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Living Room / Re: Hallow-e'en
« on: October 19, 2007, 11:30 AM »

it is celebrated in Ireland ...

we used to light bonfires on the local green area -
not very environmentally friendly ones with tyres etc. but hey it was the 70's

we didnt do the door to door thing
but played great games at home -

  • try get coins from the bottom of a basin filled with water with your hands behind your back was my favourite :)

  • then apples would get tied hanging to a crossline:
    - blindfolded & again with hands behind your back you'd try get a bite from the apple.. great debates about whether using your shoulders allowed or not

Hey, Tomos, I didn't realise you were Irish!

I remember all those games too, and back in the 1960's, listening to ghost stories in a farmhouse lit by a Tilley lamp. 

As an old storyteller once told me, "It was the electric light killed the ghosts."

Well, that and the other boyos who were abroad by night in the North during the '70's!

ok, ok, maybe I should have said 'autocomplete in places other than code'. everybody uses autocomplete with code, what I mean is to use autocomplete with any text you write (emails, word processor docs, etc).

I've left a comment about Speech Dasher on the article in your link. I really would love something that would allow me to transcribe recorded speech faster.

IMO, Dasher is the easiest and most pleasant predictive system to learn, but it's not really fast.

Dasher disambiguating speech recognition would be really cool.  :P

I've tried the autocomplete in Word and OpenDoc, but sometimes it's more trouble than it's worth. What I'm looking for is a batch appraoch - a little program that takes a plain text file written in abbreviations, together with a file containing expansions, and displays the expanded text with the expansions highlighted allowing me to click on any that are inappropriate and revert them to the original text.

Some sources for abbreviations:


Living Room / How much does one Google search cost?
« on: October 12, 2007, 03:32 AM »
I asked Google how many seconds in a year and it instantly told me: 31.5 million. That means that today 14,000 searches are performed on the web every second. Considering the web as its own global machine, search is running at 14 kilohertz. If we could audibly hear each click of the mouse as everyone searched, the resulting sound -- vibrating at 14 kilohertz -- would be a high pitch hum right at the edge of human hearing. Hear it, hmmmmmm?

Screenshot Captor / LifeHacker features ScreenshotCaptor
« on: September 28, 2007, 03:53 AM »
Windows only: Freeware application Screenshot Captor is an advanced, full-featured
screenshot application boasting an impressive feature set that rivals the
shareware favorite, SnagIt. For example, Screenshot Captor has tons of options
for capturing your full screen, specific regions or selected windows; it has
excellent callout functions, like standard arrows and highlighting tools along
with the excellent blur effect you see in the screenshot above; and it can
automatically open screenshots in your favorite image editor or email
screenshots as soon as you take them. In all, Screenshot Captor may be the most
full-featured screenshot app I've seen, freeware or otherwise. On the other hand,
it does have a slightly steeper learning curve, so if there's a downside, that
may be it. Screenshot Captor is donationware, Windows only.
Screenshot Captor [DonationCoder via Simplehelp]

Coding Snacks / Re: add / remove lines in text file
« on: September 22, 2007, 12:48 PM »
Would this work?

    Change file1 file2

Apply the changes in file1 to file2

File1 is a text file with the format:

   > Line to search from or insert after (default is bof)
   < Line to stop searching at
   + Line to add
   - Delete any lines starting with this text

General Software Discussion / Re: How do you launch stuff?
« on: September 21, 2007, 03:54 PM »
for RL things... I tend to use rocket fuel to launch them;
for software... I use bbLean and the hotkey plugins :]

I love bblean's tear-off menus!  :Thmbsup: :-* :P


What is even funnier about some posts in this thread is that back then Google was definitely the Evil Empire to all there in Opera land! A simple request by any user there was enough to bring the wrath of every Opera faithful - especially the moderators - because Google was seen as even a bigger threat to personal freedom and privacy than Microsoft! I saw posts there that were horribly vitriolic by long-standing members. Yet when a "rebellious poster" got even a little sarcastic he/she would be immediately banned.

