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My wife and I just played this, and this is my report and review of the game (not of the program that generates games).

I printed just the instructions and the first game for each player, so we could both try it.

We were terribly confused by the instructions (except the part about taking turns, which we understood thoroughly), but kept reading the instructions as we went along.

What we needed was a complete sample game, showing exactly what happened in each turn. What we got was only difficult instructions.

For example, the guesser is supposed to say a word and a number. We never did understand what the number was for, since it wasn't used during our experiment. We chose great clue words (cigarette was the clue for ASH and horse was the clue for STABLE), but that had nothing to do with who got green and was "correct" and who got yellow and was "incorrect"! So unintuitive.

Looking at our two sheets, I see that most of the words have the SAME color. This is confusing, because I thought they were supposed to be random, so I was expecting them to be mixed up. I kept being "correct" and my wife kept being "incorrect", which doesn't work well with our interpersonal dynamics.

We gave up during our 4th turn because we were so lost and saw no point in continuing to play the game.

Our experiences were perhaps not representative of other people, but for us the game, lacking an example of correct play, was only entertaining in that it was kind of funny to be so completely confused.

General Software Discussion / Ethervane Echo
« on: February 02, 2019, 10:57 AM »
Probably the most useful and most functional of all free software that I've ever used is Ethervane Echo, a program that monitors the Windows clipboard and stores past strings for easy reuse.

I downloaded it from DonationCoder, but I can no longer find it using your Search. I think it was the result of a contest you held years ago.

If this wonderful program could be resurrected and given a place of honor on your home page, I think it well deserves this. It still works perfectly with all versions of Windows still in common use.

Its freedom from bugs and simple but usable GUI are good evidence that Borland Turbo Pascal was a great compiler and library.

See my review at https://www.donation....msg402555#msg402555 .

In most file systems, you cannot have two or more files with the same filename in the same directory. So, I assume the problem description should specify that the replacements get done in the files of a given directory and its subdirectories.

Mini-Reviews by Members / Review of Ethervane Echo
« on: September 22, 2016, 05:51 PM »
Basic Info

See main review at https://www.donation...opic=27849.msg260552 .

App NameEthervane Echo
App URLTranglos
App Version Reviewed1.1.3
Test System SpecsWindows 8.1
Supported OSesWindows XP/Vista/7/Later
Support MethodsDonationCoder Forum
Upgrade PolicyFree upgrades
Trial Version Available?No trial version
Pricing SchemeFree
Author Donation LinkDonate via DonationCoder


This is the best clipboard manager I have ever seen.

(See main review for many screenshots.)

Who is this app designed for:

An indispensable aid for anyone who uses Windows. Provides functionality that should have been part of Windows.

The Good

  • Lets you remember any info (text) fast and easy. For example, save the username and password when you register at a website without having to create a file or open an editor. Perfect for getting around the bugs in LastPass.
  • Lets you mark important pieces of text for long-term use (this is called "sticky" text)
  • Always monitors the clipboard so that all text is saved, subject to your criteria for deletion.
  • List of clipped text pops up with a keystroke. Can be dismissed with ESC or other key.
  • Very highly customizable. Choose how it looks, how it works.
  • Reliable. Doesn't fail to remember text copied to the clipboard.
  • Can work with a few data types other than text. It does what you want.
  • Easy searching in or editing of saved text items.
  • Flexible: many functions can be done in different ways.

The needs improvement section

No bugs or annoyances detected after months of use. Very high quality, both of functionality and of user interface.

Why I think you should use this product

Ethervane Echo is an awkward name, but everything else about this free product is elegant, fast, compact, useful, and customizable. It helps me get my work done easier and more reliably.

How does it compare to similar apps

Its competitors are harder to use, not as elegant, not as customizable, and many cost money.


A five-star product, produced by the DC process, has professional characteristics, and is needed by anyone doing significant work using a Windows computer.

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: MPH (Media Player Hotkeys)
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:45 PM »
Your reply shows great intelligence. BTW, is 2012 the last NANY programming competition, or did they continue to 2015?

N.A.N.Y. 2012 / Re: NANY 2012 Release: MPH (Media Player Hotkeys)
« on: February 06, 2016, 11:30 AM »
I would definitely use this product if it covered all the video players that I use regularly. It would have to address the really difficult programming challenges of YouTube, UStream, and similar browser-based players, which all have buggy and incomplete user controls. I would definitely donate for that.

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