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4451  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easy, low maintenance club website recommendations please on: October 14, 2008, 03:33:35 PM
Blogger allows me to point my newly purchased domain name to my xxxx.blogspot.com page for FREE while WordPress charges $10 per year (I know not a lot)

The main feature I want is if for example I find out tonight that the club is cancelled on Thursday night I need  something prominently displayed as a sticky at the TOP of my blogspot or wordpress page. So with blogspot if I post a "cancellation" blog entry but another 2 people post on the blog AFTER me then this important notice is moved down in chronological order.
Is it a case of finding one of the 100's of widgets that I can lock in the top of the left/right column to highlight such an important notice?

I understand that with Wordpress it doesn't have to be a chronological type blog so it sounds like I can "sticky" this sort of entry to the top easier?

Thanks!
Actually, if you use the theme by Justin Tadlock called 'Options" (which is what I use) you have a lot of flexibility built into the theme itself about how to organize the front page.  Meaning, you don't need any plugins.  It's a good idea to keep plugins to a minimum.
4452  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: October 14, 2008, 12:51:49 PM
Thanks Patteo, your info here so far has been great.
4453  Other Software / Developer's Corner / Re: Easy, low maintenance club website recommendations please on: October 14, 2008, 11:22:20 AM
Hey Fedorov, I recently went through the whole process of setting up a website.  You can follow everything I went through here:
http://www.donationcoder....m/index.php?topic=14095.0

And you can check out my website, here:
http://aram.dcmembers.com/

I'm very pleased with the way it has turned out.  I very highly recommend wordpress.
4454  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Does The Bat! have a help manual? on: October 13, 2008, 07:38:01 PM
Is there a help manual available for the Bat! (email software)?  The Help that comes with the program is pretty minimal and I can't find anything else on their website.  There are a lot of features that are not explained at all, and even worse, there are exact phrases and words in the options and settings that are nowhere mentioned in the help manual that comes with the program (if you do a search).  That's a little silly.

For example, I wanted to know what a Common Folder was and what all the options are, but there's no documentation for it anywhere.  Cmon now.  Am I supposed to figure everything out by trial and error?
4455  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 10, 2008, 02:13:30 PM
Yeah, I checked that, but it doesn't work for me.  I mean, it doesn't show the html pane content.

Did you get it to work correctly?
Yes, I did, thanks.  Being able to export a bunch of selected items is very useful, especially when I need to send a report or something to someone.  You just export to html and email the file.
4456  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What's your music player of choice? on: October 07, 2008, 01:53:35 PM
Add me to the foobar camp.  You can do anything with it, literally.
4457  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MyLife Organized (updated review for v2) on: October 07, 2008, 10:10:27 AM
A question for reviewer (or anyone else who knows):
I am evaluating MLO for a Pocket PC and I am rather confused about how am I to track the current tasks.

I hoped there would be some kind of Today/SMB Shell plugin that integrates and shows them. But now it seems that I have to load the app for that? Seems rather annoying too as the application is relatively heavy to load Sad
I don't quite understand the question you are asking.  What do you mean by "track current tasks"?  And what is "Today/SMB"?  Please explain.

Also, I've never tried MLO on a Pocket PC.  However, on a regular computer, I can confidently say that MLO is one of the fastest and most lightweight applications I have ever used.  In fact, I have often used MLO as a reference for lightweight applications when commenting on slower programs.
4458  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 06, 2008, 03:33:18 PM
@superboyac,

Can you give a screenshot of your settings? Like Tomos said, it works fine...
Here's the screenshot:
[attachthumb=1]
4459  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 06, 2008, 01:20:14 PM
Yeah, I checked that, but it doesn't work for me.  I mean, it doesn't show the html pane content.
4460  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 06, 2008, 11:56:22 AM
Can someone help give me a template to export selected items to html?  I'm using the html export and I don't really have time to figure out how to make one.  The default works fine, but it doesn't show the contents of the html pane.  I need something that works just like default but also shows the html pane content.  Thanks.
4461  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 06, 2008, 11:42:30 AM
The latest SQLNotes seems to have issues with copy/paste in the html pane.  I don't know if that was fixed.  I also don't know about CH&S...I'm using ARSclip (sorry mouser!).

check that...the copy/paste has been fixed.
4462  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 05, 2008, 11:52:54 PM
The usercode (now called VBScript editor) is now divided into 3 sections:
1- system code  : supplied with the software
2- user code      : your code, common to all databases
3- database code: code specific to a given database

The priority is: 3 superceeds 2 which superceeds 1 (that is, if you have the same function name in user code and database code, the database code will run)

As your transcript grid is part of the sample database, I've also put it in System code (1) for now. When release time comes, it will most likely be moved to database code, where IMO it belongs really.

BTW, I'm now full-time on the calendar, a subject that you know quite a bit about... IYO is CalendarScope still the goal?
I see, that's very useful the way you've organized the code.

