or your own domain. With solid navigation for the visitor.  So if you have 20 documents, you at least quickly have a nice front page discussing each one.  I'm just not sure that practically it will be good.  If anyone has a "Google Sites" site that they want to share, to view, that might help.

===================

MyInfo is definitely a possibility. I wonder if there are any sites up, available, that could be compared to what we see in the url above from Treepad. ConnectedText I will pass on unless it incorporates editing in RTF.  From the products above, I added some notes, but still, other than Treepad, there seems to be a dearth of actual developed websites up and running using the tools.  Even for the limited applications like manuals and catalogs, where they should shine.

On Myinfo, I even have a license from 2012, ver 6, which I think is current to the latest release. So I can do a download without pressure.  At the time I was not thinking pub to web. Apparently, though, you will want to do some format tweaking, but that could be acceptable.  

OneNote, Evernote, Wiznote just never quite caught my interest. 

===================

Somehow my mind has never wrapped around being brain mapped. I'd rather have a memoboard (Notezilla, Listhings) that fills the note need at the same time that it acts as a sort of mapper by the tree and board layout.

===================

I do have an Airpad, and I like using it for Skype, Facebook, browsing, traffic and maps and various apps.  However, I can't see using it for notes with flavor and structure, or publishing or documents.  Maybe I am missing something.  Closer would be one of the Androids, a big Samsung tablet with a keyboard (quiet nice) and a wireless mouse. Also possible in this genre is the Chromebook.  While Ipad does not really support a mouse on the pixel level and I really don't intend to learn finger-pinching as a writing method.  Once again, I may be missing something.

===================

On the tablets, it seems like they make good extensions to an AT&T cell phone family plane.  I have been able to add the small LGs or Samsungs for about $10/month for two years (a good price for airtime, this is part of a shared data plan) with little or no cost for the actual hardware, which is owned officially by you after the 2 years.  Apparently they had one special with a big one for only $100, same basic idea. What's good there is that the modest incremental cost means that you don't have to use it a lot.  Saved me $15 parking in NYC the other day, when I quickly downloaded a parking garage app while at a traffic light!  (Just be careful not to get a $200 cell phone ticket, with possible points.)

Steven
39  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: publishing notes to the net on: February 10, 2015, 06:16:38 PM

The question for me was whether I had to write in markdown rather than RTF for ConnectedText.  
Am I taking a dilettante approach?  Are there wiki's with RTF?

The fellow Paul ended up liking Connected Text, and as a Wiki it is inherently web-enablable.
They claim that markdown is similar effort. I am skeptical.  Plus, I am very happy with RTF writing.

Steven
40  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system on: February 10, 2015, 09:09:42 AM
Hi,

Continuing with Notezilla as a full-blown personal note system.

Here are the biggest improvements that I see that would enhance it greatly:

==========================================

1) Snap to Grid - some way to make the layout nice and organized. Note that scroll-bars, or the potential for them to arise as the setup requires, does impact this to some degree, in terms of notes being flush one to another.

Also worthy of consideration, in addition to having notes snapped next to one another, an internal box or tiles system within the memoboard would be nice.  Right now you could set up a cross note as a type of section header. Even a couple of tools within the memo-board like special section lines would help organization and visibility.

2) Tabs - the tree-structure combined with 5-10 notes on a page (you are trying not to have a scroll-down page) is reasonable, tabs on the top would be a huge enhancement, similar to various note programs.   (Another method used by note programs is to allow the opening of different named files, this would be another possible solution, not as elegant as tabs, that would give Notezilla more flexibility. There could be multiple names/locations of the Notezilla data file and you open one at a time. One for biz, one for personal, stuff like that. Best, though, is tabs.)

3) Full screen mode (or "almost" full screen mode). Maximize the space and be consistent as to the layout size (which varies a bit by the number of notes on a memoboard.)

4) Print feature - including print landscape natively  - One that keeps the formatting and, optionally, the color schema of the visible note. Or simply an alternative like line bars around each note.  As well as printing what comes out of the current exports HTML or txt. My current workaround is single page at a time print screens, possibly macroized.

