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I tried the MSN one, and actually it's quite nice, and you don't need the Toolbar anymore either.  If only you could have it check gmail instead of hotmail...

General Software Discussion / Transferring licenses
« on: February 02, 2006, 01:13 PM »
Here's a question for those in the know...  Have you ever had a piece of software that's registered in your name, but which you don't really need or use, but hey it seems such a waste to just uninstall it and have that license disappear into cyberspace?  I've read a few EULAs that say you're not allowed to transfer the license, so that means you can't just give it to a friend...  Officially, that is...  So, any ideas of what to do for such programs? 

General Software Discussion / Re: Klipfolio 3b
« on: February 01, 2006, 06:19 AM »
Thanks for explaining that!

I should say that I've actually more or less stopped running Klipfolio, even though it's really neat.  I've moved over to using a combination of the Sage RSS reader and Scrapbook extensions in Firefox, which I find to be brilliant.  I've also dumped Evernote now, because a combination of Scrapbook and Stickies 5.2a does everything that it does, but runs lighter and is much better looking. 

Sage + Scrapbook = Onfolio for my needs.  I love Onfolio, but it's heavy, and this combination does everything I need (and by using the Microsoft SyncToy, I just sync my Scrapbook on my USB drive and take it with me wherever I go, which is something I never managed to do with Onfolio).

General Software Discussion / Re: Klipfolio 3b
« on: February 01, 2006, 03:57 AM »
That's interesting: it's running much lighter for me - 17mb private bytes, and 99mb virtual size (what does this mean?)

Sounds good to me, Mouser.  I would be happy to join the team, though it might be hard for me to stick to the program you suggest - one review per month - well, maybe I could do it...  I've several years experience as a print journalist, though software reviews are new for me - but the only ones I've written, I've written on DC, so I'm happy to hear your feedback!

I love Foxmarks for synchronising my favorites between my two computers (wish it worked with Portable Firefox, though), and I'm wondering if there is a similar thing that would allow me to synchronise my extensions? 

*A few hours later: actually, I discovered I can get Foxmarks to work on Portable FF - woot!*

I thought I had learned of Foxmarks from this discussion, but see nobody else has mentioned it: a great extension for synchronising favorites across multiple machines - I now use it on two laptops and a usb drive, and it's great!

And also, I don't think anybody else has mentioned Sage...  This is an excellent RSS reader extension - a bit like Onfolio, especially when you use it alongside the excellent Scrapbook extension mentioned before.

Living Room / Re: The Great Firewall Hunt ... frustrating ...
« on: January 17, 2006, 05:48 PM »
After a month or so of using Look 'n' Stop, I highly recommend it - it's very light on resources (right now running at 5mb, often at 2mb or less), and extremely easy to set up and use.  In fact, since its pre-installed ruleset is pretty comprehensive, it's one of those install, run, and forget programs (once you've disabled the by-default-on-irritating-noise everytime it blocks an intrusion).

Best E-mail Client / Re: How I set up my mail folders
« on: January 17, 2006, 05:32 AM »
I have just posted this question over at the Davidco forums, but I'll ask here too: Does anyone know of any tips for using The Bat! for a GTD setup?

Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Fewer system tray icons?
« on: January 16, 2006, 03:20 PM »
Reawakening a long-quiet thread:

After using TrayManager for several months, I have gone over to PS Tray Factory (, which I feel to be a far superior product.  I found TrayManager to be unreliable - icons I had hidden would pop back, or the whole thing would suddenly go belly-up for no clear reason.  It seems to be a bit rickety in its coding, and it just fell over far too often for me.

By contrast, PS Tray Factory is very solid - I haven't had a crash in about a month of using it - and it is very easy to configure.  See attached screenshots for example of it with my frequently-needed programs showing, and then with none showing at all except PS Tray itself (and you can also turn off that icon), and for an image of the configuration window.

In addition, it can minimize any program to the System Tray, and it works well with WindowBlinds (as you'll see from the screenshots).  Overall I think it's a winner: highly recommended for anybody who, like me, has too many programs running in their system tray!

Best E-mail Client / Re: How I set up my mail folders
« on: January 16, 2006, 04:58 AM »
re Gmail adverts, there are Greasemonkey scripts that very effectively clear away distractions from your inbox - I think the main one is the Google Butler, which not only cleans Gmail inboxes, but also any web searches.  It's a bit cheeky, because of course you're not playing your part of the deal, which is to bear with advertising - and after all, their part of the deal is very well delivered: an excellent email service.  Here's an excellent list of Greasemonkey scripts:

Best E-mail Client / Re: How I set up my mail folders
« on: January 16, 2006, 03:36 AM »
Hirudin, thanks for your post - some good stuff there: I'm very interested to hear how you get along with The Bat!  BTW, is that last thing about Ritlabs selling info true - can you post a link to a story?

Here's a thing that was mentioned on Lifehacker last week, allowing you to upload email to gmail: http://www.marklyon....rg/gmail/default.htm  Seems your wish has been granted.  I'm a gmail believer, though I am a little uncomfortable with all their world dominance... 

I'm surprised so few people ever mention webmail - now that's real storage...  But then I have an account, and I've not got around to setting it up yet, so maybe that's what happens for others too.

Just an update on my posting here yesterday about Stardock: I wrote and questioned their upgrade policy, and they have upgraded me free of charge.  So they're out of my bad books!

