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General Software Discussion / Re: 2013 Version: Browser Wars
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:42 PM »
Primarily Firefox (19.0.02) because my collection of extensions offer (1) improved security online and (2) facilities to access, manipulate, and save information suitable to my work flow.  Occasionally use SRWare Iron (but uninstalling old versions and reinstalling new ones is tedious compared to Firefox's easy updates), originally because I wanted to improve load speeds, but find no consistent advantage over the current FF.  I never use spyware Chrome; and I am also very careful to avoid the spyware "features" in all Google services (FF security extensions really help in avoiding these).  Certain commercial sites require I fire up IE (9.0.8112.16470).

DC Gamer Club / Re: Headset recommendations
« on: March 27, 2013, 03:11 PM »
I finally settled on KOSS SB 49:  (1) circumaural ear cups (large enough to sit on head, completely surrounding the ear and avoiding pressures of on-ear cups), well-padded; (2) wired connectors for headphone and for microphone, with sliding volume control on wire; (3) large padded head band, adjustable length; (4) position-adjustable microphone; (5) good sound quality (Skype; video conferencing; online videos; classical, blues, folk, international music); (6) cheap--$25 at newegg about a year ago.

Living Room / DonationCoder promo
« on: March 21, 2011, 05:10 PM »
For Friday March 20, the featured application at Free Download a Day < > was the entire DonationCoder site. 
It's individual page is < http://www.freedownl...a-donationcoder-com/ >

Mobysaurus / license key not recognized
« on: March 09, 2009, 05:11 PM »
Evertime I open Mobysaurus, which is installed with a permanent license key ( *r1;ewT43 ... AeXpEk= ), I get the message "Your temporary license has now expired.  This program is free but.... Would you like to visit" My name and email address appear in the 'About / License Information' panel.  I have reinstalled this key several times but the response remains the same.  I think this is the second key I have received for Mobysaurus.  What am I doing wrong?  Thanks for any help.

Comments on Mobysaurus:  I like the extensive list of synonyms and associated words.  The only feature I would suggest is some kind of organization to the words, e. g., (i) by syntactical type:  nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, phrases, etc., like Roget's International Thesaurus; or (ii) clustered according to meaning associations like StarDictionary or VisualThesaurus.  However, the word list, although often extensive, is well chosen.  I find it superior to WordWeb, which (i) often uses the word being defined in the definition of that word !? and (ii) often seems to lack any discrimination in the extended list of synonymous and similar words, e. g.,  pressing 'Type of' or 'Types' tabs eventually lists "abstract entity" and a few other nebulous terms for almost every word searched.  So although WordWeb has a better formal structure, Mobysaurus has better content.  The best (most perspicuous explanations of distinctions) printed source I have found is Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Synonyms, but it is not available in electronic form.  (From thesaurus suggestions, my final choices are based on Oxford English Dictionary and Webster's Third New International Dictionary.)  Anyway, thanks for Mobysaurus; even if no changes are made, it is a very useful tool.

General Software Discussion / Re: Context Menu Editor?
« on: September 09, 2007, 03:01 PM »
OpenExpert version 1.40 (658 KB), tested for Windows 9x/ME/NT/2000/XP, is available from  I don't know about Vista compatibility.

Like mwb1100, I also recommend Adobe Reader SpeedUp.  I had problems with Foxit and several other readers, converters, etc.  My use is very much like Darwin's, primarily academic journals and, very rarely, form-filling (rebate forms--gack!).  But re-tuned by AR-SpeedUp, Acrobat is fast, fully competent, and I never have to check Task Manager or Process Explorer to find what's the hold-up.  I haven't encountered the mystery zoom problem--yet.

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