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126  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 20, 2013, 04:14:08 PM
Your address book is your address book which you can access from anywhere/thing. You can share your address book with other users on the same system, but it is typically restricted to just you.

The global address book is globally available to all users of the system. Distribution lists that are to be accessible by all users in a company will typically be in the global address list. This is designed to be accessed by everyone, and cannot be restricted.
Thanks.  So far, this is working quite well!  All the contacts are syncing up on my phone.  To test it, I turned off the contacts from other accounts and so I'm only using the office365 addressbook, and everything is fine.  The linkedin profile photos are not showing up on the phone, even though they show up on the desktop internet version.  But that may be because it's witing for a wifi connection to sync the photos.  That will have to wait until tonight.

I like it.  Great suggestion Stoic!
127  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 20, 2013, 12:16:08 PM
OK, so I'm now trying out the MS Hosted Exchange (office365) way of managing my contacts.  It's very nice so far.  Facebook and LinkedIn was linked without a problem.  Now I need to add my manual addressbook, merge everything and start using it.

I have a little confusion regarding Exchange addressbooks.  Is there any advantage for a single user to use the global addressbook?  Or is it best to just stick with the separate "My Contacts" area.  I don't get why they are different.  See here:
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128  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: new AlfaReader, lightweight ebook reader on: November 19, 2013, 10:36:03 AM
This is a pretty nice reader, thanks.
129  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The most disturbing news story I've read all year on: November 18, 2013, 05:22:21 PM
I have faith in one thing...
there are fanatical archivists all over the world. 
130  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The most disturbing news story I've read all year on: November 18, 2013, 05:19:19 PM
 Grin Sad  mad
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Max Mosely has been fruitlessly pursuing the removal of so-called "not actually a Nazi orgy" photos for years.
131  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Text editor where you can stick stuff anywhere in the whitespace (Microed-like) on: November 17, 2013, 03:57:38 PM
ASCII art creators

Jave

If that's not what you're after, PSPad, in column mode, can do what you want.
PSPAD for the win!  Thanks.
Jave was laggy and behaving weird on my computer.  But PSPAD is perfect.
132  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Text editor where you can stick stuff anywhere in the whitespace (Microed-like) on: November 17, 2013, 03:29:38 PM
I'm searching for a MicroEd-like (for Bat users) text editor where I can position the cursor in any blank space regardless if there is a space or tab there.  I'm sure the ASCII art creators have something like this, but I can't find one.
133  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Heeee's Baaaaack!!! Stephen Wolfram is going to revolutionize everything again. on: November 16, 2013, 07:48:33 PM

Looping back: Wolfram - New kind of Science. Sometimes stuff "just needs to be processed".


Looping back: Wolfram - New kind of Science...hmm...sometimes it's helpful to read up on what's been happening in your field for the last decade or two instead of wasting time independently rediscovering and re-articulating topics in information science that had already gone mainstream (and been discussed to death) about 10 years before your "new" science opus was published?

Moral: if you're going to lock yourself in an ivory tower - be sure to install a good broadband connection first.

Just sayin' Cool
Yeah, you said it best.  I couldn't quite figure out the words that best explain why he annoys some people.

regarding the website...I was referring to his wolfram alpha site that is really useful for odd types of searches and questions:
http://www.wolframalpha.com/
134  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 16, 2013, 07:45:59 PM
Both words mean "capable of burning".  No other real difference. In the US manufacturers are required to use only the word "flammable", but any products already labelled with "inflammable" do not have to be changed. It is really just an instance where the prefix "in" is really out of place. "in" as a prefix has two meanings: 1) 'not' or 'lacking' as in inedible, illegal, implausible, irreverent.  2) 'into, in, on, upon' as with income, intake, implant. Most of the time the difference is fairly clear, but not so with "inflammable".

Thought this was funny:
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Jim
lol!
135  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Movies or films you've seen lately on: November 16, 2013, 05:35:12 PM
I don't who recommended fail-safe...but it was very good!
136  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 16, 2013, 04:11:33 PM
Er...here's an odd thing or question:

Since I previously had a Windows Phone 8, all my contacts were perfectly synced on it.  If I login to the Windows Live site on my computer, the same perfectly synced contacts show up.  Now, one would expect to be able to link those contacts to my desktop Outlook 2010...but such an option doesn't seem to exist!  What the Fu--!  Microsoft won't even play nice with itself?  Geez.

