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the non-performance of the native WIndows hotkey feature

I've always found the native feature kind of iffy.

As far as hiding and restoring the Office bar (or any application), if you search for "boss key", you might find something. From what I understand, that is what a boss key program does, hides and restores a program (supposedly so the "boss" won't see it, which wouldn't matter in your case, but it sounds like the same function for a different purpose.)

General Software Discussion / Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« on: May 22, 2010, 06:02 PM »
You can easily add a "search engine" to firefox for almost every site that has a search form: just right-click into the search field and select "Add a Keyword for this search...", give it a name and a (preferably short) keyword.

Now you can type "<keyword> <search query>" in the address bar and firefox will open the search results of that site. I use it frequently for and wikipedia, where this approach works very well. Search forms that are submitted by POST are harder or impossible to use this way.

True, that's quicker and I should have mentioned that. Lately I've had a preference for having each search available as both a search plugins and a keyword because of certain add-ons that work only with the search plugins. One disadvantage of this is that sometimes I have to create the search plugin myself, like I did for DonationCoder.

General Software Discussion / Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« on: May 22, 2010, 12:57 PM »
Did someone author a script for Firefox, for 'Google Define'?  :tellme:

You could just install Dennis Khong's Google Define search plugin. (And one of Firefox's most underhyped features since version 3.5 or so is that you can actually assign a keyword to a search plugin from the Manage Search Engines interface which does not require a keyword bookmark, so you get the best of both worlds). I installed it just now and assigned def.
Screenshot - 5_22_2010 , 1_53_23 PM.png

By the way, the mycroft site, although it looks ancient now, still seems to be the best place to find/submit search plugins. I see some people submitting them to the Firefox addons site, but they are not made distinct from other search-related add-ons.

Circle Dock / Re: CircleDock Hotkeys with 2 non-toggle keys
« on: May 22, 2010, 12:21 PM »
Then you haven't heard of "WordStar" - a highly popular word processor from the early days of PC computing. It was one of the best examples of a raft of programs that used multiple-key hotkeys to perform commands; so popular was it that WordStar command sequences became an quasi- industry standard.

I've heard of it but I was using WordPerfect and Perfect Writer (a funny little program that put menus right smack dab in the middle of the screen) in those days. The Turbo Pascal 2.0 IDE which I used in those days copied some of the WordStar keys, but all I think all I remember is Ctrl-Y.

To send the hotkey sequence Alt+Space+N, simply press and hold the Alt key, then press the space bar followed by the N key. You can release the Alt key either immediately before or after pressing the N key.


These don't seem to work for me. It could well be a conflict with another program but I tried to close everything with a hotkey or that manipulates the keyboard and I still can't any of the double-key ones to work. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact I am running the 64 bit version of Windows 7 (and CircleDock). In either case, no biggie.

Living Room / What are your favorite keyboard customizations?
« on: May 22, 2010, 11:53 AM »
I have a brand new Microsoft Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 which is very customizable via the Intellitype software.

I have set up the Zoom Slider so that it acts as a scroller instead of zoomer (google for details). I think you could also use it as a volume control.

I have the key with a "Home" icon set so that it sends a Win-Shift-S to toggle between "show all" and "hide all" in Zhorn Software'e excellent Stickies. Before I did that, I was closing them, having to fish them out of the Stickies manager and then having to reposition them; or sleeping them, which kept creating duplicates; or I would roll them up, which can be done by double clicking the title, but they were still getting in the way. And Win-Shift-S a bit of a pain to enter. My repurposed Home key works perfectly, and I can't imagine opening up a web browser that way.

So what are your own favorite custom keyboard tricks for whatever keyboard you use? Maybe I can get some ideas.

Living Room / Re: Ergonomic mouse and keyboard
« on: May 22, 2010, 11:00 AM »
Based on the recommendations of this thread, I bought a Microsoft Ergonomic keyboard and I am liking it. Amazing it does fit in my keyboard drawer, but I hate keyboard drawers and am thinking they defeat the purpose of an ergonomic keyboard, so it is on top of my desk.

