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4451  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 16, 2008, 12:02:17 PM
Ugh...I'm such a moron with autohotkey stuff.  I've been trying this solution and I just can't get it to work
My shortcuts are:
shift+ctrl+p  starts Powermarks
shift+ctrl+=  adds a bookmark

I was editing the script above, but I guess I'm not doing it right.  What am I supposed to do, edit the script, compile it, and then execute the exe file?  I don't know.  If anyone can help, I'd appreciate it.
4452  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: DonationCoder Song on: September 15, 2008, 03:40:26 PM
Sure, I have it.  Are you sure you want it?  I thought it was a little lame, in retrospect.  But I may just be being hard on myself.
4453  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: DonationCoder Song on: September 15, 2008, 12:42:07 PM
I edited my post...

How long should the song be?
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: September 15, 2008, 12:19:43 PM
Wow, very sweet.  Thanks tomos, thanks Pierre.

I can't remember if I added a Mantis request to import text files into SN using the filename as the item title, and the file content as the html pane content.  I need to check.  This is so I can import my TexNotes info into SN.  After that, I can pretty much use SN exclusively since Evernote import is now supported.
4455  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: DonationCoder Song on: September 15, 2008, 12:15:27 PM
You guys are free to use any of the podcast music I did before.  But I'll try to come up with something special for this.

What's the preference here?  Fast, slow, happy, sad, sexy, funny?

Also, how long should the tune be (in seconds)?
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 13, 2008, 11:22:15 AM
I've actually had a couple of back and forths with the author.  He's a nice person.  I don't have any information as to why he chose to stop development.  But at least he made the program in the first place, so I'm thankful for that.
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 12, 2008, 09:46:17 PM
patteo, you are so right about that.  The simplicity of Powermarks is really the thing that sets it apart.  I like mitaggedmarks, but it's not nearly as easy to use as powermarks was.  If it's my only option, I'm okay with it...I'm happy with it.  But first, I will try to get Powermarks working with that script posted above.

I'm just really happy that a couple of you resurrected this thread with these solutions.  I had given up!
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 11, 2008, 05:22:11 PM
You might want to spend a little time with miTaggedMarks. It's the closest thing to Powermarks. Michael has put a lot of thought and work into the program, and his tag handling is actually more sophisticated than that of Powermarks. It's too bad he hasn't implemented something like Powermarks's status checking of the bookmarks.
OOoo!  miTaggedMarks looks really good.  I may have to get this one.
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 11, 2008, 03:44:43 PM
Didn't x1 become free a short while ago?  What happened?
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 11, 2008, 11:25:30 AM
wow, pierre, sp3 sounds like a nightmare.
You know, a while ago, I had that thing where the computer would pause every 3 seconds.  I think I posted about it here.  I found the solution, but I don't remember it.  I think it had something to do with my Kaspersky program.

Ah!  here it is:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=12318.0
It was spysweeper.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 11, 2008, 01:17:27 AM
Wow this is cool.  Skrommel is the ahk expert here, but I haven't heard from him for a while.  I need to read both of your posts more carefully later, but all we need is to have the three buttons for powermarks working in firefox 3, it seems very simple.  The program itself still works fine, even with firefox 3.  I can call up the program using my hotkeys pick a link and it will open in a new tab.  I used to prefer it opening in the existing tab and the buttons were on the toolbar, but this is still workable for now.

I still truly can't believe nobody has imitated this program yet.  It's really very simple.  There's a list of bookmarks with absolutely no organization, you filter the list in the search box, pick the bookmark and it opens.  That's it.  What could be simpler?  The whole program is a list, a search box, and some buttons to add items to the list.  Yet it's the greatest program of all.

It just goes to show you the beauty in simplicity.  With all the bookmarking tools around, there's something so exceptional about Powermarks.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 10, 2008, 06:04:50 PM
> I built my current desktop back in December 2001

You're to be congratulated for running a windows-based OS for that long without needing a reinstall or being overrun by viruses for years without knowing it!

