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451  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Audio output device manager on: January 13, 2009, 02:36:27 PM
@calvindienern: Great that it works for you. I use the script daily myself.

But even better would be to get something like pulseaudio working so that we can change audio output on the fly, with no application restarts needed (see my failed attempt to get that up and running in this thread: http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14100.0 )
452  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: January 13, 2009, 02:15:57 PM
This is great! smiley Informed answers just keep coming in this thread. Thmbsup

@raybeere: ok, I hear you. I WILL move to some sort of database software. I guess it is my general hesitance towards becoming locked into this or that format that has stopped me so far (and the fact that there seems to be a lot not so good genealogy programs around too). But given at least partial interoperability through GEDCOM then that shouldn't be such a big worry. I have cleaned up my large .txt file by now so that some of it will probably also be possible to autoimport (I'ts only a matter of getting some thorny regexp stuff just right). I don't have time to do it now but I'll make an attempt later this spring.

I have been very careful with sources. Here in Sweden the church records for almost every part of the country are available through online subscription services that have high resolution color photos of every page, usually dating back to somewhere around the year 1700. It is amazingly convenient. Maybe something similar is available in other countries? Anyway, I've written down exact references and have also screenshots of the actual church book pages. One thing I've learned the hard way is the importance of taking notes of what you DON'T find i.e. what texts you have searched and found no matches in.

@4WD: the screenshots from Personal Ancestral File looks impressive! Great with many output formats. That said, the Pedigree chart has the same drawback that most examples of such chart/tree outputs from tools like these that I've seen: it is too spaced. I want to cram as much as possible of the tree onto one sheet of paper. In my manual, Visio made tree I could squeeze in 11 generations on one sheet of paper (I've trimmed away a lot of people on the "sides" to make that fit).

So, in the end I will probably BOTH keep that manual tree manually updated AND migrate the data into some real genealogy software database. The manual "main tree" won't have so many details anyway and so it will not need updating so often. Just name and date of birth/death/marriage and lines to mark relations. Please keep the discussion on pros and cons of various software solutions flowing!
453  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / AHK script for easy FARR win resize on: January 09, 2009, 04:04:00 PM
Here's a small AHK script for easy toggling the FARR win width between two sizes. Very convenient if you like me prefer a small FARR win as default but still often need to increase the width to see long file names.

[copy or print]
; AHK (Autohotkey) script for easy FARR win resize, by nod5
^CapsLock::
WinGetPos, , ,w,H,A     
WinGet, active_p, ProcessName, A
if active_p = FindAndRunRobot.exe
 {
  if (W != 258)
   WinMove, A, , , , 258,
  else
   WinMove, A, , , , 450,
 }
Return

Things you can tweak: The widths 258 and 450. The hotkey (but control + capslock is pretty handy!)
454  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: January 07, 2009, 04:34:13 PM
I was very late with my reply to the above... And to make things worse, I posted it in the wrong thread! http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14100.0 And to make things worst, I didn't notice the mistake until just now. cheesy Here it is, in the right place, at last:

Thanks for the replies. Though I already picked the manual path (   ) and completed a tree the day before christmas. It took a fair amount of time to say the least so I'm still very interested in more programmatic ways to do this in the future.

@Deozaan: I've testdriven Geni and it seems excellent for collaborative work. But last time I looked at it I couldn't find any easy way to print the tree in a compact way (i.e. cram as much of the information as possible into one or a few sheets of paper). Has there been improvements in that regard? Or are there any third party apps to export to and then print from? I'm asking since my older relatives will want to see my tree and they are not keen on (to say the least) to access it through a computer.

@sword: thanks! Lots of things for me to look into in those links. The second one seems dated though (some of the comments on that page claim that the advice does not work in Visio 2003 so I suspect it will not work in Visio 2007 either).
455  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: Audio output device manager on: January 07, 2009, 10:10:42 AM
zYx, did you try my AHK script above? I don't have Vista and so can't check if it works there (please post feedback here if you try it!)

