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801  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Moving notes from Keynote to Evernote on: December 19, 2013, 09:20:50 AM
The solution was easy.

Evernote lets you set up a folder to monitor which will import anything you put there.

Keynote allowed me to export all my notes as rtf files into that folder.

Bada-bing-bada-boom and Bob's your uncle.

At a bit of a broader level, this sounds like all your notes ended up exported "flat" - without structure. Or did the "monitored folder" also monitor all subfolders and retain structure?

I am a fairly interested participant in the Battle of the Notes. My eventual solution was MyInfo. Basically, I don't get too fancy with the data proper inside the notes - structure and export make or break it for me. (If I ever needed to, import is in the same theme.)

802  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: MyInfo organizer 51% discount on December 19, 2013 on: December 18, 2013, 03:22:05 PM
I am a satisfied customer of MyInfo!  thumbs up

I recommend the Pro Edition.

803  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interesting "stuff" on: December 18, 2013, 06:53:20 AM
Porsche Proves MPAA Wrong, Wants You to Download a Car

The Motion Picture Association’s “Piracy it’s a crime” video is without doubt the most iconic anti-piracy PSA ever made. The video includes the classic line “you wouldn’t download a car,” but within a decade Porsche is proving the movie industry wrong. The exclusive car manufacturer is offering freely downloadable blueprints of its Cayman S model, and evidence of the first printed cars is now surfacing left and right.
(see attachment in previous post)

I'm dying to see an interview with their executives describing this push to "generous" Intellectual Property ... from Porsche no less!

What is their angle?
804  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Year End Top 5/10 List Here on: December 18, 2013, 05:57:42 AM

Heh well since Mouser didn't specify "lists of what", I posted my "top three projects" over as Proto-Nany components!

805  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Component 3: URL to PDF Generator on: December 18, 2013, 05:20:59 AM
PDF Generator

Here is another example of a StandAlone module that could theoretically be part of the Turbo Processor.

Suppose you are doing web research.

For background, MilesAhead wrote me a "Beta" version of his BBSS that creates paired lists of titles and URLs.

Here is Mouser's Newsletter:

We have decided we want to look at the NANY section.

1. Open them all up in tabs in Firefox. (Note - there seems to be a bug and this doesn't work right in Pale Moon.)

2. MilesAhead's BBSS reads the tabs and creates a paired list of your research tabs as titles and URLs in ... wait for it ... text files! : )

3. My module reads the URL and then creates matching PDFs for each of those URLs.


Known bugs:

1. As I just found out in this run, there are some unclear problems with the filenames of the resulting PDFs.
2. We put a bit of thought into how Duplicate URLs in a list are handled. I think the file number in the first character is supposed to keep increasing because it was supposed to be line count equal to the number of original URLs. But this is why this is a component - this part needs work.
3. Misc "Look and Feel" bugs - for example if you're working with a "logged in system" such as email or Monster (my original use case) or other, you might get badly formatted PDFs because the app wouldn't have correct login permissions etc. There are others. That's why I have to sign off with this "only as a component".

4. The package is rather large - it uses QtWebKit I think, and that's more than the post limit here. If anyone wants this piece I'll find somewhere to upload it, maybe my private server.

Some info:
The BBSS thread from Miles is here:

Attached is the sample title and URL list and a couple of sample output PDFs.
806  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 - New Apps for the New Year - Welcome Thread on: December 18, 2013, 05:16:51 AM
Looks like we gained 3 apps (2 by pyro, 1 by offe) but 1 was withdrawn (justice), for a net increase of 2. I make that 30 apps entered.

Hehe maybe now it's "30.75"?

I posted some "components" : )

807  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Component 2: "Turbo Processor" on: December 18, 2013, 04:48:22 AM
This is the grand overall fragment that led me to make this thread.

Before even this year's NANY pledges, but especially in light of them, I dreamed up the idea ... what if you merged a word processor but with custom power-user features?

Warning: This is Pre-Alpha mockup-concept level only! But since my programmer already whacked at it, at least it's half built into a shell that one of you might pick up and run with!

The idea in action:

1. I commissioned "modules" from third tier outsource programmers on simple stuff "that didn't matter if it had an obscure bug".

2. I gave the modules to my project design lead programmer to merge into this processor shell as a feature module. He had the leeway to clean up the initial module codes etc.

We tried to design a shell that you could just for ex drop "coding snacks and NANY's into all day long". So for example, the spawn utililities above "are what they are" ... but what if that was built right into the text reader app? So our proof of concept has a couple of different versions of that algorithm. (Footnote - I didn't burn time above posting the third version - those were enough for you to get the idea. It was Bassem Fawzy's that's in here but not posted standalone above.)

