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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: InfoQube & TreeSheets: Information managers of the future on: August 24, 2011, 10:37:57 PM
OK, I'm understanding something better now.  What is so unique about InfoQube is that the outlining is the primary feature.  All of these things (except treesheets) can be considered hierarchy style, 2-pane outliners or notetakers.  Most of these, including RightNote, organize your note titles in an OUTLINE on the side, but the main content is the guts of that note.  InfoQube does this very differently.  For InfoQube, the main content is the OUTLINE, and the stuff that goes inside each note is not as prominent (it would be the HTML pane).

Usually the terminology used to differentiate these different systems is : one-pane, two-panes and hybrid. See the wikipedia article on outliners. But there can be also 3 panes outliners, and maybe others...

In any case there's this old post by Pierre where he describes all these different systems

In fact, InfoQube is pretty hybrid as you can use it as a 2 panes or a 1 pane, depending on your needs. I personally use it more a one pane outliner, but some users use the outline purely for structure and the HTML pane ("rich text" editor) for content -- that is also perfectly possible. I tend to use the HTML/"rich text" pane for external sources/web-clipping, and sometimes when I need complex formatting (tables, etc.); but I'm mostly working directly in the outline.

As Wikipedia correctly states, each system has its drawbacks and so going hybrid allows one to get the best of both world (depending on the task at hand).

There are not that many hybrid solutions out there. Of the top of my head : Ecco can be quite hybrid with an addon, then there's OmniOutliner for Mac and MyInfo. Probably others like MaxThink or org-mode, which are hard to classify. Anyway...  smiley
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Undervolting -- my hands are thanking me on: August 22, 2011, 12:20:10 PM
Glad I'm not just rehashing something dull and already too well known.

Undervolting is so safe that it should be tried if you have a bit of time...

I should add that after undervolting, I also dismantled my laptop and cleaned the ventilation system. This also helped bringing down the temperature upper limit my CPU was reaching when left at 100% for a while. Why ? simply because, when Idle the CPU doesn't need as much ventilation, but when used at max capacity it needs a good airflow to be cooled down, even if undervolted, of course. Dust was the second culprit in my case.

... the 1h30 to understand undervolting + 45min to clean my laptop was some well spent time.  smiley

Your mileage may vary... It seems that I'm lucky to have such a drastic reduction in temperature. A reduction of 8-10C seems to be pretty common though and it does make a "feelable" difference. Not to mention the slightly extended battery life (both in terms of "how long will I be able to work on single charge" and "how long will my battery lasts until I need a new one"... Since heat degrades batteries.) AND the noise reduction. This last aspect makes the operation interesting for desktop computers too.
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Implement features that are known to be loved in other programs, on your own on: August 21, 2011, 10:59:46 PM
Independently of how hard it is, I'm still surprised that softwave dev. is not more 'darwinian'. It takes a long time for innovations to reach all competitors.

Actually, in a way it all seems very Darwinian to me. Look around you : single-celled species, algae, sponges, etc., many insects and some animals like crabs and turtles, IIRC, which were already here hundreds of millions years ago. They're still unchanged, happily humming along and completely part of our ecosystem.  Why ? simply because, somehow, "something's enough" and they don't need to change, adapt. Some balance (users' requests / programmer's resources / complexity .... see Wraith's post) has been achieved.

Cultural changes/evolutions is also interesting to look at. Take some cultural/societal systems as basic and fundamental as women rights and democracy. We might see "equal rights of men and women" as a given, but... For women rights we had to wait for the 19th century for the beginning of it, and then it was a rather slow process... In the 21st century it's still not "implemented" everywhere. Same for democracy, but the process is even longer... Yes, sure, we're getting there.

So that said, isn't it quite understandable (and normal) to witness various "application/program species" coexist, and even in the same "historicotechnological" context?
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: TreeSheets - an interesting and innovative note taker (freeware) on: August 21, 2011, 06:55:21 PM
MyBase: I remember Josh chose MyBase after careful examination. I’m sure it’s worth a look.

