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Living Room / Wonderful New Year's wishes from a long absent member
« on: January 01, 2013, 11:24 AM »
Hello to the DC community! I hope everyone had a great holiday season and that everyone has a healthy, happy 2013. My very best wishes for all of you!

Fondly,
Ken Reeder

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Living Room / Looking for e-Books/e-Docs (and Happy New Year to all)
« on: December 26, 2009, 01:45 PM »
Hello all,

I am looking for information about where I can get ebooks (edocs) that I can read on my computer. If anyone knows anything about where they can be obtained or resources in this area, I would really appreciate it if people would be share any/all information about what they know.

In addition to information about where I can obtain e-books, I would also appreciate any information people know about software that will read text aloud, including ebooks and web pages.

Thanks so much & again, a joyous (and financially good) New Year to you all!
Ken

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Help! (please)

For several years, I have used a hidden toolbar on the left side of the screen on a computer configured with XP. Now however, when I move the mouse to the left side of the screen, the toolbar will not emerge. When I try to put another toolbar there, it tells me I cannot because I have a toolbar there. I cannot find anyplace to close the toolbar or manipulate it in any way. Can someone please tell me how can I get the toolbar to work or close it?

Thanks very much!
Ken

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Hi. I have a variety of video files that I would like to put on DVD. What is the best program (features, ease of use, etc.) that will convert the file if it needs to be in a different format and then write it to DVD in a format that my DVD player will recognize and play it. The file does NOT need to be freeware. I would rather pay for better software than have less able freeware.

Thanks, Ken

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Hi all.

Six months or so ago, I bought a computer that had Vista x64 installed. Though I like the computer, I am rapidly approaching my limit with software having problems or not running at all. I have an unused copy of XP from a computer I have discarded. What would be the easiest way of installing XP with all the patches and updates?

Thanks for your recs.

Ken

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General Software Discussion / MS Office Ultimate for only $59
« on: May 09, 2008, 09:18 PM »
For those of you who still use or want to use MS Office, here is a steal. Microsoft is selling their $680 MS Ultimate Office suite for only $59. Now this is an academic offer that is only for students. So, let's all put our heads together a figure out how www.donationcoder.com is actually a university.  :P

Back in September, we wrote about “The Ultimate Steal” from Microsoft because they were offering students the option to purchase Office Ultimate 2007 for just $59 bucks. Considering it retails for $680, this deal is a 91% discount. At the time they said the offer would end on April 30th, but as it turns out, they extended the offer a few days and now its set to end on May 16th, a week from today. If you’ve been considering purchasing Office 2007, there’s no better time than now to do it.


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Hi gang,

I was wondering if anyone had recommendations for software programs for use with Windows Mobile Smartphones. I recently bought one of these devices (a Motorola Q9h Global) after using a Treo for years that had a Palm OS, so I would love any recommendations people might have.

Thanks, Ken

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Linkman - a Bookmark Management Program from Outer Technologies

Basic Info

App NameLinkman
App URLhttp://www.outertech.com/
App Version Reviewed7.20
Test System SpecsGateway Laptop, 2GB RAM, Pentium M (Dothan) 2.13 GHz processor
Supported OSesWindows 2000, 2003, XP and Vista
Support MethodsAnnouncement List, FAQ, Support E-Mail
Upgrade PolicyAll version 7 updates free. Users of Version 5 and 6 can upgrade for $19.
Trial Version Available?Yes, 30 day
Pricing Scheme$39
Reviewer Donation Link Donate to KenR, the person who wrote this review
Relationship btwn. Reviewer and Product REVIEWER: Standard User. No ownership of product nor profit from it.


Intro:

Linkman is a standalone or browser independent bookmark organizer and search tool. You enter bookmarks into it and organize them in any way you want. You create folders to organize them in, much like you would create folders in which to organize your files. You can import bookmarks from all the popular browsers and some bookmark organizers.

Linkman really begins to shine though once the bookmarks are entered. First off, Linkman will validate the bookmarks, similar to Martin Aignesberger's AM-Deadlink utility. In addition to making sure the links still work, Linkman will download the description and keywords from the website. This makes it easier to find the link when you are searching if you can't remember the bookmark name.

All bookmarks have a name, path (url), keywords and description (both from website), comment (notes you enter about this bookmark), and six user defined fields, giving you more than enough ways to catalog, organize, and describe your bookmarks. Once your links are set up, you type what you are looking for: either the bookmark name or information in any of the other bookmark fields that you specify. All bookmarks are initially listed, but unrelated ones disappear as you type, leaving only the one(s) that meet your criteria. You then tell Linkman to launch the bookmark(s) and it will open whatever browser you specify and load the bookmark(s).