5) Publish to web (this last may be asking a lot)

==========================================

A couple of esthetic things that I don't think are there
  1) a corkboard background look for wallpaper (Listhings and many others)
  2) a notepad lined writing mode look for paper (Listhings)

==========================================

Steven
41  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: publishing notes to the net on: February 10, 2015, 07:31:54 AM
We have done that type of thing with another business/client.  It works well for individual documents.  The thing is that I don't think and refresh and update in a document format, I want a little tree and/or tab mentality in preparation for organization.  When you have twenty documents on Google Drive it is a bit unwieldy to the reader as well as to the writer/updater.  The reader can especially lose interest.

Maybe Google Docs or Microsoft Word has some such features (or would that be Microsoft Publisher or Google Web Doodads?) but overall the web note paradigm we have gotten used to from Keynote and then Rightnote is rather comfy. And I want to retain some sort of similar organizational overview.  

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btw, in some cases I might actually use a web picture snap from Notezilla as part of a note page in TreePad, etc.
Again you run into the desire to avoid the white space problem.

Steven
42  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / publishing notes to the net on: February 10, 2015, 05:30:08 AM
Hi,

Does a note system == web publishing system?
Why or why not?

Take an example.  I have a client where I would like to make it reasonably clear what I have done for them,  what are our contacts, how and why we do backup, what are the projects and a number of other items.  I've worked for them many years and if I am away, or less available than the current 20-minute-drive dropin, they have a good body of information.

I want them to be able to print out a page and keep it handy and then get to it very easily a year or 3 years later.    A while back I thought about Ubernote.  Not visual enough. Today I am working with the Notezilla memoboard paradigm.  Not bad.  At least for personal ad hoc note use, excellent. Not, however, for a professional sharing approach.

However, what if you have a Rightnote style tree-note that publishes to the web?  Then (allowing a suitable parking space) you can really make it easy for them to find and read and study. They don't have to pass around a manuel, or a data file, they can read and print and see screen shots right from the web. You might get some nice advantages over the memoboard, like an indexed tree.  And you do an update or addition, you simply republish.

That is simply one example. Dozens of others can be added.  I have Bible textual studies that might do well on this type of publishing, more user-reader effective than blog or forum writing, more time effective than special book-outliner preparation.  (Scrivener, Citavi, Outline4D and many friends.)  Hybrid-city.

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This thread hopes to build on some of the discussions in the following three threads, with special kudos to DC Peter and remote Paul, if I have identities right.

Some outliners and the features Unicode, search in the tree, website publishing
http://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/5203

stickies Notezilla memoboard as full-blown personal note system
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=40122.0

Paul J. Miller - I used to be undecided, but now I'm not so sure.
https://pauljmiller.wordp...ory/software/note-taking/

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Here are some that are noted for publishing to the web.  Some give examples of finished websites.
Others are said to be somewhat quirky in actual publishing.  Apparently this is a specialty area.
Some have been mentioned extensively on DC, some very little.

TreePad - http://www.treepad.com/webgenerator/ - many sample sites
"comfortable feature to create a website... no Unicode support" - Peter

Memobook http://www.memo-book.net/en/overview-en.html
" possibility to export as a website with better results than MyInfo concerning the line spacing...  silly and unnecessary zoom..  Memo Book gave me the impression that the web version corresponds exactly with the “original” version." - Peter
Any comments on the zoom?

MyInfo - http://www.milenix.com/myinfo  - best on unicode
"easily and without problems but formatting is not fully retained in the web version" - Peter
Millenix has a forum, so here is a discussion about modifying .css either before or after export.
http://forums.milenix.com...wtopic.php?f=1&t=4556

MyBase, UltraRecall and Web Idea Trea are also in the mix, with nuance. "

I think it would be good to see which program is actually succeeding in helping people make production websites.

Treepad may be the leader.
"Examples of Websites created with TreePad"
http://www.treepad.com/webgenerator/

"WIT user's manual, which has entirely been designed and built with WIT."
http://www.webideatree.com/mu-en/text/index.html
"too complicated .. " Peter

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Mynoteskeeper - http://www.mynoteskeeper.com/

2/10/2015 correction -- this one does not belong

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Who else is solid in this mix?
Which one should I use (currently "none of the above" are in my toolkit.)
Is this the right way to go? Why or why not?

