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Finished Programs / Re: DONE: Icon Menu Launcher
« on: July 20, 2011, 12:24 PM »
Another app similar to ShortPopUp is 7stacks (like ShortPop, also potentially laggy depending on the settings used).  The "Menu" stack type would be the one appropriate for the OP; because 7stacks is designed to be pinned to a taskbar icon, the other stack types appear at the bottom of the screen, but they use the Windows 7 Aero interface.

Why does Suzie B. get a special designation?  What about the non-"silver-dollar" modern dollar coins, i.e.,  Sacagawea and the new Presidential ones?

What about a "custom" type for, e.g, foreign currency?

Additional designations might be nice.  This could be a simple "more info" text box, or...

The app could have tags to catalog rare coins.  I'm no expert, but after looking through a few Wikipedia entries, these would be good designations:
  • year
  • mint marks [mostly just P or D nowadays, but for completeness: (P)hiladelphia, (D)enver [or (D)ahlonega for some gold coins minted between 1838-1861], (S)an Francisco, (W)est Point, (C)harlotte, (CC) Carson City, (O) New Orleans, and (M)anila]
  • quality: e.g., FDC, BU, UNC, EF, VF, F, fair, poor (though maybe it ought to be a simple text box as people apparently use prefixes, like A for "about" or VN for "very nearly," or G for "good")
  • variation (for other designations, etc.) [simple text box]
  • state represented (for 1999-2008 quarters)
  • territory represented (for 2009 quarters)
  • national site represented (for 2010-2021 quarters)
  • Westward Journey design (for 2004-2005 nickels)
  • president represented (for 2007-present Presidential dollars)
  • Native American theme represented (for 2009-present Sacagawea dollars)

These can be searchable criteria, but you could also add a set of algorithms to determine the variety of the coin if the year tag exists, e.g, the bicentennial quarters and half-dollars (if the year is 1975-1976), or the different types of pennies: wheat pennies (1909-1958), Lincoln memorial (1959-2008), Lincoln bicentennial (2009), Union shield (2010-present), etc.

...Just "don't take any wooden nickels."

With regards to Chrome, that's pretty good to know about. Have you tried them? Did you notice any change in speed at start up or page rendering?  Any CPU usage increase?
I've tried other addons, but I haven't tried those two (I'm not a gestures enthusiast).  I've had mixed results, but I was playing with it when the installation process of an addon was not very intuitive, and highly dependent on the version of Chrome installed.  It's apparently gotten easier as Google has introduced more support for such efforts.  There didn't seem to be much of an impact on performance, but nor was I overladen (like I tend to get with Firefox).

However, I had problems with a couple of sites that worked fine before the upgrade to the development version, but ceased to operate correctly afterwards, so I've since downgraded.  I haven't tried again in some months, so those issues may have been ironed out.  So I've been going back and forth between Chrome, which is quick and great for most purposes, and Lunascape for the odd site that refuses to work in Chrome (I'm looking at you, Netflix Instant Play and Microsoft OfficeLive).
EDIT: I retract the disparaging remark about Netflix.  I just tried it, and the Movie Viewer works in Chrome once again, and now I don't even have to change the useragent to IE to make it work.  (Yay!)

(Re: Lunascape)
One "pre even using it impression" is that I downloaded the 9MB from the site, as part of the install it proceeded to download webkit and gecko .exes adding ~19MB to it. For testing purposes alone (not its other features) one could do alt-tab and load sites in the 'original' browsers.
Sure, but that takes a bit more than 2 quick clicks on the engine icon in the lower left corner.  The other way you've got involves copying the address from the address bar, launch the other browser, paste the address, hit Enter (except in Chrome you can right-click to "Paste and Go") and then after any change you make to the site, you have to Alt+Tab around, remembering to do a manual refreshes as you go back and forth between each browser.  It's surely not rocket science, but if you need to make a series of small changes, it's unwieldy and can get confusing.

On the other hand, the various small interface issues still make me loathe to use Lunascape as my main browser.