I kind of wish I had a white keyboard. I have a theory that white keyboards are easier to see than black ones, but since I am putting it on top of the desk, I am having to match it with the decor.  :mad: And I am not supposed to be looking at the keyboard anyway.  :-[

I am having some fun customizing the extra keys like "Home" and "Calculator", so I will start a separate thread asking you all what your favorite keyboard customizations are. I like Intellitype except I found some difficulty in the macro editor within (where you are trying to enter something like Win-Shift-C), although part of that was I have a program that seems to want to hold the Windows key down after the macro runs so I could never get it to work. It works fine with other programs.

The rest of this post consists of 3 minor nitpicks.

1. The extra keys like "Mail" and "Calculator" are labeled with Gray on Silver so hard to see. This is compensated for by clear labels below the keys and key sections, and the spacing which will be memorized soon I am sure.

2. The function keys are labeled with things like "Help", "Undo," "Redo" instead of their normal functions. This is why I had previously passed over this keyboard in the store. In practice the function key labels aren't much of a problem, I just ignore the extra functions and keep it on Function Lock.  The keys also have the F1, F2 labels but they are on the side facing you instead of on top -- perfect for my on-desk arrangement. I'm surprised Help and F1 aren't actually the same function, but apparently Microsoft envisions programs that actually expect you to press the Help key instead of F1.  

3. As noted in user reviews everywhere, the spacebar is keys are loud. The zoom slider can also be loud if you bump it to the edges a lot, but it doesn't get used much, unlike the spacebar.

Overall it is a great keyboard for my purposes. I was looking for ergonomics and some extra keys to customize for the heck of it. :up: :up: for the keyboard and the recommendations here.

General Software Discussion / Re: On-Line Dictionaries
« on: May 22, 2010, 10:39 AM »
One vote for, and one for Google Define include a lot of etymology information helpful for understanding the deep meaning of a word.

Google Define is very useful when the dictionary definition doesn't tell the whole story, and the meaning of a word is a matter of opinion.

Circle Dock / CircleDock Hotkeys with 2 non-toggle keys
« on: May 22, 2010, 10:07 AM »
I can't say that I've ever seen a hotkey with more than one non-toggle key in it. How do I enter Alt-Space-N? (see image attachment)Screenshot - 5_22_2010 , 10_48_41 AM.png

Circle Dock / Number of icons in a folder stack fan
« on: May 21, 2010, 09:21 AM »
I think I know the answer to this but I'll ask anyway.

Is there a direct way to control how many icons are shown in the StandaloneStack "fan" or it just a function of things like icon size and spacing?

Also is the fan scrollable? Like for example, if there are 4 icons in the fan, is there a way to scroll the next 4 icons into view?

Living Room / Re: Apple won't take cash for iPads
« on: May 20, 2010, 11:44 AM »
And Apple has reversed its stance.  

She said a clerk told her it was to prevent iPads from reaching the black market.
What black market? Is that what they're calling ebay now?

EDIT: On second thought, weaponized iPads? And seriously, this was probably just a clerk's "off top of head" comment,  I didn't notice it before.

I don't remember seeing what it looked like before, but it looks great now. Very professional looking and great content.

Living Room / Re: Google Search
« on: May 19, 2010, 03:40 PM »
Try a search for StarEd on there and see if it makes sense to you.

No, they don't! It's as if that particular search breaks the site. But I can do other searches.

OK, I'll bite. Which "nifty run-and-hide macro" ?

Well, today I was changing the settings inside AnVir Task Manager Pro, and the following words that I never read or understood before  suddenly made new sense to me:
 (see attachment in previous post)
This will explain why Outpost was able to cause problems; it was checking all traffic and each and every homepage I was visiting. AnVir knew all along that such a feature can cause errors!
Wow. Thanks for the update.