Anybody want to compare the finished products as well?
Which in some cases you might want to tweak.

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Steven
43  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: taskbar clutter - back to the virtual desktop GoScreen on: February 08, 2015, 06:18:32 PM
SE Tray-Menu can do the job, and is free.
http://www.se-soft.com/en/Products/TrayMenu/
Has columns but no groups == column titles, apparently you would have to ad-hoc columns of = number of entries.
Some modification .. e.g. set up a different colour for eah column.
Looks like you have to navigate to the executable for setup.. I thought I saw drag-drop, but apparently not.
Ok, you can take from the Start Menu.
Maybe best is alphabetical order, forgetting groups.

Hmmm... close.

Maybe what I am learning is that the sytem tray is redundant, to the start menu and desktop, and simply take
everything out other than actual special notifications.  See if you can bring anything you use a lot to pin to taskbar.
And simply hide everything else.  The whole issue is psychological.

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PS Tray Factory looks similar. they talk of a $25 registration
http://www.pssoftlab.com/...manager_screenshots.phtml

Tray Commander - Ardamax
http://www.ardamax.com/tc/
Looks interesting as a $15, the website is hokey, in use by anyone?

Tray Icon Pro - Metaproducts
http://forum.metaproducts.com/Posts.aspx?topic=5
May not really exist anymore except on a download site, price listed as $0
Maybe I saw a pic somewhere with similar functionality as Captain Tray

Captain Tray - Almeza - $34
http://www.captaintray.com/content/view/15/29/
moves form Taskbar to System Tray to Hideboard (no obvious creation of special list icon)

My System Tray Icon
http://www.rtmenu.com/My-System-Tray-Icon.htm
Some system functions in one button in the tray

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DC - Launchbar Commander
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2578.0
does a lot more, might have these functions embedded.

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Steven

44  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: taskbar clutter - back to the virtual desktop GoScreen on: February 08, 2015, 08:26:24 AM
Nicely done.  

I'm not sure I will go for more sophistication than the virtual desktops. (At the moment, that improvement is making me happy.)

I do have a question about the system tray or notification area.  It seems like that should have a quick improvement tab that shows you names and whatevers.   It really is more than notifications, it is used by many programs as an alternate taskbar area.  Leading to abundant hovering.

That leads to another question. In Windows 7, can all programs that are in the system tray be pinned to taskbar?  That would be a leveling method, and would work well with my virtual desktop usage. And then maybe just leave a couple of system monitors in the "notification" area.

Steven

45  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / taskbar clutter - back to the virtual desktop GoScreen on: February 08, 2015, 03:52:19 AM
Hi,

I like the taskbar, I leave two rows.  It still gets very cluttered. I don't like various solutions like restoring the QuickLaunch.
Also the window situation gets a little difficult.

Virtual Desktops were a big thing, some years ago, now they are more thought of in terms of multi-monitor.

And I noticed one mentioned the other day.

Multi-Tabber
http://multitabber.codeplex.com/

The description reminded me of GoScreen, the one I chose in 2006 and bought a license and they still have a yahoogroups forum.
Andrew Guranov, author.  I chose it partly because it was more native to Windows functions, no weird hooks, quite stable.

The license is lifetime, still good for the latest release (WinSnap is another utility with an excellent lifetime license.)

Loaded it back, and it it seems quite good for my needs.  

The primary desktop is browsers, email, chat skype.
I set up an auxiliary one for documents, PDFs, viewers, etc. (That was really cluttering the taskbar.)
One for utilities.
One for notes programs.
Stuff like that.  
You are not limited, if I am in the primary and need Notezilla or Total Commander, I simply use the start menu.
Probably I can put a program in multiple virtuals.  Lots could be checked out.

GoScreen
http://www.goscreen.info/
Note the good online documentation, how-to-guide.

FYI: Ok, it knocked away my wallpaper at first, took a minute to put it back.
It moved around icons, I put them back with DesktopOK.  I'm not sure if that is an inherent problem.
No mini-problems after the initial install and some playing around.  It might have had something to do with the
drag-and-drop capability you have with their set-up that starts on the left.