Dude, treat yourself to a new computer.  You'll get more compute power and less electrical power.  And if you don't already have one, get an LCD display :-)

G
Ha!!  How'd you know?  I still have a CRT monitor!  It has such a huge ass, I can't wait to get rid of it.
If I get a new computer, I'm going to do what Zaine did.  Put Linux on the old one and try it out.
4463  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Announcing my new website (superboyac). on: September 10, 2008, 04:19:56 PM
I'm very excited!  I think I finally learned how to query my articles in wordpress.  So now, using some basic php code, I should be able to make my software list.  I've done this so far, it's really nothing, but it's working!
http://aram.dcmembers.com/superior-software-list/
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 10, 2008, 04:17:06 PM
patteo, I'm going to try this later.  If this works, you are such the man!!  You will get whatever $10 credits is left in my dc credits here!
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 10, 2008, 04:14:10 PM
This may be so obvious that I'm almost afraid to post it.

Print and file paper hardcopy of any email you absolutely can't afford to lose.

No. It's excellent advice - a lesson that I learned the hardway...
Unless it's something that I can automate, I ain't doing it.  I'm against all this paper stuff.  But if it could be automated to where it prints all my important emails once a week, I'd be ok with that.
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 09, 2008, 03:38:32 PM
Poppy sounds cool, didn't know about it.  Nice!
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 09, 2008, 03:36:08 PM
I like that case, it's nice and simple.  I need to think about how many 5-1/4 slots I need.  I think 3 should be enough right?  Nobody uses the 3-1/2 disks anymore, so this will be my first computer without it.

Where's the cheapest (but reliable) place to buy chips and motherboards?  Usually, I just go to Fry's.
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Time to reinstall Windows? Or get a new desktop? on: September 09, 2008, 01:14:57 PM
Well, it's that time for me again.  I built my current desktop back in December 2001.  It's my workhorse, it's lasted fine all this time, but maybe it's time for a new one.  I know I need to either reinstall XP or get a new desktop PC.  The reason for this is that I upgraded my AV software and it's not working due to some conflicts and I can't figure it out because I have sooooo much software installed.  I want to start fresh.

I haven't kept up with hardware, I rarely do.  What is the latest cpu specs?  Usually with the CPU, I don't get the very latest because it's price is so much, but I'll get the highest priced mid-level chip.  Basically, I look at the prices and get the one right before the big jump in price for the latest-greatest chip.  That usually ensures me a good 5 years or more of solid performance.  I'll probably get a 1TB Seagate drive.  Video cards I know nothing about...I'll just get something decent.  I don't do anything graphic intensive.  Do you guys normally use the built in motherboard sound cards now?  I have my pro sound card for my musician stuff, but for regular audio, should I just use the motherboard audio?

How about cases and fans?  Can anyone point me to a good tutorial about how to place fans on cases and what cases are good?  I never do this part right, I just stick fans around.  There's gotta be a method to it.
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: September 09, 2008, 01:01:57 PM
Whoa mama!  I just saw this thread.  You are crazy Paul!  I'm going to have to set aside some time in my schedule to read this thing.

Seriously, though.  I like your ambition.  But a lot of this stuff is around the forums here somewhere.  It's easier to deal with this (at least in forums) if you break it down as much as possible and address one issue at a time.  But there's always a time and place for large general threads also, so whatever.  I'm one to talk, I've started two enormous threads here myself!

4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2007 isn't so bad on: September 09, 2008, 12:55:17 PM
I hate it, absolutely hate it, when you install a program and it installs one or more extra programs.  I think the proper way to do that is a dialog box that says you need to install such program first.  Because when you go to remove the program later, you weren't sure what got installed with what.  The worst offender of this is a program called Band in a Box.  It installs probably 15 separate installers when you install the main program.  When the time comes to uninstall, you have no idea which of these were part of the original installation, they all have different names and for all practical purposes, are standalone applications.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 09, 2008, 12:47:18 PM
superboyac : I edited the post where I explained how I manage my emails... Your post reminded me of 3 categories/folders I almost  never use.  embarassed
The fact is : I don't have much to delegate, not much to refer to (I use x1)... I do use the "waiting for..." one quite a bit though.
For important emails that I need to respond to but need to defer I'll often just create a special task/todo. I like to have all important stuff in ONE and only ONE place... OK, maybe 2 : Task-todo list (containing next actions, really), and calendar.
Yes, it seems like you and I think alike about a lot of things!  But I thought you were a big fan of Archivarius?  How come you are using X1?  I haven't used X1 in over a year, but I totally preferred Archivarius over it.  Let me know, because I totally forgot that I can use an indexer, so I'm probably going to set one up soon to use with Outlook.
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Outlook 2007 isn't so bad on: September 08, 2008, 06:08:28 PM
scott, I agree with you on several points, but not in your preference.  While most of the things you say are true, I still prefer Outlook because it's simply nicer to deal with from GUI standpoint.  Having features and being able to do things is one thing, but there's something to be said for having a nice interface to do it in.  I remember writing a couple of rules for Groupwise that were a PITA simply because of the way I had to do it.  The way everything is laid out in Outlook is much nicer to deal with than Groupwise.