Hehe I was actually glad none of the crap in my MSN/Hotmail/Live account cluttered up my Outlook ... But I know what you mean. Seems like I did find a way to bounce stuff between at one point, but I think it involved the Zune (or whatever it's called) software and individual .vcf contact files.
So how do you keep track of contacts on your phone/computer?  What if you manually add one on the computer?  What if you manually add one on the phone?  Do you keep exporting/importing them with csv files?  What about profile photos?  What about info changing on facebook or linkedin (emails, numbers, etc.)?

For our operation (we have Exchange in-house) The Exchange side keeps everything synced between devices, and I just ignore the MSN/Hotmail/Live account that clutters up my phone. I should have tied it to my work live account, but had a stupid moment and plugged in my personal account instead ... And I never got around to flattening the phone (a requirement that truly does suck) to switch accounts.
Could you describe to me what you mean by flattening the phone?  because my instinct is also to plug in my personal account rather than tying to a work account.  i guess it makes it harder to manage centrally?
137  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 16, 2013, 04:10:16 PM
Not that long ago, there was a freebie on the BitsDuJour site called: FlowHeater

That software uses the concept of adapters that can make applications "talk" to applications/files that normally are not able to do this. This concept sounds to me like an answer. I downloaded the FlowHeater freebie, as I have played with a trial of Microsoft's BizzTalk (2006) before and liked it. Couldn't afford it though, not for my use case anyway.

The FlowHeater software is also available in a (limited) freeware version, so you could try to see if this concept could work for you or not.
That is actually a really interesting and unique application, I'll try playing around with it.  Thanks.
138  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:41:55 PM
MS hosted Exchange: $4 per user per month - with a 1 user minimum - and it will sync everything with anything (Android/iLife/etc.) on the fly.
Where can I find more details on the features?  I'm checking out their website, and the lingo is so stupid and corporate bullshit.  How do the contacts get on the android?  is it integrated, or is it a separate app?  How does it work with desktop outlook 2010?  Photos from facebook?

You are seriously being way too kind. It really is total shit. Wink

If you can give me a day or so I can setup a demo acct for you (we're an MS cloud partner) so you can play with a live copy to see if it really does what you want.
THANK YOU!  That would be really awesome of you.
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139  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:35:22 PM
Er...here's an odd thing or question:

Since I previously had a Windows Phone 8, all my contacts were perfectly synced on it.  If I login to the Windows Live site on my computer, the same perfectly synced contacts show up.  Now, one would expect to be able to link those contacts to my desktop Outlook 2010...but such an option doesn't seem to exist!  What the Fu--!  Microsoft won't even play nice with itself?  Geez.

Hehe I was actually glad none of the crap in my MSN/Hotmail/Live account cluttered up my Outlook ... But I know what you mean. Seems like I did find a way to bounce stuff between at one point, but I think it involved the Zune (or whatever it's called) software and individual .vcf contact files.
So how do you keep track of contacts on your phone/computer?  What if you manually add one on the computer?  What if you manually add one on the phone?  Do you keep exporting/importing them with csv files?  What about profile photos?  What about info changing on facebook or linkedin (emails, numbers, etc.)?
140  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:26:33 PM
MS hosted Exchange: $4 per user per month - with a 1 user minimum - and it will sync everything with anything (Android/iLife/etc.) on the fly.
Where can I find more details on the features?  I'm checking out their website, and the lingo is so stupid and corporate bullshit.  How do the contacts get on the android?  is it integrated, or is it a separate app?  How does it work with desktop outlook 2010?  Photos from facebook?
141  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:23:51 PM
MS hosted Exchange: $4 per user per month - with a 1 user minimum - and it will sync everything with anything (Android/iLife/etc.) on the fly.
I don't even know what that is.  But it might be worth it!  $48 a year?  I'm in...I've already spent several hours on this.  i think I'm worth a few bucks an hour, no?
142  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Heeee's Baaaaack!!! Stephen Wolfram is going to revolutionize everything again. on: November 15, 2013, 06:21:17 PM
it basically means we are going to get a reinvention of Perl with new terms for everything.

ROFLMAO!!!

Thx Mouser. That made my day! Grin Thmbsup
This guy is such a fascinating character, and obviously not always in a good way.  He sure knows how to market himself.  I can't stand him normally, but then his website really is pretty genius.
143  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 06:00:11 PM
Er...here's an odd thing or question:

Since I previously had a Windows Phone 8, all my contacts were perfectly synced on it.  If I login to the Windows Live site on my computer, the same perfectly synced contacts show up.  Now, one would expect to be able to link those contacts to my desktop Outlook 2010...but such an option doesn't seem to exist!  What the Fu--!  Microsoft won't even play nice with itself?  Geez.
144  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / central addressbook software for syncing everything with everything on: November 15, 2013, 05:47:38 PM
Ever since getting an Android phone, I've become obsessed with properly syncing all my contacts.  All the comapnies are fighting each other for properietary control of your life, so they just aren't playing nice with each other.  I've been trying all sorts of apps, hacks, imports/exports, desktop software, plugins.  I'm like 70% of the way there, but still a long way to go.