"So if you'll forgive the crudity of the model" (Doc Brown!) here we go!

This project was def at the "Coding Lunch" level, and then I ran out of funds to keep going, plus one feature no longer matters because it's obsolete now etc. (TreeDB into CssZenGarden - A lost interest and B I now use MyInfo and their dev might be able to fix the MyInfo code on his end to make things easier.) But the grand vision was something like merging *all* of your text and file NANY's and Snacks into "one shell to rule them all"! This would be the text Turbo Processor that did EVERYTHING!

1. The shell is based off the Scintilla project. We put a little work into finding "open licensed" source shells to drop into.

2. The first few menus are your typical word processor ones. For you programmers, it has Scintilla's pre-built highlighting support per language.

3. But the real power is in the menus like Data Control, Tools, and Options. Unfortunately the only module we had time to put in was the file spawner. But for ex if you didn't like how the spawn files came out, the app can nuke them too (or any other junk files you don't need after doing some test. )

So I hope this framework inspires someone!

"New Components for the New Year!"


808  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Component 1: SpawnFile (Version2 by Thomas Voracek) on: December 18, 2013, 04:18:47 AM
This version has an option to name the files by date of processing.

The source and the app are in the same batch this time.

P.S. I also have a proof of concept awk script version 3, but I won't burn a whole other post unless someone wants it. These were the two main versions I commissioned.

I don't recall what bugs were left in this version but I signed off at the time as "good enough". : )



809  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Component 1: SpawnFile (Version1 by DoNhuan) on: December 18, 2013, 03:27:22 AM
Spawn TextFile

Given a large-ish inbound source text file, this app prototype looks for a delimiter and then rips apart the inbound source and resaves several smaller files.



Tip #1: Some initial support was put in to deal with "rhetorical" annotation styles. So for example if the initial file was "separated" by a lot of dashes to show segments, the app is supposed to treat them all as one split point and not pound out 15 blank files.

Tip #2: Watch that there aren't accidental cases of the delimiter. So in my example text (borrowed from some Slashdot comments of mine) I used Asterisks * as an emphasis device! But this app will split at those points too! So before you run the splitter you may want to use a really crafty search&replace to make sure the delimiter between sections is something you never nomally use. For example I never use ^ so done right, the "emphasis" * marks would stay put and only the splitter ^ would kick in. On the same lines, if you for ex wanted to split at Dashes ------, then watch for Hyphenated words!

Included are what I believe is the (mostly) complete source code, a test run showing two split-sets from an example source file, thus showing two levels of analysis on the initial source for "different bosses", and the app.

Known Bug #1: There is a glitch in the file naming output that has different numbers of digits on the exported filenames.

(Pyrohacker, you were a major inspiration for me to remember I had this stuff! You said "This app will make it easier to analyze a chunk of text and see useful information. Its focus is analysis rather than manipulation." However, specifically with a large input file in mind, I found it useful to be able to yank out the parts of text you need!)

810  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / "Good enough" and NANY proto-components!? on: December 18, 2013, 03:09:34 AM
I like one of the trends of this year's nany towards "back to the basics" text processing. Merging some "innovative directions in nany" I thrashed out with Mouser a year or two ago, after thinking "gee, look at all the neat text apps under pledge", I suddenly thought to poke around my oDesk account.

Turns out I have some proto-components still in Alpha stages that aren't good enough yet to be legit nany by themselves. But maybe one of y'all could adapt them and/or the ideas into features of your own programs. They were parts of projects I was working on a couple of years ago until I ran out of development money! Sad

The next couple of messages will rough out stuff as I poke around my archives and see what I have on tap. Sometimes I had a couple of different coders work on the same theme just to see different approaches, so sometimes if y'all don't care for a particular implementation, I might have a second version, and then you'd get the overall idea and can put it into your own versions.

These are all fragments that I custom commissioned and have not been released anywhere else.

811  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Pledge: Text Analysis App on: December 17, 2013, 09:13:58 PM
Text Analysis App

This app will make it easier to analyze a chunk of text and see useful information. Its focus is analysis rather than manipulation.

I've been dealing with some rather large log files at work lately, and I find myself dissatisfied with my ability to extract useful information from large bodies of text. Crafting find-and-replace queries, importing to Excel, and visually scanning for data are all tedious processes that dance around the goal: gathering information and answering questions. This tool will be different. Somehow.

I have a fondness for text manipulation apps. I'm trying to think if I have any killer use cases but nothing yet.
812  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / "Epic Privacy Browser" on: December 16, 2013, 06:50:51 PM

After Slashdot had its take on it a while back, I installed "Epic Privacy Browser".

But some disturbing things emerged.

