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4451  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: April 30, 2008, 01:56:45 PM
Gantt charts!!  That is so awesome.

OK, I was trying out the Gantt charts.  I got a couple of errors when I tried to create the default configuration (using the Gantt wizard that pops up).  I used the default button, but my columns did not get added automatically (I don't know if they were supposed to).  Also, that top bar that shows the overall schedule (in your screenshot above) didn't show on mine.  Also, how do we edit and change the details of each item in the Gantt chart?

Feature request:
Since this program is now getting more modules and capabilities, I think it might be important to have layout control per each grid.  For example, in a grid with a Gantt chart, I'll probably want to dock my notes on the bottom instead of the side, so the chart will have more room.  But in other grids, I want the notes on the side.  Instead of turning them on and off all the time, it would be highly useful to set a default layout for each grid.  Other similar situations involve grids with pivot tables.
4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Total Commander 7.03 for Windows released! on: April 28, 2008, 10:51:01 AM
Great program.  Before DOpus, I used TC all the time.  Even now, TC is faster and better for certain tasks.  I've always thought that it had the fastest and most efficient mouse navigation setup of all the the file managers.  I've even requested similar features for DOpus on their forums several times, but nobody else was interested.
4453  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's a good memorization software? on: April 26, 2008, 11:56:39 PM
You know, I shouldn't be so hard on SuperMemo.  I just think the author would be well served to completely revamp the interface of the software.  Now, I don't like to focus on things like interface, especially when a program offers a lot of power and customizeability like SuperMemo, but you have to draw the line somewhere.  Supermemo's interface is closer to Windows 3.1 than to Windows XP, and that is just 10 years too old for me.

I still say FullRecall is the more practical and easier solution now.  If you use FullRecall and you are not able to do something, then I would turn to SuperMemo, but not before.  Furthermore, if FullRecall keeps adding features at it's current rate, I think it will soon overtake SuperMemo's userbase.  Hopefully, it will force Supermemo to update its interface.

Tamasd, that's a nice article, it gave me a lot of respect for Supermemo's author.  It's great when someone comes up with a software that can revolutionize simple, yet important tasks in our everyday lives.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's a good memorization software? on: April 25, 2008, 08:33:33 PM
One question though. Is the advantage of scheduling and shuffling using these progs really better than having sequential Qs & As in Powerpoint where you can get much more control over layout impact etc?
Yes, there is a significant advantage.  It's much more efficient and productive.  If you do it the way you described, you yourself have to keep track of what you know and what you don't know.  That's a lot of work, and it's unnecessary.  You should instead spend your time memorizing what you don't know.

When you make a list yourself, sometimes you remember something by it's position in the list, or by what came before that item in the list.  So you can't be sure if you really memorized it or if you had help?  OK, so you randomize it like you would a real flash card deck.  But then, you might keep coming across items you already know...that's not efficient.  OK...so you remove the ones you know as you come across it and put it in a different pile.  But now you're doing a whole lot of work.  Wouldn't it be better for the software to keep track of everything for you?

One word of advice, and this is just personal.  Make it easy on yourself.  If you don't have to spend so much time on your layout, don't.  The goal here is to commit to memory, not to have a pretty and accurate presentation.

For my math class, I used FullRecall in a not so normal way.  You see, it would be a lot of work writing out all the definitions, theorems, and homework problems inside of the program.  It would take forever.  So, instead of completely filling in the Q&A, I just put in prompts.  For example, instead of writing the entire question, I would just write (8-1) which means chapter 8 question 1.  So when it came up, I'd open the book and do the problem from there.

