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Very interesting. Well obviously they've put more thought into it than I have. I guess they would still say the same today, most of the Office MVPs are pretty good at staying up-to-date.

No, I didn't try it, I'm just judging from the screen shot. I may give it a try just for the heck of it. Besides, Google Chrome also has the print selected bug fixed, so I'll give Chrome another shot while I'm at it :)

I am however a huge fan of Feedly, and it looks like a newspaper without me having to click on anything, plus I like the way it suggests articles from my RSS feeds when I am on other pages.

And I'm intrigued to know how you'd use autotext to simulate a table style too

Me too. As far as I know, autotext just inserts the same elements that you could insert anyway. Perhaps you mean text boxes?

And what is meant by tables (EDIT: I mean table styles) being unstable? Does they crash Word? Can you link to a specific article?

EDIT 2: Or are they just saying not to use tables for page layout, as a design preference?

General Software Discussion / Re: A Trojan in "Captain.exe" ?!
« on: May 26, 2010, 12:27 PM »
At least we can all figure out what antivirus software to avoid.

"Your key is valid for all versions of the product."

Great! I think I have a couple of programs that with generous licenses like that, now that I think of it. Winzip being one of them (I registered 5.0 or 6.0 I think). Now I just use IZArc, though. And Total Recorder, I forgot what version, although I don't have much need to record audio from my computer anymore, so I don't install that either. That's not to say the new versions still offer the forever license, something like that can change with any version.

Usually these people start in their 40s

So the iPhone is the new red convertible?

OK, people these days like their applications to be portable, and store their configuration in the same folder as the exe.

But Windows Vista and 7 really don't like it if you have to save your configuration file back into any subfolder of Program Files, so normally you as a developer would just put in in %APPDATA%\program name, right?

All right, so when you are writing the installer (not every user wants to bother with zips), it seems you have a couple of choices:

1. Ask the user if (s)he wants a portable install or a regular install. If it is a portable install, store the settings in the same folder as the program. Otherwise, store the settings in the registry and %APPDATA%\program name

2. Just make the default install location C:\Tools\program name and store the settings in the same folder always. Keep things simple. Make it easy to copy to USB stick later if needed.

Either way, of course, the user can change the default install folder. I'm probably the only one with a folder called C:\Tools so an attentive user may want to change it to C:\Utilities or something. Or back to C:\Program Files which breaks my plan.

I've been leaning toward #2 for a while. Microsoft doesn't try to stop anyone from saving to C:\Tools so that bit of security by obscurity is bypassed. When I as a user install a program, if it's a zip file, C:\Tools is where it goes. If it's some random program and I suspect that the program uses an INI file instead of the registry, C:\Tools is where it goes.

This is learned behavior. Before Vista, I was conditioned to put everything in Program Files, even if the app came to me as a zip file. In Vista, if I tried this, the first time I needed to save settings back to an INI file inside a subfolder of C:\Program Files, it didn't even give a UAC prompt, it simply did one of these two things:

a. It would simply fail.

b. It would appear to work, but it was actually saving to file to a redirected location within my user profile. So I and seemingly the programs themselves had trouble finding the program settings because we had to look in both the real Program Files folder and the virtual Program Files folder within my user profile.

So what I used to do in Vista was
1. Make a note of the folder name the installer created
2. Uninstall the program
3. Make sure the program folder was still there and set the permissions so that I had permissions to write to it
4. Reinstall the program

This seems to be less of an issue with Windows 7, which is around the time I decided to install more programs in C:\Tools. If I put a file in one of the forbidden locations, I usually get a UAC prompt and it lets me continue. I haven't thought much about folder redirection since moving on to Windows 7, so either it has become more transparent, or it's because this is around the time I started installing things to the Tools folder more frequently. I'm curious now, I'll see if I can find the redirected folders on my main box (which runs Windows 7) when I get a chance. It's strange that I don't remember ever even seeing them in Windows 7.

(And yes, I know UAC and folder redirection can be turned off, but I never felt good about doing that.)

This is my most rambling post ever; basically I want to know what you folks think about install locations, should the installer ask the user if he wants it to be portable, or just install it somewhere like C:\Tools where it won't matter. Or is there a third (or fourth, or fifth) way?

Doesn't exactly look information dense compared to Feedly, does it? Maybe that's a good thing for some people.
It looks a little like Speed Dial, or like you could set this up in Speed Dial (at least the Firefox version, last I checked, the Chrome version was limited.)

General Software Discussion / Re: church song software
« on: May 26, 2010, 08:54 AM »
Hmm. Text file to Powerpoint program + Powerpoint to DVD program + Portable DVD Player = Ebook Reader ;)
(although I probably wouldn't really do that, I'm just throwing it out there).

Bring on the mini review.

Unfortunately, most "lifetime" licenses are only for the lifetime of the offer.  >:(

It's guaranteed for Life! Yours, ours, or this promotion - whichever comes first.  :P

At least Acme parachutes are guaranteed for the life of the user.

Developer's Corner / Re: Double quoted command line arguments
« on: May 25, 2010, 05:24 PM »
Here is a little background.

I kicked off TaskDaddy as a GUI app.

Then I thought, it would be nice to take the task specification on the command line as well, and using the same syntax that the GUI uses.

Then I started adding command line parameters and my custom command line parsing started to break down when I started thinking of command line option switches I wanted to add.

So I started using a third party set of functions to simplify the command line parsing. I decided to require the main argument to be in quotes so that that it would pick it up as a single argument.

So overnight the syntax changed from

taskdaddy @@Errand Go to the market


taskdaddy "@@Errand Go to the market"

But there is one problem.

