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901  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: So how long IS too long for a thread. on: March 25, 2008, 06:43:09 PM
I've come late to some very long threads and sometimes, when the subject interests me enough, have read the whole thread. Usually going backwards in time first and occasionally going through again forwards to make sure I have fully followed it.

Some threads though don't really have a single thread. The 'recent' Evernote thread for instance started on EN2.2 and ended on EN3, with the obligatory diversion onto SQLnotes for a time. Moderators on some boards would proactively split threads like that. Would that be better? It would certainly be a bigger workload for the mods.

Some of my favourite boards don't have separate forums and don't have threads. There is just a single continuous series of posts. One I am looking at now has nearly 250,000 posts. Now that is what I call a long thread.  Grin
902  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: XP's slow death is approaching, according to Microsoft's timeline on: March 25, 2008, 12:40:25 PM
I agree. If they want to hang on to the monopoly, they will have to release their post Vista windows before killing XP off AND it will have to be much better than Vista.

tbh, it doesn't matter greatly to me. I've got every system installed with Linux too (apart from the Vista laptop and that might change soon as I'm told it has got much slower). I won't be installing Vista on any system that currently has XP and I'll just keep XP going unless it becomes too risky or unproductive.
903  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 25, 2008, 12:33:12 PM
Double-click below the list of items (in the grid, adds a new item. Click on the HTML pane to start entering text
That's the one; it's always nice to be reassured that everything can be done with mouse or keyboard. smiley
904  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 25, 2008, 12:32:05 PM
If you really want to steal Evernote users away
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 what makes Evernote so great--you just type the word you're looking for and that entire list filters down to a few items.

But a big advantage of Evernote is its ability to read handwriting & images. I had thought that one nice little task that needs doing and I could try SQLnotes on was recording the bottles in my wine cellar (just a little wine cellar in case you are wondering) - what's in the bottles and their position in the racks. Then I realised that the easiest and most comprehensive approach would actually be to photograph the fronts and backs of the bottles and just load the photos into Evernote. No need to write, no need to type, no need to worry about fields etc.
905  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 25, 2008, 12:25:04 PM
  • Press F12 to move to the grid
  • Press INS to add a new item
  • Press F12 to move focus to the HTML pane

  • Hit shortcut key. A dialog comes up where you can enter the item title. A drop-down matches existing ones.
  • If you select an existing one, focus goes to that item
  • If what you typed does not match an existing one, a new item is created

If you hit a different shortcut (say CTRL-L), the same dialog opens but allows you to create a link to an existing or a new item.

This is all well and good for people who do everything by the keyboard, but what about mouse users?
906  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Share Large Files Immediately With Eatlime on: March 24, 2008, 07:00:57 PM
No request for email addresses to upload. I'd use a temporary one anyway for a site I did not completely trust.
907  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Share Large Files Immediately With Eatlime on: March 24, 2008, 06:34:59 PM
None of these services are doing this just because they like us.  I do wish that companies providing free applications or services would come clean and tell us how they're making their money from their respective applications/services.

Statements like the above by Filedropper always make me feel a little itchy for some reason!!   ohmy Wink

Agreed. Even stranger when the site has a couple of small google ads that appear to be advertising competitors!  cheesy
908  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Share Large Files Immediately With Eatlime on: March 24, 2008, 06:28:02 PM
Another issue I have:  I can't seem to access their Privacy Policy.
I don't know that I would worry too much about privacy if I were using this sort of service. I'd always make sure that anything I uploaded was very well encrypted and that should be that.

So it is OK for them - or any online service - not to have a privacy policy because we should all be careful? I disagree; it is still a matter of trust to some extent! My opinion anyway. smiley

I don't really disagree. It's just that I don't trust anyone.
909  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 24, 2008, 06:25:17 PM
Thanks for the comments Armando. I'll be trying a few things out.

