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1226  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: March 24, 2008, 05:42:27 AM
There need not be an end point. I picked one because I honestly thought we would have over 10 people wanting to do this. I'm happy to wait until we get a few more interested folks to join us.

 Thmbsup More than agreed.

I thought 10 would be easy too  undecided
1227  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: March 24, 2008, 12:04:51 AM
I, like Darwin, am in no hurry and would probably prefer more of a discount. So if everyone is happy to wait, I am.

Does there need to be an end point? We've already had one that's come and gone?
1228  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 18, 2008, 07:35:35 AM
Renegade: is it ReCaptcha?

YES! THAT'S IT!

Check the credits at the bottom of the page:
Carnegie Mellon University

Cool: I saw that too (just didn't paste it in)...
1229  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 18, 2008, 07:22:21 AM
Renegade: would that be Project Gutenberg? Can't find any reference to captcha on their site with a "I'm mega lazy" search, though...

Renegade: is it ReCaptcha?
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Use reCAPTCHA on Your Site!

reCAPTCHA helps prevent automated abuse of your site (such as comment spam or bogus registrations) by using a CAPTCHA to ensure that only humans perform certain actions.

  • It's Free! Yep, reCAPTCHA is free. The only reason we might charge is if you require special services from us.
  • It's Useful. Why waste the effort of your users? By using reCAPTCHA instead of other CAPTCHA implementations, you are helping to digitize books.
  • It's Easy. reCAPTCHA is a Web service. As such, adopting it is as simple as adding 4 lines of code on your site. For many applications and programming languages such as Wordpress and PHP we also have easy-to-install plugins available. We generate and check the distorted images, so you don't need to run costly image generation programs.
  • It's Accessible. Most other implementations of CAPTCHAs block visually impaired individuals, who cannot read images of distorted text. reCAPTCHA, on the other hand, has an audio test that allows blind people to freely navigate your site.
  • It's Secure. reCAPTCHA is run by the original creators of CAPTCHA and has the highest security standards. Many other implementations of CAPTCHAs can be easily broken.
1230  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 17, 2008, 06:10:33 AM
Also it's how I can stop spam yet still let anonymous users  post. Logged in users obviously don't need the captchas. Maybe there's spam technology that's smarter than most captchas, but from my experiences it's like this:
No captcha = Plenty of offers for viagra, used cars, penis enhancements etc.
Captcha = 0 - zero - offers but some perfectly valid anonymous posts.

That's my experience too. After reading Renegade's Post I felt a little depressed, but thankfully that level of sophistication is not everywhere (Captcha still works for me).

I wondered about OpenID too, but is that moving toward everyone having a verified on-line identity?
1231  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 16, 2008, 09:17:20 PM
Two other criticisms I have:

  • They are always western alphabet/number biased
  • They often have mixtures of numbers, upper and lower case characters. When you see, for example, 'l' is it the number one, the lower case L or the upper case i ??? Same goes for 'o' ?

Both equally valid. I run b2Evolution as my blogging software and its Captcha implementation includes the ability to define the font and characters used. So, if my blog was mainly for non-western people I could choose a corresponding font.

Choosing the characters means that you could simply have A-Z, or A-Z + a-z, etc. Choosing the font makes a big difference when comparing upper case i and lower case l as well.

I'm not sure how much tweeking can be had with the larger blog sites?
1232  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 16, 2008, 09:12:19 PM
It is particularly annoying that they are creeping into generic forums that are widely used - surely developers of popular products should be aware of accessibility issues!

The balancing act they are walking is trying to allow as easy commenting as possible but exclude the machine generated spam (which can be huge and can cripple sites).

One alternative is to only open your site/forum to members, but this will rule out the casual commenter, which most people don't want to do.

1233  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Who else is sick of difficult word verifications on the web? on: March 16, 2008, 08:48:03 PM
They are a pain for sure.

On most Captcha you should have a button to re-render the image, which I'm often using to get one that I can read OK.

Of note on Wikipedia are their Critisms of Captcha:
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As systems owners make it more difficult for computers to interpret the characters on the CAPTCHA, many humans also find it hard to read the characters and often get stuck in a 'loop' until they enter the correct letters. This has led to three recommendations:

1) The CAPTCHA should be no longer than 6 characters
2) The letter O and the number 0 should not be required (which causes confusion).
3) CAPTCHA surrounds (pixels added arround the numbers or letters to prevent computers from interpreting the characters) should not resemble letters or part-letters.
1234  News and Reviews / Best Dialog Extender / Re: Revisiting (XfilesDialog, File-Ex, Direct Folders) on: March 14, 2008, 08:25:43 PM
CFDButton is nice, but it's lacking several features.

