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101  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Does anyone know of a software that can record file modification times? on: December 04, 2013, 12:17:10 AM
how many files, and how often do they change?

is this something that could be polled hourly or every xx minutes?
102  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: looking for MS Word freebie on: November 26, 2013, 12:02:29 AM
libreoffice portable is only 230M for the entire suite, which is probably less than MS word alone (I have it on a usb key), and it's free...

plus you can set it to have a white on black workspace (you can actually choose whatever colours you like)
103  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 25, 2013, 07:50:06 PM
instead of uninstalling stuff I'd probably use something like Autoruns (portable version here) and disable all the non essential items - you can go back and reenable stuff selectively to narrow things down if this helps.

If and when you identify the culprit then you can uninstall and update/reinstall

104  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: looking for MS Word freebie on: November 25, 2013, 06:14:13 PM
that's not an issue, several of the free suites will work with word (.doc) documents.

FWIW MS has attracted the ire of many users for the 'radical' interface changes between versions (most notably 'the ribbon'...)
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How can I find out what is restarting my PC automatically? on: November 25, 2013, 06:09:37 PM
I had a browse through and didn't see this mentioned, so...

have you tried booting to safe mode?  You probably wouldn't want to work there but as it loads a minimal amount of drivers etc it's a good way to (potentially) rule out a few candidates
106  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: curious win7 file issue... on: November 21, 2013, 06:16:25 PM
interesting...FWIW I've been using this tool under win7 for almost 2 years and this is the first time I've encountered this

what are the rules around this?  There is a corresponding file at that location, though I'll need to do a little bit of testing to confirm this is the offending black hole.

I'd also be interested to know why that location wasn't found by my file searches (I'm configured to show all files)
107  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / curious win7 file issue... on: November 21, 2013, 12:27:38 AM
I wondering if any here has seen anything like this - this is a clean win7 32 system that's only just been rebuilt a week ago (don't ask mad)

I have a small scripting tool that I use at work to get data out of our systems, but yesterday I noticed some weird behaviour by windows.

I wrote a script for a colleague, but when I went to send it to him I couldn't find it...anywhere.

I could open and run it in the corresponding app, but it was invisible outside of it.

This morning I went back into the tool and saved it out to a different folder to see if I could see it (I could), however when I sent it to a colleague the file did not include any of the changes that I'd made (and yes, I did save it).  I could open the file and see my latest updates, but the version as received was several iterations behind.

any idea's?
108  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: LG SmartTV monitors your every move - including files on attached USB drives on: November 20, 2013, 04:11:37 PM
who's watching the watchers? ohmy
109  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Open Source debate on: November 13, 2013, 04:44:34 PM
is it possible to run a 'trial' in parallel?  (unofficially even?)

getting others on board before you tackle the roadblock can be a useful tactic, and it gives you an opportunity to speak from a position of authority rather than being defensive
110  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 07, 2013, 05:56:49 PM
what if superheroes had part time jobs?
111  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 06, 2013, 05:49:24 PM
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I would proudly hang that on my living room wall, although it would probably go better with the black & white optical illusion style decor of my daughter's room.  tongue

I was thinking that the funny part wasn't the animation, but the fact that there was a bench in front of it so people could sit and admire...
112  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete rows with duplicate cells on: November 06, 2013, 05:46:50 PM
I'm not familiar with the functionality in Libre office but it appears the following formula will work (in both Libre office AND excel)

    =countif($a$2:a3,a3)

enter this formula wherever you like, though I would suggest next to the range in question would be most appropriate.

You will need to modify the range '$a$2:A3' to cover the columns you want to test (note that the absolute reference must to point to the first cell in the range), and of course the reference value as well.

the formula will count the number of occurrences of the reference cell, then you can use the filter function to filter out all the single occurrences and delete the rest
113  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Making a new page of "DonationCoder's Favorite Web Sites" - suggestions? on: November 05, 2013, 10:50:41 PM
I see Instructables just got a guernsey, so I have to throw http://hackaday.com/ into the ring.

