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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: Today at 01:55:10 PM
Hi Tomos -

my pleasure smiley

Please note that 1,778 is 16 : 9, so 1,779 : 1 is almost 16 : 9. That means this model will be slightly longer yet slimmer than the other two.

This may be useful when you want to read in landscape mode.
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 01, 2015, 02:57:07 PM
I made it in Libre Office and Libre as well as Softmaker had no complaints.

But that doesn't mean anything, of course...

After all it is Excel's own format, so it has a right to complain smiley.

Glad you liked it. Every few years I need to make a decent spreadsheet, otherwise my skills are getting too rusty.
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 01, 2015, 01:12:43 PM
OK, you guys inspired me to get a version 2 out:

Version 2 has calculated Aspect Ratios, an additional Ratio column (f.e. 1,33:1, which is equivalent to 4:3) so that one can easily compare different Aspect Ratios (1:1 is square, 2:1 has one side twice as long as the other).

Furthermore I added different tabs for Smartphones, iPhones (with all iPhones), iPads (with all iPads), Tablets & E Readers (with almost all Kindles, Nooks, and some other tablets), Monitors (with many sample sizes and resolutions), and Ratios & Resolutions (with many different display resolution standards from VGA up to 4K).

There are also improvements in formating, error checking, and explanations when mouse over column headers.

I hope you will find it useful.

Format has changed to Excel 2007 and you will find the spreadsheet now here:

https://www.dropbox.com/s...creenCalculator.xlsx?dl=1

Enjoy smiley
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How To Filter Out Background Dining Hall Noise From Voice Recording? on: February 10, 2015, 07:36:04 AM
Thank you very much for your help. smiley

I was off line for almost two days since my internet was down. Sad
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / How To Filter Out Background Dining Hall Noise From Voice Recording? on: February 08, 2015, 04:33:23 AM
Hi,

I just recorded an important conversation with a professor specializing in brain waves and it was in a busy dining hall with a lot of people talking in the background and is therefore difficult to listen to.

Could you recommend a software (if possible for free) that can filter out the background conversations and make the conversation more easily understandable?

Thanks.
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: February 08, 2015, 03:22:18 AM
Thank you for your kind words. smiley
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: February 06, 2015, 02:03:24 PM
Update to version 1.2:

Many sample screen sizes included
Calculation of Aspect Ratio
Improved formatting
Short explanations

Really great to compare screens with different sizes and aspect ratios.

F.e. I was really surprised about the screen area of the 800x600 Nook Simple Touch with 4 : 3 aspect ratio.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: February 05, 2015, 05:50:42 AM
Hi,

I just whipped up a spreadsheet to calculate PPI, dimensions, and size of a screen.

I uploaded it to my dropbox here, if you would like to use it:
https://www.dropbox.com/s...creenCalculator.xlsx?dl=1

Purpose is to figure out and compare the pixel densities of different monitors, notebooks, mobile phones etc and also to compare their sizes through the area and side calculations.

So now you can easily calculate how much more viewing area you have when you upgrade your mobile f.e. from a 4 inch to a 5 inch screen.

I would also like to calculate the aspect ratios, but I don't know how I can calculate the aspect ratio from the resolution.

F.e. resolution is 1920 x 1200 or 800 x 600 and how can I calculate the aspect ratio from that (obviously 4:3 on the 800 x 600 screen).

Help would be appreciated.

Thanks and enjoy!
9  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: February 05, 2015, 03:45:20 AM
I had that thought also, but I don't think so.

They probably want to sell it to you cheap now, so that they can entice some users to upgrade to 2015.

Anyway, it's a fantastic deal on its own.

I just bought it.

Also I purchased it, because I am using their so generously made free Android version, which is fantastic and can make spreadsheets work that their competitors cannot, and this way I can give something back to this developer.
10  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: February 04, 2015, 11:05:47 PM
Hi,

since Softmaker has a very special UPGRADE offer, you can get its Office software with a 90%+ discount legally TODAY only by following these steps even if right now you do not own their software (because they allow upgrades from their FreeOffice product):

1.) Go to www.freeoffice.com and click on Download and then you get a registration window, in which you should put in the information you will later purchase the upgrade with. Install the software.

2.) Go to www.softmaker.com and click on "Shop".

3.) In the "Redeem Discount Coupon" field enter "dfro".

Voila - you will see the following discounted prices for the upgrade versions (for which you are now eligible since you have FreeOffice - see step one):

Office Standard: $6.99 (Full Product $79.95 = 90%+ discount)
Office Professional $19.99 (includes more dictionaries and an Outlook clone, full product $99.95)
Office for Linux 2012 $10.99 (like windows standard, full product $79.95)

They also have like 50% discounts on some of their font packs (scroll down more).

Enjoy!
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 13, 2014, 10:14:45 AM
For wireless I found the easiest least hassle app to be SuperBeam. They also have a PC version at http://superbe.am
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 08:59:14 PM
damn.  no perfect keyboard.

Yeah I know, I bought a lot of them and always came back to SwiftKey in the end. smiley

Also you need to remember that at first any self learning keyboard that you have been working with for a while will always have an advantage in accuracy, because it already had a chance to learn your writing style.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 12, 2014, 08:57:23 PM
I also would strongly advise everybody to check out the already mentioned

My Phone Explorer (a.k.a. MPE):
http://www.fjsoft.at/en/

It is truly an amazing piece of software! Play around with it to find out all its possibilities.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 12, 2014, 08:53:28 PM
Try this:
Settings>Developer Options> Check "Allow Mock Locations" and "USB debugging"

Did Mass Storage appear?
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 12:03:26 PM
@superboyac

Really!? - my experience is the total opposite of yours and I own both Swiftkey and Swype. I found SwiftKey *much* more accurate and this compensates for the limited suggestions. SwiftKey has made KISS an art.

