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1101  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 23, 2008, 07:35:23 AM
What about doing the integration through an RSS Feed?

Google have some neat javascript code that imbeds RSS feeds into DIV objects.
1102  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 22, 2008, 09:40:59 PM
Just done a load of new updates.

I reckon!!

The news section has changed completely.

 Thmbsup Much easier for finding the actual bit you want to read...

The new wall photo is better but unfortunately the wall had got dirty. We are still trying to track down the original wall photo so that I can produce a decent version but at least it is readable now.

You can't "clean" it?  cheesy

I have also added a PHP script to force the PFD membership application form (the menu 'Become a friend of GOVI') to download rather than open in a browser window. I think I may actually point this to the 'You can help page' and provide the option to download or open the PDF form. Maybe I should make it a fillable form on a webpage which can then be printed and posted. Since it involves bank details I don't want to have to get involved in secure web transfer.

Ummm... I just tried it now and it loads the help.html page. Which is also a little confusing because the menu, although correct, was not what I clicked on.  huh Maybe you removed the script?

Next things to do -

  • add RSS news feed.
  • sort out banner image.
  • sort out the links page and make it useful.
  • consider using dynamic news page generation so that others can add and comment on articles.

Not sure I want to get into the last of those as it is pretty easy to add articles now 'cos they are just dropped into a simple template. The person who is editing articles isn't really keen to make it a site where lots of people can contribute directly - and I suppose realistically at this point the contributions are from a fairly limited pool of contributors that have direct knowledge.

Would be nice if the links are searchable, eh? Well, I know they are now (within the browser), but if you categorised them and/or tagged them (especially if they could grow in number), returning a search result would be interesting.

As for news, you couldn't just point to a blog? A real blog would have its own RSS feed as well.

Great work Carol!!
1103  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 22, 2008, 09:01:36 PM
Thanks for the tip on .alias files. Wasn't aware.

What I'm trying to do is present some matches from the user entered query. The user can select one of the matches, which will be added to the EditBox (Like what happens when you are browsing the FileSystem in FARR). Then FARR reSearches on the new string and presents other options. So very similar to browsing the filesystem in FARR.
1104  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: FARR C# SDK and Documentation (plus little something for all Plugin developers) on: June 22, 2008, 03:25:49 AM
I'm having some simple startup issues Vitaly:

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For a quick start, you should copy one of the sample plugins, change the name and go slowly from there by deleting the parts you don't need.

OK, I think I've changed names everywhere I need to? eg: added "Test_" to your FARRAltTab.

But when building I get the following errors:
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  • /OUT:FARRPluginRCW.dll directive in .EXP differs from output filename 'G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\FARR CSharp SDK\Debug\Test_FARRAltTabRCW.dll'; ignoring directive   G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\Test_FARRAltTabRCW.exp   Test_FARRAltTab
  • /DELAYLOAD:OleAcc.dll ignored; no imports found from OleAcc.dll   G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\LINK   Test_FARRAltTab
  • precompiled object not linked in; image may not run   G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\JrPlugin_GenericShell.obj   Test_FARRAltTab
  • 1 unresolved externals   G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\FARR CSharp SDK\Debug\Test_FARRAltTabRCW.dll   Test_FARRAltTab
  • The command ""G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\..\FARR CSharp SDK\FARRPluginRCW\ProjectNameChanger.exe" "G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\..\FARR CSharp SDK\FARRPluginRCW\FARRPluginRCW.vcproj" Test_FARRAltTabRCW
    %windir%\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727\MSBuild.exe "G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\..\FARR CSharp SDK\FARRCSharpSDK.sln"
    xcopy /Y "G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\..\FARR CSharp SDK\debug\Test_FARRAltTabRCW.dll" "G:\Documents\My Development\FARR Plugins\CSharpSDK\Copy of FARRAltTab\"" exited with code 4.   Test_FARRAltTab

What am I doing wrong???  huh

1105  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: New Script FARR Plugin: Clock on: June 21, 2008, 09:37:43 PM
I was having an issue with RegEx's in the JavaScript though: they don't seem to be working. Is that FScript.dll or FARR?

What is your issue with regexes ?
- FARR regexes are used to filter output (output many results and let farr filter and sort the results )
- You can use javascript to filter your results but you have to implement sorting and filtering

My issues were my code  embarassed or at least my understanding of some code I'd borrowed. It was neither Fscript or FARR (not surprising  Wink): I've got my RegExes working fine in JavaScript, thanks.

Did have some questions over in your Fscript thread tho...  smiley
1106  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 09:31:34 PM
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1. Is it possible to stop FARR closing when a result is double-clicked?
add " /stayopen" to the end of the launch result to tell FARR to stay open after launching.