Slashdot (with a couple of notes from me) reported that in too many places it was a cheap copy of Google Chrome, and thus solved nothing.

But today's note is sparked by something else.

It *keeps* putting shortcuts onto my desktop.

It's not yet clear what the exact trigger is. But NO other program I have ever seen, out of 100+ I have played with, does this. THAT'S Bad News.

So I haven't used it for much. I poked at it on days 1-4. But the fact it keeps putting icons on my desktop REALLY scares me ... for what was advertised as a "privacy oriented browser".

813  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: December 16, 2013, 02:37:02 PM

they dont want him getting asylum in Germany maybe...
(could be a bit problematic)

I think all this is overlapping.

I don't know why Asylum in Germany is "worse" for them than him hanging out in Russia or China.

There are a few cautionary notes from Slashdot about how mysterious he has become, and whether this is all a Long Con etc.

814  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 Special: gaioNiBBLES, old DOS game on: December 16, 2013, 02:33:50 PM
New Apps for the New Year. Out with the old in with the new. New, new, new, all this focus on new Angry.

As a counterweight (and because I didn't manage to come up with a good idea for this year, but don't tell mouser), I decided to release this little DOS 16-bit game, which I wrote roughly 15 years ago! Grin

That's a cute little game Jibz!

Old Apps unite! A couple years ago I released an old app for a nany.

I found "slow speed" harder because the "tail" seemed to grow far faster somehow.

I "just ran it"; there was no music.

But it's cute! Do you feel like making any mods to the code? I would appreciate a "laser lock mode". Being the blind old bat I am, I keep getting stuck being off by one line for eating the numbers, then I have to waste tons of space with the tail to fix it. It might be cute to know you "locked on". Even at the risk of changing the precise strategy, go one step further, and have a "lock on" feature that locks the path to the number for you, allowing you to concentrate more on high level playing. In other words, like all the scifi shows, you get close to approach, hit "lock on", and it doesn't miss. So you get your "number nibble", and can spend your strategy worrying about your tail, and not that you were one line off the whole time! Just a thought.

Maybe by next year I'll have enough funds to commission something else for nany.

P.s. the font use is hysterical! 15 years ago did you think that was Da Kewlness? Heh it's like my chess nany app, it showed the tail end of my adoration of the Matrix etc. Ah, I miss the Old Days when computing was fun!
815  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 16, 2013, 02:15:56 PM
Borrowed from the NANY thread.

New Apps for the New Year. Out with the old in with the new. New, new, new, all this focus on new Angry.

As a counterweight (and because I didn't manage to come up with a good idea for this year, but don't tell mouser), I decided to release this little DOS 16-bit game, which I wrote roughly 15 years ago! Grin

Too good to pass up!

816  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2014 pledge: Text Inspection & Manipulation Utility on: December 16, 2013, 02:09:46 PM
Seems like .NET 4.0 is the latest version supported by Windows XP SP 3 (download).

TaoPhoenix, if you want you can re-download using the link in the first post and try on your XP machine (if you have SP 3 and .NET 4.0 installed).

Yeah Phit, that looks much better. I haven't actually tested it yet, but it opens and looks "sensible" if you know what I mean aka no horrible bugs etc. (Heh I provide an interesting test case because my comp's OS has gone slightly downhill, and a few "obvious" things don't work on it.)

So I'll pick a day later when I am in my "testing mood" and poke at it. Quick memo for now: under "Web" and then "source" without anything selected, I get:

"Error: The path is not of a legal form."

So I don't know what that means. If you're trying to tell the user that he hasn't entered any data, maybe you can do a quick check and just advise that "the field is blank ... you need to enter a web page address" or something.

But in other news, for "my education", do just say what version of .Net you used that other time - 5.x? So does Windows 7 support that and up etc?

Also, I'm stunned that a 36k application can do all that stuff and still have a GUI on top! How is that even possible!? So that puts a perspective on "today's Bloatware"! (3-18 megs for simple programs, etc. If you did all that in 36k, what are those other programs wasting 18 megs on?!)



817  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2013, 06:02:22 PM

I was thinking how much fun it might be on a bus through Newark, NJ. Might not even have to use an actual cell phone. Might be able to get away using an old pocket pc. Who the hell would know the difference, these days, between a 13 year old Jornada 540 and a smart phone?

You wouldn't. ... we're thinking the same lines, aka useless faux hardware. I just am not leet enough to have a Jornada.

<<Tao worships App for 17 minutes>>

818  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2013, 05:54:29 PM
Cell phone crashing at the airport.

At first I thought it was only slightly amusing, but as it went on I couldn't help smiling and laughing more and more.  cheesy

Now, that might be a reason for me to have a cell phone. I wouldn't even have to pay for service to do that.  Grin

Heh yeah App, you can get a fake discarded cell phone for like ten bucks, right? "...Entertainment ... priceless!"