The longevity and ongoing support makes GoScreen a bit of a sleeper program.  Maybe Dexpot and
some others are more sophisticated.  GoScreen has some solid utility functions, it is rather a neat program.

Steven
46  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: editor with built-in column or tiling facility - (Listhings comes close) on: February 08, 2015, 03:18:45 AM
Hi,

Yes I think I will start a thread here ... title something like:

"questions about stickies ... the NoteZilla memoboard paradigm"

And that will be the one thread where I will place the Notezilla quirks and needs.
Snap-to-grip, or something like that, likely being #1. Tabs on top would be a wonderful complement to the tree structure.  Is that asking too much in the road-map? This really relates to the memoboard full-blown personal and project note system.

And I am interested in hearing what people don't like about this memoboard use.  Clearly you don't have sophisticated tables and spreadsheets and stuff like that as in some full-blown note implementations like Rightnote.  Internal linking should be compared.

Also you do not have publish-to-web as in
TreePad - Memobook - MyInfo -Mynoteskeeper
(I quickly went to my memoboard to find that short list.)

And one major element of the thread will be what I find important benefits, aspects and needs in Notezilla.
Also a general go-with-the-flow discussions of comparison of the "Big Three":

 .. Notezilla, Stickies, and PNotes.

And anything we can learn from the others, including the memoboards online like Listhings.
(And why can't anybody do web pages the neat Internote way, working with urls instead of window names.)

As I have indicated, it seems that NoteZilla is only one with a fine memoboard implementation (it looked like you lack a corkboard background smiley ) and for me, this is the single most important feature.  Tree structure, whitespace be-gone, pleasant RTF and colors, those are the basics that I require.  And this crosses the line from sticky to note system, and a week or two has only increased the significance.  

Again, a forum, or a section in a forum in the Wilders ways, would discuss such uses, and generate interest.  

And I definitely recommend that you make up a special page emphasizing the potential utility of memoboards as a full-blown note system. It took me many years to see the potentiality.  (And I would not be surprised if some of the other sticky systems come up with an implementation, so you want a head-start in user base and feedback.)

I'd like to look at the various synch capabilities, since stickies, other than implementations like the Listhings memoboard and Internote or Diigo, are inherently desktop.

What it would mean to try to do quick-print. And even publish to web. (e.g. either export to HTML or screen snaps to web). If screenshots, I'll probably try an ad hoc implementation, maybe using ShareX, Greenshot or Screenshot Captor.  Also maybe using macro automation.  The export to HTML works fine, although it ends with a white-space page. Hmmm .. how about a visual maintained export.

I'm hoping to try out the whole network and transferring aspect.  There, cost and convenience come to play and some people might end up using more than one sticky system.

Steven
47  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I've not been happy with Macrium Reflect Free, and perhaps their paid versions.. on: February 05, 2015, 10:23:25 AM
Hi,

If you are backing up and restoring on one puter ...

And if you do it with multiple programs on multiple backup medium and have the appropriate rescue CD and the CD drive works (maybe USB is an alternate)

It would be hard to hose the system or even to have a fail on the partition restore.  No matter what you do e.g. to the c:\.  I think you would have to hose the master boot record, MBR, which may or may not be handled by the backup or a fix-MBR program.

The solution then would be either:
  a) installing OS CDs that came with the system
  b) burning OS CDs, since (a) may not occur anymore, which are installed
      or the puter may have a special partition for this
  c) having it done at a store with OS install equipment .. mine says they charge about $80 (assuming it is a legal PC.)
      granted .. I have tech-savvy stores here in Queens that are easy to work with

It is fun and a learning experience to do an OS install from scratch .... once.

Steven
48  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / sensible image and backup strategies and tools on: February 05, 2015, 07:30:25 AM
A bit more.

Just a note, I am really talking here about the home systems, usually one to five PCs floating around or with friends, each one different than the other.  You are using an image largely for malware and sluggish slowdown and disk fail (buying a replacement) and OS corruption protection.  There are other applications with cloning and biz use that are different.

