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176  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 01:13:01 PM
For XP Home users, you could also enter these lines in the registry :

http://www.xiven.com/webl...ingYouRestartYourComputer

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Badge (2005-08-15 18:20:18 UTC)

For the guy with Windows XP Home...

1. Copy the text below into Notepad. Save it with a .reg extension. Open and confirm that you want to copy the data into your registry.

==>
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\WindowsUpdate\AU]
"RebootRelaunchTimeoutEnabled"=dword:00000000
"NoAutoRebootWithLoggedOnUsers"=dword:00000001
177  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / XP "Automatic Update" / "Restart Later" super annoying dialog on: September 16, 2011, 12:55:57 PM
Yes I'm still using XP.  smiley

I thought this annoyance had been discussed in the past, but i can't find it. Anyway, here are some solutions I found:

XP Automatic Update Nagging

Of both solutions proposed in the article, the second one allows more control over the dialog.

If you're on XP pro, you can just do as described in the article. If you're on XP Home, you won't be able to use the "Group policy settings" editor/dialog (what you could then do is try to hack XP by following these guidelines : Windows XP Home Edition: gpedit.msc (group policy) editing via registry . It's probably not legal though.)

What you can also use WhyReboot? to check out whether you should reboot or not.

And there's this little app that become handy : DontSleep
I don't think it's ever been reviewed here.

Anyhow. smiley
178  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 14, 2011, 10:18:25 AM
Still stuck on XP, you poor soul?

Dunno if Renegade is, but I am !  smiley
Just don't have the courage to move to win 7 (maybe will it be Win 8 for that matter...) before I buy a new laptop. Trying to use my energy and time efficiently and win XP does the job -- there's nothing for me in Win 7 that's radically different and a significant upgrade in terms of user experience, stability, ease of use, etc. It would be different if I had to buy a new laptop tomorrow. But then, maybe would I be tempted to wait for win 8... Nah.
179  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 14, 2011, 10:10:12 AM
Seems like such an early build, pre-beta. Still, Peter Bright seems pretty enthusiastic about it in Hands-on with Windows 8: A PC operating system for the tablet age
180  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: An experiment about static and dynamic type systems on: September 12, 2011, 07:40:26 PM
There seems to be a few methodological weirdnesses in this study, which wouldn't surprising as it's often the case with... studies.

However, there might something to explore there : "dynamic languages" for very small projects, statically typed ones for bigger ones. Makes sense... Maybe
181  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 07:10:21 PM
It's great if you have 2gigs of RAM... it's OK if you've got 4... above that, hibernation starts taking a bit too much time for my liking.

True. I don't have one of these super solid state Drives, but it might be better with those.
182  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 06:59:20 PM
I'm a hibernate/sleep addict too. However. yes, it really boils down to ones "work system".

I can't see myself re-opening all those windows, tabs, etc. every morning anymore... I would if I didn't have the choice, but... I do. smiley

Still, the fact that MS polishes the boot/shut down process is good. There's always a time where you need to reboot/shutdown and want it to be as fast as possible!
183  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Windows 8 Fast boot time ? Check this out... on: September 12, 2011, 12:16:35 PM
I'm not into fast boot time craziness -- I almost always hibernate or go into sleep mode.
However, this is fast.
The statistics and explanations are interesting too.

Delivering fast boot times in Windows 8

And here's the direct link to the little demo
184  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: DVCS ? on: September 12, 2011, 11:50:32 AM
Another pretty good git Article : Git Is Simpler Than You Think

The article is well written. It gets "more" interesting from the The So-Called “Object Database” section.
185  Other Software / Developer's Corner / An experiment about static and dynamic type systems on: September 09, 2011, 11:38:53 AM
Moderately interesting study. Still worth sharing.
This blog article has good comments at the bottom. [Disclaimer : I haven't read the actual study]


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186  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Apple and users' privacy on: September 09, 2011, 11:33:47 AM
 Grin Thanks guys/gals, it was all pretty entertaining.
187  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 31, 2011, 11:43:16 AM
I think it's a bit of a stretch to suggest that InfoQube is an alternative to simple flat-file list management programs such as Listpro.

I have tried a few times to become familiar with IQ, and while I admire its power, I don't think even IQ's greatest fan would describe it as simple and intuitive in the same manner as ListPro.
[...]

Of course, you're probably right. But Steven asked for an alternative addressing certain problems he has. That said, apart from the idea that IQ's grids display items in the database through filters, which IMO is a simple concept but not common enough, everything else can be ignored and IQ can simply be used to create simple lists (it's an outliner), and from there one can add complexity when the situation calls for it. But if one doesn't need any "expandability", then yes, IQ will feel like a bloated software. It's a bit (although not exactly) like wanting an alternative to notepad to be able to write chars on white page and getting MS Word instead.
188  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 31, 2011, 09:05:01 AM
Thanks for chiming in Tom.

@steven
Note that there are other ways to display fields in a grid : 1- drag & drop fields from the properties pane (view-> properties, or F4 or shift+F4) to the grid column header space, 2- right click on column header space and select "add/remove columns"
189  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 30, 2011, 08:36:51 PM
Hi,

2 things come to mind.  There should be a full web help system.  Not the internal.  Since you do not want to divert your current position to read. Not sure how strong that is.