Finished Programs / Re: DONE: small prog to hide desktop icons
« on: May 18, 2010, 07:53 PM »
Don't know why, but in compiled version on my system, if I right click on the system tray icon and click settings, it looks like it tries to create HideDesktop.ini in C:\Windows\System32. (See screenshot attached.) The ahk version doesn't do this and brings up the .ini file correctly in Notepad, and in the same folder as the .exe. I have the .exe in a subfolder of C:\Tools and I am running Windows 7 64 bit.

Anyway it is very useful to hide desktop icons to make it easy to show off the Windows background (are we still allowed to call it wallpaper?)

For me, and I am also using Windows 7 x64, FARR doesn't crash but it tries to access the A: drive for some reason. It was giving an error which I didn't write down, just now I tried it and I no longer seem to get the error, but I can hear the diskette drive grunting as soon as I hit that space after typing in "tab".

Living Room / Re: Google Search
« on: May 18, 2010, 10:25 AM »
You can do a Case Sensitive Google Search here. It's kind of surprising to me as well that Google doesn't offer it, since Altavista used to have a case sensitive search back in the Netscape 2 / Windows 3.1 / Trumpet Winsock era. I think regular expression searches were common back then even. Of course the web was smaller then, but still--

For the name, I am now leaning strongly toward TaskDaddy. Any other suggestions are welcome.

I'm feeling much better about the command line parsing now, and I am rewriting it. There's a nice AutoIt include called _OptParse. The latest version of this is somewhat hard to find (if like me you search for these things in the AutoIt forums).  I happened to click "Some of my scripts in Google Code" in eltorro's signature in the AutoIt3 forums. This version is about 2 years newer than the version he posted in that thread. It keeps the non-option arguments as well. Not everyone will use the command line options, but I wanted to get them right. I'm well on my way, thanks to _OptParse.

The meat of the Outlook processing is in wooltown's Outlook functions. They saved me a lot of work. There seems to be a bug in the error checking. It seems to always return an error even though the task gets created in Outlook. I may try to fix it, but for now, I've disabled that error check.

N.A.N.Y. 2011 / Re: NANY 2011 :: Entry Ideas
« on: May 17, 2010, 02:33 PM »
Off topic, but are you going to call it Card and Board Robot?  ;)

Skrommel's Software / Re: Skrommel Apps Re-uploaded!
« on: May 15, 2010, 07:22 PM »
 :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup: :Thmbsup:

Take a look at CSDiff. I found it pretty unique among freeware in that you can compare folders, then drill down to compare files. Also instead of showing the files side by side, you can choose to show it as the old file marked up, in a style similar to Microsoft Word, to show the changes required to create the new file.

Living Room / Re: The Psychology of the Sale
« on: May 15, 2010, 11:40 AM »
It has been said that Prostitution is the Oldest Profession.
In disagreement, I proport that Advertising is the Oldest.

My evidence is the fact that even Prostitutes had to Advertise!

i hope this doesn't turn into another chicken or egg debate.. but i disagree that advertising is older because logically a profession had to exist before being to able to advertise. ;D

Stock analysis is the oldest profession, because the serpent convinced Adam and Eve to buy stock in apple.

Circle Dock / Re: Greetings and a Tablet PC question. :)
« on: May 15, 2010, 08:46 AM »
So to use Circle Dock within applications, not just to launch them?

General Software Discussion / Re: Help me with MS Word styles
« on: May 14, 2010, 05:01 PM »
I found the following code, and it works for the table of contents.  I don't know if it works fro all fields of all type, but it works for the TOC, so I'm happy for now:
Code: Visual Basic [Select]
  1. Sub UpdateAllTOCs()
  2. For Each toc In ActiveDocument.TablesOfContents
  3. toc.Update
  4. Next toc
  5. End Sub
Good for you. I actually gave it a shot and I couldn't get anything to work including this code which is supposed to work according to the help file. I hate VBA.
Code: Visual Basic [Select]
  1. ActiveDocument.Fields.Update

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