ChalkTrauma did say that he'd be willing to add suggestions, maybe you should enumerate them?

Maybe it might even fill this gap:
or inspire someone (here?) to programme something (even) better ?

 undecided
1235  Special User Sections / GOE 2007 Challenge Downloads / Re: CFDButton - GOE Challenge 2007 Entry on: March 14, 2008, 08:24:55 PM
@Perry Mowbray: I was able to make the runtime work locally by including the manifest in the install, so if you download the portable install now, it should work without needing to install the runtime.

I also created a new install for people who want the runtime local to the app and not installed SxS in system32, as MS would have you do it smiley

Let me know if you see any problems...

Should have replied here before... sorry... absolutely not problems now  Thmbsup
1236  News and Reviews / Best Dialog Extender / Re: Revisiting (XfilesDialog, File-Ex, Direct Folders) on: March 13, 2008, 10:32:15 PM
Thanks for the props Perry...  cheesy

 Wink Couldn't help it: I love it!!  Thmbsup

I work mostly off a portable drive

Which is why I use CFDButton (otherwise I'd never have it at work  mad)
1237  News and Reviews / Best Dialog Extender / Re: Revisiting (XfilesDialog, File-Ex, Direct Folders) on: March 13, 2008, 08:41:15 PM
Have you tried CFDButton (which was a GOE 2007 entry)?

It's what I'm using at the moment: simple and great. Doesn't do Office, so I'm wondering if it'll have issues with AutoCAD as well??
1238  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Best program to manage information collections? on: February 25, 2008, 06:04:53 AM
I, like tomos and most people here, use a few different applications, probably depending on what I'm trying to store.

What's missing, at least for me, are the links between the disparate systems.

Some, like SurfuLater and ToDoList, offer the ability to link to items within their data with special urls (what are they called again?): at least that functionally gets you from one to the other...
1239  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 11:27:10 PM
Today must be my day for senior moments.   embarassed

Perry, I checked my default email client and it was set to Outlook.  I changed it and it works like a champ!

Not necessarily...

Today Windows Firewall turned itself on all by itself (I've used ZoneAlarm for years)  huh

 Thmbsup Glad it's all fixed!
1240  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: subline text: some innovative text editor! on: February 01, 2008, 09:28:11 PM
it's $59; a bit expensive for a notepad replacement smiley

Well, Windows is a bit expensive for a Linux replacement.  tongue

 cheesy cheesy cheesy cheesy
1241  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Let's Bundle Our Orders For Software995 Toolset on: February 01, 2008, 09:30:26 AM
My interest goes up with the number of people interested  Wink

Is that nearly 3 then?

Question: Is UltraPDF as standard standard or a 995 standard only? I wasn't sure when they mentioned Office viewers  undecided
1242  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 09:01:31 AM
I also love the Roll-up / Roll-down as standard option in the window  Kiss
1243  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DC User's Resource - Phase I (Interest survey - Please post comments) on: February 01, 2008, 08:59:16 AM
The actual framework should probably by different for different subject types, but thinking about software reviews/experiences/comments, I've always thought that an organisation that:

1. Separated the software into Categories and/or SubCategories
2. Had an "article" that gave an overview and collated results of Member Reviews (a bit more Wiki-like that could be co-authored)
3. Member Reviews (or Mini-Reviews) as its children, which should also include some standard Review items (Synopsis, Score, Conclusion for example)
4. Comments/Experiences can be posted about the software against the Review/Mini-Review
5. Members can vote for various aspects

So for example we had the Category: Productivity Software / Text Editors. And imagine that there were 10 reviews of 7 applications.

The main Text Editor article would present the standard scores and findings of the reviews (maybe Averaging the multiple values) and include Synopsis and Conclusion from the reviews. As reviews are updated and more done, the main Article is updated as required (maybe old reviews are dropped off as they are not appropriate for newer versions?). Comments about the Reviews and experiences of other users are added to the Reviews (much like the Mini-Reviews are now).

For software I'd love to see a Poll like counter that members could post that they use the software, and/or it's their main application for that class.