My favorite company at the moment is Ritlabs, who recently released The Bat! Voyager, and have made it a free download for all The Bat! Pro owners... (http://www.ritlabs.c...en/products/voyager/) It's so great having my favorite email program in my pocket!

And least favorite: Stardock, who released WindowBlinds 5 three months after I bought 4.6, and want me to pay $15 to upgrade.  Grrr.

General Software Discussion / Klipfolio 3b
« on: January 10, 2006, 07:43 AM »
I know Cliff reviewed this one a while back (http://freewarewiki....otesNewsletter051016), but there's now a new beta of Klipfolio 3 available:

I've been playing with it this morning, and so far it's really great.  As well as being very nice to look at, it's easily configurable and extremely lightweight.  In fact, I think this is going to be my new default RSS reader!

Living Room / Nice list of Windows Outliners
« on: January 10, 2006, 07:30 AM »
Don't know if others have picked up this link on the Davidco forum:   A helpful list and comparison of various Outliners... 

Here's a link to the original discussion:

General Software Discussion / Re: software i love
« on: January 05, 2006, 05:40 PM »
I used Pocketmod for awhile: I think it's creators are geniuses!  A very elegant, lightweight solution.  No longer using it now, as I bought myself a lovely Moleskin diary for the new year...  Although I did Pocketmod me some Sudoku puzzles for use at mother-in-law's over Xmas!

There was a piece on Downloadsquad yesterday with a link to a specialised program for exactly this purpose - haven't tried it, but sounds like exactly what you're after: http://www.downloads...-configuration-vpn-/

General Software Discussion / Could Authotkey make my life easier?
« on: January 05, 2006, 10:51 AM »
This is for the Autohotkey devotees:

I work on two laptops, and maintain my lists in MyLifeOrganized (watch for a mini-review here within the next fortnight).  At the end of the day I switch from my work machine to my home machine.  I have been copying my MLO data file to a pen-drive at the end of the day, and then copying it over to the home machine.  I tried running MLO from the single data file on the pen-drive, but this is a little complicated for me (for reasons to do with the way MLO works), and anyway I like to have my data file backed-up on both computers.  So I have taken to emailing the file to myself - this is easy and works fine, but I'm wondering if I could use Autohotkey to automate this process. 

Is it as simple as recording the various steps of: 1) closing down MLO to gain access to the data file (this is necessary before copying the data file), 2) opening a new message, 3) addressing it to myself, 4) attaching the data file, 5) send the message, and then playing back this recorded macro whenever I want to repeat the process?  I don't mind the manual steps of receiving the message on the other machine and comparing to be sure I am not overwriting a newer version of the file. 

I don't know AHK at all, so I don't know if this would be the way of doing what I need - can anyone advise?

It looks really interesting, but I just realised that having been given Civilization IV for Christmas, my gaming time is probably tied up for, oh, the next ten years or so...  This is my first foray into this kind of sim, having spent many hours over the last two years playing TOCA Race Driver 2, Colin McRae 2 and 2005, and Richard Burns Rally.  There's an interesting program on British television tonight, testing someone's experience of car games by putting him into a real car (actually, we already know him to be an experienced driver, but it'll be interesting nonetheless).

I'm interested in this, Mouser, but the link's not working for me...  Can you check it on your side?

General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat!: two questions
« on: December 31, 2005, 01:59 PM »
Bingo!  Thanks, Mouser!  Obvious, duh.  I'm a little overwhelmed by all the options in The Bat!, so I guess that's why I missed it. 

General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat!: two questions
« on: December 31, 2005, 12:41 PM »
Problem 1 solved - just clicked on 'View', 'Message header', 'Show' to switch it off, and then repeated to switch it back on, and that works now. 

Any suggestions re problem 2?

2) How can I get The Bat! to search through my address book and suggest names from it as I type in the To: box?  At the moment, I have to access the address book manually each time, and that is a bit of a drag.

General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat!: two questions
« on: December 31, 2005, 06:37 AM »
Sounds Batty, but I'll try reverting to a different skin...  I'm on my second machine at the moment, and on this one it does display headers, and I can verify that Innuendo's advice above is correct - that is how you switch the display on and off.  I can't remember what the skin is that I'm using on the other machine, so can't quickly check to see if the same thing happens on this machine.  But it is pretty clear from the second screenshot that I have 'Show' ticked - when I untick that on this machine, message look the same as on that machine.  Clear?

I've used Allofmp3 for a while, without incident.  I do feel a little uncomfortable with it, since they're quite plain about being based on a loophole in the Russian copyright law...  My main online music purchases have been through emusic, where I've been a member most of a year now.  They are pretty good, and through them I discovered a lot of really interesting things that were new to me...  But at the moment I'm finding it hard to find my 20 tracks per month (they only advertise a $9.99 40 tracks per month deal, but if you do that for a while and then try to leave, they offer you a cheaper, fewer tracks option).

General Software Discussion / Re: The Bat!: two questions
« on: December 30, 2005, 08:13 AM »
Thanks, Innuendo, that was what I thought would do it too, but as you can see from the attached image, I have the headings I need selected already, but it doesn't fix it...  And f0dder, yes, that's what I want it to do, but it doesn't work.  I expect this has something to do with the fact all my settings/addresses, etc. were imported from Outlook when I migrated...

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