OK: pretty sure that that option is not available in this Plugin? Could onProcessTrigger return a result??

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2. Can I get information from the found item into the EditBox?
there may be something i can do to improve the case of dragging and dropping into edit box or chooding jump to directory for these cases, but regardless, i think what you are wanting to, if i understand it which i might not, is to populate your results like this:
choice 1 | restartsearch tz pacific/auckland
choice 2 | restartsearch tz usa
etc

the restartsearch launch command will put the text that follows into the edit box when the item is selected, so it lets you build things like menus in FARR results.

yes, that sounds perfect: but again, I'm pretty sure that that command is not available in the Fscript plugin?

ecaradec?? I'd love to have that command  Kiss
1107  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 21, 2008, 10:08:11 AM
Following a remark made on this site somewhere, I've occasionally called software vendors, prior to a purchase, to ask if there is a discount or promotion.  Surprisingly many either have something available or will create an on-the-spot discount.

That's what I (we) were hoping for... I had some recent success in other areas that will be available during the fundraiser, but it's good to come back to earth again  smiley

 embarassed We're already getting a discount anyway, right? It was probably a little cheeky, but exposure here is definitely a win-win situation: so there's no harm in trying...
1108  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 10:03:28 AM
Another quick question:

I'm not sure what the effects of the PostProcessing options are:
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IMMEDIATE_DISPLAY=0; ADDSCORE=1; MATCH_AGAINST_SEARCH=2
1109  DonationCoder.com Software / FARR Plugins and Aliases / Re: The javascript SDK Fscript now support VBScript, Ruby, Python et Perl. on: June 21, 2008, 09:46:13 AM
1. Is it possible to stop FARR closing when a result is double-clicked?

What I'm wanting to do is have the ability to further define the search in the edit box by the item clicked on.

2. Can I get information from the found item into the EditBox?
  • When I select the item's context menu and select "Jump to directory in EditBox" nothing happens  undecided
  • When I drag the item to the EditBox the correct "path" is entered BUT it's prefixed with a "/", which I don't want.

So what's happening is I've entered a search "tz .*" which matches stuff, I'd like to select one of the matches and "search" again with that.
  • My Alias String is tz.
  • The path for both of #2 items is something like "TZ Pacific/Auckland": I added the Alias String to the path in the hope that I could get that data into the edit box.
1110  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 21, 2008, 09:26:10 AM
The displayed copy was compressed wrongly or too hard; the text is a little too hard / difficult to read.

I thought it was too sharpened? Though I didn't look closely.

I agree: it's getting better and better!!
1111  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 10:58:37 AM
Menu is now an unordered list - took me a while to work out how to sort out the correct CSS tags though!

Does the trick though: much easier to select.

Pictures in main body text are all now frames

Do you think they present better with a frame? I do  Wink

The top of the menu and text are better aligned (though still not perfect).

The pages with a heading look perfect to me!

Personally I'd rather look at pictures, find out about the kids and tecahers and their fmilies, hear them singing etc. than read long reports.

I'd be putting the long reports on a different page, so that people can still read them if they want to.

I have an idea for an article to follow the journey of some friends who delivered minibuses to the school from the UK by driving across Spain, North Africa and the Sahara - it would give a sense of place and I think could be interesting.

Sounds wonderful! Where can we join up??

I am thinking about how to indicate the current page on the menu - not sure what would be the easiest way. One thought was to put each menu entry into a separate div on the template page and then on each page override the background colour of the div in the stlyesheet by a local page CSS tag. I'll have a play. Anyone got a better solution?

Thats generally what I do, all depends on the style of page that you're following.

Following on from what you've done so far, I'd make the background something like a darkish grey: so highlight is black and current is a "lighter black".
1112  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 20, 2008, 10:32:50 AM
Received a reply back from Software995:
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Thank you for your inquiry.  We appreciate the offer.  However, at this point, we're not going to take you up on this.

Pity  Sad

So, we're right to go then?
1113  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 08:34:49 AM
Yes I am aware of the news and links page problems.

Sorry: just thinking out loud...

I agree about the PDF version of the newsletter - unfortunately I am not editing or supplying the content. Hopefully it will get sorted.

Always a problem: do you need to invest in a PDF converter? There is a deal about to happen with Software995??

The email form has validation - not sure what you mean. It only accepts an email address in valid format, and insists compulsory fields are filled.

My mistake then, sorry. I didn't go all the way through it, just typed and exited the field. You have validation on Submit.

I agree about the menu - maybe I will change that altogether. It was done for speed and it needs to be better.

What you've done is great. It's generally the case, especially with time limits (as you mentioned in your original post), that you need to get the project over the line. Fine tuning can come later...
1114  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Fifth Element: back to basic? on: June 20, 2008, 08:20:36 AM
However, so far I am all in all impressed - again... Now, begin testing!

