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DC Website Help and Extras / Re: new home page
« on: February 17, 2018, 01:09 PM »
I can only say they should, and leave it at that. No, of course, it's a common usage, especially in the last few decades. I'll continue to avoid it.

DC Website Help and Extras / Re: new home page
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:53 AM »
You folks may be genius programmers, but apparently no sense of literary style. What would Shakespeare have said? "Best-known," you may be sure. Ask your local English teacher.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Desktop URL Embed
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:40 PM »
So, boo-hoo! Any chance of doing the same thing with today's OSes?

Many thanks for the very fast reply to a very old thread, Tiesenhausen

DC Website Help and Extras / new home page
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:37 PM »
I haven't been around for a while--the link probably got lost in the switch from one computer to a newer one.

The new home page is very attractive. Kudos to the designer of the Frankencody sketch.

But a couple of corrections: "monthly" not "monthy."

And, people, "most well-known" in the blurb on Screenshot Captor? I won't quarrel with the opinion, but that's an all-too-common mistake these days. We native speakers say "best-known."


N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Desktop URL Embed
« on: February 15, 2018, 01:15 PM »
Does this gadget still work in Windows 8.1? I downloaded it again, extracted it from the zip file, and double-clicked--but W8.1 doesn't understand "gadget" as a file type, wants to know how to open it.

So, is the gadget obsolete, has it been replaced...?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Desktop URL Embed
« on: November 18, 2013, 06:15 PM »
Sho' 'nuff! That works fine.

Many thanks. I'll stay in touch.

Best wishes, Tiesenhausen

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Desktop URL Embed
« on: November 18, 2013, 10:52 AM »
Hi wraith,

I tried that, again, after seeing your message. The response is that I already have desktopurlembed installed; do I want to replace it? Okay, sez I, but a second response told me to close the running version before installing again. So it appears that no, only one copy can run at a time.

I'm running Windows 7 with Classic Shell.

Best, Tiesenhausen

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: Desktop URL Embed
« on: November 18, 2013, 01:11 AM »
Hello programmer,

Great gadget! Very cool and easy to use.

2 questions: Window Refresh Frequency: what unit is that in, milliseconds, seconds, minutes, centuries...?

Second question: can I embed more than one url on my desktop at the same time? Put another way, can I have two instances of the gadget simultaneously?

Many thanks,


General Software Discussion / Re: Realtime backups
« on: August 21, 2011, 07:54 PM »
By chance, I just now had to start a synchronization routine when some new offsite disk space (internet accessible) opened up for me. Somehow I learned about FreeFileSync on sourceforge and so far it's doing everything it says it will do, efficiently and without breaking a sweat.

The interface is a little geeky sometimes, but hey! That shouldn't be a problem for members of this forum.

Best, Tiesenhausen

I insert underscore as the first character. A few times I've added an extra underscore to keep the item ahead of any others.

The point of using ! or | is well taken, and the use of additional exclamation points is clever. I used underscore because it's big and draws attention. Maybe I should try !! instead, in some folders.

These tricks are especially useful in menu lists, for example in folders used on MS toolbars.


It's true, you only need to have one program to read pdf's on your computer, and that program is FoxIt. Aside from being quick, with a very small footprint, it allows you to set and manipulate bookmarks (change order, put in hierarchies, etc.), which is very useful for a big text that is consulted as a reference.

The Yahoo toolbar option is an irritant, because it's a prechecked option every time you update--you have to remember to uncheck it. So far I always have. The program itself is a jewel.

It may not be the best program for a portable device--I don't have one and can't comment.


Living Room / Re: eBook readers
« on: January 31, 2009, 09:54 AM »
This is an interesting discussion. I've been wondering if any e-reader has arrived at the point where I should buy one.

For Josh in particular, can the Kindle read anything, or just Amazon's proprietary formula? I would want an e-reader that can read books and documents in almost any form--for example, I want to download books from Google Books and read them on the bus, as well as buy new books from Amazon.

Also, is it so difficult to get crisp black print on a white background? Or is that even a good idea? More thoughts on display, and maybe a few screen shots of actual displays, would be welcome.


Wasn't directed at you, tomas, or anybody in particular. Obviously, we all wish Gizmo and the whole crowd well. I still have my big fat Windows Secrets book by Brian Livingston on the shelf, and consult it every so often.

Best to all, Tiesenhausen

Tech Support Alert has had a paid premium section for a long time, and if you like it, as everybody on this thread seems to, why haven't you supported it by paying for the premium stuff (which I find definitely worthwhile)?

The new setup will honor premium subscriptions to TSA. Mine is supposed to be paid until December of this year. So, one will find out, won't one?

It's hard to believe anybody who likes Richards' writing and info can't spring for $5 or the equivalent just to see what the new merger will be like. Yeah, I'm not very optimistic either, but let's wait and see.


4 GB seems to be the sweet spot for Vista: well, yeah, maybe for technies who always have the latest computer, but what about us old timers who buy a computer and use it until it wears out? My 256MB model was very potent when I bought it, but now...

My point being, since the aforesaid model is wearing out, should I not buy as much memory as possible, anticipating Firefox and Photoshop of 2015?

Thanks for your thoughts on this,



Linkman sounds great, but for my personal needs it seems to share a great default with all the programs that try to replay Windows bookmarks. Maybe I'm wrong.

For all its defects, the Microsoft system lets the user put bookmarks anywhere: on the desktop, in the favorites folders, and in any directory.  For example, in one folder you can put an article you're writing, links to files on your disk with material for the article, links to images, and links to related websites. Or, in a folder named Berlin, you can put all your ondisk and internet links having to do with that city.

I've built up literally thousands of links (some duplicates, of course) scattered through hundreds of directories all over my hard drives and on three computers.

Linkman like every other similar system seems like it just imports the Microsoft links from the Favorites folder and turns them into better Linkman links.  I want all my links to stay where they are, including the ones in Favorites and all the rest. Furthermore, I want to be able quickly to copy any new link I create from its home folder into, maybe, dozens of other folders all over my network, and then maybe down the road copy any one of those scattered links into still more folders.

This is a very powerful and useful feature of Microsoft technology.  Sure the links system could be better, but not if I have to start all over again with a new system that is not integrated with the Microsoft folders organization.

Have I got it all wrong?

Michael Bates

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