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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 04:04:04 PM
We then saw 1-2 (depending how MS counts them for support rules purposes) Win 8 and 8.1 releases. Yuck.

Have you actually used Windows 8 and 8.1...

Nope. Not used them. According to my design theory specs, I wanna see what that ex-engineer new CEO cooks up for Win 9 or even 9.1.

That skips Vista, 7 (tempting), 8, 8.1, and I'm banking hard that 9.1 might be the new Go To OS for Microsoft.

That's my path.

802  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Security breach at Kickstarter on: February 16, 2014, 09:54:44 AM
Not really.  Yes, name and address are valuable information for scammers, but only in combination with other things- and there are easier ways to get those than breaching a website.

Maybe but the disclosure included five items - Usernames, emails, mail addresses, phone numbers, and encrypted passwords.

That's a good haul, on the order of "it only takes three more things" to ruin someone.

803  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What the Heck is Happening to Windows? Article on Windows 8 Disaster on: February 16, 2014, 09:45:52 AM

To add to some melodrama:
Way back in 2004 I built a system on XP with a buddy with the specific intent to ride out these shenanigans into the next "safe harbor". We put a few bucks into quality parts, and except for OS crankiness that annoys Skwire, Mission Accomplished.

I could have bailed at Win 7, but I have held on.

We then saw 1-2 (depending how MS counts them for support rules purposes) Win 8 and 8.1 releases. Yuck. But then they changed CEOs, and that new guy is supposed to know his nuts and bolts and not be a mere marketing hack. What if he went "back to basics" and stripped the 23% of cruft in the Windows code and made a lean mean copy of Win9?

That would be the completion of my decade-long goal.

804  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 16, 2014, 09:38:41 AM
TaoPhoenix likes MyInfo ($49, pro-$99).  What other programs have you, and others, found worthy of holding your vast and growing supply of information?

Is this sort of program beyond what we might hope for on donationcoder.com?

Hi Nick.

On this "other topic" a while back I investigated the idea of "Coding Snacks" and "Coding Lunches" and even "Coding Dinners". DC's special niche is that for other people you can usually get a "snack", which is a cute little low level program to do one super-useful thing that you cannot program yourself. One of my favorite examples is the TranDesk desktop Splitter that allows you to force WinXP / other into multiple desktops. Or MilesAhead's BBSS that lets you save the URLs of a bunch of Firefox tabs into a text file. (Somewhere else I swear I saw the other half that lets you load them all back in again.)

The problem is there is a gap in the middle I call "Coding Lunch". Most of the quality well done "NANY" apps are people's labor of love, so maybe you can sneak a small feature in, but otherwise they either work for you or not. It's a bit tricky to get people to make you a medium app here. I've tried.

I do have to say that even leaving off the fancy stuff, I thoroughly respect the backend problems of an info manager program. MyInfo was one of actually TWO programs with the killer feature I wanted - a beautiful Web export. Last year my recommendation would have been the other one. But that one somehow decayed with a deadly core level structural integrity data destroying problem, and I had to let it go.

I totally get how adding features is Additive and support is Cube-Exponential.

Does that help?

805  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Programming/Coder humor on: February 16, 2014, 09:29:19 AM
Heh I'm always liked wordplay jokes, and add a dash of Tax Season insanity, and then three days off, and I get to make a little joke that I've had in my head for a couple of years now!

Boring Exec Summary: Lloyd Blankfein, CEO & Chairman of Goldman Sachs admitted that he and his company were part of the banking meltdown. But he didn't just say that. His precise phrasing was picked up by The Gregory Brothers of Autotune the News.


(P.S. We need more hearings like this! That Younger Gregory pwns as "FCIC Commissioner"!)

And Blanky's precise phrasing screamed for a Venn Diagram!


806  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 15, 2014, 12:50:02 PM
Thanks dr_andus for answering that question.
@Tao, I think it can also depend on the topics. I dont write but I do tend to gather info -- topics which overlap and merge one into one other. Tbh a lot of it I havent orgnaised, and yeah, in a good organiser you can give an item/entry multiple parents ("clone") and tag it. Tagging can end up like another outline with decisions as to where I put this tag in the hierarchy (if it has a hierarchy - if not could be a pain too if there's a lot of tags).
Ease of linking to other items is very important I think. Hence my interest in the wiki suggested by dr_andus.

