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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Qliner Hotkeys (open source): Hotkey program with visual keyboard on: October 12, 2008, 09:52:42 AM
Unfortunately doesn't work on 64bit windows - I suspect it's the same type of problem that CircleDock had.

Forgive me for asking, but is that 64 bit XP or Vista.
52  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: This man knows what is he talking about! (CHECK IT OUT!) on: September 20, 2008, 08:30:52 PM
Dude, when a character's best games are the ones where he doesn't talk...that's when you know civilization is about to crumble.
I disagree. The Half-Life games are among the best the FPS genre has ever seen.
... some stuff here ...

I have no idea what this thread is about and I'm too darn lazy to figure it out. I wanted to write though to strongly support what you said about the Half-Life games. I think these games were spectacular. I could go on and on saying how and why, but I'll just say what I did and that I couldn't agree more with you regarding what you said.

53  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sad Weekend.... on: September 15, 2008, 11:19:39 PM
Talk about making lemonade ...

54  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet? on: September 13, 2008, 11:17:13 AM
Well it's clear that this thread will end up in the next newsletter.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet? on: September 12, 2008, 01:46:53 PM
Sorry - it just annoys me when tolerance is all meant to be one way. I have frequently been criticised and threatened by fundamentalist christians. If people want to live a bronze age life style (which is what fundamentalist should do to follow the biblical rules correctly) that is fine with me I just object to it being pushed on the majority of society which seems to be a growing trend in the US and UK.

Yeah, I get it Carol. Apart from just the intellectual understanding, my Buddist wife is often impacted by the same issue.

56  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Has the LHC destroyed the world yet? on: September 12, 2008, 01:02:32 PM
Sorry I thought all christians would like to go to heaven as soon as possible - and that was what I meant by the comment. You may view it as poor taste but I actually find a lot of religious belief and dogma in pretty poor taste - especially when it is imposed on the majority of society who don't share those beliefs.

However, it was a badly phrased sentence and I did not mean to equate world terrorism and christian fundamentalism. It was meant as black humour (presumably I will now be accused of racism).

Wow, that brought me out of hiding!

Hey Carol, forgive my curiosity, but I was just wondering how often you have similarly bad moods?  Grin Kiss
57  Special User Sections / Activation/License/Language Help / Re: need license key on: August 16, 2008, 03:50:54 PM
Here it is:

HA HA HA. Extremely clever Tuck! How funny!

58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulation Gadgets for Pain Relief? on: July 29, 2008, 09:21:32 AM
I used to suffer back pain, and went to a chiropractor regularly for it. He used an electrical stimulation device, possibly similar to what's being discussed. I definitely experienced improvement from the visits.

However, my wife and I committed to a real exercise regimen, and this has improved the situation so that I no longer see the chiropractor (and feel better than when I had). I suspect that the crunches and other abdominal exercises are what's relevant here.

Two separate ways of decreasing pain have been raised in this thread: TENS unit usage to decrease pain by Mouser and subsequently exercise by CWuestefeld. Since pain control mechanisms vary greatly with these two approaches it's probably best to keep them conceptually separate.

Exercise is sometimes an extremely helpful aspect of pain management. In the case of the back, exercise strengthens the abdominal or stomach muscles. As these muscles increase in strength, they can serve a greater role in postural support. Pain then decreases because there is less stress on the spine.

In contrast, a TENS unit serves a strictly palliative role rather than attempting to modify the underlying pathophysiology. As described in Mouser's post, these units decrease pain by disrupting the "pain signal" being transmitted through the nerves. An additional or alternative approach used by some (particularly newer) devices, is to stimulate the release of the body's natural pain reduction substances (endorphins) into the muscles.

As CWuestefeld indicated, it's preferable to eliminate or decrease a medical problem rather than just treating the resulting symptoms. Sometimes this is not possible though or even potentially dangerous. When this is the case, treating the symptoms with a TENS (or any other approach) is all that's left.

Regarding the two approaches, signal disruption is the older one and it appears that an increasing number of devices are being designed to release endorphins or to do both. Consistent with this shift, an informal review of the information available on the internet appears to suggest that TENS units that stimulate endorphin release decrease pain more.

59  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: YourFonts - Generate a font based on your handwriting on: July 12, 2008, 09:31:20 PM
Congrats on a new program Erwin  thumbs up
Hi Erwin
What Mouser said above. Congratulations on what I'm sure is another fine program.
60  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Friday the 13'th...! on: June 13, 2008, 04:19:25 PM
Curt: Thanks a lot for the info about the cartoon. I agree that it's pretty funny.

czechboy: Like the others, I'm sorry to hear about your incident. I hope you can get things taken care of without issue.

