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@cranioscopical:
like backing up your computer
I tried that... couldn't get it into reverse  :-[
-cranioscopical (March 19, 2020, 06:07 AM)
It's your lucky day! I just did a quick search and found a workaround for that on the FFS (FreeFileSync) website. It's a $FREE addon to the app, called "FFSyncRomesh" - named after the developer, apparently (Romesh Rangarathan).

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@mouser:
Another *GREAT* activity would be do some things that bring you some sense of security and piece of mind, like backing up your computer.
Yes, but, for even greater peace of mind and security, I'd recommend a few hours of Fallout4, in "Survival Mode", of course.   :Thmbsup:
That'd change anyone's perspective. #WhuFlu could seem like a walk in the park after that.

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@mouser:
I've been...trying to focus on coding.
What?! You mean you weren't already focused on coding??
Pull your finger out, man!

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@mouser:
No rumors or panic in this thread
Aww, that'd be half the fun!
Spoilsport.

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@superboyac
I haven't needed to use Qiqqa recently, but as I recall, using it on a laptop, it monitored and auto-scanned your directories for .PDF files, copied any new ones it found into it's database, then OCR'd them (if just image files) and indexed them. The data was thus duplicated into Qiqqa's database (library) and the original docs left untouched.
I presume it still could work that way. I've not used it across a network or Cloud drives, so I don't know how that would work out, sorry.
Don't they have help files or a helpdesk to answer your Q's?
I'm probably not much use for support.

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Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Remind me of feature requests please
« on: March 16, 2020, 12:39 PM »
@mouser:
Here's an emoji-chart of where we seem to be at present, with this list:
  • 1.OCR: @mouser will "keep thinking about this".
  • 2.Wiki-linking: ...difficult; a better solution would be to start over and write a proper note taking/idea program rather than try to put features in CHS that feel awkward for it.
  • 3. Inheritance in Groups/Child groups tree: :tellme: Enable/disable normal folders and virtual folders to inherit sub-folders and their clips.
  • 4. Cloning: [@tomos has it about right] exists, but KLUDGY - can already do that for the most part in CHS. Just make a virtual group and tell it to show all clips with a specific ParentId value (which designates its group), or various combinations thereof. Needs to be automated.
  • 5. Text clips can be saved as .TXT files:  :tellme:
  • 6. RTF clips can be saved as .RTF files:   :tellme:
  • 7. Remove or increase the arbitrary text limit in text clips: :up: implemented in the alpha with multi-format copying.
  • 8. Save full path+filename of copied or cut folders/files: :up: implemented in the alpha with multi-format copying.
  • 9. Retain metadata (URLs): (better retention of metadata) :up: implemented in the alpha with multi-format copying.

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Clipboard Help+Spell / Re: Remind me of feature requests please
« on: March 14, 2020, 12:52 AM »
@mouser:
I've been working like mad on the new extended clipboard format features for CHS; now would be a good time to remind me of older feature requests I've overlooked.

Features reminder:
  • OCR: Automatic OCR of images with embedded text in the image, placing the OCRed text in the Clip Text tab.
  • Wiki-like Clip-linking: The ability to link clips to each other.
    If there is one feature that excels above all others in information software of the past two decades that deserves its place in the note taking pantheon, its the humble double bracketed internal link.

    We all recognise power to store and retrieve information at will, but when you combine this power with the ability to successfully create new knowledge trees from existing documents, to follow thoughts in a ‘stream of consciousness’ non-linear fashion then individual notes transform from multiple static word-silos into a living information system system.

    Sadly, this is the one major feature that is always neglected, or is piecemeal at best… and one time note taking king Evernote is to blame."
    From: If there is one feature that excels above all others in information software of the past two decades that deserves its place in the note taking pantheon, its the humble double bracketed internal link.

    We all recognise power to store and retrieve information at will, but when you combine this power with the ability to successfully create new knowledge trees from existing documents, to follow thoughts in a ‘stream of consciousness’ non-linear fashion then individual notes transform from multiple static word-silos into a living information system system.

