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Full confession:  I'm more of an end user than a coder--and not versed on how to install the dev branch from GitLab.  I'm looking forward to trying the download as audio, and will do some digging into what it will take to test the development branch.

Thanks for the heads-up on customizing the editor in the settings.yaml file.  I'll give that a spin as well.

I installed this on an Ubuntu MATE machine.  Very nice!   :up:

A couple of things that I had to do before using this:  1) find ytsearch (wasn't automatically added to path) and 2) dig into the source to find where cache was kept.  The keybindings are fairly intuitive, but a couple didn't work as expected...still getting used to it.

I really like how quickly this can search and download videos.  And it's extremely easy to queue and play cached videos.  However, this seems like something I would use primarily to build an audio library.  It's simple enough to play audio from the cached videos, but space could be saved by just downloading audio instead of video.

If you are taking wish list requests, it would be nice to be nice to have a keybinding for downloading audio.

Thanks for sharing this!   :Thmbsup:

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 RELEASE: File Downloader
« on: January 29, 2015, 02:38 PM »
Command Line:
1. /f=filepathandname - Save file location and name.
2. /u=downloadlocation - http or https url of download.
3. /ec - Exits when complete.
3. /ow - This will overwrite a file without confirmation if download is started from command line so use at *YOUR OWN RISK*. (New in 1.0.2 build 1)

/ow  --  That sounds like a painful switch...which I suppose it could be given what it does!   :D

(I'm guessing you want that commandline switch to be No. 4 instead of the second No. 3?)

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 RELEASE: File Downloader
« on: January 08, 2015, 10:09 AM »
Thanks for the NANY.  There's a favorable review of it here.

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 PRE-RELEASE: Taskware
« on: December 16, 2014, 10:43 PM »
Understood.  Thanks for developing this and making it available.  :up:

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 PRE-RELEASE: Taskware
« on: December 15, 2014, 12:01 PM »
If you are open to suggestions, here are a couple of features that I would find helpful:

  • Ability to import/export from/to CSV
  • Ability to copy items (with children) from one location to another

The second wishlist item would make it easy to setup template(s) for tracking repetitive workflows.

N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 PRE-RELEASE: Taskware
« on: December 13, 2014, 11:54 PM »
Excellent!  Working as expected on win7 home 64-bit.  Unpacking the archive just gives a single sqlite db (with the 'Welcome' task) this time.


N.A.N.Y. 2015 / Re: NANY 2015 PRE-RELEASE: Taskware
« on: December 12, 2014, 12:10 PM »
Very nice.  I like the simplicity of the program.

I'm not able to add due dates to any tasks...when I do, the program crashes.  Doesn't seem to matter if this is done on task creation, or when updating existing tasks.  Also happens whether or not the task is a project, milestone, and with/without checkboxes.

Testing on win 7 ent 64-bit.

Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:26 AM »
And... I have to wonder.  What kind of laptop that they would be giving students would warrant a $800+ replacement cost?  Hmmm...

I'm assuming they are getting a quantity discount--so unless these are some pretty stellar machines, it seems like $810 already includes the cost of a replacement.

Living Room / Re: High School Student Laptop Policy
« on: August 20, 2014, 11:17 AM »
Thanks for mentioning TechDirt and Popehat, I will reserve these as 'nuclear options' if I don't get anywhere when writing to or meeting with school administrators.

App, thanks too for your suggestions.  I understand why they want monitoring/logging software installed on school equipment, and am not necessarily opposed if the laptops were to remain at school.  My reservations kick in when they encourage students to take the laptops home for working on homework and projects--and to charge them so they will be fully charged the next morning.  As the privacy policy stands, I do not want the laptop to leave school.  And if it never leaves school, then I see no need to purchase insurance of any kind--however this means not working on homework/projects out of school.

Like mouser, I would prefer there to be an option to bring your own laptop.  The school could publish minimum requirements and offer a generic software package.  Their rationale is that it makes support more difficult, and that the "integrative technology" which provides for communication between the students and teacher may not work on equipment brought from home...that, and the teacher would not be able to use the same "integrative technology" to monitor whether the students were using the laptop for schoolwork, rather than social networking or games.

I will not sign the agreement as it stands, so my plan is:
1. Write to the school board to outline my reservations with the laptop policy.
2. If there is no political will to amend the policy, take my concerns to third parties (media, government, others)
3. If the policy still cannot be amended, attempt to include provision for BYOL (bring your own laptop)
4. If all else fails, opt out and let the administrators and teachers figure out how they will adapt their plans to accommodate a non-conformist.

My child isn't thrilled about the possibility of being unique in this way...but it's an opportunity to further her education.

Living Room / High School Student Laptop Policy
« on: August 19, 2014, 09:47 PM »
Our local high school is giving all students a free!! laptop for the coming school year.

I attended tonight's mandatory "orientation session" for parents and students, where the speaker said that:
  • all students would be required to have a laptop computer for the upcoming school year,
  • only school-provided equipment will be allowed in the classroom,
  • no modifications to the operating system (Windows)--or installed programs (e.g. MS Office 365, etc.)--are allowed,
  • Sophos anti-virus and monitoring/logging software will be installed and are not to be tampered with,
  • insurance is recommended ($50 per student per year) to avoid being liable for the $810 replacement cost if the equipment is damaged, and
  • repairs are ONLY to be performed by the school district's IT staff.