Again, all you want to program to do is to keep track of what you know and what you don't.  By the end of the process, you will have mastered everything.  It's amazing.
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's a good memorization software? on: April 25, 2008, 04:30:52 PM
OK guys, this thread got revived at a good time for me to update on FullRecall.  FullRecal is the best of these programs, by far.  I'm speaking generaly here; for 90% of users, FullRecall should be the best.  If there are very particular features you are looking for, then maybe not.
I just used FullRecall to help me master this midterm for a graduate math class that involves memorizing lots of definitions and theorems.  This program is lightweight, effective, and easy to use, but is still as powerful as it should be.  Supermemo is just too much and the interface is insane, there's no need to deal with that for most people...I would go so far as saying it would be a waste of time, especially with FullRecall out there.
The hardest part with FullRecall was synchronizing databases.  I used it at work, at home, and on my laptop.  So how was I supposed to keep my database (which keeps track of what you've learned) updated all the time?  Well, FullRecall has a net export/import feature which allows you to keep your database updated and stored on FullRecall's server.  This worked great, except at work, where access was blocked.  So, at work, I used ftp to sync it with home.  however, this was inconvenient.  Anyway, David (the author) told me that in a few weeks there will be a web version of FullRecall that will use the server database and that will solve all these mobility problems.  Great program, really top notch.

VTrain was garbage, I might add also.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Turning Windows 2003 Server into a workstation? on: April 22, 2008, 04:07:18 PM
Interesting, scancode.

Tell me, is Micro2003 compatible with all drivers and programs that you've used?

First of all, what is experience Micro2003?  I have no idea.  I can assume it has something to do with Microsoft Windows Server 2003.  WHen I first used 2003, I didn't really continue because I was afraid to commit to it and find out some critical driver or software wasn't compatible with it.  Please provide more info.  Thanks!
4457  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Turning Windows 2003 Server into a workstation? on: April 22, 2008, 03:28:53 PM
I just wanted to revive this thread because I was thinking about Server 2003.  After all this time, what can any users here tell me about Server 2003?  Is it really as fast as I think, or are my initial reactions a little too exaggerated?
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: General brainstorming for Note-taking software on: April 22, 2008, 10:25:47 AM
OK, yes I'll admit that I did gloss over Info Select rather quickly, but there was reason for it.  First of all, you can't download a trial of it.  That alone almost makes it inaccessible, because nobody is going to pay $250 to just see how IS works.  But, a couple of years ago, I actually was able to try someone else's copy of IS for a little bit, and it was ok, nothing spectacular.  It was too cluttered and and confusing for my tastes and I never got a sense of why it was so good or powerful.  That being said, I felt the same way about SQLNotes (read my first post in that thread).  So maybe I just didn't give it a chance.
However, I seriously doubt that it can top SQLNotes in most ways.  But I'll let Armando and other more experienced users with both programs say for sure.  it's more of a gut feeling than anything else.
One interesting thing is that both SQLNotes and Info Select were (I think) billed as ECCO replacements.  So they can be compared that way.  Find the old ECCO users and ask them which program they like better.  I'm 90% they will say SQLNotes.
4459  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Coding Horror Blog Essay On Free Software vs. Commercial Software Trends on: April 14, 2008, 10:13:03 AM
I love freeware, and there are some amazing freeware applications out there.  However, most of the apps that I consider the "best" usually cost something.  I never understood how programmers who code freeware can spend all that time doing it without getting paid.  I know I would never do it...I don't work for free, and that is basically work, if not worse.
Even mouser, I don't know how he is able to maintain this website and his software for free (for the most part).  The only thing I can think of is that it's a showcase for his skills and he gets hired on the side for more specific, corporate-type of coding assignments.

The bottom line is that money needs to be coming from somewhere, even for the freeware programmers.  They can't spend hours programming and not have money coming to them.  Somehow, they are getting money.
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: April 07, 2008, 10:21:01 AM
Exporting to Excel doesn't work that well.  Is it me, or is it a bug?

