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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 24, 2015, 09:48:36 AM
Also, of course, Search Everything does not index files; it can only search file and folder names. It cannot search any file contents. While file names only is OK for me maybe 75% of the time, I still need to search file contents enough that Everything simply can't do it all for me.

Jim
2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 22, 2015, 11:08:20 PM
Looks interesting.

Thanks for the heads-up and link!

Jim
3  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SoftMaker (makers of SoftOffice) moving away from eM Client to Thunderbird on: March 22, 2015, 01:43:01 AM
I switched from Microsoft Office 2010 to SoftMaker Office Pro 12 but recently switched back due to a few notable bugs and excluded features that turned out to be too much to accept.

One biggie is that in PlanMaker - similar to Excel - it insisted on saying I was using the German version - but only with regard to the date format. I would have to change it every time I entered dates in any spreadsheet. Support insisted that it should be using the Windows Regional settings on my computer, but that is US English and PlanMaker agreed - except for the damn date format! Also, PlanMaker always puts date columns in "latest date first" or descending order, which is the opposite of Excel. Besides that, while PlanMaker does use functions like Excel, it doesn’t recognize formulae already created in Excel when you import Excel spreadsheets, thus all my existing formulae were considered invalid and I would have to recreate them in a manner that PlanMaker understood - which was not always easy to do.

Bottom line, I wouldn’t always remember to fix all PlanMaker's little bugs before sending the spreadsheet out and recipients inevitably got confused! I reinstalled Excel last week.

Jim
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: The conflict of interest that is Google on: March 21, 2015, 06:14:51 AM
That's rich!

Actually, while it is funny as hell, the Onion's usual tinge of truth makes it just a little painful to laugh much at it. And so my abject hate of all things Goldman Sachs grows ever stronger!

Thanks.

Jim
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Sorry, Ebooks. These 9 Studies Show Why Print Is Better on: March 05, 2015, 11:04:16 PM
I love printed books! And I own a good many of them. I also own several hundred ebooks - actually I think I'm almost up to 1,000 ebooks. Several hundred printed books.

Many of the printed books I own are old and out-of-print. Those aren't available in electronic format for the most part. All of my printed books that also have ebooks available, I also own the ebooks. It’s the best of both worlds! While I love to sit in my easy chair and curl up with a big old printed book - I have hundreds of really neat bookmarks! - I also love - even a bit more perhaps - the ability to open the ebook version on my computer and copy a reference or a favorite passage. Or print out the next few chapters I want to read so I can take it with me to places where I don’t have digital access and I do not wish to carry a few big books around with me.

I guess I'm old enough to still love a good hardbound book and yet also love the convenience of having digital access, particularly for the same books.

Jim
6  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: TreeProjects 40% off on: March 02, 2015, 06:13:59 AM
TreeProjects available again today at Bits:  $19.60 for the version that's normally $49.00.

Sorry for resurrecting such an old thread, but it's the only one with any info about TreeProjects that I found here.

Is there any more info from users of it since this thread died previously?

Thanks!

Jim
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Google designing the font of the future on: February 16, 2015, 06:33:49 AM
Looks OK to me...  As long as web designers refrain from using it in a light gray color on a white or gray background!!!

Jim
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: January 29, 2015, 09:11:35 PM
Howdy, Mr. Darwin. Long time no see.

Thank you for the very concise yet very comprehensive review of your search programs.  :-)

It sounds like you have a monster machine there, and for X1 to be able to slow it down is really saying something!

Thanks.

Jim
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: January 11, 2015, 06:43:41 AM
Thanks jity2. Lots of good info in your post!

Jim
10  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: January 10, 2015, 12:05:20 PM
Innuendo,
I agree completely with most of your comments above. There are a couple there that I haven't tried yet. Never heard of Ultrafinder; not sure if it is new or has just been way under the radar.

