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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 17, 2010, 07:45 PM »
1) You mentioned that your computer is on 24/7 (so is mine) but it's not in some kind of sleep/hibernate mode at 3:30 a.m., right? 
No, it's not.
2) Does the "Archive now" button work for you?
Jackpot!!! I should have tested this. It worked on the early releases, but does not now.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 17, 2010, 03:15 PM »
Another build? I need to sleep less.

BUG: Anuran>Archive>Archive log I like the "Archive logs daily at" option, but it doesn't seem to work if Anuran isn't running at the very moment the logs are supposed to rotate. On startup, Anuran should check to see if that point in time has passed, and archive the current.anu. This is (or should be) the behavior for the "Archive logs every" option as well. Times should be based on current.anu's origin date.

Might need someone to confirm the above bug.

E: looks like jdm's experience is the same as mine.
Actually, in my case, I expect that the popup would have been open/running when the archive time passed unheeded.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 17, 2010, 01:47 PM »
The daily scheduled archiving is still not working (v *.20) - missed its scheduled archive the past 2 nights.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 15, 2010, 09:13 PM »
I installed v *.20, will see how the archiving goes later tonight -- yes, the computer is on all night, adding to my carbon footprint :down:

This morning I deleted the old change log in res (no, it was not read-only), and when I installed *.20 just now, the new one was copied into res as it should be. Go figure.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 15, 2010, 03:18 PM »
A quick heads up. Have not had a chance to install v 1.0.20 yet, but v 19 has not popped up automatically since I installed it this morning. Been rushed, so did not realize this until just now.

Edit: I restarted Anuran, and later it did pop up, but without remembering the previous entry - I guess that's to be expected.
Edit2: And it's now remembering previous entries as well.
Edit3: Actually it's inconsistent: sometimes it remembers the previous entry, sometimes not! I can't see a pattern.

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DcUpdater / Re: Request option to always check all known programs.
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:08 AM »
Lovely! I can wait for good things!

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:07 AM »
Two bug reports and a comment:

1. I just checked with Anuview and see that even though I set the option to archive at 3:30 a.m. each day, my current.anu has now accumulated 4 days of entries.

2. When I look at the change log in the about folder, it only shows changes through "v1.0.11 - 2009-11-18" i.e. the changelog which is in the res folder, not the correct one which is in the program folder.

3. I think it's unwise to default to putting log files under program files, since they contain user data. Many backup protocols do not backup any Program Files. Likewise it would be more friendly if the config.ini were under one of the Application folders.

Don't know whether this is relevant, but:
a. Anuran is installed 2 levels down in my Program Files folder, not immediately under Program files.
b. My log folder is in my data hierarchy, not in the default under the program folder.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:53 AM »
I'm wondering should it not show in the dcupdater window? (It doesnt here).
It should if you launch the update check from the "Help, Check for updates" menu entry.  Is that what you're doing?

I had a similar question, but maybe this is a really a DCUpdater feature request?

Edit: (A feature request to which the all-seeing mouser responded instantly and positively.)


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DcUpdater / Request option to always check all known programs.
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:50 AM »
If I run DCUpdater manually (e.g. invoke it as a program from FARR), then it includes FARR and FARR plugins and Anuran on its list of programs to check. But if DCUpdater is invoked by one program, it doesn't list its other registered programs.

I would like an option that whenever it runs, it checks all its registered programs.

For example, first thing this morning there were two DCUpdater notifications in my system tray for FARR plugins (btw: why 2 notifications instead of 1?), but when I opened the DCUpdater window in response, it did not list Anuran. I was hoping that whenever DCUpdater runs for FARR, it would include Anuran in its list of programs to check... and vice versa.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 14, 2010, 06:50 AM »
Re DEP: this post might be helpful.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 12, 2010, 11:27 AM »
I assume you would like it changed so that if an entry is blank it still uses the last known good entry?
I thought (and liked) that the spec was that if an entry is blank then no log entry is made.
Sorry, I should have been more clear.  What I meant was that, if the entry was blank, it would re-use the previously known good entry to populate the next popup.  Does that make more sense?

