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I've added my provisional interim conclusions to the original post.

I can see that when I have finished, I am going to have to tidy up the formatting.
@Steven Avery:
What about running a tool like XAMPP locally, implement the forum software of choice there, Make your additions (blogs) on that local instance and when done, dump the content from the local database and upload that into the remote hosted version of your blog/forum
I've done that a bit in the past.  When the vBullein was working excellently, that seemed like more overhead.

However, I am going to reconsider it now, especially since I am actually thinking of various sites relating to my Bible stuff, and two businesses (one is e-commerce of precious metals, and the second relates to solar.) 

If  I am going to really widen my scope in 2019, the home-base alternative should be revisited.
I've used bbPress and BuddyPress.  Of the two, I liked bbPress better, and it had most of the functionality of SMF (which I used before) easily accessible.  I had to add a separate plugin for polls, but that wasn't difficult either.  I haven't used them in a couple of years (both were for guilds, and the groups that I was using them for either broke up, or I stopped playing the games that we were using it for), but I imagine that they have only become better in the interim.

A couple of articles on Forum plugins:


Oh, and as a plus, I was running on LiquidWeb infrastructure also, so they were very compatible with that.
Thanks wraith.

I am ready to dump, or greatly reduce my reliance on, vBulletin because of the dilemna.  I have hit some tricky, frustrating problems on v. 4 (perhaps when posts have too many urls or pictures, I am going to experiement a bit), and pretty much everybody agrees that a move (especially to Xenforo, also possibly others like you recommend) is likely a better alternative in my type of situation than trying to go to version 5 ( CARM is a board that did that move.)

Xenforo is not free, but in this case, since it is integral to my writing and thinking livelihood, it gets my first consideration. 

Liquid Web is really a great outfit.  Again, maybe you can save some $$ on A,B,C but when you want voice tech-help, they are there, with real names, in the USA, lots of savvy, and your successful resoluation being their concern.  Our business had to move away from them for a hosted package, for our main website, but I am sticking with them for lots of stuff, on one reasonably priced server.  The usage may include some auxiliary landing pages, blogs and such from the biz, so then the $60 a month or so is not so daunting, as it might be for only private use.
LaunchBar Commander / An oddity
« Last post by towlerg on Today at 07:02 AM »
I've recently started using "Mouse without boarders" as a 2 PC KVM (2 PC's, 2 monitors but only 1 mouse and keyboard) but obviously without the V in KVM.

It real is no big deal but when I move the mouse from one PC/Monitor to the other, LC is launched on the PC/Monitor losing focus. Hard to verify I know if you don't have 2 PC's and 2 monitors.

I guess it's something to do with the way MWB hooks the keyboard. Win 7 sp1 x64


General Software Discussion / Re: offline browsing - archiving
« Last post by Shades on Today at 03:04 AM »
@Steven Avery:
What about running a tool like XAMPP locally, implement the forum software of choice there, Make your additions (blogs) on that local instance and when done, dump the content from the local database and upload that into the remote hosted version of your blog/forum?

You would have a fully functioning backup this way, and with local tool like XAMPP it is usually much easier & faster to try out what blog/forum software you like best. And XAMPP comes by default with PHPMyadmin, with which you can easily make dumps from the database and it is also handy when uploading the dumped content into a remote database.  And if you are willing to invest more time to learn, you can automatize the mirroring of databases (if your ISP allows for this).

Having a local copy makes it also easier to troubleshoot problems like the blank page you experience. and once you found it, it will be easy to implement the fix at the remote site. It will help if your local server matches the server at your ISP. With that I mean that both should have the same operating system if possible. The rest of the hardware does not have to match, but if it does that's a bonus.

The above might sound complicated, but once you have such a setup, you'll wonder how you got on without it. Dumping databases and re-uploading them maybe takes 15 minutes in total, but that depends on the quantity of content, the bandwidth between the computer you use for the upload and the remote server and the resources available on the server at the moment you do the the upload (to a shared server).

Creating such a setup will give you also more insight in how the combination of websites, web server and database server work. It might seem daunting, but it isn't that difficult. 
General Software Discussion / Re: Consumer Photo/Pic Editing Software - try Inkscape.
« Last post by IainB on December 14, 2018, 11:26 PM »
Back in 2014, @Edvard of this parish very kindly fixed up the amusing smiley logo for AVON (the Allied Violent Offence Network) and advanced my education by introducing me to Inkscape - which was the image editing tool he used to fix up the AVON bullet-in-the-head-smiley.
He also pointed me to some useful documentation/tutorials at, which can now be found at Wayback.
N.A.N.Y. 2019 / Re: NANY 2019 - AudioMarker: Language Learning - Pre-Release
« Last post by Stephen66515 on December 14, 2018, 08:37 PM »
Finally finished with University for the year, so I can actually get back to adding stuff to this :D