Just a note about InfoQube as I almost know it inside out. Yes, the fields are very customizable and not just in terms of names and types (date-time, number, string, boolean), but in many other ways which would be too long to enumerate here.

But it’s not just about the fields, it’s also about items:

1- items (entries in the DB) aren’t fundamentally tied to a specific grid, data type etc. (i.e.: an item can be at the same time a calendar event, a task and a book reference),

2- items are all “equal” and somewhat “autonomous” (i.e.: an item can be a child of another specific item in a grid, the child of another one in yet another grid, and also be a top level item in another one, etc.)

And then there’s the flexibility of the grids (not to mention gantt charts, pivot tables/charts, calendar, and maps), which are almost as customizable as fields and aren't "containers" but just ways of displaying what's inside the DB. What appears in grids is conditioned by filters (i.e.: erasing a grid doesn't do anything to your items).

Of course, grid flexibility is something we grew accustomed to... But in IQ it is usually even more flexible then other PIM software using grids.

… These make data management quite flexible. Too flexible for some, of course, but ideal for others.

That flexibility allows me to use IQ to manage data for incredibly different purposes, ranging from finances to simple web-clipping.
180  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Undervolting -- my hands are thanking me on: August 21, 2011, 02:18:06 PM
I hope it's easy to revert, come the winter  Grin

Haha! Yes... It's easy to revert. And, true actually... when winter comes, laptop heat can actually be welcome!  smiley
During Montreal summer though, it's another story, completely. onfire
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Undervolting -- my hands are thanking me on: August 20, 2011, 10:37:55 PM
Nothing special here. Don't laugh. But I need to share my joy.
For some reasons the last time I tried undervolting my laptop's CPU, it didn't work. I must have done something wrong (didn't have any guide). I'm really glad I tried again.

I tried to "undervolt" my laptop's CPU 2 days ago and... Success ! My CPU "idle" (well, semi-idle...) temp went from 60-65C to 40-45C. A whopping 20C. It's super stable (tested it with Orthos, prime95 and just did a lot video rendering) and I don't feel like I'm slowly cooking my hands anymore...

Not only that, but I also gained some extra "battery life" and a barely audible fansmiley

I followed these 2 forum posts, mainly (plus a few other more technical articles). My first setup took me 1h30 total (reading the articles, setting the apps up, testing for 45 min.):


The apps you're going to need :
RM Clock Utility

182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any XML gui tools out there? on: August 20, 2011, 08:20:37 PM
Ah well... It was a bit too good to be true...  cheesy
Still a great little app though. But now 125$... Which is okay if you use it for work, for sure.

Basically license says that :

If you obtained a valid license key from Symbol Click Software or an authorized reseller, your name is the same as the Licensed To field, then you may install and use the software in the specified number of users.

Each user is either (but not both):

    One to five computers used primarily by a single person.
    A single computer used non-simultaneously by multiple people while physically present at the computer.
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Any XML gui tools out there? on: August 20, 2011, 08:09:11 PM
[WARNING: OLD THREAD -- I thought it would be better to post these news here though instead of creating a new thread.]

Xml marker v.2 now available !

It's greater and it's still free !  Thmbsup

[OOOPS... No it isn't I'll check the lincense more closely, and come back...  Sad

It has almost all features I need for my everyday work with XML. It's light and speedy too.

New features:

  • Unicode: Able to read, write and display Unicode. Supported encodings are UTF8 and UTF16.
  •    Json! Use XML Marker to browse and edit Json files.
  •    Plain text. Use XML Marker as a simple editor with no syntax highlighting and no navigation.
  •    Non-collapsing: Editing in the text view will not clear your tree and table selection.
  •    Bookmarks: Set bookmarks in text, tree and table views. Use CTRL+F2 to set a new bookmark, and F2 to cycle.
  •    Branch selector: a text box to see and set the currently selected element using a simple syntax.
  •    Faster and requires less memory.
  •    More informative grid: Tags with attributes and a single text will now show the single text rather than the tag name.
  •    The grid can now edit tag names (works only on the first column)
  •    Grid editing checks the validity of the entered test.
  •    Better synchronization and better undo redo
  •    Bug fix: hangs when replacing s1 with s2 where s1 is a substring of s2.
  •    Scroll wheel on the tree view can be set to scroll rather than to change tree selection. look at the options/scroll wheel changes tree selection
  •    The selected row is highlighted in the grid.
  •    CTRL+End and CTRL+Home respectively goes to the beginning and the end of the document
  •    Line numbers and grid row numbers
  •    Lines longer than 2000 character are wrapped (nothing changes in the data itself)
  •    When the current document changes due to external program. XML marker shows a message box with a reload option.
  •    Bug fix: different scroll amount for the up and down scroll arrows.
  •    Reparse all command (F7)
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 11, 2011, 10:34:18 AM
For me file it under layered security practice. The obscurity layer, granted not the best...but still worth using. Just because the information can be put together doesn't mean it needs to be prepackaged, preassembled, and printed on a T-shirt with a freaking bow on top. Make'em work for it. Wink

Exactly how I see it. I.e.: Anybody who really wants to know who is Armando and where he lives will probably be able to. However, it won't be readily available. It's wise to separate the various facets of your identity with various pseudo, scramble paths a bit for those who aren't necessarily your friends -- not that I have any enemies...
185  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: July 08, 2011, 12:58:45 PM
Thanks for your help with this.  I'm going to try to set it up tomorrow.

Hey Wraith808, I know it's been a while but... Do you finally use that set up or are you using some other strategy ?
186  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: July 08, 2011, 12:57:12 PM
Some SmartGit feeback...
I've been using it a lot more more since the end of May and I can say it's been extremely stable, reliable and easy to work with. It's a really good product. I'm starting to forget how to use the command line now...

Plus, as you noticed, the developer even dropped by to say hi and discuss criticisms and feature/modifications requests.  thumbs up

Highly recommended.


One thing I wish I could do sometimes, and I still use Tortoise Git for that : in the log window, I'd like to be able to select a bunch of commits and copy each of them in a list with their full message (context menu and/or maybe Ctrl+Shift+c by default).

Ctrl+c (copy) already copies the selected list, showing  dates and the first line of each commit, but it would be nice to be able to do the same but with the whole message content for each entry/commit.

EDIT : One other small thing... "Commit" dialog (ctrl+k) : unless I'm mistaken, apart from hitting tab 2 times when in the commit dialog, there doesn't seem to be a way to hit the "commit" button directly. It would be logical to press alt+c maybe, or just enter. Note that since the commit message is preselected and has the focus, pressing enter clears it! fortunately a ctrl+z will restore it but it can be surprising...
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SpiderOak - very nice people =) on: July 07, 2011, 10:07:21 PM
Well, my problem is/was... performance (as I mentioned in a previous post). I often used it to sync tasks lists + other very small files I wanted to access  on the go and having to wait a long time to have access to those is maddening.

I also experienced a situation where the queue appeared to be completely jammed and nothing got saved for days, without any warning!! At that point I just stopped using it, feeling that it wasn't reliable enough for my code backup.

I'm still trying to find something as speedy and "reliable" as Dropbox... but with some actual security preoccupations.
188  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: User Variable value limit and Timer plugin problem on: July 05, 2011, 03:05:38 PM
The [ExtraSettings] section contains the longest string here.  smiley And ini files have a certain numbers of restrictions, like key text values length limit etc. I don't have the time to invvestigate now but it could something related...
189  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: User Variable value limit and Timer plugin problem on: July 05, 2011, 01:13:02 PM
Do you guys get the JSON parser error I was getting?
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 01, 2011, 12:46:33 AM
Well Goobook has something sticky and slimy to it commanding cautiousness.
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Google+ on: July 01, 2011, 12:27:38 AM
Google+ is kind of an odd name for this product though. It makes it sound like it's an improved version of Google (the search engine). Possible alternatives:



Sorry to keep spamming this thread. tongue

- Oshyan

I thought up a terrible one before...


cheesy tongue

Goobook ?
192  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: June 26, 2011, 05:42:59 PM
Thanks for that summary. I agree with those preferences.
And let's not forget that too:

Ctrl+Shift+left, Ctrl+Shift+Right  : move the cursor one word forward/back and select the text
193  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: June 26, 2011, 01:25:40 PM
- Ctrl+Left or Alt+Left, Ctrl+Right or Alt+Right, to either delete last word/subdir OR  autocomplete, doesn't work anymore
Hmmm...I thought Ctrl+Left / Ctrl+Right were for move cursor to beginning of previous word / next word.  That's what I'd expect, though I'm not sure what they used to do.