The user interface is extremely configurable. The program has a main interface and a toolbar. You can keep the toolbar on the desktop or hide it altogether. Both the main interface and the toolbar can be changed considerably in their appearance. Additionally, adjustable system-wide hotkeys make program behavior easier to control. There is also a toolbar for internet explorer. Additionally, there is a 90-page manual in pdf format that you can download from the website which thoroughly explains how to use the program.

For example, I use Ctrl-Shift-Bksp to bring up the main program UI rather than using the toolbar, primarily because of screen space limits, then type in the bookmark information I want. When I see the bookmark(s) I want, I double click on it/them and Linkman loads the url(s) in Firefox.

Image Notes: The first image shows the main user interface. The second, third, fourth images show the toolbar: as a floating window, docked on the bottom of the screen, and minimized to a single line above the taskbar, respectively. Images 2, 3, and 4 are shown in relation to the remainder of the display to reveal perspective.



Who is this app designed for:

Linkman is intended for anyone with a large bookmark collection. It allows you to easily organize your bookmarks, quickly find the one your looking for, and launch it/them with your browser of choice. Hence, it can be used by beginners and power-users as well. You can simply enter (import) your bookmarks, adjust the preferences so the program works the way you want it to, search for your bookmarks, and browse them. Alternatively, you can create a complex folder structure and use the 6 user defined fields to organize the bookmarks in a highly sophisticated manner. You can also enter remarks in the comments field that will show up in searches. You can specify which field(s) you want to include in the search.

The Good

Linkman performs an incredible number of tasks, only a small fraction of which are discussed in this review and the reader is referred to the program's website and/or the aforementioned manual. Arguably, Linkman's most impressive feature is the sheer speed at which it searches for information. I had about 1000 bookmarks with the website's keywords and description with which I was working. When searching for information, results were presented immediately after I pressed each character. Linkman will even perform "fuzzy" searches. According to Linkman's homepage, Linkman is compatible with "...Internet Explorer 3.x-7.x, Firefox 1.x-3.x, Netscape 3.x-7.x, Mozilla 1.x, SeaMonkey 1.x, Opera 4.x-9x, Avant Browser, Neoplanet, Netcaptor, MyIE2, [and] SlimBrowser...".

The configurability is remarkable. The main interface and toolbar can be used separately or in combination. The main screen has two treeviews of bookmarks, each of which can be used for examining url properties or queries. You can select which fields you see and make consecutive bookmarks a different color. You can export the links to other programs and even create new export templates that allow you to export the links in a pattern that you define. For example, I created a new template to transfer my bookmarks to Surfulater. This allowed me to perform the transfer without losing the information from the keywords and description fields.

Linkman is still in active development. The last release of the program was on Feb 11, 2008. I exchanged emails with Linkman's developer several times. Each time he responded to me quickly with helpful and personable responses. After several of these exchanges, I told the developer about Donation Coder. I am very excited to announce that in response to these discussions, in April, the developer will donate 10 licences for and list with a 30% discount, Linkman and CachemanXP, a program for optimizing the functioning of Windows XP.

The needs improvement section

To some people, Linkman's biggest problem is the fact that it does not have an internal browser and that you must use it with another program. The fact that Linkman works with every popular browser mitigates this issue to some degree, however.

Before going on, I should say that I found no real problems with the program given it's current function. What I would like to see though is an expansion of its function. Linkman is one of several bookmark organizers. Other similar programs are Link Commander, and Kaylon's PowerMarks (PowerMarks has been marked for "End of Life as of Feb 1). These programs are all desiged for organizing, searching, and launching bookmarks.

A related set of programs is designed to check websites and see if they have changed. Website-Watcher and Check & Get are examples of this type of program. While Linkman also has this ability to see if a website has changed, its feature set in this domain is far more restricted. Check & Get's website indicates that you can use it to organize your bookmarks. While it is true that both Check & Get and Website-Watcher can be used to organize bookmarks, their searching features are far less developed.

What I would love to see is an integration of these two classes of software. While Check & Get currently comes the closest to this as it stands, I prefer to use Website-Watcher and Linkman for these tasks. That means I need to keep the links synchronized between these two programs, but it gives me tremendous flexibility in website monitoring and organization/searching of bookmarks.

Why I think you should use this product

I believe you should use this program if you have a lot of bookmarks you want to organize, if you have trouble finding the bookmark you want, if you have numerous programs that you want to synchronize the bookmarks between, or if you need to search your bookmarks to locate the one(s) that you want. In all of these circumstances, Linkman allows you to perform the task quickly and easily. On the other hand, if you just have a few sites you visit and have no problem keeping track of your bookmarks, then you probably don't need Linkman or any other bookmark manager.