Your comments on X1 and Copernic are right on. X1 is definitely a strange company IMO; e.g., for a long time - until very recently - you had to use Internet Explorer in order to use their forum! And it seemed like Copernic banished all decent program development when they dropped their free search program. Once you had to start paying the bugs and poor UI appeared.

I did use Agent Ransack for a while, but kept forgetting that I had it installed and so rarely used it.

Presently I use mostly Everything and Windows Search on my computer. They get the job done... Kinda. But I still yearn for a good standalone desktop search program. (Think that's the first time I have ever actually typed the word "yearned"!) 

I'll have to take another look at File Locator Pro.

I'm surprised that you didn't mention Archivarius in your post. That seemed to be a popular choice not too long ago, but I don't see it mentioned much lately.

I am very interested in what you said about Listary Pro in your post. I have been using that for a while but mostly using it for fast access to file locations when saving or opening files. I really need to bone up on the rest of its features!

My file manager of choice has been Directory Opus for the last four or five years. However since about a week before Thanksgiving Dopus has not worked for me. It apparently starts but is not accessible. My system has had a lot of BSODs lately and I just found out that it has a memory problem, too. So it might be my system that's preventing Dopus from running correctly, or it could be an issue with Dopus 11. (I've seen a few other users post about this problem on their forum). So I'll probably be addressing desktop search after getting my machine fixed and most likely reinstalling Windows on it.

Please pardon any typos or formatting issues in this post; I'm typing it on my phone since my computer is just about unusable now.  smiley

Thanks!

Jim
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Directory Opus 11 Released! on: December 24, 2014, 12:34:37 AM
Dopus 11 stopped working on my computer altogether!! Cannot figure out what is wrong. Spent some time on their forum but no one else has any ideas either.

My computer does have a bad memory stick - I believe - and I'm testing all sticks in all slots to find the mem problem now. Don’t know if that caused my Dopus issue, but presently, though Dopus 11 is installed and licensed, it will not run at all. Frustrating as hell!!

Jim
12  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: December 13, 2014, 10:38:23 PM
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There was a problem unzipping the series data. You might have to run epCheck as an administrator.

I am running as an administrator, so is this a serious issue?

Same issue here. First I get an error message saying the program cannot run and to try running as administrator. Then it says it cannot open the zipped archive, and the same "run as administrator" comment again.

I am running it as administrator in the first place. Epcheck does eventually open however it takes a very long time opening each series, and the program becomes unresponsive a lot of the time. This was all since I installed the latest beta version. I finally uninstalled it and reinstalled the previous version. (Properties dialog says the File Version is 1.1.4.1 and the Program Version is 1.1.13.0).

Thanks!

Jim
13  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: December 11, 2014, 12:05:05 AM
Just installed the beta with the monthly view. Can you please add the option to allow "Monday" to be the first day of the week? I hate calendars with Sunday as the first day!

Thanks!

Jim
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: NaNoWriMo ... the gruelling writing event for 2014 on: November 30, 2014, 01:45:48 AM
Someone (from an intro I have lost) said that Balzac damaged his writing skill by essentially being forced by life to write too fast

How could anyone who was not a contemporary and close personal friend of Balzac possibly know that to be true? Seriously. huh

I drives me crazy when biographers or 'intro' writers present their personal opinions or conclusions about about something in an author's life as an established fact. Perhaps it makes for a quotable line or two in a review. But it usually has scant basis in fact.



Your thought there reminds me of a forum post I read about six or seven years ago in a forum dedicated to school children learning about and having homework assignments on Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird". The forum was always filled with posts by students asking inane questions like "What does Boo Radley represent?" and "What is the meaning of the dog being shot in relation to the death of a mockingbird?" Apparently teachers tend to ask students to over-analyze the hell out of every aspect of the book. Harper Lee, who would stop in from time to time and directly answer questions from students, posted something on the order of "Why do so many teachers insist on asking students to come up with answers or speculation on such topics? Did you ever consider that I just wrote that because it appealed to me and sounded just right?" She sounded a bit aggravated about reading so many "themes" teachers were tasking their students with. Not surprisingly that post didn't seem to change a thing.