The help file is actually a compiled CHM based on the web based help documentation.
The reason why there's also a compiled CHM is that it'S MUCH quicker.

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I created a new grid.  Added some fields to the field list (Tools-Field Properties), Check "shown" (for that grid) and save.  They do not show and the check is gone when I go back into Tools-Field Properties.  This seems odd, as I approached it intuitively.

Not sure what you did as I just tried it (both with newly created grid, fields and with already existing one) and they show up in the grid.  tellme

But there could be a bug for sure. I just can't reproduce it... That said I'm not using the current version but a special not yet released one for testing. I'll ask Pierre if he can put this one online ASAP.
190  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 30, 2011, 07:03:51 PM
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>however if you have a Software company database you may be able to do a type of linking ?

Yes. For instance, there's a a sample "Mantis" database pulling IQ Mantis bug info from the web and synchronizing with it.

I'm sure there are other use cases. Pierre would have to stop by and explain.


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>Does InfoQube have any such relational views built in, where you are pulling from two grids ?

Yes. For instance you can see info from some other grid in a field, as a drop down menu
I realize there's no example in the sample. I'll have to suggest Pierre to add one.

But If you look at the "FileFullName" in the field properties dialog, go the "option" section : you'll see that this field is getting its data from another field using an SQL query.

Another section where you can place SQL queries is in the "Editor" section of the Field properties dialog.
Example: in my DB, I have a field called "Responsible". In the "Editor" section, "Pop up list" text box, I have added this :

SELECT FirstName,IDitem FROM adrsbook

What that does is get a list of first name from my address book when I click on the field/column in a grid (appears as a drop down list).

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>Do you use the same field in multiple grids for inheritance?  But they really are simply two distinct fields >with the same attribute.  
>GRID1-NAME  
>GRID2-NAME  

Not sure I understand exactly what you mean. But Grids aren't really database "tables". IQ isn't truly a relational DB. In fact it's more what you could call an Associative Database, although not exactly.

IQ can certainly "mimic" relational DBs features.

You can use the same field displayed in all grids, no problem.
If you have a look at the basic help file (F1), read the first intro sections to get a grip of what IQ is all about. The basic principles are really the most important to understand. There are not many (maybe 4 or 5), but it's important to understand them fully.

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>Can we create any SQL databases in INFOQUBE for multi-access (access within INFOQUBE but also from external programs ?)

IQ is already multi-user enabled by design. But I can't expand on the subject at the moment as I don't have enough time.

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>I can see that many folks would simply build up or down from the Sample for their main PIM-ish Qube. Right ?

Yup, that's the easiest approach. Leave everything as it is, explore IQ, see how fields relate to each other, look at the grid sources and filters (based on SQL queries) then create new fields and new grids to your liking and slowly build your data universe.

If IQ didn't exist, I'd have to create it !  Wink
191  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 30, 2011, 09:26:04 AM
[...]
InfoQube is going to have a hard time getting into quick data mode.  
Maybe after some real careful, attentive learning.
[...]
So far I have not seen any List-ToDo-PIM that really relates to data as flexibly as ListPro.  Only database programs and in the long run InfoQube so far.

Hi Steven,
what do you mean by quick data mode ?

Fields are created very quickly, and so are items and grids.
What can be long is to create you own complex set up from scratch.

So what's suggested is to start with a sample DataBase (new--> New IQBase with sample data), not a completely blank one. A completely blank one can be frightening, granted. And it's NOT a good idea.

In its current state, IQ can be "complicated" only when you start scripting, play with conditional formatting, conditional calculations, etc. Otherwise its principles are simple :
- you create items with fields
- items are displayed in grids depending on the items characteristics. Grids act mostly like filtering devices : you see the items which correspond to the various filters set in the grid.

That said, it could very well be that listpro is much better for your needs.
192  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Flexible List (data) Management - ListPro and the Alternatives on: August 29, 2011, 08:23:10 PM
[Disclaimer: my point of view might be partial : I now work for Pierre from time to time and... I work with InfoQube everyday. I'm trying to be as objective as possible, however.]

IMO, InfoQube would be perfect for what you describe, while not being the same as ListPro. You can use IQ for very very simple lists, and much more complex tasks like project management (with all the associated calculations and graphical representations) and the like. This is exactly why I use IQ : I don't want an application to force me to think in a specific way when I'm managing information. I want my items to be able to be/do anything I want depending on the usage context. I.e. : 1-I create an item as a task, 2-then I want it to also be part of a contact list, 3- I "move" it into a project, 4- then I have it appear also in my calendar with the appropriate fields added to it, etc.

If you search the forum here or on InfoQube forum, you'll get the idea of what it can and can't do. The best is to just download and try the portable version (version "W" is right around the corner)... It's free while in beta.
193  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
194  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.
195  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?
196  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.
197  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
198  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.):

http://forum.notebookrevi...4-undervolting-guide.html
http://www.overclock.net/...uide-intel-c2d-t7500.html

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

Voilà.
199  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 :

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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.
200  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)
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