I have a grid, with a couple of sublevels in the hierarchy.  Whenever I export to Excel, only the top level items get exported (even though I have all the items selected).
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: are email clients sofware a dead industry ? on: April 03, 2008, 04:25:02 PM
Like mouser, tamasd, kartal,  wraith808, mrainey and maybe others, all my mail is downloaded locally. I like having control of my files, and I don't find gmail's search tools more sophisticated than X1 or any other desktop search software for that matter. BTW, it's not because one downloads all emails locally that he/she necessarily spends hours sorting and classifying them.
Me too.  I have to have control of my files locally.  And I back everything up myself onto my own drives, my own way.  Just in general, I'm not a fan of the whole using web applications that is going to be the next big thing.  I know it's a fantastic evolution for 90% of the people out there who don't like to fiddle with software and don't have their computers meticulously set up to do every little thing just the way they want.  But for us powerusers, we need that control.  We want our stuff in our own house in our own hard drives.
And you know what else, web apps are great, but they just don't react the same way as a locally installed program.  It's hard to describe, I want to say the response time is slower, but a lot of them (like google) is pretty quick and fast.  There's just a "feel" to them that doesn't sit well with me.  There's a viscosity to them if that makes any sense.
For similar reasons, I'm not a huge fan of touch-screen technology.  It's really cool and useful for most people.  But it's not so great when you need to get down and dirty with what you're doing.  That iphone touch screen keyboard is just not as effective as a tactile keyboard...it's not possible.  That's how I feel about web apps vs local programs.
What's going to happen to our computers, then?  Our storage devices, our cpu, our memory?  What's the defining piece of equipment going to be?  The Ethernet port?  The speed of your ISP connection?  I would  completely rather have my own equipment limiting my processing capabilities rather than relying on the ISP connection.  Talk about reliability...unless there's a big revolution and everyone is able to get fiber optic, unlimited bandwidth connections (which will never happen in the near future).  It's waaaaay better to rely on your own equipment for all that stuff.

Archivarius[/url] indexes IMAP accounts (i.e. it makes it own local, indexed text copy of the account). I'm sure it's not the only desktop search software to offer this feature.
Seriously.  There is nothing any web app can do that some program can't do better.  The only advantage for web apps, like mouser said, and it's a pretty HUGE advantage, is the fact that you can access web stuff anywhere.

No, I am personally dreading the day that web apps take over.  But I'm not too worried, I'm certain that the local programs won't become obsolete, at least not in my lifetime. 
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's the current 'killer app'? on: April 01, 2008, 01:53:21 PM
hate to say it...but as far as impact and widespread use, any of the major historical file-sharing apps.
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: How often do you reinstall Windows? on: March 28, 2008, 05:26:44 PM
well, I might be backtracking now.  I fixed my problems, so maybe I won't reinstall after all.  Still, I can't help feeling like a fresh reinstall would be nice.  Too much work, though.
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / How often do you reinstall Windows? on: March 28, 2008, 03:18:49 PM
It's getting to the time where I'm thinking of reinstalling Windows XP.  I've been having problems with my system tray, and the latest version of Kaspersky was turned off for a few days because I felt it was slowing down my computer, and I think I got a virus (even though kasperksy has now cleaned it).  Also, my exe file association is broken, so I can't run any exe files until I fix it.
And it's been several years since I last installed Windows, I figure it's as good a time as any.  But I swear, since joining DC, I've installed so many programs on this computer, it's ridiculous!  It will take me a while to reinstall everything.
4465  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Seagate on: March 27, 2008, 11:33:18 AM
Get one of the really great synchronization programs out there.  They cost money, but they are really things of beauty.  In order of my preference (and all are included in Zaine's Great Software list):
--Super Flexible File Synchronizer
--DirSync
--SyncBack SE
4466  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for finance app on: March 27, 2008, 11:27:17 AM
Yeah, beware of any kind of direct online sync with your bank account.  Most of the time, they have fees.  The annoying thing about it is that they don't make it clear that it has fees until it's pretty much too late.  It's so shady.
4467  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The quiet disappearance of the top two mp3 cataloging software. on: March 27, 2008, 12:56:35 AM
Hmm...haven't tried catraxx before.  But it certainly looks very interesting, and I have to say that from the website alone, I'm curious enough to seriously try it out.  Nice find!
4468  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: IDEA: Stand alone bookmarks toolbar on: March 26, 2008, 05:31:58 PM
(slightly OT and not particularly useful)
Powermarks is (was) the greatest bookmark tool ever made.
4469  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 26, 2008, 03:54:06 PM
haha!  Yeah, but this site isn't censored right?  A well placed curse word is very effective.
4470  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 26, 2008, 01:46:58 PM
You must check Grid>Column Filter buttons to see column buttons (notice that it is a split button + menu)
OK!  I got it, thanks.  I had those there before, but they went away and I couldn't figure how to get them back.
4471  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 26, 2008, 01:46:27 PM

Yep, I've asked for this a couple times... ALmost exaclty the same thing.