For web images I'd either paste them in the html pane (or use ctrl+alt+n -- to call the "add item" window -- and paste it in the html part)
Tried this and no dice. No image will paste in the html pane. Copy image to clipboard from webpage - but nothing to paste in this pane.
910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Share Large Files Immediately With Eatlime on: March 24, 2008, 05:20:58 PM
Another issue I have:  I can't seem to access their Privacy Policy.
I don't know that I would worry too much about privacy if I were using this sort of service. I'd always make sure that anything I uploaded was very well encrypted and that should be that.
911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Share Large Files Immediately With Eatlime on: March 24, 2008, 05:13:54 PM
Lifehacker also seems to be suggesting filedropper.com which will take files up to 5GB - no upload progress meter though (so they say - I haven't tried it).

From the filedropper website:-
FileDropper.com was created as a fresh alternative to sites like MegaUpload and RapidShare. Unlike those sites, we do not reel the user in and make them wait for annoying countdown timers. We do not hide the download link with aggressively placed ads.

Our goal is simple, to offer the most basic file hosting service so you can share your stuff quickly.

How long are the files kept?
The files are kept forever as long as they are being downloaded.

Is the upload size really 5 GB?
Yes.

Why is FileDropper doing this?
To make the process a lot simpler, and because we know how annoying it is to not be able to share files.
912  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Software to visually track network connection/map. on: March 24, 2008, 04:56:36 PM
Visual Route isn't perfect. On one check, it had my route crssing from NY to LA and then back east to Green Bay. The end point server is actually in LA, so I don't know what is going on with Visual Route here.
913  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 24, 2008, 01:54:50 PM
I’m going to try to help, but don’t get me wrong : for me it’s not important whether someone likes SQLNotes or not.
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That was long… Sorry.
Thanks for the response and your time. Certainly not too long - gives me(us) a better chance of understanding. I wouldn't be posting in the thread at so much length if I were not intrigued by the idea of SQLnotes and the enthusiasm of its users.

Definition? To me SQLNotes function and purpose is fairly easy to summarize: as a freeform database with a very flexible UI, its function is to allow you to store, organize, search, filter, display a great variety of data type (numbers and text and even images and eventually other media -- that's already possible in a way through links) for different purposes. SQLNotes probably works best if you are willing to be a bit creative. Does that help??
Certainly does. Suggests to me that it is an all-purpose database/spreadsheet tool.

Will presumably have the advantage of all such tools in being very flexible, and the disadvantage that it will either be relatively simple in what it can do or relatively complex in how it does it (or somewhere in the middle of the two). My guess is that you would not use SQLnotes for all jobs where you might think of using Excel or Access and that it therefore falls in the relatively simple group. This is not meant to be a derogatory comment - I have far more uses for a tool to tackle relatively simple tasks than I have for an ultra powerful freeform database. From what you say, I would see it as a tool for managing, questioning and viewing information of personal interest. Do I want to keep track of my blood pressure, my weight or my exercise regime? Or what seeds I have planted and where and what happened to them. Potentially much bigger and more complex - I can see from your description that it could even be set up to imitate a program such as Liquid Story Blender.

Yes, some of the programs you cite  have a very specific purposes and some of them "force" a fairly specific vision of how one should structure or display a particular type of data.
True. Maybe it is just the way I think, but I find it easier when I have a very clear idea of a program's function and how I would use it ... and I've never been tempted to be a coder. smiley

As for me, I find I often (but not always : it depends on the tasks and the purpose of the software) spend more time trying to circumvent and creatively overcome software limitations than spending time trying to understand how to use more flexible ones.
Oh so true.

Ease of use is important, and I hope that SQLNotes will become more and more easy to use (Pierre will possibly start working on a beginner interface). But what appears easy is often very dependent on the context and the individual. And so I don't find SQLNotes particularly hard to grasp, but YES, it does lack good documentation right now, and some icons can be a bit unfamiliar. But the documentation already available should still help you with the first steps. Then there's the forum.
I accept that it is a Beta in very rapid development. The documentation won't keep up (and that's fine as it would only have to be changed again as the prog changes). If I know what I'm trying to use it for, that gives me something to work with.

You can link images to the database. Drag and drop anything into a grid and it will create an item or subitem. If it's an image, just open the image viewer (view--> image viewer), and you'll be able to see your image. 
I tried this with a png file and a jpg file. The file name appeared in the grid, the image viewer opened up when I clicked on the menu item - but nothing appeared in it even though the image file was selected.