I'm not sure what Alt+Left and Alt+Right did previously.  FWIW, these don't seem to do anything for me in Notepad or Wordpad.  In Internet Explorer's location field, they seem to lead to the backward / forward page behavior.

Just to clarify, this is from the farr help file:

Ctrl+Left or Alt+Left, Ctrl+Backspace
 Delete last word (or subdir) in search edit box
Tab or Ctrl+Right or Alt+Right
 Autocomplete subdirectory in search edit box

194  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: June 25, 2011, 11:13:56 PM
it's pretty much a standard behaviour in modern text processors and one expects it, so they  probably should...
At the same time, if they don't, it's not a big deal : ctrl+backspace allows one to obtain the same results + quicker : delete full words. Full words selection in farr is probably mostly used for deletion/substitution, but some might use it in cut/copy/paste operations... [Edit: that said... I don't know ! The only thing I know is that I tend to expect it...)
195  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: June 25, 2011, 10:56:57 PM
i may have broken some things in adding standard hotkeys for alt+left+right.

ctrl+Backspace is for deleting the last word, tab should autocomplete.

can others chime in here?

Thanks Chris and mouser. Yes, I should've mentioned that ctrl+Backspace and tab still work. It's the other key combinations that don't.

(Just to restate: I used to use alt+left/right to delete/autocomplete and those don't work anymore. And as cranio said, "Ctrl+Shift-LEFT or RIGHT jumps by word but doesn't select".)
196  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Some shortcut keys don't work anymore. on: June 25, 2011, 05:07:18 PM
It might be something in my setup -- as nobody complained -- but :

- Ctrl+Left or Alt+Left, Ctrl+Right or Alt+Right, to either delete last word/subdir OR  autocomplete, doesn't work anymore
- Also, Ctrl+Shift+Left Ctrl+Shift+Right, for word selection don't work either.

... They used to work and noticed they didn't a few days go. My cursor just moves from left to right or the reverse.

Any ideas ?

197  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: In search of an alternative to InfoSelect ... on: June 22, 2011, 08:39:53 PM
The subject of the perfect information management software can be discussed endlessly and yet... No magic formula will emerge for at least 3 terribly banal and cliché reasons : users' needs are often different, users come/are from/in various contexts, users possess various degree of geekiness... That's why you'll have people immensely enjoying Compendium while others will find that TiddlyWiki or oldish Ecco are the best things since slice bread... While I'll just be left scratching my head  tellme

As far as the original requirements were... I'm not sure why Barney didn't explore OneNote more (jimdoria's heartfelt suggestion) as, really, it seems to fit the bill almost perfectly. Not to mention that it's sexy and does what it does really well.

- allow drag and drop from almost any other application : CHECK
- record the URL of the drag and drop origin if a URL, or the title bar if a non-Web application : CHECK
- record the date (and time?) of any drag and drop operation : CHECK (last modified date, at least... IIRC, a while ago)
- include images along with text in any drag and drop operation : CHECK
- allow creation of individual notes interactively: CHECK (well... I have to admit I'm not sure exactly what that means... But if does mean what I think it does : CHECK...  smiley)
- allow - but not require - a tree/outline structure (in order to pre-classify note or drag and drop entities): CHECK (but OneNote isn't a pure outliner)

+ one million other things.

So, apart for the last element, maybe, OneNote seems to be a winner -- well I admit that I haven't tested Zoot 32 (not enough time).

And, of course most of you know I use InfoQube for everything data related (or almost), with its current imperfections. But I'd be very surprised if it fitted the bill here. Yet, apart for "recording the URL of the drag and drop origin" stuff (which could probably easily be done), it does everything mentioned above. Like I said : it boils down to one's needs, level of geekiness and usage context...
198  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: June 22, 2011, 06:36:22 PM
Some great comments here !