Sure, and I'm believing more that how one's mind works is crucial. Given the same set of info, for example I heavily think in trees in every corner of my life. So certain facts can float a little into being parents of two trees, but then all the subsidiary info tends to be unique. I think I have found that for many of my projects the "flatness" of a Wiki works against me, because I take pains to try to avoid scrambling different levels of a tree branch.

So a really good example is I might have a little trouble working on a tree about "Dopamine, Norepinephrine, ADD, and Parkinsons" because I would get confused whether it's "Neurotransmitter Oriented" or "Diagnosed Condition oriented".

But below that the tree gets pretty simple - "Dopamine, Parkinsons, Media, Awakenings, Robin Williams". But if I drifted into brainstorming about "Medical Movies", sure the Awakenings node gets copied over, but then the entire rest of the branch drops and it's time to spin off a new node! Yay!

But if stuff is so blended, then maybe I'd just leave it "flat level" and let it all just sit there like idea soup Like Nick K has it now. But I like structure.

I also have a theory about "human assisted partial AI". Conversation is like building a tree structure. We talk in trees, going up and down branches. Use the human as a "pre-processor" to get past the raw basic coherence problems that usually sink AI, and then let the machine start diagramming out the chat. : ) More on that topic elsewhere !

807  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Best Security Suites (2013/2014) on: February 15, 2014, 11:14:43 AM

I zoomed in on this snip:
"Looking for the smallest, lightest protection available? The installer for Editors' Choice Webroot SecureAnywhere Complete (2014) would fit on a 3.5" diskette (if you could fine one). Its unusual antivirus component doesn't use virus signatures; rather, it detects threats by their behavior and other characteristics."

A, being a fan of Small and Light, that was nice! But see the note about behavior vs signatures. What if you got that to behave with a second AV program without them fighting each other? Could the combined power of the two approaches synergistically become "more than the sum of the parts"?

808  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 15, 2014, 09:54:18 AM
Tomos, would you please share how outlines seem limiting?  Outlines are what I've been thinking of doing.  If there is some other approach I'd love to learn about it.

Outlines (hierarchical tree-based organisation) is fine for relatively small number of items or if it's mostly for long-term static storage.

However, if you want to work with a text database on an on-going basis dynamically (e.g. by constantly analysing, re-organising and synthesizing it, such as to write a number of articles, books etc. over a lifetime), then the hierarchical tree can become an obstacle to developing new understandings of the material. E.g. it requires you to decide up-front how many hierarchies up or down an item should reside, which later may prevent you from seeing connections between that item and another related item at some other deep location in the tree at a faraway branch. ...

Another way to think about tree-like organization is that an item e.g. at level 7 in a hierarchy is actually in a box within 6 other boxes. If you were to do this with paper and real boxes, it would be a real pain to locate such material and relate it to other similar material. Of course in a computer we also have labels and categories these days, as well as search, but even then a hierarchical system trains you to think in a particular way that may not always be the most fruitful for creating new knowledge.

P.S. Outlines are very useful for organising the output (writing up an article), but not necessarily for organising hundreds or thousands of text items.

I think I slightly disagree. These topics were in my criteria when I went looking for my own solution. Many of the tree programs allow you to move the text structures around. So yes, you do decide *the first time* how you want to think about data, including our case opener Nick K "Not at all". But then if you don't like what tree level something landed in, just move it! Deeper, Shallower, or even "Clone" it!

I find that when organizing big data, once you get past pure "anything with anything brainstorming", there are only a fairly small number of coherent ways to organize the data.

The next feature of programs like MyInfo is that they let you expand and contract the outline like an accordion. So let's say you're working on medical material for topics related to the Dopamine transmitter. You can spend your week on your new 50 entries going all into Parkinsons, Elder Care, Tremors, and even the movie Awakening. Then the following week when you care more about caffeine and Energy Drinks, you just shrink the entire Dopamine subtree into "its box" and let it sit there.

So to find anything is one of two ways:
A. If you know where it is: "Shrink All Nodes", then expand your way right to your topic, maybe with a couple of mis-steps.
B. If you forgot or are just being holistic, you can "Expand All" and then search.

I'd say that with these and a couple more tricks, an outline can easily handle up to 10,000 items with a little forethought.

So Shrink All then 5 clicks expands right to any data element that you recall, or Expand All and Search gets you the 15 occurrences of something.

809  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List bookmarks url's to a txt file on: February 15, 2014, 09:36:38 AM
Is there a Firefox plugin that exports out the bookmark lists?

810  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 15, 2014, 03:44:25 AM
TaoPhoenix, I haven't even gotten to the 'nested' subfolders yet.  Just a single folder jammed with an assortment of snippets.