"That's it.  Thanks.  Drop off your paperwork on the way out...including the one-pager saying that you understand and agree to all the terms and conditions in the 'Student Laptop Computer Handbook'."

The frustrating bit:  No discussion and no Q&A.   :huh:

The completely unacceptable bit:  The Privacy Policy (shown below in its entirety, taken directly from the Student Laptop Computer Handbook)

No Expectation of Privacy
Students have no expectation of confidentiality or privacy with respect to any usage of a laptop computer, regardless of whether that use is for district-related or personal purposes, other than as specifically provided by law.  The school district may, without prior notice or consent, log, supervise, access, view, monitor, and record use of student laptop computers at any time for any reason related to the operation of the school district.  By using a laptop computer, students agree to such access, monitoring, and recording of their use.

In light of the Lower Merion School District spying scandal from a couple of years ago, I was expecting something a little more protective of the privacy of our children.  :mad:

I'll conclude with a little irony (also from the Student Laptop Computer Handbook): 
The goal remains to promote self-directed, life-long learners.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: July 03, 2014, 02:14 PM »
Thanks for your continued work on this.  Here's feedback on the new version:

DL'd from the link above, extracted to a new folder, and opened the executable.  Didn't open...just received the following error:

Clearing the messagebox leaves no sign of Note5.

I was wondering the same thing! (And--per your signature--I should probably just stop here and :grunt:)

However...this seems to be in keeping with the longstanding tech fruit fetish.  (Raspberry Pi, Strawberry Perl, etc.)  Our communications folks recently put all mobile phone users through a fruit exchange (Blackberrys exchanged for Apples).

Which leads to my final question:  How far off-topic is too far?

Perl would do it. It's overkill, but you'll have a tool that can do just about anything.
If you're on Windows, download the latest from


Thanks for the heads-up on Strawberry Perl.  I've downloaded and installed on an old laptop...will take a closer look at it later today.

Do you have any experience using the portable version of this?

Skwire Empire / Re: Release: sWeather (tray-based weather app)
« on: July 01, 2014, 05:29 PM »
Decimal degrees = DD.dddd°

Lat: +N/-S
Long: +E/-W

Assuming absolute values:
(DD.dddd - DD)*60 = MM.mmmm
(MM.mmmm - MM)*60 = SS.ssss

DD° MM' SS.ssss"

Wikipedia recommends using truncate and modulo....

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 27, 2014, 04:06 PM »
v2.0.0.10 - On initial program open:  Selected Minimize to Tray, minimizing closes the program.  

If I close the program, then re-open it, the tray icon appears and minimize to tray seems to work.

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 26, 2014, 05:15 PM »
It just keeps getting better.... :up:

On my machine (Win7 64-bit), minimizing the program causes icons to appear in both the taskbar and system tray (screenshot below).  Could the user be given the option of choosing one or the other?


Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 25, 2014, 08:34 PM »
I just downloaded again, and it is showing up as v2.0.0.5 - can you check on your end?


Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 25, 2014, 03:16 PM »
1) Can you give me an example URL that you are having an issue with?


Doesn't work: (but shows up in R-click menu)

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 24, 2014, 10:38 PM »
Thanks for adding the panel switching options!  It's really becoming a slick program.

A couple of items that I ran across:
1. R-click on a note with a URL, then selecting that URL gives me this error:  "Run time error 12 at line 268" - Then the program terminates.
2. Theme editor:  Clicking the foreground color for Note 2, then 'Define Custom Colors' - it looks like I'm changing the foreground color, but the background color changes.  Not sure how to change the foreground color for Note 2.  (Haven't checked all the combinations for all the notes.)

From the INI file, it looks like you are planning to make the minibar resizable in the that correct?

Too right.

(btw- congrats on 33,000!  Is there a thread that one posts in when they hit 33k?)


Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 20, 2014, 06:46 PM »
I'm more of a software user than a programmer--and I know the intent is to keep this simple--so...would it be difficult to add the ability to customize the shortcuts for switching note panels?

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 20, 2014, 03:47 PM »
I like having hotkeys for switching between note panels, but I keep switching panels by accident.  The Ctrl+[arrow] key combination is a Windows shortcut for moving forward/backword one word, and my fingers do it without thinking.  (This isn't fingers rarely think before doing anything. :D)

Is this affecting anyone else?

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:51 PM »
Version is now available!


Comments welcome!!!
That was a quick turnaround!  It works well, and I like the option for setting themes in the INI file.

Feedback on (this time on win7 enterprise 64-bit w/ sp1):
- Selecting 'About' no longer hangs the program
- Transparency setting works well, but is reverse of what I was expecting (fully opaque at 100% transparency, fully transparent at 0% transparency)
- Themes show up multiple times (see screenshot below) - but this only appears to happen when Settings -> Themes is opened without selecting a theme.  Each time this occurs, it appears to add another iteration of the Theme names in the menu

Thanks for creating this!

Announce Your Software/Service/Product / Re: Note5
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:39 PM »
 (see attachment in previous post)

 :-[  Thanks for answering my stupid question....

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