And when you say link, does that mean it is only a link? If the original file moves location will that mean that SQLnotes will lose it?

But Drag and drop (files to the grid) works very well. What do you mean when you says "drag and drop stuff from outside to within the prog" ?
That something could be selected from anywhere and dragged and dropped (or cut and pasted) into SQLnotes. Did not seem to work for images, only for files already saved on to the system.

I had really expected to see the images appear in the html pane rather than a separate undocked viewer (assuming they had appeared). I would really expect to see them in a pane. And I would prefer not to have to go through a menu to see them. I'd really like a choice in settings - 'text only', 'text + images' etc. I really like the Dopus and ToDoList approaches where there is a huge amount of power and customisation available in configuration settings and nearly everything else you want to do can be done by visible buttons.

I suppose that means I probably prefer the ribbon to the old MS menus.  ohmy

SQLNotes will be able to import/export more easily very soon. Pierre could probably say when...
I'm eagerly waiting for better import export functionality too. But one thing at a time. Outlook is next on the list. And much more coming.
That's very good. Hopefully will support The Bat too. Though I think I've already come to accept that I will have to use Outlook even if it is just as a portal to communicate between programs and devices.

I'd certainly want items to be hierarchical and tagable.
Hierarchies? Well, nothing could be easier in SQLNotes.

Tags? There are different way of tagging right now (using fields, or keywords in the category field), but Pierre is working on yet another method with a special "multi selection" field.
Hierarchies accepted. I could drag and drop the items on the item menu one to another. Very good.

Will be glad to see tags coming into use.

Easy additions to data and easy changes of views.
I find it incredibly easy to add data. Click (or press f2) in a field and type! Add as many columns/fields as you want.
I suppose my idea of adding data (in any form) is taking it from one place and putting it in another. Mostly my keyboard just lies to my side and I do everything with the mouse. If I'm creating stuff myself, I may type (I do touch type at a pretty good speed) as I do with posts like this, or may dictate with Dragon.

I'd quite like a 'View' grid/filter where I could specify what I wanted shown and it did it. I can understand the prog as a huge personal database; but to use it, I would need many input and output templates.
Change views : For that, you can either create as many grids as you want, and/or use the column filters, the date filters, the alphanumeric filters, etc. smiley

You can have as many input or output templates as you want. There are forms for input.

Again : create grids for output, and/or you could learn how to use the numerous filters.

More user friendly filters are in the making. But there are already many easy to use filters using the GUI : date, Alphanumeric, column filters, etc.
Sounds good. I'm clearly going to have to put stuff in so I can try all these ways of getting it out. Wink

I think we're all working to make suggestions to improve SQLNotes' user friendliness.
I think this really matters for an all purpose tool. A specific tool for a specific job can afford to be more complex and convoluted because your understanding of the specific job will give you an understanding of the types of thing the tool must do.

Quote from: Armando link=topi huh :huh:c=10432.msg106949#msg106949 date=1206339115
It can use different backend and Pierre is already working on a SQL Server version.
I'm glad about this. When I bought IdImager, I bought the Pro version just because it was based on SQLserver rather than JET. (Though the latest version has stopped using JET and uses SQLite and SQLserver - and I decided to use the SQLite version huh)

Quote from: Armando link=topi huh :huh:c=10432.msg106949#msg106949 date=1206339115
If it doesn't do all of this, then I would need to be clear about what it does better than any competing product (and be clear that I needed this).
All what? I'm not sure I understand... I can tell you though that I've tried Ultra Recall, Mybase, and many other "freeform" database, and SQLNotes is the only one that I actually believe in. It's still in beta, but IMO it's already got more potential... So I'm willing to wait and give support to help it become the great application I hope it will become.
Does appear to do it all, so no probs.
914  Other Software / Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: The Ultimate Rescue CD on: March 23, 2008, 05:30:05 PM
Of course, The Ultimate Rescue Disk would be pretty memorable and could be associated with very recognisable graphics.  smiley
915  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 23, 2008, 11:33:32 AM
I've replied to the SQLnotes posts in the SQLnotes thread.

