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101  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

102  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...
103  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/


104  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!!!
105  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: September 23, 2013, 10:02:48 PM
[attachthumb=1]
106  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
 
107  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>
108  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
109  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?
110  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
111  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?
112  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...

[attachthumb=1]

perhaps I should be posting in the 'what annoys me no end' thread huh
113  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: need help setting up grid with a large display on: September 12, 2013, 11:07:00 PM
if you want to split it up substitutethe monitor number for the relevant panels

for example using 3 panels (1 per monitor) it would look like

[copy or print]
[Groups]
  NumberOfGroups = 3

[1]
  TriggerTop    = [Monitor1Top]
  TriggerRight  = [Monitor1Left] + [Monitor1Width]
  TriggerBottom = [Monitor1Top]  + [Monitor1Height]
  TriggerLeft   = [Monitor1Left] + [Monitor1Width]

[2]
  TriggerTop    = [Monitor2Top]
  TriggerRight  = [Monitor2Left] + [Monitor2Width]
  TriggerBottom = [Monitor2Top]  + [Monitor2Height]
  TriggerLeft   = [Monitor2Left] + [Monitor2Width]

[3]
  TriggerTop    = [Monitor3Top]
  TriggerRight  = [Monitor3Left] + [Monitor3Width]
  TriggerBottom = [Monitor3Top]  + [Monitor3Height]
  TriggerLeft   = [Monitor3Left] + [Monitor3Width]

114  DonationCoder.com Software / JGPaiva's Ahk Tools / Re: need help setting up grid with a large display on: September 12, 2013, 09:51:25 PM
you just need to move everything by the requisite amount, eg for panel [1]

  TriggerTop      = [Monitor1Top]+110 ;this moves the top bound down 110 pixels
  TriggerBottom  = [Monitor1Top]+[Monitor1Height]-220/2 ;this takes 110 pixels off the top AND the bottom to allow for the reduced screen height

you can do the same for the left and right bounds

115  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MailPile: Secure FOSS Crowdfunded E-mail with Simple-to-use Encryption on: September 09, 2013, 11:11:44 PM
Yes. We do need it. But I'm not aware of anything that is "prime time" ready to use.

I must be slipping - it would seem you missed the sarcasm in my reply ohmy
116  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MailPile: Secure FOSS Crowdfunded E-mail with Simple-to-use Encryption on: September 09, 2013, 05:37:52 PM
As for the actual service/product - looks interesting. It seems that there are more like this popping up. But "email"? Man... I'm so sick of email. It's just so broken. I really think we need to scrap it and just start over with something new. A simple communications platform for letters, short messages, attachments, audio, video, audio/video/rich media messages, etc. People keep dumping resources into a broken platform.

but do we really need it?  there must thousands of newer, more exciting and innovative social mediums to develop and exploit before we even need to consider such a thing ohmy
117  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: printer to repair or not repair on: September 09, 2013, 12:51:17 AM
if you have a good relationship with the repair tech's ask them what they think.

In my (limited!) experience most of those guys don't have a vested interest in selling new machines, but they will be aware of your circumstance/usage patterns, the performance of the machines in question, and their relative value in that context.

worst case scenario they'll tell you buy a new one, and if they do, they can probably give you good advice on which models are best for your circumstance. 
118  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The very very best for contextual menus on: September 04, 2013, 05:20:20 PM
Fast Explorer is another one that I've used, though as with the other choices the learning curve is perhaps a little steep.

Downside is that it appears to be out of development (developers website is gone!) though it's been working OK for me (W7-32)
119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: August 29, 2013, 06:29:07 PM
I'd love to see how you measure that.  tongue

with a dicktionary?
120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Vocab tune-up on: August 28, 2013, 07:25:20 PM
clearly they're going to have to add a k to the spelling of dictionary...
121  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 21, 2013, 01:08:47 AM
YES! Then go trolling with an overly-broad interpretation of the patent and all of a sudden you no longer need Kickstarter~! Grin

I'm coming for you rennie!! 

soon as my gun finishes printing, watch out!!
122  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: What Android apps do you use to read digital books? on: August 20, 2013, 05:33:44 PM
Well, that and some other things that I read that I'd mention in person, but not publicly.

let me guess, you only read them for the 'articles'  Wink
123  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 20, 2013, 12:49:00 AM
A further evidence that burqa is incompatible with modernity:
 (see attachment in previous post)
(though this is more a serious social matter than silly humor)

she was walking down the street, then whoosh! her dress blew up
124  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: My Gadget Idea: "Timestamper Disc" on: August 19, 2013, 08:57:18 PM
think about digital watch type displays instead of more 'regular' displays, and most round displays are probably 'square' displays mounted in a round holder

no idea about price, though given the limited display options these might be cheaper

industrial machinery is often a managed out of a software solution so they can get the most out of their plant (both in production and down time).  Could be useful for small operators, but I'm guessing that in a lot of cases their service intervals might be longer than is practical for a device like this
125  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Pet Peeves in Language in Games? on: August 19, 2013, 05:38:32 PM
unrelated, but I was most amused to note the schoolkid in front of me on the bus this morning working on a page titled 'English Assingment'...
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