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I wouldn't say that I print more or less. I always seem to be unable to print, for one reason or another.
I've always needed a decent printer and have either had a problem inkjet (3, ranging from $100-$600, really didn't matter), or none at all.
Getting ready to toss my highly recommended Epson.

When I first saw a wet, soggy, streaky page come out of an inkjet printer maybe 13 years ago, I knew that no matter how long they tried to perfect these things, they'd only get so far, and I was right. I'm still printing out crappy looking documents. Unfortunately, I was introduced to and put to work on a laser printer as an admin. asst., long before I ever saw an inkjet...kind of like going from a Lexus to a Kia. 

The only inkjet I've ever seen that impressed me is my BF's Canon, but still, the thought of owning a laser printer makes my heart pound.
I can't afford one, but if I could, I'd be printing all kinds of things. I love to create and print beautiful images & documents.  :(

General Software Discussion / Re: Godin: the end of dumb software
« on: September 13, 2009, 05:36 PM »
(Mostly to 40hz:)
What if it's already been done?

Access could be made into a more user-friendly software. I need Access, but don't use it. It's too hard. Any relational db with the right UI can do what Seth is talking about, so I don't understand why it's such a big deal for someone to create something more user friendly than Access, with Access.

The only smart feature I agree with is the ability to link. I'm sitting here waiting for the only software that will let me connect whatever I want to whatever else I want, and which will allow me to view these links in a pane. Smart. Maybe GemX will release it, maybe not. They're not talking. Their program doesn't automate simple tasks (I don't like that, either), but rather gives the user the option to link all contacts, notes, external links, emails, what have you. Finally!! (Well, almost, it's not here yet.)

40hz, please understand that to us clueless end users, computers are just things made by people, and sometimes we don't see why people cannot create what we consider to be basic features. We don't know they're techie pipe dreams. We just know we have a lot of little programs all over our PC becuause we cannot get what we need from one program. Close this, open that, update this, uninstall that...we see computers doing things much, much more complex than this, every day. We fly people to the moon, perform surgeries, we even have artificial intelligence, so what's the problem with linking data? Given what computers are capable of, and with one missing feature in every single piece of similar software discussed, I, too, am pretty frustrated, even if my idea of smart computing differs slightly from the writer's.

And, web apps are no better.

I have THREE to-do list softwares that work really well for me.
My system is:...
...2. Populate, and admire the aesthetics...
...4. Admire the list for about a week or until ennui sets in...
...5. Change to new to-do software, set up new to-do list...
...6. Admire aesthetics...

I'm using software now only for to do's related to computing & large project/goal type stuff.
I know most people reading this thread are concerned about getting their computing stuff done, but everyone has incoming papers, so I thought I'd share this:

For basic home aesthetics, I started putting the papers on my desk in an 'in box' drawer. My apartment looked so nice & was so relaxing without any papers in view, that sorting options & aesthetics, both physical & virtual, became my enemies. I'd later find missing appointment cards, business cards, and other things which, as mentioned above, can ultimately become very expensive. So aesthetics was not working for me.

Whatever ended up on a computerized to do list would require hunting things down, or in some other way, more work than normally would be required (linked/dependent tasks). This would require sorting and other time wasters for someone in my position. So nothing got done.

Now, I'm finding that putting all current paper-related to dos - along with bright post-its for errands - on my front door with magnets is working rather well, thanks to the fact that I cannot stand to look at it. It looks horrible.

It's so incredibly ugly that whenever I walk out the door, or just pass it too many times in a day, it bugs me. It's so cluttered, it just makes me nervous.
Therefore, I'm compelled to remove as many papers as possible and handle them ASAP.  Now, I grab any paper I see, including unopened mail or whatever's in my purse & immediately post papers at eye level. In a few more months, maybe I'll be able to trust myself to stop avoiding paper. Then, I'm going to install a magnet board on the inside of the entry closet door, so I won't have to see it's ugliness. It's hideous.

But, if I get the 'out of sight out of mind' problem again, even once, this stuff's going right back on the front door.

The longer I've been doing this, gradually, the fewer papers I have living on my door. Today, (so far) I only have 3 papers to handle, this is great!

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: September 13, 2009, 02:10 AM »
Latest additions to the family.
Four-month-old sisters -- Airedales.
 (see attachment in previous post)

How sweet!!! How's the other dog taking it...? Do they get jealous, like cats?

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:09 AM »
What do they do? My cat does nothing, she appears not to see herself when I put her in front of the mirror.