Back to EN Beta. I've tried it. It does have a local option atm. It can import databases from EN2.2. The PPC option may be useful. It's even possible that I will think of uses for the web option. I don't think I'll give up on EN yet; I'll just see how it goes; I hope that they will get more power back in to it. I do agree with cranioscopical that it is annoying to have the program transform into something that seems fundamentally different. OTOH, there's nothing to stop me continuing with 2.2 as is, with 3 for any stuff I want available more widely and always with the option to export my 2.2 database to 3.
916  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SQLNotes...what is it exactly? on: March 23, 2008, 10:14:57 AM
Thanks to Superboyac and Pierre for the helpful comments.
 
The biggest problem for me is that I do not basically 'get it'. By this I mean a core functionality and purpose. It basically seems to be a collection of searchable grids, which is fine for spreadsheets and WP tables, but it does not shout a purpose at me.
 
To give an idea of programs I do 'get' (noting that this is just my own idea about the prog which leads me to use it), here are some of those I use regularly..
 
Evernote Old. A means of collecting all sorts of info very easily which can be searched quickly. I've never really used it for making notes.
 
Evernote Beta. A means of collecting my own info I can easily search online.
 
OneNote. A superb outliner that can collect and attach all sorts of info to the outlines. Having looked at this, it gave me the incentive to install the whole Office 2007 package (though still keeping all the 2003 versions except Outlook).
 
Directory Opus - an extremely customisable and multi-function dual pane file manager. It's really the swiss army knife of file managers.
 
IdImager Pro - a DAM program. With lots of other related functions and a very fast and responsive developer. The recent version change and beta development was a brilliantly implemented process.
 
ToDoList from AbstractSpoon. A hierarchical to-do list/planner that can attach links to documents/media and OneNote and Evernote. A wonderful program with an incredibly responsive developer. After starting using it, I have applied it to more and more tasks. Despite its complex looking interface, even computer phobic people use it very quickly and develop new uses for it.
 
I can see that this last has some similarity to SQLnotes since it is basically a grid. Approached it from the opposite end of the spectrum since it started as a simple task manager for his own use and has gradually added more and more features. SQLnotes seems to be designed as having great flexibility and a wide range of functions from the begiinning.
 
Maybe too wide a range for me to have a clear idea of what I would use it for. Even the list from PPLandry was a list.
 
My next issue is immediately obvious usability.
 
I do use very complex progs and I do have experience of designing and using databases, including DBAse II-IV, FoxPro, Access, SQLserver, SQLite and sometimes have to hand edit mysql files. I've used many spreadsheets - VisiCals, SuperCalc, Lotus 123, Wingz and Excel from its original version. I can't say I have ever liked doing any of this and only do it when I have to. I do find that modern programs are much easier to use than those from 20 years ago and do appreciate that ease of use. What it means is that I can get into something complex (though the availability of documentation always helps), but I do need a very good reason before I will. And I never did use Ecco (and nor do I intend to start now, 10 years after its demise)
 
I can see that SQLnotes should be able to import images; but I could not see how to do it. I could not see how to drag and drop stuff from outside to within the prog, except text to the htm box. It would not import any of my databases without asking me to set up equivalent fields - I'd really want it to do it all automatically and just give me the option to do it manually or change it later if I wanted.
 
If it imported and exported to a wide range of programs automatically, that would make it more enticing. Ideally, that would include ToDoList, Calimanjaro (iCal) as well as ALL the usual suspects. If it could mostly be done from the mouse that would be much better.
 