Not quite the same as instructables, but lots of info and ideas on some truly amazing projects being done by ordinary (and not so ordinary) folk.
114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: delete rows with duplicate cells on: November 05, 2013, 03:41:13 PM
lots of answers to this one (use the inbuil functionality, or formulas and filtering, or a macro, or...) but it depends on what you want to do

the version of excel you're using is relevant as well

Highlight that data you want to work with, and click the Remove Duplicates option on the Data tab of the ribbon (07 and up). Then select the column(s) you want to search for duplicates.

worth noting that this only works in excel 2007 and above

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: on the 'benefits' of technology... on: October 30, 2013, 07:26:39 PM
actually I think it says more about our level of involvement (perceived or otherwise) in so many processes and our acceptance of these things as being reliable (which they are) than it does about our level of training.  Or perhaps it's about our inability to accept or understand when they do fail  undecided

this is how skynet got a hold...
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / on the 'benefits' of technology... on: October 29, 2013, 01:40:25 AM
interesting article on the effect of technology on our capability - http://www.theatlantic.co...-great-forgetting/309516/


117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 25, 2013, 05:54:33 PM
come on guys, you're being serious and that's inappropriate

this is supposed to be a nonsense thread!!!
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 23, 2013, 10:02:48 PM
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119  Other Software / Programming School / Re: Organizing projects larger than what you can have in your head on: September 20, 2013, 12:39:32 AM
don't underestimate the power of pencil and paper

try to map it out as flow chart/mind map so you don't have to carry it all around in your head, then hang it on the wall where you can see it while you're working

it's a great way to see the smaller pieces without losing the whole (and of seeing how the pieces fit together), and if an area needs attention, you can easily revise or expand on it
 
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: September 19, 2013, 05:03:28 PM
couldn't decide whethter this should go here or in the music video's thread....

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rjbtsX7twc" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rjbtsX7twc</a>
121  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Odd/Fun Ways You've Learned Programming on: September 18, 2013, 12:06:18 AM
no witty anecdotes, but for me coding snacks have been great fun and great learning tools
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors on: September 16, 2013, 11:55:59 PM
No one mentioned Photoscape yet? It's a freeware mainly for fixing & enhancing photos instead of painting/editing, so it is richer in tools for color adjustment, back light correction, red eye removal etc rather than 'micro' tools like paint brushes etc. This is probably what you need.

another contender, but just to throw the cat amongst the pigeons, how is it better than (for arguments sake) a 'viewer' that has many of the same features?
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: software recommendations - photo/graphics editors on: September 16, 2013, 09:48:02 PM
The GIMP is likely too much for your wife considering what you wrote above (though once you learn, it's worth it). Perhaps Paint.NET? It's easier, but still quite powerful.

that was (is?) certainly a consideration, mostly because I'm expected to provide training and support!!

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You might want to look at the viewer market though. A lot of viewers have very simple and easy to use tools for quick retouching. e.g. Faststone, ALSee, etc.

yep, been a long time user of FastStone, and she does use it a lot for exactly that reason Thmbsup

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Also, depending on your camera, some come with software packages for retouching photos, especially those that shoot RAW/NEF.

sadly our camera's don't do anything in the raw - that said, I probably should at least look at the supplied software embarassed.  I've never felt that the software supplied with camera's, scanners, etc was very good.  YMMV, but my experience hasn't been particularly inspiring
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / software recommendations - photo/graphics editors on: September 16, 2013, 07:38:13 PM
looking for recommendations for something to replace a corel paint shop pro (x2) install that has worn out it's welcome

On our W7x32 laptop it's hijacked most (all?) of the admin tools (ie control panel, devices and printers, etc) which has raised my ire so it's gotta go Angry

This is my wifes machine and she's a very light (basic!!) user, mostly minor retouching of photos or scans, so photoshop is probably overkill (not to mention that I probably couldn't afford a copy even if I could justify it).

This really isn't a software genre that particularly interests me so while I'm aware of the major candidates, I have no idea about their relative merits...

what say you?
125  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 15, 2013, 08:44:18 PM
then this from doghouse diaries today...

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perhaps I should be posting in the 'what annoys me no end' thread huh
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