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901  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
902  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.
903  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.
904  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?
905  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.
906  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


907  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
908  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.
909  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
910  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Linux and Windows andLinux on: March 17, 2008, 03:16:58 AM
There's this one too - http://www.topologilinux.com/
Uses colinux
911  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 16, 2008, 06:13:24 PM
Avanquest ... seem to specialise in good ideas that then die a quiet death which continuing to sell the products.

I think they are basically acting as a reseller these days

My own guess is that they take over a lot of failing software businesses/products and then market them pretty successfully at low prices .. and probably make money because their investment in further development is strictly limited.
912  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 16, 2008, 11:50:15 AM
When I compare SearchGT with Dopus, SearchGT is much faster.
913  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Power Desk 6 Pro, half prize until Friday on: March 16, 2008, 11:33:45 AM
Just FYI - this discount is still active. Verified (though didn't purchase! See posts above) today.

Holy smokes, Batman! I just noticed the "File Finder" entry in my context menu and put it through its paces. Wow! It's PowerDesk Pro 6's search feature.

Hmmm
914  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 16, 2008, 05:45:12 AM
I was asking the same question a couple of months ago here. 

My bad embarassed . I searched on google, but forgot to search here. Thanks for the heads up. And the other thread did have useful info, even if it was along the lines of 'Looked good, especially at the price ... but never got around to using it".

I'm not really bothered about sorting my own computer out again when it needs it, it is having to reinstall everything on other family computers that is the problem. Come to think of it, I've got one to do now. So, shall I try reinstalling XP Pro etc & try Multiset out, shall I install Linux and then XP Pro in a VM, or shall I install XP Pro and Linux through andLinux??? I'm happier when they mostly access the net through Linux and they are generally better at installing and upgrading progs on Linux. Dual booting seems a pain on my own machine because there is always something that is only on the other OS, though it does work reliably.
915  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Tudumo discounted till March 20 on: March 15, 2008, 07:22:42 PM
Yes its the one kartal linked to.
916  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Tudumo discounted till March 20 on: March 15, 2008, 05:56:30 PM
TuDuMo is simple and pretty, but very very limited.

ToDoList2 is massively powerful. Slightly brutal appearance, but very efficient to use and you can choose how much or how little to have on screen. A really great program. Really responsive developer. And free.
917  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Looking for: ToDo List plus Calendar plus Countdown Timer on: March 15, 2008, 05:31:56 PM
Calimanjaro does look interesting, and somewhat familiar, in fact it looks exactly like Yagoon   http://www.yagoon.com/index.htm

Brett...strange, that's a bit fishy for sure. Would be interesting if you post back anything you find out. Maybe the software found a new developer?

I did not notice this thread until kartal revived it. However, Calimanjaro is simply the slightly revised version of Yagoon Time (same developer - Reine Säljö) with its roots in the RScience TimeCalendar project; don't know why he changed the name and url. I had a license for Yagoon Time, which was then updated to Calimanjaro. Nicer website I think.

I don't find it that expensive on memory. The really great thing about it is the planner view - up to 2 years with lots of choices over the exact length. iCal import/export is helpful. The To Do List element is fairly primitive though. No longer seems to be in development though.

918  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 02:39:10 PM
ShadowProtect seems to be a backup/imaging utility allowing system restore etc. Multiset seems is an automatic reinstallation utility and quite a different kettle of fish.

Multiset seems to know how to reinstall Windows.

Has to be shown how to install other programs - essentially seems to copy keyboard/mouse inputs into a script. Much easier to use when you are starting off with a vanilla system. And, in practice, what I often want to do. I usually don't want to install stuff 'as is', I only want to reinstall the progs I definitely want and get a clean system again. Clear the crud out. Still can't decide if I'd use if often enough to pay for it, even at reduced rates.