Sure. One key part of my recommendation is about the initial setup. I'm not sure about graphics/media exhibits, but for text files, esp if you know any 30 of them belong in one folder, another 40 in another, it's pretty fast to drag-drop them in Windows, then MyInfo does a decent job importing the whole structure and text notes to get going!

811  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Photos that spontaneously change on: February 14, 2014, 12:08:39 AM

Okay, I'll try to get it back on track.

Giampy, can you upload any of the pictures you think have changed? Can we then try to locate an "original" copy?

812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: ScreenShot Captor is a Mess on: February 13, 2014, 08:21:47 PM
I'll try a different take.

So to the original poster, P-V, try this.


No black lines.  smiley

That's my secret hidden feature I requested a while back. I just click on SC, it changes to Red and gives me a crosshair. I draw a square area to capture. I didn't need all the whistles either, so I had Mouser make it into a "1-click app".

Then I open Tom Revell's program Stickies and paste it in there. Stickies is fun because you can do light annotations of the image. Then you can save the sticky as an image.

Is that simple enough for you? : )

813  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 13, 2014, 09:27:35 AM
TaoPhoenix, thanks for sharing with us your work process.  Complicated, huh.

For serious research we must have some sort of system.  Reading through web pages, ebooks, papers, etc., to find potential 'puzzle pieces'.  Storing these, perhaps into some basic categories (as opposed to one huge messy 'shoebox'=folder).  Importing into a program permitting restructuring.  Then structuring and organizing, down to the finest detail.

Would be interesting to hear how others have managed.

Nicholas, what materials do you have already? Nested subfolders of data on your drive? I haven't tested pictures but MyInfo has at least partial support for reading in entire folders & subfolders into a single project.

My workstyle has never needed tags thus far, but I do get the value of them. Sometimes you can get confused if something like the NY City Hall Train Station fits both the "NY Subway History" category and "Cool Tourist Places".

814  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: K-Meleon anyone? on: February 13, 2014, 09:11:03 AM
Palemoon was getting good press here on dc - I was considering trying it as FF was struggling a bit here (win7 x64), but havent yet...

I used K-Meleon for a while on earlyish XP, seems like a long time ago now. I know app103 recommends it for older machines. I've been with FF so long - with TabMixPlus and Session-saver - that I just was never really bothered to even try Chrome much. But, FWIW, for the same reason I wouldnt go back to K-Meleon either.

Hmm, somewhere in here is my view too.

- I've been trying out PaleMoon for years, and haven't seen any of the actual "optimizations for Windows" they talk about. I tend to use for minor technical reasons such as a slightly different menu bar, it is Not-FF so if something does crash FF, Palemoon is still running in a different process, and just that on my task bar I can color code things blue and orange via using both browsers at once
- But there is a minor bug where Miles' BBSS program won't behave right for me on Palemoon!

So I don't know what KMeleon is up to. One time a couple of years ago I checked in with it, but they hadn't updated their font rendering code at that time so pages looked a bit yukky. But "It's 2014 and all that", so I might look.

815  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 12, 2014, 07:35:56 PM
Coda: I just noticed a half made fifth system, not yet ready.

Why save pages at all? Some combination of MilesAhead's BBSS feature I requested back kicks in here. You open up a bunch of webpages as research, then run BBSS and it spits out a list of page titles and links. Somewhere here I swear I've seen something that loads webpages from a list of links, so that should run it backwards if you later want to load all 12 of those sites again.

Then you just manage your sets of links (in your structured note program haha!)

816  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 12, 2014, 07:28:52 PM
May need more setup/learn time than Tao's or your suggestions (not sure here though)

I'll completely confirm this. InfoQube needs *way more* time than MyInfo, so we have a total user-experience issue going on. It will heavily depend on what "needs to be done".

I'll describe my "fav" vs Tomos' "fav".

My use case is "1. Get info. 2. Structure it. 3. Refer to it or expand it." But nothing else "fancy" happens to it. The "brain" tells you where to look for something, and then you look at your notes. At that level, MyInfo is wonderfully easy to use. Start a file, leave two top headers blank just as the insider tip, then once you get going just create nodes and subnodes and start pounding info in. Occasionally fix the structure. But nothing fancy has to happen to the info.

InfoQube looks like it has tools to do amazing things. But I have NO IDEA what to do with it straight up.

So the learning curve is absolutely there.