All well and good  undecided but the main point in what I'm saying is that I think having a little more organisation, structure and co-authoring would help develop and present the wealth of talent and experience we have here.  Thmbsup  Thmbsup
1244  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Bits Du Jour and GAOTD one-day deals on: February 01, 2008, 08:33:46 AM
Still sounds like a good idea to me, Steven (and that's exactly how I understood your original post)  Thmbsup

+1 Still sounds sensible to separate short term and longer term specials  Thmbsup
1245  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Word processors, wikis and other tools for writing business reports on: February 01, 2008, 08:23:00 AM
Difficult to answer as I'm in a state of flux at the moment (because of the advent of WikidPad), moving from mainly Word Processing to mainly Wiki -> WP.

But as an example, the one I've just about finished is the basis of a Testing Plan for some software integration we're doing at work.

Because the whole thing is pretty convoluted (and I wanted to play Wink ) I used WikidPad.

The process started by just collecting the foundational information, requirements and other data, then linking all the base information together. Then I started writing the plan, linking to data, requirements, etc as it fit; in a similar manner to the little wink I posted in the WikidPad Review.

I added issue and track tags to mark what needed testing and what the results should be. Used attributes to mark certain pages. Reusing Insertions was of great benefit (Insertions in WikidPad are like Included Text, some page that can be re-used in another page)

When I had done all I could in WikiPad I exported it to HTML and posted it for comment from my peers.

Once it gets the green light it will need to migrate to an environment where the actual testing data can be collected and collated.

But overall I was pretty impressed with how the Wiki performed in enabling me to marshal my thoughts. The process going from bare bones (which is what I think you really meant by "outline") to detailed was very smooth. But as was mentioned elsewhere, Wikis really come into their own when there is a lot of previous material that can serendipitously finds its way into your pages because of the Wiki Linking system.
1246  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 07:52:48 AM
@Perry, repeat continuously works nicely Thmbsup -
I did like the warning in imagine but can imagine that [in imagine Grin] getting annoying too

I'd think (I resisted the temptation   Wink ) that you can define that behaviour. You can in irfanView.
1247  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 07:46:35 AM
I feel dumb... You're right, that works. (unfortunatelly, opera won't accept it, though, but no problem smiley).

 embarassed No, I meant my question was probably dumb... but glad it works. [Opera won't work with a standard OS setting??]

Ok, so i just found out another interesting thing!
I mentioned about moving the image when out of full-screen: that can be done with right-button drag! smart cheesy

 thumbs up I just accidentally found that too  cheesy
what I miss in most viewers is the option to zoom into a selected area of image
Oh, but MaxView won't let you down on that! Try pressing ctrl and dragging with left button! cheesy

Great  Thmbsup Thanks! I read it on the website, but it didn't seem to be working (don't ask me, it's OK now)..
1248  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 07:34:50 AM
what I miss straight away in Faststone (compared to imagine) is that it wont go from last file in folder back to first ("Jump to the first file?" box pops up)

Hmmm: I don't get that happening? I can keep scrolling through all the folder's images continuously going from last back to first, etc.

Try the "Repeat Continuously" toggle. I couldn't find any documentation, but that seems to do the trick:

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also miss the modifiable shortcuts..

I agree! In this day and age, it all should be configurable...

what I miss in most viewers is the option to zoom into a selected area of image

IrfanView zooms like this and it is very handy to get to a particular spot at a high zoom quickly.

I like the pan in MaxView though...
1249  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 07:12:32 AM
I just downloaded this program.  It is much faster than the windows default viewer.  Is there anyway that I setup Thunderbird as my mail client instead of Outlook?  The software defaults to Outlook and I added Thunderbird as an external program but that didn't help either.

Probably a dumb question, but you have set up the default email client correctly? The following works for me...
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1250  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: FastStone MaxView Mini-Review on: February 01, 2008, 06:55:00 AM
Maybe we all should send an email (as a more realistic indication of the functions support)  cheesy
Grin I already sent mine, and pointed the developer to this thread.
Let's not annoy him to death (or he might get mad at us and not implement it tongue), but get the max people to post here supporting his software instead!

I'll bet you that this approach will get a better result (not to say about the warm feeling inside for the developer Wink )

You could be right: I guess it depends on how the developer deals with bugs/requests. I would have thought that a new email about an issue was an indication of the level of need. But I'd hate to annoy him to death...

BTW: My version emails out of Thunderbird just fine
  undecided ... so I didn't send my email anyway  cheesy
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