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51  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Hide My IP free for 2 days 17+ hours on: May 03, 2015, 05:57:07 AM

This could be kinda neat (or others of its class), because "everyone is saying" "we received/tracked your ip" (*Favorite line by the tech portion of 100+ TV episodes!)

And there might be a legal wrinkle with the copyright gangs trying to pin stuff "on your ip".

52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: May 03, 2015, 05:52:07 AM

I considered a start/stop button, but I thought using the clock as  button would be economical as far as UI goes; maybe I was wrong...  ohmy
As far as tasks, the last task in the list always has focus; at this stage of development, it's the only way I could keep things straight.  When you click on another task to change the name, that's all that's allowed.  Are you wanting to change between tasks to add more time on the selected task?  Great idea, and I'm sure I can figure out how to do that.  Let me know what you are needing exactly.  
@TaoPhoenix: It's not you, it's me Wink  I was trying to keep the timekeeping as simple as possible because even as it is I had a devil of a time keeping the time set-able but synchronized with real time, and the correct time showing up in the correct places.  That's why I made it so when you make a new task, the old task is "closed out"; that is, the time is finalized.  That can be changed in the final CSV file, but if I'm interpreting Tomos' comments correctly, maybe I should make it so you can switch between tasks to add time to a previous one.

Well, pointing out a "merge" of this program and the iPhone stopwatch, I'd suggest a row of buttons somewhere. Start Stop Lap.  That way you know what a button does, but another reason is more important - the iPhone thing tries to do *three things with two buttons* and if you mis-click them in the wrong order it messes up or wipes out your time log!

And because I like fancy "implicit tricks", for "program-chainers" like me, a set of buttons means you can do things like using one of those automated mouse-movers (or other things) so that it does stuff like:

"start, wait until 50 min, stop (because you know the user is slacking somehow!), Lap to log the fragment, Wait 10 minutes, Start". So then theoretically you can even leave it sitting there in the background for days!

And yeah, I am *totally* a fan of clicking back and forth between tasks. So for me (so far!) it's as simple as Click to make a Task Active (possibly checking if you need to finish processing the old one, to help prevent misclicks!).

And I mentioned in passing but one reason the clock didn't work for me is because on my ... fading ... system, it didn't start anything! So if you imagine, "click the clock ... nothing happens ... okay..." !

53  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The DonationCoder 2015 10th Anniversary Fundraiser is Now Officially Over! on: May 03, 2015, 05:42:47 AM
lol oops, fundraiser banner snuck back on.. i've removed it now smiley

(Dramatization, a bunch of days later at Mouser's lair)

"Stop it! It's like the Sorcerer's Apprentice! People just keep Donating us money!   tellme      "
Ps The smiley icons are Capital D!

cheesy   Grin 
54  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Packt is giving away a free ebook each day until 17 May 2015 on: May 02, 2015, 11:50:06 PM

A couple of things I thought worth knowing:

- You can't just "download it" ; it seems you have to set up an account and I haven't looked at that.

- I don't see the "upcoming titles" so it seems like if you don't ... diligently ... check every day, you could miss some and then get grumpy that they stopped being free!

55  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / The Living Dead Fundraiser! on: May 02, 2015, 11:39:27 PM
It ain't over! Let's go $16,000 and beyond!

The main page has it today at $15,804.

56  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Firefox data collection and asking for help comparing to Pale Moon on: May 02, 2015, 11:28:29 PM
This might be a new wrinkle in that whole discussion!

Some lawyer had fun working on this!

First, the usual "privacy policy" that looks "sorta bland".

But here is at least one key phrase:
"For us, "personal information" means information which identifies you, like your name or email address. Any information that falls outside of this is "non-personal information."  "

But you tech guys have shown, you can "in reality" identify someone with enough info on their specific comp configurations.

And then buried under something called "Firefox Health Report" and barely mentioned in Options/Advanced, we get *this* much more "truth in legalese"!

The whole thing has enough discussion points I'll just let you folks read most of it as is, but just look at the astounding stuff as it combines!


I'll highlight this about that "tiles" thing I knew I hated earlier:

"Tiles are a feature of Firefox displayed on new tab pages. In order to provide the tiles feature, Firefox sends to Mozilla data relating to the tiles such as number of clicks, impressions, your IP address, locale information and tile specific data (e.g., position and size of grid). In Firefox Beta, certain short-term Telemetry experiments (see above) for Tiles may collect information about commonly visited domains."

I haven't yet scoured Pale Moon to see how much of this stuff it has.