61  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: June 04, 2008, 07:10:27 PM
Wait, are you using three desktop search engines? Are you storing the indexes in a server? Grin

My name is Mike and I am a software addict...

I'm running all three on a notebook with a 120GB harddrive... The indices combined total about 3GB - the largest being Archivarius at about 2GB with dtSearch weighing in at 580MB and X1 at 472MB... I still have about 20 GB free so am not worried. I *know* that I *should* settle on one (or at most two!) and uninstall what I'm not using, but then what would I do about the 15 file managers that I have installed, the multiple file/folder compparators, and the numerous reg-ex/text search and replace apps that I have installed. Then there are the office suites and the note takers/web archivers. Nope. Too many decisions  tongue

HI MIKE! (I think that's the way we're supposed to start.)

Take heart. Admitting your addiction IS the first step. On the other hand, until you eliminate it, ENJOY YOUR ADDICTION!

As normalizing such matters typically has a consoling effect, take heart as well in the fact that given this site's membership, it could as well have been called "Software Anonymous" or any of the myriad other titles one might have imagine given our MUTUAL addiction.

Firmly addicted,
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: May 22, 2008, 08:43:38 PM
Ken - of COURSE you're special enough for that kind of thing to happen to you!

Cool! Thanks Darwin. I had no idea.
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: More on Super Flexible File Synchronizer; Updates Anyone? on: May 20, 2008, 09:24:36 PM
I email Tobias and explained that I haven't been using SFFS much because of the v3 interface and that I wanted to take him up on the offer cranioscopical quoted, and Tobias send me a v4 registration.

Thank you Tobias.

Wow TJ, Wow and CRAP!

I'll never be special enough for things like that to happen to me. tongue

64  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Mini-Review of FileBoss on: May 20, 2008, 08:52:33 PM
VERY nicely done Wraith! Man, I'll bet that review took some time.

Also, I would like to second mouser's request to support authors (financially and otherwise) who write these. After I wrote my last mini-review, it really meant a lot to me when people wrote to express their appreciation and gave donations to me.

So, again, great work Wraith. Now, I'm off to donate ...

65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: MS Office Ultimate for only $59 on: May 09, 2008, 10:18:17 PM
Also, only for US citizens, if I'm not mistaken... So maybe we could all put our heads together and also figure out how could be some kind of US... colony ???? Branch ??? Extension ??? Friend ??? Na. forget it.

LOL. Why not Armando. Mouser should like the idea. Then he could start taxing us.  cheesy

66  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / MS Office Ultimate for only $59 on: May 09, 2008, 09:18:23 PM
For those of you who still use or want to use MS Office, here is a steal. Microsoft is selling their $680 MS Ultimate Office suite for only $59. Now this is an academic offer that is only for students. So, let's all put our heads together a figure out how is actually a university.  tongue

Back in September, we wrote about “The Ultimate Steal” from Microsoft because they were offering students the option to purchase Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59 bucks. Considering it retails for $680, this deal is a 91% discount. At the time they said the offer would end on April 30th, but as it turns out, they extended the offer a few days and now its set to end on May 16th, a week from today. If you’ve been considering purchasing Office 2007, there’s no better time than now to do it.

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Smartphone software (Cellphones with Windows Mobile 6 OS) on: May 08, 2008, 05:24:04 PM
Hi gang,

I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for software programs for use with Windows Mobile Smartphones. I recently bought one of these devices (a Motorola Q9h Global) after using a Treo for years that had a Palm OS, so I would love any recommendations people might have.

Thanks, Ken
68  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: May 08, 2008, 07:37:03 AM
Thanks Ken.  I did find the "hide deskbar" link finally.  That's good - and it works for me.  That I can live with.

However I am still a little confused as to why it holds tight to that screen space at the bottom even when it is closed.

But it does sound like Outertech Guy has a handle on it and is researching it.  Cool!

Thanks all!


No problem Jim. I have found them to be incredibly responsive, as I think I've said before. I'm glad you have the kinks worked out or at least workable solutions to the issues you've found. I think it's a great program and use it pretty much every day. That's why I wanted to share it with DC, contacted the company about DC, and wrote the review. Enjoy it!

69  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: May 07, 2008, 06:44:32 PM
Ok, I was able to duplicate J-Mac's problem. When running Linkman with the toolbar visible, if I exit Linkman and then try to maximize programs, the area where the toolbar was will not be used (as J-Mac described).

On the other hand, if I hide the toolbar instead of exiting Linkman, then things are normal.

70  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: May 07, 2008, 05:57:06 PM
KenR, would you please confirm this behavior.

Will do as soon as I can, hopefully wiithin a couple of hours. I have to do some other things first.