In this ( http://www.donationcoder....=3165.msg144877#msg144877 ) sibling thread an autoit script was posted that explicitly works in Vista so another alternative is to try that.

456  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: boardgamegeek - all things boardgame site on: January 07, 2009, 09:46:21 AM
Good sites, both.

A very simple yet strangely addictive card game is SET. Highly recommended! Children can play it at suprisingly young ages. If the complexity is too high for some child then just remove one or more layers of pattern for the time being.
http://www.setgame.com/set/
http://www.boingboing.net...set-geeky-cardgame-t.html
457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: January 01, 2009, 05:53:31 AM
(posted in wrong thread)
458  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gift-giving season cometh. What computer hardware/peripheral would you like? on: December 26, 2008, 04:34:32 PM
Thomas, maybe an iphone or other mobile phone together some software could work as well as a standalone scanner?  Look here for an example of 1D barcode scanning on the iphone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5EY8b09sHw
So maybe you even have a device capable of doing what you wish for already!
459  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Outpost 2009 – A lifetime license for 3 PCs for the price of a 1-year! on: December 26, 2008, 12:59:28 PM
This sounds like a good deal! I was leaning towards going for Best Firewall (http://www.tallemu.com/ ). They have a 15$ discount until 31 december (40$ - 15$ = 25$). But now I'm unsure. Anyone here who have experience from using both and can make a recommendation?
460  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Gift-giving season cometh. What computer hardware/peripheral would you like? on: December 22, 2008, 04:28:01 AM
I wish for a new, perfect keyboard. I just can't find the right one. The new Microsoft X6 keyboard comes close to what I want but looks just wrong and doesn't feed quite right (I've fiddled with it in a store) http://www.microsoft.com/...oductdetails.aspx?pid=102  Maybe I'll just have to wait until those OLED keyboards where each key is a screen becomes cheap enough.

I also want a simple foot pedal for the computer that can easily be used as a hotkey (modifier) in autohotkey scripts. Used in the right way it could provide ergonomic relief from being stuck in the one-hand-on-keyboard-one-hand-of-mouse position all the time.
461  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Recommendations for small, 4-port USB hub? on: December 22, 2008, 04:11:26 AM
Dealextreme has a boatload of hubs (each crazier shaped than the other). I can't vouch for the quality of them but my experience is that almost any cheapo USB hub works just fine. So I'd recommend whatever hub in the lowest price range that you think looks best. (with USB 2.0 of course! Some of the really cheap ones have only USB 1 so look out for that)
http://www.dealextreme.co.../products.dx/category.306

these look ok, are small yet still have both top and side ports. Around 6$ each:
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.8892
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.10768
462  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Last second home-made gift ideas: HELP!!! on: December 22, 2008, 04:03:08 AM
1. Bake some cookies that you can easily customize the shape of (like thin gingerbread cookies). Make a custom cookie for each person in the shape of some object that reminds you of that person. So if one of them is a pro bowler, make a round cookie and add three dots of icing (to depict the holes). And so on for the other persons.

2. Write a fun quiz to play when you all get together. There are many ready-to-use quiz questions to be found on the web already. Mix in some questions that relates to the people that will be present or other persons you all know. This can be very entertaining if you can think of some funny (but not awkward) details that perhaps not everyone will right away know or remember ("what animal was uncle Edward bitten by in the summer of 1978? A: snake, B: donkey, C: shark"). This can generate many laughs and stories. After you've run through the quiz, hand out a small, symbolic price to the winner.
463  News and Reviews / Older Newsletters / Re: --> Newsletter for December 21st, 2008 - Codename "Tree Ornaments" on: December 22, 2008, 02:48:06 AM
great work mouser and darwin!  smiley
464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: VLC making improvements on: December 15, 2008, 04:57:00 PM
I like many of the changes to VLC this fall.

But 0.9.8a has a new bug: the fullscreen view now forces itself onto the primary monitor. It should (as in previous versions) display the fullscreen video on the screen that the minimized VLC window resides in.