What if I have this?

taskdaddy @@Someday Make another "King Kong" sequel 

I'm back to multiple parameters again because I can't have double quotes within double quotes.

So one way to tackle it, is that if a parameter has a space in it, go ahead and add double quotes to the outside of it. Additionally, concatenate all the non-option parameters into one (with spaces added, of course).

There is a flaw in this, though (can you spot it?), but that was my thinking.

Developer's Corner / Re: Double quoted command line arguments
« on: May 25, 2010, 05:11 PM »
Of course the whole question would be obviated if the moron, er, I mean, decision-maker, didn't allow spaces in file paths in the first place. A lot of OS work perfectly fine without them.  I guess it's too easy if you don't have to test every string for an embedded space.

What OS doesn't allow spaces in the file paths?

Besides, not all command line arguments are file paths so that wouldn't solve the problem.

I'd have to say

taskdaddy @@ErrandGotothemarket
and then it would show up that way in Outlook, too.

Living Room / Re: Categories of life?
« on: May 25, 2010, 04:10 PM »
Hmmm...I like it because it rhymes also.  But I thought it would lose some of it's humor.  Ok, I'm changing it.  I'm a sucker for systematics.

The parallelism hints that the three categories are of equal value.  :Thmbsup:

Developer's Corner / Re: Double quoted command line arguments
« on: May 25, 2010, 01:58 PM »
Well I guess the discussion had here is relevant.

That's a funny discussion. Makes me glad HTML wasn't invented by an Urdu speaker, we'd all have to type from right to left (and in a different alphabet). With regard to color vs. colour, I've seen some libraries where they used defines or inline functions or something so either would work.

This quote is suitable for framing:

"Yes, I am proposing that if you don't want your native language mutated in another land, don't bring it with you when you conquer it. " --app103

Living Room / Re: Categories of life?
« on: May 25, 2010, 11:19 AM »
Maybe i don't need a third.  Everything falls into place nicely with personal and professional.  Still, it's always nice to have three.  i can't think of anything good, though.

How about just "Fun" for the third?

Living Room / Re: Categories of life?
« on: May 25, 2010, 11:18 AM »
Another tactic is to make a list of all your interests, be as specific as possible, and group from there

For example, if you have a category Engineering instead of Professional, I know what to expect when I click on it.

Living Room / Re: Categories of life?
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:53 AM »
Maybe this site gives you some ideas. It is in reference to life goals, but they also tried to divide life into categories:

Do you want to achieve any artistic goals? If so, what?

Is any part of your mindset holding you back? Is there any part of the way that you behave that upsets you? If so, set a goal to improve your behavior or find a solution to the problem.

What level do you want to reach in your career?

Is there any knowledge you want to acquire in particular? What information and skills will you need to achieve other goals?

Do you want to be a parent? If so, how are you going to be a good parent?

How much do you want to earn by what stage?

Are there any athletic goals you want to achieve, or do you want good health deep into old age? What steps are you going to take to achieve this?

How do you want to enjoy yourself? - You should ensure that some of your life is for you!

Public Service:
Do you want to make the world a better place? If so, how?

Developer's Corner / Re: Double quoted command line arguments
« on: May 25, 2010, 08:56 AM »
@skwire, @Jibz:

Thanks, that makes life a little easier. :)

Could be a Windows 7 thing since it appears to work here.  It could also be that the checkbox under Windows 7 is a different ClassNN than under Windows XP.  It's "Button2" under XP.  Are you able to tell me what it is under Windows 7?  You can use the WindowSpy utility included with a standard AHK install.

I just checked with AU3info, and it looks like it's just "Button" in Windows 7 (I'm running the 64 bit version)

EDIT: and it is Instance 1 (there are four controls with a class of Button).

Developer's Corner / Double quoted command line arguments
« on: May 24, 2010, 07:03 PM »
You know how command line arguments with spaces have to be in double quotes in Windows for pretty much any program?

taskdaddy "@@Errand Go to the market"

Are the double quotes locale dependent, i.e.
taskdaddy «@@Errand Allez à la marché»

or do "English" double quotes work in every region?

The formal second person when talking to yourself is probably wrong grammatically, but you get the idea.

(the "Open With" menu is pretty basic - so, maybe it would be nice to add extra features.)

What do you have in mind, other than the hotkey?

HTML-Kit has a preview pane and is a pretty nice editor for actual HTML editing but it's been a while since I've used it so I can't remember if it was realtime.

EDIT: @nudone: OK I read your posts another few more times, you're not saying your Open With menu is full, just the initial context menu. I don't see an easy way to move Open With to the top of that menu, but that's not to say there isn't a way. Hmmm...

I'm still trying to get a fix on what this would look like (I don't think I am competent enough to code it, but I'm just trying to pin down requirements.) It's almost like you need an Open With 2 menu which only has your favorite Open Withs, and the only other requirement is a hotkey to go simulate the Context Menu key and then the shortcut key for Open With 2 (perhaps the '2' key).

In fact, before Open With, there was Send To, which you can access by going Start > Run > shell:sendto. Each shortcut creates a menu item which appears on the Send To menu for all file types.

But I'm guessing your SendTo menu looks like mine:

Screenshot - 5_24_2010 , 1_22_17 PM.png

(Yes, I don't use half of this and probably do need to clean this up.)

From your response I take it that adding an extra item on the right button menu like "Edit with such and such" would not fill the bill either.

Not what you asked for, but I wanted to make sure you are aware:

In Windows XP, Shift-Right-Click gives Open With... as an option. In Windows 7, a plain right click will do the same.

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