71  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: May 07, 2008, 05:33:07 PM
BTW, I don't see a quick or easy way to disable the toolbar.  Can it be done through the toolbar itself?  Or do you have to open the program?


Hey Jim,
Actually, I find it easier to close than open, unless you use a hotkey. Click options button on toolbar (3rd from left), then click "Hide Desktop Toolbar". Hide is equivalent to close here.

72  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: May 06, 2008, 07:51:09 PM
I seem to have run into a problem with Linkman -- it apparently has taken over the bottom of my display.  there has to be a way around this.

Whenever Linkman is running the deskbar runs across the entire bottom of the screen, which I am not especially fond of because with a widescreen monitor the vertical dimension is already reduced, compared to a standard display.  I was just working in 3D Home Architect and I grew tired of having to switch to the "hand" icon to drag the view up and down because the screen is so narrow with Linkman running.  So I exited from Linkman. After all, I didn't even have a browser open so it was just there doing nothing.

However even after closing Linkman, 3D Home Architect - which was maximized - still did not fill in the space across the entire length of the bottom of the monitor.  In other words, it acted as if Linkman was still there. I thought, "This can't be right", so I restored 3DHA to a regular window and then maximized it again.  Nope - still left the space that had been taken up by Linkman.

Then I thought that perhaps this was a unique flaw in how 3D Home Architect renders and that it would not find the correct screen size unless it was closed and then restarted without Linkman open in the first place.  I closed 3DHA and reopened it - still has the space for Linkman at the bottom!  Next I opened several other programs to their maximized view but all cannot fill the bottom of the screen at all, the place where the Linkman deskbar had been.

This is not good.  When I need my entire screen, I need the entire screen!  Including the bottom where the Linkman deskbar sits.  Why on earth does Linkman reserve that area even when it is not open?

More importantly, how do I reclaim that space for other applications?  I can see it taking that space while my browser is open, but not at other times.  Especially when Linkman is not even open.  Other applications that use an added taskbar or a sidebar automatically grab the screen space they need when opened and then yield it when they are closed, so it can definitely be done that way.

Is this done via a registry key?  Whatever the case I need to be able to use that portion of my screen when I need it, so how can I get Linkman to give it up when requested or when closed?


Hi Jim

If I understand you correctly, it is the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. If you drag it off, you can resize it to any size you want. Otherwise, you can just tell the program to hide the toolbar.

73  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: April 26, 2008, 09:12:59 PM
Very nice minireview (if you can call it that!), KenR.

I still have one question about the product, will it auto sync my IE/firefox bookmarks? Meaning, if I add/delete a favorite/bookmark, will linkman auto detect that a new bookmark was added/deleted and adjust accordingly.

Hi Cloq. Thank you for the kind words about my review. When I was done with the review, it seemed amazingly brief for all the time and effort I put into it.

In response to your question, I don't think it will do the autosyncing in the way you want it, but I might be wrong about that as there is a similar feature in the Template section of the Data tab of the options menu which can be set to automatically save in another format when you save the database you are working on.

I think that features such as this could be nice additions. I also use Website Watcher and dearly wish Linkman could just use the same database or make these changes automatically, but equating these is currently requires several steps. Perhaps a macro feature to automate some of these things would be the best compromise.

@J-Mac: My reading of the messages suggested your questions had been answered. Please post a forum message or send me a message if that is not the case.

74  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: April 25, 2008, 03:20:32 PM
@Ken or Outertech Support:

The method for adding URL's using the deskbar is fairly simple, except for one aspect, and I have not yet found a quick remedy:  Clicking the globe w/Link icon auto adds the URL to my bookmarks, but it goes to whichever folder is highlighted in the Linkman window, which is, of course, not visible when adding URLs.  If I wanted to add the bookmark to a specific folder in my bookmarks (actually my Linkman bookmarks), how do I accomplish this without opening the main Linkman interface?

That is probably the one thing I would miss by not using the Firefox extension "OpenBook".  It's dialog has a smaller representation of my Fx Bookmarks folder contents and I can quickly navigate to the directory/sub-directory where I would like to place the URL I am trying to add. Screen Cap below:
 (see attachment in previous post)


Hey Jim,

Very good question. The way I have dealt with this is to Add and Edit, rather than just adding. That way I can immediately put it where I want instead of wherever it was last set.

Hope this helps!

75  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: April 25, 2008, 02:32:48 PM
Hi all.

After I wrote this review, it received few replies so I stopped following the thread shortly thereafter. I have been happily using the program with Firefox with no difficulty since before I wrote the review. If anyone still has questions, please let me know and I will try to address them (though obviously the author knows far more and has been addressing issues as well). I'm delighted the review has been helpful to some people.


P.S. Ha Ha Zaine! <vbg>
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