57  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for a very flexible timer on: May 02, 2015, 01:02:56 PM
OK, I finally worked out all the showstopper bugs I could find, and here's the first iteration:

I call it AFL Timer (A Flexible Logging Timer) and it doesn't quite have the final polish, but I wanted to let you and others test it and report bugs, refine features, etc.  If anybody wants to play with the source, I can send that along too.  Enjoy!


I either I don't understand the interface or some stuff I would want as a main purpose is missing.

The key comparison is the Stopwatch part of my iPhone app, which mimics regular "sports" stopwatches. So you start a task with a big "Go" button, and then you can either hit "Stop" or "Lap". (Or both, in some sequential order.)

(Whether or not you have stopped the running timer), Lap (but it could be Phase or something) captures fragmentary chunks of time, which *may or may not have been edited, see below!*, which then add up to the total time.

Go and Stop seem simple enough to me.

So then what I see Edvard has already done that a "stopwatch" can't do, is fix "annoyances" with the logged time. So you can do all the add/delete chunks of the time measured by the Laps (or just the total time), and then you're left with a nice "clean" record of time spent on the project.

Is some or all of that stopwatch effect in there, and I am just having trouble with the interface GUI?

58  News and Reviews / Official Announcements / Re: The DonationCoder 2015 10th Anniversary Fundraiser is Now Officially Over! on: May 01, 2015, 04:40:41 AM
Here's a copy of the thermometer pic:

59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: May 01, 2015, 04:36:15 AM
I'm not really interested in exploring Windows 10 as an OS. Whereas I felt that Windows Vista/7 brought enough new features and nifty design changes that I was more than willing to jump the ship from XP. But thus far I don't see anything in Windows 10 that is appealing enough to make me want it in place of Windows 7.

I'm hoping this means that the codebase has been even further cleaned up! My theory is then in the nature of "what were they even working on then?", if not for general "under the hood stuff".

I'm just hoping they're not building any really slimy tricks like hardcoding disincentives to run Linux!

60  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 30, 2015, 09:02:24 PM
Yeah, it's pretty sluggish for me in VirtualBox.

Another sad thing is that I've gotten to the point with Windows 10 that I did with Ubuntu a few years ago. I get all excited about installing a new version, but once it's installed I just kind of look at the fresh/pristine desktop and think "Now what?"

Other than Windows itself, I'm not really into the Microsoft ecosystem. So I don't want to try out Outlook, or Excel, or Word, or any of the other included apps/programs. The one thing I did want to try out was Project Spartan, but even though Windows 10 popped up something asking me if I wanted to use Project Spartan to open websites, I couldn't find Spartan. Pressing the Windows key and typing in "spartan" led to no search results. huh

I missed this memo, and haven't read up on what they're doing with Excel. I want to do that when I get some of my focus back.

61  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The 2015 10th Anniversary Fundraiser Cheer for Victory Thread! on: April 30, 2015, 08:21:34 PM

I'm in! (Check will be in the mail soon!)

Mouser, I'll find you in the chat room with details.
62  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Program to override usual window close button with superfast TerminateProcess? on: April 29, 2015, 05:10:10 AM

You can try SuperF4 (free),

It is must have app for me. Since I develop programs, many a times they go into infinite loop. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+F4 instantly closes them, even faster that opening task manager and searching and killing it.

I also use it to close FireFox at times when I have lots of tabs opened and one tab causes FF 'not responding'. Killing FF and then restarting it get me all tabs back and then I close the erroneous tab and have other tabs to read.



Just chiming in, this is a broader use case than it sounds.

I sometimes don't get involved in these little programs, but the "super browser overload" problem creeps in faster than many people realize!

63  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MyInfo organizer 51% discount on April 29, 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 05:05:42 AM

Can you post a link to the new feature list of MyInfo 7?

I'm a fan but I am finally learning how devs are starting to charge for versions, and I already paid for a Pro copy!

64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 29, 2015, 05:03:45 AM

That's beyond epic!

<--- Language skillz failing. Maybe Renny can help?

65  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Need an Easy fix for annoying problem with sorting in Windows on: April 28, 2015, 02:48:11 PM
Windows Desktop normal "Default" sort order arranges the Desktop Icons Alphabetic descending at the start but allows things to be added helter-skelter everywhere afterward.

I have no idea what this means because the whole point of icons on desktops to me was that you get to move them around! So basically the first thing I do setting up any system is to move the icons into a visual pattern by category!