Now they have a $50 M deal with Google? I'm just about rolling around laughing!!

Speaking of which - the Google Groups tree view is borked in the alpha version.  >:(

Living Room / All your info in one place
« on: September 21, 2007, 05:51 AM »
From Web Worker Daily

Those of us who use the web all day long, every day, probably have signed up for at least a couple dozen different information services, all with different login information, all storing different information for us.

We might have a to-do manager, a contact manager, a bookmarking service, a project management service, a wiki, multiple email accounts, lists, multiple online documents, or one of the many other services available for managing our information.

Trouble is, that can make things a bit disorganized. Our information is spread through various sites and services, some of which we use infrequently. We might not remember where everything is, and even if we do, it takes a minute or so to locate it, login, and access the information.

You can simplify this and keep yourself organized in one simple step: keep all your information in one place.

It doesn’t matter where that place is, as long as it works well for you and you use it regularly. But just this single act will keep all your information at your fingertips, and keep you organized in a way you may never have been before.

So how do you do it? Here are some suggestions:

1. Pick a location. There are many places you could use for your info. Google Docs, a wiki that you can keep on your own server or on a flash drive, Backpack, a plain old paper notebook, a binder, any list service, an email account, a secure web site, Evernote, Google Notebook, a text file. Actually, any place you can store info works … just choose one that works well for you. I recommend something searchable, and if you use multiple computers, something online.

So What works for Your "One Place?"

BTW, the author of this piece has a bolg called Zen Habits which is a great source of ideas for living simply.

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Auto-Tile open windows.
« on: September 07, 2007, 12:15 PM »
try moving the taskbar to the left hand side, make it wider, then make the background transparent (would need tool). then use auto-tile :) comes close i think.

Kinda, sorta. I do put the taskbar on the side when I have to use plain Windows, but I prefer to use bbLean as a shell, and that doesn't support the Windows tiling commands >:( Gridmove works though, and it has its own workspaces.  :-*

Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Auto-Tile open windows.
« on: August 30, 2007, 02:47 PM »
How about an app that would run in the systray and each time a window would open it would Auto-Tile, (auto fit) the new window with all of the currently open windows.  So with each new opened window all of the other windows are still visible, but smaller of course, and re-tiled so that they all fit the screen.

Probably the snarkiest part would be to decide which method to tile, ...

A idea inspied by the Oberon window manager:

Maintain two columns of windows, spanning the entire width of the screen.
Windows take the width of the column they are in (fixed width windows are centred).
The width of a single column can be manually adjusted from 0-100%, and all displayed windows adjust to suit.

New windows, by default, open at the  top of the teft column, taking any extra vertical space equally from any other open windows in the column.

Maximised windows take up the whole column height; minimised windows are reduced to a title bar.
Moving a window moves it to the other column and/or inserts it at a new positionwithin the column using the rules above.


Living Room / Re: A joyful addition..
« on: August 25, 2007, 08:39 AM »
And remember, who needs sleep anyway?
-cranioscopical (August 25, 2007, 07:58 AM)

Babies... But only when we're not sleeping: they have a natural reaction to parental sleep which is to either become wide awake and/or be discomforted by something or other ;)
-Perry Mowbray (August 25, 2007, 08:26 AM)

The secret is to sleep when the baby isn't looking.  :-\

Living Room / Re: How do you organise your 'My Documents' folder
« on: August 24, 2007, 05:31 AM »
This thread is proving very useful to me, since I've finally got a new computer!  :P

I'm surpised how little stuff I actually need to move from the old one: bbLean, Opera, DOpus, Rough Draft, NoteTab, and of course FARR. Files I'm working on regularly, but most of the stuff I squirreled away for "reference" I'll either never look at again or find quicker on the Web.  ;)

Perhaps the ultimate would be to have no local "My Documents" at all., but I'm not quite ready for that yet.

Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR finds but can't open?
« on: August 16, 2007, 10:01 AM »
In the last few Alpha iterations I've been unable to launch my dail-up connection, but everything else seems to launch O.K.  Maybe it's just me.  :tellme: 

Living Room / Re: New machine connection blues
« on: August 10, 2007, 01:05 PM »
Plug and Play loaded the Conexant AccessRunner drivers from CD.