As for the calendar, yes, Calendarscope is still the best from what I've seen.  I can go into detail later, but it's distinguishing features are it's speed (lightweight), the way it handles colors and categories, and it's interface.

But I also know that most users will want a more complex calendar than what I'm used to using.  Especially since SN can do anything, they are going to want more complex management of appointments/tasks and linking with Outlook (probably) and stuff like that.  I can't even begin to think about it!
4463  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: October 05, 2008, 08:07:12 PM
I agree about the inheritance stuff (sorry, I missed this post forever).

Where are functions stored in SN?  I created my own functions a long time ago for my transcript grid, but since then I've uninstalled and overwritten the SN files many times over.  But the grid still works...so I was wondering where custom functions are stored.

By the way, I like the new name...InfoQube.
4464  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: List of newbie questions regarding software on: October 03, 2008, 01:10:02 PM
Hey!  Good choice for the name, I like it!

Paul, you and mouser are probably having similar difficulties with SQLNotes.  I had the same issues in the beginning (probably more).  Put in the effort to figure it out.  Most likely, if SN can't do what you're trying to do, there probably isn't another information management system available yet that can.
4465  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: September 27, 2008, 10:24:52 PM
It will be added in 7.x.
Yeah baby!  (does a little dance).
4466  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: September 27, 2008, 12:05:13 AM
No, I have not claimed that it's not possible to add a toolbar to Firefox. I've just said that is very complicated to offer the same functionality that the IE toolbar has. The reason for this is the Linux compatibility of Firefox. AFAIK it does not allow any DCOM servers (which the Linkman IE Toolbar is). 7.x will offer a Firefox toolbar in the future. It's not like we are not doing anything, Linkman has received 3 major updates in this year alone.
I see.  I don't really know what you are talking about with the technical stuff, but I'm glad to hear it's not impossible.  So, do you think it will be possible to add the three buttons to the toolbar like Powermarks used to have?  It doesn't seem very complicated...one button opens the main menu, another adds the current page to the bookmark and fills in all the fields as usual, the other "silently" adds the bookmark, meaning there's no confirmation dialog.  Couldn't this be done easily?
If not with buttons, couldn't this be done with hotkeys at least (or maybe it can already be done)?
The part I really want is when you press a button or a hotkey, the current page from Firefox is added to the Linkman list, with all the keywords and addresses filled out automatically.
4467  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: MiniReview of Linkman URL Organizer and Search Tool on: September 25, 2008, 01:26:03 AM
I posted this in the other thread here, but it warrants repeating.  I like how Linkman is super fast, reminds of the lightweight speed of Powermarks.  But it really is necessary to be able to create the three buttons that will work in Firefox (open main window, add bookmark, silently add bookmark).  With the exceptional gui configurability of the program, I think I'd be able to use it very well as a Powermarks replacement.

I forgot where I read it, but the Linkman author claimed that adding a Firefox plugin was impossible or something due to some technicality?  I just don't believe that.  Everyone else is making a plugin.  Please Linkman!  Don't make me beg...
4468  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 24, 2008, 12:26:38 PM
Another Suggestion for Power Favorites:

Option to hide the left window showing the categories/tags.  Sometimes it slows down the program, and I simply wouldn't use it that much.  I hide that window in Powermarks.

Also, have an option to have the program revert to the last used folder or a default folder after a bookmark is chosen.  Or if the list is filtered down during the last search, there should be an option to come back to that state next time you open the window or have it reset to some default state.
4469  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 24, 2008, 12:22:47 PM
love the MLO text:

This is a very useful program for you busybodies out there.
I’m not very busy myself, but I pretend to be with this program.
Ha, yeah.  Don't you ever do that?  Organize your tasks in a list or something and then realize you're not quite as busy and important as you think you are?  I use MLO at work and it's true that it's pretty full.  But I tried it at home to keep track of home chores (paying bills, cleaning, etc.).  THen I looked at it and I was like, this is silly.  I was using it as a way to avoid work.  Just go do the laundry, dammit!
4470  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 24, 2008, 12:14:55 PM
is the list going to be sorted in some way ? (alphabetical/other?)
or grouped for that matter ?
As for categories:
I will definitely have the list separated into categories when I get a chance.  This was very important to me.  However, wordpress can't organize the articles alphabetically or manually using the default functions.  It's primarily a blog format, so everything works in a chronological way.  So, I have to come up with some custom php code to organize the list just the way I want.  It took me a bit of work just to get it the way it is right now (I don't know any code, so I'm learning as I go).  So yes, the list will be very well organized when I figure out how.

Also, since there are a lot of programs, the list gets really long with the thumbnails.  I want to also have a 'compact' version of the list, with just the titles and maybe short descriptions organized a more tightly.