Yes, that would be nice! I had not considered that.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 12, 2010, 08:47 AM »
I assume you would like it changed so that if an entry is blank it still uses the last known good entry?
I thought (and liked) that the spec was that if an entry is blank then no log entry is made.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 11, 2010, 11:37 PM »
Tags: not an issue for me, so my comments may not be relevant, but why not just suggest that anyone who wants to use tags, can add the relevant shortcuts into their default AHK script?

BTW, speaking of clean text files, Anuran has quite a few superfluous LF (^J) characters in the file, at the end of entries. Seems that maybe they are an artifact of the "default to previous text" feature. Doesn't seem to affect Anuview, but can be a small nuisance when editing the file. How about removing leading and trailing white space before appending to the log file?

Thanks.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 11, 2010, 10:12 AM »
Thank you, skwire!

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 09, 2010, 07:07 PM »
I hear you, docfrog, and I do support KISS. But the notion that, if the user wants to know 2 data values, then the program shows the first one, then disappears it permanently, then shows the other, is really not very user-friendly. A simple status bar notice hardly seems gaudy and it avoids that nastiness.

I agree that Anuran should not be a taskmaster, scheduler, etc. But that's not to say that it shouldn't give you simple info relevant to its purpose, which is to let you record what you were doing. How far back is "what were you doing?" YMMV.


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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 08, 2010, 09:11 AM »
+ Added a "Show previous entry" option.  (Thanks, jdmarch)
Thank you!

Took out the status bar on the popup.
  :down: I was expecting this to become an option, not be eliminated altogether! I don't see an alternate solution in place, to the problem I posed earlier: returning to the computer after a long absence, how do I quickly know how long I've been gone? Yes, I can pop up Anuview. And yes, the "show previous entry" might give a clue but there's a difference between knowing what I was last working on, and knowing how long ago it was. If I was working on "big project" and it pops up and says "big project" then I won't get a kick in the pants that says "yes, you were working on big project 2 hours ago and you are about to work on big project, but what were you doing in between?"

I'm trying a (temporary, I hope) workaround in which I disable updating the title bar so I can can see when it popped up, then press the popup hotkey so the popup's time will be updated, hope that I remember the first time, and proceed accordingly... hmm, not much of a workaround. Maybe better to pop up Anuview so I can see the previous entries.

I'll work on the set-time-archival feature next.
:up: Great!

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 07, 2010, 11:32 AM »
Another suggestion: have the default contents of the popup's text box be the same as the previous entry's, but pre-selected, so that if the user starts typing it will be replaced by the new text, but if the user presses End and Enter, it will repeat (or even more helpful but trickier for you, just Enter to repeat.) This would be useful when one is working on the same project for a long stretch of time. Thanks!

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 06, 2010, 01:05 PM »
Thanks, skwire, speedy as ever!

1. Hotkey handling is still an issue. Try this:
* show popup
* show options
* cancel popup.
* cancel options
Now the popup hotkey is dead until restart.

2. Update installation apparently caused/includes an Archive Now, which screwed up my attempt to divide up my logs consistently by day.

3.
Do you mean the log filenames in the list?  If so, mine are listed oldest to newest (top to bottom).
...[option to show the entries newest first too.]...I've added it to my ToDo
Yes, you are right about archived logfile order. I was just comparing the current log with one archive log, which are listed in the opposite order by default. To be clear, my fundamental goals with this issue are to have the ordering of the log files internally consistent, and consistent with the ordering of the entries. This is for general clarity, and also so that when multiple log files are viewed at once, the overall entry order will be monotonic not old-new-old-new.

4. The DCUpdater error was mine... obsolete default download directory.


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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 05, 2010, 04:05 PM »
3. BUT if you do make the title bar update regularly, I then lose that useful forced realization "my god, I've been away from the computer for 2 hours!". So what would be ideal would be an elapsed time counter too, which shows how long since it popped up.

4. If you don't want to add a display of elapsed time, then I would vote for leaving the title bar as is (showing the original time of popup), but having *that* (not *now*) be the logged time. Then the user could make a manual entry for *now* if desired (as I have been doing). Or perhaps have an option that if more than the normal popup interval has elapsed since the time of the popup that had been sitting there, then immediately follow it by a "now" popup.)
Another idea, maybe more useful, for reminding the user how long it has been since the last log entry: have the top half of the popup show the most recent entry (including timestamp), and the bottom half be the text entry field.

