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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: August 27, 2015, 04:44:43 PM
Two cartoons from The Oldie magazine, May 2015.


2  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: LastPass alternatives? (including premium LP) on: August 25, 2015, 04:17:36 PM
I wrote to LastPass support about this and they said it was for their stupid LastPass browser that is also built into the app. I told them the browser was superfluous and that they should separate it into another app if they wanted to include that functionality, because all I wanted from them was to be able to store and retrieve my passwords. They didn't really respond to that.
Isn't the problem that Google won't allow extensions to be added to any Android browser by a third party, so the only way to make logins seamless is for the password program's authors make their own browser with the functionality built in?  At least, that's what I thought from reading Sticky Password's information.

Every so often, the browser extension's auto-form-fill functionality stops working on sites where it has worked for months (or years). The only way I've found to get it to start working again is to delete the "site" and create it again.
I have a vaguely similar problem.  I usually use Sticky Password's floating window.  Occasionally it won't work with Opera for Android.  This appears to be Opera's problem, not SP's, as I also run Clipper+ and find that SP has sent the relevant information to the clipboard.  In other words, Opera temporarily won't accept a paste.  Rebooting doesn't always clear the problem.  However, I also have UC Browser HD as well as Sticky Password's own Sticky Browser, so one or other should work (I hope).

Is there anything out there that provides the convenience of LastPass (secure cloud storage/retrieval) for Android without any of the extra crap?
You'd probably feel SP has too much fluff and horsefeathers as well smiley  But you don't have to actually use all of it.
3  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander Professional for PC 79% off $29.99 on: August 25, 2015, 03:37:42 PM
Both TA and Breevy have portable versions.  Instant Text doesn't, that I know of.

You might care to look at John Knowles' ABCZ Typing Abbreviation System for one rational approach to choosing short forms.

There are many threads on DC about text expanders and similar applications - worth reviewing, though many are getting old, and some are heated.  For all the software they mention, they aren't complete.  Text expanders and similar products are quite a big category, though a requirement for portability winnows them out.
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Show us the View Outside Your Window on: August 24, 2015, 04:41:12 PM
If that's Illinois, global warming is worse than I thought...   smiley
5  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PhraseExpander Professional for PC 79% off $29.99 on: August 24, 2015, 04:38:08 PM
There's also Typing Assistant by SumitSoft. I like the comprehensive feature set: it offers text completion as well as abbreviation expansion, plus auto-learn, auto-correct, clipboard and a launcher.  I have mixed feelings about it because of what is for me a serious drawback.  Most earlier versions of TA don't play nicely with clipboard managers, failing to enter the full text (type the short form and sometimes nothing happens).  It has its own on-board clipboard extender, but that is no match for the features of CHS or ArsClip.  6.1 was the first exception I noticed; it works happily with several clipboard managers.  I think 7.0 failed (not sure), but 7.1 seems OK on short acquaintance.

There have been times when I could type too fast for Typing Assistant to keep up, but that's probably just me and my PC.

Breevy is a good expander and corrector, but doesn't offer text completion.  I would dearly like it to have.  Comfort Keys, which is primarily a keyboard macro program, has quite a good completer - but not an expander!  I also have Instant Text, the most powerful expander, slightly more expensive than the top-level versions of Phrase Expander and Phrase Express.  It too is strongly oriented towards medical transcripionists, and doesn't have a completer, but has very good import features to ingest a corpus of text, analyse it, make appropriate short forms, and massage everything to your style.  DC has a rather old review thread of an earlier version of Instant Text.
6 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: July 20, 2015, 05:25:33 PM
there's really no easy alternative to Hotkeyz.
I was sorry to see that HotKeyz's web site had disappeared...  Does HotkeyP, which is probably the closest freeware, work on Win10?  With or without NirCmd to add extra features?  Otherwise, you might want to look at something like Comfort Keys or Key Manager, which, being paywares, might have some hope of keeping up with Windows versions.
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommend image file renamer/renumberer for slide shows, please? on: June 28, 2015, 05:56:39 PM
FSViewer can do that.
Yesss!  Grin

I was thrown off by having a left-side box for adding files, where they're in standard Windows sort order, and a right-hand input list where they're in the order you've drag-and-dropped them.  Had to look twice at the input list.  Very useful feature.