817  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: For Serious Research: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" vs. "Info/Data Manager" on: February 12, 2014, 07:16:18 PM
I'm less interested in a note organizer than in a note keeper, ... with particular reference to capturing, storing and finding information from the Web.  ...  Here's a screenshot of the capture hotkeys I have set in RN to help clarify what I mean: (see attachment in previous post)the point being that you can clip a whole web page, clip part of a web page to a new clip, and clip part of a page to the current clip, all with RN minimised.  No constant back-and-forth shuffle of Alt+Tab, find note, Ctrl+V etc.  

Hmm. I think Tomos nailed my take on the discussion:
I think this is going to be based on personal preference, and work methods, and of course what you need/want to do.

Sounds like you and I have different work styles etc. (And this is open to anyone else etc!) To open with, there's No Alt-Tab because I despise Full Screens for anything but movies in words that Renegade is most likely to use!  Grin  I became a convert to big widescreens one day on a lark at my old job I bought my own monitor after the usual pennywise-poundbitching typical nonsense, and I'll never go back.

So I put my data program on the left, and my info sources on the right, staggered to show any two at a time with a tiny clickable corner for #3 4 and 5. I will admit that Control C takes a step, but then where does it go? How do you keep your notes?

I keep 3.5 sets of notes with 4 totally different styles and "solutions".
A. Paper Stickies & text files
At my tax office, "topics" appear on the fly at lightning speed, so I churn through mad numbers of paper stickies just to get a key phrase down out of my head. Shades of GTD and all that. Then later I pencil recopy a more considered version of them in a couple of notebooks. If it looks like a real mess, I bang out a text file, especially when it's tax client notes so I can give them a copy and file a copy as well as just look at it etc.
B. Web Notes.
Why even use a program at all for raw ephemeral notes!? I just save web pages into a month-labeled folder because that's a brief interest in some random topic that I prob won't really care about again, until it's much later. Just for ease on the eyes, I split them a bit into sets. Then every couple of months I just move it all to long term storage and start over.
C. Important Topics
I have a few things like health care and tax law (I am currently a tax preparer) saved in permanently visible folders on my computer desktop. Then I create horozontal chains of files up to about 12 wide and sometimes down a vertical level to indicate processing vs to-do status. So it's a visual version of GTD that to me feels much faster on certain types of things. One passing small weakness of GTD is that the "status of items" part tends to be ephemeral info that's useful until it's done, then no one cares, *if you are not in a Compliance Environment*. (That's important, and getting off topic.)

Whew! So those are the preliminaries.
D. The last category is the big one. When a holistic chunk of info blows out my internal fuse from the sticky system, then I have to use the structured note program. So it's def about keeping notes! But at that level, for me at least I have to have structure! So rather than trying to make the capture part as fast as possible, "the structure IS the note". This week my own personal info "blew my fuse". So I made a cute little new personal note set. It came out so far at 15 topics and 5-8 subnotes per topic!!

So at that level, minor steps like a mouse click or two are peanuts vs the overall goal of organizing the info.



818  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Mothers Text Encryptor - simple encrypt text - any ideas or coder out there? on: February 11, 2014, 08:01:33 PM
I initially thought of fsekrit but that is for saving text in notes.

You really want something more like MYSecret which works on the clipboard contents.

Copy the above to the clipboard and run mysecret.exe and enter the password "tuesday" and it will replace the clipboard with this:

-----END MYSECRET-----

Then if you copy the encrypted text to the clipboard and run mysecret again, it will ask for the passphrase and decrypt. It sees the begin/end items to know if it should encrypt or decrypt.  Also has command line options for file encryption/decryption.  It is just one process, blowfish algorithm, but it looks close to what you want.

I take a bit of a funny approach towards encryption. First of all, let's mention the legendary xkcd comic:
Honorable mention: The Correct Horse Battery Staple http://xkcd.com/936/

I think theoretically there's a meta-flaw with all these algorithms partially evidenced by his order he wants shown above. If a simple "no brainer AES" isn't good enough, then it's time to think sideways.

Some thoughts:
1. The Three Letter Agencies typically apply their version of the Wrench approach.
You: "Look at me, I used a 3 step process, no I won't give up my passwords."
Them: "Sure. Here's a Judge Order declaring you a child beating copyright infringing terrorist connected to 9-11. So we'll give you your choice of being waterboarded or eaten by Venezuelan rats until you give up the password."

2. Anybody below the 3 letter agency on a vengeance is a 2 bit script kiddie with a de-crypter. Because lil' ol' you just isn't important enough for Big Vlad in Moscow to put his top gun expert on your case.