Some users like to store a 100 icons on their desktop and when they ask me for help it takes forever to locate the ones i need.  Sorting back to alphabetic>descending takes two clicks on sort by name  instead of one.  If I could, I would lock there system icons (the ones supplied by windows) to always be where they start out.  Top Left.
So this ends up being two requests.  One for a way to lock the 5 default system icons to always be first starting at top left and second a way to make the sort by name always default to alphabetic descending on first click. 
Both of the answers are most likely out there and easy to find but they are never where i look . Sad

I am certainly in that "Yay! Icons!" group! But once you get the first three system icons in the top left and the Recycle icon in the bottom left, I don't know why you'd "want to move them". The main time I lose them is when about every couple months I fiddle with my screen resolution and then Windows dumps them anywhere it wants to!

66  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MyInfo organizer 51% discount on April 29, 2015 on: April 28, 2015, 02:14:33 PM

You may know I use and promote MyInfo.

What happens to users of 6.x versions when the 7.x series comes out?

I have a Pro edition of 6.x

67  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Your Stuff Really Is Breaking Faster Than It Used To on: April 27, 2015, 02:23:27 PM
That isn't how design life works though. And the first generation of a product line is often overbuilt compared to those that follow because the typical use case has not been as well established. Later generations incorporate wear and failure analysis of previous generations, correcting weak spots while at the same time weakening strong points to cut costs.
Design life is not an exact science. You are designing to where the majority of a product will operate for the calculated time period without major issues. It is possible to exceed that lifetime if you take good care of your belongings or it was built with quality, but in the field most of what was produced is expected to be replaced failure or not.

There might be a few different "design lifes". I tend to stay away from the "first generations" because I'm moving away from being a tester of the cutting edge to valuing "long term". So when I entered the market for a new phone, at that time the market was just beginning to shift. I took a considered look at the "state of the market" and judged correctly that I wanted the iPhone 3GS with the extra memory, (and notably not the 3G), because as has now been proven, the 3GS is the lowest model supported in several use cases (which are escaping me at the moment.)

Point is, I'm quite pleased with the overall build quality of my iPhone 3GS, which is now several generations back, but still works almost perfectly, except for some slight problems with the power button.

Then you get spots where certain newer models try to cynically cut corners on the build quality, but I think I found the sweet spot in my phone.

68  Special User Sections / Site/Forum Features / Re: Smiley Extra Spaces on: April 27, 2015, 02:09:34 PM

Mouser? Do you have any info?
I tend to hit return before posting a smiley because the smileys are different heights than text and throw off the line height otherwise.

69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 27, 2015, 02:05:54 PM
(Employees must wash hands)

This is when they try to make signs "efficient". The one I remember finding funny was "Shirt and shoes required."

It didn't say anything about pants!

But I didn't test it!
And the Google effect of those kinds of news stories now far outweighs the actual penalties of the misdemeanors!
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Windows Desktop Virtualizers? on: April 23, 2015, 11:20:51 AM
Okay, Round 1's winner emerged faster than I thought!

(One of) the "right terms" for something crucial for me is something like a "desktop manager" where it lays out little icons for your desktops in a horozontal row and you can just click around on them. Lots of the contenders fizzled out by requiring various hotkeys.

Finestra fizzled out by just having too many strange quirks, one of which crashes the program *while hiding all your data*!? (Because it's stuck on desktop 3 or something when you crashed the program on desktop 1.)

The current winner is Dexpot. So besides being "less quirky" (and dangerous!), another subtle test is how long it takes to draw all those stickies on the far desktop, and Dexpot is pretty fast, even a shade faster than TranDesk. I started with 7 desktops for now but it's pretty easy to just add more. (Though hints of above, if I really need that many open "areas", then my brain will probably be fizzling anyway!

So when people suggest stuff, try to check if it has a nice small horozontal selector like that. I do not need one of the "full screen selectors" at this time because I basically know what's on tabs.

In the new features dept, I didn't have the option to move windows to other desktops back and forth. So that's nice that you get to doing stuff and then realize you mis-sorted your activity collections among the desktops ("Yes, hi Building Superintendent, when is that electrician coming? Great. I'll make a note on my computer...").

Very small quirk - I am going with 7 desktops because the "desktop manager" kinda runs off the edge of my screen and only shows seven. And seven should be enough for a while!!

Also, in the settings/desktop switching/ it's important to me to leave *unchecked* "keep all taskbar buttons visible". I can see how people would want that - I just don't.

So this is a pretty good start!

71  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Windows Desktop Virtualizers? on: April 23, 2015, 09:20:15 AM
Pheonix you are using a term that is confusing.  As aryq points out, when people think of "desktop splitters" they think of tools that divide up your screen into areas for docking applications, like jgpaiva's wonderful GridMove tool.

