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51  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Automate options in windows 7 on: January 25, 2014, 11:15:18 PM
Make a batch file to call: RunDll32.exe shell32.dll,Options_RunDLL 7
52  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz' bold new subscription-based update plans - brilliant? or suicidal? on: January 20, 2014, 03:31:39 PM
OK, I mis-read that then! Thanks for the clarification. I was going to lose it if there was actually an author bold enough to remove access to data unless you pay smiley

 beerchug
53  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz' bold new subscription-based update plans - brilliant? or suicidal? on: January 20, 2014, 03:00:42 PM
So, wait, I can invest time into a program but unless I pay yearly, I lose access to any data I've stored in the program? No thanks. I should be able to use, without restriction, the version I purchased, even after expiration. Otherwise, I am simply wasting my money.

Likewise, the computer licensing model seems highly restrictive...Thanks, but no thanks.
54  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The nightmare of the programmer languages on: January 20, 2014, 02:49:58 PM
I would never trust a "code converter" from one language to another. While, in theory, it may be possible, the sheer number of possibilities that exist when using a certain function would deter me from using a converter.
55  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Collectorz' bold new subscription-based update plans - brilliant? or suicidal? on: January 20, 2014, 02:48:47 PM
Too bad the "Free download" also carries with it the requirement to buy three programs rather than just the program I need (which, in theory, should be less than the 49.95 "limited time offer", going to check back on 1 Feb to see about this one and see if it hasn't changed to "28 Feb"). I also despise authors who use the term "free download" on their page.
56  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MS Office 2013 US$9.95 Corporate/Enterprise Home Use Program - Mini-Review on: January 18, 2014, 08:51:14 PM
The home-use program is valid as long as your organization buys into it for employees. MS has offered this for a while and the US Military participates, hence why I have received each of office since 2007 for only 9.95 smiley
57  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing on: January 13, 2014, 05:56:28 PM
Proof that mouser's cat loves the treadmill more than mouser
58  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Make your treadmill an entertainment center for almost nothing on: January 13, 2014, 05:14:17 PM
I've heard rumors that mouser's cat uses the treadmill more than mouser does...just a rumor thou...
59  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Too many programs in my start menu! on: January 04, 2014, 10:04:04 AM
I have program folders? I am so used to not even opening the "All programs" menu since Windows 7 that I have simply forgotten just how cluttered it actually is. One of the best features ever introduced by Microsoft was the built in search function that is actually even nicer in Wiindows 8/8.1.

That said, I now read that you are using XP. The best bet at this point is to use folders. I created folders like "Utilities", "System", "Multimedia", "Internet", "Office", "Games" and then moved each program folder under the appropriate category. Free, worked well, and was functional.
60  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: You Need a Budget 4 - 75% off (Steam version) on: January 01, 2014, 04:04:33 PM
Every rule in the video sounds exactly like things I've been doing for years now
61  DonationCoder.com Software / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: December 31, 2013, 04:50:38 PM
I absolutely love this tool!!! As a television show enthusiast, this will come in very handy!

The only thing I could see this needing is a "minimize to tray" or "startup in tray" option with bubble notifications, along with a way to view "recent" episodes as well as scroll ahead in upcoming episodes.
62  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Syncovery at 50% off - BDJ on: December 28, 2013, 08:17:23 AM
Does anyone know of a tool similar to SFFS/Syncovery for Linux? SFFS has v5.71 available but it lacks realtime monitoring which is crucial for me. I am looking to simulate RAID-1 with drive mirroring. I used to run Syncovery on Windows to achieve this. I realize I can do this with rsync, however, the problem there is that since these drives have already been formatted NTFS that each file appears to be new on the source volume, thus resulting in a copy to the destination. This would be fine for a small amount of data, but I have nearly 4.5TB of data to mirror :-/
63  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Year End Top 5/10 List Here on: December 25, 2013, 11:27:00 AM
Top 5 Computer Games
64  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Post Your Year End Top 5/10 List Here on: December 25, 2013, 11:17:30 AM
For some reason I played a lot of computer games this last year -- there were many good ones.

Mouser's Top 5 Favorite Computer Games Played in 2013



ps. I use Web Link Captor to automatically find and add web links to a plain text list and format the output.

That explains FARRv3!!!
65  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Ghacks.net website asking for donations on: December 24, 2013, 09:58:20 AM
Done!
66  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer offers 50% competitive discount for Directory Opus users on: December 22, 2013, 03:42:15 PM
Fully concur. If I come across as attacking, it is not my intent, merely my personal take on the ad. I would like to see that page changed to include the comparison I mention above.
67  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer offers 50% competitive discount for Directory Opus users on: December 22, 2013, 03:34:28 PM
Please note that this was not an attack on the product, merely the way it is advertised. If I see an ad, I want to know what the product can do. If you are trying to get me to invest extra money, when I have a solution already in place that works, you have to tell me WHY and not light me up with marketing propaganda. I want to know what this product excels at, per the author's view, that DOpus lacks. I only see an attack on "bloat" which I personally do not experience with DOpus.

Price is really the only negative for me with regards to DOpus. I am looking to see how much I will have to pay to upgrade when it comes time for DOpus 11, having just purchased v10 in April of this year, which was a very significant purchase. So yes, I want to see feature comparisons and not statements which basically associate myself as not being a "professional user" simply because I do not use XYplorer. That statement, in and of itself, is actually kind of insulting.
68  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: XYplorer offers 50% competitive discount for Directory Opus users on: December 22, 2013, 12:08:01 PM
Just my two cents here, but I find this advertisement in very poor taste. Rather than focusing on the strengths of your product, you have chosen to bad mouth another. You also throw in vague comments about what the "professionals use", or "Where the action is". This does not tell me anything about the product and sounds like marketing propaganda. It is akin, in my eyes, to the use of the phrase "Free download", when the product still costs money.