@Josh : +1, Well thought. I agree with everything you said.

@Nod5 : I use a similar approach but with the "<" and ">" chars (I'm having issues with spaces)
< : triggers the everything plugin and I see results in farr
<> : launches everything with specific query

While I like this approach -- and I'm sure it could be kept -- it just doesn't feel integrated enough (plus... Everything doesn't have the sophisticated sorting algorithms farr has, etc.) and as such it can't constitute a true long term solution.

I really think farr would benefit from a tighter integration with some kind of index -- like Josh,  I find that good path would be NTFS Master File Table + NTFS change journal.
199  DonationCoder.com Software / Find And Run Robot / Re: FARR and Indexing Option - Feedback Requested on: June 22, 2011, 04:40:56 PM
So here is what I'm currently thinking.. I'm thinking that I will make some fairly minor changes to FARR, to allow plugins to more seamlessly do the job of replacing the normal file searching.

The Everything SDK is best suited for a first implementation.

While I think Everything is great (it's the file name search tool I use the most), I wonder about its development. Doesn't seem too active. But then, it's probably still the best tool, all things considered (resources used, speed, etc.).

So I was thinking of basically providing the same functionality as the other great Everything plugins that have already been written for FARR, except that you would be able to tell FARR to basically use the plugin to do all normal file searching, rather than having to use an explicit alias to trigger the search.

I like that.^

I do think what valid question is:  If you have the Everything tool running, and just one click away, why not use that instead of FARR when you want to search for documents (as opposed to start menu items)..

I use both**, but  prefer to just use Farr when it's only for quick launching.

**Right now, the main reason why I'll often switch to the Everything interface is because of the wrong "diacritical marks" display : all Everything results containing accents/diacriticals aren't displayed properly in Farr. That could most probably be fixed since those are displayed correctly when I'm not using the everything plugin...
The other reason I sometimes switch to the Everything interface is to be able to sort by dates, something I wish Farr was able to do.

Maybe I should focus on adding whatever i need to add to farr to allow a plugin to seamlessly take over file system searching, and then let others write specific plugins for Everything, Locate, Windows Desktop Search, that will do the actual work.

I like that option too.

However, if that path is chosen, maybe one of the more mature plugins should be installed by default. New users could then experience Farr in all its greatness without having to hunt for plugins.  Maybe the "Windows Desktop Search" plugin would be the most suitable -- not my personal fav (still a bit unstable here...) but it might be the most used (installed by default in recent Windows flavours).
200  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Superboyac's backup strategy revisited (revised for 2011) on: June 21, 2011, 10:54:02 PM
You could still test it though. But test it in a realistic setup, with databases and other bigger files. This is where the problems started -- versions pile up and take a huge amount of hard drive space. And then it's not that intuitive to get rid of versions etc. Well, it wasn't... Don't know if it is now.

I'll just quote J-MAC from the other thread (I hope he doesn't mind...) :

Also it has difficulties - big difficulties - deleting old backups. My backup storage grew a little too big too fast for my liking so I wanted to reduce its size. If you delete the oldest backups from within Oops it slows to a crawl. E.g., deleting less than a week's worth of backups Oops took over 20 minutes just to select the old backups! Then a couple hours - running at 75 to 85% CPU trying to delete them. It was unresponsive for so long I finally gave up and killed the process - and the service, too - and then just went into DOpus and manually deleted the files and folders. Manually. Took all of < 1 minute.

Then last night I noticed that the Oops storage area had increased by an additional 145 GB! I found a folder named "Recovered Files" in the Oops Profile folder. Why? I don’t know yet. I deleted that too.

It just doesn’t act like most other backup programs I have used, and it doesn’t allow you to freely change, delete, pause, etc.; all features that Altaro really needs to implement in order to make it a usable product IMO. I'm awaiting the next reply from support to see what I do from here.

Personally, I like having as much control as I can... At least in that area of my life.  smiley
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