It's funny, I'm normally a function over form kind of person (see all my rants about other software here at DC) but I just hate Groupwise.  I never liked Outlook either until I had to use Groupwise.  Everything about it was so ridiculously minimalist.  I guess I don't mind minimalism for little programs--actually, I prefer it, you don't want a big bloated program just to rename files, or burn a cd, etc.--but your email and PIM is something you use 24/7, so the interface and layout is more important.

So, I can really do without the lack of a good message status feature, or a weirdly implemented addressbook (yes, this puzzled me also...very strange).  As far as archives and searching, I don't use them on a constant basis so I can deal with that fine.  Seriously, I'm so freakin happy to have Outlook.  I never want to see Groupwise ever again, it's a piece of crap.

If only I could use the Bat! at work...however, it doesn't have the calendar features and stuff.  Oh well, I'm very happy with Outlook.
4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 08, 2008, 05:47:42 PM
OK, I use the Bat at home which has much cooler rules, filters, and coloring features, but now at work I am using Outlook 2007.  So here is my method, based on the GTD philosophy.

GTD is all about being fast, efficient and productive.  With email, especially at work where I get a lot of email, it is not really productive to be moving things around in a lot of folders and categories, etc.  For myself, even for different projects, I'm not going to bother making several different folders for the different projects.  I really don't need to have all the specific project emails have their own folder, because organizing that is a pain in the ass and there's no good rule system to do it automatically, because often there is no particular data in an email/task that distinguishes it from one project or another.  So I'm not going be moving things around manually...no way.

So, everything comes into my Inbox and that's where all the action takes place.  I've set of some GTD search folders.  I use search folders because they are not actual folders, just filtered views.  This way, all the mail stays in the Inbox but I can use the search folders to look at only what I want (like Virtual Folders in the Bat).  The GTD search folders are:
--Do
--Respond
--Delegate
--Defer
--Archive
--Done Items

As soon as I get emails, I will look at it and immediately categorize it (using keyboard shortcuts of course).  Once they are categorized, they will automatically be detected by the search folders above.  So, the only items that will require effort on my part are those in the Do, Respond, and Delegate folders.  I go into those folders to see this list of mails.  As I finish each email, I check it off as "Done" and it automatically gets removed from those folders and into the Done Items folder.  That's pretty much it.  It's quick, efficient, and sophisticated.

As an additional level of prettiness, I take advantage of Automatic Formatting in Outlook 2007 (the one in the Bat is WAY better).  With this, if I look in my Inbox with the all the emails in all categories all mixed together, then this automatic formatting gives me a nice visual way to see things.  So, the items in the specific GTD categories are colored according to their category color.  I also have appointments/tasks/meetings italicized to distinguish them from emails.

So, that's basically it.  It's nice I think.  I like being efficient.


(what happened to that one post about Groupwise??  I was looking for it)
4474  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 05, 2008, 11:29:33 AM
For the life of me, I don't understand why anyone would want to keep deleting email vs archiving.

But there are a lot of great ideas here.  dspelley, I like that Outlook plugin, I'll have to check it out.

I'm also going to search for some GTD methods that have to do with email management.
4475  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How do you manage your email? on: September 04, 2008, 07:30:37 PM
Please, people, I don't mean to be rude, but this isn't about spam.

Ehtyar, I use The Bat!, and I think one of the great strengths of The Bat is it's ability to handle multiple email accounts relatively painlessly.  Check it out.
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