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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: dream phone on: May 31, 2015, 06:23:10 PM
Excellent and well priced 3GB phone with Dual-SIM Dual-standby:

http://www.kimovil.com/en...e-to-buy-ecoo-e0416gb-3gb

Dual-SIM dual standby *may* do what you want.

You will be able to have GPS while having any of your SIM cards engaged, since GPS is independent (as already explained by another poster) and will even work in airplane mode.

On DS standby while you are *engaged* on one SIM card (voice, there are different schemes that deal with data) the other SIM card goes into standby mode, i.e. no incoming SMS or calls or data.

While you are on a phone call with one SIM, in most cases you will not be able to receive an SMS on the SIM card, but you *will* receive any SMS sent to you while you were on that call as soon as you hang up (on DS dual standby), since the provider buffers the SMS and sends it once the SIM card is available again. Some Dual SIM Dual Standby schemes may work slightly different.

Here is a phone with Dual SIM dual active (be careful, different model versions and different features, some may only have Dual SIM dual standby):

http://www.asus.com/Phones/ZenFone_2_ZE551ML/
2  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Softmaker Office: **90%+** Discount!!!! Offer Expires Feb5 6pm(?) EST on: May 29, 2015, 03:01:37 PM
Does anybody know if one has bought in February, can one upgrade to SM Office 2016 for free?
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 01:21:27 PM
Actually it's very funny:

The 5th entry on your duckduckgo search above is this thread I just opened today. Hahaha

But I tried a similar search before and all the results are only drivers when you scrutinize them closer.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:48:59 PM
People need to do that when those who answer questions do not answer as per the original requirements:

"Does anyone know of a good, free software for my Agere based LSI USB modem?"

smiley
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 12:09:08 PM
I am using my own router for incoming faxes.

But for outgoing I would prefer a free software solution.

Doesn't anybody know a free fax software?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 09:32:32 AM
Thanks for the suggestion.

Won't work for me. I live on several continents. I need software only functionality.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Fax Software on: May 05, 2015, 08:26:47 AM
I am really sick of Windows Fax and Scan.

I cannot send a fax because of some write protection BS message. And it has always been a huge hassel.

I used to be a very happy user of Winfax, before Symantec bought it.

Does anyone know of a good, free software for my Agere based LSI USB modem?

I only use it like once every couple of years, but if I do, I need to send some important documents quickly without fuss.
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SoftMaker (makers of SoftOffice) moving away from eM Client to Thunderbird on: March 19, 2015, 12:31:19 PM
OT to Martin of Softmaker:

I bought your SoftOffice suite a few weeks ago, but quit using it because your spreadsheet does not have a function wizard feature.

Do you have plans to include it in the 2016 version?
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SoftMaker (makers of SoftOffice) moving away from eM Client to Thunderbird on: March 17, 2015, 05:42:59 AM
I wonder if all their enhancements to Thunderbird will also be freely available (and where)?
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 04, 2015, 09:33:57 AM
Here

http://www.idealo.co.uk/c...sultlist.sortKey=minPrice

you'll find a nice selection of 14 inch notebooks...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 04, 2015, 09:17:38 AM
I know, that's why I have a Lenovo Thinkpad SL410 with a 14 in screen. It was a great deal and it has been very good.

14 inch screensize I found optimal for travelling - you can even watch a movie and won't strain your eyes too much when reading or working. But when I am somewhere for a few months I always buy a monitor and then use the Thinkpad as a desktop with the monitor plugged into the HDMI port.
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 03, 2015, 09:57:36 AM
And BTW I am not from the North American continent LOL
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 03, 2015, 06:35:15 AM
The store above selling the Onda ships worldwide for that price directly from China smiley.

That's why I noted, that this is a "reputable" shop, where people have had good experiences, so you have some assurance that you can buy from it (hint: with 45 days Paypal buyers assurance).

But if you think that you want some services not available from an out of country shop, then obviously you must look elsewhere.