According to a tech support guy on the Internet:

"Make sure that you installed the WAN drivers, NOT
the LAN ones (which are also on the cd-rom)."

If Windows PnP mistakenly installed the LAN driver, go to Control Panel - System - Hardware - Device Manager and manually update it to the WAN one .

Thanks, but it is the WAN one.

Living Room / New machine connection blues
« on: August 10, 2007, 11:19 AM »
I finally gave in and got a new XP Media Centre machine to replace the old tractor.

I connected up my USB Broadband Modem, and Plug and Play loaded the Conexant AccessRunner drivers from CD. Then I dialled my broadband account. The modem seemed to be working O.K., sending out packets, but came back with "No Response." I double checked the account details and tried again. Same result. Plugged the modem back into the old machine and fired that up. It connected first time.

What am I doing wrong??    


British law has the magnificent-sounding charge of "Going equipping to steal."


Is it true that in britain a guy coming into your house is not doing anything illegal unless he broke something to get in? And even if he is holding things that are yours, nothing is illegal until he tries to leave with them?

I am not a lawyer, but it seems from the source I cited that so long as there is evidence of intent (say, he's unplugged your computer) he could be charged with burglary even  though nothing has left the property, since burglary is entry with intent to steal. It doesn't have to be forced entry -even trying to hooksomething through an open window could be burglary.

If he's actually in your house without your consent, but he's just 'admiring.'

Being found on enclosed premises - section 4 Vagrancy Act 1824 (Archbold 31-123) is a summary only offence and carries a maximum sentence of 3 months imprisonment and/or a level 3 fine. This charge will be appropriate for an accused against whom there is insufficient evidence of burglary or attempt burglary, but who is found within an enclosed area for an unlawful purpose.

I hope that helps.


On the other hand there is something to be said for not-quite-legitimate use of tools to reverse engineer device communications (to create drivers for linux, make fixes or improvements the manufacturer should have done, test the security) - but i think in all those cases the difference would be you use the tools against systems you own or have legitimate use (contracted by work to do it etc)

It's a tricky act to balance

British law has the magnificent-sounding charge of "Going equipping to steal."



The appropriation may be complete even if the criminal's purpose is not fulfilled e.g. thief puts shopping into his bag dishonestly intending not to pay, but is caught before leaving the shop. Charge theft, not attempt theft.

The Prosecution does not have to prove that there is in existence property capable of being stolen. For example:
The would-be pickpocket who put a hand into someone else's empty pocket searching for something to steal will be guilty of attempted an attempt theft. In this example, the charge should be drafted as an attempt to steal property belonging to the victim.

If you cannot charge attempt because there is no act which is more than merely preparatory, consider section 25 Theft Act - going equipped to steal, cheat or burgle (Archbold, 21-324)

Thanks, Google!

It seems this law has similar intent: evidence is needed of preparation to commit an offence.

hierarchical organization for aliases is an interesting idea jenny.. i was thinking of writing a kind of hierarchical notetaking and clip management plugin, it might be usable for the kind of thing you are suggesting..

Yes, even a simple circular queue from which an alias could take its arguments (my programming background is mainly Forth).

A general point for all plugin writers - if you are making something that searches for a window, process, printer or whatever, please leave a way of allowing someone else to write a command-line +alias that can do something you didn't anticipate with whatever is chosen.

Find And Run Robot / Re: Trouble saving aliases
« on: June 27, 2007, 01:59 PM »
I think my problem was that I installed it from the admin account. This shuuld work all right for programs that are designed for multiple users, but it causes some surprising errors. Safari crashes every time I try to save a bookmark, fex, and UltraExplorer throws up error messages but remains stable.

The workaround seems to be to uninstall completely, delete all the folders, set the limited account temporarily to admin, reinstall it there, and then set the account back to limited.  :-[

Good idea to allow any application to act a plugin.. I'd very much find that helpful because AutoHotkey can't compile into DLLs! So I can't return any informatino to FARR like you said. I'm not sure if to use the +keyword for this would be the best implementation though.