Be interested in your ongoing thoughts  smiley
1115  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 07:57:03 AM
Rats, second attempt...

Looking good Carol!!  Thmbsup

Had the time to leisurely wander through your site, and here's a few thoughts...
  • The top of the menu-bar and the main content are not top aligned
  • Have you thought of adding a border to your photos? I think it adds a little extra definition (depending on your colour scheme of course)
  • Have you considered a colour difference between the "body" of the page and the border (that you don't use)? I think it adds more definition to your content.
  • The News page is loooong. Have you considered a wee index at the top, maybe with a teaser?
  • I'd suggest offering the newsletter in HTML as well as downloadable PDF. My general rule is that everything on the site should be able to be displayed in the browser.
  • The NGO Links is a loooong page too. Sorted alphabetically. Is that best? It depends on what people are looking for: if it's a name then alpha is good, if it's a service, then maybe categorized is better?
  • Your Email Form does not have any validation: though I like your tool tips!
  • Have you thought about making the menu bar links more blocky? If you made it a DIV rather than a P then the "block" could hight
  • Also on the menu bar, there is no visual indication of what page you are on; plus the link to the page you are on is still active.

Sorry if it's too pernickety (it's a fault of mine  embarassed): I think it's looking really good.

Also, Nudone's comment about re-doing the banner when you can is perfect!
1116  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 05:59:27 AM
Is the width fixed now Perry? I increased the margin for the content div and reduced its size by a couple of pixels. As I can't see it on my system I don't know if I have done enough!

 embarassed Not at work any more Carol, so I can't reproduce it: it's fine in FF and IEtab here  Thmbsup

Would you like my opinion on your banner text? I'd go back and redo it if it was me: it'd be the first thing I saw on the site each time I visited  Sad
1117  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 20, 2008, 05:49:47 AM
That's odd - which browser are you using. Here is what it looks like in two browsers on my system with the windows dragged really narrow:

Firefox:   (see attachment in previous post)   Internet Explorer:    (see attachment in previous post)

Unfortunately I can't access from the domain at the moment as the server seems to be down (I can't access any of my domains)

I agree it aint width: IE6 was the only browser they give us at work  Angry
1118  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: First website for a client on: June 19, 2008, 10:06:19 PM
You must have fixed mouser's #1 as it's fine on my machine, but the width is causing an issue (my resolution [at work] is 1280x1024):

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1119  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally: Converting Units Sensibly on: June 19, 2008, 09:52:38 PM
I wonder how 1 female lion equals 10 mircowaves?
 (see attachment in previous post)

Or this (unit is square inches)


The paper I can figure out...  undecided but their CDs are HUGE!
1120  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Finally: Converting Units Sensibly on: June 19, 2008, 09:30:20 PM
I wonder how 1 female lion equals 10 mircowaves?

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1121  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 19, 2008, 11:47:35 AM
@Perry: If you could inquire, please do so. I am very busy and would appreciate the assistance.

OK: Done... lets see what they say  cheesy
1122  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 19, 2008, 10:29:43 AM
(Besides, I also have had the Cute PDF driver installed for a while - very nice free PDF creator!)

We use Cute at work: and it's pretty bullet proof.

Nice suggestion mouser: will you tinjaw, or I don't mind?
1123  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 17, 2008, 09:56:09 AM
Either way, with all the "tools" you get, I mostly just used the PDF creator.

Not interested in jumping in Jim? With the multiple licence discount you'd be getting the whole shebang for the price of the PDF-Suite?  Thmbsup
1124  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: June 17, 2008, 09:49:36 AM
Me too tinjaw  smiley
1125  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do incremental backup programs work? on: June 17, 2008, 06:19:52 AM
I'll answer this one...

Sorry, just another question: I know some backup programs (that do incremental backup) allow you to see the files you've backed up. How does that work? Do they come up on Windows Explorer (as a virtual drive or something) or do they use a sort of "Backup Explorer", a proprietary application that works similarly to WE but can only be used for backups?

It depends on how the actual software stores the backup.

For example, Backup4All gives you the option of zipping the files or not. You can browse the backups using the file system, though if you are keeping versions it can get a little confusing (better to use B4A). From memory SyncBack is similar.

FirstDefense though stores it's data in an archive file of some description that I've never tried to access through the filesystem.

Just to reinforce Justice's explanation:
Incremental refers to the Backup as a whole, not the individual files being backed up.
Quote from: WikiPedia
An incremental backup is a backup method where multiple backups are kept (not just the last one). These backups will be incremental if each original piece of backed up information is stored only once, and then successive backups only contain the information that changed since a previous backup.
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