Any requests?
Yes, those are indeed the pair.  And within them, I run Powershell, MSys, Cmd, etc.  They're basically the same as Promptpal.  They aren't a shell in and of themselves, they're just an enhancement to shells that already exist.  Those others that you list fall into the same category.  Shells would be Powershell, MSys, Cmd, Bash, Cygwin, etc.
Found Deals and Discounts / Re: PromptPal, PTFB Pro and Logmeister on 20% discount
« Last post by rjbull on December 14, 2018, 05:58 PM »
I just use ConEmu or Console.  I had a license to PromptPal, but didn't upgrade after I found those.
Are those, these?

I was interested to read ConEmu's comments about the difference between being a console and a shell; still not sure I fully understand it.  Truth to tell, when I want a command line, I generally use TCC/LE.  Invoking it pops up what appears to be a console, aiding confusion.

There are also:

PowerCmd, payware but apparently not updated since 2012.


ColorConsole by the author of Q-Dir.  Free and portable, but I'm not sure how much power it has.
I use IrfanView as my regular image viewer, and perhaps because of that, for cropping.  The fine-mesh grid it can overlay is sometimes useful.  Occasionally I use it for other things.

Recently I've been using FastStone Image Viewer (FIV) more, for three things:
  • The Compare feature can put two to four images on screen at once, so you can view subtle changes of composition, exposure, whatnot.
  • Resizing to standard sizes: File > Email (equivalent to F6) <Pick a standard size> from a dropdown
  • Renaming image files numerically so they're in the order I want.  FIV allows you to drag-and-drop files into whatever order you wish, then rename them with prepended numbers.  Then you can view them later with any file viewer and it will show them in the intended sequence.  This is a trick I learned from asking on DC.

For a much more Photoshop Elements-like experience, I've dabbled with Photo Toolbox (PT) Photo Editor.  There are free basic and (at the time of writing) US$29.95 Pro versions; you need the latter for batch, watermarking, and some advanced tools.  I bought a discounted license when it was on Bits du Jour once.  The web site says "Free Upgrade," but I don't know if that's forever or limited.  I haven't got far into the program.  The author claims it's "amazingly light weight."  He could well be right. It has so far run uncomplainingly on my old Vista Home Premium laptop, where Elements 10 is nearly crash-o-matic.

A couple of more specialised programs:

Peter Bone's Resize (mentioned on DC before).  It's small, old, free, portable, and does a fuss-free job of resizing.  I especially like its ability to resize a batch of images so that the long edges all end up with the same number of pixels, which helps make layouts neater.

QuickImageComment displays EXIF, IPTC, and XMP properties of digital images (e.g. JPEG and TIFF) and allows to edit them. Especially editing of user comment and artist (author) is supported by using the last entered or predefined values. These attributes are read from the EXIF, IPTC, and XMP properties of the image and are stored there.

Overview of features are:

    The program displays all EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties, as well as some other file properties such as modification date.
    In addition to the full lists of EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties a list of properties is displayed, which is configurable.
    In addition to user comment and artist further EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties can be changed. The list of modifiable properties can be configured.
    Data templates can be defined to set several properties in one step.
    Via placeholder it is possible to copy values of properties in others.
    Changes can be carried out simultaneously for two or more files.
    EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties can be deleted, thereby exceptions can be defined. Single properties can be deleted selectively.
    Files can be renamed using Exif, IPTC and XMP properties.
    The EXIF, IPTC and XMP properties contained in the files can be compared.
    A special mask is used to synchronize the recording time of a set of images taken with different cameras. Images are grouped by properties (mostly camera model). For each group, a shift of the recording time can be entered. Then the images are immediately sorted in order to check whether the images are then in the correct timely order.
    Selected image properties of all images in a folder (including any subfolders) can be exported to a text file.
    All image properties of selected images can be exported to text files (one file per image).
    Display metadata (XMP) of video files as well (depending on the operating system and, if necessary, installed components) display a frame of the video.
    Display of image details with graphical and numerical representation of brightness and RGB values.
    Display recording location in a map using the GPS coordinates; change of coordinates by selecting a position on the map.

The program also supports various RAW formats. In order to display the images, the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack needs to be installed additionally ( The properties can be viewed and modified without the codec package.

Further processing of the images (e.g. adjusting the contrast and brightness) is not the purpose of this program.
It has a GPL license, and is the first free (as in beer) WinGUI program I've seen that can do all that.  Note the "Selected image properties of all images in a folder (including any subfolders) can be exported to a text file" feature, which could be used, for example, to generate a list of the focal lengths you've used most, to inform future camera or lens purchases.
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