    Sadly, this is the one major feature that is always neglected, or is piecemeal at best… and one time note taking king Evernote is to blame.
    From: It Needs Wiki-Like Superpower
  • Inheritance in Groups/Child groups tree: Enable/disable normal folders and virtual folders to inherit the clips of their children (sub-folders) on an individually selectable basis.
  • Cloning: A single Group or Child (Folder/Virtual Folder or subfolder) can be used many times. Each Group object can be "cloned" or replicated to occur elsewhere in the tree, so there may be "n" identical instances of a group in the tree. A change to a group's settings (e.g., the SQL in a virtual folder) will simultaneously change the same settings in all instances of the group (clones). Similarly, a change to the contents of a clip will simultaneously change all instances of that clip in any groups where it has been cloned.
  • Text clips can be saved as .TXT files: Enable selected .TXT or .RTF clips to have their data saved as .TXT files in the CHS database area (i.e., similar to how image clips are currently saved). These text files would then be indexable and searchable by WDS, GDS and other search engines.
  • RTF clips can be saved as .RTF files: Similarly, enable selected .RTF clips to have their data saved as Rich Text (.RTF) files in the CHS database area.
  • Remove or increase the arbitrary text limit in text clips: We need more text!
  • Save full path+filename of copied or cut folders/files: e.g., R:\Temp\VPN_4396\ ..or... R:\Temp\VPN_4396\VPN_Lock.dat
  • Retain metadata (URLs): - better retention of metadata relating to clipped web page data.

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@panzer:
That joke (above) reminds me of the story about two Irishmen who went to a brothel but were concerned about not contracting any STDs and so each went armed with a supply of condoms.
After they left the brothel, one Irishman said to the second:"Oi was careful I had my condom on good an' proper, so as to be sure oi'd not get any STD."
The second said: "Oi was even more careful - oi used two condoms, one on top of the other."
The first said: "What?! Why two condoms?"
The second replied: "To be sure, to be sure."

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Post New Requests Here / Re: Windows Launcher by Only One Key
« on: March 07, 2020, 08:19 AM »
Confuzzling and curious:   :tellme:
One wonders whether there is some reason to conclude from this that the purpose of the OP (by @Sorryformyen) might have simply been to advertise MaxLauncher - of which @mbaas says:
Still got no response from Bond Interface (which I really liked, but it stopped running - so I really needed some support), so I went up in the thread and looked at  MaxLauncher. BI has some interesting features like controlling Window-layouts, virtually unlimited shortcuts etc. - but MaxLauncher is a nice & robust tool which does it's job (lauch apps via kbd) very well (and even though it is freeware, support is infinitely better than the commercial BI!). Guess I'll stay with that ;)
I suppose it may have otherwise been coincidental that the discussion seemed to have come full circle in recommending (per a second ID) that which seemed to have apparently been rejected in the OP (by the first ID).

I suppose stranger things have happened at sea.

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@mouser:
Amazon Pay, which we allow people to use to buy commercial licenses for our software from our commercial license page, has decided to block us and refuse to process payments to us.
They have said it is related to us looking like a charity, but won't elaborate or tell us what we could do to fix the problem.
I would suggest that the statement that "Amazon Pay has decided to block donationcoder payments" may possibly be an incorrect statement and thus not necessarily true.
Clearly, it would seem that payments to DC have been blocked, but the underlying reasons for this - i.e.; the rule that is apparently being broken and which their actions are intending to fix, are variously unclear, obscure, ambiguous.