3. Johnny Mnemonic. Go LoTek.
-----END MYSECRET-----

Did you see what I did there? I'll give you a hint. g.

4. Book Cyphers rule.

Gee. Isn't that nice? Go on, let your Uncle's Friend's Girlfriend's Brother's Buddy Joey at the NSA work on that one. Here's another one.


Aren't "Bad" Cyphers supposed to break with two samples? Notice the "55" in slots 3 and 4? Yay. You found a clue. Too bad you have NO idea what the rest of the context means. Okay, I'll baby you. It's code for an orientation configuration of a Rubik's Cube. I was even nice and used the same one in *two sets of three* to make it nice and easy for y'all to crack!

In summary, unless you shoot a police officer, no one will ever crack these kinds of home made codes. The secret is that uniform length codes expand into asynchronously sized chunks of meaning.

And you're just not important enough for Joey at the NSA to care about you.

Coda: Some of this was inspired by how certain clunky old computer programs worked. Each couple of characters was a type of ultra compacted representation of something. So why stick with *one* process? Why not use *one hundred* processes? Some method indicates to the recipient *which of 100* algorithms to use decrypting it!

819  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Hidden Files on: February 11, 2014, 07:40:27 PM
FWIW - anytime I'm doing a virus scan, I'll run CCleaner and nuke all the temporary files and cookies just to save scan time.

I use ATF-Cleaner for much the same reason. It easily knocks close to an hour off the scan time. I haven't tried it on Win8/81 yet, but its never done me wrong on Win7 and below.

I get that those files aren't malware, but I haven't performed this kind of sys cleaning in years.


2.5 *gigs* of cruft?!!

820  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 08:59:28 PM
Thanks to the above members TaoPhoenix, Tomos, Rjbull for offering suggestions.

Tomos asks what am I "managing" the data with.  That seems to really point to the crux of the issue.  Having used Clipboard Trap..., I have a 'shoebox' of long text files, each one with an assortment of topics.
Perhaps the focus of my query should NOT be with the clipboard manager point-in-time so much, but instead with "managing" the data.

I'm going to get aggressive once, and if I fail this time, I'll hold my piece. Esp since I now know that Demigod Kormanik is close at hand!

1. Stop using the word Clipboard. You added the new word "Shoebox". Let's empty the Shoebox.
2. Create your "Super Header/Overall Header/Main Header/Subtopic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7"
3. If it really is text files, go all Control-A SelectAll/Control-C Copy/Click to Node/Control-V Paste on them all

4. ETA is 17 minutes. If you don't have your entire shoebox of text files copied by then you're doing something wrong. Stopwatch starts in T-Minus-7 minutes for you to notice if  you are in fact still here, or later if you are one of those "post twice a day" fellows, (which I discourage in a lightning hot topic!)




+7 min ultra slack
+7 min to read
+17 min to actually do
821  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 08:11:59 PM
From my bad layman's understanding outside his scope, I think :

1. "Merge" mystifies me - if it's as simple as cut and paste, do it, because for me "merging research" involves moving stuff around. But if you need hyper-precise automated data merging, I think an intermediate script is called for here.

2. I don't think it has its own built in scripting to parse a page and capture, so it sounds like a lowtek script is needed to do that, and even later upload it unto MyInfo. To my Layman Non-Programmer mind that doesn't sound hard, but then printing PDF's off of Webpages is harder than it looks too. Maybe it depends on the inspiration.

3. I think we're edging into a "clash of the Killer Features". For me, the $100 app was that this one of only two the only program that could take all your data, and then "12 clicks later" produce this:


Remember you can adjust the relative pane sizes vs which pane really needs width.

*Minus 12 minutes because I like spaces in my filenames on Windows and that's not really best!

P.S. It's supposed to be expanded. I am working with the dev on that bug.  Just click the little + signs to expand.

822  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 07:51:03 PM
I'll recommend again my top choice I use myself for this stuff: "MyInfo".
TaoPhoenix, does MyInfo have hotkeys for adding Web pages and parts of Web pages, like RightNote does, or is it whole-page and mouse only?  Also, does it have a Merge feature, something I found useful with EverNote 2.2 (the old desktop app) for combining sections of Web pages?

Well, let's try this in a couple of replies!

You know you just posted a triple barreled question, didn't you? Didn't you? In a thread, asking about ... subtopics?

So since for this moment Nick Kormanik isn't "Lead Querent" and you are, I added more nodes, and hid his nodes, to produce "your structure". (Heh Hint. Programmer to Manager Application - if you have three managers and they want to know different things, you can hide the other stuff they don't care about and emphasize "that day's important stuff" to answer questions!)