I can see that it could become a superb manager for all my tasks and activities, but to do that it would need the following:-
Easy and automatic import/export communication with all the progs I use or might want to use. This would include easy export of subsets of the database to spreadsheets and databases. At the moment, I spend a lot of time chicking that I can export and import the data I want and often have to use intermediary programs (ie Outlook) to get things done. This would include import/export to a PPC.
Storage of links & info in association with input items. Doing this via links with Evernote/OneNote would be find and would probably be better.
I'd certainly want items to be hierarchical and tagable.
Easy additions to data and easy changes of views. I'd quite like a 'View' grid/filter where I could specify what I wanted shown and it did it. I can understand the prog as a huge personal database; but to use it, I would need many input and output templates.
And all of this would have to be done intuitively and very easily.
I would also have doubts about how much reliance I would want to put on a prog relying on Access as its base. MS were near to abandoning it; they decided to keep it going but have introduced a few weaknesses in the latest version. I can see greater strength in SQLserver, SQLite or mysql.
If it doesn't do all of this, then I would need to be clear about what it does better than any competing product (and be clear that I needed this).
I do realise that it may do a lot of the things I mention already - but if it does, it just wasn't obvious enough. And I really do like GUIs and ease of use and not having to remember precisly how to do things.
917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Monster Cables- The World should know! on: March 23, 2008, 04:50:15 AM
http://www.roger-russell.com/wire/wire.htm
918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 21, 2008, 11:31:09 AM
Well, SQLnotes is projected to be a megabucks product post beta.

And, I've read the whole of the big thread and the various bits of documentation and donwloaded and tried the beta a few times. And I still don't really know what it is, or why it looks why it does, or what I would use it for.

I had no problem understanding why I would want Evernote or how I would use it (store & search info from many sources - not really sure why it was called a note taking utility or what real similarity there was to Keynote). Ditto for OneNote (outline, plan, create plus search/store all relevant info); not really the same usage as Evernote, but could be made to do the same work. Very easy to work out how to make them do what I wanted.

I'm sure it is very powerful. It certainly looks as if it should be very powerful. But I just haven't been able to 'get it' so far, though I don't mind trying again every now and then.
919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 19, 2008, 11:03:36 PM
Yeah, you have to sign in to use your Evernote database, and then you have to mark everything "Private" or "Public". 

They do say there will be a 'local' option. Personally, I would never want a 'public' or 'private' option and assume that those options could be switched off if I chose.

I do find the direction of travel towards easier, online and facebook integration something that profoundly puts me off the product.
920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 19, 2008, 10:41:32 PM
I have to agree with all the comments here.

I have absolutely no use for a program that stores all my notes/info online, especially on someone elses server. I downloaded the beta of 3 but have not installed it. If I wanted to store info on a server, then I always could have chosen to upload my database to a server of my own choosing, My database is portable anyway.

The real question for me is whether it is worthwhile continuing to use and develop my uses of Evernote. The tags were useful and the search was fast, but if 2.2 is an evolutionary deadend, what do I gain from any further time spent in it? Am I better spending all my efforts on OneNote, which I use extensively anyway because of its outlining and constructive faculty?
921  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 19, 2008, 12:52:08 PM
40% discount until March 1st, 2008.

It's March 18th today  smiley

oops, my bad! embarassed also it seems that the program does not have a calendar view as per original request.

But 46% saving coming up on Bitsdujour on 26th March. $18.95. If it is worth it.
922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: I need a search software that does not index, searches mp3, email, video, txt... on: March 18, 2008, 05:47:48 PM
Search of 306db data across 2 HD (376,952 files)
Search 3 was a repeat of Search 1.
Google Desktop Search averaged about 7 seconds for all the searches, but also produced a lot of files that were non-files (like HTML caches)

SearchGT seemed to get progressively faster as I kept searching for new words, but to drop back to longer if not used for a while.

SearchGT dramatically faster than XYplorer and Dopus


923  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 18, 2008, 04:08:35 PM
40% discount until March 1st, 2008.

It's March 18th today  smiley
924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 17, 2008, 05:39:56 PM
There are a couple of bugs that need attention. ie. in multiday view, some events do not show up in the far right column if they start after 1200 so in a simple two day view, you really only get 1.5 days

This isn't a problem I've noticed in Calimanjaro.
925  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: EverNote beta 2.2.0.372 has some nice new features on: March 17, 2008, 12:11:36 PM
Invited or not, you can download what you want from this page - http://www.evernote.com/download/beta/#macwin
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