I would suggest:
  • There has been a process change by Amazon. They will have made the change deliberately and for a reason.
  • Amazon will have probably carefully considered the likely effects on their "customers" and will therefore presumably have thought the matter through.
  • Amazon will necessarily have a one size fits all (mass production) business process approach. These processes will almost certainly be in statistical control. Amazon would be able to anticipate, but be unable to deal individually with, the (possibly unknown/unquantifiable) number of clients that this process change (blocking) may have unfairly inconvenienced (creating special causes of undesirable errors), and so they will no doubt be collecting and studying the data on the number of blowback reports they receive to establish a strategy to mitigate the adverse effect of genuinely unfair/incorrect blocking (smoothing out the special causes).
  • This could take some time.
  • Meanwhile, don't expect them to fix anything, but keep reporting the adverse incidents/effects on your business, which they can use to get a clearer picture of the problem that they probably knew they would create with the process change. Their own service level performance statistics will also provide important metrics.
  • Squeaky wheels may or may not help.
  • If they don't fix it, then they will have wittingly isolated DC and other clients as being on the margin of their desirable customer base, and they either don't want or can no longer support such fringe clients, but are unable to admit to this as it may be in breach of their blanket service agreement.
  • So it may be prudent to now start looking for another provider of that service, or some way to bypass your dependency on it.
  • Experience of setting costing and pricing structures for large-scale computer service suppliers indicates that one could anticipate that the service being blocked will probably start to cost users more, regardless - i.e., a price increase for minor clients or those riding on the coat-tails of marginal costing for major clients may even be one of the supplier's objectives.

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That sounds more french than german, though.
-ConstanceJill (March 05, 2020, 07:00 AM)
Mais oui, c'est vrai!    :D

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@cranioscopical:
A tour de force of arrogance and stupidity.
-cranioscopical (March 04, 2020, 02:12 PM)

I didn't know you spoke German! Impressed.  :Thmbsup:

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@[email protected]
Where you state your requirements:
...This way easily i can keep record of important things which appeared on my screen

I have exactly the same requirements and I meet those requirements easily, as follows:
...This is why I keep banging on about CHS (ClipboardHelp & Spell) as being an ideal image capture management tool, if users (and its author) only but realised it. The user can forget about worrying about image filenames or what directory the ruddy image is stored in or where it is.

It really does seem rather like a no-brainer, to me: If CHS is running, then every screenshot image that goes to Clipboard also is saved to the CHS image database folder [NB: together with any post-capture SC(ScreenshotCaptor) artefacts added at time of capture, if SC was being used to make the screenshot], from where the user can, at their leisure, view that image saved - just scroll through the images flagged in the CHS Grid display and view the image (with zooming) in the CHS Memo display. The user can at that point also trigger a separate image viewer (e.g., Irfanview) from the view button in the CHS Memo display, which will have previously been associated with images in the CHS settings. ...
Any special metadata about the image - e.g., what it is about - can be recorded in the Clip Text tab of CHS' Memo pane.
As for the usual metadata - e.g., , application screen where image was captured from, directory saved to, file naming and time/date stamps - are all automated metadata in the Clip Text tab of CHS' Memo pane and the Date Modified/Created columns of the CHS Grid pane.

For years now, this is exactly the way I have been easily keeping a record of every important thing which appears on my laptop screen. It's literally as easy as falling off a log, and it's mostly automated as far as possible.
If you prefer to use MS Paint or other image editing tool in place of SC, then just make that other tool the default image editing proggy in the CHS settings. However, from experience, I'd recommend you stick to SC as it's likely to be far more useful than MS Paint ever could be for most users.

Also, don't be afraid to take advantage of using an OCR tool to scan your images for any embedded text data. I do that all the time, using mostly MS OneNote and ABBY ScreenshotReader ($FREE) So, for example, taking the photo of (say) a printed label on a product in a shop instantly becomes data.

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@Yatom:
...What program for Windows 7 (my OS) can do all of the following things: ...
You will probably find all your requirements - and a lot of new requirements (once you discover what else is possible) - being met by the superb Qiqqa.
Qiqqa has gone open source after 10 years of steady and highly successful development and use in the field.
It had always had a $FREE version anyway, for most users.
My review of Qiqqa (dated 2013) is here: Qiqqa - Reference Management System - Mini-Review - there seemed to be nothing else that could quite match it in the marketplace, and I think that's probably even more so the case today, though Elsevier's Mendeley might be quite good, but that's a different breed of cat now that Elsevier own it and it would be subject to Elsevier's apparently notorious rapacious $charging regime.