I agree that critics love to fabricate the thoughts and ideas of writers past when they have no real knowledge of their thoughts and reasons.

(Damn! I printed the exchange out back then but I fear that I lost it.   Cry  )

Jim
15  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: November 18, 2014, 04:06:54 PM
Darn if that isn't the most polite feature request I've seen!

Jim

Hmm, looking at your sig I can't tell if you're being sarcastic or not. Just so you know, I'm licensed to carry, and I've warn the nickel off the trigger smiley

Not sarcastic at all! The post, that is. As for the signature?  Hmmm..   Wink

Jim
16  Special User Sections / N.A.N.Y. 2014 / Re: NANY 2014 Release - epCheck on: November 18, 2014, 11:44:38 AM
Darn if that isn't the most polite feature request I've seen!

Jim
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 02:24:31 PM
Thanks for the info and advice Tomos.

Jim
18  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 12:17:54 PM
OK, thanks Supe! BTW, mine only checks manually; can't find any setting to auto-check for updates. Same for you?

Jim
19  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Super Flexible File Synchronizer Mini-Review on: November 17, 2014, 12:14:01 PM
Hmm.. I didn't receive any notification about V.7. And when I click on "Check for Updates" it tells me that V.6.73 is available. (I presently have V.6.67d)

Were you notified about the new version, Tom?

Thank you.

Jim
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Where do you buy your printer ink? on: November 17, 2014, 12:13:46 AM
For my Epson inkjet printers I had very good luck with 123 InkJets

I used cartridges from the same company (123inkjets) for my Canon All-in-Ones (830 & 860), though I purchased them from Amazon. Never had a problem with them at all. I never even got a dry cartridge.

When I got my Epson Workforce AIO I couldn't find ink cartridges for it from that company on Amazon, unfortunately.

Jim
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Internet freedoms restrained - SOPA/PIPA/OPEN/ACTA/CETA/PrECISE-related updates on: November 15, 2014, 12:24:19 AM
How did that happen? Why did he have it taken down?

Jim
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: jv16 PowerTools - using Indiegogo to 'fund'' open-sourcing it on: November 14, 2014, 11:24:57 PM
OK - Either Macecraft is at it again, or someone is appropriating their name and trying to pull something.

I just received an email - ostensibly from Macecraft - offering their latest - jv16 PowerTools X. Now we have already seen where Jouni - the developer - has moved to Thailand and left his staff stuck to answer questions, all without pay. Why would we believe that he is back developing this program?

Oh - and the URL it tries to send you to is an odd one. Definitely not the old Macecraft site. (I didn't try it - don’t want to catch anything).

Jim
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: November 10, 2014, 12:29:30 AM
Amazon Echo: What Amazon says about their new whatchamacallit thingie - Amazon Echo is designed around your voice. It's always on—just ask for information, music, news, weather, and more. Echo begins working as soon as it hears you say the wake word, "Alexa." It's also an expertly-tuned speaker that can fill any room with immersive sound.

Here's a funny remix that shows what Echo might do.

Jim

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijLoiVkmYI" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GijLoiVkmYI</a>
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 06, 2014, 05:04:11 AM
Not for me! Too many other ways to see such "other things" without having to put up with David Hasselhoff.

Jim
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Thoughts on the tech on the TV show Scorpion? on: November 05, 2014, 11:19:54 PM
Deozaan,

Why none of that matters even a little bit:  Television "dramas" are not considered to be serious or anything at all like reality. They are pure escapism, nothing more, nothing less.

To wit: Baywatch lasted on the air for 11 seasons - that's 242 episodes! - and was one of the most watched shows in the world. (And that isn't counting the spin-offs Baywatch Nights or Baywatch Hawaii).

Jim

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