So "What is adding a whole webpage"? Sometimes you can just add a link. That is, if you think the page will be stable. I Recommend Miles "BBSS" for that instead, and THEN pasted into MyInfo! But if you MUST have a whole webpage, and can live with a little format-squabbling between javascripts, I get this below by going all
Control-A Select All - Control C Copy - Click over to Node - Control V Paste.


InsertMenu / Insert Web Document might be there.

One down! : )

823  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Seeking advice: Cadillac of "ClipBoard Managers" for Serious Research on: February 10, 2014, 07:39:41 PM
^mightn't be a bad idea, but if he's looking for a clipboard manager, it would be good if any alternative could offer universal clipping and the ability in a dialogue to dictate where the clip goes (no idea if MyInfo offers that).

@Nicholas, what (if anything) are you using to manage the info?

I think I'm getting at that once we shift from the word "clipboard manager", then universally you copy something, and the same "actionspace" where you have to decide "where it goes", you click on the MyInfo Project node and then paste it.

For me the key is scale, Clipboard managers can even handle some 20 items, but then for me they fall flat pretty fast. Those things are best used for the top 20 most used things you always find yourself pasting.

Instead, he said research, hence my piping up. So Research is meant to be long term. And I emphasized that because research evolves, if you/he doesn't like the exact structure of the material, you can easily move it around in entire chunks. Up, down, sideways, make mirror copies, and more.

It's tied for "two winners" of a year long search I did a few years back on this stuff, with the only reason the other candidate failed being it emerged it had a fatal core bug but the killer export and other basic features were there.

And looping high back to that "what software would you pay for", ... it's only of only like three programs I have paid over $50 for.

824  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: February 10, 2014, 07:29:28 PM
Gosh, then the language has become rather like a local dialect. Mind you, American-English is arguably a dialect of received English anyway.

Actually to amuse you, I would like to suggest half seriously that "dialect" is a "space time" phenomenon! I am a partial "style empath" depending on what I am reading as a Project. (Not just a misc wiki entry, but when I really get into a Project of the Month.)

This Month the project is a writer called O. Henry. Y'all may have heard of him, but except for the five or so staple classics that always show up in English Class textbooks, I bet you haven't seen his real flair for a really "Heavy Narrator" and fondness for "Parallel Sentences" and such. He also so mastered his style that when he passed away, no one had the heart to try to best him at it for decades.

Nowadays the Heavy Narrator is frowned upon, though I've noticed Tom Clancy at it.

Let's try an example, modified (badly!) for the times:

Mouser was displeased. A man of less culture and poise but more wealth would have sworn out of arrogance. However, Mouser was more cultured, more poised, and less wealthy, and "Two out of Three Ain't Bad" is true, except the first two are MeatLoaf and meatloaf, making poor Mouser the third, and he was in a bad way.

His Thesis wasn't going well. All Genius is bestowed upon us by Karma Angels, but poor Mouser's Karma could not quite afford the highest grade Genius. He received just enough to become tantalized by the Higher Orders, but not yet to solve them. So while taking some time to ponder, an image of a little white bird crossed his luminescent mind.

So Mouser strapped some code to his hard drive, ordered a pizza, and set out to make his or somebody else's fortune with a software site designed upon begging with onion tears asking for donations. Thus TearyEyedProgrammer DonationCoder was born.

825  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A Point About Grammar on: February 10, 2014, 07:07:39 PM
Am I the only one that's annoyed by the seemingly decreasing quality of language in "professional" news, articles and general writing?

I really don't care about people making mistakes in forums or informal writing. A lot of people don't speak English as their first language, and that's not a problem. What I find annoying is "professional" media that simply don't know how to use English properly.

* Statistical "outlyers". It's "outliers". Sigh...
* "mass nouns" -- They're called "countable" and "uncountable", not "mass".
* Verb agreement

The list goes on and on.

It's just jarring to get "hit" by grammar, spelling, and word choice mistakes that there really is no excuse for.

It's one thing for it to be "the odd time", but it's not. It's all the time.

Am I just super-anal? Is poor grammar really acceptable in professional media?

Naw, you're not going crazy Ren. "Professional" media took a hit with the rise of Bloggers and the Web mauling their cash cows of comics and classifieds and a few other things that *also* helped pay for a Few Good Men.

"Professional" blogs are really feeling the heat to "post or perish", and that's where for me the worst mistakes are seen to be made.

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