Many thanks indeed!
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Nifty FREE Utility to do almost anything to a filename in Windows on: June 22, 2015, 05:11:06 PM
I used to do stupid TSRs if you remember those.
I remember RAM-cram as well  ohmy
9 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: June 22, 2015, 05:05:49 PM
There's no content on their web site, so can't get to article 449 directly.  They appear to publish a CD of all issues on an annual basis, but there will obviously be a wait for 2015.
10 Software / N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 Release - Splat (Simple Program Launching and Termination) on: June 19, 2015, 04:38:35 PM
In case you didn't see it, a recommendation for Splat in the UK magazine ComputerActive, issue 451, 10-23 June 2015.  Can't seem to send an attachment by PM, so attached here.  I didn't see the earlier article they reference.  I wish they'd added that though Splat's free, you accept donations...
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Recommend image file renamer/renumberer for slide shows, please? on: June 07, 2015, 04:44:41 PM
If you use Windows Photo Gallery, or IrfanView, or whatever image file viewer, it will present a series of images in the usual alphanumeric filename order.  Often I wouldn't want to do that, but to present a series in the logical order of telling a story, as it were.  Of course, you can easily rename images, but it's not quite so easy to rename a series and get the sequence right.

What I think I'd like is a program that presents a screen of thumbnails, or a bit bigger than thumbnails, and lets you drag and drop them into a visually pleasing order regardless of their current filenames, with, please, keyboard means of doing the same thing.  When they're ordered to one's satisfaction, press a button that would rename/renumber them by prepending numbers in the new sequence to their existing names.  That should make them play in the right order in any image viewer.  As a valuable refinement, the ability to click or press Enter on an image and have IrfanView or one's preferred image viewer present the image full size.

Is there such a thing, please?
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: recommend form-filler/pasword manager, please? on: June 07, 2015, 04:28:00 PM
I use KeePassDroid too and I really try to avoid using it because it's such a time-consuming process to get a password out of it.
I know exactly what you mean.  Try Sticky Password, per Innuendo's suggestion.  It can be set up to have a floating window with userID and password fields, and using it is  much less fuss.  However, data is sent via the Android clipboard, which is some level of security breach in itself, more so if you use a clipboard manager like Clipper+.
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Re: Android: recommend form-filler/pasword manager, please? on: June 07, 2015, 04:16:56 PM
Thanks, folks; currently trialling Sticky Password, special thanks to Innuendo.  SP for Android is slightly odd, because it forces you to set up an online account.  Normally I'd bale out at that point, expecting virtual hands palpating my wallet, but they say it's free, so I persevered.  The very next question is enable or disable the online account!  I chose the latter, partly for trial, and because I can sync by other means (I hope). Strange way of doing things.

I also dug around in their FAQ:
Which browsers do you support on mobile devices? (Android)
Due to the respective vendor's policies (legal restrictions) it is currently not possible for us to make autofill working on default mobile browsers (Safari for iOS and Chrome for Android). We simply are legally not allowed to put any add-ons or plugins there. So that is a reason for having our own embedded Sticky browser in the application. Its not that convenient as on desktop where we have plugins for all the most popular browsers, but its an option reflecting the legal rules.

The other option is to use the floating window and copy&paste the credentials (login and password) into the respective fields. Floating window can be used generally with any mobile application as its floating above it. We already have some further ideas of how to make the workflow here a bit more convenient. These ideas will be implemented in next builds.

Then there are 3rd party browsers like for example Dolphin for Android - for these we are considering (as there are no restrictive legal boundaries for us) to create an autofill add-on.
What I really wanted was a password keeper that can automatically fill forms.  From that, it seems that's not universally possible owing to restrictions built into the OS.  Sigh.
14  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Replace any string (even several lines) in multiple word files on: June 04, 2015, 05:28:39 PM
Text Workbench
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Newer password keepers/form-fillers - anyone using Dashlane or 1Password? on: June 04, 2015, 05:22:47 PM
I use KeePass, KeePassDroid, and AI RoboForm for Windows; I'm aware that lots of people like LastPass, and DC has mentions of others, e.g Password Depot.  I've recently seen references to 1Password and Dashlane, both of which seem cloud-based.  Please, does anyone have experience of these, especially compared to the ones mentioned above?
16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Non-Windows Software / Android: recommend form-filler/pasword manager, please? on: June 04, 2015, 05:01:07 PM
All my passwords start in KeePass, and I use KeePassDroid on Android.  This works well enough, probably because I also run Clipper+ , but I'd quite like to have an automatic form-filler like RoboForm - preferably without having to pay an annual subscription...  Any suggestions, please?
17 Software / Mouser's Zone / Re: do you have some software to do this? on: May 22, 2015, 03:05:08 PM
Arsclip is good but I have never figured out how to merge clips -- or maybe it doesn't have that feature.
You can merge clips with ArsClip, it just doesn't use the term "merge" to describe it.  Here's how:

1. Pop up the Clip List
2. Choose Pasting Tools > Paste Selected Text...
3. Mark the clips you want merged
4. Click the Paste button
5. Choose from Paste (direct) or Clipboard Only, both in either forward or reverse order.
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Recommended replacemnt for Push The Friggin Button (PTFB)? on: May 21, 2015, 04:48:11 PM
Have you tried starting the offending program from a command prompt, using START /MIN?

Have you checked the Troubleshooting section in PTFB's Help file?

There don't seem to be many dedicated alternatives now - RTVReco is really ancient - but a couple of free ones to try might be ClickOff and PowerPro (which does an awful lot more, and isn't for the fainthearted).

[Edit at UK time 2015-05-22, 21:07:-]
WARNING: I just tried ClickOff on Vista, and it was not a happy experience at all. Best left for legacy XP systems, perhaps.  YMMV.

Three auto-clickers I've recently found, and haven't yet even downloaded, so don't know if they really do the same thing:
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: A website where online folks can "sign" a card digitally - then send by mail on: March 24, 2015, 04:29:51 PM
Oh, I mentioned on IRC...but you never mentioned wanting "multiple people" to sign it...don't think you can do that on there tbh
There's also
At least some of these can - I think - print images on the back as well, or at least, more than one image?  If so, could the organizer collect the signatures, then combine them into a graphic image, and use that?
20  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: text to phone on: March 22, 2015, 05:49:29 PM
EssentialPIM (EPIM).  The PC and Android versions can be synchronized by pointing them at your router.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Note/Idea taking software! on: March 22, 2015, 05:44:20 PM
If you're going the sticky notes route, you might like
Both popular on DC.  Popular two-pane organizers include RightNote (free, standard and pro versions).

AML Pages (payware) is a tree-form organizer with sticky notes as well, but I haven't tried its sticky notes.
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Batch find/replace multiple strings in a single text file on: March 18, 2015, 04:44:04 PM
You might try a free-standing bulk search-and-replace utility.  If you're happy with console mode and/or command lines, try the freeware MiniTrue, though on Windows it's probably better to use the version tweaked by Jason Hood here.  If you'd prefer WinGUI, take a look at the  two related programs HandyFile Find And Replace and Text Workbench.  I've used both MiniTrue and Text Workbench in the (distant) past.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Windows 10 will be free for "genuine and non-genuine" users on: March 18, 2015, 04:30:49 PM
The way I read it, from one of the UK magazines, was that the upgrade was automatic provided that you had automatic Windows updates turned on.  In other words, you wouldn't get a disk.  Given my very unhappy experience with the Vista Update from Hell detailed in Windows Update disaster - recovery help, please!, I would be very wary at allowing automatic Windows updates.  I know there are services like Winows Secrets that check their toxicity, but it's hard work going through all those numerically-named updates.  Oddly, when checking Windows Secrets' URL, I happened upon their 12th March 2015 post, which by amazing coincidence is New ways to get free Windows-installation media.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Note/Idea taking software! on: March 18, 2015, 04:06:54 PM
hulkbuster, there are already any number of threads on DC about notetaking!  If you only want notes, not reminders, you might look at MemPad (free) or CintaNotes (free and payware versions), both of them portable.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: What books are you reading? on: March 16, 2015, 05:51:52 PM
Currently reading:
   Resurrection Engines ed. Scott Harrison
15 steampunk responses to (mostly) 19th century fiction, e.g. Kim Lakin-Smith's conflation of Peter Pan with The Island of Doctor Moreau, Adam Roberts on the [C]rime of the Ancient Mariner, and Juliet McKenna's feminist response to Rider Haggard's She.

Just finished:
   The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
One of the ur-texts of fantasy and science fiction
   Soul of the Fire by Elliot Pattison
Latest in his "Inspector Shan" mysteries set in present-day Tibet, this one focuses on the increasing number of self-immolations of a people unable to express their protests in other ways.
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