The trick about swyping is: Only swype relatively well known words, if you swype rarely used words or names typing is much faster.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Note-taking App with Encryption, Source Code, ... ? on: June 12, 2014, 11:57:42 AM
Try

Vault 3

on Google Play.

Should fulfill all the requirements (window program also).
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: SwiftKey goes free (but you have to pay for themes) on: June 12, 2014, 11:38:25 AM
I second Swiftkey as the best keyboard on Android.

More on SwiftKey at DO:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=36698.0
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 12, 2014, 11:36:34 AM
@ewemoa et. al.:

There is a well hidden setting in most phones/tablets that let's you switch from MTP to Mass Storage:
Settings>Storage>Menu Button (the one with the three dots top right corner)>USB Computer Connection

There are three general pieces of advice I would like to give to people with driver/connection problems:

1.) Settings>Developer Options> Check "Allow Mock Locations" and "USB debugging" if you cannot connect thru ADB
2.) Use USBDeview from www.nirsoft.net to clean up unused or not working USB driver device entries (may help with BSODs etc.)
3.) Use Moborobo from www.Moborobo.com (could possibly be borderline spyware - so watch out for yourself) which brings it's own drivers and see if you can connect (will also do the file transfer thing - just beware of my warning re. possible spyware)
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: (Wired) File Transfers from PC on: June 12, 2014, 11:21:14 AM
I use two pretty comfortable ways of file transfer:

My Phone Explorer (a.k.a. MPE):
http://www.fjsoft.at/en/

and Total Commander with the ADB plugin:
http://www.ghisler.com
http://www.totalcmd.net/plugring/android_adb.html

MPE is a really useful free tool for all windows and android users, I can heartily recommend it!
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Multilingual Input Options on: April 21, 2014, 11:06:09 AM
BTW the review of Multiling beta only covers about a third of the features of this keyboard, and I am not talking modding capabilities but useability features.
Check this plug-in out f.e. (easily missed):
https://play.google.com/s.../details?id=klye.usertext
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 20, 2014, 10:42:41 AM
Yeah, I agree, it definitely helped me to get a better understanding. The cowboy has invested a fortune in Webcams! His whole property must be plastered with them. I wouldn't be surprised if he also has a separate website for self triggering shooting devices - LOL.

The C525/B525 by Logitech he kind of lists as 2nd best, but the price is soooo much lower!

And I have killed a few webcams by packing/unpacking them, coz the stands are a bit touchy and fragile, so I was very happy to see the B525 with the nice and practical fold up design and 15% cheaper than the C525. So I think that will be the one for me.

Hopefully I won't have to wear the ugly headsets any more coz the mic will be good...

Hehehehe, I notice how my android typing style is starting to color my forum writing: On these touch screen keyboards one uses much more "coz" and "z" and "n" and "r" and "u" and "4" and "2", when chatting with friends.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Multilingual Input Options on: April 20, 2014, 10:32:13 AM
Yup, this is the one.

Nice review, BTW.

It is clear to me that all the "minor" keyboards lack the precise word prediction and swyping capabilities of the superior Swiftkey (by far the most accurate) and the contender Swype.

The reason is that these two features cost a lot of money to implement correctly: Swiftkey was co-founded by Dr Ben Medlock from Cambridge University with a doctorate in language-based artificial intelligence and now employs 100 people.

If you perceive how amazingly accurate Swiftkey sometimes predicts the following words, you know that a lot of work has been and still is being put into this prediction algorithm. On top of that Swiftkey by design only shows you a selection of three words to choose from. And don't forget: For every new language you pretty much have to start from scratch again.

I have bought Swiftkey, Swype, Minuum, and Thumb keyboards and tried numerous free ones but I always come back to Swiftkey. Though I also really like Minuum for small devices (tip: use the ABC layout in Minuum).
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 20, 2014, 10:15:29 AM
Thanks for your advice.

I think I will go for the Logitech B525, an HD cam which can be securely folded so it will survive my many travels. The B (for business) series are hardware identical to the C (for consumer) series, except that some of the fun/bloat software is missing.

However the software can be downloaded for free from Logitech's website later.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: Multilingual Input Options on: April 18, 2014, 02:47:04 PM
While I personally also find Swiftkey to be the best for pay keyboard on Android, I recently found a very good free one:

"Multiling Keyboard (new beta)" which is totally amazing, 320KB in size plus language packs so it comes in around 1MB vs. Swiftkey 16MB, no network permissions (language packs are on the Play Store), and probably the most customizable keyboard with a big number of tricks up it's sleeves (custom auto-completion of text blocks, swipe, custom keys, adjustable keyboard position, etc.)

I think this one is best for people who are concerned about privacy, since it has no network permissons.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Skype and Webcam: HD or not? on: April 18, 2014, 01:09:03 PM
Hmm, to kind of answer myself: I overlooked the point that one needs a good piece of hardware to encode and deencode the 720p HD stream.

Therefore it may make sense to get just the C170 cam.
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