Another "bug" or at least annoyance: VLC doesn't remember what installation options the user checked/unchecked during last reinstall. For example, it always defaults to making itself default player for all video file types. It should instead remember whatever choices the user made on last install. 

<offtopic rant> I guess that's a problem for installers in general. I bet most programs have, for any new version of the program, more people doing re-installs/upgrades than fresh installs. Still, the installations dialogs often assume that the user installs for the first time. Firefox is even worse in this regard due to add-on upgrade notifications. I go through a 10 second, 3-5 click process on the first firefox startup almost every day. I would love some way to just silently autoinstall all noscript updates for instance...</offtopic rant>
465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / make family tree in Visio - manually or automated via db? on: December 15, 2008, 04:42:33 PM
I have mapped some of my family's history. So far I have it all in a plain textfile, well ordered for a human reader (I use FM FMF FMFF and so on, and some common abbreviations). But there are some irregularities and the data is not yet in a "machine readable" database format.

I want to go from there to a nice family tree image in Microsoft Visio.

Each person should have his/her own box with some recurring details (name, year born/deceased, age, a miniphoto if available, and some other details). The boxes should be linked by lines that mark parent/child relations. The most recent generation should be at the bottom and each preceding generation should be "stacked" on top so to say. In general, I want the standard family tree looks and contents.

I have two alternative ways to reach that goal:

1. Make the tree manually in Visio: make some basic, standard shapes for the boxes, copy a lot of them onto the drawing board and then copy and paste in data from my notes to each shape and draw relation lines.

2. Convert the data into some database (simple like an excel or calc sheet or perhaps some complex application). And then, somehow, autogenerate the visio family tree from it. The manual work in Visio would only/mostly consist in polishing the looks (more around boxes to make the tree fit better and look better, add some special, one of a kind relations, add colors, and so on)

The tree will all in all include 50-100 individuals. Maybe less if needed to make it more manageable and printable.

My question: does anyone think I should go for alternative 2? If so, do you already have positive experience from working through that automation process (for a family tree or something sufficiently similar) with Visio? Or do you have advice on how to go about doing it? What database format is best to use? I would prefer to just use an excel/calc sheet as database, if that is possible in this case. But is it?

Ok, lot's of sub-questions. But feel to also just let me know your hunch on the main question (do 1 or 2?) without going into details. Any feedback is appreciated  Thmbsup

My hunch at the moment is that 1 would take less objective time. But I resent doing this type of thing manually if I have a feeling that it could've been automated so I'm still undecided which is the best alternative all things considered. I have not yet done much searching on Visio guides but will do so later on. But there are so many choices, and possible complications, whenever it comes to databases so I'm thinking that it might be a good thing to throw out some questions early on.
466  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Cusor Wormhole for multi-monitor setup on: December 15, 2008, 03:27:19 AM
[copy or print]
CoordMode,Mouse,Screen
Leaving this out was the problem with my script I think. For that I should receive the Noobel Price.  cheesy
I'm glad that majorspacecase in the end got a version working as envisioned.  Thmbsup
467  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Cusor Wormhole for multi-monitor setup on: December 14, 2008, 09:37:53 AM
Hi, this autohotkey script works fine on my two screen setup:
[copy or print]
Pause::
SysGet, MonitorCount, MonitorCount
if MonitorCount = 2
{
BlockInput, MouseMove
MouseGetPos, x
SysGet, Mon2, Monitor, 2
if x > %A_ScreenWidth%
 MouseMove, (A_ScreenWidth / 2), (A_ScreenHeight / 2), 0
else
 MouseMove, A_ScreenWidth + ( (Mon2Right - Mon2Left) / 2 ), ( Mon2Bottom / 2 ), 0
BlockInput, MouseMoveOff
}
468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: output audio to two devices in Win XP? (PulseAudio?) on: December 13, 2008, 07:36:05 PM
I'm reviving this thread since I'm planning a christmas party and would really like to be able to play the same music in multiple rooms.