My cat tried to hit her own reflection in mirror. and then made sound to show hostility. I was expecting more fight but finally she gives up.  :P

Not mine. She is terminally bored. She won't even chase a spider for more than a few seconds. If she can't catch it by then, she just walks away.

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: September 03, 2009, 08:05 AM »
she appears not to see herself when I put her in front of the mirror
I too, the alternative is simply too awful to contemplate!
;D  ;D  ;D

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: September 03, 2009, 04:28 AM »
yeah agree with mouser, mirror one is the best.

I know what cats do in front of mirror  :D

What do they do? My cat does nothing, she appears not to see herself when I put her in front of the mirror.

Living Room / Re: In Memoriam...
« on: August 21, 2009, 01:52 PM »
So the inevitable has happened Monday night at 1:30 am :(

See Details on Youtube... heart goes out to you.  :(

I also had videos of one of my cat's last days & although they didn't reflect her suffering, they were so painful to watch that I finally deleted them. No regrets, I was just torturing myself by watching them. Although I couldn't bear to watch even your videos, obviously what you've created is a beautiful & meaningful tribute.

In due time, as your grief slowly subsides, may I humbly suggest you have a loved one password protect your page / site - and keep yourself out - just until you can look at it again, without as much sadness as you may feel now. Just so your grief can run its natural course.

My second piece of unsolicited advice for the day is this: It helps to know just what kind of media will bring you misery & what will bring happier memories. For me, pictures are sweet, even voice recordings of people who've passed on are touching, but for whatever reasons, videos of anyone or anything that have passed on, in good times or bad, are just too much.

Warmest regards.  :)

Living Room / Re: Are Gamers More Evolutionarily Advanced?
« on: August 18, 2009, 03:45 PM »
A great example of Wikipedia's effects...
Not really NSFW but kind of. You might want to keep the volume down.

Professor Wikipedia

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: August 15, 2009, 08:10 PM »
People who seem to think that by turning on my blinker I am telling them to "Speed up"

ARGH!!!!!!!!!    :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash:

Oops, I forgot to mention to Josh - if anyone's trying to switch lanes, it's a violation to keep them from doing so.
At least in California.

SO many people do this that I believe it is actually unintentional with some folks. It's as if when some people realize that someone else is passing them, they think, "Oh, I must have slowed down too much... let me pick up the pace." It just happens with far too many people to be spiteful. Or maybe I am giving too much credit where it ain't due?


I only see this when I change lanes to get away from them. If they speed up while you're clearly trying to go in front of them, then they're not only rude, but they're creating a major safety hazard.

I seem to encounter this when most often when I'm trying to get out of an 'exit only' lane on the freeway.
After having been forced off my path a couple of times, I refuse to be bullied on the freeway. If there are too many cars behind the offending driver for me to wait & get in behind him/her, I'll signal, give them a few seconds, then slowly start to get over. They can move it or lose it. I know this is dangerous, but golly, go figure - they always manage to find it in their hearts to let me in.  ;)

I run as many errands as possible at night. It's just too frustrating here in the daytime; there's an idiot in every lane. It's virtually impossible to escape them. At least at night, you can go around them. The Silicon Valley has, without a doubt, the most unaware, rude, reckless and in general, unskilled drivers in the country. Period.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: August 12, 2009, 11:04 PM »
People who seem to think that by turning on my blinker I am telling them to "Speed up"

ARGH!!!!!!!!!    :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash: :wallbash:

Oops, I forgot to mention to Josh - if anyone's trying to switch lanes, it's a violation to keep them from doing so.
At least in California.

Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: August 12, 2009, 02:36 PM »
Actually I just discovered that the original words for the stage version, "I'm so pretty and witty and gay" were changed to "I'm so pretty and witty and bright" in the movie version, and most modern presentations of the musical play now use the "bright" version in an attempt to be "PC"... Yikes!

Nice. Who's next, Shakespeare?
Tiptoeing around a word commonly used in the period of time a screenplay is depicting isn't PC.
The whole point of being 'PC' is to not offend the party being considered. Who on earth could that have possibly offended?
If they weren't gay, it's vain and cowardly move that compromises a significant contribution to the arts.
If they were, they're certainly the minority of their community.


Living Room / Re: What annoys you to no end?
« on: August 12, 2009, 01:28 PM »
It really annoys me (though not "to no end") when a pleasant and joyous feeling like being gay is interpreted as, being a homosexual!

Unfortunately Curt, that is all 'gay' means, anymore, in the US, at least in modern usage. There is no more, 'he was happy and gay today'!