General Software Discussion / Re: FileBox eXtender Alternatives
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:06 PM »
However I was wondering, is there ANY other tool at all that has the fantastic feature of FBE where you open a file open/save dialog, then click on an explorer (or Dopus) window, and the file open/save dialog is instantly switched to the same directory which that Explorer window is currently pointing to? This is THE key feature of FBE I must be using a hundred times a day.

Direct Folders, already mentioned here several times, does it.

Re: Chrome
There are addons for Chrome.  See e.g., and

You'll need to change to the beta or developer channel for Chrome, however.

Here is a mouse gestures plugin.
Here is an ad blocker.

If you don't want to change to an early-release version, you can always find a general purpose gestures app that will work for any application that doesn't have built-in support, e.g., gMote.

Obviously, it's great for web designers who want to test how their website displays in each of the engines.

I quite like the ability to change engines and even set certain pages to automatically change to the engine desired.  However, there are some odd interface quirks, and for some reason it wouldn't set itself to default browser, despite clicking on the button to do so.  I had to use the Default Programs app for Windows to do it.

As far as vulnerabilities, it's not like you're using all three engines at once.  Because of its smaller market share, malware creators don't target Webkit (and Gecko for the most part) like they do with IE.  I would argue this is much better, because you have the option of using IE where a poorly-designed website requires it, but otherwise you can stick with another engine in large part.

I know there are some attempts for windows to track updates to installed software (can't remember the name now!).

Here's a review of some of them on Gizmo's Freeware.

I've used Software Informer, one mentioned briefly as "annoying" in the Other Software Update Monitors category.  (It was bundled with Free Download Manager.)  I do concur with his complaints, but where his top pick boasts "More than 60,000" apps, Software Informer has "661,469" programs in its database.  Of course, it relies far more on the "1,388,362" users to keep things updated with reviews, working download links, etc... but I like the decentralized model.

But I agree, none of these can hold a candle to apt.  And for the reasons Rarst mentions, it's not likely they ever will.

Best Dialog Extender / Re: Horizontal scrolling
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:30 AM »
If being in a rather low resolution isn't your problem, then the horizontal scrolling is the effect of being in List View.  Why don't you just check out one of those extenders that permit changing the default view (i.e., if it "Changes dialog view mode" in the article)?

There's a bunch more of this kind of app that haven't been mentioned yet, but here are two free implementations:

  • Folder View <> is freeware, and enhances Explorer in several useful ways to help find often-used folders easier.  It's very configurable, and I've found it quite useful once I got used to it.
  • DM2 <> is open source, and provides a bunch of unrelated little Explorer enhancements, one of which is a simple favorites list for open/save dialogs.  This one doesn't yet seem to work with Office dialogs, however it appears that it is still being actively developed.

While I'm at it, here's some additional shareware ones that were pretty good that I found before discovering Folder View, in case it doesn't really do it for you:

You know, rather than duplicate the effort already made, the image packs for the MESS emulator would be a good place to start <>.  All kinds of pictures of oldie but goodie PCs and consoles.

Living Room / Re: Remote control for PC
« on: July 13, 2005, 12:07 PM »
See the Girder website, below, for more links to possible solutions.

You could always buy a Slink-E or something similar which lets you use any old remote you have lying around to control your computer.

Alternatively, if you like the do-it-yourself technique, see the WinLIRC homepage on Sourceforge <>.  The website features a small piece of software which will recognize IR codes received from a homebuilt IR detector which plugs into your serial port, with links to how to build such an IR detector (and/or transmitter).  I had almost no experience with building electronics or soldering, but I was able to get one working in an afternoon after a trip down to Radio Shack (I wonder if there's an Argentine equivalent?).

Either way, whether you buy a detector or build one, you'll need some kind of automation software (though if you buy a package, it will likely come with it).  Either way, Girder <> is very good, very robust, but unfortunately no longer free.

Now I use an old all-in-one remote I had lying around to control my TV, DVD player, audio system, *and* computer, and it works rather seamlessly.

This way, if you don't mind trading off ease of initial setup, you can get any combination of size and features you like, with nearly infinite expandability, and *never* any driver stability issues if you change hardware.

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