P.S. You can annoy Flight Attendants with it... when they ask you to "turn off your cell phone" you can rip it in half! "There. Satisfied??!"  : )

819  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2013, 05:52:47 PM
Amazing sleight of hand by Magician Yann Frisch.

(I know that's what the video title says, but I wrote it out to be search friendly)

Haha! Now we know the true cause of the 2008 Financial crisis!

820  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: December 15, 2013, 05:48:30 PM
Cell phone crashing at the airport.
At first I thought it was only slightly amusing, but as it went on I couldn't help smiling and laughing more and more.  cheesy

Yeah Deozann that's pretty classic. Amazing we haven't seen that before, it's an "easy" stunt to pull. : )

821  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Knight to queen's bishop 3 - Snowden charged with espionage. on: December 15, 2013, 05:46:36 PM

I don't know enough about the RealPolitik of all this, but it seems to me Germany is an interesting place for him to go to. Definitely "Friendly" per se. And they seem to be one of the (three?) strongest countries in the EU. So this would be an interesting development.

Bonus Joke: Don't make the Germans Angry. You wouldn't like them when they are Angry!

822  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Should we pre-emptively retire old hard drives? on: December 15, 2013, 05:44:33 PM
Re this thread, rather than "pre-emptively kill" (which means guessing) my HD, I'd guess I'd rather just have a "silent backup" available that maybe only needs a quick bios switch to make "bootable live". Because we put a bit of work to get quality parts in my comp. Why "pre-emptively" lose 3 years of service just from one random article?

823  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: How long do hard drives actually live for? on: December 15, 2013, 05:41:03 PM
Extremetech has an article today on an issue we've discussed before -- the longevity of hard drives.

This data covers only the first 4 years, but i have to admit it's a bit scary to me:

If you buy a hard drive today, there’s a 90% chance that it will survive for three years. If your drive makes it to the three-year point, you would be wise to back up your data, as there’s a 12% chance per year that your drive will die.

If you don't have a good backup plan in place, start one this week.  I recommend a combination of monthly full drive imaging combined with a constant online backup service for your documents and/or file mirroring.

from slashdot.org

Heh my tech skillz are feeble. The best I have done so far is use that Bvckup2 program from that other thread. So my "soft data" is prob in passable shape, except maybe the last few months, but it was an easy prog to run. (Though I should test the "apps" copied over to be sure they are legit files!)

I think on a bigger scale, not counting building a list of progs to install, is thinking about Win 7. Last I knew scuttle was that was due to be "safely supported" for a while ... though with MS's prev rumblings about "not supporting more than three OS's back", and with the advent of 8.1, does that mean they'll drop support as of Win 9? (Will there be a Win 9? Or will  they call it Windows Secure or some other meaningless name?)

I we tried to look pretty far ahead when we custom built my current box with an eye at the future in 2006. First QuadCore Kentsfield series, 2 Terabyte drives, including the fresh D drive I can re-label as C. (Re that article ... if a Hard Drive sits in a "forest" and does absolutely nothing, does it still die?)

So I *think* we looked far enough ahead that my comp can run Win 7, maybe with an extra Ram chip if I feel like splurging. But all that is so far away, and a multi ...week... project I'm not up for yet!


P.s. If I have a Fresh OS install maybe Skwire won't hate me anymore!


824  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Can a user force an alternate routing to a website? on: December 15, 2013, 03:07:07 PM
I dunno if that's what Coral Cache was meant to do, but suddenly it's loading every time.

It is what Coral Cache was built to do. Thmbsup

re: Coral Cache (emphasis added)

Publishing through CoralCDN is as simple as appending a short string to the hostname of objects' URLs; a peer-to-peer DNS layer transparently redirects browsers to participating caching proxies, which in turn cooperate to minimize load on the source web server. CoralCDN proxies automatically replicate content as a side effect of users accessing it, improving its availability. Using modern peer-to-peer indexing techniques, CoralCDN will efficiently find a cached object if it exists anywhere in the network, requiring that it use the origin server only to initially fetch the object once.


I'm guessing you're likely looking at cached content rather than being served directly off the target site.

Maybe, but for the site in question, it's a perfect candidate because it only updates very slowly, such as a few new posts per day. So whatever the reason, before every link clicked produced up to a minute delay (!!), where the cache might miss a misc new post but loads mostly normally - I'll take that!

825  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY - Image Capture and Upload Program on: December 15, 2013, 09:40:36 AM

Meanwhile it looks better first run here too.

From a Sticky (of a webcomic) http://i.imm.io/1ml9v.png

So bugs will be bugs but it looks better here now too.

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