Regarding the DocFetcher software that @cranioscopical referred to above:
@Contro: I took a look at the details on the DocFetcher website, and it seems to be purely a document Search/Index proggy - could be an alternative/replacement  to (say) Windows Search/Index. Thus apparently not the same thing as Qiqqa at all.

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General Software Discussion / Re: no VLC bookmarks
« on: March 01, 2020, 02:23 PM »
@holt:
These might help:

You will be able to find these and several other useful links if you do a duckduckgo search on "vlc Help". You will probably find the answers to most of your VLC-related questions at those various links.

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N.A.N.Y. 2020 / Re: N.A.N.Y. 2020: How can I be of service to you?
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:43 PM »
@Contro:
For me the most difficult thing is focus the mind in a target.
So if someone else have the same problem will understand me when trying to acomplish a task step by step. ...
...Do you know an app to do this in windows ?
The best I have used (for years) is MS Project.
It enables you to use two types of view:
  • Gantt charts (conventional) - useful for most small-to-medium and large projects.
  • "Network" charts (similar to PERT) - useful for getting the bigger picture in really big projects.
It also enables costing and fairly sophisticated resource planning/utilisation.

Takes a bit of learning to be able to fully utilise the software, but, if you've ever studied Critical Path Analysis or PERT methods, then you're likely already half-way there (able to put approx 50% of the product to good use at the outset).

I always thought the old MacProject was superb (ahead of its time), but I think MS Project has probably long since eclipsed it.
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Screenshot Captor / Re: Congratulations Mouser for #1!!
« on: February 22, 2020, 08:25 PM »
I had already figured out, quite some time back - from fairly extensive testing and without help from TECHRADAR or others - that SC was probably the best such application "all round" that one could find out there in the field.
So TechRadar would seem to have been just a tad slow figuring that out, I guess.   :o

And IMHO that goes the same for CHS, FARR, ProcessTamer, LaunchBarCommander...to name but a few... :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:

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@mouser:
Any more thoughts about what features are most important that still need to be added to make this multi-format stuff useful?
:Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:

Yes, I have a couple:
  • Enable wiki-like linking within Clip contents, to other CHS Clip IDs in the same database.
  • Enable viewing and editing of RTF and HTML clip content in the Memo pane (similar to last ß version NoteFrog).

The changes you are making would seem to be in line with some already defined requirements, as detailed in User Requirements for CHS
I gather some other users have added their requirements to that document.
The more you could meet of those requirements, the better!   :Thmbsup:


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Interesting...
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Brilliant plan!   :Thmbsup:

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Following the MAFIAA FIRE projects (do a search "mafiaafire dhs" and see their projects Redirector, and Gee! No Evil!), we knew that Goggle was probably NOT your friend (censorship).
So I was rather amused by this Samizdata post:
Name me one good thing about Brexit…
tags: European Union, Internet, Media & Journalism, Science & Technology, UK affairs
January 26th, 2020   Natalie Solent (Essex)
Start with this:
Article 13: UK will not implement EU copyright law

Universities and Science Minister Chris Skidmore has said that the UK will not implement the EU Copyright Directive after the country leaves the EU.

Several companies have criticised the law, which would hold them accountable for not removing copyrighted content uploaded by users, if it is passed.

EU member states have until 7 June 2021 to implement the new reforms, but the UK will have left the EU by then.

The UK was among 19 nations that initially supported the law.

That was in its final European Council vote in April 2019.

This Samizdata post from March 2019 contains a list of links to other posts that give the background.
I see that the Brits have celebrated this event with a choreographed triumphal little dance given by a traditional Morris dancing group from Sunderland – famously the first place on the 23rd June to vote leave:


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Could someone give me a link(s) to information sources about Zaine? I don't think I've heard of that proggy before.
I'd add Lotus Agenda to the list anyway.