Also some alternatives listed for the software would be a great little addition. Something like mouser lists in the help files for his apps.
Great idea.  I don't know if I will do this because it's more work (sorry).  I've had a hard time (ask mouser) coming up with ways to contribute effectively to this site because my time is so limited.  I'll list alternatives (like I do in the Super FLexible review) if it just comes to me naturally.  But I don't want to spend a lot of time coming up with a list.  My hope is that when you see my recommendation, you try the software out, and it satisfies your needs and you won't need an alternative.

Believe me guys, I want to be as complete and detailed as possible, it's just a time thing.  But we all trust each other here.  Often, when someone recommends a software here, I don't even read too much about what they write about, I just go and download it.  I've never had a problem yet.  I've yet to have a dc member recommend a crappy software.  That's why it's awesome here.


Paul, I wasn't that offended, I'm a pretty mellow guy.  I just wanted to point it out.  I know where you're coming from, don't worry about it.  This is a different kind of forum, and people are doing such nice things for each other, we go out of our way to always be polite.  It starts from mouser and extends all the way down.
4471  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 24, 2008, 01:38:32 AM
I bet you like the long reviews, Paul!  You write the longest posts ever!  Ha!
I'm with you about the long, in-depth reviews.  But from a maintenance standpoint, it's impossible to keep up with it.  Like my Notetaking roundup, that thing took so long to do, I can barely ever do something like that again with all my other responsibilities.

Yes, it's nice to have somebody go in-depth into every feature of a piece of software, but for me at least, it would be impossible.  That's why I really liked Zaine's list, it's just a long list with short little blurbs about the software.  After trying out a couple of his suggestions, I realized I really trusted his opinions on this, so I could blindly select anything from the list and I know it would be good.  No need for some really long review.

And that's what these lists come down to...trust.  If you trust my choice in software, then you will trust most of what's in that list.  If not, sure, a long explanation will help, but it's still not quite as powerful as trust.

The other thing that you have to understand is that the majority of people are not like you.  They don't like to read super long posts nor do they write super long posts.  So, when they see an extremely long review about a piece of software they are considering, they may not even have th motivation to read the whole thing and just ignore it as soon as they see the length.  You write some seriously long posts, brother, and as much as I like reading your posts, I know for a fact that most people would not pay attention to everything you write (I'm not normal either!).

So, you prefer to be really, really complete and extremely detailed when you write something.  But that's not necessarily better than taking a step back, and just concentrating what you want to say in a very short, concise way.  That is what Zaine is so good at in his list.  In a couple of sentences, you get the idea.  Now go download the software and play with it.

The way that you get turned off by a short, not detailed review is the most people would get turned off by an extremely long review.

And yes, you're exactly right when you say it would be ideal to have a short excerpt and a super long article for each piece of software on the list.  But I don't have the time, no way.  I wanted to be able to reach and help as many people as I could with the limited amount of time I have to spend on these software reviews, and doing it the short way is the best way in this case.  The 1% of the additional population I would reach (like you) with a very long review wouldn't justify the extreme time spent writing the review.


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Oh that sucks.
I definitely did not appreciate that comment.  I understand what you are saying.  But my list is sort of a "thank you" to DC members, and you just can't say that.  Even though I don't write the details, I put a lot of thought and experience into what appears in that list.  I can talk for pages about exactly what I like about each and every one of those programs, I just don't have the time to write it all out.  This forum here is very special, and there's a lot of trust between the members.  Don't devalue the importance of that trust.
4472  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Someone MUST make a new PowerMarks program. on: September 23, 2008, 05:45:29 PM
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Additionally, in Powermarks, if you pressed the down key from the search box, it would immediately go into the list and you could navigate to the desired bookmark.  This was good for quick keyboard navigation.  I always wished that if you pressed the UP key from the top item, it would go back to the search box, but it didn't.  This is where Power Favorites can improve on that feature.

My bad, this is already implemented in Power Favorites.  Nice!
4473  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Superior Software List on: September 23, 2008, 05:41:55 PM
Ha!!  Hmm...the man has good taste, you must admit.
4474  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / The Superior Software List on: September 23, 2008, 04:33:58 PM
The Superior Software List

I have finally begun work on the list of software I recommend.  I modeled it after Zaine's list, and since he doesn't 'do' Windows software anymore, I hope you can rely on my picks as trustworthy recommendations.

PS I know I already posted this in my general website announcement here, but that thread is ultra boring, I know.  This software list is especially dedicated to the members here.  Thanks to DC for hosting my site also.  This is a great place.
4475  DonationCoder.com Software / Post New Requests Here / Re: REQUEST: DonationCoder Song on: September 23, 2008, 10:10:34 AM
By the way i really like your new website design/theme.   thumbs up
Thanks!  I do too.  The designer's name is Justin Tadlock, and he's been very helpful to me for this wordpress stuff.
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