An alternative way of doing this:
* Someone would make a simple EXE output/stdout wrapper as a plugin (dll).

We would then just be able to create quick scripts that would integrate with farr without any extra work, using the current alias system. I'd pay some credits for a solution to this idea.

This has got me thinking about ways to make alias creation even easier. Regexes are overkill for all but the few where the expression has no unique prefix.for For the rest a simpler syntax should make it easier for a user to create an alias on the fly for any new command they encounter.   I've been thinking for some time that an alias should be selected in the same way as a folder - you shouldn't need to type in the whole name to activate it. That would mean that you could not just paste an alias and its parameters directly into Farr's search window and have it run, but it does allow greater flexibility in other directions.

Here's a schema for an alternative .alias format (+ indicates an optional item, * an optional repeated item):

            ACTION (none/enter/find/do)
            +HISTORY (open/closed, search/nosearch)

Recursive, yes - but so is a file system. Names are selected in the same way as folder names, recursively searching through searchable history. RESULT is a single command string, with placemarkers for any parameters needed. ACTION is the method to produce a particular parameter. If there is a history attached to the parameter, the list there is displayed first so that a previously entered string can be reused. If the history is open and a new string is chosen, then it is added to the list.   Such a new parameter can be given a NAME by which it is found, and may take parameters of its own, whose ACTION and HISTORY behaviour can specified.

ACTION none   restricts choice to the parameters in the exsisting history list
ACTION enter  allows the user to type in a string. The optional argument is a prompt
ACTION find    is a recursive call to Farr, returning the string that would have been launched (e.g. a filename) as a parameter. The argument is a search string.
ACTION do     The argument launches an external program that returns a string  (representing perhaps an open window, an active task, or a registry key)


NAME cmd
RESULT  c:\windows\nircmd.exe  ...
ACTION  enter   ( complete the rest of the command string)
HISTORY closed search  ( allow new items, and find them with out having to select cmd first)
      RESULT screensaver
      RESULT monitor ...  ( this needs another parameter)
         ACTION none ( allow only the supplied parameters)
         HISTORY closed nosearch
               RESULT on
               RESULT off
               RESULT low
      NAME Resolution
      RESULT setdisplay ...
      HISTORY open nosearch   ( collect valid settings)
            RESULT 800 600 16

and so on...

Close to what you asked for, and very useful if you use lots of different browsers is miTaggedMarks (formerly bookkey).

It stores the bookmarks in its own XML file, and has a neat way of assigning and locating tags by point-and-click.

i still wish i knew where it is finding all of these duplicate bookmark files on your system!

I had that problem with Opera, then i noticed that a lot of the duplicated  bookmarks were ones that I had deleted years ago (or so I thought!). When I'd removed previous versions of Opera I'd left their Application Data behind.  :-[

Two minor niggles:
Include Folder Path only shows the last \ for deeply nested folders
Date always shows current date, not date created or accessed

Find And Run Robot / Trouble saving aliases
« on: June 12, 2007, 01:55 PM »
Thisis not exactly a FaRR bug, but it is a retrograde step. I run XP as a limited user whenever possible, and Inow find that in this mode there is no way for me to save any aliases I create.   >:( Also, addnote does not work for limited users.

Living Room / Re: Is there a Safari for Windows?
« on: June 12, 2007, 04:15 AM »
yes, there is now - Safari 3 Public Beta.. has anyone actually tried it to confirm the 'speedy gonzales' claim? :)

I got it. Yes it is, noticeably faster than Opera 9, at least going forward (only tried it back-to-back on this forum). It doesn't have Opera's trick of displaying the cached copy of a page you go back to, so that is slower. At first glance, navigation options seem more limited.

Nicer-looking than Firefox, good RSS integration, works better with Google's stuff  than Opera does  :up:

It's still a beta so crashes more ofte. Some people have found problems with fonts.

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