I have Acronis 8 and Paragon Drive Backup and don't really use them, preferriing the install from scratch route. Had been moving towards Linux base machines, with Windows installed in VirtualBox. Decisions, decisions.
919  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 10:27:23 AM
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Hardware-Independent Restore, which means you can take a backed-up image of a Windows system that uses one kind of hard disk controller and restore it to a new computer that uses a completely different hard disk controller

As I understand it, Almeza Multiset will do this on any computer and can even do it over a network.
920  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Almeza MultiSet on: March 15, 2008, 04:18:06 AM
Anyone have experience of Almeza Multiset, upcoming on bitsdujour next Saturday (22 March)?

A utility for the automated re-installation of Windows, including other installed programs, inserting registration codes, restarting when necessary etc? Still expensive ($50), even at 50% off but also looks very tempting. Reinstallation can be from CD, DVD, USB stick - given the size of reasonably priced USB sticks now it should be possible for it to load a lot in one go.

I can see it saving me a lot of time occasionally (and possibly at times when I am really stretched). But since I'd only use it occasionally I can't really try it out first.

http://www.bitsdujour.com/software/multiset/
http://www.almeza.com/
921  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Poratble applications on: March 14, 2008, 09:50:15 AM

There's lots of stuff that doesn't seem to find its way into the database for no clear reason. Also stuff that depends on .Net framework.

The database system could be better if it were in tabular form with a progs limitations and needs. Many of the progs in it don't run on W98 or earlier. A lot of us would like it to include progs that need .Net etc. The format of the database makes it quite difficult to search too.

All down to different definitions of 'portable', how far he is prepared to stretch his ideal definition and how well your requirements map on to his. For many people the esential issue is being able to use a prog on a computer they don't have admin rights on. For others it is the absence of writes to the registry (even temporary writes). For others it is simply whether they can carry their progs and data and use them on any computer they are likely to come across.

In some ways a Linux Live USB comes closest to the ideal, at least for those that don't want to repackage Windows.
922  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: What is the currently best Desktop Search software? on: March 13, 2008, 05:00:50 PM
I thought, 'what on earth do I want with a prog that only searches for file names when I have all these search progs already?'

But, I read above, I tried it, astoundingly fast - and so light on resources - I bought it.

Thanks for the comments Curt & KenR  smiley

PS it does seem to find folders for me which the info on bitsdujour suggests it does not do yet

PPS it seems that Dopus integration (and others) will be added - about 2 months away.

PPPS was free on GAOTD a few weeks ago  smiley Never mind.
923  Other Software / Found Deals and Discounts / Re: Easy-Hide-IP today on Bits Du Jour on: March 12, 2008, 12:29:59 PM
It's approx $10 for a year, which isn't a bad price. Difficult to get this service for free because, somewhere along the line, the proxy servers have to be paid for.

Fairly simple and easy to operate. Slows traffic quite a bit, but most proxy systems do that.

There is a tendency for it to come up with European IPs. Can take 10 - 20 tries to get a US one.

I don't see it as a security option, but can be good for cloaking. Gives you a chance to check whether products are available at different prices according to IP!

Works automatically with ie, but Opera and FF have to be setup to surf with it. I see this as an advantage since it means that I can use the hidden IP and surf at my normal speeds at the same time. I would not do most of my surfing behind proxies - can't see the point for the surfing I do.
924  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: The lazy user's guilt on: March 11, 2008, 03:57:05 PM
. I have gone out and found a launcher tool which suits lazy people like me, because it builds its menu by watching what i run, from all sources. Finally a menu that doesnt need work.

So what is your lazy launcher?
All dormice dislike unnecessary activity.  smiley
925  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Ideamason on special on: March 09, 2008, 01:39:59 PM
I am going back to my roots - Word and Endnote and done with it! This obsession with software driven "solutions" to everything is costing me my PhD! Time to rein the obsession in and re-focus my energies.

That's right, software never gets things done. Freqently it gets in the way of getting things done and then different, better software can help. And sometimes it can help you to get things done much faster. But if nothing is getting done, software can only hinder.

But we all know this, and yet a new piece of software is intriguing and seductive and we can't help but have a peep. And get a bit less done and maybe get a bit poorer. Especially if it looks a good 'deal'.

PS Don't you find OneNote really helpful for your PHD??
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