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On most systems, one major limitation of the free version in restoring on the same computer, with an attempted restore after you change the partition size. My understanding: even if the partition could fit, a free version will plead ignorance and not try.

Here Aomei is said to be an exception:
"[2014-11-27] New Features in AOMEI Backupper 2.1 ...      Support for restoring system to a smaller partition."
http://www.backup-utility.com/new-features.html

This is one reason I would make Aomei one of the versions, if you using free versions.  
Note: I would still make a new image right after any partition changes.  The partition changes often have to do with a Linux multi-boot, or special partitions for data or whatevers.

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Another concern would be restoring an image on a totally different system. I think this is a sophisticated usage, and even when it is supported, it can be problematic.  As long as you do the data backup independently of the image, I think this can be bypassed as a consideration.

Do the data backups!

Do not rely fully on images for mission-critical, unless you have personally confirmed that the image can also be seen and restored file-by-file and is recent enough. For my take, I don't bother with that type of ongoing image check, my ongoing backups will be data file-by-file.  I like DriveHQ for remote because of a strong file manager and some support for mapping. Locally I have a Western Digital MyBook Essentials and some others.  

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Another element is creating a Windows PE disk, which I have found problematic.
Here Aomei says why they encourage this:
http://www.backup-utility...create-bootable-disc.html
Since the purpose of the created CD in my case is simply to restore a partition(s), I don't see any need for Windows PE.
It is good to have a stash of rescue CDs, even if you could conceivably create them on another puter in an emergency.

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Those are my thoughts on this, with no special expertise.

Steven
49  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I've not been happy with Macrium Reflect Free, and perhaps their paid versions.. on: February 04, 2015, 05:39:40 AM
I suggest always backing up two images from two different programs.  Also maybe using two different externals. If it is mission-critical, something off-site. And I only do images occasionally, once I have some from an early fairly clean install.

My fav is Macrium Reflect and Aomei Backupper. When I see a sale, I will likely buy a Pro version of Macrium.  Aomei has more features in the free and has made a big splash, without hiccups. I've been successful every time with Macrium and the interface is sweet, so they are my #1, and I've never felt nagged (if there is something there, it is not annoying.) Easeus has a few more failure reports, but that could be a big installed base. DriveImage XML (probably the highest % of problems of the software mentioned here) and Paragon and a couple of others should be fine.  The tech support of Paragon has occasionally been lauded (last I checked a while back.)

Unless you are doing software testing where you reload the OS frequently, I have never understood the emphasis on whether it takes 15 or 25 minutes.  After all, you are not being chained to the puter for a once in a blue moon install.  Play with the second puter. See how the Chromebook works. Play with the tablet.

Or sip some tea. Or take a walk...outside!

Aomei has a forum of sorts:
http://www.aomeitech.com/forum/discussions

Macrium has a strong forum.
http://support.macrium.com/

Paragon on Wilders - Official Paragon Support Forum
http://www.wilderssecurit...aragon-support-forum.107/

EaseUS forum - backup
http://forum.easeus.com/viewforum.php?f=14

DriveImage XML, no native forum, lots of helpful discussion on tech forums.

And I suggest the frequent backups should simply be data backups, using a flexible data backup-program like:

Personal Backup 5
http://personal-backup.ra...hlev-home.de/index-e.html

Ascomp
http://www.backupmaker.com
English Forum
https://www.ascomp.de/forum/index.php?showforum=52

There is no need to do a full image just to have a small amount of data backup. Data backup is easy enough to do in the cloud as well. Those two look especially noteworthy (Personal Backup lacks the forum, yet it looks nicer) although I have used Backup4All paid, Cobian free, and some others.  

If the use is for business, then there is additional checking about licensing. Also your point:

"Macrium is more expensive, also compare prices for more than one pc"

What you really want is something like the security software, a special for a pro version on 3+ puters.  If you aren't simply happy with the free versions. I think the Aomei having extra features in the free should be noted.

Steven
50  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Browser Hijackers on: February 04, 2015, 05:27:04 AM
Another possibility in culprit-hunting is to look for the date of the install of the browser hijacker and see what was installed that day.  The last time I ran into that type of situation, I used Everything and sorted the files on disk by creation date, a flat-view.

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