The goal:
Have a central place where all your contacts are managed.  This place sends (syncs) the information to wherever...Android phone, google contacts, outlook contacts.  All information...meaning profile photos from facebook, business numbers from linkedin, normal contacts from google, etc.

Here's the issue:
Facebook has the best profile photos.
Linkedin has business info other places don't.
Google contacts needs to get the final version of all the info because that's the most reliable way to get it on your phone.
Outlook is a good place to manage things centrally since it's on the desktop and has a rich featureset.
Problem with Outlook is that the scoial connectors to facebook and linkedin aren't really working.
So maybe you can get a third party tool that works with all of them, set it up, sync it to outlook, and outlook syncs it to google.

There's a good google-to-outlook sync.  So if I can get everything in Outlook, that would be great.  This is where I'm currently stuck.

Another more difficult option is using an app on the phone that will sync things, and then getting that information back on the computer, fixing little details there, and sending it back to the phone.  The problem with this is that the apps that do this, do it in a weird way.  They don't necessarily sync the details...it's more like they allow you to see them on the same screen.  In other words, the google contacts still shows just the google contacts info, but on the phone it looks like you have more info because it's reading things from the facebook app.  It's just a trick.

Anyway, ugh.
145  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to use the desktop mic/speakers to talk on Android phone? on: November 15, 2013, 01:50:40 PM
I think Deo is right, the google voice way is the best option currently.  I was trying to basically have my computer use my cell phone service inside the machine, but that is not possible.  the best i can do is receive alerts and notifications from my phone visible on my desktop, and then use google voice to make the call.  i can also do certain hardware things like pair my phone inside the house with a bluetooth adapter that links it to a landline, which then can be connected to the computer and do some additional voip stuff or google voice things.
146  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I hate the word "anathema" on: November 15, 2013, 01:48:18 PM
I would like either "flammable" or "inflammable" removed. Both mean the same thing, which is downright silly IMO. So dump one of them, please! Inflammable is too often misused for nonflammable. Stupid, confusing words!

Jim
yea, i agree with this one too.  i even remember having at least 3 conversations in my life plus at least two instructors in school going over this.  lol
147  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The Open Source debate on: November 13, 2013, 02:06:00 AM
"Security through obscurity" is not an effective strategy. Backdoors are only workable in closed systems.

You're probably facing a sysadmin that has invested an entire career in the systems and OS you're currently using. These types will fight tooth and claw to keep anything they don't already know out of the place they're working rather than upgrade their skill set or think outside their box.

Good luck with that crowd...  undecided
Argh!  So true!!
148  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows Phone 8 (lumia 920) vs. Android 4.4 Kitkat (Nexus 5) on: November 12, 2013, 05:44:04 PM
Boy...I have been tweaking away on the android.  I have such a sweet setup going currently.  Lots of great previews of emails messsages, etc, all over the place, quick access to contacts, shortcuts for controls.  Man, I miss tweaking.  If Windows Phone allowed this kind of tweaking it would be even better, but sadly they won't anytime soon.  Also, all these things are available because so many people are using android.  So windows has a loooong way to go.  I'm even using a couple of hacks not in the official store, stuff like that is amazing.
149  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to use the desktop mic/speakers to talk on Android phone? on: November 11, 2013, 04:53:28 PM
edit...
I just tried google voice.  Again, if you go on the website with your pc, it will dial a number, but it dials it through your actual android phone.  So I click on dial, then my phone starts ringing, then I use my phone to talk to the other side.  basically, it just dials my phone for me.  big deal.  I want to talk through the computer.
150  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to use the desktop mic/speakers to talk on Android phone? on: November 11, 2013, 04:48:18 PM
Hmmm...I've been playing around with Google Voice, but it's not exactly what I want.  I'll explain...

A bluetooth headset connects directly to the phone and you basically talk through the headset using the phone.  I want something a little different.  I want to speak through the mics connected to my computer and hear the other side through the speakers connected to my computer.  Is there such a thing?  I just want the computer to know I have a cell service and the computer is the headset instead of the actual phone.
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