The keyboard is extra and not yet available and probably will not be as good as the Acer keyboard IMHO.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A first look at the Windows 10 universal app platform on: March 02, 2015, 11:52:54 PM
Just now I read this article:

http://infrastructuretech...d-simplicity-empowerment/

which describes Windows 10 as

"Microsoft’s next big shift is to move all Windows users to a common, cloud-delivered operating system".

I am wondering if it wouldn't be better to remain with Windows 7 (which I use) or 8.1, because I don't want to use the cloud - period.

I want all my information and preferences to stay on my local device, f.e. I have disabled all syncing in Android and use Xprivacy so that apps do not have access to my private contacts etc. information.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: A first look at the Windows 10 universal app platform on: March 02, 2015, 11:25:55 PM
Mmmhh, I just wrote in this thread before I saw your post:

"I think Windows will gain ground in the tablet and phone market big times. Maybe we'll get a deja vu of the netbook development: The first ones came out with a specially adapted Linux distro, then Windows seriously started entering the game and within a short time you could barely even find the Linux ones. We'll see...

People report good things about the Win 8.1 on tablets though, and I think Win 10 will clinch the deal and Android's dominance will abate a bit. MS gives out the Win 8.1 Bing for tablets version almost free, so there is no more cost advantage for Android, but you'll get a task centered highly usable Win operating system with nearly seamless usability from desktop PC to notebook to tablet to phone.

I think it may work out for MS that way ...  undecided (and I am writing this even though I am a big fan of Android)

Now the small investment with which one can obtain Android apps could work against it: My 100+ Dollar investment in apps versus the 10,000+ $ investment in software in the last thirty years won't be too much of an incentive to stay with Android (but it would be a strong discouragement to change to anything Apple)."

Now let's just hope that MS doesn't muck up this thing by continuing their privacy violation policy.

Then Windows 10 could become a usable cross hardware platform OS which people can trust and use on any device with a minimal learning curve.
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 02, 2015, 10:37:45 PM
If you go to the monitor section of the Screen Calculator you'll see that most monitors have around 90 ppi, a Full HD 1920 x 1080 24 inch - which is todays most commonly used external viewing device - has 92 ppi.

Your lower two devices have around 150 and the top one 224 ppi.

In order to make fonts and graphic elements visible, the manufacturers usually scale up the dpi by 120 or 130% in these small devices.

I have had an 8 inch Onda and currently use a 10.1 inch Pipo Max M9.

I always wish the screen would be bigger to reduce eye strain and therefore I am now eyeing an 11.6 inch Onda Vii6W dual boot (Android/Win8.1) tablet with keyboard.

(The link above is for a reputable dealer)

But really I would wish for a 13 inch tablet Wink. I feel no pressure and can wait for a few months. These new dual boot puppies are quite hot right now and will be a big game changer, I think.

I think Windows will gain ground in the tablet and phone market big times. Maybe we'll get a deja vu of the netbook development: The first ones came out with a specially adapted Linux distro, then Windows seriously started entering the game and within a short time you could barely even find the Linux ones. We'll see...

People report good things about the Win 8.1 on tablets though, and I think Win 10 will clinch the deal and Android's dominance will abate a bit. MS gives out the Win 8.1 Bing for tablets version almost free, so there is no more cost advantage for Android, but you'll get a task centered highly usable Win operating system with nearly seamless usability from desktop PC to notebook to tablet to phone.

I think it may work out for MS that way ... undecided (and I am writing this even though I am a big fan of Android)

Now the small investment with which one can obtain Android apps could work against it: My 100+ Dollar investment in apps versus the 10,000+ $ investment in software in the last thirty years won't be too much of an incentive to stay with Android (but it would be a strong discouragement to change to anything Apple).
17  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Screen Calculator: Monitor, Mobile & Notebook PPI and Screen Size Spreadsheet on: March 02, 2015, 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.
18  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.
19  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
20  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
21  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.
22  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
23  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.
24  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!
25  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.
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