My emergency backup solution is to buy splitter adapters for the audio cables and the run all audio through one soundcard only. But the dual card solution would be much slicker and more flexible (I could turn off the music in just one room via the computer). So, has anyone at DC gotten PulseAudio or anything similar to work in Win XP by now? Aren't you hosting any parties? tellme With music? smiley In places with multiple rooms? cheesy
469  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Auditorium - relaxing flash game combines lightflows, forcefields and music on: December 09, 2008, 04:24:29 PM
Some online games gets things just right: low key but engaging music wowen into the gaming experience, simple yet continually interesting gameplay, beautiful minimalistic graphics. The kind of game that does not require a stream of increasingly stressful mouse clicking and moving but instead actually lives up to the promise of a 5 minute soothing escape from whatever you were up to.

Two previous gems of that nature are Boomshine and Music Catch:

Boomshine  http://www.k2xl.com/games/boomshine/
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Music catch  http://music.catch.fizzlebot.com/
[attach=4]


Now try Auditorium. You direct lightflows to a few spots by placing and adjusting forcefields. As you succeed the lightflows turn into music. Simple enough, but as you level up you must really put some thought into how the pattern of forcefields can interplay. http://playauditorium.com/

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Other amazing, though noticeably more intensive, games:
Dinorun http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=13628.0
Cat on a Dolphin http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=11930.0
470  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: 'Everything' is one FAST file search engine on: December 05, 2008, 06:52:04 PM
Just create an alias with Everything's command line.
[copy or print]
^ev(.*)
Everything Search $$1 | C:\program files\everything\Everything.exe -search $$1

A small modification to make multiple search phrases carry over from the FARR input box to Everything:

[copy or print]
^ev(.*)
Everything Search $$1 | C:\program files\everything\Everything.exe -search "$$1"

edit 090321: sorry, I meant to quote this post but ended up editing it. I think it is reset to how it previously was now.  embarassed
471  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Why Windows Rules: the QWERTY phenomenon? on: November 26, 2008, 01:26:26 PM
There's much truth to this!

The obvious remedy would be and EXTREMELY detailed official XP-to-ubuntu transition site where almost any feature in XP can be looked up -- and the Ubuntu equivalent is presented. There are some such sites around (http://www.osalt.com/ is a good example when it comes to software) but I haven't seen one that is comprehensive and simple enough for the imagined target audience.
472  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2009 / Re: NANY 2009 Communal Idea Thread on: November 22, 2008, 06:10:17 PM
Let me throw out one more idea for anyone with time and interest to make some program but who is still undecided on exactly what to make. Suggestion: a virtual folder tool to be used by other programs, like FARR. See discussions on such a tool here:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14891.0
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=6419.0
473  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Notebook / Todo list manager on: November 22, 2008, 06:03:28 PM
Hi,
For notetaking, check out this extensive comparison review (a little old but much is still relevant I think):
http://www.donationcoder....ive/NoteTakers1/index.php
Then check out this mega-thread:
http://www.donationcoder....um/index.php?topic=2362.0
(While reading through it don't forget to take breaks for lunch, sleeping and to have some time off during weekends Grin That is, it is a very long thread...)

I would say that EverNote and OneNote are two of the top candidates.

Standalone todo list programs have been discussed in other threads. Search and revive! I still write my daily todo lists on paper so I am in no position to recommend any software for that.
474  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Is "Launch and stay open" broken? on: November 22, 2008, 05:48:35 PM
for me this works:
ctrl+left click
ctrl+#   (where # is a number in the result list)
via context menu

does not work:
shift+enter, control+enter  (one of those is supposed to work, right?)
475  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Tech News Weekly: Edition 47 on: November 22, 2008, 02:15:00 PM
Probably a thing for mouser to look at - internal links might not work that well outside of thread view.
They seem to behave the same inside the thread - clicking the hyperlink (not the button) only scrolls to that same hyperlink. That's unexpected hyperlink behaviour.

those buttons were added by popular demand smiley - perhaps we should take a poll vote on it? Or coax mouser into doing some addon so we can have personal preferences? Wink
Nah, it is probably best to just keep them in that case.
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