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:47 PM »
Smaller points:

1. Anuview. It seems awkward that the log files are arranged newest first, but the entries in each file are arranged oldest first. It would be great to have an option to show the entries newest first too. If you don't like that, then an option to show the files oldest first. In that case, Anuvu should open with the current entry checked (as now) but also with it scrolled to the end so that the most recent entries can be viewed without extra work.

2. It would be very nice to be able to specify the archive time (mod the archive interval) as an option. For example, I would like the archives to be organized by day, i.e. archive in the early morning. I figured out that this can be done by exiting the program, editing G_Last_Archive in the ini file, and restarting the program. But this is not user-friendly, and is fragile because if for some reason I decide to archive mid-day, then that will become my new archive time every day.

3. FYI... DCUpdater saw that an update was needed from 13 to 15 but "get updated failed" repeatedly. I updated manually. DCUpdater always works ok for me with FARR.

4. Suggest that About and maybe Update Check commands be available from tray menu.

Thanks again!!

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:44 PM »
My $.02 on updating the title bar time:

1. I think it's important that the title bar be the same as the logged time. Now, it's misleading/confusing; I was actually entering my notes to match the time on the title bar! This was useful because sometimes I was away from the computer for several hours and it was good to have to think back what happened then. After entering that, I have next been doing a manual note for right now (the time of return to the computer).

So either update the title bar, or use the old time as the log entry.

2. If you do update the title bar, then surely doing so every minute suffices? If you really want to support people who want to track their time to the second (:down:), then you could update it every second only for those who enable logging of seconds.

3. BUT if you do make the title bar update regularly, I then lose that useful forced realization "my god, I've been away from the computer for 2 hours!". So what would be ideal would be an elapsed time counter too, which shows how long since it popped up.

4. If you don't want to add a display of elapsed time, then I would vote for leaving the title bar as is (showing the original time of popup), but having *that* (not *now*) be the logged time. Then the user could make a manual entry for *now* if desired (as I have been doing). Or perhaps have an option that if more than the normal popup interval has elapsed since the time of the popup that had been sitting there, then immediately follow it by a "now" popup.)

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 Release: Anuran
« on: January 05, 2010, 02:22 PM »
Lovely program, thanks, skwire, small but appreciative credits donated.

Bug report. If I open the options dialog while the popup is visible, then it becomes permanently impossible to use Enter to submit the log entry, though with v 15 it can still be logged by closing the popup with X. Also the popup hotkey stops working (though the Anuvu hotkey keeps working.) These problems disappear if I exit the program altogether and restart.
(Anuran 1.0.15 build 1, Win XP SP3)

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N.A.N.Y. 2010 / Re: NANY 2010 RELEASE: DupFind
« on: January 04, 2010, 12:55 PM »
Yes, any chance you can zip up the files and make them available for download? Not sure I want to install git just to test this. Thanks.

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This problem reappeared today, in a slightly different guise. I did something quite unusual, namely put a music CD into my computer's CD drive, which it recognized as the D: drive. I then ripped it and removed it. The next time I used FARR (i.e. very soon :) ), FARR complained and would not proceed, just as described in my OP.

I found that there was an obsolete shortcut file in a folder on FARR's search path; the shortcut pointed to drive D:. When I deleted it, the problem disappeared. But this seems worth reporting for two reasons:

1. It seems that as long as drive D: did not exist, FARR was perfectly capable of ignoring that shortcut. Apparently FARR recognized when drive D: came into existence, but not when it went out of existence. Could this be improved?

2. It was very helpful (essential!) to use the diagnostic option "show search subdir details on status bar". It would also be helpful to have a sub-option "show search file details on status bar" to speed up the final diagnostics step.

Thanks!
A happy and peaceful new year to all.

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Find And Run Robot / Re: Few questions
« on: November 24, 2009, 06:39 PM »
Thanks, mouser, that's handy!

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