I would have much rather had a table displayed exhibiting where XYplorer excels in areas that DOpus lacks. As an avid software fan, I am always looking for tools that help me be more productive. This ad tells me nothing other than the fact that you are offering a 50% discount to switch. I see no mention of WHY I should switch given an already existing investment in another tool.
69  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 21, 2013, 08:48:18 PM
Tao: We have been using fake money that looks like real money in order to help her associate it with the real thing. It has been working very well and I am actually quite happy with the progress we have made so far.

Right now, I am playing with magento CE which actually offers a nice page editor that does not rely on TPL file editing. I am still open to ideas thou!
70  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 21, 2013, 12:03:29 PM
Josh came up with this concept all on his own! (checks to see if the wife is looking)
71  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 21, 2013, 08:05:04 AM
I was getting to you next wraith smiley I just needed coffee, first.

The solution does NOT have to be a LAMP solution, it was just my preferred method based on the information I had. I am still playing with various ecommerce suites in an attempt to find one that fits the bill. I like the idea of an ecommerce solution as it provides a great deal of flexibility and can also help me teach our daughter about online shopping, how things work, etc.

I am open to any and all ideas, however smiley
72  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 21, 2013, 07:04:01 AM
<explanation>

Tao, let me preface this explanation below with the fact that our daughter is autistic. We use fake money because this started as a physical catalog-based store that we created in publisher and printed out as it was modified. The original intent was to teach monetary concepts and help her learn to save while also helping to enforce desirable and positive behaviors in place of certain non-desirable behaviors or actions. We are simply trying to move this one step further. Store credit would not give her the physical representation of money that she requires to fully understand these concepts. Think of the physical money as an immediate reward for her when she engages in a desirable behavior.

As a person living in the digital age, I can already tell you that I've watched many people (including myself as a teenager) get into trouble with things like non-physical money (debit cards, digital currency accounts, etc.). The reason for this is the idea that you are spending money diminishes as you use just swipe a card or login to an account. This is what we eventually want to lead up to with our daughter, but the physical money helps to enforce these concepts, and gives her something to represent how much she actually has. A big issue we have encountered is her lack of impulse control. Teaching her to save her money for the larger items in the store (A game she really wants, something of choice at the local stores, etc.) has proven difficult.

We will eventually move to all digital when we feel she has a grasp of money concepts (which isn't that far off as she is only very recently beginning to understand "a lot" VS "a little"). Additionally, we don't want to jump ship too quickly to all digital until she is able to better exhibit impulse control.

So, needless to say, she earns money in a lot of different ways throughout the day. At night, once per day, she is allowed to buy something out of the store. We include lots of little things for her as well, not just big ticket items. However, we do include things she wants that are higher priced in hopes that she will save, or learn to buy something little every now and then vice HAVING TO buy something every night.

</explanation>

Does this help?
73  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Ad Muncher End of 2013 sale on: December 20, 2013, 04:12:47 PM
Ad Muncher has not been updated in almost a year and a half (July 2012). Murray, their lead developer, has not been active on the forums since September 2012 (Last post, with only a single visit between March and November 2013). Any emails that come out from him keep pushing his new "leap touch" initiative. Jeff (list maintainer) keeps advising that they have no idea when 5.x will be ready and that it will be done "when it is done". Additionally, IE11 and Windows 8.1 support will not be ready until at least 5.0, according to their forums. So...yeah, make of that what you will.
74  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / PROJECT: Children's home store server on: December 20, 2013, 04:09:08 PM
OK, if you are reading this, then you must be immediately killed because this project is top secret...no, just kidding.

Anyways, this idea came to me after my wife and I implemented a "store" in our home to help reward our daughter for appropriate (desirable) behaviors. This allows her to earn fake money for things that we add to the store. It is based around a central catalog which we maintain. Unfortunately, maintenance and printing this catalog has become quite tedious and I have decided that I want to take a stab at digitizing the store.

Enter the new project. So, we have a media server running on an old dual core laptop. For what we use it for, it works well (DLNA to our PS3s). I have since installed a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) suite on the laptop in hopes of setting up an "ecommerce" site for my daughter. This would help us by allowing us to more easily add items to the store, while also re-enforcing memorization of things like her address, birthday (birthday specials), family birthdays, etc.

The need: Here is what I am looking for. Right now, I have installed and have actively running a copy of Zen Cart, Open Cart, Presta, and soon oscommerce. I am looking for an ecommerce solution that is simplistic enough to where I don't have to edit every conceivable attribute for a "product" in order to add it to our catalog. I would like for her to be able to submit orders, payment type of "check", and check the status of these orders. This will not only help us re-enforce proper money use, but it will eventually allow us to involve "fake checks" and a "fake credit card" system that we want to implement as well.

So, I am looking for suggestions on potential open source products I can implement to help get this under way. One shortcoming I have found is the lack of page editing capabilities without having to modify TPL files. I would like some form of basic WYSIWYG editor.

Other than that, I am open to other ideas.

I am open to any and all suggestions. What does everyone think?
75  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR Plugin: TinyEV (Everything integration) - 0.9.5 - 12 June 2009 (updated) on: December 19, 2013, 08:38:42 AM
I am hoping that this will soon be not needed with mouser planning on indexing for FARR! Go mousey!
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