The more common term for the kind of tool you are looking for is a "Virtual Desktop" tool (less commonly called a "multiple desktop" tool).


The first part of a question ... is to get the right term!

The next part is now that we have this ghacks article "on the stack", then that can help people focus on suggestions that aren't in the article. A couple of them stay to 4 desktops, which I already have, so that narrows a couple of them out, but there's a lot of choices there to think over!

72  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Favorite Windows Desktop Virtualizers? on: April 23, 2015, 08:03:32 AM
WinSplit Revolution

Right, what the splitters do is they completely hide all existing open windows on that node and "pretend" as if you had nothing open at all. It's like getting 2-3 brand new desktop spaces out of thin air.

I think they're more well known to the Linux culture, perhaps a bit less famous on the Windows side.

73  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 10 Announced on: April 23, 2015, 06:32:26 AM

This one made me nervous. They've been trying to turn Windows into iOS for a decade. And they're getting better at "boil-frogging" us. They build in the restrictive tech, sold/marketed/brainswashed as "for X and Y uses", "optional", as defined by a very narrow couple of software settings.

Then later they "make it non-optional in some cases", which is too complex of a story for the general public to follow so they give up and go back to Facebook. MS Wins. They're doing some of that already on the boot loading stuff.

The XP-Win7 lineage seemed to be "mostly harmless" to the user, as "just an OS". But I'm getting the feeling now MS is starting to build groundwork for a few sneaky little tricks this decade, and I'm now going to depend more than ever on top level tech news reporting to tell me where a few of them are so I can try to avoid them!

74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 23, 2015, 06:26:44 AM

Once the silly humor threads are over, doesn't the guy now have a counter statement to his former gf?

"Hey jerk, you were cheating on me!"
"Hi babe. You've got an arrest charge of damage to my property!"

75  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Favorite Windows Desktop Virtualizers? on: April 23, 2015, 04:37:49 AM
A while back, Relipse's TranDesk introduced me to the concept of desktop splitters and rocketed to my top 10 list of daily programs (arguably every waking hour!).

Because it's in an odd place (not a Nany), here again is the link:

I tend to really value simple implementations of things that are new to me, so I can let them sink in before scouting what I might want in an advanced tool.

Trandesk is a simple 4-node desktop splitter with pleasant little color coding of the nodes Blue Green Red Yellow. (And you can shuffle them around, possibly requiring Taskbar Shuffle to do it.)

This kind of thing is essential for me because I discovered a few tremendous uses which all interact.

In unclear order of importance:
1. The last node is the "nuclear waste dump" - a key activity flow for me is a screen-shot-er (I got Mouser to add my 1-click killer feature into SC Captor last year), into a Sticky from Tom Revell's Stickies. By itself that flow has rocketed my ability to capture "infostuff" fragments. I tend to leave them all as open stickies sorted into categories of "topics of the week and month" and "parked older stuff". The problem is this threatens to bomb my screen with over a hundred open stickies!

So what I do is simply "park" the master node of Stickies onto my last desktop splitter node. What then happens is the other three nodes (though I try not to do it in all three) can then hold a tightly curated set with the short term projects, and then I just close/re-open Stickies to let them all get carted over to the Dump node. A few other things go there, like Task Manager, Process Explorer, and perhaps a few non-main browser windows of notes. The small downside is this chews up a node.

2. Medical
I am trying to rally my concentration this year, to get established into medical care in New York City. There's just a lot of stuff to do and know. So this swipes up a whole node full of stickies, browsers, and my note taking app MyInfo.

3. "Recreational Campaign" - Things like my Ludum Dare games adventures eat up quite a bit of linked info and notes! So something as big as that basically needs its own node or else I risk getting hopelessly lost!

4. This leaves only one node left for "everything else!"

So I am poking my toe into the water for people's suggestions of *simple* splitters with more nodes. I don't need "full session control" as someone else was saying elsewhere. Just "what I have now but moar nodes!" It's really a plus for Trandesk that it's 1-click" horozontally laid out, and color coded. Unfortunately Relipse said last year he doesn't know where the source code is anymore, and he's no longer around.

So, suggestions? Quick guess says that I don't often need more than 8 nodes, because if I have that much going on, that means I'd be getting over-extended and would simply close stuff down and free up the node as much to "get it out of my head".

Meanwhile, I also have no idea what other interesting things a desktop splitter can do. So I'm in the mood to at least poke at a few suggestions even if it doesn't "win the contest", just to see ideas on how X people tackle the same core function.

Thoughts? Programs? Ben Stein's Money?

(Heh - I just shuffled some stuff and managed to buy myself a little time freeing up a node, but the question remains.)

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