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The basic idea for Point Motivator is to motivate the user by means of points. Duh. One can acquire points by doing certain things and one can then spend those points on rewards.

There are other ways one could use it, however. I'm going to post one now and then maybe I'll come back another day to post another way.

Goal for a defined time period: This uses only the side for earning points. It does not use the rewards purchasing side.

The user can set a goal of points to be earned during a set time period -- a day, a week, two weeks, a month, whatever. The user starts out by creating a blank log file, then keeps track of points earned during the period. At the end of the period the user compares the actual with the goal. This info could be kept in a simple spreadsheet.

One can then adjust the item definition file if one wishes, and then begin a new period. The old log file hangs around and can be reviewed. The new one starts out clean. My notion is that it is better to adjust the item definition file and the goal amount according to experience or according to changing priorities rather than to try to keep the item definition file constant so as to allow true comparisons between time periods. So if you know the annual apartment inspection is coming up and you need to do more cleaning, change the weights to encourage cleaning. And so on.

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General Software Discussion / virtual display utility
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:08 AM »
The problem: I have a netbook. Display is 1024 x 600. In two programs I use there is a window that has no scroll bars or maximize button and cannot be resized, and the window size conflicts with the display.

In one case the window is a large dialog box that is taller than the screen. When I move the window up as high as I can (so the title bar is almost all off the screen) the box's buttons have only their very tops visible at the very bottom of the screen. I'm able to use the keyboard to move the highlight to one button and "click" it.

In the other case the window border size programmatically gets smaller to fit nicely into the 1024 x 600 display. Unfortunately the window's *contents* extend beyond the edge of the window border, and I cannot see or enter data into the lowest sixth or so of the window contents. Nor can I move the window contents within the window.

The only other resolution my display supports is 800 x 600 and I tried that and it didn't solve the problem.

What I think I"m looking for is some sort of display virtualizer thing that would either create a virtual display bigger than the real one, and I could scroll in it to bring different parts of this virtual display onto the real display; or would create a virtual display and reduce its size so that it would show up within the physical display. I've looked at a few virtual desktop utilities but they seem to create virtual desktops that are the same, graphically, as the regular one.

Or a utility that changes the properites of the one window so that its contents are smaller but it doesn't know it, so all of its contents are shown in a smaller window that fits on my screen.

Anyhow, does anyone here know of such utilities?

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