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Living Room / Re: Boeing 737 exposee
« on: January 11, 2020, 10:37 PM »
My take on this is that Ukraine International Airlines and its passengers may not have got the memo regarding potential risks around flying Boeing 737-800s. "Flying coffins"(?) as someone remarked in one of the videos - even Boeing employees involved in the aircraft assembly were apparently recorded as saying they wouldn't fly in these aircraft after seeing "what sh*t went into them" (or WTTE).
Well, what a stunning about face admission from the Iranians - after previously making a blanket and absolute denial of responsibility for causing the crash with a missile hit - that they did indeed accidentally shoot it down and they're very sorry about it, but it was a result of heightened alertness and "US adventurism", or something, that led to the disaster (so it's not really their fault??).

So the Boeing 737-800 was presumably airworthy, so it's not another of Boeing's failures at any rate, which is why that particular airplane had not been included in the worldwide grounding of the fleet.
I guess Ukraine International Airlines needs to review the advisability of flying its civilian passenger airlines around actual/potential war zones where there could be a risk that "air defence systems" may be controlled by nervous or trigger-happy incompetents. Oddly enough, I would have thought that taking that risk was already an absolute "no-no" for most civilian airlines, but I could be wrong, of course. That rather seems to take it back to caveat emptor - so the passengers would presumably not have understood the flight risks they were about to be exposed to by their flight captain.

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Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: ShutUp10 - Mini-Review
« on: January 10, 2020, 11:27 AM »
EDIT: 2020-01-11 0624hrs:
Minor corrections, including the deletion of some irrelevant text in the original post and which related to redundant content from the template that had been used to make the post.

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As it is about a Boeing 737-800 "accident", this BBC news item of 2020-01-09 0941hrs (NZT) about the recent airplane crash in Iran may be relevant to this discussion thread:
I don't usually trust BBC (aka British Biased Corporation) when it is reporting on what could be religio-political ideological issues, but its factual reporting on world events and that do not require investigative journalism seems otherwise quite competent.
Iran plane crash: Tributes to three British nationals killed.
... They were among the 176 people from seven countries who died in the crash.
Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 crashed just after taking off from Imam Khomeini airport at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT).
The airline said the plane underwent scheduled maintenance on Monday. ...
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... As well as the three Britons, the victims in the crash included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians - including all of the crew, 10 Swedes, four Afghans and three Germans, Ukraine foreign affairs minister Vadym Prystaiko said. ///
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'''Ukraine's state aviation service has forbidden its national airlines from using Iranian airspace from Thursday, with the restrictions in place until an investigation into the cause of the crash has concluded.

Ukraine's embassy in Tehran and Iranian state television both initially said technical issues caused the crash.

But the embassy later removed this statement and said any comment regarding the cause of the accident prior to a commission's inquiry was not official.

Ukraine said its entire civilian aviation fleet would be checked for airworthiness and criminal proceedings would be opened into the disaster. ...
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"The airline expresses its deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the air crash and will do everything possible to support the relatives of the victims," a statement said.

The airline, which is investigating the crash, said the aircraft - a Boeing 737-800 - was built in 2016 and had its last scheduled maintenance on Monday.

There was no sign of any problems with the plane before take-off and the airline's president said it had an "excellent, reliable crew".

A statement from Boeing said its "heartfelt thoughts" were with all those affected following the "tragic event".

There are several thousand Boeing 737-800s in operation around the world which have completed tens of millions of flights. They have been involved in 10 incidents, including this crash, where at least one passenger was killed, aviation safety analyst Todd Curtis told the BBC.

This is the first time a Ukraine International Airlines plane has been involved in a fatal crash. ...
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My take on this is that Ukraine International Airlines and its passengers may not have got the memo regarding potential risks around flying Boeing 737-800s. "Flying coffins"(?) as someone remarked in one of the videos - even Boeing employees involved in the aircraft assembly were apparently recorded as saying they wouldn't fly in these aircraft after seeing "what sh*t went into them" (or WTTE).

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