Quick Search (ctrl+q) is already pretty good, but I suggested a couple ways of "improving" it there :

http://www.sqlnotes.net/F.../scope/posts/Default.aspx
and
http://www.sqlnotes.net/F.../scope/posts/Default.aspx

I also put something in mantis : http://mantis.sqlnotes.net/view.php?id=146
OK, Armando, I went back and read your suggestions, I guess you've pretty much covered everything I wanted to say.  I am with you 100% about the "quick and lazy" method of searching since that is probably the kind of search I'll be using 90% of the time.  Personally speaking, I am not a huge fan of the Search grid in SQLNotes, although it is powerful.  I'm just not one of those people that do crazy and complex searches with Boolean or regular expressions.  Once in a blue moon, I'll do something with a couple of AND OR commands, but extremely rarely.  That's why the EverNote search is perfect.  There is no better search engine.  It's just a little box that sits in the toolbar and you just type anything in there and the list will instantly pare down to the relevant items, with the matching terms beautifully highlighted.  If SQLNotes had the same thing sitting there on the toolbar for the grids, it would be perfect also.
The Quick Search feature in SN is much more useful than the Search grid, but I also have the same issues that you stated in your suggestions (especially the thing about unique item display).  Here's how I see myself using the search features in SN, assuming the Evernote-style grid box gets implemented:

By percentage of usage:
Evernote-style single-grid filter -- 85%
Quick Search (for searching entire database) -- 10%
Search grid -- 5%

The cool thing about the Search grid is that it keeps a history of what you searched.  Actually, it might be nice if the Search grid also kept a history of recently searched items using Quick Search (and others).
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 26, 2008, 01:25:34 PM
What does the Grid>Column Filter>Auto display mode option do?  I turned it on and I don't know where it applies.
In auto mode, the column filter buttons are only displayed when there is space for them (calculated for each column, based on the caption and the column width)
I can't seem to get the buttons to appear for any column on any of my grids, even when I adjust the column width to ridiculously large widths.

Also, when I use the "filter column button" on the toolbar, it automatically goes to the first column to filter.  How can I use that button on other columns?
4473  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The quiet disappearance of the top two mp3 cataloging software. on: March 26, 2008, 10:41:33 AM
I don't know if I've ever tried Media Center.  There was a time last year when I tried the various jukebox programs, I don't know if that was one of them.  it was difficult for me to get over the AIO aspect of these programs, because every time I looked somewhere, I was thinking "Foobar can do that better", "MP3 Collector can do that better", "Tag and Rename can do that better" "dbPowerAmp can do that better", and so forth.  So, truthfully, I probably never delved into any of those jukebox programs enough to really know what they're all about.
4474  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 26, 2008, 10:34:48 AM
Non sequitor: When's superboyac gonna get his radio show back?

He was the best!  Kiss  (Isn't it time to put together a 24-hour Sirius/XM channel for guys like him, and these dudes?)
You're crazy Zaine!  Even I got bored listening to myself.  It was tough trying to get a good rant out on command.  I should carry a mic with me to catch my spontaneous rants during the workday...now those are gems.
4475  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 25, 2008, 04:20:30 PM
In that brainstorming thread, i was initially planning on doing a roundup (similar to the first big Notetaking roundup) every time the thread reached a set number of pages.  The roundups would be an organized summary of the thread content.  But it was a lot of work, and since then I've gotten super, super busy.

On another note, I've been trying to find ways for me to contribute more to this site, but in a way that wouldn't be so exhausting, yet still useful to people here.
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