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: August 11, 2009, 05:41 AM »
She likes being chased or chasing (people or dogs) more than just about anything in the world

So does my cat! I chase her 'till she's cornered, then run away - then she charges after me until I'm caught, then we start over.
I live in an apartment, so each chase takes about 2 seconds  ;D - not exactly a run on the beach, but we manage  :)

I would so love to have a mini French or English Bulldog, and the second I live in a (truly) pet-friendly environment, I'll have one.
For now, I have my most loved, most appreciated, but  :(  aging feline companion.

It's so fun to get to hear and express all of this love we have for our pets. Thanks, mouser, for starting this thread  :-*

Living Room / Re: Show us a photo of your mutt or other creatures..
« on: August 10, 2009, 08:21 AM »
iphigenie, I like the story (edit: and photos) on Flikr, of how you acquired Pippi.
She sounds like a great dog. And shiny, wow! Very pretty.  :)

Living Room / Re: Baby Cody Plushie is born
« on: July 20, 2009, 08:07 PM »
Anyone know a web service that lets people sign up and tracks who should get sent something next?
No. Can you use Google Spreadsheets, or something collaborative like that?

General Software Discussion / Re: TheBrain / Personal Brain
« on: July 19, 2009, 11:34 PM »
Bits du Jour is offering 3D Topicscape Pro for half off today (about $55 USD).
I saw their comparison chart to the Brain, & it looks pretty impressive.  :)

Living Room / Re: a box arrives and out pops Baby Cody
« on: July 18, 2009, 02:15 AM »
Sign me up, too. I want to play!!!
I can show him a nice time here in California!  :D

Oh, not my owner cat. She would never manipulate me.
She makes this sound once in a while; but it's not annoying, it' a lullaby... :-*

General Software Discussion / Re: TheBrain / Personal Brain
« on: July 14, 2009, 12:00 AM »
It has been extensively discussed over at


Thank you: of course -- I never was considering it as an outliner  ;)
-Perry Mowbray (July 12, 2009, 08:41 PM)

That forum isn't strictly about outliners, it really covers a lot more ground than one would guess from the name.
As with DC,  :)  you also have some truly experienced and intelligent users there.
They've been discussing outlining, mindmapping & pims at great length for years, and in great detail.
I found a pros/cons list on the Brain for you here, written by a participant on this forum.

Considerations such as printing (!!!) are nothing to play around with, though.
Have you been to the Brain's web site? You might want to trial it.
I've watched them for quite a while & it seems that they're consistently working on improving their software.
Good luck  :)  !

Living Room / Re: [ImageShack hack] Blog hack? Please help!
« on: July 12, 2009, 07:43 PM »
If your site has been impacted by this attack, the Internet Storm Center would like to know:

Thanks, app  :) .
If I hear back from my sister, I'll pass it on to her. I don't think she's too concerned.

I was just directed to, then helped immensely by Revo a few days ago when I had a nasty little problem with LetMeType. Revo Uninstaller was simple to use & very effective. But I will still take Carol & mouser's advice & install VirtualPC when I install Windows 7.

Cyberdiva, I has the same issue when asked if I wanted to delete certain registry keys.
So, I allowed it to delete the ones that obviously came from LetMeType & left the rest alone.
Haven't heard from that program since, so I'm fairly certain everything's OK.

I use ListPro & I love it. Here's a screenshot taken from their web site.


Living Room / Re: [ImageShack hack] Blog hack? Please help!
« on: July 11, 2009, 03:12 PM »
Imageshack Hacked


Thanks for this article. At least it has links that describe the Anti-sec 'movement' in an understandable way.
I'd just skimmed through their 'message' and it looked too complicated to understand.

Still, after
*looking up definitions for their cryptic lingo (Whitehats? Script kiddies? rm'd?)
*wading through their politics-soaked description of themselves
*ignoring their threats of destruction
I get it.

As I've said before in other threads, I did my homework, but many others won't. Most people don't have that kind of time.
As an average, everyday computer user with limited understandable exposure to this particular issue, I  have to say, they're getting in their own way.
I admit, my exposure to activism is limited to punk  :)  opposition to the Reagan administration...still, activists I met would take the time to clearly explain their causes to the few that would listen.  Anti-sec had everyone's attention with this hack, but it was so poorly explained that many won't fully understand their cause.
They probably just wanted their images back.

I am sooooooo pissed that they intruded on my sister's blog!!!!!!

Living Room / Re: [ImageShack hack] Blog hack? Please help!
« on: July 11, 2009, 12:55 AM »
Thanks Nosh. Yes, I think those 2 images are linked to her main business web site.
I'll forward your solution (and compliment  :) )to her.

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