How does it compare to similar apps

I have looked at numerous bookmark programs and found Linkman superior to the others. It is lightning fast, more customizable, and has features others don't, such as the toolbar, the ability to create export templates, user defined fields to identify, categorize, and track bookmarks, and many other features. It is one of the few remaining programs that is still in development and has a recent release version. The developer of this program has always responded to me within a few hours whereas neither of the developers of other programs ever has.

Conclusions

In my opinion, there is no competition between Linkman and the competitors. The program does more and does it better. The support is rapid and actually pleasant. The program remains in development with a responsive developer. It is compatible with virtually every browser and can import from some bookmark management programs and export to other programs as well. The interface has a main interface window and a toolbar allowing you to use the program and access your links about any way you want. We will also be having a discount and some license giveaways.

I could go on and on extolling the features and wonders of Linkman. Instead though, download a fully functional copy of Linkman directly from the its homepage. You can work with it for 30 days and see what you think of it. You might need to cut that time down a bit though to capitalize on the 30% discount, which happens to be perfectly timed with DonationCoder's fundraiser. If you've gotten this far in my review, I'm sure you realize that I believe this program is outstanding and exactly the type of software that people come to DonationCoder to find out about. I recommend it without hesitation or reservation.

The author wishes to thank TucknDar for his editorial suggestions.

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This game design competition is one of the very best flash game competitions on the web. This year's theme is "upgrade". Check it out!

  • All entries are available to play immediately.
  • Each entry is represented by an icon on the left.
  • Clicking an icon will reveal more information about the game. Click the "Play" button that appears to play it.
  • A section for comments will also appear, so please provide your wonderful feedback and constructive criticism to the game designers as the JIG community is known for.
  • The competition period will span 3 weeks and all of your plays of each game will be counted toward the $1,000 Viral Prize, awarded to the game with the most plays at the end of the competition period.


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Living Room / Find the forum post you're looking for with TWING
« on: March 17, 2008, 09:02 AM »
Twing might help you find the information you are seeking when you recall it was posted in a forum, but you can't recall much else.

Twing is a new search engine that indexes almost 5,000 online forums, on subjects ranging from the very general (arts and entertainment) to the extremely specific (Scottish Snooker). On top of its search features, it also has a 1990's-Yahoo!-style directory organized by topic, and a collection of trends and toplists called the Community Buzz Directory...Twing has some interesting tools for tracking the hottest links and conversations. Most popular links, threads, and forums are all ranked, and RSS feeds are available for each. Twing says that the most popular thread on the Internet right now is called "longest ever thread." While we don't doubt this is accurate, we'll leave it up to you to decide how practical you find it...


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Here is a site devoted to the microscopic world, a place that has always held a special fascination to me. See what you think about the captured images.

Small World is regarded as the leading forum for showcasing the beauty and complexity of life as seen through the light microscope. For over 30 years, Nikon has rewarded the world's best photomicrographers who make critically important scientific contributions to life sciences, bio-research and materials science.



from http://www.cynical-c.com/

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Living Room / THEBLOG WEEMADE: A kids artwork sharing site
« on: March 17, 2008, 08:30 AM »
A nice, safe place for kids to upload their drawings and share with others.
Welcome to THEBLOG WEEMADE!
Here at THEBLOG WEEMADE, we find the artwork and creativity of kids inspiring, thought provoking, entertaining, and unpretentious. We think that reminding ourselves how children see the world is a valuable and enlightening process.
THEBLOG WEEMADE is a user-generated showcase. We accept posts from anyone and everyone. Scan and post your children's artwork or your own artwork from when you were child. Found artwork. Anything! ...


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Hi all. I recently discovered this program. It seems to have some very useful features, but I have never heard anything about it. I would appreciate any information about this program anyone would be willing to contribute.

Thanks, Ken

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General Software Discussion / Editor Needed
« on: January 15, 2008, 08:41 AM »
Hi Gang,

I am looking for an editor that will allow me to format the text like Rich Text, modifying color, underline, bold, etc., like Martin Aignesberger's great Notebook Pro editor. In addition though, I would like it to be able to replace my text editor and able to edit text files without adding formatting codes. Some of my text files could be converted to another format, while files like .bat, .ini, etc. would need to remain pure text files. The program does not have to be freeware. I would be happy to pay for the "right program". All recommendations are appreciated.

Thanks, Ken

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General Software Discussion / FeedDemon going free
« on: January 09, 2008, 02:09 PM »
The Daily Download reported today that Newsgator has decided to make FeedDemon and other of it's products free. FeedDemon is arguably the finest RSS aggregator available. Try it if you haven't.

Ken

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Living Room / Internet Faxing
« on: December 21, 2007, 02:18 PM »
A very warm hello to everyone and happy holidays!!!

I send the occasional fax from my house and wondered whether anyone knows of any public services that do internet faxing so I could send the faxes from my computer over the WiFi instead of having to connect my laptop to a phone line.

Thanks, Ken

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Living Room / When I lay sick and dying ...
« on: December 02, 2007, 11:27 AM »
Ok, that's admittedly an exaggeration, but during and after my hospitalization for back surgery, I was sent these cards by DC members. All the cards were wonderful, so I (Mouser) wanted to get them up for all to see. Thanks to all who sent them and a special thanks to JoTo who organized sending the cards.

Ken

DC Get Well Cards_thumb.png


PS. Mouser has been up my ass to get these posted for MONTHS!

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Hi Gang,

I know this isn't a tech support site, so sorry about the site abuse, but I thought someone might be able to help me with this.

Every time I boot my computer, I have to use the control panel applet and adjust the mouse settings. This sometimes, but pretty infrequently, occurs when I suspend. I have tried adjusting the registry, but apparently whatever in memory needs to update doesn't read it, so my manipulating the registry has had no effect. Does anyone know how to set the default touchpad (synaptics) settings so it boots to the correct values OR how I could write a program to change these in memory OR ...  I have tried updating my synaptics touchpad driver, but to no avail. For what it's worth, MouseSensitivity is the primary key that the applet changes that I have manipulated to no avail.

Ok, that's the problem. Who can tell me how to fix this??? Anyone who succeeds gets a virtual cookie of their choosing.

Thanks (if you even think about trying to help me),
Ken

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Living Room / New Nick for Darwin
« on: September 03, 2007, 06:13 PM »
I think Darwin should consider changing his nick to something like "Revenger". He could use Justice, but that's already taken. What would others suggest?

Ken

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Living Room / KenR's health and situation
« on: August 07, 2007, 04:56 PM »
Hi all. It was suggested to me that I write this explanatory message. I'm not certain exactly what I want to say though and the issues are highly emotional. So, please forgive any problems with this message.

I began experiencing severe pain in 2000 due to progressive spinal degeneration. The pain finally overwhelmed me in 2005 and forced me to leave my job at that time. I was going to get surgery, but several medical procedures and treatment with a pain specialist helped me get by for 2 more years. Unfortunately, the spinal pathology is multilevel and the outcome statistics for surgery for it are not great.

The spinal pathology has worsened and the pain has increased tremendously. It stopped me from doing the blogging for DC and often kept me out of the IRC channel. I've been able to work less and less and virtually all of my activities have stopped.

Although she previously told me to never have back surgery, my pain management doc recently told me it was time to do it. I went to Dallas and spoke to my surgeon about it. After a discussion and some scans, he agreed to do surgery on me and we are now waiting for medical clearance.

So with that background in mind, living in severe, disabling pain has affected my mood, tollerance of, and response to things. So, when it seemed like I had no sense of humor and couldn't take a joke in the IRC channel, hopefully this will shed some light on things.

The doctor tells me it will be about 2 months before I can return to work part time following the surgery. So, I don't know how long it will take me to get on line again after it.

All the support I've gotten from the DC gang has been really, really wonderful. I have tremendously appreciated all the cards and the conversations I've had. It's a real shame that the pain has kept me off DC.

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Give Away of the Day is giving away Gaviri Pocket Serarch today. I am not familiar with the app, but it looks and sounds nice from the description. Also, there have been recent threads about good search utilities. So, act soon. Just make sure you install and validate it today.


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Hi. I came across a media player today I was not familiar with: Zortam MP3 Media Studio v7.25. It looks like a pretty nice music player, but I don't recall ever hearing of it before (now I suppose I'll find out there are 100 DC posts about it). Does anyone use this program or know anything about it?

Thanks, Ken


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General Software Discussion / Serif DrawPlus 50% Off
« on: July 26, 2007, 06:16 PM »
Ok everyone, speaking of great discounts and sales, I found tonight at Serif is selling DrawPlus, an extremely capable graphics program, for 1/2 off for 1 week only. I don't know when the sale began or ends. So, act now if you want it.

Ken

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Living Room / Thanks for the cards
« on: July 25, 2007, 05:09 PM »
Hi everyone. For those of you who recently sent cards, I wanted to say "thanks". I really appreciated them and they meant a lot to me.  :-*

Ken

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General Software Discussion / What is the best LINUX software?
« on: July 14, 2007, 12:12 PM »
Hi DC gang. I have a question for the Linux users ...

For those of you who have "taken the plunge" or are familiar with Linux software, what is your favorite or the "known best" Linux software?

Thanks, Ken

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